Meet Rachel! Team Jayne’s Newest Lead Coordinator!

We are SO EXCITED to announce that Rachel has transitioned into her role as Team Jayne’s newest Lead Coordinator! She’s been totally rocking everything we’ve thrown at her and are thrilled to see what other awesome things she will bring to the team. To celebrate, if you book Rachel for your big day during the month of November, you’ll receive a SPECIAL OFFER!
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Now let’s get to know Rachel a little better:
I fell in love with weddings working my first job at a wedding florist in my hometown.  The fast pace and creative atmosphere made fall in love with the wedding industry! It’s also ever-changing, which allows me to help create unique ideas based on each clients different dreams. It is such a rewarding feeling watching a couple come together as one with family and friends on their special day.
Favorite food: I am a Mexican food aficionado currently searching for the best guacamole!
Favorite activity: Finding new paths around Chicago to go rollerblading
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7 Trendy Grooms Who Inspire Us All

Incorporating a little personal style into your groom’s attire will go a long way. Something as simple as a pop of color in the tie, a little texture on the suit, or bright socks can elevate the ensemble to make a bold or unique fashion statement! So let’s take a look back at some of our very favorite stylish grooms we’ve worked with over the years.

Hugh – Scottish-Inspired

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This Scottish-inspired attire is to die for! Hugh had this vest custom made from his family’s heirloom tartan fabric. We love a good pop of color and texture! Studio Finch

Phil – Subtle Pop of Color

 

There’s something about a dark gray, fitted tux with a navy tie that we are always drawn to. Throw in a pop of color in the boutonniere to really elevate this classic attire.  Suzi Jacobs Photography

Brandon – Handcrafted Floral Tie

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This handcrafted floral tie and matching pocket square take this gray suit to the next level. Oh and did we mention it’s from our very favorite, Lonesome TravelerLonesome Traveler! Everything this girl makes is one-of-kind stunning, we’re obsessed.  Amanda Naylor Photography

Will – Pink Accents

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A lot of grooms may shy away from pink, but don’t write it off just yet! These pastel pink tie accents with a navy, textured suit have us wondering why more grooms don’t wear pink. Christian Gideon

Blake – Textured Vest

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We’re suckers for texture and can’t enough of Blake’s vest! The skinny, navy tie and light brown belt tie the whole look together to make a unique, slightly quirky statement.  Janelle Elise Photography

Martin – Floral Tie + Funky Tie Clip

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For a spring or summer wedding, floral ties are definitely the way to go. Pair it with an interesting tie clip (like Martin’s rifle clip) for a unique personal touch. Pen Carlson

George – Classic + Elegant

 

There’s something so classic about a plain black tux. For those men who want to stick the basics, try adding in a bow tie instead of a tie to give this classic look a little more drama and personality. Sean Cook Photography

Rami – Purple + Navy

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Navy and purple may be our favorite combination after seeing this groom knock it out of the park. And we can’t get over that slight texture in the tie, so perfect!

 

Styling Your Holiday Bar Cart | Jayne Weddings & Macy’s Team Up!

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We are so excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Macy’s once again to help style the perfect holiday bar cart! We’ll be at Macy’s on State Street on the Lower Level on Nov. 18th starting at noon. There’s sure to be a lot going on–Katie Jayne will be styling 2 bar carts (1 traditionally and 1 non traditionally). Along with answering styling and design questions, there will be mini gifts, cookies and even more holiday fun!

Make sure you stop by to see  us and find out how to get your perfect bar cart, complete with festive glassware, barware, accessories, and more! For more info click here!

 

Our 6 Favorite Fall Cocktails

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, Team Jayne loves their boozy cocktails, but this time of year, we like to warm up our palettes with some delicious fall-inspired cocktails. Get ready for some of our very favorite recipes featuring dark liquors, fresh fruits, and only the best fall spices. Do you have a favorite fall cocktail? Share it with us!

Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

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Ingredients (makes 4):

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Ice cubes & cocktail shaker for mixing

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan add cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst open and can easily be stirred into the syrup, resulting in a smooth consistency. This will take about 10 minutes. Once done, remove syrup from heat. Fit a large bowl with a fine mesh strainer and strain the simple syrup, leaving all of the large chunks and skin behind. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before using.
  2. When ready to make your cocktails, add 3/4 cup simple syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, and a large handful of ice to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Divide into 4 glasses and serve at once

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 1.5 scoops Vanilla ice cream
  • Cola
  • Mint

Directions:

Combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Captain Morgan, and vanilla ice cream in a highball glass. Top with cola and stir. Garnish with mint.

