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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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The Wedding Floral Trends Of 2019/2020

The Wedding Floral Trends Of 2019/2020

2019/2020 should be called the wedding planning year of the flowers! It’s seemed the bigger, and more unique, the better! Whether you have an endless floral budget, or you have to pinch your pennies on your flower budget, we have great, local, inspiration for you! Here are four floral trends of 2019/2020 weddings! See Wedding Flowers By Season.

1.Cascading Canopies

One of our favorite trends this year! We love how they turn your wedding venue into a magical forest! From budget-friendly greenery to luscious florals, canopies add life to your decor. If you are not a fan of flowers, but are in love with different kinds of greens, this may be a great option for you to decorate your  wedding venue with.

2. Floral Hoops

This floral trend has come back into style from decades ago. We can’t get enough of it! Whether you want your bridal party to carry the floral hoops, or you want to use them as decoration for your venue; this trend will add shape and uniqueness to your wedding day. This trend is perfect for avant garde brides who are not a fan of the typical bouquets.

3. Greens, greens, & more greens!

Greenery is a trend that began in 2015/2016 and has been going strong ever since! We can definitely see why this trend has been “in” for so long! Greenery can both help keep your floral budget smaller and also add luscious texture to your florals. There are numerous kinds of greenery you can choose from, which makes it easy to combine different kinds of greenery into a bouquet.

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Photo: Miss Elite Photography, Flowers: Town & Country Gardens, Geneva, Illinois

4. Ginormous bridal bouquets

This year has been the year of the ginormous bridal bouquets. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to sacrifice your budget to have a bigger bouquet. If you are budget conscious, aim to incorporate more greenery and in-season flowers.  If you have the budget to spend, incorporate many shapes and sizes of both greenery and flowers. This trend will be sure to add drama, and of course beauty, to your wedding photos.

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Flowers: Floral Wonders, Geneva, Illinois

We hope this inspiration will both give you ideas for your wedding flowers and introduce you to talented local florists who can help bring your vision to life! For more tips and tricks to help plan your floral budget and look check out more Chicago Wedding 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!

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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.

Indoor Wedding Reception

Last year we saw a lot of outdoor wedding venues, but this year it’s all about the Indoor Wedding Reception! This is a great option for those brides who want to tie the knot in a season where the weather may not cooperate. Summer can be blistering hot and humid, winter can get snowed out. We have some great indoor wedding reception decorating ideas.

If you choose a venue with tall ceilings we love the draped look. This can be elegant if you stick with a neutral white or pale shade. If you’d like a more jazzy look use a colored fabric or add lights in the drapes. The draped ceiling gives your venue a romantic, soft vibe. The draped ceiling will also work for a rustic indoor wedding reception or if you’d like to dramatically change a plain space.

We also love decorative pillows for your indoor wedding reception. If you want a more relaxed and inviting appeal try getting some comfy and warm pillows for your guests to sit on. This is also works well for cultural weddings where it may be more customary to sit on pillows.

Another way to decorate for your indoor wedding reception is to hang flowers. Your guests may thank you for not putting huge center pieces on the table. Big center pieces may block their view of each other and the bride and groom. This trick is also a fun way to bring the attention up if you don’t like the flooring of your venue. Hanging flowers creates a more intimate space. We love simple and lush bouquets that invite your guests into a romantic landscape. If you don’t want to spend money on all the hanging flowers you can always use a projection and light show – with flowers!

No matter what you choose to do for your indoor wedding reception we love the idea of keeping it all inside! That way you get to control the temperature, sound and lights!

Ultra Violet Wedding

What is the color of the year you may ask? We answer: Ultra Violet! Brides, this year this blue based purple hue is very in and we have some creative ways to use it.

  1. Reception decoration : Ultra Violet is a versatile color and perfect for spring or summer weddings. The deep blue base could also work well for fall. We love using flowers with this shade for your reception center pieces. Tree peonies, ranunculus, and heirloom garden roses can come in this pretty shade. We also love using Ultra Violet for ribbons on the back of chairs with decorative clips or table runners.

2. Add Ultra Violet to your cake. Most people think of wedding cake as white so why not accent it with beautiful purple blossoms or a geode effect? We love that this color can not only be used an accent but also as a main color.

3. Your wedding party. If you’re a daring bride you may even wear the color yourself but it also looks great on bridesmaids and groomsmen! We love the pop of elegant violet against a handsome tux or suit. It’s a great shade for skin types as well. You can still give your bridesmaids a choice in the style of dress but the color will unite your wedding party.

 

No matter what you choose to do with Ultra Violet it’s a great color that it very hot right now! We know you’ll be seeing a lot of this hue in weddings this spring and summer!

Small Wedding Party

As a new bride it’s tempting to rush out and tell everyone and invite all your friends to the big day but we’re giving away tips on how a smaller wedding party can make your life easier! Just because some friends are not IN the wedding doesn’t mean they can’t have a good time or enjoy the celebration with you.

