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(973) 512-3995
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    Bianca

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  • Rock Island is a gorgeous venue and the staff is beyond amazing. Even after having to postpone our wedding, Heather at Rock Island, made us feel so at ease during a time where we were panicking. Truly a welcoming and professional place to work with!!

    Katelyn Kung

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  • I don't know where to begin with our wedding at Rock Island. Dreaming about your wedding day for what feels like forever means you have extremely high expectations. Every single time my husband and I visited Rock Island, we left impressed and so beyond excited for our big day. The staff, FOOD, atmosphere, view, location, EVERYTHING about Rock Island is beyond amazing! Our guests cannot stop raving about our wedding at being the best and most fun wedding they have ever been to. Seriously! The food is SPECTACULAR, the views and location/building/grounds are just breathtaking, and the staff left such a lasting impression on everyone that our guests knew them by name by the end of the night. Heather, our wedding planner, was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. She is so warm and welcoming and made everything a breeze. Mike and Jessica made our wedding day run absolutely seamlessly. Karly, my bridal attendant, was extremely attentive to me and she was right there with me through ou... Read more

    Jen Reinhardt

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  • I initially fell in love with Rock Island Lake Club from their website alone – the beautiful pictures and insane menu options vaulted it high to the top of our venue list, and once we started visiting venues in person, it was clear nothing was going to top it. The aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for; not a “big Jersey ballroom”, but a gorgeously understated glam-rustic vibe that didn’t need to be hidden behind excessive décor and florals. The new birch arch by the water and the beautiful farmhouse tables in the ballroom are just a few highlights. The staff was beyond amazing from beginning to end. I told my husband the day before the wedding that there’s no way I would’ve stayed (mostly) sane if we’d booked anywhere else. We visited the venue twice before officially booking, and both times we walked in the place were greeted warmly and offered beverages before the tour began. Once we were under contract, Heather was our main point-of-contact and was an abso... Read more

    Courtney Zucker

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  • From the day we stepped foot in Rock Island, we knew we wanted to become a part of the RILC family. The grounds are gorgeous, well maintained, and are simply stunning and unique. This was just the beginning. As soon as we booked, we began working with Heather who was absolutely unreal - Heather is responsive, full of ideas and knowledge, and above all else, truly felt like our friend who genuinely cared about our wedding, despite the fact that she helps so many other couples - this is evidenced by our 100+ email chain. It is so important when planning a wedding to fully trust your vendors, and Rock Island made this easy. The day before our wedding, we met with Mike A, the RILC Maître d', and Jessica, the RILC day-of coordinator. Jessica took the time to go over every piece of decor we were dropping off to ensure that everything we wanted to be used was used, and similarly that everything we brought was packed up for us after the wedding was over. Mike and Jessica then went over every ... Read more

    Amy

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  • There aren't enough words to explain how amazing Rock Island Lake Club is. All the stellar reviews here are true!! Yes, the venue is stunning! The staff is extremely professional and yet personable. Heather, the wedding planner, was always there to help answer any of my ridiculous questions and kept me sane throughout the process helping me find a solution even though everyone else told me it wasn't possible. They truly made me feel like a bride every step of the way. For reference, I got engaged in February 2019 and got married in July 2019. Although everyone said it was too short to plan a wedding, I had the fairytale wedding of my dreams all thanks for RILC. It was everything I hoped for and more. Everyone still raves about the food/drinks. We're so happy we added the midnight munchies (a must have). They were an unexpected unique wedding favor that left my guests well fed and happy. The day is still a whirlwind in my mind. It went so fast and I'm still getting little fl... Read more

    Sarah Warnet

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  • To start off, I'll give the disclaimer that RILC was the one and only wedding venue that my now husband and I looked at. We had a good feeling after hearing and reading great reviews, but when we went for our initial consultation, we were blown away, not only by the space and scenery, but by the plethora of options available to us as part of the basic wedding package and the abundance of upgrades. The kindness and patience of the staff to answer our questions was also evident in Jessica's warm smile and demeanor at our meeting! As we planned, Heather (the wedding coordinator on staff) was always available to guide us in decisions when we were stuck or to answer questions about everything from wine options to car services. I truly felt that she was always happy to hear from us and help us as best as she could. By the time we got to the final meeting the day before our wedding, we felt that everything was in fantastic hands, no matter how many times the seating chart shifted in the final... Read more

