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2022 Oscars Style Bridal Inspiration

While everyone else was distracted by the slap heard round the world, we at Chicago Wedding Blog saw some gorgeous 2022 Oscars style bridal inspiration. If you are a bride planning your upcoming wedding, there are many Oscars style elements you can incorporate into your bridal gown. From gorgeous beading, to minimalist fabric details, 2022 Oscar style has your name all over it! Here is some inspiration to keep your eye out for as you shop for your 2022/2023 bridal gown!

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Brides and Bridesmaids: What to Wear to Look and Feel Your Best

There are more styles for brides & bridesmaids to wear on wedding days than ever before. However, this does pose some logistical challenges. Brides and bridesmaids have to coordinate necklines and skirts with figure, undergarments, dress lengths, and shoes. It is important to keep a few details in mind as you plan your bridal party’s wedding attire. Here is what you need to know, brides and bridesmaids, about what to wear to look and feel your best.

Crepe Puff Sleeve Wedding Dress Trend

2022/2023 Wedding Dress Trends

2022/2023 Wedding Dress Trends

It’s a new year, which means it’s just about nearing the end of engagement season! This means, wedding planning season will be in full swing soon! As you get shopping for your wedding dress, it’s important you know what the 2022/2023 wedding dress trends are. Here are the 2022/2023 Wedding Dress Trends you are sure to see and love.

Bell Sleeves

This is a dainty and unique addition to how popular wedding dress sleeves have been in the last few years. Bell sleeves come in many styles from at the wrist to higher up on the arm. This is a great way to highlight if you have beautiful wrists or as an artful camouflage if you don’t want to show your arms.

Shoulder Puffs

This trend from the 1980’s that continued into the 1990’s is back with a bang. This sleeve style is great if you are trying to balance a pear figure. The sleeves add dimension to the top of the body also bringing the eye up to your face. They are still puffed, but unlike the over the top shoulder puffs of the past, this years’ are balanced with simpler details elsewhere on the dresses.

Square Neckline

Perfect for the modern & simple bride, square necklines add a contemporary feel to any wedding dress. If you are planning a clean and modern wedding this will go perfectly with your theme. This is definitely a neckline you have to try on to know if you feel good in it. It is a unique neckline option that pairs well with any fabric details or skirt size.

Ruffles

Ruffles are definitely a love or hate detail for many brides. However, there are as many styles of ruffles as there are brides. If you are having a fun and over the top wedding, numerous tight, small ruffles might be perfect for your wedding dress. Contrastly, if you are having a simpler wedding, or are smaller in stature, consider having gentler ruffles or tiers instead.

Cape-like Sleeves Instead Of Veils

If you do not want a wedding veil in your hair, having a cape or long draping sleeves is a great option! They also photography beautifully framing your gown and wedding day smile. If a cape is your option know that they are in addition to your gown. If you like the look of the cape, but don’t want to purchase one on top of your wedding dress, the sleeved option is perfect for you.

Have you started shopping and have seen these trends? Which have been your favorite? We hope a sneak peek of the trends will make your wedding dress shopping easier. Happy Planning! For more wedding planning inspiration and advice, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below.

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How To Know Your Wedding Dress Is ‘The One’

How To Know Your Wedding Dress Is ‘The One’

Whether it is friends’ stories or TV shows, everyone has their own theory on how to know if your wedding dress is ‘the one.’ From the internet to boutiques there are more wedding dress retailers than ever. Choosing a dress can be difficult because brides can see so many beautiful wedding dresses. While every person is different, there are common signs to look for. We can help you figure out if your wedding dress is ‘the one’ with these tips.

Trust your gut!

The old adage is definitely true as you shop for your wedding dress; trust your gut. Rarely do you regret trusting your intuition, so don’t start while searching for your wedding dress. If you are between a few dresses and your heart pulls you toward one, trust it. Shopping for a wedding dress is a new experience. Even if you can’t put your finger on why you are pulled toward one dress versus another, trust your gut.

You cry as you put it on.

This is one that happens only half of the time. Some people get a flood of emotion when they put on their dream dress. The tears come and everyone joins in with them as they realize their loved one found her wedding dress. In contrast, other times, brides aren’t criers, so this doesn’t happen at all. That being said, if you do cry it could be a telltale sign that this is your dress.

