Spektator

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 02, 2008

Spektator
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Raptor DJ
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I met Austin at the Bridal Show at the Heart of St. Charles. At first, I wasnt sold on using him as he was so young. Austin quickly proved me wrong and that he was the perfect person to DJ our wedding. Both Austin and his partner Veronica worked at length to customize our wedding music. They did research to find what the most popular songs were for the decades we wanted to highlight. (We went pretty old school on them for some of the music.) They had worksheets and play lists prepared in advance to make sure the music fit the atmosphere we were trying to create. On top of all of this work, Veronica and Austin worked forever on our lighting concept with the help of Alobars (see below). We had a vision for the lighting concept and Veronica ran with it. I was amazed that night when we saw how they pulled everything together for us. The lights really gave it that ambiance for which we were looking. Veronica went out of her way to be an additional assistant for anything we needed. Our dance floor was packed all night. We even had folks dancing in-between the tables because the floor was so full.
Services used: Unique Services

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Majestic Travel
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We pretty much knew where we wanted to go and in what hotel we wanted to stay, but it was good to have Jessica. She provided us with some other options just to be sure, and she beat a quote we got from another vendor. She was very knowledgeable about where we were staying and kept us in the loop with all travel documents and any changes to our itinerary. All-in-all, I would recommend her to anyone. She worked around our schedule and always responded in a timely manor. We plan on using her for two upcoming vacations this year.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I had heard how great Rich West was, but I had no idea. When we met with Rich, it was like he got us right from the start. I wouldnt consider myself well versed in flowers, all I knew was our color scheme. Rich pulled together the perfect vision for our bouquets and centerpieces. Best of all, we told him what our budget was, and he found a way to not only deliver what we wanted, but come in under budget at the same time. The flowers really made the pictures pop. He did an amazing job!
Services used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor

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( 4.0 / 5.0 )
I knew I wanted a gobo for the wedding, I just wasnt sure where to go or what I really wanted. Our DJ, Raptor DJ, tracked Alobars down and started coordinating with them to develop a lighting concept for us. Rob was great, and even went to the trouble to design several gobos for us until we found the one we really wanted. They were very reasonably priced, and worked with our DJ to make sure everything turned out the way we wanted. I wasnt sure what wed do with the gobo once the wedding was over. Rob suggested we use it as an ornament on our tree, which is precisely what we did.
Services used: Lighting & Decor

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Saint Peters Golf Course
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We needed a fairly large space, but within our budget, for our rehearsal dinner. St. Peters Golf Club worked great for that. The club was less than three miles from our church. They opened up all rooms to us and provided tables, chairs, and table linens (excluding chair covers). What I liked about them was the option of doing a price per head for alcohol and then we added on appetizers. We didnt have a formal sit down dinner which made it nice so that guests could eat at their leisure rather than waiting to be served. It was a long day for us, so that was greatly appreciated. Kim, the banquet manager did a great job staying on top of everything. She even tried to track down my favorite appetizer even though it wasnt part of the menu.
Services used: Unique Services

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Susie G's Specialty Cakes
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
We went with Suzie Gs because our venue offered a credit if we ordered from them. Our selection was a very simple three tier cake with both white and chocolate cake. There were no special requirements for the cake, and no fillings. Our florist provided the cake topper. Neither my husband, nor me are big cake fans, so this really wasnt a priority for us. Suzie Gs was very polite and delivered exactly what we wanted at a very affordable price. The only reason I dont rate them higher is that they didnt have to do anything special for us.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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The Wedding Gallery
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
We purchased some bridal accessories at the Wedding gallery. I rate them at a three only because there were no bells & whistles with purchasing the jewelry. They carry a modest selection, but its very decently priced.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Bluestein's Bride's House
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I absolutely loved my gown, but they werent thrilled when I decided not to get alterations done there. The dress was very affordable and comparable with other shops in the area. I went in a couple of times to visit the dress, which usually was just fine with them. They were happy to play dress up with us, but not all of the ladies were friendly when they didnt think they could get a possible sale out of us. It really depended on who was working.
Services used: Unique Services

