We had such an amazing day. There really are very few things I would change about the day. The weather is completely unpredictable in Chicago in March. We ended up having a nice sunny day, but it was pretty chilly. I really did luck out with some fabulous vendors and an amazing planner.
We worked with Graham Rarity through the whole process (engagement to wed). Graham is a very knowledgeable jewel expert, he is professional, and respectful. I enjoyed working with him and always trusted his opinion/expertise. We will continue to go to Graham for any jewelry needs. Tiffany's in general is what it is. They tend to be a little pricier than their competitors, but I do think you get what you pay for.
Very professional and easy to work with. Prices were reasonable and quality of service was good. My only complaint is the box itself. It's a bit of an eyesore and the best place to have it for maximum usage is in the ballroom, but after spending so much money on floral and linens to make the room look beautiful, you stick a 10x 10 black box in the corner...but I got over it. And the guests had a great time. We used the photos as favors too.
Incredibly well priced and easy to work with. Bus was clean and driver was professional and friendly. The outside of the bus had this huge strange looking eagle on it, but the inside was very nice.
Beauty on Call was great and convenient. I worked with Rashona for makeup and I can't remember the hair person, but they were both great. It's a little pricey, but worth the convenience since they come to you.
Our DJ, Laura was a pleasure to work with from the very beginning. She is professional and incredibly knowledgeable about music and weddings. I was particularly impressed by T&J's non-cheese factor. I have been to so many weddings where the DJ/MC is totally out of touch with what's fresh and hot in music. My husband and I are music lovers and we wanted the dance floor to be packed all night long. Toast & Jam was able to deliver on this request. Be warned - they will not play songs like electric slide, macarena, YMCA, etc. Which was perfect for us, but may not be for you.
We rented a set of vibes for my family member to play during cocktail hour. The delivery and pick up went so well I didn't even know they came and went. So that was reassuring (one less thing to worry about). I thought the prices were a little steep given you can purchase a set of vibes for about the same price as we paid to rent. But they did drop off and pick up, which made it very easy on my planner.
The most beautiful wedding cake ever. Amy did such a fabulous job of taking my creative vision and making it hers. She matched my colors perfectly and the cake tasted great too! She also made a grooms cake that my husband loved. She is amazing and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a beautiful, creative, and tasty cake!
Our flowers turned out to be absolutely beautiful. The only reason I am giving Meeting House 3 stars is because the proposal/planning process was a bit of a nightmare. David was great, but Polly was challenging to work with. There seemed to be numerous communication breakdowns which left me feeling frustrated and worried that it wouldn't turn out right. But they did a beautiful job and the flowers were gorgeous. I would work with them again and ask to work with David and only David.
PS- they do other things besides floral, but we mostly just used them for floral and design.
Christine is just getting started in the invitation business but she absolutely wonderful. So incredibly creative and professional. She did all of my paper products from invitations, to bachelorette invites, menu cards, you name it, if it was on paper, she did it. And it was all the personal touches and details that made it special and beautiful. Highly recommend.
I thought the ceremony given by Fr. Pat Mulcahy was beautiful. He did a fantastic job of incorporating our personal stories into the homily. At other Catholic ceremonies I've been to, you usually don't see to much personalization as churches are usually hesitant to stray from tradition. But I thought he did a beautiful job and we continue to receive compliments on how wonderful our ceremony was. The only thing missing from Notre Dame is a wedding planner. I had my own, but it would have been helpful to have a staff person employed at the church to communicate with since the Priest/Pastor is often busy with other responsibilities.
I cannot say enough good things about The Hyatt and their staff. Both Catherine and Sigita were amazing to work with from beginning to end. I was so confident in their abilities that I worried very little about logistics or any of the details for the reception itself. The food was fantastic and I had several guests tell me that it was the best wedding food they've ever had. I did not use their bakery (they use an outside bakery for cakes), but everything else was perfect. Highly recommend.
Usually Hyatt's are pretty nice, this one is no exception. The beds are comfy and the amenities are nice. Our room block was $95/night, which I thought was pretty reasonable for a Hyatt.
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