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the art of LOVE

Real advice from area pros Tips from Chicago couples Latest trends to inspire and excite Chicago weddings and engagements

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WELCOME FUTURE COUPLES I always enjoy going to weddings to see the creativity, emotion and romance of it all. It is like an orchestra with all the parts coming perfectly together. Assembling the right players - the ones who will help you take your vision and bring it to life - takes a lot of planning. That's where we can help. This publication is different from other wedding magazines. We are a planning resource. Our goal is to give you, or help you, find the information you need to plan your wedding successfully, happily and within your budget. Throughout this magazine, you'll find an abundance of advice from both wedding vendors and newly married couples. Things you should know before meeting with vendors and pitfalls to avoid. It's organized in sections, so you can take one step at a time to keep this planning task less daunting. Every summer we orchestrate eight amazing photoshoots with the help of our vendors. Six of them are Partyscapes. These shoots are designed to inspire you and show how teams of vendors work together to bring creativity and cohesiveness to a theme. We are always amazed and enchanted by their abilities to showcase their talents by bringing every theme to a new level. Another photoshoot focuses on cakes, flowers and invitations, areas where you can really highlight your style and bring your theme to life. These images show lush bouquets, exquisitely intricate cake designs and beautiful, unique invitation suites which give your guests their first glimpse into your wedding style. Our biggest and last feature is on fashion. All eyes are on you, and choosing the gown of your dreams is exciting and a bit overwhelming! We gathered gowns from top Chicagoland salons to give you a taste of what they offer. From beautiful ball gowns to stunning sheaths, all adorned with beautiful accessories and gems, these gowns really stand out. Rely on your salon to guide you toward the right dress. We hope you enjoy reading Wedding Guide Chicago as much as we've enjoyed creating it. Just like your wedding, it's a labor of love and something we hope brings you organizational sanity and much inspiration!

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Laura founded Wedding Guide Chicago in 1990 and has exceptional knowledge and expertise about the Chicago wedding scene. She’s seen the wedding industry change and she knows that no two weddings are the same. Laura is a rare-breed executive who knows the value of balancing self, family, and career so she has a remarkable sense of what will be important to you on your wedding day.

No one has greater appreciation for everything Chicago vendors have to offer than Barb. She knows everyone to meet to plan your wedding, then makes sure you can find their products and services right here! Barb knows what’s hot and what’s not, who has the trendiest products and their price points. In between meetings, you’ll find Barb binging on Bravo, spending time with her husband and kids, and spoiling her pup.

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With 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Traci works hard to understand the needs of corporate and entrepreneurial businesses. She loves developing connections with her accounts to promote their unique strengths. In addition to being a skilled esthetician, she enjoys following industry topics and trends on social media. Her hobbies include; watching TV, visiting her daughters and pestering her pup.

With over 15 years of event industry experience, Mina has done it all. She’s worked in catering, managed venues, planned corporate and non-profit events and was a wedding planner. She brings a wealth of knowledge and connections as well and understands the uniqueness of what couples need. She has an eye for detail and is always researching the top event trends.

CARRIE JONES SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING MANAGER Carrie brings an innovative perspective on being a twenty-something in love. She develops content for readers on social media and brings a cosmopolitan experience to the magazine. Her passion for connecting with brides, and love of finding bargains helps her stay on top of what’s current in the wedding world.


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Love Kitchen Towel I love everything that this husband and wife team make! Gorgeous, practical gift items for foodies. $16, nourishingnotes.com

Chicago Flag Nesting Bowl Set Made from scratch and hand glazed with Chicago pride! Bonus? They’re dishwasher safe! $70, circaceramics.com

Treasured Blooms bracelet Keep your bouquet with you forever, with jewelry made from beads containing its dried petals. $185, austinpreservations.com

Peartree Small Batch Preserves Delicious—and homemade seasonally with sustainable, local farm produce. Perfect for favors! $8, peartreepreserves.com

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Modsprout Party Poppers Everything for your own wildflower garden—all inside a cute push pop. Great gift idea! $75 for 12, modsprout.com

yummpops Tipsy Treats These gourmet ice pops come with a kick! Yumm, indeed! $20 for 6 pops yummpops.com

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BARB’S FAVES Brides, boleros...and Bravo TV? Barb may love a guilty pleasure here and there, but she's certainly no Real Housewife! As Wedding Guide Chicago's Director of Sales, this lady is all about the hustle. She knows what's on trend, who's making it, how much it costs and how to get it.

Snowe Home Spirit Decanter Sturdy yet sleek, this delicate decanter is the perfect start to any bar collection! $50, snowehome.com

SIXTHIRTEEN Eau de Parfum Balanced lemon, rosemary, amber & vanilla makes this a yummy fragrance for men or women, day or night. $70, chazdean.com

Simon G Watermelon Tormaline and Diamond Ring This sumptuous 18k white & rose gold beauty will warm up your winter. $4,950, simongjewelry.com

Baublerella Ring Cleaner Bring your blingy baubles back to life brilliantly—even on the road! $18, baublerella.com

LeGrand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Party Favors These single serving bottles get even cuter when you add a straw! $8, legrandcourtage.com

Sugar Bean Jewelry Fresh, funky, sophisticated designs, at a fantastic price point. What every girl needs! $64, sugarbeanjewelry.com

Bridal & Bridesmaid Kimonos Dazzle your bridal party—and your professional photos—with beautiful handmade kimonos. $40, Singingslowly.com

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TRACI’S FAVES Traci is Wedding Guide Chicago’s resident beauty expert and registered Esthetician. Separating fact from fiction and focusing on new skin care treatments keeps this recovering sun-worshipping addict looking her best. Her mission: to find the best treatments available for turning back the hands of time as well as holding Mother Nature at bay.

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mē clear acne treatment Amazing results for acne— no flaking or redness. All brides should have one! $39, mepower.com

LifeCell Body Butter Perfect for “the more” mature mother of the bride/groom. It really does help firm and tighten. $129, lifecellskin.com

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DELEGATE PLANNING TASKS

Planning advice

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Planning trends

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Planning timeline

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Choosing your style

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Wedding budget

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Tipping 37

First, congratulations! You should spend this time relaxing and

How to hire vendors

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basking in the glow of love, but at some point, you’ll need to

Wedding consultants

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Bridal emergency kit

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Lawyer advice

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Dates to consider

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Just engaged

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start planning. That’s where we come in. Our detailed planning guide and website provide you with creative ideas, the latest trends, the best vendor referrals, and a world of invaluable information on all the aspects of planning your wedding. Review our planning timetable and budget checklist. Visit our

website at WeddingGuideChicago.com and download our book of checklists and advice.

ORGANIZE!

Discuss your budget, your planning timeline, and your wedding

event dates with your family and friends to establish clear expectations and delegate responsibilities. One of the best steps you can take in the planning process is to organize your information! File contracts, receipts, and any other important documents into folders by category for easy retrieval. If you keep this Guide handy, together, we’ll keep you on track! It’s our job to help you find the very best Chicago has to offer!

WORK TOGETHER Register online at WeddingGuideChicago.com and soon you'll receive information about wedding-related businesses to help you even further. The planning process can become an important lesson in working together to achieve a common goal. The more you and your groom explore options together, the more you will learn about each other’s preferences, priorities, and taste, which are critical discoveries in a successful marriage.

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Vendor Advice PLANNING

Think of planning as an experience, not a project. Have fun with it and include your future groom in the process. Take private dance lessons, attend wedding expos, taste endless amounts of wedding cake. Stop stressing and start your adventure. Taryn Wade, Bolingbrook Golf Club

Don’t sweat the small stuff! The Biggest regret I’ve heard is worrying too much over little things. Even after all the planing and effort put into your big day, 100% perfection doesn’t exist. Go with

the flow, enjoy every moment and the rest will fall into place. Kelly Tase, Brides by Kelly Is something simply not in your budget? Plan to make it fit. Too often I see couples forgetting to set aside money for things they will end up treasuring most. Organize a list of important details you want to incorporate and be sure to adjust your budget appropriately. Alyssa Mathieu, Abbington Banquets

Lockdown you’re date before it’s too late. The worst feeling is wanting something you can’t have, especially once you’ve envisioned it all to a tee. Book your dream venue ahead of schedule to be sure it’s all yours on the date you desire most. Kayleigh Borchardt, Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room Create an email specifically for wedding correspondence. Anytime a wedding pro requests your email, hand them your wedding-only email. Desireé Dent, Dejanae Events

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Best money spent—a wedding coordinator so you’re not running around on your wedding day and have time to enjoy it with your new spouse and your loved ones. All questions and problems should be directed towards the coordinator! Tammy H. 10/14/15

2. Definitely do research when

choosing vendors. They will be in charge of constructing the most important day of your life, make sure you trust them and like them. Megan D. 7/2/16

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3. Be sure to have a fully detailed itinerary for the entire day. Not only for the bridal party but for the vendors running the event as well. Samantha E. 10/9/15

4. I regret allowing people’s

opinions about my big day get under my skin, causing me restless nights and days of stress. If people don’t like your ideas, remember it’s your day, not theirs. Shante B. 8/6/16

MARRIAGE ADVICE Argue. Argue lots, but always remember to get over it. Sally M., married 75 years


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MEALS ON WHEELS From Portland Oregon to Portland Maine, the food truck craze has swept the nation! And we’re seeing it make its way into weddings now, too. Foodie couples are having fun making food trucks a part of their event—from just desserts (your guests

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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW We love when couples juxtapose the classic against the unique within their wedding planning. For example, host your ceremony in an unexpected location, like a neat industrial warehouse, but go traditional and old school with the vows. A mixture of old and new can make your wedding day feel so fresh and specific to your love and interests, while also feeling timeless.

NON-TRADITIONAL SERVING WARE For tablescaping that will truly wow your guests, consider dishes and vessels that stand apart from classic white china and traditional wine glasses. Look to your caterers or rental companies for nontraditional serving ware, and mix it up! We're seeing everything from mismatched vintage china and whimsical colored glass coupes, to earthy handmade pottery, to ultra-

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: When did you start doing weddings? How many did you plan last year? How many weddings do you book in a weekend? Will you be at my wedding? Will you be at the rehearsal? Do you need to be? How many staffers will be at the wedding? Does everyone get fed dinner? Exactly what services are included in your fee? What isn’t included? Do you offer day of, full service or a la carte planning? How many meetings will we have and how will we communicate?

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your timetable PLANNING

READY, SET, GET HITCHED Careful planning and scheduling will allow you to enjoy

wedding is not a cookie-cutter event so adjust this list

every moment of your day. Most large weddings take

according to what works best for YOUR big day. Share

12-18 months to plan, however, many weddings are put

the planning duties with your fiancé, your families, your

together in less time. We’ve put together this timetable

attendants, friends and contracted vendors—much of

to help organize and focus your planning details. Your

the fun is doing it together!

10–18 MONTHS

6–8 MONTHS

Start imagining your wedding day—what style? What level of formality? How large? Organize your planning with a notebook, file folder and a copy of Wedding Guide Chicago! Decide budget; discuss sharing of expenses Choose possible dates (keep in mind holidays, special events, weather, family vacations, etc.) Choose ceremony location and officiant Decide size of wedding party; choose attendants Select a reception site Select a wedding consultant Begin compiling invitation list Visit bridal salons Have engagement photos taken and announce your engagement in the newspapers Insure your engagement ring Host engagement party Choose style, colors and theme

Select videographer Make Honeymoon plans—the earlier you book, the better; arrange for passports, vaccinations, birth certificates and Visas if necessary Register for gifts Order invitations and finalize guest list Select ceremony and reception musicians Select wedding bands and order engraving

8–10 MONTHS Select and order your wedding dress and veil Select a caterer Select bridesmaids’ attire and arrange for fittings Select florist and begin choosing floral decorations Select photographer Discuss gown colors with moms so they can start shopping for their dresses Send a save-the-date notice Begin planning the events of your day—a good place to start is by doing research on your cultural and family traditions. Unity candle? Broomstick Jump? Dollar Dance? Toss rose petals?

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4–6 MONTHS Select men’s formalwear and give information to groomsmen Select ceremony and reception music Decide on new living arrangements Create map of directions to ceremony and reception Block hotel rooms for out-of-town guests; book your wedding night hotel room Arrange for cake tastings with various bakers; order wedding and groom’s cakes Purchase wedding and honeymoon insurance if you like

2–4 MONTHS Reserve rental items Arrange rehearsal dinner Shop for trousseau, gown accessories and honeymoon apparel Reserve limousine, carriage, trolley or coach transportation Address wedding invitations; consider a professional calligrapher Review floral arrangements and finalize order Purchase attendant gifts and gifts for each other Begin beauty/spa regimen Select beauty consultant and experiment with make-up and hairstyles


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1–2 MONTHS

1 WEEKS

Mail invitations 6 weeks before the wedding Plan final fitting Plan attendant final fittings Confirm honeymoon details Buy marriage license Arrange bridesmaids’ brunch or luncheon Select ceremony and reception accessories (balloons, rose petals, unity candle, toasting flutes, cake server, etc.) Select personal accessories— (handbags, shoes, jewelry, etc.) Begin preparing ceremony program; appoint guest book attendant, readers, gift attendant, ushers, etc. Schedule hair, spa and mani/pedi appointments Begin reception seating diagram Send out all thank you notes for bridal shower gifts Make arrangements to preserve your bouquet

Pick up wedding rings and verify engraving, sizes; insure your rings Final consultations and confirmations with florist, musicians, photographer, videographer and baker Give final guest count to reception site Remind men to pick up formalwear and shoes Pack for your honeymoon Pick up wedding gown; don’t forget to practice in it if you have a long train or billowing skirt. Relax! Your planning is complete. Your day will be wonderful!

Send out rehearsal dinner invitations Finalize program Move personal belongings into new home Finalize video presentation or photo montage for reception Bachelor & Bachelorette party!

2 WEEKS Finalize reception seating and order place cards from calligrapher Confirm lodging for out-of-town guests Make out-of-town gift bags and guide to the city Begin confirming all vendor delivery times, dates, etc. Create a master schedule for the day and distribute to attendants and vendors Arrange for gown cleaning after wedding Schedule caterer for day after brunch Finalize vows if writing your own

Open gifts; write thank you notes Begin changing your name Send marriage announcement to your local papers Contact photographer for final album review and videographer for editing review. Enjoy your new home together!

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your style PLANNING

BEFORE YOU GO PINTEREST CRAZY... 6 WAYS TO DETERMINE YOUR WEDDING STYLE BE TRUE TO YOU. Find a source of inspiration that reflects both of you. Pay attention to what clothes you wear, how you decorate, what you do for fun. They all hold

FIND A LOCATION that fits your vision. Your

clues to your personal style. Don’t

venue helps set the tone for your wedding style. Art

be a copycat or follow the latest

galleries are modern and elegant. Barns are vintage

trends if that’s not you.

and rustic and an outdoor garden feels romantic.

CREATE A LIST. Make a list of

NARROW DOWN your

adjectives that describe the feel of

decorating theme. Your favorite

your wedding. Fun. Formal. Laid

movie, color, flower, season, hobby,

back. Traditional. Grand. Intimate.

heritage or vacation spot can all

Romantic. Chic.

provide inspiration.

DETERMINE your season.

TIME OF DAY. This could help

It can impact your style and

determine if you want a brunch

provide inspiration.

wedding or a late night dance party.

GUIDE TO TIPPING An often overlooked area of your budget is tipping, so it's best to plan for this expense. Some vendors include gratuities in their contract so read your contracts carefully. While not mandatory, tips are considered a nice surprise by all vendors. Below are some general guidelines: Bartenders: 10 percent of the total liquor bill (to be split among them) Catering: Expected. 15-20% of the total bill. Or tip $50 to $100 for each chef and $20 to $50 for each server.

Florist: Optional. 10-15%. Hairstylist and Makeup artist: Expected.15 to 20 percent. Photographer/videographer: Optional: $50 to $200 per vendor. DJ/band/Musicians: Optional.15 percent of fee for ceremony musicians; $25-$50 per musician for reception. $50+ for the DJ. Valet or parking attendants: Expected. $1 to $2 per car. Wedding planner: Optional.10–20 percent of fee or a personal gift for a great job.

Wedding delivery and set up: Expected. $5 to $10 per person, those arriving early, leaving late, etc. Transportation: Expected.15-20 percent. Wedding Ceremony Officiant: Expected: Donation to the church or tip to officiant. Tipping isn’t always appropriate for business owners, but a personal note and a gift are always appreciated.


BUDGET BREAKDOWN In Chicago, the average cost of a 150-person wedding

and your respective families will be to openly discuss

is approximately $42,000 with downtown weddings

how much everyone will be able to contribute. Today,

costing more ($51,000) and suburban weddings costing

it is not uncommon for the bride and groom to foot the

less ($33,000). When you start planning your wedding,

entire bill, or for the families to share the expenses. When

one of the very first things you’ll need to create is a

discussing your expenses with your loved ones, be sure

budget. The most helpful approach for you, your partner,

to remain courteous and realistic.

RECEPTIONS.........40-45% Reception venue, food, beverages & rentals

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PLANNING

HOW TO HIRE VENDORS

finding the best LET THE PROS HANDLE IT Consider hiring a wedding consultant. Wedding consultants will be able to find the best vendors for your wedding according to your style and your budget. They can help you negotiate rates and contracts with your vendors and your venue so you can get the best values, and they will ensure all of your vendors are set for the big day.

from blog sites and wedding chat rooms.

HIRING YOUR VENDORS Choose vendors you feel most comfortable with, vendors that best suit your personal style. You will be spending a lot of time with some of these people, so you should trust them. A good vendor should listen to your ideas and offer suggestions to enhance your wedding day vision. You’re hiring

CHICAGO’S BEST REFERRAL GUIDE Hundreds of

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through our magazine and visit our website to find some of the best pros in the business for your wedding needs.

Choose a minimum of three vendors for each category (i.e. 3 photographers, 3 bakers, etc.) and set up

BRIDAL SHOWS Check out our Event calendar

appointments with each. Continue narrowing your

online for upcoming shows and events in the

selections. You may find this process tedious and time

Chicagoland area. Visit bridal shows, bridal walks and

consuming, but this is probably the biggest event you will

vendor showcases; many are developed by industry

ever plan! Wedding planning is a marathon, not a sprint.

professionals and specifically designed to help brides find top wedding vendors.

Check references and read through contracts completely before signing with any vendor. Visit your top choices

FRIENDS & FAMILY Get referrals and ideas from all of

a few times to establish a rapport with each of your

your recently married friends. You can even get e-ferrals

wedding vendors, and make sure they meet your needs long after the contract is signed.

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

expert help

Hiring a wedding coordinator can save you time, money,

documents and knowing what to include in contracts

and effort so you can focus on enjoying your engagement

may not come easy, but wedding planners have extensive

and your wedding day. Whether designing your wedding

knowledge in negotiating vendor and venue contracts.

from start to finish or simply consulting, wedding coordinators can offer you the best professional advice.

THEY KNOW HOW TO MANAGE your day. Think of your coordinator as the conductor of your wedding

THEY KNOW THE TRENDS Wedding experts

orchestra, or as the ‘go-to’ person on the day of the event.

are your best resource for the latest trends. There may

Wedding planners anticipate and prepare for issues that

be themes you’ve never heard of before, there may be

may arise, facilitate the flow of events, and offer supervision

celebrity trends you haven't seen, there may be new

that will ensure a worry-free day for you and your families.

adaptations of old traditions that haven’t mainstreamed yet.

THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAN THE DETAILS

A wedding coordinator can introduce you to new design ideas and help you perfect the details of your vision.

Coordinators are innovative, passionate and experienced at creating and planning. They can make all arrangements

THEY KNOW THE BEST VENDORS and how

for the wedding, from invitations and transportation

to get the best deals. Wedding coordinators will have

to entertainment and decorations. They can even

important connections and professional relationships with

make arrangements for rehearsal dinners, showers and

the best wedding vendors in your area. Not only will your

engagement parties.

coordinator be able to find the right vendors according to

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BRIDAL CRISIS KIT 1. Double sided clear fabric tape, scissors 2. Non-perishable, easy to eat protein (almonds) 3. Small water bottles with straws 3. Anti-static spray and spot remover 4. Mirror, brush, comb, hair spray, bobby-pins, safety pins, straight pins 5. Container of small hard candy for maintaining blood sugar levels 6. Clear deodorant, facial tissues, sanitary items 7. Extra make-up, baby wipes 8. Teeth cleaning strips, mints or breath spray 9. Pain relievers, chewable antihistamines, blister band-aids 10. Full size sewing kit 11. Cell phone list of vendors & contracts 12. Lint roller for groomsmen 13. Money for last minute errands and tips 14. No sew adhesive velcro strips 15. Disposable ice packs for pulse points 16. Umbrella!

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ADVICE FROM OUR L AW YER

legal considerations The legal and financial aspects of your nuptials should be

trusts, bonds, securities, pension plans, health insurance

planned as carefully as the ceremony and the reception.

plans, and any other employment benefits you may have.

SUPPORTING EACH OTHER Once you’re married, you have a legal responsibility to support each other and your future children. This obligation includes

Your married status may afford you additional benefits from your employer, as well as additional entitlements from Social Security and the Veteran’s Administration.

family expenses, medical coverage, education, food and

INHERITANCE Without a will, you won’t be able to

housing, and the general upkeep of your household.

decide how your estate gets divided between your

MARITAL

PROPERTY Without a prenuptial

agreement, marital law generally assumes that each partner’s personal assets will become assets of the marriage, just like earnings or assets acquired after the marriage. In the event of a divorce, the court will equitably

surviving spouse, your children, and your other heirs, nor will you be able to designate a guardian for your children. Planning ahead and drafting a will can ensure that your estate is properly handled. It will also help you and your loved ones take full advantage of tax cuts!

(but not necessarily equally) divide all assets, no matter

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP

whose name is on the title.

couples own property as joint tenants with the right of

SPOUSAL DEBTS Marriage can make you legally responsible for your spouse’s pre-existing debt. Even if you are not directly liable for your partner’s debts, debt collection may impact your marital or jointly owned property.

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survivorship, but some assets are better owned in other ways. For example, depending on the conditions of a trust, it may be safest and wisest if only one partner is entitled to the contents.

RECORD KEEPING You should keep important records and legal documents in a concise filing system, such as in a fireproof safe or in a safety deposit box at your bank.


Dates to consider 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

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your wedding date.

GOOD. There are some holidays and 3-day weekends that are totally fine to host a wedding: Columbus Day

Memorial Day

New Years' Eve

Labor Day

Presidents' Day

4th of July

Whether it's planning, coordinating or directing, we strive to make this memorable day as unique as your love for one another.

Martin Luther King Day

BAD. There are some dates to think twice about when planning your nuptials. Think higher airline costs, hotel room availability, vacation plans and family commitments. Memorial Day

Mothers/Fathers Day

Labor Day

Halloween

July 4th weekend

August (vacation time)

Thanksgiving

New Years Day

Christmas

Valentines Day

Easter

Passover

SPORTS CONSIDERATIONS. Final Four Weekend and Super Bowl Sunday, and the World Series are all events that can impact your guest experience.

CHICAGO CONSIDERATIONS. Think about traffic and hotel rooms. Chicago Marathon

Lollapalooza

St Patricks Day Parade

Air and Water Show

Blues Festival

Chicago Triathlon

Taste of Chicago

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EXCHANGING VOWS Your ceremony is the heart of your wedding day, and no matter what type of ceremony you choose for your wedding, it will set the tone for the celebration that

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follows. Your ceremony is symbolic of the start of your new life together, so it should be the focal point of your big day. Though many couples choose to marry in a house of worship, others are opting for less conventional settings. Consider hosting your ceremony at your family home, perhaps in the backyard. Other options include a beach setting or a ceremony on the water, or a banquet hall. Host your wedding at an art gallery or a museum, or at a historical site for a truly unique backdrop to your event. Couples of different faiths may choose a non-denominational venue site, such as a hotel or mansion, a garden or conservatory, or another location where both faiths can be equally represented. Chicago has a wide variety of spectacular ceremony locations that can accommodate every type of couple, any type of style, and all types of beliefs. In addition to where you exchange your vows, how you style and structure your ceremony is equally important. Once upon a time, there were only two ceremony options: a civil service or a religious ceremony. Now, couples are opting for more modern ceremonies, combining the formality of religious or cultural traditions with their own individual styles. However you want to celebrate your union, you should be able to find a ceremony style that represents your relationship and your beliefs. If you need extra help structuring your ceremony, your officiant should be able to provide guidance, as he or she will have experience conducting multiple types of ceremonies. Whatever location or format you choose for your ceremony, your love and commitment to each other should stand out the most on your wedding day, so let that be your guide.

