Sep 05, 2010
Melanie from Bella Blooms was wonderful! My flowers looked great and everything was on time and set up perfectly. I sent her pictures of what I wanted and she was able to replicate them. She even decorated my cake which looked beautiful. Also loved how she tied the satin ribbon around the vases which perfectly matched my colors!
Services used: Flowers
It was love at first email with Mike - he got married at the same ceremony venue as I did and we bonded over our feelings about New York and country music. Through the whole process, Mike was extremely organized. He has an amazing website where you can request all your songs, he set up a sound system for my ceremony (which was at a different location than my reception)and he even emceed a mini version of "The Newlywed Game" for me. He even flashed our logo on the dance floor and it looked great! I got a lot of compliments about him and the music he played from my guests. I am SO pleased with the service I got from Mike and for the quality of his work. Highly recommend him to all brides who are still looking for a DJ!!!
Services used: DJ
Overall, Coyote Hills did a great job with my wedding. The beginning was a little rocky, but they've changed management since then. Brooke was wonderful to work with! I wasn't sure how involved Coyote Hills would be at my rehearsal, but Brooke helped to coordinate the whole thing. On top of that, she was also there on the day of my wedding (so nice to work with the same person). She set up all the correct chairs/tables and did everything I requested. I only had my ceremony there and my one complaint was my aisle runner looked a little dirty. Not sure if they didn't change it from the ceremony before or if it wasn't dirty and maybe just see through, but it didn't have that crisp white look. Besides that, I'm very happy with the service I received. Brooke is wonderful and the grounds were absolutely gorgeous!!
Services used: Wedding Venue
Overall, we were very pleased with Friar Tux. We first went to Men's Wearhouse and my husband was only able to try on 2 tuxes, 1 type of vest and 1 bowtie. At Friar Tux, we went online, picked out 3 styles of everything (tuxes, vests, ties, shoes) and they had them all waiting in the store for him to try on in HIS size. They did initially log the wrong tux, but luckily they put everything into a system online so you can see what you ordered and which of your groomsmen sent in their measurements/paid. The day before, the guys went to pick up their tuxes. The groom's fit great, but a couple of the groomsmen had the wrong size. The best part about the shop though was that they could just walk into their warehouse in the back and get another size. Very convenient!
Services used: Dress & Attire
Heidelberg Pastry Shop
I cannot even begin to tell you how happy I was with our cake from the Heidelberg Pastry Shop. Klaus is THE sweetest man. Since my husband and I live in Chicago, Klaus let us do 2 tastings (one with my family to book and the other with my husband and me to actually pick the flavors). When we got to the tasting, Klaus was so sweet! We sampled probably around 10 flavors which were all so delicious we had a hard time choosing. On the day of my wedding, Klaus got everything right. The design of my cake was GORGEOUS - just what I had imagined and picked out. And, the cake was delicious - moist and so yummy. I even craved it while I was on my honeymoon! Also, everything was extremely affordable. Thank you Heidelberg! Everything was amazing!!!
Services used: Wedding Cake
On Location Beauty
Sherry was amazing! I can't say enough good things about her. She was always prompt (even early on my wedding day) and was extremely accomodating. At my trial, I asked for my hair to be lower and she undid the whole updo and started over so she could get it perfect for me. Her makeup skills are also wonderful! My husband hates makeup and he thought she did a great job. Also, her assistants (Kali and Marilyn) were also great. Every girl in my bridal party was so happy with their hair/makeup. I highly recommend Sherry!
Services used: Beauty & Health
You May Kiss the Bride
Greg did a fantastic job at our wedding! From our first conversation, Greg and his wonderful wife Elisa helped us with everything - from researching our honeymoon to sending us sample ceremonies. I didn't get Greg a draft of our ceremony until a couple weeks before, but he was completely accomodating. He called me and we talked about the details and when I asked him to write something about his relationship with Elisa, he kindly obliged. On the day of, he was prompt, calmly came to visit me in the bridal room and delivered my ceremony perfectly. I got many compliments about him from my guests and I am so grateful I had him at our wedding. Thank you Greg!!!
