Say I Do to Champaign Center: Venue Edition

One of the first things to cross off your big wedding to-do list is reserving a venue. Once you have settled on a date, the venue is important thing to nail down as it gives you a structure to the event day.

With wedding season around the corner, we wanted to feature some of the many beautiful and unique places for you and your partner to say "I do". Whether you want the ceremony to be a traditional affair or get hitched at your alma mater, there is a unique spot for every type of wedding or event on this list.

Continue scrolling to learn about some of venues in downtown and campustown that are great for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Keep in mind that some of these venues can also serve dual functions for both types of events and may offer a variety of amenities to fit your needs, schedule, and budget.

First United Methodist Church

If you want to go in to your new union welcomed and loved with open arms, choose First United Methodist Church to host your wedding ceremony. This gorgeous downtown venue wants you and your guests to come as you are, no matter where you are on  your spiritual journey – they will be here for you on your big day!

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at First United Methodist.]

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Emmanual Memorial Episcopal Church

To achieve a classic, English countryside vibe for your special day, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Chursch is your top pick. Located in Downtown Champaign, Emmanuel Memorial offers a wonderful location for you to host your wedding ceremony. Remember to snag some photos in front of their iconic red doors!

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at Emmanuel Memorial.]

First Presbyterian Church

 If you would like to keep with tradition on your big day, look no further than First Presbyterian Church. Offering a beautiful location in Downtown Champaign to host your ceremony, First Presbyterian is the perfect place for your wedding service to be a celebration of your union in the eyes of God. 

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at First Presbyterian.]

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Illini Union

Whether you are giving a nod to where you and your fiancé first fell in love or simply want a reason to have your colors be orange and blue, the Illini Union can be your one stop shop to have the wedding of your dreams. Offering spaces for both the ceremony and the reception, options for catering and a place to reserve that hotel block at the Illini Union Hotel- you can officially give your brain a break by deciding to plan your wedding at the Illini Union.

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at Illini Union.]


Hyatt Pace

While picking a venue for your reception is never going to be considered an easy task, choosing one that is connected to a beautiful hotel where you and your guests can crash after is honestly a no brainer. Hyatt Place offers a gorgeous indoor event space that offers easy access to rooms to grab those great candid shots of the bride and groom getting ready.

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at Hyatt Place.]

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The Venue CU

Pairing professionalism with stunning, recently remodeled, space is your definition of a perfect venue, then the Venue CU is the place for you! With a staff sharing over fifty years of combined wedding management experience, this venue offers an interior space that is true to its historic building roots with reclaimed wood and original tile with modern updates and private suites for the bride and groom.

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at The Venue CU.]


Let your imagination run wild when you choose Carmon’s for your reception. This repurposed warehouse gives an industrial feel with its open space, exposed beams, wood ceiling, and polished concrete floors. If music is one of the cornerstones of your big day, the acoustics here will have your guests feeling like they are in the front row of one of the most memorable events no matter where they’re seated.

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at Carmon’s.]

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Orpheum Theatre

Prepare to immerse your guests in opulence when you choose the Orpheum Theatre for your big day. This renovated theatre is located in downtown Champaign and offers modern comforts while still maintaining the luxury and charm of its time. 

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at Orpheum Theatre.]

City View

If an elegant banquet with a view is what you envision for your big day, City View is the place for you. Encompassing the entire fourth floor of the Illinois Terminal, City View offers an unmatched 360-degree view of gorgeous Downtown Champaign. City View offers of in-house catering, event planning and ceremony services.

[Learn more about hosting your wedding at City View.]

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