The Venue CU is a unique wedding destination located in Champaign, Illinois. This spacious events building features an industrial design that fuses traditional and urban styles. Situated in the regenerated east end of Champaign, the red-brick facade echoes the architectural aesthetic of the surrounding cityscape. The professional team has extensive experience in the wedding industry and strives to customize each occasion to reflect a couple’s desires. Having undergone specialized renovations, this venue blends local history with a contemporary edge.
Facilities and Capacity
The Venue CU occupies approximately 10,000 square feet, and so there is ample space for large gatherings. Events take place in the Varsity Ballroom, a large reception area that is named in honor of the historic Varsity Theater. The expert team can work with you to tailor the decor and setting to match your wedding vision. This means that every event hosted at this location is a unique rendering of each couple’s individual preferences.
Greg Bugbee, Dan Church, and Casey Gold comprise the team behind this exciting venture. Together, they are passionate about working with couples to personalize all aspects of their precious day. With considerable experience in the wedding industry, these professionals strive to source vendors to suit your tastes and preferences. The owners utilize their considerable contacts within the events industry to provide prospective clients with a host of vendor options, from videographers to florists. They are happy to work with companies of your choosing, too. The organizers will collaborate with your selected suppliers to ease the planning process and handle the logistics in advance of your big day. Couples can select from a number of event packages, each one curated to allow for personalized touches and design preferences.
The innovative group behind this enterprise acquired a number of archaic buildings listed on the National Register For Historical Places. Established as the Varsity Theater in 1906, the restored ballroom entrance features a carved hommage to its original title. Their mission is to renovate the space and repurpose it for a modern audience. The team is keen to acknowledge the historic significance of the area. They incorporated the knowledge and expertise of historians to ensure that the original importance of these buildings is upheld and understood going forward.
3 Reviews for The Venue CU
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Erin S. · Getting married on 12/10/2021
Wonderful Wedding Venue
Venue CU is a great space for a wedding! The facility turned out amazing after the renovations and has the modern, industrial vibe. Dan & Miranda are great to work with, and both are very responsive to answer any questions we had throughout the process. They both were great at accommodating changes we had to make to our plans due to the pandemic.Sent on 12/24/2020
Catie W. · Married on 05/29/2021
Book them now!
We booked The Venue CU for our May wedding back in November 2019 before they even began construction on their vision. Dan gave us amazing visuals and we believed in them so we booked them! The space is historical and beautiful, and the best part is that Dan and Miranda let you make it your own. Miranda is probably one of the sweetest humans I have ever met and she truly cares for each and every bride!
With our package, we used Bugbee's DJ services and Dan ensured that our dance floor was popping all night. Dan also worked with us on specific song requests we had for the ceremony and events which made it extra special for us. I also highly recommend their photo booth! At the end of the night they made a binder for my husband and I to look at everyone who used the photobooth throughout the night and they could leave notes for us, which is so nice to look (and laugh) back on.
Overall, the space and the people at The Venue CU are amazing. It may seem pricy at first, but once you factor in everything that is included (depending on which package you want to buy, etc.) it is worth it!Sent on 06/10/2021
Meghan D. · Married on 03/06/2021
Beautiful place to have a wedding! Dan and Miranda will be there for you from day one to make sure your wedding goals are exceeded. Thank you so much to the entire staff at the Venue CU for making sure our wedding day was perfect!Sent on 04/15/2021