Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Wedding Salon is a bridal tradeshow that connects brides, planners and the press with the best vendors in the industry.

The Wedding Salon events feature companies in a variety of categories, including photographers, florists, venues, gowns and formalwear, wedding planning, catering, beauty services, videographers, wedding travel and honeymoons, and many more.

The Wedding Salon is not an ordinary bridal expo, but, instead, a luxury bridal showcase featuring the best wedding vendors and newest trends.


Chicago Wedding Salon Bridal Show

The Wedding Salon puts on a magical bridal show and expo for Chicago brides. Countless luxury wedding vendors will be available to help you plan your big day.

Don’t Miss the Bridal Event of the Year, The Wedding Salon on June 4th in Chicago!! Find the ultimate resources for your wedding at the nation's premier luxury event! Discover the latest trends in Photography, Invitations, Honeymoons, Couture Gowns, Cakes & more. Enjoy Beauty Makeovers, Cocktails, Gift Bags, Fantasy Table Décor...

We kindly request professional attire at this event, no flip flops or sneakers are permitted.


The Wedding Salon - Chicago, IL
Show date: Monday June 04, 2012
Show hours: 4 PM to 8 PM
Venue: Sax Chicago
Address: 333 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012






Photography: Wes Craft

Monday, May 21, 2012

--Season eight of SAY YES TO THE DRESS premieres on Friday, June 15 at 9 PM ET/PT.—

-- Series premiere of RANDY TO THE RESCUE on Friday, June 15 at 10 PM ET/PT –

(New York, NY) – Friday is Bride Day on TLC and the celebration continues with the season eight premiere of SAY YES TO THE DRESS on Friday, June 15 at 9 PM ET/PT followed by the series premiere of RANDY TO THE RESCUE at 10 PM ET/PT.

SAY YES TO THE DRESS returns to its roots at New York’s famous Kleinfeld Bridal salon. Part fashion show, part bridal story, part family therapy, the series uncovers the hurdles every staff member faces to make each bride completely satisfied on what may be the single most important day of her life. The new season brings a new batch of unique personalities. From demanding moms to picky fiancés, brides with unlimited budgets and an appearance from fashion-forward Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, viewers will be exposed to nearly every aspect of dress shopping in preparation for the big day.

RANDY TO THE RESCUE, TLC’s newest bridal installment, features bridal guru Randy Fenoli as he hits the road to bring his favorite gowns, unsurpassed dress knowledge and signature styling approach to lucky brides around the country. Across eight cities, Randy provides a “head to hem” makeover for brides-to-be along the way. From dresses and accessories to hair and makeup, Randy creates a bridal blueprint for each bride, with a full look that can be replicated on their actual wedding day. Straight off the runway and transported via big rig, Randy will roll into town with a bridal salon on wheels to dish out his top tips on bridal style, do’s and don’ts and the hottest trends for the season. Along the way, viewers will be introduced to the emotional stories of deserving brides wishing for dramatic makeovers for their big day. City stops include: San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Nashville, Cincinnati, Boston, Minneapolis. Never fear: it’s RANDY TO THE RESCUE!

SAY YES TO THE DRESS and RANDY TO THE RESCUE are produced by Half Yard Productions for TLC.

Friday, May 18, 2012




LOLA Event Productions
New Studio Open House

5.31.12

6-8:30pm

1917 N Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago IL 60647

RSVP required to

info@lolaeventproductions.com

Meet the LOLA staff, some of our great vendor partners like Cornelia McNamara, Studio This Is, Limelight Catering and MaryMonica Music’s DJ Chris.


And most importantly... see our new digs!


Our new studio is 1 block from the Western Blue Line stop, along the Milwaukee and Western Avenue bus routes, and there is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood.


We are proud to be sharing our new studio space with Cornelia McNamara and Studio This Is.


Studio by Appointment only.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

From our friends at Yanni Design Studio...

place card table

Guests were greeted by a large fresh floral arrangement atop a marble urn. Romantic floating candles and petals adorned the table

sweetheart table

The bride and groom sat at a custom made moon shaped sweet heart table completely covered with fresh flowers all the way to the floor. Overhead was a gold chiffon canopy complete with chandelier and floral touches.

centerpiece

dace floor and swags

Guests danced the night away on our custom white vinyl dance floor cover. Our signature ceiling swagging hung over head.

