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Floral Alternative Silk Flowers

March 7th, 2014

Michiana Wedding FloralIs your Michiana Wedding on a tight budget? Or have costs spiraled out of control and you are looking for somewhere to save money? One of the areas that you can cut costs and save lots of money is on your wedding floral with silk flowers rentals!  Modern high quality silk flowers look life like and many people are fooled with the only way to know they are silk is to touch. Here are few benefits of silk flowers for your Michiana Wedding.

Color: Silk flowers come in a variety of colors from found in nature to fun and funky.

Style: Silk flowers can be found in a variety of styles. Out of season live flowers are still available in silk.

Convenience: Silk flowers are easy to obtain and different varieties can be found through out the year. There is no refrigeration needed and the floral arrangements can easily be moved from one location to another. Arrangements and bouquets can be made and stored as far in advance as you desire. They can also be shipped just about anywhere!

Cost: Even the most realistic silks are often less expensive than fresh flowers. Although your wedding day is one time you want to splurge, you may want to “splurge” on the nicest silk flowers and spend more on your dress or your photographer. Flowers are usually 55% of your wedding budget so silks can really help in this area.

Customization: Silk flower arrangements and bouquets can be custom designed for you and your wedding party. Your colors, your style, your theme. Your imagination is the only limitation!

Rentals: Basic arrangements that can be customized for your wedding can be rented so you don’t have to worry about where you are going to store 10 pew decorations and three alter pieces. Centerpieces, wedding arches, topiaries, and even ccolumns can be rented, saving a big chunk of your budget for other things.Michiana Wedding Floral

They last forever: How romantic would it be to have your wedding bouquet re-designed as a centerpiece for you first home together or a lovely swag to compliment your wedding portrait? You can enjoy your flowers everyday! Your bridesmaids can save their bouquets as mementos of you South Bend Wedding. Your mothers can keep their corsages as a precious reminder of such a special occasion.

Silk flowers offer many exciting choices for your South Bend Wedding, give them a try!


Michiana Wedding Images

December 31st, 2013

Posted some new wedding images to our rotating images, but since it only shows a portion of the image we thought we’d share the original wedding pictures for some inspiration.

Michiana WeddingWedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Reception Location: Century Center in South Bend
Decor Design: Cynthia Basker / MichaelAngelos staff
Decor: MichaelAngelos The Event Company
Papery: Cloud Nine Invitatons

Michiana Wedding PlanningWedding Planner: Celebrated Events
Wedding: Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame
Reception Location: Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend
Decor Design: Cynthia Basker
Decor: MichaelAngelos The Event Company

Images provided by Fun Zone Photo Booths


Is The Slo-Mo Photo Booth Next?

August 30th, 2013

Years ago there was Trash The Dress fad for weddings, will the Slo-Mo be the next fad? Produced at a wedding reception by Super Frog Saves Tokoyo, they call it the “Slo-Mo Photo Booth”, here at Michiana Weddings we just call it cool! Is it the next photo booth fad? Only time will tell, but right now it is awfully fun to watch! So hit play and enjoy something really fun.



#Hastags, Great For Michiana Weddings

August 16th, 2013


With the awesome explosion of social media, Hashtags are everywhere in our online lives. Facebook has finally relented and now hashtags are searchable on Facebook!

It is your Michiana wedding day and all your friends are snapping away with cell phones  of you, your significant other and  themselves having fun at your wedding and reception. Besides the hundreds of pictures that your Michiana wedding photographer and videographer took, how will you ever see all of those Instagram, Twitter and Facebook shared photos from your friends and family? The best idea is to Hashtag your wedding!

When friends and family post their photos to social media, Hashtags make them instantly searchable,  you and your guests can run searches on your chosen hashtag and view all of the pictures that were tagged and associated with your hashtag. You will be able to view them right away, that night even, enjoying all the fun, joy and memories created at your Michiana Wedding! Keep in mind that the hashtag needs to be unique and original to your event. Choosing a hastag like #MyMichianaWedding or #SoutBendWedding will just mix your photos with all the other photos under such a generic hashtag! So make it unique, do a hashtag search for every hashtag you come up with on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to make sure it hasn’t been previously used. With the pending explosion of wedding hashtags, using generic hastags like #JulieMikeWedding will be problematic.

How do you get the word out to your guests about which hashtag to use? You can promote your unique hashtag on cute little cards or small signs that displayed on guest tables which makes the hashtag easy to reference as guests shoot and upload to social media. A chalkboard displayed next to the DJ or cake table, to remind guests of your hashtag. Have some business cards printed with the hashtag and insert them into your wedding invites before they are sent out. The business card is the right size for men to put into their wallets or women their purses and bring it with them to your wedding!

