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It’s wedding planning season! So you want an outside wedding…


I don’t know about you, but everyone and their brother got engaged over the holidays. Now begins the frenzy of finding a venue/church/cater/photographer etc. Welcome to the wedding season! Good thing the Elgin area has a TON of options for the newly engaged! Whether you are a newly engaged couple or helping someone plan their wedding we’re here to help make the planning process easy.

The Elgin area is filled with beautiful landscapes for to-be-brides who wish to have an outdoors wedding. It might be too cold to think about that now, but you can never start too soon, right?
If you desire an outdoors wedding venue, we suggest Lord Park Pavilion, Walton Island, Randall Oaks Golf Club and Banquets, Bartlett Hills Golf Club & Banquets, and The Highlands of Elgin Golf Club.

lordsparkLord’s Park Pavilion is a two-story pavilion, built in 1898, is one of the city’s most valued historical landmarks.  It is located at 100 Oakwood Boulevard in the beautiful historic Lords Park, a photographic 108-acre site.  Available for use by groups of up to 300 people – 150 people on each level. Perfect for the summer and fall wedding, Lord’s Park Pavilion will surely make your wedding the event of the year! The pavilion offers great price deal for Elgin residents.

Walton Island is located just south of the Elgin Dam on the Fox River in downtown Elgin and holdswalton-island 100-150 individuals. The 4.5-acre parcel provides scenic walking paths and a pavilion shelter for special events. The gazebo is an excellent spot to hold a wedding ceremony or take wedding photos. The island and gazebo are open from sunrise to sunset which will provide memories that will last a lifetime. Walton Island is perfect for the summer and fall wedding with the 360-degree view of the Fox River, with the river running right through it. Walton Island offers great price deals for Elgin residents and works. *If you want an indoor reception space we recommend the Heritage Ballroom at the Centre.*

randall-oaks-2Randall Oaks Golf Course is located at 4101 Binnie Road in West Dundee. Randall Oaks has everything in one location; beautifully landscaped grounds for pictures, onsite ceremony at their waterfront gazebo, and banquet room featuring spectacular views. For your outside wedding, Randall Oaks has a waterfront gazebo that will have you and your guests enjoying the panoramic views while saying “I do.” Their outdoor seating can accommodate up to 175. Move your guests into their banquet room for the after party that can accommodate up to 200 guests with panoramic views of the golf course and lake. On your chosen day, yours will be the only wedding reception taking place at Randall Oaks Golf Club, so their focus is solely on you!

The Highlands of Elgin Golf Club can host events for under 50 guests up to 220 guests. Bar service and highlands-680x452Catering service is available, and some of their rooms allow outside catering. The venue is beautiful and easy to work with, as well as a great financial choice! The serving staff is well prepared to make your day flow effortlessly. The Highland also offers great deals for couples who plan their reception and ceremony at the Highland. Located at 875 Sports Way in Elgin, the Highland is more than capable to make your wedding day go without a hitch.

Congratulations on your engagement, our blog will continue to give you ideas to make the big day your dream wedding, come to life!

If you are looking for somewhere for your guests to stay, check out our hotel page on our website!

sarahHey there! My name is Sarah, and I am the Tourism Promoter and Events Coordinator for the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (it’s a mouthful, I know). I’m a newbie to the Elgin area so I will be telling you first-hand accounts of events and attractions found in Elgin, through my eyes! I’ll share my adventures through videos, photography, and words


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