While I did not get to caravan all over IL and WI for two days, I did get to spend the entire day with my Mom driving around the Northern suburbs. From 9 AM – 3 PM, we hit approximately 16 different shops (with a quick lunch break).
Two weeks into being engaged and I am already considering hiring someone else (or preferably have them volunteer) to figure this whole wedding planning thing out for me.
K and I have created a modest budget that we really want to stick to, so finding a venue in Chicago is pretty darn hard. It is more important to us to use that money towards our first house than on a lavish wedding reception. Therefore, we are additionally looking around Wisconsin, Michigan, Chicago suburbs, and Indiana.
I have already torn through The Knot‘s venue search option and am spouting traditional wedding etiquette facts from the number of wedding planning books I have received.
Chicago’s Green Wedding Alliance has some good resources, but their list of venues is pretty small (There will be a post on eco-resources soon).
There are just so many factors to consider:
a space that feels like us
a lot of other important factors I haven’t quite figured out yet
But there are also so many other things that we don’t actually care about:
the day we get married (Friday vs. Saturday)
Hopefully, all of the things that we don’t care about will help us save money in the long run.
Do you have any suggestions on an how to secure an affordable wedding venue in the Chicagoland area?
I will keep you updated as we start to narrow down some options. We probably should figure out which geographic location first! Ugh!