You have zero doubts.

When your dress is right you have no regrets or doubts. When you put on this dress you should feel the most you. This means you feel confident and can see yourself getting married in this dress. The excitement you feel about your dress should only stay the same or grow. This is why some brides choose to sleep on it, as it is such a big decision. The dress you go home dreaming about, or cannot stop looking at pictures of, is your dress.

It’s the opposite of what you thought you’d want, but it feels so right.

So often brides are surprised to find they love a dress so different from their Pinterest board. That isn’t just okay, it’s very common. How you know the dress is your dress is you look and feel confident and beautiful in it. It’s a good idea to have a conversation with your shopping companions ahead of time so they are supportive of whichever dress you choose, even if it is unexpected. That way you can avoid any uncomfortable moments that may overshadow your saying, “yes,” to the dress.

Have you gone wedding dress shopping? If you are ready to get started check out more wedding dress shopping tips and inspiration in the Chicago Wedding Blog posts. We hope you found these tips helpful as you get started! Happy Planning!

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Wedding Dress Alterations

Wedding Dress Alterations

When planning your wedding there are many ways to adjust your budget to save money; your wedding dress alterations should not be one of those ways. Your wedding dress is the most special dress you will ever wear. Here are some important details you need to know when planning your wedding dress alterations so you look and feel your best.

Work with a seamstress who specializes in wedding dresses.

Your friend’s aunt who can hem a pair of pants should not work on your wedding dress. There are professional seamstresses who work with wedding dresses every day. The best seamstresses to work with are those who also could design a wedding dress from scratch. In that case, you know they can make any big adjustments you may want, such as adding sleeves or beadwork.

Do not be surprised by the cost, it is an important investment in your wedding day.

Expect to pay no less than $500 -$600 for simple wedding dress alterations. This usually will cover the basics such as a hem & a bustle, which are important adjustment for your wedding day comfort. Your hem and bustle are another reason it is important a wedding dress seamstress does your wedding dress alterations. You do not want your bustle to be held up by one hook then to rip on your wedding day. Buttons and bows are always more sturdy and an expert wedding dress seamstress will incorporate them into your dress. Furthermore, not every bustle works with every dress and there are many different styles of bustles; an expert can advise you on the best options for your dress, both aesthetically and for ease on your wedding day.

There are specific alterations you should consider.

As you try on wedding dresses it’s important to think about how you will work a bra into your wedding dress. If you are someone who has a larger bust size it’s important to determine whether you will wear a bra or whether a seamstress can add in bra cups into your dress. Similar to bra cups, adding boning into the bodice will help support the bust line, keep any dress smooth, and keep a strapless dress snug. While these alterations will add to the cost of your total alterations budget, they are well worth it for your comfort as well as when you love how you look in your wedding photos.

Scheduling your alterations appointments are as important as scheduling your wedding weekend events.

While wedding dress seamstresses are practically magicians with their skill, it is important to not rush their work. Typically three wedding dress fitting appointments are needed to finalize your wedding dress and have it ready to go for your wedding day. It is recommended you begin your wedding dress alterations eight to ten weeks before your wedding. That being said, during busy wedding seasons seamstresses can book up quickly. Therefore, schedule your first wedding dress fitting a few weeks before your eight to ten week window.

We hope these tips help you plan for your wedding dress alterations! Don’t forget to check out some of our favorite vendors both on our website and our Instagram highlights. For more wedding planning tips and inspiration, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below. Happy Planning!

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Wedding Vendor Feature: MBD Wedding Photography

Wedding Vendor Feature: MBD Wedding Photography

MBD Wedding Photography

Photo: MBD Wedding Photography, Venue: The Armour House

If there’s one wedding vendor you want to get right on your wedding day it’s your wedding photographer. Choosing an experienced photographer is key to cherishing your wedding moments for years to come. Because there are so many wedding photographers in the Chicagoland area, we’d like to feature one amazing one. We would like to introduce you to MBD Wedding Photography to learn why we think they are fantastic wedding photographers.

1.) How would you describe MBD Wedding Photography & photographers?

