Adding Texture

This week we’re talking about adding texture to your wedding! What does that mean? Texture can entail layering different texts, materials over each other or other details like flowers, inks or dyes.

First, we look at your invitations. Adding texture to that stationary gives it a more personal vibe. Are you going for trendy? Add metallic lettering or copper foil for that extra edge. Do you want more romantic? You could use a deckle edge or lace on the invite. Adding cloth or ribbon to your stationery can also tie into the fabrics or ribbons you are using in your wedding. Adding twine around your invitation is a great way to create unique dimension. Texture also applies to the type of paper you choose. You can use thick parchment for an old world feel or acrylic for a modern touch.

Photo by Laura Lubonski

Photo by Poshest Papers

Another way to add texture to your wedding is tablescapes! We love gauzy, romantic runners and bursting floral decor. You can have a wide range of texture experiments with tablescapes. Big floral designs can overshadow some of the smaller textures so we recommend picking three only. Choose from metal accents, wood details, flowers, runners, paper and fabric to create your unique tablescape.

Photo by Jen Fariello Photography

No matter how you use texture, we love how it can elevate your big day. Texture can add that certain sparkle that you’re looking for in an invitation or tablescape. Adding texture gives you creative license to customize how you’d like your big day to look and feel.

2019 Trends

It’s still in the early part of the year so what are some 2019 trends we are seeing? There’s a lot to choose from and we’ve compiled some fun ones.

First, the smoke bomb exit! 2019 trends are going to be colorful and explosive! On your big day you can veer away from the throwing rice, bubbles, birds of any sort and sparkles. Try a smoke bomb! They are harmless to the environment and don’t encroach on animal cruelty. Smoke bombs create an amazing backdrop for photos as you and your significant other exit your ceremony. They could also be used to signal an entrance at the wedding venue as well! The only slight drawback is that the smoke bombs look better in daylight rather than darkness. You can create a custom palette to reflect your colors or try an rainbow effect.

Photo by Adam Naples

Another 2019 trend we’re loving is a new, fresh take on a wedding registry. It’s customary to register for things like mixers, plates and silverware. What if you don’t need any of those? It’s becoming increasingly okay to ask for things you do need as a couple. There’s no shame in asking for cash or for guests to donate to a certain charity. You can even request a fund for those karate lessons you’ve always wanted to try together or how about a puppy fund? Dogs are expensive so why not have guests contribute to the cost of getting and maintaining one?

Photo by Freire Wedding Photography

Lastly, live floral accessories or jewelry is a trend that’s going to happen this year! Instead of bling think of using actual flowers and greenery as your jewelry! From head pieces to necklaces using flowers can be such a statement. Flowers can be used as earrings and necklaces too. No matter what type of trend you decide to use 2019 is sure to be a big year!

Photo by Rebecca Westover

The Wedding Diet

The Wedding Diet

So you’ve got the groom, save the dates and started to look into venues and vendors. What next? For most brides, it’s a wedding diet. Many women are not happy with their bodies, but that doesn’t have to be you! The wedding diet isn’t a fad or quick fix. What we propose is almost a life style change if you’re willing.

Everyone knows that staying hydrated is key to any diet and healthy lifestyle. On a wedding diet that still holds true as well. We recommend eight glasses of eight ounces of water a day. You may need more or less depending on the exercise routine you plan to follow. A wedding diet isn’t just a quick fix, it’s a life change. Staying hydrated will also improve your general mood because when you’re hydrated you are able to think clearly and focus on those little wedding details. If you can’t stand plain water think about adding sugar free mixes, fruits or veggies to give it a splash of flavor!

Another key to the wedding diet is avoiding processed foods. This means anything in a box, package and of course fast food. We think it’s fine to indulge once in a while, but on a wedding diet you can and should be pretty strict. Just think about how the results will make you so happy you stuck with it. You also may find once you avoid these foods it’ll become easier to do and you’ll make it a life style change.

