Happy Anniversary Lauren & Norm!

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 12.46.28 PMHappy First Anniversary to Lauren and Norm from the Soirée Weddings & Events team!

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We hope we don’t sound prehistoric when we say that this ceremony and reception, which took place at the Field Museum on May 24, 2014, was absolutely dino-mite!

Let’s go back in time, shall we?

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What a perfect day!

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Silver T-rexes guarded the place cards!

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Rich and vibrant floral by Kehoe Designs.

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Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 12.53.14 PMWhat an incredibly cheerful and dazzling occasion! We wish all the best to this lively couple!

VENDORS: Planning/Styling and Coordination: Soirée Weddings & Events |  Floral: Kehoe Designs | Lighting: Frost Chicago | Catering: Food for Thought | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Field Museum | Photography: Victoria Sprung Photography | Bakery: Bittersweet Bakery |

Field trip to the Field Museum

The Soirée team recently met up with Katie Knox, special events account manager at the Field Museum for an eye-opening walk-through at this historic and breath-taking Chicago venue. The quintessential space for the adventurous couple who loves to travel and is constantly exploring everything the world has to offer, there are many aspects about the museum that many are unaware of as a wedding or event venue.

Upon setting foot inside the enormous Stanley Hall with its gleaming white 300 million year-old limestone floors, higher-than-high ceilings and the surrounding upper balcony, it is apparent that any wedding here would be absolutely jaw-dropping. However, not every couple needs this much space for their wedding.

Luckily, Field offers multiple smaller event spaces with price tags and guest capacities to match, making it a venue for almost any couple’s budget and design aesthetic.

Stanley Hall can seat up to 1,500 guests for a seated dinner and 7,500 for a reception. The museum’s smaller spaces can contain anywhere from 50 to 500 guests. Some of these smaller spaces provide a more intimate setting where your guests can sit amongst some of the museum’s famous exhibits. But others, such as the East Atrium and Pavilion provide a more traditional venue feel but with the same grace and opulence of Stanley Hall.

The museum also allows ceremonies to be held outside on the beautiful outdoor patio area where guests will enjoy views of the city skyline and the lake.

Not only does the museum provide a variety of space options, it is also a venue where a variety of design options can be brought to life. Especially in Stanley Hall, as Katie related to us, a multitude of different ideas can be played out design-wise. “We are ready to customize anything,” Katie says.

The Field has their own list of approved vendor options for couples to choose from, including Hall’s Rental Company and Frost Lighting.

Walking through the different rooms of the museum with Katie, we couldn’t help but think about the endless potential that this venue has to offer. We hope to be planning a wedding here in the near future!

Check out some of the shots we took on our tour with Katie below!

Not getting married but want to check out the exhibits at the museum?  The Field Museum is open every day except Christmas, 9am-5pm.

Basic Admission for Adults is $15, Children (3-11) are $10 and Seniors/Students are $12.  City passes are available here

Post by Soirée Intern, Melanie Enright

Lunch with Wolfgang Puck at the Museum of Contemporary Art

This past Thursday was the perfect day for an alfresco lunch date with Wolfgang Puck Catering’s Dustin Hamilton and Pamela Swisher at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Because Soirée is always looking to partner up with fabulous vendors in Chicago we could not be more excited to work with Wolfgang Puck in the future. Sitting outside on the elegant patio of the museum we couldn’t help imagining how great it would be to have a wedding at this space. With the view of the lake to the east and the majestic Hancock Building hovering overhead to the west it would be the perfect venue for the modern Chicago couple. Check out some of the pics we took below!

Post by: Melanie Enright, Soirée Intern Assistant