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Price range: $8,600 - $11,750 Price range: $8,600 - $11,750
Couples usually spend $10,200 Couples usually spend $10,200
Reception
$1,750 starting price
Ceremony
$2,250 starting price
Reception
$1,750 starting price
Ceremony
$2,250 starting price

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About

On WeddingWire since 2008

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is a vintage hotel wedding venue located in Utica, Illinois. Built in the 1930s, this lodge in Starved Rock State Park has elegant charm that adds to the timeless splendor of your wedding day. This rustic wedding venue is sure to make your wedding dreams come true.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples may host up to 200 wedding guests at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center. There are six available event spaces for couples to choose from and utilize when customizing their wedding day. For those that wish to have their wedding indoors, the Great Hall features a magnificent stone fireplace that can be turned into a reception and bar area. For couples that want an outdoor ceremony, The Courtyard was created with you in mind. Surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors, winding paved walkways and several stone benches, the stone terrace with antique lighting provides a romantic ambiance. This outdoor area can also be transformed from your ceremony to your reception area for an intimate dinner.

Services Offered
One of the unique aspects of Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the trolley service they provide from area hotels to your wedding venue. In addition, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center can provide the following event services:

  • Accommodations
  • Event rentals
  • Event planning
  • Cake
  • Lighting/sound

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?

1,750

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

1,750

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?

2,250

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

2,250

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables
Transportation

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

Server(s)

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Hotel
Park

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
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
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4.9 out of 5 rating
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95% Recommended by couples
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Starved Rock Lodge is highly praised by multiple reviewers as a dream wedding venue. The venue is described as picturesque, enchanting, and romantic, with a beautiful natural setting that provides stunning photo opportunities. The staff, including Jenny and Hannah, receive accolades for their professionalism, responsiveness, and helpfulness throughout the planning process and on the wedding day. Reviewers also highly commend the food, mentioning that it was excellent and received positive feedback from guests. Overall, Starved Rock Lodge is recommended for its atmosphere, beauty, value, and exceptional service.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Starved Rock Lodge is highly praised by multiple reviewers as a dream wedding venue. The venue is described as picturesque, enchanting, and romantic, with a beautiful natural setting that provides stunning photo opportunities. The staff, including Jenny and Hannah, receive accolades for their professionalism, responsiveness, and helpfulness throughout the planning process and on the wedding day. Reviewers also highly commend the food, mentioning that it was excellent and received positive feedback from guests. Overall, Starved Rock Lodge is recommended for its atmosphere, beauty, value, and exceptional service.

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Mitchell W. Sent on 07/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful, Friendly, Excellent Value

Starved Rock State Park is a breathtaking green space in Illinois, and Starved Rock Lodge is the perfect venue and gateway to the park. The beauty on our wedding day still takes me aback. Hannah and the crew at the lodge were easy to work with and were far and away our favorite venue. They delivered on every promise and made our day extra special. The food was excellent, and the value was tremendous. Thanks for making our day even more special!
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Kristen S. Sent on 01/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Enchanting and professional!

Our experience with Starved Rock Lodge was absolutely incredible, from start to finish. The picturesque and nature filled outdoor area and cozy indoor lodge provided the perfect backdrop to have our dream wedding, creating an ambiance that was both enchanting and romantic. The venue is well maintained and the staff was not only professional and accommodating, but also went above and beyond to ensure every aspect of our day ran smoothly. Jenny was our contact and I cannot say enough good things about the work she put in and kept straight for our wedding, and was extremely responsive to all the questions we had along the way in our 1.5 years leading up to the wedding. Being an all inclusive venue was a major plus as well and really made the entire process so easy to have our wedding there. We had an alternative wedding as well and felt more than welcome that it is an accepting venue for whatever you want or need for your wedding. Working with the preferred vendors as well made everything so easy, as Starved Rock has great communication and rapport with them, so it was even less to worry about. The food was also outstanding and we also had guests comment on how it was the best wedding food they've had. Our guests (and us) are also still raving about the incredible atmosphere and beauty of Starved Rock, making it a truly unforgettable and perfect choice for our day!
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Rebecca F. Sent on 12/15/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding venue and awesome food!

Starved Rock was such a beautiful venue! Although we did bring some of our own decorations, we really didn't need much as the natural setting of the lodge was beautiful in and of itself. The scenery provided for the most beautiful pictures that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Everyone worries about how their wedding food is going to come out in such large portions, but I guarantee you will not need to worry about that with this venue! Every comment we received about our food at the wedding was extremely positive and everyone absolutely LOVED the food! Hannah really helped us make sure everything ran according to plan and ensured that we had the most perfect and memorable day! She was so willing to answer every question myself or my mom had about their venue, and they were a great help. Thank you, Hannah and Starved Rock, for hosting the most perfect wedding! - Rebecca and Jordan Royal
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

Team

Jenny Roulston
Jenny Roulston
Sales and Catering Manager & Assistant General Manager

I love my job! I get to work with great people and see their events through to the end. Our clients leave here with a friend and an experience. It is very humbling to know and see people enjoying their time at Starved Rock and that you had a part of that.

Member of the Starved Rock Team since: 2004

Hannah Cook
Hannah Cook
Sales Consultant

Working at Starved Rock Lodge has given me the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people. I love helping clients reduce their stress and organize every special detail. I feel incredibly lucky to have fallen in love with a creative, passionate and exciting career!

Member of the Starved Rock Team since: 2016

Katelyn Kaufman
Katelyn Kaufman
Sales Consultant

Working at Starved Rock Lodge has given me the experience to meet with amazing people. Helping plan an event and seeing it turn out to be successful is such a great feeling. I believe in delivering nothing but the best and most memorable events to all my clients!

Member of the Starved Rock Team since: 2021

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Simple Elegance Events & Entertainment Simple Elegance Events & Entertainment Wedding Planners

Jill and the staff at Starved Rock are wonderful to work with. They are very accommodating and helpful. We couldn't ask for more positive experiences than when working with them. The venue is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the staff is great. We look forward to being a part of many more weddings at Starved Rock!

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