I had visions of what I thought my wedding would be like, but I always expected there would be little bumps. Not only were there no bumps, the wedding, my family, and vendors came together to exceed my expectations and give us the day of our dreams.
DJ Bill Armington, Sound Decision,
Kristina Lynn Floral, Schererville
Avalon Manor, Banquet and reception site
Strongbow Inn, Cake Valparaiso
Artlynn Photography, (Tony Lullo)
Holiday Inn Express, Merrillville, IN
Hampton Inn, Merrillville (Hot tub Suite)
Our DJ Bill Armington was amazing. He was so helpful and catering. He took away all my worries and did his job very professionally. He had everyone dancing all night long, from the toddlers to the grandparents. The music was enjoyable for all ages. I could not asked of anything more from him.
When looking for a florist, I had a hard time finding flowers that looked modern. Then my tux shop recommended Kristina Lynn. Tina works out of her home in Schererville, which cuts costs down. I told her my budget and she helped me design flowers that really fit in with my design and tastes. I came in about 100 dollars under my budget as well. I would definitely recommend her if you want beautiful modern flowers on a budget. She really has a wealth of knowledge of flowers and flowers for weddings.
Not only was this a beautiful cake that matched my descriptions, it was also the most delicious cake I've ever had. I ordered devils food cake with french silk filling. It was a decent price as well, compared to other bakeries.
I did a candy bar instead of individual favors. I bought all my candy from the Albanese Candy Factory in Merrillville. The candy went so quick and the mom's with small kids were happy it gave their children something to do. Everyone really liked the candy and the idea.
I had a hard time finding a photographer for a good price, but without sacrificing quality. We really got our moneys worth with Artlynn. Our package did not have a time frame, the photographer stayed until he got all the shots he needed, which ended up being 700 pictures. I have so many quality pictures to choose from. I saw my pictures and pictures from a friends wedding who spent a 1000 dollars more on photography and in all honesty, my pictures looked better and I had more to choose from.
The gazebo was beautiful and well upkept. It provided a beautiful background for pictures. It was also really nice for the guests to go straight from the ceremony to cocktail hour while the wedding party took their pictures.
Not only is the Avalon Manor a beautiful place and well upkept, but the staff is amazing as well. They attended to our every need and went over and above standard service to make us feel pampered. Our guests raved about the bar selection and the food. We got a high end wedding on a budget.
The hotel itself is very nice and freshly redone. There is a nice pool and hot fresh breakfast for your guests. All of our guests that stayed there had really nice things to say about them. The only problems I had with them were booking the rooms. They did not give much of a block rate discount and they wouldn't give me the number of rooms I needed. They would only give me a block of 10 and when those filled up they said they would renew them, but they never did. I had to keep calling when guests would call me and say that the block was filled. So the hotel was nice, but management and service leading up to the stay was very poor and frustrating.
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