    Michele

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  • If you're reading this review, you're probably considering Rock Island. My advice - DO IT! Rock Island was the PERFECT choice for our wedding day. Heather, the wedding coordinator on site, is incredibly helpful and keeps you on track. She is always there for help and advice along the way. We called and emailed her many times and she was always incredibly friendly and helpful. Once you get to the final week, you meet with Mike and Jessica who are also beyond helpful. They take care of you the day of the event and make sure all of the details are ironed out before hand. Not only is the entire staff at Rock Island is great, but the food options CANNOT be beat. As a guest at weddings, two of the top things I care about (other than the couple, of course) are food and drinks. Rock Island has you covered. People still rave about our cocktail hour and guests literally had dreams about our desserts!! Also, who else gives you 5 options for dinner? It's unheard of. The premium open bar is a huge ... Read more

    Amy

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  • What can I say about Rock Island Lake Club? It is absolutely amazing, and you should definitely have your wedding here! Throughout the entire wedding process, Heather and the Rock Island family made us feel so welcome and organized. Heather, our wedding coordinator, would send us reminder emails about the entire process and was cheerful and our ray of sunshine each time we spoke. On our wedding day, the staff took amazing care of bridal party, my family members, and myself, as we got ready at the venue. We never had to ask for anything because our bridal attendant, Carly, was on top of getting us food and drinks in addition to steaming our dresses. Mike, our maître d’ for the evening, took amazing care of my husband and the groomsmen, even wrangling them up when needed. Despite the rainy weather, the staff was prepared and smoothly transitioned our reception to an indoor ceremony space. Jessica, our ceremony coordinator, did a fantastic job ensuring that the ceremony was smo... Read more

    Tara

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  • My husband and I went on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue- we were both trying to avoid the ballroom with the swirly rugs, I did most of my research online and I found Rock Island- From the second we walked in we were sold. Mike walked us around and he was honest and cool and made us feel so incredibly comfortable. There were certain aspects of a wedding that we wanted to avoid like the announcements and the cake cutting, and they were down for whatever we wanted (we actually went to a venue that told us we NEEDED to cut the cake- there was no away around it, clearly we didn't get married there) Long story short- if you are looking for a venue that is different, and want to wow the crowd- Rock Island is it- dont look any further! The food was INCREDIBLE, the staff felt like our family, the view is on the lake and there are so many photo opportunities inside and out. One big thing that stuck out to me during one of our tours, Heather told me to treat Rock Island like your hom... Read more

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    Tara and Zak, you guys are seriously the best. We could not be any happier to have you both as part of the Rock Island family. From your visit up through your big day we all had such a blast working with you both and helping you celebrate the amazing love you share for each other. We can't wait to see all of your pictures come in!!!

    Catherine

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  • “Had we not chosen Rock Island for our venue, nothing else for this wedding would have come together. It would not have been perfect. Rock Island started it all.” My husband said this to me the morning after our wedding – he couldn’t have summed up my feelings any better. After getting engaged we booked a tour at Rock Island very last minute. We were in the area, figuring why not, it can’t hurt. Instantly we were greeted with warmth and love. Within 10 minutes of showing up we were joking and laughing with staff as if everyone were old friends reuniting. When we told them about our black tie New Year’s Eve idea as a theme for the wedding everyone was instantly hooked. We signed the contract that day – there was no need to think about it, there was no need to look elsewhere. We had found the spot. Heather. The most amazing planner, coordinator, and person out there. She kept me sane throughout this entire process, worked around my hectic medical school schedule, answered... Read more

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    Kirby! It was such a pleasure getting to host your beautiful wedding! It was definitely one for the books, and you were so stunning! We couldn't have thought of a better way to ring in the new year. Thank you for your rave review, and please stop by anytime you are in town. We would love to stay in touch, and catch up on life events. Congratulations on your first month of marriage!

