Vendor Spotlight: Poemgrown

Here in Chicago, there are countless wedding vendors and services. One of the most unique ones we’ve encountered is Poemgrown, an awesome and sentimental service by Cin Salach. Poemgrown writes custom poems for weddings and other special occasions. Learn more about Poemgrown through the Q&A below!


Can you tell us a little bit about the service your business offers?

Poemgrown offers commissioned poetry, written in collaboration with you, your life, and your occasion. What does that mean? I work with you, or you and your spouse-to-be, or your parents, or your friends and family (or all of the above!) to translate your love story into poetry. The finished poem is then printed on beautiful linen paper, signed and ready to be framed so that you can be inspired by your love every day!

I also collaborate with musicians, painters, photographers, jewelry makers and ceramic artists to put your poem, or a favorite line or word from it, onto a bowl, or written into a painting…or even set to music so that you can dance to your love story at your wedding!


What inspired you to start this business? 

Though my life has always centered around poetry, I worked in advertising to financially support myself. But after my son was born, my heart took over my head and redirected how I should “make a living.” I was in that space when a friend asked if I could donate something to a silent auction for her school. I donated a custom poem, and the woman who won it asked me to write a poem for her daughter’s 7th birthday. After I sent her the finished poem she immediately emailed back saying, “I’m crying already. And it’s only the third line! This is the BEST GIFT EVER!”. Something clicked, and I knew that this was what I was supposed to do next. I woke up the next morning with “poemgrown” in my head (I swear that never happens to me!) and my business was born.

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What is your process like when working with wedding clients? Can you tell us a little more about the questions you ask them (to get to know them/their love better)?

What I love about poetry is that it captures the essence of relationship, of love. And so I have a handful of specific, yet fairly simple questions I ask my clients to get at the essence of theirs: “What is something of her/him that is in you?” “What is something you want to tell her/him that might surprise her?” “When you close your eyes, what is the first memory that comes up about when you met?” “What is the most important thing you want them to feel from this poem?”…these are a few…and I take those answers, and I sit. And I listen. And then I begin writing their poem.

I also ask for one (or more!) favorite photos to be sent to me along with their answers, because I love to look at their faces when I write!

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Tell us why more people should consider having a custom poem written for their wedding (what are some unique, cool benefits to having this done)?

Your love story is the most important part of your wedding. That may seem obvious but it is such a big day that often the details can overwhelm the reason everyone is gathered! I know from my own wedding that after planning it for sooo long, when the actual day arrived, it took everything I had to be present and not overwhelmed by my own emotions!

A commissioned poem not only captures your love to help remember after the big day (it is a wonderful companion to your wedding album), it is a great way to keep your love story at the very heart of your wedding day throughout….I have had clients use their poem as part of their vows…written on their wedding cake…read to them as they walk down the aisle…given as a gift to the couple from their parents….given as a thank you to guests from the newly wedded couple…

There are so many AMAZING vendors in Chicago to help make your wedding beautifully and uniquely yours…. I am proud that poemgrown is one of them….


If you’re interested in learning more or contacting Poemgrown, visit the website or email Cin at

Beer-Focused Date Night Ideas


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Instead of going to see a movie for your next date night, mix it up and do something that involves your shared love for beer! Chicago has an incredibly vibrant beer scene with over sixty breweries in the city, so there are tons of options for beer-themed activities. Get inspired by the list below, and “cheers!” with your partner this weekend.

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How to Incorporate Your Love for Beer into Your Wedding


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Do you love beer? Are you getting married? If the answer to both these questions is “yes”, we think you should incorporate beer into your big day! Whether you and your partner make beer for a living, or you both simply adore drinking it, there are many creative ways to express your affinity for beer at this momentous occasion. Check out these ideas of how to incorporate beer into your wedding festivities.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Bottles & Cans

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We love our neighborhood beer store, Bottles & Cans. Located in North Center, Bottles & Cans offers an extensive list of craft beers and other delicious alcoholic beverages. They were one of our amazing sponsors this year, and we want you to learn more about them!


What is unique about Bottles and Cans as compared to other liquor stores?

We are a small boutique shop with a extensive portfolio of craft beers. We pride ourselves in having a super knowledgeable and friendly staff.  We also carry wine and small batch spirits with a large focus on whiskey.


Can you tell us what kind of wedding-related services you provide?
We cater to couples who want a unique selection of beer, wine and cocktails for their guests.  Focusing on craft beer and wine can make a lasting impression on every wedding.  We will also create signature cocktails, and offer a full scale tasting with each couple, to narrow down appropriate choices and amount of drinks. We provide free delivery, kegs upon request and 10% off wedding purchases.

