Thursday Trends–Top Colors For Fall Weddings

It’s that time of year when the leaves start changing colors, different flowers and shrubs start blooming, and there’s a crisper breeze blowing. Fall is a great time for a wedding. In fact, we’ve had a wedding every weekend so far in September! The season may have no impact on your color choices, but if it does here are some of the top ones we’re seeing for fall weddings.

ORANGE: Whether it’s used in your bridesmaid dresses, flowers or linens, orange is definitely a fall wedding favorite. Pair it with a mustard yellow, brown and earthy green for the full fall impact. Take a peek at our orange inspiration board here.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Orange Bridesmaid Dresses

OLIVE GREEN: You might not use this as the main color in your wedding, but it sure makes a great accent for napkins, chargers, table runners or florals. It looks classy with purple, lavender or blush pink. A rustic-styled wedding looks great with the combination of olive green, creams and burlap fabric. We also love the interesting mix of olive green, steel blue and a latte shade like this inspiration board shows. Check out our Olive Green Color Palette Inspiration Board here.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Olive Green Color Palette

TURQUOISE: This seems to be one of the hottest colors of the year…and for all seasons! It looks great paired with orange and brown. We love it when used as a sash over a white chair cover. Flip through our turquoise color palette board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Turquoise Candy

RED: This will always be a classic color. It’s vibrant, and blends well with almost anything! We love it with black and white for a classy, elegant feel. It’s also a great pop of color against a white wedding dress when used in your florals.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Cake with Red Accent Flowers

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Tuesday Tips — Will You Be My Bridesmaid? 6 Creative “Proposal” Ideas




Perfect Day Wedding Planners Orange Bridesmaid Dresses Bridesmaid Proposals


The sisters and girlfriends you want standing with you at your wedding have been with you through thick and thin…literally. When it comes to asking them to be a part of your special day, get creative! Between searching Google, and, you’re sure to hit some goldmines. In fact, don’t forget to check out our Pinterest boards for all things wedding in the Chicago area!


In the mean time, here’s six ideas to get those creative juices flowing:


1. Your bridesmaids are often the ones to ensure you don’t “unravel” before that grand day. Tie that thought in with a handwritten message on torn fabric wrapped around an empty spool. Take a look at this tutorial for step-by-step instructions.


2. You and your fiance play the leading roles in your day, but you gotta have some other stars too! What about a star bracelet with a sweet card that reads “I’ve got the script, but I need the stars.”


3. Don’t promise you’ll pick a dress they can wear again, but make sure and promise a cute dress! This Etsy shop has instant downloads of some great cards with some sweet sayings.


Perfect Day Wedding Planners Gray and Yellow Bridesmaid Dresses


4. Bridesmaid survival kits are always a hit! Pick things that will remind them of your inside jokes while also helping them survive by your side the whole way.


5. He put a ring on your finger, so put a ring on theirs. A candy ring pop can be used in various ways. It’s cute, it’s nostalgic and it’s sugar. Enough said!


6. Make sure they know how important they are. “I couldn’t say ‘I DO’ without YOU!” is always a great sentiment. Or here’s the motherload of questions to ask!


Perfect Day Wedding Planners Jade Bridesmaid Dresses


However you ask your “girls”, make it special. Make it memorable. And make it creative!






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Thursday Trends–Bucking Wedding Traditions Part 1

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Things Your Wedding Can Do Without Beautiful BrideIt seems the trend these days in some weddings is to buck tradition. If your budget is already stretched, sometimes it’s best to reevaluate what things are a must and what things you can do without. We have so many ideas for you in this area that we’re gonna spread them out into two parts.

Here’s the first six things to consider doing without for your wedding:

1. SAVE-THE-DATES — Skip the printed postcards announcing  your wedding date and use e-vites, Facebook, email and the old-fashioned phone to spread the word to out-of-town guests.   (NOTE:  We still feel, however, that there is HUGE value in having this personal touch.)

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Save the Date

2.  RELATIVES TWICE REMOVED — The more you can trim your guest list, the more money you’ll save overall!   Keep the invite list to the must-haves, then send out a wedding announcement to the masses when all is said and done.

3.  LARGE BRIDAL PARTY — While it may look impressive in wedding photos, a large bridal party is going to cause more headache, stress and strain on the wallet.  (You can still incorporate those who have a special place in your heart, by giving them a special task or project to be a part of your wedding.)

