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Town & Country Gardens is an award-winning florist located in Geneva, Illinois that specializes in wedding and special occasion flowers. For three generations, this creative and talented Chicago-area florist has designed stunning bouquets, ceremony décor, centerpieces and favors. Whether you desire... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Cagen Music LLC provides live music and DJ entertainment to the Chicago area. Live bands include The Don Cagen Orchestra, Big Beat, Incognito, Greek Beat, The Covergirls Violin Show, Arioso Strings, GoodVibes, CagenJazz, and Chitarra Trio. They offer ceremony music, cocktail music, dinner music,... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Lansing Cleaners is a wedding dress business operating out of Lansing, Illinois. Boasting several decades worth of experience, this family-owned business is very knowledgeable on how to take care of your wedding-day attire. In particular, they are highly skilled when it comes to making sure your... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Lisa McClowry as Cher is a singer that performs at weddings, private events and performing art centers and is based in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to performing as a musician, Lisa is also an actor and producer for the well-known "Beat Goes On-Cher Tribute Show and "Rock the 80s" show. She has... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Vacations With Flair is a concierge travel agency specializeing in honeymoon and destination wedding planning. Their romantic trip planning specialists will save you the time and hassle of planning your upcoming trip and make your vacation planning an enjoyable experience. Whether you envision... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Soirée Weddings & Events is a wedding planning company in Chicago, Illinois. This boutique event planning firm, established in 2010, has passionate and committed event planners who specialize in Chicago and destination weddings. They work closely with their clients and learn more about them in order... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
XC!TE Photo is a professional wedding photography company based in Naperville, Illinois. Company owner and lead photographer Andrew Di Monda views life as a beautiful journey and he prides himself on expertly capturing its special moments. Andrew takes a fun, relaxed, yet focused approach to... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Borrowed & Blue Productions provides videography services to Plainfield, Illinois and the surrounding area. Their videos offer high-quality footage for any budget. Each captures the story and details of your wedding in a cinematic way. The team at Borrowed & Blue Productions have a combined 30 years... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Cattleya Bridal & Floral Design is a complete wedding and special event planning company from Chicago, Illinois that specializes in creating brilliant and personalized weddings. Their designers and stylists’ experience in full event planning brings you talented professionals who know every detail of... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Christy's Kitchen Ltd is a full-service, family-owned bakery in Peru, Illinois that serves Starved Rock and the surrounding areas. In addition to freshly baked desserts, breakfast pastries, custom cakes, wedding cakes and catering, this family-friendly bakery provides a custom-tailored experience... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Annie Occasion for Any Occasion is a wedding florist business based out of Bloomingdale, Illinois. Providing a range of floral items, designs, and creations, their main objective is to provide your celebration with a fresh, colorful design twist inspired by nature. The business is owned and operated... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Planning your dream wedding doesn't have to be stressful! Allow me to take care of all the details, big and small, so you can focus on sharing an unforgettable day of joy with the ones you love. I'll get to know you, learn your interests and preferences and create a destination wedding or honeymoon... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Amplified Events is an award-winning DJ and Entertainment service based out of Northwest Indiana. Weddings are our specialty and we want to make yours a huge success. Whether you want us to perform for your ceremony or your reception, we'll assist you with introductions, announcements and the day of... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Dream Events by Sonya is a full-service event planning company based in Glenview, Illinois that has been making couples' dreams come true since 2009. With meticulous planning and impeccable attention to detail, they will take the stress off your shoulders while keeping your vision alive.Services... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Forever and a Day Films is a Chicago based wedding videography company. We specialize in creating unique cenimatic wedding films that will give you and your loved ones something to cherish always. You can jump for joy knowing we've got all of your video needs covered on your big day. Forever and a... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Hillary Rae Events is a wedding planning company based in Champaign, Illinois. This wedding and event planner creates exquisite, tailor-made events in central Illinois, bringing a unique and detailed approach to each planning experience. They take pride in creating one-of-a-kind events that are... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Amy Neu is a professional business based out of Roselle, Illinois specializes in weddings and other special events. Owner Amy Neurauter is passionate about living life to its fullest and documenting all of the special moments along the way. Her goal is to capture images that show raw emotion, tell a... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
The Knot 2019 Best of Weddings! Chicago Magazine’s Best of Chicago – Best Cover Band “…we want something different from the typical wedding band-for-hire…we want people to dance all night…” is the common theme we hear from wedding couples. While this 8-piece soul band makes people dance and move... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Operating out of Schaumburg, Illinois, Every Flower Has A Story is a florist specializing in the design and curation of wedding-inspired floral arrangements. Owner, Holly Stechly is a vibrant personality with a huge heart for people and all-things nuptial. Paying close attention to her clients’... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Based out of Woodbridge. Illinois, T Loren Studio is a hair and makeup salon committed to creating one-of-a-kind looks for their clients’ weddings and other special occasions. The owners, Lauren and Tina, along with their expansive team, strive to showcase their clients’ natural beauty. By blending... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
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.