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Bianca · Getting married on 03/26/2021
Rock Island is a gorgeous venue and the staff is beyond amazing. Even after having to postpone our wedding, Heather at Rock Island, made us feel so at ease during a time where we were panicking. Truly a welcoming and professional place to work with!!Sent on 04/12/2019
Taryn · Married on 11/15/2019
Speechless is the only word we can think of right now because Rock Island left us completely in awe. We could cry all over again writing this review. The second we walked into Rock Island and Heather showed us around we knew we had to get married at this absolutely stunning venue. Everything about it is absolutely perfect from the beautiful scenery to the stunning inside.Sent on 11/17/2019
From the minute we booked Rock Island, Heather and Karly kept In constant contact with us ensuring that every single detail was taken care of and that we would have nothing to worry about come our wedding day. This venue has an incredible amount of weddings every single week, yet they made us feel as if we were the only ones getting married there. Their attention to detail, genuine care and love for you, organization, and understanding, were immeasurable. Each meeting we had with Heather and Karly and the staff made us more and more at ease with our wedding.
Upon getting to Rock Island for our wedding day, we were greeted with smiles, and amazing people ready and willing to do whatever we needed to ensure our day was perfect. Kellie, the bridal attendant is absolutely phenomenal. She made sure that myself and all the girls in the bridal suite were enjoying our time, that we had food to eat, and drinks in our hand. She could not have been more helpful. Throughout the whole day she was holding my dress train to make sure that it didn’t get dirty and followed me around to help me whenever I needed it. She was calm, passionate, dedicated, professional, and all around the most perfect bridal attendant I could have ever asked for!
Mike was beyond words. Mike assured that Greg and I and also our guests were completely happy and satisfied at all times. He set aside good for Greg and I to eat knowing that we would not get much of a chance to eat. While we were eating dinner he continued to check in on us to make sure we ate enough and to get us anything we needed. Mike is incredibly kind, dedicated, passionate, and truly one of the hardest working people we have ever known. By the end of the night he feels like the brother you never had!
Like I said, words can truly not do this venue justice. Their service was immeasurable, their kindness and caring was unexplainable, and their love for each couple that walks through the door is admirable. Rock Island, and all the staff, thank you truly from the bottom of our hearts for the most perfect day we could have ever asked for. It was better than anything we could have ever dreamed of. If you are getting married I cannot recommend this venue enough. After getting married here, I could not see why anyone would get married anywhere else. Rock Island, WE LOVE YOU!!
Kristen · Married on 10/14/2019
Best. Day. Ever!
I honestly don't know where to begin...the scenic backdrop to our ceremony, the endless cocktail hour AND A HALF, and a fantastic banquet space upstairs made our wedding day the best day of our lives. From our initial meeting, we were blown away at the options to choose from for the cocktail hour, dinner, and bar. We still get compliments on the food from our wedding! The all-included package is honestly the best part, and having Heather as our coordinator made planning the entire day a piece-of-cake. She was quick to respond to emails, and every idea we had she took all of the pieces (photographer, florist, musicians, rehearsal) and put it al together. The day-of, the RILC staff helped us out every moment. Having the bride and groom suites to get ready in at the venue made the morning a lot less stressful! Since they only have one wedding per day, they allowed us to transform the space into our own personalized celebration of "us", which was truly amazing...our guests say that it felt like coming home, which we loved! Mike, the maitre-d, was absolutely fantastic. He ran everything behind-the-scenes to make sure the day went smoothly, while also attending to us and making sure we had everything we needed. Hands down, RILC was the simply the best decision we could've made!Sent on 01/02/2020
Katelyn Kung · Married on 10/06/2019
Beyond amazing venue! My dream wedding!
