19 total reviews
I just had my wedding at starved rock lodge in January and it was wonderful! The scenery was great and the staff was very helpful! It was nice having everything in one place(especially since it snowed). The only thing I wish it could have had was a room to store the decorated the wedding so we didn't have t try to did peoples rooms to put the the decor in once the reception was over. Very romantic and memorable experience!
Appetizers, dinner and dessert were amazing! Good variety and flexible with alternatives.
Starved Rock itself is set in a beautiful location and the sales team (specifically Margie) does everything they can to provide couples the weddings of their dreams. Our wedding was elegant with a vintage-rustic feel. The best day of our lives for sure.
My complaints are few but will be noted: The reservation desk was difficult to deal with. When our guests would call in to make their reservation many were told there was no "Gagliano/Nichols" wedding, or they were told there were no rooms left so they would have to stay somewhere else. We talked to Margie about it and she made sure the issue was corrected (and it was). The day of the wedding my bridesmaids and I were up on the third floor in the Hennepin room getting ready. I advised the front desk that 2 photogs and 1 videographer would be showing up between 10-11 and to send to Hennepin room. When they arrived the front desk would not tell them where to go. It was about 11:30 and I sent my MOH down to try to find them. Sure enough there they were (since 10am) completely lost because the front desk reps would not assist.
My only other complaint is the trolley trip we purchased for bridal party pictures prior to the ceremony. The trolley driver would not start the trip until I told her exactly where to go. I only had a mental description of what I wanted so she wouldn't leave. When we reserved the trolley we were told that they do this every weekend and there are standard photo areas you go to. We wasted 45 minutes going back and forth with the driver until my photographer told her to just take us wherever she took last weeks wedding. We did not see any of the sites I intended to see, but hopeful our photographer was able to make the most of what he had to work with.
Other then these situations we had such an amazing weekend and are beyond pleased with our venue choice! Our guests are still raving about the awesome experience! A couple even mentioned that I had the wedding of THEIR dreams at Starved Rock :)
Thank you Starved Rock!!!!!!!!
the cake tasted pretty good and they had a variety of flavors, but i have definitely had better cake. the cake looked great and was exactly what we wanted, but the baker was really hard to get in touch with and often didn't return phone calls.
We rented the wedding trolly and honestly this was hands down the funnest part of the wedding!
This was a really great venue for our wedding! We worked with Jenny, one of the two coordinators, and she was really wonderful. We planned the wedding from the east coast, and Jenny was so responsive to emails, our questions, and offered her honest opinions when asked. We appreciated her work! The ceremony site is really beautiful, as was the Great Hall/Starved Rock room where the reception took place. The food was really good, and the dinner was served efficiently with the food very hot! It was a really great space overall, but one of the things we appreciated most was how accomodating the staff was and their flexibility. They offered to let us store some boxes overnight in their office if we needed it, and when I forgot my bouquet in the lodge before my ceremony, a staff person even picked up one of my bridesmaids and drove her back to the lodge in their golf cart to help her! We just could not say enough good things about this venue, staff, and the park itself. The guests also seemed to enjoy the fact that they could rent cabins to stay in and could explore the park in their downtime. So much fun!
We were married in November at Starved Rock in the Great Hall. We were lucky enough to have Jill work with us every step of the way from when we were first engaged through the wedding day. We had our rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and farewell breakfast all at the lodge and we stayed the weekend there as well. Jill and the rest of the staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is beautiful and our food was amazing! And it was an incredible value (compared to venues in the Chicago area where we are from). We highly recommend Starved Rock for all of your events! :)
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center was an amazing place for our wedding. We had our ceremony and reception in the Great Hall and it was a beautiful setting and PLENTY of room for the 160 guests that we had. The price was very reasonable for the food, bar and cake. The food was delicious and our cake (made by the in-house baker) was gorgeous! The outdoor scenery made for perfect pictures (even in early November) and there were plenty of places for gorgeous pictures inside the rustic lodge. The event staff was very helpful and always responded immediately to any questions that we had. We planned the wedding from 1000 miles away and had no issues. Our guests loved staying at the lodge and we were able to use the trolley service to transport guests to/from 2 seperate offsite hotels. The only reason we give 3.5 stars for flexibility was because ceremont/reception times for Sat. weddings is pretty set in stone, but they do let you decide day of if you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. Overall an amazing experience and a great place for a rustic wedding!
