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

  • Quad Cities Area

    Bakery- Nini's Cupcake
  • Ceremony Venue:   Assumption Catholic Church - Chicago, IL (fun fact: my great-great-great-great grandfather was one of the founders)
    Reception Venue   The Rookery
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)  n/a
    Reception Music  Jay Frank from Crestline Entertainment
    Photograher    Life on Prints
    Videographer  we have one...I can't remember his name though Embarassed
    Florist  English Garden
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals   All through the caterer
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) n/a
    Wedding Coordinator   n/a
    Makeup  : Halo Salon Hinsdale, IL
    Hair   Halo Salon Hinsdale, IL
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)  Bride: Wolsfelt's Bridesmaids: Nordstrom (I do NOT recommend their wedding consultants)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Veil/Headpiece: Wolsfelt's Shoes: TBD
    Alterations : Wolsfelt's
    Cleaning/Preservation : TBD
    Tux/Suits: Men's Warehouse, Chicago
    Invitations   Ashley's Stationary Clarendon Hills, IL
    Calligraphy       n/a having them printed instead
    Bakery    Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery Hinsdale, IL
    Caterers  George Jewell 
    Transportation   TBD
    Hotel Block    JW Marriott and The Club Quarters, both in Chicago
    Rehersal Dinner    Francesca's on Taylor, Chicago
    Favors      We are making a donation to a charity instead of favors
    Bridal Party gifts   Bridesmaids: Necklaces from Tiffany&Co and Shawls from Nordstrom.  Groomsmen: Customized Nike Dunks and bow ties from Etsy
  • Ceremony Venue  Belvedere Events in Elk Grove Village
    Reception Venue Belvedere Events in Elk Grove Village 
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)  Chicago Mobile DJs
    Reception Music   Chicago Mobile DJs 
    Photograher   Photography by Imagine
    Videographer    Konrad Kamera
    Florist      Prestige Wedding Decoration
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals     Lighting - A Posh Production
                                                    Linens - through the venue
    Wedding Coordinator only using venue event coordinator, Jodi
    Makeup    Tamara hair and make-up
    Hair     Tamara hair and make-up 
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)   Bride - Filene's Basement, Running of the Brides                                        Bridesmaids - David's Bridal 
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)  Etsy, ebay, DSW, partydanceshoes.com, Von Maur
    Alterations   Mary Catomy
    Cleaning/Preservation  not sure yet
    Tux/Suits    Groom - Macy's    
                        groomsmen and fathers - Men's Warehouse
    Invitations  Exclusively Weddings, rhinestone embellishments from aliexpress.com
    Bakery   The Baking Institute
    Hotel Block  Country Inn and Suites, Elk Grove Village
    Rehersal Dinner    Real Time Sports, Elk Grove Village
    Favors  DIY
    Bridal Party gifts  Tiffany, Coach, wine.com
  • Ceremony Venue: Queenship of Mary Church, Glen Ellyn
    Reception Venue: Westin of Lombard
    Photograher: Jimmy Tan
    Videographer: Kinema Group
    Florist: Flowers by Color Chicago
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: Mix Media
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): PaperCinemas: Mobile Flipbook Studio
    Wedding Coordinator: Karolina Warren
    Makeup: Dana DiGuilio
    Hair: Jennifer Galvin
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Netbride.com
    Alterations: Mary Catomy
    Invitations: Penelope’s Press
    Hotel Block: The Westin
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  • Ceremony Venue - Winnetka Community House
    Reception Venue - Winnetka Community House
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - Toast & Jam DJs
    Reception Music -  Toast & Jam DJs 
    Photographer - Breath of Life Photography (from Indiana but travel for little cost!)
    Videographer - n/a
    Florist - Petal Peddlers
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - n/a (everything we need is provided by WCH)
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - n/a
    Wedding Coordinator - Katie at The Savvy Event (and she is AWESOME)
    Makeup - Crizen Hasagawa
    Hair - Crizen Hasagawa
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - locally in Canada
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - locally in Canada
    Alterations - locally in Canada
    Cleaning/Preservation - locally in Canada
    Tux/Suits - not decided yet
    Invitations - not decided yet 
    Calligraphy - not decided yet 
    Bakery - included with WCH
    Caterers - included at WCH (food is amazing!)
    Transportation - not decided yet
    Hotel Block - Doubletree in Skokie
    Rehersal Dinner - Jameson's at the Doubletree in Skokie
    Favors - not decided yet
    Bridal Party gifts - not decided yet
  • Ceremony Venue - Spiaggia Private Dining Rooms
    Reception Venue -  Spiaggia Private Dining Rooms 
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - family friend who is a pianist
    Reception Music - Toast & Jam
    Photograher - Michael Rastall
    Videographer - n/a
    Florist - ZuZu's Petals
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - n/a
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - n/a
    Wedding Coordinator - Amanda Burdick from La'Di Events
    Makeup - Sonia Roselli
    Hair - Sonia Roselli
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Brides by Demetrios (Bride) and David's Bridal (Bridesmaids)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Brides by Demetrios (Veil), Zappos (shoes), Etsy (hair piece)
    Alterations - Brides by Demetrios
    Cleaning/Preservation
    Tux/Suits - Vera Wang at Men's Warehouse
    Invitations - Etsy
    Calligraphy - Etsy
    Bakery - Sarah's Pastries
    Caterers - Spiaggia
    Transportation - n/a
    Hotel Block - The Drake Hotel and The Sutton Place
    Rehersal Dinner - Wildfire
    Favors - Candy Direct
    Bridal Party gifts - Etsy
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    Ceremony Venue St James Lutheran
    Reception Venue Harold Washington Library
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) Jim Hahn Music
    Reception Music Deva Ju Band
    Photograher Tammy Leatham- amazing!
    Videographer n/a
    Florist fluer couture
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals blue plate
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)
    Wedding Coordinator LK events- amazing!
    Makeup Beauty on Call
    Hair Beauty on Call
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bride, Bella Bianca (Lazaro), BM Bella Bridesmaid (Lula Kate)
     Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Veil, Bella Bianca
    Alterations Dress Doctor
    Cleaning/Preservation Davis
    Tux/Suits Jos A Banks
    Invitations Kustom Kreation
    Calligraphy Kustom Kreation
    Bakery Take the Cake and Amy Beck
    Caterers Blue Plate
    Transportation VIP Transportation
    Hotel Block Sofitel and Fairfield Inn
    Rehersal Dinner Osteria Via Stato
    Favors
    Bridal Party gifts Ray Ban aviators for the GM and Plum Pretty Robes for the BM - NOT RECOMMENDED

