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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 11:07 am

Great places to get married

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

Sarah Raftis and her bridesmaids at Metamora Fields golf club in Metamora.
Photo by Matt DeBackere Photography

 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s magnificent Plaza, the center rotunda of the
museum, offers a spectacular backdrop for elegant receptions. Catering is available or couples may bring in outside catering for an additional charge. The library and museum are ideal for wedding rehearsal dinners and 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, ceremonies and rehearsal dinners. The banquet room offers a full bar, stage and custom catering packages. The entire building may be rented for larger parties. Pricing available on request. 210 Broadway. 217-679-6235. arlingtonsspi.com.

Bank of Springfield Center
Bank of Springfield Center, formerly 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. 1 Convention Center Plaza. For date availability and to schedule a tour, contact Jill at 217-788-8800 or check out photos at theboscenter.com.

Camp Widjiwagan
Located on Lake Springfield, the enchanting 67 wooded acres are perfect for your special event.  A majestic lake view, coupled with the rustic elegance of the stunning new LRS Leadership Center, creates a beautiful landscape to host a myriad of weddings and events. Outdoor adventures such as a challenge course,  zip line, archery, swimming and boating,  as well as rustic lodging are also available.  71 Wienold Lane, Springfield 217-372-5221 or widjievents@girlscouts-gsci.org.

Columbian Hall Banquet and Conference Center

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Whether your wedding is an intimate dinner for 20 or a lavish party of 400 plus, the Crowne Plaza is the perfect backdrop for your special day. With an abundance of settings – all flexible, customizable and beautiful – we can help create a celebration as unique and stunning as our couples. The Crowne Plaza offers ceremonies and receptions to fit all cultures and lifestyles. We also offer themed rehearsal dinner packages. Complimentary suite for the newlyweds and special guestroom rates for out-of-town guests are available. Enjoy a complimentary tasting and champagne toast for all bookings. 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway. 217-529-7777.  cpspringfield.com.

Edwards Place

Once a popular site for social and political events in the 19th century, the historic Italianate mansion
is perfect for small, elegant ceremonies.  Parlors can seat up to 60. Additional space is available in the
art gallery which seats 50 for dinner, 100 for cocktail receptions.  $300-$800. 700 N. Fourth Street. 217-523-2631.  springfieldart.org.  edwardsplace.org

Erin’s Pavilion
Erin’s Pavilion features a 4,900-square-foot banquet hall to accommodate up to 300 guests and features a charming terrace with a panoramic peaceful lakeside view, banquet hall and two dressing areas for the couple. Your preferred caterers are welcome. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second Street.  585-2941. springfieldparks.org.

Firefighters Postal Club
Located on Lake Springfield, the club is perfect for couples who want to show off their creativity. It seats up to 300 guests for banquet-style receptions.  Public rentals are welcome and special pricing is available.  $600-$1,300. 940 W. Lake Shore Drive. 217-691-6472. firefighterspostal.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. 217-971-7517. Fulgenziscatering.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 audio/video touches, for more than 100 guests in the 3,050-square-foot Presidential Ballroom. Treat guests to delicious culinary creations that will please all palates. At the end of the night, newlyweds and guests alike can retire to comfortable and modern guest rooms.  3100 S. Dirksen Parkway. 217-529-7171.

Hoogland Center for the Arts
Ornate old-style theater and balcony offers a unique site for weddings with up to 270 guests and receptions with up to 120 guests. $499-$899. 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.
• 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 an open floor plan for endless possibilities. $925.
• Illinois Building has three floors, a 470-seat theater, a rooftop with an amazing view of the fairgrounds, and plate glass exhibit windows. Main floor and mezzanine $725. Theater $325. Rooftop $500.
801 E. Sangamon Ave. 217-782-1698. agr.state.il.usspacerental-facilities.html.


Josh and Taylor Stratton exiting their beautiful ceremony at The Inn at 835.
Photo by HJS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Inn at 835
The historic Inn at 835 is a premier wedding destination as well as a 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 attending to everything a remarkable wedding reception could need. $150-$995. 835 S. 2nd Street. 217-523-4466. innat835.com.

Lake Springfield Beach House

Nestled in Center Park, the Beach House sits on beautiful Lake Springfield. The facility has two large rooms connected by a central foyer, fireplaces, large patio and kitchen. Tables and chairs can seat up to 200 guests. Reservations taken year round. Building available April-December. 240 Long Bay Drive. lakereservations@cwlp.com, 217-757-8660, ext. 1011. www.cwlp.com/LakesParksHome/LakesParksInformation/ParksInformation.aspx

Legacy Theatre

Mid-century-style theater offers a dramatic setting for weddings and receptions. The theater seats 300. The swanky lounge offers reception seating for up to 150. Beautiful outdoor courtyard. No catering restrictions. Starting at $750. 101 E. Lawrence Avenue. 217-528-9760. AtTheLegacy.com.

Lincoln Memorial Garden

A woodland garden with seasonal wildflowers, colorful fall trees and a view of Lake Springfield accent this outdoor ceremony site for up to 200 guests. Wide trails, mostly shaded by huge trees, crisscross the garden and lead to stone-ringed areas for ceremonies in natural settings. Golf cart rental available. Fees are based on the number of guests. 2301 E. Lake Drive. 217-529-1111. lincolnmemorialgarden.org,  joel@lincolnmemorialgarden.org.

Long Bridge Golf Course
From 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 drop off 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. Space is also available for small, intimate family-style rehearsal dinners. The 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.

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. Panthercreekcc.com, skent@panthercreekcc.com.


Pasfield House Inn
This 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. Accommodates 125 guests for cocktails, 50 for seated dinners. An outdoor wedding garden is available 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 250 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 100 guests for quaint and intimate events. 7112 Piper Glen Drive. 217- 483-6537. piperglen.com.