I don't know where to begin with our wedding at Rock Island. Dreaming about your wedding day for what feels like forever means you have extremely high expectations. Every single time my husband and I visited Rock Island, we left impressed and so beyond excited for our big day. The staff, FOOD, atmosphere, view, location, EVERYTHING about Rock Island is beyond amazing! Our guests cannot stop raving about our wedding at being the best and most fun wedding they have ever been to. Seriously! The food is SPECTACULAR, the views and location/building/grounds are just breathtaking, and the staff left such a lasting impression on everyone that our guests knew them by name by the end of the night. Heather, our wedding planner, was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. She is so warm and welcoming and made everything a breeze. Mike and Jessica made our wedding day run absolutely seamlessly. Karly, my bridal attendant, was extremely attentive to me and she was right there with me through our first look and all of my pictures to help with my veil and dress. Rock Island is the absolute BEST place to have your wedding and most of all, you really do feel like part of the family. Thank you to our Rock Island family for making our wedding day an absolute dream!Sent on 10/09/2019
Jen Reinhardt · Married on 10/04/2019
I initially fell in love with Rock Island Lake Club from their website alone – the beautiful pictures and insane menu options vaulted it high to the top of our venue list, and once we started visiting venues in person, it was clear nothing was going to top it. The aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for; not a “big Jersey ballroom”, but a gorgeously understated glam-rustic vibe that didn’t need to be hidden behind excessive décor and florals. The new birch arch by the water and the beautiful farmhouse tables in the ballroom are just a few highlights.Sent on 10/27/2019
The staff was beyond amazing from beginning to end. I told my husband the day before the wedding that there’s no way I would’ve stayed (mostly) sane if we’d booked anywhere else. We visited the venue twice before officially booking, and both times we walked in the place were greeted warmly and offered beverages before the tour began. Once we were under contract, Heather was our main point-of-contact and was an absolute dream to work with. She’ll outline everything the venue needs from you, and as long as you provide it, everything will run smoothly. Our actual wedding day ran like clockwork. I’d purchased the bridal suite upgrade for my bridesmaids, and we spent the morning upstairs with Karly as our wonderful bridal attendant while we had our hair and makeup done (highly recommend the bridal suite package – it made the day stress-free knowing we were there early, with breakfast and lunch taken care of). Jessica and Mike ran the show when it came to the ceremony and reception, and every part of the evening progressed timely and smoothly.
Lastly – the food! The menu options are overwhelming in the best way. The included tasting several months before our wedding was helpful for us to narrow down the options, and was a nice way to get a preview of how the venue manages an event. I appreciated being able to select four or five entrée choices, and the breadth of cocktail hour choices allowed us to easily make sure guests with various dietary restrictions had no issues getting enough food. We capped off the night with the brick oven pizza upgrade, serving as our favor for our guests as they departed, and heard rave reviews the next morning.
Rock Island was an amazing place to get married, and I’d recommend the venue with zero hesitation!
Courtney Zucker · Married on 09/28/2019
There Are No Other Venues You Should Consider
From the day we stepped foot in Rock Island, we knew we wanted to become a part of the RILC family. The grounds are gorgeous, well maintained, and are simply stunning and unique. This was just the beginning. As soon as we booked, we began working with Heather who was absolutely unreal - Heather is responsive, full of ideas and knowledge, and above all else, truly felt like our friend who genuinely cared about our wedding, despite the fact that she helps so many other couples - this is evidenced by our 100+ email chain. It is so important when planning a wedding to fully trust your vendors, and Rock Island made this easy. The day before our wedding, we met with Mike A, the RILC Maître d', and Jessica, the RILC day-of coordinator. Jessica took the time to go over every piece of decor we were dropping off to ensure that everything we wanted to be used was used, and similarly that everything we brought was packed up for us after the wedding was over. Mike and Jessica then went over every detail for our wedding, making sure that everything would be smooth the day of - and it was. Mike was AMAZING and everyone complimented us about how smoothly everything was and how promptly dinner was served. We are from Long Island and during cocktail hour, everyone came up to us to ask how we found Rock Island because they were in awe of the venue - the grounds, the lake, the ceremony space, the food, the service, and everything in between. I cannot stress this enough - my bridal attendant Amelia was EVERYTHING. She took care of absolutely all of my needs, made sure I stayed hydrated, whipped out pliers to help affix charms to my wedding shoes, and made sure we got platters of food from the cocktail our in the bridal suite after our ceremony. I cannot thank these people enough and truly did not want to leave at the end of the night. Everyone is raving about the food, saying that people were fighting over the lamb at dinner, cleaned their plates even after being stuffed after an amazing cocktail hour (especially getting rave reviews about the mini lobster tacos, coconut shrimp, chicken and waffles, grilled cheese shooters, and the slider station). Our guests told us how nice the bartenders were, how attentive the wait staff was, and how delicious the boardwalk station was that we added as a dessert. I could honestly go on and on and on about how amazing our day was because of Rock Island, but honestly, the most important thing to know is that Rock Island knows what they are doing and there are simply no other venues that you should be considering. I am so grateful to be part of the Rock Island family!Sent on 10/01/2019
Amy · Married on 07/27/2019
Fairytale wedding of my dreams
There aren't enough words to explain how amazing Rock Island Lake Club is. All the stellar reviews here are true!!Sent on 08/05/2019
Yes, the venue is stunning! The staff is extremely professional and yet personable. Heather, the wedding planner, was always there to help answer any of my ridiculous questions and kept me sane throughout the process helping me find a solution even though everyone else told me it wasn't possible. They truly made me feel like a bride every step of the way.
For reference, I got engaged in February 2019 and got married in July 2019. Although everyone said it was too short to plan a wedding, I had the fairytale wedding of my dreams all thanks for RILC. It was everything I hoped for and more. Everyone still raves about the food/drinks. We're so happy we added the midnight munchies (a must have). They were an unexpected unique wedding favor that left my guests well fed and happy.
