Customizing receptions for bride and groom

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Table theme: One way to reflect the personalized theme of a reception at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip is through tablescapes such as the one at a recent winter-themed wedding in mid-January. | Photo by Mary Compton

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5000 W. 127th St., Alsip. Offering custom onsite wedding nuptials, wedding receptions, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, post-wedding brunches and other celebrations. They can accommodate special events from 50 to 450 people for showers, rehearsal dinners, overnight guestrooms and post-wedding brunches. For more information, contact the sales & catering department at (708) 272-4204 or visit them at alsipdoubletree.com.

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When Cathy and Dan Brown planned their 2012 New Years’ Eve wedding at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip, they knew it would be an occasion to remember.

“We got engaged in March (2012) and wanted to get married before the year was up. We couldn’t think of a better way to end the year,” said Cathy. “The DoubleTree really captured the look and feel we wanted. Everything turned out amazing.”

Kelly Sujka, director of sales and marketing at DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip, said the Browns successfully hosted a 350-person formal wedding that was grand in scale yet provided a fun, lively and intimate feel.

“Every bride and groom starts out with a vision for their wedding. One of the biggest trends we are seeing is couples are thinking outside the box and shying away from standard cookie-cutter receptions. They are tapping into who they are as a couple and making it an event with their own signature touches to showcase their unique, original style,” said Sujka.

For the Browns it was nuptials meets New Year’s flair, complete with a balloon drop and champagne toast just before midnight. The grand ballroom was adorned with a charcoal and grey color palette and up-lighted in a soft purple hue.

“The room looked magical,” Cathy recalled. “So many people stayed to ring in the new year. Dan and I loved it and several of our guests commented on how great the night was.

“My husband and I both come from big Irish south side families and we wanted a convenient location for our guests since the majority was coming from Chicago, Oak Lawn and the surrounding area. As we looked into everything, we saw what a tremendous value they offered. They not only walked us through the entire process, but our wedding coordinator, Christina, gave us so many ideas and suggestions.”

Sujka said today’s themes are as varied as the couples themselves. From a Cubs and Sox theme to a Caribbean escape to a spooky Halloween scene, anything is possible.

“Our skilled staff and outside vendors work with our couples to help make their vision a reality,” Sujka said. “Any theme can be achieved by incorporating elements such as up-lighting, a photo booth, chair and furniture rentals, flat screen TVs, etc. There are so many ways to customize via round or square tables, music, backdrops, tablescapes, menu and linens.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip has wedding specialists on staff to provide personalized attention to help couples create their vision from start to finish, while ensuring all the details are covered.

Aside from the guests of honor, the food plays a close second when it comes to the reception. The executive chef for the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Allgauer’s, works with couples on dining selections and can tailor any menu to one’s specific tastes or theme.

“Sometimes at larger weddings the food isn’t always so good, but our’s was delicious,” Cathy said. “We had so many compliments. We also went with a big sweet table that had pastries, cookies, candies, popcorn and nuts. That made a huge impact on our guests. We loved that our guests had such a great time.”

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip offers custom onsite wedding nuptials, wedding receptions, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, post-wedding brunches and other celebrations. They can accommodate special events from 50 to 450 people for showers, rehearsal dinners, overnight guestrooms and post-wedding brunches. For more information, contact the sales & catering department at (708) 272-4204 or visit them at alsipdoubletree.com.