Poe’s Catering

Poe’s Catering provides a memorable space for an outdoor ceremony, overlooking a tranquil pond. For receptions, banquet rooms seat up to 300 guests in 5,400 square feet of festive space. 295 East Andrew Road, Springfield, IL 62707. 217-487-7601. Find us on Facebook and at poescatering.com.

President Abraham Lincoln
Springfield a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
This downtown venue features an award-winning executive chef, a certified wedding professional, elegant and newly renovated ballroom with Venetian glass chandeliers, menu tastings and suite accommodations for the bride and groom. 701 E. Adams Street. 217-321-2433. dtspringfieldil.com.

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.


Marcus Bates and his groomsmen fought the storm for some fun photographs at Southwind Park.
Photo by HJS PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Springfield Park District
Beautiful outdoor weddings and receptions at several locations. Seating from 60-150 guests. $50-$2,000.
• Douglas Park band shell. MacArthur Boulevard and Madison Street.
• Lincoln Greens Golf Club banquet room has large windows with a view of Lake Springfield. Rental fee is 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. 5th St. and Sangamon Ave.
• Southwind Park terrace, gazebo, butterfly garden, tree house or Selvaggio arches are options for beautiful outdoor ceremonies.  4965 S. Second Street. 217-585-2941.
• Washington Park’s Botanical Garden annual display beds, rose garden, outdoor gathering plaza and the Roman Culture Garden provide stunning, colorful settings for outdoor weddings. 1740 W. Fayette. 217-546-4116.
• Washington Park gazebo or pavilion. The gazebo is a quaint spot within Washington Park to hold a lovely wedding ceremony. The pavilion was built around 1900 and has an elegant cobblestone event lodge complete with a banquet room, kitchen and dining room. S. Grand Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard.  217-544-1751, unless other number noted.  springfieldparkdistrict.org.

State House Inn
Large 3,500-square-foot Governor’s Ballroom for couples looking for a grander site. The venue offers a personal wedding planner, tables, linen and accessories and five-star catering accommodating up to 275 guests. It also offers space for bridal parties and bachelorette parties. 101 W. Adams Street. 217-528-5100. thestatehouseinn.com.

VFW Post 755
VFW Post 755 offers a 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 217-836-6032.

Wyndham Springfield City Centre
Over 50,000 square feet of event space is available with elegant, spacious ballrooms seating up to 600 guests, scenic rooms on the 29th floor overlooking the city and the modern Pinnacle Club Lounge on the 30th floor, known for its panoramic view. Onsite catering, complimentary tasting, complimentary suite for the newlyweds, discounted blocks of rooms for guests and professional wedding coordinator are provided. 700 E. Adams Street. 217-789-1530. wyndham.com/hotels/49084.


Laura and Ryan Timoney inside the State Capitol.
Photo by MATT DEBACKERE PHOTOGRAPHY

 


Out of town

Clayville Historic Site
Rustic, peaceful and romantic are words that describe Clayville Historic Site.  Located only 15 miles west of Springfield, Clayville’s rural setting is perfect for your special day.  After the rehearsal, have your dinner inside the rustic barn that is over 100 years old. Host a post-wedding day breakfast or take your time to clean up from the reception. The barn seats 125 people.  The new addition, with a covered, open-sided area with a fireplace, provides additional seating. Grounds and/or building, Friday through noon Sunday $800.  One day rental for small, intimate event $200.  12828 State Route 125, Pleasant Plains.  217-481-4430. www.facebook.com/clayville.org/

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 the 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 lower-level facilities. Edgewood Golf Club is just a short drive south of Springfield. 16497 Kennedy Road, Auburn. 217-438-6131. GolfEdgewood.com.

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. $1,800. It is located midway between Springfield and Petersburg. 21648 Old Farm Avenue, Petersburg. 217-306-0803. visit-thefarm.com.

Greene Gables Inn Weddings
Greene Gables offers elegant ceremonies in the garden at the gazebo. The wedding 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 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 Street, White Hall. 217-374-6000. greenegablesinn.com.

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, $995. Fireside Room holds 150, with a 440-square-foot dance floor, $595. Westside Room’s capacity is 80, $295. 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, 217-675-2720.

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 accommodate up to 400, while inside events seat up to 170. Eleven caterers are available from which to choose. Extensive wedding services resource list available. 23753 Lounsberry Road, Oakford. 217-635-9900. hillprairiewinery.com.

The Homestead
The Homestead is a rustic rural venue on a working 10-acre farm. It offers generous indoor and outdoor space for ceremonies and receptions for up to 300 people. Guests will enjoy this natural setting complete with dance floor, fire pit and full kitchen for your choice of caterer. Located northwest of Springfield on I-97 in Tallula. 502-0019. homesteadreceptioncenter.com.

Oak Terrace Resort and Spa
Oak Terrace Resort and Spa, located in Pana is an all-in-one location outdoor wedding venue so you and your guests can enjoy your big day and utilize all the resort has to offer. Three different types of on-site lodging, two outdoor wedding locations, reception facility, golf course, LakeView Spa  (a full service day spa) and Mulligan’s Bar & Grille.  We are your stress-free wedding/reception venue. 100 Beyers Lake Estates, Pana.  217-539-4477. koltmanns@oakterraceresort.com

Sangamon Prairie Reception Center

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

The Venue at Parks’ Place

The Venue at Parks’ Place is located directly off of the Riverton exit of I-72 in a rural setting with ample parking.  It offers a generous 4,200-square-foot reception room with access to an equipped commercial kitchen as well as a separate bar area. Located just minutes from Springfield at 7075 Old Decatur Road, Riverton. 217-629-2009.

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