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Vendor Spotlight – Elizabeth Wray Design

The Elizabeth Wray Design staff invites you to visit their boutique design studio located in Geneva, IL. Weddings have been their passion since 1992. The EWD gals have all been brides…they know the trials and joys that come with planning a beautiful wedding. Their artful design aesthetic, knowledge of the hottest trends, and their sassy sensibility, has created a niche in the Chicago wedding market. Designing flowers is their specialty… fresh & fragrant, extraordinary & elegant, lavish & luxurious, crisp & clean, charming & graceful, funky & fun.

What’s your vision/mission statement at Elizabeth Wray Design?

What ever you imagine, we’ll make it happen!

We strive to create every bride’s dream wedding, exactly how she envisioned it!

How has the company grown and changed since it began in 1992?

Although we’ve always been in Geneva, I started working out a space in my house. The area was large enough to have staff working with me, but for the bigger events we had to use the spare bedroom for extra space.

In 2002 we moved into our urban chic loft studio. We renovated the space in 2006 and added a wedding planning staff and a design staff for custom paper goods.

What can a bride expect from her experience with Elizabeth Wray Design?

Brides that come to Elizabeth Wray Design can expect the whole custom wedding design experience. Every wedding we do is different, so we love to work with your ideas and inspirations to create a beautiful event! We’ll create your design and you’ll be able to pick out flower types & colors. You can also choose from all of our many rental containers, custom printed items, and other services.

What sets you apart from other florists in the Chicago area?

We are a full service wedding and event florist. We take care of you by taking care of the details…all of your wedding flowers and decor elements. We distribute your wedding party’s personal flowers and stay until the ceremony ends. One of our signature services is re-purposing your ceremony flowers. We combine, redesign & add other elements to present them differently from ceremony to reception. Before we leave your reception, we make sure everything is in place.

What’s the design team like at Elizabeth Wray Design?

Our fabulous team of designers is very diverse in their ages and strengths. Some designers do the florals; some do graphic design, and some do wedding planning design. Collectively we have a very similar design aesthetic, but our different personalities allows us to view our designs in different lights to make sure every wedding event is completely unique.

Can you tell us a little more about your wedding planning services?

We’re available for full wedding planning and day of wedding planning. We’ve become experts in knowing all of the best vendors, and have the experience to anticipate your needs. We never receive referral fees so we have the unique ability to negotiate the best value on your behalf. Wedding planning is perfect for the busy bride who doesn’t want an ounce of stress on her wedding day!

Elizabeth Wray Design
15 West State Street, Ste. B
Geneva, IL 60134-2253
(630) 232-1975

Please enjoy the following creations by Elizabeth Wray Design.

first three steps of wedding planning

First Three Steps of Wedding Planning

First Three Steps of Wedding Planning

Here’s the first three steps in your countdown to “I Do!” Get started now by tackling these first wedding planning tasks.

So he popped the question…now what?

Unfortunately, for most newly engaged women – the excitement of finally finding “the one” is dampened by a hard dose of stress and anxiety. Sure, you’ll find about a gazillion wedding planning checklists out there, but they all tend to overwhelm more than they help, and all essentially fail to address the fundamental question: “Where do I begin?”

We’re here to help. After you’ve announced the exciting news and taken some time to bask in your newly engaged glow, it’s time to get cracking. Here are the first three wedding planning tasks you absolutely must accomplish before anything else.

Cross these items off your wedding checklist – and you’re on your way.

First Steps of Wedding Planning:

Step 1: Determine Your Budget

Every decision stems from the wedding budget. Before you can plan anything, you must know how much you can spend and who plans to contribute. Your budget will determine the type of wedding you can have – from how many guests you invite, to where and when you host your wedding, right down to the specific blooms in your bouquet. And with the ever increasing cost of weddings, financing the event is often a group effort; the bride’s parents no longer need to take out a second mortgage just to fund the upcoming nuptials. You’ll need to talk to your families about who will pay for what, and arrive at a total wedding budget. This complete wedding budget tracker will walk you through the process.

Step 2: Tackle the Guest List

Some “checklists” suggest setting a date and commencing other wedding plans before this step, but Elegala considers the guest count is the most vital decision after the budget. Here’s why: Capacity is one of the most important criteria in finding a suitable wedding venue – more so even than style and vision – and you must secure your location before you can successfully plan anything else. Trust us, cramming 300 people into a venue that seats 150 will not go over well. You don’t need to have the list finalized just yet, but you’ll need an estimate from both sides of the family (and yourselves) right away to avert countless planning headaches down the road.  This complete wedding guest guide will help you get started.

Step 3: Set a Site and Date

Only once you have an estimated budget and guest count can you begin searching for a place to hold your event with any accuracy. Remember – many reception sites book over a year in advance, so you really can’t decide on a wedding date until you have officially booked your venue with a signed contract. Find as many reception sites that meet your budget, capacity and overall style quotient as you can. Use our wedding reception site search to find venues in your area, and narrow down your list. Then schedule appointments to tour each wedding venue and meet with the manager. After that—it’s decision making time.

There is one wedding planning truism that we hold dear. As you may have heard it said, once you find your wedding venue, everything else falls into place. Once you have accomplished these steps, you will find the rest of your planning task list a piece of, ahem, wedding cake.

source: elegala.com