- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
FI and I live in Chicago and will be having a church ceremony downtown, but we cannot figure out what we want for a reception. The places we are looking are all over the place, and neither of us has strong opinions. Which sounds the most fun to you? Most fun elements? Some other style I missed?
Wedding One: Downtown Elegance
Wedding One is set in a gorgeous city location–a short walk or brief ride from the ceremony. Guests arrive for a cocktail hour with fancy foods, and then move to the ballroom for a seated dinner of steak. The decor is classic–floral centerpieces, matching bridesmaids dresses and a champagne toast. The cake is cut, the first dances danced, and all hit the dance floor for the evening.
Wedding Two: City Fun
The atmosphere here is a little more modern than downtown elegance–but does include a fun and unique location, hopefully with city and/or water views–or is an open loft-type space. The decor is more modern, with some handmade elements and paper lanterns. Its maybe a 15 minute trip in your own car or on a trolley. The cocktail hour includes a photobooth, and there are some quirky elements, like a (totally optional) scavenger hunt or a guest book making activity. The dinner could be seated, or it might be buffet style. There’s dancing afterwards, but other things going on in the lobby or another room too.
Wedding Three: Garden Chic
Many of the same elements carry over from Downtown Elegance, but with a more green backdrop and outdoor access. It’s also a little further away, probably a 25 minute trip. Guests arrive for cocktails in the garden/terrace/other green space, then move inside for a plated steak dinner. The look is still elegant with a more formal look–think Chivari chairs, flowers and champagne. Cake is cut, dances danced, and merriment ensues. Dancing is either outside or in a separate room, so some people stay inside or wander around the grounds.
Wedding Four: Garden Party
After the ceremony, guests get a trolley to the reception. Upon arrival, a cocktail hour with comfort food is available, as well as some lawn games and a photobooth or other activities. The atmosphere is laid back as guests make their way inside for a casual buffet dinner–or maybe outside for a barbecue station. After dinner, guests can get dessert from a dessert table, dance outside (or in a nearby room), pick up a candy bar favor or try out our activity.