Monday, September 12, 2016

Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2016

At the beginning of every year, there are always a slew of wedding magazines and websites that proclaim what the top wedding trends will be for the next season. Sometimes they are spot on and other times the supposed trend never takes flight (ahem... floral print wedding dresses). So, I was excited when my friends at Paperless Post asked me to share what wedding trends I'm actually seeing in 2016! Here is my list of the top 5 wedding trends that real couples are doing this year:

Unconventional Seating 

Instead of the traditional round banquet tables, couples are using tables of assorted shapes and sizes for their reception seating plans. A mix of round, square, and long tables creates added visual interest in the room and a cozier ambiance for guests.

Metallic Accents

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
From the floral decor to the stationery, I am seeing metallic accents everywhere! Couples are incorporating silvers, golds, and glitters into their wedding color palette. Whether mercury glass vases for a vintage feel, a sequin linen on the cake table for a touch of old world glamour, or silver borders on the wedding invitations for a modern design, metallics can easily work in an array of different wedding styles.

Dance Floor Giveaways

When it comes to the wedding reception, couples are always eager for the dancing to begin and want to see a packed dance floor. In prior years, they would think about comfort and provide flip flops for their guests weary feet. But now, it's all about fun, and couples are opting for foam light up batons, glow bracelets, and sunglasses to get their guests in a party mood.

Selfie Booths

Photobooths have been an ongoing trend for years. But in 2016, couples are paying tribute to our cell-phone obsessed times with "selfie booths." No need for an actual booth, attendant, or printer. With just a table of props and some selfie sticks, guests can have some fun and share their photos instantly. Don't forget to post a custom wedding hashtag nearby for guests to use so that you can check out all the selfie shenanigans later. #MarriedMayhem


Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Wedding decor is most often associated with flowers and linens. But this year, couples are focusing on lighting. Whether it's simply specifying the level of dimness for the venue's lights or bringing in outside uplighting, the lighting is one of the quickest ways to change the look of a room and create a certain atmosphere. Amber uplighting can transform a boring ballroom into an enchanting soiree. Or a custom monogram gobo light behind a head table can give a wow-factor personalized touch.

It's always an exciting part of my job to see how real brides and grooms incorporate the latest trends into their big day. So take a trend and make it your own! Happy Planning!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 5 Wedding Trends that Won't Go Away

With wedding season upon us, it's every couple's goal to create a memorable day, scouring the latest trends to incorporate unique details on the big day. I've seen wedding trends come and go, but some trends just won't seem to budge in the hearts of brides and grooms. So, here are the top five wedding trends that just won't seem to go away and how you can put your own new twist on them.

1) Photobooths

When I got married just seven years ago, I desperately wanted a photobooth at my wedding. But, alas, photobooth vendors were few and far between back then. Times have changed. Now photobooths are at almost every wedding I work at. They are provided by DJs, photographers, and independent photobooth companies. While photobooths may not give your wedding that one-of-a-kind feel, they continue to be a crowd-pleaser.

Update the Trend: Instead of a simple photobooth where guests get a strip of snapshots to take home, try a video photobooth! Companies, like PaperCinemas, will turn each guest's short video into a flipbook that they can take home!

2) Trolleys

In an attempt to make even their transportation unique, couples often eschew classic limos for vintage cars and trolleys. In Chicago, you can't drive through downtown on a weekend without seeing a wedding party being carted around by a trolley. Indeed, trolleys are spacious and great for cute photo ops.

Update the Trend: Transportation is an area where the old has become the what's unique again! A limousine is often now the more surprising choice! But if limos just conjure up memories of prom, then consider transporting the wedding party or guests in a British-style double-decker bus.

3) Family Photo Displays

While weddings are all about the newlyweds, I love that couples want to pay homage to their families by incorporating displays of old family photos into the decor. Showcasing black and white photos of the weddings of parents and grandparents makes for a beautiful tribute.

Update the Trend: If looking for other ways to spotlight your loved ones, arrange for the DJ or band to play the first dance songs from your parents' weddings and invite them to the dance floor.

4) Photo Guestbooks

Thank goodness the old guestbooks, where guests just wrote in their names and addresses, have been replaced! Now I most often see photo guestbooks filled with couples' engagement photos, where guests write well-wishes on the pages around the pictures. Photo guestbooks result in a nice memento for the newlyweds.

Update the Trend: Instead of using engagement photos, where guests just see a barrage of images of the couple in various embraces, assemble childhood photos of the couple, with each page showing the bride and groom at different ages. Guests will get a kick out of seeing how the newlyweds have grown up and how their separate paths eventually crossed.

5) Dessert Tables and Late Night Snacks

After your three-course meal, save room for more, because dessert tables and late night snacks have become de rigueur at weddings. Mini-pastries and sliders are popular additions to the wedding menu. But, the truth is, these tasty treats often end up as leftovers!

Update the Trend: Instead of a table of food just appearing in the corner as the night progresses, make your late night goodies stand out so guests gobble them up. Passed cookies with milkshakes in shooter glasses or rolling out an actual ball-park style hot dog stand will get guests' attention.

These five trends have hung around because they are fun and useful details in a wedding. But make a lasting impression on your guests by tweaking these trends and making them your own!