The Harvest

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz cognac
  • .5 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 large spoonful of apple butter or apple syrup

Directions:

Shake ingredients before pouring into a sophisticated coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

 

Fresh Pear Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Bosc pear
  • 2 tablespoons citrus-infused vodka
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sugar syrup)
  • 3 tablespoons hard apple cider
  • Pear slices, shredded pear (optional)
  • sparkling water (optional)

Directions:

Shred pear; place shredded pear pulp on several layers of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together, and squeeze over a glass measuring cup to yield 1/3 cup fresh pear juice. Discard solids. Combine pear juice, vodka, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake. Strain about 3 tablespoons of the vodka mixture into each of glass. Add cider and top with sparkling water. Garnish with pear slices, if desired.

Apple Pumpkin Beer Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces good-quality bourbon
  • 9 ounces apple cider
  • 2 1/2 ounces lemon juice
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale
  • ice
  • cinnamon sticks and cranberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, shake together the bourbon, apple cider and lemon juice. Pour into 4 glasses filled with ice.
  2. Pour the beer evenly into each glass.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and cranberries. Serve immediately and enjoy!

The Maple Leaf

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S
  • 3.5 oz Maple water
  • Garnish: Orange twist (discard). Top with a maple leaf or punched out orange twist in the shape of a maple leaf
  • Glass: Rocks

Directions:

Pour all ingredients into a rocks glass, stir to combine. Express orange twist over the glass, discard twist, and garnish with a maple leaf.

 

Unique Wedding Traditions

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When it comes to wedding traditions, most people think anything from the bouquet toss to lighting of a unity candle, but there are many more customs from around the globe that are often forgotten! Take a look at some of our favorite couples and their unique wedding traditions. If any of these customs strike your fancy, don’t be afraid to incorporate them into your big day, even if they’re outside of your heritage. After all, love is universal!

Henna (Mehndi) – Maaria + Anil

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Henna, also called Mehndi, is a tradition held at many Hindu or Sikh weddings. The Henna ceremony is typically held on the eve of the marriage ceremony. Henna’s characteristic intricate designs are meant to symbolize joy and spiritual awakening. Sometimes the groom’s name or initials is incorporated into the mehndi pattern.

Hand-fasting/Celtic Knot Ceremony – Regina + Eric 

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Hand-fasting (or Celtic Knot Tying) dates back to ancient Celtic wedding ceremonies. Typically, a knot is tied around the clasped hands of the bride and groom but tying a knot together (as Regina + Eric chose to do) is also quite common. The material of the knot can be anything from silky ribbons, chords, or even fabric from an old keepsake. Many couples keep their knot displayed at home and some pass down their ribbons/ropes to their children on their wedding day.

Groom’s Cake – Kelly + Bryant

Originating in Victorian England, Groom’s cakes can be served at the wedding reception to offer a second flavor to guests, but sometimes they can be served at the rehearsal dinner instead. Groom’s Cakes are typically decorated to reflect the groom’s hobbies, favorite sports team, etc.

Horah – Katie + Jordan

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Seen at traditional Jewish weddings, after the bride and groom make their grand entrance, they lead the guests into a dance, the Horah. During the Horah, guests lift the bride and groom onto chair and dance around them in a circle. We love this tradition, but we’ve seen our fair share of mishaps so we recommend this tradition early on in the night before the alcohol starts flowing.

Lion Dance – Melissa + Jason

The Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture where performers mimic a lion’s movements in a costume. We’re obsessed with the rich color in these costumes! The lion dance is sometimes mistakenly referred to as dragon dance, but they are actually two different dances! The lion dance is typically operate with two dancers, whereas a dragon needs a few extra dancers because it’s much longer.

Marissa + Will | A Surprise Rooftop Brunch Wedding

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We’ve been dying to share Marissa & Will’s surprise brunch wedding with you since this summer! Marissa and Will came to us to help them host a surprise brunch wedding. We couldn’t be happier to dive into the challenge. Marissa & Will wanted their day to feel like a bright, summery, fancy luncheon. Think wood tables in long lines on one of the cities most fun rooftops, menswear inspired napkins, calligraphy on marble slabs and some of the most gorg bright florals ever, all under a canopy of tissue paper fringe! All the fun details are below -Enjoy!

Big thanks Christian Wilson for these killer photos, he really captured the happiness and fun of the day.

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Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography
With the help of the incredible Luft Balloons, we created this head table backdrop which is more than 8 feet of balloons. We can’t get over those colors!

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson PhotographyWe love all things confetti, so we weren’t going to turn down an opportunity to use some. We hand-cut this confetti to fill balloons with and tied on some handmade tassels to finish it off.

Surprise weddings are so fun to plan because you have to keep it super quiet and figure out how to let all of your guests know why they’re there. When the guests arrived we handed out custom folded cards designed by the super talented EJD Design. She also created the surprise welcome sign, menus, favor tags, and did the calligraphy for our marble placecards.

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The ceremony ceiling tissue garland was one of our favorite elements of the day. We handmade over 300 feet of tissue garland in pink and gold. The garland made the most amazing soft rustling in the wind and gold garland glimmered from the sun’s reflection, it was magical! We also gave every guest a golden kazoo to help celebrate the couple when they were announced as newlyweds.

