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Online at thecelebrationsociety.com, you will find even more inspiration, real weddings and party ideas from across the nation, AND easy access to venues and vendors in the Chicago area ready to help you plan your day. This magazine focuses exclusively on local venues, vendors and real weddings, so you have the best Chicago resources right on these pages. When selecting your team of vendors, it’s important to find individuals who share a similar style. Find your favorite looks in our Style Profiles starting on page 34, with a list of the vendor team who worked together to achieve that particular theme. You can also see more images from every Style Profile on our web site. And for that all-important dress decision, turn to our gown portfolio for pages of gorgeous dresses from top Chicagoland salons. We especially love the pup on page 106! We hope you enjoy reading The Celebration Society – Weddings as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. Just like your wedding, it’s been a labor of love to combine the best of both brands into one ultimate resource for you.

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When choosing the date for your wedding, there are many things to consider. While we are not able to completely assist you with venue availability, we can advise of dates to avoid and consider when choosing your wedding date.

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START WITH YOUR BUDGET AND ST YLE 19 Before you start planning your day, it’s important to set a realistic budget and expectations. Then, find tips for selecting a style, with a half-dozen styled shoots from the crème de la crème of the Chicago wedding industry. From cocktails to cakes, place settings and stationery, it’s all here.

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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 that 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 and 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 ATTIRE & WEDDING. BANDS........................8-12% Bride and groom attire & wedding bands FLOWERS..................8-12% Flowers & décor MUSIC......................... 5-10% Ceremony & reception music

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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, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve compiled some basic tips to help you identify your true style as a couple and arm you with the know-how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


WEDDING PL ANNING DO'S & DON'TS 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... Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too.

Brand It 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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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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Don’t be afraid to play around with a mixture of colors and textures for a slightly deconstructed and eclectic, but elegant look! Look for dusty greys and blues, along with pops of deep burgundy and rich purples. Mixing these tones alongside minimalistic gold or copper accents will bring in that modern feel. Velvety touches— from ribbons to napkin ties, table runners and accent furniture—are a great way to add visual interest!

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ENCHANTING EMERALD C H A R MIN G CO LO R IN S P IR ATI ON

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ACCENTS Geode Coasters . with Gold Edge. LILPENGEE etsy.com

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Inspired by the modern James Bond. Think of Daniel Craig—a confident guy who dresses well with a modern take on classics and never over does it. It’s about quality, fit and timeless elegant style—not shortlived trends.

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something BLUE

Floral patterned plates, hexagonal stationery and chiavari chairs. Past and present collide seamlessly to create the perfect inspiration for a modern yet traditional bride.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I was largely inspired by Asian . and European blue and white china, from the 15th-18th century . to contemporary pottery and textiles. . I wanted to mix and match the old with the new, to create a scene that gave . a nod to the past while embracing . the contemporary.

GISELLE TILLICH Jasmine Galleria

Vendor Team

PLANNER/STYLIST: GISELLE TILLICH, . JASMINE GALLERIA LOCATION: ABBINGTON BANQUETS, GLEN ELLYN PHOTOGRAPHY: STEPHEN ORLICK, JASMINE GALLERIA ATTIRE/FLORAL DESIGN/DRAPERY: . JASMINE GALLERIA CAKE & SWEETS: CREATIVE CAKES BAKERY AND CAFE STATIONERY: DBY INVITATIONS RENTALS: JASMINE GALLERIA, . MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS HAIR & MAKEUP: SUSIE SEMOON AND KASEY SURGES VIDEOGRAPHY: TRAVIS HEBERLING, . JASMINE GALLERIA MODELS: TARA CARLSON, MEILING JIN, JULIA OSADTSIV, MATTHEW MCCLURE

COLOR PALETTE: NAVY, COBALT BLUE, SKY BLUE, WHITE, IVORY, GREEN

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geek CHIC

Comics, video games and more. Did we leave anything out? Sci-fi inspiration and iconic characters add a touch of nostalgia to this fantastical wedding!

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The Planner & Stylist Says... Admittedly, there’s a little nerd in us all… so take some touches from Tatooine and conjure up a special edition comic to tell your love story. Be a superhero (or even a Jedi) and add these whimsical elements into your traditionally elegant wedding. You don’t have to want to explore a galaxy far away to show your love of fantasy, video games, or sci-fi and let your personality shine.

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DBY Events & Invitations

PLANNER/STYLIST: KASEY LARSON, . DBY EVENTS & INVITATIONS LOCATION: BOULDER RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB, LAKE IN THE HILLS PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER COTÉ, . EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: WESTGATE FLOWERS CAKE & SWEETS: DELISH CAKES STATIONERY: DBY INVITATIONS RENTALS: CARSON’S WEDDING REGISTRY, MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS CUSTOM GOBLETS: BRIDAL BY MAD STYLE VIDEOGRAPHY: JESSICA LINDBERG, . EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY

COLOR PALETTE: VILLAIN BLACK, STARK WHITE, CEMENT SLATE, GOTHAM GREY, NEBULA BLUE, CRIMSON

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a modern APPROACH

Slate grey and black make the perfect base for vibrant hues of apricot and blush. Paired with sleek stationery and elegant sparkling touches, this palette is a modern brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... I am simply in love with the trend . of a dark wedding cake. By pairing . the modern elements of the cake . with lush linens, this partyscape was born. The addition of layered floral details and candles unanimously harmonized the sweetheart table . and dessert bar cart with the . wedding cake table effortlessly.

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Vendor Team

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PLANNER/STYLIST: DESIREE DENT, . DEJANAE EVENTS LOCATION: THE ODYSSEY, TINLEY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY: DOUGLAS ROTHROCK, TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOCIATES FLORAL DESIGN: ANDREW’S GARDEN CAKE & SWEETS: CREATIVE CAKES . BAKERY & CAFE STATIONERY/ACRYLIC: KELLY REIF . STATIONERY STUDIO RENTALS: NORTHERN DECOR & LOGISTICS, NÜAGE DESIGNS VIDEOGRAPHY: JAMES LEE, . SOMETHING NEW MEDIA

COLOR PALETTE: APRICOT, SLATE GREY, BLACK, PEARL, BLUSH

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FA B U L O U S Who says the farm canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fabulous? Soft hues, glamorous gold and marble accents add an upscale feel to this rustic setting.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The inspiration for this Style Profile was created to put a luxurious twist on rustic. This one-of-a-kind amazing barn wedding inspiration is filled with elegant details and glamorous decor. By bridging Ashley Farm’s 1920s-inspired chandeliers with lush bright florals and crystal candelabras, we created our vision of Farm Fabulous.

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PLANNER/STYLIST: MERLYN JOSE, . SOIRÉE STYLE EVENTS LOCATION: ASHLEY FARM, YORKVILLE PHOTOGRAPHY: LAURYN LANDACRE SCHALK, PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN FLORAL DESIGN: FLORAL EXPRESSIONS & GIFTS CAKE & SWEETS: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ STATIONERY/MARBLE: KELLY REIF . STATIONERY STUDIO RENTALS: CARSON’S WEDDING REGISTRY, . SATIN CHAIR DECOR RENTALS HAIR: KRISTEN MARIE, ECLIPS STUDIO MAKEUP: CHRISTI RANTIS, HOUSE OF KOUKLA VIDEOGRAPHY: KEN PLIKUHN, . WEDDING CONNECTIONS MODEL: JENNIFER PAGE

COLOR PALETTE: SALMON ROSE, FIERY CORAL, PEACH, GOLD, WHITE

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industrial ELEGANCE

Urban meets luxe in this industrial setting dressed with vibrant regal hues, stunning chandeliers and geometric copper accents.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... As soon as I walked through the door of Loft 21, I drew inspiration from the exposed brick wall. Using wood and metal as the two main textures, we paired them with soft green foliage and a rich, regal palette of florals to bring our “industrial meets elegance” vision to life. This theme is perfect for the couple wanting vintageinspired decor with a modern twist.

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PLANNER/STYLIST: DENISE BONDS,

WINDERMERE ELEGANT WEDDINGS & EVENTS LOCATION: LOFT 21, LINCOLNSHIRE PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER COTÉ, . EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY FLORAL DESIGN: TOWN & COUNTRY GARDENS CAKE & SWEETS: DELISH CAKES STATIONERY: DBY INVITATIONS RENTALS: MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS,

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COLOR PALETTE: BURGUNDY, ROSE, PLUM, BLUE, CREAM, COPPER

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edwardian REVIVAL

Softness abounds with this beautiful color palette. Delicate gold accents and lush floral arrangements in shades of wine and blush make it simply regal.

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The Planner & Stylist Says... The Beaux Arts Classical architecture in all its grandeur, including the carved marble reliefs atop the arched alcoves, marble floors, and gilded crystal lighting were all the inspiration needed. All this detail is reminiscent of the lavish Edwardian Era.

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Vendor Team

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PLANNER/STYLIST: MICHELLE CARNAGIO, . MC DESIGNS, INC. LOCATION: THE GRAND BALLROOM AT JOLIET UNION STATION, JOLIET PHOTOGRAPHY: BRITTANY MILOVANOVIC, BRITTANY LYNN STUDIOS FLORAL DESIGN: PHILLIP’S FLOWERS CAKE & SWEETS: TONI PATISSERIE & CAFÉ STATIONERY: KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO RENTALS: CARSON’S WEDDING REGISTRY, MARQUEE EVENT RENTALS, BBJ LINEN VIDEOGRAPHY: KEN PLIKUHN, . WEDDING CONNECTIONS

COLOR PALETTE: RHUBARB, PINK LEMONADE, POWDER PINK, PINK CHAMPAGNE, CORYDALIS BLUE, GREENERY

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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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Not to mention the budget! In Chicagoland, the options for brides are limitless. 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 use of their facility. Knowing exactly how many hours are included, and allotting plenty of time for set up and tear down is important.

