Indianapolis Wedding Venues. An Overview of Wedding Venue Options in Indianapolis

Where do you even begin when choosing a venue for your wedding? We’ve highlighted some of our favorite Indianapolis Wedding Venues as well as some suggestions throughout central Indiana.

Bloomington Indiana Wedding Venues | Franklin Hall

While choosing the location or locations that will host your wedding day may seem like an overwhelming and daunting task, if you break it down, it is really a fun process. There are so many fabulous wedding venue options in the Indianapolis area, you really can’t go wrong.

So, I think the first step to choosing a wedding venue is determining your answers to the big four questions. What’s your budget? Do you have a location preference? What kind of personality will your wedding have? How many people do you want to invite?

Wedding Personality

Maybe you didn’t know it, but weddings have personalities. The tone of the wedding is set, in large part, by the venue chosen.

Church Weddings

Indianapolis Wedding Venues | St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

So, the first question you must ask, is do you want a church wedding, a wedding in another type of venue, or a combination? If you would like a church wedding somewhere other than your home church, or a church you are familiar with, there are options galore throughout the Indianapolis area. There is everything from grand cathedrals such as St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary’s, or the Scottish Rite Cathedral to cute, historic chapels, such as the White Lick Presbyterian Church.

If you would like your reception or entire wedding in a location other than a church, there are so many fabulous options around Indianapolis. Here are a few “personalities” and options that we love:

Barn Weddings

No two barns are alike, as each has a personality of it’s own. We love the Mustard Seed Gardens with their fabulously restored farmhouse and climate controlled barn. Hidden Hollow Farm in Crawfordsville, Indiana is gorgeous with amazing rooms to get ready, jaw dropping chandeliers, and a fantastic secluded ceremony area in the woods near the barn. The Barn at Kennedy Farms is beautiful as well as the Barn in Zionsville.

The Barn at Kennedy Farms | Indiana Barn Wedding Venues

Industrial Chic

A couple of our favorite industrial chic wedding venues in Indianapolis is the Mavris Arts and Event Center as well as the Crane Bay Event Center. Each comes from their own era and personality, but are unique and fun in their own way.

Indianapolis Wedding Venues | The Mavris Arts and Events Center

Ballrooms, Clubs, & Hotels

Traditional locations such as ballrooms, clubs, and hotels have been a mainstay of weddings probably since forever, so we are always down for a good ballroom wedding. Some of our favorites around town is the Indiana Roof Ballroom with their fantastically unique ballroom, the Alexander, the Skyline Club, the Columbia Club, the Conrad, the Union Station, D’Amore, and the Omni Severin.

Destination Weddings

We frequently travel for weddings, whether it is to Purdue University (Boiler Up!), Indiana University, or beyond. We love a good beach or mountain wedding…wink, wink. So, if sand is in your thoughts, may we suggest the Sunset Beach Resort in Siesta Key, Florida, o if mountains are more your style, The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands, North Carolina is a fantastic choice.

Budget

We photograph weddings of all types and budgets. That’s one of the main reasons I love wedding photography. No two wedding days are the same! Whether your budget is big or small, most of our couples have one thing in common, they value the photography they will have to remember their big day.

Danville Indiana Wedding Venues | The Blanton House

Even if you are on a modest budget, there are fabulous venues to hold your wedding. One of my favorite budget-conscious venues is the Blanton House in Danville. Ok, so maybe I’m biased because this happens to be where I was married. Home court advantage aside, I still feel like this is one of the best bang for your buck venues around. You get the use of the beautiful home and grounds as well as quite a few extras that would cost you individually elsewhere. We shot a beautiful Vintage Inspired Wedding there this past summer, and it was the perfect setting.

If your budget is a bit larger, options abound throughout Indianapolis. Many of the wedding venue options outlined above cater to larger budgets. They are ready to take care of all of your needs so that all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the day!

Attendance

Often couples struggle with whittling down their guest list, and this is understandable! You want to share one of the happiest days of your life with as many friends and family members as possible! If your guest list is under 200, you will generally have more venue options than if your guest list is larger than that.

Location

Consider where most of your guests will becoming from, this is especially important if you choose to have your ceremony and reception in different locations. You don’t want your guests to have to drive very far out of their way to get to your reception. I suggest keeping the travel time between the ceremony and reception to under 20 minutes.

Indianapolis Wedding Venues | The Skyline Club

No matter what venue you choose, I know that you will add your own fantastic touch to make the day completely your own. There are so many more fabulous wedding venues in the Indianapolis area. These are just a few of our favorites from this past year.

Once you have your venue and wedding date secured, we would be thrilled to chat with you about photographing your wedding day. I can’t wait to hear about all of your big plans!

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  1. Elizabeth

    February 9th, 2017 at 1:43 am

    This is a great post to help couples narrow down their venue in Indy! I am coordinating a wedding in South Bend at St. Joe’s Barn and am really excited to see the whole thing come together!

  2. Dr. Ronald G. Shapiro

    February 9th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Excellent guidance!!!

  3. Ivory Door

    February 9th, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Indianapolis certainly has a wide variety of wedding venues! Love the way that you broke it down into different styles & suggested ideas for engaged couples to look at. What an incredibly helpful guide to choosing your Indiana wedding venue.

  4. Ella Sophie

    February 10th, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Picking a venue can be so overwhelming, this has some really great information!

  5. Urška Majer

    February 11th, 2017 at 9:17 am

    You’ve shared some really useful information! Love the last two night shots!