Events

Make your wedding a timeless celebration

If a wedding is in your future, consider celebrating at Ripon College.

If planning a ceremony, reception or both, couples can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor campus venues. Whether you picture yourself in Great Hall or prefer the gentle backdrop of Ceresco Prairie — nothing is off limits!

The pairing of this setting — beautiful in any season — with professional catering by Sodexo Inc. provides clients with options for food of any type, from casual, down-home cooking to elegant or custom menus. Our experienced event team will work with you to coordinate all event logistics and customize the wedding of your dreams.

Planning Your Big Day

From the time you book your event until its joyous conclusion, you will have the personal services of our professional event staff. We are here to make your dreams come true. The Ripon College director of conference services can be reached at 920-748-8164. Please call about date availability, to set up a meeting to view the space and speak with the catering director, or with any other questions.

The Food

Ripon College is proud to partner with Sodexo as our exclusive caterer on campus. In order to provide you with the best service and highest quality of food for your special day we are unable to allow any outside caterers for your wedding reception. Meal pricing includes standard white, ivory or black tablecloths, colored napkins, silverware, glassware and china. Prices are guaranteed for one year prior to event. Other options are available for linens, including chair covers, at an additional cost. Our Conference Services on site coordinator works with each couple to make sure all the details are perfect.

Our Executive Chef and Catering Manager with Sodexo meet with each couple to discuss food items, including appetizers, bar menus, late night snacks, and the variety of options for dinner for your wedding reception. The staff pays attention to every detail with either a buffet style or plated dinner to make your meal unforgettable.

The Cake

Cupcakes are available through Sodexo along with a variety of other dessert options. The Catering Manager and On-site Event Coordinator have a variety of dessert options for special events and will be happy to help you decide on the option best for you.

Couples are welcome to bring a cake to campus baked in a licensed kitchen. There is a small cake cutting fee if the cake is to be sliced by staff here on campus. Sodexo and Ripon College will assume no liability for the quality or condition of another bakery’s product.

The Wedding Ceremony

Ripon College offers a few different venues for a ceremony on campus. It is best to reserve one space for your ceremony and another for your reception if you plan to enjoy our campus for both events. We are unable to accommodate a reception and ceremony in the same location on campus on the same day. The Benstead Theatre or the Demmer Stage in Rodman Center for the Arts is available for indoor ceremonies. The Martin Luther King, Jr lounge in Harwood Memorial Union or the Dahm Heritage Room in the Pickard Commons are perfect locations for small ceremonies of 100 or less.

The summer months provide a beautiful prairie background for outdoor ceremonies. We can accommodate smaller groups in the Ceresco Prairie for an outdoor ceremony among the trees and plains that provide nature’s best colors. We are also able to entertain guests in a tent placed on a variety of different areas as well as an outdoor fire pit to provide additional sparks. This tent option can provide a magical ceremony or reception site.

Ripon College is a secular institution, therefore does not have clergy or officiants on site to provide for your ceremony. The on site coordinator has a variety of options for an officiant and can provide recommendations to each couple.

The Wedding Reception

Several venues on campus are available for wedding receptions. Great Hall is the most popular venue, but more intimate celebrations may be held in Bovay Terrace or the Dahm Heritage Room. The Main Dining Hall of S.N. Pickard Commons presents a larger option. Discounted package rates also are available when booking rehearsal dinner, reception and gift opening. Discounts are also offered for Friday and Sunday weddings.

Included in each reception rental are round tables with table capacity of eight guests each. Also included is a rectangle head table and tables for gifts, memories, the cake, and anything else you wish to display. Different tables in a variety of configurations is also available for an additional fee.

Capacity and Fee Schedule

Option Facility Fee Capacity
Great Hall Wedding-Friday $650 for the facility rental plus any Catering charges/fees 250
Great Hall Wedding-Saturday $700 for the facility rental plus any Catering charges/fees 250
Great Hall Wedding-Sunday $600 for the facility rental plus any Catering charges/fees 250
Pickard Commons Main Dining Room Wedding $950 for the facility rental plus any Catering charges/fees 300-600
Dahm Heritage Room $100 20-100
Martin Luther King Lounge $100 20-100
Bovay Terrace $100 20-75

All rooms are subject to availability. Deposits and contracts will be made/signed with Ripon College to confirm space and dates. Payments for food and beverage will be made 10 days in advance of the event based on the couple’s projected number of guests. Any additional charges will be due the day of the event. If the minimum is not met, a facility fee will be applied to reach the minimum.

The Flowers and Decorations

Floral arrangements may be ordered from the vendor of your choice. Be sure to give your On Site Event Coordinator the name of the florist or decorator working on your event so they may arrange for them to have access to the space.

There are few limits to decorations and center pieces, we ask that you refrain from using glitter, nailing or using tacks in the room, or anything that will damage the floors. NOTE: Décor items may be picked up the day after a wedding by making special arrangements with the Director of Conference Services.

The Staff

Every couple celebrating their love on campus will be assisted by a capable staff every step of the way. This On Site Event Coordinator and staff will ensure every detail is perfect from start to finish. During the first consultation you will be able to share your vision and ideas for the day and Ripon College can suggest vendors, DJs, florists, bands, and other services we have worked with on campus before to make sure nothing gets lost in the planning. This Coordinator will be on site for the duration you are on campus and is included in the facility rental fee you pay to the College.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Conference Services has a full range of audio/visual equipment available to rent for your wedding rehearsal, ceremony, or reception. Available items include microphones, projectors, projection screens, easels, sound systems, and laptops. All audio/visual requests must be made at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Work with your on site event coordinator to reserve this equipment.

Changing Room for Bridal Party/ Groomsmen

Complimentary changing rooms are available for bridal parties/ groomsmen upon request. These spaces are in close proximity to all ceremony and reception venues and are the perfect place for gathering before your wedding.

Parking

Parking areas are adjacent to most areas near the various campus venues. All parking is free of charge. An interactive map, as well as a download, can be found at map.ripon.edu. Great Hall is in Harwood Union (no. 5 on the map); the Main Dining Room and Dahm Heritage Room are in S.N. Pickard Commons (no. 9 on the map); and Bovay Terrace is in Bovay Hall (no. 21 on the map).

Signage for Wedding

If you would like to make signage for your wedding, Conference Services will gladly display the signs around campus. In the event of rain or inclement weather, we will still place signs around campus, however Conference Services is not liable for any ripped, faded, rain damaged, or blown over signs.

Area Lodging

If available, we are able to accommodate guests on campus in one of our seven traditional residence halls. The Conference Services staff can work to make your guests feel comfortable in the halls at a special wedding rate for the night. There are also a variety of hotels in the area.

Ripon Appreciation

We love to welcome our Ripon family back to celebrate their marriage. In that vein we offer a 10% venue discount for Ripon students, alumni, faculty, and staff members. Addition Ripon specific details, including a visit from Rally the Red Hawk, can be negotiated based on availability.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-947-4766
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