Please note that NONE of these companies paid me to write a review for them, nor did I receive any “freebies” in return. I just know how hard it is to find decent wedding vendors and wanted to put my experience with these companies out there for future Titusville or Birdsong Barn brides. They’re the same reviews I plan to put on wedding vendor review sites, but I thought it would be nice to have them all in one spot (and not have to dig for them!).
I could probably go on for pages on how much we enjoyed working with Birdsong Barn. Luanne, the owner, sort of fell into the wedding business when her family built the barn for her daughter’s wedding a few years ago. Her husband was hoping to turn the pole barn into a shelter for his boat once the wedding was over, but photos of the venue quickly went viral and she started getting dozens of phone calls from future brides hoping to have their wedding at Birdsong. Realizing the potential, she began filing the proper permits and in 2012 she had 30+ weddings take place at Birdsong Barn with brides coming from all over.
One of the things that really appealed to us about Birdsong Barn was the hands-on approach Luanne took with helping us figure out our vision for the venue. For a small fee ($50) we had full access to her “treasure trove” of decoration goodies and she was always a phone call or email away if we had any questions. All of the tables, chairs, linens, and bonfires were included in our rental fee (which was about 1/3 of the price of other rustic venues we looked at that included nothing) and Luanne was on hand through the entire set-up of the reception and was a big help. She has a great eye and knew what worked and didn’t work in the unique space.
The venue is a gorgeous location for photos. There’s a dirt road behind Birdsong Barn where we took photos that was just perfect. Parking is also a breeze. Birdsong rents out the Knights of Columbus parking lot across the street that has plenty of open spots, which is great considering the barn can hold up to 200 guests.
Since there wasn’t a Friday wedding, we could start setting up the night before and since there wasn’t a wedding on Sunday either, we didn’t have to clean up until the next morning. The whole venue is pretty much DIY with set up (unless you pay an extra fee for Luanne and her family to set it up for you), this was something I worried about when we picked Birdsong, but I was lucky to have an AMAZING family who helped with setup and take down without even really being asked. I’m not sure I could have had my wedding at Birdsong if it wasn’t for my family.
The property was a little closer to the interstate than I would have preferred, but I didn’t even notice how close we were once the party started. I also had a few guests mention mosquitos the next day, but I think my dress must have acted as one big mosquito repellent net because I didn’t notice. If you do have an evening reception at Birdsong I would suggest having bug spray or citronella candles on hand (yes, even in the middle of January).
We had the option of using the reception chairs at Birdsong Barn for the ceremony, but that would have meant moving the chairs back inside the barn after the ceremony was over so everyone had a place to sit for dinner. This was not something I wanted anyone to worry about during the wedding, so I rented ceremony chairs from Rocket Rentals. They were a great company to work with. We paid $1.15 per chair for 150 chairs, plus a delivery and pick up fee. We opted out of the set-up fee (which would have been an additional $1.50 per chair!) and set them up and took them down ourselves. They dropped the chairs off the morning of the wedding and picked them up the morning after. The chairs were clean and in great shape. We really had no complaints and would recommend Rocket Rentals to anyone who needs chair rentals in Brevard County or surrounding areas.
Robyn was a dream to work with. She was a little pricier than other caterers, but her rates included plates, silverware, glasses, pouring of the champagne toast, and cake cutting. Her team was on site for set up at 11:00am the morning of the wedding and didn’t leave until well after the reception was over. They took care of setting the tables, serving the food, and bussing the tables afterwards. The food was amazing and I even had some requests to track down a few of her recipes.
We paid A Chef’s Touch an additional $150 for the licensed and insured bartender that Birdsong required for our open bar. We dropped all the alcohol off in the morning and the bartender took over from there. She was quick and made a mean drink – what more can you ask for?
