(Closed) Our Chicago Weddings and Vendors

posted 10 years ago in Chicago
Post # 32
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Blushing bee

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@Weddingofthecentury:  cake girls!!! Love it.  Would you be willing to share your shoe DIY????  I’ve been dying for something like the Bridesmaid or Best Man shoes without the steep price.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Burb girl here too!

  • Wedding Date: November 27, 2010 
  • Location: DiNolfos Banquets in Homer Glen
  • Number of guests: 220
  • Reception Venue: DiNolfos Banquets in Homer Glen
  • Caterer: DiNolfos Banquets in Homer Glen
  • Photographer: Haven’t booked yet, but most likely Fred Fox, Inc.
  • Videographer: n/a
  • Cake: The Cake Box
  • DJ/Music: RMG Music Entertainment
  • Florist: DIY with flowers from WholesaleBlossoms.com
  • Stationery: DIY
  • Officiant: ??? (help!)
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: sDJ providing 
  • Hair: Friend
  • Makeup: yours truly
  • Dress:  Maggie Sottero – Karena Royale
  • Bridesmaids: Bill Levkoff
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Aurelios in Frankfort
  • Any Other Vendors: Alost Hotel
  • Post # 34
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

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    @ChicagoB2B: Whoops! I meant David Rothstein.

    Post # 35
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    • Wedding Date: 7.16.11
    • Location: Phillippine American Ecumenical Church of Christ
    • Number of guests: 150-180
    • Reception Venue: Renaissance North Shore
    • Caterer:Renaissance Hotel 
    • Photographer: Joshua Albanese
    • Videographer: Orange
    • Cake: Oak Mill Bakery or Rolf’s Patessiere (havent decided yet)
    • DJ/Music: Matt Windsor of MDMEntertainment
    • Florist: A Always Flowers
    • Stationery: N/A
    • Officiant: N/A
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: N/A
    • Hair: N/A
    • Makeup N/A 
    • Dress:  Maggie Sottero- Brianna or Adorae (have both and cant decide)
    • Bridesmaids: Mori Lee
    • Rehearsal Dinner: N/A
    • Any Other Vendors: Photobooth Express

    Post # 36
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Fun idea!

  • Wedding Date: 6/4/2011
  • Location: Schaumburg, IL
  • Number of guests: 275-300
  • Reception Venue: Chandler’s Chophouse Grille
  • Caterer: The venue is a steakhouse.  They cater.
  • Photographer: One of our groomsmen and his friend work as wedding photographers and will be taking care of it.
  • Videographer: N/A – I hate how my voice sounds recorded 🙂
  • Cake: Central Continental Bakery – tied in with the venue.  I wish I was using Bittersweet; my fiancee popped the question on a cake in their window.  We’ll definitely have them do something for the shower and/or rehearsal.
  • DJ/Music: Sound Q Productions – one of their DJs is a HS buddy of my fiancee’s – he does great work.
  • Florist: None yet…looking for suggestions, or if it’s too pricey, DIY
  • Stationery: None
  • Officiant: Father John from Church of the Holy Spirit
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: We might ask my fiancee’s cousin-in-law who’s an excellent guitarist to play in the ceremony.  Otherwise undecided.
  • Hair: None. Suggestions?
  • Makeup: Ditto above.
  • Dress:  Mori Lee Bridesmaids #262 in ivory, with some changes to it
  • Bridesmaids: Picking their own black dresses
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Not sure..but leaning towards Lou Malnati’s!
  • Any Other Vendors: Looking for a photo booth!
  • Post # 37
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

     

  • Wedding Date: 9/25/10
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Number of guests:  166
  • Ceremony/Reception Venue: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
  • Caterer:  Phil Stefani
  • Photographer: Timothy Whaley Photography
  • Videographer: Not having one
  • Cake: Bittersweet Bakery
  • DJ/Music: Spinnin’ Discs
  • Florist: Natural Beauties Florists
  • Stationery: We created our own designs, but bought the actual paper from MyGatsby.com
  • Officiant: Our friend Scott
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Spinnin’ Discs
  • Hair/Makeup: Black Hearts Hair House
  • Dress:  Maggie Sottero
  • Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Cesars on Broadway
  • Any Other Vendors: Day of Coordinator- SH Weddings
  • Post # 38
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    Blushing bee

    • Wedding Date: 9/18/10
    • Location: 19th Century Club, Oak Park (same venue as Ms. Stiletto)
    • Number of guests: 96
    • Reception Venue: same
    • Caterer: Twomaytoez
    • Photographer: Ian Villaceran
    • Videographer: none
    • Cake: Grooms cake: Reuters Bakery, cupcakes: Sensational Bites
    • DJ/Music: Just Press Play
    • Florist: me, Whole Foods and a farmers market for centerpieces. Linda’s Flowers in Chicago for corsages
    • Stationery: Invited Design on Etsy for wedding invitations, me for STD’s, Target printable invites for shower
    • Officiant: friend that got ordained online just for us!
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: no live musicians, Just Press Play MC’d
    • Hair: Hairspray Revolution
    • Makeup: Hairspray Revolution
    • Dress: Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn
    • Bridesmaids: didnt have any
    • Rehearsal Dinner: didnt have one
    • Any Other Vendors: Rick’s Rickshaws for pedicabs to get guests to and from hotel/CTA stop
    • found a day of coordinator on Craigslist for free!

