The TOP Wedding Vendors You NEED on your Big Day

October 26, 2016

I've enjoyed sharing snippets of our wedding weekend with you all!  It's been a lot of fun to relive the wedding weekend over again through all the pictures and memories.  We got our wedding film back last week and WOW does Dave and a Camera put together an amazing finished piece.  

 

Which brings me to my purpose for today's blog! Sharing all the love to our knockout wedding vendor team this week.  You do not realize the full worth of your vendors until your wedding day runs like a well-oiled machine.  This list I'm about to share with you is GOLD and what I love is that I have worked with each of these wedding vendors for YEARS, so this testament is as true as they come.

 

Each vendor title is linked to their website if you'd like to make contact or see more of their work - if you have more questions regarding these vendors or who you should hire for your wedding day and why feel free to contact me on my collaborate page!

 

THE DREAM WEDDING VENDOR TEAM

 AMANDA REED - BATES~REED BRIDES

 

 

THIS WOMAN CAN PLAN. There really just aren't enough amazing things that I can say about Amanda and her team and they way that she runs her business.  I thought I knew how good she was after working with her for the past few years but I didn't really know just how incredible Amanda is at her craft until I was the client. There are just so many benefits to having a planner that I cannot stress enough.  They help you make crucial decisions that can effect your ceremony or reception, your theme, your budget - having that guidance from the beginning can really effect the final outcome.  Amanda offered guidance and expertise during vendor meetings and handled a majority of communication with my vendors.  She finalized all plans one month prior, helped me keep track of expenses, get out save the dates and invitations on time and gave me more time to plan other important aspects of my life! Amanda was always calm, cool, and collected and our wedding day ran like an absolute dream.  I will be forever grateful for Amanda's kindness, generosity and expertise that she showed Collin and I as well as our entire family and friends throughout our wedding.  There need to be more people like Amanda Reed in this world.  We are so pleased with how well the day went and how beautiful everything was! We would highly recommend Bates~Reed Brides to any brides in Northwest Arkansas (and beyond)!

ALMOST FAMOUS MEMPHIS

 

 

We were pretty much sold on a DJ when we started planning the wedding.  As the wedding morphed we decided that we really wanted a live band at the wedding!  We did our research and listened to a few online and I had heard many bands at previous weddings and we decided on Almost Famous Memphis!  I had seen them at a fundraising event a few years prior and remembered how packed the dance floor was all night and all the great songs they played!  Their website is equally as impressive and we really loved showing our family their video when we were thinking about a band! It's ALMOST as good as they are in person :).  Our dance floor was packed all night and everyone really enjoyed their fantastic show.  

BO SENESOMXAY MAKEUP ARTIST & HAIRSTYLIST

 

 

Not only is Bo great at what he does, but he is so fun to have around on your wedding day!  I hired Bo for our engagement photos, my bridal portraits and our wedding day!  I was super impressed with how well my hair held up and how great my make-up still looked at the end of the night! He books up fast so get him while you can!

CATERING UNLIMITED

 

 

The food y'all!  We had so much fun picking out our wedding menu! Catering Unlimited does a fantastic job of being able to either offer you some sample menus or help you to create a custom menu.  They work extremely well with budgets and can advise you where to cut back and still serve a large amount of food.  Their service is second to none.  Catering Unlimited always does whatever it takes to pull off a successful event.  When you have an amazing service-oriented catering team coupled with amazing food - how can you go wrong?  We loved our custom menu and  even got to take home some leftovers in our getaway car that we got to enjoy later than night (we were so hungry!!) - it was nice to have a late night snack.  We are so grateful for the entire Catering Unlimited team and would highly recommend their product and service for any event!

DAVE AND A CAMERA

 

Watch our wedding video just below :)

 

 Wedding videography has come A LONG WAY! Collin and I seriously felt like we were watching a movie when we got our wedding film back! I like to think that Dave and his team are always ahead of the curve when it comes to wedding videography.  Dave and his team are extremely talented in crafting unforgettable moments and capturing them on film! Wedding photography is obviously a must-have for most brides, and videography should be too!  It was so fun to see our wedding day from the outside looking in, and remember all of those sweet moments and fun memories all over again!  Regardless of if you drink alcoholic beverages or not at your wedding, the day always becomes fuzzy as time passes - after a few weeks I started losing those mental images I was holding onto so tightly!  To have them captured and on a pretty little disc to watch over and over is so comforting! Dave and his team worked so well with our photographer and all of our obstacles throughout the day.  You will not hear him complain once!  Dave and his team do a fantastic job of capturing all the pieces that make up the wedding day and we are SO glad we chose to have wedding videography and that we hired Dave and a Camera! 

