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Reception
$1,200 starting price
Ceremony
$100 starting price
Bar service
$30 per person
Reception
$1,200 starting price
Ceremony
$100 starting price
Bar service
$30 per person

About

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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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,200

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$100

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$100

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$30

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

10

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
August
November
December
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Reviews of Illinois Wesleyan University

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
3 Reviews
97% recommend it
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.7 out of 5 rating
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Jill G. Sent on 04/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful!

It was great working with IWU. They included so much and when there was an issue they were on top of it. Definitely recommend!
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Erin J. Sent on 09/26/2019
5 out of 5 rating

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.

Thank you all for helping us have the most amazing wedding day ever! 馃挌馃挌馃挌
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Michael Sent on 03/25/2019
4.6 out of 5 rating

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鈥檛 have imagined a better place to have our ceremony and reception and I would highly recommend having your wedding and reception here!
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Illinois Wesleyan University frequently asked questions

Illinois Wesleyan University includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables
Illinois Wesleyan University includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)
The bar service starting price at Illinois Wesleyan University includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
The space offered by Illinois Wesleyan University for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
Illinois Wesleyan University offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Illinois Wesleyan University offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
Illinois Wesleyan University offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
Illinois Wesleyan University offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Furniture
  • Tables
Illinois Wesleyan University is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.7 in flexibility and 4.7 in value.

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