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Dekoven Center

Racine , WI
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LOCATION

600 21st St.
Racine, WI US 53403 (map)

PHONE

262-633-6401

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Create Your Own Piece of History

The DeKoven Center has welcomed many wedding guests to the stunning grounds located right on Lake Michigan. St. John’s Chapel has beautiful... Read more
Create Your Own Piece of History

The DeKoven Center has welcomed many wedding guests to the stunning grounds located right on Lake Michigan. St. John’s Chapel has beautiful Belgian Stained glass windows and vaulted ceiling with unique English scissor Gothic trusses which provide a striking and historic atmosphere for weddings throughout the year. The pews are in choir form and can accommodate up to 150 people. A fine pipe organ is located in the choir loft at the west end of the chapel. There are wonderful acoustics, and the chapel is fully amplified. Outdoor weddings can also be accommodated in one of our beautiful gardens. The Great Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. A truly unique space with three different levels and views directly to Lake Michigan. The Great Hall comfortably accommodates 250 people seated for dinner. For a more intimate reception setting, the Assembly Hall can seat up to 100 guests.

Outdoor Ceremonies
Rental Fee: $550
- Choice of a religious or civil contingency site
- Civil site can seat up to 100, religious site can seat up to 150
- 2.5 hour ceremony time slot

St. John's Chapel
Rental Fee: $550
- Great for wedding ceremonies with up to 150 guests
- Must have licensed pastor or minister to officiate
- 2.5 hour ceremony time slot

The Great Hall
8:00am-12:00am Full Day Access
Seating for up to 250 Guests
Please contact us for pricing, packages and specifics regarding holding you wedding reception at the historic DeKoven Center!

The Assembly Hall
8:00am-12:00am Full Day Access
Seating for up to 100 Guests
Please contact us for pricing, packages and specifics regarding holding you wedding reception at the historic DeKoven Center!


