Creating your "wed"site!

Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone!

Creating a wedding website or "wedsite" is an excellent way to provide information to your family, friends and guests about your upcoming nuptials. You definitely include:

  • Your Love Story: To share how you met and fell in love
  • A Who's Who of the Bridal Party: Because who doesn't want to know!
  • The Fine Details: Where and when you'll wed
  • Gift Guidance: The shops and sites you've registered at
  • Guest Book: So friends and family can write how cute you two look in your engagement photos

While there are so many sites to choose from, some of my favorite "wedsite" templates are on 

The Knot

Wedding Wire

, and 

Wedding Paper Divas

. They all offer free wedsites so you and your groom can share your love and wedding plans all in one convenient place! 

Happy Wedding Planning!



Congratulations, You're engaged....Now what?!

The holidays brought about a lot of newly engaged couples, and to that I say CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is such an exciting and overwhelming time for you, so here a few tips of what you should do first:

Share your news with friends and family!
   While shouting your new news from a rooftop would be ideal, it may not be the most effective way to share your good news! Make sure you call and email those closest to you first, and then, if you wish, update your Facebook status to share the news! 

Think about the vision for your wedding!
   Take some time and discuss an ideal vision for your wedding with your fiance. This will help you both figure out a budget and style for your special day.

Hire a Wedding Planner! 
    With so many decisions that need to be made, hiring a Wedding Planner will be one of the best investments you can make. They can help keep you on task, maintain your budget, and pull your vision together!

Have an engagement party! 
      An engagement party can be as small as hosting a few friends and family in your home to hosting a lavish bash at a venue. Whatever you and fiance choose, a gathering is a great way to celebrate with your loved ones and show off your bling! And speaking of bling....

Get your ring sized and insured! 
    This is a very important step that not all brides remember to take. Since you are now sporting a very important accessory, you should make sure it will be protected. 

I hope this helps ease some of the initial anxiety of the engagement process! As always, Events with Ambiance is here to assist you with all your Wedding Planning needs! Contact us today at 708.476.0300 for a complementary consultation!




To Dance or Not to Dance...That is the Question!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! During the wedding planning process, you and your fiance' will have hundreds of decisions to make. One question that should always be answered YES is, "Should we take dance lessons for the wedding?"


As a former dance instructor, I always loved when I got to prepare an engaged couple for their first dance. Every couple I have ever taught will attest to the benefit of dance lessons. It was a time for the couple to come together, have fun and release the stress of the work day and wedding planning!

Now, whether you want to learn a basic box step or create an elaborate, choreographed multi song dance, it is beneficial to take at least a few dance lessons together.

There are several dance studios around Chicago that will work with you and your fiance on the type of wedding dance you envision, here are my top three:

Windy City Wedding Dance

Arthur Murray Dance Chicago

Chicago Dance

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your wedding dances, HAPPY DANCING!!

Until next time.... XOXO,


Let's Get Married.... Under The Sea!

Hey there! In today's post, I'm continuing in my series of the Modern Girls Guide to a Disney wedding with a wedding inspired by THE LITTLE MERMAID!


Now, this would obviously be a fantastic wedding to have on the beach, however, if you aren't a "beach bride", but love the theme, set your wedding at an aquarium! The Shedd Aquarium is a fantastic location for the bride looking for a beach/ Under the Sea theme without actually being at the beach!

These are the dresses I envision for the bride and bridal party:





The Cake:


The Ceremony:


The Centerpieces:

mermaidflowers mermaidtable


For my next post, I'm taking a look at Snow White....

Until next time!



A Wedding fit for a Princess.... a Disney Princess!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE a good love story and there is no better love story than a Disney love story! For the next few posts, I'm taking a spin at modern weddings inspired by some of Disney's iconic love stories..... today, let's look at Cinderella.


Alfred Angelo Bridal has created an entire line of wedding dresses inspired by Disney Princesses, this one is the Cinderella:

cinderella wedding dress

cinderella wedding shoes

When it comes to location and decor, a majestic ballroom, designed with a color theme of silver, blue and ivory are what I see for the ceremony and reception.

cinderella receptioncinderella ceremony

pumpkin ceterpieces

I love king's tables for a wedding reception, especially one that is royally themed! cinderella kings table

cinderella wedding favors

Next week, I'm looking at a modern wedding inspired by Ariel, The Little Mermaid!



First Dance Wedding Songs for the Modern Bride and Groom

Hey Loves,

So, we talked about First Dance Songs for the Classic Bride and Groom, and today to continue the How Do I Look- The Modern Couple series,  I'm giving my Modern Bride and Groom some great options!

I've chosen my favorite Top Ten songs, some are fast, some are slow, but all of them are amazing choices if you're looking for a First Dance song!

1. I Just Can't Stop Loving You by Michael Jackson

2. Faithfully by Journey

3. Crazy Love by Michael Buble

4. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love by Barry White

5. Ain't Nobody by Chaka Khan

6. My Girl by the Temptations

7. Let's Stay Together by Al Green

8. For Once In My Life by Stevie Wonder

9. Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

10. I Belong To You by Lenny Kravitz

Until Next Time....



Color me PURPLE!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! For the last of my Color My Wedding series, today I'm looking at the color PURPLE!

Purple often represents royalty, wealth, magic and mystery. With a range from lavender to eggplant, it is an great color to use any time to use anytime of the year!



I hope you found a little inspiration for your own wedding through this series! Contact Events with Ambiance today, and let us help you create the Wedding Day of your dreams!!



Allow me to introduce myself.....

Hey There!

So for today's blog, I thought I would give you a little insight to ME and share a little of my journey to becoming Events with Ambiance! 

My journey to becoming an Event Planner dates back to my childhood, assisting my mother with planning and executing parties at our home and for my dad's fraternity. I was training to be a professional dancer at the time, so I never thought about being a "Party Planner", it was just fun for me to help her.

After a fabulous and exciting dance career that spanned 20 plus years, I began working as a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in downtown Chicago. Because of my excitement for our studio events and knack for organizing parties, I was soon promoted to Guest Director. This position allowed me to see that Marketing and Event Management was something I enjoyed, and it was then I realized this could be my next career move!

I spent the next two years learning as much as I could about the Event Industry, including an internship with Desiree Moore Dent, Owner of Dejanae Events, and studying Wedding and Event Planning and Design through Lovegevity's Wedding Planning Institute. This is how I learned more about the business side of running your own business, which was invaluable information! During this time, I offered my services to family and friends for any event they may have been having

In May of 2013, I decided to get my business license and launch Events with Ambiance. It has truly been eye opening that I am now an entrepreneur, but I wouldn't have it any other way! I am blessed to have family and friends support me, my company has truly become a Family Business!!

So, that's me in a nutshell! I am working on posting some more "Vendor Spotlight" posts in the future, so be sure to look out for those.
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Until next time....


Color me BLUE!!

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today, we are looking at the color BLUE as a wedding color palette.

Blue is seen as a tranquil color, it's the color of the sky and the sea, and every bride includes it as a special something to carry on her wedding day!


These are just a few inspirational images, and as always check out my Pinterest Page for more wedding color inspirations! 
Until Next Time.....

Color Me GREEN!!!

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

Today's blog is all about the color green as your Wedding color! I think green works very well for spring weddings, especially when used with a soft pink or lavender. If you are looking for a bolder use, I like green when used in a peacock inspired wedding!




As always, make sure you check out my Pinterest Page for this and more color inspired boards!
Happy Wedding Planning!