Rustic Glam Wedding at Morgan Manufacturing

This glamorous wedding was an absolute vision! The sunny rooftop ceremony and cocktail hour were followed by a dreamy drapery-filled reception. What a perfect day!

Planner: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photographer: Studio This Is | Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs | Paper/Stationary: Magnificent Milestones | Catering: Food For Though | Venue: Morgan Manufacturing

Creative Bridal Party Gifts with Warby Parker

Your bridal party is made up of some of the most important people in your life; college friends, childhood friends, siblings, cousins, and so many more. They’ve been there from the beginning- sending invites, planning showers, organizing events, with you every step of the way! So how do you thank them? Here we suggest several sweet and budget-friendly ways to let your bridal party know how much they mean to you!

Give the gift of spirit! Your sister’s favorite wine, your best friend’s bubbly of choice, or a cute little cocktail kit. This gift is sure to be enjoyed!

Everyone’s favorite gift; gift cards. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and get creative here- set your friends up with spa services, dining experiences, or a shopping excursion! Stores like Warby Parker offer a bulk order option where you are able to put in an order for a larger group of people. This service includes gift cards, non-prescription sunglasses, and other fun gifts. 

As you know wedding costs add up, even for the bridal party members. Paying for your bridal party’s hair or make up services is a thoughtful gift that your friends are sure to appreciate!

Custom gift boxes are a trendy and luxurious gift option. You can customize them to fit the personality of your bridal party or even the colors of your wedding. We love Teak & Twine and Fox Blossom. Your friends will feel so pampered receiving these beautiful boxes!

Getting-ready goodies are a classic option. Beautiful robes, fun pj’s, or comfy slippers make for great gifts and adorable photo-opps! We always think BHLDN has such pretty options.

Any of these gift ideas would be huge hits with your friends and family. Make sure to include a handwritten note or letter- get a little sentimental and sappy! Write down a favorite moment you’ve had with a certain person, reminisce on how you met, and include why they have meant so much to you throughout the wedding process.

Happy gift giving! xoxo

Bliss Team + Warby Parker

Romantic Garden Wedding in Door County

This gorgeous backyard wedding was full of vintage touches. Candlesticks, glass goblets, and beautiful china made for picture-perfect tablescapes. And a red and pink color scheme completed the romantic affair!

Destination Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: BonPhotage Photography

 

 

Glamorous Navy & White Wedding at The Field Museum

The Field Museum is such a grand and glamorous space to hold a wedding! All the history in the museum mixed with beautiful floral and decor makes for a memorable affair. And when the weather cooperates it’s even better! Ceremony and cocktail hour on the museum’s terrace- so dreamy.

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events, Inc. | Photography: Studio This Is | Venue: The Field Museum | Decor: HMR Designs | Catering: Food for Thought | Lighting: Frost Lighting | Flooring: HDO Productions | Paper: Cheree Berry Designs

Midsummer Night's Dream, Industrial Wedding

Bliss Weddings & Events had the absolute privilege of assisting the bride and groom with making their wedding day vision come to life! The couple had visions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired wedding inside their industrial venue. Flowing greenery, lush flowers, glowing candles, rustic lanterns, and metal chairs combined to create a gorgeous room.

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Heather DeCamp | Floral & Decor: Flowers for Dreams | Venue: Architectural Artifacts | Catering: Paramount Events

Fall Wedding Perfection at the Palmer House!

A little (a lot!) of pretty for your Friday! The photography, the colors, the ballroom, the dress- we can't pick a favorite! Enjoy photos from this gorgeous fall wedding at The Palmer House Hotel. 

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Designs | Photography: Image Is Found | Floral & Decor: Fleur Inc | Venue: Palmer House

Happy National Donut Day!

Happy National Donut day! We love how the donut trend has extended into weddings. It's a fun alternative to cake or a memorable late night snack. After all, all you need is love...and donuts!

Row 1: Olivia Leigh Photography, Donut Vault Donuts | Row 2: Christian Oth Photography & Dennis Lee Photo, Glazed & Infused | Row 3: Jody Savage Photography, Galleria Marchetti flaming donuts

Ready..Set..Summer! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

In honor of Memorial Day Weekend festivities, we wanted to share one of our favorite outdoor events from last year. This red, white, and blue welcome party took place on Kiawah Island. With live music, grilled favorites, lawn games, and adorable gingham accents, it was the perfect way to kick off the destination wedding weekend!

Wishing everyone a safe holiday weekend and remembering all of those who have sacrificed for us. Our deepest thanks. xoxo The Bliss Team

Photography: Studio This Is | Planning & Floral Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Linen: Tailored Elements

Royal Wedding Recap

Saturday was an early morning wake up call for our Bliss team. We all had to catch the Royal Wedding coverage, of course! Our planners break down their favorite parts of the royal wedding. From the music to the fashions, we loved every minute!

