Chicago Makes Room for a New Chicago Wedding Venue!

Newly renovated and recently debuted, this is a Chicago venue that is soon to be a favorite for Chicago weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, and corporate events. Once a beloved restaurant, Room 21 has officially been re-designed as a perfect Chicago wedding venue for an intimate group. Another option is to utilize this swanky space as an addition to the Chicago Illuminating Company, a Chicago venue with a shared courtyard.

If your Chicago wedding is being planned at the Chicago Illuminating Company, your Chicago wedding planner is sure to have a few ideas to make your event even more memorable. What Big City Bride loves about this unique and raw Chicago venue is that it has so many spaces with so many options! This Big City Bride Chicago wedding used Room 21 as for their cocktail hour, and again for a late night lounge while dancing took place in the beautiful adjacent courtyard. Moving your guests from space to space for ceremony, cocktails, dinner, and dancing makes your event dynamic and memorable, especially when the space is this beautiful! Of course it takes a little extra planning to flawlessly execute a moving event but Big City Bride knows how to do it!

As you can see, there wasn’t too much decor needed to make this space look fantastic. Filled with tables in a fun linen, each accented by the Chicago florist with a single orchid, were perfect and simple. This Chicago venue has enough craftsmanship and luxurious detailing that you don’t need to add a lot of decor to your wedding budget.  The leather tufted bar, massive mirror, and this gorgeous glass cabinet are part of the great design. Fill the cabinet with family pictures for a personal touch or votives for a romantic feel. Keep it simple and show off the space!


Tiffany and Co. Celebration Garden is the Perfect Wedding Venue Location

There is nothing better than the perfect Chicago wedding venue! As your Chicago wedding planner – we believe that your Chicago wedding venue should reflect the vision you imagine for your Chicago wedding. Big City Bride knows The Tiffany & Co Celebration Garden is in a perfect Chicago outdoor wedding venue.   It is blooming with over 1,200 kinds of flowers, shrubs and trees that can give your outdoor Chicago wedding ceremony a special touch of Mother Nature’s design.  Located right next to Buckingham Fountain, the Tiffany & Co Celebration garden in Chicago offers fabulous views of the Chicago skyline.

As Chicago wedding planners – we agree that this is also a great location for wedding photography that include a glorious Chicago backdrop.   This Chicago wedding venue is easily accessible as it is a short distance to many Chicago hotels and Chicago wedding reception locations.

We wouldn’t be good Chicago wedding planners if we didn’t strongly encourage you to consider a rainy day back up plan. As you plan your dream Chicago wedding in a garden, also plan for a beautiful indoor ceremony at your Chicago wedding venue. Making the decision last minute can be stressful. Not only do all of your guests need to be updated on the plans, but also your wedding transportation, chair rental company, wedding florist, and wedding photographer as well. Big City Bride helps brides and grooms plan gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremonies all the time and can help remove any stress of a dark cloud by being prepared and keeping all of your vendors in the loop!

Regal Romance – The Knot’s Real Chicago Wedding

We’re still smiling at Big City Bride about this issue of The Knot. The big and beautiful bridal magazine has a special Chicago guide with Chicago trends from your favorite Chicago wedding planner and some absolutely fabulous Chicago weddings! Big City Bride is always honored to be included in the Knot and always excited to share their features with you!

This Chicago wedding was romantic, elegant, and completely luxurious. Karolina and Scott’s Big City Bride wedding was at one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues. The Millennium Park Rooftop Terrace is an incredible wedding tent, full of possibilities, with an unbelievable view of the Chicago skyline. Big City Bride loves a tented wedding in the middle of  Millennium Park. It’s Chicago’s ultimate backyard wedding! With a french theme, and inspiration from the family jewelry business of Park Lane Jewelry, this Chicago wedding was completely luxurious.

Although this gorgeous wedding was last summer, we still remember the fun we had that day. The morning was rainy and a crazy storm made set up a little stressful, but nothing we couldn’t deal with. We added a tent to cover cocktail hour and protect the beautiful french lounge furniture, the ice sculpture, and the custom bar. After a morning of wedding set up and preparation, the sun decided to shine and everything went perfectly! The large tent was gorgeously decorated for the wedding ceremony and then quickly turned into dinner and dancing while guests enjoyed cocktail hour. It’s events like this that as a Chicago wedding planner you feel unbelievably important to the wedding planning process, and so full of adrenaline for the fun challenge of creating a space in less than an hour. Then dinner proceeded with an incredible meal, memorable toasts, and a full dance floor all night long. We’re so happy The Knot has decided to share their wedding with everyone!

Big City Bride Tells “The Knot” What Is Hot In Chicago Weddings

We can NOT stop smiling about the KNOT! The Knot national magazine, out on news stands now, has a “Special Chicago Guide” insert for local brides. With Chicago wedding tips and real Chicago weddings the special edition has a few Big City Bride features. Later this week I’ll share our luxurious Chicago wedding and the gorgeous spread included in the Chicago wedding guide.

