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Hiring Vendors to Execute Your Style

W O R K I N G W I T H Y O U R PA R T Y V E N D O R S Besides the obvious question “are you available on the day of our party?” there are a few key questions that can ease the interview process of selecting your party vendors. Here’s the thing: these people are the pros and while they work on parties daily and may find themselves repeating these key answers over and over, it’s helpful for a hostess like you to feel armed with the knowledge you need to speak intelligently with your vendors. Ice breakers, if you will. Use these questions and pricing guides below to get the conversation going and hire with confidence.

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How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget?

Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines?

Do you specialize in specific food types?

Are you licensed by the state health department?

Do you help with branding or custom monograms?

Is a tasting included in your services?

How does delivery work?

Is there a specific style you specialize in?

Will you provide waitstaff? Is that extra?

Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services?

If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest?

Can I purchase additional personalized items like save-the dates, welcome bags, favor tags, etc.?

What will your staff wear?

Are there specific vendors you like to use? What is the process of selecting and hiring vendors? Can I use other vendors? What is the process of paying vendors? Is that done through you or direct to vendors? Do you handle vendor services, contract and payment processing? Does she/he handle guest list coordination and RSVPs? What is your specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person or via phone?

Will you supply a proof before the invitation is officially printed? What happens if there is an error? How long after I place the order will the invitations come in?

How do you work with my party planner and venue? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is the menu and cost per person?

What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Do you offer sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is their average cost per slice?

Is tax and gratuity included?

Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

Is the cake stand provided by you?

Can I customize the wording?

$ Full service party planners range in price from $5,000 to $7,000+ while month-of coordinators will likely charge between $2,000 - $3,000 depending on scope of work.

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$ Depending on the complexity of the invitation suites, you can expect to pay between $4 - $8+ an invite. Further customizations will increase your per piece price.

$ Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35 - $85+ per person, not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades.

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$ Your cake will likely cost approximately $4 - $7+ per slice depending on the complexity of the design, baker's skill level and availability.


MUSICIAN, BAND, DJ

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What will the musician wear?

What is your primary style of photography? Traditional, documentary?

What is your style? What is your process?

What is your cinematography style? Documentary, movie-like, artistic?

Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before?

Have you worked with our photographer?

How do items get returned after the wedding? Will they pick up?

How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the party?

How much set up time do you need? Do you have demos online where I can view your performance? What is your signature sound? How does the band/DJ feel about a request list? How many breaks will the band or DJ need? What is the overtime policy should the event last longer than anticipated? What is your experience being the master of ceremonies?

How independent is the photographer? Does he want to know all the shots you'd like, or free reign to shoot all the moments of the day at will? Will the photographer you book be the one to shoot your event? How long after the event will the photos be ready? What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the event? What are the backup procedures?

Does the designer offer rental items (e.g., vases, trellis, decor) or must they be supplied via a rental company?

A professional DJ will likely charge between $1,500 to $2,500+ depending on their expertise & availability. Live bands range in price from $2,000 - $6,000+ depending on size and demand.

Am I allowed to make edits once you present the video to us?

Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before my party or is that included?

What happens if the cinematographer is ill on the day of the party? What are the backup procedures?

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Professional cinematographers will likely charge between $2,800 and $5,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

$ Professional photographers will likely charge between $3,000 and $6,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages.

What is your process?

Can my guests take centerpieces home?

What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, etc.?

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How long after the party will the video be ready?

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PL ATES Eco-Friendly Palm Leaf Plates ECODESIGN DISPOSABLES amazon.com

COASTERS You Had Me at Aloha Coasters PARTY CITY partycity.com

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DARK TEAL This bold color pairs perfectly with hints of gold to create an elegant, contemporary look.

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GOLD & BRONZE

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Sparkling metallics will give your party an upscale feel! Add a playful touch with pops of pink. SHOES Gladiator Lace Up High Heel ONLYMAKER onlymaker.com

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Rustique Swan Event Design, Styling & Rentals “From forks to furniture, intimate to extravagant� We are a boutique wedding and event company ready to personalize and customize your next event. Services include: full service event design, professional styling, & custom curated vintage rentals.

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tropical BABY SHOWER

Flamingos, pineapples and plenty of pink! Tropical décor creates a fun, summery theme for moms-to-be. Add whimsical elements like a colorful balloon arch and wall of paper flowers for an extra bit of fun! PHOTOS BY TORI LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

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THE STARTING POINT FOR OUR DESIGN WAS OUR STUNNING FLORALS. FOR THE CENTERPIECES, WE WENT WITH A MORE ORGANIC AND FUN APPROACH BY SUBSTITUTING VASES WITH REAL PINEAPPLES.

