Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vendor Spotlight
Sepia’s Michelin-Starred Weddings

Foodie brides and grooms, there’s a perfect venue for you! The Michelin-rated Private Dining by Sepia, located in the West Loop of Chicago, serves up a unique backdrop with impeccable menus provided by James Beard Award-nominated executive chef Andrew Zimmerman, pastry chef Cindy Schuman and head bartender Josh Pearson. Each menu is seasonally driven and perfectly customized to your preferences. The venue itself offers a sophisticated and intimate feel with soft, metallic walls and bold light fixtures that complement nearly any color scheme. To receive more information or book a tour, call (312) 441.1920.



Vendor Spotlight
Same Sex Meritage

Now here’s something to toast to—wine with a mission! Same Sex Meritage is a brand-new local wine label founded by Matt Gold and business partner Josh Stein. The delicious red wine is a Meritage blend, which signifies it’s made in California yet tastes like the lush varietals found in Bordeaux, France. And Same Sex Meritage is so much more. For every bottle sold, Gold and Stein donate $1 to Freedom to Marry, a same sex marriage advocacy group—in 2013, the duo aim to donate $1 million. To purcase your bottle (or box!), visit WineStyles in Lakeview or Evanston or visit www.samesexmeritage.com




Monday, January 28, 2013

You’re Invited!
ROOF Runway at theWit Hotel

This event takes bridal dress shopping to new heights! On February 7, the ROOF at theWit Hotel hosts ROOF Runway: Bridal Edition, a catwalk of the most dazzling gowns set against the backdrop of Chicago, 27 stories high. For the event, theWit partners with The Bridal Salon at Macy’s on State Street who will showcase stunning sheaths from Lazaro, Tara Keely, Augusta Jones, Watters and Demetrios. The hotel will also feature a Moet champagne beverage special to get the evening started. To reserve a table, call (312) 239.9502.



Thursday, February 7
Runway Show starts at 7:00 p.m.
ROOF on theWit
201 North State Street, 27th Floor, Chicago

Special Offer
Seeing Green at Makray Memorial Golf Club

Barrington’s historic Makray Memorial Golf Club is a scenic setting for weddings, inside or outdoors. The spacious ballroom can accommodate 30 to 250 people; plus personal customization with a dedicated staff allows you to create the day of your dreams. Even better, Makray is now offering a 20% discount of food and beverages for weddings through April, and has prime Fridays and Sundays open throughout the year. 



Special Offer
Days Inn Goes All Out with Room Upgrades

Things are looking even sunnier at the Days Inn Chicago with a newly launched website and this special offer for ChicagoStyle Weddings readers. Book standard rooms now for you and your guests and get upgraded to business class rooms free of charge. Mention this offer when calling to book your reservation. But hurry and do so before it expires on March 31!



Friday, January 25, 2013


Planning & Prep: Obtaining an Illinois Marriage License

Requirements
The bride and groom must appear together in person at the time of application. Medical records and blood tests are currently not required in Illinois.

Who May Apply
  • People of the opposite sex 18 years of age or older who are not blood relatives may marry without parental consent
  • First cousins 50 years or older
  • Persons 16-17 years of age applying for a marriage license must provide the following information: Sworn consent from each parent, legal guardian or a judge—in person—before the county clerk at the time of application. Those giving consent must provide proper identification, including: valid drivers license; valid state identification; valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card; or valid passport. If the legal guardian is giving consent, a certified copy of the guardianship papers must be provided.


What to Provide
You must provide one of the following pieces of information to receive your license.
  • Valid U.S. Drivers License
  • Valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Valid Illinois Department of Public Aid card (the I.D. and the medical card)
  • If the above are not available, you must provide two of the following: Certified copy of birth certificate; U.S. naturalization papers; A valid foreign passport; A baptismal record showing birth date of applicant; All consulate identification cards


Cost
Depending on the county, $15.00 to $30.00 payable in cash only.

Waiting Period & Expiration Of License
There is a 24-hour waiting period between the time the license is issued and the time it becomes valid. The license is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and must be obtained in the county where the ceremony will take place.

