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The Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center

South Bend , IN
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53995 South Dixie Way
South Bend, IN US 46637 (map)

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574-232-7700

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The Gillespie Conference and Special Events Center is located on the campus of Saint Mary's College and next to The University of Notre Dame. The conference center is adjacent to the Inn... Read more
The Gillespie Conference and Special Events Center is located on the campus of Saint Mary's College and next to The University of Notre Dame. The conference center is adjacent to the Inn at Saint Mary's and connected to the Hilton Garden Inn. The Gillespie is able to accommodate weddings up to 700 guests and are a full service facility with a fabulous executive chef, top notch banquet crew plus the added convenience of two hotels for your wedding guests as well as a beautiful walled garden for your wedding ceremony or cocktails. Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Our entire wedding experience at the Gillespie was absolutely perfect and exactly what we envisioned for our perfect day! Our coordinator, Megan Lesar, was very organized and kept our best wishes in mind while ensuring our wedding would go without a hitch and allow everyone to enjoy themselves! She was very responsive through phone and email, and her focus is very precise in making sure your special day is fun and truly remarkable! The Gillespie itself is a beautiful venue, and we were especially fond of the all-in-one location, allowing our guests to reserve rooms, come down for the ceremony and reception, and enjoy themselves all night, only to have to simply take the elevator back up to their rooms (definitely a must for a winter wedding in South Bend)! The staff was a pleasure to work with, and the food was phenomenal! My wife and I would definitely recommend the Gillespie to anyone looking for an exceptional venue and service to host their wedding or event of a lifetime! Megan and the Gillespie were paramount to creating the perfect wedding and the night of lives!
Our entire wedding experience at the Gillespie was absolutely perfect and exactly what we envisioned for our perfect day! Read more...
Our entire wedding experience at the Gillespie was absolutely perfect and exactly what we envisioned for our perfect day! Our coordinator, Megan Lesar, was very organized and kept our best wishes in mind while ensuring our wedding would go without a hitch and allow everyone to enjoy themselves! She was very responsive through phone and email, and her focus is very precise in making sure your special day is fun and truly remarkable! The Gillespie itself is a beautiful venue, and we were especially fond of the all-in-one location, allowing our guests to reserve rooms, come down for the ceremony and reception, and enjoy themselves all night, only to have to simply take the elevator back up to their rooms (definitely a must for a winter wedding in South Bend)! The staff was a pleasure to work with, and the food was phenomenal! My wife and I would definitely recommend the Gillespie to anyone looking for an exceptional venue and service to host their wedding or event of a lifetime! Megan and the Gillespie were paramount to creating the perfect wedding and the night of lives! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.3/5.0
We were so happy with our wedding reception at the Gillespie Center / Hilton Garden Inn South Bend. Megan Lesar took over for Katie Sill as our event coordinator a few months before the wedding, and she was great at making sure everything ran smoothly! I planned everything from out of town and only arrived two days before the wedding, and Megan took care of coordinating decorations with our vendors and making sure everything looked great.

Pros: Everything under one roof (catering, ceremony, reception, linens - everything can be provided), wedding coordinator is included, hilton honors points, discounted rate on hotel rooms, you can reserve different sections of the ballroom for different sized parties, outdoor area for cocktail hour, the staff was great - no long lines for the bar, food was served on schedule, etc.

Cons: Pay attention to the minimums, the ballroom carpets & decor are very conferency so hiring a lighting company makes a big difference, there were a few random charges (minor's bar for soda, etc) that I wasn't told about up front which could have been communicated better & earlier
We were so happy with our wedding reception at the Gillespie Center / Hilton Garden Inn South Bend. Megan Lesar took over Read more...
We were so happy with our wedding reception at the Gillespie Center / Hilton Garden Inn South Bend. Megan Lesar took over for Katie Sill as our event coordinator a few months before the wedding, and she was great at making sure everything ran smoothly! I planned everything from out of town and only arrived two days before the wedding, and Megan took care of coordinating decorations with our vendors and making sure everything looked great.

Pros: Everything under one roof (catering, ceremony, reception, linens - everything can be provided), wedding coordinator is included, hilton honors points, discounted rate on hotel rooms, you can reserve different sections of the ballroom for different sized parties, outdoor area for cocktail hour, the staff was great - no long lines for the bar, food was served on schedule, etc.

