(Closed) Help- not wanting a "formal" wedding/reception.. (reposted)

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Of course you should do whatever you’re comfortable with! Check out fewer books and more wedding blogs. There are TONS of unique, BBQ weddings out there!

Post # 4
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Offbeat Bride offers tons of inspiration for things like that. There are lots of us who just want to have a fun party without all the glam. I’d be thrilled with a pulled pork sandwich lunch wedding reception. Is there someone’s house you could have it in? Or a B&B? An old historical house nearby? The zoo? A museum? You could also do an outdoor reception in a park.

Post # 5
329 posts
Helper bee

Bump!  I too want to have something laid back.  I’m considering a brew pub for the location 🙂

Post # 6
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t know about the suburbs, but if I lived in Chicago I’d want to have my wedding reception on the roof deck of The Wit Hotel at State and Lake. It’s a really great balance of laid back (as it is, after all, a cocktail lounge/bar and not a formal reception hall) and elegant (it’s a gorgeous space).  I have no idea what they charge, but I do know they do their own catering and I’ve eaten in the hotel’s restaurants many times and never a bad meal.  It is a very trendy hotspot late at night so if you want to check it out, you may want to pop in during happy hour or early evening, before it gets crazy packed.  I would imagine if you booked it for an event, they’d close it to the public so don’t let the “trendy hotspot” put you off.  

The ceiling/roof is glass so you get just the most amazing view from up there, and their decor is all dark woods, and deep green plants.

This hotel is a Hilton brand so anyone looking to do a booking there, make sure you try to negotiate for some extra Hilton points, especially if you’re expecting a larger guest room block. Hotels will often throw several thousand points (or more) on top of your package, especially if you book during the off-season.

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Post # 10
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Patsy23:  oh I totally get what you are saying! You should do what YOU and your Fiance want to do…this is YOUR DAY and not for everyone else..I am doing non traditional and basically whatver WE WANT…my parents think I am a little nutty but have accepted it all now and are kinda enjoying what I am planning..hopefully this will be your only wedding day EVER so please do what you both want instead of what is the norm:)

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