Barn and Farm weddings were all-the-rage in 2013 wedding trends and are forecasted to increase in popularity into 2014. The lush, natural landscapes, rolling fields, and rustic barns add the perfect backdrop for your special day. And lucky for the Indianapolis-Bride-To-Be, our city touts an agriculturally-rich heritage with wonderful spaces and places to accommodate your dream outdoor wedding and reception!
I got the pleasure of meeting with and touring some of these amazing barn venues. While each-and-every one of these venue owners/managers shared an obvious passion and understanding for wedding-planning, they also shared a common message to Indianapolis Brides: If you desire a barn wedding - DON'T WAIT to secure your venue-of-choice! Due to the popularity of barn wedding venues, these facilities are booking up lightning-fast!
Here's a little history, info, and wedding "eye candy" to help familiarize you with some of Indianapolis's most popular barn wedding venues:
The newest of Indy's Barn Wedding Venues is Morgan Acres, located in a quiet, rural area of the city's East side. The barn itself, which was built in 1906, underwent a large renovation and restoration process that spanned from spring of 2012 to summer of 2013 - and is now open for business! This Indy wedding barn lies on a property that encapsulates an adorable lake, lush greenery, and the Williams' family vineyard. Since this venue's launch, Morgan Acres has already accomodated two weddings and just added a wedding coordinator to their staff to assist you in your planning.
Morgan Acres' Barn Venue houses all of the attributes brides desire from a rustic wedding ceremony and reception: exposed barn beams, wood slats that seep gorgeous light throughout the facility, and a property that oozes country charm. The barn also boasts multiple level loft space where guests can get away to talk, mingle, or gaze down in full view of the festivities below. (We LOVED this feature!) The renovation project also included the creation of a kitchen, bridal/groom suites, and bathrooms to extend modern conveniences necessary to host large gatherings.
But above-and-beyond the features of the structure itself, the Williams' have went above-and-beyond normal renovation tasks; converting the interior into a shabby-chic styled space utilizing towering chandeliers (4) and vintage wedding portraits, dried florals, reclaimed windows and doors, and eclectic antique furnishings. So tastefully done, there is very little decor needed from the bride! Morgan Acres is a MUST-SEE for all 2B's looking for a unique location to hold their wedding in Indianapolis!
This venue accomodates: Up to 245 Guests
Catering Options: Brides may select from a Preferred Caterers List; but not required.
Contact: Shani @ (317) 619-9512
Check out Morgan Acres on IndyBride2B.com here!
The Barn In Zionsville
Another Barn Wedding Venue recently popped up on the Indy Wedding Scene in 2013: The Barn In Zionsville. Nestled on 9 acres of private property on the city's northwest side, this barn offers charm, elegance, and a a rustic setting for Indianapolis brides to house their weddings of up to 125 guests. The Barn In Zionsville is aligned with a mature woods and rolling meadows (complete with horses roaming the perimeter of the property). The barn itself, was built only 25 years ago, making it the perfect barn wedding location for brides who want that rustic "feel"; but desire a space that is more resistant to the weather. Sarah Cooper (Cooper Events) runs the coordination of this venue, and has tastefully decorated the barn; aligning the aisles with authentic whiskey barrels, gorgeous chandeliers, antique lighting, wheel barrows with flowers, and an adorable rose-copper finished bicycle for added charm. One of our favorite qualities about this Indy Barn Venue is the LOVELY location. The only sound you will here is the birds and the wind blowing through the trees in the distance. No traffic, no planes, no crowds. Tucked just far enough from the traveled paths of the city - so you can focus on your nuptials without the distraction of city life commotion.
Get married in the barn; or use the barn as a backdrop. Ceremony in the barn; reception in an elegant tent on the grounds; party in the barn! So many options at The Barn in Zionsville - call them today to discuss your barn wedding day dreams!
Catering: Brides may self-cater or choose from a preferred vendor list (but not required).
