MustLoveDogs08

WEDDING DATE:

Sep 24, 2008

MustLoveDogs08
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Sewing For You
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I found this really beautiful wedding dress at an 'antique' shop in St-Paul, but it was about six sizes too big. Because the dress was really cheap, and in good quality, I brought it to Karen to see if she could make it fit me. I figured it would be worth it to pay the difference in alterations if she could get it to fit me. She is really talented, and I was soo happy with the way the dress turned out! There was just something about it that I loved, and Karen was able to keep that original style intact. The dress was stunning, and it fit wonderfully after all the alterations. I love my dress, and am so happy that I found someone who could fit it for me.
Services used: Unique Services

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Nordstrom Rack
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We waited until about three months before the wedding date to look for bridemaids dresses. My three best friends and I took a weekend and went to Nordstrom, at my mother's suggestion, and looked at the formal dresses they had there in stock. You can't rely on what's online, because often times what they have in the store is completely different. The wedding colors were chosen, so it was just a matter of finding three dresses that were appropriate, not to sexy and not too simple. There were hundreds of ready to wear dresses to choose from, and they were more beautiful and of a better quality than most of the bridesmaids dresses we saw in bridal shops. It was hard deciding, but they chose on a Rachel Pally dress, which was a brand that I had never heard of before. One suggestion would be to also check out Nordstrom Rack. We found dresses that we loved, only we were only able to find one or two in the same style.
Services used: Unique Services

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Prairie Crocus Design
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We had picked centerpieces through the hotel, which were these flute vases that would hold floating candles, but I wanted to have a bouquet for my bridesmaids and myself, and I also wanted Alex and the best man to have boutonnires. I went with Prairies Crocus because I felt very comfortable talking with Jen, who works there, about what I wanted my flowers to look like, and she was really great about coming up with suggestions of what would work, and what flowers would be in season. Part of the creation included ribbons, which were beautiful, and the flowers were gorgeous as well. It was fun because she also explained how I should hold the flowers so they look the best in the pictures. I liked it also that Alex had a mini version of my bouquet as a boutonniere, and that the simple bouquets of the bridesmaids matched the boutonnires of the best man.
Services used: Flowers

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Minnesota State Fair
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
If part of the bachelorette party should include walking around, drinking big plastic cups of warm beer, and eating lots and lots of unhealthy food, then there is nothing better than the State Fair. My friends made me wear a veil, blue eyeshadown and hot pink lipstick, and a really crazy homemade t-shirt. Everyone at the Fair is already in a really good mood, so no one minded one more crazy group of people walking around. We also played fun games, including who could bring me the strangest fried thing on a stick. We made the day last by agreeing to camp onsite at the fair campgrounds for one night, but two days of fried food can have a toll on a person! I loved all the fun we had, and felt like we were sixteen again!
Services used: Unique Services

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D Jay Sound and Light Shows
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Djay Sound and Lights were recommended to us from a few places, included information that I picked up at the Wedding Fair and from the hotel itself. After we contacted them, and saw that they were very professional and very charismatic, we knew that these are the guys to have at your wedding party. They played all the good songs, including the chicken dance, they made the dollar dance short (thank god!). They set up on time, they were able to clear out without any problems. I think it was great that they had worked there before, so there wasn't any concern over whether he was going to blow a fuse.
Services used: DJ

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
There was talk from Alex's best friend about going to Vegas for Alex's bachelor party, but in the end they decided to go to Treasure Island and spend their money on the local economy. They rented rooms, wore really horrible Hawaiian shirts, and had a good time. I've been there before, and Treasure Island has all the normal things you would expect from a casino. None of them are big gamblers and I think it was fun for them to pretend that they were all hot shots for one or two night!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner

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Holiday Inn
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Hotel Block: Though we didn't ask everyone outright how they slept, everyone kept complimenting how beautiful the hotel was, and how great it was that it was near other stuff. Our family members that stayed on the whole week went to the Mall of America and the zoo and said that the hotel was very central to most places. We booked 30 rooms when we booked the hall, and got a fairly good deal. Reception Site: This was everything a wedding reception place should be! Alex and I went with both our parents to a consultation with the manager, Jessica, to find out all the costs and details about having it at this Holiday Inn. We choose it because it was somewhat central, and also because lots of our friends and family would be coming from out of town, and having them stay at the same hotel as the reception seemed very convenient for them. The planning through the hotel is all very comprehensive, they have a list of all the costs so that there is no hidden costs, and they were able to give us a quote right away. For the menu, we were able to go to a tasting at the hotel, and went with a buffet at the end. The manager was also able to show us wedding pictures of recent weddings, so I had a good idea of what the centerpieces would look like, along with the lights and the set up of the room. I think we were very lucky that the hall was free, and think that my wedding was absolutely beautiful! Wedding night hotel: It was great, we had our suite for four days, which meant that we had somewhere to rest and hide before and after the wedding! I don't know how our guests felt, but we found the room to be really nice, clean, great air quality, and the room service was good, too.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Brynn Andre | Minneapolis Wedding Weight Loss
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Simple up-do, but so elegant and much better than what I normally do. The make-up, I think was key for the wedding day. I know how to apply simple make-up, but this was my big day and I wanted it to be done professionally. My best friend suggested Brynn Andre, just because they will come onsite to wherever the bridal party is. They are very talented, very professional, and they made each one of us feel beautiful. We set up a consultation about three months before the wedding date, we were quoted a price that included myself and the bridesmaids, for both our hair and make-up. I think it was great because I got lots of tips of what I should and shouldn't do, like when to get my haircut and when to redo my highlights. It's a real beauty consultation, and that's what made it worth it. I loved it, I felt like a real princess getting ready, and in the pictures I didn't look like I was wearing make-up.
Services used: Beauty & Health

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Great Waters Brewing Company
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Rehearsal Dinner: This place has amazing food, which is why we wanted to go there with our friends and family members that came to town for the wedding weekend. Even when it's just family, we're never a small group, so it was necessary to find a place that could hold almost forty people for the rehearsal dinner. We picked Great Waters for several reasons, mainly because they have a great beer selection, the food is amazing, and the staff is always super friendly. They also have a patio, which is where we usually try to get a table, but that wasn't possible with such a big group! Alex made the reservation almost five weeks ahead of time, and we also picked out a menu so that we wouldn't have to worry about waiting for our food. I really recommend the pork chops, though we ordered the grilled chicken and tenderloin combo for everyone.
Services used: Unique Services