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MrsPapsMrsPaps member
edited September 2014 in Illinois-Chicago
Hi ladies,
our fabulous new Mod and I are updating the Married Knottie site that Raeyn started but I wanted to make an updated Vendor Spreadsheet. Please post below who you are using for:
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Ceremony Music (if outside the church)
Reception Music
Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)
Wedding Coordinator
Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)
Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)
Hotel Block
Rehersal Dinner
Bridal Party gifts

You can also email me this info to [email protected] This will help future brides have a 1stop place for options to look into.

Re: Vendor Spreadsheet--Tell me who you are using/Used!!

  • MrsPapsMrsPaps member
    edited December 2011
    Also, if you could let me know if you would rec or would not rec that would be great too!
  • edited December 2011
    Ok I'll play since I never did a bio.

    Ceremony Venue                       Mayslake Peabody Estate    
    Reception Venue                       Mayslake Peabody Estate
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) Music by Design
    Reception Music                                      Music by Design
    Photograher        Amy Christian Photography and Design
    Videographer      Shoot the Bride Films DO NOT RECOMMEND
    Florist                  Kio Kreations
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals  LINENS: The Chair Coture
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) did not use
    Wedding Coordinator  Weddings by Karolina   Karolina Warren
    Makeup               Cynthia Sally
    Hair                     Colour Line Hair Studio (my regular salon)
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Davids Bridal BM, Aurora HOB Aurora
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) shoes at DSW, Didn't wear a veil
    Alterations           Sue's Bridal Alterations, Naperville                
    Cleaning/Preservation not done yet
    Tux/Suits             Men's Warehouse Geneva, Il
    Invitations            I created my own invites, CardsandPocketes for Paper Products
    Calligraphy           Did not use
    Bakery                 Cake and sweets  provided by my caterer
    Caterers               Mario's Events Worth, IL           
    Transportation      Did not use
    Hotel Block            Marriott Oak Brook, IL
    Rehersal Dinner    Southwest Range, Prestbury Golf Club, Sugar Grove IL
    Favors                   Made my own
    Bridal Party gifts    Made my own

    Mrs. Paps, I highly recommend all of my vendors except STB Films.
  • MrsPapsMrsPaps member
    edited December 2011
  • edited December 2011
    Much of this is in my bio but this is a helpful sticky!

    Ceremony Venue - St. Linus (Oak Lawn, IL)
    Reception Venue - DiNolfo's Mokena
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - ePanache
    Reception Music - Style Matters (Spencer)
    Photograher - Danielle Aquiline
    Videographer - Orange Wedding Film
    Florist - ZuZu's Petals
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - N/A
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - AV Rental & Video Montage - Trailing Edge Media
    Wedding Coordinator - Elizabeth Tulipana
    Makeup - Sonia Roselli
    Hair - Erica Anderson
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Eva's of Oak Lawn (sad)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Amazon/Zappos
    Alterations - Eva's of Oak Lawn
    Cleaning/Preservation - still haven't done that...
    Tux/Suits - Men's Wearhouse
    Invitations - C&P (designed and put together myself)
    Calligraphy - N/A
    Bakery - Naples Bakery (Evergreen Park)
    Caterers - N/A
    Transportation - Chicago Trolley Company
    Hotel Block - Westin Michigan Avenue
    Rehersal Dinner
    Favors - CDs (made)
    Bridal Party gifts - BMs: tote bags, flip flops, BM makeup bags; GM: pilsner glasses 
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    Finally...we are Mr. & Mrs.!!! WooHoo!!!

    Planning Bio
    Married Bio (Work In Progress)
  • edited December 2011
    Just posted this in my bio. Let me know if you need anything else!
  • edited December 2011
    just added you to the site :)
  • edited December 2011
    Hi, My wedding was in April and I never got around to posting any reviews, so I hope this helps!

