Vendor Review - 09/23/11

1315 Jones - Ceremony/Reception:  C- - This place is really beautiful and I loved the Old Market location and all of the exposed brick.  Plus, the price was really reasonable.  I worked with Chad and actually had nothing but good things to say about him until the day of the wedding.  First of all, we requested two reserved tables for the family.  They didn't do this because "it was our responsibility."  Apparently, they don't have reserved signs and we never told them which tables to reserve.  I have never heard of a couple having to print their own reserve signs and I just assumed they were smart enough to pick two random tables to reserve.  Anyways, my family ended up scattered all over the place and some didn't even get to go through the buffet until the end.

We had also requested a case of Coors Light for my husband and his dad ONLY.  They ended up passing it out to everyone, so they had to go purchase more (they later changed their story and said they had a bunch of leftover cases from a previous party).  We had also requested extra champagne to be put on the family tables.  They forgot about those, but since we didn't end up with family tables, oh well.

The biggest thing that bothered me was that they forgot the three vegetarian meals I requested.  Two of my BMs and a GM's girlfriend are vegetarians.  When I asked about it they got a little snotty and asked what were they supposed to do.  My husband told them to go to a restaurant and get them something.  They also kept passing the blame and said we must not have notified them.  Well, in my e-mail to Chad the week before the wedding I mention the 3 special meals TWICE.  On multiple issues it seemed like they kept putting the blame on us and then Chad basically told us to get over it, it wasn't a big deal, and not to let it ruin our day.  Poor customer service, dude! 

Anyways, the only reason it gets a C instead of something lower is because it's a beautiful building in a great location and was reasonably priced.

Abraham Catering - reception - B:  You have to use them when booking with Jones, but the food was absolutely amazing. Everyone loved it. I even have cravings of their potatoes and lemon chicken.  For the most part, I worked with Rita, who was lovely. The only downside was the previously mentioned vegetarian fiasco (which was mostly on Chad, but the staff could have handled it better).

DJ - In Stereo: A:  Spencer Williamson is absolutely amazing to work with.  He's very friendly and professional.  He also has a great song collection.  When he didn't have some of our music (we used Richard Cheese for our dinner music) he was able to download it.  He kept everything moving smoothly, read the guests well, and was always very low-key (no games or forcing people to dance).

Photographer - K. Fogle Photography - A+: Kim was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad we chose her. She's just starting up her business and is based out of Lincoln. She does a lot of beautiful candids and very artistic shots, which is what I loved. Obviously, she does the usual posed photos which also turned out really well.  She took time to get to know what I was looking for, shots I wanted or didn't want, posed photo combinations I wanted, etc.  Also, she's really reasonably prices at only $100/hour.

Premiere Suites - hotel - A+: I never knew about this place while I was living in Omaha, but I'm glad I found it. The rooms are really nice, clean, and pretty good sized for the price. They also have a free warm breakfast every morning. There was a screw up in our reservations in the beginning that had us paying more then we were told (we were told we could get a deal without booking through, then they told us they couldn't after the deal had expired online). They remedied this by not only giving us the discount but all of our guests that booked with the hotel. 

They also have a jacuzzi suite, which we upgraded to for the night of the wedding and the rest of the stay.  The customer service was awesome, especially Allison at the front desk.

Men's Wearhouse - B-:  Good customer service, prices, and selection.  The only issue is that almost all of the tuxes for the men came back with something fitting wrong.  They were able to get everything fixed up in time for the wedding though.

Hair - Styles Salon - A:  My hair gal, Maggie, works here.  I've been going to her for years.  She did a beautiful job with everyone's hair.  She even came in her day off (she had to fly out to Chicago that night) just so she could do everyone's hair, which I thought was really sweet of her.  Our hair held the whole night with no touch ups needed.

Make-up:  Sirens Salon - A: I had the airbrush make-up put on. I was a little nervous because I was worried about actually looking airbrushed, but it turned out great. I don't wear a lot of make-up so Amy made sure it looked really natural. Nothing smeared or faded the whole night.

I think that's most of it.  My grandma did the cake and she's retired now, but I of course give her an A+.  It was exciting to finally have one of her tasty wedding cakes made for my wedding. 

I went to Bridal Traditions in Ralston.  I know it doesn't have the best reviews.  The woman was a little aggressive, but she had an amazing sale going on and I found a dress that fit me like a glove, so I don't have an opinion either way.

It was a lot of fun, but I have to say I'm glad the wedding part is done.  I have a ton of fabulous pictures whenever I want to look back.
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Re: Vendor Review - 09/23/11

  • edited December 2011
    Like this isn't long enough, but I forgot the florist.  Marcia with Wedding Creations.  It seems like she's pretty popular around here.  She absolutely gets an A+.  We had a lot of fun, even though I didn't have any flowers at my wedding.  There was a night time camping theme.  She found these great lanterns and put candles and crystals on them so it looked like starlight.  My bouquets and boutonnieres were hand made of silver wire.   She just really did an amazing job of capturing the theme of the night and keeping true to me and my husband's personality. 
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  • edited December 2011
    I love reading peoples reviews. Glad you had such an amazing time and I hope you will be able to post some pictures soon.



  • edited December 2011
    Congrats on your wedding! Glad things went smoothly for you! I also love reading these :-)
  • edited December 2011
    Congrats n your wedding! I had a LOT of issues with Chad when we were trying to look at the place.  They wouldnt let us in any time during the week (he said they had events in the evening -this also went on for two weeks) or the weekends.  The one time tehy were going to let us in, they asked us to come about 15-20 min before teh wedding arrived.  FOR REAL?? I would be pissed as heck if someone did that to me!  Very poor customer service- half the time he would not respond to me and when he did he had the same attitude- it's your problem.  What a jerk! So glad I didn't book with them!
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  • hrbeltran24hrbeltran24 member
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks for the great post, this is very helpful to me. I don't even know where to start but this has been great for me!
    Thanks again!
  • edited December 2011
    @Kym - We had the rehearsal scheduled on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  He asked if we could show up at 5:30 because he couldn't find a staff member to be there until 6:00 pm to open the doors for us.  That was no big deal since we wanted to get there a little early to go over decor and show the place to the in-laws.  Then he e-mailed me again to see if we could get there at 4:30 instead.  I'm not hanging out there for an hour and half because you don't feel like doing your job. 

    I'm glad the review was helpful.  If anyone has any questions, feel free to message me.  My grandma is a former cake decorator and I did banquets at the Marriott for 7 years so I've heard, seen, or met with plenty of people in the wedding field.
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  • AMT64AMT64 member
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    edited December 2011
    Do you have a good contact email for K-Fogle photography by chance?

    Good overview, it's def. helpful!
  • edited December 2011
    AMT - I sent you a private message with her info.
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