Your room set up will greatly affect the amount of guests you can have at your wedding. Official capacities are for the fire marshal. You'll want to focus on how many guests you can fit into the room with a seated dinner, estate table, dance floor or buffet set up.

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 wedding vendors to use. This can be helpful to the bride who needs direction and referrals but also a hindrance for brides who know exactly which vendors they'd like to use. Clarify with your venue whether it's required or not to use their specified vendors before you book.

CAN I BRING IN MY OWN ALCOHOL? Venues that don't carry their own liquor license 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? Often venues with liquor licenses will have a bar minimum in addition to the cost of their venue rental. Best to have a heads up about this before you book for budgeting.

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

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

WILL THERE BE OTHER WEDDINGS HAPPENING ON THE SAME DAY? Depending on the size of the venue, it will be nice to know whether your event will be the only 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 your budget, as it can be well over 30% of your reception budget.

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.

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Abbington Distinctive Banquets

SETTING THE STANDARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WEDDING RECEPTIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

20,000+ ABOUT THE VENUE From the moment you arrive, the sheer beauty and elegance of the Abbington will take your breath away. Gorgeous table settings, dazzling chandeliers, marble bars, gleaming maple wood dance floors and flowing full-length linens are the perfect complement to the white glove service and culinary masterpieces that will impress everyone on your guest list. At the Abbington, we believe in making your dreams come true. That is why we go out of our way to make sure your special occasion is magnificent. Take one look at our impressive architecture and stunning surroundings and you will see why we have been named “The Jewel of the Western Suburbs.” Add that to our finely appointed ballrooms, superior service and world-class cuisine, and you will find yourself in a celebration that is sure to be the portrait of perfection! Allow our professional wedding planners to help you create a reception that is unique, stylish and unforgettable.

# OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

1,100 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Full Package PARKING OPTIONS

Valet & Self-Parking for Over 400 Vehicles

Your Event. Our Unparalleled Service. YOUR CONTACT

Tara Kubicki

3S002 IL ROUTE 53 GLEN ELLYN, ILLINOIS 60137

ABBINGTONBANQUETS.COM

(63 0) 94 2- 8 6 0 0 tara@abbingtonbanquets.com Bottom Image Stephen Orlick of Jasmine Galleria

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Bartlett Hills GC & Banquets

AWARD-WINNING WEDDING VENUE & COUNTRY CLUB IN THE CHICAGO SUBURBS WITH POND VIEWS & VERANDA.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

6,241 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

250 VENUE STYLE

Country Club, Ballroom & Veranda CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Premium Bar & Wine Service, Soup, Salad, Entree Choices, Sides, Fresh Flowers, Wedding Cake, Linens, Tables, Chairs, and so much more. PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Self-Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE With a beautiful ballroom majestically overlooking incredible views of a pristine golf course, you will certainly find more inside Bartlett Hills Golf Club than you ever imagined. This establishment is warmly nestled in the Chicago suburb of Bartlett, just minutes from the expressway and offers an intimate and luxurious setting to host the perfect wedding celebration. Upon stepping into the ballroom, your eyes are immediately greeted by the magnificent view. Twelve foot windows stretching throughout the facility not only provides radiant natural light, but overlooks a glimmering pond with a cascading lighted fountain. Outdoors, the lush landscaping and rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop for scenic wedding photos while the rustic architecture, vaulted ceilings, and cozy fireplace of the ballroom make for an elegant and grand reception. You and your guests can also enjoy the outdoor veranda for a breath of fresh air or for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony (you can even host your wedding ceremony here with or without booking a reception). Or perhaps a winter wonderland wedding with an inviting and cozy fireplace setting is your choice. Any season you may choose at Bartlett Hills GC is spectacular and memorable.

YOUR CONTACT

Mary Gearhart (63 0) 213-3103 mgearhart @vbartlet t.org First Lower Image by Jolie Images

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800 WEST ONEIDA AVENUE BARTLETT, IL 60103

BARTLETTHILLS.COM

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Bolingbrook Golf Club

ALLOW OUR STAFF TO ORCHESTRATE ALL OF THE DETAILS TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING THE MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

9,400 ABOUT THE VENUE Our professionally trained staff will ensure your special day exceeds all of your expectations. Bolingbrook Golf Club has the capacity to host every aspect of your wedding celebration, from bridal shower to ceremony and ending with an unforgetable reception. Our ballrooms can host your wedding ceremony inside any day of the year, and for the warmer months, we also have a gorgeous outdoor ceremony space. Our Rose Garden is an idyllic setting for your special day. The outdoor setting overlooking fountains and a lake creates the perfect, intimate atmosphere for your ceremony. As you take your first steps inside the golf club after your ceremony, you are welcomed into our hearth room with a two-story stone fireplace, setting the stage for a perfect event. Our foyer and wraparound veranda will host your cocktail hour with accommodating outdoor seating and views of our picturesque golf course. Your reception will be simply unforgettable regardless of the ballroom you choose at our location. Our on-site wedding coordinator will make sure every personal touch on your wedding day is executed flawlessly. From the moment you tour with us to the day of your wedding, you are our priority and we will make sure you know it.

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

750 VENUE STYLE

Golf Club, Country Club CATERING CHOICES

Onsite and Off-Site Catering Permitted RENTAL INCLUDES

All Food and Beverage, Linens, Chair Covers, Valet, Bridal Suite PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Taryn Wade 2001 RODEO DRIVE BOLINGBROOK, ILLINOIS 60490

BOLINGBROOKGOLFCLUB.COM

(63 0) 771-94 0 0 twade@bolingbrookbrookgolfclub.com Images by Passions Photo Video

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Brookfield Zoo

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

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

11,324 # OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

320 VENUE STYLE

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 lively 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 Images by Randall Studios

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3300 GOLF ROAD BROOKFIELD, ILLINOIS 60513

BROOKFIELDZOO.ORG

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Carnivale

COLORFUL, CELEBRATORY, EXCEPTIONAL CUISINE AND EVENT STAFF.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

15,000 ABOUT THE VENUE Life’s extraordinary moments deserve an extraordinary venue! From classic to unique, Carnivale leaves a lasting impression of your unique style for years to come. Whether your special day includes 40 or 300 guests, our seven event spaces add the wow factor to life’s special moments of all sizes. Let our expert event specialists and innovative culinary team help craft the perfect experience for you, keeping in mind your needs, requests, and of course your own distinctive character. We take great care in understanding your vision and bringing it to life, down to the most intricate detail. Come see why our award-winning restaurant and captivating space are the perfect backdrop for your wedding, ceremony, rehearsal, or specialty event!

# OF EVENT SPACES

7 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

40-1,000 VENUE STYLE

Restaurant CATERING CHOICES

Plated, Buffet or Family Style Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

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

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Molly Stabb 702 W FULTON ST

( 312) 850 -3852

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60661

m stabb@carnivalechicago.com

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Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

CHICAGOLAND WEDDING VENUE FEATURING WINDOWED PAVILIONS AND OUTDOOR CEREMONY VENUES.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

35,280 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

25-900 VENUE STYLE

Grand Ballrooms, Windowed Pavilions CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Votive Candles, Dance Floor and Band Stand PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking YOUR CONTACT

Linda Schuemann (8 47) 634- 010 0 linda.schuemann@ chicagomarriot tlincoln shire.com

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ABOUT THE VENUE Experience culinary delights from Executive Chef Pierre Daval inspired by his heritage and grandmother’s love of the culinary arts. He has received both culinary and business degrees in France, and has worked in fine restaurants in France, Italy and the U.S. Chef uses the resort’s two acres of land devoted to raising farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs which are featured in our catering and restaurants. At Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, we are head over heels in love with weddings. The newly transformed resort is located on 175 beautiful acres in Chicago’s North Shore neighborhood. During your stay you will enjoy the luxury and comfort of our 390 reimagined guestrooms, our onsite PGA Championship Golf Course, spa, Starbucks, and renowned Marriott Theatre. Our dedicated team has helped to create life-long memories and made fairy-tale weddings come true. We know that there’s only one way to throw a wedding—your way! Each couple is unique, so our savvy & friendly staff will ensure everything goes smoothly on your special day. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate autumn reception, outdoor formal lakeside ceremony, or whimsical patio wedding, our experts can customize any of our exquisite spaces to fit your vision perfectly! 10 MARRIOTT DRIVE LINCOLNSHIRE, ILLINOIS 60069

BIT.LY/LINCOLNSHIREWEDDINGS

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Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge YOUR FAIRY-TALE WEDDING IS ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS. FROM THE CENTERPIECES TO THE MENU TO THE PLACE CARDS, OUR EXTRAORDINARY TEAM AT THE MARRIOTT BURR RIDGE WILL ENSURE THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS COMES TRUE. WE OFFER WORLDCLASS AMENITIES, A CHIC AND CONTEMPORARY BALLROOM AND EXPERT PLANNERS TO SEAMLESSLY BRING EVERY DETAIL OF YOUR WEDDING DREAM TO LIFE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

10,760 ABOUT THE VENUE The day you’ve always dreamed of begins at Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge. Whether a lavish celebration or a more intimate affair, our expert planners can seamlessly bring your wedding to life. Our 2017 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 picturesque setting. This elegant and chic space can host events that are sophisticated, upscale, fun and customizable. From table linens to a custom wedding cake, our comprehensive package encompasses all the important details for your perfect day. We understand your big day is all about the small details and we’ve got you covered. Allow our team to guide you step by step to a worry-free day and be a guest at your own wedding. Cap off your night in the luxurious Presidential Suite complete with living room, dining room, master bedroom and large marble bathroom. Your family and friends will arrive home safely as they take the elevator to a newly renovated guestroom. Call today to begin your happily ever after. 1200 BURR RIDGE PARK WAY

# OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

450 VENUE STYLE

Hotel Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Linens, Dance Floor, Stage, Tables and Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Wedding Specialist

BURR RIDGE, ILLINOIS 60527

(63 0) 9 8 6 - 410 0

(630) 986-4100

BurrRidge. Events@marriot t.com

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Danada House

DANADA HOUSE IS LOCATED IN DANADA FOREST PRESERVE, WHEATON, ILLINOIS. IT IS A POPULAR VENUE FOR WEDDINGS, CORPORATE OUTINGS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CELEBRATION SHOWERS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

8,100 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

90-250 VENUE STYLE

Mansion CATERING CHOICES

Preferred List RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables and Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

ABOUT THE VENUE A Danada House wedding is a comfortable and beautiful experience for the couple as well as their family and friends. This treasured spot is one of the best available in Illinois to brides looking for stunning pictures and a story that connects them to the community and conservation. Commodity trader Daniel F. Rice and his wife Ada built this sprawling, white brick, 19-room country home in 1939. This was the home farm of the 1965 Kentucky Derby winner Lucky Debonair, ridden by jockey Bill Shoemaker. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County purchased the home and the 780 acres it sits on, including out buildings and a 23-stall Kentucky style stable, in 1980. Danada House provides an ideal location for you to host your special event, whether it be a wedding, banquet, meeting or party. We can accommodate up to 90 guests in the main level of the house and up to 250 in the Atriumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an all-season annex with tile flooring, wooden dance floor, state of the art lighting, wireless internet, and climate control.

YOUR CONTACT

Jill Ludvigsen (63 0) 6 6 8 -539 2 Jill@danadahou se.com Images by Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

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3S501 NAPERVILLE ROAD WHEATON, ILLINOIS 60189

DANADAHOUSE.COM

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DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip

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

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

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

# OF EVENT SPACES

4 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

450 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom, Courtyard CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

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

Complimentary Parking

YOUR CONTACT

Sales and Catering 5000 WEST 127TH STREET

( 70 8) 371-73 0 0

ALSIP, ILLINOIS 60803

chia s_ d s@hilton .com

CHICAGOALSIP.DOUBLETREE.COM M O R E P H O T O S , T E S T I M O N I A L S A N D I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T H I S V E N U E O N L I N E AT T H E C E L E B R AT I O N S O C I E T Y. C O M / C H I C A G O

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Eaglewood Resort & Spa

ENCHANTING VENUES. ENDURING MEMORIES. A WONDERFUL PLACE TO SAY “I DO.” EAGLEWOOD IS AN IDEAL WEDDING DESTINATION.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

17,895 # OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

4-400 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom, Pavilion, Terrace, Private Dining CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Ceremony Set-up PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

YOUR CONTACT

ABOUT THE VENUE Nestled on 106 acres of pure natural beauty, Eaglewood is a majestic Chicagoland resort in Itasca with easy access for family and friends. Whether your wedding style is intimate or grand, Eaglewood will ensure every detail of your wedding is stress-free and flawless. The resort’s wedding venues range from a regal ballroom, an intimate ballroom, a rooftop terrace and a seasonal Pavilion. The stunning landscape is tailor-made for photos that forever capture the magic of your special day. Choose from unique indoor and outdoor reception venues to make your dream wedding in Chicago’s premier resort destination feel worlds apart from the city, yet just 25 miles from downtown. Eaglewood features a wellness SPA, 18-hole Championship golf course, six-lane cosmic bowling alley, outdoor patio and fire pit and terraces with picturesque views of the beautiful surroundings. Whether you are hosting a romantic intimate affair, or a modern, sophisticated celebration, Eaglewood will fulfill your every wish. Packages can include: Bridal Party Spa Package, a Groomsmen and Guys Golf Gathering, Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony and Wedding Reception, Farewell Brunch and a 1-Year Anniversary Stay certificate. Eaglewood Resort & Spa provides a magical setting for weddings and provides lasting memories for you and your guests.

Catering Department (63 0) 6 94-5933 Lower Images ( Top to Bottom)

1401 NORDIC ROAD

Top: Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

ITASCA , ILLINOIS 60143

Middle, Bottom: Edward Fox Photography & Video

EAGLEWOODRESORT.COM

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Elements at Water Street

DOWNTOWN NAPERVILLE’S PREMIER WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE ON THE FAMOUS RIVERWALK.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,200 ABOUT THE VENUE To-be-weds in search of a spacious, exclusive wedding venue in the middle of historic downtown Naperville, Illinois can turn to Elements at Water Street. Located within the striking Hotel Indigo, just steps away from the famed Naperville Riverwalk, Elements at Water Street is a grand private event space that dominates the entire second floor of the hotel and can accommodate receptions of up to 250 guests. Couples that choose to host their event at Elements at Water Street enjoy full-service wedding packages designed to impress, and we can help you arrange your ceremony at the nearby Century Memorial Chapel—an iconic Gothic Revival structure built in 1864, just around the corner inside the Naper Settlement. The main reception space measures over 4,200 square feet, with a huge dance floor, elegant private bar and gorgeous wood ribbon ceiling lending it an air of lavish sophistication. A separate 2,000-square-foot pre-function space adjoins the main banquet hall, providing a fabulous setting for guests to chat over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before heading into the main ballroom for dining and dancing.

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

250 VENUE STYLE

Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Napkins, Cake PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking Garage

YOUR CONTACT

Cheryl Cady 123 WATER STREET, 2ND FLOOR

(63 0) 717-28 0 0

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60540

ccady @elementsnaperville.com

ELEMENTSNAPERVILLE.COM M O R E P H O T O S , T E S T I M O N I A L S A N D I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T H I S V E N U E O N L I N E AT T H E C E L E B R AT I O N S O C I E T Y. C O M / C H I C A G O

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The Glen Club

THE PINNACLE OF ELEGANCE AND SOPHISTICATION. THE GLEN CLUB BURSTS WITH GRANDEUR, GRACE, AND CHARM. THE GRAND BALLROOM, BRIDAL BALCONY, AND OUR AWARD-WINNING GROUNDS WILL MAKE YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION UNIQUE AND GLAMOROUS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

3,300 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

250 VENUE STYLE

Golf Club, Ballroom, Hotel CATERING CHOICES

Onsite Food and Beverage RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Wedding Cake, Open Bar, Champagne Toast, Overnight Accommodation for Newlyweds, Discounted Room Rate for Guests, Complimentary Tasting PARKING OPTIONS

Valet Available YOUR CONTACT

ABOUT THE VENUE The Glen Club, located on Chicago’s Northshore in Glenview, provides the elegance and excellence you deserve on your special day. Whether you plan to carry on a family wedding tradition or begin one of your own,The Glen Club staff is committed to making your wedding vision a reality. Our stunning ballroom punctuates stylish elegance with 23-foot-high ceilings, and is distinguished by spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows. Our ballroom overlooks a charming lake and formal garden with access to an outdoor terrace offering a panoramic view of our award-winning grounds. Our enchanting second-story Bridal Balcony overlooks the grand ballroom and provides a picturesque moment for you to make your first appearance as a couple, toss your bouquet, or wave farewell as you slip away to your luxurious bridal suite just down the hall. The Glen Club’s elegant wedding venue offers an exquisite backdrop for the ideal wedding reception. Our grounds are replete with rolling pastoral hills, over four thousand breathtaking trees, and a charming lake, merging into a gentle and tranquil rustic scene. Your wedding day begins with a singular vision:Yours. The Glen Club is committed to providing impeccable service and cuisine to you and your guests. If you have dreamed of your wedding day as the pinnacle of elegance and sophistication, The Glen Club is the perfect choice.

Michael Koenig (8 47) 8 32- 6 4 2 0 mkoenig @theglenclub.com

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2901 WEST LAKE AVENUE GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS 60026

THEGLENCLUB.COM

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JOLIET/SOUTHWEST

The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station

A MODERN MENU IN A HISTORICAL VENUE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,200 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.

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

220 VENUE STYLE

Historical Building CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

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

Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Brett Burke 50 EAST JEFFERSON STREET JOLIET, ILLINOIS 60432

JOLIETUNIONSTATION.COM

(815) 254-70 03 bburke@mi stwoodgc .com Imagen Sevilla Photography

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The Haley Mansion

BUILT IN 1891 BY PATRICK HALEY, HE COMMISSIONED ARCHITECT FRANK SHAVER ALLEN TO DESIGN THIS MASSIVE LIMESTONE STRUCTURE. THE MANSION IS AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS OFFERING SUPERB CUISINE. WHATEVER THE OCCASION, YOU’LL WANT TO SELECT THE HALEY MANSION FOR A TRULY MEMORABLE EVENT.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

350 VENUE STYLE

Mansion CATERING CHOICES

In-House, Plated Only RENTAL INCLUDES

Mansion, Ballroom, Food, Beverage PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking

ABOUT THE VENUE The Haley Mansion ballroom offers the most exquisite dining in a historic setting. Your guests will marvel at our elegant chandeliers, stunning marble floors, stately columns, and panoramic glass view overlooking our beautiful lush gardens, while they are seated under our silk-draped ceiling with accent lighting. Your guests will be dining at our oversized guest tables, with gold Chiavari chairs and gorgeous ivory damask table linens with matching napkins. Dinner is served on our sensational china with 14k gold and platinum accents and oversized glass stemware. Our professional staff dressed in black-tie will provide butler passed cocktail service to all your guests. You’ll have full use of the mansion and grounds, the option for an outdoor ceremony in our gardens, access to our conservatory with 40-foot skylights, and fabulous photo opportunities at our two beautiful outdoor fountains and more. You and your guests will enjoy a truly unforgettable evening at The Haley Mansion.

