Our wedding was truly a blessed experience. Of course, the middle of July can bring some hot and humid weather, plus the chance of severe storms, so make sure your venues are air-conditioned or that you rent some cooling systems. We hope every couple has as great a wedding as we did!
They were awesome! The DJs were friendly and energetic. They used fun inflatable toys to get kids (both little and big!) involved in dances. We had a blast using their service.
Our flower arrangements turned out beautifully. The florist met with the bride almost once a month until the wedding. But our flowers didn't come out the right color. We had asked for pastels but ended up getting bright purple and yellow instead of pastel pink and pastel yellow. The florist blamed it on the vendor, but I had no warning to expect the new colors. I showed up to the church the morning of the wedding and...let's just say I'm glad I was a calm bride. We received no offer of a discount. The arrangements were beautiful, though. Also, if you use this florist, just do your own pew bows and save yourself the money. I paid her to hang ours, but they weren't secured or "fluffed up."
A friend made our tiered cake, but we asked Hornbacher's to bake us two sheet cakes to ensure we had enough. The head cake decorator brainstormed with me until we had a great idea for our cakes. They were done early and tasted great. Plus, they were just what we had expected them to be. Side note: Their deli makes great veggie and meat trays for people to snack on before the wedding.
We heard over and over again that ours was the best reception food that our guests had ever tasted. The food was wonderful and very filling. We chose meats and sides that wouldn't be really messy. The food was half the price of a fancier caterer, so if you don't mind going a little more casual, this is a great food option. Their staff was friendly and always good to work with.
Beautiful church and wonderful staff. They say that they're not in the business of weddings, but in the business of blessing special occasions in people's lives. We felt very blessed to have our ceremony there. The sanctuary is air-conditioned, which is good for summer months. The staff does a great job of taking care of their bridal parties.
If you're looking for rustic and casual, Bonanzaville is a great site. The events coordinator went so far as to make contingency plans in case the weather got bad (storms were churning in all directions around us, but luckily her plans never had to be carried out.) You'll have to bring in your own linens, but it's a nice place for people to hang around inside and outside, and there's plenty of room for a bar/beverage center in the entry way of Dawson Hall. Another note: If you hold your reception here during warm weather months, rent some cooling systems. Just having a few fans around didn't cut through the humidity.
The hotel is beautiful. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The food we had for our rehearsal dinner was TERRIFIC. The problem, though, is their lack of organization. For example, some of our guests would have problems like having someone else get a key to their room and walk in on them. We were charged full price for some things (we had our Sunday brunch and rehearsal dinner there), even though we put a down payment on them. We were scheduled to be in one event room for the gift opening but ended up in another....It got to be a bit frustrating at times. But if you're looking for a beautiful hotel and good food, this is a good place.
This is a cheaper option for a block of rooms, but it's a nice motel. When some guests had a last-minute change of plans, they still honored our wedding rate, even past the due date.
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