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The Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center

South Bend , IN
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

574-232-7700
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ABOUT US

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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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
700
What event services do you offer?
Catering / Bar, Event Planning

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had the most wonderful experience with the Gillespie Center/Hilton Garden Inn. Krista was always available and quick to answer email questions/concerns. She was familiar and experienced with all our vendors so did much of the "behind the scenes" detail coordination. We received so many compliments on the food, atmosphere, and overall experience of the wedding. As the mother-of-the bride, I think the best compliment was when my daughter (the bride) saw me towards the end of the evening and proclaimed, "This is the BEST night of my life!!".....Thank you for making that happen!! Deb T.
We had the most wonderful experience with the Gillespie Center/Hilton Garden Inn. Krista was always available and quick to Read more...
We had the most wonderful experience with the Gillespie Center/Hilton Garden Inn. Krista was always available and quick to answer email questions/concerns. She was familiar and experienced with all our vendors so did much of the "behind the scenes" detail coordination. We received so many compliments on the food, atmosphere, and overall experience of the wedding. As the mother-of-the bride, I think the best compliment was when my daughter (the bride) saw me towards the end of the evening and proclaimed, "This is the BEST night of my life!!".....Thank you for making that happen!! Deb T. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
4/30/2016
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception was perfect thanks to Krista and everyone at the Gillespie Conference Center! As a bride planning her wedding from out-of-town, Krista was a dream to work with -- attentive, responsive, organized, professional, and experienced. Because of her expertise and attention to detail, our wedding reception went off without a hitch. Krista worked with my other vendors to set up the ballroom (it looked amazing!), and the evening flowed smoothly from start to finish. Our guests raved about the delicious food and impeccable service. I was not the least bit stressed on our big day knowing that everything was in Krista's able hands - she knocked it out of the park! I could not recommend Krista and the Gillespie Conference Center enough. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat!
Our wedding reception was perfect thanks to Krista and everyone at the Gillespie Conference Center! As a bride planning Read more...
Our wedding reception was perfect thanks to Krista and everyone at the Gillespie Conference Center! As a bride planning her wedding from out-of-town, Krista was a dream to work with -- attentive, responsive, organized, professional, and experienced. Because of her expertise and attention to detail, our wedding reception went off without a hitch. Krista worked with my other vendors to set up the ballroom (it looked amazing!), and the evening flowed smoothly from start to finish. Our guests raved about the delicious food and impeccable service. I was not the least bit stressed on our big day knowing that everything was in Krista's able hands - she knocked it out of the park! I could not recommend Krista and the Gillespie Conference Center enough. We would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Megan and the Gillespie Center helped make our dream wedding become a reality. Megan was great to work with through day one. She was extremely helpful explaining our options and costs and how the day would. She was quick to answer all my questions and helped guide me in the right direction on making choices for our big day. Although the food and beverage minimum is quite high, the total package deal is so worth it. When it came down to the big day Megan was right there with us and helped make our evening absolutely perfect.
Megan and the Gillespie Center helped make our dream wedding become a reality. Megan was great to work with through day Read more...
Megan and the Gillespie Center helped make our dream wedding become a reality. Megan was great to work with through day one. She was extremely helpful explaining our options and costs and how the day would. She was quick to answer all my questions and helped guide me in the right direction on making choices for our big day. Although the food and beverage minimum is quite high, the total package deal is so worth it. When it came down to the big day Megan was right there with us and helped make our evening absolutely perfect. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.5/5.0
Megan Lesar and team were PHENOMENAL to work with. Always helpful and easy to contact.

Our guests received the duet plate - it was great - no counting meals or orders!

The hotel is very accommodating and lets you work with any vendor you choose. They are honest and professional.

Would highly recommend Megan and her team. Just great.
Megan Lesar and team were PHENOMENAL to work with. Always helpful and easy to contact.

Our guests received the Read more...
Megan Lesar and team were PHENOMENAL to work with. Always helpful and easy to contact.

Our guests received the duet plate - it was great - no counting meals or orders!

The hotel is very accommodating and lets you work with any vendor you choose. They are honest and professional.

Would highly recommend Megan and her team. Just great. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.7/5.0
Megan at The Gillespie was amazing to work with when planning the wedding reception! She was organized, responded to e-mails in a timely fashion, and made sure my wedding ran smoothly. The reception was everything I could have wished for. The set up was perfect, the food was delicious, and everyone had a wonderful time. Moreover, the staff were attentive to myself, my husband, and our parents the entire evening; they were able to handle any request/troubleshoot as needed. They even prepared a plate of the crab cakes since I did not get to try one before they ran out during the cocktail hour. That personal attention really makes them stand out!
Megan at The Gillespie was amazing to work with when planning the wedding reception! She was organized, responded to Read more...
Megan at The Gillespie was amazing to work with when planning the wedding reception! She was organized, responded to e-mails in a timely fashion, and made sure my wedding ran smoothly. The reception was everything I could have wished for. The set up was perfect, the food was delicious, and everyone had a wonderful time. Moreover, the staff were attentive to myself, my husband, and our parents the entire evening; they were able to handle any request/troubleshoot as needed. They even prepared a plate of the crab cakes since I did not get to try one before they ran out during the cocktail hour. That personal attention really makes them stand out! Read less
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Alexa
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.7/5.0
The Gillespie is a great venue for those who want an all-in-one package. The price for the ballroom includes cocktail hour, passed hors de oeuvres, dinner, champagne toast, open bar, honeymoon suite, and basic linens. While it is expensive, it is very convenient and the event planner at Gillespie works with you and your vendors to plan your event. The food is amazing, the pace of dinner was perfect, the event planner keeps things running smoothly. We had a great experience with Gillespie! Our guests loved being able to use the patio when they wanted a break from dancing. Gillespie even let us have a Cigar Bar set up so our guests could enjoy a cigar outside on the patio after dinner. There were times when it took a few days to get a response from them but I would always receive a response. Megan Lesar did a wonderful job for our wedding, she tried her best to give us everything we asked for!
The Gillespie is a great venue for those who want an all-in-one package. The price for the ballroom includes cocktail Read more...
The Gillespie is a great venue for those who want an all-in-one package. The price for the ballroom includes cocktail hour, passed hors de oeuvres, dinner, champagne toast, open bar, honeymoon suite, and basic linens. While it is expensive, it is very convenient and the event planner at Gillespie works with you and your vendors to plan your event. The food is amazing, the pace of dinner was perfect, the event planner keeps things running smoothly. We had a great experience with Gillespie! Our guests loved being able to use the patio when they wanted a break from dancing. Gillespie even let us have a Cigar Bar set up so our guests could enjoy a cigar outside on the patio after dinner. There were times when it took a few days to get a response from them but I would always receive a response. Megan Lesar did a wonderful job for our wedding, she tried her best to give us everything we asked for! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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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:
2+ years 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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