Contact Us
Email: info@dekovencenter.org
Phone: (262) 633-6401 ext. 102
Web: www.DeKovenCenter.org/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeKovenCenter
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1852
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Vintage, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1000
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Samantha was extremely helpful and responsive, and the DeKoven Center was a beautiful setting for our wedding! We didn't love the catering options we had through the DeKoven (the one we wanted was already booked the day of our wedding), and thought our food ended up being just ok. The on-site staff were very helpful setting up the tables, tablecloths, answering questions, and coordinating the flow of the day. It really felt that they wanted to make happen whatever we desired - not like other venues we looked at that we had to fit our vision into preset "options".
Samantha was extremely helpful and responsive, and the DeKoven Center was a beautiful setting for our wedding! We didn't Read more...
Samantha was extremely helpful and responsive, and the DeKoven Center was a beautiful setting for our wedding! We didn't love the catering options we had through the DeKoven (the one we wanted was already booked the day of our wedding), and thought our food ended up being just ok. The on-site staff were very helpful setting up the tables, tablecloths, answering questions, and coordinating the flow of the day. It really felt that they wanted to make happen whatever we desired - not like other venues we looked at that we had to fit our vision into preset "options". Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Everyone at the Dekoven Center did a wonderful job helping us prepare for our wedding. They were more than willing to accomodate any needs to make our day what we wanted. The grounds were beautiful with all the flowers on the day of. They had everything prepped on time and everything ran smoothly the day of. Samantha was a big help leading up to the event. Alexandra did a fantastic job the day of. The new bar staff did a great job keeping up with the crowd. The guests at our wedding could not stop talking about the beautiful venue. I would definately recommend this venue.
Everyone at the Dekoven Center did a wonderful job helping us prepare for our wedding. They were more than willing to Read more...
Everyone at the Dekoven Center did a wonderful job helping us prepare for our wedding. They were more than willing to accomodate any needs to make our day what we wanted. The grounds were beautiful with all the flowers on the day of. They had everything prepped on time and everything ran smoothly the day of. Samantha was a big help leading up to the event. Alexandra did a fantastic job the day of. The new bar staff did a great job keeping up with the crowd. The guests at our wedding could not stop talking about the beautiful venue. I would definately recommend this venue. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
The setting is Timeless! Great backdrop for photos and a nostalgic venue!
Staff was very flexible and they really cater to the bride and groom, making sure little details were taken care of, takes stress away!
The setting is Timeless! Great backdrop for photos and a nostalgic venue!
Staff was very flexible and they really Read more...
The setting is Timeless! Great backdrop for photos and a nostalgic venue!
Staff was very flexible and they really cater to the bride and groom, making sure little details were taken care of, takes stress away! Read less
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Kari
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
We got married at The DeKoven Center in St. John's Chapel and held our reception in The Great Hall. From the very beginning of our planning stages until the event itself, the team at The DeKoven Center went above and beyond to make our day perfect. We were so pleased with how everything turned out. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you to the DeKoven Center team especially Samantha and Alex; you made our special day amazing!!
We got married at The DeKoven Center in St. John's Chapel and held our reception in The Great Hall. From the very Read more...
We got married at The DeKoven Center in St. John's Chapel and held our reception in The Great Hall. From the very beginning of our planning stages until the event itself, the team at The DeKoven Center went above and beyond to make our day perfect. We were so pleased with how everything turned out. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you to the DeKoven Center team especially Samantha and Alex; you made our special day amazing!! Read less
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Abbey
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with DeKoven for our wedding. It was a great value and minimal hassle.
We had a great experience working with DeKoven for our wedding. It was a great value and minimal hassle.
We had a great experience working with DeKoven for our wedding. It was a great value and minimal hassle. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was sooo beautiful! Everything flowed and Samantha was great!
Our wedding was sooo beautiful! Everything flowed and Samantha was great!
Our wedding was sooo beautiful! Everything flowed and Samantha was great! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Staff was very accommodating and helpful during the planning and on the day of our wedding. The chapel is so beautiful! It was a perfect place for our wedding. If the hall was larger we would have had our reception there as well. We'll keep the DeKoven Center in mind for future events.
Staff was very accommodating and helpful during the planning and on the day of our wedding. The chapel is so beautiful! It Read more...
Staff was very accommodating and helpful during the planning and on the day of our wedding. The chapel is so beautiful! It was a perfect place for our wedding. If the hall was larger we would have had our reception there as well. We'll keep the DeKoven Center in mind for future events. Read less
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Eileen
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I really could not be happier with the service I received at Dekoven. The venue was absolutely perfect, the building and grounds are gorgeous. Samantha and the rest of the staff were very accommodating and professional. I have recommended The Dekoven Center to many people since we had our wedding reception there last year.
I really could not be happier with the service I received at Dekoven. The venue was absolutely perfect, the building and Read more...
I really could not be happier with the service I received at Dekoven. The venue was absolutely perfect, the building and grounds are gorgeous. Samantha and the rest of the staff were very accommodating and professional. I have recommended The Dekoven Center to many people since we had our wedding reception there last year. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were married in the garden. It was perfect! Couldnt have asked for a more beautiful venue:)The staff was very helpful and easy to contact. I would definitely recommend The Dekoven Center!
We were married in the garden. It was perfect! Couldnt have asked for a more beautiful venue:)The staff was very helpful Read more...
We were married in the garden. It was perfect! Couldnt have asked for a more beautiful venue:)The staff was very helpful and easy to contact. I would definitely recommend The Dekoven Center! Read less
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Katelin
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
The place was beautiful and in bloom with its gardens and flowers in early June. I appreciated that the whole day was given to us for use of the facilities/grounds. There were several options to choose for your ceremony and reception as well. I liked how the whole day was at one location. Everything was well taken care of, and the guests were well accommodated as well. Great location on the water, and within a reasonable driving distance from the airport and hotels.
The place was beautiful and in bloom with its gardens and flowers in early June. I appreciated that the whole day was Read more...
The place was beautiful and in bloom with its gardens and flowers in early June. I appreciated that the whole day was given to us for use of the facilities/grounds. There were several options to choose for your ceremony and reception as well. I liked how the whole day was at one location. Everything was well taken care of, and the guests were well accommodated as well. Great location on the water, and within a reasonable driving distance from the airport and hotels. Read less
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maria
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
it was a lovely venue with great possibilities and an affordable price,great view summer or winter!
it was a lovely venue with great possibilities and an affordable price,great view summer or winter!
it was a lovely venue with great possibilities and an affordable price,great view summer or winter! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Wedding Venue
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Sasha
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue, very friendly and helpful staff! Thank you for making our wedding so lovely!
Beautiful venue, very friendly and helpful staff! Thank you for making our wedding so lovely!
Beautiful venue, very friendly and helpful staff! Thank you for making our wedding so lovely! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
The quality of service was great. They were very helpful to answer all my questions in great detail. The value of the place is priceless. The grounds are so beautiful and all my pictures turned out beautiful. Thank you Dekoven for providing such wonderful service and a beautiful atmosphere.
The quality of service was great. They were very helpful to answer all my questions in great detail. The value of the Read more...
