The food and service were both wonderful. Linda, the co-owner is the person you deal with throughout the entire process. They do so many weddings here that they have it down to a science. They help you plan everything out to make sure you get exactly what you want. My only complaint is that Linda gets so busy she isn’t super punctual in returning emails right away but she always gets to it eventually. They also don’t have a liquor license so you have to purchase your own through one of their verified vendors. This was a plus for us since we were then charged on consumption, not per head. The hall comes decorated and it’s very pretty without anything additional. Everything went so smoothly the day of the wedding, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I had tons of guests tell me it was the best wedding food they'd ever had.
This is the church we attend so when it came time to pick a venue for the ceremony, it was either here or someplace outside. Since I’m a control freak, I decided I couldn’t handle the added stress of bad weather (good decision on my part since it happened to rain on our wedding day). They have a wedding coordinator that helps walk you through everything. Her name is Sharon and she’s super helpful and super responsive to questions. The church itself is stunning so that’s a big bonus. I did very little decorating and I received tons of compliments on how amazing it was.
Here was the only issue we had. They had an interim pastor when we put our deposit down. They found a new permanent pastor 4 months out from the wedding. The new pastor said he wouldn’t marry us without meeting us or giving us any reason other than he didn’t think 4 months was enough time to do the counseling he wanted to do. Mind you we’re 30 and 38 years old, not 18. The previous pastor had told us only 3 meetings were required with him, no counseling. It ended up working out since they asked one of the retired pastors to marry us and we really enjoyed him. I don’ think we’ll be going back to church here because of the way the new pastor handled our situation however.
I wasn’t really sure where to start with my DJ hunt so I picked Powermix purely based on Rose Street’s recommendation. They almost exclusively use Justin Katz and I have nothing but good things to say about him. We had an older crowd so the dance floor was pretty empty most of the night but he got the few young people dancing, even me and I hate to dance. He came to talk to me several points during the evening to make sure I was happy with everything going on. He also acted as our emcee and did a wonderful job. Powermix itself is under new ownership and there are some kinks to work out there but overall things went smoothly.
Our cake was beautiful and the groom’s cake (a Mastercraft speed boat) came out great. Everything was delicious and the planning process was easy. I did a tasting and ordered that day.
My parents are part of the half case of wine a month club so we didn’t shop around when it came time to pick from Rose Street’s list of approved vendors. Saad the owner is very knowledgeable but can be a little unresponsive. He also planned on sending us more than double the alcohol we needed for the reception until Rose Street noticed the mistake. They do take “returns” on any unopened bottles leftover at the end of the night. I say “returns” because they don’t actually charge you until the day of the wedding after they know how much has been consumed.
Great! They have a completion program that is wonderful! We went to the Macy's in Chicago to register so we could see and feel more things. It was great wandering around the huge old Marshal Field's. The staff there was very helpful and very nice.
Were able to return the things we wanted without any hassle. The only annoying thing is that there's no alert that tells you to pick something else if the item on your registry is being discontinued. If it isn't available online, chances are it's not available anywhere so switch it out.
Flowers were one of the things I thought I didn’t have to stress about. I met with Bonnie, the floral contact, numerous times to make sure we both had exact the same thing in mind. For the most part, I was very happy with things however there were a few details I would change if I could go back. All of the bouquets had ribbon wrapped around the stems as I requested. Maybe I wasn’t specific enough but I wish the stems had been wrapped further down. As it was, only about 2 inches of the 10 inch stems was wrapped. Secondly, the roses in the centerpieces should’ve been blown open. In the end though I was happy with the result and definitely happy I didn’t have to deal with doing them myself.
My groom is all about going to stores that are locally owned so he was happy to be able to get away from the “Men’s Wearhouse” type shop and come here. They ordered his tux the day he picked it out so he could try it on and make sure it fit right. He’s a standard 40 Regular so he shouldn’t have had a problem but for whatever reason, the size they sent didn’t fit. The clerk was able to adjust the sizes of everything so that the tux that came in the week of the wedding fit like a glove. They also have on site alterations so they can tack removable stitches into the tux to make it fit right if needed.
We had a great time on our honeymoon. There were a few minor issues but you can't expect everything to be perfect so we just rolled with it. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is all very helpful, although most of them don't speak much English. We did a zipline excursion that was tons of fun but other than that we just relaxed by the pool or at the beach. The food was decent, nothing to write home about but not having to worry about where to eat and how to ge there was nice.
While I wasn’t wowed by David’s Bridal I don’t have any negative things to say either. The girls were all very helpful when I came in each time. I also showed up without an appointment one day to try on a short dress I bought for the rehearsal and they fit me right in without a problem. My bustle was very complicated but looked amazing and Natasha did a wonderful job with it.
My girls picked out the dress they wanted to wear and I saw it was available here. I work in Chicago so coming here wasn’t inconvenient for me and I didn’t like the idea of ordering online. I called and found out they had a sample of the dress and showed up with one of my girls to do a quick try on. They wouldn’t let us in (they have to buzz you into the building). We followed in behind another woman who had an appointment and after some attitude by the front desk girl, my Maid of Honor talked her way into getting a fitting room to try on the dress. 10 minutes later we ordered it. Vanessa, the consultant who worked us in, was very nice and very responsive. My other girls all had to send in their measurements since they’re out of state and Vanessa made sure they looked proportionate.
I wouldn’t go back here again. Vanessa is no longer there and I haven’t found anyone who isn’t a total b!tch. I had to get measured for a dress for one of my bridesmaid’s upcoming wedding and they wouldn’t do it even after I reminded them that I’d spent over $1000 in dresses there for my bridesmaids.
We had manicures and pedicures the day before the wedding and hair done at the salon the day of. The girls all seemed very pleased and I was thrilled. I had a trial done so I knew things would go smoothly but it was great. Ashley is amazing and everyone is super nice.
We had our rehearsal dinner in one of their private rooms. The food was good and service was decent. They didn’t move the individual tables in to two long banquet style table liked I asked but a few of my guy friends made quick work of that. There isn’t a charge for the room just a food/drink minimum that we met easily so I think it was a good deal based on what we got.
Jud is a friend of ours still working on building a reputation for weddings. We were somewhat unsure of what to expect because he doesn’t have tons of experience but we were ecstatic with the results. He spent all day with us and got tons of amazing shots. He has a great eye and loves what he does. I’d definitely recommend him to anyone looking for engagement, wedding, or portrait type photos.
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