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The Chevy Chase Country Club Wedding venue in Wheeling, Illinois was originally built in 1927 with Tudor style construction. The country club wedding venue is located just 45 minutes from Chicago and close to O’Hare International airport. Additionally, the facility is run by the Wheeling Park District and offers and incredible number of amenities to fit every bride and groom. The Chevy Chase Country Club can accommodate up to 500 guests in the Grand Ballroom and 280 in the Devonshire Room. Also, it is highly reviewed by a ton of Chicago Brides and Grooms and in our experience has been a great venue to work with as a vendor. The stylish event space is intimate yet grand and provides the classic country club ambiance.
Every bride needs the perfect space for her and all of the bridesmaids to get ready. The Chevy Chase Country Club definitely had their brides in mind when they designed the dedicated bridal suite. It is a private and secluded space on the second floor of the wedding venue. There is a private bathroom, ample seating, and several mirrors for all of your getting ready needs. Also, a short walk down the stairs puts you right into the event space so you don’t have to walk too far.
The Abbey is just inside the private entrance into the Grand Ballroom area. A large, vintage, horseshoe bar dominates the space and gives plenty of space for every guest to feel comfortable throughout cocktail hour and the reception time. Also, the vaulted ceilings and large windows also provide great window light for bridal portraits if the outside weather doesn’t want to cooperate.
The outdoor terrace is a great option for an outdoor ceremony in the warmer Chicago months. But, it is also a great option for quick bridal and bridal party portraits even when it is cold outside. Doors right off of the Grand Ballroom allow easy access for warm-ups. The outdoor stone terrace is expansive and so beautiful in every photo.
Chevy Chase Country Club weddings are incredible because of the breathtaking Grand Ballroom. The elegant indoor space can accommodate up to 500 guests comfortably. Expansive windows seem like they are everywhere in this portion of the building providing the perfect ambiance for your wedding day. The darker wood of the Grand Ballroom in this Wheeling Illinois wedding venue feels intimate with its serene atmosphere. The 5,000square foot dance floor is at the center of the grand Ballroom. It gives you plenty of space to fill with every guest from your wedding. However, make sure you find an incredible DJ that can make sure this space is full the entire night!
The Chevy Chase Country Club wedding price will depend on a lot of factors and what you choose to include. Hearing from previous brides I know they include a lot in their packages making the cost totally worth it. For examples, just read through their reviews on any of their platforms and you will see that reiterated over and over again. The Chevy Chase Country Club lists on The Knot as affordable and having a starting price listed on Wedding Wire of $900 for a wedding ceremony only on site. However, they also show on there that they are usually priced between $10,000-$12,000 for a 100 guest wedding reception. That seems to be in line for most wedding venues in the Chicago area.
They also have a great staff of event planners, do wedding cake design, and cake cutting. Also, the Chevy Chase wedding venue in Wheeling offers integrated are, sound, and lighting for their space in the Grand Ballroom. Plenty of on-site parking and nearby hotels will ensure your guests are as comfortable as possible.
1000 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 60090
Call them at 847-465-2311
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The Brix Carpentersville, also know as The Brix on The Fox, is becoming a very popular spot for western Chicago suburb weddings. The Brix in CVille opened in September 2018 after a full interior and exterior renovation. The building was originally constructed in the 1880’s for a dairy company. No matter what time of year it is The Brix on The Fox is a great place to host your wedding. The flexibility and easy booking make it a great choice for every couple. Also, it is located right across the street from the beautiful Fox river for incredible bridal party photos.
The Brix has two completely separate venues for you to choose from. The Two Sixty and The Industria. They are both located in the same building but come with different entrances, bathrooms, bridal suites, and catering kitchens. The Brix Carpentersville first grabs your attention with tons of windows and an incredibly renovated brick exterior. Also, the original building brings on the industrial feel with the renovations giving it a modern touch.
The Two Sixty wedding venue space at The Brix is the largest of the two spaces, and can host up to 320 guests in the 9,000 square feet it offers. However, The Industria is slightly smaller at 7,000 square feet and can comfortably fit 200 guests. The Industria is more industrial chic while rustic elegance sums up The Two Sixty. Both spaces have plenty of free parking, a wedding suite, and the flexibility of wide open spaces for anything you are dreaming up. Every couple has the ability to bring their own caterer and bar. Although, the bartending space is grand and large enough to handle all of your guests. Finally, the bridal suites offer plenty of room for all of your needs.
The open floor plans and curtain systems make it fast and easy for the venue to change over from the ceremony, to cocktail hour, and then into the reception. The high ceilings and natural brick walls make incredibly beautiful backgrounds. Also, you can bring in any of your own decorations to make the space personal to you and your fiancé. As a photographer the other big point to make is that there are plenty of windows to let in all of the natural light needed to make every photo look incredible.
