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WEDDING DATE:

Jan 25, 2009

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Elko Speedway
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Of course I wasnt there, but Mike gave the whole weekend with his high school friends two thumbs up. It came as kind of a shock knowing this was what he wanted to do, but I guess I always knew that Mike liked NASCAR. Being able to spend a Saturday night watching local drivers race and bike stunts must have been really great. I dont think it was expensive to get in, only ten or fifteen dollars, and I think the food is exactly what you would expect at a race track. They could have rented a skybox, but they wanted to be out in the stands. Mike says it was his loudest weekend in a long time!
Services used: Unique Services

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Hilton Mall of America/Airport
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I loved this location because I had been to a work party there before, and knew that it would be perfect for a wedding. The thing I liked best about meeting with Melissa and talking about our plans for the wedding was how knowledgeable the Hiltons wedding Specialist was on everything to do with wedding. She let us know of all the details she needed, and then supplied us with a tour and a general idea of the many ways the night could be. They had really beautiful small rooms for small parties, but because of the number of guests we had, we needed one of the Valley Ballrooms. They were able to take care of the linens and dishes and centerpieces, and provided us with a wonderful menu to choose from. I think its great that the ballroom also has a place for dancing, so the night was able to continue after the meal. Some of the other places we looked at didnt have a dance floor, and really, that makes a big difference.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Minnesota Wine Tours
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Bachelorette Party: On the weekend that Mike went to the races, I got together with my sister and my closest friends and we had an interesting adventure of our own! We have been hearing how popular the wine tours now are, and since many of us enjoy a good bottle of wine now and then, but know absolutely nothing about wine, that it would be a fun thing to go on one of these tours. There is the option of going on one of the pre-organized day tours, or we could have made our own. We didnt know what to expect, so we chose the Wine to Caves tour. Im still amazed by how beautiful the wineries were, and how much fun it was to learn about wines. Our tour guides were wonderful, and the hosts of the wineries were great, and overall it was a great way to spend a weekend outside of the city!
Services used: Unique Services

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duplicate
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
The reason why I knew about minted was because they had an open contest last year for artists, and I just loved all the designs that I saw. They have such huge network of artists from all over the country, and I find most of the styles to be really stunning and beautiful. I went with ordering cards and having all the work done because Mike and I were too busy to worry about this part of the wedding, we wanted the cards to look and read professionally to make sure that our guests wanted to go, and also because this was the invitation to our party. Its the first thing people see when they realize were getting married, and I want it to be beautiful. So yes, they were expensive, beautiful, and professionally done. The staff made the process very simple for us, and I look forward to seeing what other invitation styles they come up with in the future.
Services used: Unique Services

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D Jay Sound and Light Shows
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
They were really professional, and we were really happy with the music selection and when they played each song. We were able to give them a list of songs Mike and I for certain wanted to hear that night, and they had a huge repertoire of music to choose from after that. I think having a live DJ is so much better than just having a tape or playing the music right from your IPOD. I think a good DJ is able to read the vibe of the room, and I loved seeing everyone dancing, even if it was to an ABBA song.
Services used: DJ

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Stokes Jewelry Services
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Before we were officially engaged, Mike and I were visiting Stillwater, just hanging out there for the day, when we wandered into Stokes and started looking at the jewelry. Thats where we found out that we would be able to design our own rings, which was something that we had never considered before. I tried on a couple of models, and in the end I wound up loving a really unique style. We went back a few months later, and had the same style custom made to fit the shape of my hand. It was a really simple design, and we also had our wedding bands made there. It was a wonderful experience because we were able to talk with the artist of the ring, and I feel now that this ring means so much more than just a standard stamped out model. Its beautiful, and I would love to have a second ring made for me there in the future.
Services used: Unique Services