Engaged couples gathered in Chicago at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile on May 9th to plan their dream weddings at Wedding Salon’s luxury bridal showcase. Guests were awed by the latest trends in bridal fashion and unique vendors. From designer gowns, cake tastings and cocktails, to romantic candlelit tables.Wedding Salon’s event inspired and excited the couples from the windy city of Chicago.
- Exclusive Fashion Show: Guests experienced an elite runway fashion show presented by Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke. Models strutted down the runway wearing Kate’s original designs from traditional to totally unique.
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- Shred for the Wed: Couples were surrounded by aspects of wedding planning that aren’t all about eating cake and drinking cocktails. Fitting into that designer gown and suit is a must. Orange Theory Fitness and The Bar Method educated brides and grooms on how to shred those last few pounds before the wedding.
- Destination Weddings & Honeymoons: White sand and crystal blue beaches are all that some brides and grooms envision for their wedding. Brides and grooms experienced many different resort and travel resources to help plan their destination weddings. Who doesn’t want to say I do under a palm tree? O’ahu Visitors Bureau welcomed the couples with purple leis. Couples had many locations to explore from, Hotel Del Coronado, Los Cabos Advisor, Peter Island Resort & Spa, The Haciendas – A Luxury Collection Hotel, Aruba Tourism Authority, Mexico Tourism Board, PuntaCana Resort & Club, AMResorts, The Villa Group Resorts, and more.
Image credit Duron Studios
Wedding Salon’s Chicago showcase was a one stop shop for all of the couples needs. Whether it was a bride’s dream dress or a groom’s new gym membership, Wedding Salon’s showcases have it all!
Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Turquoise water. Towering palms. Calm breezes. Imagine yourself whisked away to a tropical paradise where you indulge in mind, body, and spirit, as you rediscover an oasis called Cheeca Lodge & Spa. Romantic, serene, and dynamic, our Islamorada resort is a standard of excellence achieved by few. Be swept away by the casual elegance emanating from every detail and settle into the laid-back lifestyle of Islamorada.
Today, the Oh Nuts brand is a nationally recognized one stop shop for everything in dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, candies, related confections (both finished products and raw ingredients,) custom and pre-configured gift baskets for any occasion, (real or imagined)—even hard to find items like sugar-free and organic products—become remarkably easy to find when you enter the world of Oh Nuts.
JC Lemon Photography
JC Lemon Photography is a New York City-based wedding photography studio that captures love in a modern and relaxed style. Photographer Jon Lemon specializes in weddings and elopements (intimate weddings) in the NYC area and worldwide.
Opulent JellYee is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. Each event we cater, we focus on the ideal meaning of the event. Our Jell-Yee Treats will bring life to every one of our customer’s event. With our colors, taste and presentation, the experience should engage most of the senses. Jell-Yee Treats are hand-crafted gourmet pieces. So whether or not your taste is exquisite, you will appreciate the awakening taste of our Jell-Yee Treats. Your classiest event to your most casual event will be a conversation topic. Let us put our experience to work for you and watch your guests loosen up when presented with a tray of Edible Art.
LaCroix Sparkling Water
LaCroix Sparkling Water is a Healthy beverage choice and 100% Natural. It’s calorie-free, sugar free, sodium free, and no artificial sweeteners.
TO THE COUPLES CLUB SEMINAR SERIES
All Seminars will be held at 6:30-8:30 PM Legg Mason, 620 8th Ave, 49th Fl. (near 40th St.) Coffee, Tea and Cookies will be served. Q&A to follow.
May 16, 2016: Seminar # 1 – To Have and to Hold:
Steps couples should take both before and after the Wedding to Marry your money!
- Should you have a pre-nuptial agreement?
- Tax Strategies for first year of marriage so you hold onto what you make!
- Basic financial planning and savings plans
- Payment strategies if you have Student Loans
- If you both have savings and employers benefits, whose do you hold onto?
