When it comes to spots to tie the knot, you have a wide variety of choices in Indiana wedding venues. When you have all four seasons, there is literally a time of year for almost every type of wedding! Let’s look at the various types of locations you might want to look at for your perfect day, as well as the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for you and your fiancé.
Other than the engagement rings, the venue you choose for your wedding is the first thing on your getting married to-do list. So many of your other choices, such as number of guests, time of year, colors, décor, photography and even the dresses and tuxes are often influenced by the venue.
Some locations might lack climate control. Who wants to freeze to death even if it is a beautiful Christmas wedding? Sweating through a bridal gown isn’t a great look either. What about size? If you fall in love with a small, intimate space after you’ve sent out 500 save-the-dates, you may have a problem on your hands. Choosing a large venue can also seem strange if you only have 75 close friends and family attending.
These are just some of the many considerations you might decide differently once you choose the venue. But what if you have a certain type of photography in mind, a dress you are set on, or a fall color scheme? Go with it! Just make sure your wedding venue list has sites that will complement those “must haves” you can’t do without.
There are several wedding venue options in Indiana, but most fall into these main groups:
Indiana is an agricultural state, so there are an abundance of barns, many of which have either been turned into wedding venues or were built specifically to host events. These are big open spaces with rustic décor, often with attached outdoor spaces. Even though the experts have been predicting the end of the barn wedding for sometime, they don’t show any sign of ending soon.
Do you long for greenery, trees, sunshine and wide-open spaces? There are many outdoor venues available to fit your needs. Public and private parks and estates can offer plenty of great photography moments in a variety of settings, from sophisticated to rustic. Indiana vineyards or country clubs could be an option, and friends or family might even have a property that would work, free for the asking.
These big spaces are a lot like barns in many respects, usually located in an urban area. The offer the large area of a barn without all of the corn. University buildings, converted warehouse space redesigned for events, mansions and museums can often be rented for your wedding day. Even Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana State House can be had for the right price, as long you can work with the restrictions.
This was the only place to get married at one time, unless you went down to the local courthouse. If you are looking for the perfect place for your wedding ceremony, there is nothing more traditional than a church. Many are beautiful spaces as well.
We’ve designed The Parish House on Union to take advantage of the best of several Indiana wedding venue options. You have use of our Parsonage and Secret Room to get ready for the ceremony, and plenty of architecture inside and out for fabulous pictures. Your day-of coordinator is working with you throughout the pre-ceremony to hours to help the wedding party with anything you might need and help keep the day on track, all included.
Your ceremony takes place in a traditional 150-year-old former church Sanctuary with soaring 35-foot gothic arches, light wood floors and white Chiavari chairs. A complete sound system, ceremony livestreaming, aisle flowers, decorations and more are all available and included at no additional charge. A recording of the ceremony is even available for download.
After the ceremony, you and your guests will dine in our grand banquet hall, with long farm tables, a large crystal chandelier and hanging greenery. Floral arrangements, vintage candelabras and more decorate the tables at no additional charge. Our service staff will serve you and your guests tableside with our scratch-made dinners. A separate sound system is ready to go for speeches and more.
While you enjoy dinner and drinks from the bar located in the banquet hall, our staff will rearrange the Sanctuary for the reception, complete with round tables and tablecloths, and plenty of room for dancing in the center of the floor. The Sanctuary features a great sound system and dance lights, or plenty of room for your favorite DJ to put on a show. A second bar (alcohol service is priced at an additional charge) is available to supply refreshments throughout the night. And, as the sun goes down, a giant 30-foot slide show covers one wall of the Sanctuary with shots from the day and ceremony. You can even include your own pictures!
We wanted The Parish House on Union to offer all of the beauty and elegance of an estate or other historic venue, the traditional grandeur of a classic church, and the fun and ease of a fully-staffed event. Come take a tour and see for yourself how your wedding could come to life at our House.