|Where we got our bling!
For those who don't know, we officially became engaged on Halloween, 2010. We tossed around dates to get married and realized 10-01-11 was coming up and figured we'd try for that if it wasn't too much of a hassle to get a church and reception hall on that date. I called St Vincent de Paul which I was/am a member of and they were booked a year and a half out.
We used Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church because 1) I'm Polish and 2) we're catholic though not really practicing anymore. My reason for wanting to use this church was if Poles like me don't start using it, it won't be around for much longer. Luckily it was conveniently located to SIL West Town House and it has a large parking lot and is right off the expressway. It was also available and cheaper than the more popular churches like Old St Patrick's and St Vincent DePaul.
Polska Misja Duszpasterska
1118 N Noble Street
Chicago, IL 60642
Tel. (773) 489-4140
It was the afternoon of New Year's Eve and we had some time to kill so we drove out here to check the place out. In their lounge, they had a happy hour with a free buffet so we ordered a drink. We were wowed by the appetizers -- fish sticks if I recall correctly. We figured if their happy hour food was this good their entrees and other items had to rock.
Mirage by Sheraton
10255 W Irving Park Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60176
We used Laura Witherow because two of our other friends each used her for their wedding. Nightingale felt obligated to use her even though I wanted to interview another photographer. Since I got my pick of church, I didn't put up a fight on this one. Especially since we had limited free time.
Laura Witherow Photography
as an alternate, I'd like to suggest
Lily Red Studio
We used this place and got a discount for paying in cash. Keep in mind this is a small shop operation and I think the poor Polish lady does the lion share of the work.
5519 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
Neighborhood: Portage Park
Deejay and Limo Driver
I don't have this info at the moment but look for an update soon. Initially, we had a Groupon for a Deejay and were excited that we might save some cash on this event. However, half of Chicago apparently bought the same Groupon and overwhelmed the deejay so much that he split town. We got our money back thanks to Groupons awesome refund policy.
I believe we ended up with one of the Mirage's preferred vendors. And by preferred vendors, I really do mean preferred as in recommended because they've worked there before and know the lay of the land, not preferred as required because they give a kickback like Cafe Bauer.
Update: For a Deejay, we used John Coyne at