South Bend Marriott

There has been some concern over the fact that the Marriott corporation will be pulling the franchise for the South Bend Marriott in downtown South Bend sometime this year. Well rest assured it was announced this week that the South Bend Marriott will become a Double Tree Inn by Hilton. So if you have rooms reserved or the reception ball room booked, the hotel will still be open far into the future.

Wedding Reception Grooms Cake

No this is not a stack of books, it’s a groom’s cake! Cynthia Basker of Celebrated Events twittered this image on Saturday, from a South Bend wedding, of a groom’s cake created by Rascia of Rascia’s Creative Cakes. Rascia is one of our favorite cake bakers, not only does her cakes look phenomenal, but they taste phenomenal. And with this stack of books, grooms cake I must say she has outdone herself!

Wedding Reception Venue: Palais Royale
Wedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Wedding Cake: Rascia’s Creative Cakes

Father & Daughter Music For a South Bend Wedding

One of the major questions in planning any wedding, in South Bend, is what song the Father & Daughter are going to dance to at the reception. We have complied a list of the most popular songs for the Father & Daughter Dance to help you in your wedding planning.
Click on the Song Title and be take to Amazon where you can listen to a short clip of the song and purchase the MP3!

A Whole New World Peabo Bryson Show Tune
A Wink And A Smile Harry Connick Jr Adult Contemporary
Beautiful In My Eyes Joshua Kadison Pop
Because You Loved Me Celine Dion Pop
Butterfly Kisses Bob Carlisle Christian
Daddy’s Hands Holly Dunn Country
Daddy’s Little Girl AL Martino Standards
Dance With My Father Luther VanDross R&B / Soul
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Van Morrison Pop
Have I Told You Lately Rod Stewart Pop
Hero Mariah Carey Pop
I Loved Her First Heartland Country
I’ll Stand By You The Pretenders Pop / Rock
In My Daughter’s Eyes Martina McBride Country
In My Life The Beatles Oldies
My Father’s Eyes Amy Grant Chrstian
My Girl The Temptations Mowtown
My Little Girl Tim McGraw Country
My Wish Rascal Flats Country
Sunrise, Sunset Fiddler On The Roof Showtune
The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra Standard
Unforgettable Nat & Natlie King Cole Standard
Wind Beneath My Wings Bette Midler Pop
You Raise Me Up Josh Groban Pop

Wedding Decoration Ideas

Michiana brides, here is a fantastic wedding reception decorating idea I found on the Michaelangelos Facebook page! This crystal curtain is just gorgeous. And I could so see this as the backdrop behind the head table too!

* Crystal Curtain
The Crystal Curtain can be hung along any wall or tent lining to create a unique color display, especially when lit with our LED lights that can be set at the color of your choice!

Michaelangelos The Event Company
South Bend, IN
(574) 271-7440

Ten Tips To Finding Your Wedding Cake


For your South Bend wedding your wedding cake should be a work of art and taste good. A cake that doesn’t taste good will be a cake that goes to waste. So when planning your South Bend wedding here are ten tips to find the perfect wedding cake!

1 Taste several samples of the baker’s cakes pay special attention to the taste of the frosting and moistness of the cake. The most beautiful cake will go to waste if your guests won’t eat it.
2 See the baker’s selection of wedding cake designs.
3 Discuss with the your cake designer what you want your cake to look like. Images of other cakes you like from magazines or other weddings are always a good way to illustrate what you want design wise. Your cake designer should also be able to give you input on various designs.
4 There are many alternatives to the traditional bride and groom cake toppers, jewelry, fresh flowers, candy flowers, mom and dad’s top etc. If you want something less traditional discuss it with your cake designer.
5 Reserve your cake designer/baker at least 6 to 8 months out. Like all other vendors they can only cover so many weddings a day, so don’t loose out on your favorite!
6 Get the price in writing! Included should be delivery, setup, rental fees for display bottoms or pillars and columns. Every time you make a change be sure to get a new quote!
7 Square wedding cakes are becoming more popular, but not all bakers will do them, make sure yours does if you want one.
8 Popular cake flavors are vanilla, yellow, chocolate, pink champagne and strawberry.
9 Check your reception’s facility’s policy on cake cutting, there may be a charge for the staff to cut and serve the cake.
10 We don’t recommend saving the cake top for the first anniversary, even frozen cake quickly looses its flavor. Find another special time to consume the cake, like first day you move into your house together as husband and wife.

Out Door Wedding In South Bend

Q. I am planning an outdoor wedding. What kind of arrangements should I make in case of rain? A tent may not be in my budget.

A. Outdoor weddings, in South Bend, can be beautiful, but always have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. High heels and muddy ground do not mix. If a tent isn’t in your budget, find a facility that can offer both indoor and outdoor settings. But be aware this may cost you extra, quite often the facility will book two events, one outdoor and one in if they have the room. I have seen one event on the island at Century Center and one in the Great Hall at the same time. Another idea would be to find a facility with an outdoor pavilion with a permanent roof erected, but in the local market I do not know of any such facilities except the Morris Inn, on the Notre Dame campus, which erects their tent for the summer every year.