    Ceremony/Reception Venue: Salvage One- HIGHLY recommend
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): Di Arte Entertainment (string duo)- recommend
    Reception Music: Toast & Jam- HIGHLY recommend
    Photograher- N/A, it was a friend of mine from California
    Florist- Asrai Garden- HIGHLY recommend
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals- N/A
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)- N/A
    Wedding Coordinator- N/A
    Makeup/Hair- Bridal Beauty Chicago- HIGHLY  recommend!
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)- Eva's in Oak Lawn. They burned down, but I wouldn't really recommend it anyway.
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)- Etsy
    Alterations- Mary Catomy- Of course I highly recommend!
    Tux/Suits- Nordstrom. Recommend if your groom is buying a new suit instead of renting.
    Invitations- DIY, printing done by HD Design & Printing. Recommend.
    Calligraphy- NA
    Bakery- NA
    Caterers- Food for Thought- HIGHLY recommend
    Hotel Block- Hard Rock Hotel- recommend
    Rehersal Dinner- Bin 36
    Favors- Rich Chocolates & Candies. HIGHLY recommend
    Bridal Party gifts- NA
  • edited December 2011
    our wedding is in texas, so the only local vendor I have to recommend is Victoria Sprung (sprungphoto.com).  She did our engagement photos, and they turned out great!
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue -  St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church
    Reception Venue - Gaslite Manor, Aurora, IL
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - N/A
    Reception Music - Fantastic DJs (John Marcopolous) of Wow! What a Wedding!
    Photograher - Jiho Park of Lilly Photography
    Videographer -N/A
    Florist - Ray's Posey Patch, Chicago, IL 
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - Lighting - Fantastic DJs.
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - Photobooth - Gaslite Manor
    Wedding Coordinator - N/A
    Makeup - N/A
    Hair - N/A
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - David's Bridal for both
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - veil - ValuVeil on ebay; shoes; Vivienne westwood and rocketdog; 
    Alterations - N/A
    Cleaning/Preservation- N/A
    Tux/Suits - Men's Wearhouse
    Invitations - Michaels
    Calligraphy - My mom :-) 
    Bakery - a friend
    Caterers - Gaslite Manor
    Transportation -N/A
    Hotel Block - Courtyard by Marriott, Naperiville, IL 
    Rehersal Dinner - N/A
    Favors - from Greece
    Bridal Party gifts - crate and barrel, sephora, and a few other places.
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  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Music:  European String Quartet
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue-Riverside Receptions:Highly Rec!
    Reception Venue-Riverside Receptions: Highly Rec!
    Reception Music-Enchanted Evening: Rec with reservations
    Photograher- Life on Prints: HIGHLY HIGHLY REC
    Videographer-Friend/Can rec camera and tripod :)
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)-Chicagoland Photobooth: Highly Rec
    Makeup-Mario Tricoci Salon at Pheasant Run-Rec
    Dress Shops-Crystal Bride: Highly Rec, Chante Especially
    Accessories-Jewelry and Fashion Show in Rosemont-Highly Rec
    Suits-Mens Wearhouse in Schaumburg: Highly Rec, Paul Especially
    Invitations-Cards and Pockets/DIY: Rec
    Bakery-The Cakery: Rec
    Transportation-JoJos Trolley-Rec
    Rehersal Dinner-Francesca's On The River-Highly Rec
    Favors-DIY/Candy Buffet
    Bridal Party gifts-Jewelry Show, Vistaprint, Gift Cards
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony/Reception Venue: St, Clement Church & River East Art Center
    Reception Music: Stitely Orchestra
    Photograher- Life on Prints
    Videographer- Well Spun Weddings
    Florist- The Flower Firm (floral, custom lighting, lounge furniture)
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals- linens - Blue Plate Catering
    Wedding Coordinator- Coordinator for a Day - Mystique Latese
    Makeup/Hair- MU-Maris @ Cynthia Sally, H-Becky @ Cynthia Sally
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)- Bride-Belle Vie, BM-Jcrew
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)- Nordstrom
    Alterations- Dress Doctor
    Tux/Suits- Nordstrom for groom, have not picked groomsmen rentals yet
    Invitations- Sarah Drake Design -
    Calligraphy- Not booked yet
    Bakery- Molly's Cupcakes
    Caterers- Blue Plate -
    Transportation - trolley from Chicago Trolley & Rolls Royce Rentals
    Hotel Block- W Hotel Lakershore & Hyatt Regency Michigan Ave
    Rehersal Dinner- Mia Francesca
    Favors- Garrett's Popcorn
    Bridal Party gifts- not purchased yet
    image **Married 7/9/11**
  • kellym050370kellym050370 member
    edited December 2011
    How did I just see this!?! Ok here we go:

