Real Wedding Wednesday ~ European Style!

I love this couple so much! They seem to just go together so well. The bride, Jessica, and her husband, Dima, had a Russian-Jewish wedding at La Mirage Banquets on the outskirts of Chicago; known for hosting European style weddings.

For those of you who are not well versed in a European style wedding, they are a bit different from what we usually see. How you ask? Well, bridey, there is no set dinner hour. Can you imagine? A wedding that is not totally scheduled down to the T? Allow me to explain it to you...

Well, usually upon entering the reception, guests are seated at a table which is pre-set with appetizers and salads. Once the couple is introduced, and after a few toasts, the dancing begins. After about twenty minutes or so of dancing, the guests take their seats, fill their glasses (and their plates) and listen to a few more toasts. And you know when the cake gets cut? Like midnight!!! Right? Holy SHIT! Can you believe it?!! I love it! A lot of partying and a lot of fun! Oh yeah!!! So, take it all in, brideys! Perhaps you might get inspired!

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse?
We were set up by his brother and a co-worker of mine.
2. How long were you together before you were engaged?
We were together for 9 months before Dima proposed.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?
It was 6 months before we had our religious ceremony and celebration.

4. Where did your wedding take place?
We got married at LaMirage, Rolling Meadows, IL (just outside of Chicago).
5. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?
Wedding planning is hectic and stressful. I would probably give it a 5, because we were pretty laid back in the planning. In the end, it is definitely worth it!
6. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?
My favorite part of the wedding planning process was the choosing of the wedding cake and the tasting. The least favorite part was figuring out the seating chart.
7. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it. Allow us to learn from you, bridey!
Well, 4 weeks before the wedding I had to get a new wedding dress, because the family friend I was borrowing the dress from decided that she did not want me wearing her dress!!! (Luckily, I went shopping and was able to buy a dress off the rack that fit me perfectly and I didn't have to do any alterations except adding the bustle).  Also, 2 weeks before the wedding, we ended up firing our original rabbi, and had to find a new rabbi quickly.
8. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?
Our challenge was our budget. We were limited to how much we could spend on our dream wedding.

9. What was your budget for the wedding, and what did you end up spending?
Our budget was about $20k, and we spent just about that much.

10. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?
I had a very unrealistic idea of how much different things would cost.  I never expected that flowers could cost that much or even photographers.
11. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?
We debated having a wedding or not having one, and doing a destination wedding or a local one.  We are glad we decided to stay local, and VERY glad we decided to do a wedding.
12. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.
The most valuable lesson I learned is to stay calm and don't stress too much over it. If things don't go the way you originally intended it's not the end of the world, and everything happens for a reason.

Photographer: Michael Novo
Ceremony Location:  LaMirage Restaurant