The After Party

This year we are seeing couples focusing on the “after party”! The after party is the late night portion of the reception. We love that brides and grooms are wanting to keep their special day going to the wee hours of the morning.

  1. The first way you can prolong the wedding reception is to be sure the venue allows the longer hours. You should call ahead and see if they also allow outside food in. Bringing in snacks like pizza, hot dogs, fries, mini hamburgers and milkshakes are fun for after the main course! You want to vary as well. If you served salmon as the main entree you’ll want to serve something unrelated for the after party!

 

2. The after party gives you a chance to change! You may love your dress to death but odds are it’s also huge, maybe heavy and flows all over. If you’re not that type of bride then consider rocking your dress all night. For others, think of how fun it would be to change mid scene! If you’re wearing a two piece dress you could even keep the top but put on some comfortable jeans or leggings with glitzy shoes. The after party dress is usually shorter but definitely still flashy. This is where you get to really personalize your style and wear something you might not even normally wear.

 

3. The after party will generate some cost so who’s paying? Since it’s a newer trend, there is no etiquette for this. If either family offers that’s great. Sometimes the couple pays for the extended hours. Or, perhaps, you have a very generous wedding party. You can keep costs down by closing the open bar too. It doesn’t have to stay open for the entire after party. In fact, depending where you’re having the reception, you may have to move locations altogether. The after party doesn’t have to be limited to your venue!

 

New Age Bohemian

Welcome to 2018 brides! We are taking a look at a trend for the new year: New Age Bohemian. This may sound like hippie nonsense but give it a try. The Bohemian look is going to replace all the rustic wedding trends we saw last year.

What entails a New Age Bohemian wedding? First, let’s look at where your guests will start – the invitations. Bohemian is all about florals, romance and non-fussy. We love a touch of elegant flower on your invitations to set the mood. You can set the tone you want depending on which flowers you choose and the color scheme. Romantic doesn’t have to mean all pinks or reds. If you’re a more dramatic bride you can incorporate plenty of dark greens and blues.

Let’s not forget where flowers are also a big hit – on a hair piece! The New Age Bohemian look is perfect if you are a bride who wants to wear flowers in her hair and dance barefoot. You can put together a lovely crown of flowers with greenery for both you and your bridesmaids.

The most important aspect, to go with this crown of flowers, is your dress. There are hundreds of Bohemian style dresses out there and we’ve picked out a top few! As an added bonus, the flowy, lacy dresses also look quite comfortable to wear.

Feel free to go all into the Bohemian wedding trend this year! We love that it is fun, elegant and romantic.

Hanging Flowers

As 2017 comes to a close we look forward to the new year! A surprising decor trend we love are hanging flowers. These beautifully put together decorations give your wedding a pop. But, how do you utilize hanging flowers?

We take a look at several options. First, is the hanging flower canopy which could be perfect if you are an outdoor bride. You can drape a canopy at the alter in the flowers of your choice and then accent them with garland, greens and sheer fabric. The hanging flowers give you a perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

A second idea to use hanging flowers is hanging leis. This is a great tropical decor if you are a summer bride! We also love the versatility. You can use them as stand ins for chandeliers or table pieces. The hanging leis are a beautiful and light decoration that wont get in the way of conversation or block guests at the table.

The last idea for uses hanging flowers in your wedding is more rustic chic – adorn lanterns with flowers. We love the elegant feel of a lantern (even better if it has fake candles in it) that are decorated with blooms of your choice. You can use the lanterns inside or out. They could also be placed on the tables for center pieces but that would defeat the purpose of hanging decor slightly.

No matter what your style, it couldn’t hurt to think about using hanging flowers for your wedding. They provide stunning beauty that are sure to get your guests talking!

Boutique Wedding Design

Today we’re having a local designer, Brittany Sodora Leonor, owner of Sage Glow Studio. She designs wedding invitations, save the dates and does portraits. If you are a bride looking to support a small business this the place for you! Small business design can not only be cost effective but also give you a one of a kind result. Your save the date cards will be like nothing on the market. This is a great option for the bride who wants more control over the creative process. We love the individualized prints that Brittany creates!

