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Friday, December 23, 2005

A Shout Out To Vendors That Rocked

DISCLAIMER: Many folks tell me I'm a very low-maintenance bride, and opinions are like belly buttons-everyone has one. But I'd feel I'd be remiss if I didn't shout out to two vendors who were great for me to work with. My sis, whose a bit more high maintenance, also has given thumbs-up to them as well, so that says something.

The Jingles shop in the West End of Richmond did my silk bridesmaid dresses (they are a pretty purple color known as Hyacynth). My sis Shannon and my cousin Kristen (honor attendants)picked out the dress, and at first I was skeptical because of horror stories I'd read about bridal shops. But this place is pretty nice for a mainstream boutique- John and I walked in wearing dumpy duds and they didn't pass judgement, and when they found out I was the bride, they didn't seem to perk up or try to suck up to get me to buy more stuff. They were able to get all the 'maids info from me, and then each girl could go at her own convienence and get measured or send their measurements in. Once all the girls were measured, the info was sent to the dressmakers. The dresses were promised within a 10 to 12 week period, which means we were expecting them in mid-January. About a week ago, I got a call from Jingles stating that the dresses were in. I went to look at them and they're absolutely gorgeous. The shop had a bit of a snafu in that there was another bride in the system who had the same name as me, and they accidently measured my aunt Karen for the wrong dress, but after some clarification on the phone, they fixed the mistake quickly. I know there is still more to be done with the dresses, but so far, so good, and if there were any problems, I trust that this shop will help out as much as they can. So I'd recommend Jingles to anyone.

Last week John and I finally sat down and looked at invitations. We consulted the book Bridal Bargins for reputable online invitation companies and were refered to An Invitation To Buy at www.invitations4sale.com, which is run by a lady named Linda Zec. There are over 45 pages of invitations to look at, ranging from $70 to $500 for 100 invitations, in all types of colors. You can order as many or as few accessories as you want, and you receive a 40% discount off your total purchase each time. Also, Linda sends you an email shortly after your order is processed. She looked over my invites, recommended a few grammatical changes, and strongly recommended proofing the invites before ordering. By ordering the proofs, you can change things about the invite before it's sent to the printer. You can request to pay by mail (check or money order only) or by Paypal. And proceeds of the purchases go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of Linda's brother. Also, you can send an email preview to a few friends and family before you commit to buying anything. Again, Kristen and Shannon gave thumbs-up to the quality and the customer service. Very cool thus far.


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