May 24, 2008
My husband and I held our wedding reception at the University of Wisconsin's Memorial Union. We rented out the Great Hall for our occasion. We had SUCH a perfect experience with this venue, and feel as if we lucked out, pricewise. The service was prompt, and planning an event at this venue was easy. They provided us with rental options for the little extra things we may have needed. The staff was helpful in working with our other vendors when it came to set-up, break-down, planning, parking, etc. The food was actually very excellent. I have been to so many weddings where the food was crap! This was SO delicious and VERY reasonably priced. Our reception appeared to be much more expensive than it actually was. It's so nice, but so rare, to get the most for your money!
Services used: Wedding Venue
Shop Be Beauty
Be Beauty Makeup Artistry is a friend of mine's makeup company, but she was also my bridal makeup artist. Even though we are friends, Bryttannee was very professional and did an impeccable job on my wedding day. She airbrushed my foundation and my skin looked absolutely flawless! She brought photos from magazines to give me some ideas and choices for my makeup. This was very helpful for me in explaining to her the look I wanted. She created a look for me, based on parts of different photos, that also brought out MY best features. I cant tell you how many people complimented my makeup. She made my eyes look amazing, they looked so bright and defined. She had a great selection of color palette choices in her kit, as well. I highly recommend Bryttannee for your wedding day makeup artistry, she is reliable and gives her utmost for each project she takes on.
Services used: Favors & Gifts
Buffo Floral and Gifts
We had our wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and a reception back at home in Madison, WI. For our reception, Buffo Floral and Gifts created our floral arrangements. Our florist at Buffo was Tricia, she was so very helpful. Our "paradise" themed wedding played off of turquoise and fuchsia hues. This was easy to pull of in Mexico, because of the beach landscape, but in Wisconsin this was a bit more tricky. Buffo Flowers did a beautiful job, however, in using the bright colors we chose for our destination wedding into the decor of our reception site. Tricia was so amazing at taking the color specifications I gave her and selecting flowers to blend and accent our Madison reception space.
Services used: Flowers
Bucky's Rentals, Inc.
For our reception, we rented chair covers and sashes from Bucky's Rentals. They had a great selection of styles and colors. They were able to match the sash colors to the exact color of my bridesmaid's gowns (a very hard color to find)! Renting the chair covers made our reception hall look so festive and more complete. For a small fee, the rental company set up all the chair covers. At the end of the night, everyone pitched in and took off the covers and tossed it all in a box. My mom returned them the next day. It was an easy process.
Services used: Unique Services
I purchased my wedding invitations online through Invitation Consultants, Inc. Initially, I was hesitant to do this online, but the process was simple, accurate, and quick! The Invitation Consultants customer service assisted me with the wording and emailed me a proof for accuracy. They ended up catching a mistake that I had made!! I had a great turn around time on my invitation order, and the company was easy to correspond with. The product was perfect and I would most definitely use them again for future invitation prints and recommend to others!
Services used: Invitations
Wonderful Wedding Bridal Shop
I was referred to Lynne at Wonderful Wedding Bridal Shop by my sister-in-law, who purchased her bridal gown there. I had already purchased my gown elsewhere, but ended up going through Lynne for my bridesmaid's gowns. Lynne is able to sell designer gowns at a great discount. We had gone shopping for bridesmaid's gowns in downtown Chicago and selected a gorgeous, $250 gown. Since we were having a destination wedding, I was particularly concerned with the price of the gown. I emailed Lynne the details of the gown I wanted, and she was able to sell it to my bridesmaid's for $150 per dress. Lynne kept me informed throughout the entire process, and kept me in the loop when she felt one of my bridesmaid's wanted to order a size too small. I had a wonderful experience, in every aspect of our purchase, with Wonderful Wedding Bridal Shop.
Services used: Unique Services
This bakery is a hidden gem out of McFarland, WI. My friends still tell me that they crave my wedding cake! Chris runs the operation out of her home, and she takes care of her clients like they are family! Included in the price of our wedding cake, was a freshly baked "one year anniversary topper" that she made for us! How cute is that!?! Chris made us a 5-tier wedding cake, there were only about 150 people at our wedding and only 6 pieces remained at the end of the night! Our guests were going up for seconds, because it was so delicious! Since our wedding colors were fuchsia and turquoise (two very loud colors) Chris had the brilliant idea of marbleizing them, so they weren't too harsh. I loved the idea, and the cake looked beautiful! Her prices were SO reasonable- we really lucked out in finding Chris's Confections! Delicious, great service, excellent craftsmanship, nice price, and the freshly baked one year anniversary cake topper is definitely the "icing on the cake!"
Services used: Wedding Cake
The Ultimate Spa and Salon
My wedding party went to The Ultimate Spa and Salon for our hair services. We had excellent service and they did a beautiful job on my hair and all my girls' hair. My sister is actually the coordinator for weddings at the salon. There were actually 5 weddings the morning we were there- but surprisingly everything was very organized and on time! They definitely specialize in doing weddings and occasions, so the professionalism was noted. They did a beautiful job for each specific person- My mom looked so beautiful, she also had her makeup done there. I had a bridesmaid with short hair- and they managed to do a very cute do, with very little hair! I had decided on doing my hair up, but was nervous because sometimes my hair is not agreeable when styled this way. My stylist knew exactly how to work with my hair and Ive never loved an updo on myself so much!
Services used: Beauty & Health