about our featured blogger

We're so excited to have Charlene Liang, owner of Sweetchic Events, Inc., blogging on our site. Sweetchic Events is an up-and-coming boutique event planning firm in the Chicago area specializing in full service wedding planning and day-of event management. Charlene is going to be sharing her best tips to make your Chicago wedding amazing. "At Sweetchic Events, we love weddings," Charlene says, "along with every little detail that goes into planning them!"

Special thanks to ArtisanEvents.com and Chris Guillen Photography for our featured Chicago wedding photos

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Venue Spotlight: The Newberry Library

I am super excited that one of my 2012 couples just booked one of my favorite venues, The Newberry Library as their wedding venue! It was a tough choice, and it came down to the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia and Fulton’s on the River. In the end, the uniqueness of the Newberry won out!

I first heard about The Newbery Library when I read The Time Traveler’s Wife (one of my favorite books) a few years ago! It also happens to be an amazing wedding venue… one that is booked solid up to 14+ months in advance! So if you love this place, be prepared to wait (or get lucky).

Why is it so popular? Well, first and foremost, it is a gorgeous library and you get the place all to yourselves for six hours. The $6,000 rental fee is fairly reasonable for downtown Chicago (ok, it’s still a lot…), especially when you consider that it includes all the tables, opera chairs, a parking lot, and you have the freedom to bring in any caterer (with the appropriate licenses and insurance) and can purchase your own liquor. It is also across the street from the lovely Washington Square Park where you can have your ceremony (a separate permit must be obtained through the Chicago Park District).

Newberry Library exterior front entrance Secondprint productions

A ceremony across the street at Washington Square Park.

Newberry Library wedding ceremony Washington Square Park Secondprint productions
 
Newberry Library foyer stairwell

Newberry Library wedding reception escort cards Secondprint productions

Ruggles Hall (check out those Opera Chairs!!)

 Newberry Library Ruggles Hall wedding reception 1 Secondprint productions

 Newberry Library Ruggles Hall wedding reception 2 Secondprint productions 

All images above by Second Print Productions, from one of my favorite 2009 weddings!

Any Newberry brides out there?

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