3 featured reviews
Member Since: 4/26/2012
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!!!!!!!!
Member Since: 8/11/2011
We rented the wedding trolly and honestly this was hands down the funnest part of the wedding!
Member Since: 6/6/2011
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!
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: $$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: No
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: Yes
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: Yes
- 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