Contact: Sarah Cooper - 317.416.3841 or email email@example.com
Check out The Barn In Zionsville on IndyBride2B.com here!
The Barns at Bell Creek Manor
Just launched in November of 2013, Bell Creek Manor is a perfect location for Indianapolis Brides who are looking for a "rustic-chic" wedding with some beneficial, modern conveniences. Nestled on 80 acres of both wooded and field-covered grounds lies not one, but TWO, beautiful barns perfectly-suited for your big day event lineup! (No fear of inclement weather at this venue, 2B's!) Brides can choose to get married in the open-faced, Ceremony Barn overlooking the woods and Bell Creek, and move to their reception in the Main Barn, then back to the Ceremony Barn for the big after party! Or, get married on one of the many perfect ceremony spots outdoors on the property and choose both or either barn to house your reception and dancing. The Main Barn is both heat/air controlled, making Bell Creek Manor one of few barns that can accomodate winter weddings in the country. On-season (End of May through November 1st), Bell Creek Manor can house up to 245 guests comfortably; off-season (winter) the Main Barn can House up to 50-60 guests. Air-conditioned bridal suite with veranda overlooking the barn and sprawling, wooded hills, groom's suite (also a/c), and even a barn loft that has been converted into a darling, bride/groom suite for the special night! (That's right, no driving around to find a romantic spot for your first night together as man and wife; you can stay at Bell Creek Manor and wake up the next day to peace, quiet...and a homemade breakfast!)
Bell Creek Manor is located just 40 minutes north of Indianapolis in Daleville, and is a serene, country retreat beckoning brides with distinctive tastes and outdoor wedding needs.
Catering: Preferred Vendor List (but not required)
Contact: Jean Norfleet @ (765) 620-3875 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Bell Creek Manor here!
Mustard Seed Garden
Mustard Seed Gardens, a family owned and operated venue, is located on the Metsker Plantation just west of Downtown Noblesville, Indiana. Of the original 7 houses built on the plantation in the 1890's, The Metsker House is only one of two houses that currently remain on the property. Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, deeded the property to soldiers after the Civil War and it's rumored the house was used as part of the underground railroad. The Olde Barn, one of three original buildings on the Metsker Property, was built in 1892 across White River in Noblesville and was then carried over the White River by horse and buggy and was assembled where it currently stands today. The original hand-carved posts and beams can be seen throughout as well as the original track that was used to stack hay bales. The Olde Barn was completely renovated to be restored back to its original state and now serves as home to Mustard Seed Gardens event venue. The barn, itself, holds 200 guests; up to 300 with additional tent seating.
The three-acre gardens feature a 360 degree view Gazebo and makes for the perfect location for outdoor ceremonies. The Olde Barn can also serve as the ceremony location with additional tent seating set up on the grounds to host the reception. And the Metsker House features a renovated bridal suite where the bride and groom’s family can gather before wedding celebrations begin. The grounds themselves, are made up of well-manicured lawns, patios, and beautiful display of natural plants and flowers (as the venue also houses Mustard Seed Garden Landscaping Center) that create an intimate ambiance for both large and small gatherings.
Catering: Brides can contract their own catering preferences at this venue or select from a preferred vendor list.
Contact: Megan Skipper @ 317.776.2300
Barn Swallow Farm
Conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Indianapolis, Barn Swallow Farm feels worlds away. Built in 1876 as part of an original German Settlement, the setting provides a unique timeless elegance. The Historic barn beckons you back to the 1920’s, when barn dances were held at the venue for local farmers and residents. The barn still stands in its original state and is currently eligible for National Registry, per the Indiana DNR-Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology.
The spacious five acre grounds of Barn Swallow Farm offer several picturesque locations for your ceremony. A wooded meadow and rustic small barn offer charming backdrops and numerous other photo opportunities within the property. Barn Swallow Farm accommodates up to 150 guests for an unforgettable and memorable evening. There is a private bridal room on site for brides to prepare for the ceremony, and ample onsite parking for your guests.
