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2013 SAME SEX WEDDING

PLANNING GUIDE


TABLE OF CONTENTS About Equality Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Wedding Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Legal Status of Same-Sex Relationships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Picking An Officiant For Your Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bakeries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Wedding Planners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Getting A Civil Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Florists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Caterers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 DJs and Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Photographers and Videographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Planning Your Honeymoon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Invitation Designers and Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Tuxedo and Dress Shops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 2|

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Forever, For Everyone. C U S TOM DE S IGN SPE C I A LI ST S

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A B O U T

EQUALITY ILLINOIS OUR MISSION The mission of Equality Illinois is to secure, protect, and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois.

OUR VISION We envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.

OUR VALUES Inclusiveness. Equality Illinois belongs to all those who believe in our vision and mission and we will be accessible to and proactively engage others in our statewide community as owners of our vision and mission. Respect. Equality Illinois believes in the value of others—their opinions and their work. It is our respect for other that builds our collaborations and partnerships. Fairness. Equality Illinois believes that everyone should have the same rights, responsibilities and opportunities afford to them regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity expression. Effectiveness. Equality Illinois believers that success comes from the highest impact approaches to achieving our vision and mission. For more information about EQIL’s efforts, or for opportunities to get involved, visit: http:// www.eqil.org

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WELCOME Congratulations on reaching this amazing milestone in your relationship! This is a major step in your lives, and we at Equality Illinois are so happy for you! Your wedding day is as special as your love. You’ve decided to make your bond official and share your happiness with the friends and family who love you. Your story as a couple has been full of romance and memories, and your beautiful partnership will continue to grow and flourish from this momentous day onward. Whether you’ve dreamed of this day since childhood, or you’ve found the only person on earth you could imagine walking down the aisle with, wedding bells are finally ringing, and the next chapter of your lives together begins now. Enjoy making your dream wedding a reality! Your ceremony and reception can reflect your style as a couple, bringing the story of your love to life. Rustic chic, upscale flair, themed or simple: your wedding will be one of a kind, and the memories will last you and your guests a lifetime. With a world of options for each aspect of your wedding, planning can get overwhelming. Don’t let the stress of logistics get in the way of the joy of your celebration. We’ve compiled a guide that features businesses that have been affiliated with and supportive of the LGBT community. All of these businesses want to make your day memorable and cater to your needs as a couple. They would be happy to accommodate you as you plan your wedding. We hope this guide can assist you as you walk down the aisle to celebrate your everlasting love. At Equality Illinois, it is our pleasure to help you and serve the LGBT community of Illinois. Once again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding,

Bernard Cherkasov Chief Executive Officer

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WEDDING

CHECKLIST WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARE EXPECTING A WEDDING

AT LEAST 6 MONTHS BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q q q q q q q q q q q

Choose and announce the wedding and date Decide on wedding basics - type, style, budget Book location for ceremony, reception, and officiant (see pgs. 10 & 14 for ideas) Select caterer (see pg. 22 for ideas) Select florist (see pg. 21 for ideas) Consider booking entertainment or DJ (see pg.23 for ideas) Draft a guest list Consider booking a photographer/videographer (see pg. 24 for ideas) Decide on a list of family and friends to participate in the ceremony Create a wedding registry for gifts Consider honeymoon options (see pg. 25 for ideas) Reserve hotel rooms for out of town guests Order invitations (see pg. 27 for ideas) Consider hiring a wedding planner (see pg. 17 for ideas)

AT LEAST 4 MONTHS BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q q

Buy wedding rings P  urchase tuxedos and dresses for the wedding party (see pg. 28 for ideas) Choose wedding cake (see pg. 15 for ideas) Arrange transportation for the wedding party on wedding day Book your honeymoon

AT LEAST 2 MONTHS BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q q

S  end invitations 6-8 weeks before event and make RSVP date no later than 3 weeks before event Meet with potential photographer Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony W  rite vows and encourage those speaking at ceremony/reception to write speeches Choose music and meet with potential DJ or band

AT LEAST 1 MONTH BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q q

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Confirm hotel arrangements for out of town guests Call guests that have not RSVPed Obtain license- remember, they are only valid for 60 days! Arrange for any wedding day stylists, if you choose Purchase wedding accessories (ring pillow, baskets, decorations, place cards, favors etc.)

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AT LEAST 2 WEEKS BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q q q

Finalize all details for honeymoon Finalize menu with caterer and all other details Complete seating plan Reconfirm with all vendors and give them a final head count Compile emergency list of vendors Create your own checklist so that you won’t forget anything on your wedding day

1 WEEK BEFORE WEDDING DATE q q q q

Prepare emergency kit with needle, thread, safety pins, band aids etc. Pickup wedding clothing Pack for honeymoon Hold any pre-parties

DAY BEFORE q q q q

Have everything in place for ceremony Make sure guests have arrived Confirm flights for honeymoon Get a good night sleep!