YOUR CONTACT

Event Coordinator (815) 726 - 6 8 0 0 phm@patrickhaley man sion .com Images by Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

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17 SOUTH CENTER STREET JOLIET, ILLINOIS 60436

PATRICKHALEYMANSION.COM

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Hilton Lisle/ Naperville

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

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

19,000 ABOUT THE VENUE At the 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, Allgauer’s Restaurant, guestrooms and suites. Guests will appreciate our proximity to local attractions and our location 27 miles from downtown Chicago. After all of the wedding festivities, retreat to a spacious room or suite and unwind. Enjoy convenient amenities and services including our shuttle to many area attractions.

# OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

400 VENUE STYLE

Hotel, Ballroom 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

weddings.li sle-naperville@hilton .com

LISLE, ILLINOIS 60532

Images by Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

HILTONLISLENAPERVILLE.COM

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Hilton Chicago Northbrook

THE HILTON NORTHBROOK IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

20,000 # OF EVENT SPACES

10 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

600 VENUE STYLE

Contemporary CATERING CHOICES

Allgauer’s on the Riverfront RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables and Chairs PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking, Valet Available

ABOUT THE VENUE From the walk down the aisle to the final farewell, we ensure that every detail of your wedding reflects your individuality. Our wedding coordinators will work with you to create customized menus and help you with all of the details that make your wedding day memorable. The Hilton Chicago/Northbrook creates a scenic and enchanting background with stunning decor and crystal chandeliers. Our Grand Ballroom accommodates up to 600 guests and also features a Garden Terrace reception area. We offer specialized catering and world-class cuisine all in an ideal North Shore setting for your special day. A tradition for over forty years, let our award-winning chefs from Allgauer’s on the Riverfront prepare a cuisine that will exceed your expectations. Let the Hilton Northbrook show you the difference between ordinary and extraordinary.

YOUR CONTACT

Diana Schutz (8 47) 50 9-70 21

2855 N. MILWAUKEE AVENUE

diana.schutz@hilton .com

NORTHBROOK, ILLINOIS 60062

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Hotel Arista WEST HOTEL ARISTA ATTRACTS BRIDES WHO LIKE TO WRITE THEIR OWN STORY.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,844 ABOUT THE VENUE In an age of assembly-line standards, discovering a hotel with a truly singular spirit is something Hotel Arista brides cherish. Our event team believes in the power of listening. Brides have a personal vision for their wedding day, and we have an ambitious team of dream-big designers eager to help bring it to life. Your vision plus our creative expertise is how trends are born. We offer everything you need to make the day of your dreams possible, including event space for weddings of all sizes, state-ofthe-art AV, lighting and digital technology, Executive Chef-driven custom menu design, room blocks and more. Whether you’re inviting 30-300 guests, Hotel Arista creates inspired weddings and banquets that are sophisticated, contemporary, classic and flexible. Our venues set the perfect stage for life’s greatest moments. The only Forbes 4-Star Hotel in the suburbs of Chicago.

# OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

300 VENUE STYLE

Grand Ballroom CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Table Numbers, Chairs, Linens, Cake, and Dance Floor PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking, Valet Available

YOUR CONTACT

Katie Jones (63 0) 579-78 28 kjones@hotelari sta.com

2139 CITYGATE LANE

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NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

Top and Middle, Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists

HOTELARISTA.COM

Bottom, Miller + Miller Photography

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Hotel Baker

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

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

3,558 # OF EVENT SPACES

2 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

200 VENUE STYLE

Grand Ballrooms and Outdoor Garden CATERING CHOICES

Executive Chef Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Linens, Chairs

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.

PARKING OPTIONS

Downtown Street Parking and Public Parking Garage

YOUR CONTACTS

Casey Pifke cpif ke@hotelbaker.com

Claire Belon

cbelon@hotelbaker.com

(63 0) 58 4 -210 0

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100 WEST MAIN STREET ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS 60174

HOTELBAKER.COM

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Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus

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

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

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.

# OF EVENT SPACES

5 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

300 VENUE STYLE

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

2815 JORIE BOULEVARD OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS 60523

Sigita. Ja suda@hyat t.com First Lower Image by Lilly Photography

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Mistwood Golf Club

A MODERN BALLROOM WITH OLD-WORLD CHARM OVERLOOKING A BEAUTIFUL GOLF COURSE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

4,400 # OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

220 VENUE STYLE

Golf Course, Indoor & Outdoor CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chiavari Chairs, Ivory Linens & Napkins, Table Numbers, Votive Candles, Champagne Toast PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Onsite, Cirle Drive Drop Off Area YOUR CONTACT

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 seasonal gardens, a gazebo, charming stone bridges and a bell tower. Mistwood offers a ballroom that can seat up to 220 guests with a dance floor and provides sweeping views of the beautiful course. The ballroom has an open floor plan with rustic details and a picturesque fireplace. There are outdoor balconies off both the cocktail hour space and the ballroom. The courtyard is made up of paver stones overlooking a beautiful garden and provides a gorgeous setting for outdoor ceremonies. Guests will pass through a wrought iron gate when entering into this ceremony space. Mistwood Golf Club provides old-world charm with all the modern conveniences and amenities for you and your guests. From seasonal, on-trend menus to comforts such as the private bridal suite, Mistwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service and staff focus on your satisfaction.

Diane Cook

(815) 254-3333 events@mi stwoodgc .com Top Image Rebecca Haley Photography Lower Images ( Top to Bottom) Something Blue Photography Gold Grid Studios Imagen Sevilla Photography

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1700 WEST RENWICK ROAD ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS 60446

MISTWOODGC.COM

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JOLIET/SOUTHWEST

The Monte Bello Estate

ESTATE STYLE VENUE ADORNED WITH FURNISHINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ATTACHED TO A TENTED GLASSHOUSE RECEPTION SPACE.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

20,000 ABOUT THE VENUE The Monte Bello Estate is a venue for those looking for more than the “cookie cutter” wedding, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower—they are wanting something unique, intimate, with elegant simplicity. From the exclusive 55 acres of picturesque ponds and waterfalls, to the floor-toceiling windows overlooking the early American Oak trees and restored prairies, couples can create their own personalized event. Monte Bello provides the most picturesque setting with our enchanting estate and breathtaking grounds that are the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable ceremony and wedding reception. Monte Bello offers an outdoor ceremony site and a gorgeous indoor backup ceremony site in case of poor weather. The Monte Bello Estate also offers three distinctive food and beverage packages to choose from. All our weddings and events are allowed exclusive use of the estate grounds, mansion, and tent during your event. 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 groom’s suite that is a man cave like no other with a poker table, craps table, foosball table, pool table, and guitar and sports memorabilia.This is where it all begins.

# OF EVENT SPACES

1 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

275 VENUE STYLE

Indoor, Outdoor, Estate, Luxury, Whimsical, Glass Tent CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Tables, Chairs, Linens, Staff, Exclusive use of the grounds and Estate, Bridal Suite, Groom’s Suite PARKING OPTIONS

Self-Parking Available

YOUR CONTACT

Sara Nili 16501 135TH STREET

(815) 8 36 - 8 617

LEMONT, ILLINOIS 60439

sara@themontebelloestate.com

THEMONTEBELLOESTATE.COM M O R E P H O T O S , T E S T I M O N I A L S A N D I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T T H I S V E N U E O N L I N E AT T H E C E L E B R AT I O N S O C I E T Y. C O M / C H I C A G O

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Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club

RUSTIC CHARM IN AN ELEGANT SETTING WITH FLOOR-TO-CEILING WINDOWS.

AT A GLANCE SQUARE FOOTAGE

3,500 # OF EVENT SPACES

3 MA XIMUM CAPACITY

200-250 VENUE STYLE

Country Club CATERING CHOICES

Onsite RENTAL INCLUDES

Use of the clubhouse venue during designated event times, Tables and Standard Banquet Chairs

ABOUT THE VENUE With a sophisticated elegance and secluded rustic charm, Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club is a warm and welcoming indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Drive just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and you’ll find this historic clubhouse with natural wood, 35-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that amplify the aura of nature. Your guests will soak up the beauty as they relax by the stone double-sided fireplace or gaze out upon the picturesque pond with fountain or soaring trees. Situated among 20 acres of natural woodlands and outdoor beauty, each of the three unique event spaces are a beautiful open canvas for your vision. Together they provide 3,500 square feet of space customizable to your distinct style and event theme. The climate controlled indoor area with wooden columns and country-lodge décor, beautiful covered veranda and large patio invite you to expand your creativity and guest list.

PARKING OPTIONS

Complimentary Parking YOUR CONTACT

Marianne Long (63 0) 36 8 - 6 4 4 0 mlong @oak-brook .org Images by Timothy Whaley Photographic Ar tists

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800 OAK BROOK ROAD OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS 60523

OAKBROOKBATHANDTENNIS.COM

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DANADA HOUSE 3 S 501 Naperville Rd., Wheaton (630) 668-5392 • danadahouse.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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 ILLENNIUM CARILLON IN M MOSER TOWER Riverwalk at Rotary Hill, Naperville (630) 848-5000 • napervilleparks.org

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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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DESCRIPTION OF SITE Beautifully landscaped gardens on the grounds of the Danada Forest Preserve.

Historic gothic styled church with beautiful stained glass windows. Visit our web site for pictures of the church.

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100-year-old Historic Landmark church located on the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate.