Cons: Pay attention to the minimums, the ballroom carpets & decor are very conferency so hiring a lighting company makes a big difference, there were a few random charges (minor's bar for soda, etc) that I wasn't told about up front which could have been communicated better & earlier Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
The Hilton Garden Inn and Katie Sill were magnificent! My wedding reception was magnificent! The food was fantastic and the event went off without a hitch. We also had our send off brunch there with an omelet station and tons of good breakfast foods!! It was so nice and a perfect way to end the entire weekend with family and friends!
The Hilton Garden Inn and Katie Sill were magnificent! My wedding reception was magnificent! The food was fantastic and Read more...
The Hilton Garden Inn and Katie Sill were magnificent! My wedding reception was magnificent! The food was fantastic and the event went off without a hitch. We also had our send off brunch there with an omelet station and tons of good breakfast foods!! It was so nice and a perfect way to end the entire weekend with family and friends! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
The venue was wonderful. We held our ceremony in the graden area, along with the cocktail hour and reception inside. Katie was such a pleasure to work with she went above and beyond. It was like you had a personal assistant. The food was amazing from the cocktail hour food to the dinner to the late night snacks. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect place and staff.
The venue was wonderful. We held our ceremony in the graden area, along with the cocktail hour and reception inside. Katie Read more...
The venue was wonderful. We held our ceremony in the graden area, along with the cocktail hour and reception inside. Katie was such a pleasure to work with she went above and beyond. It was like you had a personal assistant. The food was amazing from the cocktail hour food to the dinner to the late night snacks. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect place and staff. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We had such a great team who helped us with our wedding reception! It went off without any huge problems, our coordinator at the Gillespie Conference Center was amazing and made sure we had everything that we needed!
We had such a great team who helped us with our wedding reception! It went off without any huge problems, our coordinator Read more...
We had such a great team who helped us with our wedding reception! It went off without any huge problems, our coordinator at the Gillespie Conference Center was amazing and made sure we had everything that we needed! Read less
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jstouff1
Wedding:
1/28/2012
4.8/5.0
The Gillespie Center is a beautiful location to have your reception and is very convenient if you're getting married at Notre Dame. It's so nice to have food and alcohol included in your reception price so you don't have to go around looking for everything. It was also good to have a hall attached to a hotel (where they gave us a free bridal suite for Saturday night) so that guests who may have imbibed a bit too much can just walk right back to their rooms. But the real selling point was working with Jamie Bibler. She was what convinced me to go with Gillespie. She was the most friendly and helpful person, possibly ever, and she would bend over backwards to help with anything to make our wedding day great. For example, my mom and I were in South Bend a few days before the wedding and we were asking when we could get to the room to put the place cards in the holders and set them out. Her response was "Oh don't worry about that, just give it to us and we'll do it"!!!! So incredible. Definitely made our lives a lot easier than they could have been the week leading up to the wedding.
The Gillespie Center is a beautiful location to have your reception and is very convenient if you're getting married at Read more...
The Gillespie Center is a beautiful location to have your reception and is very convenient if you're getting married at Notre Dame. It's so nice to have food and alcohol included in your reception price so you don't have to go around looking for everything. It was also good to have a hall attached to a hotel (where they gave us a free bridal suite for Saturday night) so that guests who may have imbibed a bit too much can just walk right back to their rooms. But the real selling point was working with Jamie Bibler. She was what convinced me to go with Gillespie. She was the most friendly and helpful person, possibly ever, and she would bend over backwards to help with anything to make our wedding day great. For example, my mom and I were in South Bend a few days before the wedding and we were asking when we could get to the room to put the place cards in the holders and set them out. Her response was "Oh don't worry about that, just give it to us and we'll do it"!!!! So incredible. Definitely made our lives a lot easier than they could have been the week leading up to the wedding. Read less
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Olivia
Wedding:
6/4/2011
4.7/5.0
We loved, loved, loved our food! Everyone is constantly talking about the crab cakes and the peppadews! The only complaint I had was the transition after Nicole left. Nicole was not the best at responding to us, and after she left I had to find out through a friend of mine. Once Jamie took over, she was amazing! However, because Nicole didn't keep good notes and made certain promises she might not should have, we had more stress than needed. Everything worked out amazing in the end, and Jamie was so thoughtful and attentive on our wedding day. One more small complaint, we were chastised for going down to what we thought was a continental breakfast, but it costs 8.99 and everything else is like 2.00 so we paid 8.00 for bananas and tiny muffins. I did call Jamie, and she brought up anything we wanted! Also, I booked our suite the night before so I could have it for the entire wedding day and we were not given the room we were supposed to which was frustrating. Other than those small details, amazing experience.
We loved, loved, loved our food! Everyone is constantly talking about the crab cakes and the peppadews! The only complaint Read more...
We loved, loved, loved our food! Everyone is constantly talking about the crab cakes and the peppadews! The only complaint I had was the transition after Nicole left. Nicole was not the best at responding to us, and after she left I had to find out through a friend of mine. Once Jamie took over, she was amazing! However, because Nicole didn't keep good notes and made certain promises she might not should have, we had more stress than needed. Everything worked out amazing in the end, and Jamie was so thoughtful and attentive on our wedding day. One more small complaint, we were chastised for going down to what we thought was a continental breakfast, but it costs 8.99 and everything else is like 2.00 so we paid 8.00 for bananas and tiny muffins. I did call Jamie, and she brought up anything we wanted! Also, I booked our suite the night before so I could have it for the entire wedding day and we were not given the room we were supposed to which was frustrating. Other than those small details, amazing experience. Read less
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Maureen
Wedding:
8/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Nicole was very willing to work with us during the sales process to give us the wedding we wanted. They were not stuck on providing a fixed package like other venues in the area.

