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2016 Vendor of Distinction Award
February 20, 2016

Each year the Central Minnesota Wedding Association is honored to award a number of member businesses with the title, Vendor of Distinction.  This title is awarded to members who stand out in their industry by providing exceptional products or services to Central Minnesota couples.  One of the judging components is feedback or reviews submitted by couples who have used member products or services for their wedding celebration in the previous calendar year.

It’s always so rewarding to hear the feedback that is submitted and to see the true dedication of so many experienced wedding professionals in the Central Minnesota area.  Please join me in congratulating the 2016 Vendor of Distinction award recipients and take a moment to read a sampling of the reviews that allowed the judges to determine who was most deserving of this prestigious award!


Beautiful space for a wedding. We absolutely loved it and honestly one of the best parts was having a dedicated event manager to help with anything we needed. That was such a relief and really gave us peace of mind. Their deck is perfect for a party and the downtown location was so convenient for out of town guests. We would definitely recommend.


Leah is awesome. Her work is simply amazing! All the "little" extras she does to pamper and spoil her clients, is to be envied. Her artistry speaks to my soul. That's how true art is. Period.


Noah did a great job as our wedding reception DJ! He kept our guests entertained the whole time and our guests also commented on how awesome he was! He was very professional, did everything we asked for and more and he is so nice! We would most definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a DJ!


I LOVE BUFFALO FLORAL! They made my wedding day more than I could have imagined! The flowers for my wedding day were so amazing people were commenting on them All day and night! Thank you Buffalo Floral for completing my wedding! You were so much fun to work with and I would not change one thing! I appreciate your work!!  Highly recommend.



Thank you so much for all of the assistance and support you gave as our wedding coordinator at Carlos Creek Winery. You and the rest of the CCW team did an awesome job bringing our vision for our wedding to life and ensuring the many events of the day ran smoothly. We know how much work goes on behind the scenes in planning a wedding and we saw you hard at work on our Wedding Day.  Thank you for going the extra mile for us. Our wedding day felt like a fairy tale and is a day we will treasure for the rest of our lives. Thank you for playing a role in that.



Carrie Johnson's is amazing. The staff was very friendly. Brittany helped me find the perfect wedding dress. She was very helpful, patient and fun. Overall, this place is great-I highly recommend it!


I went into planning my wedding super overwhelmed. I had no specific vision of how I wanted things to look. So I gave Brit a few vague keywords for the general feel I wanted and gave her full reign. She did not disappoint.

I had many people tell me it was the classiest looking reception they'd ever been to. Let's not forget how much she handled for me the day of (and saved my life finding me a seamstress two days before for a dress emergency - completely out of the realm of her responsibility.) Brit works like a mad woman to make your special day worry free, and is with you at every step. I had a dream wedding at Classic Hall - I highly recommend!!!


Could not have asked for better food and bar service! We had so many complements on the food. The bartenders (3 guys) were awesome! Thank you to everyone!



We used Nichole to book our Honeymoon in the fall 2015. She helped us narrow down a location and a resort that fit what we were looking for and made everything so easy! She was always quick to reply to any questions that we had, and was very knowledgeable on the resorts. We would strongly recommend her!!


We live in Minneapolis and my fiancé made the drive to St. Cloud to find an engagement ring with D.J. Bitzan. He told me he left feeling like he had spent the afternoon with family.... When we went in to size the ring, I understood what he meant. Every single person treated us like long lost friends, they were keen to our needs, and went out of their way to ensure I had a ring we were both thrilled with. Without a doubt, and with no pun intended (although maybe a little), this is a true gem. I'm excited to know that my fiancé and I both have found "our" store for all the special occasions to come.


Mike and Sue from Dropp Visual did an AMAZING job with our wedding photos and videography! They were so kind and attentive to our wishes, and perfectly captured our day, including everything that we hoped for and beyond the important things, the details, and the emotions. Sue's photography and Mike's videography talent is second to none, and we couldn't be more satisfied with the final products. Not to mention, the prices for their packages cannot be beat. I highly recommend! 5 stars across the board!!! :)

I was amazed by the footage Mike and Sue were able to get while going unnoticed at the same time! Their kindness flows through from the initial meeting to the final product. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants a great video without added distraction and staged shots.


Eagle Trace made my dream come true! I've always dreamed of getting married on green grass next to a river and this past July I was able to do so thanks to Eagle Trace! My husband and I had the outdoor ceremony down by the river at Eagle Trace's Mississippi Meadows and then, since July is so hot, we had the reception in their hall in the air conditioning. It worked perfectly for us.



Before my husband and I first met Betty, she had called me to hear more about the wedding and what we were envisioning for our food. What took me by surprise is I found myself talking to Betty much longer than expected and about myself and my family. She took a brief moment to get the business done but took more time to get to know me and that was a reassurance that we were in good hands.

She also was patient with me while we were waiting for numbers and gave me honest advice. Our food at the reception was way more than we imagined.  Betty and Ken were so great to our guests and actually fit in perfectly with our families.  They became not only our wedding caterers but they became a family friend.  I am truly blessed to have worked with this couple. I will recommend them to all of my friends in the area.



