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Ceremony and Reception Venue - University Club Downtown Clubhouse; St. Paul, MN

www.universityclubofstpaul.com, We book the University Club in July 2008 and have had great responses from Bethany, the coordinator there.  The site itself is beautiful.  We are getting married in the main ballroom, then heading downstairs for the cocktail hours, then heading back to the ballroom for our reception.  By the time our of wedding they will also have hotel rooms available in the same building!  I'm all about convenience. 

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Room Block - Hotel 340; St. Paul, MN 

www.hotel340.com, We have been working with Hotel 340 since October 2008 (one year before our wedding) and I have had a HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE.  I do not recommend this hotel to anyone.  I have had to work with 5 different reservationists  since their staff has turned over 5 times in the last 6 months.  They have extremely poor customer service, I can never get a hold of anyone when I call who can help me sort out the issues, they have let other guests book rooms that I have on reserve with my credit card, they take a long time to email or just never return calls, and the list of bad things just goes on and on.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL!!

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 Photographer - Barclay Horner; Twin Cities, MN

http://barclayhorner.sumgmug.com , We booked Barclay in July 2008 and haven't used him for any services yet.  So far he responds quickly to emails and had a great personality in person.

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E-Ring & Wedding Band - Wedding Day Diamonds; Maple Grove, MN 

www.weddingdaydiamonds.com ,We have received AMAZING service from the staff at the Maple Grove store.  Our sales rep Mike helped Adam through out the purchasing process.  He also has been great about answering any questions we have had and sending us our ring information to our home in DC.  I highly recommend going to Wedding Day Diamonds for your ring purchase.

Update - This November 2008 we ordered my wedding band from WWD and they were awesome at creating an order page for us online to pay for the ring, sending us the ring in 3 days to our DC address, and making sure we received the items and receipts right away.  We also received almost a 50% discount on the band because it was the last one in the ENTIRE company and it was reduced for quick sale.  Lucky us we called just in time because that is the only band I have found that matches my e-ring and we have had it picked out for almost 2 years now!  Mike sent a great thank you card too.  We love working with Mike and the Maple Grove store and look forward to purchasing Adam's wedding band from there as well.

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Wedding Dress - The Wedding Shoppe; St. Paul, MN

www.weddingshoppeinc.com , I purchased my dress at The Wedding Shoppe in June 2008 and was given an amazing deal on my dress.  It was a brand new dress that they had ordered for a mannequin and received two of them so they sold my dress to me for over 70% off vs. sending it back to the designer.  Can't beat that deal - and it's my dream wedding dress!

Update:  I had them ship me my dress in DC and it arrived in a box and in perfect condition. 

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Bridesmaid Dresses - Raffine Bridal; Stillwater, MN

www.raffinebridal.com, I have actually never been to the store or worked with any of the sales associates, but we will be ordering the bridesmaid dresses from them because they are having a 25% sale.  For an expensive dress, we couldn't pass up that deal!  They don't actually carry any of the Priscilla of Boston bridesmaid dresses in their store but are able to special order them since they carry the bridal gowns.  I guess we will see how it goes - they should arrive in by July!!

Update:  The dresses arrived early and were prefect!  I highly recommend Raffine from the service we received. 

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DJ - Instant Request; Bloomington, MN

www.instantrequest.com, We booked Instant Request in December and really look forward to using their services for our wedding.  We met with Matt at their Bloomington office while we were in town and was very impressed with both his presentation, online DJ wedding planner, and reputation in the industry.  I was even referred to Sean, the owner, by another DJ company's owner that highly respected him and the top notch service they provide.  Also, the online planner is great and we like that we can pick what to play, what not to play, and set-up the layout for the entire ceremony and reception.  

Update:  We have been assigned Nate and he has been easy to get a hold of by both phone and email.  He actually was the DJ for Justin Morneau's wedding as well!

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Chair Covers - Deckci Decor; Minneapolis, MN

www.deckci.com, We have been working with Angie and she is easy to reach by email and responds within 24 hours.  While looking for vendors for chair covers I found that they were the cheapest option cost wise in the Twin Cities - and I got quotes from about 20 vendors!!!

Update:  They are still super prompt when I email them and have provided great service so far!

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Florist - Tara, A Day in Provence; St. Paul, MN

http://adayinprovence.com, Tara was recommended to me by another bride who got married at the U Club.  From my first conversation with Tara I was really confident in her abilities to make our floral inspirations reality.  Also, Tara had her reception at the U Club years back and this will be her second event she has designed at the U club since.  I thought that was a good since - and she is completely familiar with the space which is nice.  She is very personable and willing to work with your desired budget.  I can't wait to see how things turn out!

Update:  Tara is still amazing and super easy to work with.  I highly recommend her!!

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Baker - Amy, Roseville Bakery; Roseville, MN

www.therosevillebakery.com, My family has used Roseville Bakery quite a bit in the past and after tasting their wedding cake samples, it was an easy choice.  They were also the most affordable option of the three places I met with (Queen of Cakes, Buttercream and Strawberry Confections).