An all-inclusive island wedding venue surrounded by an 1800-acre lake is Stout’s Island Lodge in Birchwood, Wisconsin. Enjoy the serene beauty of the Red Cedar Lake, including a walk along the 100-foot bridge that connects the two islands. The combined 18 acres of the two islands are layered with natural beauty perfect for a ceremony, reception or a peaceful walk. Make memories in this historic and tranquil setting.
Facilities and Capacity
Within the Stout’s Island Lodge venue’s three spaces, couples may host up to 175 guests. Enjoy the ceremony on the South Lawn in the company of family, friends and the peaceful marvel of Red Cedar Lake. Or exchange vows in a small indoor wedding in the master bedroom of the Stout Family, structured with barrel vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace. Exclusive and non-exclusive weddings are available with this venue. Couples can choose to host a small, non-exclusive wedding for up to 60 guests. Gather after the ceremony in the Ice House, full of rustic charm and adjacent to the main lodge. Connected to the Great Room, Mrs. Stout’s Room is the ideal space for an intimate group of up to 24 seated guests. For those who wish for exclusive use of the island, the Stout’s Island Lodge can accommodate up to 175 guests for an exclusive tented wedding. This is the ultimate in privacy – only the couple and their guests enjoying the quiet beauty of the island. Convenient lodging is available as well. A total of 43 guest rooms that merge the historic and rustic elegance of the venue are just footsteps away from facility amenities of tennis, hiking trails, croquet, bocce ball, a swim dock, water boats, billiards and ping pong.
Various services exist for both the day of the wedding and surrounding days. The event space rental spans two days. If the couple and guests choose to lodge on the island, they are provided complimentary breakfast. The venue includes on-site coordination of flowers, decorations, rentals and these other services:
Enjoy the delicious cuisine from the on-site catering and chef at the on-site restaurant. The couple and guests lodging on the island can utilize the on-site restaurant beyond the day of the wedding.
Constructed of four-inch thick plank floors and carved beams from Germany, history and elegance merge in this venue. Cabins and other buildings including a three-launch boathouse, servant and guest quarters and recreation hall are sprinkled throughout this setting. Another historical piece of this venue is the 100-foot walking bridge given by Andrew Carnegie to Frank Stout.
The Stout’s Island Lodge is two hours from the Twin Cities and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport and only one hour from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Recommended by 95% of couples
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Laura · Married on 09/13/2014
Besides Stouts Island Lodge being an amazingly gorgeous venue in the middle of Red Cedar Lake in NW Wisconsin, it is the home of the most dedicated, courteous, and just down right friendly staff. From the moment we first inquired about the venue, we knew this was the place to have our wedding. We did a non-exclusive event (meaning we did not reserve the whole island) but you would have never have known it. We were treated like royalty and when it was our event on the island, everyone was front and center for us. I'm sure the other guests were attended to, but you would have thought that everyone was focused just on us. The food...the food! How many times do you go to a wedding and have all your guests commenting on how good the food is? Well, it happened here. We had both our rehearsal and wedding dinner here and it was phenomenal. The chef adds special touches to all dishes that makes them just pop. Definitely get the chilled asparagus salad...out of this world! We also had a welcome campfire for our guests around Stout's huge fire pit. We hired a guitar player and Stout's made sure we had plenty of wood and s'mores to last through the hours of campfire singing. Roaring fire, surrounding by adirondack chairs, looking into a clear star filled sky, overlooking a calm lake...what could be better? Stouts makes sure every detail is covered to ensure your venue is not only functional, but beautiful and memorable. Again, I believe it is the staff that really makes this place special. Good people...
Lauren · Married on 09/20/2014
Our wedding at Stout's Island Lodge was absolutely perfect! The island itself is already a very special and beautiful place, so to add a wedding to that mix is really special. Our guests loved the activities and grounds of the island, and enjoyed the lodge and the wonderful rooms. From the ferry staff to the general manager and owner, everyone worked tirelessly to make sure our wedding was perfect. Everything we brought with us was taken care of and whisked from the ferry right to our rooms or event space. They even packed it all up for us and put it back on the ferry at the end of the weekend. There are so many things that the staff did for us during this weekend, but one thing that really stands out in my mind is right before our band started to play, there was a huge rainstorm. We had the sides of the tent off until this point because it was a gorgeous day. All of the staff including the general manager and owner were running around soaking wet, putting the sides up as fast they could, all the while smiling and working so hard just to keep us all dry and the party going. After planning with Stephanie and Emily all year and then to have such amazing support from them and the rest of the staff, I really felt like everyone who worked there was like family by the end of the weekend. I could go on and on about Stout's and what a perfect place it is to bring everyone that you love together for a wedding. We've heard from so many of our guests that it was the most fun and special wedding that they've ever been a part of. I wish we could do it all over again, and we are so excited to go back for many anniversaries to come!
Ashley · Married on 08/10/2017
From the first phone call until the last ride back to the parking lot, we were beyond happy with our choice of getting married at Stout's. Emily not only exceeded our expectations but took the time to go the extra mile to ensure that we had solid communication and attention (even during a transition time for Christine--thanks for your help in the beginning). The island is beautiful and offers something for everyone--kayaking, canoeing, swimming, bags, bonfires, cozy cabins, exceptional food, and fireplaces galore. We were able to host an intimate ceremony overlooking the lake and a reception that matched our personalities. The staff at our wedding was very friendly. Kelly the gardener wanted to ensure that we had an extra special touch by providing us fresh flowers at our door. Chef did a fantastic job catering to our individual desires along with a guest with food allergies. The food was enjoyed by all our guests (seriously consider the mac 'n cheese)! There are a lot of reasons why we love this place, and we look forward to our next trip! If you are considering a unique experience for your guests, look no further. A boat ride to a private island, plenty of activities to enjoy, beautiful scenery, and minimal decorations needed set the stage for the perfect day. Thank you, Emily! Thank you to Chef! Thank you to all who helped make our experience one that we will never forget!
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