Tell us about a couple of your favorite seasonal (autumn) beers.
Unfortunately autumn beers do not stay around for long.  Revolution Oktoberfest, Metropolitan Afterburner and Founders Backwoods Bastard are all amazing beers, but they do not last long on our shelves.


Why do you like participating in Wedtoberfest?
Getting to see the trends and meeting the couples!  The great thing about wedding events, are that people are there to have fun and “style” their wedding.


Can you tell us about any new or exciting projects that may have just happened or are happening soon?
BEER ADVENT CALENDARS!  Bottles and Cans has a 25 Days of Christmas box!  We are currently taking orders!  $89.99 Please email us at  Choose a Hoppy, Dark or Everything box.  Includes 3 large format bottles (22oz/750ml) and a mix for 12oz to 16.9 oz.


Make sure to visit Bottles & Cans at 4109 N Lincoln Avenue to check out their amazing selection!

Giveaway: B-Cycled Bottles!


The folks behind Wedtoberfest are passionate about many things, but two of them specifically are good drinks and being environmentally conscious. B-Cycled Bottles (one of our awesome sponsors this past year) takes both of those ideas and creates one cool product: up-cycled beverage bottles to create unique glassware!


Brandon, the man behind B-Cycled Bottles, became inspired to do this when he was brainstorming cool party favor ideas for his wife’s birthday party. He took Grey Goose Vodka bottles, cut and sanded them down, and created really cool glassware simply by using recycled materials.


If you’re sitting here thinking, “this is a great wedding party favor idea!” – then you’re in luck! Just tag someone in the comments section of the Facebook post who is getting married in the next year, and we will select a random winner in the next week. The lucky winner will receive some free glassware to share with their wedding party!


Make sure to visit the B-Cycled Bottles Etsy shop as well as their Facebook page to learn more about them and their products. Cheers!

Sponsor Spotlight: LEAP Weddings


We’re in the business of making people’s biggest (wedding) dreams come true – so we know how important it is to capture these moments as best as we can. The best way to do this, of course, is through video! Today we’d like to introduce you to LEAP Weddings, a unique a never-cheesy videography service that specializes in capturing couple’s best day. Read more about them below. Read more

Wedtoberfest 2016 Was Awesome!

This year’s Wedtoberfest was bigger and better than ever before. We had a blast at Artifact Events on September 22nd, drinking and eating so many delicious things! Thanks to everyone who came out to drink beer and talk weddings. Check out these great photos by Ryan Moore Photography to relive Wedtoberfest!

















































































Thank you to all of our amazing beer sponsors for this year’s Wedtoberfest: Tighthead Brewing Company, Solemn Oath Brewery, Vander Mill, Alarmist Brewing, Motor Row Brewing, Revolution Brewing, 3 Sheeps Brewing Company, Aleman Brewery, and Begyle Brewing Company. We extend an equal thank you to all of our other event sponsors that helped make this an awesome event: Indie Wed, Naturally Yours Events, Artifact Events, Atmosphere Events Group, Bottles & Cans, B-Cycled Bottles, Chicago Style Weddings, Collective Resource, FIG Catering, FIG Drinks, and Old North Film Company.

Last but definitely not least, thank you to all the amazing local wedding vendors that participated: 3Larks Bridal Boutique, Anita Weds, Ballroom Dance Chicago, Bay View Printing Company, Big Delicious Planet, Black Dog Gelato, Cacao Sweets & Treats, Cage and Aquarium, Cartwheel Events, Chicago Detours, CHOP CHOP Mobile Salon, Coach House Pictures, Dame Couture, doodlebooth, Ed & Eileen Photography, Elements Preserved Vintage Rental, Eric Floberg Film, Fiber Florist, Flowers by Stem, Flowers for Dreams, Food for Thought, Green Line Talent, Gussied, Jazi Photo Booth, LEAP Weddings, Lucky Invitations, Molly’s Cupcakes, Neil Dixon Smith, Nika Vaughan Bridal Aritists, poemgrown, Regina Jules Bridal, Rev It Up!, Ryan Moore Photography, That Travel Lady, The Tamale Spaceship, The Traveling Photo Booth, Thistle & Twine, Tuan B & Co, We Only Do Pretty, and Whitney Cinema.

Sponsor Spotlight: Naturally Yours Events

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With every great event, there’s a fabulous planner behind it! Today, we’re featuring Naturally Yours Events, the eco-chic and Chicago-based event planner behind Wedtoberfest. Carlene Smith (Owner and Lead Planner) wanted to combine her love for two of her favorite things – weddings and beer – to create a unique wedding show + beer fest hybrid. She then decided to team up with Kelly Horvath (founder of Indie Wed), and it’s all history from there. Learn more about Naturally Yours Events by reading the Q&A below!

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