My Wedding Review
Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:35 PM
Everything about our wedding day was amazing!!!
But I'll start at the beginning!
We both had breakfast with our parents (seperately). I had read this in a magazine and I thought it was a great idea. You get so busy throughout the entire day that it was nice to spend some time with my parents before the day got too hectic.
Color Salon at Caesar's
They were all amazing!! I took my bridesmaids, mother, and mother-in-law plus myself. It was extremely expensive but I felt like a princess and the service was exceptional!! I was sipping a mimosa from a champagne glass within minutes of arriving! I loved my hair and makeup. My hair stayed curly the entire day (till 2am the next morning) and my makeup stayed on as well! The eyelashes even stayed on for a day or two after the wedding! Everyone recieved a manicure, up-do and make-up. Some of the girls asked about a pedicure and was able to get one. And i believe one or two upgraded to false eyelashes. Each of the girls paid for their own upgrades if they wanted them. But the salon was sooo accomodating in fitting the extras in. My only complaint would be the prices. It is very expensive but I honestly didn't care that day! We all had so much fun at the salon and we all felt like princesses!
Spa at Caesar's
Rather than buy all the girls and the mothers a present I choose to treat them to a day at the spa the day before the wedding. Like the salon it was expensive but the girls raved about it the entire trip. Said it was better than any necklace!!! They don't have a keepsake per say but the time spent together was priceless.
My wedding co-ordinator Melissa was amazing!!! I can't say enough great things about her. She ALWAYS emailed me back within 24 hrs and had answers to everyone of my questions. I had 6 different parcels shipped to Caesar's and they happily held all of them till I arrived. And even though she was off the day we arrived, we had no problems picking up our parcels. My only complaint would be (and this is nit-picking) is that I wanted a isle runner and she recommended a company they work with. However, because of price, I decided to rent one instead from the company we got our linens from. I hadn't realized how wide the isle was and the rented aisle runner didn't look as nice as I had wanted. I wish she would have said something when i told her we were going with a rented one because they tend to be a standard size. i probably would have paid the extra cash to have the wide aisle runner but overall it probably wasn't that important and i doubt anyone else noticed. We brought our photographer with us and had no problems taking pics throughout the entire property; from the pool area to the gardens out front.
Joe's Seafood, Prime Rib, & Stone Crab
AGAIN AMAZING!!!! This restaurant is located in the new entrance of the Forum shops on the bottom floor. We had our reception in the Gigi room! The only requirement to book this room is that you have to guarentee $5000. We had 50 people and knew with dinner and alchohol we would have no trouble hitting that target! In fact we were more concerned with how much we would go over. The dinner was incredible!! We had eaten there before and knew this (part of the reason we booked it) but you never know when the food is cooked in such mass quantities. But every course was fantastic!!! Everyone of our guests is still talking about that meal!! We were a bit late from pictures and the staff already had everyone seated and had been serving the signiture cocktail prior to our arrival! We had our own private waiter who took care of us!! Our co-ordinator Sabrina arranged and set up all our flower arrangements I was unable to keep up with all the courses and he happily boxed up all our food so it wouldn't be wasted! He was ontop of any request we had immediately. Again we just felt like royalty the entire time! Now our guests (even the ones who don't normally drink alot) were just downing the drinks because the signature cocktail was soo good. But at $12 a drink we knew these would add up quickly but of course we were happy to see our guests having such a good time. As we got ready to depart I asked our waitor what the balance was that we owed (had already paid the $5000) and he said don't worry its covered! I couldn't believe it!!!!!!!!!! His reply was you took care of us so we're happy to take care of you!! I'm not sure what he meant by that.....we had yet to tip him....but I'm very thankful!! The room looked amazing, the service was incredible and the food even more incredible. They even provided 2 go cups so that everyone could take a drink with them in the limo. I know its a bit pricy but if your going to have decent amount of guests - Joe's is the best place you could go!!!
Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:32 PM
We used VIP limo's to transport everyone from the Forum shops to New York New York. They too were great to work with. And in fact had lowered their rates from the time we initially booked and gave us the better price. We also decided to use two limos instead of just one and they were able to accomodate our request 24 hrs prior to the event. We were required to be at the piano bar by 9pm and course we were running 15 min late and the strip was jam packed!!! Our driver quickly found a back route and had us there in no time!!!
Bar at Time's Square - New York New York
Ok well the evening ended up well but I had all kinds of problems getting ahold of people. Turns out the girl i initially contacted and signed a contract with was let go prior to our event. Luckily I had kept copies of teh contract along with all of our email transactions. So they did honor the contract which i was very thankful for because their new fees required us to pre-pay for alcohol for a certain time period which would have cost us close to $5000. And I certainly didn't have an extra $5000 45-30 days prior to the wedding. So once that was all straightened out I had to pay the balance the of the depost which covered everyone's entrance fee. I emailed and called and was unable to get ahold of anyone. This was the most frustrating part of dealing with this company. They were absolutely horrible to try to get ahold of and never called you back!
In the end though, there was a manager waiting for us when we arrived (not the woman i had been talking to) who took care of us. They did a head count and only charged us for the exact number of people who attended rather than the number we had initially given them a few months back. They had enough seats for everyone and even made us a mini dance floor in our sectioned off area. The entertainment was awesome which is why we booked it in the first place. Everyone had a great time and they let my brother perform on the piano and me sing a song. Even our waitress was incredible; had drinks in front of us all night long!
Overall, everything worked out but I was completely stressed about this part of the evening simply because no one could call me back. But we had a great time and many of our guests (including us) were there till the bar closed at 2am!
I am so thankful to all the vendors we used who all made our day so special. Absolutely the best day of my life!!!!
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