Tuesday Tips–How To Pick A Wedding Theme

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Combining the dreams, tastes, likes/dislikes, nationalities and personalities of two people for one of the biggest days of your lives is a big feat. Your wedding choices will be the first of many big decisions you make in your married life.

Here are some questions to ask each other and tips for choosing a theme you are both happy with:

1. HERITAGE — Consider the nationalities of your families. Have you always wanted to incorporate traditions from your religion into your wedding day? How will this play out in your choices together? Maybe you’ll both decide a destination wedding that fits with your culture is the best plan!

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2. COLORS — This is usually the starting point for many couples. Maybe talk first as a couple about the colors you don’t like and go from there. It’s usually best to pick two or three contrasting colors instead of just one. You could even just go with different hues of the same color. Here’s a great Pinterest board with some color palette ideas. We also have several color inspirations on our Pinterest boards.

3. SEASON — Would you like the season of your wedding to dictate your decor theme? Fall is a wonderful time for an outdoor wedding and usually calls for the rich, deep colors of brown, orange, yellow and green. Winter is a wonderful time for blues and whites or the bright reds and greens of Christmas time. Spring is typically filled with a mix of pastel colors and the fresh floral blooms of the season. Summer is a great time for a beach theme.

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4. LOCATION — You’ll want to make sure that any colors or themes you use don’t clash with your venue. If the room where you’re holding your ceremony has an art deco vibe to it, a vintage or shabby chic inspired theme will probably not work out too well.

There are many things to consider as you pick out the basic components to your wedding. However, once these are chosen, other decisions may fall right into place. Your Chicago area wedding planners are standing ready to help!

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Thursday Trends — Reception Tents, Chandeliers, Lounges and Bling!

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Are you opting for an outdoor wedding with a huge tent for your reception? Then you’ll definitely want a way to spice up those drab white and canvas ceilings and walls. One of the trends we’re seeing in Chicago area weddings are glamorous tent lighting options–like crystal or black metal chandeliers and hanging vintage Edison bulbs–along with all types of serene and blinged out lounge areas. The use of vintage chairs, tables and accessories can provide a vibe to your day that will make it unique and memorable.

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White light strands (also called twinkle lights) always have a sweet impact. We love how they can make any room sparkle. And you can’t beat the price. What about some chinese lanterns dangling from the ceiling in varying shapes, sizes and colors? If you don’t like plain, add some of your floral picks to the chandeliers.

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You’ll want to provide your guests a few spaces to rest their tired feet from kicking up their heels. This lounge area has a welcoming ambiance from the fluffy pillows to the cushioned ottomans–a welcoming couch and warm candle lighting. You might have to wake someone up if they get too comfy.

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Don’t forget about providing some cozy areas outside your reception tent. If the weather is kind to you, your guests will want some fresh air. Simple seating like this wooden bench on a summer wedding day is a quaint spot to sit for a while.

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Even though this picture looks like it may have been from an small, intimate ceremony, we’re loving these modern white chairs and red and white pillows. Scatter these modern chairs throughout your reception area (inside and out) and conversation is sure to spark. Provide some bedazzled citronella candles for lighting as the sun sets and they may never want to leave.

Need some more inspiration? Check out our “Reception Ideas” Pinterest board where we found lots of rustic to glam lounge ideas. We have lots of relationships in the Chicago area for lounge furniture rental. Let’s work together to find just the right touch for your friends and family.

Do you have any lighting or lounge area LOVES?

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Thursday Trends — Celebrating Your Day With A Little Patriotism?

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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!

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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.

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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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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!

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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!

Tuesday Tips – Part 2 – What Items Can You Consider for Wedding Rentals?

Morgans ceremony aisleLast week on Tuesday Tips we talked about rentals of linens for your wedding. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of items you can rent to make your day shine. From chairs to lighting, chargers to china, and tents to dance floors… the skies the limit! Renting your equipment is a smart budgeting decision for couples. Think of it as a gourmet store filled with the latest wedding trends and choices galore!

One very important detail — work with your wedding planner to find and contact your desired rental company PRONTO! You want to make sure the items you need are available and reserved well ahead of time. Plan for at least six months before your wedding to ensure you get what you want.