An old saying that applies to South Bend and the surrounding area’s weather is “wait 5 minutes and it will change”. Exaggerated yes, but if you are planning to have a wedding outdoors in Michiana we strongly suggest having a tent erected in case of rain. With all the costs involved in a wedding even outdoors, tables, cloths, napkins, centerpieces etc even if your budget is tight, not having the tent could cost you even more money if you suffer a rain out.

Late Night Wedding Treat

Weddings No CakesWe have all seen chocolate fountains, hot dogs, sliders, and candy bars as late in the reception treats, for your wedding guests. How about another fantastic and fun treat?! Cotton Candy! I was surfing the internet when I found this AP image of a couple eating cotton candy at their reception. What a cool and fun idea! So when looking for something to treat your reception guest with, consider cotton candy.


Photo Booths Are Fun At Weddings!

Add a sense of childhood nostalgia to your wedding reception and send a keepsake home with all of your guests, by renting a photo booth!For the last two years photo booths have been increasing in popularity at weddings, with the advent of the digital photo booth. While they will never replace a professional photographer (just try dancing your first dance in a traditional photo booth to get some pictures, not going to happen) a photo booth at your reception will add fun, be a conversation piece and can be enjoyed by everyone!There are two types of true photo booths.The traditional or classic photo booth which uses chemicals to develop actual photographic paper with four pictures on it. The classic photo booth is slow to produce the strips, anywhere from 90 seconds to 7 minutes, which decreases the amount of photos and times the guests can enjoy the experience. The classic weighs anywhere between 300 to 900 pounds so transportation cost is a factor.The digital photo booth is the modernized version of the classic. Portable, quick to set up and just as easy to use. Digital photo booths offer a lot of options their classic cousins just don’t have. Not only can you have the traditional vertical stack of four images, taken one after another, but you can have the sheet customized to reflect you or your wedding! The digital photo booth also offers the ability to print out a post card shape strip instead of the traditional vertical.

Is there a picture that you or some of your guests would love to have a 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10 made of? Most digital photo booths store the images for reprinting later on. Some rental companies offer montages, set to music of the images or the original digital files, on DVD.

Another advantage of digital photo booths is the ability to share with everyone on the outside what is happening on the inside! Some booths offer the ability to play back as a montage all the images taken as soon as they are taken. So you can see that crazy face your best friend made before the image is even printed to paper.

What to look for in a photo booth.

With the popularity of the photo booth increasing lots of people are calling things photo booths that just are not a photo booth! We all know what a photo booth looks like, every time we go to the mall there is one there. They are a box with a camera on one wall, a small bench on the other and most can fit 4 people comfortably. You step in, sit down and pull close the privacy curtain and hit the button to start the pictures. Limited space is half the fun! In college I and my girlfriends decided to see if we could get 15 of us into one picture in a two person photo booth. We managed to get 8 heads and a half in one picture. (Wish I could find my copy of that strip today.) That is what I consider a photo booth, not only are photo booths where you throw inhibitions to the wind and get funky, but where the challenge can be getting everyone in the picture! The memories of high school and college.

But today, to make a quick buck people are throwing the label photo booth on just about anything. Last year I saw a supposed photo booth, it was a section of pipe and drape (nothing boothy about it) against a wall and opposite it a camera hooked to a cheap printer. The photographer then stood there and told everyone to smile. Not a photo booth.

Then there was the ad I saw recently touting the “photo booth that can fit as many people as you want”. Once again it was pipe and drape, but this time at least in the shape of a rectangle and again a camera on a tripod with a cable run to a printer… Blah! Not a photo booth.

Then there is a company offering the “Open Air Photo Booth”, two boxes stacked, one with a camera, the other a printer, no “booth”. Just slightly above the camera on a tripod.

So if you are going to spend $1500 renting a photo booth, I recommend making sure it’s a real booth, hard sided rectangular with a bench and curtain and not something that should be hanging from your windows. Oh and the photo trigger at your touch, not someone standing outside with a laptop telling you to go “cheese” and clicking a mouse…

Digital photo booths don’t use chemicals and photo paper, but any printer that can interface with the software. So this means the photo strip can be printed by a laser, inject or dye-sub printer. Talking with a few photographers and doing some internet research it looks like a dye-sub printer will be the closest experience to chemical printing. Dye-sub is long lasting, comes the closest to looking like photo paper and truly prints a 2×6 strip of paper if you want the classic feel. All other options must be manually trimmed to feel like the classic strip. Also the dye-subs are very fast, approximately 30 seconds.

As with any service or rental you have on your wedding day, make sure you have a contract and that the vendor has liability insurance. Then step inside, pull the curtain close and get FUNKY and have fun!

Oh and still not convinced you should get a photo booth for your reception? The photo strips make fantastic party favors for your guests that they will treasure for a lifetime! Rent a photo booth for your South Bend wedding reception today!