White Oak Savanna

4352 WI-23 Trunk, Dodgeville, WI 53533 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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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 Locations:

  • 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.

  • Our Quansi Hut is another option for a smaller indoor ceremony. It is the original hut made of tin with full sliding doors that open on both ends offering a one-of-a-kind intimate indoor (yet basically outdoor) atmosphere.

Our farm also has 3 captivating outdoor ceremony 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):

  • Event planning
  • 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 staff
  • Use of 300 chairs and handmade tables
  • On-site shuttle service
  • Yard games
  • Campfire pit
  • On-site accommodations (extra fee)
  • Hayride (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.

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Wedding set up at the Pond Amphitheater
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Lloyd Jones Barn Pavilion wedding set up
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One of two dressing rooms in our Bluestem Kitchen Complex
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Wedding ceremony at our Savanna Sanctuary with alter decoration
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2 Reviews for White Oak Savanna

Recommended by 96% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 4.5
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.5
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  • User4936910 · 1+ year ago

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    • Value:
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    White Oak Savanna is the most beautiful wedding venue in Wisconsin.

    We went and looked at it when it was still under construction, just a barn with a new concrete floor. But we saw the plans for what they wanted to do and took a chance on them. And it couldn’t have turned out better. They were so accommodating with our requests and helped ensure we had a flawless wedding.

    We rented the whole venue for the weekend and it was well worth the money. We had the rehearsal dinner there complete with a bonfire after. We had some of our wedding party stay in the farmhouse and used it to get ready the day of. It’s deceivingly spacious and a simple backdrop for getting ready photos. We rented the honeymoon cottage for the wedding night and it was the perfect getaway. We were secluded and the cottage was so beautifully decorated and spacious we could have stayed there longer.

    We appreciated every hand-written note we received during our stay with them, the fresh squeezed orange juice, the attention to detail and making sure we didn’t have to worry about minor details. White Oak Savanna is not your typical wedding venue. It’s a destination wedding in Wisconsin where the staff takes on your wedding as if it’s their own.

    We don’t have a single regret, or wish that one thing was done differently. We had an amazing wedding that no one can stop talking about and it all started with the venue.

White Oak Savanna FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Parking, Tables
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 300
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 4
  • 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, 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, Outside Alcohol, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available? Altar/Arch, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Furniture, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, 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

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

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