One Great Wedding Destination – Lafayette-West Lafayette

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues along with a long list of excellent vendors to serve every bride and groom’s need.

St.Boniface

St.Boniface

Getting engaged and planning a wedding is a very exciting time in a couple’s life, yet the slew of wedding decisions can be for some people a bit daunting.  Couples ask themselves the following: Where will the wedding ceremony take place?  Should we have a small or large reception?  Who creates beautiful flower arrangements at a good price?  What’s our budget?  This is just a tiny portion of the decisions that have to be made.  The good news is the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette team has a staff member, Ashley Gregory, who can not only assist with these questions, but make suggestions and help you find locations here in town, help with hotel sleeping room blocks and point you in the right direction for vendors (such as flowers, photographers etc.).

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Most weddings have out of town guests visiting.  Ashley can help couples get the best rates at our local area hotels for these guests.  She has worked with all of our hotels, and visited reception venues, indoor and outdoor locations, traditional and unique and is a great source to take advantage of when planning a wedding.  When I was planning my wedding 7 years ago I did not live in the area and needed help planning, so I called Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Ashley provided me a list of reception venues, vendors, and helped me book the hotel for my guests to stay.  My mother-in-law also got in contact with Ashley for local brochures for the goodies bags for our guests.  Each guest received a complimentary Lafayette-West Lafayette visitors guide.

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

The best news of all is these services are free!  Weddings can be very expensive and I recommend taking advantage of these services that are helpful and make this special day in a couple’s life more spectacular.

For more information about these wedding services, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Love in the Air – Wedding Planning Season

61557_609022013313_3163767_nLove is in the air! Did you know 33 percent of all proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? (Wedding Wire) Are you one of those happy engaged couples, wondering what you do next? Here are five tips to get you started.

Wea Creek Orchard Barn

Wea Creek Orchard Barn

 

  1. Attend Bridal Expos. At the bridal expos, you can visit with photographers, videographers, hoteliers, venues, tux and dress shops, bakers, caterers, and more. It’s a great resource to get you started and many have some great decorating ideas on display. The grooms enjoy going because there always seems to be samples, especially cake. Midwest Rentals puts on the “Bridal Affair” every January. 2018’s dates will be January 13th and 14th at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette. Also, there is “The Classic Elegance Bridal Expo” every February at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.
  2. Didn’t find what you need at the Bridal Expo? Be sure to check out http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html for a complete listing of area venues, caterers, photographers, florists, and other service professionals you might need. It’s a wonderful resource. Contact Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, if you need help sorting through the options.
  3. Purdue University Banquet

    Purdue University Banquet

    Narrow down your long list of suppliers to your top 3 to 5 (or maybe less) in each category. Now set up appointments with those top selections to see the venues, sample food, chat with the managers or owners, etc. Then make your decisions based on what you liked the best.

  4. Find the perfect outfits, make appointments for alterations, haircuts, manicures, pedicures and if you’d like an up-do, any practice runs you may need. Don’t forget the appointments for the day of hairstyling. You want to look good for your special day.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
  5. Have out of town guests and need to find hotels? Contact Ashley! She can send out a request to all the hotels you are interested in all at once, gather rates and availability for blocks of rooms and provide contact information for you. She can also have welcome bags with local brochures delivered to the hotel you choose or available for pick up to provide to your out of town guests upon check in.

Follow these tips and you are sure to have a wonderful, memorable day. Remember don’t sweat the small stuff. Just have fun on your special day!

Enjoy a happy life!

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Area Meeting Venues

Looking for the perfect space for your business or club meeting, wedding, family reunion, etc.? Check out this video showcasing what the Lafayette-West Lafayette area can offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8K_eoBNFA.

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Check out our website: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html  for a listing of venues and service professionals.

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Download our printable facility guide:  http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/brochures/VLWLmeetingfacilityguide.pdf

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Contact Ashley for help narrowing down the options and questions about the venues. agregory@homeofpurdue.com or 765-447-9999

We look forward to helping you find your perfect venue!

Celebrate Your Special Event at Purdue Union

Bride & Groom cutting the cake!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!    Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to the Purdue Memorial Union, which not only showcases our beautiful university, but offers a gorgeous venue to host a special event!

A few years ago, two of my family’s greatest friends, Aaron and Sherri, hosted a wedding celebration that will stay in my memory forever and is ultimately the best wedding I have ever attended.  Aaron is from Madison, Wisconsin, and Sherri is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and they met while attending Purdue University seven years ago.  They made so many wonderful memories at college, that when it came to deciding the location, Purdue was at the top of their list.  They met with the staff at the Union, and shared the professionalism, friendliness and confidence they portrayed along with the beauty of the venue assisted in making their final decision.  Once the decision was made, they said a great relief hit them, because the Union made the event planning process a breeze by taking charge of all the little and big details of this special day.  They were also living in Saint Louis at the time starting new careers, and having a venue that had a lot of experience hosting large events was a desired requirement!

Their wedding was amazing and truthfully after over 20 weddings my husband and I have attended in the last 6 years, the best!  (Possibly even more fabulous than our own!  Ha!)  The food was absolutely delicious from the assortment of cheese, fruits, and vegetables they served as an appetizer, to juicy, rich pork tenderloin with roasted red potatoes and seasoned green beans as the entree.  The sauce over the pork tenderloin was smoky, yet smooth.  It was also piping hot!  How many times have you been to a wedding and ate rubbery, cold chicken?  This meal had nothing rubbery about it!

They were married in the South Ballroom at the Union which is beautiful.  Stained glass windows, dark wood, ceilings that feel like they reach the sky; what could be better?  Aaron and Sherri love music, and they hired a band from Indiana to play. My husband literally had to drag me off the large dance floor at the end of the evening!

The ultimate best part of the evening was the service.  The Purdue Memorial Union hires college staff, and I want to share they were not only friendly, but as the saying goes, “on the ball”.  From the moment we walked in the door, we were greeted, our drinks were always filled throughout the night, and all requests were met immediately.  If there is an award for service, I hope their staff gets top honors, because they deserve it.  I highly recommend checking out the Purdue Memorial Union for your next event!

For more information about this venue and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com