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The Pastry Chef Says... For some reason, the Midwest thinks it’s ok to bring snow in April. So for this baby shower inspiration shoot, we focused our collective energies on using tropical elements to bring some summer fun a little early, despite the blustering cold outside!

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VENUE: INDIGO & VIOLET STUDIO

HAIR/MAKEUP: MILIAN BONILLO BEAUTY,

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STATIONERY: LULLA BELLE DESIGN

ATTIRE: ABBY BELLA COUTURE

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cupcake celebration B AT M I T Z V A H

Baked goods, orchid centerpieces and an element of charity create a sweet theme for this vibrant purple and blue Bat Mitzvah! PHOTOS BY COBALT PHOTOGRAPHY

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BRADY WANTED TO INCLUDE A FUN ELEMENT OF CHARIT Y TO HER BIG CELEBRATION. DURING THE COCKTAIL HOUR, HER GUESTS HAD THE OPPORTUNIT Y TO BAKE TREATS THAT WERE L ATER TAKEN TO A SHELTER.

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The Planner Says... I take the vision that my clients have for an event — no matter what it is, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or corporate event and create a memorable time that they will forever cherish. I worry about all the little details and so much more so they can be their own guests. I know my job is well done when I see their smiling faces and excitement!

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HAIR: SETA SALON

DÉCOR: HMR DESIGNS

MAKEUP: CYNDE HOFFMAN AT CYNDE COSMETICS

CATERING: HEL’S KITCHEN CATERING

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venue guide A Vetted Resource of the Most Reputable Special Event Locations Across Chicagoland Our Venue Guide is all about finding the right location for your event. After all, it starts with your venue. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to choose your event location, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book.

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S P E C I A L A DV E R T I S I N G S E C T I O N

EVENT VENUE REVIEW So, exactly what type of celebration do you envision for your upcoming occasion? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. Not to mention the budget! In and around Chicago, the options are limitless. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, farms, barns, private mansions and everything in between... you’ve got options. So, we’ve scoured the area to bring you the very best venues to select from.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES? Some venues charge by the hour for use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included and allotting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FL AT FEE? Always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely that facilities who include catering will charge a per person rate and venues without catering will charge a flat fee or hourly rental.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN VENDORS OR DO I HAVE TO USE A PREFERRED VENDOR LIST SUPPLIED BY THE VENUE? Many venues will supply you with a list of their preferred event vendors to use. This can be helpful to the hostess who needs direction and referrals, but also a hinderance for a hostess who knows exactly which vendors she’d like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specified vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license often allow a hostess to bring in her own alcohol. This is not typically the norm, but there are a few venues out there with this option. Remember, if you do opt to bring in your own alcohol, you'll want to hire a bar service to tend to guests.

IF NOT, IS THERE AN ALCOHOL MINIMUM? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACIT Y) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP? Your room set up will greatly affect the amount of guests you can have at your event. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE VENUE RENTAL? Most venues have house items that are included in the cost of their facility rental like dance floors, tables, chairs, standard linens, etc. But, there are several venues that don't offer this and could amount to an additional cost to you. Ask before you book.

WHAT IS THE PARKING SITUATION? Valet parking, limited options, street parking or ample complimentary parking for guests are all important things to consider.

WILL THERE BE OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only event happening on the property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or confusion for guests so it’s best to know ahead of time and be prepared.

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Brookfield Zoo

FROM CHIC TO EXOTIC, OUR EVENTS ARE WILDLY EXECUTED!

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25,400 ABOUT THE VENUE Looking for a truly unique venue why not have your guests cocktail with our giraffes in our Savannah Overview. How about enjoying our Swan Lake at sunset? Perhaps watching our polar bears take a dip as you enjoy butler passes hors d’oeuvres? Your Brookfield Zoo wedding consultant will help you create the celebration of your dreams! Contact us today! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Picturesque Habitats, floor to ceiling windows and lush gardens.

