May 20, 2006
The people at Amelishan were friendly and helpful throughout the entire process. My wife was able to find a beautiful dress exactly what she dreamt of for a price that did not break the budget. Alterations were also done here, and the dress fit perfectly and for a reasonable cost.
Services used: Dress & Attire
Brookfield Wedding Cakes
The brides father suggested this place, and were glad he did. The taste-testing was a lot of fun, and they didnt mind that the brides parents came along for the cake. The styles and flavors of cakes gave us plenty of options to choose from, and they worked well with our overall flower scheme, incorporating the lily we had chosen into the design of the cake. And you will not find a better-tasting cake. The filling inside the cake is a big hit. And after an accident at the reception ruined the top layer of the cake, Brookfield Wedding Cakes provided us with a new one to enjoy on our one-year anniversary. They certainly didnt have to do that, but they went above and beyond what was expected.
Services used: Wedding Cake
Whitnall Park Lutheran Church
What I liked first about WPLC was that they had no policy about being members of the church in order to hold your ceremony there. Rates were different for members vs. nonmembers, but the services available/provided did not differ. We have since become members largely because of their acceptance. In addition, the church provides premarital classes that proved both helpful and enlightening. The church is small and quaint, providing an intimate atmosphere that all in attendance can enjoy. The facility, however, has a downstairs floor that allows the bride and her party to get ready without distraction and a lobby area for any early-arriving guests. The pastor who presided over our ceremony is no longer there, but the current pastor is great. The church also has an in-house organist available.
Services used: Unique Services
Our experience with All-Star Music started out well enough. We had been to one or two weddings they worked and were impressed. Our original meeting with the owner went well, and while he said he may or may not be the DJ to actually work our wedding, he indicated he didnt see why he wouldnt be. As it turned out, the DJ we got was someone we had never met. That DJ did an OK job, however, at times, he was not taking the brides requests to heart. A few specific requests were ignored and a time-sensitive request was delayed for no apparent reason. Overall, they were just minor complaints, but they were issues we didnt think we should have had to deal with.
Services used: DJ
Parkway Floral made picking out flowers easy and painless, for both of us. They had a handful of experts at our disposal to answer all questions or weigh in on any questions we had. They explained the costs of certain flowers why some were more expensive than others and were not pushy with their suggestions. All flowers ordered were fresh and vibrant upon arrival at the church and reception, and everything came exactly as ordered. There were no hidden costs. A detailed breakdown of item-by-item pricing was provided and the costs did not stray from the estimate. The family owned and operated business has been around for more than 50 years they must be doing something right.
Services used: Flowers
Comfort Suites Milwaukee Airport
For a relatively smaller hotel without the name recognition in terms of receptions, Comfort Suites helped us put on a big show. Every detail was covered and every special request we had was met. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The ballroom was spacious enough for our group, a nice lobby right out side the room gave people a location to go for some quite and smokers could use the outdoor patio just a few feet away. Again, a perfect setup to suit the needs of all guests. Comfort Suites also used its own caterer at the time, you could only use their service and after an informative taste-testing months in advance, the caterer delivered what he promised: great-tasting food done exactly the way we wanted. Price was much cheaper than many of the name hotels we looked into. The hotel block was at the same site of the reception, and the Comfort Suites provided enough room options onsite as well as at another hotel down the road. Rates were much cheaper than usual and I did not hear of any complaints from any of our out-of-town guests, most of who stayed right at the hotel because Comfort Suites had blocked off more than enough rooms.
Services used: Wedding Venue
Photography by Carol Spaeth-Bauer - One Heart Photography
Carol is photographer for a local newspaper who does weddings on the side. She easily could make wedding photography a fulltime gig. Her professionalism is unmatched and her variety of wedding-day packages gave us plenty to choose from. Her prices included online proofs and online ordering options, all proofs in an album and all negatives, which was a huge draw for us. If anything were to ever happen to the originals, we can have new photos made from the negatives. The online ordering service was nice too we could direct friends and family to the site to order photos for themselves instead of having to take care of their orders for them. Photos were ready in timely fashion and communication throughout the process was great.
Services used: Unique Services