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Wedding Day Tips

Wedding Day Tips

Until you’ve planned a wedding, there are many details you wouldn’t think of. We can help you avoid letting any important details slide through the cracks. Here are some great wedding day tips so your wedding day flows smoothly.

Make sure the bridal party eats.

Your wedding day will be a long day. There is a reason doctors recommend a minimum of three meals a day. You don’t want to be exhausted by the time you and your bridal party arrive at your wedding reception. Plan meals in advance so everyone has food and time to eat.

Food To Have

For your wedding day it’s important to focus on healthy foods that will not make you feel stuffed. Arrange to have light, but substantial, mess-free foods and drinks; especially once you’re dressed. Some great wedding day food and snack options are grilled chicken, sandwiches (be careful with condiments), raw cut vegetables (be careful with dip), protein bars, crackers & cheese, popcorn, and apples. Additionally, it’s very important you remember to drink water!

Food Not To Have

Keep in mind not just your stomach, but also protecting your makeup and attire. Spaghetti sauce or fried, oily food are not your friend on your wedding day. Similarly, don’t forget to also avoid strong flavors. You don’t want to spend the rest of the day tasting, or worse smelling like, garlic or raw onion.

Stay on schedule.

Organize

Before your wedding day, it’s important your bridal party knows the layout of the day, locations, & times of specific parts. The more clear you are to your bridal party about where to be and when the less mishaps will happen. You can also ensure everyone has the schedule by making an online document your bridal party can easily pull up on their phone to reference.

Prepare

Double check times with your wedding venue the week of the wedding. Don’t assume they have the correct times. Mistakes happen, confirm in advance with your venue and wedding vendors. Don’t forget, your vendors need to eat too. While you confirm times with the venue also confirm meals are designated for your vendors. Speaking of your vendors, have a point person to pay any remaining balances or tips to the vendors and/or wait staff on the day of your wedding. You don’t need the stress of trying to find your checkbook or cash on the day of your wedding.

Things for later

The planning does not end once your wedding reception is over. If you are going on a honeymoon there are still some aspects to plan before you ride off into the sunset. Some couples prefer to have a few days between their wedding and leaving for their honeymoon. If you want to spend more time with family or out of town guests that is a great option. Alternatively, if you want to leave for your honeymoon the day after your wedding you’ll need to be prepared before your wedding day.

Packing

Make sure you have clothes both for travelling and your honeymoon. Ensure you’re not the overwhelmed newlyweds who forget underwear or socks to go on their honeymoon. It can’t be emphasized enough how important it is to plan ahead.

Logistics

If you are leaving for your honeymoon immediately, you’ll want to have a trusted friend or family member keep your wedding attire and gifts safe. Once you’ve solidified who that will be, you need to arranged transportation to the airport. If you’re using limo or car service it’s very important to book this reservation far in advance. If you’re using a family friend or family member, make sure they know when your flights are and when you have to leave so you are not late for your honeymoon.

Honeymoon Packing Tips

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We hope you’ll feel confident and organized from these tips as you prepare for your wedding day. For more wedding planning tips and advice check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below. Don’t forget to share with your engaged friends! Happy planning!

Day After Brunch

Day After Wedding Events

Day After Wedding Events

You’re married, you danced the night away, now what? Many couples want to extend the festivities for one last celebration after the wedding. This is a great way to spend more quality time with people you missed in the whirlwind of your wedding day. Here are a few day after wedding events to tie up your wedding weekend with a bow!

Day After Wedding Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? A great after wedding event option is a nice brunch for your bridal party and/or immediate family. If you have a little white dress, this is the perfect time to wear it. The nice thing about an after wedding brunch, instead of breakfast, is you’ll have time to sleep off your wedding day festivities. Many couples love the small guest list of an intimate brunch to decompress from their wedding day and spend time with their loved ones.

Informal Barbecue

If you’re done with the formality of your wedding day and are ready to be comfy, this is a great option! This event location is also the most budget friendly. You can reserve an inexpensive park pavilion, or simply use someone’s back yard. You can even have guests bring anything from buns to burgers to make it a potluck. This is a great option if you have a larger bridal party or number of people you’d like to invite.

Pizza Night

Another easy, informal option is to have people over to the hotel, or someone’s house, and order pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? if you have a pizza night it is stress-free because it requires very little preparation. Just get some paper plates and soda, then order pizza. If you’re stressed about preparing for your honeymoon, but still want to see everyone before you leave, this is a quick and easy way to accomplish that.

