Venue of the Week: The Ivy Room

July 18th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

The special venue of the week is The Ivy Room!

Have you always dreamed of having an indoor and outdoor space for your wedding or event? This is the perfect place to host just that! (Especially for a spring and summer event.)

The Ivy Room is located in the heart of downtown Chicago and is truly a hidden gem! Behind the doors of this great building lies a beautiful courtyard space filled with its famous green ivy vines and flowers. It’s like escaping into a romantic, dreamy, and intimate place – a perfect setting to say “I Do” in front of your loved ones.

The Ivy Room is truly a special space that gives you a perfect blend of both city and garden elements.

If you have any questions or some inspiring ideas stirring up, feel free to give our studio a call! We look forward to hearing from you!

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↑ Amanda Meg Miller Photography  ↑

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↑ Amanda Meg Miller Photography  ↑

How to Donate Your Flowers!

July 11th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Do you ever think about what will happen to your flowers after your big wedding or event?! Well, do not waste them! There is a way you can repurpose and donate your flowers to others along with creating ever lasting smiles rather than throwing them away.

In Chicago there is a great organization called Random Acts of Flowers. Their goal is to make a huge impact on their communities and all around the country by providing flowers to help improve any difficult situations people go through on a daily basis. Flowers can truly send a powerful message and can be looked at as a emotion inducer, improving moods, and those qualities can truly brighten the minds of any person that is suffering. How wonderful would it be if you could have that great of an impact on someone?

All you need to do is arrange for a time and day to have your flowers picked up from the location of your wedding or event. Another pick up option could be from a studio courtesy of your Event Planner or Event Stylist. Random Acts of Flowers charges a $250 fee for pick up and then they would be on their way to brighten dozens of faces!

Another great option to look into donating your flowers would be Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. A link is provided here with all the specific ways to help.

You could also email and speak to a representative about some of the donating options.

Take the small steps and donate your flowers! The outcome can truly make an impact on many and be appreciated for years to come.

If are considering donating your flowers after your wedding or event and have any questions or inspirational ideas – feel free to give our studio a call!


Venue of the Week: Chez Event Space

July 5th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Happy Thursday my fellow Chicagoans! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!

The special venue this week is Chez Event Space! This modern luxury event venue is located two blocks from the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. Not only the Magnificent Mile! What we also love about this venue is that it is surrounded by various classic Chicago settings such as Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and just minutes away from the exciting shopping experience in the Gold Coast.

With its openness – this event space can truly fulfill your city wedding dreams. If you are envisioning to host a ceremony and reception in this space – having a quick turn over is very possible. (And something Exquisite Designs excels at!) Not to mention, there is always room for a cocktail hour.

Thinking about hosting your event at this wonderful & chic venue? Feel free to give our studio a call for any questions or inspirational ideas you may have!

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 Photo by Christy Tyler Photography ↑

Venue of the Week: The University Club of Chicago

June 27th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Are you in need of some advice for the perfect venue to host your event at in the Chicago land area? Well, that’s why I’m here! Exquisite Designs has worked with some of the most beautiful, tasteful, and classic venues in this world class city.

For the next couple of blog posts, I will be featuring one venue per week. This week I’m going to start off with the University Club of Chicago. This beautiful venue is located on the vibrant streets of Michigan Avenue & Monroe street in downtown Chicago. Just minutes away from Millennium Park and the exciting shopping stores aligned on Michigan Avenue.

How do you know if this venue is right for you? Well, this over a century year old building is best known for it’s historical and old world feel along with being filled with impeccable detail in every corner. So, if you are looking for a venue that contains a one of a kind design all around, and a lot of history – this is definitely a place worth checking out for your big event!

Below are a couple of pictures from a lovely wedding Exquisite Designs had the honor of taking part in. Enjoy & feel free to call our studio with any questions or inspiration. We look forward to hearing from you!





