Alex + Ryan | A Love-Filled Chicago Wedding

One of the sweetest couples deserves the sweetest weddings and that’s exactly what Team Jayne set out to create when Alex + Ryan hired Jayne Weddings for the design and coordination of their special day. The bride, Alex, wore the most beautiful vintage-inspired dress with a one-of-a-kind hairpiece tucked into her classic up-do. While Ryan kept it simple and stylish with an all black tux and white patterned tie.

Though it did end up raining, that didn’t deter these two from getting some amazing shots around the city (those umbrella pics are to die for!) This couple is seriously so in love and loved by many! We were blown away by how many people contributed to make Alex & Ryan’s day something really special. Alex’s cousin stepped up as the officiant, Ryan’s boss provided the florals, and Ryan’s brother painted a gorgeous (check out the photos below!) mural of the couple that was hung in the ceremony/reception space. Alex’s sister also surprised the couple with a hot dog cart late night snack.

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We are so in love with this hand-painted 6ftx6ft canvas painting done by the groom’s brother (and brother’s girlfriend). How amazing are those colors!?

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One of our favorite design elements had to be these long floral centerpieces (from Italian Court Flowers, Inc.) that were placed on each table. The darker colors and and different use of flowers really worked well in the room to give it an enchanting feel.

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Vendors:
Event Design & Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Iron + Honey
Florist: Flowers for Dreams & Italian Court Flowers Inc.
Music: Chicago Grove Collective
Venue: Prairie Production
Catering: Fig Catering
Transportation: Windy City Limos
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Beverages: Prestige Liquors
Hair/Makeup: Arch Apothecary

 

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Introducing Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Pantone recently announced their pick for 2018 Color of the Year and we’re feeling so inspired by it! Ultra Violet—a rich, bold, and thoughtful purple shade that will give depth to any space or color palette it’s paired with.

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Pantone on their choice of Ultra Violet for 2018: Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own. For more on Ultra Violet, visit Pantone!

As we start incorporating this gorgeous purple into our projects, we thought we’d look back at way we’ve already used it in the past!

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Gorgeous, lush greenery with accents of light pink and ivory blooms are taken to the next level with a brilliant violet added in.

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Adding in a few deeper tones to complement the violet blooms (like this deep blue-violet) really help elevate this look to create a warm, inviting palette.

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We love mixing our metals and find that adding in an unexpected twist (like these copper mugs and chargers) really bring this color palette together in the most interesting way.

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To achieve a bright, bold color palette using Ultra Violet as the focus, consider adding in a few other bold colors to balance it out. In this case, we’ve added pinks, oranges, blues, and peaches to create one of our favorite floral bouquets of all time.

How do you plane to use Pantone’s Color of the Year? Share with us, we’d love to see!

Fallon + Matt | A Classic, Timeless Chicago Wedding

Today we get to share the wedding of a special couple with such timeless style. Fallon + Matt hired Jayne Weddings for month-of coordination and their classic aesthetic was one we could definitely get behind.

If you know Team Jayne, you know we’re all about new trends and exciting, over-the-top creations, but we also love the opportunity to bring class and elegance to our events. Which is why we’re totally in love with Fallon + Matt’s Chicago wedding at Architectural Artifacts.

Their classic, simple taste with a little east coast flair created an intimate day filled with love, celebration, and a jar of Old Bay for each table. ;) Cage & Aquarium did a lovely job capturing the day and we’re so excited to share with you!

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Vendors:
Event Coordination: Jayne Weddings & Events
Photography: Cage & Aquarium
Venue: Artifact Events
Catering: Hearty Boys
Paper Goods: Minted
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Hair: Solo Salon
Keyboard: Midwest Sound
Lighting: Event Brilliance
Florist: Flowers for Dreams

 

Altars, Backdrops, Donut Walls & More!

One of our most favorite past-times is crafting, which is why most of our events include at least some element of creating. Whether it be a custom altar, photobooth backdrop, or dessert wall, we’ve seen it all! We’re so excited to share with you a few creations that we’ve built throughout the years!

Jess + Brandon – Donut Wall

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Let’s start off with a bang—and donuts! We built this gorgeous donut wall for our baby sis’ wedding this past summer in PA and it has to be one of our favorite creations ever. The greenery, floral, the word love, oh and don’t forget the donuts! Simple but stunning!

Jenna + Phil – Ribbon Tree Altar

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If you’re not getting married in a church (which is a lot of couples these days), creating an altar or backdrop for your ceremony space will definitely be on your to-do list. Remember that sometimes simple is better (and easier!). For Jenna & Phil’s wedding in California a couple years ago we decided to keep it simple and hang delicate strands of ribbon from a gorgeous, and gigantic oak tree. It always pays off to be creative and use what mother nature gives you.

