- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
After 21 months of being engaged, I finally got to say “I Do.” (Well, actually, those words were never said since we did a traditional handfasting…)
Our wedding was 100% perfect. Nothing was forgotten. Everyone was on time. People even beat me to the venue! We had only one no-show– a guest of a family member that had broken up with her the night before. Both families kept all drama away from me (there was only one or two little instances where our guests took too much advantage of our open bar and had to leave early). And our dance floor was packed the entire night because of our amazing DJ. The rain held off until midnight, and we spent our wedding night in a rockin’ hotel suite on the 30th floor.
My only wish was that I could have tried a bit more of my amazing cake!
I’ll post our 30k budget breakdown soon, but here is our list of vendors for any Chicago brides:
- Venue: Salvage One- Worth every cent.
- Caterer: Goose Island- Food was AMAZING. And even after all of our drama leading up to this, our food tasted great and everyon was raving about the service and the steak.
- Alcohol: Binny’s (Will was our coordinator)- We have over 10 unopened bottles of alcohol that we get to sell back at full price!
- Cake: Sensational Bites- Like I said, I wish I could have had more, but the frosting that got up my nose when my fiances smashed it in to my face was amazing.
- Favors: Sweet Street- We had little bags of popcorn from my hometown popcorn shop. They were amazing and very affordable. Dont waste your money on Garretts!
- DJ: Carrie of Toast and Jam- Another vendor that was worth every cent. Only once did the dance floor clear and it was because it was an Irish song that all of my husband’s family went back to their tables to sing along to! Seriously, our wedding was 100% cooler because of her. She got everything right.
- DOC: Amy of Big Day Easy- When I got to the venue at 2pm, everything was already set up and ready to go. When we were leaving at 12:30am, everything was already torn down and in the caterer’s van. I didn’t see her at all during the night, but I know she was busy throwing everything together for us and making sure guests were happy. She even watched my flower baby when mom had to go eat!
- Outfits: Davids Bridal (gown)- Meh. I had some dress regret but it’s my fault. I had decent service.
- Tailor: Grace Professional Tailor- AWESOME. I had a minor dress emergency two weeks to the wedding and she fixed everything for me! Very affordable too. She also tailored my husband’s suit.
- Flowers: Whole Foods- My bouquet was beautiful but the rest of my flowers fell a part. We only had bridal party flowers so it was important to me that they look alright. I was very disappointed with their services, but you get what you pay for.
- Stationary: VistaPrint and FedEx- Invites and STDs were from VistaPrint. They were fantastic! Invite inserts and programs were designed by us and printed by FedEx. I highly recommend going this route!
- Decor: Michaels and Hobby Lobby- Our centerpieces were hurricane lanterns (from Michaels) on a gold charger with gold pillar candles inside. We also bought over 200 candles and tea lights from Michaels over the course of a year.
- Photographers: Matushek Photography- Above else, the best vendor we could have asked and dreamed for. Please support this husband and wife duo! You wont be disappointed!
- Rehearsal Dinner: Corcoran Bar and Grill- Owned by a family friend of my in-laws. Everything was fantastic, especially the servie.
Ok! Now for some guest pictures: