Big City Bride in National NATO News

We were so excited to see our very own Darcey Lohman quoted in national press this afternoon! CNBC posted the article “NATO summit in Chicago sends some brides fleeing.” The truth is…some Chicago weddings were scared off by the NATO summit and some Chicago wedding planners avoided the date, but Big City Bride did not!

Big City Bride worked through the challenges of planning a Chicago wedding with NATO. The way we see it is that Chicago brides and wedding guests need us more than ever this weekend. Darcey planned a wedding at the beloved Chicago wedding venue - the Chicago Cultural Center. They will be sharing the building with the secret service this weekend. See the full article here and the highlighted Big City Bride press below:

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Not everyone is fleeing NATO. Chris Moon and her fiancé, McAfee Burke, booked the Chicago Cultural Center – the crown jewel of Chicago wedding venues and just a few miles from the NATO summit site – more than a year ago for their wedding on Saturday.

NATO defense ministers will use the venue for their dinner on Sunday night, a day after their wedding.

“Planning a wedding has enough moving parts as it is, so adding the NATO Summit into the mix brought a whole new level of difficulty to the wedding weekend,” said Darcey Lohman, a wedding planner for Big City Bride, which is handling the event.

Prospective bride Moon said they have had to make concessions to pull it off amid the summit.

A NATO team needed the hall they had booked for their cocktail hour overlooking one of the city’s newest attractions, Millennium Park. Cocktail hour will now take place in a gallery overlooking Michigan Avenue.

The parking garage next to the venue will be closed, so the couple must provide valet parking. They changed the start time of the ceremony to give guests more time to arrive.

Their wedding website offers some advice: “Please allow yourselves ample time to arrive at the venue. There may be rolling street closures due to public protests and the transportation of foreign dignitaries.”

Moon said she is confident in the wedding planner and is preparing herself for things not going exactly as she envisioned.

“Of course, I’m nervous. I’m hoping that everything comes together easily,” she said.

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