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Wedding: 1/4/2014
Member Since: 1/16/2012
Winter wonderland Wedding    posted 2/9/2014 (modified 2/10/2014)

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!

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Wedding: 1/11/2014
Member Since: 12/29/2012
Food    posted 1/28/2014 (modified 1/29/2014)

Appetizers, dinner and dessert were amazing! Good variety and flexible with alternatives.

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Wedding: 8/24/2013
Member Since: 4/26/2012
Wedding of our dreams!    posted 8/29/2013

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!!!!!!!!


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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: $$
  • 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 2013The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
  • The Knot Best of Weddings 2012The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012