4.  MATCHY-MATCHY DRESSES — Don’t even pretend you’re going to find a magical dress that looks good on all the girls that they’ll treasure forever. Choose a theme or color and allow the girls to find their own dresses that fit them (and their wallet). Provide accessories as your gift instead. To at least keep the style consistent to the wedding, maybe have the girls all wear the same shoes. Still not convinced? Take a look at mismatched dresses and shoe ideas on While you’re there, check out Perfect Day Wedding Planners’ boards.

5.  PROFESSIONAL HAIR & MAKEUP — For some, this is non-negotiable. We personally LOVE this part but for some, the budget warrants cut backs. Please do not feel guilty spending money on it but if you have a friend who is great in this area, by all means, enlist their services and then save save up for that honeymoon! (REMEMBER:  Anything visible in your wedding day photos is permanent.)

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Groomsmen Gray Ties and Yellow Suspenders

6.  TUXES — Weddings aren’t the formal event they used to be. If you’re wanting a more laid back wedding, have the guys in nice slacks and suspenders; or allow your guys to relax in their style. They’ll love you for it! Just be sure–whatever the girls and guys wear–that it matches your wedding style and theme!

Come back next week as we give you six more ideas of things your wedding can do without! Be sure and call us to schedule your consultation. We absolutely love helping plan the weddings of Chicago area brides!



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Thursday Trends-The TOP 4 Flower Thoughts for What’s IN and What’s OUT

Perfect Day Wedding Planners fuschia bridesmaid dresses Looking to make flower decisions for your Chicago suburban wedding? We hope this helps!

What sort of trends for flowers have you seen? What flowers should you choose for your BIG DAY? What flowers are IN and what flowers are OUT currently? Here’s the trends we’re seeing to assist you when choosing your vibrant and beautiful bouquets. Yes–a wedding designer CAN certainly assist you when you get a bit stuck!


IN: The fresh-picked flowers from a garden. Baby’s breath in simple mason jars hung on the end of your ceremony aisles are simple and breathtakingly beautiful! Flowers like hydrangea, garden roses and ranunculous . . . lush arrangements. All of these are IN we say!

OUT: Little teeny bud vases lined up on all the tables are OUT. Get the creativity going and stretch beyond.


IN: Peonies. This flower of 2013 is romantic, soft and lush. It is the most requested flower from our brides when we meet for their design consultation. Because this bloom is only available for a few short months of the year, we recommend trying the garden rose, which gives the same delicate, petal-like appearance.

OUT: Extremely tall centerpieces for EVERY table. Bring in a little variety with some small, medium and tall heights to the room.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners bridal party in lilac and purple floral bouquets


IN: Cascading bouquets. Yep, the vintage bouquet is expected to continue it’s return . . . long and slender with plenty of lush flowers and vines.

OUT: Bouquets with too many greens are definitely out.


IN: Garlands of all types–with ribbon, hung from chandeliers, arches and anywhere you have opportunity will amaze your guests. Long head tables that show a garland of peonies, hydrangea and roses will knock your socks off!

OUT: No orchids, baby! It lacks the fresh look, to last the entire day. Who doesn’t want gorgeous wedding photos showing off an array of beautiful flowers?

Real, live flowers in your wedding are just gorgeous for your decor! Have fun as the opportunities are endless!

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Thursday Trends — Celebrating Your Day With A Little Patriotism?


Americans tend to be just a little patriotic around the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Nothing wrong with a little pride in your homeland, huh? In Chicago we do 4th of July quite well, if you don’t mind us saying.  As Chicago suburb wedding planners we LOVE this trend…a trend toward blending this patriotism into wedding celebrations, and we think it’s a BEAUTIFUL thing. We’ve always loved anything Americana, rustic or decor that incorporates flags — so we’re definitely digging this current trend and hope it lasts a long time! In fact, Perfect Day Wedding Planners has a full-service wedding on Veterans’ Day in 2014. The couple’s vision is exceptional, and we can’t wait to start working out all the details to make it perfect!

Bridal Couple in front of American flag

Though we’ve seen brides wear a flag-inspired wedding dress, or even a bright red one, you don’t have to go that extreme! Remember, white goes with everything! Why not just let the rest of the wedding day bling accent YOU as a couple? You can always accessorize with red shoes and jewelry. Having the guys wear flag socks or bow-ties would be a zany and fun touch! Navy tea-length bridesmaids dresses (as opposed to royal blue) would be a perfect compliment and soften the effect a bit of all the bright red accents.

