It’s that day of the week again… Wedding Wednesday!  Today I’m giving you a look into our reception, which took place at The Murphy Auditorium.

For our reception we opted to have the same tall flower arrangements on every table, rather than a mixture of different heights.  Kloeckner’s was our florist, and they did a great job, along with Paramount Events, to make our tables look beautiful!  We also found these amazing table numbers on Etsy.

Our cake came from Sugar Hills Bakery, and was inspired by our ivory motif, as well as my pearl earrings.  I can’t get over those flowers!  It’s so crazy to me all the things they can make from fondent.

It quickly became clear that buying chargers was more cost effective than renting them, so we got our coupons together and headed to World Market.  Another money saving trick was that Peter and I embossed each menu by hand with our monogram that I designed and had printed on custom stamps.

When we started planning the wedding lighting companies weren’t even on our radar, however multiple people told us lighting would be one of the most important design elements of our reception.  After all, without some “pin spotting” the beautiful flower arrangements would be hidden in the dark.  We worked with the wonderful people at Frost here in Chicago, and they really brought the room to life!

While we didn’t want our wedding to be too “Christmas-y” this custom cocktail that Paramount created for us was the perfect touch.

We decided to forgo traditional place cards in favor of this seating board that our wonderful planner Melissa from Clementine Events put together with Magnificent Milestones.

Another great cake shot!

Instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests circle meaningful words and leave notes in this beautiful gold, leather bound dictionary from Jayson Home.  Today, it looks beautiful sitting out in our home.

[Looking for more wedding posts?  Check out: The Proposal, Our Engagement Photos, My Chicago Bridal Shower, My Bachelorette Party, Our Rehearsal Dinner, Our Wedding Wear, My Bridesmaids, The Men, Our CeremonyJust Dance, Our Wedding Video]

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4 Responses to Wedding Wednesday: Reception Details

  1. Jorshaq says:

    WOW! it looked amazing! great planning.

  2. Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing!

  3. Annelise says:

    Beautiful photos! My fiance and I are seriously considering the Murphy for our wedding reception, but we’re a little concerned about the size, especially the area for the cocktail reception. We’re planning on having around 200 guests and would love your feedback and personal experience on the space!


    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Thanks, Annelise! We absolutely LOVED the Murphy! We also had 200 guests and were also concerned about the size, but in the end I think it felt really intimate and was perfect! It was definitely no problem during the reception, and while the cocktail hour may have been snug (We were busy taking pictures for most of it) I never heard any complaints and it certainly looked fine from what I saw. Also, our wedding was in the dead of winter (it was 10 degrees out) I’ve heard during nicer weather people spill out onto the patio in front and it’s lovely! Hope that helps. At the end of the day, I can’t recommend the Murphy enough! Such a special place!

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