The day is still a whirlwind in my mind. It went so fast and I'm still getting little flashbacks of it that I couldn't remember but I just want to thank RICL for making our day so special. And special thanks to Mike and Jessica. You guys were my rock on the day of and kept me the most calm I've ben in my life. That's just how much I grew to trust everyone at RILC. They make you feel like family.
-Amy and Peter
Sarah Warnet · Married on 06/14/2019
Thank you Rock Island!
To start off, I'll give the disclaimer that RILC was the one and only wedding venue that my now husband and I looked at. We had a good feeling after hearing and reading great reviews, but when we went for our initial consultation, we were blown away, not only by the space and scenery, but by the plethora of options available to us as part of the basic wedding package and the abundance of upgrades. The kindness and patience of the staff to answer our questions was also evident in Jessica's warm smile and demeanor at our meeting! As we planned, Heather (the wedding coordinator on staff) was always available to guide us in decisions when we were stuck or to answer questions about everything from wine options to car services. I truly felt that she was always happy to hear from us and help us as best as she could. By the time we got to the final meeting the day before our wedding, we felt that everything was in fantastic hands, no matter how many times the seating chart shifted in the final week! Mike, the maître d', made us confident that the reception would be awesome and Jessica, our day of coordinator, made us confident that our ceremony would run like clockwork. Carly, my bridal attendant, was extremely helpful on the day of the wedding, always willing to hold my bouquet or fix my unruly veil. One thing that really blew me away on our wedding day (and that I told a few of them) was that the whole staff really seemed genuinely thrilled for us as if it was the first wedding they had ever worked on. I really think that their excitement and enthusiasm for us made the day even more perfect. I would wholeheartedly recommend RILC to anyone looking for a wedding venue!Sent on 07/01/2019
Michele · Married on 06/08/2019
Best Wedding Ever
If you're reading this review, you're probably considering Rock Island. My advice - DO IT! Rock Island was the PERFECT choice for our wedding day. Heather, the wedding coordinator on site, is incredibly helpful and keeps you on track. She is always there for help and advice along the way. We called and emailed her many times and she was always incredibly friendly and helpful. Once you get to the final week, you meet with Mike and Jessica who are also beyond helpful. They take care of you the day of the event and make sure all of the details are ironed out before hand. Not only is the entire staff at Rock Island is great, but the food options CANNOT be beat. As a guest at weddings, two of the top things I care about (other than the couple, of course) are food and drinks. Rock Island has you covered. People still rave about our cocktail hour and guests literally had dreams about our desserts!! Also, who else gives you 5 options for dinner? It's unheard of. The premium open bar is a huge hit as well (for obvious reasons). Not all venues include this free of charge!! You may also be thinking, as the guests of honor, you won't get to enjoy any of the great food and drinks. But Rock Island does not let you miss out on this! We had our wedding at a church nearby and then came to Rock Island for pictures, before the cocktail hour. The bar was open and they had food waiting for us. Which was great because I was too nervous to eat before the ceremony and thought I would pass out if they didn't have food waiting for us!! We also stepped away for a few minutes during cocktail hour to freshen up and breathe and found trays of cocktail hour food along with our signature drinks waiting for us in the bridal suite. Our bridal attendant Amelia was awesome. She kept coming up to check on us to see if we wanted more to eat or drink. (She's also there for you throughout the night to make sure you're doing ok and to see if you need anything at all.) And the food didn't stop there. Every time I turned around, someone was asking if I needed anything. My drinks were never empty and if I left to dance, a new one was magically refilled by the time I got back. I tell everyone, I felt like royalty on my wedding day!! And the venue... just look at it. It is breathtaking. Months later, at other weddings, people talk to us about how wonderful it was to have the lake and our outdoor area to hang out at during cocktail hour. We also lucked out with a beautiful sunset on our wedding night, so the balcony was packed with people snapping pictures. We had so many guests tell us we did our wedding "the right way" and that it was the best wedding they had been to. People still are talking about it months later. I cannot thank the Rock Island family enough for making our day so special. I would not change a thing about our day.Sent on 07/17/2019
Amy · Married on 04/26/2019
The Most Amazing Place to Begin Your Next Chapter
