Driehaus Museum – Chicago Wedding Venue


Your favorite Chicago wedding planner is always interested in new Chicago wedding venues! One we’re excited to work at it Driehaus Museum, a beautiful and historical museum. Perfect for a small guest list and an intimate party or wedding, Driehaus Museum is absolutely gorgeous. It is a prime example of 19th century Chicago and was home to banker Samuel M. Nickerson. It is now home to surviving furnishings plus art pieces from the Driehaus Collection. The marble clad entrance hall, wooden interiors, and beautiful rooms with stained glass and mosaics are sure to take your breath away! The Driehaus Museum holds up to 125 for a cocktail hour and 100 for dinner. Just imagine wandering through the enchanting hallways with a cocktail drink at your Chicago wedding! 

80th Anniversary Celebration

It was wonderful to celebrate the Catering Executives Club of America’s 80th anniversary last night at the Hotel InterContinental Chicago. The evening commemorated an impressive history of the organization who has set the standards of excellence in the Chicago event industry. The evening raised funds for continuing scholarships to help striving hospitality students reach their fullest potential. It is the financial support and the mentoring from elites within the Chicago event industry that help the next generation prepare for the best Chicago events! From Chicago venues and hotels, Chicago rental companies, Chicago event planners, Chicago entertainment, to Chicago event designers and stationers…the Catering Executives Club of America is an elite group of professionals. Cheers to 80 great years and a wonderful night! Thank you for including the Big City Bride Chicago wedding planners in the award nominations and celebration!

It was a fun night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing and the whole Big City Bride team joined the party! Here are just a few photos snapped at the party. Follow @bigcitybride on instagram for up to date photos of our events and the fun we’re having.

“Ladies Night Out” advance screening of THE BIG WEDDING on Tuesday, April 23rd in Chicago

Big City Bride loves a movie about weddings! It’s so fun to see a gorgeous wedding without the responsibility that comes with being a Chicago wedding planner. It’s fun to see what beautiful things a movie set can do to a wedding…and to enjoy the drama and stressers that movies script around a wedding. On wedding day it’s our job to fix the problems, to seperate the divorced parents, to keep the bride happy, and to make it a flawless event. When we watch a movie we can to simply enjoy. Hence, Big City Bride is looking forward to a fun ladies night out for the Chicago movie premier of The Big Wedding. Next Thursday, April 26th The Big Wedding opens in theaters but today Big City Bride has fifty free tickets to share to the advance screening of the film on Tuesday, April 23rd:

The Big Wedding

Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7pm
Showplace Icon Theater
150 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605

For free tickets, log onto www.gofobo.com/rsvp and enter code: GEN1NU4 for the chance to redeem a free admit-two pass to the Chicago movie screening. Passes are first-come, first-served and a pass does not guarantee a seat. Be sure to arrive early to get in!

With an all-star cast led by Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, with Susan Sarandon and Robin Williams, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco.  
To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process. Screenplay by Justin Zackham. Directed by Justin Zackham.

The Big Wedding is officially in theaters April 26th. For more information check out the official website for The Big Wedding Movie, facebook, pinterest, or twitter: @lionsgatemovies #BigWedding 


Nordstrom Chicago Wedding Shopping


Be prepared to be pampered and spoiled as you head towards your big Chicago wedding! Your favorite Chicago wedding planner wants to inform you of a new service offered by your Chicago Nordstrom that you do not want to miss! Nordstrom now offers personal stylists for your Chicago wedding day! Nordstrom’s says, “Love is all you need and we’ll take care of the rest!” Let our friends at your Chicago Nordstrom dress you from head to toe!  
Getting married is not just one day, it’s a season of your life. Months go into the planning of a wedding. Other fun events come up: engagement parties, wedding showers, Chicago bachelorette parties, Chicago rehearsal dinners, and of course your honeymoon! Nordstrom promises not only to make your Chicago wedding day perfect but also all the events that are part of this season in your life! Your Chicago personal wedding stylist is complimentary! 
The Initial Consolation (30 min) is where your Chicago wedding stylist will figure out your personal style and vision for your wedding look. Then there is the Initial Styling Appointment (90 minutes long) where you will be shown clothes, shoes, lingerie, and accessories for your Chicago wedding season! Nordstrom also offers bridesmaid, mother of the bride, groom, and “other styling” (anything from your honeymoon to thank you gifts!) Get this: they also offer a beauty stylist for your make-up and skin care as well as lingerie fitters which are complimentary. 
From your Chicago bachelorette party to rehearsal dinner, find the clothes, shoes, accessories, make-up, and skin care to make your wedding season even more beautiful with a reliable one stop shop.

