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Photographers are the most important vendor you will hire for your wedding. Everything else gets eaten, drank, wilts, etc. But your pictures will last forever! We work so closely with you on your day, and help ensure you to feel confident + comfortable! One way we ensure that our brides and grooms... (Wedding Photographers Washington)
Jophiel strives to bring beautiful, quality fashion and style to our clients, and most importantly, we provide excellent product knowledge and personal styling education. For your upcoming special event, we know how to get you ready. Our top priority is delivering the best shopping experience and... (Wedding Dresses)
Amoré Albums is a professional heirloom-quality album and photobook company based out of Chicago. Starting off as photographers, they realized there is a huge need for demystifying and facilitating the album-buying process. Their mission is to fill the homes of all couples and families with the... (Wedding Favors Rolling Meadows)
Your search has ended today!!!!! Your wedding/corporate event just got 100% better. Windy City Soul is a Chicago based wedding and events band that has unmatched musical versatility. From big band to pop, from classical to r&b and everything in between, Windy City Soul can handle it. This 12-20... (Wedding Bands Chicago)
I am excited to share with you my story and background as a musician. I am currently in school to be a music therapist and have been studying the classical guitar and blues guitar for many years. I received my first degree from DePaul University and then decided to follow my passion of music and... (Wedding Musicians Chicago)
Welcome to DualFrames Production. Our team provides wedding videography services to the Chicago, Illinois area but is willing to travel. Let's make your wedding day truly unforgettable. Our way of working if creative, fun, and relaxed. Our passion for the arts has given us over 10 years of... (Wedding Videographers Chicago)
Dylan Price is a guitarist in Eureka, Illinois, who performs for weddings and other special occasions. Over the past decade, he has performed at approximately 100 different venues across the Midwest. Dylan’s favorite style to play is classical, but he can also supply pop and rock ballads, working... (Wedding Musicians Eureka)
Midwest Dueling Pianos is a wedding entertainment company based in Rochester, Michigan, and servicing the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago areas. The group offers music entertainment and a comedy dueling piano show that will excite your guests. The high-energy performance and crowd interaction sets... (Wedding Bands)
Bloominous is a revolutionary new way to look at wedding flowers. We are the largest wedding florist in the US, delivering thousands of weddings in just 2 years. How did we do it? Our designs are developed in-house by celebrity designers here in our studio in Los Angeles. That means you get the... (Wedding Florists)
Clique It Photo provides photo booth rentals for weddings and events in Chicago. The open-air booth allows guests to take photos whenever they like. Controlled by a remote, the vintage-style booth provides couples with black and white photos they can cherish for a lifetime. Clique It Photo allows... (Photo Booths La Salle)
Our mission is to provide you with the elegance and quality you deserve without blowing your budget. LinenTablecloth provides customers with the tablecloths, chair covers, napkins and accessories they need for their wedding or event. We have a wide variety of table linen designs from flocking... (Wedding Rentals)
The Perfect Fit By JK is an formal wear alteration business located in Springfield, Illinois. Founded by Jan Kerwin, the business has been serving couples throughout the local area, including Decatur, Litchfield, and Jackson, for over 20 years. With years of experience, Jan provides quality dresses... (Wedding Dresses Springfield)
Founded by business trailblazer and retail icon George Zimmer, Generation Tux is the best suit and tuxedo rental experience available today, distinguished by unrivaled quality, style and variety, a digital-first, simple and convenient shopping and event management experience, and direct-to-your-door... (Wedding Dresses)
41 Winks is an event favor and gift boutique in Brooklyn, New York, that specializes in luxurious sleep masks and pillows. Their mission is to create a space where people can kick back, relax, and recharge from all the stress of their day. Self-care isn’t trendy to them, and they believe that... (Wedding Favors)
Love Ent by Milk Majer is the trendsetting DJ solution that helps you love your wedding. Do you want to put people on the dance floor from the first song until the last? Everyone has been to "that wedding" where the most exciting part is the part where they leave. Trust 10 years of experience of... (Wedding DJs Chicago)
George Street offers unparalleled photojournalistic photographic talent and creativity, personalized customer service, and prices for any wedding budget. Our couples receive a complete set of all digital negatives taken on their wedding day! Our experienced staff of photographers serve to capture... (Wedding Photographers)
