Anyone getting married in Islamorada?
Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:41 PM
Islamoradabride - I would love to get advice from you about vendors down there. Thinking of going with Bobs Bunz for the cake because everyone says they are the best, but heard they are super expensive? How did you find your DJ and Flowers? Any info would be much appreciated!! : )
Posted 10 September 2009 - 01:20 PM
Our DJ was Liquid DJs and they were fantastic-- very professional and just the eclectic mix we were looking for. I highly recommend them. I found out about them through WeddingWire.
For flowers, we used Floral Fantasy. They had good service-- my mom mainly worked with them, since she was way more concerned about the flowers than I was. I loved my bouquet and everything else they provided turned out great.
Let me know if you have questions about other vendors-- I have plenty of opinions!
Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:18 PM
Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:47 PM
For an officiant, I initially hired Susan Ashmore: Florida Keys Beach Weddings
She was absolutely wonderful on the phone and she has a very warm personality that I loved.
During my search for an officiant I also spoke with Michelle De La Torre: Weddings by Michelle - Wedding Planning and Packages
As you can see Michelle's website is much more professional looking, but on a personal level I just didn't "click" with her at all.
However, about two months before the wedding, my husband's stepmom became an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church to perform one of her friend's ceremonies. We asked her to do our wedding as well and she accepted. Having a relative as our officiant really added a level of intimacy that we loved. Susan Ashmore was completely understanding of the situation when we contacted her to cancel, so it worked out well.
I had my hair, makeup and nails done at Blu Bamboo Salon: http://www.blubamboo.com
Although the owner was a bit quirky and frazzled, all of the technicians and stylists were fantastic! Monica did an especially great job on my makeup. My needs for hair were very simple (just wavy and down), but Jaime did a very good job.
Posted 06 January 2010 - 11:26 PM
Posted 07 January 2010 - 01:43 AM
$200 extra just for the rehearsal is absolutely ridiculous!!! Both Susan and Michelle's rates were virtually the same. I think Susan was maybe $25 more. Susan charged $150-175 for the actual ceremony (can't remember which) and to attend the rehearsal was $75 more, so around $250 total for both days. She required a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve the dates.
Just wanted to also add that for flowers I also hired Floral Fantasy, specifically Debbie. I'm not particularly excited by flowers usually, but Floral Fantasy totally blew my mind! I would absolutely recommend them... and I priced them out vs. buying the same variety of flowers online and DIY assembling and Floral Fantasy was cheaper.
Here is a closeup of my bouquet - peonies, green cymbidium orchids and ivory roses.
Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:29 PM
Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:24 PM
bowhunterbride aka angie
Posted 22 February 2010 - 01:48 PM
Here are some of the rental companies in Islamorada that I contacted:
Stay in the Florida Keys
Island Villa Properties
You might also want to take a look at VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner). This is where we initially found the property we ended up booking. Although I don't think its listed on VRBO anymore, I'm sure there are other properties there that might we worth consideration.
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