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Located along the Riverwalk near Rotary Hill. This unique bell tower is a notable feature on the beautiful Naperville landscape. Breathtaking chapel, built in 1882. This classic wood frame treasure is Wheaton’s oldest church building in continuous use.

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the perfect setting with historical elegance On site receptions in Jacob Henry Mansion or Victorian Ballroom

Civil and Non-denominational ceremonies up to 400 guests

Clergy and music available

Outdoor garden ceremonies

Twenty South Eastern Avenue, Joliet

815.722.1420

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THE ESTATE BY GENE & GEORGETTI 9421 W Higgins Road, Rosemont (847) 653-3333 • theestatechicago.com

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GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA 100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI (231) 534-6203 grandtraverseresort.com/weddings

650

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

400

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

400

MARRIOTT CHICAGO MIDWAY 6520 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago (708) 552-9647 • midwayhotelcenter.com

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PINSTRIPES 435 E. Illinois St., Chicago (312) 527-3140 • pinstripes.com STONEGATE MANOR 2251 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor, MI (269) 930-0617 • stonegatemanorevents.com

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ASHLEY FARM 9111 Ashley Rd., Yorkville (630) 277-1088 • ashleyfarmweddings.com

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CARRIAGE GREENS COUNTRY CLUB 8700 Carriage Greens Dr., Darien (630) 985-3400 • carriagegreens.com

350

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THE CHATEAU BU-SCHE 11535 S. Cicero Ave., Alsip (708) 371-6400 • chateaubusche.com

350

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DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CHICAGO-ALSIP 5000 West 127th St., Alsip (708) 371-7300 • chicagoalsip.doubletree.com

460

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THE HALEY MANSION 17 S. Center St., Joliet (815) 726-6800 • patrickhaleymansion.com

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

275

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JOLIET UNION STATION 50 E. Jefferson St., Joliet (815) 254-7003 • jolietunionstation.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

300

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THE MONTE BELLO ESTATE 16501 W. 135th St., Lemont (815) 836-8617 • themontebelloestate.com

275

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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

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Private Elegant Ballroom • Accommodates 75-350ppl Picturesque Golf Course Views • On-Site Ceremonies Detail Oriented Staff • Customized Menus

7671 Clubhouse Dr., Yorkville, Illinois 60560 • (630) 882-8988 • www.whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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

350

CHANDLER’S WEDDINGS & SPECIAL EVENTS 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg (847) 885-9009 • chandlersweddings.com

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

800

EAGLEWOOD RESORT & SPA 1401 Nordic Rd., Itasca (630) 694-5907 • eaglewoodresort.com

350

THE GLEN CLUB 2901 W. Lake Ave., Glenview (847) 724-7272 • theglenclub.com

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LAKE GENEVA: RESORT CITY WITH A RICH HISTORY With its timeless gem of a springfed lake, the Lake Geneva area has been known as a vacation destination for more than a century. Although settlement began 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. Expansive summer homes were built Wealthy Chicagoans sent [here] for national names such as their families here, traveling Wrigley, Selfridge and Drake, and back and forth by train, while many of these estates still stand today. 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 modernday estates. Or walk a portion of the path and enjoy a boat cruise back to your starting point through the Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

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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.

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1 WEDDING PL ANNER

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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2 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 barnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everything from your wedding dress, flowers to music selection will be affected.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . Do you specialize in specific food types?

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How much does it cost? 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.

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? Will you feed everyone, including band members and waitstaff? If so, what is their 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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3 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, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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? 90

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4 PHOTOGRAPHY 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.

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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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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5 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 youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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? Documentary, movie-like or artistic? Have you worked with our photographer? How does the crew stay unobtrusive during the ceremony and reception? How long after the wedding will the video be ready? What is your process? Am I allowed to make edits once you present video to us? What are your backup procedures?

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6 FLORAL DESIGN

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Plan on choosing your floral designer about eight months from your wedding day. With such a length of time from your day, you have a good amount of time to get on the schedule for the best wedding florist in your area and brainstorm with them on what the vision of your wedding is. 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 layout a proper budget for the arrangements you'll need created. Knowing what styles you like before going into a consultation means more time talking helpful specifics for you and your florist.

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How much does it cost? PRICE RANGE Flower pricing is dependent on the amount of decor at your wedding. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS . . . What is your style? What is your process? Has the florist/designer worked at your venue before? How do items get returned after the wedding? Will they pick up? Does the designer offer rental items.. vases, trellis, 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? How can I stay within my budget without having small bouquets and arrangements? Dahlias are my favorite kind of flower. Will they be in season for my wedding?

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7 HAIR & MAKEUP

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 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 . . . How far in advance should I book my appointment? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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? Is there an extra charge for airbrush makeup and/or false eyelashes? How much should I expect to spend? Is a down payment required to book an appointment? Do you offer consultations and trials? My hair is fairly thin. Do you offer hair extensions? 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? 94

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8 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, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 . . .

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Do you design custom work or sell from invitation lines? Do you help with branding or custom monograms? Is there a specific style you specialize in? Do you offer calligraphy or addressing services? Can I purchase additional personalized items like Save-the Date, welcome bags, favor tags, etc.? Will you supply a proof before the invitation is officially printed? What happens if there is an error? How long after I place the order will the invitations come in? Can I customize the wording? Can personal photos be added to your designs?

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9 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? How does delivery work? What happens if something is damaged on the cake in transit? Do you do sugar flowers and custom sculptured pieces from sugar? What are the options for cake flavors and fillings? Fondant or Buttercream? What is your average cost per slice? Will you design a custom cake or do you have preset styles to choose from?

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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 hard fast numbers 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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DO: Hire a great photographer and planner. The best photographers push their way in, are on top of it, are ahead of schedule, and do their best work alongside the planner to ensure guests don’t ruin precious moments being caught on camera. And if they do? They ask for those moments to be re-done if they are important. Missed the kiss at the cake cutting because of a guest? Take another.  DON’T: Put any mention of an unplugged ceremony in your invitation. That is not appropriate, just like you shouldn’t include your registries, “no jeans,” and “no children.” If you absolutely must, have your stationer create a completely separate enclosure for your request. Carefully curate your words alongside your stationer and wedding planner—you should always be a polite host. DO: Make a note on your wedding website! It’s a great, unobtrusive way to let guests know your wishes. DON’T: Assume that your guests will put their phones away the entire night. That is asking a lot. Placing signs on your guest tables just furthers the distraction. Instead, don’t give them the chance to be on their phones—throw a great party! Make your guests put their phones down because the band is too good! Engage them! DO: Verbally encourage guests in a polite way to make sure their phones are either off or on silent and put away during the ceremony. Your ushers and greeters can handle this for you. Have your wedding planner brief them on the task before they begin. Your officiant can also mention something at the beginning of your ceremony.

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“Create a sign near where guests are entering, in a place where they will stop. The sign should be easily readable but complement your wedding style.”

DON’T: Turn into Bridezilla and Groomzilla. You can only control things to a certain point. Enjoy your day and realize you’re surrounded by LOVE! (Even if there are a few phones still involved after all of your work.) DO: Create a sign near where guests are entering, in a place where they will stop (near where ushers are seating). Some guests won’t get the memo, despite verbal encouragement while they’re being seated. The sign should be easily readable but complement your wedding style. DON’T: Assume guests are conditioned to know to turn off their electronics. A gentle reminder is necessary to ensure your guests are informed and on board. DO: Include an insert in your program. However, remember that programs are keepsakes for you and many other guests. Do you want your unplugged ceremony verbiage to pop out awkwardly from your

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beautiful and thoughtful program? Have your stationer print a small insert to remind guests. It gets the point across without tainting your stunning program! DO: Make sure you are able to share your photos with guests, if you’re asking them not to take their own. Ask your photographer about this, as many do not include rights to the photos to make additional revenue online. That is their prerogative, but you can likely buy the rights to the photos to share them with guests. Keep in mind that the traditional photographer’s timeline is at least six to eight weeks to turn images around. If you’d like guests to be able to enjoy photos sooner, a photo booth is always a great option! DON’T: Share your photographer’s photos without permission. This could get you into trouble! Ask, ask, ask.

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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 amound vaires, 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 142

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Whether you prefer a towering six-tier confection or a simplistic couple’s cake, choose the dessert that’s best for your day.

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. 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.

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These tiers blend with the design of the rest of the cake, often covered in identical fondant or completely in flowers. What are the hot trends? We’re seeing personalization of cakes. Taking on themes from hot TV shows, like Game of Thrones, to sports teams and comic book heroes. Flavor pairings are also trending. Creative options include Nutella, tequila and lime, orange and champagne, peaches and cream, caramel apple and almond amaretto just to name a few.

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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.


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Planning a wedding should never be a one-person show. Hiring a cohesive team of talented vendors is the first step in hosting a beautiful, thoughtful and stress-free event. Here youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet industry experts from the Chicago area who are ready to help you host your dream wedding, so you can focus on being the bride.

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Andre LaCour Owner KNOWN FOR... Our couples have fun! We use our experience in photojournalism, classic portraiture and fashion to provide you with a unique blend of images that show not only how you look, but how you feel. From quiet moments to dramatic ‘wow” images, your day will be captured with art and emotion.

OUR SPECIALT Y... Our specialty is working for clients who want a great experience and more than ordinary photos. Whether it’s an intimate event on a beach or an all-day gala, our team can accommodate you. Weddings, fashion and portraits are all part of what we do. We offer a full range of album styles and wall art to display your images.

ABOUT THE OWNER... Andre and Maria LaCour bring over 20 years of experience capturing weddings to make your special day fun and stress-free.

