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Choosing a wedding planner was the [second] most important decision I made when it came to my big day.
I wanted a wedding planner who had exquisite taste, a meticulous attention to detail, but it was just as important to me that I found a planner who I genuinely adored…
Who had chemistry with us….who felt like she was part of our team and added her energy during cake tastings, invitation appointments and dress fitting!
Hope Wasserman Weis is all of this and so much more.
From an execution standpoint, there is not a better event planner in the city. She has relationships with the best vendors around Chicago and she really knows her stuff (for example, she knew exactly which bakeries could pull off the intricate fondant piping I wanted on my cake).
And while all of that is so important, what I will never forget is how much I leaned on her on my wedding day. As I was putting on my dress, my nerves manifested themselves in uncontrollable shivers. There I was, standing in my underwear, shaking so badly I physically couldn’t step into my dress. I just froze.
Hope took my hands and said “Hey. Hey. You are not cold. It is not cold in here. It is time to put on your beautiful dress” And with that, she snapped me out of it. It may not sound like a big deal, but I was on the brink of losing it and Hope pulled me together.
She remained calm when we couldn’t and in control when we didn’t…Hope kept us in line while orchestrating the most perfect day of my life.
I have recommended Hope to four other brides, and now my little sister is using this wonder-woman to captain her matrimonial ship. It has been a highlight of the planing process getting to work with Hope again.
This post is not sponsored in any way, I just I wanted to share this incredible Chicago resource with all of you. If you a have the opportunity to work with a wedding planner……Hope is your girl!
My sister is technically only a bachelorette for another 2 weeks and 5 days, so this weekend we threw a grand bash commemorating the twilight of her single-hood (too dramatic?)
Despite the fact we have partied our way through this summer…El’s girls jumped at the chance to get together for an evening of taco-tasting, guacamole-flights and flowing margaritas at Mercadito. We took over a corner of the downstairs lounge and got a little rowdy in her honor.
After dinner, we headed over to Cuvee (a fancy-fancy “ultra lounge”) and met up with our boys. We scored a couple of tables and proceeded to work our way through many, many (large) bottles and dance our way well into the next morning.
The night was more than a little over the top, and I would say it felt like a most appropriate send-off as El and Dan prepare to make their way down the aisle….however, I have a feeling that becoming Mr&Mrs does not mean they will be “settling down” any time soon.
It is also worth noting that Bachelorette Parties are inherently tacky events, I am alright with that… but we laid down a few guidelines to help keep us out of the TRAGIC zone.
These were our guidelines:
Acceptable: PomPons & Tiaras
Not Acceptable: Penis shaped memorabilia (Ellen informed me I would be fired from her wedding if I showed up with a phallic crown for her. Fair)
Acceptable: Short Skirts
Not Acceptable: Long Lines
Acceptable: Falling off your shoes because they are too high
Not Acceptable: Falling off your shoes because you are too drunk
Acceptable: Flashing a smile at starring men
Not Acceptable: Flashing your boobies to anyone
Acceptable: Flaming Sparklers on top of bottles of Veuve
What kind of fabulous shoes will you be wearing on Ellen's BIG day? manolos/choos/louboutins/other.
I was just wondering that very same thing myself!
I picked up my bridesmaid dress this morning and after an in-closet fashion show, I came to the realization that I don’t have any shoes that are quite right for the dress (Simon’s response: “How is that even possible?!”).
Meaning…time for a new pair.
The one problem is I am totally spent-out (wedding season is expensive as hell, yo), so I likely won’t be splurging on a fancy designer pair…
But fear not, I promise they will be fab!
please send over links if you come across any gorgeous strappy metallic heels that would look smokin’ hot with a floor length gown!
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