Author: Lindsey

Featured Venue: Riggs Beer Company

If you’re looking for a low-key and affordable wedding venue with incredible beer, you need to read more about our featured venue: Riggs Beer Company. Caroline Riggs was an incredible help in giving us more information about this Urbana brewery (and wedding venue!). Could this be your perfect wedding venue? Find out… Where are you located? On the East edge of Urbana at 1901 S High Cross Road. What type of wedding does your venue work best for? Unconventional wedding for easy going couples. We don’t close our doors for private events, but for those willing to allow other...

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Featured Venue: Bluestem Hall Urbana

Bluemstem Hall in Urbana is one of the newest, and coolest wedding venues in the Champaign-Urbana area! This venue housed in a renovated 1960’s farm shed and overlooks the 120 acre Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve. Owner and designer, Abbie Frank, was kind enough to answer some of our much anticipated questions about the new wedding and event venue. Thanks Abbie! Where are you located? We are located on the Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve in Southern Urbana. What type of wedding does your venue work best for? Honestly all types of weddings! We have a country setting with a farmstead...

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Wedding Decor: When to Rent vs. When to Buy

This is a guest post from the team at I Do Events with offices in Peoria, Champaign and Quad Cities. So you’re newly engaged, and wedding bells will soon be ringing, but with a new ring comes great responsibility especially when dealing with wedding planning, so our team here at I DO has some pointers to help you decide on whether to rent or to buy! Tip #1: Transformation You may be saving money on using linens already included in the venue package, but you may find them to be a dull, transparent, wrinkled, or has other wear &...

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Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Your Wedding Day

We sat down with Blake Ransom, from Ransom Wedding Films, to pick his experienced brain about the Do’s and Don’ts of Weddings. After many years as a Wedding Videographer  in Central Illinois, he’s certainly seen what it takes to have a smooth wedding day.   Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Your Wedding Day Don’t sweat the small the stuff. Or the big stuff that doesn’t go as planned either! Remember this your day, however it goes down. Try to enjoy it even if things don’t go as planned because nothing ever goes completely perfect. Your attitude through the...

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Featured Vendor: Alto Vineyards Champaign

Over 25 years ago, Paul Renzaglia never would have thought that a family venture would have such a profound effect on Southern Illinois and its community. From the very first plantings in 1982, the Renzaglia family and Alto Vineyards were committed to introducing a new industry to the Shawnee Hills region. In 1986 the first vintage of grapes was sold to the Kohler Family at Lynfred Winery in Chicago. Two years later in May of 1988, the Renzaglia family began construction on small 600 square foot winery in Alto Pass, IL. December of 1988, the family released its first...

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