One venue we love is The Odyssey in Tinley Park! For years we’ve had the pleasure of photographing some of our most memorable couples there. While the grounds and ambiance are simply stunning there is nothing like the staff! They make sure each and every wedding is spectacular. Enjoy some of our favorite moments from The Odyssey and more from Kelli Lewis, from the Events and Catering team.
Say “I Do” at one of our wrought iron gazebos, with a backdrop of our well-manicured golf course and water fountains, surrounded by beautiful flowers. As you walk down the aisle lined with our white garden chairs you’ll feel all of your wedding dreams come to life.
Set the stage for an unforgettable reception at The Odyssey in one of our lavish ballrooms. Our oversized crystal chandeliers, white marble dance floor, color changing cove lights, and much more creates a stunning atmosphere for your BIG DAY!
Our team of Event Specialists are available 7 days a week to help guide you through the wedding planning process. We start by giving you a guided tour of the facility and go through our wedding package in great detail. Once our happy couples are booked here we provide them with a wedding check list, send them reminder emails, provide them with a food tasting, and host an annual vendor showcase to help make the planning process as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Tips for booking your venue
1. Set up & Take Down
Does the venue you are looking to book your big day with do any of your set up? Do they require you to clean up at the end of the evening?
Here at The Odyssey, we allow our brides and grooms to bring us a majority of their set up items two days prior to their wedding. Our team will set up your place cards, toasting glasses, cake knife & server, favors, menu cards, envelope holder, framed photos, and more the day of your wedding.
As for clean up at the end of the evening, all we require you and your guests to do is collect any belongs or centerpiece décor you wish to keep. Our staff will take care of the rest of the party clean up!
2. Hidden rental fees or charges
What does the wedding package include?
Our wedding package includes a four course meal, open bar, room rental fee, and 18% service charge in the per person cost, all that needs to be added is the sales tax.
This is something couples must pay attention to, as each venue does things differently. The last thing you want is an extra room rental fee or service charge added on to your final invoice. It is also important to be aware of any extra charges when choosing to do a split menu. Some facilities may have an extra fee or charge for the entrée that is more expensive.
Has your photographer ever been to the venue?
If you book a photographer who has never been to the venue we encourage our clients to set up an appointment for the photographer to check out the grounds to get a general idea so things run smoothly the day of. This way you can get all the shots you need without taking too much time away from celebrating with family and friends! It is also important the photographer is aware of any restrictions the venue has.
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Timothy Whaley is a 3rd generation photojournalist. His father, along with his grandfather, a Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, passed down a love for telling stories through pictures.
Mr. Whaley has taken this passion and assembled a group of award-winning photographers who are dedicated to providing couples with excellence and care. Visit us at twaphoto.com to learn more.