Archive for October, 2010

The Wedding Aftermath

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Did I get you with that title? I bet I did. Thought this was going to be a juicy post…. no way!

Let’s talk about what happens and needs to happen after the wedding. We always talk about all the things that have to get done in preparation and during the wedding but we never talk about how to really wrap things up before you move on to marital bliss.

Wedding is done and you are now on your way to the honeymoon… enjoy yourself and relax!

When you return home don’t forget to do the following things:

A. Start writing those thank you cards to all your guests. This includes the ones that brought a gift in addition to all the guests that gifted you with their presence.  Thank you cards are not just for your guests… but also for the people that worked hard to make your day special. Your vendors! I can honestly say a phone call or a hand written thank you note is like finding a $100 bill in my coat pocket.  They are truly golden and we always appreciate them. In addition, it’s a written testimonial from a client that can be added to our portfolios.

B. Pull out the wedding gown and do something with it. What do I mean by that?  Get it cleaned, get it consigned (White Chicago is a great place for this in Chicago) or get it preserved. Or if you are one of those daring ones… go trash the dress because you know no daughter of yours will wear it in the future.

C. While you are getting items A and B done you may want to wait on this one…Well this one can wait a few weeks.  Call your photographer and videographer and ask them if they need something from you to get those albums or videos into production / editing. You will have to wait until your photographer gets all the images edited and color corrected which takes a longer time (even longer if your wedding was in the middle of wedding season) but be ready to pick your favorites to get that wedding album started. As far as the videographer goes, ask how many songs if any they will need (and in what format) to get them started on your video.

That’s it. Now you are really done! Go enjoy Marital Bliss and live Happily Ever After!

Bridal Market 2010 ~ Lots of short dresses!

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It’s a big week in the bridal industry, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last four days you may have not noticed that Bridal Market is taking place in New York City. Most bridal designers (if not all) are showcasing their new works of art hoping buyers, bloggers and editors will purchase, talk and print their new designs. One thing that I noticed from a lot of the bloggers and editors were the Mad Men trend of short dresses.

Here are a few of my favorites by Amsale and Monique L’Huillier:

Photo Credit: Brides.com

Looking for additional photographs on this year new bridal fashions? Try Brides.com or Style Me Pretty

Chicago Wedding Ceremonies at Unique Locations

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

This week we have been talking about ceremonies and what a better way to end it that finding a unique location to host your ceremony. There are plenty of those in Chicago!

Skydeck at the Willis Tower ~ Great location to  host a ceremony and of course celebrate with a big reception afterwards. The views from any direction on the 99th floor are spectacular. Click here for additional information on booking the space.

Wrigley Field ~ Okay, I tricked you a little bit as Wrigley Field is not available for ceremonies of any kind in the actual field. But you do have some options! You can host an event at the Stadium Club inside Wrigley Field. There are no views of the field but there is plenty of Cubs memorabilia to make you happy especially if you are a die hard fan. A second option, would be to rent one of the nearby rooftops during a ball game. My favorite one is the Ivy League Rooftop. Make sure you take into account the weather, time of the year and sound as you will be competing with a MLB game.

Stage at the Pritzker Pavillion ~ The Stage is available September thru May and it has one of the most impressive views in the city. For additional information click here.

Photo Credit: Rick Aguilar

Choosing music for your wedding ceremony

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

For some reason couples get stumped when it comes to choosing music for their ceremonies. Most couples don’t know if they should go for traditional and classic music or if they should incorporate a little fun in their music selection.

With that being said here are some suggestions:

Are you looking to go for something a little formal but elegant?

Spring by Vivaldi

Rondeau by Mouret

Canon D by Pachelbel

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach

Flower Duet from Lakme

Air on G by Bach

Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel

Are you feeling adventurous and looking to change things up…. just a little?

‘Til There Was You by the Beatles

Strangers in Paradise from Kismet

Stepping out with my Baby by Tony Bennett

Come Fly with Me by Frank Sinatra

A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

I could go on and on….. Whatever you do make sure you choose music that speaks to you and gives your ceremony a romantic feel.

Wish Upon a Wedding Grants another wish in Chicago

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Yesterday, Wish Upon a Wedding in Chicago granted another wish to Bahar and Nick at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum.

I wanted to take a moment and thank all the wish granters that made this wedding wish possible.

The Peggy Notebart Nature Museum who  donated their venue to host  the ceremony and reception.

Enhancing the venue’s beauty with lighting was Intelligent Lighting Creations.

Fig Catering catered the food, provided the staff and libations for the wedding.

Bruce Otto from Spirited Weddings officiated the ceremony.

Amanda Hein who is such a talented photographer was there to capture the wedding day.

Scott from Chicago Cinematic Weddings provided the videography for the wedding and created the most heartfelt engagement video for Nick and Bahar.

The Roy Vombrach Orchestra provided the ceremony music along with the entertainment for the evening.

Guests enjoyed a string trio during the cocktail hour by Elle Musique

All the personal flower, ceremony and reception decor was provided by Elizabeth Wray Designs.

Complementing the flowers were linens provided by Tabletoppers, Inc.

A big mention goes out to Halls Rentals who once again for a second time in less than a month, steps forward to donate all the rentals for this wedding.

Tipsycake lead by Naomi Levine provided the wedding cake. If you haven’t visited Tipsycake it’s one of those must do on the wedding list. They create unique cakes, delicious and fun too!

Sealed with a J provided the invitations and Baltic Studios provided the calligraphy.

The Flying Lady Livery provided a Classic Car for the bride and groom.

Windy City Trolley provided transportation for the wedding party.

Bahar looked stunning… more so than ever with makeup from Laura Black Makeup and the gals at Sonia Roselli once again stepped forward once again (thank you Sonia Roselli!) for providing such a lovely do for Bahar.

Formally Modern Tuxedo provided Nick and the groomsmen with tuxedos for the wedding.

Budget Bridez provided all favors for this wedding.

Heather from Greatest Expectations was the planner for this wedding.

Li’l Inspirations provide all Wish Upon a Wedding recipients with a handkerchief keepsake of the wedding.

Details and additional photos from the wedding will be forthcoming.

Wedding Ceremony

Monday, October 11th, 2010

This week let’s talk about wedding ceremonies. How to make them different, special and what every couple wants…personal.

Let’s start out by discussing the configuration of the ceremony. In most cases the venue, hotel, church or outdoor space dictates the configuration that can be used based on the layout of the space. Especially in Chicago were we usually like to have the beautiful skyline as a backdrop to the ceremony.

Ninety percent of weddings tend to use a straight aisle with an altar at the end of the aisle. This setup is traditional, formal and classic.

If you are looking to change things up a little and have a more unique but intimate setting try a ceremony in the round. The layout of the room ensures your family and friends get to be closer to you and surround you during the ceremony.

Later this week…. we will talk about choosing the right music for the ceremony.