It’s no coincidence that Carlene, owner and Lead Planner at Naturally Yours Events, decided to set up shop in the wonderful city of Chicago. There are hundreds of reasons why we think the Windy City is one of the best places in the country to tie the knot, but we’ll keep it short and narrow it down to three. Without further ado, here are the top three reasons why you should get married in Chicago:

Sarah & Marc wed0722

Photo by Marc Federighi Photography.


1. The Views
Chicago’s skyline, bursting with insanely gorgeous architecture, hugs the coast of our big blue neighbor- Lake Michigan. These two elements alone create so many fantastic wedding photo opportunities. Couples can have that natural, soft and romantic photo session next to the lake, and then contrast those photos with a session in the midst of a bold, dramatic, beautiful cityscape. Not only do the views contribute to amazing photo sessions, but they also allow couples to have any wedding theme they may desire- rustic, natural, beachy, urban, elegant, or bold.

Kelly And Jeff


2. The Venues
The sheer volume of event venues in Chicago creates endless possibilities for a couple’s big day. The city has tons of banquet halls just like any other metropolis, but also has countless unique and diverse spaces to host a memorable wedding. There are so many amazing lofts for a more urban, trendy feel- many of which have really cool history behind them (such as spaces where Al Capone would hide his alcohol during prohibition). And speaking of history, Chicago gives couples the chance to incorporate their love story into buildings constructed for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Chicago is an amazingly vibrant, cultural city, so of course you could choose one of its many museums, galleries, or artist spaces that are found here. The city also has many green spaces engulfed in greenhouses and gardens where a couple could tie the knot amidst plants and flowers. The diversity of spaces here in Chicago lets couples find their perfect venue, no matter what they’re looking for.
Kelly and Jeff


3. The Food and Drinks
Wedding food has generally gotten a bad rap in the past – but that’s impossible here in the Windy City. Chicago’s food and drink scenes are exploding, and gaining incredible reputations as some of the best in the country. You can incorporate anything from food trucks to fine dining into your wedding and it will all be insanely tasty. Many caterers purchase from local and sustainable farms, and are in turn serving cuisine that is bursting with flavor and stretching the boundaries of wedding food. Chicago is not only jam packed with delicious cuisine every which way you turn, but the city knows how to drink amazing beverages as well. Since we’re neighbors with Michigan, we have access to delicious up-and-coming midwest wineries. Plus we all know how amazing the local beer scene is! Between Chicago breweries like Goose Island, Revolution, and Baderbrau, all beer expectations will not only be met but exceeded.


Incredible views, unique venues, and crazy good food and drink – what more could you ask for to create the perfect wedding? Okay, so maybe we’re biased because Chicago is our home base. But no… It really does make a perfect backdrop for the perfect day.