The Ultimate Southern Illinois Wedding Guide

It’s one of the most wonderful times of year here in Southern Illinois – wedding season! The area boasts plenty of beautiful wedding venues to choose from, both indoor and outdoor. There are also a variety of local wedding vendors, including photographers, florists, caterers, and other wedding professionals in the area, who’s job is to make weddings picture perfect. For your next Southern Illinois wedding, here are some local companies and professionals:


Top Wedding Venues:


Dragonfly Herrin

Dragonfly Herrin sits on a gorgeous 36-acre property with a Wedding Barn, Wonderland woods, Pond, Sandy Beach, Covered Pavilion, and more, that you have all to yourself. If you’re dreaming of a rustic outdoor woods wedding or formal indoor affair, Dragonfly caters to both, plus throw in a little bit more! The wedding experience is unparalleled – from having a drink on the sandy beach with a fire pit to dancing the night away under the night lights.


Get in Touch:
Instagram: @dragonflyherrin


The Pavillion

The Pavilion hosts small and large weddings and receptions. The ballroom seats up to 350 guests, and the larger banquet space accommodates up to 1200 guests. There’s also a beautiful, serene setting for outdoor weddings. Add in bar service and the freedom of choosing your own caterer, you can have a great wedding, your way! The Pavillion has dedicated wedding planners will help you choose the look and feel that is right for you.

Guests love that our facility and parking on are one level and very easy to access. It is conveniently located close to many of the hotels in Marion, making it excellent for the out of town guests, too. The venue is customizable and won’t look like every other wedding.

Get in Touch:
Facebook: @marionpavilion


Warehouse at 17th Street

Exposed brick, an antique bar, and twinkling party lights create rustic elegance in Southern Illinois’s most unique event venue. The Warehouse at 17th Street can accommodate the wedding of your dreams. Warehouse at 17th has versatile food menu options that range from down-home, world-famous barbecue to upscale menus to black-tie selections, all delivered with impeccable service and gracious hospitality.


Get in Touch:
Facebook: @17thstreetbbq
Instagram: @17thstreetbbq


Top Wedding Florists:

Deliciously Ordinary

Deliciously ordinary wants your wedding day to be a stunner! They provide beautiful floral arrangements with a modern vibe. They will help add the perfect touch to make the look and feel of your big day uniquely stunning.

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Sparkling Arrangements

Sparking Arrangements is a local florist based in Frankfort offering fresh flowers across a wide range of beautiful floral designs. The Sparkling Arrangements team truly have an extraordinary talent for decorating for your wedding.

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Top Wedding Caterers:


Cristaudo’s (Cakes)

Proudly serving Carbondale and surrounding areas, Cristaudo’s is more than just a bakery and cafe. They offer a wide variety of customized wedding cakes. You can choose from delicious cake flavors and fillings, and designs to bake the perfect cake for your wedding!

Facebook: @CristaudosCafe


Cygan Delaney Catering

Cygan Delaney offers buffet-style dinner catering, with delicious options including crispy golden fried chicken, prime rib, and more. They offer a variety of meals to choose from, making them a great choice for a wedding in Southern Illinois.


Top Wedding Photographers:

Looking for a wedding photographer to hire? We have a few local photographers in mind. These are professionals who deliver high-quality wedding photos that you will cherish forever:

Jessica Hollis Photography

Jessica is one of the best photographers in Southern Illinois. She and her team create custom, unique portraits for weddings. Her wedding team is professional, and you’ll be happy with the photos on your big day!

One Fine Day Photography

One Fine Day specializes in wedding photography in Southern Illinois. Autumn has an excellent eye and will capture the moments that make your wedding truly special!



Top Wedding Songs, Chosen By a Southern IL DJ:


Mike was the first mobile DJ in southern Illinois, now with over 41 years experience. The business model for Memory Lane Music Service has always been better quality, better value at a fair price.  We asked Mike what the hottest 6 songs are to play at weddings these days – here are his answers:


Mike’s 6 Trending Songs Played at Weddings:


  • I Loved Her First – Heartland
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson (ft. Bruno Mars)
  • Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
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We hope that your next Illinois wedding is as beautiful as the area is! On behalf of Makanda Inn, congrats to everyone getting married this year.