How To Start Planning the Big Day!

season is officially over and sparkly rings are popping up everywhere!
Once that initial excitement dies down, many couples are left with a
daunting to-do list for getting down to business planning their dream day.

Chris Schmidt, the Director of Catering
at InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, offers his advice on the best things to tackle as you
dive into planning:

  • Smile – Relax, smile and enjoy the moment. In
    today’s crazy non-stop world, everyone will be asking you where it
    will be, what is the date, have you picked out colors yet?
    All very important questions, but most important is this moment. For
    a few lucky people, it’s a moment that comes just once in a lifetime,
    so enjoy it.
  • Brainstorm the Size – It’s time to
    start looking at spaces. Sit down first to get a good idea on a guest
    list. This will help you in weeding out locations that simply do
    not fit right from the start.
  • Include Personality – Ask each
    other what is really important, such as what reflects your tastes and
    make this an opportunity to give your guests a glimpse
    into what you love.
  • Ask for Help – Now that you have a rough idea of
    your vision, contact a planner. These professionals work with
    numerous hotels and venues around the city and are well versed
    in the positive and not as positive aspects of each. Trust in
    their experience and knowledge to let them take the lead. You have
    your own 50+ hour work week; let them do the legwork so that you
    can enjoy as much time as possible with your new fiancé!
  • Where to say “I do” – If you are
    planning your ceremony at a church, realize that this will probably
    be one of the more difficult parts in confirming, especially if you
    are not members and want to be at a prime downtown location. If a church location isn’t required, make use of your beautiful historic
    hotel ballroom and eliminate the need and expense of
    transportation to/from the church by having the ceremony on-site.
  • Music Decisions – Deciding between a band or a DJ? Remember,
    Chicago has some of the greatest musicians and “Wedding
    Bands” because we don’t have as strong of a recording scene as LA or NYC, thus freeing up this incredible pool of talent to
    perform every Saturday night at some of the most fabulous downtown
    Chicago hotels and venues. No matter how much you love that song
    on the radio, no one sings it better or could exude as much energy as
    a great live band on your wedding night.
  • Be Firm – Don’t let wedding dress companies scare
    you away from getting what you truly want. You can find a dress in less
    than 6 months. You may have to make some sacrifices, but at the
    end of the day, you will still have a beautiful wedding dress and
    can save yourself quite the headache on drawing out the engagement
    and the endless questions, over-thinking and over-analyzing.
  • Cherish It All – There, you said it. “We’re
    Engaged!” Now your wedding is all about everyone else. Having
    that sinking feeling of what did you get into? Don’t
    worry, you’re not the first. Take a deep breath, remember back
    to that moment when it was just the two of you and the question was
    popped. “Will you marry me?” Now smile. Look at that
    incredible person you are about to spend the rest of your life with
    and circle back to the most important piece of advice in here: Enjoy
    the moment and treasure it, because the end of the wedding night
    will be here before you know it. And then it’s on to the next
    chapter: married life.
A huge thanks to Chris Schmidt and the team at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile! Be sure to visit their website to find out more information about their weddings.

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