This venue, while still family-owned and operated, is managed by Jonathan Byrd's Catering.
Catering: Jonathan Byrd's
Contact: April Stegemen @ 317.881.8888
THIS FACILITY IS CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING CONTRACTS FOR 2014 WEDDINGS - updated 8/16/2013
Trader’s Point Creamery
Traders Point Creamery is an Organic Dairy Farm and Artisan Creamery located fifteen minutes northwest of downtown Indianapolis on an easily accessible one hundred and fifty acre farm. Trader's Point Creamery offers a remote landscape with rolling hills, green pastures, and gorgeous gardens reminiscent of a California winery and the owner's grandparents’ farm.
Trader's Point Creamery operates three spaces within the grounds to accommodate weddings and receptions for Indianapolis Brides:
The Red Barn
Built in the 1800′s, the Red Barn is a beautifully rustic historical barn. Its exposed wooden elements and natural light can create an elegant affair or can be perfectly casual, depending on the bride's needs and desires. The Red Barn can accommodate up to 250 guests for a seated wedding dinner.
The Garden Lawn & Deck
Next to the Creamery, an elliptical Deck and Patio sit nestled between expansive gardens, lawn and verdant pastures. A large Garden Lawn stretches out next to the deck to accommodate a tent for up to 200 guests. All dining receptions in this area require a tent.
The Loft Restaurant
The Loft is a beautifully restored barn from the pre-Civil War era, offering a classic look and year-round elegance and warmth that accommodates up to 100 guest for a seated dinner. It is located above the Creamery and houses beautiful slate floors, soaring ceilings, barn beams, and elegant bar, and a balcony that overlooks the farm.
Additional Features: Event Coordinator on staff & decor packages available.
Catering: On-site catering specializing in organic meal selections, utilizing seasonal, fresh ingredients from local farmers.
Contact: 317.733.1700 or email email@example.com
Avon Wedding Barn
One of Indianapolis's most recent addition in barn venues is Avon Wedding Barn. Opened for wedding ceremonies and receptions in 2012, Avon Wedding Barn is now managed by Jonathan Byrd's Catering.
Located just six miles west of Indianapolis, the Avon Wedding Barn offers country charm and a unique wedding experience - yet is still close to heart of the city. The handcrafted Amish Barn provides an amazing canvas, still allowing for a bride’s personal touches. With several picturesque ceremony options, the Avon Wedding Barn provides great property for outdoor and indoor events for brides who desire the rustic authenticity that a barn venue can offer.
The Avon Wedding Barn accommodates up to 175 guests, with ample parking.
Additional Features: Event Coordinator on Staff.
Catering: Preferred Caterers List
Contact: Darinda Dragon @ 317.430.5391
Coffee Creek Ridge
Coffee Creek Ridge is a fifth-generation family-owned farm and barn located near Shelbyville, Indiana about 25 miles south-east of Indianapolis. The centerpiece of the farm is an early 1900's barn which was restored in 2011 for a family wedding, though the granary still exists in the loft of the barn. The current owners had to relocate several tons of grain to expand what used to be five, smaller livestock stalls into what is now the common area of the barn where ceremonies and receptions are held. Part of the center loft floor was also removed to give the barn an open, airy feel where guests can peer up toward the peak of the massive structure and exposed barn beams.
The farm sits on a hill and is surrounded by rolling fields and river valley, which also serve as beautiful sites for your ceremony or event! A large Sycamore tree on the property with a vintage chandelier centered among its expansive, draping branches is a very popular ceremony site. Coffee Creek Ridge can accommodate up to 350 guests (with additional tent seating) and the barn alone can house up to 260 guests.
Coffee Creek Ridge is ideal for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of an urban setting, and experience the serenity and privacy this rural barn location has to offer.
Additional Features: Event Coordinator on Staff
Catering: Open catering, preferred vendors
Contact: Terri Nigh: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Big thanks to Erin Hession of Erin Hession Photography for the "Kissy-kissy" couple on our cover photo for this article!)
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