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Here are some planning tools we’ve put together to help you get started.
Wedding Budget Guide

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Wedding Planning Calendar

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What you need to do starting 12 months prior to the big day.

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Reception Questions & Comparison Chart

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Compare venues and ask the right questions.

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Suggested Vendor List

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Here's a list of our most trusted vendors.

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Discounts & Pricing

Special Discounts

These special discounts are available to make your wedding even more affordable.

  • 180+ Adult Guests: 10% Discount for Meyer Ballroom & Grand Gallery Receptions
  • Now through November 2020: 15% Discount for Meyer Ballroom Receptions
  • January – March 2021 & 2022: 25% Discount on Friday & Sunday, 20% Discount on Saturday
  • April 2021 & 2022: 15% Discount on Friday & Sunday, 10% Discount on Saturday
  • December 2020 & 2021: 15% Discount on Friday & Sunday, 10% Discount on Saturday

100 adult minimum for Friday/Sunday receptions. 120 adult minimum for Saturday receptions. All days of holiday weeks are at Saturday rates. New commitments only.

Have you been affected by a venue closure due to COVID-19?

We understand that the coronavirus pandemic has caused catastrophic outcomes for many businesses especially wedding venues. If you booked your wedding with a venue that was forced to close, we want to help you get your wedding plans back on track. Please email us at jenniferh@paramountarts.com to get started. Discounts available; must provide proof of booking with closed venue.

Estimate Calculator

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WEDDING PACKETS BY VENUE

Download each wedding packet for package inclusions, pricing, preferred caterers, bar packages, ceremony options and other additional information to plan your special day.

Meyer Ballroom Wedding Packet

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Grand Gallery Wedding Packet

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MEYER BALLROOM SAMPLE WEDDING PRICING

Below are examples of average wedding costs in the Meyer Ballroom, for a wedding of 120 adult guests. This is not a guarantee; your pricing will vary depending on the options you choose.

*Typical average catering costs are based on a range provided by our five preferred caterers.

CAMERON & CRIS

$7,800

120 guests

Sunday wedding in the Meyer Ballroom: $33.15/person

Includes 15% Discount for April 2021 wedding (discounted from $39/person)

Standard bar package: included

Buffet reception*: $32/person

ADDISON & STEVIE

$14,800

120 guests

Saturday wedding in the Meyer Ballroom: $54/person

Premium bar package: $4/person

Plated dinner with late night snack*: $55/person

Indoor ceremony on-site: $500

Reception time extension with open bar: $350 +$4/person

GRAND GALLERY SAMPLE WEDDING PRICING

Below are examples of average wedding costs in the Grand Gallery, for a wedding of 120 adult guests. This is not a guarantee; your pricing will vary depending on the options you choose.

*Typical average catering costs are based on a range provided by our five preferred caterers.

PARKER & MORGAN

$10,000

120 guests

Sunday wedding in the Grand Gallery: $45/person

Standard bar package: included

Buffet reception*: $32/person

RORY & SYDNEY

$17,000

120 guests

Saturday wedding in the Grand Gallery: $59/person

Premium bar package: $4/person

Plated dinner with late night snack*: $55/person

Paramount stage ceremony on-site: $1,200+

Reception time extension with open bar

Chair covers: $3.50/chair

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FAQ

We understand selecting a wedding venue can be overwhelming. To help make your decision easier, we put together a list of Paramount Events frequently asked questions! If you have any additional questions, or want to request booking information for any Paramount Events Spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us at 630-723-2468. We look forward to hearing from you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! We have multiple spaces for all of your wedding day events including the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Depending on what best fits your needs, you can rent as many spaces as you want.

Standard weddings are allotted 6 hours for reception and an additional hour if your ceremony is on site. You are also allowed access to your venue 3 hours prior to your guests’ arrival. When you arrive at the start of your event, everything that Paramount Events provides will be set up, allowing you and your vendors time to prepare any additional items. Paramount Events will take care of room clean-up at the end of your event time. We are happy to remove anything you would like thrown away, but we kindly ask that you have your guests, decor, gifts, etc. removed by the end of your 6 hour reception time.

Yes! We would love the opportunity to show you the venues and discuss the details of your wedding. Click here to book a site visit. We typically schedule tours Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm; occasional weekend and evening appointments available, too.

