I'm having my wedding out of state, so I don't have many recommendations for this area, except one.St. Louis Alterations on Clayton Rd (by the galleria). I had a great experience here. My gown needed taken in quite a bit, I added straps, and I had a bustle added. They did an awesome job of making it fit like a glove and still keeping the shape and style of the dress. The owner's name is Irena and she is a real sweetheart. There is also another woman there who specializes in formal dresses such as wedding, prom, and pageant gowns. If you need any alterations I highly recommend going with them. They were also cheaper than the wedding salons that I looked into.
Best Photographer in the world is Susan Jackson. She is always in Martha Stewart's wedding magazine. She is also not too expensive. Excellent Wedding Coordinators: Swanson's BoutiqueGreat value for your money- owner will work with bride's budget. This coordinator saves the money on other costs and is extremely creative. Also will do a lot of the nitty gritty things other coordinators will not do. Owner knows a lot about contract law since she has a legal background. The emergency kit is loaded with great stuff. Cosmopolitan Events Owner is excellent to work with and has a great reputation in St. Louis. Fun to work with and is established in the community. Best Band is Yes Sirs
Wedding Vendor Reviews
Southern Illinois / Alton Illinois
May 29, 2010
Photographer – Dacia Miller
I didn’t even need to see the photos to know that Dacia would receive an A+. On the day of the wedding she was one of the only vendors who I did not need to stress about. The day of the wedding we were supposed to be taking pictures of me getting ready, but we were running behind. I was pleasantly surprised that when she got to the location, she took the initiative to find me and got right to work, taking the pictures I was hoping she would without interrupting our flow.
Her personality, professionalism and dedication to getting her job done went over and beyond what was expected. Even though we had complications with our DJ that set us way behind schedule, Dacia was patient, understanding, and amazing just for the fact that she stayed longer than she was required and took the necessary steps to make sure our photos were finished.
At the very beginning she wowed me with her passion and dedication, and that followed through the entire day. It was wonderful having such confidence in such a crucial part of the wedding!
Cake – Martha Bick
Send me an email if you’re interested; she is a family friend
I absolutely loved my cake, it was everything I dreamed of and asked for. Plus it tasted awesome! On that note I want to point out that I don’t like cake! Plus I couldn’t have beat the price anywhere else!
Florist – RW Designs
Well um, when I had been planning my wedding my mother found this florist in St. Louis. My mother was under the impression that this was an awesome florist in the area and she was extremely excited for me to have my flowers done by them. I met with the owner at Panera Bread and we discussed what my flowers would consist of. I left feeling great! When I had been informed of the price I cut quite a few items from my list believing being an artist myself I would be able to save my mother some money and make them myself.
After about 4-6 months I still had not heard back from the florist so I sent him an email saying hi and asking if he had any photos of the centerpiece we had discussed for my reception; I also asked for a hard copy of our contract. He responded saying he did not like my tone and that he felt it was best for the both of us not to work together. This was after having a contract and a down payment. I was stunned, shocked, hurt and confused. I have never planned a wedding before but couldn’t believe this response just from checking in with the company. I did not believe any of my emails had a tone; I had no reason to be upset prior to this occurrence. After sharing all of my 4 or 5 emails to the company with my family it could only be assumed that he had scheduled two weddings on the same day and my wedding was the cheaper of the two.
My fiancé and I tried to contact him and discuss his actions and received no response. Luckily we did receive our down payment in the mail. Though just this morning, I found it very odd that my IP address is blocked from his website now. We never received a single communication after he decided to drop us. It was basically that it was his decision and it was final, regardless of the contract.
This experience rattled all my views on weddings and vendors. There is really no point in a contract for our sake if anyone can just cancel for no reason without even allowing a chance for discussion on the matter!
Florist – Peg’s Flower Cottage
No website / located in Jerseyville, Illinois
This was a really hard vendor for me to grade because it was so personal to me especially with my previous experience. Yes my flowers were beautiful. As an artist I am very picky and find myself a perfectionist. The grade is based on the quality of the flowers which were very nice, the lack of ease in which I was able to communicate with the store, the store using it’s artistic expression in ways I didn’t like after a photo was included, and the disorganization of the boutonnières.
