Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See

Manteno, IL

Capacity: 300+ | WEBSITE | PHONE

Amenities + Details

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Covered

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Venue Capacity

300+

Settings

Waterfront, Historic Venue, Park, Tented

Wedding Categories

Food + Catering, Planning

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Contact Info

Address
6641 N 6000W RD, Manteno, IL (815) 933-3011
WEBSITE

Reviewed on 10/11/2016 Laura W

Camp Shaw is a great place to have a wedding if you’re a laidback couple that likes the outdoors. The camp is beautiful! We got married in front of a rushing river, under beautiful arching trees. It was so beautiful that we did not need any additional decorations outdoors.... Read More The hall is great. It has a beautiful fireplace to decorate, and pretty wooden beams on the ceiling. Afterwards, we had dinner and dancing, beanbags, and campfire and smores. The food was delicious, and we had a lot of leftovers to eat for the next few weeks! Guests stayed overnight in tents, and we stayed in a cabin. The next morning, we were treated to a huge, delicious breakfast. The staff is great. They are very personable; you’re treated as more than just a person to do business with. The staff is proud of their camp, and they work hard to make sure that you’re happy. Our pictures turned out beautiful: we did our first look on a bridge, and additional photos by the river. Many of our guests commented on how much fun they had, and how good the food was. If we were to do it over again, we would absolutely get married at Camp Shaw again. However, there a few things to consider when booking this venue. It is primarily a camp, not a reception hall. Things are not as streamlined and organized as at a venue where weddings are the main purpose. A lot of planning falls on your shoulders, from putting out tiki torches and waterbottles for the guests during the ceremony and providing tablecloths and setting the tables in the dining hall the night before to stacking up the tables and the chairs the next day. We liked this because we could add our own personal touches, but it took a lot of planning and help from our family and friends. Our friends even assisted in wiping down the silverware that had watermarks on them from the dishwasher. Throughout the process, the staff member mainly working with us was changed three times. I believe that this may not be typical, but there just happened to be a lot of staff turnover before our wedding. The last time our contact person was changed, it was a week before the wedding, and we were not notified until we called with some last minute additional questions. Each time the contact person was changed, we had to go over all the details and prices that were agreed upon with the previous contact person. The camp was understanding when different prices were quoted to us, and they always went with the cheaper price that was quoted. Because there was so much to think about and plan, I was in constant contact via email with the camp, and they responded quickly. Overall, it seems that planning and consulting with the camp could be streamlined to be more efficient. The camp appears to still be learning how to efficiently host weddings, and will likely greatly improve in a few years. If you would like an outdoor wedding and are comfortable with doing a lot of planning with a laidback approach, Camp Shaw is an excellent place to have a wedding.