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Venue coordinator vs. a day-of coordinator: What's the dif!?

I began to explain the difference between using a venue’s “inclusive” coordinator versus a day-of coordinator (or DOC, for short) that you bring in yourself. It’s a conversation I’ve had with several couples, usually at the beginning of wedding planning, so they can hopefully avoid this type of situation. I thought I'd also share this knowledge with everyone, because I think it’s important to understand the difference…

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Would you get married at a plantation? Or a castle? Or a prison? Or a cemetery?

We featured a Filipino/Persian wedding that was held on a lovely garden estate — that used to be a plantation. A commenter chimed in: "…not really sure if a Southern Plantation with slavery history is the ideal place for a wedding. I couldn't focus on the beauty of it knowing that it held such memories of immense suffering." This comment brings up so many interesting questions…

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Unique Chicago wedding venues coveted by Offbeat Bride readers

We decided to start rounding up a vendor list sourced directly from our readers for a series of reader recommended vendor list posts. We're starting with venues in and around Chicago! Let's take a look at who our readers have recommended, where they are located, and how you can contact them to get your Chicago venue search started.