My altar arrangements, pew decorations and boutonnières were not what I asked for. Actually the boutonnières for the guys weren’t even close. The boutonnières had a white flower that dominated the whole thing, when the groomsmen were not supposed to have any white flowers. They were supposed to be blue and chocolate with green accents. I had provided a photo of exactly what I wanted for the guys in the wedding. Only grandparents and women(singers, program passer, readers, etc.) were supposed to have a white flower. The altar pieces were beautiful and different. I believe they were changed based on the shortage of pussy willow at this time of year. I just thank God I liked the choice made since I was never told they were going to look nothing like what I asked for. The pew decorations were okay, I really don’t like bows, did not ask for a bow and got huge bows with a white flower and ivy. Again I provided a photo of exactly what I wanted.
The centerpieces really turned out great. Only complaint would be that my large centerpiece was missing the light blue organza streamers. It was only willow branches with LED lights in the water.
The bouquets were beautiful. I just wished mine was a bit fuller. It really wasn’t much bigger than the bridesmaids flowers. I also did not receive the flowers for my hair that I asked for. There were a bunch of silk flowers left behind. I guess I was supposed to assemble it and put it in my hair? I had expressed to them I did not want silk flowers for my hair so I ended up just using a decorative bobby pin that my mother had brought with for a decoration.
Last but not least, I guess all of the boutonnières and corsages were mislabeled so Keith had a hell of a time figuring those out on the day of with out me! Then my last complaint would be that with the distance making things difficult for me. I was living in Nebraska while working with everyone. Peg is not computer literate. I never received a response to any of my emails giving details of things she needed to know. I never called more than twice because she was never in a good mood over the phone. She was always super busy and didn’t have the time to talk. The price was great for the flowers provided. I just believe the shop needs some fine tuning.
Reception Venue – The Beall Mansion
This review is based only on the appearance of the Beall Mansion in Alton, Illinois.
I absolutely loved it. Only reason it did not receive an A+ is I felt more time could have been spent cleaning and such. If I remember correctly the grass had not been cut for what seemed like 10+ days, was over run with clovers and weeds. There were a few pots with nothing in them also. The plants that were growing were doing very well and were really pretty.
Reception Owner – Jim from The Beall Mansion
Again the location is beautiful. For me the location ended up being worth having to work with the owner. But his grade is being kept separate from the location because I don’t want to taint the Mansion’s beauty.
Okay, working with Jim was very challenging. He frequently made verbal promises and comments that didn’t hold up on the contract. Also he takes nickel and diming you to the next level, to the point that he would not allow me to discuss financial situations with his vendors. Tried contacting the caterer, only to have them tell Jim we called with questions on pricing. I had picked cheese tortellini with marinara for my veggie dish for $10 on their menu to have it cost me $20 a person, made no sense what so ever! Bottom line he will not assist you in lowering the cost of your wedding. There is no negotiating with him. Also for some reason he feels that if you choose not to get married at his location and only have a reception you will still need to pay for the cost of the ceremony. His reasoning was that we take up the opportunity for having another wedding…lessening his chance for profits in the process, but he hosted another ceremony there the morning of. Basically his reasoning for us having to pay more was untrue, and was just another way to get money out of us.
On the day of my wedding while I was trying to take photos my mother comes to tell me that there is no water, only alcohol available until 4:30. The lady of the house tells me that I scheduled for dinner to begin at 4:30 and drinks at 3:30. Hello…its WATER! It is not like you don’t have a tap in your kitchen…fill up some pitchers and serve some water! They acted like I didn’t “order” water for my wedding! Arrgghhhh, how the heck was I supposed to know I needed to order water for my reception when I was already paying for things like tea and alchohol? Again…its water?!?
Jim also made me book my stay at the location separately from the cost of the reception. Yes I paid for my reception at a Bed & Breakfast and I had to book two nights at the location, nothing was provided. But I do remember when I booked my room a package deal offering a half hour massage complimentary was offered. Definitely never saw that massage. Not too surprised. I really didn’t expect it to happen. The bed was very nice though.
