The Cotillion

Hello, local Chicago area brides! We are featuring a reception venue that some of you may have already scouted out. The Cotillion in Palatine, IL is a fantastic place for your reception. The outside is lavish and elegant with white pillars and inside does not disappoint either. We love the huge spaces in this banquet hall. You have three room options depending on the size of your wedding. The meal plans here are excellent and affordable as well!

First room option is the Ballroom which is the best choice if your wedding is very large. This room can fit up to 900 people.  The second room is the Crown room which is better suited for mid sized gatherings. The third room is the Tiara room and is again great for mid sized weddings. The final room is the Regal room which can be combined with the Tiara room for extra space. We love the options at The Cotillion and the even staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Each room comes with a lovely dance floor for your guests to be out partying and having lots of fun!

For the menu The Cotillion offers a complete seven course meal, four hours of open bar, complimentary champagne toasts for honors table, unlimited wine with dinner for your guests, wedding cake, hors d’Oeuvres for cocktail hour and many other options you get to pick and choose. We are a fan of their cream of chicken soup and the broiled filet mignon! The tasting is all part of the fun and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed in their offerings.

As always it’s a good idea to call ahead and book a time to sit down with their coordinator to see if you like the venue. The opulent chandeliers and wall decor give each room a unique and glitzy flare. If you want elegance and sparkle then The Cotillion is for you! The spacious layout of The Cotillion is great for guests to move around and we like the space set up for a DJ or live band. If you’re looking for a venue that is all in one then try The Cotillion. It is located at:

360 S Creekside Drive
Palatine, IL 60074
(847) 934-5500

 

 

Chinese Wedding

Chinese Wedding

A culture clash doesn’t have to happen at a Chinese wedding! We have a few tips for those who don’t know how a Chinese wedding proceeds or don’t want to be surprised when they go. No one wants to embarrass themselves or the happy couple on their big day. You may be very familiar with Chinese traditions and it’s never impolite to help that person looking “lost” in the corner!

First, you may be expecting to go to a traditional ceremony and watch the bride and groom take vows. In a Chinese wedding this does not happen in front of people. The couple will do their vows at a local governmental office before the wedding and have the paperwork done there. So, you are attending the celebration of their marriage at this point.

Second, in a Chinese wedding tradition pictures are usually done before the celebration. The bride and groom will likely take pictures around their venue, in the city, or popular sites. The wedding album doesn’t usually contain actual photos of the ceremony. These pictures are taken in advance so they can be displayed at the wedding breakfast! This is a great idea since it takes the pressure off the actual wedding day and guests can see the happy couple’s photos all over the reception area.

The third thing you’ll most likely notice is a different color scheme than other weddings. Red is the color of fortune, fertility, love, loyalty and honor. It is used liberally in a Chinese wedding theme and the decorations and bride’s dress are usually red.

Gold is another color you’ll see in a Chinese wedding. This color represents fortune and wealth. White is a color not used in a Chinese wedding because it is associated with funerals. Dark colors such as black, gray or blue are also not usually used because they are considered unlucky.

A Chinese Wedding can be a lot of fun and something totally different from the “traditional” American wedding. Have an open mind and enjoy all the beautiful colors and culture!

 

Royal Wedding

Hello Brides of Summer! We thought a royal wedding is just the thing to get the summer started. You know you want to feel like royalty on your wedding day but how hard is it to plan? With a little consideration a royal wedding is just the thing for you to be the princess for a day!

First on the royal wedding schedule is invitations. We never said it had to be based on European royalty – you can use your imagination and think Disney princess if you want! We love wedding invitations with emblems or family crests on them – even if they are made up. Some of the best invitations are ones that reflect you and your fiance. You should try to incorporate as much pomp and circumstance as you are comfortable with.