WEDDING DAY q q q q q

Eat breakfast (unless your tradition is to fast) Get styled and dressed up Remember the rings, and check everything on your list Take a deep breath and stay calm Say “I Do!”

AFTER WEDDING q q q q

Go on honeymoon Meet with photographer to go over pictures, if hired Send thank-you notes Enjoy your new adventure together!


HOTELS Take the worry out of your weeding weekend. These hotels provide LGBTfriendly service whether for your banquet reception, your wedding night, or the lodging for your guests. Mention this guide for special recognition! Marriott Hotels Chicago

Hyatt Regency

The Marriott Brand is a world recognized brand with 7 affiliated hotels in Chicago that would be perfect for your wedding day.

Our AAA Four Diamond rated hotel offers everything you need to ensure your special day is exactly as you envisioned it, from exquisite downtown Chicago wedding and event venues and creative catering services, to stylish accommodations for all your event attendees.

(312) 660-8200 www.marriott.com/chicago

Hilton Chicago

(312) 922-4400 www.hilton.com/chicago From delightful meals, to polished service, to posh guest rooms the Hilton Chicago will provide you with some of the most dedicated service in Chicago

Intercontinental Hotel

(312) 321-8735 www.icchicagohotel.com Featuring breathtaking venues evocative of magnificent eras gone by, this exquisite Chicago wedding location is one of the most sought-after in the city.

Palmer House

(312) 726-7500 www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com Having been itself a wedding gift from Potter Palmer to his blushing bride, Bertha Honoré, the Palmer House continues to be an inspiring symbol of romance and spectacular venue for wedding receptions, as well as other social events.

Peninsula Chicago

(312) 573-6760 www.peninsula.com/chicago Voted “Most Romantic Hotel for Weddings” by Travel + Leisure Romance Magazine, The Peninsula Chicago fulfills every wedding dream like no other venue.

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(312) 565-1234 www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com

Courtyard Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (312) 573-0800 www.courtyardchicago.com

Steps from the world-famous Michigan Avenue, with breathtaking views of the skyline and lake, our hotel offers a quiet and intimate venue for Chicago events in the heart of the city

Pine Manor

(847) 873-7463 gayweddingchicagosite.com Relax and feel at home while you say your vows in front of the charming fireplace or in the beautiful backyard garden of historic Pine Manor, private home of Illinois Wedding

Officiant Rev. Pamela.

Park Hyatt

(312) 335-1234 www.parkchicago.hyatt.com Create memories to last forever in our Grand Ballroom, sophisticated Art Gallery or NoMI private dining rooms with stunning views of Lake Michigan and Water Tower Park


THE PERFECT COMMITMENT CEREMONY RIGHT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS. Chicagoland JW Marriott®, Renaissance® and Marriott® Hotels provide magnificent venues for ceremonies honoring you and your partner. You’ll experience impeccable service, attention to detail and certified planning experts who will stop at nothing to make your dream ceremony a reality. JW Marriott Chicago 312-660-8200 Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel 312-447-0955 Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel 312-372-7200 Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel 773-380-9600 Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel 847-303-4100 Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile 312-836-0100 Chicago Marriott O’Hare 773-693-4444 For more information, visit MarriottCeremony.com or contact the hotel directly to speak with a Certified Wedding Planner.


LEGAL STATUS OF SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS

Can we get married? Illinois does not yet recognize committed relationships between persons of the same sex as marriages. Instead, same-sex couples are able to enter civil unions. What is a civil union? A civil union is a legal relationship granted by the State of Illinois. Partners who enter into a civil union in Illinois are entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits that state law provides to married spouses. However, civil unions entered into in Illinois are not recognized under federal laws. Partners to a civil union in Illinois are entitled to almost none of the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits that federal law provides to married spouses. Should we wait for marriage equality or should we enter a civil union? This is up to you. A couple that enters a civil union will be entitled to nearly 650 state rights and protections afforded heterosexual married couples, including: emergency medical decision-making power, hospital visitation rights, state spousal benefits, equal tax treatment at the state and local level, the right to make funeral arrangements, inheritance rights and equal estate tax treatment, the right to share a nursing or hospital room, and the protection of domestic relations law and procedure. While Equality Illinois and our allies are fighting for marriage equality here in Illinois, you can choose to enter a civil marriage in another marriage equality jurisdiction (e.g., Iowa, New York, Washington, etc.). Your civil marriage will be recognized in Illinois as a civil union for the time being and, most likely, as a marriage when we secure marriage equality, without any additional action on your part. Are civil unions only for gay and lesbian couples? No. Both same-sex and opposite-sex couples who are in committed relationships can enter into a civil union in Illinois. Who can enter into a civil union? You can enter into a civil union in Illinois if you are a same-sex or opposite-sex couple in a committed relationship. You and your partner must both be at least 18 years old and neither of you can already be in a marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship. Illinois also does not allow civil unions between close relatives. You cannot enter into a civil union with your parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin, brother, sister, child or grandchild – whether by full-blood, half-blood, or adoption. What if we come from a state that does not recognize civil unions? Illinois law provides that parties seeking to enter into a civil union must not be prohibited from entering such unions in their home jurisdictions. While many states have laws on the books purporting to deny recognition of validly performed unions between persons of the same sex, no state prohibits a person from actually entering such a union.