The quality of service was great. They were very helpful to answer all my questions in great detail. The value of the place is priceless. The grounds are so beautiful and all my pictures turned out beautiful. Thank you Dekoven for providing such wonderful service and a beautiful atmosphere. Read less
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Lucky(in)Love
Wedding:
7/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Best kept secret of Racine! The grounds are gorgeous year around especially in the spring and summer! One of only a few vendor that will let you bring in your own cater and your own alcohol, which will save you a lot of money. No air conditioner in the chapel and can get really hot so beware, but so beautiful and a must see to believe!
Best kept secret of Racine! The grounds are gorgeous year around especially in the spring and summer! One of only a few Read more...
Best kept secret of Racine! The grounds are gorgeous year around especially in the spring and summer! One of only a few vendor that will let you bring in your own cater and your own alcohol, which will save you a lot of money. No air conditioner in the chapel and can get really hot so beware, but so beautiful and a must see to believe! Read less
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Jessiebaby
Wedding:
4/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Thanks for an Amazing Night!
Thanks for an Amazing Night!
Thanks for an Amazing Night! Read less
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Vesna
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Katie the coordinator was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt with her responses to all phone calls and emails. Her patience was greatly appreciated with every request to visit the chapel. We were given the freedom to put up and take down the decorations in more than ample time. The grounds were a beautiful setting for our weeding photos. The chapel was a very tradition setting for our very untraditional wedding. The Dekoven Center will always hold a very special place in our wedding memories.
Katie the coordinator was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt with her responses to all phone calls and emails. Her Read more...
Katie the coordinator was a pleasure to work with. She was prompt with her responses to all phone calls and emails. Her patience was greatly appreciated with every request to visit the chapel. We were given the freedom to put up and take down the decorations in more than ample time. The grounds were a beautiful setting for our weeding photos. The chapel was a very tradition setting for our very untraditional wedding. The Dekoven Center will always hold a very special place in our wedding memories. Read less
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luv2liv
Wedding:
3/14/2009
5.0/5.0
My experience with the staff was a positive one. They were always very helpful and accommodating. When one person wasn't available the other was quick to step in until then. My calls were always returned promptly and they provided ideas to make my experience a good one. The icing on the cake was not only did they contact me after wards for thanking me for my business, but to see if I was happy with everything. It felt like I was truly appreciated. Thanks for the great service.
My experience with the staff was a positive one. They were always very helpful and accommodating. When one person wasn't Read more...
My experience with the staff was a positive one. They were always very helpful and accommodating. When one person wasn't available the other was quick to step in until then. My calls were always returned promptly and they provided ideas to make my experience a good one. The icing on the cake was not only did they contact me after wards for thanking me for my business, but to see if I was happy with everything. It felt like I was truly appreciated. Thanks for the great service. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
The staff at the Dekoven center was always professional and helpful. Most of my questions were answered completely and in a timely manner. They were always willing to alter their typical packages to make things more personal for us. It is a lovely space with so many options for a wedding.
The staff at the Dekoven center was always professional and helpful. Most of my questions were answered completely and in Read more...
The staff at the Dekoven center was always professional and helpful. Most of my questions were answered completely and in a timely manner. They were always willing to alter their typical packages to make things more personal for us. It is a lovely space with so many options for a wedding. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/29/2005
4.9/5.0
Great place for ceremony/reception. Only drawback is that there's no catering service. But they do offer tables & chairs at no extra cost. I had both ceremony (St. John's Chapel) and reception (The Great Hall) at this location. It was nice for the out of town people because they didn't have to find something to occupy themselves between the 2 things.
Great place for ceremony/reception. Only drawback is that there's no catering service. But they do offer tables & chairs Read more...
Great place for ceremony/reception. Only drawback is that there's no catering service. But they do offer tables & chairs at no extra cost. I had both ceremony (St. John's Chapel) and reception (The Great Hall) at this location. It was nice for the out of town people because they didn't have to find something to occupy themselves between the 2 things. Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.8/5.0
Our ceremony was in St. John's chapel and the reception was in the Great Hall. Both were absolutely beautiful and the staff were very accommodating.
Our ceremony was in St. John's chapel and the reception was in the Great Hall. Both were absolutely beautiful and the Read more...
Our ceremony was in St. John's chapel and the reception was in the Great Hall. Both were absolutely beautiful and the staff were very accommodating. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
The staff really helped the day of the event go off without a hitch. I thought it was pricey but the off season discount made it worth it.
The staff really helped the day of the event go off without a hitch. I thought it was pricey but the off season discount Read more...
The staff really helped the day of the event go off without a hitch. I thought it was pricey but the off season discount made it worth it. Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.6/5.0
Our wedding was on June 2, 2012 and The Dekoven Center couldn't have been the more perfect venue for our special day! We rented both St. John's Chapel and The Great Hall! The grounds are gorgeous with all the gardens full of blooming flowers and the historical charm of the buildings is unmatched by any other venue I have ever been to. The service we received from Alexandra and Samantha was stellar, they were always available by phone or email to answer any questions. Our guests still talk about the uniqueness and beauty that The Dekoven Center attributed toward our wedding. The location on the lakefront of Lake Michigan provided for amazing pictures and our guests enjoyed the views. A huge selling point for us was that The Dekoven Center offered on site accommodations at Taylor Hall. When we went to make reservations 12 weeks before the wedding ( which we were told we could not reserve until 12 weeks out), we were informed that a retreat had booked Taylor Hall for our weekend and that no accommodations were available. This was a huge letdown for my entire bridal party and our immediate families, as we were so looking forward to staying on site for the weekend to prepare the night before and to get ready the morning of. We had to rush to book with local hotels that were more than double the price of the accommodations at Taylor Hall. This is my only complaint, however it is a BIG one as it hindered our plans drastically!
Our wedding was on June 2, 2012 and The Dekoven Center couldn't have been the more perfect venue for our special day! We Read more...
Our wedding was on June 2, 2012 and The Dekoven Center couldn't have been the more perfect venue for our special day! We rented both St. John's Chapel and The Great Hall! The grounds are gorgeous with all the gardens full of blooming flowers and the historical charm of the buildings is unmatched by any other venue I have ever been to. The service we received from Alexandra and Samantha was stellar, they were always available by phone or email to answer any questions. Our guests still talk about the uniqueness and beauty that The Dekoven Center attributed toward our wedding. The location on the lakefront of Lake Michigan provided for amazing pictures and our guests enjoyed the views. A huge selling point for us was that The Dekoven Center offered on site accommodations at Taylor Hall. When we went to make reservations 12 weeks before the wedding ( which we were told we could not reserve until 12 weeks out), we were informed that a retreat had booked Taylor Hall for our weekend and that no accommodations were available. This was a huge letdown for my entire bridal party and our immediate families, as we were so looking forward to staying on site for the weekend to prepare the night before and to get ready the morning of. We had to rush to book with local hotels that were more than double the price of the accommodations at Taylor Hall. This is my only complaint, however it is a BIG one as it hindered our plans drastically! Read less
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Maura
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.6/5.0
We had our ceremony at St. John's Chapel at the Dekoven Center. The grounds are beautiful and our pictures turned out amazing. The chapel itself is stunning and provided a nice ambiance for the wedding (and again, beautiful photos). Our photographer was almost overwhelmed with everything because there were so many things he wanted to get pictures with while we were there--it's just that gorgeous!

