Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions
Stout’s Island Lodge offers an elegant yet relaxed setting with a selection of private event spaces for intimate groups of 10 people, to large tented weddings for up to 175 guests. Built in 1903 by Frank D. Stout as a summer retreat for his family and modeled after the famous Adirondack camps, the lodge was built with four-inch thick plank floors and carved beams imported from Germany. Cabins were erected for his children and other buildings included a three launch boathouse, servant and guest quarters and a recreation hall. Over the past 25 years, new cabins have been erected on the island as well. We have a total of 43 guestrooms on the Island.
Stout’s Island Lodge has a rich history brimming with unique rustic charm and beauty. Imagine a spectacular ceremony on the South Lawn with panoramic views of Red Cedar Lake, or a tranquil gathering in the former master bedroom of the Stout Family with barrel vaulted ceilings and a wood burning fireplace.
We have many activities for you and your guests to enjoy at Stouts. In addition to croquet, we have tennis, bocce ball, hiking trails, swim dock, water boats (water bike, canoes, kayaks), billiards and ping pong. We also have a Great Room full of board games. Many people also like scavenger hunts for the kids in their group. If this is of interest to you, the island staff would be happy to help coordinate. There is a beautiful golf course across the lake at Tagalong which many guests staying on the island take advantage of.
Over the years, the Lodge has been a favorite spot for weddings, family gatherings and other significant events for groups up to 175 people – with many returning annually to this memorable location.
Booking Stout’s Island Lodge includes…
- Two day rental of your chosen event space for no additional facilities fee
- Wedding exclusivity. The Island only hosts one wedding per weekend, so you are never rushed to setup, clean up, or get out to make room for the next group.
- Capacity from 35 to 175 guests; different event spaces to accommodate all sizes
- Delicious on-site catering from our on-site restaurant and Chef
- Lodging for you and your guests
- Breakfast included with lodging rates
- Easily accessible, 2 hour drive from Twin Cities and Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport
- 1 hour drive from Eau Claire, WI
- Unlimited email & phone correspondence with experienced Island event coordinators
- Onsite day-of coordination of rentals, decorations, flowers, setup, and other event items
Hold Policy: If you are interested in booking an event we can hold your event date for up to a week until your initial tour. Following your tour if you express interest in booking you will be sent a contract and have a week to sign. The full event facilities fee will be charged upon signature of the contract and is nonrefundable.
Wedding Types & Options
We have a few different options for private events which are dependent on your group size. We can offer either exclusive events, where you have private use of the island, or non-exclusive events, where there may be other guests on the island.
Small Non-Exclusive Wedding
Suitable for groups 60 and under
Does not require rental of the whole island
Rental of sleeping rooms is optional, but encouraged. Discounts available for 10 or more rooms.
Reception celebrated in the rustically elegant Ice House (1,000 sq ft) which is adjacent to the main lodge or in Mrs. Stout’s Room (475 sq ft) (24 seated capacity) just off the Great Room. Your group is limited to only using the Ice House for reception (from 3 p.m. to midnight) and lawn (1 hour maximum) for ceremony.
The facilities fee is $1,250 – $2,500, which includes the fee for hosting your ceremony on the island, rental of event space, setup of event space, and linens/table settings (we have simple white linens, brown napkins, and white/beige plates). Food and beverage is additional. Rental of guest rooms is additional.
Tented Exclusive Wedding
Suitable for groups up to 175
Exclusive use of the island and all facilities—your group will be the only guests on the island.
We require 100% of guest rooms be booked by your group both Friday and Saturday nights, even if you do not use all rooms on the island. A 15% discount will be applied to the best available rate for all rooms.
Reception will be held in a tent (40′ x 60′) erected on the main lawn. In case of inclement weather, ceremony will be held in the tent
The facilities fee is $9,500-12,000 (depending on season*) and includes rental of the main island, east island, Great Room, Dining Room, Ice House, Mrs. Stout’s Room,event tent (40′ x 60′) and all other common areas, ceremony fee, set up of event space, and basic day-of coordination of rentals, deliveries, and staff. This fee does not include supply rental (plateware/flateware) or rental of guest rooms. Food and beverage is also additional.
*May & October are our shoulder season, June & September are our mid-season, and July & August are our high-season. Peak leaf time in early October is considered high-season.
Your meals are prepared by our gourmet chef in our very own island kitchen. We pride ourselves on fresh, upscale, delicious food sourced locally whenever possible. We even grow some of our own vegetables on the island. Select from our catering menu or customize your own menu with the help of our chef. Buffets and plated meals are available.
Breaks and meals can be served in any of our meeting facilities, or even outdoors on the patio or near the tennis court, weather permitting. See our catering menu for details.