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How to plan your perfect day In a society where inspiration comes at us from all angles, The Celebration Society strives to narrow it down and keep you focused on what’s most important to you. The last thing you want is to be overwhelmed and stressed by too many choices. This issue is full of tips and advice, beautiful bold colors and modern style—it’s a great place to begin your wedding planning journey without the hassle of diving in blind.

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First, narrow down your style. You’ll be building your wedding around it, so you’ll want to stay consistent when you’re talking to vendors. Our Style Profiles start on page 34 and showcase some of this year’s hottest colors and themes, courtesy of some of our favorite vendors. From bold and gold to enchanting and dreamy, you’re sure to find something you’ll love among these pages. Next, build your dream team. It’s important to have a team of industry professionals you can trust to make your wedding dreams a reality without the stress of having to do it all yourself. Unique to The Celebration Society, our Venue and Vendor Guides (pages 47 and 112) showcase Chicagoland pros and all they have to offer side-by-side for you to compare.

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Don’t forget to have fun during the planning process! Dress shopping can be daunting—try adding a few fun elements, like mimosas or post-shopping dinner, and make it a day out with a few special people. Our bridal gown feature (page 118) was shot on location at The Monte Bello Estate in Lemont. From stunning sheaths to formal and full ballgowns, there’s just so much WOW in this feature! Selecting your flowers and cake can be so exciting! We’re seeing more and more dramatic touches and vibrant accents popping up in the wedding world. We’re so in love with the amazing details in this year’s gallery! Take a look (page 142) and get ready to be inspired. Wedding planning is a long process, but it’s worth the effort! See 10 real couples and their happily-ever-afters starting on page 159. We hope this issue inspires you and serves as the perfect guide for your perfect day.

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JUST MARRIED 159 Nationwide trends, beautifully executed right in your backyard. These are our curated picks for recent real weddings in Chicagoland.

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WITH YOUR BUDGET & STYLE Setting the budget for your big day will act as a guideline for every other wedding decision, from vendors and venue to the guest list. It will keep you in check (it’s easy to get carried away in the details!) and ensure you know exactly where you’ll be financially at the end of the whole process. Prioritize your spending on what matters most to you, whether you have a dream dress in mind or your heart is set on a luxury venue.

Then, select your style. In the following pages, we’ve compiled useful tips to help you identify your wedding style, ideas to draw inspiration from, colorful wedding combinations we adore, and some of our favorite products from across the globe to add just the personal touch you’re looking for. Your personal, unique wedding style is in the details and while there are millions of choices, always be sure to choose what suits you. Period.

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S TA R T T H E C O N V E R S AT I O N WITH YOUR BUDGET By Leah Economos

Many brides are surprised that most vendors insist on knowing their budget before providing a detailed proposal. Truth is, this saves you both time and prevents miscommunication, sticker shock and getting attached to an idea you just can’t afford. Why Share Your Budget? Because you’re a busy bride with limited spare time, you’ll want this process to be as efficient as possible. Also, the vendors you’re interviewing respect your time and aim to make the proposal process as simple and straightforward as possible. With knowledge of your budget, each vendor will be able to provide a proposal in the price range you have specified.

Your style, taste, and personal preferences are equally as important as your budget. But, if you start out with a proposal that’s above your budget, trimming it down will be the only solution. That will mean parting with some elements you may love, and it also will delay arriving at your “budget happy place” while your salesperson revises your proposal. To avoid this dilemma, simply share your budget with vendors in your first conversation.

The Dangers of a Proposal that’s Above Your Budget A proposal with no budget guideline has several dangers. The first one is sticker shock. Many brides are truly shocked by the cost of wedding elements. Being surprised by your proposal price is not only unpleasant, but it may cause you to eliminate a wedding vendor from consideration who is truly capable of supplying a fantastic alternative for half the price—they just had no idea how much you wanted to spend!

Finding a Fit There’s a possibility that your vision and budget aren’t a match for a particular vendor, and that’s okay! If they aren’t able to offer the service or product you’re looking for within the amount you’re willing to pay, don’t be shy about telling them your budget is firm and you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Beyond the sticker shock, there’s another danger: attachment! You’re likely to become attached to all of the beautiful options conjured up in that initial proposal—and they’re way out of your price range. This will only create disappointment down the road as you find it impossible to be satisfied with more budget friendly alternatives.

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If you consult several reputable vendors and continue to hear your vision can’t be accomplished within the amount you want to pay, it’s probably an indication your budget isn’t reasonable. Consider shifting money from another category within your overall budget, or open your mind to more budget friendly options that still allow you to have a great event. Great vendors will do their best to offer an alternative to suit your budget, whether it’s a fabulous short rib small plate station instead of filet mignon, or ranunculus for your bouquet instead of peonies.

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Take Steps in the Right Direction Occasionally, brides can get stuck in what is referred to as 'proposal la-la land.' This is what happens when you continue to swoon over Pinterest pictures and celebrity weddings featuring ideas far outside your budget range. Remember, the goal is to arrive at a proposal you’re happy with and can afford. Trusting Your Vendors Some couples say they don’t feel comfortable sharing their actual budget with vendors they’re interviewing, for fear that they will "use up all the money,” and I want to offer some insight on that topic. Any vendor you’re considering hiring should make you feel comfortable and cared for as a customer. If at any point you feel pressured in a used-carsalesman-fashion, you’re in the wrong place. When it comes to budget, remember: you’re in charge. Your florist or caterer isn’t going to reach into your wallet and take your money. When you agree on a price, make sure you’re comfortable with the amount you’re spending. Bottom Line You’ll make your planning process easier, avoid disappointment and sticker shock and develop a great relationship with your vendor team by sharing your budget from the beginning.


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BUDGET BREAKDOWN In Chicago, the average cost of a 150-person wedding is approximately $42,000 with downtown weddings costing more ($51,000) and suburban weddings costing less ($33,000). When you start planning your wedding, one of the very first things you’ll need to create is a budget. The most helpful approach for you, your partner, and your respective families will be to openly discuss how much everyone will be able to contribute. Today, it is not uncommon for the bride and groom to foot the entire bill, or for the families to share the expenses. When discussing your expenses with your loved ones, be sure to remain courteous and realistic. RECEPTIONS..........40-45% Reception venue, food, beverages & rentals PHOTO & VIDEO...................... 10-20% Photo & video

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SELECT YOUR STYLE Before you go all Pinterest crazy and the little green monster inside of you starts to take over, we want to give you a bit of guidance to make sure that during your wedding planning process, you stay true to you. We know on a regular basis we are plagued with an overwhelming urge to keep up with the Joneses and it can be especially difficult to fend off that urge when it comes to your wedding. Here, we’ve compiled some basic tips to help you identify your true style as a couple and arm you with the know-how you’ll need to pull it all together.

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Ultimately, you know deep down inside what's truly important to you. Just know this: your wedding is the first big event you will host together as a couple so it's the first time to let your personalities truly shine in front of friends and family. Whatever your source of inspiration, make decisions that feel right to you, not what you've seen other couples do.

Your venue will have a great deal of impact on the environment of your wedding. If you opt for a barn, you'll likely want to go for a more rustic feel. Or, if you book the most prestigious hotel in town, a glamorous wedding for you it is! Don't overlook your biggest expense in the wedding as a possible source for your overall theme too.

PASSION

TIME OF THE DAY

Everyone has a hobby, activity, cause or pledge they fully support and this may be just the place to draw inspiration from. Show off your priorities in life to your guests by finding inspiration from what your true passions are.

Are you a morning person or night owl? Whatever your preference, the time of day you ultimately choose to host your wedding ceremony and reception will affect the feel of the event. If you and your fiance are up and at 'em each day with a morning coffee, a brunch wedding just might be the thing for you. The possibilities are endless!

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MUSE Inspiration abounds from a myriad of places and a muse might be just the thing you center your wedding style around. Your favorite movie, color, flower, character, season or destination. Pick something near and dear to you and let it guide all of your style decisions.

SCALE When you put together your guest list you'll either be looking at a large event or intimate gathering. The amount of people you choose to invite will affect the environment so when looking for sources of inspiration, remember how big or intimate the event will feel with the amount of friends and family in attendance and work off of that.


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Be considerate of family traditions and wants but don't feel chained to them.

Don't spend too much energy focusing on what others are doing.

Be authentic to YOUR true style.

Don't let the party details outshine the magic of your marriage.

Create a budget, fine tune it and stick to it.

Don't skimp on wedding vendors. Trust us... you get what you pay for.

Edit. Edit. Edit. Start with a big picture and bring it into focus from there.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Manage the guest list... Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too.

Brand I t Branding might be a term you've only thought to be relevant to marketing departments. When it comes to modern day weddings, branding on a personal level takes company logos and color combinations and transforms them into monograms, slogans and themes.

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Do you and the future hubs have a common interest that brought you together? Flying, skydiving, traveling or food? Whatever it is you spend your free time doing, consider letting it be the source of your wedding style. Golf anyone?

Do you hail from a great land afar or find yourself among a long lineage of great folks? Then let your family history and heritage guide the style of your wedding and enjoy reminiscing with your parents and loved ones about your roots.

WHAT'S IN A PERSONAL BRAND? Monograms, color preferences, favorite fonts and even paper weights are the essential tools-of-the-trade wedding stationers and designers use to make your personal style shine through to family and friends. HOW & WHERE TO BRAND.... If you want to create a custom wedding brand, your stationer is the go-to creative guru to turn to. They are the graphic designers behind all the great typography and scroll work you see in wedding magazines and blogs. Here are several places we recommend you use your personal wedding brand...

FORMALITY If you're a Great Gatsby girl at heart, a formal setting just might be the style for you. But, if a laid back casual setting is for you, so be it. Consider your personal preferences on dressing down or up when identifying the style wedding you want.

CONSIDER THE SEASON The time of the year could greatly affect the overall style of your wedding. Temperature and foliage are great places to find inspiration and build your wedding style around.

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FIND YOUR FLOWERS

Flowers are one of the most obvious ways to make your style shine. A well thought-out combination can say “I’m uber traditional” or “go-with-the-flow organic.” So, before you head over to your first appointment with your wedding floral designer, we’ve compiled some of the most popular flowers making their mark on everything from bouquets to centerpieces so you can identify which flowers speak to your style.

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DAHLIA This large, hearty flower, available in white, pink, red and purple makes a major statement.

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PEONY This romantic flower features plentiful fragrant petals in shades of white, blush, coral and red. Season: Spring

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GARDEN ROSE This organic-style wedding flower, available in all shades between white and red, lends a romantic touch.

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There are few brands dedicated to providing great options for the Groom & Groomsmen when it comes to wedding planning. We love being able to share this incredible list of products from our HAIR & BODY

Beard Oil DREAM BEARD dreambeard.com

CUSTOM GIFT

Engraved Whiskey Decanter and Glasses SWANKY BADGER swankybadger.com

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favorite brands for the Groom & Groomsmen on the big day.

SHOES

Brooks black whole-cut lace ups MARC NOLAN marcnolan.com

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Charcoal Gray Suit THE GROOMSMAN SUIT thegroomsmansuit.com


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for couples staying three nights or more and amazing vow renewal, and honeymoon packages available. SANDALS a luxury all-inclusive vacation for couples in the Caribbean Islands on the beach shores of St Lucia, Jamaica, Antigua, The Bahamas, Grenada and Barbados. BEACHES RESORTS – luxury all-inclusive vacations on the shores of Jamaica, and Turk and Caicos where kids, teens and adults can do as much or as little as they want.

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F&S Linens 2401 W Ohio St. #NE Chicago, IL 60612

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BRIDAL ESSENTIALS DAY-O F N EC E S S IT IE S

Your wedding day should be fun and memorable. Here are a few things that will make you feel your best, add a touch of fun and relieve stress!

CUSTOM FAVORS

BRIDAL GOWN

Scent Your Wedding Custom Candles SCENTCERELY YOURS scentcerely-yours.com

Fitted Lace Wedding Dress with Scalloped Train MARTINA LIANA essensedesigns.com

Handpicked by NANCY MCELVENNY Owner, The Crystal Bride

A woman’s wedding dress should embody her personal taste with design elements that SWEETS

accentuate her figure,

Champagne Bottle Chocolates GRAHAM'S FINE CHOCOLATES grahamschocolate.com

allowing her most beautiful self to shine

HAIR PIECE

Maritza Bridal 1123 Hairpiece MARITZA’S BRIDAL VEILS maritzasbridal.com

on her special day.

JEWELRY

SHOES

The “Snow Bunny” collection SORRELLI JEWELRY sorrelli.com

Keds x kate spade new york Champion Glitter in Rose Gold KEDS keds.com

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THE HARVEST MOON Natural elements create interesting textures that play into an autumnal theme, led by the unique aesthetic of Firehouse Chicago.

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The Designer & Stylist Says... My goal was to design a Fall-inspired look in a non-traditional way. A favorite element was the sweetheart table with layers of details and dramatic floral installation. I love the idea of incorporating subtle details, such as the white agate slices edged in gold at the place settings that represent a full moon.

AMY A. REIFENSTUHL Owner & Lead Designer, Rustique Swan Event Design & Curated Decor

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: RUSTIQUE SWAN PHOTOGRAPHY: CINDER & VIN PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: FIREHOUSE CHICAGO FLORAL: PHILLIP’S FLOWERS FLORAL ARCH: RUSTIQUE SWAN, PHILLIP’S FLOWERS STATIONERY: INK, LOVE AND PAPER CUSTOM CALLIGRAPHY: JESSICA DRAPER CALLIGRAPHY CAKE: DELISH CAKES LINENS & CHARGERS: F&S LINENS LOUNGE FURNITURE: RUSTIQUE SWAN VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS BRIDAL GOWN/BRIDAL PARTY DRESSES: BRI’ZAN COUTURE HAIR/MAKEUP: TAMARA MAKEUP + HAIR ARTISTRY MODELS: RYLEE PLATUSIC, BRIANA ZANAYED, LAUREN ZAYED

COLOR PALETTE: DANDELION, CYAN, OLD GOLD, CREME, PINE GROVE

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magical

WINTER WEDDING Gorgeous bouquets and a floral arch of white hydrangeas, roses, orchids, mums and stephanotis are complemented by pops of ice blue, silver and crystal dĂŠcor, to create an enchanting winter theme.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... In the movies, everyone seems to get married in June or September, but a winter wedding theme in this photoshoot style, shows that a winter wedding can be incredibly glamorous, cinematic and magical.

DENISE BONDS Windermere Elegant Weddings & Events

Vendor Team

PLANNING/DESIGN: WINDERMERE ELEGANT WEDDINGS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: TWA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS VENUE: VICTORIA IN THE PARK FLORAL FOR RECEPTION TABLE: GLAMOUR IN BLOOM FLORAL FOR LOUNGE/CHANDELIER: VIRGINIA WOLFF, INC. STATIONERY: EMERY ANN DESIGN CAKE: THE BAKESTER LINENS/CHARGERS: F&S LINENS RENTALS: SATIN CHAIR VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS

COLOR PALETTE: ICE BLUE, SILVER, WHITE, DIAMOND

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WILD ROSE

Lush greenery with voluptuous and fragrant garden roses create motion naturally as if there are wild roses growing throughout the celebration, true romance in a beautiful garden setting.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... My goal was to reflect the movement, music and romance of a natural, flowing, English rose garden. We added unexpected elements such as loose blooms, farm chairs and Venetian glass to create a fresh and semi-relaxed feel inside the grandeur of a historical space. Layers upon layers of classic luxury created a most intimate garden experience.

Vendor Team

ANDREW PARRAVANO

PLANNING/DESIGN & FLORAL: ANDREW'S GARDEN

Andrew’s Garden

PHOTOGRAPHY: ANAMARIA VIERIU PHOTOGRAPHY

Portrait by Sean Henderson Photography

VENUE: WILDER MANSION CHAIRS: ELEGANT PRESENTATIONS GARDEN ROSES: FLEURAMETZ CHICAGO STATIONERY: ALEX + ELIN CREATIVE CAKE: THE QUINTESSENTIAL CAKE LINENS & CHARGERS: BBJ LINEN DRESSES: BRI'ZAN COUTURE SUIT: THE GROOMSMAN SUIT VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS HAIR/MAKEUP: IMPRESSIONS BY LAURA HARPIST: JULIE SPRING MODELS: NICOLE HODGE & BRENDAN PARRAVANO

COLOR PALETTE: IVORY, SAGE, PEACH, DUSTY ROSE, CHOCOLATE

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ASIAN SPIRIT

This globally-inspired style combines ultra-elegant wedding details and a dramatic tree centerpiece with sleek, modern touches.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The curved petals of the Lotus Blossom were an inspiration that we carried throughout, from the pattern of the charger plates, to the open leaves of the menu card, to the intricate mandala backdrop. For a unique table effect, we designed a stunning tree centerpiece to grow from the middle. My favorite design element were the favors: custom bottles of perfume that came in

Vendor Team

delicate hand-blown bottles.

SARAH RODRIGUEZ

PLANNING/DESIGN: SARAH KATHLEEN EVENTS

Sarah Kathleen Events

PHOTOGRAPHY: MILA CRAILA PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: Q CENTER FLORAL: FLORAL EXPRESSIONS STATIONERY: LULLABELLE DESIGN CAKE/DESSERT: CREATIVE CAKES LINENS AND CHARGERS: F&S LINENS DECOR: EVENTS BY ARTFUL DECOR, INC. BACKDROP: MOONBEARCO SOFA: AFR FURNITURE RENTAL EVENT RENTALS: SATIN CHAIR VIDEOGRAPHY: WEDDING CONNECTIONS

COLOR PALETTE: SAPPHIRE BLUE, GOLD, IVORY, GREENERY, AND WHITE.

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An intimate gathering with an outgoing personality was the mood for this Private Party in the Parlor, setting a new standard for the rehearsal dinner.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... A rehearsal dinner is the kickoff for a weekend of memory making. It must rise to the occasion and complement, not compete with, the wedding that awaits. A password was required in order to enter and partake in champagne toasts and personal cakes in crystal coupes. Cheers to a kickin’ kick-off!

