(Closed) Outdoor Venues Central/Southern Illinois

posted 7 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Joy024: This may be a little late but Allerton Park in Monticello is beautiful. It is closer to U of I than Springfield but it may be worth looking into. Best of luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Again, way late… but have you considered a winery?  Central/Western IL has no shortage of small wineries that usually provide a fantastic outdoor ceremony/indoor reception option.  They are usually smaller, though.  I was married in September at a winery near Shelbyville, IL (a good two hours or so NE of you) and it was MAX 150.  But it’s totally what you’re talking about– gorgeous sunset location.  Usually a winery doesn’t have food, so you can pick your own caterer to bring in, as opposed to a banquet hall or hotel where you’re limited to their (overpriced) catering.  I had BBQ at my winery! 🙂  Good LUCK!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I lived in Carbondale for a few years while I was at Southern Illinois University and one of my favorite places was Blue Sky Vineyards.

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They have a really nice area for weddings. Good Luck!

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