Silk Wedding Floral

Is your South Bend Wedding on a tight budget? Or have costs spiraled out of control and you are looking for somewhere to save money? One of the areas that you can cut costs and save lots of money is on your wedding floral with silk flowers rentals!  Modern silk flowers are very life-like,  lovely and can be used to express your unique style. Here are few benefits of silk flowers for your South Bend wedding floral

Color: silk flowers come in just about every color you can think of. They range from colors found in nature to fun and funky.

Style: Silk flowers can be found in a variety of styles. High quality silk flowers look and many people are fooled and the only way to know they are silk is to touch.

Convenience: Silk flowers are easy to obtain and different varieties can be found through out the year. There is no refrigeration needed and the floral arrangements can easily be moved from one location to another. Arrangements and bouquets can be made and stored as far in advance as you desire. They can also be shipped just about anywhere!

Cost: Even the most realistic silks are often less expensive than fresh flowers. Although your wedding day is one time you want to splurge, you may want to “splurge” on the nicest silk flowers and spend more on your dress or your photographer. Flowers are usually 55% of your wedding budget so silks can really help in this area.

Customization: Silk flower arrangements and bouquets can be custom designed for you and your wedding party. Your colors, your style, your theme. Your imagination is the only limitation!silk wedding floral

Rentals: Basic arrangements that can be customized for your wedding can be rented so you don’t have to worry about where you are going to store 10 pew decorations and three alter pieces. Centerpieces, wedding arches, topiaries, and even ccolumns can be rented, saving a big chunk of your budget for other things.

They last forever: How romantic would it be to have your wedding bouquet re-designed as a centerpiece for you first home together or a lovely swag to compliment your wedding portrait? You can enjoy your flowers everyday! Your bridesmaids can save their bouquets as mementos of you South Bend Wedding. Your mothers can keep their corsages as a precious reminder of such a special occasion.

Silk flowers offer many exciting choices for your South Bend Wedding, give them a try!

South Bend Wedding Planning | Bridal Spectacular

The largest, best and oldest bridal show in South Bend took place recently at the Century Center, the Bridal Spectacular! Even though the worst snow storm seen in decades hit South Bend the day of the Bridal Spectacular, it didn’t stop the brides, grooms and their family and friends from check out all the wedding vendors and wedding planning ideas. South Bend Weddings was at the Bridal Spectacular and here is some wedding planning inspiration from the bridal show.

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Wedding Cakes by Martin’s Catering for your South Bend Wedding.
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Bella Novia Couture decor at the Bridal Spectacular. Wedding inspiration for your South Bend Wedding.
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Need a caffine shot at your wedding reception? American Expresso offers some of the best coffee products for South Bend Weddings.
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Papery from Cloud Nine. When planning your wedding you can’t go wrong using Cloud Nine for invitations or any of your South Bend wedding paper needs!
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Bride maids dresses for your South Bend Wedding.
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Girly Girl Gifts, one of our favorite wedding accessories and gift shops in South Bend.
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One of our favorite photo booth providers, Fun Zone PhotoBooths! Check out their new Celebrity Red Carpet Experience in the background and of course their traditional photo booth in the foreground. For your South Bend Wedding, get a photo booth, it is great entertainment!


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Brides Maid fashion from the Bridal Spectacular.

You can see more by going to the Bridal Spectacular!

Photographer: Fun Zone PhotoBooths

South Bend Weddings | Bridal Show Sunday!

Bridal Spectacular South BendThe Bridal Spectacular returns to South Bend this Sunday, 1-5-13!  The Bridal Spectacular is the largest, oldest and best bridal show in South Bend, Mishawaka,  Michiana and will have over a hundred wedding vendors and professionals to help you plan you wedding! The bridal show will take place at Century Center from 12 to 5. Fashion shows featuring David’s Bridal and Louie’s Tux shop among others will take place at 1:00 and 3:30.

So if you were recently engaged, expecting to be engaged or are in the final planning stages of your planning, come to the Bridal Spectacular, Michiana’s best bridal show.

Some of our favorite vendors will be at the South Bend Bridal Show:
Music Machine
Purrfect Dj
Fun Zone Photo Booths
American Expresso
Knollwood Country Club
Palais Royale
Martin’s Catering
Swan Lake Resort
The Skillet
And many more! So if you are planning your South Bend Wedding or Michiana Wedding be at the Bridal Spectacular!

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The Bridal Spectacular Fashion Show is at 1:00 & 3:30
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Check out over a hundred wedding & event vendors at Bridal Spectacular 1.5.14
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Some vendors will be offering food samples at Bridal Spectacular!

Weddding Vendor Prices Too Good To Be True

Today we have a guest blog by Disc Jockey Randy Bartlett of Premier Entertainment & Video in Sacremento. Every South Bend bride and groom should keep in mind that if the price seems to be too good to be true, it can cost you heartbreak.

