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Marriage is Equal
The Marriage Fairness Act Takes Effect for Engaged Couples in Illinois
The Great Outdoors
A Bride's Guide to Communing with Nature. Kisses under the sun. Birds chirping merrily. Warm breezes enveloping you under a clear blue sky as the city skyline soars in the background. Clearly, there’s a lot to love about a Chicago outdoor wedding.
Ten Steps to the Perfect Toast. Wedding tradition used to dictate that the father of the bride and the father of the groom present a formal blessing to the new couple at the wedding reception. This traditional practice has evolved over the centuries into the wedding toast.
Trend Report. Our Favorite Reception Trends
Your wedding reception is the place to party.
From décor to dinner menus to sweets, you want an
event that’s sure to please you and your guests.
While trends do change, you can find inspiration in
the top reception trends we’ve spotted with the
help of Chicago wedding professionals.
Well Planned. Make the Most of Wedding Planning
Getting engaged is exciting, and getting married is even more exciting! There’s so much to do, from finding a venue to buying a gown to choosing your entertainment. While it’s a lot of fun, the whole process can be overwhelming. That’s why you definitely need to take your time organizing every wedding detail and consulting with wedding professionals who can answer your questions and help guide your decisions.
Soiree In The City. Finding A Venue To Fit Your Style
We don’t mean to put too much pressure on any one aspect of a wedding, but finding the right venue should be first and foremost on your list of priorities. Having a clear sense of style is key for hosting a successful soiree, and the venue you choose exudes your wedding style from top to bottom.
Reception Success. The Keys To A Fabulous Reception
After months of planning, one of the biggest wedding disasters would be a reception where the guests didn’t have a good time. Planning a successful wedding reception is no easy task—in fact, wedding planners make their entire careers out of it. Luckily, ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine is on your side, with tips to make your wedding reception a rousing success.
Please Be Seated. A Guide to Surviving Reception Seating Plans
Just picture it: It’s a Thursday evening and you and your fiancé have decided to tackle your reception seating chart. You have your finalized list of RSVP’s, a board, some Post-it® notes and a pencil with an eraser. Just make sure you have an extra eraser handy, because planning your seating chart is no easy feat. In addition, there are other details to consider; table numbers, the amount of people seated at each table…the list goes on. Here are some helpful hints when planning your reception seating chart that are guaranteed to make the stressful event go much more smoothly.
Four Fabulous Reception Styles
We see a lot of trends here at ChicagoStyle Weddings, but some things really catch our attention because they’re great ideas that come together with inspired planning from the right people. So we’re checking out four fabulous reception trends that are sure to have some staying power in the wedding industry.
Wedding Do’s And Don’ts
It’s your wedding and your chance to do things your way. Still, you’re bound to make a few mistakes or need a little guidance. That’s why Chicago Style Weddings is here to help with advice from event professionals on Wedding Do’s and Don’ts.
The Bigger Picture. Give Back on Your Big Day
As your wedding day approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the “me, me, me” aspect of it all. Everyone around you is concerned solely with your happiness and well-being, it can be very seductive.
Photogenic Locales 2011 Wedding Trends
You know what you want for your wedding, but there’s
for a few
Read on as ChicagoStyle Weddings gets expert
advice from some of
Chicago’s leading wedding vendors about all the
newest wedding trends
that will make your
wedding day something special.
The Best Spots in the City
Chicago is a melting pot of cultures, traditions and histories. Whether you’re
Italian or Greek, Jewish or Catholic, there’s something cultural for every bride to showcase at her wedding.
Planning an Environmentally and Socially Conscious Event
Sure you’ve got something old, new, borrowed and blue. But
the hottest wedding trend is all about going green.
How to Keep YOUR CELEBRATION on SCHEDULE
EMBRACE THE Season OF Your Big Day
Mix and Mingle
There once was a time when the cocktail hour existed only to allow guests to get themselves from the wedding ceremony to the reception hall. Once there, family and friends would spend sixty minutes lingering around while either the wedding party finished pictures or the bride touched up her makeup. If time allowed, the bride and groom would eventually make a quick appearance, only to be rushed away to the formal introductions at the reception.
Paying For The Wedding
Everything about wedding planning from finding the dress, to picking the menu, to arranging the seating chart is fun. That is until it comes time to pay for all the moments, big and small.
Finding A Place to Match Your Style
The Rules Of Engagement
From “Yes!” to “I Do” in 10 Easy Steps
A Marriage of Food & Wine
The message in the bottle says wine is the right choice for a winning reception
At Your Service
New options to serve your guests
Romantic Cocktails to Spice Up Your Cocktail Reception
A guide to choosing your wedding colors
Invite some guests along to share your joy if you elope
See what’s new in edible favors and sweet treats
Keep the Party Rolling
Establishing a Reception Timeline
Great Ideas for keeping your young guests entertained
Don’t leave your reception up to chance.
Plan for your party by developing a seating strategy ahead of time.
Stir it up
Create a grand cocktail soiree to entertain and impress your guests
Take Your Wedding to the ‘Burbs
How to Have a Fantastic Wedding Beyond Downtown