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The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine

The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine Spring/Summer 2019

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in this issue

1 min.
get the look

1 min.
scout’s honor

SCOUT Luca AGE 8 BEST P ART OF THE SHOOT “I liked being outside, running toward the camera, dressing up and getting to meet a lot of new people.” SCOUT Brett AGE 7 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “I love being outdoors, so I liked the camping theme of the shoot. It was pretty cool exploring the woods.” SCOUT Tyler AGE 9 BEST PART OF THE SHOOT “It was fun dressing up as a scout because I’m a Cub Scout in real life. I’ve learned a lot about volunteering.” COVERS AND BOY SCOUTS: CHRIS CRAYMER; ICON: B FARIAS/NOUN PROJECT…

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REAL WEDDINGS get inspired Browse weddings from across Chicago, including Kelly and Troy’s lush, tree-lined ceremony at the bride’s grandparents’ home in Hinsdale. “I’ve always loved how beautiful the grounds are,” Kelly says. To add a romantic, nature-inspired touch to the event space, the couple wrapped tent poles with fresh greenery and twinkling lights. “I was brought to tears when I saw the reception tent,” Kelly says. BEST OF WEDDINGS Ready to assemble your pro squad? Discover the top-rated wedding vendors in your area and find out why couples love them at TheKnot.com/bow. GO LOCAL connect with pros and find tips Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/chicago. You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local…

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When it comes to weddings today, the rules are simple: There are no rules! You can get married on a campground (p. 202), wear a colorful suit or dress (p. 52), or host a brunch celebration complete with cereal décor and everyone’s fave breakfast bites (p. 124). In other words, the options are truly endless. For all of the brides and grooms out there looking for a rule book (hi there), the thought of “anything goes” could feel overwhelming—and you may not know where to start. Whoever you are, and whatever celebration you’re throwing, begin by downloading The Knot app—it will help you determine your style, customize to-do lists and find vendors in your area. The next step? Look to your relationship for inspiration. Consider activities you like to do together,…

2 min.
you’re engaged!

NAIL DOWN THE BUDGET Envision your wedding and decide how much you want to spend (and who else will be contributing). BOOK A VENUE Search for the perfect place to celebrate, keeping budget and guest count in mind. Then set the date. GATHER YOUR CREW Ask your besties to stand by you at the altar and in the months leading up to your day. HIRE YOUR TEAM Research and book pros—anyone you have to have should be locked in ASAP. BUY THE FORMALWEAR Shop for your attire and schedule necessary fittings—don’t forget accessories. Decide what your wedding party will wear too. REGISTER & CREATE A WEBSITE Start a wish list and site on The Knot.com. Share the link so guests are in on all the details, like hotel room blocks. PICK YOUR WEDDING PAPER Decide on invites, thank-yous and other stationery. If you…

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plan your wedding on your phone

FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe, swipe, swipe on images in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your wedding vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help…