Latest reviews on Kitchener-Waterloo wedding experts
Custom Designer Tracy Schabl, owner of Kitchener-Waterloo based DoubleTake Invitations specializes in couture invitations that set the style and design of your wedding day.
Tracy's fresh and unique approach to invitations, endless stock options, competitive pricing (in Tracy's own words, "custom doesn't have to mean expensive!") and bubbly personality is so special that, past brides we talked to unanimously agreed that DoubleTake Invitations set the stage for a perfect wedding day.
When we interviewed past brides about Ellen Shute, owner of Ellen & Company in St.Mary's, an alterations house specializing in bridal and formal wear alterations, we couldn't believe the response. From feedback like, "I was so impressed, I now have her alter all of my dresses" to, "Ellen is the ONLY person I trust with my alterations," it was quickly clear that this fashion-loving alterations specialist plays a crucial role in many happy wedding days.
For clients, it's Ellen's exceptional attention to detail, years of experience and a deep passion (and great eye) for making sure you look fabulous that keeps them coming back long after the honeymoon...
JJJ Video Productions Inc., owned by John Cash, offers several things that local brides and grooms want from their videography: budget-friendly pricing, flexible options, a great reputation and a videographer whose level of experience means that he's very difficult to surprise. As of 2014, JJJ Video has been capturing wedding day memories on camera for over thirty years. Over the years, the things that matter to John have stayed the same - videos that capture the people, the relationships, and the events of the day are still the biggest priorities for most couples, and for JJJ.
And so, working with brides and grooms (who are often referred family or friends of past clients), John keeps it simple. He personally meets with each couple, he shoots alone to maintain control over quality and to keep costs down, he limits his bookings, does all the editing himself, and most importantly, he still loves his job - and according to brides, it shows.
The team at The Ring sat down with John to find out how this gentleman never fails to have a wedding booked on his calendar, a camera in hand, and a smile on his face. Let us explain...
Knowing that planning a wedding can be hectic and stressful, James Fields, Owner of Vintner's Cellar Waterloo, set out to make at least one part of it easy and fun. With a huge selection of high quality wines and a relentless pursuit of perfection, Vintner's Cellar runs on the motto, “30 minutes of your time makes 30 bottles of fine wine.” They can help you select wine based on both your budget and your food – complementing both and cutting your bar bill in half. In an attempt to provide personalized service for each of their customers, Vintner's Cellar can provide homemade wine for your bachelor/bachelorettes, reception and guest favours with customized labels. They can also host fun and interactive private bottling parties for you and your wedding party.
With over ten years of experience in the wedding industry, first as a photographer, then a recent bride, and now the Owner of her shoe and accessories store, Simona Gagliostro of Urban Bride, seems to know what local brides are looking for and what they expect in service when they go out looking for it. Urban Bride is conveniently located in downtown Kitchener and is your one-stop shop for your bridal shoes (including custom design/colour shoes), accessories, custom flower girl dresses and more. You get the vast selection of shopping online with the comfort of dealing with a friendly and professional person face to face. Setting this shop apart from larger gown franchises, Urban Bride supports local designers by carrying their lines in her busy shop and using local talent (as well as imported, exclusive, and one-of-a-kind designers) to customize items for her brides – whether it’s adding bows and feathers to accessories or creating unique shoe clips.
The Ring met with Simona at her cool, cozy storefront and found that she had a ton of great samples for brides to browse through. And what we couldn’t find in stock, there was a catalogue we could order from or a fun way to customize what was on the shelf. Combining her love of fashion and photography, Simona offers items to cover many brides' wedding needs in one destination, from classic to trendy – whatever an urban bride needs. And that's why we knew that Urban Bride was destined to be famous among local brides looking for just that - and we were right. Let us tell you more…
Patricia Fretwell, Owner and Officiant at Feelings From the Heart Wedding Chapel & Officiants, loves to go to work every day, finding inspiration in the couples she marries. Feelings From the Heart is conveniently located in Kitchener City Hall, just underneath the Clerk's Office where you get your marriage license. Pat says the chapel and officiants cater to brides of all ages and financial backgrounds, having performed hundreds of weddings since she began in 2002 and marrying people as young as seventeen and as old as ninety-three...