# OF EVENT SPACES

20 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

6,000 VENUE ST YLE

Historic, Outdoor, Indoor, Garden, Waterfront CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Executive Chef Offers Customized Menus! RENTAL INCLUDES

House White Linen, Zoo Grown Ivy Centerpieces PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

YOUR CONTACT

Catered Events Department 3300 GOLF ROAD BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS 60513

( 70 8) 6 8 8 - 8355 catering @brookf ieldzoo.org

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Café La Cave

WITH TWO BALLROOMS TO CHOOSE FROM AS WELL AS ACCESS TO A FULL RESTAURANT AND BAR, PATIO AND BRIDAL SUITES THERE ARE MANY FLEXIBLE OPTIONS FOR CREATING YOUR DREAM EVENT.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

7,700 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

320 VENUE ST YLE

Classic CATERING CHOICES

In House Kitchen, Outside Catering Allowed RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs

ABOUT THE VENUE Since 1991 Café La Cave banquets has worked hard to build our reputation of offering the Chicagoland area the premier event venue in the suburbs. Today, Café La Cave continues the tradition of quality food and refined, professional service. One of the most popular and celebrated wedding locations in all of Chicagoland, Café La Cave truly provides a beautiful and sophisticated setting for your special day. With a stylistic decor and setting of opulence, Café La Cave is the ideal place for your dream wedding ceremony and an unforgettable wedding reception. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Pre-function area with a grand staircase leading up to a private suite.

PARKING OPTIONS

On-Site

YOUR CONTACT

Kimberly Sutter (8 47) 8 27-7818 contact @cafelacave.net

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Carnivale

COLORFUL, CELEBRATORY, EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE AND EVENT STAFF.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

15,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Life’s extraordinary moments deserve an extraordinary venue! Unlike any other venue, Carnivale leaves an everlasting impression with its colorful, vibrant and unique venue. Whether your big day is an intimate gathering or large extravaganza, Carnivale offers seven private event spaces guaranteed to suit your special moment. Let our expert wedding specialists and innovative culinary team help craft the perfect experience for you. Carnivale’s attentive staff takes pride in understanding your vision and bringing it to life, down to the most intricate detail. Contact us now to see why our captivating and award-winning wedding venue is the perfect backdrop for your wedding, ceremony and rehearsal.

7 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

40-1000 VENUE ST YLE

Restaurant CATERING CHOICES

Plated, Buffet or Family Style Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linen, Candle Centerpiece, Staging Furniture, Seasoned Event Planner, and Aerialist Harness and Silks PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Molly Stabb 702 W FULTON ST

( 312) 850 -3852 m stabb@carnivalechicago.com

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60661

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Che Figata

CHE FIGATA IS ITALY TO TABLE -- DELIVERING THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS, PREPARED SIMPLY AND AUTHENTICALLY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,500 # OF EVENT SPACES

6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

150 VENUE ST YLE

Modern, Italian, House-made, Market, Patio CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Offsite, Custom Menus

ABOUT THE VENUE In Italian, “Che Figata!” means “That’s Awesome!” And it’s a sentiment you’ll share when you taste the restaurant’s house-made pastas, wood-fired meats & seafood, Roman pizzas, and other Mediterranean menu delights. Che Figata’s Fresh Market offers daily to-go meals, authentic hard-to-find ingredients, and a cellar stocked with hundreds of the finest Italian wines. . SPECIAL FEATURES: Known for our Shared Table events (where our Executive Chef brainstorms on a theme), wine tastings, and fresh Italian Market.

RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Tables, Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Kristine Chinnici (63 0) 579-7874 events@chef igatakitchen .com

2139 CIT YGATE LANE, SUITE 103 NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

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The Concorde

THE CONCORDE IS A LUXURIOUS VENUE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN KILDEER, IL; JUST 20 MINUTES NORTHWEST OF O’HARE AIRPORT. WITH OVER 10 ACRES OF SPRAWLING GREENS, A BEAUTIFUL GAZEBO + A SWAN FILLED POND, THE CONCORDE IS THE MOST ENCHANTING BACKDROP FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY. OUR INCLUSIVE PACKAGES AND VERSATILE MENU OPTIONS HAVE MADE US A PREMIER VENUE CHOICE FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

20,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The spacious ballrooms, grand chandeliers + lush grounds provide the ideal setting for up to 800 guests. Our private location is elegantly designed to host the most luxurious events while making all your dreams come true. Completely customizable; each and every event we host is unique and always provided our five star service + treatment. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Private Grounds, Grand Staircase and Crystal Chandeliers

# OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

800 VENUE ST YLE

Elegant, Stylish, Exclusive, Luxurious CATERING CHOICES

Onsite/Offsite, All Dietary Restrictions Welcome RENTAL INCLUDES

All-Inclusive Packages PARKING OPTIONS

On-site Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Event Sales (8 47) 4 38 - 0 0 25 20922 N RAND ROAD

sales@concordebanquets.com

KILDEER, IL 60047

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DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip

WEDDINGS, RECEPTIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS ALL UNDER ONE ROOF IN CHICAGO’S SOUTHLAND.

