Starved Rock Lodge Named Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings 2024

18th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor
Top Wedding Professionals Across America

OGLESBY, (March 6, 2024)—Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2024 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings. This accolade represents the top local wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples on The Knot, a digital wedding planning authority and one of the largest wedding Vendor Marketplaces in the US. This is the 11th year Starved Rock Lodge has been named a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings awards. Starved Rock Lodge also holds bragging rights to The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame for earning this honor more than four times.

In its eighteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting the expertise and outstanding service of local wedding professionals with The Knot Best of Weddings 2024. As a go-to guide of top wedding vendors across the country, this prestigious award honors those vendors on The Knot deemed by couples as trusted, dependable and consistently delivering quality service.

To determine the winners, The Knot assessed thousands of user reviews for 200,000+ wedding professionals within its Vendor Marketplace across various categories—planners, venues, officiants, musicians, DJs, florists, photographers, caterers, hair and makeup artists, and more—to find the top vendors of the year. Vendors who have received at least 7 reviews on The Knot with an average score of 4.5+ between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 received The Knot Best of Weddings Award. These winners represent the top wedding professionals that best embody what matters to couples in their wedding planning journey.

“We are honored to be a part of such an elite group,” said Jenny Roulston, Sales Manager at the Lodge, “Our sales, banquet and culinary teams are committed to excellence and these awards inspire us to continue our commitment to service.” Last year, Starved Rock Lodge was the setting for more than 100 dream weddings. There are two stunning outdoor ceremony sites on the Lodge grounds, each with a backup location in case of inclement weather. Receptions take place in the historic Great Hall and Starved Rock Room. For more information about Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, please visit

The Knot supports local wedding professionals through The Knot Vendor Marketplace, where couples can search, compare, and connect to book any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country all in one place. Each vendor storefront features insightful reviews, real wedding photos, and details about the vendor and their services. The Knot Best of Weddings award gives couples the confidence to book the best vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology helps all couples seamlessly plan a wedding that’s authentically them.

Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, The Knot Worldwide’s business-to-business wedding brand. As the largest wedding Vendor Marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects small businesses with millions of engaged couples each year on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

For more information about Weddings at Starved Rock Lodge, please visit us on The Knot at:

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center | Reception Venues – The Knot

About Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
Starved Rock Lodge is the only hotel located in Starved Rock State Park. The historic Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and opened in 1939. Today, Starved Rock Lodge is part of ExplorUS, is a family-owned company with almost 30 years of experience operating National, State, and local park concessions.

About The Knot

The Knot is a leading wedding Vendor Marketplace that connects couples with more than 200,000 local wedding professionals and offers a comprehensive suite of planning tools that includes personalized wedding websites, invitations and registry services that make planning easier to help couples enjoy the experience. The most trusted authority on wedding planning, The Knot reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through; the #1 wedding planning app on iOS and Android, The Knot Wedding Planner; The Knot national wedding magazine; and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s authentic to them. Visit The Knot online at and follow on social media: @TheKnot on TikTok, Instagram, Pinterest and Threads and