Ceremony & Reception Site
Ceremony cost: $800
Food & Service: $78 per person including tax and tip
Day-of bridal room: $285
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Waldenwoods and it was all amazing! The location and the Cromaine lodge are beautiful! The staff was incredibly nice and fun to work with and they accommodated every request I made. They are incredibly organized, courteous, and they think of every detail. We had an outdoor ceremony and little did I know that during the ceremony we were under a tornado watch but the staff was watching the radar like a hawk and they did everything they could to make sure we could have it outdoors like we wanted. It all went off without a hitch! The food was great and everyone commented on how good it was J I cannot say enough good things about Waldenwoods.
Rev. Kirk Haas from Secular Ceremonies – Inkster, MI – Day of: A+ Communication: A
As an atheist couple it was very important to have a secular ceremony with an officiant who understood our wishes and what we were looking for. Kirk gave us a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony we will always remember. He is very personable and funny – great to work with!
Go 4 Baroque – String Trio – Canton, MI Day of: A Communication: A
They were very easy to work with and played lovely string music during the ceremony. All communication was handled in about 3 phone calls – one to get info, one to book (contract and payment were done through mail), and one to pick out processional and recessional songs. No muss no fuss!
Special Occasions – Day of: A
Cost: $4.50 per chair cover with double sash
This vendor was handled by Waldenwoods as they are the only vendor allowed for linens. They did our chair covers and all standard table linens and they looked wonderful.
Achatz Pie – Chesterfield, MI – Day of: A++ Communication: A
Cost: $240 for 17 pies and 10 pounds of cookies
These pies are soooo delicious!! Achatz uses natural and local ingredients to make their amazing pies and I could eat them every day. They looked really pretty and some had heart cutouts on the top.
Pro DJs – Grosse Pointe, MI – Day of: A Communication: A-
Cost: $1000 for 6 hours of reception music and ceremony microphones
The ceremony microphones worked great – everyone could hear us without noisy feedback or static. During the reception they played very enjoyable dinnertime music and during the dancing they kept people on the dance floor just about the whole night – the only lulls were when my groomsmen requested dumb songs to be silly. Whenever I requested a song they made sure to play it right away. All of our planned dances went great and they had a huuuge selection of music – had everything we wanted. We had a DJ and an MC and both were energetic and fun. I was kind of oblivious to the music when I wasn’t dancing (though I was dancing a lot!) but everyone has since told me they loved the music that was played throughout the night.
DaSweetZpot on Esty – Day of: A+ Communication: A+
Cost: $2.50 per 3oz jar of jam
Our jam favors were so precious. Each jar came with a personalized label for our wedding and they were super cute. The jam is homemade and so tasty! They were so nice to work with even when I was a bridezilla after a couple of jars broke during shipping. They rush sent me double the number of replacement jars and really went above and beyond with their customer service.
Viviano- St. Claire Shores – Day of: A- Communication: A
Cost: $1100 for 6 bouquets, 7 boutonnieres, 11 centerpieces, flowergirl petals, and 3 kissing balls for ceremony décor
Wonderful flowers for a great price! I loved all the flowers they did – they were so fresh and vibrant and exactly what I wanted. Meeting with them was always enjoyable as they were organized and friendly. However, the only hiccup is on the initial day-of delivery they forgot my bouquet. They got it to me well before I needed it though so they made up for it.
Krautner Photography – Shelby Township, MI – Day of: A++++ Communication: A-
Cost: $1800 for engagement photos, 8 hours of day-of coverage, 3 slideshow disks of all photos, guestbook, 10x10 wedding album, printable high-res disk of all images, online ordering and proofing
I honestly cannot say enough good things about Heather Krautner. Her photos are amazing and she’s so fun to work with. Seriously, I die over my wedding and engagement photos. One day I looked through all 1100 wedding photos like 6 times. I cannot get over how awesome they are! She has a great eye for an interesting photo. She owns her business and she is the photographer so she’s very busy. You’ve got to be a relaxed bride and trust that she will have everything covered, because she will. I cannot wait to go back to her for maternity and baby photos J
Rock the Booth – Westland, MI – Day of: A++ Communication: A
Cost: $760 for 5 hours of day-of us, disk of all the photostrips, prop box, unlimited day-of printing, scrapbook of all photostrips, online ordering
Love rock the booth! Their photobooth is awesome and there were 3 choices of color (B&W, color, or sepia) for the prints. They created the scrapbook at the event and it is so fun to look through and see how they decorated each page and what our guests wrote. We had so much fun with the props and everyone enjoyed the photobooth. LOVE and totally worth it!
Lewis Jewelers – Ann Arbor, MI
Cost: Hers $2300 His: $1400
Lewis is a really good jeweler and this is where we bought my engagement ring. We went to them to have my wedding band custom made to fit the unique shape of my wedding band. They are well priced and nice to work with. My husband originally wanted a tungsten carbide ring but when he saw the palladium bands he had to have it.
Fantastic Finds – Lansing, MI – A+
Dress: Justin Alexander #3465 – $1070
I found the Justin Alexander dress in a magazine and had to have it – Fantastic Finds was the closest shop to me that had a sample dress and I’m so glad it was them because they were the nicest bridal shop I went to during my dress search. Ordering and picking up the dress was a painless process and the shop is so cute!
