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Bliss Weddings & Events 13th Anniversary!

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Bliss Weddings & Events just celebrated our 13th anniversary of being in business!  Not a day goes by that you won't hear one of us saying how much we j'adore our jobs or how lucky we are that we get to do this for a living.  One thing's for sure, we could have never gotten this far without our amazing clients!!  We love all of you!  It's been a dream being part of your wedding planning process.
Cheers to the past 13 years of happy memories and spectacular events!
Here's to looking forward to many many more blissful years to come!
xoxo,
Renny, Kara, Katie, Jesse, Liza & Natalie

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Bridal Trend We Are Loving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While enjoying the latest issue of Town & Country Weddings alongside a cozy blanket and a glass of wine the other night, we found we were particularly drawn to one of the fashion pages.  We always enjoy a good round up of new bridal trends and we are especially loving the new take on the peplum trend of last year- the exaggerated peplum or the "long peplum" as T&C Weddings is calling it.  This shape has a sense of drama about it while not being too over the top or fussy.  It is a modern nod to a more classic shape in daywear and we think it has an undeniable glamour to it.   We cannot wait to see this shape of dress pop up at a real wedding this season!  For a few more bridal trends check out Town & Country's website right here.  

 

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Bliss + Grey Likes Weddings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are so happy and honored to announce we have been selected to be included in The Grey Collective which is a hand-picked vendor resource from the ladies of Grey Likes Weddings.  You can check out our fabulous info page right here and be sure to spend some time getting lost in the gorgeous wedding posts on their blog right here!  

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Our Favorite Cake Servers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here at Bliss we just love to swoon over even the smallest of wedding details (after all sometimes they can be the most fun to shop for!).  Don't let the serving set you use to cut the cake on your wedding day be an after thought especially since it is usually placed front and center in the photos of your cake!  Here is a little round up of some of favorite options:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6073" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]1. This little set may look simple, but if you look closer you will see that the handles are engraved with "Mr & Mrs" 2. This gorgeous Sakura serving set BHLDN would be perfect for a garden inspired wedding.

3. Add a little glitz with these gold or silver glitter servers from Leif

4. Vera Wang can do no wrong and these simple grosgrain ribbon inspired servers are a chic partner for any cake!

5. While brand new servers are fabulous- it is always fun to find a one of kind vintage set from places like Etsy or even better- an heirloom from your own families!

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4th of July inspiration shoot sneak peek

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week we put together a fabulous little party shoot inspired by one of our favorite holidays, the 4th of July! Shot on Katie's beautiful rooftop deck overlooking the city and filled with fun details in rose gold, navy & red this shoot is sure to inspire you, but for now we can only show you a few teaser snapshots....[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5909" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Katie's Latest Obsession

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Starting today we have a new little series here on the Bliss Blog- giving you a peek into our team's latest obsessions!!

First up is the fabulous Katie Kozlowski who got inspired by the stripes at her client's wedding last weekend which have now turned into her latest obsession.  Katie says "

"From playrooms to pillows...cocktail party dresses to aisle styled flower cones...I can't get enough of this tailored & polished trend!"

 

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Gift Guide- Summer Weddings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It's that time again- summer wedding season is in full swing!!! While we always recommend to go off the bride and groom's registry for gifts, sometimes the registry gets sold out or you want to find something a little more fun to gift the new couple!  Here are a few foolproof gift items to bring along to the next wedding or even engagement party!  

 

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1. Custom monogrammed pillows

2. Wine Club membership (bonus points if it is all sparkling wines!)

3. Oxford serving bowl from Z Gallerie

4. Lacquer tray from C. Wunder

5. Custom correspondence cards from Crane

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What To Wear: Black Tie Wedding Guest Outfit Inspiration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If your social calendar looks anything like ours, it is FILLED with weddings this season!!! Don't wait til the last minute to dash to Neiman's or overnight yourself something from Shopbop.  Scoop up that great dress when you see it so you don't have one of those hour long moments in front of your closet searching for something to wear for a wedding. Here is a little inspiration for those black tie affairs headed your way:

 

 

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classic:  dress  |  shoes  |  clutch

glam:  dress  |  shoes  |  clutch

edgy:  dress  |  shoes  |  clutch

 Happy Shopping!