Share and relive your South Bend Wedding with a unique hashtag and all the pictures your guests took! And if you are a guest, please don’t be this woman with an iPad! Remember the Bride & Groom hired professionals to document their wedding day and doing something like this isn’t doing anyone any favors!


South Bend Weddings Photo Booths From The Past

May 20th, 2013

Portable photo booths are one of the must have entertainment options for weddings these days. Photo booths at weddings became an affordable option only about 6 years ago when light weight, portable photo booth designs that can be broken down for easy transport became available vs the traditional arcade style photo booths that weighed into the hundreds of pounds and didn’t break down.

But did you know that back in the 1970′s the video game company Atari came out with what they considered an easily transported photo booth for parties and such? Neither did we until we stumbled across an article on Gizmodo about an ASCII portable photo booth that was rented out for weddings, corporate events and other events. Check out Gizmodo’s article here.Original Portable Photo Booth
It is a cool blast from the past but we think we will stick with the modern portable photo booths that produce really high quality traditional photo strips. If you are looking to rent a photo booth for your South Bend and surrounding area wedding reception check out our favorite photo booth rental companies:

Fun Zone Photo Booths 574.307.3652
Tivoli Photo Booths 574.232.2003
Gene’s Camera 574-234-2278



JA Ross Salon and Spa in Granger Closes

May 14th, 2013

JA Ross SalonMichiana Salon and Spa Ja Ross, a popular place for wedding hair styling,  is being reported by both WNDU and WSBT as having suddenly closed it’s doors, in Granger and all the equipment has been removed from the premises. The closing came with no notice and evidently customers were confirming their appointments as late as Saturday and given no indication of the closing.

If the closing has left you without a wedding day stylist, we recommend you check out either Pure Emerald across the street from Ja Ross or the Beehive in downtown South Bend.


CPI Owner of Bella Pictures Closes Three Divisions

April 16th, 2013

CPI Corporation that operates Sears Portrait studios, PictureMe or Kiddie Kandids portrait studio, and Bella Pictures announced that all of their U.S. store located portrait studios are now closed. This message is on their Web site:

After many years of providing family portrait photography, we are sad to announce our PictureMe Portrait Studios are now closed. We appreciate your patronage and allowing us to capture your precious memories. If you currently have an album or have had a recent portrait session, you can order products at myonlineportraits.com thru April 18, 2013.

If you have had a recent session, your portraits may be available at your local studio.

Now this closing right now appears to only affect brick and mortar studios located in Sears and Wallmarts under the names Sears Portrait Studio, PictureMe and Kiddie Kandids, the Bella pictures website is still up and running. Bella Pictures provides photography and videography for weddings across the nation.

While it does not appear that Bella is closing at this stage, it is very obvious that the parent company is going through some major financial turmoil. At Michiana Weddings we have never been a fan of the company being that they take events in a market and then send out emails trying to find local vendors, usually inexperienced college students or people just entering the market. Our recommendation always meet your photographer, cinematographer before even signing a contract and check out their specific work.

Being how important wedding photography and video is for brides, grooms and their families, if you have hired Bella for your wedding we would recommend developing a back up plan in case Bella Pictures suddenly vanishes too. For those looking at hiring Bella we would recommend giving it a lot of thought and have them tell you who the local photographer and write it into their contract before you sign the contract. This way if the company suddenly vanishes you can return to the local photographer and still get copies of your pictures.

Company Information New York Times:

CPI Corp. (CPI) is engaged in the professional portrait photography of young children, individuals and families. As of February 4, 2012, it had 3,058 studios. throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico, under lease and license agreements with Walmart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) and license agreements with Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) and Toys R Us – Delaware, Inc. (Toys R Us or TRU). The Company also offers wedding photography and videography services and products through its subsidiary, Bella Pictures Holdings, LLC (Bella Pictures or Bella). The Walmart studio operations are operating within CPI under the trade names PictureMe Portrait Studio in the United States, Walmart Portrait Studios in Canada and Estudios Fotografia de Walmart in Mexico, collectively PMPS or the PMPS brand. As of February 4, 2012, the Company operated 1,895 studios in Walmart locations globally.


Michiana Bridal Show Bridal Spectacular

December 28th, 2012

South Bend Bridal ShowMichiana’s best bridal show the Bridal Spectacular is taking place this Sunday at Century Center, in South Bend! Stop by and check out over a hundred wedding professionals from all over Norther Indiana. The Bridal Spectacular is Indiana’s oldest and largest bridal show and is sponsored by Act II Modeling and Century Center.

