Mind blown: This couple crowdsourced from their guests at the wedding via smartphone #Real Weddings: Midwest US#bearded groom#chicago#illinois#jewish#steal-this-idea April 19 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Photos by: Jentri Colello Photography Photos by Jentri Colello Photography Mary and Andy hosted a gorgeous wedding at Thalia Hall in Chicago featuring a gorgeous chuppah, a sweet first look, and loads of lovely moments. Related Post Ring warmings and geeky call-outs: 12 ways to include your guests in your ceremony Including your guests meaningfully in your ceremony can lead to moments of truly tearful poignancy. From ring warmings to flower circles, and Mad-Libs to Lord... Read more But their ceremony was the one that struck a chord with us hardcore. Since the presence of their guests at their wedding was really the reason to have a wedding for them, Mary and Andy wanted them to be a real part of the ceremony, not just witnesses. So they asked guests to pull out their smartphones and submit a short blessing or wish to the couple. The responses were then put into a word cloud so guests could see which words were submitted the most. This has to be the natural progression of a ring warming in today's tech world! After that, they had a singalong and the rest of the part ensued. Are you kidding me with this idea? It's the best. Let's see these cuties with epic ideas AND the word cloud that resulted… The blessing finale! Vendors Ceremony and reception venue: Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL • Caterer: Dusek’s Board & Beer • Band: The Fat Babies • Photographer: Jentri Colello Photography • Coordinator: Anticipation Events • Bakery: Sweet Mandy B’s • Hotel: Loews Chicago Hotel • Florist: Swanson's Blossoms Shop Cue guests to participate in your ceremony with wedding cue cards I want to talk about cue cards. We first mentioned about this idea way back in 2007 and it's still giggle-worthy. This particular helpful groomsman was the cue card master… Read More Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride’s Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS 5 reasons to have your wedding at a drive-in movie theater NEXT This blended family cake topper wins the honorary Brady Bunch trophy Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.