Mini Wedding FAQs
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE?
These packages were designed to offer what we consider to be the basic nuts and bolts of a great wedding so that all you have to do is show up with a dress & suit (not included)! There are of course additional wedding related services that you may be interested in that were not included simply because not everyone needs or finds value in them. These services may include, but are not limited to:
Professional Hair and Makeup
Tent (AirBNB Weddings)
Additionally, vendor gratuity is not included.
CAN I ADD SERVICES THAT ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE?
Of course! This is your wedding day and we want it to be everything you've been dreaming of! Any additional vendors you're wanting us to source would be subject to an increased planning fee. Or these vendors can be sourced independently.
WHY IS VIDEO NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
While we are HUGE fans of video, not everyone likes seeing themselves on video. If this is something you are interested in, we have an excellent partnership with Night Owls Media and can offer video as add-on service.
WHY IS AN OFFICIANT NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
About half of our couples put a priority on a close friend or family member officiating their wedding. If you're interested n having a professional officiant write a custom ceremony for you, we have a partnership with Liz Rae Weddings & can offer this service as an add-on for a one time fee of $650.
WHAT IF I WANT TO UPGRADE A PACKAGE WITH A VENDOR PARTNER ABOVE WHAT IS OFFERED IN THIS PACKAGE?
These packages are designed to create a whole, but condensed wedding experience in order to alleviate stress in planning, as well as curb spending, but you are of course welcome to upgrade any offerings with our vendor partners and pay the difference in cost to them directly.
CAN I PICK MY OWN VENDORS?
In short, no. The way we're able to create an all-inclusive package is by pre-negotiating discounted rates and packages with vendors that we have established relationships with. If you are interested in working with your own vendors for the ones already included in this package, you will likely find one of our intimate & more traditional wedding planning experiences a better fit.
DO I GET TO MEET THESE VENDORS BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY?
ABSOLUTELY! We have a pre-determined workflow with each of these vendors that includes interactions long before the wedding day. For example, your photographer will host a video chat meet & greet to get to know you both on a more personal level, as well as an engagement photoshoot to get you comfortable shooting with him before the wedding day.
DO I GET TO CUSTOMIZE THIS PACKAGE TO MY OWN TASTES?
Yes! We have certain limitations on these customizations in order to better control costs to allow for the all-inclusive model we've created, but we know that visions differ, tastes in food differ, even venue tastes will differ slightly, so we've been intentional about creating space for your personality,.
I'VE BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT SOME OF THE WEDDING PLANNING EXPERIENCES LIKE A CAKE TASTING, DO I LOSE THOSE EXPERIENCES WITH AN ALL-INCLUSIVE WEDDING?
Definitely not! As part of our agreements with our vendor partners, we've secured the inclusion of a catering tasting, cake tasting, floral design meeting, and stationery design meeting to preserve your planning experience.
I LOVE THE IDEA OF A MINI WEDDING, BUT I'M STUCK ON NOT BEING ABLE TO SHARE THIS EXPERIENCE WITH EVERYONE. WHAT DO I DO?
Our awesome partners at Cage + Aquarium have created the ability to offer a live stream experience of everything from your ceremony to the dance party for your loved ones that don't make the in-person guest list. If this is something you're interested in, we can connect you with Tyler at C+A so he can explain the nerdy details of how this service works!
WHAT IS THE RAIN PLAN FOR THE AIRBNB EXPERIENCE?
Because of the nature of outdoor weddings, we do have a rain or shine policy. We recommend budgeting for the emergency expense of a tent. (about $3K; not included) and we'll make the call about 3 days out on a recommendation. If an unexpected rainstorm occurs, we'll do our best to move inside the property until the storm passes. Unfortunately, sometimes unexpected hiccups happen on the wedding day & our best advice is to be so engaged in the moment that you're letting go & following our lead.
THE INVESTMENT LEVEL SEEMS A LITTLE HIGH FOR 30 GUESTS, IS THERE ANYWAY TO LOWER IT?
The goal in the curation of these packages was to offer a highly stylized event with a team of highly rated and experienced professionals, bringing a luxury-esque experience to a more affordable price point. While the price point is much lower than the average cost of a Chicago-area wedding, it is very much intended to be a high-end experience. The only way to lower the price point would be to remove services, and with our package being considered to be the bare minimum level of service, this is not a request we'd be able to accommodate.
HOW DO I KNOW THIS PRICE IS FAIR?
Our package pricing is very simple: the sum of all of the packages we've negotiated with our vendor team + our planning fee.