MY VENUE ADVICE:
Once you’ve decided on the perfect day to get married you need the perfect venue. Flip through any magazine, browse The Knot or Wedding Wire and you will find 100s of venues that might peek your interest. While it’s amazing to have a ton of options, its very easy to get overwhelmed. I’m always in awe of all the amazing venues right here in Illinois.
First thing first, it’s important to nail down your wedding vision before you start visiting venues. If you are unsure spend some time on line browsing different styles, pinterest is a brides best friend when planning. Are you going for a shabby chic theme or do you prefer a black tie city affair? If you prefer more of the city vibes don’t waste your time visiting barns in the burbs. If you’ve been dreaming of a rustic barn wedding I wouldn’t recommend visiting city chic loft spaces. Looking at spaces that aren’t your style can be very discouraging so avoid extra venue tours.
Once you’ve picked a style you’re going for, make a top five list of venues. Once you have your top contenders go venue by venue to weigh the pros and cons of each. Do they offer a menu you like, can they accommodate your wedding size and most importantly is it in budget?
Brad and I had talked numerous times about what we envisioned to be the perfect wedding. We both agreed that we wanted something different and not typical. My least favorite part of weddings is the long sit down dinner. It works great for others, it might be my busy body nature but sitting through a long dinner is pure torture. I like to be up, moving around and visiting. Brad works for Lettuce Entertain You so without any hesitation we thought it would be great to have our wedding at an LEYE restrurant. After some debate we decided on Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL which is an awesome concert venue with tons of space to make our own.
I love live music so Joe’s is a perfect space to host our wedding which will include a band and dj through out the night in addition to an acoustic musical performance during cocktail hour.
What are your favorite venues? What helped you pick the right one? I would love to hear from other brides planning the big day or recently hitched! Email me:email@example.com
“Dressing the Dresser”
Dress shopping has obviously been high on my list of things to do. In full disclosure I was a little nervous to start this process. Not that I didn’t have every faith in the world in Volle’s and the amazing gowns but I sell these amazing wedding gowns each and every day! How the heck was I going to pick a dress for myself?!?!? Many thought I would have my exact dress picked out right away…I wish it was that easy!
I started my dress shopping just 3 days after getting engaged. With family in from out of state for the holidays everyone was excited to be part of the process. My family and friends were sending me dress pictures and flipping through bridal magazines like it was their job. I didn’t do much browsing online because I get walk through our bridal closets 6 days a week. I came to my appointment with an entourage and open mind. I probably had 100 dresses that I’ve been keeping an eye on, not to mention we had received about 50 new dresses in the past few weeks.
My appointment went off without a hitch, Pamela was truly amazing! I was probably her most difficult bride as I had no clue what type of dress I really wanted or envisioned myself walking down the aisle in. My biggest problem was finding a dress that I could make my own, a dress that I’ve never sold to a bride, a dress what I was confident in. This was no easy task, many of the gowns I tried on immediately brought back memories of working with a bride who had already said yes to this dress. After about 20 gowns, I put on the one! It was definately a crowd pleaser and props to my dad for suggesting I try it on when he saw it hanging up. This dress was so not what I thought I would end up in but it felt right. I felt confident and didn’t want to take it off. I was twirling around the boutique like a little kid, I now know the feeling I tell my brides about…when you know you know.
I woke up the next day and immediately looked at pictures and still loved my dress. I didn’t want my dress shopping to be over so quickly. I knew I loved my dress but working at a bridal salon I want to wow my wedding guests, so I decided that I needed a reception dress. For this shopping trip I brought my Mom and Future Mother in Law. I wanted something completely opposite of my ceremony gown and boy did I find it!
Stay tuned for sneak peeks of both gowns when they arrive from Maggie Sottero and Hayley Paige.
“Dressing the Dresser”
Given that I sell wedding dresses for a living I would be lying if I said I haven’t spent some time day dreaming about what type of wedding day I wanted. My favorite dress changes at least once a day, and I frequently spend time browsing dress designer websites and The Knot…for work purposes of course. Each and every dress I’ve sold has a special story attached to it. It’s so much more then a sale to me, its the beginning of a special bond. When I see a dress in the closet I refer to it as the brides name who’s purchased that dress, not the style name or number. I truly enjoy seeing a bride through her say yes to the dress moment to her pick up day the week of the wedding. My favorite emails are from wedding photographers sharing my beautiful brides wedding day photos. It’s safe to say I LOVE what I do.
My wedding day dreaming officially ended as of 12/17/17, because… I’m ENGAGED! After nearly 5 years Brad popped the question in front of both our families at our first annual Christmukkah party. As you can imagine I can’t wait to start the planning process. I’m anxiously awaiting the moment I find my dress and give it a story.
I’m taking you with me through the good, the bad and the ugly of everything wedding planning from my say yes to the dress moment to finding the perfect venue. Follow along on my weekly blog posts and feel free to share your wedding planning stories that may just be featured on my blog.
“Dressing the Dresser”
Marketing Director/Sales Consultant