Bridal Events: Trunk Show

It’s a full week of trunk shows!  Take advantage of the benefits of a trunk show and make an appointment.  Why attend a trunk show?  You will get to see the designer’s entire collection as well as speak with a representative. Some designers offer discounts too!

Ulla-Maija Trunk Show
October 2 – 4th
 Saks Fifth Avenue
700 N Michigan Ave.
To RSVP, call 312.799.5205
Vineyard Trunk Show
October 2 – 6th
Priscilla of Boston
 17 W. 170 22nd St., Oakbrook Terrace
To RSVP, call 630.833.5000
Charsa Bridesmaid Trunk Show
October 3 – 5thVegas to Venice Bridal Boutique
 1223 W Diversey Pkwy.
To RSVP, call 312.850.0111
Pronovias Trunk Show
October 3 – 5th
Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
 1011 N Rush St.
To RSVP, call 312.787.0920
Amy Kuschel Trunk Show
October 3 – 5th
Macy’s State Street Bridal Salon
111 N State St.
To RSVP, call 312.781.3545
 10 percent off your Amy Kuschel purchase!

Fashion Show: Jenny Yoo

2009 collection for Jenny Yoo

You are cordially invited to join us for our annual private Fashion Show Preview for the 2009 Collection of bridesmaid dresses and alternative bridal gowns. Come join us for an evening of entertainment, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres and meet industry professionals to help plan for your special day. We will be offering exclusive promotions, prizes, and goodie bags for our brides-to-be.

Thursday, October 2nd

839 West Fulton Market
To RSVP, email

Ask the Bee: Tuxedo Shoes

You write that the shoes that men wear with their tux don’t have to be patent leather. I’d love to see what your husband wore, and even links to other formal footwear that you’d also recommend. Thanks! 

Although patent leather is the most popular, it is not the only option for men.  My husband opted to wear a formal leather oxford like the shoe below.  The shoe needs to be polished and sharp!  

However, if you do opt for the patent leather show, you can buy a pair, starting at $35 at Buy4LessTuxedo.

Bridal Event: Intimate Bridal Soiree

hosted by Atelier Bliss

September 29th

6 – 9 PM
Marigold Restaurant
4832 North Broadway

To RSVP, email

Explore the latest in Bridal luxury with some of Chicago’s top wedding vendors in the Asian elegance of Marigold restaurant. View jewelry by Junsui Designs and take in the floral work of Vale of Enna, all while enjoying the culinary delights of Hanuri Catering and Event Planning.

Ring Keeper

A place for everything, and everything in its place.
Before we were married, I knew that I wanted to find a special space to keep our rings.  I didn’t want to put them just anywhere!  I had seen quite a few ring holders on Etsy but none seem quite right for us.  
When we were in Antep, Turkey, we found the perfect container.  The design compliments my bedroom furniture, which was my grandmother’s as well as having a special meaning since we bought it on our honeymoon.  
So, if my husband and/or I are not wearing our rings, they are in here.  It’s a beautiful wooden box with mother of pearl in lay lined in red (my favorite color) velvet.

Designing the Perfect Marriage Ring

If you are a long time reader, you may recall that I had problem finding the perfect ring.  My dislike of solitaires along with my love of pave and antique cuts like asscher and cushion was very limiting when we went to a traditional jewelry store.  A wife of one of our groomsmen used to work at a store on Jeweler’s Row.  We decided to head there to see if they could help us.  

Denton called the store to set up appointment.  He told them that we were looking to design a ring.  One of the employees, Jeff, asked some information about what we wanted.  At the first appointment, we looked over some center stones.  I was so happy that he didn’t try to talk me into a more traditional cut (princess, round, etc.) and stuck to what had been discussed.  I finally found the perfect stone- a cushion cut diamond.  We both wish we had gone their sooner!  

Next up, Designing!  Designing a ring is not an easy task for someone with zero experience.  However, I brought in some pictures.  My requirements were:  pave, diamonds everywhere, no plain band, flourishes, dots.  Jeff assured us that he could come up with something perfect.

Our following appointment was to look over the paper designs.  I was still a little bit scared because the design on paper wasn’t quite proportional.  I thought that the prongs looked like giant fondant balls!  Jeff assured me that the ring would look great so we moved ahead with the wax mold. 

I would like to stay that when I saw the wax mold, I let out a huge sigh of relief.  I didn’t.  The mold was quite ugly.  Since there were diamonds all over the band, there were empty “pits” everywhere.  Plus, I couldn’t get the mold onto my finger so I had trouble figuring out exactly what it would look like on my hand.  (These pictures don’t do the mold justice- I had yet to find the proper setting on my camera.)

Jeff kept saying to use my imagination!  I was a little worried… but I had no reason.  It turned out perfectly!!

If you are interested in designing your own ring, I would highly recommend my jeweler.  

 Fredrick M. Gottlieb & Co.
67 E. Madison St.
Suite 1921

Bridal Events: Trunk Shows and Sample Sales

September 23 – 25th 
34 E. Oak St. 
To make an appointment, call 312.751.2222

Ines Di Santo Trunk Show
September 26 – 28th
Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
1011 N. Rush St., 3rd Floor
To make an appointment, call 312.787.0920 

Romona Keveza Trunk Show
September 26 – 28th
 Macy’s State Street Bridal Salon
111 N State St.
10 percent off all Romona Keveza dresses!
To make an appointment, call 312.781.3545

Must Take List

Have you heard about a must-take list?  It’s a list that many brides provide to their photographer of photos that they want shot on their wedding day.  If you are looking for a list, here is a great source.  

However, most photojournalists don’t use such a list.  They rather just shoot in the moment. (Besides, if you are paying a professional, they should know to take a photo of the cake cutting!)

Regardless of the photographer, it is important to provide them a list of important shots.  For example, my husband was wearing the first gift that I ever gave to him, cufflinks.  We both wanted to get a photo to remember that special detail.
It is really important to provide your photographer a list of the portraits you want taken.  This is easily one of the top ways that can make a wedding start to run behind schedule. I simply like a list like this:
  • Bride and Groom
  • Bride and Groom, Mother of the Bride (Liz) , Stepfather of the Bride (Brad)
  • Bride and Groom, Steve, Susan
  • Bride and Groom, Steve, Susan, Nick
Always list the name of the person.  Then, have the Best Man or Maid of Honor get people up there for the photos.  It is an easy task to delegate.