Justine M Couture Trunk Show at Bella Bleu

Looking to find that perfect accessory to tie together your look for the big day? Join Bella Bleu for mimosas and sweets on June 7th and 8th as you browse through the lastest bridal accessories from Justine M Couture.  Orders placed at the trunk show will receive an extra 10% off!

JMC products can be found in the finest bridal salons across the globe, showcasing their vintage inspired and classic collections. The British bridal company’s designs would be the perfect addition to add that extra wow factor to your special day look. Whether it’s a beaded belt, jewel encrusted headband or stunning chandelier earrings, JMC provides unique and elegant products that are timeless.   Check out more accessories at Justine M Couture.


143 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068

BHLDN Sample Sale

What: BHLDN Sample Sale
Where: 8 E Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
When: Sunday, June 2 from 8am-11am
Why: WHY NOT?!

BHLDN is having a short, but super sweet sample sale! Hurry in-store to get deals like gowns priced anywhere from $100-$200, and check out a limited selection of event dresses and shoes for as low as $25! All items are final sale, but there is no limit on how much you can purchase, so shop ’til you drop, ladies! 

Do a Favor, Receive a Favor

I love it when a bride decides that her wedding favors will be a donation to her favorite charity. The gift is heartwarming, and shows gratitude on behalf of the couple. If you are still on the fence about giving guests an actual gift versus a charitable donation, the following ideas prove that both are possible. 

1. Truffles for a Cause

This organization supports many significant causes, including medical, animal and humanitarian charities. After donating, you will receive chocolate truffles as wedding favors in return. 

2. Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation has plenty of gifts to give, including these adorable gift trees. Donate “green” and find the gift that makes the most sense for your guests here

3. Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings is one of my favorites! This local green company naturally makes honey and creates skin care products that are infused with honey. The best part? They offer jobs to previously incarcerated individuals. Find out more about Sweet Beginnings and shop here

4. Greyston Bakery

Proceeds from these delicious purchases will go toward supporting community outreach and job training programs. Buy brownies, cookies and more treats here

5. Chocomize 

After customizing chocolate bars with 5 of your favorite ingredients, you can select 3 different charities to donate toward. Now you and your groom can finally agree on something. 🙂 Create your dream chocolate bar here!

Get to Know Us: Maranda

We started a weekly series where you can get to know each of the planners at Honey Bee Weddings.  This week, we are featuring Maranda Janky!

Brunch or Dinner? Dinner
I can’t leave my house without… My Black Berry, my Chanel sunglasses, & my lipstick
Favorite Vacation Spot? The Caribbean  St. Thomas & St. Martin are absolutely beautiful. I plan to go to Paris someday, so my favorite “vacation Spot’ may change in the future. 🙂
When I’m not wedding planning, I’m… Watching Chicago sports! I’m a huge Hockey, Football, & Baseball fan.
China pattern? Anything vintage! I love all vintage patterns & colors. 
Best wedding favor… Candle tumblers
Summer or Winter? Winter! Since living in Chicago my whole life, the cold weather has grown on me and tends not to both me much.
Favorite Chicago Landmark? There’s no specific ‘landmark’ that I enjoy more than another, but I do love and will always love the Chicago Skyline. 
When I need inspiration, I… Go to style.com and look up the latest fashions & trends going on right now. 
Style Icon? Rachel Zoe
Wedding Dress Designer? Vera Wang

musings #4

I think I need to add this to my stationary wardrobe. Oscar de la Renta has collaborated with Paperless Post (my favorite way to send online invitations). The entire collection is fantastic, especially when you look at the inspiration directly from the runways.  LOVE!

I know that this is old news but I loved the Met Gala this year.  My favorite look was the always flawless Sarah Jessica Parker.  I created a board on Pinterest with some of our favorite looks (and a few misses) from the night!

Virtue is hosting a trunk show tonight to unveil their Anne Sportun line at their trunk show! The event is a wonderful opportunity to view the abundance of jewelry from the line.  Virtue will be providing sips and specially requested sweets will be on hand! Excited yet? They’ll also be offering 10% off during the event. 

Friday, May 17th
4 – 8PM
2034 N Damen Avenue
RSVP is kindly requested at info@virtuchicago.com or 773.235.3790. 

I have been constantly looking at Saturday, Kate Spade’s new line.  These sneaks caught my eye with the fab abstract design.

Happy 5th Anniversary to my wonderful husband.  

Whitney Alyssa Trunk Show at Bella Bleu

Bella Bleu will be hosting a Whitney Alyssa trunk show from May 31st until June 1st. When you place an order for one of Whitney Alyssa’s beautiful, handcrafted pieces at the show, you will receive 10% off! The day includes mimosas and discounted shopping for accessories…you don’t want to miss this! Make your appointment now by calling 847.696.7152.
Whitney Alyssa Trunk Show
May 31st – June 1st
Bella Blue
143 N. Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Get to Know Us: Laura

We started a weekly series where you can get to know each of the planners at Honey Bee Weddings.  This week, we are featuring Laura Susin Koo! 

Brunch or Dinner? Brunch, especially when it’s a combination of sweet and savory 
I can’t leave my house without… My iPhone!
Favorite Vacation Spot? Kauai, Hawaii
When I’m not wedding planning, I’m… Spending time with my 1-year old daughter
China pattern? I’m not a China type of girl, but I love the set of vintage candlewick dishes that belonged to my grandmother
Best wedding favor… Heart shaped Pez dispensers 
Summer or Winter? Neither – I love fall!
Favorite Chicago Landmark?  The Art Institute
When I need inspiration, I… Read through my favorite blogs
Style Icon? If I had a limitless budget, I would model my wardrobe after Charlotte from Sex & the City – I love how feminine and classic her style is
Wedding Dress Designer? I’ve always loved Melissa Sweet and all of the vintage touches she incorporates into her design

Coolest Wedding Venues in America

While browsing around the internet, I found a BuzzFeed post highlighting the coolest venues to get married in America. Chicago’s own Cafe Brauer is #3 on the list! Take a look at the post here to see the 22 venues. And the photographer that they used is one of my favorites too.  

What is your dream wedding venue? Comment below and let us know! 

Happy Anniversary, Honey Bee Weddings!!

Happy Anniversary Honey Bee Weddings! 

I cannot believe that today is our sixth anniversary.  While I’d love to say that I’m drinking Veuve all day, I’m working like crazy!  All of the details for Saturday’s wedding that need to be finalized.  We also have two new clients (hurrah!) which means I have a huge reading pile to familiarize myself with the contracts.  Oh, and I have a new assistant starting today and another one starting on Friday.

I am not big on reflecting on my past.  It’s been a wild ride the past five years and I’m so excited to see what Year Six will bring to us.  Besides shifting the focus on my blog (more on my life as a wedding planner), I am eager to continue planning more weddings!

Get to Know Us: Shelly

We started a weekly series where you can get to know each of the planners at Honey Bee Weddings.  This week, we are featuring Shelly Rothstein! 

Brunch or Dinner? Dinner
I can’t leave my house without… My iPhone
Favorite Vacation Spot? Maui, Hawaii
When I’m not wedding planning, I’m… In an ice rink watching my boys play hockey!
China pattern? My Rosenthal princess china pattern
Best wedding favor… Donations to charities (Cards placed at each table that state donations have been made to a specific charity in each guest’s name – in lieu of party favors.)
Summer or Winter? Summer
Favorite Chicago Landmark? The Art Institute of Chicago
When I need inspiration, I… Read O, Oprah’s magazine
Style Icon? Coco Chanel
Wedding Dress Designer? Vera Wang