    Lauren

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  • My husband and I found Rock Island through online searches when looking for a wedding venue. After our initial visit we were IN LOVE with the venue, the location, and the staff. We continued to keep an open mind as we were nervous about spending so much money on one day however that was time wasted. Rock Island is THE PLACE to have your wedding. We visited Rock Island three times before committing to 10/21/18 and we could not be happier with our decision. Rock Island Lake Club takes care of almost everything, Heather our wedding coordinator was extremely responsive to our e-mails and super helpful with planning the wedding and sorting out little details in the weeks and days leading up to it. People say planning a wedding is difficult, Heather and the staff at Rock Island made it seamless. Mike, our maître’d for the day was like having a super fun and chill friend hang out with us with his top priority being if we were fed, happy, and having a good time. It was a brisk fall day and ... Read more

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    Lauren and Ian, this is so awesome, you guys are seriously the best. Thank you for entrusting in all of us and seeing the value. We had so much for celebrating with you all throughout the whole process and day of! We're happy to have you as part of the Rock Island Family!

    Jordan Abramson

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  • From the moment we took our first tour with Perry at Rock Island, my husband and I felt a sense of comfort. Throughout the entire wedding planning process, we truly felt the passion and love everyone on staff feels for their job. They know your wedding details inside and out, make your day feel completely special and unique and go above and beyond on the day of to make sure everything is seamless and perfect. The venue itself is gorgeous. It has an understated elegance with a rustic, but not barn, feel. We loved the Tuscan farm tables and wood floor ballroom. It doesn't look like your typical wedding venue. Heather, our wedding coordinator, is so sweet and easy to talk to, on top of being incredibly organized and communicative. Any couple would be lucky to work with her. Mike, our maitre d', was an invaluable right-hand man the day of our wedding. I needed a safety pin and mentioned it in passing and not even a minute later he had one. He checked up on us to make sure we at... Read more

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    Thank you so much Jordan and Dan!!! Planning with you both was a breeze, you always made it so much fun and we're all so happy to have you as part of our Rock Island Family. Hope to see you both here again as guests!

    Stefanie Munsky

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  • It is now almost four months since my husband and I got married at Rock Island. It was the greatest day and that is all due to the wonderful employees at Rock Island. We are forever grateful. Rock Island was the first venue that we visited in person after doing a ton of Internet research. Not only was Rock Island accommodating in that they squeezed us in for a visit the next Saturday morning, whereas many other places would only allow us to visit during the week, but Jessica made us feel welcome, despite the fact that they were preparing for a wedding later that day. I fell in love with the setting, while my husband fell in love with what was included in the standard bar and food package! Working with Heather during the planning process was great. She was incredibly organized and responsive to any questions that we had about vendors, the menu, decor, etc., including alleviating my concern that the dance floor would be too small with a band. Let me assure you that we had plenty... Read more

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    Thank you for sharing this review, Stefanie! We appreciate all of the wonderful feedback, and hope to see you at our future events! Hope all is well!

    Steph

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  • Rock Island is a FANTASTIC wedding venue!! First off, the staff is fabulous. They are organized, helpful, responsive, and so attentive on the wedding day. I was never without a drink in my hand, and they set up a private tasting room for us, so we could try everything and have a moment together before going to cocktail hour! They are also so fun and make the whole experience more enjoyable! Second, the food is phenomenal!! My now husband is Greek, so he was looking for some Greek food, and they created an entire station for us with all of his family’s favorite food! And it was so fantastic!! In addition to that, everything that we chose from the menu was delicious and had our guests raving. Just a few highlights: guacamole bar with margarita shots, Mac and cheese bar, duck carving station, and so much more! Lastly, the venue is beautiful. It’s big enough to feel spacious, but small enough to feel intimate. The floors are hardwood and everything is updated. The outside is be... Read more

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    Hi Steph and Chris! We're so glad you enjoyed the Greek station, we loved it so much we're adding it our 2019 Menu, definitely a fantastic idea and beyond delicious!!! W're so happy to have you as part of our ever growing Rock Island Family and hope to have you back again as guests for a wedding one day!!

    Leanne M Klarer

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  • My husband and I recently got married on the fourth of July at Rock Island. We traveled from NC to get married at Rock Island, and we are so glad we did! Our wedding was everything we could have imagined and more. Rock Island was our dream venue. After spending a few days touring venues, the second we arrived at RILC, we knew we were finished looking. Our guests raved about how Rock Island was the most amazing venue they've ever been to, and how wonderful our wedding was. We had booked RILC over a year in advance, and we were SO excited and impressed with the continuous and incredible renovations they made to this already amazing venue! The food was INCREDIBLE!!! Everyone at Rock Island is incredibly helpful, genuine, caring, friendly, and easygoing. I highly recommend this venue to everyone!
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