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The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine

The Knot Chicago Weddings Magazine Fall/Winter 2017

Buy The Knot Chicago magazine to make wedding planning easier. Find all you need to know about the best Chicago wedding venues, including outdoor wedding venues, wedding cruises, where to have a garden wedding and more.

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in this issue

1 min.
get the look

ON HER Dress, $4,200, Rivini at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca.com (Chicago & Oakbrook Terrace); engagement ring, $1,580, MarrowFine.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com ON HER Dress, price upon request, Marchesa at Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, DimitrasBridal.com (Chicago); headpiece, $197, SaraGabriel.com; engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry.com; shoes, $795, JimmyChoo.com ON HIM Jacket, $450, pants, $250, JCrew.com; shirt, $90, pocket square, $30, Joseph Abboud, MensWearhouse.com; tie, $19, TheTieBar.com; shoes, $350, ColeHaan.com shot on location at Hotel Provincial, HotelProvincial.com ON HER Dress, price upon request, Sareh Nouri at Bella Bianca Bridal Couture, BellaBianca.com (Chicago); headpiece, $285, Paris by Deborah Moreland, KleinfeldBridal.com; engagement ring, $1,800 (not including center stone), AJaffe.com; band, $825, CoastDiamond.com; shoes, $110, WHITE by Vera Wang, DavidsBridal.com behind the scenes JAZZ IT UP With its vibrant music scene and colorful architecture, New Orleans was the perfect…

1 min.
the knot.com/chicago

REAL WEDDINGS get inspired Browse top weddings from the Windy City for the ultimate local inspiration. You’ll find amazing venues plus creative style ideas that will show your guests what a true Chicago celebration is all about, like Marla and Trevin’s Ovation Chicago nuptials. Their day included Asian and Peruvian fare and a paper altar made from dozens of origami cranes. THE KNOT B EST OF WEDDINGS 2 0 1 7 Find the top-rated pros in your area and why couples love them atTheKnot.com/bow. GO LOCAL connect with pros and find tips Gather your dream team of wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at TheKnot.com/stateguides. Your Illinois directory has everything you need to know about saying “I do,” from getting your marriage license to seasonal tips. Then connect with planners, florists,…

2 min.
congrats, you’re engaged!

When I got engaged the first thing I started thinking about was my wedding vision—something that proved much harder to settle on than I expected. I had recently vacationed in Italy and thought I wanted a family-style feast with rustic tables covered in majolica platters filled with Tuscan specialties. All of that changed the minute I walked into my dream venue: a stunning, light-filled Manhattan loft space with a glassenclosed roof and wraparound terrace. From there, everything else fell into place. To help you get your planning off to a successful start, we’ve got ideas for 15 different styles to inspire your day (p. 118). Once you’ve nailed your venue and theme, it will be so much easier to pick a gorgeous cake design (p. 160) and all the other…

3 min.
let the planning begin

12+ MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______ □ Don’t worry, your first task is a fun one: Envision your wedding— think about the style you want and color palettes you love. □ Nail down a budget. □ When and where would you like to get married? Not sure where to start? The Knot Venue Concierge can give you personal recommendations based on a few details (see Wedding Planning Tools, p. 26). □ Hire any pros you just have to have, like a band or wedding planner. □ Start searching for the dress. □ Get the ring appraised and then insured ASAP. 9-11 MONTHS date: ______ /______ /______ □ Find a stationer and order your savethe- dates. This is really happening! □ Propose to your wedding party. □ Create your website with The Knot. Guests can also access it on the Guest List app…

1 min.
the knot wedding planning tools

OUR APPS THE KNOT GUEST LIST AND WEDDING WEBSITES MANAGER Create your wedding website and guest list. Guests can access the app to get essential details and share photos. WEDDING LOOKBOOK BY THE KNOT Search for the hottest dresses and rings, and see where you can find them in your area. WEDDING PLANNER BY THE KNOT Consider this your personalized organizer: It includes the Wedding Budget Calculator and The Ultimate Wedding Checklist. OUR ONLINE TOOLS THEKNOT.COM/WEDDINGWEBSITES Build your customized wedding website by choosing from unique design schemes and colors. The best part? It’s free! THEKNOT.COM/REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores and track all of your gifts. Be sure to share your registries on your wedding website. THEKNOT.COM/MARKETPLACE Research, read reviews, directly connect, then book top wedding vendors in your area, in all categories. THEKNOT.COM/CONCIERGE Take our quiz to help you find the perfect venue. Plus,…

6 min.
ask carley

Q My fiancé is Hindu, and while we’ve chosen not to have a religious ceremony, I want to surprise him with a few personal touches from his heritage. Any suggestions? A The best way to do this is subtly. Gold and red, both auspicious colors in Indian tradition, could appear throughout your wedding details. Choose a red stationery suite inked in gold, have your bridesmaids wear red or decorate your tables with gold-plated urns filled with red, pink and yellow blooms. Elephants (to honor the god Ganesh) could also play a role, or include a modern mandap in the ceremony. THE RIGHT MIX Q I’m having trouble finding accessories to match my style of dress—how should I start? A One or two accessories can complete any look (and make it your own), but try…