Chicago Wedding Planning

Polish Wedding Sweets

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Chicago has a rich multicultural melting pot, and one great culture to find wonderful wedding inspiration is from the Polish.  If you are Polish, or if you've ever been to a Polish wedding, probably one of the big things you remember (or look forward to) is the very looooong table of decadent desserts at the reception.  You don't have to be Polish to appreciate the abundant sweet table, which typically is a very important part of Polish wedding receptions.  Some favorite traditional Polish desserts include:

-- pączki, which are kind of like doughnuts (but better! ... in fact, if you can't get your hands on the latest craze ... "cronuts" .... these old-school Polish pastries are pretty darn close in taste and texture)

-- fruit gelatin covered sernik (Polish for cheesecake)

-- delightful fruit jelly filled kolaczki cookies

With such a large Polish population, Chicago is fortunate to have dozens of wonderful Polish bakeries throughout the city and suburbs, so it is not hard at all to include these popular traditional treats at your wedding. These delicious sweets pictured below were made by Central Continental Bakery in Mt. Prospect, IL.

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Wedding Creativo featured in CSW

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For the recently engaged, or if you know someone who is planning a wedding in Chicago, we recommend picking up a copy of Chicago Style Weddings magazine.  The magazine is desinged to follow a typical flow for  wedding planning, and especially helpful is the month-by-month chart to keep on track with planning tasks.  Wedding Creativo is also honored to be featured in a couple of articles about photography trends and tips.  January/February 2013 issue is hot off the presses, so check a magazine rack at a store near you to pick up a copy.  Happy planning!

Weddings that sail in Chicago

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If you are having trouble determining just the right location near the lakeshore for your wedding, perhaps charting a different course is in order.  With beautiful Lake Michigan at our doorstep, and the Chicago River running through the city, marina life is quite active and attractive for events in Chicago. 
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Along with the main ships at Navy Pier, there are several boats available for private events.  Here are several worth checking out that are available for weddings:

Entertainment Cruises
Odyssey – up to 200 guests
Spirit of Chicago – up to 200 guests
Mystic Blue – up to 145 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Kanan Cruise Ship
Up to 400 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Windy Tall Ship
Up to 150 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Red Witch Schooner
Up to 49 guests
Located at Navy Pier

Anita Dee I & II Yacht Charters
up to 149 and 400 guests respectively
Located at Navy Pier

Free Spirit Yacht
up to 120 guests
Located at Burnham Harbor

Valara VI Yacht
Up to 149 guests
Located at Burnham Harbor

Chicago Line Cruises
Ft. Dearborn – up to 200 guests
Innisfree – up to 90 guests
Located at North Pier Docs on Ogden Slip
behind River East Arts Center

Shoreline Charters
Celebration – up to 100 guests
Evening Star – up to 200 guests
Located on Ogden Slip in front of Navy Pier

Chicago’s First Lady
Up to 150 guests
Located at Riverside Gardens Dock
Michigan Avenue bridge at Wacker Drive

Then, there are private yacht clubs that are available for their members’ weddings:
Columbia Yacht Club
Belmont Yacht Club

Finally, if you are looking for an intimate locale to pop the question, many private charter companies also have smaller boats available that are perfect for that special romantic occasion. All aboard!

Engagement Package Giveaway

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We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Love at Breathtaking Heights, an exclusive boutique wedding show hosted by the The Metroplitan Club.  This event takes place on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Willis Tower. 

During the door prize drawings at 5:30, we will be giving away a premium Engagement Package to one lucky couple, which will include:

  • A Location Engagement Session (downtown Chicago area)
  • Our custom-designed Wishes and Wisdom™ Guestbook
  • Framed 8x10 Engagement Print
  • a value of $700!

We hope to see you there!