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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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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.

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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
MAY 2020

Christina and Kelly 6.22.19

The Years

We met in 2010 at Illinois Wesleyan, and began dating at the end of May of 2012, for a total of eight years together so far. We got married on June 22nd, and are approaching our first anniversary! As of April 17th, 2020, we’ve been married for approximately .819 years, on account of the Leap year.

The First Date

Christina: Our first official big date was for Kelly’s birthday on June 16th. Honestly, we were not out to any friends or family at that time, and we were very close friends prior to starting our relationship. Kelly’s birthday was our first chance to really go out together without drawing a lot of attention! We ate dinner in the city, and I surprised her with tickets to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble she had somehow NEVER SEEN, even though we were both music education majors at IWU. It was a fantastic concert, as always, and I had arranged for us to stay at my aunts’ condo that night, just off the lake (they were out of town and offered, so the timing was awesome). We ate birthday cake on the roof to end the evening, and may or may not have shared our first kiss too!

The Traditions

For the most part we kept it pretty traditional. There were only a few things that we didn’t do. We didn’t do a garter toss and we didn’t play any modern music, all of the songs on our dance floor were oldies and throwbacks and it was the best decision we made.

The Unique Touches

It was really important for us to have personal touches around the venue and woven into the events of the day. The date was important to us, as June 22nd is the middle point between our June 16th and 28th birthdays. Our brothers were our officiants, selected readings that were personally meaningful from experiences in our lives, and wrote our own vows. Brittany’s signage was key in explaining all of the details we had chosen to make our wedding tell our story; the colors we chose, the symbolism behind particular floral arrangements and centerpieces, cultural traditions from the ceremony. We enlisted the help of several creative friends to add other dimensions- a graphic designer who portrayed us in a few musical poster mock ups, a woodworker who mounted baseball bats to act as our guestbook. Our signature drinks were created and named for our baseball teams’ mascots. We printed the actual sheet music our friends were performing on the paper cones that decorated the aisle. We all walked down the aisle to Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, a piece we have both loved and performed countless times. The processional, special ceremony music, our first dance, all important and personal choices of pieces that were performed by close friends and family. During the reception, Kelly sang with her a cappella group from college, performing a song she arranged, and the same song/arrangement that Christina used in her proposal. Christina built our wedding arbor with help from wedding party members, and our best lady’s mom worked with us on the eve of the wedding to assemble our oranges and succulents for the centerpieces. There was no detail left unconsidered, and we worked really hard to make each choice purposeful, meaningful, and representative of our journey and relationship.

The Venue

We pretty much knew the Meyer Ballroom was going to be our spot after first walking into the ballroom. All of the windows, the sunlight pouring in, the river next door, and lights from the theater across the street, it truly combined all of the details we were looking for. We wanted a space that was open and inviting, surrounded by areas with a variety of photo opportunities. We then learned about all of the inclusions that Paramount offered as a part of their wedding package, and really loved that our guests would all receive a ticket to the theater as a gift. To have the atmosphere and service that the Meyer Ballroom provides, all while supporting an incredible theater at the same time? What more could we ask for? Everything about the space was unique and thoughtful, and we quickly learned that we wouldn’t need to compromise on any aspect of our vision. (Remember when I referenced Kelly’s passion? It certainly applies to wedding planning!) Kelsey, our coordinator from Paramount, was just incredible throughout the entire process. There was never a point where she hesitated; she took our dream and made it happen! From helping us with a unique ceremony set-up, her perfect boutonnière pinning technique, and what can only be described as mind reading abilities, she helped schedule, plan, and carry out our wedding to absolute perfection.

The Favorite Qualities

Kelly: Christina is the most compassionate person I have ever met. The support she offers me, whether it’s something big or small, is always there. She is so patient and understanding, and will do anything and everything for the people she cares for. She has the biggest heart!

Christina: I love Kelly’s spirit! She is a fierce advocate for her students, a brilliant musician, and pours her heart into whatever task is in front of her. Whatever the situation, I know the outcome will be exceptional, thanks to her commitment and drive. She gives me the energy and inspiration I need for my own teaching, and has helped me grow so much throughout our relationship.

The Vendors

We really worked hard to search for vendors that had similar values to us, that were local businesses that we wanted to support, or people we felt a connection with upon meeting them. All of our vendors felt like friends and true guests of our wedding, not merely a company or person filling a need.

Carol DeAnda, DeAnda Photography — Carol is the first person we hired, and we would make that same decision again every single time if we ever had to do it again. Kelly actually found her website through searching for LGBTQ+ friendly photographers, and when we met her, we instantly knew she would capture our day perfectly. At the conclusion of a wedding, you’re left with memories, momentos, and photos, and it was so important to us that the photos tell the story of our day. She also helped us create a timeline for our wedding with a realistic schedule, but was more than accommodating with any requests we had. We even got a group picture with all 200 people at our wedding!

Cuisine America — Mary Catherine’s attention to detail is bar none. Her husband Jim is a magician in the kitchen, and every single dish we’ve ever had at their tastings was just impeccable. For dinner, our goal was to ensure that we could accommodate each and every guest’s needs, and that they would not leave feeling unfulfilled. With Mary Catherine and Jim, our guests did not have the stereotypical “wedding food” experience. We had nothing but great reviews from everyone afterwards! The entire staff worked so hard to provide amazing service and really took great care of all of us!

Brittany Williams, Calligraphie à la Brittany — Brittany is an incredible artist, and created SO MANY custom signs for our wedding. Not to mention, she is Christina’s cousin! She also did the calligraphy for our wedding envelopes. The number of people who reached out, telling us they were keeping their envelope as art was crazy! Brittany’s work not only helped convey the details and symbolism behind many of our choices, but also has become a part of our home decor.

Tim Scanlin, Answer Back Entertainment — Tim is a family friend that Christina grew up with from her family’s church. His flexibility and planning helped us create perfect playlists, order of events, and kept the event moving at the pace we needed. He was so easy to work with, created amazing medleys of songs, and kept everyone on the dance floor until the very end of the evening!

Donut Drop — This is a local place near our home in Rolling Meadows that we frequent, perhaps more often than one should. Trust us, you’ve never had a better donut. They are THE place to get your donut needs met.

Courtney Twomey, Chalet Florist — Courtney was another “meant-to-be” person. Christina’s mom is a 2nd grade teacher, and Courtney was a parent of a student in the class. They were casually chatting about our upcoming wedding, and it wound up being the only summer date that Courtney had open on her schedule! She was able to make Kelly’s dream come true- walking down the aisle with a trumpet incorporated into her flowers, adding another unique touch to the wedding.

Attire:

Razny Jewelers — Christina found Razny while looking for jewelers to shop for engagement rings, and we immediately returned for our wedding bands. Their commitment to us as customers, and the level of care we receive each and every time we walk through their doors is unmatched.

Bijou Bridal — Personalized design and alterations by Juliette Lim, family friend

Suit Supply Chicago — Christina’s custom suit and wedding party’s suits

Azazie — Wedding party’s dresses, super convenient when the wedding party is spread across the country!

Knotty Ties — Custom designed bow-ties and neckties with customized color palettes to match our wedding colors. Our fathers, brothers, and wedding party got custom patterns with the exact colors incorporated into the designs. They all coordinate and match!

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