What can I say about Rock Island Lake Club? It is absolutely amazing, and you should definitely have your wedding here! Throughout the entire wedding process, Heather and the Rock Island family made us feel so welcome and organized. Heather, our wedding coordinator, would send us reminder emails about the entire process and was cheerful and our ray of sunshine each time we spoke. On our wedding day, the staff took amazing care of bridal party, my family members, and myself, as we got ready at the venue. We never had to ask for anything because our bridal attendant, Carly, was on top of getting us food and drinks in addition to steaming our dresses. Mike, our maître d’ for the evening, took amazing care of my husband and the groomsmen, even wrangling them up when needed. Despite the rainy weather, the staff was prepared and smoothly transitioned our reception to an indoor ceremony space. Jessica, our ceremony coordinator, did a fantastic job ensuring that the ceremony was smooth and looked as beautiful as we could have imagined. During the cocktail hour (and a half), our guests raved about the fantastic food selections and abundance of food throughout the evening. Even with little hiccups along the way, as a result of some of our guests, Mike and the staff at the Rock Island Lake Club handled everything flawlessly. Mike made sure that my husband and I always had something to drink or eat before we even realized that either was needed. The staff did a tremendous job of setting up the room after the indoor ceremony and was attentive to all of our guests. The photo booth was a huge hit with our guests in addition to the pizzas at the end of the night! Our guests have been talking about how our wedding was the best one that they have ever been to! We wish that we could go back and relive that day or, at the very least, attend many, many weddings there in the future. Thank you for everything, Rock Island family!Sent on 04/30/2019
Tara · Married on 03/29/2019
Masterd the art of a perfect wedding
My husband and I went on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue- we were both trying to avoid the ballroom with the swirly rugs, I did most of my research online and I found Rock Island- From the second we walked in we were sold. Mike walked us around and he was honest and cool and made us feel so incredibly comfortable. There were certain aspects of a wedding that we wanted to avoid like the announcements and the cake cutting, and they were down for whatever we wanted (we actually went to a venue that told us we NEEDED to cut the cake- there was no away around it, clearly we didn't get married there)Sent on 04/05/2019
Long story short- if you are looking for a venue that is different, and want to wow the crowd- Rock Island is it- dont look any further! The food was INCREDIBLE, the staff felt like our family, the view is on the lake and there are so many photo opportunities inside and out. One big thing that stuck out to me during one of our tours, Heather told me to treat Rock Island like your home- put up pictures and signs and candles, anything to make it feel like home- and it really truly did. and another HUGE perk- you are the only wedding of the day, you have the entire place to yourself, every room and every level, it was fantastic! I already have friends on Facebook messaging me for more information, and guest telling their family and friends about it. They have mastered the art of a perfect wedding
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Tara and Zak, you guys are seriously the best. We could not be any happier to have you both as part of the Rock Island family. From your visit up through your big day we all had such a blast working with you both and helping you celebrate the amazing love you share for each other. We can't wait to see all of your pictures come in!!!
Catherine · Married on 12/31/2018
Kirby & Rob NYE Wedding - Thank You!
“Had we not chosen Rock Island for our venue, nothing else for this wedding would have come together. It would not have been perfect. Rock Island started it all.” My husband said this to me the morning after our wedding – he couldn’t have summed up my feelings any better. After getting engaged we booked a tour at Rock Island very last minute. We were in the area, figuring why not, it can’t hurt. Instantly we were greeted with warmth and love. Within 10 minutes of showing up we were joking and laughing with staff as if everyone were old friends reuniting. When we told them about our black tie New Year’s Eve idea as a theme for the wedding everyone was instantly hooked. We signed the contract that day – there was no need to think about it, there was no need to look elsewhere. We had found the spot.Sent on 01/29/2019
Heather. The most amazing planner, coordinator, and person out there. She kept me sane throughout this entire process, worked around my hectic medical school schedule, answered the billion emails I sent regularly and still found it in her heart to laugh, joke, and share stories with us at our meetings. Heather made sure that we knew the timeline to get things done in, she helped schedule meetings, she went above and beyond to create the vision we had for our wedding – she far exceeded our expectations. Heather is the BEST in this business. There is no question.
Mike. What can I say about Mike? I’m pretty certain that he is the most genuine person I have ever met. My wedding day was perfect because of Mike. I certainly didn’t have any time to forget to eat because Mike was filling my plate, and glass for that matter! He helped my brother set up his guitar and equipment to play a special song for my father/daughter dance without hesitation. He made sure that not only Rob and I were taken care of but that our guests with severe food allergies knew exactly what they could and couldn’t eat. He found me a fan when I was dying of heat in my puffy dress and laughed with me as I stood outside in the rain to cool down. He went out of his way to find me a rack of lamb for dinner that I had wanted more than anything. All of these things, Mike did without being asked. He just knew.
Jack. Before I could finish a sentence to ask for something, Jack was placing it down onto the table. He went out of his way to make sure Rob and I had everything we could ever want, as well as going out of his way to make sure my Mom was well taken care of. Jack even helped us at the end of the night to pack up whatever gifts and cards we had, and made sure we had some pizzas for the road too!
