The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
From the moment you see it, it’s obvious that Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center—in Chaska, Minnesota—is like nothing you’ve ever imagined before. Every inch of the sleek hotel screams luxury and flair and yet it’s also nestled in between 130 acres of pristine wilderness and rolling hills. Oh and it’s right in front of Lake McKnight, which means you can expect a wedding that’s breathtaking, but also relaxing and romantic.
It’s not going to be hard for your photographer to find great backdrops for your wedding photos, that’s for sure. Whether you want playful shots as you dip your bare feet in the water—or splash each other a bit—or an intimate stroll across the hillside as the sun goes down, Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center’s outdoor locations are idyllic. If you’re planning on an open-air wedding ceremony, there’s no better place for it.
Inside, artistic architectural details, touches of metal and stone and floor-to-ceiling windows three-stories high create a stylish atmosphere. It’s elegance you can feel. Each on-site venue guarantees a gorgeous wedding reception, whether your theme is chic, vintage, traditional or something more eclectic. The lobby’s stone fireplace is another great ceremony spot in case the weather forces you inside.
Seasons Restaurant is the largest venue with a capacity of 350 guests for a seated meal and dancing or 450 for a cocktail-style reception. It’s sleek, stunning and spacious. Warm columns offer visual interest around the room, while picturesque views of the lake are visible to all thanks to the enormous windows present.
McKnight Ballroom has the same charm and sophistication as the other reception locations, but is designed to be an ideal fit for guest lists closer to 200. If you’re planning on a standing reception, you can fit 250 comfortably.
Oak Ridge Ballroom is a more intimate space and has room for up to 140 guests for a seated dinner or 250 for strolling hors d’oeuvres.
What You Should Know
The idea behind Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center is not just spectacular views inside and out, but also to make things as comfortable and effortless for the newlyweds, which is why you get the services of a wedding specialist from beginning to end. The specialist helps you plan all the details and turn your vision into a reality. Day-of, the specialist is there to make sure everything happens smoothly, which takes away a lot of the stress brides normally feel.
Wedding packages are all-inclusive—so you don’t need to contact outside vendors for most services other than photographers—and come in three tiers. All you have to do is pick the one with the details you want and that fits your budget. The most elegant of the three has five hours of professional DJ service included, beautiful draping options and video capacities, like an LCD projector for slideshows.
The list of amenities provided by Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center is pretty big and very impressive. The venue helps brides and grooms to relax and their guests to be wowed.
- Award-winning pastry chef
- Custom wedding cake
- Fresh floral dinner table centerpieces
- Votive candles and mirrored tiles
- Champagne toast
Here, your wedding cake is a really big deal. The venue wants to do it right and in a way that makes your taste buds water every second from start to finish. You get to pick out your own flavors from a list that includes the following—among a ton of other options.
- Chocolate mousse
- Raspberry mousse
- White chocolate mousse
- Mousse with Bailey’s or amaretto
- Rolled fondant
From the Vendor
Whatever your dream is for an extraordinary event, Oak Ridge offers a spectacular venue with stunning ceremony and reception locations. We have beautiful indoor and outdoor locations for your memorable occasion. Nestled in 130 scenic acres on Lake McKnight, it’s a perfect setting for your special day.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Hotel, Park
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff, Shuttle Service
An absolute dream come true!Reviewed on 11/26/2010 Sarah R
I could spend all day raving about Oak Ridge and still not have told you how much we loved our experience there! Everything, from our first visit touring the venue, to our complimentary breakfast with family and friends the day after our wedding was impressive, professional and fun. They worked with us on our budget and helped us create the wedding of our dreams. When people ask us what we change about our wedding day we cannot come up with a single thing. Nine months after our wedding/reception we are still constantly complimented on how beautiful the venue was, how unique the setting, how friendly the staff, and on and on. We had both our ceremony and our reception at Oak Ridge and, after looking at several other venues where the ceremony would be held in the lobby area, we couldn't have been more pleased with the way Oak Ridge conducts their ceremonies. It never felt, or looked, at all like a lobby, but instead like the fabulous and unique venue we fell in love with. The fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows add such a beautiful and unique backdrop. Even our photographer kept saying how beautiful it was there. As a bride, I of course had questions leading up to "the big day" regarding the time line for the evening, how things would be set up, etc. Their wonderful Wedding Coordinator, Samantha, promptly responded to any inquiry I had and always put my mind at ease. Our wedding was an absolute dream come true and I was able to simply enjoy the day/evening, without worrying about a single thing. Samantha kept everyone on a schedule so that the evening flowed according to plan, but without making us feel rushed or pressured to get from one activity to the next. The amazing staff there deserves kudos as well. Everyone, from the people that checked us in to the hotel, all the way to the people who graciously helped my aunts and mother put on the "finishing touches" at the reception tables, were friendly, funny and professional. Again...enough good things cannot be said about Oak Ridge and their staff. If you do decide to use them, be prepared to have a fabulous experience planning, a wedding that will exceed your every expectation and memories that will stay with you and your guests for years to come!
