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14 Wedding Tips

By | Weddings & Events

14 Tips for Planning a Wedding

For the past four-½ years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing brides at Chicagoland Popcorn, who have created their own DIY bridal experiences. Since I managed my own daughter’s wedding, sharing ideas with these kindred spirits has been both exciting and educational.

1. Create a budget

Create a budget – you can shift money between areas – but stick to your budget.

2. Create a slush fund

Create a slush fund for unanticipated expenses. Trust me, they will pop up. I recommend that you set aside at least10% of the actual budget.

3. Ask for help

Ask family members and friends to contribute time, talent, or money. And when they do – thank them profusely with word and deed. A handmade card or a tin of homemade cookies sends a heartfelt thank you. I know that I’d be thrilled!

4. Prioritize

Figure out what’s important to you and your fiancé; then prioritize. My daughter and her husband are foodies. They selected a fabulous restaurant for their wedding venue because what their guests ate was important to them.

5. Plan early

Please plan early, but if it isn’t possible than plan smartly.

6. Keep good notes

Purchase a notebook, visit bridal shows, investigate and research online. Make phone calls; visit venues and comparison shop.

7. Think non-traditional

Resale shops, sample stores, coupons, markets on social media are all good avenues for finding greatly reduced items.

8. Repurpose

Repurpose and reuse as much as possible. Remember, wedding decorations, dresses, and veils have only been used once.

9. Manage your guest list.

Plus-one’s and distant relatives can max out a guest list and your budget. Pare down your list to essential guests. Then send a thoughtful wedding announcement after the ceremony.

10. Save on venue cost

Select a free or reduced fee venue, such as a friend’s backyard, private home, beach, or Public Park.

11. Have family or friends cater

I know you have an uncle or cousin who is fabulous in the kitchen and would love to whip up a delicious meal for your guests. “You have not, because you ask not.” Work out pricing and please let Uncle Bob create some magic.

12. Make your own invitations

Great ideas can be found in your local craft store or on the Internet. If you’re the creative type, purchase pre-packaged invitation kits or create your own.  

13. Make your own favors

This is a “shameless plug.” Purchase Chicagoland Popcorn in bulk bags and fill favor bags yourself. Glam the bag with a DIY tag and ribbon and save tons of money!

14. It’s your day, enjoy it

Ask a family member or friend to be your day-of-event manager. Even if you have purchased, created, set-up, and for all practical purposes done just about everything for your wedding, please allow this day to be all about you and your intended! Even though I completely managed my daughter’s wedding and handled all aspects of her special day, even I asked two friends to be day-of-event- managers so that I could have the “mother of the bride” experience.  I was actually able to enjoy the ceremony and my meal. Those precious moments were simply amazing.

I hope this helps!


Best of The Know 2018

Best of The Knot 2018

By | Awards, Weddings & Events

What an honor to be recognized for Best of the Knot. It’s hard to determine which part of the bridal process I love more! Meeting a couple at a bridal fair is fun, but watching them enjoy our delicious popcorn during a tasting is equally enjoyable. I think planning and executing a bride’s vision gives me the greatest joy. I actually miss working with my couples once their wedding is over.” Says Mogda Walker, Co-Owner of Chicagoland Popcorn.

With over 135 seasonal flavors of gourmet popcorn in our Merrillville store, helping a bride and groom develop their theme, select flavors while creating a distinctive look for their popcorn bar is rewarding. Popcorn also makes fabulous favors. It’s budget-friendly and can be presented in elegantly prepared bags with satin ribbons and tags, or displayed in rustic mason jars. Choices are endless! We also provide handcrafted premium gourmet popcorn for DIY couples that live within the Chicagoland area or out of state. Decorations and bowl rentals, plus delivery and set-up options are available at an additional charge. We’ll even fill containers purchased elsewhere for a nominal fee. Visit our website and Pinterest for creative ideas and to view current trends.

Couples choose Chicagoland Popcorn for a variety of reasons. Popcorn compliments rustic, traditional, or loft venues. Most couples want to give their guests a “wow” experience, and with our wide variety of flavors, Chicagoland Popcorn has something for everyone. Secondly, couples can easily create a popcorn bar or favor options within their budget.

We recommend scheduling a tasting once the venue and colors have been selected. But last-minute brides shouldn’t despair. Chicagoland Popcorn has pulled off more than a few last minute bridal requests. Each and every wedding is a priority, regardless of when the order is placed!