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It's Peony Season!!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We look forward to the short springtime peony season every year like it is Christmas!!  We just love seeing those beautiful shades of pink and fuschia peonies pop up at the flower mart (not to mention the luxe look of white peonies!).   These fluffy flowers add such a beautiful touch to a bridal bouquet or a feminine addition to a centerpiece.  Here are few images of peonies that are inspiring us right now - including a little snapshot of the massive peony bouquet we have brightening up the Bliss Weddings Studio currently!  

 

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{gorgeous peony bridal bouquet from our wedding at The Chicago Cultural Center}

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{escort table adorned with peonies at one of our weddings at Avery House}

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Mother's Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We would like to wish a very happy mother's day to all the mothers out there this weekend- especially those who are in the midst of wedding planning with their daughters or sons! :)  We hope everyone has fabulous plans for Sunday whether you are headed out to a delicious mother's day brunch or staying in for breakfast in bed!  

 

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INSPIRED BY: Met Gala Glamour

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While getting wedding inspiration from magazines, blogs and pinterest are the main go to sources for every bride, we hope you dont forget to turn to a more star studded inspiration: the red carpets!  We have been loving seeing all the bold choices the celebrities, fashion stars and models chose to don for this year's Met Gala which took place a few nights ago.  Even though most red carpet dresses would not be fit to walk down the aisle, there is a lot of inspiration to be had in the way of accessories, beauty and hair!   Here is a little board we put together inspired by the glamour of the Met Gala red carpet:  [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6484" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

INSPIRED BY: Kate Moss' Boho Flower Girls

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a little springtime

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We don't know about you, but we could sure use something pretty to look at today to take our minds off the miserable rainy weather outside. Here's a little board of sunshine to remind us that all these April showers will bring a beautiful May!  

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Sprinkle Eggs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Happy Easter from all of us at Bliss. We will be enjoying chocolate bunnies, poppy seed muffins, Renny's family cheese grits, deviled eggs (mmmmmm) and honey baked ham.  Mostly we will enjoy time with family and friends and will love watching the kids go on an Egg hunt in their Easter dresses and suits.

We will be hiding these eggs this year.  Who can pass up sprinkle eggs?  Maybe we will find one or two.  The kids can't have all the fun!

Here is the how to from Studio DIY

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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We are so lucky that our jobs here at Bliss Weddings allow us to be surrounded by love every single day of the year!

 We hope you that you get to spend your Valentine's day with the ones you love.

Wishing you a very happy Valentine's day!

Love,

the team at Bliss Weddings & Events

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Valentine's Gift Guide for the last minute shoppers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today we have a little gift guide for all the last minute guys out there.  Of course we know most of you have purchased a fabulous gift for the belle in your life far in advance, but just in case this holiday slipped by you this year this gift guide has some wonderful options you can scoop up on way home!  

1.  Roses candle from Diptyque on North Damon

2. Delicious macarons from Vanille Patisserie

3. grab a Bottle of Moet that you can write a custom love note on from Binny's

4. Forget about a boring bouquet of roses- swing by Fleur for a chic Valentine's arrangement

5/6/7  You may think your lady's closet is full enough, but trust us when we say one more dress in a festive valentine's color

isn't going to hurt! Pick up any one of these beauties from Neiman Marus- five, six & seven.

If you are reading this post after Valentine's day and you forgot the holiday completely then you will probably need to purchase one of everything! 

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Style Me Pretty Feature

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We could get lost in all the pretty that Style Me Pretty serves up all day long and yesterday we got an extra special treat when they featured Carey & Matt's wedding captured by Jeffrey & Julia Woods. Check out the beautiful wedding and all the details right here.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="6492" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The Bliss Belles Welcome a New Beau

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As you may have already seen from our latest ad in Chicago Social Brides magazine, we have some very exciting news to announce:

 

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Renny's Radio Interview for Game Changers

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Check out Renny's recent radio interview with Game Changers Radio Show on AM560 WIND

The Game Changers radio show is centered around bringing experts & entrepreneurs to their listeners so we were definitely honored to be to be featured on their show alongside so many other talented individuals and companies!

With over 20 years in the business (14 of those years spent at Bliss!), Renny definitely has some great insight and stories to tell so plug in your headphones and enjoy!

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