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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:05 am

Great places to wed

You’ve found your perfect mate. Now it’s time to pick a venue for your big day.

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Nate Robinson and Leslie Piphus had their reception at Wyndham City Centre in Springfield.


Ballrooms, banquet halls, country clubs and bed-and-breakfasts

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s Magnificient Plaza, the center rotunda of the museum, offers a spectacular backdrop for elegant receptions. The library is ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners and small receptions. $500-$2,250. 212 N. Sixth Street. 217-558-8873. presidentlincoln.illinois.gov.

Arlington’s Upstairs
Built in 1917, 210 Broadway has been reincarnated into a beautiful restaurant and bar, blending the old factory frame with timeless interior design. Arlington’s Upstairs offers a beautiful setting for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. The banquet room offers a full bar, stage and custom catering packages. 210 Broadway, Springfield. 217-679-6235. arlingtonsspi.com

Columbian Hall Banquet and Conference Center
Large banquet hall and dance floor for large events and small, private rooms for intimate weddings. Accommodates up to 375 guests. $225-$1,100. Small room for intimate occasions with up to 60 guests. Catering by Casey’s Pub. 2200 S. Meadowbrook Road. 217-787-2360.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Luxurious and elegant European-style rooms for any size ceremony or reception. Complimentary suite for the newlyweds and the Honeymoon On Us promotion can earn qualifying couples a pre-paid Visa card up to $1,250. Enjoy a complimentary tasting and champagne toast for all bookings. 3000 South Dirksen Parkway. 217-529-7777. cpspringfield.com

Edwards Place
Once a popular site for social and political events, the historic 186-year-old Italianate mansion is perfect for small, elegant ceremonies. Art gallery seats 50 for dinner, 100 for cocktail receptions. $150-$500. 700 N. Fourth Street. 217-523-2631. springfieldart.org

Erin’s Pavilion
Erin’s Pavilion has a 4,900-square-foot banquet hall to accommodate 300-plus guests and features a charming terrace with panoramic lakeside view. Smaller rooms available. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street. 585-2941. springfieldparks.org

Firefighters Postal Club
Located on Lake Springfield, the club is perfect for couples wanting to show off their creativity. Seats 310 guests for banquet-style receptions. $500-$1,200. 940 West Lake Shore Drive.
217-622-0099. firefighterspostal.weebly.com

Hilton Garden Inn

Choose from eight unique venues that suit occasions of all styles. Enjoy an intimate celebration with close friends and family, or stage a grand affair, complete with dazzling A/V touches, for more than 100 guests in the 3,050 sq. ft. Presidential Ballroom. Treat guests to delicious culinary creations sure to please all palates. At the end of the night, newlyweds and guests alike can retire to comfortable, modern guest rooms. 3100 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield. 217-529-7171 http://bit.ly/1P0B9D4

Hoogland Center for the Arts
Ornate, old-style theater and balcony offers a unique site for weddings and receptions for up to 270 guests. $350-$850. Catering by Arena Food Services. 420 S. Sixth Street. 217-523-2787. hcfta.org

Illinois State Fairgrounds
Three beautifully distinct locations for any size wedding and reception. 217-782-1698. agr.state.il.us-spacerental-facilities.html

  • Orr Building features water fountain in center of open area and glass windows throughout the site. $925.
  • Built in 1898, the Artisans Building features hardwood floors and open floor plan for endless possibilities. $925.
  • Illinois Building has three floors, 470-seat theater, covered rooftop with amazing view of the fairgrounds, and plate-glass exhibit windows. Main floor and mezzanine $725. Theater $325. Rooftop $500.

Lincoln Memorial Garden
Several gardens surrounded by hundreds of flowers and a view of Lake Springfield accent this outdoor ceremony site. 200 guests. Tables and chairs provided. Fees based on number of guests. 2301 East Lake Drive. 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org

Long Bridge Golf Course
Mid-April to the end of October, hold your ceremony in a climate-controlled tent that seats 275 and has an adjacent courtyard. Large bride’s room, turn-around drive at entrance for convenient dropoff and reserved up-close parking for bridal party. 1055 W. Camp Sangamo Road. 217-744-8311. longbridgegc.com

Northfield Inn, Suites and Conference Center
Two chandelier-lit ballrooms for ceremonies and receptions with 150-500 guests. Also has space for small, intimate family-style rehearsal dinners. Wedding coordinator can assist you with the smallest of details. Complimentary king Jacuzzi room for bride and groom.  3280 Northfield Drive. 217-523-7900. northfieldinn.com

Nick Martin and his groomsmen walk to the outdoor wedding ceremony site at the Jacksonville Country Club.


