The Dekoven Center, located in Racine, Wisconsin, is a waterfront wedding venue situated on 10 scenic acres overlooking Lake Michigan. They offer both indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions, and have over 15 years of experience coordinating events at their facility. Their staff is fully dedicated to providing excellent service to each of their guests, and focus on detail, flexibility, and competitive pricing to offer complete customer satisfaction. One of their ultimate goals is to help couples plan their special day in their own way.
Facilities and Capacity
The historic St. John’s Chapel is a romantic location for a ceremony, capable of seating up to 200 guests on the main level with overflow room in the balcony. Outdoor celebrations can be held on DeKoven’s 11 lakefront acres, surrounded by colorful gardens and towering trees around the chapel. The Great Hall offers gorgeous stained glass windows, beamed ceilings, and hardwood floors for up to 250 guests. Receptions are a favorite in this location, due to the beautiful chandelier lighting and custom built-in bar. For couples with a smaller guest list, The Assembly Hall provides room for 150 people, featuring views of Lake Michigan and the inner courtyard. Guests may park on-site at Dekoven, and wheelchair access is also available.
All-inclusive packages are available at the Dekoven Center. Their dedicated event coordinator is committed to giving couples the wedding ceremony, reception, bridal shower, or engagement party they’ve always dreamed of. From simple events to large, elaborate celebrations, their experience allows couples to run wild with ideas. To help with the more detailed parts of the occasion, the venue also offers event rentals for altars/arches, centerpieces, chairs, chair covers, a dance floor, decor, drapery, lighting, and tables. They can also provide barware, china, flatware, glassware, and linens for meals. Arrangements can also be made for licensed bartenders, who can serve guests from a cash or open bar. Couples can bring their own outside alcohol, or the venue can provide guests with:
Recommended by 98% of couples
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William Archer · Married on 06/22/2019
Wonderful Wedding Location on the shores of Lake Michigan
The Dekoven center was the ideal location for our wedding and everything about our day there exceeded our expectations. The historic buildings and the beautiful lake Michigan setting make for a beautiful backdrop for any wedding. For us it was a perfect location where we were able to hold our wedding ceremony in the beautiful St. John’s Chapel and then our reception in the Great Hall. My wife and I even stayed overnight in one of their apartments which are right there on site and are very comfortable and tastefully decorated.Sent on 09/18/2019
For the planning and build up to the wedding Dekoven was very easy to work with and the wedding coordinator, Amanda, was an absolute delight. She was easy to work with, always available and offered many great suggestions and adjustments which we readily adopted. She really performed the role of a wedding planner in many respects and that was great for us because it made our life easier.
St John’s Chapel was a beautiful historic setting for our wedding and we were able to have our own pastor conduct the service. We also had our own musicians that we had selected playing for the ceremony. The great hall was beautifully laid out and decorated and we had numerous choices of table settings, linens, food vendors etc. so we got exactly what we wanted.
Our wedding day was everything that we hoped it would be and our friends and family had a great day with us. We cannot compliment Dekoven highly enough for their great attention to detail and the service that they, particularly Amanda, provided.
DeKoven Center's reply:It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day! Wishing you all the best in your married life as husband and wife.
Jordan · Married on 06/08/2019
Such a beautiful place to get married
The Dekoven center was everything we could have ever asked for. Even with switching contacts from Adam to Jenna was fairly smooth. Jenna was amazing with everything and any changes, even last minute, we're solved with ease! The grounds and buildings were perfect for wedding shots. I couldn't have asked for a better venue.Sent on 06/11/2019
DeKoven Center's reply:Thank you so much Jordan for your kind words! It was such a pleasure working with you and Kristen for your wedding day. Looking forward to seeing more beautiful pictures! Wishing you the best of luck in your future.
Sonia · Married on 09/15/2018
I recently got married here in September 2018. I can rave a thousand times over about how beautiful their grounds are. They take good care of their property to ensure they preserve the beauty of these buildings. However, my review will not be concentrated on just how beautiful The Dekoven Center is, but I will focus on how helpful Adam Koenig the event manager was during a very difficult situation. The beginning of the ceremony we were told, what no couple would like to hear on their special day, that our officiant was not going to make it to the ceremony. It was easy to fall into despair in the thought that the day that I had planned for for a year and a half was ruined. However, despite the difficulty and the panic this caused, Adam was able to stay level headed and along with some of our loved ones that sprung to action, were able to achieve what seemed like an impossibility by that point; they go us married!!!! Adam went above and beyond what any event manager is tasked to do on a wedding day. He even helped sweep up the flower petals at the end of the ceremony, which is the task and responsibility of the wedding party. I cannot say how thankful I am to Adam for assisting us on our special day. What makes this place a go to, is that not only is the chapel and grounds absolutely beautiful, but the staff that you work with directly are amazing and are there with any questions, concerns, and are ready to spring into action when things don't go the way you planned, as that was my experience. You cannot go wrong when booking with the TheDekoven Center.Sent on 10/08/2018
DeKoven Center's reply:Thank you so much Sonia for your kind words! I'm so glad we were able to turn an unfortunate situation into a happy one again. Best wishes to a happily ever after (you two deserve it).
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Classic Elegant Chapel with beautiful grounds for your ceremony and reception.
Beautiful venue for your Special Day! Outdoor or Indoors ~ Truly a wonderful atmosphere to share your vows & become married! It's always a pleasure to work with the Dekoven staff!