Friday, February 5, 2016


Having a wedding downtown can be absolutely amazing. We're talking stunning views, delightful foods, and top-notch entertainment. But there are definitely some things to think about to make sure you're putting together the best possible day in the simplest possible manner.

Our friends from the Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago have some excellent ideas when it comes to the ins and outs of planning a downtown wedding:

1. Deliciously Local
Get crafty with your cocktail hour and offer an assortment of Chicago favorites. Or, set out a couple Lou Malnati's pizzas as a late night snack to keep guests dancing all night. Be sure to offer some local brews. The Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago even offers a "Chicago-based" beer list and will customize any beer package. One taste of a regional craft beer and you're bound to make Chicagoans out of all your guests.

2. Airport Transportation Options
For out of town guests, there are a variety of different transportation options to and from O'Hare, Midway, and other local airports. It's always easy to grab a taxi, Lyft or Uber. Some hotels also offer a shuttle for guests. To get ideas on the best ways to get around, visit the concierge at your hotel. They can recommend the easiest transportation options for their location or map out the best routes on the el.

3. Downtown Down Time
You pay a lot for your wedding photos and you don't want your time to be cut short because your guests are getting bored. With a downtown wedding, you have a beautiful, built-in solution to those in between times.

Provide little maps or information on your favorite Chicago landmarks in Welcome Bags and leave them with your hotel. Guests can visit iconic hot spots like the Bean or the Water Tower while you get your close ups. It's a win-win, really.

4. Show Off Chi-Town
We've seen some incredible skyline cakes recently, but there are a million other little ways to show off your city throughout your wedding. Name your tables after your favorite neighborhoods, walk into the reception to "Chelsea Dagger," or pick a venue with city views that inspire. For instance, nothing says Chicago like an incredible view! The picture above is the view from the Tip Top Tap Ballroom at the Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago! Gorgeous, right?

5. The Don'ts are Important, Too
There are so many "do's" when it comes to planning a downtown wedding -- don't forget to consider the "don'ts." For instance, don't plan to have your guests moving between locations at rush hour during the week. There's no way you're going to get everyone where they need to be on time. Don't count on the weather being perfect. I mean, it's Chicago, my friends. You just never know. Don't let out-of-town-ers try to figure out how to navigate the neighborhoods on the day of your wedding. Yes, I know it's a grid system, but it's still complicated if you're not from here.

A lot of the "don'ts" can be combated by finding the right venue. A hotel wedding in an amazing location, means guests want to stay put. We love the idea of affording guests the opportunity to see the sights and taste the tastes while still circling back to one central location for all the festivities!

Thank you so much to our friends at the Warwick Allerton Hotel, Chicago! Contact them today for your private tour of the venue and information on their wedding options! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Let’s be real, how many of us have been to a cake tasting? It isn’t something most people do on a daily basis, so we want to prepare you for your cake tasting experience!

First things first, come hungry! We definitely don’t recommend coming for a tasting immediately after you meet with your caterer or potential caterer. You’re going to be tasting anywhere from two to four different cake flavors and two to four filling flavors. It might not sound like a lot, but trust us, the cake is so delicious, you’ll have a hard time not finishing it!

Next, come prepared. This tip is two-fold. For starters, have a general idea of your budget. Wedding cake is normally priced by the slice and typically starts around $5.50 per slice. If you’re hoping to keep costs down for your cake, opt for a smaller cake and serve your guests sheet cake. Also, the more ornate the design, the more expensive the cake, so keep that in mind for the second part of this tip if you’re hoping to stay within a certain budget.

If you’ve started looking online for inspiration or have photos of what you’re looking for, bring them with. This will give our cake artists a better idea of your style and the look and feel you’re going for. We can absolutely work with you to make your dream cake a reality (and in your budget)! If you’ve dreamt of intricate details and 5-tiers, but you’re only having 100 guests, we’ll still make that beautiful cake, just a bit smaller!

Finally, keep it intimate. Family (moms in particular) want to be included in all phases of wedding planning, but sometimes having too many opinions can actually end up confusing you and your fiancĂ©. We’ll gladly welcome additional guests to your tasting (within reason), but from our experience, it’s usually best to keep your tasting small. This will give you two the opportunity to chat about the things that are more important to you with regards to your cake and sweets.

We can’t wait to help you get starting planning your dream cake!

A big thanks to Tatiyana and the team at Jewell Events Catering for their ideas on what to expect at a cake tasting! View their new Urban Icing location to explore the new event space and book your custom cake tasting today! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ravini's latest collection hit the runways of New York Bridal Fashion week with all the style and aplomb of an instant classic. The movement and flow of the fabrics drew attention from the crowds. You're sure to be seeing a lot of these looks in bridal salons for 2016! Let us know which gowns are your favorite in the comments below! 

Friday, January 29, 2016

"Corrina and Patrick recently got married and we decided to photograph them, a real couple, to put more passion and emotion into the shoot.

"The color used for the bouquet was Marsala, considered the color of the year of 2015. The shoot also had a touch of a 'Boho Chic' style and a gorgeous lace dress. The photo shoot took place near Michigan Avenue, featuring some beautiful downtown buildings. The gold colors made a perfect match for this elegant and romantic scenario." -- Layla Eloa, Photographer

Photography: Layla Eloa Photography / Flowers: Fleur / Hair + Makeup: Vanessa Morales / Gown: Jenny Yoo Collection / Tie: The Tie Bar / Earrings: BHLDN

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