Allison and Philipp’s Beautiful Wedding Reception at Galleria Marchetti
Allison Steinbarth and Philipp Vogrin trusted the team behind Galleria Marchetti—with nearly a century of history making lifelong memories—to create their dream wedding. And indeed, our generations of experience allowed us to deliver exceptional food and unparalleled service to the 112 lucky guests who joined us on September 5, 2015.
Being a family owned and operated establishment, our friendly staff brought the old-world European charm of Galleria Marchetti to life in a genuine way that matched the couple’s wedding vision. Check out the coordination and attention to detail that exemplify why Galleria Marchetti is among the most prized Chicago wedding reception sites.
The Makings of an Exceptional Wedding Reception in Chicago
Personalized Wedding Reception Décor and Service
When looking at unique Chicago wedding reception venues, one of the things this couple loved about Galleria Marchetti was their ability to personalize the space. Their décor featured ivory linens, pastel florals and candles accented by burlap detailing. From the marble place card table to the custom welcome sign displayed among florals, everything contributed to their desired wedding atmosphere.
With valet service available and an early cash bar for anyone arriving ahead of time, guests’ first impression of the couple’s wedding was one of superior service in a tranquil setting. This allowed everyone to simply enjoy and celebrate—exactly what the couple had in mind! It is amazing how attention to such logistics can add to a wedding experience.
A Lively Cocktail Hour
From 5–6pm, a four-piece band playing under the vaulted ceiling of La Sala Lucchese (the Lucca Room) heightened the spirit of this charming venue. Guests mixed and mingled while enjoying a refreshing array of appetizers amid enchanting décor and upbeat music by ThisEndUp. Each hors d’oeuvre was carefully selected and prepared to make sure guests started the evening with a tantalizing bite.
Over highboys adorned with ivory lamour linens, guests enjoyed these fine hors d’oeuvres:
- Ricotta crostini
- Mini caprese salad-topped beef sliders
- Chicken saltimbocca skewers
- Stuffed cucumbers
A Delicious and Satisfying Plated Dinner
At 6:00pm, guests gathered in La Pergola for a wonderful seated dinner with tableside wine service of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The table settings and custom menu were designed to match the couple’s taste as well as the old-world atmosphere of their wedding. Guests started with a fresh mixed field greens salad before enjoying a rich trio of risotto followed by a duet plate of petite filet mignon and baked chicken roulades with sides of fingerling potatoes and steamed asparagus.
Of course, even the most delectable food is not really enjoyed unless the atmosphere matches it. That’s why we paid particular attention to every detail of the table settings—from the pre-set premium sparkling prosecco to the ivory lamour pocket-fold napkins with enclosed menus and ivory lamour napkins wrapped around bread baskets. And we coordinated with Instincts Design Studio to have burlap tied around the ivory napkins. We love how this detailing was carried throughout the space, showing up everywhere from guest tables to the intricate cake display.
Add in the Sweetest Details
Imagine enjoying the performance of a live band under string lights and magnificent chandeliers—it’s not hard to understand why guests will never forget the Steinbarths’ reception. At 8:00pm, the open bar resumed its full service so guests could celebrate with their preferred drink. And, of course, they also had their choice of coffee and tea as well as desserts. Between a chef’s sweet station and the wedding cake served in three flavors, every guest found a divine treat.
Extend the Party and Up the Energy
We love when couples want to treat guests to a creative late-night station. And this couple made a great choice—a burger station with premium toppings and two types of fries. Add in the mini milkshake shooters and cookies and it’s no wonder guests brought some serious energy to the dance floor.
Knowing how to coordinate our expertise and experience with the couple’s vision and the service of trusted local vendors like Elegant Event Lighting is what makes for exceptional weddings at Galleria Marchetti. We are so pleased that skilled photographer Theresa Hartsock was able to capture the joy and memories that the Steinbarth wedding created for their cherished guests.
Allison and Philipp are just one example of the many couples who are happy they chose Galleria Marchetti for their big event. To confirm that Galleria Marchetti is the right place for your wedding, hear what others had to say. Or maybe you are ready to enlist the help of our meticulous wedding planners, who are available online or via phone at (312) 563-0495.