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Andre LaCour, Master Photographer, CR, is an award-winning photographer with more than 25 years of experience. His distinctive approach is grounded in the principles of art, and combines the best of photojournalism, classic and fine art styles. As one of Chicago’s most established and reputable wedding photographers, Andre continually invests in opportunities that keep him on the forefront of the latest technology and post-production techniques. Andre’s portfolio includes all aspects of wedding, portrait and fashion photography. Christopher Coté—Photographer, Edward Fox Photography Cake & Floral Gallery; Invitation Gallery

Christopher R. Côté is a professional photographer for 10 years. Initially, he photographed portrait sessions and weddings, and now includes corporate and commercial shoots to his offerings. Christopher loves capturing the candid moments at events and brings an artistic and edgy style to many of his images, but his classical training has also given him the foundation to create traditional images as well. He is comfortable in a studio setting or on location; his skill set allows him to craft beautiful photographs in almost any circumstance! Derrick Taylor—President, Taylor & Company Events

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Derrick learned all the facets of the wedding industry from his family members who were all expert seamstresses, bakers and florists. The Taylor family has been planning weddings since 1942. His passion for floral design took him to state competitions where he took best in show for six consecutive years. Derrick was an interior designer for Marshall Field’s & Company and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Harrington Institute of Interior Design. Theresa Carter—Founder & Publisher, TheLocalTourist.com Windy City Welcome; Engaged Events partner

Theresa is the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist, an online regional resource for cities including Asheville, Chicago, Milwaukee, and San Diego, with more to come. As a member of the NBC Street Team she received an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Alternate Media/New Media Interactivity. She also has created and hosted several food-focused and craft beer-focused events with her signature Chef’s Table and AlphaBeer series. Bill Brennan—President & CEO Bridal Expo Chicago and Milwaukee Luxury Bill’s Fave Finds

Bill has been in the special event planning industry for more than 30 years and helps unite thousands of to-be-weds with the area’s most talented wedding purveyors at 32 annual regional luxury bridal shows. He has a passion for flowers, food, décor, bridal fashion, interior design, men’s fashion, travel and “all things” relevant to today’s modern couple. He is always looking for innovative ideas and solutions to help wedding professionals reach their fullest potential and is dedicated to bringing the most cutting edge products to bridal consumers.

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This is one of the first steps in the wedding planning process since coming off, “I said yes!” Capture your happiness before the marathon of wedding planning begins. These photographic memories will last a lifetime. Use your engagement photos for save-the-dates, invitations or just to enjoy having around the house. Have the same person take your engagement photos as you’d like to use for your wedding. Using your wedding photographer for your engagement photos can benefit in more ways than one. Your photographer can learn about you, while you learn about them. They will learn your personalities as well as how you interact with each other. This helps them capture even better photos that represent you. While you get more comfortable in front of the camera, your photographer will learn your best angles. Many photographers offer engagement photos as part of their package. This is a win-win situation. Create a theme and have fun with it. Introduce your guests to the two of you as husband and wife. You’ll feel more comfortable in front of the camera if you are in a

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place that feels like you. Take your photos in a place that has meaning, like the location where you met, had your first date or a location of interest. Be in your element. Enjoy the seasons and holidays—incorporate leaves turning color or one of the first snowfalls. Wear offbeat costumes if your taking photos around Halloween, blend in your professions or family pet for the perfect family photo. If you decide to bring props, make sure they are relevant to whom you are as a couple to enhance your love story. How you dress for your photos depends on many factors. What time of year are you planning on taking photos? Will the pictures be inside or outside? The key to deciding what to wear depends on what you feel comfortable wearing. Going a little overdressed is usually better than being underdressed. Color is key, the colors and patterns you are wearing should not compete or collide. Choose outfits that complement one another through primary and contrasting colors.

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If you can’t decide what to wear, you have a few options. Bring more than one outfit for both casual and formal. Sometimes, different locations require different essentials. Think of your environment and bring clothing that can be layered. This is a great and easy way to switch up your look and scene. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for suggestions and recommendations of what they think will work best. Feeling unsure about how to pose for your photos? Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and avoid posing in front of a mirror. Your photographer will often let the moment happen naturally, before jumping in to give you direction. They will also change your pose if something looks awkward or uncomfortable. If you have ideas on your Pinterest board, talk to your photographer and see if they can be implemented. It is important that you feel confident and comfortable and focus your attention on the one you love. Many years from now, on your golden anniversary, you will be thankful you have these moments in time to look back upon as memorable keepsakes. Your engagement photos are just the beginning.

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Shirts with large logos, patterns or writing can be distracting. Solid colors are best, but avoid wearing head to toe black or white. The camera can pick up dust and hair on black and the sun can shine right through wedding day white. Play up your location and go with colors that make the background pop. Depending on style and location, you may want to have your hair and makeup done. Flashy jewelry, besides your shiny new ring, should also be kept to a minimum.

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DO TAKE TIME AND ENJOY THE SPOTLIGHT. DO BE HAPPY AND WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS. Your photographer will help you with posing along the way.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO SHOW YOUR LOVE. This is your time to be romantic and shine.

DON’T CUT YOUR HAIR OR TAN BEFORE YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION. You don’t want to look like an oompa loompa with a new ‘do!

DO COORDINATE COLORS. Don’t be ‘matchy-matchy’. Dress like yourself. DO USE PROPS THAT RESEMBLE YOUR PERSONALITY. Get creative!

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things to look for when choosing your engagement photographer DECIDE ON YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Do you prefer traditional, photojournalism, vintage, high fashion or natural light? DO YOUR RESEARCH. Check out websites, social media pages and reviews.

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DON’T SPEND THE ENTIRE SESSION WORRYING ABOUT YOUR LOOKS.

MEET WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER AND DETERMINE IF YOUR PERSONALITIES MESH. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos. COMPARE PACKAGES. Determine costs and sign the contract.

BROWSE THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S FULL PORTFOLIO OF ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING ALBUMS. You’ll get a glimpse of what your wedding may look like through their lens. ASK WHAT HAPPENS POST-SESSION. How many images will I receive? Will they be high resolution or low resolution? Will I be able to have rights to the images and print the photos myself? Will the proofs I see be retouched, or will that that happen after I select the photos I want?

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Jenny & Dan

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With a love story more beautiful than a fairytale, Jenny and Dan found love at first sight and haven’t let go since. With a The Bachelor-inspired proposal in Puerto Rico, Jenny accepted Dan’s ‘final rose’ at sunset by the water. On the anniversary of the day they met, the couple said ‘I do’ as the sun shined in the romance capital of the world. Find out what Dan gave Jenny during their ‘first look’ photos at WeddingGuideChicago.com. ANYTHING YOU WANT BABE Straight out of a romance novel,

Dan let Jenny choose the perfect engagement ring and anywhere in the world she wanted to exchange vows. With the beauty and charm of Italy, the couple tied the knot overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

BETTER THAN CINDERELLA Jenny looked stunning in her Oscar-

worthy gowns as the couple toured Italy. With a dapper groom by her side in Paris, the couple toured Versailles and mini-mooned in Venice.

TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED “The trip was so surreal,” Jenny says. “I wanted to appreciate every second I was there with my Prince Charming.” With just the two of them and no one watching, romance filled the air during their 10-day trip.

CELEBRATING AT HOME After the trip, the couple shared their love

with friends and family closer to home at Le Meridien in Oak Brook. With windows overlooking the city, guests sat at tables from different locations the couple has visited while the lovebirds shared pictures from their incredible trip. PHOTOGRAPHER Mark Erik (New Orleans), Alex Tan Artworks (Malaysia), Jenny Taylor Boudoir Photography (Oak Brook)

CEREMONY SITE Hotel Shangri-La, Paris, France

WEDDING PLANNER Jenny Taylor

WEDDING BANDS Ancona Jewlers

HAIR & MAKEUP Frosted Hair & Makeup VIDEOGRAPHER Bride Film (New Orleans) BRIDE’S GOWNS The Crystal Bride, Diana’s Bridal, Jasmine Galleria BRIDE’S VEIL Diana’s Bridal BRIDE’S SHOES Jimmy Choo OFFICIANT Aude Abadie, Paris

GROOM’S ATTIRE Zenga Tuxe Parierie Water

HONEYMOON Venice, Italy RECEPTION SITE Le Meridien ChicagoOakbrook Center CAKE Toni Patisserie & Cafe, Hinsdale RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT Answer Back Entertainment FLORIST Avant Gardenia

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JUNE 2015 WEDDING

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Victoria knew from the beginning Scott was the one for her. “We clicked right away,” she says. With a loving personality and an admiration for family, Victoria found her biggest cheerleader. A romantic at heart, Scott proposed to his bride on an airplane ride during the holiday season by writing out the words ‘Will you marry me?’ in lights below. “I couldn’t have asked for a better proposal,” she says. See how Victoria stayed organized throughout her planning at WeddingGuideChicago.com. A FAMILY CONNECTION & ‘YOU AND I’ MOMENT Victoria and Scott

said their vows in the same place where her sister and in-laws tied the knot. Opting not to do ‘first look’ photos, the couple immediately locked eyes as she walked down the aisle.

WHAT THE BRIDE DOES BEST Victoria’s talents shined in every

moment. Both Victoria and her maids carried bouquets filled with all shades of pink while the bride’s bouquet was mixed with a little wedding white. For the reception, five different centerpieces of varying heights stood tall in silver vases and on glassware.

SWEET SURPRISE Guests devoured four different flavors of 300 cupcakes,

while the newlyweds savored a 2-tier cake. The bride’s brother handmade the cupcake stand, which sat upon a navy sparkle table cloth in the middle of the dance floor. Victoria says, “It was just perfect.”

NEWLYWED SNOWBIRDS Six months after the wedding, Victoria and Scott planned a honeymoon getaway to the Pacific coast of Huatulco, Mexico. Complete with golden sand, beautiful rock formations and sapphire waters, the couple made sure they had a mini-break from their first Chicago winter as husband and wife. PHOTOGRAPHER Ellie Piper, Studio 37 OKC

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INVITATIONS Ellery Designs, Sycamore HONEYMOON Huatulco, Mexico TRANSPORTATION Emperor Limousine, Addison

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OCTOBER 2015 WEDDING

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Danielle and Jonathan’s relationship came full circle at the right time. Friends since middle school, the couple lived separate lives, but always reconnected. After Danielle agreed to be his wedding date, a hot six-hour car ride and no air conditioning lead to a lot of catching up and reminiscing. Both realized they needed to finally pursue each other. We knew everything about each other, so it was easy to fall more in love!” she says. Read how Jonathan’s Millennium Park proposal went viral at WeddingGuideChicago.com. NIGHT BEFORE HALLOWEEN The couple’s pre-Halloween wedding

wasn’t complete without hints of the great pumpkin. Guests received pumpkin buckets as welcome gifts and the groom and his groomsmen donned Halloween-themed socks.

A BIT OF ROMANCE Taylor & Co. pulled out all of the stops to fulfill

the couple’s dream wedding. Variations of neutral colors and creams, rose gold, biscotti and blush, gave the affair a classic Great Gatsby feeling. Hydrangeas, roses with gold leaves and rose gold candlesticks were the icing on the cake at the reception.

LOVE, YOUR FAMILY The couple, along with their mothers sealed letters

of encouragement in a love box, handcrafted by the bride’s uncle Rick, and made with screws from Danielle’s Papa’s workshop.

DUCK HUNTING SEASON Danielle’s father joked the morning of her

wedding that he was going to celebrate the occasion with a duck hunt. Since he missed the morning round, the bride worked with Life’s Sweeter Side to make duck cake pops complete with a hand written note that read, “No worries, Dad. I got your limit of ducks for you today.” CEREMONY SITE First Congressional Church, Lake Geneva

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INVITATIONS EIGHT21 Studios designs by Carol Woldhuis

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JuneElise and Lester’s group outing with friends changed their life. Both had plans with friends for an evening out on the town. JuneElise says, “Our friends ended up not showing and the night ended up being our first date!” The road to dating lead to one of the most beautiful spots in the city at the Adler Planetarium. Being in the wedding industry, JuneElise is familiar with locales to tie the knot. A day in the city with Lester and her brother, ended with a stop at the Planetarium where Lester got down on one knee with the skyline in the background. “It was meant to be to have our reception at the Adler,” JuneElise says. Read about the couple’s biggest planning challenge at WeddingGuideChicago.com. KEEPING WITH TRADITION The couple tied the knot in a traditional

Filipino ceremonial wedding consisting of lighting the unity candle, placing of a veil and cord on the bride and groom and the Exchange of Coins. The rituals symbolize the joining of two lives, sharing of one rooftop, love of being bound together and groom’s promise to the bride to provide for their family.

SELFIES & SOCIAL MEDIA Their first moment of being Mr. and Mrs. was

captured at the front of the altar with a cell phone selfie. The couple also had a large TV at their reception displaying their wedding hash tag so guests could see photos from the night, a charging station and flip-book company instead of photo booth for guests to watch their movement throughout the evening.

STARS IN THE SKY Lots of up lighting throughout the reception set the scene

and tone for the evening. Soft amber lighting provided the illusion of the dance floor being lit up through hanging votives as stars in the sky. Chandeliers also hung above the head table, tied with candelabras while pin spot lighting was added to the reception centerpieces.

SUPPORT RESCUE GROUPS As big dog lovers, in lieu of favors, the couple made two donations to Fortunate Pooches and Lab Rescue and REACH Rescue Inc. Both groups are close to the couple’s heart. CEREMONY SITE St. Juliana Parish RECEPTION SITE Adler Planetarium OFFICIANT Father Laurent Mhagama PHOTOGRAPHY Vergil Magsino Photography FLORAL Juliet Tan Design CATERER Food for Thought

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up close & personal “When the circle gets smaller, the vision can be larger.” Whether you have a tight budget or want to celebrate with a small circle of family and besties, small, intimate Chicago weddings are gaining momentum. From restaurants to hotel bars and smaller specialty venues, there is no shortage of amazing locations to have a more intimate affair. In fact, with a keen vision and small guest list, you can effectively turn any room into a reception space.

RESTAURANTS: More and more restaurants offer private spaces for small and large parties. Rooms often include a private bar, personalized service and décor that fits the theme of the restaurant.

TENT OR BARN: The blank canvas of a tent allows you to dress it up to fit any theme — from grandiose to whimsical. A barn is a natural backdrop for a nostalgic and rustic themed event. Both offer privacy and intimacy for your special day. SPECIALTY VENUES: From lofts to studios, museums

to wine cellars, mansions to country clubs, old firehouses to warehouses, Chicago has no shortage of small unique wedding spaces. Think out of the box and opt for a nontraditional venue that will leave your guests talking about your wedding for years to come. There are plenty of advantages to hosting a smaller, more intimate affair.

DON’T BREAK THE BANK: Many couples are choosing to save for the marriage instead of spending their savings on a big blow out party. When you reduce the guest list, you naturally reduce the budget. SPEND YET SPLURGE: With a reduced budget, you

have more flexibility to up grade certain aspects of your event. Go from chicken to steak, or sparkling wine to French champagne. Hire the 10-piece orchestra you’ve always wanted or go from limo to Rolls Royce.

TAKE THE TIME: Less guests equals more time you get to spend with them at the reception and on the dance floor. Now you’ll truly get to spend quality time with all of your loved ones on one of the biggest days of your life. MAKE IT A TEAM EFFORT: Enlist your guests to help with various aspects of your planning and preparations, thus getting them involved in your big day.

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Top Trends 2017 COOL COMBOS Everyone loves a good bar. Olive oils, cheeses, charcuterie, pastas, salads, wines, the list of potential bar options goes on and on. Another unique trend is to create unique food/drink pairings such as: mini grilled cheeses with bloody mary shots, caviar cakes with vodka shots, mini burgers with a milk shake shooter (add Bailey’s), shrimp tacos with tequila, and more. For summer weddings try freezing some of your specialty cocktails for a refreshing post-dinner treat.

ENTRANCE & EXIT Chicago has a plethora of awesome transportation options. Two we would like to highlight this season are Chicago’s river cruises and helicopter exits. Weddings and parties set along the amazing Chicago skyline will surely impress your guests. Or, take your groom above the skyline and capture some romantic moments in the air. What an entrance to your reception, or exit from the service!

PERSONALIZED FOODS Couples are customizing their cocktail hour with miniature snack-sized foods that represent their favorite afternoon snack, first date food, or groom’s favorite dish. Have make-your-own food stations that allow guests to treat themselves while waiting in line—doughnuts, fajitas, sundaes, oh my!

GO OVER-THE-TOP ON TOP! Show some personality and whimsicality by creating a unique, personal topper for your tiered confection. A laser cutout with yippee, woohoo or another exclamation/quote can be fun. If he’s more of a poodle and you’re more of a pit bull, opt for animal figurines that express your personalities. If he’s a Cubs fan and you’re a Sox fan, use baseball memorabilia.

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EFFORTLESS BEAUTY For spring and summer weddings, herbs, fruits and fresh greeneries bunched in a loose form are perfect for the effortless, chic bride. For fall and winter weddings, bunch evergreens, cranberries or pepper berries together, keeping things simple and elegant. For an added effect, flock the greens for a frosty, wintry effect.


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BIRD’S EYE VIEW Add another photography pro to your lineup—the GoPro! Ask a groomsman to wear it down the aisle. Give it to a bridesmaid for the reception, Mom and Dad on the dance floor and keep passing it around to your guests for some live action footage. Or, strap it to your dog to get a lively canine perspective! THE SPICE OF LIFE Mix it up this season! Create an array of different centerpieces for your reception tables, all keeping within your theme and color scheme. Vary between wreaths, flowers in vases, tall candelabras with floral arrangements, lanterns with candles and flowers and so on. You’ll create a lovely, intimate and eclectic effect! Even different types of candles and lighting effects on each table will help create a unique yet gorgeous reception atmosphere.

LET IT SHOW Deep, elegant V-necks, and the illusion of skin—think sheer fabrics and strategically placed lace—are quite the runway sensation this season. Oversized bows in unique fabrics, placed in non-traditional places — think shoulders and trains — are all the rage. Pastel-colored dresses and 3-D flower embellishments continue to rank high on the list as well as a soft, sophisticated look for brides. BRIDESMAIDS SEPARATES Gone are the days of matchy-matchy, long-gown bridesmaid dresses. Vary your bridesmaids’ looks by putting them in different color tops and skirts with different touches of detail. Bonus: Separates are easier to wear after the wedding and can be worn for multiple events.

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METALLIC FINISHES Go for the gold! Or the silver….or any metallic on your wedding stationery. There are hundreds of metallic paper types ranging from pastel to vibrant colors, and smooth to linen textures. Or, choose a printing method such as foil stamping to add some sparkle to your invitations and stationery.

THE REDS HAD IT Bored of bright red and pale pinks lips? Dark reds and purples are the new fave lipstick color for the upcoming wedding season. From mahogany to garnet and jam to lilac, you’ll create luscious, dramatic lips to compliment your white gown.

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delegate planning tasks First, let us say congratulations on your engagement! You should spend this time relaxing and basking in the glow of love, but at some point, you’ll need to start planning. That’s where we come in! Our detailed planning guide provides 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.

WGC HELP It may help you to review our planning timetable and budget checklist. Visit our website at WeddingGuideChicago.com and check out the budget calculator. You can make adjustments and prioritize expenses at every planning stage. This way, if you’ve always dreamed of saying, “I do” in a Vera Wang gown, you will have an easier time budgeting for the rest of your arrangements!

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 that Chicago has to offer!

WORK TOGETHER If you have completed the card in the front of Wedding Guide Chicago or registered online, you will soon be receiving 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. Remember, planning your wedding should not be a stressful or taxing ordeal. You’re planning one of the most important and memorable days of your lives, so take it one step at a time and enjoy it.

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wedding-related purchases, sign up for a credit card with a rewards program. All of your costly expenditures can help you accumulate thousands of points in shopping deals or airline miles (which can be used toward your honeymoon expenses). We all know weddings are pricey…might as well take advantage of it!

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pairing a special cause with their wedding theme. For example, if you’re planning an outdoor forest-inspired wedding you can set up a donation jar for a charity that supports the environment. If you’re big day is taking place on the beach, collect for marine life conservation causes. CharityNavigator.org is a great place to begin your research.

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CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING COLORS Once you’ve chosen your date and reception site, the next most important decision is the choice of colors for your wedding. Your colors will play throughout the wedding making their appearances in flowers, decorations, bridesmaid dresses, groomsman accessories, favors, the wedding cake and invitations. The color scheme should be chosen carefully as it will be seen often on your big day and in your wedding pictures, so get creative! Use colors that not only appeal to you, but work with the ambience of the location and the theme you are trying to create.

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go by season, location, personal interests or hobbies.

DESIGN INSPIRATION BOARD With

Pinterest and similar sites, making a digital collage of pictures has never been easier. This will help you pull together color combinations, decorating ideas and important details.

SHARE IT Share your board with family, friends and your wedding party by posting it to your website or blog; email swatches and mood boards to vendors.

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Download “the Book,” a complete set of planning checklists, at WeddingGuideChicago.com

Careful planning and scheduling will allow you to enjoy every moment of your day. Most large weddings take 12 months to plan, however, many weddings are put together in less time. We’ve put together this timetable to help organize and focus your planning details. Your wedding is not a cookie-cutter event so adjust this list according to what works best for YOUR big day. Share the planning duties with your fiancé, your families, your attendants, friends and contracted suppliers—much of the fun is doing it together!

ten to twelve 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!  Decide budget; discuss sharing of expenses  Choose possible dates (keep in mind holidays, weather, family vacations, etc.; see page 41 for a list of 2016-2017 holidays)  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 (see page 44)  Insure your engagement ring  Host engagement party  Choose style, colors and theme

eight to ten 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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 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

four to six 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

two to four 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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 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

 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 gift-opening party  Finalize vows if writing your own

one week

 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 ceremony 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!

three weeks

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

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the wedding budget PLANNING

In Chicago, the average cost of a 150-person wedding is approximately $32,000 with downtown weddings costing a bit more and suburban weddings costing slightly less. When you start planning your wedding, one of the very first things you’ll need to do is create a wedding budget. You may have no idea where to start or how much your essential items will cost, so we’ve provided a budget worksheet on the next page to help you get started. At WeddingGuideChicago.com, you will find a real-time budget calculator so you can customize the worksheet to your specific needs. The most helpful approach for you, your partner, and your respective families will probably be to openly discuss how much everyone will be able to contribute. Traditionally, the bride’s family will pay for the majority of the wedding day expenses. Today, it is not uncommon for the bride and groom to foot the entire bill, or for each family to split the tab evenly. If the bride’s parents are unable to cover all of the wedding expenses, then perhaps the groom’s parents would be willing to assume a portion of the financial responsibility. There may be certain expenses that you and your partner can pay for as well, taking some of the pressure off of your families. When discussing your expenses with your loved ones, be sure to remain courteous and realistic.

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FIVE WAYS TO SAVE CUT DOWN ON THE GUEST LIST. Just because Cheryl (or is it Shelly?) from accounting let you go ahead of her at the copy machine doesn’t mean you’re obligated to invite her.

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PLAN ON THE OFF-SEASON. Many vendors offer discounts during wedding “off-seasons”—that includes cold months and weekdays.

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traditional financial obligations BRIDE OR THE BRIDE’S FAMILY  Engagement party  Wedding consultant’s fee  Wedding stationary which includes invitations, postage, print  Groom’s wedding ring   Gifts for bridesmaids  Wedding dress and other wedding day attire   Bridesmaids’ bouquets  Pre-wedding parties and bridesmaid luncheon  Photography and videography  Wedding guest book and pen  Ceremony fees  Flowers for the ceremony, musicians and vocalists  Reception  DJ or band  Floral decor and rental decor items  Flowers for reception  Transportation for bridal party to ceremony and reception  Wedding insurance and security (optional)

GROOM’S FAMILY  Rehearsal dinner  Wedding gift  Wedding day attire   Wedding gift for the newlyweds

GROOM  Bride’s wedding ring  Gifts for groom’s attendants  Wedding day attire  Bride’s bouquet  All boutonnieres  Officiant’s fee   Mothers’ and grandmothers’ corsages  Marriage license  Honeymoon expenses

ATTENDANTS  Any travel expenses  Wedding day attire  Bridal shower paid for by maid or matron of honor and bridesmaids  Bachelorette party paid for by maid or matron of honor  Bachelor party paid for by best man and groomsmen


budget worksheet DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT! BUDGET

ACTUAL

ITEM

Ceremony: 2%

Limo/transportation: 2%

Ceremony site fee

Photography/videography: 10%

Clergy or officiant fee

Engagement photos

Marriage license fee

Formal portraits

Wedding attire: 8%

Wedding day

Bridal gown

Albums

Headpiece & veil

Extra prints

Undergarments

Flowers/décor: 8%

Accessories

Ceremony site

Alterations

Bridal bouquet

Hair/makeup/manicure

Attendant flowers

Groom’s formalwear

Parents & grandparents

Preservation

Reception site florals

Reception: 40%

Flower preservation

Site rental

Music/entertainment: 8%

Caterer/food

Ceremony musicians

Liquor/beverages

Dinner musicians

Cake/sweet table

Disc Jockey

Rentals

Gifts: 2%

Parking fees/valet

Bride’s/groom’s gift

Service staff

Attendant gifts

Stationery: 3%

Parents’ gifts

Save-the-dates

Parties: 10%

Invitations

Rehearsal dinner

Announcements

Bridesmaids’ luncheon

Response cards

Rings: 2%

Reception cards

Miscellaneous: 5%

Placecards

Wedding night accommodations

Calligraphy

Wedding consultant

Thank you notes

Taxes & gratuities

Postage & mailing

Other

guide to tipping MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSES will require 5-8% of your budget for taxes, gratuities & other extras.

AN ADDITIONAL TIP is optional if you received exceptional service or required extra assistance.

EXPECT TO LEAVE A TRADITIONAL TIP to wait staff, bartenders, limo drivers, parking attendants, delivery staff, makeup artists and hairstylists.

NO NEED TO TIP BUSINESS OWNERS for exceptional service; for example, tip the DJ if he is an employee but not the owner.

