A Gift Lounge

Well, Brides to be, you want to make sure your guests feel welcome and appreciated so what better way than a gift lounge! Instead of having to put together gifts for your guests and leave them on the place setting you can have your guests choose their own. That way they have the option of what they’d value most to remember your big day by. It also makes it fun for children if they are allowed to come. The kids will love getting to make up a bag or basket full of treats. They can also be entertained during the reception if you want to include a variety of small toys for the young ones.

The idea of a gift lounge is to set up a few tables with take away items that people can pick and choose. The tables can be themed if you have one for your wedding such as rustic, fairy tale or disco. Your gift items can be assorted foods like chocolate with your initials, cupcakes, bottles of water with fun labels, bubbles, hair ties or anything you think your guests would love to take home to remember your wedding by! The options are endless and you can have a lot of fun picking items out. It’s a great way to customize your wedding with a gift lounge.

We love the idea of having a space set up especially for your guests. You can even greet them over by the gift lounge area. That way you will certainly be able to at least say hi and thank you to everyone. It can get hard to make it around the tables during the reception when you’re simply lost in the momentum of the fun! You can also have items on the gift table that are more for the male variety like cigars or cuff links. We love the idea even of tea bags or desserts that the guests can enjoy right at the reception.

No matter what your style, a gift lounge is the perfect way to simplify giving back to your wedding guests! It provides choices for the guests so they feel like you’ve put a lot of thought into inviting them.

 

 

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!

Bridesmaid dresses

You’ve asked all your best friends or sisters to be in your wedding but now what? The dreaded bridesmaid dresses! Some people are reluctant bridesmaids because they’re obligated or spoil sports. As the bride you can help alleviate some of that stress by what you decide they should all wear.

Bridesmaid dresses can range from ball gown to boots and jeans. We’re sure all your bridesmaids are models and would look exactly like the pictures in the catalogs…Or they’re people with bodies that work hard for them and are of all shapes and sizes! As the bride you should definitely be aware of who’s in your party and what their body types are. Maybe give them a color or style of dress but leave the details to them like straps, no straps, belt or no belt. Some women are larger up top than others and will not feel comfortable in strapless gowns.

It may be easier to ask your bridesmaids what they do not feel comfortable with rather than what everyone wants. Bridesmaid dresses come in all sizes so that shouldn’t be a problem. But some maids may feel shorter is something they’d rather not wear. To make things less complicated and to keep you from pulling your hair out try selecting a designer and color you like. Then, let the bridesmaids pick among the style choices in that range. It can keep everyone on track and also feel their comfort levels are being taken into consideration.

Bridesmaid dresses can also be easier if you try Brideside, a site that lets you choose 3 styles you like, are shipped to your house and you get to try them on! They have consultants who can organize your bridal party as well and thus alleviate some stress off of you. They understand your girls have actual body parts that sometimes don’t cooperate or look good in certain styles. We recommend you tell your girls to give those dresses a good shake and jump too! You never know how the dress will hold up dancing versus just standing or walking. You and your bridesmaids can have a lot of fun picking dresses that will compliment them and make you the center of attention on the big day!

Live Entertainment

Hello Brides! Are you looking to spice up your wedding? Live entertainment is what we’re seeing more of and that could be anything from musicians to acrobats to fire spitters! What could be more fun than having people serenade your reception or giving flare to your wedding in a unique way.

You can try Gig Masters to search for bands to play at your wedding. They have you type in what city you’re in and viola you have some live entertainment! Sometimes it’s hard for a DJ to create the party atmosphere you desire. With live entertainment like a band, they have the advantage of being personal and getting your guests up out of their seats to dance.

How do you pick the right band? Well, you can attend a concert or show of your favorites, get a recommendation from friends and family or do a search like Gig Masters – even google can suffice! Nowadays, everyone reviews everything so you can see videos and clips to decide if you like their style.

For any live entertainer, you need to ask the right questions as well like when do you want dancing? Before, after or during dinner? This can determine what kind of band you want. You wouldn’t want guests shouting over the rock while dining. Some couples are happy with just an hour or two after dinner. Price is always important as well. Live bands can range from $2000 to $35000 so be sure to be clear when you interview any band what your expectations are.

Or perhaps for live entertainment you just want a simple string quartet to play you down the aisle and add flare to the ceremony. You can always opt for a DJ at the reception. But don’t forget when planning for live entertainment you need be aware of the space they’ll need. They will need a place for a keyboard and their sound equipment. If you have specific song requests a good band will be able to learn the music if they’re unfamiliar with it. Have fun interviewing and picking live entertainment! Your guests will love the added visual appeal and live performers will keep them dancing all night long!

Wedding Decor

It’s nearly Springtime brides! If you’re a June bride or later it’s time to start thinking about your wedding decor! We hunted down the top four wedding decor trends for 2017 and here they are.

Number one is : Paper decor. Give us a moment here – you may be thinking paper? That’s cheap and not classy but wait, it can be! Paper decorations can range from table toppers to flowers. They can be less expensive than actual flowers depending on how many and how intricate you want your paper wedding decor.

Check out the Paper Source for sales and deals on paper decorations.

Number two is Greenery and Rustic wedding decor. You may not be a “rustic” bride but you can still use these touches to your advantage. Guests will love a clean, nature feel with decorative greens mixed in with flowers. You don’t have to use a barn door but sometimes a well placed lantern or piece of drift wood looks elegant and jazzes up a regular old space.

 

We love a simple sprig of greenery for a spring or summer wedding. It can even be something as simple as put on a plate!