Transitioning from the ceremony and cocktail hour to the reception is a breeze. The staff at The Brix on The Fox uses a curtain system to transition the space. The all in one rental prices include everything you need to get the reception area ready for your wedding. Giant farm tables and stylish Tolix chairs. help keep that industrial modern vibe going through dinner. They offer all of the planning assistance for their wide open spaces to make sure you are completely satisfied with every step of the way.
This is the part almost everyone is always looking for. I get it, it is a beautiful place and now you need to know if it is in budget. Pricing can always change but all of the information in here is accurate as of the writing of this post. The Brix Carpentersville is known for their whole in one pricing. Also, they are straight forward with all of their packages and pretty all inclusive.
The rentals include:
Also, you can request their Photo Booth, rehearsal time, and help with finding other vendors. You can select a caterer from their list or go with anyone you would like. This gives you the ability to shop around and find the best vendors for your day.
Pricing is different for each space.
Bookings for now until 3/15/23 for The Two Sixty are $9,900 for Fridays, $11,900 for Saturdays, and $8,900 for Sundays. After 3/15/23 the pricing goes up to $10,400 on Fridays, $13,400 on Saturdays, and $8,900 on Sundays.
Bookings for now until 3/15/23 for The Industria are $7,900 for Fridays, $8,900 for Saturdays, and $6,600 for Sundays. After 3/15/23 the pricing is $7,900 for Fridays, $9,900 for Saturdays, and $6,900 for Sundays.
Once you are ready to book they just require a 50% deposit to hold your date and then the remaining balance due 90 days prior to your wedding. You can also tack on a rehearsal time if the date is available for and extra $250.
In conclusion, the Brix Carpentersville is a great place to have your Fox Valley wedding. The Fox river location offers incredible photo locations and easy access to all the transportation and hotel needs you will have for the day.
Finally, head on over to The Brix Carpentersville website to schedule your in person tour by making an appointment.
The Brix on The Fox is located at 260 South Washington St. Carpentersville, Il 60110
You can call them at (847) 844-8010 or email them at email@example.com
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The Danada House wedding venue is located in Wheaton, Illinois and was built in 1939 by Danial and Ada Rice. Hence the name, Danada House. They built this massive home to help host the many parties they threw for the area’s high end clientele. It was passed through a few famous hands before being sold to the Dupage County Forest Preserve in 1980. The 780 acres and all of its buildings help make up the natural beauty and elegance this wedding venue has to offer.
The entire property that makes up The Danada House wedding venue includes indoor and outdoor options for every bride and groom in the western suburbs of Chicago. We will talk briefly about the outdoor options but this post will focus mainly on what is available during the cold, winter months.
The Danada House wedding venue can accommodate up to 250 guests for your big day. The natural beauty of the forest preserve property as well as the modern elegance of the indoor spaces make this an ideal space for you and your guests. They can handle everything from weddings and corporate events to all our private parties. The Dupage County Forest Preserve property has seven ceremony locations. Six of these ceremony locations are outdoors while one is indoors. The property offers a bridal suite for all of your getting ready needs. The space features a relaxed atmosphere with vintage furniture. The parking lot on property can handle up to 150 cars giving you plenty of room for all of your guests. There are also plenty of nearby hotels that will offer shuttle service back and forth.
Weddings here can be booked up to twenty four months in advance and you should probably start early. They have a ton of great reviews form WeddingWire and The Knot so you know it is popular.
The spaces inside Danada House wedding venue are incredible and flexible. There are so many rooms for guests to break off into groups and enjoy quiet time socializing. The charming elegance and rich history of the entire mansion transports guests into another world. Many people feel like it is straight out of a movie set. With an easily accessible bar area and plenty of seating and high tops, cocktail hour is always a hit here.
The reception space at Danada House is stunning. The Dupage County Forest Preserve owns the property and run by the Friends of Danada. The nature, history, and modern elegance all come together in the All-weather atrium. The space features stunning views and floor to ceiling windows on three sides.
You can choose a caterer form their approved list of caterers to make the day as smooth as possible. As of the writing of this post, the list includes Angeli’s, Ashyana Banquets, Belgio’s, Chef By Request, Zeld Catering, Marie’s Catering, My Chef, Tasty Catering, True Cuisine, and Uncle Bub’s. This list could change with the venue so make sure you check with them first.
The cost to have a wedding at Danada House can change depending on the day of the week. Each wedding rental comes with 5 hours of event time, typically from 6pm-11pm. Friday and Sunday nights start at $3,800 while Saturdays start around $5,000. You can extend your rental time for additional fees as well as add a coat check attendant.
The Danada House includes seven ceremony locations. The indoor location is in the Atrium while the rest are outside. The outdoor ceremony locations include Magnolia Garden, Oak Garden, Rose Garden, Saddleup, as well as Front and Center.
The property is incredible during the winter time. Even when the foliage is dormant. However, go check it out during the summer when everything is green and in bloom. It truly is an incredible venue.
The Danada House Wedding Venue
3S501 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
Call them at (630) 668-5392
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There are so many decisions that have to be made when planning your wedding. I remember touring so many venues when Rue and I got married way back in 2013. It is no easy task to overcome. Some of you may have your dream venue planned out already and some of you may be searching all over for your ideal spot. The Highland Loft in Elgin, Il could just be that for you. It is a perfect place to have your wedding day from beginning to end. I’ll break down the many reasons this is true in the coming paragraphs.
Elgin is one of the largest cities in Illinois. This river town has a large population and a great downtown to host any large event. Several hotels, restaurants, and bars are all around the area to provide entertainment for your guests in the downtime. The Highland Loft Event Venue is also an easy drive to Schaumburg, Geneva, Naperville, and Aurora or a quick walk to the Metro station.
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Highland Loft Elgin is located right in the heart of downtown Elgin. They provide event space for all sorts of events including weddings, corporate events, private parties, and other special events. The Highland Loft wedding venue is a place I recommend everyone to check out if you are planning a Fox Valley Wedding. One of my favorite things about The Highland Loft is that it is a one stop shop for your day from start to finish. The space is 19,500 square feet and offers so many incredible amenities. Go see their amazing groom’s suite, bridal suite, ceremony space, reception space, bar, and dance area before you look at any other venue.
The best part about The Highland Loft is how incredibly flexible it is. They have several different spaces within the space that they can transform into cocktail hour areas, ceremony space, and reception spaces. The sophisticated and trendy vibes can be everything you need for a small intimate wedding or an elaborate event. The almost 20,000 square feet can handle up to 600 guests, has free WiFi, ample parking, and high quality acoustics. The inside is versatile, unique and topped off with a malleable ambiance and super convenient location.
Some of my favorite highlights include the separate dance floor, customizable layout, fully equipped catering kitchen, on-site coordinator, break out rooms, and plenty of audio visual equipment to meet your needs. Also, they have space for more than 60 tables. I am pretty sure that can handle most of the weddings we shoot.
Let’s break down the individual spaces a bit more.
The bridal suite at The Highland Loft wedding venue has just about every option you need in a bridal suite. Giant windows line the side of the room for perfect natural light in the massive space they provide. Also, it is tucked in the corner of the event space opposite off the groom’s suite to ensure you get the privacy you want during that time. Space is provided for hair and make-up artists to do work their magic. The attached bathroom is a huge perk that you really don’t see everywhere. This space is a perfect place to hang out with your best friends and get ready for the best day of your life.
Groom’s suites are becoming more and more popular in Chicago area wedding venues. The groom’s side typically requires a few less amenities since they aren’t bringing in crews for hair and make-up. Although, it is nice to have a space large enough for your entire bridal party to get dressed and relax before the day officially starts. The Highland Loft of Elgin definitely did not forget about the guys.
The room is secluded in a corner of the event space at the end of a long hallway. This gives the guys enough space to not accidentally see the bride and have some fun without disturbing anyone else in the space setting up or getting ready. Again, huge windows provide all of the natural light you will ever need. They also nailed it with the little things. Little coat hooks, mirrors, and super comfortable couches make it the relaxing and easy place the groom and groomsmen need.
The Chicago and Fox Valley area weather is so unpredictable. With that being said, having a quality indoor ceremony space is a requirement for much of the year. Highland Loft Elgin stepped up to provide an indoor ceremony space for the area. The stunning ceiling design, floor to ceiling windows, and exposed brick create an industrial, yet rustic, space that takes your breath away when you walk in. This whole space is located on the third floor of a historic building in Downtown Elgin on Highland Avenue.
The ceremony space is well lit with natural light from the massive windows Also, it is separate from the reception area so you don’t have to worry about shuffling guests around to tear down and set up for various portions of the day. Hardwood floors run throughout and top off this fantastic space.
The reception space at The Highland Loft wedding venue in Elgin is downright huge. The hardwood floors continue and meet even more massive windows lining the entire side of the building. The ceilings are beautiful and high providing plenty of space for incredible wedding photos. The space can be divided for more intimate settings or left wide open. Also, a massive bar is right in the reception space as well as a dedicated area for a dance floor. I really loved having a separate space for the dance floor because it felt more like the party atmosphere than the typical middle of the table area set up.
The cost of The Highland Lost depends greatly on what event you are looking to book. They have flexible rates and can accommodate any event you are looking to host.