    Ceremony Venue:  Doubletree Hotel - Alsip
    Reception Venue:  Doubletree Hotel - Alsip
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church):  Tone Productions
    Reception Music:  Tone Productions
    Photograher:  The Wedding Studio
    Videographer:  None
    Florist:  Zuzu's Petals
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals:  Venue provided
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc):  None
    Wedding Coordinator:  Doubletree has a fabulos on-site coordinator (Noelle) and my wonderful friend Linda
    Makeup:  Samantha Marie Salon, New Lenox
    Hair:  Samantha Marie Salon, New Lenox
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid):  Here Comes the Bride, Addison, IL
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc):  No veil, headband to be determined, jewelry is my something borrowed
    Alterations:  Here Comes the Bride
    Cleaning/Preservation:  Undecided
    Tux/Suits:  Undecided
    Invitations:  My wonderful friend Kathryn is making all paper goods for me
    Calligraphy:  See above
    Bakery:  provided by venue
    Caterers:  provided by venue
    Transportation:  None
    Hotel Block:  Doubletree Hotel, Alsip
    Rehersal Dinner:  Papa Joes, Orland (yeah I settled on pizza)
    Favors:  Undecided
    Bridal Party gifts:  MOH (perfume and other goodies), Junior BMs (make up kits and other goodies)  BM (liquor), GM (Video games)

  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue - Prairie Productions
    Reception Venue - Prairie Productions
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - The Maxwell Street band
    Reception Music - An Enchanted Evening
    Photograher - Michael Roberts
    Videographer - Shoot The Bride (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
    Florist - Zuzu's Petals
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - n/a
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) n/a
    Wedding Coordinator - Used a friend
    Makeup - my sister
    Hair - my sister
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - David's Bridal
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Shoes, David's Bridal, Hair Piece - Zuzu's Petals
    Alterations - a friend
    Cleaning/Preservation - n/a
    Tux/Suits - Nordstrom
    Invitations - Cards and Pockets - designed and assembled myself - Used them for printing 
    Calligraphy - n/a
    Bakery - Vanille Patisserie
    Caterers - J&L Catering
    Transportation - n/a
    Hotel Block - Raffaello Hotel
    Rehersal Dinner - Nookies Too
    Favors - Vanille Patisserie 
    Bridal Party gifts - Cost Plus (and mani/pedi's) for the girls, Think Geek for the boys.
  • edited December 2011
    have to tell you my daughter just got married on jan 15th  and she brought in Divine Designs for her church and table centerpieces. I will do whatever it takes to stop these people from getting any further recommendations from the knot website. At the reception there were tables with not the same amount of candle centerpieces, the rose petals were not placed in the candles, the centerpieces for the 2 head tables were not even there, and they did not bring the candy for the candy table.We also had highboy tables in the cocktail area that wre to be decorated with a specific candle centerpiece and rose petals and these were no where to be found. Thank god the people at Chevy Chase were so wonderful they were able to put together some substitutions for us that worked. I would like to get some advice from you as wre to go from here if possible
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, River Forest (recommend)
    Reception Venue: Hinsdale Golf Club (highly recommend)
    Reception Music: Orchestra 33 (highly recommend)
    Photograher: Deonna Caruso (highly recommend)
    Florist: Simply Elegant Floral (not recommended)
    Makeup and Hair: Mario Tricoci, Oak Brook
    Dress Shops (bridal gown): Aisle Style, Elmhurst (highly recommend)
    Dress Shop (BM dresses): Bridal Mansion, Lisle (recommend)
    Dress Shop (BM dresses): Lily's Bridal, Chicago (recommend)
    Tux/Suits: Men's Warehouse (recommend)
    Invitations: ExclusivelyWeddings.com (recommend)
    Bakery: Marie Roesler, Western Springs (highly recommend)
    Transportation: Naperville Limousine (not recommended)
    Hotel Block: Clubhouse Inn & Suites, Westmont (recommend)
    Rehersal Dinner: Caffe DeLucca, Forest Park (highly recommend)
  • edited December 2011
    Here's my incomplete list...I will update when I have more info! 

    Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent de Paul
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): n/a
    Reception Venue: Newberry Library
    Reception Music: DJ John Simmons
    Photograher: Becky Hill
    Videographer: TBD
    Florist: Joyce Grattoni
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: Halls Rentals
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): n/a
    Wedding Coordinator: a friend of mine looking to start a wedding planning business is going to be my DOC.
    Makeup: TBD/possibly having a friend who is a MUA do my makeup
    Hair: Sharon Daniel Salon
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Bride - Wedding Belles, Bridesmaids - Priscilla of Boston
    Alterations: Mary Catomy
    Cleaning/Preservation: TBD
    Tux/Suits: TBD
    Invitations: A friend is making our invites as our wedding present
    Calligraphy: TBD
    Bakery: Luscious Layers
    Caterers: Hel's Kitchen
    Transportation: TBD
    Hotel Block: TBD
    Rehersal Dinner: TBD
    Favors: myself...we're doing scratch off lottery tickets
    Bridal Party gifts: TBD

  • aimers1525aimers1525 member
    2500 Comments Combo Breaker
    edited December 2011
    Edited on  6/3/11 (I put some brief recommend/do not recommend on here, but will have full vendor reviews soon)

    Ceremony Venue: St. Michael Catholic Church (Orland Park) RECOMMEND
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): n/a
    Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg  VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Reception Music: DJ Sgnik VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Photograher: Tasha Schalk of Redwall Photography VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Videographer: n/a
    Florist: Miller's Florist (Linda) DO NOT RECOMMEND
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: Prestige Wedding Decoration (backdrop, uplighting) RECOMMEND
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): n/a
    Wedding Coordinator: n/a
    Makeup: Maris of Cynthia Sally VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Hair: Becky @ Amato Salon and Spa (Tinley Park) VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Bride - Eva's Bridal, Oak Lawn RECOMMEND; Bridesmaids - Lula Kate dresses from Bella Bridesmaid VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc): My shoes are RSVP "Taran" in purple from Zappos, Veil from wedding-veil.com, earrings are Napier from Kohls, and I buoght a $2 hair flower from H&M!
    Alterations:Cori, Stitch of Bliss RECOMMEND
    Cleaning/Preservation: TBD
    Tux/Suits: Formally Modern VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Invitations: supplies from cardsandpockets.com HIGHLY RECOMMEND, Michaels, etc.; printing and cutting by Grasso Graphics; monogram design by Kio Kreations VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND; assembling myself with inspiration from lots of Knotties!
    Calligraphy: n/a
    Bakery: pastry chef @Hyatt
    Caterers: n/a
    Transportation: Luxus Limosine RECOMMED
    Hotel Block: Hyatt
    Rehersal Dinner: Greco's of Willow Springs VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND
    Favors: n/a
    Bridal Party gifts: GM are receiving their favorite bottle of alcohol, BM received mani/pedis and part of their dresses.
  • edited December 2011

