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Heartland Honeymoon Road Trips

Heartland Honeymoon Road Trips

Heartland Honeymoon Road Trips

Heartland Honeymoon Road Trips

Taking an RV road trip for your honeymoon can be a great way to start your happily ever after time. It’s an excellent way to spend quality one on one time, share some unique adventures and build the bonds that will keep your together forever. Here are three different heartland honeymoon adventure ideas, each one starting from Chicago.

1.)     The Thrill Seeker Couple

From Chicago, head east on Interstate 90 about 5 hours to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This is a very easy drive as this section of the US is very flat and easy to navigate. The real excitement begins when you arrive at your destination. Cedar Point is the roller coaster capital of the world. Spread over its 364 acres it has over 72 rides including 17 roller coasters. Many of these roller coasters were or are record holders in their respective classes. This is also the only group of roller coasters that fall within the 4 major height categories to be located in a single park. This means there is a coaster here to match needs of just about any thrill seeker out there. Plan on spending at least two days in the park to get the most out of it.

After getting your fill of thrills at the park, there are many other things to do in the area as well. Take a ferry out to South Bass Island to visit Put-In-Bay. This small lakeside island town has great night life during the summer months and the lack of motor vehicles on the island brings a slower pace to life and a more romantic aura. To get around, bring your bike with you on the ferry or you can rent a bike or golf cart when you get there. For accommodations, there are a number of small hotels and bed-n-breakfasts on the island. There is also a state park that has primitive camping sites where you can tent camp out under some of the darkest skies Ohio has to offer.

2.)     The Adventurous Couple

For the adventurous or outdoorsy types, head north out of Chicago about 3 hours to Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. This area is an extremely popular honeymoon destination because of the great diversity of activities it offers. The central focus of the area is the water. The Wisconsin River cuts through the area creating a beautiful scenic environment that any outdoorsy person will enjoy. Lake Denton is in the southwest section of the area and it provides excellent opportunities for swimming and boating activities. With all the water in the area, it’s no surprise that this area has the highest concentration of water parks in the world. There are also a number of dry amusement parks if water parks aren’t your thing.

After the sun sets, there are also a number of shows and entertainment options throughout the area. These entertainment options are world class and rival what you would find in other major entertainment cities like Las Vegas.

If outdoor adventure is more your speed there is a beautiful state park in the area which offers great hiking and an excellent connection to the natural surroundings. The river provides kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Finally, not far to the north there are extensive ORV areas where you explore the countryside by ATV or side by side off road vehicle.

3.)     The Romantic Wine Getaway

5 hours south of Chicago is the small town of Cobden, IL. Nestled in the same area as the Shawnee National Forest, this town boasts 12 family run wineries where you can enjoy a romantic evening sampling the fine varietals they have to offer. In addition to wine, there is also fine food and excellent entertainment offered at the various wineries in the area.

When not visiting the wineries, the excellent Shawnee National Forest provides great hiking, natural and historical sites to visit.

Chicago is an excellent hub to launch a honeymoon road trip. Whether you are a thrill-seeking couple, wine lovers, or looking for an outdoor adventure, the hardest part will be deciding which direction to choose.

If any of these Heartland Honeymoon Road Trips work for you, trying Outdoorsy for you RV Rental.

Venue Selection Flowchart

Venue Selection Flowchart

Venue Selection Flowchart

Finding a venue for your wedding is no easy task. There are so many different options it can seem terribly overwhelming when trying to narrow it down to just one. And considering the fact that it’s the largest cost of your wedding venue, you definitely want to select a venue that is well worth the money you’re going to shell out.

This year’s wedding venue trends are straying from the traditional banquet halls and country clubs and opting for the more unique and extravagant locations, such as in a cave or on a glacier. But if you don’t have the budget to pull that off, it’s not a problem at all. By choosing a venue that is true to you and your fiance’s style, and of course staying within your budget, you’ll be able to set the scene perfectly for your big day. To help point you in the right direction, this flow chart to help determine what type of wedding venue you should consider. Happy venue hunting! Venue Selection Flowchart. Next – Choosing Your Wedding Date
Venue Selection Flowchart

2019 Couples Choice Awards

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2019

WeddingWire, the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and event industry, announced Music By Design as a winner of the esteemed 2019 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for Disc Jockeys in Chicagoland!

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design named winner in The Knot Best of Weddings 2019

Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019
Chicago, IL (November 29th, 2018) — Music By Design is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2019 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section featured on The Knot. The Knot is the number-one wedding destination, most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2019 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. Whether they’re trying to find the wedding dress salon with the best service in Chicagoland, the most creative wedding photographers, top cake bakers or a chicago wedding dj, engaged couples across the country want the inside scoop on the best from real brides.

Music By Design is also included in The Knot Hall of Fame. Comprised of winners of the annual Best of Weddings, a by-brides-for-brides guide to the top wedding vendors in 80-plus cities across the U.S., the Hall of Fame inducts wedding vendors who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards. This honorable list of 331 inductees includes less than 2 percent of wedding professionals. Music By Design The Knot Best of Weddings 2019.

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About XO Group Inc. 
XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), is a global media and technology leader devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Our family of premium brands began with the #1 wedding brand, The Knot, and has grown to include WeddingChannel, The Nest, The Bump, TheBlush and Ijie. XO Group is recognized by the industry for being innovative in all media – from the web to social media and mobile, magazines and books, and video – and our groundbreaking social platforms have ignited passionate communities across the world. XO Group has leveraged its customer loyalty into successful businesses in online sponsorship and advertising, registry services, ecommerce and publishing.

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Recycle Wedding Items

You’ve spent a lot of money on your wedding, but how do you get the most out of the leftovers? We have some creative ways for you to feel like you haven’t wasted your time and money by recycling wedding items!

Popular Wedding Ideas

Popular Wedding Ideas

It’s getting to be near the end of the year, but we’re still hot on the trail of fun and popular wedding ideas. In 2018 we’ve seen a lot of technology free weddings or more simple settings.

One of the 2018 trends we love is the foregoing the favors. You can imagine on top of wedding cost the favors given to guests can add up. We love the idea that instead of small trinkets like cigars, chocolates or flowers. More and more couples are opting to spend funds on a live band or late night snack bar to make up for no favors. Plus, what do you really do with the favors from a wedding? They usually just get thrown out or eaten. A great memory lasts a lot longer than chocolate!

Going along with the no favors, more weddings are incorporating unique entertainment for their guests. Not just a live band. Couples can tailor the entertainment to their likes such as belly dancers, comedians, tarot card readers or even theatrical performances. The wedding reception is a place where awesome memories are created and a lot of fun! Instead of a photo booth your guests will not soon forget.

Another fun wedding idea we’re seeing this year is a first look that includes more than just your partner! What a fun way to capture the moment for all the most important people in your life. Perhaps your grandma or grandpa can’t make it to the wedding or stay for the whole thing – a first look gives them ample time to celebrate with you without the time constraints or having to stand so long. It’s also a way to make it more special for your bridal party who have put so much time and expense into being in your wedding! They get the first glimpse of the happy couple and share in your big day in an intimate way.

 

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

Kids At Your Wedding Reception

Kids At Your Wedding Reception

Do you want kids at your wedding reception? Here are some questions to ask. Will my friends with kids be offended that their minis weren’t invited? Will tots steal the thunder from me and my partner? What about relatives, such as nieces and nephews—can I include just them? Do I have to provide childcare if kids are invited (or, for out of town guests, if they aren’t)? Can I invite kids for just a portion of my event, and then ask them to leave early (so I don’t have to worry about kids’ meals, etc.)? How do I keep children entertained at my wedding?

This infographic provided by Zola will help you make a solid decision.

Kids At Your Wedding Reception

 

Wedding Planning Checklist

You’ve got the groom, the dress and the bridal party, but is it that simple? We’re here with a big wedding planning checklist so you don’t forget anything.

Most usual engagements are at least a year long. You may be in a spot where you only have a few months to plan or over a year. You can make the wedding planning time less stressful no matter your timeline if you make checklists!

Let’s plan on a 12 month long engagement. The first list on your wedding planning checklist needs to be budget. How much do you want to spend on your wedding? Keep in mind unforeseen costs too and what are you willing to compromise on? Who is paying for the wedding? It’s usually a tradition for the bride’s family to pay, but these days it’s more common for the groom’s family to cover some cost as well. At this point in time, you also will want to make a guest list. This can get tricky with everyone wanted everyone involved so be sure to make your wishes clear.

10 months out you’ll want to start the fun of wedding dress shopping and venue selecting! You may fall in love with the first dress you try on but keep an open mind. Sometimes what you envision doesn’t quite match up to how it looks actually on you. You will want to start looking at invitations and take engagement photos if you want. We’ve put together a wedding planning checklist to keep things easy:

  1. Book hotel rooms/blocks for guests
  2. Send out save the dates around 9 months before the big day
  3. Buy wedding dress
  4. Register for gifts
  5. Select bridesmaid’s dresses
  6. Meet with florist and other rental accessories
  7. Book rehearsal dinner venue
  8. Hire musicians/DJ for reception
  9. Hire Officiant
  10. Book the honeymoon, guest transportation and your own transportation on the wedding day
  11. Buy/rent the tuxedoes
  12. Choose your cake
  13. Buy wedding bands
  14. Hair and makeup trial
  15. Select groomsmen’s attire
  16. Brainstorm guest favors
  17. Select readings (from any religious texts you may want in the ceremony)
  18. Meet with Officiant and invite them to rehearsal dinner
  19. Send out wedding invitations and/or rehearsal dinner invitations
  20. Dress fitting
  21. Marriage license

These are only a few of the myriad of things you’ll want to keep track of. You may find it helpful to hire a wedding planner to help keep everything on track! No matter what, enjoy your wedding day because you’ve certainly worked hard enough planning it!

Autumn Wedding Attire

It’s that time of year again – the autumn wedding! We’re taking a look at what attire to wear to this seasonal event.

For the daytime autumn wedding, we like a cocktail type dress with darker tones. A daytime wedding usually isn’t as formal as an evening one, but you should still make an effort to appear polished. Jewel tones like burgundy, emerald, sapphire mixed with elegant black are always a classic for autumn. You could even re-use a dress in your closet and spice it up with a new pair of heels or cute jacket.

For a later afternoon or evening autumn wedding we suggest simple and elegant. We love a splashy pair of earrings to make a statement or bold necklace. We like looking for dresses than can be dressed up or down. Some people are confused at a later afternoon wedding if they should be more black tie or daytime attire.  You can stash a fun jacket and bold earrings in your purse for the evening reception. Think of it like dating – a day to night outfit change without having to completely switch clothes!

Lastly, we’ve got the festive autumn wedding attire. If your going to a wedding that’s themed and the bride and groom have okayed wacky outfits like costumes, then this is your chance to play! We’ve heard of Halloween themed weddings and as long as your costume is tasteful we love the idea. Even if you don’t want to wear a full on costume, there are plenty of ways to dress up for the occasion. Try a gothic type dress, black lace or high boots!