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  • Wedding Date: 4/28/2012
    Budget: $30,000.00 (I went over)

    Ceremony Venue - A New Leaf (Chicago, IL)
    Reception Venue -  A New Leaf (Chicago, IL) 
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - Debbie Crosser, Violinist (highly recommend and affordable)
    Reception Music - Terry Baker (family friend)
    Photograher - Colin Lyons (AH-MAZING)
    Videographer - N/A
    Florist - A New Leaf
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - BBJ Linen (linen rental- easy to deal with and affordable)
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - N/A
    Wedding Coordinator - Barb Duckworth, Just Ducky Events
    Makeup - Dior Counter @ Nordstrom (for FREE- they just asked that I make a purchase, which I would gladly do because I wanted to lipstick and gloss for touch-ups)
    Hair - Michael Anthony Salon (a bit overpriced, but did a nice job)
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Bride: Lazaro, Macy's State Street Bridal Salon; Bridesmaids: Nordstrom (Monique Lhullier black dresses)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Zara (shoes), Veil (Macy's), Earrings (Nordstrom)
    Alterations - Macy's State Street Bridal (was not cheap, but they did a phenomenal job)
    Cleaning/Preservation - TBD
    Tux/Suits - Groom: Ralph Lauren Black Label (purchased); Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren at Macy's
    Invitations - DIY & Kinko's for printing
    Calligraphy - DIY
    Bakery - more (cupcake tower - absolutely great and very well-priced)
    Caterers - Jewell Catering (food was good; service and execution/follow-up were TERRIBLE)
    Transportation -
    Hotel Block - The Dana Hotel & Spa
    Rehersal Dinner - Quartino
    Favors - I had a full open bar with premium liquor and DIY jelly beans wrapped in tulle
    Bridal Party gifts - Tiffany & Co (sterling silver earrings for one, pearl earrings for another, and bracelet for the 3rd); Maid of Honor - KitchenAid stand mixer (she always wanted one) 
  • I used Colin Lyons as well... LOVED HIM! Probably our favorite vendor!

