(Closed) Champagne wishes and cavier dreams

posted 11 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
846 posts
Busy bee

I put on a pretty low budget wedding for my daughter, and she had everything she wanted.  I saw your other post for a venue.  I don’t know the venue at all, but Parks & Rec are a good place to start.  Have you just started a search?  Or have you looked at other venues?  What type of feeling do you want your wedding to have?  Do you know how many you expect to invite/have a probable guest list?   I have many money saving tips.  Feel free to PM me!  I’ll try to help you the best I can!  I have helped others on here.  🙂 Rhonda

Post # 4
1127 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m trying to do the same thing…but not in Chicago. Best of luck! Let us know how it goes.

Post # 5
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re having a Chicago wedding, too. Because of how important it is to our parents that all of their close friends and family (we have big families) are there (175 guests total is our estimate), $10,000 is not possible – nor is $20,000. It’ll probably end up being $30,000 and that’s with A LOT of scrimping and DIY-ing. 

Parks and rec has some great options. We love Promontory Point, but it’s too small. If you’re having a small wedding, there are many more options available to you. But be prepared to sacrifice a lot. If you’re looking within the city only, you’ll probably be sacrificing a Saturday wedding, an open bar, a bigger guest list, etc. 

Post # 7
92 posts
Worker bee

What knocked a lot of venues out for me was their preferred catering list. Ask about it when searching for venues. You can find a cheap room and then be blown away by their caterer’s minimums.

Michelle’s Ballroom in Chicago is really pretty inside and doesn’t have a preferred list, lets you bring your own alcohol as long as you hire a bartender and you can bring in homemade food (nice if you have a crafty friend that can make your cake or dessert).


How many people are you thinking of inviting?

Post # 8
578 posts
Busy bee

Some tips that I learned to help knock some money off my budget…

  • Choose a friday or sunday date (usually cheaper with venues)
  • Always negotiate with contracts, people will work stuff in for you
  • go to the bridal expos, you can always win something or get money off
  • never go with the first option, always do your research
  • talk to other brides, they might know someone
  • talk to vendors (the girl who sold me my dress at House of Brides used to own a flower shop and is now doing my wedding flowers for 1/3 of the price others quoted me)
  • dont be afraid of secondhand, always keep one eye out on ebay, you will find a lot of stuff like favors, linens, dresses, etc

Post # 9
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Restaurants usually don’t have any venue fees and you don’t need to rent anything.  If you have a lot of guests you could close down a moderately priced restaurant, and if you have only around 50 guests, you could just close down one of their private rooms.  I would say Promontory Point or the South Shore Cultural Center, but when I was getting quotes from caterers, because there were so many rental fees it wound up being pretty pricey.

Post # 10
846 posts
Busy bee

There is a place that I found that is in Chicago that is elegant on the inside and you can just rent the space and bring in your own caterer.  It even has a space for kids!  And it is very inexpensive!!!  PM me if you want more details!!!  Also, I have saved bookmarks for loads of great ideas for a budget wedding, and I have some awesome ideas for making things elegant or whatever you like on a lower budget!!! I just like to do this for fun, so no obligation to me.  🙂

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