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Advice for Navigating the "Pin-demonium" of Pinterest
12 Month Planning Countdown
There’s plenty to do before saying “I do.”
So we’ve put together this 12-month checklist
to help you plan the perfect wedding day.
Call of Duty
A Bridesmaid's Responsibilities Don't End After the Ceremony. The job description of a bridesmaid is a blurred one, especially at the wedding reception. Once the reception starts, it may seem that the major duties of the bridesmaid have been fulfilled.
Saving The Day
Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Planner. When it comes to your wedding, one thing can be expected: there are some things that won’t go quite exactly as planned. However, if you’ve hired a wedding planner, you can cast your worries aside.
The B Word. Making and Sticking to a Budget
Grab a pencil, a notepad, and a calculator. It’s time to crunch the numbers and determine your wedding budget. If you’re like most brides, you want a memorable wedding, but you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why you need to set a budget and live by it.
Trend Report. Tips from Preparation to the After-Party
When it comes to planning your wedding reception, there’s one thing you want to do: throw a great party. We talked to Chicago-area wedding experts to pinpoint some of the top trends for the coming year in everything from flowers to cocktails to the after-party. So pick a few trends and start planning.
Urge To Splurge
Wedding Splurges that are Worth It. With so many decisions and limited budgets, it’s hard to know which elements of your wedding to splurge on. ChicagoStyle Weddings talked to some of Chicago’s top wedding experts to offer advice on where couples should put the most money.
Five Steps to Take Before You Plan Your Wedding
As a designer over the last twelve years, I’ve noticed certain patterns of behavior that successful marriages have often shared that were evident from the onset of the engagement process. The five steps that I will outline in this article are merely suggestions based off these observations.
Celebrity Spotlight - Bill & Giuliana Rancic
Who didn’t love the royal wedding? And what couple doesn’t worry about finances? Even though they’re celebrities, Giuliana and Bill Rancic (he’s a Chicago native!) are just like the rest of us.
Bridal Budget. How to Set a Realistic Budget and Stay on Track
Grab a pencil, a notepad and a calculator. It’s time to crunch the numbers and determine your wedding budget.
If you’re like most brides, you want a memorable wedding, but you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why you need to set a budget and live by it.
Handy Dandy List of Lists Engagement Announcements. Spread The Word
Once you’re engaged, you’ll want to let everyone in on the good news. There are a few guidelines on how an engagement should be announced; typically the people closest to the couple are the first to know, starting with the bride’s parents.
As the stress of the big day starts piling
up on your delicate shoulders, it may
seem like there are a million things you need
to keep track of and remember. Whether
or not organization is your thing, there’s a
way to make sure no distant relative or gold
earring gets left behind.
A Toast to Marriage Equality
Eco Chic Made Easy
How to Simplify Your Wedding and Save the Earth
Eco Friendly Eats
What to Know About Eating Green
Achieve the Perfect Look with Help from the Pros
Get Ready Guide
Make the Most of Wedding Planning
Pops Of Color
How to Choose the Color Palette for Your Wedding
How to Plan a Cultural Wedding
Twist On Tradition
Wedding Ideas for the Unique Couple
Details... Details... Details...
Ingredients For a Perfect Wedding
75 Ways To Make Your Wedding Unique
ChicagoStyle Weddings looks at some ways you can make your big day unique.
Reception Hour-By-Hour Breakdown
THREE BUDGETS AT A GLANCE
Small is Special
Experts share why an intimate wedding makes for such personal and memorable moments.
Getting the Word Out About Your Wedding.
Jumpstart your wedding plans at a bridal show
How to Get an Illinois Marriage License
Here's all the INFORMATION you'll need to obtain your marriage license in Illinois.
Not to be missed Photos
Checklist to help you plan the perfect wedding day.
Wedding Reception Perfection
Help insure a smooth, enjoyable and trouble-free day, by following these great tips.
The Wedding Planner
Enjoy a stress-free celebration with the help of a professional
Keep the Faith
Follow your beliefs when selecting an officiant
5 ideas to help you beat wedding planning stress
Who’s traditionally responsible for the costs of your special day
Make sure your attendants know their responsibilities before they say yes
For the Guys
Helpful hints for changing your name
Brides Emergency Kit