Jessica and Dima had a nice family oriented Russian-Jewish wedding. La Mirage Banquets on the outskirts of Chicago is known for hosting European style weddings where the dinner hour, is not an hour at all, but the entire evening of dinner, dancing, singing and toasts.
European style weddings differ a bit from what we often see in an American wedding because there’s no set dinner hour. Typically guests will enter and be seated at a table that’s already pre-set with appetizers and salads. The couple is introduced and after a toast or two, the dancing begins. After 20 minutes of dancing guests will have a seat, fill their glasses and their plates once again and listen to a couple more toasts. This continues through the evening until it gets closer to midnight when it’s time to cut the cake. That’s right…the cake cutting is towards the end of the evening rather than during the dinner hour.
Jessica and Dima played “The Shoe Game” which is when the couple is sat back to back and are asked questions about them as a couple such as “Who is the better driver?” They respond by holding their shoe in one hand and their spouse’s shoe in the other hand…only the audience knows the answer which the couple can usually gauge by the laughs when their answers differ from each other.
The best way to describe their wedding would be…a family and friend celebration full of laughs, guest singing appearances from distant cousins and a lot of happiness and love.
Vendor Resources: Photographer: Michael Novo Photography//Ceremony Location:LaMirage Restaurant