Our Top Picks for Wedding Favors

When it comes to providing favors for your guests, you want to make sure you find the sweet spot between too cheap and too expensive, while also giving something that is useful, interesting, or exciting. When in doubt, provide something that you love to use or would love to receive. We’ve compiled a list of fun favors that we hope will inspire you to come up with your very own unique ideas!

Mini Succulents
Whether in a small pot, teacup, or mason jar, mini succulents are a lovely favor to provide your guests! You can even customize them by writing your initials and wedding date on a tag or ribbon. If you want to take it one step further, you could write a cutesy phrase as well: “Watch Our Love Grow” or “Let Love Grow” are fairly popular.
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Providing your guests with food or snacks is always going to be a winner at weddings. If you choose popcorn, you actually have a couple of options, kernels or bags? If you choose kernels, try putting them in a funky jar with a catchy phrase: “Thanks for Popping by!” or “Our Love is Poppin’!” If you choose bagged popcorn, try printing custom stickers with your names and wedding date to put on your bags.
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Pickled Veggies
A step up from our popcorn kernel idea above; give your guests a jar of pickled veggies of your choice! Just find some cute mason jars and top with a custom sticker.  For some inspiration, here’s a favor display we put together with custom pickle favors for one of our favorite couples: Sara & Martin.
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Cocktail Recipe w/ Tool
If you featured signature cocktails at your reception, think about giving the recipe (if it’s a complex cocktail) as a favor. Throw in a fun cocktail tool for added value (think muddling stick, jigger, or strainer) Tie them together with some ribbon and you’ve got a great favor your guests will be sure to appreciate.
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Recipe Cards
Recipe cards are a great favor option, personalize them with your names and anniversary date. You can provide blank cards or fill them up with some of your favorite recipes you’d like to share. Whichever you choose, your guests will think of you each time they cook the dish! Check out these from Magnificent Milestones that we featured on Kelly & Bryant’s day.
Source: Laura Meyer Photography

Maybe you want to give favors that are meant to be used that night or at your reception? One of our brides, Emily, (see Chris & Emily’s full day here!) chose to provide her guests with customized boxes of confetti to throw during their grand exit. This is a super fun way to get your guests involved and ensures that your favors will not go to waste! Plus, confetti always looks gorgeous in photos.

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Sweets To-Go
A classic, no-stress favor will always be take home dessert. Simply place plain, or customized take-home boxes on your dessert table at the end of the night and watch your guests load theirs up! Get creative with your boxes to make a big impact. These triangle boxes are too fun!
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Have you received a favor at a wedding that just blew you away? Share with us below!

4 Must-Try Cocktails in Chicago

When it comes to cocktails, our Jayne Weddings team knows what’s up! While it was so difficult choosing from our extensive list of favorites, we eventually landed on 4 cocktails from our very favorite bars in Chicago and we want to share them with you!

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One cocktail that will remain on our list forever is La Paloma from Big Star. Known for it’s “garage party” vibe, Big Star is the perfect hangout to grab some cheap tacos and incredible cocktails. Now, if you don’t frequent Big Star you should know that their all around best seller is the Classic Margarita. While also an incredible cocktail, don’t let it distract you from La Paloma. La Paloma is an unexpected twist to a classic marg—the blend of Lunazul Blanco, lime, and grapefruit gives this cocktail a tart, refreshing, and crisp finish.

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Is it possible to create a list of Chicago’s best cocktail spots without naming The Violet Hour? We sure don’t think so. Violet Hour’s mysterious exterior, cozy interior and simple cocktails with a punch will have you adding everything on their menu to your favorites. Violet Hour is known for being difficult to find due to its unmarked door, but you may have better luck looking for their commissioned art pieces on the wall next to their door. Be sure to try the old classic ‘Briar Patch’. It’s been around since 2007 and it doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. The mixture of gin, lemon, and blackberry creates a fruity, floral cocktail masterpiece with a tart finish.

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Up next is a place that is part lounge bar and part restaurant: Celeste. The cozy nooks and luxurious, yet approachable menu give this place its charm. Though surrounded by many other bars, Celeste has them beat with its seductive atmosphere and comfy spaces, making it one of our favorites in River North. Our top cocktail pick has to be ‘Thai One On’. We do love our puns, but the combination of whiskey, thai basil, ginger, blueberry, and lemon have us sold. These unusual flavors will have us coming back time and time again.

