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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!