You can watch video of the couple who were ripped off here Call Kurtis: My Photo Booth Was A No-Show at My Wedding. Where’s My Refund?

While no couple, no matter what price they pay, “deserves” to have a no show vendor at their wedding, at some point, I’d love to see one of these stories where they tell “the rest of the story.”

This couple bought something at 1/2 the normal price. There’s a reason legitimate Photo Booth companies charge a fair and reasonable price. The booth is very expensive to purchase, maintain, deliver and operate and there should be a reasonable amount for profit.

$450 won’t do it. When you buy anything at far below market value, you have to ask yourself WHY they are selling it so far below everyone else. Are there bargains to be had? Of course – but every time I see one of these stories, it looks so predictable.

I get at least 2-3 calls every month from some whose DJ “bailed out on them.” Upon further investigation, they were paying a ridiculously low price, no contracts, never met them, all over the phone and their decision was based on nothing but price.

If you choose this type of “bargain,” you simply have to ask yourself: “What is my risk tolerance? Am I ok losing this money and/or having it turn out exactly like the reasonably priced vendors told me it would? Am I willing to risk this to save a few bucks?

If so, go for it. But I have little sympathy when these things go exactly as predicted.

Randy Bartlett is the owner and operator of Premier Entertainment in Sacramento CA

Hashtag Your #SouthBendWedding

With the awesome explosion of social media, Hashtags are everywhere in our online lives. Facebook has finally relented and now hashtags are searchable on Facebook!

Now it’s your South Bend Wedding Day and all your friends are snapping cell phone photos of you, your significant other and  themselves having fun at your wedding and reception. Besides the hundreds of pictures that your South Bend wedding photographer and videographer took, how will you ever see all of those Instagram, Twitter and Facebook shared photos from your friends and family? The best idea is Hashtag Your Wedding!

When friends and family post their awesome pictures to social media, Hashtags make them instantly searchable,  you and your guests will be able to run searches on your hashtag and view all of the pictures that were tagged and associated with your hashtag. You will be able to view them right away, that night even, enjoying all the fun, joy and memories created at your South Bend Wedding! Keep in mind that the hashtag needs to be unique and original to your event. Choosing a hastag like #MySouthBendWedding or #NotreDameWedding will just mix your photos with all the other photos under such a universal hashtag! So make it unique, do a hashtag search for every hashtag you come up with on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to make sure it isn’t previously used. With the pending explosion of wedding hashtags, using generic hastags like #JulieMikeWedding will be problematic.

How do you get the word out to your guests about which hashtag to use? You can promote your original hashtag on cute little cards or small signs that displayed on guest tables which makes the hashtag easy to reference as guests shoot and upload to social media. A chalkboard displayed next to the DJ or cake table, to remind guests of your hashtag. Have some business cards printed with the hashtag and insert them into your wedding invites before they are sent out. The business card is the right size for men to put into their wallets or women their purses and bring it with them to your wedding!

Share and relive your South Bend Wedding with a unique hashtag and all the pictures your guests took! And if you are a guest, please don’t be this woman with an ipad! Remember the Bride & Groom hired professionals to document their wedding day and doing something like this isn’t doing anyone any favors!

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DON”T BE THIS PERSON with the iPad! Photo copyright IQvideography

Granger Salon & Spa Closes Without Notice

Both WNDU and WSBT have announced that JA Ross Salon and Spa in Granger has suddenly closed it’s doors and all the equipment has been removed from the premises. The closing came with no notice and evidently customers were confirming their appointments as late as Saturday and were given no indication of the closing.

If the closing has left you without a wedding day stylist, we recommend you check out either Pure Emerald across the street from Ja Ross or the Beehive in downtown South Bend.

Featured Notre Dame Wedding | Cynthia Basker Events

We are fortunate enough to be able to feature another fabulous wedding from wedding planner Cynthia Basker Events! Cynthia is in our opinion the top wedding planner for the Michiana, South Bend, Notre Dame area. Her weddings are always meticulously detailed, beautiful, well organized and raved about by the brides and grooms they are for. So we’d like to thank Cyndi for allowing us to feature the wedding of Laura & Bill on our wedding blog!


Laura and Bill envisioned their mid December wedding, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart,  to be elegant and sophisticated, yet full of creative touches that gave their guests an idea of who they were as a couple. Characterizing the look and feel they wanted to achieve as ‘winter glamour’ with just a touch of vintage, they decided on a color palette of burnished gold, platinum and the softest blush pink.  Bringing their guests to South Bend / Notre Dame in December is a gamble with the weather, but they could not see themselves marry any other place than the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

The couple met at an MBA Welcome Weekend event on campus, at the Eck Center, which is where guests gathered between the ceremony and the reception for champagne and holiday music provided by family members.  The reception was held at the historic Palais Royale in downtown, South Bend, IN. The evening was full of personal details such as the use of the brides’ parents’ cake topper to a customized gingerbread house on the candy buffet.

