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

 

 

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

Hello brides of fall! You’ve planned everything down to the last detail but life never fails to impress and something can and will go wrong. That’s where your wedding day emergency kit comes in handy. This little tool kit for you and your bridesmaids might not be needed but it’s nice to have just in case.

What should you put in this wedding day emergency kit? We have some suggestions. First, you will need to decide if you want to make your own or buy one. The kits are not expensive on sites like amazon. If you are more DIY then we’ve got some essentials you need.

  • Breath mints
  • Tweezers
  • Clear Polish
  • Lipstick and other make up fixes like remover, concealer, eye liner and small samples of the eye shadow you’re using
  • Face mist to set all that make up so it stays on
  • Perfume
  • Stain remover
  • Sewing kit
  • Fashion tape
  • Aspirin or Ibuprofen
  • Snacks
  • Glue
  • Band aids
  • Sunblock if you’ll be out doors

We recommend putting this all together in one glittery bag! It’s fun to buy new make up bags and most importantly it’ll be easy to carry around.

If you want to be generous you can make or buy a wedding day emergency kit for your bridesmaids too. The bag will have similar items like floss, breath mints and fashion tape.  And if you put in different items into the bags you’ll have all your bases covered if your master wedding day emergency kit doesn’t fulfill all your needs. We also recommend a few extra goodies to make them feel special and taken care of:

  • Tampons because you never want to be without one
  • Favorite snacks that could be individualized to each girl
  • Baby powder
  • Bag of each maid’s favorite color
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Pen and Paper if your girls need to send messages to your groom or other bridal party guests
  • White duct tape just in case
  • Small bottles of alcohol because they may need a little liquid courage or they will need to give it to you!

No matter which kit or what you put into it, it’s a great idea to have them around just in case!

Fall Wedding

It’s that amazing time of year again – Fall! A fall wedding can be perfect for those brides who love rich color palettes and crisp air. We have several great ideas for you to try!

  1. Instead of confetti, bubbles or rice, have guests throw leaves instead! You and your groom will be showered with beautiful, vibrant foliage that will look amazing in pictures. You can even make your own leaves if you don’t want what mother nature has to offer. Many craft stores will sell paper leave that mimic the real ones!

2. For your fall wedding you might be worried about getting cold. We love a fall blazer over a wedding gown! It keeps the glam but also gives you a great sense of style. It’s edgy and unconventional but you’ll make a great statement!

3.  Fall wedding food is the best! You can play around with favorites like apple pie or pumpkin pie. They can be served in a variety of forms like apple pie pops or have a pie dessert bar. The options for these comfort foods will keep guests full and warm.

4. What fall wedding would be complete without table decor? We love the floating branches with candles look. Even if you’re not going for a rustic wedding this elegant piece still gives your tables the romantic light you want!

5. If you are a bride who wants the more rustic chic feel then we recommend hosting your reception at least half way outside. That way you can have bonfires! Especially if your wedding is kid friendly because who wouldn’t want to roast marshmellows and make s’mores? Of course, you need a venue that will allow for an open fire. We think you’ll love the added excitement and great smell to your reception!

Wedding Bonfire

Fall Wedding Ideas

The weather should be changing any moment and we’ve got fall wedding ideas for you! You might not be a fall bride but here are some things to consider. The weather is cooler so you won’t be baking in that gorgeous gown if you’re taking pictures outside. The brilliant foliage this time of year is perfect for photos. And, warm spices and comfort food recipes lend themselves favorably to cocktail hours and reception food!

  1. Apple Bin escort cards. What’s not to love about a cute bin full of apples (real or fake) with your guests names and table numbers on them? We love the rustic accent that is so popular this year and it provides a necessary purpose.

2.  Another fall wedding idea is velvet. Normally, this heavier material isn’t utilized but it’s perfect for a fall wedding! A velvet sash, shoes or bows can make your wedding pop. Many think it’s an old fashioned material but velvet can give your big day the glam you want. Your bridesmaids can also rock velvet dresses since they won’t die in the heat of summer. Or your groom can wear a velvet jacket. You can have lots of fun deciding what accents would look great in the soft, plush material.