Above and beyond!!!Reviewed on 11/28/2011 Vanessa L
The staff at oak ridge is AMAZING!!! I cant say it enough, and the guests at my wedding cant say it enough either! From the coordinator who is with you every step of the way, to the wait staff, bartenders and front desk personnel everyone at Oak Ridge goes above and beyond to ensure that you get exactly what you want, and that your day is perfect from start to finish. Oak Ridge was my venue for our ceremony AND reception and the whole evening was flawless. Included in the cost for this vendor were the following: catering, cake, flowers, runners, and ceremony space.
Fabulous!!!Reviewed on 10/04/2011 carrie p
Oak Ridge offers wedding packages that make planning your wedding fun and easy. The staff is absolutely amazing--you get your own wedding planner that helps you every step of the way and on your wedding day the whole hotel goes out of their way to make it go smoothly and stress free. While the package prices may initially look a little pricey, you are getting an incredible value for everything that is included. Our guests were raving about the venue and the food--I'm still getting compliments 2 weeks after the fact. My husband and I were blown away by this place and we can't recommend it enough!
If you are a looking for a venue that will do it all, Oak Ridge is the place. Jamie our wedding coordinator made our wedding stress free. We chose the Emerald Package which included a lot of options. The day went smooth and the staff were excellent. Thank you!
Oak Ridge hosted an awesome party. Megan was easy to work with, and everyone was super accommodating!
I never wanted to get married in a hotel until I saw Oak Ridge. Megan was a delight and a HUGE stress reliever. My wedding turned out to be more than I could imagine. The space is wonderful A true hidden jem!
We held our Wedding Reception here in May - while the weather didn't cooperate to hold any of the events outside, Jamie was great with making everything happen on time, just as I requested. The venue truly is beautiful (the grounds, the double layer fireplace) and the food EXCEPTIONAL. Probably the best food I have ever had at a wedding reception, including the cake - YUM. Looking back at our day, I can't think of any major issues that popped up - it went wonderfully!
Absolutely fantastic! Oak Ridge was the very first venue we looked at and it ended up being the only one that we looked at. They are the full package! They do it all and they do it so very well. The staff is amazingly helpful and friendly - willing to do whatever it takes to make the day go smoothly. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect venue. So many of our guests gushed about the food and the service - it really could not have gone better :) I've already recommended them to 2 other brides I know - they won't be disappointed!
We absolutely loved having our wedding at Oak Ridge. We had many out of town guests so it was the perfect venue because we were able to have the rehearsal, ceremony, reception and hotel all in the same place. Our guests never had to leave. The catering sales manager Megan and her team at Oak Ridge were fabulous to work with. They were very helpful and responsive to any questions we had along the way. They were also very accommodating to everything we needed. The venue is gorgeous. It rained on our big day but that was okay because they allowed us to choose the day of the wedding if the wedding was going to be inside or out as they have a back-up plan on site. The food was SO good. We chose a buffet option with late night pizzas and our guests had so many good things to say about it. These are just some of the many reasons we decided to go with Oak Ridge. I would highly recommend this venue for your wedding!!
Planning my wedding out of state was made easy with Oak RidgeReviewed on 11/29/2014 Jessalyn G
I had my ceremony and reception at Oak Ridge and it truly was perfect. When I first went looking for a venue I was very disappointed. Nothing was standing out to me, until I visited Oak Ridge. I walked in and their fireplace and floor to ceiling windows were an instant WOW factor. It wasn't a big, boring, squared ballroom which I loved. Then we started talking details. It seemed a bit expensive, but the package really came with a lot! It included, in addition to food - floral centerpieces (that's huge), cake, champagne toast, and a hour of open bar. It was totally worth the money spent. The coordinator I worked one on one with was so helpful! The staff was also great and very helpful. The day of went smoothly and I really didn't worry about much. If I had to do it all over again I would still pick Oak Ridge.
