Friday, August 2, 2019

Misse Daniel of Honey Bee Weddings Featured on The Chicago Hustle Podcast



Owner Misse Daniel talks about pursuing her passion, the realities of the wedding planning industry, her path as a small business owner, and more last week when she went on The Chicago Hustle. We are so excited for her podcast debut, and thank you to The Chicago Hustle for having her on the show!

You can hear Misse's interview on Apple, Spotify, Anchor, Breaker, Google, Overcast, or Radio Public

Monday, July 29, 2019

Planning a Wedding Before Getting Engaged


Photo by Jenna Marie Photography

Pre-planning your wedding before even getting engaged is a recent trend that actually happens way more often than you would think.

It may raise an eyebrow, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Venues and vendors often get booked twelve+ months our, and everyone is so busy these days that its nearly impossible to find a time to get all your friends and family in the same place at the same time. So, if you know you are going to get engaged soon, as most modern-day couples do, it makes a lot of sense to get all the details of your big day perfect. 

Cate Munro over at Refinery29 has written a great article about this move towards pre-planning, and it is definitely worth checking out.  

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Honey Bee Weddings is Published in Modern Luxury!

We are so excited to be included in the latest issue of Modern Luxury Weddings!




Every detail of this classic wedding, from the impressive table settings to the scenic venue of the Palmer House Hilton, was absolutely gorgeous. A huge thank you to Modern Luxury Weddings for recognizing how amazing this wedding was!

You can read all about Maggie and Henry's big day here.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Timeline for Your Wedding Paper Suite

Photo by Jenna Marie Photography

Newly engaged couples can quickly find themselves in a whirlwind of deadlines once they pop the question. Between choosing vendors, signing contracts, and ironing out last minute details, there are a lot of things that need to be done between saying "yes" and "I do." One topic I often get questions on is the timeline for everything to do with paper - invites, save the dates, programs, and more.

To make the process easier, I have put together a guideline of when you would typically want to do things like send out Save the Dates, order your Day of Paper Suite, and everything else involving the paper elements of your big day.

Order and Send Out Your Save the Dates
6-12 Months Before the Wedding

Order Invitations and Book Calligrapher
6 Months Before the Wedding

Order Invitations for Other Events (Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Reception, etc.)

6 Months Before the Wedding

Order Day of Paper Suite and Thank You Notes
2-4 Months Before the Wedding

Order Favors
2-4 Months Before the Wedding

Send Invitations
6-8 Weeks Before the Wedding

Send Invitations for Other Events (Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Reception, etc.)
1+ Week After Sending Invitations

Set RSVP Due Date

3-4 Weeks Before the wedding

Contact Anyone That Didn't RSVP
Immediately after RSVP Due Date

Finalize Seating Chart, Escort Cards, and Favor Stationery

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

Send Thank You Notes
Within 6 Weeks After the Wedding
(Gifts received before the wedding should receive a thank you within 2 weeks)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Cafe Brauer Vendor Showcase


2nd Annual Vendor Showcase
July 17th, 4:00-7:00 pm
Café Brauer
2021 N Stockton Dr

We are so excited to have been invited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Vendor Showcase hosted by Tigerlily at Café Brauer. It is an honor to have the opportunity to have a display among these other great vendors.

This is also a great opportunity for you to meet some of the top vendors in Chicago for weddings and events! You can RSVP to GroupSales@LPZoo.org if you are interested in attending. We hope to see you there!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Our Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

Honey Bee Weddings is passionate about being environmentally responsible. We believe that you can have your dream wedding while practicing sustainability.


Photo by Caitlin Lisa Photography

Here are just some of the ways we have committed to keeping our ecological footprint small:

Minimizing Waste



Working with Responsible Vendors


  • Connects our clients with vendors that share our commitment to sustainability
  • Utilizes our membership of the Green Wedding Alliance

Keeping Green in the Office


  • Moving towards being completely paperless
  • Makes sure any paper that needs to be used is made of recycled materials
  • Uses eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Encourages the use of public transportation or riding bikes
  • Trains employees to utilize environmental initiatives

Friday, June 28, 2019

Refinery 29 on Millennial Wedding Culture





Even though the title of this article is clickbait about etiquette, Amelia Harnish at Refinery29 still has some interesting things to say about millennial wedding culture. Whether you are a guest or it's your big day, this article can give you some tips and insight on how to handle a wedding, and all of the financial and mental burdens it comes with.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Upcoming Event: DIY Summer Flower Arrangements


DIY Summer Flower Arrangements
July 17th, 9 am - 10:30 am
Green City Market Lincoln Park
1817 North Clark Street

Green City Market is hosting a DIY Summer Flower Arrangement class with Louise Soucie from The Flower Garden, a local MPS-ECAS sustainably certified flower farm. Louise will teach you how to make your very own handheld flower bouquets, and share her experience as a sustainable farmer.

Tickets are $60, and the proceeds will benefit Green City Market, a nonprofit organization that aims to support small farmers and make local, healthy, and sustainable food more available.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Honey Bee Weddings has Moved!



Honey Bee Weddings is excited to announce we have moved to a new location! Consultations will still take place at the Soho House, but our new permanent address is 935 North Ashland Ave.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Honey Bee Weddings is Published in the Knot!

We are honored to be a part of the Spring 2019 national issue of the Knot!

Zak and Kevin's beautiful modern wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art was featured in the latest issue of the Knot's magazine, and we couldn't be more excited. With its unique touches and gorgeous design, we knew this wedding was something special!







Monday, June 3, 2019

Officially a Member of the Green Wedding Alliance!

