We GOT Your Wedding Theme

Jul 26, 2016 | Comments 0


It’s wedding season! But it’s also the saddest time of the year right now. Why, you ask? Game of Thrones is over for the season has officially begun. We feel your heartbreak. No more of the beautiful Jon Snow or the even more beautiful clothes that Daenerys garbs (can that please be the next big fashion trend?!) until next year. Maybe rewatching the seasons or finally reading the books can fill your time until April (can it be April already) but we have the best solution to curb your GOT hunger. A GOT themed wedding. Now before you think we are crazy, imagine the gold details, the Khaleesi hairstyles and romantic wedding pictures in the snow. This can be done so tastefully that your guests might not even know that your wedding was anything but gorgeous themed! So let wedding planning fill the void of our closest friends who we miss on this side of the wall. And here’s to hoping the groom looks a little like Jon Snow.

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Burnetts Boards / Philly Mag / The Pink Owl Inc. / Romoff Bridal / QS Photography

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Fourth Of July Facts

Jul 01, 2016 | Comments 0


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As we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birth, we thought this would be a perfect time to share a little trivia about Independence Day and the early history of our country.  Some of it might come as a surprise to you and it just might come in handy during your Fourth of July cookout or get-together.  How well do you know your American history? Read more to find out!

-John Adams think we celebrate Independence Day on the wrong date:

Adams thought July 2, the day the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, would be the day patriots celebrated. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.  John Adams refused to acknowledge the Fourth of July as the nation’s Independence Day, firmly believing that July 2nd was the birth of our nation, and rejected all invitations to celebrate the Fourth of July.

-Three presidents died on the Fourth of July:

It was three of the first five presidents, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe. John Adams the second president and Thomas Jefferson the third president both died in 1860 on the 50th Anniversary.

-One president as born on the Fourth of July:

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president in 1872.

-When did the Fourth of July become a legal federal holiday?

1870. Then in 1938, Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make sure all workers received full pay.

-When were fireworks first used to celebrate July Fourth?

1777. Congress chose fireworks as a way to celebrate the first anniversary. They were ignited over Philadelphia and the celebration also included bonfires and bells.

-Did you know that roughly 2.5 million people lived in the United States when the Declaration was signed?!

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-“Yankee Doodle” is often thought of as a patriotic song.  It’s even the state anthem of Connecticut.  However, it was originally sung by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.  The Macaroni wig was an extreme fashion in the 1770s and became contemporary slang for foppishness.  The implication of the verse was that the Yankees were so unsophisticated that they thought simply sticking a feather in a cap would make them the height of fashion.  After the tide began to turn during the War of Independence, Americans embraced the song and made it their own, turning it back on those who had used it to mock them.

 

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 –The national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) is actually set to the tune of an old British drinking song called “To Anacreon in HeavenThe lyrics come from the poem, “Defense of Fort McHenry” written in 1814 by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key.  The song didn’t become the national anthem until March 3rd, 1931.

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-What were the greatest numbers of stripes displayed on an official American flag?

15. The flag, adopted by congress in 1795, when there were 15 states, had 15 stars and 15 stripes. It was replaced in 1818 by a flag with 20 stars, representing the 20 states then in the Union and 13 stripes, representing the 13 original states. Ever since then, the U.S. flag has had a star added for each new state, with the number of stripes fixed at 13.

 

Happy Independence Day!

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

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Have Your Dessert and Eat it Too!

Jun 27, 2016 | Comments 0


Wedding Cakes. We love them, all the flavors. But let’s be real, we simply love dessert. And as you know, when it comes to weddings we can sometimes be quite the rule/tradition breaker.

The cutting of the cake is a fav wedding reception moment. But is it because it’s romantic or because guests want some sugar?! What makes this moment special is this is the first married task the newlyweds will execute together. Funny how their first marriage duty is cutting and eating cake. This tradition actually started as a must, since wedding cakes were extravagant and required two sets of hands to cut! Wedding cakes have become much easier to cut (thankfully), but the bride and groom still cut the cake because everyone loves traditions (and sweets). But just like the cakes becoming less complicated, the cakes can be switched out all together.