Renny's Favorite- Ceremony music, "The Gospel Choir was everything! The amazing rendition of 'Stand by Me' The song choice, the styling, the beauty and sound were perfection."

Jesse's Favorite- The flowers, "Flowers, of course, for me!!! Will be trying to replicate that church entrance for a client ASAP! I also thought Meghan's bouquet and the maids' bouquets were gorgeous! She used 'forget-me-knots', a fav of Princess Diana."

Molly's Favorite- Meghan's ceremony look, "I love how you can see her natural beauty. Her hair and make up were so simple and fresh! I also read that Meghan’s dad used to tell her 'a face with out freckles is a night without stars'. So sweet!"

Jordyn's Favorite- Well, everything, "I loved seeing the guest entrances, the gospel choir, the ceremony flowers, and Harry's smile when he saw Meghan! Everything was AMAZING! I had chills (and tears) the whole time!!"

Farm Formal Tented Summer Wedding

This beautiful outdoor wedding has us craving summer! A gorgeous farm setting, a fresh lemonade and juice bar, outdoor lounge furniture, and a giant white tent. Talk about a picture perfect summer wedding!

Full service planning and design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Booth Photographics | Catering: Food For Thought | Cake: Sugar Fixe | Entertainment: Northstar | Floral: Garden Party Florist | Tenting: Blue Peak | Paper Goods: EJD Designs | 

Dreamy Winter Wedding At The Drake

Winter wedding glamour at it's finest! This wedding had it all- an incredibly fun couple, super sweet families, gorgeous decor, a rockin' band, impeccable dining service, and a midnight snow. Talk about picture perfect!

Bliss Weddings & Events was on board for design and full service planning. Lead planner Jesse Deckard worked directly with the couple to ensure that every last detail was what they envisioned. Cheers to this amazing couple! 

Design & Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is Photography | Venue & Catering: The Drake | Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs | Paper Goods: Magnificent Milestones | Band: Gold Coast All Stars

Milestone Birthday Bash

What a fun & memorable celebration! Last spring, Bliss Weddings & Events planned, designed, & executed this amazing 65th birthday party for a very special client. Personal touches could be found in every corner! The venue took place in a garden center, perfect for the guest of honor, who is an avid gardener. The Bliss Team designed a tablecape full of potted succulents and orchids with exposed roots. The custom printables showcased the guest of honor's favorite quotes and entertaining childhood stories. Our favorite touch? The late-night cart stocked with the birthday boy's favorite snacks- pringles, cheez-its, and trailmix- yes please! 

Planning & Floral Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Catering: Food For Thought | Paper: Cheree Berry

Fun & Sun! Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas

This week's sunny weather got us reminiscing...We loved being a part of this beautiful wedding celebration in Cabo San Lucas. Ocean-side ceremony and pool-side reception- take us back!

Planning & Floral Design: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Chris + Lynn Photography | Venue: Esperanza Resort

Old Hollywood Glamour at The Chicago Athletic Association

Have you ever seen a more glamorous couple?! We were ooohhing and aaahhing when we opened these photos! There is already something so opulent about a winter wedding, but add in a white tuxedo jacket and a stunning beaded gown and you've got a drop dead gorgeous day! 

Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is | Floral & Decor: Revel Decor | Catering: Chicago Athletic Assoc. | Cake: CAKE Chicago

New Year's Eve Winter Wedding

There is something so magical about a New Year's Eve wedding! The lovely bride & groom had a three very important priorities when it came to their big day- 1. Personal touches 2. Amazing food and 3. One heck of a party! All we can say is check, check, and check. The fun had at this wedding rivaled any NYE party!

Full Service Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Studio This Is | Venue: Morgan Manufacturing | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs | Catering: Truffleberry Market | Entertainment: Gold Coast All Stars

Fall Garden Wedding at The Art Institute

Bliss Weddings & Events combined this sweet couple's dream of a garden wedding with their love for the Art Institute Chicago. We worked with the team at HMR Designs to create a lush, floral filled ceremony and reception within a classic Chicago venue. The result was absolutely stunning! The bride and groom and their guests danced the night away with Larry King Orchestra and enjoyed fun end of the night treats like ice cream sandwiches and tiny tacos. We will remember this beautiful day forever! 

Full Service Planning: Bliss Weddings & Events | Photography: Avery House | Floral & Decor: HMR Designs | Catering: Bon Appetit | Band: Larry King Orchestra 

Best Wedding Planner in Chicago

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We had the true privilege of being named one of the top 5 wedding planners in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. A huge honor we are over-the-moon excited to share.