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Husband-wife duo Andre and Maria excel in bringing out and celebrating the unique personalities of each couple and every wedding. The end result? Georgeous images inspired by you. Whether your event is for 12 guests or 1,200, Andre LaCour Photography can customize a package to suit your needs and capture every part of your special day.

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Sue Cerulli Owner KNOWN FOR... Bri’Zan Couture showcases the finest bridal couture gowns by worldrenowned designers, creating a memorable bridal experience from the moment you enter our showroom doors until the day you walk down the aisle. Our priority is to provide brides with the most exclusive designer wedding gowns from designers all over the world. We hand pick every dress, keeping in mind that each and every bride is unique and special in her own way.

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Bri’Zan Couture is an Award Winning Upscale Bridal & Special Occasion Boutique showcasing the finest gowns by world-renowned designers located in the heart of Naperville just outside of Chicago. Specializing in Bridal, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride/Groom, Custom Made Couture Gowns, Prom, Homecoming, Cocktail, Black Tie, Pageant, Quinceañera, First Communion, Bat Mitzvah or any other special event. The store’s chic yet glamorous atmosphere combined with our high level of personalized service makes Bri’Zan Couture an experience in itself. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

Allow our design team to help you bring your dream bridal gown to life! Our in-house designers will custom make your bridal gown specifically for you and only you. While working hand-in-hand with our designers, you will be selecting the silhouette, style, fabric, trim and lace used on your custom-made gown. When finished, like you, your gown will truly be One of a Kind!

ABOUT THE STAFF... Bri’Zan Couture’s Award winning and professional staff is the finest in the Bridal Industry. Your Day. Your Dress.

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Dr. Rubach and the staff at The Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery can help make you feel your most beautiful on your big day! We have many non-surgical options, with little to no downtime, available to give you the most natural and immediate results. From injectable treatments such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments to perfect your skin to CoolSculpting to freeze away those last inches for your dress, let our experienced staff have you “Wedding Day” ready!

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The Team KNOWN FOR... Your special day is a moment in your life that requires a special talent to capture it forever. At Edward Fox Photography & Video, we have the skills, training, and equipment to do exactly that. We’ve been a part of the momentous day for thousands of happy clients, and we’d love to be a part of yours! Our expert staff is wellpositioned to match your style and personality with an image-maker who can execute your vision in the most beautiful way possible.

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For over a century, Edward Fox Photography & Video has been perfecting the art of visual storytelling. We have passion and are dedicated to building lasting relationships with our clients. You should expect personalized service, experience, and professionalism from our entire staff. Our talented photographers and videographers will capture breath-taking images that will deliver high standards of photographic/cinematic excellence to capture the spirit of your event. THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

Lasting memories in a contemporary blend of photo-journalistic and contemporary styles combined with classic images that will provide a complete story of your day. While we may be best known for our wedding photography, we are proud to offer photo and video services for all types of personal and corporate events.

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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.

OUR SPECIALT Y... Our goal is to not only give you the cut, color and style you’re looking for, but to make your hair healthier in the process. Here at Studio 10 we’ve adapted the technique of using enzymes combined with heat to process your hair, instead of harmful peroxide developers.

ABOUT THE OWNER... On top of being an award-winning stylist and master colorist, Rosalyn has been an educator in the industry for 40 years.

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Veiled by ChaCha specializes in luxury brands and exclusive special orders, along with new and sampled gowns at affordable prices, with all veils custom designed by her in Glen Ellyn. Veiled by ChaCha is a collection for women of individual style. With decades of experience in the industry and a background in fashion design and textile arts, Antonietta brings a deep artistic twist to bridal.

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Antonietta has been designing veils and hair accessories since 1986. Her veils are known as the most exquisite and refined bridal veils on the market today. Her veils are innovative, elegant and definitive!

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Veiled By ChaCha is committed to helping you create your dream wedding by listening to your needs and desires while selecting your gown and designing your veil and headpiece to complete your special look. Veiled by ChaCha is known for their one of a kind and rare pieces and our hand constructed custom veils. For the bride of Individual Style!

Antonietta Ciaccia Cervantes opened her bridal boutique in Glen Ellyn in September of 2011. After many years in the bridal industry, she decided to leave the corporate world and introduce a smarter way of shopping for brides to be!

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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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A LY S S A &TYLER Bolingbrook Golf Club October 14, 2017

Rustic charm, fairytale elegance and historic rain blended to create a memorable day for Alyssa and Tyler’s October wedding. The couple exchanged vows at Saints Peter and Paul, where the bride’s parents and grandparents had tied the knot. Alyssa graced the 100-foot aisle in a handbeaded Maggie Sottero gown and cathedral length veil, carrying an organic bouquet of peach ranunculus, Juliet and crimson heart roses. During the vows, lightning struck the bell tower, inspiring awe...and then laughter. Weather couldn’t dampen the bridal party’s fun and photos in a covered barn (complete with muddy floors and a tractor), paying homage to a strong farming connection. A glamorous reception at Bolingbrook Golf Club awaited guests after the ceremony. An entrance of hay bales and pumpkins led to a magical scene of gold-draped tables and towering floral arrangements. The newlyweds cut into a white buttercream cake, topped with a gold silhouette of a bride and Superman, the groom’s favorite superhero. After, they joined with their bridal party at the 24’ King’s table adorned with glistening chandeliers, glitter pumpkins and rose-filled garland. As the night progressed, foam glow sticks turned the dance floor into a nightclub. If rain is good luck on your wedding day, 8” should bring a lifetime of love and happily ever afters.

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The sweets table, decorated very rustic, offered an array of take-home treats of cupcakes, pies, cookies brought from the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extended family in Pittsburgh (where cookie tables are a big tradition) and their favorite candy: caramel apple pops for the bride and Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cups for the groom.

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Alyssa & Tyler CEREMONY: Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Naperville RECEPTION: Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook PHOTOGRAPHER: Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists BRIDAL GOWN & VEIL: Bri’Zan Couture, Naperville HAIR & MAKEUP: Blush & Burgundy FLORAL DESIGN: MC & Co. Events CAKE & SWEETS: Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery, Naperville FLORAL WALL: Floral by Emily Jane STATIONERY: Kelly Reif Stationery Studio, Naperville ENTERTAINMENT & PHOTOBOOTH: Your Night Productions, Naperville VIDEOGRAPHER: Something New Media PLANNER/ COORDINATOR: Day of Divas

WORDS OF WISDOM “ASK FOR HELP! I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THE PLANNING PROCESS WITHOUT THE HELP OF MY MOM AND SISTER. PLACE YOUR TRUST IN THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU TO HELP YOU MAKE PLANNING DECISIONS. I WAS PLANNING AN OUT-OF-TOWN WEDDING AND THEY TASTED CUPCAKES, CREATED BEAUTIFUL DECOR AND SCOUTED PHOTO LOCATIONS. IF YOU TRY AND DO IT ALL, IT WILL BE STRESSFUL, NOT FUN LIKE IT SHOULD BE.” BROWSE this entire wedding style gallery and PIN all of the images on our website

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ELIZABETH & SEAN

The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms Aurora January 21, 2017

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Something old, something new. These four words sum up Elizabeth and Sean’s romantic Midwest winter wedding. The couple wed on January 21—which happens to be Elizabeth’s grandparents’ anniversary. Live musicians and a floral-lined aisle set a cozy scene at the church ceremony. Elizabeth walked down the aisle toward her soonto-be husband in a modern white gown with a dazzling bouquet of brooches she’d collected from generations before her. When the ceremony came to a close, the bride and her winter blue bridesmaids bundled up in white stoles for photos with no need to rush indoors—they were enjoying an unseasonably warm 60-degree sunny day. The rustic charm of Abbey Farms was the perfect setting for the couple’s reception. Guests made their way through barn doors, where they were greeted with delicate pink and blue escort cards that guided them to tables labeled by authors and chapters. Tables were set with stacks of books, both classic and contemporary, and towering floral arrangements with vintage gold vases. The couple took their seats in front of a soft blue and pink floral backdrop. Desserts in the same hues surrounded a luxe blue tiered cake adorned with sparkly embellishments by Amy Beck Cake Design. After a dinner catered by Chef by Request, the bride and groom shared a special moment, then danced the night away with their guests.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted our invitations to be unique and have a theme that we could use throughout. Our invitations had a toile background and little brooch on the front. We used that as inspiration for our cake.â&#x20AC;?

