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Hellooooooo to all of our lovely people keeping up with blogs! We are OH SO HAPPY to have you back with us today. Speaking of which, TODAY we are helping you out a little bit. In our local LGBTQ+ Group, Queering Indy, it seems as though one of the most common questions is…”Which venues are LGBTQ friendly?!” So, if you are looking for LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues near Indianapolis, we have got you covered!
We understand wedding planning is tough… but LGBTQ wedding planning can really seem like the most stressful thing ever sometimes – we know from experience! SO, with that in mind, we want to take some weight off of your shoulders. Today we are coming at you with our fav list of LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Near Indianapolis.
The Ivory Foundry is BUILT to give you the ultimate wedding experience! It does not matter if you’re planning for it to be an intimate day for your closest loved ones or a huge celebration. Their talented team is THERE to help you for every = step of the way!
This place is so unique… it was built for a smaller guest capacity, but even then, it still offers all the grandness of a huge venue. There is nothing more comforting to know that Ivory is owned and operated by experienced wedding professionals. Let them give you the wedding of your dreams! 😉
You won’t believe your eyes because this baby is like picturing your wedding in a modern day castle. Laurel Hall is a combination of pure beauty and lovely character AND modern conveniences all in an effort to create a perfect venue for any occasion… that it is!
It also happens to have been apart of Indiana’s historical landscape since 1916!! SO epic! We love a good historic wedding venue. Laurel Hall was built as the home to one of Indiana’s wealthiest families, but NOW it serves as a place to say your “I Dos”, trade your vows, and start your forever.
Built in 1908… this guy is old but don’t let it fool ya! INDUSTRY actually was originally a machine shop for ball bearings and metal fabrication – how cool?! The building underwent renovations in 2014 where the brick was restored, concrete redone, interior beams exposed and windows placed along all 5 sides of the building creating stellar natural light throughout the space… perfect for photos 😉
INDUSTRY is located ONLY two blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts!! It is also just a short three minutes from the center of Indianapolis – party cityyyy. The location is considered to be in the industrial district of the city, hence its name!
The first and second AND third floors of the Mavris, along with all their sweeeeeet outdoor spaces, can be rented together as a package!! PREFECT for any wedding setting. The maximum capacity for one floor is about 300 – which leaves tons of room for an awesome party!
The Speakeasy is an attached rental venue! As a 3,000 square foot space with a separate entrance directly off East Street, this baby is a grand choice for any soon-to-be married couples. The Speakeasy is the best space for an intimate wedding or elopement.
The Rathskeller is suchhhh a cool venue – dont overlook it! It has SEVEN different rooms available for banquets, special events, or YOUR WEDDING! Whooooop whoop. They are there to assist you in making your event as formal or informal as you would like haha!
The Grand Kellersaal Ballroom is their most well known wedding location and it is the bomb.com! Located on the restaurant level of the Athenaeum Building – it is in the perfect location for an easy reception. It features a double bar, hardwood dance floor and raised stage. Heck yeah!!
This experienced event venue is home to a group of specialists who WANT to assist and guide you through the entire planning process! That is so so important y’all.
From the very beginning where you start your search for the perfect venue to designing décor elements and selecting a spectacular menu – they got youuuu! As a Ritz Charles’ couple, you will be surrounded by their sweet staff that is so experienced and so caring.
Check this one out!! Normandy Barn is a great find – it offers a unique event space ideal for meetings, weddings and special events. This babe even offers event planners along with it’s a location with it’s character and charm not found ANYWHERE else!
This barn creates a great setting for anyone looking for a unique event space. On-site parking is a PLUS! It is available right on the edge of this venue. The Normandy Barn is a complete WIN located right on your very own state fair grounds.
