(Closed) Chicago Brides…HELP!!

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Lots of advice for you! I had my wedding last December at Gallery1028. It’s a raw space on Goose Island. We loved it! We had 130 guests and after everything, we spent about $34,000. Looking back…there’s a lot of ways we could have cut back–we shopped around for vendors like CRAZY and we were really happy with all of them for what we paid. Let me know if you need any recommendations. I think we got an especially great deal on venue, flowers, and photography. You can save a lot of money but cutting back on floral and doing something simple. We did babies breath and pine since it was winter–it made the whole room smell so good and it looked very cute and classic. Any way, lots more advice if you need anything specific…let me know!

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

We’re doing a NYE evening wedding in downtown Chicago this year (one month away!). I wanted under 100 people and something fun and not too formal. Also most of the guests are from out of town so we needed to be near hotels and activities. Despite it being NYE, we found that a Thursday night in the winter worked out great, with minimal premiums incurred at many restaurant-type venues.

We planned in 6 months so most of our shopping around was with venues. Once we settled on a venue we were pretty straightforward with the rest of our vendors… If we liked you, you’re available and you’re close to budget = DONE! We also skipped the church and opted to have the ceremony and reception in one place, to avoid having our local and out of town guests traveling all over the city on NYE.

For the venue search Event Up was a huge help. We knew we wanted something out of the norm (my fiance said no banquest halls) that could host both events in one place, and this site included a lot of hotels, restaruants, nightclubs and museums. – https://eventup.com/venues/chicago-il/

I set up my plans and selected venues for the information to be sent via the “Get a Quote” option. They sent me back a brochure, contact info, or request for more information. I kept a Google Docs spreadsheet to track all of them in one place.

In the end, we found that restaurants were the best deal for what we wanted to do. They were already staffed and had tables/seating/linens, so there were no fees for that. There was usually a food/beverage minimum, but no venue rental fee. They seemed the most helpful and ultimately the costs came in lower with more perks (ex. 5 hour bars, free votives, sound systems, etc).

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

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rileybell:  Gallery 1028 is such a cool venue! I was originally aimg for a loft style location. Ther fees were reasonble but the catering was what killed that option for us. The holiday staff fee was CRAZY high for most of the caterering companies on NYE!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Ugh chicago weddings are so expensive!!! I’m planning mine next October in Elburn and it’s still $$$.  I’ve only been to one wedding in the city and it was lovely.  It’s a smaller space and I’m not sure of the prices, but it’s something to check out.

http://www.salvatores-chicago.com/

 

 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2015 - Gibsons (Chicago - Gold Coast)

A couple more recommendations…

For flowers we’re working with Natalie at Flowers for Dreams (bonus – they donate 25% of profits to a local charity each month!) – https://www.flowersfordreams.com

For photos we’re using Michael Monar – we wanted candid, urban photos and also wanted to incorporate our neighborhood (Logan Square) and the new 606 trail into our engagement photos… he’s been awesome! – http://www.monarphoto.com/

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We just secured our venue in Lincoln Park: Salvatore’s Ristorante. We’re having a small Sunday brunch reception for about 60 people and it will only be about $6,000 for all the food, booze, and the room rental/ceremony fee! I say if you’re looking for a good bang for your buck, look into Salvatore’s. Chicago is one of the most expensive places in the US to get married and this was the cheapest venue we could find in the city that was still centrally located and BEAUTIFUL. And it’s only a couple miles from downtown in a beautiful neighborhood with lots of old Chicago charm. I can’t wait for our Kentucky Derby-themed wedding there! 🙂

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