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Welcome To Wedding Registry Heaven…

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…Details From The “Here Comes The Blog” Event!

Last week, I was thrilled to join Editor-In-Chief of Brides.com, Michelle Preli along with Ami of Elizabeth Anne Designs for the Here Comes The Blog registry event at the Chicago Bloomingdale’s Medinah Home Store!

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After having a little fun sharing the new Set Your Table tool with couples, we got a chance to discuss a few of our favorite registry trends and also shared some helpful tips and advice together!

Once we finished chit chatting, everyone headed up to the registry floor to browse around, register and enjoy delicious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Catered By Design.  Check out their awesome cocktail tree on display…imagine having one of those at your wedding!

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(Photos thanks to Denise of Bellis Studios who also attended the event with me!)

It was such a pleasure to meet and talk with the happy couples, vendors and the amazing staff at Bloomies.  Seriously, I never realized how unique the Bloomingdale’s registry is.  If you haven’t registered there yet, you’re in for a special treat!  It’s not just a registry, my dears…it’s an experience.  My goodness, it made me want to get married to my husband all over again –  just so we could register once more!

I promise to share more details and pictures with you soon!  From creative tablescape and centerpiece ideas to gorgeous product lines, the event was truly inspiring.  We learned so much while there…so stay tuned for more exciting registry posts to come!  It will be like our own little event, extended over a couple of weeks – sound good? 

Until then, be sure to head over to Bloomingdale’s to build your dream registry and enjoy the new Brides.com Set Your Table tool.  Cheers!

Take Your Wedding Home With You…

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…And Celebrate Your Marriage Year After Year!

There is a reason why you picked those wedding colors of yours.  For some reason, they called out to you.   Whether it’s because it reflects your personality, your style or you just love the look, let the colors that inspired you for your wedding inspire you for your home as well!

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(Photo credits: She Journal from RedStamp.com, dress by Priscilla of Boston, Letterpress Invites by Bellis Studios dress by Priscilla of Boston, wreath, cake, flowers via Brides.com)

Turn your registry experience into fun by getting creative with it, like you did with your wedding planning!

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Go on, brighten up your home together.  Mix and match patterns, colors, glassware, etc., by using the new Set Your Table from Brides.com!  Careful…it’s addicting, but so very helpful

Once you have your place setting ideas all set, print them out and register at Bloomingdale’s.  To see or register for the pieces on the tabletop above, click HERE.  Enjoy!

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Chicago Brides ~ Meet Us At Bloomingdale’s May 14th…

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…For The Brides.com/Bloomingdale’s Registry Event!

This Thursday, May 14th, join Editor-In-Chief of Brides.com Michelle Preli along with Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs and myself as we share tips and ideas for creating your dream wedding and registry!

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The event will take place at the Bloomingdale’s Chicago Medinah Home Store at 600 North Wabash Avenue from 5 – 7pm

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(Building photo credit: SkyScraperCity.com)

A good time shall be had, as you’ll be able to enjoy yummy tastings, cocktails and even a fun little gift bag!  For more details, click HERE.  If you’re planning on going, let me know so I can look forward to meeting you…hope to see you there! 

Until then, keep checking back as I post registry ideas this week using the new Brides.com Set Your Table tool.  Cheers! 

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It’s Time To Party…

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…How Hosting A Partylite Party Can Get You Free Centerpieces & Decor For Your Wedding!

I’m notPartylite consultant.  Nor am I trying to sell you anything.  I’m simply a huge fan of Partylite because of the fact that thanks to them, the majority of my wedding decor was free!  Want to know a secret?  Some of my bridesmaids’ gifts were free too.  Sshhh…nobody has to know, right? 

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So how did I do it?  By doing something I love to do anyway…I threw a party!  What if you did the same thing?  It’s the perfect excuse to get your girlfriends together to have a little fun, maybe drink some wine and do what we all love…shop!  All from the comfort of your own home.

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Plan to have the party during the evening, so the candles that your consultant brings can really show off their glow.  Perhaps you could start the it around 7pm, after everyone has already had dinner.  That way, you can keep it affordable with yummy wine, cheese, coffee or desserts.

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Put on some music, drink some wine and relax!  Play some games to include candles as prizes, talk about your favorite candle scents as you smell new ones, giggle over stories about how your fiance might think you have enough candles to have a seance…you know, just have fun!

There is never any pressure on your guests to buy, but your consultant will be there with catalogs in case they do want to buy something nice for their homes.  I mean really – who doesn’t love candles, right?

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Based on the total sales from your party, you can easily earn yourself free or half-priced products of your choice, for your wedding!  So how does one host a really great show to get their free candles?  It’s not difficult, my dearies…to see how, visit my guest blog post over at the Wishpot Wedding Blog by clicking HERE.

