I always found vendor reviews particularly helpful as a planning bride, which is why I thought it was so important to pay it forward and review the vendors that we used! I’ve tried to be quick and concise, but would be very happy to answer any questions by message or in the comments! If you missed part 1, click here. Ceremony: Notre-Dame de Bonsecours Chapel,A
This is our home parish, so I am a little biased, but the ceremony was breathtaking in Montreal’s oldest chapel, right in the heart of Old Montreal. Catholic wedding ceremonies don’t normally have a lot of customization available, so we were surprised to find that Father C was very open to incorporating a rose ceremony and even a blessing of the hands. Overall, we were very satisfied.
Venue: Le Windsor, A++
The Windsor is one of Montreal’s most prestigious venues, and we can see why. Even though we paid a pretty penny, they were always great at answering all of my questions during the planning stage and even better on our actual wedding day. Everything ran like clockwork and the staff were incredibly attentive and professional. Everyone raved about the venue, and it was breathtaking. Definitely recommend!
Hive, before I say goodbye for good, I thought it was important to review some of the vendors that helped bring our wedding day vision to life. As a bride, I devoured as many reviews as I could before booking my vendors, so here’s hoping some of these are helpful to planning brides out there! I promise, I’ll be as concise as possible. Ready? Here we go.
I ordered my gown from DB in Burlington VT. The consultation went very smoothly and I didn’t feel rushed at all. However, I felt pressured to order a much bigger size than I would have normally purchased and was told that it was quite normal to “size up” in bridal. When the gown arrived, it was so big on me that it was literally falling off. Luckily, the ladies at DB were great and rush ordered me a brand new (smaller) dress at no cost to me and I was able to receive it and alter it with a month to spare. The alterations department was also great and my monster of a bustle (25 points!) held up amazingly throughout the night.The dress itself was very good quality. I felt like a princess in it; my only regret is not being able to wear it ever again
Well, you’ve seen the Waterfall wedding from start to finish, but before I go, I wanted to share some of the details that I worked so hard on!
Sadly, because of some unforeseen delays, we arrived at the venue much later than planned, and our photographers weren’t able to get pictures of the room before guests arrived. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wish I had some lovely photos of all my details, since it was the details that I obsessed the most over. No matter, our wedding was perfect for us, and I’ve tried to supplement with guest photos where I could.
If I had a dollar for every person who told me my wedding day would be over before I knew it, it would probably be enough to pay for the whole thing! Sadly, those people were 100% correct; the day came and went in the blink of an eye! To be honest, everything after I passed out is kind of a blur. I don’t really remember what songs were played or which guests we danced with—I just remember dancing the night away and just feeling so incredibly loved and happy.
Since we failed at greeting every table, Mr. W and I decided to divide and conquer on the dance floor to ensure we would see everyone. It’s silly, but every guest looked so ecstatic to dance with the bride and groom, even if just for a quick minute, so that is exactly what we did! The flip side of that is that we didn’t get to really dance with each other a whole lot, which is a bit disappointing, but not a big deal since we have a lifetime of dances ahead of us.
Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. My most memorable dance with Mr. Waterfall was not our first dance or our last! It was the second-to-last song of the night, “Solo Tengo Ojos Para Ti” by Juan Luis Guerra. I’ve already mentioned that I grew up listening to his songs, but that song in particular gives me chills every time. I love it so much, in fact, that we considered using it for our first dance. But since it didn’t make the cut, I made sure to include it on our must-play list. Somewhere after 3:00 AM, after most guests had gone home and the lights were dimmed, I heard the first few chords and scrambled to find my new husband. What I loved about that moment is that everything and everyone else just kind of fell away. It felt like we were back in our living room, gently swaying, like we had so many times before.
While dancing was obviously a huge part of our reception, Mr. Waterfall and I knew that we really wanted to offer a photo booth to our guests. And boy was it ever a hit! It was fun for the whole family.
Flower Girl M with her brother JC (my parents’ godson) and their parents
We negotiated the photo booth as part of our photography package instead of going with a separate photo booth company, mostly for budget reasons. Jesse and Catherine set up the booth, which was completely automated, and our guests did the rest. It was so easy to use that people of all ages were lining up and striking a pose, from our older guests…
As I’ve mentioned before, I felt very strongly about incorporating my Cuban identity into our wedding, and naturally, a big part of that is the music. I put together a short list of my favourite Cuban and Latin songs and gave it to our DJ, and he mixed them in seamlessly.
Guys, in case I haven’t stressed it enough already: I love to dance. Seriously. LOVE IT. So naturally, I wanted our reception to be the best party of my life, and for that, you need a kick-ass DJ. Our DJ actually came highly recommended from our photographers, and even though he was a little more than we initially wanted to spend, it was well worth the money. We met with Mark twice before the wedding and gave him some direction about the type of music we liked, but pretty much let him do his thang. In fact, we didn’t even provide a “do not play” list because, really, there are no songs that were that offensive to us. I did provide a “must play” list with a dozen Cuban songs, but only because I knew they would be overlooked otherwise. (I will go into a little bit more detail on that in my next post since many of you inquired about my Cuban playlist.)
I already mentioned that we had our first dance right off the bat, so the dance floor was open very early on, and our guests certainly didn’t waste any time. In fact, the dance floor was packed in between each dinner course, and it stayed packed all the way till 3:00 AM, when we had to close the party down.
Everyone was out on the dance floor, from our adorable flower girls (and their Barbies)…
Throughout the entire wedding planning process, Papi W. only had two requests: 1) attending the cake tasting and 2) playing “YMCA” at the reception. How could I say no after everything he had done for me? So, while it was not my favourite, I asked our DJ to open the dance floor with “YMCA.”
If you’ve been following along for a while, you know we decided not to do personal vows during our ceremony for many reasons. Instead, we decided to say a few nice words to each other in our toasts. Mr. Waterfall went first, and my heart was beating right out of my chest.