We had an evening wedding for 100 guests catered by Brio Restaurant of Rockford, IL & were looking for an elegant, unusual setting for our reception - Briggs Mansion was perfect for our event.
Ray at Briggs Mansion was very helpful and worked with us to create a memorable event. It is not a site for huge weddings - it's very intimate with different rooms, fireplaces, chandeliers and ornate decorations. Individual tables come in regular height or bistro height and seat 4 to 6 per table. The dance floor is small but we ended up being surprised at how many people could get out there at one time.
We had only the reception there and it was lovely - all of our guests loved the mansion. A number of our guests commented on how nice it was to be at a wedding that wasn't in one of the typical venues around town.
We were lucky to have a perfect evening of summer weather, so the patio area was opened up and gave our guests even more room to circulate. If you're looking for someplace elegant, intimate and unusual, Briggs Mansion is the place to be. http://jimandlesley.wordpress.com/