Test your pop star knowledge! These celebrities played a major sport, either on screen or in school. Name the sport. 

1. Madonna
2. Avril Lavigne
3. Jenny McCarthy
4. The Rock
5. Denzel Washington
6. Brittany Spears
7. Paris Hilton
8. Elisabeth Shue
9. Sheryl Crow
10. George Clooney

If you can correctly guess 5, you've about average. The answers as at the end of this newsletter. Good luck! 



How to Put Together a Successful Rehearsal Dinner


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 last 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.  

  • Where do I start? Once you've scheduled your rehearsal, look for a nearby restaurant that can reserve a private room for your dinner. If you think your rehearsal will take half an hour, double it, and allow for enough travel time to get to the restaurant. Then make your reservation for the proper time.
  • Who do I invite? Your officiant and spouse. Your immediate families. Your bridesmaids, groomsmen and their significant others. If you have a young flower girl and ringbearer, invite them and their parents. Some couples like to include guests who've traveled a long way to attend the wedding. 
  • When do I send the invitations? Shortly after you mail your wedding invitations. Be sure to include the start time of the rehearsal itself in your invitations.
  • Does everyone order their own meal, or do we prepare the menu in advance? Depends upon the restaurant. If you have to cater your own meals, your dinner options can be reduced, and your guests can be offered a choice on their invitations. Otherwise, let people order from the restaurant's menu.
  • Do I book a DJ for the rehearsal dinner? No. This is not a time for people's attention to be focused on a third party. Let your own table conversations be the entertainment.
  • Who pays? Typically, the groom's parents. Depending upon each family's finances, some couples arrange for both sets of parents to share the cost. If the couple is older and already established financially, they may decide to pay for the meal themselves.

And that's all there is to it. Enjoy the experience, and get to bed at a decent hour. You'll need all your energy for your wedding day.


 Real Chicago Wedding - Dec. 10, 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 right here

Advice on Timing of Wedding Speeches


When Is the Best Time for Wedding Toasts & Speeches?  


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.

  • Speeches before dinner 

Pros: at the beginning of dinner, all of your guests' attention is focused on the wedding party table. The guests haven't gotten deeply into their table conversations yet. That's what makes it a perfect time for all of your speeches. They're all out of the way, and your guests are then free to talk and move around at 

: one or more of your speakers may have written a 10-minute novel. And delivering a long-winded speech when everyone is sitting there hungry will certainly take some of the joy out of the moment. Plus, the food may get cold. And if your venue is serving multiple events in multiple rooms, it may throw them way off schedule for all of their meals.   

  • Speeches after dinner 

Pros: everyone gets to eat right away. 

Cons: going directly from the wedding party introduction into dinner may make some couples feel rushed. But with no buffer between the intros and the meal, the only other option is for everyone to sit uncomfortably for several minutes, hungry, wondering why they're not being served. Also, if the speeches are delivered after dinner, most of your guests will already be finished eating, and they'll be milling around the room talking to guests at other tables. That means, you won't have their full attention, and your speakers may have to shout on the microphone to be heard. Plus, if you decide to visit all of your guests' tables during dinner, it'll likely take 30 minutes to an hour, and there will be a huge lull in the party as all of the people who have finished their meals get impatient for the dancing to start. 

  • A good compromise  

If you're just not ready to have your speeches before dinner, or you're worried that someone is going to take forever on the microphone, why not have your blessing before dinner, then save the speeches until after the salad is served? Everyone gets a chance to settle down. Everyone is still at their tables, awaiting their entrees, so you still have everyone's attention. And you can tell your venue or caterer that it's okay to keep serving while the speeches are going on. That way, everyone eats, every speaker is heard, and the party stays on schedule. Sound good? 

 Here are the answers to our quiz on celebrities and their sports 

1. Madonna - Baseball ("A League of Their Own")
2. Avril Lavigne - Ice Hockey
3. Jenny McCarthy - Softball
4. The Rock - Football
5. Denzel Washington - Basketball
6. Brittany Spears - Gymnastics
7. Paris Hilton - Ice Hockey
8. Elisabeth Shue - Soccer ("Karate Kid")
9. Sheryl Crow - Track
10. George Clooney - Baseball

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