3. Seasonal welcome snacks are a great way to have a fall wedding! Most people enjoy apple cider donuts, warm spiced cider and pumpkin pie. You can use these delicious treats as cocktail hour snacks or desserts at the reception. You could have a caramel apple bar with different caramels to dip slices into or even bags of candy for children. Get your guests into the brisk fun of fall right away with seasonal food.

 

Our fall wedding ideas are just things to keep in mind if you’re aiming for an autumn wedding!

 

5 Ways to Decorate Tables

Hello Brides! We have 5 ways to decorate tables this week. Tables at your reception leave an impression and will be where your guests reside for a lot of the evening. You want to make sure to decorate tables in the style you want but that is also fun.

  1. If you’re a Disney aficionado why not try to decorate tables with some Mickey Mouse ears or fairy tale items!You can have each guests name on the hats or items as well to make it another way to personalize the tables. It’s a fun way to give your guests both a table place holder and something to take home.

    2. Mirrored glass vases. We love to decorate tables with mirrored glass vases because they’re elegant and also create the illusion of more space. The mirrors catch the light in a romantic way and you can put candles in the vases for even more light. Or you can put flowers and greenery in the vases.

     

    3.  Speaking of lighting we love the decoration scheme using three forms of light. You can use the table center pieces, floor lights and chandeliers from the ceiling to create the ambiance you want. The cool thing about floor lights is you can usually choose the color and have it change periodically!

     

    4. You can decorate tables with cute menu bags as well. The bag can contain a baguette or chocolate and on the bag you can put the menu for the reception or a beloved recipe! Guests will love having the course menu as well as the treat inside.

     

    5.  Lastly, we love to decorate tables with two tier pieces. They are grand and elegant but are also elevated enough that guests won’t have to try to look at each other through the center pieces. No one wants to constantly be shifting the table decor.

     

     

Pets in your Wedding

You’ve got the fiance, you’ve got the venue and dress but what about pets in your wedding? Most of us have that special animal or animals in our lives that we just couldn’t live without. We’d love to include pets in our weddings if possible so here a few ways you can!

  1. Include pets in your wedding ceremony! Thousands of people have done it and what’s cuter than your dog all dressed up with a bow-tie walking down the aisle towards you with the rings? You’ll have to keep in mind how your dog does with large crowds but if Fido is a brave guy or gal then why not have him or her in your ceremony? You can also accessorize them appropriately or just leave them plain with a nice collar and bath beforehand!

 

2. The Farm wedding. If you’re having a rustic wedding out at a barn why not include your donkey? Even the most odd pets can be included in your wedding day. You can make it more romantic or glamorous with a fun flower crown too!

3. Photo ops! You can include your pets in your wedding in the photo opportunities as well. Maybe they can’t handle the stress of walking down an aisle but someone could be holding them for the photos afterwards! You can have great candid shots with your pets whether it’s a bird, dog, cat, guinea pig or llama! Your bridal party can get in on the action too and it’ll make for great pictures!

Dog photo bomb

No matter how you decide to involve pets in your wedding be sure they are comfortable with it! You don’t want to be worried about their safety and comfort on your big day. If you’re lucky enough to have someone trusted take care of them during the day that’s great! And if you think your pets will be disruptive then just opt for taking photos with them instead!

Ceremony Backdrop

The ceremony backdrop is an often overlooked detail in planning a wedding! How do you envision yourself standing with your significant other? Are there flowers behind you, lights, fish tanks or arbor arches? The ceremony backdrop isn’t exactly the main thing brides need to focus on right away. First, you should pick out your venue where you’ll have the ceremony and go from there. If the space you chose allows props to be put up behind you that’s great! We have a few ideas that you might have thought of.

First, if you’re doing a winter wedding but don’t want the hassle of the cold try a projection of a winter wonderland behind you! It’s great for the ambiance of bare trees and snow.

You and your spouse might be travel enthusiasts and what better way to add that flare to your ceremony space with a world map? You can also add paper decorations like planes or cars. We love making a unique space that people haven’t seen before and that says something about you two as a couple.

Or, perhaps you are more of a fairy tale bride! A great ceremony back drop that adds great flare could be an open story book that starts with “once upon a time”. You can add greenery and glitter to make it sparkle.

