The Renaissance Center
I highly recommend the Renaissance Center in Joliet as your reception venue! It is a gorgeous space and such a value. I had my own reception there in July and every aspect was perfect! Susan was a great planner and very flexible with the vision I saw for our wedding day! It was an absolute perfect choice!
The Renaissance Center provided the perfect venue for our Old Hollywood themed wedding. Susie Stockwell attended to our every need and remained flexible and reliable both throughout the planning process as well as the day of our wedding. One of the most important things that wedding guests remember is the food. Susie helped us to create a unique menu. All of our guests raved about the quality and flavor of the meals we selected. Let's face it - no one likes "wedding food." The Renaissance chefs delivered and my husband and I couldn't be happier with our reception selection.
The Renaissance Center isn't very impressive from the outside, but once inside the ballroom is beautiful! It was exactly the look I wanted for our wedding. Working with Suzy Stockwell is great. She makes you excited and energized about your big day. She made me feel like her only bride when I'm sure she was having to work with several. I had no worries the day of my wedding!
My now husband Mitch and I had our wedding and reception at the Renaissance Center. The facility was both elegant and beautiful and the perfect venue to hold our 150 guests that was in attendance. We couldn't have created this beautiful atmosphere if it wasn't for our wedding planner Susie Stockwell. Susie is so patient with brides and she is very creative. Her ideas on how to coordinate a wedding and reception make our entire event a success! She even went to Bicentennial Park with us to make sure that our photographer was taking the pictures that she envisioned for our wedding. She is truly the best wedding planner that I have met. Mitch and I highly recommend the Renaissance Center and Susie Stockwell to any bride that is getting married. If you want your wedding dreams to come true...contact the Renaissance Center and ask for Susie Stockwell.
Lauren and Mitch Cole
BEAUTIFUL PLACE!!! Susan is VERY helpful to not only your reception hall need but also provides many vendor recommendations. Service was amazing and made our day so special. We recommend this place to all our friends!
Everything went very smoothly and I did not have to worry about anything, which made it very easy for me to relax and enjoy my reception.
Fabulous! What more can I say? Everything was perfect. Susan is wonderful. She took care of a million things I never would have even thought of. I was free to enjoy the day without having to worry about anything. The venue is gorgeous and the food is great. I can't imagine a better place for my reception.
This place is absolutely amazing! I loved every detail from coordinator, to food, wait staff, ambiance, location, I can go on and on. One word...PHENOMENAL!
The Renaissance Center and Susan were outstanding! It was very affordable and the food and service were perfect. Susan is wonderful. She was organized, made sure every last detail was perfect, and had great ideas. She made recommendations on vendors and contacted them when I couldn't reach them. She took all of the stress away, which allowed us to enjoy our special day. We had many complements from our guests on the food and decorations. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone. Several of my guests decided to book Susan after our wedding. I couldn't ask for more!
Everything looked great! The staff was so nice, and the food was great Every one loved the food I am so glad we decide to go with the three cheese chicken. All my guest couldn't stop talking about how great everything looked. The lighting in the ballroom, food, staff, and most of all Susie. She made our day everything we thought it would be.
Susie has alot of wonderful ideas to make your day the best!
The Renaissance Center was a perfect place to have our wedding. Susan Stockwell was great and very accomadating to us. Her staff was great and the food tasted great!
Susan is a dream to work with... she heard everything that came out of my mouth and turned my dream into a reality that was beyond my expectations! Beautiful and not out of budget...
Vendor response to review
You rock! Thanks.
The Renaissance Center is the perfect location for one of the most memorable days of your life - your wedding reception. We offer brides elegant surroundings, unduplicated in Joliet and the Will County region. Our catering staff prides themselves on providing first class service, from the moment your guests arrive until the last guest departs.
Food is an important part of every memorable event. The cuisine provided by the Executive Chef and his dedicated staff will reflect your desire for perfection on this occasion. Our standard packages are appropriate for any reception although many times brides have special requests. If you would like to setup an appointment I will be happy to provide pricing for any additions, or changes you may have.
Our grand ballroom accommodates up to 400 guests and has Will County's largest dance floor! We offer two separate areas for cocktail hour, wedding on location and dinner. There is an onsite wedding planner to assist with the planning of the wedding and reception.
Six Months to One Year In Advance Visualize the fashion of the wedding you wish to have! i.e. Family Style, Garden Party, Banquet Dinner, Buffet, Appetizer Style, Action Station, Seaside Soiree? Urban Styles?
Come to a decision when you would like to celebrate - What is your favorite season and when did you meet him?
Make a decision on how many guests you would like to invite
Categorize the guest list, sort your addresses and make sure that they are up to date.
Confirm Wedding Date, coordinate ceremony and reception sites (Book the church first and then the banquet hall)
Register for gifts (make sure that the places that you register will allow you to bring the items back at full value of return monies with the receipt)
Invite your honor attendants and members of your wedding party
Choose your gown!
Shop for the perfect veil, jewelry and shoes
Hire caterer if you are not doing it at a banquet hall that has on site catering
Order Wedding Cake
Hire the photographer and videographer
Plan and book your honeymoon
Send our your save the dates cards
Four to Six Months In Advance
Organize and reserve any rental equipment, such as table and chairs
Select and order stationary, invitations and thank you notes
Obtain wedding rings
Reserve grooms attire
Choose the attire for wedding party
Purchase any special undergarments or hose required for your dress
Select and order your favors
Arrange accommodations for your wedding night
Purchase gifts for wedding party
Research and reserve accommodations for out of town guests
Sign up for dance lessons
Two to Four Months In Advance
Discuss and decide the menu with your caterer
Meet with your officiant to discuss your ceremony
Schedule your rehearsal time and dinner
Schedule your hair and makeup trial
Be sure to send thank you notes as gifts arrive
Choose the music for the ceremony and reception
One to Two Months In Advance
Pick out and purchase your guest book
Have your programs designed and printed
Obtain marriage license and research if your state requires blood tests
Prepare the documents required to change your name, should you desire to do so
Send change of address information to the post office
Two Weeks In Advance
Have final dress fitting with all accessories and lingerie
Get together with the banquet hall to review everything that was discussed to make sure you are on the same page
Exchange telephone numbers between the vendors and the banquet hall in case they have any setup questions
Begin your seating arrangements
Start to write the place cards
Inform the caterer of guest count (72 hours prior)
Put together arrangements for your home to be watched while you’re away
One Week In Advance
Finalize seating plans – have your brides maids recall everyone that sent back their RSVP’s to make sure that they are still coming prior to calling the final count in to the banquet hall! (VERY IMPORTANT)
Assign important responsibilities, such as handing out corsages and boutonnieres to honored guests, to members of your wedding party
Make arrangements to pick up your gown or have it delivered
Confirm the details of your honeymoon
Continue to update caterer of guest count and discuss vendor/children’s meals
One Day Prior to Wedding and Reception
Verify transportation arrangements
Manicure and pedicure
Enjoy rehearsal dinner, give gifts to your wedding party and parents for their support
Organize tip envelopes for offciant and vendors and make arrangements for a responsible person to hand them out.
It’s Your Wedding Day! Congratulations, you’ve did it! Now let go and enjoy your magnificent day!
The Wedding Planner, Susie Stockwell