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A Sustainable Wedding

A Sustainable Wedding

More and more couples are becoming aware of how their big celebration will impact the earth. This year we will see an in increase in sustainable weddings. While it’s perfectly alright to want a big celebration; it’s also great to keep in mind everything that goes into it. From the caterers to florists, there a lot of waste that goes on with weddings. We have a list of things to consider if you’re going to have a sustainable wedding.

Choose your wedding venue wisely.

A destination wedding means a lot more carbon footprint from airplanes or car rides. Think about who you want to invite and perhaps pick a location that’s not too far for everyone to reduce the amount of travel involved. We’re all about getting married wherever you want, but if you’re thinking of the sustainability, keep travel costs/emissions in mind.

Ask your venues what their processes are for waste.

You have every right to ask potential venues about their green initiatives. How do they dispose of waste? Where do you source your food – is it local? What is your plastic policy? What kind of cleaning products do you use?

Find an eco-friendly caterer.

In this day it shouldn’t be too hard to find a caterer or venue that will be able to create a “green” menu. Ideally they will source local, organic produce and ethically produced ingredients. A vegan or vegetarian menu would also the environmental impact but we’re realistic and if that’s too much perhaps try at least half the menu be vegetarian. Getting your alcohol from local distilleries is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

Limit stationary.

You can completely side-step this by going digital and only do email wedding invites, but we love just one statement wedding announcement piece. You can ask that it be printed on recycled paper. It’s also worth trying to get the printer to add extra signage like seating arrangements and directions/schedule to save paper.

No matter how you celebrate your big day it’s possible to have a sustainable wedding! You will not only feel great surrounded by your closest friends and family, but also love knowing you’re helping sustain the environment for future generations.

Spring Blue Table Inspiration

Blue Spring Wedding Inspiration

Blue Spring Wedding Inspiration

One way to get out of the winter wedding planning blues is to look forward to spring. You have heard of the proverbial something blue, but this blue spring wedding inspiration goes further. Here is some unique blue spring wedding inspiration that will get you spring wedding ready!

Blue Marbled Trends

You can incorporate this design to save the dates, invitations, wedding cake, or flowers. A marbled design brings together multiple hues of blue. For the more indecisive couples, you don’t have to choose choose one shade of blue if you go with this marbled trend!

Fifty Shades Of Gray/Blue

A pretty way to soften a blue color scheme is to add grays, whites, and different shades of blue. We recommend you choose a few areas to add strong color. Then, you can balance the more pungent colors with soft grays and whites. The easiest way to do this is with the bridal party or flowers. Men can wear any blue, gray, or black color to coordinate.

Light Blue Spring Bridesmaids Dresses

One trend we love for 2020/2021 spring weddings is a return to light blue bridesmaids dresses. A soft blue says spring without being too overdone. Your bridesmaids love that many shades of light blue are flattering on all skin tones. We all look forward to lighter hues of spring clothes after a long midwest winter. Don’t you?

Blue Spring Wedding Decor

We love dramatic tablescapes with mixed textures and shapes. This past year hanging canopies of glass baubles and flowers have been popular. You can use different shades of blue fabric as a table runner. There are plenty of light blue glass ornaments that can add a whimsical touch to your wedding. Another trend for this year is velvet. You could tie blue velvet ribbon to a lantern, or centerpiece. Keep in mind it is important your guests can see each other to speak across the table. Avoid going too big or tall with centerpieces. Sometimes the simpler the better.

Are you having a blue spring wedding? We would love to share your photos! If you would like to share, please e-mail us (at hello@chicagoweddingblog.com) your photos with vendors credited. In the meantime, share this post with your engaged friends to inspire them! Happy wedding planning!

White wedding

Return To A Classic Wedding

Return To A Classic Wedding

For 2019 we are going to see a return to classic wedding! We’ve seen so many rustic and bohemian themed weddings that it’s a breath of fresh air to return to classic elegance. What should you keep in mind for a classic wedding? We can help.

First, the color white.

Weddings are usually symbolic of the white (in various shades), but a classic wedding keeps white flowers. If you want a pop of color stick to greenery. The classic wedding is clean and elegant. Choose clean and classic  flower arrangements, and avoid a floral crown. It’s best left to the flower girls.
A simple décor with white flowers is classic. Too much decoration is distracting for your guests. This will create stunning photos with clear crystal chandeliers or sleek draping.

Second, you’ll want to wear a more traditional dress with a long veil.

A classic style also utilizes long sleeves on the wedding dress. There are several styles right now that are stunning, even a little Victorian. Keep the accessories minimal. You want be the center of attention and not your baubles. Your groom and the groomsmen should also keep things simple with dark suits or tuxes. The boutonniere’s should be simple florals as well.

Third, the wedding cake will complete your classic wedding.

A multi-tier white cake with tasteful décor and topper are perfect for the return to classic. The flavors inside can be where you get adventurous and bold!

