Wilder Mansion is a historic venue located in Elmhurst, Illinois. Built in 1868, this mansion has been hosting weddings since December 2008. They feature over 9,000 square feet of elegant event space. Wilder Mansion is a convenient wedding destination only 18 miles from Chicago.
Facilities and Capacity
This award-winning venue can accommodate up to 250 guests. You can rent out the entire mansion or specific rooms for your wedding. There are four ballrooms to choose between, including: the Wilder room, the King room, the Elm room and the Prairie room. There's also the White Birch Lounge perfect for cocktail hour.
This full-service event venue is happy to oversee your day. Their services include:
In addition to the mansion for your wedding, Wilder Mansion also offers Wilder Park Formal Garden for an intimate ceremony 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 was originally a home for Seth Wadhams called "White Birch" and built in 1868. Through the years it was tended to by some of Elmhurt's most prominent families, including the King and Wilder families. In 1921 it was acquired by the Park District.
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Julia Wiatr · Married on 09/20/2019
The BEST Venue!!
Wilder Mansion was our perfect dream venue. Honestly, from start to finish, the staff and everyone you communicate is so wonder and works so hard to put your mind at ease. I can’t tell you the number of times I emailed the rental coordinator a novel full of questions big and small, and she always wrote back same day (or very quickly the next day) with sweet answers to everything. I never once felt that I was annoying anyone there.Sent on 09/30/2019
The venue itself is stunning – you can’t tape anything to the walls or use confetti or anything like that, but why would you want to when the mansion has such beauty and charm on its own? (Plus, hey, less money!). I’ll admit, I was a little unsure about the two floor layout (main floor for cocktails and the reception, top floor for dinner), and even stressed about it leading up to the wedding (including stressing about having 2 tables set in a smaller adjoining room separate from the main room)…. But I absolutely didn’t need to. The whole event flowed PERFECTLY, and the tables really aren’t that separate at all. We only had around 66 people total at our wedding and the mansion definitely felt like it was the perfect size for us (which I was also concerned about since it holds many, many more people than that!). Trust the space and the venue, it really does end up showing off for you and your guests.
All in all, this venue and its staff are the best. I had slight doubts but they were totally unfounded, and everyone said that our wedding was among the most beautiful we’ve seen… and all credit for that honestly goes to the Wilder staff and our caterers, because we certainly didn’t do anything to dress up the place. 😊
Also bonus, you get 2 on-site coordinators for the day of that will help you set things up (placecards, table numbers, card boxes, etc). They even helped me with my greenery table décor when the florist had to come by before the caterers!
Thank you, Wilder, for hosting our wedding, helping everything flow so perfectly and for helping me have the best day of my life.
Brides, if you’re on the fence, just do it. Trust me.
Wilder Mansion's reply:Thanks Julia! This is such a thoughtful review- thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We really appreciate your kind words and we wish you and Tyler well!
Natalie · Married on 06/14/2019
Could not have asked for better
We love the Wilder Mansion!Sent on 06/19/2019
My husband and I knew the Wilder Mansion was right for us. We had a Harry Potter themed wedding, and the aesthetic of the mansion fit the theme perfectly.
Meghan and Heather were wonderful to work with. Both ladies were rooting for our vision to be fulfilled; Heather even wore a Harry Potter outfit during the wedding! We got to have the entire mansion to ourselves, which was something we both wanted in a venue.
The Wilder Mansion staff were amazing at decorating to make our vision come to life. They were determined to make us happy! They listened to what we wanted, took notes, and we could tell they were listening to what we wanted. We also will get our own engraved brick in the park to represent our wedding day. Super cool!
Wilder Mansion's reply:Thanks Natalie! Your wedding was SO FUN! Heather and Bella are huge Harry Potter fans, so they were thrilled to find out your theme. Please come back and visit us soon!
Rachel · Married on 10/28/2018
The team at Wilder are top tier professionals who were able to anticipate and offer guidance throughout the planning process. I planned my wedding in less than 3 months and they were very accommodating throughout. I would 10/10 recommend.Sent on 12/31/2018
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!