KELLY DEL AMATER

Vendor Team

Backyard Soiree Weddings & Events

PLANNING/DESIGN: BACKYARD SOIREE WEDDINGS & EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: SARA JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE/CATERING: THE PARLOR IN THE SX SKYBAR, HOTEL ESSEX FLORIST/LINENS: EVENT FLORAL RENTALS: TABLESCAPES EVENT RENTALS INVITATIONS/SIGNAGE: LULLABELLE DESIGN HAND LETTERING: SS ILLUSTRATIONS + DESIGN CAKES: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ VIDEOGRAPHY: OAKHOUSE WEDDING FILMS

COLOR PALETTE: JUNIPER, GOLD, SLATE, WHITE, BLACK

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historical ROMANCE

From the timeless love story of the Palmer House to today’s modern couple, this elegant theme complements its setting with bold colors and gold accents.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I was inspired by the love story of Potter Palmer and his beloved Bertha that led to him giving her one of the most extravagant wedding gifts of all time — The Palmer House. Rich tones of gold, burgundy and hunter green against the ivory background of the Grand Ballroom reminded me of the elegant galas back then and the romantic events happening now.

Vendor Team

L AVERNE E. MATHEWS That Special Touch Events

PLANNING/DESIGN: THAT SPECIAL TOUCH EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY: EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO VENUE: THE PALMER HOUSE - A HILTON HOTEL FLORAL: PHILLIP'S FLOWERS STATIONERY: ALEX+ELIN CREATIVE CAKE: AMY BECK CAKE DESIGN LINENS: ELEGANT PRESENTATIONS RENTALS: THE PALMER HOUSE - A HILTON HOTEL VIDEOGRAPHY: EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

COLOR PALETTE: BURGUNDY, GOLD, IVORY, HUNTER GREEN, PURPLE

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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 wedding. After all, it all 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 your choices, but then there are still numerous types of venues to consider.

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

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WEDDING VENUE REVIEW So, exactly what type of occasion do you envision for your upcoming wedding? Knowing this will ease your venue search because the setting affects the overall style tremendously. From country clubs to hotels, city clubs, resorts, barns, private mansions and everything in between... you’ve got options.

QUESTIONS TO ASK A POTENTIAL VENUE . . . HOW MANY HOURS DOES MY RENTAL FEE INCLUDE? ARE THERE OVERTIME CHARGES?

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE SPACE HOLD (NOT JUST OFFICIAL CAPACIT Y) ACCORDING TO MY ROOM SET UP?

Some venues charge by the hour for their facility. Know exactly what is included, and allow plenty of time for set up and tear down.

Your room set up will greatly affect the amount of guests you can have at your wedding. 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.

HOW DO YOU CHARGE? PER PERSON, BY THE HOUR OR FL AT FEE? It’s always good to know how your venue charges for rental. It's likely facilities that 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 vendors to use. This can be helpful to the bride who needs direction but also a hindrance for brides who know exactly who they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue if it's required or not to use their vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license may allow brides to bring in their 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?

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

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 WEDDINGS ON THE SAME DAY? Ask whether your event will be the only one happening on property or if there will be others. Other events may infringe on your time use of the venue or create confusion for guests so best to be prepared.

HOW MUCH ARE TAX AND GRATUIT Y? ARE THEY INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE PRICES? Taxes and gratuity can vary greatly. Some venues include both in their package prices while others add it on. Be sure to consider this when you are planning, as it can be an extra 30% or more.

Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental.

RECEPTION VENUE CHECKLIST . . . The thing about a wedding venue is... there are a lot of extras, options and upgrades and every single venue has a different package and procedure. So, to make sure you are comparing apples to apples, use this handy checklist when identifying the best venue for you.

VENUE OPTIONS INCLUDED Coordinator Cake Table Head Table Gift Table Sound System Stage Air Conditioning Clean up Corkage Valet Parking

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VENUE OPTIONS INCLUDED Taxes & Gratuity Bar Private Room Basic Linens China Stemware Cake Cutting Piano Guest Book Table

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Venue Guide

CITY VENUES


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Epiphany Center for the Arts THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED, THE EXEMPLARY 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CAMPUS BOASTS THREE DISTINCT VENUES. EPIPHANY’S STUNNING ARRAY OF AMENITIES INCLUDE ARTISTS STUDIOS, CLASSROOM, EXHIBIT SPACE AND GALLERY, COMMERCIAL AND CATERING KITCHEN, CAFÉ, VIP SUITE AND A COLLECTION OF ARTISTICALLY APPOINTED OUTDOOR SPACES; A CHARMING QUARTERACRE COURTYARD, SPACIOUS TERRACE AND STUNNING PATIO.

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ABOUT THE VENUE Our diverse collection of venues, Epiphany Hall, Chase House and The Sanctuary, can be reserved individually or combined to provide flexibility, scale and exclusive access to our highly sought-after Café Bar with its exquisite terrace. A progressive event at Epiphany is pure theater, as guests flow from one amazing scene to the next, with backdrops both historic and modern, indoors and out - Terrace, Patio, Courtyard, or Tent. Epiphany Center for the Arts is a vast space with three distinct venues that easily accommodate sizable events as well as intimate gatherings. A venue buyout includes all three venues; EPIPHANY HALL, CHASE HOUSE and THE SANCTUARY, and all of their pairings. In addition, guests will have exclusive access to the elegant Guild Room and artistically designed Cafe Bar and Terrace.

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SPECIAL FEATURES:

Historic and contemporary venues; Single-destination wedding packages; Outdoor Patio, Courtyard, Terrace; Gallery 66 – Epiphany’s curated art exhibit

David Cha se

(312) 421-460 0 info@epiphanychi.com

201 S ASHLAND AVE CHICAGO, IL 60607

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AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

42,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

2,000 VENUE ST YLE

Historic Landmark, Modern Loft, Private Courtyard CATERING CHOICES

Open Catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Security, Loading/Valet Zones, Event Manager PARKING OPTIONS

Valet, Self-Park

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The Palmer House, A Hilton Hotel NORTH AMERICA’S MOST ESTABLISHED HOTEL, THE PALMER HOUSE HILTON FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS IN 1871 AND HAS REMAINED THE PLACE TO “SEE AND BE SEEN” IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO. WE CONTINUE EVOLVING TO SERVE YOU WITH THE LATEST CONVENIENCES AND COMFORTS IN MEETINGS, ACCOMMODATIONS AND DINING – A HIP AND HISTORIC BLEND OF MODERN NUANCES AND CHICAGO CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE.

©Furla Studio

ABOUT THE VENUE In 1870, a gracious groom named Potter Palmer gave his bride a glorious wedding gift, adored by all, it was named Palmer House. © Andre LaCour – LaCour Images

© Andre LaCour – LaCour Images

From the lavish ballrooms to the inspired catering to the discerning decor, no other wedding venue boasts such a legacy of romance. Stylishly situated in downtown Chicago, Palmer House Hilton is honored to have hosted over 9,000 weddings – each bride choosing the Palmer House as her something borrowed. Our wedding team creates matrimonial experiences that engage, delight, and—above all—reflect the distinctive style and personality of each couple. With a full range of Chicago wedding venue options, a dedicated catering professional, a specially-designed wedding package, and inspired event catering, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy the day that is destined to be uniquely yours. Celebrating over 140 years and 9,000 weddings, we invite you to share the Palmer House Hilton as your “Something Borrowed.”

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SPECIAL FEATURES:

Chicago Loop Location, Second Largest Hotel in Chicago, Longest continuously operating hotel in North America and Picturesque Lobby

Kristina Nowak

(312) 917-3283 kri st ina.nowak@hilton .com

17 E MONROE ST. CHICAGO, IL 60603

©Yanni Design Studio

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

130,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

©Yanni Design Studio

78 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

3,500 VENUE ST YLE

Historic, Indoor, Elegant, Intimate, Memorable CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Preferred Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Tables, Chairs, Votives and more. PARKING OPTIONS

Valet, Self-Parking at 55 E Monroe

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Biagio Events & Catering

FROM INTIMATE TO EXTRAVAGANT, FROM THE TRADITIONAL TO THE UNEXPECTED, FROM OUR PLACE TO YOURS, WE HERE AT BIAGIO ARE DEDICATED TO CREATING YOUR OWN UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. OUR TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS CUSTOMIZES EVERYTHING FROM CONCEPT TO CLEAN UP, SO THAT YOUR FOCUS IS ON YOUR OCCASION.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

10,710 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

450 VENUE ST YLE

Traditional, Loft CATERING CHOICES

Onsite with a variety of cuisines. RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Colored Napkins, Tables, Centerpiece PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE From intimate to extravagant, from the traditional to the unexpected, we here at Biagio are dedicated to helping you create your own, one of a kind experience. Our team of dedicated wedding professionals can customize everything from concept to clean up, so that your focus is on your celebration. Biagio’s multiple and unique ballrooms provide the perfect setting for a variety of events and ensure that you will find the space that is perfectly suited to your needs. Guests can sip a drink in our unique cocktail lounge and then move to a plentiful dinner in our grand ballroom. Your Biagio event coordinator can also be your own personal wedding consultant, who will make your event flawless and effortless for you and your partner. Whether you desire opulence or chic simplicity, Biagio’s will work with you every step of the way. SPECIAL FEATURES:

City venue with restaurant attached for late night continuation of your event. YOUR CONTACT

Sales Manager ( 773) 736 -9 0 0 9 info@biagioevents.com

4242 N CENTRAL CHICAGO, IL 60634

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Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

IMAGINE YOUR OUTDOOR WEDDING CEREMONY, RECEPTION OR REHEARSAL DINNER UNFOLDING BEFORE A MAGICAL CHICAGO SKYLINE WITH SUNSET VIEWS, GLITTERING SKYSCRAPERS AND SUMMER FIREWORKS. A PRIVATE WEDDING CRUISE IS A NIGHT YOU AND YOUR GUESTS WON’T FORGET

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

Varies by boat # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Don’t be boxed in by four walls on your special day. Imagine a magnificent sunset against the Chicago skyline as the backdrop for your private Chicago River and Lake Michigan wedding cruise. Dance the night away on our floating rooftop as you toast under the city lights creating memories that last a lifetime. Consider one of our six luxury vessels for your engagement party, wedding shower, rehearsal, and ceremony/reception. Chicago’s First Lady Cruises offers vessels with open-air exterior decks, climatecontrolled interior salon and luxury amenities. Choose from our celebrated catering partners for a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. Full-service bar available. Perfect for groups of 2 - 200.

6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

200 VENUE ST YLE

Boat CATERING CHOICES

Six catering partners RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, chairs, sound system

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Private, exclusive use of vessel, Open-air upper deck, Climate-controlled interior salon, River and Lake views, Choose your cruise route, Summer fireworks on Lake Michigan, Gourmet catering partners

PARKING OPTIONS

Nearby public garages Tim Tab Studios

YOUR CONTACT

Bridgett Lansink 112 E. WACKER DRIVE CHICAGO, IL 60601

(8 47) 358 -133 0 blansink@cruisechicago.com

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Fairlie

URBAN INDUSTRIAL WAREHOUSE WITH ELEGANT MODERN FURNISHINGS AND EXCEPTIONAL ATTENTION TO DETAIL

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

15,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

250 VENUE ST YLE

Elegant, Industrial CATERING CHOICES

© wearethebowsers.com

Offsite, Approved Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES

Seating for up to 250, 2 furnished lounges + more!

ABOUT THE VENUE Fairlie is sure to impress the moment you walk (or drive) through our glass atrium entrance with 12’ of open clearance. Our main floor is nearly 8,000 sq. ft. with dramatic 35’ ceilings and lightwell skylights that fill the room with natural light. We have retractable 20’ ivory voile drapes to guide your guests from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. A custom-designed raw steel staircase will lead your guests upstairs for cocktails with views of the skyline and railroad. 25 farm tables are included for seating up to 250 in our reception area surrounded by warm brick. Also included are two stylishly appointed dressing rooms. And don’t forget to ask for a ride in our tuk tuk! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Soaring 30’ceilings, custom steel staircase & atrium, floor to ceiling 20’ retractable drapery, drive-in doors

PARKING OPTIONS

40 on-site + free street parking

YOUR CONTACT

Alexis & Nicole info@fairliechicago.com

339 N BELL AVE

( 312) 4 55- 0 8 63

CHICAGO, IL 60612 © wearethebowsers.com

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Firehouse Chicago

OUR INTIMATE VENUE IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOUR UNIQUE EVENT. OUR VINTAGE, RUSTIC STYLE AND LUSH GARDEN CREATE THE PERFECT SETTING TO CELEBRATE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE ©ED & AILEEN PHOTOGR APHY

ABOUT THE VENUE Our main floor space is the former engine room that has been transformed into a crisp, clean and detailed space with unique decor such as our wrought iron staircase and our wood farmhouse doors. The old firehouse kitchen, which used to be the horse stable, has been updated and transformed into a sleek, modern and functional space for our catering staff. Our side garden is expertly maintained and furnished to give your event an outdoorsy flair. It’s perfect for outdoor ceremonies as well as team building games, outdoor luncheons or as a relaxing break room. Our newly renovated upstairs offers two privates suites for on site getting ready and a versatile space for your indoor cocktail hour, a children’s playroom, or a quiet get-away.

2,920 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

100 - Cocktail Style, 82 - Fully Seated VENUE ST YLE

Vintage, Rustic, Garden CATERING CHOICES ©ASHLE Y LE TOURNE AU

Preferred Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES

Dedicated Staff, Vintage Furniture PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Rented 48 Space Parking Lot (Included)

We have an array of vintage furniture, 5 wooden bourbon barrels, garden furniture, 5 metal highboys, 10 reclaimed wood farm tables, a custom reclaimed wood bar and more available for you to use.

YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist events@f irehou sechicago.com

1545 W ROSEMONT AVENUE

( 773) 8 50 -154 5

CHICAGO, IL 60660

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Kimpton Hotel Allegro

A HISTORIC GEM THAT CAPTURES THE GLAMOUR AND PAGEANTRY OF THE 1920S ART DECO TIME PERIOD SHOWCASING NICKEL-PLATED CHANDELIERS AND BRASS WALL SCONCES ORIGINAL FROM THE GOLDEN ERA.

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17,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

12 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

350 VENUE ST YLE

Historic, Downtown, Loop, Luxury, Art Deco CATERING CHOICES

InHouse Catering by 312 Chicago

ABOUT THE VENUE Transport yourself back in time as you take a visual feast at our 1920’s art deco décor with a modern twist. A storied sight in Chicago’s Loop, this haute bastion is a destination in and of itself. Stroll through our door and be transported to an era of bygone pomp and circumstance. Let us take care of the details from ceremony to reception to rehearsal dinners and brunches and you’ll sense true celebrity treatment. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Unique Event Spaces, Art Deco Décor, Historic Presence

RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linen, Tables, Chairs, Votive Candles PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Parking Available

YOUR CONTACT

Alyssa Alexander ( 312) 325-714 2 alyssa.alexander @kimptonhotel s.com

171 W RANDOLPH ST CHICAGO, IL 60601

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Pinstripes

WHETHER YOU’RE THROWING A BIRTHDAY BASH, RAISING YOUR GLASS TO A MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY, PLANNING A CORPORATE MEETING, OR HOSTING A TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY, THERE’S ALWAYS A REASON TO CELEBRATE AT PINSTRIPES!

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32,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Pinstripes venues have housemade Italian/American cuisine, beautifully appointed ballrooms, private reception areas, grand outdoor patios, luxurious bowling lanes and bocce courts. Whether you’re planning an intimate wedding for 20 guests or a large wedding bash, Pinstripes absolutely has the flexibility to make it your tailored ‘special day’, accommodating events of all sizes. The modern but rustic look and feel is perfect for any background setting, and wedding packages offer various options such as buffet or family style service, bowling and bocce, and indoor/outdoor. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Waterfront View, Indoor/Outdoor Spaces, Third Oldest Building in Chicago, Between Navy Pier and Michigan Ave., Ballroom Space, River View Space, Bowling and Bocce, Full Service.

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6 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,000 VENUE ST YLE

Upscale Casual, Fun, Cozy, Comfortable CATERING CHOICES

On-site and Off-site RENTAL INCLUDES

Linen, AV, Tables, Chairs, Full Service PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Parking, Self Parking 435 E ILLINOIS ST., CHICAGO, IL 60611 | 312.527.3140 sales-re@pinstripes.com 1150 WILLOW RD., NORTHBROOK, IL 60062 | 847-480 -7676 sales-nb@pinstripes.com

YOUR CONTACT

7 OAKBROOK CENTER MALL , OAK BROOK, IL 60523 | 630 -575-8744 sales- ob@pinstripes.com

Sales Team

100 W. HIGGINS RD., SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL 60010 | 847-844-4810 sales-sb@pinstripes.com

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Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago ONCE YOU’VE REACHED THE TOP, DON’T FORGET TO ENJOY THE VIEW. SOARING 92 STORIES ABOVE THE LOOP AND NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE, TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO® WILL TAKE YOUR EVENT TO A HIGHER LEVEL. WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS IN EACH OF OUR MEETING SPACES, FLOOR-TOCEILING WINDOWS, NATURAL LIGHT AND PLENTY OF ROOM. TRUMP CHICAGO OFFERS THE PERFECT EVENT VENUE FOR BOTH BUSINESS AND PLEASURE.

