Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bridal Events: Trunk Show

It's a full week of trunk shows!  Take advantage of the benefits of a trunk show and make an appointment.  Why attend a trunk show?  You will get to see the designer's entire collection as well as speak with a representative. Some designers offer discounts too!

Ulla-Maija Trunk Show
October 2 – 4th
 Saks Fifth Avenue
700 N Michigan Ave.
To RSVP, call 312.799.5205
Vineyard Trunk Show
October 2 – 6th
Priscilla of Boston
 17 W. 170 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
To RSVP, call 630.833.5000
Charsa Bridesmaid Trunk Show
October 3 – 5thVegas to Venice Bridal Boutique
 1223 W Diversey Pkwy.
To RSVP, call 312.850.0111
Pronovias Trunk Show
October 3 – 5th
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
 1011 N Rush St.
To RSVP, call 312.787.0920
Amy Kuschel Trunk Show
October 3 – 5th
Macy's State Street Bridal Salon
111 N State St.
To RSVP, call 312.781.3545
 10 percent off your Amy Kuschel purchase!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fashion Show: Jenny Yoo

2009 collection for Jenny Yoo

You are cordially invited to join us for our annual private Fashion Show Preview for the 2009 Collection of bridesmaid dresses and alternative bridal gowns. Come join us for an evening of entertainment, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres and meet industry professionals to help plan for your special day. We will be offering exclusive promotions, prizes, and goodie bags for our brides-to-be.

Thursday, October 2nd

839 West Fulton Market
To RSVP, email chicago@jennyyoo.com

Ask the Bee: Tuxedo Shoes

You write that the shoes that men wear with their tux don't have to be patent leather. I'd love to see what your husband wore, and even links to other formal footwear that you'd also recommend. Thanks! 

Although patent leather is the most popular, it is not the only option for men.  My husband opted to wear a formal leather oxford like the shoe below.  The shoe needs to be polished and sharp!  

However, if you do opt for the patent leather show, you can buy a pair, starting at $35 at Buy4LessTuxedo.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bridal Event: Intimate Bridal Soiree

hosted by Atelier Bliss

September 29th

6 - 9 PM
Marigold Restaurant
4832 North Broadway

To RSVP, email atelierbliss@gmail.com

Explore the latest in Bridal luxury with some of Chicago's top wedding vendors in the Asian elegance of Marigold restaurant. View jewelry by Junsui Designs and take in the floral work of Vale of Enna, all while enjoying the culinary delights of Hanuri Catering and Event Planning.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Become a fan on Facebook!

Honey Bee Weddings is now on Facebook!   If you are on Facebook, you can become a fan by adding our page to your profile.  We have lots of fan photos on our page and plan to add more!

If you have any questions, let me know. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ring Keeper

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Before we were married, I knew that I wanted to find a special space to keep our rings.  I didn't want to put them just anywhere!  I had seen quite a few ring holders on Etsy but none seem quite right for us.  

When we were in Antep, Turkey, we found the perfect container.  The design compliments my bedroom furniture, which was my grandmother's as well as having a special meaning since we bought it on our honeymoon.  

So, if my husband and/or I are not wearing our rings, they are in here.  It's a beautiful wooden box with mother of pearl in lay lined in red (my favorite color) velvet.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Designing the Perfect Marriage Ring

If you are a long time reader, you may recall that I had problem finding the perfect ring.  My dislike of solitaires along with my love of pave and antique cuts like asscher and cushion was very limiting when we went to a traditional jewelry store.  A wife of one of our groomsmen used to work at a store on Jeweler's Row.  We decided to head there to see if they could help us.  

Denton called the store to set up appointment.  He told them that we were looking to design a ring.  One of the employees, Jeff, asked some information about what we wanted.  At the first appointment, we looked over some center stones.  I was so happy that he didn't try to talk me into a more traditional cut (princess, round, etc.) and stuck to what had been discussed.  I finally found the perfect stone- a cushion cut diamond.  We both wish we had gone their sooner!  

Next up, Designing!  Designing a ring is not an easy task for someone with zero experience.  However, I brought in some pictures.  My requirements were:  pave, diamonds everywhere, no plain band, flourishes, dots.  Jeff assured us that he could come up with something perfect.

