Conveniently nestled among the pine trees directly west of the Game Lodge, our Pavilion is a pristine 4,000 square foot gabled roof shelter. With banquet seating for 350+ guests in a picture-perfect park setting, the Pavilion and the neighboring Lover's Leap Ceremony Deck allows you to combine the luxurious beauty of an outdoor event with the convenience of a safe haven from an unexpected Black Hills shower. After dark, enjoy s'mores around the group fire pit.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are a full-service historic resort! In addition hosting your event at a destination wildlife preserve with free-roaming bison, your meals are in the hands of hotel & resort industry experts from start to finish. We provide and coordinate all of the aspects of your hosted meal--from the pre-ceremony mimosas, cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, to your catered buffet and late-night snacks--so that your family and friends don't have to stress about it. They can relax and enjoy the day with you!
No, you do not. As a full-service resort, we will assign to you an Event Manger, who will work with you to order all of the Catering and staffing needs for your meal(s) provided in-house from the State Game Lodge. The Pavilion will be set with tables, house linens and skirting, linen napkins, water glasses, silverware, banquet china, and your chiavari chairs as you have requested and arranged in advance with your Event Manager. From there, our banquet staff continues to execute the cocktail hour, buffet, in-house desserts, and late-night snacks as ordered from us.
Depending on your setup requirements, the max capacity varies. In banquet long tables, State Game Lodge Pavilion has a recommended capacity of approximately 350. Additional seating can overflow around the fire pit.
A non-refundable $1,500 deposit (unless otherwise specified in your agreement) is due with the signed contract to confirm your date.
Yes! Just a few yards away is our Lover's Leap Deck & Ceremony Lawn, tucked along the creek as shown in the pictures. We will provide your white garden chairs, any requested ceremony tables with linen, and access to electricity.
Yes! Your Hosted or Cash Bar will be stocked with our full banquet selection of beer, wine, and liquors. Some even chose to order up a custom signature wedding cocktail to host for their guests! You will work with your designated Event Manager to determine what you would like to have available.
Yes! Within the private washroom of the Pavilion, there is a quaint changing room. However, we still recommend a resort lodge room or cabin for optimal comfort. Call 888-875-0001 Call today to snatch up your room and mention that you want to use it as a ready-room so that our team can find you the best option with the most space!
Yes! Our Tatanka Cabin and Reunion Cabin both make show-stopping designer hospitality suites. Each offers 4BR/5BA, full designer kitchens, and a fantastic open floor-plan for socializing. Additionally, we offer many other cabins with kitchens and/or living areas with that extra square footage you seek for hospitality suites and/or ready rooms. Insider Tip: Rent it for the night before, too, so you can get in, get settled, and start getting ready first thing the next morning! Check-in time is not until after 3pm.
The State Park quiet hour is 11pm, which is also your designated function end time.
Your belongings are important; remember that the Pavilion is open-air! We strongly encourage that you designate a family member to gather up anything that is important to you during the dance so that your items don't get misplaced during clean-up. Last call will be at 10:45pm, and at 11pm, the entertainment must conclude for the evening and staff will begin breaking down tables. All décor must be removed no later than midnight to avoid an additional fee. Custer State Park Resort is not liable for lost or stolen items. Insider's Tip: Explore renting our group Reunion Cabin or Tatanka Cabin for a show-stopping hospitality suite and post-wedding campfire.
A professional decorator is only required if you wish to have anything hung from the rafters. As you will have an assigned Event Manager planning the banquet services and timelines in advance with you, oftentimes Brides and Grooms find that the rest of their vendors can be hired independently.
Because our staff is busy setting up the tables, linens, chairs, and table settings for you specifically as you have requested, access to the Pavilion is anytime after 10:00am on the day of your wedding. (Note: If you have hired a professional decorator, they must coordinate set-up details in advance directly with your Event Manager). If you are renting table runners or specialty linens from an outside source that you would like used, please inform your Event Manager. Specialty linens must be hand-delivered to the Lodge no later than 24-hours in advance so that we can place them for you in time, along with the rest of our resort-provided table settings.
