Chicago Weddings

Best Wedding Planner in Chicago

best chicago wedding planner 

 

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

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

blissweddingsandevents.JPG

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

blissweddingsandevents.jpg

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

 

 

Field Museum Event

CITY CHIC 

at the field museum

Chicago, IL

We had the true pleasure of working with the most amazing couple and family on a lovely wedding at the Chicago Field Museum.  

The bride loved preppy and glam, so we created a chic and sophisticated evening with the colors coral, poppy, navy and gold! We carpeted Stanley Field Hall with lush Navy carpet to soften and define the space. 
Guests were greeted with pedicabs to carry them into cocktail hour on the terrace. The after party in the East Atrium included a dueling piano bar, whiskey and pizza cart, cigar lounge and custom beer pong.

Planning and Design:  Bliss Weddings & Events  / Photography:  Liz Banfield 

blissweddingsandevents
blissweddingsandeventschicago.JPG
© Liz Banfield .252.D710.046.2016.15..Med_Res.JPG
blissweddingsandeventschicago.JPG
blissweddingsandeventschicago.JPG
blissweddingsandevents
© Liz Banfield .498.8141.16.2016.15..Med_Res.JPG
fieldmuseumwedding.jpg
fieldmuseumwedding.jpg
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
blissweddingsandevents
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumevents
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumweddingdessert
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding
fieldmuseumwedding

Morgan Manufacturing Wedding

Winter Wedding at Morgan Manufacturing

CHICAGO, IL

We have been dying to share this winter wedding! Bliss and the beautiful couple created a warm and romantic setting in the midst of a cold Chicago winter. The glowing candles, floral branches, gold sequins, and blush tones mixed together for one dreamy tablescape! A memorable day was capped off with a surprise visit- the Doughnut Vault van pulled right into Morgan Manufacturing to serve guests late-night snacks. How fun is that?! See the full feature in Bride’s magazine!

Planning:, Bliss Weddings & Events / Venue: Morgan Manufacturing / Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Videography: Poetic Productions  / Decor: HMR Designs  / Catering: Blue Plate  / Band: The Party Faithful, Great Life Music / Late Night Snacks: Doughnut Vault

 

0 Likes

morganmanufacturingwedding.jpg
morganmanufacturingwedding.jpg
morganmanufacturingchicago.jpg
morganmanufacturingwedding.jpg
morganmanufacturingwedding.jpg