Our following appointment was to look over the paper designs.  I was still a little bit scared because the design on paper wasn't quite proportional.  I thought that the prongs looked like giant fondant balls!  Jeff assured me that the ring would look great so we moved ahead with the wax mold. 

I would like to stay that when I saw the wax mold, I let out a huge sigh of relief.  I didn't.  The mold was quite ugly.  Since there were diamonds all over the band, there were empty "pits" everywhere.  Plus, I couldn't get the mold onto my finger so I had trouble figuring out exactly what it would look like on my hand.  (These pictures don't do the mold justice- I had yet to find the proper setting on my camera.)

Jeff kept saying to use my imagination!  I was a little worried... but I had no reason.  It turned out perfectly!!

If you are interested in designing your own ring, I would highly recommend my jeweler.  

 Fredrick M. Gottlieb & Co.
67 E. Madison St.
Suite 1921

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bridal Events: Trunk Shows and Sample Sales

September 23 – 25th 
34 E. Oak St. 
To make an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
September 26 – 28th
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush St., 3rd Floor
To make an appointment, call 312.787.0920 

Romona Keveza Trunk Show
September 26 – 28th
 Macy's State Street Bridal Salon
111 N State St.
10 percent off all Romona Keveza dresses!
To make an appointment, call 312.781.3545

Friday, September 19, 2008

Must Take List

Have you heard about a must-take list?  It's a list that many brides provide to their photographer of photos that they want shot on their wedding day.  If you are looking for a list, here is a great source.  

However, most photojournalists don't use such a list.  They rather just shoot in the moment. (Besides, if you are paying a professional, they should know to take a photo of the cake cutting!)

Regardless of the photographer, it is important to provide them a list of important shots.  For example, my husband was wearing the first gift that I ever gave to him, cufflinks.  We both wanted to get a photo to remember that special detail.

It is really important to provide your photographer a list of the portraits you want taken.  This is easily one of the top ways that can make a wedding start to run behind schedule. I simply like a list like this:
  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride and Groom, Mother of the Bride (Liz) , Stepfather of the Bride (Brad)
  • Bride and Groom, Steve, Susan
  • Bride and Groom, Steve, Susan, Nick
Always list the name of the person.  Then, have the Best Man or Maid of Honor get people up there for the photos.  It is an easy task to delegate.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Get in Shape with the W Hotel!

Want to get in shape for your wedding?  Take advantage of cardio resistance training with the W Hotels and Fitness Party!

Meet at the Living Room
6AM on Tuesday and Thursdays until November 17th
W Chicago Lakeshore
Rain or Shine!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bridal Event: Chicago Social Brides

This is one of my favorite events of the year.  I wouldn't miss it!

CS Brides' Afternoon of Bridal Luxury
September 28th
Oak Street and Michigan Ave.

For a day of shopping with a heart, please join CS Brides for the Afternoon of Bridal Luxury, the second-annual charitable wedding walk sponsored by the Oak Street Council and Chicago Social Brides. Shop to the sounds of Michael Lerich Productions as you feast your senses on couture gowns, breathtaking jewels, haute cuisine by Greg Christian Catering, delectable cakes and exquisite florals provided by Ronsley Special Events.

Brides will receive a luxury tote bag filled with extraordinary gifts from Oak Street’s most exclusive bridal destinations. The walk begins at The Private Dining Rooms at Spiaggia. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

To purchase tickets, click here. RSVP required.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Real Wedding: Aimee + Jay The Details

Yesterday, I posted about Aimee + Jay.  Today's post will be on my favorite: the details!

The couple both got ready at the Palmer House Hilton.  This is the first time I've seen a shopping cart hijacked into a hotel.

The programs had a beautiful ribbon tied on the front of each one.  It was a lovely touch.

Escort Cards were in a garden.  
I thought this tied in perfectly with the outdoor feel of the venue, Galleria Marchetti.

A view inside the venue.  
The centerpieces by Dilly Lilly tied in with the chandeliers.
The couple who honeymooned in Spain, had favors of Sangria mix or maracas.