Happy Planning!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Molly & Jack: Love is Brewing

I loved working this fall wedding at the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge for its rustic, natural ambiance. The personal DIY touches highlighted the couple's personality and created a warm, inviting celebration. Check out a glimpse:

No need for a photobooth! 
A close friend of the couple's served as a guestbook attendant, taking instant photos of guests to create this photo guestbook!

This textured bouquet is perfect for the fall season!

Hanging escort cards made for a playful twist on formal etiquette.

Guests enjoyed homemade beer, brewed by the Groom!

Lovely centerpieces made by the bridesmaids!

The bride and groom cut this cute wedding pie, 
and guests got to indulge in mini pies, instead of cake!

Congratulations to Molly & Jack!

*Photos by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A MidSummer Daydream Wedding: Styled Shoot

As I look out my office window with the snow on the ground, I find myself thinking of summer and wishing for sweater season to end. So, I thought I'd share some photos from the styled shoot we did for Ruffled -  A Midsummer Daydream - where the lush woodland decor brought the magic of the outdoors to life.

Gorgeous woodsy bouquet by Stemline Creative.

Sugar Fixe Patisserie made this cake using royal icing to create the mossy look. 
We used a tree slice as a cake stand and moss to cover the table so the cake would look as though it's emerging from the forest.

Letterpress by Lydia created the menu scrolls, tied with a sprig of rosemary.
We placed the menu cards on birch tree slice that would serve as a bread plate.

The tablescape became an offshoot of the forest floor, with a moss runner and flowers by Stemline Creative and macaron topiaries by Sugar Fixe Patisserie.

Our place settings featured tree slice chargers, placecards held by artichokes, and Spode silverware showcasing woodland animals.

Letterpress by Lydia created the invitations with just a dash of glitter on the edges to hint at the magical.

The menu scrolls highlighted a feast of foods from the forest.

What would your wedding look like in your daydream? 

For more photos and the full description of the shoot, visit Ruffled

The shoot was made possible by these talented Chicago wedding professionals:

Photography - Laura Witherow Photography
Design and Planning - Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
Flowers and Decor - Stemline Creative
Invitations and Stationery - Letterpress by Lydia
Desserts - Sugar Fixe Patisserie
Personal Styling - My Chicago Stylist

Friday, January 8, 2016

Couple's Choice Award Announcement!

We are so excited to announce that we won WeddingWire's 2016 Couple's Choice Award for Wedding Planning!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories,based on their professional achievements from the previous year. 

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with the wedding vendors in the Chicago area.

We are super proud to be considered one of the top Wedding Planners in Chicago. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business. It is such an honor to be a part of each couple's wedding day! We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Lindsey & Nick: Blessed Bliss

You couldn't help but feel the genuine emotion of the day at Lindsey and Nick's Chicago wedding. It was truly touching to see this couple's tenderness toward each other and their heartfelt spirituality. The beautiful photos by Studio Rebekah capture these moving moments.

Both the bride and groom took time before the ceremony for prayer, a poignant reminder of the significance of the day.

A faux first look can be even more emotional than actually seeing each other!

Even with an outdoor ceremony, a pair of vintage doors held by ushers created a grand entrance 
for the bridesmaids, as they hid behind the doors before walking down the aisle.

But the doors only opened for the beautiful bride, creating a wow moment, as they parted!

A unique alternative to a guestbook

The bridal party having some fun.

First Dance

Congrats to Lindsey & Nick!

Photography - Studio Rebekah
Florist - Pastiche Floral
Cake - Lezza Bakery

Friday, November 13, 2015

Hannah & Dan: Winter Wonderland Wedding

The air is already getting a little brisk this week, hinting that winter is just around the corner. So, I thought I'd share this enchanting winter wonderland themed wedding. Being from North Dakota, Hannah was no stranger to the cold. I loved how she embraced the winter with unique and intricate details. Check out the beautiful photos from Katie Kett Photography:

The invitation suite is the first chance to introduce your theme to guests.
These invitations are simple and elegant with a touch of the winter magic to come.

Love the bride's delicate snowflake jewelry!

The bride wore these faux-fur lined boots.

Me giving the guys a little help with their boutonnieres.

With a matching cloak, the flower girl was a little fairy snow princess!

The ceremony program

I love texture in a bouquet and this bright white bouquet with brunia, pine cones, and dusty miller reminds me of a winter landscape.

Our bride was ready to brave the elements in this gorgous ice blue cloak.
The bridesmaids carried muffs instead of bouquets down the aisle!

Baby's breath pomanders lined the aisles, like little hanging snowballs.

The Ceremony

There is something so demure about wearing a stoll!

Winter accents abounded at the reception at European Crystal Banquets.
The bride gave us a box of decor and gave us free reign to find ways to use it.
We had so much fun!

No need for bride and groom signs. 
These crystal snowflakes indicated the seats for the guests of honor.

A mini winter forest scene at the couple's place setting.

The sausage hut is a Polish tradition that defnitely has a wow-factor.
To me, it also brought a cozy feeling, reminiscent of the European holiday markets


Snowflakes fell during the First Dance.

Congratulations to Hannah & Dan!


Reception Venue - European Crystal Banquets
Photography - Katie Kett Photography
Flowers - Bella Flora
Invitations - MagnetStreet
Wedding Planning - Camille Victoria Weddings LLC