Friday, May 11, 2012


 

Ayrielle Bavaro & Jeff WaltOur love story began in 1999 in high-school Spanish class. Jeff was a sophomore and I was a freshman, so I was beyond ecstatic when he asked me to the first dance of my high-school career: homecoming. The dress was bought, the hair appointment was made, and I was ready to go.

A few days before the big event, though, Jeff called me, telling me that he would be unable to take me to the homecoming dance. In the background, I heard his mom say, ''Tell her why,'' and he did: he had gotten grounded. Needless to say, I was crushed, and so ended our communication for the rest of high school. After high school I attended the University of Illinois, and Jeff left the state to attend Western Michigan University. It would seem that our paths would never cross again—until they did.

Jeff and I are both White Sox fans, so it was a fluke that we were both out with a group of friends in Wrigleyville at the bar Red Ivy. Jeff was celebrating a friend’s going-away party when he spotted me from across the bar. As he tells me the story, he made his friend make about seven laps around the bar with him, walking by me to get my attention. Out with my girlfriends and having a good time, I was totally oblivious. Finally on the eighth lap, we made eye contact, and he approached me. He asked me if I remembered him, and I thought, ''Oh yeah, I remember you all right. The guy who stood me up for homecoming!'' However, by the end of the night, I had a feeling that fate had brought us back together for a reason.

Luckily for me, Jeff spent the first year of our courtship wining and dining me to make up for any hard feelings from high school. After our first date at a sushi restaurant a week later, we were rarely seen away from each other. Needless to say, over the next three years, we fell head over heels in love.

We love to travel together, and we were about to take an upcoming trip to Napa Valley for my birthday. All my friends were convinced that he would propose on the trip, so Jeff took it upon himself to throw everyone for a curve ball.

Jeff and I went to a local winery for a romantic evening of sitting outside, enjoying some good food, and a bottle of our favorite wine. I love owls, and Jeff took a ring box (gasp!) out of his pocket. He opened it up to show an owl ring inside. He told me that he had seen it out and thought of me. He told me to close my eyes, and he would put it on me, beginning a new tradition—whenever he bought me a new piece of jewelry, I would close my eyes, make a wish, and he would put it on me. As I did this (I bet you can guess what I wished for!) I opened my eyes and looked down to a gorgeous diamond engagement ring. The rest was a blur of excitement, but when he looked up at me from his knee and asked me to marry him, my initial response was ''Are you sure!?!'' It was the best night of my life; I was engaged to be married to the man that I had been reunited with after ten years apart.

We can hardly wait for our June wedding at the Medinah Country Club. We have a fantastic husband-and-wife photography team, Gina and Tony, who will capture our day, and the up-and-coming Nick Kitsos Band, which will keep the dance floor packed all night long.

After the big day, we will head to the beautiful island of Moorea in French Polynesia for our honeymoon. We’ll stay in an overwater bungalow, complete with a glass bottom for fish watching, and spend our days exploring, swimming, and sunning as the new Mr. and Mrs. Walt. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that those two kids in Spanish class 13 years ago found each other again. Fate brought us back together, and we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Monday, May 7, 2012









Vendors
Venue: Newberry Library
Wedding Planner: Jane Allen Events
Floral: Evanston Flowers
Photography: Chang2 Studios
Catering: Berghoff Catering
Music: Toast and Jam
Photobooth: Shutterbox

Friday, May 4, 2012



LOLA Event Productions
New Studio Open House

5.31.12

6-8:30pm

1917 N Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago IL 60647

RSVP required to

info@lolaeventproductions.com

Meet the LOLA staff, some of our great vendor partners like Cornelia McNamara, Studio This Is, Limelight Catering and MaryMonica Music’s DJ Chris.


And most importantly... see our new digs!


Our new studio is 1 block from the Western Blue Line stop, along the Milwaukee and Western Avenue bus routes, and there is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood.


We are proud to be sharing our new studio space with Cornelia McNamara and Studio This Is.


Studio by Appointment only.



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Written By: Kelsey Collins

Grab a pencil, a notepad and a calculator. It’s time to crunch the numbers and determine your wedding budget. If you’re like most brides, you want a memorable wedding, but you don’t want to break the bank. That’s why you need to set a budget and live by it.
SURVEY SAYS…
In 2010, the average American wedding cost $24,066, according to The Wedding Report, a company that tracks wedding industry figures. In the Chicagoland area, the average wedding cost in 2010 was $29,606. No matter which figure you look at, it’s clear a wedding is an expensive affair. Manage your money wisely in order to stick to your budget.

