White Pines Golf Club and Banquets

White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, A Chicago Wedding Venue

Just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, the banquet facility at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets in Bensenville has been host to many beautiful wedding events. Situated on over 240 beautiful acres, White Pines Golf Club offers a magnificent setting sure to make their guests feel like they are “away from it all”.

Boasting a gorgeous banquet hall, the entire White Pines staff will make your wedding a truly exclusive affair! Vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wrap-around balcony offer a unique location for your perfect day. Beautiful are grounds accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain to complete your ideal setting.

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A four-course meal, four-hour premium open bar, wine service with dinner, champagne toast for all guests, buttercream wedding cake prepared to your specifications, white linen tablecloths, colored poplin napkins, custom skirted head, cake, place card, and gift tables, use of our centerpieces, and all tax and gratuities, are included into costs so there are no surprises for your wedding budget!

White Pines also provide background music, public address system, wooden dance floor, coatroom facilities, and a Bride’s Room! Wedding packages also include a personal bridal consultant before and during your reception – so any potential worries are lifted from your shoulders!

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For more information and to reserve your wedding day at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, contact their banquet office at 630-766-0304, ext. 2, or email: banquets@whitepinesgolf.com.

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2014 Wedding Flower Trends credit to The French Bouquet Blog

2014 Wedding Flower Trends

Owner-designer of Nola Flora in Louisiana, Ashley Bateman creates floral arrangements for everything from memorials to Mardi Gras parties, but says preparing wedding flowers is her first love. “There’s nothing more fun than seeing that sparkle in a bride’s eye as she really starts to get a vision of the look she wants,” Bateman says. “There are so many different styles, varieties and colors in the floral world. Flowers can bring in that special touch – that reflection of the couple’s personality.”

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Bateman notes that flowers add more than just atmosphere and ambiance, explaining that “flowers can represent the couple’s history or the family’s history. Using favorite flowers, flowers the groom has always given the bride, or a special flower that the bride’s mother and grandmother may have also used is another way to add meaning to the wedding.”

2014 brides can expect their wedding flowers to take on a life of their own through bridal protea – a softer and a more petite version of the original, vining jasmine – which comes in Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year, and Japanese mums – a full bloom that will be seen in sleek, modern weddings.

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Individual Wedding Cakes For Each Wedding Guest!

We’ve spoken about small wedding cakes over on My Inspired Wedding, but let’s take it a step further and review the perks of individual wedding cakes! First spotted as one of the hottest new trend in 2012 weddings, industry sources are noting that brides are still raving about the upsides of hosting their wedding reception with individual wedding cakes!

Don’t think this is just another wedding cupcake trend, darling bride-to-be; we’re talking about actual wedding cakes with fondant and tiers and sugar roses…in miniature! The idea is that each one  is a single serving of wedding cake, one per guest, instead of one big wedding cake from which guests are served slices.

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Beauty and fun aside, a roomful of these tiny individual wedding cakes could very well blow your wedding budget out of the water. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning for a small or large wedding, keeping with your budget is very likely an acute consideration for you.

If cost isn’t a concern for you, I suggest offering individual wedding cakes made to look like a miniature version of your larger wedding reception cake! Your wedding reception cake will be perfect for cake cutting photos, while the individual wedding cakes will be the talk of the party.

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What do you think, soon-to-be Mrs.? Are these adorable mini cakes worth the cost? Share your thoughts in the comments below and then follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding ideas ranging from wedding timelines to planning a destination ceremony!

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WedAlert’s Wedding Flower Glossary, A – C

Are you trying to study up before meeting with your florist, dear bride-to-be? There are hundreds of different types of flowers and it can be difficult to prepare a bouquet that is both beautiful and meaningful; that difficulty is quadrupled when you see a photo online of the perfect flower for your wedding bouquet – but don’t know the name of it to give to your florist!

Last year around this time, over on My Inspired Wedding, a wedding flower glossary was compiled to help you learn the difference between magnolias and sweet pea by putting a ‘face to the name’ so you can speak knowledgeably with your wedding flower specialist about the perfect floral arrangements for your ceremony!

