Not every girl dreams of a big white wedding. Some girls – the ones who grow up in a large Irish family – dream about a traditional Celtic Handfasting. Now, I’m not a pagan by any means, in fact, the handfasting ceremony has come to be associated with neo-paganism when it actually pre-dates the modern traditional wedding ceremony. Have you ever heard the phrase “tying the knot?” That comes from handfasting. Handfasting can be religious or non-religious, anyone who tells you otherwise is historically misinformed. Even in early English manuscripts, when they spoke of Mary (the mother of Jesus) marriage to Joseph, the marriage was described as a handfasting. Obviously, Mary and Joseph never had a traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony, but the description just shows the prevalence of the practice.
Setting the Record Straight
The tradition originated in the British Isles in the early Middle Ages when the religious elders decided to forbid secret marriages. (more…)
I absolutely love water. It may be because I’m a Pisces, or that I grew up along the Gulf Coast of western Florida, but I can’t get enough of it. I had always dreamed of the idea of an underwater wedding someplace exotic, but that being unfeasible in the murky waters of Lake Michigan, I settled for the next best thing – an ocean themed wedding.
A lot of people asked me when I first started the preparations: “So you’re having a beached themed wedding right?” I politely told them no, I was having an ocean themed wedding. The difference? Beaches bring to mind sandals and palm trees, sunburns and coconut tanning oil. Ocean, on the other hand, is salt-spray, beautiful shades of turquoise, and tropical fish. It’s a thin line, but the line is there. (more…)
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…)
There 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: