White Oak Savanna

4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About White Oak Savanna

White Oak Savanna is an ADA accessible unique, eco-friendly wedding and events venue in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, located just 35 miles west of Madison. Our property sits on 88 acres of rolling hills in the Driftless Region, which you would have full access to with your rental. We are also a certified organic farm focused on operating sustainably and bringing the land back to it's native state. Our venue offers rustic charm with elegant and modern touches to help captivate the natural, outdoorsy feel without having to give up the luxuries of being in the city. With beautiful indoor and outdoor locations, we have everything you need for an array of events, both large and small.

Facilities and Capacity:


White Oak Savanna can accommodate events for 300+ people, depending, which we would be happy to discuss in greater detail in conversation. No one will ever wait in line for a barthroom! We have 3 main areas for ceremonies, and utilize our barn + surrounding areas for receptions.

Indoor Location:

  • The Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion is our main event space, and is much more than your typical country barn. With our restoration process we aimed to reuse and maintain as much of the original barn as we could, while upgrading and adding many new features. It now offers a state-of-the-art sound and custom lighting system (we can display any color under the rainbow!), handmade farm tables and live-wood counter tops around the perimeter, a cathedral-like beamed ceiling, and plenty of natural light streaming through.

For a ceremony, we can fit 300+ people. For a reception we can fit 200 people formally seated comfortably with room for a tent adjacent to the barn (tent is an extra rental fee) for another 100 formally seated. This varies case-by-case, of course.

Outdoor Locations:

  • The Sundial (as we call it) is a circular grassy space in the main event area at the top of a hill overlooking our property. There is a natural center aisle from one of our dressing rooms to the alter, and an area for guests to sit in the shade, if needed. We are able to fit 300+ people, and have electrical hookups at this location.

  • The Pond Amphitheater is a natural limestone amphitheater. It is at the base of the hill, described above, and next to our natural spring pond. There are a few different ways we could go about setting the seating, but we can fit about 200+. People can sit on the limestone or hill if they want, making this option a bit more informal if you'd like. There are electrical hookups down here as well.

  • The Savanna Sanctuary is a magical place and the epitome of an outdoor wedding. It is set farther back in our property surrounded by pre-Civil War bur oak savanna trees and full of vegetation. Guests can take a little walk up our path, or hitch a ride on our shuttle service (included in rental). The canopy of trees provide partial shade to keep things cool on a hot day. We can fit 400-500+ out here and recently purchased 170 chairs for your use. If you do a full 360, all you see is nature; quite amazing.


Services Offered:


With our venue rental we offer several useful services including (but not limited to):

  • Two fully appointed air-conditioned dressing rooms
  • Full, in-house beer/wine/liquor services
  • Many catering options - with 4000 sq. ft. kitchen complex
  • Lighting/sound system
  • Facility set-up & tear-down
  • Venue staffing
  • Ample parking
  • Use of 300 chairs and handmade farm tables
  • Yard games
  • 2 campfire pits
  • On-site accommodations (extra fee)

On-site Accommodations:

White Oak Savanna offers 2 on-site accommodations, 11 campsites, and 2 RV hookups for an extra rental fee so your fun doesn't have to end! Our Norwegian Hollow Farmhouse sleeps up to 13 people; perfect for your wedding party or family. Our Driftless Cottage sleeps up to 5--perfect for a honeymoon suite. Our campsite rentals includes access to our shower room and spacious bathrooms.

History:


White Oak Savanna began as a family farm in the early 1900s, where the barn was built by Frank Lloyd Wright's first cousin, Charles Lloyd Jones, and utilized by his family until the land was subdivided. The current owners, Paul and Audrey Gaynor, fell in love with the beauty of the Driftless Region and have since purchased 88 of the original 100 acres. They are dedicated to bringing the land back to it's native state, and strive to operate their business as sustainably as possible. Recent construction, restoration, and renovations finished in April of 2017, and no details were spared. This amenity-rich, eco-friendly sanctuary provides the premiere place to immerse yourself in the beautiful environment we live in without having to give up your city-like comforts.

