Post # 1
I have read some posts but they are a few years old at this point. We are looking for a close-to-formal wedding without the huge price tag so we are entertaining the idea of a brunch/afternoon reception in the Chicago suburbs.
Im having a hard time getting started with searching for venues that have a brunch option would any of fine people on wedding bee have any suggestions or could stear me in the right direction? THANK YOU
Here are the details:
Venue preferred: Suburbs, windows to allow natural light, dancefloor
Post # 2
Oh my gosh! Brunch weddings are awesome! I just attended one in Chicago. It wasn’t in the suburbs but I figured I would respond to your inquiry. This one was at Zed451. It is a gorgeous restaurant with an upstairs private event space–the food and drinks were incredible.
Post # 3
Not much of a help, but i’m glad to read that someone is also doing a brunch wedding! I’m having mine in NY and i’m super excited for it. At first I was worried that it would be too early for the guests, but everyone said it’s my day and people have no right to complain..haha. Plus i’m a morning person 🙂
Post # 4
apandagiggles: Ohh I would love a brunch wedding!! Morton Aboretum has a ton of windows but might be out of your price range…. look on Yelp – search brunch- and see what restaurants come up. It’ll be cheaper to do a restaurant vs wedding venue. A lot of the breweries also do brunches
Blueberry hill, RedStone, Egg Harbour…you have a ton of options
Post # 5
I had a brunch wedding with the same budget and same amount of people. Honestly, it was extremely difficult to find a venue for that amount of people for the budget I wanted in my area. I ended up doing it in my parents backyard with a caterer.
I would suggest looking for venues that let you bring in an outside caterer. That will give you more flexibility on the menu. Also, I did mine on a Sunday, which will probably save you some money if you have it at a venue. I also found that vendors didn’t book up so far in advance vs. a Saturday. Let me know if you have any more questions.
Post # 6
This restuarant is in Wheeling and it has a pretty nice brunch menu but I think it only seats around 50 but if you like the menu or the vibe you can talk to them and maybe it is worth a try!
Post # 7
I did my reception at Maggianos in Schaumburg (they have a ballroom upstairs- some of the other locations have them too, but some are in the basement- the Schaumburg one has space with lots of beautiful windows and natural light and plenty of room for a dance floor). Everything about it was incredible- amazing service, food, space, wedding coordinator, and one of the most reasonable non banquet hall venues I can find in the Chicago area. They do brunch/lunch receptions too.
Post # 8
I dream of a brunch wedding. I’m not in your area, so I can’t speak to venues, but I just wanted to chime in and say go for it!
Post # 9
I haven’t looked at prices, but you may want to research Meson Sabika in Naperville, Danada House in Wheaton, or White Deer Golf Club in Vernon Hills. I’ve been to weddings at all 3 places recently and they were all lovely. Golf clubs in general offer the windows and natural light that you want and most don’t require a membership to have your reception there. There are so many golf clubs in the suburbs.
Post # 10
Just gotta say… brunch receptions rock! We are having one… its small only 30 people at an old embassy theater here in Indiana. Its going to be elegant french/50s inspired.
I agree you would be better off looking for a venue that allows you to use your own caterer. There was only one here that had brunch food & it wasnt my type of brunch food… really not fancy enough for a wedding or at least for what I had in mind.