Luxe Downtown Chicago Winter Wedding: How To Get The Look!

Posted by Azure on April 15th, 2010
Today's Featured Wedding is a little bit different! As much as we love pouring over gorgeous wedding photos, wouldn't you love to know how the look of the wedding was achieved? This luxe, modern downtown Chicago wedding was planning by Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment, and they gave us the inside scoop on how the fab look was achieved! 1. Venue Style. Without ever stepping into the actual ballroom of The Elysian, we knew this was the perfect venue for this small, intimate wedding. We looked at renderings of the space, the china and silverware, and decided with the couple that the high end finishes of the hotel would save them money in the end. We were able to utilize The Elysian’s in-house linens, chairs, table settings, table numbers and menu cards because everything reflected the personal style of the couple.

When we met with Erin McDonald of Heffernan Morgan for the wedding décor, we came up with clever details to embellish the already elegant space. Instead of typical large floral arrangements at the center stage of the ceremony, Heffernan Morgan created 4-foot wide circles with over 900 chartreuse green button-mums each with pearl pinheads in the middle. These were placed in the windows of the ceremony room. We continued the classic color pallet of the hotel, and added pops of color with fabric draping of deep eggplant satin and shimmering silver shears. 2. Think Outside The Box. Since the couple wanted both the ceremony and the reception at the hotel and did not want to do the quick ballroom flip, we were challenged with fitting 130 wedding guests in a very narrow room. But instead of looking at this room as a rectangle with rows and rows of tight seating, we did the ceremony in the round. We utilized runners to create a cross in the room from both entrances, and brought in custom white leather chairs from Heffernan Morgan. In the center, we created a canopy of shear silver fabric (so guests could see the couple) around the hotel’s existing chandelier. After the very short wedding ceremony (only 15-minutes), guests entered the reception room, greeted by champagne passed off by the wait staff. 3. Enjoy Your Guests. Guests were seated at the typical round reception tables. We created lounge seating for the bridal party. With the constant up and down to greet guests, this way it was less formal and more comfortable; free to mingle as they please (*in line with #7 on our Top Wedding Trends for 2010!). The lounge groupings were placed by the dance floor so that after the DJ started spinning, guests who didn’t want to dance had chic and comfortable furniture to sit at and still be apart of the party scene. 4. Timing. Since we chose a brand new wedding venue, availability was tough. Instead of fighting for Saturday’s in the summer months, we looked to the less busy winter weekends. January is often a slow month for hotels, making costs much more negotiable. For this wedding, the couple chose January 2nd and invited out of town guests to arrive earlier to ring in the New Year before the big day. 5. Select A Detail. The common thread for this wedding was a touch of diamond sparkle. The bride’s Amsalewedding dress had a dazzling brooch on the side, and from there we placed sparkle throughout the wedding. The wedding invitations had a shimmering paper border. The bride gifted her bridesmaids with custom-made diamond and pearl brooches from Haute Bride to embellish their elegant black Vera Wangdresses. The ceremony canopy and fabric draped entrances were cinched in the center with white satin sleeves adorned with diamond brooches. Lastly, the centerpieces in the ballroom popped as the candles were magnified because they were placed on shiny silver mirrored boxes.

Venue: The Elysian

Planning: Paulette Wolf Events and Entertainment

Floral and Decor Design: Heffernan Morgan

Music: DJ Andre

Delicious chocolate pastries passed by wait staff at chic downtown Chicago wedding reception

In addition to a classic wedding cake, couple chose to have tray passed pastries at their luxe downt

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