    In Response to Re: Vendor Spreadsheet--Tell me who you are using/Used!!:
    [QUOTE]Wedding Date: 4/28/2012 Budget: $30,000.00 (I went over) Ceremony Venue - A New Leaf (Chicago, IL) Reception Venue -   A New Leaf (Chicago, IL)  Ceremony Music (if outside the church) - Debbie Crosser, Violinist (highly recommend and affordable) Reception Music - Terry Baker (family friend) Photograher - Colin Lyons (AH-MAZING) Videographer - N/A Florist - A New Leaf Linens/Lighting/Rentals - BBJ Linen (linen rental- easy to deal with and affordable) Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) - N/A Wedding Coordinator - Barb Duckworth, Just Ducky Events Makeup - Dior Counter @ Nordstrom (for FREE- they just asked that I make a purchase, which I would gladly do because I wanted to lipstick and gloss for touch-ups) Hair - Michael Anthony Salon (a bit overpriced, but did a nice job) Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Bride: Lazaro, Macy's State Street Bridal Salon; Bridesmaids: Nordstrom (Monique Lhullier black dresses) Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Zara (shoes), Veil (Macy's), Earrings (Nordstrom) Alterations - Macy's State Street Bridal (was not cheap, but they did a phenomenal job) Cleaning/Preservation - TBD Tux/Suits - Groom: Ralph Lauren Black Label (purchased); Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren at Macy's Invitations - DIY & Kinko's for printing Calligraphy - DIY Bakery - more (cupcake tower - absolutely great and very well-priced) Caterers - Jewell Catering (food was good; service and execution/follow-up were TERRIBLE) Transportation - Hotel Block - The Dana Hotel & Spa Rehersal Dinner - Quartino Favors - I had a full open bar with premium liquor and DIY jelly beans wrapped in tulle Bridal Party gifts - Tiffany & Co (sterling silver earrings for one, pearl earrings for another, and bracelet for the 3rd); Maid of Honor - KitchenAid stand mixer (she always wanted one)  
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  • Ceremony Venue - Euclid Ave United Methodist Church, Oak Park, IL

    Reception Venue - Bloomingdale Golf Club (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)

    Reception Music - Eclipse Entertainment - HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    Photograher - Jolie Images - Recommend!

    Florist - Westgate Florist in Oak Park, IL - Recommend!!

    Hair - Centerstage in Oak Park - recommend!

    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) - Here Comes the Bride in Addison, IL for bride (Recommend!!) and Crystal Bride in Geneva, IL for bm's

    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) - Veil at Here Comes the Bride (lots of compliments on it!), BM's jewlery from The Wedding Etc in Downers Grove (Do NOT special order anything!!!!!!!)

    Alterations - Here Comes the Bride - recommend

    Tux/Suits - Men's Warehouse - very nice to work with in Wheaton & River Forest

    Invitations - Hallmark in Vernon Hills, IL - Ask for Erin because she'll tell you what's a waste of $ or special order something for you - HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

    Bakery - Central Continental Bakery in Mt. Prospect - got SOOOOO many thumbs up on the cake (white with lemon filling).  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    Caterers - with Catering with Elegance via Bloomingdale Golf Club.  Wonderful!!!!

    Transportation - Chicago Trolley Company.  Very accomodating, but be warned there's no AC on a trolley!  In discussing that point w/ a friend of mine, she said she made sure the limo bus had AC, but it turned out it was only 2 vents pointed directly at the driver while everyone sweltered in the back.  At least we could open the windows.

    Hotel Block - Hampton Inn in Addison, IL.  My first two choices (Hilton Indian Lakes & Eaglewood Resort) wanted to charge me for unbooked rooms in the wedding block - NEGATIVE on that (typically we found other hotels would just give you a deadline and if the rooms aren't booked by then, they get released)!  So I was so-so about the Hampton Inn, but they were fantastic!  Very accomodating to our requests!  Highly Recommend them!  The free breakfast was also good!