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We’re rounding out our list with a fun tiki fave: Lost Lake. Heard of it? Located in the corner of Logan on Kedzie and Diversey, it’s definitely worth the visit. Though 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. If you’re looking for a single serving cocktail, try Tic-Tac-Taxi. With Aged Multi­-Island Rum, Overproof Jamaican Rum, Coconut, Passionfruit and Lime, it’s a perfect combination of strong, sweet, & tropical. If you’re with a group of friends, get a large drink to share (we suggest Ruby Mae’s Second Surfin’ Bird: Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Ruby Port, Campari, Pineapple, Lime and Passionfruit)! They even provide you with extra long crazy straws that’ll have you feeling like a kid again sip after sip.

Have a favorite of your own? Share it with us, we’re always looking to add new faves to our list!

Valentine’s Day Floral Buying Guide | CHICAGO

VDAYFLOWERGUIDEHey party people! Although flowers are lovely to get any day of the year, Valentine’s day is notorious for the day we are showered with the fragrant petals. This year, we wanted to help you or your lover to get it right. Skip the food store people, do not call FTD (booo, so lame), Chicago is FILLED with amazing floral shops that offer high quality flowers and unique gifts. This year, keep it local, you will be totally impressed and your lady or gent will be in awe of your awesomeness.

**Tip- if you call the flower shop and give them a budget + the colors / style you want they can put something together that will totally beat any thing you have ever seen before!**

Shops to give a try:

Fleur – 2651 n milwaukee avenue, chicago, il 60647 //773.395.2770

Pistil & Vine – 1924 north damen avenue chicago, il 60647  //  773.698.7287

Asrai Garden – 1935 w north ave, chicago, il 60622 // (773) 782-0680

Fox Glove Studio – although they do not have a store front, they will be hosting a pop up at Humbolt House on Saturday!

Field & Florist – although they do not have a store front, they will be hosting a pop up shop on Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Bicycle!

*we are just speaking of florist with flower shops in Chicago, there are many amazing and talented event & wedding florists not on this list. If you are a floral shop and would like to be added to this list, please let us know!

Inde Wed Recap | The 3rd Floor

Hello! We are back after the whirlwind that was this years Indie Wed! As you know (or can read about here) we were given an entire floor to coordinate and design! We wanted to bring the warmth  and radiance of the summer sun to Chicago for the day, and that is exactly what we did!  Guests got to experience a state of zen while sipping on bright libations in our mystically alluring Moroccan cabana created by Art of Imagination. Spa In Your Space provided complementary manicures and massages. Publican Quality Meats created global themed bites and Cage & Aquarium pumped in some killer tunes. Smilebooth was all the rage for folks with their gif booth & photo booth and Black Dog Gelato dished out some yummy summer time gelato! We created a lounge with luxurious furniture from Bowery and Bash, bright sunny smiley flowers from Foxglove Studio, a giant, beautiful (we wish it was our wedding cake) cake from Elysia Root Cakes.

indiewed_p1Jayne Weddings and Events worked closely with all the vendors to keep on theme. We created custom mood boards and color palates to help everyone see our vision!

We also created a custom tablescape for our Moroccan, Cali, summer time fling! Macrame runners, fur lined benches, terracotta plates, brass and gold metal votives, teals geometric salad plates, hand cut place cards, fresh fruits and orange sodas! Chicago Farm tables provided a gorg farm style table and benches and Janelle from ReFind Joy hand lettered the mirrors (from Chicago Vintage Weddings) for us, as well as provided the flower vessels on the table. Layers of Loveliness created beautiful calligraphy place cards, as well as some other signage around the room. We topped off each plate with a super cute tiny (REAL!) gold pineapple.

Our favorite design element of the day was definitely the fun and colorful ceiling installation that we created by hand just for this space. 900 feet of tissue fringe garland!!! Can someone please let us do this at their wedding! It was so pretty and moved with the rhythm of people walking around, I can envision this at an outdoor wedding in peaches, golds and whites, blowing in the breeze, ah, so gorg!

indiewed_p2We even created a custom backdrop for Smilebooth! Which we also had fun in! Whew, we were exhausted, but so pleased by the turn out of so many unique and in love couples!


A giant thank you to Julia Franzosa Photography for taking so many amazing pics of the floor, your use of lighting just gets us.

we also mixed in photos from Amanda Megan Miller Photography and Tuan H. Bui Photography, as well as some Insta pics. We are just so proud of this floor, we love all the different photographers takes on it, we couldn’t help ourselves!

Also a hug and a high five to Indie Wed for trusting us with the floor! It was such a blast to create something like this amongst such supportive peers!

Stay tuned for some fun DIY’s from the day to be blogged about in the coming weeks!

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year friends! This year has been such a good one! Our team grew larger, we finally finished our rebrand, we threw down on some super killer weddings (with even more photos to come!), had some work featured, and met so many amazing couples, new friends, and vendors we just adore.

Thank you for being part of it! High fives, hugs, and a giant champagne cheers!


Katie Jayne & The Jayne Weddings Team

Merry Chirstmas!

