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10 TRENDS | When Saying 'I Do' Locally

#1 | Micro Weddings

210 Cedar, St. Charles

A micro wedding is an intimate, more personal wedding with a smaller group of close family and friends. 210Cedar is a boutique event space located in the Century Corners Historic Shopping District in downtown St. Charles. Exposed beams, natural light, and an outdoor space with a view of the city, make this venue a perfect space that is warm and inviting. It is a place where old memories can be shared, and new ones will be made with accommodations for up to 40 guests. Clients provide their own food and beverage.

#2 | The Great Outdoors

Norfolk Farm, Oswego

Dreaming of a wedding surrounded by white fences of lush green pastures filled with Kentucky Derby Bloodline Race Horses? Northfork Farm will make your dreams come true with elegant country outdoor wedding facilities. With beautifully appointed areas featuring mature trees, majestic flower gardens, rich green pastures with famous thoroughbred horses, and wonderful hospitality. Immediately following the ceremony, the tent and horse barn area will be available for cocktails, games, bonfire, and country dining.

#3 | Farm to Table

Heritage Prairie Farm, Elburn

Mother nature sets the perfect backdrop on a beautiful Certified Organic Farm. This all-inclusive venue specializes in completely original outdoor weddings through Farm to Table Cuisine. Throughout the planning process, they keep a very close eye on the Farm’s natural bounty. Then, the crew harvests when possible from their USDA Certified Organic Farm what can be interwoven into the personal taste of your menu. Then a customized menu is created from scratch to create a unique wedding.

#4 | Sustainability

Green Wedding Alliance, Chicago Area

Chicago's Green Wedding Alliance is a growing community of environmentally & socially responsible event vendors. They connect with conscious consumers for mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies & social events. The Alliance is a collaborative network of over 40 member vendors who strive to grow & inform others of their responsible business practices.

#5 | Warehouses

Warehouse 109, Plainfield

A new venue in an old warehouse. Featuring a spacious and flexible event space, meeting the need for an interesting venue to host your next event. WAREHOUSE: 109 provides many unique vignettes; including a gallery of antique motorcycles, a vintage bar, and a 1958 Airstream turned into a lounge. Over 4,000 square feet of interior space with an additional 2,000 square feet of courtyard space Create your own unique indoor/outdoor event for seated dinners of up to 150 guests, receptions for up to 200 guests and wedding ceremonies.

#6 | Sweet Tables

Vanilla Sugar Bakery, Glen Ellyn

Vanilla Sugar Bakery is a sister owned scratch bakery. All of their recipes have been crafted and tweaked for many years using only the finest and freshest ingredients. Which means there are no preservatives, fillers or additives in any of the products baked in the VSB Kitchen. Each and every morning they begin baking in the early morning hours so that you are always guaranteed the most incredible gourmet sweet eats. Unique treats.

#7 | Music Twist

Jim Perona, Classical Guitarist, Wheaton

With a repertoire that consisted of traditional wedding music, classical guitar staples and his growing list of contemporary arrangements, Jim has now arranged over 200 songs for solo guitar and features them prominently in his performances. The classical guitar performance technique combined with the familiarity of the repertoire has made for exciting performances and highly acclaimed awards. Jim has also been personally invited by John McDonough (Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO) to perform on multiple occasions for the Chicago Blackhawks organization at the United Center. Jim was also invited to perform for the United Center Concert Club, serving as the pre-concert act to headliners Fleetwood Mac.

#8 | Floral Photo Backdrops

Floral Wonders, Geneva/Batavia

Founder and creative force behind Floral Wonders, Eva Kamieniak's life has always been driven by her love of design. From those first drawing classes as a five-year-old to making clothes and furniture for her Barbies, she knew she loved the creative process. The journey that culminated in the opening of Floral Wonders includes interning at a milliner's shop, graduating from Harrington College of Interior Design in Chicago and hands-on experience in the world of interior design, photography and fashion. She specializes in Floral Backdrops for weddings and is passionate about flowers - all of them! From the lushest peonies to the most delicate ranunculus, with all the roses, lilies, tulips, and greens in between.

#9 | A Touch of History

Naper Settlement, Naperville

Naper Settlement was built in 1864, the charm and elegance of Century Memorial Chapel comes through in its original stained-glass windows and decorative hand stenciling. The curved buttresses, carved pews and globe lighting highlight the Gothic Revival style of architecture. Make some memories in one of Chicagoland’s only historic wedding chapels!

#10 | Bling In the Barn

Bling in the Barn, Geneva

Creative innovation is the heart and soul of providing a direct source to wedding props, customized wedding decor, and centerpieces for them to create inspirational designs for every client and to execute the vision flawlessly. They bring an innovative approach to each couples’ style. If you can dream it, they can build it, and believe in making the impossible possible. Their specialty is authentic and memorable celebrations, paired with unparalleled attention to detail, bespoke design, and flawless execution.





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