When The Knot asked Big City Bride, Chicago’s favorite wedding planner, for a few hot tips for Chicago weddings we passed along some of our favorite Chicago wedding tips and trends.

We love the idea of rethinking the expected and traditional wedding details. A creative twist on boutonnieres is a fun and economical detail to consider and one that makes it into so many photos! The Knot included a few great ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Here’s a feature about the idea of hanging centerpieces which Big City Bride loves. Depending on your Chicago wedding venue this could be an option to replace tall wedding centerpieces, or it might not be. If you can, it adds an unexpected element to your Chicago wedding decor and frees up the view across the table so your guests can really catch up but still be surrounded by a gorgeous and atmospheric Chicago wedding reception!

Also a fun note…the gorgeous photo of this tented Chicago wedding is a Big City Bride wedding! We feel honored to have the Knot feature the gorgeous events of our Big City Brides.

Pick up an issue of the Knot national and see this and more Chicago wedding planning tips!

Planning a Wedding Budget with a Planner

Let’s talk budget because it’s a driving force behind any wedding. As a Chicago wedding planner, Big City Bride does not make up the cost of a Chicago wedding, but we certainly can help you know what costs to expect if you’re planning a wedding on a budget. Hiring a wedding planner from the beginning is the best way to create a realistic wedding budget and make decisions throughout the planning process that stay within your wedding budget.

The Knot did a recent study of wedding budgets to find the national average wedding cost and the average cost for your wedding reception venue, wedding band, wedding photographer, wedding ceremony site, wedding dress, room design, wedding floral, transportation, wedding invitations, and more! Look at what they found…but keep in mind that an average comes from many lows and many highs, and a city like Chicago hosts many incredible events with higher budgets, as everything in any city is more expensive and weddings are no exception.

It’s important to realize that this is a study of national weddings, big and small, from Hawaii to Maine and everywhere in between. Of course a country wedding is very different than a beach wedding and even a suburb wedding is very different than a city wedding. Everything in a major metropolitan area is much more expensive so of course that applies to weddings. Staying in a hotel, dining, shopping, and even sales tax is more expensive in a city.

Typically a wedding in a major metropolitan area such as Chicago costs twice as much as a wedding outside of a city. But, there are so many amazing benefits of a city wedding that so many couples find the added cost completely worth it. Close to an airport, full of hotel options, surrounded by tourist attractions for out of town guests, amazing restaurants, incredible views, and really unique Chicago wedding venues….Chicago is an incredible city to tie the knot in!

With a Chicago wedding planner, you can know the Chicago wedding costs and plan a Chicago wedding that fits your budget, your guest count, and your style. Big City Bride loves to plan weddings of every size and budget that show off the Chicago you love!

St. Teresa of Avila Church in Lincoln Park

The Big City Bride wedding planner search for the church continues! We love so many Chicago wedding churches and want to share with you options well known and lesser known.

St. Teresa of Avila is a lovely modern Catholic church in Lincoln Park and could be the perfect spot for your Chicago wedding ceremony! St. Teresa is located in a sleepy area with plentiful street parking and a parking lot so your guests won’t have any problem getting to your Chicago wedding!

Here is the view of the church and the entrance from the Kenmore Street side. St. Teresa of Avila Chicago church is located at 1037 W Armitage Ave.

Here is the view of the altar and aisle from the back of the church. Imagine yourself walking down the aisle towards your groom and being surrounded by close family and friends for an intimate Chicago church wedding.

So often the Chicago churches famous for Chicago wedding ceremonies have an overwhelming capacity. And although your guests can squeeze to the front in a big church, a church that your family and friends can fill makes for a really memorable wedding ceremony.


Courtney + Nate – Style Me Pretty

So excited to have a Big City Bride wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this week! The Style Me Pretty wedding blog is known for posting gorgeous and unique weddings… and whether you’re planning your wedding and looking for inspirtation, happily married and not ready to say goodbye to wedding fun, or a hopeful romantic secretly planning your Chicago wedding (once you find that perfect groom!) this wedding blog has a lot for you to love.

We love this Champaign Illinois wedding currently on Style Me Pretty! As Big City Bride we tend to share our Chicago wedding planning expertise in Chicago, but we love when we get to plan for a new location. We’ve planned internationally … we’ve planned tropically…and we’ve planned all over the Midwest!

Courtney and Nate had a stunning and romantic wedding in a Champaign country club and we’re so glad that Style Me Pretty featured it for everyone to see!

BHLDN Is Styling Support For Chicago Children’s Charities!

Chicago wedding planner, Big City Bride would like to introduce you to Anthropologie wedding line, BHLDN (try pronouncing it “Beholden.”) BHLDN has beautiful wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses in whatever styles you are looking for. Are you a bride who is searching for the perfect wedding reception dress for your Chicago wedding? BHLDN has a variety of gorgeous wedding reception dresses to choose from. Chicago brides are also raving about the wedding accessories that BHLDN sells including wedding shoes, wedding veils, wedding headpieces, wedding jewelery, wedding belts, wedding clutches, wedding gloves, and wedding lingerie.