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BFF’s guide to getting

married COUPLE ADVICE

1. I will never forget looking at my

groom at the end of the aisle. My heart sank into my chest. We chose not to do a first look, making this moment even more special. Megan D. 7/2/16

2. I wish our ceremony was longer, it was just over after three minutes. A few short minutes was not enough time for me to fully take in what was happening. Tammy H. 10/11/15

3. We hired a trumpet player during the ceremony. It made the moment so surreal. Anita J. 7/25/15

4. Forget how society views marriage today. We were always in it for the long run. Laura N., married 57 years

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MARRIAGE ADVICE "No matter what you think, I am not a mind reader...I don't know what you're thinking...so tell me!" Communication is key! Roger & Traci, married 27 years

traditions unless you want to. I did the something old, new, borrowed and

n Vendor Advice Look beyond your wedding day and think of what you’ll really remember. Luscious flowers and a groovy band are essential, but be sure to focus on telling your love story. Express your love through words and symbolism. Your guests are guaranteed to remember those precious moments at the alter for decades to come. Toni Eberhart, The Patrick Haley Mansion

blue because I love keepsakes and the meaning behind it. Diona M. 8/1/15

friends and family. Committing to one another is the biggest promise you’ll ever make. Choose the traditional route and repeat words couples have uttered for centuries or get personal and write your own. Be present, honor each other and remind yourselves how important this moment is. Yvonne Janvrin, Something Borrowed Vintage China I always remind couples that size doesn’t matter. Planning a ceremony in your backyard surrounded by twenty special guests is no more special than

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three hundred in a large banquet hall. Regardless of the amount of people, your ceremony is a rich, meaningful milestone event. Laura Noble, Hotel Arista Talk to your officiant ahead of time. Connect with them on a more personal level by grabbing coffee instead of a formal meet-up. Make sure you're comfortable; express what you want and don’t want. Your officiant is your host for the ceremony, be sure they are right for you. Nancy McElvenny, The Crystal Bride


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SAVOR THE CEREMONY While your wedding will be the most fabulous party you've ever thrown, your marriage is what everybody's gathering to celebrate. Don't rush through the ceremony, savor it! Couples are beginning to focus on more emotionally significant ceremonies, from deeply traditional, to one-of-a-kind. Hand-crafted

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2-4% of your budget is for marriage license fee, officiant fee, facility rental, pew dĂŠcor, programs, runner, rose petals or other items to throw.

ceremonies by professional officiants can be a special way to honor a love that's uniquely yours, along with personalized vows, and even tear jerker speeches from those who know you best.

HONOR YOUR CULTURES Some of the warmest, most memorable ceremonies are those that celebrate a couple's heritage. From the mazel tov moment of glass breaking to the sweet symbolism of handfasting, couples are reaching back to their roots to make their ceremony special. Even if you're generations removed from the motherland or a blended cultural mosaic, consider this an opportunity to connect with

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: Are there restrictions on the choice of music for the ceremony? Can I bring in outside singers and musicians? Are photography and videography permitted? Are there restrictions on lights and where they can be set up? Do you provide a speaker or microphone?

your relations to learn about your family traditions.

How long is the ceremony?

WEDDINGS IN THE ROUND Let your loved ones

Will you conduct the ceremony outside a house of worship? If so, does that change the restrictions

surround you—literally! If spacing at your venue allows 360degree seating for guests, rather than the typical straight forward layout, adds depth and dimension to your ceremony. An added bonus? It also expands the design canvas for your decor vendors, offering them extra room to make your

Can I include a pet? If we have children, can you help us find a way to include them?

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GOING TO THE CHAPEL

very marry If you’d prefer a small, intimate gathering for your ceremony,

ask guests to travel more than 30 minutes to the reception

if you’re just trying to make the most of a limited budget, or

site, so consider the location of your chapel carefully.

if you don’t have a church affiliation, consider hosting your wedding at a local chapel rather than at a traditional church.

The layout of the chapel should provide a clear view of the alter for all of your guests. You should choose your

The benefit of hosting your ceremony at a chapel rather

changing rooms carefully so none of your wedding party

than at a church is your option. Couples who don’t

members get lost within the chapel (this mostly applies to

belong to a particular faith or congregation may want

young ring bearers and flower girls). Some chapels may

their ceremony in a church-like venue without the religious

have restrictions on flash photography and music, some

regulations of a parish. Chapels offer more flexibility when

may have time constraints, and some may require you to

it comes to structuring your ceremony, and most will permit

use certain officiants. Ask about these before booking.

you to invite your own officiant to perform your ceremony. While many churches are becoming more flexible with their restrictions, allowing couples who are not members of their parish or congregation to hold their wedding ceremonies in their facilities, it oftentimes comes with an added fee. The upside to a chapel ceremony is not having to compromise your beliefs, your traditions, or your budget if you and your partner do not share the same religion or denomination. If you and your partner are considering a chapel for your ceremony, consider the logistics as well. You don’t want your guests getting lost on back roads, and you may not want to 50

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OFFICIANT QUESTIONS Can you help us to customize the ceremony, read our own vows, and pick out our own readings/music? How many weddings do you do in a day? What do you wear? Do you require premarital or religious classes? Are you qualified to offer premarital relationship coaching? W  hat is your fee? Do you require a deposit to secure the date? Does the fee include the rehearsal? How many meetings will be necessary to finalize the words in the ceremony? What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy? Do you have a backup in case there is an emergency?


UNPLUGGED WEDDINGS We love them. We rely on them.They are part of our daily lives. We understand. But...at a wedding, cell phones (and cameras) can be very distracting for the couple. They can interfere with work being done by the professional photographer, especially when there’s a flash or someone stands up to get “the shot.” Here are some great ways to ask your guests to “unplug” and be present: ~“As a courtesy, please turn off all cameras and phones for the duration of the ceremony. Resist temptation. Be in the moment. Stay strong.” ~“The bride and groom request the joyful sight of your smiles without the distraction of electronic devices or cameras.” ~“Welcome to our unplugged ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, cameras and any other device and enjoy this special moment with us. Thank you!"

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CENTURY MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT NAPER SETTLEMENT

This restored Gothic Revival chapel provides unique ambiance for a truly memorable occasion. Our beautiful outdoor museum offers several alluring gathering spaces for wedding ceremonies, rehearsals, renewals, bridal showers and more. Naper Settlement is located steps away from the charming downtown Naperville shopping and dining district. 630.420.6010 523 S. Webster St. Naperville, Illinois weddings@naperville.il.us • napersettlement.org

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER

love always Even more important than planning your perfect

than the flavor of your cake, the bouquet toss, or your first

wedding day is the time you spend with your partner.

dance song, so remember to keep things in perspective.

At some point during your engagement, you’ll need to discuss fundamental marriage subjects with your partner, such as children, your finances, your living situations, your

MARRIAGE MYTHS

goals in life, your career objectives, and any other topics that might influence your relationship down the road. During the aptly named “honeymoon phase” of your marriage, you and your spouse will most likely be glowing with love and excitement. Much like the compromises and tough decisions you’ll have to make when planning your wedding, you’ll have to prepare yourselves for the times ahead that won’t always be as romantic and fanciful as your honeymoon. If you arm yourselves with the best tools and advice possible, you’ll have an infinitely better chance at sustaining a successful marriage. Discuss premarital counseling options with your officiant, your family, and your married friends. Having a good support system during the months leading up to your wedding will help you learn and practice healthy communication skills, as well as what works best in your relationship. The health of your marriage is more important

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There’s a reason fairytales often end with a wedding: marriage doesn’t always look like a neatly wrapped package with a pretty pink bow on top. Like anything worth pursuing in life, marriage can require work and extra attention. You may not always be happy with your spouse, you may not always be in a perfect mood, and you may not always laugh, dance and sing. But, you can stay in love through thick and thin, you can be joyful and grateful even in rockier times, you can find humor in darkness and music in silence, and you can write your own love story, one far more beautiful and real than any Disney fairytale. No marriage is perfect, nor should it be. You didn’t fall in love with your partner because they were “perfect.” You fell in love because you were perfect for each other. You probably love things about your partner others might consider imperfections. What makes your beloved so lovable is they’re human. Think of marriage in the same light. If your marriage isn’t “perfect,” then it’s real. When you need to lean on each other, have the occasional fight, go through tough times together, your love evolves and strengthens, fusing you together into a solid team.


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event order

SEATING GUESTS Pre-ceremonial music is played as ushers seat the guests. Inform usher of seating options, whether traditional sides or open seating.

SEATING PARENTS The groom’s parents are then escorted to their seats. The bride’s mother is the last to be seated. The bride’s father waits with the bride. If stepparents are involved, seat the groom’s mother first, then the groom’s stepmother, the bride’s stepmother and

bridal party begins as they are ready to walk down the aisle.

BRIDAL PROCESSION The bride’s father offers the bride his right arm as they begin down the aisle. The guests rise.

THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS Traditional vows may be exchanged or you may write your own. The bride and groom face each other during the vows.

finally the bride’s mother. Stepmoms and spouses may be

MUSIC WITH CEREMONY Music is played during

seated in the third row behind the mother; or together in

the candle-lighting, Communion or other non-verbal

the front row, if the relationship allows.

portion of the ceremony.

CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES also play a

THE RING EXCHANGE The best man presents the

part. In a Jewish wedding, the groom’s family and guests sit

wedding rings.

on the officiant’s right hand side and the bride’s family sits on the left. The opposite applies in a non-Jewish ceremony.

GROOM TAKES HIS PLACE The officiant, ushers, best man and the groom take their positions. The

THE BLESSING OF THE WINE

In a Jewish

ceremony, the wine is blessed.

THE KISS. Have fun!

groomsmen escort the bridesmaids or meet them at a

THE INTRODUCTION At the end of the ceremony,

halfway point. In a Jewish wedding, the groom is escorted

the officiant introduces the newlyweds for the first time

by his parents. The parents take their seats next to or

as a married couple.

inside the Chuppah.

ATTENDANTS’ PROCESSION The music for the

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MARRIAGE LICENSE L AWS

it's legal You must obtain your marriage license in the county in which you will be married, according to Illinois law.

WHAT YOU NEED When applying for an Illinois marriage license, you and your partner will each need to bring a valid id, proof of age, such as birth certificate or passport, any documents from previous marriages, and cash to pay your marriage license fee (approximately $30).

WHO MUST BE PRESENT You both must be present to apply for your marriage license. After your ceremony, your officiant must sign your marriage license with a witness present before sending it back to the county.

WHEN YOU NEED TO APPLY Most counties will not let you apply for your marriage license any sooner than 60 days before your wedding or any later than 24 hours prior.

COOK COUNTY www.cookctyclerk.com

50 W. Washington Chicago 312.603.7790 2121 Euclid Rolling Meadows 847.818.2850 5600 Old Orchard Skokie 847.470.7233 1311 Maybrook Square Maywood 708.865.6010 16501 S. Kedzie Rm. 238 Markham 708.210.4150 10220 S. 76th Ave. Bridgeview 708.974.6150

DUPAGE COUNTY

WHERE YOU NEED TO GO You need to apply for

www.co.dupage.il.us

a marriage license in the county you will be married in, not

421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton 630.407.6500

in the county you live in.

HOW YOU SHOULD GO ABOUT IT Before applying for a marriage license, the bride will need to decide on her name, whether she will take her husband’s last name or retain her maiden name.

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KANE COUNTY

www.co.kane.il.us

719 Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) Geneva 630.232.5950

KENDALL COUNTY

www.co.kendall.il.us

111 W. Fox St., Rm. 220 Yorkville 630.553.4104

LAKE COUNTY

www.co.lake.il.us

18 N. County St. Rm. 101 Waukegan 847.377.2401

MCHENRY COUNTY

www.co.mchenry.il.us

667 Ware Rd., Rm. 107 Woodstock 815.334.4242

WILL COUNTY

www.thewillcountyclerk.com

302 N. Chicago Joliet 815.740.4615 241 Canterbury Ln. Bolingbrook 630.759.1317 1367 Wood St. Crete 708.672.8279 22525 W. Lockport Plainfield 815.436.8308


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LATE NIGHT MUNCHIES A late night snack with friends changed it all. “I was meeting with friends one night,” the bride says. “I was so tired we didn’t even talk much!” It took few words for the couple to realize they were similar, yet so different. “We never ran out of topics to discuss,” she says. Jimmy’s sweet, loving moments continued to warm her heart. As hearts grew, Aimee said ‘yes’ on ice skates at Millennium Park, in front of The Bean. Read Aimee’s advice to other brides at WeddingGuideChicago.com CINDERELLA BRIDE Aimee was a blushing bride in Vera, donning a classic and modern Cinderella ball gown without too much lace and patterns. “I wanted something comfortable and danceable,” she says. For the reception, she wore a one-of-a kind Chinese gown tailored to her wishes and cultural background. The bride flew back and forth to Taiwan to make the fit just right. ALL ABOUT THE RITZ As loyal patrons, the bride knew the classic Chicago hotel was exactly where the couple should tie the knot. The gold interior matched their theme perfectly, without going over the top. “The pond right outside of The Concorde Room was the perfect match for our theme,” she says. AN ENCHANTING GARDEN To bring their vision to life, vibrant flowers with dangling greens were used almost everywhere—along the aisle, at the sweetheart head table, and at every guest table. Even the back wall of the ballroom was covered with cascading, free-flowing flowers. Guests said they felt like they were in a garden. PHOTOGRAPHY

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Vera Wang, Chicago

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Lindsay Mackey, Simply Elegant Group

The Black Tux

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Alliance Bakery, Chicago

BRIDE’S HAIR

Josh Law, Chicago Movers and Shakers

The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Kate Johnson Artistry BRIDE’S MAKEUP

Sonia Roselli

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Bali, Hong Kong and South Africa

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Victoria Claus, Atmosphere Events

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MIRRORING THE CITY LIGHTS Greg’s proposal to Brooke was “like something out of ‘The Bachelor’,” she says. Thinking Greg had plans, Brooke headed to the suburbs to celebrate her parent’s anniversary. “There was something different planned,” she says. After arriving at the house, she found rose petals, lit candles and a heartfelt note. As Greg got down on one knee, fireworks hit the sky and Brooke noticed friends and family who had flown in from all over the country to see the magical moment. Hear what the couple did next to celebrate at WeddingGuideChicago.com. MUSTACHE INITIATION To initiate men into the bride’s family, the father of the bride burns the end of a cork and draws a mustache onto the groom before the wedding day. “They are all really funny,” Brooke says. “And no one has the same mustache!” A PARIS MOMENT The couple shares a special bond with the City of Lights. The bride and groom fell in love with the royal chapel, St. Chappelle. They knew they had to tie the knot in a church modeled with the same carved altar and stained glass windows like St. James. BRINGING THE CITY INSIDE An unparalleled view led the couple to plan a Trump Tower wedding reception. “We wanted to bring the city views into the event,” Brooke said. To incorporate their theme, decor was mirrored and translucent to reflect the city lights. A LITTLE SINATRA Drapes in the ballroom were kept closed when guests entered the reception and found their seats. When the new bride and groom were announced, “My Kind of Town” played over the speakers and the drapes were opened as city lights shined into the ballroom. PHOTOGRAPHY

Lemon Twist Images CEREMONY SITE

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Suitsupply, Chicago

St. James Chapel, Chicago

Ultimate Bride, Chicago

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Windy City Wedding Dance, Chicago

BRIDE’S MAKEUP

The Mix, Chicago

Trump International Hotel, Chicago FLORIST AND DECOR

Kehoe Designs, Chicago

Salon Buzz, Chicago

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ENTERTAINMENT

Magnificent Brides, Chicago

INVITATIONS

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LUCKY IN LOVE Colette and Robert took a gamble and went “all in.” The lovebirds met over a good old-fashioned poker game. “We were both winners that night,” the bride says. After four years of dating, Robert created a proposal story modeled after a romance novel. He proposed at sunset at the couple’s favorite place to watch a day come to a close, overlooking a lake, on a swing. It wasn’t long after and their next poker tournament began—planning a country-themed wedding. Read about the bride’s greatest wedding planning challenge at WeddingGuideChicago.com. CLASSIC CHARM The duo tied the knot at Century Memorial Chapel in Downtown Naperville, choosing the location for its intimate and cozy atmosphere. Collette says, “I’ll never forget the feeling of being walked down the aisle, making eye contact with Robert and being surrounded by family and friends.” SWEET SOPHISTICATION The colors of gray and yellow were used throughout the ceremony and reception from the place cards and menus down to the bride’s hand painted shoes. A COUNTRY FLORAL FEELING Mason jars wrapped in burlap with tea lights and flowers lined the ceremony aisle. Lanterns with flowers cascading down them added a little bit of elegance to the classic chapel. Bright variations of pink, yellow and orange were chosen to reflect the sun, since Robert proposed at sunset. OWL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Every centerpiece at the couple’s Abbey Farms reception included some sort of unique piece of owl décor due to the bride’s love of owls. “It’s one of the many things I love in life,” she says. In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to JDRF and Project Paws Alive. PHOTOGRAPHER

Dabo’s Fotos, Chicagoland

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Kasey Larson, DBY Events

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Naper Settlement, Naperville

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The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms, Aurora

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Chef by Request, Lisle FLORIST

Town and Country Gardens, Geneva

WEDDING BANDS

Stones Jewelers, Wheaton STATIONERY

DBY Invitations, Schaumburg

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Sugar Path, Geneva GROOMS ATTIRE

Men’s Wearhouse

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MUSIC, TRAVEL, LOVE, REPEAT Steph and Jackie’s love knows no boundaries. Early on in their relationship, Steph told Jackie she wanted to quit her job and travel the world. For three months, the couple did just that. Jackie moved to Chicago and one year later, they got engaged and they couldn’t have been more alike. They each planned a double scavenger hunt proposal one week a part, without telling the other. Read more about their proposals, which expanded across Chicago and multiple states at WeddingGuideChicago.com. BASED ON THE FARMERS Falling in love with the rooftop, skyline and art, Lacuna Artist Loft became the couple’s venue. Thanks to the Farmer’s Almanac, Steph and Jackie were able to plan their ceremony and cocktail hour around the time of the sunset. “It worked out perfectly,” they said. YOUR DESTINATION AWAITS Each reception table was themed as a city that was special to the couple or their relationship. Place cards were individually tagged miniature suitcases. Once guests found and opened their suitcase, they discovered the destination they would be “traveling to.” FUN FLAVORS Jackie’s aunt created a 4-tiered cake of chocolate, vanilla and lemon complete with pearls, gerbera daisies, a skyline, and penguin topper holding a suitcase that read “Neverland,” as a nod to the couple’s favorite movie, Peter Pan. A SYMBOL OF LOVE Friends and family took home koozies with their wedding symbol made up of a music note with the skyline, initials, wedding date and location. They also quoted a popular alternative rock band that read, “Life is beautiful around the world…” PHOTOGRAPHER

Sprung Photo, Chicago CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago CATERER & FLOWERS

Jordan’s Food of Distinction, Chicago STEPH’S DRESS

Mestad’s Rochester, MN

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Elegant Bride, Columbus, Ohio

Parkwest Strings

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Heidi Moffett, Robert Anthony Hair Design, Schererville, IN

DJ Mauricio Reyes

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Pinstripes, Chicago

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Loews Hotel Chicago

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SHARING IT ALL TOGETHER There is something truly special about Kelsey and Kyle. The couple takes pride in sharing special moments with each other, starting with their milestone engagement. “After a quick nap on NYE, Kyle and I woke up around 11 p.m. and decided to head to the lake and do our own countdown to midnight,” the bride says. After the clock struck 12, Kyle got down on one knee and professed his love for his future bride. They spent the rest of the night celebrating together. Read about Kelsey and Kyle’s accidental meeting at WeddingGuideChicago.com. AN ENCHANTING ATMOSPHERE “As soon as we arrived, I knew Ravisloe was where we were going to get married,” the bride says. Complete with gorgeous ivy and breathtaking grounds, the couple let the beauty of the club do all the talking by adding gold lantern-like terrariums with candles, flowers and candelabras to their wedding décor. ALL ABOUT SWEETS Guests devoured vanilla cake with cookie dough frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting that sat upon a gold sequin tablecloth. Family and friends also munched on mini cupcakes to fulfill their sweet cravings. LET LOVE GROW Tiny potted succulents served multi-purpose. Not only were the favors for guests to take home and escort cards for seating arrangements, they also “provided a little more decoration to our blush, gold and ivory guest tables too,” the bride says. GREAT ROMANCE NOVELS Kelsey and Kyle learned more about their extended family be collecting wedding pictures to showcase at their wedding. Kelsey says, “We labeled each picture with names and wedding dates. It was so cool to share and showcase how long everyone has been married as we started our journey together.” PHOTOGRAPHER

Conforti Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION

BRIDE’S DRESS

Bride’s by Demetrios, Schaumburg BRIDE’S HAIR

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT

Dance Party DJ’s

GROOMS ATTIRE

Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood

A Hair Off Mane, Zionsville

Men’s Wearhouse

FLORIST

BRIDE’S MAKEUP

Sierra Rivero

Zuzu’s Petals, Orland Park

Joey Claeyssen Makeup Artistry

BAKERY

CEREMONY ENTERTAINMENT

Sweet Ali’s Bakery, Hinsdale

Dolce Strings

VIDEOGRAPHER HOTEL

La Banque, Homewood HONEYMOON

Hawaii

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BEING TOGETHER IS OUR PRIORITY Attending one wedding changed it all for Samaneh and Rajan. That night, the couple met, exchanged numbers and began texting. Falling in love over time, their connection grew, finding a balance by learning about each others strengths and passions. Rajan’s proposal in Paris to his bride was just the icing on the cake to the next chapter of their lives. Read what Samaneh recommends other brides do to avoid the post-wedding slump at WeddingGuideChicago.com. ALL IN ONE Hotel Arista in Naperville served as the setting for the couple to tie the knot. With no transportation needed, the venue even pitched a tent with chandelier lighting on their grounds for 280 guests to party all evening long. PETAL TO THE METAL Samaneh and Rajan chose to make a statement with their ceremony and reception decor, opting for unique metal statement lanterns with gold and silver accents as centerpieces and aisle decor instead of an abundance of flowers. A PIECE OF PERSIAN ‘I dos’ followed a traditional Iranian wedding ceremony ritual where legal marriage and ceremonial traditions are exchanged. Called the Sofreh Aghd, meaning marriage spread, a variety of items were used as symbols to represent the couple’s new life and marriage together. REJOICE & DANCE Guests took part in a Garba dance led by the bride’s family, followed by a Jago dance led by the groom’s family. Women on both sides took turns dancing with clay pots decorated with candles on their heads, which got everyone in the mood for the night ahead. PHOTOGRAPHER

Kate Berg Photography CEREMONY AND RECEPTION SITE

Hotel Arista, Naperville CATERER

Hotel Arista, Ashyana Banquets TENT

Blue Peak Tents BRIDE’S GOWN

Bridal Superstore, Indianapolis, IN (white gown); Almas Tejani, Sugar Land, TX (Indian Lehenga)

HAIR & MAKEUP

CAKE

Jenny Patrick, Naperville; Royal Blush, Naperville

The Cakery, Aurora

ENTERTAINMENT

Foiled Invitations, Walnut Creek, CA

LIGHTING

Anthony Mina, Almas Tejani

Admit One DJs, Naperville

Elegant Event Lighting OFFICIANT

INVITATIONS

GROOM’S ATTIRE

LINENS & RENTALS

Meaningful Moments, Chicago

Elegant Presentations

FLORIST

Wynn Films, Naperville

Flowers by Steen, Homer Glen

VIDEOGRAPHER

REHEARSAL DINNER

CityGate Grille, Naperville

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Sara & Mike

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permanent ink. Before you decide on the location of your

your ceremony in a church or in another house of worship, the venue may have a suitable room for your reception, but you can always move your party elsewhere.

LOCATION OPTIONS You may want to look into local gardens, arboretums, or conservatories for an outdoor summer reception, cutting down on your florist bill. Consider holding your reception in a restored historical mansion or in a local museum, as many have the space and the amenities to hold an exquisite (and even educational) event. If you’d like to keep your reception intimate and less formal, or if you’re working with a limited budget, you can host your reception in your backyard, or possibly in your family’s home. Chicago has beautiful bodies of water, so you might consider hosting a beach reception right on the lake.

NARROW IT DOWN Visit your top four or five favorite locations, and speak with a manager about your design options. Most venues will be happy to accommodate your various needs. Reserve your reception spot well in advance, and promptly pay any necessary deposits.

ENDLESS CHOICES Remember hotels and banquet halls aren’t your only option. You have plenty of other choices, particularly in Chicago. The Windy City has a plethora of beautiful sites and unique venues to choose from, so don’t limit yourself! You deserve the best reception possible, so do some research to find the perfect venues for your wedding.

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The biggest regret I hear is that couples get too caught up in the small details of the day and forget they’re getting married! I find that only 5% of wedding planning is about the ceremony, and that’s the most important part. The other 95% is just a party (a BIG party, of course!). Meagan Dovidio, Wilder Mansion

One of the biggest reception regrets we hear is the bride didn’t have a chance to eat and truly enjoy the evening. Put trust in your vendors, their job is to take control and make you happy. Roll with

the imperfections and celebrate the night. Robb Rybicki, Eaglewood Resort & Spa Be open about sharing where else you are shopping. We know our competition and can customize a package to better suit your budget if we know where you are comparing us to. Erica Ferreri, Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge I tell my couples to take time during the reception to grab a drink and stand back for 5 mins off to the side and take it all in. Look around the room to see

what you have worked so hard on, to see how happy your friends and family are to be there with you to celebrate. I still run into couple from 15 years ago that tell me that is the moment they remember the most from their wedding day! Jamie Paquin, Midway Hotel Center Pull together a solid guest list prior to touring venues. Without the number of guests, it’s hard to estimate a budget and find space to accommodate. You don’t want a space too large, or too small. Michelle Dandrea, William Tell Banquets

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reception area before guests are invited in. My venue arranged the escort cards terribly, leaving guests digging through to find their names. Katie L. 9/12/15

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enjoy the reception. Once the party started, the dance floor was packed. I remember thinking about how lucky I am to have all these people celebrating our love. Tracy M. 12/19/15

MARRIAGE ADVICE Spend time together, spend time apart, no need to be together all the time. Give yourself a chance to miss the other person. Taylor 7/16/16 Always remember what’s more important, me or the marriage. Katie and Bruce, married 39 years


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your wedding...why sit separately in the same chairs as everyone else, when you could snuggle up together in style with a crystal chandelier twinkling above you?

