Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wedding Planning RECAP @ The Wit Hotel

This past fall, we had a great run with some fun clients and some fun venues.  The team at Liven It Up Events is no stranger to The Wit hotel, however, this was the first time we had done a wedding at The Wit at their space at Cibo Matto.  This former restaurant space is now used for intimate weddings and events and we just love this space!
The first piece to the designing process was to work through the ceremony location.  We used a small ballroom for the ceremony that we completely transformed with the help of Juliet Tan Floral Designs and Elegant Event Lighting.  Juliet and her team provided a beautiful aisle runner, candles and rose petals that lined the narrow aisle and EEL provided this stunning backdrop with uplighting.  It was stunning!
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The next step was to work through the transformation into the main room for dining.  The original plan was to use the tables that were provided by Cibo, which were wood topped and their assorted furniture for seating.  After taking a look and thinking about it, the couple decided that they wanted a less natural look and more of a glam look.  
The first thing we had to do was select table linens and chairs to coordinate.  The couple loved the idea of using a more natural color linen, so still rustic, but more polished.  From there, we decided to use the crystal chivari with blush seat cushion and napkin.
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The next step was to create a more modern look with the floral by adding in candelabras, assorted collections of flowers, mercury glass, and tons of candle light!  By creating larger tables for seating, we were able to create this amazing wedding.  
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With careful positioning of the guest tables, we were able to use the lighting already in the room to help create the perfect ambiance for the wedding!
And there you have it, another RECAP from the team at Liven It Up Events!  More to come next week.   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wedding Planning RECAP @ The Patrick Haley Mansion

Here we are again, looking back at another wedding we were so delighted to work on!  This time, we found ourselves at The Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet.  This was our first wedding in this gorgeous space and we just loved it! What was so much fun with this wedding was that both the bride and groom were professors in the arts field, so throughout, we were able to play with a literary theme along with playing with the majestic feel of this historic mansion.
The first thing that we wanted to do was create a focal point in the room, as always, this was the happy couple at their table.  Instead of having a traditional, long head table, we had what is known as a feasting table.  This table seats the wedding party and more, all the way around the table with a space in front for the couple to be seen and works great for photos!
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The next piece that was important was working in decor, non floral, on the guest tables.  Our suggestion was to bring some height into the room because of the tall ceilings, so the mother of the bride found these beautiful crystal candelabras that we used.  On the other tables, the couple found old books and artifacts that we stacked on each table.  It was such an elegant and fun way to blend the two styles!
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All together, the room looked grand and elegant with it's natural features, only enhancing it's beauty with the decor we brought in!
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Another fun feature was the use of the library in the mansion.  This is where we had the "escort cards" which were actual books that the guests were able to keep as a favor!  We were able to stack them on the book cases on the window ledge.  It was such a fun way for the guests to find where they were sitting!
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Finally, we wanted to use the salon for more than just cocktail hour, so we used the salon as the back for the dessert station.  Unlike most weddings, there was no wedding cake.  The couple loved strudel, so that was what we served, strudel!  It was not only a fun station, but so delicious!
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And there you have it!  Another Wedding Planning RECAP from Liven It Up Events!  More to come next week!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wedding Planning RECAP @ The Sofitel

When you have a couple tell you that they want their wedding to feel creative and different, what do you do?  All weddings have similar elements, what really makes the difference is in how you put them together.  What was great about this couple who were married last year at The Sofitel Hotel in Chicago, was there were a few things they knew for sure.  They wanted with their decorscape to have some bling, white in the flowers, some modern touches and then from there, were open to suggestions.  Here's what happened.
After careful considering, the couple chose to work with our friends at Revel Decor.  The first part of the wedding we started to design was the ceremony. They wanted to make sure the aisle had an impact, but also conscious that the floral did not block the guests view of the ceremony.  They also wanted a little more of a unique chuppah so the chose this design.  It was magical!
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For the reception, they wanted to make sure there was a little more of a wow, so bring in just four giant floral statement pieces was the way to go!
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Also playing with the head table, we incorporated some fun candelabras that were more on the modern side that had a big impact on the table and the room as a whole.  You can also see the amber colored up lighting throughout the room.  It was the perfect way to warm up the space!
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With lighting one of the things we also had to do was to pinspot the centerpieces to illuminate the arrangements in the room.  Can can see the white colored light here in this photo on of these tall statement pieces.
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We also looked for some bling in the floral pieces along with some more bling on the wedding cake!  Thanks to Cake Sweet Foods, Mary and Gretchen made this cake come to life!
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We made sure to finish the look with the crystal chivari chairs to hold true to the modern value of the hotel!
This was such a fun wedding to plan, what a great couple to work with, and could not ask for better partners here!  Big thanks to all who made this wedding come to life.  As always, more to come from the team at Liven It Up Events next week!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wedding Planning RECAP @ The MCA

One of the spaces we have been working in for many years is the Museum of Contemporary Art or The MCA in Chicago.  The from weddings to corporate events, we have done quite a few of these over the years.  This past fall, we had a lovely couple host their reception there and wanted something a little different than what we typically see in the space.
First thing was, they wanted to do all long tables for the guest seating.  Normally, it a wide space, it is not a problem.  Long tables actually take up more space and you can fit less people.  What was great was the guest count was low enough to do this in the space.  Not going to lie here, we had to adjust the floor plan slightly on the day of the wedding, but the team at Wolfgang Puck was incredible and were able to make it happen!

The next two pieces to designing here were that they wanted it to feel almost as those we were outdoors, but with a modern twist.  The easiest way we found that was to use lighting projections of leaves on the walls and the dining room.  And thanks to Art of Imagination, we were able to do that, along with the beautiful back drop to highlight the head table.

The next part of the design was what was going on the tables.  Since we were in a Modern Art Museum, the couple wanted to keep everything simple and minimal when it came to floral.  Thanks to Juliet Tan Floral Designs and her team, we were able to do that with tons of candles and jutting calla lilies on the tables.  Simple, but so elegant in this space!  
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Even keeping it minimal on the place card table was perfect!

The one last element we brought into the space was the lounge furniture to keep in the cafe during dancing.  It was important to have some modern furniture for the couple integrated into the design, so this is what we chose.

And there you have it!  Another Wedding Planning RECAP from Liven It Up Events!  More to come next week!
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