Finding the perfect venue can be one of the most important and stressful decisions when planning a wedding. For brides in Central Illinois, there is a plethora of churches, banquet halls and golf clubs to choose from. But if you want to stray from the ordinary, several quaint and unique wedding venues are sure to leave you and your guests in awe when you tie the knot.
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Byron Colby Barn
If you're looking to step back in time, Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, Illinois, is a perfect wedding venue. Built in 1886, this old dairy barn is now a hot spot for weddings and other events. Although it was fully restored in 1996 to serve as a venue for community events, this location still maintains its old-time country charm. Receptions can be held in the brick courtyard, and the barn serves as the perfect reception space. Guests will get a chance to drink from one of the most unusual bars around, located in the silo.
Timbercreek Bed and Breakfast
Tucked away in a secluded meadow in Paxton, Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast specializes in outdoor country weddings. The inn is decorated with English cottage décor, which adds to the country atmosphere. There are several wedding packages available, but Timber Creek also offers tailored packages, depending on your budget.
Kickapoo Creek Winery
Don’t be fooled by the silly name. While Kickapoo Creek Winery’s name might make you chuckle, your jaw will drop when you see the breathtaking scenery of this Edwards, Illinois, winery. With options for both indoor and outdoor weddings, this is a very versatile venue. Indoor facilities can accommodate up to 300 guests, and there is an on-site catering service.
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens
The Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden in Mahomet provides one of the most beautiful settings for an outdoor wedding. There are two locations to choose from: the waterfall/pond area or the gazebo area. During the peak flower bloom between mid-June and mid-September, the location is guaranteed to be bursting with color and fragrant flowers. Some of the amenities offered by Mabery Gardens include a bridal dressing room and a backup pavilion in case of rain.
White Pines Wedding Canyon
Located in Oregon, Illinois, the White Pines Inn specializes in unique outdoor weddings. White Pines Canyon is surrounded by 30-foot high limestone walls that are covered with ivy and vines. There are ponds, beautiful flower gardens, lush lawns, waterfalls and bridges that accentuate the natural beauty of the canyon. Outdoor ceremonies can be booked from mid-May through the third weekend of October. There are nine different areas to choose from, depending on your tastes.