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More Unique Chicago Wedding Venues
May 1, 2012

We have been noticing that the blog post on Unique Chicago Wedding Venues (click here to see the first set of venues) has been a big hit and that so many people have been using it a reference.  We thought we would share some more venues for you to take a look at!  Check it out!!

Museum of Contemporary Art better known as the MCA is a great modern space to hold an event there.  From a fun wedding to great cocktail party.  This modern, open, white space is perfect for any event.  And working with the in house catering team at Wolfgang Puck Catering is a great bonus!

Cafe Brauer is located in the heart of the Lincoln Park Zoo.  With both indoor and outdoor space and the ability to do both the ceremony and reception on site, this is a staple venue for Chicago Events!

Venue One is the next on the list that is newer to the scene of venues in Chicago.  The space is two floors of raw space.  Managed by Event Creative, the possibilities are endless.  With over 20,000 square feet and a super modern soft edge to it, this really is an amazing space!
The Rookery is another venue that showcases it’s historic roots with no problems!  The building was built and completed in 1888 and it still has so much of it’s original character.  The grand stair case and the old world feeling that you get from standing in the room allows for any wedding ceremony to take place and then easy transition to dinner. 
River East Arts Center or REAC for short, is another space that can house over 300 guests and is a great modern timber loft for either a traditional sit down dinner event or a fabulous space for a cocktail reception.  Located in River East, the venue backs up to the river and is just minutes from Navy Pier.  

The Glessner House is also another historic space in the city, located in the South Loop.  With outdoor space and indoor space, the Glessner House offers a charming backdrop for an elegant affair!

Venue Six 10 is the space on the list that is ultra modern and perfect for a wedding or corporate function.  With floor to ceiling windows over looking Grant Park on at 600 S. Michigan Avenue, the space will for sure wow your guests.  Here’s another time when you get to work with the amazing team at Wolfgang Puck!

Watch for our next post on some of the full service venues including hotels & private clubs that are great to use to host an event!

Just Engaged & Beginning to Plan Your Wedding. Here Are The First Steps in Planning!
March 29, 2012

Thanks again for watching! For the new viewers, I am Anthony Navarro, Founder and Senior Planner at Liven It Up Events! The goal of the blog is to answer your questions in planning your wedding!

Are you just engaged? I am sure that you are super excited!! This video clip gives you the first two steps that you should take before you start the process of planning your wedding. Watch the clip and learn what you should do before anything else!!

Feel free to ask questions on our Liven It Up Events Facebook Fan Page or on Liven It Up Events Twitter Page or in the comment section below! I want to hear from you and answer the questions you have in planning your wedding!

Don’t forget to visit our website at for more information!!

Thanks for watching and see you next time!

March 26, 2012

Welcome back to the new Liven It Up Events Blog! More like a VLOG now! This is something I have been working on for the past 6 months and looking forward to really making this a fun project for me!!!

Here’s how it is going to work…

Viewers are going to be able to ask Anthony & the Liven It Up Events team a questions by emailing on Facebook (
Tweeting a question to

Once a week I am going to answer a question that someone has on something that is troubling them in planning their wedding.

Either Facebook, Tweet, or Comment on the Blog to ask your questions today! This is so exciting for me as this is something that I truly LOVE to do!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!!!

Anthony Navarro
Founder, Liven It Up Events

New Blog Post on Gina & Tony’s Website
February 22, 2012

Check out this great feature at a wedding Anthony did last year at Hotel Allegro! The blog post is on Gina & Tony (the photographer’s) website! Check it out!!

Gina & Tony’s Website!

Wedding Featured on Martha Stewart!!!
December 5, 2011

We were so excited to hear that Mindy + Matt, who were married on August 28th, this year, were going to be featured on Martha Stewart Weddings!

Check out the blog about them and the wedding! It was an amazing team of folks who came together to make this all possible!!

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Rentals: Tablescapes

Videography: Megan Taylor of Fig Media

Catering: Limelight Catering

Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design

Event Design: Jesse Deckard of Event Creative

Stationery: Lady Fingers Letterpress

Calligraphy (for day-of paperie): Diane Daly

Hair: Arianna Puljic of Tricoci Salon; Tigerlilie Salon

Makeup: Brianna Thompson of Elysian Spa; Tigerlilie Salon

Locations: K.A.M. Isaiah Israel; Cafe Brauer

Entertainment: Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band; Maggie Speaks

Read more at The Latest Real Weddings — Martha Stewart Weddings

Great Feature on Liven It Up Events!
November 1, 2011

There was a great feature on Anthony and Liven It Up this week at Check it out! Click the link below to read all about it!!