The next thing to keep in mind while on a wedding diet is to limit your sugar intake. You should be sure to look at labels now! You’d be surprised by how much added sugar things have in them – yogurt and cereal are culprits that people don’t realize have a lot of sugar. It might be hard to avoid sugar right now, but just think of the delicious cake you’ll eat on your wedding day! Keeping your diet simple is also key. You can pick up easy foods like vegetables and fruits and have them readily available so you don’t reach for chips or cookies instead.

Another possible hard thing to eliminate, at least while you’re on a wedding diet, is alcohol. We suggest limiting your intake to less than 7 drinks a week if you can. You can let loose on the big day if you’d like! Alcohol dehydrates you more than you think.

The best thing about a wedding diet is you CAN have a cheat meal once in a while – not a cheat day – but give yourself permission to eat something you really want once a week or once every other week.

Airbnb Wedding

If you’re looking for a non-traditional venue, why not check out an Airbnb wedding venue? If you have any experience traveling and staying in Airbnb’s then you know not all are created equal. You’ll have to do some hard ground work before you decide, but an Airbnb wedding just might have the special pizzazz you want for your big day!

Photo by Airbnb Popsugar

The pro’s for an Airbnb wedding are that you can find virtually any place you want. Have you always dreamed of walking down the aisle with a towering mansion and fountain gardens in the back ground? That can be found. The cons here are that it is a private property and there may be limitations that other public venues wouldn’t have. Be sure to read fine print and communicate with the host. Some venues say “no parties or events” and it couldn’t hurt to ask if they’d make an exception for your wedding day.

Photo by Airbnb Huff Post

Another pro for an Airbnb wedding is it may cost less than a traditional venue. It could cost a few hundred a night versus thousands for another venue. The con here is that it probably won’t have amenities like chairs, tables, linens and servers. That needs to factor in your budget when you pick an Airbnb space. In addition to this you’ll need to make sure there are enough parking space and accommodations for everyone you want there.

Photo by Ashley Stone

Lastly, a pro to choosing an Airbnb wedding is that your guests may be able to stay on the premises overnight. This makes it easy for everyone to gather and could be even more fun the following morning! Staying together in an Airbnb creates an intimate and cozy atmosphere. This is versus a large venue where everyone has to leave at the end of the night. If you’re looking for a smaller, more personal wedding day then this is an option to consider. A con for having everyone being in the same place could be that the owner will want you to get insurance or liability waivers. This extra cost may or may not be worth it to you.

Wedding Dress Trends

It’s a new year and new trends emerge. We’re taking a look at some wedding dress trends!

Bows! This year we’re seeing the wedding dress trend go towards statement bows. These huge pieces can be used on the back of trains, loops on straps or accents. You could also use the bows on your bridesmaid’s dresses. Bows can also define a waistline or draw attention to areas of your body you’d like more attention to.

Photo by Martha Stewart Weddings 

Another trend we’re seeing is geometric shapes on wedding dresses. Shapes and cut out shapes can create a sleek and elegant outline you want. Geometric shapes on dresses are also a great way to draw the eye where you want it go.

Photo by CoutureLace

The next trend is very “girly” but if you’re into glitz and sparkle this one is for you! Glitter. This year we’re seeing wedding dresses utilize the sparkly stuff all over and it can literally help you light up the room. Glitter on your wedding dress will catch the light beautifully. If you don’t want an entire dress full of glitter you can just do a light dusting, or have a few places accented with it.

Photo by the Crystal Room

No matter what wedding dress trend you pick, you’re sure to glow on your big day!

Venue Selection Flowchart

Venue Selection Flowchart

Venue Selection Flowchart

Finding a venue for your wedding is no easy task. There are so many different options it can seem terribly overwhelming when trying to narrow it down to just one. And considering the fact that it’s the largest cost of your wedding venue, you definitely want to select a venue that is well worth the money you’re going to shell out.

