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This week's wedding events around Chicagoland

As wedding planning season kicks into high gear, more bridal events are appearing on the calendar, including smaller vendor showcases and large bridal expos.

While many of these events are free, most request registration and some require tickets. See the websites for more information.

Thursday, February 18th
Bridal Lounge at The James in Chicago

Check out décor ideas, meet experienced wedding professionals and view designed event spaces at The James Hotel in Chicago, while sampling food and drinks from local professionals. 6pm - 8pm on the hotel’s second floor. Free event, but you must RSVP at the website.

A Blissful Affair at Oak Brook Bath & Tennis Club
Not your typical bridal event - just a fun party with delicious details, mingling with top vendors, music and tons of inspiration for your wedding, from 6-9pm. Brides and their guests will be treated to champagne, hors d'oeuvres and an exclusive stellar swag bag while taking in the gorgeous grounds. Free event, but you must RSVP at the website.

Sunday, February 21st
Love Brews at Emmett’s Tavern & Brewing Co in Palatine

Perfect event if you're planning a beer tasting for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Visit a stunning venue that’s a restaurant and microbrewery at this free event, from 4-8pm. All the wedding professionals featured are independently owned and budget-friendly, allowing you to get your "champagne tastes on a beer budget.” RSVP not required.

Bridal Sampler Luxury Event at InterContinental Hotel in Rosemont
Unlike the massive shows, this event is scaled down to give couples advantage of being able to actually save time by talking one-on-one with Chicago area wedding vendors. Get four free tickets when you RSVP at the website.

Bridal Expo Chicago at Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook
If you’ve been planning on going to a large bridal expo, you can get four tickets free when you order online and mention ww-10. Free tickets are limited.

Crate & Barrel Wedding Parties
Crate & Barrel is throwing free parties just for engaged couples at most of their Chicago area locations. Have the store to yourself as you get advice from our design and registry experts, meet other couples, and make merry with food, drink and fun. Space is limited, RSVP at the website.

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