Apr 15, 2008
The Flower Lady
We needed to place a huge order of flowers, so we omitted the idea of making our own bouquets ourselves. We went with the Flower Lady because she had been the one to do the flowers at another wedding we went to, and I thought the centerpieces were very beautiful. We made an appointment, and then provided Deb and her team with the information about how many tables would be at the reception, how many bouquets were needed. I really enjoyed this experience because Daniel came along and we got to talk about the tone of the wedding, and a color scheme, which was something I had only briefly thought about. Deb and her team were great. They delivered the flowers on the day of the ceremony to the church and the hotel, the bouquets and centerpieces were exactly as she had shown us, and her overall personality was excellent. I loved that we had the flower lady at our wedding!
Services used: Flowers
Crystal Limousine & Coach Inc.
This was one of the last touches we added to make the wedding more elegant and special. Daniel and I each arrived with our wedding party in different cars to the church, and then we arrived in the same limo at the hotel. I liked the limo because they were clean, the driver was really nice, and it made the day that more special. There were lots of cars to choose between, but we chose two town car limos. We also ordered a shuttle bus to help get guests from the church to the hotel.
Services used: Unique Services
Brown Deer Golf Club
This golf course is not, according to Daniel, a course for amateurs. He says that it is an amazing golf course, very difficult, very challenging, and that some of the best players in the world have played here. For his bachelor party, Daniel and several of his close friends booked a 9 hold round of golf. He said that they also have the option of playing 18 holes, but they opted out. They played early in the morning, and I think it is difficult to get reservations depending on the time of year.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
This is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The main room is stunning, and it looked amazing once we had all of our fresh bouquets set up. There are many different set up options, but we choose to have a smaller wedding party table-we were offered the option of having a 16 person head table. Tables can fit between 8-10 people, there is a cake table that can be set up, and also there is lots of room for mingling inside and outside the main room. The hotel is also beautiful, and it felt so special arriving their in our limos after the wedding ceremony. The whole wedding planning staff was amazing to work with, and they were there to organize the set-up of the room, and the placement of the flowers, while we were at the church. Guests had the option of staying here. We booked out 50 rooms, without a fee, and guests had a certain amount of time to reserve their room. Even if they missed the deadline for booking, it wasnt that big of a deal because there were other hotels in the area. The room was expensive, but I think many guests choose it for convenience. It was better to stay on site. The Hilton will include a free room for the bride and groom on the night of their wedding when they buy the wedding package deal. I though this was great, because we would have needed a room, and I think its a nice wedding present on the part of the hotel. I was running on pure adrenaline for the last two hours of the party, and we both fell asleep as soon as we walked in the room. The room was beautiful, we had a great view, and we also received a bottle of champagne. My sister also made us a nice wedding night gift basket for us, which included sandwiches and chocolates and fruit and bottles of water.
Services used: Wedding Venue
I wanted a dress that was really classic and elegant, and I choose Eva because they have a really great reputation. I made an appointment and explained to the consultant what I was looking for. I appreciated the fact that they took into consideration that I wasnt a twenty-years-old bride, but that I didnt want to look like the mother of the bride. They made me feel so beautiful. I made two more appointment, and by the second appointment I have found the dress I wanted. In the third appointment, I brought my close friends and they agreed with me on the dress I had chosen. I loved that they let me take my time, though they are very efficient in the time that they do allocate for each appointment. They do offer full alterations at the store, which I think is very customary for most bridal shops. I was very happy with the alterations that were made on my dress. They were very timely and professional, and I appreciate their excellent customer service skills. Everyone who works at Evas seems to be really happy to be working there, which made the shopping and alteration experience so much better for nervous brides such as myself.
Services used: Dress & Attire
blush - a beauty boutique
My nieces were so happy that I was getting married, and they really wanted me to have the whole princess bridal experiences. Actually, I think because they were 14 and 16 years old, the whole bridal party spa treatment was really interesting and intriguing for them. My sister made appointments for all of us at Blush, a trendy beauty salon and spa that specialize in bridal packages. As the bride to be, I had the bridal special, which included a bikini wax and eyebrow shaping and some other standard treatments. We also each had a make-up consultation, which proved to be very helpful for me. I was suggested a different color eyeliner, and a different brush for my blush, and I love how fresh I look. This bridal shower/spa day took place a week before the wedding, mainly because I was nervous about the bikini wax and couldnt imagine getting one the day before my wedding.
Services used: Beauty & Health
Trinity Lutheran Church
This is the church that both Daniel and I attend. Ive been going to Trinity for over 20 something years now, as long as I can remember. Its a beautiful church, and I love the peaceful feeling I get when I go inside. I believe that its one of the oldest churches in the area. For a wedding, they help to have it decorated beautifully. I consulted with what they normally allow for wedding decorations, and bought beautiful flowers to compliment the simple aesthetic of the building. I just recently went to another wedding here, during the Christmas holidays, and I think that would be another beautiful time of year to get married because of all the poinsettias the church is already decorated with.
Services used: Unique Services
Leo Pilak Photography
Photography is expensive but well worth it, which is why I recommend that brides and grooms should make an excellent photographer a priority. I dont want to say that I waited my whole life to get married, but I think I did wait longer than most brides, and I wanted to have beautiful pictures to remember the whole day. I would want the same for all of my family members. Leo is a great photographer, he has an incredible artistic ability, and I loved all of our photos. He also has the ability to move groups around and gather people with ease and confidence, which made it much easier to get all our group photos completed in a short time.
Services used: Photography