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26,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

12 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

295 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, River Views, City Views CATERING CHOICES

All In-House, Personalized Menu Planning RENTAL INCLUDES

Designer Linens, Votives, Tables, Chairs, Dance Floor

ABOUT THE VENUE Celebrate in style and take your occasion to the next level with exceptional views and unparalleled service. From our selection of unique venues, to personalized menu planning,Trump Hotel Chicago is the premier event destination. Whether you envision an intimate celebration or a glamorous formal affair, we will make every moment unforgettable. Our event collections are designed with special touches and amenities to make your celebration picture-perfect. With experience and expertise, our event specialists will craft your occasion into the incredible affair you have always imagined. Each venue showcases breathtaking views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and the city’s most iconic architecture. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Seasonal Outdoor Oasis (Rooftop Patio), Rent out Rebar’s vibrant space, Event Specialists, Impeccable Synchronized Table Service, Breathtaking Views

PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Indoor Parking, Self Park

YOUR CONTACT

Michelle Marchetti ( 312) 58 8 - 8 0 6 2 michelle.marchet t i@trumphotel s.com

401 N WABASH AVENUE CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611

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The Seville

CELEBRATIONS BRING FAMILIES TOGETHER. LET OUR FAMILY HOST YOURS. THE SEVILLE IS RENOWNED IN THE GREATER CHICAGOLAND AREA FOR ENSURING THE UTMOST IN WEDDING PACKAGES, PROVIDING ELEGANCE AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE. WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING A SMALL, INTIMATE RECEPTION OR A GRAND CELEBRATION, WE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ENTIRE PROCESS.. WE OFFER IMPECCABLE SERVICE AND EXCELLENT CUISINE.

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ABOUT THE VENUE At The Seville we provide our brides and grooms with the highest level of amenities at the most compelling rates in the wedding industry! You deserve the wedding of your dreams and we’re here to help you put it all together. That’s why we’re known as the complete wedding specialists! Our executive chef and catering experts can help you design customized menus to meet your specific needs. Our banquet rooms provide a picture perfect setting. Whether elegant, contemporary or time-honored traditional, weddings at The Seville provide spectacular ambiance, delectable cuisine, impeccable service and striking table design. Our professional event consultants will help you to visualize and orchestrate all aspects of your special day. We invite you to enjoy the uncompromising attention to detail and exceptional personal service of our event coordination at Chicagoland’s finest reception hall. We will assist you with your entrée selections, seating arrangements, decorations, choosing vendors and all the details that are involved with planning your wedding. Contact us today to take a tour of The Seville, coordinate pricing and even schedule a tasting. For a custom quote call 630-289-4500.

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SPECIAL FEATURES:

Picturesque winding staircase, beautiful table settings, dazzling chandeliers, and gleaming built in marble dance floors.

Sam Romano

(630) 289-450 0 sam@theseville.com

700 S BARRINGTON RD, STREAMWOOD, IL 60107

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23,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

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3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

400 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef, On-Site Caterers RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Tables, Centerpieces, Chiavari Chairs, Chocolate Fountain and more. PARKING OPTIONS

On-site Self-Parking, Valet Parking © T WA Photographic Ar tists

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Acquaviva Winery

OUR BREATHTAKING VINEYARD AND GORGEOUS WINERY CREATE A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE BACKDROP FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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20,000

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

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ABOUT THE VENUE Acquaviva Winery is an all-inclusive vineyard estate wedding venue, located just 50 miles west of Chicago, yet worlds away. Whether you say “I-do” amid sweeping views of 85 acres of vineyards and orchards, beside the gorgeous estate pool, on our vine-covered patio, or indoors under a hand-painted rotunda, an Acquaviva Winery wedding is nothing short of magical.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

230 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Vineyard, Elegant, Winery

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Linens, Staff PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking

Ashley Hamm Photography

Our romantic winery receptions, with seating for up to 230 guests, feature hand-painted frescos by master artist Andre Zabela and offer spectacular customized menus, full-service bar, upscale decor, and two beautiful vine covered patios. Each wedding enjoys exclusive use of the ceremony and reception space. Package upgrades are endless and can include ceremony wineservice, evening firework displays, and rental of the onsite guest house. Our event planners will assist with local hotel accommodations, shuttle options, decor choices, food tastings, and more. Come and see what makes Acquaviva Winery so unforgettable. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Exclusive use of vineyard and winery. Pool house bridal suite and winery groom’s suite. Limo shuttles to and from ceremony and reception. Guest House.

YOUR CONTACT

Suzanne Read (63 0) 365- 0333 Call or Text

47 W614 RT. 38

events@acquavivawiner y.com

MAPLE PARK, IL 60151

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Ashley Farm

FROM OUR DRAMATIC OPEN-BEAM CEILINGS TO OUR STUNNING CHANDELIERS AND BREATHTAKING GROUNDS, ASHLEY FARM PROVIDES A ROMANTIC ATMOSPHERE THAT IS PERFECT FOR YOUR UPCOMING WEDDING.

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4,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Built in 1845 and reestablished in 2016, Ashley Farm defines rustic elegance. From our charming reception barn to our beautifully manicured grounds, our setting provides a picturesque background for your special day. Nestled amongst tall pines and open fields, our indoor and outdoor ceremony sites create a romantic location to say, “I do,” while our unique courtyard, complete with a Silo Bar, fire pits, and Edison lights, are sure to leave your guests impressed.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

225 VENUE ST YLE

Brandy Swar tz Photography

CATERING CHOICES

Our professional and experienced staff at Ashley Farm will work alongside you to ensure that every detail is accounted for throughout your planning process. Our goal is to create a day you will always remember as we consider it a privilege to share one of life’s greatest moments with you and your guests.

In House Only RENTAL INCLUDES

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The original farmhouse with wrap-around porch, outdoor courtyards, and farm vignettes offers impressive photo opportunities.

Indoor, Outdoor, Rustic Chic, Vintage Barn Wedding

She Sees Photography

Venue, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Dinnerware, Silverware, Glassware, Food and Beverages, Heating and Cooling Units, On-Site Coordinator PARKING OPTIONS

On-site Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Ashley Johnson (63 0) 277-10 8 8

9111 ASHLEY ROAD

info@a shleyfarmweddings.com

YORK VILLE, IL 60560

ASHLEYFARMWEDDINGS.COM

Photography By Laur yn

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The Barn at Blackberry Farm

THE BARN IS WHERE YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER BEGINS. EXPERIENCE RUSTIC CHARM AND AFFORDABLE ELEGANCE IN THIS BRAND NEW VENUE SET AMIDST HISTORIC BLACKBERRY FARM. OUR TEAM WILL OFFER PERSONALIZED CARE AND MAKE SURE THAT NO DETAIL IS OVERLOOKED FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS.

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4,500 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

220 VENUE ST YLE

Barn CATERING CHOICES

Off-site Catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables/Chairs. Rustic Bar. Whiskey Barrel Tables.

ABOUT THE VENUE The Blackberry Farm wedding team is excited to create an experience which delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests. Our one-of-a-kind setting features country elegance and personalized service that caters to your needs – all at a value that can’t be matched. Planning the big day is a piece of cake. We’ll remove any stress, answer all your questions, and anticipate and communicate every detail in advance of your event. Our space is flexible and beautifully appointed, featuring rustic touches and country charm amidst Blackberry Farm’s historic backdrop. With a convenient location and ample parking, The Barn at Blackberry Farm is the perfect showcase for your big day.

Plenty of On-site Self Parking

As you browse information regarding your wedding, please note that ALL packages include table and chairs at no extra cost. We hope to extend every hospitality to you along your decision-making process and are here to answer any questions or schedule a tour at your request.

YOUR CONTACT

Picturesque locations throughout Blackberry Farm. Outdoor ceremony options. Whiskey Barrel cocktail tables. Outdoor patio and lawn space.

PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Rebecca Holoman (63 0) 8 9 2-1550 ext. 170 8 rholoman@fvpd.net

100 S. BARNES RD. AURORA , IL 60506

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Belle Salle Banquets

BECAUSE ALL YOU WANT IS EVERYTHING. THE PERFECT INDOOR/ OUTDOOR VENUE FOR YOUR STORYBOOK WEDDING AND ALL EXTRAORDINARY CELEBRATIONS.

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10,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Everything you’ve ever dreamed of in one location. The serene setting of our six acre estate creates an idyllic backdrop for your special day. Beautiful gardens, stately trees, manicured lawns, water features and the sounds of nature will complement your wedding and enhance the natural beauty of your photographs.  We can transform our estate into an exclusive sanctuary for you and your guests.  Whether you have 20 or 200 guests, you’ll enjoy the ultimate in privacy so you and your guests can relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Our elegant decor complements any theme you may have in mind and will never detract from your own personal style. With custom table linens available in a variety of colors, centerpieces, classic chandeliers and neutral flooring, our serene setting is the perfect backdrop for your special touches. We customize every detail to your specifications, whether it’s white glove dinner service or casual snacks, a black tie event or an 80s dance party, your choices are limitless.

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

400 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom, Estate, Garden, Waterfront CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Flatware PARKING OPTIONS

On-site self parking

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Over 6 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and a newly remodeled interior. Our on-site event coordinator will be with you every step of the way. 1920 EAST NEW YORK STREET AURORA , IL 60502

YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist (63 0) 4 49-3 0 65 info@bellesallebanquets.com

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Belvedere Events & Banquets BELVEDERE IS CHICAGOLAND’S PREMIERE EVENT VENUE WHERE THE CREATIVE CUISINE, ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE CREATE LASTING MEMORIES. WE OFFER OUR GUESTS THE VERY BEST FACILITIES AND EXPERIENCED, CARING AND CAPABLE STAFF THAT IS PERFECT FOR EVERYONE THAT IS LOOKING TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE EVENT EXPERIENCE. FROM IMPRESSIVE BUSINESS MEETINGS TO ELEGANT WEDDING RECEPTIONS AND OFF PREMISE CATERING SERVICES WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST YOU WITH EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR EVENT.

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15,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,000 VENUE ST YLE

Venue with soft tones of silver, white and ivory. CATERING CHOICES

Onsite full kitchen offering a variety of cuisines RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Tables, Chairs, Centerpieces PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Parking is available

ABOUT THE VENUE Step into Belvedere Events & Banquets and be welcomed by the subtle elegance of all that our venue has to offer. Each room is turnkey, with elegant mosaic tiles displayed throughout, chandeliers, and lighting that can be customized for your desired ambiance. Each room stands alone or can be configured for additional possibilities for seated, cocktail or lounge receptions. We also offer a quaint, outdoor courtyard for cocktail hour, sweets display, or just mingling outside near a fireplace for a warm, cozy feel. From your first contact with Belvedere, our dedicated wedding professionals will be by your side during the planning process and on-site for your special day. We are here to assist you with all of your needs including your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, after party and post wedding brunch. Belvedere is centrally located in the Greater O’Hare area of Chicago and conveniently attached to a hotel for your overnight accommodations. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Sales Manager (8 47) 534- 0 6 0 0 info@belvederebanquets.com

Bridal suites with iron staircases leading into the event spaces, fireplace, outdoor patio with seating, grand windows, lobby fountain 1170 WEST DEVON ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL 60007

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The BRIX on the Fox

THE BRIX IS THE FOX VALLEY’S NEWEST VENUE. BUILT IN THE LATE 1800S, THE BRIX HAS BEEN RESTORED TO “BETTER THAN NEW” CONDITION FOR 300+. THE BRIX, ENABLES “YOUR LIFE. YOUR STYLE” IN A FUN COST EFFECTIVE WAY. BRING YOUR OWN CATERER AND BAR SERVICE. MAKE YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY.

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16,600 ABOUT THE VENUE Announcing The Industria at The Brix on the Fox!

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Thanks to the overwhelming response to The Brix on the Fox, we are excited to announce The Industria, our new 7000 sq. ft. venue, located by our flagship Two-Sixty venue. The Industria hosts up to 200 guests within the iconic BRIX atmosphere along with a touch of industrial chic! The Two-Sixty, with 9600 sq. ft, hosts up to 320 guests.

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“Your Life. Your Style.” Make it your own. Bring your own caterer and bar service. The BRIX includes all this plus photo booth, large bar, ceremony space, tables, chairs, bridal suite, riverfront view, dance lighting, world class sound system, and more. And all for a fixed price. Start with a wide open wedding space that can handle everyone & everything – including your imagination. You’ve got the plan, we’ve got the floorplan. Now with whatever size crowd you’re inviting, we have the right size space to roll out the welcome mat. Welcome to the transparency and elegance of The BRIX. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Riverfront view, brick altar, ADA compliant, freedom to choose 260 S. WASHINGTON STREET CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 60110

2 320 VENUE ST YLE

Rustic Chic, Industrial, Historic, Riverfront CATERING CHOICES

Your choice! Bring your favorite! RENTAL INCLUDES

Bridal Suite, Tables, Chairs, Photo booth + more! PARKING OPTIONS

170 onsite, plus free street too!

YOUR CONTACT

Rob and Tone Gorman (8 47) 8 4 4- 8 010 info@brixonfox.com

BRIXONFOX.COM

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Brookfield Zoo

SAY “I DO” AT BROOKFIELD ZOO! EXOTIC. ELEGANT. EXTRAORDINARY.

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11,324 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

320 VENUE ST YLE

Ballrooms, Outdoor Pavilion CATERING CHOICES

Onsite, Custom Menu Creations RENTAL INCLUDES

Varies by Venue. Contact Us for Details. PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

ABOUT THE VENUE When it comes to setting a truly exotic stage for your special event, no place compares to Brookfield Zoo. Lions roar in the distance, monkeys chatter nearby, and a giraffe might even stretch his long neck in your direction to check out your party. Our lush grounds and tranquil settings form a lovely and completely unique backdrop for your special day. After your ceremony, your guests will enjoy “Cocktails with the Animals” in one of the zoo’s magnificent wildlife habitats, from the deserts and rain forests of far-off lands, to the underwater world of our famous bottlenose dolphins. Then it’s off to your elegant dinner...complete with themed decorations. Enjoy live music and outstanding food as you and your guests dance the night away. Be sure to allow plenty of time for unforgettable pictures among the sculpted gardens and with an animal or two! Your Brookfield Zoo wedding consultant will help you create the celebration of your dreams! Contact us today!

YOUR CONTACT

Catered Events Off ice ( 70 8) 6 8 8 - 8355 cateredevents@cz s.org

3300 GOLF ROAD

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BROOKFIELD, IL 60513

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Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement LOCATED STEPS AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE, NAPER SETTLEMENT’S CENTURY MEMORIAL CHAPEL IS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY. THE HISTORIC CHAPEL IS SET AMONG LUSH FOLIAGE, BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, QUAINT PATHWAYS, MATURE TREES, AND THIRTY HISTORIC HOMES AND BUILDINGS ON THE 13-ACRE MUSEUM CAMPUS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE Once Like a Spark Photography

ABOUT THE VENUE Built in 1864, the charm and elegance of Century Memorial Chapel comes through in its original stained-glass windows and decorative hand stenciling. The curved buttresses, carved pews, and globe lighting highlight the Gothic Revival style of architecture. With seating for up to 175 guests, our nondenominational chapel is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. Countless weddings have taken advantage of the intimate setting and come complete with an experienced wedding attendant for both your rehearsal and ceremony.

5,768 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

175 VENUE ST YLE

Historical Buildings, Museum Stuidio One Naper ville

CATERING CHOICES

Preferred Caterers

The Century Memorial Hall, located in the Chapel lower level, is beautifully furnished with a main meeting room, catering prep kitchen, Bride’s room, and exterior entrances. The large room lends itself easily to rehearsal dinners, showers, meetings and private parties.

Rental Attendant, Bride’s

Come make some memories in one of Chicagoland’s only historic wedding chapels!

Complimentary Parking

RENTAL INCLUDES

Dressing Room PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Lush foliage, beautiful gardens, quaint pathways, historic homes and buildings.

YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist (63 0) 4 2 0 - 6 010

523 S. WEBSTER STREET

weddings@naperville.il.u s

NAPERVILLE, IL 60504

NAPERSETTLEMENT.ORG/WEDDINGS

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Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge

WHETHER A LAVISH CELEBRATION OR MORE INTIMATE AFFAIR, THE CHICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST AT BURR RIDGE HAS CONTEMPORARY SPACE, WORLD-CLASS AMENITIES AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO SEAMLESSLY BRING YOUR DREAM WEDDING TO LIFE.

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8,024 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

450 VENUE ST YLE

Hotel Ballroom and Outdoor Patio CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering and Personalized Options Available RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, House Linen, Hotel Centerpieces, Dancefloor PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE The day you’ve always dreamed of begins at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. Our newly redesigned hotel offers a stunning ballroom and picture-perfect grounds in a contemporary setting. The ballroom features a neutral palette while the cocktail space has floor to ceiling windows overlooking a natural setting. Your personalized wedding package encompasses all of the important details of your special day including an Executive Chef inspired menu, custom designed wedding cake and complimentary overnight accommodations in our stunning Presidential Suite. Your guests will enjoy the convenience of taking the elevator home to their spacious and comfortable guestroom. Let the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge host all of your pre and post wedding celebration needs including: showers, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and brunch. Allow our team to guide you step by step to a worry-free wedding experience. Call today to begin your happily ever after. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Newly redesigned hotel and ballroom, patio area with waterfront views, spacious guestrooms and outside ethnic catering permitted.

Wedding Specialist (63 0) 9 8 6 - 410 0 BurrRidge. Events@marriot t.com

1200 BURR RIDGE PARK WAY BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS 60527

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DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville

BALLROOMS WITH CRYSTAL CHANDELIERS, ATTENTIVE STAFF AND DELICIOUS FOOD GUARANTEE A DAY OF FANTASTIC MEMORIES.

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19,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE At the DoubleTree by Hilton Lisle Naperville, weddings have been our specialty for over 35 years. Conveniently located 19 miles from O’Hare International Airport, our Naperville hotel is the perfect venue to host your special day. Our crystal chandeliers will cast an elegant glow on your wedding reception; highlighting all the personal touches planned for your special day. One of our three separate and distinct ballrooms is available to create lifelong memories for you and your guests. With award-winning culinary creations plus attentive, personalized & professional staff, our full-service Hilton offers world-class service and accommodations to make your wedding vision come true. In addition to ceremony and reception space, we offer a full service bar, Thirty 0 Three Restaurant, guestrooms and suites. Enjoy first class amenities and services including our shuttle to many area attractions. Guests appreciate our proximity to local venues and our location 27 miles from downtown Chicago. After all of the wedding festivities, continue the celebration in our Lobby Bar or retreat to a spacious guestroom or suite.