Catering Executives Club of America Industry Excellence Awards


Big City Bride is excited and honored to be nominated for a Catering Executives Club of America Industry Excellence Award. This year the Catering Executives Club of America is celebrating their 80th Anniversary and Big City Bride is one of three Chicago wedding planners up for an award. After polling the club membership, 165 companies and individuals were nominated to receive an Industry Excellence award recognizing their impact upon the Hospitality Industry and dedication to a standard of excellence and leadership matching the CEC’s mission.  Based on the voting of the Catering Executives Membership, the following are the finalists for each category:
The Drake, The Hilton Chicago, The Palmer House Hilton
Chicago History Museum, Field Museum, Navy Pier
Gibsons Steakhouse, Naha, Spiaggia
Calihan Catering, Danziger Caterers, Food for Thought
Big City Bride, Hope Weis Consulting, Weddings, Inc.
Event Creative, Frost Chicago, Heffernan Morgan, Kehoe Designs
BizBash Magazine, Chicago Style Weddings Magazine, CS Brides Magazine
?Don Cagen Orchestra, Lynne Jordan & The Shivers, Monastero Entertainment
BBj Linen, Hall’s Rental, Tablescapes
Jai Girard, Rick Aguilar, Stuart Rodgers
Elizabeth Grace, Erickson Designs, Hannah Handmade
Big City Bride looks forward to celebrating at the Hotel InterContinental Chicago for the Annual Spring Scholarship Ball to celebrate not only the 80th Anniversary of the Catering Executives Club of America, but also to recognize the outstanding and hard-working members of the Chicago event industry. A silent auction will help raise the over $12,000 annually that the club gives in scholarship to the next generation of the Hospitality Industry. We’re looking forward to it!


New Chicago Wedding Venue: Loft 644


Your favorite Chicago wedding planner has found a new, stunning Chicago wedding venue that we think is worth mentioning! Everyone is always looking for a new space with new potential. Big City Bride loves the potential of a loft space to highlight the raw beauty of wood and brick…and to create a unique atmosphere for each event. Loft 644 is a beautiful loft space perfect for your Chicago wedding! Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, the 3200 square foot timber and brick loft space can be turned into a beautiful setting for your special day. 

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Loft 644 shows off its original twenty foot tall wood ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows!  The space can hold 300 people for cocktail type events and 75 for a seated event. A separate lounge area is convenient for the bridal party to gather and the gorgeous modern bathrooms are an important thing to note. As for the party…a raised stage, offering an area for your favorite Chicago wedding band or DJ to rock the party and fill the great big dance floor! 

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Raining on Chicago Weddings

With the past few days bringing on rainy weather we know that spring Chicago brides might be a little anxious for a wet weather wedding. Chicago wedding planners understand the stress but we know how to prepare for any weather forecast. Big City Bride can adjust the schedule, transportation, or Chicago wedding photography plan if needed. We’re also there to hold an umbrella and keep you looking beautiful all day long!

Chicago outdoor wedding ceremonies are wonderful and there are so many Chicago wedding venues and Chicago gardens that offer a beautiful backdrop. However, it’s important to always have a Plan B in case the clouds decide to open up and the rain falls. Your rain plan might be a tent or it might be an indoor set up. If you had your Chicago wedding ceremony planned at a garden like Cancer Survivor’s Garden or Tiffany Celebration Garden make sure you have a way to tell guests that the ceremony location has changed due to rain. Make sure you have transportation for the bridal party so no one gets their expensive hairdo totally soaked or their fancy heels sloppy. And…remember to keep smiling because Chicago wedding photos look amazing on a misty day so your Chicago wedding photographer will not stop snappin’!!!


P.S. Everyone says that it’s good luck for rain on your wedding day.


Primitive Wedding Venue Allows Dancing For First Time


Primitive is one of the great Chicago wedding venues. Located on Jefferson Street, this is a unique, beautiful Chicago venue. Primitive is home to one-of-a-kind furniture, art, fashion, and more. Their products “come from the hand and the heart”. Primitive’s collections represent over 100 countries world-wide.  
Previously, Primitive did not allow dancing in their building. The reasoning behind it was because of the Buddha located in one of the exhibits. However, your favorite Chicago wedding planner just received great news! Primitive now allows dancing and Big City Bride is thrilled – because we love a party! They have changed their minds on the topic. When we called the venue manager to ask why the rules changed, he replied, “Who the heck would do an event without dancing? It doesn’t make any sense to me.” If you’re looking for a different, fun venue for your Chicago wedding, keep Primitive in mind! It might also be a great option for a Chicago rehearsal dinner or anniversary party.

Zed451 Chicago Restaurant Wedding Venue

We had a wonderful Big City Bride dinner last night at Zed451! It’s so rare to get a night together away from Chicago wedding planning. We were there to snoop on all the private dining spaces and to try the Zed451 dining experience … so we weren’t entirely off duty. With an endless harvest table full of vegetables, salads, cheeses, and soups we could have been happy with just the beginning of the meal. Then, as we enjoyed a cocktail or a glass of wine we sampled eight different and delicious selections of meat. Chefs were there to help slice and select the perfect amount and make the dining experience interactive and fun. Needless to say Big City Bride didn’t need a big lunch today! We can’t wait to visit again when the Zed451 rooftop opens up!