Our photographers can be described as Artistic/Creative Photojournalists. The goal is to capture your wedding day in a style that allows you to relive specific memories for years. If your children look at your photos years from now, you can piece together the memories from your ceremony all the way until your first dance. The smallest details, the funniest moments, those tears of joy, and those unexpected surprises on the dance floor will all come rushing back when viewing your photos.

Having been a wedding industry leader for over 25 years before offering photography services, Music By Design has built long lasting relationships with award winning Chicago area photographers. After the word spread that Music By Design started MBD Photography and began offering photography services, those same photographers reached out to us looking for an opportunity. This situation gave us the luxury of choosing some of the best photographers in the country. Our photography staff is composed of the industry’s best and we are proud to be affiliated with such amazing artists.

2.) What recommendations do you have for couples booking their wedding photographer?

It is important to choose a company that offers the complete package. Amazing in-office customer service and award winning photography. Be sure to communicate your expectations and be wary of a company that says yes to everything. It is important your company offers an honest and open level of customer service to create a refreshing experience, giving you piece-of-mind during the booking process and beyond. At MBD Photography, if you are looking for something we do not provide, we will be honest with you. It is important to us to cultivate a relationship with each couple we work with, and that relationship is built on trust. Our goal is to fulfill and exceed your vision for your wedding photos and we believe great communication is how we achieve that. MBD Photography embodies the same dependable philosophies that made Music By Design a leader in the wedding industry.

3.) What photography packages does MBD Wedding Photography have?

As today’s couples are more budget conscious, the standard 12 hour wedding package is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Therefore, we offer 10 hours of wedding photography. That is enough time to cover from Noon to 10pm and capture your entire wedding day. In addition, to honor customer demands, based on our market research, our pricing structure is very simple and straight forward. All prices and options are listed on our website ‘MBD Photography   , but always be sure to ask if we are offering and discounts or promotions.

Your wedding package includes your professional photographer, online planning system, digital hi-res images with print rights, online gallery for sharing and viewing images, and digital downloads.  You can choose between one or two photographers. A second photographer results in more view points and angles of your ceremony and reception. More information on our wedding packages can be found on our MBD Wedding Photography wedding information page on our website.

We also offer engagement sessions, which is a great way to get to know your photographer even more before your wedding day. You and your photographer will discuss location and details for your engagement shoot. We are also happy to offer tips and suggestions on everything from what to wear for your engagement shoot to beautiful locations that photograph well. If you are in need of suggestions, don’t be afraid to ask. You can find more information on engagement and event packages at the MBD Photography Event Options page on our website.

4.) What makes MBD Wedding Photography different than other wedding photographers?

After being the industry for years and seeing all types of photographers, we differentiated ourselves by only hiring the absolute best Chicago has to offer. We understand that is a simple answer, but that is what truly makes us one of the best in the country. In addition, we take care of our team. We value our photographers’ skills and expertise, so they enjoy working for us. When people feel valued and love what they do it definitely shows in their work and, therefore, your wedding photos!

5.) Do you have any favorite fellow wedding vendors you love working with?

Our favorite vendors include our sister companies: Music By Design and Photo Booth By Design. Regarding venues, here are some of our favorites in no particular order. We love these venues because the staff is amazing and the venues are beautiful! And…let’s not forget the amazing food – delicious!

Riverside Receptions
Emerson Creek Events
Fisherman’s Inn
Heritage Prairie Farm
Hotel Baker
Herrington Inn & Spa
The Armour House

6.) Tips for couples who are organizing their wedding photography timeline?

When organizing your wedding timeline, look no further than Chicago Wedding Blog, of course. Quick Tips: keep your timeline simple and trust your vendors to ‘make it happen’. For example, a great wedding DJ will control the flow of your wedding in coordination with all your vendors – including your banquet captain. This will allow you to enjoy your family and friends without having to stress about what is happening and when. Your experienced DJ, such as Music By Design, will take care of the rest.




Thank you to MBD Wedding Photography for providing this information and beautiful photos to accompany it. For more information on MBD Wedding Photography, be sure to check out their website. We hope we’ve helped you find your perfect engagement/wedding photographer! For more wedding planning advice and information check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below. Happy Planning!

