Notre Dame Wedding | Wedding Video

Check out this Notre Dame Wedding as featured in this wedding trailer from Wedding Day Cinema… How beautiful!

Here at South Bend Weddings we love wedding videos for their emotions and their complete documentation of the wedding day.  We believe that a wedding video is a top 10 must have for every wedding. How else can you relive those heart felt words from the maid of honor for a lifetime. See the entire moment and not a still of one moment from the wedding day, except through a wedding video! Wedding videos today are not the same as your mom & dads three hours of boring footage, they are highly edited, entertaining works of art, if you hire the right company to document your wedding day.

This wedding video of Sara & Daniel was created by one of the best wedding cinematographers in the Midwest, WEVA Creative Excellence winning company Wedding Day Cinema out of Chicago. You can’t go wrong by hiring them for your Notre Dame Wedding!

Sara & Daniel from Wedding Day Cinema on Vimeo.

Wedding Ceremony: Notre Dame Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Wedding Reception: Tippacanoe Place, South Bend
Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Wedding Floral & Decor: MichaelAngelos “The Event Company”
Wedding Video: Wedding Day Cinema

South Bend Wedding Cakes

Over the last year the South Bend Wedding market has lost two of it’s most creative and delicious cake designers, with the moving of Rascia’s Creative Cakes and the ongoing closure of Cake Walk.

Thankfully voids in the market tend to get filled and Cestlavie Cakes owned by husband and wife team Courtney and Brandon have stepped into the South Bend Wedding market, with creative cake sculptures and designs. And they taste good too! Check out a few of their creative designs below.


South Bend Weddings Planning For Your Floral

Planning your South Bend Wedding, can be a rewarding, exciting, time for brides, grooms and their families. Brides dream of their wedding starting at a young age and it can be intoxicating bringing those dreams and plans to fruition. To bring it all together, a bride and groom must rely on the vendors they interview and hire to be knowledgeable, talented, professional and honest. Unfortunately as witnessed recently with Brides A La Mode, appearances can be hiding a darker truth! This is one of the reasons we so strongly promote hiring a professional wedding planner, not only can a wedding planner with their knowledge decrease your expenses, they are your advocate and their knowledge of other vendors in the market can help you avoid hiring lesser wedding vendors.

But if you can’t hire a wedding planner, here at South Bend Weddings our mission is to arm you with the knowledge to assure that your wedding dreams do come true and don’t end up like the friend bride of this bride:

…I was wondering if you had any advice to offer. My bff got married last August and when I started to plan my wedding, last May, she recommend that I hire the same floral designer she had hired, (name withheld). The floral designer when we met was very nice, and the pics of past events she had done looked good. We gave her a large deposit and I haven’t spoken to her since. My wedding is this July and I am in a near panic about using this floral designer. 

At my bffs wedding in August the centerpieces and bouquets were a major disappointment. The bouquets looked skimpy and many of the flowers were wilted. One of bouquets was falling apart when delivered. The centerpieces were worse, my bff had seen a centerpiece in one of the wedding mags and the floral designer claimed that she could recreate it. The vases were plastic, we were expecting glass. Her family had paid for live flowers and we noticed many of them were fake. Like the bouquets many of the live flowers were sorry looking. Everything was cheap looking.

I am in a near panic, I have been trying to figure out what to do, I want to cancel and find someone else but I am running out the time and the designer says I will loose my deposit… It’s more money than I can afford to loose. What can I do?


Sara, stories like this break our heart, we are sorry to hear your story.

Don’t panic, just yet there is a possible way to assure that you get the floral decor that you have dreamed of. We are not defending the florist but when it comes to silk flowers being used in the centerpieces, many florists have a clause in their contract that states in the case of an emergency they can substitute silk flowers for the real thing. Emergencies would be the greenhouse/wholesaler failing to get the flowers to the florist in time or shipping poor quality flowers. Your friend should go back and find out why the substitution but we have a feeling this is just standard operating with this floral designer.

To protect yourself and your wedding we recommend you contact the floral designer and demand a demo appointment. I don’t know if your best friend had a demo of her floral designs, but my guess is that she didn’t, since many florists don’t like to provide them due to their costs. The purpose of a demo is to hash out the exact look of your wedding floral, mainly the table centerpieces, but it can include the bouquets too. Before the demo, inform the floral designer what you are looking for in your design, if like your friend you have several pictures form magazine or the internet this is a good place to start. This will allow them to order in the supplies they will need for the demo.