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CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Catering, Outside Ethnic Catering Allowed RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Cake, Fresh Floral Centerpieces, Some Overnight Accommodations PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available YOUR CONTACT

Catering Sales Department (63 0) 24 5-76 0 0 3003 CORPORATE WEST DRIVE LISLE, IL 60532

HILTONLISLENAPERVILLE.COM

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Drury Lane Theatre & Events

CELEBRATE UNDER THE CHANDELIERS AT ONE OF CHICAGOLAND’S FINEST VENUES: THE BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE, AND VERSATILE DRURY LANE.

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35,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

7 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

1,800 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms, Intimate Spaces CATERING CHOICES

On-Site RENTAL INCLUDES

Complimentary Wedding Night Suite, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Tableware

ABOUT THE VENUE Blending timeless sophistication with modern elegance, Drury Lane fulfills wedding dreams like no other venue. Whether you are planning an intimate family celebration or a grand-scale reception, our expert catering and event professionals have a passion for uncompromising service to create a spectacular experience that is truly unforgettable. We will work closely with you to plan a stress-free wedding day, from reserving your date, planning the schedule of events, coordinating your menu, and selecting décor and entertainment to watching you walk down the aisle and celebrate as newlyweds, all while accommodating a variety of price points. Drury Lane is a one-stop destination for guests, allowing for the ceremony and reception to take place in one convenient location.

PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary self and valet parking

YOUR CONTACT

Event Specialist (63 0) 53 0 - 0 2 0 2 Events@ Drur yLane.com

100 DRURY LANE OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL 60181

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Elements at Water Street ELEMENTS EVENT SPACE OCCUPIES THE ENTIRE 2ND FLOOR OF HOTEL INDIGO NAPERVILLE RIVERWALK WITH PICTURESQUE VIEWS OF HISTORIC NAPERVILLE MIDTOWN. IT IS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR SPECIAL EVENTS, CORPORATE OUTINGS, AND THAT ONCE IN A LIFETIME WEDDING BUT WE CERTAINLY DON’T STOP THERE. GUESTS WILL BE CAPTIVATED BY THE UNIQUE COMBINATION OF MODERN & INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE AWAITS YOU!

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ABOUT THE VENUE Our private pre-function lounge with separate bar and open air balcony access is just the beginning to your special night. Enjoy the private ballroom with scenic views of the river and fountain plaza below.The architectural floor to ceiling windows and custom curved bar enhance the ballroom from every angle, while featuring a built in 18 x 18 hardwood dance floor in the center. We offer full-service wedding packages to our couples including a culinary experience of Eclectic Modern American cuisine and a variety of service styles. Wedding packages include a private tasting, bakery tasting and cake from DeEtta’s bakery, plated soup or salad, plated entree, Hahn Estate wine service throughout dinner, gourmet coffee and tea service, four hour premium bar, French sparkling champagne toast, floor length linens and napkins, and complimentary coat check. Walk our sky bridge right to your suite and enjoy a preferred room block rate at Hotel Indigo.

5,700 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

230 VENUE ST YLE

Indoor, Historic, Riverfront With Love Productions

CATERING CHOICES

Full Service, Eclectic, Modern American Cuisine RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Place Settings, Linens, Stage PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Organic contemporary design, floor to ceiling windows, 2nd Floor plaza and river view, open air balcony, wood ribbon ceiling.

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FREE On-Site Garage Parking, Valet

YOUR CONTACT

Cheryl Cady (63 0) 717-28 0 0

123 WATER STREET, 2ND FLOOR HOTEL INDIGO

ccady @elementsnaperville.com

NAPERVILLE, IL 60446

ELEMENTSNAPERVILLE.COM

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Elements by The Odyssey

ELEMENTS BY THE ODYSSEY IS TRULY A UNIQUE SETTING FOR A BEAUTIFUL, UPSCALE WEDDING. FROM AN INTIMATE GROUP OF 40 TO 350 GUESTS, WE MAKE SURE YOUR EVENT IS ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS.

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6,500 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

350 VENUE ST YLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef on-site RENTAL INCLUDES

Chairs, Tables, Linens PARKING OPTIONS

On-site Self Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE Start the journey you have dreamed about with Elements by The Odyssey! Our experienced Event Specialists, Banquet Staff and Culinary Department are here to guide you through the planning process to make it as simple and stress-free as possible. Accommodating up to 350 guests, Elements offers a Dinner Package, including ballroom rental for 5 ½ hours, a 4-course gourmet meal with 4 hours of a premium open bar, champagne for the Bridal Party, unlimited wine throughout dinner, a complimentary tasting for 2, and much more. Whether you desire an intimate setting or prefer a lavish look, our Event Specialists have the ability to turn your vision into reality. With the unbeatable convenience of adjoining the Homewood Suites by Hilton, couples along with their guests can experience the finest in cuisine and service, with the peace of mind that overnight accommodations are attached to the venue. SPECIAL FEATURES:

YOUR CONTACT

Jaclyn Smith ( 70 8) 9 81-36 0 8 sales@elementsby theodyssey.com

The refined ambience and splendor of Elements by The Odyssey is evident from the moment you walk through our doors. 16235 SOUTH LA GRANGE ROAD ORLAND PARK, IL 60467

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“The Venue” at Gifford’s Kitchen and Social

RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL ELEGANCE AT ITS FINEST. JUST MINUTES FROM I90, GIFFORD’S KITCHEN AND SOCIAL OFFERS FOUR UNIQUE EVENT SPACES IN ONE CONVENIENT LOCATION.

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18,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE Gifford’s Kitchen and Social has great spaces within spaces where we can offer our guests different experiences. Our lounge patio is the perfect setting to gather and relax, catching up with friends and family while overlooking our pond, complete with a fountain.

4 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 Cocktail 200 Seated

On the second floor, we have an amazing venue space for larger gatherings such as trendy rustic weddings, dinners, lunches, dances, concerts or social gatherings complete with its’ own private bar, large balcony overlooking the pond, stage for live music or shows and can accommodate 100-250 guests.

VENUE ST YLE

Rustic, Industrial CATERING CHOICES

In House Catering

We also have beautiful private dining rooms on the first floor to reserve for parties of 10-50 people.

RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Flatware and China, On-site Coordinator

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Private covered balcony perfect for ceremonies, rain or shine. A hotel right across the street for out of town guests. Close proximity to a major highway.

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Complimentary Self Park

YOUR CONTACT

Tracy Bramlett (8 47) 8 4 4 -1728 2300 BUSHWOOD DRIVE ELGIN, IL 60124

Trac y @gifford skitchen .com

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The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station

A MODERN MENU IN A HISTORICAL VENUE.

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4,200 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

220 VENUE ST YLE

Historical Building CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Ivory Linens and Napkins, Table Numbers, Votive Candles PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available

ABOUT THE VENUE The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station occupies one of Joliet’s most historic buildings. What was once the bustling hub for travelers waiting to catch their trains, is now a beautiful and unique setting for your wedding day. It is a versatile space with both indoor and outdoor locations. Guests are able to enter the space via a grand, marble staircase leading to the second floor ballroom. The arching ceiling and stunning chandeliers provide a glamorous setting for any reception. Couples can choose to host their cocktail hour amidst the old fashioned ticket windows, outside on the old train platform, or on the front balcony overlooking the plaza. The Grand Ballroom’s team of experienced staff will help you bring any vision to life and can customize menu selections, suggest decor items, and refer exceptional vendors who reflect your styles and tastes. The unique menu has been designed in a way that allows you to create your own package and provides flexibility with each course.

YOUR CONTACT

Taylor Prieboy (815) 254 -70 03 t prieboy @mi stwoodgc .com

50 EAST JEFFERSON STREET JOLIET, IL 60432

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Heritage Ballroom

ELEGANT BANQUET FACILITY WITH A SPECTACULAR VIEW FOR WEDDINGS, QUINCEAÑERAS, AND ALL SPECIAL EVENTS.

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2,800 # OF EVENT SPACES

ABOUT THE VENUE With seating for up to 300 guests, The Heritage Ballroom is the perfect venue for your dream wedding. Indoor/Outdoor ceremony sites are available. We can design your perfect event to fit your budget. With a full bar and kitchen facilities, multimedia capabilities, dance floor and a complete sound system, we offer many cost-effective services that will make your whole wedding day come together.

8 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

300 VENUE ST YLE

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Ballroom, Historic Venue, Waterfront, Park CATERING CHOICES

For pricing information visit The Centre of Elgin’s website, or call our banquet offices at 847-531-7047.

Bar & Drinks, Food & Catering RENTAL INCLUDES

Lords Park Pavilion historic landmark was built in 1898 for ceremony/event space in historic Lords Park, a photographic 108 acre site.

Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables PARKING OPTIONS

SPECIAL FEATURES:

On-site Self Parking

Panoramic window views looking out onto beautiful Walton Island create the right ambiance for your day.

YOUR CONTACT

Events Specialist (8 47) 531-70 47

100 SYMPHONY WAY

banquets@cit yofelgin .org

ELGIN, IL 60120

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Hotel Baker

ST CHARLES, IL WEDDING VENUE AND HISTORIC LANDMARK FEATURING GRAND BALLROOMS AND OUTDOOR GARDEN.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

3,558

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# OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

200 VENUE ST YLE

Grand Ballrooms and Outdoor Garden

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

ABOUT THE VENUE Searching for a unique venue with beautiful reception and outdoor ceremony spaces? Recite your wedding vows on our Waterfront Patio or blooming Rose Garden with the scenic Fox River as your backdrop. Our Waterfront Room is sure to dazzle guests with its elegance and stunning view of the river. Dance the night away among the multicolored lights of the historic, two-tiered Rainbow Room as a newly married couple. The expertise of our wedding 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.

CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Downtown Street Parking and Public Parking Garage

Stephanie Hulthen Photography

YOUR CONTACT

Wedding Specialist events@hotelbaker.com

100 WEST MAIN STREET

(63 0) 58 4 -210 0

ST. CHARLES, IL 60174 Stephanie Hulthen Photography

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Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook

OUR UNIQUE AMBIANCE AND INSPIRING BACKDROP, MATCHED WITH OUR CULINARY EXPERTISE, WILL GUARANTEE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DAY WILL TRULY BE UNFORGETTABLE.

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47,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Bring your wedding dreams to life at the unique Hyatt Lodge. Nestled among 88 acres of lush trees and sparkling lakes, it is the ideal backdrop for your special day. Whether you are looking to create a feeling of rustic charm on the outdoor lawn, or a feeling of romantic elegance in one of our unique ballrooms, you are sure to find a venue that inspires you. Say your “I Do’s” in front of an intimate group of family and friends or make it an elaborate celebration, either way we treat each and every wedding like a one-of-a-kind event. Allow our wedding specialists to help create your picture perfect wedding by ensuring that every detail is anticipated and exceeded, from catering and décor to incorporating your personal touches throughout. Let us help you take care of your family and friends traveling in for the special event. Special room rates and accommodations can be arranged for your wedding party and guests in our award-winning hotel accommodations. Other amenities include: wedding packages that allow for your personal touch; professional wedding specialist and experienced food and beverage team; special room rates for your wedding guests; and picture perfect ceremony and reception venues. 2815 JORIE BOULEVARD OAK BROOK, IL 60523

# 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 Wedding Specialist, Menu Tasting and Cake Cutting PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Sigita Jasudas (63 0) 581- 6 6 21 Sigita. Ja suda@hyat t.com

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Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

THE ESTATE OFFERS SEVERAL VENUES ALL ON THE SAME PROPERTY! IT FEATURES AN EXQUISITE MANSION, BUILT IN 1873, AND A SPACIOUS, INVITING BALLROOM, BUILT IN 1903. WALK DOWN THE AISLE IN A HISTORIC CHURCH FEATURING STAINED GLASS WINDOWS, OR EXCHANGE VOWS UNDER THE ROMANTIC PERGOLA IN THE GARDENS. FROM YOUR FIRST KISS TO YOUR LAST DANCE, A UNIQUE OCCASION AWAITS...

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10,000

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# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

275 VENUE ST YLE

Historic, Vintage, Unique, Indoor, Outdoor

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CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

House Linens, Chairs, Tables, Centerpieces

ABOUT THE VENUE The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate contributes to the beauty of your wedding day by offering a unique setting for both your wedding ceremony and reception. The Jacob Henry Mansion, the flagship of our Estate, is known for its Gilded Age architecture, decadent hand carved woodwork, and lavish period decoration. A winding path leads from the Mansion, through the Gardens, to the Ballroom and Old Central Church. Built in 1895 of locally excavated limestone, The Old Central Church’s splendor includes three stunning stained glass windows, and its original 2,000pipe organ. From an era of wealth, opulence, and romance are three historic landmarks - a Mansion, Ballroom and a Church -combined to make your wedding celebration an unforgettable experience! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Onsite ceremony in the Church or Gardens, Our full service, onsite planners offer personalized attention to help make your wedding dreams come true!

PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Onsite Parking Lots

YOUR CONTACT

Sarah Orr (815) 72 2-14 2 0

20 S. EASTERN AVE.

Sarah@jacobhenr y man sion .com

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Kuipers Family Farm

IMAGINE EXCHANGING VOWS UNDER THE ARBOR OVERLOOKING THE APPLE ORCHARD AND ROLLING HILLS SURROUNDED BY NATURE AND LOVED ONES. YOUR CELEBRATION CONTINUES AS GUESTS ENJOY COCKTAILS ON THE PATIO WATCHING THE SUN SET AND THEN DINNER AND DANCING IN THE COMFORTS OF THE ORCHARD BARN DECORATED JUST AS YOU ENVISIONED.

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6,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Kuipers Family invites you to consider their orchard estate nestled on 230 serene acres just 50 miles west of Chicago. Your wedding guests can relax on the long front porch taking in the picturesque view of the orchard in spring bloom, enjoy lawn games or a train ride on a summer evening and taste the flavors of our delicious farmstead cuisine in the majestic Orchard Barn. Amazing wedding photo opportunities will help to create the lasting memories you’re dreaming of. One of our most unique offerings is the invitation to visit the orchard each year after to relive where your story together began. We are open to the public each fall for our annual apple harvest celebration. The Orchard Barn is a full service venue with all the amenities needed to provide a unique, elegant, all-inclusive and comfortable guest experience. Our professional wedding team will guide you through a worry-free planning process and provide a Day-Of Coordinator to ensure your event is flawless.

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

225 VENUE ST YLE

Orchard, Outdoor, Indoor, Private, Customizable CATERING CHOICES

All Inclusive, In House Catering & Bar Service RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, firepit PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Exclusive use of orchard, unique Silo Bar, climate controlled venue, complimentary Day-Of Coordinator, lawn games, Farmview Railway, cider doughnuts

YOUR CONTACT

Nick Myers (815) 8 27-52 0 0

1N318 WATSON ROAD MAPLE PARK, IL 60151

KUIPERSFAMILYFARM.COM

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Mistwood Golf Club

A MODERN BALLROOM WITH OLD-WORLD CHARM OVERLOOKING A GORGEOUS GOLF COURSE

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4,400

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ABOUT THE VENUE Mistwood Golf Club is located in Romeoville, Illinois and overlooks the rolling greens and water features of a world-class golf course. There are beautiful decorative details throughout the grounds including, but not limited to, seasonal gardens, gazebos, charming stone bridges and a bell tower.

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

250 VENUE ST YLE

Golf Club, Indoor and Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

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Onsite

Our Courtyard is the perfect place to have your ceremony and is completed with paver stones and a beautiful garden. Guests will pass through a wrought iron gate and exit to the tolling of the bells in celebration.

RENTAL INCLUDES

Chiavari Chairs, Linens, Dancefloor, Bridal Suite PARKING OPTIONS

Self-parking onsite, Complimentary

Mistwood offers a ballroom that can seat up to 250 guests with dance floor, and comes complete with chandeliers, chiavari chairs, fireplace and private terraces that overlook our gorgeous course.

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Mistwood Golf Club provides old-world charm with all the modern conveniences and amenities for you and your guests. Our team is honored to share your day and is committed to providing you with the most memorable experience! SPECIAL FEATURES:

1 ballroom, 2 private terraces, ceremony space overlooking course, chiavari chairs included and picturesque backdrop for photos.

YOUR CONTACT

Taryn Wade (815) 254-3333

1700 WEST RENWICK ROAD

twade@mi stwoodgc .com

ROMEOVILLE, IL 60446 © With Love Productions

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The Monte Bello Estate THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE IS A UNIQUE ESTATE-STYLE VENUE SITUATED ON OVER 55 ACRES OF PRAIRIE AND FORESTLAND, WITH THE LARGEST PRIVATE WILDFLOWER PRESERVE IN ILLINOIS AND WATER FEATURES INCLUDING A POND AND WATERFALL. MONTE BELLO HAS 5 DIFFERENT CEREMONY LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, BOTH INDOOR AND OUTDOOR. WE OFFER THREE RECEPTION PACKAGES AND A DEDICATED VENUE COORDINATOR TO ASSIST WITH PERSONALIZING YOUR WEDDING TO MEET YOUR VISION.