I was very frustrated with the owner of the mansion so I could go on, but I will just stop here. Bottom line, he’s a salesman…he would tell us one thing early on, and then go back on it later. I guess its our fault for not reading ALL the fine print as we were signing things. That’s the sort of thing that happens when the vendor is verbally telling you what it ‘supposedly’ says as you are glancing through it though.
DJ - Impressive Entertainment
Filaoa Wedding Center, Bud Ramsay, Mike Schneider
Okay, everything seemed fine and on schedule until a week before the wedding. At the time my fiancé and I received a phone call from family saying that Bud Ramsay was in jail and that you should call a number if you need a refund, blah blah blah. So we looked into things and it appeared he was just having money trouble with another company he was affiliated with. My fiancé got in touch with Bud and was informed everything was fine and on schedule and that he would be at our Reception.
Well, the day before the wedding I received an email that Mike Schneider was going to be subcontracted through Bud Ramsay and would be our DJ for the wedding. We were concerned at this point, given the information we received a week prior. We contacted Mike Schneider though, and he guaranteed us everything was just fine, and that he’s done this once or twice before for Bud.
The morning of the wedding I receive a phone call from Mike that he doesn’t have a copy of my song list. Trying to be calm and not freak out, but very frustrated at this point I inform him that I will print it off since I don’t have time for emailing.
At 4:10 the day of our wedding, my husband’s brother asks us what time is the DJ supposed to get here? Well he was supposed to be playing by 3:30pm! So my husband and I dash up to my room to look up his phone number and call him. I can tell the phone call is not going well. Now understand I’m supposed to be doing my Newlywed photos and family photos right now (part of the reason we didn’t even realize he wasn’t there!) But instead I am in the bathroom bawling my eyes out!
When Keith spoke to him, he said that his hard drive crashed around 3pm. I asked him why that’s a problem….its a business….you should have a backup and be prepared for the worst. Well…he wasn’t. He flat out said he wasn’t coming because he couldn’t do anything. We paid the company to DJ our wedding, it shouldn’t be our responsibility to fix the situation….it should be their issue.
Keith calls another DJ company I had a card for but gets no answer. So it feels like were giving up and my reception is over before it has a chance to start.
Luckily, we had a few family connections at the wedding that were able to save the day. However, the schedule for other things got screwed up and delayed as a result. Photos went further into the night than necessary, and our food, which was cooked and ready to go at 4:30, had to sit in warmers for another 30-90 minutes while we got everything arranged. That isn’t a good thing when you’ve got steaks that are supposed to be served done a certain way.
Caterer – Tony’s
Tony’s Lounge Incorporated, Alton IL
Due to our reception being at The Beall Mansion we had to go with Tony’s for our food.
The food was great, everything was served hot and delicious. I ordered the fruit stuffed pork for myself and felt they gave way too much meat. I was only able to eat about 1/3 of it. I tasted everything else though, and everything tasted great....even the cheese tortellini, which was supposed to have marinara on it, but instead had Alfredo. I felt this was a big mistake because people ordered marina and received Alfredo. I personally really don’t like Alfredo sauce usually. So what were the people supposed to eat that didn’t like Alfredo? I guess they were just out of luck.
My major complaint was the service. I can’t recall how many servers we were supposed to have but we had one bartender and two servers. I had asked the event planner at Tony’s and they had informed me that I had more than enough servers needed to get the job done. We had 4 different entrees, steak being served first and the cheese tortellini being served last. With only 100 guests total, the guests that ordered cheese tortellini didn’t receive their dish until an hour after the steak was brought out. I was very upset about this. People who had ordered steak were long done eating before people at their table who ordered pasta even got their entrée.
My only other complaint is that they did an awful job of clearing tables I must have had 20 glasses on my table when I sat down to eat. The tables only had 8 people and most of the glasses were empty. I have been a waitress and a server for restaurants and events and though the service was just awful, thank god the food was awesome!!!!
I sent them an email with my complaints and they never responded to my issues.
Hair Stylist – Roxy @ West 708 Salon
My hair was perfect I provided a photo and did a trial run for $15 bucks, and my hair the day of was $25. As far as where to go to get your hair done this seems like an obvious choice now!
