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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Another productive weekend in Phoenix!

Matt and I drove to Phoenix on Friday night to get a head start on our weekend of wedding fun. Overall, it was a great weekend and we got a ton done.

Here's a brief summary:

Photographers - Met with Tod O'Driscoll, Photography by Kristie and Liquid Shutter Photography. Were super impressed by Kristie and LS and are now trying to make our decision. Kristie takes great pictures, has guarenteed us an assistant and has slightly lower prices. Unfortunately, her package doesn't quite come with as much time as we'd like. LS also has very good photos, two shooters, and has offered to alter one of their packages to meet our needs. Now we just need to start bargining via email to see who can give us the best package.

DJs - We met with AZ Celebrity DJ and Cruizin' Tunes DJ. We really likes Cruizin' Tunes as he seemed down to earth and to "get" what we were looking for before we told him. I just want to ask a few more questions and get a couple of references before we book. DONE! :)

Cakes - I wanted to start our cake quest this weekend but didn't have much luck. I called Honeymoon Sweets and they said I could come in to visit in late July at the earliest. bleck... I also called Cathy's Rum Cakes and talked to Cathy and she said to come in anytime. No prob. When we got their we were met by a rude girl who was far far less than helpful. Not worth our trouble. I'll take my buisness elsewhere. I don't care what your cake tastes like! Time to start again! :P

Caterer - When I finally got a hold of Atlasta (our chosen caterer) on Friday after a week of unreturned phone calls and emails, I was informed that our contact person (Kristen) was no longer with the company as of Tuesday. From that statement she either quit or was fired but none the less Atlasta didn't have any of our contact info and asked that we send our proposal back to them. I totally should have deducted a little money as they can't keep their accounts straight. After a couple confusing phone calls on Friday, we were set on a Monday meeting with Steve. The meeting ended up going pretty well. Supposedly, Steve is the owner of the company despite only looking 30ish. He promised us that he will be handling our account from here on out and we won't be passed around. We were fairly satisfied and will probably be sending in a deposit this week.

Florist - On Monday, we got to meet with Alan at Kabloom in Chandler and once again were super pleased. He remembered our account and promptly changed our order slightly. I'm super excited for our flowers. They are so unique and pretty! :) We put down a deposit this weekend! DONE!

Dress - I was refered to Azteca Bridal Plaza by Marisa Bridal's vendor page and was nothing but disappointed when mom and I went to look for dresses. First of all, they don't actually carry Marisa dresses. In addition, I'm looking for something without tons of beading and of the 1000+ dresses in the shop we found a total of 3 which fit this criteria. Finally, the place was a madhouse with large crowds, screaming babies, disappearing staff, and a heartfelt rendition of "My Heart Will Go On" blasting from a DJ hocking their services. A definate skip.

Band - Monday morning we met Gary at Craftsmart (yes, this was his suggestion not ours!) and we gave him a deposit for our wedding. Their music will be awesome! :) DONE!
Overall a great weekend! :) Thanks Mom!


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