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quarter mile waterfront property

established trees and meadows

venue access from friday at 3:00 pm - sunday at 11:00 am

rehearsal dinner at venue

indoor + outdoor ceremony options

indoor + outdoor reception options

access to br rentals

welcome guide full of tips +  everything you need to know + more

fireplace in the event center

wall of windows overlooking the lake

beautiful lake view from inside event center

large deck overlooking the lake

prep kitchen for caterers

access to walk-in fridge/freezer

access to ice machine

downstairs space for room swap/cocktail hour

dock access for boat pickup/drop off 

on-site lodging options

Ceremony Areas

Here at The Lakeside Event Center, we want your wedding day to be everything you want and more. This is why we love that we have multiple ceremony sites available for you to choose from: inside the event hall, down by the water in front of the water, by the area of trees, and down by the main fire. 


Large Windows + Natural Light

Lighting is extremely important for wedding couples because it allows their photographers and videographers to capture the most special day of their lives without any complications. Our beautiful building has walls full of windows and some windows at the top to make for as much natural light as possible!

Tables + Chairs 

We provide tables and chairs for all of your guests for ceremony and reception. For an outdoor ceremony, there will be wooden benches. For indoor ceremonies and receptions, there are green plastic chairs that are included in package 1 and beautiful wooden chairs included in package 2 + 3. If you have an indoor ceremony, the room will have to get flipped for the reception - the downstairs room is fantastic for cocktail hour while the "flipping" is happening!


We have multiple bathrooms inside the building that will be nearby even if you are having an outdoor ceremony and reception! 

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Ramada by Wyndham (2.4 mi)

2704 17th St.

Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Bridges Bay Resort (2 mi)

630 Linden Dr.

Arnolds Park, IA 51331

The Inn Hotel (2.9 mi)

15 Dam Rd. 

Arnolds Park, IA 51331


What is the maximum capacity?

The inside reception space has a capacity of 200 (including wedding party) and the outside space can fit 300+. We unfortunately only offer seating for 200 but have a couple options for you - ask us for more info


How do we officially reserve our date?

Once details are finalized, we will send over a contract and an invoice so you can pay the 50% retainer to reserve your date!


Can we hire whoever we want to cater our event?

Yes of course! We do have a preferred vendor list for our catering to ensure you amazing options but you are not required to book with them.


Can we hire whatever vendors we want?

You can definitely hire whatever vendors you want to - we do have a carefully curated list of vendors we have worked with and preferred vendors if you need some help!


Can we choose the layout of the tables + chairs for our wedding?

Yes! We have quite a few different options in our welcome guide for you to look at but you can definitely stray from those ideas. With our full service packages, we do set up the tables and chairs so we will offer a free CAD drawing of the reception space to help you and our team - this needs to be finalized 2 weeks from your wedding day!


How large are your tables?

Our circle tables are 6’ and can hold 8 comfortably. Our rectangle tables are 8’ and fit 8 comfortably.

Do you provide sound equipment and speakers?

For outdoor ceremonies, speeches, dances, and amplified music, your entertainment or DJ will need to provide their own equipment. If you have a DJ they will likely provide one for indoor use but we do have a system (speakers + microphone) you can rent from us for inside - ask us for more info.



Will your staff be involved in set up and tear down?

In package 3 we set up and tear down tables, chairs, linens, and any BR rentals. We do have add-on services to make your day even more stress-free and enjoyable.



Can we do our rehearsal dinner and set up decor the day before our wedding?

Yes with all of our packages you get the event space for your rehearsal dinner at no additional charge. You get access to the event space at 3:00 PM on Friday - 8:00 AM on Sunday. During off season, you

Can add the full Friday/Sunday (if available) for an additional charge(s).


Do you clean up after rehearsal dinner?

If you get package 1 or 2 - no. If you book package 3, we will take out the trash bins so they are ready to go for the wedding day following. However, we are not responsible for picking up or cleaning.


Do you have staff that will empty trash, fill drink dispensers, stock toilet paper, keep snack and dessert tables full?

We know that assigning family members and friends to these tasks can be a bummer when you want them to enjoy themselves and let loose. Plus we don’t want you worrying about your guests running out of water. So we offer this service as an add-on called “day of service” to help eliminate as much stress from your day as possible!

Do you have a tent we can use or rent?

At this time we don't but we do have a list of companies you could reach out to about renting a tent.



What if we need to cancel our event for any reason?

Depending on the reason, you will not have to pay the remaining 50% (if you already paid the total, you will get that back) but unfortunately the initial 50% is non-refundable since we wouldn't be able to book another event that day and would be out.


Can we get picked up from a boat for photos?

Yes! We have two docks they can pick you up on - the one that works best is over by the boat house and the campfire area.


Can we take the golf cart around the property for our couple portraits to avoid getting dirty?

Of course! It is $100 to rent the golf cart for just Saturday or if you would like to use it over the entire weekend it is $200.


Where is the nearest hotel or accommodations?

The nearest accommodations would be the lodging we have right here on site from cabins to tenting - we got it. However, there are also a lot of hotels and VRBO's in the area - we have recommendations in our exclusive wedding guide for you!


What else is nearby?

Coffee: Scooters, Arnolds Perk, Topog Coffee

Grocery/Supplies: Walmart, Hyvee, Bomgaars, Fairway

Restaurants: Smack haus, Braccos, Dry Dock, JimmyJohns, McDonalds, Arby's, Godfathers, Pizza Ranch, Nautical Bar + Grill, O'Farrel Sisters, Subway, A+W, Los Lagos Mexican Grill + Bar, and so much more!

Golf: Emerald Hills, Brooks, Indian Hills, Okoboji View


Your wedding is exactly that - YOURS. So we don't require you to book from a list of vendors of our choice because we want your wedding to represent everything you want and envisioned for your day! 


However, we also know that wedding planning can be difficult and stressful at times, so we want to provide you with a list of recommended vendors who we have worked with or know is capable of giving you a day of your dreams! This list will be provided to you once you have booked with us!


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