Not-So-Perfect Weddings: Stories From Our Readers

My father needed to be at the county clerk’s office in beautiful South Bend, Indiana by 4 p.m. to pick up his marriage license. The only problem — he had forgotten the pearl necklace he was giving my mom as a wedding present. After doubling back to Chicago for the necklace, he tried to make up […]

This Year’s Most Stunning Wedding Rings

Marriage might be until death do you part, but the wedding day comes and goes in a flash. Flowers wither — and you can’t run errands in your wedding dress. The good news is your rings stay with you forever. From timeless classics to gorgeous takes on modern design, these rings will keep you and […]

How to Pick the Best Music for Your Wedding

If you’ve been to many weddings, you know that the right music can make an otherwise great wedding spectacular. Whether you opt for a live band or DJ, choosing the soundtrack to your special day — and who will play it — can be overwhelming. We talked to some of the hottest music acts in […]

Chicago’s Coolest Venues for Private Parties

No matter the celebration, it’s always especially memorable when the event takes place at a unique venue. These Chicago and North Shore locations are hidden gems, perfect for your next wedding, anniversary party, shower, bar mitzvah or birthday bash. Greenhouse Loft Located in the Platinum LEED-certified Green Exchange building, Greenhouse Loft is Chicago’s most sustainable […]

Why (and How) to Hire a Wedding Planner

A wedding to plan. Ideally, those words elicit joy. “Hip hoorah! Yes! A wedding to plan!” But also, this opportunity can (and should) trigger concerns. Most weddings are expensive and complicated. The average cost of a Chicago wedding in 2014 was $50,000, according to a study by The Knot. The average cost of weddings in North […]

Toast the Trends With These Gorgeous Wedding Gowns and Desserts

Toast the Trends, an elegant evening celebrating trends in wedding gowns, decor and desserts, took place at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on September 27. Each of the wedding gowns on display was part of the Elaya Vaughn collection by Kate Pankoke. The event also marked the launch of the Four Seasons hotel’s in-house wedding cakes, […]

How to Get the Custom Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

Can’t say yes to a dress? A custom gown could be calling your name! A good designer can knit together your ideas to make the dress of your dreams a blissful reality. But, while a one-of-kind wedding dress is an alluring proposition, the process of creating a custom gown can be confusing. To help demystify […]

Should Kids Be Invited to Weddings?

For families with a “No Child Left Behind” policy when it comes to weddings, a couple’s decision to make their nuptials an adult-only affair can not only be seen as controversial, it can be enough to start a family feud. Whether or not you plan to include those pint-size cuties on your invite list, wedding […]