    Ceremony Venue - St. Clement Catholic Church
    Reception Venue - Doubletree Magnificent Mile
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - Church
    Reception Music - DJ Chicago and Chris Green Quartet for cocktail hour
    Photograher - Lilly Photography
    Videographer - Shoot the Bride
    Florist - Kio Kreations
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - all from the Doubletree
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - LA Snapshotz
    Wedding Coordinator - Karolina Warren - Weddings by Karolina
    Makeup - Holly - Chicago Bridal Hair and Makeup
    Hair - Holly - Chicago Bridal Hari and Makeup
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bride - A L'Amour, Bridesmaids - J Crew
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - A L'Amour
    Alterations - A L'Amour
    Cleaning/Preservation - not sure yet
    Tux/Suits - Men's Warehouse
    Invitations - Cards & Pockets
    Calligraphy - not sure yet
    Bakery - Rolf's
    Caterers - Doubletree
    Transportation - Cosmopolitan Limo (guest transportation); Chicago Trolley Rentals/Chicago Rolls Royce & Limo (wedding party trolley)
    Hotel Block - Doubletree Mag Mile and Red Roof Inn
    Rehersal Dinner - Gino's East
    Favors - candy buffet
    Bridal Party gifts - Lia Sophia jewelry, Zales - cufflinks for the boys
    BabyFruit Ticker
  • edited May 2012
    Ceremony Venue Bartett Hils Golf Course
    Reception Venue  Bartlett HIlls Golf Course
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)  Chicago Style Strings
    Reception Music Windy City Mix
    Photograher Michael Rastall
    Videographer  n/a
    Florist  Blooming Creations in Bartlett
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals  Linens - The Chair Couture 
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) Photobooth from ShutterBooth
    Wedding Coordinator  n/a
    Makeup Beauty By Brush (Kimmy Nather)
    Hair tbd
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)  mine - Here Comes the Bride in Addison
    Bmaids - David's Bridal in Vernon Hills
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)  hair flower - Wedding Belles 
    Alterations  Mary Catomy
    Cleaning/Preservation  tbd
    Tux/Suits  Formally Modern 
    Invitations  Etsy - Drippingwithink 
    Calligraphy  n/a
    Bakery  Our venue provides it through Jarosch Bakery
    Caterers n/a
    Transportation tbd
    Hotel Block Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates
    Rehersal Dinner The Lucky Monk in South Barrington 
    Favors Mint meltaways from Long Grove Confectionary outlet in Buffalo Grove 
    Bridal Party gifts  Coach outlet wristlets, earrings from Etsy
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  • meg8080meg8080 member
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    edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue: St Peter's Lutheran Arlington Heights (recommend)
    Reception Venue: European Crystal (highly recommend)
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) N/A
    Reception Music: David Wilner from Sounds Abound (highly recommend)
    Photograher: Dale Horn (recommend)
    Videographer: Jeff Shoot the Bride (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
    Florist: Joyce Grattoni 
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals N/A
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) N/A
    Wedding Coordinator N/A
    Makeup Starlight (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
    Hair Sharon Daniel Salon (Recommend)
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Bride: Eva's Bridal of Chicago(recommend) Bridesmaid: Netbride (recommend)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) shoes: stuart weitzman; jewelry: Erica Koesler
    Alterations: Can't remember name; Long Grove, IL 
    Cleaning/Preservation N/A
    Tux/Suits Men's Warehouse
    Invitations: Gina (DO NOT RECOMMEND)
    Dinner Menu, Placecards, table #: DBYInvitations (recommend)
    Calligraphy: Friend
    Bakery: N/A
    Caterers: N/A
    Transportation: 4 Star
    Hotel Block: Mariott S. Arlington Heights
    Rehersal Dinner: Jameson's
    Favors: N/A
    Bridal Party gifts: Jewelry
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue- Private Estate
    Reception Venue- Private Estate
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) spanish guitar- James Ramero
    Reception Music  Spark Entertainment
    Photograher Serendipity Photography
    Videographer same
    Florist Flowers by Val
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals Eventique Chicago Event Planning Co.
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)
    Wedding Coordinator Eventique Chicago Event Planning Co-Angel
    Makeup Chatau Depaul
    Hair same
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Davids
    Alterations Franks Alterations Jefferson/Roosevelt
    Cleaning/Preservation same
    Tux/Suits Mens warehouse
    Invitations custom Letter Press Eventique Chicago Planning Co.
    Bakery- Eventique Chicago- Chef Pedro
    Caterers  E.C. Chef Pedro
    Transportation   Midway Lino Services
    Hotel Block  Black Stone renni.
    Rehersal Dinner 
    Favors   E.C - Planner Angel
    Bridal Party gifts
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue Holy Resurrection
     Reception Venue Chateau Ritz
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) We used the Church choir
    Reception Music Dustin from Toast & Jam
    Photograher Life on Prints
    Videographer Logi Productions
    Florist Flor del Monte
     Linens/Lighting/Rentals Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) Art of Imagination
    Wedding Coordinator n/a
    Makeup Sonia form Sonia Roselli
    Hair Livia Caporale
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Mine: Bella Bianca, Bridesmaids: Marilee Bridal
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Shoes: Bagley Mischka from Shoes.com (I think), Veil: Mary Catomy
    Alterations Mary Catomy
    Cleaning/Preservation Still haven't done this...oops!
    Tux/Suits Mens Warehouse
    Invitations DIY, cardsandpockets.com
    Calligraphy n/a
    Bakery The Baking Institute
    Transportation Flying Lady Livery Trolly, M&M Limos
    Hotel Block Crown Plaza Northbrook, Wyndam Glenview
    Rehersal Dinner Olivetti's
    Favors DIY honey jars
    Bridal Party gifts Mainly Victoria's Secret (for some silk robes) and philosophy.cm

    Eventually I will post reviews/make a bio but I highly recommend my vendors!

