Kelly Faetanini Trunk Show

Jenny Yoo is hosting a Kelly Faetanini Trunk Show from September 10th-12th.  It will be an amazing event as they are including Kate John Artistry Brides. Brides that book a complimentary appointment, will also get a 30 minute hair and make-up consultation.  To finish the look, stylists from Alexis Bittar will also be on hand to help accessorize!
Kelly Faetanini Trunk Show
September 10th to 12th
Jenny Yoo 
300 West Superior Street
Chicago

An Afternoon of Bridal Luxury

This is one of my favorite events of the year.  I wouldn’t miss it!

Modern Luxury Brides 
Afternoon of Bridal Luxury
October 4th
Oak Street and Michigan Ave.

For a day of shopping with a heart, please join CS Brides for the Afternoon of Bridal Luxury, 
the ninth-annual charitable wedding walk sponsored by Modern Luxury Brides. 

Shop to the sounds of Cagen Music as you feast your senses on couture gowns, breathtaking jewels, haute cuisine by Paramount Events, delectable cakes, and exquisite florals provided by The Flower Firm.

Brides will receive a luxury tote bag filled with extraordinary gifts from Oak Street’s most exclusive bridal destinations. The walk begins at The Private Dining Rooms at Spiaggia. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

To purchase tickets, click here. RSVP required.


Minted Spring Event and Giveaway

From now until Monday, March 16th, Minted is having a sale! They are offering 15% off of the entire site – from invitations to save the dates, everything is on sale. 

But wait, it gets better: I am raffling off two fabulous prizes: one lucky winner will win $250 towards Minted and one runner up will receive $100 towards Minted! To enter, all you have to do is comment below with your name and tell us what you would buy from Minted. I will announce the two lucky winners on Monday, April 13th.

If you need some inspiration, check out these gorgeous designs, or click here to explore the site yourself!

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Win Tickets to Martha Stewart Wedding Party

Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party is headed back to Chicago on Sunday, March 22nd and you are cordially invited! Hosted at the Ritz-Carlton here in Chicago, this exclusive event will feature mini-demonstrations like crafting a boutonniere, creating the perfect mixology drink, designing floral arrangements, tying a bowtie, and more! 

Did I mention that Lauren Conrad will be there to showcase her bridesmaid line Paper Crown?  

I‘m giving away two tickets (originally $65 each) to this fabulous event to two lucky readers! To enter, just comment with your name and what you’re most looking forward to at this fab party! I will announce the winners on Friday, March 20th.

March 22nd 11-3PM
Ritz-Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street
Water Tower Place
Chicago 

To buy tickets, click here.

Envelope Etiquette 101

Are you wondering what to do when addressing an invite to someone who kept their maiden name? Or if a couple is living together but unmarried? Addressing envelopes is probably one of the questions that I answer over and over again.



Married couple with the same last name

Outer: The husband’s full name (no nicknames), preceded by “Mr. and Mrs.”
Inner: Don’t use first names; in this case, it would read Mr. and Mrs. Harbin

Example:
Mr. and Mrs. William Harbin
9319 Oak Bluff
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Married couple with children under 18 living at home

Outer: Children’s names are left off the outer envelope
Inner: “Mr. and Mrs. Burleson” on the first line; children’s first names on a line below

Example:

    Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Burleson
    125 Magnolia Circle
    Birmingham, Alabama 35213


    Married couple in which the woman has kept her maiden name

    Outer: The wife’s name appears first, on its own line; “and” indicated marital status
    Inner: Place “Ms. Olsen” on the top line; “and Mr. Hayes” is written below

    Example:

      Ms. Olivia Olsen
      and Mr. Ethan Hayes
      62 Waterfront Road
      Seattle, Washington 98118


      Married couple in which the woman is a doctor

      Outer: The woman’s name is placed first, if the husband is also a doctor, the address is either “The Drs. Werner” or “Drs. Barbara and Robert Werner.”
      Inner: “Dr. Werner” is written first; “and Mr. Werner” appears second
      Example:

        Dr. Barbara and Mr. Robert Werner
        3747 Valley View
        San Francisco, California 94107


        Unmarried couple living together

        Outer: The guests’ names (ladies first) are written on two lines, without “and”
        Inner: Write “Miss Stein” on the first line, with “Mr. Richmond” below

        Example:

          Miss Christine Stein
          Mr. Joshua Richmond
          43 East 92nd Street
          Apartment 6D
          New York, New York 10128

          Single person with a date

          Outer: Address this envelope to only the guest you know personally
          Inner: The words “and guest” are added. For example, “Mr. Paris and guest”. And never capitalize Guest.

          Example:

            Mr. Matthew Paris
            1686 Stanhope
            Dallas, Texas 75225


            Final Tips and Tricks:


            • Never use first names on the inner envelope, except for children’s
            • Spell out state names, plus words and terms such as “Street,” “Road,” “West,” “Place,” “Post Office Box” and “Apartment”
            • Whenever a woman’s name appears independently – no matter the reason – it always goes on the first line
            • Include titles such as “Doctor” or “Judge” only if guests use them both socially and professionally

            Introducing Anthropologie’s Registry

            One of our favorite stores, Anthropolgie, officially has a wedding registry! What’s better than the convenience of shopping on your phone as well as being able to create your very own wedding registry, right from the same app!

            We tested out this new app, and it’s easy to use. Did we mention all of the options available – from bedroom accessories to bath goodies, classic dinnerware, or fun decor?  You will be sure to find something to obsess over.

            Check out some of our favorites below, or click here to take a look for yourself!