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Elizabeth & Sean CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms PHOTOGRAPHER: Layla Eloa Photography CATERER: Chef by Request, Lisle BRIDAL GOWN: Veiled in Elegance, Geneva BRIDE’S SHOES: Ralph & Russo, London, UK FLORAL DESIGN: Town & Country Gardens, Geneva CAKE: Amy Beck Cake Design, Chicago PIES: DeEtta’s Bakery, Naperville STATIONERY: DBY invitations, Schaumburg ENTERTAINMENT: AdmitOne DJs, Naperville VIDEOGRAPHER: Kenny Foster, Shutter & Sound Chicago

WORDS OF WISDOM “WEDDINGS ARE REALLY STRESSFUL, HOWEVER, REMEMBER TO ENJOY THE PROCESS. THERE MAY BE THINGS THAT HAPPEN THAT SEEM MONUMENTAL BUT, IN THE END, ARE REALLY NOT THAT IMPORTANT. REMEMBER TO LEAN ON EACH OTHER FOR SUPPORT WHEN THINGS GET STRESSFUL. WE LEARNED A MONTH BEFORE OUR WEDDING THAT OUR FLORIST HAD GONE OUT OF BUSINESS AND TAKEN OUR DEPOSIT WITH HER. IT FELT LIKE THE WHOLE WEDDING WAS CRASHING DOWN. I WISH SOMEONE HAD TOLD ME TO TAKE EVERYTHING IN STRIDE, BECAUSE IT SEEMED SUCH AN INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEM. IN THE END, THE NEW FLORIST WAS AMAZING AND THE FLOWERS TURNED OUT BETTER THAN WE COULD HAVE DREAMED.” BROWSE this entire wedding style gallery and PIN all of the images on our website

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PA M E L A & BILL

The Monte Bello Estate Lemont May 6, 2017

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Pamela and Bill knew they wanted to wed in the spring—a time of the year that exudes happiness, love and new beginnings. The Monte Bello Estate seemed like the perfect setting, with its intricate interior details and beautiful landscape. The couple shared a few moments together before heading to their outdoor ceremony where guests enjoyed the essence of spring while awaiting their arrival. Pamela carried a cascade bouquet filled with lilies and roses in shades of coral and pink as she strolled down the aisle in a cap sleeve lace gown and custom cathedral-length veil. She was met by the love of her life under a gorgeous arbor adorned with greenery and colorful floral. Coral bridesmaids and groomsmen in classic black tuxes added a touch of romance to the outdoor soiree. Following the I Do’s, guests made their way to a tented reception and were met with walls and tables draped elegantly in white. Table markers were hand painted cardboard books donning law school subjects—a nod to the couple’s time at law school. Green table runners and vibrant floral arrangements added striking pops of color to the dreamy white space. After dinner, Pamela and Bill shared a dance, then spent the evening celebrating with family and friends under a ceiling of glowing string lights.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we first visited Monte Bello we were blown away by the beauty of the estate and knew from the beginning that it would be our venue. We were so impressed with the entire process and the staff from the beginning. It definitely was one of the best days of our lives and I think back to our time planning the wedding with Monte Bello with only the fondest memories a bride could have.â&#x20AC;?

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Pamela & Bill CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The Monte Bello Estate, Lemont PHOTOGRAPHER: Layla Eola Photography ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGN: Natalie K, available at Rondel’s Jewelry WEDDING BANDS: Distinctive Gold Jewelry BRIDAL GOWN: Eva’s Bridals of Oak Lawn CUSTOM VEIL: Wedding Bliss FORMALWEAR: Bella Bridesmaids and Men’s Warehouse HAIR & MAKEUP: White Lotus Weddings FLORAL DESIGN: Maria’s Floral Studio CAKE & SWEETS: Monte Bello REHEARSAL STATIONERY: Jennifer Forrest, Nine Eighteen Designs WEDDING STATIONERY: Templates by BigDayPrints, Weddings by Janie V., and WeddingTemplateStock CEREMONY PROGRAMS: Megan H., Peekaboo Penguin ENTERTAINMENT: Entourage Mobile Entertainment VIDEOGRAPHER: Shangri-La Wedding Films PLANNER/COORDINATOR: EverLasting Impressions

WORDS OF WISDOM “WITH ALL THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE TO BE MADE FROM THE NAPKINS TO THE FLOWERS TO THE SONGS, IT IS EASY TO FEEL OVERWHELMED WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS. USING A DETAILED TIMELINE TO CHECK OFF EACH ITEM THAT NEEDS TO GET DONE HELPED US STAY ON TRACK SO THAT WE WEREN’T OVERWHELMED TOWARDS THE END. WE USUALLY PENCILED OUT A FEW HOURS EACH SATURDAY TO DO ONLY WEDDING TASKS AND IT WAS FUN BECAUSE WE WERE DOING IT TOGETHER AND DOING IT FOR US.”

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CHUCK & ROB Public Landing Banquets, Lockport, IL June 10, 2017

With no bride included, Rob and Chuck skipped all the extra frills at their industrial steampunk wedding. Accompanied by vibrant blue “groomsgirls” and groomsmen in matching blue vests and gray tuxes, the couple exchanges vows at All Saints Lutheran Church in Orland Park. With happiness abounding, they strolled hand-in-hand as newlyweds down the handcrafted paper flower-lined aisle. The bridal party made their way to two nearby locations for photos – both of which fit the day’s theme well. At the reception, guests were greeted by the warehouse charm of Public Landing in Lockport. Rustic brick walls and exposed wood beams harmonized with dark chaivari chairs and tables draped in white. Round floral arrangements adorned with pocket watches and other trinkets took their place next to apothecary-style bottles. Stepping outside the theme, Spider-Man and Captain America action figures topped a white tiered cake alongside two mini bottles of Jack Daniels Fire, which Chuck and Rob downed after the obligatory cake-cutting photo op. The couple shared a first dance together as newlyweds before celebrating the night away with their friends and family.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The groomsmen and ourselves sported cuff links made from reclaimed mechanical watch parts, while the women donned cogwheel necklaces and earrings.â&#x20AC;?

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Chuck & Rob CEREMONY: All Saints Lutheran Church, Orland Park RECEPTION: Public Landing Banquets, Lockport PHOTOGRAPHER: Brittany Lynn Studios FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES: David’s Bridal FLORAL DESIGN: Mariano’s CAKE & SWEETS: Orland Park Bakery, Orland Park STATIONERY: Chuck Dangelo and Rob Hulina ENTERTAINMENT: David Fuller, DJ PHOTOBOOTH: Angel and Christina Carrasco RINGS: Razny Jewelers TRANSPORTATION: M&M Limousine Services

VIDEOGRAPHER: Gina Athans

WORDS OF WISDOM “RIGHT FROM THE START, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT EVERYONE WILL HAVE AN OPINION ON WHAT YOUR WEDDING SHOULD BE LIKE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, REMEMBER THAT IT IS YOUR DAY AND NOT THEIRS. SO, BEGIN BY FIGURING OUT BETWEEN THE TWO OF YOU EVERYTHING THAT YOU WANT OUT OF YOUR WEDDING AND ALL OF THE EVENTS LEADING UP TO IT. ONCE YOU’RE PAST THAT, THEN YOU CAN START TO FILL IN THE HOLES AND TAKE BITS OF IDEAS FROM OTHERS TO INCORPORATE ON YOUR OWN TERMS. DO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. A GOOD QUESTION TO ASK IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS IS ‘WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN FROM THE START?’” BROWSE this entire wedding style gallery and PIN all of the images on our website

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RASHEILA & R YA N Maggiano’s Little Italy Chicago May 27, 2017

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RaSheila and Ryan knew there were three things they wanted to incorporate into their big day—books, Chicago and Mizzou, where they came together during their long-distance relationship. The bride donned a mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline. With her bejeweled headband and delicate bouquet of blush peonies and white roses, she looked nothing short of a fairytale princess. The couple loved the vintage element of books, which made for gorgeous detail throughout their décor, from the library catalog escort cards tucked neatly into rustic alphabetized drawers, to a scattered page aisle runner that led to the whimsical book arch under which they exchanged their vows. Pretty blush bridesmaids were the perfect complement to navy groomsmen—a striking, polished contrast to the background of an industrial bridge and the Chicago skyline where the blissful couple took photos after they wed. At the reception, guests were greeted by gold and navy tables, accompanied by Karen Daudelin Custom Floral Design’s towering floral arrangements filled with plush white hydrangeas, roses and greenery. Sarah Kathleen Events designed a gorgeous king’s table, where two chairs donning signs that read “Mizzou Sweethearts” awaited the newly-wed couple. Bittersweet Bakery created a white and gold tiered cake, working in a navy Chicago skyline. The cake topper bride and groom sported Mizzou jerseys that matched the actual jerseys that were laid out for guests to sign. Speeches, dancing and a cigar bar wrapped up the couple’s enchanted day.

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Rasheila & Ryan CEREMONY: Greater Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago RECEPTION: Maggiano’s Little Italy, Chicago PHOTOGRAPHER: Miss Motley Photography BRIDAL & BRIDESMAID GOWNS: Here Comes the Bride, Addison HAIR: Breeauna Bruce Makeup & Hair Extraordinaire Extensions by Asia MAKEUP: Sheena Marie Glam Squad FLORAL DESIGN: Karen Daudelin Custom Floral Design CAKE & SWEETS: Bittersweet Bakery STATIONERY: Salt & Paper Design ENTERTAINMENT: Forever Young DJs TRANSPORTATION: Signature Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: With Love Productions PLANNER/COORDINATOR: Sarah Kathleen Events

WORDS OF WISDOM “HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER! I WAS ON THE FENCE ABOUT IF I REALLY NEEDED ONE, SINCE I HAD SUCH AN AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER. SO GLAD I DID! YOU MISS SO MUCH ON YOUR WEDDING DAY AND IT IS SUCH A GOOD WAY TO SEE ALL THE LITTLE THINGS. I COULDN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I’VE WATCHED MY HIGHLIGHT FILM ALONE.” BROWSE this entire wedding style gallery and PIN all of the images on our website

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SABRINA &JORDAN The Haight Elgin April 8, 2017

The rustic setting of The Haight was the perfect place for Sabrina and Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring wedding. Sprawling greenery and white flowers decorated the wall in a modern twist to the traditional wedding arch. Groomsmen in gray escorted bridesmaids in slate with pops of purple in their bouquets down the aisle. In an elegant lace gown with a bountiful handtied bouquet by Town & Country Gardens, Sabrina made her way to her soonto-be husband knowing that his was the only hand she would hold for the rest of her life. A gorgeous reception awaited them after their vows. String lights hung across the ceiling and brick walls of The Haight, dangling over rustic wooden tables and Tolix chairs. Classic white plates sat atop modern copper chargers, surrounding centerpieces of lush spring flowers with geometric accents. Following a dinner of Lou Malnatiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep dish pizza, street style tacos and barbecue by My Chef Catering, the newlyweds cut into a marble-esque cake, created by Two Wild Seeds. Sabrina and Jordan shared their first dance under the glow of the string lights before dancing the night away with their guests.

