Andrea and Andrew's Wedding

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Our wedding was fantastic!! We had absolutely perfect weather, sunny with a high of 77. Our guests really enjoyed the lawn at Broadview Mansion playing the lawn games we made, and we received so many compliments on our band, The Prairie Dogs, as well as all the details we put together for the tables: handmade cloth napkins, tree slice centerpieces, icebreaker questions on each table, pies instead of cake, sangria, etc. It was seriously the best day of our lives!!

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The Prairie Dogs
Bloomington, IL
Bands/Live Entertainment

This band is AWESOME!! They are super easy to work with and really know how to play to the group. They play variety of different genres and are even willing to learn new songs for your reception. Highly recommend!!


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Budget Liquors
Normal, IL
Bartenders & Beverages

Did a great job bar tending at our reception and even provided their own liquor license (since our reception venue required that). Very professional.


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Ipsy Bipsy Bake Shop
Bloomington, IL
Cakes/Candies

Met with her only once and she did a great job. Sometimes difficult to get ahold of but made a beautiful and delicious tasting cake! Very reasonably priced, but if you need a cake artist with a food license you'll have to go with someone else.


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A Matter of Taste
Peoria, IL
Caterers

Amazing food!! Connie is fabulous and makes food into art. Not only does it taste delicious, but it looks beautiful too! Creative recipe ideas or go with your own family recipes. She also gets a lot of her ingredients locally.


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Simple Elegance
Bloomington, Il
Coordinators/Planners

Our wedding day was great, but I would not recommend Simple Elegance to those who want to do something more unique than a standard hotel reception. Their communication was very poor throughout the entire process and they call themselves wedding "designers" but if you don't go with their ideas and recommended vendors you're left doing all the work yourself.


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Forget Me Not
Bloomington, IL
Florists

Forget Me Not is very professional and I highly recommend their services. The flowers turned out gorgeous and they were very easy to work with even though we contacted them within a few weeks of our wedding and coordinated floral arrangements over the phone! Great florist!!


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Stampin' Up!
Bloomington, IL
Invitations
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Hileman Carriage Co.
Bloomington, IL
Limos/Shuttles

Jim showed up in a tux with tails and Randy the horse's mane was braided with red ribbons to match our wedding colors! Very professional and a great guy to work with. Highly recommend!!


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Beyond the Well
Bloomington, IL
Photographers

Outstanding photographers!! If you like the documentary style photography, they are the best! Just do yourself a favor and book them early because they are just that good and get booked up quickly.


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Let's Party
Bloomington, Illinois
Rentals

The tent, tables, and chairs were there on time and did the job.


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Gathered Hair Together
Bloomington, IL
Wedding Day Beauty

Tabitha did a great job with all the different types of hair in our wedding party. She was professional and on time.


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Talbot's
Bloomington, IL
Wedding Fashion
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Macy's
Hampton, VA
Wedding Fashion
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Swingers Grille
Normal, IL
Rehearsal Lunch/Dinner

Great spot, great food!


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Historic St. Patrick's Church
Bloomington, IL
Ceremony Sites

Beautiful, intimate church, friendly staff were there for the rehearsal and ceremony to answer any questions and help the altar servers get outfitted. We didn't even use any decorations as the church is beautiful enough as is! It worked well for us to climb to the choir loft after leaving the altar and waiting until our guests had left the pews before coming out the front doors. We also had fun waving to everyone as they left their pews. :)


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Broadview Mansion
Normal, IL
Reception Sites

We had our reception on the grounds of Broadview Mansion with no access to the inside. It was absolutely gorgeous! Doug is super helpful, although know that you may not use real glasses anywhere on the property! This wasn't disclosed to us until about 7 months after we signed the contract but now you know!! (Also note they don't allow beer or liquor--only wine.) The giant oak trees, big front porch, cobblestone street, bell tower, and large fenced in area were just what we were looking for for our outdoor reception. We even made lawn games our guests played and there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and enjoy the property.


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Hampton Inn & Suites Bloomington-Normal
Normal, IL
Hotels/Accommodations

Great hotel. Their wedding coordinator was helpful in getting us set up with the right number of rooms for our guests. Clean, newish, and lots of awards displayed in the foyer (so they must be good, right?). Free continental breakfast included!


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BLOOMINGTON CHATEAU HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER
Bloomington, IL
Hotels/Accommodations

Great hotel. Newly remodeled rooms, unique decor. We had our after party in the bar and it was nice, convenient, small, and comfortable. Our fireplace room was very comfortable.


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Swingers Grille
Normal, IL
Restaurants

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