Kendall & Alex's Portillo's-fueled crafty wedding

By on Oct. 22nd


The offbeat bride: Kendall, Manager of Customer Experience

Her offbeat partner: Alex, Senior Coordinator

Date and location of wedding: Women's Club of Evanston, Evanston, IL — July 28, 2012

Our offbeat wedding at a glance: We found out early on how expensive weddings can be. When we got quoted a really expensive price for the catering alone, Alex and I promptly called Portillo's, a Chicago-area favorite, to cater with their amazing food. To top off the night, we called Molly's Cupcakes to supply the mini-cake deliciousness. By getting catering that was more reasonable, we were able to stay on budget and put our money towards other details and craft projects (like the origami bouquets!)




When food was taken care of, we found an amazing DJ at Toast and Jam, worked for three months to hand-make origami bouquets and flowers, and to make everything a bit sweeter, we did it all on a fairly modest budget.




Tell us about the ceremony: Alex incorporated his favorite quote which summed up our relationship, the ceremony style, and the day perfectly: "I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'" – Kurt Vonnegut.


My favorite moment: My favorite moments were at the actual ceremony: from my uncle who presided over the ceremony forgetting to tell the guests to sit down, to Alex's fidgety hands in mine.


My funniest moment: When I had to ask my uncle (our officiant) to repeat the "I Dos" section I was like a deer in the headlights. Alex said his part perfectly, and I froze up after I couldn't remember the first line, then the second, and the third. Crap. Alex just mouthed "it's okay, just ask." So I did, and everyone laughed. My uncle had to break it down to about three words for me to repeat at a time. Thank goodness I'm not in the business of public speaking.


My advice for Offbeat Brides: Don't compare your wedding to others, and if you don't want to stress about your planning, just stop talking about your wedding outside of you and your partner. The more you talk about it, the more you compare what you're doing to other people's weddings. Don't go too overboard with Pinterest, too. It can be overwhelming.


What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding? Don't sweat the small stuff. Put your energy and focus into what you would want (ours was food, booze, and music).


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