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FAQ’S Update

Bartlett Hills FAQ’s

-What are your accommodations?
Up to 230 comfortably, with plenty of mingle space for guests and server room. Bartlett Hills can host larger parties of 250 with seating on the dance floor or up to 280 with no dance floor.

-Can guests utilize the Veranda area?
Yes, guests love the outdoor accommodations – they are welcome in all areas of the clubhouse.


Are children’s meals available?
We provide children’s meal at a reasonable price and we also provide for all your vegetarians, vegans or any other dietary needs your guests may have with advance notice. We also discount meals for your vendors.

Are there hotels in your area?
We do offer a list of area hotels that provide shuttle service on our website at This list is just for your convenience and we do not have any affiliation with them for discounted room rates. Many will offer the bride and groom special discounts or upgrades with a minimum room blockage. Most of the hotels on the list are approximately 15-20 minutes from our facility.

Is there any flexibility with Saturday night minimums?
Typically not during the peak wedding season (May-October). However, for last minute bookings with open cancellation dates there is a bit of wiggle room.  Off-season we offer a Friday 10% discount off the entrée price and free hors d’oreuvres for the cocktail hour and for Sunday 15% off the entree price.

Who provides your wedding cakes?
Your guests will enjoy the delicious cakes and authentic Italian desserts and pastries from Il Giardino del  Dolce Bakery. Voted the Best Bakery in Chicago by Chicago Magazine. Il Giardino also provides all the mini pastries for our sweet tables. They have replicated many styles of wedding cakes from website and bridal magazines as well. They love to customize too.

Can I use my own vendors?
Bartlett Hills will provide a vendor list for your convenience, but you are welcome to use your own.  You can also provide your own centerpieces and wedding cake and we will credit your account. We strongly urge you to hire professional wedding vendors so that your wedding day will be the best it can be.
Any limitations on decorating?
Somewhat. For the most part, the fantastic view of the outdoors and the décor that we provide is sufficient. Some décor must be done by a professional. For some more extensive decorating done by Bartlett Hills staff, a service fee may apply. Most weddings typically accrue about 2 hours of clients’ set-up of escort cards, favors, and accessories. All additional fees are based on each couples individual needs. Typically additional fees can run approximately up to $100 to $150 per hour.

-Can we taste test the food?
You sure can. Before an actual booking you’re welcome to come in for a pre-tasting on the evening of another event. Typically a taste test for a booked wedding occurs about 3 months prior to your date. This time is also used to plan all the details and flow of the reception. At this taste you’ll be trying soup, three entrees and wedding cake too. The taste/finals lasts approximately 2 1/2-3 hours in duration.


-How many events does your venue have at one time?
Only one. Yours. You can make your own times, extend your time, come in early for hair & make-up (with ceremony booking) or pictures. Your event would be exclusive at Bartlett Hills.

Some Other Highlights of Bartlett Hills Wedding Receptions…
Only One Reception-YOURS!
Outdoor Ceremonies with Indoor Alternative
Private Outdoor Veranda
Real Sized Cocktails, Large Selection of Bottled Beer & Wine, Premium Liquor Package
Low Saturday Minimums with Tax & Service Included in Minimum Amount
Friday, Sunday and Off-season Incentives
Professional, Seasoned and Friendly Staff to Work with
Fantastic Lush Landscaped Wooded Views w/Pond & Fountain

And so much more!!

We appreciate your interest and consideration of Bartlett Hills and hope you can visit soon.

Bridesmaids Gifts Your Girls Will Actually Want

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Top Tips For Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

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The Ultimate Wedding Emergency & Bathroom Amenities Checklist

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12 Best Flowers For A Summer Wedding

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Rainbow-colored Roses


  Wow, these are gorgeous roses and would go with so many themes,

especially a rainbow wedding.

1,000 Origami Cranes

Many American couples are now following the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes for their wedding ceremonies. In one story; I found that all the cranes must be folded by the same person within a one years’ time span. It is said, that person would be granted one wish upon completing the folding of 1,000 cranes. The crane is a holy creature in Japan and believed to live for 1,000 years, thus: being noble enough to grant the wish.

Another tradition, would be the father gifting the bride and groom 1,000 cranes as a wedding gift, wishing the couple 1,000 years of happiness.

Hand folding 1,000 cranes takes much time, patience, and understanding. These same qualities are vital for a marriage to last and thrive. This is why the tradition of hand folding 1,000 cranes to decorate a wedding is so powerful.

The practice of a couple or a group of people folding 1,000 cranes for a wedding is called sembazuru. For all the energy and time spent into the hand-folded cranes may very well symbolized the stamina and devotion necessary to sustain a happy marriage. A couple who could endure the long, time intensive folding process together, supporting each other, talking with each other for weeks while taking on a demanding mission would show their ability to maintain a long-term commitment to the relationship.

Not only would the folding of the cranes attest to the couples’ compatibility, but the cranes would become a visible testimony to their love. The cranes would be strung on garlands to drape along aisles or swag around doorways. The origami cranes would be used as place or escort cards and as favors. Cranes shaped in circles or heart shapes around the centerpieces or candles would be used for decoration. Swaging cranes on strings or garland could float in windows or lace table edges.

Recently, one of our wedding couples utilized the 1,000 cranes they hand folded and strung, as their wedding ceremony backdrop. Then in turn they used it as their photo backdrop, instead of a photo booth at the reception. Here, I’m so pleased to share the beautiful piece our couple created: