Nov 02, 2008
Twin Cities Wedding Association
My mother and I had planned to go to the convention so we could get a better idea of the wedding venues and wedding trends. I really knew nothing about planning a wedding, and I wanted to make sure we didnt waste money foolishly. I loved the fashion show, and the cake tasting, but my favorite part was looking at the flower vendors and all the bouquets. It was the first time I considered having a bouquet that was composed of flowers other than roses. There are so many things that can be done with flowers that really add to the atmosphere of a wedding. I looked at flowers and centerpieces more carefully after that. We also got our idea for the wedding guest gifts, too. Theres lots of good ideas to be found, so I would suggest bringing a notepad.
Services used: Unique Services
D Jay Sound and Light Shows
When we went for the consultation at the Embassy Suites, we were given a list of vendors that the hotel approves of and likes to work with. We went with the musicians that the hotel recommended, partially because we didnt really know how else we would find a reputable dj services. My father suggested a live band, but we wanted more music options that just a band. The Djs were great, really nice guys to work with, very professional. Tim had a list of songs that he wanted them to play, and they did. Working with people who are very personable made the wedding planning really easy.
Services used: DJ
We met the staff at the Twin City Bridal show, and I was really impressed with all their invitations. I think many brides think that they can save money and time by making their own invitations, but unless your really skilled with paper, I wouldnt try. The first reason is that youll spend the same amount on paper, and youll also be spending lots and lots of time. My mother was also a big fan of getting the invitations done, because it makes it look more official and formal. The prices were about average, but the quality was better at Invitations for Less than other invitations makers. The staff was really friendly, and when we went in for a consultation after the Fair I felt great about deciding to work with them. If I have a baby, I will definitely have them make the cards!
Services used: Invitations
Comfort Suites Minneapolis- Downtown
Neither one of our families are very religious, though I would say that Tim and I are spiritual people in our own rights. We wanted our ceremony to be outside, or with plants. Our first choice, an outdoor park, wasnt feasible because it had been booked months ahead of time. When we visited the hotel to look at the reception site, Renee also explained that there was an Atrium in the hotel that we could have our ceremony. It was a really great surprise, and I knew I wanted it for our ceremony as soon as I saw it. Its like being in a conservatory, and they would be able to set it up so that there would be a podium and seating for our guests and speakers so that everyone could hear us. My parents also loved the idea, because it meant that everything would take place in one area, so we didnt have to worry about guests driving for site to site. We did have to change the original date of our planned wedding, so that we could have both the atrium and the reception room we wanted. This wasnt a big deal, because we hadnt printed up the invitations yet. It was beautiful, my pictures of the day were gorgeous, and it was the perfect place for us. When my mother first suggested that we hold the reception in a hotel, I was rather cold to the idea. I had been to weddings at hotels, and some of them werent really nice. I didnt want my wedding to feel stuffy. I changed my mind when I saw the room at the Embassy Suite, because its obvious, even without all the decorations, that this is a room made for elegant weddings. The wedding coordinator/planner at the hotel, Renee, was able to give us a crystal clear image of how the wedding reception could be, from the chair coverings to the desert tables to the centerpieces. I loved that we could have an elegant dinner, and then also have a dance floor! The reception was wonderful, it was so well planned and organized, the staff is amazing, and I loved how we went from a gourmet dinner to a fun dance party. The catering services at the Embassy Suites took care of all the catering for the wedding. We were able to choose a menu, but they took care of the dishes and the presentation and everything. Its was great food, and great service. We let the hotel caterers take care of all the menu details, including the cake. We were able to go in and have a cake and menu tasting, which was great, but ultimately we didnt need to look outside the hotel for anything.
Services used: Unique Services
Everest on Grand
Tim and I wanted to eat here with our family for the rehearsal dinner, because the restaurant, with its bright red walls and Nepalese decorations, is a really cozy and wonderful place to gather. We were able to reserve a table for 16, and then went ahead and ordered dishes before hand so that people who werent used to Nepalese food wouldnt have to worry over the menu. I think its also nice to be able to share food from the same bowl and plate. It makes for a very engaging eating experience. Tim and I chose the restaurant because we this was one of the places we ate at a lot when we first started dating. Weve also ordered everything off the menu, and can safely say that everything is delicious. It was a great place to thank our families for supporting us over the years, for the wedding they gave us, and for everything.
Services used: Unique Services
Valley Limo and Coach
This was for making our grand arrival from our houses to the hotel. Tim made his way over to the hotel with his family in a black Chrysler 300C, and a similar looking car (it might have also been a Chrysler, or a Cadillac, I cant remember) picked me and my bridesmaids and family up. The limo could fit ten, and we were exactly ten people, including my dad, and we were comfortable. The limos that Premier Limo has range from the 8-10 or 18-20 seating capacity. We all could have fit into one big limo, but we wanted to be separate so we took two cars instead of one car. Its was fun to arrive in style! The cars were clean, the driver was really nice, and it made the day that much more special.