    Rehersal Dinner - Buca di Bepo in Lombard, IL.  Wait staff was great!!

    Bridal Party gifts - Hoosier Bat Company for groomsmen in Valpariso, IL - this place is really cool.  They make baseball bats for MLB players and they'll make "award" bats for special ocassions.  We gave them our custom logo & name and each GM had a custom bat.  We also got a tour of the factory when we picked them up (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!).  Bridesmaids - monogrammed tote from American Bridal and jewelry.
  • Ceremony Venue - Baha'i Temple (recommend)
    Reception Venue - White Deer Run Golf Course  (highly recommend) 
    Reception Music - Elite Signature DJs  ( DO NOT recommend) 
    Photograher - Christopher Paul Photography  (highly recommend) 
    Entertainment  - Photobooth of the Stars  (recommend) 
    Makeup / Hair - Parks 5th Ave in Vernon Hills  (recommend) 
    Dress Shops - InweddingDress.com  (recommend) 
    Bakery - Lovin Over Cakery  (recommend) 
    Transportation - Executive Chauffering 
    Hotel Block - Holiday Inn
    Rehersal Dinner - Lou Malnatis
  • Vendors from our June 2012 wedding:

    Ceremony Venue- Studio Paris

    Reception Venue- Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

    Ceremony Music- Quartet Parapluie: violin/guitar duo (recommend)

    Reception Music- Howl at the Moon: dueling pianos (highly recommend)

    Photograher- Redwall Photo (highly recommend)

    Videographer- Brittany Lynn Studios (recommend)

    Florist- Details in Bloom (recommend)

    Linens/Lighting/Rentals- Uplighting: MDM Entertainment (recommend), Ceremony Decor: Revel

    Entertainment- Magic Moment Photobooth (recommend)

    Wedding Coordinator- Weddings by Karolina (highly recommend)

    Makeup- Appease: Jonathon (recommend)

    Hair- Appease: Carrie (recommend)

    Dress Shops- BMs: House of Brides Orland Park (do not recommend), Bride: Evas Bridal Oak Lawn, Flower Girls: Fairy Wonderful (recommend)

    Alterations: Evas Bridal Oak Lawn

    Cleaning/Preservation: Fame Cleaners (recommend)

    Tux/Suits: Jos. A Bank

    Invitations: Design by Dan Mouradian (highly recommend), printing by AccuColor Plus (recommend)

    Calligraphy: Write by Mike (recommend)

    Bakery: Alliance Bakery: wedding cake (recommend), Sugar Bliss: cupcakes (recommend)

    Caterers: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza (recommend)

    Transportation: M&M Limo (recommend)

    Hotel Block: Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

    Rehersal Dinner: Hub 51 (recommend)
  • In Response to Re: Vendor Spreadsheet--Tell me who you are using/Used!!:
    [QUOTE]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.
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    While you are early...check out my dj/Band guy!! 