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PICKING AN

OFFICIANT FOR YOUR WEDDING

Every wedding ceremony requires some sort of officiant, and selecting one is a very important task. They will be leading the day’s ceremony for you and your partner. You can choose between a religious, nondenominational, or secular officiant. If you already have a good relationship with someone, they might be the best choice because they know you and your partner best. Most importantly, you’ll want to find someone you are comfortable with, and who will get to know you and your partner. Equality Illinois has identified over 150 ordained clergy who will perform civil unions throughout the state of Illinois. Before meeting with them, it’s important to consider how much you want the officiant to be involved in this process, in order to find the most comfortable style for you and your partner. The next step is interviewing possible officiants. Besides your involvement in the ceremony, make sure that your views are ideologically compatible with theirs. They should be open and flexible, and most importantly, have performed an LGBT wedding or are open to performing LGBT weddings. Your officiant should also be able to help personalize your ceremony for you as a couple. Make sure that they have an idea of who you and your partner are as people and that they will provide an original ceremony. Below is a list of a few LGBT friendly officiants and their contact information that would be more than happy to perform at your wedding ceremony: Michele Rose (847) 215-7715 www.roseweddingceremonies.com

Rev. Pamela Magnuson (847) 873-7463 http://gayweddingchicagosite.com

Rev. Marian Hale (847) 491-0603 www.revmarian.com

Rev. Rebecca Armstrong (847) 707-1781 www.chicagoceremonies.net

Full list of gay affirming houses of worship that perform civil unions at: http://bit.ly/OQToip Full list of faith leaders who perform civil unions at: bit.ly/LYCGgr

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BAKERIES “LET THEM EAT CAKE!” Whether homemade or store bought, square or round, symmetrical or asymmetrical, traditional or non-traditional, a cake is the perfect dessert for the wedding. The cake can make big statement, so let your style as a couple shine through!

Central Continental Bakery (847) 870-9500 www.centralcontinentalbakery.com A Chicagoland tradition since 1922, Central Continental Bakery in Mount Pleasant offers a variety of wedding cakes for your special ceremony. They make your standard round layered cake to something more original and customized.

La Petite Sweet (630) 719-1111 www.lapetitesweet.com Allegretti's Bakery (708) 453-4412 www.allegrettisbakery.com Amy Beck Cake Design LLC (312) 545-3655 www.amybeckcakedesign.com

Lutz Pastry Shop (773) 478-7785 www.lutzcafe.com Sugar Hills Bakery (847) 658-8765 www.sugarhillsbakery.com Swedish Bakery (773) 561-8919 www.swedishbakery.com Sweet Miss Giving's (312) 255-8470 www.sweetpsweets.com Take The Cake, Inc. (312) 850-4530 www.takethecakeetc.com

BTrue Bakery (773) 961-8276 www.btruebakery.com

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All Ceremonies Beautifully Done Do you want a wedding that reflects your unique relationship and brings joy to your guests? Together we will create a memorable day. Contact Rev. Marian Hale. 847-491-0603 847-971-4371 cell www.revmarian.com

PHOTO BY RICK AGUILAR

PHOTO BY RICK AGUILAR

For every detail...for every memory. PHOTO BY KEVIN WEINSTEIN

PHOTO BY RICK AGUILAR

FrankEventDesign.com

773.275.6804


WEDDING PLANNERS If you are feeling overwhelmed with the wedding process, then a wedding planner may be a good option to consider. Wedding planners are a carefree solution to your worries, and although not a necessity, may be able to take some stress off your back. You can even get your friends or family involved by assigning one of them the role of wedding planner. SQN Events (773) 469-6095 www.sqnevents.com By providing 3 different levels of service, the planners at SQN will make sure that everything runs smoothly and seamlessly from start to finish.

