How To Find The Perfect Wedding Venue + Our Pick!

How To Find The Perfect Wedding Venue + Our Pick!

 

Looking for a venue is fun but can also be a very overwhelming process! After all, the venue is usually the first major decision you both need to make together. It also sets the tone for your entire wedding. Before you begin looking, I would say it’s important to sit down to figure out your budget and what things are most important for the both of you in a venue. After searching and looking at a few spaces, Alex and Iquickly realized we really wanted a downtown wedding. We wanted a space that felt intimate but didn’t feel too small. Throughout the process, we also learned that we wanted an all-inclusive venue to eliminate some of the stress of having to deal with different vendors as the big day got closer.

Things to keep in mind:

1. Budgetdo you want an all-inclusive vendor? Do you want to spend a lot on a blank space? Is the space naturally beautiful and won’t require a lot of decorations?
2. Cateringdoes the venue you’re looking at have an in-house catering team? Will the allow you to have your own catering team if you’d like?
3. Spaceis it big enough for all your guests? Does the venue have separate spaces for cocktail hour and the reception? Do you know want to deal with a flip?
4. Vibewhat is your vision? Elegant & classy? Boho Chic? Rustic? The vibe sets the tone so keep this in mind when choosing your venue.

You will know when you have found the venue meant for you because you’ll walk in and imagine yourself in the space on your wedding day. For me, I fell in love with our venue based on the pictures. When we finally toured the space, I knew immediately that this was it!

Galleria Marchetti

As soon as I walked into the pavilion, I knew that this is where I would have my wedding! The gorgeous chandeliers, the natural lighting, and the beautiful garden courtyard all connected to the pavilion and made the space unique. I loved the beautiful ivy wall and all the greenery outside; it’s like a secret garden (perfect for pictures) tucked away in the city. Our guestswill be able to enjoy cocktail hour here or mingle around the amazing space by the outdoor fire pits. The venue isn’t too far from where Alex and I had our first date and from the area that we love to explore together(West Loop).

One thing that I really love about Galleria Marchetti is that it offered separate spaces for cocktail hour, the ceremony, and the reception. In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, they have a backup plan for cocktail hour, being able to move things indoors at a moment’s notice. The venue is in a great location and super convenient for us and our guests. Another thing I really loved about Galleria Marchetti is that it offers a variety of enhancements to help personalize your wedding. Creating a signature cocktail, having an action station, late night bites, a large sweets table are just some of the things they can offer at no additional cost if you choose their gold or platinum packages. We really made a great choice and we look forward to working with them to bring our vision to life!

We can’t wait for October, 2020!

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