Chicagoland’s End of Summer Soirée

Posted by Kim on Sep 19, 2016


All photos by Hazelton Photography

Chicago-area couples gathered with their friends, family, and bridal parties to experience the rustic beauty of The Haight for the WeddingWire End of Summer Soirée. While mingling with other engaged couples, they enjoyed meeting talented wedding vendors from the Chicagoland area and seeing first-hand how the details of a real wedding all come together. Take a peek into the event, expertly captured by Hazelton Photography.


Couples enjoyed freshly prepared bites by My Chef Catering, who cooked shrimp in a beurre blanc sauce to order and also passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the event.


Guests sipped specialty cocktails and champagne, poured by Chicago Beverage Catering.


The creations of Town & Country Gardens added romantic ambiance through their gorgeous florals and charming lantern-adorned table runners.

IMAGE5Couples and their friends received metallic tattoos and expert beauty advice from Style by Bravura.


As guests mingled, David Rothstein Music provided a warm and bright piano score that perfectly suited the evening.


Couples looked forward to hearing from Leanne, from You Name It Events, who offered her top wedding planning tips, helping guests gain insight into the most important aspects of planning the perfect, stress-free day.


As a special way to celebrate their engagement, Cara Dunning provided caricatures for the engaged couples, who loved having a special memento from the event.


Guests enjoyed getting their photos taken with thePIXbooth, whose wide selection of fun and funny props made for some hilarious photos.


The Sugar Path sweetened the evening with mini cupcakes, s’mores bars, and cake jar favors.


A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to all of our participating partners! If you’d like to find out about future events, you can reach out to WeddingWire Community Consultant Amanda at

Wedding Flowers Tips, Fall Wedding Inspiration and More!

Posted by Brenna Cashen on Sep 14, 2016

Happy Wednesday! You made it halfway to Friday! Here’s a recap of five of our favorite articles and slideshows from our ideas section. Get inspired below:

Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Reception Flowers –  From welcome tables to chair decor, check out all the ways you can include flowers in your reception.

wedding-reception-flowers            Photo by Christen Jones Photography

Chic Kentucky Barn Wedding –  A gorgeous ball gown, a rustic venue and a last minute ceremony switch you need to see! Get all the details from this chic Kentucky wedding here:

600x600_1473350356531-talon-winery-19 Photo by Kate McStay Photography

Top Wedding Venue Types – From hotels to country clubs, explore the most popular venue types to consider for your big day!

top-wedding-venue-types-photography-by-santy-martinez     Photo by Photography by Santy Martinez

Fuchsia Fall Castle Wedding – Planning a fall wedding? This California wedding is overflowing with bright, unique details you’ll want to steal!


Photo by James Tang Photography

How to Find the Right Wedding Florist – Flowers play a huge part in a wedding. Learn the details you should consider when picking out the florist that’ll bring your vision to life.


Photo by Molly Joseph Photography

It’s Wednesday! Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our Ideas Section. To help you make it to Friday, we’re recapping five of our favorite articles and slideshows from the past week! Check them out below:

How to Plan a Bridal Shower – From choosing the theme to finding the perfect location, we’ve got you covered on how to plan the ultimate bridal shower from start to finish.

Laura Kelly PhotographyPhoto by Laura Kelley Photography

The Ultimate Wedding Budget Breakdown – We know that finalizing your budget can be one of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding—and knowing where to allocate the most money is an entirely different story. So we asked thousands of couples to share their wedding budget with us and have broken down the results for you here!

wedding-budget-megan-vaughan-photographyPhoto by Megan Vaughan Photography

15 Ways to Incorporate Your Hobbies Into Your Wedding – Themed favors, handmade escort cards, playful accessories—the options are endless. Here are 15 ways to add a personal touch to your big day.

elegant virginia theater wedding - sarah jane winter photoPhoto by Sarah Jane Winter Photo & Design

Bachelorette Party Planning 101 – Are you planning a final fling before the ring? See our tips on how to pull off the perfect party for the bride-to-be!

bachelorette-party-planning-arden-photographyPhoto by Arden Photography 

Bridal Shower Invitation Wording Tips and Ideas – Wording a bridal shower invitation can be confusing, but we’re here to help. Check out our advice and templates to get started.

Rachel-May-Photography-2914-338    Photo by Rachel May Photography

Wedding Favor Inspiration, Music Ideas and More!

Posted by Brenna Cashen on Aug 31, 2016

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for our weekly recap! Here are five of our favorite articles and slideshows from the Editorial team to help you get through the week. See our ideas and inspiration below:

20 Modern Processional Songs That Cue All The Tears- From instrumental to some poppy hits, check out our list of perfect processional songs that will have you, your S.O. and all your guests tearing up. 
Kirstyn Marie Photography

      Photo by Kristyn Marie Photography

10 Creative Wedding Favor Display Ideas – Looking for a unique way to display your wedding favors?  From sticking with a theme to showing them off in vase, here are a few of our favorite ideas.
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Photo by Vitaly M Photography

Songs You’re Guaranteed to Hear at Every Wedding – Get your whole wedding on the dance floor with these must-play hits! 

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20 Reasons Why We (Still) Love Cupcakes – While cupcakes became popular at weddings ten years ago, there are still A LOT of reasons to love this bite-sized treat. Check out all the reasons we still love cupcakes here:

Monica Roberts Photography

10 Awesome Things to Include In Your Wedding Welcome Bag – Welcome bags are a great way to thank your out-of-town guests. See a few ideas of what to include in a welcome bag! 
Gumula Photography

 Photo by Gumula Photography

Wedding Day Tips, Reception Inspiration and More!

Posted by Brenna Cashen on Aug 24, 2016

It’s Wednesday! Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our Ideas Section. To help you get through the week, we are sharing some of our favorite slideshows and articles. See them below!

20 Wedding Day Hacks Every Couple Should Know– Event planners share their secrets on how to make your big day run as smoothly as possible!

Photo by Jeremy Lee Bachuss Photography

14 Rustic Centerpiece Ideas Besides Mason Jars Antlers, vegetables, crates and more! Here are 14 centerpieces to consider for your rustic wedding!

Photo by Dawn Elizabeth Studios

      Photo by Dawn Elizabeth Studios

8 Must-Know Wedding Registry Rules –  You’ll definitely want to keep theses rules in mind while creating your wedding registry!

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Photo by Levien & Lens Photography

6 Tips for Taking Wedding Photos If You’re Camera Shy – From trying out an engagement shoot to focusing on your spouse, check out our photo tips for people who don’t love the spotlight.


Photo by Mark Fierst Photography

8 Popular Wedding Reception Seating Styles –  Check out 8 different ways to set up seating at your reception!


Photo by Thompson Photographic Studios