Liven It Up Events (773) 727-4929 www.livenitup.com

Jane Allen Events (847) 721-2563 www.janeallenevents.com C&C Event Planning & Mgt. Inc (312) 962-1988 www.eventplanning-info.com Honey Bee Weddings (773) 412-7358 www.honeybeeweddings.com

LOLA Event Productions (773) 942-6172 www.lolaeventproductions.com Jane Allen Events (847) 721-2563 www.janeallenevents.com Frank Event Design (773) 275-6804 www.frankeventdesign.com Red Letter Event Planning (773) 266-0601 www.redlettereventplanning.com LK Events, LLC (630) 747-8688 www.lkeventschicago.com 2012 SAME SEX WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE

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GETTING A

CIVIL UNION Same-sex couples can enter into a civil union by obtaining a license from a county clerk, exchanging vows before a secular or willing religious official, and then registering their unions. All of the current rules governing annulment, divorce, and property division that apply to couples in marriages would equally apply to couples in civil unions. DO WE NEED A LICENSE TO ENTER INTO A CIVIL UNION? Yes. To obtain a license to enter into a civil union, you must submit an application to a county clerk’s office. You may submit the application to any county clerk’s office in the state. A license is valid only in the county where it was issued, and thus must be certified in that county. The application requests basic information about you and your partner such as your names, sexes, occupations, address(es), social security numbers, dates of birth, and places of birth, as well as the names and addresses of your parents or guardians. You must also state whether you and your partner are related to each other and, if so, your relationship to each other. In addition, if you or your partner were previously married or in a civil union or substantially similar legal relationship, you must provide the name, date, place, and court in which the marriage, civil union, or other legal relationship was dissolved or declared invalid, or the date and place of the former spouse or partner’s death. You may also need to provide proof to the county clerk that you and your partner are not prohibited from entering into a civil union. Illinois prohibits you from entering into a civil union if you or your partner is under 18 years old. Proof of your age may include your birth certificate, passport, driver's license, or an employment certificate. You are also prohibited from entering into a civil union if you or your partner is already married or in a civil union or substantially similar legal union that has not been dissolved. Proof that your prior marriage, civil union, or substantially similar legal relationship has been dissolved may include a certified copy of your divorce or dissolution decree. If your prior spouse or partner died, you may be asked to provide a certified copy of his or her death certificate. You may also be prohibited from entering into a civil union if you and your partner are too closely related to each other. Once you and your partner have submitted the application, the filing fee (described below), and any required proof that you are not prohibited from entering into a civil union, the county clerk will issue you a license to enter into a civil union. 2012 SAME SEX WEDDING PLANNING GUIDE

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WHERE DO WE GET A LICENSE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Licenses are issued by a county clerk. In most counties, the license costs $30. The license becomes valid in the county where it was issued the day after it is issued and is valid for 60 days. During that time, you must have the civil union certified in that county by an authorized person or the license becomes invalid. Once you have the civil union certified, it becomes and will remain valid until it is dissolved. DO WE BOTH NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE? Yes. Both you and your partner must appear at the county clerk’s office to apply for a civil union license. You must each present proof of your identity, such as a current driver's license or state-issued photo identification. In addition, both you and your partner must sign the application in the presence of the county clerk. A representative cannot sign on one or both of your behalves, even if you have a power of attorney or notarized affidavit giving the representative authority to sign the application for you or your partner. WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE LICENSE? You must deliver the license to the person (referred to as an officiant) who will certify your civil union during the period of license validity. After the ceremony, the officiant will complete the date, place and officiant information and will sign your license. Your license then becomes a civil union certificate. The officiant must return the certificate to the county clerk’s office where it was issued within 10 days of the ceremony/certification so that it can be officially registered by the clerk. The certificate is not a complete legal document until it has been recorded in the county clerk's office where it was issued. WHO CAN CERTIFY OUR CIVIL UNION? Your civil union may be certified by a judge or retired judge of a court of record, a judge of the Court of Claims, a county clerk in a county having 2,000,000 or more residents, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriage. You may also have your civil union certified in accordance with the rules of any religion, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group, provided that any required officiant is in good standing. DO WE NEED TO HAVE A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY IN ORDER TO ENTER INTO A CIVIL UNION? No. Illinois does not require a religious ceremony to enter into a civil union. Your civil union may be certified by a religious official, but can also be certified by nonreligious officiant such as a judge or retired judge of a court of record, a judge of the Court of Claims, a county clerk in a county having 2,000,000 or more residents, or a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriage.