Pool Day

A pool day is great option if you just need to relax. Give your bridal party the time block you’ll be there and everyone can come and go as they please. The week of your wedding can be very stressful; so lay by the pool with your friends and enjoy the the perfect ending to a stressful week. If you feel fancy, you could even set up a mimosa bar with some hors d’oeuvres. Sit back, relax and enjoy the pool with a drink in hand in with your loved ones.

As your wedding day approaches, we hope these ideas will help you decide how to end your wedding weekend with a fun event! These options can be easily tailored to your group and preferences. For more wedding planning inspiration and advice, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy planning!

Wedding Day Tissues

Wedding Day Essentials

Wedding Day Essentials

With so many things to do planning for your wedding day it can be easy to forget some personal essentials. These small things will make your wedding day a lot more comfortable. Even better, you could prevent any mishaps before they happen! We put together a wedding day essentials checklist so you can enjoy your day; regardless of any hiccups.

1.) Blister Band-Aids

While wedding shoes are so pretty, they can be painful by the end of the night. It’s important to wear in your wedding day shoes weeks before the wedding day, but if you forgot; we’ve got you covered. Blister Band-Aids are thicker than normal Band Aids. These essentials are perfect for any location on your aching feet, or even if your dress is rubbing in an uncomfortable place.

2.) Tissues, Tissues, & Extra Tissues

Trust us! On your wedding day, you can never have enough tissues! From blotting wedding day makeup, to catching tears, you’ll want to have plenty stocked. Great hiding places are in flowers, on chairs, and in table centerpieces just incase.

3.) A Bottle Of Pain Reliever

No one wants to spend their wedding day with the unexpected headache or cramps. Make sure you have your pain reliever bottle of choice nearby just incase. It’s great incase anyone happens to have a hangover as well. You can never be too prepared.

4.) Period Products

It’s a fact of life. Sometimes we get surprised. Don’t be surprised on your wedding day wearing a white dress! Also, be the real MVP if any of your bridesmaids or guests are in need too. Let’s be real, it’s happened at at least one wedding we’ve been to.

5.) Mints, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouthwash

Everyone loves flavorful food, but maybe not so great for kissing and photos. Make sure your delicious coffee doesn’t show on your teeth during pictures. Have multiple options, you’ll be glad you did when you have fresh breath and a gleaming white smile in your wedding photos. This is great tip for the groom and whole bridal party too.

6.) Heartburn Medication/Antacids

There’s nothing worse than a queasy stomach or heartburn on your wedding day. Make sure you’re prepared with your perfect remedy. It’s also good to have extras on hand for any friends too. You’ll want to be able to enjoy your delicious wedding cake and food without pain.

Do you have any wedding day essentials you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments below. For more wedding planning inspiration and advice check out the other Chicago Wedding Blog Posts below. Happy Planning! 

Engaged Do's and Dont's Couple

Wedding Planning Do’s and Don’ts

Wedding Planning Do’s And Don’ts

Congratulations on your recent engagement! In the age of the internet you have endless options for wedding planning advice. That being said, before you search all over for different topics; we’ll make it simple for you. While wedding planning can be undoubtedly stressful, we can help with some wedding planning do’s and don’ts to avoid common unnecessary bumps in the road.

Do’s

1.) Get your engagement ring insured.

Could you imagine losing the most treasured, expensive piece of jewelry you’ve ever owned? You would be heartbroken, your fiance may puke. Let’s avoid that by ensuring your engagement ring is covered by an insurance policy just in case something happens to it. Better safe than sorry with such a meaningful piece of jewelry.

2.) Take time to enjoy your engagement before rushing into wedding planning.

It is so stereotypical to say this, but it’s true. “Slow down and soak this time in. It goes by so fast!” Soak in your engaged bliss by sharing the story with your loved ones. Or you could have a Zoom or in person celebration. Go on celebratory, “We’re engaged!” dates. As long as you give yourself a year to plan your wedding you are just fine. Remember you choose the date anyway, so enjoy it!

3.) Day dream and gather ideas and inspiration early.

Without putting pressure on yourself (because, remember, we are not rushing) look up different wedding colors, venues, and attire. Gather pretty ideas of inspiration so when you get planning you already have a starting point. Colors and photos of inspiration from bridal magazines or online blogs are great places to start. The options are endless, so best to narrow it down early.

Don’ts

1,) Ask for too many opinions.

This one always ends up becoming an issue for everyone. It’s great to talk about your plans with your loved ones, but remember the more opinions you open the door for, the more you will receive. Well-meaning relatives and friends often share their excitement for you by giving you wedding opinions and advice. Even then, you do not have to take that advice. Remember, it is your wedding. Trust you gut! At at the end of the day, those who matter will be so happy for you and the details will be forgotten.