See the article below:

 

THE VETERAN
Renny Pedersen
Bliss Weddings & Events
773.661.1267, renny@blissweddingsandevents.com

If anyone understands all the moving pieces involved in planning a large-scale event, it’s Renny Pedersen, the owner of Bliss Weddings & Events. Pedersen, received a degree in hospitality management, attended culinary school, and spent four years working in catering and seven in corporate event planning, all before launching her own business in wedding planning in 2001. Now her reputation and Web site attract clients who hire her over the phone and led to an invitation to participate in Mark Burnett’s new TNT reality show Wedding Day (in which a deserving couple are surprised with the wedding of their dreams) when it comes to Chicago.

Little fazes this industry veteran, who recently took only two months to orchestrate a distinctive wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art, complete with guests’ names appliquéd in mirrored lettering on the chargers (to coordinate with the tin-foil-lined walls of the room’s art installation). At another reception, it took Pedersen only minutes to remove a red-wine stain from the bride’s wedding gown with OxiClean. “You’d never know,” Pedersen says. “Her mom couldn’t believe it.” When a bride forgot her shoes, Pedersen’s assistant ran to Nordstrom; when the caterers forgot coffee, Pedersen bought ten gallons from a nearby Starbucks; and when one guest indicated he couldn’t eat solid food, Pedersen sent one of her crew out for a blender. “Our job is to go above and beyond,” she says.

Pedersen, who works out of her office in Wicker Park, also does a fair amount of prep work, visiting clients in their homes to get a feel for their style, or conducting meetings in a bowling alley or over manicures if they so choose. After asking clients, who on average spend $120,000 on their weddings, to mark favorite images in magazines, Pedersen creates vision boards that she gives to vendors along with detailed requests, ensuring that when clients first meet with a photographer, caterer, or florist, they know exactly what the couple want. “I really understand people’s time,” Pedersen says, “and I try to make it as easy as possible so they can enjoy the experience.”

Favorite wedding: The aforementioned event at the MCA.
Most unusual: When a bride wanted to pattern her wedding after an Andy Warhol painting called Flowers, Pedersen devised a menu that mirrored the painting.
Best party tip: Be in the moment. Relax and have fun. If the hosts are relaxed, the guests are relaxed. “That’s what makes a great party,” she says.
Best way to save: If you don’t care whether you have a band or a DJ, get a DJ. Make your own save-the-date cards or ask a friend in graphic design for help with invitations.

xoxo, bliss

Wedding Guest Style Guide

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Wedding Season is officially in full force!  Most of our clients want to list creative guest dress codes on their invites.  But what do they all mean?  It's not as simple as black tie anymore.  Here is a guide and tips to help you looking gorgeous and perfectly pulled together for any request the bride throws at you.

Our fashionable friends at The Black Tux put together some great tips for casual/formal wedding attire in this cute diagram.  Grooms/groomsmen who need a suit or tux, be sure and check their wedding suit and tuxedos rentals page at The Black Tux for the NEW way to rent men's formal attire.  They have the coolest styles, will be perfectly fitted and delivered to your door.  Piece of cake!  You've got this!

xoxo, bliss

Wedding Gift Giving Tips

Essential Guide to Giving

Wedding Gifts

 

how to give the perfect wedding gift?

 

We all run ask the same questions when buying wedding gifts for your fav wedding couples.  It is hard to navigate all the rules! And it seems they change all the time.  Here are our top few staple rules to abide by when giving wedding gifts.

 

  • Never, EVER EVER bring a wrapped gift to the wedding.  Please never do this. I don't know why this trend started in the 80's and it never seemed to die off.  It is incredibly rude to bring a gift. Think about how the "just married" blissful couple will ever figure out how to get your huge wrapped Lobster Pot home or back to the hotel.  We promise you it's the last thing they or anyone in their wedding party wants to think about at 12am.  Always ship wrapped gifts before the wedding to the couples home address or up to a year after the wedding.  Don't forget to include a meaningful card.

 

  • Try to buy a gift off their registry. They spent a lot of time putting together this curated list of special items they need to start their lives together.  Please don't buy something off their list you "think" they will love.  They really want the items they picked out in their style and taste.

 

 

  • Most modern couples are not only registering for household items, but also on amazing websites like zola.com where they can register for furniture, electronics, experiences, weekend get aways and cash funds all in one easy location. Their tag line is "Ask for Everything!"  Really truly anything they really want.  We love this concept as it gives the buyer so many great options. It's never fun buying someone their last set of pillowcases and forks from Target right?  I would much rather buy them dinner and a bottle of amazing wine for their next little weekend holiday!