We worked with Donna to make our contract, update our vendors, and for any questions we had. She was always very friendly and prompt, and for one off the wall question (my musician was looking for "average aisle walk" times), she referred me to another staff member who had actually been married in the chapel, and that lady was able to help me out. Another lady, Alex, was then at the rehearsal and the wedding itself, to help us organize ourselves, put on flowers, etc. She was very friendly and helpful, and I particularly liked that she kept an eye out for me for the groom and his groomsmen so I could "hide" in the bride's room without them seeing me.

My only complaint was that we had to have a religious person officiate. We were able to use a Unitarian minister, which allowed us some flexibility in how much God we wanted in our ceremony, but that was the only drawback I had (I'm atheist and my husband is minimally religious, so this wasn't what we originally had in mind, but it worked out ok).

I would have liked to have used the Great Hall for our reception, but the prices for that seemed a little steep and we went else where. However, I'm very glad that we used St. John's Chapel for our ceremony--it definitely created a beautiful wedding.
We had our ceremony at St. John's Chapel at the Dekoven Center. The grounds are beautiful and our pictures turned out Read more...
We had our ceremony at St. John's Chapel at the Dekoven Center. The grounds are beautiful and our pictures turned out amazing. The chapel itself is stunning and provided a nice ambiance for the wedding (and again, beautiful photos). Our photographer was almost overwhelmed with everything because there were so many things he wanted to get pictures with while we were there--it's just that gorgeous!

We worked with Donna to make our contract, update our vendors, and for any questions we had. She was always very friendly and prompt, and for one off the wall question (my musician was looking for "average aisle walk" times), she referred me to another staff member who had actually been married in the chapel, and that lady was able to help me out. Another lady, Alex, was then at the rehearsal and the wedding itself, to help us organize ourselves, put on flowers, etc. She was very friendly and helpful, and I particularly liked that she kept an eye out for me for the groom and his groomsmen so I could "hide" in the bride's room without them seeing me.

My only complaint was that we had to have a religious person officiate. We were able to use a Unitarian minister, which allowed us some flexibility in how much God we wanted in our ceremony, but that was the only drawback I had (I'm atheist and my husband is minimally religious, so this wasn't what we originally had in mind, but it worked out ok).

I would have liked to have used the Great Hall for our reception, but the prices for that seemed a little steep and we went else where. However, I'm very glad that we used St. John's Chapel for our ceremony--it definitely created a beautiful wedding. Read less
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Antoinette
Wedding:
10/25/2013
4.4/5.0
Beautiful venue! Charming atmosphere! Would love to have another event there!
Beautiful venue! Charming atmosphere! Would love to have another event there!
Beautiful venue! Charming atmosphere! Would love to have another event there! Read less
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