5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette

  1. The Rat Pak Venue
  2. Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc.
  3. The Lahr Atrium
  4. Ross-Ade Pavilion
  5. The Trails Banquet Facility

Looking for an indoor wedding venue for your upcoming wedding reception or ceremony? Try starting with these great venue options.

The Rat Pak Venue is located in Downtown Lafayette, on third street just across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. It features a beautiful second floor ballroom with wonderful exposed brick walls and large windows that overlook the courthouse. They also offer wedding planning services, lighting and sound services, making it a one stop shop for your wedding needs. For parties up to 200 people.

Built in the 1920’s as a community meeting space, the Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc. is a great choice for weddings up to 310 guests when utilizing the entire building. It also works for smaller weddings as small rooms are available as well as the large ballroom. The ballroom offers a curtained stage with a grand piano, hardwood floors and elegant windows. Other features of the hall include fireplaces, chandeliers, antique furniture and antique paintings. Rooms with varying styles ensure everyone can find a room they like. There is even a small secret garden for the smallest of small weddings, seats 2 to 4 people. Varying service packages are available, some include kitchens, dishes and serving dishes.

Looking for a grand entrance to your reception? Try the Lahr Atrium. It was built in 1833 as part of the Lahr Hotel, now apartments, in the heart of Downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets. This venue features a grand staircase made of white marble and natural light from the atrium style ceiling. Host your reception where people of history have walked. When this was a hotel people such as Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and John Purdue stayed and/or dined here.

Lahr Atrium wedding

Purdue Sports Fan? Check out the Ross-Ade Pavilion, that overlooks the football field at Ross-Ade Stadium. It can host your wedding reception up to 500 people. Some people even decide to split the venue and have their ceremony on one side and the reception on the other. The pavilion has beautiful views of Purdue’s campus and sunsets that really help to set the mood. Varying packages are available and wedding consulting is offered.

Voted Best Wedding Reception Venue and Best Buffet by the Journal and Courier’s Readers Choice Awards, several years, the Trails Banquet Facility is a great choice when looking for an easy one stop shop for your reception. They offer 4 banquet rooms with a maximum capacity of 325 guests. An outside ceremony venue is also available. The staff will walk you through every step and make the planning process very easy.

Trails wedding

Whatever your choice, we are sure you will have a beautiful wedding at any of these venues. For a complete listing of venues in the area, check out: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html

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Lafayette’s Newest Event Space: Carnahan Hall

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about one of Lafayette’s newest event spaces, Carnahan Hall, which offers the perfect setting for your special event. Since opening in August of 2014, this venue has created lasting memories for brides, mothers to be, locals and visitors partaking in one of their special events like The Jazz Club performances and wine and canvas events. With 3 unique rooms that offer space from 30 to 200, Carnahan Hall is definitely worth a visit to explore!

VIP Meeting

VIP Meeting

Every month our office hosts Visitor Industry Partner (VIP) tours of spaces around Lafayette-West Lafayette. We recently toured Carnahan Hall and I was so excited to find a venue with such bright, open space. Their ballroom, which can service 120 people seated or 200 people standing, is full of windows, tall ceilings, a lot of spotlights for extra lighting, a moveable stage and a coffee bar. The room has a 9X12 retractable screen and a HD projector that includes basic sound for videos and/or slideshows. Want to dance the night away to great music? Carnahan Hall has a sound package that includes speakers, monitors, subs, microphones and stands. (Please note it requires a sound engineer.) There is even a private parking lot with approximately 20 spaces that can be rented after 5pm and/or on weekends for $50 per event.

IMG_6187Looking to host a smaller party?  There are 2 studio spaces that have lovely space for you to choose from. Studio A is perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, business meetings and more.  (One idea passed around at the VIP was to set up this space for kids during a larger event in the ballroom, so the adults could have their fun time dancing or enjoying music in the hall and the kids can have fun doing activities in this space). Studio A has beautifully exposed wood beams and an entrance right off of 8th Street downtown Lafayette, making it the perfect location for your next event.

The third and final space is Studio B, which is designated as an art studio. This room is great for art classes, children’s birthday parties and more. It is also located right off of 8th Street with its own private entrance.

IMG_6180Carnahan Hall has its own team of event planners that have over five years of event planning experience. They will assist with logistics, layout ideas, decoration recommendations, guidance regarding local vendors, and how to plan your dream event on a budget. Event planning can be stressful and they will make your special event as easy as possible!

IMG_6181Enjoy friends, art and fun at Paint & Party! This is such a popular event right now with friends and couples who can get together and with little to none artistic knowledge and create beautiful pieces of art. At Carnahan Hall you can book one of these parties and have an afternoon or evening laughing and painting art.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this venue and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Fabulous Event Space at Four Points by Sheraton

Beautifully created fruit platter!

Beautifully created fruit platter!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Indiana Hospitality”.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is host to many wonderful venues that offer great service, friendliness and a beautiful setting for a special event. Four Points by Sheraton is one location in West Lafayette that fulfills all of these things and more for their guests. Not only do they have a diverse range of event space, but a beautiful pool and guests’ rooms.

Recently, my husband’s cousin Marcia, retired from teaching. She had taught school for the Tippecanoe School Corporation for over 40 years. (Side note, she had over 10,000 books she accumulated over those years..isn’t that crazy?!). She has three children and they live in different parts of the world: Singapore, Georgia and Washington. To celebrate her retirement they wanted to throw her a special party and they chose Four Points by Sheraton to host her friends and family. It was a wonderful choice!

Event Space

Event Space

The family rented the ballroom, which has gloriously high ceilings and was decorated beautifully for the event. They had a buffet of food, which makes my mouth water as I type this (and at 7am in the morning which is saying a lot!). The selection included creamy, rich spinach dip, spicy (but not too spicy) chicken wings, a fresh vegetable and cheese platter, and finely toasted St. Louis ravioli. Everything was fresh and delicious. The event space really was perfect because people came in the conference space door, walked into a beautiful lobby where we all signed a special book for Marcia and then entered the Grand Ballroom where Marcia greeted guests and we were free to grab some food and have a seat at one of the many tables. We were excited because we saw cousins we only visit with every three to five years and they shared how glad they were to throw this party and were really happy with the service provided by Four Points.

DSCN1180Four Points by Sheraton has a diverse range of event space, so if the Grand Ballroom, which can seat up to 500 banquet style or 800 theatre style, is too big for you, they have a total of 14 meeting rooms totaling 13,500 sq. ft. Their on-site facilities include; 171guests rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant / lounge and a game area. Whether you are hosting a small group of 10 up to a large party with 800, you will receive the same great customer care. They value their customers and show off their “Indiana hospitality” well!

For more information about the Four Points by Sheraton and other great venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.