2.) Plan a wedding you can’t afford.

We all love looking at dreamy online wedding photos. However, what you cannot tell by looking at the photos is the cost of that extravagant wedding. Some wedding dress photos on Pinterest, for example, will say they cost $900, when they actually costs over $3,000. Remember, don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Photos are great for inspiration, not always your budget. Even so, there are ways to achieve the same aesthetic in a budget friendly way. Websites like Oriental Trading and Amazon are great for inexpensive wedding decorations.

3.) Forget to keep your wedding day in perspective.

Your wedding day is sure to be one of the most memorable, exciting days of your lives! Nevertheless, don’t forget a wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime. Continue dating each other just as you did before you were engaged. The wedding planning process can bring ups and downs. Hold close to each other, supportive friends, and family to help you keep small inconveniences and stresses in perspective. At the end of the day, you get to marry the love of your life. And, truly, The Beatles had it right when they said, “All You Need Is Love.”

We hope these quick and easy wedding planning do’s and don’ts help you avoid wedding planning mishaps. There are so many positive experiences you have while planning your wedding. Apply these great tips and it’ll be easier to focus on the good and lessen your wedding planning stress. Happy Planning!

wedding planning self-care

Wedding Planning Self Care

Wedding Planning Self-Care

Some weddings go as planned. Other wedding planning processes have several bumps on the way. While we cannot change whether storms come your way, we can learn to handle them in a healthier way. Here are three wedding planning self-care tips.

The first self-care gift you can give yourself is perspective.

A wedding is an incredibly special event in life. That is why when things go awry, or not as planned, couples get upset. That being said, it is incredibly important to be aware that having a beautiful wedding is a privilege many people do not get to have. So when things go wrong, give yourself a moment to feel your feelings. We all have those moments.

Then, put it in perspective! There are people who do not have anyone to love them. There are people who do not have a home, or food to eat. When you put your wedding planning problems in perspective you will realize how small those things really are. We all can get stuck in our feelings. But we need to remember there is a difference between a disaster and a mild inconvenience. Remember, words are powerful. It’s like your mom told you when you were little swimming at the pool. Don’t yell, “Help!” unless you need it. The same goes for wedding planning bumps. Don’t call it a disaster if it isn’t one. It’s a psychological trick so you can calm your brain and problem solve.

The next self-care practice you can do for yourself is to take action.

Maybe one of your bridesmaids gets a new job and can’t come to your wedding. Potentially your favorite wedding photographer is unavailable. Perhaps you have to change your date. Whatever your bump in the road is; analyze your options, then take action. If a bridesmaid can’t be there, of course it’s sad. But there are no rules saying the bridal party sides have to be even. If that’s the worst thing to happen, you’re doing great! If your favorite vendor is unavailable, ask around your other vendors and friends. Someone will have a great recommendation you will be happy with.

And lastly, here’s the big one: your date has to change because of a natural disaster, act of God, or venue conflict. Think of options: Option #1- You get married at the courthouse or elope. Option #2- You get married at the courthouse and have your big wedding with everyone you want there, church and reception at a later date. Option #3- You postpone your wedding ceremony and all for a different date so you can have the day you imagined. Those are only a few ideas for options. I’m sure you can come up with many. See! Think of your actions and act! Don’t sit in the yuck! Strategize and make the next best decision one decision at at time.

Do not let wedding planning take over your life.

Take your wedding planning one task at a time. You have to protect  your sanity. The first way to do this is delegating tasks to your, eager to help, nearest and dearest. One of the useful aspects of having a bridal party is more hands to help. Your family might be willing to help too. Odds are, everyone will be happy to help you. It is humanly impossible to do it all on your own. Ask for help!

The next way to not let wedding planning take over your life is by taking breaks. We all need a mental break every time and again. You can designate one or two days a week to do your wedding planning. Designate a time limit too so you don’t get burned out.

And lastly, have some alone time with your fiance! Continuously reconnect so you both don’t forget what you are doing all this planning for. Date nights don’t have to be expensive! A little cuddling on the couch goes a long way. Above all else; it is important you keep your relationship a priority. A wedding day is one day. A marriage is a lifetime!



Did you find this tips helpful? Do you need more wedding planning tips and advice? Check out the Chicago Wedding Blog posts below!

Wedding After Party Food Truck

Wedding After Party

Wedding After Party

You’ve done it – you’re married and nothing besides Aunt May’s lost hat was catastrophic! Now you and your partner would like to continue the wedding festivities. That’s called the Wedding After Party and we’ve got some tips on how to throw the best kind!