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Barn and Tent
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Follow the rainbow
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Nice view from barn
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Couple at the Carriage House
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Sundial Arbor
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Sundial ceremony
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Sundial ceremony
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Photo opportunity
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String lighting
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Wedded couple
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Music
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Farm tables/chairs included
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Blue lighting in Barn
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Tent next to barn
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Fire pit at Sundial
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Sundial
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Flowers in Corn Crib
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One of 2 fire pits
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Ceremony in Sundial
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Savanna Sanctuary
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Very proud!
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Here comes the Couple!
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Have a seat
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Barn magic
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Purple coneflower
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Barn Lighting
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Camping
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View/sinage
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Pond Amphitheater
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Mingling
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Truckin'
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Wildflowers
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Flowers!
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Games
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Signage
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Arbor/Sundial
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Photo opportunities!
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Sundial Panoramic
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Panoramic
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Sundial Amphitheater
Sundial Amphitheater
Sundial Amphitheater
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Accent
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Tent setup
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Sundial Amphitheater
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Oak/wildflowers
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With tent
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Accents
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Sundial Amphitheater
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View from Barn
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Sunset
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Rolling
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Clouds in Corn Crib
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Lawn games!
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Mingling by Barn
Mingling by Barn
Mingling by Barn
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Nice stools
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Flowers!
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Barn wedding
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Mingling outside Barn
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Arbor for ceremony
Driftless Cottage for couple
Driftless Cottage for couple
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Wild Flowers!
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Custom lighting in the Barn
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Couple's photo
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Bridal portrait in venue
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Couple's photo in the garden
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Sweet couple
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Wedding reception setup
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Table setting
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Scenic view of the barn
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The venue
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Wedding setup at the pond amphitheater
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Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion ceiling
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Garden
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Kids at the wedding
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Newlyweds couple
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Reception menu
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Signage
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Appetizers
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One of two dressing rooms in our Bluestem Kitchen Complex
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Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
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Wedding ceremony at Savanna Sanctuary with alter decoration
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Couple's photo
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Wedding ceremony at the barn
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Couple in front of red barn venue
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6 Reviews for White Oak Savanna

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.8
  • Flexibility 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.5

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    Brandon Wilhelm · Married on 10/13/2018

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    Wedding Ceremony was perfect!

    We had only the Wedding Ceremony at White Oak so I can only speak for that. I don't believe they normally allow Ceremony only with no reception, due to demand, but were very accommodating to us. At the last minute we needed to change venues due to the weather. Paul made arrangements for us immediately and set us up with his event coordinator, Jill. Jill was amazing! She helped with everything from start to finish and made sure everything was smooth up to and including walking us to the barn to go down the aisle. The barn is really set up nice. We had approximately 285 guests. It was a bit tight with that many but no complaints. The barn has mood lighting throughout that allows you to choose any color on the entire color spectrum to suit your wedding theme. The chairs are very nice and light blue in color. Parking attendants helped park cars. The outside premises are beautiful. Large oak trees, a West view for sunsets, and a nice rolling valley with a pond. We have no complaints at all! Based on our experience I highly recommend... but again I can only speak for the professionalism and accommodations we received during the ceremony. The kitchen did however appear to be very clean and modern for those weddings looking to have a reception. Thanks so much to Jill and Paul for allowing us to have our special day there!

    Sent on 10/16/2018

    White Oak Savanna's reply:

    Brandon-
    Thank you so much! It was a pleasure to host you and we are glad we were able to make your day special!
    Paul and Audrey
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    David Clutter · Married on 07/01/2018

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    Beautiful and Inspiring

    We’ve held 3 events at White Oak Savanna and each time people have walked away feeling inspired, energized & hopeful. Big thanks to Paul & Audrey!

    Sent on 02/02/2019

    White Oak Savanna's reply:

    Thank you, Dave!! It has been a pleasure to host you and we look forward to many more!!!
    Paul and Audrey

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White Oak Savanna FAQ

  • 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? $ 4,945.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 4,945.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 4,945.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 4,945.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Event Planning, Lighting/Sound, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 27.95
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? House Beer, House Wine, Open Bar, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 8
  • Describe your venue: Barn, Campsite/Cabin, Farm/Ranch
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • 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, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors, Set Up, Wifi
  • 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? Aisle Runners, Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, 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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1 Endorsement

  • Velvet Rentals
    Velvet Rentals Wedding Rentals

    It was wonderful working with White Oak Savanna for an evening event. Their barn is gorgeous as well as their unique outdoor spaces connected by well-defined paths and surrounded by beautiful trees. I went there three days in a row, and I could see how their staff worked hard every day to take excellent care of the property. Jill was very kind, organized, and helpful and a delight to work with.

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  • 4352 State Road 23 Dodgeville, WI, 53533 See on map
    608-636-5776 (Phone number)
    312-213-0744 (Other Phone Number)

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