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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!

Wedding Mistakes

We usually give brides tips on what TO do but today let’s go over some wedding mistakes to avoid! These aren’t deal breakers or bad etiquette but they are trends in 2017 that you may want to skip.

First, we can stop naming drinks. It was cute a few years ago but we’re getting tired of “Dantini” or “Georgeorita”. A signature drink can be fun but this year it’s time to stop the witty bar banter. You can feel free to serve artisan drinks, seasonal cocktails and top shelf liquor but we’d stay away from cutesy names.

Another wedding mistake is the “rustic” wedding. This theme of rustic can mean anything from twine, painted tree branches, burlap napkins to tee-pees and dream catchers. These elements can be fun but they are often not representative of the bride and groom. They hire a wedding planner and end up with kitschy instead of elegant. Unless you and your fiance are very much into living in tee-pees or want a barn ceremony then you might be best looking into more “mountain elegant” rather than call it rustic. The boho theme is also a trend that is on it’s way out – it goes hand in hand with “rustic” because it uses the same outdoorsy, hippie vibes.

Lastly, a wedding mistake to avoid is the clown car full of your bridal party. We know you have a hundred best friends but they don’t ALL need to be in the party car to the ceremony or reception! The focus needs to be on you the bride and your fiance. It’s fun to have all the important people in your life celebrate the day with you but leave the bigger crowds for the reception. The day goes fast but you can make time to greet and talk with guests at the reception.

So, once again, these aren’t faux pas but they are some wedding mistakes to think about. You can certainly do whatever you feel is best for your style and bridal party!

Woodland Weddings

Woodland Weddings
A reoccurring trend for this year has been Woodland weddings. Whether it’s a destination or just in your backyard, summer is a perfect time of year for this trendy theme! Brides, you can bring the outdoors inside with simple touches like branch center pieces and combining natural colors like whites, olives, golds, silver and jewel tones.
We are also loving how affordable mother nature can be! If you have a special tree, why not consider getting married under it? Or had a great memory in a park or forest preserve, why not check out that space as the venue for your ceremony? Weather is certainly something to consider so if you’d rather not chance it, then bring the beauty to your tables, chairs, décor or bouquet. Deep plum colors contrast very well with beige and brown, making your decorations pop.
You can even think about making the food match the Woodland wedding theme with a s’mores bar! Go have fun with summer colors and if you’re a more rustic bride but don’t want the standard barnyard, then consider the Woodlands wedding theme.

Woodland Wedding

Woodland Wedding
With Spring coming in just a few months, why not explore a Woodland wedding? Whether it’s a destination or
just in your backyard, it’s a perfect time of year for this trendy theme! If you love nature and want to combine your big day with the outdoors then consider a more rustic setting. Brides, you can bring the outdoors inside with simple touches like branch center pieces and combining natural colors like whites, olives, golds, silver and jewel tones. Another great color that goes well for a woodland wedding theme is Marsala, this decadent rich wine red color will compliment any rustic style.
We are also loving how affordable mother nature can be! If you have a special tree,why not consider getting married under it? Or had a great memory in a park or forest preserve, why not checkout that space as the venue for your ceremony? Weather is certainly something to consider so if you’d rather not chance it, then bring the beauty to your tables, chairs, décor or bouquet. Deep plum colors contrast very well with beige and brown, making your decorations pop. You can even think about making the food match the Woodland wedding theme with a s’mores bar!
Go have fun with fall colors and if you’re a more rustic bride but don’t want the standard barnyard, then consider the Woodland Wedding theme.
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Balloon and Floral Arch: Wedding décor has long been associated with the traditional arch, and over the years, the standard structure with 2 paper wedding bells has evolved to fit many types of occasions. From super casual California weddings with sheer fabrics, to over he top white lush floral covered arches that you can only dream of, the look has stayed pretty timeless and open for all kinds of interpretations. The new look? A fun and whimsical mix of sweet, loose florals and bright colorful balloons. It’s economical and oh-so- sweet. Perfect for full arches or strings of décor, this look is a fresh, new alternative to the usual wedding ceremony look.

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Olivia Palermo: We often make reference to this New York style staple when talking about new trends fresh from the runway. But this past week, socialite and fashion blogger/editor and former “The City” star wed her longtime love in a totally surprising and of course, insanely chic ensemble that made all of us stop and stare. Her look was a perfectly styled 3 piece combination of cashmere sweater, tailored dress shorts and overlayed tulle skirt all by Carolina Herrera. For a girl who has the entire fashion world watching her every last move, the look was entirely classic and timeless with a fun, modern twist with white wedding shorts. Her hair and makeup were understated and not too contrived ( she even dubbed her hair do as “ an uncontrived ponytail.”) We kind of love that she took the road to simplicity for her walk down the aisle and adored the intimate feel that her crisp, white outfit conveyed.

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Woodsy wedding theme: The rustic wedding theme seems to be here to stay and while we love the juxtaposition of elegance meets outdoors, there is a new take on the natural element for wedding themes. The “woodsy” wedding features more of a whimsical and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” feel with patches of moss and bark inspired paper cones for perfectly wrapped appetizers and snacks. The look can be totally topped off with bohemian strung lights and sweet, yet still rustic table linens.

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