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

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

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

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

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

Worlds Largest Wedding Cake

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Today, at the New England Bridal Showcase, Mohegan Sun unveiled what it hopes will be the world’s largest wedding cake. Measuring 17-feet tall and weighing 15,032 pounds, the seven-tiered cake is almost three-times the weight of the current record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest wedding cake.

The Mohegan Sun wedding cake is vanilla flavored and decorated with bows and hearts. Ingredients include: 10,000 pounds of pound cake batter and 4,810 pounds of creamy frosting with a taste of vanilla and almond. Comparatively speaking, the cake weighs more than five Volkswagen Beetles and can feed up to 59,000 people.

You can read more about it at Junk Food News. About half way down the page.

Honestly, it doesn’t even look good to me. Wonder how it tasted.


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.

Wedding Trends

The trends for 2010 are already taking shape. What will we be seeing at weddings next year?
purple Purple! The color of kings is taking the lead of preferred colors. Varying shade of purple from light to dark make a rich and regal look.
Photo Booths are great guest pleaser and the images double as fun guest favors that everyone will treasure after the wedding. photobooth
hot_dog_wedding Late night Reception Snacks are another big trend for weddings. Wheel out bite size pizzas, or a hot dog cart with around 2 hours or an hour and a half left in the reception and treat all of those dancing guests to some fun. Smores and Expresso carts also work great for this!

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!