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Ars Gratia Nuptiae
Ultra-creative additions to your wedding day
memorabilia—make your day last with style.
You can have a wedding in a museum, or rent fine art to
decorate your event. Unfortunately, wedding memories have
the potential to be reduced to something less sensory like
paper, celluloid, or yellowing flora. But never fear, where
there is beauty, there are passionate, creative people to
interpret, enhance, and confer great permanence to those
moments of joy.
But I don’t have that kind of budget, right? Well, yes and no.
You will be so enchanted when you enjoy or share your great
moments again and again. You’ll benefit indefinitely and
your memories will be deeply rooted in all of the intimate
things that last forever; portraits, keepsakes, and music that
filled the air. You only get one chance to capture it, so it’s
not just about a day’s work.
Take a journey, from the planning stages to the thank you
cards, and discover the ways you can be the muse, and your
wedding day, the inspired work of art.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for
First, there are announcements. The initial proclamation you
are to be married, and the first impression most people get
of your style, personality, and what’s in store. Certainly, you
can go online and order some nice cards from a template.
But you might as well go to EveryWeddingIsTheSame-right?.com.
What you need is to reflect on who you are,
and what this moment means to you. How can a website
Hand-painted stationery is a divine way to set the stage.
Every invitation is a portrayal of you, and carries with it
your hopes and excitement. Work with someone who is a
good communicator and will understand you enough to
blend your vision with function. Your guests will notice you
put the time and the thought into creating the motif, and
have reached out to them with something beautiful.
com) who designs and
cards, and all manner
of wedding design is
as good as her word:
“Where art meets
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stationery.” She creates painted invites, each with a new
idea, a new look, and utterly original. You’ll have frameworthy
pieces to cherish.
Now, you have your designs and theme—you need to build
on the communication. In days gone by, hand calligraphy
was the relative standard of penmanship. As time went on
and inventions like ballpoint pens came along, calligraphy
became exclusive and more special. You may be tempted
again to save money because calligraphy is a nice extra and
after all, you have a nice laser printer. But artists, including
calligraphers, love to create, so hire one to run free a bit and
see if they have the perfect idea for you. For instance, instead
of having table numbers, imagine… a room full of beautiful
characters and flourishes to enhance the sophisticated look
of the tables. There is a similar design on the seating chart,
which also looks a lot like the invitations and envelopes.
Christy Toney of CT Designs in Chicago (ct-designs.com) is
a professional calligrapher who doesn’t want you to miss
an opportunity to “speak” to your guests. She recommends
no matter what you create and send, at least one of those
items should be hand-lettered, and it should be something
they hold in their hands. In short, calligraphy is more than
just exquisite lettering; it is original art, and the personalized
items become the most personal.
If music be the food of love, play on.
You’ve reserved everything and need to plan the ceremony.
Have you considered the fact that all of the music at
weddings was written for someone other than the bride
and groom? Every traditional song, however beautiful,
was written for someone else in another time, and is “borrowed.”
Fear not! You can hire your own musical bard
who will create an original wedding score; a reflection
of who you are and your relationship with your groom,
family, and friends.
Nate Sanford (musicbynate.com) is one such composer
and is fully committed to the idea that like great movies
and musicals, weddings flow from one scene to the next
in a symphony; movements changing but maintaining the
sense of self and personality for the couple. Elite musicians
like Nate can write original songs for everything from the
flower girl to the bride and groom exit, and immerse you
in a beautiful sound to lift and reflect your very own heart
and soul in a whole new way. Nate says his greatest customer
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Wedding Guide Chicago - Summer/Fall 2013
Wedding Guide Chicago - Summer/Fall 2013
Pink & Chic
Running in the Righ Direction
"I'd Marry You Every Day"
First Comes Love
Art for Your Wedding
Planning Checklist and Calendar
Wedding Day Timeline
Ceremony and Marriage
A Leap of Faith
Love Is ‘on’ the Air
Building a FoundatIon of Love
To the Sky and Back
I Heart Chicago
Out of the Ballpark
Receptions and Specialty Parties
Cakes and Sweets
Tempting Cakes and Sweets
Flowers and Décor
For the Groom
Fit for him
Photography and Videography
Music and Entertainment
Invitations and Announcements
Gifts and Favors
Wedding Guide Chicago - Summer/Fall 2013