(Closed) Wedding Venue (for Reception), Setup, Bar Suggestions for Northern Suburbs

posted 6 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

Hi Norm,

Firstly, congrats!

As far as reception goes, my fiance and I recently booked with Meridian Banquets in Rolling Meadows. They were by far the cheapest and had the best packages. Another thing to consider is cutting the guest list. I know it sucks, but you gotta do what you gotta do. My finance has a really really big family, and we ended up cutting it to aunts, uncles, and 1st cousins (no kids). That helped tramendously. If you don’t want to cut the guest list, her aunt’s backyard is really the best option. Also, if you are planning on doing low key, why not ask everyone to bring a chair! Chances are everyone has a lawn chair. You could also enlist the help of family members in cooking for the party, have that be their wedding gift. If you guys like beer, kegs would be cheaper than hard liquor or bottles.

There’s a lot to think about and research, but you’ve got two years to plan! =)

Post # 4
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Good luck! I looked at a lot of venues in the North ‘burbs. With your budget it’s going to be tight. I do remember that the community centers were usually cheap. I really liked the Kenilworth Club and it might fit into your budget. Their website is really detailed and listed prices. I also liked the Wilmette’s womens club, but I can’t remember their pricing. 

ETA: For ice cream, look at Coldstone. I know they cater but I have no idea if they are cheap or not.

For chairs, tables, etc rentals…they are not cheap anywhere around Chicago. Sadly there are only a few companies that do this service. It can cost you a couple thousand to rent tables, chairs & linens. The cheapest option I’ve heard of is some people can rent chairs through their church. Otherwise BBJ or Tablescapes is your best bet.

Post # 5
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Good luck with your wedding planning!  Nice to see a groom jump in headfirst.

As far as venues you would probably do best going for an all inclusive banquet hall like Venuti’s, Poretta’s, the Seville, Fountain Blue, etc.  My friend got $99 out the door(tax and tip included) for her wedding.

Maybe check out doing brunch at a restaurant as well.  Maggiano’s is around $25/pp for brunch with no alcohol.


You could go a la carte and rent a site and cater in food/alcohol. Check with park districts as their space tends to be the cheapest.  Not sure where you are located but the woods by Morton Grove have great big spaces that they rent cheap all day, we use them for vb tournaments.  I would avoid renting a tent as that alone can cost well over $2000.  

The biggest thing(since you are planning a wedding in the 2nd most expensive city in the US) is to cut the guest list and think about no alcohol.  Sucks but if you want to stick to that budget…

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Congrats! I just got engaged in Aug and we are waiting till Aug 2014 also. I have found it close to impossible to get 160 guests under 14,000 just for venue after gratuity, taxes, and everything. However there is a place called Byron Colby barn in GRayslake that looks awesome but was too small for us. But there you rent the place and then bring in your food.

Post # 7
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Norm! I totally know you! Ask Brendan for my email address and I can help you guys find a place Laughing

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