Nothing says a sweet goodbye like cookies.  
The cookied were decorated to look like the cake.

All photos are by Priscilla from Bellisima Photography.  Thank you Priscilla!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Real Wedding: Aimee + Jay

Aimee and Jay... or should I say Jay and Aimee?

For the first time in my career, I dealt with the groom while coordinating their wedding.  Jay was an excellent planner and I welcomed the experience.  Below are some great photos from the day.  All photos are by Priscilla from Bellisima Photography.  Thank you Priscilla!

Aimee's gorgeous gown from White Chicago was embellished with a beautiful broach.

The couple had planned to be married at Holy Name.  Due to the unexpected repairs, they moved their wedding to Assumption Catholic Church.

The couple exited to bubbles!

After the ceremony, the couple took photos around the city.

Under the bride with their entire Bridal Party.

The reception was held at the Galleria Marchetti

The couple surprised me by starting their first dance!  The party had just begun.

Stay tuned for more photos tomorrow of all of the details!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bridal Event: Crosell and Co

and CS Brides invite you to spend an evening with 
Thursday, September 18th
6 - 8PM 
Crosell & Co.
1922 N Damen Avenue 
To RSVP, call 773.252.9010

Meet esteemed bridal guru Samantha Goldberg from Style Network's "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" and Chicago's own Casey Cooper, owner of Botanicals and celebrated author, at Crosell & Co.

Have your questions answered while Samantha dishes on her favorite bridal trends and how to best plan your real wedding. Casey will be glad to personalize a copy of her book, "What's Your Bridal Style" and present examples and ideas. View the latest in dinnerware, glassware, serving pieces, and home decor showcased at Crosell & Co. while enjoying delicious savories and refreshments. Plus, enter a drawing for several prizes including a floral arrangement in a Juliska vase!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bridal Event: Christos at Belle Vie Couture

Spring 2009 collection
September 19th 11-6PM
September 20th 10-5PM

34 East Oak Street
To make an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bridal Event: Pampered Bride Chicago

Sunday, September 14th
10:30- 4PM

Flirty Girl Fitness 
1325 West Randolph Street

$15 per ticket.  Part of the proceeds go to PAWS CHICAGO
To buy tickets, go to 
Pampered Bride Chicago

Indulge in a day of primping and pampering while picking up the latest tricks of the trade in planning your big day from unique Chicago wedding vendors. Sip cocktails with friends or family as you enjoy complementary spa services along with bridal hair and makeup trials in a relaxing atmosphere.  

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bridal Event: Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show

Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show
Thursday, September 18th
5– 8PM

Ultimate Bride 
106 E. Oak Street, 2nd Floor 
To RSVP, call 312.337.6300

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Steal this idea!

I adore gift tags.  Tags can be used on bridal party gifts, flip flops for guests, favors, or even as a substitute escort card.  I totally want to steal the idea behind this adorable tags.  They are perfect for a Fall wedding.  

However, I think that a crafty bride could take them and turn them into her own DIY project. Simply create a template and buy a stamp and ribbon that reflects your wedding decor plans.  I could see this tag re-created for a destination island wedding by using a beach blue ribbon with a starfish stamp.

I hope that you can use this idea!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ask the Bee: Bridal Party Gifts

I was wondering if you have suggestions for bridesmaids gifts. I was just in a fabulous wedding as a bridesmaid - and got a monogramed tote bag, 2 fancy bubble baths, fuzzy socks, and nice flannel PJs from VS. My wedding is coming up soon and now I'm nervous that I don't have enough of a gift for my 6 bridesmaids. We do have a bridesmaids' luncheon planned (the above bride didn't have one), are planning on treating them to hairdos with a stylist, and I purchased monogramed robes for them...any other ideas? I figured the robe will be especially nice while they're getting their hair done :)

First off, don't worry about keeping up.  Every bride has a different budget. There is no need to blow the budget.  If you do want to give something else, why not give the girls a gift that isn't wedding related?  