Honey Bee Weddings is excited to announce that we are now officially an Approved Vendor with the Green Wedding Alliance!



The Green Wedding Alliance is a network of DJs, caterers, florists, venues, and other event vendors that strive to be as environmentally sustainable as possible through their eco-friendly business practices. We are so thrilled to be joining the 50+ other vendors who share our commitment to being environmentally responsible!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sustainable Weddings Made Easy

As a member of the Green Wedding Alliance, I believe the importance of being environmentally responsible. Brides and Grooms often overlook their ability to make a difference in the amount of waste produced at a wedding, and I hope to change that.

Whether you opt for invitations without gold foil or hire a florist that has environmentally sustainable practices, there are a dozen + ways to make your wedding more sustainable. 


Photo by: Kristina at Vrai Photography

You also don't have to do it alone! No one can become 100% green overnight, and planning an environmentally friendly wedding can seem challenging. Making your wedding as green as possible is something Honey Bee Weddings strives for, and why we became part of the Green Wedding Alliance

For tips on how to keep the waste at your wedding to a minimum, check out Hannah Baker's post over on Brides.com. The article shares a lot of great information on how to choose vendors and products to avoid on your wedding day. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mini Boudoir Photoshoot Giveaway!



Chicago Boudoir Photography is a female run photography studio that wants you to feel empowered and look fierce. Whether you want to do a boudoir shoot as a gift, for your wedding, or just for fun, Liz Hansen, at Chicago Boudoir Photography, can make anyone look and feel amazing. 

Chicago Boudoir Photography is a great place to do your photoshoot as they offer professional hair and make-up services as well as the option to see your photos immediately after they are taken.

Liz and I are excited to be working together to provide all of you with the chance to win a free mini photoshoot! You can check out the details over on my Instagram here!

Attending Weddings Without Breaking the Bank

Wedding season is upon us, which means you most likely have at least one wedding to attend in the near future. Whether you need to buy a new dress or pay for a hotel stay, anyone who has attended a wedding knows it's not just the happy couple that needs to shell out some money to celebrate the big day. 


Photo by Kassia Phoy Photography

Being a wedding guest can get expensive! Laura Gariepy over at Charlie, a financial app that helps you budget, gives some great tips on how to save some cash. It's definitely worth checking out if you have some upcoming weddings on your calendar, and can be found here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tuxedos and Suits for Women for Under $200!





In 2014, Jeanne Foley and Diana Ganz saw an opportunity to make tuxedos and suits much more affordable. Foley was recently married and her groomsmen were forced to spend hundreds of dollars just to rent their attire, she decided to open up The Groomsman Suit with Diana. They started selling their tuxedos for an average price of $194. This is a huge discount compared to the usual $200 it costs to rent a tux just for the night.

Now The Groomsmen Suit are introducing TGS for Her, a line of suits and tuxedos designed for women and their body types! The line will include sizes 0-20, and will be available for pre-order in July.





The Groomsman Suit also offers many tools to make your experience really easy. There is a quick online "Fit Finder" quiz, which helps you choose the right size, without needing any measurements. TGS also provides free home trial packs so you can try out your order before buying it.  Pick out exactly what you want and TGS will send you brand-new suits and tuxedos to try on. If you love it you can keep it. Otherwise, exchanges and returns are free. Lastly, TGS facilitates the group ordering process so that everyone orders their attire in the right size and on time making the process super easy and stress-free.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Win a Free Ticket to Prepping for the Wedding: A Wellness Guide for Planning Your Wedding

Dr. Johanna Strokoff and I are giving away a free ticket to her event Prepping for the Wedding: A Wellness Guide for Planning Your Wedding!

Check out the details on my Instagram here!  Contest ends on May 24th.  For  more information on the event, check out our previous blog post here!




Photograph by Rose Photo

Friday, May 10, 2019

Wellness Event: A Wellness Guide for Planning your Wedding

If you have just become engaged and are in the process of wedding planning, this event would be great for you to attend. Hosted by clinical psychologist, Dr. Johanna Strokoff, Prepping For the Wedding is a two-hour workshop that will help you learn how to manage the stress and understand the complex emotions associated with the wedding planning process.


Photograph by: Rebekah Albaugh

Prepping For the Wedding: A Wellness Guide for Planning your Wedding
June 1st, 10 am - 12 pm
444 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago

To purchase tickets, click here.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Happy 12th Anniversary!

Happy 12th Anniversary, Honey Bee Weddings!

12 years ago today, Honey Bee Weddings began its long journey of wedding planning. We have come so far and learned a lot, and we are excited for what the future holds.




Thank you to all of our incredible clients and vendors. It has been an incredible 12 years, and it has been wonderful working with you all.  Here is to the next dozen!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Bridal Event: Evening of Bridal Luxury




Modern Luxury Weddings Chicago
13th Annual Evening of Bridal Luxury
Sunday, March 3 5pm-8pm
St. Jane Hotel

Join Modern Luxury Weddings to preview the upcoming designs of wedding dresses, featuring the unveiling of Vera Wang's Fall 2019 bridal collection. 


Brides-to-be, don't forget to grab a luxury "Oscar-style" goodie bag on your way out!


Tickets are $75 for a bride and a guest. For additional guests, tickets are $35. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Bright Pink.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Chris + Autumn's Black Tie Winter Wedding at the Union League Club of Chicago


We are so honored to be featured on Zola today.  Our clients held their black-tie reception at the Union League Club of Chicago.  I love a beautiful winter wedding!


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