wedding traditions

How to spell Honor on Wedding Invitation

How to spell Honor on Wedding Invitation

I have been busy writing up my client's wedding invitation wording for my fall Chicago wedding clients and one question that keeps coming up is how to spell honor on a wedding invitation. The question I hear a lot is, do you write honor (the American English way) or honour (the old English spelling) on the wedding invitation? And the answers is that you can do either one. Both ways to spell it are correct. I always recommend if brides and grooms are trying to evoke a formal and traditional feeling to their wedding invitation, that they use honour. But really the decision is up to you and would come down to your personal preference. So pick which one you prefer and know that either way you go you are doing it correctly. 

Grooms Cakes

Grooms Cakes

We have noticed a new found love for an old time tradition, the Groom’s Cake. A Groom’s Cake is a manlier version of the wedding cake that used to be highly popular in southern states. However, lately the cake is making a huge comeback nationwide.

What I Loved about The Royal Wedding

What I Loved about The Royal Wedding

Friday I woke up at 3am to watch the World Series-Superbowl-NBA Finals-Stanley Cup of the wedding industry; Catherine and William's Royal Wedding. Everything about it was magical, perfect, timeless and classic. It was a return to traditional and in every way it was PERFECTION!

The Royal Wedding and The GORGEOUS Dress

The Royal Wedding and The GORGEOUS Dress

And then they were married! I am in love with everything about the Royal Wedding today! The beautiful cars, the horse and carriages, the trumpeters, the beautiful hymns at the church, the wonderful reading by the bride's brother. I can go on and on about this but first thing is first.

Ask Ali: Questions for a Chicago Wedding Planner

Ask Ali: Questions for a Chicago Wedding Planner

Today I am excited to announce a new Blog Series called "Ask Ali". As a wedding consultant in Chicago I answer a lot of questions for my clients or potential clients about weddings in general. I also answer a lot of inquires on email for people interested in the wedding business or those wanting to become a wedding planner.

Chicago Wedding at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Chicago Wedding at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Being a wedding consultant in Chicago brings about opportunities to work with so many wonderful wedding couples that are reflecting who they are as part of their wedding by doing ethnic traditions that involve their families, wedding party and guests. Monica and Chris chose to bring both traditions of having a chinese tea ceremony and a traditional Korean Ceremony in their wedding. The Christian ceremony took place at Fourth Presbyterian Church (where I am also a member), followed by the two ethnic ceremonies at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower just before cocktails began. 

Cutting the Cupcake?

Not every bride and groom wants to have an elaborate wedding cake. Andrea and Vallen chose to have wedding cupcakes for their guests. They still kept with tradition and shared a wedding cupcake on their wedding day!