Post # 1
I am a newly engaged bride starting the daunting task of wedding planning. Because our wedding wont be for another 18months, I am hoping to get an idea of venues before hopefully securing on a year from our date.
I do know that we are on a super tight budget. There are a few banquet halls that likely meet the budget requirements… But I’ve always wanted something a little more vintage/historical. Are there any suggestions out there for afforable historical/beautiful venues? Or banquet halls/hotels with decent prices that I may not have looked into yet?
Thanks for any info!!
Post # 3
Check out Naper Settlement in Naperville. Historic but I am unsure of pricing.
Honestly the further you get from the city the cheaper it is. GL!
Post # 4
What’s your budget and your area! I have a spreadsheet a mile long with venues from Chicago and the surrounding area.
I think my favorite location was the Chicago Refrectory. They had one of the lowest venue prices and was the prettiest.
Post # 5
Well we were hoping to stay under $10k for the wedding and reception but that seems like an impossibility. We are willing to go about an hour outside of downtown, with preferences downtown, north of the city and northwest/west
Post # 6
@linsoid: Their website is WAY out of date but the Bennett Curtis House in Grant Park has some awesome packages that includes just about everything (DJ, photography, food, bar, etc.)
There is also the Swedish Heritage Museum in Andersonville, which has very low rental fees.
Post # 7
Try the seville in Hanover Park…the owner is amazing and they will work with you. It is beautiful!
Post # 8
I’m not sure how historical it is, but Promontory Point has a beautiful view. I think you can look it up on the Chicago Park district website.
Post # 9
I am getting married at the Empress Banquets. They just remodeled the whole place. It is fantastic and super cheap! We are doing prime rib for $55 pp and a chicken/pasta for $53 pp. You get 9 apps, salad, soup, sorbet, meal, dessert and drinks for that price. We did many upgrades for dessert table, lighting, backdrop etc….and our total cost is going to be around 13000 🙂 I have pictures of the place if you would like to see it too 🙂 The website does not have the updated look yet
Post # 10
You should check out Newberry Library – it’s beautiful! I remember it being one of the lowest priced venues as far as rental fees go that I looked at. You can also bring in your own booze which could potentially save money! And it’s just so stunning, you wouldn’t need a ton of decorations.
Post # 11
If you are willing to travel outside the city a little bit the Danada House is so pretty. And it is pretty affordable considering what other venues quote. It’s a big house with lots of rooms for a cocktail party and then a big banquet room for the reception. It is in Wheaton, Il.
Post # 12
An affordable wedding CAN be done downtown! Flexibility is the key to getting a good deal. For example, I just started planning our wedding last month and was able to snag an afternoon wedding downtown at the Sofitel in November. For 65 people, a light lunch and drinks, we’re paying just around $3500, inclusive of tax and gratuity. It’s not an evening, four course, over the top affair, but it is perfect for us!
If you’re adamant about an evening wedding, I had great experiences with Osteria via Stato, the Park Grill and Salvatore’s. Sofitel won out because we are able to have our ceremony and reception at the same place (one upstairs, one downstairs) and the service from Sarah and her team are AMAZING. Even when others laughed at our budget, she was extremely accomodating and is going out of her way to make everything I want and need happen!
Post # 13
Dunno if you’re in/willing to go to the suburbs, but our venue might be good for you. It’s The Public Landing in Lockport. It is a restaurant and banquet center, and it’s based in the historic Gaylord building in the old downtown area. It sits along the canal and the railroad, so I am especially looking forward to the photo ops! Their food and drink is also quite reasonable. You could get your open bar for as little to $15-$20 pp and food from about $20 pp and up depending on what you choose. Good luck!