 

 

  • We always get asked, "How much are you really supposed to spend on the shower and wedding gifts".  The age old rule of giving the couple the price of their reception meal - is just that, an old saying.  There really is no true rule here.  Just give what you can afford and think about your own relationship and let that guide your price.  You would give a different amount for a work associate rather than your best friend.  One great rule of thumb is the 20/20/60 rule.  If you are invited to 2 showers and the wedding, spend 20% on the shower gift, 20% on the second shower or party and 60% on the wedding gift.  Set your budget ahead of time so you are fully prepared.  And YES, if you get invited, you must send something.  Doesn't have to be a big something, but needs to be something.

 

  • Wedding guests always want to know where you are registered.  If it is not listed on their wedding website, just ask around. Text someone in the wedding party or a family member.  Or try a quick search on popular wedding registries like Williams-Sonoma or Crate & Barrel.  

happy gift giving! xoxo

Top 5 Favorite Chicago Event Venues

chicago wedding venues

We have so many favorite wedding venues in Chicago, but we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our top 5.  Let the party planning begin!

All events below Planned and Designed by Bliss Weddings & Events.

 

morgan manufacturing

If you are looking for an incredibly flexible space that will host up 400 guests comfortably, has room for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and afterparty in separate spaces, that is super urban and polished, open until 2am (for your rockin after party crowd!) you've found a great option.  Whether you envision a elegant ceremony with hundreds of guests, or an intimate reception with your closest family and friends, or a casual, dance party celebration, Morgan Manufacturing offers impeccable service and the most exceptional backdrop for your unique vision. Morgan Manufacturing offers over 32,000 square feet of world-class space with Chicago swagger, designed around a concept of modularity and industrial elegance. Say "I Do," in a romantic ceremony in the Distillery. The Distillery space features soaring ceiling heights, exposed concrete, glass, and steel to create the industrial elegance Morgan is known for. Then, dine and dance the night away in the expansive Production space.  

 

the field museum

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The iconic Field Museum is not only a stunning choice for a wedding reception, but It is also a huge showstopper, in a perfect location and incredibly flexible.   Host an unforgettable evening in one of their beautiful event spaces where guests can explore exhibitions and dine among elephants and dinosaurs.

Ceremony outside on their gorgeous grass lawn with the most incredible view of the city. Cocktails outside on their patio or inside if weather doesn't cooperate.   Dining and Dancing inside the historic  Stanley Field Hall,  2 levels of reception and dining space as well as access to SUE, our world famous T. rex. And the Afterparty in the architecturally elegant and sky-lit East Atrium Pavilion until 2am!

 

19 east

19 East is located at 19 East 21st Street in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. This venue is entirely managed by Food for Thought, special events and catering company that has been providing the best memorable experiences and hosting the finest special events in the city of Chicago for more than 30 years. This incredible, eclectic venue provides 10,000 square feet of event space that is completely flexible to your needs. 19 East’s four different rooms offer hardwood floors, steel beams, mosaic tile, built-in marble bars and high ceilings throughout- it is a sight to see.

Each room can be designed to be different to accommodate your special event or meeting to your exact specifications. In the front of the venue, you will find the Alumina Room, which a large open space that is commonly used for gorgeous wedding ceremonies. The next room you will enter is the Bridgestone Room, another open floor plan ready to offer endless possibilities. From there, you’ll enter the Commonwealth Room, which provides access to the balcony and entry to the Hideaway, a modern loft space that is perfect for smaller groups or meetings. At 19 East, no two events are alike. Special events held have included, but are not limited to:

  • Wedding Ceremony & Seated Dinner: Up to 150 guests
  • Seated Dinners: Up to 250 guests
  • Wedding Receptions: Up to 500 guests

bridgeport art center

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Housed in the former Spiegel Catalog warehouse, the Bridgeport Art Center’s “Skyline Loft” and "Sculpture Garden" defines raw urban elegance. The architectural elements from this historic 1911 building include timber construction, exposed brick, soaring ceilings, an amazing elevator that holds 50 guests at a time, sit-down dining and dancing for up to 500 guests and an unparalleled view of the Chicago skyline.

Whether planning an intimate gathering for close friends and family or an extravagant gala, the open loft space on the top floor of the Bridgeport Art Center is a blank canvas that we ADORE transforming for any occasion that demands an exceptional setting.  

chicago botanic gardens

The Chicago Botanic Garden, with event sites nestled amid enchanting gardens, peaceful lakes and native woodlands, is a spectacular site for a special event. It is truly a dream land of opportunities in which we love to transform and enhance.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, your event springs to life amid a backdrop of pure beauty and serenity. This world-renowned cultural destination is the perfect venue for your wedding, reception, and rehearsal dinner. From the simple to the sublime, they have something for every taste! 

All photos above are weddings planned and designed by Bliss Weddings & Events

happy venue selecting! xoxo