Wedding season is rolling in and we are planning away! As we prepare for this joyous season, we want to encourage all our newly engaged couples to stay on top of their wedding planning. First things first ….is your date set? If so, get the word out! Sending Save-the-dates will allow you to “claim your date!” This wedding essential is often viewed as a detail that can be ignored, but as a wedding planner – this is VERY important. Why? Well, many engaged couples have friends who are tying the knot too! Avoid this by spreading the word by sending a save the date. If you are tight on budget, send an E-save-the-date.  This is eco-friendly and cost-efficient. In addition, save-the-dates can be engagement photos, photo collage, post cards, coasters, flat cards, magnets, etc.! Be creative!

Once a save-the-date is sent, you will later follow up with the wedding invites. WARNING: begin your invitations early – they take longer than you’d expect. Trust us, you will want them early…this way you will have enough to give time to receive the RSVP’s so you can create your guest table seating without being rushed.  AND, last but not least, be sure to have the post office weigh them before mailing! You don’t want any surprises when you go to send them out. Happy planning, XOXO!

Photo Credit: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography


Photo Credit: Riverbend Studio

The Ultimate Pre-Wedding Workout!

For all our brides looking for the perfect pre-wedding workout…we have your answer, PURE BARRE! This popular workout combines ballet, yoga and pilates and focuses on three concepts: lift, tone and burn (and they really mean BURN). The intense routine targets: abs, thighs, arms and backside with small isometric movements that fatigue your muscles and and stretch them to tone. Exclusive to brides, Pure Barre offers a “Bride-to-Be” package featuring three months of unlimited classes for $150.00 per month. Your favorite Chicago wedding planner has tested this workout and approves! Pure Barre is a great way to slim down and look fabulous on your big day. Take 55 minutes to yourself each day and visit our neighbors at Pure Barre Lincoln Park


Alternate Wedding Transportation

Fighting traffic in Chicago is no secret. On top of that, citywide conferences, festivals, game days and other events cause many issues on the road. When in doubt, leave it to the professionals! On your wedding day hiring transportation for your guests is always optional. Big City Bride Chicago wedding planners often organize shuttles and busses to take guests to and from the festivities. However, if transportation doesn’t fit in your budget, a couple can suggest alternate transportation for guests to use! Have you ever seen a car decorated with a cute pink mustache riding through the city? Those cars are opterated by Lyft, a quick and easy transportation service conducted through a smart phone. Lyft has just released an option for one-time events to simplify transit to and from weddings, conferences, birthday parties, etc.  



Through the app, you can order your ride, track the driver and pay instantly. Amazing, right? Now how to use Lyft for your wedding!

For special one-time events, you can customize your Lyft and create guest transportation. 

1.     You will create a custom code for your event to be used for all rides. This is a perfect opportunity to add one more detail to your special day. We suggest using something simple, yet catchy! You don’t want guests misspelling the code, but you want to keep it creative. The code could be your wedding hashtag, last name combinations, wedding name + the year or add Lyft into the code.

2. Once a code is created, guests will enter the it into the Lyft apps from their phone. This is simple, organized and convenient. The ride is at the convenience of the guest. He or she can decide when they would like to go home and if they want to use this credit. 

3. The code will be good for $X in Lyft credit, but ONLY on the night of the event. 

4. IMPORTANT: Credit can only be applied for Lyft rides that either start or end at the event location. Guests cannot joyride on your Lyft code. And, after the event Lyft will only charge for the credits used. 


We love the simplicity and convenience of using Lyft. Wedding guests can order and track their ride without missing a moment of the wedding celebration.