Wedding Questions

Need help finding place to get married!

August 14, 2017 11:18:07 am

Posted in Chicago, IL, USA
Emptyprofileicon Christy Gall Wedding date: September 29, 2012 Chicago, IL, USA

I really need help trying to find somewhere to get married! I want to have my ceremony outdoors (ideally I would love to have it in a forest like setting). I want my reception to be intimate and unique (not your typical hotel/banquet hall setting). I would like to spend no more than 10,000 for the ceremony/hall/food/and drink (including tax and gratuity). I live in Naperville and my fiancé lives in Palos Hills. I would like to stay within an hour driving distance. I plan on having anywhere from 125-150 guests. Any suggestions? HELP!

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Emptyprofileicon Kristin Kolar Wedding date: September 17, 2011

April 06, 2011 8:15:02 pm

Have you checked out Cantigny?


187075 Diane and Mark Wedding date: June 25, 2011

April 06, 2011 8:26:21 pm

You could try Morton Arboretum. It's a beautiful setting & they have some dinner packages that might be affordable. Chicago Botanic Garden would also be beautiful, but might be pricey! I'm going with a park district venue--relatively inexpensive but a charming setting.


138586 Nicole Pascolini Wedding date: October 07, 2011 Chicago, IL, USA

April 06, 2011 10:14:22 pm

Like the person before me said, you should check out the Morton Arboretum. Depending on the time of day, you can get a really good deal. My fiance and I are getting married there this October. They really have some great options and the woman you work with there is REALLY nice.


Emptyprofileicon Katie and Tim Wedding date: September 10, 2011

April 07, 2011 12:37:22 am

I'm getting married at the Glen Ellyn Boathouse on Lake Ellyn in Glen Ellyn, IL this coming September. It's in a gorgeous park setting, a little more DIY than other venues, but if that doesn't bother you, you can really save some money for yourselves! Only $100 an hour to rent the boathouse, and then you can find your own outside caterer, decorations, etc. It seats around 120. Our total wedding will cost around $7k! Good luck!


Emptyprofileicon Emilie Morel Wedding date: October 02, 2010 Oak Park, IL, USA

April 07, 2011 9:48:13 am

Have you thought about Katherine Legge Park - beautiful grounds and intimate lodge that should be able to accommodate your size. Also I went to a fabulous wedding at the Danada House in Wheaton. Good luck - it will all come together and Congrats!


Emptyprofileicon elaine pipikios Wedding date: October 26, 2011 Chicago, IL, USA

April 07, 2011 11:36:41 am

Hyde Park, Promentory Point on the lake in a beautiful old Historic Chicago bldg. Just attended a 200pp, little over your budget, but worth checking out depending on your tastes. Beautiful ceremony and reception on site in early October.


Emptyprofileicon Erika S Wedding date: July 13, 2012

October 22, 2011 12:37:08 pm

to katiemiller24: I too am looking at the boathouse for our wedding. How did everything go for you? If possible do you have any pictures for ideas you did to make the inside look more wedding-ish...Thanks!


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