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16,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Monte Bello provides the most charming setting with our enchanting estate and breathtaking grounds that are the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable event. We are set on over 55 acres of meticulously manicured grounds featuring four outdoor ceremony locations and rolling pathways that lead to our outdoor cocktail space. The reception area features an elegantly draped ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the glass tent house. The 14-foot tall windows offer views of the restored prairie and the largest wildflower preserve in Illinois. We have an elegant Bridal Suite complete with furnishings from Restoration Hardware and Z Gallerie, and a place to display your wedding dress. We also have the perfect Grooms Suite that is a man cave like no other with a poker table, craps table, foosball table, pool table, and music & sports memorabilia. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Multiple outdoor ceremony locations, lush wildflower preserve, over 55 acres, pond and waterfall, expansive groom suite and bridal suite, mansion

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

275 VENUE ST YLE

Outdoor, Estate, Garden, Tented Glasshouse, Forest CATERING CHOICES

Catering On-site Through our Chef & Culinary Team. RENTAL INCLUDES

Chiavari Chairs, Tables, Linens, Venue Coordinator PARKING OPTIONS

Self-parking in our Private Lot

YOUR CONTACT

Courtney Troyner 16501 135TH STREET LEMONT, IL 60439

(815) 8 63- 8 617 Court ney @themontebelloestate.com

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Northfork Farm

NORTHFORK FARM WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE WITH ELEGANT COUNTRY OUTDOOR WEDDING FACILITIES. WITH BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED AREAS FEATURING MATURE TREES, MAJESTIC FLOWER GARDENS, RICH GREEN PASTURES WITH FAMOUS THOROUGHBRED HORSES, AND WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,000

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ABOUT THE VENUE Dreaming of a wedding surrounded by white fences of lush green pastures filled with Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred Race Horses? It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to Northfork Farm, a one of a kind, family owned wedding venue!

1 MA XIMUM CAPACIT Y

250 VENUE ST YLE

Vintage, Kentucky style thoroughbred horse farm

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CATERING CHOICES

Multiple variety of choices RENTAL INCLUDES

Bridal Suite, Heated & Air Conditioned Tent, Parking Staff, Bug Spraying, Tables & Chairs, Bonfire PARKING OPTIONS

LOREN WEDDINGS

Self parking with assistance

Personifying beauty and excellence from the elegant residence with its wrap around country porch, to the Kentucky style horse barns, to the manicured grounds, Northfork provides the perfect background for your wedding celebration. With multiple locations for your ceremony, Northfork offers many options to choose from and specializes in customizing your wedding day to fit your needs and budget. We are passionate about making your wedding the most exciting day of your life and are committed to providing every couple with the best quality and value. Together with our knowledgeable and helpful staff, we will make sure that every detail is accounted for throughout your planning journey. Open year round with weddings/ events May through October. SPECIAL FEATURES:

On-site hair & makeup services available by Villareggia Style House. Salon open year round, carlyvillastylehouse@gmail.com

YOUR CONTACT

Pete Pasteris (815) 76 8 -54 0 0

1998 JOHNSON ROAD

laurie.pa steri s@gmail.com

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Q CENTER IS A HIDDEN GEM ON THE FOX RIVER WITH SO MANY BEAUTIFUL OPTIONS FOR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION, BOTH INDOORS AND OUT, ALL SET ON 95 ACRES OF WOODED LAND. ALONG WITH COMFORTABLE OVERNIGHT HOTEL-STYLE ACCOMMODATIONS, RECREATION OPTIONS, AND BISTRO BAR, YOUR GUESTS WILL ENJOY A WEEKEND RETREAT!

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100,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Just off the beaten path near Downtown St. Charles, Q Center offers a dream escape on 95 acres with outdoor and indoor charm all along the Fox River. From unmatched elegance in traditional ballrooms to a touch of southern charm in our covered outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and Edison bulb lighting, your dream day can become a fairy tale with so many locations to say “I do.” Start with your ceremony set on the peninsula in a tranquil setting, then cocktails in the courtyard with a custom water feature. Your reception can continue outdoors in the pavilion for 200 or less guests, or in one of our two ballrooms with seating for for up to 1,000 guests.

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Waterfalls, water features, and several outdoor locations for ceremony and reception. Outdoor activities for guests, on-site bar, and overnight accommodations.

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Randall Oaks Golf Club & Banquets YOUR STORY BEGINS HERE. WE INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIVES HERE AT RANDALL OAKS GOLF CLUB & BANQUETS. HAVING EVERYTHING IN ONE LOCATION—BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPED GROUNDS FOR PICTURES, ONSITE CEREMONY AT OUR WATERFRONT GAZEBO, AND BANQUET ROOM FEATURING SPECTACULAR VIEWS—WILL MAKE YOUR EVENT EASY AND STRESS FREE FOR YOU AND YOUR GUESTS.

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Outdoor Waterfront Gazebo, Indoor Banquet Hall CATERING CHOICES

On-site Catering, Menu Options, Hors d’oeuvres RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Custom Designed Cake, Bar PARKING OPTIONS

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ABOUT THE VENUE Our banquet room can accommodate up to 200 guests with panoramic views of the beautiful golf course and lake. Randall Oaks Golf Club & Banquets is the perfect location to offer you total privacy, attention to detail and incredible service. On your chosen day, yours will be the only wedding reception taking place at Randall Oaks Golf Club & Banquets so our focus is solely on you. You’ve envisioned every last detail, from the table settings to the meal to your entrance onto the dance floor. When you choose Randall Oaks Golf Club & Banquets, we can make all your wedding dreams come true. Our staff works closely with you throughout the entire planning process, and is on-hand the day of your wedding, to ensure your day is perfect and worry-free. SPECIAL FEATURES:

Our beautifully manicured golf course, lakes and gazebo make a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos.

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20,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Venuti Family would like the opportunity to graciously host and serve your special day. We are known for our attention to detail, our 5 star service, our ability to customize your special event and our exquisite food. Celebrate with up to 1,000 of your closest family and friends in our opulent grand ballroom as well as recite your vows in our quaint circular chapel.The gorgeous marble staircase provides a stunning backdrop for photos. Our event specialists are here to help you plan from exceptional authentic Italian cuisine options to beautiful decor and lighting solutions, your wedding will be picturesque and unforgettable! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Picturesque Marble Double Staircase, Fountain, Patio and Circular chapel

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Indoor, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

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House Linen, Tables, Chairs, Centerpieces, A/V PARKING OPTIONS

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White Eagle Golf Club

FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER WHITE EAGLE, YOU’LL BE ASSURED THAT THE ARCHITECTURE, FURNISHINGS, AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL WORK IN CONCERT TO CREATE A UNIQUE AMBIANCE FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT. YOUR EVENT WILL BE COMPLEMENTED BY WHITE EAGLE’S BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS AND PERFECTLY MANICURED GOLF COURSE.

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Indoor, Outdoor, Golf Course, Waterfront, Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

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Tables, Chairs, Centerpieces, Bridal Suite, Custom Dance floor, Linens, Cake, Champagne Toast

ABOUT THE VENUE Our newly renovated ballroom comes with a breathtaking golf course and waterfront view. From the chandeliers to the color palette, you and your guests will be wowed by the look and feel of the space. We can accommodate groups of up to 350, complete with the best food around. Enjoy your large bridal suite where you can sip on mimosas along with our other food and beverage services while preparing for your special day. Our staff ’s attention to detail will take all of your stress away! SPECIAL FEATURES:

Golf Course view, water view, indoor and outdoor reception space, newly-renovated ballroom, modern color palette, modern fixtures

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Valet, Self-parking, Onsite Parking YOUR CONTACT

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LAKE GENEVA: RESORT CITY WITH A RICH HISTORY With its timeless gem of a spring-fed lake, the Lake Expansive summer homes were built Geneva area has been known [here] for national names such as as a vacation destination for more than a century. Wrigley, Selfridge and Drake, and Although settlement began many of these estates still stand today. in the 1830s, it wasn’t until after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that massive estates began to materialize along the shores of Geneva Lake. Wealthy Chicagoans sent their families here, traveling back and forth by train, while their city homes were rebuilt. Expansive summer homes were built for national names such as Wrigley, Selfridge and Drake, and many of these estates still stand today. The 20.2-mile public shore path is a top attraction, as you can walk around the entire lake for a front-row view of its historical mansions and modern-day estates. Or walk a portion of the path and enjoy a boat cruise back to your starting point through the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

Nearby Delavan Lake has its own storied history as well, with five noteworthy homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright still standing on its shores. Boat tours are offered through Lake Lawn Resort for a cruise along the lake’s 11 miles of shoreline. It’s also a popular fishing lake, both in the summer and winter. If you’d like to tie the knot on the water, the Riviera Ballroom is in the heart of Lake Geneva. Opened in 1932, the city-owned Riviera was a popular venue for some of the biggest names in music history, including Louis Armstrong. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and its restored second floor ballroom has an expansive view of the lake.

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Sparkling and clean, Geneva Lake itself is ideal for boating, swimming and all sorts of watersports, from sailing and paddle-boarding to wake-surfing and skiing. There are sailboats, vintage steam boats and even larger vessels available to rent for bridal showers, bachelor or bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. And of course, there’s always the option of spending a lazy afternoon at the beach!

For bridal parties, the area is home to some of the finest resort spas, day spas and salons, offering a wide range of amenities for true relaxation. Some include everything from a fitness center to indoor pool, tennis courts, climbing wall, sauna and steam rooms. Spa services range from a massage for two to manicures, pedicures, body wraps and chemical peels. For the bachelor, adventure awaits in the form of many award-winning golf courses, ranging in difficulty and terrain. There’s also a zip line tour through the Wisconsin woods, laser tag and paintball facilities nearby. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

And for all of the family and friends arriving in Lake Geneva for your event, fresh restaurant options await. Throughout the downtown and surrounding area, guests will find plentiful choices ranging from intimate bistros with outdoor seating to fine dining at resorts and around the lake. And don’t forget the shopping! Lake Geneva’s downtown has dozens of boutiques and specialty shops. Browse for clothing, home furnishings, antique treasures or that unique piece of art—Lake Geneva has it all.


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M I C H I G A N : S C E N I C V I E W S , S TAT E PA R K S A N D T H E M O T O R C I T Y Just across Lake Michigan, a not-so-far-away destination offers stunning, picturesque scenery with the nation’s longest freshwater coastline, wildlife refuges and over 100 state parks. Combined with its rich automotive and arts history, Michigan is an ideal place for a romantic getaway, whether it’s a honeymoon, or everything from the bachelor party to the reception.

Surround yourself with fresh air and clear waters while you partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, fishing and more.

Not far away is Traverse City and the Grand Traverse region—home to several wineries, the National Cherry Festival and an assortment of wedding venues. Take advantage of the area’s natural beauty and exchange vows in a romantic vineyard or barefoot in the sand of nearby beaches. For a post-wedding adventure, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers miles of hiking trails, impressive sand dunes and scenic views from towering bluffs. Or, take an exciting boating excursion on one of Traverse Tall Ship Company’s replica schooners. Those in search of a more historical, urban setting should take a trip to Detroit. Known as The Motor City, Detroit is home to the first Ford automobile and The Henry Ford—an indoor/ outdoor museum named after its creator. Having one of the largest theater districts in the county, the city is also known for its rich arts history. Visitors can enjoy local museums and

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The state’s coastline offers scenic views, 129 lighthouses and numerous islands. Among these islands, situated in the waterway between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, is Mackinac Island. No automobiles are allowed in this Northern Michigan escape—visitors find their way around the island on bicycles or by carriage. The island’s quaint setting is the perfect backdrop for fairytale weddings. With just under 50 local wedding vendors, plenty of lodging, a variety of recreational activities and historic sites, and great shopping, Mackinac Island has everything you’ll need for a destination celebration. Before you leave, be sure to indulge in some of the island’s delicious (and famous!) fudge…or fill your wedding dessert table with it!

attractions such as the Motown Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, which holds Diego Rivera’s intriguing Detroit Industry Murals. Set aside time for shopping and a bite to eat at the Eastern Market—one of the country’s largest year-round markets. Just an hour away is the culinary hotspot of Ann Arbor, where you’ll find even more great shopping, arts and culture, and over 300 restaurants. After the wedding, escape to the Upper Peninsula for an adventurous getaway. Take in the beauty of the region’s wildlife refuges, breathtaking waterfalls and endless acres of forest. Surround yourself with fresh air and THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

clear waters while you partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as mountain biking, fishing and more. If you’re traveling during the peak months of October, November and April, set aside an evening to gaze at the romantic shimmer of the Northern Lights. All this is waiting, just across the lake. From exciting nightlife and tourist attractions, to picturesque scenery and miles of shoreline, it’s easy to fall in love with all Michigan has to offer.


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H O W TO O R G A N I Z E A WEDDING RECEPTION By Anne Morrissy

Planning your wedding reception can be overwhelming, so we talked to Sarah Rodriguez, wedding/event planner and owner of Chicago-based Sarah Kathleen Events, for her advice for the best way to schedule a wedding reception. 1. GUESTS ARRIVE. Rodriguez says most couples are forgoing a traditional receiving line in favor of greeting guests at their tables during dinner. Upon arrival, guests enter a cocktail reception. A card and gift table, sometimes identified with a small, tasteful sign, should be set up close to the entrance. The guest book can be placed nearby. 2. THE GRAND ENTRANCE. The latest wedding trends involve getting creative with the bride and groom’s entrance to the reception. “Many couples opt for dances or some other fun theme,” Rodriguez explains. Often, the parents of the bride and groom will be introduced first. Next comes the bridal party, and finally the couple makes their grand entrance and takes their place at the head table. 3. CUTTING OF THE CAKE. While it may seem counterintuitive to cut the cake so early in the night, Rodriguez says the benefit is twofold – first, you are able to capitalize on having the attention of the whole room following the grand entrance. Secondly, performing this tradition early allows the caterers to cut and plate all of the cake in time for it to be served as dessert. (For couples who opt for a small “cutting cake” but serve guests from a sheet cake instead, the cutting of the cake may still take place after dinner.) 4. THE TOASTS. Again taking advantage of the benefit of the guests’ attention, the wedding toasts make a natural transition from the cutting of the cake.

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Add some extra touches: Many cultures have special traditions that take place during a wedding reception, from the guests pinning money to the bride's dress at a Polish wedding to dancing the Hora at a traditional Jewish wedding. Adding these cultural traditions can personalize the reception.

The number of toasts is up to the couple but may include the parents of the bride, the parents of the groom, the best man and/ or the maid of honor. Rodriguez points out that scheduling the toasts prior to dinner is especially effective at weddings that opt for a dinner buffet or food stations, as this is the last time you can be assured that all of your guests will be in their seats at once. 5. DINNER IS SERVED. For a multi-course, plated dinner, the logistics should be left to the catering company. However, for buffets and food station-style dinners, couples may be involved in deciding the order in which tables should be dismissed, to avoid long lines and allow the caterers sufficient time to restock as needed.

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6. TIME TO DANCE. After dinner is cleared, the couple may wish to say a short thank-you toast before transitioning to the dancing portion of the evening. This is also when a bouquet or garter toss may happen, though Rodriguez says many couples are replacing that tradition with an “anniversary dance” that invites all of the married couples to the dance floor, ultimately presenting the bouquet to the couple that’s been married the longest. 7. LATE-NIGHT SNACK. Many couples choose to offer a late-night snack served toward the end of the evening. This often takes the form of a fun food with meaning to the couple. The late-night snack can be set out on a display table or may take the form of a food truck parked outside the reception. 8. THE GRAND EXIT. Rodriguez says that some event planners will stage a grand exit photo in the middle of the dancing to ensure that all of the guests are there to participate. However, she recommends that the grand exit (which may include sparklers, glow sticks, paper airplanes or other fun props) be saved to the end of the dancing as a way to put a final cap on the night and encourage guests to make their exit from the venue. Rodriguez points out that the most important thing to remember at the wedding reception is to have fun, and enjoy the company of the friends and loved ones who have come together to help you celebrate. If you’ve done your planning and hired good people, the details should take care of themselves.


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One couple per evening Spectacular golf course views Stunning multilevel clubhouse Elegant and savory menu options

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hiring vendors TO EXECUTE YOUR STYLE

Besides the setting, your wedding vendors will make the most impact on the success of your wedding day. The professional services they supply like wedding planning, coordination, entertainment, floral design, rentals and catering are the essential event elements no party could take place without. Their expertise orchestrate the senses you and your guests will experience throughout the day, so finding the very best companies to execute your style is of utmost importance.

That’s where we come in. The Celebration Society is connected to the most reputable wedding vendors across Chicago. We have a personal relationship with almost all of the vendors represented in this book. Seek their expertise and soak it up.

You’ll be a better hostess because of it.

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The proposal was everything you dreamed it would be. You’re rocking the diamond ring. You’ve called your mom. Now what? Now you begin to put your vendor team together. Here’s how (and when!) to find the people that will move heaven and earth to make sure your day is perfect. 100

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WEDDING PLANNER HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a full-service planner at least 12 months from your wedding day. You should choose your wedding planner first to reserve your date on their calendar and have their guidance during the entire wedding planning process. From the beginning to the end, your wedding planner will be your experienced counsel for every vendor interview, contract, and scheduling question.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . How do you charge? Per hour, lump sum, percentage of total budget? 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? Do you handle guest list coordination and RSVPs? What is your specialty? How many meetings will we have together? In person, via phone?

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PRICE RANGE Many full-service wedding planners will charge a percentage of your total wedding cost. Day-of coordinators in Chicago will likely charge $3,000-$4,500 depending on the scope of work.


VENUE AND CATERING HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Venue and catering should be booked about 12 months from your wedding day. Book early to reserve your preferred wedding date as event venues will likely be booked for weddings up to a year in advance. Your budgeting will rely on whether or not catering is included in the pricing on your contract, so do your research. The style of your wedding venue will affect the overall style of your wedding. Whether you choose a glamorous ballroom or countryside barn—everything from your wedding dress, flowers to music selection will be affected.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you specialize in specific food types? Is a tasting included in your services? Will you provide waitstaff? Is that extra? If so, what is the ratio of staff to guest? What will your staff wear? How do you work with my wedding planner and venue? Do you provide hot meals for our vendors? If so, what is the menu and cost per person? Do you handle china, silverware and glassware rental? What do you charge for cake cutting and serving? Is tax and gratuity included? How do you handle clean up and trash removal?

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PRICE RANGE Catering costs are dependent on the menu, venue and set up, but for a starting point can run between $35$110+ per person not including any alcohol, linen or decor upgrades.