MAKE A DONATION to the church or the officiant’s church. If the church or officiant do not require a fee, you should tip.

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HOW MUCH TO TIP? 15-20% for hair stylists, makeup artists, wait staff, bartenders, limo drivers and parking attendants. $10 each for delivery staff (florist, catering, rentals, etc.).

GRATUITIES ARE UP TO YOU, not everyone receives a tip.

$15-$20 per ceremony musician or reception musician for exceptional service.

READ YOUR CONTRACT! Today, tipping is often included.

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WHAT YOUR BRIDAL PARTY MEMBERS SHOULD BRING TO YOUR WEDDING

Choose attendants who will be there throughout the planning, right up until the last gift is opened. You should also choose attendants who will not impose their own opinions and desires. MAID OR MATRON OF HONOR

GROOMSMEN / USHERS

The bride’s maid of honor is primarily her right-hand during the planning stages. Her responsibilities include arranging the bridal shower, keeping records of all gifts given to the couple, serving as the witness for the couple’s marriage license, assisting the other bridesmaids, standing directly next to the bride at the alter to assist her in any way the bride should need, and helping the bride throughout her wedding day. Quite often she will also enjoy toasting the couple at the reception.

Groomsmen/ushers are involved in all ceremony festivities. They are meant to greet guests at the ceremony, ask which family they represent, and seat them on the proper side according to their affiliation. The bride’s family and friends sit in the left pews, while the groom’s family and friends sit on the right.

The best man is traditionally the groom’s closest friend or brother. He serves as the groom’s right-hand man and problem-solver before and during his wedding. His duties include assisting the groom, making sure the groom is on time for photos and the ceremony, ensuring that guests are properly ushered to their seats, giving toasts at the rehearsal dinner and at the wedding reception (typically his wedding day toast will be to the bride), and securing the rings, the marriage license, the honeymoon tickets, and the couple’s transportation.

BRIDESMAIDS Bridesmaids are typically the bride’s closest female friends and relatives. They assist in all pre-wedding festivities, they help design and assemble party favors and reception decor, introduce themselves to guests at the reception and play the role of host during the cocktail hour. They help the maid of honor with anything the bride may need before or during her wedding day. 40

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Much like the ring bearer, flower girls are typically young children, whether relatives or family friends. It is the flower girls’ duty to walk down the aisle before the bride, tossing paper or fresh flower petals down the aisle.

RING BEARER Most couples ask a young relative or a family friend’s son to act as the ring bearer. His duty is to walk down the aisle carrying the couple’s rings (or a substitute). Edward Fox Photography

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How to hire vendors FINDING THE BEST

With hundreds of capable, talented vendors in Chicago competing for your business, how do you go about finding the right vendors for your wedding? LET THE PROS HANDLE IT You may want to consider hiring a wedding consultant. Wedding coordinators 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 make sure all of your vendors are set for the big day.

Check references and read through contracts completely before signing with any vendor. Visit your top choices a few times to establish a rapport with each of your wedding suppliers, and make sure they meet your needs long after the contract is signed.

Hundreds of amazing vendors are part of our referral network. Just keep flipping through our magazine and visit our website at WeddingGuideChicago.com to find some of the best pros in the business for all your wedding needs.

BRIDAL SHOWS Be sure to visit bridal shows in your area. Check out Bridal Expo Chicago for information on the most reputable vendors in the Chicagoland area. You may also want to look into bridal walks and vendor showcases; many are developed by industry professionals and specifically designed to help brides find the best wedding suppliers.

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2016-2017 HOLIDAYS

2016

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New Year’s Day

Fri., Jan. 1

Sun., Jan. 1

FRIENDS & FAMILY

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mon., Jan. 18

Mon., Jan. 16

Get referrals and ideas from all of your recently married friends. You can even get e-ferrals from blog sites and wedding chat rooms.

Valentine’s Day

Sun., Feb. 14

Tues., Feb. 14

Presidents’ Day

Mon., Feb. 15

Mon., Feb. 20

St. Patrick’s Day

Thurs., Mar. 17

Fri., Mar. 17

Passover

Fri., Apr. 22

Tues., Apr. 11

Easter

Sun., Mar. 27

Sun., Apr. 16

Mother’s Day

Sun., May 8

Sun., May 14

Memorial Day

Mon., May 30

Mon., May 29

Father’s Day

Sun., June 19

Sun., June 18

Independence Day

Mon., July 4

Tues., July 4

Labor Day

Mon., Sept. 5

Mon., Sept. 4

Rosh Hashanah

Sun., Oct. 2

Thurs., Sept. 21

Yom Kippur

Tues., Oct. 11

Sat., Sept. 30

Columbus Day

Mon., Oct. 10

Mon., Oct. 9

Halloween

Mon., Oct. 31

Tues., Oct. 31

Veterans’ Day

Fri., Nov. 11

Sat., Nov. 11

Thanksgiving Day

Thurs., Nov. 24

Thurs., Nov. 23

Hanukkah

Sat., Dec. 24

Wed., Dec. 13

Christmas Day

Sun., Dec. 25

Mon., Dec. 25

HIRING YOUR VENDORS Choose the vendors you feel most comfortable with, vendors that best suit your personal style. You will be spending a good chunk of time with some of these people, so you should trust them. A good vendor should listen to your ideas and offer suggestions that will enhance your wedding day vision. You’re hiring your vendors to create your dream wedding, not theirs, so don’t feel guilty if you dislike some of their ideas. Choose a minimum of three vendors for each category (i.e. 3 photographers, 3 bakers, etc.) and set up appointments with each. Continue narrowing your selections. You may find this process tedious and time consuming, but your big day is the most important day of your life! Remember, wedding planning is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Six reasons to hire a wedding coordinator Hiring a wedding coordinator can save you time, money, and effort so that you can focus on enjoying your engagement and your wedding day. Whether designing your wedding from start to finish or simply consulting, wedding coordinators can offer you the best professional advice.

arrangements for the wedding, from invitations, catering, and transportation to entertainment, rentals, and decorations. They can also make arrangements for rehearsal dinners, showers and engagement parties.

THEY KNOW THE TRENDS Wedding experts are

wedding coordinator will listen to your ideas, give you unbiased opinions about your options, and help you create your wedding day vision to perfection. Like any of the decisions you will make for your wedding, you should not take the task of hiring a wedding planner lightly. Try to find a consultant you feel most comfortable with, someone you can really trust. Be upfront with your planner about your budget and your priority items, and make sure your coordinator’s responsibilities and fees are clearly spelled out in the contract you sign.

your best resource for the latest wedding trends. There may be wedding themes you’ve never heard of before, there may be celebrity trends you’ve never seen before, there may be new adaptations of old traditions that haven’t mainstreamed yet. Whether you’ve decided on your wedding theme or not, a wedding coordinator can introduce you to new design ideas and help you perfect all the details of your vision.

THEY KNOW THE BEST VENDORS AND HOW TO GET THE BEST DEALS Wedding coordinators

will have important connections and professional relationships with the best wedding suppliers in your area. Not only will your coordinator be able to find the right vendors according to your budget and your style, but they will also be able to find you the best deals possible.

THEY KNOW CONTRACTS Understanding legal

documents and knowing what to include in your contracts may not come easy, but wedding planners have extensive knowledge when it comes to negotiating vendor and venue contracts.

THEY KNOW HOW TO MANAGE YOUR WEDDING DAY Think of your wedding coordinator as

the conductor of your wedding orchestra, or rather as the ‘go-to’ person on the day of the event. Wedding planners can anticipate and prepare for any issues that may arise, they can facilitate the flow of events, and they can offer supervision that will ensure a worry-free day for you and your families.

THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAN THE DETAILS

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We suggest interviewing at least two or three planners to find the person who will bring your vision to life on your wedding day. You should also make sure that your planner is certified and that he or she has extensive experience. Ask to see their book of previous weddings, and contact their references.

What wedding coordinators can do for you: • Provide custom planning • Coordinate your wedding day arrangements • Offer consultations on services • Help negotiate and review contracts • Save you time and money with their resources • Give you peace of mind


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Sharing your joyful news

Announcing Your Engagement! The most important announcement will be to your parents. This should be made in person with both you and your fiancé present. If a personal visit is not possible, you should find time to call your loved ones individually to share the good news. It’s entirely up to you when you tell your friends and family members about your engagement. Some couples choose to make the announcement immediately, while others like to spend a few days sharing their excitement together before the madness continues. For all of your other guests, it is perfectly acceptable to make a mass announcement via text message, email, Facebook or Twitter. The most traditional and prestigious way to inform the world of your engagement is through an engagement announcement in your local newspaper(s). Most newspapers take two to four weeks to print engagement announcements, so be sure to make the arrangements ahead of time. Your newspaper office should have a form to complete, supplying you with all of the necessary questions for your article. If you’d like to include a photograph, a black and white photo is preferred, although some publishers will accept color photos for an additional charge. The picture can be a head-to-shoulder photo or a three-quarter length shot. Most couples choose a photo that shows them together, but you could also choose a photo of just the bride-to-be. Each newspaper has different photo requirements, so you should contact your local paper for all the right information. After the wedding has taken place, or even after you’ve returned from your honeymoon, place your marriage 44

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announcement in your local paper. The information will be much the same as the engagement announcement, except it should include when and where the wedding took place, both parents’ names, the officiant’s name, the names of bridal party members, and the names of honored guests. Include a formal picture from your wedding. Follow up with a phone call to the newspaper to confirm receipt of your announcement and photograph.

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, PHONE NUMBERS OF MANY LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ARE LISTED BELOW BEACON NEWS, AURORA

630.844.5811

CHICAGO SUN TIMES

312.321.2345

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

312.222.4049

THE COURIER NEWS, ELGIN

630.978.8310

THE DAILY HERALD

847.427.4495

THE HERALD NEWS, JOLIET

877.264.2527

KANE COUNTY CHRONICLE

877.264.2527

NAPERVILLE SUN

630.978.8310

THE NEWS SUN, WAUKEGAN

847.249.7249

NORTHWEST HERALD

815.459.4122


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advice from our lawyer THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE MARRIAGE

The legal and financial aspects of your nuptials should be planned as carefully as the service and the ceremony.

SUPPORTING EACH OTHER Once you’re married,

you have a legal responsibility to support each other and your future children. This obligation includes family expenses, medical coverage, education, food and housing, and the general upkeep of your household.

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 (but not necessarily equally) divide all assets, no matter whose name is on the title.

SPOUSAL DEBTS Marriage can make you legally

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

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

how your estate gets divided between your 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!

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP Generally, married couples

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.

own property as joint tenants with the right of 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.

BENEFICIARY RIGHTS You may want to identify

RECORD KEEPING You should keep important records

your spouse as the beneficiary of any insurance policies, stocks, trusts, bonds, securities, pension plans, health

and legal documents in a concise filing system, such as in a fireproof safe or in a safety deposit box at your bank.

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS In legal terms, the purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to enable couples, prior to marriage, to agree to plan for the division and distribution of the assets they bring to and acquire during their marriage, before the marriage is terminated by death or divorce, and before a dispute arises. In layman’s terms, a prenup protects you and your assets from worstcase marriage scenarios. Without a pre-nup, the laws in various states can determine, at any point in time, how a couple’s assets and debts are divided in a worst-case scenario. Pre-nups can be beneficial in numerous ways. For example, if one spouse’s family 46

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and it can prevent one spouse from turning individual assets into marital property. It can also prevent the transfer of debt. A pre-nup can detail the duties and obligations of each spouse relative to the use, occupancy, possession, and ownership of particular assets, as well as address the rights of stepchildren. By law, a pre-nup is only enforceable if it is in writing and if there is a full disclosure of each party’s assets. When devising a pre-nup, each party should be represented by their own lawyer. After the parties disclose their assets, they will have to agree upon a method to distribute the assets upon divorce or death of one spouse.


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handling day-of mishaps HOW TO SURVIVE WEDDING DAY SNAGS

Purchase a notebook with a pocket folder and write everything in it so you always have all crucial information at your fingertips. Don’t forget to put Wedding Guide in the pocket! Let’s face it, no matter how many emails you send to your bridesmaids, no matter how many calls you make to your vendors, no matter how many wedding planners you hire to orchestrate your big day, things can still go awry at the last minute. Your ring-bearer might run screaming down the aisle. Your officiant might say the wrong names. Your band might get food poisoning the night before. There may be a wardrobe malfunction 15 minutes before the ceremony. A bar mitzvah cake might get delivered instead. Point being, things may not go exactly according to plan, but it’s still your big day, and you can still make the most of it, even if it isn’t “perfect.” If day-of mishaps do occur, the best thing you can do is laugh about it. If you really think about it, marrying the love of your life should take precedence over eating the perfect cake. In most cases, no one will know the difference if last minute alterations need to be made. Our editor’s favorite book for surviving nearly any wedding catastrophe is The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven, Sarah Jordan and David Borgenicht. In it you’ll find solutions for missing rings, runaway toasts, bouquet allergies, dress mishaps, and so much more. Be prepared for non-stop laughter and an arsenal of ideas to help you get through some of the worst crises. The book is available at amazon.com and local bookstores. As you think of all the possible things that could solve your wedding day emergencies, put them in a basket. Your personal attendant or maid of honor will need this “Bridal Crisis Kit.”

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, bobbypins, safety pins, straight pins 5. Container of small hard candy for maintaining blood sugar levels 6. Clear deodorant, talcum powder, 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 with thread to match formal wear and all gowns. 11. Cell phone list of vendors & contracts for photographer, videographer, florist, caterer, limousine service, musicians, etc. 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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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 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 the majority of couples choose to marry in a house of worship, many couples are opting for less conventional settings. You may want to 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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LEGENDARY LOCATIONS Couples are thinking outside

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of the box for unique and unconventional locations to say, “I do.” For more rustic and laidback venues, couples are scouring forests and countrysides for summer camps, ranches, and old-fashioned mountain lodges. Couples who are interested in a more formal and sophisticated soirée are opting to book posh private estates or museums. Remember the sky’s the limit when choosing a setting for the happiest day of your life!

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present, couples are enforcing an “unplugged ceremony.” Signs are being displayed kindly inviting guests to turn off cell phones and cameras so everyone can experience the ceremony to the fullest without any technological distractions. The best gift your guests can give you during your ceremony is their presence, not their social media posts.

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eliminating paper from your ceremony and reception. Achieve a rich, sophisticated, high-end look by hiring a calligrapher or artist to make your programs and escort card display stylish and visually appealing. They can paint or write on mirrors or chalkboards, depending on your theme. You can add a frame, a hand drawn font, add floral to the border in the colors of your wedding to make it extra chic. It’s not only environmentally friendly… it’s creative and charming too!

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While it may not be a traditional house of worship, an old-fashioned or even a Vegasstyled chapel may offer a more pleasant setting than the courthouse. If you’d prefer a small, intimate gathering for your ceremony, if you’re just trying to make the most of a limited budget, or if you don’t have a church affiliation, you may want to consider hosting your wedding at a local chapel rather than at a traditional church. The main benefit of hosting your ceremony at a chapel rather than at a church is your options. Couples who don’t belong to a particular faith or congregation may want to hold their ceremony in a church-like venue without the religious regulations of a parish. Most chapels offer more flexibility when it comes to structuring your ceremony, and most will permit 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, often times this comes with an added fee. The upside to a chapel ceremony is you

won’t have 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 site, consider the logistics as well. You don’t want your guests getting lost on the back roads of cornfield country, and you may not want to ask guests to travel more than 30 minutes to the reception site, so be sure to consider the location of your chapel carefully. The layout of the chapel should provide a clear view of the alter for all of your guests. You should choose your changing rooms carefully so none of your wedding party members get lost within the chapel (this mostly applies to young ring bearers and flower girls). Some chapels may have restrictions on flash photography and music, some may have time constraints, and some may require you to use certain programs. Ask about these requirements before booking your ceremony location.

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For many, ceremony planning begins with finding the person to pronounce you husband and wife, also known as the officiant or celebrant.

Hiring a wedding coordinator can save you time, money, and effort so that you can focus on enjoying your engagement and your wedding day. Whether designing your wedding from start to finish or simply consulting, wedding coordinators can offer you the best professional advice.

getting ordained. Some areas will offer a 24-hour officiant license to a family member or close friend if a couple would prefer to have a loved one officiate their ceremony.

Choosing the right person to preside over your ceremony is a critical decision. Your officiant can be a great resource when it comes to structuring your ceremony and building a support system in the months before your wedding day.

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Before you decide on your officiant, talk to your partner about the type of ceremony you would like to have, whether you would prefer to recite traditional vows or write your own, whether you would prefer to incorporate religious or spiritual elements or take a more modern approach, whether you would like to include your family’s cultural traditions, and so forth. If you have a good idea about what kind of ceremony you would like to have, you’ll have an easier time choosing the right officiant for your wedding. Even after you pay your marriage license fee, it won’t be valid until an ordained officiant performs your ceremony, signs the license with a witness present, and returns it to your county. Almost any clerical member can be ordained as a wedding officiant, but if you do not wish to have a religious leader conduct your ceremony, you can opt for a civil ceremony at a courthouse, where a Justice of the Peace can act as officiant. Ask to see a copy of your officiant’s license. Your marriage license won’t be legal if your officiant hasn’t been properly ordained. Check your county’s marriage restrictions to see who can officiate wedding ceremonies and how they must go about 52

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1. Can you help us if we want to customize the ceremony, read our own vows, and pick out our own readings/music? 2. What do you love about celebrating weddings? 3. How many weddings do you do in a day? 4. What do you wear? 5. Do you require premarital or religious classes? Are you qualified to offer premarital relationship coaching? 6. What is your fee? Do you require a deposit to secure the date? Does the fee include the rehearsal? 7. How many meetings will be necessary to finalize the words in the ceremony? 8. Do you have references? 9. Are there any restrictions on photography or videography? Do you provide speakers/ microphone? 10. What is your cancellation/rescheduling policy? Do you have a backup in case there is an unforeseen emergency?


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ENJOY YOUR ENGAGEMENT AND LIFE AFTER “I DO” Even more important than planning your perfect wedding day is the time you spend with your partner. At some point during your engagement, you’ll need to discuss the fundamental marriage subjects with your partner, such as children, your finances, your living situations, your goals in life, your career objectives, and any other topics that might influence your relationship down the road. That said, you should also take a break from planning your wedding and your future together and spend time doing romantic things as a couple. You should share your engagement with your partner, so take advantage of the moment and start creating fun and special memories right away. When it comes to planning your perfect wedding day, know that you don’t have to make all the arrangements on your own. Enlisting the help of wedding experts, such as your officiant and a wedding coordinator, will keep you grounded and organized, not to mention free for date nights! 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 than the flavor of your cake, the bouquet toss, or your first dance song, so remember to keep things in perspective.

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MARRIAGE COUNSELING MYTH-BUSTERS MYTH: You will always have a perfect marriage. BUST: 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. MYTH: If you don’t have a perfect marriage, you will get divorced. BUST: Let’s get one thing straight: 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. In fact, 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, when you have the occasional fight, when you go through tough times together, your love evolves and strengthens, fusing you together into a solid team. Likewise, any socalled imperfections of your marriage will only make the good parts shine brighter (you know, ‘the darkness that lets us see the light’).


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

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50 W. Washington Chicago 312.603.7790

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license in Illinois, you and your partner will each need to bring a valid id, proof of age, such as your birth certificate or your passport, any documents from previous marriages, and cash to pay your marriage license fee (most are 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.

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140 l KOTEN CHAPEL NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE 329 E. School St., Naperville (630) 637-5104 or (630) 637-5560 northcentralcollege.edu/weddings 75 MILLENNIUM CARILLON IN MOSER TOWER Riverwalk at Rotary Hill, Naperville (630) 848-5000 napervilleparks.org OLD CENTRAL CHURCH 20 South Eastern Ave. Joliet (815) 722-1420 oldcentralchurch.com

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Jorie & Michael

JUNE 2015 WEDDING

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Jorie and Michael are two peas in a pod. After sharing four years of laughs, Michael proposed on Jorie’s grandfather’s boat. Every detail came together on their wedding day, including Jorie’s special touch of incorporating Michael’s love of fishing. Find out Jorie’s favorite part of the wedding at WeddingGuideChicago.com. AN OUTDOOR FEELING Emerson Creek’s restored barn, large

tent, and brick patio paired well with the couple’s personalities. To compliment the venue, peach, sage and many variations of orange and green were used throughout.

VINTAGE CHARM DÉCOR Flowered mason jars hung at the end of the aisle as two large floral grapevine wreaths hung as a ceremony backdrop. Over the head table, cascading flowers and greenery laid upon two vintage ladders. A vintage fishing lure was also used in Michael’s boutonniere.

A MEMORABLE FAVOR Guests received a pint glass with the

couple’s wedding monogram as something for guests to use again and again. After the first dance, family and friends sat outside around a fire and roasted s’mores.

POLAROIDS FOR PLACECARDS Guests found their name on a

place card, snapped a polaroid of themselves and hooked the photo on clothesline in it’s place, making a great memory book for the couple to take home. CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Emerson Creek Pottery and Tearoom, Oswego PHOTOGRAPHY JoyLyn Photography OFFICIANT Dan Plasman

CAKE Aracely’s Bakery, LaGrange FLORIST Andrew’s Garden, Wheaton INVITATIONS Jenna Blazevich

BRIDE’S DRESS Wolsfelt’s Bridal

WEDDING PLANNER Emerson Creek, BluePrint Events

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES J Crew Bridal Collection

CEREMONY ENTERTAINMENT Luxe Productions

HAIR & MAKEUP Karma Salon, Westmont

WEDDING BANDS James and Williams, Berwyn

GROOM’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

REHEARSAL DINNER Giordanos

GROOM’S TIE Macy’s

TRANSPORTATION Spare Wheels

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LaToya & Melvin

MAY 2015 WEDDING

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LaToya and Melvin’s lives changed forever on New Years Eve of 2011. After an exciting and conversational first date, the future bride and groom learned they shared many of the same interests. “We both felt we found our equal and the person who truly understood us,” LaToya says. A proposal overlooking the city led to a gorgeous Chicago wedding. See more details of their day at WeddingGuideChicago.com. DOWNTOWN LOVE The entire floor of The Westin Michigan Avenue was dedicated to the couple’s intimate wedding overlooking the Mag Mile. LaToya says, “It was imperative the wedding be located in our hometown where we both have an emotional connection.” To ensure their vision came together and to minimize stress, Dejanae Events helped create the couple’s dream wedding.

NO SECOND GUESSES LaToya was a beautiful bride in her fit and flare gown. With delicate beading on top, a strapless sweetheart neckline, and a dramatic, textured train, Melvin had all eyes for his bride.

SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE Reception tables featured cylinder vases

submerged with purple tulips, Picasso calla lilies, and purple sabin orchids topped with a floating candle. Other tables featured four vases topped with a candle, surrounded by petite vases with blush lavender hydrangeas, lavender and purple mini rose accents with a purple sabin orchid.

A CHICAGO FLAVOR Guests devoured red velvet with cream cheese

cake and white cake with chocolate buttercream filling. Friends and family also took home a taste of the city with bags of Garrett’s Popcorn after dancing the night away on a monogrammed dance floor. CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago PHOTOGRAPHER Rush Photography & Video PLANNER Dejanae Events BRIDE’S DRESS Volle’s Bridal Boutique, Lake Zurich HAIR Wesley’s International Hair Salon, Evanston MAKEUP Kelli Kolors, Schaumburg

GROOM’S ATTIRE Black by Vera Wang GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Joseph Abboud Tuxedos STATIONERY Dejanae Events FLOWERS Juliet Tan Floral Design, Chicago CAKE Sweet Mandy B’s, Chicago LIGHTING, DRAPING, MONOGRAM DANCE FLOOR A Posh Production, Elmhurst DISC JOCKEY DJ Prince of Prince Entertainment, Chicago SEE MORE WEDDINGS AT

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Sydney & TJ

JULY 2015 WEDDING

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Moving to Texas for their careers and to be closer to one another, Sydney and TJ still felt Chicago was the place to host their wedding. Thanks to the groom’s mother, every detail of their vintage chic wedding was taken care of, making long distance wedding planning possible. Read about TJ’s deep purple shotgun shell boutonniere at WeddingGuideChicago.com. ILLINOIS LOVES TEXAS Guests signed a framed painting of Texas

and Illinois hand painted by the groom’s mom. Romance novels of great love stories were also used throughout the reception décor and are now apart of the bride’s library.

BACK IN TIME Guests submitted notes at each table into a time capsule the couple will read on each anniversary. To make the wedding eclectic, the groom’s mom and aunt spent many days thrifting at local resale shops.

ALL IN THE FAMILY Since TJ is an avid hunter, his dad’s antlers and a camp lantern were placed on the head table and the couple’s alter hosted pheasant feathers. TJ’s great grandmother’s Amelia Earhart suitcase was also used as a card box.

EAT PIE, NOT CAKE As an alternative to cake, summer berry pies were served. Sydney and TJ cut their cherry pie with a vintage monogram pie server. PHOTOGRAPHER Ellie Malynn Photography

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY Carol Woldhuis Designs

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Schram Memorial Chapel, Glenview

CATERERS & DESSERT Chef Paul Catering

RECEPTION SITE Highland Park Community House, Highland Park OFFICIANT Pastor Josh Petersen of Immanuel Church BRIDE’S DRESS Ventura’s Bridal, Houston BRIDE’S SHOES Kate Spade Sneaker Keds GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

HAIR & MAKEUP Danielle Ruggiero (sister of the Groom) CHINA & DECOR The Sister Dish FLOWERS Carol Woldhuis Designs LINENS Windy City Linens LANTERNS Polly’s Petals and Particulars DISC JOCKEY Windy City Mix

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Daniella & Marty

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Marty asked Daniella to sing ‘Ring of Fire’ with him at his band’s upcoming House of Blues show. Nervous and excited, Daniella thought Marty was just giving her a moment to shine in front of her family. Little did Daniella know, The Lovehammers’ lead singer would bring his girl to center stage and profess his love in front of a city full of fans. Learn how the couple kissed their guests at the beginning of the ceremony at WeddingGuideChicago.com. EVERY GIRL’S DREAM Daniella and Marty said ‘I do’ at the iconic,

landmark of Old St. Patrick Church. A true romantic, Daniella’s favorite moment occurred when Father Tom said, “You may now kiss the bride.”