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Ceremony Decor Rentals of chairs are a definite need for an outdoor ceremony, and to the preferred look to match your theme. There are several choices in this area from white garden chairs to Chivari. Will you want them to be padded or not? Will you want them covered or bare? Do you want an altar at the front? Do you need a special table for your sand, colored water or unity candles? What about a riser for your bridesmaids to stand on to ensure their heels don’t sink into the ground? We can customize your look with our preferred Chicago area wedding rental vendors to find just the right touches for your reception rental decor. There are so many things to consider. Some other options to think about are:

  • Backdrops in fabric to match your color and decor to offset the look of your photos
  • Arches or chuppahs in a variety of material and color
  • Aisle treatments, including items such as rose petals, draping of tulle or sil, along with floral and bows
  • Columns with floral arrangements
  • Aisle runners
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Reception — This is where most of the time will be spent by your guests, and you don’t want them sitting on the ground or eating with their fingers! Your serving dishes, place settings, stemware and silverware will most likely be included in your venue’s pricing. In fact, if your venue is also your caterer, this will most definitely be the case unless you want special china or something out of the ordinary. If you have an outside caterer, you’re probably going to need to rent your table settings. We have special rates works out with vendors and will make sure you don’t forget anything!Consider these questions:

  • Plate chargers or no? They can really add that extra oomph.
  • Would you like die cut crystal stemware or plain?
  • Do you like plain white settings or do you prefer clear glass?
  • Would you rather glass water pitchers at the tables or do you prefer silver?
  • What kind of lighting ambiance would you like? We specialize in up-lighting for walls in the color to match your theme and a photo success.
  • Have you considered lounge furniture? This will give your guests a separate comfy area to relax. As a Chicago wedding planner, we are seeing many more furniture rentals these days.

Tents & Temporary Flooring Another consideration for outside weddings is tent rentals. Your choices here are plenty. There are open sided tents, closed, and ones with clear tops to allow for ample natural lighting while keeping out unwanted weather elements or pesky pests. Make sure you work out set up with your rental company. You don’t want to be stuck with trying to find friends to figure it out. Renting temporary flooring for your tent is also a necessity. Whether you cover the whole tented area or just the dance floor — make sure you don’t forget this. Wood, vinyl or slate are some of the many options available.

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Mirror base with glow sticks inside the centerpiece

Tabletops — Mirrors, vases, candelabras, cylinders…these are just a few of the items you can rent for your tablescapes. Mirrors under your centerpiece will help to reflect light and make it appear grander than it really is. Candles in matching or mismatched holders are always a classy choice. Glass cylinders with floating candles are simple and elegant. LED lights mixed in with your floral arrangements or table decor can add just the right amount of lighting for an elegant ambiance.

We’re just scratching the surface of all the rental options for your special day. CONTACT US for more information about Chicago area wedding rentals to customize your dream day and make it a reality.

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Thursday Trends — Destination Weddings

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Believe it or not, some destination weddings can come in under the cost of a traditional wedding at a local venue. You will just be spending your money in a different way. You will probably end up inviting fewer guests and be able to spend more intimate time with them during the wedding festivities.

When you have a lot of family spread out, it’s the perfect way to bring everyone together. Quality family time in a gorgeous locale, with your closest loved ones, will be that much more special than a huge guest list of people you don’t know as well. What’s not to love about this?

Here are a few questions for you and your spouse-to-be to ask yourselves when considering a destination wedding possibility:

  1. Do you have a specific resort or destination (country) in mind?
  2. Are you looking for an all inclusive resort?
  3. Are you looking for an adults’ only resort?
  4. Do you want a quiet, romantic resort or a more upbeat and lively one?
  5. Do you prefer a fabulous beach or is having a great pool more important?
  6. What kind of room options do you prefer (ocean view, standard, Jacuzzi suites, etc.)?

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Remember, though, that destination weddings can be tricky to plan from far away. It’s really important to not be shy about asking lots of questions. Whether you are planning a wedding in the Bahamas or a Vineyard in Napa Valley, make sure you compare at least 3-4 venues before making your final decision. Here’s a few questions to consider:

1. Is the date available? (Aha….the most important question!)

2. What are a few of the best features of a wedding at your facility versus your competitors?

3. What kind of wedding packages do you offer? Or is everything custom or à la carte?

4. If there is not a specific wedding package, how are weddings priced? Is there a per guest price?

5.  How do prices vary according to the season, day of the week, or time of day?

One bonus about destination weddings is that the celebrations are usually spread out over several days. This creates a wonderful opportunity for more celebrations, such as dinners, parties and even a little sightseeing! You can lavish your dearest friends and family with unique activities, experiences and group events.

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Perfect Day Wedding Planners — Destination Weddings — Alberca

We would be honored to help you plan your perfect destination wedding. Let’s get together over coffee and dream about it together. CONTACT US for a consultation — we’re offering 20% off for our services when you book by August, 2013. 

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Tuesday Tips – Outdoor Weddings

perfect day wedding planners amanda and andrew bride entering ceremonyDuring the summer and fall we see a lot more outdoor weddings. Sometimes the ceremony is inside and then the reception outside, or vice versa. Unfortunately, the weather is not always your friend. Obviously the best case scenario is that it is a beautiful sunny day with minimal wind. And that is what we hope for you! But, just in case the day is not ideal, it is always best to have a “Plan B” in place.