Some of our favorite wedding professionals who will be there: Fun Zone Photo Booths, Music Machine, Girly Girl Gifts, Knowllwood Country Club, Swan Lake Country Club, Music To Go, Bernardo’s and many more! Fashion shows take place at 1:00 and 3:00. If you are a bride and groom planning your wedding, this bridal show can no be missed! In our opinion it is far better than the show put on by Sunny 101.


Michiana Weddings, Ceremony Locations

October 22nd, 2012
Michiana Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony at the Morris Performing Arts Center in the atrium. Provided by www.musicmachine.com DJs for Michiana Weddings!

Here at Michiana Weddings we get emailed questions, here is our latest:

Hi – I am getting married August 10, 2013 and was hoping you could suggest some different ceremony sites. I prefer that they not be outdoors.Thanks for any/all help!

Dear Leigh,

There are several wedding ceremony locations to choose from in South Bend and Mishawaka that are not outdoors.

If you are having a small wedding we have seen a very elegant and wedding ceremony in the upstairs ballroom at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend. Very intimate, classic elegance in a historic local, it was a very nice ceremony.

For larger gatherings one of our favorite DJs, Music Machine this past weekend played the wedding ceremony music at the Morris Performing Arts Center in the atrium, in downtown South Bend. How about a ceremony outside of the box. The Morris Performing Arts Center has hosted, in the few years, several wedding ceremonies on the theater stage! Another breathtaking place to get married in at the Morris is the Palais Royale. A beautiful ballroom with classic elegance.

There is also the Scottish Rite in South Bend, that has a very nice looking room for wedding ceremonies.

If you are expecting a large wedding with lots of guests, there is the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The Century Center has several rooms available for hosting various sized groups.

For Mishawaka Weddings, there is the Bieger Mansion on Lincoln Way. Also check out the Riverside Terrace in Mishawaka.

We hope this helps, and thanks for contacting Michiana Weddings!



Surviving A Wedding Nightmare Brides Ala Mode

October 21st, 2012

The Brides A La Mode debacle left a wide swath of brides struggling to make their Michiana Wedding Dreams come true while fighting for their consumer rights. We have exchanged emails with several of them. One Kelsey J. wanted to put her experiences down and thank those who have managed to right part of the wrongs and we agreed to give her a guest blog. So here is Kelsey, a former Brides A La Mode bride.

Every girl dreams of finding “The Dress” for her wedding day – the thought of going wedding dress shopping makes us giddy from the time we are teenagers until we actually go to the bridal shop with that shiny new ring on our left hand. This experience, which is supposed to be filled with wonderful memories, has been severely damaged by Brides A la Mode and the owner Kathy Strukel, along with the people covering for her dishonesty. I have been blatantly lied to, flat out ignored on many occasions, and my bridesmaids have yet to have their money returned to them on dresses that were never ordered by BAM. I am not the only bride who has been affected by BAM’s negligence – I am actually considered lucky because I had time on my side – dozens of other brides were forced into the same predicament of tracking down their dress, finding a new wedding gown and/or bridesmaids dresses, and fighting for our money. A situation thatwas hurtful and stressful.

At least for those of us that turned to Greta’s Bridal for help, we were able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My grandma put it best
when she went with me to order my new dress. She said “now THIS is a bridal  shop”. Greta and her staff did everything they could to help us. Greta was brilliant and went above and beyond, even made phone calls to designers to try to track down dresses. All these things were things Greta did not have to do – this was not her problem to fix, but she did it anyway. Granted, for some girls there just wasn’t enough time to correct all of the damage that had been done. The staff at Greta’s is amazing, exceptionally professional, and *everyone* I interacted with, especially my consultant Janet, was comforting and caring. I could not have asked for a better team to stand behind me.

Saying a simple “thank you” to Greta and her staff, no matter how many times it is said, is not something that I feel two small words can express. I am absolutely blessed to live in a town with a bridal shop like this. I deeply regret ever stepping foot in Brides A la Mode, but I am overjoyed that this disaster placed me in the Greta’s path. Greta’s Bridal will always receive the highest recommendation from me. And to Greta and her staff – even though it doesn’t even begin to express my gratitude, THANK YOU for everything you have done not only for me but the other brides that came to you for help when everything seemed to fall apart.

Kelsey J.

Kelsey will be getting married October 13, 2012.