Services used: Transportation
I had been to about 4 bridal dresses shops with my friends, and I had a specific idea of a dress along with the price that I was willing to pay. I knew that if I went to enough stores, I would find the dress I wanted. I wound up going with a dress from the Eden Bridal collection at Miltons Bridal. I tried on the dress at someones suggestion and it fit wonderfully. The dress I originally wanted looked kind of like a wedding cake, with lots of layers, but the one I went with was a simple lace dress. I found out later that lace is the latest trend in bridal wear. The color of the dress was ivory, not white, which really suited my skin tone. They were also having a sale, so the price of the dress was less than I expected, too. It was the first dress that I tried on that wouldnt need to be altered, rather just hemmed at the bottom, and so I felt like a bride when I tried it on. I also liked how the bridesmaids looked in the matching style bridesmaids dresses. I know that bridesmaids often offer to pay for their own bridesmaids dresses, but seeing as the girls would probably never wear these dresses again, I wanted to pay for them. Bridesmaids dresses are generally less than the brides dress, but not necessarily inexpensive. At Miltons Bridal, we found a great selection of reasonably priced bridesmaids dresses that matched my own wedding dress. Once I found a wedding dress that I loved, the bridesmaids were able to choose between a style in the same collection that suited their own body types and style. Choosing a wedding dress from a big collection made finding bridesmaids dresses a much easier process. I dont think many brides-to-be know about this store, but they should, because its really great. The staff was excellent at making sure that the bride was satisfied, then the bridesmaids, rather than letting it be a free for all. I felt that the look was complete, that I looked good standing on my own, and as a bridal party we looked great together. They took care to make sure that we had the right measurements for all the dresses for when they were ordered. They also took care of whatever alterations needed to be done, mostly for hemming.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Maiden Rock Winery & Cidery
Tim wanted something a bit different, and suggested that we rent buses and go to the Maiden Rock Winery and have a party. Tim is originally from the Stockholm area, and we have been to Maiden Rock before, so I felt that it was a good idea and looked into it. It turns out that they do rent out areas for big groups where we can play music and dance. We also found out that many couples hold their wedding reception there, for a rustic and real Midwest feel wedding. I could see how it would be really nice.We decided to have a joint bachelor-bachelorette party with out families and friends at Maiden Rock. Maiden Rock is a really pretty place, and it was great spending the day apple picking, tasting cider, taking wagon rides, and finishing the day off with a barn dance. It was fun and low-key, and I think everyone was able to let loose in such an informal setting. Also, this was a great excuse for our families to meet again and hang out. Also, it was really, really fun.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Zahtar by Fhima
My co-workers and close friends decided to take me out for a special bridal shower with just us girls, since I already had a joint bachelor party. Many of them couldnt make it down to Stockholm, so it was fun have a night out on the town together. Someone had made reservations for the Moroccan Room at Zahtar, a restuarant with really good sushi. I had been there before, and the Moroccan Room just allowed us to have our own space and to be a bit louder. The room can be rented for parties of 10 or so, and they made up a menu for us, which included wine tasting and saki. I love sushi, so we went with an all sushi menu. The sushi and drinks were amazing. The fish was fresh, the presentation was amazing. This is not your regular obento box of sushi. I think this is one of the best restaurants to go to in the cities if you like amazing sushi and Asian food.
Services used: Unique Services
MN Bridal Makeup
This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding, being made all pretty by a professional. The thing about the Artistry is that they come on site, but its very expensive if its just for the bride. Its more for all the bridesmaids and the bride to have their make-up done, which makes it feel more like a special day. I had already been in one wedding in 2008 where a make-up artist from the Artistry was present, and she did an amazing job. Excellent time management skills, too, and she helped us keep on schedule. Theres also the option of having your hair done, which I did, and I think for the price its really great. Thousands were being spent on this wedding, I wanted to make sure that my face and make-up and hair matched the atmosphere I was creating.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Archibald Studios Photography
We chose Archibald because they have done other weddings for our family, and the pictures are always perfect. Theyre a well established business, with over twenty years of experience, and he was great to work with because you can see that he loves weddings and hes really intuned with all the stress and craziness that might be going on. He was patient with us all, took beautiful photographs, and we had hundreds of beautiful pictures to choose between. What was good was that he has a package deal, so he was there with us for almost the entire day, which was great. I really liked it how before the wedding he spoke with us about what we wanted, he was great during the wedding, and still wonderful afterwards. It really felt like he was committed to our wedding.
Services used: Unique Services