A SPARKLING BRIDE Daniella’s bouquet filled with her favorite

flowers wouldn’t be complete without Swarovski crystals. The bride was a beauty in her spin-worthy, enchanting ball gown and custom made The Left Bank shoes. A dancer herself, the couple surprised guests by opening up the dance floor flash mob style.

CASTLE IN THE CITY To play up the fairy tale wedding theme, the

gold columns of The Drake were lit with deep purple up lighting. Gold drapes added by Taylor & Co accented the room and lit crystal chandeliers stood on each table with cascading white flowers.

NIGHT OF ROMANCE A gorgeous flower wall stood behind the

couple’s head table as the ceiling lit up with stars over the dance floor. For a touch of class, Taylor & Co added pink roses to every tier of the couple’s wedding cake. CEREMONY SITE Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago

INVITATIONS AND STATIONERY All Things Paper

RECEPTION SITE The Drake Hotel, Chicago

CAKE Cake Chicago

PHOTOGRAPHER Jai Girard Photography

HAIR Fran Cipolla, Mario Tricocci

OFFICIANT Father Tom Hurley

MAKEUP Aga Kaskiewicz, Bridal by Aga

PLANNER Derrick Taylor, Taylor & Co.

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE Camille La Vie

BRIDE’S DRESS Macy’s Bridal Salon, Chicago

FLORAL & DECOR Taylor & Company, Chicago

BRIDE’S SHOES The Left Bank

DANCE INSTRUCTION Center Academy of Dance

GROOM’S ATTIRE Vera Wang

ENTERTAINMENT The Victorian Experience

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Jaci & Sarah

FEBRUARY 2015 WEDDING

accidentally in love

Both Sarah and Jaci had an ‘out’ during their first date. Scheduling to meet early in case the date went sour, both had evening plans with friends. It ended up being the best and last first date of their lives. “I knew early on I wanted to make the first date spectacular because I knew I would talk about it for years to come…” Jaci says. Read what Jaci surprised Sarah with at WeddingGuideChicago.com. AMBIANCE OF THE WIT Jaci and Sarah let the ambiance of The

Wit do all the talking. As one of the locations of their first date, the couple decided to keep everything simple to flow with the elegant and modern venue.

FOODIES STICK TOGETHER Guests were treated by The Wit’s

nationally known and award winning chefs with ahi tuna in mini ice cream cones, beet push pops, lobster topped with caviar on top of a truffle griddle cake and even peanut butter fudge shots.

IN LIVING MEMORY As a tribute to the couple’s grandparents, six small white roses were placed throughout the ceremony. “It was important to keep them alive and that be the only ‘flowers’ present,” Jaci says.

FOR OUR DOGS Spending time with their animals are an important part of the couple’s lives. In honor of their dogs Stella and Dexter, Jaci and Sarah decided to donate to the Humane Society in lieu of favors. PHOTOGRAPHER Gloss Photography Studios

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Calvin Klein

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Wit, Chicago

CATERER & BAKERY The Wit

OFFICIANT Penny Hackett-Evans

STRINGS ParkWest Strings

WEDDING PLANNER The Wit

BAND The Mikel Avery Band

BRIDE’S GOWN Miss Ruby, Milwaukee

DISC JOCKEY Matthew Collins

SARAH’S ATTIRE Calvin Klein

FLORIST Kennicott’s, Chicago

BRIDE’S HAIR Allie Schreiber Designs

REHEARSAL DINNER Moonlight Studios

BRIDE’S MAKEUP Goldplaited, Chicago

INVITATIONS Paper Source

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Vanessa & Maciej

SEPTEMBER 2015 WEDDING

toast to marriage

Vanessa thought she knew when, where, and what she was wearing when Maciej proposed. Out to dinner on vacation, all eyes were on the soon-to-be engaged during their champagne toast. After a few cheers and the restaurant looking on, Vanessa spotted a ring in the glass. “I am still shocked he surprised me!” the bride says. Their enchanted Chicago wedding planning began. Read how the couple’s post-ceremony incorporated doves and a drone at WeddingGuideChicago.com. LUCKY NUMBER TWO The bride looked chic with two bouquets and two dresses. Romantic and lightweight, Vanessa’s ceremony gown was perfect for a warm September day. Her crystal and opal Hayley Paige dress for the reception took Maciej’s breath away, giving the couple two ‘first looks.’

A POPPIN’ PARTY The newlyweds gave guests personalized

champagne bottles with their name and wedding date. Guests were treated to divine cuisine from Gibsons such as filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, or polenta cake.

TOUCH OF PURPLE Bridesmaids carried bouquets with white hydrangeas and a statement piece of a purple phalaenopsis orchid. A candle cage upon the king’s reception table was filled with hydrangeas, orchids, and floating candles. Tall and low arrangements surrounded the space in candlelight to add dimension.

AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR VENUE Vanessa and Maciej searched for a multipurpose reception locale that gave guests room to roam. The beauty of Montgomery Club was the perfect cherry on top. PHOTOGRAPHER Jaime Campanelli Photography

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CEREMONY St. Hyacinth Basilica, Chicago

BRIDE’S SHOES Steve Madden

RECEPTION The Montgomery Club, Chicago

GROOM’S ATTIRE Men’s Warehouse

OFFICIANT Rev. Stanislaw Jankowski

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bella Bridesmaid, Chicago

PLANNER, FLORIST, INVITATIONS P3 Events, Chicago

CATERER Gibsons Steakhouse

GETTING READY VENUE Intercontinental, Chicago

CAKE Rueters Bakery, Chicago

BRIDE’S GOWNS Modern Bride, Arlington Heights; Nordstrom

RECEPTION MUSIC The Mix Band

BRIDE’S HAIR Trio Salon

REHEARSAL DINNER Pinstripes, Chicago

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When you begin planning your perfect reception, you should consider these factors prior to signing a venue contract in permanent ink. Before you decide on the location of your reception, tally the number of people you plan on inviting, your budget, and your dream reception style. If you plan on holding 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 not one, but two beautiful bodies of water, so you might consider hosting a beach reception right on the lake. You could also erect tents by the waterfront and treat your guests to a boat ride down the river!

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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longer fitting the bill. Brides have been swapping them out for unique, unconventional textures, patterns, and prints. Though burlap and lace continue to reign in popularity, many runners are now displaying whimsical striped and chevron patterns with fun pops of color. For a more personalized and creative flare, make a DIY table runner out of photographs or pages of vintage books.

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reception.” It’s exactly what it sounds like—cocktail hour for the entire duration of the night! Instead of having a formal dinner where everyone eats at once, food will be available all night and guests can eat whenever they want. Chances are that your dance floor will never be empty since everyone will be eating at different times. With a cocktail reception, the party never comes to a halt!

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past. Couples are constantly coming up with creative alternatives. A few examples include using engraving pens to carve names and messages into silver serving trays for keepsakes, having each guest sign a wooden jigsaw piece, signing a garden bench for the furniture or patio or having everyone sign your favorite sports jersey!

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CHOOSING YOUR PERFECT LOCATION

Modern couples who want to think outside the box and try new venues have more options than hosting a traditional wedding reception. Chicago is full of incredible venue locations, from traditional houses of worship to yachts on the lakefront. You have so many options to choose from, why not consider each one? As one of the most historical cities in America, Chicago has a wide variety of sites with original architecture and fascinating back-stories. As one of the most diverse cities in the country, Chicago is full of cultural venues, cultural restaurants, and cultural bands. You can host your ceremony in one of the many breath-taking churches downtown, then take a trolley ride to your reception at one of the many ‘found venues’ in the meat-packing district! Treat your guests to meals by any number of Chicago chefs, get them dancing to the beats of any number of urban DJs and wedding bands, then make your grand exit on a horse-drawn carriage!

BANQUET HALLS & HOTELS Many banquet halls

and hotels will have accommodations for both your ceremony and your reception, as well as their own services, such as an in-house florist, an in-house catering company, an inhouse wait staff, an in-house band or DJ. They will have all necessary equipment, not to mention other amenities such as a fully-stocked bar and valet parking.

OUTDOOR LOCATIONS If you decide to hold your

wedding in the great outdoors, you won’t be sorry! At an outdoor venue, you’ll get to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. Imagine watching the sunset over the lake as you recite your vows! Imagine your guests dining within the beautiful garden area of a conservatory. Imagine dancing under the moonlight in a secluded patch of woods in a forest preserve. Your options are limitless when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor backdrop to your wedding day vision. The best parts of any outdoor venue are that you can really create any setting, you only need to add minimal decorations of your own, you 78

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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!

WATER WEDDINGS With both Lake Michigan and the

Chicago River located conveniently downtown, you can easily hold your wedding on the water, on the beach, or both! There are many companies in Chicago that rent out party boats, tour boats, casino boats, and luxurious yachts. You can host your ceremony on the beach of Lake Michigan, perhaps near a boat dock. For your reception, treat your guests to a ride on the water and save on transportation fees from your ceremony site to your reception site! Many cruise 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!

EDUCATIONAL SITES Chicago is a cultural hub of

exciting zoos, exceptional museums, and beautiful libraries. You can host your reception downtown at the Lincoln Park Zoo or at the Brookfield Zoo just a short train ride away! You could move your reception to the Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium, Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, or Navy Pier Greenhouse! Tour the Chicago Public Library in the south loop, which is one of Chicago’s oldest buildings for a beautiful library wedding. Whether your guest list is full of curious children or if you’d just like to host an event that is both exquisite and educational, the Windy City has many options!


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10 questions to ask your venue KNOW THE DETAILS

When meeting with prospective reception sites, here are some questions to ask that may have bearing on your final location decision. HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN COMFORTABLY BE SEATED AND ENTERTAINED IN THIS AREA? There needs to be enough room for the tables, chairs,

dance floor, bars and other amenities, plus some elbow room for guests. The quoted guest numbers for the room will vary for plated, buffet, and cocktails.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE BASIC ROOM RENTAL? Some places offer only the facility and you may

need to rent the amenities. Others include everything from silverware to the cake. Be sure the inclusions are listed on your estimate.

HOW ABOUT ADDITIONAL SERVICE FEES? Typical extras might include cutting your cake, uncorking your furnished champagne, white glove service, valet parking, coat check, and providing restroom attendants.

making specialty drinks you crave, to a place where liquor may be served only if you or your caterer bring it in and hire your own bartenders. Understand who will take on the liability concerning age limits.

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER EVENT TAKING PLACE AT THE SAME TIME, OR BEFORE OR AFTER MY EVENT? Many facilities book events

concurrently or within tight time restrictions. Verify whether you will be the only event that day and how much time you will have before and after your event, especially if you will need additional set-up time or if you may decide to extend your celebration another hour or two.

DOES THE FACILITY HAVE THE PROPER LICENSES AND INSURANCE? If they’re providing

WHAT RESTRICTIONS ARE THERE? You may not be able to use candles in your centerpieces or twinkle lights in your decorations. Ask before you make any specific plans.

bar service, they should have a liquor license as well as liability coverage. Make sure they have certification from the Board of Health. If you are hiring an outside caterer, make sure they have the licenses, liability coverage, and Health Department certifications that the facility and city requires.

HOW MANY RESTROOMS ARE AVAILABLE?

WHAT ABOUT SECURITY? Community regulations

Are there adequate facilities for the number of guests you plan to have and are you sharing them with another event? You may want to ask whether there is a separate room for the bridal party. Are they stocked up on amenities? You could even place a personalized basket in each restroom for your guests.

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IS THERE AMPLE PARKING, AND WHAT WILL IT COST? Is the parking free and off-street, or in a nearby garage where they will need to pay? Can reduced rates be arranged for guests for overnight parking in the hotel or during the event in a paid lot? If parking is on-street or away from the facility, consider hiring a bonded valet service.


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Bring this checklist with you when you’re obtaining bids from reception facilities. Hotels, banquet halls and restaurants offer a variety of packages that differ considerably. You should plan to book a facility six to 18 months before your wedding. Number of guests ____________________________ Room capacity _____________________________ Hours available _____________________________

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A wedding reception is always planned around the day’s activities. Plan ahead to ensure your wedding starts off on the right foot and on time. Here is a general sequence of reception events. Vary it according to your needs:

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 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 be closed and locked; the guest book may then be left unattended. An honorary host or hostess can greet guests, help with their coats, and invite them to enjoy prepared light refreshments. Guests are mingling and visiting—not seated in the dining area.

2. RECEIVING LINE OR GRAND ENTRANCE

as the bride and groom arrive at the reception, but before they enter. In this case all guests take their seats at dinner, and the bride and groom and wedding party may make their “grand entrance.” The band leader, disc jockey, or a family member may act as the master of ceremonies, introducing the bride and groom and each of their wedding attendants.

3. CUTTING THE CAKE

The couple cuts the first slice with their hands held together over the knife 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. Again, 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 TOAST

The best man presents the traditional toast to the bridal couple; other toasts may be presented throughout the meal.

Traditionally, guests greet the bride and groom in a receiving line at the ceremony location. However, in recent times, receiving the guests is sometimes done at the reception site. If you decide to greet your guests at 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.

5. THE MEAL

Dinner may be announced after the bride and groom arrive at the reception. Alternatively, dinner may be announced just

The guests are then served, beginning with the parents and grandparents of the newlyweds and any tables of honored

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The wedding party and the guests are seated. An invocation or table blessing may be said, after which serving begins. The bride, groom and the wedding party are served first. The immediate wedding 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.


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guests. Here there is room for variation, as some parents consider themselves to be the hosts and hostesses of the celebration and prefer that their guests be served first. However, the practicality of the situation is that serving the parents first allows them to be among the first to finish so they may begin to mingle with the other guests as they have finished their meal.

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 activity begins.

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 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 the wedding that have been married for the most years.

9. THE ESCAPE

Finally, the two of you leave the reception. Perhaps you prefer to slip away with little notice, or you’d rather make a grand exit being showered by rice, potpourri, flowers or bubbles raining down upon you, bringing wishes for fertility, prosperity and happiness.

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TIPS FOR YOUR RECEPTION GIVE a written copy of your schedule to all those involved: the caterer, the musicians and DJ or bandleader, photographer, videographer, family and wedding party members. Include contact numbers for all vendors and wedding party members to ensure everyone is where they should be when needed. Build in some extra time to allow for any unexpected happenings. IF you’re having an outdoor reception, have the grounds sprayed for bugs about an hour before the reception begins. SKIP the huge head table at the reception— share an intimate dinner for two as man and wife or share a small table with your parents or children. This also allows members of your bridal party to sit with their loved ones. IF you are booking a facility far in advance, inquire if they are planning any major renovations or changes to their facility. This should be noted in the contract. ASK the caterer or chef to prepare a late night snack for the two of you as the bride and groom usually spend more time with their guests than eating at the reception. HIRE professional staff to bartend and serve if you’re holding your reception at a private location. CONSIDER having food stations, Instead of a sit-down dinner. Each “food bar” can have a different theme, pasta, carving station, fruits, vegetables, and sweets.


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toasting in style BE THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

A reception toast sets the tone for the celebration. The toast gives guests a chance to raise their glass for the couple’s new life together. BACK TO BASICS According to the Emily Post Institute,

a toast should be short and to the point. You don’t want to drone on and bore the other guests, and you don’t want to lose the focus of your speech. As tradition dictates, the best man toasts the bride, and often the maid of honor will toast the groom, but any guest asked to give a toast should try to incorporate details about both the bride and groom into their speech.

PLAY ON WORDS Recounting funny childhood stories

about the bride or groom can be entertaining, so long as it’s tasteful. Remember: it’s a wedding toast, not a Comedy Central roast. Make the guests laugh once, then quit while you’re ahead. It’s tacky (and sometimes hurtful) to make fun of the couple or humiliate them in front of their family and friends, so keep the humor to an opening or closing line. For more ideas, read up on proper toasts, modern toasts, and mad-lib toasts. Check out wedding toast sites online and watch YouTube videos of toasts for inspiration. There are also professional wedding speech writers who can help you write the perfect toast if you aren’t as confident with public speaking.

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POETRY IN MOTION Keep in mind that a toast doesn’t

necessarily have to be a formal speech. You do have the chance to get creative. If you feel comfortable doing so, try writing a poem or even a rap for the occasion. If you have a favorite song that evokes nostalgia from your posse, arrange for the DJ to play it as you take the mic to give your speech. A musically inclined toaster might even want to celebrate the moment with a special song. If done tastefully, the wedding guests, the wedding party, and the couple will enjoy the added entertainment.

SPEAK UP While there is a traditional order to the toasts,

you can go off book at any time. Many couples even encourage other guests to make impromptu toasts after the scheduled toasts have concluded. Both the bride and the groom might want to write individual toasts to thank each other, their friends and family, and their other guests, as well as those who played special roles in their wedding day. If the bride is a nervous speaker, the groom can toast for the both of them, and vice versa. Having the bride and groom toast each other adds a romantic touch to the occasion.

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windy city welcome

BRING ON THE MIDWESTERN HOSPITALITY Chicago is known for its savory fare and restaurants of all types. Extraordinary stores and boutiques are also Chicago’s major tourist draws.

There’s more to Chicago than deep dish pizza, hot dogs, and sports. It’s a cosmopolitan center with Midwestern warmth, world-class museums, and some of the best restaurants in the country. Show your out-of-town guests why you chose this amazing city for your big day with these ideas and they’ll see why it truly is Sweet Home Chicago.

FOR THE FOODIE

Chicago’s restaurant scene offers an eclectic collection of international cuisines with options for any budget. From thin crust to deep dish, from African to Peruvian, there truly is something for everyone. Pick up a copy of the current Zagat’s or similar dining guide and highlight your favorite places, from the burger at Au Cheval to the tasting menu at Alinea. For an even more personal touch, create your own guide and include a note about why you’ve picked each spot and what it means to you.

SAY CHEERS

There’s nothing like celebrating with a beverage crafted right here in Chicago. There is a multitude of breweries offering every type of beer imaginable and a burgeoning distillery scene. For the wine lover you can’t go wrong with a bottle from Lynfred Winery. Give your guests their very own tasting tour by stopping at Binny’s Beverages and picking up some local spirits or creating your own six-pack of Chicago brews.

CHICAGO IN A BASKET

What better way to say “welcome” than with a gift basket filled with goodies that truly say Chicago? Include samples from delicious local purveyors like Garrett’s Popcorn, Katherine Anne Confections, and Crafted by Cleetus. Visit

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a Pastoral Artisan Cheese and Wine location for one of the most impressive selections of cheese and charcuterie in the city. You also could include sports memorabilia from the Cubs, Sox, Bears, Bulls, Fire or Blackhawks.

FOR THE SHOPAHOLIC

Sure, Chicago knows food, beer, and sports, but we also know shopping. From national and international chains to local boutiques this city is a shopping Mecca. Provide a brochure for the nearest shopping center or, better yet, create a guide with your favorite stores that are close to the hotel where your guests are staying.

SHOW THEM CHICAGO

While your wedding is the ultimate destination for your guests’ visit to Chicago, while they’re here you can show them just how much this city has to offer with custom itineraries. You could include museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, voted the number one museum in the world; the Shedd Aquarium; and the Chicago Sports Museum. You could suggest tours that focus on everything from a specific neighborhood to gangsters to pizza. The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s architectural cruise is the best in the city, and there are several lake and river cruises that provide stunning views of Chicago’s gorgeous skyline. To help your guests navigate include a CTA day pass along with instructions and a map to the nearest stop, and for your active guests a Divvy credit so they can explore the city by bike. We suggest using The Local Tourist’s (thelocaltourist.com) custom itineraries to provide your guests with an interactive map of your favorite places in Chicago.


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a standout reception GET THIS PARTY STARTED!

You have dreamed about your special day since you were a little girl. Perhaps your tastes have changed from time to time, but weddings, while always a glorious and unique day in the bride’s life, are still a collection of rituals we’ve seen many times. We’re being candid here, aren’t most of your most vivid wedding memories the ones where something went wrong—the groom’s ex crashed the ceremony, or the flower girl ate the petals instead of throwing them? Then there’s receptions. In the 90s it was the Electric Slide and this year it’s the Wobble, but we’re still doing line dances in large giggly groups. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but if you want to go rogue and create a truly unique and absolutely memorable experience for your guests, we have a few outside-the-box ideas for you.

with a local brewery and “borrow” one of their custom beer recipes. The possibilities are limited only by your guests imaginations and palate preferences. They’ll never forget the wedding where you served THEIR favorite things.

IT’S REALLY ABOUT THE FOOD If you think

make your reception memorable because the guests’ final experience is a rough one. They are on their own after you’ve made your exciting getaway, so think ahead about how you can make their journey home as safe and comfortable as possible. Arrange for coffee service as a late-night energy boost, and spoil your high-heeled guests with a supply of cute flip flops or disposable flats standing by to relieve their tired feet. Be certain your car service will return until everyone is away, or verify taxi availability with the venue managers. Put together a collection of inexpensive umbrellas in case the weather decides to dampen their exits unexpectedly.

about it, a lot of your reception is really you, as a couple, taking everyone you know to dinner. So, put a spotlight on the food and concentrate your energy and budget on a five-star cuisine experience instead of a full-scale party. Let your taste buds be your guide and if you don’t have the cache (pun intended) to hire Wolfgang Puck as your personal chef, choose among Chicago’s many top-tier restaurants and let them indulge your every craving. Let the room’s natural ambiance be your décor, and enjoy having everything already done for you—bar, linens, and lighting, so all you do is sit back and be your own guest. Check out urbanspoon.com for a list of first-rate choices by location, price, and fare.

REMEMBER WHEN Regardless of the number

of guests and resulting tables, create a table numbering system to showcase you and your groom throughout your lives. Instead of 1, 2, 3… assign “age” numbers and create the scene around or in place of a centerpiece. Find accents to match; bits of your woobie at table 1, favorite games or toys at table 6, snapshots of your first car at table 16, and the cork from your first shared bottle of wine at table 21. No one can possibly duplicate that décor!

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GO CLUBBING Who knows better how to turn

you into a VIP than a nightclub? Why not reserve your reception in a private room or cordoned off section of one of Chicago’s hottest clubs? Treat yourself to the total red carpet treatment and enjoy the envy when you and your group bypass the long line at the door and indulge your celebrity daydreams. As a bonus, once you make your getaway, your guests are already AT the after party!

THE WAY HOME One thing you don’t want is to

JUST BE REAL Our final ironic suggestion is to be so

traditional that you actually end up being different. With everyone trying to be so unique and eclectic these days, you could have a reception that includes every single over-thetop, toeing the line wedding activity, which will make it a fun tongue-in-cheek memory for everyone. The best thing about this approach is that your photos and videos will be fairly timeless. No passing trends, Photoshop trickery, or searching high and low for neon themed ocean grass. Just the basic white wedding with the requisite photos and a full-on chicken dance; you’ll know exactly what to plan and where to get it because providers have got those things down cold. When you look back at your photos in 2042, you will have classic family pics, clear and sharp black and whites, and video of a comfortable and contented crowd, not wary of surprises or trying too hard to fit in.


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You may be occupied with last minute plans during your wedding weekend, while your out-of-town guests have extra time on their hands. A great way for family and friends to reconnect is to arrange for a hospitality suite in your hotel. This room can be a regular guest room, suite, conference, or banquet room. Sometimes the hospitality suite is included as part of a wedding package with your reception and guest rooms. The hotel can stock the bar and have munchies delivered at offmeal hours—they might even supply continental breakfast with juice and coffee in the morning. Ask the hotel what their policy is about bringing in outside liquor and food— some will allow it while others may charge a fee. 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 site. You might want to schedule some special activities for your guests, especially if they are first-time visitors to your area. Work with your host hotel concierge on sightseeing tours, shopping trips, theater tickets, restaurant reservations, and organizing any special events you might like to hold. 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. More often, out-of-town guests are being included in the rehearsal dinner. The catering manager at your hotel will also be a valuable resource should you choose to have your rehearsal dinner, a post-wedding brunch, or a welcome cocktail party for all your guests. In-room amenities are always nice to welcome your guests, letting them know how much you appreciate their effort to be with you. Classics include a simple fruit basket, a bottle of wine, a fruit and cheese tray, or flowers. If you are truly ambitious, you can make your own baskets for guests, with items such as maps, event directions, snacks, games (great 104

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for families), or a souvenir from your city like a Christmas ornament that will be cherished for years to come.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCKS 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 a 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. You won’t need to pay anything up front to reserve the rooms and you won’t be charged penalties for unused rooms. With a guaranteed room block, the hotel will charge you a penalty if your guests don’t book an agreed upon percentage. Make sure you have enough guests to book at a hotel before booking a guaranteed room block. 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. Share the information with your guests in advance so they know where to stay in your save the date or insert in your invitations. Include any special code or links guests may need when booking.


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food for thought WHAT TO SERVE

When it comes to wedding cuisine, most guests will remember the quality of the food—both good and bad. Let your wedding style, the season of the year, and the time of day dictate what to serve and how to present it.

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. Be sure to let your guests know ahead of time of what food will be served. A simple line like “dessert reception immediately follows” on the invitation will preclude any food-related mysteries.

DAYTIME OPTIONS Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are

all great options for a reception earlier in the day. Though not extremely common, a sunrise ceremony would be perfect followed by breakfast, whether a casual continental buffet or a lavish plated affair, featuring dishes like Eggs Benedict or Italian Fritattas. A mid-morning wedding is appropriately followed by a lunch or brunch, and again, casual to elegant applies. A jazz brunch is a fun option that combines a love of great music and a large variety of culinary choices from both the breakfast and lunch food groups. A church hall reception might be as simple as lemonade, iced tea, assorted finger sandwiches, and wedding cake. An afternoon ceremony can feature a reception immediately following, like a mid-afternoon tea or early evening cocktail party, or feature an hour or two wait until dinner.

WHEN DINNER FOLLOWS Dinner means different

things to different people, but for a wedding celebration, an abundance of food and drink is usually the norm. There are as many options as there are newlyweds, with options 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.

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that might follow could include a dessert reception, a Spanish Tapas fest, or even a classic Midnight Buffet with a combination of sweet and savory foods.

