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Behind the Scenes of Champagne & Canapes at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Sip Into Spring!

Let the countdown begin….we are daydreaming of sunshine, spring weather & delicious dec Creations! 

Sip into Spring & Save the Date - May 12, 2014 kicks off rooftop season at THE dec

For semi-private & private event details, please contact the Ritz-Carlton Chicago Catering Team (312) 573-5180.

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Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Zimmerman, Catering Sales Manager

Magnificent Milestones

Magnificent Milestones is the go-to for custom invitations, perfect paper products and anything for print in Chicago!

Kara Gordon, Owner and Visionary, combined her passion for paper and love of planning to launch Magnificent Milestones in 2007. 

Our team has had the pleasure of getting to know Kara and the MM team over the past few years and we’re not only smitten with this bunch, but are also head over heels for their personalized paper creations!

Stop in to swoon over the MM team and their River North studio located at 472 West Erie Street!

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Photos Courtesy of Magnificent Milestones

Why Hire a Planner?

Recently the beautiful wedding of Sloane Baker and Aaron Wyler took place at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel).  The planner, Jan Ehrenberg of Parties, Events & More and our team started discussing the reasons why we believe it is crucial to hire a wedding planner.

So in response, here is what Jan had to say:  

The answer is simple. A wedding planner allows the client to be a guest at their own affair while knowing that someone will have their back and execute their dream come true.

As an event planner,  I believe that all of the behind the scene details are more important than what is actually happening at the moment! A well-executed wedding gives the client piece of mind and allows them to have a great time!

Yes, it can be expensive, but it will be the best money spent in the wedding budget. We take their ideas, give them options for vendors that we think will match their vision, and we as a team create their incredible wedding. For myself, I love the details and execution that it takes to create unbelievable once in a lifetime experiences. I enjoy getting to know my brides and grooms, as well as their families throughout the planning. I on their behalf become a friend, advisor, mediator and psychologist allowing them to continue on with their everyday life. Wedding Planning is a full time job and no bride or groom needs the stress of having two full time jobs!

Jan Ehrenberg

Parties, Events & More | 847-853-1573 | janlsje@aol.com

Photos Courtesy of: Nakai Photography

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Meet the Newest Members of the Catering Team

The Catering team is extremely excited to finally formally introduce our newest members! Missy & Kelsey both joined us last year and jumped right into our exciting schedule of weddings and events. Below is a little bio and a fun QA session for each of the girls.

Missy Kostovny
A proud Penn State Grad, Missy joins us from The Waldorf Astoria in New York City. After numerous operational roles at The Waldorf, Missy spent three years as an Event Manager; handling various markets from Social to Pharmaceutical. This summer, Missy was ready to jump into a more Catering focused roll and new atmosphere. NYC apartment in tow, Missy was off to the Windy City to start at The Ritz in September.

Q: Name 3 adjectives to describe you?
A: Driven, Reliable, & Vivacious

Q: Trends come & go - but what is one wedding trend that you think is here to stay?!
A: Mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I think it makes the bridal party feel more comfortable to be able to pick their style.

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Kelsey Zimmerman
Kelsey is no stranger to The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago and Four Seasons empire. Kelsey began her career with Four Seasons as an intern at our Chicago based World Wide Sales Office and progressed from there into Catering and Conference Services at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. Kelsey’s passion for events led her to her current role as Catering Sales Manager. Her warmth and attention to detail ensure a personal and positive experience when working together. Want to get in good with her? – Mention the Purdue Boilermakers and you’ll have an instant lifelong bond!

Q: What celebrity bride wore it best?
A: Grace Kelly was the epitome of elegance and class on her wedding day in April 1956 to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. More recent brides such as Nicole Richie and The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton also were timeless brides wearing gowns featuring similar details and shapes to Grace Kelly’s dress - intricate lace, satin buttons and lush fabrics! A look that in my opinion will never go out of style!