Then at the demo, you hash out the exact look. If you don’t like what you are presented with initially don’t be afraid, tell the designer how to change it to fit your South Bend wedding vision and they should change it right there for you. When you are satisfied with the design you are presented with have the designer break it down into an addendum to the contract. The contract should list what goes into the arrangements to achieve the design, like glass vs plastic, live vs fake, etc. It should also include a cost breakdown so there are no surprises when presented with the final bill.

Also take a camera, something better than a cell phone and get pictures of the final agreed upon floral centerpiece, give a copy to the designer for their records and one for yours. This will give the designer a reference to work from, especially if your wedding is still months off.

Many florists are reticent to do demos because of the cost involved and you may find they charge for this, but in our opinion, this is money well spent. First it will tell you if your and your floral designer are on the same page. Second it will show if the floral designer is capable of achieving your vision. Third, the floral demo will give you a good idea what the final cost to you as the customer will be. Finally, if the designer fails to deliver as promised at your wedding you will have proof of what they promised and legal standing.

As for you Sara, demand the demo and contract addendum and don’t take no for an answer. It is the only way we know you can protect yourself. If the designer fails to meet your vision in the demo then you have a good argument for getting your deposit back. Floral is an art and we admire those who can do it, but we also have seen many that just can’t!

The images below have nothing to do with Sara, we took these several months ago and we think they can help educate brides in what to look for when it comes to poorly, crafted centerpieces.  We realize there aren’t many live flowers in this image but it details many of the problems we have seen with table centerpieces at events.

Yes this was created by a professional floral design company, who we won’t name. We could excuse it if it was some DIY bride but not when it’s a “professional”.

One of the things we have noticed with centerpiece is shoddy assembly. If it’s a floral arrangement, the floral clay or other material that the flowers are inserted into is plainly visible in areas. You can see that in the picture where the cloth folds meet below, the structure is visible.

You will also notice the cloth edges are at the top. We talked to a few designers while writing this response and none of them would have the cloth edges sitting on top of the base! We were told any cloth used should drape over the top with the edges hidden, the best they can be, at the bottom of the centerpiece. All of them said they would never fold a piece of cloth as shown in the upper left hand corner of the piece

We get the idea, it’s suppose to be beach inspired, but what a really poor execution, it looks like the ocean just vomited on the table. Quality designers are very exacting, nothing is placed without purpose or thought, this one just looks like the stuff was thrown around the centerpiece.

Another thing to note is that centerpieces should be scaled to the size of the table, not appear to be dwarfed by it. This one once the table was fully set up was dwarfed by the table size and sort of lost among the plates/silverware.

To give you an idea of what a well done similarly themed centerpiece could look like we found this:

South Bend Banquet Hall | Open House

A South Bend Banquet Hall is having an open house! The Woodward Banquets & Special Events Hall, in downtown South Bend will be hosting an open house on May 3rd from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Catering will be provided by Trio’s Restaurant and Jazz Club

Also at the Woodward will be South Bend’s Tivoli Photo Booths a division of Music Machine. Tivoli Photo Booths will be offering free use of one of their really cool photo booths to all in attendance!

So if you are planning a wedding reception, special event, corporate event, birthday party, anniversary party, retirement party, or anything else stop by the Woodward and check out beautiful banquet hall and great food!

If you would like to attend, please RSVP!
111 Woodward Court
South Bend, IN 46601
Office: 574.288.4420

South Bend Trunk Show Of JPicone Couture!

South Bend Brides we have a fantastic trunk show of JPicone Couture taking place this weekend! Check it out.

JPicone Couture

Trunk Show

Friday, March 30, 1 – 7 pm
Saturday, March 31, 10 – 5 pmAffordability and style is what you will find as we feature the newest feathered facinators, blushers/veils and headbands from this gorgeous line of bridal headpieces!On Saturday, March 31, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, hairstylist Eric Woolrich from Emerald Salon will be here to demonstrate and discuss hair styles to compliment your overall wedding day look!Girly Girl Gifts & Accessories
1314 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46615
ph: 574-287-1423

Laporte Wedding Inspirtion

It is Monday, the start of the week and to kick start your wedding planning creative juices we have a little inspiration from a LaPorte Wedding!