Most importantly, BHLDN supports the Chicago Children’s Charities and their 9th annual Derby Party. The expert stylists at BHLDN have invited you to a complimentary Derby Days styling session on April 19th at their Chicago BHLDN location. The stylists will help you look chic and classy. RSVP today to and help support this important Chicago charity.  Don’t miss out on a fabulous opportunity!

Lollapalooza Schedule Released!

Big City Bride loves when summer comes around. Not only is it Chicago wedding season but it is also is the start of some really fun and fantastic ways to spend your summer days in Chicago. One of the highlights of summer in Chicago is Lollapalooza, starting August 3rd and raging until August 5th. You can enjoy a three day Chicago music festival with over 100 bands for the complete musical experience. Of course, you want to know who is playing! And we don’t blame you!  Here is the 2012 Lollapalooza lineup which was just released to many happy fans:

Red Hot Chili Peppers •The Black Keys • Black Sabbath • Jack White• Florence + The Machine• At The Drive-In• Avicii • The Shins • Justice •Passion Pitn• Sigur Ros •The Weeknd• M83 • Miike Snow •The Afghan Whigs • Bloc Party • Franz Ferdinand • Frank Ocean • J. Cole •Childish Gambino • Delta Spirit • Metric • The Temper Trap • Wale • Die Antwoord • Dawes • tUnE-yArDs • The Head & The Heart • The Big Pink • Twin Shadow • The Tallest Man on Earth• Toro Y Moi • Dr. Dog • Alabama Shakes Of Monsters and Men • Gary Clark Jr. • The Gaslight Anthem • Amadou & Mariam • Band of Skulls • SBTRKT • Tame Impala • The Walkmen • JJ Grey & Mofro • FUN. • Neon Indian • Aloe Blacc  Dum Dum Girls • Washed Out • Trampled By Turtles • Chairlift •  Bear in Heaven • Blind Pilot • The Black Angels • Yellow Ostrich • GIVERS • Poliça • Bombay Bicycle Club • Sharon Van Etten • White Rabbits • Doomtree • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis • The Devil Makes Three • Oberhofer • The War on Drugs• Michael Kiwanuka• O Rappa• Bowerbirds • Orchard Lounge •    Mona • The Growlers • Hey Rosetta! • JEFF the Brotherhood • Anamanaguchi • First Aid Kit • Wax • FIDLAR • Milo Greene • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound• Los Jaivas • Kopecky Family Band The Jezabels • LP • Yuna • Walk Off The Earth • Animal Kingdom Dev • The Sheepdogs • The Dunwells • DJ Mel • Empires • Kevin Devine • Dry The River • Helena • Haley Reinhart • Imaginary Cities • Overdoz • Ambassadors • DJ Zebo • Chancellor Warhol • Laura Warshauer • Red Oblivion • Bassnectar Kaskade • Calvin Harris • NERO • Santigold • Knife Party • Zeds Dead • Big Gigantic • Skream & Benga • Little Dragon • Porter Robinson • Sub Focus • Madeon • Zedd • Paper Diamond Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs • Star Slinger • Nadastrom • DJ Nihal • The White Panda • SALVA • Kid Color

If you want to get your fair share of great music this summer Lollapalooza is the time to do it! You can go to to get tickets and more information about the three day extravaganza! Not only is Lollapalooza a great way to enjoy your Chicago summer, it can be an even better way to add a little spunk into your Chicago wedding weekend!

Here at Big City Bride we love the idea of making your Chicago wedding weekend a getaway for those guests that are from out of town. Lollapalooza can be a really fun activity for your guests before or after your Chicago Wedding! Of course it also causes a few hurdles for the Chicago wedding planning process. Your Chicago wedding planner truly becomes important on busy weekends in the city. Big City Bride can make it easier for you to enjoy your Chicago Wedding by taking the stress of transportation, traffic, and hotels away from you and your wedding guests. Chicago Wedding Planners can assist you in finding a Chicago hotel, a Chicago wedding venue, getting you transportation to deal with the traffic, and managing Chicago wedding vendors during a hectic but very fun time in Chicago!

So it’s time to do plan fun during your summer! Check out Lollapalooza or let your music loving guests know to check out this famous Chicago music festival!

Big City Bride Wins Designers Challenge

What fun news! Big City Bride is totally honored to be the Chicago wedding planner behind the winning Designer’s Challenge for Chicago Style Weddings Magazine. Working together with a Chicago wedding florist and a Chicago wedding cake designer we were able to bring our inspiration to life. A Chicago stationer added some pizazz with a fancy boxed wedding invite and a Chicago wedding photographer from Gerber + Scarpelli Photography captured the design.

We were excited to create a glamorous and unexpected look that Chicago brides could really try to replicate for their Chicago wedding. Using an elegant framed mirror on our table top, Big City Bride would love to see this used in a room with gorgeous ceilings. What a fabulous way to play up detailed architecture in a Chicago wedding venue. The hot pink wedding color is nicely subdued by the pewters, silvers and muted lavenders also used. We had fun layering linens to create a custom “haute” linen. Overall…it was so fun to be a part of this! Check out the website for all the great designs.