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Gillespie Conference Center

South Bend, IN View map Visit website
Rating 4.7 out of 5
21 reviews
Up to 550 guests

About

Up to 550 guests

Gillespie Conference Center, located in South Bend, IN, is an elegant wedding venue. The team here understands that every celebration is unique, and pays close attention to every last detail. They have years of experience in the events industry and are ready to provide as much support as to-be-weds need. In addition to ceremonies and receptions, this event space welcomes engagement parties, showers, and rehearsal dinners. Couples are also invited to host an intimate elopement here.

Facilities and Capacity

Gillespie Conference Center has 13 event spaces to choose from, depending on each couple's unique vision for their big day. The day can begin in the Terrace Garden, which sits beside the ballroom. This outdoor space covers 2,500 square feet and features a built-in aisle, water fountains, and a romantic white pergola. The garden can also be used for picturesque cocktail receptions. The Fleur de Lis Ballroom, meanwhile, offers 8,400 square feet of classic elegance. It can comfortably accommodate up to 840 people, and also features a pre-function area for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The ballroom features a neutral color scheme and can be adapted to suit the color palette of your event. Guests who want to stay overnight will enjoy the convenience of the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and Inn at Saint Mary's.

Services Offered

Gillespie Conference Center has a dedicated special events manager, Allison Lewis, on hand to support couples throughout their time at the venue. This can include helping them to choose the right vendor and designing a floor plan. Allison is also happy to work with your chosen vendors to help the day run smoothly. There is an in-house culinary team who can create a bespoke menu, alongside a bartending team who is happy to design a signature drink. A range of all-inclusive packages are on offer for couples to choose from, depending on their needs and budget. Tables, chairs, and a dance floor are all provided by the venue, alongside a selection of barware, tableware, and linens.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

No

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?

$750

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

$750

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

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 Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

550

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Hotel
Inn/B&B

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
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

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

What bar services do you provide?

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

What event items are available?

Chairs
Dance Floor
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?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
November
December

21 Reviews

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Rated
4.7
out of 5.0
Recommended by 95% of couples
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    Rating 4.8 out of 5
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  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.9 out of 5

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    Greta L. Married on 08/08/2020
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    Welcoming, beautiful, and fun

    Noor and Bobby and Chef Josh created an environment that was welcoming, beautiful and fun. They were careful and safe (zero reports of illness, 4 weeks later), flexible and responsive to our many different special requests. The food was delicious, the space was wonderful - including the patio, and the bartenders and waitstaff couldn't be more helpful and accommodating. It all exceeded our expectations in every way - just a wonderful day and evening.
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    Jack Married on 08/01/2020
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    Happy Times at the Hilton.

    We hosted a wedding for our daughter at the Hilton Garden Inn and the adjoining Gillespie Conference Center. Everything went very, very well. Noor, Leanne and the staff were responsive and helpful, the hotel was great and convenient, and everyone had a great time. I can easily recommend this venue to anyone. The ballroom can be spruced up very nicely, and there is a very nice outdoor section.
  • Joanne
    Joanne C. Married on 11/30/2019
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    Perfect Wedding Reception Vendor with incredible food, expert wedding planning help, and convenient connected hotel

    The Gillespie Center was the perfect vendor for our daughter's wedding! With help from Noor, LeAnn, and their staff, the day was incredible! They helped with every step of the reception planning, and did everything that needed to be done for setup and tear-down on the wedding day, including staying for most of the reception to help. The food was spectacular! The appetizers were amazing, as well as the half beef and half chicken plated dinner. Servers were timely, accommodating, and friendly. To have the hotel accommodations available to our guests in the same building and offered at a very reasonable rate was very nice, also. We were extremely pleased with the Gillespie Center and would recommend them to anyone planning an event.

Awards

  • 21

Deals

Gillespie Conference Center 1
Gift

Book in the year, for the year for 2022 and recieve one of the following enhancements:

- A complimentary chandelier

- A complimentary mimosa bar in your Bridal Suite

- A complimentary head table backdrop

Some exclusions apply. Please email Allison at Allison.Lewis@Hilton.com

Pricing

Team

Allison Lewis
Allison Lewis
Special Event Sales Manager

Hello!

My name is Allison Lewis and I attended Michigan State University for Hospitality Business Management. I would love to help you plan your dream wedding at the Gillespie Conference Center. Please let me know if there is anything I can assist you with or if you have any questions about our beautiful venue, delicious food, or amazing staff.

Best Wishes,

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Matthew Whitlock Photography Matthew Whitlock Photography Wedding Photographers

Every time I have photographed an event at the Gillespie, I have been extremely impressed. The staff does a wonderful job taking care of the guests, the venue itself is beautiful and the food is amazing.

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53995 IN-933 South Bend, IN, 46637
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Gillespie Conference Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Gillespie Conference Center?

Gillespie Conference Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Gillespie Conference Center, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Gillespie Conference Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

At Gillespie Conference Center, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Gillespie Conference Center includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Gillespie Conference Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Gillespie Conference Center for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Hotel
  • Inn/B&B

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Gillespie Conference Center for wedding events?

Gillespie Conference Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Gillespie Conference Center offer?

Gillespie Conference Center offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Gillespie Conference Center offer for wedding events?

Gillespie Conference Center offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Gillespie Conference Center have available for wedding events?

Gillespie Conference Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Gillespie Conference Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Gillespie Conference Center is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in flexibility, 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.6 in value and 4.5 in average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Gillespie Conference Center offer?

Gillespie Conference Center currently offers 1 gift promotion for wedding services.

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