There are no shortage of people who have excellent things to say about Brentwood Livery. We'd heard from both brides and other experts in town that Brentwood was a call we needed to make. When we finally met Brent and Marilyn Ferguson, we could tell that everything about them and their dedication to their business, was genuine. With Brentwood Livery, you get the distinct feeling of being taken care of and they truly care about you, your guests and your wedding day....
The Leith Quartet has been playing right into the hearts of local brides for the past eleven years. The four musicians use their expertise and rich string quartet sounds to set the stage for wedding ceremonies and receptions in the community. This tightly knit, well-rehearsed and obviously talented quartet has their own way with weddings, and it looks like brides can hear the difference. Staff at The Ring sat down with Violinist and Quartet Representative, Bruce Skelton to find out more...
It must take an extraordinary person to perform thousands of weddings without losing emotional involvement or intensity over time. But Don Perron of Pastoral Services of Guelph, has never lost his love for weddings, nor his power to perform them. Don has performed ceremonies all over Southwestern Ontario, from The Medieval Times Dinner & Theatre and reality weddings on the Slice Network to just about every local ceremony/reception site.
Vildana Glisic, is an amazing woman whose life story is often told in words, colours, and flowers. Without even trying, she draws you in with her ability to adopt brides as if they were her own daughters. She shares her story as you share yours, simultaneously arranging flowers (of only the best quality and freshness) as you talk, putting together various design options and colour palettes to fit the dream wedding you just finished describing.
At Belmont Flowers, every bouquet is designed by Vildana personally. She is dedicated to making sure that each bride loves her flowers as much as she loves her new husband. It's the norm to find Vildana sharing a hug and tears with a bride on her wedding day because as far as she is concerned, "For every bride, her wedding day is the only day that matters... And that’s the way I treat every one of my brides' weddings." This personal touch doesn't go unnoticed as Belmont Flowers constantly gets referrals from past clients for flowers for every occasion. We interviewed both Vildana and a number of her past brides (who ADORE her, to say the least), to find out how it is that this one person could continue making such a splash in our K-W wedding community. Here’s what we found…
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The Ring is different from most wedding web sites and magazines because we go further than advertising for vendors or basic wedding tips for brides. Each advertiser Interviews & Reviewed in The Wedding Ring selects wedding professionals for their reputation, their cool-factor, and by the the fact that we've met them, like them, and want to tell you all about them. Many vendors have been recommended to us by other brides and wedding industry experts. The Ring's staff has done its homework, checked references, and asked around to find great services that can work with all different tastes, budgets and preferences. You'll have lots of options to plan the perfect wedding but not so many that you don't know where to start. The Wedding Ring is a community and a concept that's designed all around what real brides need and what professional wedding vendors have every right to expect.
Hiring: What's a bride to do?
When you're faced with hiring services for the most important day of your life, based solely on who's phone book ad is the biggest, who has the nicest logo, or who's 'blurb' in a web site ad sounds best... When there are 60 florists and 47 photographers... how do you choose? By getting free access to all of the details, prices, options and recommendations you'd normally spend months trying to find. The Ring changes the way K-W brides plan weddings.
**The staff at Wedding Ring Inc. have met with, interviewed, reviewed, and viewed the references of the work of all vendors listed here. To the best of our knowledge, we feel that these vendors will provide superior service and talent on your wedding day. We DO NOT, however, guarantee the work of any service, company or incorporation. Please always refer to your own personal judgment in any situation. Feel free to recommend any vendors you feel should be a part of this and are not. Each review is written by theweddingring.ca staff, however is paid for by the vendors in order to keep this service free for brides.