· Christa Kimble Photography:
o I cannot begin to say how amazing Christa Kimble photography is. She is so personable throughout the whole process and made my husband and I feel completely comfortable with her. I really feel she wants to get to know you, which, I think really helps capture the right moments in pictures. Her work is refreshing, modern and has a softness that I didn’t find in most photographers. I love her work and am so excited we went with her. I would absolutely recommend engagement photos: you get to know your photographer and practice taking lots of photos.
· Byron at Buckeye entertainment A+
o Buckeye entertainment was great to work with and a very budget friendly option. They kept the dance floor packed the ENTIRE night. We determined all the cocktail/dinner music (all played at a lovely volume and exactly what we wanted) and they determined the dance music. We had a slideshow that was executed perfectly as well as the sound during the ceremony and all the speeches. Byron was also good to ask for advice on a few questions I had (what is the best last song? Who all should be announced? Etc). I hardly noticed they were there the entire night (which is exactly what you want; you don’t want a DJ that is too much in the way).
· Columbus Musicians, string quartet A+
o Easy to work with and added some extra songs we requested. They also have a good list to help guide traditional and modern options. The guests said the string quartet really made our venue (Via Vecchia) and had great reviews.
· Flowerman: Rating A+
o I used the DIY flower option at flowerman and had a great experience. The designers were great to work with and were incredible helpful keeping me within my budget and vision. I came with a lot of pinterest photos and they were able to quickly narrow down to exactly what I wanted with the same or similar flower (based mostly on price, look, etc). The DIY made me a bit nervous, especially since I’ve never work with flowers or have any friends/family that do. The DYI was actually really fun. My mother-in-law packed very delicious lunches from a French bakery (including wine!) and we didn’t even get to the lunches at the facility. We only took 2 hours instead of the 4 they told us we would need. I would only use this option if you don’t plan to use a lot of flowers (I had 10 centerpieces, 6 bridesmaids bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet and 2 alter vases). We learned a lot during our session and everyone had a blast, plus, the flowers turned out great. Money wise, make sure you have someone that can pick up the flowers, otherwise, it’s a significant cost increase.
o We used a college student and it was a great decision. She majors in cinema and was in our price range (since I never realized I would need one, a videographer wasn’t originally in our budget). I would really recommend any type of video you can get. We actually had our 2 year old flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle, and as the bride, I missed it! I get to see and all those other moments I missed on the video!
· Hair/Makeup: Amy Zender, A+
o Amy was fantastic. She was the only person I found that charged the same for a bride and the bridesmaid hair/makeup ($50 each and I think she recently raised her prices by $10). The trial is also only $10, compared to the typical $100+ from everyone else. She was really good and even brought fake eyelashes that I could handle (I’ve never worn them before and was really against them, but, she help me find some that would work!). I loved my hair and all my girls hair, plus she did a great job with makeup. She worked with all styles of hair (thin, thick, curly, and long). She also did all hair for 9 people and 3 people’s makeup and kept everyone on time!
· Westin: C
o Really hard to work with. 7 months before the wedding they told my family certain rooms weren’t available. I had to continuously call to add specific rooms (2 double beds vs king, etc). I literally had to call once a month because of issues. They also didn’t offer me the best deal right away and I had to call to get it. Finally, we had enough rooms to get 2 nights free, and they charged us for it, so I had to deal with calling them to remove the charge. I really would try to stay somehere else.
· Via Vecchia, A+
o This venue is absolutely perfect. This was the only spot that had a beautiful outdoor spot and wonderful backup indoor spot. The brides at Via Vecchia are also very helpful answers all my questions on the facebook page. On the actual day they 100% delivered and helped give us the best wedding I could dream possible. Plus, the wine is delish!