YOUR FAVORITE THINGS Make your reception uniquely yours by sprinkling your favorite things throughout! For the reader bride & outdoorsy groom, mix vintage books with natural wood and stones collected from hikes together as part of the tablescaping. You're a science teacher and he's a lawyer? Talk to your caterer about themed drinks influenced by your occupations, and work with a hand-letterer on unique signage. Personal touches stick with your guests forever.

Can I bring in my own vendors or is there a preferred list supplied by the venue? How is alcohol handled at the venue? How many people can the space hold according to my room set-up? Will there be other weddings happening on the same day? How much is tax and gratuity? Are they included in the package prices? What is the parking situation? Wedding Guide Chicago

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your perfect venue Chicago is full of incredible venue locations, from traditional

other amenities such as a fully-stocked bar and valet

ballrooms to yachts on the lakefront. You have so many

parking. Hotel venues offers you and your guests the

options to choose from, why not consider each one?

added convenience of all the ammenities in one location,

As one of the most historical cities in America, Chicago

great for weddings with many out of town guests.

has a wide variety of sites with original architecture and

OUTDOOR LOCATIONS If you decide to hold

fascinating back-stories. As one of the most diverse

your wedding in the great outdoors, you won’t be sorry!

cities in the country, Chicago is full of cultural venues,

At an outdoor venue, you’ll get to enjoy the natural

cultural restaurants, and cultural bands. You can host

beauty of your surroundings. Imagine watching the

your ceremony in one of the many breath-taking

sunset over the lake as you recite your vows! Imagine

churches downtown, then take a trolley ride to your

your guests dining within the beautiful garden area of

reception at one of the many ‘found venues’ in the

a conservatory. Imagine dancing under the moonlight

meat-packing district! Treat your guests to meals by any

in a secluded patch of woods in a forest preserve.

number of Chicago chefs, get them dancing to the beats

Your options are limitless when it comes to creating the

of any number of urban DJs and wedding bands, then

perfect outdoor backdrop to your wedding day vision.

make your grand exit on a horse-drawn carriage!

The best parts of any outdoor venue are that you can

BANQUET HALLS & HOTELS Many banquet halls and hotels will have accommodations for both your ceremony and reception, as well as many of their own services, such as an in-house florist, an in-house catering company, an in-house wait staff, an in-house band or DJ. They will have all necessary equipment, not to mention 80

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really create any setting, you only need to add minimal decorations of your own, you can invite as many guests as you like because an outdoor area shouldn’t have space limitations, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the weather. The only drawback is weather may not be ideal, so be sure to rent a tent or canopy in case of rain!


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TENTED WEDDINGS Not to be confused with

Park Zoo or at the Brookfield Zoo just a short train ride

camping tents, todays wedding tents offer a both a chic

away! You could move your reception to the Shedd

and elegant option for you and your guests. As with

Aquarium, Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science

lofts, tents are completely customizable and the white

and Industry, Art Institute, Newberry Library, Museum of

background gives a clean look for your decor. Tents

Contemporary Art, or Navy Pier Greenhouse! Tour the

can be heated, cooled and draped. You can bring in

Harold Washington Library in the south loop, which is

chandeliers, paper lanterns, strings of lights and open

one of Chicago’s oldest buildings for a beautiful library

candles lighting. Want a bonfire or tiki torches? With

wedding. Whether your guest list is full of curious children

the flexibility of an outdoor location the sky’s the limit in

or if you’d just like to host an event that is both exquisite

creating your ambiance. Special note: consider a clear

and educational, the Windy City has many options!

top if you want an unobstructed view of the outdoor combined with the protection of a tent.

LOFTS Looking for a blank canvas? A loft wedding is right up your alley. The modern and chic venue gives

WATER WEDDINGS With both Lake Michigan and the

you the flexibility to do everything and nothing at all with

Chicago River located conveniently downtown, you can

your wedding décor. Set in a location with city views,

easily hold your wedding on the water, on the beach, or

vaulted ceilings, exposed brick, skylights, wood beams

both! There are many companies in Chicago that rent out

and floors, the industrial setting of a loft comes with many

party boats, tour boats, casino boats, and luxurious yachts.

architectural details that can be accentuated by the pros

You can host your ceremony on the beach of Lake Michigan,

with garland, drapery or lighting. Long, family style tables

perhaps near a boat dock. For your reception, treat your

can even be used to provide an intimate setting right in

guests to a ride on the water and save on transportation fees

the heart of Chicago. Want to feel like a VIP? Lofts often

from your ceremony site to your reception site! Many cruise

come with rooftop views and private entrances too.

ships and tour boats will offer all-inclusive packages, including food, music, and a full staff. If you’re worried about guests getting seasick or children needing to leave early, keep the boat docked, and let guests enjoy the allure of the waterfront with easy access to the shore. Many restaurants and venues are located right on the river’s edge, so you could take your guests on a short cruise, then make a romantic departure on an Italian-styled gondola!

BARNS & FARMS Just because you are close to a city, doesn’t mean you can’t breakaway from the city life and have the peaceful and serene wedding of your dreams surrounded by a lake and valley. Totally charming and totally vintage, barns and farms close to the Chicago area provide everything like weddings in the south. There are many reclaimed places within driving distance of Chicago where you can tie the knot surrounded by horse stables,

EDUCATIONAL SITES Chicago is a cultural hub of

pastures and oak trees. Switch from rustic to elegant in one

exciting zoos, exceptional museums, and beautiful libraries.

evening with boutique linens, lush florals and one-of-a kind

You can host your reception downtown at the Lincoln

china. Barns and farms are truly a breath of fresh air.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

what to serve When it comes to wedding cuisine, most guests will

WHEN DINNER FOLLOWS Dinner means different

remember the quality of the food—both good and bad.

things to different people, but for a wedding celebration,

Let your wedding style, the season of the year, and the

an abundance of food and drink is usually the norm. There

time of day dictate what to serve and how to present it.

are as many choices as there are newlyweds, with options

WHAT TO SERVE WHEN Before you make the big party decisions, consider the time of your reception. No one wants to eat a heavy meal early in the day or late in the evening, so don’t feel obligated to serve a full, plated meal during early afternoon or late receptions. Let your

including a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’ouevres and sweets, a dinner buffet, stations, and of course, the plated dinner. Do not assume the smaller the food served, the lower the cost. In fact, the opposite may be true due to the high-labor cost in the preparation of some foods.

guests know ahead of time of what food will be served.

NIGHT-OWL NEWLYWEDS Evening weddings

A simple line like “dessert reception immediately follows”

are becoming more and more popular. An appropriate

on the invitation will preclude any food-related mysteries.

celebration that might follow could include a dessert

DAYTIME OPTIONS Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are all great options for a reception earlier in the day.

reception, a Spanish Tapas fest, or even a classic Midnight Buffet with a combination of sweet and savory foods.

Though not extremely common, a sunrise ceremony

BUFFET STYLIN' Buffet meals can be simple or just

would be perfect followed by breakfast, whether a casual

as elegant as a plated meal. They may often include

continental buffet or a lavish plated affair, featuring dishes

stations that offer meats hand-carved tableside, made

like Eggs Benedict or Italian Fritattas. A mid-morning

to order specialties like omelets and pasta dishes, hand-

wedding is appropriately followed by a lunch or brunch,

rolled custom sushi, or display a wide variety of seafood.

and again, casual to elegant applies. A jazz brunch is a fun

Guests can eat their fill and choose from a selection of

option that combines a love of great music and a large

foods, much more so than with a plated dinner. That

variety of culinary choices from both the breakfast and

said, understand that full buffets can cost as much or

lunch options.

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order of events Here is a general sequence of reception events. Vary it

recent times, receiving the guests is sometimes done at

according to your needs:

the reception site. If you decide to greet your guests at

1.

PREPARATION

FOR

THE

GUESTS’

ARRIVAL Decorations are in place, background music

plays, and the guest book (brought from the ceremony) is placed on a table or podium. A gift table (visible, but out of the traffic flow) is prepared, with either a decorative secure container or basket to hold cards and monetary gifts or a gift bag which is given to a designated “keeper” for the evening. A gift table attendant and guest book attendant may be needed before dinner. At dinnertime, the gifts should be placed in a room with a door that can

the reception, one option is to go from table to table during dinner (after you have eaten). This ensures that you will greet every guest, while allowing more time for the celebration. Make this decision early, as this element will dictate the timing of other events, including the dinner and dance. An hour or more may be needed to greet 200 guests. Another option is to position the receiving line to the entrance of the dining room, allowing guests to get a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres in a separate room adjacent to the dining room.

be closed and locked; the guest book may then be left

Dinner may be announced after the bride and groom

unattended. An honorary host or hostess can greet guests,

arrive at the reception. Alternatively, dinner may be

help with their coats, and invite them to enjoy prepared

announced just as the bride and groom arrive at the

light refreshments. Guests are mingling and visiting—not

reception, but before they enter. In this case all guests

seated in the dining area.

take their seats at dinner, and the bride and groom and

2.

wedding party may make their “grand entrance.” The

RECEIVING LINE OR GRAND ENTRANCE

band leader, disc jockey, or a family member may act

Traditionally, guests greet the bride and groom in a

as the master of ceremonies, introducing the bride and

receiving line at the ceremony location. However, in

groom and each of their wedding attendants.

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3. CUTTING THE CAKE The couple cuts the

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handle, and share it. Then the caterer’s staff, or designated honored guests, may finish cutting and serving. The cake may actually be whisked away to the kitchen for plating. The wedding party and parents are served first; after the newlyweds are finished with their dessert, they may wish to circulate among the tables and visit with guests.

4. THE

interludes with your music providers.

8. TRADITIONAL RITUALS Prior to leaving the reception, the bride may wish to toss her bouquet to the

single women in the group, or the groom may wish to toss the bride’s garter to the bachelors. Tradition dictates that the recipients of these two items will be the next to marry. Some couples choose to forgo this tradition and choose to give the flowers and garter to the couple at

TOAST The best man presents the

the wedding that have been married for the most years.

traditional toast to the bridal couple; other toasts may

9. THE ESCAPE Finally, the two of you leave

be presented throughout the meal.

5. THE MEAL The wedding party and the guests

the reception. Perhaps you prefer to slip away with little notice, or you’d rather make a grand exit being

are seated. An invocation or table blessing may be said,

showered by rice, potpourri, flowers or bubbles raining

after which serving begins. The bride, groom and the

down upon you, bringing wishes for fertility, prosperity

wedding party are served first. The immediate wedding

and happiness.

party is most often served plated meals even if the guests will be served buffet style. Seating arrangements at the bride’s table are as follows: bridal couple in the center; maid of honor at the bride’s right; best man at the groom’s left. Seat the other attendants, alternating men and women. Order of service: bride, groom, maid of honor, all female members of wedding party, best man, then male members of wedding party.

6. THE FESTIVITIES Dessert is generally followed by a break at which time guests are able to circulate,

refresh themselves, perhaps even walk outdoors for a few minutes before the dancing and other activities begin.

7. THE DANCE The first dance is usually reserved

for the bride and groom, and then parents and the wedding party join them. Specialty dances and mixers are often included during each dance set. Plan these

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WELCOME SUITE A great way for family and friends

Maybe you want to include your favorite local brew

to reconnect is to arrange for a hospitality suite in your

from Goose Island Brewing Company or Lagunitas

hotel. This room can be a regular guest room, suite,

(which also gives free tours). Add a map of the area and

conference, or banquet room. Sometimes the hospitality

a list of local attractions. Navy Pier, The Art Institute of

suite is included as part of a wedding package with your

Chicago or the Architectural River tour are but a few.

reception and guest rooms. Make sure to stock it with

Finally, add a personalized thank you note, written on

weekend essentials: water, snacks and soda.

Chicago themed stationery!

TRANSPORTATION Another great bonus with your hotel may be the transportation options they may offer for your guests including: airport pick-up and drop-off, complimentary trips to local shopping and tourist areas, and shuttle service to your ceremony or reception site.

ACTIVITIES Think about scheduling some special activities for your guests, especially if they are first-time visitors to your area. A Sunday evening wedding allows a lot of extra family time over the weekend—think about a group trip to a baseball game or maybe a family picnic in the old neighborhood on Saturday.

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HOTEL ROOMS 101 As a courtesy for your guests, reserving hotel room blocks is the best way to ensure they have a place to stay nearby your reception. Determine how many out of town guests you are expecting to figure how many rooms you need. Research room rates online to find hotels close to your venue and call them directly to inquire about wedding room blocks. Guests often appreciate amenities like shuttle service to and from the reception, free breakfast, free WIFI, or free parking. Explore courtesy and guaranteed room blocks. Not all hotels offer courtesy room blocks if it is a busy weekend with activities, graduations, or sporting events, but a courtesy room block is your most flexible option. Confirm the cancellation policy and cut-off date. Keep in mind, invitations are usually mailed six to eight weeks prior to the wedding, so you may need to adjust if your hotel requires a cut-off date of more than four weeks.


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REHEARSAL DINNER BASICS

pre-game party The rehearsal dinner provides a chance for families, friends

suits your style. Some find a private dining room—either

and the wedding party to spend time together before the

in a hotel or restaurant—easy, efficient, and elegant.

wedding day in a not-so-hectic setting. It also gives you

Others prefer pizza and beer at a local pub or a backyard

the opportunity to take advantage of a happy, relaxed

pig roast. Keep in mind you want to encourage mingling

environment—because come wedding night, you'll most

because the more everyone knows one another, the better

likely be pulled in too many directions to put in quality

your wedding will be. One way to do this is with name tags

time with anyone. Your main goal of the evening is to

listing their connection to the bride or groom.

relieve some pre-wedding tension and to make everyone feel comfortable while not upstaging the main event.

Toasts are an integral part of this night, even more so than the actual wedding since you get to hear from so many

Traditionally this pre-soiree is hosted by the groom’s

loved ones. Roasting, er toasting, starts with the groom's

parents—either in a restaurant, hotel, private facility or their

father welcoming the bride to the family. The father of

home. There is no formal etiquette surrounding who throws

the bride usually responds in kind, followed by just about

this party and pending circumstances, multiple parties can

whoever else would like to speak. Other than the parents,

help plan it as well. The general rule, though, is the party

it's our advice is to discourage toasts from anyone speaking

doing the hosting is also the party doing the planning.

at the wedding. Start the toasts during dinner to help with

Invitations should be sent two to four weeks before the wedding to your immediate family, wedding party

the timing of the event. One or both of you will close by thanking your hosts, parents and everyone for attending.

members and their significant others, parents of young

Your rehearsal dinner is also the perfect time to share a

attendants and your officiant and his or her spouse. It

video, since it will have more meaning for your closest

has become a modern custom to invite your out-of-town

friends and family. Some couples also share the groom's

guests as thank you for their extra effort!

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TOASTING IN STYLE

life of the party A reception toast sets the tone for the celebration. It

are also professional wedding speech writers who can

gives guests a chance to raise their glass for the couple’s

help you write the perfect toast if you aren’t as confident

new life together.

with public speaking.

BACK TO BASICS According to the Emily Post

TWI (TOASTING WHILE INTOXICATED)

Institute, a toast should be short and to the point. You

For some, public speaking outranks death on the list of

don’t want to drone on and bore the other guests, and

worst fears. But throwing back a few beers or glasses of

you don’t want to lose the focus of your speech. As

champagne is never a good way to alleviate pre-toast

tradition dictates, the best man toasts the bride, and often

jitters. You might say something you'll regret during the

the maid of honor will toast the groom, but any guest

speech, you might let a few profanities slip out, or you

asked to give a toast should try to incorporate details

might just embarrass yourself as the drunk guest. So set

about both the bride and groom into their speech.

the booze aside (except when you have to raise your

PLAY ON WORDS Recounting funny childhood

glass) and save the drinking for post-toast activities.

stories about the bride or groom can be entertaining, so

POETRY IN MOTION Keep in mind that a toast

long as it’s tasteful. Remember: it’s a wedding toast, not a

doesn’t necessarily have to be a formal speech. You do

Comedy Central roast. Make the guests laugh once, then

have the chance to get creative. If you feel comfortable

quit while you’re ahead. It’s tacky (and sometimes hurtful)

doing so, try writing a poem or even a rap for the occasion.

to make fun of the couple or humiliate them in front of

SPEAK UP While there is a traditional order to the

their family and friends, so keep the humor to an opening or closing line.

toasts, you can go off book at any time. Many couples even encourage other guests to make impromptu

For more ideas, read up on proper toasts, modern toasts,

toasts after the scheduled toasts have concluded.

and mad-lib toasts. Check out wedding toast sites online

Having the bride and groom toast each other

and watch YouTube videos of toasts for inspiration. There

can add a romantic touch to the occasion.

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LIGHTEN UP! Lighting should wow your guests, highlight your event, and

Your lighting should not draw attention away from the

guide your eyes. Here are a few terms you should know:

center of your room; you want the attention and detail

Pin Spotting is a lighting technique used to accent centerpieces and floral arrangements.

to be on your centerpieces, décor, and dance floor. Matching your lighting color to your décor can create

Up-lighting is present when a floor light shines upward toward an element of interest, such as a column.

ambience and warm your space. Look at using other

Gobos are theatrical spotlights used to project the couple’s names, initials or wedding date on the wall.

chandeliers or antique lanterns.

alternative sources of light, such as candles, hanging

Accent your décor, being careful not to overwhelm your

LIGHTING YOUR VENUE Most often, using a color

guests with the amount of light in the room. Color and

wash of light is necessary since lights provided by the venue

brightness is key. By using multiple sources of light, you add

are meant to light the room, not accent specific features.

dimension and create interest.

Consider using up-lighting to highlight the architectural features or perimeter of the venue. Use pin spots to accentuate your centerpieces and cake, you can even add LED lights into centerpieces to give them a glow from below.

If your venue has a place where guests can mingle such as an outdoor patio or path, consider illuminating it with hanging globe lights, strands of lights, candles or luminaries.

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THE BIG TEASE In the 14th century, owning a piece of the bride’s dress was supposed to bring good luck to the

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men who received it. Crazy guests often ripped the bride’s dress apart and eventually garters were used to keep the bride from having a wardrobe malfunction!

WITH THIS HAND In many cultures around the world—including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings—the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple's commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase "tying the knot").

VEILED DISGUISE In traditional Jewish weddings, the groom lifts the veil to check that he's marrying the woman he expects. In the Bible, Jacob was promised the beautiful Rachel for his wife, but when the veil came off it was her plain sister, Leah.

FLOWER POWER In ancient times an innocent child sprinkled herbs or seeds over the bride's path to her wedding, thus protecting her from trolls and evil spirits and paving the way for luck to follow.

SUMMER LOVING Summer months were favored for weddings because spring babies had a better chance of survival. June is the luckiest month because the Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth and childbirth.

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MODERN FAMILY GUIDELINES

harmony for all If your family is not a typical family unit: mom, dad, four

front row and fathers in the second, so whether they are

grandparents, 1.6 siblings, dog and cat; then you are

re-married or not, they have their own place of honor.

actually very typical. There’s really no such thing as an

Beyond that, if you have an extended mix, the room

actual average family. So the thoughtful couple should

doesn’t have to be separated into the standard bride and

brush up on the rules for divorced and/or remarried

groom side, but instead guests can sit anywhere, to reflect

parents, as well as step-parents and step-siblings. It’s also

one community supporting the couple. Quick Tip: if you

time to recognize that today's couples includes brides

can’t decide whether your father or stepfather should

and grooms who have been raised by two moms or

walk you down the aisle, ask mom to do it. In the receiving

two dads, so the rules of etiquette have expanded to

line, follow the rules of invitation. The person(s) hosting

encompass everyone.

the wedding stand with the couple and others are seated

INVITATIONS Invitations are sent by the person(s) hosting the wedding. It is suitable to include as many parents and step-parents as you wish, whether they are

behind. If everyone is contributing, alternate bride and groom parent posts so estranged couples are not next to each other.

couples or single. If the financial decisions are complicated

PHOTOGRAPHY This is the time for everyone to play

and you are unsure about whom to include on the formal

nice, please. Photos are forever, so ask mom and dad to

invitation, or if you’re paying for it yourselves, it is perfectly

put on their best “all about you” face because, if nothing

acceptable to simply say “[Bride] and [Groom] announce

else, they do share you forever. The photographer is

and want you to celebrate with them.”

there to direct and suggest so there’s no time for awkward

CEREMONY/RECEPTION There are no hard and fast rules about seating divorced parents and their new significant others near one another. At the ceremony, the divided family traditionally puts the mothers in the

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Joliet/South Suburbs ASHLEY FARM 9111 Ashley Rd. Yorkville • (630) 277-1088 225 ashleyfarmweddings.com THE CHATEAU BU-SCHE 11535 S. Cicero Ave. Alsip • (708) 371-6400 350 chateaubusche.com DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CHICAGO-ALSIP 5000 West 127th St. Alsip • (708) 272-4200 460 chicagoalsip.doubletree.com THE GRAND BALLROOM JOLIET UNION STATION 50 E. Jefferson St. Joliet •  (815) 254-3333 240 mistwoodgc.com/weddings-events/thegrandballroom LA BANQUE HOTEL 2034 Ridge Rd. Homewood •  (708) 798-6000 80 labanquehotel.com MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB 1700 W. Renwick Rd. Romeoville •  (815) 254-3333 300 mistwoodgc.com ODYSSEY COUNTRY CLUB 19110 S. Ridgeland Ave. Tinley Park •  (708) 429-7400 1200 odysseycountryclub.com PATRICK C. HALEY MANSION 17 S. Center St. Joliet • (815) 726-6800 350 patrickhaleymansion.com PUBLIC LANDING BANQUETS 200 W. 8th St. Lockport • (815) 838-6500 150 publiclandingrestaurant.com RAVISLOE COUNTRY CLUB 18231 South Park Ave. Homewood • (708) 798-5600 300 ravisloecountryclub.com SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB 14700 South 82nd Ave. Orland Park  •  (708) 349-6940 420 silverlakecc.com WHITETAIL RIDGE GOLF CLUB 7671 Clubhouse Dr. Yorkville • (630) 882-8988 350 whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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THE ONION PUB GREAT HALL 22221 N Pepper Rd. Lake Barrington  •  (847) 381-7308 200 onionpub.com

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OLA LA! IJORERE 51 S. Spring St. Suite 125-A Elgin • (312) 254-9807 65 ijorere.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 307 Hawthorne Ctr. Vernon Hills  •  (847) 918-0380 50 maggianos.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 4999 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr. Skokie • (847) 933-9572 250 maggianos.com

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MARRIOTT LINCOLNSHIRE RESORT 10 Marriott Dr. Lincolnshire  •  (847) 634-0100 x6300 600 chicagomarriottlincolnshire.com

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MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 1901 E. Woodfield Rd. Schaumburg • (847) 240-1600 250 maggianos.com

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LOFT 21 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave. Lincolnshire  •  (847) 868-LOFT (5638) 600 loft21events.com

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HILTON CHICAGO/NORTHBROOK 2855 N. Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook • (847) 509-7010 700 chicagonorthbrook.hilton.com

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EAGLEWOOD RESORT & SPA 1401 Nordic Rd. Itasca • (630) 694-5907 350 eaglewoodresort.com

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DITKA’S ARLINGTON HEIGHTS 2000 W. Euclid Ave. Arlington Heights  •  (847) 496-3800 250 ditkasrestaurants.com

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THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM & LOUNGE 529 Davis St. Evanston • (847) 570-4400 250 crystalevanston.com

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CONCORDE BANQUETS 20922 N. Rand Rd. Kildeer • (847) 438-0025 800 concordebanquets.com

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Western Suburbs ABBINGTON BANQUETS 3 S 002 Rt. 53 Glen Ellyn  •  (630) 942-8600 1,300 abbingtonbanquets.com ALBERTO’S SIGNATURE EVENTS 150 S. Gary Ave.. Carol Stream  •  (630) 681-7312 250 albertosrestaurantandbanquets.com ALPINE BANQUETS 8230 S. Cass Ave. Darien • (630) 964-4154 500 alpinebanquets.com ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB 26W151 Butterfield Rd. Wheaton • (630) 653-5802 300 arrowheadgolfclub.org/weddings BLOOMINGDALE GOLF CLUB 181 Glen Ellyn Rd. Bloomingdale • (630) 529-3380 225 bloomingdalegc.com BOLINGBROOK GOLF CLUB 2001 Rodeo Dr. Bolingbrook • (630) 771-9400 bolingbrookgolfclub.com BROOKFIELD ZOO 3300 S. Golf Rd. Brookfield • (708) 688-8355 czs.org

CHICAGO MARRIOTT SOUTHWEST AT BURR RIDGE 1200 Burr Ridge Pkwy. Burr Ridge  •  (630) 986-4100 500 chicagoburrridgeweddings.com CITYGATE GRILLE 2139 CityGate Ln. Naperville  •  (630) 577-2185 200 citygategrille.com DANADA HOUSE 3 S 501 Naperville Rd. Wheaton • (630) 668-5392 250 danadahouse.com DITKA’S OAKBROOK TERRACE Rt. 83 & 22nd St. Oakbrook Terrace  •  (630) 572-1670 200 ditkasrestaurants.com

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LE JARDIN AT CANTIGNY PARK 1 S 151 Winfield Rd. Wheaton • (630) 260-8145 250 cantigny.org LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO-OAKBROOK CENTER 2100 Spring Rd. Oak Brook • (630) 468-2228 lemeridienoakbrook.com

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wedding day is the food. Good food not only anchors a great event but sitting down to a meal with all your favorite people in one room is a pretty special thing. At today's catering companies, the sky's the limit with the high quality of culinary talent. When meeting with your venue, you will need to determine if you need to use their in-house catering service or if you can hire your own.