Indie Wed 2013 – Neon Orange Chevron Painted Wall

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We loved putting together this Indie Wed setup a few years ago. The mix of the vintage table and chairs with our crazy painted (yep, hand-painted!) backdrop helped to create those awesome layers of character.

Amy + Ben – Geometric Floral Photobooth

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We love the opportunity to collaborate with other talented creatives! We worked with Fleur to create this special hanging geometric & floral backdrop for SmileBooth. So fun!

Marissa + Will – Balloon Wall

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For those eccentric and indie brides: balloon walls are totally in right now! For our take on the balloon wall craze (which could not have been created without the expertise and creativity of our friend Elaine from Luft Balloons), we went with super fun, summery colors for Marissa & Will’s brunch wedding. Adding in a large gold XO brought the whole wall together to create something memorable and exciting.

Indie Wed 2015 – Smilebooth Backdrop

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We crafted this moroccan themed photobooth (out of hand-cut pieces of cardboard which we them painted) during Indie Wed a couple years ago for our friends over at Smilebooth!

Katie + Jeremy – 1000 Floating Cranes

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This incredible ceremony backdrop is one of our favorites to date and was created from 1000 paper cranes with the help of some of our favorite vendors! The cranes were folded by the groom’s sons, measured and strung by us at Jayne Weddings, assembled and hung by Elegant Event Lighting, and topped with a beautiful garland from our favorites at Fleur.

Jenny + Eamon – Hand-painted Altar

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We are always blown away by how creative our brides (and grooms!) are and Jenny & Eamon are not exception. Jenny (a super talented artist and designer) created almost everything for her wedding day with her own two hands. That includes this beautiful hand-painted altar-piece. Just perfect for their loft wedding in Chicago.

 

Keith + Jenine – White Palms Altar

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For Keith & Jenine’s 60’s inspired, Bossa Nova celebration, we brought in these incredible white leather palm trees to frame their ceremony space. Those large leaves really bring depth and dimension to the space and make a bold statement.

Travel-Themed Styled Shoot – Gold Backdrop

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We built this gold geometric backdrop for one of our very favorite travel-inspired styled shoots. Paired with trinkets, gorgeous florals, and that one-of-a-kind cake, this backdrop adds another layer of texture and excitement to this shoot.

 

 

Styling Your Holiday Bar Cart!

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A couple weeks ago Team Jayne partnered with Macy’s to help style two different holiday themed bar carts: one modern styling and one traditional. We are so excited to share with you what we created and to give you all a little inspiration for creating your very own holiday bar cart!

Almost everything we used came from Macy’s. We had a blast running around the store grabbing gorgeous things to use on these carts. If you haven’t been to their State Street location, you must go! Its a holiday wonderland right now!

When it comes to styling your holiday bar cart, it’s all about those details! Don’t be afraid to get inspired by items you already have laying around the house, like fun straws, coasters, or drink stirrers. For a modern styling, try mixing your metal and textures, as we’ve done with our gold and copper accents. We chose a cheeky holiday phrase to write on our sign that will serve as a focal point for the entire cart.

For a more traditional styling, stick with more obvious holiday decor, like greenery, stockings, ornaments, etc. Unlike our modern styling, less is more here. Don’t overdo it with too many knick knacks, just a few here and there will give your bar cart the perfect amount of holiday cheer! We image this bar cart sitting in an entry way or living room! A place to toss your keys or grab an extra blanket to snuggle up with your honey for a Christmas movie.

We even had a visit from our little helper, Cole! Happy Holidays & Happy Styling!

Wedding Budgeting | Do’s & Don’ts

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When working with couple’s one thing we frequently notice is that the biggest concern they have is their budget; how much it should be, when to save, when to splurge, etc. We can totally understand the hesitancy as weddings are not cheap! It can be stressful determining how much to spend, but even if your budget is on the lower side, you don’t have to settle for less than your perfect dream wedding. Having a smaller budget just means you need to be a little smarter with your funds. We’ve put together some of the biggest Wedding Budgeting Do’s & Don’ts and some tips on where you should save and where you should splurge when it comes to allocating your funds.

Do’s & Don’ts

DO: Talk about it

Before finalizing your budget, make sure that you communicate with everyone who will be contributing so that everyone is on the same page from the get go. This will save you (and your contributors) a lot of headaches later on.

DO: Break it down

After finalizing your overall wedding budget, it’s important to start thinking about how you will allocate all of your funds. Discussing what is important to you vs. what you could do without will help you determine what percentage of your budget should be put towards each vendor.