    The contact info is at http://www.funkyjazzypop.com
    I am getting  a band/DJ package where the guyI actually sing Michael Buble kinda stuff with a live jazz trio or recordings for Cocktails, and DJs the rest of the night...The price it just over a DJ price since he is both the singer and dj. He said he hires "gigging pros" that can leave early enough to make a "real gig"  so the costs stay low. He is an AMAZING singer!
    He pays you $100 if you refer him to a friend and they hire him too! I already got 2 friends using him!
  • edited July 2012
    Ceremony Venue- The Drake Hotel
    Reception Venue- The Drake Hotel-Gold Coast Ballroom--GREAT
    Reception Music- The Stitely Orchestra (REALLY FABULOUS)
    Wedding Coordinator--Lola Event Productions--Tara Moser (WONDERFUL!)
    Photograher- Dennis Lee Photography
    Videographer-family
    Florist-Anthony Gowder Designs--Greta, good
    Entertainment--Photobooth from Chicagoland Photobooth-they did a nice job
    Makeup-Donna Oliver-Forsythe GREAT!!
    Hair- Erin Grahm (GREAT!)
    Dress Shops--Bella Bianca in Oakbrook Terrace--GREAT!!
    Tux/Suits--Groom from Brooks Brothers, groomsmen from Men's Wearhouse (Men's WH is not the best but I don't think guys care).
    Invitations_William Arthur
    Bakery-Sarah's Cakes and Pastries
    Caterers  -Drake Hotel
    Hotel Block-Drake Hotel, Palmer House, Residence Inn Mag Mile
    Rehersal Dinner: Le Colonial on Rush St--SO GREAT! but expensive.
    Bridal Party gifts: LuLu Lemon hoodies
  • Ceremony Venue: Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston (limited to NU alums)
    Reception Venue: the Woman's Club of Wilmette
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) n/a
    Reception Music: Cage and Aquarium DJa
    Photograher: Cage and Aquarium, Michael is our head photographer
    Videographer: none
    Florist: DIY
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: DIY
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): Flashbooth (groupon)
    Wedding Coordinator: n/a
    Makeup: DIY
    Hair: DIY
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Bloomingdales for bride (not the wedding shop, I bought a Sue Wong dress), david's bridal for bridesmaids.
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc): Christian Louboutin (shoes)
    Alterations: n/a
    Cleaning/Preservation: n/a
    Tux/Suits: Men's Wearhouse(sp?)
    Invitations: DIY
    Calligraphy: DIY :)
    Bakery: Molly's Cupcakes
    Caterers
    Transportation
    Hotel Block
    Rehersal Dinner
    Favors
    Bridal Party gifts
  • AtomicLushAtomicLush member
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    edited September 2012
    Wedding Date: September 1, 2013

    As you can see, I have a looong way to go!  I will update as I book more vendors.  I will also update with "RECOMMENDED" or "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" or "AVOID" as appropriate.  Obviously, I won't know the performance of certain vendors until after the wedding.  :-)

    Ceremony Venue:
    St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, IL http://www.stlukespr.org

    Reception Venue: TBA

    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): TBA

    Reception Music: Roberto at Monastero Entertainment http://www.robertomonastero.com

    Photograher: Paul at Yamashiro Studios http://www.yamashirostudio.com

    Videographer: TBA

    Florist: TBA

    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: LIGHTING: Roberto at Monastero Entertainment www.robertomonastero.com / LINENS/RENTALS: TBA

    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): TBA

    Wedding Coordinator: TBA

    Makeup: TBA

    Hair: TBA

    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): BRIDE: Kacie at Volle's Bridal & Boutique, Lake Zurich, IL http://www.vollesbridal.com (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) / BRIDESMAIDS: TBA

    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc): VEIL: TBA / SHOES: Guess http://www.guess.com

    Alterations: TBA

    Cleaning/Preservation: TBD

    Tux/Suits: Black Tie Formalwear, Schaumburg, IL

    Invitations: Myself

    Calligraphy: TBA

    Bakery: TBA

    Caterers: TBA

    Transportation: TBD

    Hotel Block: TBA

    Rehersal Dinner: TBA

    Favors: TBA

    Bridal Party Gifts: TBA
  • edited September 2012
    Ceremony Venue-Peninsula Hotel
    Reception Venue-Peninsula Hotel
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)-Ken Arlen Orchestra (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Reception Music-Ken Arlen Orchestra (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Photograher-Garbo Productions (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Videographer-None
    Florist-Kehoe Designs (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals-Kehoe (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)-I Do Photobooth
    Wedding Coordinator-Unsure
    Makeup-Regina Sneor, D'Works (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Hair-Unsure
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid)-
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)-
    Alterations
    Cleaning/Preservation
    Tux/Suits
    Invitations
    Calligraphy
    Bakery
    Caterers-None
    Transportation
    Hotel Block
    Rehersal Dinner-Wildfire Chicago (HIGHLY RECOMMEND!)
    Favors
    Bridal Party gifts
    Daisypath Wedding tickers Daisypath Graduation tickers
  • Miss EsaMiss Esa member
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    edited September 2012
    Ceremony Venue - White Eagle Golf Club Naperville, IL

    Reception Venue - White Eagle Golf Club Naperville, IL

    Ceremony Music - Liquid Kourage

    Reception Music - Liquid Kourage

    Photograher - Rachel Catherine Photography

    Florist - Celidan Flowers Naperville, IL

    Dress Shops - House Of Brides Glen Ellyn, IL (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)