    I was happy with all of my vendors except Eva’s Bridal. I would not recommend them, they were so disorganized!

    Post # 40
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

    I love this thread! I’m the the burbs too!

    • Wedding Date: 05/14/11
    • Location: Tinley Park, IL
    • Number of guests: 175
    • Reception Venue: Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor
    • Caterer: viia reception venue
    • Photographer: Miller + Miller (www.mmfotos.com) 
    • Videographer: TBD
    • Cake: TBD
    • DJ/Music: Spinnin’ Discs
    • Florist:TBD
    • Stationery: DIY
    • Officiant: Hometown Pastor
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: TBD
    • Hair: TBD
    • Makeup: TBD
    • Dress: David’s
    • Bridesmaids: TBD
    • Rehearsal Dinner: TBD
    • Any Other Vendors: Photobooth: SPinnin’ discs

    As you can see, we still have a lot to do!

    Post # 42
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Hi ladies! Excited for my first post!

  • Wedding Date: 9/24/11
  • Location: Chicago
  • Number of guests: 250 
  • Reception Venue: Chicago Cultural Center
  • Caterer: TBD- looking!
  • Photographer: David Wittig Photography 
  • Videographer: not having one!
  • Cake: TBD- looking!
  • DJ/Music: Okyne Media Lab
  • Florist: TBD- looking!
  • Stationery: TBD need to find a good printer
  • Officiant: Fourth Presbyterian Church
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Ceremony (Church)- Okyne Media Lab (Cocktails)
  • Hair: TBD- Looking
  • Makeup; TBD
  • Dress:  Ulla Maija (Ultimate Bride)
  • Bridesmaids: 8 bridesmaids (2 sisters, 2 sisters of the groom, 4 friends- all wearing pewter gray dresses)
  • Rehearsal Dinner:
  • Any Other Vendors:
    We are looking for a good deal on transportation (trolleys), and I need to get my room block together!
  • Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011
  • Wedding Date: 10/22/11
  • Location: Chicago
  • Number of guests: 170 – 200
  • Reception Venue: Maggiano’s
  • Caterer: Maggiano’s
  • Photographer: Misty Winter
  • Videographer: None
  • Cake: Included in Maggiano’s package. . . think Beautiful Cakes does them.
  • DJ/Music: Okyne Media Lab
  • Florist: TBD
  • Stationery: TBD
  • Officiant: St. Hedwigs in Bucktown
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Will ask my aunts to sing at the ceremony
  • Hair: Daniel Dela Cerda from Robery Jeffrey
  • Makeup TBD
  • Dress:  TBD
  • Bridesmaids: TBD
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Wildfire 
  • Any Other Vendors:
  • Looks like I have a lot to do still!

    Post # 44
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    • Wedding Date: June 25, 2011
    • Location: Naperville/Joliet, IL
    • Number of guests: 200
    • Reception Venue: Patrick Haley Mansion
    • Caterer:Patrick Haley Mansion
    • Photographer: David Bracho
    • DJ/Music: Style Matters
    • Florist: Kio Kreations
    • Stationery: DIY
    • Officiant: Pastor Bill Bryan at Grace UMC
    • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: Organ, Style Matters
    • Hair: Family hairstylist
    • Makeup: Family hairstylist
    • Dress:  Justin Alexander
    • Photobooth: Shutterbox

    Post # 45
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    *BUMP* Great thread, would love to keep it going! 🙂

    Post # 46
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2011
  • Wedding Date: May 15, 2011
  • Location: Rosemont, IL
  • Number of guests: 160 or so
  • Reception Venue: Victoria’s Rosemont
  • Caterer: same
  • Photographer: Eivan’s
  • Videographer: Eivan’s
  • Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
  • DJ/Music: undecided
  • Florist: Prestige Wedding Decoration
  • Stationery: DIY (cardsandpockets.com) 
  • Officiant: my father
  • Ceremony and Cocktail Musician: undecided
  • Hair: Tiffaney Henry
  • Makeup : Great Face Cafe
  • Dress:  Jasmine Bridal Couture T345
  • Bridesmaids: 8, La Joli Mode Bridal Salon
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Giordano’s
  • Any Other Vendors: Feng Shui Harmony Event Planning, Decor: Prestige Wedding Decoration
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