The Wilds at Red Oak

1400 N. River Rd., North Aurora, Illinois ● 630-897-1808 ● Directions

The Wilds is a modern event space located in the woodland area of the Red Oak Nature Center property. Nestled on the east bank of the Fox River among seven natural habitats within eyeshot, this nature-lovers observatory – fitted with overhead windows and sections of transparent walls – dutifully supports The Wilds’ theme: Let the outdoors in.

The simple, sleek décor provides panoramic views of the surrounding 40 acres of woods, the Fox River, and its vibrant ecosystem. A large patio and double-sided fireplace allow guests to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings – just as it was intended.

The Wedding Services Team is excited to create an experience that delivers a lifetime of memories for you and your guests. Our one-of-a-kind setting features picturesque views and personalized service that will cater to all your needs – all at a value that can’t be matched.

We are fully booked for 2023, now taking reservations for May through October 2024.

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    • Rental dates available May – October
    • 3,100 square foot space
    • Seats up to 150-160 guests
    • Restrooms
    • 6 chandeliers
    • 2 large fans
    • Unique garage doors
    • Outdoor patio and fireplace
    • Modern bar and buffet tables
    • Black garden chairs and 72” round tables
    • Paved parking lot

    We Welcome Your Vendors
    FVPD Weddings allows third-party vendors to service your wedding. All vendors will need to adhere to our Vendor Guidelines. Most vendors will need to provide a Certificate of Insurance or day-of insurance prior to the event date. The Wilds wedding staff will assist with securing the certificate so that you can focus on your wedding details!

    Looking for a vendor?
    We can recommend vendors that have proudly served our past couples. To request a copy of our list, please contact us at

    Venue Staff vs Wedding Coordinator: What’s the Difference?
    The Wilds provides dedicated on-site venue staff for the entire duration of your wedding day. Their job is to maintain the physical space of the facility. Wedding Coordinating is an entirely different skill set and profession. Wedding coordinators work for the couple (not the venue) assisting with planning, vendor coordination/communication, day-of orchestrating, and more!

    We recommend every couple hire a wedding coordinator. Their contribution to your wedding is truly priceless!


    Average 2023 Pricing

    Rental season: May – October

    Ceremony & Reception – includes 12-hour venue rental and use of ceremony site
    Friday & Saturday: $5,995
    Sunday: $3,795

    Reception only – includes 12-hour venue rental
    Friday & Saturday: $5,495
    Sunday: $3,295

    2024 Wedding Package Request Form




    When do you accept rentals?
    Based on first come, first served bookings, our rental season is May – October each year.

    What is the rental time?
    Full use of the venue from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

    What time does the wedding end?
    Weddings end at 11 p.m. Music is allowed until 11 p.m., however starting at 10:30 p.m., the volume must be lowered to adhere to the sound ordinance of the Village of North Aurora.

    Our marriage license asks for the county we were married in. What county is The Wilds in?
    Kane County, Illinois

    Can we do shots?
    Shots are not permitted and will not be provided by your bar service vendor.

    Can our pet come to the wedding?
    The Wilds allows service animals. No other types of animals are allowed.

    Can I drop off my decorations the night before?
    Personal items are not allowed on the property outside your contracted rental time.

    Can guests leave their cars parked in the parking lot overnight?
    Yes, however, any vehicle left overnight is subject to the risk of the owner. The parking lot is not locked or monitored.

    Is smoking allowed?
    Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside of the venue, all other areas in the park are smoke-free, and smoking is strictly prohibited. Smoking and vaping are prohibited inside the venue.

    What wedding planning support do The Wilds staff provide?
    The Wilds wedding staff are provided to serve the venue and answer your questions about the venue.

    Inquire Now

    Interested in our venue for your upcoming wedding? Schedule a tour and request info below and our staff will respond promptly.