Venue Day: Let’s Get Local

Who wouldn’t love to host a wedding in their hometown?  I would happily walk, bike, or take a 5 minute drive home after the ceremony and reception.  After checking out some venues in surrounding towns, I wanted to find some options in our hometown: Naperville!

The first Naperville venue we visited was Hotel Arista.  We loved their dedication to being a sustainable hotel and the glossy new ballroom.

Hotel Arista in Naperville

Hotel Arista in Naperville

 The prices were too steep for us, and we guessed that the price tag had to do with the all-local and organic menu.  If that’s the top priority for a couple, I’d highly recommend Hotel Arista–it’s really beautiful and new, and the staff made us feel very welcome.  Up next, I did some research on a restaurant across the street from the Hotel:

Riva in Naperville

Riva in Naperville

Another teacher at school told me that her son is hosting his wedding reception at Riva in Naperville.  Riva is also very classy and contemporary.  Although it’s in town, this developing area was out of the way for us.  We actually had to take a highway to get there!

I’m wishing and hoping for a venue in downtown Naperville with in-house catering and room for 200 people and a dance floor……so far, no luck.  Now I’m looking into country clubs and golf clubs in residential areas.  I’ll be checking them out tomorrow and this coming week.  There must be a hidden gem someplace in town!


June 20, 2009. Lighting, Venue.

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