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The Highland Loft is located at 168 E. Highland Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120
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Riverside Receptions and Conference Center in Geneva, Il is right on The Fox river. It is an incredible Geneva wedding venue with two levels, four ceremony sites, and all-inclusive wedding packages to fit every brides vision and budget. The picturesque location, personalized attention as well as the quaint and rustic feel provide a wedding venue in the Chicago suburbs like no other.
Let’s dive deeper into this Geneva, Il wedding venue to break down all the reasons you should consider having your wedding here.
The Knot and Wedding Wire list this riverside event venue as moderate in cost and having a guest capacity of up to 300 people. However, the Riverside website itself says they can seat up to 260 guests for a reception. They come very highly rated with a 5.0 and a 4.9 rating on these two popular wedding sites.
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center offers four different ceremony locations for you to chose from. They include the outdoor courtyard, Mill room, Bridgeview room, and The River Room. The Mill Room is available for main level rentals and can handle up to 110 guests. Also, the outdoor courtyard is available April through October and can handle up to 130 guests. Next, the Bridgeview Room is open for upper level rentals and can handle 130 guests. Lastly, The River Room requires whole building rental but can handle up to 200 guests.
Ceremonies at Riverside Receptions Geneva can be added for a $575 ceremony set-up fee for indoor ceremonies. Additionally, you can choose the outdoor ceremony site for a $650 set-up fee.
Almost every wedding venue varies their prices based on the day of the week. This wedding venue near St. Charles is no different. Check with the venue for discounts or price changes. Evening receptions are 5.5 hours long but also include a 30 minute cool down time at the end after the bar closes to say goodbye to guests. Finally, here is a quick breakdown of the wedding pricing for Riverside. It should be noted that these are just the minimums for rental. Also, the price will actually vary based on the number of guests and plate chosen.
The Lower room has a minimum rental rate of $8,500 on Fridays, $10,000 on Saturdays, and $5,000 on Sundays.
The Upper room has a minimum rental rate of $10,000 on Fridays, $13,000 on Saturdays, and $6,000 on Sundays.
Finally, the whole place has a minimum rental rate of $16,500, on Fridays, $19,500 on Saturdays, and $10,500 on Sundays.
These are just the minimums needed to rent the space. The final price will be based on the number of guests and plates chosen. Prices start at $80 per plate for a single plate option. Also, you can add a second option for $1.75 or a third plate option for $2.50 per person. All pricing here does not include facility fees, 21% gratuity, or the 8% sales tax. Catering and bar service provided by Riverside Receptions Culinary Team. Additionally, special considerations can be made for outside desserts and late night snacks. Food allergies will be accommodated as long as the food and beverage director is notified of the allergy.
When you choose to rent this space you will need to put down a 20% deposit. The next payment is 30% of the minimum and is due six months prior to the event. Finally, the last payment is due the week of the event.
Additionally, final guest count is due ten days prior to the event.
The wedding package cost at Riverside includes:
Riverside Receptions Geneva IL is known for its gorgeous views in a historic building. It can be described as peaceful, tranquil, and quaint with a rustic feel. This all happens because of its floor to ceiling windows as well as natural stone and brick walls.
The lower, or main, level can handle up to 140 guests for a seated dinner. The lower level is right at ground level and includes gorgeous views of The Fox river. The warm and cozy atmosphere helps guests feel right at home and ready to dance their night away. The pub style bar, three charming fireplaces, and natural stone throughout add to the rustic feel.
The upper level is much larger and can handle up to 260 guests for a seated dinner. The spacious and elegant space offers floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of the Fox river. Also, the candlelit rooms add to the ambiance of the star filled night sky. The room is so well laid out and provides a perfect set-up for every wedding reception.
Brides and grooms have the option to rent the entire building and combine these unique spaces. The seating capacity remains the same due to having everyone eat in the same room but you have the option to have cocktail hour and dancing in different areas. This ensures that you have the entire space to yourself for the entire day.
There are a few things they specifically note on their website for couples to know. These include rules like, no glitter, confetti, or sparklers allowed in the building. Also, vendors can access the space at least two hours prior to the event start. Finally, no outside food vendors without a fee and venue approval.
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center
35 North River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
Call them at (630) 262-8371
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The Fox Valley in Illinois offers a huge array of wedding venues. You can find pretty much any style you want throughout. Brittany and Matt decided that a ceremony at Geneva Lutheran Church was the best fit for them.
The Geneva Lutheran Church IL is located in downtown Geneva. It sits right on the main strip and offers a ton of restaurants and bars for your guests as well as one of the coolest hotels around, The Herrington.
Matt and his groomsmen decided to get ready on the 2nd floor of the Old Towne Pub and Eatery. This spot offered a ton of natural light as well as great food and bar service. Also, the space is massive and gave all the guys plenty of room to spread out. Additionally, Brittany and her bridesmaids got ready at a nearby house.
