White Oak Savanna

4352 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI 53533 Map · Phone number · Visit website
Hired? Save
  • Photos & Videos 44
  • About
  • Reviews 4
  • FAQs
  • Network

About White Oak Savanna

White Oak Savanna is a 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. We have 5 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 lighting system (we can display any color under the rainbow!), handmade 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 appointed 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
  • Most staffing
  • Use of 300 chairs and handmade tables
  • Yard games
  • Campfire pit
  • 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, but is perfect for a honeymoon suite. Our campsite rentals come with 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.

Follow White Oak Savanna on
Wedding reception setup
Wedding reception setup
684d6496def77424 1488929028639 gsf 7515
White Oak Savanna
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Bridal portrait in venue
Bridal portrait in venue
Couple's photo in the garden
Couple's photo in the garden
Sweet couple
Sweet couple
Wedding reception setup
Wedding reception setup
Table setting
Table setting
Scenic view of the barn
Scenic view of the barn
The venue
The venue
Wedding setup at the pond amphitheater
Wedding setup at the pond amphitheater
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion wedding setup
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion wedding setup
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion ceiling
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion ceiling
Garden
Garden
Wedded couple
Wedded couple
Kids at the wedding
Kids at the wedding
Newlyweds couple
Newlyweds couple
Couple at the barn
Couple at the barn
Reception menu
Reception menu
Signage
Signage
Appetizers
Appetizers
One of two dressing rooms in our Bluestem Kitchen Complex
One of two dressing rooms in our Bluestem Kitchen Complex
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Wedding ceremony at Savanna Sanctuary with alter decoration
Wedding ceremony at Savanna Sanctuary with alter decoration
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
Wedding ceremony at the barn
Wedding ceremony at the barn
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
Couple's photo
Couple's photo
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
Couple in front of red barn venue
Couple in front of red barn venue
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
The couple with the bridesmaids and groomsmen
Table setting
Table setting
7179575db3359312 1525921635 2ef0deed17195ffa 1525921604419 5 whiteoakssavana 18
White Oak Savanna
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion
Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion
Wedding dress
Wedding dress
Landscape of the barn
Landscape of the barn
Wedding ceremony stage
Wedding ceremony stage
gsf 5286
White Oak Savanna
Centerpiece
Centerpiece
gsf 4776
White Oak Savanna
gsf 5285
White Oak Savanna
a14a5391022e68f0 1525921636 7be850cc81eab550 1525921604422 10 whiteoakssavana 1
White Oak Savanna
Wedding reception setup
Wedding reception setup
684d6496def77424 1488929028639 gsf 7515
White Oak Savanna
Couple's photo
Couple's photo

Interested in this vendor?

Request pricing
  • Photos 43
  • Videos 1
  • 360º Virtual Tours 1

4 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 5.0
  • Average response time 4.5
Sort by:
  • D

    David Clutter · Married on 07/01/2018

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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
  • Jess

    Jess Sladek · Married on 09/01/2018

    4.6
    • Quality of service:
      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      4.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      4.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Best wedding ever

    "Best wedding ever" - according to many of our friends and families, and this had so much to do with White Oak Savanna. It is an amazing venue ; beautiful, unique, historic yet modern, ecologically-aware and in touch with nature. We highly recommend White Oak Savanna, after looking at many other outdoor venues in Wisconsin/Illinois. An excellent value for all that is included.

    The staff is fabulous and worked so hard to make our weekend special. Many guests commented to us about how lovely the people at WOS were. Lots of games on site for kids and families to play, everyone just had a blast!

    The surrounding area and small towns make for a great get away, and there are a variety of things to explore from Governor Dodge State Park, to local artisans and artists, theatre, and good restaurants.
    The venue is very well-appointed, with many different options for ceremony sites, dinner/dancing configurations, etc.
    We rented the whole venue for the entire weekend, stayed in the cottage, and also had our close friends stay in the farmhouse. All the accommodations there were excellent, and we loved having the little cottage hideaway just a short walk from the barn, where we had our dinner and reception. Lots of personal touches were considered like spare toiletries in the cottage, wine, snacks, etc. We could not have found a more relaxing place to host a very hectic, special weekend. Do not hesitate to book your wedding at White Oak Savanna - you will have the best time!

    Sent on 01/09/2019

    White Oak Savanna's reply:

    Jess-
    Thank you so much!!! It was a pleasure hosting you and yours. We appreciate your kind words and are honored to have gained your trust. Thanks again,
    Paul and Audrey

Awards

4

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

Professional Network & Endorsements

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.

Map

  • 4352 State Road 23 Dodgeville, WI, 53533 See on map
    608-636-5776 (Phone number)
    608-807-7408 (Other Phone Number)

By clicking "Request pricing" I agree to sign up and accept WeddingWire's Terms of Use.

Write a review