I love tent reception! The reason is that it can be so beautiful out among nature, in a wood setting or a field. Tents are a blank slate, unlike a banquet hall, that can be transformed into any wedding setting that you so desire. And that brings us to our wedding inspiration of the day, the tent reception setting of Michelle and Chris as documented wedding photographer Matthew Whitlock.

I love these transparent tents, can you get any more beautiful and with nature than that!

See more of this beautifully photographed wedding at Matthew Whitlock Photography.

South Bend Weddings, Vendor Special!

The South Bend Wedding season is about to get into full swing, in about three weeks. Have you locked down all of your wedding day vendors? Have you booked one of the funnest things going at wedding receptions? If you haven’t hired your photo booth rental service, then check out this deal! Fun Zone Photo Booths are the best in South Bend! Fun Zone Photo Booths has a great deal going till the end of the month! Book one of their photo booth packages and they will upgrade you to the Mega Photo Strip for FREE, a $200 value!

See more details on their blog and tell them South Bend Weddings sent you!

South Bend Wedding Day

Here at South Bend Weddings we love sharing with our readers the beauty of weddings through photos! We are always looking for weddings to feature, so if you are a newlywed couple or photographer, videographer or wedding planner and have a wedding you would like to feature please contact us at info at

Our newest featured wedding, provided by Kelly Burden at Contemporary Images, is the South Bend wedding of Jessica & at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Gillespie Center garden.

From Kelly: It was a gorgeous day in South Bend for an outside wedding on the campus of St Marys.  The wedding ceremony was held outside in the courtyard and we had plenty of time before and after for a fun photo walk around Saint Mary’s beautiful campus. The reception took place in the beautiful Gillespie Center Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn. The bride and groom had a candy table buffet as large as a candy store. There was also a photo-booth and a hot dog stand! This was easily one of the most entertaining wedding receptions I have ever photographed in South Bend!

Ceremony: Garden of the Gillespie Center in the Hilton Garden Inn
Reception: The Gillespie Center ball room
Photography: Contemporary Images

Notre Dame Wedding : Real Wedding

Basilica Monday was last week at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame University and all the lucky brides and grooms who got their dates should be neck deep in planning their 2013 wedding day! To help with Notre Dame Wedding Planning, here is some wedding day inspiration from wedding planner Cynthia Basker of Celebrated Events in South Bend and the wedding of Mary & Michael.

The check out the gorgeous floral by Michaelangelos “The Event Company”! There are many good florists in the South Bend area, but Michaelangelos’ work is always exceptional. Check out the latest issue of Veils & Vows for their inspiring photo shoot in the spring issue on pages 42 to 53.

According to wedding planner Cynthia Basker: Throughout the planning process, the mantra was ‘soft, summery and romantic’, and I think we most decidedly accomplished that feel. The day was full of meaningful details and family traditions. Among them, the soup course at dinner: Italian Wedding Soup – made from a family recipe, handed down from mother to daughter on the bride’s side. The Groom’s aunts lovingly made and brought with them, traditional Italian cookies, which the guests enjoyed after dinner. The day was so joyful – can’t you see it on their faces?

photo booth fun at Century Center

Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Ceremony: Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame
Reception: Great Hall, Century Center
Photography: Peter Thurin, Peter Thurin Photography
Band: Lynn Jordan and the Shivers
Floral/ Decor: MichaelAngelos
Cupcakes :Sweet Mandy B’s
Hair: Emerald Cut Salon & Spa
Makeup: Camelia’s Cosmetics
Photo Booth: Fun Zone Photo Booths
Papery :Christina Duthie, Cloud Nine Invitation Design

Notre Dame Weddings

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame UniversityIt is Basilica Monday for brides and their grooms, desiring to get married at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame. This is the day when the Basilica opens the books for 2013 to begin scheduling 2013 Notre Dame Weddings for alumni. Brides, grooms and their families start calling early morning and prime wedding dates are usually gone by early afternoon.

So we wish all the Notre Dame brides dreaming of a Notre Dame Wedding, good luck!  And when you secure your date, check back here at South Bend Weddings for inspiration, tips and ideas for your upcoming Notre Dame Wedding!