Matt and Brittany picked the Geneva, IL Church location to start their married life. Pastor Trudy Stoffel took them through the entire process and made their day easy. The downtown Geneva IL Lutheran Church is well done inside and out.
After the ceremony was finished, we took Matt and Brittany around the downtown area and took their bridal portraits. The couples photos were great due to the old buildings, greenery, and proximity to the Fox River. Also, the staff at Niche was also kind enough to let the bride and groom inside to get some amazing wedding bar photos.
The Geneva Lutheran Church in Geneva, IL was a great fit for Matt + Brittany. The uniqueness of the ceremony venue as well as the ample space for family and friends made it an easy choice.
After the ceremony was over and the bridal portraits were done Matt and Brittany headed over to the Chicago Marriott Naperville for their wedding reception. This space was an easy drive and finished off their wedding night on a perfect note.
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The Chicago Marriott Naperville wedding venue is an elegant all-inclusive spot for a dream wedding in Naperville Illinois. Also, there are a ton of perks to having your wedding at a hotel. These spots can offer ceremony space, reception space, and a place to stay for the night. It truly offers all that you could possibly need. The Chicago Marriott wedding venue is a one stop shop. Also, they are well versed in all things weddings to put your mind at ease.
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The venue itself is grand in both size and flexibility. The all-inclusive packages include amenities that every Chicago bride and groom dream of. Also, locally sourced catering all planned by Marriott Certified Wedding Planners ensure that every detail will be handled with the care that you deserve.
Some of the main highlights include:
This venue is located in one of the most popular Chicago suburbs. Also, conveniently located near Naperville road and I-88 you have access to everything you’ll ever need. You can choose to have your ceremony at any of the local locations or have it right on site. For example, the Naperville Marriott offers one outdoor ceremony location and 5 possible indoor wedding ceremony spots.
The Naper Patio is the only outdoor ceremony location the the Naperville Marriott offers. The rest of the ceremony spots are all indoor. With capacities between 80 and 800 you are sure to have plenty of space for any size wedding in the Chicago suburbs. Also, every wedding ceremony reservation includes banquet chairs, set up, tear down, rehearsal, staging, and a microphone for the officiant.
The Naperville Marriott is known for its grand and private ballrooms for massive weddings. With a capacity of up to 800 you can’t go wrong. This Chicago suburbs wedding venue has a 4.7 star rating on The Knot and is listed as a moderate cost. The all-inclusive wedding packages include an open bar, four course dinner, and a custom wedding cake. Additional amenities include gorgeous centerpieces, bridal suite, and custom Chiavari chairs. Plenty of upgrades are available to customize the venue to your liking.
The Chicago Marriott Naperville offers three different wedding reception packages. They include the Romance package, Glamour package, and the Indulge package.
The Romance package includes a six hour event with five hours of premium bar. Also, you get three butler passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, four course dinner, and wine service through dinner. Custom wedding cake, coffee station, custom menu cards, floor length linens, votive candles, and coat check are also included. Additionally, the Glamour package includes everything from the Romance package but upgrades to top shelf bar. Also, it adds one late night snack, two complimentary suites for the parents, and floral centerpieces for guest tables. Finally, the indulge package includes all the previous options as well as a 24′ head table backdrop, colored satin napkins, and upgraded colored linens or overlays for the head table.
The total price to have a wedding at the Naperville Marriott depends on a few factors. The total cost is based upon the number of guests and which entree you choose. For example, you can plan to spend between $85-$133 depending on which entree you choose for your guests. The cheapest option at $85 is the vegetarian option while the most expensive at $133 is the Filet Mignon. They also offer sorbet, a children’s menu, and a vendor meal at a lower price.
You can also choose to upgrade just the type of bar service or add hours on depending on your needs. The Marriott Certified Wedding Planners can help you figure out exactly what you need. Contact them to go over all the decor options as well as the late night snack additions to keep your guests fueled for the entire night.
We have gone over all the details about the site as a wedding venue. Now it is time to dive into the hotel amenities. The hotel offers 424 guest rooms, two hotel shuttles, great central location near the highway, indoor pool, and on-site dining. Also, the hotel has a full service Starbucks, Great room bar, as well as upscale, on-site accommodations. Additionally, every couple that books a wedding with the Naperville Marriott gets a free one night stay for their one year anniversary. Finally, check out the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards before you book to make sure you get all the perks you deserve.
One stop shop wedding venues are a great fit for a lot of couples, but not every couple. If you are looking for some other unique locations go check out our Top Wedding Venues in the Chicago Suburbs. Also, you can visit our Venue page on our website.
The Chicago Marriott Naperville Wedding venue is a great place to have a worry free dream wedding. Also, the availability of a Marriott Certified Wedding Planner make it easy get everything set the way you want it.