IF YOUR VENUE REQUIRES THE IN-HOUSE CATERER Know that you will be in good hands. In-house caterers often work with the same people, know the idiosyncrasies of the event space and can provide you with a wide variety of meal options. To ensure that you will love the food served at your event, request a chef’s bio, schedule tastings and/or get a demo from the chef himself in your home.

IF YOU HIRE YOUR OWN CATERING SERVICE With so many choices, it may help to consider a few factors in narrowing down your search. First, you should consider the number of guests who will be attending your wedding to establish your budget. Next, discuss menu options with your partner. It may be easier to decide on a chef or a catering company if you can agree on the type of food you would like to eat. Ask for referrals from friends who have gotten married or from those who've enjoyed food at an event or fund-raiser.

CULTURAL INFUSION If you are interested in adding a cultural theme to your cuisine, you may want to consider hiring the cooks and wait staff of an ethnic restaurant to provide authentic meals and reliable service at your reception. If you and your partner frequent a particular restaurant or follow a certain chef’s innovations, you may want to contact the restaurant’s manager to negotiate private event details.

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1. Food is important to us, so a good

3. You need to have food that tastes 5. Think about food options

amount of money went towards our food stations. There was something for everyone from Mexican cuisine to BBQ and Italian. Nicole B.10/10/15

good. Generally, people don’t talk about how delicious the food tasted, but they will talk about how bad it was. Asya N. 4/25/15

for the wedding party before the ceremony and potentially the morning after. Mindy H. 6/11/16

2. We chose to have an open bar,

4. Don’t forget about vegans and

Rather than be irritated by differences, revel in them. Not a day goes by without my laughing so hard I cry at my husband’s making fun of something I’m doing. We tease each other a lot, it’s never meanspirited. Doreen, married 20 years

so our bar tab was pretty high. We wanted everyone to drink merrily and have fun on our expense. Megan D. 7/2/16

people with allergies or special diets. Talk to your chef and make a plan b to accommodate. Lisa H. 1/4/15

n Vendor Advice Make your day the ultimate reflection of you. Guests will love the details and feel more connected when they realize your favorite song is playing during cocktail hour or when they see you snacking on your favorite late night munchie. They will say, “This is so them!” Erica Ferreri, Chicago Marriott Southwest Burr Ridge Serve at least four hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. Offer an array of different options from lamb lollipops to mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Variety is key and is guaranteed to leave picky

eaters finding something to enjoy. David Miller, Chef by Request

Conduct your tasting in season. If that’s not realistic, set it up as close as possible to the season you are planning your big day around. Dishes including seasonal items like heirloom tomatoes or peaches will taste much better and be fresher in the summer than the winter. Tanya Hugill, Zhou B Art Center Events & LM Catering Understand their catering style. Some caterers specialize in presentation of their food, delivering fancy fivecourse sit-down meals. Others may

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come across as more casual, offering family style portions for guests to customize their own dish. Both ways are acceptable, research and find your perfect match. John Mathias, Big Bash Caterers & Events Bring your special dietary needs and restrictions to the table. Inform your caterer of your nut allergy or that you have a vegan preference as soon as possible. The more information about what you can or can’t eat, the better the team can cater to your palette. Linda Inzano, La Cuisine Catering Company


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ROSE GOLD FLATWARE After years of silver flatware, gold came into trend and warmed our hearts. This season, gold's younger cousin rose gold has burst onto the scene, and we're

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: What is your approach to food preparation? Organic, locally raised?

so excited we're blushing! The dusty-blush undertones of rose

What is your style of presentation and setup?

gold flatware add warmth and festivity to your tablescape, and

When is the final guest count due?

are perfectly on-point alongside the neutral color palettes we're loving so much. Warm it up!

Can I provide my own alcohol? Is there a set up fee for the bar?

HIS 'N' HERS Talk to your caterer about taking a his 'n' hers

How much are meals for the vendors?

spin to the dinner offerings for your guests. Such a fun, simple

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way to weave your unique personality into the evening! For example, for dinner options, go with Greek lemon chicken to honor your heritage, and steak with chimichurri sauce to honor his. Or, if you two love to camp, serve up a do-ityourself s'mores bar for late night snacks.

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what to serve

Once you’ve found a caterer you’re interested in, request

well beyond the cuisine and handle everything from

background information, menus, example weddings and

china and glassware rentals to floral arrangements and a

references. Receive this information before you meet so

string quartet. After you have met and decide to continue

you’re prepared with questions and ideas. Check their

the process and choose a tentative menu, it is wise to

website and search online through their menus and

schedule a tasting of the food you are considering before

information. Review biographical information on the chef

making your final menu selections. Feel comfortable with

and his area of specialties to get a feel for the type of food

the menu you have chosen and the quality of the food

he can create and if it matches the cuisines you enjoy.

provided.

Before the appointment, think about some of the basic

If your caterer is handling just the food for your event,

information you will need to provide to the caterer, such

make sure they are coordinating with all of the other

as the date, time of day, your approximate budget, and

wedding vendors they may need to interact with, which

number of guests. Give a good amount of thought to

may include the florist, pastry shop, liquor store, rental

the type of reception you envision as well as any special

company, entertainment, and on-site venue coordinator.

needs or requests—don’t forget any food allergies!

Direct, clear communication is a very important

Try to meet with the caterer at the reception site you have chosen. Ask lots of questions, including topics such as availability, menu options, service requirements, setup and clean-up, equipment, gratuities, and of course, pricing and exactly what they include. Many caterers go

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responsibility between your caterer and all the other elements of your wedding reception. Most times, the caterer is the key to making that all happen. Provide the caterer with your other vendor names and numbers and vice versa and emphasize how important it is for them to coordinate on your behalf.


the right cuisine The sky’s the limit with the high quality of culinary talent at today’s catering companies. When it comes to choosing a cuisine or theme for your wedding or weddingrelated event, many catering chefs have areas of culinary expertise that lend themselves naturally to fabulous dining experiences. Ethnic cuisine is all the rage and you can choose a cuisine that reflects your heritage, interests or taste. For a couple choosing to honeymoon in Hawaii, an engagement luau

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A patriotic picnic menu provides lots of choices for great American favorites like barbecued ribs and chicken for a Fourth of July holiday rehearsal dinner or even a red, white and blue wedding reception. A Spanish Tapas reception not only features great cuisine, but the sharing of these “little dishes” can help break the ice by inviting new family and friends to interact while dining. Cuisine themes can run from the more traditional Italian, French and continental to Asian, Mediterranean, Latin and modern eclectic. Creative caterers can design interactive theme showers including cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, wine and cheese parties, and afternoon teas to name just a few. The possibilities you can “cook up” are really up to you…and your caterer!

SPECIAL SPIRITS Keep the beer and wine flowing, but when it comes to making a real “just married” statement, it’s all about the signature cocktail. With clever names and seasonal flavors, you can create a personal touch for you and your groom. We recommend the White Wedding, made with lime, white cranberry juice and vodka.

CREATE HIS AND HER DRINKS Just because you tied the knot doesn’t mean you suddenly adopted his passion for a good whiskey on the rocks. Offer two personal recommendations, like a Megan’s Cosmo and a Jack and Coke. TRY A SEASONAL DRINK Apple Cider (hard or soft) for the fall or Eggnog for a holiday wedding allows you to pay homage to perhaps a family drink favorite. MICROBREWS Don’t forget about locals! Nothing says “this is my hometown” quite like a selection of long necks from your favorite watering hole. Wedding Guide Chicago

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CHICAGOLAND CATERING DIRECTORY

Bigbash Caterers • bigbashcaterers.net • 618.383.6053

Chef By Request • chefbyrequest.com • 630.493.4300

Our passion for cooking shines through in everything we do. We serve fine dining food at your location from our fully equipped mobile catering kitchen. Using only the finest and freshest ingredients available including local produce and hormone and antibiotic free chicken. Let us custom design a menu just for your special day.

When it comes to your wedding day we believe there is absolutely no margin for error. Exquisite cuisine, first-class presentation and impeccable service are the essential ingredients we combine to exceed your highest expectations to create an atmosphere of unforgettable elegance to complement the most memorable event of your lifetime.

DineAmic Catering • dineamicgroup.com • 312.527.1065

La Cuisine Catering • lacuisinecatering.com • 630.691.1700

Cater your wedding with a 5-star restaurant food & beverage menu from the culinary experts & team behind DineAmic Group (Siena Tavern, Prime & Provisions, Bar Siena, etc). Astound your guests with custom crafted beverages, extravagant cocktail bites, lavish themed displays and chef attended stations for a true DineAmic Catering experience.

Our recipe for excellence includes a magical blend of cooking artistry, first class service, years of expertise and supreme originality. We are your full service wedding planning partner. From choosing the venue to working with decor we do it all. We put our heart into creating lasting memories.

LM Catering • lmcateringchicago.com • 773.697.3286 Whether you are looking to host a corporate dinner, intimate cocktail soiree or glamorous wedding, the chefs at LM Catering offer a contemporary take on your favorite dishes. We offer the luxury of custom building your menu with only the freshest, most seasonal ingredients.

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Suzette’s Creperie • suzettescreperie.com • 630.462.0898 From menu to venue Suzette’s is unique and romance filled with a French accent. Detail and presentation are important to us as well as the ease of one stop shopping. From appetizers to wedding cake, our staff of chefs and pastry chefs are there to make your dreams come true.


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Partyscapes INSPIRING SCAPES Where does your inspiration come from? Your reception location, your hobbies, your favorite movies, your favorite colors or the pages of this magazine. Whatever inspires you, work these ideas into every detail and carry your ideas from beginning to end. In these pages, you’ll find six beautifully designed and executed reception themes. Teams of the most talented local wedding vendors in the Chicago area worked together to create these amazing reception design concepts and turned their ideas into reality. Each consultant was given a team of vendors to work with to determine the theme, colors and overall design. Each vendor brought their unique talents, creativity and design expertise to their specific element, making each tablescape even better than we imagined. With a perfectly executed plan, acute attention to detail and a team of expert creative wedding professionals, your wedding can be just as magical!

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Bombon Cake Gallery by Brittany Lynn Studios, Cakefections by Jasmine Galleria, DBY Events by Edward Fox Photography, Eight21 Studios by Photography by Lauryn, Kelly Reif Stationery Studio by Timothy Whaley Phtocraphic Artists, Phillip’s Flowers by Edward Fox Photography. PHOTO LEFT:

Jasmine Galleria, photographed by Stephen Orlick for Jasmine Galleria at The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms

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Fuchsia, Rose Quartz, Black, Champagne, Silver

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Hotel Arista PHOTOGRAPHY

Brittany Milovanovic, Brittany Lynn Studios FLORAL DESIGN

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Bombon Cake Gallery STATIONERY & MIRRORS

IJORERE The Invitation Inc. TABLEWARE

Hotel Arista LINENS, CHUPPAH & CHANDELIER

Satin Chair Decor Rentals LIGHTING

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Gold, Green, Teal, Ivory and White

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Desiree Dent Dejanae Events LOCATION

Pinstripes, Chicago PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Coté, Edward Fox Photography FLORAL DESIGN

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DBY Invitations LINENS

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Navy, Green, Gold, Lavender, White

PLANNER/STYLIST

Giselle Tillich, Jasmine Galleria LOCATION The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms, Aurora PHOTOGRAPHY

Stephen Orlick, Jasmine Galleria FLORAL DESIGN, DECOR & LINENS

Jasmine Galleria CAKES & SWEETS

Cakefections STATIONERY

Kelly Reif Stationery Studio TABLEWARE

Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals VIDEOGRAPHY

Travis Heberling, Jasmine Galleria MODELS Tara Carlson, Matthew McClure HAIR & MAKEUP Allison Schnase & Kasey Surges, Jasmine Galleria

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Burgundy, Red, Blue, Gold, White

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Denise Bonds, Windermere Elegant Weddings & Events LOCATION

Mistwood Golf Club PHOTOGRAPHY

Lauryn Landacre, Photography by Lauryn FLORAL DESIGN

Floral Expressions & Gifts CAKE & SWEETS

Creative Cakes STATIONERY

Eight 21 Studios by Carol Woldhuis TABLEWARE & CHAIRS

Erasistable Vintage Rentals & Styling GOLD RIMMED GLASSES, CHARGERS & FLATWARE

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Violet, Crimson, Emerald, Mist, Ivory

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Kasey Larson, DBY Events & Invitations LOCATION

The Onion Pub & Brewery PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Coté Edward Fox Photography FLORAL DESIGN

Town & Country Gardens CAKES & SWEETS

Sweet Nouveau STATIONERY

DBY Invitations LINENS & TABLEWARE

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Midnight, Royal Amethyst, Hot Pink, Bronze, Gold

PLANNER/STYLIST/FLORAL DESIGN

Lindsay Parrott-Masiewicz, P3 Events LOCATION

Lacuna Artist Lofts PHOTOGRAPHY

Douglas Rothrock, Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists FLORAL DESIGN

P3 Event Florals

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Toni Patisserie & Cafe STATIONERY

Kelly Reif Stationery Studio GOWNS

Wolsfelt’s Bridal FORMALWEAR

Black Tie Formalwear VIDEOGRAPHY

James Lee, Something New Media HAIR & MAKEUP

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INSPIRATION I recently designed gear imprints as a lighting plan and couldn’t wait to use them at Lacuna. I knew instantly the pattern would be perfect in this space. The heavy purple lighting gave the room an ethereal feel, almost like you were in a jungle. COLOR PALETTE

Midnight, Royal Amethyst, Hot Pink, Bronze, Gold

PLANNER/STYLIST/FLORAL DESIGN

Lindsay Parrott-Masiewicz, P3 Events LOCATION

Lacuna Artist Lofts PHOTOGRAPHY

Douglas Rothrock, Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists FLORAL DESIGN

P3 Event Florals

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Toni Patisserie & Cafe STATIONERY

Kelly Reif Stationery Studio FAVORS

Bagable Gifts LINENS & RENTALS

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shapes and sizes, flavors and colors, giving a great chance to express your artistic side with your wedding dessert. Whether you’re interested in a traditional yellow cake with white icing and multiple tiers, or you’re leaning towards a more modern design with bold colors, uniquely-shaped layers, and interesting accents, your options are limitless. Many couples are designing their own desserts, trading out the predictable cake for other unique options. Here are just a few modern spins on the traditional wedding cake.

PLAY WITH SHAPES Traditional wedding cakes will have an odd number of round or square tiers stacked on top of each other, graduating from largest (on bottom) to smallest. For a modern spin, design your cake in an alternative shape. For a simpler design, try a heart or a musical note. If your bakery is up for the challenge, try an intricate shape, like a castle, pyramid, favorite animal, or perhaps two swans.

PLAY WITH FLAVORS If you and your partner would prefer the traditional look of a tiered cake, but you’re interested in giving it a modern taste, try selecting a different cake flavor for each tier! Start with traditional chocolate and yellow flavors, then add your favorite flavor of cheesecake, a layer of carrot cake, a red velvet tier, or any type of cake you want! Most bakers can also add special liqueurs to the cake batter to create new flavors!

PLAY WITH ICING While buttercream icing is best for soft, decorative swirls, flourishes, and flowers, fondant icing is your best bet for dramatic embellishments, intricate bows, and fine details. Consult with your baker about cake designs to find the right icing for your needs and taste.

PLAY WITH DECORATIONS For a truly unique cake, add your own decorations! Drape jewels, pearls, flowers, fruit, even butterflies over the icing!

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Vendor Advice n A big mistake couples make is ordering a wedding cake that is too small and hearing about it all night from their guests. Purchase a cake that will serve at least half the room. Three or four tiers are perfect for a guest list over one hundred, two tiers won’t cut it. Beth Fahey, Creative Cakes Take the weather into consideration. If your outdoor wedding is in the midst of July, chances are it’s going to be hot and humid. Exclude meringue and buttercream, they will melt and make a

mess. Ask your baker what your options are to assure your beautiful cake stands tall and intact throughout the reception. Alicia Eisenmann, Delish Cakes Check out the delivery details, coordination is key. Elaborate wedding cakes may be delivered in separate pieces and need to be assembled on location. Your cake may also need to be refrigerated prior to display. Confirm your venue has space and time for set up. Laura Cid Perea, Bombon Cake Gallery

Select fillings and flavors of your own liking. Don’t try to please the masses, treat yourself to whichever combinations you and your future husband enjoy most. It’s your cake and more importantly, it’s your day. Sandra Brumfield, Sweet Nouveau If having a sweet table, work closely with your bakery to determine how many pieces you need. Usually 3 per per person is appropriate. Toni Cox, Toni Patisserie

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2. There are so many flavor combinations for fillings and toppings, get creative! No two layers need to be the same. Heather G. 4/16/16

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it can be cut and served as dessert. Angelica P. 6/18/16

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4. My husband and I really like

pies, so we went with a smaller wedding cake and 5 different types of pies baked by our grandmothers. This way we were able to have our cake cutting pictures AND share our favorite dessert with our guests. And of course, it was a la mode! Stephanie B. 11/7/15

MARRIAGE ADVICE Find your best friend and marry them. And weekend mornings are made for hours of talking and laughing over coffee. Jean V. married 30 years.


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BOOM—you've spread delicious color and whimsy throughout the room! And with a cake on every table, you can choose as many flavors as your cake-loving heart desires..

PLAY WITH YOUR CAKE Don't feel like you have to take your cake too seriously. A trend we love lately is couples using the cake as their opportunity to let their geek flags fly! From comic book heroes, to Game of Thrones inspiration, Lego bricks, Star Wars—there are no rules. Your cake maker will jump at the chance to have a little fun along with you, and trust us, your guests will love it!

GO BIG! Small cutting cakes have dominated the scene for a few years now, but big cakes are making a big comeback! Set out in the center of the dance floor, your cake is one feature at your reception that can command the attention of all your guests. So why not go big with it? Make it stand out with sleek metallic icing (rose gold, anyone?), or make it stand up with multiple tiers and tons of floral.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: How many wedding cakes do you schedule on the same day? How do you price and do you have a minimum cake cost? What happens if the cake gets damaged in transit? Do you have a delivery and/or set up fee? Do you offer a cake tasting? Is there a charge? How many can attend? How far in advance will my cake be prepared? Will if effect the taste? Do you rent cake stands? Do you offer organic, vegan and gluten-free options? Wedding Guide Chicago

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 1 Order three months in advance. (Start shopping sooner.) 2 Visit multiple bakers and review their portfolio. 3 Taste samples, the flavor combinations are endless. 4 Brainstorm styles and designs with the baker. Your baker should be able to translate your vision into a great cake.

5 Discuss cake toppers, heavy statues will require more structure.

6  Discuss table décor around the cake with both your 

florist and baker — but don’t pay twice!

7  Square and round cakes are simplest and will serve more guests than oval or heart shaped confections.

8 Get a total price in writing including delivery, setup and the rental fee for non-edible décor.

9  Expect to pay $4 to $12 per slice of cake, depending on the intricacy of the design, flavor, shape and icing.

10 Expect to pay a deposit when you place your order. 1 1 When having a large wedding, some couples choose

a smaller cake with additional sheet cakes to feed everyone, as a time/cost saving option.

12 Make arrangements for the return of any tiers, pillars or columns.

13 Save the top layer for a future celebration. Ask your baker for advice.

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terminology. Use the guide below to prepare for your

is one of the most popular creams; it has a smooth texture

search in finding the perfect wedding cake.

and is not too sweet. This cream is easy to cut and allows

CAKE CONSTRUCTION Layered cakes can either be stacked or be separated by tiers or flowers. Keep in mind 3 (three) points: design, size and decoration. The cake design can showcase your theme or color

for specialty design and textures. It is generally the best value, but does require storage in a cool place as the base of the recipe is butter and could cause running if not stored properly.

scheme. You can replicatebeautiful lace or beadwork

FONDANT Rolled fondant is a special type of frosting

from your dress into the cake motif. Uncommon shapes

that is flattened and draped over a cake. This creates a

are awe-inspiring but more expensive. Your guest list

smooth, satin finish perfect for fresh flower or sugar flower

will determine the size and amount of tiers. There are

placement. It gives a porcelain look that is a beautiful

single tiered, multi tiered, cupcake tiered, novelty styles,

backdrop for detailed icing. Fondant is very versatile and can

and satellite wedding cake styles. Satellite, novelty and

be crafted into many different shapes, but due to its labor

cupcake tiered cakes are more modern choices, giving a

intensive nature, it is more expensive.

chic and contemporary feel.

FLAVORFUL FILLINGS When deciding on flavors and

A SWEET TOPPING There are many options for

fillings, choose flavors and fillings that you love. Fruit fillings

covering your cake: buttercream, fondant, two-toned

like strawberry, banana and apricot are rich in taste and can

white and milk chocolate ganache (rich chocolate

dictate a sophisticated palate. Classic flavors include: custard,

glaze) multicolored fondant, chocolate glaze, royal or

chocolate, mocha and white chocolate cream. Creative

almond flavored marzipan (a paste made with ground

filling options include: Nutella, tequilla and lime, orange and

up almonds and sugar.) Two favorites include creams

champagne, peaches and cream, caramel apple, almond

and fondants.

amaretto. Let your imagination and your tastebuds run wild!

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Today, you are more likely to find groom’s cake served as a second dessert choice or as a capper to the rehearsal dinner. Dark, sometimes liquor-soaked chocolate or chocolate fudge, it is often given to guests for a “take home” treat or consumed by the wedding party as a post-dinner snack. The groom’s cake also signifies the bride’s understanding of her mate’s stereotypical “backstage” role in the wedding. Because of this symbolic sacrifice, a good groom’s cake usually spotlights his personality and interests. Consider a groom’s cake shaped like a football or adorned with trinkets related to his occupation, hobbies and passions.

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A fresh take on an old tradition—the groom’s cake—is retaking its rightful place at the reception table. This cake is traditionally a gift from the bride to the groom. At the height of its popularity, single women would vie for a slice, believing they would dream of their future husband if they slept with the groom’s cake under their pillow.

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LOVE BLOOMS When you hire your florist or design specialist, and particularly

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when you begin designing your floral arrangements,

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remember, you aren’t just buying flowers, and you aren’t just

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creating beautiful bouquets. You’re creating your wedding day vision! You aren’t just investing in your floral arrangements;

you’re investing in your designer’s talent and creativity. Without those elements, a rose by any other name is really just a plant.

MANY OPTIONS When choosing the perfect florist, visit the flower or design shop first. A quality shop should have a full inventory of blooms from which to choose. Floral arrangements should be interestingly displayed and artfully designed. The flowers should look fresh and well cared for. There should be a wide variety of vases, pots, and planters to choose from, along with an extensive selection of ribbons, decorations, and other accents. The staff should be welcoming and helpful. Even if you only hire one florist, other staff members may contribute to the arrangement process or aid in the delivery service, so ultimately you should feel comfortable with your florist’s helpers.

ASK QUESTIONS Meet with your floral designer personally. You need to speak with the person who will actually design the bouquets, table centerpieces, boutonnieres, corsages, and any other floral arrangements you may need. Discuss your ideas, establish a clear budget, and provide a color palette. Also, stay open to your florist’s suggestions. You may not love every idea, but some may be useful. Did you know that when flowers are in season, they’re significantly less expensive? Your florist will surely know that, along with every type of seasonal flower!

DÉCOR OPTIONS Many floral designers also offer additional décor options so your room looks cohesive. These include linens, floral containers, lighting, backdrops and more.

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BFF’s guide to getting

married COUPLE ADVICE

1.