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So…when are you having your party?  To learn how to host a show, visit the Partylite website.  Chicago brides, contact my favorite Partylite consultant in the area, Janet Garreau, by clicking HERE.

After you get your free product and the wedding is over, take the pieces home to decorate your newlywed pad or give them away to guests.  Cheers!

Brides.com | Bloomingdale’s NYC Registry Event…

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…Thursday, April 30th & You’re Invited!   

Let editor-In-Chief of Brides.com, Michelle Preli, along with wedding bloggers Anne-Marie Scali of Perfect Bound and Maria Cook of Ritzy Bee, help you create your dream registry with stylish tips and ideas…

…at the Bloomingdale’s “Here Comes The Blog” registry event! 

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 Can’t make the NYC event?  This Bloomingdale’s registry event will also be taking place in Chicago on May 14th!  Exciting details soon to come, so stay tuned…

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A New, Stylish & Affordable Chicagoland Venue For Your Event…

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…Pina’s Culinary Experience, Where We Hosted My Sister’s Bridal Shower!

 For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing with you all of the little details from the bridal shower my sister and I recently hosted for our little sister.  Now I’ve saved the last post on the shower to share the venue details, Pina’s Culinary Experience in Roselle, IL.!   If you’re looking for a place to host your intimate wedding, shower or event, Pina’s is wonderful – I highly recommend them!

From the minute we found this place, we knew it would be perfect.  This charming little spot has only been open for about 2 years but has become quite popular…and I can see why!  The service is top-notch, the menu is affordable and the chefs there are so great to work with.  No, I really mean it – if you host your event there, you’ll end up wanting to hug them (I actually did)! 

Pina’s Culinary Experience in Roselle, IL.

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The venue offers tasty and delightful cooking classes and also can be used to host private events.  There are two rooms, the Mediterranean style room in the front (shown on their website) and the larger room on the side, which is the room we hosted the bridal shower in.

The larger room is newly remodeled with a lovely contemporary feel!  Supporting local artists by hanging their gorgeous artwork on the walls, Pina’s is not only attractive inside but very into helping the community as well.  They’re just really good people!

I still can’t believe how affordable it was to have the shower at Pina’s.  Can you believe it was even less expensive than hosting it at an “affordable” restaurant?!  I researched so many places before we found Pina’s and I’m so thrilled with our decision to have the shower there.  Not to mention the fact that we had our own private room and our own personal gourmet chef

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Chef Edward was extremely accommodating  with helping us plan for the shower and allowing us to decorate however we wanted.  He even helped us decorate…hanging the tissue flower poms we made, the banner I created and more.  He came to the rescue with a few things I had forgotten about too…like the candy for my “P-A-R-T-Y” dishes and the music for the shower.  What a guy!

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He also let us come in and set up a couple of days early, so that it would be easier on us the morning of the shower.  By the time the guests arrived, everything was set in place and ready to go.  My, did it look beautiful!!! 

Everything was perfect – the atmosphere, the service, the food.  Oh, that food…so yummy!  Dessert was fabulous too…he created for us fresh individual cherry cheesecakes, chocolate-covered strawberries and one very tasty cake

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(Photo credits:  Several of the pictures above thanks to Denise of Bellis Studios)  

So darlings…if you’re on the hunt for that perfect Chicagoland venue for your intimate event, you must give Pina’s Culinary Experience a try.  Let gourmet chefs Edward and Pina help you plan a menu that will rock your tastebuds and fit your budget.  Tell them I sent you.  You won’t be disappointed!

Not planning a party but want to learn how to cook?  Let Pina’s welcome you into their kitchen where you’ll learn to cook delicious meals from a gourmet chef, maybe have some cocktails, listen to music and just have a good ol’ time

For more information, visit their website or give them a call – #630-529-1898.  Cheers!

Chicago Wedding Bloggers…

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…Just A Little Blog Love!

I think it’s pretty well known that my “Sweet Home Chicago” is home to some very talented  and creative wedding bloggers, but just in case you weren’t aware, I thought I’d pass them along.  Whether you’re planning your wedding in the “Windy City” or in a far away land, here’s a list of other Chicago blogs you’ll find not only helpful, but inspiring too!

I actually had the pleasure of meeting all of the lovely ladies behind these blogs today, for the Chicago Brides & Bloggers Brunch – let me tell you, they are absolutely awesome!  So, I had to give them a little shout out and some blog love!

Don’t I have such cool neighbors?  I sure think so!  A special thanks to Tina, from With This Ring I Thee Obsess, for planning our little brunch in the city today!  What a sweetheart, she even passed out a couple of treats for us.   Of course, thanks to all of the ladies who came out for the event, it was so nice to meet you all!!!


Until next time…cheers!

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