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How To Help The Bride

How To Help The Bride

Are you a bridesmaid, friend, or family member wondering how to help the bride? That’s very thoughtful of you. That being said, there is a right and wrong way to offer your help to a bride. We will help you navigate the do’s and don’ts of how to help the bride with her wedding planning.

Do’s:

Help her assemble wedding items.

Especially the week of the wedding, a brides to-do list is massive. Help the bride by offering to do tasks she doesn’t need to be present for such as putting together welcome bags. If the bride is putting together her own centerpieces another great way to help is to put them together for her. The more tasks you can take off a bride’s to-do list, the less overwhelmed she’ll be.

Treat her to coffee and/or food.

It’s easy for a bride to get exhausted from wedding planning and organizing as the wedding day approaches. Coffee is a great way to show the bride you care and to help her get her tasks done. The day of the wedding it is very important the bride remembers to eat. Help her out by offering to bring her favorite breakfast so she feels ready for her wedding weekend.

Simply ask, “What can I do to help you?”

Sometimes brides have everything under control, however it’s always helpful to know there are extra sets of hands to help. Some bride’s feel awkward asking for help as they don’t want to bother anyone. Because of this, it makes it easier for them to get their tasks done without having to worry about inconveniencing anyone.

Don’ts:

Ask the bride questions you can easily google yourself.

We’ve established brides have endless tasks as their wedding day approaches. Forget the address to the reception? Phone a friend. Don’t remember what time the ceremony starts? Ask around. Brides have enough ducks to keep in a row without having to answer unnecessary questions.

Give too many opinions when helping the bride.

Brides have dreamed of and planned for their wedding day. If they want the centerpieces off-centered, great! If they want chairs to be stacked upside down, you got it! The name of the game is if you offer help, you’re helping the bride fulfill her vision, not your own.

Offer to help, but then don’t help.

Often wedding tasks have to be done in a timely manner due to a busy schedule. It’s important to not distract from the task at hand. If the bride has asked you to help make sure you’re being productive as opposed to socializing. You always have the option to politely decline if you don’t want to help. Better to say no than add more stress to the bride.



Are you a bride to be? What are ways you would like your loved ones to help, or not help, you? Tell us in the comments below! For more wedding planning inspiration and advice, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below.

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Mother and Father Of The Bride Gift Ideas

Mother and Father Of The Bride Gift Ideas

There are many people to thank when planning your wedding. Often, no people should be thanked more than the mother and father of the bride. Special gifts are often given to the bridal party, but you do not want to forget the two people who likely will be your best wedding planning helpers, your parents. Here are some thoughtful mother and father of the bride gift ideas.

A Handmade Photo Album Or Scrapbook

So many sentimental moments through the years culminate for your parents on your wedding day. What better way to show them you love and appreciate them than with a personalized photo album or scrapbook of photos of you together through the years? If simple is easier for you, You can use a blank photo album. In contrast, for a little more detail you could also get a wood carved album or scrapbook.  Parents will love the thoughtful gift and it’s a great idea that won’t break the bank.

Gift Certificate To The Mother & Father Of The Bride’s Favorite Restaurant

The mother and father of the bride are traditionally the hosts of the wedding, therefore lots of energy goes into both wedding planning and the wedding weekend. Because of this, a restaurant gift card is a great way to treat your parents to dinner out after a busy weekend. It’s always a relief to not have to cook dinner after a busy event.

A Handwritten Note

Is there something you’ve always wanted to say to your parents but never have? This is a great way to include them “thank you for everything” you’ve always wanted to say, or even just an, “I love you.” A handwritten note as opposed to a typed note makes it that much more special. You can even write it on pretty stationary that your parents can turn into wall décor in their home. Additionally, you could simply write a sweet thank you note to show your appreciate to them.

Keepsake Jewelry Or Handkerchief

We’ve all seen this idea all over Pinterest, but that’s because it’s a great idea! Practical gifts are always a great idea. A piece of wedding jewelry is something your mom can always wear and remember your special bond. It’s a great option if you’re looking for something that will last a lifetime. An embroidered handkerchief is a perfect gift for the bittersweet tears of their child’s wedding day. It’s practical, but it can also be a special memento to think of you. In contrast, if using the handkerchief isn’t for them, you could have a special messaged embroidered onto it and frame it for them.



