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Bachelorette Party For The Bride Who Doesn’t Want To Party

Bachelorette Party For The Bride Who Doesn’t Want To Party

Are you a bride for whom big crowds and attention is an anxiety inducing thing and not something to celebrate? We’ve got some great bachelorette ideas for the bride who wants to slow it down, chill, and not party like it’s their last day on earth. You don’t have to do the strippers, get blackout drunk, or spend thousands of dollars – your bridesmaids will thank you since they’re the ones usually footing the bill!

Why not try a spa day bachelorette party with your girls?

Plenty of spas offer reserved space for parties of 4 or more. You can even do couple’s massage but with all your gal pals. You can go the extra mile and rent out a hotel room near the spa too and keep the chill vibe going even after the facials, massages, pedicures or skin peels. Grab a few bottles of wine or sparkling beverages and enjoy your ladies’ company in the privacy of a hotel room.

The old school sleepover, but bachelorette party version.

Remember those days when you had a few girls over and gossiped the night away? Why not re-create that for your bachelorette party? It’s a low budget idea that can include a bunch of girls. It doesn’t have to be your house, maybe your maid of honor can host or you can rent out a hotel room. Big pillows, painting nails, plenty of adult refreshments and food will make the sleepover not your average high schoolers!

The next idea is certainly pricey, but also very private; rent a sailboat!

What’s better than having a chartered yacht take you and your friends/family out for a scenic tour of the water? You can drink responsibly since you won’t be driving, and some chartered boats may provide food and beverages depending on how long you want to rent it.

Have you tried Glamping?

Check out Glamping Hub for the most up to date places you can take your bridesmaids to go hang out in nature. There are a lot of styles of glamping; take your pick of teepees, tents, cabins, etc. It’s all the fun of camping but with electricity and toilets. If you’re a nature loving bride this is the perfect place to celebrate your upcoming marriage.



See! If you’re a bride who doesn’t feel comfortable partying, there are plenty of fun options. Whether you enjoy the outdoors or indoors, vacation or home, you will have an amazing crazy-free bachelorette party. For more wedding planning advice and ideas check out more Chicago Wedding Blog posts below.

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How To Choose Your Bridal Party

How To Choose Your Bridal Party

Congratulations on your engagement! When you plan your wedding everything from wedding colors to guest count is dependent on your bridesmaids and/or groomsmen. There are a few factors you should keep in mind when you think about how to choose your bridal party. Here are some ideas to help you choose.

Unequal Numbers

Let’s begin with saying, there are no rules. If your fiance has 5 groomsmen and you have 2 or vice-versa it is not the end of the world. That being said, having equal numbers in a bridal party is important to some couples. If you do have an uneven number, do not panic. You can have the bridal party walk down the aisle without partners. You could also have the bridal party ready at the altar at the beginning of the ceremony. Another idea is you could double up and have groups of 3 walk down the aisle. Either way, it is okay to have equal or unequal numbers for your bridal party.

Gender Of Bridal Party

Do you have a gender diverse friend group? It is no problem! In fact, it is something to celebrate. As long as you know your wedding colors it is easy to color coordinate any group of people. When you plan your bridal party, do not worry about separating genders. The gender makeup of your bridal party will not matter as long as you and you fiance choose your long term closest friends and family.

Long Term, Thick And Thin, Friends & Family

Some of us have a makeup of friends as our family; and that is a beautiful bridal party to have. Others have so many cousins they are close to, so there is not much room for having friends in the bridal party. The most important factor is not the relation to you, but the long term quality of their relationship with you. There is nothing worse than adding someone into your wedding to not be in contact with them a year later. Think long term. There are many ways to involve people who you’d like to be a participant without having them in a bridal party. Some people make amazing wedding guests, but not bridal party participants.

Personalities

And last, but not least, one of the trickiest factors when choosing your bridal party. Of course you want all your closest people in your bridal party. However; those few friends who are on again/off again with how they treat you will not make good bridal party participants. It is important to remember wedding planning is stressful. You want only those who will be supportive of you in your bridal party. You do not have to have anyone in your wedding unless you truly want to.

Always remember your wedding day is one day in your life. The wedding planning process goes on for months. Keep the people who care about you the most close to you. Those who will be lifelong friends make amazing bridal party participants; no matter the numbers or genders that make up your bridal party.