We love cake. We are first in line when it comes to wedding cake. But we also believe in letting others have the spotlight. Did you and your fiance meet at a local donut shop? Do you share a love for pie? Maybe you don’t like cake (do people really not like cake)? Switch it up and switch it out with these amazing cake alternatives.

Get hungry. Get inspired.

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

Becca Rillo / Sarah Bamford Photography / Deer Pearl Flowers / Piece of Cake

 

 

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Queue Up Some Wedding Inspo

Jun 14, 2016 | Comments 0


It’s summer. Nights are longer, the days are hotter and all your fav shows have ended for the season. What to do when it’s to hot outside and you have nothing to watch? Netflix and chill wedding plan. No we aren’t saying pull up your latest pins or the new wedding mag… look at your Netflix queue for some wedding inspo!

Have a fav show you two watch every week and you swear that you won’t watch an episode while they are away on a trip (we won’t tell if you did)? Did you meet at a themed trivia night for that cult comedy show (Dunder-Mifflin A Team)?

Your wedding theme should showcase you and your fiance, and if “Treat Yo Self” is how you choose to live your life, then “Treat Yo Self” on your wedding day! Now before you think that tv shows have no place at a wedding, think again. Has any relationship in history been as relationship goal worthy as Jim & Pam or Andy & April?

So next time you binge watch 10 episodes, just remember…research/wedding planning/time not wasted.

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The Office– Business cards act as the guest book

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Doctor Who– Tardis Centerpiece

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Jackie James

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Take It Off…The Shoulder!

Jun 03, 2016 | Comments 0


Fashion and weddings… these are a few of our favorite things (you know the song). And when these two join up together it’s the PERFECT marriage. The wedding dress: the biggest clothing purchase a women will make. So clearly it’s kind of a big huge deal. So when we get to talk wedding dresses and hot fashion trends we are happy, happy, happy. Our fav summer fashion trend is heating up and it’s all up in the wedding dress world!

There is something so classy and sexy about showing a little shoulder. So go ahead and take it off… the shoulder and follow along for a lil fashion inspo. Now go ahead and be a show off! 😉

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Mojuba Wedding
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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

 

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Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2016 | Comments 0


Dreaming of the three day weekend that is quickly approaching? Wanting to sneak out even earlier on Friday to get a jump start on the holiday weekend? For many of us Memorial Day means school is out and summer is in and we get to spend the day with family, friends and no work! But, before you head out to your BBQ we need to remember what Memorial Day is all about – remembering those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice to allow each and every one of us to have the freedom to spend our days as we want with the ones we love most.
Being in the wedding industry and loving all things “wedding” we know how special weddings are and Military weddings really touch our heart. There is something so touching about witnessing two people in love who will sacrifice precious time together as one or both serves our country. So, in a tribute to all those in the Armed Forces, we thought it would be perfect to share some of our most fav photos from military weddings/engagements – a day when those who serve get to spend time with the ones they love most, as we will be doing this Memorial Day.

 

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Mojuba Wedding

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

 

Everything Fab / Lavish Lark / Jenny Haas Photography / Layne Corban

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Keep “Cool” On the Big Day

May 19, 2016 | Comments 0


It doesn’t get much “cooler” than getting married, right? You dreamed of this day since you were seven. And do you know what else seven-year-olds dream about all the time? Ice Cream! And lucky for you and all of your guests, ice cream at the wedding is trending, and it’s so on trend. We don’t expect this theme to “melt” away anytime soon. Whether you are thinking ice cream truck or a sundae station this is one trend we can def get behind and get in line! And don’t worry about making a mess, Mojuba has you covered.

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Mojuba Wedding
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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

ice cream station- Ruth Eileen Photography / ice cream truck- Kara’s Party Ideas / ice cream cart- ShellDeMar / ice cream tray- Colin Cowie Weddings / flower ice cream – Vintage Piken

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Build Your Love…with Legos!