As you choose for the mother and father of the bride gift remember the most important factor is meaning. The cost of the gift should not be the focus. The most special gifts are the ones that mean the most to the receiver. These thoughtful mother and father of the bride gifts are sure to bring a tear to any parents’ eye. Happy Planning! For more wedding planning inspiration, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below.

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Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements

Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements

When planning your guest list, you can get creative with your wedding ceremony seating arrangements so your guests can see your special day! Especially if you are having an outdoor ceremony there are many options to choose from. That being said, not every wedding seating arrangement works for every size guest list or wedding venue. To help you decide, here are some creative wedding ceremony seating arrangements to get you thinking.

Curved Seating

If you are having a more traditional wedding but want to slightly change it up, curved seating is a great option. You can still have the traditional long wedding aisle to walk down. Your guests will love there is no bad seat in the house because of the varying of row lengths, which creates a less obstructed view. It’s also a great way to make the most use of your ceremony space if it is more wide than it is deep.

Circular Seating

Circular seating arrangements are great for more intimate weddings. Your wedding guests will be up close and personal surrounding you 360 degrees. If you enjoy having your own space, this might not be the ceremony seating option for you. However, if you don’t mind the intimacy, it is a beautiful way to surround yourselves with your loved ones on your wedding day.

Spiral Seating

If you’re going for a unique ceremony, spiral seating is a great option for you. Similar to curved seating there are no bad seats. Spiral seating works well for small or larger weddings due to it’s unique and seemingly endless shape. If you have been looking forward to walking down a long aisle, but didn’t want a traditional wedding, a spiral ceremony seating arrangement provides a long aisle with a fun twist.

Traditional Row Seating

Sometimes classic is classic for a reason. Traditional row seating works with any sized wedding ceremony and venue. If you are overwhelmed with details, row seating is the simple wedding seating arrangement you need. Guests often expect this seating arrangement for wedding ceremonies because of its traditional and common use.

Happy Planning! We hope these wedding ceremony seating ideas will help get your wedding ceremony planning started! For more wedding planning advice and inspiration check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below.

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Plan A Newlywed Mini-Moon

Plan A Newlywed Mini-Moon

Are you an engaged couple with a busy work schedule or a small budget? You do not have to skip your honeymoon! The recent trend of a shorter honeymoon, also known as a mini-moon, is giving engaged couples more options! You do not have to lose out on your newlywed blissful vacation, plan a newlywed mini-moon instead! We have all you need to keep in mind to plan your perfect mini-moon.

What Is A Mini-Moon

A mini-moon is a shorter vacation in place of a honeymoon. Honeymoons are considered to last a longer length of time, such as a week or more. In contrast, a mini moon can be as short as a long weekend away or as long as four or five days on vacation. Because of the less time spent away, it’s been an increasingly popular option for couples on a tight budget as well as couples with busy work schedules or children.

Logistics Of A Mini-Moon

Because there is less of a money or time commitment mini-moons are usually based in the country a couple lives in. Flying to and from the mini-moon or driving to a closer spot make the mini-moon a possibility. Keep in mind the less time spent travelling, the more time spent relaxing on a beach or exploring your vacation spot. Though the travel time may put a limit on how far you can travel, there are plenty of hidden gem locations, or short trips, perfect for a mini-moon. Narrow vacation spots down by setting a travelling time limit.

Types Of Mini-Moons

Once you’ve set your travelling time limit, you can choose the location of your newlywed escape. One factor to keep in mind while choosing a location is whether you want to have post-wedding relaxation or exploration. If you are looking for a laying by the pool, or beach, vacation you’ll want to locate the closest vacation option poolside or beachside. If you are looking to have an adventurous, exploring mini-moon you’ll want to remember your travel time could cut into that. Consequently, for an exploring mini-moon you may choose to travel closer to have more time to explore your mini-moon destination.


Are you considering a mini-moon? Why or why not? We would love to hear from you in the comments below. For more wedding planning inspiration and advice check out the Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!