Number three on our list are hanging and tall wedding decor. These can range from chandeliers to giant center pieces. They are also perfect for a summer or outdoor wedding since they can make a big statement!

The hanging wedding decor can also incorporate the greenery theme from before.

 

Finally, number four on our list of trending wedding decor is color! The all white wedding is out and you are free to use color to whatever advantage you want. You may pick a few colors that compliment each other or two diverse opposites! We love this lavender and pink color scheme.

The colors are bold and beautiful making the room pop. You can also incorporate light color into your reception hall as shown above. The tall wall lights illuminate the space for a cozy, romantic atmosphere.

Bachelorette Party

It’s that time – the bachelorette party! Whether you’re the one planning it or you’re the bride for whom it’s thrown, the bachelorette party is the time to let loose and laugh a lot. We decided to go with a 50 Shades of Grey theme seeing as how the second movie, 50 Shades Darker just came out last weekend! What a perfect time for a little something sexy and daring!

You can do so much with this fun theme for a bachelorette party. You can make it as silly, scandalous or smoldering as you want! Our first idea is to fashion a room, whether it’s your house or you rent out a place, into a lux and decadent space. You can use glittery golds and grays to give it a sexy atmosphere without it going NC-17! Use pinwheels to decorate, use props from the books. Try having a delicious cake with icons from the book such as hand cuffs and a mask.

 

 

Another idea would be to have a sultry ice cream station along with the food! Your bride to be can load up on whipped cream and toppings. It gives the sweet to the salty!

You can even read from the book to spice up the bachelorette party! Why not take direct inspiration from the source? The 50 Shades is a trilogy so you can pick out any of your favorite parts. Extra points for role playing and voice acting! Any bride to be will be thrilled to have a little risk at her party – you can incorporate blind folds and whips for fun!

 

We hope you’ve got a spicy bride that loves thrills at her party.  But if you’ve got a bride who prefers more low key there’s a simpler way to party: rent out a row of seats in the theater for the girls and see the movie! You all can dress up in little black dresses, masks, silvery heels and big makeup! Any way you slice it, the bachelorette party is meant to be fun and no restraints! Feel free to touch on everyone’s wild sides!

Wedding Date

You’ve got the groom, the family is on board and you know who your bridal party is but now the important question: when is the wedding date? It may seem like a simple question and one that you don’t have to think about for a while. That is true to an extent; enjoy the engagement period. Let yourself bask in the ambiance of your amazing ring and daydream about what could be. But then get down to business and pick a wedding date so you can get those save the date cards out!

 

The wedding date may be easy for the two of you – a significant day/time you’ve already thought of or an existing anniversary of someone or something important to you. However there are some things to think about. Look ahead in your personal calendars and see if there are personal days that would interfere. Look for family weddings, college/high school graduations, friend’s anniversaries or festivals in your city.

Another thing to watch out for are holiday weekends such as Labor Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day. These weekend holidays are great because you automatically can get a Monday off but you need to think of your guests as well. They may not want to spend an entire holiday weekend around your wedding. They probably have family traditions they’d like to honor. And there’s the expense. If you’re thinking Valentine’s day beware the extra charges in floral cost.

You also need to be aware of cultural holidays like Easter, Palm Sunday, Tisha B’Av, Rosh Hashana and Hanukkah to name a few. You may not be particularly religious but if you’re planning to be married in a church venue there could be some restrictions on time. A final wedding date you should keep in mind is more superstitious – the unlucky wedding date! The Ides of March, any Friday the 13th or leap year. You may not have any objection to these dates and that’s fine with us but just things to think about!

Dress Shopping

Today we have a few wedding dress shopping tips for you eager brides! We all have that crystal image in mind of the bride going to the dress store and adored by everyone around her. Let’s stop the dress shopping fantasy right now. While dress shopping can be fun, exciting and inspiring we have some cautionary tips so you don’t get disappointed!

First, wedding dress shopping is tiring – exhausting even. We recommend limiting appointments to 2-3 per day. That way you’ll have time to try on all the dresses you want and not feel rushed. Trust us, it’s a little like mall shopping except you can’t exactly return your wedding dress as easily!

Second, the dress you dreamed off might not be the one you find is the best! We’re sure you have dreamed of the perfect ball gown with poofy skirts and tulle but once you try one on it may not be what you want. The puff may not flatter your body or the accents might be wrong. We recommend listening to the professionals even it seems they’re crazy bringing you a mermaid cut dress. Just try all on all options and you might be surprised!

Third, you don’t have to buy accessories all at once when dress shopping. It might be tempting once you have the dress to get the shoes, veil, belt, or any other accessories right away. But, let yourself breathe and shop around. You might even be able to get the accessories cheaper somewhere else. Sometimes the veil is complimentary with the dress and that’s great if it’s the one you want! But if it’s not quite right keep your eyes open.

 

Wedding dress shopping should be fun for you not like pulling teeth. Enjoy the process of trying on beautiful dresses!

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 Wire Couples Choice 2017

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017
Music By Design, Ltd. Honored For Excellence With The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2017

Chicago, IL  – January 10, 2017 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Music By Design as a winner of the esteemed 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Disc Jockeys in Chicagoland!

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. The prestigious awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Music By Design. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“The Couples’ Choice Awards’ ninth year features one of the most impressive groups of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals yet,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Music By Design, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Music By Design is highlighted on WeddingWire, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals in the U.S.

Music By Design is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Experts in Chicagoland. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We truly value all of our clients and appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn a 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award.

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