Wilder Mansion is a historic wedding venue located in Elmhurst, Illinois, just 30 minutes outside of Chicago. Built in 1868, this mansion has been hosting special celebrations since December 2008. Featuring over 9,000 square feet of elegant event space, the building offers a spacious, romantic setting for any occasion. The venue’s personable team welcomes couples to become part of their history by celebrating their milestone moments here.
Facilities and Capacity
When celebrating your big day at Wilder Mansion, you can celebrate with up to 250 loved ones. You have the option of renting out the entire mansion for a completely private event or you are invited to select specific rooms for your wedding. The property consists of four ballrooms to choose from. On the building’s first floor is the Wilder Room and Wadhams Room. Connecting these two event spaces is the White Birch Lounge which is ideal for cocktail hours. On the second level, you will find the King room, the Elm room, and the Prairie room. Upstairs there is also a get-ready room which can be used for pre-celebration preparations.
This full-service venue offers a variety of thoughtful services and amenities. For assistance with your celebration’s highlights and details, the experienced team can help with event planning. On the big day, they will be there to set up your chosen event space. Tables and chairs of various shapes and sizes will be provided for all occasions. For all of your entertainment needs, the building is complete with audio and visual equipment. To simplify your planning process, the venue’s team has curated a list of preferred vendors including catering services.
In addition to the main building, Wilder Mansion also offers Wilder Park Formal Garden for intimate ceremonies of up to 130 guests. It’s surrounded by beautiful flowers, an herb garden, and a stone walkway. There’s also the Victorian-era-inspired Diana Nicholas Gardens perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour. It features granite paths, rose and boxwood gardens, and evergreen and magnolia trees.
This restored mansion, previously titled White Birch, was originally a home for Seth Wadhams and built in 1868. Through the years it was tended to by some of Elmhurst's most prominent families, including the King and Wilder families. In 1921 it was acquired by the Park District.
97 Reviews for Wilder Mansion
Recommended by 99% of couples
43 User photos
Monica I. · Married on 03/06/2021
Amazing from Start to Finish
Being a Covid Bride has been nothing but an emotional roller coaster but Wilder Mansion made it easy to plan a safe and small wedding and ceremony. Both Peg and Meagan were wonderful- incredibly responsive and helpful prior to our wedding and day of. We were able to have the entire space for our special day and separate rooms allowed for different spaces, a welcome area, a ceremony area, bridal suite, and a small dessert area. Everyone felt safe and that there was plenty of room to keep distance from other guests. We did group photos in the back of the mansion as well as the greenhouse for some pictures perfect portraits. I highly recommend Wilder Mansion as everything was perfect and an amazing venue to host a weddingSent on 03/11/2021
Wilder Mansion's reply:Thank you Monica for the great review! It was a pleasure to work with you during this crazy time. Also, the pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day. We wish you the best!
Mark-Caitlin S. · Married on 07/09/2021
25 personal wedding ceremony
Meagan and her team did an outstanding job for our wedding ceremony on 9/19. We had a small 25 person event and they executed our vision wonderfully. They were able to accommodate our outdoor ceremony and the formal gardens were beautiful and well maintained.Sent on 09/27/2020
Wilder Mansion's reply:Thanks Mark and Caitlin! You two had the most beautiful September day. Thank you for choosing us to host your wedding ceremony.
Christine P. · Married on 05/15/2021
The minute I saw the mansion I knew it was perfect for our brunch wedding. The staff at the mansion, Megan and Peggy, we incredible to work with. I was able to call and book appointments to see the mansion whenever I needed it. I was always in the loop with Covid protocols. The day of the wedding was perfect. Megan and Peggy were for the entire wedding helping with decor, guests and making sure the day went smoothly. Our guests were blown away with the beauty of the venue. I know I will be back for another event soon. I highly highly recommend this place. The price is right and includes so much!
*We also purchased a brick outside of the mansion to ensure the mansion is always apart of our lives. We can't wait to visit again soon!Sent on 06/12/2021
Wilder Mansion's reply:Christine- it was great to work with you and Peter over the past year. It was a beautiful day, and we're happy that you chose us! Looking forward to seeing you when you pop by to see your brick!
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Amazing Venue!!! Run by a second to none staff!!
We absolutely love working here. It is beautiful and the staff is always great to work with. We can't say enough good things about this place.
This is a great place to hold an event! Your guests will always remember a beautiful setting, It's one of a kind!