Chicago Vintage Weddings Preview

Hi Birdies! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, but I’ve been working on a bunch of new, fun content for B&B! This week, I conducted my first ever interview with one of my new favorite wedding professionals, Chicago Vintage Weddings, whom I first met at Indie Wed. It was such a great experience and the shop is dream for anyone who loves anything vintage. Still a work in progress, but I can’t wait to share it with you all next week! In the meantime, make sure to follow Birdcage and Blushers on Facebook and Instagram. Happy Friday Eve!


Pinterest Inspirations

Hi Birdies! It’s been a long week, but it’s finally the weekend! I just wanted to tell you about my latest update to my site! I’ve added a link to my Pinterest page so you can keep up with all of my latest inspirations for my vow renewal!

Here you can see all of my ideas and favorite looks! Maybe you’ll find some inspirations for your big day! Happy Pinning!


Flowers Flowers Flowers: To DIY or Not To DIY

Hello Birdies! Hope the week is going well! Just wanted to update you guys on my planning! The next vendor I need to check off my list is…florals! I love flowers and I definitely want beautiful flowers for the vow renewal. Wedding floral design usually start around $3,000 depending I the size of the wedding and what kind of design you’re envisioning. Budget aside, I can’t decide if I want to hire a florist or do it myself. Our party is so small, I could handle 6 center pieces, and it would be so fun to be hands on and play with flowers. At the same time, doing your one flowers is another thing is have to worry about and make extra time for. Decisions, decisions. Luckily, Chicago has so many options to choose from, all depending on the level of design you’re looking for. Here are just a few awesome florists in the city!

Steve’s Flower Market

I love the concept of Steve’s! They do event floral design but they are also a wholesale flower shop! So they’re a great place to start for brides who are kind of torn between doing their own flowers and having them done professionally (like me) 🙂 They even have items that you can rent like vases, votive candles and pedestals. They are located in the west loop.

Scarlet Petal

Located in the west loop, Scarlet Petal is awesome. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them and seeing their work in the industry! They can cater to any bride’s vision and isn’t wildly expensive. The consultations are wonderful, they really listen to your vision and are open to any ideas. My favorite set-up I saw was this beautiful wedding design that consisted of gold touches with white and blush flowers (see post from 11/30/14 on their blog). Scarlet Petal does a wonderful job of keeping you up to date on their work on their blog. Check it out here!

Juliet Tan Floral Design

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Juliet in action over the past couple of years. Her shop is also located in Chicago’s west loop. Juliet Tan’s work is always blows you away! First off, hope that you get to work with Juliet directly. She is a little ball of fire, very energetic and fun. I love Juliet because she has away of taking your vision to the next level. One of my favorite designs she did was a rustic wedding this past summer (July 18 Facebook uploads) She made the rustic theme come to life in very unique ways and it was so creative, yet still looked like a wedding! Check out her Facebook page here!

Marguerite Gardens

I absolutely love this place. They are right in  my neighborhood, and I can’t help but pop in every weekend to see what they have in stock for the week. The feel of the store is very calm and earthy, and the staff are so down to earth and helpful. I was so excited to find out that they do wedding flowers! They always have a wonderful variety of flowers, and awesome selection of succulent plants as well. I feel like they are perfect for a bride with a vintage or rustic vision, but they can do it all! They have two locations: one in (the one i frequent) Andersonville and the other in Ukrainian village. You can see the wide variety of work on their Facebook page!

Until next time and Happy Planning!

Special Friday Feature: Chicago Wedding Planner, Michelle Jacob!!!!

Happy Friday loves! I hope you had a great week. To kick of the weekend, instead of my usual “Friday Tips and Tricks” I have a special featured guest for you guys! The woman behind Personalized Events by Michelle, Michelle Jacob is one of the premier wedding planners in Chicago with over ten years of industry experience. She was gracious enough to give me insight on her expertise and share it with all of you 🙂

AP: What initially inspired you to become a wedding planner?

MJ: Hospitality. I love taking care of people, and doing what ever I can to make sure they enjoy themselves.

AP: How would you describe your planning style?

MJ: Detail oriented, calm, and thoughtful.

AP: What is your favorite part of the planning process?

MJ: The actual wedding day is my favorite part. There is always so much excitement, and I enjoy seeing my client’s vision finally come together.

AP: What is one of your favorite venues to work and why?

MJ: The Trump Hotel. The views are beautiful, the color palette lends itself for any type of décor, and the service and food are amazing.