-Cynthia Basker

All Images Copyright Josef Samuel












All Images Copyright Josef Samuel

To see more from this fabulous wedding see Cynthia Basker Events Or Josef Samuel Photographer

Wedding Vendors:
Wedding Consulting – Cynthia Basker Events
Ceremony – Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception – The Palais Royale
Floral/ Decor- MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
Photography – Josef Samuel
DJ – In Tune DJ
Papery – Christina Duthie/ Cloud Nine Invitation Design
Cake – C’est La Vie
Transportation: Ambiance Limousine, Cardinal Buses
Hair Styling – Nicholas J Salon
Makeup – Camellia’s Cosmetics
Host hotel – Doubletree by Hilton

Would you like to be have your wedding featured on South Bend Weddings, then contact us at amy at

Notre Dame Weddings | Where To Start?

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Basilica Monday at Notre Dame is over and you as a bride or groom have secured your wedding date for 2014 in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. Where to start?

Getting married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is a destination wedding for most brides, grooms and their families, so we recommend find a wedding planner! Many consider wedding planners “expensive” but the truth of the matter a good wedding planner can more than pay for their services by helping you avoid the pitfalls of the local market. A good wedding planner is knowledgeable about the local wedding vendors, can help you avoid the bad wedding vendors, save you money through their knowledge, works within your wedding budget and being local can can do for you little things that you would have to commute to the area to accomplish. A good wedding planner will help you create your Notre Dame dream wedding!

Our favorite wedding planner and frankly the best in the market is Cynthia Basker of Celebrated Events.

Next you will want to lock down your wedding reception venue. A few of our favorites are:
Knollwood Country Club
Palais Royale
Double Tree by Hilton
Windsor Park Conference Center

After your reception facilities you will need lodging for your guests. A few of our favorites
Double Tree by Hilton
The Inn at Saint Mary’s
Hilton Garden Inn

One of the most important aspects of the wedding reception is the entertainment! Your entertainment will either make or break your wedding reception. The local DJs that we like are
Music Machine
The Hitman
Purrfect DJ

Make your Notre Dame wedding a wonderland with floral and decor. Our favorites in the area are:
MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
A Single Rose

Some of our favorite wedding photographers who have shot withing the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame are:
Matthew Whitlock Photography
Contemporary Images

Photo Booths are the answer to entertaining your guests who don’t want to dance along with entertaining everyone else! But beware not all photo booths are created equal, always ask to see a demo of their photo strips to check quality and ask to see an image of the photo booth that will be at your wedding reception because the last thing you want is to be promised a photo booth and they bring a camera on a tripod and no printer! Our favorites are:

Fun Zone PhotoBooths
Tivoli Photo Booths
Gene’s Camera Store


South Bend Weddings: Hiring A Wedding Band

South Bend Weddings, Wedding BandPlanning South Bend Weddings or Notre Dame Weddings can be daunting, especially finding the right wedding reception entertainment. The right wedding band, wedding orchestra or quartet can leave your guests begging for more at the end of the night, while the wrong entertainment can have your guests headed home early. South Bend Weddings is here to assist you in your wedding reception planning, here are several questions to ask wedding bands, orchestra and quartets when interviewing them.

  • How long has this group played together? Longer established groups stay together for a reason.
  • What percentage of your business is devoted to weddings? Wedding Entertainment is a different breed altogether – make sure they know what they are doing.
  • Do you provide demo tapes / videos of your group?
  • What styles of music does the group play?
  • Are the musicians in the band I see and choose going to be the same ones who will perform the day of my wedding?
  • How will the musicians be dressed?
  • Do you have back-up musicians?
  • Can I request specific songs to be played at my wedding?
  • Will I get live music at my cocktail hour?
  • How many breaks and for how long does the band take? Will you play a tape or CD in the meantime?
  • Does the group have an emcee that will act as Master of Ceremonies and announce the introductions, cake cutting, bouquet and garter tosses?
  • What is your payment policy? For how many hours?
  • Deposit amount? Due when? Balance due when? Forms of payment accepted? Cancellation policy?
  • When should I give you a list of my bridal attendees and special requests?
  • Do you play overtime? How much?
  • Do you provide a contract outlining exactly the services you will be providing? Never, under any circumstances, should you fail to get a contract in writing.
  • How do you interact with other vendors? From the wedding planner, to the caterers, to the photographers, to the photo booth, you want a band that works as a team with your other vendors and is willing to make announcements for them.
  • What can I do to make sure everything happens without a hitch?