First question, what is Sage Glow Studio? It is an illustration, graphic design and life style brand. For Brittany, a lifelong love of creating and desire to march to her own drum led to the launch of the studio two years ago. She is inspired by an all-natural life style and clean design. She spends her days creating visuals for brands, blogs and bare walls with a hint of hippie. If you are a bride who wants a unique product look no further!

Second question, what can you expect from Sage Glow? Bride to be’s speak with Brittany directly and customize their portraits or save the date cards. Her portraits are also great gifts. She creates custom, illustrated couple portraits. You order them to be professionally printed on 8×10 archival paper to gift a couple for their shower, wedding or anniversary. Or purchase it as a digital file and apply it to your save the date cards, printed wedding goods, Christmas cards, ornaments, pillows and anything else you can think of! Also, these portraits are very Instagram-worthy!

Third question, if you’re wondering, how do you get these custom portraits and cards? Sage Glow accepts payment through the website at http://www.sageglowstudio.com/shop-portraits. Feel free to browse through the galleries and select the design that you love! You can use the portrait design for as a logo for your wedding favors and invitations. You can also get a picture of the happy couple and Brittany will turn it into a custom portrait that you can give as a gift.

No matter what kind of bride you want to be think about supporting a small business! You are guaranteed to get custom, individualized attention and pick out the design that you want.

Ideas for Announcing your Engagement

It’s the Holiday season and we have ideas for announcing your engagement! The holidays are a great time to tell family and friends your big news. It’s called the most wonderful time of the year so why not combine that with spreading the word about the engagement.

  1. We love the idea of surprising family. At a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner you could have guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf or festive paper. Then, at dinner, they can all read them a loud. Making yours about the engagement will be just the hint they need!

2.  Going out for pre-dinner drinks. If you and your new fiance don’t want all the attention at a family gathering consider going out for drinks and appetizers the night before. That way you don’t have the big announcement about your engagement putting pressure on the dinner. You can tell everyone at a local bar or favorite restaurant. You should be relaxed and enjoy telling people the news, not stressed and anxious about wedding planning.

3. We love taking a group photo as a reveal too! In the selfie age we don’t think it’ll be a problem to get everyone to agree to taking a picture. You can gather all the family and/or friends and as the picture is about to be taken hold up a sign that says “Save the Date” or “We’re engaged”. See who notices afterwards! If people are not noticing through their holiday drinking phase post the picture on social media.

4. Finally, we love giving gifts to everyone to announce your engagement! It doesn’t have to be big but if it’s near the Christmas season no one will think twice about receiving just a little something extra. We recommend buying one present in bulk like good quality chocolate, cheap cigars or jewelry for women. Inside the gift have a note presenting the save the date or engagement announcement.

Wedding Makeup Mistakes

Your wedding day is the day you’ll be photographed like the star you are! We have your back and here are some wedding makeup mistakes to avoid.

1 . Don’t try anything new. Your wedding day is not the time to try that new found some of these wedding makeup mistakes. dation or eye liner you’ve heard some big actress uses. Your wedding makeup should be products that you’ve tested and hopefully used before. Some brides hire professional makeup artists to help them on the big day. Their job is to make you look like yourself. Sometimes over doing makeup or trying that new thing can make you look unnatural.

2.  Going unprepared into your trial make up test. You will want to give yourself and/or your bridesmaids trial make up runs. If you don’t go into the test prepared you will waste time. Be sure to bring pictures of make up styles you like. You could also bring photographs of yourself in what you either like or dislike about your makeup. That way the makeup artist will be able to compile an accurate color palette for you. Also, don’t forget to wear white! It is a great idea to wear white in order to see what the makeup will look like against your dress. Or, if you are not wearing white, wear the color of your wedding dress.

3. Don’t wear lipstick or gloss. We love a lip stain instead. Lipsticks and gloss will rub off after a few hours or worse rub off leaving weird shapes on your lips. A gloss is also messy. It will stick to your veil if you are wearing one or it can rub off on your groom too! The gloss can also make your lips appear shiny and in pictures this will leave a glare and can make you lose definition.

