Questions To Ask Yourself When Looking For the One (Dress)!

When searching for your perfect wedding dress - there are a few things to keep in mind to make your search runs smoothly. 

WHAT is YOUR DRESS BUDGET?

Set your wedding dress budget before the appointment and make sure to stick to it.  Don’t try on dresses that go over your budget.  It's a great idea to call ahead to the dress boutiques and ask them about price ranges before you stop in. If you fall in love with a dress that you cannot have it will make finding the right dress in your price range close to impossible.

HAVE YOU DONE YOUR RESEARCH?

Look for shops in the area will have the most choices for your price range as well as looking at reviews.  You won’t want to travel to a shop just to be disappointed by the service.  Also, if you're looking for a specific dress designer or style it's good to know if the boutique carries them.

What Type of Dress are you looking for?

Look online or in magazines to get an idea of what kind of dress you think would best suit you.  You don’t have to find your exact dress - just find pieces of styles that you like.  Once you have some ideas, pin  some pictures of your favorite styles and have the photos handy when at the store.  This will help your consultant guide you in the right direction when finding your dress. 

That being said, while you think you might want a specific type of dress, be open to trying on a dress or two that aren't in the style type that you think you want. Many have thought they wanted one dress type but have fallen in love with something they never thought they would like.

Who are you bringing to the appointment?

After a long day on trying on dress after dress, the white gowns will slowly begin to blend together and it may be hard to remember which you like and which you don't. By bringing along a team of your best girls, finding a dress will be smooth sailing.  While thinking of people to bring, make sure you are choosing people who are open minded and to those that will listen to your opinion as well as those who will be constructive.  Remember that honesty is the best policy so it is best to keep in mind that family member or friend that will tell you how they really feel.

Also, don't bring too many people. While everyone has great intentions - well, they also have opinions.  This is a big decision and sometimes having too many opinions can be overwhelming. 

Last piece of advice: Don't expect to find the perfect dress at the first shop that you go to. You may need to look around to find the dress that is right for you. Don't settle for a dress because you have been shopping for hours. Give it time - the dress will find you.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Party

You have great candidates for your wedding party but you're not sure where to start. Here are some of our tips to narrow your list and pick the perfect wedding party for your special day.

Photo Credit: Ingrid Bonne Photography

Photo Credit: Ingrid Bonne Photography

Wedding Size

If you are planning a small and intimate affair ten bridesmaids may be a little over excessive. If an extravagant event is more up your alley then ten may not be so bad after all. The average number for a wedding party is 4-6 people on each side.

FINANCES

Talk finance with your fiancé.  The larger the wedding party, the more you'll spend on flowers, hair and makeup (if you're covering this), gifts, and more.

MORE Opinions

Remember that the more people you include - the more opinions there will be about every detail of your planning. Think opinions on dresses, hair and makeup, flowers, and other items you may not want opinions on.

DON'T ASK PEOPLE OUT OF OBLIGATION

Choosing people to be in your wedding party is extremely meaningful because these are the people that you are asking to stand with your and support you on your big day. You don't have to ask someone just because you are afraid that it will hurt their feelings if you don't. Also, you don't have to ask someone to stand up in your wedding just because they asked you. That being said, we do make an exception for your future in-law siblings. It's always great to include them in the wedding if it's possible.

There are other ways to include your loved ones

From ushers and officiants to ring bearers and flower girls, many cultures and religions have fun and traditional ways for people to be included in your wedding. Even if your big day is not going to be extremely associated with you or your partners religions or cultures - do some research on the background of them and if you find an idea that you adore go with it! This will also impress some of your friends and family who may be heavily associated with it. 

We Are Thankful for You!

As we look upon all we are grateful for in 2015, we wanted to take a quick minute and give thanks to all of our amazing clients we've had since 2009! It is humbling and an honor that so many of you have trusted us with the most important events of your lives. For that, we are truly thankful.

Here are some photos from new office-warming party this past year, courtesy of amazing photographer Ashley Hamm Photo!

Cheers to all of you and more to come!

Cheers to love,

The Citygirl Team

Special thanks to these amazing vendors!

Catering: Blue Plate
Flowers: Vale of Enna
Photography: Ashley Hamm Photography
Music: Derrick Stout Orchestra
Design: Pulp/Ink
Vintage Glasswear: The Festive Frog

Bachelorette Party Ideas

Whether you are the kind of bride that would prefer a soothing and relaxing evening with your girls or wants to go out for some adventurous entertainment as your last big hoorah, Chicago has options for you. 

 

Relaxing Outings:

- Polish and Pour  1244 N. Wells St. – (312) 274-9935  – Looking for a place to get a nice manicure and pedicure for your big day? Take a trip to Polish and Pour. They not only offer pampering packages that will have you relaxed and ready for your wedding day, but they also provide a martini bar to spice up your day a bit. Relax a bit and have some fun at Polish and Pour. 

- Wine and Canvas  North Chicago - (312) 342-8839– If you want some creativity in your day, check out Wine and Canvas. This establishment allows you to explore your creative abilities while you bond with your girls over paint and wine. It’s a fun and creative way to let loose.  North Chicago - (312) 342-8839

Delicious Restaurants:

- Carnivale 702 W. Fulton – (312) 850-5005– If you’re looking to spice up your night, head over to Carnivale for some cuisine from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Columbia and even Cuba. 

- The Capital Grille 663 N. Saint Clair St. – (312) 337-9400- If your looking for something a little more high end, check out The Capital Grille. This restaurant has wonderful food that will keep you and your girls raving for days. It also has a fun atmosphere that will make your night. 

Unique Adventures:

- Odyssey Cruises Navy Pier - (888) 957-2322 – Whether your looking for brunch / dinner / a great spot for drinks - take your girls out on Lake Michigan for a cruise. Chicago’s skyline offers a wondrous backdrop that will keep you and your party entertained for the entire day.

- Green Mill Lounge 4802 N. Broadway Street - (773) 878-5552- Take a trip back to the past at Green Mill Lounge. This cocktail bar is full of fun and history. It is said to be one of the original speakeasies in the lovely city of Chicago and has even been rumored to be one of the top choices of Al Capone. If your interested in live jazz and a bit of history, check out Green Mill Lounge. 

Your bachelorette party is your last night to go out with your girls and rave about your single life coming to an end and celebrating your married beginning. The city offers a wide variety of fun ideas for all kinds of brides on their big night out. 

It’s time to get inspired and have a little fun!

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Don’t forget! There are a few small things that many couples forget to do for their wedding day.  Though they are small, they are still important. Because it is your big day, you may not have time to remember the small things. Make sure that your wedding planner or a responsible family member will be there to help you along the way.

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