Flowers: Florida Wholesale Florist – 5225 Goddard Ave Altamonte Springs, FL 32810 (407) 682-4166 (I couldn’t find a website)
We ordered our flowers in bulk from Florida Wholesale Florist. We placed our initial order a few months in advance, then two weeks before the wedding they called to let us know what flowers in our order they would or wouldn’t have in time for the wedding. Since it’s a wholesale market and flower deliveries can be a little unpredictable, you just never know. One of the flowers I really wanted (anemones) were still really early in their season, so we knew it would be hit or miss. Unfortunately they weren’t available, but my aunt was able to track them down through another wholesaler. They also only had green berries instead of the cream we were hoping for, but it was nothing a little flower paint couldn’t take care of.
We supplemented what we ordered from the wholesaler with plants from a local nursery (dusty miller, succulents, etc.) to complete my bouquet.
Just a note, if you do go to Florida Wholesale Florist, you have to pay for everything in advance in cash.
I’m not sure what I was thinking when I originally thought we were going to bake 200 cookies for the wedding, going with Sunrise Bakery was a much better plan. We placed our order with Sunrise a month before the wedding. We ordered 175 cookies (a variety of whatever flavors they had) and they gave us a 50% bulk order discount since we were ordering so many. We paid in full in advance and my brother-in-law picked up the cookies the morning of the wedding.
The cookies were seriously incredible. I want to go back to Titusville now and order more cookies. My favorite was the snicker doodle, but Derek was a fan of the white chocolate macadamia nut. Not only were the extra large cookies incredible, I loved working with a local bakery for the favors. I felt like everyone was taking home a piece of Titusville with them. 🙂
Hi-Leen was the hair dresser for my sister’s wedding and I loved her so much I hired her for my own. She’s based in Oviedo, but will travel for a small fee. She wasted no time getting to work the morning of the wedding and did a great job on all the girls’ hair. She’s also a fellow FSU alum (Go Noles!), which makes me love her even more. Despite living in Titusville for the first 18 years of my life, I wasn’t really familiar with the local hair dressers in the area, so it was nice having someone that I knew come to my parents house and having all of our hair done there.
This was my third wedding with Allison (she also did the make up for my sister-in-law’s and sister’s weddings). She’s really reasonably priced and I like that you still look like “you” by the time she’s done and not an over made up barbie doll. She’s local to the Titusville area and will do a make-up trial for free with any wedding booking. She’s also willing to travel and will come to you.
We called around to several places and Travelynx was the best bang for our buck. We reserved a 25 person shuttle that picked the bridal party up from my parents’ house and brought us to the venue, then shuttled guests between the hotel and the venue before the ceremony and during/after the reception. Our bus driver was really sweet and patient. All of our hotel guests were right on time for the ceremony. After dinner there were regular runs between the hotel and venue without much of a time delay. I never heard any complaints of having to wait long for the shuttle, so I’d say that’s a good sign. At the end of the night the shuttle took my immediate family back to my parents’ house with a boatload of wedding stuff in tow. The shuttle bus was clean and roomy.
Man, we really lucked out with our DJ. Finding a DJ was something I put off longer than I should have and by the time I did start calling around, a lot of the DJs I talked to were already booked. We were forwarded to DJ Master Key from another DJ I spoke with. Not only was DJ Master Key available, but he had worked with our venue before and was right in budget – I booked him the next day!
Since I was planning the wedding from Tampa, I never had the chance to meet our DJ in person before the wedding, but we did have an hour or so phone call the week before the wedding where we walked through the wedding timeline and went over how I saw the reception going – basically I envisioned an all out dance party. He never questioned my music choices and took notes of what songs we loved and didn’t love at weddings.
The day of the wedding, our DJ was right on time and didn’t miss a beat with the preset timeline. He had a knack for reading the crowd and knowing just the right songs to keep the party going all night long. He played so many great songs back-to-back that I barely left the dance floor – I was having so much fun! Our guests had nothing but great things to say about the DJ, as well. We got a lot of “I’ve never danced so much at a wedding before!” or “Best DJ ever!”
For booking a random DJ we had never met before, we couldn’t have been happier with the great job he did! Yet another vendor I can’t recommend enough!
Did you have any awesome vendors that stood out at your wedding?