Tented Weddings

Top 5 Favorite Chicago Event Venues

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We have so many favorite wedding venues in Chicago, but we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of our top 5.  Let the party planning begin!

All events below Planned and Designed by Bliss Weddings & Events.

 

morgan manufacturing

If you are looking for an incredibly flexible space that will host up 400 guests comfortably, has room for ceremony, cocktails, dinner and afterparty in separate spaces, that is super urban and polished, open until 2am (for your rockin after party crowd!) you've found a great option.  Whether you envision a elegant ceremony with hundreds of guests, or an intimate reception with your closest family and friends, or a casual, dance party celebration, Morgan Manufacturing offers impeccable service and the most exceptional backdrop for your unique vision. Morgan Manufacturing offers over 32,000 square feet of world-class space with Chicago swagger, designed around a concept of modularity and industrial elegance. Say "I Do," in a romantic ceremony in the Distillery. The Distillery space features soaring ceiling heights, exposed concrete, glass, and steel to create the industrial elegance Morgan is known for. Then, dine and dance the night away in the expansive Production space.  

 

the field museum

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The iconic Field Museum is not only a stunning choice for a wedding reception, but It is also a huge showstopper, in a perfect location and incredibly flexible.   Host an unforgettable evening in one of their beautiful event spaces where guests can explore exhibitions and dine among elephants and dinosaurs.

Ceremony outside on their gorgeous grass lawn with the most incredible view of the city. Cocktails outside on their patio or inside if weather doesn't cooperate.   Dining and Dancing inside the historic  Stanley Field Hall,  2 levels of reception and dining space as well as access to SUE, our world famous T. rex. And the Afterparty in the architecturally elegant and sky-lit East Atrium Pavilion until 2am!

 

19 east

19 East is located at 19 East 21st Street in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. This venue is entirely managed by Food for Thought, special events and catering company that has been providing the best memorable experiences and hosting the finest special events in the city of Chicago for more than 30 years. This incredible, eclectic venue provides 10,000 square feet of event space that is completely flexible to your needs. 19 East’s four different rooms offer hardwood floors, steel beams, mosaic tile, built-in marble bars and high ceilings throughout- it is a sight to see.

Each room can be designed to be different to accommodate your special event or meeting to your exact specifications. In the front of the venue, you will find the Alumina Room, which a large open space that is commonly used for gorgeous wedding ceremonies. The next room you will enter is the Bridgestone Room, another open floor plan ready to offer endless possibilities. From there, you’ll enter the Commonwealth Room, which provides access to the balcony and entry to the Hideaway, a modern loft space that is perfect for smaller groups or meetings. At 19 East, no two events are alike. Special events held have included, but are not limited to:

  • Wedding Ceremony & Seated Dinner: Up to 150 guests
  • Seated Dinners: Up to 250 guests
  • Wedding Receptions: Up to 500 guests

bridgeport art center

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Housed in the former Spiegel Catalog warehouse, the Bridgeport Art Center’s “Skyline Loft” and "Sculpture Garden" defines raw urban elegance. The architectural elements from this historic 1911 building include timber construction, exposed brick, soaring ceilings, an amazing elevator that holds 50 guests at a time, sit-down dining and dancing for up to 500 guests and an unparalleled view of the Chicago skyline.

Whether planning an intimate gathering for close friends and family or an extravagant gala, the open loft space on the top floor of the Bridgeport Art Center is a blank canvas that we ADORE transforming for any occasion that demands an exceptional setting.  

chicago botanic gardens

The Chicago Botanic Garden, with event sites nestled amid enchanting gardens, peaceful lakes and native woodlands, is a spectacular site for a special event. It is truly a dream land of opportunities in which we love to transform and enhance.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, your event springs to life amid a backdrop of pure beauty and serenity. This world-renowned cultural destination is the perfect venue for your wedding, reception, and rehearsal dinner. From the simple to the sublime, they have something for every taste! 