A WORD ABOUT BUFFETS Buffet meals can be simple or just as elegant as a plated meal. They may often include stations that offer meats hand-carved tableside, made to order specialties like omelets and pasta dishes, hand-rolled custom sushi, or display a wide variety of seafood. Guests can eat their fill and choose from a variety of foods, much more so than with a plated dinner. That said, understand that full buffets can cost as much or more than a plated dinner.

TASTY ALTERNATIVES Several alternatives give you the opportunity to control costs and throw a stylish party for your guests.  Brunch/Breakfast—Whether served sit-

down or buffet style, these meals are more affordable than dinner due to the lower cost of the foods with which they are prepared.

 Lunch—Like breakfast, lunch always costs

less than dinner. The smaller portion sizes also let you select more sumptuous foods.

 Tea—Your guests will love the variety of finger foods, bite-sized sandwiches, and sweets offered during this classic late afternoon choice.

 Dessert Only—Add some cheese, fruit, petit fours, crème brulees, and other dessert choices to your wedding cake table for a sweet, simple party.

  Champagne—Typically includes a slice of

wedding cake, a glass or two of bubbly, lots of beautiful plump red strawberries, and something decadently chocolate, limousine service, musicians, etc.


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For the couple who is anything but ordinary, a standout wedding seems only fitting. If you and your spouse hope to create a wedding vision that truly reflects your personalities, don’t hold back! Get as creative as you like, and plan the wedding that’s truly right for you. According to Seattle-based alternative wedding expert, Ariel Meadow Stallings, alternative wedding themes aren’t just for alternative couples. “I’m seeing more traditional couples making some offbeat choices,” Stallings says, “whether it’s some funky shoes with their dresses and tuxedos or taking some DIY craft inspiration to make their own bouquets.” Stallings, author of the book “Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides,” considers a Star Warsthemed wedding (complete with storm troopers) to be one of the more unusual unions she’s seen. But that’s just one example; your groom doesn’t have to dress up as Han Solo to make your wedding day stand out. For a creative alternative to the average wedding theme, choose your own unique alternative, then add decorations, costume elements, and music to compliment your theme. Here are some quick tips to help you choose an alternative theme for your wedding.

GET CRAFTY Instead of flipping through a magazine

of traditional decor designs and settling on replicas, try designing your own floral arrangements, lighting concepts, and table decorations! Incorporate style accents that reflect your interests and taste. If you’re both in the music industry, try folding sheet music to create paper flowers and bouquets, table settings, and other decorations. If you’re both in the 108

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food industry, try edible designs for your floral arrangements and decor. If you’re film buffs or book worms, theme your wedding according to your favorite love story. Your wedding should be a reflection of your relationship, so get crafty with alternative themes.

THINK OUTSIDE THE BANQUET HALL One of the easiest ways to create an alternative wedding is to host your wedding at less traditional venues. “Thanks to the economy, couples have to be more creative about all aspects of their weddings, and certainly reception venues are included in that,” Stallings says. “I’m seeing more and more bar receptions, as well as receptions at theaters and small museums.” Chicago has plenty of creative options for your wedding. Try the Mars Gallery in the West Loop or the Garfield Park Conservatory. The Catalyst Ranch, located in a historical downtown loft, specializes in hosting events with an unusual flair. In the suburbs, you could try the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan or the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Check out local park district and municipal websites for exclusive venues in both the city and the suburbs.

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELVES Even though

it’s your wedding, not anyone else’s, you should prepare yourselves for the possibility that some people, like oldfashioned grandparents or traditional in-laws, may disagree with some of your choices. Stallings explains, “in weddings, as in life, you simply can’t please everyone all the time, but if you spend too much time trying to, you’re going to end up disappointed yourself.” Don’t get discouraged by anyone else’s opinion, just follow your heart.


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wedding traditions WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

Many wedding traditions date back centuries while some are modern twists to an old idea. WHITE WEDDING DAY Wearing a white wedding

gown is not as traditional as you may think. It was Queen Victoria who, in 1840, married Prince Albert in the finest of white laces and fabrics and set the modern trend. Prior to that, women could not afford such luxuries so they wore their Sunday best no matter the color. In other cultures, wearing white has always been a mainstay as it represents purity and innocence.

FOOTLOOSE AND FANCY FREE From the

courts of old Europe, the waltz has gained prominence as the traditional first wedding dance. Today, more modern ballroom styles are also gaining prominence (thank you “Dancing With The Stars!”). Dance has always been a communal form of interaction so, what better way to begin your life together?

ALWAYS THE ‘MAID, NEVER THE BRIDE

Sporting your own entourage of bridesmaids dates back to Roman times when the bride’s handmaidens dressed in similar garb. This practice confused evil spirits who wanted to steal the bride on her wedding day.

WITH THIS RING, I THEE WED An unbroken circle

representing everlasting love—why the left hand? Egyptians believed in a vein of love leading from the left hand directly to the heart.

LIGHTING FIRE Many religious leaders believe that

the roots of the Unity Candle lead back to ancient Rome and perhaps even paganism. The use of candles and fires has even dated back to ancient Greek and African wedding ceremonies when many brides were led to the groom by torchlight. Most believe this is a newer custom signifying the joining of two families and two people. 110

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OLD, NEW, BORROWED, BLUE An old rhyme

that has been around since Victorian times, representing hope for the bride’s future. Something old connects the bride to her “old life” and her family, something new represents her new future, something borrowed from a happily married woman is meant to wish the same happiness for the bride to be and something blue represents fidelity.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE A bride’s first steps down the aisle symbolize the transfer of the daughter and her dowry from her father to her future husband.

FLOWER POWER Tossing the bouquet, a tradition originating in England, is the bride’s way of passing on her good fortune to future brides.

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

IT’S RAINING RICE Rice has long been a major staple of many cultures. Considered a “life giving seed” since biblical times, it is thrown to the couple in hopes that the couple will have luck with fertility.

CAKE FACE Cake cutting represents the first activity

a couple does together. Often very romantic, this sweet symbol of commitment to provide for one another lets a couple show love or affection for the first time as husband and wife in front of their friends and family. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the newlyweds.


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rehearsal dinner basics GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Though your wedding reception may be the highlight of your entertainment schedule, it certainly isn’t the only party in your wedding planning. There are many types of parties to plan during this special time in your life. Though some may be held in homes of friends or relatives, chances are one or more of these celebrations will be held in a restaurant, banquet facility, hotel, private or public club. There are obvious reasons to have one of these events “out-ofhouse,” like your host not having to clean and organize his or her home. However, that may be just the beginning. One benefit is the experience of the staff at these facilities in helping you plan this event with such items as room set-up, selection of food and beverages, arranging any special activities taking place, and booking needed entertainment. Choosing a restaurant or club will allow you creativity in the type of celebration, from the cuisine to the decor. A private room in a favorite restaurant for the rehearsal dinner creates a special ambiance on the eve of your wedding. A boat cruise party is a fun and exciting way to share time with friends. If you aren’t honeymooning the next day, have an after the wedding brunch so you can see all of your out-of-town guests one more time

REHEARSAL DINNERS A dinner following the wedding rehearsal is not a necessity, but it is a wonderful way to begin your festivities and allows your attendants and families to get acquainted. It is traditionally hosted by the groom’s parents—either in a restaurant, hotel, private dining facility or in their home. On this occasion, the groom’s parents need play only one role—host and hostess! Invitations should be sent two to four weeks before the wedding. Invite all members of the wedding party and their spouses or guests. The parents of the young attendants should also be invited. Include clergy and spouse, musicians and vocalists (if 112

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Weddings are a joyous celebration. The least thing you want to worry about is conflict among family members. If your family is not a typical family unit: mom, dad, four grandparents, 1.6 siblings, dog and cat; then you are actually very typical. There’s really no such thing as an actual average family. So the thoughtful couple should brush up on the rules for divorced and/or remarried parents, as well as step-parents and –siblings. It’s also time to recognize we have arrived at 2065, a generation that includes brides and grooms who have been raised by two moms or two dads, so the rules of etiquette include modern families as well. Steven Petrow, author of The Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners, says “Intention is a big part of manners, so you don’t have to worry as much about making a faux pas.” So, regardless of what your family tree looks like, if you’re not sure who sits where, or how to address the invitations, just be honest and ask what they’d prefer. It’s respectful because, although invitations, seating charts, and food are really your choice to make, your loved ones will be glad to know you care.

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 couples or single. If the financial decisions are complicated and you are unsure about whom to include on the formal invitation, or if you’re paying for it yourselves, it is perfectly acceptable to simply say “[Bride] and [Groom] announce and want you to celebrate with them.” Etiquette dictates that married, cohabitating, or serious couples may receive a single invitation; e.g., if your father lives with his girlfriend, address the envelope with both names. Keep in mind, etiquette never requires you to include anyone (an “other” man or woman, for instance) who represents unavoidable conflict.

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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 front row and fathers in the second, so whether they are re-married or not, they have their own place of honor. Beyond that, if you have an extended mix, the room doesn’t have to be separated into the standard bride and groom side, but instead guests can sit anywhere, to reflect one community supporting the couple. Quick Tip: if you can’t decide whether your father or stepfather should walk you down the aisle, ask mom to do it. In the receiving line, follow the rules of invitation. The person(s) hosting the wedding stand with the couple and others are seated behind. If everyone is contributing, alternate bride and groom parent posts so estranged couples are not next to each other.

PHOTOGRAPHY This is the time for everyone to play nice, please. Photos are forever, so ask mom and dad to put on their best “all about you” face because, if nothing else, they do share you forever. The photographer is there to direct and suggest so there’s no time for awkward conversation anyway. Luckily, you can take as many photos as you like, with all relationships represented; moms and dads, step-children, partners, grandparents, everyone-- popping in and out of the scene, giving you plenty of raw material to build your photo family tree. In the end, you are not responsible for making everyone happy. But let us know if you figure out how! Your only obligation is to pave the way for civility and respect. After that, enjoy the day! If the specifics of a particular tradition cannot be resolved, just skip it, or modify it so you don’t have to make a choice at all. A wedding is really about one thing after all, the love and commitment of two people. The rest are just details.


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RAVISLOE COUNTRY CLUB 18231 South Park Ave. 300 Homewood  •  (708) 798-5600 ravisloecountryclub.com

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SILVER LAKE COUNTRY CLUB 14700 South 82nd Ave. 420 Orland Park  •  (708) 349-6940 silverlakecc.com

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WHITETAIL RIDGE GOLF CLUB 7671 Clubhouse Dr. Yorkville  •  (630) 882-8988 whitetailridgegolfclub.com

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

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ABBINGTON BANQUETS 3 S 002 Rt. 53 Glen Ellyn  •  (630) 942-8600 abbingtonbanquets.com ALPINE BANQUETS 8230 S. Cass Ave. Darien  •  (630) 964-4154 alpinebanquets.com

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ARROWHEAD GOLF CLUB 26W151 Butterfield Rd. 300 Wheaton  •  (630) 653-5802 arrowheadgolfclub.org/weddings

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THE DRAKE OAK BROOK 2301 York Rd. Oak Brook  •  (630) 571-0000 thedrakeresortcom DRURY LANE 100 Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace  •  (630) 530-0202 drurylane.com EAGLEWOOD RESORT & SPA 1401 Nordic Rd. Itasca  •  (630) 694-5907 eaglewoodresort.com

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ELLIS HOUSE & EQUESTRIAN CENTER 13986 McKanna Rd. Minooka  •  (815) 475-4035 ellishec.com EMBASSY SUITES CHICAGO-NAPERVILLE 1823 Arbriter Ct. Naperville  •  (630) 799-5900 chicagonaperville.embassysuites.com

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LE MÉRIDIEN CHICAGO-OAKBROOK CENTER 2100 Spring Rd. 150 Oak Brook  • (630) 468-2228 lemeridienoakbrook.com MEDINAH WEDDINGS & SIGNATURE EVENTS 550 Shriners Dr. Addison  •  (630) 458-0200 weddingswithus.com

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Many reception sites have catering restrictions, which are typically detailed in the provided contract, and many may insist that you use only their in-house catering service for your reception dining. Other venues may prefer it if your hire your own catering service and wait staff, as their accommodations and staff may be limited. For the best reception meal, try these catering tips!

IF YOUR VENUE REQUIRES YOU TO USE IN-HOUSE CATERERS If your venue insists that you use their in-house caterers for your reception food, fret not. Most credible venues have professional arrangements with quality vendors, so you’re in good hands. You may not be able to hire the Top Chef you wanted, but rest assured, you’ll still eat very well at your wedding. Not to mention, that’s one less arrangement you’ll have to make! In-house caterers can provide you with a wide variety of meal options, but you can always work with the head chefs to design your own menu items.

IF YOU HIRE YOUR OWN CATERING SERVICE If your venue permits you to hire an independent company to cater your reception, then you have plenty of options. To narrow down your choices, it may help to consider a few factors. First, you should consider the number of guests who will be attending your wedding. You need to know how many mouths you have to feed in order to properly establish your catering 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 at your wedding.

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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Instead of having a traditional bar at your reception, treat guests to multiple drink stations where they can sample lots of refreshing beverages. Create signature drinks for your special occasion or stick with the classics, like mini margaritas and mini mojitos. Your drink stations can also reflect the season of your wedding. Examples: an apple cider station in the fall, an eggnog station in the winter, etc. Your guests will love sampling all of the many options.

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down vs. buffet” has some competition with family style dining. In the spirit of unity, couples are craving a more intimate and laidback atmosphere at their reception. Passing around plates helps start a nice flow of comfortable conversation. Family style is a perfect way to encourage your guests to kick back, relax and enjoy the togetherness of loved ones.

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Once you’ve found a caterer you’re interested in, request background information, brochures, menus, example weddings and references. Receive this information before you meet so you’re prepared with questions and ideas. Check if they have a website and search online through their menus and information. Review biographical information on the chef and his area of specialties to get a feel for the type of food he can create and if it matches the cuisines you enjoy. Before the appointment, think about some of the basic information you will need to provide to the caterer, such as the date, time of day, your approximate budget, and number of guests. Give a good amount of thought to the type of reception you envision as well as any special needs or requests—don’t forget any food allergies! 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 well beyond the cuisine and handle everything from china and glassware rentals to floral arrangements and a string quartet. After you have met and decide to continue the process and choose a tentative menu, it is wise to schedule a tasting of the food you are considering before making your final menu selections. Make sure you feel comfortable with the menu you have chosen and the quality of the food provided. If your caterer is handling just the food for your event, make sure they are coordinating with all of the other wedding vendors they may need to interact with, which may include the florist, pastry shop, liquor store, rental company, entertainment, and on-site venue coordinator. Direct, clear communication is a very important 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.

CHOOSING 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 wedding-related 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 sets the tone for the romantic times to come. Many caterers specialize in both traditional and modern luau cuisine that is fun and delicious. 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!

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When your heritage requires or suggests special cuisine, do your research to determine if your preferred caterer can meet your requirements. Many weddings of couples of a particular heritage will require special food for their reception. Some may even require certain religious blessings and supervision in their preparation such as Hindu or kosher meals.

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Most likely, you or members of your family may know about providers of such foods through previous experience or word of mouth from your synagogue or temple. You should follow the same rules for hiring any catering when you are checking out these specialty catering firms.

Sometimes alcohol is included with your package for a certain amount of time during the reception. If you choose bring in your own alcohol in any capacity, there will be a corkage fee, potential service fees for handling, as well as gratuities.

For a true kosher meal, you will need to check with the caterer that they have local kosher certification. Most kosher caterers should be able to provide this information to you, but you can research online or ask your rabbi if you feel the need for reassurance. Some hotels and banquet halls specialize in kosher catering and you can find out about them online or through your congregation as well. You may also call all local reputable caterer to see if they provide kosher catering—if they do not, ask them for a reference.

Knowing and understanding the regulations of your reception location is key. Discuss all the options with your caterer/chef and spell them out in your contract before you sign.

The same is true of various ethnic cuisines. Ask around to find out which caterers have ethnic specialties. Oftentimes, these caterers also have preferred relationships with various hotels and reception facilities. You may be subject to an additional fee, much like a corkage fee when you bring your own wine to a restaurant, in addition to the room rental, linen and equipment costs. Many of these specialty caterers offer special packages that feature all-inclusive prices to simplify the process.

BEEF & LAMB Zinfandels and cabs are always your best bet with any hearty, red meat entrée. Whether a mushroom, peppercorn, or au jus, these heavier reds bring out beef’s savory flavors. If serving a lighter sauce, a good merlot or even a shiraz will make a perfect pair.

When hiring a specialty caterer, request a tasting before making your final decision. Though they may specialize in Chinese cuisine and they may create wonderful food, it may not be from the same province in China you are familiar with Make sure to check client references, as with any caterer you would hire.

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WINE GUIDE When serving wine at dinner, always serve a red and a white regardless of the type of entrée you are serving. Below you’ll find suggestions based on the type of fare you’re serving

POULTRY & PORK Chardonnays, merlots, rieslings and even a good pinot grigio can be served with your poultry dishes. If serving something heavy on garlic or with some spice to it, you may opt for a sweeter white such as a white zinfandel or even a fruity red pinot noir. SEAFOOD Chardonnay and pinot grigio are the sure winners here! They compliment almost any flavor of fish and spice level. If red is your pleasure try a lighter merlot or pinot noir.


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From intimate to extravagant, from the traditional to the unexpected, from our place to yours, we here at Biagio are dedicated to creating your own unique experience. Our team of professionals customizes everything from concept to clean up, so that you’re focus is on your occasion.

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.

Bites of Pleasure • bitesofpleasurefoods.com • 847.366.4657

Bombon Creative Catering • bomboncafeandcatering.com 312.912.5077 Let Chef Luis Perea cook and wow your guests! Full service catering, late-night taco & guacamole bar. Italian, Asian, New Latino and Tapas menus available. Custom made menus for weddings and special events. Luis is a hand-on chef, proud of his Hispanic heritage and passionate about preparing fresh, authentic Mexican food and other ethnic cuisines.

Whether an elegant wedding reception or an intimate gathering in your home, we will make your special occasion memorable. We offer a variety of gourmet appetizers and creative cuisine that will delight even the most discriminating of palates. Our specialites include custom cakes and sweet tables as well as foods for the diet restricted such as vegan desserts and gluten-free items.

Catering With Elegance • cateringwithelegance.com 630.628.0171 Your location or ours. As the exclusive caterer of Medinah Banquets and Bloomingdale Golf Club, we can host your event or bring our delectable cuisine to your location. Offering sit down dinners to endless buffets with the hightest quality of foods and freshness available. Our event planners will make the planning simple and effortless. 130 WEDDING GUIDE

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Chef By Request • chefbyrequest.com • 630.493.4300 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.


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The Estate by Gene & Georgetti • theestatechicago.com 847.653.3333 Steeped in 75 years and three generations of culinary excellence, our determination has been to continually create the perfect atmosphere, create a menu that inspires the palate, and deliver the utmost level of professionalism, organization, and creativity. We make every effort to ensure your expectations are surpassed.

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.

La Cuisine Catering • lacuisinecatering.com • 630.691.1700 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.

Loquacious Culinary Events • loquaciousculinary.biz 773.536.9043 The bride is the star and the reception is the foundation for the wedding experience. Our staff will build your experience for formal or casual dining options. From elaborate designs to equipment rental, Loquacious Culinary Events’ expert team led by Chef Aleta will guide and support you from concept to clean up.

Suzette’s Creperie • suzettescreperie.com • 630.462.0898

Uncle Bub’s BBQ • unclebubs.com • 630.493.9000

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.

A catering experience as unique as your love for one another... Uncle Bubs BBQ offers award winning dishes and elegant upscale selections that are the perfect alternative to the typical wedding fare. Since 2007, Uncle Bubs has catered thousands of weddings across the Chicagoland area, much to the delight of thousands of wedding guests. WeddingGuideChicago.com

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WHITE WEDDING Think of the use of color as a modern shift on a traditional white wedding. From soft styles and neutral hues, a chic white wedding isn’t only defined by the color of the bride’s dress, but through pretty petals, dreamy invites, and every element of the reception décor. Setting the stage for romance, with the right inspiration and details, a classic white wedding is anything but vanilla. The elements of Twist on White all start with a small piece of inspiration. Whether it be from your reception location, hobbies, friends, favorite colors, favorite movies, or the pages of this magazine, work whatever inspires you into every detail of your wedding and carry it through from beginning to end. Wedding Guide Chicago’s wedding planners put a spin on tradition with the term “white wedding.” Teams of Chicago’s most talented wedding vendors started with an inspiration, turned it into a reception design concept, and blended it into reality within these pages. The execution of their designs and attention to detail should inspire you to design a perfect, personalized wedding celebration from start to finish.

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When thinking glitter, most go right to the gold tones. Turn that idea on its head and make a dramatic formal statement by letting the black be the focus. Let gold play the supporting role this time. COLOR PALETTE Sequin black, glitter gold, taupe, ivory and clear

PLANNER/STYLIST Kasey Larson DBY events & invitations LOCATION The Crystal Ballroom PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Von Schonhoff Lemon Twist Images FLORAL DESIGN & DRAPING Town & Country Gardens CAKE Cakefections STATIONERY DBY invitations CHARGERS & TABLE NUMBERS DBY events rental collection VIDEOGRAPHY Rogie Cruz Shadow Vision Films

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Imagine an intimate destination wedding in Paris. Candlelight, lush & romantic flowers, fine dining and French pastries. We created an intimate Parisian wedding right in our own backyard. COLOR PALETTE Taupe, Green, Pale Green, Silver, White

PLANNER/STYLIST Andrew Parravano Andrew’s Garden LOCATION Suzette’s Creperie PHOTOGRAPHY Christopher Coté, Edward Fox Photography FLORAL DESIGN Andrew’s Garden CAKE/SWEETS Suzette’s Creperie STATIONERY Kelly Reif Stationery Studio TABLEWARE Suzette’s Creperie LINENS Andrew’s Garden VIDEOGRAPHY Ken Plikuhn, Wedding Connections

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I was truly inspired by the idea of blending metallics together to create one cohesive look. Using various textures and shapes, you can see how the metallics take on a life of their own while still showcasing the elegance and grandeur of the design. COLOR PALETTE Copper, Gold, Platinum, Ivory and White

PLANNER/STYLIST Desiree Dent Dejanae Events LOCATION Chateau Bu-Sché PHOTOGRAPHY Lauryn Landacre, Photograpy by Lauryn FLORAL DESIGN Jazzy Flowers CAKE Delish Cakes STATIONERY DBY invitations CHAIRS & COVERS Kesh Designs, Inc. LINENS L Couture Linens RENTALS Tablescapes VIDEOGRAPHY Ken Plikuhn, Wedding Connections

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PLANNER/STYLIST Denise Bonds Windermere Elegant Weddings & Special Events LOCATION Concorde Banquets PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Von Schonhoff, Lemon Twist Images FLORAL DESIGN The Elegant Petal CAKE & SWEETS Bombon Cake Gallery STATIONERY Lucky Invitations TABLEWARE & CHAIRS M & M The Special Events Company LINENS M & M The Special Events Company VIDEOGRAPHY Ken Plikuhn, Wedding Connections

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The original inspiration came from the gorgeous outdoor veranda at The Drake Oak Brook, it immediately made me think of Greek Gods. The Grecian-chic, clean lined dinner table on the veranda under the colorful floral mosaic brought a unique twist to this traditional theme. COLOR PALETTE Cranberry, Purple, Green, Gold, and White

PLANNER/STYLIST Lindsay Parrott-Masiewicz P3 Events LOCATION The Drake Oak Brook PHOTOGRAPHY Douglas Rothrock, Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists FLORAL DESIGN Phillip’s Flowers CAKE & SWEETS Toni Patisserie & Cafe STATIONERY Carol Woldhuis Designs LINENS M&M The Special Events Company RENTALS P3 Events VIDEOGRAPHY Ken Plikuhn Wedding Connections

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The concept began with the graphic simplicity of black and white stripes. We contrasted it by incorporating vivid hues and textures, showcasing a classic yet modern scene. The goal was to create personality and a fun-loving atmosphere marrying the distinct elements. Inspiration was drawn from multiple sources, most notably Kate Spade. COLOR PALETTE Black, White, Gold/Orange, Hot Pink, Lime Green

PLANNER/STYLIST Giselle Tillich, Jasmine Galleria LOCATION Bolingbrook Golf Club PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Orlick, Jasmine Galleria FLORAL DESIGN & DRAPING Jasmine Galleria CAKES & SWEETS Creative Cakes STATIONERY Kelly Reif Stationery Studio LINENS & RENTALS Jasmine Galleria TABLEWARE Macy’s, Kate Spade New York VIDEOGRAPHY Travis Heberling, Jasmine Galleria MODELS Angela Rosales Brent Williams HAIR & MAKEUP Allison Schnase & Kasey Surges, Jasmine Galleria SEE MORE PARTYSCAPES AND WATCH THE VIDEOS AT

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Wedding cakes can be impressive works of art, designed in all 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, uniquelyshaped 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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Couples are searching for the newest and most exciting cake flavors that push the envelope. Bakers are turning out tons of creative flavors such as aztec hot chocolate, almond lavender, kale and orange, cherry limeade, green tea chiffon, and caramel apple cider. Dare to be bold.

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multitier cake? Many are choosing to create a stunning display of several single tier cakes. Multiple cakes means more colors, flavors and fun! In addition to creating a unique and striking display, your guests will have the pleasure of sampling each delicious cake flavor. Because why choose just one?

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who lives for glamour you will love the latest metallic cake trend! Most popular in copper and rose gold, metallic cakes are taking over the formal wedding circuit. Bakers are using edible paints and glitter to achieve an alluring, old-Hollywood look. Incorporating gold geometric shapes into the cake’s décor provides a stunning art-deco effect that will transport your guests to the lavish yesteryears.

