Archive for April, 2011

Royal Wedding ~ The person you won’t see

Friday, April 29th, 2011

As you are watching (or just finished watching the royal wedding) there is one person (or actually in this case a small army) working this grand event and making sure things go as planned. You won’t see them on tv, you won’t hear about them, but this person has all the details, the world will rest on this person’s shoulders for a few hours and they have only one shot at getting it right.  In addition, to all that, they HAVE to stay on schedule, they have to make sure everyone is at the correct place at the right time (and with a real Queen in your hands and I’m sure a few divas thrown in for good measure,  this is no small task), along with keeping a bride calm and pristine the entire day.

There will be many things we won’t see on tv…. none of the troubleshooting that happens before, during and after the wedding. But no matters how well you’ve planned, with this size of an event something is bound to happen and it will. But we will never know it. That person is called the wedding planner.

You don’t see us, you don’t hear from us, but we are definitely there, every step of the day and we make things happen.

Grand Entrance and Exit ~ Wedding Trumpeters

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

As we wait for more details about the Royal Wedding taking place this coming Friday a few details are coming out …. one of them about the use of Trumpeters. What a better way to add in a grand entrance to the walk down the aisle than Trumpeters greeting your guests with a fanfare as they are arrive and also playing Trumpet Voluntary for the bridal processional.

Happy Easter!!!

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

It was a late bloomer for Easter this year but it’s finally here. With that said we want to wish you a Happy Easter to you and your family!

Martha Stewart

Local Wedding Venue ~ Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I had the pleasure of stopping by the Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club this past week and was in awe of all the potential this space has for a wedding. The venue has a lot of windows over looking the outdoors, along with high ceilings and it is well kept. Tammy the venue manager mentioned there will be some cosmetic changes they will be making in the near future but you can’t beat the price of under $3,000 to rent the space on a Saturday evening.

You can even have the ceremony outside and have the cocktail hour underneath the portico. Free parking and rentals such as chairs, china, glass and silverware are already an added bonus.  You do not have to be a member to book the venue.

If you would like to find out more information along with available dates please contact Tammy Perri at 630-368-6442 or email her at

Inside view of the venue ~ Look at all those windows!

Outdoor Ceremony Lawn and Portico

Quick Fire Blog Post ~ Looking for a job in the wedding industry?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Then, look no further. The force behind Think Splendid, Liene Stevens launched a new website last week which links all job listings currently available in the web related to the wedding industry. Wedding Assistants, Graphic Designers, Floral Designers, Rentals salesperson, Bridal Store Salesperson, they are all listed there….  If you are looking for a job or wish to post a wedding related job please visit

Afternoon Tea ~ High Tea vs. Low Tea… what’s the difference?!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

As many of you prepare to host an afternoon tea with friends in celebration of the Royal Wedding on April 29th I wanted to touch on the difference between high tea vs. low tea. Most restaurants and hotels in Chicago offer low tea. Low tea is served in low tables (such as a coffee tables) surrounded by couches or arm chairs. The Low Tea meal consists of small finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream (and I must admit the one served in the states doesn’t hold a candle to the one served in the UK), lemon curd along with a few smaller pastries. Low Tea tends to occur between 3PM to 5PM.

High Tea occurs in a traditional dinning table, usually takes place between 5PM to 6PM. The biggest difference between high tea and low tea is that a heavier meal will be served during high tea.  This can be eggs, shepherd pie, or cold meats.

And there you have it.

If you ever want to do Afternoon Tea like the brits do take a trip across the pond and make a reservation at The Ritz in London, and don’t be shy to dress up…. Get ready to undust your best hat and your nicest suit or they will not let you in! Don’t have time to fly to London any time soon? Just visit The Drake, The Four Seasons, The Peninsula Hotel or the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. They all do a great job with their afternoon tea.