The Who's Who of Your Wedding Guest List

So, now comes the tough part - who's invited? Do you have to invite this person? Think you really want to invite your one coworker but not sure about the others?

Sharokina created a wedding how-to video that talks about who is typically invited, sticky situations, and ideas about including those who you can't invite to the wedding in other ways.

Keep in mind there are SO many "if this, then that" situations and there isn't a one-size fits all. If you have any questions, send us a note and we'd be happy to answer your questions!

7 Things Every Wedding Save the Date Should Include!

So you're engaged and you've found the perfect venue. What's next? Send out save the dates! But here's the real question - what do you put in it? Can you send digital or do you have to send out paper save the dates?

No worries - we're here to guide you! Check out this YouTube video for tips on style, 7 things every wedding save the date should have, and types of save the dates you can send out.


Downtown Glamour at the Palmer House Hilton

Marielle had always wanted a classic, art deco wedding and the couple agreed that the Palmer House was the perfect backdrop for their celebration. While all two hundred and fifty of their guests looked on, Marielle and Brandon exchanged vows beneath a gold column chuppah, complete with ivory chiffon fabric and emerald green foliage.

Photo Credit: Kent Drake Photography

What To Do Now That You're Engaged!

Cheers to you, newly engaged couple! We're so excited for you and there's a road of adventure you're about to embark on. We've created some videos for you that you can find in this post but we've also got some tips to share with you!

Here's part 1 of 2 on what to do now that you're engaged! See the listing below for details, too.

  • Enjoy and indulge! Look at the ring, go out, enjoy the newly engaged feeling with your better half. Tell family and friends that you want in person or over the phone before posting on social media. Post on social media! Share a photo of the proposal or the photo right after. We'd love to see the ring! Don't forget to buy and read wedding magazines and have some chocolate and bubbly in a warm bath!
  • What is your vision as a couple? When it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion. What are the two of you hoping for? Weddings can be big or small, indoor or outdoor, in your hometown, a destination wedding, etc. Talk through all of it, including budget and guest list.
  • Talk with the VIPs. Let parents know your plans and see how they want to be a part of the wedding planning process.
  • Consider hiring a planner. There's a planner for every budget and different packages and customization options.

Here's part 2 of 2 on what to do now that you're engaged! See the listing below for details, too.

  • Budget. What are you working with financially to be able to host your ideal wedding? Your budget will also vary by city.
  • Your guest list. Who is going to be invited? How far will you go into the extended family when it comes to inviting your family? Will coworkers be invited?
  • Time of year and which year are important. In Chicago peak wedding season is April/May-November so if you get engaged in December or January you might want to book your wedding for the next wedding season if you want a book a peak date at a popular venue.
  • Create a wedding binder/have a folder. This will allow you to keep all of your wedding contracts and details all in one place.
  • Set your wedding date. Make sure to coordinate the ceremony and reception locations (if they're separate) to make sure they are both available on your preferred wedding date.

Happy planning!

Outdoor Wedding at the Chicago Yacht Club

Lauren and Todd's wedding was so beautiful right out on the water. It's not every day that you see a Chicago wedding ceremony taking place outside because Chicago's weather is so unpredictable. When you do see one, though, it's a site to see! Check out these beautiful photos below.

Photo Credit: Kara Pearson Photography