With the warm weather offering Chicagoans a tease of what’s to come, we began dreaming up summer beach weddings here at Be U Weddings. While some may choose to travel to a tropical destination, we are here to prove Chicago has what it takes to host a beach wedding. We’ve got you covered, from where to hold your nuptials to noteworthy tips.
When planning a beach wedding in Chicago, you should begin your venue search with the 63rd Street Beach House. The Mediterranean Revival bathing pavilion was completed in 1919 on Jackson Park’s lakefront. The entire facility can be rented out, or choose from the promenade, the fountain courtyard, or the serenity courtyard. Breathtaking views and lake breezes are sure to bring the perfect beach feel to your wedding, right here in Chicago.
In 1933–34, Chicago’s second world fair was housed at Promontory Point. We can see why! Just steps from Lake Michigan, the site offers stunning historic architecture and a picturesque view of our famed skyline. For the girl who has always dreamed of her “princess wedding,” the castle-like feel of Promontory Point will fulfill all her dreams. While there are no white sandy beaches, the picturesque setting on the lake will still offer a nautical touch.
These spots are open to the public, so be aware that you may have some onlookers. Also be sure to check out Chicago Park District’s special events page for more information.
When you’ve selected your gown, be sure to find your ideal beach footwear with FlipOut Sandals. Flipout Sandals brings you the comfort of a flip-flop with the dazzle of bling at a super affordable price. The design was the brainchild of Cheryl Hammersmith-Stewart and Tracey Hunter, owners of an acclaimed advertising agency. The two thought of the idea while on a photo shoot in the Caribbean, dealing with the dilemma of models, heels, and sand. They thought, why not create a sandal that can go with a multitude of outfits and fit EVERY occasion? Check out the sandals that have everyone talking. The stylish foot find has been featured on the pages of Brides, Inside Weddings, and as a morning discussion among the lovely ladies of the Today show. The best part is, the sandals will live on after your wedding.
When planning your beach wedding, you will of course want a sunny glow. The staff at The Sinless Tan will help you achieve bronzed skin without the harm of UV rays. Owner Katrina Polansky started her business after surviving skin cancer. She still wanted to obtain a sun-kissed look, but knew the risks of UV rays. Sinless Tan brings Chicago women a customized spray tan with an organic, chemical-free, non-orange solution by certified and experienced spray technicians. The staff at Sinless Tan will also come to you if needed, making obtaining bronzed skin all the easier with your busy wedding schedule.
You have the attire, the glow and the venue—now for some extras. When holding your ceremony right on the beach, you will want to consider the time of day. Will the sun be beating down on your guests? If so, why not provide parasols to help guests beat some of the heat? A crowd of colorful parasols can provide for some lovely pictures, just likely the wonderful couple we featured here. For exceptional parasols, check out Certainly Chic on etsy.com. Certainly Chic was started by Virginia bride Heather after she had trouble finding custom items to fit the look of her wedding. She wanted to make it easier on others to get great custom items to enhance their events.
Another great accessory for your guests could be paper fans in the form of ceremony program fans locally from Be U Brides or custom painted works of art from Paloma Sia. You may also consider having your caterer, if on-site, pass lemonade or another cool drink to guests as the arrive to your ceremony. Offering your guests a way to stay cool under the sun’s rays will surely keep them happy.
We hope you can use some of these productive ideas for your walk to beach wedded bliss. Are you having a Chicago beach wedding? We would love to see your big day—please submit your wedding to us! Your wedding could inspire more Be U brides!