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Old Hickory Golf Club
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Catering: The caterer was non-negotiable seeing as we were having our reception at the club, but they were fabulous! We wanted to work in a budget, but there were several levels of packages. Within those packages, there were plenty of options to offer our guests. We ended up going with one of the higher selections on the menu, but it was well worth it. We did a full package including passed hors doeuvres, plated dinner with three options, and dessert. Our guests loved every minute of it including the open bar. The head waiter who covered the head table never let us go without a drink. She was fabulous! Our wedding coordinator and on-site coordinator worked with the banquet manager to perfectly orchestrate the serving of the salads to Disneys Be Our Guest. It was a fantastic production. The service was top notch, and the bar tending staff made sure our guests had a great time! Rentals: (Chairs Linens) One of the agreements of our contract was that we would use Old Hickory Golf Clubs partner for chair covers. I originally picked out what we thought would work, but we had to make some changes in the end. Jen at OHGC was very apologetic and thought I was going to be rather upset. I figured, there wasnt anything we could do about it, so just go with it. Well it ended up working out perfectly! The chair covers, sashes, and table linens turned out better than I could have ever dreamed. They complemented our color scheme and floral designs perfectly. They were a bit on the pricey side, but in the end completely worth it. Site: If youre looking for a fairytale wedding, Old Hickory is the perfect place to make it a reality. Jen Connely was our planner at the Club. She did a great job staying on top of all of our requirements and answering my countless questions. She coordinated all of our special plans down to the tiniest of details, including pulling off the Be Our Guest presentation. The food was amazing and so was the banquet staff. They really went above and beyond to put on the greatest reception for us.
Services used: Wedding Venue

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Central State Trailways
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We had a very large group we wanted to transport, so a standard limo was not an option for us. We ended up picking a bus from Central States. In the beginning, it was difficult getting anyone to call me back. They were in the process of buying another company, I believe, so things were a little hectic there. I also was quoted different prices from different people. I finally got them to agree to the lower quote they provide. We paid in advance, which worried me a little, but their actual delivery of service was great. The bus showed up early, the driver was very courteous, and they were very flexible when we needed to change our schedule. In the end, I got a great deal and a great service.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Next to the photographer, Sabrina was the best money we spent. We used Sabrina for the day of service, but she really did more than that. I would fire off questions to Sabrina before the wedding, and she always had an answer or a solution. It was like having a security blanket the entire step of the way. For me, I just didnt want to worry about a thing that weekend. As soon as she showed up at the rehearsal on Friday, the whole show was on her. I didnt have to worry about a thing! It was so nice to say, I dont know; ask Sabrina. Having her there gave me the peace of mind to not worry about anything. I cant tell you all the behind the scenes work she did including loading up the presents at the end of the night. There are so many details that no one thinks of doing, but Sabrina covered it all. She even helped me hold my dress when I had to go to the bathroom. My bridesmaids had it really easy. All they had to do was show up and have a good time. Sabrina took care of everything. I would not have had the wedding of my dreams without her!
Services used: Wedding Planning

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Wedding Markets
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
The Bridal show did connect me with our Tuxedo guy and the DJ. I was happy that it was a smaller show, and less overwhelming. The only thing that bothered me was how pushy some of the vendors were. There were some vendors who would not stop pushing even after you had politely declined them three times. Overall though, the room had good spacing, and it wasnt too hot in there. Always a plus, when youre at a show.
Services used: Wedding Planning

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( 2.0 / 5.0 )
WHT was the only bridal shop in the area that had the dresses I wanted. If that hadnt been the case, I wouldnt have ordered from them. I went in during the week with only my sister and my mom to have her try on BM dresses thinking that would be the less hectic way of doing things. They did not acknowledge we were even in the store for thirty minutes. The shop was not overly busy either. The sales rep was rude, and it seemed we were not worthy of her time. In the end, it worked out ok, and they were able to ship my one out-of-town bridesmaids dress, but if I had it to do again, I would not have gone with them.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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All Saints Roman Catholic Church
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Previous to getting engaged, my husband and I moved to St. Charles County. We tried several Catholic churches in the area until we found one that fit us. We found our home at All Saints, and thats why we decided to get married there. Father Don was our officiant. I cant say enough about what a wonderful job he did. My husband is not Catholic, but he immediately felt at ease with Father Don. The entire experience was based on us building a foundation for our marriage, not about what the Catholic Church expects. Quite a progressive approach, if you ask me. There was a liturgy coordinator there, Amanda, who was great. She helped put me in contact with musicians who were familiar with the church acoustics and wiring. It all came together perfectly! We needed an organist for the ceremony, but I also wanted a trumpet. We hired Paul Foeler & Steve Aubuchon. We located our musicians through the help of the liturgy coordinator at All Saints, as mentioned. We didnt get much of a chance to work directly with them, but everything worked out beautifully. Paul even took extra time to practice with my sister who was singing Ave Maria in Latin for the first time in public.
Services used: Unique Services

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Metro the Salon and Spa
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
When I started thinking about the day of services, I knew I wanted a spot where all of my girls could relax together and get ready. Id read a review on The Metros services and wedding day specialization. That morning, the salon had a breakfast bar for us including fresh fruits, pastries, mimosas, and coffee. We all got to be the same room and had four stylists dedicated to us. They even played our iPod play list while we were there. Cheryl did an amazing job with my hair. It was the perfect spot to start off the day.
Services used: Unique Services