A couple's wedding day is as unique as the couple themselves, so when it comes time to choose the place to hold the wedding reception, personality and character are important.
The following is just a small selection of the many options available locally for couples looking for a little flair when wedding planning, from a restored 1867 ballroom to a lighthouse.
301 B St, LaPorte
Located in a historical building built in 1920, the Allure has transformed from the Old Eagles Building to an enchanting wedding venue. Able to accommodate anywhere between 65 and 320 guests, the Allure features bold, fully refined rooms that wedding invitees can lounge, relax and party in during the big event. Those looking for a complete one-shop venue will want to take note: The Allure offers five unique settings to host an entire wedding day experience, from a private bridal suite where hair and makeup can take place, to the grand ballroom where guests can dance the night away.
County Line Orchard
200 S County Line Rd, Hobart
County Line Orchard will help celebrate your day while providing elegance in a rustic setting. The Barn is a full-service banquet facility that also offers the option of renting a bridal room in the silo for an extra unique experience. Event directors also stay on-site the day of an event, as well as through the entire event.
The Inn at Aberdeen
3158 S State Rd 2, Valparaiso
The Inn at Aberdeen offers a combination of beauty, charm and convenience, with a variety of options for the ceremony and reception and a place for wedding guests to stay. The ceremony can be held inside the quaint, historical inn or outdoors in the gorgeous gazebo. The Inn can host up to 120 guests for an indoor reception, or up to 300 under canopies in the garden. The following morning, guests staying at the Inn will be treated to a gourmet breakfast selected by the bride and groom.
International Friendship Gardens
2055 E US 12, Michigan City
International Friendship Gardens is a unique setting for outdoor weddings, which are scheduled from mid-May through mid-October. The Gardens include more than 100 acres of woods and landscaped areas, providing beautiful outdoor venues that include the Symphony Garden, Chinese Bridge Garden, Scottish Garden and Rose Garden. The organization also prides itself on welcoming and honoring marriages of all types.
7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake
Beautiful scenic lakeside views make the Lighthouse Restaurant a unique option for brides and grooms. The restaurant's private dining facility accommodates events with 25 to 250 guests, and the culinary staff is supervised by a chef with 25 years of experience. The restaurant downstairs may also be rented for parties.
Marquette Park Pavilion
1 North Grand Blvd, Gary
Whether it's an event for 500 people or a gathering for ten, Marquette Park Pavilion is unique in that it provides several options of interior and exterior event venues—all in a natural setting. Though a park, the location is capable of hosting events year-round, with venue spaces that include a ballroom, dance pavilion, lounge, a lower terrace and a garden. Don't miss checking out the ballroom, which features large windows that provide scenic views of the lagoon and surrounding dune landscape.
Sandy Pines Pavilion
10527 Bunker Dr, DeMotte
If you're looking for an outdoor wedding, check out the Sandy Pines Pavilion in DeMotte. Located at Sandy Pines Golf Club, the Pavilion is an all-in-one location for both the wedding and reception in a beautifully landscaped setting—making nature the main wedding decorations. Enjoy exclusive use of the east garden near the Pavilion, which seats up to 200 guests. An extra bonus? A fire pit will keep guests warm on cool summer evenings.
The Uptown Center
907 Franklin St, Michigan City
The Uptown Center features a restored 1867 ballroom and balcony, which can seat up to 300 guests with ample space for a dance floor and head table. It also features a full-service lounge, two courtyards and three bridal suites. When guests arrive, they are seated in the ballroom set up cathedral style, and while the bride and groom take pictures, guests can enjoy a cocktail hour on the outdoor patio.
12 Corners Vineyard
1201 N Benton Center Rd, Benton Harbor
Nestled in the heart of Michigan wine country, 12 Corners Vineyard gives a true vineyard wedding experience. The 115-acre estate can host both the ceremony and reception, and the vineyard offers full wedding planning services. Before deciding which wines to serve at the reception, sample the variety produced by both vinifera and hybrid grapes.
Blue Dress Barn
3893 Territorial Rd, Benton Harbor
The Blue Dress Barn features the historical "House of David Dairy Barn." Purchased in 2000, the barn and grounds have been restored and renovated, and the owners, both artist-designers, have combined their talents to revive the unique character. Seating up to 280, the barn features a vast open timber roof with a dance floor and stage lit by wrought iron chandeliers. Two second-story decks overlook gardens and fields, and in the gardens are tables beneath shade umbrellas, chairs and benches around fires.
68770 80th Ave, Watervliet
MillCreek Barns was once a working farm and nursery and now is a rustic venue for weddings. The barn can accommodate up to 250 people, and an elevated ceremony site adjacent to the barns is also available, along with a bridal studio for wedding preparations. This venue allows for a personalized event, as the couple may select and supply their own choice of beverages and caterer.
Shadowland on Silver Beach
333 Broad St, St. Joseph
Footsteps from Silver Beach, Shadowland offers wedding goers a picturesque backdrop of water, sunsets, a lighthouse and a Victorian-era downtown. Newly constructed, this option can welcome an intimate gathering for 50 or a lavish affair for 300 guests. Ask about the special occasion package, which reserves the carousel at the beach for a half hour for special photos and includes 50 ride tokens for guests.
4817 Territorial Rd, Benton Harbor (Millburg)
The owners of Blue Dress Barn renovated four side-by-side buildings—at one time a blacksmith shop, bank, motor shop and service station—into a vintage wedding venue situated in the small town of Millburg. "It's like stepping into a delicious and eclectic vintage fairytale," owner Amy Briske says. The venue includes a ceremony space, dining room, dance hall, bridal cottage and groom's garage.