Flower Girl blue and white dress

Flower Girl blue and white dress

You will have no trouble at all finding decor and patriotic flair — it’s practically everywhere you turn this time of year! If you’re planning your wedding more than a year out, you’ll definitely want to scout out the after-July 4th sales at stores like Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and Michael’s. You can probably rack up the goods on dried-floral centerpieces, table decor, confetti, ribbon, napkins, and rustic Americana for half price or MORE!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners 4th of July wedding tablescape

4th of July wedding tablescape

Perfect Day Wedding Planners 4th of July wedding star accents for guest tables

Patriotic Stars with a DIY flair

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4th of July wedding table with a spalsh of summer color

How stunning your guest tables would be with red chargers, white plates and navy linen napkins? Add some bling with silver confetti stars scattered throughout the tables. Cap it off with white chair covers and a shiny silver sash tied in a perfect bow or just go with bright red Chivari chairs. What about flag inspired cake pops as wedding favors? Wow…we could go on and on!

Wouldn’t guests with sparklers lined up as you exit as Mr. and Mrs. be the PERFECT compliment to a patriotic themed wedding? One thing to have your Chicago area wedding planner make sure of, is that your venue allows sparklers. We’ve heard of a few, for fire safety reasons, that will not allow them — even though they are outside the building. How disappointing to find that out late in the game of planning! Two good things about sparklers — they’re great for pictures and there’s no mess to clean up!


4th of July weddings-what FUN!

In our opinion, a perfect bookend to your day would be driving away in a bright red convertible — either a shiny new one or vintage VW Bug!

Share your patriotic wedding ideas with us! We’re always looking for more inspiration to share with our Chicago area brides!

REAL WEDDING: Melanie & Jerry-Fabulous and Fun!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet bridal coupleWhat a FUN Wedding!  Melanie and Jerry were a couple we assisted in a full service capacity with six months of planning details.  When we first spoke with them, it was evident that two things were very important to them:  the celebration of the two of them as a couple and to have a FUN factor at their wedding and reception.  To us, it seemed this was done beautifully!!!

Melanie and Jerome (Jerry) first met when Jerry was Best Man at Melanie’s sisters wedding in 2008.    They continued to have their paths meet and…VOILA, first date occurred in 2009!  So, remember, those weddings we attend just might have our future spouse in the crowd! Here we are, celebrating their wedding!

From day 1, they were so sweet, so appreciative, and just a wonderful couple to help along the way!  (not to mention very fun and easy to chat with over coffee) Every wedding can certainly have glitches along with way, but we do our best to help each couple achieve THEIR Perfect Day in THEIR way!  Melanie and Jerry’s wedding was a joy to be a part of!



They opted for Harrah’s Joliet Hotel.  The couple had spent a lot of time there and to them, this venue made perfect sense, as well as a perfect fit for them!  What a wonderful venue!  As Chicago area’s wedding planners & designers, Perfect Day Wedding Plannersare in constant contact with the venue for our couples and from day 1 they were absolutely fabulous!  On wedding day, we kept hearing from guests how fabulous the food was!  From our experience, they very much wanted to be sure that Melanie and Jerry were happy and had a great experience!  Harrah’s certainly came through-and gave this couple a lot of the FUN factor!

The HAIR and MAKEUP for the Bride and Bridesmaids
The bride and her bridesmaids had their hair and makeup done for the wedding day. 

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet bridesmaids

HAIR was done beautifully by Michelle Monday, who is located at Lisa Thomas SalonShe did a fabulous job, while also accenting Melanie’s beautiful hair piece as part of her outfit.

AIRBRUSH MAKEUP was done by Outer Beauty Airbrush makeup...we found the girls makeup to be absolutely beautiful and Dominica is just so very sweet to work with!

The photography was done by Milestone Digital Photo & Video – from the very first snapshot of the bride getting ready, they captured the day beautifully!  The bride and groom wanted to have a FUN wedding, and the wedding photos truly captured the essence of FUN for this couple!

Some of the details………….

THE GROOMSMEN…all set to go!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet groomsmen

The couple choose the colors of Gem and Magenta/Fuschia for their wedding colors, bringing in elements accented with chair sashes, linens and fun accent pieces.