From all of us at Jayne Weddings and Events, including Belle the resident dog intern and director of cheer , We hope you have yourself a Merry Little Chirstmas! 

We are so happy to be able to spend this time with our friends and family, cuddled up by the fire reflecting on the reason for the season and sipping hot cocoa. We hope you and yours have a lovely day, remember to take a moment today from all the gifts and booze and sweet treats and think about what we are really celebrating.

Also, as our gift to you, you must check out this funny photog who dresses up a Belle look alike in some pretty lavish settings!

Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving Fashion Guide

Our favorite fashion lady is back and she is making sure you look super fly this thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is almost here. We couldn’t be more psyched. A holiday that celebrates overeating and being grateful. Sign us up!

Let’s start with the most taxing. The outfit. (Did you think we were going to say turkey, who cares about turkey?) Thanksgiving is the time to be thankfully-stressed-out at the thought of seeing or potentially meeting your future extended family. And yes, you, the next Mrs. in the fam will be on display. Feeling good about how you look is crucial to surviving the day. Whether they’re as conservative as the Cleavers or as eccentric as the family from Beetlejuice, we’ve concocted the perfect look for you.

On the bright side, there’s always Friendsgivings. Friendsgivings are amazing. They combine the greatest things: your favorite people, your favorite foods, and lot’s of alcohol. Does life get any better than that? Before you attend this year’s Friendsgiving make sure you review the official rules, (yes there are rules).

And if you have the distinct honor of hosting Friendsgiving, keep these simple rules in mind: prep ahead of time, decorate pumpkin chic, Cards Against Humanity, and of course wear the cutest apron.


We like to call this “I’m conservative, but also a little artsy…”

look12Skirt & Shirt: ASOS | Earrings: House of Harlow | Bracelet: Kate Spade | Shoes: Nordstrom | Bag: Anthropologie

The “Yes, I’m a total bad ass, but a really pretty one”

look2Dress: Ralph Lauren | Shoes: L.A.M.B. | Braclets: By Boe | Jacket: Zara | Clutch: Loeffler Randall

The outfit that Katie Jayne would want to wear, that girl loves a killer pair of pants:

look3Shirt: Zara | Pants: RTA | Jacket: ASOS | Shoes: Aldo | Ring: Humbolt House

Some of our favorite aprons (it was SO hard to choose!!) :

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Written by : Christine Cottrell
Currated by: Katie Jayne

Featured | HoneyBook Vendor Spotlight

Happy Friday Y’all!

We are thrilled to have our interview with HoneyBook featured on their blog! HoneyBook is our all time, newest, most favorite, lovely, killer, awesome thing ever! It basically keeps us organized and helps us write proposals quicker then ever, which gives us more time for, you know, the good stuff, the glitter and nails stuff! Its also super well designed and very user friendly, which makes our hearts sing!

Check it out here!

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 7.44.40 AMOur awesome head shots were taken by Tru Studios! Thanks Guys!

Emmy Fashion | Recap 2014

We are super excited to be starting a new section to our blog – FASHION! The fact that we haven’t already covered this is absolutely mind blowing. While we love shopping and all things fabric, Jayne Weddings & Events has decided to bring on writer and blogger  Christine Cottrell ! She will be sharing the latest trends, hot splurge/steals and so much more! To get us started off, she is helping us sift thru all those red carpet looks seen at this past weeks Emmy Awards! 

Take it away Christine!

Did you catch the Emmys? For fashion’s sake, we hope so. We’ve created our very own awards for the most notable, pinable gowns of the night. We sure wish Rent the Runway could get their hands on these dresses!

The “most fab crop top that God has ever put on this earth” award goes to Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano


The “making maternity glam” award goes to Hayden Penettiere in Octavio Carlin. (We actually might get pregnant just so we can wear this…might) –


The “nude dress that’s even sexier than your Birthday suit” (and honestly, that’s hard to come by) award goes to Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad


This year we were delighted to see a whole new category. For “being able to “walk the red carpet” and “down the aisle” in the same dress” (and in that order, of course) award goes to Kristen Wiig in Vera Wang, Lucy Lui in Zac Posen, and finally, Syd Wilde in we don’t know, but it’s smoking!


The “O.M.G I want that back and tail” award goes to Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier


There was a tie for the “So vogue” award. It goes to Uzo Aduba in Christian Siriano, and Kate Walsh in Stephane Rolland Haute Couture


The “I want to hate it, but I think I love it, but I still can’t decide” award goes to Alicia Quarles in Dany Atrache


And last but certainly not least, the “secretly slutty yet sophisticated” award goes to Debra Messing in Angel Sanchez


All pictures are courtesy of Hollywood Life.

– Christine Cottrell