Where to Go
Call to verify hours and requirements and additional locations in each county.

COOK COUNTY 
118 N. Clark St., (lower concourse) 
Chicago, IL 60602 312-603-7788 

DEKALB COUNTY 
110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, IL 60178 815-895-7149

DUPAGE COUNTY
421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187 630-682-7035

GRUNDY COUNTY 
11 E. Washington St., Morris, IL 60450 217-942-5443

KANE COUNTY
719 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31), Geneva, IL 60143 630-232-5950


KANKAKEE COUNTY 
189 E. Court St., Kankakee, IL 60901 815-937-2990

LAKE COUNTY 
18 N. County St., Waukegan, IL 60085 847-377-2400


MCHENRY COUNTY
2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098 815-334-4242

Will COUNTY
302 N. Chicago, Joliet, IL 60431 815-740-4626

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


You’re Invited!
Entertainment Cruises Engagement Gala

Entertainment Cruises, operator of the Mystic Blue, is hosting a lush Engagement Gala this Saturday. Tour the vessel and see what it offers for your wedding day, including unique ceremonies on the water, yacht receptions, or even an unforgettable rehearsal dinner. Enjoy refreshments as you tour the multi-level boat or take a guided tour with one of Entertainment Cruises’ representatives. During the Engagement Gala, you’ll also be able to see a showcase of floral arrangements, cakes, photography, and more from a variety of the city’s premier wedding vendors.

Engagement Gala
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
Saturday, January 26
Mystic Blue: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*Reservations must be received by TODAY, January 23 and can be made by registering at www.ecengagementgala.eventbrite.com




TONIGHT: You’re Invited!
DeAwna McGinley Fundraiser

One of the greatest things about the wedding industry is that when one of our own comes on hard times, we band together to help them. Recently wedding photographer DeAwna McGinley was diagnosed with breast cancer, which has not only affected her health but also her ability to continue working this year. TONIGHT, we celebrate DeAwna with a night of food and drinks—and 100% of the profits go back to her.

Wednesday, January 23
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Floating World Gallery
1925 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

Tickets are $45 in advance – click here to purchase or make a donation! 



Vendor Spotlight
Let Your “I Do Wedding Flag” Fly

Looking for a really special way to personalize your day? I DoWedding Flags.com provides a treasured keepsake for your wedding day and anniversaries to come. A personalized wedding flag embroidered with both of your names and wedding date can be artfully displayed at your shower or bachelorette party, rehearsal, ceremony, reception and, every year on your anniversary as you live your happily ever after.

Monday, January 21, 2013


You’re Invited!
Stan Mansion Open House

Logan Square’s Stan Mansion is the hidden gem of Chicago and a perfect venue for your wedding day. Now you can see it for yourself and learn about special offers for weddings in 2013. This Saturday and Sunday, Stan Mansion will host an open house where you can stop by for a glass of champagne and take a tour. You’ll also receive promotional discounts from their array of vendors.





Bonus: All weddings at the Stan Mansion in 2013 receive a $1,000 discount; plus book before March 30, 2013 and Stan Mansion will pay for your valet service!

Stan Mansion Open House
January 26 & 27
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
2408 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago
Vendor Spotlight
Silpada Bridal Jewelry has the Finishing Touch for the Whole Party

From brides and bridesmaids to mother of the bride and wedding guests, Silpada Designs has the gorgeous jewels to complete everyone’s wedding look in your bridal party. The lavish stainless steel designs are also perfect for your rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party, and honeymoon.




Vendor Spotlight
FlowersFlowers’ Bouquets are in Bloom

On your wedding day, what you hold in your heart is just as important as what you hold in your hands. And when you’re not squeezing your groom’s fingers for comfort, your palms will be bearing a stunning bouquet. Floral designs can be complex or simple, but with FlowersFlowers, you’re in good hands for finding a bouquet perfectly suited to you. From Dutch hydrangea and California dahlias to roses and orchids, this European style flower shop in Evanston has a stunning selection of petals that can be custom arranged, as seen in this stunning portfolio.