Credit: Susan Silverman Quigley
June 15, 2016: Seminar # 2 – Advanced Topics for Couples Buying a Home and/or Having a Baby: This is a FULL 2 hours of great information for Couples ready to take the next steps. Bring your notebooks – lots of great information.
- Buying a Home and Mortgages
- Understanding the Mortgage Process
- Working with a Realtor
- How Tax Savings can help you afford more home
- Babys and Taxes and Childcare
- Changing or Getting Wills to include your new family member
- Protecting your new Home and Baby – how much life insurance you need and what type to buy
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME TO ANY OR ALL OF THE ABOVE SEMINARS, PLEASE RSVP TO Squigley@americanportfolios.com or by calling 516-354-3334. It is not required for both members of the couple to come. No specific products will be sold – these are informational seminars only. Feel Free to Bring a Friend!
Wedding Salon Exhibitors are offering amazing raffles that you don’t want to miss at our luxury bridal showcase in Chicago on Monday, May 9th. Offers include gift baskets, deluxe packages, gift cards, free services, and much, much more! Be sure to stop by each station to sign up for a chance to win a one of a kind prize.
Bridal Registry – Two his and hers wedding bands
Hotel Del Coronado – Large Spa Basket
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Mexico Tourism Board – TBD
The Haciendas, A Luxury Boutique Hotel – Three nights at any of The Haciendas, two romantic breakfasts per day and one romantic dinner for two
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Wedding Protector Plan – $100 Amazon Gift Card
Morton’s The Steakhouse Wacker Place – One complimentary hors d’oeuvres for your wedding
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Red Weddings – Free ceremony video (up to one hour in length), one camera operator with multiple cameras
Jewel Resorts – Free precious gem wedding ceremony package
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Peter Island Resort & Spa – Champagne & Spa gift basket
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Ballroom Boutique is committed to making engaged couples feel more comfortable dancing together to practice for their wedding day! Join Dance to Happiness and utilize these tips to make your wedding dance once to remember.
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Make sure to practice in your wedding shoes to ensure you are more comfortable during your wedding reception.
Schedule your lessons as close together as possible. This will save time and allow you to focus on other aspects of the planning process as the time winds down.
Bring your suit jacket or crinoline petticoat is possible to a lesson or two to get a better feel for how you will move the day of.
Be sure to inform your instructor of the fit of your dress, sometimes that can affect the moves you are able to do.
Lastly, consider frequently playing your wedding song before the big day to visualize the choreography and become more familiar with the beats.
This week our Friday Vendor Spotlight has everything from resorts to Bachelor/Bachelorette party venues and so much more. Check out some of our favorite vendors!
Crafthouse Cocktails is an award-winning line of premium prepared cocktails. Perfect for occasions when a quality, well balanced cocktail is necessary but not easily accessible. Just pour over ice and enjoy!
Travaasa is a new collection of experiential spa resorts that emphasizes real travel and the unique, authentic qualities that make a destination magical. Their hotels are tailored to the intellectually active and culturally curious, offering a resort experience that is defined by guided adventures, culinary classes, cultural encounters, healing spa treatments, as well as fitness and wellness workshops.
Celebrity Chef Marco Barrila of Insatiable EATS Catering offers chic catering services with the highest caliber of food and service. The Special Events team ensures that every detail is executed to match your budget.
Beautique is a Modern American restaurant located just steps from the iconic Plaza Hotel and Paris Theatre. Their menu showcases market- fresh ingredients and classic French techniques, alongside cocktails from James Beard nominated mixologist Charolette Vosley. Beautique offers a stylist space to gather for dinner parties and private events.
With over two decades of international photojournalism and wedding photography experience, Duron Shem Tov has become a true storyteller. Duron works with a team of experienced photographers & videographers. Together they have extensive backgrounds in editorial, commercial, fashion, and documentary photography / videography.
Blue Martini is trendy upscale lounge with a warm, welcoming environment that is designed to be enjoyable for all of our guests. They feature the best in Live Entertainment nightly and are known for offering over 42 mouth-watering signature Martinis, specialty cocktails, fine wines & spirits, and delicious sharable bites.