I have to give a lot of the credit of the success of our wedding to all our amazing wedding vendors. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of everyone who had a hand in helping us pull off our big day with the hopes that it might help some local NYC/Brooklyn brides. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend each and every one of them!
Wedding insurance: WedSafe. It should be no surprise that I’m listing our wedding insurance first because without the insurance, there would’ve been no wedding. We recovered our entire upfront payment of almost $22,000 from WedSafe when reBar suddenly shut down. The agent I spoke to was incredibly comforting (you can imagine how distraught I was on that telephone conversation) and the claims process was easier than I would have expected (even before reBar’s closing was official, we were allowed to file a claim). We received a check from WedSafe less than one week from when we filed the claim and were even able recoup other wedding expenses under the “extra expense” category. (More explanation on that in my budget post.)
Venue: The Liberty Warehouse. I cannot sing the praises of the LW loud enough. Jeff came to our rescue when we lost reBar and gave us an amazing deal on our progressive cocktail / stationed reception (I doubt we would have been able to afford the LW under normal circumstances). When it came to signing a contract with the LW, I was wary. After all, we had spent months researching reBar and poring over all the details of what was included and what wasn’t. What if the contract at LW had hidden costs? When I questioned Jeff on the potential additional costs of linens, table and chair rentals, staff, cake cutting fees, etc., he assured us, “If you have your wedding here, you will not have to worry about a thing.” And he was true to his word. Jeff and everyone at LW are expert professionals at putting on a memorable event, and Mr. S and I could not believe the level of service given to us and our guests throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. For all his bravado, Jeff was undoubtedly the fairy godfather to our Cinderella story, and we are ever grateful.
Photographer: Clean Plate Pictures. Something about Erica’s work drew me in from the very beginning and I’m glad we chose her because we are over the moon happy with the finished product. Our wedding photos are not overdone, forced, or trendy. They simply capture the happiest moments of our day in a candid but flattering and natural way. Erica and her assistant Justin were a pleasure to work with. They were not intrusive, but rather very helpful in keeping us on schedule and giving advice on last minute decisions so that Mr. S and I didn’t have to do anything more but enjoy our day.
Videographer: Kiss the Bride Films. Alwyn and Jason were awesome to work with and made us feel very at ease in front of the camera. They both worked with smaller cameras so their presence was not invasive in any way, and the editing of our short highlight reel and longer documentary film are Hollywood quality.
Day of coordinator: Whimsy Weddings. I feel like I’ve gushed about Tatiana so often throughout our recaps that it should be obvious by now that we couldn’t have pulled off such a fete without her and her team. Her eye for detail is impeccable and she executed our vision to such perfection. She handled the forgotten wedding ring debacle with confidence and poise (if there were any other mishaps during the day, I am blissfully unaware), and was always ready with a solution to my last minute problems, questions, and checklist items. I like to think that we could have done without a DOC, but really, it’s a huge relief to be able to hand the reins over to someone else just as anal as you are so you can just sit back and soak it all in.
Hair and makeup: Daniela Rodriguez NYC. Phenomenal. My makeup was flawless and Leanna replicated my inspiration picture to a tee (except for a tweak to the lipstick color that was my request). And though the hair trials left much to be desired, on wedding day, she magically read my mind and gave me exactly the undone and ethereal up-do I had been struggling to describe on my own. My hair and makeup both stayed put throughout the night, despite numerous hugs and kisses, jumping up and down on the dance floor, and completely losing it during my dad’s speech. Furthermore, my mom, aunt, and bridesmaids who had services done by Leanna that day were more than happy with their hair and/or make up. People pleaser all around!
Wedding dress alterations: The Wedding Dresser. I purchased a sample dress that was too big in some places and too long in all the places. Susan worked her magic and a dress made to fit a six-foot model eventually looked like it was made just for four-foot-eleven-and-three-quarters-inches me. In addition to that, Susan was very open to the custom alterations I wanted done, including the lace shawl thingy made from the scrap fabric of my dress. When I purchased my dress, I did so on the contingency that all the alterations I wanted could be done, and despite the tricky construction, Susan pulled it all off seamlessly (OMG is that a pun?!).
Groom’s tuxedo: MySuit. Mr. S rarely indulges in men’s formal wear so it was a real treat for him to have a tuxedo custom made for our wedding. We worked with Andre at the MySuit on Madison Avenue who really took the time to explain the fit and finishes to Mr. S so that he could make an informed decision (it’s really daunting to make selections when there are so many options) and gave great fashion advice when Mr. S was stuck. Mr. S’s two tone tux was a custom look and a perfect fit, and we all had a lot of fun with Andre creating the whole look.
Florist: Barbara Bell Design. Barbara took my key words, loose ideas, and Pinterest board, and just ran with it. From the beginning I could tell we were on the same page—loose, textured, mismatched, but still cohesive. But what I found on the day of our wedding just blew me away. Our bouquets were rich with various textures, the garland lush on the tables, the birch log arrangements placed just so, and the various other floral arrangements just perfectly quirky and coordinated. Nothing felt like it was too overdone, and yet the florals and candlelight made a huge impact and complemented all our other décor so perfectly.
Lounge furniture rentals: Patina Vintage Rentals. Everything about Patina Vintage Rentals is just too cool. From visiting their warehouse, to Kim (the happiness ninja who helped me select our rented pieces), to the actual furniture—all just too friggin’ cool. Kim was so sweet and helpful (she definitely worked some budget magic) and from what I know, delivery and set up went off without a hitch.
DJ: Ben the Beyonder. So many of our guests raved about DJ Ben, and it was easy to understand why. He kept the dance floor packed all night with a creative mix of pop music across the generations. His contribution was crucial to maintaining the par-tay mood that we hoped for all through our reception. In addition to his talent on the turn tables, he is a stand up human being. When reBar shut down, DJ Ben upheld the discounted reBar rate for any of the affected couples willing to still have him. He’s just one of the many vendors that have shown such compassion throughout the reBar ordeal, and we can’t thank him enough.
Lighting: Universal Light and Sound. Mark at ULS came highly recommended, and the reason why became evident through our numerous e-mail exchanges. He was very professional and had many examples of his work at the LW so that we could envision how the various lighting options would look in the space. We contracted him for globe lights over the dance floor, and when we lucked into the free chandeliers, Mark was more than happy to make some last minute changes so that we could use the globe lights over the banquet tables.
Cake: One Girl Cookies. Our banana cake with hazelnut ganache wedding cake was a huge crowd pleaser. Even I, a self-proclaimed non-sweets person, couldn’t resist a few slices the following day.
Transportation: Tran-Star Limo. So many things can go wrong with logistics and transportation, especially in Brooklyn / NYC. But I had nothing to worry about with Trans-Star Limo. The shuttles were clean, on time, the drivers were knowledgeable about Brooklyn traffic patterns, and none of our guests were left stranded.
I think that covers it all. Again, I can’t stress how big of role all our vendors played in bringing to life our vision because, let’s face it, the Pinterest board, Google research, and endless excel spreadsheets could only take us so far. We had a brilliant and trustworthy team behind us to execute and we thank them all a million times over for making our wedding the unforgettable party time evening that it was.