Chicago wedding planners need to be up with the best Chicago restaurants because many offer private dining spaces for Chicago researsal dinners, Sunday brunches, and sometimes even for an intimate Chicago wedding. The Zed451 rooftop offers the potential for a rooftop Chicago wedding ceremony outdoors and a cocktail hour to follow, whether your reception is in the restaurant or not! Although it’s an untraditional choice, Chicago is full of hidden secrets just like this and Big City Bride is here to help think through the unexpected to make your Chicago wedding special.

Getting Married in Chicago Lollapalooza Weekend

Today the single day passes went on sale and sold out for Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival. Within an hour Lollapalooza tickets were sold out for the three day music festival held annually in Grand Park the first weekend in August. Chicago wedding planners and brides must take note as August is a very popular Chicago wedding month and events like Lollapalooza present a handfull of concerns. That said, Big City Bride loves music and embraces any challenge that Lollapalooza brings to a Chicago wedding! With ten years of experience in Chicago weddings we know what to expect and how to avoid the traffic and potential mahem of every weekend. 

Often Chicago brides call when they realize their wedding date falls on a busy day in Chicago so that Big City Bride can take on the stress of day of coordination. There are two main worries that we tackle: hotel rooms and transportation. With such a tourist attraction coming to the city, hotel rooms go quickly (the tickets went faster than a Catholic wedding ceremony!) Big City Bride can help reach out to every contact we have in the hospitality industry to find the remaining room blocks available and reserve enough rooms for your out of town wedding guests in Chicago. 

Wedding day transportation is another area where a Chicago wedding planner can step in to save the day. With an understanding of closures and traffic estimations, Big City Bride knows how to schedule your wedding day around any potential problem. We factor in the right amount of time, choosing the right hotels and venues to avoid any problem area, and contracting only the most loyal and reliable vendors for the day.

Do not be afraid! You can embrace the fun of Lollapalooza Chicago and celebrate your wedding on the first weekend in August or any other day with a large convention or event (with the right help.) Your wedding guests may love the opportunity to make a weekend of your wedding and spend either Friday or Sunday in Grant Park. It’s a great schedule of events!


Here is the 2013 Lollapalooza lineup of performers:


Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday • The Killers • Nine Inch Nails • New Order
Queens of the Stone Age • Steve Aoki • Thievery Corporation
Lana Del Rey • Flux Pavilion • Band of Horses • Hot Chip
Crystal Castles • Imagine Dragons • Frightened Rabbit • Dillon Francis
Smith Westerns • Disclosure • Father John Misty • Ghost B.C.
Modestep • Emeli Sande • Jessie Ware • Atlas Genius
Timeflies • Theophilus London • Monsta • IO Echo • Icona Pop
Chance the Rapper • Lance Herbstrong • Robert DeLong
Deap Vally • Twenty One Pilots • San Cisco • Hey Marseilles
Keys N Krates • The Neighborhood • Pacific Air • American Authors
Houndmouth • Brick and Mortar • D-Pryde • Brite Lite Brite

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mumford & Sons • The Postal Service • The National • The Lumineers
Kendrick Lamar • Eric Church • Steve Angello • Ellie Goulding
Azealia Banks • Local Natives • Dada Life • Matt & Kim
Foals • Death Grips • Court Yard Hounds • Adventure Club
Ben Howard • GriZ • Charles Bradley • Heartless Bastards
Baauer • Haim • Unknown Mortal Orchestra • St. Lucia
Shovels & Rope • Little Green Cars • Family of the Year • 360
The Bright Light Social Hour • Reignwolf • Pujol • Planet Hemp
Cole Plante • Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. • Blondfire • Frontier Ruckus
Wheeler Brothers • The Dunwells • Supreme Cuts • Cherub
Wild Cub • Brooke Waggoner • Beast Patrol

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Cure • Phoenix • Vampire Weekend • Knife Party
Grizzly Bear • Major Lazer • Dog Blood • Two Door Cinema Club
Tegan and Sara • Beach House • Cat Power • 2 Chainz
Alt-J • The Vaccines • DIIV • Alex Clare • Baroness
Lianne La Havas • Wild Nothing • Angel Haze • Wavves
Alvin Risk • Jake Bugg • Wild Belle • Art Department • MS MR
Guards • Kill the Noise • Skaters • The Orwells • Palma Violets
Astro • Machines Are People Too • Yawn • Half Moon Run
The Mowgli’s • Wake Owl • Bear Mountain • O’ Brother • Makeshift Prodigy