Wedding at OakRidgeReviewed on 10/14/2014 Anissa M
We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Oakridge this past June. The Venue was absolutely amazing, Patty, our wedding coordinator did an amazing job. She answered every question and put up with my many emails! This is a great value for your money, we went with the middle package- I definitely recommend. Got many compliments on the food and cake! This package included everything, meal,social hour, champagne and wine pours during supper, and cake! I will be recommending this venue to all my friends/family!
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 10/10/2014 Heidi B
We had our wedding at Oak Ridge Sept 2014. The service they provided was amazing. They make everything super simple and easy and provide everything from center pieces to the cake. Made my job as the bride a whole lot less stressfull piecing different vendors together. The venue is beautiful and the food was amazing, we had nothing but compliments from our guests.
PERFECT!!!Reviewed on 10/10/2014 Kristin R
My husband and I got married and had our reception at Oak Ridge this past June and it was the PERFECT day/night! Everything went extremely smooth - and Patty was great to work with. I would 100% recommend them to anyone looking for a venue for their wedding! In fact, when we checked out the morning after, they asked how it was and my exact response was "perfect!"
It was a great day to get married in MinnesotaReviewed on 10/10/2014
What can I say other than everything went smoothly. I am sure something went wrong as something always does. However we have thought and thought and discussed it all to much and we still can't figure out what it was. Maybe there was a wrinkle in one of the table coverings. Whatever it was no one noticed and everyone thought it was perfect. I believe it was. Samantha was a dream to work with. She provided guidance when we needed it and encouraged us do what we wanted when we had an idea. Questions were never a problem but rather an opportunity. The staff seemed like family. They seemed genuinely excited that we had chosen Oak Ridge and it was truly a pleasure to serve us and our guests. It is now a little over 3 months past our wedding and I still smile when I think of how well everything went and how well our guests were treated. If I owned a competing venue I would find a way to send my staff to Oak Ridge to get them trained.
Best Wedding Ever!Reviewed on 10/09/2014 Jenna W
We are so pleased to say that Oak Ridge met and exceeded our expectations for the perfect wedding venue. We had our ceremony at a different location but spent the evening with incredible service, food and infinite memories that were made. Do not let the prices scare you - every cent is worth it!!! We used the twinkle lights package that I believe made the night even more magical, so I recommend that. Overall, it was a wedding that everyone continues to rave about and that is because of the Oak Ridge staff!! Thank you!!!
Best day of my life thanks to oak ridgeReviewed on 10/09/2014 Emily B
Having my wedding reception at Oak Ridge was the best decision I made for my wedding. My wedding consultant Patty Groves was amazing through out the process of wedding planning until the reception. All though there was other events going on that day she was always there making sure that things were taken care of. And you didn't even notice anything else going on...( which was AMAZINGLY NICE!!!) With the different options they have and food choices there wasn't anything they couldn't do. My family has multiple food allergies and they were very accommodating. They were very professional and kind and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to host a wedding or any event there. They made it very easy for me to relax during wedding planning and that was the best part!
Great waitstaff, but overall not happyReviewed on 10/05/2014 Chloe M
Although I had some good experiences with Oak Ridge, I was left very unhappy with the overall service and value for two reasons: 1) they lost some crafts and supplies we left there and we still haven't gotten them back, and 2) they're cheap and try to get every penny they can. I'll start this off by saying that this is an expensive venue. I knew that coming in and was okay with paying so much, because everything was included. The food was decent, the waitstaff was friendly and attentive, and the venue was beautiful. There were a few things that pissed me off. First, Samantha told me that both sets of parents (mine and my husband's) would have half their room price comped. I got married in June and this still has not happened. Second, they told us that we could store our craft supplies, etc. in a room and they would be kept safe until the next morning. In the morning, our stuff was missing. Apparently, one of the outside vendors (Festivities) had accidentally taken it. I thought, okay, no big deal, I'll just come pick it up next weekend. The next weekend came around and I drove 45 mins. one way and our stuff wasn't there. I emailed Samantha and she said we could come pick it up the next weekend. I drove the next weekend and only HALF of our missing items were there. Both Oak Ridge and Festivities deny that they have the rest of our things. My husband had left some tools there that were fairly expensive and they're lost. Third, the day before the wedding, I had planned to stay overnight in the hotel with my grandmother. At the last minute, my husband decided to stay with us too. When I told the front desk this, they said, "Well, if a third person is staying, then we'll need to add $10 more to the total." Really?? I'm shelling out thousands of dollars to have my wedding here and you can't just let my husband stay in our room with us? It seemed really cheap of them to do. TIP FOR FUTURE BRIDES: In the contract, there is a minimum that you have to reach (I think it's $13,000). Be warned - this minimum does not include tax or tip. What this means is that you have to spend $13,000 on just food and beverages and then you'll have the taxes and tips on top of that. I went wayyy over my budget because of this. The contract is worded in a way that's kind of confusing, so just read it carefully. I suggest having a lawyer read over it before you sign it. There were good things about Oak Ridge, but the bad experiences I had outweigh the good. I would not recommend this venue.