We chose Starved Rock Lodge for our rehearsal dinner for our June 2011 wedding.
We rented the porch room, a gorgeous space with huge windows looking over Starved Rock State Park. It was next to the bar area and the beautiful outdoor veranda.
We had a "family style" dinner, where big and never ending bowls of different food are brought out onto the tables and everyone can take what they want, which is especially great when you have people from all age groups. We had about 40 guests and two long tables.
The food (chicken, fish, potatoes, pasta etc) was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. And we got to take the left overs home with us! One drink per person was included in the package price, after that everyone paid for themselves. There was a big variety of wines and much more.
It was a wonderful, unforgettable night-before-the-big-day :)
Everything was so amazing! From working with Jill at Starved Rock (who made everything so easy) to the amazing wedding food and atmosphere! Jill was sooo wonderful to work with and you can tell she loves her job. I hope she is there the next time I visit the lodge! The lodge is so beautiful and yet has a laid-back atmosphere since it is rustic and outdoorsy. It was the perfect setting to have our wedding at, and I could not have imagined a better day or place. They helped me have the beautiful wedding of my dreams :)
The natural beauty of this location is unbeatable. The food was fantastic! We did a cocktail style reception and they were very accomodating to our non-traditional choices. They were always very good about getting back to me quickly with answers to questions and were great on the day of the wedding about being available to help organize everything. They will not refrigerate a cake that is not from their baker but we were able to work with this and just had our baker deliver the cake that afternoon.
Wonderful staff- my wedding planner at the lodge was so helpful and really went the extra mile in helping us plan our weekend at the lodge! Beautiful setting, everything went perfectly, food was amazing!
I had a great experience. Food was wonderful, and although planning myself as a busy med-student the night ran smoothely. I worked primarily with Jill. She quickly answered any questions I had, handled everything and kept me up to date with reminders if something needed to be done; she gave lots of good advice and helped me arrange special details to make it my day. I HIGHLY recommend this site for a beautiful venue and ease of planning. As an added bonus, the cost is much lower than other Chicagoland areas for tremendous value.
I had my wedding and reception here and everything went very smooth. They were so helpful. WHen a guest knocked into my cake, knocking off the cake topped denting the cake, decapitating my cake topper people... right before the cake cutting, the starved rock coordinator fixed it. She managed to fix it with no one really even noticing anything happened, glued the topped back together and turned the cake. I can't thank her enough for dealing with that for me. Everything was so delicious too.
Beautiful venue, lots of different places to hold the ceremony. Food was excellent, but as it's a public park, there will be other people besides your guests around. We paid about $50 per person for food, which included appetizers and a decent bar package. There is a site rental charge. Staff was excellent.
Great staff and you can't beat the views!
Starved Rock Lodge has a natural and elegant ambiance. The food was delicious, the great hall and fireplace were beautiful backdrops for dinner, as well as the outdoor terrace. It was not pretentious and I think everyone felt welcome and relaxed.;The only thing that some people may not like is that the ceremony and dinner are held in areas where visitors to the lodge can see so it is not exactly very private. However, we liked it that way because it was more natural. The restrooms are the public restrooms.
It was small so there was not a lot of walking between the ceremony location picture spots the reception. Also the views are AMAZING. It is impossible to take a bad picture there.;Some of the hotel rooms are a little dated but it is a lodge and has a rustic feel.
We loved that it was in nature. Starved Rock State Park is just beautiful!
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Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
Dreaming of an elegant wedding under a canopy of trees, then look no further! Starved Rock Lodge is the perfect setting for your wedding -- intimate to grand, we have it all! Under the direction of Starved Rock's Sales Team let us plan your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner or shower.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 200
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Mansion/Historic Site
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012