Weddings at Midway Village
Celebrate the beginning of your lifelong journey together at Midway Village and Museum, an unrivaled Rockford wedding venue where beauty and romance come as naturally as the weeping willows that grace Lake Severin. The epitome of a rustic Rockford wedding, Midway Village and Museum offers 148 picturesque acres and multiple choices for a wedding ceremony location and reception venue. This exclusive venue features a two story barn built in 1905, Moonlight Gardens, a Gazebo, a working Millhouse and a quaint church built in 1883. This Victorian village is comprised of 26 historical buildings nestled among tall trees to create a retreat setting and conveniently located near I-90.
The Midway Community Church
The Midway Community Church (circa 1883) is a charming spot for a wedding ceremony, vow renewal or baptism. This Victorian church maintains no religious affiliation, so you can select the officiant of your choice. Our ceiling fans and heating system keep this quaint Victorian church comfortable May – October. We are also wheelchair accessible.
The pews seat 75 guests and form a semicircle around the ample alter area. Feel free to ring the Church Bell as a ceremonial conclusion to saying “I do”. The Bridal party may consider renting the adjacent Chamberlain Hotel as an area to get ready for the big day. Battery operated candles OK – electrical outlets available for sound system.
The Chamberlain Hotel
This is a replica of the Chamberlain Hotel built in the 1860’s from Caledonia, IL. This climate-controlled two-story Hotel is decorated with bits of family heirlooms and antiques and offers a generous dressing room and restrooms. The atmosphere creates just the right mood for our brides as they begin their day of preparation and primping. Learn more →
The 1905 Barn
Our rustic two story barn is a spectacular spot for your wedding. The large doors on both sides spill out to scenic areas in all directions. Our barn fan and unique doors and windows allow plenty of air flow and provide contrast and character for photo backdrops. Many ceremonies are actually right outside the barn which lets our brides have it all: an outdoor wedding with an amazing backdrop and the rustic charm of a real barn. Take advantage of the additional grounds rental for lawn games to entertain your guests between events. Complete with vintage bar, elevator and private restrooms for added convenience. Heat is available on the first floor for crisp fall evenings. Dinner seating for 150 guests. Learn more →
May – October. Generous rental time of 9:00am – 12:00am allows ample time for decorating.
Surround yourself among the cascading weeping willows overlooking the Millhouse on Lake Severin. The Lakeview Rooms offer wedding dates year round so whether you prefer Spring in the air, crisp Fall colors or a white blanket of snow, this climate controlled room with seating up to 200 can accommodate your every need. Located at the Museum Center with built in dance floor and sound system. Let us entertain your guests between the ceremony and reception with discounted Museum access. Convenient to ample parking and restrooms. Generous rental time of 9:00 am – 12:00 am allows ample time for decorating. Learn more →
This beautiful garden incorporates flowers designed to be enjoyed in the late afternoon and evening. The foliage and heirloom flowers appear to glow under the light of the moon and fill the air with their fragrance after the sun goes down. The arbor at this distinctive garden makes a beautiful setting for exchanging or renewing wedding vows. What nature doesn’t provide, we have given additional thought so your photographs can’t help but be amazing. This intimate location is behind the Midway Village Church and has a private gate entrance adjacent to the parking lot. Couples may consider renting the Church as a weather back up or as a staging area for the bridal party. The garden seats 150 guests and is available June – September. Learn more →
The Gazebo was crafted to create an atmosphere of “being one with nature” yet it is located on Main Street in the Village among the canopy of the tall oak trees. The landscaping is designed to be natural and accentuate the beauty the land offers, so you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. The open design of the gazebo gives you the flexibility to decorate the space how you like. Just a few steps from The Midway Church and the Chamberlain Hotel if the couple decides to rent for weather backup plan or for staging area for the bridal party. Seating capacity of 150 guests and is available June – September. Learn more →
Additional Ceremony Rental Options:
• White Wedding Chairs • Sound Equipment • Lawn Games • Park Benches
• Round tables and chairs included in Reception Rentals
For additional details or to view the facilities, call Lisa Beardsworth, Rentals Manager, at 815-397-9112, ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.