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15,000+ # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

450 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom, Courtyard CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Linens, Drinks, Dinner, Centerpieces, Custom Cake, Accommodations and More PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Sales and Catering

ABOUT THE VENUE Award-winning DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip is a sophisticated and modern venue for hosting your wedding, rehearsal dinner or shower. Not only can the bride and groom celebrate all weekend long, but so can the out-of-town guests in the ample guest rooms & suites. Couples can plan a lavishly elegant wedding for up to 450 people or a toned-down casual event with over 15,000 square feet of versatile event space and 3 event room possibilities, along with an outdoor patio perfect for ceremonies. Experience personal service from a seasoned wedding specialist who will guide you every step of the way. The all-inclusive wedding packages are customizable to make planning easy and ensures every detail is covered including: complimentary deluxe accommodations for the honored couple including champagne and amenity; breakfast for two in Allgauer’s Restaurant for the first morning as newlyweds; complimentary white linens and centerpieces; and complimentary anniversary one night stay with champagne. Enjoy award-winning cuisine from Allgauer’s Executive Chef to tantalize your guests. With its convenient location a half-hour south of Chicago and only 20 minutes from Midway Airport, your friends and family will find ample guest rooms and suites along with complimentary parking.

( 70 8) 371-73 0 0 chia s_ d s@hilton .com

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The Drake Oak Brook

OPENED IN 1961 AND STUNNINGLY RESTORED IN 2015, THE DRAKE OAK BROOK IS A PLACE YOUR GUESTS WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER AND WHERE YOUR DREAMS BEGIN TO COME TRUE.

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13,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Turn of the Century Glamour. Step inside the place where time rests. The Drake Oak Brook cordially invites you to rediscover the glamourous history and ambiance with it’s unique location that can cater to your special experience. This is your very own elegant playground and social club where your imagination and style crafts your perfect tale. The fine balance of grandeur and intimacy gives a fresh spin on old-world traditions and newfound rituals. Let the spirit of celebration guide you. This is where you want to see and be seen. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Gazebo and Water Fountain.

# OF EVENT SPACES

7 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

325 VENUE ST YLE

Elegant, Historic CATERING CHOICES

Catering Packages RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Flatware PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Self Park, Valet

YOUR CONTACT

Michael Dubina (63 0) 517-9 072 2301 YORK ROAD

mdubina@f hginc .com

OAK BROOK, IL 60523

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Gibsons Italia

GIBSONS ITALIA IS A MODERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE IN CHICAGO’S WEST LOOP NEIGHBORHOOD. CHEF JOSÉ SOSA OVERSEES THE MENU OF REFINED ITALIAN DISHES AND AMERICAN STEAKHOUSE CLASSICS, INCLUDING A VARIETY OF MEATS, SEAFOOD, VEGETABLES, RISOTTO AND GOLD-EXTRUDED PASTA. AT THE HEART OF THE MENU IS A WORLD-CLASS TOUR OF BEEF, STARRING GIBSONS PRIME ANGUS, GIBSONS GRASSFED AUSTRALIAN, AND JAPANESE KOBE

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

1,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

750 VENUE ST YLE

River and Skyline View, Modern, Relaxed Yet Chic CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Offsite RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, A/V, Tables,

ABOUT THE VENUE The spacious roof deck, sleek private dining room and second floor lounge areas are available for private parties and special events for up to 125 guests. The private dining room, which accommodates 24 for seated or reception, overlooks the Chicago River and boasts state of the art audiovisual equipment, wifi and large windows with a beautiful view of the city. The roof deck, which offers a retractable roof for inclement weather, is available seven days a week and is ideal for reception style events on a full or partial buyout basis. The entire tri-level restaurant is also available for complete buyouts on Sundays. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Roof deck overlooking the Chicago River

Chairs, Flatware PARKING OPTIONS

Valet, Street and Paid Lot Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Rachel Richardson ( 312) 76 6 - 0 6 0 6 rrichard son@grgmc .com

233 N CANAL ST CHICAGO, IL 60606

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Hotel Baker

ST. CHARLES WEDDING & PARTY VENUE AND HISTORIC LANDMARK FEATURING GRAND BALLROOMS AND OUTDOOR GARDEN.

