(Closed) Beach Bride, Big city groom

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
46416 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is so frustrating not being able to post pics yet!

If you have a wall at your beach reception you could do a stencil of the Chicago skyline and project it with a light onto the wall


Table names could be Chicago names that are meaningful to him. You could get those 2 sided frames from IKEA (99 cents)and have a pic of a Chicago landmark- Willis/Sears Tower, Wrigley Field, Michigan Avenue, or Navy Pier.–on one side and an explanation of the significance on the other side.

Even if you are not doing assigned seating you could incorporate these easily.

What about a surprise treat for a late night snack-Chicago deep dish pizza? I’m sure there are other foods Chicago is known for. Or, you could do mini versions for appetizers.

Garrett Popcorn or Frango Mints for favors?

Obviously you would only do some of these things.

Post # 5
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011


My first thought was to have people give him snowballs to remind him how great it is to live in So Cal, but it won’t be snowing just yet in early Oct (it better not!).  Maybe snowcones would be cute.

I saw a crazy groom’s cake at indie wed that was made to look like a deep dish pizza, cubs hat, Chicago Hot dog, popcorn, etc.

If you’re doing a photobooth/screen to take pics in front of, it might be cute to have a Chicago Skyline background.  If it’s a DIY thing, you could project the image onto fabric and paint it on.  Could be super cute if it’s blackout fabric and little lights are cut out (stars, buildings) …with a light on the other side shining through.

You could dance to My Kind of Town (Chicago is)- or sing it to him!  Not if you have a voice like mine though! Yikes!

Maybe there’s a groom’s gift you can get him that reminds him of his hometown (but somehow doesn’t make him too wistful).

Is there something in particular that he mentions about Chicago that he likes?  Sports teams? Museums? Winter?

Funny, you’re looking for Chicago stuff, I’m looking for stuff that grows freely in Cali!

Post # 6
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

On second thought, snow/snowcones kind of seems like you’re saying “I live somewhere better than you.” Apologies, the weather has been terrible & I am just ready for warmth.

What about vintage photos/ postcards? http://www.spudart.org/blog/images/2005/chicago_beach_full.jpg I think there are poster versions of this sort of thing.

Retro gov’t stuff: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaposquery.html<

Paper skyline napkin rings?

Hurricane candle holders with skyline outlines?

Most of the pics of the Chicago Skyline include at least lake Michigan, if not the beach.

Quote from a Chicagoan in a speech?  Trip to chicago for bachelor party?



Post # 7
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wow.  Lots of great ideas!   I may have to snag some for myself. 😉

We are using el stops as our table names.  A photo of the location with the el stop sign graphic and a brief story of the signifigance to us. 

I do love the idea of bringing in a late nite Chicago snack.  Lou Malanatis deep dish can be mailed all over and comes in heart shapes.  Portillo’s Italian Beef can be shipped nationwide as well.  Brings a little of home to Cali!

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