4. Too much drama in your eyes. We know you want to look at least a little more glam than your normal self on your wedding day. However, black liner and shadow is usually too harsh for most brides to pull off. Think instead of browns, blues and deep purples. Those colors will soften the dark edge but still give you great depth to your wedding makeup.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Most people don’t think of a winter wedding as romantic or even easy to do but we have some ideas for you! A winter wedding can be just as much fun as any other time of year. Think of cozy fires, warm drinks, comfort foods and friendship.

Many brides worry about where and how they want their wedding photos to be done. You will love some fun winter wedding ideas like big, fluffy blankets or how about a snap of your bridal party around a bonfire with snow in the background? You don’t need to be outside forever but it’s always fun to jump outside without a coat, grab a picture, and hustle back inside.

For decor at your reception we love putting together cinnamon sticks and mulberries. This is not only a great smelling decoration but also could function as a place holder or napkin tie. The red berries are very festive for a winter wedding and the cinnamon is a wonderfully nostalgic scent for your guests. They could even put the sticks into a mulled wine or cider if you are offering that kind of beverage.

Another winter wedding idea is cheap and easy but looks fabulous. We love using cotton balls in your bouquets or wreaths! The texture of cotton is natural and resembles those open seed pods that spread out in the fall. You could blend both autumn and winter into your decor for bouquets or table center pieces.

And finally, we are loving winter wedding capes! Who doesn’t want to look and feel like a superhero? We love capes and the winter variety are the best because they function as both a warm piece for you and a beautiful centerpiece for your photos. A winter wedding can be a great time to get out something like a cape that’s bold and unusual. Most brides don’t think of wearing capes but in winter this could be the perfect time!

Winter Wedding

Summer and Spring are the most popular times for weddings but maybe you’re wanting something different! A winter wedding can be just as magical as any other time of year. Your ceremony and reception will likely be forced indoors but you can create a dazzling setting inside with out weather worries.

You can do the tried and true snowy themed landscape to red flowers for a winter wedding. Think beautiful pine trees covered with snow or cozy lodge theme. Your winter wedding will not be a holiday party – it will be a chic, glamorous  event with your own style!

Even if you are in a location that doesn’t get those snowy winters be assured you can create one! It’s a great way to stand out among most weddings. You can bring the snow and chill to your venue with lights, decorations and ice sculptures. You can also have your invites created with your winter wedding theme with a little sprig of evergreen or rustic element that reminds people of being warm and in love!

Another way to stylize your winter wedding is to have a Christmas Tree with guests table place cards on. If you’re not into the religious theme then maybe think about a crystal candelabra or evergreen wreath! We love the idea of a softly lit tree – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – with festive ribbons.

A fun way to do the “get away car” is no car at all. Try a sleigh ride instead! We love the picturesque scene of a beautiful horse and your bridal part all around you! However you decide to do your winter wedding we suggest having fun. Winter weddings can stand out among so many summer colors. Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot chocolate and a celebration of love?

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Now that the autumn season is upon us the big question is: what do you wear to a fall wedding? The weather can be very tricky this time of year depending on where you live or where the wedding takes place. One day it could be 80 and sunny and the next stormy and 64. So, we have some great options for you to think about if you’re attending a fall wedding!

A lot of brides pick this season because it’s beautiful and the cooler temperatures don’t hurt either. For a fall wedding it’s great to wear layers. That way you can be comfortable during all parts of the day. We also recommend looking at the invitation to get an idea of the color scheme of the wedding. Or, if you know someone in the bridal party just ask what colors the bridesmaids are wearing. You wouldn’t to clash with them either.

Let’s take a look at some cheaper dress options if you are on a budget. Or, you might have more than one fall wedding to attend and you wouldn’t want to wear the same thing four times, would you?

First dress is lovely crimson colored dress with lace sleeves. This is a comfortable fit for most body types and it’s a striking color! The lace gives it a nice feminine touch as well.

A second option would be to go to the Rent the Runway site. You can rent high quality dresses for as little as $3o.  You get the option of a 4 day or 8 day rental. The downside is you don’t get to keep the dress but who needs the maintenance of a high end dress anyway?  Just be sure to take lots of pictures!

Whatever your taste is for a fall wedding you’ll do it in style! Let’s not forget that old little black dress in your closet either. That is perfectly fine to wear to a fall wedding – just glam it up with accessories and amazing shoes!

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