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Making history…where history was made
Racine’s DeKoven Center is a beautiful, historic setting for your wedding ceremony and reception.
If you’re looking for the intimacy of a chapel and the grandeur of a cathedral, St. John’s Chapel is picture perfect. Seating 202 comfortably, its unique English choir style seating puts you at center stage for an unforgettable wedding. The chapel is available for wedding ceremonies of all denominations.
When you dream of an outdoor wedding, you can guarantee a magical ceremony regardless of the weather. Choose a backdrop of Lake Michigan, our historic architecture, or beautiful gardens. And for peace of mind, all outdoor ceremonies are scheduled with a contingent indoor venue in case of inclement weather.
The Great Hall, with its stained-glass windows, beamed ceiling, and hardwood floors is a perfect choice for your reception. Comfortably seating 225 guests, with a prep kitchen, custom built-in bar, and air conditioning, we combine the best of old-world charm and modern comfort.
The Assembly Hall possesses many of the same features as The Great Hall but on a smaller scale. It’s clear windows offer a bright and picturesque view of both Lake Michigan and the inner courtyard, and its location entirely on one level makes it fully accessible for all guests. With a capacity of 150 guests, it is a perfect location to host a modest reception, cocktail hour, or bridal shower.
To fully immerse yourself in our historic charm, consider booking one or both of our on-site Airbnbs! Whether as a special treat for you and your spouse-to-be, or a comfortable location for your bridal party to get ready, our converted apartments provide both convenience and a unique addition to your DeKoven Center wedding experience.
We are a full service venue with coordinating services!
Racine is centrally located between Milwaukee and Chicago making it a convenient location for any southeastern Wisconsin wedding.
CLICK HERE to view several real weddings at the DeKoven Center
Ballroom, Lakefront, Unique/Alternative, Historic
Ceremony Space, Outdoor Space, Hotel/Overnight Rooms, Free Parking, Outside Caterers Permitted, Bridal Suite, Grooms Room
"The absolute perfect venue for your big day. We got married at the DeKoven Center on October 1st and had an outdoor ceremony. The DeKoven Center is a stunning venue surrounded by brick, lake Michigan and beautiful flowers everywhere you look. I cannot say enough good things about our wedding day and everything leading up to it. Nicole is the event coordinator and she was wonderful to work with. She was so easy to communicate with through phone and email, worked with us to get everything we wanted from the perfect linens and chairs. Met with us every time we asked and never missed a beat when I made changes to our linens, chairs and floor plan. She took the time to get to know us and understand our vision to help bring our dream wedding to life. She was with us through the entire wedding process and was a joy to work with."
"Brides-This is exactly what you are looking for... Do you want to have the best venue ever, with the option for a ceremony in a unique, gorgeous chapel OR outside near Lake Michigan? Do you want a picturesque setting, at an affordable price? Do you want your vendor to pay attention, listen and execute each detail that is important to you? This is the place for you! (Well, it was for us, anyways!) Nicole Miller at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI went above and beyond to make our day as unique and as special as we think we are! Nicole has worked for the DeKoven Center for over 5 years, in various capacities. Her experience, professionalism and personality made her perfect as our Event Manager! She was available to me, even on my wedding day! She even brought me a couple bobby pins for my hair right before I walked down the aisle! A HUGE thank you to Nicole Miller and the DeKoven Center for making our dream wedding come true! Our best to them, and to YOU, with your wedding planning!"
"We will forever be grateful that we chose to have our wedding at The DeKoven Center. Nicole and her team were so incredible and helpful. They were kind and responsive to all questions and concerns we had. Our wedding day was absolutely gorgeous. We had our wedding outside in front of the gate, and our reception in the great hall. The vendor team went above and beyond to help make our day special. We had a few concerns with guest count and fitting tables, and they helped us make it work and were flexible with what we needed. Overall an amazing experience! Thank you."
"If you want the best venue and event coordinator, look no further! We worked with Nicole and Jennifer for our wedding on December 3rd, 2022. There was absolutely no problems. She helped make our day absolutely perfect. The campus is beautiful and ADA accessible. I highly recommend staying in the AirBnbs on campus as well."
"We are over the moon with our wedding at DeKoven. The venue is historical and so beautiful. It's a place that really stands on its own and needs minimal decorating to look beautiful! The staff were incredibly friendly, flexible, and accommodating. We had absolutely no problems or mistakes throughout our entire experience. Thank you DeKoven for giving us a wedding venue that we will truly never forget."
"The DeKoven Center is truly the most beautiful, picturesque wedding venue we have ever seen. The historic stone buildings and green gardens provided perfect photo opportunities throughout the day. The courtyard in front of the chapel was the dreamiest ceremony location, again perfect from every camera angle. My florists worked with the DeKoven Center staff to create a gorgeous rose-lined pathway down the aisle, something straight out of a Pinterest board. It was perfect. My guests were blown away from every aspect. The beautifully maintained grounds, lush gardens, historic architecture, friendly staff, and lake views all contributed to making this wedding venue the most memorable for my family and friends. Most of our wedding guests traveled from Chicago IL or Cleveland OH, and they were all blown away by this hidden gem in Wisconsin! I want to thank Nicole from the DeKoven Center for making the planning process so easy for me and my husband. The DeKoven Center made all our wedding day dreams come true, and we couldn’t be happier!"
“The Dekoven center was everything we could have ever asked for. Even with switching contacts from Adam to Jenna was fairly smooth. Jenna was amazing with everything and any changes, even last minute, we're solved with ease! The grounds and buildings were perfect for wedding shots. I couldn't have asked for a better venue.”
“Our wedding day was everything that we hoped it would be and our friends and family had a great day with us. We cannot compliment Dekoven highly enough for their great attention to detail and the service that they provided.”
“Jenna and the whole DeKoven team did an amazing job to help me prepare for my big day! It’s completely stormed the day of, but they made sure everything was perfect!”
“The Dekoven center was amazing! The staff is great and was very helpful and quick to respond to all of the questions that we had. Their pricing was very affordable and included a lot of things that other venues did not.”
“Jenna made everything run very smoothly the day of the event. Communication the month prior was a breeze, she answered all my questions and was able to accommodate my requests. The grounds and buildings are gorgeous, there were nothing but compliments from our guests. If you are looking for a non-traditional hall wedding this is the place for you!”