We had Forever Yours Wedding Photography photograph our wedding on June 6, 2015. They did such a great job on our pictures and worked really hard to get all of the poses done that we wanted. It was great having them there to start off my day at the Salon and then had them through our 1st dances and then some!!

I loved how flexible they were to work with and they were willing to do anything to please us throughout our day. I would highly recommend them! I even had many of my guests come up to me and give compliments on how great they were. I am very pleased with how everything turned out!


Consistent top reviews on their Facebook page.  Of their last 11 reviews, 9 were 5 stars out of a possible 5 stars ….. Outstanding!


David and I couldn't thank you enough for the amazing job you did at our wedding. Everything flowed so well, from the ceremony to reception. You were so flexible and started the dance early to ensure our guests didn't get bored.

It also helped so much that you took the initiative to round our bridal party up for things such as the grand march. It made it so much less stressful on us.

We didn't know exactly what we wanted as far as music when we met with you, but you made it so easy to choose and helped us with all the selections. We were complimented so many times on our choice of DJ, and you went above and beyond by taking pictures for us as well.

You were by far the easiest vendor to work with...we appreciate it so much!


My fiancé and I worked mostly with Kyle throughout the process of buying our engagement ring and wedding band; however everyone on the staff has been amazing!

I came in a few times prior to my engagement rings being purchased to work on a "wish list" for my fiancé and even though I wasn't purchasing at the time, they worked with me one on one to help me find the perfect ring-- which happened to come from the back when an employee suggested it based off me describing what I wanted! Without his help I would have never found my beautiful ring!  Thank you to everyone-- I can't wait to come back and purchase my wedding bands!



Our wedding photos ROCKED!  Kari has a relaxed, easy going style that made everyone involved enjoy having their picture taken - especially our flower girl!

Her creative nature provided us with a variety of different poses we would have never even thought of - one of which we used for our Thank You cards!  Thank you Kari for capturing our wedding so perfectly - we get to relive it every time we take a look at the images.


Monica and all of the amazing staff at Mantra, thank you so much for making us feel beautiful for our wedding!

You ladies all did a wonderful job!!   Each of my bridesmaids has individual styles and you really listened to what they wanted. Your girls are all very talented.  A special thank you to Katie for doing such a great job coordinating everything!  You were great to work with and went above and beyond to make a fun experience for us! It was great to bond with my girls at your beautiful salon.  I can't wait to share photos with you. Lastly, thank you Monica for doing such an amazing job with my wedding look. I loved everything about it!

Thank you all so much for helping make my day so special!


Thank you so much for playing for our wedding!  Your music was beautiful! Hearing your music, watching Gina coming down the aisle, I nearly started to cry.  You were amazing to work with and if you ever need a review, let us know!  You made our day so special and we can't thank you enough!


You can't go wrong with the staff at Rapids Alterations!  What I love about them is their honesty and sincere opinions what looks good and what doesn't.  I even got advice on what to wear for shoes, etc. for my daughter's wedding coming up.  You can't be that!

Thank you Cindy and Gang!



I had a wonderful experience working with Rengel Printing.  I gave LeRae a simple idea for my wedding Save the Dates and she created the most beautiful cards.  From Save the Dates to Thank You Cards everything flowed together nicely.

They are very timely and you can trust them to get all the information correct.  I am glad I had LeRae with Rengel Printing design my Wedding Invitations.


We met with Randy early this spring before the transformation of the venue began and booked our wedding for August 2016.

We loved their vision and motivation for bringing the area an event center unlike the rest. They were easy to work with and we loved their excitement about our wedding. A few weeks ago we took our engagement photos at the location and they turned out beautiful!  We are so happy that we found Rolling Ridge and are looking forward to working with them more on our event!


We wish to express a most gracious Thank You to all of you for all the wonderful hospitality shown by everyone we had contact with - from the first phone call to the final clean-up crew- in regards to our daughter’s wedding.

We thoroughly appreciated all the prompt call back responses as well as the accommodating, informative, pleasant staff!  We already have and will continue to recommend your establishment as an outstanding and wonderful wedding venue! We’d also like to pass along, the many compliments we received from our guests which helped to make the day even more special.


St. Cloud Floral did the flowers for my wedding and they were absolutely beautiful. I highly recommend them for a wedding. Very easy to work with and the bouquets were just what I wanted.



Thank you for making our reception just as we imagined. The room was beautiful & we are truly grateful for everything you have done.  Especially the delicious donuts.

Thanks so much for the bottle of wine. We love that our anniversary is on the bottle. It will be a special treat next year on our anniversary with our cake.

Thanks again for making our day so special.


Wedding and Tuxedo Connection and Jen did an amazing job helping with our wedding!  Jen was so easy to work with and they had such a great variety of dresses for everyone.

I was able to find my dress, the bridesmaid dresses and our Mother's dresses all at one place! Jen and her team also helped decorate our venue and it turned out amazing- even better than I could ever imagined.  She used a combination of décor that she already had along with some items that my husband and I had personally made.

Extremely impressed with Wedding and Tuxedo Connection and will continue to recommend them to everyone I know!