Architect. Stationer. Magic Maker. Meet Ola from Ola la! IJORERE. Ola wears many hats, each more beautiful than the last. In 2013, after 5 years of creating unique wedding invitations for David Tutera and other A list industry celebrities, Ola took IJORERE to a higher level when she designed/opened her event venue, Ola’ la’! IJORERE in Elgin.
Pronounced E-Jaw-Ray-Ray and derived from a Yoruba-Nigerian meaning, Ijo Rere is 2 words made one. ‘Ijo’ means Day and ‘Rere’ means Grand. IJORERE sums up how your special occasion should be – “Your day comes but once in a life time, shouldn’t it be IJORERE… a day that is GRAND!” ~ Ola
What sets your venue apart from our Chicagoland reception sites? What would you like couples to know about your Ola la IJORERE?
With 2,000 square feet of an interchangeable open concept and arched windows spanning from floor to ceiling, this chic destination’s aesthetics allow for a naturally lit space that effortlessly showcases your GRAND occasions beautifully.
Amenities include: A centerpiece crystal chandelier & caged pendant lighting, casual lounge seating, 14 foot long custom rustic wooden dining table, 64 white fanback folding chairs, eight 8 feet long rectangular tables, portable projector, living room décor/props, and FREE WiFi.
Venue capacity is up to 60 for seated parties & 75 for cocktail style. Complimentary covered parking garage is located around the corner on Fulton street, along with ample amount of free street parking. We allow outside catering with proper food handling certificate and/or insurance. BYOB also allowed. Ask us about our all inclusive wedding & events package deals!
Ola la! is located in the historic district of downtown Elgin with easy access to I-90, walking distance from the Grand Victoria ‘Riverboat’ Casino, Elgin Riverfront Promenade, Festival Park, Metra, and just 30 minutes away from O’Hare airport.
Tarji Michelle Photography (left) // Jorelle Gates Photography (right)
You have a lot of experience meeting with and helping couples plan/style their wedding. What motivates you to keep going every day?
I love GRAND events! I enjoy being able to be a part of cherished lifetime memories for my clients.
I’ve made my venue a one-stop shop for weddings and special events. Everything you need all in one house…an event house of sort. I see Ijorere being synonymous to luxury weddings & event designs.
Kristin LaVoie Photography
What are your expert tips to share with couples planning?
Don’t be afraid to mix & match materials for your GRAND day. Why look like everyone else’s wedding?
Consistently carry your wedding colors though all the smallest details in clever ways for example, create a signature drink in the same color as your invitation stationery. If you cannot splurge in every aspect of your wedding decor, add just one WOW factor in your wedding so guests rave about your GRAND day for years to come.