Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Wedding: City Photos

After our private meeting, the rest of the Bridal Party met up with us to take photos around the city.

It took us quite a bit of time to decide where to go and how to get there. Since we didn't want to exhaust ourselves or our bridal party, we choose three stops that were reasonably close by: the Chicago Theatre, the Bean, and the Chicago Board of Trade. We also planned to have people leave after each stop: the Ushers and Greeters would leave after the Chicago Theatre, the Bridal Party would leave after the Bean, and it would be just us for the Board of Trade photos.

I didn't like most of my transpotation options: I am not a fan of trolleys, we are not hummer limo types, and I didn't need a huge limo bus. We decided for the ultimate city experience-- taxi cabs!

Then, I started to have bridal nightmares that I would get in a dirty cab and my dress would be ruined. So, I called LaSalle Limo for a town car. I have been using La Salle for all of my business trips for years. They upgraded me to a limo. While I was pleased, I really didn't plan on taking one. It worked out in the end to be a bit more convenient.

The photos started right at the Allegro, right near the sign. We did this with our entire bridal party as well as the Ushers and Greeters, for a total of 12 people.

Next, we rode a short 5 minute drive to the Chicago Theatre for some iconic photos near the sign and some city shots.

It's ironic but for the number of posed photos we took, my favorites tend to be the photojournalistic shots that Sally caught in mid-moment. While we were waiting for the guys to arrive, I held up my hand to show off my ring and said to my two nieces, "Come look!" At that point, no one had seen the ring but us. Sally really caught the emotions.

While we were waiting for the limo, my Maid of Honor, Nichole, picked something out of my eye. It doesn't seem like much, but it is so Nichole to point out that I have a piece of dirt.

I also love the in-the-moment shot of my oldest niece carrying my train across State St. with the rest of the bridal party following.

At that point, we were going to have the Ushers and Greeters head back but the photographer asked for them to stay for one more unplanned location. She said that we should go somewhere really beautiful, like the Gardens at the Art Institute.

While the girls were taking photos, we started laughing at the guys. Sally was super quick and caught them in the moment with our parasols!

This is one of the funnier shots. I just love that Sally would be in the middle of taking some portraits and then turn around and take some candids.

As I mentioned earlier, it was the first time for anyone to see my ring. My best friend, who often has different taste than me, agreed- the ring is gorgeous!

The limo did work out in the end. I will warn you: if you are wearing a ballgown, you need two seats. One for you, one for the dress.

Waiting by the Art Institute of Chicago for the groomsmen.

The Greeters and Ushers took a cab back to the hotel leaving just us with the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen. I decided that we should walk to the next stop... much to the chagrin of my bridesmaids in their four inch heels.

Our fabulous shoes are in plain view. I love the red peaking out.

Next stop, the Bean! Since it is always full of people, we took photos from the side on the grass.

Once we finished, the bridal party minus my Maid of Honor headed back to the hotel. My dedicated Maid of Honor went with us to the Board of Trade so that she could help with my enourmous dress.

After 2 hours of taking photos, we were ready to head back to the hotel to relax and get ready before our ceremony.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ask the Bee: Menus

My fiancé and I, with the help of my mother, have put so much effort into our menu (food-wise) since we're having an entirely gluten-free kosher pescatarian event. Try saying that 3x fast! We are both food lovers and really enjoy cooking together so the food selection/offerings and quality has been one of our higher priorities.

My mom suggested that my fiancé, who has a wonderful sense of humor that is especially highlighted by his writing, write up a menu with an explanation about why we chose to have our gf kosher event...but I haven't really seen many menus that would accommodate such an idea (ie, room for a description). If it matters, the wedding will be formal and the colors black and white. Any inspiration would be very helpful :) Thanks!

Nothing pleases me more than seeing a personalized wedding! I don't think a two sided menu is necessary. At the top of the menu, I would simply write,

Our menu is Gluten-free kosher pescetarian.

We carefully choose the dinner selections

based on our personal preferences.

We hope that you enjoy the meal!

Unfortunately, I don't have a sample. If we were to take this menu below as a rough template/ idea. I would make it longer and more narrow, to the dimensions of 4.5" by 10". At the top of the menu, I would have a monogram (as seen below) or write your names. At the bottom, I would I would write the note. Since your fiancé is so much more clever than me, I am sure that he will be able to come up with more creative verbage.

