I am so happy to announce Kristin and Kevin tied the knot on Saturday, March 30th 2013!
This was such a beautiful occasion. I wish them the best of luck and many blessings (Check back in the future for more pictures!)
The following were their vendors and contact information….But also along with this post is an honest and objective review of each contributor.
Address: 512 W 4th St. Ft. Worth, TX. Event Manager: Lori Robinson (817-332-6191)
Pros: If you’re looking for a historic feel with character, this is your place. This venue has the capacity to hold your ceremony and reception and is reasonably priced. Included are the Great Room and Grand Ballroom with Sound system and Stage (In the Ballroom only) as well as tables and chairs (no covers though). The great room is downstairs and 2 flights of stairs upward is the Grand Ballroom, so you’re still able to have the wow factor with separate areas. There is also a caterers kitchen adjoining the Grand Ballroom and commercial kitchen on the ground floor. But that’s not all, guess what!?! You have the peace of mind knowing your proceeds are contributed to a great cause. This venue is also a Residential Service for homeless women. But honestly had anyone not told me I would have never known. The top 3 levels are designated for the women’s shelter part but their exit and entry location is through the back during an event. So you don’t see any of the women unless you’re hanging out in the parking lot. Don’t know what to do with all that left over food? Again, you have the peace of mind knowing you are helping someone else out. You can donate all you want to the shelter!! The event managers were very nice and communication was always open. If one of the managers didn’t know an answer the other one called the next day! During my inspection and setup of the grand ballroom I noticed that the room just wasn’t where it needed to be. It was way too crowded with the original design the bride and groom had in mind. Once I got the OK from the bride to do what I needed to make it perfect, I changed almost the whole layout!!! The event managers were good sports about this and helped me move chairs and tables. (They pay someone to set up the tables so they could’ve just said you’re on your own.)
Cons: The venue is historic, so if you’re looking for crisp walls with no cracks and modern-day accents, turn the other way! The building has been updated but is still pretty old. So you’re restricted more than usual as to preserve almost everything! An example would be the DJ not being able to bring in their equipment through the main doors, but through a side stage door as to protect the historic floors. Whiiicccchhhhhhhhhh actually should not be a big deal unless you have a grumbling DJ complaining about picking up his own equipment. Other than that, the max capacity is 175 for a seated wedding and reception, which if your guest count is lower… That’s a Pro. The entire venue is plain and at first look does not seem wedding friendly, but add a little imagination and this space can be transformed into something magical. It will just take the extra $$$.
Florist: Bice’s Florist
Address: 650 W Bedford Euless Rd. Ft. Worth, TX. 76053. Florist: Cheri (817-299-3366) or Toll Free at (800-848-0209)
Pros: With what little budget there was to work with…… The couple received a lot for their money! The center pieces, I thought, were original and accented the couple just right. They were not elaborate but added a classic, colorful touch to its overall simplicity. They were early to the venue and everything was fresh. You do have the option of using your own vases (which can be cheaper), renting the florists’, or buying from the florist.
Cons: Communication was not the best. Now to be fair, this very well could have been a too many people with their hands in the pot situation, but honestly I don’t think so. Email responses were slow and the information could change from one to the next. Example: The couple choose to use some of their own vases and were told a date to drop them off. Later, they were told to drop them off earlier…which could have been inconvenient for the couple. Changes had to be made to the order and getting responses from this business was again slow and taxing. I’m assuming Cheri was the florist who brought the flowers to the venue. They might be great with flowers but they are not people friendly. Questions to them were replied with short and curt responses. But you know what… they were hired for great flowers and that’s what they provided.
Linens: Seat by Design
Address: 3733 N. Josey Lane. Suite 115. Carrollton,TX. 75007. Consultant Sandra. Store (972-395-7389) Company cell (214-686-6931)
Pros: Concise information is always a plus. Miss Sandra was pleasant, understanding and prompt! Her and her team were at the venue as early as they were allowed to be let in. Provided were table covers for 3 different size tables. seat covers and accents. Again last-minute changes needed to be made to the order but Seat by Design was understanding and accommodating. Miss Sandra was there when it was decided to change the receptions’ layout and didn’t bat an eye when we needed to add 2 DJ tables and take away seating tables. She gave advice on what went well and was a joy to work with. Her clean up crew were quick and efficient and again…. ONTIME!
Cons: I honestly don’t have a negative comment for this company. I would highly recommend their services for your event.
Caterers: Los Molcajetes
Address: 4320 Western center Blvd. Ft. Worth,TX. 76137. Contact 817-306-9000.
Pros: The food was absolutely amazing! For the price that was paid (around $10/pp) there was more than most could eat. There was enough food left over to cover the extra guests who showed (Have to love that RSVP) and 3 floors of the women’s shelter!
Cons: Now that saying “You get what you pay for” comes to mind when I think of this catering company. They were not prompt (about 30 mins late actually) and the lack of professionalism irked that last pressure point!! There was a serious lack of communication and in the end the couple did not get what they thought they had paid for. I’m not exactly sure what catering company doesn’t know they have to clean up and take out the trash, basic Catering 101 to me. But who am I. I’m so glad the couple had friends that pitched in and helped with the clean up and this incident didn’t deter the overall event.
Again overall this was a special day for Kristin and Kevin that I know they’ll never forget. The wedding was never lacking in charm and class. This event will forever be a great milestone and memory for their friends and family and I personally wish them the best!