Popping the question anytime soon… or planning your wedding? Indiana is full of places that will make your wedding truly special. The state has such a great variety of venues and locations that will wow your guests and create memories that will last a lifetime. Remember, this is your day. Make it your own, tailored to what works for you both—and your guests will always remember your wedding. The best way to get started is to find a place that represents who you are as a couple. From romantic to quirky, consider one of these places to say, “I do!”
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Michigan City, Indiana
For a waterfront wedding without the pricey plane ticket, drive north to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Dunes accommodate any type of wedding, both large and small. It’s the perfect destination wedding without having to travel too far. Choose from both indoor or outdoor options including beachfront, parks, or inside gorgeous venues. Plus, with several local accommodations in the area, it will make for the perfect mini-vacation for you and your guests. For great photos, be sure to walk to the Michigan City Lighthouse and Pier in Washington Park Beach. It provides the perfect, picturesque background.
For a venue that truly has perhaps one of the best views in all of Indianapolis, consider the Skyline Club. Located on the 36th floor in the One America building, the second-tallest building in Indiana, you will have a breathtaking, floor-to-ceiling panoramic view of Indianapolis. Get an up-close look at Monument Circle, as well as the Pyramids up north and all the way down I-65 South into Greenwood. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a member to take advantage of its exclusive benefits. Also, thanks to the great views, you can save on your decor because the beautiful scenery handles it for you. The team will make you feel as though you’re their only client, handling several tasks in-house, such as decor, tables, chairs and more.
French Lick Resort and West Baden Springs
French Lick, Indiana
Just a little over two hours from downtown Indianapolis are two historic places: French Lick and West Baden Springs. These two towns are minutes apart from each other, rich with history and prestigious hotels. The detail of each hotel exudes class and elegance, with every room telling its own story. The grounds at each of these places have perfect spots for a wedding both inside and outside. West Baden Springs is known for its grand entryway, once being the largest free-span dome structure from 1902 through the 1950s. French Lick Springs was built in the early 1900s by a local doctor, William Bowles. Several celebrities and prominent figures in American culture have stayed here including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Al Capone and Bing Crosby.
Are you thinking about a Halloween wedding? Just next door to the former Central State Hospital, once called the Indiana Hospital for the Insane, 1899 has been renovated into a charming event space, perfect for weddings. Central State often used this building as a place for patients to gather and relax. Central State was a mental health institution that was opened in the 1840 and closed in the 1990s. It also was home to one of the first female doctors in the country. The space is rich with history and facts, allowing you to share fascinating tidbits of information about the grounds with guests. Believe in hauntings? Check out Haunted Houses’ review of the Indiana Central State Hospital.
Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center
If you are looking for a wedding in an industrial setting with historic charm, book your visit to the Mill Top Banquet and Conference Center in Noblesville. Built in 1869, this factory turned exquisite wedding venue has several different rooms to customize your big day. In its more than 150 years, it has been a Kismet Flour factory, car manufacturer plant, donut producer, food processing plant and accounting firm. The views are breathtaking, especially in the Skylight Room with great natural lighting, or Great Room, which features a walkout bar with floor to ceiling windows. Even better, you can spend the entire day getting ready in one of their two lavish bridal suites or man caves. You will love seeing the modern additions this place has added, as well as classic wrought iron and timber throughout. The event planning team offers a variety of packages allowing you to customize your day to your taste.
Punch Bowl Social
Looking to get married, bowl, play pool, sing karaoke, play vintage video games and enjoy delicious drinks all in the same night? Consider a wedding at Punch Bowl Social. The décor and atmosphere are classic and sophisticated, with a fun, eclectic modern twist. Plus, the food is great too. Punch Bowl is conveniently located in Circle Centre mall, making for an easy place for your guests to park and walk to the venue without necessarily going outside if they don’t want to. Being a short walking distance to some of the prettiest spots in the city, such as Monument Circle or the Indianapolis Arts Garden, you will easily take great pictures and be back in time for cake.