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Archive for October, 2014

Irises for your Wedding Florals

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Want to feel like royalty on your wedding day? Add some irises to your floral arrangements! For hundreds of years, the iris has been a symbol of monarchs and the royal family. In fact, the famous French Fleur de Lis actually depicts an iris. Blooming in May and June but available year-round in a variety of colors such as white, pink, yellow, orange, blue, purple, the name is fitting since Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow. If you are looking for flowers with a symbolic meaning, the iris represents passion, wisdom, and fidelity. Irises will undoubtedly add elegance and flair to your wedding flowers, no matter what colors you choose.

For more fun floral ideas, visit our Pinterest board Beautiful Bouquets.

 

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Fabulous Chicago-Themed Favors for your Wedding

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 Whether you’re a native Chicagoan or life brought you and your fiancé to the best city in the world, when planning a wedding centered around the Windy City, don’t forget to consider favors that stick with your theme. Offering your guests delicious local favors and flavors they won’t forget or absentmindedly toss in the trash is a small little detail that can have a major impact. I believe edible favors work are the most successful, and thankfully Chicago is home to some of the best food in the world! Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Garrett Popcorn

Since 1949 Garrett Popcorn has created arguaby the best handcrafted gourmet popcorn Chicago has to offer. With eight traditional flavors including Cheesecorn, Buttery, and even Macadamia CaramelCrisp, what could be better than offering a light late night snack for guests to take home? Garrett also offers seasonal recipes such as Pumpkin Spice CaramelCrisp, perfect for a fall wedding! Order Garrett’s “Create Your Own Favor Bag” for your wedding, where guests can scoop their favorite flavors into adorable favor bags!

Frango Mints

One of the oldest Chicago delicacies, Frango Mints from the State Street Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) are a sweet surprise your guests will rave about for the rest of the weekend. Originally served in the classic Walnut Room at Marshall Field’s since 1929, Frango Mint truffles have remained a staple in the true Chicagoan’s diet. Prominently sold around Christmastime, you can find little square favor boxes in a variety of colors from Party City which will fit four chocolates per box.

Eli’s Cheesecake

What better way to give guests a taste of Chicago than a slice of Eli’s Cheesecake? Perhaps you’re not satisfied with just cheescake- Eli’s also offers amazing cakes and tarts such as Bavarian Apple, Limoncello, and Moscato Berry Tiramisu! Having a fall or holiday wedding? You can count on guests loving the Pumpkin or Salted Caramel Cheescake. Plus, if you’re not a fan of the traditional cake cutting, why not cut a slice of cheesecake with your hubby and send guests home with a slice of heaven?

Oberweis Ice Cream

Gelato bars were all the rage this wedding season, so why not offer guests the best ice cream Chicagoland has to offer? Whether coming from near or far, your guests will satisfy their sweet tooth with over 16 premium Oberweis ice cream flavors to choose from (plus seasonal favorites such as Pumpkin, Brandy, Egg Nog, and Peppermint). Choose two to five flavors for the big day complete with toppings and to-go cups, and your sundae bar is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Affy Tapples

A Chicagoland favorite since 1948, Affy Tapple is the quintessential fall favor. Whether you’re going for the classic peanut covered apple or looking to mix things up with M&Ms or even Oreos, guests will be delighted when they realize they actually get to take home the original caramel apple at the end of the night! Order the apples in bulk from the factory store in Niles, wrap them in cellophane bags and finish it off with pretty ribbon and customized tag celebrating you and your new hubby.

Nuts On Clark

Two blocks north of Wrigley Field (GO CUBS!), Nuts On Clark is mostly known for its popcorn, but also offers nuts, candy, and dried fruits. Famous for their Caramelcorn and Cheesecorn, you can also give guests a variety of Giant Colossal Pistachios, Jumbo Cashews, Dark Chocolate Almonds, and Honey Roasted or Double Dip Chocolate Peanuts. Or give your family and friends the best of both worlds with both popcorn and nut combo! Nuts On Clark takes care of all the prep work for your favors and provides individually wrapped bags with your choice of popcorn and/or fresh roasted, mixed gourmet nuts for those late night cravings.

 

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