About

The Event

We love beer festivals, but they can be overwhelming for the casual drinker and don’t always offer practical or local options for couples to incorporate into their wedding. Then there are the wedding shows that tend to be very “girly” and don’t appeal to grooms (or many brides for that matter). Wedtoberfest is a great way to have your cake, beer, and planning too!

With an evening of beer & bubbly, Wedtoberfest is an alternative wedding show that includes all the fun of a beer festival. Attendees will receive a commemorative tasting glass at the beginning of the event and tickets to enjoy beverage flights and pints from the featured breweries. We’ll also offer some other boozy drinks for those who appreciate more than just craft beer.

Beyond the beer, Wedtoberfest presents some of the best wedding vendors and artisans in Chicagoland. These hand-picked small businesses show off their products and services in a casual, no-pressure environment. In addition to all the beer & bubbly, attendees will sample delicious food, get tons of Pinterst-worthy inspiration, and unwind to some amazing tunes.

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The History

On October 12, 1810 the Crown Prince Ludwig and his lovely new bride celebrated their royal wedding with the people of Munich. This huge celebration has been a beloved event called Oktoberfest ever since. Usually this party is a 16-day festival starting in September that includes horse races and tree climbing. While we don’t plan on any making any couples climb trees, Wedtoberfest will keep the spirit of that first Oktoberfest with one fun night of drinking, music, and wedding planning. We think King Ludwig would approve!

Wedtoberfest started in 2013 as a collaboration between Carlene of Naturally Yours Events and the Green Wedding Alliance. The two annual events focused on supporting local breweries and greener wedding vendors through a beer festival style event and pop-up planning lounge. Originally dubbed ‘Bridetoberfest’, the event was later rebranded to Wedtoberfest to be more inclusive of same-sex couples and grooms in general.

With two awesome Wedtoberfest events under her belt, in 2015 Carlene enlisted Kelly of Indie Wed to help grow the event even more.

The Team

Hi, we are Carlene & Kelly and have teamed up to bring you Wedtoberfest; a casual way for modern engaged couples to grab a drink, plan a wedding, and “prost” with super cool wedding vendors.

Carlene is the owner and lead event planner for Naturally Yours Events and also the mastermind behind the original concept of Wedtoberfest. Her company specializes in events that are unique, absolutely fun, and a little quirky.

Kelly is the founder/CEO behind Indie Wed, an alternative to the cookie cutter bridal show, and she is ready to bring her experience in planning specialty vendor-showcased wedding events to Wedtoberfest.