Ready for More Wedding Photos?

February 19th, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I never get tired of looking at wedding photos.  Here are some from last summer.  It was at one of my all-time favorite venues, The Grove in Glenview.  Refined Dining did the catering, including the cake.  Flowers were by Morning Glory.  The fabulous Rev. Darrell Jones was their officiant.  All photos are by Mike Staff Productions, who also provided the DJ and the videographer.

 

The beautiful bride, with her bouquet from Morning Glory.

The beautiful bride, with her bouquet from Morning Glory.

Bride, escorted by her brothers outdoors

The bride was accompanied down the aisle by her two brothers.

The ceremony was in The Grove's gazebo, with Rev. Darrell Jones officiating.

The ceremony was in The Grove’s gazebo, with Rev. Darrell Jones officiating.

The unity candle ceremony.

The unity candle ceremony.

Cocktail hour was on the terrace of the historic house.

Cocktail hour was on the terrace of the historic house.

And the reception was in the covered outdoor pavilion.

And the reception was in the covered outdoor pavilion.

The gift table.

The gift table.

A better view of those adorable mini-chalkboards used for place cards.

A better view of those adorable mini-chalkboards used for place cards.

The guest book.

The guest book.

Floral centerpieces from Morning Glory.

Floral centerpieces from Morning Glory.

The simplest wedding cake I've ever seen.

The simplest wedding cake I’ve ever seen.

There was plenty of dancing!

There was plenty of dancing!

The pavilion at night.

The pavilion at night.

Re-run: The Wedding Planner and Your Budget

February 12th, 2018
Even a very small wedding can benefit from having a coordinator.

Even a very small wedding can benefit from having a coordinator.

There are two major reasons people don’t hire a wedding planner or coordinator:  First, they think they don’t need one.  Second, they think they can’t afford one.  I’ve addressed the first issue in the past.  Today, let’s talk about how a wedding planner or coordinator has an impact on your wedding budget.

Hiring a day-of coordinator for your wedding can add a few thousand dollars to your budget (depending on which coordinator you hire).  It’s usually less than 10% of the budget, unless you have a very small budget.  Is that the end of its impact on your budget?  Hardly!

When you hire a coordinator, you can actually save money.  And the earlier you hire, the more likely your coordinator will be able to help you save money.  One of the things that makes weddings expensive is the fact that a great many people getting married have never planned a wedding before and can get trapped into spending more than necessary.

That is one of the reasons why I encourage my clients to keep in touch with me as they plan.  Let’s say you hire me to coordinate your wedding as soon as you have a date, maybe a year in advance.  You can always drop me a note or call me up when you have a question or problem.  Chances are, I have an economical solution.

I was talking to a woman recently who was a couple of months away from her wedding.  She was thinking about hiring a coordinator, but before we were able to have a discussion about it, her budget blew up and she decided she couldn’t afford me.  I kept thinking what a shame it was that she hadn’t hired me much earlier and given me a chance to prevent the budget blow-up in the first place.

So, when you’re making your budget, include a reasonable amount for coordination.  In the long run, your budget will thank you.

Science Majors’ Wedding

February 5th, 2018

I worked on the loveliest little wedding last summer.  The two people who got married are in science, with a lot of friends who are also in that field.  They are both also handicrafters.  The bride knitted the gorgeous lace shawl that she wore on her wedding day, and the groom crocheted all the flower decorations–including the bride’s bouquet!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Take a close look at these beautiful photos from Allison Williams Photography for all the ways that science and hand crafts had a part in their very special day.

The ceremony was at Berger Park in Edgwater.  The reception was at Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square.  Guitar music was provided by John Behling.  Truffles came from Katherine Anne Confections.  And the trolley was from 2nd City Trolley.

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