Just Engaged? How to Plan a 2016 Wedding!

Just engaged and feeling lost? Once the initial shock passes and you and your fianc starting thinking about your wedding the most important question to answer right now is do you want to plan a 2016 or 2017 wedding. 2016 Saturdays in Chicago have been booking a year out, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are all gone. If you are hoping to celebrate your nuptial in 2016 there is still time!!! First things first, hire a professional. A Chicago wedding planner can help you plan and act fast. We have inside resources and great relationships with Chicago venues. We can help you venue search, book and secure FAST! Another option to consider is marrying on a Friday or Sunday. If you love a venue and it fits your guest count and budget, don’t rule it out because it doesn’t have a Saturday! Consider a Friday or Sunday – you’ll have more dates to choose from and it is possible the rental fee may be lower!

Once you have booked your venue, you can secure a ceremony time, hotels and hire your priority vendors. Planning fast does not have to stressful and you can still plan the perfect day. For anyone needing planning assistance Big City Bride Chicago wedding planners would love to plan your special day!

  

  

  

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Chicago Restaurant Week is HERE!

Foodies rejoice! Chicago’s Restaurant Week has arrived and we can’t wait to see what our city’s tops chefs have in store. Big City Bride is an office of Chicago wedding planning foodies. We love food and we love Chicago restaurants. We especially love all the opportunities Chicago wedding caterers provide to customize the most amazing wedding menus for our brides and grooms. As Chicago wedding planners (…who have been spoiled by some of Chicago’s best catering chefs!), we have very high standards when it comes to food. This years list is stacked and we cannot wait to take advantage! 
 
  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/ct-chicago-restaurant-week-recommendations-vettel-20160121-story.html

 

2016 Illinois Marriage License Information

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. 

How to Apply:
Must apply together, in person, at one of the below offices 
Bring current and valid identification (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc)
Fill out and sign a marriage license application
Pay $60 fee (cash and most major credit and debit cards are accepted)
Applicants divorced within the last 6 months must present certified decree of divorce
 
Where to Apply:
 
Downtown Chicago – Daley Center – 50 W. Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602 -Call: (312) 603-7790
East Concourse (Lower) Level – 25 -Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for all services 
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
North suburbs – Skokie – 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL 60077 Call: (847) 470-7233
Room 149 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
Northwest suburbs – Rolling Meadows – 2121 Euclid Ave. Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 Call: (847) 818-2850
Room 238 -Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services  
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
West suburbs – Maywood – 1311 Maybrook Square, Room 104, Maywood, IL 60153 Call: (708) 865-6010
Room 104 -Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all 
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
South suburbs – Markham -16501 S. Kedzie, Markham, IL 60426 Call: (708) 232-4150
Room 238 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
Southwest suburbs – Bridgeview- 10220 S. 76th Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455 Call: (708) 974-6150
Room 238 – Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for all services 
Wednesday 4:30pm to 7:00pm Marriage and Civil Union Licenses Only 
 
Closed on the following dates in 2016: 
Jan 1, Jan 18, Feb 12, Feb 15, Mar 7, May 30, July 4, Sept 5, Oct 10, Nov 11, Nov 24, Dec 26
 
Marriage Licenses are:
Issued the same day, while you wait.
Effective on the following calendar day after they are issued
Valid for 60 days 
Effective only in Chicago and suburban Cook County
Chicago wedding photographer: Stoffer Photography 
 

Chicago Wedding Venue: Villa D’Citta

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!