Weddings & Receptions

Weddings & Receptions

Congratulations on your engagement!  Thank you for considering the vineyard for your Central Illinois wedding and reception location. We have been in business 16 years and have helped hundreds of families create wonderful wedding day memories at the vineyard. We look forward to meeting with you and helping with your special day.

Booking and Date Information:

There are still a few dates open in 2019 and we are glad to help make a last minute plan in to a beautiful and special day.

We are booking for 2020 and 2021 weddings and receptions and currently have several late April 2020 and May 2020 dates available for both weddings and receptions as well as other dates. Please email us at mackinawwinery03@gmail.com to see if your date is available.

Fall and Winter weddings: We are able to host smaller weddings and receptions during the fall and winter months in our tasting room area. The room can seat up to 80 people with room for a DJ and small dance floor, this room has a beautiful year round view of the valley below.

 


Wedding Ceremonies: Ceremonies are traditionally held at the lake gazebo with a large concrete area for guest seating or the pergola in the vineyard with a large grass seating area.  These areas are nice for both small and large wedding ceremonies. Couples have also taken their vows on other areas of the grounds. The vineyard is available to host weddings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays though we have on occasion hosted weekday weddings to meet special circumstances. Wedding fees are for use of the gazebo or pergola area you choose for your wedding ceremony and the chairs for the ceremony are rented from the vineyard for an additional $2 each. The chairs are setup and put away by vineyard staff. On Saturdays, June through September the latest we schedule wedding ceremonies is 3pm. Friday and Sunday weddings can be scheduled to start later then 3pm, many Friday ceremonies start at 530pm with the reception to follow.

Receptions: Our pavilion space will seat up to 310 guests with beautiful views of the lake and vineyards for a picturesque and unique setting in Central Illinois. The pavilion can be left open and used as an outdoor space or with the glass panel doors closed the building can be heated if chilly but maintain the natural lighting, vineyard and lake views.   Included in your fees for the reception are all the tables and chairs needed for your reception setup by our staff per a layout that is determined with the Vineyard Event Coordinator,the use of the pavilion facility and the bar serving staff. The pavilion also has a large covered patio area that can seat additional guests and is often used as a dance floor area by receptions or outdoor games. For receptions the pavilion is a private space with its own restrooms, bar service and food service. The pavilion and all our public areas are fully handicapped accessible. The pavilion is used from mid April to late November. We can host smaller receptions and weddings indoors other months of the year for up to 85 guests in the main tasting room building with a small dance floor area.

Getting ready for the big day: We have two bridal changing rooms for the bridal party to have a private space to dress and socialize. Your wedding rehearsal and early arrival the day of the wedding or reception to decorate and take photos are included in your fees.

Pictures of the grounds: We have a Facebook page, Mackinaw Winery-www.Facebook.com/MackinawWinery,with many pictures on it of our facility with weddings and reception shown in addition to the pictures on our Photo Gallery page.

Catering: The caterer we use is The Catering Company and they can be reached at 309-678-9000 for questions on menus and pricing. We do not allow other caterers or let wedding receptions do their own foods. The Catering Company can also rent linens for the reception. The caterer’s website is-www.CateringCompany.biz   and email is    dlist731@yahoo.com

Getting in Touch: Our Event Coordinator can send our pricing and information to you as well as available dates. Please email-mackinawwinery03@gmail.com for available date information, pricing and general information or call Diane at 309-645-5054. Meetings can be scheduled to visit the grounds and see firsthand what the vineyard has to offer.