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Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association

Posted on February 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

It’s Wednesday and with that, we are highlighting another one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues for 2017. If you have been following along, once a week we are turning the spotlight to some of our favorite venues to help you narrow down your venue search. This week, our venue is a combination of historic downtown Chicago architecture with the luxury of modern upgrades. Sounds like the perfect wedding venue, right? It could only be the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and today we are talking about why it is one of Life in Bloom’s favorite spots to say “I do”.

Venue: Chicago Athletic Association

Capacity: Seated Reception – 250 Guests

Location: Magnificent Mile

About: 

If you have yet to check out the completely renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, there is no better time than the present, especially if you are searching for the perfect wedding venue. The historic venue encompasses the old world charm of the original building with stunning new upgrades. The White City Ballroom is the perfect space for your seated reception. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, there is no doubt you are in the heart of Chicago. The Madison ballroom is the perfect spot to have an on-site ceremony, the detailed molding and crystal chandeliers are like none other. The CAA has the convenience of a hotel with the charm of a luxury venue (not your typical hotel ballroom).

Tips:

Candlelight is a MUST at the dark-wooded venue for a romantic ambiance. We love seeing a lot of greenery and candle light on the guest tables. If you are bringing in any decor (tables, chairs, etc.) dark wood with gold, bronze, or brass accents is a beautiful addition to the space. Pro Tip: Because the windows are East Facing, the space can get quite dark at night and adding a nice lighting package will really help highlight your tables!


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association Florist: Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association Florist: Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association Florist: Life in Bloom

Photos by: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association Florist: Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association Florist: Life in Bloom

Photos by: Kina Wicks Photography

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Posted on February 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Today, we are putting the spotlight on a beautiful Chicago wedding venue located in the heart of downtown. A space overlooking the lake, a sculpture garden, and stunning architecture, could only be: the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art – MCA

Atrium & Terrace

Capacity: Seated Ceremony & Reception – 200 Guests

Seated Reception Only – 300 Guests

Location: Magnificent Mile

About: 

The Museum of Contemporary Art is no ordinary museum, it is actually one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. Your guests are surrounded by incredible exhibits and are actually allowed to explore them during your wedding. The museum has an architecturally stunning garden area where you can have your ceremony. For your reception, you can choose the outdoor terrace, or the atrium in the midst of museum exhibits.

Tips:

If you are having a reception in the atrium, we love to see color. The walls are white and when you bring in color, the room is breath-taking! We also love to see cafe lights strung in this area, the ceilings are stunning, yet very tall so the cafe lights make the dinner experience more cozy. If your reception is on the terrace, long tables with low arrangements is the perfect fit. We also love to see cafe lights on the terrace: as seen below!

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

 Photos by: Olivia Leigh Photographie

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens

Posted on February 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

It’s time for another venue spotlight! Each week we are highlighting our favorite Chicago wedding venues and giving you the 411 on these incredible spots! Here’s one you’ve been waiting for: The Chicago Botanic Gardens. One of the few outdoor wedding venues in Chicago, the Botanic Gardens are not only stunning, but incredibly unique.

Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens

McGinley Pavilion Capacity: Seated Dinner with Dance Floor – 230 people

Location: Glencoe, IL

About: 

Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. A place where your guests are welcomed with lush gardens and cobblestone pathways to the ceremony and reception areas. There are many options for your ceremony and reception location within the Gardens, each more beautiful than the next. Surrounded by the most gorgeous gardens and bodies of water sits our favorite spot, a beautiful tented pavilion. The perfect place to dance the night away.

Tips: 

Any spot surrounded by lush gardens is beautiful on its own, but we love to enhance the pavilion with color and lighting. Specifically when talking about the McGinley Pavilion, we love to see a colorful floral palette brought in which really pops amongst the sea of greenery that acts as a backdrop.  A mixture of low and tall arrangements look amazing, but even better is suspended floral above your dance floor, head table, and beyond. For lighting, chandeliers make a world of difference helping to create a sense of elegance. You have to check it out for yourself!

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Photos by: Kent Drake Photography

Planning: Clementine Custom Events

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Life in Bloom

Photos by: Emilia Jane Photography

Planning: Clementine Custom Events