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CATERERS

Food at a wedding is always a focal point of the event. Some venues provide a list of caterers for you, while others will let you hire your own. Whether you choose to serve hors d’oeuvres or a five course meal, nosh on wedding classics or comfort food favorites, splurge or keep an eye on the budget, your guests will get a taste of perfection at your wedding. Hearty Boys (773) 244-9866 www.heartyboys.com

Kenmare Catering & Events (312) 787-0190 www.kenmarecatering.com

The Hearty Boys Caterers is one of Chicago’s best known and most sought after catering companies whose secret is no secret… they just love a party!

CORK Catering & Special Events (888) 932-3233 www.corkcatering.com

Conn’s Catering (773) 262-2666 www.connscatering.com

Food For Thought (847) 982-2608 www.fftchicago.com

J & L Catering (312) 280-7900 www.jandlcatering.com

Food Evolution Catering (847) 678-3663 foodevolutioncatering.com

Jewell Events Catering (847) 367-7400 www.georgejewell.com

Froggy’s Catering (847) 433-1560 www.froggyscatering.com

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DJs & ENTERTAINMENT

Different wedding receptions may call for different entertainment. Whether you want a DJ at the reception or a harpist at the ceremony, the type of entertainment can customize your special day. For the couple with a musical style all their own, one option is to make a playlist with suggestions from friends, songs that commemorate landmarks in your relationship, or tunes that make your guests want to get up and dance. Stax O Wax (847) 639-7829 http://www.staxowax.com

Elle Musique (773) 234-1885 http://ellemusique.com

Stax O Wax have over 28 years in the business and have won multiple awards for their customer service. They are experts at turning your wedding plans into a dream come true from the beginning of your wedding ceremony to the last song of the night, your plan for entertainment will be followed perfectly.

Stitely Entertainment (847) 866-8002 www.stitely.com

Artists, Events & Entertainment LLC (312) 832-1100 www.artistsandevents.com Music By Design (630) 262-0432 www.mymusicbydesign.com Show on the Road Productions (630) 357-4697 www.showontheroad.com

Parkwest String Quartet (773) 412-7753 www.parkweststrings.com Matt Stedman Band (312) 981-8875 www.mattstedman.com Innocenti Strings LLC (773) 360-5405 www.innocentiquartet.com The Classic Harpist (877) HARP-578 www.theclassicharpist.com

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PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS When the party is over and you and your partner have wed, you may want something to commemorate your special day. Booking a wedding photographer and videographer to capture your wedding will ensure that you never forget your incredible event! If you don’t want to go this route, you can personalize your reception by providing disposable cameras for your guests to document the festivities from their own perspectives, getting a range of photographs for a fraction of the price. You can also designate a talented friend or family member as the photographer. Julia Franzosa (773) 342-1280 www.julia-franzosa.com Julia is an on-location, natural light fine art wedding photographer known for taking beautiful images throughout the Chicagoland area and to destination weddings worldwide. She is known for her relaxed style and photojournalistic approach that makes clients feel comfortable and creates the best outcome.

Borrowed and Blue (630) 965-9234 www.borrowedandblueprods.com Borrowed and Blue is a Chicagoland based production company specializing in high-end wedding videos. They have over 30 years of experience and an assortment of package options at competitive prices.

Dartise Photography (773) 255-5221 http://www.dartise.com

Joe Gallo Photography (708) 203-0379 www.joegallophotography.com Lisa Howe-Ebright Photography (708) 771-5162 www.lhephoto.com r3mg (312) 493-7413 www.r3mg.com Real Life Weddings (773) 509-9393 www.reallifeweddings.com Rick Aguilar Studios (773) 478-6607 www.rickaguilar.com The Artful Photographer (773) 495-0228 www.artfulphotographer.com Photography by Larry Burrows (708) 308-6583 www.burrowsphotography.com

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INVITATION DESIGNERS & PRINTERS

Whether you want to do it yourself or hire someone, everyone needs to know when and where the event will take place. These are your guest’s first impression of your event. Throw an invitation party with your friends, and involve them in your special journey, laughing over memories and creating unique invitations. For the green couple, consider an e-vite or a paperless alternative. Don’t forget postage! Noteworthy Notes (773) 661-1333 www.noteworthynotes.com

Spilled Ink Press (773) 754-7331 www.spilledinkpress.com

Carnelian Creative (708) 406-9520 www.carneliancreative.com

Erickson Design Unique Invitations (773) 283 4988 http://ericksondesign.com

DBY Custom Invitations (847) 755-0861 www.designedbyyouinvitations.com Jack Sprat (815) 988-5918 www.jackspratparties.com

Invitations Etc, Inc (630) 326-9546 www.invetc.com

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