Weddings Closer to Home

Read these tips from real-life brides who have "been there, done that" and have practical tips and advice to share with anyone planning a wedding.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe Couple: Mike and Laurie Housey; The Location: Fourth Presbyterian Church & the Chicago Cultural Center: Chicago, Ill.

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Laurie's Story: "Mike and I had our reception at the Chicago Cultural Center. We had cocktails in the GAR Rotunda and dinner and dancing in Preston Bradley Hall, which is home to the world's largest Tiffany stained glass dome."


Her Tips:

Do a receiving line: "As cheesy as you may think it is, it will allow you to enjoy your reception instead of making sure you stop and speak at every table."

Present something to each of your mothers during the ceremony: "Mike and I presented an antiqued ornament with a black and white photo printed on the ceramic to each of our mothers. The photo was of our mothers' mothers on their wedding day. It was very emotional but well worth the sentiment."

Take dance lessons: "Originally, we were doing it mostly for fun and partly because my husband was concerned that he couldn't dance. By the end we felt so comfortable dancing that we decided to 'wow the crowd' with a surprise choreographed number that went from waltz to swing!"