Bella Alterations – Livonia, MI – A+
Cost: $150 for shortening the hem and taking in a tiny bit at the bust line
Wonderful to work with and did a perfect job on my alterations. The whole process only took two appointments - one fitting and one to pick up. I also took one of my bridesmaid’s dresses to her and it was $50 to have it taken in. Price is totally reasonable and she’s nice to work with.
Men’s Warehouse – Westland, MI – A
Cost: $550 for a 3 piece suit with alterations
Quick, painless, and perfect suit!
Cyberoptix Tie Lab – Detroit, MI – A+++
Cost: $30 for custom tie
These ties are so sweet! We had custom ties made in the perfect colors for our wedding. They have tons of custom designs and they can do any ink color imaginable. Ties that don’t suck!
Hair & Makeup
The Makeup Loft – Plymouth, MI – Day of: A- Communication: B
Cost: $500 for Brides hair and makeup and 5 bridesmaid’s hair, plus travel fee and tip
I really loved my hair and makeup, both on the day-of and for my trial. The only thing was the makeup got a little smudgy around my eyes over the course of the day but actually I look great in all of the photos. My bridesmaids were not all in love with their hair or makeup though, but I thought they all looked great. Communication was touchy sometimes and there were a couple of times when I didn’t get a call back. Overall I would recommend them.
Save the Dates & Invites
Vistaprint – Online – A-
Cost: $400 total for 90 Invites (Color envelopes, invite, response card, reception card), 60 save-the-dates, and 20 rehearsal invites
No complaints with vistaprint. Always loved what I ordered just wish the envelopes were a little thicker paper.
Calicogarden – Etsy – A
Cost: $35 for haircomb
Beautybelles – Etsy – A
Cost:$15 for garter set
Perfect and in my wedding colors
RomancingTheBling – Etsy – A
Cost: $75 for necklace
It’s cubic zirconia but everyone thought it was the real deal!
Garden4Arts – Etsy – A
Cost: Custom turtle pie topper $95
Pricey but so adorable!
Food & Service: $30.25 per person including tax and tip and upgrades
We held the reception at Arnaldo's, we used ballroom 1 on a Friday night. Minimum 160 people. We did get free standard bar because it was the off season. It's a beautiful room and the food was good (lots of compliments). However, we did not feel the service we recieved from Robin was very good. Mario and John were great, but we mostly dealt with Robin and she was usually in a rush and we felt less-than important. There were also several mis-communications, etc. Overall the guests raved about it and we couldn't beat the price.
linentablecloth.com – A
Cost: $3-5 per overlay
Shipped quickly, looked great!
Pink Elephant Cupcakes – Grosse Pointe, MI – Day of: A++ Communication: A
Cost: $320 for 14 dozen specialty cupcakes
Cannot say enough good things about Stephanie! EVERYONE has since told me how amazing the cupcakes were! She gave us a deal, but her regular pricing is super reasonable as well! We had mint chocolate bumpy cake, white cake with buttercream, and cookies and cream. We had about 150 guests and only about 5 left over.
Nate from Moonboogie Media – Auburn Hills, MI – Day of: A Communication: A-
Cost: $550 for 6 hours of reception music
Nate was great, made it easy. He was a bit hard to get ahold of to book, but he had also just had a baby. Everything after that was smooth sailing and we were very happy!
Popcorn Buffet/Popcorn Wagon (Frankenmuth) – Day of: A+ Communication: A+
Cost: $260 for 1200 cups of popcorn
Everyone RAVED about the popcorn! We had a ton left, but have been giving it out to some very happy family members. Popcorn Wagon was awesome, i ordered online using a 20% off code. It arrived on the exact day I requested!
French's Flowers, Livonia, MI – Day of: A+ Communication: A+
Leigh is amazing at what she does! We loved the flowers and everything turned out so great! She is a family friend, so the pricing was a little different, but I would highly recommend them!
Nicolelee Photography – Monroe, MI – Day of: A++ Communication: A+
Cost: $1800 for engagement photos, 8 hours of day-of coverage, disk with all photos edited and full printing rights.
I cannot recommend Nikki enough, she is amazing. Not just her photography, but as a person! Her work speaks for itself and her pricing is reasonable!
David's Bridal – Novi, MI – B+
No big issues, I knew what I was walking into a David's Bridal, but was on a budget. Everyone loved the dress and I felt beautiful!
Cost: $190 for hem, bustle and small front bustle
They were great! My MOH and MOB both had alterations done here as well! Everything was great!
Men’s Warehouse – Livonia (lauren park place), MI – A-
Cost: Free with 5 other Rentals
Had a few issues with the guys suites (wrong sizes, no buttons, etc.) They fixed it quickly and were very helpful.
Hair & Makeup
Save the Dates & Invites
Cost: $120 total for 70 Invites (invite, response card, reception card), 60 save-the-dates
Thin/cheap envelopes, but very happy otherwise.
Day of Coordinator
Tammara from Grand Jour Events - Day of: A+++++++++++++++++++++
Cost: $400 for 8 hours.
Tammara and her assistant were amazing, they fixed any "could be problems" set up everything, took down everything, they were completely amazing! Cannot recommend enough!