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Wedding? Wonderful!

Pictured is Elizabeth Dickerson Machak, 30, of Geneva, who married her husband, John, on Nov. 3, 2012. She is pictured wearing her wedding dress — an Angelina Bridal Couture gown with custom Alfred Sung cap sleeves — inside Veiled in Elegance in Geneva, where she purchased the dress. (Melissa Emory)

Planning a beautiful wedding can be easy when you know where to go, and Kane County residents are fortunate to have some of the Chicago area’s top wedding service providers close to home. 

What’s new for Bridal Season 2013 and beyond?

A few local wedding pros weigh in.

A Formal Invitation Old world, upscale, crisp and classic are all ways to describe wedding invitations for 2013.

“They’re very formal, and there are multiple designs with lots of custom work going into them,” says Steve Almy, who owns Invitations, Etc. of Batavia with his wife, Michele. “The personality of the bride and groom come through in each ensemble.”

Pocket invitations, which keep direction cards, itineraries and other essentials organized, are huge, Almy says. Popular colors include browns, light purples and blues.

Destination weddings call for less formal invitations in festive shades of orange and green, with beach and palm tree graphics. But Almy says that recently, he’s seen fewer destination weddings.

To read the full story, pick up the latest issue of Kane County Magazine.