The bottom line is that Rock Island started out as just a wedding venue for us, but by the end turned into so much more. I feel like we have become part of the Rock Island family. These are people I want to keep in touch with, people I want to spend more time with in the future, true friends that we can count on. So thank you Heather, Mike, Jack, and the entire rest of the Rock Island Lake Club staff and crew. You gave us the dream we had envisioned and more. We certainly consider you all family now. With love and thanks, Rob & Kirby.
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Kirby! It was such a pleasure getting to host your beautiful wedding! It was definitely one for the books, and you were so stunning! We couldn't have thought of a better way to ring in the new year. Thank you for your rave review, and please stop by anytime you are in town. We would love to stay in touch, and catch up on life events. Congratulations on your first month of marriage!
Lauren · Married on 10/21/2018
The BEST wedding venue!
My husband and I found Rock Island through online searches when looking for a wedding venue. After our initial visit we were IN LOVE with the venue, the location, and the staff. We continued to keep an open mind as we were nervous about spending so much money on one day however that was time wasted. Rock Island is THE PLACE to have your wedding. We visited Rock Island three times before committing to 10/21/18 and we could not be happier with our decision. Rock Island Lake Club takes care of almost everything, Heather our wedding coordinator was extremely responsive to our e-mails and super helpful with planning the wedding and sorting out little details in the weeks and days leading up to it. People say planning a wedding is difficult, Heather and the staff at Rock Island made it seamless. Mike, our maître’d for the day was like having a super fun and chill friend hang out with us with his top priority being if we were fed, happy, and having a good time. It was a brisk fall day and Mike even gave me his jacket while we were outside for pictures so I wouldn’t freeze before the ceremony, he had drinks ready for us after the ceremony, and a plate of food from cocktail hour waiting for us. My girls and I got ready at Rock Island and the groom and his friends had the lounge package, we were all fed and taken care of all day. My bridal suite attendant was a dream, she steamed dresses and the guy’s shirts, took care of me all day, carried my change of shoes, bustled my dress, slipped my veil in and out; there were times when I didn’t notice she was even there, but sure enough she was, seeing if I needed anything. The food for cocktail hour and the reception was amazing, people were talking about how much of it and how good the food was the night of and well after. The package Rock Island offers to couples is unbeatable and the attention they give each wedding makes it feel like you truly are the only people in the world who are getting married and you’re all that matter. If anything went wrong the day of the wedding I have no idea; from the ceremony coordinator to the waiter who took care of us at the sweetheart table everyone knew how to pull off a dream wedding. We have had multiple people tell us it was the best wedding they have ever been to and I truly hope that I one day get to be a guest at a Rock Island Wedding.Sent on 11/15/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Lauren and Ian, this is so awesome, you guys are seriously the best. Thank you for entrusting in all of us and seeing the value. We had so much for celebrating with you all throughout the whole process and day of! We're happy to have you as part of the Rock Island Family!
Jordan Abramson · Married on 10/07/2018
An absolute dream wedding venue!
From the moment we took our first tour with Perry at Rock Island, my husband and I felt a sense of comfort. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, we truly felt the passion and love everyone on staff feels for their job. They know your wedding details inside and out, make your day feel completely special and unique and go above and beyond on the day of to make sure everything is seamless and perfect.Sent on 10/21/2018
The venue itself is gorgeous. It has an understated elegance with a rustic, but not barn, feel. We loved the Tuscan farm tables and wood floor ballroom. It doesn't look like your typical wedding venue.
Heather, our wedding coordinator, is so sweet and easy to talk to, on top of being incredibly organized and communicative. Any couple would be lucky to work with her.
Mike, our maitre d', was an invaluable right-hand man the day of our wedding. I needed a safety pin and mentioned it in passing and not even a minute later he had one. He checked up on us to make sure we ate, had time to ourselves and were able to absorb everything around us. I can't imagine the day without him.
And don't even get me started on the food! It is DELICIOUS, and the cocktail hour is massive and gives you so many selections to really shape the wedding how YOU envision it.
Between the gorgeous venue, impeccable staff and delicious food, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to get married. We would recommend this place a thousand times over.
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Thank you so much Jordan and Dan!!! Planning with you both was a breeze, you always made it so much fun and we're all so happy to have you as part of our Rock Island Family. Hope to see you both here again as guests!
Stefanie Munsky · Married on 09/22/2018
Best day ever
It is now almost four months since my husband and I got married at Rock Island. It was the greatest day and that is all due to the wonderful employees at Rock Island. We are forever grateful.Sent on 01/15/2019
Rock Island was the first venue that we visited in person after doing a ton of Internet research. Not only was Rock Island accommodating in that they squeezed us in for a visit the next Saturday morning, whereas many other places would only allow us to visit during the week, but Jessica made us feel welcome, despite the fact that they were preparing for a wedding later that day. I fell in love with the setting, while my husband fell in love with what was included in the standard bar and food package!