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3,558 ABOUT THE VENUE Located in historic downtown St. Charles, our grand hotel, built in 1928, hosts events for all special occasions. Overlooking the scenic Fox River, our beautiful rose gardens and Patio are a perfect extension of our Waterfront Room. Dance the night away among the multi-colored floor lights of the historic, two-tiered Rainbow Room—making any party festive! The expertise of our staff will ensure that every detail, from setting to décor, is executed perfectly for your special day. We ensure that the sumptuous cuisine, polished service and historic splendor of Hotel Baker will create lasting memories to be remembered for years to come.

# OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

200 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms and Outdoor Garden CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Downtown Street Parking and Public Parking Garage

YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist events@hotelbaker.com

100 WEST MAIN STREET

(63 0) 58 4-210 0

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS 60174

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Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus

YOUR NEXT CELEBRATION IS WAITING FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS AT HYATT LODGE, A SOPHISTICATED, GENUINE MIDWEST GETAWAY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

47,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Table and Chairs, Standard Linen, Onsite Staff and Event Specialist, Expert Culinary Team PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available

ABOUT THE VENUE Nestled among 88 acres of lush forest preserve, Hyatt Lodge is the ideal backdrop for any celebration, big or small. Whether you are looking to create a rustic retreat or a spectacular affair, you will find a venue that inspires you. With ballrooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the forest preserve, your event is guaranteed to be a one-of-akind event. Allow our event specialists to help create the picture perfect event by ensuring every detail is anticipated and exceeded, from catering and décor to incorporating the perfect personal touches. We’ll take care of your guests traveling in for the event with special room rates and accommodations. Hotel amenities include: free self parking, Midtown Spa featuring a 70-ft lap pool and a state-of-theart fitness center.

YOUR CONTACT

Tracy Laurent (63 0) 581- 6767 trac y.laurent @hyat t.com

2815 JORIE BOULEVARD OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS 60523

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LUXBAR

LUXBAR IS CHICAGO’S GOLD COAST NEIGHBORHOOD BAR AND RESTAURANT SERVING ALL-AMERICAN, FEEL-GOOD FOOD AND HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS SINCE 2005.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

1,600 ABOUT THE VENUE The quintessential American bar, LUXBAR features seasonal and classic cocktails made from freshly pressed juices, handchiseled ice, and an extensive selection of spirits that runs especially deep in whiskey and bourbon. With its checkerboard floors, rich wood walls, black marble accents, fireplace and sprawling bar, LUXBAR has a refined look that exudes warmth and a relaxing vibe. The bi-level space includes LUXBAR’s second-floor bar and private dining space.

# OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

150 VENUE ST YLE

Marble accents, oak floors, zebra wood walls CATERING CHOICES

SPECIAL FEATURES:

War m cove lighting, f ireplace, private bar

Onsite, Offsite RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, A/V, Tables, Chairs, Flatware PARKING OPTIONS

Street parking or valet at Gibsons

YOUR CONTACT

Lynette Velez ( 312) 587- 050 8 18 E. BELLEVUE PLACE

lvelez@grgmc .com

CHICAGO, IL 60611

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

WITH ELEGANTLY DECORATED BANQUET HALLS AND PRIVATE DINING ROOMS, AND AN ATTENTIVE STAFF TO MATCH, MAGGIANO’S IS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR ANY SPECIAL EVENT BIG OR SMALL. CONTACT ONE OF OUR PRIVATE DINING MANAGERS TO MAKE YOUR NEXT PARTY EASY, MEMORABLE, AND ABOVE ALL—DELICIOUS!

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Varies by location MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

Varies by location VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Private and Elegant CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Offsite and Dietary Considerations RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Ivory Linens and Attentive Servers PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Varies by Location

ABOUT THE VENUE Maggiano’s private event spaces offer excellent amenities, attentive service, and delicious food. We believe that every event should be filled with exquisite cuisine, rich desserts, freshly brewed coffees and teas, and exquisite wines—and all at a beautiful location. Maggiano’s private dining venues can accommodate events big or small. We also offer semi-private event spaces depending on your unique needs. From birthday and anniversary parties to celebratory dinners, your local Maggiano’s can make sure your event is truly unforgettable. Host your event with Maggiano’s and enjoy unparalleled service, stress-free party planning help, and delicious Chef-prepared food made from scratch! So sit back, relax, and enjoy your celebration while we handle the rest. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Scratch-kitchen, unique and picture-perfect ambiance

516 N CLARK ST. CHICAGO, IL 60654 | 312- 644-7700 YOUR CONTACT

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Naperville’s Premier Entertainment Venue

Book your social, corporate or wedding event now: ccady@elementsnaperville.com

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party profiles Party style features are the source of some serious inspiration for today’s hostess-with-the-mostess. We’ve hand selected each of the following real events particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They’re an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and party vendors’ work. Bonus!