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WEDDING DRESS HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on purchasing your wedding dress about 11 months from your wedding day. Once you decide on where you will get married and where the reception will be, it’s time to go dress shopping! Knowing your wedding location is just as important as knowing your dress size when it comes to shopping for a gown, so be sure to have a solid idea of your venue. Most bridal stores will need to place the order for your dress from the dress designer at least 10 months in advance, while custom creations could take even longer. Pick your bridal party and groomsmen attire now too.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Are appointments required to try on bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses? How far in advance should I schedule an appointment, and how long do appointments last? How many guests can attend the appointment with me? Who should I bring? Should I bring special undergarments, shoes or accessories? What sample sizes do you carry? What designers do you feature? What price range can I expect? Do I have to pay in full before the gown is ordered? How long will it take for my gown to arrive? Are alterations included?

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PRICE RANGE Wedding dresses are going to range enormously depending on designer, intricacy of details (like lace or beading), and how much of the gown is custom. An average dress, however, is going to hover anywhere from $2,000-$6,000+.


PHOTOGRAPHER HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to book a photographer 11 months from your wedding date. Since photography businesses are most often run by a single person or small teams of creative professionals that work one wedding per day, it's important to book early. Be sure to take your venue into account when determining your preferred photography style. Digital photography thrives both indoors and out, and has a timeless look while light and airy film photography should be reserved for those celebrating their day outside, since it needs as much natural light as possible.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your primary style of photography? Traditional or documentary? 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 I book be the one to shoot my wedding? How long after the wedding will the photos be ready? What happens if the photographer is ill on the day of the wedding? What are your backup procedures? What is included in your pricing? Albums, hours of coverage, engagement session, etc.?

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PRICE RANGE Professional wedding photographers will likely charge $3,000-$6,000 depending on experience level, demand, medium, and packages.

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MUSICIANS/ENTERTAINMENT HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Think about your reception music and book as soon as you have your venue reserved. Whether you are leaning toward a live band or rockin’ DJ with light show, music sets the tone for your evening. Your band leader or DJ will play an important role at your wedding, so we strongly recommend meeting with them in person. As the master of ceremony, they will be in command of the flow of your evening, from introducing the wedding party to announcing your departure and getting your guests outside to say goodbye. They can also read the energy on the dance floor to keep it busy and fun for everyone. Also consider your music for the ceremony: do you want piano music, a string quartet, a vocalist? You may need to reach out to several musicians in order to bring your vision to life.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . 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 do you feel about a request list? How many breaks will you need? What is your experience being the master of ceremonies?

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PRICE RANGE A professional DJ will likely charge between $1,200 to $2,000+ depending on their expertise and availability. Live bands typically start at $5,000 depending on size and demand. Ceremony musicians will likely charge an hourly rate.


VIDEOGRAPHY HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring a videographer about 10 months from your wedding date. More often than not, a videography business is run by a single person or a duo of creative professionals that work one wedding per day. Much of why you’ll hire them is based on loving their editing style, ability to capture details most important to you (like a first dance, or the ceremony itself) and loving their pricing even more, so once you find your match, make it official by signing the contract. With a film, you'll be able to relive your day with your future family and remember even the smallest details you and your vendor team worked so hard to create.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your cinematography style?

What is your process?

Have you worked with our photographer?

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

How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception?

What are your backup procedures?

How long after the wedding will the video be ready?

How much does it cost?

What happens if the cinematographer is ill on the day of the wedding?

PRICE RANGE Professional wedding videographers will likely charge between $2,400$5,000+ depending on experience level, demand and packages

FLORAL DESIGN HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Choose your floral designer about eight months in advance. This gives you a good amount of time to get on the schedule for the best wedding florist in your area and brainstorm with them on your vision. With the help of your planner, you and your floral designer can select a color palette, make note of blooms you love (or hate!) and outline a proper budget for the arrangements you'll need. Knowing what styles you like before going into a consultation means more time talking helpful specifics.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your style? What is your process? Have you worked at this venue before? How do items get returned after the wedding? Will you pick up? Do you offer rental items.. vases, trellis,

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decor... or must they be supplied via a rental company? Can my guests take centerpieces home? Do you charge for mockup centerpieces before my wedding or is that included? Dahlias are my favorite kind of flower. Will they be in season for my wedding?

PRICE RANGE Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your wedding. You’ll want to budget starting at $1,500 for the basics like bouquets, boutonnières and know the sky is truly the limit for the rest.

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WEDDING CAKE HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan to hire a baker six to eight months in advance. While a cake baker can serve multiple weddings in a weekend, chances are they can’t serve an endless amount. So we say get on the schedule in advance by signing the wedding cake contract. Again, it’s likely you’ll have your tasting a bit later in the process, but reserving your spot in their weekend schedule ahead of time will make sure you get the cake baker you like the best. Before your tasting, be sure to research what types of frostings and finishes do best in your style venue.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Are you licensed by the state health department?

What are the options for cake flavors and fillings?

How does delivery work?

Fondant or Buttercream?

What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit?

What is your average cost per slice?

Do you do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar?

How much does it cost?

Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from? Is the cake stand provided by you?

PRICE RANGE Your wedding cake will likely cost approximately $4 - $12+ per slice depending on the complexity of the design, baker’s skill level and availability.

INVITATIONS & PAPERGOODS HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Look into booking your stationer six to eight months in advance of your wedding date. If you would like to send out save the dates, you’ll want to choose your stationery designer eight months in advance. For invitations only, you should start to look at options six months out. Traditional etiquette states invitations should be mailed out at least eight weeks prior to the wedding day. Custom stationery processes will likely take around two to three months, since multiple consultations, proofing and printing time needs to be taken into account.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines?

Will you supply a proof before the invitation is officially printed?

Do you help with branding or custom monograms?

What happens if there is an error?

Is there a specific style you specialize in? Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services?

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How long after I place the order will the invitations come in? Can I purchase additional personalized items like Save-the Date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc.?

PRICE RANGE Depending on the complexity of the invitation suites, you can expect to pay between $4 - $12+ per invite. Further customizations will increase your per piece price.


HAIR & MAKE UP HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on hiring your hair and makeup artist team about six to eight months from your wedding date. Chances are you are as thick as thieves with your hair dresser and have your cut and color pre-booked every time you leave the salon, and for good reason! But does your stylist do bridal updos? Many don’t. That's where on-site teams come in. Your beauty vendors will likely only be able to serve one full bridal party per Saturday. So book them sooner rather than later.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you offer hair extensions?

How far in advance should I book my appointment? I’d like to book with my bridesmaids. Will you be able to accommodate all of us? How much time should I allow for hair and makeup on my wedding day?

Do you offer onsite services? How far will you travel? Can you accommodate sensitive skin? Do you offer a touch-up kit or touch-up services?

How much should I expect to spend? Do you offer consultations and trials?

How much does it cost?

PRICE RANGE On-site bridal hair will usually cost around $200 while full makeup application will average around $125. Bridesmaids and moms average around $85 for hair styling and $75 for makeup application. Trials and consultation for both typically run about $75.

JEWELRY HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Shop for wedding bands at least three months before the wedding. Did you shop for the engagement ring together? Then you may have an idea of what bands will complement it. Do you want your bands to match? What about engraving: you may want to add your initials, wedding date, or meaningful phrase. Also take into consideration how often you will wear your wedding band (every day or not too often), your activity level (should you consider a durable design?) and how the ring actually feels on your finger as you parade around the store.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What are the payment terms? Deposit and then final payment at pick-up? How long does engraving take?

What if I damage my ring and it needs repairs? Can my ring be easily resized? How do I care for my ring?

What if my ring doesn’t fit?

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PRICE RANGE Simple bands can start at about $1,000 and it’s up to your budget for the rest!

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RENTALS HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Looking for colored champagne flutes or uniquely shaped place settings, patterned linens or chair covers? Rental stores have chairs, tables, linens, china, crystal, silverware and more in various shapes, sizes and styles. You’ll also find beautiful serving accessories – from champagne fountains to elegant silver chafing dishes. Check with your caterer to find out what they provide and if they have different styles to choose from. A fully equipped rental store will also have a wide selection of ceremony accessories, or you can create a luxurious cocktail hour with hip lounge furniture and a martini bar.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is the damage/deposit policy?

Will you deliver and collect my rental items?

Will you set up my items?

Is there a cost difference if I pick up and return the items myself? What deposits are required? Do you have a minimum rental amount?

How much does it cost?

PRICE RANGE You can rent by the piece, for example, a vintage china dinner plate or champagne flute will run about $2 each. For chair rental, think $6-$8 each.

TRANSPORTATION HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Book your transportation at least four to six months in advance. Your arrival and your departure are two key moments in your wedding. Like so many other selections you are making, your mode of transportation can reflect your taste and personalities. Chicago has so many options, from horse-drawn carriage rides to Italian gondolas along the river, to vintage cars and stretch limos. And you may want to consider a trolley or bus for your guests, especially if they are staying at a hotel after your reception.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Are you priced by the hour? What is the minimum and how many stops does that include? Do you offer shuttle service?

Will beverages or snacks be provided? What are the back-up options if the vehicle breaks down the day of the wedding?

Does your price include taxes and gratuity? Are there other fees? What attire will the driver be wearing?

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PRICE RANGE Pricing will vary, depending if you are looking for a cozy ride for two or a party bus. Expect an hourly rate and minimum to start. For example, a party bus for up to five hours will be in the $1,500 to $1,800 range.


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ABOUT THE OWNER... Fifi is a master at working her “Greek magic” to put together the perfect look for her clients while making each one of her customers feel at home. She loves to encourage and talk to people, so when you visit Fifi’s, you will come in a stranger, and leave as a well-dressed friend.

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My mother, sister and I have invested our savings to open Love Theory Bridal and Café Barr to offer brides more high end options for their wedding day, every gown has been hand picked with our brides in mind. I’ve been in bridal for over 10 years which started in large bridal chain stores, small indie shops and worked behind the scenes at an international bridal wholesaler and designer! We know a good quality gown, trends, and look forward in bringing them to you at a fair price, honest delivery time schedule and allow you to relax, enjoy, sip and snack on items from Café Barr while you shop for your dream dress with the ones you love.

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Char Jackson Owner KNOWN FOR... Savoury Chic is known for being professional, hard-working and the best at what we do. Our clients rave about our industry expertise and vendor relationships, which prove to be valuable when choosing services for their special day. Additionally, we are known for having an amazing “Day Of” team that executes flawlessly, treats our couples like Royalty, and ensures your guests are treated like Rock Stars.

OUR SPECIALT Y... Our goal is to help you have your Wow Wedding! As a planner with design expertise, we assist your vendors to bring a multi-sensory experience to your event. We also create a one of a kind plan for the day of your wedding that ensures you get the results you hope for and dream of. With Savoury Chic you can relax and enjoy your fabulous day with a room full of impressed guests having an amazing time.

ABOUT THE STAFF... The team at Savoury Chic is naturally energetic, conscientiousness, creative, and people-savvy. We take care of all the details from start to finish so you can Savor every special moment.

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Rosalyn Morris Owner KNOWN FOR... Studio 10 is well known for being one of the only salons to offer all natural products by John Amico, not only for your hair but for your skin as well! John Amico is a recognized leader in the beauty industry and the oldest family-owned professional haircare company since 1962. Working beside the best connoisseur of hair, Studio 10 Naperville solely uses J.A. professional hair care products.

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WEDDING GOWN BUYING GUIDE By Anne Morrissy

Whether you dream of a huge, elaborate celebration or an intimate, thoughtful gathering, the perfect gown is a vital element of every wedding. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of gown shopping: Plan it out. Before you dive in to shopping for a wedding gown, make a list of things to consider, including: the location/season of the wedding (will you be outdoors? will you be in a very conservative church? etc.); your maximum budget for a dress (including alterations and headpiece); the shades or colors you prefer; and the shapes or styles you gravitate toward (though be flexible on these last two points!). Also choose who you will take with you to the salon appointments – many brides find it’s best to invite 1-3 trusted friends or family members who will give honest, gentle feedback. Research bridal salons and make a few appointments. Smaller local bridal salons will offer a more genuine, personalized experience and are often willing to work with you on price, but their gown selection can be light. Larger bridal salons may carry a wider range of sizes and a larger selection but their sales staff are more likely to work on commission so you may experience a more high-pressure sales environment. It’s best to make appointments at multiple salons to see the full range of gown options. At each salon, be honest about your budget and resist the urge to try gowns that are vastly outside of that range.

Many brides find that buying a wedding gown can be a surprisingly emotional experience. It’s important to give yourself enough time, and to have the right expectations about the process.

Listen to the salon staff. While it is helpful to go in with a general idea of what you’re looking for, remember that the salon sales staff are experts and see hundreds or even thousands of women every year. Many brides find that the styles they go in coveting don’t suit them for one reason or another, and they often end up preferring the options the salon staff hand-selects for them instead. Similarly, because sizing of wedding gowns is so erratic, salon staff will have the best knowledge of which sizes to try.

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process. As a result, it’s best to order your wedding gown six to 12 months before you plan to get married. Plan your alterations. Before ordering your gown, make sure to ask the salon about the price and process of alteration once the dress arrives. Alterations generally run from $300 to $600 and should be factored in to the overall budget. In addition to general fit accommodations, alterations also include the gown’s bustle, which can be quite complicated depending on the design. Alteration appointments generally begin about four months before the wedding – expect to attend 1-3 fittings before the gown is finished.


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WHAT TO TIP YOUR VENDORS

M O D E R N G U I D E T O G R AT U I T I E S If there’s one gray area in the wedding world, it’s paying gratuities. Long-standing etiquette says ones thing and modern trend says another. We say: if you loved your service—show it with a tip. By Meghan Bishop Whether your vendor owns their business or is an hourly employee matters little. Gratuity says "I'm so thankful for the extra care you showed to me," and giving shouldn't be determined by who the boss is. It's determined by the quality of service. Here's a list of the vendors you should plan to tip because of their onsite expertise at the end of your very long, very fabulous big day.

WEDDING PLANNER Traditionally, it has been thought that you don't need to give your wedding planner anything for a tip. But, considering they're the one vendor who has done the bulk of the work on your wedding—we say, why not? Did he/she knock your socks off by pulling off your wedding flawlessly? Was there a ton of extra work involved that wasn’t discussed when pricing was set? Whatever the case may be, you can feel comfortable giving between $100 to 10% of their fees in cash or a gift in the same amount to show your gratitude. TIP: $100 to 10% of fees PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS In our opinion, your photographer and videographer will be the most important vendors you choose. Each photographer on the day of your wedding should be tipped $100200, and second shooters $50-75. TIP: $50-200 per person CEREMONY MUSICIANS Not sure what to give the string trio that played your wedding march? What about the choir that sang as you lit your unity candle? If it was a professional group, 10% of the entire amount charged to be split amongst the musicians. If it’s a civic or church group and they didn’t charge, give a donation either to the group or the church—just as you would a religious officiant. TIP: 10% of fee to be split among musicians

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RECEPTION MUSICIANS OR DJ Every guest was on the dance floor and your party was non-stop all night! You should tip $25-50, per musician. For the DJ—he/she is the one person responsible for the entire flow and energy of your event. We think they deserve a whole lotta love for guaranteeing a good time. MUSICIAN TIP: $25-50 per person DJ TIP: $100-200 OFFICIANT Your dad’s friend is a judge, your neighbor got registered online, your junior high school pastor, or your pastor now that you are an adult has accepted the job of conducting your service— etiquette says no cash should be given. Instead, give a thank you card and a gift card or a donation to the house of worship if affiliated. TIP: A donation and thank you note will do CATERING STAFF This varies depending on the region of the country you are in. In the Midwest, a 20 to 22% service charge is usually added to the catering contract. But if you are super happy with the service, you can give the catering manager a lump sum to distribute among the wait staff. You can get the anticipated number of wait staff from the caterer beforehand to help you prepare. TIP: $20-50 per person (and check your contract)

BARTENDER Your bartender will deal with a bunch of guest craziness the evening of your wedding (i.e. "There is tooooooo much coke in my Jack"). Bartenders who work on a catering staff team make a higher hourly wage than what you'd expect in a restaurant so you can tip them the same as the other catering staff. No need to go above and beyond, unless you really want to. TIP: $20-50 like the other catering event staff DRIVER TIP Your driver will wait outside for 30 minutes as you say your goodbyes to your friends and family and make sure your take-away plate is in the car for your midnight snack before he drives clear across town to your desired place! Proper tip is 15-20% presented after arrival. TIP: 15-20% of fees RENTAL STAFF TIP This one is optional. Rental drop off delivery people sometimes get $20-50 per person depending on how much they are bringing in and having to set up. Most of the time you have a team of 2-4 depending on the size of the order and they will be the last ones out of the space at the end of the night. TIP: $20-50 per person HAIR STYLIST & MAKEUP ARTIST As important as pictures are, your hair and makeup professional will help ensure you look the best! Hair and make-up professionals should get 15-20% of the total bill. TIP: 15-20% of services

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BUILDING THE PERFECT WEDDING CAKE By Terry Smedley

Whether you prefer a towering six-tier confection or a simplistic couple’s cake, choose the dessert that’s best for your day. Should I steer clear of any frostings or finishes if I’m hosting an outdoor reception? If you are having an outdoor reception during the hot months, try to steer clear of buttercreams that contain ingredients that can’t take the heat like cream cheese. What’s the key to making a naked-style cake wedding worthy? Most people who select naked cakes do so not because of the look of the cake (although most do love the simplicity), but because they aren’t a fan of frosting. They love that they can have more cake, less frosting and with the addition of floral or some decorative elements have a beautiful cake that tastes good.

What information should I have ready for our cake consultations? Do your homework! Before you book a consultation, ensure the company provides the type of cake you are looking for. A baker may specialize in old fashioned cakes or naked cakes, so don’t ask them to create a cake style they don’t generally offer. Be prepared to leave a photo of your inspiration cake with the baker after your consultation. Cake toppers: are they a thing of the past? Cake toppers are making a comeback, but not necessarily the traditional bride and groom. More often you may see custom laser cut toppers that express the sentiments of the couple, such as “To the Moon and Back” or “Mr. and Mrs.” or clever custom cake toppers showcasing the couple and their interests.