↑ University Club of Chicago ↑

5 Reasons to Schedule a Walk Through

June 20th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Why schedule a walk through with your event planner and/or event designer? It’s a time to literally walk through the space where the guests would be coming, trouble shoot the plans that could work, and a time for the caterer, venue coordinator, and event designers to come together to achieve one goal. Walk throughs are important, because it will help ease up your stress on the day of your event. It’s also a good way to make your final decisions on guest counts. We will study the venue inside and out, know where to place things, and become knowledgable on the important steps we will need to take on hour by hour. This is also important to have, because it helps lead OUR team in the right direction for the day of the event.

1. Always bring a notebook – that is a must! You will definitely want to write down any new details that the venue coordinator stresses to you. You should also write down any questions or concerns and present them the day of your walk through. Communication is key and this would be the time to get out all of you questions, concerns, and preferences on what you’re envisioning!

2. Keep in mind a walk through is usually scheduled a month prior the event and might last anywhere from a half hour to an hour – depending on how big the venue is and how many questions and concerns need to be worked out. There’s no rush, your event stylist will want to make sure everything is all set in place as well.

3. If this walk through is wedding based – this is also the time to decide where you would want your cocktail hour and what size tables would fit best. Also, if you need to flip the room from ceremony to reception, deciding where to place storage, the direction of your aisle, location of head table is super important to go through with both the venue coordinator and event designer.

4. One of the most important details to lock down is to study the venue. Meaning, the measurements and dimensions you will need in order to fill the space. If you want a huge arch, center pieces, or bigger tables, now is the time to discover and decide all of those details.

5. LOGISTICS! You will 100% want to discuss the timing of the set up. Here are a few important questions to discuss:

- When would be a good time for your vendors to load in?

- You will want to schedule different load in times for your vendors, if everyone comes at once it will be too chaotic!

- This is important for the vendors; talk about what physically works and fits. Ex: will that 8 foot bar fit in the elevators? Now is the time to discuss those issues.

- If ordering linens, will everything be placed by the catering staff or will your event designer and their team have to set those up prior to everything else?

Remember, the outcome of a walk through can only help you and make your event more successful along with taking a bit of stress off for your big event.

Below are some pictures of before and after shots of the two venues we love to work with!

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↑ Chez Event Space ↑

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The University Club of Chicago ↑

Everybody Loves a Mock Up!

June 13th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Happy Wednesday to my fellow Chicagoans!

Since it’s summer season and events are popping up left and right in the city of Chicago, that also means that it’s Mock Up season!

After you have envisioned what you truly want for your event – colors, linens, vases, candles picked out, it never hurts to schedule a mock up and a chance for you to come into our design studio to allow your mental visualization to come to life. This creates a chance to grow a more collaborative effort and relationship between the clients and event stylists.

Here is how a mock up works: After months of planning your event together, after you sign a contract and you ask yourself – what is the next step? A mock up is order! We put together a proposal and in this important document we list all of the types of flowers, and flower arrangements you wish to have at your event. Along with the different types of candles, votives, and vases that goes well with your flower arrangements. It’s also a great opportunity to measure out the scales of each table setting; see what fits best! Do you want taller or shorter vases?  Are the candles too close together, or do you want only clear glass vases instead of gold? This is the perfect time to figure out all of the logistics! For each section of the venue, I’m sure you have an idea of how you would want a table setting to look like. When it comes time to do a mock up, Exquisite Designs has the pleasure of putting together what that table you have been dreaming about day and night would look like!

What we would like to gain in doing a mock through is to see if the clients vision matches ours.  If not, we could make changes regarding the flower arrangements, colors, and table settings. Having a mock up can truly benefit both the event stylist and client, we want to be able to get it right and exceed your expectations.

Improving the designs for our client’s event is the main reason to host a Mock Up, and if our client is happy, that makes us happier.

Below are some pictures of Mock Ups we’ve held in our lovely studio. Feel free to give us a call if you would like more information or have some inspiring ideas!