There’s no better place to be than on sitting on a rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand, overlooking Lake Michigan and the John Hancock building! That’s exactly what you’ll get at Drumbar located at 201 E Delaware in Chicago. This cocktail-focused bar has an intimate indoor lounge and a beautiful outdoor terrace, perfect for weddings and events. Drumbar’s cocktail menu consists of sought after whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and cognacs, available by the glass. (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, remember?!)
Drumbar’s event extraordinaire, Alyson knows exactly what Chicago couples look for when planning their wedding. “Planning my own wedding ignited my passion for weddings!” she said.
The Chicago native keeps her creative side fueled as the author for Birdcage and Blushers. “I created Birdcage and Blushers as an outlet for my love of all thing weddings, and to keep up with what’s on the up and up in the Chicago wedding scene.” She uses that insight to help couples plan their special day.
Read on to learn her advice about planning your city wedding and discover the unlimited potential of this Gold Coast venue.
How long have you been in the wedding industry? What motivates you to keep going every day?
I’ve been in the wedding and events industry for about three years now! I’m such a people person and I enjoy sharing my passion and enthusiasm for weddings with my clients. Wedding planning can be overwhelming so If I can help a couple be a little more at ease through their planning process, that’s all I need and that’s my motivation. That, and lots of coffee!
As Catering Manager, you have a lot of experience helping and meeting with couples who are planning their wedding. What are your expert tips to share with couples planning? Are there any questions that couples should ask when meeting with a catering manager?
I’ve found that I have three key things that I tell all my couples: 1) do your research 2) Have a game plan and 3) follow your instincts. Chicago is such a big city and there are so many options, which can be overwhelming when you’re planning. I always suggest taking some time to sit down and do research to get an idea of what you might like whether its, venues, attire, catering, or any other area. That way, couples start actually meeting with vendors they have some kind of game plan, and idea of the direction they may want to go. It’s normal for a game plan to change, but its definitely easier on the couple to have one rather than going into the process blind. It helps that there are so many resources now to help couples get started! I am always telling my couples to follow their instincts while planning. When couples are planning, they are getting feedback from the internet, family, friends, and the barista at the coffee shop around the corner, and everywhere else about what the should do for the big day. I tell my couples that at the end of the day, it’s their day, and their wedding day should feel and reflect who they are. There may be some compromise along the way, but staying true to the aspects of the wedding that are most important to the couple will definitely lead to having a wedding day that is perfect for that couple.
What sets your venue apart from our Chicagoland reception sites? What would you like couples to know about these venues?
Drumbar is such a fabulous and unique space. For being located downtown, next to the John Hancock building, it’s truly a hidden gem. Drumbar is perfect for anyone looking to host a more intimate affair. It has a very vintage, speak-easy feel that’s very warm and rich. One thing I love about the space is that on it’s own it’s lovely, which is great for couples that have more minimalist tastes. The space also lends well to floral, candles, drape, and other décor for people that are really looking to make the space their own.
What can a couple discuss with you that they can’t find online?
I like to be an open book to all of the couples that I meet. When couples meet with me to tour Drumbar, I love to get to know them and what they are looking for in other aspects of their wedding besides their venue preferences. I’m always happy to lend my thoughts and advice on planning in general, vendor recommendations, wedding events and shows that I think the bride might enjoy around town, and anything else they’d like a little more guidance on to make their planning process a little easier.
What is your favorite part of your job? Do you have a favorite memory of a couple or of a wedding you’ve been a part of?
I love the tastings! Aside from the eating part, its always a fun way to bond with my couples outside of my office. I also love the day of the wedding where everything has come together. Everyone is excited and when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, it’s such a wonderful moment. One of my favorite memories is of a couple for an upcoming wedding. I met with them one evening to confirm their wedding at drumBAR and we did a very thorough walkthrough talking about all of their ideas and visions for the day. At the end of it, they were so happy and excited because drumBAR has been such a special place for them throughout their relationship. I could just see how much they love each other and it was such a special moment to witness! I’m sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house on the actual wedding day.