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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Tuesday Tips — Perfectly Creative Wedding Favors

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Last week on Tuesday Tips we talked about edible wedding favors. This week we want to focus on some other creative ways to say “THANKS!” to your special wedding guests. Pinterest.com is a wonderful place to get ideas, but don’t get too overwhelmed! Do you love DIY (do-it-yourself) and crafting or are you the type that would rather order something personalized and be done with it? A lot of brides think they can tackle the project of the wedding favors themselves. After assembling 200 or more personalized tags, you may wish you had delegated that job to someone else. Think long and hard about how much work you want to put into your favors. You could have a girls-night-in with your bridesmaids and put everything together if you do decide to DIY. Why not? It’s a great excuse to have some fun with your girls before the big day! Read on for a few creative options we love.

We love the wedding favor picture above. This couple gave favor choices–growable, flammable or edible! You can’t go wrong with a sweet jar filled with either wildflower seeds, a fragrant candle or some delectable chocolate.

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If you’re having a beach themed wedding, anything with shells is always a hit. These can then be placed in their home as decor around a candle or in a display cabinet.

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Add shells to a small photo frame and they can place your wedding picture in there when you send a copy in your thank you note!

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Personalized wine stoppers to keep the air out of wine and the bubbly bubbly are a classy way to show your appreciation. Why not add a small bottle of wine from a local vineyard?

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Are you a golf fan? Then these are the perfect favors. What a great way to show your love will last FORE-EVER. See what we did there?

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Any favor looks better with great packaging! Use your wedding colors, ribbon and personalized tags to tie it all together.

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Oh you know your guests want to see you kiss! Why not provide the bells for them to ring? This has a practical use for the night, as well as being something they could use for a Christmas tree ornament in the future–especially if your wedding is around Christmas! Add a cute poem on the tag like this:

May laughter and joy fill this room
as we toast the bride and groom.
Please take this little Wedding Bell…
Ring it loud and ring it well.
With each sound they will show their bliss
by sharing in a Wedding Kiss!!

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If hosting your wedding in a town that has a famous eatery, candy maker or favorite haunt, share something from the region. Package your favors in a colorful container or canning jar and add a personalized tag, like the ones above. This is a great way to add some hometown flair!

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Personally, we think one of the most creative favor ideas is when the couple opts to make a donation to a cause they are passionate about. Pick an organization or ministry that is important to you as a couple, then let your guests know you made a donation in their names. Give them a take-a-way with more information about the cause.

We hope these ideas got your creative juices going! Comment and share your ideas with us!

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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!

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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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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!

Thursday Trends — What About Some Rustic Fall Foods?

Fall Wedding Decor, Fall Wedding, Fall Wedding TrendsYou have to admit — fall is a beautiful backdrop for any event. From the exquisite array of colors of the leaves on the trees to the somewhat predictable weather — even if it can be a little chilly —  it’s a great time for a wedding. As Chicago suburb wedding planners, the trends we are seeing for the upcoming season are somewhat traditional, yet with their own rustic flair.

For instance, the color scheme has more of a variety. You would think most brides would pick the dark reds, oranges, mustard yellows, browns — traditional fall colors. But we’re also seeing a lot of olive-green, berry, plum and navy. It’s also a great time to incorporate metallics — like gold, copper and bronze. We love helping Chicago brides with the color design of their weddings.

For reception foods, why not serve a hot and hearty soup as your reception appetizer instead of just a plain salad? Pumpkin, butternut squash or tomato bisque are good options. A soup bar could even just be your main course. If you’d rather stick with a salad, consider adding walnuts, baked pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds as garnish options.

Traditional Thanksgiving menus like turkey and gravy, grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, etc. are always a solid choice for the main course. But, we’re also seeing more rustic comfort foods like chicken pot pies, mac and cheese, BBQ, collard greens, potato salad and the like. One of our October brides is having a scrumptious Pumpkin Ravioli…YUM! The sky is the limit as Chicago wedding designers assist you in creating the perfect meal for your day — with flair!

apple pie, fall wedding, pie buffet, chicago wedding plannerInstead of a candy or sweets bar, you could have a pie buffet. Fill it up with scrumptious pies like pumpkin, apple, pecan, cherry, and blackberry. You could even throw in some pumpkin gingerbread whoopee pies, cranberry bread, and gingersnaps! A perfectly festive favor at your guest tables might include a caramel apple wrapped up and tied with a ribbon in your fall color theme. Top it off by adhering a sticker with your unique wedding mon0gram. Wow, all this fall food talk is making us hungry!

Chicago Wedding Planner, Kane County wedding plannerFinally, if you still want to have a wedding cake, the hottest flavor continues to be chocolate — especially in the fall. Or consider another trend we’re seeing — carrot cake, pumpkin spice cake or a cheesecake big enough to serve the whole crowd. Have fun brainstorming with your Chicago wedding planner on how to serve up some fall fun for your guests! We would love to help you with all those details. Perfect Day Wedding Planners & Designers has a few more DAY OF Coordination available for Fall, 2013 weddings. Of course, we are happy to answer your questions! CONTACT US HERE!

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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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Tuesday Tips — Hiring A Wedding Planner

264326_535341806524292_312109632_nPlanning a wedding is typically a lot more work than you EVER think it’s going to be. What could be so hard about having all your closest friends and family (and your parent’s closest friends and family…and your groom’s parent’s closest friends and family) coming together to celebrate? Oh, and you have to feed them. And entertain them. Oh wait…maybe it IS a lot more than you expected.

We’ve talked to many a bride who really wanted to do it ALL themselves, but then quickly realized they couldn’t do it all AND enjoy the day. Who wants to be dealing with details, vendors, questions, problems, drama and the like on one of the most important days of their lives? Not you. You want to be pampered. You want to be relaxed. You want to be focused solely on getting ready, having fun and enjoying your fairy tale wedding. Believe me, you really do! And all that will come with enough drama of it’s own!

So how can a wedding planner help you? Where do you start? And what are some things to look for? Well, there are many qualities a great wedding planner needs to have, but here’s what we think should be at the top of the list:

1. Personality — This person is going to be a major part of your life for several months leading up to your big day. Do you “click” with them? Do they seem genuinely interested in making your day the way you and your spouse-to-be want it? Do they appear organized?

2. Connections — Knowing who to trust and what prices are fair can be very stressful. Wedding planners typically have relationships with many types of vendors. Because of these connections, they usually have better negotiated rates than you could work out on your own. This will end up saving you lots of time and money in the long run. Do they have a list of wedding vendors for you to choose from?

3. References — Being able to talk with other couples who have worked with your prospective planner is key. You will want to hear from their experiences. Do they have pictures on social media of other weddings they have done? Do you like what you see?

Personality…Connections…References. Does your wedding planner have these three things?

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