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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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

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

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!

 

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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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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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
Balloon Backdrop: Luft Balloons
Paper Goods: EJD Design
Cake/Dessert: West Town Bakery
Rentals: Tablescapes
Linens: BBJ Linens
Napkins: Honest Haven
Makeup/Hair: Debra Petrielli

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!