The classic wedding also pays homage to tradition. You can re-create an old wedding photo of your parents’ day. Think clean lines, elegant refinement and a neutral color palette for your classic wedding!



Are you going to have a classic wedding? Did you apply this classic wedding style to your wedding? E-Mail us your photos with credited vendors to hello@chicagoweddingblog.com

Circus Wedding

Wedding Themes

Wedding Themes

If you’re a bride who wants a traditional white wedding, no need to stress on your wedding theme. An ongoing trend, however, is to have a wedding theme. It’s often easier to plan a wedding if you have a central, unifying idea. So, if you don’t know which wedding themes to choose from; we’ve got some unique ideas!

Vintage theme like Ancient Greece:

This wedding theme will give you all the fun of gold filigree, huge centerpieces and dainty arm cuffs. You can go simple or elaborate with this theme. Think candelabras, white sheer materials, big flowers in the wedding bouquets and fountains! Vintage theme can also transfer to any period of time like the eighteen hundreds too.

Mid Century Modern theme:

This wedding theme is retro! You can go very minimal with a few cogs and gears or add in a lot of greenery for a garden feel. If you want to choose a unique wedding theme with many options, a Mid Century Modern theme may be a great choice! You could apply this theme to the decor, cake, your attire, flowers, or even colors! The skies are the limit with this wedding theme!

Circus theme:

What’s more fun than a circus? With the bright colors and bold patterns, this theme is sure to catch everyone’s eye. You can have a lot of fun with this one and have stilt walkers or jugglers at your reception. A circus theme is also a great choice for a kid friendly wedding. You can even go high-class vintage circus with long gowns and tophats!

No matter what theme you choose from be sure it reflects you and your partner! You can even combine a few themes if you both want different things. Enjoy choosing your wedding theme! For more advice and wedding planning inspiration check out the blog posts below!

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A Tasteful Halloween Wedding

A Tasteful Halloween Wedding

Perhaps you’re planning a fall wedding and want to not only embrace the season, but also Halloween theme! You may be afraid such a spooky, dark theme is too over the top. Because of this, we have great ideas to keep the haunted spirit without exactly saying it’s entirely a Halloween themed wedding.

For starters:

Not all Halloween themed weddings have to be tacky with fake blood and zombies. We love the idea of a masquerade ala the Italian Renaissance or any Victorian era! You can have the ambience of decadent, sophisticated and elegant, with a touch of spookiness.

Halloween Wedding Venue:

The venue can certainly pull of a Halloween themed wedding, more than simply decorating with pumpkin and colorful leaves! We love the idea of a mansion for the reception or a Gothic looking church for the ceremony. When the venue is gorgeous it can double for amazing pictures too! If you want a more overt spooky tone, have your reception at a haunted location. A great example is The Stanley Hotel in Colorado was where Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining. A lot of local historical buildings have their own ghost lore you can capitalize on as well.

Halloween Wedding Decorations:

In tune with venue are the decorations for your wedding. We love huge chandeliers and long drapes. You can also arrange bare branches if the venue has a fireplace all the better for throwing shadows and light. Candles dripping wax are a nice touch. You can also use decorated skulls (picture Dia de los Muertos) on the tables as centerpieces with your wedding theme slogan “until death do us part.” This gives it a fun, slightly macabre feel that your guests will enjoy!

These are just some ways you can throw a tasteful Halloween themed wedding. We love the autumn wedding season because there’s so much variety in how you can show off your big day! For more fall wedding inspiration check out the recommended blog posts below!

Texture Wedding Initation

Add Texture To Your Wedding

Add Texture To Your Wedding Day

This week we’re talking about how to add texture to your wedding. What does that mean? Texture entails layering different shapes, patterns, & materials together. Not only does adding texture add beauty to your wedding day, it also adds a personal touch to your decor. You can add texture to your wedding day in many different aspects!

First, we look at your wedding invitations.

Adding texture to your wedding invitations gives it a more personal vibe. Are you going for trendy? Add metallic lettering or copper foil for that extra edge. Do you want it to be more romantic? You could use a deckle edge or lace on the invite. Add cloth or ribbon to your stationery to tie into the fabrics or ribbons you are using in your wedding. Add twine around your invitation 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.

Another way to add dimension to your wedding is your wedding guests’ tablescapes!

We love gauzy, romantic runners and bursting floral wedding decor. You can have a wide range of texture experiments with your wedding tablescapes. Keep in mind, big floral designs can overshadow some of the smaller textures. Because of this, we recommend you just pick three colors or materials. Choose from metal accents, wood details, flowers, runners, paper and fabric to create your unique tablescape. 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.

The most obvious way to add shape and materials to your wedding day is your bouquets.

Nowadays the more texture, the better when it comes to your wedding flowers! The endless options of greenery, succulents, & flowers make it easy to add texture to this aspect of your wedding. If you’d like to follow the velvet trend of this year, you could even wrap the stems of your bouquets in a soft velvet.

