The Wedding Vision
We really wanted to make every guest feel welcome and present for the weekend, and we wanted to have just enough flair for it to feel like we’d made it our own. Originally we booked a “classic Chicago venue” for our reception, but we found out the hard way that it was too expensive, too big, and we couldn’t make it our own.
We went back to the drawing board and found the Joinery. It was perfect for making the event feel intimate, crowded, and full of love. They were BYOB (cost savings) and didn’t have any vendor restrictions. Ultimately, we were able to have a family-style meal, a really tight dance floor (tighter = more fun), and we took “polaroids” of every guest as their escort cards.
Lastly, Laura really wanted the wedding to feel “green.” We went with a simple, classic look for our tables, etc, and a flower wall that served as a great backdrop that made the venue feel like our own.
Fleur outdid themselves with the florals, creating a hanging floral backdrop of 250 stems of foliage and blooms. Laura’s bouquet had an organic feel, with trailing foliage and ivory peonies, which popped back into season just in time for their April wedding!
Wedding Planning Advice
One of the best things we did was invite all people to our rehearsal dinner and then all our friends came to an after-party Friday. This allowed us to actually talk to everyone and “catch up” so that on Saturday, every guest would just want to dance and have fun.
Choose a venue that lets you make every decision and takes care of everything for you. Avoid places with a vendor list. They’re expensive, limiting, and you’ll end up not happy. And remember, a full room is a much better problem to have than an empty space.