The Chicago Marriott Naperville is located at 1801 N. Naper Boulevard, Naperville, Illinois 60563
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Choosing the best Chicago wedding photography team for your wedding is something only you can do. What is best for one person may not be the best for you. There are many pieces that need to fit in this puzzle to make sure you get exactly what you want and need. Follow the steps below to make sure you get everything that is right for you.
There are so many Chicago suburbs and City of Chicago photography teams that offer wedding and engagement packages. This process can be overwhelming to brides and grooms. We totally get that. So we created this guide to help take some stress off of you. Your wedding photos will be hung on your wall for your lifetime and passed down for generations to come. Let’s find out how to pick the best Chicago wedding photography for your wedding.
Planning the rest of your wedding day helps to create the perfect day. Photography is the only preservation of the day. Many couples forget parts of their wedding day or don’t even know some of it happened. The best wedding photographers in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs will make sure that no moment is missed!
We broke down how to choose a Chicago wedding photographer into 7 steps below. We get a lot more detailed into each step later in the post.
Style is so important when searching for a photo team for your wedding day. Style comes from many different factors and is usually what catches your eye first. The photographers style is the culmination of brightness, color profiles, and their approach to the day. You may not know right away which of these speaks to your wedding photography soul but the Chicago area and Chicago suburbs offers every combination.
Style is like your personality, it can’t really be changed. We have had a few people in the past say, “We love you guys but want brighter photos, can you do that?” The answer to that is complex. As a fine art wedding photographer our style/personality is what drives us to create incredible products. Also, trying to change that may not give you what you want in the end.
The brightness of the style sets a certain mood right from the start. There are some wedding and engagement photographers that stay on the side of brighter photos. Some that stay on the darker side. The brighter photos are typically called light and airy while the darker styles are called dark and moody. Photos that go too bright tend to have “blown out” skies and bright spots. Darker photos can have dark shadows with limited details seen in the shadows. Also there is a middle ground here but most photographers lean a little to one side.
Certain times of the year give you different colors. Fall gives you all the browns and fall foliage. Also, spring and summer the greens and florals. Finally, winter more barren, darker, or snow covered moods. While these can’t really be changed the wedding and engagement photography team has some ability to alter them in the editing process. Each person adjusts the colors to be more appealing. We lean more toward the warm, yellow colors and deep greens. Again, this is something that isn’t right or wrong. It is just what you like.
In my opinion, the approach is one of the most important aspects when choosing a photo or video team for your special day. There are a ton of different approaches. I will just stick with the main ones like traditional, artistic, candid, and documentary.
The traditional approach is the standard amongst big companies with many different photographers. This approach keeps everything systematic and consistent. Also, it includes mostly set up wedding day shots and posed portraits while capturing the important moments in a systematic way.
The artistic approach is similar to the traditional approach due to its less candid nature. Artistic photos will usually include a grand background with some flair. The Chicago bridge and groom are still the focus. Emphasis is placed on an incredible pose in an amazing location. Chicago artistic wedding photography is so much fun downtown with the tall skyscrapers and old buildings.
The candid approach leaves all of the posing behind. There are no set up shots and the moments are captured as is. This is a great way to re-tell the story of the day through photos. Candid photos capture all of the important moments as they happen.
The photojournalistic approach is still candid but with a little more focus on the totality of the event. This approach captures the important moments happening but also the little moments at the same time. This may be the mother of the bride wiping a tear during vow exchanges. Also, it could be a family member leaning into the isle during the first kiss. Approaching Chicago wedding photography in this way gives the bride and groom an incredible look back into everything that happened during the day.
Budget time is a very important step in the wedding planning process in general. Choosing the right Chicago engagement and wedding photography team to capture your wedding day may mean checking the overall wedding financials. Most of us don’t have unlimited income or the ability to choose without thinking about money.
Typically Chicago suburbs weddings will be cheaper than weddings in the City of Chicago but that is not always true. You can find anything to fit your budget needs.
Something we always like to remind couples about, your wedding photos and wedding videography are some of the only records of your Chicago wedding. You will remember the big moments for long time but the little details are so easy to forget about. Every couple needs to think about the importance of the day. Invest in photo and video at a level that is appropriate to you.
I know I am not the only one that scrolls right past the first three Google results. These are typically ads. You and I are the same, we don’t like to pick a wedding photographer based on paid ads. This is the time to do your homework. Really into who the people are behind the companies that you love. There are several places to find reviews when it comes to Chicago wedding photography services. Google, The Knot, WeddingWire, Facebook, and Instagram are some of the few in the Chicagoland area I would try first.
Many wedding photographers pay to be on sites like The Knot and WeddingWire. However, the reviews are real and give insight into how real clients feel after working with this company. Use social media reviews as a chance to get real names and contact previous clients. You can also ask the photographers based in Chicago if you can speak with some of their past clients.