Services used: Officiant
I had such good luck with vendors on my wedding day, but I have to say that choosing the Summit House for my reception was the best decision I made throughout the whole wedding process. They were my favorite vendor and far exceeded my expectations in every single way. What put them above the rest: 1) Planning and Organization - I worked with Carmen throughout most of the process. She was on top of every single aspect of my wedding and more than accomodating. I didn't hire a separate wedding coordinator and I definitely didn't need to for the Summit House! When I expressed my concern to her over our ceremony venue, she even offered to come over and coordinate that! (although I didn't take her up on it). I sent her numerous emails and she answered all of them within the next day. And she captured every single detail without me having to tell her twice. She was absolutely AMAZING! And, I must say that the entire staff was wonderful. When Carmen was out of town, I worked with Jan and Mark and they covered for her beautifully. Never once did I have to worry about the Summit House throughout the whole planning process. 2) Beautiful location - I love the grounds of this restaurant! It has a beautiful lawn/patio area and the ballroom is gorgeous with its floor to ceiling windows. It has so much more character and beauty than any other hotel ballroom. One visit and you will see how beautiful it is :) 3) Food - The food is great! We actually made a very uncommon request - we wanted churros and hot chocolate - and the Summit House was willing to do it for us! On top of that, it was PHENOMENAL!!!! All of our guests raved about this and we were so glad we decided to add this! 4) SERVICE, SERVICE, SERVICE - I saved the best for last. On the day of my wedding, Marco coordinated my event. I was a little nervous that it wasn't Carmen, but I really had no reason to be. Marco was just as organized and truly made me feel so special on my wedding day. I arrived early at the venue to take pictures. When I arrived with my family, he was waiting for us with a cart of cheese/crackers and water/champagne. It didn't really occur to me that it was for us until we would move 10 feet and one of the staff members would push the cart towards us. They literally had someone who followed us around with that cart! This continued throughout the entire night. When we pulled up after the ceremony, there was a similar cart (but this time with our appetizers) at the front of the restaurant and it was just for us! Not having eaten a lot all day, we scarfed those down before going to see our guests. It was amazing! The rest of the night, Marco and his team brought me tissues when I started to cry during my maid of honor's speech, would pop in to hand me water throughout the reception (the best!), made sure my pregnant sister in law got cider for the toast and decaf coffee, took the blame when the groom spilled some champagne on a guest, helped wrap up all my vases/cleaned up, and sent us home with a box of food since we didn't have time to eat ours. It was absolutely the best! Everyone was so surprised by the level of service and it certainly exceeded all of my expectations! Overall, I was overwhelmed by the level of service I received from the Summit House. I brought them 13 boxes of items to set up the day before and they set everything up beautifully and we got everything we wanted all back after the reception. Throughout the whole process, I had complete trust in them and had no need for a coordinator because they did absolutely everything. Thank you Carmen, Marco and the rest of the Summit House team for making my wedding the best day of my life. Choosing the Summit House to have my wedding was the best decision I made and I cannot wait to come back for my anniversary dinner (maybe even a couple of churros can be replicated for us?) Bottom line is if you're a bride looking for a venue, you can't go wrong by choosing the Summit House!
Services used: Wedding Venue, Rehearsal Dinner
Magnetstreet is a wonderful place to get your save the date magnets printed! My fiance is a graphic designer and we designed our own magnets. We were a little nervous about how the color on the magnets would turn out, but they were perfect. Turnaround was also quick. We emailed them our design, got the proof the next day and received them a week later. A couple things - the company can only print magnets of certain sizes. Also, I wish there were the option to choose different envelope colors. Other than that, everything else was perfect.
Services used: Invitations
Milly Bridal Design Studio
Overall, I am extremely happy with my Milly experience. I changed my mind a few times in terms of what I wanted and if I were to do this all over again, I would definitely know exactly what I want (in as few dress pics as possible) and stick to it. That being said, as indecisive as I was, Milly was very patient with me and still made all the changes I wanted. My only complaints would be 1) They initially made my dress with the wrong neckline (They fixed this, but it did take time. Luckily, I wasn't in a huge rush); 2) I did not know that my dress did not come with any built in crinoline. When I asked if it could be added, they said they already lined the dress and that they would have to remake the dress if i wanted it added (I just wish that they would have asked me as I just assumed it came with it) and 3) I wanted the back to be a little lower. I sent pictures, drew pictures and it didn't end up exactly like i wanted on my final dress. Again, they said they would have to remake my dress if I wanted to change it. In all cases, the bottom line is they would have fixed it. I just loved the rest of my dress so much, I didn't want to risk those areas being different if they remade it. As for the end product, my dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! It looks and feels like all the dresses I have tried on in bridal salons - the boning is excellent, the material is thick and lush and the overall quality exceeded my expectations. The back of my dress even looks lower on me than it did in the photos. It also fits perfectly per the measurements I gave them. All in all, I would rate the process/communication a 3.5 and my final dress a 4.5 (out of 5). I would 100% go through this process again and in my opinion, it was completely worth it. I got a gorgeous dress made specifically for me at a fraction of the price!
Services used: Unique Services