We hope this helps give you some ideas for how to choose your bridal party. For more wedding planning inspiration check out the blog posts below. To submit your wedding to be a featured wedding please e-mail hello@chicagoweddingblog.com Happy Planning!

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!

Pinterest Pins of the Week

Pinterest Pins of the Week

Pinterest Pins of the Week

Flower girl portrait: Let’s put aside for a second the fact that this little girl is just too cute for words, and her perfectly coifed bouffant hairdo is beyond perfection. The idea of having your littlest attendant sit for a portrait style shot is a great idea. For one, it’s timeless and is actually a nod to the days when brides and their wedding party sat for a painted portrait instead of all day photo shoots during the wedding. A few quick shots of just your flower girl is a classic and lovely way to mark the day and in just a few years ( or way down the road) when they are all grown up, it will make a perfect memento to always remember their part in your marriage. We LOVE this idea so much and we hope to see some serious little lady poses in future weddings to come!

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Rustic Wedding Charm:  We may sound like a broken record at this point when it comes to our love of rustic, natural elegance for weddings.  This stunning display features wooden rounds that look freshly cut from the woods to create a warm, natural feel perfect for so many types of weddings. This look could enhance a winter-white wedding or a summer soiree that brings the outdoors in.  You can even carry the theme through with wooden coasters, menus created on thin slabs of wood, and rustic farm tables with no linens just maybe a burlap runner down the middle.

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Champagne Fountains: What ever happened to the champagne fountain? It used to go hand in hand with high-class weddings and events ( hello, haven’t you seen The Great Gatsby or even a single episode of Downton Abbey?)  SO yes, we are declaring the champagne fountain is officially back. And whether you look at it as a throwback, or a really fun and chic way to explore your love of champagne, the look just screams “Time to celebrate!” And we , of course, are all about that! For an added touch of nostalia, try seeing if your venue will serve other drinks in fun champagne coups. It really does make everything taste so much better!

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3 Ideas to Make Your Day the Wedding of the Year

The modern bride and groom want to make their wedding personalized and fun. While there are plenty of wedding traditions worth following, there are also a lot of unique extras you can add to the day to make it more memorable. Check out these fun ideas, and your guests will be talking about your wedding for years to come.

 A New Twist on the Garter Toss

The garter toss is a timeless wedding tradition, but how many times have you seen the groom throw the garter toward the ceiling only to have it drop straight to the ground, feet away from all of the single men? Well, here is a fun and easy solution. Before tossing the garter, place it on a football and let the groom toss the ball to the guys anxiously waiting.

Gino Creglia Photography

Entertain Your Guests Before the Ceremony

Most wedding guests kill time before the ceremony by reading the wedding program, but most programs can be read in a few seconds. Why not add a little humor to your wedding program? Include some fun facts about the wedding party and explain any unique moments you’ve added to the ceremony. If you’re really worried about guests getting bored, include an activity such as a trivia game or crossword puzzle.

Meghan Andrews Photography

Rethink the Bar

Candy bars and ice cream bars have caught on as wedding dessert options, but we have another fun idea: a cereal bar. Simply fill some pretty glass bowls with your favorite types of cereals and let guests help themselves. This is a great late night snack, and it will be a hit with the kids.

 

Pinterest: Pins of the Week

White Hot Reception.  We always love to see the fun and creative ways that couples infuse color into their big day, particularly at the reception where the party really gets going.  We’ve seen some pretty incredible displays of color, utilizing flowers, lights, and linens, but when we saw this all white reception, we couldn’t help but stop and stare.  From the all white linens, flowers, and event lighting, to the clear glassware, beads, and white chair covers, the white makes a bold and beautiful statement.  We imagine that this tablescape would be the backdrop for a very special evening!

 

 

Succulent Boutonnières.  Succulents seem to be everywhere this summer, and we are loving it!  Succulents have such as easy elegance to them, though they’re not often the first thing you think of when you think “wedding floral.”  However, these boutonnières have us rethinking succulents.  We absolutely love the burst of color, as well as the understated elegance.  What groom or groomsman wouldn’t love these?

Wedding Party Field Day.  We have seen some pretty cool and creative ways to engage wedding parties, but this pin literally takes the cake!  To help their friends and attendants get to know each other, this bride and groom staged an old school field day to kick off their destination wedding weekend and get their friends laughing.  You have to check out the photos; we guarantee you’ll be smiling and wondering how you can get on the guest list to the next wedding party field day.  Who says elementary school can’t teach us something about love?