  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue St. Edmund Oak Park- Rec
    Reception Venue Renaissance Oak Brook Hotel- sadly closing
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) Church cantor
    Reception Music chicagospindjs.com (Adam, personal friend)
    Photograher Tasha- redwallphotography.com
    Videographer Sara and Luke goweddingvideo.com
    Florist Karen with Carousel Florists in Elmhurst
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals via venue
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) n/a
    Wedding Coordinator n/a- the venue coordinator was great
    Makeup Penny at Mario Tricoci Oak Brook
    Hair Linda at Mario Tricoci Oak Brook
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bride: A L'Amour in Barrington, Bridesmaids: J. Crew
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Shoes: Grace "Elena" from A L'Amour, Veil: Symphony from The Wedding Etc, Earrings/Hair Piece/Bracelet: from The Wedding Etc in Downers Grove
    Alterations Sara in Long Grove, IL
    Cleaning/Preservation shoot, I need to do that, it's only been 7 months!
    Tux/Suits Men's Wearhouse
    Invitations DIY- paper from paperandmore.com, pocket folds from cardsandpockets.com, ribbonretreat.com for ribbon, rhinestone buckles from rhinestonejewelry.com, and printing done at The Printing Store in Oak Park
    Calligraphy my husband's aunt did the calligraphy for the invites and I did fake calligraphy on the thank you's with the pen "Elegant Writer"
    Bakery Rolf's
    Caterers venue
    Transportation themagicride.com - awesome limo bus that seats up to 24
    Hotel Block Renaissance Oak Brook Hotel
    Rehersal Dinner Buca di Beppo in Lombard, IL
    Favors Garrett's Popcorn (we stuffed the bags ourselves, which if you have time, I recommend over the pre-stuffed bags as it's much cheaper per person)
    Bridal Party gifts Bridesmaids: necklaces from Bramble in Oak Park (NOT matching wedding day necklaces), Groomsmen: personalizationmall.com for personalized garment bags. Dan also went to Binny's for booze.

