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Froggy’s Catering is a catering company based in Highwood, Illinois that blends innovative food concepts with exceptional service. They offer high-quality customized catering no matter the size of your event. Cuisine Froggy’s Catering satisfies their clients’ needs by listening to their desires and... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Maggie Speaks are cover bands for weddings in the Chicago, Illinois area. These bands cover any song from as early as the 50s to make a couple’s special day uniquely special. The musicians get guests on their feet and keep them there for the remainder of the night. Services Offered Each of the bands... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Music By Design is your wedding planner style DJ company servicing all Chicagoland since 1993. This team of wedding professionals entertains at weddings with no cheesy gimmicks or obnoxious MC interruptions. The entire staff at Music By Design work hard to make each wedding fun and memorable, so... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
An English Garden Weddings & Events is a premier wedding florist in Mokena, Illinois. Since 1994 this incredible team has astonished couples with their unique, quality arrangements. An English Garden’s team has ample experience and will provide attention to every detail while planning, designing,... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Bella Bianca Bridal Couture is a bridal store located in Chicago and Oakbrook, Illinois. The store features a wide selection of domestic and international designer wedding dresses. Choose from two elegant showrooms, including a luxe downtown boutique in Chicago’s premier fashion district and a... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Ashland Addison Florist Co is a Chicago, Illinois floral design company that provides couples with stunning floral arrangements for their wedding. From European to modern styles, the team caters to your desired tastes and guides you through selecting the perfect flowers. The team at Ashland Addison... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
I'm an artistic memory purveyor who believes that memories are our most treasured possessions. My 15+ years experience as a professional wedding photographer has honed my skills at adapting to my surroundings and reading people which enables me to capture compelling, modern photojournalism like a... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Keepsake Floral is a floral preservation business based in Orlando, Florida, that has been servicing weddings and other momentous occasions across the country since 1994. Founder and President Dana Adkinson leads a team of skilled preservation experts to create customized keepsakes from client... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Buller Media has earned multiple Awards and served hundreds of couples since 2009. Rest assured, your wedding will be well covered. With every package we send highly qualified & friendly videographers equipped with state of the art equipment. Our discreet approach yields natural, timeless results.... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
One of the most experienced and highly rated wedding photographers in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana regions. Based in Munster, Indiana, 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. Shane has 19 years of experience and over 700 weddings under his belt. His fearlessness, ability to adapt and his candid,... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Destinations by Amy is a professional travel planning service in Arlington Heights, IL. This team of experienced and connected planners specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons. They can make your travel planning exponentially easier by providing you with deals, itineraries, and... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Fretless Music, LLC is a team of musicians in Chicago, Illinois who specialize in beautiful string music for weddings. From pop to classical, they possess an extensive repertoire of songs and a wide range of talent to make your wedding music unforgettable. Fretless Music, LLC has been delivering fun... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
MWES Weddings - a custom-designed wedding DJ in the Chicago, Illinois area - allows couples to express their individuality through their wedding entertainment. This DJ service doesn't just dress their DJs formally, it dresses the equipment as well. Black or white facades for the equipment add class... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Events by L is a wedding planning and floral design company based in McHenry, Illinois that provides superior event planning and event design services. They have expertly executed numerous weddings, making sure that each one is unique in its own right.Services OfferedThe highly-respected sister team... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Recycle The Day is an event band in Naperville, Illinois. This high-energy band has been awarded the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for five years in a row, and believes that great entertainment is important for an event’s success. With reliable, experienced musicians, this band is a great choice... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Fearless & Bella is a Chicago, Illinois-based company that creates gorgeous hair and makeup for weddings and special events. If you’re looking for personalized makeup and hair for your wedding, then Fearless & Bella will gladly create the look of your dreams. Nancy and her multiple stylists strive... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
May Floral is a wedding florist based in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in floral designs that reflect the vision and style of the couple of honor. Please visit our website www.mayfloraldesign.com for more information, including our portfolio and inquiry page. We would love to have you come by our... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
The Miracle Brothers Events Specialists is a wedding planning business based out of Chicago, Illinois. Leveraging their experience, imagination, and know-how, these professionals enjoy helping to-be-weds craft fairytale occasions. Working closely with their clients, they are passionate about doing... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Something Borrowed is a vintage china rental and sales company located in Woodridge, Illinois. The company also services weddings throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa. They have been part of the wedding industry since 2016 and specialize in fine china tablescapes for special... (Wedding Vendors Illinois)
Nicole Kilday Photography is an elopement and wedding photographer located in Wonder Lake, Illinois, that serves the Chicago region and is available for travel. Nicole would be delighted to share her special gift with you on your wonderful day and help document your celebration. She promises to... (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.