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!

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!