Weddings in the Wilder Park Formal Garden

Owned and operated by the Elmhurst Park District, the Wilder Park Formal Garden consists of exquisite herb gardens, seasonal displays, perennial beds, and a paved walkway. The sunken ceremony garden seats up to 130 guests and will provide a classic setting for your special day. Garden weddings in Wilder Park are available each year between the months of May and October, on Friday evenings and weekends.

Please contact the Elmhurst Park District Wedding Coordinator at (630) 993-8186 for more information or to reserve the garden today.

Wedding Packages

Wedding packages include a 40’ hexagon tent, 50 white chairs for guest seating, on-site staff to assist with your needs, and an engraved paver brick to be placed within Elizabeth’s Friendship Walk to commemorate your wedding day. The cost of a wedding package starts at $750 based on a two-hour maximum. Additional chairs may be requested for an additional fee of $2.00 each.

Photos in the Garden

The Wilder Park Formal Garden is the perfect backdrop to make your wedding photos shine. Hourly rentals of the garden are available at a rate of $100 per hour.


Special reception options are available at the adjacent Wilder Mansion and off-site at the Sugar Creek Golf Course to complete your event. Contact the wedding coordinator to discover the perfect reception option for you.

Reserving Your Date

Reservations are required to hold the garden for your ceremony, and must be made through the Elmhurst Park District with a signed contract and a $400 deposit. Full payment is due 30 days prior to your event date. Cancellations must be made in writing and received at least 30 days prior to your event date. Refunds will be issued for cancelled dates that are re-booked.

Please note: Wilder Park is open to the public, therefore complete privacy cannot be guaranteed. Alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited without a special permit.

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Ice Skating Closing

Eldridge Park Lagoon Ice Skating - CLOSED

As of Thursday, March 2, 2017 – The lagoon is CLOSED and the red flag is in place.
Staff tests the ice in 6 locations and all 6 locations need to reach a consistent (3 day) thickness of 8 inches before we will open the lagoon for skating.
The lagoon at Eldridge Park is used for ice skating during the winter months. Open water presents unique challenges for an ice skating rink. Ice is unpredictable due to changes in air and water temperature, salinity, water flow, snow cover, etc. Staff documents daily inspections of the ice at the lagoon. Once the ice reaches a consistent (3 day) thickness of 8 inches a green flag will be posted and the lagoon will be open for skating. 

Plunkett Park

2 months 2 weeks ago

Plans for the redevelopment of Plunkett Park playground moved forward at the Monday, March 13 Park Board meeting, with the Board approving both the Plunkett Park Playground Redevelopment Project and the Plunkett Park

4 months 1 week ago

At the Tuesday, January 17 Park Board Meeting, plans for the updating of Plunkett Park playground were approved.

Marjorie Davis Plot Project

3 weeks 5 days ago

Thursday and Friday of this week the plumber will be installing storm sewers and pipes. Once this is completed the project will then start to focus on preparing the soil, turf aisles, and fencing. 

1 month 2 weeks ago

The 2017 Marjorie Davis Garden Plot Project is underway. The construction and silt fencing has been installed and the tree removal has been completed.