    Shoes - DEB

    Jewerly - Elegance By Carbonneau Online store

    Alterations - House Of Brides

    Tux/Suits - Black Tie Formalwear Glen Ellyn, IL

    Invitations - Hobby Lobby

    Bakery - Oak Mill Bakery Chicago, IL

    Hotel - Staybridge Suites Naperville

    Favors - Oriental Trading Online store
    Its not the destination so much as the journey, they say. - Captain Jack Sparrow Wedding Countdown Ticker
  • Ceremony Venue - CROWNE PLAZA NORTHBROOK
    Reception Venue- CROWNE PLAZA NORTHBROOK!! Highly Recommend
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church)
    Reception Music - An Enchanted Evening
    Photograher - Uncle's Friend
    Videographer
    Florist - Flowers by Renee
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals - An Enchanted Evening
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc)
    Wedding Coordinator - Crowne Plaza's Coordinator
    Makeup -sister
    Hair- sister
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Boutique
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc)
    Alterations
    Cleaning/Preservation
    Tux/Suits -Mens Warehouse
    Invitations
    Calligraphy
    Bakery - Baking Insitutue
    Caterers -On Site
    Transportation - They have a free shuttle at Crowne Plaza
    Hotel Block -Crowne Plaza
    Rehersal Dinner - 
    Favors - CandytoGO
    Bridal Party gifts -Things Remembered
  • We just got married September 15 in Chicago, so I'm ready to do my reviews.  I hope these are helpful!

    Ceremony Venue - St. Alphonsus, Chicago (Lakeview) - beautiful!

    Reception Venue - Maxim's (Gold Coast, State/Goethe) - LOVED it!  Such a unique space and Nicole at the venue was excellent to work with.  Plus you can bring in your own alcohol (used Binny's) which is a cost saver since you can return unopened / non-chilled items.

    Photograher - Tony Favarula of Brian Kinyon Photography.  I don't have my photos yet, but he was great to work with an his portfolio was excellent (as was Brian's), so I'm sure they'll turn out great.  Brian was excellent to work with in figuring out locations to take pictures between the ceremony and reception.

    Florist - Bonnie Flowers (Irving Park Rd, Chicago) - Bruce was great to work with.  I didn't know what I wanted and he made suggestions for my bouquet based on my dress, hair, bridesmaid dresses, etc - basically, he wanted something that would be in proportion to me and reflect the style I was looking for.  He nailed it, and at a price that was much lower than any other florist I spoke with.  Definitely recommend!

    Photobooth:  Traveling Photobooth.  Like the vendors above, they were great to work with.  Very responsive, and I was able to take advantage of a promotion they were running to get a guest book and photo collage of all the photos from the evening at no additional cost.  A benefit of this company over other photobooths is that they let guests download photos at no cost after the event - I didn't find any other photobooth vendors that offered that option, and their price was in line with the others.  Our photo guest book is hilarious and the pictures are all over my friends' Facebook profiles, so I think it was a hit!

    DJ:  Jordan from Windy City Mix.  The space at Maxim's is a little tricky from a DJ perspective due to the layout and division of rooms, but Rodrigo (owner) had done events there before and passed his recommendations along to Jordan.  Jordan also came to our pre-meeting with the caterer and venue coordinator so that he was in synch with the evening activities.  He was able to move the crowd between rooms and get everyone on the dance floor - it was packed the whole night.  Highly recommend!

    Makeup:  Andrea Rappaport - recommend!  The makeup lasted all day and she provided me with a lip gloss and blotting papers for touch-ups.  I had a lot of compliments on my makeup from friends because it looked like me, but enhanced.  She also did my maid of honor's makeup and she looked amazing as well.  She came to us and didn't have a minimum number of people required (a key for me, since it was initially only me for makeup).

    Hair:  Lira Guzzi - my hairdresser, who's currently at Thomas West Salon.  I've been going to Lira for years - she's excellent for color, cut and updos!  My hair was absolutely amazing (tons of compliments) and my bridemaids and mom all looked awesome as well.  She nailed a Taylor Swift hairdo for one of my bridesmaids despite my bridesmaid having a lot less hair - we were all more than pleased.