Panther Creek Country Club
With two ballrooms and a 1,500-square-foot patio overlooking the golf course, the facility provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and receptions. Both rooms feature built-in dance floors, with the largest space accommodating 250 for plated meals. Indoor and outdoor on-site ceremony options available. 3001 Panther Creek Drive. 217-546-4431, ext. 3028

Pasfield House Inn
Beautiful 1896 Georgian-style home with rich, elegant décor features a front porch veranda, romantic English garden and brick courtyard fountain for small, intimate weddings. Also ideal for engagement parties, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. 100 guests for cocktails, 50 for seated dinners. Outdoor wedding garden for up to 125 guests. 525 Pasfield Street. 217-523-3663. pasfieldhouse.com

Piper Glen Golf and Social Club
The Grand Tent, with accommodations for up to 300 guests, features a 20-by-20 dance floor, tables, linens and other accessories. The Palmer Room, surrounded by windows overlooking the spectacular golf course, seats 120 guests for quaint and intimate events. 7112 Piper Glen Drive. 217- 483-6537. piperglen.com

Prairie Capital Convention Center
Prairie Capital Convention Center completed a $16 million upgrade recently and its newly renovated 9,100-square-foot ballroom is suitable to host lavish weddings ranging from 200-700 people. Amenities include a fully remodeled banquet room with modern design, indirect lighting, free Wi-Fi for your guests and built-in audiovisual capabilities. For date availability and to schedule a tour, contact Jill at 217-788-8800 or check out photos at springfieldpc3.com.

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield a DoubleTree by Hilton
The downtown venue features a certified executive chef, a wedding professional, décor and lighting enhancements to compliment wedding colors, menu tastings and presidential accommodations for the bride and groom. 701 E. Adam Street. 217-544-8800, ext. 4000. presidentabrahamlincolnspringfield.doubletree.com

Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center
Spacious banquet and convention center for weddings and receptions with up to 325 guests. Also offers event planner, large dance floor, linen, china, glassware and silverware included. Complimentary Jacuzzi Suite included for bride and groom. 625 E. Saint Joseph.  217-529-6626. rt66hotel.com

Springfield Park District
Beautiful outdoor weddings and receptions at several locations. Seating from 60-150 guests. $50-$2,000. 217-544-1751, unless other number noted. springfieldparks.org

  • Douglas Park bandshell.
  • Lincoln Greens Golf Club banquet room has large windows with a view of Lake Springfield. $360 for four hours. Room seats approximately 140. 700 E. Lake Drive.
  • Lincoln Park bridge or pavilion. The pavilion is perched on a hilltop with a scenic view, large chandeliers and 8-foot windows that light the grand banquet hall.
  • Southwind Park terrace, gazebo, butterfly garden, treehouse or Selvaggio arches are options for beautiful outdoor ceremonies.
  • 4965 S. Second Street. 585-2941.
  • Washington Park’s Botanical Garden raised bed, rose park and Roman Culture Garden provide stunning, colorful settings for outdoor weddings. 546-4116.
  • Washington Park gazebo or Iron Springs.

The Inn at 835
The Historic Inn at 835 is a premier wedding destination as well as the top-rated Bed and Breakfast in the area. Two luxurious parlors in the main building host events up to 125, while the attached Conservatory event space (and connected, private Caucus Lounge) holds parties of up to 250-300. Garden weddings are available with outdoor seating for up to 150. The Inn at 835 is a completely inclusive wedding venue, with the ability to provide furnishings, linens, tableware, on-site catering, a full bar, and full-service staff members attentive to everything a remarkable wedding reception could need.  $150-$995. Inn at 835, 835 S. 2nd Street. 217-523-4466, innat835.com

The Rail Golf Course
Spectacularly elegant outdoor facility for 300 guests offers breathtaking view of the gorgeous grounds and dance floor. Outdoor patio accommodates up to 60 guests for smaller events. 1400 S. Club House Drive.
217-525-0365. railgolf.com

Lake Beach House
Center Park’s charming Beach House has two large rooms connected by a central foyer that offers the feel of a gorgeous beach ceremony while remaining in the capital city. Provides tables and chairs for seating up to 200 guests. Reservations taken year round. Building available April-December. 217-757-8660, ext. 1011. cwlp.com

The Legacy Theatre
Mid-century-style theater offers a unique setting for weddings and receptions. Theater seats 300; the swanky lounge offers reception seating for up to 150. Beautiful outdoor courtyard. No catering restrictions. Starting at $750. 101 East Lawrence Ave. 217-528-9760. AtTheLegacy.com

The State House Inn

Large 3,500-square-foot governor’s ballroom for couples looking for a more grand site. Features personal wedding planner, tables, linen and accessories and five-star catering accommodating up to 275 guests. Also offers space for bridal parties and bachelorette parties. 101 W. Adams. 217-528-5100. thestatehouseinn.com

VFW Post 755
Large dance floor, two bars and catering for weddings and receptions with up to 300 guests. 2211 Old Jacksonville Road. 217-546-9515 or Leslie 836-6032.

Jessica Nardulli and Brent Colbert.


