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Jane
Savvy August 2021

Illinois Brides! Let’s be friends!

Jane, on December 29, 2020 at 10:20 AM

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Hi everyone!! Where are my Illinois brides?? Let’s be friends!! We were supposed to be 10/17/2020 in NYC, then we escaped New York and moved our wedding to 5/15/2021 in Illinois. We’re deciding by February if we’re postponing again, and the tentative new date is 8/8/2021. I don’t personally know...
Hi everyone!! Where are my Illinois brides?? Let’s be friends!! We were supposed to be 10/17/2020 in NYC, then we escaped New York and moved our wedding to 5/15/2021 in Illinois. We’re deciding by February if we’re postponing again, and the tentative new date is 8/8/2021.


I don’t personally know anyone else who is planning a wedding in Illinois currently, and my family and friends definitely don’t want to hear about/talk about my wedding anymore because of the pandemic. Wedding planning is very depressing and lonely right now.
It would be lovely to chat about planning, the latest restrictions, how we’re all feeling, etc!!

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  • Jane
    Savvy August 2021
    Jane ·
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    Ours is going to be at a historic building in a park district in the suburbs and we’re going to try to keep it mostly outside! There’s a hotel right across the street and we were able to get a discounted room block for the out of town guests
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  • Jane
    Savvy August 2021
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    Https://www.thetelegraph.com/news/amp/Pritzker-files-new-emergency-COVID-19-rule-15848468.php


    JB is now trying to extend the 50 person limit and mandatory masks until June 3. I guess they’re voting on this on January 12.
    This is really discouraging!!! Waaaaaah
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  • Dana
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    Hey hows it going? I’m an IL bride, we’re getting married on 9/5/21 in Carpentersville! I totally feel you on the wedding planning, I don’t have the closest group of friends for my bridesmaids so I feel like I’m just off on my own planning. I’d love to connect and exchange ideas!
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  • Alyssa
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Hi! I get married in Romeoville, IL on 4/30/21. I would be happy to chat with you!
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  • Chloe
    Just Said Yes October 2021
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    Hi hi! We have a venue in Naperville booked for 10/16/21. I am hopeful that this date will still be okay but hesitant to really plan anything. Haven't even sent out save the dates... Current guest list is around 175. Trying to decide if it's best to preemptively cut it down and have in my mind already that we will be having a smaller wedding or be optimistic and plan for the 175... How far in this planning process should I be ~10 months out? I have a venue and a photographer and thats it (haven't gone dress shopping yet).

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  • J
    Beginner August 2021
    Julie ·
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    I’m 8/27/21 in romeoville!
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  • J
    Beginner August 2021
    Julie ·
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    Mistwood?!
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  • Alyssa
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    Yes!!! You too?
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  • J
    Beginner August 2021
    Julie ·
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    Yes!! Love it there. Fingers crossed we both can move fwd with our original dates 😩😭🤞🏼
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  • Alyssa
    Just Said Yes April 2021
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    We plan on it! They are allowing 100 guests right now. Did you want to plan/ bounce off ideas together?
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  • J
    Beginner August 2021
    Julie ·
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    Omg they are? That’s great! I just emailed Taylor asking what’s going on! Ahha I would love to! Is there a way to DM on this thing?? 😂if not feel free to message me on IG and we can connect there!! Julieflorence322



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  • E
    Just Said Yes May 2021
    Elda ·
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    So sorry to hear you’re not getting the support you deserve 😢
    Our families are behind us 100%. At this point we see the light at the end of the tunnel and we’re getting married 5/1/21 no matter what.
    Best of luck to you!
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  • Valerie
    Just Said Yes July 2021
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    It is hard when you want to plan and be excited, but others don't want to share in the excitement! Our original wedding date was in October too. We did get legally married, just the two of us on our original wedding date, but we postponed our wedding for 7/31/21 (Oak Brook, IL). In a way it did kind of work out for the best - October turned out to be a stressful time and the additional time to plan (and make payments!) was a blessing. Remaining hopeful at this point that we won't have to uninvite anyone, since we have vaccines now! However, we are also aware that less people may actually attend. Trying to stay positive about everything at this point. I know I felt a lot of relief when we postponed our October wedding, but when we made that decision we decided we wouldn't postpone again no matter what. Hope everything works out for your May wedding and you don't need to postpone again!

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  • Jameila
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    We had planned for our wedding always 9/18/2021 in Chicago. Still hoping for the best but may have to decrease our guest count which sucks because we both have huge families. We’re starting to talk about other options but as of now my venue and catering company seems to be in good spirits since it’s so far out . I’m just hoping for the best and if not we’ll still get married this year and have a reception when covid calms down.
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  • Kathleen
    Just Said Yes February 2021
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    Sooo does that mean gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed now??

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  • Jane
    Savvy August 2021
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    Not yet. 😢 Next week, some regions should be going to tier 2 which would allow gatherings of 10. I guess the new mandate he’s proposing would just limit gatherings to 50 no matter what unless he cancels it. I don’t know, it’s all very confusing!!!
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  • Kristyn
    Just Said Yes October 2021
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    I feel your angst! 10/08/21 is our new date - we pushed it from April 2021 last year because we were nervous. We did send save the dates...in a perfect scenario these are the people we'd want at our wedding, if we're still in a pandemic they'll understand if we have to make adjustments. I'm moving ahead as if we're having a wedding so we've booked all the big things: venue, photog, florist, dj. Whether we have 50 people or 100 we're going to need pictures, some music, and some flowers. I made sure my venue removed the minimum so we're not liable if we can't have the 180 guests we're inviting. If we are able to invite everyone and we get less people willing to show up then everyone gets more expensive food. I'll deal with making cuts in a few months once we see how the vaccine roll-out is going. I went dress shopping over the holidays and bought one - I bet you can still afford to wait 2-3ish months and not have a problem, I've been told my dress will ship sometime in the spring. At this point I'm mentally committed to embracing the process as much as possible. It doesn't seem like it but we're in more optimistic place than some of our fellow spring and summer bride-sisters according to the reports. My only encouragement is to consider giving your guests as much notice as possible - with the right arrangements people can drive instead of fly...or plan a week long vacation around your wedding that would better accommodate quarantine requirements. Good Luck!

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  • Lindsey
    Just Said Yes June 2021
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    Our wedding is 6/18/21. Only having immediate family (70) so I hope we don’t have to cut anyone it will be super hard.
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  • Cynthia
    Savvy September 2021
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    Hey! Chicago bride here. Date is 9/25/2020! Starting to plan again with the hopes that we can get married as planned then. Definitely feeling anxious.
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  • Kristen
    Beginner May 2021
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    Hi everyone and congrats! 5.22.21 Chicago bride, rescheduled from 11.7.20 (but still got legally married that day.) Moving full speed ahead for May and whatever the COVID restriction will be. We significantly downsized our wedding, but still hopeful to have more than 50 people, but I am preparing for 50 maximum so if it's more than that I'll be pleasantly surprised. Thankfully, all of our vendors have been great and made rescheduling a breeze, but definitely don't wan to reschedule yet again! Currently, doing our invitations now and including a note saying all public health guidelines will be adhered to. Since we're doing digital RSVPs we'll include more information about what that means on our website and more or less disclaimer saying that could mean not everyone who's been invited will be able to come (But in a much nicer/more polite way than that), which I think the majority of people will understand these days. Planning has been stressful but reading that so many others are going through the same thing makes it easier. So thank you all for sharing your stories, and good luck as you continue to plan!

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