Also, one of the main reasons I decided to hold my event here was because we were an out of town wedding and I loved the convenience of having all the events (welcome party, reception, and brunch) in the same place that guests were staying. This ended up working out so well especially because of the convenience to campus. I was very happy that Nicole and the staff were able to work with us to create an entire weekend of events exactly as we wanted them.

Also, the food was outstanding! I know this is a concern for brides because there are not many good caterers in the area. We went with a duet plate of filet mignon and crab cake and we got outstanding reviews from all our guests.

Lastly, Nicole and the entire staff's attention to detail was impeccable. They went above and beyond to make the whole wedding weekend better than we could have imagined and we are so thankful for their hard work and all their help!

I would highly recommend considering the Fleur De Lis Ballroom as your reception site if you are having a Notre Dame wedding or wedding in the area. I especially recommend it to all out of town brides.
Nicole was very willing to work with us during the sales process to give us the wedding we wanted. They were not stuck on Read more...
Nicole was very willing to work with us during the sales process to give us the wedding we wanted. They were not stuck on providing a fixed package like other venues in the area.

Also, one of the main reasons I decided to hold my event here was because we were an out of town wedding and I loved the convenience of having all the events (welcome party, reception, and brunch) in the same place that guests were staying. This ended up working out so well especially because of the convenience to campus. I was very happy that Nicole and the staff were able to work with us to create an entire weekend of events exactly as we wanted them.

Also, the food was outstanding! I know this is a concern for brides because there are not many good caterers in the area. We went with a duet plate of filet mignon and crab cake and we got outstanding reviews from all our guests.

Lastly, Nicole and the entire staff's attention to detail was impeccable. They went above and beyond to make the whole wedding weekend better than we could have imagined and we are so thankful for their hard work and all their help!