I hope that helps!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ask the Bee!

Right now, our blog has three types of posts:
  • Real Weddings -- posts about Honey Bee Weddings brides
  • Events -- bridal events and sales for Chicagoland brides
  • My Weddings -- posts about my wedding planning

Since the posts about my wedding are coming to an end, I am planning on adding a new feature called Ask the Bee. I will answer as many questions as I can!

To submit a question, either email me at or submit a comment at the bottom of this post. If you have detailed questions, I would prefer an email so that I can follow-up with you as well as send files, if necessary!

Monday, August 25, 2008

$50 Facials

My favorite make-up artist is opening up a spa and boutique. I am very excited for the grand opening in mid-September. In honor of the grand opening, Sonia Roselli's Esthetique is offering $50 facials from September 16-28th as well as 20% any other store service.
Store Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday
To schedule an appointment, email

Friday, August 22, 2008

Organization Madness

I was thrilled when I went to pick up my wedding photos. Until I saw how much stuff I was getting!

My package included a magazine , which is a sprial bound book with six images per page. Since I added four hours onto the package, I have over 11 photos. The photographer broke up the photos into three magazines. They are a great way to browse through the massive quantity of photos without having to look at each and every photo.

Every photo? Yup, my package included a 4x6 of every image as well as a Kolo box. Since I have so many photos, I had to go to Paper Source to buy a second box.

The problem with the photo box is that I don't like people to touch the pictures. (I'm know, I'm a little OCD about fingerprints.) I have decided to be completely insane and put every photo of my 1,154 collection into a series of books. Yup, I told you, I'm insane.

I really want to do a red book like this but I'm not sure. Perhaps I should be a little bridal and go with white?

This project, along with ordering my wedding album, is on hold until the summer wedding season comes to an end. I'm overscheduled as it is! Besides, I think this screams The Perfect Winter Project.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gay Weddings

I love Ellen so when I saw a picture of her and Portia on their wedding day, I was so excited and happy for them!

If you didn't know it, there is an entire website aimed at Gay Weddings. I'm not sure how many of my readers are gay as I really don't have a way to track any metrics. If there are any gay readers struggling with some unique wedding planning problems, I would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bridal Event: Bridal Open House

Bridal Open House at Morton's

August 21st

Morton's The Steakhouse

65 E. Wacker Pl.

RSVP at 312.201.0464

Planning a major event or celebration isn't always easy, but Morton's The Steakhouse is taking out the guesswork! Enjoy delicious Morton's hors d'oeuvres, wine and Champagne at this complimentary event, while rubbing elbows with Chicago's premier event planners and vendors. You will also be able to view Morton's elegant private dining rooms, each designed in a different special occasion theme. Even if you're planning an event outside of Chicago, top experts will be on hand to share the top trends in all types of celebration events.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Missing In Action

Sorry that I haven't been around lately! Honey Bee Weddings is in the middle of their busiest month to date. Hurrah! The downside is that I have a little less free time to blog. The clincher is that some of my belongings were stolen including my wedding planning notebook that had all of my future blog post ideas.

:waves angry fist at thief:

We'll be back soon!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bridal Event: Trunk Show

Justina McCaffrey Trunk Show

August 15 – 16th

34 E. Oak St.

Call for an appointment at 312.751.2222 .

10 percent off

Sample Sale

Boutique Sample Sale
August 15 – 17th
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush St., 3rd Floor
To make an appointment, call 312.787.0920

For more information on Sample Sales, click here!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bridal Event: Jeremy Lawson

Celebrate with Jeremy Lawson

with his brand-spanking-new Website
the new-vintage photo booth at Catalyst Ranch,
Chicago's most creative wedding and party venue!
Sweet tunes from Toast & Jam DJs.
Good eats from Catered By Design, Harry Carray's Catering & Events, The Hearty Boys Caterers & Limelight Catering.
Plenty of booze, served by Service Is Us, Inc. -Security provided by AF Services, Inc.