EVENTURES PARTY RENTALS

 

 

The only place to secure your wedding and event rentals in Northwest Arkansas in Eventures Party Rentals.  As an Event Planner this is the only company I've used for my rentals in NWA and surrounding area.  Randal and his team work hard to get you what you need, stay within your budget and get you your rentals.  With their recent move to a new warehouse all of Eventures rental items are easy to rent and view in the showroom.  Everything we rented for our wedding looked fabulous and the lounge furniture we rented from Eventures added the perfect touch for the elegant feel we were looking for!  I would highly recommend Eventures for Wedding and Event Rentals.

 

WEDDING OFFICIANT: PASTOR FINLEY ROBINSON - FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH

 

 Finley was such a great resource for Collin and I over the course of our engagement. Having regularly attended Fellowship Bible Church throughout our relationship - we never did take that next step in getting involved in church or a community group.  When we met with Finley regarding officiating our wedding, he was a great resource in helping us on our mission to get involved in the church and community, shortly after we started meeting with Finley, we got the news of Collin's transfer to Dallas.  While we never did get the chance to get more involved as a young married couple at Fellowship, Finley met with us leading up to our wedding and counseled us on some important issues in preparation for our marriage.  We had so many compliments from our guests on what a great job Finley did and how he kept God as the focus of our marriage ceremony.  Finley gave us many tools for communicating with each other in our marriage, how to talk about our faith and pray with one another, and got real with us on what to expect in our marriage in the future and how to prepare.  We can't thank him enough for his counsel and guidance during one of the most important times in our lives.

LIVE PAINTER - JANE DAVIDIAN

 

 

This was one of the neatest wedding details at our wedding reception!  I had forgotten about it until I walked in and saw her painting after our first dance! My parents had already thought of this idea to surprise Collin and I at the wedding with this wedding gift - and then I saw Jane live painting at a wedding I worked with Amanda and I just about fell over I loved her work so much! I had to have Jane.  When I told my parents they laughed and had shared their secret and we decided to hire Jane! Such an amazing and unique wedding gift that Collin and I will truly cherish forever.  I think it's very important to like an artists style before you have them make a custom piece, and Jane's style is incredible! We loved everything about our panting and all of the detail and even love that my parents and my sweet grandmother make a debut in the painting too! Three generations in one picture.  If you are looking for a unique wedding gift to give your children or surprise your spouse with, this has got to be one of the coolest! I plan to purchase more of Jane's painting's in the future. 

LIGHTWORKS EVENTS

 

 

One picture wasn't enough for Steve and his amazing team!  This team is the only team you should hire - period.  I don't care where you event is, bring Steve and his team with you!  No request is too big and no event is too small.  Lightworks is highly professional and does whatever it takes to not just get the job done but to get the job done RIGHT.  Steve pulled out all the stops for our wedding and it still brings tears to my eyes!  A lot of times lighting is forgotten for an event until you realize what a HUGE impact lighting has!  To me, it can make or break an event.  When you see all those pretty pictures on Pinterest, you don't realize that in some of those, lighting is what MAKES it! The Italian string lighting, the textured uplighting on the ceiling, the stargazer backdrop behind the band and stage, the light-up dance floor, the spotlight on the cake, the uplighting on the airplanes, the texture on the outside of the venue with our giant monogram, the smoke machines during our exit, I mean (!!!!) I could keep going all day y'all!  I've very rarely had any issues with lighting our sound when working with Lighworks and when I do they always have it fixed before I even notice :).  I can't say enough great things about Steve and his company!  Truly a class act. 

LULU'S BRIDAL - DALLAS TX

 

ALTERED FOR THE ALTER - ALTERATIONS

 

 

Shopping for your wedding dress can be intimidating, especially at a large bridal store where many brides are also looking for their dream dress.  We enjoyed a private dressing room and a wedding dress consultant that helped me try one all of my favorite dresses!  I used Lulu's recommended wedding dress alterations company, Altered for the Altar, and they did a fantastic job.  I even got my dress cleaned and pressed after my bridals so that it would be fresh for the wedding.  I highly recommend Lulu's and Altered for the Altar!

MILES WITT BOYER PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIVE

 

 

As if I haven't already bragged on Miles Witt Boyer and his team enough already over the past three years that I've known him and his team - I'm going to brag some more!  Y'all I just cannot stress enough how important your wedding photos are.  If you've got the budget and wedding pictures are super important to you, I invite you to splurge on yourself and invest in a photographer that can deliver not just quality wedding pictures that will last you a life time, but a photographer that can deliver an EXPERIENCE, a friendship, and most importantly, one heck of a wedding photo portfolio for you to look at for the rest of your lives!  Miles and his team don't just start and stop at wedding photography.  Miles provided the complete experience for Collin and I with our engagement photos, my bridal portraits, and our wedding day.  We are so grateful for the amazing job Miles and his team did on our wedding day!

