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To veil or not to veil…

…that is the question.

To some brides, the veil is the cherry on the top of their wedding “outfit” sundae.  To others, it just makes them feel like a bee keeper.  This is a question that a lot of brides struggle with, I certainly know I did, but in all honesty I didn’t know where this tradition came from or why a veil was significant.  After a bit of investigating, I learned that a veil covering the hair and face is meant to symbolize the purity of the bride on her wedding day (thank you, wikipedia.com).  Over time, it has become an iconic part of a bride’s wedding ensemble, however many modern brides have chosen to forego this tradition and wear something that fits a bit more within their personality. Lets be honest, its not every day you get to wear a fabulous hat in public.

I’ve seen all kinds of fun things over the years from cathedral length stunners to the very trendy Kate Middleton fascinator to sparkly clips tucked in an up-do.  I have some brides who choose to wear nothing in their hair at all.  At the end of the day, its a personal preference, and no matter what you choose it should make you feel fantastic.

Image courtesy of jcrew.com

For the longest time, I looked at birdcage veils and thought this was a look I could get behind – it was a little sassy, still had that fun nod to a traditional wedding veil and I thought it would make me feel more like a bride.

Image courtesy of jcrew.com

After trying on – oh – 100 of them, I realized the birdcage veil just wasn’t me.  I absolutely adore this look on other people, but on me it failed.  Big time.  Back to the drawing board…  I scoured the depths of the internet looking for ideas, poured over photos of other brides, tore through wedding magazines and nothing really spoke to me.  I thought to myself – its fine, I just won’t wear a headpiece, but in the back of my mind I wasn’t completely ready to give up.

This weekend, my mom was in town to search for her dress for the wedding and we ended up in the bridal section at Nordstrom.  The sales team very kindly pulled just about every style of headpiece you can imagine for me to test out.  I learned a very valuable lesson that day: just like picking out your wedding dress – forget looking at images online, GO TRY THINGS ON.  Try on things you think you don’t like, things you love and everything that falls in between because I promise you this  – you’ll find something that surprises you…

…which is exactly what happened to me.  I’m not going to go into too many specifics (because  I’m not 100% convinced that Brian doesn’t read this), but it is something I wouldn’t have tried on and the minute I did, I fell in LOVE.  Its not a veil, but to be honest I didn’t think I’d end up with one anyways.  I can’t wait to try it on with my dress at my fitting next week – and don’t worry, I’ll let you all know how it goes :)

Holiday Engagement Party

The holidays bring out new engagements and newly engaged couples want to celebrate. I love the idea of a holiday engagement party. There are so many themes you can play with. I, for one, love the classic silver and gold theme. You can throw in different shades of each to create a perfect blend. What is easier than filling glass vases and huricanes in your home with silver and gold Christmas balls?  Misteloe is a must in celebrating such an occassion as well. Couples can take a quick moment for romance. Also, champagne will work perfectly with this color scheme. A fun tip: put a few pomegranate seeds in the glass and serve with monogramed cocktail napkins. You can also incorporate pine cones in your centerpieces for your dining table or highboys if you are just serving hors d’oeuvres. Such a fun way to celebrate an engagement around the most wonderful time of the year!

Pictures from Marthastewartweddings.com


Time for Bride: Holiday Gift Guide

Good morning Chicago Brides, Happy Holidays!


That’s right, the Holidays are here and they are coming fast and furious.  Have you been too busy with place-cards and seating to think about your Holiday shopping?? Let’s take a minute today to discuss the bride-to-be’s Holiday wish list!

1) Gloves fit for a queen – In addition to world peace and a sunny wedding day, what bride doesn’t want beautiful, soft, well-manicured hands on her big day?  Dry and frostbit…need not apply.  AND with all the texting and multitasking you’ll be doing, these ‘tech gloves’ are perfect!!

Swing on over to Bloomingdales and get you some!  OR go fingerless at J.Crew.

2) Cell-ie Love – Use your brand new gloves to type out some important wedding day emails on your smartphone AND look good doing so…

3) Don’t forget about your toes – Keep your perfect pedicure dry and warm with the fun options available from Hunter boots.

And the color choices? How can you not find the perfect pre-wedding shade??

4) A little R & R – Finally, recharge your batteries and take advantage of one of the many gorgeous hotel spas Chicago has to offer.

Happy giving and receiving, from Elevage Events!

Wedding Attendant Gift Ideas: Black Friday Deals

Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving.  With the turkey and stuffing now behind us it’s time to kick-off a weekend full of savings, saving, and savings!  And so we begin with Black Friday.  What better time than now to start thinking of wedding attendant gifts.   If you are someone who dreads the lines and crowds, no worries…many retailers are extending their deep discounts to online sites plus offering free shipping.  Here are just a couple gift ideas.

Kodak- Playfull 32MB HD Flash Memory Camcorder:  This mini camcorder is the perfect gift for anyone.  Have your attendants take fun recorders of your big day and send to you. 