Thursday, August 14th
Catalyst Ranch
656 W. Randolph Street

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Day Before the Wedding Part 2: My Bridesmaid Luncheon

For my Bridesmaid Luncheon, I chose to get manicures and pedicures and then head to Afternoon Tea.

I told the Bridemaids to "save the date" for the afternoon of the day before the wedding. Then, about three days beforehand, I sent them an adorable invitation in the mail that I bought at All She Wrote.

The day didn't go exactly to plan. We wanted to get manicures and pedicures at Bliss but they were booked solid. Based on a recommendation, we booked at a local spa. When we arrived, they didn't have our reservation. At the last minute, we ended up at a nail salon. They let us drink our two bottles of champagne so we were happy. I'm happy to say that my nails lasted until Monday!

After that hiccup, we headed for luxury. Specifically, the Seasons Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel. After dessert, three staff members came to our table. Each carrying a little blue box, handed one to each of my maids. My bridesmaids were utterly surprised and really excited.

The girls were completely shocked when they realized that each gift was personalized. How did the staff know which gift to give to each girl? I came in earlier in the day and described each girl. The Four Seasons went above and beyond in their service for us.

After that, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the rehearsal!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Cake To Go

Candy Buffet.
Groom's Cake.
Wedding Cake.
Edible Favors.
Sweets Table.

All our delish at the wedding... but there is nothing better than taking a slice of cake home from a wedding. As more brides are having more dessert options than just wedding cake, it might be a nice option to offer your guests.

It's very simple: just buy some cake slice boxes and give to the venue staff to put into boxes. Most venues will do this free of charge.

For an extra touch, we decorate our boxes to keep with the groom's cake theme. We purchased some plain round printable stickers from Labels by the Sheet.

Then, Denton printed the Colts logo. We applied three stickers to each box. It's a fairly easy DIY project.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bridal Event: Infinity Sale

Infinity Sale
August 8 – 11th
Weddings 826
826 W. Armitage Ave.
To make an appointment, call 773.529.8871

In honor of the 8-8-08 brides, select gowns have been marked $800 and below!

Bridal Event: Trunk Shows

Vinyard Trunk Show
August 7 – 11th
Priscilla of Boston
17 W. 170 22nd St.
Oakbrook Terrace
To make an appointment, call 630.833.5000

Elizabeth Fillmore Trunk Show
August 8 – 9th

34 E. Oak St.
To make an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Manuel Mota Trunk Show
August 10th
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush St., 3rd Floor
To make an appointment, call 312.787.0920

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Bridesmaid Luncheon

In appreciation and gratitude for their participation in her wedding, it is traditional for the bride to treat her maids to a party.

Everything else is pretty much up to the bride. The formality of the event can range for an a casual brunch, afternoon tea, or a night out on the town. The luncheon can be held at the beginning of the engagement as a means to introduce the bridal party. Or, it can be held closer to the wedding date, which is more traditional. The guests always include the bridesmaids. Other brides might include flower girls, their Mother, the Mother of the Groom, or other female relatives.

During the Bridesmaid Luncheon, the Bride may choose to give her attendants their gifts. Another fun tradition is the “charm cake”. Originating, in England during Victorian times, silver charms (one for each bridesmaid) are attached to ribbons and then placed underneath the bottom layer of a cake. Each bridesmaid pulls a ribbon to discover her symbolic charm at the end. The symbols can include a ring (next to be engaged), a flower (love will blossom) or a wishbone (lucky in love). Unless you have an enormous bridal party, you should have no trouble finding one individual charm for each maid.

Tomorrow, I will tell you what I did for my Bridesmaid Luncheon.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Some Say Cake? Part II

As I posted last week, we brought out the top layer of our wedding cake to eat with our family during our picture fest.

Although we found many directions to frost, we didn't find as much to de-frost. We followed these directions from eHow. The cake came out looking just as pretty as it did on our Wedding Day.

How did it taste? The cake tasted even better. How is that possible? I'm not sure... but it is the truth!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bridal Event: Sample Sale!

Boutique Sample Sale
August 6th
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 E. Oak St.
For more information, call 312.751.2222

If you want more information on sample sales, click here.

Belle View carries Amsale, Anne Barge, Christos, Elizabeth Fillmore, Justina McCaffrey, and Reem Acra.
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