The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Arboretum Club is a banquet and event space in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, that has outdoor and indoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Couples who want an indoor/outdoor combination wedding and couples who want a flexible venue select the Arboretum Club for their nuptials. The staff has many years of experience staging, catering and hosting weddings and they offer step-by-step planning and event coordination to make sure your special day flows gracefully and joyfully.
Arboretum Club offers the following popular venues to future brides and grooms:
Outdoor Pergola Space. Set on a round patio with an expansive lawn spreading out before it, the elegant columned pergola makes a picturesque backdrop for your vows exchange. Up to 250 guests will fit here, set up with white folding chairs.
Arboretum I and II. This is the main banquet venue for the facility. The decor is subdued and understated to allow you to choose the color scheme in the room. You may use this space for your ceremony, cocktail hour or reception. Large windows let in the sunshine and views of the golf course. Specialty lighting, fabric draping and a dance floor turn the venue into a fun celebration spot.
With the entire space open you can have 250 guests or you may split the room into Arboretum I and Arboretum II and use one side for your ceremony and one for your reception with capacity for up to 125 guests on each side. Both sides have individual sound systems and wireless microphones. Arboretum I has the golf course view, while Arboretum II has room-darkening capabilities for specialty lighting effects.
Arboretum Pre-function Gallery. This lovely space is a great setting for your cocktail hour.
What You Should Know
Arboretum Club has a minimum guest count of 50 for its wedding packages. The in-house catering crew must prepare and serve all food, with the exception of your wedding cake, which we contract through our local bakery. No outside alcohol is allowed, but the club has a wide selection of premium and specialty spirits, wines and beers and provides full-service bartending and beverage setup.
Arboretum Club offers many enhancements to personalize your reception or ceremony. You can order chiavari chairs, chair covers and specialty sashes in a variety of colors. Decorative wedding arches and Chuppahs are available for ceremony spots and specialty linens, floral displays and custom table linens are available. For your reception, you can also order ice sculptures, a chocolate fountain and gourmet sweets tables.
Arboretum Club includes everything you need in their packages and they throw in a few extras to help couples feel special on their wedding day. Perks include:
- Decorated golf cart for couple's photo shoot
- Only one event is held at a time at the venue
- Bridal Suite for bridal party with ceremony
- Champagne toast with strawberry garnish
From the Vendor
Creating Events For Lasting Memories
We offer a modern, spacious venue with accommodations up to 250. Enjoy the scenic view of our golf course, along with an exquisite menu selection. Let us attend to the details so you and your guests can enjoy your special day and create lasting memories!
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Country Club, Restaurant
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
My husband and I got married at the Arboretum Club this past August. Even from the very first time meeting Chris, we knew this was the place we wanted our ceremony and reception. She was funny, super personable, and extremely knowledgeable about the venue and services provided. And they are able to work with just about any budget! All throughout the preparation process, Chris and Sarah were extremely available to assist in ironing out all the last minute details that came up. And on the wedding day itself, WOW!! The reception hall FAR exceeded my or my husband's expectations! It was absolutely beautiful and the staff was extremely well organized and professional. Everything stayed on time and flowed seemingly effortlessly. We had so many people coming up to us and stating it was some of the best food at a wedding that they had ever had and the compliments about the venue itself were endless. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone!
My daughter was married a little over a month ago at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove, Il. From our first conversation with Chris to the day of the wedding details handled by Sarah, the entire planning process with these two people was fun and virtually stress free. No matter how many times we called or emailed, no matter how many questions we asked, everything was handled quickly and efficiently. The food was delicious, the staff friendly and helpful, and our event went off without a hitch. They were a pleasure to work with and I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone who wants a positive experience in planning a major event!
Everything was AMAZING! Chris is so easy to work with! She is very knowledgeable, which made it easy for us to fully trust her with our wedding. German was the banquet manager on site that night and he was on top of everything. If anything went wrong, we would never know! The room is beautiful and we loved that it over looked the golf course. We were married in the winter so they put white lights on the trees outside. Food was also great! Our guests were complimenting for weeks after the wedding. Highly recommend this venue!
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Arboretum. Everything went smoothly and Chris was absolutely wonderful to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of!
