Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Beer, Bourbon, BBQ & Wedding Talk: It’s the Chicago Groom Service Show

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Windy City Grooms: on October 20th, take a break from complaining about the Bears’ offensive line and join us at John Allan’s for the first ever Groom Service Show. This show, designed with the male in mind, will feature some of Chicago’s top groom-friendly wedding vendors. The guest speaker will be none other than our own co-founder Chris Easter. He’ll be there to provide some sage groom advice direct from his upcoming groom book: “Be the Man.”

Vendors in attendance will be: Cage + Aquarium, Carasco Photography, Erickson Design, Haberdash Men’s Shop, Nicholas Joseph Custom Suits & Tuxedos, Rodan & Fields, ShutterBooth, Smoque BBQ, SQN Events, theBrideScoop, TipsyCake, Topiarius, Truffle Truffle & W Hotels. Additionally, Dan Bernstein of WSCR-AM, 670 “The Score” will be on hand for a special appearance.

To get a special ticket price of $10, use the code TMR when buying tickets. We hope to see you there!

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The Anatomy of a Flash Mob Marriage Proposal

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

I recently stumbled upon video of a marriage proposal that (very creatively) utilized a flash freeze mob in Chicago’s John Logan Statue Park. If you haven’t seen this yet, check it out:

We wanted to delve into this growing trend of flash mob usage and what would lead to a guy wanting to propose to his girlfriend this way. We tracked down the groom-to-be, Nick Redmond, and asked him to walk us through the planning and execution of this incredible marriage proposal that took two months of planning and the help of countless others to pull off.

It started at the beginning of February, I had been thinking of ways to propose to Amy and wanted to do something truly spectacular.  Amy and I have always loved downtown Chicago and it has always been our favorite place to be together.  From the beginning, I wanted to do something that hadn’t been done as a proposal before, and something that was truly unique.  I thought about how busy of a city Chicago is, and that it would be amazing if just for a few minutes, I could somehow freeze time and propose in that moment to Amy.  My first course of action was to create a false Facebook page under the name ‘John Jay’.  I then created an event titled ‘Chicago Freeze Flash Mob’ and began seeking out random people in Chicago to try and help out.

From the looks of her reaction, we’d call this a success. So would Greg Miller from Chicago’s Advertising Anonymous. Greg says that flash mobs are here to stay. He references the largest Flash Mob Society, Improv Everywhere, as proof of the staying power. Improv Everywhere has 49,714 members worldwide.

Greg’s company has been planning and executing mob marketing activities for several years. They were first marketing agency in Chicago to organize it’s own flash mob, which was the Water Wars event at the Chicago Air & Water show in August 2009.

From Greg – “I just love Nick’s story because it basically cost him nothing and was one of the most creative and memorable proposals I’ve ever heard of.”

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So, what are your thoughts on staging Flash Mobs for marriage proposals? Let us know in the comments below.

Groom Punches Roommate at Wedding Reception

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

So what do you do if any of your wedding reception guests become unruly? Punch them of course!

That’s what the groom, Sean Kelly, did when his roommate apparently said the wrong thing at the reception. To make matters worse, Kelly had a trunk full of guns and ammo in his car parked right outside. He is now being charged with several crimes (and he’s missing the honeymoon).

It’s always sad to hear of a white wedding turning into a white trash wedding!

Read the original story from The Daily Herald here.

Matilda By Goose Island: They Don’t Call it Bridal for Nothing

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
Grooms, meet Matilda

Grooms, meet Matilda

So, you and your lovely lady are talking liquor…what to serve, what to toast, what to stock. You’re thinking keg, she’s thinking Cristal. But here’s a little known fact—the word bridal actually comes from “bride ale” or “wedding feast”!

Enter Matilda from the makers of Goose Island. It’s the perfect accompaniment to fine food and festive occasions. And it’s meant to be served in a wine glass! As Brewmaster Greg  explains, “It’s wild in character with a slightly fruity aroma..unique as it is satisfying.” Just like you, my friend!


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In addition to serving as OneWed’s VP of Marketing, Jennifer Napier is a guest contributor to the GroomsAdvice blog offering a little local flavor for the grooms. You can connect with Jennifer on Google+ and Twitter.

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