Wooded and Whimsical: 10 Illinois Forest Wedding Venues

Nothing says fairy-tale romance quite like a whimsical wedding celebration in a forested setting. With sprawling estates, lush gardens, and remote resorts spanning across the state, Illinois has enchanting escapes around every corner. Take your pick from our list below and bring your storybook dreams to life!



NORTHERN ILLINOIS



Camp Wokanda

Chillicothe, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Picturesque Setting

Late Night Celebrations

Charming Cabins

Fab Features: a serene escape set on Davis Lake and surrounded by 300 acres of woodland • hold your romantic outdoor ceremony in the lush and natural setting • make this beautiful campground yours for the weekend as your entire guest list can be accommodated in the sleeping cabins and campgrounds

Catering: BYO
Price: $
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Oak Hill Farm

Apple River, Illinois

Venue Superpowers:

Secluded Setting

Charming Details

All-Inclusive

Fab Features: private estate set on 172 verdant acres • outdoor ceremonies on the sweeping lawn or in St. John’s Chapel with its graceful steeple • unique event enhancements range from cocktails in the 1950s one-room schoolhouse to a DIY sundae and penny candy buffet served at the Country Store

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Storybook Gardens

Rochelle, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Enchanting Setting

Flexible Packages

Exclusive Use

Fab Features: serene 8-acre estate with a sparkling pond, winding creek, draping willows, and antique bridges • start-to-finish planning assistance and complete event design • secluded country vibes less than an hour from Chicago

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS



Marlene's Event Barn

Metamora, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Panoramic Views

Waterside Ceremonies

Late Night Celebrations

Fab Features: a rustic venue sitting on 11 acres of beautiful woods and grassland • have fun prepping for your big day in the Bridal Suite, with wall to wall mirrors and a stocked coffee cubby • hold your ceremony under their waterside pavilion and dance the night away in the 5300 square foot barn

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

North Utica, IL

Venue Superpowers:

All-Inclusive

Secluded Setting

On-Site Accommodations

Fab Features: relaxing resort surrounded by nature • variety of event spaces from the Grand Ballroom to the outdoor pavilion to the canyon deck • endless amenities like an indoor waterpark, cave arcade, and mini golf!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Vrooman Mansion

Bloomington, IL

Venue Superpowers:

All-Inclusive

Late Night Celebrations

Luxe Overnight Accommodations

Fab Features: historic 1860s mansion with dramatic, Romanesque design and lovingly resorted interiors • intimate ceremonies in the lush gardens followed by dreamy dinners in the Main House or on the pretty grounds • luxe overnight B&B accommodations in the rooms, suites, and charming Carriage House (perfect for a honeymoon!)

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS



A Pocket Full of Sunshine

Mount Vernon, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Family-Owned

All-Inclusive

Private Estate

Fab Features: sweet, family-owned venue surrounded by lush meadows, a sparkling pond, and mature shade trees • the pretty whitewashed barn boasts features an attached covered patio that opens to a courtyard • choose from their wide collection of décor to make your unique vision come to life

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Dragonfly

Herrin, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Picturesque Setting

Private Estate

On-Site Accommodations

Fab Features: whimsical property set on 36 gorgeous acres • endless photo ops next to the 1-acre pond, a cascading waterfall, the flower swing, a boho tiny house, and the wonderland woods • forested ceremonies followed by fun receptions in the rustic barn or in the covered pavilion with is large stone fireplace

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Historic Bell Hill

Cobden, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Picturesque Panoramas

Rustic

Weekend Weddings

Fab Features: breathtaking panoramic views of the Shawnee National Forest • say “I do” on the manicured lawn or with a pre-Civil War barn backdrop • multiple event spaces can accommodate intimate to large-scale celebrations

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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Starlight Lake

Marion, IL

Venue Superpowers:

Waterfront Ceremonies

Late Night Celebrations

On-Site Accommodations

Fab Features: a family-owned Southern Illinois venue situated on 144 private acres • hold your romantic outdoor ceremony with the glittering lake as your backdrop • celebrate al fresco style and dance beneath the stars in their unique reception space

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$
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