Vendor Reviews: The Rest of the Wedding

After reviewing the best of the wedding vendors, it’s time to review the rest! These vendors were mostly great, but those A+ vendors really ruined the bell curve for everyone and I had to split the post somehow.

Caterer: Forks &Fingers


I think it’s important to note that our guests would most likely give Forks & Fingers an A based on presentation and taste, while I would prefer to give them a B based on issues the guests never knew about. People raved about how amazing the food was, and we agreed. Presentation was fine, the bar was great, and everyone loved the two crazy bartenders. All in all it was a great show. However, there were some things that went wrong that I’m still a little upset about, such as them bringing the wrong champagne glasses and messing up our escort cards, missing appetizers that should have been included, different presentation style than what we had discussed, and bar offerings that weren’t at all what we had agreed on. Again, since these are things that only my family and I noticed, it wasn’t the end of the world, but it was still pretty annoying. I would recommend them, but with the caveat that you need to get every detail in writing and double check everything.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew Factory


My girls looked absolutely incredible in their dresses. While we didn’t get the whole shopping experience (I like to think I spared them), they spent less than $50 per dress and will hopefully even get to wear them again. The J.Crew Factory website is always easy to shop through, and I would definitely recommend looking there for casual bridesmaids’ dresses. The only thing to keep in mind is that they sell out fast, so if you see something you need to buy it right away. The three styles of dresses I chose were sold out in about three weeks, so this method of shopping is not for the faint of heart!

Cake Buffet Cakes: Whole Foods, Milford


I didn’t try any of the cakes from Whole Foods because of the gluten issue, so I’m just going off of Momma Rucksack’s opinion here. She said the strawberry shortcake was good, but wasn’t a fan of the chocolate cake. For what it’s worth, I’ve always liked Whole Foods cakes because they’re not super sweet and artificial, and my mom tends to like things that are”¦well, more sugary. So unfortunately I can’t tell you if this was just a taste issue or what. What I can tell you is that our chocolate cakes were decorated exactly as we asked and the strawberry cakes weren’t at all what we wanted. I was fine with them anyway, so we’ll call them good. Plus, for $26 per cake I can’t really complain.

Justice of the Peace: Mitchell Cohan


We had a lot of trouble finding an officiant for our wedding, partly because of availability and partly because of our lack of funds. (That shiz can be expensive!) We found Mitchell through the town of Madison’s website, met with him, and hired him. He’s a super nice guy and we’re really happy we found him, although the ceremony did get flubbed in a couple of spots. Mr. Rucksack says he flubbed in the perfect spots, though, and that it turned out beautifully.

(All photos by Abigail Scott unless otherwise noted)

Previously on the Rucksack Recaps:


Mrs. Rucksack

Branford, CT
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  1. Guest
    E, Guest @ 3:56 pm

    Are you and Mrs. Woodpecker going to do a joint post someday or what?
    :) thanks for the informative reviews! Your posts are always great.

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:45 pm

    I love vendor reviews! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    mrscam24 26 posts, Newbee @ 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the reviews! I have a quick question: How much dessert did you buy for the size of your wedding? That’s where my biggest issue I’ve been trying to figure out when buying from an outside source, like Whole Foods or elsewhere “non-traditional”.

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    Mrs. Gondola 980 posts, Busy bee @ 6:58 pm

    Thank you for such good honest reviews!

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    Mrs. Rucksack 496 posts, Helper bee @ 7:42 am

    @E: Thanks! I don’t see a joint post in our near future, but wasn’t her wedding so lovely?
    @Miss Wellies: I love reviews too!
    @MrsCam24: I used this great guide: and purchased 4 9inch Whole Foods cakes & our 8 inch Paleo cake for a total of 116 slices. With 90 guests we had half of a cake leftover.
    @Mrs. Gondola: Thanks – I hope they’ll be helpful to my CT planning bees out there!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 628 posts, Busy bee @ 7:57 am

    I still can’t believed you whipped those bridesmaids’ bouquets up at the last minute – nice work! I love vendor reviews and I’m sure this will be helpful to CT bees.

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    mrscam24 26 posts, Newbee @ 3:46 pm

    Thanks so much!

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