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Big or small, round or long, a wedding cake can suit your personality. Find a cake that fits your needs, budget and your personality. Keep in mind 3 points: design, size and decoration. The cake design can showcase your wedding theme or color scheme. You can create beautiful matching lace or beadwork from your dress onto the cake. Cake bases come in many shapes including: round, oval, square, rectangle and hexagon. Uncommon shapes are awe-inspiring but more expensive. Your guest list will determine the size and amount of tiers. There are single tiered, multi tiered, cupcake tiered, novelty styles, and satellite wedding cake styles. Satellite, novelty and cupcake tiered cakes are more modern choices, giving a chic and very contemporary feel. Decorative icing with intricate design work, fresh flowers, sugar flowers and fresh fruit are all great ideas for cake toppers and decoration.

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comes to the type of frosting. There are many options: butter cream icing, almond flavored marzipan, fondant frosting, two-toned white and milk chocolate ganache icing, multi colored fondant icing, chocolate flavored icing and royal icing. Ganache is a rich dark-chocolate glaze. Marzipan is a paste made with ground up almonds and sugar.

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CRÈME DE LA CRÈME Vanilla pastry crème is a

classic French style cream. It is incredibly versatile and can be flavored with chocolate, vanilla or flavored liqueur. Butter cream is one of the most popular creams; it has a smooth texture and is not too sweet. This cream is easy to cut and allows for specialty designs like basket weaves. 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. Whipped cream is a light and soft cream and it can add an incredible texture to your cake. Whipped cream is also affected by room temperature, so be prepared with cool storage prior to cutting.

TO BE FONDANT OR NOT TO BE FONDANT

Rolled fondant is a special type of frosting that is rolled out, smoothed and draped over a cake. This creates a smooth, satin finish perfect for fresh flower or sugar flower placement. It gives a porcelain look that is a beautiful backdrop for detailed icing. Fondant is very versatile and can be shaped into many different shapes, but due to its labor intensive nature, it is more expensive.

FLAVORFUL FILLINGS When deciding on flavors and fillings, consider the style and design for a better cake. Sturdy styles of cakes such as fruit cakes, carrot cakes and even mud cakes make a tiered wedding cake stronger. Sponge style cakes won’t take the weight of layers, but they are perfect for satellite style cakes. Fruit fillings like coconut, strawberry, banana and apricot are rich in taste and can dictate a sophisticated palate. Classic flavors include: custard, chocolate, mocha and white chocolate cream.


GROOM’S CAKE A fresh take on an old tradition—the groom’s cake—is retaking its rightful place at the reception table.

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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. 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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When you hire your florist or design specialist, and particularly when you begin designing your floral arrangements, remember, you aren’t just buying flowers, and you aren’t just 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, the table centerpieces, the boutonnieres, the 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 Floral Trends 154 when flowers are in season, they’re significantly Flower Checklist 156 less expensive? Your florist will surely know that, Getting the Flowers You Want 157 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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CASCADING FOCAL POINTS Instead of a traditional

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floral centerpiece, couples are opting for cascading fresh flower table runners that evoke nature’s simplistic beauty. The season and theme of your wedding will pay a large role in what kind of vegetation is incorporated into the table runner. While some couples want lots of flowers, others prefer more greenery. You may even decide to integrate fresh seasonal fruit such as lemons or apples. Not only will your tables look beautiful, they will also fill your reception with a fresh and delicate aroma that will last all night.

BYE BYE BLOOMS Bridal bouquets are getting a green

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makeover this year. Florists are arranging gorgeous non-flower bouquets that are entirely made up of greenery. Leaves, evergreen branches, palms, succulents, and grasses are woven into stunningly designed cascading arrangements. Adorn your green bouquet with acorns, pinecones, berries, and aromatic herbs like rosemary and mint. Extra Credit: matching green boutonnières!

THE GLOW OF ROMANCE Couples are achieving

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simplistic romance by incorporating unadorned copper candlesticks into their décor. Veer away from anything too busy or shiny—this aesthetic is all about uncomplicated elegance. For an effortless and dreamy look, use a variety of candlestick heights along your dinner tables. You’ll feel like you’re living a fairy tale as you dine and dance by candlelight.

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getting the flowers you want When you begin designing your floral arrangements, you should ask yourself and your florist plenty of questions. Will you need to provide flowers for both the church and the reception hall? Can some designs be transported for use at both locations? Will you want exotic flowers for your bouquet and for your attendants’ arrangements? Who delivers and sets up the flowers? How many other weddings will your florist have to prepare for on the same day? The more you know, the easier you can budget and prepare. Think about how elaborately you would like your reception hall decorated. Be sure to pin down delivery and set up times. Too early and your flowers may wilt, especially in hot weather. Too late and your nerves will fray. Ask about service on the day of the wedding. You don’t want a designer who’s already committed to three other events on your special day. Ask your potential florists to show you samples of what they have done in the past. Mass-market catalogs filled with stock photos

won’t do. You want to see the real deal. Bring photos of your favorite bouquets and arrangements from magazines and websites when you meet with your florist so the designer can get a feel for your taste and style. Ask them to put together a bundle of flowers they feel would look great for your event. It’s not just about the flowers themselves but how they are tied together, and with what accessories and embellishments. Hammer out the details for your contract and delivery. Specify all of the arrangements, bouquets and decorations they will provide. Get a detailed, written description of the color and variety of flowers that will be used. You don’t want to pay for roses and end up with carnations. Finally, specify all delivery and setup times on the document. Most of all, be sure to understand the volume of your pieces according to your budget and your contract. Don’t expect huge, thick bouquets on your wedding day if your budget cannot afford it and if you don’t see a close replica of your floral arrangement beforehand.

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Bouquet styles & findings CREATIVE SHAPES & WRAPS

Making your bouquet unique can be done in a number of ways, through variety of flowers, creative wraps and clever composition. CHOOSING THE RIGHT FLOWERS When

you start selecting the flowers and foliage for your bouquets and floral arrangements, you should keep two things in mind. First of all, you’ll need to choose the right flowers for your bouquet style. Depending on the style of bouquet, certain flowers may not cooperate as well as others. For instance, lilies, hydrangeas, and long stemmed roses are great for presentation bouquets, but gerberas, sunflowers, and daisies are best for tightly bound bouquets. Second of all, you should consider your wedding date. Depending on the season, certain flowers may cost more than others. In fact, flowers tend to be significantly cheaper when they’re in season. To keep your floral budget down, and to get the best quality of flowers, you should try to choose flowers and foliage that will be in season for your wedding day. Here are some definitions of bouquet styles. u

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NOSEGAY: This classic bouquet is a small, round-

shaped floral design, typically detailed with herbal foliage, and full of greenery. BIEDERMEIER: This bouquet is typically very tailored, with tightly structured blooms and intricate arrangements. These bouquets typically feature multiple layers of different flowers in different colors. PRESENTATION: A chic presentation bouquet is a set of long stemmed flowers detailed with greenery. A bride will typically carry her presentation bouquet cradled in one arm, rather than with both hands. COMPOSITE: A composite flower bouquet is a variation of the round nosegay bouquet, however it happens to be a bit more chic. Composed of hundreds of small petals wired together, this bouquet is designed to look like one large flower. MUFF: A muff bouquet is a preferable choice for winter weddings, as it allows the bride to warm her hands inside a muff made of fur or other material rather than carry a traditional bouquet. Designed much like a large corsage, a muff bouquet should be fastened to the front of the bride’s muff.

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outdated, play around with other materials. Attach a few antique chandelier beads to the bottom of your bouquet handle. It will add a bit of sparkle without compromising the design of your bouquet. Or, try using a glittered ribbon for your handle wrap. It will add a subtle but glamorous shimmer to your bouquet. You could also try a “tussy-mussy,” a small metal vase used by the French since the 18th century to hold the bride’s bouquet. Visit local antique shops for similar vases, or have your own custom one made!

RIBBONS AND BOWS When you design your

ribbon wrap, you may want to coordinate with your color scheme. Texture is another element to consider when choosing ribbons for your bouquet. Grosgrain, natural cottons, satins, and various patterns of lace can all add special accents to simple bouquets. Wide bows made of delicate fabrics can add a feminine softness to your bouquet, but angular or metallic bows can create a very contemporary and artistic look. Tulle can also be incorporated into your bouquet to match your veil. Your flowers may be soft and delicate, but you should feel free to experiment with textures, shapes, and materials to create interesting contrasts in your arrangements!

PRESERVE YOUR FLOWERS 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 freezedried 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!


floral & décor tips ORDER a separate bouquet for the bouquet toss. Have

your wedding bouquet preserved as a wreath or centerpiece.

VARY the height of your table centerpieces—have them

low enough or high enough that they don’t block vision or conversation.

HAVE one of your attendants make sure all the family

members receive their flowers—grandmothers, mothers, fathers, groomsmen and attendants—as soon as they arrive at the ceremony site.

BOOK your ceremony and reception in a lush garden

or a greenhouse and you won’t have to worry about additional flowers for décor.

ASK your reception site if they include anything to

decorate the room from votive candles to centerpieces to hurricane lamps or large plants. Often they have them available and sometimes at a nominal charge.

LET your guests know what they’ll be having for dinner

with a beautiful menu printed on handmade paper as a part of their placesetting. Title the menu with your names, the date and your wedding location.

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 bows or with beautiful floral swags.

CREATE a more elegant atmosphere with a small upgrade on rental items like chairs. Sometimes nicer chairs can cost less than chair covers.

UPGRADE your linens. Create an entirely new look

to your room with the color and texture that linens provide. 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 that the rental company

makes a site visit to make correct measurements and to determine the best way for the tent to be anchored. Even the strongest tents can be damaged by strong winds and heavy rains. Discuss the quality of their tents and how they will withstand inclement weather.

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Whether a garden wedding, unfurnished hall or even furnished site, you may need to rent items to complete the look or add a touch of personal style. Looking for colored champagne flutes or uniquely shaped place settings, patterned linens or fantastic chair covers to enhance the standard hotel chair? Rental stores have chairs, tables, linens, china, crystal, silverware and more in various shapes, sizes and styles. You’ll also find beautiful serving accessories—from champagne fountains to elegant silver chafing dishes. Check with your caterer and find out what they can 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 confirm these dates the week before the wedding. Some questions you should ask: Will you pick up and return the rental items or will the company deliver and collect them? Is there a cost difference? What deposits are required? Do you have a minimum rental amount? What is the damage policy? Will you set up my items?

A fully equipped rental store will also have a wide selection of appropriate ceremony accessories including arches, kneeling benches, chuppahs, candelabras in assorted sizes and configurations, plant stands, aisle runners and standards, wedding canopies, gazebos, artificial greenery and flowers. You can even create a luxurious and modern cocktail hour with hip lounge furniture and martini bar. Let your 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, fans or even air conditioning for outdoor areas.

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Brides are opting to do simple, yet chic weddings. The key is choosing basic linens in a vibrant color that pops. Brides are also choosing a boutique style of décor. They are decking out a main table or the cake table and coordinating more simple pieces on their guest tables. They’re even renting couture, gorgeous chair covers to add elegance and class to the standard wedding chair.

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When ordinary is unacceptable...

Bridal bouquets reflect society’s current passion for gardening, individuality, modernity and a new love of color. Bouquets look unique because florists blend traditional flowers from the garden with more exotic flowers to make an exquisite arrangement.

The nosegay is a small, round, very uniform bouquet of like blossoms and has been popular with brides for years. It is best suited for compact, uniform blossoms like roses and calla lilies. If not tied with ribbon, this style of bouquet might be placed within a tussy-mussy, an ornamental, coneshaped holder that was popularized in the Victorian era. The traditional, cascading bouquet showcases abundant, flowing flowers from the base of the bouquet on down. More modern trends lean towards pairing different types of flowers together that you wouldn’t normally put together, creating interesting shapes with your bouquet (diamond, square, even single stems). Your floral designer’s creativity is your only limit so choose wisely! When selecting your flowers, consider the season of your wedding and what flowers will be in bloom. These will be healthier, more available, less costly and will stand up under the seasonal environmental conditions.

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The natural feel of the hand-tied bouquet of blossoms and greenery is very popular with modern brides. The style fits today’s wedding fashions and adds an additional layer of design and appeal by incorporating unique elements. Twigs, crystals, piping, material and other embellishments are turning the everyday bouquet into a floral fantasy.

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

sweet pea, lily of the valley, star gazer lily, peony, crab apple blossom, forsythia, sweet pea, viburnum, ranunculus, boronia, anemone

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

clematis, cosmos, cockscomb, sunflower, zinnia, statice, blackeyed Susan, colorful lilies, freesia, Iris, alstromeria, bouvardia, bells of Ireland, astilbe, anemone, hasta leaves, stephanotis, lavender, larkspur, yarrow, delphinium, chrysanthemum, gerbera daisies, Queen Anne’s lace

FALL Crab apple, zinnia, dahlia, aster, ornamental berries, rose scabiosa, autumn foliage, mums, wheat, delphinium

WINTER Evergreens including juniper, daffodil, cedar,

white pine, boxwood, preserved flowers, ornamental berries, jasmine, seedpods, tulip, narcissus, rose hip, forced bulbs, camellias, holly, sweet pea, star gazer lily, pinecones, acorns

ALL SEASONS Roses, carnations, freesia, gardenia,

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TONI PATISSERIE & CAFE tonipatisserie.com

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TOWN & COUNTRY GARDENS eventsbytcg.com

PHILLIP’S FLOWERS phillipsflowers.com

THE ELEGANT PETAL elegantpetal.com

JAZZY FLOWERS jazzyflowers.com

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As wedding traditions evolve with each new generation, and as fashion trends reinvent themselves every few months, it’s not 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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BRIDESMAIDS WITH PERSONALITY Glitz and sparkle

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are no longer reserved solely for the bride. Bridesmaid dresses are all about texture. Sequins and glitter appliqués give the bridal party an enchanting glamour that perfectly compliments your occasion. Don’t feel the need to be matchy-matchy. Brides are opting for different silhouettes and shades within their color palate for each girl, giving them their own unique look.

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luscious 3D-floral appliqués are all the rage for 2016! The textured adornments were well represented in this season’s major runway shows from Oscar de la Renta to Monique Lhuillier. Gowns come in all shapes and sizes, from shimmering beaded blooms to oversized sheer laser-cut appliqués. These trendy embellishments are sure to give a modern romantic flare to any classic silhouette.

COLOR IS KEY This season is going to be cooler and softer. Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists

Look for a variety of natural neutrals, unpretentious brights, and dreamy pastels. Planners are recommending a palette of multiple shades in a single palette. For soft and warm, combine rose pink, pale, tangerine and beige. Fall and winter include marsala, burgundy, almond and sage.

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Your wedding gown selection is appropriately done at least six to nine months ahead of your wedding date. This allows time for special orders and alterations, if needed. You will want your gown ready at least two weeks before your wedding to allow for cleaning and so it’s available for your formal wedding portrait. Be prompt for all alteration appointments and wear the exact foundation garments and shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day. Have all dyed-to-match shoes prepared at the same time and place. This will guarantee uniformity of color.

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 Bridesmaids’ dresses

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 Flower girl’s dress

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 Groomsmens’ formalwear

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Choosing the perfect dress WEDDING GOWN GUIDANCE

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” -Vera Wang Begin your search by looking at bridal magazines, looking online and attending the local fashion shows in your area. The ideas you get from the magazines and shows will give you some basis to go on when you begin your salon visits.

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.

Always set an appointment when visiting a bridal salon. Bridal gowns are not the type of garments you can simply browse through on a rack. You need the personalized attention of a specialist who can gather a handful of gowns for you to try based on your tastes, figure and budget. This will save both you and the salon staff precious time.

Ask about the price of alterations for your gown, and the scheduling of your fittings. Alterations generally run from $50 to $250 and require two to three fittings over the course of one or two months to complete.

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 over the country, they wait until they accumulate enough requests for a given gown to justify a “run” before cutting the fabric for the lot. This production process saves you money, but unfortunately necessitates a long lead time in ordering. Order your bridesmaid gowns four to eight months in advance. Salons generally do not order bridesmaids dresses until all the women in your party are measured. This ensures that the gowns are cut from the same dye lot and they’ll match.

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Get all promises and estimates for alterations in writing. Expect to leave a 50% deposit when ordering. If you cancel your order, you forfeit your deposit and will be required to pay the entire cost of the dress. A portion of the balance may be due before your gown is altered. The balance will be due upon delivery. Some shops require the balance paid in full before they begin alterations. Most shops do not permit taking pictures of a gown until you buy it. This standard practice prevents dressmakers from copying nationally-known designers.

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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 comfortable working with throughout the entire process—from ordering through the alterations process.

Keep all receipts. The delivery date of the dress and headpiece should also be included on the receipt.


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A gown for every shape

length and fit

INTERMISSION Hemline that is floor length in back and midcalf length in front.

MERMAID Skirt flared at or below the knee.

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Silhouette terminology

necklines

BATEAU A boat-shaped neckline formed by a straight line between the shoulders, sometimes dips in the front.

HALTER A diagonal angle along the outer bustline,

PEPLUM A short overskirt or ruffle attached at the

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

SHEATH Straight, fitted gown, often floor length and

the neckline is made with a sheer fabric, it is known as a Sheer Jewel.

waistline.

often worn with a detachable train.

MINI 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 reinforced with stays to give support and detail.

DROPPED WAIST Waistline positioned several inches below the natural waist.

EMPIRE Shortened waist style created by attaching the skirt to the bodice just below the bustline.

JEWEL Neckline that circles the base of the neck. When 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 caught up in the back of the dress below the waist, usually secured with multiple buttons, hooks and eyes.

CATHEDRAL A long train extending nine feet from

the waist.

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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With modern bridal fashions, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the choice of fabrics for your wedding dress. From luxurious silk and satin to delicate taffeta and chiffon, designers are incorporating a diverse range of fabrics in their creations, leaving today’s bride with a bounty of options.

for wedding gowns. You can even hear its distinctive rustle when it is worn.

Fabrics are chosen first and foremost for their beauty and the role they play in the design of the dress, but they are also chosen for their versatility, wearability, and 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 some of the more popular fabrics that are used in today’s wedding fashions:

delicate and fine and is often used as an overskirt.

TULLE Used extensively in bridal gowns, tulle is extremely

WEDDING GOWN TIPS u Have everyone in the bridal party try their entire ensemble on at least a week before the wedding to ensure proper fit.

CHARMEUSE This lightweight fabric is soft and drapes

u Leave ample time for alterations and have the final fitting about two weeks before the wedding—pre-wedding jitters often result in weight gain or loss right before the special day.

CHIFFON Sheer and soft, chiffon is made from silk,

u 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!

elegantly. It is often made of silk or polyester and in addition to being smooth, it has a soft luster. polyester, and rayon. It is often layered or used as an overskirt over other fabrics.

ORGANZA Another lightweight sheer fabric, organza

actually has a stiff quality that gives it more structure and is perfect for overskirts and detailing on a wedding dress.

PEAU DE SOIE This French name means “skin of silk”

and represents a traditional wedding dull-lustered satin fabric that is medium to heavy in weight and drapable. The finish is popular because it is flattering to many body shapes and sizes. There are different variations in satins from shiny to subtle.

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u Unless you’re purchasing a couture gown, remember wedding gowns are custom order, not custom made. u When ordering your veil, be wary of heavy detail around the edge. This can become a distracting focal point in your wedding photographs. u Purchase under-garments before your first fitting. They will make a difference how your dress fits. Wash them before your wedding to prevent chafing.


alterations... they seam like a rip How your gown looks and fits is very important. 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.

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Allow plenty of time for alterations as wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses can be very difficult and time consuming to alter. Remember always bring your undergarments and shoes with you to every and all fittings. This will provide consistency in fit.

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Making sure your mom has the perfect dress is top priority once you have chosen your dress and the style for your attendants. The mother of the bride’s dress complements that of the bridal party attire, though it may not necessarily be the same color or style. Tradition says once the mother of the bride has chosen her dress, the groom’s mother then chooses a dress complementary to her new in-law’s chosen attire. The style of your mom’s dress usually depends on the time of day the ceremony and reception will be held. If she will be wearing the same dress throughout the day, look for an outfit that will be comfortable in addition to the look you want. Some mothers of the bride choose to wear a suit for the church ceremony in the afternoon and then may change into a more formal “after-five” dress for the reception in the evening. Nothing too short , too tight, or too “young-looking” are obvious guidelines to follow when looking for a dress, though you may want to think about fabrics that hold their shape well and still look great after hours of wearing.

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Moms MOTHERS OF THE WEDDING

Every mom wonders what she’ll wear to her child’s wedding. We talked to our bridal salons and got their favorite lines. Not just because of their great styles, but because the companies are easy to work with, they may offer custom options and, above all, their delivery is reliable. Remember most of these gowns come in a variety of colors, so choose for style and silhouette and check with your salon regarding the color options. One tip: your dress should never be longer or fancier than the bride’s!

TOP ROW: Jade Couture by Jasmine, JasmineBridal.com CENTER ROW: Frascara, frascara.ca BOTTOM ROW: Montage by Mon Cheri, moncheribridals.com

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Get styled by the pros! Wedding Guide Chicago asked local bridal shops, jewelers, and hair and make up stylists to put together some of the newest looks for 2016. From beautiful lace trimmed veils to dramatic accessories, these looks are ready to walk down the aisle.

PHOTOGRAPHY: AndrĂŠ LaCour Photography LOCATION: Taylor & Company Events

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GOWN & STYLING White Satin Bridal

RING Caffray Jewellers

EARRINGS & BRACELET White Satin Bridal

HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite

VEIL Veiled by ChaCha

FLOWERS Taylor & Company Events

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GOWN & STYLING The Crystal Bride

HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite

JEWELRY & BELT The Crystal Bride

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GOWN & STYLING The Crystal Bride

HAIR Studio 10 Naperville

JEWELRY The Crystal Bride

MAKE UP Total Image Bridal

HAIR ACCESSORY Veiled by ChaCha

FLOWERS Taylor & Company Events

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GOWN & STYLING Bridal Elegance & Pageantry JEWELRY Caffray Jewellers

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GOWN & STYLING The Crystal Bride FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formalwear BRIDE’S JEWELRY The Crystal Bride

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GOWN & STYLING White Satin Bridal

JEWELRY Caffray Jewellers

HAIR ACCESSORY White Satin Bridal

HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite

FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formalwear

FLOWERS Taylor & Company Events

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GOWN & STYLING White Satin Bridal

JEWELRY Caffray Jewellers

HAIR ACCESSORY White Satin Bridal

HAIR Studio 10 Naperville MAKE UP Total Image Bridal

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GOWN, VEIL & STYLING Bridal Elegance & Pageantry

JEWELRY Bridal Elegance & Pageantry

HAIR Studio 10 Naperville MAKE UP Total Image Bridal

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GOWN Bridal Elegance & Pageantry FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formalwear

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GOWN & STYLING The Crystal Bride

RINGS Caffray Jewellers

HEADPIECE & EARRINGS The Crystal Bride

FLOWERS Taylor & Company Events

HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite

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GOWN & STYLING White Satin Bridal

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JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES White Satin Bridal

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CREDITS

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PHOTOGRAPHY André LaCour Photography LOCATION Taylor & Company Events, Chicago GOWNS Bridal Elegance & Pageantry, The Crystal Bride, White Satin Bridal JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Bridal Elegance & Pageantry, Caffray Jewellers The Crystal Bride, Veiled by ChaCha, White Satin Bridal FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formalwear HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite Studio 10 Naperville Total Image Bridal

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GOWNS (Clockwise) Bridal Elegance & Pageantry, The Crystal Bride, White Satin Bridal, Bridal Elegance & Pageantry JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Bridal Elegance & Pageantry Caffray Jewellers The Crystal Bride White Satin Bridal FORMALWEAR Black Tie Formalwear HAIR & MAKE UP Style Onsite Studio 10 Naperville Total Image Bridal

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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 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 hair stylist can help you find the most flattering way to style your hair and incorporate your hair accessories. You should feel perfectly comfortable with your stylist, so be sure to hire someone you trust.

PRACTICE Schedule a beauty trial run with your hair and makeup professionals some time 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.

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style trends

ACCENTUATING FEATURES When it comes to makeup,

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brides are making a statement with rich red lips and classic cateye eyeliner. Top designers such as Badgley Mischka and Ines Di Santo paired this makeup trend with their bridal gowns to evoke the timeless look of old Hollywood glamour on the runway. It’s simple, classic and easy to apply, making your day-of-the-wedding makeover a breeze!

TWO OR MORE Stackable bands are the hottest fashion

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jewelry trend of the upcoming season. We’ve been seeing them all over runways and jewelry retailers. It seems natural that the trend is now spilling over into bridal jewelry. Stackable bands are all about quantity. Brides are no longer limited to pairing their engagement ring with just one band. Allow your individual bridal style to shine through with different shapes, sizes and colors.

WEDDING DAY SCENT Brides are flocking to one

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of the hottest perfumes of the year—Eternity Now by Calvin Klein. The popular scent is advertised as a bright and addictive floral fragrance filled with succulent fruits and radiant flowers, enveloped in a soft cashmere veil. With notes of peonies, lychee, and quince sorbet, this perfume appeals to many different kinds of women (and men). Not to mention the tagline, “Forever Starts Now” compliments the wedding day perfectly.

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Get the energy boost, toned body, and stress relief you’ve always wanted with a personal fitness regimen. A personal trainer can help you improve your physical fitness, lose weight, or firm up “trouble” spots. Many also offer nutritional counseling so you’re eating the right foods for your energy and fitness goals. Health clubs usually offer consultations and personal training services. You may want to schedule several sessions to establish a regular exercise program—some great time to also look forward to de-stressing from your hectic pre-wedding pace.

BODY BACK-TO-BASICS Silky, soft skin isn’t

just for faces. A body treatment—salt, seaweed, wraps or masques—can smooth your flesh from feet to elbows. Think about the texture and feel of a newborn baby’s skin and know that it can be yours with the proper care. Other aesthetic treatments you might consider include laser spider vein removal, microdermabrasion, permanent makeup, botox & collagen treatments. Some brides may even consider plastic surgery procedures such as rhinoplasty, tucks, lifts, and liposuction.

GETTING ALL OVER PERFECT SKIN You may

also want to schedule a ‘facial’ for your back and chest if those areas will be exposed by your wedding dress. This treatment zaps blemishes and smoothes skin for a truly healthy glow.

SUPER SMILES Make sure you’ll feel great about your

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some cosmetic dentistry like professional teeth whitening or caps for broken or chipped teeth so your teeth will be at their best.

