Chicago Wedding Times – January, 2022

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Test Your Pop Music Quotient

Here’s this month’s quiz:

Who is the only singer to be featured in three James Bond movies?

  • Sheena Easton
  • Rita Coolidge
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Lulu

Bon Jovi had a #1 hit with this song in 1987:

  • Pour Some Sugar on Me
  • Thunderstruck
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Livin’ on a Prayer

Emma Bunton was part of which popular girl group?

  • Spice Girls
  • Destiny’s Child
  • Bangles
  • En Vogue

Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are part of which band?

  • Soundgarden
  • Oasis
  • Pearl Jam
  • Creed

Which singer starred with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “9 to 5?”

  • Madonna
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Dolly Parton
  • Sarah Brightman

Bono is the lead singer of which band?

  • AC/DC
  • The Who
  • Beck
  • U2

The country artist who wrote the pop hit “Joy to the World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog)” also wrote one of these songs. Which one?

  • Della and the Dealer
  • I Will Always Love You
  • Whiskey River
  • Ring of Fire

What was Vanilla Ice’s biggest hit?

  • Ice, Ice Baby
  • Ice to the Max
  • Ice Time
  • Play That Funky Music

Which artist had hit records in six different decades?

  • Cher
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Beatles

Which singer or band is NOT among the top three best-selling artists of all time?

  • Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • Madonna

We’ll have the answers at the end of this newsletter.

How to Hack Thousands of Dollars off Your Wedding Bill

The cost of an average wedding is more than $30,000. But if the thought of that price tag sends you into a panic, fear not. There are literally hundreds of ways to trim your wedding budget; and they can easily add up to thousands of dollars. We’ll give you just a few of them here:

Print your invitations on post cards. You’ll save money on postage.

Choose a venue with its own décor. A park or museum is certain to have plenty of outdoor scenery or indoor art that’ll make for great photo spots.

Get married on Friday or Sunday. Venues charge the most for Saturday weddings.

Plan an afternoon reception. Lunch and appetizers cost less than a 7-course dinner. And a venue that can turn the room around in time for an evening wedding will give you a great break on the price for your afternoon wedding.

Skip the table cards. They’re expensive, or time consuming, or both. A tasteful seating chart will accomplish the same purpose.

Single-flower centerpieces are cheaper than bouquets. Surround them with inexpensive candles, and you’ve just saved hundreds of dollars.

Post your menu at the entrance. No need to print out a menu for each table setting.

Skip the wedding favors. Most people leave them at the table anyway. If you must give your guests something, make it something edible.

Display a decorated fake layer cake with a small, real cake at the top for cutting. Then serve your guests a cheaper pan cake that can be cut in the kitchen.

Skip the veil. Wear a garland of pretty flowers instead.

Skip the limo. Call Uber instead. Your driver will be there in minutes, and you won’t pay a fortune for a limo driver to wait all night for you.

Skip the hard liquor. Offer a selection of wine, beer and soft drinks instead.

Choose a DJ instead of a band for your entertainment. A DJ can double as your MC. He doesn’t take breaks. And you can select from a much wider variety of dance music.

Following just this small selection of wedding hacks will relieve much of the financial strain of putting on your wedding; and none of your guests will feel cheated. They’re going to your wedding for YOU, not for the show.

Real Chicago Wedding – Nov. 13, 2021

After two Covid postponements, Katy and Sean Banks were finally married on the historic stage of the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. Then came dinner in the grand foyer and dancing, plus a few surprises, under the theater’s magnificent rotunda. Music by the Chicago DJ pros of Fourth Estate Audio.

11 Essential Pre-wedding Chores for the Groom

Some grooms seem to believe their only wedding responsibility is to show up. And while it’s true that a wedding with the groom is better than one without him, the groom has some important things to do on the night before the wedding. Here they are. 

Proofread and practice your speech (if you’re giving one). What may look good on paper, may sound awful when it’s actually spoken. Practicing out loud will ensure that your words on your wedding night will have the desired impact.

Are you giving gifts? Grooms typically give gifts to their spouses and their attendants. Make sure you have them all wrapped and ready to deliver on your wedding day.

Are your vendor checks and tips ready to distribute? Your vendors and venue will want to be paid. And if you plan to tip the people who made your wedding special, place the cash tips in separate envelopes for each vendor, and give them to a trusted groomsman who’s not going to get drunk and forget to pass them out. 

Pack for your honeymoon. Include weather-appropriate clothes for both your destination and your return home. 

Make sure your tux is ironed and ready. Also be sure your shoes, socks, tie, cufflinks and any other accessories are all laid out next to your tux.

Visit the people closest to you. Your parents, siblings and close friends will have to compete for your time at your reception; so setting aside some quality time with them before the wedding will reassure them you truly appreciate them. 

Delegate the small stuff. If there are little chores that need to be completed, contact your groomsmen or your wedding planner to ensure that they’re all executed to your satisfaction.

Wind down. The night before your wedding is not the time to prove that you’re the ultimate party animal. You should have done that already. You need quiet time to relax and reflect upon the wonderful partner you’re about to take for the rest of your life.

Eat wisely. Indigestion, diarrhea, bloating or heartburn can take a lot of the charm out of your wedding day. 

Drink responsibly. You won’t remember a thing about your wedding day if you’re spending it nursing a hangover.

Get to bed early. If you’ve completed all of your preparations, it’s time for the best night’s sleep you’re going to get for at least a week. You have a long day ahead of you, and you want to be rested and focused.

Okay, here are the answers to our music quiz:

  1. Shirley Bassey sang the themes in three James Bond movies. 
  2. Bon Jovi rocked the world with “Livin on a Prayer.”
  3. Emma Bunton was “Baby Spice” in the Spice Girls.
  4. The Gallagher brothers are the core of Oasis.
  5. Dolly Parton appeared in “9 to 5.” She also wrote and recorded the theme song.
  6. Bono is the front man for U2.
  7. Hoyt Axton wrote “Joy to the World,” and his own country hit “Della and the Dealer.”
  8. Vanilla Ice’s biggest hit was “Ice Ice Baby.”
  9. Cher had hit records in six decades, starting with the 60’s.
  10. Madonna is not one of the three top-selling artists; but she’s number four. 

To learn more about professional Chicago DJ entertainment and lighting by Fourth Estate Audio:

Jay Congdon