Guide to Chicago Wedding Day Transportation

From getting to the church, to moving your bridal party around the city for a photo session, AND getting back to your venue, transportation plays an extremely important part of your wedding day. Oh, and don’t forget about your ride at the end of the night!

There are many great options for transportation on your wedding day. Your options all depend  on the “feel” you want,  how many people you need to transport, and of course, budget. And remember, you don’t need to stick with one specific mode of transportation all day! Use a trolley to take your bridal party around the city, but have your guests take a  bus to the reception; just one of many options!

Here are our favorite ways to get around…

Trolley
The old fashioned trolley is vintage, fun, and bridal parties absolutely love it! Although it’s the priciest option, it really sets the fun atmosphere on that perfect summer wedding day.

31. Trump Tower Wedding. Pen Carlson Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party on Trolley. Pen Carlson Photography (see more of Tammy & Eugene’s wedding here, here, and here)

Limo Bus
Just a little extra pizzaz over a regular bus to get your party started early! It usually has wrap-around seating and fits anywhere from 20 – 30 people.

23. Alicia & Kris. Newberry Library Wedding. iLuvPhoto. Sweetchic Events.
ILuvPhoto (see more of Kris & Alicia’s wedding here and here)

11-Jen.Aaron-Trump-Towers-Ballroom-Chicago-Wedding-Robin-Sloan-Riverbend-Studio-Sweetchic-Events Riverbend Studio (See more of Jen & Aaron’s wedding here and here)

Mini Bus
A popular choice for couples who have a larger bridal party as the buses come in a variety of sizes! It’s also great for transporting your guests to their hotel after the reception. The mini buses hold anywhere from 14 – 35 people, and is the most affordable choice for larger groups!

14.Leslie.James.RookeryWedding. Kenny Kim Photography. Sweetchic Events Kenny Kim Photography (and a great shot of our lovely Associate, Jessica, riding along with the Bridal Party!)

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Vintage Cars
There is nothing classier and more romantic then sitting in the back seat of a classic set of wheels on your way to the church, or to end your wedding night!

17 Morton Arboretum Wedding Classic Chassis red black Rolls Royce Sweetchic Events Dan Gin (see more of Irene & Adam’s wedding here, here, and here)

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Limo
Limos seem to be the traditional ride when it comes to weddings. Ideally, they are great for those bride and grooms who don’t have a huge bridal party. Because lets face it; no one likes trying to crawl in and out, and the wedding dress can take up about three seats! Although if you have your heart set on this classic ride, stretch limos and stretch SUV’s are a great alternative!

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Town Car
Just the bride and groom? Or looking to pick up a VIP wedding guest at their hotel? A town car is a great choice. Small but regal, and more budget friendly than the limo!

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Uber
Wait, what? Yep, you heard us right! Your favorite way to get around the city, may just have become your favorite way to get around on your big day. And because it’s so accessible (right on your phone) it’s not just your family or bridal party who can ride in an Uber SUV or black car, it’s especially great for your wedding guests! Uber makes it quite easy to do. When you sign up with Uber Weddings, you’ll receive a personalized promo code which is good for $20 off any guests’ first ride (which includes the black cars. Very. Fancy). Put this promo code on your wedding website and at the reception and your guests will think they are getting VIP service. It’s the best way to make your guests feel like your taking care of them, without breaking the bank. Find out more about Uber’s wedding services here.

Uber weddings Chicago Photo via Uber

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Kim & Adam’s Blackstone Hotel Wedding – Pt 2

Their ceremony went off without a hitch and it was party-time for Kim and Adam!

During cocktail hour, the staff at the Blackstone and Flor de Monte turned the ballroom from ceremony site to a beautiful reception space. It’s amazing what can be done in one hour, from tearing down a 12′ tall chuppah, moving the stage and getting a 10-piece band in place, and completely setting 16 dinner tables. It’s quite a feat, and guests are always amazed when they walk into the same space they were in an hour ago… and it’s completely transformed! I love standing near the entrance and watching their expressions!

29. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Manzanita Escort Card Table Arrangement. Hydrangea, Roses, Orchids. Hanging Votives. 30. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Puzzle Piece Guest Book. 31. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Chicago Streets Table Numbers. Fuschia and Colbat Menus.

I love how they decided to offset the muted ivory and grey tones of the Blackstone ballroom with vibrant jewel tones!

32. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Blackstone Ballroom. Colbalt Blue, Fuschia, and Deep Purple. 34. Blackstone Hotel. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Fuschia, Deep Purple Stock, Rose, Mums, and Hydrangea Centerpieces. 36. Blackstone Hotel. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Low Lush Arrangement with three tiered candle holder centerpieces. 37.Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Cake Chicago. Ivory Cake with Colbalt Ribbon. Monkey Cake Topper. 38. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flour Cake and Pastry. Tuxedo Cake Pop Wedding Favors. 40. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom Entrance. 41. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Cake Cutting. 42. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Dance. 44. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. First Dance. 47. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. 48. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. UpBeat Orchestra

Their band, Upbeat Orchestra, kept the guests dancing all night long!

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A wonderful time was had by all… thanks Kim and Adam!!

Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Blackstone  Hotel
Photographer: Deonna Caruso Photography
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Floral: Flor Del Monte 
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Band: Upbeat Orchestra 
Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Evan Moffic & Father Bernie Pietrzak
Make-up & Hair: Sonia Roselli 
Bakery (Cake): Cake Chicago
Bakery ( Cake Pops): Flour Cake & Pastry
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones & Sweetchic Events

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Kim & Adam’s Blackstone Hotel Wedding – Pt 1

Another snow day in Chicago!! So today we’d like to share photos from Kim and Adam’s August 2013 weddings to bring you hopes of summer in Chicago…

The night before their wedding, there was a huge, torrential thunderstorm, but the day of their wedding was beautiful… full of fun, happiness, and love! They chose the beautiful Blackstone Hotel for their ceremony and reception, and Deonna Caruso Photography captured every minute of their day. Kim wanted bright, bold jewel tones to contrast with the muted white/grey backdrop of the ballroom. Wonderful florist, Flor del Monte, fulfilled Kim’s color dreams with florals in bright tones of pinks, magentas, shades of purple, and accents of cobalt blue.

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Since the Blackstone is only two blocks from Grant Park, some photos at Buckingham Fountain were in order! Along with some bridal party photos at the nearby Tiffany Garden, adjacent to the fountain.  8. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom. Buckingham Fountain 9. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom Buckingham Fountain. 11. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Groom. Tiffany Garden. 12. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Tiffany Garden 13. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridesmaids. Blue Bridesmaids Long Dresses. Tiffany Garden.

Loved how to bouquets popped against the cobalt blue bridesmaids dresses! 14.  Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Fuchsia Rose, Lisianthus, Orchid and Stock Brides Bouquet. Petite Fuchsia Rose Bouquet. 15. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groomsmen. Tiffany Garden. 16.  Flor Del Monte. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groom's White Cymbidium Orchid Boutonniere. Groomsmen Purple Mokara Orchid Boutonniere. 17. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bridal Party.Tiffany Garden. 18. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Tiffany Garden. 19. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. 20. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Burgundy and Ivory Ceremony Programs.

Beautiful ivory chiffon chuppah and ceremony florals by 21.  Deonna Caruso. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Ivory Fabric Chuppah with Purple Hydrangea. Fuchsia Stock, Rose, Cushino Mum Ceremony  Arrangement. 22. Blackstone Hotel. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Fuschia and Deep Purple Stock, Roses, Cushion Mums, White Hydrangea 23. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Groom and Parents Walk Down Aisle 24. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Bride and Father Walk Down Aisle. 25. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Flor Del Monte. Ivory Fabric Chuppah with Purple Hydrangea En Masse. 26. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ballroom Ceremony. 27. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Ivory Fabric Chuppah. Flor Del Monte. 28. Blackstone Hotel Wedding. Deonna Caruso Photography. Sweetchic Events. Recessional.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2! 

Vendors
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Blackstone  Hotel
Photographer: Deonna Caruso Photography
Wedding Planner: Sweetchic Events
Floral: Flor Del Monte 
Ceremony Musicians: Parkwest Strings
Band: Upbeat Orchestra 
Ceremony Officiants: Rabbi Evan Moffic & Father Bernie Pietrzak
Make-up & Hair: Sonia Roselli 
Bakery (Cake): Cake Chicago
Bakery ( Cake Pops): Flour Cake & Pastry
Stationery: Magnificent Milestones

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