THE BEAUTY WRAP Longer hair, smoother skin, a buffed body. Nearly everyone has a longing to improve on nature. This is the time to discover your potential. Schedule a consultation six months before your ceremony with a consultant who specializes in refining a woman’s assets. Expect expert advice on caring for your skin, getting your nails in shape, silkening your body and growing healthy hair. Uneven skin tone, acne or flakiness fall into the esthetician’s realm. These skin care specialists can administer facials and teach you how to clean, tone and moisturize your skin. Your consultation may include a facial or peel to brighten your complexion. Dead skin will be sloughed off and your pores cleansed. The esthetician may suggest products and a daily routine. Is the hair you’ve got the hair you want? If not, seek out a highly skilled stylist by asking well-coiffed women for recommendations. When you envy another’s do, you’re on the right track to finding the right stylist for you. Discuss your wishes, explore possibilities and ask the stylist for recommendations. While no one can repair chemically abused tresses or turn your pixie crop into Lady Godiva’s locks, a talented stylist can develop a long-term hair strategy for your wedding and beyond.


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When it comes to choosing the right hairstyle for your perfect updo or flawless Cover Girl look, the options are endless. You want to look like yourself on your wedding day by enhancing your natural features. You also want your confidence to shine. Give yourself peace of mind by taking time to research and find the perfect makeup and hair stylist.

Decide if you want to have your hair and makeup done in a salon or on site. If you want someone to come to you, seek out a mobile or onsite stylist. Ask around and get referrals from friends and family (and Wedding Guide!). Research the makeup and hair stylists you’d like to meet. This is a great time to visit their website and social media pages and view their portfolio of recent weddings. See if your style will fit theirs. This is not a time to try new things like drastic cuts or colors, but try what you like so you look and feel like yourself.

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First, have an idea of what you want. This is where bridal magazines and Pinterest boards come in handy. Tear, rip out, or print makeup and hairstyles you like. Pay close attention to detail—do you want your eyes to flutter with fake 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.

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Contact the makeup artists and hair stylists you’d like to meet. Ask questions about their experience and expertise. Make an appointment for a hair and makeup consultation. Spend time talking with your stylist about looks you like as well as your wedding plans. The right hairstyle should frame your cheekbones and flatter your neck. The right makeup should enhance your best features. 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 fashion, hair and makeup, but this is where spending time with a consultant is important. Bring your hair embellishments and jewelry with you to these appointments so you can see your final look. During your appointment, be as specific as you can. Bring those magazine clippings and printouts of hair and makeup styles you like to show your stylist. Once your hair and makeup is done, ask yourself if you like how you look. Is there anything you would change? Is there anything you don’t like? Did your hair and makeup last all day? Go with your gut feeling. It is important to note your everyday stylist may not be the right person to do your hair on your big day. Remember, you want your hair and makeup to last from the early morning hours of getting ready to the last call for alcohol during your reception. If you are happy with the result, book your makeup and hairstylist immediately.

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Feeling fit and healthy for your wedding will get things off to a great start and keep it going long after the wedding. FITNESS RECRUIT Boot camp and cross training fitness

is a hot trend to get in shape with challenging, military style, total body workouts. It keeps you on track with intensive training and motivating group work. It costs less than personal training and you get to work with a group of people with the same goals.

FUN RUNS More people are becoming involved with 5Ks,

10Ks, half and full marathons. These races focus less on breaking records and more on having a good time. Runs like The Color Run, Warrior Dash, Turkey Trot and Hot Chocolate 5K, you’ll get in shape while accomplishing something. Training for races and marathons often involves a group who are timed at similar paces as you. This helps you maintain a strong training regimen which will advance you to not only your goal times, but also goal fitness level.

within a span of 20 to 40 minutes. Burning a lot of calories, these exercise programs typically involve short bursts of highintensity activity, followed by a short period of rest or recovery. HIIT workouts are shorter, putting the focus on HIIT and recovery.

DIGITAL GYMS If you prefer working out from home,

or don’t like going to a gym, a digital gym is for you. With more people on a time crunch, video and online workouts with streaming video on YouTube and iTunes are increasing as more people are working out in front of a big screen television or computer. You can participate in online workout challenges or watch workout videos. Participate anywhere and any time from home.

TELEMETRY TRENDS Track your daily fitness activity

cycling clubs dedicated to promoting safe group biking for every level. From beginners to well trained cyclists, there is a group for everyone. The cycle trips range from leisurely to social rides and can be as short as 10 mile trips or as long as 100 mile trips.

and heart rate with wearable technology like Fitbit. Helping you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep, these devices are circulating and getting everyone’s heart rate up. A way of the future, you’ll set goals, challenge friends and go farther while tracking all of your activities in one place.

CIRQUE DU EXERCISE Contemporary circus arts

BODY WEIGHT TRAINING Go back to basics. This

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is a new and innovative fitness trend. This isn’t your clowning around and pie throwing kind of workout. Think along the lines of Cirque du Soleil. Build upper body strength and inner core, and tone those arms in static trapeze and aerial silks class. Tone and strengthen your lower body in unicycle, dance and acrobat. Simple and clear instructions help to ease participants into new skills one step at a time. In Chicago, Aloft Aerial Dance or the Actors Gymnasium are great places to try.

HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) It’s hard to get bored when you are moving from cardiovascular movements, calisthenics and weight training

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cost free workout requires only the use of your own weight to help you gain strength, build muscle, boost your heart health, burn fat and increase flexibility. Think pushups and pullups— inexpensive and effective.

GET A CLASS PASS This relatively new concept

allows you to pay one price and use the services of multiple gyms. Take part in your favorite spin class at one studio and go to a challenging Pilates class at another studio. With a wide variety of clubs in the network and growing, it’s a great way to mix up your workout and keep your muscles guessing! Check out ClassPass.com for more information.


spa day treatments There is no better excuse to visit a spa than to de-stress and pamper for your wedding day. Make it a girls’ day and invite your bridesmaids to spend the day with you for a little R and R or invite your significant other for an exclusive retreat. Many spas offer a variety of bridal or wedding packages complete with a glass of champagne. Getting a mani-pedi is just the tip of the iceberg! Nothing is more beautiful than a natural glow. A good facial buffs away dry patches and hydrates your skin so it’s smooth and soft. Facials will also cleanse the surface and deep pores, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. Do your homework before choosing a spa or facialist and if you’re a newbie, get a facial with plenty of time so you know how your skin will react. Consider saying ‘eye do’ with a well-rested appearance and wake up bright eyed and beautiful with eyelash extensions. Compared to a strip of eyelashes, eyelash extensions are low maintenance and can be applied at different lengths depending on how natural you want to look. Lasting three to eight weeks, you’ll be able to rock your newfound lashes on your honeymoon.

BEAUTY FIXES Many brides find their upcoming wedding is the perfect occasion to consider a non-invasive cosmetic procedure without having to go through the rigors of a surgical procedure. Non-invasive laser treatments, like resurfacing and hair removal, can make all the difference as to how you feel about yourself. Laser resurfacing can remove unwanted facial lines and help with wrinkled skin due to aging or sun-damage. Laser hair removal can rid you of unwanted hair rapidly and gently. Today’s advances in cosmetic and plastic surgery have made procedures like Botox injections, chemical peels, collagen peels, and micro- dermabrasion extremely common alternatives for correcting skin flaws. Many of these procedures are effective for some people more than others. Educate yourself on the type of procedures available and the possible advantages and disadvantages of each.

Accentuate, compliment and emphasize your eyes with perfect eyebrows. Brow shaping is often done on a regular basis, but if you have never had your eyebrows professionally done before, visit a spa or specialist with plenty of time to ensure your ideal brow shape. The last thing you want to do before your wedding is experiment with your look. You want to look like you. Get a slight sun touched glow without the orange side effects with airbrush tanning. Airbrush tans use a customized bronzer and are applied in person, rather than by a machine, creating a completely flawless tan. With a hint of color, you’ll look camera ready.

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Unplug and indulge with a couple’s massage. A couple’s massage can help calm you and your significant other’s state of mind and reduce stress. A stress free mind is also great for your skin, allowing your natural beauty to shine. Boosting circulation, massages increase rest, memory, wellness, and happiness. You’ll be at ease when you say ‘I do.’

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There are many variables when choosing engagement rings and wedding bands. Get educated before you visit your jeweler. PRECIOUS METALS Platinum wedding bands have

become the choice metal in recent times. Platinum is durable, but it does scratch easily and is the heaviest on your hand. Gold, a medium weight metal, is a classic choice, giving an air of sophistication with vintage appeal. A gold band is a little less expensive than platinum. While beautiful, gold does tend to scratch easily. The greater the carat number, the softer the gold. Titanium and Tungsten are incredibly durable and the strongest and lightest weight of the metals. They are considered industrial materials and are least likely to scratch. Palladium is another option like platinum in terms of appearance and durability. Keep in mind skin sensitivities to these metals.

A ST YLE THAT STICKS Women can make a

statement by thinking outside the box in terms of stylized wedding bands. Why go with the standard finish when you can choose a specialized finish such as: Florentine, hammered, matte, satin or high polish. Braided styles offer a unique twist on the old standard. Wider bands are a great way to show off detail work. Engraved embellishments, filigree, scrollwork and beaded borders give a sculptural feel to the ring. Adding cultural elements such as Celtic knots and Russian interlocking bands add special significance to the overall look. If you like vintage, antique wedding rings are incredibly popular.

THE COMFY FIT Comfort is key when choosing a

wedding band, especially for the groom. A factor a groom should consider is whether or not you can wear the ring while you work. The groom should keep in mind any special requirements in regards to his type of work. Titanium is an advanced technology metal that is incredibly light-weight and easy to wear. The shape of the ring and width of the ring should also be considered when deciding on a comfortable ring. Consider the size and length of your fingers and get a proper measurement at the jeweler to ensure a correct fit. A 222 WEDDING GUIDE

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ring design with soft round edges and an inside curve will make the ring more comfortable on the finger.

WHAT A GEM A simple band can definitely be upgraded

with the addition of gemstones to create a statement making a one-of-a-kind look. Amethysts, emeralds, rubies, topaz and sapphires are among the most popular options, but your ideas are only limited by your imagination. Many couples opt to use their birthstones for a personalized effect. Gemstones, in the past, have usually only been worn by the bride, but modern men are incorporating the stones into their bands for a touch of class. The addition of gemstones creates an ethereal and romantic setting for symbolism within your wedding band.

THE 4 Cs OF THE PERFECT DIAMOND COLOR The natural color visible in a diamond is determined by nature. The closer to colorless a diamond is, the more valuable. CARAT A diamond’s size is measured in carat weight—each carat equals 100 points, but size doesn’t constitute a great piece. If it is poorly cut, it may not be as beautiful as a smaller diamond with a brilliant cut. CUT This can be considered the shape, but it is also the craftsmanship the jeweler puts into cutting the facets of the stone. The better cut a diamond is, the more sparkle, scintillation and brilliance it has. CLARITY Purity of a diamond is rated in terms of clarity. Natural elements called inclusions can become stuck within the stone. The less inclusions, the higher clarity a diamond has. This can be viewed with a special magnifier called a loupe.


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caring for your rings KEEP THEM SPARKLING

As the bride to be, you’ve put a lot of hard work and energy into finding the perfect wedding ring. Now you should put some more effort into keeping your wedding and engagement rings in tip-top shape.

A CLEAN GLEAM Many jewelers also offer compl-

imentary cleaning services, but you can also clean your ring yourself. Use a gentle detergent like ammonia diluted with 3X water and scrub with a toothbrush for a little extra gleam.

GIVE IT A BREAK You should, on occasion, take

your ring off. This is most important when playing sports, cleaning, gardening and cooking in order to ensure your ring doesn’t get nicked, scratched, lost or chemically damaged. Use a jewelry pouch or box for safekeeping.

CHECK UPS Just like your annual doctor visits; your

ring needs the same attention. Keep a regular standing appointment with your jeweler to get your setting checked. Most jewelers suggest having your setting checked every 6 months to ensure your stone is still in place.

JUST IN CASE Insurance is a common practice

nowadays. Insuring your ring ensures you are covered in case anything ever happens to it. Many companies can include your jewelry in your homeowner’s insurance. Read the fineprint and understand your responsibilities for keeping your ring in good condition.

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Once upon a time, a man and a woman met, they fell in love, the man proposed…and then the bride had no choice but to plan an entire wedding by herself, while the groom merely showed up for the ceremony. That’s probably not quite the fairytale ending your bride had in mind. Your wedding day isn’t just your bride’s big day, it’s your big day as well, so you should be able to contribute to the planning and make all the necessary decisions with your fiancée. There are times when it’s best to simply agree with your bride and say, “Great idea, honey!” Then there are times when it’s better to step up and ask, “How can I help, honey?” 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 your 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. Leaving your bride to fend for herself is not only inconsiderate, but you might regret it once you realize she’s asked your nemesis from high school to stand up as your wing man. Instead, be sure to include yourself. Offer to run errands, attend the tasting with your caterer, mail deposits, write thank you notes, proof invitations, pick up sample bouquets, delegate other responsibilities to your groomsmen, and help out in Groom Trends any other way your bride may need you to. Think of Grooming the Groom it as practice for marriage: you want to be the best Formalwear Protocol husband you can possibly be, so start with being the Groom Attire Glossary best fiancé you can possibly be. Groom Goodies

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with color. Groom and groomsmen are ditching their traditional black suits and sporting eye-catching colors like emerald green, royal blue, rich eggplant, and burgundy-red. Colored suits are bold, interesting and further allow for your groom’s vibrant personality to shine. Bonus points for coordinating your groomswear with the theme and venue.

STAND BY ME After popping the big question, future

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grooms have to pop the second biggest question—“Will you be my groomsman?” Creative and fun ways for grooms to make the coveted proposal to their closest buddies continue to rise. Cigars, liquor and beer are always a hit, so why not take it a step further? Design your own cigar and/or bottle labels that ask the question. Your buddies will love the personal touches—and the gift, too!

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world style graced some of the season’s hottest runways. Top designers such as Ralph Lauren and Dior showed off waistcoats, pocket watches, and bowties reflecting that “classic gentleman” quality that women can’t seem to get enough of. Extra Credit: Finish off this polished look by side sweeping or slicking back hair.

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Your wedding day belongs equally to both of you, so like your bride-to-be, you’ll want to look your most dapper. Spas certainly welcome members of both sexes, so why not plan a spa day for you and your groomsmen? There are even spas that cater exclusively to men. Let the guys get their hair cut and styled, have massages, facials, manicures, or pedicures so you can all look and feel your best on the wedding day. Many spas have special packages for men and can also put together packages for the entire wedding party. Hair and skin are definitely tops on a groom’s priority list. If you have problem skin, a few months before the wedding would be a great time to start a new skin care regimen. This may include facials or just some expert advice on how to properly use a new line of skin cleansing and moisturizing products.

Though a bad haircut takes less time to grow out for a man, you’ll want to try out any new hair style a few months before the wedding, just in case it doesn’t turn out as planned. Same thing on facial hair—if you want to shave off the mustache or beard, you might want to go hairless with ample time to fill in tan lines or grow it back. If you have any dental issues that will prevent you from smiling in all those wedding photos, see your dentist six months to a year prior to your wedding to have any major work done. Some procedures require several trips to the dentist or oral surgeon over a several month period, so you’ll want to get it all done well before your wedding day arrives.

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A morning wedding with a brunch reception will require much less formal attire than a late evening ceremony and formal sit-down dinner. Both where you host your wedding and the time of day help determine what type of attire grooms and groomsmen should wear. Keep in mind the style and formality of the bride and her attendants’ attire when choosing appropriate formalwear. An experienced formalwear shop can guide you successfully through these choices. The basic elements of a groom’s outfit may include a jacket, pants, shirt, bow tie, tie or ascot, cummerbund or vest, suspenders, pocket-handkerchief, button studs and cuff links, socks and shoes. Special shoes are often worn with tuxedos and can be found at formalwear shops for purchase or rental. Many options are available to fill out the groom’s attire. In addition to all the new styling and fabrics for today’s tuxedos, high-fashion accessories include ties, suspenders, cummerbunds, shirts that preclude bow ties, cuff links and shirt studs in almost any style you can imagine. Choose designs and accessories to suit your own style and express your unique personality. If you prefer to play it safe, a traditional black and white tuxedo ensemble never goes out of style, giving you the added confidence that you will look your best on your wedding day. Visit the formalwear shop four months before the wedding. Bring along swatches of the bridesmaids’ gowns if you plan to coordinate the groomsmen’s tuxes. While formalwear shops provide measurement forms 232 WEDDING GUIDE

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for out-of-town grooms and attendants to complete, the danger of confusing or incorrect measurements increases. It is best to get the groom and his men into the shop to be measured in person. 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.

GROOM ATTIRE GLOSSARY WHITE TIE Black tailcoat, matching trousers with a single strip of satin or two stripes, shirt with front white vest, white bow tie, black patent shoes and socks, white pearl or other white studs and cufflinks. BLACK TIE Black tuxedo jacket and matching trousers, formal white shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund with matching tie and vest, black dress socks and shoes, black studs and cuff links. For summer weddings, white dinner jacket, black trousers with the rest of the black tie attire the same. CREATIVE BLACK TIE Tuxedo with unique black shirt or patterned bow tie with cummerbund. FESTIVE ATTIRE Sport coat and trousers to match the season, open collar shirt (holiday tie optional). SEMI FORMAL Business type suit in a dark color with matching vest (not required), conservative tie, leather dress shoes and dark socks.


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Whether it’s a week after your wedding, or maybe on your 50th wedding anniversary, you’ll want to flip through your wedding photos and relive your wedding day to the very last detail. To capture the day perfectly, you need the right photographers and videographers at your wedding, so hire professionals. 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 six to 12 months in advance. Visit their studio, review their portfolio, and discuss all the details of their rates and availabilities. 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.

ALL ABOUT STYLE 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. Hiring professionals may cost more than the average guest with a disposable camera, but it’s certainly worth it.

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SELFIE STICK STATION Place a selfie stick on each table

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during your reception for guests to go wild throughout the evening. You’ll be able to scrapbook fun party pictures from dinner to the dance floor and everything in between. Create a special hashtag for and ask your guests to include it when they post their selfies to social media!

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still predominantly filled with color photographs, many couples are intermingling black & white photos for a dramatic flare. Black and white photography is all about removing distractions to derive the essence of a photograph. Your soulful B&W prints will stop you in your tracks every time you revisit your album.

TIMELESS ART For an artistic twist on the photo booth,

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couples are hiring silhouette artists to create hand-cut silhouettes for each guest at the reception. Whether your wedding theme is vintage or modern, silhouette art brings a custom feel to your big day. In a matter of minutes, the artist can provide a timeless piece that your guests can take home and cherish for years to come.

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DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Your wedding memories are going to last a lifetime with proper attention to photographic details. Capturing on film special groupings, events and guests requires careful thought and planning. The number of photos requested will determine costs. Many photographers offer package plans or will tailor one to suit your budget. Allow the 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 and father approaching altar or canopy

BUDGETED COST

 Bride’s father giving her hand to groom

ACTUAL COST

  Exchanging of vows

FORMAL PORTRAIT DATE

  Ring ceremony

APPOINTMENT TIME

 Recessional

 Bride dressing for ceremony

 Formal bride and groom together

 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

 Bride with sisters and brothers

 Bride and groom cutting and feeding each other cake

 Bride with maid of honor

 Best man toasting newlyweds

 Bride with attendants

 Newlyweds toasting each other

 Bride with ring bearer, flower girl

 Musicians

 Garter being put on

 Newlywed’s first dance

 Groom full-length solo

 Guests dancing

 Groom with parents

 Bride tossing bouquet

 Groom with mother and father separately

 Groom removing garter

 Groom with grandparents

 Groom tossing garter

 Groom with sisters and brothers

 Guests throwing rice

 Groom with best man

 Newlyweds getting into limousine or car

 Groom with groomsmen

 Post-reception party

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

 Bride’s mother assisting her into her departing outfit

 Bridesmaids walking down aisle

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All about photography

Photography is an important detail in the planning process, right up there with venue and gown. Before scouring the Internet for photographers though, there are a few things to consider.

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, websites and even friends and family members’ wedding albums to start getting ideas of what you like and don’t like. Many times a combination of styles works well so you get all the photos you want. 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 photos become even more priceless after certain loved ones pass away. If having dozens of pictures of your 101-yearold great grandmother is a must, make it a priority and be ready to stress that to whomever you hire.

THE DIGITAL ADVANTAGE Digital has become

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the image. Digital images also allow a photographer to enhance chosen photos as well as remove any wedding day blemishes! Should you hire someone who shoots exclusively with film, keep in mind he or she still will likely use digital technology to scan the negatives. The quality of the scan can affect the final result for better or worse.

PRICE POINT Another advantage of the digital

revolution in wedding photography is the savings available to more couples. Because photographers now can shoot hundreds of images and load them onto a DVD, some are offering unedited photos at a cheaper rate as part of their 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. Web sites such as Mpix.com and Shutterfly.com offer downloadable programs that make it easy to organize photos and create beautiful wedding albums and scrapbooks for yourself and others.

THE FINAL PRODUCT When deciding what style of

photography you want, consider how you want to preserve your memories. If creating a coffee table book, you may choose a photojournalistic style of photography or even “stage” certain shots for the book. If creating a traditional album, you may place more importance on the traditional portrait shots. With computer software, you have more capability to manipulate and design photos to fit the desired finished product but you should always keep the end in mind from the very beginning.


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Hire a professional who knows how to maximize what their camera can do, can work a wedding, and has a trained eye for catching the best angles and moments. The availability of high-tech digital cameras has led many couples to put Uncle Bob behind the lens, instead of paying for a professional. While the editors of Wedding Guide Chicago understand the need to reduce costs, we recommend you hire a professional and find a different area to cut costs. Despite the fact technology may help a beginning photodeagrapher produce better photographs, your photographer needs the knowledge, experience and training of a true professional. You need a professional who knows how to maximize what their camera can do, can work a wedding and has an expert eye for catching the best angles and moments. Start your search by asking recently married pals who they worked with and whether or not they were satisfied with the results. Flip through their albums and browse their photographers’ websites. The key is to avoid amateurs and hire someone who not only has some experience shooting weddings but can produce quality memories. Whether freelancer or dedicated wedding photographer, it all comes down to the results they produce. View samples of work from any potential photographer during the initial meeting. It is also advisable to view an entire wedding your photographer has shot so you can see the variety of images you can expect.

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5 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK 1. HOW MUCH COVERAGE CAN WE EXPECT? Packages can range from just a few hours of coverage, meaning only the ceremony and part of the reception will be photographed, to the entire day and evening. Find out prices and the amount of coverage available upfront. 2. CAN WE GIVE A LIST OF PHOTOS WE DEFINITELY WANT? Yes, most photographers will even ask you what family members should be photographed and what moments you want captured. 3. HAVE YOU SHOT AT OUR VENUE BEFORE? If the photographer has experience shooting at your ceremony or reception venue, he or she will know what to expect in terms of lighting, etc. Some photographers who haven’t shot a venue will “scout out” the location before the wedding day. 4.WILL YOU CHOOSE THE PHOTOS OR WILL WE RECEIVE EVERY IMAGE TAKEN? Discuss this with your photographer upfront. More affordable packages include a DVD of unedited images. You and your new spouse can review and select favorite images for the album. If you’re not up for going through 30 different shots of the cake cutting, ask your photographer for recommendations. 5. DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN IF YOU GET SICK? This is especially crucial if you’re working with a freelancer who isn’t associated with a studio. There’s nothing wrong with asking to meet the backup person and checking out his or her work to put your mind at ease.


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Through compromise and planning, you’ll be able to all have the photos you want from your most special day! Wedding photography as recent as a decade ago was a very different landscape. With the birth of the digital era in photography, brides and grooms learned about another type of photography, photojournalism, which, along with a host of new styles of pictures, edged out some of the older “classic” or “traditional” wedding photography your parents or your family may expect. When weddings were shot on film, the average number of photographs taken was much smaller (think 300-400 as opposed to today’s 700+) and the vast majority of these photos were classic portraits. Two people, posed, looking at the camera, smiling. “One, two, three, CHEESE!” The day was mostly spent taking formals at the bride’s dressing location, formals at the church, post ceremony formals, the big moments at the reception, then backdrop formals for much of the evening. With digital photography, the number of photos that can be taken on a given day is staggering, and has changed photography tremendously. No longer do formals dominate your collection because of the added candid, photojournalistic photos that showcase the real moments and emotions of the day. This ability to shoot more than just the standards once the digital switch was complete, really gave rise to the demand for photojournalism. Slowly some of the more traditional pictures that were considered “must haves” fell away in favor of more time at locations, and the photographer spending more time being a photojournalist and capturing “in the moment” shots. This shift, in as short a time as a few years, has created a disconnect between what parents want, and what the brides and grooms want. The other change that happened was the emergence of online proofing. Before the shift, the only people that got to see all the wedding photos were immediate friends and family, because

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of the hassle of carrying around (often) stacks of bound 3.5×5 photos. For the first time guests at the wedding and distant family and friends were able to see the non-traditional photos being taken, the ones that weren’t winding up in the classic wedding album. Parents often prefer the inherent value and tradition in formal photographs and classic wedding albums, which can lead to a battle of sorts between the happy couple, parents, and inlaws. With only so much time in the day and a very different priority focus, a photographer can struggle with trying to please everyone, and sometimes be unable to please anyone. Nowhere is this struggle between traditional and photojournalistic photography more evident than when photographers used a photo backdrop. “Old School” photographers weren’t focused as much on dancing and reception entertainment. They were often standing at a wedding backdrop long enough for all of your guests to get their portraits taken individually with their families. Today’s weddings often don’t have a second photographer to stay at a wedding backdrop. A single photographer now divides time between the exciting dance floor shots (the ones you really want) and waiting to see if anyone at their table wants a portrait. So, how does one bridge the generation gap that causes this conflict, and get the amazing photos they really want? Explain to your family that you don’t want to spend that extra half hour at the church, you’d rather spend it in a park, or on the lakefront downtown. Then figure out the photos that your families cannot live without and give those to your photographer in your photo shot list. Make it clear what your priorities are, so you can avoid conflict between, you, your mom and the list of shots requested.


