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Proud to Be Chi-rish

March 17, 2010

Okay, so technically, if we combined the Irish percentage of all the girls at Mojuba, we’d be close to 100%. However, because we live in Chicago, and it’s St. Patrick’s day, today we’re touting our 100% Chi-rish heritage by bringing you everything Chicago/Irish that we just love.

We’ll start with the Irish:

1. Claddagh Rings: The traditional Irish Wedding band symbolizes love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crow). The rings are also commonly worn as a symbol of love and friendship, and make a lovely gift from an Irish bride to her bridesmaids.

2. Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen:  Ferguson linen is absolutely to die for.  If you’re looking for a unique place to purchase your newlywed, grown-up table linen or bedding, Ferguson is a gorgeous way to go.

3. Irish Proverbs and blessings:  Having trouble writing your vows?  Is your maid-of-honor worried about giving a great toast?   Irish blessings are known for their lyrical beauty and loving yet fun sentiment.  Some of our favorites include: “May the saddest day of your future be no worse, than the happiest day of your past,” and “Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend.  The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.”

And now, on to Chicago:

Chicago's Adler Planetarium

1.  One of the best things about Chicago, is the number of beautiful locations for a wedding ceremony.  It doesn’t get much better than a wedding in the recently renovated Holy Name Cathedral, and a reception in the Chicago History Museum, or at the Adler Planetarium, which overlooks Lake Michigan.  Or, forego the fancy stuff, and get married by the Lake and take pictures in Millenium Park!

2. The Magnificent Mile is a bride’s dream come true.  Register at Neiman Marcus, pick out your bridesmaid’s dresses at J.Crew, get your man a hot tux at Hugo Boss, plan a rehersal dinner at Spiaggia or The Signature Room, and get your nails engagement-ring worthy at Spa Nordstrom, all on the same street!

3. The “I Do! Chicago Ties The Knot,” exhibit at the Chicago Historical Society opens in May, but we already have our calendars marked.  The exhibition explores wedding customs and traditions throughout history, and how Chicago’s wedding industry has shaped the modern ceremony.  More than fifty wedding dresses and garments will also be on display.

4.  The resources. Chicago brides have got to be some of the luckiest out there. The Chicago bridal community is one of the largest and most talented in the country, and local brides have dozens of world-class planners, boutiques, locations, florists, photographers, travel agents, and wedding-day emergency kits 🙂 at their disposal! All you need to do is scroll down to see our posts on Chicagoans like Bride Buzz, James Ciccotti Bridal Shoes, Sarah’s Pastries, The Elysian Hotel, and Michelle Rahn designs to get the point.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Love,

Mojuba

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