Working with Heather during the planning process was great. She was incredibly organized and responsive to any questions that we had about vendors, the menu, decor, etc., including alleviating my concern that the dance floor would be too small with a band. Let me assure you that we had plenty of room on the dance floor with an 8-piece band and 160 guests!
As for the day of, everything was perfect and stress-free. Jessica, Mike, Mike and the rest of the Rock Island team have this down to a science. Everything was set up by the time we got there. They made sure that everything we asked for on the day of was provided. They made sure that my 95-year old grandmother was able to get around the property without missing anything. They made sure that we ate before the cocktail hour and before the party (very important!) and even brought my husband a plate of the lamb chops that he was most excited about at the cocktail hour. The food was delicious, plentiful and I was told, regularly refilled at the cocktail hour. Rock Island and its team really just went above and beyond to make us have such a special day from our first visit to the day after our wedding when they had all of our decor organized in boxes ready to be taken home.
We cannot recommend Rock Island enough if you are looking to have a stress-free wedding in a gorgeous location with great food and drinks. We would not change a thing about our wedding and that is the highest complement that we can give!
For those looking to book Rock Island, we had fantastic vendors as well: Hank Lane - Clara Jordan Band (band), A Touch of Elegance (flowers), Anthony Ziccardi Studios (photography and videography), My Limo (guest transportation) and Hilton Garden Inn - Rockaway (hotel).
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Thank you for sharing this review, Stefanie! We appreciate all of the wonderful feedback, and hope to see you at our future events! Hope all is well!
Steph · Married on 09/08/2018
Rock Island is a FANTASTIC wedding venue!! First off, the staff is fabulous. They are organized, helpful, responsive, and so attentive on the wedding day. I was never without a drink in my hand, and they set up a private tasting room for us, so we could try everything and have a moment together before going to cocktail hour! They are also so fun and make the whole experience more enjoyable!Sent on 09/22/2018
Second, the food is phenomenal!! My now husband is Greek, so he was looking for some Greek food, and they created an entire station for us with all of his family’s favorite food! And it was so fantastic!! In addition to that, everything that we chose from the menu was delicious and had our guests raving. Just a few highlights: guacamole bar with margarita shots, Mac and cheese bar, duck carving station, and so much more!
Lastly, the venue is beautiful. It’s big enough to feel spacious, but small enough to feel intimate. The floors are hardwood and everything is updated. The outside is beautiful for pictures on the lake or in the woods. This place is PHENOMENAL, and I’d highly recommend for any future brides and grooms!! We are so happy we chose Rock Island for our big day!!
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Hi Steph and Chris! We're so glad you enjoyed the Greek station, we loved it so much we're adding it our 2019 Menu, definitely a fantastic idea and beyond delicious!!!
Kristt · Married on 07/14/2018
When my husband and I toured Rock Island we knew there was something special about it, and we were right. Our wedding was PERFECT! Once we arrived at the venue both my husband and I were relaxed and excited to take in every moment of the day. The incredible team (Mike, Jessica, Narissa, Carly, etc.) made us and our guests feel so special and welcome. Their attention to detail and professionalism was evident throughout the day. From booking the venue to the week of our wedding Heather was beyond helpful answering any question we had and providing us with her tips and expertise in the industry. Planning our wedding was easy and enjoyable with the incredible team at Rock Island. At first it may seem a little pricey, but we can assure you it is worth every penny! We love Rock Island!!!Sent on 08/20/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Thank you sooo much Kristy and Louis, you guys are so incredibly sweet! Thank you guy both for letting us celebrate with you, we're so glad to have you in our Rock Island family!
Talysa · Married on 06/30/2018
The Best of the Best
When reflecting back on 2018, our wedding at Rock Island Lake Club in July, is a memory that will forever fill our hearts with joy and love. From start to finish, the entire staff at Rock Island made our happiness a priority and did everything in their power to ensure our vision came to life. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, we truly felt the passion and energy the entire staff exuded. They payed meticulous attention to every detail along the way and executed the day seamlessly.
Heather was an absolute pleasure to plan with for the 18 months leading up to our wedding. She was always just a phone call or email away to answer any questions or concerns we had throughout the process. She also provided great suggestions and advice when needed. She truly has a knack for organization and was able to alleviate some of the burden of planning and the fine tuning of details. Her and Mike, our maitre d', worked as the perfect pair to orchestrate the most special day!
Mike was there for anything and EVERYTHING we needed the day of our wedding. He coordinated our vendors, wedding party and guests to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible. He provided us with our own escort service via golf cart and an endless supply of ice cold water to help us manage the 100+ degree temperatures. Most importantly his confidence and cool demeanor left us with not a care in the world the day of our wedding, knowing we were in good hands!