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“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” ­- Ralph Waldo Emerson Watching you walk down the aisle will be enough of a present for your groom, but why not surprise your groom-to-be with some sexy pictures just for him? Not just snapping a racy photo on your phone, but an actual photo session.

photo session! A confident woman is a sexy woman, and these photos will have your groom running to the altar!

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 is to have sensual pictures of yourself taken and then gifted to your groom. Most of the pictures are tamer than the pages of Playboy. A boudoir session consists of photos of “implied nudity” where you may be completely naked but certain “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 pictures for you.

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Boudoir photos give your groom a taste of his sexy soon-tobe-wife and heighten the excitement of the honeymoon and wedding night. With today’s modern world, a lot of engaged couples are already living together and boudoir photos bring some of the mystery back! Plus, if you have been on a pre-wedding diet and work out plan, why not showcase your hard work? Planning a wedding can be stressful, and having boudoir photos taken gives you the excuse to have some “me” time. Pamper yourself with a pedicure, get your hair blown out, have your make up applied, and enjoy the

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1. Be creative with your outfit choices. Lingerie, stockings, high heels, his favorite sports jersey can all be sexy, yet tasteful. 2.  Consider a pro for your makeup. A professional makeup artist will know how to give you a sultry look that shows well in photographs. 3. Wear loose clothing to your session to avoid creating lines or marks on your skin. 4. Talk with your photographer beforehand about expectations. What “look” are you going for? What is included in the retouching process? 5. Most of all, relax and have fun. Your spouse-to-be finds you beautiful no matter what!


photo booth truth CAPTURING FUN MOMENTS

Have you ever wanted to unleash your inner super model and let yourself go in front of the camera? Truthfully, we all love hamming it up in front of the camera when the moment is right. But at a wedding reception when you’re celebrating your recent nuptials? And with the drinks and euphoria overflowing? Trust the Photobooth will set you and your guests free. Consider this­— you’ve always wanted to capture your perfect bridesmaid (or Mom) in a spectacular photo that you can hold against her for eternity. Step up into the booth with 1 to 5 of your friends, wait for the countdown to begin and then ham it up for those 4 to 6 quick shots. Otherwise, your best friend next to you just might out “take” you! It’s so much fun that you and your guests will want to enjoy this ride again and again to create the perfect, silliest, over-the-top memory on your day.

GOING HOLLYWOOD

Photobooths are going Hollywood! Green screens are the next big adventure for wedding receptions. Your guests could be on top of Mt Kilamanjaro, in the middle of the Sahara dessert, climbing the Willis Tower, surfing in Lake Michigan and your photos won’t be able to tell the difference. Oh, the magic of Hollywood...who said there had to be any truth in the photo?

PHOTO BOOTH TIPS u Collect costumes, wigs, funky hats— even

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Any newly married couple can attest, the wedding day goes by way too fast. No matter how much you try to cherish each moment, from the vows to the first dance, remembering everything exactly as it happened is difficult. Hiring a videographer is the perfect way to relive that special day and preserve it for generations to come. Videography also offers priceless moving images and voices of loved ones who might not be around years from now. Before booking a videographer, there are a few important details to keep in mind.

KNOW YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

Are you a fan of documentaries or more the Hollywood love story type? Today, most videographers specialize in wedding videos that not only cater to individual tastes, but also transform couples into celebrities starring in their very own blockbusters. The latest options include tight-knit stories featuring prewedding interviews with the couple discussing how they met. Coverage can even start at the rehearsal dinner to capture special toasts. Some prefer to have coverage start the morning of the wedding while the bridal party is getting ready. 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 are in style and provide more of a movie-like effect rather than one single, continuous camera

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angle. The newest advanced digital recording capabilities capture quality images in the dimmest of settings and no longer require obstructive bright lights. But whether your dream video mirrors an independent film or a music video, gone are the days of hours of footage. Experts say most contemporary wedding videos are no more than 45 to 90 minutes in length. This is likely to be good news to friends, family and any future children who watch the video.

FROM BLU-RAY AND HIGH-DEF TO THE WEB

In the midst of all the recent trends and cutting edge technology, one thing is certain—these aren’t your parents’ wedding videos. Today’s couples are tech savvy, sometimes requesting that their videographers shoot in high-definition (HD) and put their events onto Blu-ray discs. But although HD offers superior picture quality and looks fabulous on a big screen TV, getting everyone together for a showing can be tough. What if the entire guest list and relatives who were unable to attend the event could watch the video from anywhere in the world? Online video provides such capabilities. Some videographers will post wedding videos directly onto their websites. Videos can be uploaded through special video sharing websites such as Sharingourjoy.com, Viddia.com or Stashspace.com. A major benefit of online video is friends


and relatives can post comments and well wishes for the couple while viewing the video. To ensure a couple’s privacy, videos posted on these sites are password protected and accessible only to family and friends. Videography experts warn against posting wedding videos onto public sites such as YouTube. Not only can comments from strangers be cruel or inappropriate, the quality of the videos tends to be poorer. Also, most newlyweds probably don’t want to chance the possibility of their wedding video going viral.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB

Uncle Bob or Cousin Suzie might love to show off their camcorder skills at family functions, but this is your wedding video. Documenting one of the most important days in your life requires the help of a professional. 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. Members of such groups network with other industry professionals to stay on top of the latest trends and information on their trade. They also can ensure backup should anything go wrong on the big day, such as a vehicle breakdown, illness or equipment malfunction. Couples should view full samples of work, not just clips. Although videographers can share work over the Internet, it’s best to meet them in person. Remember, you’ll be spending the day with them!

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 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 $1,000. A professionally edited video shot with multiple camera angles starts at about $2,000. Often included in that price are copies of the DVD, as well as online sharing of the video. A top of the line, 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 preceremony 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, and 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 to keep all the reception activities happening in a timely manner.

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vintage songs for their first dance, many are opting to spruce the songs up to make them more modern. Research contemporary versions of your favorite classics, like Etta James’ “At Last” and Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E.” Tons of artists are covering classic love songs while adding their own unique flare. You can also hire a band or DJ who can customize your song with instruments or computer program effects.

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music, couples are breaking the mold with more imaginative selections. For cocktail hour and dinner entertainment, why not go with a mariachi band, a barbershop quartet or accapella group? For dance music, how about a 70’s style band—complete with polyester suits and Ray-Ban Wayfarers? Picking fun, unexpected entertainment is a sure way to keep your guests movin’ and groovin’ all night long.

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favorite “first dance” songs? Lots of couples are solving this dilemma with the addition of a special “last dance” at the end of the reception. This time around, have your wedding entertainer invite all of the guests to join the newlyweds in one last dance of the evening. In addition to having both songs utilized in a special way, you get to end your night in the arms of your beau, surrounded by the people who love you most.

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ACCENTING YOUR EVENT Lighting should wow your guests, highlight your event, and guide your eyes. When shopping for lighting there are a few terms you should know: u

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LIGHTING YOUR VENUE

Most often, using a color wash of light in the venue is necessary since lights provided by the venue are meant to light the room, not accent specific features. 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. Your lighting should not draw attention away from the center of your room; you want the attention and detail to be on your centerpieces, décor, and dance floor. Matching your lighting color to your decor can create ambience and warm your space. Look at using other alternative sources of light, such as candles, hanging chandeliers or antique lanterns. Accent your décor, being careful not to overwhelm your guests with the amount of light in the room. Color and brightness is key. By using multiple sources of light, you add dimension and create interest. 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. Check with your wedding planner or venue about lighting options or ask your DJ or lighting company for suggestions. Many DJ’s and reception facilities offer lighting and décor services to assist in transforming your event space.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENTERTAINMENT A quality DJ will offer versatility in music and presentation. They should be willing to understand your likes and dislikes while providing musical diversity. You should be able to choose from oldies, country-western, rock, big band, or Motown sounds. Your guests should be able to polka, waltz or do the twist. A good DJ will offer a little something for everyone so that guests of all ages can enjoy the music and dance. Usually your DJ acts as the master of ceremonies, announcing the arrival of the newlyweds, introducing the wedding party, coordinating the first dance and other activities. They are charged with keeping the evening moving and organized. When interviewing disc jockey companies, consider the following: u

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LIVE BANDS Many wedding bands can provide a DJ service and a variety of performance styles. You can arrange for a few musicians to perform an instrumental set during your cocktail hour, then arrange for the entire band to perform during your reception. Live bands can feature both male and female vocalists, back-up singers, and can include any combination of instruments and any number of musicians based on your budget and your musical taste. Wedding bands can also provide a Master of Ceremonies to greet your guests, introduce your wedding party, and announce various reception events, such as your first dance, the order of toasts, the garter toss, the bouquet toss, and any other activities you have planned. When you decide on your live band, discuss your music preferences with the musicians. It may help to give your band a short playlist to demonstrate your taste. To ensure your band will be able to perform your favorite songs on the big day, give the musicians your play list well in advance, as they may need to learn unfamiliar songs. When comparing bands, consider the following: u How

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ROMANTIC MOVEMENTS Your first dance as a married couple usually kicks off the reception. This very sentimental moment can become a choreographed event that includes the father-of-the-bride, family members, your wedding party and guests. Have fun spinning tradition. The first dance can be as simple or as orchestrated as you like. Even though the dancing begins with the couple’s first dance, when you take the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife is truly up to you. A fun way to get the party going early is to start the formal reception after cocktail hour, with the presentation of the couple and their first dance. This allows for dancing throughout the dinner service with special dances between courses. Others choose for the dancing to begin after dessert is served during a seated dinner. During afternoon weddings, it can begin before the wedding party is seated. If a buffet is served, brides and grooms may start dancing as soon as they finish greeting their guests. If the thought of that first dance induces stress, a few basic dance lessons can ease your mind and feet. Visit a professional studio and look for an introductory course that lets you sample the studio’s teaching style. They can even choreograph your first dance. Ask the instructor to select the appropriate dance style for “your song.”

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A very basic first dance may be a simple two-step, while for others with more experience it can be a waltz. Couples who love to dance may choose something more complicated yet still romantic, like a rumba or tango. Whatever you choose, make sure the music and dance style suit both of you, and of course, have fun with it!

WEDDING DANCE SURPRISE 1. Choose a song you both enjoy. 2. Make your dance a “split” routine. The first part can be a traditional dance to a love song, while the second part is a fun routine. 3. Ask a trusted friend or professional to guide you. 4. Brides with uncooperative grooms might consider asking their fathers to do a surprise choreographed father-daughter dance. 5. Be sure your wedding dress is appropriate for doing all of your dance moves. 6. Keep the dance a surprise by making it a “need to know” piece of information.

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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 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-thedate 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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stationery envelopes and bring sophistication with custom envelope liners. Create something totally unique with metallic or vintage patterned liners, or cityscape map liners. Showcase the Chicago skyline or outline a map of your ceremony. You can even incorporate color with something simple like a special pattern with your wedding date. Extra credit: Use the same pattern from your custom envelope liner on napkins, programs, or lighting on the dance floor. These charming accents are a great way to build your wedding theme.

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customize your save-the-date and wedding invites. Couples are using a combo of colors and fonts to define their wedding style. Carry your wedding colors with fun fonts throughout your invites, ceremony programs, escort cards, and menu cards. Create a mood of playfulness by mixing an italic lowercase font and an all-cap font for a modern-style appeal or be edgy by mixing serif, sans serif, and script. Don’t crowd the card though, and make sure the fonts you choose are easily readable.

MANY MORE OPTIONS Skip the trip to the post office

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and order your save-the-date/invitation stamps online at USPS. com. You have access to their entire collection of stamps, whereas at the post office you are limited only to what they have in stock that day. Even if the post office does have the stamp you are looking for, it’s doubtful they carry the quantity you need. Helpful hint: Ask your stationer about the need for additional postage for odd-shaped envelopes.

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CONSIDER CALLIGRAPHY Calligraphy adds drama to traditional invitations and an elegant touch to contemporary expressions. Couples who like the look of this formal script can hire a professional, choose machine-generated calligraphy or do it themselves. The expansive script can be used to ink or address your wedding invitations as well as create memorable menus, place cards and keepsake scrolls of your wedding vows. Professional calligraphers can match the style and color of your invitation and guarantee proper etiquette. Request samples from several, because the quality and price can vary. Machine calligraphy is less expensive and may suffice for those who want perfectly addressed invitations. However, it cannot double check your spelling or correct lapses in the phrasing demanded by etiquette. Do-it-yourselfers can find supplies at most art stores. A basic calligraphy class is invaluable to the beginner, but buy extra envelopes!

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Use this list to keep track of all the paper needs for your wedding. Keep track of your order and delivery dates as well as when they need to be mailed. Whether ordering pre-made, custom designed or DIY stationery, plan ahead and allow enough time for ordering, printing and mailing.

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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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DOUBLE CHECK wedding invitation proofs before

sending them back to the printer. Have another set of eyes look them over—check the day and date, time of the ceremony and all locations and addresses.

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ADDRESS your thank you notes at the same time you

address your invitations. Then there’s no need to go back to the address book twice.

REMEMBER to send thank you notes to any hosts and hostesses of showers and engagement parties.

TAKE your full invitation package to the post office and have it weighed before purchasing your postage for all the invitations. Make sure there isn’t a postage rate change scheduled before your invitations are to be mailed.

WRITE your thank you notes as you receive each gift— that way you can mail them promptly after the wedding.

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ORDER any announcements you may need at the same time you order your invitations. It’s one less thing you’ll have to do when you return from your honeymoon. Address them before the wedding and have a trusted relative drop them in the mail while you are on your honeymoon.

ANNOUNCEMENTS should be sent after the wedding

to anyone not invited to the wedding that should be aware of your new marital status. This can include distant relatives, friends of the family or business associates.

PURCHASE an etiquette book. It will become a great

resource while working on wording for your invitations and thank you notes. It will also be useful after the wedding when you are doing any type of entertaining.

PRINT maps and directions and include them in any type of

invitation—wedding, shower or engagement party. They are a huge help to your guests and will save lots of telephone time for you and your family members. on your invitations that coordinate with the color theme of your wedding. Choose ribbons, ink colors, and papers that match your wedding theme.

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In these days of long-distance weddings and super-saver fares, the arrival of a wedding invitation four to six weeks before the chosen date isn’t enough advance notice.

With friends and family all over the globe, hence, the growing popularity of “save-the-date” cards and notices. Whether postcards, printed notices, or e-mail messages, these notices can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Often sent months in advance, save-the-date cards will give your potential guests a heads-up about your 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-thedates are just meant to be friendly alerts about your wedding plans. They’re an informal invite meant to express your interest in having guests participate in your special day. Some couples may just choose to send the cards solely to outof-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. Another great idea is to take a photo of you and your partner, send it to a local copier or stationery store, and add some easy graphics with all the wedding day details. Designing your savethe-date as a postcard allows your recipients to put them up on a bulletin board with a pin—a helpful reminder that doesn’t take up a lot of space. For a creative touch, print refrigerator magnets or stickers so that guests can put the reminders on the refrigerator or stick them in a planner. Send a link to an e-invite or your wedding webpage. For guests with a sweet tooth, send chocolate, cookies, or candy with the date labeled on the bag. Print luggage tags, post-it notes, bookmarks, or even notepads to remind your guests that your big day is approaching. Have fun with it!

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INVITATION TIMELINE With all the planning, don’t forget about the guests who will actually be attending! Your guests need information at different intervals, so send out a few different announcements before your day arrives. Follow this basic guide to help you with your invitation timeline. ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS For your family, closest friends, and future wedding party members, make the announcement in person or over the phone, but for the rest of your guests, it’s perfectly acceptable to make a general announcement digitally, whether by sending a mass text or a mass email, or by simply posting something on a public forum like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Tumblr. SAVE-THE-DATES Send out save-the-dates no later than six months before your wedding, no sooner than a year in advance, as you don’t want anyone discarding the cards and forgetting the date. The point is to give your guests a heads-up about your wedding. WEDDING INVITATIONS Send out your formal invitations no later than 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Formal invitations will most likely be more intricate and expensive than your save-the-date cards, so you should consult with a stationery specialist and order the appropriate amount during the early stage of your planning. Ask your guests to RSVP 2 to 3 weeks before your wedding so you can confirm seating and catering arrangements. THANK YOU NOTES After events like your engagement party or bridal shower, send thank you notes within two to four weeks after the event. For wedding gifts, it’s customary to send thank you notes within three months after your wedding.


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Choosing the right design for your wedding invitations doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

If the average print invitation does not appeal to your sense of style, you may want to consider designing less traditional invitations. Many couples choose to create their own invitations, whether in print form or in another medium. Your wedding invitations should reflect your taste and the theme of your wedding, but most of all, your wedding invitations should reflect your love for one another. Try one of these handmade alternatives!

ADD EMBELLISHMENTS Many modern couples

are jazzing up their invitations with embellishments. Try adding ribbons, hand-pressed flowers, or charms to your paper invites and envelopes. You can easily enhance your design with simple alterations, so play with cuts, dyes, paper materials, glitter, textures, and other art supplies. You could even download a program that will design a special font based on your own handwriting! Each invite may not be individually handwritten, but using your own handwriting as the font will add a very personal touch to your invitations!

INCORPORATE OTHER MEDIUMS While it’s

customary to send paper invitations for formal weddings, you can add other mediums to the mix. Incorporate items that represent your wedding theme, or opt for love-inspired accents. Instead of sending your invitations in envelopes, send them in decorative boxes. Or, compile a wedding invitation package. Include a pair of pears, a set of dove-shaped soaps, or other small party favors. One Chicago couple even chose to include a couple of goldfish with each invitation!

TRY SUBSTITUTE INVITATIONS For a throwback to

your childhood, order personalized toys as substitute invitations. Try Etch-a-Sketch pads. Save yourself time by printing your wedding information on clear laminates that fit over the sketching screen, then let your guests (and their kids) enjoy their new toys long after your wedding! Or, you can order mini toy cameras that show different slides every time you pull the trigger lever! Include all your wedding information on the slides!

DIRECTIONALLY PERFECT INCLUDING A MAP Many formal invitations mightnot include maps to the ceremony and reception sites. However, times have changed, and maps have become one of the most useful items to include in your wedding invitation package. Including a map will help your guests find their way to your venues and ensure that 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. Make notes of local landmarks, main streets, and any other important details to help guests along the way. Be sure to include the contact information for both your ceremony site and your reception site in case guests get lost and can’t reach you personally. Your ceremony and reception venues may provide maps for your guests, but you should 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 oneway streets, traffic, or construction, so make sure you proof the directions before including them in your invitations. Work with your invitation specialist to make sure you use the right paper and ink for any maps and directions, as some may clash with your invitations or distort map images.

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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, bridal shower invites, and even on their formal invitations.

LOOK FOR PERKS Many stores, particularly those in a competitive market, may offer valuable registry incentives, such as bonuses, completion discounts, free shipping, complimentary gift-wrapping, 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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TAKE HOME SALSA Last season, jars of delicious fruit jams

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dominated rustic themed favors. This season’s couples are spicing things up by filling cute personalized jars with fresh, zesty salsa. This savory treat is the perfect send-off following a laid back, outdoor bash. For an added bonus, include a bundle of homemade tortilla chips. Don’t be surprised if your guests dig into their favors before even leaving the venue!

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your spouse? Instead of opting for something material, why not give the gift of an unforgettable memory? Prior to the wedding, secretly gather your family and friends to choreograph a silly and sentimental flash mob to perform at the reception. The more guests that participate, the better. The look on your spouse’s face will be well worth the time and energy you put into arranging your special gift.

KEEPING IT REAL Emojis are everywhere—Facebook,

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Twitter, Instagram…and recently, even weddings! Lots of couples are utilizing these tiny digital images to inspire fun, quirky wedding favors. One popular example is to ask your bakery to create a variety of wedding/love themed emoji cookies. Anyone with a smart phone or social media account will immediately recognize the iconic shapes and smiley faces. These delightful edible sentiments are sure to be an instant hit!

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specialty registries CHOOSING GIFTS

Some couples bring quite a bit to their new marriages, including children, houses, and a whole traditional registry full of household items. Even though they may need new dishes, pots and pans, towels, and other home necessities, many couples actually prefer to wait until they have found their new home to begin purchasing their household items. Many established couples, whether they’re marrying for the first, second, or even third time, may have all the furniture and home items they need. There are many reasons why couples may not want traditional registries, which is why specialty registries have become so popular over the last few years. Nowadays, almost every type of store will have a system for compiling wedding registries. Not only national and regional chains, but traditional department stores, local merchants, and just about every specialty store in the marketplace will have items available for a registry, items that can reflect your hobbies and fit your specific needs. Many couples would rather fly away than open boxes, so they set-up a travel or honeymoon registry. In lieu of tangible items, you could decide to register at your travel agency and let friends and relatives contribute to your dream honeymoon. Even if you and your partner haven’t chosen your destination or made reservations, the credit will be available for you at the agency. If you and your partner are wine lovers, a cellar registry at a wine store is a great registry alternative. In addition to bottles of wine, you can also register for everything you need for your dream cellar, such as crates, glasses, books on wine, and accessories like corkscrews and coasters. This is also a great registry to compliment a wine-themed shower or engagement party. Themed showers and engagement parties can certainly help theme a registry. If you and your spouse love to cook (or if you just love to eat), a culinary theme might suit you well. Try a

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registry for cooking classes or any activity that you can enjoy together (and guests can enjoy later). The hostess of the shower can ask guests to bring their favorite recipes, then compile them into a special cookbook for your kitchen. If you’ve just purchased a “fixer-upper” as your first home together, a registry at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and furnishing stores will definitely come in handy. Registering for gift cards at one of these stores will allow you to purchase the items you need when you begin your home repairs and renovations. Tools and equipment are also great for both old and new homes. If someone is giving you a personal bridal shower, you may want to open a registry at a local lingerie store. This way, you can eliminate any uncomfortable moments with intimate clothing that might not be your style. It also allows you to be professionally measured for any undergarments—as many are non-returnable. As a general guide for both specialty and traditional registries, you should include enough items on your registry so that your guests can choose gifts for your engagement party and your shower, as well as for your wedding. It’s also important to choose items in a variety of price ranges, from inexpensive to luxury, so that guests can find affordable gifts and give you the wedding items that they feel are most appropriate for you. It’s great to add gift certificates to any registry, since they can be included with any gift and allow you to add and choose items from the registry at your leisure. Many brides later regret that they didn’t register for many of the items they could now use in their new homes. It’s better to register for more than less—you can always buy the overlooked items sometime after the wedding if none of your guests purchased them for you.


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GROOVY GAMES Give your guests a copy of your

favorite board game or travel game. From Boggle, Chutes and Ladders to trivia games and more, everyone loves a good game. Game night could become a tradition for you and your friends for years to come. Your guests will also love card games such as Old Maid, Uno, Blink, Chicago Poker, Cranium and so many more! You can personalize these with your name and wedding date.

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something useful for the kitchen, office or home. Mini whisks, wooden spoons, jar openers, refrigerator magnets, coasters, mini cheese graters, measuring spoons, bottle openers, ice cream scoops, cheese knives, cookie cutters are just a few clever possibilities. For the office: Swiss Army knives, mini tool kits, personalized Post-it notes, pens, paperweights, desk frames, business card holders, letter openers, or a tape measure are useful and memorable.

CANDY BARS No, we’re not talking Snickers. These

buffet- style selections of scrumptious treats are sure to satisfy every sweet tooth at the reception. Fill vintagestyle glass jars with Nerds, Red Hots, Jelly Bellies and other colorful candies to add both decor and conversation. “Ooh Nerds! I used to LOVE these!” Provide scoops and trendy Chinese takeout boxes and viola! you’ll have instant fun and favors for guests to enjoy during the reception and take home for midnight sugar cravings.

DRINK UP For teetotalers and non-teetotalers, serve

hot cocoa, tea or coffee in personalized mugs or root beer floats and milkshakes in personalized soda fountain glasses. Or, serve these delicious drinks in cute take home cups as guests leave the reception. Give guests your favorite book of cocktail recipes inscribed with your name and wedding date. Give a set of your favorite herbal teas to enjoy for the week. Mini bags of your favorite cocktail mixes with the recipe attached are also perfect. Lastly, give your guests a $5 gift card to your favorite coffee joint. Who doesn’t love having their morning coffee or tea bought for them?

DRAW CONCLUSIONS If the two of you have

a silly side, a fabulous way to show it is through caricatures. Hire a caricature artist to draw your guests. You’ll send them home with a humorous memento while adding a touch of charm to the reception. Check out Aboutfacesentertainers.com for a directory of Chicago area caricature artists.

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ATTENDANT GIFT IDEAS GROOMSMEN u Personalized putter/golf towel/golf balls u Monogrammed duffel bag u Grill utensil set u Cigar sampler u Silver cufflinks u Beer of the month club membership u Pocket watch u Game set (chess, backgammon, etc.)

BRIDESMAIDS u Monogrammed jewelry box u Monogrammed bath robe u Makeup brush set u Travel jewelry case u Box set of a favorite TV show u Set of wine glasses u Personalized stationery u Wine of the month club membership

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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 Transportation Trends 280 research and shop around for the best deals. 5 Transportation Guidelines

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IT’S LIKE GLAMPING For couples getting married off

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are in different locations, brainstorm fun and inventive mass transportation ideas to make the trip an enjoyable and unique experience for your guests. Offer adventure and a gorgeous view with hot air balloon rides! For a more nostalgic approach, rent charming yellow school buses and customize the ride with laidback dĂŠcor and party music. Arranging out-of-the-ordinary mass transportation ensures that 1.) all of your guests will get from point A to point B without issue and 2.) an unforgettable experience will be had by all.

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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!

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5 transportation guidelines Transportation is one of the most important parts of a wedding and is often one of the most overlooked conveniences. The first thing you’ll want to do when researching transportation companies is to look around and check reviews both in person and online. Be sure the service you choose has experience with wedding transportation and all their drivers are licensed and insured. Ask for references and customer referrals. Make sure 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. Ask your transportation company questions like: how old are the limousines? Is gratuity included in the price or Is it cheaper to get a package deal? Is decorating the vehicle allowed? Are there any extras included in the price such as a bottle of champagne, decorations, red carpet, sun roof, etc? What happens if we need to cancel? You’ll want to get everything in writing and sign the contract in person. Reading the fine print is key. Two weeks before your wedding, call and confirm the details.

