The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide: Top Venues, Planners, Ideas and More

Venues, Planners and More Wedding Ideas for Your Big Day

With the holidays and Valentine’s Day (engagements galore!) behind us, wedding planning season is officially here. If you’re newly engaged, congratulations! Get ready for what promises to be one of the most magical times in your life. And, despite what you’ve heard, it doesn’t also have to be the most stressful. Read on for all things wedding, from real-wedding inspiration and etiquette dos and don’ts to the most stunning venues and advice from top party pros.

Love, Chicago Style: 4 Swoon-Worthy Real Chicago Weddings

weddings: Natalie Stone and Caleb Pearson

Four sets of Chicago newlyweds share the stories of their unions, adding to the patchwork of personal, beautiful, and truly unforgettable ways our city’s sweethearts say I do.

This ‘Houzz for Parties’ Site Makes Planning Celebrations SO Much Easier

PartySlate Makes Planning Celebrations SO Much Easier

Inspired by home design site Houzz, PartySlate was launched by a Glencoe resident in 2015 to make it easy for event professionals to showcase their work — not limited to weddings — and where people planning celebrations can view gorgeous photos linked to actual pros and venues.

Best of 2017: Celebrations

Nominate a Business for Best of 2017

Our readers voted for their favorite Chicago-area businesses in 11 categories for 2017, including best wedding venue, best bridal shop, and best florist!

Love is Love: The Most Gorgeous Chicago Weddings

Gorgeous Chicago Weddings: Julianna & Collins

From special ceremonies, unique venues and stunning florals, to unforgettable wedding moments, some of Chicagoland’s best wedding photographers share their favorite heartfelt images caught on film at weddings held in 2016.

Rooms With a View: Gorgeous Chicago Event Venues


If you want to really “wow” your guests at your next big event, consider a venue that shows off our beautiful city in all its grandeur.

Not-So-Perfect Weddings: Stories From Our Readers

Not-So-Perfect Weddings: Stories From Our Readers

From the best man forgetting the rings to rain washing out the ceremony, weddings are rarely pulled off without a hitch. These moments may be less than humorous in the moment, but surely make a wedding more memorable. Relax, take a break from wedding planning and revel in these wedding “horror” stories.

15 Stunning Wedding Inspiration Instagram Accounts

15 Stunning Wedding Inspiration Instagram Accounts

All brides need a little bit of inspiration for their upcoming nuptials and Instagram is a fabulous resource. We’ve selected some of the most visually stunning Instagram accounts brides-to-be should be following.

Should Kids Be Invited to Weddings?

Should Kids Be Invited to Weddings?

Whether or not you plan to include kids in your special night, wedding and etiquette experts all agree that the key to avoiding any hurt feelings is stating your intentions with careful consideration and a certain amount of decorum well before the big day.

Party Pros Who Pay It Forward

Party Pros Who Pay It Forward

Check out these local event pros who do more than just put on a good party; they use their talents to do good things for their communities (and the planet)!

The Wedding Planner: Where to Find the Perfect Dress, Flowers, Food and More

Best of 2017, Celebrations: Mira Couture

From the perfect gown to stunning decor and delicious food, these local Chicago wedding experts know how to make your special day memorable.

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