The Sanctuary on Penn is a venue right here at home in Indianapolis, Indiana!! It has some crazy awesome amenities including their indoor AND outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions… see?!! The vibe of this place is so comfy and cozy and perfect for any wedding – or elopement 😉
Your wedding will be perfectly set inside of this church built in 1875! Whatttt? We LOVE a venue with a little character and history. It has a traditional and ornate exterior and wait for it… an ancient Roman ruin design on the inside! CRAZY TALK! This space is truly unique.
The Speak Easy of Indianapolis is a coworking space that can be rented out for the perfect, intimate wedding feel unlike no other! Located in Indianapolis, IN… this venue opened their doors in February 2012 and have been rocking the wedding venue game ever since.
They believe no idea is too small – and we AGREE! The Speak Easy of Indianapolis and their wonderful, ever so helpful staff will be at your side every step of your wedding (or elopement hehe) day way 😉 This is a carefully curated space that was created to be a cool + pragmatic + inviting for up to 180 of your favorite people!
Perfect reception spot RIGHT HERE y’all! Liter House is a fantastic wedding venue option located in Indianapolis, Indiana!! OHHHHH yeah! They also proudly serve the surrounding region 😉 This restaurant and brewery turned wedding venue aim to provide couples with the most unique experience their barbecue beer garden has to offer.
They offer not just one, but three locations for couples to choose from!! Options are so so important y’all!! Liter House does nots to there… they will also connect you to Sahm’s Restaurants to help you create a personalized menu full of items you love for the people you love – on the day you celebrate your love! 🙂
The Harrison Center is the perfect place for a unique reception! Seldom will you come caroused a cooler and more unique place in Indy than this place. They are home to multiple spaces that are perfect for everything from dinners and parties to corporate retreats — your wedding or elopement maybe??? OH YEAH.
We would be lame if we forgot to mention their ART!!! Imagine this… you get married in a room full of beautiful masterpieces alllllll around you. Pretty dang epic if you ask us. The Harrison Center is home to countless treasures that call the walls of their exhibits home. Check it out!
From the outside, you may be thinking – a hotel? YES. A hotel and no, we are not out of our minds!!! Stay with us here. Nestled in the CityWay area of downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander – A Dolce Hotel, finds a balance between contemporary design and unparalleled hospitality. Are you seeing what we are seeing here?!
In every one fo their rooms, their lobby, and even their dining space – you will find a piece of art designed to inspire you during your stay!! EPICNESS. How could that get any better? Each piece is commissioned from local and international artists. They are merely blocks from the Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is home to the Indiana Historical Society… and weddings. Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis – right on the beautiful canal, the History Center offers guests hours and hours of exploration of the Hoosier state’s rich and varied history.
Whether it be a big corporate event, your wedding, someone else wedding… there is always something happening at the Indiana Historical Society! The views of the canal are swoon-worthy and we just cannot get over all the photo possibilities! Can you?
This absolutely stunning event space is housed in the former Irvington Masonic Lodge!! This could-be-wedding venue features 20 foot high ceilings and hardwood floors – are you thinking about all the cool pictures that we are??? Built in 1922 – the Lodge is historic and has tons of character… WHAT else could you ask for?!
Sitting right in the heart of Historic Irvington, it is just 5 miles east of downtown! We love a good downtown location over hereeee. Even more conveniently, it is located on Washington Street… a National Historic Road Byway. WHATTTT?!
Do you love vintage, historic theaters? WE DO. Thus, we present to you The Fountain Square Theatre. This little gem offers a charming historic setting for your special day. CRAZY COOL columned arches surround an expansive dance floor… imagineeeee the first dance photos y’all!
This is pretty much one of the most unique venues you could find to host your wedding ceremony and reception!! We totally dig it. Maybe it’s the vintage, ceiling lightbulbs or the giant dance floor – we don’t know! Something about this place is pure magic.
Are you looking for that PERFECT, MAGIC, and UNIQUE location to have your wedding or wedding reception? Isn’t everyone?? We may have found just what youre looking for… Check out 416 Wabash – with their 1,000 sq. ft. lighted dance floor and their Industrial backdrop – this atmosphere is hard to be beat.
