(Closed) Newberry Library/The Ivy Room Chicago?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
8 posts

Lilyfaith, I just sent you a private message with my email address.  I had my reception at the Ivy Room last month and would be happy to share my experiences with you.

Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey! I can’t really help with the Ivy room but I did visit Cafe Brauer. I really loved it, I thought it was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, for a Saturday wedding they charge some pretty outrageous rental fees and the liquor minimums are pretty insane. I know for my wedding of 175 people just to rent Cafe Brauer and to serve alchohol it was close to $18,000 (no food). It is really a beautiful reception site just unfortunately alittle pricey once you add everything up.

Post # 5
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We are getting married at the Newberry in December and I can’t wait. I love the venue – it is so gorgeous. There are many pros:

1. You can choose your own caterer. We are using D’absolute (recommended by “the Karens” –> the two wedding/event coordinators there)

2. You can bring your own alcohol – we are getting it from Binny’s

3. You can have the ceremony there too – use the stunning staircase

4. The Karens are very helpful and nice. Also, one of them plays the harp.

In regards to the dance floor- The Karens wanted us to come see the venue in action, so we peeked in one Saturday night. They said that the wedding had over 220 guests (over their max) and there still seemed to be a good sized dance floor (during dinner – so it wouldn’t have been that tables were removed). Our invite list is 217 but I’m sure that some people will reply no, so it will hopefully fit perfectly. I just love the Newberry and will leave a much more detailed review come winter.

Post # 7
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009


We are going to have a chuppah, which will be underneath the chandelier in the lobby. Then our bridal party will stand on either side of the chuppah. You can also do the ceremony at the foot of the stairs and have your bridal party on the bottom steps.

I think that there are 35 parking spots (no overnight parking). We probably won’t use them b/c everyone is either from out of town and staying at our hotel block or our friends who will cab it. No drinking and driving for us!

Keep us updated on what you decide!

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