Tips for Booking a Wedding Hotel Block

What is a hotel block? AKA a 'wedding room block', is a selection of rooms (usually 10-15 rooms) that are put on 'hold' for your wedding guests. These rooms are often offered at a discounted rate (but it really depends on what is going on in the city that weekend!). The wedding block will usually be labeled under the Bride and Groom's last names, making it easy for guests when they make reservations.

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How to Find the Perfect Restaurant for a Rehearsal Dinner in Chicago

How to Find the Perfect Restaurant for a Rehearsal Dinner in Chicago

With the plethora of restaurants in Chicago, and new ones popping up, whats seems like every week, choosing a place for your rehearsal dinner can be quite the challenge. Here at Sweetchic, we've even put together our own Rehearsal Dinner Restaurant List just so we can stay on top of all the restaurants! But first... What should you look for when searching for a rehearsal dinner spot?

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How to Incorporate Chicago into your Wedding Day!

I think we can all agree that Chicago is simply amazing. Are you looking for ways to incorporate more of the Windy City into your wedding day?  Look no further!Chicago themed wedding invitations are SO cute and add a level of anticipation for your guests, especially if many of them are coming from out of town!

Traffic in town can be terrible (not to mention parking a nightmare). Hire an old-fashioned trolley to transport your bridal party and guests from the ceremony to the reception.

 

We have one of the best skylines  in the world (if not the best!), so why not incorporate it into the design of the day? Use it on everything from your invitations, to ceremony programs, menus, or even a custom gobo on the dance floor or wall!

 

Instead of traditional table numbers, you can name your tables after your favorite Chicago attractions. Use complimentary postcards or landmark photos to serve as table markers.

 

With upscale restaurants such as Alinea, Tru, and Graham Elliot, we have a lock on innovative food. But don't overlook our traditional offerings! Host your rehearsal dinner somewhere like Gino’s East for some Chicago style deep dish… or surprise your guests at the end of your reception with a Chicago-style hot dog cart. (Just remember to skip the ketchup!)

 
 

Who doesn’t love Garrett’s popcorn?!?! These mini bags of The Chicago Mix are perfect for favors!

Or how about commemorating your wedding date and city with a unique poster from Alexander & Co, which you can customize with your names, date, wedding venue, colors, fonts, and even hair color (if your chosen print features people)! Super cool and vintage… I want one too! They can even be used as guests books by adding a mat frame for your guests to sign (so they don't ruin this beautiful art!)

A word to the wise… a few Chicago-themed touches are sweet, but trying to incorporate all of them would be overkill! Pick your absolute faves for maximum impact. Have fun!

Stylish & Practical Bridesmaids Gift: Robes

It's most likely that the women who will stand with  you on your wedding day, have stood beside you for many years through your life. They've been there for you then, and now -- it's nice to show your bridesmaids how much you love and appreciate them We love the idea of gifting your bridesmaids with matching robes to wear while getting ready on your wedding day! Not only will they make for absolutely adorable photo opps... but they are totally practical, cute, and usable post-wedding! Check out our bride Elizabeth, who gave her ladies the prettiest, kimono-style robes in a gorgeous pattern, purchased from Plum Pretty Sugar. (If you haven't checked out this site - you must - we are obsessed!)

 Photo by  Averyhouse  (see more of this stunning Ivy Room wedding  here , and  here )

Photo by Averyhouse (see more of this stunning Ivy Room wedding here, and here)

We love the unity of the bridesmaids - but having the bride stand out! You and your girls can relax in something comfortable and cute while getting your hair and make-up done. Stylish and practical! Yay! Here are a few more options for getting-ready robes.

Wedding Prep Gals Look no further; this company specializes in robes for 'getting ready' on your wedding day! Plain robes, rhinestone robes, embroidered robes, custom name/monogram robes....you name it, they got it! All of their robes are made from a silk-like material for a lightweight feel.

Bridesmaid Gift - Matching Robes Wedding Prep Gals
Bridesmaid Gift - Matching Robes Wedding Prep Gals

Personalized Bride Their robes are custom made with monograms and text. They not only offer robes in a satin material, but terry cloth and plush as well... in case you wanted a little more warmth for a fall/winter wedding!

Etsy Shop: Singing Slowly  This woman makes absolutely beautiful kimono and kaftan styled robes specifically for bridal parties in a variety of  vintage floral fabrics.

Kimono Robes for Bridesamaids. Etsy
Kimono Robes for Bridesamaids. Etsy

Retail and Department Stores Check out your local retail and department stores for all different styles of robes;  a causal knit or fine silk! And the best thing about department stores? Their great sales!

From left to right: Carson's; Target; Macy's

What are you getting your bridesmaids?

Six Ways to Welcome Your Wedding Guests

Many of your guests attend multiple weddings a year, so it’s no surprise that sometimes weddings tend to run together in their minds. How do you make your own event memorable and special? By being thoughtful and making guests feel extra welcome!

1) First, try to avoid the long gap between your ceremony and reception, if possible. This can make guests grouchy (although it is understandable if due to scheduling constraints from your ceremony site/church).

2) Welcome them with a refreshing beverage. Especially on a hot summer day, a glass of cold lemonade or iced tea will be much appreciated. Even ice water infused with cucumber or lemon will do the trick.

 Wedding welcome beverage

Wedding welcome beverage

3) If your ceremony is outdoors, offer inexpensive paper umbrellas to give them a bit of shade.

 Parasols for wedding ceremony

Parasols for wedding ceremony

4) Bonus points: if your wedding is outdoors, don’t forget the bug spray! No one wants to take home a wedding favor of red itchy bumps.

 Bug spray for outdoor wedding

Bug spray for outdoor wedding

5) For a fall or winter wedding, offer cozy shawls (in your color scheme!) for the ladies to keep them warm and comfortable.

 Wedding pashmina shawl basket

Wedding pashmina shawl basket

6) Many ladies wear their tallest, most glamorous high heels to a wedding… so they will be grateful for a basket of flip flops to keep them on the dance floor all night long.

 Flip flop basket

Flip flop basket

It may be your big day, but it is also important to keep the comfort and convenience of your guests in mind throughout the planning process. A considerate bride and groom almost always equals happy wedding guests!

TIP: What is the Difference Between an Escort Card & Place Card?

TIP: What is the Difference Between an Escort Card & Place Card?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our clients is: "What is the difference between an escort card and a place card?". These terms often get used interchangeably - even within the industry - but there is a difference! Most of the time, all you really need for your wedding seating arrangements are escort cards.

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