They have an all inclusive price, making your job of wedding plan just that much easier!! And believe us – businesses that make things easier on you are the BOMB! With 416’s “never say no” attitude, the road to saying your “I do’s” and your “forevers” will be that much smoother.
This historic and ever so unique location combined with the 35 years of event experience of Thomas Caterers of Distinction will create an unforgettable experience from beginning to end like no other in Indianapolis at Canal 337. It is no question why it belongs on this LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Indianapolis list.
Located right there at the north end of the Central Canal downtown, Canal 337 is an industrial yet rustic-chic venue! This Indy canal is on FIRE y’all when it comes to amazing vendors and venues. Canal 337 consists of not one, but two incredibly unique floors with skyline views of downtown Indianapolis that just do not compare anywhere else.
The Athenaeum is one unique son of a gun!! It not only preserves, but enhances its historic German-American landmark. Their Sound Mind in a Sound Body values of it’s founders really show through just how feel good of a vibe this place gives off!
Not just your everyday auditorium… Rent their Basile Theatre at the Historic Athenaeum for your wedding! This baby will help you make a statement by bringing your wedding and guests to a truly unique facility they will NEVER forget. It doesn’t end there folks because through their relationship with the Rathskeller Restaurant and the Athenaeum Foundation – catering and additional rooms may be rented as well!!
Old Victorian house fans… listen up! Built in 1873 on a beautifully wooded lot, The Benton House is here to CHARM! For twenty years, you could find Allen R. Benton living out his days here! He was twice president of Butler University in Irvington! So cool!
The Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation was formed in 1966 in order to moister and oversee the restoration of this little house! We are sure glad they did!! The Benton House is listed as an Indiana Museum and is the only house on the East Side listed in the Historic Register that is available to the public… your wedding guests will not ever forget your special day in this house.
Full of character… full of possibilities… full of shiplap! Check this place out! Mustard Seed Gardens is a unique setting, it is RICH in heritage with it’s rustic roots dating back to the 1800s – WHAT?? So crazy that you could have your wedding in a place so aged yet so original and unique.
For decades, the property served as a farmstead & home to the Metsker family… and now it serves as a wedding venue to those looking for something a little out of the ordinary yet so so so picture perfect. This babe belongs on this LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Indianapolis list for all of these reasons.
The Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center welcomes you to their breathtaking, yet industrial-chic wedding space! This backdrop is to dieeeee for y’all. Everyone wants something no one has ever done before for their wedding… everyone wants unique and everyone wants creative – you can find it if you look for it here!
Their unparalleled staff and amenities are there for you every step pf the way. Their luxurious Bridal Suites & Man Caves are just a tip off the iceberg, you will never be lost with their award-winning Event Coordination Team! Are you ready to creative some magical memories here?!
Located near Indianapolis, Avon Gardens is considered one of Indianapolis’s premier wedding venues and is LITERALLY less than 7 miles from I-465!! We love a good garden venue you guys!! Avon Gardens offers not only an intimate setting, but a wildly romantic one for your wedding 🙂
Nestled amidst FIVE acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and water features… there is so much space to choose from and your wedding photos are sure to be one of a kind. Receptions in the sunset are breathtaking out here thanks to their location and help of hundreds of candles and festive lighting scattered through the gardens. You are bound to have a one of a kind, creative wedding at these gardens.
This place has such a special place in our hearts… not for one particular reason or the next – just because its FREAKING EPIC! Hidden away in the nostalgia-inducing, century-old SoBro neighborhood… the Indy Hostel offers such a beautiful and unique outdoor wedding experience.
Their adorable little property houses a 5,000 square feet house built in the 1920s!! Are you kidding?! Character, character, charter! We’re all about it. But y’all… listen to this. It comes with fully outfitted sleeping accommodations for up to FORTY-TWO people! Unbelievable.