Look to these celebrations for ideas and examples, but don’t feel the pressure to measure up. Remember your personal style and pull from each as you see fit. Your party is about you.

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WONDERLAND

Wonderland goes from whimsical to elegant with gold details, pastel desserts and feminine floral arrangements. PHOTOS BY NICOLE JANSMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Bring Alice and Wonderland to life by layering whimsical details on the table: small stacked books tied with ribbon, accents of teacups and handpainted sweets (double up as decor and bites for the party to help stretch the budget), pastel vintage china and dusty pastel pressed glass for a magical high tea. Swoon.

DEBI LILLY Chief Eventeur of A Perfect Event

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PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL: A PERFECT EVENT BY DEBI LILLY

CAKE/DESSERT: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ

PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE JANSMA PHOTOGRAPHY

LINENS: WINDY CITY LINEN

VENUE: DL LOFT

TABLETOP RENTALS: THE FESTIVE FROG

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Elements Preserved is your source for vintage and specialty rentals and styling, as well as a luxury event space for your celebrations, private events, and weddings for up to 80 people. The Loft of Elements Preserved is an elegant, natural-light venue located in the heart of historic Elgin, IL. 224.245.9447 | elementspreserved.com | elementspreserved@gmail.com The Loft of Elements Preserved | 51 S. Spring St. Loft 125A, Elgin, IL 60120 Elements Preserved Vintage Rental | 51 S. Spring St., Ste. 101A, Elgin, IL 60120

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Soft pink and blue details, watercolor invitations and a hint of greenery add an elegant touch to this hot air balloon theme! PHOTOS BY LISA HUFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The initial design inspiration came from little Abby’s fascination of balloons and her mother’s love of peonies. We creatively combined a traditional 1st birthday party with the feminine components of a spring garden, uniquely creating a garden-enthused hot air balloon theme!

TIONNA M. VAN GUNDY

Vendor Team

CEO & Founder of Wedicity Wedding & Event Detailing

PLANNING/DESIGN:

WEDICITY WEDDING & EVENT DETAILING PHOTOGRAPHY: LISA HUFFORD PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL: PHILLIP’S FLOWERS STATIONERY: PAPER LOVE CLUB CAKE/DESSERT: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ FLOWER CROWN: MASON AND HARLOW BIRTHDAY GIRL’S OUTFIT: HELLO BUTTERCUP

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INSPIRED

This pilot’s Top Gun themed party was perfect! From the stationery to the cake, you’ll find quite a few noticeable references! PHOTOS BY BEING JOY PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Choosing a theme for this party was easy! Adrian, my husband (and the guest of honor!), is a pilot for American Airlines and loves the movie Top Gun. Who doesn’t love an airplane themed party!?

ASHLEY RADOSAV Owner of Ashley Nicole Events

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: ASHLEY NICOLE EVENTS, INC. PHOTOGRAPHY: BEING JOY PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: PILOT PETE’S STATIONERY: EMILY ENTERTAINS CAKE/DESSERT: OAK MILL BAKERY, NAT SWEETS LINENS: MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS CUSTOM NAPKINS: SIP HIP HOORAY

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BRIDAL SHOWER

floral T E A PA R T Y

This grown-up tea party has it all, from delicate china and lush centerpieces to cucumber sandwiches and pink macarons. PHOTOS BY NICOLE JANSMA PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Fit for a princess — a Royal Tea Party — the ultimate high style gathering. Set the table with all the pretty: teacups, glassware, and silverware in metallic blush bridal hues. Petite sweets round out the tea party menu... from soft, summer macarons to teeny tiny chocolates. Cheers!

DEBI LILLY

Vendor Team

Chief Eventeur of A Perfect Event

PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL:

A PERFECT EVENT BY DEBI LILLY PHOTOGRAPHY: NICOLE JANSMA PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: DL LOFT CAKE/DESSERT: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ LINENS: BBJ LINENS TABLETOP RENTALS: THE FESTIVE FROG

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butterfly GARDEN

A tiered butterfly cake, peach and lavender flowers and a trellis photo wall create the perfect setting for this whimsical “You Give Me Butterflies” theme! PHOTOS BY ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... We absolutely loved creating this lush, over the top, butterfly themed bridal shower! Every detail came together beautifully and guests entered a world of imagination for the day!