SuperJeweler.com is an online jewelry store offering wedding rings, engagement rings and other jewelry. The company was created in 1999 and is dedicated to offering affordable diamonds and gemstones. Buying directly from sources, SuperJeweler.com is also committed to getting diamonds from ethical,... (Wedding Jewelers)
Hi! It's nice to meet you. We are Menguin, an online tuxedo rental store. We're here to help take (some!) of the stress out of wedding planning. We offer tuxedos tailored to fit today's groom, with modern styles and slimmer fits. But the best part? Grooms can get fitted online and... (Wedding Dresses)
The Company Band is a highly-rated wedding band. When you choose The Company Band, you are getting top-line talent and versatility. The group can perform a large number of hits ranging from diverse musical styles, such as popular hits from rapper 50 Cent to chart toppers from Taylor Swift. They are... (Wedding Bands)
KC’s DJ Service is a wedding DJ company based in Champaign, Illinois. The company offers fun and memorable wedding experiences by providing quality music and entertainment, catering to any budget. Ken Cunningham, the owner and DJ, plays music on radio stations in addition to events. He works with... (Wedding DJs Champaign)
Illinois is a land of contrasts. It's one of the most populous states, yet includes vast expanses of beautiful, uninhabited territory. It has one of the biggest & boldest cities in the U.S. (Chicago), but also exemplifies main street USA with hundreds of small towns and villages. And even the state's climate can contrast itself within a matter of minutes. Illinois weather is notoriously unpredictable during certain times of the year (more on that later). For soon-to-be-newlyweds, Chicago offers everything for a perfect Illinois wedding: world-famous architecture, historical sites, trendy neighborhoods and literally hundreds of wondrous Chicago wedding ceremony and reception venues. The entire city is a wedding photographer's dream. Chicago is also located in the heart of the state's Great Lakes region, particularly the Lake Michigan waterfront. The entire northeastern portion of Illinois is always a popular spot for wedding planners. The Illinois countryside includes hundreds of miles of Mississippi River waterfront, as America's most famous waterway forms the state's western border. Also, the Ohio River forms the state's southern border with Kentucky, giving Illinois two of the most storied rivers in American history. Many couples plan accordingly, with rustic steamboat-themed wedding celebrations on the rise. Other state highlights include Peoria, located in the north central part of the state, and Champaign, which is located almost due south of Chicago. Champaign is home to the University of Illinois, and many alumni plan their Illinois wedding in and around the Champaign region. Springfield, the capital, exemplifies Illinois' Midwestern character, and is another area currently en vogue with wedding planners.
If you're planning a wedding in Illinois, keep a close eye on the weather. Summers can be steamy, and Illinois winters can be absolutely unforgivable, (especially in the northern part of the state, due to lake-effect snow). Many couples choose to play it safe with their Illinois weddings, opting for spring and autumn celebrations. But all four seasons are wedding worthy times of the year. Keep all of your options open; there are few states that offer the wedding-ready venues, natural scenery, small town serenity and urban excitement of Illinois. Fall foliage, sparkling blue lakefront areas, sweeping architectural masterpieces, rolling river valleys - Illinois has everything a wedding planner could want in terms of photogenic backdrops. And that means deciding on a color can be a difficult task. Try to match your tone with the surrounding season and locale, or go for bold contrast to mix things up.
The cost of an Illinois wedding varies greatly across the state. While the state sales tax is 6.25%, local and municipal taxes (we're looking at you, Cook County and Chicago) can nearly double the base rate up to 11%. Generally, prices head south when you literally head south from Chicago. A wedding in the city of big shoulders will demand a big price tag. Only Los Angeles and New York City weddings cost more than Chicago. Swanky Chi-town venues can cost upwards of $300 per person, once catering costs are figured in. However, that doesn't mean all Illinois weddings are mega-expensive. In fact, the state stacks up favorably with other affordable locations in the United States. Weddings in Peoria, Springfield, Champaign and other mid-sized Illinois cities are considered average or slightly above average. Illinois' wedding décor possibilities are fitting of a state with so much to offer. Unique Chicago wedding catering options in the Land of Lincoln include everything from hearty country fare to elegant, sophisticated urban dishes. For décor, you can do it yourself or choose an Illinois wedding decorator.
Illinois wedding license requirements aren't terribly stringent, like other states. The cost of your marriage license ranges from $15.00 to $30.00, with Chicago and Cook County licenses in the upper range. There is no waiting period to receive the license, and only a 1-day waiting period from license receipt to wedding day. Keep in mind, an Illinois marriage license expires after 60 days, so make sure your venue, caterer, photographer and all other logistical considerations are taken care of well beforehand.