Renee +Kevin INSIDE Weddings Magazine Feature

INSIDE Weddings Magazine is the exclusive bridal magazine dedicated to featuring the most real weddings. This magazine is a wonderful inspiration source for brides to see many different style weddings through the convenience of one source. Big City Bride is SO EXCITED to be featured in the Spring 2014 Issue of INSIDE Weddings Magazine! Renee + Kevin’s elegant Chicago wedding was so special to us and we are honored to see it in print.




Indian Fusion Wedding- Style Me Pretty

Last Summer, Big City Bride had the pleasure of working with Sonya and Silas to plan their dream wedding. Union Station transformed within hours into a spectacular space. Every person walking by stopped and asked, “What is going on here?!” The Big City Bride team would simply smile and respond, “A wedding.” People were amazed…and so were we! The transformation of an everyday space, such as a train station, into an incredible fairytale vision is an amazing process.

Today, we are so excited to share that Sonya and Silas Indian Fusion wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty! 


“From the stunning bride… We are so excited to share our very unique wedding day with you, complete with blending of very unique cultures (Indian, Southern with a twist of Chicago history), surprise daddy/daughter and groom dances, fun food and lots of sentiment. We hope you enjoy our pictures!

My husband Silas and I wanted a day that really captured the blending of our cultures… I am of Asian Indian ethnicity, however, was born and raised in the South (Georgia). Silas was born in the midwest and raised in Chicago so we wanted a venue full of Chicago culture and history. Since we fell in love and met in Chicago, we wanted our wedding set in the city. Union Station Train station was the perfect fit in downtown Chicago. I wore an Enzoani gown with a traditional Indian tikka pinned in my hair and draped on my forehead. My hands and feet were also adorned with traditional Indian bridal mehndi. We chose purples and blues as our colors with the hint of a peacock theme. We had our first look at the Conrad Hotel, downtown Chicago, on an open balcony which overlooked the city. We then took pictures on the bridge that Silas proposed to me on, Kinsey bridge, with our dog Oliver. Silas and I were married under a modern day Indian mandap with a wall of cascading orchids. We had a traditional american processional for the wedding party and my Dad and I, and walked down an aisle lined with floating orchids. We then were married by a Hindu priestess with a 30 minute ceremony. The string quartet during our ceremony were fantastic, playing more traditional American processional music (such as Cannon D for the daddy/daughter walk), and Elvis, “Can’t help falling in love” for the bridal party. The favorite part of the ceremony for both of us when when the quartet played Bittersweet Symphony just as we were pronounced husband and wife and for our recessional. During the recessional, guests threw rose petals on us as I threw rice over my shoulder for my mom to catch (Called Vidaai in the traditional Indian ceremony-signifies the bride leaving the house). Next, our cocktail hour had special touches including food that incorporated all of our cultures (i.e. fried chicken quesadillas and fried green tomatoes, tandoori chicken lollipops). Our reception table decor consisted of vases of alternating sizes with floating orchids with the smaller tables having tall branched trees. My dad and I did a surprise Georgia medley first dance, starting with the fox trot to Georgia on my mind, then breaking into a rap dance after a record scratch (to Welcome to Atlanta, Ludacris) and line dancing (Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, Alan Jackson-I changed into FRYE cowboy boots for the dance). My husband also surpised me with a traditional Indian bhangra dance that he had practiced the week before the wedding. The night ended with a great DJ mix, a huge dance party and even an after party at on of our favorite local bar. All in all, it was a day full of surprises, laughter and most of all, love as we celebrated the blending of many distinctly different, but equally important cultures” (Style Me Pretty).




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Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Forni

The Big City Bride team would like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Forni. One year ago, on this very green day in Chicago, Big City Bride had the pleasure to plan this beautiful couples wedding! It was an amazing day filled with love and beautiful Irish touches. The wedding was absolutley stunning at one of Chicago’s favorite venues, Salvage One. Allori Photography beautifully captured all the special moments. Thanks for letting us be apart of your special day. Sending happy wishes to Mr. & Mrs. Forni on one year of marriage!































It is such an amzing moment as a wedding planner when the couple is announced for the first time. The look on their face as they proudly run through the door gives us the chills! It was an honor to be apart of such a special day. Wishing many years of happiness to our lovely couple!!

Wedding Gift Guidelines

             We spend lots of time sharing tips to make the wedding planning process a bit easier, but today we want to share some pointers for those who are attending a wedding asking yourself the stressful question, “How much to spend on a wedding gift?!”

            As a guest, this process can be quite worrisome.  What to give? How much? Cash? Gift? Well, your in luck Big City Bride has some advice for you! The first part of this process is deciding to purchase a gift or give the couple money. If you decide a gift is the better option, we recommend purchasing an item listed on the registry. The couple worked hard to select items that will be most useful to them as they embark on their new journey together. They would LOVE to receive something off this list. If you would rather skip the trouble of scouting out the registry, another great option (and one that is VERY popular) is to give the newly weds a heartfelt card with a check. A card can be turned into a very personal gift just by writing a little something special. 

           In today’s wedding world, the average guest will spend between $75-$150 depending on his or her relationship with the couple. Stick within this range and your gift will be perfectly suitable! When deciding their gift think about thanking them for the experience rather then focusing on the stress that may come with the process. The bride and groom are just truly grateful to share their special day with you!

         And don’t forget to sign the guestbook! Make it a plan to stop at the gift and guestbook table during cocktail hour this way you won’t have to carry the gift for too long and you will have time to write something special.


Happy Birthday Chicago!

Happy Birthday, Chicago! Big City Bride is so grateful to call this very special city home. We could not be happier to live and work in such an amazing city. The City of Chicago is constantly buzzing with excitement! Even in the coldest of winters….the excitement does not stop. There is always a happy hustle and bustle throughout the streets. It’s a one of a kind city and we are so happy to celebrate 177 years!  

Today, Big City Bride is sending love to the city that keeps our weekends busy and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Happy Birthday Chicago!!