Chicago themed wedding details and ideas
Hive member mrsblanco827‘s wedding day was inspired by their love of Chicago. A true party through and through (they managed to stay out until 3:00 AM!), the reception featured a flipbook video booth, Chicago themed wedding DIY details, and a soft color palette featuring salmon, gold, and warm touches.
Weddingbee Username: mrsblanco827
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Galleria Marchetti
City, State: Chicago, IL
Wedding Date: August 27, 2016
Bridal Gown Designer: Sarah Seven
Shoes: L.K Bennett, TOMS
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters, Wtoo from Bella Bridesmaids
Menswear: Groom – Balani Custom // Groomsmen – Vera Wang Black from Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Tina and Dollie
Photographer: Maypole Studios
Cake: Bittersweet Bakery
Catering: provide by venue
Wedding Coordinator: Soiree Events
Music: David Rothstein Music
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones
Flipbooks: The Laughbox
Honeymoon: Maine and Italy
How long have you been on Weddingbee? About 2 years
What’s your favorite board to post in? Wedding related anything
Sum up your wedding in three words: (A) really great time!
Describe the theme of your wedding, and how you executed on it. Our Chicago themed wedding was inspired by our love of the city. We incorporated the skyline wherever we could—on our invites, napkins, programs, favors, and more. Our table numbers featured famous Chicagoans, with fun facts about that person on the back. I wanted a soft color palette, but for it to still feel warm, so we did a lot of creams, blushes, mints and gold.
What were your favorite or most memorable aspects of your wedding day? I just loved having all of my people in one place. It was amazing that every time I turned around there was someone that I knew!
Did you include any DIY details? Yes. I tried to tackle as much DIY as I could handle. My sister did all of our lettering and calligraphy. We made all of our “seat” escort cards, spray painted all of the frames for the table numbers and menus, spray painted the card box, planted succulents for cocktail hour tables and tied flip flops for everyone to change into for dancing.
What’s one thing that was unique about your wedding that you’ve really never seen anywhere else? We hired a flipbook video booth instead of a traditional photo booth. It was so much fun and people got really into it. Some of the older guests didn’t quite get it, but it was a total hit!
What’s the biggest thing that went wrong (or an unexpected event that occurred) on your wedding day, and how did you deal with it? Not a lot went wrong and the things that did were so small. Thinking back I was trying to just go with the flow on the day of the wedding. Whatever was going to happen was going to happen. My husband couldn’t tie his bow tie and threw us about 20 minutes off schedule in the beginning (thank goodness my friend’s husband knew how to do it!), the mic didn’t work at the beginning of our ceremony (luckily there was another and a BM saved the day) and we ran into a dowel while cutting our cake (we ended up laughing it off).
If there was one thing you could have done differently, it would have been… to make it to every table during dinner.
How did Weddingbee help you plan your day? I loved reading along with my month twins to stay on schedule. The ‘Bee helped me with some more delicate matters regarding my divorced parents and helped me stay realistic with my DIY projects.
Do you have any advice for future brides? Something will go wrong and that’s OK! Go with the flow. I know everyone says this, but try and soak in how awesome it is to have all of your people in one place.