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.
Tippecanoe Battlefield Chapel at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
Rush Pavilion at Columbian Park
Big Four Depot Community Room at Riehle Plaza
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.
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
Love is in the air! And what fun it is to start planning a wedding! Look no further that right here in our very own community for some exceptional wedding reception venues!
Wea Creek Orchard Wedding
Barn weddings are very trendy right now. The newest barn venue is called “The Barn” and is located off US 231 S. This is a beautiful space for up to 300 banquet style that has nice restrooms, a bar area and table and chairs are provided. The Farm at Prophetstown has hosted some gorgeous outdoor and barn weddings. The barn can be used and space expanded if a tent is brought in for up to 300. Wea Creek Orchard is a family owned and operated space where one can get married in an apple orchard, with up to 350 of their closest friends and family. Exploration Acres is a family farm and autumn fun destination with their corn maze, lazer tag, corn cannon and more, but from May through August, they can also host weddings in the barn for up to 320 people.
Golf courses are another great place to host a wedding or even the bachelor party. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hill Golf Course, Lafayette Country Club, and West Lafayette Golf and Country Club all have different types and sizes of facilities.
Unique venues are another great option for weddings. Wolf Park gets the group outdoors and next to adventure, Tippecanoe County Amphitheater can host a wedding under the stars, Ross-Ade pavilion is a great location for Boilermaker Alumni, and Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl provides unique entertainment right on property.
Two of our staff, Ashley and Sara, hosted their wedding receptions at the Trails Banquet Facility in West Lafayette. There are multiple rooms that can accommodate a group from 25 to 325.
Many girls dream about the perfect wedding, why not start planning this Valentine’s Day! Other great spaces to host a wedding and reception spaces and ideas can be found at homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html.
2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues that will make your day special. One such location that is not only a beautiful venue, but has historical significance in our area is Thomas Duncan Hall. This Georgian, Colonial-style building was built as a meeting place for social, patriotic, charitable, educational and cultural events in the early-mid 1900s.
Thomas Duncan Hall is special in our family because it is the location where my sister, Jenny, married her husband, Tosh, over 8 years ago. The site selection was a tough decision for my sister because she wanted eloquence with a touch of history and romance. She and Tosh live in Phoenix, Arizona, and they traveled back to tour different sites in the area. When they visited Duncan Hall, they fell in love with the venue. They loved the high ceilings, the handsome gothic windows and the large stage in the ballroom. The additional parlor rooms speak of days gone by with the promise of creating lovely future memories. The cherry on the cake was the acoustics. They love dancing and music, and the ballroom has wonderful acoustics!
The Secret Garden – little garden area perfect for photos!
Their reception was so much fun! The bridal party sat on the stage and overlooked the 150 guests. They chose a local caterer to serve a buffet style meal which was set up in a small room off the ballroom. (Note: there is a fully equipped kitchen along with a dinner service for up to 170 people and elegant silver serving pieces available for a reasonable rate.) I gave the toast from the stage, which has gone down in history as one of the best toasts in our family history. The whole room laughed as I shared my sister and my exploits over the course of our lives. The laughter got everyone in the mood for an evening of dancing and music! It was lovely!
Duncan Hall is a great venue for weddings and special events with its multiple rooms and ballroom. There is space for smaller parties ranging from 2 to 50, to their ballroom which can seat 220 people theater style. The balcony also can seat 47. The historical ambiance is one of a kind in the area. It will truly make any special event stand out and be memorable.
For more information about this venue and others in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com
2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues that will make your day special. Rush Pavilion, located within Columbian Park, offers a beautiful, unique location to host a small wedding or rehearsal dinner for family and friends.
Unique. This is what most brides and grooms are trying to achieve when planning a wedding. They want their wedding to be different and special and for their guests to comment on how they have never been to such an awesome wedding. Rush Pavilion can offer the “unique” setting that will make your wedding stand out to others. With its location within Columbian Park, there are so many options for couples to have their wedding ceremony outside on the beautiful park grounds and then inviting their guests into the pavilion for appetizers, a meal and dancing.
Memories. Brides and grooms will make lasting memories of this special day and the idea of having a wedding at Rush Pavilion with its location within the park will stay with them forever. Columbian Park has a zoo, butterfly exhibit, lazy river, train ride, etc. that is perfect for photos and for guests to enjoy.
History. Rush Pavilion has a long history in the Lafayette area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened in 1899 and has been serving the community for over 100 years. It was recently renovated in 2003, and has banquet space for up to 50 people (which is a small wedding in today’s standards, but what can beat the intimacy of getting together with all your closest friends and family on this special day?) There is additional seating, weather permitting, on a verandah, which surrounds the building and overlooks the lagoon in Columbian Park. Looking out over the lagoon and the park is a beautiful site to behold and feels majestic at night as the sun goes down.
For more information about this venue and others in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com