Next up for a royal wedding are the locations! Most royalty tie the knot at historic or grand places and you may not have the budget for this. However, you can plan accordingly such as perhaps a smaller, more selective guest list or scout out places around you that have that vintage, historical feel. You may opt for a venue that’s outside to get that big royal feeling but be sure to have a plan B in case of inclement weather. Also you could look into garden options to get married in. Gardens say flashy, romantic and very “your highness” feel to them.

And finally, for your royal wedding we recommend a spa treatment for you and your bridesmaids! We love for the bride to stay in a hotel either near the venue or in the venue with her team of girls. The hotels usually have nice relaxing spa treatments like massage, hot tubs, yoga or facials available. Get the royal treatment and stay relaxed before the big day! You don’t need to spend like a royal to get the same feeling.

Wedding Theme

A wedding theme is something little girls dream of before they know the term! Brides, you probably have your dream day picked out so let us help you by providing a few trending wedding themes of 2017.

The first two themes go hand in hand and can overlap. A garden theme and greenery theme compliment each other very nicely! Mother Nature is filled with gorgeous flowers for pops of color. Greenery can mean anything from tree branches to long wreaths on the tables. A garden wedding theme is romantic and lush. If you’re a nature girl you can go crazy with the decorations due to the vast amount of options available. Drape flowers on tables, twine vines in the chandeliers or use sprigs to accent your cake!

Another popular wedding theme we are seeing is vintage everything!

Vintage doesn’t have to mean old and dusty. It can be fresh and full of great memories. You can use heirlooms if they are important to you. Vintage can also mean just the color palette – soft pastels, shades of brown and blue. Antique tea sets are fabulous for bridal showers or for your guests at the reception. A vintage wedding theme is fun because you can incorporate things you pick up at a flea market and no one will even know it cost you $1.00! You can use old suitcases as make shift tables. Another cute idea is to use old keys as card holders!

Vintage Wedding

Are you an old fashioned romantic? You’re in luck because this years trend is a vintage wedding! Do you love lace, chandeliers, Juliet headresses and all around glamour glow? We’ve got some tips on how to make your vintage wedding amazing.

First up is attire. What could be more vintage than the clothes you and your bridal party wear? We are loving long sleeved gowns and floral head pieces. They bring a great soft touch with the vintage feel. Long sleeve dresses give us that old time vibe when women wore ball gowns! The flowing material and soft lines invoke a great romantic and elegant vibe for the day.

 

Second, let’s look at head gear. We are very into the Juliet veils because they’re so romantic and flowy! You could also just weave a vintage inspired hair comb into your tresses. Or if you have an old heirloom piece and you could incorporate it into your hair or veil.

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Third, let’s move on to what you and your bridesmaids will carry for bouquets. For a vintage inspired feel be sure to use the ultimate flower that says “romance” which is the rose. You don’t need to make them red but they are certainly included in a vintage wedding. Peonies and cascading greens also compliment roses. We love adding glam by putting old brooches or cameos into the flowers.

Fourth is the reception. We love the vintage wedding lanterns. They can be simple or glammed up with candles around the lanterns, greenery or sprigs of leaves. You can even include roses and hydrangeas around the lanterns.

 

Whatever your vintage style is be sure to have fun and take ideas from the period of time you love the most!

Unique Venues

You’ve been to those cookie cutter weddings where everything seems like it’s a repeat of the wedding before. But, unique venues are not as hard to find as you might think! You want unique venues to not only make your day extra special but also one your guests will remember!

First on our list is the Lacuna Artist Lofts located at 2150 South Canalport Avenue, Chicago. If you want an amazing view of the cityscape if you’re looking for a unique venue that offers space outside. You can get hitched on the rooftop or inside in one of the four art gallery rooms. The outdoor deck is 5,000 square feet and can accommodate 200 guests. It’s the perfect place for your artsy side and also capturing the city that you love!

Our second pick for a unique venue is a hop away in Elkhorn,Wisconsin called Camp Wandawega! Remember those great camp memories when you were a kid or maybe you never got the experience. Now’s your chance. In 1925 it was used as a speakeasy but these days it’s being used for wedding weekends!

