The Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center is a perfect venue for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and the wedding itself. Let our staff of professionals work with you to deliver personalized service and individual attention to transform your dreams into reality. Perfect weddings and events do not just happen; they are planned and serviced to perfection. Let us share our experience and expertise with you!


The seemingly endless details involved with planning a wedding can be overwhelming. The dedicated, skilled staff at the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center can take the stress out of wedding planning, and help turn it into the fun experience it should be. Our Special Events Sales Manager has the knowledge and experience to assist you through every step of the planning process including selecting a menu, creating a layout, referring you to trusted local vendors and simply being there for you on your wedding day. Every detail will be covered for a smooth, seamless celebration.

Already have a wedding planner and other specialists? No problem! Our Special Events Department will support you and your team with as much or as little assistance as you need. It's your day — we can help in any and every capacity to ensure your wedding is as beautiful as you ever imagined.


A convenient location makes it easy for your guests to share your wedding day joy with you and the Gillespie Conference and Special Event Center is the perfect place for all your wedding activities and guests. We are easy to find for both local and out-of-town travelers, near the entrance to Saint Mary's College and next to the University of Notre Dame, which provides easy accessibility for wedding ceremonies on either historic campus. And, for those who drive, parking is free at the Gillespie Center.

With two first-class hotels on site, your guests will be able to relax and enjoy their time instead of traveling from place to place all over town. In addition to accommodating your guests, both Hilton Garden Inn and The Inn at Saint Mary's hotels present further options to enhance a joyous occasion. The Inn at Saint Mary's staircase is always a favorite site for photographers and Bistro 933, located in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn, is a fun location for a welcome reception or for friends and family to get together and catch up.

The Gillespie Center has so much space to hold a variety of wedding events including a rehearsal dinner, a wedding and a complete reception for up to 700 guests, that there is really no reason to go anywhere else. Explore the links below, Contact our Special Events Sales Manager or Request a Proposal for further details about making your wedding visions a reality.