DON’T: Assume others will contribute

Assumptions can cause a lot of anxiety later down the line, especially when it comes to paying for your wedding. Be clear and direct with those who may be contributing to your budget and don’t put down any deposits or sign any contracts without knowing 100% what your overall budget will be, contributions and all!

DO: Ask lots of questions

When selecting your vendors be sure you ask them a lot of questions. Make sure you understand what is included in your package, if there are any hidden fees, or if there are any additional items that could tack on to the overall cost.

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Where to Splurge

Photography

Don’t skimp on the photographer! While you may not be able to afford your dream photographer, you shouldn’t settle for much less. After your wedding day is over, you’ll be looking at these photos for years to come and you want to really love your photographs. This is not to say that a “budget” photographer will bring you sub-par photos, but be realistic when determining your photography budget.

Venue

One of your biggest expenses will be your wedding venue. Save costs by having the ceremony and reception in the same location, but choose a place you love that will set the mood for your big day! By choosing the right venue, you could turn around and save costs on your decor and rentals depending on what is included in the package.

DJ

You’ll notice that most of our “splurge” items have to do with creating the perfect setting. Choosing a good DJ is crucial to creating the right atmosphere for your day. Read reviews before booking and make sure they come highly recommended. It’s hard to save a reception with a bad DJ, so go ahead and splurge!

Where to Save:

Skip the Saturday

Many venues charge a much lower price to have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday and we’ve been noticing a trend of Friday weddings recently. Always check with your immediate family and important guests before booking, but you can really save on your costs if you don’t nail yourself down to having a Saturday wedding.

Guest List

If all of your bills are starting to add up and you’re worried about accommodating all of your wedding expenses, consider lowering the guest count. This will not only save on food/beverage costs the day of, it will also shave off some money from Invitations, Favors, Save the Dates, etc.

Menu

Opt for a simpler menu to save on food costs. Try two courses instead of three, serve family style, or even go for a buffet-style if your event is more casual. Simplifying your menu will help your cost-per-guest decrease drastically!

 

7 Cozy Spots to Visit in Chicago This Winter

Whether you’re out starting your Christmas shopping or wandering the Chicago streets admiring the gorgeous holiday lights, you’re bound to want a nice, cozy spot to warm up and relax with a nice cup of coffee or maybe even a specialty cocktail. We’re sharing 5 of our favorite spots we cozy up in during these brutal Chicago winters. Hit them all or just a couple, but stay warm this winter!

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This coffee shop in Humboldt Park is a must visit for those who want a comfy, cozy, and quaint spot to lounge in after being out in the Chicago weather. It’s the perfect storm of rustic, inviting, and warm. Oh, not the mention they have an amazing selection of delicious offerings: everything from lattes to macchiatos and they even serve Doughnut Vault treats!

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Located on the north side of the city in Andersonville, Hopleaf has an extensive beer list and a surprisingly hearty (and delicious) food menu. Their Reuben with steak frites can’t be beat! So grab a beer and a menu and take a seat in the dining room next to their wood-burning fireplace and you’ll be sure to warm up this winter.

Lost Lake

Similar to its brother bar Three Dots & a Dash (actually, Paul McGee ran Three Dots before venturing out to open Lost Lake), there are some striking differences that will convince you to visit if we haven’t already. If you’ve been to Three Dots & a Dash, perhaps you can guess what Lost Lake’s decor will look like: a tiki, neon, leafy heaven (if Jayne Weddings owned a bar, this would be it). This is where the similarities stop as Lost Lake’s list of cocktails is full of deeper, darker tiki cocktails that are a little less accessible, though they do have the signature fruit skewers, crazy straws and umbrellas with each drink.

The Library (located beneath Gilt Bar)

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You’ll find this next spot hidden below Gilt Bar giving it an almost speakeasy-esque vibe. Filled with quaint lounge areas (and velvet couches!), vintage library decor, and upscale menu. The candlelit lighting and 20+ specialty cocktails will certainly warm you up on those cold Chicago nights.

Cherry Circle Room

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Located on the 2nd floor of Chicago Athletic Association, Cherry Circle Room is the place to be for a refined, rustic food menu and rotating menu of specialty cocktails (with a focus on American and Scotch whiskey. Not to mention the space itself is so inviting. It’s intimate decor and combination of historic and modern elements is why it’s made our list of cozy places.