AFRICAN LILY (also known as Agapanthus)

Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily

Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily 2

AMARYLLIS

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis 2

BABY’S BREATH

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

COXCOMB

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Wedding Flower Glossary - COXCOMB

For the full list of wedding flowers beginning with the letters A – C, head on over to My Inspired Wedding!

Tune in to My Inspired Wedding and click here review the wedding flower glossary for floral options from dahlias to irises, here for everything from jasmine to poppies, and here for Queen Anne’s Lace to Zinnia blooms!

Have you fallen in love with a bouquet but can’t decode what blooms are being used? Leave a comment below and email a photo to JamieGipson.LoveInspired at gmail for a swift reply to bring to your florist!

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Green Wedding Flowers

It’s officially spring, brides, and while I’m all for eco-friendly weddings – when I say green wedding flowers, I literally mean: green wedding flowers! Springtime boasts an over-abundance of greenery, affording even the most modest  wedding budget the ability to create a big and beautiful wedding bouquet!

The Grower’s Box shared their anticipation in 2013 of strong trending towards the green wedding flowers color scheme for spring weddings, and it appears that trend is holding strong into 2014! “Paired with subtle creams and pastels, we expect to see big and beautiful bouquets and arrangements of green wedding flowers at venues both large and small!” says Jonathan Greene, President of The Grower’s Box.

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On a tight wedding budget? Green arrangements can easily be made with inexpensive fillers and greens with a few larger flowers as a main focal point. Ask your wedding florist about hydrangeas or cabbage roses coupled with Queen Anne’s lace, tree fern, or green mist to create a full arrangement that will be the talk of the town!

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Looking for subtle green blooms? Let roses take center stage in your bouquet and add in green complimentary flowers, like cute Yoko Ono Button Poms or cymbidium orchids!

Green Wedding Flowers Yoko Ono Button Poms or cymbidium orchids

Looking for strong green focal flowers? Look into hydrangeas, garden roses, and mini-calla lilies to help soften bouquets with predominantly green blooms.

Green Wedding Flowers hydrangeas, garden roses, and mini-calla lilies

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Are Save the Date Cards Necessary?

Wedding invitations are a definite must-have, but brides-to-be often ask if it’s absolutely necessary to send out save the date cards. While it isn’t mandatory, it does show proper courtesy to your guests – especially if your festivities are more than six months in advance and guests will need to travel to get to your celebration.

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Save the date cards go beyond just good manners, though, darling bride, they also offer a chance for you and your groom to loosen up and have some fun! Wedding invitations tend to be on the more formal side, but save the date cards can be light and fun…send them in the form of magnets, stickers, or personalized movie posters!

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Without question, destination weddings require save the date cards as a simple courtesy to your guests; break out the passport-themed save the dates! Whether you decide to choose something vintage or traditional, casual or contemporary, the style of your save the date cards is up to you! Tie in the tone, color, or theme of your big day and coordinate them with your wedding invitations.

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Flash Mob Wedding Proposals

Drop everything you’re doing, bride-to-be, and swoon over the following flash mob proposals with me! How did your handsome groom propose, darling soon-to-be Mrs.? From sweeping you away to another country to propose on a far-away mountainside to popping the question during a quiet walk in the park, grooms simply getting down on one knee to profess their love seems to be a thing of the past!

ABC News notes that Sarah Pease, a New York City-based marriage proposal and engagement expert, pointed out how, “With the advent of social media, things like Facebook and YouTube, guys are thinking outside the box, it’s no longer lame dinner proposals,” she said. “It’s things that are personal and unique to their love story.” A visible example of that phenomenon is the engagement flash mob! Videos of engagement flash mobs being staged to catch women – or men – by surprise are rife on the Internet.