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet indoor ceremonySigns for the ring bearers and flower girl were done by Invitations by Design …such a fun way for the kids to have something to hold and, because the ring bearers were young, it helped to get them down the aisle and focus on something fun!  We loved this addition!


Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry flower girl sign


A water unity ceremony was done, each pouring a different color and when it was mixed, it created their wedding color of gem.  I know it took the couple many trials to get just the right color!  This was a couple who liked to carry through every little detail right alongside us… perfect!

6682_10152864151260389_843821800_nOfficiant-Reverend Ryan Hough-as a close friend who officiated the ceremony, and also his first wedding he officiated, the couple presented him a special sash, with colors in jade (yes, accent colors of the wedding, too!).  Melanie and Jerry helped to bring some very sweet and sentimental touches through in this wedding, and this special gift to the officiant was so wonderful!


When we met with the florist we shared how important the special details were to the couple. A little bit of bling, and a whole lot of FUN!  A few touches we noticed came through beautifully including the bride’s bouquet (notice the gems shining through); a special personalized wrap for each bridesmaid bouquet, with a message embroidered on them from the bride to each bridesmaid-this was so sweet and personal!




IMG_6883The reception centerpieces included some fabulous fuschia colored flowers with glow bracelets surrounding the vases so they lit up when the lights were down low-what fun!

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Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet cocktail table centerpiecesSome fun light effects as well included lumiton glow sticks at every place setting and glow bracelets in the bride’s gown, to get the party going!

We want to thank Town and Country Gardens for such wonderful touches and we love seeing their beautiful work, as well as the look on the couple’s face when they see it all come together!


Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Joliet reception room setup

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Toni Patisserie
provided the beautiful sweets for the couple’s wedding day!


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IMG_6817 - CopyMelanie and Jerry opted for a very fitting cupcake tower for this modern wedding, along with a traditional cake for the top tier.   A very fun celebration we had as well, included a birthday cake for the bride.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY Melanie.  What fun it is to sing Happy Birthday to the bride with 250 friends and family surrounding you!

The reception-fun for all!

Cocktail Reception Music by the groom’s nephew-John Allen Terry (The-Better-Daze-Band)

DJ -music and announcements-Laser Sounds

There is nothing to show the excellence of a DJ more than a crowded, excited dance floor.  This was a FUN crowd and Laser Sounds did an excellent job getting the crowd going.  (the DJ was also a wedding gift for the bride and groom-what a nice touch!)


Perfect Day Wedding Planners DJ light stand

6945_10152864158600389_507997161_nEven the young crowd was on the dance floor!

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PHOTO BOOTH-Chicago Style Photo Booth

Perfect Day Wedding Planners Melanie and Jerry Harrahs Jolietphoto booth pictureHUGE hit of the night-guests had a blast with this it seemed!

Perfect Day Wedding Planners photo booth 2You see  photo booths at weddings a lot these days and it is a fabulous way to bring a whole lot of fun!  This wedding was no exception at all and the photo booth was a huge hit!  Chicago Style Photo Booth was wonderful, and they had a fun variety of props to share as well for fun photos!



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New –> Weekly Blog Posts with Tips & Trends!

perfect day wedding planners bob and arielle couple and bridal bouquetWith summer approaching, the wedding season really kicks into high gear. It seems more weddings occur in the summer and fall than any other season. I guess the warmth and desire for outdoor weddings is probably the reason. We’re not complaining about the busyness because WE LOVE WEDDINGS!

We wanted to tell you about a new feature we’ll be having on the blog each week. In addition to giving you a glimpse into the weddings we help to coordinate, each Tuesday and Thursday will have some special features. Tuesday will be focused on tips — anything that will give you an “aha” moment about your wedding. Maybe it’ll be a small thing that makes everything come together. Maybe it’s a big thing that spurs you to change something from your original plans. Maybe it’ll be both! Come back each week for “Tuesday Tips”.

Every Thursday will be focused on the trends we see emerging. Weddings are kinda like clothing styles — they ebb and flow with the times and the what’s going on in the world. Look back at weddings from the 80’s and you’ll see lots of brown, muted yellow and peach. Wedding dresses in the 70’s seemed to have lots of lace and high necklines. See where we’re going here? Each decade — and even year to year — brings different styles that seem to spread. Join us every week for “Thursday Trends” and see what will strike your fancy.

Have a great Monday, and come back tomorrow!