I loved that our wedding was truly a reflection of us. Guests saw "us" in our day through the environment, decor, music and other little details. Nicole B. 10/10/15

2. The worst place I spent my

money was on shipping costs for all the decorations. I spent tons of money paying for multiple shipments of different things that could have easily

been one order if I had planned it better. Maria U. 11/1/15

3. I absolutely had to have petals

lining the aisle, but that was money I could’ve saved. Thank goodness my wedding coordinator gathered the petals after the ceremony for the reception, so that was great! Diona M. 8/1/15

4. After the wedding let your bridal

Talk to your florist about which flowers will be in season for your big day. Luckily, there are many flowers in bloom year-round, choose the ones that

MARRIAGE ADVICE You both must learn how to communicate with each other. Continue to date even when life gets busy and never forget to tell your spouse how much they mean to you. Shante B. 8/6/16

party or special guests bring home

n Vendor Advice Bring inspiration photos of bouquets, ceremony decor and reception colors when meeting with a floral designer. We also love having photographs of your bridal gown, bridesmaid dresses and tuxes. These details will clue us into the look you are going for when decorating for the big day. Jamie Lea Power, Town & Country Gardens

any extra centerpieces you don’t want. There’s no need for you to come home to bundles of dead flowers after your honeymoon! Katelyn V. 7/23/16

best fit your vision. Megan Dell'Aringa, Floral Expressions & Gifts If you love flowers and have a limited budget, ask your florist about how to achieve the most impact for your money. Andrew Parravano, Andrew's Garden Your wedding flowers and decor should reflect your individual style, vision and budget. It’s very important to work with an experienced wedding florist who will listen to your ideas,

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make suggestions, steer you away from common pitfalls and offer a variety of options and prices. Don Phillip, Phillip’s Flowers I always recommend finding inspiration from online resources and magazines before showing up to your first consultation. It better helps me understand what look you're after. From there, I love making recommendations and introducing new ideas to help develop something amazing. Giselle Tillich, Jasmine Galleria


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could help set the trend!

FOLIAGE FRENZY Wedding floral isn't just about flowers anymore. This season, brides are going gaga for greenery, whether it's suspended from the ceiling, or showcased as a lush verdant garland across a farm table. From silvery Dusty Miller, to burgundy Smokebush and ethereal Smilax vines, florists love foliage and are excited to add it to their palette of botanic paints. So, bring the garden to your tables.

HOW'S IT HANGIN'? Who says your wedding flowers have to stay on the tables? Think outside the box—and above the table. From foliage-strewn chandeliers to actual installations made entirely of blooms, we're seeing all kinds of

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Flower checklist

FLOWER & DÉCOR TIPS VARY the height of your table centerpieces—have

When meeting with prospective floral providers,

them low enough or high enough that they don’t block

use this list to ensure you are including all the

vision or conversation.

important people who need recognizing as well

HAVE one of your attendants make sure all the family

as places you want to adorn and embellish.

members receive their flowers—grandmothers, mothers, fathers, groomsmen and attendants—as soon as they

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arrive at the ceremony site.

BOOK your ceremony and reception in a lush garden

Bride’s bouquet

or a greenhouse and you won’t have to worry about

Maid (matron) of honor’s bouquet

additional flowers for décor.

Bridesmaid’s bouquets

ASK your reception site if they include anything to

Flower girl’s bouquet or basket

decorate the room from votive candles to centerpieces

Hostesses’ flowers

to hurricane lamps or large plants. Often they have them

Mother’s & grandmother’s corsages Groom’s boutonniere Father’s & grandfather’s boutonnieres Best man’s boutonniere

available and sometimes at a nominal charge.

CONSIDER ordering a few extra plates, glasses, cups, saucers, and silverware for any last-minute additional guests or any butterfingers during the reception service.

DRESS up chairs at the reception table with elegant tulle

Groomsmen’s & Usher’s boutonnieres

bows or with beautiful floral swags.

Ring bearer’s pillow

CREATE a more elegant atmosphere with a small

Altar or chuppah flowers

upgrade on rental items like chairs. Sometimes nicer chairs

Reception room flowers

can cost less than chair covers.

Head table centerpiece(s)

UPGRADE your linens. Create an entirely new look

Guest table centerpieces

to your room with the color and texture linens provide.

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Let your linens sweep the floor, for an elegant and sophisticated look throughout.

IF your rehearsal dinner or even wedding reception is small, consider one long large table for dining.

IF you are renting a tent, ensure the rental company makes a site visit to make correct measurements and to determine the best way for the tent to be anchored.

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SEASONAL STEMS Bouquets look unique because florists blend traditional

hasta leaves, stephanotis, lavender, larkspur, yarrow,

flowers from the garden with more exotic flowers to make

delphinium, chrysanthemum, gerbera daisies, Queen

an exquisite arrangement.

Anne’s lace.

When selecting flowers, consider the season of your

FALL Crab apple, zinnia, dahlia, aster, ornamental berries,

wedding and what will be in bloom. These will be

rose scabiosa, autumn foliage, mums, wheat, delphinium.

healthier, more available, less costly and more hearty.

WINTER Evergreens including juniper, daffodil, cedar,

SPRING Tulip, daffodil, lilac, hyacinth, cherry blossom,

white pine, boxwood, preserved flowers, ornamental

sweet pea, lily of the valley, stargazer lily, peony, crab apple

berries, jasmine, seedpods, tulip, narcissus, rose hip,

blossom, forsythia, sweet pea, viburnum, ranunculus,

forced bulbs, camellias, holly, sweet pea, star gazer lily,

boronia, anemone.

pinecones, acorns.

SUMMER Daisy, garden roses, forget-me-nots,

ALL SEASONS Roses, carnations, freesia, gardenia, ivys,

hydrangea, clematis, cosmos, cockscomb, sunflower,

stephanotis, delphinium, dendrobium orchids, calla lily,

zinnia, statice, black-eyed Susan, colorful lilies, freesia, Iris,

heatherm vines, phalaenopsis orchids, gladiolis, lisianthus,

alstromeria, bouvardia, bells of Ireland, astilbe, anemone,

baby’s breath.

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BOUQUET STYLES

stunning shapes

Along with your dress and veil, your bouquet is one of the

dome) and are wrapped with ribbon.

most symbolic and treasured parts of your ensemble. There

NOSEGAY: Though similar to posy bouquets, nosegays

are several things to keep in mind when making your selection:

place more emphasis on greenery. They work well as

your personal taste, formality of the wedding, time of year,

bridesmaid bouquets, due to their small, compact size.

colors of your dress and your bridesmaids, the style of your

COMPOSITE: This gorgeous bouquet, also known as

dress and your size, all impact your choice. We’ve listed seven

a glamelia, is actually composed of individual petals, which

styles, your florist can help you find the best for you.

are arranged and secured to resemble a single large bloom.

PRESENTATION: a set of long stemmed flowers detailed with greenery. A bride will typically carry her presentation

Perfect for a bride who desires a bit of drama! As with all things wedding, make your bouquet about you.

bouquet cradled in one arm, rather than with both hands.

CASCADE: a "waterfall" of flowers that drapes down the front of the arrangement. Think vines and orchids. This style makes a strong statement, so be sure your gown and other accessories are simple.

HAND-TIED: freer than other bouquet styles, handtied bouquets can include a wide assortment of flowers and greenery, and as their name suggests, are secured simply using ribbon, fabric, or twine.

ROUND: formed into perfect domes, often using a single type of flower like roses or peonies. Round bouquets are also often monochromatic, although they look just as beautiful featuring flowers in a variety of colors

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FLORAL PRESERVATION If you’re interested in preserving the bouquets and floral arrangements from your wedding, you’re in luck! Today’s professionals are well versed in the preservation technique of freeze-drying. After your wedding, you’ll need to promptly return your arrangements to your florist or preservation specialist for preparation. Discuss design options, as you can choose to create new arrangements with your freeze-dried flowers. Of course, you can always keep your original designs. Once preserved, your wedding flowers will need to remain encased in a glass dome, box, or bell jar. Your flowers need to be protected from the elements, such as sunlight, dust, and other variables that may harm their condition. Make your preservation arrangements a few months before your wedding, so you can enjoy them forever!


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SPECIALTY RENTALS

perfect touch

Whether a garden wedding, unfurnished hall or even

furnished site, you may need to rent items to complete the look or add a personal touch.

fans or even air conditioning for outdoor areas. For one-of-a-kind props, furniture or décor, look into imperfectly beautiful antique rentals from a vintage rental

Looking for colored champagne flutes or uniquely shaped

shop. Whether you are planning an urban or farm-to-table

place settings, patterned linens or fantastic chair covers to

wedding, many local companies offer rustic, industrial, or

enhance the standard hotel chair? Rental stores have chairs,

vintage pieces such as upholstered seating, tables, bird

tables, linens, china, crystal, silverware and more in various

cages, pillows, chandeliers, trunks or suitcases, shutters, signs,

shapes, sizes and styles. You’ll also find beautiful serving

and tabletop décor. A mix of color and texture, it’s all the

accessories—from champagne fountains to elegant silver

charm a bride can hope for!

chafing dishes. Check with your caterer to find out what they provide and if they have different styles to choose from.

A deposit may be required to reserve specific pieces. Schedule tentative delivery, set-up and pick-up times, and

A fully equipped rental store will also have a wide selection

confirm these dates the week before the wedding. Some

of appropriate ceremony accessories including arches,

questions you should ask: Will you pick up and return the

kneeling benches, chuppahs, candelabras, plant stands, aisle

rental items or will the company deliver and collect them?

runners, wedding canopies, gazebos, artificial greenery and

Is there a cost difference? What deposits are required? Do

flowers. You can even create a luxurious and modern cocktail

you have a minimum rental amount? What is the damage

hour with hip lounge furniture and a martini bar. Let your

policy? Will you set up my items?

rental specialist know how many guests you’ve invited to the reception and the square footage of the room. If you’re planning an outdoor reception, you may want to rent a tent and a section of wooden flooring for dancing. In the case of a rainy, cold or hot evening, they can also provide heaters, 164 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social

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surprising that many modern brides are looking for a new source of fashion guidance. Many women have trouble choosing the perfect wedding dress because they aren’t sure which trends to follow and which to avoid, which styles are appropriate and which are unnecessary, or which traditions should be upheld and which should be ignored. As if having too many options could ever be a problem, many brides become overloaded with information pulling them in different directions. At one time, there were cultural norms and specified standards that dictated how a bride should dress, but in the modern era, it’s not always easy to differentiate between proper attire and outdated rules.

WHAT TO WEAR Just to be clear, any bride may wear a long, white gown. No matter how many times she’s walked down the aisle, no matter what her age, and no matter if she has children, any bride may don white on her wedding day. Colored dresses, trims, accents, ribbons, shoes, and jewels are very in right now. The white wedding dress may seem like the traditional color for the bride’s gown, but that tradition is fairly young compared to centuries of cultural variations. Long trains are traditional for formal weddings, but many modern brides choose to crop the 50-foot train for easier mobility. Veils can be long and traditional, with a blusher to “veil” the bride’s face or fingertip length for a more modern look.

TRASH THE TRENDS In all honesty, you shouldn’t worry about the ‘right’ trends or the ‘proper’ fashion standards, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to please anyone but yourself. Your wedding dress can be anything you want it to be, and you should love it and feel beautiful wearing it.

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Vendor Advice n You may find a match sooner than you think. Be prepared to fall in love with a gown at the first boutique you walk into. It may not be what you originally envisioned, but if it makes you feel beautiful and special, it’s the gown for you. Antoinetta Cervantes, Veiled by ChaCha

Make an appointment. Most bridal salons have limited dressing rooms and are booked way in advance. Consultants are necessary when picking out and trying on gowns, they are hard to slip into by yourself. Don’t just show

up at the door with your entourage, schedule a time, you'll appreciate the personal attention. Sue Zanayed, Brizan Couture

Show your personal style by adding subtle ways to embellish and enhance your statement piece. You don’t want to take away from your dress, remember that less is more. If you’re style is bohemian-chic, throw on a flowered headpiece. It’s cute, easy and screams personality. Camille Connolly, Francia Bridal

Many brides are shopping for a second gown to wear throughout their reception. The first gown is used for the ceremony. The second gown is lighter, easier on the bride and more fun for a night full of dancing. Jan Ferracuti, Bridal Elegance & Pageantry

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married COUPLE ADVICE

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Your dress and accessories are so important because all eyes are on you! Be confident in whatever you decide to wear and make sure you really love it. Shante B. 8/6/16

2. Having your bridesmaids

shoes match isn’t a big deal. Let them choose and be themselves. If they are wearing floor length gowns, no one will see their feet anyway. Nicole B. 10/10/15

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When selecting your color scheme for bridesmaid dresses, make sure it’s a combination that

will look good in both dreary and sunny weather. Two things you can’t control are the sun and the clouds! Maria U. 11/1/15

4. When budgeting for your

gown, remember alterations, undergarments, shoes and accessories should be included and they add up fast! Traci B. 4/8/16

MARRIAGE ADVICE In the toughest times couples need to remember why they got together in the first place. Put your relationship first. Be open and flexible to change, adapt. Maria, married 24 years


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the next petal, by mixing floral print gowns into your bridal party options. This look can be adapted for any season, and is

Do you carry my designer?

the perfect way to tie your accent colors together with an eye-

What is the price range of your gowns?

catching twist.

Does my wedding date present any limitations with dress selection?

YOU ARE HERE After years of sleeveless and backless bridal gowns dominating the scene, demure is now daring! Gowns that leave more to the imagination are coming into fashion, with long sleeves, full skirts and lace overlays hearkening back to the timeless style of Princess Grace. And with them, long veils with blushers and delicate lace embellishments. Who knew modesty could be so bold?

What style will look best with my figure? If I decide to wait, will this dress still be available? Will the dress be steamed at pick up? What are the options to bustle the train? What accessories will look best? Veil, earrings, belt, headpiece? What’s included in the price? Taxes, alternations and delivery fees may all be extra. Wedding Guide Chicago

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Your wedding gown selection is appropriately done at least nine special orders and alterations, if needed. Be prompt for all alteration

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appointments and wear the exact foundation garments and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day.

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to twelve months ahead of your wedding date. This allows time for

Apparel checklist Bridal shop

CHECK WHEN ORDERED

Contact

 Wedding gown

Phone

 Veil or hat, headpiece

Veil shop

 Bridesmaids’ dresses

Contact

 Flower girl’s dress

Phone

 Groom’s formalwear

Formalwear shop

 Groomsmens’ formalwear

Contact

 Ring bearer’s suit

Phone

 Mothers’ dresses

Wedding gown (Style No.) Bridesmaid dresses (Style No.) NAME

SIZE

1st FIT.

2nd FIT.

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THE PERFECT GOWN

pretty princess

BEGIN YOUR SEARCH by looking at bridal

over the country, they wait until they accumulate enough

magazines, looking online and attending fashion shows

requests for a given gown to justify a “run” before cutting

in your area. The ideas you get from the magazines and

the fabric for the lot. This production process saves you

shows will give you some basis to go on when you begin

money, but unfortunately necessitates a long lead time

your salon visits.

in ordering.

SET AN APPOINTMENT when visiting a bridal

ORDER YOUR BRIDESMAID GOWNS four to

salon. Bridal gowns are not the type of garments you

eight months in advance. Salons generally do not order

can simply browse through on a rack. You need the

bridesmaids dresses until all the women in your party are

personalized attention of a specialist who can gather

measured. This ensures that the gowns are cut from the

a handful of gowns for you to try based on your tastes,

same dye lot and they’ll match.

figure and budget. This will save both you and the salon staff precious time.

MAKE YOUR PURCHASE from a salon known for its expertise, reliability and service in the industry. Remember this is no simple purchase. Choose a vendor you will be

LET THE SALON staff guide you in selecting the right size. Sizes vary greatly according to manufacturer. NEVER order the size you hope to be by your wedding day. It is a lot easier to take a gown in than to let it out.

comfortable working with, from ordering through the

ASK ABOUT THE PRICE of alterations for your gown,

alterations process.

and the scheduling of your fittings. Alterations generally

ORDER YOUR GOWN six to 12 months in advance of your wedding. Remember that such garments are produced in lots. As manufacturers take orders from all

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run from $100 to $350 and require two to three fittings over the course of one or two months to complete. Keep all receipts. The delivery date of the dress and headpiece should also be included on the receipt.


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SILHOUETTE TERMS

the right fit

length and fit

necklines

INTERMISSION Hemline that is floor length in back

BATEAU A boat-shaped neckline formed by a straight

and midcalf length in front.

line between the shoulders, sometimes dips in the front.

MERMAID Skirt flared at or below the knee.

HALTER A diagonal angle along the outer bustline,

PEPLUM A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the waist.

fastens behind the neck, bare shoulders, arms, back.

SHEATH Straight, fitted gown, often floor length and

JEWEL Neckline that circles the base of the neck.

often worn with a detachable train.

MINI Skirt at or an inch above the knee. BALLET Skirt length that falls at or just above the ankle. A-LINE Skirt gradually flares from the hip area, creating an ‘A’ Shape.

TEA Skirt length that falls at mid-calf.

bodice BASQUE Elongated waist about two inches below the natural waist that is defined by a V-shape at the center front.

CORSETTED BODICE A fitted bodice usually

PORTRAIT Neckline that begins just inside the shoulder and falls to the bustline in the center.

SCOOPNECK Neckline coming across the top of the bustline leaving the shoulders and the top and back of the arms covered.

SWEETHEART Open neckline that begins two inches inside the shoulder line and is shaped like a heart.

COWL Loosely draped fabrics, gathered at the top of bust line.

trains BUSTLE The gathering of the train hooked in the back of the

reinforced with stays to give support and detail.

dress below the waist, secured with buttons, hooks and eyes.

DROPPED WAIST Waistline positioned several

CATHEDRAL Long train extending nine feet from the waist.

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CHAPEL A train extending four feet from the waist. WATTEAU Train attached at the shoulders of the gown rather than at the waist.


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alterations...they seam like a rip Once you’ve chosen your specific gown, your bridal consultant will recommend the size you should order. Follow this advice. Don’t depend on the sample dress as a reference. It may not be cut exactly to size, or it may have stretched from being tried on too many times. Ask to see the manufacturer’s size chart. Sizes vary widely and will likely differ from your usual jean or dress size. Follow the size chart closely to determine which size you should purchase. Order according to your largest measurement: bust, waist or hip. If you plan to lose a few extra pounds, don’t order a smaller dress. Order a dress that fits you now. If you lose the weight, great! If you don’t, the alteration costs—over and above standard charges— will skyrocket because of the extra work required to make the dress larger. It’s much easier for a seamstress to take your dress in than let it out. If you wear a large dress size or are rather tall (over 5’9”), expect additional charges for the extra length or width. If your size is not in the manufacturer’s regular production cuts, they’ll have to custom cut the dress for you. The charge for this is passed on to you. Shops generally charge for alterations two ways: by each alteration—i.e. hem, sleeves, side seams—or by a flat fee. Find out how your shop charges. If you’ll be charged for each alteration, get an estimate before work begins. If the estimate or flat fee seems high, take the gown to another professional— one who has experience altering bridal gowns. Allow plenty of time for alterations as they can be very difficult and time consuming to alter. Remember always bring your undergarments and shoes with you to every and all fittings. Wedding Guide Chicago

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wedding gown tips LEAVE ample time for alterations and have the final fitting

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about two weeks before the wedding—pre-wedding jitters often result in weight gain or loss right before the special day.

BE CAREFUL getting in and out of the limousine with your dress—have help! Move carefully. Watch your dress and train when you go in and out of doorways and on escalators and elevators as well!

WHEN ORDERING your veil, be wary of heavy detail around the edge. This can become a distracting focal point in your wedding photographs.

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PURCHASE under-garments before your first fitting. They will make a difference how your dress fits. Wash them before your wedding to prevent chafing..

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WEDDING GOWN SIZES typically run one, two or three sizes smaller than street clothes, so try not to get hung up on the number. Play it safe and order a size that fits your current body. Any dress can be taken in, typically up to four sizes without affecting the look of the dress, but most can only be let out one full size—if that.

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BE FABRIC WISE

material differences From luxurious silk and satin to delicate taffeta and

fabric that is medium to heavy in weight and drapable.

chiffon, designers are incorporating a diverse range of

The finish is popular because it is flattering to many body

fabrics in their creations, leaving today’s bride with a

shapes and sizes. There are different variations in satins

bounty of options.

from shiny to subtle.

Fabrics are chosen first and foremost for their beauty

CHARMEUSE This lightweight fabric is soft and drapes

and the role they play in the design of the dress, but

elegantly. It is often made of silk or polyester and in

they are also chosen for their versatility, wearability, and

addition to being smooth, it has a soft luster.

comfort for the length of time they are to be worn and the weather they will be worn in. Many of the newer fabrics include fibers that help a dress maintain its shape and style through a long day. These are just a sampling of

CHIFFON Sheer and soft, chiffon is made from silk, polyester, and rayon. It is often layered or used as an overskirt over other fabrics.

some of the more popular fabrics that are used in today’s

ORGANZA Another lightweight sheer fabric, organza

wedding fashions:

actually has a stiff quality that gives it more structure and

TULLE Used extensively in bridal gowns, tulle is extremely delicate and fine and is often used as an overskirt.

PEAU DE SOIE This French name means “skin of silk” and represents a traditional wedding dull-lustered satin

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is perfect for overskirts and detailing on a wedding dress.

SILK DUPIONI The distinctive luster is what makes this plain weave fabric with a more textured silk surface popular for wedding gowns. You can even hear its distinctive rustle when it is worn.


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THE ART OF FASHION Style is an art form, a way to express yourself. Be it bold or demure, trendy or traditional, you know what you like. So on your wedding day, take the opportunity to showcase you and boldly step into the spotlight. Location Zhou B Art Center Gowns Bri'Zan Couture, Naperville Francia Bridal, Downers Grove Jasmine Galleria, Lombard Formalwear Black Tie Formalwear Jasmine Galleria Hair & Makeup Brides by Kelly Studio 10 Naperville Jewelry Caffray Jewellers Photography AndrĂŠ LaCour Photography Videography Something New Media 200 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social


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GOWN » Bri'Zan Couture HEADBAND » Jasmine Galleria HAIR & MAKE UP » Studio 10 Naperville JEWELRY » Caffray Jewellers FLOWERS » Lil Epic Design CAKES » Sweet Nouveau PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com

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GOWN » Bri'Zan Couture BRIDE HAIR & MAKE UP » Studio 10 Naperville GROOM HAIR & MAKE UP » Brides by Kelly JEWELRY » Bri'Zan Couture FORMALWEAR » Jasmine Galleria FLORAL & EVENT PLANNER » Lil Epic Design SWEET TABLE DESIGN » Sweet Soirees CAKE » Sweet Nouveau PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com


GOWN » Jasmine Galleria HAIR & MAKE UP » Studio 10 Naperville JEWELRY » Caffray Jewellers PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com

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GOWN » Francia Bridal HAIR & MAKE UP » Brides by Kelly HAIR PIECE » Bri'Zan Couture FORMALWEAR » Black Tie Formalwear JEWELRY » Caffray Jewellers PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com

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GOWN » Jasmine Galleria HAIR & MAKE UP » Brides by Kelly JEWELRY » Caffray Jewellers FLOWERS » Jasmine Galleria PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com ARTWORK » Zhou Brothers

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GOWN » Francia Bridal VEIL » Francia Bridal HAIR & MAKE UP » Studio 10 Naperville EARRINGS » Caffray Jewellers PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com

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GOWN » Francia Bridal HEADPIECE » Jasmine Galleria HAIR & MAKE UP » Studio 10 Naperville JEWELRY » Caffray Jewellers PHOTOGRAPHY » AndreLaCour.com

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THE ART OF FASHION It takes quite a team to bring together a fashion shoot as seen in these pages. We are humbled to have such talented professionals and staff to bring you these inspiring images.

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LOOKING BEAUTIFUL Every bride wants to look flawlessly beautiful and perfectly camera-ready on her wedding day, but achieving that level

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of perfection may require more than one set of hands. Most wedding experts advise brides to step away from the curling iron and let a team of beauty professionals handle their hair and makeup on the big day. Let the pros work their magic so you can relax, sip a mimosa, and enjoy the morning with your bridesmaids. Think of your prep team as your beauty insurance agents. If your hair goes flat, if your makeup smears, if your nail polish chips, your agents can assess the damage and provide quick fixes.

SPA TREATMENT Give your body the rejuvenation it deserves. Start treating yourself to spa and facial treatments at least six weeks in advance. Avoid facials, tanning beds, and any other cosmetic procedures right before your wedding in case you have a bad reaction to certain treatments.

MAKEUP You should hire a professional makeup artist to style your makeup on the big day. You may know your own face better than a stranger, you may feel confident in your makeup techniques, but a pro has the ability to enhance your natural beauty in ways you may not have considered. Plus, a pro can apply natural looking makeup that will accentuate your best features even in photos and harsh light.

HAIR Veils, crowns, headpieces, hair extensions, accessories, and complicated updo’s can present styling challenges. A professional stylist can help you find the most flattering way to style your hair and incorporate your hair accessories.