You’ll want to scout ahead of time where you want your wedding after party.

If your venue has a hard closing time this is even more important so that you can keep the momentum going! Or perhaps you have a good family member or friend who offers their place. That’s even better since you could decorate and stock their fridge way ahead of time and you’ll know it’s open. However, you can also think about reserving a theater, bar or conference room at a hotel. You can also take into account locations: are you near a beach or live music venue? Have a bonfire or jam to a live band!

For the after party decorations no one is expecting over the top grand, but you can think of a few signature decorations.

We love the idea of using your honeymoon as the theme of the after party! Are you going someplace tropical? Then why not go to a tiki bar and hand out leis. This does require some set up beforehand so if that’s not an option explore venues that are themed.

Now comes the most important part of a wedding after party, the food!

You’ll want to be sure guests get a great bite to eat before more dancing or running around town. A food truck is a brilliant idea that can pull right up to wherever you want. Think tacos, sundaes and pizza trucks. If your after party is going to go until sun-up we suggest a breakfast. You can end up at a food truck or nice breakfast place.

When even the after party is winding down we love being thoughtful to the family and friends who have stuck with you this long.

Why not assemble a little hangover kit or next day rest spa basket? Just a few things like Alka-Seltzer, aspirin, sunglasses, bottle of water and a pack of gum for the hangover kit or scented soap, lotion, hand sanitizer and candle for the spa basket. You can have these final gifts as guests arrive at the beginning of your reception or hand them out at the after party. We love the idea of celebrating your wedding all night with those closest to you!

For more helpful wedding planning tips and inspiration, check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below! Happy Planning!

Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas

The world is pretty stressful right now, but do not despair! We’ve got some great creative wedding ideas for you as you’re stuck inside and still wanting to plan. You will have your big day and if you’re looking for some “out of the box” ideas we’ve got you covered.

First, we have an idea for the artsy couples.

Let art literally inspire you and be part of your wedding! We are seeing brides use famous art pieces or inventing their own logos on invitations and décor. We also love the idea of having a reception at an art gallery. What  wedding venue is more chic and trendy than an art museum? Your guests will have extra entertainment looking at your favorite pieces and it’s a great conversation starter.

Second, if you’re a couple who is all about your guest list, then we suggest the “themed guest experience”.

A small wedding party tends to love this option since you can do more. Think creatively from hiring performers like belly dancers, magicians or even animal acts. It’s all about the guest experience for this idea. You can surprise your guests with a night out in the city or have costumes to change into.

Thirdly, if you’re a bride who doesn’t want to wear white, then this creative idea is for you!

Wear a bold color. No one is making you wear a white wedding dress. So, if you’d rather look at other hues like gold, rose, black or lavender. The color wheel is your friend and you can rock any color you want. We love the idea of wearing a color that matches your theme like black for a more Gothic ceremony.

No matter what creative idea you come up with you can make your big day a night to remember! For more wedding planning tips and advice check out the blog posts below! Happy planning!

Cons Of A First Look

The Pros And Cons Of Doing A First Look

The Pros And Cons Of Doing A First Look

The last few years a new trend called a, “first look,” has become more common. A first look is a moment, before walking down the aisle, where the engaged couple, or selective family members, see each other. Often, only the couple and a photographer are there. While other couples choose not to do a first look to keep the emotion of walking down the aisle. Are you undecided about doing a first look? Here are the pros and cons of doing a first look.

The Pros Of Doing A First Look:

1.) If you are shy, you can have a more private moment.

Some people do not like people looking at them when they are emotional. If this sounds like you, a first look will make you feel more comfortable. You can get your emotions out and calm your nerves by seeing your fiance, or family member before doing it in front of your family and friends.

2.) You can have photos documenting only the reaction of your fiance or beloved family member.

Often there are a lot of people who attend your wedding. If you do a first look it is an easy way to choose whose reaction you will definitely document.  Then you can start your wedding day knowing you have beautiful photographic memories of the first time you and your fiance, or family member, saw each other on your wedding day.

3.) You want to spend more time mingling and less time taking photos after the ceremony.

A practical reason to have a first look is to save time. If you get some of your couple, bridal party, or family photos done before the wedding you give yourself more time to have fun later. Often there is down time before the wedding ceremony you can use to allot for photos. Then, you can spend your entire cocktail hour enjoying with your guests.

The Cons Of Doing A First Look

1.) You won’t have the traditional “coming down the aisle” reaction.

If you love the moment where the engaged couple see each other coming down the aisle for the first time, don’t do a first look. Some couples love the idea of walking down the aisle and seeing their fiance as a bride or groom during the ceremony for the first time. Think about whether you want to embrace the tradition of surprise not knowing what your fiance looks like coming down the aisle, or do that before the ceremony.

