Riverside Receptions and Conference Center is a wedding venue located in Geneva, Illinois. This unique property is nestled along the Fox River and provides spectacular views from its two-story event space. Characterized by a picturesque stone exterior, the historic building exudes a chic and rustic atmosphere that is ideal for celebrations of love. Couples who wed at this estate will enjoy friendly and helpful staff, all-inclusive packages, and exclusive access to the venue on their special day.
Facilities and Capacity
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center comes with a breathtaking outdoor ceremony site where soon-to-be-newlyweds can exchange their vows. This courtyard can hold up to 130 guests and features vintage lanterns, natural stone walls, brick walkways, and lush green vegetation. Two indoor conference centers are also beautifully outfitted for ceremonies, receptions, and cocktail hours. These include the lower-level Mill Room, which accommodates 110, and is furnished with a cozy pub-style bar, natural brick limestone walls, and three impressive fireplaces. On the upper level is the Bridgeview Room, an elegant event space that seats 130 and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of the river. Couples can even rent the entire facility to make use of all three sites and throw a truly unforgettable party with all their loved ones. A get-ready suite is also available for the wedding party to prepare together and socialize ahead of the walk down the aisle.
Rentals of Riverside Receptions and Conference Center come with all-inclusive packages that include Chiavari chairs, ivory house linens, and floor-length tablecloths. The venue also offers a large variety of centerpieces such as seasonal fresh flowers, greenery, votives, white lanterns, crystals, and cylinder vases with floating candles. For reception meals, the extensive in-house catering features four hours of open bar, a champagne toast, the cake, and buffet, food station, and plated dinners. Nuptial brunch menus are also available, for those couples who would prefer a more casual affair. Overnight accommodations are situated at an adjacent sister location, The Harrington Inn and Spa. This hotel provides luxurious suites, a tranquil ambiance, and a full-service spa where the wedding party can pamper themselves with facials, massages, and more.
91 Reviews for Riverside Receptions and Conference Center
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Marissa · Married on 10/18/2019
Best wedding ever
I don't know where to start. Riverside Receptions was the best decision we could have made for our wedding reception. Frances is no joke, extremely professional, kind, helpful, and one of the sweetest people I've ever met. The whole staff is wonderful too, Amy and Jessica helped along the way and always got back to me quickly whenever I'd reached out with a question. Our wedding ceremony and reception were perfect and I have Riverside to thank forever! The food... INCREDIBLE! BEST chicken I've ever had, everything was amazing and was served hot food hot, cold food cold! The service was outstanding and the staff all friendly and accommodating. My husband and I LOVED how us and the head table was served with the staff parading out to kick off our entree course! I can't compliment enough, choose this venue if you want the best experience!Sent on 12/06/2019
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center's reply:Thank you so much Marissa! We are glad we could help you achieve your dream wedding. Best wishes in your new life together!!
Amy · Married on 06/15/2019
Beautiful Venue & Great Staff!
My husband and I got married at Riverside Receptions this past June and we can't say enough great things about the venue and staff! First of all, Amy, Frances, and Jessica were a pleasure to work with. We met with them on a few occasions throughout the wedding planning process and they were always so helpful (answered our many questions, gave vendor recommendations, etc.). We didn't hire a wedding planner so having staff there day of to set up and take down was a huge weight lifted off our shoulders and when we met with Amy we knew we were in good hands. The staff was very attentive to our guests the entire night, the food was delicious (we received many compliments) and the outdoor space was great for taking beautiful scenic photos! We are so thankful for the Riverside staff for helping us from the start of the planning process to when the very last guest left on our wedding night. They even boxed up our leftover late night pizza to take with us to the bar next door. They are truly awesome! If we could give 10 stars we would :)Sent on 10/02/2019
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center's reply:Thank you so much Amy! We are so glad our staff was able to help make your day everything you and your husband wanted! Congratulations again on your brand new life together!
Janet · Married on 05/04/2019
This venue is a dream come true!
The staff at Riverside Receptions made my dreams come true in every way; thank you so much to Amy, Jessica, and Neal, (and my now husband, Andrew, of course) for the best day of my life. I’m writing this review and posting it everywhere I can so that other brides can have the wedding of their dreams too; I recommend the Riverside in every way.
From start to finish, booking a wedding at the Riverside is a joy. When we first toured the Riverside, I knew I needed to have my wedding there. I was looking for my inspiration words – romantic, whimsical, elegant, historical – and the Riverside was a perfect fit and more. The venue and the people impressed me right off the bat. In every room, the venue is unique and has so much character. We loved the fireplaces, the mantles, and the opportunity to decorate them so that the wedding was full of our love and personalities. The views from the windows are also a GORGEOUS backdrop for a wedding. Amy and Jessica, who showed us around, were so kind and helpful; I was in love with the venue almost as much as my now husband.
After booking at the Riverside, everything was a breeze. The tasting event that we attended helped us choose our meals – DEFINITELY recommend the chicken. It is not your average chicken; it is decadent, flavorful, and delicious. I also recommend the New York Strip Steak with boursin mashed potatoes - YUM.
In addition to the tasting event, we also enjoyed all correspondence with Amy. Communication was easy and she was so helpful and patient with questions we had. I cannot compliment her enough; she is truly a pro at weddings and is an absolute joy to work with and be around.
When it came time for the rehearsal at the Riverside, everything ran smoothly. Big thanks to Amy and Jessica for helping coordinate our group and my sassy grandma 😊.
On the day, we were so happy and we were not at all disappointed. Amy and Jessica made sure everything we worked so tirelessly to plan went off without a hitch. They were on top of everything! My ceremony was so romantic and sweet and well-organized; they made sure of it! They made sure everyone had the right cue into the ceremony, the string trio was given their cues, and that the LEGO props were given to the bridal party as they entered into the reception (to Everything is Awesome!). At night, Neal took over for the reception and was an absolutely wonderful help coordinating the different details of the night: making sure the parents were enjoying themselves, ensuring the bride/groom had what they needed, and helping to clean up and organize the huge amount of décor we brought with us (we rented a U-Haul…I went a little overboard but it was so worth it). The security gentleman Louis was also a treat! I enjoyed some brief chats with him. Really, the entire staff – bartenders, waiters, waitresses, everyone did a FANTASTIC job and guests have not stopped complimenting the kindness of the staff. Also, THE FOOD. It was even more delicious than I remembered from the tasting event. The appetizers were a hit (everyone loved the charcuterie table!), the sweets table was AWESOME and the late night snacks (pizza and wings) were amazing. We honestly wish the Riverside delivered pizza regularly – it was that good…and we’re pizza people who live in Chicago. Lastly, the VENUE itself was just perfect. We had 160 guests and rented both floors (downstairs ceremony and happy hour, upstairs reception) and it was so, so lovely. Everyone had a blast and it was a perfect day.
Future brides and grooms, I speak the truth here: the Riverside really has everything – indoor space if you have weather concerns, a picturesque outdoor space, two floors with twinkle lights on the windows, a big dance floor, DELICIOUS, DELICIOUS catering, and a staff that works so hard to make a perfect day.
Riverside Receptions staff – THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
Sent on 05/31/2019
Riverside Receptions and Conference Center's reply:Thank you for the amazing review Janet! We are so glad everything lived up to your expectations and that our staff was able to make your dream wedding a reality. We wish you both the best in your new life together!
We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.
One of the prettiest places for a wedding/reception. Great people to work with.
A fabulous place for photography as well as outstanding guest and wedding services. This is one of my favorite local wedding venues.