VICTORIA THANOUKOS

Vendor Team

Director of Events of Kensington Florals & Events

PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL:

KENSINGTON FLORALS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CAFÉ LA CAVE CAKE: CHICAGO SWEET CONNECTION BAKERY CUSTOM COOKIES & DESSERT: ORLAND PARK BAKERY LINENS: SAMANTHA’S LINENS CUSTOM PLACE CARDS: DEVILISH DESIGNZ INVITATIONS: MINTED

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BIRTHDAY PART Y

world TRAVELER

A suitcase cake, map table runners and hot air balloon centerpieces make this adventurous travel theme pop! PHOTOS BY JENNIFER KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Designing and planning my daughters’ birthday parties is one of the highlights of my year. My littlest daughter Madelyn (Maddie) just turned one and we celebrated with a vintage travel-inspired brunch, which I started planning more than six months in advance!

KRISTEN JANES

Vendor Team

Owner of Kio Kreations

PLANNING/ DESIGN, FLORAL, STATIONERY & SIGNAGE: KIO KREATIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY: JENNIFER KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY CAKE/DESSERT: FLOUR & FLOWERS BY MK, DeETTA’S BAKERY LINENS: THE CHAIR COUTURE, INC. RENTALS: BESPOKE VINTAGE RENTALS

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BIRTHDAY PART Y

modern ELEGANCE

Lush floral arrangements, floating candles and a suspended dessert table are necessities for this sophisticated look. PHOTOS BY EMILIA JANE PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... My inspiration for this celebration came from the woman of honor herself and her love for the color yellow. A feeling of opulence and elegance was what I wanted each guest to feel as they entered into the venue and celebrated all evening.

DESIREÉ DENT Owner of Dejanae Events

Vendor Team PLANNING: DEJANAE EVENTS, LLC DESIGN: KESH EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: EMILIA JANE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: CHEZ CHICAGO CATERING: JEWELL EVENTS CATERING CAKE/DESSERT: DELISH CAKES, BLOOMINGDALE ENTERTAINMENT: DJ VINCE ADAMS ACRYLIC INVITATIONS & DRINK STIRRERS: INVITATION ARCHITECTS PILLOWS: NÜAGE DESIGNS

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BIRTHDAY PART Y

circus

C E L E B R AT I O N

From a popcorn balloon arch to a circus tent cake, everything about this colorful birthday party exudes fun! PHOTOS BY SARA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... We wanted to welcome guests with a WOW moment by greeting all of their senses! Red and white stripes and dots created the ‘instant happy’ and a wink at The Big Top Tent and Circus Clowns. The air was filled with the smell of fresh popcorn and the sound of vintage circus music. It was ‘over the {BIG} top’ FUN!

KELLY DEL AMATER Owner of Backyard Soiree Weddings and Events

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PLANNING/DESIGN: BACKYARD SOIREE WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

MASTER OF CEREMONIES & DJ: DOMINICK BENNET OF LUXE PRODUCTIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY: SARA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY

CAKE/DESSERT: SUGARJONES

VENUE: THE STANDARD

COTTON CANDY CART: JULIE MICHELLE CAKES

INVITATIONS & DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE: SARAH AXELSON

LINENS: EVENT FLORAL

LETTERING: DESIGNS BY ERINRAE

BALLOONS: BALLOONS AND FLOWERS BY HALEY

CATERING: ABREO

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BRIDAL SHOWER

glam & GOLD

Gold stationery, pink chargers and an incredible dessert table make this dreamy shower so swoonworthy! PHOTOS BY LUIS ALVARADO PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The ultimate goal of this intimate bridal shower was to pamper not only the bride-to-be but also her girlfriends. No girlie elements were spared when it came to showering this beautiful woman.

DESIREÉ DENT Owner of Dejanae Events

Vendor Team PLANNING: DEJANAE EVENTS, LLC

PHOTOGRAPHY: LUIS ALVARADO PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: LUXBAR CHICAGO FLORAL: JULIET TAN FLORAL DESIGNS STATIONERY & ACRYLIC PLACE CARDS: PAPERED WONDERS DESSERT: PENTHOUSE SWEETS CHICAGO CHARGERS: BBJ LINEN SIGNATURE DRINK GLASSES: THE FESTIVE FROG

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BIRTHDAY PART Y

sweets & T R E AT S

Ice cream-inspired treats and décor are staples for this sweet first birthday party! A personalized welcome sign and vintage ice cream truck add a retro touch. PHOTOS BY JENNIFER KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The vintage ice cream truck is my favorite decoration ever! It is something completely unique to Sophia’s party and we’ll never see another one quite like it!

