weddings

Green is the new white

When it comes to planning a wedding or large event, much of the focus goes on preparing for the event itself. When the party ends, leftovers are traditionally cleaned up and tossed in the trash. “Food, cake, flowers, candles, paper goods get thrown away in …

Indie   Revolution

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It was an idea rooted in self-promotion. Kelly Horvath, creator of independent wedding expo Indie Wed, came up with the notion of a bridal fair inspired by the indie movement while trying to find ways to promote her own small business, a stationary company called …

Here comes the gown

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Choosing a wedding dress is one of the first steps of the wedding planning experience. For some, it may also be one of the most stressful. From the advice of well-meaning family and friends, countless wedding magazines, budget limitations and Buzzfeed quizzes, shopping advice for …

Say yes to the dress

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The most painstaking decision for any bride-to-be is to find the right wedding dress. Luckily, experts in the field can help. These professionals are also knowledgeable when it comes to contemporary wedding-dress trends. Holly Greenhagen, owner of Dame Couture in Evanston said: “Based on what …

Sharp-dressed men

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Look your sharpest on your big night with the perfect tux. Gentlemen getting ready to tie the knot ­— or even go to prom — will have to make certain wardrobe choices so they look their best. Although many grooms-to-be rent tuxedos, they might find …

Today, you are surrounded by your friends and family

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Many brides and grooms love the idea of having a family member or close friend officiate their wedding ceremony. They elect to surround themselves with those that have watched them — both individually and as a couple — grow. Get ordained online to be part …

Custom-built wedding dreams

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago/Alsip fulfills wedding couples' dreams with customized weddings and receptions, whether elegant affairs with an upscale menu and signature drinks, or more informal events.

European fashion at local bridal shop

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Eva’s Bridal International on LaGrange launched the 2014 collection of Rosa Clara bridal dresses with a champagne reception and trunk show on Jan. 18.

Exquisite dining, luxury lodging =  perfect site for a wedding

Georgios of Orland Park is able to offer the wedding ceremony, reception and hotel room block, with all of the lavish amenities to top off a couple's Wedding Day.

Designers galore at Orland Park wedding shop

Eva’s Bridal of Orland Park, which just celebrated its 25th year in 2013, is a full-service salon serving brides, their attendants, and even mothers of the bride.

A natural setting for weddings

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Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights, Ill., offers a distinctive wedding experience buoyed by nature’s beauty.

Personalize your wedding through the invite

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aDORAble Designs by Candice, a business in Park Forest, Ill., designs wedding invites and accessories that set the tone for the wedding, giving guests a preview of the big day.

Planning a wedding within budget

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Two of Chicago Southland’s most reputable wedding planners offer their tips for a couple’s big day.

Trends in wedding jewelry

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Halo mountings and wider bands are just some of the wedding jewelry trends this year.

Bridal expos in Chicago’s Southland

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Find out where bridal expos are going on around the Chicago Southland area this spring.

Choices for second-wedding dresses

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Women going up the aisle a second time have some different ideas about their dresses, but some parts stay the same.

Including stepchildren in wedding ceremony

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Couples are trying to find ways to include their stepchildren in the wedding ceremony and commemorate the blended family. Here are a few ways.

Whiter teeth for the wedding

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There are several ways a bride, groom and bridal party can achieve whiter teeth in time for the big day.

Protect against wedding-day dilemmas

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Find ways to protect yourself from the financial and emotional impact of wedding-day dilemmas with these suggestions.

Get your marriage off to a financially good start

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Savvy tips to help newly married couples start off with a strong financial foundation.

Perfect appetizers for weddings

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Try out recipes, including one for shrimp with lemon mint pesto, that are perfect for weddings and engagement parties.

4 tips for a memorable wedding day menu

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We all love the pomp and circumstance of a wedding ceremony, but let’s be honest, after seeing the bride’s dress, the next most anticipated part of the wedding is the reception — specifically the food. Planning a menu that will satisfy all your guests can be a herculean effort and a budget-buster. My Chef Catering and Harner’s Bakery in Aurora suggest considering these factors when planning your wedding cuisine.

Customizing receptions for bride and groom

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The key word at wedding receptions these days is customization - fitted for the bride and groom. DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip does so using such elements as creative cakes, up-lighting, a photo booth, backdrops, tablescapes, individualized menus and more.

Hair trends for brides

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Second only to the wedding dress, in terms of appearance, is the hair style a bride wears on the big day. Experts weigh in on what the trends are in 2013 for bridal coifs.

Personalized gifts for wedding party

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A great way a bride or groom can show their appreciation to a bridesmaid or groomsman is through a personalized gift, one that may include an individualized message or even a wedding logo.

Proper seat planning for the wedding

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Figuring out where to seat guests at a wedding can be a tricky proposition. A wedding coordinator who is an expert on the topic of seating arrangements at weddings gives her suggestions.