Birdcage and Blushers Event Calendar

pexels-photo-196650Hi Birdies! I just wanted to update you all and let you know that i have updated the Upcoming Events Calendar on the page. Use the calendar to keep track of the wedding events going on in the Chicagoland area. The calendar includes bridal shows and expos, trunk shows for wedding dresses and more! You can find the link to the calendar here

Enjoy!

XOXO

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B & B Does Wedtoberfest 2016!

Hi Birdies! It’s been a while but I hope all of you are enjoying the crisp fall weather that has finally rested on Chicago!

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Perfect for kicking off the fall season , I attended a super fun and appropriately named Wedtoberfest. Brought to you by the ladies behind IndieWed, Wedtoberfest is a fun wedding show combining wonderfully unique local wedding industry vendors with equally unique beer from Breweries in and around the Chicagoland area. The show took place at the lofty Artifact Events venue and was laid out perfectly. There were things to see in every area, with vendors on both the first and second levels, as well as the outdoor courtyard. Below are some of the wonderful professionals that i saw!

Molly’s Cupcakes

Molly’s Cupcakes is a Chicago staple and house-hold name when it comes to cupcakes. Known for a wide range of flavors, Molly’s is a great choice for cupcakes, other sweets (like rice crispy treats – yum!) and wedding cakes!

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http://www.mollyscupcakes.com/chicago/home.aspx

Regina Jules Bridal

One of the most exciting and eye catching components of the bridal planning process is obviously the wedding dresses! I was fortunate enough to meet Julia Tiedt, the creative, and fashionable mastermind behind Regina Jules Bridal. She specializes in custom, handcrafted bridal gowns and the fun part is that the bride is involved every step of the way! Just from clicking through her online gallery, the dresses that she designs vary in pattern, silhouette, texture, and style. I was lucky enough to get a shot of one for her stunning designs!

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http://reginajulesbridal.squarespace.com/#our-story

Bottles & Cans

Bottles & Cans is a lovely shop that specializes in unique beers, wines, and spirits. Why showcase at Wedtoberfest, you ask? Bottles and Cans is great for couples who have particular tastes in beer, wine, and spirits. They work with couples to customize a liquor package that meets their needs and reflects their taste. The cool thing about them is that they have a liquor license so they can come on-site and handle the bar portion of your wedding (if your venue allows). They are located right in the heart of Chicago’s North Center so definitely check it out!

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http://bottlesandcanschicago.com

3Larks Bridal Boutique

3Larks is such a cute concept! It’s a bridal pop-up shop that specializes in “once wed and designer sample gowns”. You’ll find in their inventory many of the bridal couture favorites like Maggie Soterro and Vera Wang, all at discounted prices. Keep up with 3Larks on Facebook to see their next pop-up! Below is a stunning gown from their inventory by Romona Keveza!

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http://www.facebook.com/3Larks/ 


Atmosphere Events Group

This was a lovely, rustic-glam display courtesy of Atmosphere Events Group that specializes, in floral, lighting, and other event design!

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http://aegproduction.com


Jazi Photo (Photo Booth)

The Jazi Photo Booth was by far one of the coolest things I saw. Not only is it a Photo Booth but it’s a cute little trailer retrofitted with a Photo Booth inside. It’s the cutest photo trailer ever, where your guests can actually step into the trailer and have fun photo sessions. This is an absolutely perfect option for someone having a wedding that has some sort of outside space or cool loft space where you can fit the trailer. Below are photos from the Jazi Photo website (my pics don’t do it justice-in my defense it was dark)!

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http://jaziphoto.com

I hope you enjoyed the recap of Wedtoberfest and the featured vendors! Keep an eye out on the B & B Event calendar for other fun wedding events and shows going on around the city and Chicagoland area!

Happy Planning!

B & B Does Indie Wed Chicago!

B + B does Indie Wed Chicago 2016! Check out who i met at the show and my tips on how to attend your first wedding expo!

