(Closed) So, I need to get started, like now!

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

congratulations and welcome to weddingbee! i once read somewhere that a well-established event planner said that you don’t really need more than 6 weeks to plan a wedding–i’m sure there are a lot of qualifications to that statement, but even if it’s tough, you can do it!

is there anyone’s farm/large property that you could use, and bring in casual food? perhaps a public park with a low rental fee to which you could also bring inexpensive food? sorry i can’t be more specific than that, but good luck–keep us updated!

Post # 4
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Have you checked out the Byron Colby Barn in Lake County?  It’s super pretty/rustic and I believe fairly reasonable to rent (out of my price range, but my price range was very wee).  I don’t remember off-hand if they have outdoor space, but they might.

I would also advise you to check out Wisconsin venues if it’s an option at all.  They tend to be significantly cheaper than those in Illinois. 

Definitely scope out local park districts and forest preserves in all the areas you’re considering, though–there’s a lot of hidden gems.  That’s how I found my place, which has an old mansion on gorgeous grounds and was surprisingly reasonable since it’s owned by the forest preserve.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Congratulations!

 

Some suggestions:

1)      Bed & breakfast places near the IL/WI border?  I read a weddingbee posting once of a bride who planned her wedding in 1 week w/ the help of the B&B host.  All vendors were local (ie the town’s florist, caterer, etc.).  Check out Bedandbreakfast.com and choose the state/city you want.

2)      How about a rustic/bar-like restaurant?

 Money saving advice:

Wisconsin has lesser sales tax than Illinois.  You may want to check out something there….just over the border.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

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