Friday, January 18, 2013


Special Offer
Bride’s Head Revisited Etsy Sample Sale

Bride's Head Revisited was founded in 2002 by Emily Martin and Alexandra Augustine while working together at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. With their art and design backgrounds, and their experiences in the fashion world, they inevitably found themselves called upon to design their friends' veils and accessories. They soon discovered that the old iron-clad rules of wedding behavior and attire had become outdated. Inspired, Emily and Alex decided to combine their love of history and contemporary design into creating Bride's Head Revisited. Their designs of distinctive couture quality bridal accessories capture the individuality of each bride and reflect the importance of her special day.





Although the flagship store in New York City was closed late last year, this is good news for brides looking for a unique headpiece with an Etsy sample sale shop that offers all accessories and adornments at 60-80% off the retail price. Get yours before their gone!


Special Offer
Bedhead’s Gorgeous Gal Package

“You look gorgeous with a little Bedhead,” says the Winnetka photography studio of the same name. And now you can save $200 on BedheadBoudoir Photography’s Gorgeous Gal Package, a one-hour photo shoot (with champagne!) that includes professional hair, airbrushed makeup & lash application, unlimited outfit changes, and an edited proof gallery with a 6x6 album or five high-resolution images. E-mail info@bedheadphotography.com to book your session.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


You’re Invited!
Second Annual Weddings at the Winery presented by Whole Foods Market Schaumburg & Lynfred Winery



Couples looking for a dream wedding on a budget or long-time partners looking to renew their vows now have an amazing opportunity on February 17 to take advantage of a dream wedding package courtesy of Whole Foods Market Schaumburg and Lynfred Winery in Roselle, Illinois' oldest and largest, continually-operating, family winery.

The package includes:
·         Official Ceremony in Lynfred Winery’s Beautiful Cellar
·         Professional Music
·         Bridal Bouquet & Grooms Boutonniere
·         Mini Cake & Cupcakes
·         Champagne Toast for Bride & Groom
·         Up to 20 Guests
·         Photographer &1 Free Photo Print (photo packages separate)

For details and booking information, please call Anna at (847) 585-5807

Win a FREE Wedding at the Winery!
Create a custom wine bottle label that tells the story of you and your partner’s relationship. Submit your design to wineinfo@lyndfredwinery.com by January 25th. Entries will be judged by representatives of Lynfred Winery, Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, and both of the companies Facebook fans. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 1 and will win a free Wedding at the Winery at 5pm on February 17.
Vendor Spotlight
The Many Designs of FlowersFlowers

Flowers are not only important for the bride’s bouquet but also lush centerpieces, bridal party adornments, and the final touch on wedding cakes. As Evanston designers FlowersFlowers show, arrangements are the cornerstone of wedding d├ęcor, down to the last petal. In this portfolio (photography courtesy of Glen Abog)  the European style floral designers create fresh looks for couple Ruth and Josh; their ceremony is held at Second Presbyterian Church,Chicago and the reception is at The Rookery, Chicago; the day of coordinator is The Ideal Day.


Monday, January 14, 2013

You’re Invited!
Boutique Boudoir Studio Open House



Add the wow to your wedding day with a unique boudoir photo shoot (for your groom’s eyes only!) at Boutique Boudoir Studio. Want to learn more? Attend the Open House on January 20 and meet photographer Argentina Leyva and her team of makeup artists, hairstylists, art directors, and production coordinators who can make your photo shoot as glamorous as you. Here you can learn more about how a “Secret Diva” session comes together, look through the studio’s portfolio, and get a special offer on your photo shoot.

RSVP by January 18 – email rsvp@argentinaleyva.com

Sunday, January 20
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Boutique Boudoir Studio
2250 W Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL

You’re Invited!
DeAwna McGinley Fundraiser



One of the greatest things about the wedding industry is that when one of our own comes on hard times, we band together to help them. Recently wedding photographer DeAwna McGinley was diagnosed with breast cancer, which has not only affected her health but also her ability to continue working this year. As such, she has had to source her work to other photography talent. Her husband also works full-time for DeAwna’s company and this proves financially challenging for the couple as medical expenses add up. On January 23 we celebrate DeAwna with a night of food and drinks—and 100% of the profits go back to her.