    Dress Shops (bride):  L'Amour in Barrington.  The lady who helped us was nice and found what wound up being my dress in the sample section after we struck out in the regular dresses.  Overall, they had good selection.  Since I took my dress home that day, I can't comment on delivery time, etc.

    Dress Shops (bridesmaid):  wound up ordering from Pearl's Place in New Orleans because the store we went to in Chicago told us the dress we picked didn't come in red and we found it in red when we looked the dress up again at home.  Pearl's Place was able to get it for us in red - less expensive than the store we found the dress in Chicago, so that was a bonus (although we would have ordered from the Chicago store if they'd told us the right color options).

    Accessories:  shoes from Zappos.  Earrings from Carson PIrie Scott.  Friend made my necklace.  My mom made my veil (actually pretty easy if you know someone who can sew - patterns are available at JoAnns or Michael's).

    Alterations:  Ms. Couture in Chicago (on Clybourn, Lincoln Park).  Toula is awesome!  My dress was essentially two sizes too big, so she had to rebuild the dress - it came out fitting like a glove!  We also removed the shoulder strap and added a belt using the flowers from the shoulder strap - she sewed the belt into the dress at the side seams so that it didn't interfere with the back design.  Overall, it turned out amazing!  She also altered my bridesmaid's dress and hers turned out well also.

    Tux/Suits - Black Tie Formalwear (on Irving Park Rd, Chicago).  Much better selection of tuxes (and prices) than Men's Wearhouse (which I DO NOT recommend).  Tuxes worked out great - no issues with fit when the guys picked them up.

    Invitations - weddingpaperdivas.com.  Great selection, full price range options.  Our invitations were mid-range price but high end quality.  Recommend!

    Bakery - Amy Beck Cakes.  LOVED it!  I worked with Amy and her team to design my cake, which would up being non-traditional art deco and fit my venue perfectly.  Their cake also tasted great and prices were in line with other nicer bakeries (but not on the high end).  Definitely recommend!

    Caterers - J&L Catering - Rachel.  Their food was by far the best of the caterers that we visited for tastings, and it was equally as good at the reception.  Rachel was very organized and kept things running smoothly the day of the wedding, coordinating with Nicole at the reception hall and Jordan, our DJ.  Definitely recommend!

    Transportation - Windy City Limousine.  Timely, clean, good price, no issues driving aroudn the city for our pictures.  Recommend!

    Rehersal Dinner - Sopranos (on Sheffield in Lakeview).  The food was excellent and the party room was great since it let us have our own space.  The prices were reasonable and everyone complimented us on the food.  Recommend!
    okhla123
  • Hello. My name is Melissa. I am a wedding coordinator with Northern Illinois Budget Weddings. My fee is 200.00, flat fee. If any couple is on a very tight budget, though, my fee is negotiable. Please put me onto your list. If you need any additional information, please email me at: reach4thestarsgmx.com . Thank you.
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    [QUOTE]Hello. My name is Melissa. I am a wedding coordinator with Northern Illinois Budget Weddings. My fee is 200.00, flat fee. If any couple is on a very tight budget, though, my fee is negotiable. Please put me onto your list. If you need any additional information, please email me at: reach4thestarsgmx.com . Thank you.
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  • Ceremony Venuest isidores church Reception Venuebelvedere banquets Reception Musicokyne medialab Photograherjanet johnston Videographerrobert cawthorne Floristkio kreations Wedding Coordinatori wish!!!! :/ Makeupmac girl family friend Hair teez'd salon travels to us Dress Shopsvolles bridal bride house of brides in glen ellyn julia bm dresses Accessories veil and hair piece:Sandras design. Shoes: help!!! Cant find yet Alterations volles bridal Cleaning/Preservation? Tuxblacktie formal wear in glen ellyn Dee Dee Invitations Magnet Street Calligraphy none Bakeryoak mill bakery in arlington heights Caterersthrough the belvedere Transportationexquiste limo in schaumburg Hotel Blockcountry inn and suites elk grove Rehersal Dinner? Favors donation Bridal Party giftsGirls: special made clutches from etsy, jewerly, burts bees lip gloss and face lotion. Guys: ???
  • i don't have it all planned yet, but this is what i have

