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. The venue and formality go hand in hand with attire. You wouldn't wear a short sundress for a wedding at The Waldorf, would you? Well, some may not know the answer to that, which often generates this question from our couples: "Do we need to indicate the dress code on our invitations or wedding website?"
It’s not necessary unless you wish to have Black Tie or Black Tie Optional... or if you fear your guests will not be dressed appropriately!
If you opt to let your guests know the dress code, or simply want to decide how formal you want your wedding day to be, check out our handy dandy wedding attire guide below!
Men: Black Tuxedo with a bow tie, patent leather shoes are suggested
Women: Long evening gown. Go with seasonal colors, but ideally not too bright
Guest tip: if it's not obvious by the invitation or website, find out what the 'wedding colors' are, that way you are less likely to wear the same color as the bridesmaids
Formal or Black-Tie Optional
Men: Tuxedo or formal suit in a dark color
Women: Long dress or elegant cocktail dress
Cocktail or Semi-Formal
Men: Suit & Tie, seasonal color
Women: Cocktail dress
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.
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!
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.
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.
When Valerie first reached out to me about planning their wedding, she mentioned in her inquiry form that they "would like a wedding that incorporates the city while having outdoor elements at either the reception or the ceremony. We're both laid back and outgoing and would like a wedding that reflects our personalities." The Ivy Room was the perfect Chicago wedding venue that fit their vision to a T... a downtown venue that has the most gorgeous, intimate, ivy-covered courtyard (hence the venue name!), perfect for their wedding ceremony.
One of the most popularly requested services these days is 'day-of coordination' or 'month-of coordination'. Regardless of what it's called, when it comes down to it, the couple wants someone experienced on-site on the day of their wedding to make sure everything run smoothly. Understood!
Happy Monday! Today we are sharing Vanessa & Robbie's lovely wedding at Prairie Productions, a minimalistic blank space loft venue in Chicago's West Loop area. Vanessa and Robbie came to Sweetchic Events as two, very busy, Chicago transplants, who wanted help planning their clean, modern, and timeless wedding with warm, rustic touches. They envisioned a modern venue and bringing in wooden accents, lots of greenery, and simple white flowers. With a stellar vendor team, and This is Feeling Photography there to capture all of the details and moments, we achieved just that!
Lighting can truly transform not only the look of your venue, but also the feel of it. Do you want the ambiance to be soft and romantic? Dramatic? Whimsical? Industrial? Check out the options below to find your 'look.'
Well, hello there! This post with the second half of Allison & Brad's Lake Geneva wedding is super overdue! But we would be remiss if we didn't share the lovely photos by Lisa Mathewson of their beautiful reception at Lake Geneva Country Club. As a refresher, here are the photos from the first half of their wedding day, including their ceremony. And now... onto the pictures!