When you book your wedding at Paramount Events, we include all of your event essentials for no extra charge. All wedding reservations include: tables, chairs, tablecloths (black or white), setup & takedown of dining tables and chairs, 5 hour standard open bar package, two centerpiece options, day-of event coordinator, security guard, seasonal coat check, wedding party suite, and champagne toast for head table.

The Paramount Events staff will work with you and any of our 5 preferred caterers to find a lunch or dinner package that suits your wedding needs. All preferred caterers’ service includes: coffee service, linen napkins, china, water glasses, silverware, cake cutting and wait staff.

You are welcome to bring in any décor and decorations that you feel would enhance your theme. Paramount Events offers chair cover rentals or Chiavari chairs rental. There are two in-house centerpieces available at no additional charge. Please note that decorations that could damage any surface in the event spaces cannot be used.

Of course! You are allowed access to your venue 3 hours prior to your guests arriving. Should you feel you will need more than 3 hours to decorate, you have the option to purchase additional hours of decorating time. Additional hours may be purchased in 3-hour increments. When your load-in time begins, we will have all of your tables, chairs and linens set so the room will be ready for you and/or your vendors to decorate at that time.

We have two bar options:

  • 5 hours of a Meyer Ballroom Bar Package with champagne toast for head table, no wine on the tables during dinner and no cocktail service at the head table.
  • 4 hours of a Meyer Ballroom Bar Package with champagne toast for head table, in-house wine on the tables during dinner and personal cocktail service at the head table.

The Paramount Events spaces are set up to accommodate a DJ or band. We will work with you to coordinate a location for a DJ table, band, speakers and any other necessary equipment (a podium and one wireless microphone are included in room rental fee).

We ask that all items, including items that you brought in, are removed at the end of your reception. In certain cases, exceptions can be made, but written approval must be granted at least 7 days prior to your event with the Paramount Events Manager. Paramount Events is not responsible for any items left overnight or not collected at the end of your reception.

Bookings can be done in person at the venue or over the phone. Give us a call at 630-723-2468, and we’d be more than happy to walk you through the booking process!

Yes! We offer payment plans, and we are happy to work with you to find a solution that fits your needs. For more information, please contact us at 630-723-2468. All events must be paid in full at least 120 days prior to your event.

Paramount Events accepts payments by personal check, cashier’s check, money order, cash and, in special instances, credit or debit card. If you plan to pay with a credit or debit card, a nominal service fee will apply.

All sales are final. Once you have signed a contract, there is no refund of money upon cancellation.

Paramount Events is available for events every day from 7am-midnight except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On days when we do not have events scheduled, our business hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

Yes! The catering kitchen is available to the Paramount Special Events 5 preferred caterers.

No. All food must be provided from one of our preferred caterers with the exception of a sweets table and cake.

Yes! Votive candles with at least 1 inch of glass above the top point of the flame may be used.

We do not allow animals with the exception of service animals.

Street parking is available, as well as multiple city lots, including one located just one block north of the Event Spaces. There are also two paid garages, both located just one block away from the Event Spaces. Valet parking service can also be arranged.

Yes! For all lost and found inquires, please contact your event manager.

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Caterers

PREFERRED CATERERS

We will work with you and any of our preferred caterers to find a lunch or dinner package that suits your wedding needs.

All preferred caterers’ service includes: Coffee service, linen napkins, china, water glasses, water carafes, silverware, cake cutting and wait staff. Starting prices are listed per person.

ANGELI’S CATERING

buffet: $36.95; family style: $35.95; plated: $35.95; can also provide Indian and Latin American cuisine
John Taylor
1478 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 420-1122 | angelis3@sbcglobal.net

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CUISINE AMERICA CATERED EVENTS

buffet: $28-$32; family style: $34-$38; plated: $42-$50; can also provide Indian and Latin American cuisine
Mary Catherine Walsh
407 Bluff City Blvd., Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 888-2288 | cuisineamerica@sbcglobal.net
(Se habla español)

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ENTICING CUISINE

buffet: $24-$45; plated: $30-$50; can also provide Latin American cuisine
Jason Stoffels, Executive Chef & Owner
12 S. Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 761-0399 | enticingcuisine@sbcglobal.net
(Se habla español)

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MY CHEF CATERING

buffet: $40; family style: $45; plated: $42
Susan Jacobs, Account Executive
2722 Golfview Drive, Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 717-1167 | sjacobs@mychef.com

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REULAND FOOD SERVICE

buffet: $29.50; family style: $37.50; plated: $32.75
Brigit Reuland, Catering Manager
115 Oak Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 859-2877 | brigitreuland5@gmail.com

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Meet The Team

Rentals & Special Events Team

Jennifer Hahn

Special Events Director

Jennifer Hahn became part of the Paramount team in 2010 as a part-time Event Coordinator. She is now the Special Events Director and oversees all rentals in our various unique venues. Jennifer really enjoys working with clients and helping them to see their vision evolve from conception to completion. She is thrilled to constantly assist clients the day of their event and watch guests enjoy and celebrate the special occasion.

