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Ceremony site and reception.

July 04, 2017 5:53:52 pm

Posted in Gurnee, IL, USA
Emptyprofileicon Mallory McNett Wedding date: June 11, 2011 Gurnee, IL, USA

Help! everyone tells me i need to find a place for the ceremony and reception now so i make sure we get the date that we want. but every where i look all the places seem way too expensive. our budget is 10,000 dollars and i didn't think that was a small budget till now. we are not religious and already have are own officiant. i want to find some place that is decently priced and doesn't take over every aspect of the wedding. i want to chose my meal the decorations at the reception. my own cake and who i want to cater it! Does a place like this exist?!? i am getting burnt out on planning our wedding and we have just started!! I don't have any family and i need some guidance to where to go. it makes it even harder because i am not from Gurnee,il he is and we live 4 hours from there too. will someone help me please!?!? : )

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Emptyprofileicon Dustin and Kristin Wedding date: June 01, 2008

January 08, 2010 5:52:35 am

There are places that exist that let you do every single one of those things, but they are very expensive. I would recommend the naval base's reception hall called Port O' Call. It is where I had my wedding reception. It was beautiful. There are not pretty grounds though being it is in the naval base, but it has all windows on the east side of the hall that is right on lake michigan which is very pretty. The hall is very large and has the largest dance floor I had found in the area (I looked at many reception halls in the gurnee/waukegan/grayslake area). The only thing that they do not have on your list is choosing your own caterer. They cater the food themselves, but it is pretty tasty for catered food. They also have no sales tax which helps with the price since it is a military base. We paid about $26 dollars for a chicken plate without liquor included (not sure you would be able to have any open bar for a $10,000 budget). This was by far the cheapest and a lot of places dont offer an option to for go the open bar. I was able to decorate it however I wanted, and have my own wedding cake. I would definitely look into it. Most people in the area do not realize this is an option, but it is open to civilians at no extra cost. Good luck.

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Emptyprofileicon Jody VANBOGELEN

January 08, 2010 8:44:07 am

I am a professional event planner and the $10,000 budget will depend on how many people you are having and what you need to have come out of that budget. Then you can decide if you can do it or not within the budget.
Guest list and Budget should be priority before you begin looking at venues or any other vendors.Break down all of the expenses and see what you come up with before committing to anything with a contract or you will loose your deposits if you find out that things are going to be too expensive for what you desire. You may have to reevaluate your priorities and start again. Hope that helps!

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Emptyprofileicon Ashley and Anthony Wedding date: May 16, 2010

January 08, 2010 4:26:56 pm

I have looked at NUMEROUS places in the area and my fiance and I decided on Mill Creek Banquets in Wauconda which is about a half an hour southwest from Gurnee. They have a lot of options for you there and the food is great. I've been to two weddings there before and they went great. We're being charged $45 per plate and that includes everything but tax. Another option to think about if you have a small budget would be to do a Sunday wedding which is what we're doing. Just about every one of our vendors have given us a discount for a Sunday wedding. I wish you the best of luck!

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Emptyprofileicon Ashley and Anthony Wedding date: May 16, 2010

January 08, 2010 4:27:21 pm

I have looked at NUMEROUS places in the area and my fiance and I decided on Mill Creek Banquets in Wauconda which is about a half an hour southwest from Gurnee. They have a lot of options for you there and the food is great. I've been to two weddings there before and they went great. We're being charged $45 per plate and that includes everything but tax. Another option to think about if you have a small budget would be to do a Sunday wedding which is what we're doing. Just about every one of our vendors have given us a discount for a Sunday wedding. I wish you the best of luck!

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Emptyprofileicon Polly Klein

January 09, 2010 7:49:20 am

Hello,

I am a florist and I have worked with the Bryon Colby Barn in Grayslake - 15 min. west of Gurnee/Great America. There is a rental fee, and you can choose whatever caterer you want, you can bring in whatever decor you want. Add'l it has a loft/balcony where most couples exchange their vows and depending on the time of year a quaint courtyard for vow exchange.

Add'l some of my brides have had cocktail receptions their which has saved them quite a bit of money (Friday nites are really available). Call Stan Rosenberg(Bryon Colby Barn/Grayslake).

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