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.
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.
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!
Thanks for an Amazing Night!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Place of Celebration
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 200 people seated for dinner. View beautiful photographs of weddings celebrated at the Dekoven Center.
Rental Fee $550
You must choose a contingency site
Ceremony & reception space
Chairs & other decorations are not included
St. John's Chapel
Rental Fee $550
Initial Payment $200
Damage Deposit $200
What to expect
- Great for wedding ceremonies with up to 150 guests
- Must have licensed pastor or minister
- Arrive 1 hour before the ceremony and stay 1.5 hours after the ceremony has begun.
The Great Hall
Rental Fee: $1,500
Time Frame 9a-Midnight
Initial Payment $500
Damage Deposit $350
Great for wedding receptions, contingency site for outdoor weddings
- Includes tables & chairs
- Up to 200 guests
- Alcohol can be served not sold
- DJ Allowed
- Must have licensed caterer
The Assembly Hall
Initital Payment $100
Damage Deposit $100
$200 for first three hours, additonal hours are $70/hour
Great for small weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, cocktail and birthday parties
- Can bring in own food
- Includes Round Tables and Chairs
- Alcohol can be served not sold
- Only soft music allowed
- Up to 100 guests