Welcome back! Last week we shared photos from the first half of Hannah and Kevin's wedding day, and now we're back for Part 2! The interior of their wedding venue, Ovation, veers towards an urban, industrial, masculine aesthetic, with lots of exposed brick, metal, and wood. So it was important that we bring in lush greenery elements to soften up the look. Their stationery products created by Side Street Designs included a soft greenery motif and we love these escort cards that were printed on kraft paper for a more rustic look.Read More
Hannah and Kevin's wedding was a long time in the making! They came to me in June of 2015 with ideas of a "warm, unconventional, social, and smooth [flowing]" wedding, but opted to wait until May 2017, because that's when their dream venue next had availability! Hannah and Kevin fell in love with Ovation, a modern, industrial loft space that is off the beaten path, and yet highly sought after.Read More
We understand that sometimes it can be a challenge to narrow down who you want to stand by your side if you have A LOT of close friends. Personally, we love a smaller wedding party (and not just because it's easier to herd 6 people, opossed to 20). Here are some benefits of having only 1 - 3 friends on each side.Read More
It's hard to believe that autumn is quickly approaching, so we are throwing it back to last fall when Cristin & Davin literally had the most perfect autumn wedding you could ever ask for. The weather was perfect -- warm enough with a crisp. The leaves were the perfect backdrop. And not to mention it was Halloween weekend. Fall. Perfection.Read More
As most couples are planning their wedding, they may think they have all the "wedding details" under control. Ceremony programs, escort cards, menu cards...
But one of the most commonly missed items on a couple's 'Wedding Details to Think About List,' is signage! There are some signs that are (in our mind) necessary, and others are just a nice touch because it's A) pretty B) helpful for your guests, or C) both! Check out our guide below to jog your memory or spark some inspiration!
Although your venue might be the perfect location for your wedding, it may not be in the most obvious location for your guests to find. Unless you are getting married at hotel, museum, or banquet hall, the name of your wedding venue is sometimes not visibly displayed. And even if it is, maybe its a large venue and your guests are lost once they walk in the door. Having a welcome sign near the entrance of your ceremony spot helps reassure your guests that they are in the right place, and get them in the door on time. Once inside, consider have signs pointing them in the right direction if it's not clearly stated.
There are a few different signs that couples like to use for their ceremony:
Instead of programs for guests, think about a sign letting your guests know the order of the ceremony, as well as who is in the wedding party.
In the world where we are obsessed with documenting every. single. thing, and not really living in the moment, this is a nice reminder for your guests to put away their devices and be in the moment with you! We know your pro photographers will agree - we think this should sometimes be mandatory!
"Pick a Seat, Not a Side"
There are plenty of cute variations to this phrase, but in the end its a nice way of letting your guests there is not a "groom's side" or "bride's side", and especially helpful if you don't have Ushers to let your guests know.
Now a days, traditional guest books less common, so it can be important to have a sign letting your guests know how to 'sign' your guest book!
This is definetly one of those that is not necessary, as your guests can simply ask the server what it is -- but look how cute this is (sign/platter provided by Blue Plate Catering)!! Little details make lasting impressions, and great photo opporutnities. Ask your caterer if this is something they offer, or you can always bring in your own.
Planning on serving some signature cocktails on your big day? Be sure to have some signs at the bar so guests know to order them. And ask if your servers can tray pass the cocktails (plus white and red wine) to guests at the start of cocktail hour to alleviate the line at the bar!
Since not all weddings are the same, not everyone chooses to have a plated or seated meal. Choosing stations? It's helpful to have signage letting your guests know what is being served at each station!
Are you having any fun or unique signage at your wedding?
We absolutely love when siblings of past Sweetchic couples reach out to us with the happy news of their engagement! So we were thrilled to hear from Ellen and Ric about planning their fall wedding. We had sent Ellen's sister, Julie, down the aisle back in 2013, and their family is just the best! Ellen and Ric envisioned a laid-back, warm, rustic, and easy wedding. They chose the unique Reverie Gallery in the Lacuna Lofts, a cool raw space gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago with fun murals, neon billboards and unique architectural relics. Thanks Misha Media for sharing these lovely photos from their big day!Read More
One thing we ask our couples to think about at the very beginning of wedding planning is the formality of their wedding. Do you see your wedding as a more laid-back and casual affair? A glamorous night out complete with tuxes and evening gowns? Or something in between? Setting the tone and formality helps us to find the right venue for you. This will also dictate the formality of your Wedding Party attire, as well as your guests.Read More
Now where were we? Back to Val and Jon's wedding ceremony and reception at the Ivy Room! (In case you missed Part 1) They held their ceremony in the ivy covered courtyard of the Ivy Room (the venue name is perfectly fitting, no?). Many of our Chicago brides and grooms covet outdoor space for their wedding, and this is one of the most lovely settings, a private gem tucked away in the heart of downtown Chicago.Read More