One Venue, Six Ways: Café Brauer in Chicago

Chicago, Local

Café Brauer, located inside Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, is a great wedding venue for couples who want a destination feel without sacrificing a central location. It has one of the prettiest views in the city and its second-floor Great Hall is the hallmark space, with its soaring, skylit roof, Tiffany-inspired glass chandeliers, red-brick walls, stained-glass windows, and tile mosaics. It's a spacious, versatile venue and we've found six very different ways to utilize the space for your wedding reception.

Reception #1: Glamorous and Opulent
To create a sumptuous reception look straight out of a fairytale, this couple incorporated crinkled cornflower-blue taffeta tablecloths, antique-inspired centerpiece stands, vintage crystal chargers, and gold dessert plates, topped off with loads of crystal chandeliers accented and countless glowing candles.

Reception #2: Cozy and Intimate
To create a warm and cozy atmosphere for their winter wedding, this couple dimmed the reception lighting and added tons of glowing candles, including hundreds of votives suspended from the vaulted ceilings.

Reception #3: Daytime
Candlelight can also have a huge impact during a daytime wedding—again, suspend votives from the ceiling to create a visual focal point, then keep the table decor simple with crisp white linens, all-white florals, and classic Chiavari chairs.

Reception #4: Whimsical
Add a touch of playfulness to the historic, brick-walled space by opting for bright, colorful florals and globe-shaped paper lanterns suspended from the domed ceiling.

Reception #5: Classic
Since Café Brauer already features beautiful Tiffany-inspired glass chandeliers, there's really no need for much extra decor. Just select classic Chiavari reception chairs and elegant table linens, and then let the historic space speak for itself.

Reception #6: Elegant Rustic
Choosing wooden cross-back chairs adds a more rustic look to the overall space; balance everything out with elegant elevated centerpieces in crisp shades of white and green.

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