I prefer personalized gifts that reflect each girl's personality.  And by personalized, I do not mean the exact same gift for each gift with her monogram!  If you are close enough to ask a friend or family member to stand beside you at the alter, you probably know their tastes as well.  Why not give a gift to reflect her personality.  Or, another source of inspiration would be to give a gift to reflect your relationship.  

Since I don't know your bridesmaids, I have some ideas based on my three very unique maids. Here they are:

business card case, for the bridesmaid that is practical.  We went to business school together so the business card case reflects our shared interest of networking!

xo necklace from etsy, for the bridesmaid that appreciates the homemade.  My sister-in-law loves unique and and petite jewelry. I think she'd adore this piece.

Heart Vase, for the bridesmaid that appreciates modern design but is a romantic at heart.  I think my best friend/ Maid of Honor would have loved this for her home.

If you have a wedding related question, Ask the Bee.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bridal Event: Mothers of the Wedding

A L'Amour presents
Mothers of the Wedding Fashion Show

Sunday, September 14th
A L'Amour
236 West Northwest Highway
Barrington, Illinois
To make a reservations, call 847.381.5858

A L'Amour proudly announces the opening of "The Loft", our new upstairs area dedicated to a wide and varied selection of social occasion dresses chosen specifically for Mothers and Grandmothers of the Wedding. There will be selections from Alyce, Cameron Blake, Jovani, Modern Trousseau, Montage, and Rina di Montella. Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bridal Events: Trunk Shows

Reverie by Melissa Sweet Trunk Show
September 4 – 8th
Priscilla of Boston
17 W. 170 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
To make a reservation, call 630.833.5000

Cymbeline Paris Trunk Show
September 5 – 7th
Dimitra's Bridal Couture
1011 N Rush St.
To make a reservation, call 312.787.0920

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ask the Bee: Budget Friendly

I would love to see some suggestions for a budget friendly beautiful wedding. Us girls without $50,000 budgets also want to have a beautiful day and who better to give ideas than a wedding planner.
What is the easiest way to save money? Well, that is an easy question for me to answer- cut something. Now, the hard part comes, what do you want to cut?

If you are going to make a cut, it should be on something that comes lower on the priority list. Therefore, you and your fiance need to sit down and come up with the three most important details to you. The two of you should also come up with things that don't mean that much to you. Awhile ago, I posted a list of things that I did not want.

I can't tell you what to skip because I don't know you or your fiance. However, I can give you a list of some ideas.
  • Videographer: If you want a video, then have one. If you aren't dead set on it, skip it.
  • Centerpieces: Having a non-floral centerpiece is going to save you money. There are plenty of other beautiful options.
  • Save the Dates: Unless you are having a destination wedding, these are not only necessary, they are a total waste.
  • Bridal Shoes: Buy a metallic shoe that you can re-wear again. They are often cheaper than shoes aimed at brides.
  • Bridal Party: Large bridal parties require more money (personal flowers, transportation, bridal party gifts). While I wouldn't recommend cutting siblings or best friends, do you really need to have your nine closest friends up at the alter?
  • Transportation: While it is necessary to provide transportation for your bridal party to the ceremony and reception site, it is not necessary to blow the budget. There are many more reasonable options out there than expensive trolleys and stretch Hummer limos. No one is going to remember the transportation.
  • Wedding Album: Buy the rights to your wedding photos and make your own album with one of the numerous online companies. I am actually doing this myself!

If you have a wedding related question, Ask the Bee.

Photos in the City

If you are taking photos in the city, there are a couple of things that you need to plan for.
  • What: Wedding Photos in the City!
  • Who: Who is going to be in the photos?  Bridal Party?  Family?  I highly recommend that you take some photos without your bridal party.  They don't need to be in every photo.  If you are bringing your parents along, you might want to take only a few photos with them and then send them back to the hotel to freshen up.  
  • Where: This is the one area that I think couples tend to be a little over ambitious: if you are planning on taking photos in 5 locations, your bridal party is going to be exhausted!  Limit the number of locations.  I promise, you won't regret it later in the evening!
  • When: Do you want to take photos before your ceremony?  Or between the ceremony and reception?
  • How: How are the people going to get from here to there?  There are many options in the city (walking, taxis, limos, trolleys, and buses).  
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