We aren’t just talking about bridesmaids and groomsmen either. Having a small wedding party in terms of guests will help cut down costs. The average cost per guest for a wedding is $100 so multiply that by 100 guests and it adds up. Keeping your guest list limited is the first way to cut costs.

However, let’s address the small wedding party itself. Keeping your bridesmaids to three or four close friends will save you a lot of headache. For one, it’ll make things easier to stay organized. It’s hard enough to plan an entire wedding so be sure your bridal party makes things easy for you.

It’s easier to take photos after the wedding ceremony as well with a smaller wedding party. You can fit everyone in the same frame and have time to try fun pictures like goofy shots or even use props. Along with photo taking a smaller wedding party allows you to let your bridesmaids have more flexibility with their choice of dresses. If you are comfortable letting your girls pick their own styles the less people makes the “mix and match” look classy instead of messy. You could also give them the option to rent a dress instead of buy. Happy bridesmaids make for great photos!

A small wedding party will both cut costs and allow you more control over your big day!

 

Spring Wedding

We have some good reasons for you to choose a Spring wedding! Not only is this time of year ripe with flowers but it also is not terribly hot yet for those brides who want a wedding outside.

First reason we love a Spring wedding is the flowers. After winter we’re all ready for that splash of bright color. A lot of popular flowers are in bloom like peonies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Nature can also provide a great back drop for your ceremony or reception. Trees start to bloom, grass becomes green and cherry blossoms, dogwood and moss are in this year. You can use them all to decorate your centerpieces or use as accents.

A second reason we love the Spring wedding is flexibility. The longer days make a midday wedding or evening wedding a piece of cake. You also don’t have to worry too much about scorching your guests at an outdoor venue. The bonfires and rustic theme go very well in a Spring wedding because the weather is cool but not bitter. Your guests can enjoy dressing in layers or even changing for the nighttime event!

Now, there are a few set backs to a Spring wedding as well. You should keep in mind holidays like Easter and breaks like Spring Break. This might leave a few weekends unavailable. But, there are plenty of ways to work around them. Just be sure to send out save the dates at least nine months in advance and check with your close family and friends to find a weekend that works for everyone.

If you’re planning on a Spring wedding destination then be aware of popular Spring break places. Your heart is set on say, Cabo, then just be sure to check in with the hotels and venue as early as possible. Or, let’s say you want a great honeymoon at a Spring break place – we suggest delaying it a week or contact the hotel/bed and breakfast to make sure there won’t be any crazy college kids shenanigans going on.

A Spring wedding is a great way to celebrate your marriage and the season!

Hanging Flowers

Hanging Flowers

As 2017 comes to a close we look forward to the new year! A surprising decor trend we love are hanging flowers. These beautifully put together decorations give your wedding a pop. But, how do you utilize hanging flowers?

We take a look at several options. First, is the hanging flower canopy which could be perfect if you are an outdoor bride. You can drape a canopy at the alter in the flowers of your choice and then accent them with garland, greens and sheer fabric. The hanging flowers give you a perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

 

A second idea to use hanging flowers is hanging leis. This is a great tropical decor if you are a summer bride! We also love the versatility. You can use them as stand ins for chandeliers or table pieces. The hanging leis are a beautiful and light decoration that wont get in the way of conversation or block guests at the table.

The last idea for uses hanging flowers in your wedding is more rustic chic – adorn lanterns with flowers. We love the elegant feel of a lantern (even better if it has fake candles in it) that are decorated with blooms of your choice. You can use the lanterns inside or out. They could also be placed on the tables for center pieces but that would defeat the purpose of hanging decor slightly.

No matter what your style, it couldn’t hurt to think about using hanging flowers for your wedding. They provide stunning beauty that are sure to get your guests talking!

Three Ways to Make Your Rehearsal Dinner Memorable

Traditionally, a rehearsal dinner is a formal event including the wedding party and close family. Normally, it features a fancy dinner, dress clothes, and a few speeches. Basically, almost all rehearsal dinners are the same, but yours can be more unique. Here are three ways to make your rehearsal dinner fun and memorable.

Rethink the Food

Rehearsal dinners often take place at a fancy restaurant, which is nice if that is your style, but there are plenty of other options. When choosing a restaurant and menu, consider your personality and the mood you want to set. Some fun options include home-style BBQ, Chinese food, or a DIY Mexican bar.

Play Some Games

The rehearsal dinner should be an excuse to party and celebrate. Don’t be afraid to include some fun games. Again, consider your personality and the mood you want to set. Some fun options include beer pong or the newlywed game. You can make this extra fun by turning the games into a battle of the sexes.

Decorate

Just because you are having the rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. Some options include fun centerpieces, lights, pictures, and favors. You may choose to coordinate the decorations with your wedding theme or you could choose a unique theme just for the occasion.