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Check with the transportation company in advance regarding their audio options. Create a music playlist to get the party started. Many companies accept iPods or CDs to set the scene and tone. Stock the limo or shuttle with extra drinks and snacks to keep your energy level high and party going.

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The getaway car has always provided for great memories, photo opportunities and that much needed quite moment alone. One of the most classic wedding photos is of the newly married bride and groom making their exit from the most exciting celebration of their lives, truly embarking on the 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 definitely the most popular vehicles to whisk you and your partner away from your reception, though the types of vehicles can vary almost as much as the couples that are in them. 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 the go. There’s nothing more romantic than riding in a horse-drawn carriage or, in the winter months, gliding across the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh. A water exit can be truly exhilarating if you make your exit on a speedboat, dashing forward into your future. A water exit can also be quite romantic if you make your way across a lake or a river in a rowboat or a gondola. Of course, waving goodbye from the deck of a luxury yacht is one shot everyone will be snapping. 282 WEDDING GUIDE

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GUEST TRANSPORTATION If some or many of your guests are out-oftowners, there will be a great need for all types of transportation. From airport shuttle service for both arrivals and departures 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, that are available to you. Check with your reception site or the hotel housing your guests as they may have some transportation 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, you may want to 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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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? u What style of hotel/resort do we prefer? u What do we want to do when we get there? Relax on the beach, participate in activities, sight see, or wine and dine? u u

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.

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adventure-seeking couples are hopping in their car for an exciting and romantic road trip honeymoon. Couples are taking this opportunity to explore cities they’ve never visited, camp and hike in the country’s most beautiful national parks, and cherish the hours of one-on-one time during the drive. Road trips are a great time for exploration, small chats, and team bonding.

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itinerary. The Ritz-Carlton, for example, offers Give Back Getaways, where guests staying at the luxury hotel are invited to take part in “voluntourism experiences” that contribute something meaningful to communities all over the world. No matter where you decide to go—whether you’re looking into a more traditional honeymoon location like Grand Cayman, or a more unconventional destination like Indonesia—there are countless opportunities to volunteer your time.

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look out for: smart luggage. Say goodbye to lost baggage and excess weight charges! Products such as The Bluesmart Carry-On reportedly have a built-in global 3G SIM card, GPS and Bluetooth so you can track your suitcase’s location using your a mobile app on your smart phone. There is also an internal scale that tells you how much your luggage weighs as you pack it. Of course, no smart luggage would be complete without a built-in charger for all of your other toys and gadgets.

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honeymoon packing The easiest way to prepare for your honeymoon is to pack the right stuff. Here are a few things to consider before zipping up your luggage.

CLIMATE It may seem obvious to pack according to

the climate and the weather forecast of your honeymoon destination, but there are a few catches. Resorts in cold places typically have steam rooms, saunas, pools, and Jacuzzis, not to mention the heat cranked up, so you should pack a swimsuit and a few lighter layers for when you’re indoors. The warmer a desert climate is during the day, the colder it will get at night, and the wind chill from a body of water can easily make temperatures drop at night, so you should pack a jacket and a few heavier layers for nighttime. Don’t forget to pack appropriate 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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TRIP LENGTH The general rule of thumb is to pack as

many outfits as days you’ll be away, plus three. You may spill on a white shirt, feel too full to wear that tight-fitting dress, or end up needing a fancier outfit for a restaurant you discover while you’re there. Whatever the reason may be, you should pack a few back-up outfits just in case.

ACTIVITIES Pack for comfort if you think you’ll be

out and about. Pack for style if you expect to go on lots of romantic dates while you’re away. Pack for whatever activities you think you may be doing. Realistically, you’ll most likely spend the most time in the privacy of your bedroom, but you should still think about activities you and your partner might want to do out in public.

PACK THESE ESSENTIALS Airline tickets Passports or visas Driver’s licenses Camera and extra SD cards Medicines/prescriptions in original bottles Extra contact lenses or glasses Sewing kit Blow dryer Traveler’s checks Credit, ATM, auto-club and telephone and insurance cards

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Honeymoon timeline PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Here’s a guideline to prepare for the vacation of a lifetime: 10–12 MONTHS BEFORE: Set your trip budget. Talk about your travel desires. Discuss destinations that you’ve always wanted to see. Maybe you met somewhere and want to revisit the place you first met. Do some research, talk to friends that have done some traveling or are familiar with a particular destination you are considering. Visit a travel professional to get brochures and information. Determine the length of your trip. If you would like to travel to an exotic locale, make your reservations as soon as possible as space both in transit and lodging is often limited. 8–10 MONTHS BEFORE: Though you may feel confident booking most of your own travel and may have done the honeymoon research yourselves, you might want to have 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. Have them reserve a king-size bed for your room. Check every detail twice for your accommodations and tickets such as dates, times, and locations. It is advisable to purchase travel insurance in case of an unforeseen event. 6–8 MONTHS BEFORE: Obtain necessary 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, like a hot-air balloon ride and picnic in Napa Valley. If you are heading to the Caribbean and would like to scuba dive, you’ll be better off getting certified before you get there. 4–6 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin to collect the goods you’ll need specifically for your trip, like luggage and baggage tags for your suitcases. Register for luggage as a gift if you don’t have any or if your current suitcases are on their last legs. Compile a list of what you’ll need to pack, especially if you’ll need any items that are more available in season, like bathing suits and sunscreen. If you will rent any equipment for sports activities, like clubs, skis, etc, while you are there, investigate suppliers and costs. Research the cost and features of any travel-related equipment you would like to purchase, such as a digital camera. 2 MONTHS BEFORE: Make reservations for any special dinners, spa treatments, or tours you don’t want to miss. 288 WEDDING GUIDE

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Many resorts have special services for honeymooners, which can include romantic activities like a moonlight champagne cruise for two, a private dinner on the beach, or a couples’ massage in your own private cabana. However, space is usually limited, especially in heavy honeymoon season, so book them early. 1 MONTH BEFORE: Make your packing list and gather any missing items. Reconfirm reservations and review your travel documents for any missing items. Make arrangements for any items that need special care, such as your home, pets and plants while you are gone. 2 WEEKS BEFORE: Purchase your travelers checks and write the numbers somewhere secure in case they are lost or stolen. 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 transportation needs to and from the airport. If someone is taking you, confirm with them. Check with your cellular phone company to ensure you will be able to use your phone at your destination in case of emergency. You may have to change calling plans for overseas destinations. 1 WEEK BEFORE: Fill out forms to have your mail held and stop your newspapers. Make arrangements for your bridal registry to hold any shipments until you return and confirm transport of gifts from your reception if you 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 f lights. Confirm your luggage has your identification on the inside and outside. Get plenty of sleep.


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Silver linings ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

When the economy is down, as it has been for a while, everyone adapts their lifestyle to be smarter about finances.

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Even if your wedding was more DIY than Diva, by all means include a honeymoon in your budget planning from the very beginning. Because happily, a not-so-good economy is great for tourists here and abroad. Here are some shrewd-money reasons to be glad you’re traveling while still climbing out of the fiscal valley. DRACHMAS ON THE DOLLAR Despite the decreased value of the Dollar at home, there are many countries where our currency still gets you more for your money. Want to start in familiar territory? Ireland, Spain, and Greece have some of the most picturesque scenery and distinctive culture in all of Europe, and have long been tourist havens for their amazing history and traditions. These three nations have experienced a similar decline in the last few years and the USD is much stronger there—and they have a lot of hotels to fill! Each offers ancient castles and ruins, not to mention extremely distinguished and flavorful cuisines. For starters, visit Frommer.com to choose a small-ship tour of the Greek Isles, staffed yachts for 8-10 people. Sightsee and shop during the day while your crew manages the boat and the cooking. If you are a snowbird, Iceland has become a ver y inexpensive place to visit. Their striking blue lagoon, glaciers, and geysers are extraordinary, and of course the temperature and celestial lights will provide a perfect romantic backdrop to get close. Don’t miss their hip capital city of Reykjavik. Bustling with people obsessed with design, hi-tech, and architecture, they have cool cafes, clubs, pubs, and brightly colored old-towns. Then, visit

dogsledding.is to schedule your trek on top of an active volcano. The key to this kind of travel is that while you’re doing your research, or consulting with your travel agent, look at currency trends (not daily rates) to see where you’re likely to get more for your money. GOOD ENOUGH FOR BRANGELINA Getting out of doors to enjoy nature always comes with that pesky lack of electricity and running water. Now, luxury camping lets you have it all from Morocco to Montana--covered lodges, tents, and even tepees—with all the comforts of home down to the last detail, without the five-star price. Brad and Angie made Namibia, Africa famous when they visited Okonjima Homestead, and the proprietors have renovated and rebuilt the camp, completed in 2013. They offer elegant tents, mini-fridges, and a pool, as well as safaris and guides. It is also home to Africat, a big cat protected reserve so you’ll have plenty of wildlife to observe. Close to home, The Bar W is a working guest ranch in northwest Montana with luxury tents on wood bases, heat and air conditioning, plus housekeeping! During the day enjoy wagon rides, fishing, or play cowboy and help catch the horses. Visit goglamping.net to see a world list of premier campsites. Bottom line: around the world, airlines, resorts, hotels, and cruise lines are competing mightily for your travel dollar. They have to fill up those bookings. So enjoy the current buyers’ market and the great escape from reality! WeddingGuideChicago.com

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For some couples, only the perfect dream wedding in an exotic locale will do for their “I do’s”. Today’s ease of travel allows many couples, and quite often their family and friends, to celebrate their vows atop a peak in the Rocky Mountains, with a Hawaiian volcano as a backdrop, on the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean, or in a glitzy wedding chapel in trendy Las Vegas. Often times, the choice of a destination wedding doubles as the beginning of a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon. Destination weddings have become huge business as couples choose to marry on a cruise, at a resort on a tropical island or even create a custom fairytale wedding at Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. Many of the cruise lines and hotel companies have created a separate “wedding department” to help couples handle all the arrangements. Travel brochures, wedding magazines, travel magazines and of course, the Internet, are all good places to start researching different wedding locales. Timing is another factor to take into consideration. You might not want to plan to say “I do” on a luxury liner or a Caribbean beach during hurricane season. Most tropical locales have a rainy season that should be factored in if planning an outdoor wedding. And of course, connecting through big cities like Chicago and New York during winter can be difficult when a snowstorm hits. Having to travel a long distance for your wedding may be an easy decision for the two of you, but can be quite a burden financially for other members of the bridal party and your families. Discussion with all the parties you

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want present during your vows before booking any travel plans or making a deposit is probably a wise decision. After long and careful thinking about when and where you want to say your wedding vows, you probably need to decide whether you are going to do the work or let a specialist handle your arrangements. Travel agencies specializing in honeymoons are a good source for beginning your planning. If you are thinking about creating a lavish custom wedding in an exotic locale, a wedding or event planner in that location is probably a safe choice to coordinate intricate plans. Maybe you want to personalize your wedding through your vows, the people you choose to share your vows with, and your attire and leave the rest of the organizational planning to the wedding coordinator at your chosen resort. Though pictures speak a thousand words, it is probably best if you can take a trip to your desired location before making your final decision. Brochure pictures could have been taken years ago and the property could be in need of renovation. If you can not take the trip yourself, perhaps you can have a friend or relative who lives in the area observe the location for you (or rely on your travel agent’s knowledge). Sticking with well-known hotel chains or cruise lines is probably safe, but is no guarantee that things will be exactly as you pictured them. A call to the local Better Business Bureau could also give you additional peace of mind. Insurance is highly advisable for a destination wedding as natural disasters can wreak havoc with the most meticulously made plans. A financially-reimbursed mishap will at least allow you to recoup your losses and allow you to afford other alternate or delayed plans.


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formal wear

BLACK TIE FORMALWEAR

See ad on page 231 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 — S outh Holland  (708) 596-6330 — Lincoln Park  (773) 248-8600 — West Dundee  (847) 426-0044

EVA’S BRIDAL OF OAK LAWN See ad on page 189 evasbridalsofoaklawn.com (708) 422-5599

EVA’S INT’L ON LAGRANGE See ad on page 189 evasonlagrange.com (708) 460-2200

FRANCIA BRIDAL AND FORMAL WEAR BOUTIQUE See ad on page 194 franciabridal.com (630) 325-4100

VIP OCCASIONS, INC.

See ad on page 193 vipoccasions.com (630) 833-GOWN (4696)

honeymoons & destination weddings CARY TRAVEL EXPRESS

See ad on page 287 carytravelexpress.com (847) 639-3300

DREAMSCAPE TRAVEL GROUP

See ad on page 31DD dreamscapetravelgroup.com (224) 265-0197

invitations & announcements

MUSIC BY DESIGN

BLACK TIE FORMALWEAR

See ad on page 231 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 — S outh Holland  (708) 596-6330 — Lincoln Park  (773) 248-8600 — West Dundee  (847) 426-0044

CAROL WOLDHUIS DESIGNS

See ad on page 259 DBYinvitations.com (847) 755-0861

See ad on page 223 caffrayjewellers.com (630) 655-0505

THE CRYSTAL BRIDE

See ad on page 187 crystalbride.com (630) 397-5040

lighting

MDM ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

See ad on page 253 chicagosbestweddingdj.com (773) 253-4986

See ad on page 31Z goinggreenlimousine.com (773) 531-6629

SPARE WHEELS TRANSPORTATION

ELEGANT EVENINGS BY THE CRYSTAL BRIDE

KELLY REIF STATIONERY STUDIO

CAFFRAY JEWELLERS

GOING GREEN LIMO

See ad on page 193 brizancouture.com (630) 428-1414

See ad on page 31W ijorere.com (312) 254-9807

jewelry

limousines/specialty transportation

BRI’ZAN COUTURE

IJORERE THE INVITATION

See ad on page 261 luckyinvitations.com (844) 724-7533

See ad on page 9 taylorandcompanychicago.com (312) 771-8198

mothers wear

DBY INVITATIONS

LUCKY INVITATIONS

TAYLOR & CO.

See ad on page 281 sparewheels.com (630) 377-4637

See ad on page 261 carolwoldhuisdesigns.com (847) 951-7920

See ad on page 259 kellyreif.com (630) 205-9710

See ad on page 255 musicbydesign.com (630) 262-0432

See ad on page 195 crystalbride.com (630) 397-5040

WHITE ORCHID BRIDAL

See ad on page 192 thewhiteorchidboutique.com (630) 257-2774

music/entertainment/bands LARRY KING ORCHESTRA INC. MFO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. RBO, OSO, FB & LIVEWIRE, LLC. See ad on page 10 mfoentertainmentgroup.com (800) 501-3840 (847) 501-3840

MDM ENTERTAINMENT LTD.

See ad on page 253 chicagosbestweddingdj.com (773) 253-4986

officiants

DESIREÉ DENT, DEJANAE EVENTS See ad on page 45 dejanaeevents.com (708) 790-9940

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Directory of services photo booths

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 247 essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800

PHOTO BOOTH EXPRESS

See ad on page 253 chicagophotoboothrentals.com (877) 492-6684

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS See ad on page 243 twaphoto.com (888) 207-4686

photographers

ROBYN PHOTOGRAPHY See ad on page 243 robynphoto.com (312) 725-9030

STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO®

See ad on page 243 studioonenaperville.com (630) 357-8313

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS See ad on page 243 twaphoto.com (888) 207-4686

WILL KNIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

ANDRÉ LACOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

See ad on page 239 andrelacour.com (773) 485-0841

CHRISTINA WEHBE STUDIOS

See ads on pages 11 & 31J christinawehbe.com (630) 550-7516

EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO See ad on page 241 edwardfox.com (773) 736-0200

See ad on page 31DD willknightphotography.com (312) 961-6067

reception sites

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rentals

SOMETHING BORROWED VINTAGE CHINA RENTALS & SALES See ad on page 31I somethingborrowedvintagechina.com (630) 362-8340

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 247 essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800

GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO

travel agencies

CARY TRAVEL EXPRESS

See ad on page 237 georgestreetphoto.com (866) 831-4103

JASMINE GALLERIA

See ad on page 287 carytravelexpress.com (847) 639-3300

DREAMSCAPE TRAVEL GROUP

See ad on page 31DD dreamscapetravelgroup.com (224) 265-0197

See ad on page 183 jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646

JENNY TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY & BOUDOIRS

See ad on back cover jennytaylorphotography.com (630) 605-0990

veils & headpieces

VEILED BY CHACHA CO. See ad on page 195 veiledbychacha.net (630) 790-1328

LEMON TWIST IMAGES

See ad on page 245 lemontwistweddings.com (847) 707-2709

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURYN

videographers

CHICAGO CINEMATIC WEDDINGS

See ad on page 245 photographybylauryn.com (630) 621-0438

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See ad on page 245 chicagocinematicweddings.com (708) 442-8154

EDWARD FOX PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO See ad on page 241 edwardfox.com (773) 736-0200

GEORGE STREET PHOTO & VIDEO

See ad on page 237 georgestreetphoto.com (866) 831-4103

STUDIO ONE PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO®

See ad on page 243 studioonenaperville.com (630) 357-8313

ESSENCE PHOTO & VIDEO See ad on page 247 essenceweddings.com (847) 923-9800

TIMOTHY WHALEY & ASSOC. PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTS See ad on page 243 twaphoto.com (888) 207-4686

WEDDING CONNECTIONS

See ad on page 249 eventconnections.com (815) 834-1160

wedding consultants/ coordinators DBY EVENTS

See ad on page 259 DBYevents.com (847) 755-0861

DEJANAE EVENTS

See ad on page 45 dejanaeevents.com (708) 790-9940

JASMINE GALLERIA

See ad on page 183 jasminegalleria.com (888) 952-7646

P3 EVENTS

See ad on page 31I , 31M, 43 p3events.com (312) 763-6962

TAYLOR & CO.

See ad on page 9 taylorandcompanychicago.com (312) 771-8198

WINDERMERE ELEGANT WEDDINGS

See ad on page 45 windermereweddingplanner.com (847) 309-9478


Advertiser index A-Richi Design������������������������������������ 31DD Abbington Banquets�����������������������������������1 Alberto’s Signature Events�����������������������31K André LaCour Photography����������������������������������� 239 Andrew’s Garden����������������������������������� 155 Angel Minaro, The Bridal Spa Boutique������� 221 Arrowhead Golf Club.����������������������������� 116 Ashbury’s at Boughton Ridge������������������� 111 Ashyana Banquets��������������������������������� 296 Austin Preservations������������������������������� 159 Bagable Gifts�������������������������������������� 31CC Biagio Events & Catering������������������������� 130 Big Bash Caterers & Events��������������129, 130 Bites of Pleasure ����������������������������������� 130 Black Tie Formalwear����������������������������� 231 Bloomingdale Golf Club�������������������������������3 Bolingbrook Golf Club�������������������������������89 Bombon Cake Gallery����������������������������� 149 Bombon Creative Catering����������������129, 130 Boulder Ridge Country Club��������������������� 107 Bridal Elegance & Pageantry��������������������� 185 Bridal Expo Chicago����������������12-13, 275, 283 Bridal Registry Int’l ��������������������������������� 277 Brides by Kelly������������������������������������ 31DD Bri’Zan Couture������������������������������������� 193 Brookfield Zoo. ���������������������������������������79 Caffray Jewellers ����������������������������������� 223 Cakefections����������������������������������������� 151 Cantigny Park�����������������������������������������17 Carnivale Chicago ��������������������������������� 103 Carol Woldhuis Designs��������������������������� 261 Cary Travel Express ������������������������������� 287 Catering with Elegance ��������������������������� 130 Catherine Simms Bridal Boutique ������������� 192 Center for Cosmetic & Laser Surgery�������� 31H Century Memorial Chapel �������������������������53 The Chateau Bu-Sché�������������������������������97 Chef by Request ����������������������������������� 130 Chicago Cinematic Weddings������������������� 245 Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge ����������������������������������� 115 Christina Wehbe Studios��������������������11, 31J CityGate Grill ������������������������������������������93 Cityview Loft���������������������������������������� 31M Concorde Banquets�����������������������������������2 Creative Cakes ������������������������������������� 151 The Crystal Ballroom & Lounge�������������������83 The Crystal Bride����������������������������������� 187 Danada House ���������������������������������������82 DBY events & invitations ������������������������� 259 Delish Cakes����������������������������������������� 151 Dejanae Events���������������������������������������45 Ditka’s ���������������������������������������������������91 Doris Bridal Boutique ����������������������������� 194 Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip����������� 109 Doubletree by Hilton O’Hare Rosemont����������������������������� 105 The Drake Oak Brook�������������������������������23 Dreamscape Travel������������������������������ 31DD Drury Lane ������������������������������������������� 102 Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa ����������������������� 117

Eaglewood Resort & Spa���������������������������75 Edward Fox Photography & Video������������� 241 Elegant Evenings by The Crystal Bride ������� 195 The Elegant Petal����������������������������������� 155 Elements at Water Street���������������������������77 Ellis House & Equestrian Center����������������� 111 Embassy Suites Chicago-Downtown��������� 101 Embassy Suites Chicago-Naperville����������� 102 Embassy Suites O’Hare Rosemont ����������� 105 Entertaining Company����������������������������� 131 Essence Photo & Video��������������������������� 247 The Estate by Gene & Georgetti ��������31L, 131 Eva’s Bridal of Oak Lawn.������������������������� 189 Eva’s Int’l on LaGrange ��������������������������� 189 Fifi’s Bridal Boutique & Tailor Shop������������� 192 Floral Expressions���������������������������������� 161 Fox Valley Country Club�����������������������������95 Francia Bridal & Formal Wear Boutique��������������������������������� 194 George Street Photo & Video���������������������� 237 Going Green Limousine��������������������������� 31Z Grand Traverse Resort & Spa �������������������������99 Heart & Sole Dance ������������������������������� 255 Hilton Lisle/Naperville �������������������������������76 Hilton Chicago/Northbrook�������������������������92 Holiday Inn Carol Stream�������������������������31K Holiday Inn Countryside & William Tell Banquets������������������������� 111 Hotel Arista�����������������������Inside Front Cover Hotel Baker���������������������������������������������85 Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus�����������������������21 IGAR Bridal������������������������������������������� 194 Jacob Henry Mansion Estate ���������������������82 Jasmine Galleria������������������������������������� 183 Jazzy Flowers��������������������������������������� 161 Jenny Taylor Photography & Boudoirs �������� Back Cover Joe & Harvey’s European Tailors ������������ 31CC Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge ���������������76 Kelly Reif Stationery Studio����������������������� 259 La Banque Hotel ���������������������������������������4 Lacuna Events by LM�����������������������������31K La Cuisine Catering���������������������� 31CC, 131 Larry King Orchestra���������������������������������10 Laser Aesthetic Center Photo Biotech ������� 31Z Le Méridien Chicago-Oakbrook Center�������������������25 Lemont Wedding Chapel���������������������������53 Lemon Twist Images������������������������������� 245 Loews Chicago Hotel�������������������������������19 Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel���������������������27 Lincolnshire Marriott Resort ��������������������� 117 LM Catering ����������������������������������������� 131 Loquacious Catering������������������������������� 131 Lucky Invitations������������������������������������� 261 LovinAway ���������������������������������������������30 Maggiano’s Little Italy ���������������������������� 31N Marriott Chicago Midway������������������������� IBC MDM Entertainment.������������������������������� 253 Medinah Signature Events���������������������������3 MFO Entertainment Group Inc.�������������������10

Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower�������������������������������������53 Mistwood Golf Club �����������������������������������7 Music by Design������������������������������������� 255 The Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms ���������98 Naper Settlement�������������������������������������53 Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center������������� 115 Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club ����������������� 109 Odyssey Country Club �������������������������������6 Ola la! IJORERE������������������������������������31W Old Central Church�����������������������������������51 Old Stone Church�������������������������������������53 Onion Pub Great Hall ����������������������������� 113 Patrick C. Haley Mansion Estate �����������������86 P3 Events & Floral���������������������31I, 31M, 43 Phillip’s Flowers & Gifts ��������������������������� 159 Pipers Banquets �������������������������������������95 Pinstripes�����������������������������������������������87 Photography by Lauryn��������������������������� 245 Public Landing Banquets�������������������������������31X Ravisloe Country Club����������������������������� 4-5 The Redhead Piano Bar��������������������������� 113 Rialto Square Theatre�������������������������������31 Robyn Photography������������������������������� 243 Roseroot Dental�������������������������������������31Y Silver Lake Country Club���������������������������92 Sinzation �����������������������������������������������29 Something Borrowed Vintage China������������ 31I Spare Wheels Transportation ������������������� 281 Stan Mansion.�����������������������������������������81 The Stonegate Banquet Center. �����������������86 Studio 10 Naperville ������������������������������� 217 Studio One Photography & Video®����������������������� 243 Style Onsite������������������������������������������� 219 Suzette’s Creperie ��������������������������� 84, 131 Sweet Nouveau�������������������������������������� 31I Swissotel�������������������������������������������������8 Taylor & Company �������������������������������������9 Timothy Whaley Photographic Artists������������������������� 243 Toni Patisserie & Cafe����������������������������� 149 Total Image Hair & Make-up��������������������� 219 Town & Country Gardens������������������������� 155 Uncle Bub’s BBQ��������������������������� 111, 131 Veiled by ChaCha����������������������������������� 195 Veiled in Elegance ��������������������������������� 195 Vicki’s Bridal Alterations & Custom Design��������������������������������� 191 VIP Occasions��������������������������������������� 193 Walden Floral Design������������������������������� 157 Wedding Connections����������������������������� 249 White Deer Run Golf Club ����������������������� 107 White Eagle Golf Club�������������������������������98 Whitetail Ridge Golf Club������������������������� 116 Whittaker Woods�������������������������������������84 White Orchid Bridal��������������������������������� 192 White Satin Bridal & Tuxedo��������������������� 193 Will Knight Photo�������������������������������� 31DD Windermere Elegant Weddings�������������������45 Zhou B Art Center Events������������������������� 31F

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