Sep 12, 2008
Jewel Floral Department
I got all of my flowers at Jewel Osco's flower shop. Again, being on a budget, I wanted to find a place to get good quality flowers for less than the flower shop price. I ordered my bouquet and my husbands boutonniere to be custom made through them and picked up the day of the wedding. You have to pay half of the cost up front the day you order and then the other half on pick-up. On the day of the wedding my sister in law picked up 2 dozen white roses from Jewel as well and we all put together the bridesmaids bouquets on our own that way to save some money. I just tied three white roses together for each of them with black ribbon. I did not do boutonnieres for the groomsmen at all. I recommend doing flowers this way before spending a ton of money on flowers at a floral shop. I didn't need flowers for decorating the chapel or reception hall because I found a place with pretty decorations already. If you are getting married in a church and are concerned about having to by flowers to decorate the church consider getting married in April. My parents got married at the end of April (around Easter) and so the church already had tons of pretty flowers from the Easter season decorating it. Just something to think about! Also if red is part of your theme, a wedding around Christmas might be a good time because of the red poinsettias.
Services used: Unique Services
Michael Todd Salon & Day Spa
I really liked the job that my stylist did on my hair. It looked fantastic. In that regard I would give the salon a 5/5. However, the make-up was awful. I was told that my make up would look natural, which was very important to me because I don't wear heavy make up normally. Well it was ridiculous looking and overly made up! I was upset, and I ended up having to have a bridesmaid fix it for me when we got back to my place to get ready further. My mom and sister got their hair done as well and it was also fantastic looking. I do believe this place might have closed since my wedding though. It was located by 59th and 95th st right in front of the new Showplace 16 theater right across from Jewel.
Services used: Unique Services
Thia & Co
I don't remember what I paid total at this place, but I do know it is a little more expensive than some places, but the service and product you get are incredible and worth it. I did invitations, flower girl stuff, ring bearer stuff, favors, and gifts for the wedding party (bridesmaids only here) all at this store. They have it all. I got beautiful compacts for all the girls that are very fancy and I had them engraved with their initials. The invitations were top notch and everyone loved them! The shop is small and located in Wheaton, IL. It is run by a married couple and they are fantastic. If you are looking for great service and a superior product, stop in and check the place out, you will not be disappointed. Website: http://www.thiaandco.com/
Services used: Invitations
This is a small DJ company that is run very well. The owner of the company actually did our wedding himself and he was fantastic! His name is Jay Congdon. They allowed me to create a whole list of songs that I wanted to play, as well as marking certain songs as DO NOT play. He also took requests of guests at the wedding. This company was a fantastic find for me, as I was trying to plan my wedding on a budget. Most great DJs are much more expensive, however because they run this business out of the President's house and not in some fancy building they pay rent for, they can afford to give great service at a great price. I highly recommend them. Website: http://www.discjockey.org/
Services used: DJ