The venue itself looked incredible! Our vision and decor were executed perfectly by the entire staff. Our guests still can’t stop raving about the food and top rate service. The experience we had working with Rock Island was unbeatable and the best decision we made! We can only hope that we will be able to attend more weddings in the future as guests :)
With grateful hearts,
Shawn and Talysa Cole
Sent on 01/01/2019
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Talysa and Shawn!
Dayna · Married on 06/22/2018
If you want to have the most memorable wedding, you should have it at Rock Island Lake Club! My husband and I keep saying, we want to do it every weekend. From the services with the team is absolutely amazing. Setting everything up with Heather, email after email. She is so easy to work with. She was very informative on things we had questions about. My maître d’ Mike was absolutely amazing. My new best friend. He was there in a blink of an eye. Anytime I needed something he magically appeared. Also all I had to do was meow to get a drink! Mike you are the best!! Laura thank you so much for making an awesome drink sign for me and having everything go smoothly. Rock Island is the place to celebrate your special day!Sent on 07/04/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:We are so happy you and Andrew chose to celebrate you big day with us and happy we could be there for you every step of the way! Hope to see you guys again soon!!!!
Haleigh · Married on 06/16/2018
Getting married at Rock Island Lake Club was the best decision of our lives!! We worked with Heather leading up to the big day and communication was always seamless. I was even questioning my seating chart and timeline the week prior to the wedding and Heather answered my call with a lot of helpful answers. On the wedding day, we worked with Laura and Narissa, the ceremony coordinators, Carly, the bridal suite attendant, and of course, Mike, the world's best maitre'd. The team could not be more fantastic!! They were constantly checking in on us throughout the day as we got ready in the bridal suite, they made us feel right at home and so at ease. Right after our ceremony, Carly brought us a plate full of our cocktail hour food and our specialty cocktails to ensure we got to try everything we picked. Mike was truly by our side for anything we needed from staging us for the best first look photo ops to serving us and our guests shots so the bar wouldn't slow down to fixing the bustle of my dress. Plus, it wasn't just us who thought Mike was the best--we even had guests commenting how great their interactions with him had been! Another huge highlight is the amazing food!! We had a guest text us this week (after our wedding was two months ago) to comment that the salmon was the best meal he'd ever had at a wedding. Every guest we interacted with at the cocktail hour had so many great things to say regarding the food and service--they kept telling us something new we should try! Although we couldn't try it all, we did LOVE every bite and sip we had throughout the whole night. The day and night could not have run any more smoothly or been any more beautiful and special and we have Rock Island to thank for so much of that.Sent on 08/18/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Haleigh and James, thank you both so incredibly much for writing us such an amazing and thoughtful review! We all had so much planning and celebrating with you, and not to mention how awesome all of your guests were too : ) Can't wait to see you both again one day!
Deanna · Married on 04/27/2018
There are no words that can ever do Rock Island Lake Club justice. First, it is absolutely gorgeous. The location feels so remote and the views are amazing. They are constantly updating and renovating in order to keep current and new, but you don’t need me to tell you that. There are tons of pictures online that can show you better than I can ever verbalize. What puts RILC in a completely different universe when it comes to your wedding is their service. From the day I stepped inside for a tour to the day after our wedding when I packed our trunk up with leftover flip-flops, I have felt like part of a family with endless support. Heather is the best thing to ever happen to wedding planning. She is a coordinating extraordinaire. We would not have been able to do anything without her. She understood us as a couple and helped us pick out basically every vendor and even my dress. I would send her countless emails with dozens of questions and she always came back with a cohesive and ridiculously helpful response. My day of coordinator was amazing and super helpful. Mike, the maitre d', is absolutely phenomenal. There is literally nothing he won’t do to make sure you are happy and your day goes as smooth as possible. He was always right there when we needed him and when I recapped the night with my bridal party, they all said the same. I honestly don’t know how the man is in so many places at once. The food was amazing. People are still raving about our cocktail hour and signature drinks. Absolutely no one can compare to the packages they offer. You will not find another venue with this attention to detail and, most importantly, staff. As we were planning our wedding I realized most of the stress comes from not knowing (and over-Pinterest-ing). With the knowledgeable team at RILC you will be in the best hands the industry has to offer and they will help make your entire experience the best ever.Sent on 05/31/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Deanna, you and Nick are awesome!!! We still can't believe your wedding is already over but are so happy we could be a part of it all! Thank you sooo much for the amazing review, that was seriously so thoughtful. Hope you're both doing well!