2.) You want time to relax before the ceremony.

Your wedding day is a busy day. If you plan on being stressed the day of your wedding, maybe don’t do a first look. Doing this will build extra time before your wedding ceremony for you to relax, breathe, and think about your day ahead. No need to cram things into your schedule before the ceremony. Another great way to use this time is to drink water and eat! It’s easy to forget that on your wedding day.

3.) You might not have as much raw emotion during your wedding ceremony.

Some people would be emotional regardless of whether they did a first look before the ceremony. But, if you are looking forward to the photos of the overwhelming love you feel for each other during the ceremony; maybe don’t do a first look to save it for the ceremony. Everyone is different, so think of your priorities and personalities.




Did you do a first look? Are you not doing a first look? Do you recommend or discourage a first look? Why? Comment below! For more wedding planning tips and advice check out the recommended blog posts below.

Arcade Bachelor Party Ideas

Bachelor Party Ideas

Bachelor Party Ideas

It’s 2020, gents. There are better ways to celebrate your upcoming wedding day. Either in movies or real life, we’ve seen the cringe-worthy proverbial bachelor parties where men go to a strip club; despite the fact they’re soon to be married. If you are looking for a fun, yet relationship affirming bachelor party; here are some great ideas you won’t regreat.

Challenge Your Friend Group To An Endurance Test

Have you ever heard of a “Tough Mudder?” The Tough Mudder will test your group’s endurance by putting you through a ten mile long obstacle course! What better way to get healthy before you begin your married life than an obstacle course challenge with your best friends? A little healthy competition is always fun. It will create memories sure to last for a long time.

Go On A Staycation

You can all stay home, but plan a weekend together. Go to your favorite: restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, or arcades. You don’t have to go far away on a vacation. Spend a weekend celebrating your friendship by going to all your favorite places and simply having fun. You know what you have fun doing, so keep it simple and go do that.

Try Something New

Never tried Zumba before? Take your groomsmen to do that! Never played golf before? Go find a golf course! How about a painting class? Or if you’re feeling brave, a ballet class. The most hilarious times with our friends often come from new situations. Whether you’re incredibly uncoordinated or a professional-grade athlete; this idea will be fun for everyone. Just don’t forget your sense of humor.

Enjoy The Great Outdoors

A less expensive option for a bachelor party is camping. The stay is free as long as someone already has a tent. All you’d have to provide is the food for you to grill up. You could also pay to do extras such as canoeing, kayaking, or tubing. You can easily tailor this one to your wedding budget. Who doesn’t love a night under the stars with a bonfire?

We hope these bachelor party suggestions gave you some unique ideas. No matter what bachelor party you choose, it is sure to create memories for you to laugh about for years. For more inspiration and wedding planning tips & tricks check out the blog posts below!

No Makeup Wedding

No Makeup Wedding

No Make Up Wedding

Have you ever thought about having a no makeup wedding? To most brides, this is a terrifying thought. We have tips on how to achieve a natural look if you can’t bear the thought of going completely without! Especially if your wedding day is in the summer and don’t want all that product dripping down your face – even if all those products say they are sweat proof.

The first step to a no-makeup wedding look is glowy skin.

Find a great exfoliator to rub those dead skin cells away. Then, instead of a foundation you can try a BB, CC or tinted moisturizer cream. A lot of BB creams or tinted moisturizers come with SPF in them. You can’t go wrong with protecting that glowing skin!
Another way to avoid foundation is to just use a concealer for those trouble spots. We love concealers with a wand so you can be sure to get the foundation exactly where you want it. Use a sponge to blend into your skin and you’ll have that flawless, dewy skin look without a lot of foundation!

Next step to getting the no-makeup look is to make sure your eyelashes are wide open.

Use a thick mascara to get those lashes to pop and curl up! Along with lashes are brows. If you’ve got naturally shaped and thick brows congrats! But for those who have some thin spots we recommend just filling them in with a brow gel to get a more consistent look for wedding pictures.

The final touches we love are using a highlighter on your skin.

When you use highlighter it helps make you appear natural in your wedding photos and look like “you woke up like this”. The facial part that brings it all together is lips. We find that even a simple tinted lip balm gives you a soft, weightless look.

See! You don’t need a lot of makeup to get that smooth, glowing skin look. If you’re a bride who doesn’t want a glam squad on the big day than these steps are easy to do! Best wishes on planning your wedding! We hope you find more inspiration and tips from the blog posts below!