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Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson Photography

These menswear-inspired napkins from Honest Haven (my favorite west coast resource!) paired with the natural marble tile and gold calligraphy really captured the essence of the fancy luncheon. To brighten up the space and add a pop of color we brought in glassware in varying shades of blue. The blue of the napkins and glassware really made the floral pop!

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The most exciting of the day had to be the custom donut wall we built for them. Just looking at those donuts makes our mouth’s water. Yum!

Chicago Art Documentary Photography; Christian Wilson PhotographyHow perfect are these cake toppers? The groom actually handmade them, we’re so impressed!

Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Christian Wilson Photography
Venue: Homestead on the Roof
Florals: The Foxglove Studio
Hotel: Longman & Eagle
Paper Goods: EJD Design
Cake/Dessert: West Town Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linens: BBJ Linens
Napkins: Honest Haven
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli

Shawn Mendes Fragrance Launch Lounge!

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We had the awesome opportunity of working with Macy’s again this past week. And this time is was for a super special livestream with Shawn Mendes, complete with a lounging area, selfie station, scent bar, and prize wheel! We teamed up with Macy’s to help them with the styling of their lounge area for a special Q & A with Shawn Mendes!

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Vendors:
Styling & Rentals: Jayne Weddings & Events
Florals: Fleur
Pipe & Drape: Drape Kings

 

Bridesmaid Gift Guide

Last week, we talked about what gifts would be a good option for your groomsmen, but what about your girls? Shopping for your bridesmaids can have you feeling stressed out and drained, but we’re here to help. We’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite gifts for this wedding season. Remember, personal touches are key to a thoughtful gift any of your bridesmaids would love. AND many of the items below can be customized to fit the personality of your best gals.

Constellation Necklace

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Zodiac jewelry is always a safe bet when it comes to bridesmaids gifts but mix it up a bit and try these constellation zodiac necklaces by DaniqueTrends. They come in a few different metals and you can even change up the chain depending on your style.

Matching Floral Kimonos

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If I owned one of these kimonos I would wear it around my house all the time, seriously so cute! Your bridesmaids will totally appreciate these comfy kimonos and you can choose whichever color, pattern, or style suits you. We love these by Stokes and Rose.

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Every single thing on this website is my favorite, I wish I could have it all! These party clutches with an adorable pom pom would be the perfect gift for your bridesmaids, you could even throw in some cute nail polish, earrings, or mini champagne bottles to jazz it up a bit.

Personalized Hair Products by Function of Beauty

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Add a personal touch in an expected way with these shampoo/conditioner combos that can be customized to fit each of your girl’s haircare needs. Oh and we are totally in love with those bottles, so cool!

Lindsay Lewis Dia Cuff in Rainbow Moonstone

 

Matching bracelets can be a great way for each of your girl’s to remember your special day and thank them for being a part of it. These simple cuffs by Lindsay Lewis are a gorgeous option.

Tea Towel Sets

 

 

In our opinion, you can never have too many tea towels. There are so many different styles and color, you can find a set for each of your bridesmaids that fits their personal style. We’re in love with this Pomegranate Set by R&S Scullery and this Forest Set by Bourbon Moth.

 

 

 

 

 

Groomsmen Gift Guide

Figuring out what to get your groomsmen can be a daunting task. You want to make sure your gift shows them just how much you appreciate their help with making your wedding day a success while also not breaking the bank. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite groomsmen gifts that your guys would be thrilled to receive!

Leather Travel Bag – With Initials

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These leather travel bags would make any groomsman happy. The look, the feel, and quality of the leather will definitely resonated with your guys. And the personalization is that extra something that makes this gift perfect for all your groomsmen.

 Personalized Razor Blade Set with Tin Case

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Any groomsmen with facial haircare needs? Get them this gorgeous wood-handled razor with a personalized tin box for easy storage and a great size for traveling. Teals Prairie & Co. also has a number of other personalize items that could be perfect for your groomsmen.

Custom, Classically Constructed Ties from Lonesome Traveler

 

 

These gorgeous, custom-designed ties from Lonesome Traveler make the perfect groomsmen gift that they can not only wear for your wedding day, but also continue to wear after! As they are each handmade, you know you’re getting an excellent quality product and supporting an awesome craft.

Personalized Flask Set
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Another great option for your groomsmen are alcohol themed gifts. You could always snag a bottle of their favorite Whiskey, but why not give them something they’ll use for years to come? This beautiful flask set is personalized and looks totally modern. It’s easy for personalized flasks/glasses to get cheesy, but JuniperEngraving gave this set an air of sophistication with the modern initial style.

Canvas Duffel Bag

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A high quality duffel bag would make any of your groomsmen happy, and this personalized bag from Heritage Wedding is a great pick. They also come in sets so you can cut down costs a bit!

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