OK, I’m back for part two of my Seattle-area vendor reviews. If you’re not in the Seattle area, feel free to skip this post! (Or, read it and leave a nice comment or two!)
As a reminder, the scale I’m using for all vendors is as follows:
Paper Printing: Evolution Press
As I’ve already talked about, I did the design work for our wedding-paper suite. When it came time to find a printer, I reached out to many different companies/studios/workshops, both in the city and across the country. Evolution Press offered the lowest price and so happened to be the closest one to our house. They were extremely responsive to email and their work was phenomenal. We received a lot of compliments on our paper, and it was largely due to the amazing letterpress. Bonus: They ship around the country so you can use them even if you don’t live in Seattle!
Nails: Hoa Salon (Madison Valley)
Hoa Salon is my nail salon of choice. They have three locations in Seattle and I like them all. I knew that when it came time to get my nails done for the wedding, I would be heading there. The salons are adorable, the ladies are super sweet, and the prices are reasonable. Plus, they give massages with their mani/pedi services. Not a bad way to spend an hour! They let us have most of the salon and bring in our own champagne. It was great!
DJ: Brian Waltz of Good Times DJ Services
We knew very early on that we would be hiring Brian for our wedding. He DJ’ed Apple Pie and Waffle’s wedding, and we spent the night dancing away—we closed out the party even though I had to be at the airport at 6:00 AM the next day! He knows how to read a crowd really well and makes his music choices with that in mind. I spent a large chunk of our wedding dancing, too, and enjoyed every minute of it. Plus, Brian did something completely by chance that led to my favorite memory of the wedding, but you’ll have to wait for recaps for that!
Photo Booth: Limelight Photo Booth
*Do Not Recommend*
It saddens me to have to write that, but it’s the honest truth. While I’m glad we had a photo booth and I like the photos we have, they just weren’t the best vendors. It’s a national company that contracts to local photographers, and our experience just wasn’t great. We ended up having to pay more money to have them set up “early” (as in, not during our ceremony or reception), which was not on the contract or the website. I had confirmed that this setup would work with the main company, but when push came to shove, I didn’t have anything that said we didn’t have to pay “waiting time” and they didn’t have exact communication saying that we did. We chose to pay it because: 1) We absolutely DID NOT want them setting up during our ceremony (seriously, why would they have even considered this in a shared space?) and 2) It was close enough to our wedding that we didn’t want the hassle. The photos themselves came to us unedited (think: red-eye in every photo), and they used such a bright setup that my backdrop was completely lost. Were they awful? No, absolutely not. Would I hire them again? No.
Favors: Theo Chocolate
We have some sitting in our wine fridge waiting for us!
What can I say about Theo that I didn’t already say? They’re delicious, I’m excited to eat the leftovers when we get back from our honeymoon, and our guests seemed to love them! (We only ended up with 10 out of 200 left.)
Sparky’s experience with my solitaire and then our process with my setting and then our custom experience with wedding bands were spectacular. We were treated very well by everyone involved, and we had a lot of fun with the design process. I would happily send someone to Fox’s Gem Shop or Green Lake Jewelry for rings, and I can say with all honesty that I smile every time I see my ring set and Sparky’s ring.
I posted this photo to Facebook the Sunday after the wedding.
Rehearsal Dinner Venue: FareStart Restaurant
The setting is beautiful, the food is delicious, and it’s a charity! I’m really glad we went with FareStart, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up booking another party with them someday. They were very communicative and they are very clearly passionate about what they do. Use them for a venue, check them out for lunch, or if you’re in Seattle on a Thursday evening, go there for dinner!
Guest Hotel: W Hotel
*Recommend, with Reservations*
They gave us an amazing rate and I’m really glad for that. That being said, they did seem to charge our guests for every little thing, parking was difficult and expensive, and they were not very organized. I asked them to charge us for my dad/stepmom’s room and for one night of my mom’s room, and they didn’t. That was frustrating! Especially since they had known that this was going to be the plan for a while. It’s a nice enough hotel, but they really do overcharge for what should be amenities.
Our Hotel: Alexis Hotel
The room that I stayed in for two nights was AMAZING. Sparky had a similar room for the night he stayed by himself (the rooms were actually next door to each other, which was funny). The staff was extremely helpful, and they left us a lovely bottle of champagne on our wedding day (which we opened upon our return to the hotel). It is definitely on the more expensive side as hotels go, but both rooms were lovely/spacious and very comfortable.
So there you have it—our vendor team! We got very lucky and really only encountered the most minor of problems.
How did your vendors work out for you? Any hiccups? Any stars?