When I started thinking about planning my wedding, I knew it had to be back in my home state of Illinois. I knew it would be difficult to plan a wedding from 1,000 miles away, but I thought if I could find the right vendors I would be up for the challenge. Enter Chris and Sarah. From the MINUTE we met Chris, I knew she was the one. Her energy level and passion for her work was evident. I told her that we were from out of town and we were nervous about planning from so far away. The very first thing she said to me was "Oh, don't even worry! It won't be a problem!" My husband and I had a long engagement, which meant a lot of planning and emails back and forth with Chris. She took the time to answer all of my questions, both big and small and was nothing but accommodating through the entire journey. The day of our wedding it was forecasted to be sunny. Surprise, surprise it rained. I was devastated (for maybe 2 minutes), but Chris and her staff did everything in their power to transform the reception space into a wonderful ceremony location. Everything went off without a hitch (minus the weather) and it is all because of Chris and her amazing staff at The Arboretum Club. They are simply the best!
My wife and I had our wedding reception here back in May. They were truly amazing! Our initial meeting with them was a breath of fresh air after interviewing so many other places. They showed a real willingness to work with us to make sure that we had the wedding reception that we wanted on the budget that we had. Chris and Sarah were always excited to see us and to discuss our reception. They were always so patient with us and gave us honest answers and advice when we needed it. They were so amazing and helpful that you would have thought that it was a member of their own family that was getting married. The golf course here provided a lovely and perfect back drop for our wedding pictures. The food was amazing and our wedding cake was beautiful and delicious. The staff was always courteous to all of our guests. German, the banquet manager, did a great job of making sure that we were happy throughout our entire reception. My wife and I had very high expectations for our reception and The Arboretum Club did an excellent job of exceeding our expectations!
My husband and I LOVED our experience at The Arboretum Club! We had an outdoor ceremony in late September that was so beautiful it didn't even need flora arrangements outside. Our reception was fantastic as the club features only one main banquet room so your wedding is the only group in the facility. Food was incredible, the tasting party they offered a few months beforehand was so helpful and their bakery they contract with is amazing! Chris, Sarah, and Marissa are so helpful, quick to contact you back and have done this so many times everything works like clockwork. LOVED our experience at The Arboretum Club.
We got a lot of promises leading up to the day of the event. But leading up to the event Chris - who you should avoid if at all possible - told us that we could get into the space later than first promised. She made us feel like a number and that they'd rather just talk the talk than actually go above and beyond. Trying to have 3 events in one day - all of which should be events that you remember for ever - means you will make all 3 of the events feel like numbers. Great for small events, but think twice about having big events here when Chris in running the show.
My fiancé and I haven't even had our wedding at The Arboretum yet and I already know it's going to be 5 stars! From our very first correspondence with Chris, it's clear that she's knowledgable and she truly love what she does. She's organized, honest, and amicable. We're planning to have our wedding ceremony and reception at The Arboretum in May 2017 and we're already counting down the days! We couldn't be more excited to have chosen The Arboretum for our wedding!
It's been almost a year since our wedding and I cannot believe I haven't written this review yet! As our one year anniversary approaches I keep remembering how amazing our wedding was at The Arboretum Club. Everyone there was absolutely amazing to work with. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and made the whole planning process so easy! German was the banquet manager on-site and executed the evening flawlessly! Some of the staff there has been there since the club opened, Alex and Jesus to name a couple! Knowing that I felt like I was in such good hands and didn't have to worry about a thing! The food was s amazing! And the space looked amazing! Everyone was commenting on how beautiful the room looked and how good the food was! Because of the Arboretum Club, we had an amazing and fun wedding that we will certainly never forget! Thanks everyone there!
Our wedding was amazing, and we could not have been happier with the service we received! Allie was the person that we worked with when booking our wedding, and she was great to work with. She explained to us what a lot of people like, and what to stay away from based on our budget. Our tasting was a blast, and my now wife and I left stuffed! When the big day came up, Chris was great to work with. She made sure everything went off without a hitch. The food was excellent, and everyone had a great time. We just received our pictures, and they also have some great spots for photos. The Arboretum Club was fabulous to work with, and I would highly recommend this reception hall to anyone getting married. David & Melissa Married October 18, 2015.
