(Closed) Where Do I Begin?

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Hello, Welcome & Congrats!

I would suggest you search the arvchives for posts from Mrs Emerald.  She is a Chicago Bee that was recently married.  May I also suggets keeping an eye out for posts from Miss Peacock, Miss Sundae, and Miss Jasmine who are all in Chicago, but I think only Miss Peacock is having a wedding in Chicago.  Best of luck and welcome to the wonderful hive!

Post # 4
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Mrs. Bee has put together a list of some of the best sites right here on weddingbee. Check them out-


 Also, Some brides will warn you against theKnot.com message boards because some of the brides on there can be mean and make rude comments.  BUT it is a GREAT resource for finding good local vendors especially if you are working on a budget. Many times you won’t find these budget vendors on fancy websites and magazines. You can get reviews from real brides and see how they were treated.  If you are worried about some of the negativety then just read the posts…you don’t have to activley post on them.

Post # 5
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Welcome and congatulations, Shasta!

The WB has a great new feature called words of wisdom. Here’s one of the first posts about being newly engaged:


They sum it all up pretty well there, but if you’re hankering for more I’m working on a "Newly Engaged" page on my website that has a few tips as well.


Good luck!


Post # 6
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Oh, and someone mentioned a sited called Muse Weddings a while back. It has a budget, task list and a few other basic features.


I agree with BaghdadBride in that the Knot has some great resources, but I tend to stay clear of the boards because of the comments. Hehehe…I read it for the articles.


There’s also Project Wedding. They have a few cities including Chicago. Once on their site, scroll to the very bottom, and in fine print you’ll see a few cities. Click on Chicago to see vendor reviews and resources. It’s like the Knot in some ways, but I think it’s a bit more organized.


There are three parts to this: Ceremony (all about you and the lovin’), reception (all about your guests) and the honeymoon (all about the two of you).

One last bit of advice: The Internet has made planning so much easier, but it also seems to have upped the anty. Basically it’s easy to get overwhelmed and want to do everything that’s out there. Before you do, stop and take a breather. Remember why you’re getting married in the first place.

Post # 7
48 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008


Mywedding.com is a great resource too.  They have a Chicago section.  Congrats and good luck!  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

If you’re looking for the place to start in general (not just online), I highly recommend talking with your fiance a lot about what you both envision for your wedding.  Let the ideas bounce around for a while before you start signing contracts.  The wedding I thought we’d have at the beginning is *very* different than the one we’re planning now.  I would have been sorry if we’d started nailing down definites sooner.

(BTW: we went from small ceremony with big party afterward to elopement with big party 6 months later, and I’m soo glad.  I highly recommend considering *all* options).  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

You’re already ahead of the game since you’ve found Weddingbee!!  I didn’t discover it til after my wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

Seriously if you just keep an eye on the bee blogs and the boards you’ll have all the questions you didn’t even know you had answered!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 11
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Welcome! I have been engaged and planning a wedding for 2 years in Chicago so I am very familiar with local resources! Here are some great ones to look into:

  • Chicago Social Brides Magazine & website, for local event calendar and resources
  • White Chicago Bridal Consignment, for designer gowns at great prices
  • I Do, I Do, for wedding accessories
  • Craigslist, for secondhand supplies
  • Rohner Letterpress, for letterpress services

Also take a look at my knot bio for other vendors:


Post # 12
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Congrats, Shasta!  These are all great suggestions!  Another one to peruse is StyleMePretty.com – they have a new feature called the Little Black Book that gives vendor references for specific cities, including Chicago…plus, very great eye candy on the blog!

I don’t refer to the Knot boards often, but they are sometimes helpful for general local info, vendor reviews, and just having local support.

Post # 14
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2019 - St. Clement Church, Cafe Brauer (or a big church wedding and a fancy party at a cafe in Lincoln Park.

Congrats on the engagement!  Chicago is a great city for a wedding.  I second all the other blog mentions and the warnings/advice on the knot.  It is an amazing resource for vendors and vendor reviews, but it can make you feel a little crazy trying to keep up with the Jones’ or steering clear of the drama. I also really like http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/  For WB, Mrs. Emerald had a gorgeous wedding in the Chicago suburbs.  Radish, Jasmine and Shortcake are out of town weddings (upstate NY, LA and Lake Geneva), although they all live in Chicago and write about Chicago vendors. I try to talk about Chicago stuff as much as I can ๐Ÿ™‚

Although I love Style Me Pretty for eye candy, I would be wary of the Little Black Book.  Its pay for play (as are all the knot listings) so you won’t get the most honest account. 

Are you thinking city or suburbs? 


Post # 16
2 posts

To All,

It’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Work and other family issues crept up.  Glad the wedding isn’t soon.

 You’ll ALL been so, so helpful.  What a lovely community here.


 – Shasta 


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