I would highly recommend considering the Fleur De Lis Ballroom as your reception site if you are having a Notre Dame wedding or wedding in the area. I especially recommend it to all out of town brides. Read less
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Bride2Be
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.8/5.0
Nicole Smeltzer worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly.....we were always in communication. She knew what I needed and had many good suggestions..things I would have never thought of. My advice, listen to the HILTON's advice...they know what they are doing. Top notch professionals. I'd do it all over again. Nicole and the Hilton were spectacular.!!
Nicole Smeltzer worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly.....we were always in communication. She knew what I Read more...
Nicole Smeltzer worked so hard to make sure the day ran smoothly.....we were always in communication. She knew what I needed and had many good suggestions..things I would have never thought of. My advice, listen to the HILTON's advice...they know what they are doing. Top notch professionals. I'd do it all over again. Nicole and the Hilton were spectacular.!! Read less
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guido84
Wedding:
5/29/2010
2.5/5.0
We had our 2010 wedding reception at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is very expensive and we did not feel like we got the value for what we paid. The banquet manager and event manager did not seem to have good communication prior to the event and several things we had planned in our schedule were completely omitted. Instead of enjoying our time and sitting back we had to make sure things were happening as we had planned. They took way too long to bring out the main course leading to some of our reception time being wasted. They did not cut our wedding cake correctly and two of our tables of guests did not get any. Also, the event manager is terrible about returning emails in a timely manner and when she did respond she rarely answered our questions. If you choose to go with the Hilton Garden Inn make sure you address all of these issues prior to the event.
We had our 2010 wedding reception at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is very expensive and we did not feel like we got the value Read more...
We had our 2010 wedding reception at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is very expensive and we did not feel like we got the value for what we paid. The banquet manager and event manager did not seem to have good communication prior to the event and several things we had planned in our schedule were completely omitted. Instead of enjoying our time and sitting back we had to make sure things were happening as we had planned. They took way too long to bring out the main course leading to some of our reception time being wasted. They did not cut our wedding cake correctly and two of our tables of guests did not get any. Also, the event manager is terrible about returning emails in a timely manner and when she did respond she rarely answered our questions. If you choose to go with the Hilton Garden Inn make sure you address all of these issues prior to the event. Read less
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bussskmmk
Wedding:
11/28/2009
4.6/5.0
We had a wonderful experience at the Hilton Garden Inn for our daughters wedding. The entire staff was delightful to work with and very competent and accommodating. Nicole Smeltzer (who was our primary contact person) did an outstanding job in working for us and in making sure everything was the way we wanted it. She was truly delightful to work with! She contirbuted ideas and worked very hard to make sure everything was wonderful. The details were as important to her as they were to us!! The food was delicious. We had more postive comments about how good the food was, everything from the appetiziers to the entree. Nicole helped us work directly with the chef to get the perfect combinations of delicious food. We also had our wedding brunch on Sunday after athe reception at the hotel for 100 people and on the Wednesday evening prior to the wedding we hosted a bachelorrette dinner. The food and service for ALL events where outstanding. Nicole worked hard with us to make sure it was a "win-win" situation for our budget as well as for the Hilton. I would HIGHLY recommend working with Nicole again and using the Hilton Gillesepie Center Faciltiies again. We alsio had a very large number of out of town guests who all stayed at the Hioton Garden Inn. They found the rooms very comfortable and clean, and all the staff to be very friendly and helpful and all of our guests commented to us how thrilled they were with their accommadations and their entire stay throughout the weekend.
We had a wonderful experience at the Hilton Garden Inn for our daughters wedding. The entire staff was delightful to work Read more...
We had a wonderful experience at the Hilton Garden Inn for our daughters wedding. The entire staff was delightful to work with and very competent and accommodating. Nicole Smeltzer (who was our primary contact person) did an outstanding job in working for us and in making sure everything was the way we wanted it. She was truly delightful to work with! She contirbuted ideas and worked very hard to make sure everything was wonderful. The details were as important to her as they were to us!! The food was delicious. We had more postive comments about how good the food was, everything from the appetiziers to the entree. Nicole helped us work directly with the chef to get the perfect combinations of delicious food. We also had our wedding brunch on Sunday after athe reception at the hotel for 100 people and on the Wednesday evening prior to the wedding we hosted a bachelorrette dinner. The food and service for ALL events where outstanding. Nicole worked hard with us to make sure it was a "win-win" situation for our budget as well as for the Hilton. I would HIGHLY recommend working with Nicole again and using the Hilton Gillesepie Center Faciltiies again. We alsio had a very large number of out of town guests who all stayed at the Hioton Garden Inn. They found the rooms very comfortable and clean, and all the staff to be very friendly and helpful and all of our guests commented to us how thrilled they were with their accommadations and their entire stay throughout the weekend. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
6/13/2009
4.8/5.0
Having our reception at the Hilton was the best decision! Nicole had great ideas, always asked for our input, organized all of the vendors that we had at the reception, and just went above her job duties. It was basically like having your own wedding planner for the reception part. I did not have to worry about anything in regards to the reception.
Having our reception at the Hilton was the best decision! Nicole had great ideas, always asked for our input, organized Read more...
Having our reception at the Hilton was the best decision! Nicole had great ideas, always asked for our input, organized all of the vendors that we had at the reception, and just went above her job duties. It was basically like having your own wedding planner for the reception part. I did not have to worry about anything in regards to the reception. Read less
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