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My future husband and I aren’t really fans of cake. Do we still need to have one? What are my other options? Oh heavens no, there are no hard and fast rules! Dessert buffets are hot right now. They are a fabulous alternative to cake or to supplement cake for your guests. The benefit of a dessert buffet is your guests get a variety of choices for their desserts, and can be designed to coordinate with and complement your reception.

I love the look of real flowers on a cake. Are they really safe to include? Many flowers are in fact edible. Check with your florist to ensure that whatever they are providing for your cake is safe and organic. While all flowers are a treat to see, some ought to come with a warning label. The most common poisonous wedding flowers include lily of the valley, hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, angels trumpet, oleander and delphinium. If your preferred florals appear on this list, fret not. Consider adding faux tiers to the cake. These tiers blend with the design of the rest of

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THE INS & OUTS OF CONTRACTS & DEPOSITS By Zach Thomas

In the midst of all the fun that comes with wedding planning, a bride ought to know a thing or two about those serious contracts she’s signing on the dotted line. Why do I have to pay a deposit to vendors like photographers, DJs, planners, etc? To discuss a deposit, it also becomes a discussion about contracts—they go hand-inhand. The contract spells out the agreement (date, time and rate; and what you should expect from the vendor, what the vendor should expect from you) and the deposit is the force behind that agreement. The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the couple to feel confident their vendor will show up and perform their hired duties the day of the wedding.

“The deposit allows the vendor to be confident in turning away other potential clients for the same date, and it allows the bride to feel confident their vendor will show up.”

Is a standard practice of wedding vendors to require a deposit? Yes. If the vendor you are choosing to work with doesn’t require a contract and deposit, you should be concerned about what other things they are leaving out of their business (e.g. insurance, back-up equipment, or experience). If there isn’t a contract and deposit requirement, that is a red flag. Remember, a contract and deposit also protects the customer and adds peace of mind that a vendor will show up and do the job they are hired for. How much money should I expect to put down for my deposit? This amount varies, but 50% is fairly standard. What if I have to cancel? Read over any contract you are signing, and ask the vendor you are working with to explain anything you are unclear about. Weddings don’t happen for a number of reasons—break-ups, family disagreements, weather issues, and sometimes the couple get so overwhelmed planning they run off to Vegas to elope. If you need to cancel, notify the vendor immediately and just be open to having a conversation about what your contract may entitle you to. Many contracts have the flexibility to deal with the various 154

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allow for a partial return of deposit, within a certain period of time before the event. Most photographers can’t do that because it’s much harder to fill the date, especially the closer you get to the event.

What if I pay a deposit and the vendor has to cancel? You should ask for your deposit to be promptly refunded. 

What if I cancel, and I feel like I deserve my deposit back? The terms should be clearly spelled out in the contract. Weddings (and planning them!) are emotional, but when dealing with vendors a customer should always keep in mind that they are working with business owners.

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Real wedding features are the source of some serious inspiration for new brides-to-be. We’ve hand selected each of the following real weddings particularly for their style, unique details, great vendors and amazing imagery. They’re an honest representation of current trends, venues in action and wedding vendors’ work. Bonus! Look to these love stories 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 wedding is about you.

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Kristyna & Trevor ACQUAVIVA WINERY MAPLE PARK, IL Kristyna and Trevor opted for a fairly traditional wedding with 150 guests and a Catholic service at Our Lady of Mercy. The bride said yes to a Demetrios mermaid-style wedding dress featuring a beaded bodice, lace sleeves and a lace-detailed sheer back she found on sale at Macy’s. Her bridesmaids wore different styles of wine-colored dresses. The bride carried a full bouquet with lots of greenery from a family friend who created lavish bouquets for the bridesmaids as well. Kristyna admits she snagged her photographer, Salde Codillo, from a friend's wedding because he was so easy to work with and made everyone comfortable during photos. And because the couple started out directionless when it came to décor, Boho Blush saved the day with an abundance of ideas that helped tie the wedding together. Upon arriving at Acquaviva Winery, which emanated a rustic vineyard appeal, guests selected from a steak, chicken or salmon entrée, alongside a wine service with dinner. The Sugar Path provided a variety of desserts — from chocolate-covered strawberries to mini cupcakes with unique flavors like honey lavender to tiny pies and lemon bars — plus a fun churro-flavored wedding cake, which was a hit. The couple gave away Garrett Popcorn party favors from Chicago to bring a little bit of the city (where they got engaged) to the vineyard.

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VENUE: Acquaviva Winery PHOTOGRAPHY: Codillo Photography FLORAL: Meegan McCarthy DECOR: Boho Blush STATIONERY: White Oak Calligraphy CAKE: The Sugar Path FAVORS: Garrett Popcorn Shops ENTERTAINMENT: Spin 'n Play TRANSPORTATION: Naperville Trolley & Tours HAIR/MAKEUP: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry BRIDAL GOWN: Macy’s Bridal Salon

“Guests always talk about the food at weddings. Find a venue that has great food. My guests could not get over how great their meals were for ‘wedding food.’ And my smartest savings were renting decorations. It was $250 to rent all my decorations from Boho Blush and it truly made my wedding come together.”

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Becky & David HOTEL ARISTA NAPERVILLE, IL Not everyone gets to experience all four seasons on their wedding day, but Becky noticed snowflakes falling onto the tangerine-colored leaves in mid-October as she slipped on her Martina Liana ballgown wedding dress with a beaded bodice and button-up lace applique back. Then, the wintry blast opened up to a beautiful blue summer sky before the ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where the bride’s grandparents and parents were married. The groomsmen wore deep navy suits with taupe paisley embossed ties, whereas David stood out with a simple black bowtie. The bridesmaids’ dresses were neutral, and the understated color palette suited the simple, yet elegant scheme the couple was trying to achieve without sacrificing the glamour of their big day. Yanni Design Studio transformed the banquet room at Hotel Arista into a complete fairy tale, retaining the same neutral color palette with white, ivory, light blush floral and greens, not to mention an extravagant floral wall to frame the couple’s sweetheart table. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres introduced a seasonal dinner of creamy cauliflower and asiago soup, an artisanal salad with poached pear, candied pecans and champagne vinaigrette, and a choice between airline chicken breast, beef tenderloin or roasted butternut squash for the main entrée. A classic white vanilla cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream was delivered for dessert, and last but not least was an empanada and mac and cheese bar for late-night munching. DJ D. Jones kept the dance floor packed all night with some classics, ‘80s music and contemporary hits, all without resorting to the stereotypical wedding playlist, which was just one more detail that made the couple feel like a prince and princess for a day. 162


VENUE: Hotel Arista PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristin La Voie Photography FLORAL/DESIGN: Yanni Design Studio CAKE: The Cakery ENTERTAINMENT: Weddings by D. Jones VIDEOGRAPHY: Nevaeh Films PHOTOBOOTH: JPW Productions TRANSPORTATION: Third Coast Trolley and Limo HAIR/MAKEUP: Three One Two Bridal BRIDAL GOWN: Wolsfelt’s Bridal FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse

“It is important to splurge on your photographer and videographer. They capture all the moments throughout the day, and there is nothing better than to be able to relive the day over and over from watching the video and scrolling through photos. Plus, you only get one chance to get those special moments captured. Hire the professionals you know do great work.”

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Lauren & Jason CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM CHICAGO, IL On their first date in downtown Chicago, Lauren and Jason realized they were practically neighbors, so for their big day, it was important to find the perfect venue to showcase their beloved city. They searched all over until they came upon the Chicago History Museum. The bride immediately envisioned their first dance ensconced underneath a chandelier on the black and white marble checkered floor, and knew it was the one. The views of Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast skyline not only let guests absorb the surrounding foliage and cityscape, but the brick façade and classic architecture also crafted the ideal setting for photography. Life in Bloom ushered the lush beauty of the outdoors inside with tablescapes featuring elevated greenery and accents of gold. The bride wore a traditional bridal gown with intricate lace detail. The bridesmaids wore soft blush pastels and the groomsmen provided contrast in sharp black tuxes. There were sentimental touches throughout, including a locket holding Lauren’s late grandparents’ wedding picture tied around the bridal bouquet with lace from her grandmother's wedding dress, while her grandmother's lace handkerchief lie in her clutch. Guests enjoyed a sophisticated dinner of sirloin filet, grilled salmon, wild mushroom ravioli and three-layer ribbon-textured cakes decorated with fresh flowers. Late-night snacks of mini Chicago hot dogs, milkshakes and sliders rounded out the evening to play up the Chicago theme. After an evening of non-stop dancing, the happy couple was off to Fiji to make more memories.

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PLANNING: Clementine Custom Events VENUE: Chicago History Museum PHOTOGRAPHY: One July Photography FLORAL: Life in Bloom STATIONERY: Kelly Reif Stationery Studio CATERING: Limelight Catering CAKE: ECBG Cake Studio ENTERTAINMENT: Orchestra 33 VIDEOGRAPHY: The Alcantaras PHOTOBOOTH: Snapbooth Entertainment TRANSPORTATION: Aries Charter Transportation WOMEN’S HAIR/MAKEUP: Tamara Makeup + Hair Artistry BRIDAL GOWN: Bri’Zan Couture GETTING READY VENUE: Kimpton Hotel Allegro

“Take time to research vendors — if you pick solid and reliable vendors, it saves a lot of headaches in the long run. We had the best vendors, and cannot imagine the day and year of planning without all of them. Utilize websites and personal recommendations to pick those you feel a connection with, and that fit your vision and style.”

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Sylvia & Sebastian ALPINE BANQUETS DARIEN, IL Sylvia and Sebastian have a lot of friends and family, so when Sebastian got down on one knee at the pumpkin patch to ask Sylvia’s hand in marriage, their goal was to make the 440-guest wedding intimate with a modern Italian vineyard theme. The groom picked up the bride in a classic Rolls Royce with a Venus et Fleur bouquet in hand. The bride wore a fully beaded Stephen Yearick gown with a detachable blush skirt overlay to the traditional church ceremony. Her bridesmaids wore Hera Couture nude satin strapless dresses with a paperbag waist (with pockets!), Sebastian wore a smart Armani tuxedo and his groomsmen wore black tuxes. Yanni Design Studio set the scene with all white flowers and hanging green amaranthus, clear candelabras, clear Chiavari chairs and bursts of gold. In fact, when you walked into Alpine Banquets, almost everything was radiant in white. At the head table, Japanese cherry blossom trees held court and the white dance floor provided a heavenly backdrop. For appetizers, Nabuki catered sushi, amongst cold appetizers from Montrose Deli and Alpine Banquets. Cream of mushroom soup, beet spring salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and plated entrees of filet mignon and Mediterranean chicken greeted guests. For dessert, Alpine Banquets provided a large European sweet table and Oak Mill Bakery provided the cake. Because the couple envisioned a nonstop party, they splurged on a band and a DJ, and say the extra expense was worth every penny.

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VENUE: Alpine Banquets PHOTOGRAPHY: Carnival Studio PLANNING/DESIGN: Yanni Design Studio, M&M Event Planners, Tablescapes and Elite Chair Covers FLORAL: All Unique Events STATIONERY: Carlson Craft CATERING: Alpine Banquets, Nabuki and Montrose Deli CAKE: Oak Mill Bakery ENTERTAINMENT: King’s Band and DJ Nick Fanello TRANSPORTATION: New Image Limo Service and A Dynasty Classic Cars for Weddings HAIR: Annette Updo Artist MAKEUP: Alex Caputi Makeup Artist

“The seating chart was the most stressful part. It is never too early to start planning with the moms where everyone is going to sit. Give yourself enough time to order the place cards!”

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Carina & Daisy DINOLFO’S BANQUETS HOMER GLEN, IL Daisy and Carina met in a Chicago Police Department locker room as fellow officers who frequently exchanged niceties during shift change. The rest, as they say, is history. DiNolfo’s Banquets, an elegant space that made their eyes light up, hosted their ceremony and reception. Divine Design & Events not only made the venue more breath-taking with tall flowers, a stage, intimate candles, a mirrored head table, a flower wall and more, but also created the ceremony setup, bouquets and boutonnieres. Daisy wore a lace wedding dress by Martina Liana and Carina wore brown Louboutin shoes topped with a light burgundy suit customized by The Dapper Club, which also customized blue suits for the bridal party. The rest of the bridal party bought dresses in blush pinks and blues from David’s Bridal. For a romantic twist, Carina enlisted the help of a bridesmaid and local artist to write a song just for Daisy that encapsulated their love story to be sung during the wedding. Dinner was a diverse offering of meats, sides, pastas and vegetarian dishes, which were enjoyed alongside a festive mariachi band performance. Proving police officers have a sense of humor, Daisy and Carina determined it was a must to have a donut table next to their table of sweets. Bjorn Cakes crafted a chic naked cake adorned in flowers, which was cut and packaged for guests to take home due to having so many sweets already available. Moreover, the couple ordered 275 assorted flavors of Nothing Bundt Cakes for favors to give guests another sweet gift they would truly enjoy. 168


VENUE: DiNolfo’s Banquets PHOTOGRAPHY: TWA Photographic Artists FLORAL/DESIGN: Divine Designs & Events CAKE: Bjorn Cakes and Nothing Bundt Cakes ENTERTAINMENT: Mariachi Alma de México and DJ Magic TRANSPORTATION: Chicago Party Buses BRIDAL GOWN: Mira Couture BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal FORMALWEAR: The Dapper Club

“The most memorable moment was seeing my wife, Daisy, walk down the aisle as we were surrounded by all of our friends, coworkers and family members. The energy in that room was absolutely amazing; it was filled with happiness. She walked down the aisle to the song “I Choose You” by Ryann Darling as we both gazed into each other’s eyes, and cried tears of happiness and disbelief. At that very moment, we knew that our life was just about to get better than what it already was. We were about to become one forever.”

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Katie & Marco RAVISLOE COUNTRY CLUB HOMEWOOD, IL For Katie and Marco, it was love at first sight. In fairy tale fashion, the couple exchanged vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Christina Catholic Church surrounded by relatives and friends. The bride wore a dreamy mermaid silhouette wedding gown with a beaded lace bodice and tulle chapel train from Allure Bridals. The maid of honor wore a buttery version of the blush pink dresses the bridesmaids wore. The men (including the groom’s three brothers who all acted as his best men) sported classic black tuxedos with black bowties and suspenders, with the exception of the bridesman who had the distinction of a blush bowtie. The guests celebrated with a reception at Ravisloe Country Club, a lovely Spanish-style establishment with an airy, ivy-filled courtyard, vaulted ceilings, wrought iron lighting accents, and bursts of green and coral to contrast customary white. Rosemary’s Garden added pink and white peonies with roses, dusty miller and eucalyptus to the classic ensemble. Beyond their traditional wedding cake, the couple hosted a candy bar with all their favorite candy and Katie crafted homemade wine charms for wedding favors; it was details like this that made the night special. Even the DJ received a set of instructions to match the mood of the evening — classical music and Italian opera during cocktail hour, Italian classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra during dinner and a mix of contemporary pop music after dinner. To complete the Italian vibe, the couple planned to honeymoon in Florence, Tuscany and Positano, Italy, after the wedding. 170


PLANNING/COORDINATION: The Simply Elegant Group VENUE: Ravisloe Country Club PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: TWA Photographic Artists FLORAL: Rosemary’s Garden STATIONERY: Minted CATERING: Ravisloe Country Club and Aurelio’s Pizza CAKE: Orland Park Bakery ENTERTAINMENT: An Enchanted Evening TRANSPORTATION: Limos Alive HAIR/MAKEUP: Nicole Marie Salon BRIDAL GOWN/ BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Eva’s Bridal International

“Danielle from The Simply Elegant Group helped keep the events and our wedding party on track and running smoothly, and even helped with an emergency mother of the bride dress mishap. She took a lot of stress off my plate because I didn't have to feel like I was bossing people around and telling them what to do!”

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Annie & Tim CAFE LA CAVE DES PLAINES, IL Annie and Tim got married at St. Edna Catholic Church, Tim’s childhood parish, by a priest who has ties to both families, and the reception was held at Cafe La Cave, the restaurant where Annie’s parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary 16 years ago. The bride was ravishing in a lace wedding gown with an asymmetrical illusion neckline; her bridal party wore pretty plum-colored dresses. From the invitation to the dog’s bow to the fruit on the cake, purple was incorporated throughout the day. Floral Harmony completed the look with artful floral arrangements of all shades of violet. Elizabeth Nord Photography captured amazing shots at Armand’s Pizzeria (where the couple had their first date) and around downtown Arlington Heights where the crew stumbled upon some romantic twinkle lights. The reception was full of surprises, too. Guests signed Chicago Blackhawks jerseys in lieu of a guestbook. The food at Cafe la Cave wowed, but the deconstructed naked wedding cake (made by the bride’s aunt) was a highlight. Annie and her dad danced to Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” a dance they had been unintentionally practicing for Annie’s entire life. Rendezvous Music set the tone for the whole evening. In fact, guests would have certainly stayed for another two hours if allowed. Late in the evening, Gene and Jude’s hotdogs and pizza also made a debut per Tim’s request.

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PLANNING: Ashley Nicole Events VENUE: Cafe La Cave PHOTOGRAPHY: Elizabeth Nord Photography FLORAL: Floral Harmonies CAKE: I Want a Cake ENTERTAINMENT: Rendezvous Music VIDEOGRAPHY: RJO Photo & Video TRANSPORTATION: M&M Limousine Services and Third Coast Trolley and Limo HAIR: Alas Impulse of Beauty MAKEUP: Flawless by Tiffany BRIDAL GOWN: Genevieve’s Bridal Couture BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Calvin Klein from Lord + Taylor MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse

“In addition to our wedding cake, all of the women on my side baked homemade cookies to put out as our sweets table. It meant so much to me that so many women rallied around to celebrate my marriage to Tim. I have never felt more loved or supported.”