A Fairy-tale Wedding Reception!Reviewed on 12/22/2015 Reena M
Our wedding at the Arboretum was an absolute Fairy Tale. We received so much more than we ever dreamed with the money we paid... Chris and Allie were absolutely amazing in helping us plan our Wedding Reception.. they very professional and paid attention to every detail. These ladies know this business well, and they understand people very well. These are the women you want to work with when planning such an important event in your life. My advice would be to make sure that you meet your milestones during the planning process. The Golf course provides some beautiful grounds for taking some amazing portraits to remember. It is so fun to drive around on the golf course and relax before the big party! The cocktail hour really set the mood right, the bars were setup both inside and outside. There was plenty of room for our guests to sit and enjoy their appetizers and drinks.. I heard that there was a wonderful assortment of different alcohol options... excellent premium liquors. Each Dinner table had a bottle of White and Red for our guests, along with a glass of champagne with a strawberry for our wedding toast. The standard table setup was so Beautiful with the Cream colored linens. The food was absolutely incredible! The chef and Chris worked with us until we found a combination of foods that we loved for our guests. Our Guests left very full and happy! The waitstaff was very friendly to our guests.. no complaints from anyone. The Dessert Table is definitely worth the money.. you get more than what you pay for. If you want to add a Wow Factor to your wedding, then do it. You won't be disappointed. I asked Arboretum to decorate for us with the backdrop.. it was the most impressive, most beautiful backdrop. We received so many compliments on the backdrop.. it costs a little extra, but definitely worth the money. You will be happy. Many of our guests commented on the quality of the work. The wedding cake was absolutely Beautiful and delicious! If they include this with the cost of your event, then take advantage of it.. it is definitely worth it! There are plenty of options. The owner of Arboretum Club was present until the very end of our reception to make sure everything was OK. Thank you so much Arboretum Club for making our Wedding Day such a Fairy Tale to remember!
Fantastic! My husband and I had our wedding reception at the Arboretum Club 2 weeks ago and it was perfect! Chris is wonderful at what she does and worked with us the entire time. She is very easy to work with, we couldn't have done this without her! The room for our reception was beautiful, we had 200 guests and it fit everyone comfortably. The food was also phenomenal, everyone was raving about it! I would recommend the Arboretum Club to anyone!
Indian Fusion Wedding- The Arboretum ClubReviewed on 10/30/2015 Justina K
My husband and I had our Indian fusion wedding and reception at The Arboretum Club this past month. I can't say enough how happy and blessed we are to have chosen this as our wedding venue! Working with Chris, Allie and the rest of the staff was such a pleasure the whole way through. They did a wonderful job accomodating for both Christian and Hindu ceremonies, coordinating every detail, and doing everything they could to make sure the day was flawless. Everything from the service to the food was outstanding. We were happy to have received tons of compliments from the wedding guests as well raving about the food. It was really a dream come true! We would highly recommend The Arboretum Club to any couple and definitely look forward to using them for future events. Thanks again!
My Beautiful WeddingReviewed on 9/03/2015 Hannah M
I recently got married at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. We did both our ceremony and reception at this venue, and are so happy we did! Working with Allie and Chris was wonderful. They worked with my low budget, and gave me a lot of things for a discount. The day of our wedding they were very professional and on top of everything! They made the whole day run smoothly. I HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone looking for an affordable place to be married!
Amazing Wedding Day!!Reviewed on 8/22/2015 Erin K
The Arboretum Club really helped make my wedding wonderful. With all the things that run through a brides mind before the wedding, the Arboretum Club never appeared on my radar. Chris and Alley are wonderful, they communicated perfectly and never let us down. Herman (sorry for the misspelling) stayed with us the entire night to make sure the wedding went smoothly. The outside ceremony worried me a little, there are houses in the back and the parking lot to the side, but I didn't even notice it walking down the isle. Make sure your florist is familiar with the Arboretum, they know exactly how to decorate. I would highly recommend the Arboretum for you special day, the entire staff is wonderful and I was never once disappointed.
great venueReviewed on 7/14/2015 Nicole K
My husband and I used this venue for our wedding reception. Everything turned out great! We enjoyed working with Allie & Chris who were very professional and helpful throughout the whole process. We ultimately chose this venue because of the reasonable price and the beautiful golf course- we were not disappointed. We also had many guests say how great the venue and the food were. We would highly recommend the Arboretum Club!
Love this venue!Reviewed on 6/03/2015 Danielle M
I had my wedding at the Arboretum Club and I would highly recommend it! The venue was beautiful. We had our ceremony outside and it's very pretty. I got a lot of compliments on the food and the staff was very helpful! So happy how my big day turned out!
We had both the ceremony & reception at the Arboretum Club and it was such an amazing day. Allie & Chris made the planning process as stress free as possible and were very accommodating. They worked closely with both myself and my Mom and were always respectful. I worked most closely with Allie during the planning process and despite her own wedding just a few weeks before my own she always made my feel as though my event was a priority. Chris was our on site coordinator for the day of and somehow was always there when we needed her. I highly recommend The Arboretum Club to anyone who wants a personalized and amazing wedding day!
We had our wedding reception here in April and it was amazing! Chris and Allie are so nice and really willing to work with you on everything. We had some strict dietary restrictions that they worked out smoothly. We could not have been happier with our day!
