We recently participated in a rather unique wedding show. Fully Committed was held on the second floor of the amazingly elegant Athletic Club of Columbus, and featured 20 hand-selected Columbus wedding vendors. This was the show’s first year, so it was a pretty intimate setting, especially when compared with the larger “meat market” wedding shows that are held in January and February. Aside from being later in the year and quite a bit smaller, what else made this show so special? Each vendor at the show was specifically chosen because they are either gay-owned or GLBT-friendly. The event catered to both GLBT and straight couples who wanted to feel confident that they could discuss their wedding plans and their family without prejudice, and we were proud to be one of the show’s selected vendors.
As it turns out, we’d worked with a good number of the other vendors in the past, and can happily recommend them to you if you’re still looking for quality service providers for your own wedding. Please note that the following are wedding vendors that we’ve actually worked with in some capacity, and our recommendation of them is completely unsolicited.
We worked with Michelle Sauer of Sauer Cakes at Jen and Dan’s wedding in 2010. In addition to a custom-designed wedding cake and free delivery within 20 miles of Columbus, they offer a 5% discount to referrals and a complimentary 6″ anniversary cake for your first anniversary. That’s right, no yucky year-old frozen cake!
We had the good fortune to work with Justin from Team DJ at Brent and Lindsay’s wedding in 2009. I’m pretty sure that was the most-danced wedding we’ve ever attended as guests or photographers, and we’ve been recommending them to clients ever since. A team of specialists who are fun, interactive and attentive to the wedding couple, Team DJ is the cream of the crop for DJs in our vast experience. We were thrilled with Monte’s mixes at the wedding show, and are quite happy to add him to the list of their DJs that we’d want at our own rockin’ party.
Signature Wines of Ohio
We met Kelly Harvey at Signature Wines through twitter and have worked with her as a vendor for our own business. She offers custom labels (for example, one of your GroovyDoodle Photography engagement photos) on award-winning premium wines made locally from California grapes or juice (never concentrate). If your reception venue won’t let you bring in your own wine for consumption, ask them about ordering through Signature Wines on your behalf. Or, the unopened bottles make excellent gifts for the wedding party, rehearsal dinner guests, or center pieces for your table settings.
Bonus Vendor – Make You
We also met Leigh Ann Ehmann of Make You via twitter and have brought her in as a service provider for a recent video capture session featuring several of our former wedding clients (look for it soon!). While she was not a vendor at Fully Committed, she did attend the event and certainly fits the criteria for professionalism and business values. In addition to acting as the make-up artist to wedding clients, professional models and high school seniors, Leigh Ann is the artist for Fox’s Monthly Makeover. But most importantly, she’s sweet and fun to hang out with, and totally gets that each client has their own limits and style when it comes to make-up. The fact that every one of our clients that she worked with for our video project (even some who’d not worn make-up ever in their adult lives) asked for her card when she was finished should speak volumes. I know it did to us.
Are there other wedding vendors you’ve worked with and loved that you want to add to the list? Leave us a comment and a link to their site or Facebook page below and watch for articles on new vendors we’ve connected with in the future!