This year’s wedding venue trends are straying from the traditional banquet halls and country clubs and opting for the more unique and extravagant locations, such as in a cave or on a glacier. But if you don’t have the budget to pull that off, it’s not a problem at all. By choosing a venue that is true to you and your fiance’s style, and of course staying within your budget, you’ll be able to set the scene perfectly for your big day. To help point you in the right direction, this flow chart to help determine what type of wedding venue you should consider. Happy venue hunting! Venue Selection Flowchart. Next – Choosing Your Wedding Date
Venue Selection Flowchart

2019 Couples Choice Awards

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019

Music By Design, Ltd. Honored For Excellence With The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019.
Chicago, IL – January 8, 2019 – WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Music By Design as a winner of the esteemed 2019 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 The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019.

For more information about Music By Design, please visit Music By Design Online.
To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2019, please visit Wedding Wire.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers around the world are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses globally. It provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 800 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Winter Wedding Attire

Winter Wedding Attire

It’s that time of year again and maybe you’re not the bride. If you’re a guest what do you wear to a winter wedding? We’ve got some great choices. For the thrifty, we love taking a neutral summer/spring dress that can be paired with pantyhose or leggings and add a great jacket. The winter wedding will most likely take place inside so you can still be stylish without looking like a bundled up Yeti.

Darker colors like Pine green or navy are perfect for winter weddings.  This dress could be from your spring collection, but a great dark green hue is perfect for winter. You can add a cardigan if you think you’ll be cold or a light, sparkly jacket.

Cozy fabrics like plaid and wool are sure to keep you comfortable at a winter wedding. A stylish pea coat is just the thing to wear between venues. Even the bride may opt for a longer, white coat to keep warm.  If you’re Scottish and the men are wearing kilts even better! Kilt wool is pretty warm and cozy.  Your date or the groomsmen don’t have to be of Highland descent to make plaid fabrics work for them at a winter wedding. A subtle plaid bowtie or tie will keep them styled and festive.

Who doesn’t love faux fur? Winter weddings are a fantastic way to wear that muff or coat that’s been sitting in the back of your closet. You can dress it up all you want without looking ridiculous or overheat. The shrug doesn’t have to be faux fur, you can opt for a velvet in a nice plum or pine shade as well.

Photo by Sissily Designs

No matter what you choose to wear to a winter wedding it’s sure to be fun to come up with an outfit you already have in your closet! And who doesn’t love the sparkle and glitz of a snowy event?

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019
Chicago, IL (November 29th, 2018) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2019 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on The Knot. The Knot is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2019 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicagoland, the most creative wedding photographers, top cake bakers or a chicago wedding dj, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Music By Design is also included in The Knot Hall of Fame. Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals. Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019.

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XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush and Ijie. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing.

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Winter Wedding Favors

We gathered a few of the top winter wedding favors! These are sure to please your guests and bring the cozy comfort inside.

  1. Gingerbread Cookies. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies? Gingerbread cookies as wedding favors can bring back good memories of childhood treats and snowball fights. You can easily package these cute cookies with fun holiday-themed bags and ribbons. They’re not too expensive and if you feel so inclined you can even try to get a friend or relative to bake them!

Photo cred Fiona Carins Wedding Cakes 

2. Chocolates. These are a sure favorite for any guest at your wedding. Chocolate is so versatile – you can flavor it, decorate it and customize it. We love the idea of putting your initials on pieces of chocolate or form them in wintery shapes like snowflakes or snowmen.

3. Mini Ice wine bottles. A fun winter wedding favor! The tiny bottles filled with iced wine – made from grapes that have been picked on the vine while frozen – are sure to please your guests.  You can personalize the bottles with your name and wedding date too.

4. Chestnuts. We love the idea of roasting chestnuts for a winter wedding! You can package a handful in bright wrapping for your guests or even have a roasting station. That way the guests can eat them fresh! It’s a different idea than just simple chocolate that brings the winter spirit to life.

5.  Another favorite winter wedding favor is soy candles. We love the soft glow that candles give and you can pick a scent that won’t overwhelm your more sensitive guests. Some of our favorite scents are pine, sugarplum, cedar or orange clove. They will be fun favors for guests to remember your big day by.