AP: Some brides are anti-planner because they are afraid that the wedding planner will take over the entire wedding. What advice would you give to those brides?

MJ: Communication is key. Remember that this is your wedding and your opinion is the most important. Don’t be afraid to say what you like or don’t like. A planner should be there to guide you in the right direction while keeping your best interests at heart.

AP: What is one of the most important factors that a bride should take into consideration when selecting a wedding planner?

MJ: I truly believe that you should select a planner that you feel the most comfortable with. You will spend a lot of time communicating with your planner throughout the months leading up to your wedding, and they will be by your side on your actual wedding day. You want to make sure they are responsive and someone you feel comfortable with.

And now for the fun stuff:

Cake or Pie? Favorite flavor?   Cake. White cake with white frosting.

All time favorite food?   Salt and vinegar chips.


All time favorite wedding treat?     Doughnut Vault.

Favorite color palette?       White, blush, ivory. (MINE TOO!)

What’s one item that you always have to have in you purse? Chapstick.

Can you give one interesting fact about yourself? I am always the first one on the dance floor and the last one off.

Thank you so much again Michelle for sharing with us! If you’re a Chicago Bride in search of some wedding planning expertise, check out Personalized Events by Michelle . You can also find her on Facebook

Wedding Planners 101: To Hire or Not To Hire, That Is The Question

I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun weekend, hopefully full of productive wedding planning! No matter where you’re at in the planning process, one of the biggest questions that is bound to come up is whether or not you should hire a wedding planner. There are a lot of brides who definitely decide to hire a planner, and there are some who decide to go without. If you’re not sure, here are a few things I think you should take into consideration: 1) Wedding size. Are you having an intimate wedding or something on a larger scale? Think about handling all the details for the amount of guests you’re planning to host. If the idea of organizing stationary, seating arrangements, and table decor for 200 people gives you heart palpitations, you may want to consider it 🙂 2) Location. If you’re having your wedding in your city of residence where you know the lay of the land, you may be okay without a planner. If you’re having a wedding in another state or country, a wedding planner who is more familiar with the area may be useful. 3) Your level of organization. Would you consider yourself an organized person? Are you type A. If you love organizing little details, and if you feel like you can handle it, go for it! There have been many a bride that thrive off of having a 5 inch wedding binder with the wedding broken down in minute details. If that’s not you, maybe consider a planner for a little extra help. 4) Life in general. Consider what your life is looking like right now. Are you super busy at work? How much responsibilities outside of work do you have? Can you realistically see yourself carving out time to plan all of the details? If you do, then Godspeed! Some brides are fortunate to be able to balance both. If you just don’t have the time, you can have a planner handle all of the things you don’t have time for.


There are also different levels of planning services:

  • Full Service Planning
    • Full service wedding planning pretty much is what it sounds like. This is great for anyone who has no time to plan themselves, or just want to be a little more hands off. Ideally you would have a planner that assists you with ever single aspect of your wedding planning, from helping you find a venue, vendor selection, budgeting, attire hunting for the wedding party, stationary (invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, etc.), menu selection, and pretty much every other detail. This will vary from planner to planner so just make sure that they are covering all of the services that you really need.
  • Partial Planning
    • Partial wedding planning, is great for the more hands on bride who wants to be involved in her planning process by needs someone to kind of guide her along the way. The services included vary from planner to planner as far as how involved they are. Do you research and find someone who matches the level of involvement and the services that you want.
  • Day-Of Services
    • Day of planning services are great for anyone who can handle all of the planning but would like someone to step in towards the end of the process to help with all of the last-minute details. Depending on the planner, they can step in anywhere from one to three months prior. There are some planners whose day of services include checking in periodically every few months or so to see how you’re doing, in addition to stepping in a couple of months out. Some of these services include organizing the rehearsal, touching base and confirming all your vendors, and last-minute budgeting.

As you can see, there’s something for everyone. In Chicago, there are so many planners to choose from, with a wide range of budgets. IMPORTANT: Your best friend’s second cousin who plans the family picnic every year is NOT the same as a professional wedding planner (no offense to your best friend’s second cousin. I’m sure the annual family picnic is fabulous). Whether you’re having a casual wedding or something on a grand scale, it’s still your wedding day! If you’re going to bring a planner on board, you HAVE to have someone who knows what their doing, especially someone who has done weddings before. Questions or comments, let me know! I’ll have more information about planners this week. Until then, as always, happy planning!