Vendors I Know: Bittersweet Bakery

February 25th, 2013
Bittersweet Bakery, as they appear on their website.

Bittersweet Bakery, as they appear on their website.

I don’t think I’ve profiled a bakery yet here.  Several of my recent clients have hired Bittersweet Bakery at 1114 W. Belmont in Chicago to make their wedding cakes.  Because most couples handle tasting and ordering their wedding cakes by themselves, I don’t usually have a lot of contact with the bakeries.  I do know that Bittersweet delivers what they promised when they promised.

Most of all, though, their cakes are delicious.  I’m a bit of a cake snob.  I like cakes with flavor and texture and personality–not just as a vehicle for frosting.  Bittersweet always comes through with these attributes.  Their frosting doesn’t come up short, either!

There are lots of good bakeries in Chicago to cater to lots of different tastes.  Here’s one that might suit you.

More Gorgeous Photos!

February 18th, 2013

Kristi Sanford of Light On Life Images was kind enough to share with me these photos from a wedding back in September.  Click on the photo below to go to the gallery and see all the photos.

A beautiful wedding with a backyard reception.  Photos by Light on Life Images.

A beautiful wedding with a backyard reception. Photos by Light on Life Images.

DIY Weddings: Decor

February 11th, 2013
If you have the time and skill, you can go all-out and make a chandelier, as this bride did.

If you have the time and skill, you can go all-out and make a chandelier, as this bride did.

I’m still thinking about DIY weddings, and about when DIY is a good idea and when it is not.  One of the most successful kinds of do-it-yourself wedding planning is in the area of decor.

There are some kinds of decor that are better left to professionals.  Things like flowers (see my thoughts on that here) and lighting fall in that category.  If you want to hang large objects from a ceiling, I would recommend hiring someone for that, too.

But there are lots and lots of things that are suitable for DIY:  table runners, table numbers, card box, place cards, photo props, menus, programs, favors.  Especially if you are planning unique decor, it may be easier and cheaper to make it yourself, rather than hunting down the perfect item at craft shops, second-hand stores, and the internet.

Of course, it takes extra time–sometimes a lot of extra time–and a little skill to do it all yourself.  As always, plan carefully and leave yourself enough time.  You don’t want to end up like a friend of mine who was frantically hand-writing place cards late on the night before her wedding.  Plan to have it all done early and get help if you need it.

Committed 2013!

February 4th, 2013
Here's a taste of how it looked last year.  Mignonette will again be bringing vintage couture.

Here's a taste of how it looked last year. Mignonette will again be bringing vintage couture.

If you’re looking for some fantastic wedding vendors, be sure to visit Committed 2013.  (Okay–full disclosure–I will not be there this year, but I still think it’s fabulous.)  The members of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance will be there, so you can expect a lot of eco-friendliness in one room.  They are also creative, thoughtful, hard-working people.  I’ve worked with some of them and would have no hesitation in recommending them.  Here are some highlights:

  • The big day will be Sunday, February 24.
  • The location is Greenhouse Loft, 2545 W. Diversey
  • There will be 28 participating vendors, including caterers, beverage purveyors, sweets (sampling their wares, of course), photographers, DJs, invitations, florists, and many others.
  • Mignonette will present a fashion show for brides and grooms.
  • Collective Resource will compost all the food waste.

Be sure to check out the Committed website for all the details and to buy your tickets ($15 for one person and $20 for two).