Q: Describe your ideal day in Chicago!
A: Summer in Chicago is hands down the BEST……A morning kicked off with friends at brunch [Ever tried Jam ‘N Honey?!], later soaking up some sun on an outdoor patio or the beach and ending the evening outdoors on a rooftop would be a ultimate summer day!

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Photos Courtesy of: Huge Galdones

Love is Love

Being only months away from June 2014 - our Catering team is eager to welcome the additional same-sex wedding celebrations that will start to take place this summer!  

Our team member – Amanda Belton is currently participating in an education course from the Gay Wedding Institute. The course has enabled Amanda and the rest of our team to better understand this emerging market for Chicago Wedding Venues. We have already planned and executed many same-sex wedding celebrations, but are ready to welcome even more to our hotel in the coming years!

When same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington D.C., our Four Seasons DC Hotel launched their "Love is Love" promotion! Our Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) team can’t wait to welcome these celebrations too …. after all, Love is Love!

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Photo Courtesy of: Peter Thurin

Flashback Friday

Happy #flashbackfriday~today we’re looking back & wishing a Happy Anniversary to one of our favorite couples from January 2013! It’s been a year & we’re still swooning over the event styling of their Chicago wedding in our Grand Ballroom – glistening metallic linens & lush white floral featuring wintry branches!

Read more about this sweet couple & their memorable day on the recent blog post from our friend’s at Bliss Weddings & Events

Photos Courtesy of: Gerber + Scarpelli 

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A Perfect Pair

A recent Bride & Groom had a fond appreciation for local breweries. They decided to share their taste for craft beer with their guests by adding a fun twist to their first course ~ A pairing reflective of the couple’s Wisconsin Roots!

Guests sipped on shooters of Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter Pale Ale while enjoying one of our delicious Autumn Soup’s - New Potato Chowder, Pancetta, Chives, with a Cheddar Cheese Straw. 

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Photo Courtesy of: Kelsey Zimmerman

"The most wonderful time of the year…..!"

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Happy Holidays from our Ritz-Catering family to yours! Hoping this season is filled with joy & love! Cheers to 2014!

~Your Friends at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel)

Kelsey, Amanda, Marc, Maureen, Cody, Mackenzie, Heather, Missy, Christian & Julie.

#ritzunlocked

Happy #WeddingWednesday!

Recently, we hosted local Wedding Planners to make our home, their home for the afternoon in our luxurious Presidential Suite! Showcasing innovative spins on potpies, sliders, & (everyone’s favorite) hot chocolate bar; here are some of our favorite photos from this cozy holiday get together.

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A special thank you to Flower Firm, Magnificent Milestones, Rendezvous Music, & Tablescapes Party Rentals for partnering with us to make the event such a success!

For more pictures & inside scoop…check out #ritzunlocked on Instagram

Teaser Alert!! A sneak peek…
We’re peeking through the keyhole of our luxe Presidential Suite in anticipation of our #ritzunlocked event happening soon! We can’t wait to unlock all the details…stay tuned for pics & more from this fabulous & festive exclusive event! 

Teaser Alert!! A sneak peek…

We’re peeking through the keyhole of our luxe Presidential Suite in anticipation of our #ritzunlocked event happening soon! We can’t wait to unlock all the details…stay tuned for pics & more from this fabulous & festive exclusive event! 

Vera Wang Bride Chicago

We celebrate this Wedding Wednesday by toasting to our dear friends & partners at Vera Wang Bride Chicago! Gowns from their ever-so-chic bridal collections were showcased at An Evening of Bridal Pinspiration & CS Bride’s Seventh Annual Evening of Bridal Luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. 

Get the inside scoop on Vera Wang Gang’s favorite Windy City hotspots, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s very own dec Rooftop Bar & the Fall 2014 Bridal Collection featured on XO, Vera

Say “I-Do” to a timeless gown at their Chicago Bridal Salon on the corner of Oak & Rush Streets. 

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Photos Courtesy of: Vera Wang Chicago