Selecting and working with your photographer

 Your wedding day will pass in a flash, but your wedding photographs will last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. How can you make sure photos of your special day will be everythi...

a unique wedding venue

 Springfield offers a wide range of venues for your wedding ceremony – from beautiful churches to lovely outdoor parks, from museums and historic sites to banquet halls and clubs, from formal t...

You’ve found your perfect mate. Now it’s time to pick a venue for your big day.

SPRINGFIELDBallrooms, banquet halls, country clubs and bed-and-breakfastsAbraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumThe Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s magnificent Plaza, the c...

A veteran shares tips for smooth sailing on the big day

 Location, cost, size, ambiance and amenities are all factors in selecting a venue for the ceremony and reception. In addition, it’s important to understand how much you will need to do versus...
 One of the most important decisions a couple must make in planning the wedding is determining who will conduct your ceremony and where it will be held. Will it be in a church, conducted by a mem...

It’s OK to have a friend conduct your ceremony. But choose carefully.

 Weddings in Illinois must be “licensed, solemnized and registered.” Couples often choose to have their wedding “solemnized” by someone with whom they have a personal relationship. For ma...
About Capital City Wedding 2017Thanks to Karen Ackerman Witter of Springfield, who assembled and edited this year’s wedding guide, while writing many of the articles. Karen helped plan her daughter�...

Select a dress that will flatter your figure.

 When you have hundreds of wedding gowns to choose from, how can you find “the one”? By using your body type as a starting point but keeping an open mind.“Girls who think they can’t wear...

Get in shape for your wedding by treating yourself

 I wanted Michelle Obama arms when I walked down the aisle in my strapless dress nine years ago. I worked with a personal trainer and tried to eat healthily, with smaller amounts of beer and froz...
 Michelle O’Neal-Babicky, owner of Petals and Co. in Rochester, loves weddings. She’s worked in the floral industry providing flowers for weddings since 1982 and founded Petals and Co. 21 yea...


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