5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

  1. Ross Camp Chapel
  2. Tippecanoe Battlefield Chapel at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
  3. Rush Pavilion at Columbian Park
  4. Big Four Depot Community Room at Riehle Plaza
  5. The Fowler House Mansion

Located at Ross Camp on South River Road, 11 miles West of the State Street and River Road intersection in West Lafayette, the Ross Camp Chapel offers a historic venue in a wooded area for 120-140 guests. The Chapel was built in 1881 and features dark wood pews set up in three sections with two aisles, stained glass window and pressed tin ceiling. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a reception in the nearby Dining Hall which can seat up to 350 people. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

History buff? Want to have your wedding near a National Historic Landmark? Check out the Historic Chapel at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. The park is a National Historic Landmark and the location of the Battle of Tippecanoe that took place on November 11, 1811. The Chapel has a capacity of 80 and is heated and air conditioned. A restored pioneer cemetery called the Harrisonville Cemetery is located next to the Chapel. A small, intimate space with wood floors and white pews inside. Outside there are beautiful flowers and a white picket fence. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

Need a family friendly location? Check out the Rush Pavilion located at Columbian Park. The park offers a wonderful playground and seasonal zoo, aquatic center, train and other children’s rides for guests to enjoy before or after the event. Rush Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was dedicated in 1899. The indoor room can accommodate up to 50 people and the outdoor veranda can accommodate up to 50 more. There is also a full service kitchen available on site. The building overlooks the Columbian Park lagoon and offers many opportunities for lovely photos. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Love trains? Be sure to check out the Big Four Depot at Riehle Plaza. The depot was built in 1902 for joint use by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Big Four) and the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, both controlled by New York Central. The building was moved to the current site as part of the Lafayette Railroad Relocation Project in 1994 and is now the centerpiece of the James F. Riehle Plaza. The brick exterior opens into wonderful wooden walls and benches, a hard stone like flooring in the main room that can accommodate 80-90 guests, studded with ticket windows and baggage areas of the past.  Weddings can also be held outdoors in Riehle Plaza or on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

The Fowler House Mansion is one of the finest surviving examples of Gothic Revival architecture and was built in 1852. Originally a private residence, it is now strictly a rental facility. The location is wonderful for indoor or outdoor weddings with beautiful architecture throughout. Inside can accommodate up to 110 guests and features 18 foot ceilings, arched windows and amazing woodwork. Outside can accommodate 180 guest in the outdoor garden ceremony area and features exterior house uplighting, seasonal patio string lights and an operational Italian patio fountain. Combined space (indoor and outdoor) with a custom layout can accommodate up to 280 guests. Contact the Fowler House Mansion for rental information.

Find more information on these and other Tippecanoe County venues at: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html.  Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.

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