Images by Kina Wicks

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part was holding Jordanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hand as we stood up and listened to such a meaningful message from my pastor, I loved that I could sense his nervousness but calm him at the same time.â&#x20AC;?

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Sabrina & Jordan CEREMONY & RECEPTION: The Haight, Elgin PHOTOGRAPHER: Kina Wicks Photography CATERER: My Chef Catering, Naperville BRIDAL: The Crystal Bride, Geneva BRIDESMAID GOWNS: Nordstrom FORMALWEAR: Macy’s HAIR & MAKEUP: Montage Salon & Spa, Geneva FLORAL DESIGN: Town & Country Gardens, Elgin CAKE & SWEETS: Two Wild Seeds Baking Co., St. Charles STATIONERY: Ashley Szeto, That’s Just My Type, Schaumburg CALLIGRAPHER: Floral and Flourishes, Naperville ENTERTAINMENT: Back Third Entertainment, Geneva VIDEOGRAPHER: The Alcantaras, Geneva PLANNER/ COORDINATOR: Leanne Valdes, You Name It Events, Geneva

WORDS OF WISDOM “DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE LITTLE THINGS, BECAUSE YOUR WEDDING GUESTS HAVE NEVER SEEN YOUR PINTEREST BOARD. IN THEIR MINDS, EVERYTHING IS JUST AS YOU WANTED. THEY ARE JUST LOOKING AT YOU AS A COUPLE AND THINKING ABOUT HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU TWO ARE — THEY WON’T NOTICE IF ANYTHING IS A LITTLE OFF ON THE DAY OF!” BROWSE this entire wedding style gallery and PIN all of the images on our website

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The Honeymoon

BOOK WITH A PRO Save yourself time, money and frustration by booking your honeymoon through a professional travel consultant. Travel agencies have connections to airlines, cruise lines and resorts and can offer money-saving packages that include everything—even food and drinks. They’ll also help you with last minute adjustments, time changes, flight cancellations and more.

HONEYMOON PL ANNING TIMELINE “Start a honeymoon fund. Early on, put money aside every few weeks. Even if it’s not much,

10–12 MONTHS BEFORE: Set your trip budget, talk about your travel desires, discuss destinations that you’ve always wanted to see and determine the length of your trip. Do some research, talk to friends, post questions online. Visit a travel professional to get brochures and information.

a little can go a long way.” STACY COSTALUNGA, The Odyssey

8–10 MONTHS BEFORE: If possible, work with a travel agent. Let a professional take care of the arrangements and reservations. An agent specializing in honeymoon travel can be extremely adept at getting you special amenities and upgrades.

6–8 MONTHS BEFORE: Obtain travel documents, such as passports and visas. Make sure the name on your travel documents matches that of your identification. Research any special activities or tours you’re interested in and take any required certification classes if necessary.

4–6 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin to collect items for your trip. Compile a list of items to pack, especially if you’ll need any items that are more available seasonally, like bathing suits and sunscreen. Check out on-location excursion and activity fees. Research any travel-related equipment you would like to purchase, such as a digital camera or new luggage.

2 MONTHS BEFORE: Make reservations for any special dinners, spa treatments, or tours you don’t want to miss. Space can be limited so book early.

1 MONTH BEFORE: Make your packing list and gather any missing items. Reconfirm reservations and review your travel documents for any missing items. Make arrangements for any items that need special care while you are gone, such as your home, pets and plants.

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What does the package include? Are transfers and resort fees included?

Are there extra fees involved in booking with you?

Which destinations offer honeymoon upgrades?

Should we get trip insurance? How much is it and what does it cover?

What activities or excursions are included in the package?

Based on when we want to travel, what areas will have the best weather?

Is it safe to leave the resort at our destination?

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2 WEEKS BEFORE: Make two copies of your passports, credit cards, and your insurance cards. Give one to a friend or relative and place an extra set in your luggage in case your originals are lost or stolen on the trip. Book and/or confirm transportation needs to and from the airport. Verify cellular charges at your destination.

1 WEEK BEFORE: Fill out forms to have your mail held and stop your newspapers. Make arrangements for your bridal registry to hold any shipments until you return and confirm transport of gifts from your reception if you’re leaving right after the wedding. Refill any prescriptions you’ll need on your trip and carry them in their original containers for customs and security clearance.

3 DAYS BEFORE: Pack extreme essentials in your carry-on bag, like medicines, glasses, contacts, etc. Pack the rest in your luggage. Consider putting half your items in his suitcase and vice versa, just in case one gets lost. Give the house-sitter any necessary keys or security codes. Check the weather forecast for your departure date and your destination.

1 DAY BEFORE: Reconfirm your flights. Confirm your luggage has your identification on the inside and outside. Get plenty of sleep.

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Directory of Advertisers

BEAUTY (HAIR, MAKEUP, SKINCARE, DENTAL) Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Robert Girgis DDS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Studio 10 Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 We Only Do Pretty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

DANCE INSTRUCTION Heart & Sole Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

DISC JOCKEYS Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Wedding Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

FAVORS & GIFTS

Christina Wehbe Studios. . . . . Back Cover

Bridal by Mad Style. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 DBY invitations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Grasswalkers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

BRIDAL/CUSTOM & ALTERATIONS

FLORISTS

Vicki’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

Andrew’s Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Floral Expressions & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 MC Designs, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Town & Country Gardens. . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Westgate Flowers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDAL REGISTRIES Carson’s Wedding Registry. . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Bridal Registry Int’l. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

BRIDAL SHOPS Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Catherine Simms Bridal & Special Occasion boutique. . . . . . . . . . 118 The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Honey Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Veiled by ChaCha Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 White Satin Bridal & Tuxedo. . . . . . . . . . 118 Wolsfelt’s Bridal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

CAKES & SWEET TABLES Creative Cakes Bakery & Cafe. . . . . . . . . 131 Delish Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 ECBG Cake Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Nothing Bundt Cakes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Toni Patisserie & Cafe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

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JEWELRY Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Razny Jewelers . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

LIGHTING Music by Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

LIMOUSINES/SPECIALTY TRANSPORTATION Windy City Limo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145

MOTHERS WEAR Bri’Zan Couture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Elegant Evenings by The Crystal Bride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT/BANDS Bluewater Kings Band. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Yazz Jazz Entertainment. . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

NEW HOME SERVICES Unison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

Austin Preservations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

FORMAL WEAR Balani Custom Clothiers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Black Tie Formalwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn. . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Eva’s Bridals International. . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Francia Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS Dream Travel International. . . . . . . . . . . 180 Dreamscape Travel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Lovin Away. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

INVITATIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Black Tie Formalwear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 DBY invitations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Kelly Reif Stationery Studio. . . . . . . . . . . 123

CATERERS Chef by Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 La Cuisine Catering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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Bridal by Mad Style. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Caffray Jewellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Grasswalkers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Razny Jewelers . . . . . . . Inside Front Cover

CHAPEL/CEREMONY SITES see our reception site directory on page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower. . . . 78 Old Central Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

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OFFICIANTS Desireé Dent, Dejanae Events. . . . . . . . . 23

PHOTO BOOTHS Music By Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

PHOTOGRAPHERS André LaCour Photography . . . . . . . . . . 148 Brittany Lynn Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Christina Wehbe Studios. . . . . Back Cover Edward Fox Photography & Video. . . . . 151 Eivan’s Photo & Video. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Ideal Impressions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Matt Mason Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Photography by Lauryn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Studio One Photography & Video® . . . . 145 Something New Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141


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RECEPTION SITES see our reception site directory on pages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72-76 Abbington Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Arrowhead Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Ashley Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Bartlett Hills Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Bolingbrook Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Boulder Ridge Country Club. . . . . . . . . . 80 Brookfield Zoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Cantigny Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Carnivale Chicago. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Carriage Greens Country Club. . . . . . . . . 81 Chandler’s Weddings & Special Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 The Chateau Bu-Sché. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. . 54 Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Concorde Banquets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Cosley Zoo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Danada House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip. . . 57 The Drake Oak Brook. . Inside Back Cover Drury Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Eaglewood Resort & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Elements at Water Street. . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Estate by Gene & Georgetti. . . . . . . . 3 The Glen Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 The Grand Ballroom at Joliet Union Station. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . 12 Halim Time & Glass Museum. . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Haley Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 62 Hilton Lisle/Naperville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. . . . . . . . . . . 64 Holiday Inn Countryside & William Tell Banquets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Hotel Arista. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Hotel Baker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. . . . . . . . . . . 71 La Banque Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Lake Lawn Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Loft 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Maggiano’s Little Italy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Marriott Chicago Midway. . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Mistwood Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 The Monte Bello Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club. . . . . . . . 70 The Oaks at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 The Odyssey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Pinstripes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ravisloe Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Silver Lake Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Stonegate Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 THECELEBRATIONSOCIETY.COM/CHICAGO

White Deer Run Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Whitetail Ridge Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Wilder Mansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

TRAVEL AGENCIES Dream Travel International. . . . . . . . . . . 180 Dreamscape Travel Group. . . . . . . . . . . . 181 LovinAway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

VEILS & HEADPIECES Veiled by ChaCha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

VIDEOGRAPHERS Edward Fox Photography & Video. . . . . 151 Studio One Photography & Video® . . . . 145 Something New Media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Timothy Whaley & Assoc. Photographic Artists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Wedding Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

WEDDING CONSULTANTS/ COORDINATORS DBY events & invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Dejanae Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Jasmine Galleria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 MC Designs, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sarah Kathleen Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Soirée Style Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Windermere Elegant Weddings. . . . . . . . 21

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