Not all brides-to-be are waiting for their man to propose! An Oklahoma woman who hadn’t seen her boyfriend in two years welcomed him back with a flash-mob wedding proposal, according to video from KFOR. Austin Spitler, who who had been on a church mission trip for two years, was only able to communicate with his girlfriend, Brittany Jones, by letter or e-mail, and Jones said she knew just the way to welcome him home as she came out of the middle of the flash mob at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport.

“I’ve waited two long years for you. I’d wait an eternity to have you as my husband. Will you marry me?” she said. Spitler said yes, but just moments after hugging his fiancee, he walked away to retrieve the ring he had tucked in his backpack; not to be outdone, he also got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! Watch the video on my Pinterest!

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Love Story Wedding Invitations

How did you meet your soon-to-be husband, bride? Was it a stolen glance in the produce aisle or were you set up by friends? Commemorate that first shared laugh, how life may have tried to pull you apart, how he proposed, and why you said yes in your very own unique love story invitation! This is a wonderful task that will help shake off any pre-wedding jitters as you reminisce with your Mister about why you fell in love…and how you stayed in love!

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Start with the basics: how you met! Did he nervously stumble through asking you out or was he a smooth sailor? From there, just move through your life together chronologically, highlighting the highs – every relationship has its ups and downs, but this isn’t the place to hash it out.

Have you traveled together? Did you learn to love everything to do with the NFL because of him while he discovered an appreciation of yoga because of you? As a general rule, write in the third person, as if the story was being written by someone else – it’ll help the storyline flow a bit easier.

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Share how you feel about his presence in your life and what you think of each other – remembering all the while to keep it sweet and positive! Did you date for a while, break up, and then get back together? Spin it to show how you used the opportunity to fall in love all over again!

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Finally, give your family and friends what they’ve been waiting for and share how he proposed. Did he drop to one knee and ask you straight-forwardly to marry him or did he go over the top with the big question?

Wrap up your love story with traditional invitation information.

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Host A Food Truck At Your Wedding!

Remember that thrill you felt as a kid when you heard the tell-tale tune of the ice cream man coming down the block? How could you not want to share that excitement with guests at your wedding? Caterers can only take your wedding experience so far; for a night that your guests will be talking about for years to come, head out to the corner food truck where everyone knows your name. From DIY tacos to cupcakes and crepes, whether you have them show up for your rehearsal dinner, reception, or at the end of your big day to fill guests with late-night sweets, this is paradise on wheels for the foodie in all of us!

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A few years back,  old-fashioned popcorn machine and chocolate fountains  dominated the quirkily cute catering department, and while the food truck wedding craze isn’t exactly new  - CHOW wrote about it in 2008 – it’s definitely back and looking to stick around!

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As NYMag pointed out, the recent explosion of haute food trucks in the city means there are plenty of other roving, tasty options. The Rickshaw Dumpling Truck can bring three types of dumplings your way—including its famous Peking duck version—along with salads and soups, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream is a terrific supplement for dessert, and be sure to check out the Vendy Awards website, which highlights some of the NYC’s best.

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How To Hire A Wedding Limousines On A Budget

When on a tight budget, riding to your wedding venue in a limo may be the last thought on your mind, but even when watching every penny, you can still find economical wedding limo plans from Broadway Elite Limo!

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to obtain a limo on your wedding day! Broadway Elite Limo offers the following tips on how to maintain your wedding budget.

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Limit the number of people in the limousine
Once you go over a certain number of people, a stretch limo will be needed – which is typically pricier than other wedding event vehicles.

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Only rent one limousine
There are situations where some would opt at leasing two wedding limousines: one for the bride and one for the groom. When on a budget, share a limo with your handsome groom for a sweet (and efficient!) entrance.

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Suggest a closer venue
Limo rental companies consider distances when estimating their charges, and the greater the mileage, the greater the price! Think ahead and consider wedding venues that are near the limo rental garage and all other wedding locations, i.e: ceremony location, reception location, etc.

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Contact Broadway Elite Limo before your wedding date for more hints and tips on how to hire a wedding limousine on a budget! Looking for more expert wedding planning tips? Follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding ideas ranging from wedding timelines to planning a destination ceremony!