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Willows Bend

Carbondale, KS View map Visit website
2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
Rating 4.9 out of 5
31 reviews
$2k - $3k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
$2k - $3k For 100 Guests
Up to 350 guests

Willows Bend – Lakeside Venue is a Carbondale, Kansas-based wedding venue. Situated just steps from the lake’s edge, this venue is surrounded by glassy water on three sides. This secluded atmosphere makes for a magical and serene place to celebrate one of the most important days of your life. A combination of rustic charm and classic elegance, the beauty of Willows Bend is perfect for any couple. With both indoor and outdoor event spaces available, this breathtaking venue is perfect for weddings any time of the year.

Facilities and Capacity
With three main event spaces available, Willows Bend – Lakeside Venue has capacity for up to 350 guests. When your guests arrive to this tranquil space, they’ll approach what the venue calls the Field of Dreams, with unbelievable sights of water and willow trees on every side. When it’s time for the ceremony, your guests will sit excitedly as they watch you say “I do” in any of the venue’s spectacular indoor or outdoor ceremony spaces. A covered patio is also available at Willow’s Bend, perfect for a standing cocktail hour while you take wedding portraits. Following cocktail hour, your guests will make their way to the main event space which features exposed wood, concrete floors and stunning chandeliers.

Services Offered
Willows Bend – Lakeside Venue offers a variety of wedding day services. With an elegant bridal suite on-site, you’ll be able to relax and prepare for the aisle just steps from your ceremony location. Additionally, with in-house event planning services available, you’ll feel supported and encouraged throughout the entire planning process. For your convenience, Willows Bend also allows couples to bring in outside vendors in order to completely customize their big day. Services include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Event rentals
  • Lighting/sound
  • In-house bar
  • Pet friendly
  • Outside vendors
  • Vendor referrals
  • Wireless internet
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,500

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?

$3,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,200

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$8

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

350

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

50

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Barn
Waterfront

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?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Family Style
Stations

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
Chairs
Dance Floor
Decor
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

31 Reviews

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4.9
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Recommended by 99% of couples
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    Lisa S. Married on 06/24/2022
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    Excellent!

    We just had our daughters wedding (and rehearsal dinner) at Willows Bend. Absolutely beautiful venue with wonderful spaces… bridal suite, grooms room, kitchen, plenty of restrooms, and the scenic and private outdoor space!! Jim and Michelle were excellent to work with … helpful the whole process! They recommended vendors who were also top notch. It was a truly perfect experience! I would gladly recommend Willows Bend!

    Willows Bend's reply:

    Lisa, than you so much for your kind review. The pleasure was truly all ours, take care and good bless !!!
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    Brennan R. Married on 04/09/2022
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    BEAUTIFUL SETTING!, Very accommodating, incredibly helpful

    We were married at Willow’s Bend on April 9th 2022 and our day was wonderful! Jim and Michelle were very helpful right from the moment we booked. They had wonderful suggestions for vendors as well! They were very accommodating and kind to both us and our families. Our wedding day was like a fairytale and we could not have asked for a better venue. Guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was and so are we! Both my husband and I would reccomend Willow’s Bend to anyone looking for an event venue. -Brennan and Justin Richter
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    Scott B. Married on 10/03/2021
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    French - Bonczkowski Wedding

    Thank you Jim and Michele Shively, for all you did to make Charlee French and David Sam French's wedding such a great and memorable day. You have an outstanding venue and we couldn't have been happier with the way you, Aaron Koker (DJ) and Thomas Felts (photographer) worked together to make everything flow seamlessly. We heard all positive feedback from those who attended and will definitely recommend your venue to everyone we know. We wish you many years of continued success.

    Willows Bend's reply:

    Scott, thank you so very much for your kind words and what a pleasure it was to not only host such a beautiful couple and their family but get to spend time with someone like you. You and your family are always welcome at Willows Bend. Thanks again, Jim & Michele Shively

Awards

  • 31
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner

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S. Berryton Rd. E 141st Steet Carbondale, KS, 66414
7856337334
785-633-7335

8 am - 8 pm
Location of (Willows Bend)

Willows Bend frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Willows Bend?

Willows Bend includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Willows Bend, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Willows Bend includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting

At Willows Bend, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at Willows Bend includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine

What are the most important characteristics of Willows Bend in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Willows Bend for wedding events is known for:
  • Banquet Hall
  • Barn
  • Waterfront

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Willows Bend for wedding events?

Willows Bend offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Willows Bend offer?

Willows Bend offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Willows Bend offer for wedding events?

Willows Bend offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Willows Bend have available for wedding events?

Willows Bend offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Willows Bend and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Willows Bend is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in average response time, 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in flexibility and 4.9 in value.

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