Bill Pope

Rentals Manager

Bill Pope has been a member of the Paramount family for over 16 years. He began in 2002 as a Group Sales Manager and transitioned to the Rentals Manager in November of 2005. Bill has spent his entire career in the theatre and the entertainment business, and has worked for nearly every major player in Chicago.

Briana Jackson

Event Coordinator

Briana joined the Paramount family in the spring of 2017. She studied Mass Media Management at Illinois State University where her love for events blossomed. Briana joined the Rentals department with experience in customer service and event planning. She enjoys watching clients see their event come together, and loves assisting them with whatever they need in that process!

Breanne Dunfee

Event Coordinator

Breanne joined the Paramount team in the fall of 2019. A graduate from Illinois State University, Breanne planned and executed several events during her years on the student programming board and has a passion for people & events! She enjoys helping clients’ prepare & plan their big day and loves to see the success of the event the day-of.

Sam Gaul

Event Coordinator

Sam joined the Paramount team in the winter of 2020. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration and Dance Performance. Sam loves working with clients throughout their planning process and seeing them through their big day!

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Check Available Dates

* Calendar is not updated in real time. Date availability may vary.
** Open dates shown may only have partial day availability. Contact Bill Pope for details.
***For discounts: 100 adult minimum for Friday/Sunday receptions. 120 adult minimum for Saturday receptions. All days of holiday weeks are at Saturday rates. 

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Wedding Blog
JUNE 2020

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT

DJS 4 You 2 – Greg Hoover

The Business

Our company has been serving the Chicago land area for 20+ years.

The Why

I would say that it wasn’t a dream in the 3rd grade to be an entertainer. I found some fun in playing music for large groups of people when I was a teenager, spinning vinyl on turntables with a group of friends. I was working at a bar in high school, when karaoke hit the scene. I was so interested in this new form of entertainment that I started working for a DJ company that provided karaoke. That same company needed people to handle weddings and so it was a natural progression. I spent most of my life managing restaurants and Dj’ing and a few years back, turned my “side job” of DJ’ing weddings into my full time. I have done over 50 events a year for the past 12 years. Being a DJ is just the perfect fit for my personality. I get to mix my silly side with my professional skills and the result is someone who loves what they do and (at least from my reviews) does a halfway decent job at it as well.

The Favorite Part

Easily the introductions of the bride and groom after cocktail hour. Couples don’t know it while planning, but there are two moments in the day, that are “we made it” moments. The first is when you turn around after being pronounced husband and wife at your ceremony and the other is when you walk into that dinner hour and all your friends and family are hooting and hollering to show their excitement. I like to bring the energy to this particular event, which also sets the tone for the rest of the evening

Working with Meyer Ballroom & Paramount Theatre

Well this is a 2 part question so I will give a 2 part answer. The Paramount is one of my favorite venues in Chicago. I’m a movie and theater type of person so being in this classic old fashioned theater for ceremonies, cocktail hour and dinner really let’s you spend time in the entire facility. As a guest, you spend the first half hour in the theater for a ceremony, then you go to the old box office area for your cocktails followed by 4 hours of dinner and dancing in the new entrance/atrium. It’s gorgeous and unique while moving people around which keeps the blood flowing and makes for a great party.

The Meyer Ballroom has a beautiful place in the front entrance for a ceremony. I love the open space in the main ballroom and the windows help enhance that. Your guests can mingle outside by the river or hang out at the bar which is close to the dance floor. Both of these places are tough for load in and out, in comparison to many of the other venues in Chicago. That doesn’t even bother us as a company because every time we work there, the hospitality is off the charts. If I get that as a vendor, I can only imagine how the guests feel

Using a Pro

This is a great question. I guess to break down the other options, it may help fully answer the question.

