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Chicago Wedding Finds

As wedding planners we not only plan events, we help visualize and bring to life dream wedding events. For us one of the easiest realms to draw inspiration to tie together an event is a venue. A venue serves as a launching pad for a great concept, or as a perfect vehicle in which to execute a preplanned idea. For us, nothing seems to inspire us quite like our cities – Raleigh-Durham and Chicago. Today we’re so excited to share with you today some of our favorite wedding product finds from our home of Chicago.[Bonus: some of our favorite Chicago wedding reception venues]

Chicago is one of the most magical places to wed. Known for it’s river, lakefront, and cityscape, Chicago brings together the best of many different worlds for a bride and groom’s wedding day. Ready to sport some Chi-Town pride? All of the finds for today come from artisans and shops in the Chicago area. Now, let’s dive into these extraordinary wedding finds for a spirited Chicago-inspired wedding already!

Modern Calligraphy Wedding Invitation Suite

Photo Courtesy of Julie Hanan Design

When you draw your inspiration from such a modern and cosmopolitan city as Chicago, it is only reasonable that your invites convey such sentiments too. Introducing these modern calligraphy black and white wedding invitations from Julie Hanan Design. Julie is a University of Illinois graduate and is passionate about design and paper goods. Showcase your chic sense of contemporary style with this show stopping invitation. Our favorite features is the contrast between the simple lines and calligraphy script that blends formal and personal.

Personalized Wedding Favor Matchboxes

Photo Courtesy of Picture Perfect Papier

A Piece of Chicago

Favors are always a great way to bring a personal touch and draw from the city of the ceremony. Of course, Chicago has no shortage of delicious food-inspired wedding favors for your guests (there’s Nuts on Clark, and Garrett Popcorn,to name a few — did we miss any essential ones?), but Chicago-inspired wedding favors go beyond edibles. We’re a huge fan of cute matchboxes (they’re so timeless, and useful!). Share with everyone that you are a ‘perfect match’ with these personalized polka dot matchbox favors from Picture Perfect Papier. Not a fan of polka dots, they have a multitude of designs and sayings to match any couple and wedding.

Engagement Gold Foil Silhouette

Photo Courtesy of Le Papier Studio

Keepsake Treasures

I’m a tremendous enthusiast regarding love-inspired keepsakes for couples. I find it such a great addition to any home as newlyweds. Right now I’m crushing on this gold foil engagement silhouette print from Le Papier Studio (Check out Vana . She is basically a business superstar and even has written books!). It is time to make room for a little gold dazzle on your wall, particularly from a business well-known for custom silhouette artistry.

Wedding Infographic Custom Pillow

Photo Courtesy of Finch and Cotter

I’m crushing on this cute wedding infographic pillow from Finch and Cotter (it is hand sewn in Chicago!). I love how it elevates the overall concept of an accent pillow into something visually appealing and engaging. Turn all those great facts about yourself (or the special couple if you’re gifting) into a one of a kind pillow. Simply answer a few questions about the given couple, and watch the personalized keepsake come to life.

Wedding Planner Thank You Card

Photo Courtesy of Second City Stationary

Words of Thanks

Of course, nothing goes further in a wedding farther than a few words of thanks. We love the stationary options available from Second City Stationary — particularly this wedding planner thank you ;]. With a plethora of wedding stationary options available, you’ll be sure to find something that speaks to you. Bonus: If you live in Chicago and pick up your order you can save on shipping. Enter a promotion code to to zero out shipping costs.

Are there any more MUST HAVE Chicago wedding product finds we’re missing? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!


Sam H.



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