Happy 2016 Birdies! We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus but I’m so excited to be back to share fun wedding goodies with you this year! To kick off 2016 let’s talk about wedding shows!!

Wedding and bridal expos can be a fun way to interact with wedding professionals in one place, and get inspiration for the big day. To some the idea of going to a wedding expo can be very overwhelming, but they don’t have to be! If you’re thinking about attending a wedding show, here are a few quick tips:

  • See what’s out there!
    • Wedding expos happen throughout the year and they come in all shapes and sizes, from the smaller, more intimiate shows, to large and elaborate affairs. See what’s out there and find out what works best for you.
  • Do your research!
    • Most shows have listings of all the vendors that will be in attendance. Make a short list of vendors that you’ll definitely want to see while you at the show.
  • Travel Light!
    • Not such a good idea to bring yor wedding binder. Maybe a little note pad to take notes, but other than that, travel light. You’ll be walking out with TONS of loot from all the vendors.
  • Take a buddy!
    • If this is your first rodeo, don’t try to tackle it yourself. The show will be so much more fun if you have a buddy to enjoy it with, whether it’s a friend, your maid/man of honor or your fiance.
  • Have fun!

Indie Wed is not your typical wedding expo. Indie Wed was created by Kelly Maron Horvath of Paper Stories, who wanted to connect with brides that had more out of the box, and quirky tastes. And Indie Wed does just that! All of the vendors have something unqiue to offer brides that are looking for something different, from fun catering,  wedding dresses, and more!

This year, Indie Wed took place at the Ravenswood Event Center in the North Center neighborood on Chicago’s northside. Lofty and artisitic, it was a perfect backdrop for all of the fun, creative vendors in attendance. I had such a fun time walking the three levels of the show! Check out some of the fun people that I bumped into!

 

Dame Couture

Dame Couture specializes in vintage wedding dresses! Their north Evanston showroom houses gorgrous vintage wedding dresses. They also do custom gowns, and do restylings if you have a vintage dress of your own!

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Penelope’s Press

Penelope’s Press offers pretty, simple, and creative stationary for all of your wedding needs. From Invitations, Save-The-Dates, and RSVP’s, this is a great place if you really want to customize your stationary. Penelope’s Press has a wonderful personal touch, from hand-drawn designs, to even being able to print your handwriting! Check it out below!

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Spark & Glow Photo

Choosing a photographer is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make for the big day. One of the keys to selecting the photographer of your dreams is choosing someone that you get along with. If you want a photographer who is creative, bubbly, and fun, Michelle, the woman behind Spark & Glow Photo is the photographer for you! Not only does she have a great eye, but every single person in here photos look like they are having so much fun on their wedding day!

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Chicago Vintage Weddings

The boss ladies behind Chicago Vintage Weddings are as classy, elegant and fun, as their display. These ladies specialize in vintage rentals, perfect for brides that are looking for unique, vintage touches to add to their wedding. CVW offers vintage furniture rentals, delicate china pieces, gorgeous candelabras and much more. They also offer full, partial, and day-of planning services!

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LetterBoxInk

Laura Nehls of LetterBoxInk offers intricate designs, vibrant colors, and the element of story-telling for couples to create customized wedding stationary for the big day! Vinyl records, travel tickets, storybooks and more, Laura has a little something for everyone. You can also find her work on Zazzle and Etsy!

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Elysia Root Cakes

Elysia Root Cakes has become a household name in the wedding scene in Chicago. Not only are the cakes stunning, but the flavors are mouth wateringly delicious! One of the reasons why I love Elysia Root cakes, is that they really start with the foundation of the cake and working their way up. There are so many delicious flavors to choose from. The design possibilties are endless from minial to elaborate, and everywhere inbetween. Elysia can design a cake to fit any bride’s vision!

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Indie Wed was such a blast and it’s even better that I can share my experience with you. Stay tuned for more wedding fun! Until next time!