Live Band: While hiring a live band can be a great idea, live bands tend to charge more. Remember, these are entertainers (like DJ’s) who really only have 2 weekend days and about 45 non holiday weekends to make their money for the year. It’s pretty normal for each musician in a group to want to make $1000, so you can see how that can get very expensive depending on the size of the group. Hiring a band has 2 other drawbacks. 1 They usually do not MC and provide wireless mics for speeches or ceremony, so you need to hire a DJ both for equipment and to make your announcements and keep the day moving along. Also, bands tend to play a song that is normally 3 minutes and play it for 8 minutes with drum solos and such you get extended entertainment, but usually less dancing. This means you get less songs and less variety of songs. As a side note, they also take breaks so you will need a DJ during that time to keep the energy flowing.

An iPod and some speakers: We have had a ton of clients call us about renting speakers so they can hook up an iPod. iPods don’t read the crowd, they don’t do announcements and they will cause someone (usually the bride or groom because they made this decision) to have to man the iPod all night. It’s very hard to pre-plan a wedding playlist because who knows the groups of people who may be on the dance floor at any given time. It may be cost effective for very small group, but I wouldn’t expect a ton of dancing with this method. You also would not have some of the other things that a DJ brings like microphones and dance floor lighting.

A “non professional” DJ: I hear all the time that someone’s uncle or friend has sound equipment and he is going to “take care of everything”. If this is not what people do for a living, or AT LEAST has done over 20 weddings recently, then they are not going to get the most out of your big day. Again, usually this is cost effective, but when you spend as much money on one day, as most people do, why would you skimp out on the one service that truly will make or break the success of your day? Not to mention, is the equipment reliable and do they actually have all the equipment that you need? Wireless mics? A secondary ceremony set-up? Surround speakers for a large group? Back up equipment? Back up DJ’s?

Hiring a “Pro” is important in anything you do. People all know that, but they also know the risk of not hiring a professional. You my get results that reflect their level of professionalism, and I don’t think risking that on such an important and expensive day, is worth it.

The Unique Touches

I have done just a ton of unique things for clients, from mixing their first dance song or father/daughter song to mixing songs to honor parents or loved ones. I love doing events during the night like “the shoe game” or “the anniversary dance (with my own twist)”. I have had a bunch of things that clients have asked me to do like entrances in the old Bulls theme or putting dollar amounts on “do not play” songs to raise money for the honeymoon fund. I’m always up for new ideas and happy to make visions a reality. Couples are so lucky today to have sites like Pinterest and YouTube to fish ides from. I can say that with their instruction, we can pull off just about anything they dream of.

Why You

Well here is another tough question because I never DJ along side of another company, so I don’t know EXACTLY what I do better (or worse). I don’t even get to attend family weddings and see other DJ’s because I am typically working my own events. From my reviews, what I read about is that my client’s guests talk about their weddings for long after the day. The dance floor is always packed and I was very organized both in planning and while running the event like a coordinator.

In my heart, it would be hard to think of anyone who loves what they do as much as I do, or that cares about the end result as much as I do. They may be tied, but I don’t think they can surpass my feelings in these two areas.

The Advice

I have so much advice for couples but here are my top few:

  1. Your wedding day is not really for you! Ha Ha, I know, I know but think about it…Your wedding is a success if your guests leave with smiles and are tired from dancing all night. They will talk about your day for years to come if they have a great time AND, you can trust me that if they are having a great time, you will be as well. Keep this in mind while making playlists or “Do not play” lists.
  2. If you don’t have a planner, recruit some of your friends, or siblings to help clean up at the end of the night. It’s always sad to me when everyone is gone and the bride and groom are the last people there cleaning up. Those people around you love you and they are going to ask what they can do, during the whole process. Giving this task out will make them feel like they have helped and will help you to get in your ride after the event and off to do what newly married couples do.
  3. Enjoy the moments: The group of people that under the roof at your wedding is specific to your two families. You will most likely never have that group under the same roof again. Take a moment to stand on the side and take it all in. Appreciate all the family and friends that have put their lives on hold for a day, to help you celebrate.
  4. Let Go! Once your wedding day starts, you can no longer plan and the cards are going to fall where they may. Don’t get stressed if the cake topper falls and breaks or the bar forgets to bring in Tito’s for your day. These things are insignificant in the big picture and the more you let roll off your shoulders, the more you and the people around you will enjoy your day. Not to mention, most the time the things that go wrong at a wedding are the most fun to laugh about in years to come.

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