Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wish List

If I could host my wedding all over again...I would do it exactly the same way!  I loved every minute of it and all of our vendors were fabulous!

However, there were still several reception venues that I thought would have been SO cool to plan a wedding around...and that's why it's an awesome gig to be a wedding planner--you just might get to try out some of those scenarios if you're lucky!

Here is a list of five of the many Chicagoland reception locations that I'd love to plan a wedding in.  Any potential brides out there take note--and hire me to help you, k?  Thanks ;)

In no particular order...

THE ROOKERY



The building is located right in the loop--and was designed by John Root and Daniel Burnham (Devil in the White City, anyone?)  It's got the gorgeous staircase, stunning architectural details, skylights, what more could you ask for?  Plus it's such a blank slate you could really do anything with the space!  

PAZZO'S AT 311



I guess I like Pazzo's for some of the same reasons I like the Rookery.  Lots of light--located in the loop. But this has an added bonus--it's connected to Pazzo's, an Italian restaurant, so no need to hunt around for caterers.  They're really reasonable for a downtown Chicago wedding location, too!

THE GRAND PIAZZA



The Grand Piazza is located inside the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and was actually one of the first places we considered for our wedding but they were booked!  My husband is Italian-American and played baseball through college so it would have been perfect, but as I said I'm totally happy with our final choices.  The Grand Piazza is located in University Village and has the perfect skyline view on its rooftop deck:




How about that for a background??

CHATEAU DEL MAR


Actually, this photo doesn't really do it justice because this place is gorgeous!  I went to a wedding here about 6 years ago and it was absolutely stunning.  I think they had something like 400 people at their wedding, so if you're looking for someplace aside from a hotel ballroom to host a large wedding you should consider Chateau del Mar.  If I remember correctly the bride and groom were able to purchase their own liquor which is a HUGE money-saver, too!  It's located in Hickory Hills.  Check it out!

THE WINTER GARDEN




I'm starting to realize I have a "type".  The Winter Garden, located on the top floor of the Harold Washington Library, is open and airy with lots of light.  Lots of light=beautiful photos!  Next time you're at the 'brary at State and Van Buren, go upstairs and check it out.  It's open to the public when not rented out for a private event.

There are so many more venues I would LOVE to work in and I'm sure others I have not even discovered.  What are your favorite Chicagoland venues?  Although 4 of the 5 listed here were downtown Chi, I'm open to any and all suggestions within Chicago and the suburbs.  Let's hear your ideas!

Lots of love,

Joan

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Friday, February 12, 2010

More Wedding Dress Options!

Ok, so I don't want to become known as the gal who ONLY discusses inexpensive wedding dresses, but I can't help it.  When I see absolutely STUNNING gowns for an affordable price, I get excited :)



The Limited will launch a line of wedding and bridesmaid dresses in summer 2010 for under $300!  Those of you who were thinking of going to J. Crew for your dresses might just have another option...

Check out this link for more detail, or look on The Limited's website starting June 3rd to order!

http://www.brides.com/
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Tweet!

For more up-to-the-moment information on Five Grain Events, follow us on twitter:  @fivegrainevents!

Also, the logo has been designed (thanks to my amazing friend, Bridget) and I'm just waiting to get the file! 

It's hard to believe that it was only about a month ago that we became official! :)

I'm so lucky to have such amazing people helping me along the way.

Love to all!

Joan
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