PRACTICE Schedule a trial run with your hair and makeup professionals in the month before your wedding. You won’t want to deal with any styling surprises or last minute changes on the day of your wedding, so you should make sure your beauty professionals can handle all the style details. Wedding Guide Chicago

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BFF’s guide to getting

married COUPLE ADVICE

1. Schedule a hair consultation before

the big day. You may be set on a particular style and end up hating it when once it’s done on you with your hair. Lisa H. 1/4/15

2 Get plenty of beauty sleep the week leading up to your wedding! I didn’t sleep enough and I was exhausted on my big day. Tracy M. 12/19/15

3. Don’t get a haircut days before

your wedding, that’s taking too many chances! Mistakes can be fixed with hair extensions but try and get it cut a few months before. Traci B. 4/8/16

4. I normally don’t wear makeup

and thought mine was overdone for my wedding day, false lashes and all. I suggest telling your markup artist the kind of look you want before

n Vendor Advice During the trial we offer hair and make-up advice, but ultimately we go with what the client wants. Often times we hear brides wishing they would’ve tried our suggestions since we have vast experience in our field, particularly bridal hair styles. Kristin Flood and Lauren Taylor, We Only Do Pretty

Bring products you currently use in your daily skincare routine for the consultation so we know where you are starting from. This allows us to enhance your current investment and start

correcting the skin imperfections you want to make disappear. Pam Keveloh, Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery If you typically apply light make-up to your skin for a more natural look, don’t be alarmed when you’re in a full face of beauty during your trial. Cameras tend to wash out make-up, so heavier application is necessary. Angela Heitz, Angel Minaro Clean hair is no good. We recommend not washing your hair the night before, this allows your hair to

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she applies too much than you are comfortable with. Katie L. 9/12/15

MARRIAGE ADVICE When you are angry and having a fight, refrain from calling your spouse names of any kind. Shana P., married 15 years. No matter how bad the fight, how frustrated you are, look for something to be thankful for in your spouse. It will help calm you and give you a second to clear your head. Jackson, married 24 years

hold a style all day and night. If you tend to have greasy hair without a daily wash, don’t sweat it. Stylists can use a combination of different products to make your hair look clean and fresh. Rosalyn Morris, Studio 10 Naperville Stick to photos of hair that resemble your own. If you have thick brown hair, try to find pictures that look similar. This will help in getting the best desired look and allows us to easily recreate the hairstyle in the photo. Krystal Morant, Bridal Beauty Associates


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QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: What do you think would work best for me based on my hair and face shape? What if something happens and you can’t make it last minute, do you have a backup person?

going strong, we're seeing that you definitely don't have to

Is a trial included?

go bright to be bold. Neutral, muted tones and nude lips can

How many events do you do in a day? How much time do you plan for the bride and each bridesmaid?

make a dramatic statement—especially when paired with deep matte eyeshadow, big lashes and full, sculpted brows.

Do you work on location? Is there a travel fee? Should I bring in sample photos of hair and makeup I like? What kind of prep do I need to do before the trial? Before the wedding?

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GETTING GORGEOUS

flattering features When it comes to choosing the right hairstyle and perfect

looks you like as well as your wedding plans. The right

makeup, the options are endless. You want to look like

hairstyle should frame your cheekbones and flatter your

yourself on your wedding day by enhancing your natural

neck. The right makeup should highlight your best features.

features. You also want your confidence to shine. Create peace of mind by taking time to research and find the perfect makeup and hair stylist.

If you feel like you and your stylist would be a good fit, book a paid consultation. It may seem overwhelming to need to blend your personality into your wedding day hair and

First, have an idea of what you want. This is where bridal

makeup, but this is where spending time with a consultant is

magazines and Pinterest boards come in handy. Tear, rip out,

important. Bring your hair embellishments and jewelry with

and pin makeup and hairstyles you like. Pay close attention

you to these appointments so you can see your final look.

to detail—do you want your eyes to flutter with false lashes? Will hair extensions give your hair the extra lift it needs or help make your hair long enough for an updo? Visualize your wedding day look.

During your appointment, be as specific as you can. Bring your idea boards. Once your hair and makeup is done, ask yourself if you like how you look. Is there anything you would change? Anything you don’t like? Did your hair and

Decide if you want your hair and makeup done in a salon

makeup last all day? Go with your gut feeling. It is important

or on site. If you want someone to come to you, seek out

to note your everyday stylist may not be the right person to

an onsite stylist. Ask around and get referrals from friends

do your hair on your big day. Remember, you want your hair

and family (and Wedding Guide Chicago!). Check out their

and makeup to last from the early morning hours of getting

work by visiting their website and social media pages.

ready to the last call for alcohol during your reception.

Contact the stylists you’d like to meet. Make an appointment

Finally, if you are happy with the result, book your makeup

for a consultation. Spend time talking with your stylist about

and hairstylist immediately. Top talent can book up quickly.

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professional memberships. Gone are the days of the

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SCHEDULE a facial. Nothing is more beautiful than a natural glow and a good facial buffs away dry patches and hydrates your skin so it’s smooth and soft. Facials also cleanse the surface and deep pores, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. If you are trying to correct surface issues, make sure to schedule in advance because you may need multiple visits. –Thank you Dr. Roseroot for our perfect wedding smiles. It is truly one wedding expense that will last our lifetime! Ken & Gail

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GROOM GUIDANCE Once upon a time, a couple met, fell in love, decided to marry…

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and then one person would plan the entire day. #notmuchfun! Your wedding day isn’t just your significant other's big day, it belongs to both of you, so you should be able to contribute to the planning and help make all the necessary decisions. There are times when it’s best to simply agree and say, “Great idea!” Then there are times when it’s better to step up and ask, “How can I help?” See the difference? You can thank us later.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS Getting married is the first of many big decisions you will make together, so planning your wedding should be a team effort. Not to mention, you should want a final say in what you wear, how you style your hair, who your best man will be, where you hold the bachelor party, where you hold your ceremony and your reception, what you have to eat, what music you listen to, where you will go on your honeymoon, and everything else involved in your wedding. After all, you’ll have to live with those choices, so you might as well like them!

WORKING TOGETHER The more you work together in the planning stages, the more you’ll learn to work together as a pair, as a single unit, which is what marriage is all about. If one of you takes the lead, the other should be the understudy. Offer to run errands, attend the tasting with your caterer, mail deposits, write thank you notes, proof invitations, pick up sample bouquets, delegate responsibilities to the wedding party, and help out in any other way necessary. Think of it as practice for marriage: you want to be the best partner you can possibly be, so start with being the best fiancé you can possibly be.

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FOR THE GROOM

Vendor Advice Make sure he is happy and relaxed whenever you discuss wedding plans. Chances are these lengthy conversations about which silverware to place on the reception tables means nothing to him. Derrick Taylor, Taylor & Company

I remind couples to stay focused on the details that are important to them and not a current trend or what was most important to someone else. The wedding should reflect the individual couple’s personalities. Melissa Cesario, Loews Chicago Hotel

Show the excitement of your wedding day by sending him a gift while he’s getting ready with his guys. Beer or a special note will do. The possibilities are endless and he’ll love you that much more. Desirée Dent, Dejanae Events

Let your groom have a say on his attire. He may not get to pick the color of his tux or suit or even his tie, but help him find a pocket square and socks to show a little of his personality. Matt Jajkowski, Black Tie Formalwear

Tell the groom and groomsmen to try on their tuxedoes or suits along with the shirt to make sure they fit properly. You don't want to get to the wedding and find the shirt sleeves are 5 inches too long! Christopher Coté, Edward Fox Photography

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1. Your groom should be the only person allowed to influence your wedding decisions. Lisa H.1/4/15

4. Let you husband pick out

2. Don’t just do things to make

his own shoes if you are adamant about the suit he wears. My husband and his friends chose to wear funky socks under their pants, it looked so cute when they took goofy photos! It's all about picking your battles! Jocelyn A. 5/14/16

3. The biggest disagreement we

MARRIAGE ADVICE

others happy. It’s your day, focus on you and your new spouse! Diona M. 8/1/15

had was the color of his suit. Help your guy understand their suit needs to flow with the rest of the bridal party and overall color scheme of the wedding! Samantha E. 10/9/15

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SURPRISE YOUR BRIDE Not afraid of putting yourself out

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: Do I really need to try on everything before leaving the store?

there? You're in good company! We've been seeing so many

Should I buy or rent the suit/tux?

fun & romantic surprise gestures from the groom to his bride

Do the ushers need to wear the same attire as the bridal party?

on their wedding day. Surprise performances at the reception are particularly big right now—from a flash mob style dance led by the groom and his buddies, to a sweet serenade (with or without acoustic guitar!) during dancing. Surprise her, and you'll be sure to make her swoon.

Will a boutonnière leave a permanent mark on the suit lapel? What is trending right now in formalwear?

The traditional stag parties from the days of yore are still going

Do you supply all the accessories, tie, cuff links, pocket square, shoes and is that included in the price?

strong. You know the ones we mean! However, we've seen

When is pick up and drop off?

BACHELOR PARTIES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

a trend toward more wholesome bonding, as well! We're seeing lots of Guys Getaways—think chartered beer tours in Colorado, fly fishing in Montana, skiing in Tahoe. Just pack some stogies and all your best stories and get out there together!

Should the sock color match the shoe or the pants? What length should the pants be?

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FORMALWEAR PROTOCOL

perfect hosts

A morning wedding with a brunch reception requires less

BLACK TIE Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers,

formal attire than a late evening ceremony and formal sit-down

formal white shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund with

dinner. The location and the time of day help determine what

matching tie, black shoes, studs and cuff links. For summer

type of attire grooms and groomsmen should wear.

weddings, white dinner jacket, black trousers with the rest

Keep in mind the style and formality of the bride and her

of the black tie attire the same.

attendants’ attire when choosing formalwear. An experienced

CREATIVE BLACK TIE Tuxedo with unique black

formalwear shop can guide you through these choices.

shirt or patterned bow tie with cummerbund.

The basic elements of a groom’s outfit may include a jacket, pants, shirt, bow tie, tie or ascot, cummerbund or vest,

FESTIVE ATTIRE Sport coat and trousers to match the season, open collar shirt.

suspenders, pocket-handkerchief, button studs and cuff links,

SEMI FORMAL Business type suit in a dark color,

socks and shoes. Special shoes are often worn with tuxedos

conservative tie, leather dress shoes and dark socks.

and can be found at formalwear shops for purchase or rental. When visiting the formalwear shop, bring swatches of the

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bridesmaids’ gowns to coordinate the tuxes. It is best to get the groom and his men into the shop to be measured. If a groomsman is out of town, ask him to stop in a local formalwear shop to be measured, they are usually happy to perform the service. Here are the different styles to choose from and when to wear.

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 The jacket should hug the shoulders. If shoulder pads extend too far over the shoulders, the jacket is too big.  The sleeve hem should reach the wristbone allowing one-fourth to one-half inch of the shirt cuff to show.  The jacket length should end at the base of your thumbs (with your arms at your side) and the vent shouldn't pull open.  The collar should lie flat on the back and sides of the neck without any gaps or bulges.  Pants should fit comfortably when standing and sitting and break across the top of the shoe laces.


grooming the groom n Spas certainly welcome members of both sexes, so why

Though a bad haircut takes less time to grow out for a

not plan a spa day for you and your groomsmen? There

man, you’ll want to try out any new hair style a few months

are spas catering exclusively to men. Let the guys get their

before the wedding, just in case it doesn’t turn out as

hair cut and styled, have massages, facials, manicures, or

planned. Same thing on facial hair—if you want to shave

pedicures so you can all look and feel your best on the

off the mustache or beard, you might want to go hairless

wedding day. Many spas have packages for men and can

with ample time to fill in tan lines or grow it back.

also put together packages for the entire wedding party.

If you have any dental issues that will prevent you from smiling

Hair and skin are definitely tops on a groom’s priority

in all those wedding photos, see your dentist six months to

list. If you have problem skin, a few months before the

a year prior to your wedding to have any major work done.

wedding would be a great time to start a new skin care

Some procedures require several trips to the dentist or oral

regimen. This may include facials or just some expert

surgeon over a several month period, so you’ll want to get it

advice on how to properly use a new line of skin cleansing

all done well before your wedding day arrives.

and moisturizing products.

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TUX OR SUIT: 5 WAYS TO WIN When it comes to dressing the groom and his men, it seems everyone has an opposing suggestion. Rent a Tux. Buy a suit. Or maybe it's the reverse. Stick with dark colors. Never wear black to a day weddings. See what we mean? The good news for today's groom: the some rules are meant to be broken.

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Never compromise on fit but go as stylish as you want.

Navy, dark gray, tan, paisley, velvet. You are a star in your own right, so own it.

suit, there are a lot of tasteful ways to modernize. Think accessories: Even the plainest suit can be made more distinguished by the addition of a few small touches. Why not try a knit tie or a patterned pocket square?

4. You don't have to be boring. A wedding is a

celebration. So make it look celebratory! The easiest way to invigorate your look? Socks. Try a pair of statement socks to

2. You don't need to wear a tuxedo. But if you do,

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DERRICK'S FAVES Hailing from a family of expert seamstresses, bakers and florists, Derrick Taylor— President of Taylor & Company—has style in his blood. Since he spends his days planning every detail of some of the most fashionable events in the city, he’s our go-to for the hottest trends in menswear and all things design.

Double Agent Magnetic Cuff Links Interchangeable caps. A hidden compartment with replacement buttons. For the sexy secret agent in your life! $100, exuvius.com

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ReGenesis Hair Care Spot Serum Works like a charm revitalizing growth on trouble thinning zones like the hair line & part. $40, revitalash.com/hair

Hammermade socks These classy-yet-quirky socks add the perfect pop of your own personality to your wedding attire. Limited run. $10.50, hammermade.com

Our Perfect Marriage Love this! Part diary, part workbook—a fun way to focus on your marriage together. $15, amazon.com

J Toor You can’t get any more personal than your signature on your cuff! $250+, jtoor.com

Lonesome Traveler Capulet’s Garden Floral Necktie These gorgeous ties weave together vintage fabrics and the stories behind them. $62, ltoutpost.com

Popeye Grooming Products All natural men’s grooming products made with the help of Cheech & Chong? Need I say more? From $14.00, razormd.com

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CAPTURING THE MOMENT Whether it’s a week after your wedding or your 50th wedding anniversary, wedding photos and videos allow you to relive your day to the very last detail. To capture the day perfectly, the right photographers and videographers make the difference

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between just ok and amazing. No matter how handy your friends or relatives are with a camera, only an experienced wedding professional can deliver the desired results. Anyone can point and click, but a professional will have an experienced eye for lighting, composition, and angles. Pros are also adept at editing techniques that can enhance the beauty of your photos and videos.

BOOK EARLY for the best. Hire your photographer nine to 12 months in advance. Visit their studio, review their portfolio, and discuss all the details of their rates and availability. A professional should know when and where to take the best photos, but you may have additional photo requests, so be sure to express your ideas clearly. The photographer should review photo and lighting restrictions with your venues, as some houses of worship will not allow extraneous lighting during the ceremony.

MOVIE MAGIC Many photographers work with their own videographers, but they should also be able to recommend one for you. Think about the type of video you want, and discuss your ideas with your videographer. When you review samples of any videographer’s work, pay close attention to the camera angles, the audio quality, and of course the image quality. Videographers don’t just point and shoot, they create love stories, movie trailers, mini-films, photo slideshows, and many more types of videos.

FOR THE MEMORIES When you factor your photographer and your videographer into your budget, remember their rates will depend on the number of cameras they will use, the number of assistants they will need, the time they will spend shooting, and the time they will spend editing your final products. Wedding Guide Chicago

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My husband didn’t want to book a videographer. I really wanted one, needless to say that was the first vendor booked. Now, we are now both happy we had one. Asya N. 4/25/15

2. We frequently watch our wedding

video and look at our wedding photos. It's a good reminder of what brought us together and there really is something about that day that still puts smiles on our faces. Precious G. 7/17/15

3. I wish we chose another location

to take more photos without the bridal party. Our wedding took place around the holidays, causing lots of traffic downtown and not giving us as much time as we wanted. Samantha E. 10/9/15

4. Check what is included in your

packages and what isn't. I loved my photographer, but found out after booking that the album was not included in my package price. And without an

n Vendor Advice When mapping out a timeline, keep in mind that each photographer has a different idea of how much time they need for certain types of photos. Whether family portraits are more important than ceremony photos, we want to prioritize what matters most. Robyn Aaron, The Modern Lovebird Do a first look. This will be one of the few opportunities you will have to be with only each other before the wedding starts. You will have a chance

to get all those family and bridal photos done and not be in such a rush. Jessica Lindberg, Edward Fox Photography

The biggest regret I hear from couples is not hiring a videographer. You want them there to capture all the big moments, especially for the ceremony and toasts. It’s the best way to relive the night. Christina Wehbe, Christina Wehbe Studios When I meet with couples, I sit down with them and immediately sketch out

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album purchase, I couldn't get the disk of images. Audrey K. 4/9/16

5. Have your photographer snap

photographs of people dancing. I love looking at the ridiculous faces people are making. Katie L. 9/12/15

MARRIAGE ADVICE Know when to compromise and when to stand your ground. Don’t give up on each other. Be each others rock when they need you, support and love each other. Melissa H., married 29 years.

a timeline for their day. Many times they haven’t thought that far ahead. Putting the day in perspective, in regards to photography, helps visualize their day way sooner than they realize. Lauryn Landacre, Photography by Lauryn We try to educate the bride on keeping video in her budget, as pictures and video will be the only things left after her wedding day! James Lee, Something New Media


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to get the best of both worlds—be present for your cocktail hour and reception, AND get the portraits you crave.

CONNECT GUESTS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA While technology-free ceremonies are here to stay, the trend of using social media to connect your guests during and after the reception is huge. Clever Instagram hashtags get your guests excited to post away, while custom geofilters on SnapChat add even more personality and dimension to your party. People are even opting

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: What style of photography/videography do you specialize in? How many hours are included in the package? What is the cost for overtime?

for animated photo booths like Gifyyy to up the fun factor.

Have you shot at our venue before? If not, will you visit before our wedding?

ALBUM FOCUSED We are thrilled to say that wedding

Will you have an assistant?

albums are BACK. Want to make your album yourself? Order with an album from a craft store. Or, save the time and talk to

Will you choose the photos or will we receive every image taken? How long is our video?

your photographer about making an album for you. Chances

Do you bring lighting? Backdrops?

high-quality prints from your photographer and go old school

are they will be overjoyed to lay out a beautifully designed and scripted storybook, which will not only look amazing in your living room, but allow you to relive the day again and again.

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Photography Checklist n Your wedding memories are going to last a lifetime with

different locations and the length of time needed will

proper attention to photographic details. Capturing

determine costs. Many photographers offer package

special groupings, events and guests requires careful

plans or will tailor one to suit your budget. Allow the

thought and planning. The number of photographers,

following list to guide your individual photography needs.

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  Flower girl and ring bearer walking down aisle

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 Bride’s father giving her hand to groom

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  Exchanging of vows

ENGAGEMENT SESSION DATE

  Ring ceremony

APPOINTMENT TIME

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 Bride dressing for ceremony

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 Bride portrait with bouquet

 Newlyweds and parents

 Bride full-length solo

 Newlyweds and entire bridal party

 Bride with parents

 Close-up of bride’s and groom’s hands clasped together

 Bride with mother and father separately

 Receiving line—guests and bridal party

 Bride with grandparents

 Cake table/sweets table

 Bride with sisters and brothers

 Bride and groom cutting and feeding each other cake

 Bride with maid of honor/attendants

 Best man toasting newlyweds

 First look

 Newlyweds toasting each other

 Bride with ring bearer, flower girl

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 Groom full length solo

 Guests dancing

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 Bouquet toss

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 Garter toss

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 Detail shots of ceremony

 Groom with sisters and brothers

 Detail shots of room

 Groom with best man/groomsmen

 Newlyweds getting into limousine or car

 First look with father

 Details of ring

 Groom’s and bride’s parents being seated for ceremony

 Details of dress

 Bridesmaids walking down aisle

 Details of exchanging gifts with bride and groom

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photo basics Photography is an important detail in the planning

digital?” The technology gives photographers the chance

process, right up there with venue and gown. Before

to experiment more, control lighting and other crucial

shopping, there are a few things to consider.

details and provide better coverage. And those artsy black

TRADITIONS AND TASTE Does your vision for wedding photos include candid shots or an artistic edge? A variety of photographers exist who specifically cater to individual styles, from photojournalistic and documentary to traditional and posed. Check out photography books,

and white shots, sepia tones or grainy images some used to think only film could provide? Today, those are easily attained with the click of a mouse to adjust the image. Digital images also allow a photographer to enhance chosen photos as well as remove any wedding day blemishes!

websites and even friends and family members’ wedding

PRICE POINT Because photographers now can shoot

albums to start getting ideas of what you like and don’t

hundreds of images and load them onto a DVD, some are

like. Many times a combination of styles works well.

offering unedited photos at a cheaper rate as part of their

Another factor to remember isn’t just how the photos will be shot, but who will be in them. For many couples, when family and friends come from far away they want photographic memories of all of them. Some wedding

packages. Some also offer the DVD if you purchase a certain size album package. Sorting through every shot to create an album or selecting the best photos for family and friends might seem daunting, but it also can be fun if time allows.

photos become even more priceless after certain loved

THE FINAL PRODUCT When deciding what style

ones pass away. If having dozens of pictures of your

of photography you want, consider how you want to

101-year-old great grandmother is a must, make it a

preserve your memories. If creating a coffee table book,

priority and be ready to stress that to whomever you hire.

you may choose a photojournalistic style of photography

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or even “stage” certain shots for the book. If creating a traditional album, you may place more importance on the traditional portrait shots. It's always best to start with the end in mind to achieve the best finished album.


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best investment

There's a temptation we all know about. The one that says, "It will save us money. We don't need to pay someone for that. Let's do it ourselves." And for many things, we agree. But for other things, say moments that happen only once in a lifetime, we say let the pros handle it.

Here are 8 reasons why investing in professional wedding photography is a smart choice.

1. THEY HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT. Like backup batteries, portable lighting, memory chips, backdrops, cameras, lenses and the training to use them.

2. THEY KNOW LIGHTING and use light meters and low light lenses. They understand shadows and sunlight so you won't have under or over exposed images.

3. THEY HAVE A BACKUP PLAN in case it rains, or they are sick, or something breaks down.

up with anyone they've haven't seen in ages.

5. THEY HAVE EXPERIENCE. Pros will know what to do, where to stand, what to fix, how to pose, and can keep things moving along to fit your time frame.

6. THEY HAVE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING and know the latest techniques and technologies.

7. THEY KNOW HOW TO EDIT and will make sure your images are properly exposed, color corrected, cropped effectively, and retouched to perfection.

8. THEY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR ART. Their work is an expression of their love of photography. And they want to grow their business based on referrals, which means providing an outstanding end product. It's also very important that you and your photographer mesh. After all, they will be with you on a pivotal day

4. THEY WILL SHOW UP and they won't get

in your life. Make sure you take the time to talk with,

distracted. There's a contract, a formal (and legal)

and even meet in person, the individual in charge of

commitment for services. And they won't need to catch

documenting your wedding.

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Are photo booths still a fun addition for your wedding? Here’s our short answer, YES! Photo booths offer candid pictures of guests (including their personalities), provide a fantastic wedding favor and offer just good, old-fashioned fun. Traditional photo booths are still in demand, and for 2017 weddings, open-air photo booths are a top trend. On the plus side, open-air photo booths allow a larger group of guests than traditionally fit into a closed booth. On the flip, some guest like the privacy of the curtain before they are willing to ham it up for the camera. Many companies offer sharing to social media, slow motion video—pictures or gifs—and honestly, who doesn’t want to star in their own gif? Other upgrades include green screens, custom logo design, flip books or an ongoing slide show projected onto a big screen. Photo booths can be a great part of your wedding memories. Here are 6 tips for success: 1. PUT YOUR BOOTH close to the dance floor with enough room for guests to get in and out for maximum exposure. 2. HAVE A COOL BACKDROP. The better the backdrop, the more people want to be photographed in front of it. Striking prints, custom prints, a balloon wall, or floral/DIY arrangements. 3. HAVE AN ATTENDANT. The booth should be easy to operate but it is handy to have someone around in case anything goes wrong. 4. PROVIDE TWO COPIES, one for them and one for you. Supply a guest book for friends and family to place their photos and write messages. 5. SUPPLY A WHITE BOARD or chalk board so your guests can send you a message. 6. COLLECT PROPS. You can incorporate your wedding theme or include props that are connected to you and your significant other. 252 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social


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BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Watching you walk down the aisle will be enough of a

is to have sensual pictures of yourself taken and then gifted to

present for your groom, but why not surprise him with some

your groom. Most of the pictures are tamer than the pages

sexy pictures just for him? Not just snapping a racy photo on

of Playboy. A boudoir session consists of photos of “implied

your phone, but an actual photo session.

nudity” where you may be completely naked but certain

The term “boudoir” is a French word meaning “a lady’s private room” and traditionally refers to the area used for dressing and undressing. The trend of boudoir photography

“areas” are covered. Think tangled in the sheets or lying on your stomach. Some brides feel more comfortable wearing lingerie. The raciness level is completely up to you and what you feel comfortable doing. By having a professional photographer take the photos, you don’t have to be worried about who will see the pictures. Most photographers will print and bind the photos for you. Boudoir photos give your groom a taste of his sexy soon-tobe-wife and heighten the excitement of the honeymoon and wedding night. A lot of engaged couples are already living together and boudoir photos bring back some of the mystery! If you have been on a pre-wedding diet and work out plan, why not showcase your hard work? Planning a wedding

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can be stressful, and having boudoir photos taken gives you the excuse to have some “me” time. Pamper yourself with a pedicure, blow out, and a make up session, and enjoy the photo shoot! A confident woman is a sexy woman, and these photos will have your groom running to the altar!