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With 3 locations (Fulton Market, River North, and Streeterville), Beatrix should be a must visit this winter even if it’s only to try their incredible lemon pancakes. What’s great about Beatrix is that they’ve combined a bakery/cafe with a modern american eatery and wine bar, so you’ll be able to satisfy all of your cravings no matter when you visit!

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If you find yourself in Logan Square and in need of a coffee fix, check out Gaslight Coffee Roasters. Known for their always rotating selection of house-roasted coffee but they have some incredible pastries and cookies as well! So stop in for a warm cup and enjoy this quaint, cozy neighborhood coffee shop.

 

#GivingTuesday is Nov. 28th! | Here’s How to Give to Those in Need

In honor of Giving Tuesday, we wanted to share a list of awesome organizations that are currently accepting donations. For those that don’t know, Giving Tuesday is celebrating it’s 6th year on November 28th and they are truly inspirational. During a time that is usually filled with Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, Giving Tuesday works to give back to those in need and raise awareness for how others can get more involved in their communities.

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A little more about Giving Tuesday:

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources

Below you’ll find a short list of organizations or businesses in the city of Chicago who are accepting donations for a variety of items. Give a little or give a lot, just remember the most important thing is to get involved in some way and help raise awareness through your time, donations, gifts, or voice!

Fleur
773-395-2770 | info@fleurchicago.com
What they’d love to receive: Women & children’s clothing including Coats, Boots, Hats, Gloves, Sweaters, Socks – and even some self care items including yoga mats, slippers, transit cards & toiletries
Who they’re helping: Connections for Abused Women & their Children
  

Roses by Mo

To contact: Direct Message via Instagram
What they’re offering: Beautiful framed rose artwork, check out instagram to see more lovely pieces they’ve created already.
Who they’re helping: Planned Parenthood

I Grow Chicago
312-286-7392 | contact@igrowchicago.org
What they’d love to receive: Donate online or choose items from their wish list!
Who they’re helping: I Grow Chicago aims to create an environment to connect and belong in order to foster wellness, justice, and dignity for all.Through community connection, skill building, and resource access, we promote collective healing and empowerment.

Cradles to Crayons
312-767-1008 | communitychicago@cradlestocrayons.org
What they’d love to receive: Clothes, shoes,toys, books and school supplies and nursery items
Who they’re helping: Low income & homeless children from birth to age 12
Where: Multiple!

Sarah’s Circle
773-728-1991 ext. 301
What they’d love to receive: Toiletries (trial size): toothbrushes/toothpaste, mouthwash, shower caps, women’s razors, shampoos, conditioner, lotions, etc…
Who they’re helping: Homeless women
Where: 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Suite #220

Bridge to Success
312-733-9742
What they’d love to receive: Men & Women’s professional/business clothing (especially plus size, tall, and men’s shoes) and contemporary/in season men & women’s casual clothing, shoes, and accessories. Clothing must be clean and in good condition
Who they’re helping:  Low/no-income men, women, and youth job-seekers
Where: 1236 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Computers for Schools
800-939-6000
What they’d love to receive: Computers and cell phones
Who they’re helping: Schools and other nonprofits, both city and suburbs
Where: 3053 N. Knox, Chicago, IL

5 Stunning Floral Alternatives to Bridesmaids Bouquets

We’re always on the lookout for the “next big thing” and thinking outside the box for your wedding florals is always on trend. Rather than having your bridesmaids carry around flowers in the from of bouquets, why not try one of these stunning floral pieces instead? From necklaces to crowns to arm cuffs, there are so many incredibly unique ways to incorporate florals into your bridesmaids attire you’ll never go back to bouquets!

Fresh Floral Necklaces

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Rather than have your bridesmaids carry their flowers around, why not have them wear them in the form of a stunning floral necklace? We’d wear it everyday! Love ‘n Fresh Flowers put together this lovely piece, captured by Love Me Do Photo.

Floral Arm Cuff

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We are completely blown away by these boho-chic arm cuffs by Bella Lu Floral and Organically You Events. Captured beautifully by Our Love is Loud.

Floral Crown

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While Floral Crowns aren’t anything new, this is a stunning option for brides or bridesmaids! From one of our very favorite weddings: Sarah + George. From the incredible Bloom Babes and photography by Let’s Frolic Together.

Floral Bracelet

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Skip the wrist corsage and instead have your bridesmaids (or mother, grandmothers, etc.) sport a beautiful bracelet, like this one from Valley Flora.  Thanks to Cliff Brunk Photo for capturing this lovely fresh floral bracelet.

Floral Hair Clip

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If you’re looking a more subtle hairpiece than a full crown, consider having your girls sport a fresh floral comb, like this one from Elizabeth Goes and Raconteur Photography.