My fiance (now husband) and I are wedded on August 31st, 2007. We have two weddings–one simple legal wedding in Las Vegas and one formal symbolic wedding in Cancun in November. As most of our budget is allocated to the wedding in Cancun, we didn’t want to spend as much for the legal wedding in Las Vegas.
Here’s my review and grades:
The Minister: A+
The minister was FANTASTIC! His speech, perfected by practice, was smoothly delivered in a good pace, good voice and with good humor. He was not distracted by the series of my cell phone rings (oops, forgot to turn it off) which rang to the tune of U2′s stuck in the moment and Michael Buble’s tenderness every two minutes throughout the ceremony. The DVD video captured the cell phone tunes and my facial expressions of surpise and laughter. Guests who recognized the cell tunes knew it was mine while others thought it was the chapel’s faulty PA system.
The Chapel: A
I chose the chapel because of the (perception of) beauty of it over the others online and having read the reviews, knew it was located in a seedy hotel. Indeed, the chapel physically did not disappoint.
The Princess Arial Package: A
The package included the chapel fee, the wedding coordinator, traditional wedding music, brides rose bouquet, groom’s boutenierre, 12 4X5′s color photos, 2 5X7′s, 2 8X10s, video recording of the entire ceremony, and wedding licese scroll, all for $299. Limo is a-la-carte at $100 extra. Mandatory suggested for minister: $60 and $50 for limo ($50!! That’s very generous, I think.)
I had already ordered my own flowers from a florist for a different chapel we had booked in, but cancelled it when I found out the Princess Chapel included real flowers. Then upon further discussion with the wedding coordinator, I found out the flower bouquet was three roses so I asked the wedding coordinator if I could bring my own flowers. She said yes and that there would be no surcharge. I promptly reordered the original flowers that I had cancelled earlier.
The Wedding Coordinator: B
The mastermind behind it all, this woman was a bit firm. She reminded me of my academy days. Same attitude, different location she probably had a bad hair day. On her side she did keep things together to make our wedding go off without a hitch, kootos to her.
Hubby wasn’t allowed to tip the limo driver and minister directly. Also, he saw her yelling at the limo driver.
The Photographer: A
The photographer was great–He already had it lined up for us, he started at the beginning with the bride and maid-of-honor was what I expected and it was well worth it. I would recommend to save for this and they also gave us them on a DVD to watch with friends and family.
Once we were done we gathered our things, CD and DVD video, directed to our limo and off to our reception. We did it! We are one!
Our objective was a princess wedding at a low price and this went beyond our expectations. Did we meet our objective with Princess Chapel? YES!
If we were to do it all over again with Princess Chapel? YES… and we are planning our renewal to be at the same place with the same minister.