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A Magical Location Located Just South of Topeka, KS

Located on 30 acres on the Water’s Edge of Strowbridge Reservoir near Carbondale, KS sits Willows Bend Wedding & Event Venue. The venue is surrounded by water on 3 sides that create a peaceful and tranquil setting unlike any other venue. Many brides and grooms refer to Willows Bend as a country but elegant destination wedding.

The venue is located on family property homesteaded back in the late 1800’s. There is a lot of tradition that surrounds Willows Bend and the owners Jim & Michele Shively live across the cove from the venue.

Jim & Michele love to help each bride and groom create a one of a kind wedding tailored to meet their vision and dreams. 

“Your Dreams begin on the waters edge at Willows Bend”

Your Dream Event

At Willows Bend, we can provide you with all of the resources you need to plan your perfect day.

  • Comprehensive Vendors List
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Shuttle Service
  • Wedding Planner Recommendations

Your Dream Venue

Bridal Suite

A beautiful 800 sq ft bridal suite located upstairs featuring three barber chairs at the hair and make-up station, bathroom, love seat, couch, ottoman and an elevator for those who may need it.

Groomsmen’s Room

We have a spacious groomsmen room located downstairs for all the men in the bridal party to prepare for the big day.

The Balcony

The bridal suite has a balcony that overlooks the entire seating area and is used for the bride and groom’s surprise entrance. Above the balcony is a wedding bell the bride and groom can ring after their entrance.

The Space

Downstairs the venue can comfortably seat 300 guests, leaving the center section open for dancing. The room is fully automated, with the push of a button the venue goes dark with the latest in sight and sound with the colored lights and the most modern sound system specifically designed for the room.

All Inclusive

Your Perfect Day

Wedding Reviews

We just had our daughter’s wedding (and rehearsal dinner) at Willows Bend. Absolutely beautiful venue with wonderful spaces… bridal suite, grooms room, kitchen, plenty of restrooms, and the scenic and private outdoor space!! Jim and Michelle were excellent to work with … helpful the whole process! They recommended vendors who were also top notch. It was a truly perfect experience! I would gladly recommend Willows Bend!

Lisa S. Wedding on 6/24/22
Lisa S.

We were married at Willow’s Bend on April 9th 2022 and our day was wonderful! Jim and Michelle were very helpful right from the moment we booked. They had wonderful suggestions for vendors as well! They were very accommodating and kind to both us and our families. Our wedding day was like a fairytale and we could not have asked for a better venue. Guests are still talking about how beautiful everything was and so are we! Both my husband and I would recommend Willow’s Bend to anyone looking for an event venue.

Brennan R. Married on 4/9/22
Brennan R.

I’m so happy we chose Willows Bend for our Wedding Venue. It is a beautiful Venue inside & out! They were very responsive to questions, super friendly, very accommodating & flexible. Our guests loved the venue as well. Would Definitely recommend Willows Bend!

Jessica Married on 12/12/20
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Willows Bend

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Willows Bend
S Berryton Rd E 141st Street,
Carbondale, KS 66414

Jim & Michele Shively
(785) 633-7334 or (785) 633-7335