Another way to add dimension and personal touches to your wedding day is varying the styles of your bridesmaids dresses.

Having your bridesmaids wear various dress styles adds dimension to your wedding photos and day. When your bridesmaids dresses are carefully coordinated to be different, yet cohesive you can rest assured you will not have a mismatched wedding. This will look beautiful visually and make your bridesmaids happier by because they can choose a personal style they feel comfortable in.

For more wedding planning and wedding advice, check out the blog posts from Chicago Wedding Blog below. Did you add texture to your wedding decor? We would love to see! E-mail your photos, with credited vendors, to be one of our “Featured Weddings” to hello@chicagoweddingblog.com.

Geometric Wedding Decor Ideas

Geometric Wedding Decor Ideas

Geometric Wedding Decor Ideas

This wonderful infographic created by ProFlowers represents a modern trend that has graced many weddings in the Chicagoland area. Geometric decor is classy and versatile enough to use in your wedding decor. You can hang a few geometric pieces to accent your venue or include large geometric installments in different areas of your reception. You can customize geometric centerpieces with large blooms, air plants and an array of fresh elements. Petals and pastel flowers are perfect for adding a soft look to a metallic-colored themed wedding.

Take a look at the images below for geometric wedding decor ideas.

Geometric Wedding Decor Ideas

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

It’s never too late to start planning your wedding! We explore some of the color themes you should think about for next Spring.

  1. Dusty rose and Green. We love this color palette because it’s feminine enough if you don’t want pink. Rose can come in several shades from a romantic light to a dramatic, almost plum shade. You can dress these colors up or down. If you want a glamorous wedding the rose and green theme can work very well with the darker accents. We are also loving the natural look of a dusty rose and green if you’re a more rustic bride.

2.  Lavender and Lilac. For Spring 2018 we love this color theme because it’s so versatile. If purple is your favorite color then this is the palette for you! And if it’s not, you can still think about using a lavender accent. The shades of lavender run from a beautiful light, dusty color to a deep plum.

3. Dusty blue and red. This palette theme us usually used in the fall but they can work for spring as well! The dusty blue is more of a romantic shade than a sea/cerulean blue and won’t make your wedding look like something from Fourth of July or under the sea. The deep red is a very romantic hue. It can be used to accent your bouquet or bridesmaids dresses

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter Wedding Ideas

Most people don’t think of a winter wedding as romantic or even easy to do but we have some ideas for you! A winter wedding can be just as much fun as any other time of year. Think of cozy fires, warm drinks, comfort foods and friendship.

Many brides worry about where and how they want their wedding photos to be done. You will love some fun winter wedding ideas like big, fluffy blankets or how about a snap of your bridal party around a bonfire with snow in the background? You don’t need to be outside forever but it’s always fun to jump outside without a coat, grab a picture, and hustle back inside.

For decor at your reception we love putting together cinnamon sticks and mulberries. This is not only a great smelling decoration but also could function as a place holder or napkin tie. The red berries are very festive for a winter wedding and the cinnamon is a wonderfully nostalgic scent for your guests. They could even put the sticks into a mulled wine or cider if you are offering that kind of beverage.

Another winter wedding idea is cheap and easy but looks fabulous. We love using cotton balls in your bouquets or wreaths! The texture of cotton is natural and resembles those open seed pods that spread out in the fall. You could blend both autumn and winter into your decor for bouquets or table center pieces.

And finally, we are loving winter wedding capes! Who doesn’t want to look and feel like a superhero? We love capes and the winter variety are the best because they function as both a warm piece for you and a beautiful centerpiece for your photos. A winter wedding can be a great time to get out something like a cape that’s bold and unusual. Most brides don’t think of wearing capes but in winter this could be the perfect time!

Winter Wedding

Summer and Spring are the most popular times for weddings but maybe you’re wanting something different! A winter wedding can be just as magical as any other time of year. Your ceremony and reception will likely be forced indoors but you can create a dazzling setting inside with out weather worries.

You can do the tried and true snowy themed landscape to red flowers for a winter wedding. Think beautiful pine trees covered with snow or cozy lodge theme. Your winter wedding will not be a holiday party – it will be a chic, glamorous  event with your own style!

Even if you are in a location that doesn’t get those snowy winters be assured you can create one! It’s a great way to stand out among most weddings. You can bring the snow and chill to your venue with lights, decorations and ice sculptures. You can also have your invites created with your winter wedding theme with a little sprig of evergreen or rustic element that reminds people of being warm and in love!

Another way to stylize your winter wedding is to have a Christmas Tree with guests table place cards on. If you’re not into the religious theme then maybe think about a crystal candelabra or evergreen wreath! We love the idea of a softly lit tree – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – with festive ribbons.

A fun way to do the “get away car” is no car at all. Try a sleigh ride instead! We love the picturesque scene of a beautiful horse and your bridal part all around you! However you decide to do your winter wedding we suggest having fun. Winter weddings can stand out among so many summer colors. Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot chocolate and a celebration of love?