Important Steps to Take Before Meeting with Your Future Florist/Designer!

August 10th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Are you and your partner currently looking into a florist for your big wedding or event?

Here are four important steps you should take beforehand in order to have a successful and smooth relationship with your future florist!

First, it is always a great idea to have your date picked out! Timing is everything in the floral world! The season and month of your event date can greatly determine the type of wedding or event you and your partner are envisioning! (And of course we help bring those visions to life!)

Second, it is important to have your venue picked out! This is essential to know, because it will help visualize the type of flowers and designs you want at your wedding. Decide if you want an indoor and outdoor wedding, or both! This will be crucial to know in advance.

Third, the amount of guests! Are you thinking of a small or big wedding/event? The amount of guests you have will play a significant role in determining how many center pieces you want per guest table.

The fourth and final step would be to bring some pictures of designs, floral arrangements that have truly caught your eye! For your first consultation meeting, bring some magazines, Pinterest ideas, past weddings or events you have loved. This will help determine your color theme, yes to gold candles, no to silver candles, etc! Lets get busy!

Feel free to give our studio a call if you have any questions or some inspiring ideas! We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s all about the Cake Décor!

August 8th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

Happy Wednesday my fellow Chicagoans!

Are you still deciding on the type of  décor you want on your wedding cake?!

Well, we’ve got some inspirational pictures for you to help you make up your mind! Deciding how many tiers you want on your wedding cake is one thing, but deciding on the décor of the cake is the real question.

It’s always best to go with the color theme of your wedding. Lets say you are using Burgundy Dahlias, White Roses, and a ton of greenery in your bouquet as well as in your center pieces for your guest tables, you should use those similar blooms for your wedding cake!

If your wedding cake already comes with a little bit of design to it, all it will need are a couple of flowers (same ones used in your wedding décor, of course!) courtesy of Exquisite Designs!

Below are some sample pictures of wedding cakes we have been so honored to help decorate! If you have any questions, feel free to call our studio!


Amanda Megan Miller Photography ↑ (Designed by Sugar Fixe Patisserie, florals provided by Exquisite Designs.)


Tim Tab Studios Photography ↑


Dabble Me This Fine Art Photography ↑ Designed by Elysia Root Cakes, florals provided by Exquisite Designs.)

Venue of the Week: Theater on the Lake

July 31st, 2018 by Mana Discekici

The special venue of the week is Theater on the Lake!

Are you looking for a venue that is in the city of Chicago, yet is still surrounded by the serene views of the beautiful Lake Michigan? Then this will be the perfect venue for you! Theater on the Lake is one of the only venues in Chicago with a first class lakefront view.

With it’s breathtaking views of the lake and the Chicago skyline views, your guests will be in awe during your whole entire event! Also, This unique event space can hold anywhere from 25-1,500 people. Talk about flexibility!

Not to mention, the theater stage that is built in with the venue can make a wonderful backdrop for a DJ or band. (And of course some lovely pictures!)

Like what you just read? Feel free to give our studio a call for any questions you may have! We look forward to hearing from you!

Below are some pictures of decor courtesy of Exquisite Designs at Theater on the Lake!

Theater on the Lake


Theater on the Lake

Venue of the Week: Bridgeport Art Center

July 25th, 2018 by Mana Discekici

The special venue of the week is Bridgeport Art Center!

There are so many wonderful things to say about this venue. To start off, it is certainly an inspirational place to create, design, and share beautiful events at. There aren’t many venues quite like this one around the Chicago land area!

The Bridgeport Art Center features two astounding event spaces: The Skyline Loft and the Sculpture Garden Gallery. Both capture a strong level of urban elegance with touches of rustic feel all around. From the exposed brick in every corner to high ceilings and breathtaking city views, these two spaces can truly win the hearts of many.

Now the real question is, are you in favor of the Skyline Loft venue or a Sculpture Garden Gallery venue?!

The Skyline Loft, located on the second floor has the gorgeous city views and is completed with chandeliers that fill up the room. You can not go wrong with the free backdrop of the Chicago skyline, which your guests will love!

The Sculpture Garden Gallery, located on the first floor can give you both an indoor and outdoor setting. The garden setting is filled with historic brick arches along with an ivy garden feel to it. Not to mention, your guests will certainly admire the works of art that is filled with every inch of this space.

Love what you just read?! Feel free to give our studio a call if you have any questions or some inspiring ideas for your next wedding or event.

Bridgeport Art Center

↑ Amanda Meg Miller Photography ↑

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!

Ivy Room

↑ Amanda Meg Miller Photography  ↑

Ivy Room

↑ 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!