Guests get to stay in cabins or teepees and enjoy all that camp has to offer. There are swimming, rope climbing, stargazing and all with the luxury of access to booze!

The camp Wandawega experience will bring out the hippie in all of you! It offers fun outdoors activities to entertain families and also romantic lakeside spots for couples.

 

Our third unique venue is Thalia Hall located 1807 South Allport Street, Chicago. This building was designed to resemble the Prague Opera house and what better space to hold a wedding and feel like royalty?

The space is beautiful for any decor or theme you’d like! It can accommodate 250 seated guests and after the night’s over guest can go down to the basement the Punch House for more fun!

2017 Color

It’s that time – pick a 2017 color scheme! Every bride has certain colors she loves or knows that flatter her (and her bridesmaids we hope!) Color scheme can be simple from one over all color to having five. Color accentuates you and your groom’s personalities or traditions or can be just fun to play around with.

Natural, white and green is one of the top 2017 color schemes this year.

 

For this color scheme you are electing to go very garden/natural and it fits a wedding in the spring or summer! Pairing a bold green with two neutral colors makes your wedding palette pop. You can choose from hundreds of shades of green and beige to find the one that fits your style the most.

Another 2017 color scheme is mauve and gray.

For this color wheel you can be a bit more romantic. There are also a lot of varieties of purple and gray you can choose from. A deep purple for bridesmaid dresses to light gray suites for the groomsmen. Purple can even run as light as pink as shown above and pink can help bring together the more bold purples.

 

A third 2017 color scheme is navy, gold and coral. These are definitely more preppy colors but they also make great statements!

This color scheme can work if you’re on the coast or in the Midwest – it gives the wedding feel a classy, beachy sense. We love the pops of coral with the navy blue. Again, there are hundreds of blues you can choose from and the darker shade also makes it more masculine if your groom is worried about the wedding being to girly! Gold is always an elegant staple color and goes well with everything. What bride doesn’t want more gold to accessorize with?

No matter your style choices have fun picking out a color theme for your wedding!

Wedding Trends 2017

Welcome to 2017 brides to be!

With a new year come new trends – or possibly repeats of old trends. Either way let’s take a look at some of the awesome wedding trends 2017. One of the first is color. This year color pops seem to be the way to go versus an all white wedding. Take a look at the Knot for some ideas on color combinations! Depending on the time of year you can custom create colors that will wow your guests.

 

 

A second wedding trend 2017 we’re seeing is elaborate entrances! Go wild with over the top decor and impress guests on their way to the reception. You can organize a flash mob with your wedding party, arrive in a helicopter or boat, arrive in a shower of rose petals or stage a grand entrance in your venue! The possibilities are endless. You can even think about using unique entertainment at your reception like a fire starters!

 

And finally for wedding trends 2017 we are seeing a rise in destination weddings! Try getting away from your hometown and go someplace exotic like California, Hawaii, Alaska or anywhere that’s out of the norm. You can also try off the beaten path places like Italy or Iceland. Depending on how many guests are important to you to attend, a destination wedding can be fun for everyone and let all your guests enjoy a mini vacation as well!

