@peanut88: I pmed you a link to my photos, but I thought I’d share my other vendors here so that others can see them as well.
Photographer–Katie Whitcomb, A+.
Cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie! Beautiful photographs, super friendly, reasonable prices for the quality (not a budget photographer by any means, but Josef Samual and other photographers in her class charge much more). My SIL used her for her wedding this past year as well, and we loved those photos too.
Hair–Nicholas J Salon at Eddy Street, B.
It was okay; I didn’t love my hair, but I rarely do (it’s really thick and difficult to work with). My bms all seemed happy with how theirs came out. I picked them because we were staying at the Fairfield Inn, so it was convenient.
Makeup–Camellia Cosmetics at Eddy Street, A.
I think they might have moved? Used to be next to Nicholas J. My makeup came out exactly like I had wanted, loved it and highly recommend.
Hotel block–Fairfield Inn at Eddy Street, A.
As long as it’s not a football weekend, this hotel is a great value for the location. Your guests can walk to campus if they want, Eddy Street is right there so people have somewhere to eat or go out. It’s only a few years old, so the rooms are great. They did not charge any fees for OOT bags.
Ceremony music–Notre Dame Liturgical Music, A+.
My husband was in the lit choir, so it was really important to him to have the choir at our wedding. It does cost a bit more than just having an organist and cantor, but we got so many compliments on how much it added to the ceremony that it was well worth it.
Our wedding was during Lent, so no floral decorations were allowed in the church besides bouquets. I loved our reception centerpieces, they were exactly what I envisioned. The bouquets and bouts weren’t really what I had wanted, and I think that there had been just a disconnect at some point in the planning between me and my coordinator at Michaelangelos. They do show you a sample bouquet and bout the day before, so I was able to basically completely replace the boutonniers (I hated what they had put together at first!), but I felt bad asking for major changes to that and the bouquets, so I just let the bouquets fly. My mom and BMs all loved the bouquets though, so maybe I was just too picky. Great to work with as an out of town bride, as they will meet with you via skype if you can’t make it to SB.
Cake–Country Bake Shoppe, A
Super tiny place on 933 north of campus, doesn’t even have a website. If you want a simple, classic cake, this is the best place to go. They don’t do fondant, and I don’t know if I would recommend them for fancy design work, but the cake is DELICIOUS and dirt cheap. For a two tier cake to feed 80 people, we paid $150. I actually order a tray of cupcakes or a small layer cake every time we are in South Bend, and it is always just as good as our wedding cake was.