All photos above are weddings planned and designed by Bliss Weddings & Events

happy venue selecting! xoxo

 

 

Lake Geneva Wedding

Private Estate Wedding in Lake Geneva

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We could not be more thrilled to share this dreamy wedding designed by our always amazing Bliss Beau Jesse Deckard! He spent months working with this sweet couple, who could not have been more in love, planning each and every detail to absolute perfection. From the cocktails served to guests as they arrived to the fireworks show at the end of the night this entire day was pure bliss for our amazing couple.

See the full feature and his 5 tips on wedding design on Strictly Weddings.

 

 

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Garden Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

 

We are delighted to share this bright, bold, and beautiful wedding with you today! Our Bliss Beau Jesse Deckard designed an amazing wedding for this special couple. Maggie and Joe wanted an organic and intimate outdoor wedding with lots of color and textures. The eco conscious couple also wanted the wedding to be as local and sustainable as possible. The couples personality and values were noticeable in every aspect of the day!

Ceremony- Set in the middle of the Chicago Botanic Rose Garden, Jesse created a vibrant yet classic garden setting. Custom printed fabric, matching the floral pattern created for the unique inner envelope of the invitation, was used for cushions on reclaimed wooden benches. Seating circled around a wrought iron arch and matching chandelier that were covered in vibrant jewel toned floral and textured foliage. Ushers handed out programs made of seed paper, printed in deep blue to coordinate with Maggie’s dress, that could be planted when guests returned home. A dusting of fresh white rose petals signified the start of the ceremony.

Cocktail Hour- Maggie and Joe loved margaritas so the Bliss team created a custom margarita bar named after their signature: Moe’s Margarita Bar. Recycled hand made white tissue Mexican Flags were suspended from tree branches and a vintage hand painted mirror welcomed guests to the bar to order their margarita of choice. White hemstitch napkins were passed with hors d’oeuvres to create less waste than paper napkins.

Reception- Maggie did not like the white ceiling of the tent where dinner and dancing were to take place. So Jesse turned it into a lush garden canopy composed of wild green smilax and dripping white wisteria. Throughout the entire tent, over 14,000 stems of white wisteria were suspended from a cabling grid structure that was then covered in smilax. Guests arrived to dinner to find eclectic petite budvases each filled with varieties of single stems blossoms and their calligraphed escort card tied to them. Reclaimed wooded tables were draped with vintage white lace runners and then layered with both textural floral and various candlelight in organic and vintage eclectic vessels. Square tables draped in white linen cloths and featured bold floral arrangements and vintage mix and max china and flatware. Guests danced the night away as cold lemon scented towels were passed on the dance floor for a refreshing summer touch.

The Bride’s most memorable moments? “The paper goods by Liz Dixon – they still make me happy to look at and I love that they were printed on seed paper. We liked how the wedding represented our values of being sustainable and not wasting – details like the linen cocktail napkins and composting all food leftovers were a lovely touch. And seeing the escort cards displayed as little vases with single stem floral was a beautiful entrance to the reception!”

Check out more from this day in the current issue of The Knot Magazine– on stands now!

Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard, Bliss Weddings & Events / Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden / Photography: Jen Lynne Photography / Paperie: EJD Design LLC / Floral & Decor: HMR Designs / Lighting: Frost Lighting / Custom Linens: Tailored Elements / Cake: CAKE Chicago / Rentals: A La Crate Vintage / Photo Booth: 312 Photo Booth / Filmography: I Do Films / Hair: RC Beauty / Make-up: Make-up By Rosie

Tented Chicago Wedding at Harris Rooftop Theater

 

We could click through these photos all day. Talk about dreamy! Renny & Jesse worked with this sweet couple to create a intimate and elegant atmosphere. One that would make guests feel as if they were at a fabulous dinner party in their own home. They designed a warm and inviting space by draping and lowering the ceiling, lining the tables with deep colored florals and glowing candles, and including cozy decor pieces like lanterns, potted herbs, and burlap runners. 

Want to see more of this gorgeous celebration? Check out the feature on Style Me Pretty

Planning & Design: Bliss Weddings & Events / Venue: Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace / Photography: Tec Petaja / Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs / Lighting: Frost Chicago / Catering: Food For Thought / Band: The Party Faithful / Transportation: VIP Valet Services

xoxo The Bliss Team

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