Finally, maybe the ceremony backdrop is already gorgeous. Sometimes picking a venue is as much for space accommodation as it is aesthetics. If the space if gorgeous and already has the style you love then why change it? You could spice it up with ribbons and greenery if you want too but remember it’ll save you money if you don’t need to decorate the ceremony space and the reception space!

Bridal Makeup

Hello Brides! There’s nothing more important than your dress and groom but let’s not forget about your bridal makeup look. Makeup can be a scary world with so many products to choose from. There are thousands of make up artists as well that are out for your business. So how do you choose?

If you’re a low maintenance kind of bride you may want to do your own make up. There are a lot of great products on the market that you can use that are reputable for long lasting. Look for Laura Mercier, MAC or even some drug store brands like Maybelline or Cover Girl. If you’re on a budget the cheaper make up can be made to last long if you use a primer under it and a pore eraser. We love Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser. The pore eraser will smooth out your skin so the foundation and powder will give you a flawless, hours of wear look!

 

A big make up trend we’re seeing this year is the pink eye shadow and monochromatic bridal makeup. By matching your eye lids and lips color you are creating a soft, romantic look. Try letting your eye brows grow in to complete the look – bold brows and glowing skin are always in!

You don’t have to do monochromatic. If you’re a bold statement bride and want your bridal makeup to be colorful then try a red lip! We love orange undertones and a matte lip for this bridal makeup look. It depends on your skin tone but most of the orangey reds are going to compliment you.

Why not try these bridal makeup trends on your own first? If you decide you’re not up for the task then there are plenty of makeup artists who are! It’s also just a fun way to experiment with your look. Get a few of your bridesmaids for a makeup play day and vote on which palettes you love most.

Metallic Wedding

Hello Brides! We are loving the Metallic wedding accents and breezy metallic dress silhouettes this year. Metallics can range from gold, silver and all the shades inbetween. You will love the sparkle and glimmer they can add to a wedding!

Sparkly gold and silver gowns with metallic beading are gorgeous. They’re great for all seasons too. Metallic wedding accents can brighten up a winter wedding or add mystery to a fall wedding. A summer wedding wouldn’t be the same without sparkle! We also love the off the shoulder trend that is hot right now for wedding gowns!

Breezy skirts and flowing, airy material like organza and tulle are also great for a metallic wedding accent. They are the essence of a summer evening elegance. They are also materials that lend themselves nicely to a destination wedding since they pack up a little better than a full ball gown. Metallic wedding dresses are also great for a second look for the reception if you’d like more dazzle on your big day! They can be a little more informal but still glamorous.

Another way to incorporate metallic wedding accents is on your cake. We love the naked cake this year and a way to dress that up is to have metallic sheen on it!

 

The cake is the centerpiece at your reception so why not make it sparkle even more? The best part of metallic wedding accents is they go with any color scheme. The pop of silver or gold can really take your little details into suave and gorgeous. What other day is it perfectly appropriate to be over the top anyway? We love adding metallics to shoes, bridesmaid dresses or the food!

 

Pinterest Wedding Trend

Hello Brides! We’re sure you are no stranger to the Pinterest wedding trend and we’d love to talk about the hottest ones happening. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas and see what worked for people and what didn’t. We are seeing a lot of off the shoulder wedding dresses. This trend is romantic and a little bohemian! We love the off the shoulder look especially when paired with the other big Pinterest wedding trend: Statement earrings. The off the shoulder neckline leaves your ears and neck bare to be adorned with jewels.

Statement earrings can be anything from dramatic diamonds to long, elegant colored gems. We are loving vintage this season so even better if your earrings have a sentimental value. Necktie earrings elongate the neck and make a great statement.

Another Pinterest Wedding trend is natural hair. Brides are deciding to love themselves and their assets! We think going with your natural look is fabulous. Natural doesn’t mean messy or flat. You can have your stylist work with what’s best for your type of hair. If you’ve got a lot of volume then pump it up! If you’ve got thinner hair do beachy waves or accentuate with accessories.

No matter what your style Pinterest Wedding trends is a great place to get started! You can find several images and get creative with what you see for your big day!