    I highly recommend all of our vendors. Our wedding planning process went smoothly!
    7/10/10 image Dandy
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue                       St. Paul the Apostle, Gurnee 
    Reception Venue                       Concorde Banquets, Kildeer
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) TBD
    Reception Music                                      MDM Entertainment
    Photograher        Modern Image Studios
    Videographer      Modern Image Studios
    Florist                  Trellis Weddings
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals   Only had lighting- MDM Entertainment
    Wedding Coordinator  Did not use
    Makeup               Patty Bojan (Mary Kay)
    Hair                     TBD
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Volles in Lake Zurich
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) TBD Veil at Volles
    Alterations           Volles               
    Cleaning/Preservation  Not done yet, TBD
    Tux/Suits             TBD
    Invitations            TBD
    Calligraphy          TBD
    Bakery                 Cake provided by Concorde
    Caterers               Did not use         
    Transportation      Limos without Limits
    Hotel Block            Hampton Inn Deer Park and Holiday Inn Express Kildeer
    Rehersal Dinner    Shanty, Wadsworth
    Favors                   TBD
    Bridal Party gifts    TBD
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue- Chateau Ritz 
    Reception Venue - Chateau Ritz
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - family friend
    Reception Music - family friend
    Photograher - family friend
    Videographer - n/a
    Florist - diy bouquet
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - Chateau Ritz
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - n/a
    Wedding Coordinator - myself! 
    Makeup- myself!
    Hair - hair cuttery
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - House of Brides
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - House of Brides
    Alterations - House of Brides
    Cleaning/Preservation - House of Brides
    Tux/Suits - DUcky's Formal Wear in DeKalb 
    Invitations - diy
    Calligraphy - family friend
    Bakery - Chateau Ritz
    Caterers - Chateau Ritz
    Transportation - n/a
    Hotel Block - n/a
    Rehersal Dinner n/a
    Favors - oriental trading
    Bridal Party gifts - the knot shop! 
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue- St. Anne's Catholic Church (Barrington)
    Reception Venue- The Stonegate (Hoffman Estates)
    Reception Music-Spin Productions (DJ Jorge)
    Photograher- Siberia Photography (Lidia)
    Videographer-still looking for one :)
    Florist-Kio Kreations (Kristen Janes)
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)-still considering a photobooth
    Makeup-not sure yet, may do my own
    Hair- Salon 141
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bride-Davids Bridal, Bridesmaid-Ala'Mour
    Accessories (Veil-Sandra's Designs (Paul) /shoes (zappos) /hair pieces-Sandra's Designs (Paul) highly recommend him. Located in Lombard, IL
    Alterations Kathy Kmitta, private home Mt. Prospect
    Tux/Suits ?
    Invitations J.F. Wagner Printing
    Bakery Cake by The Stonegate
    Caterers  The Stonegate
    Transportation ? Looking for a trolley or party bus
    Hotel Block Hyatt Place, Hoffman Estates, IL
    Rehersal Dinner:?
    Favors looking for picture frames with crystals or rhinestones
    Bridal Party gifts: Coach black leather clutches
  • barbbhowwbarbbhoww member
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    edited June 2012
    Ceremony Venue - Holiday Inn Carol Stream DNR
    Reception Venue - Holiday Inn Carol Stream DNR
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - Midwest Productions-Lou
    Reception Music - Midwest Productions - Lou
    Photograher - Mchelle Taylor DNR
    Florist - Wildflower Florist- Naperville, IL
    Wedding Coordinator JustDuckyEvents
    Makeup - Focas Hair Salon St Charles, IL
    Hair - Focas Hair Salon St Charles, IL  - Kiki
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)  - David's Bridal for all, Aurora
    Alterations - David's Bridal, Aurora
    Tux/Suits - Men's Warehouse - Aurora
    Invitations - Walmart :)
    Bakery - Continetal Bakery - Mount Prospoect
    Hotel Block - Holday Inn Carol Stream
    Rehersal Dinner - Alberto's at HI CS
    It's time. Adoption saving and process started in November 2012.
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  • gpalmergpalmer member
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    edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue - St Alphonsus Church, Lemont, IL
    Reception Venue - Ruffled Feathers, Lemont, IL
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) with church
    Reception Music - Speedy B Entertainment, www.djspeedyb.com AWESOME!!
    Photograher - Modern Image Studios
    Florist - Enchanted Florist, Orland Park, IL
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)
    Wedding Coordinator
    Makeup - Moda Salon, Lemont, IL
    Hair - Moda Salon, Lemont, IL
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Bridesmart (Schaumburg) and All about the Dress (Lemont, IL_
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) All over...  :)
    Alterations - Mary Catomy (847) 678-7226   AWESOME!!
    Tux/Suits - JP Tuxedos, Don't recommend
    Invitations - JP Tux
    Bakery - Dominos (Chicago) through reception hall
    Transportation - My Cheuffeur  (don't reccommend)
    Hotel Block - Willowbrook Holiday Inn
    Rehersal Dinner - My parents house (it's great!)  :)
    Favors - All over
    Bridal Party gifts - All over... Etsy was a great one and ELF.com

    Loved all my vendors unless otherwise noted.  :)  Good luck!
  • edited December 2011
    Ceremony Venue Notre Dame Parish, Clarendon Hills
    Reception Venue Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)  NA
    Reception Music Toast & Jam, Laura
    Photograher Petr Poliak
    Videographer NA
    Florist Meeting House
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals  BBJ
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) Shutterbox
    Wedding Coordinator NA
    Makeup Beauty on Call, Rashona
    Hair Beauty on Call, Cathy
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bella Bridal, Chicago & Priscilla of Boston, Oak Brook
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Priscilla of Boston -veil, Zappos - shoes, Swaroski - jewerly
    Alterations Priscilla of Boston, Suzanne
    Tux/Suits Mens Wearhouse
    Invitations Wedding Paper Divas/DIY
    Calligraphy Kylie Weller
    Bakery Amy Beck Cake Design
    Caterers Hyatt Lodge
    Transportation Chicago Mini Bus
    Hotel Block Hyatt Lodge
    Rehersal Dinner Anyways Restaurant and Pub
    Favors Shutterbox and petite sweets
    Bridal Party gifts Boys - Create your own Converse, Girls - Clutch from ECLU on Etsy, pashmina
    Wedding Countdown Ticker
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