2016 weddings are underway and we anxiously await the ones to come. For those marrying in 2016 don’t forget the most important document for your day, your marriage license! Below find all the information you will need if you are tying the knot in Illinois.
We are always on the hunt for new Chicago venues or spaces to transform. We recently found one located in our very own backyard – Villa D’ Citta! This charming B&B would make the perfect space for an intimate wedding or special event. Villa D’Citta brings the vintage, comfortable, yet luxurious styles of Europe to Chicago. This boutique mansion has stolen our hearts and we are already envisioning the beautiful memories to be made here.
Photo Credit: Villa D’Citta
We so look forward to working in this venue and would love to plan your wedding or event here!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we wrap up 2015 and prepare for the holidays, we must take a moment to let all of you know how thankful we are for your friendship and support. It has been a whirlwind of a year. Weekend after weekend we have had the privilege of watching beautiful love stories unfold.
Here are just a few weddings from this year we have had the honor of planning! So many smiles….so much love!
We couldn’t have such successful wedding days without the help of an amazing team of vendors. Thank you to all of our wedding ninjas! We are so lucky to have such a strong team by our sides. Also, BIG hugs to all of amazing photographers – thank you for allowing us to relive wedding days!
It has been a busy year and for that we are thankful. With almost every Chicago wedding venue under our belt, we are so ready to tackle 2016! Simply, but sincerely we wish you a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Thank you for making our year so special. Wishing you all the best! XOXO BCB TEAM!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday season arrived and while it often proves to be one of the busiest times of the year, it is incredibly special. As Chicago wedding planners we LOVE this time of year! This is our “booking” season. So many couples are engaged during holidays and their wedding planning journey begins. For those newly engaged and looking for a 2016 Chicago wedding date Big City Bride can help. As far as celebrating the holiday season, our friends at The Morton Arboretum have filled us in on their tree light festivities. This is such a magical event to attend and is the perfect way to get into the holiday season. This is also a beautiful venue to wed and you might consider it for your special day! Find more information here.
From The Morton Arboretum…
Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns this November with more lights, sights and sounds that will transform a Chicago-area wintertime walk in the woods into a colorful, inspiring experience like no other.
From November 20, 2015 to January 2, 2016, visitors are once again invited to walk Illumination’s one-mile path, surrounded by 50 acres of trees bathed in theatrical LED lighting in shades of vivid electric blue, hot pink and neon green. Along the way, a series of “experiences”–programmed lighting, video and sound seamlessly integrated into the landscape–encourage visitors to see trees in a different light. Visitors can interact with trees that respond to voice or touch, find out how a tree responds to a big hug, or control the action of videos projected upon the Arboretum’s towering trees.
“With cutting-edge lighting and sound, Illumination not only amplifies the unique beauty of trees in the wintertime, it also offers visitors of all ages the unique opportunity to connect with the trees around them,” said Sue Wagner, vice president of education and information at The Morton Arboretum. “Last year, visitors came from every corner of the country to see the magic of Illumination. With new experiences and enhancements to our most popular elements, the 2015 season offers surprises for both new and returning visitors.”
Brand new experiences in 2015 include dazzling lighting effects on Meadow Lake, and Ornament Hill, where a series of glowing orbs of varying colors and sizes placed on the Arboretum’s Frost Hill create a glittering vista visible from many locations on the trail.
Several Illumination experiences will be updated with new effects, including:
? Symphony Woods – The music and light experience of Symphony Woods will feature a new program, with updated music recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra;
? Garden of Light – Music has been added to LED lights moving in sync with music over the Arboretum’s historic hedge garden, for a stunning multi-sensory experience;
? Tree Harmony – This year, singing to the trees will activate a series of programmed LED lights that rain down from the trees like shiny strands of tinsel.
Many other fan-favorite Illumination experiences will be updated for the 2015 season, including Hug a Tree, where visitors can hug a tree and watch it respond, Crystal Promenade, where 24 beautiful chandeliers of varying sizes lightthe forest, and Seasons Greetings, where visitors control the movements of a projected image using towering hemlock trees as a giant movie screen.
Illumination tickets go on sale October 1, 2015. For more information about Illumination: Tree Lights at The MortonArboretum, visit mortonarb.org/illumination.
Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a wintertime walk in the woods like no other. Illumination invites visitors to see trees in a different light on a one-mile walk surrounded by 50 acres of the Arboretum’s trees, brought to life with LED lights, interactive elements and sound. Live entertainment and warming stations add to the wintertime experience. Featured in local and national media including Cond Nast Traveler and USA Today, Illumination has quickly become a winter tradition, welcoming more than 210,000 visitors from 40 states since its 2013 debut season. The event is built in partnership with noted experiential lighting designers Lightswitch, and features energy-efficient, eco-friendly LED lighting.
About The Morton Arboretum
Established in 1922, The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, The Arboretum is committed to scientifically informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 220,000 plant specimens representing 4,100 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Gingko Restaurant and Caf. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming more than 932,000 visitors and serving 39,250 member households in 2014. Learn more at mortonarb.org.
Thank you to The Morton Arboretum for providing the information for this post!
Well Chicagoeans, the time has come! Our first snowfall has blanketed the city and it’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season. While the typical “busy wedding season” has passed, Chicago wedding planners begin a new term – WINTER WEDDINGS! Cue the cozy comfort foods, warm signature cocktails and dreamy snow wedding photos. While a winter wedding is not for every couple, there are many pros to consider for those who have not landed on a wedding date yet:
· 2016 wedding dates are going FAST! It is no secret Chicago wedding dates are hard to snatch up, however, during the winter months there are still prime Saturday dates available at some of Chicago’s best wedding venues.
· For those on a tighter budget, a winter wedding can help lower costs! It is not peak wedding season, so some vendors will have different pricing because of less demand. Explore this option!
· Your wedding will be much anticipated! Guests will be eager to ditch the snow boots and dance the night away in fancy formal wear.
· Beautiful snowy bliss! Chicago is beautiful in all seasons, but there is something extra magical about sparkling white snow falling from the sky. Although it will be cold, you can make the most out of a photo tour. Connect with your photographer, have a detailed plan and make sure bridesmaids are wrapped up in a cozy pashmina or some faux fur.
Winter in Chicago is a less popular season to wed and newly engaged Chicago couples should use this to their advantage! For those engaged and considering a winter wedding, give us a call! Big City Bride Chicago wedding planners know how to plan a winter wedding.
When selecting your Chicago wedding venue it comes down to more then just LOVING the space. It must fit your desired date, budget, size, taste and style … and let’s face it the options can be a bit overwhelming! After spending just about every weekend planning in a different Chicago wedding venue, we figured it was time to team up, share information and help you narrow your search.
***Both of these spaces rent together!
Here are two recent Big City Bride weddings at Galleria Marchetti!
And of course, Galleria Marchetti is ALWAYS a party!
Looking for a cute and creative way to ask, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” While Pinterest is a great resource, it can also be very overwhelming. There are so many ideas, but what is realistic? We have put together some suggestions, from writing a personalized note to DIY gift basket – your girls will feel so special recieveing this surprise!
Our favorite idea this time of year is gifting a day planner and marking your wedding date. (Who doesn’t love the idea of opening a fresh planner?!!) This is compeltely practical, however, it can still be personal! Add a bookmark with a rhyme to personalize the invite, “Save the date! I want you along for the ride. Please stand by my side. Be my bridesmaid?“
How cute are these?! Our bride treated her maids to a monogramed, Halloween clutch! The perfect size for carrying around wedding day needs.