Amazing Venue!Reviewed on 10/02/2014 Jane B
I held my wedding at Oak Ridge Conference Center this past September 13 2014 and let me tell you, they do an amazing job!! Samantha Freimark is their event planner and I don't know what I would have done without her. She is extremely professional and has done a ton of weddings so she knows exactly what she is doing and makes sure your day runs perfect! This venue was on the upper end of our budget but what it includes makes it all worth it! They have three different inclusive packages to choose from or you can do an al la carte option and create your own! We ended up going with the Emerald Package (they highest package) because it included so much for one cost. (3 Hours of open bar, DJ, center pieces, ceremony space, reception décor, passed appetizers during cocktail hour, plated or buffet dinner, wine pour and champagne toast with dinner, bride and groom suite, wedding party rooms to get ready in, and sooo much more!) The food is outstanding, all of our guests raved about it! Another big reason we chose to go with Oak Ridge is the convenience factor. You can have your whole day happen right at Oak Ridge. We had our wedding outside, our cocktail hour on their large outdoor patio/deck, moved inside for dinner and dancing in their gorgeous reception space and since they have a hotel attached to the conference center everyone was able to stay they night as well! We did not have to worry about what guests would do between the ceremony and reception and also did not have to worry about shuttling guests to their hotels. It made the night that much more perfect! Again Oak Ridge is on the more expensive side but go check it out and if its in your budget I highly recommend it! Both you and your guests will not be disappointed!!!
AMAZING Venue!!!Reviewed on 11/02/2013 Erin L
I worked with Samantha at Oak Ridge- she was FANTASTIC!!! From my frist emails she responded quickly and professionally! The way Oak ridge works we pretty much had a built in day of coordinator. The food is FANTASTIC!!! We had a smaller wedding (135) and our food minimums were easily met. Our reception was in the ballroom- I loved that we were more secluded. They did drape cloths and twinkle lights for free!!! I cannot say enough good things about this location!
Wonderful choice!Reviewed on 10/10/2013 Jeanette T
We had both our ceremony and reception at Oak Ridge. We worked with Sam for our wedding and she was amazing to work with, and such a huge help! She was always quick to respond to all of my (many) questions and was so patient with me. Our wedding day was pretty much perfect! Our guests gave us a lot of compliments on our venue choice including the beautiful setting, the food, and the delicious cake. The staff did an incredible job!
Wonderful VenueReviewed on 9/17/2013 Shawn F
My husband and I used Oak Ridge for our recent wedding and we were so happy with how everything turned out! Especially the food and service. Samantha was our coordinator for our wedding and was incredibly patient with our questions and the ideas we bounced off her. She always seemed available and ready for more questions. A lot of people said the wedding was very organized, I just think it was Samantha! After the wedding we got so many compliments on the service and how they were on top of getting food and drinks out. We also got compliments on how nice the staff was. The food was also fantastic, even better then when we tried it in the tasting. Everyone loved the choices for dinner and late night food as well!
Most Accomodating Venue Ever!Reviewed on 8/28/2013 Jamie L
Oak Ridge did an absolutely outstanding job as our wedding reception venue!! All of our guests were raving about the awesome location, beautiful views/windows, delicious food, friendly staff, nice guest rooms, and overall wonderful experience. We also live out of state, so they were so accommodating and easy to work with, especially with us not being close by. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a beautiful, luxurious, fun, and hospitable reception venue!
AWESOMEReviewed on 8/28/2013 Danielle S
We had our wedding at Oak Ridge and it was amazing! Our coordinator was fabulous before, during, and even after our wedding! We couldn't have asked for a better place to have this life changing event!
Great facility, not-so great customer serviceReviewed on 8/27/2013 Pharon L
I really enjoyed staying at Oak Ridge, as did many of my other guests. However, they don't have a free shuttle available (costs a few hundred bucks, depending on how long you need to use it just to go back and forth from Hazeltine) and when issues came up with some of our guests, they were not the best with communicating with us. But overall, great facility (and breakfast!) but they can be a little difficult to work with.
Fast PlanningReviewed on 8/20/2013 Hunter R
I planned my wedding at Oak Ridge with only 6 weeks before the big day. They absolutely catered to every need that I had!