BellevilleBride

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 25, 2007

BellevilleBride
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St. Peter's Catholic Cathedral
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
You cannot find a more beautiful church in Southern Illinois than the Cathedral. It was amazing to be married there, as the architecture and beauty is absolutely stunning. We barely needed any decorations. We only had two flower arrangements in front, a potted hydrangea in front of the altar, and an aisle runner. It was absolutely magnificent. It was a little costly, because we were not members of the parish at the time. Our priest was wonderful, although he has been relocated. The only problem was that there was no on-site wedding coordinator for the church, so many things we had to figure out for ourselves. This made it a little more difficult to get everything planned out, but the end result was well worth the extra work. The Cathedral is the perfect backdrop for a Catholic ceremony. It will leave all of your guests in awe. We also were lucky enough to have the Cathedral Mens Choir sing for the ceremony, which made it all come together perfectly.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Dixie Express
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Dixie Express is a band that has been around for over 25 years. They specialize in country music, but they cover all of the wedding classics as well. They were a little difficult to get a hold of, but they are true professionals and it all worked out fine. If you have the opportunity to have a band, I highly recommend it. Dixie Express had all of our guests up and dancing, and some even went up on the stage and sang and danced with the band. It was a great time, and really set our reception apart from so many others that everyone has been to. The band even accommodated our request for an early setup, so they werent traipsing through the hall during dinner. They really made the night special.
Services used: Band

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Salon East, Inc.
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Cheryl has been doing my hair for my entire life, so I was thrilled that she would be doing my hair for the wedding. She always does a fabulous job. She worked with me for a couple months before the wedding to get everything just right for the day of. She is very professional, and works very hard at what she does. She also did a great job on my bridesmaids as did her other coworkers. They had juice and pastries for us when we arrived, and they didnt book any other appointments for that morning, so the salon was ours for a couple of hours. I was so happy with my hair, it was exactly what I wanted. The bridesmaids also commented on how good their hair looked and they all looked beautiful!
Services used: Unique Services

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Krebs Studio & Framing
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
He did a great job! I was so pleased with our photographs! The owner, Bob, was our photographer, and he was with us from about 10am until 9pm that night. He is very laidback and easy to work with. We gave him a list of the shots we wanted about a month in advance, and he made sure that he got everything in. Everyone in the bridal party enjoyed him, because he kept things moving, and didnt drag the pictures on and on, as some photographers can do. He met me at the Church entrance, and walked in. He was always where we needed him, and we are so pleased with our pictures. When we received our proofs, we had about 900 to go through! I highly recommend Krebs. If you go with Bob, this is one vendor you will not have to stress about. He does a phenomenal job every time!
Services used: Unique Services

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St. Clair Country Club
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
My bridal shower was held here in June. We had a beautiful room, with huge windows that looked out over the golf course. There was plenty of room for all of our guests. It is a beautiful club, and their service is outstanding. The waiters did an outstanding job of making sure everyone was taken care of and doing it discreetly. The food was delicious. For lunch we had chicken in a marsala mushroom sauce. They also offered a separate option for the children. The cheesecake for dessert was also outstanding. The space was perfect, as no one was crowded, even with the children, gifts, etc. I highly recommend the St. Clair Country Club if you or a friend/family member are members of the Club.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 3.0 / 5.0 )
After looking through the cakes that Patty Cakes had previously done, I was certain they would do a great job for my wedding. We wanted a very simple recreation of a Martha Stewart cake. It was a simple cake 3 tiers of square cakes with the corners cut off, a simple monogram and a fresh flower bouquet with a satin ribbon cascading down the side of the cake. Unfortunately, Pat the owner, was not overseeing our cake. She was out of town. The icing was crusty, the flavor selections we had made and paid for, were incorrect. The fillings we paid for were completely missing. It was very disappointing that there were so many problems with such a simple cake. The cake was fine, but it was not nearly as delicious as we had expected. We had tasted the cakes, and they were delicious, but without the fillings, they were dry and disappointing. I believe if the owner had been overseeing our cake, it would have been much nicer than what we ended up with.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Kambe Original Brides
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I purchased my dress, accessories, and bridesmaid dresses through Kambes. The owner Kathy is amazing, as are all of her employees. She spent so much time with me making sure everything was just right. She designs some of her own dresses and headpieces. They worked with me, and made the experience wonderful. They wanted to make certain that I was always happy, and I was never rushed. Even when they had another appointment coming in, they still let me take my time and enjoy wearing the dress until I was ready to take it off. My headpiece was stunning, as was the veil, dotted with Swarovski crystals. Kathy even took the time to teach me to walk and sit in the dress. She also required my maid of honor to come in and learn how to bustle my dress, and they also drew up a detailed diagram of how it should be done for the wedding day. When looking for dresses I was torn between a dress at Kambes and a dress at a national chain. My decision was made when I realized that I would truly be cared for with Kambes, whereas I would be just a number at the other store. I am so happy with my decision, and will always be grateful for the hard work these women did to make everything perfect. They also did all of my alterations. I could not have been more pleased. I met with them numerous times to get the dress just right. They jeweled new straps especially for my dress, added layers upon layers of tulle to poof the dress out more, and worked to get everything just right. The alterations were very affordable and done perfectly. I went back the following month to get a bridesmaid dress altered for a wedding I was in, and they did an exquisite job.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Four Points by Sheraton
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Hotel Block: Our guests were so pleased with their accommodations at the Four Points. The hotel is fairly new, so the rooms are in great condition, and very comfortable. There is also food onsite, as well as a bar. I was very happy with the service I received when getting the block set-up. They were very helpful and accommodating, and made everything very easy for me. I also did not hear of any problems with reservations. As soon as our block filled, they called to let me know, and automatically opened up more rooms for our guests. We also had gifts for all of our guests, and they were very helpful. They passed out the gifts to all of the guests upon arrival, and took all of the stress off of myself and my husband. The gifts all had the names of specific people, and they still made certain that everyone received the correct bag. I was very pleased with every aspect of this hotel, and my family continues to stay there when they are in the area to visit.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Big Mama's BBQ at Clinton Hill Golf Course
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We planned our rehearsal dinner for 17th Street BBQ in OFallon, IL. The menu was planned, and everything set. The night of the rehearsal, a huge storm hit the area, leaving 17th Street with no power. We learned this at the beginning of our rehearsal. My parents spent the next hour trying to get something else planned. On a Friday night, it was almost impossible, but they were able to find a room at Big Mamas at the golf course for all of us. And they were willing to have the food ready when we got there! They set up the whole room, a bar and a buffet in about an hours time. They were incredibly helpful, kind and accommodating, and they even offered dessert for all of the guests! We were so happy to have a place for everyone, and although it wasnt what we had originally planned, it turned out perfect. The guests loved the food, and raved about it for the whole weekend. And the best part of all was that we ended up saving money having it at Big Mamas!
Services used: Unique Services