What to wear

I know I always stress about what to wear to weddings.  So I thought I’d add a little post for those looking for more direction.

What the heck do we mean by smart casual you ask?  Good question.  Basically we would love for you to dress for whatever the weather is supposed to be that day; our top priority is your comfort!  Remember, we do have a tent with sides, but we will still be outdoors! We’d prefer no jeans if possible.  Sundresses are great for the ladies.  Slacks, polos, nice shirts for the guys.  No need for jackets or ties unless that’s what you prefer!

Hope this helps everyone!

A Little Help

Since we know nothing about hosting a wedding, Jonathan and I decided we needed a little help to plan and then execute this big party!  So I’m happy to announce we have a day-of wedding coordinator!  Her name is Amanda and she is from LaDi Events and I’m super thankful we are going to have her help.  Check out her website by clicking the icon below.

Save the Date!

Save the Dates are in the mail!  We turned this into a little do-it-yourself project and designed our own postcards.  We first had to narrow it down to 3 engagement pictures!  Clare Byrne did such a great job taking them that we struggled to choose only three! After selecting our pictures we went to uprinting.com.  I had won 100 free postcards from a wedding blog that I subscribe to, and this was the perfect way to use them.  We designed them online, and they arrived in the mail shortly after.  Then we address and stamped them, and away they went!

Here are our save the dates:

Our traditional Save the Date

Our book lovers Save the Date

The Save the Date in which we show off our geeky side.

 

 

Where to Stay

Shockingly, Elburn does not have a single hotel in it.  So where can you, our friends and family, stay after celebrating our nuptials?  Here are some options!  This post will also be permanently under the heading Ceremony and Reception. We are not reserving a block of rooms because there is no one ideal hotel for all our guests and none are particularly near the wedding. Plus you can get such a better deal without a block reserved!

1. Comfort Inn and Suites   

1555 E Fabyan Parkway, Geneva, IL 60134

(800) 424-6423

comfortinngeneva.com

11.9 miles from reception, approximately 25 minutes

* For the Nelson family, this hotel is approximately 6 minutes from the Byrne household.

* For the Anderson family, this hotel is approximtely 5 minutes from Grandma Anderson’s household.

 

 

2. Fairfield Inn and Suites

2096 Bricher Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174

(630) 845-5600

marriott.com

9.6 miles from reception, approximately 20 minutes

** Nearest hotel to the wedding.

 

 

3. Candlewood Suites Extended Stay Hotel Chicago/Aurora

2625 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora, IL 60506

(888) 299-2208 

candlewoodsuites.com

11.5 miles from reception, approximately 25 minutes

*** This hotel is near Route 88 which will take visitors into Chicago for those planning on siteseeing during their stay!

***Also convenient for those coming to and from the New Lenox area.

 

 

4. Hampton Inn and Suites

2423 Bushwood Drive, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 907-2600 ‎

hamptoninnandsuitesaurora.com

11.3 miles from reception, approximately 23 minutes

*** This hotel is near Route 88 which will take visitors into Chicago for those planning on siteseeing during their stay!

***Also convenient for those coming to and from the New Lenox area.

 

 

5. Holiday Inn Chicago-Aurora

2424 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora, IL 60506

(877) 863-4780 

holidayinn.com

11.6 miles from reception, approximately 25 minutes

*** This hotel is near Route 88 which will take visitors into Chicago for those planning on siteseeing during their stay!

***Also convenient for those coming to and from the New Lenox area.

 

 

How I asked my bridesmaids to be, well, bridesmaids

Well, I have my beautiful bridesmaids all picked out and they have all agreed to put up with my madness, as you have seen from previous posts.  And I wanted to share how I formally asked them to be bridesmaids!

 

Mmmmm. Bridesmaid Wine.

Wine!

I was able to give the gift to my lovely college roomies in person.  However, my beautiful bridesmaids Michelle and Lyndsie received a video message of my request, and a promise for these to be delivered at a future date.

I got shipping stickers from the local office store, made up some labels, bought some yummy wine, and found perfect coordinating bags in yellow and green!  Success!

I also had the snag of having two underaged attendants, one of which being my MOA/sister.  For Emma and Kristen I made little flip picture books with pics of us through the years together, asking them to stand up for me at the end.  My sister turns 21 this weekend though, so maybe she’ll get a bottle of wine too.

 

Wedding Colors

For a summery wedding feel we are going with Yellow and Green.  Makes me think of lemons and limes, which makes me thirsty!  We are gonna be an ivory bunch, instead of white.  And we’re gonna accent with a little tangerine.  Here’s out palate: Here’s some wedding inspiration: I hope you all like it! Sadie