How Do You Pick a Perfect Banquet Hall in Chicago Area

astoria-banquets-chocolate-wedding-chicago-2013-600x227There are several banquet halls offering different amenities and locations in Chicago Area. Whatever event or occasion you are planning, you will surely find a good venue according to your preference.

Choosing the right venue for your event needs some careful planning and scheduling. When scouting for the banquet hall it is advisable to get advanced reservations to make sure you get your preferred date and time. Many wedding reception halls are fully booked for many months ahead. Reserving a year in advance is very typical now.
Here is a list of some of the finest banquet halls located in Chicago Area:



Shopping for a Banquet Facility or Wedding Reception Hall

Not everyone can afford an elaborate and expensive dream wedding but one can always maximize what they have into creating a day to remember. One of the most crucial parts of a wedding is the wedding reception. The reception is where everybody can relax and just celebrate the union of two people. This is the reason why your choice of reception site is an important aspect of the entire event planning. (more…)

The Wedding Clichés: A Few I Can’t Stand and One I Can’t Help but Love

We don’t live in a cookie cutter world, so what I don’t understand is why everyone insists on having a cookie cutter wedding? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – it’s something boring! Why have a boring wedding in the name of tradition? There’s no fun in that. I’d rather be original, or at least as original as possible, and not indulge myself in the worst wedding clichés in human history.


1)  Reading Corinthians


There must be another verse in the Bible that talks about love, right? (more…)

Dealing with Bridesmaid-zilla

You’ve all heard the tale of Bridezilla, right? The bride-to-be who is so manic, micromanaging, and stressed out that she becomes a nightmare to her friends, family, and sadly her spouse-to-be? Yes, we’ve all seen it – and it’s just pitiful. I vowed to myself that when the time came for me to wear the white dress, even if I couldn’t manage to be cool, calm, and collected, at the very least I would be nice!


Little did I know that it wouldn’t be me who would try to make a mess of my wedding, but one of my bridesmaids.


Jamie K. was my best friend in Chicago when (more…)

A Blessing Beneath the Chuppah

Many people ask me why I decided to convert to Judaism especially when I was raised by atheist parents in Chicago, Illinois – but when I tell them about Jacob, they tend to understand. He is the kindest most sincerest of men – soft-spoken, peaceful – and very much in love with me. Although we rode the same bus every morning for three years, because we worked in the same area of town, it took him the full time to ever begin talking to me at all. I’ll never forget his first uncertain words to me. He said. “Miss, for a long time I have struggled to say hello to you, but with each passing day it becomes clearer that someday I may not have the opportunity. So before I miss out – hello, my name is Jacob. What’s your name?” (more…)

“I Thought You’d Never Ask”

Sometimes it’s overwhelming to thing that a single day can be so significant. Like all the other days before this day seem to pale when compared to it – and you know that all that days after it will be different. They’ll be different because of the inescapable fact that your life has changed forever. Instead of being one person with one heart and two souls, you become two people sharing the same heart and forming a bond between your souls. You can’t go through something of this magnitude and expect to go on living as before – love does change you, and marriage alters your entire world. (more…)

A Bark of Approval – Dogs in Weddings

A Bark of Approval – Dogs in Weddings

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There are three things I know to be irrefutably true: (1) I am getting married in September, (2) a morning without coffee is a terribly sad one, and (3) dogs are better than cats. You have every right to disagree with me, but this is my list – a rather short one – but no matter how much you may try to convince me otherwise, I will continue to stand my ground.


Before I met Steven, I only had one love in my life – my dogs. I’ve grown up with these four legged friends, and there’s never been a time in my life where I haven’t had at least two in the house. I also foster a Chicago nonprofit, so many times there’s a third one to keep me company on cold nights. Right now I have two: Bonnie and Samson. Bonnie is a border collie and Samson is a terrier-meets-collie-meets-nobody has a clue. (more…)

Who Will Walk Me Down the Aisle?

Who Will Walk Me Down the Aisle?

walking-down-the-aisle-600x316-1When my dad died seven weeks before my wedding day I was completely devastated. My whole world froze. Every girl dreams of her daddy walking her down the aisle, giving her away…and now, for one of the most important days of my life he wouldn’t be there. For the rest of my life, all the little joys and the rough times, the birth of my first child and the opening of my bakery, he wouldn’t be there.

It probably was selfish of me to think about things this way, but you have to understand that my dad and I were close…really close. My dad and my mom separated when I was four, (more…)

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