Frequently Asked Questions
When do we schedule our tasting?
Your Event Specialist will contact you approximately 3-6 months prior to your reception to determine a date for your tasting. Our Executive Chef, Randy Bussy, will do your tasting Wednesday - Friday at 11am or 1pm. We will send a list of dates that Chef Randy has available for your tasting. We will also send you a planning document for you to complete prior to your tasting. This document outlines many of the details that we will go over at your tasting.
How long does the tasting usually take?
At your tasting, we will spend approximately one to two hours going step-by-step through the itinerary and details of your wedding day
How long does the aisle runner need to be?
For the Grand Hall, the runner should be around 125 feet. If you cannot find a runner that long, a 100 foot works too. For the Illinois Street Ballroom, 50 feet is the correct length.
Can we give our guests a choice of plated meal? How many choices can we give them?
You can give your guests a choice of two different meals along with a vegetarian option and a kids meal option. We will go over this in more detail at your tasting.
How many guests can you seat at each table?
You can seat up to 10 guests per table. We have 5ft. round guest tables here at the Crowne Plaza.
How many cocktail tables are in the foyer and what size are they?
In the Grand Hall, we typically set out 6 cocktail tables and in the Illinois Street Ballroom, we typically set out 4. All of our cocktail tables are 3ft. in diameter.
Do you have restrictions on centerpieces and candles?
We do not have many restrictions on centerpieces. No loose glitter, confetti or balloons are allowed in the ballrooms. All candles must be enclosed (or surrounded) by glass. We provide a mirror tile and 3 votive candles per table.
Do you provide uplights for the ballrooms?
Uplighting can be rented from Markey's Audio Visual, our in-house AV company.
How big is the dance floor?
In the Illinois Street Ballroom, the dance floor is 16' x 20'. In the Grand Hall, the dance floor is custom built to fit the space between your tables so there is not a set size for the dance floor in the Grand Hall.