Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center is an ideal Chicago Pakistani wedding venue in the suburbs. Not only does this venue boast modern and sophisticated architecture, it also provides the perfect backdrop for your valima wedding photos.
What is a Valima?
A Pakistani valima is a celebration that takes place after the main wedding ceremony and is typically a more casual and relaxed event. It is an opportunity for the newlywed couple to thank their guests for their love and support, and for everyone to come together and celebrate the joyous occasion. As wedding photographers, we usually cover 7 hours of portrait and event photography.
Renaissance Schaumburg Venue Highlights
When it comes to choosing a venue for your valima, the Renaissance Schaumburg is an excellent option. Located in Schaumburg, this hotel is just a short drive from O’Hare and offers a wide range of amenities and services to make your valima celebration truly special.
Renaissance Schaumburg is its modern and chic architecture.With sleek lines and a contemporary design, this hotel exudes sophistication and style. Whether you’re posing for wedding photos in the grand lobby or hosting a lavish reception in one of the elegant ballrooms, this venue is perfect for a modern wanting modern vibes.
Bespoke wedding experience. From customizable catering options to a dedicated wedding planner and event staff, the hotel has everything you need to make your valima a memorable and stress-free event. The catering staff and hotel management have handled hundreds of Pakistani weddings at Renaissance Schaumburg. You are in great hands!
Wedding Guest Accommodations. This hotel is perfect for lodging out of town guests. I have done numerous weddings at Renaissance Schaumburg and I noticed that family members and wedding guests are on time because they stay at the hotel.
Wedding Planning Tips for a Pakistani Valima
Planning a Pakistani valima can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with the customs and traditions of a valima celebration. Here are a few tips to help you plan a successful and memorable Pakistani valima:
Take Portraits around the Hotel. The Renaissance Schaumburg has beautiful outdoor grounds and interiors. Allocate 2 hours for valima portraits around the hotel and 30 minutes of photos inside the decorated ballroom.
Create an Interactive Wedding Guest Experience. I love that cocktail hour is usually outside the ballrooms at Renaissance Schaumburg. This gives you the opportunity to create a welcoming and interactive experience for your guests. I have often seen creative fusion appetizers, live tabla players, 360 photo booth experiences and interactive beverage walls.
Plan food stations. The ballrooms at Renaissance Schaumburg are huge. You will have enough space to have your Chicago Pakistani caterer set up multiple food stations with a variety of food.
Decorate with scale. Pakistani valima celebrations are often more relaxed than the main wedding. However, that doesn’t mean the decor should be casual. At Renaissance Schaumburg, you definitely want to go grand and large scale. The ballrooms are huge so you want to take advantage of the size.
Plan live entertainment. Renaissance Schaumburg is a convention center as well. Therefore, it is equipped to have live entertainment and bands. If you are a music enthusiast and want to dance the night away at your Pakistani valima then consider hiring a DJ or live band, or setting up a dance floor for your guests to enjoy.
Avoid unnecessary expenses. I think it’s best to avoid expenses like wedding favors and too many printed stationery like menu cards, escort cards, and programs. Since this is the last event of your wedding, it’s more casual and doesn’t require these extra details. Instead, establish a QR code that has the table numbers, menu and program details. A virtual version of this information will cost nothing, can be customized on Canva, and it’s better for the environment.
Daanish and Amna had a gorgeous Chicago wedding reception to cap off their California wedding ceremony in Newport Beach. The amazing vendors that worked alongside Maha Studios to make this couple’s dream wedding reception come true were Yanni Design Studios, Mehwish Khalid, The Vanity Glow, DJ Aladdin, and Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Here are just a few sneak peeks and the highlight trailer! n
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