Kodak Camcorder

Best Buy.com (Kodak camcorders)

Worried about your groomsmen being on time for your wedding? Try giving them a watch!

Zappos.com (Fossil watches)



Giving Thanks…

The Sunday before Thanksgiving, one of my girlfriends always hosts a “Friends Thanksgiving” where we can all come together and be thankful for the joy we bring each other. My favorite part of this dinner is when we all go around the table and say what we’re thankful for. This year was an easy one for me. I am thankful for the joy that Brian has brought into my life and that he’s actually going to marry me this March. I’m thankful for my family – especially my new nephew, Kevin – and for the fact that I have a job that fulfills and challenges me every day.

As we at Elevage Events sit down to our Thanksgiving tables tomorrow, we’ll be giving thanks for all of you – our brides, grooms, couples and wedding vendor teams to be that will  grace our paths over the next year. You don’t know how much joy, laughter and excitement you bring to us as we work together to make your dreams a reality. We are thankful that we can be such an important part of the start of your lives together.

On behalf of all of us, a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Vamp Up! Bella Swan’s Gown Coming to Life

I’m sure you all have at least heard of the “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -Part 1”, making waves at the box office. The wedding dress has also created quite a stir. As Bella Swan made her way down the aisle, viewers were taken with her gorgeous Carolina Herrera wedding gown. The detail on the back of the dress is equisite with a sheer opening lined by lace and 100 buttons down the to the train. Alfred Angelo worked with Carolina Herrera and was liscensed to create a replica of the dress which he will open to the public. Herrera was inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s novels when creating this gown. She said “She is this very innocent girl that is believing in her first true love and there is romance and there is fantasy and mystery. I took all that into consideration.””

 From Today Style

Photo by Alfred Angelo

Bridal Fashion: Oh So Sassy in a Sash-y!

To sash or not to sash…that is the question.

If you’re interested in a little extra bling and the dress can handle it – I say, Sash!

And if not for the ceremony…then for the reception!

OR you could do a sash for you and a sash for the girls…

And while we’re sashing, what is cuter than this?!

Finally, looky here!  A sash with two lives.  Re-purposed for another day or later in the wedding weekend…brunch anyone?

So there you have it. Lots-o-sashes, Lots-o-ways!  Planning or have worn a bridal sash? Show us your sashes!


Late Night Snacks

Late night snacks have become a huge trend for weddings. The Slide Ride is a food truck which serves gourmet mini sliders. While at the Wish Upon A Wedding Gala held at the Millennium Hotel Knickerbocker Chicago,  I was able to sample a delicious Brie Burger, see picture of truck below. What a fun thing to bring to your wedding for your guests to enjoy. Check out more information at theslideride.com.

2011 Wish Upon a Wedding Blissful Wishes Ball

If there’s a party – you know Elevage Events will be there!  The 2011 Wish Upon a Wedding Blissful Wishes Ball was no exception…and what a party it was! Tuesday, November 1st, marked the second annual gala held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel.  Hosted by the Chicago Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding.

Wish Upon a Wedding is America’s original nonprofit wedding wish granting organization that grants weddings, civil union ceremonies and vow renewals at destinations across the United States to couples facing life-threatening medical conditions, celebrating the courage & spirit of these couples.  The Chicago chapter launched in March 2010 and is lead by President, Ali Phillips, owner of Engaging Events by Ali.

This years black and white ‘Mod’ theme gala raised $29,000 and came complete with over-sized feather arrangements, go-go dancers, illustrations from Rosemary Fanti, a photobooth from Shutterbooth Chicago and flip books from Record a Hit.

After dinner, the 260 person sell-out crowd danced to hits performed by the Becca Kaufman Orchestra and then ended the night with sliders from the Slideride and an after-party at bull and bear.

A wonderful evening, for a wonderful cause, with a wonderful group of people.

Cheers from the Elevage Events team!  For more information on Wish Upon a Wedding visit their website http://wishuponawedding.org/.

Photography by: Bizbash.com

Chicago Venue: Newberry Library

Located across the street from beautiful Washington Square Park and just minutes away from Michigan Ave, the Newberry Library offers a picture perfect scene for a Chicago wedding.  The building itself was constructed in the 1890’s but has gone through several renovations since. The Lobby which features a grand staircase has been restored to its original look and offers the perfect location for cocktails.  This area can also be used as a reception space allowing up to 150 people for a sit-down dinner. Ruggles Hall is a larger space and can accommodate up to 200 people for a sit-down reception.

Source of Photo Via PhotoPin

“For the perfect combination of restored elegance and history, this architectural wonder is both ‘unique and beautiful.’ From the winding marble staircase in the lobby to the outdoor lawn, the Newberry Library provides excellent service while allowing brides to choose outside vendors that suit their needs.”

To learn more about the Newberry Library and renting space please visit http://www.newberry.org/event-spaces.