Make Up – Merle Norman
The make up was beautiful and the price was awesome! It lasted all night with the humidity and tears!
Ceremony – St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Father Jim
I absolutely loved the church and absolutely loved working with Father Jim. The combination really made my day truly special! Sadly Keith and I will be living in Nebraska. I would love to be a member of Father Jim’s parish. I will really miss him!
Equipment Rental – A-1 Party Rental
I did a vas amount of research for linens and centerpieces. The price for the quality of the items at this rental store blows all competition out of the water!!!!
It was my dream to have affordable overlays for my tables in light blue and this location made that happen and they were beautiful and a wonderful shear material. I believe they cost me a bout $7 per table. Every other location I tried for the exact same thing had to be about $25 a table.
We had one table cloth rip that we had to pay to replace for about $20; but I get to keep the ripped table cloth! I will probably use the material to make a memento from the wedding. The rip isn’t super large so I have quite a lot of material to work with.
We also had to pick up our rentals a day sooner for the florist. A-1 gave us no hassle whatsoever in this situation! I rented candelabras and 30” vases. This made my centerpieces from the florist heck of a lot cheaper!
The website truly doesn’t do the store justice though. I feel the store has far more options and supplies in person. Some items I found hard to locate on the website. Meeting in person was just so much easier and then I could pick everything out while I was there and see it first hand. They also have pre-set up tables at the location that you can play with to see exactly what your final look will be!
I was very picky about the candelabras. I really didn’t want plastic, fake, cheap candelabras. A-1’s options were exactly what I was looking for. They had such a variety and they looked great!
Transportation – St. Louis Carriage Company
They were there and on time. The carriage color was the blue and white which we asked for. The horse was black, which I found a bit surprising for a wedding. I had requested their dapple grey. A white horse with grey spots on its shoulders and hips.
The carriage didn’t know where to go. Luckily our location was only a few blocks away. I also thought the price was a little outrageous for 20 minutes of their time. They charge $300 for the hour, though they don’t really stay and hang out for the whole hour.
My last complaint would be that through the whole carriage ride our driver’s thong was very visible. She was very friendly, though was I supposed to ask her to pull up her pants?
Here are my reviews from our May 21 wedding!Venue: Piper Palm House
First of all, the Piper Palm House is a beautiful place to have a wedding. We knew right away that it would be perfect for what we had in mind. However, we were very disappointed with several things. The rental coordinator’s response rate to my emails prior to the wedding was hit and miss – sometimes she would respond right away, but there were some questions that she never responded to. I did not know who would be our contact person on the evening of the wedding until two days before, and I had to ask this question several times before I got an answer. Two days before the wedding, we happened to be in the neighborhood and decided to drive by the Palm House just to see how everything looked. As we drove up, we saw that there was caution tape and bright orange construction barrels around the fountain and the Ruins. I started freaking out, and we walked closer and saw that the area around the fountain had been torn up in places and that the fountain had been drained. There was also some construction machinery in the area. This would be highly visible during our ceremony (guests would be facing this direction in our outdoor wedding), and we had planned to do first look pictures at the Ruins. We attempted to talk to someone in the office right away, but it was after 5pm and everyone had gone for the day. First thing in the morning, DH called the office and asked what was going on and why we had not been notified. The coordinator’s assistant told him she would check with the rangers. She then called me and said that everything would be moved by 12pm on the day of our wedding. Later that day at our rehearsal, I again checked with her to make sure that no construction materials would be visible, and she assured me they would not. I told her we planned to do first look pictures at around 12:30 and she said everything would be moved by then. Of course, the next day the guys arrived with the second shooter and NOTHING had been moved. They had to go to the office and tell someone, and they finally got it taken care of, but it put us behind on photos by about 30 minutes. At the reception, the “coordinator” was not really all that helpful – thank goodness we had 2 friends that took charge of setting things up, and one of our friends said the Palm House staff were kind of rude to her. The evening coordinator also never even introduced herself to me or DH and never really spoke to either of us. I kind of got the feeling that they were only there to make sure we didn’t break anything. They had no idea where to find candle lighters to light our centerpieces (Really? You have receptions here every weekend and no candle lighters?) Also, the Palm House requires a $500 refundable damage deposit to be paid a month before the wedding. It was supposed to be refunded within 14 days after the wedding. It took 19 days for the deposit to be refunded to our credit card, and they did not return my original phone call about that either – we had to call them again. Overall, I would say it’s a beautiful venue, and we got lots of compliments on our choice, but their customer service is definitely lacking.
