Jul 26, 2008
Makray Memorial Golf Club
We held our wedding reception at Makray Memorial Golf Club. The place is beautiful, with the entire upstairs blocked off for the wedding, complete with bathrooms and a bridal room. There was a nice balcony that people used during the cocktail hour. The food was superb and we were able to do an individual taste test with up to 6 people with any food that we wanted. One negative was a $2 per person charge to do a split entree. There is also a minimum that must be met with only food and beverage that was difficult to meet with the size wedding we had (125). They were very helpful in the beginning but as the wedding date neared, it was difficult to get in touch with the coordinator. Overall, the night of the wedding went very smoothly.
Services used: Wedding Venue
We were very happy hiring Music By Design, Ltd. David, our DJ, was very professional and easy to work with. They have a nice and easy online form to fill out for the order of events, bridal party names, special events and song requests. He was also on the lower end (pricewise) of the dj's we researched. The day of the wedding he was flexible with the schedule and kept things lively, if he sensed the guests didn't like a song he immediately switched it to something else.
Services used: DJ, Ceremony Music, Rentals & Photobooths, Lighting & Decor, Photography
Erick Runyon is from Florida and flies all over to do weddings. He was incredible-very fun to work with, he had creative ideas, and he was always there for great photo-opts. He gave us full rights to all the images, but he doesn't put together an album. His pictures turned out amazing, so we don't mind having to put together the album ourself. Hiring Erick was most definitely worth it. We highly recommend him to others!
Services used: Photography
Grapevine Floral Company
Grapevine Floral is a smaller florist who basically does special events. We worked with Keely and she was very knowledgeable about different flowers and which ones are in season to save some money. She has great ideas to "fill in the blanks" if I wasn't sure specifically what I wanted. She had multiple photo books of the work they had done showing all sorts of boutonnieres, bouquets, and alter arrangements. There was a rather large fee to have flowers moved from the ceremony to the reception site, but we only had about 2 arrangements to move so we chose to do it ourselves.
Services used: Flowers
Dolce Day Spa
I usually get my hair cut at Dolce Day Spa, so I knew they had a good reputation. I was very pleased with the woman who did my manicure and pedicure...I got them done 2 days before the wedding and they still looked perfect on the wedding day and during the honeymoon! I had a make-up and up-do trial a few months before the wedding, and they took notes about the make-up they used so there was no confusion the day of the wedding. My entire bridal party got their hair done there, as well. There was one stylist who was uncertain of the updo she was doing, but in the end it turned out nicely.
Services used: Unique Services
My husband was very happy with the tuxedo selection that Men's Wearhouse Tux had to offer. The groomsmen's vests matched the bridesmaid dresses perfectly. The service was prompt and accurate. We had no problems and all of the men in the wedding party looked great!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Hyatt Place (Hoffman Estates)
Some of our out of town guests stayed at the Hyatt Place in Hoffman Estates. The rooms were nice and big. There was a good breakfast included in the room price. They also provided a shuttle to the reception for the guests at no extra charge as long as we met the room quota. They also gave us two free nights for having a certain number of rooms.
Services used: Unique Services