Wyndham Springfield City Centre
Lovely rooms for small weddings and spacious ballrooms with seating for up to 600 guests for larger ceremonies. Also offers an array of services, including a complimentary room for the newlyweds. 700 E. Adams. 217-789-1530. wyndham.com/hotels/49084

Ballrooms, banquet halls, country clubs and bed-and-breakfasts

Buena Vista Farms and Resort
Stay in luxury cabins, 2 nights lodging included in packages, with campfire afterglow. Beautiful gardens overlooking a lake offer a lovely setting for weddings. The Lodge for rehearsal dinner and Sunday brunch is included. A temperature-controlled tent with chiavari chairs for receptions dazzles with lighting. Skilled wedding coordinator can plan your event in as little as two months. Includes linen, centerpieces, unusual decor, ceremony accessories and more. Seats up to 300 indoor, unlimited outdoor. All-inclusive packages $7,500 and up. Jacksonville. 217-243-3290. buenavistafarms.net

Delray Reception Hall
Delray Hall is a newly renovated building on North side of Auburn. With plenty of parking, the hall has 3000 sq ft with bar. Ready to be set up for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or your wedding reception. 13575 N. State Route 4, Auburn. 217-652-0924.

Edgewood Golf Club
Edgewood offers a distinctive banquet facility along with the peaceful atmosphere of the golf course. The upper level banquet room overlooks the golf course, offering panoramic views of our tree-lined course. Relax and enjoy a stress-free rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or wedding reception. We have seating accommodations for up to 250 people when including our lower level facilities. Edgewood Golf Club is just a short drive south of Springfield. 16497 Kennedy Road, Auburn. 217-438-6131. GolfEdgewood.com

Fraase Farm
Guests enter the ceremony via the old-fashioned covered bridge, while basking in the ambiance of the handsome country gardens, making the farm a unique site for couples to exchange vows. Accommodates up to 120 guests. New Berlin. 217-546-3091. fraasefarm.com

Fulgenzi’s Trattoria and Catering
Large banquet room, full-service catering with menu featuring traditional Italian cuisine, Cajun-creole, soul food and more. 214 W. Chestnut, Chatham. 217-483-6133.

Greene Gables Inn Weddings
We offer elegant ceremonies in the garden at the gazebo. Wedding Stay package includes accommodations, rehearsal dinner, and day-after wedding brunch. This provides a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, reconnect with family and have time to enjoy being together. Bridal Shower Tea Party Afternoon tea has been a celebrated tradition since the Victorian era, and is a timeless tradition perfect for celebrating a bride-to-be. Whether you want to host a small gathering or an elaborate tea for 40, let the staff at the Inn coordinate the details for your special event. 30-200+ guests. Sunday - Saturday. 503 N. Main St., White Hall.
greenegablesinn.com 217-374-6000

Hamilton’s at 110 North East
South ballroom seats 420, with a 1,023-square-foot dance floor, bridal room and special entrance for the bridal party, $850. Fireside room holds 150, with a 440-square-foot dance floor, $550. Westside room’s capacity is 80, $250. Also, free Wi-Fi, elevator, ceremonies and receptions, outdoor courtyard for photos, fully customizable meal and bar service, ample parking and TV lounge. 110 N. East Street, Jacksonville,

Hill Prairie Winery
Couples can choose from several stunning sites, including next to the vineyard, pond, windmill, rolling hillside or inside a 100-year-old barn. Outdoor ceremonies seat up to 400, while inside events seat up to 200. Six caterers to choose from. Also features wedding packages, trolley service and video and photo packages. Oakford. 217-635-9900. hillprairiewinery.com

Poe’s Catering on the Hill Reception Center
Four sizes of banquet rooms to seat 40 to 300 people. 295 East Andrew Road, Springfield. 62707. 217-487-7601 Find us on Facebook and at poescatering.com

Sangamon Prairie Reception Center
The roomy 8,800-square-foot banquet hall offers an event planner, large parquet dance floor, cocktail area with full bar, centerpieces, table linens and customized ice carvings. Accommodates up to 400 guests. 8855 State Route 4, Chatham. 217-483-7999. sangamon-prairie.com

Scott Outdoor Adventure Retreat
Our sprawling 70-acre property creates a dramatic landscape for your special event. With picturesque rolling hills, meadows and lakes, coupled with the rustic elegance of the Juliette Lodge, SOAR can host a myriad of events from intimate gathering to larger scale events. On-site fully furnished lodging available for your overnight needs. Conveniently located just a short drive south of Springfield at 3279 Honey Bend Avenue, Litchfield. 217-372-5221.

The Farm

Nestled on 63 acres of rolling countryside, The Farm has the perfect space for your elegant/rustic wedding. Expansive gardens, charming barn with brick floor, and optional white tent provide space for 150 people. $1,500. Midway between Springfield and Petersburg. 21648 Old Farm Ave., Petersburg. 217-306-0803. visit-thefarm.com

The Oaks Bed-and-Breakfast
Built in 1875, the Italianate Victorian mansion overlooking Petersburg and the Sangamon River Valley has stunning gardens that provide a gorgeous backdrop for small, intimate ceremonies and receptions for up to 40 guests. 510 W. Sheridan Road, Petersburg. 217-632-5444. theoaksbandb.com


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