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12 Chicago Wedding Aisle Ideas We Adore

Savvy brides know that the ceremony aisle can set the tone for the entire wedding celebration. After all, the wedding aisle is where a bride will take her first steps as a Mrs. Looking for some inspiration for your aisle.

Wedding aisle ideas - Cafe Brauer
Cafe Brauer photo by Rick Aguilar Studios



Venue: Café Brauer

PlannerLiven It Up Events

Theme: Enchanted Evening Under the Stars

PhotographerRick Aguilar Studios

Fun details: The couple wanted to be married in nature, outside, under the stars. In order to do that, Anthony Navarro brought the outdoor elements inside to create this magical, award winning design in the Great Hall of Café Brauer, and transformed the space to feel as though guests were in the great outdoors.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Chicago History Museum
Chicago History Museum photo by T&S Hughes Photography



VenueChicago History Museum

Planner: Shannon Gail Weddings

Theme: Black and White “Mod” Garden

Photographer: T&S Hughes Photography

Fun details: A last minute change due to rain had this beautiful wedding moved indoors in the iconic Chicago History Museum. Thanks to smart planning on everyone’s part, the ceremony was just as special as it would have been outside. More than 80 feet of garlands lined the wedding aisle, which were moved to the dining tables following the ceremony.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute photo by Vrai photo



Venue: Art Institute of Chicago

PlannerLK Events

Theme: Garden Chic

Photographer: Vrai Photo

Fun details: This wedding was the perfect cross between glamorous garden details and a super modern environment. Unafraid of bold color and beautiful patterns, this wedding incorporated so many of the couple’s favorite things.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago photo by David Wittig Photography



Venue:  Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

PlannerBirch Design Studio

Decor: HMR Designs

Theme: Ethereal floating ceremony

Photographer: David Wittig Photography

Fun details: As they were pronounced, it started to snow!

Wedding Aisle Ideas - The Modern Wing of Art Institute of Chicago
Modern Wing photo by Carasco Photography



Venue: The Modern Wing, Art Institute of Chicago

Planner: Kara Superfine Events

Decor: HMR Designs

Theme: Lush & Blush

Theme: Carasco Photography

Fun details: Hundreds of roses and orchids were used to construct this gorgeous (and fragrant!) ivory and blush chuppah, the top of which was reconstructed into a floral wall for the reception, which was a fun photo-op backdrop.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Waldorf-Astoria
Waldorf-Astoria photo by Andre LaCour Photography



VenueWaldorf-Astoria Chicago

PlannerYanni Design Studio

Theme: Natural and Whimsical Forest

Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography

Fun details: The bride wanted a nature-inspired ceremony featuring a romantic candlelit aisle set on a lush bed of fresh foliage and ivory lush floral. Her goal was a beautiful and whimsical wedding.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - The Standard Club
The Standard Club photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography and Design



Venue: The Standard Club

Planner: So Stacy 

DesignerHMR Designs

Theme: Soft romance, tasteful and timeless. The bride opted for an intimate ceremony in the round to have all of her friends and family close by.

Photographer: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography and Design

Fun details: The chuppah was designed with a cascade of sheer ribbons studded with roses that transformed into a dance floor focal after the ceremony. Fun fact! The bride’s father owns a bakery, so there were tables and tables of sweets, including full-sized coffee cakes for every guest to take home.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Hotel InterContinental Chicago
Hotel InterContinental Chicago photo by Jai Girard Photography



VenueHotel InterContinental Chicago

Planner: Barbara Moss Events

PhotographerJai Girard Photography

Videographer: Evolution Films

Event Designer: Richard Remiard Design

Theme: Romantic, Elegant & Fun

Fun details: This incredible wedding aisle featured grand lush floral designs, crystal bling, mirror boxes, and crystal and mercury glass candlesticks.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier
Crystal Gardens photo by Miller + Miller Photography



Venue: Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier

PlannerLiven It Up Events

Theme: South Beach Elegance

PhotographerMiller + Miller Photography

Fun details: This was an upscale, elegant affair for 300 guests. The custom lamps running down the aisle were also re-purposed as tabletop decor for the guest tables after the ceremony.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - Revel Fulton Market
Revel Fulton Market photo by Erika Dufour


VenueRevel Fulton Market

PlannerThe Revel Group

Theme: Urban Chic—Black, White & Gold All Over

Photographer: Erika Dufour Photography

Fun details: This wedding was for Revel’s Chief Creative Officer and held true to her edgy, modern style. The wedding was in a space that she helped design—which made it even more special. The details brought chic elements together with raw industrial elements—making for a unapologetic urban statement with only white, black and plenty of gold to make shine.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - University Club of Chicago
University Club of Chicago photo by Andre LaCour Photography



Location: University Club of Chicago

PlannerAbricoe Designs

Floral & DécorAbricoe Designs

Theme:  Classic Opulence

Photographer: Andre LaCour Photography

Fun details: A friend of the bride gifted a hand-drawn tree on a large parchment. With that in hand, the planner and bride created a guest sign-in by using ink for a thumb print that each guest used to then dress the tree with leaves leaving an imprint behind for the bride and groom to cherish.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - The Drake Hotel
The Drake Hotel photo by Carasco Photography



Venue: The Drake Hotel

PlannerKesh Events

Floral & Event DesignerKesh Designs

Theme: Soft, Classic and Romantic

Photographer: Carasco Photography

Fun details: The bride and groom, both of whom live in New York City, wanted a soft and romantic look to go with the gold feel in The Drake Hotel’s Gold Coast Ballroom. Roses and draped crystals vases were added to the wedding aisle décor and candle crystal candelabras were added to the aisle. A fabric and floral arch filled with roses was designed for the ceremony for a romantic look and feel.

Wedding Aisle Ideas - The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, photo by Jai Girard



VenueThe Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Planner: Barbara Moss Events

Decor: Epic Events

PhotographerJai Girard

Fun Details:  From the bride: “I wanted to turn this beautiful ballroom into a lush, natural, vintage dream-like space. To me, the small details were just as important as the big ones—it was all about transforming the entire space and not focusing only on one aspect of the room. And, lucky for me, my decor guy was also my groom! His company Epic Events made sure that my wedding turned out just as amazing as I had always dreamt it would.”