Photographer: Brigid Robeen, Wild Irish Rose Photography
Brigid was FABULOUS! She always responded quickly to my emails and questions and had some really great ideas about where to do location photos. She came to my MOH’s house while we were getting ready and then followed us to the Palm House for first look shots. She kicked the Palm House people into gear to get the construction stuff moved and wouldn’t take excuses from them. We had a blast doing our location photos with her. She had some really fun ideas and listened to ours too. She did the family photos really efficiently. We had our dog in our wedding and wanted to include him in some photos, and she was great with him. She had our photo gallery of over 600 edited proofs up about 5 weeks after the wedding, and they are fantastic pictures. I also did boudoir photos with her, and she put me at ease right away and made it really fun. They turned out great and DH loved them!
Caterer: Butler’s Pantry
Butler’s Pantry is the exclusive caterer at the Palm House, so we didn’t have much of a choice there. The food was really good, but I was a little apprehensive that they do not do tastings. They did, however, give us a free brunch at Café Madeline and the Palm House, with a few dishes the same (but we did not get to taste all our options). Leading up to the wedding, Bridget, our catering contact, was really helpful. She met with us twice to go over everything and responded quickly to my emails and phone calls. However, several weeks before the wedding I had asked her if we could get the napkins so that we could put napkin wraps that we were making on them (eliminating this work for her staff – I figured it would be easier and would allow them to devote their time to other things that day). She said that was fine, I could pick them up on the Wednesday before the wedding. That morning, she emailed me and said that she would call when they arrived from the cleaners, and that it would probably by around lunch time. At 2:30, I still hadn’t heard from her, so I called. They told me that she had left for the day to help at an event. I asked about our napkins, and they had no idea what I was talking about, but said that they would call Bridget’s cell phone. Half an hour later, I still hadn’t heard anything, so I called again. They said that she hadn’t answered her phone and again tried to figure out what was going on. I finally talked to someone that figured out where the napkins were and we were able to get them. But the whole situation was stressful and I never received an apology from Bridget. The day of the wedding she seemed to be fine, I didn’t have much contact with her. The service staff seemed pretty good, other than the fact that I had to chase them down during cocktail hour to get hors d’oeuvres!
Flowers: Chic Events by Angie
Angie was AWESOME! She was by far the lowest priced of the florists I met with, and she really listened to what I wanted and made suggestions that I really liked. She did not try to pressure me into more expensive flowers or things I didn’t want like some of the other florists I talked with. On the day of the wedding, she delivered my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets to my MOH’s house where we were getting ready, then followed us to the venue to pin on the guys boutonnieres. I had forgotten to include a bout for our friend who was walking our dog down the aisle when I had met with her, and she put one together at the last minute at no extra charge. We were going to take all our pictures before the ceremony and didn’t have access to the venue until 4pm, so she came back at 4pm to deliver the family corsages and bouts and the flowers for our centerpieces and helped set them up, again at no extra charge. She gave us flower spray for the bouquets and 3 vases to keep them in while we were out taking pictures. I got several compliments on how beautiful and fresh the flowers looked from our guests. She also knew that I loved calla lilies, so she made a special centerpiece for our table with callas instead of orchids as a surprise. When the people at the venue couldn’t find a candle lighter to light our centerpieces, she hurried out to buy us two. We ended up giving part of the tip we had originally allocated for the catering coordinator to her since she was more helpful!
Our cake was beautiful and delicious! Their prices were pretty good, and they actually had just changed their pricing structure right before we placed our order, and we ended up paying about $100 less than we originally thought!
DJ: Tom Rotter, Block Rockin’ Beats
Tom was great both before the wedding and on that day. We liked him right away, and he totally got our “no cheesy DJ” requirement. He listened to what we wanted, made some suggestions, and checked in with us several times to confirm everything. Two nights before the wedding called me just to go through everything again after our final meeting and make sure we were on the same page. He kept people on the dance floor and was great at reading the crowd. He also checked in with us a few times throughout the night to make sure that everything was going smoothly. I would definitely recommend!
Ceremony Music: Serenade Strings
We used the string duo (violin and cello). I really don’t remember much of the music, but everyone said it was beautiful. They were pretty easy to keep in contact with before the wedding.
Rehearsal Dinner: Square One Brewery
The food was good, and we had a private room upstairs with its own bathroom. They also had some background music playing, which was nice. Our server was friendly, and overall we had a good experience here. Our only complaint was that guests could only use the drink tickets in the room upstairs, not at the bar downstairs prior to dinner.
Hair: Erica Kaminski
Erica did a great job on my hair and my two bridesmaids. After my trial, I slept on my updo just to see how it would hold up, and I was able to wear it the whole next day! My hair also held up great on the day of the wedding. She was efficient, friendly, reasonably priced, and she came to us on the morning of the wedding, which was a big plus.
Makeup: Erin Moore
Erin did my and my MOH’s makeup, and we both looked great! I did the false eyelashes, and I was a little worried at first since they seemed sooooo long, but she reassured me that they would be great for pictures (and they were!). Her prices are very reasonable, she was friendly, and she also came to us the day of the wedding.
Dress: Bridal Couture
My sister actually works at this bridal shop, so I was able to get a discount on my dress J They also did the alterations, and my dress fit me perfectly.
Tuxes: Savvi Formalwear
Overall our experience was pretty good. The guys all looked great in their tuxes. One of them did get an ivory shirt instead of white, but luckily you couldn’t really tell. They did give us a little bit of a hard time about when they were due back – we had a Friday wedding, and even though everything we had been given said they were due on Sunday, when DH called just to make sure, they said that that was only for Saturday weddings, that they were actually due on Saturday since the wedding was on Friday.
Transportation: St. Louis Transportation
This was the most reasonable limo company we found, and our rate included a getaway car after the wedding for us to go to our hotel, which was great. Our driver was friendly and drove us all over for location photos, and the limo was clean and well air conditioned. I thought I lost a charm from my bouquet in the limo, so we called them and the driver combed the limo looking for it (we actually found it the next day, but it was nice of him to look so hard). The only problem we had was that they charged us extra, claiming that we had left the wedding late and the car had to wait for us, which wasn’t true. DH cleared it up pretty quickly, but it was a minor hassle.
Dance Lessons: Dance Pizzaz
We live near this studio and I had seen a few other good reviews, so it seemed like a good choice for us. Don’t get me wrong, we did learn how to dance. We just kind of felt like we were being scammed while we were doing it. David was a decent teacher overall, but sometimes he was a little condescending with us. We originally signed up for 6 lessons, and he taught us several steps. He kind of kept trying to get us to buy more lessons, and also kept trying to get DH to buy special dance shoes. By lesson 6 we still had not learned a finale for our song, so we ended up buying another lesson. Each week, David spent the first 5 minutes or so of our lesson searching for and reviewing his info card about us, which I felt he should have done before we came in and that he should have remembered at least some of that info by a couple weeks in. He called me by the wrong name a few times. He told us we could come practice there anytime while we were taking lessons, but once we went around 8:45pm and after we had practiced for about 10-15 minutes, he said that they were leaving early (even though he had originally told us that they were there until at least 10pm every night, usually later), and the other time there was a class going on, so we tried to use the smaller back room of the studio, which should have been fine. There was another student in there with Nikki, David’s co-director, and they were working on a few steps. We did what we could until they were finished (they only danced for about 10 minutes), but then the two of them sat down in the room and continued to talk for another 20 minutes or so while we were trying to practice! We did not feel comfortable asking them to go to another area of the studio, and we felt it was rude to play our music over their talking since they were there first, so we just did what we could in the space we had. We eventually figured out another place to practice since it was a hassle to do it there. At the end of our last lesson, he told us that they had set up a computer with a wireless connection to write a review right then and there! We felt that was kind of inappropriate and said that we would take care of that in our own time.