Here are 10 tips to keep in mind when planning an outdoor wedding:

  1. Be sure and let guests know that it is an outdoor wedding so they can plan their attire accordingly. They may want to bring an umbrella, wear flats instead of heels, bring a sweater, etc.
  2. Be sure and order a tent just in case it rains. Make sure to have people on hand who can put it up at the last minute. Or go ahead and have it up and if it’s not needed, it can be used for a kids area!
  3. Consider also ordering temporary floors for use in the tent. High heels and chair legs WILL sink in the wet grass.
  4. Have the grounds sprayed for bugs about an hour before the ceremony or reception starts. Also, have bottles of mosquito spray handy for guests.
  5. In case of wind, you don’t want all your candles to blow out. Put hurricane lamps around all of your candles. Or use battery operated lights for your decor instead of candles.
  6. Have your seamstress sew some tiny weights on the end of your veil. This will keep it from blowing in your face.
  7. Make sure that any table decorations are weighted down — things like seating cards, paper napkins, etc.
  8. Face your guests away from the sun to avoid a glare. Also, avoid metal chairs if it’s going to be hot.
  9. Provide lemonade or water to keep your guests from getting dehydrated. If there’s a chance it might be cooler than normal, provide hot coffee and tea.
  10. Print your ceremony program on thick fan shaped paper. This will be practical and useful in case it’s a hot day.

Let Perfect Day Wedding Planners help with all the details of your wedding. We’ll worry about the details, so you can have fun and celebrate. Email us today for a consultation!

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Real Wedding — Vintage Touch in Yellow and Grey

Amanda and Andrew

This was a beautiful wedding! A little vintage in the color theme of yellow and grey…just loved it! We knew Amanda through the her mother, Jill, in association with the children’s theater program that our daughters are in. (Word of mouth is such a blessing!) Jill asked us to step in and assist as the DAY OF planners, giving her more time to spend with her family. What a wonderful blessing! She was helping Amanda with the details of the wedding while Amanda was a teacher in another state. So…the journey began about two months before the wedding. As the date approached, I quickly saw Amanda’s creativity and organizational skills come to life in the form of a beautiful day! I hope it was all Amanda was hoping for!

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 SOME OF THE DETAILS:

Both the ceremony and reception were held at Danada House in Wheaton, Illinois. The ceremony was held outdoors under stately and mature oak trees, with friends Jordan (on guitar) and Alixx singing with a voice like an angel. One of the most touching aspects to the ceremony was the ‘Foot Washing’… so moving! What a wonderful depiction of serving each other! This is a great option for couples looking at a unity ceremony for a Christian wedding.

The reception was in the indoor banquet room, which has large windows to see outside. The bride and groom arranged outdoor games for the guests while the wedding party had photos behind the beautiful oak trees! One of the wonderful aspects that Danada House offers is a rolling landscape, nestled behind a 23-stall Kentucky style stable.

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The bride and groom’s story included great food at Chipotle so they incorporated a self serve buffet of burritos, beans and rice catered by Qdoba Mexican Grill. From what we saw, this was a huge hit! Each table had their own chips and salsa while waiting for dinner, and delicious lemonade was served in mason jars.

The color theme was yellow and grey. What a beautiful start for a June wedding. The floral bouquets for the wedding party were made by the groom’s mother…just beautiful! The colors absolutely popped in so many elements of the day, and looked amazing! The linens for the head table and cake table were grey with yellow napkins. The highboys held linens in yellow with a grey sash wrapped around the legs. Everything tied together so nicely.

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One wonderful touch we enjoyed was the sweets and candy buffet table in the wedding colors, mixed in with homemade treats from the family. The bride’s mother made the wedding cake…a labor of love and simple elegance at it’s best! The beverage station held mason jars in ice with yellow striped straws that we recommend so often. The bride used some great dispensers to hold the lemonade beverages and added lemon slices as a beautiful garnish. This created a ‘romantic themed summer wedding’ so wonderfully — from the bride’s dress, the outdoor ceremony and the special reception touches, this day was pulled together so wonderfully!

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During the reception, the bride and groom played a wonderful video of the two of them before and after they met. It was a sentimental touch for everyone in attendance to share in their special love.

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DJ Entertainment was done by a friend, Alixx, who was also the soloist for the wedding ceremony.  She did a wonderful job at helping me keep everything on schedule so they could have their special ‘traditions’ done in enough time, while still having some time to ‘get it on’ on the dance floor!

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Final send off for the bride and groom as “Mr. and Mrs.” was down a long glass hallway with light sticks and lanterns…such a wonderful touch to end the night! 

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Photography was done by Greg Napoli — http://www.gregnapoli.com.   

Lastly, I want to thank the bride’s mother, Jill, for allowing me to help her enjoy being the ‘mother of the bride’ on the wedding day, to Amanda for trusting me to assist so her day was just as she envisioned, and to Andrew for being so wonderfully patient through the entire process. The two of you have a wonderful life ‘as one’ to look forward to. Congratulations!

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