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Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

Getting Ready With Your Bridesmaids

One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is the time that the bride spends getting ready at her home or in the hotel suite with her bridesmaids, Mom and friends.  It is a fun time to bond and relax before the busy wedding day starts. Often times we will have hair and makeup artists come on-site to also make sure everyone looks gorgeous on the wedding day.

WGN TV Appearance on The Royal Wedding Trends

WGN TV Appearance on The Royal Wedding Trends

Last week on Friday I was excited to be invited back in to speak with Lourdes Duarte from WGN TV about the Royal Wedding. With my gorgeous fascinator on from The Left Bank and an adorable little bouquet by Exquisite Designs, I was there to talk all things Royal Wedding.

The Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Bouquet

The Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Bouquet

I loved Kate's bouquet. Small and understated, it complemented her dress but did not take away from her look. The flowers in the bouquet were lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth, myrtle, ivy and a wonderful nod to her new husband, sweet william.

Wedding Gift Registry Ideas

This week I got to talk with the WGN TV  5pm anchor news, Lourdes Duarte about non-traditional wedding gift registry items. Tuesday we looked at charity gift registries, like Kate and William are doing for their Royal Wedding. Today we look at some of the other ideas that I spoke of and are great ideas for couples to consider when registering.

Fascinators and The Royal Wedding

I am fascinated by the anticipation leading up to The Royal Wedding. I am also fascinated by Fascinators. What is a fascinator you ask? Ah, a wonderful headpiece (often times taking the place of the traditional hat) which you see at weddings in the United Kingdom and all over the world. We are one week away from The Royal Wedding. The countdown has begun! Next week we will all get to experience the Royal Wedding from the United States while in the comfort of your own homes starting at 5am Chicago time. But rest assured that many a guest of The Royal Wedding and person in the UK and United States, in fact all over the world, will be donning a fascinator in celebration of Kate and William's wedding. 

Kate Spade Wedding Collection

Kate Spade Wedding Collection

I have always been a fan of Kate Spade and their shop in Chicago is a must visit a couple of times a year. Purses, cute gifts for bridal party, amazing shoes, fun jewelry.....Well now, they have "gone bridal" and have released their new wedding collection. You will find adorable white dresses which are perfect for one of your bridal showers or at your rehearsal dinner and beautiful shoes for your wedding day. 

Magnificent Milestones, Chicago Stationer

Magnificent Milestones, Chicago Stationer

Hi there! It's Brittney blogging today!

It’s a special treat when Ali and I get to get outside of the office and check out a new store or vendor and the other day we did just that. We headed over to a new paperie boutique called Magnificent Milestones, located downtown on West Erie.

Spring Has Arrived in Chicago

Spring Has Arrived in Chicago

Happy Spring! Yesterday was the first day of Spring in Chicago (although it was a little chilly and rainy) and I for one am very much ready for the longer days and the popping of the green leaves, crocuses and daffodils. And Spring means the return of tulips and peonies to weddings. 

In honor of Spring, enjoy some spring themed wedding pictures! 

Meet Brittney Reecy, our Engaging Events Intern

Meet Brittney Reecy, our Engaging Events Intern

I am so excited to introduce to you our intern, Brittney Reecy. Brittney started with Engaging Events back in December and she will be working with us through the busy summer months to learn the Ins and Outs of Wedding Planning. 

Anthropologie Announces BHLDN Wedding Line

Anthropologie Announces BHLDN Wedding Line

Yesterday, Anthropologie unveiled it's new wedding line called BHLDN which will offer wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, hair adornments and accessories. The new line has four "themes" of brides which are Nostalgic Romantic, Neo-Sophisticate, La Bohemienne, and Lady with a Twist and makes me think of classic brides like Jackie O, Audrey and Grace. This new line offers a very vintage bride an area to purchase unique and one of the kind items for her wedding without having to scour the different antique stores. 

In Memory of Beth Cortina

In Memory of Beth Cortina

As many of my followers know, Beth Burton Cortina passed away peacefully with her dear and loving husband, Nick, and her so by her side on Thursday morning. Beth fought a battle with urachal adenocarcinoma since January 2009. On April 18th, 2010, Wish Upon a Wedding was able to grant Nick and Beth's wedding wish and they celebrated with 50 family and friends at Giovann's, their favorite restaurant in Joliet, Illinois. The Chicago Wish Upon a Wedding Board and many wish granters of Wish Upon a Wedding pulled together, donated their time and services and created the most magical day for Beth and Nick where cancer and sickness and doctors were not part of the day.

Ask Ali: When Should I Purchase My Wedding Shoes?

Ask Ali: When Should I Purchase My Wedding Shoes?

Ali, When should I be selecting and purchasing my wedding shoes? Can you give me any tips? (From Ashley)

That is a great question. It is a good idea to have selected your wedding shoes prior to your first fitting of your wedding dress which will typically happen two to three months before your wedding. Start looking for your wedding shoes about four to six months in advance of your wedding.

Engagement Sessions on Ice

Looking to do something this weekend? Want a fun "outdoor" activity but it is just too cold for you? What a FUN new idea for your Engagement Session? How about grab your skates and head to the top of the John Hancock Observatory. What you may ask? Well today thru March 31st, the John Hancock Observatory will have an ice skating rink, made from a synthetic substance called XTRAICE, inside called "Skating in the Sky". What a fun outing with your fiance. Don't forget the camera.  

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.

Tips for Mailing Out Holiday Cards

This week I mailed my company Holiday card and our personal card to friends, family and business friends. Every year I work with Jenna at Clementine Ink to do my cards and every year we wrack our brains for a fun and new idea. This year we channeled a new trend you will see in stationary which is Bling! Yes, 3 red crystals on the holly that I had on my gorgeous letterpress cards.Stuffing, sealing and stamping takes a lot of work so here are my quick tips on getting those Holiday cards out and staying sane.