Custer State Park Resorts takes its role as caretaker of our historic State Park lodges very seriously. Help us preserve this history for 100 more years: Nails, screws, staples, tape, push pins, confetti, glitter, rice, hay or straw, smoke machines, open flame candles are all prohibited. Floral arrangements are welcome; when in doubt, please inquire! We are here to help work through solutions together with you. Easels may be rented through your Event Manager for a nominal fee. SD Game Fish & Parks welcomes birdseed and bubbles at your ceremony; shepherds hooks for floral arrangements are also permitted. Thank you for taking good care of our 71,000 acre wildlife preserve! Natural beauty at its best.
Yes! The primary reason for having a cocktail hour (alcoholic or not) is to give your guests some mingling time before the buffet is open for dinner. For a wedding, this purpose is two-fold. Often times, you will have a few final photos with your photographer immediately following your ceremony, and having a cocktail hour (45 minutes) with hors d'oeuvres will help to keep your guests happy while they mingle. Questions on how many hors d'oeuvres to order so you don't run out or order too much? Your designated Event Manager is here to help along the way.
Our banquet staff will clear place tables throughout the event, and start breaking down at 11pm to fully clean the entire Pavilion overnight. You are only responsible for the items that you bring in and wish to keep; everything else will get thrown away. Your personal items are valuable. To ensure that nothing gets lost as our staff cleans up at night, we encourage all valuables to be removed prior to the reception end time. All décor must be removed no later than midnight to avoid an additional fee. Custer State Park Resort is not liable for lost or stolen items.
Mahogany Chiavari Chairs with Chocolate Cushions
Seated Capacity of up to 350
Dimensions: 60’ x 76’
Stained Concrete Floor - perfect for dancing
Built-in Sound System
Outlets in all four (4) corners of the Pavilion
On-site Parking & Resort Accommodations
Cabins, Designer Group Cabins, Lodge Rooms, Camping/RV
Lover’s Leap Ceremony Deck & Lawn along the creek with Garden Chairs & access to Electricity
Private Modern Accessible Washrooms
Bridal Changing Room
Group Fire Pit with Benches & Picnic Tables
Stone Wood-Burning Fireplace
Propane Patio Heaters
Banquet Long Tables or 72” Rounds with White or Ivory Linen
Built-in Sun Shades
Dedicated ADA Parking Spot
Destination Resort Experience in a Historic 100-year-old Wildlife Preserve
On-site Buffalo Safari Tours, Named “Top 10 in the Nation”
On-site Historic Restaurant & Lounge named the “Summer White House”
On-site Luxury Hospitality Suites
Lover's Leap Deck
Only 200 flat feet from Pavilion, the transition from ceremony to reception is seamless and full of natural elegance. Our redwood Deck overlooks Grace Coolidge Creek.
Group Fire Pit
Adjacent to the Pavilion, discover your own private group fire pit. Order a S’mores Station after dinner from your Event Manager to make the experience complete.
Beware of wedding crashers! Your guests will delight in keeping their eyes peeled for a few extra attendees.
The State Game Lodge is a gracious native stone and wood lodge built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the “Summer White House” for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927, and the Grace Coolidge Creek still serenely winds through the valley today. The Barn sits adjacent to this historic restaurant & lounge, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all season long.
Resort Cabins & Lodge Rooms
Guests will love the option to stay on-site at the resort for your wedding weekend. Chose from Historic Lodge Rooms, Hotel Rooms, Creekside Lodge Junior Suites, or Resort Cabins - all are climate-controlled, fully modernized with picture perfect Park locations.
Within a 10-20 minute drive, explore the other three (3) full-service resorts in Custer State Park
Specialty Group Cabins
Fully-stocked with kitchen pots, pans, utensils, and place-settings, our Specialty Cabins serve as grand hospitality suites for your pre- and post-wedding gatherings. Cabin guests are welcome to cook for themselves in these cabins, and why not? The designer kitchens make gatherings easy.