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  • It's All About the Feeling - Wedding Advice That Doesn't Suck
    It's All About the Feeling - Wedding Advice That Doesn't Suck

    Posted: 2/17/2017
    Let's make one thing clear about your wedding: it doesn't have to be like everyone else's wedding. There's an entire industry devoted to convincing you to stick to traditions you had no part in creating. Don't let the mechanics of your wedding get in the way of a great celebration. Here's how to take back control of your big day.
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  • 10 Essentials to Keeping Your Sanity As You Plan Your Wedding
    10 Essentials to Keeping Your Sanity As You Plan Your Wedding

    Posted: 2/10/2017
    This may surprise you, but most of the stress couples encounter during their wedding planning is self-induced. It happens as a result of being unfocused, allowing too many time-consuming distractions, and trying to take too much work upon themselves. Here?s how to clear away the clutter, and cut your planning workload and stress by more than half.
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  • The Feminist Bride's Guide to Wedding Planning
    The Feminist Bride's Guide to Wedding Planning

    Posted: 2/3/2017
    Feminism - defined as advancing and empowering women - deserves to play a big part in the planning and execution of a wedding. Here are some ways women are changing the balance of power, starting with those magic words, "Will you marry me?"
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  • Don't Pop the Question on Valentine's Day... Yet
    Don't Pop the Question on Valentine's Day... Yet

    Posted: 1/24/2017
    Millions of couples will get engaged on Valentine's Day; but a fairy tale beginning doesn't just happen by accident. It takes planning and careful thought. Here are some absolute "musts" for your Valentine's Day proposal.
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  • A Beginner's Guide to MC'ing a Wedding
    A Beginner's Guide to MC'ing a Wedding

    Posted: 1/19/2017
    If there are compelling reasons to have a relative or friend handle your wedding MC duties, please accept the advice of someone who's done it thousands of times, and train your MC in proper technique and timing. Your reception will go more smoothly, without all those cringe-worthy foul-ups that will send your guests home shaking their heads. Ready? Take notes.
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  • How to Recognize Bad Wedding Advice
    How to Recognize Bad Wedding Advice

    Posted: 1/10/2017
    Here's some wedding planning advice your well-meaning friends will give you, along with some even better advice -- IGNORE IT!

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  • How to Make Your Wedding Budget-friendly for Your Attendants
    How to Make Your Wedding Budget-friendly for Your Attendants

    Posted: 1/3/2017
    Agreeing to be a friend or relative's bridesmaid or groomsman is a wonderful honor, but it can get expensive. Here's how sensitive brides or grooms help make their attendants' experience joyful without being painful.
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  • Keys to a Successful Christmas Wedding (Or Any Other Holiday)
    Keys to a Successful Christmas Wedding (Or Any Other Holiday)

    Posted: 12/21/2016
    Building your wedding around a major holiday has some advantages, but also some disadvantages. Here's how to get the most out of the holiday, while avoiding the pitfalls.
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  • When Is the Best Time for Wedding Toasts and Speeches?
    When Is the Best Time for Wedding Toasts and Speeches?

    Posted: 12/13/2016
    There are conflicting opinions about the appropriate time to let your Best Man, Maid of Honor and other speakers deliver their toasts. So let's review some of the pro's and con's of each option.
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  • Real Chicago Wedding - Dec. 10, 2016
    Real Chicago Wedding - Dec. 10, 2016

    Posted: 12/12/2016
    Cubs fans Katie and Scott Bernal hosted their holiday season wedding at the beautiful Oak Brook Swim & Tennis Club. And they flew their Cubs colors on their wedding cake. They even celebrated the team's good fortune with a rousing sing-along of "Go Cubs Go." Fourth Estate Audio provided Chicago wedding DJ entertainment and elegant uplighting. Learn more about Fourth Estate at (630) 654-4440.
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  • How to Put Together a Successful Rehearsal Dinner
    How to Put Together a Successful Rehearsal Dinner

    Posted: 12/5/2016
    Your rehearsal dinner is a great chance for your attendants and families to get to know each other on a more personal level. And for a lot of couples, it's the relaxing moment they'll spend until the end of their reception. It all gets pretty hectic once the wedding day begins; so the rehearsal dinner is the perfect moment to let your hair down and center yourselves for the big show to come. It's also the perfect time to pass out thank-you gifts to everyone who helped you plan your special day.
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  • Wedding Disaster Prevention Tips, Part Two
    Wedding Disaster Prevention Tips, Part Two

    Posted: 11/22/2016
    In an earlier post on this blog, we gave you some great tips on how to anticipate and address potential wedding day challenges before they erupt into major problems. Here are some more great ideas on how to make your wedding stress-free.
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  • Did You Forget These Wedding Expenses?
    Did You Forget These Wedding Expenses?

    Posted: 11/14/2016
    If you're filling out your wedding budget based on some planning web site, you may find to your surprise that a lot of the real costs never get mentioned, and your revised budget may force you to make some painful cuts. The more you know about those hidden costs, the better you can prepare without being blindsided. Here are a few things to watch for:
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  • Real Chicago Wedding - Nov. 5, 2016
    Real Chicago Wedding - Nov. 5, 2016

    Posted: 11/9/2016
    Molly and John December celebrated their new union with loving friends and family at Riverside Golf Club. And for Chicago wedding DJ entertainment and elegant uplighting, they chose Fourth Estate Audio. Learn more about Fourth Estate at (630) 654-4440.
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  • Real Chicago Wedding - Nov. 4, 2016
    Real Chicago Wedding - Nov. 4, 2016

    Posted: 11/8/2016
    Lauren and Zach Simon were married in the splendor of Chicago's Stan Mansion. And they chose the Chicago DJ professionals of Fourth Estate Audio for ceremony and reception sound plus elegant Chicago uplighting. Learn more about Fourth Estate at (630) 654-4440.
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