Planning a Chicago Wedding…Fast.


Congratulations on your recent engagement! Enjoy your time and revel in this moment. You’ve found your forever person. The ring is stunning. And everyone is so happy for you and excited for the big day. When you’re ready to start planning your Chicago wedding, allow us to assist with some tips. Here’s how to plan the perfect wedding…fast.

Make A Plan

It can be easy to get caught up in the magic of wedding planning, so make sure you have a wedding strategy. Schedule a meeting with your fiance and family members who are contributing to the special day. Discuss the budget, guest count and type of wedding you’re envisioning. Will it be a sit down event or a more casual reception style party? Are you planning on hosting the ceremony in a church, a park or at the reception venue? Make sure to nail down those details first – then streamline.

Invitations & Information

Use online wedding invitation sites such as Minted or Shutterfly, which will allow you to personalize fonts, colors and designs and see digital images of your invites, before sending to print. Consider sending out electronic save-the-dates while your wedding invitations are being created. Going truly digital? Send your personalized invitations to your guests via email from Paperless Post.

A simple (and free!) wedding website can be created on The Knot or WeddingWire. Keep your invitations simple and direct your guests to these sites for hotel information, rehearsal dinner details and local attractions.


Find a Chicago wedding venue with an on-site planner, that also has great vendor contacts. This will save time because you don’t have to sift through vendor after vendor to find the perfect fit; many wedding venues have a list of preferred vendors who they’ve built relationships with and can point you in the right direction.

Speaking of On-Site Wedding Planner…

Our wedding planner, Natalie, will make sure that all of your details are perfectly timed and placed the day of your event.  Whether finalizing the floor map, setting out place cards and florals or helping you walk down the aisle, we can assure you that her expertise will make sure that your day is seamless and stress-free.

“One Stop Shop”

Another benefit of hosting your wedding at Stratford on the Park?  This is a Chicago wedding venue that has everything you need for your wedding day.  Booking your wedding with us includes; tables, elegant cream leather chairs, linen, silverware, china and glassware – all items that normally incur rental fees at other venues. Our menus are curated by an accomplished chef and our service is second to none. We offer a luxury apartment perfect for day of preparations and as a bridal suite after the party concludes. We also have excellent relationships with area hotels, where we can help you get a discounted block of rooms for out-of-town guests.

Allow our team of Chicago wedding experts to guide you through every step of your wedding process. Keep an eye out for more tips and tricks in our next blog post. We can’t wait to help you plan your happily ever after in Chicago.


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Chicago, IL 60614

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