One of the biggest days in any person's life is the day when they stand beside the person that the love and publicly profess their love for them while surrounded by friends and loved ones.
We're talking, of course, about weddings! There are tons of decisions that need to be made before that magical occasion, but first and foremost, after the question has been "popped" and the planning begins, you need to find a location for the big party.
There are many fantastic potential wedding locations in the Indianapolis area, each with their own special charm, but not every site is going to speak to each and every couple.
The best way to get started is to take a brief tour of the following venues and see which ones speak to your own personality. Then you can schedule a visit to those venues and drink in the atmosphere in person in order to help make that big decision the right one for you.
Madame Walker Theater Center
Formerly the center of entertainment from the 1920s through the 1950s, this historic ballroom has recently been refurbished and transformed back into the glamour of its heyday.
Mirrored walls, a quartet of fabulous chandeliers and a spectacular hardwood floor for dancing make this slice of the past a perfect place to launch your future together as a couple.
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Located just minutes from downtown, the magnificent grounds offer a perfect venue for an outdoor exchanging of vows.
Couples can choose from a formal garden with a fountain at the center, to the Apple Orchard that offers up a trellised entrance and a crisp green hedge border.
Either way, the architectural design from Percival Gallagher is sure to provide a gorgeous backdrop for those all-important keepsake photographs.
On the other end of the spectrum, we have an enclosed glass structure that sits 17 feet high above the city streets below.
With spectacular views and no fear of inclement weather ruining your special day, this hip location is perfect for couples with their fingers on the pulse of the cool and modern trends of today.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Every wedding has that one "thing" that people will always remember.
For those who want that "thing" to be the food, look no further.
With a personal Banquet Manager on hand to make sure the menu is up to your own specifications, gorgeous table settings and the very best wine list the city has to offer, gourmands will fall in love with Maggiano's.
Riverwalk Banquet Center and The Lodge
Intimate fireplaces surround this rustic lodge environment which overlooks the crystal waters of Spirit Lake. If you want to transport your guests to the great outdoors, then The Lodge is the place for you.
But if you love the feel of nature, yet want something a bit more elegant and upscale, then The Ballroom can meet your needs, without losing any of the outdoor ambiance.
Either way, a five-star caterer with a focus on international cuisine is there to serve you.
Indiana Roof Ballroom
Bring a bit of Europe to your affair, with a reception in the heart of downtown Indianapolis' replication of a quaint village from across the Atlantic.
Stucco facades and red-tiled roofs sit under a simulated starry night-sky that will have you convinced you're sitting somewhere in the Italian countryside rather than merely a hop, skip and a jump away from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Mavris Arts and Event Center
This venue specializes in the Friday wedding, which they argue, is the best day of the week to say "I do."
Not only is the whole event far more affordable, but couples have found that the guests who choose to attend are the ones who truly want to be there.
Plus, it leaves the entire weekend free for quality time with out-of-towners rather than squeezing everything into a small window of time.
If you're looking for an exotic location, then the Murat Shrine Temple is the perfect location for you.
Three separate ballrooms, all with ornate decorations that fit their colorful names: the Arabian Room, the Tunisian Room and the Corinthian Room.
Conversely, if you’d prefer to showcase the city you call home, choosing the Terrace will give your guests a panoramic view of all the landmarks that Indianapolis has to offer.
Quiet and serene, this property offers up a gazebo of delights for the happy couple to share.
Weeping willow trees surround a pond in a natural wonderland.
Couples who want to hold their wedding in an environment that feels like home, but without the need to clean up afterwards will gladly place this picturesque locale at the top of their wish list.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Brides on a quest for a fairy-tale wedding environment will surely be drawn to the Sunken Garden.
With historic fountains sitting along paved walkways and a wedding arch that puts the focus squarely on the most important person of the day, you'll forget you're in the middle of a busting metropolis.
For much smaller affairs, the Conservatory Waterfall location can help the happy couple make a big splash for their first moments of marital bliss.