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WEDDING DATE:

Jun 16, 2008

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Davids Bridal
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
We went TWICE to Davids Bridal, and I did not get my dress there in the end. My sister-in-law is a big advocate of Davids, especially since she got her wedding dress there on sale during their 99$ sale a few years ago. I just didnt find what I liked. Davids Bridal, in case you dont know, only carries Davids Bridal dresses, which means that you wont find the really trendy brand name wedding dresses here. What we did get was amazing deals on our bridesmaids dresses. I know my bridal party loved the idea that they could piece together tops and skirts of various styles in the same color and material. This way everyone was in the same color palate but in different styles. I really recommend Davids if you want uniform and simple bridesmaids dresses. While I may not have been a fan of their wedding dress selection, they do have really great seamstresses that take care of the alterations of the bridesmaids dresses. The dresses all needed alterations, especially around the bust. The alterations were cheap, between $10 and $50 dollars, depending on what needed to be done. For some, length was also an issue. All the dresses looked great after their alterations. I think this is a really great price, because other places charge twice as much to just hem your pants.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Vera's Bridal Clearance Center
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
There were lots of dresses there, some for much less than I had seen elsewhere. What I liked was the big selection, with all the different names to choose from. Im sure if I stayed longer at the Clearance Center I would have found something, but I just went back to Veras House of Bridals in Madison two weeks later and bought my dress there.
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Sazs and the staff that work there, both in the restaurant and on the catering team are awesome. They were our first choice because weve eaten there so many times and love the food, and my work has had Sazs caterer a few holiday parties. I picked up a card at the wedding expo, and then made an appointment almost six months later. I went in with Sam and we came up with a great menu. Another benefit is that they were able to take care of the chairs and tables and linens, so it was a one-stop deal. It was in our price range, but my suggestion is to have minimum appetizers, because people got so full they barely touched their main course plates. The food is incredible, and the presentation is really nice, too.
Services used: Catering

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Miller Park
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was where Sam wanted to go, and all of his friends are big Brewers fans so it seemed like a good idea for everyone. Even though they can afford tickets, they waited until the game started and bought tickets off the street. They got really cheap tickets, far out there, and Sam said that they had a great time drinking beer and pretending they were from Queens, NY. I think the Brewers were playing the Mets, but I cant be certain. For the amount that they spent on beers that night, I think it would have been cheaper for them to go to Las Vegas.
Services used: Unique Services

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Affinia Chicago
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I planned a getaway trip with six of my close friends to Chicago for a weekend getaway Bachelorette party! It was great, we drove down and we got a great deal to stay at the Affinia Hotel in Chicago. We had two hotel rooms, and they were sooo nice, and its a really nice hotel in a nice area. We booked the hotel rooms through www.hotels.com, and we got a much better deal than through other online sites.
Services used: Unique Services

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House of Brides
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
There is lots to do in Chicago, mostly shopping, and we did go to the House of Brides on Franklin Street during my bachelorette weekend there. I made the appointment a few weeks before we were going to be in Chicago. It was okay, I could tell that they were really busy. I wanted to go to a different bridal store than the kind they have in Milwaukee, but I got the impression that they are all almost the same. We were only there for an hour and a half, and the rest of the time we really enjoyed at the hotel and in Chicago.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Vera's House of Bridals
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I started looking for my wedding dress, and I was having a hard time finding a dress that I liked on me. As it is, I never wear white, so it was already hard to see myself in something white. One of my co-workers suggested Veras house. I went, and I loved the selection they had. It was the first time I felt that wedding dress consultants knew what would look good on my body type, too. They were extremely nice. They were also really nice about letting me put two dresses on hold while I went down and checked out the clearance center. I just went back to Veras House of Bridals two weeks later and bought my dress then. It was expensive, but it fit perfect. They were also able to take care of the alterations.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Brookfield Wedding Cakes
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This place was where my sister-in-law got her wedding cake from, and everyone loved the cake so we also went here, too. The taste testing was, again, my favorite part. Sam and I wanted to get something chocolate, and the chocolate samples were delicious! Really rich chocolate flavor with the raspberry filling, which I think tasted great together! In the end, because we would have three tiers, we had two chocolate and one vanilla. Susan made the cake taste and looked good, with lots of color and flowers and details. I really, really loved our cake.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was where we bought the place cards for the seating arrangements for the wedding day, along with matching programs. They have such a cute and colorful selection of wedding cards and favors, and I got really great ideas from Tracie (the owner who always happened to be in the store when I was there). We had small boxes made as a thank you gift for all our guests, and it looked like we had a table covered in small paper flowers. It really added color to the wedding day! We got lots of great compliments, and it was great!
Services used: Invitations

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
This was the florist that I met at the wedding show. We exchanged information, and then I made an appointment for a consultation with them the following week. It was really early to be deciding on flowers (specifically colors, since my bridesmaids dresses hadnt been chosen yet), but I knew I wanted to work with them. They are really creative with flowers, and its obvious they love what they do. Five months before my wedding, we made a second appointment and we discussed colors and arrangements styles. One thing that still stands out in my memory was how creative they were, and how much they knew about flowers. My bouquet was simple but elegant, at their suggestions, and everything was fresh and perfect on the day of the wedding.
Services used: Flowers

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Ephemera - Letterpress Stationery, Calligraphy + More
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I wanted to get something with letterpress. I have seen letterpress invitations before, and they are beautiful, and that was what I wanted. I found the Ephemera online, and I thought they had an amazing collection and selection to choose from. What made our decision easier was that we were able to order a sample pack from the company, so we could see how our wedding invitations would look. It is like nothing you see in the stores today. Its expensive, but I think it was worth it. I still have people complimenting me on how beautiful the cards were. You can order just invitations, which is what we did, or there is a whole wedding package to choose from. We didnt, but in retrospect we should have.
Services used: Invitations