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What should a couple prepare before meeting with their planner for the first time

Before meeting with your event planner its great to have a few answers ready to some very important questions.

Photo by: Barnhart Photography

The following is a great beginners list:

1. Where is the location of your wedding? If you do not have a location in mind what are 3 elements that you need your venue to have (i.e. should it be urban, have water elements, stone/brick, two-story windows, greenery, etc.)

2. How many guests will you be inviting?

3. What is your on day budget? (this will be the most important question) – your planner will help you balance out your budget and which vendors & their quality will be best within your budgetary requirements.

4. What services will you need? Although there are similarities with each wedding, there are definite differences and your planner will be able to highlight your unique attributes to make your day shine.

5. What suppliers will you want to hire? This is great in the way it goes hand in hand with the services you need. We once had a couple needing a DDR machine and that was very important to them. Not every couple will want a DDR machine.

6. What are your special requirements for your wedding venue?

7. Do you have guests with any food or dietary restrictions any allergies?

8. What is your color palette? Start with 2-3 colors and then you can choose a couple others as your accents.

9. What would you like to have as a theme?

10. What is your favorite flower? What flowers are you allergic too?

11. What are your visions of the day?

Some other important questions are:   How do you want to feel on the day of your wedding? How do you want your guests to feel? What are three important moments you do not want to miss on your wedding day?

Planning a wedding can be stressful and at times overwhelming but our Planners, Coordinators and Designers are always here for you and look forward to hearing about your love story! Call us 847-675-3789 or text us at 847-892-6125 <3

Photo: Barnhart Photography

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4 Unique Wedding Venues in the North Shore of Chicago

CONGRATS, YOU’RE ENGAGED! One of the most exciting moments of your life just happened and now you’re ready to start planning your wedding. It’s hard to get a grip on where to start, there is so much to plan and think about. But you do know one thing, you want your wedding to be somewhere unique and close to home (Chicago).

There are SO many venues to choose from, especially in a huge city like Chicago. Here are five unique wedding venues in the North Shore of Chicago that will blow your mind!

The Armour House

The Armour House is a unique mansion located in Lake Forest, IL. This beautiful venue is loaded with history and impeccable detailing throughout, as it has been around since 1982. There is space for a beautiful ceremony on the gardens of the property or inside the elegantly detailed mansion. Rain or shine this venue is a great for an extraordinary wedding!

Kensington Florals and Events

https://armourhousecatering.sodexomyway.com/index.html

Address: 1500 W. Kennedy Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Gardens is on many acres of landscape, located in Glencoe, IL. It has been around for more than 40 years, how awesome is that? In the Spring, Summer and Fall, the Gardens are full of lush flowers throughout, making this a beautiful destination for an outdoor wedding. With this venue you wouldn’t even know you’re anywhere near a huge city!

Wedding Planning at Chicago Botanical Gardens – Photo: Chicago Botanical Garden

Photo: Chicago Botanical Garden – Photographer Unknown

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/events

Address: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

The Grove Redfield Estate

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Katie Ricard Photography

Katie Ricard Photography

The Grove Redfield Estate is a magnificent estate located in Glenview, IL. This estate has wonderful grounds full of stunning photography opportunities. It’s filled of multiple rooms with historic charm and you have access to it all, including while you and your bridal party get ready for the big day!

Visit their website for more details.

https://www.glenviewparks.org/facilities-parks/redfield-estate/

Address: 1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview, IL 60025

Elawa Farm

The Elawa Farm is a gorgeous farm located in Lake Forest. It’s lush greenery and beautiful landscape, makes you feel far from Illinois. With the magnificent indoor and outdoor space, it’s the perfect venue for a lovely summer or fall wedding. If you’re looking for a venue that makes your guests feel far from the City, then the Elawa Farm is a winner.

Visit their website for more details.

https://elawafarm.org/

Address: 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL 60045

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6 INCREDIBLE YEARS!

Six years have flown by and it seems like only yesterday Mayor Van Dusen, family, friends and 120+ neighbors came to celebrate the grand opening of Kensington. With all the experiences throughout the years we feel it is essential to take a moment and reflect on the great relationships forged, accolades earned, growing pains and togetherness.

Each of the relationships we have been so lucky to build over the years brings us a sense of warmth and humility that cannot quite be expressed. Working with clients who have become family has been an incredible part of this entire experience. Earning their trust on the most precious, momentous occasions in their lives has not only been heartening but also very gratifying.  With each event, we have been introduced to brilliant people and working with each is awe-inspiring to see how their abilities are sculpted and showcased throughout countless occasions.  We truly love to establish relationships with amazing talents and cannot wait to simply work together on future events and projects. It is wonderful to feed off creativity, passion and excitement in this fantastic industry and we are happy to share it with amazing teams and companies.

Seeing our work featured has become one of the most thrilling aspects this industry has to offer. Walking into Kensington each morning seeing the “wall” lined with print magazine covers, awards, features and thank you cards from happy couple’s and client’s starts each of our days in the best way possible. Having many client’s return or recommending us to their family and friends is an honor that truly makes each of us feel blessed and happy to be working in such a celebration-centric industry.

With growth, there is bound to be challenges but we seem to thrive from them. We are proud of the way each of us has grown and what we have accomplished when we work as a team focusing on open communication and transparency. We have learned to thoroughly listen to each other, attain feedback and construct a strong foundation to build from. Making sure we check in as a team and push each other’s talents makes us better creatives in the industry making our clients happy, feel at ease and allow them to enjoy their events wholeheartedly!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has entered our lives! Thank you to our clients for trusting us with your most precious moments and thank you to our vendor partners who always push the bar further on level of standard, quality of service, and imagination. We simply love all of you and cannot wait to continue to plan and create beautiful memories! Cheers to a fantastic 6 years!!

The Entire Kensington Team 🙂

Photo Credits:

Kensington Grand Opening: Michael P. Downes

Nakai Photography, TWA PhotographyEssence Photography, Creative Wedding Packages, Ryan Brandoff Photography, Thomas Glab Photography

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