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You will never be sorry you had a wedding video made, but you may be sorry you didn’t. We’re sure you’ve received this advice...and so have we, couples regretting their choice to not capture their day with moving pictures. Why? Because videos are living memories, transporting you back in time and place, allowing you the “feels” over and over again. Wedding video has become wedding film, camera guys have become filmmakers and editors have become storytellers. So if budget allows, we highly recommend leaving the filming to the pros while keeping these considerations in mind. KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE Are you a fan of documentaries or more the Hollywood love story type? Most videographers specialize in wedding videos catering to individual tastes and transform couples into celebrities starring in their very own blockbusters. The latest options include tight-knit stories featuring pre-wedding interviews with the couple discussing how they met. Another trend is the cinematic style, which includes slow wide zooms, pans, and close-ups to create a well-polished movie worthy of the silver screen. Multiple camera shoots provide more of a movie-like effect rather than one single, continuous camera angle. The newest digital recording capabilities capture quality images in the dimmest of settings and no longer require obstructive bright lights. Do you want a short film or a feature edit? Your videographer can discuss with you 1-2 minute shorts, 10-15 minutes films or 45 minutes documentary. Ask how your video will be shared with you. Many offer both DVDs and on-line links. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB Videographers have styles of their own. Some like to stay back

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and journalize the wedding experience, while others like to get in real close and create cinematic pieces of work that may not capture every moment of the wedding. The best way to tell the difference is to watch their videos. If you like what you see, set up a time to meet in person. Your videographer will be interacting with you and your guest, so

JOY

personality is important. Before hiring a videographer, make sure he or she belongs to a professional video organization. These include the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) or the Illinois Videographers Association. In addition to being up to date on trends, they also can ensure backup should anything

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go wrong on the big day, such as a vehicle breakdown, illness or equipment malfunction. COST VS. QUALITY When it comes to figuring video into the wedding budget, the good news is that digital technology is starting to make the service more affordable. Because many videographers shoot in HD, they work exclusively with digital

TIMELESS

tools allowing for faster editing, production, and delivery. This is cheaper than the old days of spending time cutting film. Videography prices start at about $1,500. A professionally edited video shot with multiple camera angles starts at about $2,200. Often included in that price are copies of the DVD, as well as online sharing of the video. A top of the line,

EXPERIENCES

Hollywood-style video can cost as much as $5,000. As for trying to cut corners on the wedding video, experts say it’s a definite “don’t.” Volunteering to edit the video yourself might save a few dollars, but it isn’t worth sorting through all that footage. Unedited videos contain every “ah,” “um” and mundane shot, sometimes taking up multiple DVDs.

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Deciding between a live band and a DJ may seem like a tough decision, especially considering that both have advantages and disadvantages over the other, but you don’t have to choose just one type of musical accompaniment for your wedding. Instead, try combining multiple musical arrangements!

CEREMONY While traditional songs for the bridal procession include Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and the Christian favorite, “Ava Maria,” you can really choose any song for your big entrance. Meanwhile, compile a play list for your prelude, which typically lasts for 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, as guests find their seats. You should also consider which songs you would like to play during the bridal party processional, the recessional, and the postlude. Perhaps a solo pianist or violinist could play your pre-ceremony and ceremony music or if you’re in a church setting, consider an organist and other live musicians.

COCKTAIL HOUR & DINNERTIME As your guests congregate around the bar during cocktail hour, your musical accompaniment should be light-hearted and festive, but it should mostly be a background accent. Guests will want to mingle, they’ll want to greet you and your groom. Everyone will prefer to hold conversations at a normal speaking volume, so try to avoid playing unreasonably loud and distracting music during your cocktail hour. Instead, consider hiring a band of four or five musicians to entertain guests with acoustic, instrumental renditions of your favorite songs. For your dinnertime music, hire a live band with a vocalist to serenade your guests as they dine!

RECEPTION ACTIVITIES Consider hiring a DJ to spin records when it comes time to move everyone onto the dance floor! Your DJ will emcee all the reception activities and coordinate songs accordingly. He or she will also help keep all the reception activities happening in a timely manner.

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Vendor Advice Some couples try to micro manage what their bands should or should not play. Trying to stick to strict instructions can limit the bands ability to play to the crowd and keep the dance floor full. Let your band read your crowd and you'll have no regrets. Margaret Wood, Bluewater Kings Band

Dancing is like learning a second language, anyone can do it but it takes time. Start dance lessons three months before your wedding date. Every couple has different rhythm, some may need

more time than others depending on your dance goals. During your first dance remember to relax. No one knows the dance but you. If you make a mistake, keep going! They won’t notice if you don’t notice. Maren Oslac, Heart & Sole Dance There are many great bands. Start with their online presence. Compare audio selections so you can make an accurate choice. This will also help you determine whether or not the songs the band chooses to play are singer

appropriate. There's nothing worse than a wrong singer on a song. Larry King, MFO Entertainment Group There is no reason your DJ needs to have prior knowledge of your venue. A true wedding expert can operate under any circumstance. All you need is to hire a DJ that communicates well, the more the your DJ understands your vision, the happier you’ll be. David Savoia, Music by Design

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Traditions: Stick with the first dance, mother/son and father/ daughter dances. They are really special, intimate moments you deserve to have. Shante B. 8/6/16

hoppin' dance floor is what matters most! Guests remember the great atmosphere and a good time. Megan D. 9/3/16

3. Best splurge: Our wedding

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Dance. Especially fun when the guys choose to dance with the groom, and it's a nice way to have a moment with your significant other's family. Lisa H. 1/4/15

We never discuss sensitive topics when hungry or tired. Talk. Communication is more about listening than talking. Steven, married 20 years.. Our main advice for newlyweds is to plan forward and to look back only to the good times. Estelle, married 50 years.


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the floor based on how long they've known you, beginning with 20+ years, and going all the way down to less than a year. Suddenly the floor will be full of all your smiling friends and family when your DJ bursts into a fantastic dance song. Instant dance party!

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS:

YOU'RE PLAYING THEIR SONG We love this idea from Lauren at LM Catering, ask married couples attending your wedding what their first dance song was at their own weddings. Have your DJ make a list, and play those songs during dinner, encouraging couples to get up and dance when they hear their song. Such a sweet way to include your guests in the celebration.

UNIQUE CUTS Couples are making a big push to be

What time will you arrive? When will you start? What is the ending time and number of hours you will perform? How many breaks will you take and how long? For a band, do you provide recorded music during the breaks? Or use a DJ to play additional music?

unique in every aspect of their wedding planning—and

What is your overtime rate?

that includes their first dance song. Classics will always be

What is your cancellation policy?

popular choices. But lately couples are reaching deeper into their catalogues for lesser known, original songs that hold sentimental value for them alone...even if their guests might not "get" it. Make it truly personal—we love that!

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band or dj Let’s get this party started!! Because where there is dancing, there is joy. And fun. And happiness. Live music or digital covers, music sets the tone for your evening. The key thing to decide is... which one? Live bands are rich in sound and spontaneous. They can adjust the tempo, extend the score and seamlessly blend songs together. DJ’s have thousands of songs in their playlist and you get the original big name artists singing your favorites. They also can read the energy on the dance floor to keep it packed. Band or DJ, both will play an important role at your wedding, so we strongly recommend meeting them in person. As the master of ceremony, they will be in command of the flow of your evening, from introducing the wedding party to announcing your departure and getting your guests outside to say goodbye. While they won’t become your best bud, you want to have some familiarity before your wedding day so everything feels comfortable. When interviewing DJ companies, consider the following: Do they have an extensive song inventory? Is their equipment current and of commercial quality? Do they have an attractive set-up? What type of special effects and lighting do they offer? 262 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social

What kind of attire do they wear?  re they familiar with your reception site? If so, where A is the best location for set up?  ill they create a playlist based on your requests? W A do-not playlist? When interviewing bands, consider the following: How extensive is their song list? How easily can they learn new songs? Is their sound system new? Is it insured? Do they have an attractive stage set up? Will your venue need to supply additional equipment? Do they include stage lighting and other effects? What kind of attire do they wear? Are they experienced in performing at weddings? Will they cover the entire event from start to finish? Will they help you plan your reception itinerary? Request references from the DJs and bands you interview and follow up with a phone call. Questions to ask include: Did they fulfill the commitments in your original agreement? Was their style, dress and music choice appropriate for your wedding? Was the music volume appropriate? Did the equipment work properly and look attractive? How do they handle song requests from guests? Were there any problems? Would you recommend them?


FIRST DANCE Your first dance is one of the most memorable moments of the night, and it might also be the most anxious. If so, take a deep breath and use this time to slow down and connect. Whether you keep things simple or go highly choreographed, choosing a meaningful song and practicing will help ease your nerves. Needing more assurance? Dance lessons can help. Visit a studio and look for an introductory course. Perhaps they can even choreograph your first dance. Ask the instructor to select the appropriate dance style for “your song.” Dancing begins with the couple’s first dance, but when you take the dance floor for the first time is truly up to you. You can dance after the cocktail hour, between courses or while dessert is being served. Whatever you choose, make sure the timing, music and dance style suit both of you and have fun.

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your celebration with family & friends

Invest in your memories. Hire the right DJ company.

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INVITING YOUR GUESTS When your grandmother makes a scrapbook of your wedding day for your one-year anniversary present (the traditional gift is paper), she’ll no doubt include your wedding invitations, so you

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should put some thought into your invitation design. However traditional your wedding theme, you shouldn’t be afraid to spice things up with your invitations. Experiment with ribbons and embellishments, innovative cuts and 3D designs, or hand-pressed flowers. With so many beautiful options to choose from, you may not immediately know how to go about designing your wedding invitations, but we can help! Follow our easy step-by-step guide for tips.

STEP 1: Establish an invitation budget. Factor in the number of guests you plan on inviting and the required postage. Include your engagement announcements, save-the-date cards and thank you cards in your budget. Since your primary expense will be your formal invites (including reception cards, return envelopes, direction cards and possibly more), you should divide your budget accordingly.

STEP 2: Think about your wedding theme. You may want to color-coordinate your invitations to match your wedding palette. You may want to incorporate design elements or accent themes from your floral arrangements or other decor. Since you’re basically starting from scratch when you design your invitations, it may help to use your wedding decor as a design guide.

STEP 3: Consult with a paper supplier or stationer. Turning to the invitation experts is truly the best way to find the perfect design, layout, and decorations for your wedding invitations. A paper supplier or a stationer will walk you through their inventory, organize your options according to your price range, provide you with numerous examples of other invitations, and work with you to design the best possible invitations for your wedding.

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Vendor Advice Today there are many different methods to control how your guests RSVP. Wedding websites and apps as well as email are efficient ways to handle the count. If you aren’t into that, have guests respond by phone or include response cards and pre-stamped envelopes for guests to mail back. Whichever you choose, state it clearly on the invite to avoid confusion. Kasey Larson, DBY Events & Invitations We generally suggest +10 “extras” if a couple is unsure about their final list (or has many out of towners invited), we will

suggest even +15 invites, it is much more cost effective to order in the beginning than to pay for only 10-15 extras after the order has been processed and shipped. Carol Massa, Eight21 Studios Use one stationer or graphic artist for all your invitation and signage needs. This will keep the look consistent and make a true statement about your wedding style and design. They will also guide you in ettiquette and proper wording for the individual pieces. They can also help with addressing. Kelly Reif, Kelly Reif Stationery Studio

Consistenly carry your wedding colors through all the smallest details in clever ways. For example, create a signature drink in the same colors as your stationery. Ola Morin-Muhammed, iJORERE, The Invitation Inc.

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feel special, do the same in return. Tracy M. 12/19/15

4. Order extra invitations. We

were so glad our invitation company suggested as some got lost and we ended up inviting some people from our "B" list so we could make the count for our venue. Jazmine T. 9/2/15

5. If your venue will be setting up

your place cards, provide them in the order you want them set out. Don't rely on the venue staff to alphabetize them! Barb M. 4/24/16


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suite, or just the addresses on the outer envelopes, in ink ranging from classic black to metallic gold. You’ll instantly elevate the romantic feel of your invites.

CUSTOM ARTWORK From soft, romantic water colors, to slick custom logos, to quirky cartoons including pets, we are seeing more couples reach out to professional artists for custom artwork on their invite suite. This is a fantastic way to tap into the personality of your wedding, setting the tone for guests at the start.

QUIRKY/COLORFUL ENVELOPE LINERS Just like jacket liners in the fashion world, envelope liners are there for an unexpected pop of color or pattern on invitations. Modern wedding? Go with a Kate Spade inspired pattern of stripes or chevrons. Vintage? Try a lace or polka dot pattern. Either way, coordinate the liner with you wedding accent colors and you’ll be sure to delight your guests at the very first touch point.

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENUES: Are there new styles, trends, color combinations I might consider? Based on the paper selected, size of the invite and number of pieces involved, what will it cost to mail my invitation? Do you offer custom invitations as well as templated styles? Is there a fee to order a sample of any existing style? How are invitations priced? Is there a benefit to purchasing the suite at the same time (menus, escort card, etc.) What is your starting price point? Can I customize the wording and/or color?

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Stationery Checklist n Use this list to keep track of all the paper needs for

ordering pre-made, custom designed or DIY stationery,

your wedding. Keep track of your order and delivery

plan ahead and allow enough time for ordering,

dates as well as when they need to be mailed. Whether

printing and mailing.

VENDOR NAME: Contact name: Phone: Email: Website:

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Engagement announcements Engagement party invites Save the date cards Event / Wedding items Ceremony invitation Reception invitation Reply card/envelope Travel/accommodations insert Map/directions card Rehearsal dinner invitation Calligraphied envelopes

CELEBRATION ITEMS Ceremony programs Aisle runner Reserved pew cards Guest book/guest note cards Table numbers/name cards Seating chart/escort cards Place cards Menus Napkins Favor boxes/tags/bags Venue signage

OTHER EVENT ITEMS Welcome baskets/gifts/tags Marriage announcements Thank you cards Now residing/moved postcards Personal stationery/note cards

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With all the planning, don’t forget about the guests who

cards and forgetting the date. The point is to give your

will actually be attending! Your guests need information at

guests a heads-up about your wedding.

different intervals, so send out a few different announcements before your day arrives. Follow this basic guide.

WEDDING INVITATIONS Send out your formal invitations no later than 6-8 weeks before your wedding.

ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS For your

Formal invitations will most likely be more intricate and

family, closest friends, and future wedding party members,

expensive than your save-the-date cards, so you should

make the announcement in person or over the phone, but

consult with a stationery specialist and order the appropriate

for the rest of your guests, it’s perfectly acceptable to make

amount during the early stage of your planning. Ask your

a general announcement digitally, whether by sending a

guests to RSVP 2 to 3 weeks before your wedding so you

mass text, a mass email, or by simply posting something on

can confirm seating and catering arrangements.

a public forum like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr.

THANK YOU NOTES After events like an engagement

SAVE-THE-DATES Send out save-the-dates no later

party or bridal shower, send thank you notes two to four

than six months before your wedding, no sooner than a

weeks after the event. For wedding gifts, it’s customary to send

year in advance, as you don’t want anyone discarding the

thank you notes within three months after your wedding.

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SAVE THE DATE

telling friends With friends and family all over the globe, “save-the-date”

or stick them in a planner. Send a link to your wedding

cards have grown in popularity. Whether postcards, printed

webpage. There are many options, so have fun with it!

notices, or e-mail messages, these can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Sent months in advance, save-the-date cards will give potential guests a heads-up about your

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upcoming wedding celebration. Save-the-date cards require no response from the recipients, nor will they lock guests into a commitment for attendance. Guests won’t have to RSVP until formal invitations are sent. Save-the-dates are meant to be friendly alerts about your wedding plans. They’re an informal invite meant to express your interest in having guests attend your day. Some couples may just choose to send the cards solely to out-of-town guests, while others may send them to the entire guest list. The choice is yours. These special cards can be simple or elaborate, depending on your personal taste, and, of course, your budget. You could choose a simple calendar design with your wedding date circled by a heart, with all of the particulars printed on the “address side” of the card. For a creative and practical touch, print refrigerator magnets or stickers so guests can put the reminders on the refrigerator 270 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social

INCLUDE A MAP Many formal invitations might not include maps to the ceremony and reception sites. However, times have changed, and maps have become one of the most useful items in your invitation package. A map will help your guests find their way to your venues and ensure your festivities can start on time. Maps are especially valuable to out-of-towners and guests who may need to make special travel arrangements. When creating each venue map, make sure the featured images are clearly marked with a visible legend, a visible compass, and visible mile marks. INCLUDING DIRECTIONS Always provide written directions. Note local landmarks, main streets, and any other important details to help guests along the way. Include the contact information for both your ceremony and reception site in case guests get lost and can’t reach you personally. Your venues may provide maps for your guests, but look them over before sending with your invitations, as you may find them confusing or vague. Online directions may not always be accurate, and they may not account for one-way streets, traffic, or construction, so proof the directions before including them in your invitations.


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Compiling your registry items should be one of the most fun aspects of planning your wedding. Traditionally, guests are meant to give wedding gifts that will help a couple build and furnish their home. With the growing number of second and third marriages, many couples already own all of the household necessities, so they opt for less traditional registries. Modern registries can include travel credit for your honeymoon expenses, home and garden centers for household repairs, renovations and additions, donations to non-profit organizations and charities, restaurant gift certificates, and much more. There are no registry restrictions, so you should register for the items you really need, and the items you just really want!

FIRST THINGS FIRST Select your bridal registry soon after you announce your engagement. Friends and relatives can select engagement party gifts, bridal shower gifts, and, of course, wedding gifts from the same registry. Following proper wedding etiquette, the bride’s mother, sisters, and bridesmaids should inform guests of the couple’s registry locations, but many modern couples include their registry information on engagement party invites and bridal shower invites.

LOOK FOR PERKS Many stores, particularly those in a competitive market, may offer valuable registry incentives, such as bonuses, completion discounts, free shipping, complimentary giftwrapping, and various other perks, so be sure to listen to all the details of your registry!

SAY THANK YOU Just as guests bring wedding gifts, you should send your guests home with a token of your appreciation. Wedding favors can be anything from Jordan almonds to lavish gifts, charity donations to tree-buds. The choice is yours.

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Vendor Advice Thank-you notes should never be forgotten. Guests took the time and money to think of you. Don’t forget to let them know you appreciate them and be sure to send them in a timely manner, no longer than a month and half after returning from your honeymoon. Caryn Kay, The Chateau Bu-Sche

Many couples don't know this but most gifts are bought two weeks before and weeks after a wedding. Check your registry two Fridays before your wedding

and add items if neessary so your guests still have options. Angela Rauen, LeMeridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center Register for a variety of items in a variety of price points. Remember, your guests want to buy something you'll like, so provide them things within different price ranges to meet everyone's gift giving abilities. Chris Smuczerowicz, Cakefections

gift and handwritten thank you note. It takes much time to plan and organize even a small party and the special thank you is always appreciated.Vasso Power, Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel Guests love to receive a gift basket in their hotel rooms. It's a wonderful way to say 'thank you for coming and being part of our day' and to give them information and things to enjoy while they stay. Dana Karlov, Bagable Gifts

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2. Gifts to the parents and the

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that they could also use. We gave away luggage tags which were used as place holders as well. Precious G. 7/17/15

MARRIAGE ADVICE Love must constantly be recycled. Learn to love your significant other more each day. Ashleigh D. 8/29/15 In the toughest times couples need to remember why they got together in the first place. Put your relationship first. Be open and flexible to change. Adapt. Maria, married 24 years


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gift that is thoughtful, memorable, and sure to be redeemed.

HOMEMADE GIFTS We absolutely love the trend of homemade, thoughtful gifts. A framed sketch or painting of the bride and groom’s home states, preserves or pickled tomatoes for the hipster couple who loves to garden, homemade bitters for consummate hosts or hostesses, or even infused olive oil in honor of the couple who got engaged in Tuscany. They will be touched!

HYPER-LOCAL WELCOME KITS Instead of bottles of water and bags of chips for your guests in the welcome bags, opt for hyper-local touches from small businesses! Cookies from the local bakery, a bottle of beer from the craft brewery, and a candle from your favorite home goods boutique for the hotel room are sure to make out of town

Do you offer on-line registration and gift management? Should we really register for two to three times the number of guests invited? Do you offer a “completion package” so we can buy leftover items? I’ve heard that our list should have about equal amounts of mid and lower cost items plus a few big tickets ones, is that what you'd recommend? How do we let guests know where we’re registered? If we’ve registered for a honeymoon, do we still need a gift registry?

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your preferences Creating your wedding registry can be one of the most

It's also important to plan ahead. Do you see yourself

fun parts of planning a wedding. When else in your adult

having a family? How about hosting parties and holidays?

life can you handpick the presents you want people to

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give you? Registering isn't a free-for-all, though. Here are

will save you money in the present.

some guidelines to keep in mind.

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or three stores you love and be sure to have in-store and

months before the big day. This gives you enough time to

online options to satisfy different shopping preferences.

make changes and finalize your wish list before the bridal

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shower and wedding. It also gives gift givers the chance to

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for more gifts than you have guests so there will be plenty

Either way, don't be afraid to register for big-ticket items, like that top-of-the-line mixer or fancy Waterford china. While being conservative is important to an extent, this is your opportunity to ask for the things you really want. Who knows, there may be someone willing to splurge.

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of items to choose from. Also, register for gifts in a wide range of prices to make sure guests of all stages of life and financial status can contribute as they wish. Generally, a third of your items should be under $50, a third from $50-$150 and the rest $150 and up.


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Typically, all members of the bridal party, including parents, grandparents and ceremony readers, receive a gift at the rehearsal dinner. Popular gift ideas include jewelry, picture frames, food/snack baskets and personalized items. The cost of wedding favors varies based on the kind of favor, quantity and presentation. Plan for one favor per guest. Many couples also greet traveling guests with welcome bags/baskets in their hotel rooms. These are often filled with local favorites, themed wedding memorabilia, snacks, and a handwritten note. Like the rest of wedding planning, gift ideas come with a ton of options. The most important rule of it all is to have fun with it. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness either way.

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Your arrival and your departure are two key moments in your wedding. Much like your wedding attire and your music selection, your mode of transportation will reflect your taste and your personalities. All eyes will be on you, so go ahead and treat it like a royal parade. It’s your day, after all. Make the most of every moment, especially if it can involve a seriously amazing getaway mobile!

FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE You and your partner are unlike any other couple, and your wedding wheels should demonstrate just that. Chicago has so many transportation options, from horse-drawn carriage rides to Italian gondolas along the river. You and your partner shouldn’t have a problem finding a unique mode of transportation for your arrival and departure.

FOR YOUR GUESTS If your reception venue is different than your ceremony site, you’ll need to look into guest transportation, particularly for out-of-towners and elderly guests. Luckily, we have a huge variety of transportation companies in Chicago, ranging from nostalgic trolley cars and carriage rides to fully furnished tour buses and European double-decker buses.

FOR YOUR BUDGET Speak with a transportation specialist about available transportation options downtown and in surrounding suburban areas. Discuss your budget and your vision with a specialist to find the best values. You’ll want to plan ahead and make reservations at least four months in advance to make sure that your dream mobile will be available on your big day, and to ensure that you get the best pick of the fleet. Vintage cars and other classic rides may need to be booked even earlier, so be sure to do your research and shop around for the best deals.

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married COUPLE ADVICE

1. Make sure there is enough space to

park at your venue. We had guests who wanted to drive themselves even though we provided transportation. Monica R. 2/20/16

2. Having a bus to take guests back

to the hotel was a great buy. Lots of people drank, so this was a perfect way to be sure our guests made it back safe. Katie L. 9/12/15

3. Keep in mind there might be traffic! Pad in extra time to get to where you need to go. Paula P. 2/2/16

MARRIAGE ADVICE Keep a date night. It doesn’t have to be just you two. Go with other adults or couples. This allows you to have adult conversation and keeps you from hashing over household problems. Paula J., married 26 years

n Vendor Advice Book at least six months in advance, once you know your date and details. The longer you wait, the less likely you are guaranteed a ride for you, your wedding party and guests. I always remind my couples that if their wedding takes place in spring that prom season is at it’s peak. Reserve before the teens do! Jesse Sapp, Going Green Limo Don’t forget about your out-oftown guests. It’s an honor to have people come from around the country, sometimes even out of the US! Show

them you appreciate the distance they took by supplying transportation to and from your wedding day events. Chris Rebollo, The Estate by Gene & Georgetti

Get creative when choosing forms of transportation. Limos are nice but there are many other fun ways to get around. Try trolleys, horse-drawn carriages or even vintage school buses. The options are endless. Damien Hudson, The Trolley Car & Bus Company

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We made a pact to never fight about money. We didn’t want our relationship to deteriorate over something as inconsequential as money. Lisa T., 12 years Hold hands, rub shoulders, hug, kiss, give high-fives or even fist-bumps or bottom pats. Touch is a great communcator. Amy J., married 35 years.

