The Standard on State is an elegant wedding venue for couples in search of a unique spot to say “I do” in Rockford, Illinois. This sophisticated venue offers a memorable rooftop experience atop a historic space that you and your guests will love. This space features elegant chandeliers, stately columns, and exposed brick walls that contrast against rustic metal features. With a stunning combination of old and new, The Standard on State is perfectly suited for your industrial or vintage-style wedding festivities, and you’ll love transforming this special space into the venue of your dreams.
Facilities and Capacity
This venue has two unique event spaces, and can cater to 260 of your loved ones. Covered and uncovered outdoor options are available on their one-of-a-kind rooftop, featuring a breathtaking conservatory and garden, which boast magnificent views of the historical downtown Rockford architecture. This venue also has a luxurious bridal suite for easy and convenient pre-wedding prep. Guests will also have access to a second-floor dining room. All of these gorgeous spaces provide a beautiful backdrop to your day, and you’ll love looking back on this perfect venue in all of your wedding pictures for years to come.
This venue is available for all of your wedding festivities, from the engagement party and bridal shower to your rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. From event planning to setup and clean up, the staff at The Standard on State will assist you as they work with your outside vendors to ensure that your big day is successful and streamlined. This venue also offers in-house catering and an in-house bar, making it easy to wine and dine your guests as you celebrate together.
Executive Chef Paul Sletten is passionate about cooking and sharing delicious food with others. His restaurants focus on farm to table cuisine with great local ingredients. You can expect his catering staff to create the same exceptional experiences for you and your guests on your special day as what you would receive in his upscale restaurants.
5 Reviews for The Standard
Recommended by 90% of couples
6 User photos
Suzie Rocca · Married on 12/29/2018
Nothing short of perfect!
My husband and I can't get over how perfect The Standard was for our December wedding! The venue is absolutely beautiful and full of gorgeous details that really make it one of a kind. It was the perfect location to have both a ceremony and reception, and the transition between the two events was seamless. Johnna and Sara were so helpful with the planning process, especially when it got down to crunch time. The planning website they use is very easy to navigate and all of our other vendors had access to it so they knew our seating chart, floor layout, timeline, etc. Johnna went above and beyond to make the rehearsal and the wedding an absolute breeze. My husband and I, along with our families, were able to fully enjoy the whole day because the staff at The Standard took care of everything.Sent on 02/23/2019
Abreo caters the events at The Standard, and you won’t be disappointed. Paul and his staff were great to work with, and they even made our dream of a homemade ice cream sundae bar come true! The menu was customizable, and they were able to accommodate dietary restrictions for the guests. Most importantly, the food was phenomenal!
We feel so lucky that we were able to have our wedding at The Standard, and we would not hesitate to recommend the venue for weddings or other events.
Kelsey · Married on 10/12/2018
In LOVE with The Standard!
I don't even know where to begin with The Standard. I love this venue in so many ways.Sent on 11/26/2018
To start, the venue itself is absolutely stunning. When my fiance and I went on our initial tour, I knew we'd found the place. Now given that it was the first place we looked at, my fiance insisted we give a few other places a chance, so I did. I looked into at least 7 other venues but ultimately, none of the compared. The style was perfect for me/what I wanted for my day. Modern, glamorous, and a bit industrial. And the fact that there's a rooftop adds a whole other level (pun intended) of beauty and uniqueness. I also loved that the ceremony and reception can be in the same place AND the bridal party can get ready at the venue with hair and make up just downstairs (if you choose to use Arch Apothecary's services). So convenient and eases the stress (and cost) of travel expenses (i.e. to salons or to and from hotel).
The staff at The Standard were all so knowledgable and friendly, making it so easy to work with and plan your perfect day. I was originally in contact with Sara then switched to Johnna due to some staffing changes. The Standard gave me ample notice of the change and ensured me Sara filled Johnna in on all my details and that she did! In typical type A, bride fashion I was nervous but the transition was seamless! Both Sara and Johnna are a joy to work with! I recommend opting in for the day-off coordinator option because Johnna made sure all the details I wanted went off without a hitch! Praises to her because for a guest count of over 240 people, there's a lot to organize.
The Standard has a partnership with Abreo for all catering needs. At first you might be a little bummed that you don't have more of a variety to choose from but trust me, you WILL NOT regret it. Paul and his staff at Abreo were great communicators and really worked with my fiance and I to check all possible options to ensure our apps, drinks, and dinner menu were everything we wanted but yet as affordable as possible. Even if you don't live in Rockford, be sure to attend your tasting!! It was one of my favorite parts of the wedding process! Paul explained each dish to my fiance and I (as well as my in-laws) and made sure we did not walk away hungry. I had so many people compliment us on our wedding food which to me, is a big deal! My fiance and I are big foodies. One guest even said it was the best wedding food she's ever had and another said it was the best steak (beef tenderloin) she's ever had, period. I'm drooling just thinking about it.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The Standard to a future bride and groom. They also do other events which I'm sure would be a blast as well!
Emily Brendemuehl · Married on 09/07/2019
Modern and Unique
The Standard is an amazing venue. Both of our families still live around the Rockford area so I decided to check out this new venue in the heart of downtown. I live in the Chicago suburbs and did not picture myself getting married in Rockford but when we toured the venue we feel in love. It is modern and unique - which was exactly what I was looking for. The staff was very responsive and helpful throughout the whole process. The building has a floral shop and hair salon connected. This worked great the day of getting ready and giving feedback to the florist. Abreo is the caterer associated with the venue and I had so many guests compliment the food. I know the venue is the biggest expense for most brides - The rental fee was very similar to places I quoted in the Chicago suburbs which surprised me but after experiencing their service it is worth it. They really have the prefect wedding day down to a science and I would recommend anyone looking for an all in one location for your wedding to check this place out!Sent on 11/05/2019