Wonderful ValueReviewed on 3/03/2015 Shannon B
We had a winter wedding and it was all done within 2 1/2 months from engagement date to Wedding day. We couldn't have done it without their help. All of the details were perfect and the big day went off without any major glitches. The cake is from a wonderful local bakery and all of the food was delicious. All of my friends and family said they we very happy with the food selections and the extra option of having late night snacks and other amenities was great. All of the little details were in place. The room was very nice and the servers were excellent. Thanks!!
Amazing weddingReviewed on 10/27/2014 Angela L
I can't say enough wonderful things about our wedding at the Arboretum Club. The venue was exactly what we wanted and thanks to Allie's assistance with working with us we stayed in our budget. Everyone at the club was awesome to work with and very responsive especially during the planning process. I dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony and the club was perfect for it. The food was great, service and assistance day of was perfect. Can't wait to see the pictures. Highly recommended!
Amazing experience for our ceremony and receptionReviewed on 10/21/2014 Laura W
Our experience with the Arboretum Club was amazing. We got married there on 9/27/2014. We worked with Allie throughout the entire process. She was extremely helpful and always responded very timely to our emails. They let us come back for a second tasting which was extremely helpful in selecting our entrees and the food the day of the wedding did not disappoint! We extended the bar package by 1 hour and our guests really enjoyed that. Our guests had a great time and we received many compliments. We added the ceiling draping and it really helped dress up the room. We are so happy with our decision to have our ceremony and reception at the Arboretum club.
What a great wedding venue!!!!Reviewed on 9/19/2014 Angela P
The folks at the Arboretum Club were absolutely AWESOME. Every detail - they nailed! They were willing to work with us, hear our ideas, make recommendations and tailor to our budget. We had hoped to have an outdoor ceremony but due to a sudden temperature drop we elected an indoor ceremony and they did not disappoint. Our indoor ceremony was PERFECT. It was colorful, intimate, and beyond anything we could have imagined on our own. The reception followed right after - they simply "flipped" the room during cocktail hour, and reopened the doors to a brand new room! Awesome drinks, killer food, and SO ORGANIZED. I would definitely recommend the Arboretum Club to a couple looking to host a wedding between 80-150 people. It is perfect. OH! AND - we had so much fun in our cute little "bride & groom" golf cart after the ceremony where we got to drive out on the course for pictures. Thank you to Allie, Lisa and Chris for making our wedding a perfect memory we will cherish forever!!!!!! :)
The Arboretum Club was AMAZING and exceeded our expectations!!!Reviewed on 8/04/2014 Karolin D
My husband and I had our wedding reception at The Arboretum Club only two days ago and couldn't wait any longer to rave about what a wonderful experience it was! We began planning with Allie, the Sales Manager. She was very warm, approachable, and accommodating from day 1. She never made us feel uneasy about coming to her at any time with our questions, and was always very prompt about answering us, along with giving us great advice along the way. We also dealt with Chris Smith, the Director of Sales and Catering, and she was just as amazing. She took the time to listen to what we wanted, and made sure that she followed through. We always felt that our opinions were important at The Arboretum Club, and that was just the planning process! The actual day of the wedding absolutely exceeded our wildest dreams!! We were greeted at the door by Allie, who let us know exactly how the flow of the night would go, which was reassuring, because time seemed to fly by so quickly that day! We were able to take photos with our bridal party, and then Allie handed us the keys to our bridal golf cart where we were whisked away to take photos on their gorgeous course. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities there! When we returned back, Allie gave my husband and I a sneak peak at the reception room before any of our guests entered. I was speechless. The staff did such an absolutely amazing job at decorating. We did the pipe&drape behind our head table with uplighting, along with uplighting in the corners of the room, and the drape in the center of the ceiling. It was gorgeous. Our cake was displayed in the middle of the dance floor, and it came out perfectly-- just as we described it to Allie a few weeks before. The Arboretum has a contract with Lovin Oven (included with the hall package!) and we later found out it was also extremely delicious!! Overall, the night flowed flawlessly and it felt like a dream. I would recommend The Arboretum Club to any future couple!!
Meet The Director of Sales
Hi! My name is Chris and I have been with the The Arboretum Club since we opened over 12 years ago. When I am not doing weddings, I enjoy hanging with my kids and just having fun. My favorite part of my job is getting to work with all of you to make your dreams come true! Along with Sarah (our Sales Coordinator), German (our Banquet Manager), and the entire Arboretum Club Family, we all strive to make your wedding a huge success!