Art loversssssss – HERE! YOU! GO! Indianapolis Art Center offers a uniquely intimate backdrop to those searching for imaginative weddings… or even a fairytale reception. For people who respect and love art, there is nothing more memorable than starting your forever surrounded by it! Right?!
Explore their building’s renowned Michael Graves design! Dive straight into their award-winning art exhibitions! There are limitless exploring opportunities around here. Lose yourself in their art, in their location, in your love. This is one heck of a choice for our fav LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Indianapolis.
Start your new life together… Start it at Connor Prairie!! This place has so so stinking much to offer. Come here to explore and learn about the land, but ALSO host your wedding! A traditional wedding or an intimate gathering… it doesn’t matter! There are countless options for you.
Their staff is there to help you create the event of your dreams. Their FIVE incredibly unique venues and countless picture freaking perfect locations on their grounds all work in your favor when it comes to a beautiful and memorable wedding day. Your celebration at Connor Prairie will be unforgettable.
Saxony Beach in Fishers is the perfect little spot for a small “beachy” wedding vibe right in Indiana! Every one of their events represents the intersection of community and fun! Saxony Beach has so much to offer for those looks for their vitamin SEA fix, but finds themselves landlocked in Indiana 😉
They host annual Concerts in their park…. see if you can line your wedding up with one! SO cool right?! There is more than corn in Indiana… there’s Saxony Beach!
The Barn in Zionsville calls a little family owned barn wedding venue home. It is just off of 146th Street at 8556 E 300 S! Right in the beautiful countryside of Zionsville, Indiana! HEART. EYES. We love this barn! What used to be a barn where 20 plus horses called home, The Barn is now newly renovated and ready to host your wedding.
1,800 square feet, baby! This place is complete with concrete floors.. FIVE hanging chandeliers.. vintage bulbed lights.. NINE authentic whiskey barrels.. a pallet bar.. wood slices for centerpieces.. tables and 150 gold chiavari chairs for your reception.. 150 white padded resin chairs for your ceremony.. and gorgeous 14 foot chiffon drapes. Is that convincing enough?!!!
Barns are our thing. You know this!! Meet the Kennedy Estate. The perfect event starts with the perfect location and if you are looking for a place that is tranquil, private, and yet accommodating, then The Barn at Kennedy Farm is one of the best LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Indianapolis out there!
This total babe combines the rustic-chic charm of the country with all the conveniences you need to host a great event. Surrounding nature brings all the natural beauty you need, but the crisp, clean atmosphere of the barn’s interior cannot be beat as well.
Two words – Rustic. Elegance. That’s all ya need to know about this place… but we’ll tell ya more! This prime event venue will so perfectly serve as the perfect setting for your upcoming wedding… or even elopment! Sorry.. elopement are our jam and we will always be here to vouch for ’em 🙂 🙂 🙂
Whether your party is 25 guests or over 200 – they got you covered! If you have your heart set on rustic.. on vintage.. on black tie affair.. THEY GOT YOU! Sycamore at Mallow Run is THE place for you! It is jaw dropping and just so stinking unique.
The Blanton House is located not too far from Indy and it is perfect for any LGBTQ+ wedding! It’s an elegant Georgian Colonia Style mansion that is on 73 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds! It’s only a few streets over from the historic downtown Danville and can host events with 5 to 250+ guests!
The best part of this venue is that you have the freedom to choose your own vendors. We also are obsessed with the courtyard that has a beautiful canopy perfect for any and all vibes!
PHEW! Thats a lot of LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Venues Indianapolis, right?! The more the merrier – pun intended 😉 We wanna get you and your lover married, but we also value a good, in collusive venue space! That way your night is just like the movies and you know everyone around you is just THRILLED y’all tied the knot!
Did you fall in love with any of these vendors? Let’s chat about it! We want to know what sparked your interest in certain ones and what didn’t in others… and of course we would be honored to be there taking pictures :))) SO lets talk about all the goodness!!
Sam + Bryt