Vegas Wedding

Viva Las Vegas – Vegas Wedding
A Vegas wedding sounds exotic, daring and budget friendly! Getting married in Vegas doesn’t mean you need to pull into a drive-thru window or have an Elvis impersonator marry you off. Want to get married next to the Bellagio dancing fountains? Or, what about exchanging vows underneath the Eiffel Tower? Vegas caters to all sorts of budgets from the ritzy and exclusive to simple and sweet. You can keep it flashy or classy- totally up to you! There are so many options; you might just have a hard time choosing just one! Every year,some 120,000 weddings are performed in Las Vegas, making it the most popular destination wedding site by far.
The Positives
Affordability & Convenience – This is the biggest advantage of a Las Vegas wedding. While a traditional U.S.wedding costs $27,000 on average, you can have a complete wedding ceremony for a few hundred dollars (or less)in Las Vegas. At Las Vegas hotels with wedding chapels,there’s usually a wedding coordinator who can arrange everything from your wedding flowers to the officiant to music and photography/videography. And you can plan it allover the phone or even online.
Timing
You will be able to book a chapel for your wedding in Las Vegas on short notice. Reservations are helpful,although walk-ins are accommodated in some places.
Fun
If you want to get married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator, who’s to stop you?Start the Honeymoon Early–No need to get on a plane or head out of town after the wedding. Las Vegas is more than a great wedding town–Las Vegas is a great honeymoon destination, too.
The Negatives
Your Wedding, Your Way–There’s no comparison between a wedding planned months or years in advance with a quickie Las Vegas one. If you’re someone who cares about having specific wedding colors, custom favors, a certain baker, local florists and bands, and other elements that personalize a wedding, you may not be satisfied with a standard Las Vegas wedding package.
Conveyor Belt Mentality
While Las Vegas wedding chapels attempt to keep wedding parties separate, they don’t always succeed. Some Las Vegas hotels have more than one chapel, so you may encounter people from other wedding parties. At one of the better Las Vegas wedding chapels, couples have one hour of chapel time: 30 minutes for guest arrival and seating, 15 minutes for the ceremony, and 15 minutes for photography.
Reception Sites
Las Vegas wedding chapels are just that: Places where weddings are conducted. If you want to have a reception afterwards, that has to be arranged separately. Larger hotels have banquet and meeting rooms
which are mostly used for corporate functions. I recommend a private room in a restaurant.
Tacky Image
Despite the best efforts of Las Vegas’ finest hotels–which can produce gala affairs second to none — Las Vegas weddings are still considered tacky by some.

Golf Wedding

Spring is here and maybe you’re thinking of a golf wedding theme! The turf is green, the clubhouses are gorgeous and the service is excellent.

Do your parents belong to the local country club? If so, you might be able to reap some major benefits on your bottom line and extras if you book your big day there. Some country clubs offer discounts for members and can really give you a bang for your buck.
Most country clubs have golf courses included on the premises. Why not include that theme into your wedding day?From argyle socks to golf ball décor, you can never go wrong with this uber preppy style! Here are a few ways to incorporate a golf wedding into your theme:
1) The Attire
 We wouldn’t suggest the bride do too much to immerse her look in the golfing theme; however, the guys are fair game. From sporty tweeds to golf ball inspired cuff links, these are just a few ways to incorporate the look and feel of the game.
2) The cake
Petite golf ball cakes or mini donut balls are a cute way to pay homage to the game. If you don’t want it to be your main wedding cake, suggest to your sweetie a“groom’s cake”to have a little more fun with your theme.
3) Grand Entrance / Exit
You can’t forget the golf cart! This could be a unique way tobring the bride to the ceremony spot. Not crazy about that idea? What about your getaway vehicle? The wedding party can decorate the cart in a fun fashion as your private mobile post ceremony.
4) The Décor
Your décor can sprinkle in as much golf-y goodness, from“here comes the bride” flags that mimic the flags on the
course, prints inspired by golf wear, to the wedding favors. Colors to think about incorporating into your palette arebold reds, yellow, green, and even navy blue. Pew bows could have small round white flower balls attachedto themor use golf flags on each pew. The bridal bouquet should be all white to resemble a golf ball. Use indoor/outdoor grass/carpeting as an isle runner. Keep a supply of mini-pencils handy for your guests to send youtheir best wishes in your guest book. Attach tees to your unity candle to complement the links feel as you seal your wedding vows for now and for always. However, if your wedding is actually taking place on a golf course, consider sealing your vows with a shot for the hole together!
5) Program
Ever think of putting a little twist on your wedding program? Your program can mimic a golf score card. Little details
like this keep your golf wedding theme consistent while having a little fun!