Splurge on an adorable vintage getaway car and don’t forget to take lots of photos once the night ends! These tend to be very popular and these photographs are ones couples treasure most. Make a memory of the last part of the night. Taylor Anians, The Drake Oak Brook Hotel Make sure all your vendors have your timeline. Your limo driver will be helpful in knowing ways to skirt around traffic snags and construction to get you where you need on time. JuneElise Drazba, Loft 21


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IT'S LIKE GLAMPING For couples getting married off the beaten path, look into renting a chic airstream or trailer as your pre- and post-wedding oasis. In addition to comfort and protection from the natural elements, many tricked out trailers provide amenities like wifi, running water, electrical outlets, air

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conditioning/heating, and more! Not to mention they will fit

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OLD SCHOOL GETAWAY Indulge in old-Hollywood luxury with period-style transportation! No vintage-glam wedding is complete without a classic Rolls Royce. You may opt for a vintage Rolls Royce limousine to accommodate your entire wedding party, or a more intimate model reserved only for the newlyweds. In addition to transporting you in style, a classic Rolls Royce is the perfect backdrop for a classic black and white photo op!

Do you offer shuttle service? After receptions pickup? What are the back up options if the vehicle breaks down the day of the wedding? Does your price include tax and gratuity? Are there other fees? What attire will the driver be wearing?

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THE PERFECT GETAWAY

rollin' away One of the most classic wedding photos is of the

the go. There’s nothing more romantic than riding in a

newly married couple making their exit from the most

horse-drawn carriage or, in the winter months, gliding

exciting celebration of their lives, truly embarking on the

across the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh.

beginning of their new journey as husband and wife. Perhaps what sets the tone for this special moment is the mode of transportation they choose for their departure. Cars are the most popular vehicles to whisk you away from your reception, though the types of vehicles can vary. Ten years ago, the most popular vehicle for wedding transportation was the limousine—however, even if you choose to arrive in a limo with your entire bridal party for your nuptials, you may want to leave in something a bit cozier as you finish your day with just your spouse. Consider renting a luxury vehicle, like a Bentley or Rolls Royce. Vintage automobiles are another great option for your grand finale. There are many other picturesque options, though they may be on a whole different set of wheels. For the sporty couple, a short drive on a golf cart from the reception site to the resort is certainly appropriate, as well as adorable. Jumping on a slow-moving trolley or riding atop an antique fire engine are great for the couple on 290 WeddingGuideChicago.com I magazine + web + social

A water exit can be truly exhilarating if you make your exit on a speedboat, dashing forward into your future.

GUEST TRANSPORTATION If some or many of your guests are out-of-towners, there's a need for all types of transportation. From airport shuttle service to transporting guests to and from the ceremony, reception, and any other wedding weekend events, you’ll have to look at all the options on wheels, or maybe even on water, available to you. Check with your reception site or the hotel housing your guests as they may have some vehicles available, such as limousines and shuttle buses. These may be provided to you at no charge or for a reduced fee if scheduled in advance. If your hotel doesn’t have a fleet available, contact an airport shuttle service company to make arrangements and provide the information to your guests. You may also want to rent a van or SUV and appoint a trusted driver for the weekend, someone who can make airport pick-ups and drop-offs and shuttle guests to any and all of the wedding festivities.


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Hire your transportation company about six months

wedding and is often an overlooked convenience. First, look

before your wedding, especially if your date falls around

around and check reviews both in person and online. Be

prom or graduation season. Booking at the last moment will

sure the service you choose has experience with wedding

result in fewer choices and higher prices.

transportation and all their drivers are licensed and insured. Ask for references and customer referrals. Confirm the vehicles are clean and have enough room to accommodate your wedding party. Decide if you want transportation for the entire event or for picking up and dropping off. Many limo companies have a minimum amount of reservation time; a pick up/drop off service is often the best option. You’ll want to get everything in writing.

Determine how many people you need to transport. You are not required to provide transportation for your bridal party, but it's a nice courtesy. Booking transportation gets your bridal party where it needs to be safely and on time. Check with the transportation company in advance regarding their audio options. Create a music playlist to get the party started. Stock the limo or shuttle with extra drinks and snacks to keep your energy level high and party going.

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The hall is rented, your gown and formalwear selected, and the guests are invited. Now it’s time to plan those first special days as a married couple—your honeymoon.

BOOK WITH A PRO Whether a secluded island resort, pampering cruise, European tour or weekend getaway, you can be assured of finding the perfect retreat by working with a professional travel consultant. Travel consultants are trained to ask questions to determine the type of trip and location that will fulfill your dreams. They know unique out-of-the-way spots, the best package deals, travel/customs information and everything you need to know to have a relaxing honeymoon. Lastly, they can help you with last minute adjustments, time changes, flight cancellations and more— something discount websites cannot.

NOT THE TIME TO DIY Making travel arrangements yourself can be frustrating, time consuming, and costly. Travel agencies have computers directly linked to airlines, cruise lines and resorts and can offer money-saving packages that include everything—even food and drinks.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? Make a checklist with your fiancé to help determine your prime location. Ask yourselves:

What trips have we taken that we enjoyed?

Where do we really want to go?

What style of hotel/resort do we prefer?

 hat do we want to do when we get there? Relax on the beach, participate in W activities, sight see, or wine and dine?

TIMING Sometimes, couples find it difficult to embark on their honeymoon immediately after the reception. They wait until later and spend their wedding night/weekend at a nearby hotel, resort or bed and breakfast. Keep your honeymoon on your priority list. This might be the only time you get to celebrate together for years to come. Wedding Guide Chicago

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Vendor Advice Start a honeymoon fund. Early on put money aside every few weeks. Even if it’s not much, a little can go a long way. Stacy Costalunga, Odyssey Country Club Book a travel agent. You have had enough on your plate planning the wedding. Get on the phone with a travel agent and tell them where you want to go and how you want to relax. This will save you an insane amount of time and stress. Janine Ferko, Dreamscape Travel Group A big regret I see couples have is leaving too soon after their ceremony

and reception. Give yourself at least day to breathe, pack and take it all in. Besides, you may want to spend some extra time recovering from your crazy night of excitement and dancing! Denise Bonds, Windermere Elegant Weddings & Events Disconnect from the world and focus on each other. Put away the electronics and certainly don’t take the room offering unlimited wifi. Spend quality time together, not with your phone. Ken Churilla, Ravisloe Country Club

You won’t ever want to come back and face reality. even if you’ve been on extravagant, romantic vacations with each other before, this is much different. Enjoy each moment of your getaway, you deserve it after all the wedding stress! Diane Cook, Mistwood Golf Club Plan a few fun activities you can use in your daily life once you return. Go to an art gallery and bring a piece home, make wine at a winery or take a cooking class and recreate the meal at home. Lindsay Parrott-Masiewicz, P3 Events

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married COUPLE ADVICE

1. We set no limits for our

honeymoon. We totally went all out and enjoyed ourselves, it was beyond worth it. Mandy H. 9/19/15

2. I’m glad we didn't skip out on

the honeymoon. At the end of the day, it was about us and coming back to center after wedding craziness. We both needed it. Andrea J. 7/2/16

3. Go somewhere peaceful

and romantic. This is a trip you will remember forever, make it special. Carolyn J., 5/21/16

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Always find things to laugh about. Laugh together. Times are tough. Tragedy happens in all families. Things will go wrong. But if you find ways to laugh about “it” you’ll form a special bond and can overcome anything! Dawn, married 32 years Try or do new things together. He loves to bike so I go biking with him. I love to hike so he goes hiking with me. I love to travel so we started traveling together. It's about creating new memories and being adventurous together. Precious G. 7/17/15


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ROAD TRIP WNo need to board a flight to a foreign land in order to have a extravagant honeymoon! If you love long car rides with your honey, consider planning out an amazing road trip, right here on US turf. Explore the splendor of the southeast coast, from Savannah to Charleston. Or make it more rustic with a road trip

QUESTIONS TO ASK POTENTIAL VENDORS: Are there extra fees involved in booking with you? What does the package include? Are transfers and resort fees included?

to Yellowstone. There are so many great American road trips

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

offering romance and excitement for newlyweds to enjoy.

Do you specialize in honeymoon planning?

SURPRISE MOONS If one of you loves to plan out

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

trips and the other loves surprises, make it your big gift to surprise him or her with a honeymoon! There will forever be something romantic about being whisked away by your love. Just give them a card with instructions like “pack all your swimsuits and your favorite books—you’re headed to paradise with me tomorrow!” and get ready for greatness.

Are there honeymoon upgrades available at various destinations? Have you traveled to the resort you are recommending? What activities are included in the package? Are we traveling to an area where it’s safe to leave the resort? Wedding Guide Chicago

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trip planning

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

8–10 MONTHS BEFORE: If possible, work with a travel agent. Let a professional take care of the actual 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’d like to do or take. Take any required certification classes if needed. 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 in season, like bathing suits and sunscreen. Check out on location excursion/activity fees. Research any travel-related equipment you would like to purchase, such as a digital camera or new luggage.

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travel documents for any missing items. Make arrangements for any items that need special care, such as your home, pets and plants while you are gone.

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 hold 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 are leaving on your honeymoon right after the wedding (or early the next morning). Refill any prescriptions you will need on your trip. 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.


Honeymoon packing nn The easiest way to prepare for your honeymoon is to

may spill on a white shirt, feel too full to wear that tight-

pack the right stuff. Here are a few things to consider

fitting dress, or end up needing a fancier outfit for a

before zipping up your luggage.

restaurant you discover while you’re there. Whatever

CLIMATE It may seem obvious to pack according to the climate and the weather forecast of your honeymoon

the reason may be, you should pack a few back-up outfits just in case.

destination, but there are a few catches. Resorts in cold

ACTIVITIES Pack for comfort if you think you’ll be

places typically have steam rooms, saunas, pools, and

out and about. Pack for style if you expect to go on lots

Jacuzzis, not to mention the heat cranked up, so you

of romantic dates while you’re away. Pack for whatever

should pack a swimsuit and a few lighter layers for when

activities you think you may be doing. Realistically, you’ll

you’re indoors. The warmer a desert climate is during the

most likely spend the most time in the privacy of your

day, the colder it will get at night, and the wind chill from

bedroom, but you should still think about activities you

a body of water can easily make temperatures drop at

and your partner might want to do out in public.

night, so you should pack a jacket and a few heavier layers for nighttime.

FOOTWEAR Tropical areas and sandy beaches may seem like they call for sandals, but if you’ve ever gotten caught in a rainstorm, you know sandals are about as useful as paper pedicure flip-flops, and if you’ve ever walked on hot sand baking in the sun, you know you may as well be walking on burning coals. Point being: bring the right shoes.

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angelminaro.com (866) 535-3775 BAGABLE GIFTS

See ad on page 285

bagablegifts.com (312) 339-4059

CAFFRAY JEWELLERS See ad on page 226

caffrayjewellers.com (630) 655-0505

bachelorette parties ODYSSEY CRUISES See ad on page 76

odysseycruises.com/chicago/ groups/wedding-venue (888) 957-2634

banquet facilities

S ee Reception Site Directories on pages 118-123.

beauty (hair, makeup, skincare, dental) ANGEL MINARO, THE BRIDAL SPA BOUTIQUE See ad on page 285

angelminaro.com (866) 535-3775

BRIDAL BEAUTY ASSOCIATES See ad on page 225

bridalbeautytogo.com (888) 511-7138 BRIDES BY KELLY

See ad on page 225

bridesbykelly.com (630) 290-6980

CENTER FOR COSMETIC & LASER SURGERY See ad on page 223

cclscosmetic.com (630) 851-3223

JENNY TAYLOR HAIR & MAKEUP See ad on back cover

jennytaylorphotography.com (630) 605-0990

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LASER AESTHETIC CENTER PHOTO BIOTEC

BRIDAL REGISTRY INT’L

See ad on page 222

See ad on page 285

stcharles.pblac.com (630) 360-2125

bridalregistryintl.com (800) 699-7858

ROSEROOT DENTAL

See ad on page 224

bridal shops

roserootdental.com (847) 699-3370

ATELIER IGAR BRIDAL BOUTIQUE See ad on page 199

STUDIO 10 NAPERVILLE

atelierigarbridal.com (224) 318-2337

See ad on page 221

studio10naperville.com (630) 854-7452

BRI’ZAN COUTURE

See ad on page 193

WE ONLY DO PRETTY

brizancouture.com (630) 428-1414

See ad on page 225

weonlydopretty.com (312) 613-0584

BRIDAL ELEGANCE & PAGEANTRY See ad on page 187

boudoir photography

bridalelegance.us.com (855) 4YR-GOWN

CHRISTINA WEHBE STUDIOS

CATHERINE SIMMS BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASION BOUTIQUE

See ads on pages 25 & 245

christinawehbe.com (630) 550-7516

See ad on page 196

DEMI GIRL BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY See ad on page 255

demigirlphotography.com (312) 635-5077

THE CRYSTAL BRIDE

See ad on page 191

crystalbride.com (630) 397-5040

JENNY TAYLOR BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY See ad on back cover

DORIS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

jennytaylorboudoirs.com (630) 605-0990

See ad on page 199

bridal/custom & alterations A-RICHI DESIGN

EVA’S INT’L ON LAGRANGE

FIFI’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

See ad on page 186

evasonlagrange.com (708) 460-2200

See ad on page 194

fifisbridal.com (630) 903-6236 (630) 280-0705

FIFI’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

JOE & HARVEY’S EUROPEAN TAILORS

VICKI’S BRIDAL ALTERATIONS & CUSTOM DESIGN See ad on page 195

vickisbridal.com (815) 301-0226

EVA’S BRIDAL OF OAK LAWN evasbridalsofoaklawn.com (708) 422-5599

facebook@ a-richi design (630) 479-3137

tanyatailor.com (224) 595-9590 (773) 973-5930

dorisbridal.com (847) 433-2575

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catherinesimmsbridal.com (630) 369-9929

See ad on page 194

fifisbridal.com (630) 903-6236 (630) 280-0705

FRANCIA BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR BOUTIQUE See ad on page 196

franciabridal.com (630) 964-8800

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Directory of services JASMINE GALLERIA

SWEET SOIRÉES

See ad on page 189

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jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646 VEILED BY CHACHA CO. See ad on page 199

verysweetsoirees.com (708) 302-3352 TONI PATISSERIE & CAFE See ad on page 152

veiledbychacha.net (630) 790-1328

tonipatisserie.com — Hinsdale  (630) 789-2020 — Chicago  (312) 726-2020

VEILED IN ELEGANCE See ad on page 197

veiledinelegance.com (630) 208-7133

caterers

S ee our Directory of Caterers on page 130.

VIP OCCASIONS, INC. See ad on page 199

vipoccasions.com (630) 833-GOWN (4696)

chapel/ceremony sites

S ee our Chapel & Ceremony Site Directory on page 57.

WHITE SATIN BRIDAL & TUXEDO See ad on page 197

whitesatinbridal.com (815) 609-0031

dance instruction HEART & SOLE DANCE See ad on page 263

WOLSFELT’S BRIDAL

weddingdanceexperts.com (708) 5-DANCES

See ad on page 197

wolsfelts.com (630) 896-7166

disc jockeys

cakes & sweet tables BOMBON CAKE GALLERY See ad on page 153

LARRY KING ORCHESTRA INC.MFO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. RBO, OSO, FB & LIVEWIRE, LLC. See ad on page 8

chicagobestcakes.com (312) 912-5077

mfoentertainmentgroup.com (800) 501-3840 (847) 501-3840

CAKEFECTIONS

See ad on page 155

MUSIC BY DESIGN

cakefections.com (630) 340-3165

See ad on page 263

musicbydesign.com (630) 262-0432

CREATIVE CAKES BAKERY & CAFE

See ad on page 155 realbuttercream.com

WEDDING CONNECTIONS See ad on page 256

eventconnections.com (815) 834-1160

(708) 614-9755 DELISH CAKES

See ad on page 155

favors & gifts

delishcakes.net (630) 303-2235

SUZETTE’S CREPERIE

ANGEL MINARO, THE BRIDAL SPA BOUTIQUE See ad on page 285

See ad on page 112

suzettescreperie.com (630) 462-0898 SWEET NOUVEAU

angelminaro.com (866) 535-3775 BAGABLE GIFTS

See ad on page 285

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mysweetnouveau.com (708) 794-8024

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DBY INVITATIONS

See ad on page 269

DBYinvitations.com (847) 755-0861

florists ANDREW’S GARDEN

See ad on page 161

andrewsgarden.com (630) 456-4689 FLORAL EXPRESSIONS & GIFTS See ad on page 165

floralexpressionsandgifts.net (630) 551-4438 LIL EPIC DESIGN

See ad on page 43

lilepicdesign.com (773) 727-1755 JASMINE GALLERIA

See ad on page 189

jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646 P3 EVENTS FLORAL

See ad on page 163

p3events.com (312) 763-6962

PHILLIP’S FLOWERS & GIFTS See ad on page 163

phillipsflowers.com — Chicago  (312) 719-7478 — Downers Grove  (630) 969-9300 — Elmhurst  (630) 832-7161 — Hinsdale  (630) 323-9300 — LaGrange  (708) 579-2255 — Lombard  (630) 627-6600 — Naperville  (630) 357-5235 — Westmont  (630) 719-5211 — Wheaton  (630) 510-0401 TAYLOR & CO.

See ad on page 10

taylorandcompanychicago.com (312) 771-8198 TOWN & COUNTRY GARDENS See ad on page 165

eventsbytcg.com — Elgin  (847) 742-1135 — Geneva  (630) 232-6685 — Schaumburg  (847) 895-9559 WESTGATE FLOWERS See ad on page 165

weddingsbywestgate.com (708) 386-0072


Index of advertisers n flower preservation AUSTIN PRESERVATIONS See ad on page 163

austinpreservations.com (847) 749-2650

formal wear BLACK TIE FORMALWEAR See ad on page 237

blacktietuxes.com — Aurora  (630) 778-7878 — Chicago  (773) 267-0005 — Glen Ellyn  (630) 495-0001 — J oliet/Plainfield  (815) 439-1175 — Oak Lawn  (708) 423-3530 — Orland Park  (708) 349-9580 — Schaumburg  (847) 781-8000 — South Holland  (708) 596-6330 — Lincoln Park  (773) 248-8600 — West Dundee  (847) 426-0044 EVA’S BRIDAL OF OAK LAWN See ad on page 186

evasbridalsofoaklawn.com (708) 422-5599 EVA’S INT’L ON LAGRANGE See ad on page 186

evasonlagrange.com (708) 460-2200 FRANCIA BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR BOUTIQUE See ad on page 196

franciabridal.com (630) 325-4100 GQ FORMALWEAR

See ad on page 238

gqtux.com — Schaumburg  (847) 517-4222 — Elmhurst  (630) 833-4222 VIP OCCASIONS, INC. See ad on page 199

vipoccasions.com (630) 833-GOWN (4696)

invitations & announcements

(312) 771-8198

See ad on page 237

blacktietuxes.com — Aurora  (630) 778-7878 — Chicago  (773) 267-0005 — Glen Ellyn  (630) 495-0001 — J oliet/Plainfield  (815) 439-1175 — Oak Lawn  (708) 423-3530 — Orland Park  (708) 349-9580 — Schaumburg  (847) 781-8000 — South Holland  (708) 596-6330 — Lincoln Park  (773) 248-8600 — West Dundee  (847) 426-0044 DBY INVITATIONS

limousines/specialty transportation GOING GREEN LIMO

See ad on page 291

goinggreenlimousine.com (773) 531-6629

mothers wear BRI’ZAN COUTURE

See ad on page 193

brizancouture.com (630) 428-1414 ELEGANT EVENINGS BY THE CRYSTAL BRIDE

See ad on page 269

DBYinvitations.com (847) 755-0861

See ad on page 195

crystalbride.com (630) 397-5040

EIGHT 21 STUDIOS See ad on page 102, 271

eight21studios.com (847) 951-7920

music/entertainment/ bands

IJORERE THE INVITATION

BLUEWATER KINGS BAND See ad on page 263 bluewaterkingsband.com (248) 884-6637

See ad on page 113

ijorere.com (312) 254-9807

KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO See ad on page 271

kellyreif.com (630) 205-9710

jewelry CAFFRAY JEWELLERS See ad on page 225

caffrayjewellers.com (630) 655-0505 THE CRYSTAL BRIDE See ad on page 189

crystalbride.com (630) 397-5040

lighting

DREAMSCAPE TRAVEL GROUP

MUSIC BY DESIGN

dreamscapetravelgroup.com (224) 265-0197

See ad on page 9 taylorandcompanychicago.com

BLACK TIE FORMALWEAR

honeymoons & destination weddings See ad on page 297

TAYLOR & CO.

See ad on page 263

musicbydesign.com (630) 262-0432

LARRY KING ORCHESTRA INC.MFO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. RBO, OSO, FB & LIVEWIRE, LLC. See ad on page 8

mfoentertainmentgroup.com (800) 501-3840 (847) 501-3840

officiants DESIREÉ DENT, DEJANAE EVENTS See ad on page 45

dejanaeevents.com (708) 790-9940

photo booths ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 247

essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800 TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS See ad on page 243

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TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS

ANDRÉ LACOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

See ad on page 253

twaphoto.com (888) 207-4686

See ad on page 251

andrelacour.com (773) 485-0841

WILL KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY See ad on page 250

BRITTANY LYNN STUDIOS

willknightphotography.com (312) 961-6067

See ad on page 252

brittanylynnstudios.com (708) 921-0129 CHRISTINA WEHBE STUDIOS

reception sites

S ee Reception Site Directories on pages 118-123.

See ads on pages 25 &245

christinawehbe.com (630) 550-7516

EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO See ad on page 249

rentals SOMETHING BORROWED VINTAGE CHINA RENTALS & SALES See ad on page 165

edwardfox.com (773) 736-0200

somethingborrowedvintagechina.com (630) 362-8340

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 250

essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800

travel agencies DREAMSCAPE TRAVEL GROUP

GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO

See ad on page 297

dreamscapetravelgroup.com (224) 265-0197

See ad on page 247

georgestreetphoto.com (866) 831-4103 JASMINE GALLERIA

See ad on page 187

veils & headpieces VEILED BY CHACHA CO. See ad on page 197

jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646 JENNY TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY & BOUDOIRS See ad on back cover

jennytaylorphotography.com (630) 605-0990

veiledbychacha.net (630) 790-1328

videographers EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO See ad on page 249

THE MODERN LOVEBIRD

edwardfox.com (773) 736-0200

See ad on page 253

themodernlovebird.com (312) 725-9030 PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN

GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO

See ad on page 247

See ad on page 250

photographybylauryn.com (630) 621-0438 STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO®

georgestreetphoto.com (866) 831-4103 STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO®

See ad on page 252

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studioonenaperville.com (630) 357-8313

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 250

essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800 SOMETHING NEW MEDIA See ad on page 257

somethingnewmedia.com (602) 730-0478 TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS See ad on page 253

twaphoto.com (888) 207-4686

WEDDING CONNECTIONS See ad on page 256

eventconnections.com (815) 834-1160

wedding consultants/ coordinators DBY EVENTS

See ad on page 269

DBYevents.com (847) 755-0861

DEJANAE EVENTS

See ad on page 45

dejanaeevents.com (708) 790-9940 JASMINE GALLERIA

See ad on page 187

jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646 LIL EPIC DESIGN

See ad on page 43

lilepicdesign.com (773) 727-1755 P3 EVENTS

See ad on page 41

p3events.com (312) 763-6962 TAYLOR & CO.

See ad on page 10

taylorandcompanychicago.com (312) 771-8198 WINDERMERE ELEGANT WEDDINGS See ad on page 43

windermereweddingplanner.com (847) 309-9478


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Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower �����������������������������53 Mistwood Golf Club �������������������������� 7 The Modern Lovebird���������������������253 Music by Design�����������������������������263 The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms �88 Naper Settlement�����������������������������53 Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center���������96 Odyssey Country Club ���������������������� 6 Odyssey Cruises �����������������������������76 Ola la! IJORERE�����������������������������113 Old Orchard Country Club���������������115 Onion Pub Great Hall �����������������������90 Patrick C. Haley Mansion�����������������115 P3 Events & Floral���������������41, 84, 163 Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts �������������������163 Pinstripes������������������������������������� 114 Photography by Lauryn�������������������250 Public Landing Banquets����������������������� 19 Ravisloe Country Club������������������������ 4 River Bend Golf Club�����������������������109 Roseroot Dental�����������������������������224 Sheraton Suites Chicago Elk Grove Village�������������������������86 Silver Lake Country Club�������������������74 Something Borrowed Vintage China� �� 165 Something New Media �������������������257 The Stonegate Banquet Center. �������106 Studio 10 Naperville �����������������������221 Studio One Photography & Video®���������������252 Suzette’s Creperie �������������������������112 Sweet Nouveau�����������������������������152 Sweet Soirées�������������������������������153 Taylor & Company ���������������������������10 Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists������������������253 Toni Patisserie & Cafe���������������������152 Town & Country Gardens�����������������165 Veiled by ChaCha���������������������������199 Veiled in Elegance �������������������������197 Vicki’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design���������195 VIP Occasions�������������������������������199 Wedding Connections���������������������256 We Only Do Pretty �������������������������225 Westgate Flowers���������������������������165 White Deer Run Golf Club ���������������107 Whitetail Ridge Golf Club�������������������90 White Satin Bridal & Tuxedo�������������197 Wilder Mansion �������������������������������� 1 Will Knight Photo���������������������������250 Windermere Elegant Weddings�����������43 Wolsfelt’s Bridal�����������������������������197 Zhou B Art Center Events�������������������79

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