Alicia · Married on 04/20/2018
I can't say enough great things about the team at Rock Island Club, they are absolutely amazing! The moment that we stepped foot to visit the venue we knew that would be the place we would get married and have our reception. Throughout the planning process Heather (our wedding coordinator) was so incredibly helpful and informative. Anytime I would send her an email she would get right back to me. The tasting experience was great, we were able to bring our family with us to try the food, which helped us make some decisions. The food is OUTSTANDING! The cocktail hour (and a half) is more than enough food - everyone loved the bacon station! Dinner and dessert were great too. We spent the whole day at RILC getting ready in the bridal suite, they had mimosas, tea and coffee, breakfast and lunch for us. The bridal attendant Rachel was perfect! She made the whole day so comfortable. Anytime I turned around Rachel was there with whatever I needed and I didn't even have to tell her, it's like she read my mind. Our Maître D - Michael was spectacular! He made sure the whole day was exactly what we wanted. No matter what we needed or wanted Michael made sure it happened. And again it's like he knew what we were thinking and we didn't even have to ask. The ceremony was beautiful, right next to lake and the rest of the night was magical. I wish I could move in and never have to leave - that is how beautiful this venue is. Plus the whole team makes you feel like you're at home! - Alicia & MikeSent on 05/26/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Thank you so much for everything Alicia and Mike! We can't say thank you enough for the awesome and sweet review but it was especially cool to see some pictures too! We hope you're doing well, and if you're ever in the area you know you can always stop in anytime : )
Liz · Married on 03/31/2018
I cannot say enough amazing things about Rock Island ... the service was amazing..from Heather (wedding coordinator) who was so helpful and prompt to my many many inquiries to the overall staff and Mike our Matr’d. Who btw my husband wants to hang with bc we had such a great time you ! Literally the night of and the next morning and still 2 weeks later, all of our guests are raving about the food and booze and atmosphere !! My husband and i are hoping one of our friends gets married here so we can enjoy as a guest. Seriously tho, i am so impressed with the level of service. I was a bit stressed as I’m sure most brides to be are during wedding planning but everytime we came to Rock Island for an appointment or tasting i felt so at ease because they really take care of everything !! I’m so happy we got married here and hope to be back soon. Thanks again for literally the best night of our life!Sent on 04/16/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Thank you so much Liz and Steve!!! We all had so much celebrating your big day with you and all of your friends and family (even happier we could do ceremony outside). We hope to see you back for another wedding one day too but for now we can't wait to celebrate with you again at Déjà vu 2019 :)
Christine · Married on 03/16/2018
Simply put, deciding to have our wedding here was the BEST DECISION we made in our entire planning process (and there are a lot of decisions!!!) Rock Island Lake Club was the first venue we saw and we fell in love. For good measure, we looked at about a dozen other venues to make sure we “got it right”, and nothing compared to the vibe of this venue. It is rustic yet elegant, providing for an upscale feel without being pretentious. The venue itself has so much character and beauty, but we had no idea how great our decision was until the wedding day actually came. THE TEAM AT ROCK ISLAND IS INCREDIBLE. Heather, the wedding coordinator, thinks of every detail and is in constant communication at all times. On the day of, my wife and I did not have to lift a finger or make one decision. They thought of and took care of EVERYTHING. Michael, our Maitre’ D, is a gem. He was super fun, made us feel comfortable and incredibly special, would magically appear whenever we needed something during the party as if he were psychic, and made the entire evening flawless. I can’t imagine having had our wedding anywhere else. I can’t say enough amazing things about the venue and its staff. If you are looking for a team and a venue that is detail-oriented, will do whatever it takes to make you happy on the day of your wedding, feels like family yet makes you feel like royalty, provides DELICIOUS and creative food and drink options, makes for gorgeous photos, and will absolutely stun your guests, LOOK NO FURTHER and book this place NOW. You won’t regret it for a second.Sent on 03/19/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Dear Christine,
Jacqueline · Married on 03/10/2018
WOW. Just wow is all we have to say. Our wedding was about a month ago now and we are still in awe of how absolutely flawless our special day went! From the moment that we walked into Rock Island at our initial appointment to view the venue we knew it was the one for us. We put a deposit down on a date that day! Our families thought we were crazy, but from meeting different staff members, to hearing about their packages and how our day would go, not to mention how gorgeous the venue itself was, we knew it was the one. We viewed other venues after that and nothing else compared. Heather, our wedding coordinator, made the entire process leading up to our wedding day stress free, comfortable, and fun! All of the details became exciting and we could not wait to experience it all! Our wedding day was more than we could have ever dreamed it would be. The staff and team at Rock Island made sure that not only we were happy, but that our bridal party, and all of our guests were happy too. We wish we could relive our wedding day all over again every weekend!!!! Rock Island Lake Club is a one of a kind wedding venue and we highly recommend checking them out! You will NOT be disappointed!! -The RevoirsSent on 04/04/2018
Rock Island Lake Club's reply:Jackie and Kevin, thank you again for taking the time to write us this awesome review!!! We all had a blast helping you celebrate your big day. We suggest your Bouquet & Garter Toss gift idea all the time, it's pretty awesome!!!