2 featured reviews
Member Since: 3/22/2010
I got married at IL Beach Resort September 4th, 2010. The venue is amazing. I wanted a destination wedding when we first started planning, though my husband did not. The only other place I could think I would want it was Il Beach Resort. It had the feel that we were in the tropics with the wedding itself held outside on the beachfront garden and the reception in the Grand Ballroom overlooking the beach.
Nicole and her staff we so helpful and friendly, they were incredibly accomodating for anything that we needed or needed changed at the last minute. They even did a private tasting for us to make sure that the meal was exactly what we wanted.
If you want to get married outside at a beautiful destination and have your guests able to stay all in one place, this is definitely a place to check out! Thank you!
Member Since: 7/4/2009
We started off our wedding weekend on Saturday, Sept.4th, 2010 with a bonfire on the beach (with a cash bar) and it was a blast and totally worth it moneywise. Then we got married on site on Sunday, Sept. 5th and had our reception in the beautiful, Grand Vista Ballroom (I highly recommend this room because the wall of windows are amazing). Nicole, the wedding coordinator, and the entire staff were professional, accommodating, kind, and patient (I emailed Nicole more than a dozen times before the wedding with millions of questions and she comes with the deal at no extra charge). The beach was beautiful. The food was excellent for banquet food; we had the choice of veggie lasagna or chicken marsala with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. The chicken was extremely tender, the mashed potatoes were perfect consistency, and the asparagus came in a cute little zucchini ring. Many guests came up to me and told me how fantastic the food was, which was what really mattered to me. From booking the reception, we also received a free cake, which was an excellent deal (Ann's cake was delicious) and the resort gave us a free suite for the night of the wedding, in which they left us a sweet congratulatory note, a fruit plate, and a bottle of champagne. Oh, we also rented out the outdoor terrace for the cocktail hour, which was wonderful in the last week of summer. I also liked how the Grand Vista ballroom bar area is sectioned off from the reception because you could escape from the DJ music (not that you would really want to) and have a chance to socialize.
My only complaint would be that the hotel rooms seemed to be a little bit expensive for what you get, but on the other hand, it's right there and easy to walk up to your room, instead of having to take transportation after a night of drinking and believe me, we had a ton of stuff (DIY centerpieces, gifts, clothes) to lug around before and after the wedding, so everything being right there was awesome. Also, the resort was extra accommodating to us in adding rooms to our room block and to upgrading some rooms to a balcony room at no extra charge.
Overall, the wedding was not as cheap as we would have wanted, but we wanted a lot: a weekend getaway for people, an open bar, a sit down dinner, and the ceremony on site, and we got everything we hoped for and dreamed for at Illinois Beach Resort. To be honest, the money doesn't even matter in the end, because the whole experience was amazing (everyone keeps telling me how much fun our wedding was) and I would spend the money again just to relive the day and night!
Weddings are a Breeze by the Beach
Illinois Beach Resort is the ONLY full service resort located on the shores of Lake Michigan in a breathtaking State Park. Lake View Ballrooms, dream beach front ceremonies, unforgettable photo opportunities, and highly rated cuisine make this resort the only choice for your wedding day.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: Yes
- Tented Area: Yes
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: No
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: No
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Unusual/Alternative