MR. TUX NWA

 

 

We had quite a few options when it came to the groom and groomsmen attire for the wedding day.  Mr. Tux was a great resource in that Collin could go in and try on a variety of suits and tuxes and in different colors to see the different options.  Mr. Tux is local to Northwest Arkansas making the pick up and drop off easy for our groomsmen on the wedding weekend.  I didn't have any issues with any of the groomsmen's tuxes and they all looks so handsome!  If you are in NWA and can't decide on a suit or tux rental shop - Mr. Tux is the place to go!

PIGGYBACK NWA

 

 We hired Piggy Back to help shuttle out guest from the on-campus parking garage to the wedding ceremony site.  Piggy Back always does an incredible job and when you need that extra lift for a few hours, Piggy Back is a reliable, cost-effective option! They have a variety of vehicles, but what they are known for are their fun large golf-cart style carts. Great for toting guests when the walk seems a little daunting or for parking in lots that are a long walking distance from the destination.  We loved using Piggy Back for our wedding!

PINNACLE CAR SERVICES

 

 Bridget with Pinnacle Car Services is a joy to work with!  Having worked as an event planner in the area for the past three years Pinnacle Car Services is the only upscale transportation company worth hiring.  We have used Pinnacle for wedding exit transportation, large wedding party transportation, executive airport arrivals and departures, pretty much every service under the sun that they offer!  They are always professional and punctual when it comes to transportation and we enjoyed a smooth safe ride from our wedding reception to our honeymoon suite after our wedding!  Our driver was punctual, poised, and polie! Thank you Bridget and Pinnacle Car Services for always being a delight to work with!

 

SHELBY LYNN'S CAKE SHOPPE

 

 

 

 

I'm drooling thinking about eating out wedding cake again on our one year anniversary next year!  Yes, even a year later I have no doubt that Shelby Lynn's cake will meet our expectations.  What I love most about Jennifer at Shelby Lynn's is that is so attentive to detail and you can tell that she truly cares about each masterpiece that she delivers.  I've seen her bring in cake after flawless cake to wedding over the years that when it became my turn to be the bride I knew exactly where to go.  Jennifer makes her cake and icing from scratch which makes it that much more meaningful!  My mother attended our cake tasting with me and was blown away that why you are sitting there describing your dream cake, Jennifer is sketching it out right before you eyes, so if you didn't know EXACTLY what you envisioned for your wedding cake - she can envision it for you! The sketch alone is truly a piece of art and when you see the cake in real life you are even more blown away! Always amazed by Jennifer's talent and to top it off she is a super sweet lady! 

SHINDIG PAPERIE

 

TANARAH LUXE FLORAL

 

Tanarah Luxe Floral and her entire team deliver nothing less than exceptional!  They are truly a team that has mastered their craft.  They can work with any budget, any vision, any dream and always deliver above and beyond expectations!  Their work speaks truly speaks for itself and I always find myself wowed every time I work or attend a wedding or even that has Tanarah's name on it.  I'm always waiting to see what they are up too next!  We were honored to have Tanarah Luxe Florals at our wedding reception and I will truly cherish my wedding bouquet forever. 

WHIMSY WHOO - SPRINGDALE, AR

 

 I definitely have to give our wedding planner,  Amanda Reed credit for these - she totally surprised us with these custom monogrammed pillows at the reception!  They are so unique and they now have a special place in our home in the living areas.  Such a neat way to add a personal touch to your reception! Thank you Amanda Reed and Whimsy Whoo for the amazing work!

ADDITIONAL WEDDING  VENDORS

 

Event  HVAC - Generator George

 

Bridesmaids Attire: Adrianna Papell purchased at Nordstrom and Weddington Way

 

 

Hotel Room Block, Bridal Suite, Honeymoon Suite: Chancellor Hotel

 

Bridesmaids Robes: The Paisley Box

 

Wedding Handkerchiefs: Embroidery Times Etsy Shop

 

Wedding Favors: Airplane Bottle Openers  and Bon Voyage Suitcase

 

 

 ...and that's a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my wedding series! I can't wait to continue to share wedding blogs with you featuring other real weddings and brides.  If there is ever something you'd like to see on the blog let me know!  Thanks for reading along on our journey.

 

++Cheers!

 

 

Stephanie Grace Benton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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