hope this is helpful to others: Wedding date 10-24-10Ceremony- UMSL Provincial Chapel A++http://www.umsl.edu/~umslconf/wed.htmlI cannot say enough about how beautiful the chapel is and how nice the staff is! The chapel is beautiful so it requires minimal decoration and the acoustics are awesome. I would encourage everyone to take a look. Only piece of advice is to make sure that you have signs because it can be a little tricky to find.Reception- DeMenil Mansion Ahttp://www.cafedemenil.biz/Dan was great! He was helpful and flexible throughout. The place was beautiful and guests are still telling me how elegant it was and how good the food was. On the day of the staff was so nice and helpful. Cake - The Cakery - ASooooooo yummy and pretty. It was very simple because I didn't want alot of decoration. I had flowers on the cake and the ribbon that was used on the stationery wrapped around it to tie everthing together. I was very happy with the cake. The ladies at the Cakery are very nice and the tasting was awesome.Flowers - Les Bouquets Ahttp://www.lesbouquets.com/Melinda was wonderful. She listened to all of my ideas and created exactly what I wanted. She did all of the bouquets, centerpieces and bouts. The flowers were really important to me. She was cognizant of my budget and worked within it and still gave me the flowers that I really wanted. I cannot say enough kind words about her.Invitations - Paperfrostinghttp://www.paperfrosting.comMelinda is creative, orignial and cost effective. Her designs are great. People are still talking about the save the dates and invitations. She matched the colors of the wedding perfectly and also created the table markers for the reception. Dress - Simply Elegant Bridal A+++++They were also awesome. The shop is beautiful. I went in there to see if they had a dress by a particular designer at first, but the carried the dress but not the designer. They told me they could order it, but I decided to try on a couple others and ended up finding another dress that I adored. I shoud also mention that I went there 3 times before I bought the dress and they never pressured me. My dress came in earlier than they said and they held it for me throughout all the alterations (which were in house and that was improtant to me too) until it was time to take my dres home. The staff was helpful and so kind throughout the whole thing. I would suggest them to everyone I know who is buying a wedding dress.Ceremony Music - Landolfi BWe had a duet for the ceremony (vilolin and cello). They music was beautiful (again the acustics in the chapel were awesome). They were easy to get in contact with and very helpful in finding music for the ceremony. There was a song that I wanted to play for me and she found the music and created an instrumental version (it was beautiful). My only complaint is about the miscommunication regarding the processional song. It was another song that needed to be created by them and I was told that it would be fine. On the day about 20 minutes before the ceremony, I was informed that they did not have the music for that. Luckily I am an easy going person and at that point it was too late to do anything about it. I instructed them to just play something and it turned out fine. I still don't know what they played. LOL. But, again the music was really nice.Tuxes - Savvi at the Galleria ASo nice and helpful. I only had one breakdown and unfourtunatley it was the day I called them to check to see if everyone had ordered their tux. She was helpful and supportive. The tuxes all fit fine and returning them was easy. Photographer - Suttererbay Photography Ahttp://www.stl-photographer.com/Liz was great. She fit right in and I didn't even realize she was there at times. She was very helpful with suggestions for pictures and dealt really well with the dozen other camera happy people. She is really reasonable and flexible. I can't wait to see the pictures!Overall, we had a wondeful day and I couldn't have asked for anthing more .
My FMIL ordered a cookie cake, cupcakes and pastries for my bridal shower. She got their Cocktail Cupcakes and some "regular" cupcakes...all of which were really good. Everyone seemed to really love them. Plus, we had some leftovers that I shared with co-workers and they raved.
However, my FMIL was not impressed with their customer service. Although the cookie cake was cute and tasted great...it's not what she ordered and she was not happy with it. I did not deal with anyone at the bakery but she was not pleased with the customer service after she told them the order was not right. Just be aware that you should be very careful when ordering something custom and not their standard baked goods. Be very, very clear about what you want.
No matter what it looks like, it will taste great!Cocktail Cupcakes:Amaretto SourPina ColadaStrawberry DaiquiriMargaritaMudslideLemon DropShirley TempleMojitoThe cupcakes:The cookie cake: