Engaged? Congratulations! Confused? Well who the heck isn’t? If someone tells you otherwise they must be a great poker player.
Unless you are a professional party planner, organizing your wedding is a big deal. On top of timelines, save-the-dates, and registries, you have to find the perfect venue and vendors to create your day. You need to brace yourself, everyone and we mean seriously, EVERYONE – will have a recommendation for you. While wagon wheel chandeliers might have appealed to your friend’s kitchy taste, you want something different.
We get it. And we want to help.
Introducing our new series “Top Chicago Wedding Experts!”, vetted industry pros who will bring your vision to life.
At Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, we are truly, madly, deeply, head over heels in love with weddings. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our dedicated team has helped to create life-long memories and made fairy-tale weddings come true. We know that there’s only one way to throw a wedding – your way! Each couple is unique and we make it our mission to plan your day the way you envision it. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate autumn reception, formal lakeside ceremony, or whimsical patio wedding, our experts can customize any of our exquisite spaces to fit your vision perfectly. Let us make your special day simply brilliant!
WEDDING TIP: Our new 5,000 sq. ft. Lakeside Pavilion boasts breathtaking views of Lake Lincolnshire and the surrounding wooded area. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this unique venue is open year-round providing the perfect opportunity to capitalize on each and every season!
The Joliet Union Station was built in 1912 and offers a timeless and elegant setting for your wedding. No matter your preferences, The Grand Ballroom staff is here to help you plan a wedding that is unique to you. Our team will help you customize menu selections, decor items, and vendors that reflect your styles and tastes. Our menu has been designed in a way that allows you to create your own package and provides flexibility with each course. All events at the Grand Ballroom are managed by Mistwood Golf Club.
Photo: Imagen Sevilla, Decor: Rustique Swan, Floral: Floral Expressions and Gifts Inc.
Set the stage for an unforgettable reception at The Odyssey in one of our lavish ballrooms. Our oversized crystal chandeliers, white marble dance floor, color changing cove lights, and much more creates a stunning atmosphere for your BIG DAY! Say “I Do” at one of our wrought iron gazebos, with a backdrop of our well-manicured golf course and water fountains, surrounded by beautiful flowers. As you walk down the aisle lined with our white garden chairs you’ll feel all of your wedding dreams come to life.
Our team of Event Specialists is here 7 days a week to help guide you through the wedding planning process. We start by giving you a guided tour of the facility and go through our wedding package in great detail. Once our happy couples are booked here we help make their process as seamless and stress-free as possible.
WEDDING TIP: Stay Organized! We provide all of our couples with a wedding check list to help keep them on track during their planning process. Keeping an organized check list will make the process as stress-free as possible and ensure you do not miss a single detail.
Lauryn Schalk is a wedding and engagement photographer serving couples all over Chicagoland. Her work stands out with its light and airy style, with pops of color, keeping true to capturing your wedding day exactly as you pictured it!
Honey is a modern wedding shop where you are free to be exactly who you are. We stock dresses and separates that range from understated and untraditional to full-on ball gown. If white’s not your color, or you prefer jumpsuits to gowns, that’s fine. If you want to look like a Disney princess on your big day, that’s cool, too. We don’t judge, gasp, or ask if you’re saying yes to the dress. We have comfy chairs, serve cocktails, and play your favorite tunes while you shop. Honey is a bridal shopping experience like no other. For more information, follow us on Instagram @honey_bridal or book your appointment at www.honey-bridal.com
Wedding Dress Tip: When shopping for your wedding dress, keep an open mind. You might end up falling in love with a style you never expected.
When a business sticks around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Our selection of wedding registry products is second to none, we have the brands you want (Kate Spade, ED Ellen Degeneres and much more) all at unbeatable prices. Don’t forget to take advantage of our best in class registry perks like 5% back on your registry purchases, free shipping for your guests and special coupons for you and your guests
WEDDING TIP: Before you register for gifts take an inventory of your home. Check for items you don’t have but need, items that are broken and need to be replaced and things that are worn and need to be upgraded. Remember, your registry is your wish list. If you love it, add it!
Mariah D Photography http://mariahdphoto.com
While keeping a personal and custom touch in mind, ECBG Studio promises to offer you delicious and beautiful cakes made with high quality and organic ingredients that are worthy of your celebration. We promise to strive for excellence in conquering the cake and pastry world, knowing it is always evolving, in order to bring you top tier skills, styles, and flavor.
WEDDING TIP: Why choose one when you can have multiple flavors? The great thing about having a tiered cake is that each tier can be a different flavor allowing for more variety. Chocolate AND vanilla? Yes, please!
Kasey and her custom design team create amazing one-of-a-kind invitations for your wedding. They help set the tone for your event by printing something that is totally ‘you’ and your style. They are also event planners, so they can help integrate the right information and know what to ask you without adding stress to the process.
And you don’t have to break the bank to have something that is a personal representation of your wedding – it can be as easy as colors and patterns combined in a new and unique way.
WEDDING TIP: Try to think about the invitation as the element that sets the tone. It is the first thing your guests and family see and makes the impression – like wearing a great outfit to a job interview. It helps everyone know what style event it is, how to dress, and sometimes it even makes a difference in the gifts.
Photo: Adebayo Deru
At our full-service event planning and design boutique based in Chicago, each event is personalized to your vision and needs. We create weddings and events that are fresh, stylish, charming, sophisticated, glamorous, classic, and most of all AMAZING to experience. With Soirée Style Events, you can rest assured that your event is going to be a blast, with a luxurious twist. Your experience working with our team will be rewarding from start to finish!
Sarah Kathleen Events was founded with one goal in mind: to create jaw-dropping events while helping our clients to enjoy them! We are a team of talented planners that have a passion for the creative and the skill to keep everything flowing smoothly. From securing and coordinating vendors, creating design themes and decor, finalizing little details, and offering expert wedding etiquette advice, we can assist with any aspect of the planning. On the wedding day, rest assured that every tiny detail will be covered while our clients and their guests simply soak it all in. Whether it’s a small, intimate affair, or a larger than life celebration, Sarah Kathleen Events will be there for every step to make the day extraordinary!
WEDDING TIP: If you have big decor ideas, but you’re not sure how to pull it all together and make it work, then talk to a pro! Nothing is worse than seeing your DIY Pinterest project not turn out the way you imagined! We have the experience to take your ideas and make them a reality while flowing with the entire event. Wedding pros will have the right tools to not only plan out your idea, but execute it on wedding day perfectly so it’s not a guessing game.
Bluewater Kings Band is a premium 5-14 piece band specializing in high-energy music for festivals, weddings, corporate events and private functions – at a sensible price. We pride ourselves on having a “cooler-than-average” setlist that is never cheesy and focuses squarely on filling your dance floor. With the Bluewater Kings you’ll get the best musicians in the country, playing your favorite music.
WEDDING TIP: It’s important to us as a band that we can have some musical freedom as it’s our job to keep that dance floor filled the whole evening! At the same time–as our client we love some general creative direction as to what you enjoy. Feel free to give us tips as far as things like “we LOVE Motown” or “we HATE Motown” whatever the case may be. Consider us similar to the “genius” button on your iTunes–give us some ideas, and let us fill in the blanks–it’s our job, and our pleasure…and frankly, we are awesome at it 🙂