Post # 1
My fiance and I are considering having a cocktail/appetizer only reception due to cost. Does anyone have suggestions on locations that we could do this in the Chicago area without breaking the bank? Also we would probably be having the ceremony at the same venue or somewhere close to save money as well.
Post # 3
How many people were you looking to have? I would look at various restaurants in the city with a room that can support your guests. The problem is that a lot of them might have minimums that are higher than you want to spend.
Post # 4
I agree with PP about checking with restaurants. Certain ones would have to keep the number under 40 unless you want to rent out the whole restaurant which means $$$$$. We looked into renting out Zed 451 and they ask for quite a hunk since they do WELL on Saturday evenings.
Check Maggiano’s. They were pretty reasonable for pricing. $40/head without alcohol I think. Italian restaurants seemed to be the easiest on the wallet I found out when I was planning my sister’s baby shower.
Post # 5
Our trimmed down guest list is 300 so we’ll probably have 250 or so. I’m hoping by having it on a Friday night in February that we will have a little more flexibility with places and room minimums.
Post # 5
FutureMrsPatel: I know this was awhile ago but my fiancé and I are hoping to do the same thing With roughly the same amount of guests (250-300) Any tips/venues?
Post # 6
The Chicago park district has some beautiful venues, and I’ve seen some gorgeous cocktail receptions at the Garfield Conservatory and Colombus Park Refectory. The park district venues have a lot of character and can be a lot more reasonable than other chicago venues. I’m not entirely sure that they could accommodate a wedding as large as yours, but they would be worth investigating!
Something that I would look for is a venue that allows you to bring in your own vendors. If you can rent a space for a reasonable price, you can save so much money by bringing in an affordable caterer and buying your own alcohol.
Post # 7
What about Katherine legge in Hinsdale. It’s beautiful and affordable