So, you have determined your style, figured out your budget, and begun your search for the perfect wedding photographer based in Chicago. Let’s start making a list of our favorites based on the information we know so far. Your wedding day photography team favorites list will help guide you through the remainder of the process.
You should reach out to at least 3-5 photographers in Chicago and the suburbs. This will give you plenty of options to chose from once you start checking availability. If you are less than a year out form your special day you may want to check availability first. We have plenty of clients that are trying to book Chicago wedding photography companies a year and a half out.
This probably seems self explanatory but it serves multiple purposes. Checking their availability is an important step. However, it is not the only thing that should be taken away from this interaction. You will reach out to the company on whatever medium suits you. I prefer to reach out to vendors directly on their website. This lets them respond without having to go through another platform.
You can judge a lot by this first interaction. First, how responsive are they to your inquiry? Second, are they actually available for your date? Third, how do you feel about their response? Human beings are pretty good about figuring people out right away. Was the first impression a good one?
I won’t give away all of our secrets but Rue and I love getting to know people. This whole process of meeting brides and grooms in Chicago helps us reach more people. Also, we love being a major part of their lives. We are the Chicago wedding photography team that they are choosing to capture their day. Our work provide memories for the rest of their lives. It is a huge task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I say all that to say. Make sure they provide a first impression that makes you feel good about getting to know them. You have to trust your wedding photographers.
Hopefully by now you are in a consult with an engagement and wedding photographer from your favorites list. We feel that Zoom or in-person consults are so important. You can not relay all of the important information necessary in a PDF or phone call. You should be able to see your photographers face and have fluid conversation. That last part is a very important part to remember. You need to see your photographers face. Not the owner of the company or some booking agent.
They are not the ones you are putting your trust in. You need to see the wedding photographer that will be capturing your wedding day. Do not fall for a bait and switch.
Come prepared to this meeting with all of the important questions! You probably have a ton of your own questions. We will provide you with some extras just in case you need it. Make sure that there will be a contract prepared and signed by both parties. Also, be clear about payment deadlines and what happens if either party needs to back out of the contract. Ensure that you will have all the rights to your photos in high resolution and low resolution, or web size. Do they offer wedding albums? Will they travel outside of the Windy City if necessary?
Talk about pricing for add-ons and what happens if you want to add something on later. Does the price change later or is it cheaper to add on to a package now? Do you want a photo booth? Do they provide wedding videography as well? When will your photos be delivered and how? Have they shot at your wedding venue before? Also, do you get engagement photos? Lastly, what about rehearsal dinner coverage?
These are just a few questions that can help you navigate the process and compare each Chicago wedding photography company. Obviously, there will be others you can add. Especially if you start taking more specific items like engagement sessions or print items. Overall, make sure they are completely transparent with you. Again, you need to trust them and feel comfortable. Chicago and Chicago suburbs wedding photography companies can help you through it all.
Woohoo! You made it! Now is the time to dot all of the I’s and cross all of the T’s. Enjoy a glass of champagne or wine and celebrate. You found your Chicago wedding photography team to capture your big day! If you have any further questions do not be afraid to ask them.
IMPORTANT! Read through the entire contract and make sure that everything you talked about is in writing. If promises were made, they should be in the contract. Sometimes it is not intentional, it just didn’t make it in for whatever reason. If they won’t add it in the contract, I would be weary. Double check invoices and payment due dates and relax knowing you made the right decision.
You made it through the list. Again, your wedding photography team based in Chicago will be THE documentation of your wedding day. Taking the time to find your style, determine your budget, check multiple platforms and reviews, make a favorites list, check availability, ask questions, and secure your wedding photographer will make sure that you get everything that you want. Also, extra leg work in the beginning will help make your wedding day less stressful in the end.
You can now start making your family portrait list, your photo Pinterest board. Also figure out where you are going to hang those beautiful wedding photos.
If you need help finding your ideal engagement locations check out our blog here!
Eight Hands Weddings – Wedding Photography in Chicago Illinois and The Suburbs
Lauren and Alex took on the tall task of planning their industrial Chicago wedding from start to finish. They leaned on some friends and family when they needed and came out with an incredible result.
Bridge 410 Chicago ended up being the perfect place for the entire wedding ceremony and reception to take place. Also, the exposed brick, views of the old Paulina Street Bridge, and concrete floors created a vibe anyone looking to plan an industrial Chicago wedding would love.
The day started off with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready at Bridge 410 and the groom and groomsmen at one of the many nearby hotels. One of my favorite parts about this industrial Chicago wedding was the incredible bridal suite that took up the entire second floor of the venue.