Link to Vendor Spotlight on I Love You

Somthing Old, Something New, A Wedding at A New Leaf
October 6, 2011

It never gets old as both Anthony & Sally have done nearly 100 weddings at A New Leaf in Chicago. Every time both of us walk in the space, it just feels like home. Laurie and the crew at A New Leaf always greet us with a smile and hug! As the tree of life gets built on the back table and the caterer is trucking tables up on the balcony and chairs are being set in The Apartment, it just is on of the most perfect places to host a wedding.

Here are a couple of images that Anthony took from our last wedding there.

Guests were invited upstairs to The Apartment for the ceremony. The over sized candelabras and green plants at the base set the front of the room.

Everyone moved out into the garden for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It’s a magical place that garden at A New Leaf. You almost can not even hear the cars on the street. It’s the perfect setting for a cocktail party.

We moved into the Storefront and Mezzanine for dinner services, which was put together with perfection by the team at J&L Catering.

It was such a great wedding, with Dolce Strings getting our bride and groom down the aisle, Toast & Jam filling the space with music throughout the rest of the evening, Keith Cotton Photography keeping up with all of the photo ops, Sarah’s baking the cake, and of course, amazing florals by the team at A New Leaf.

Style Me Pretty Featured a Wedding of Ours!!!
September 22, 2011

Anthony & Julie had such a great time working with Tiffany & Eric and their wonderful families! With a great team of vendors, we pulled off a day that will be remembered! Check out the blog post on Style Me Pretty!

Link to Style Me Pretty

What A Little Lighting Can Do!
September 21, 2011

It seems to come up, more and more, that most of the couples we work with, are more interested in lighting. What does lighting do to a room? I always think it adds an element of drama to the room. It definitely takes on a different feel for the space. Check out a couple of weddings where lighting truly transforms the space.

In the photos below, all photos were taken by Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events via his iPhone (which he LOVES) and lighting and fabric draping provided by Deborah Weisenhaus with Art of Imagination.

This was a lounge that we created at the MCA Warehouse in the West Loop for a Wedding. Don’t be fooled. You can take an old pie factory and turn it into a wedding venue. As I was telling my Grandmother about this wedding, she asked, “Where is the factory?” And I told her, “Hubbard & Wood.” She said, “Well I’ll be darned, that is where MY mother and I used to buy pies.” 65 Years ago my grandmother was buying pies and this year, my team and I were running a wedding there!

The Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg, for a wedding ceremony. This was a beautiful wedding and was featured on Style Me Pretty!

Zhou B. Brothers Art Center for a Wedding Ceremony. This is a gorgeous gallery on the south side that is a really cool space that can be transformed in many ways by using different colored lighting.

Chicago Executive Airport for a Fundraiser for The Illinois Eye Bank. Yes, this is an airport hanger!!! And the funny story about this was the planes arrived 2 hours before the event began. We could not set up anything until they arrived! Lets talk about moving fast!!! (Thanks Deborah… you and your team made this come together!!)

Below is a really amazing transformation from sunset dinner to evening dancing at the Westin in Itasca.

Before Dinner
After Dinner

Below is one of the most drastic changes we have ever done to a room. We started with a Banquet Room and turned it into something fun, funky, and loungy!! It took all day to do, but came out amazing! Interesting story about this place, my aunt and uncle were married in the same room, 20 years ago! I guess it pays to have roots where you work!


It’s amazing what a little lighting can do!

Cafe Brauer in August with Liven It Up Events!
August 31, 2011

We found ourselves all over the city this summer, beginning at Cafe Brauer and ending at Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo! At the beginning of the month, we celebrated Jeremy & Rachel’s wedding at Cafe Brauer! It was a beautiful day and we had the chance to work with Molly with Entertaining Company who plated a fabulous 2 course dinner, Candice Cusic Photography who captured the entire day, Rachel with Toast & Jam Deejays who kept the party going all night, gorgeous florals by Clint with Revel & a tasty and elegant cake by Mary with Take the Cake! Beautifully played with DIY elements along with an elegant color scheme and with an AMAZING video presentation put together by the Groom with Frost providing the equipment, even though it rained a little that day, it was still a memorable occasion for all of the guests!

Just this past weekend we were able to celebrate with another couple at Cafe Brauer. This time, we saw cocktail hour happen at the Flamenco Pond with live blue grass music from Rank Entertainment. Later, the guests were brought to the Great Hall where Limelight Catering brought an amazing meal to the tables, styled by our bride. Working along side Jesse with Event Creative to bring the vision to life, the farm style tables were adored with all vintage cut crystal vases, glassware, and base plates. Custom linens and hanging chandeliers and fabric from the ceiling adored the room and made it look stunning. Many DIY items from our bride on this wedding! She did an amazing job with all of the details!! The day was captured by the amazing Olivia Leigh Photography & Fig Media. Maggie Speaks kept the crowd on the dance floor all evening, and Amy Beck, with Amy Beck Cake Designs served up a delicious cake!

Another stunning wedding at Cafe Brauer!

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