The first order of business? Figuring out your guest list. The next question is how much money would you like to spend? How does that figure compare to the money you can afford to spend? Get practical and make the comparison between your wish list and your reality check. The result is a budget you can live with.
REALITY CHECK
Your budget needs to be realistic, otherwise your planning period will be filled with stress. Don’t budget 25 percent of your budget on food when you know professional estimates say 40 percent to 50 percent of a wedding budget is spent on food and beverage. The best thing to do is prepare a sound budget and stick to it. If you go over budget, you’ll be scrambling to pay for a pricey party. You’ll have added stress, worry and a big bill to pay well after the wedding is over. So, early on in the planning process—think the first month—work with your groom to develop a pretty solid idea of how much money you’ll spend, how you’ll spend it and who will help you cover the costs.
FINANCIAL FLEXIBILITY
While your budget should be solid, it’s also subject to change. Be flexible whenever possible and re-evaluate your budget from time to time to make sure you’re on track. It’s an ongoing process and you need to be prepared to make revisions if necessary. After all, you don’t want to be surprised by a lack of cash during the final stages of planning your big day.
BUDGET BREAKDOWN
Don’t look at your budget as just one blank check. You’ve got to break down the budget into categories. Ask yourself how much you think you’ll spend on wedding essentials including photography, decorations, DJ or band and flowers. Suggested budget percentages, like 3 percent for the wedding cake, are just starting points.

Don’t feel these figures are a strict formula. If you love dessert, splurge on the sweets and make budget adjustments in other areas that make sense for you and your groom. If you’re wearing your mother’s wedding gown, for example, you don’t have to worry about spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a dress. Reallocate that money to another category such as stationary to cover the price of place cards and programs, especially if that’s a special priority for you.
PRIORITIZE
Many brides say the hardest part of creating a budget is deciding how to spend the money. That’s why you and your groom have to prioritize what matters most to you both. Once you’ve come to an agrrement on what matters most to the two of you, you can spend the most money in that area. If dancing and great photos are your main concerns, then focus your budget on hiring a great band and a skilled photographer. Your satisfaction means money well-spent.
BUDGET EXTRAS
Ideally, you’ll budget more money than you’ll actually need. You could end up saving a few extra bucks. Say you set aside $500 for favors—try to spend $400. If you come in under budget, you’ll have more financial flexibility to spend on other wedding-day needs and wants. Don’t forget to keep extra flexibility in the budget for last-minute details like footing the dinner bill for a few extra guests or ordering favors at the last minute because the ones you thought you would get are out of stock.

Additionally, remember to budget for tips. Many couples forget to include gratuity in their financial plan and that’s a surefire way to blow your budget. While not every vendor gets a tip, many wedding professionals depend on tips to make their living. Photographers, musicians, caterers and service staff usually receive tips.
ETIQUETTE
You might not think about etiquette when deciding on a budget but it’s definitely something to consider. If you’re on a fixed budget, there are lots of ways to save money, but don’t do anything that would impact your guests’ good time. If tray-passed appetizers are too expensive for your budget, consider food stations as a way to feed your guests and still stay on a desired financial track. It’s in poor taste to skimp on food, either in quality or quantity. Your guests will know you cut corners and that’s a sign of bad manners. How embarrassing! So make sure your financial decisions don’t have any negative impact on your guests.

Etiquette is also a concern when you’re getting financial help from your friends or family. These days, paying for the wedding is a family affair. Often, the tab for the wedding is picked up by many people, including the bride and groom, their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

If your grandparents offer to pay for the cake, they might want to offer some suggestions on flavors and decorations. They probably think their financial support means they get a say in the final decision. You may or may not agree with them, but know your position on this matter before you accept their contribution. It’s normal for them to want to get bang for their buck, but you want to have control over the details of your day. Take a deep breath, think before you say anything you might regret and remember to be grateful and respectful to those who want to help you.

Formulating and sticking to a budget is never easy, but it’s the right thing to do when you’re planning a wedding. Your budget shouldn’t limit you, it should keep you focused and out of debt. Be realistic, analyze your wish list and tally the price tag—You need to make the most of your money to pull off the wedding you want.