DeAwna McGinley Fundraiser
Wednesday, January 23
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Floating World Gallery
1925 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

Tickets are $45 in advance – click here to purchase or make a donation!

Wedding Announcement
Pantone Picks Color of the Year



And the winner is … Emerald! Every December, Pantone carefully chooses the one color that will be the breakthrough hue for the following year. For 2013, everyone’s seeing green with 17-5641 Emerald. As Pantone describes it, “the color of balance and harmony, enhancing one’s sense of well-being and inspiring insight and clarity.” Expect to see this shade (and a multitude of variations) in weddings this year!

Friday, January 11, 2013


You’re Invited!
Sara Gabriel Veiling and Headpieces Trunk Show at Bella Bleu



Be a head turner on your special day with a couture headpiece and veil from famed designer Sara Gabriel. Thanks to BellaBleu, Couture and Specialty Accessories in Park Ridge, you can be among the first to view Gabriel’s new 2013 Collection at a special trunk show on January 18 and 19. See the gorgeous vintage-inspired headbands, sparkling hair combs, flowing veils, and airy French laces, or customize your perfect piece.

Shop, sip wine, nibble sweets, and enjoy 10% off all orders placed during the show! 

Walk-ins are welcome but the first 10 appointments receive a complimentary gift bag!
To make an appointment, please click here or call (847) 696.7152.




   143 North Northwest Highway
   Park Ridge, IL 60068
   Friday 1/18: 11am-6pm
   Saturday 1/19: 10am-5pm

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Vendor Spotlight: Magnet Street Weddings
Unique Save the Dates ensure your guests won’t forget your day



Your day should be about you—and now with Magnet Street Weddings, you can make your Save the Dates a reflection of your unique charm with complete personalization. Choose your colors, your photos, your fonts, your wording. Even better, choose how you’d like your big announcements to be delivered. Magnet Street Weddings offers traditional cards as well as convenient postcards and magnets, too.

To help get you started, Magnet Street Weddings’ website offers a selection of templates. Shop by collection, theme or element to find the designs that match your wedding look or personal style. Plus, coordinating stationery keeps your look cohesive from invite to tablecards and thank yous.

Interested? Contact Magnet Street for complimentary samples or see your unique design by ordering just one proof. Visit the website for more information or call (800) 788.0611 to get started.
You’re Invited!
4th Annual Love at Breathtaking Heights Bridal Show

Mark your calendars for this Friday when The Metropolitan Club hosts their 4th Annual Love at Breathtaking Heights bridal show. Take in the stunning views from the 66th floor of the Willis Tower and meet with elite wedding vendors from across Chicagoland while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and hors d’oeures. Every pre-registered bride will received a custom swag bag. Register here.

Friday, January 11, 2013
5:30-8:00pm
Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr, 66th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606




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Monday, January 7, 2013


You’re Invited!
Entertainment Cruises Hosts TWO Open House Events this Month



Entertainment Cruises, operator of the Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue, and Odyssey (closed for renovations), is hosting two complimentary open house occasions this month for brides-to-be. Tour each vessel and see what it offers for your wedding day, including unique ceremonies on the water, yacht receptions or even an unforgettable rehearsal dinner. Enjoy refreshments as you tour the multi-level boats or take a guided tour with one of Entertainment Cruises’ representatives. During the Engagement Gala, you’ll also be able to see a showcase of floral arrangements, cakes, photography, and more from a variety of the city’s premier wedding vendors.

Open House
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
Saturday, January 12
Spirit of Chicago: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Mystic Blue: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

*Stop by the ticket booth for your bridal bag before boarding. It includes $500 in Cruising Cash for your event!
*Space is limited and you must R.S.V.P. to Susan Malen at (312) 396.2226 or SMalen@EntertainmentCruises.com
Annual Engagement Gala
Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Avenue
Saturday, January 26

Mystic Blue: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*Reservations are recommended by Saturday, January 19 and can be made by registering at www.ecengagementgala.eventbrite.com