Vanessa and Alexander's Wedding

Vendors & Venues Reviews

Better than a Jukebox
Bolingbrook, IL

This was the preferred DJ for our reception site and I have NO IDEA why. Ken was so horrible that it ended up being comic entertainment. First, I got a voicemail the night before the wedding saying that he had lost the ceremony information but would "play something really good." He then couldn't find one of the songs and was thrown aback and "had never thought about looking" at ITunes to find the song. Each song of the processional, my entrance, and the recessional weren't played correctly. (I was all the way out of sight before he managed to start the recessional. He claims that someone tripped over the power cord, but we saw him loading the CD as we were walking out.) I'm glad I had a videographer so that the ceremony can be edited to reflect what I have always wanted since Ken was unable to provide. Then the reception... the entance was full of stutters, "uhhh's" and mispronounced or even skipped names. For dinner music, I had requested "more modern music (as opposed to rat pack) such as John Mayer, Michael Buble, Jason Mraz, etc." He literally put in the John Mayer Room for Squares CD and let it play through. To top it all off, at least 5 songs were interrupted by scratched CD's skipping. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY IF YOU WANT THE DAY OF YOUR DREAMS.

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Cutting Edge Catering
Shorewood, IL

Cutting Edge is the only caterer for this location. They did an awesome job! Chad was very personable and easy to plan with. The food was absolutely amazing and at a reasonable price. I highly reccomend the stuffed shells (guests are still raving about them).

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Cathy's Sweet Creations
Plainfield, IL

This was the preferred bakery of Cutting Edge Catering. Our cake turned out perfect and was delicious! We went with alternating tiers of lemon with lemon cream and chocolate with oreo mousse.

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Catherine's Garden
Oak Forest, IL

My flowers and centerpieces were absolutely beautiful! I had dreaded going to a florist in general becuase I was so unsure of exactly what I wanted. But my initial meeting @ Catherine's Garden was SO EASY and relatively fast! They had great suggestions and really knew how to make everything fit together (and at a great price).

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I Do Photo Booths
Joliet, IL

This was definitly a highlight for everyone of my wedding. Everyone had fun, especially with the provided props and scrapbook. Everyone also seemed to enjoy that this photobooth could fit many people into it and had a viewing screen for those waiting in line. The company was on time, very personable, AND we had our digital negatives of all pictures taken before we left at night. Photo booths, overall, are excellent for weddings becuase it gives non-dancers something to do!

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Barber & Oberwortman Horticultural Center
Joliet, IL
Ceremony & Reception

I loved the outdoor gazebo setting for the ceremony and the location also has two greenhouses that seem like they would be great for photos. It was stressful, however, to find out that only 100 chairs could be placed outside when they advertise a 250 person maximum. Many of my guests were left standing in 93 degree heat. Also, be aware that they pack in as many weddings on Fridays and Saturdays as is humanly possible. Becuase of this, we found it impossible to actually use the grounds and greenhouses for photography (which is the main reason we chose the location.

Everything turned out great with the reception indoors.

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Country Inns & Suites By Carlson
Tinley Park, IL

We didn't end up actually using Country Inn and Suites becuase of their pretty terrible communication. I hadn't guaranteed rooms becuase I didn't want to have to foot the bill for unbooked rooms and becuase I was assured that since the hotel was only 20% booked that there wouldn't be any problems. The night that I was stuffing my invitations, we called the hotel to make sure that there were still rooms. There weren't. Not a single room was left when we hadn't booked but one room. I had to start the search for a hotel again, make new inserts for the invitations, and delay their delivery.

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Paul E's Place
Mokena, IL

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