    Ceremony Venue st. christophers
    Reception Venue candelight banquets
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church) not sure
    Reception Music spinnin discs
    Photograher essence
    Videographer essence
    Florist my sister-in law is doing
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc) essence
    Wedding Coordinator none
    Makeup not sure
    Hair not sure- depends on how long it gets
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) davids for all
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) still looking
    Alterations hopeful wont need
    Cleaning/Preservation not sure
    Tux/Suits mens warehouse i think
    Invitations my sister-in law is doing this
    Calligraphy none
    Bakery none
    Caterers none
    Transportation not sure
    Hotel Block not sure
    Rehersal Dinner not sure
    Favors not sure
    Bridal Party gifts jewlery i think

    as for referrals, i would not recommend david's.  they have been bothering me weekly about ordering the bridesmaid dresses for over 4 months.  my girls don't wanna buy them that early cuz a lot of them are trying to lose weight not sure what size to get.  they come in within a month, so theres not a rush right now and its really stressful with them rushing me.  

    i met ron at spinnin discs, and i know my reception entertainment is in good hands.  they were recommended by mike at essence.  mike knows a lot about what he's talking about with weddings.  mike was right on with spinnin discs and a couple other things he mentioned to me, and the detail of the photos and albums.  i don't care who my photographer is because i know mike is taking care of me. 
  • jls522jls522 member
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    edited April 2013
    Ceremony Venue: Arrowhead Golf Club
    Reception Venue: same
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): Sounds Abound
    Reception Music: Sounds Abound
    Photograher: Kara Schultz
    Videographer: friend
    Florist: Violet's Flowers in Berwyn, IL
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: linens provided by Arrowhead
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): photobooth from Sounds Abound
    Wedding Coordinator: none
    Makeup: True Story Style
    Hair: True Story Style
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid) Bride: Jasmine Galleria in Lombard. Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaid
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc) Wearing my mom's veil, hair comb from Claire's, shoes are Nina and purchased at Von Maur
    Alterations: Mary Catomy
    Cleaning/Preservation
    Tux/Suits: Men's Wearhouse
    Invitations: Vistaprint
    Calligraphy: none
    Bakery: Oak Mill Bakery
    Caterers: provided by venue
    Transportation: not needed
    Hotel Block: Wyndham Lisle
    Rehersal Dinner: Mullens Bar and Grill
    Favors: magnetic photo strip frames
    Bridal Party gifts: totes from Etsy and comfy pants from our alma mater for the girls, pizza stone for my bridesman, personalized grilling tools for the groomsmen, wine tote for one usher and personalized glasses for the other.
    Wedding Countdown Ticker
  • Ceremony Venue: The Newberry Library
    Reception Venue: The Newberry Library
    Ceremony Music (if outside the church): TBD
    Reception Music: TBD
    Photograher: Jolie Images
    Florist-DIY Whole Foods
    Linens/Lighting/Rentals: linens included w/ catering thru Cocina Fusion
    Entertainment (Photobooth, etc): still deciding on a DJ and I think I've nixed the photobooth idea, maybe a step and repeat....?
    Wedding Coordinator: Me!
    Makeup: TBD
    Hair: my usual stylist
    Dress Shops (both bride and bridesmaid): Alfred Angelo in Indianpolis for MOH and myself, if you dont mind the drive its definitely worth it, they dont have the bridal store in Chicago (go figure)
    Accessories (Veil/shoes/hair pieces, etc): TBD on shoes and jewelry
    Alterations: Mary Catomy
    Tux/Suits: TBD
    Invitations: DIY, materials from Paper Source in Oakbrook Center (they are very helpful and also offer full paper services if you want)
    Bakery: Jorie Cakes (worth the drive for the tasting, very resonable and delicious)
    Caterers: Reception-Cocina Fusion (by far the best food for the least amount of money and Julianna is awesome to work with) Late Night Snack-possibly Lou Malnati's
    Hotel Block: TBD
    Favors: Garrett Popcorn! Im doing the Create Your Own Favor bags
    Bridal Party gifts: TBD
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