A = Awesome
B = Okay
C = Meh
D & lower = Fierce wretched
Ceremony & Reception: Promises to Keep Derry, NH www.promisesnh.com
You can tell that weddings are what they do and that they've perfected their methods. They're organized, easy to work with, accommodating, and professional. My parents were in town for a couple days last month and decided on a whim to visit Promises because they hadn't seen it. The coordinator welcomed them in and gave them a full tour even though my parents showed up unannounced! My mom and dad were just going to drive by, so the full tour was unexpected. They also have this great vendor package and will take care of the details for the cake, centerpieces, limo, and DJ. That kept costs down too. Our ceremony was going to be outside in their gazebo, but it rained and we had to do it inside. They set it up beautifully though, and at that point I was too excited to care anyway! It cleared up after the ceremony and we took pictures in their garden with the gazebo and the koi pond. I could go on and on about Promises, so if you want more details, let me know!
Photog: Kevin Jacobus kevinjacobusphoto.com A+
He should be way more expensive than he is, lol! He did our engagement photos and wedding photos. Haven't seen the wedding photos yet, but the engagement shots turned out awesome. We were nervous about doing them, but he made us feel really comfortable. He was awesome at the wedding, too, and I can't wait to see the photos.
Makeup: Brea Cherne makeupbybrea.com A+
Brea is fantastic. Everyone loved their makeup and she's just a cool person. She gives you a lipstick to keep and a sheet with all of the makeup she used for you. My MOH and Brea also found out that they have a mutual friend and bonded over that connection!
Hair: Aiden James salon A+ www.fourwaterstreet.com Nashua, NH
I started with Kymm Devlin (Grade: F), which was an awful mess, then switched to this salon. Rachel, the owner, is great. I loved what she did at the trial and on the day of she made a suggestion to change it a little and it looked even better. I'm calling her after my honeymoon for regular haircuts!
Justice of the Peace: John & Cathy Scuto A+ blueskyweddings.com
John is the JP (although Cathy is certified) and Cathy is basically the details person; makes sure set up is good, etc. They're awesome. They send you this ginormous create-your-own-ceremony binder. You can make your ceremony totally unique, totally traditional, etc.
DJ: Get Down Tonight Entertainment (Chad Ardizzoni) A+ getdowntonight.com
The DJ was part of our vendor package with Promises to Keep. Chad is energetic and we have similar tastes in music. He was hysterical. My friends wanted to take him home and use him regularly for parties. He was rocking out, pretending to sing into the mic, and our guests said that because it was obvious that he was having a good time, so were they.
Flowers: Lyndsey Loring Design A+ lyndseyloringdesign.com
Flowers weren't that important to me, but I *love* what Lyndsey did! She's incredibly inexpensive (I paid under $400), but I'm sitting here holding my bouquet because I love it, lol! Anyone know how to preserve bouquets?
My dress: Marry&Tux in Nashua, NH marryandtuxbridal.com A+
I love them! I had a pretty small budget, but found a beautiful, quality Maggie Sottero at this full-service salon. They have a huge selection, too. The customer service was excellent and they made me feel like I was a VIP. They even carried my dress out to my car when I picked it up and were just helpful in every way.
BM dresses: David's Bridal davidsbridal.com C
It's a wedding factory, which can be fine--my BMs found inexpensive dresses that they liked, so that was great. We were ignored for 45 min of our appt, though, and at my wedding dress appt the consultant ignored the photos I gave her and only brought out the opposite of what I requested. They're just kind of a mess. But a cheap mess, so if you're willing to deal with the stress, you can save $.
Centerpieces: Flowers by Steve flowersbysteveinc.com C (for customer service)
They were included in our Promises vendor package, but I wouldn't have used these guys otherwise. There's another flower place you can use, and I just randomly picked this one. Wrong choice. I drove an hour to meet with them for less than 5 min, and they made me wait in an empty room for half an hour (while the shop was empty). Then 3 min into my 5-min meeting, the owner comes in, interrupting my meeting to talk to the consultant about another client in front of me while I sat there awkwardly. I just thought it was unprofessional. The centerpieces were nice, but I wouldn't deal with the place again.
Cake: Jaques Fine European Pastries A+ jaquespastries.com
Also in our venue package, and I'm sooo happy they were! Their cakes are delicious masterpieces. At our tasting they covered the table with a ton of different cakes and fillings; I couldn't believe how many options there were. We have some leftover cake and I can't wait to eat it.
Tuxes: MW Tux B mwtux.com
They're all over the country and you can easily coordinate for guys out of state, which worked perfectly for us. The upstate NY store messed up, though, and gave the groomsman and best man the wrong pants. They were a totally different style and when we told the NH store about it, the guy was shocked. He said that the computer shows an error message that the tux doesn't match and you have to manually override it. The NY store overnighted the right pants to NH, so everything worked out, but it was touch-and-go for a while there.
Limo: Black Tie Limo A+ blacktielimo.com
Also a part of our Promises package. They were on time, friendly, and professional.
Rings: Blue Nile bluenile.com A+
They're easy to use, less expensive than a lot of places I've seen, guarantee quality, and have a helpful customer service hotline. My ring size is 3.5, so it's a special order, and they were great about it. We got a discount on wedding rings because FI got my e-ring from them.
Seamstress: A Stitch in Time by Lourdes (Nashua, NH) A+
Lourdes is a magician. She was very pleasant to work with and did a fantastic job, especially on my complicated bustle (which had 9 parts).