KRISTEN JANES Owner of Kio and Kompany

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN, FLORAL, DÉCOR, INVITATIONS: KIO AND KOMPANY PHOTOGRAPHY: JENNIFER KAYE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: PRIVATE RESIDENCE LINENS & RENTALS: UNIQUE PARTY RENTAL CATERING: JERSEY MIKE’S, THE CHEESE SHOPPE ‘N’ DELI SMASH CAKE: MARIANO’S CAKE POPS & COOKIES: BELLAROSE SWEETS LOLLIPOPS: I WANT CANDY ICE CREAM & SUNDAE BAR: DAIRY QUEEN GRILL & CHILL-ST. CHARLES POPSICLES: LA MICHOACANA DELUXE ICE CREAM NAPERVILLE DELIVERY: ERRAND UP BIRTHDAY GIRL DRESS: LINDA FLOYD

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GAL A

history REIMAGINED

Fruit-filled centerpieces, a harpist and hanging printed acetate took this gala back in time to Ancient Rome! PHOTOS BY KENT DRAKE

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I wanted to reinvent the “Roman” theme of this event and the discovery of printed clear acetate offered a contemporary solution. Weeks of testing resulted in a high drama, unexpected, and astonishing representation of Rome at its best.

Vendor Team

BILL HEFFERNAN HMR Designs

PLANNING/DESIGN: BILL HEFFERNAN OF HMR DESIGNS PHOTOGRAPHER: KENT DRAKE VENUE: FIELD MUSEUM CATERER: CALIHAN CATERING LIGHTING: FROST CHICAGO LINENS: BBJ LINEN RENTALS: HALL’S ACCOLADES: NATIONAL NACE ONE AWARD NOMINEE

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TEA PART Y

rock ’n roll HIGH TEA

Bold pink and black accents give this High Tea theme a rebellious, contemporary makeover! PHOTOS BY SPOON PHOTO AND DESIGN

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Punk Rock play on High Tea– a blend of plush and blush with jet black and graphic patterns. We used dainty tea cups to serve herbal infused tequila, sprinkled our Fish and Chips with glitter and topped it all off with a pink phone booth exploding with floral with Buckingham Fountain in the distance.

Vendor Team

TORI TERZAKIS Creative Director at Revel Decor

PLANNING/DESIGN: THE REVEL GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY: SPOON PHOTO AND DESIGN VENUE: TIFFANY CELEBRATION GARDEN, CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT DESIGN, DÉCOR & FLORAL: REVEL DECOR CATERING: LIMELIGHT CATERING ENTERTAINMENT: BEATMIX MUSIC FURNITURE: BOWERY AND BASH

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BIRTHDAY PART Y

guitars A N D S TA R S

Orange and blue add an exciting, vibrant twist to this rockstar-themed first birthday! PHOTOS BY ANGELA GARBOT PHOTOGRAPHY

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The Planner & Stylist Says... From custom guitar picks and dessert trays made of records, to “Back Stage Pass” lanyards and swag bags, I wanted every guest to truly feel like a rockstar.

LINDSEY MENSCH Owner of Lili Marie Parties

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: LINDSEY MENSCH, OWNER OF LILI MARIE PARTIES PHOTOGRAPHY: ANGELA GARBOT PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY – SMART HOME + GARDEN CATERING: SODEXO SPORTS & LEISURE – THOM SKIBBIE, SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR CAKE: CARMIE CAKES DJ & BALLOON TWISTING: GLANN DAVID PRODUCTIONS

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FA V O R S F O R Y O U R FA V O R I T E S PA R T IN G GIF T S

Your friends and family have been with you through it all. That’s why you invited them to your celebration! Show them your appreciation by sending them off with something fun.

CUSTOM COOKIES Wild One Cookies DELISH CAKES delishcakes.net

ECO-FRIENDLY Plantable Seed Paper Favors BOTANICAL PAPERWORKS botanicalpaperworks.com

MULTI-PURPOSE FAVORS Mini Champagne Bottle Escort Cards DBY EVENTS + INVITATIONS dbyinvitations.com

GROWABLE GIFT Succulents THE SUCCULENT SOURCE (OR ASK YOUR LOCAL FLORIST!) thesucculentsource.com

SWEET TREATS

BOOZY TREATS Rosé All Day® Bears SUGARFINA sugarfina.com

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FLORAL SWEETS Viola Pops FLOUR & FIG flourandfig.com

Artisan Caramels SWEET NOUVEAU mysweetnouveau.com


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