Finding a first look spot in this West Town Chicago area was easy due to all of the old buildings and vines growing everywhere. One of the best parts about the city is the endless supply of wedding photo opportunities. Then we took the bride and groom around the area to some our favorite spots to capture some incredible portraits.
The Windy City offers some incredible views form pretty much anywhere in the city. Whether you are looking for skyline views, old buildings, amazing architecture, or even some green space, Chicago has it all. This particular Chicago wedding venue in West Town features up close views of the old Paulina Street Bridge for your ceremony background.
Moving inside you will find exposed brick, old wood, stained concrete floors, and modern light fixtures that complete this Chicago industrial wedding venue. With multiple areas to host your guests there is sure to be enough space and fun for everyone.
Eight Hands Photography – Artistic Chicago Wedding Photographers
Warehouse 109 is a unique wedding venue in the Chicago southwest suburb of Plainfield. It is about 45 minutes outside Chicago but brings the city vibes inside the venue. Plainfield, Il actually has a few wedding venues with their own unique styles, but this one raises the bar. Warehouse 109 puts a vintage twist into an industrial space to make it a one of a kind venue. Additionally, this Plainfield, Il wedding venue can serve up to 200 guests in its unique and spacious event space.
Monday – Thursday – $3,000
Friday – $4,000
Saturday – $5,450
Sunday – $3,500
Also, holidays are available at an extra cost.
Included in the Warehouse 109 rental cost are:
Optional extras include:
Plainfield’s Warehouse 109 has a main event space, courtyard area, a bridal suite as well as an outdoor ceremony location. These spaces have been put together with such attention to detail. We really just need to take the time to describe each one separately.
The outdoor space includes 2,000 square feet of space for cocktail hour or reception space. Before entering into the courtyard at Warehouse 109, there is an old pick-up truck and a camper that have been restored. These items are details that make great wedding photo backgrounds at Warehouse 109. Walking under the archway and into the courtyard you are immediately drawn to the 1958 Airstream parked to the side. Also, with doors and windows wide open, it welcomes you in for a seat. Couches on either end and chairs in the middle make the space ideal for guests. They can hang out when they just want to get away from the party for a bit. Obviously, it also makes for some great Warehouse 109 wedding photos.
The courtyard includes a fire pit and string lights but most of the outdoor seating is extra. Also, there are many other items can be added on to furnish the outdoor space. Refer to the included items and add-on items in the list above.
The bridal suite is described as a comfortable and convenient place for everyone in the bridal party. There is plenty of space to get together and get ready for the wedding day. Also, the space includes a kitchen, private bathroom, living room, dining table, and fireplace. Further, this is a great space for Warehouse 109 wedding photos. Especially while the hair stylist and makeup artists are helping to get the bridal party ready. An important note, the bridal suite is an optional extra when renting Warehouse 109. Included in the rental is access up until the reception, golf cart transport, and the first bottle of champagne. Finally, no outside alcohol is allowed but wine and champagne are available for purchase by the bottle.
The ceremony space at Warehouse 109 Plainfield is a stand alone area. It is a short walk across the parking lot but nestled in a wooded space. Equally important, a paver walkway leads back to an area lined with trees and very detailed landscaping. It provides the lush and private spot for a perfect Plainfield, Il wedding ceremony.
The wedding event space can host up to 150 guests for a seated dinner but their website also states it can go up to 200 guests for wedding receptions. Also, warehouse 109 has 4,000 square feet of interior event space in its Plainfield, Il location and includes a very unique vintage motorcycle gallery wall and a vintage bar. Additionally, small touches throughout make the space including the high top tables, farmhouse tables, and chalkboard nook for welcoming your guests. Finally, large wood pillars line the inside of the Plainfield, Il wedding venue and patio string lights provide the perfect setting for great Warehouse 109 wedding photos.
There is a ton of info about this venue in this post. So let’s break it down to just the important stuff to sum this whole page up. For example, this Plainfield, Il wedding venue has a ton of optional extras available to make the space unique to you and your significant other. Also, the wedding venue can host up to 200 guests and they provide the bar service through optional packages. Food can be brought in as long as it is approved by the management. Moreover, the outdoor spaces are great and the indoor space gives plenty of space for a your wedding.
The Chicago area has a ton to offer when it comes to unique wedding venues. So, if you are looking in the southwest suburbs Warehouse 109 is totally worth checking out to see if it is the right place for you and your partner. Also, Warehouse 109 cost is affordable and gives you plenty of extras to choose from.
Furthermore, head on over to their website to get more info.
In addition to, you can shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (815) 556-9553
Also, they are located at: 14903 S. Center Street #109, Plainfield, Il 60544
Finally, if you are unsure or want to check out some other venues head on over to our Top Wedding Venues in The Chicago Suburbs Blog or the Venues Page. We are updating as fast as we find cool places!
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