Illinois Wesleyan University is a small, liberal arts college with a beautiful park-like campus. You can have your wedding ceremony in our simply charming Evelyn Chapel or outside on our quad, which is part of the Illinois Wesleyan Arboretum of over 1,200 trees! Our ceremony and reception locations, including the Evelyn Chapel, are inclusive of all religions and couples. For your reception, our campus has two main venues. The first, the Young Main Lounge, is a traditional ballroom with wood floors - perfect for dancing! Attached to the Young Main Lounge is the Joslin Atrium, a glass atrium with views of our campus quad, that is the ideal location for a cocktail hour or perhaps a standalone space for a smaller event. Our second main reception location is our Hansen Center Court. Remodeled from our original campus gymnasium, the Hansen Center Court is a unique space that has the ability to be transformed to suit a wide variety of events.
Have a different idea for your ceremony on our campus? Wedding in the library and reception on the quad? If you can dream it, we will do our best to accommodate it! We're looking forward to sharing our amazing spaces with you!
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Erin Jones · Married on 08/31/2019
Best day ever
We just had our wedding at Illinois Wesleyan on August 31st. Neither me nor my husband are alumni (Illini!!!) but I am from Bloomington, so when researching venues, IWU came up. I am beyond overwhelmed at the outstanding service we received. Anna in Conference Services was amazing. She answered all of my emails of never ending questions with patience. The student intern at Evelyn Chapel Sierra was so sweet, and then she helped at the reception as well. The catering was amazing, I still cannot get over the appetizers. And I feel the price for what food we got was very reasonable. The ease of using Evelyn Chapel for the ceremony, then to walking over to Young Main Lounge/Joslin for the reception just made the day flow so nicely. All of the servers and bartenders were professional and friendly.Sent on 09/26/2019
Thank you all for helping us have the most amazing wedding day ever! 💚💚💚
Illinois Wesleyan University's reply:Thank you so much, Erin! We were so happy to celebrate your wedding day with you. Congratulations to you and Roger!
michael · Married on 11/03/2018
Gorgeous venue for ceremony & reception
We had our ceremony at Evelyn Chapel and our reception at the Young Main Lounge ballroom, and everything turned out so beautiful and perfect! The coordinator Anna is the best! She was so easy to work with, very responsive, and very helpful through all of the planning and the day of. Both the chapel and Young Main Lounge held our 200 guests perfectly, the food was great, and the space was elegant and gorgeous. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to have our ceremony and reception and I would highly recommend having your wedding and reception here!Sent on 03/25/2019