May 18, 2016 | Comments 0


We here at Mojuba were happy excited beyond belief when Legos made their way back up the popularity poll. Those tiny little yellow heads are just the cutest things (besides puppies, puppies always win). And we became even more excited when Legos came over into our world, the wedding world. With so many different Lego characters, shapes and colors, there is no shortage of how to incorporate these lil guys into the big day. And there is a good chance you will score some bonus points with the kids and the groom, they might just consider you the coolest bride ever.

So break out the old childhood toys and get to building! Legos and wedding decor– they fit together.

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

Jackie James

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Talk Derby to Me

May 06, 2016 | Comments 0


Fancy dresses, fun cocktails and THE best accessories. No, we aren’t talking weddings…it’s derby time! Some people go for the racing, but for us at Mojuba, we go for it all (and the mint juleps). We say when looking for the perfect derby hat nothing is off limits. We like to think of it in wedding terms, “It’s your day, so whatever you want”! Check out some of our fav derby hats below. *All hats pair perfectly with a mint julep.

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You don’t need to be at the derby to party like it! So grab your besties and the biggest hat you can find! We’ve found the perfect drinks to serve up, make one or both! We “bet” these will have you off to the races. Cheers!

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Mojuba Wedding

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding.  After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all.  Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com
Jackie James

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

May 04, 2016 | Comments 0


Cinco de Mayo is approaching and everyone is looking for deals to celebrate! Here is a list of some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo deals around Chicago, and a little bit of history that you can impress your friends with…hopefully! *We can guarantee they will be happy with a margarita!

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So before we dive into the margs and tacos, you need to know why we celebrate Cinco De Mayo. It’s the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over France in The Battle of Pueblo on May 5th, 1862. This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the French army of 8,000, who had not been defeated for almost 50 years. 462 French soldiers died in combat while only 83 Mexican soldiers died in the battle. It’s celebration is regional in Mexico, primarily in Puebla, where the holiday is celebrated as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla). And it is -widely- celebrated in the United States yearly, as Cinco de Mayo.

 

Now let’s get to those Cinco de Mayo deals!!!!

Big Star (1531 N. Damen) – FREE breakfast tacos from 9am-11am on Cinco de Mayo at their walk-up window!

Del Toro (2133 S. Halsted St.) – Pepino Margarita -a traditional margarita topped with a slice of cucumber and jalapeno with a chile pequin lined rim for $8.

Carnivale (702 W. Fulton St.) – Mariachi bands, taco station with $2.50 tacos, a cigar roller, and $8 margaritas!

Best Intentions (3281 W. Armitage Ave.) – Horchata Margarita $8.

Takito Kitchen (2013 W. Division St.) – Pineapple Serrano Margarita $11

Nana (3267 S. Halsted St.) – Enjoy a four course Mexican dinner with pairings for $35 per person.

Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.) – Learn how to cook (plus you get to eat your creation) with their five course meal paired with five different beverages for $60 a person. Or enjoy a traditional margarita for $12.50.

Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar (960 W. 31st St.) – Spicy Margarita $10.

Lottie’s Pub (1925 N. Cortland St.) – Start at the “trolley headquarters’ to enjoy $3.50 Dos Equis and tacos. And take the free trolley they offer to Frontier (1072 N. Milwaukee Ave.) and The Pony Inn (1638 W. Belmont Ave.) for the same deals.

Tavern on Little Fort (4128 N. Lincoln Ave.) – $6 Margaritas and Mexican Mules, $5 Dos Equis tallboys, and $2 tacos.

Antique Taco (1360 N. Milwaukee Ave.) – Rosemary Margarita made with traditional ingredients plus rosemary simple syrup and topped with a sprig of rosemary for $16 pint / $30 quart.

Frontera Grill (445 N. Clark St.) – Golden Margarita made with Riazul anejo tequila, Grand Marnier, Pineau des Charentes and GOLD FLAKES -$35.

 

Don’t live in the Chicago area or you have a date with your sweatpants and the couch? Make this Spicy Jalapeno Grapefruit Margarita or a Blood Orange Margarita. They taste as good as they look!

 

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Meet Jackie, founder and creator of Mojuba Wedding. After 20 years in the wedding business she has seen it all. Have any questions for our expert? Send an email to jackie@mojuba.com

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