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Venue suggestions

Hi everyone!
I am looking for suggestions for a outdoor ceremony/ cocktail and hordorves reception in the suburbs or in the city. Trying to keep the cost as low as possible as it will be small. What venues do you recommend as budget friendly with a low food and drink minimum.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Re: Venue suggestions

  • MobKazMobKaz Chicago suburbs member
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    mariem78 said:
    Hi everyone! I am looking for suggestions for a outdoor ceremony/ cocktail and hordorves reception in the suburbs or in the city. Trying to keep the cost as low as possible as it will be small. What venues do you recommend as budget friendly with a low food and drink minimum. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Can you be a little more specific as to the areas you are considering?  What size guest list will you have?  What date(s) are you considering?  Any outdoor venue that you consider really needs to have a "Plan B" indoor option, because, Chicago + weather = unpredictable.  Are you planning for an afternoon reception?  If your ceremony and reception fall into a meal time, you will need to plan sufficient food that it will qualify as a meal.  Hor's d'oeuvres can actually cost more per person that a plated or buffet meal.
  • Lightology is not a traditional venue but has a great outdoor space for small ceremonies and they will also allow cocktail receptions with certain guidelines and parameters which keeps costs low.

    Zed451 has a great outdoor space as well, their min spend might be too high, though. But they are a restaurant so you don't have to worry chair, table, place setting, linen rentals and all that and about  have a GREAT in-house planner 

    Good luck!
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