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Brittany & Gordon THE PAVILION AT ORCHARD RIDGE FARMS ROCKTON, IL Gordon proposed to Brittany with a series of letters that led her on a romantic scavenger hunt that reflected their relationship — from their first date to their favorite restaurant and finally, at the lakefront during sunset, Gordon asked Brittany to be his wife. From there on, it was all about personal touches and details. Before being showered with attention at their outdoor ceremony, the couple shared a magical moment savoring their first look and personal vows. The bridesmaids wore cabernet lux chiffon dresses from Dessy that varied in style and captured the fall ambiance, while the groomsmen matched in Men’s Wearhouse navy suits with wine-colored ties. Event Floral created navy and deep red bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and arch adornments with pops of white and blush, and plenty of greenery. After the ceremony, the party moved to the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms, which perfectly fit the bill for the rustic venue the couple required, but with high ceilings, a hillside apple orchard and an onsite bridal suite to boot. It was the only venue they visited! Henrici’s, the exclusive caterer for the venue, served apple orchard chicken, smugglers shrimp, filet and portabella wellington, about all of which the guests raved. Dessert didn’t disappoint either, consisting of a three-tiered, semi-naked red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and a vanilla bean cake with fresh strawberries. An eight-piece band from the couple’s hometown entertained; Gordon and Brittany even accompanied them with a tambourine and cow bell before an enchanting sparkler sendoff at the end of the night. 174


VENUE: The Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms PHOTOGRAPHY: 430studios FLORAL/DESIGN: Event Floral STATIONERY: Minted CATERING: Henrici’s CAKE: Julie Michelle Cakes ENTERTAINMENT: The Band Sundance VIDEOGRAPHY: Clear Vision Videography TRANSPORTATION: Van Galder Bus Company HAIR/MAKEUP: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists BRIDAL GOWN: Stella York BRIDESMAID DRESSES: The Dessy Group JEWELRY: Caffray Jewellers

“It was an absolute dream fall wedding. The venue, the colors, the food … everything was truly amazing. Although the guest number made it a big wedding, it still felt so intimate. We added romantic elements, such as the lighting and gold accents, to make [the venue] not feel so big and airy.”

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Jumoke & Nzube THE HALEY MANSION JOLIET, IL Jumoke and Nzube started talking at a party not knowing that later, on their wedding day, they would be greeting each of their 150 guests side by side. After a late August ceremony framed by a pergola amongst classic gardens, a violinist played Viva la Vida by Coldplay to walk the newly married couple out. The families wore traditional Nigerian Yoruba and Igbo outfits, the groom a blue tuxedo, the groomsmen black tuxes and the bridesmaids flowing chiffon and tulle dresses in ombre shades of lavender. The bride’s Sottero and Midgley A-line wedding dress stunned in ivory, while her reception dress from Nigerian designer April by Kunbi was radiant in gold. The cocktail hour impressed with a variety of hors d'oeuvres and unlimited cocktails at the elegant Haley Mansion, which not only offered a labyrinth of rooms for guests to explore, but also provided an expert staff that created seamless transitions from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner to dancing. The centerpieces were a dazzling mixture of floating candles paired with white and amethyst flowers. The food was memorable, from lobster served with a creamy potato base in a martini glass to chicken saltimbocca, all finished off with a purple ombre cake. The DJ matched the energy on the dance floor. Needless to say, the reception was a constant dance party until the last guest left.

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VENUE/CATERING: The Haley Mansion DAY OF COORDINATION: Sarah Kathleen Events PHOTOGRAPHY: WS Photography VIDEOGRAPHY: Yomi Films FLORAL/DESIGN: Soirée Style Weddings & Events CAKE: Calumet Bakery ENTERTAINMENT: DJ DIESEL HAIR: Hair by Theresa MAKEUP: Crystal Eyez Makeup & Beauty Lounge BRIDAL GOWN: Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo RECEPTION DRESS: April by Kunbi MENSWEAR: Formally Modern Tuxedo

“It is easy to get stressed out during wedding planning. You can't please everyone. Be realistic about your plans and be organized; it makes a difference in the end. Self-care is a priority, too, because it is easy to put all your energy toward your day. Enjoy your day because it goes by so fast.”

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Dolores & Dominic THE ODYSSEY TINLEY PARK, IL High school sweethearts Dolores and Dominic wanted a big, traditional wedding that captured the autumnal beauty of Chicago. Much like summer turns to fall, the bride wore an elegant satin mermaid gown for the Catholic ceremony, but transitioned into a rose lace mermaid gown from Italy for the reception. The groomsmen wore navy blue tuxedos and the bridesmaids wore maroon off-the-shoulder, floor-length dresses. For further autumn inspiration, Lavish Wedding used ivory roses and peonies with bunia berries and dusty miller to perfect fall centerpieces and bouquets. Dolores and Dominic chose the Odyssey for its mix of modernity and elegance in one venue, not to mention the convenience of being close to home and able to accommodate 300 guests. The Odyssey chefs outdid themselves with a plated dinner of filet mignon and pan-seared chicken. From the gold Chiavari chairs to the charming candy table and late-night pizza, the couple decided it was worth it to splurge on the extras at their reception. It was also important to showcase their culture by incorporating a Mariachi band and bilingual emcee. Their most memorable moment was their first dance to “Perfect� by Ed Sheeran, especially because the choreographer/emcee mixed it into a Bachata version, so it was another perfect foray into their culture. They followed up their big day with a honeymoon in Thailand.

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PLANNING: Behind the Veil Design Studio VENUE: The Odyssey PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY: Reel Life Cinema FLORAL: Lavish Weddings and Behind the Veil Design Studio STATIONERY: Behind the Veil Design Studio CAKE: Delish Cakes ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING: DJ Bobby C, Special Occasion Events and Mariachi Universal PHOTOBOOTH: Magic Uplighting TRANSPORTATION: Chitown Limo Bus BRIDAL GOWN: House of Brides RECEPTION GOWN: Ricca Sposa Bridal Boutique

“Looking back on our wedding, we couldn't live without our wedding planner, Tammy [from Behind the Veil Design Studio]. She was available to us day and night, and was just a phone call or text away. Once we started working with her, everything fell in line — from dates we needed vendors locked in down to what everyone's role was the day of. During our wedding, any vendor- or guest-related question went straight to Tammy so we could enjoy our moment.”

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FAIRLIE CHICAGO 339 N. Bell Ave., Chicago (312) 455-0863 • fairliechicago.com

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FIREHOUSE CHICAGO 1545 W. Rosemont Ave., Chicago (773) 850-1545 • firehousechicago.com

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KIMPTON HOTEL ALLEGRO 171 W Randolph St., Chicago (312) 325-7142 • allegrochicago.com

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LACUNA LOFTS 2150 S. Canalport, Chicago (312) 600-9147 • lacunaeventsbylm.com

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LAKE GENEVA CRUISE LINE 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-6206 • www.cruiselakegeneva.com

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LAKE LAWN RESORT 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan, WI (262) 728-7950 • lakelawnresort.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 516 N. Clark St., Chicago (312) 644-4284 • maggianos.com/banquets

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BOULDER RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB 350 Boulder Dr., Lake in the Hills (847) 854-3000 • boulderridge.com

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THE BRIX ON THE FOX 260 S. Washington St., Carpentersville (847) 844-8010 • brixonfox.com

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CONCORDE BANQUETS 20922 N. Rand Rd., Kildeer (847) 438-0025 • concordebanquets.com

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HERITAGE BALLROOM 100 Symphony Way, Elgin (847) 531-7047 • cityofelgin.org/ballroom

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LOFT 21 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire (847) 868-LOFT (5638) • loft21events.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 1901 E. Woodfield Rd., Schaumburg (847) 240-1600 • maggianos.com/banquets

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 4999 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie (847) 933-9572 • maggianos.com/banquets

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 307 Hawthorne Ctr., Vernon Hills (847) 918-0380 • maggianos.com/banquets

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MISSION HILLS COUNTY COUNTRY CLUB 1677 W. Mission Hills Rd., Northbrook (847) 498-3200 • victoriavenues.com

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PINSTRIPES 100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington (847) 844-4810 • pinstripes.com

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PINSTRIPES 1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook (847) 480-7676 • pinstripes.com

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RANDALL OAKS GOLF CLUB & BANQUETS 4101 Binnie Rd.,West Dundee (847) 428-5661 • randalloaksgc.com

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VICTORIA IN THE PARK 1700 S Elmhurst Rd., Mount Prospect (847) 437-0255 • victoriavenues.com

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VICTORIA OF ROSEMONT 6600 Mannheim Rd., Rosemont (708) 456-1575 • victoriavenues.com

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WHITE DEER RUN GOLF CLUB 250 W. Gregg’s Pkwy., Vernon Hills (847) 680-6188 • whitedeergolf.com

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WESTERN SUBURBS ALPINE BANQUETS 8230 S. Cass Ave., Darien (630) 964-4154 • alpinebanquets.com

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ACQUAVIVA WINERY 47W614 Rt. 38, Maple Park (630) 365-0333 • acquavivawinery.com

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THE BARN AT BLACKBERRY FARM 100 S Barnes Rd., Aurora (630) 892-1550 x1708 • blackberryfarm.info/ weddings-at-the-farm/

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BELLE SALLE BANQUETS 1920 East New York St., Aurora (630) 449-3065 • bellesallebanquets.com

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ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB 26W151 Butterfield Rd., Wheaton

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CHICAGO MARRIOTT NAPERVILLE 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville (630) 687-6465 • marriott.com/chimn

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 HICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST C AT BURR RIDGE 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy., Burr Ridge (630) 986-4100 • marriott.com/chisw

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COSLEY ZOO 1356 N Gary Ave., Wheaton (630) 665-5534 • cosleyzoo.org

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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON LISLE NAPERVILLE

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THE DRAKE OAK BROOK 2301 York Rd., Oak Brook (630) 571-0000 • drakeoakbrook.com

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DRURY LANE THEATRE & EVENTS 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace (630) 530-0202 • drurylane.com

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ELEMENTS AT WATER STREET 123 Water St., 2nd Fl. Hotel Indigo, Naperville (630) 717-2800 • elementsnaperville.com

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HOTEL BAKER 100 W. Main St., St. Charles (630) 584-2100 • hotelbaker.com

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HYATT LODGE OAK BROOK 2815 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook (630) 581-6621 •hyattlodge.com

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KUIPERS FAMILY FARM 1N318 Watson Rd., Maple Park (815) 827-5200 • kuipersfamilyfarm.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 1847 Freedom Dr., Naperville (630) 536-2280 • maggianos.com /banquets

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook (630) 368-0314 • maggianos.com/banquets

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NORTHFORK FARM 1998 Johnson Rd., Oswego (815) 768-5400 • nforkfarm.com THE OAKS AT GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE

2105 Spring Rd., Oakbrook (630) 954-0000 • gibsonssteakhouse.com/theoaks

PINSTRIPES 7 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook (630) 575-8744 • pinstripes.com

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Q CENTER 1405 N. Fifth Ave., St. Charles (630) 444-4049 • weddings.qcenter.com

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THE SEVILLE 700 S Barrington Rd, Streamwood (630) 289-4500 • theseville.com

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VENUTI’S BANQUETS 2251 West Lake St., Addison (630) 376-1500 • venutis.com

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ELEMENTS BY THE ODYSSEY 16235 South La Grange Rd., Orland Park (708) 981-3608 • elementsbytheodyssey.com

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 HE GRAND BALLROOM AT JOLIET T UNION STATION 50 E. Jefferson St., Joliet (815) 254-7003 • jolietunionstation.com

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JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE 20 South Eastern Ave., Joliet (815) 722-1420 • jacobhenrymansion.com

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LA BANQUE HOTEL 2034 Ridge Rd., Homewood (708) 798-6000 • labanquehotel.com

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MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB 1700 W. Renwick Rd., Romeoville (815) 254-3333 • mistwoodgc.com

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THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE 16501 135th St., Lemont (815) 863-8617 • themontebelloestate.com

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THE ODYSSEY 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park (708) 429-7400 • theodysseyvenue.com

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RAVISLOE COUNTRY CLUB 18231 South Park Ave., Homewood (708) 798-5600 • ravisloe.com WHITETAIL RIDGE GOLF CLUB 7671 Clubhouse Dr., Yorkville (630) 882-8988 • whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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GARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 224 N. Main St., Wheaton (630) 668-3100 • garychurch.org

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JACOB HENRY MANSION ESTATE 20 South Eastern Ave., Joliet (815) 722-1420 • jacobhenrymansion.com

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TRINITY WEDDING CHAPEL 130 N. West St., Wheaton (630) 665-1101 • trinitywheaton.org

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WILDER PARK FORMAL GARDEN 225 Prospect, Elmhurst (630) 993-8186 • epd.org

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100-year-old Historic Landmark church located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. Breathtaking chapel, built in 1882. This classic wood frame treasure is Wheaton’s oldest church building in continuous use.

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Beautifully landscaped gardens for outdoor and tented ceremonies. Conservatory available for photos.

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Directory of Advertisers ATTENDANT GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

DISC JOCKEYS/ ENTERTAINMET

Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Bluewater Kings Band. . . . . . . . . . . 111

The Groomsman Suit . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Fretless Music. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

PHOTO BOOTHS

Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook. . . . . . . . . . 81

Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . 139

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. . . . . . 82

Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

BEAUTY (HAIR, MAKEUP, SKINCARE, DENTAL) Impressions by Laura . . . . . . . . . . . 132

PHOTOGRAPHERS EVENT DESIGN & DECOR

Studio 10 Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

AgA Wedding & Event Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

BRIDAL/CUSTOM & ALTERATIONS

Emerald City Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Vicki’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Rustique Swan Event Design & Curated Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Events By Artful Decor, Inc.. . . . . . 156

BRIDAL SHOPS

FAVORS & GIFTS

Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

Garrett Brands. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Cinder & Vinegar Photography. . . 138 Edward Fox Photography & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Eivan’s Photo & Video. . . . . . . . . . . 138 Mila Craila Photography. . . . . . . . . 138

RECEPTION SITES

Acquaviva Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

White Satin Bridal & Tuxedo. . . . . 134 Wolsfelt’s Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

CAKES & SWEET TABLES

Events By Artful Decor, Inc.. . . . . . 156 Floral Expressions & Gifts . . . . . . . 157 Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts . . . . . . . . . 156

Amy Beck Cake Design . . . . . . . . . 153

FLOWER PRESERVATION

Creative Cakes Bakery & Cafe. . . . 155

Austin Preservations. . . . . . . . . . . . 156

Delish Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Oak Mill Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

FORMAL WEAR

Toni Patisserie & Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . 153

Black Tie Formalwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

The Bakester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . 137

The Quintessential Cake. . . . . . . . . 155

Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . 132

CATERERS

The Groomsman Suit . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Catered by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 La Cuisine Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

CHAPEL/CEREMONY SITES see our chapel site directory on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

Alpine Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Arrowhead Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Ashley Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 The Barn at Blackberry Farm . . . . 66

The Palmer House A Hilton Hotel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52-53 Pier 290. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Pinstripes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Q Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Randall Oaks Golf Club & Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Ravisloe Country Club . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 The Seville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-63

Venuti’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11, 89

Biagio Events & Catering. . . . . . . . 54

Victoria Venues. . . . Inside Back Cover

Boulder Ridge Country Club. . . . . . 23

White Eagle Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . 90

The BRIX on The Fox . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Whitetail Ridge Golf Club . . . . . . . . 29

Brookfield Zoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Wilder Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement . . . . . . . . 71

White Deer Run Golf Club. . . . . . . . 23

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. . . . . . 55

RENTALS & LINENS

Chicago Marriott Naperville . . . . . . . 9 Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

F&S Linens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Rustique Swan Event Design & Curated Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Concorde Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Cosley Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Alex + Elin Creative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Doubletree by Hilton Lisle Naperville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

Crystal Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

JEWELRY

Drury Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS

The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

Elements at Water Street. . . . . . . . . 75

Explore Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

LIGHTING

Elements by The Odyssey. . . . . . . . 76 Epiphany Center for the Arts . . . 50-51

MOTHERS WEAR

Northfork Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Belvedere Events & Banquets. . . . 68

Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

DANCE INSTRUCTION

The Monte Bello Estate. . . . . . . . . . 85

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

INVITATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

Mistwood Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Belle Salle Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

The Drake Oak Brook. . . . . . Inside Front Cover

Visit Galena. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13

Maggiano’s Little Italy. . . Back Cover

The Odyssey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

AgA Wedding & Event Decor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

Vicki’s Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

Loft 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . 139

Fifi’s Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114

Emerald City Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Kuipers Family Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Lake Lawn Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

The Oaks at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

FLORISTS

Andrew’s Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

Kimpton Hotel Allegro. . . . . . . . . . . 58

Photography by Lauryn. . . . . . . . . 138

Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . 137

Love Theory Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Fairlie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Firehouse Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

VIDEOGRAPHERS Edward Fox Photography & Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Eivan’s Photo + Video. . . . . . . . . . . 138 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . 139

WEDDING CONSULTANTS/ COORDINATORS Backyard Soirée Weddings and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Destination Love Travel . . . . . . . . . . 31 Emerald City Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

“The Venue” at Gifford’s Kitchen & Social. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Elegant Evenings by The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station. . . . . . . . . . . . 78

Savoury Chic Event Planning & Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

Destination Love Travel . . . . . . . . . . 31

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa . . . . . 21

Wedicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Sandals & Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Heritage Ballroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Windermere Elegant Weddings. . . 31

Heart & Sole Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

DESTINATION/HONEYMOON

184

Anamaria Vieriu Photography. . . . 139

see our reception site directory on pages . . . . . . . . 180-183

Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . . 132

Hotel Baker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Music By Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

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Sarah Kathleen Events. . . . . . . . . . . 33


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The Celebration Society Weddings Chicago - Spring 2020  

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