The Elysian Hotel is one of Chicago’s most stunning venues and is the ultimate location for your wedding reception. Located in Chicago, Illinois this hotel has been opened since December 2009. This stunning venue prides itself on the experience of “luxury to be uncompromising and unexpected, warm and welcoming, modern and fashion forward, energetic and spirited,” and the Elysian is just that.
We recently had the pleasure of speaking to the Catering Director, Taylor Todd at The Elysian Hotel whom gave us a special look into their services and beauty that the Elysian Hotel offers its guests. An expert in the luxury clientele, Taylor has worked in the luxury hospitality industry for over 8 years and grew up in a family business specializing in special events. Taylor answered questions on the personalized approach that a couple will receive when having their event at The Elysian Hotel.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
GO: From start to finish, what can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
TT: An unforgettable, remarkable experience. With our intimate venue, we cater to small-medium sized weddings. We deliver a luxury experience in the most elegant venue in Chicago. The setting is residential making you feel like you are celebrating in a private home, rather than event space.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
TT: Understated, Timeless and Elegant
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
Couples opting for a more intimate, restaurant setting can utilize Balsan or Ria’s private dining rooms, or opt to do a buyout of our fine dining restaurant Ria.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
TT: Our wedding package includes everything you would need for a fabulous wedding at Elysian, including 6 passed canapés, 4 hour open bar, three course dinner including tableside choice of entrée as well as wedding cake prepared by our Elysian Pastry Team. Additionally you receive a complimentary suite for the night of your wedding, 2 additional upgrades, 2-day use changing rooms, and a complimentary makeup consultation in the Elysian Spa. Additionally we offer a selection of upgraded linen, charges, Bernadeau China and Christophe flatware – all of which we also use in our restaurants and acts to enhance the restaurant style experience.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus/culinary team?
TT: Our menus are extremely seasonal, and are customized for each wedding. Our chef works one on one with couples to customize the menu based on their preferences and the seasonality of the ingredients. Our culinary team comes from diverse backgrounds, and have worked in some of the best restaurants in Chicago, the US and abroad.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?