Weddings

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn

South Bend, IN View map Visit website

About

The Blue Heron is an Event Center which provides a full range of social, and business catering services in a beautiful natural setting, overlooking one of the area's loveliest golf courses. It occupies a colonial cape cod building especially designed for its unique needs. The space provides an airy country club ambiance featuring large open vistas overlooking two of the prettiest golf holes in Michiana.

The west view from the grand hall features ninety feet of windows and a sweeping veranda overlooking Blackthorn Golf Course. The grand ballroom is 4,500 square feet, which can be divided into three smaller 1500 square feet. rooms. In addition, there is a 1,200 sq.ft. pre-function/reception area which will provide great flexibility in planning your event. Similarly, in good weather, the 1,170 sq.ft. veranda and 2,500 sq.ft tented patio can be used for outdoor dining, cocktail parties, buffet areas and other outdoor events.

The Blue Heron makes the perfect place for business meetings, seminars, conferences, company parties and other events. Its close proximity to the Blackthorn Golf Course makes it the perfect place to combine business with pleasure.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,200

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$700

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$200

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$17

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine
Limited Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
November
December
Rated
5.0
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Recommended by 100% of couples
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  • Marianne
    Marianne K. Married on 10/16/2021
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    The perfect day

    The Blue Heron, and specifically Lexi, exceeded every one of my expectations. Not only is it one of the most beautiful venues in South Bend, but everything runs like a well-oiled machine. I'm an overly organized, Type A person, who doesn't like to delegate, so I was the one on the phone/email/carrier pigeon with Lexi seemingly every day. I say this not as an exaggeration, Lexi is the best in the business. She is extremely good at her job, and more than that, she is friendly no matter the situation. She kind, compassionate, and flexible. She was willing to customize pretty much anything. She is so responsive, I had to tell her to stop responding to my Monday emails on Monday because that is her day off (and she has earned it).

    The Blue Heron caters in house which is nice just because you don't have to worry about another vendor. But the food is spectacular. I had a friend who texted me to ask what kind of chicken we served, because her husband had been pestering her for days to ask me because he loved it so much.

    The venue does set up and tear down so you don't have to come in the morning of your wedding, and don't have to stay late that night. We dropped our centerpieces and decorations off the Thursday before and picked it all up a couple days later.

    The Blue Heron is not the cheapest option in South Bend. But it is the best, and it was worth every dollar we spent there. And I highly suggest considering a Friday wedding. They are just as great, and much more cost effective.
  • Kelli
    Kelli Married on 11/09/2019
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    Beautiful space & great food

    We had our large wedding reception at the Blue Heron in November last fall, and Lexi and her team went above and beyond! We were planning our wedding from out of state, and Lexi was able to juggle questions and meetings with my parents who were local, as well as with us via phone and email. Lexi was always quick to respond to our questions and would send an updated quote each time we discussed changes in logistics. I even emailed her the morning of our wedding to let her know about 3 people who we found out couldn’t make it and she was able to make sure those tables didn’t have the extra/unneeded chairs at our reception. We had tons of different questions along the planning process, and she was always very clear and knowledgable with her answers and advice. The staff at our reception were all wonderful, and many of our guests raved about the food. Lexi and the venue were flexible with most of our requests as well, such as letting us bring in some of our own ingredients for signature “his and hers” cocktails. The staff handles all of the decor setup and tear down, and all I did was provide Lexi with a list of our decor items noting where I wanted them setup. I loved not having to worry about any setup or tear down, as I certainly didn’t want to deal with that as the bride and we didn’t want any family or friends to have to help with that type of work either. We were able to schedule a time the next day to pick up any of our remaining decor items. Thank you so much to Lexi and the staff at Blue Heron for helping make our wedding day unforgettable!
  • Laura
    Laura W. Married on 06/28/2019
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    Would highly recommend!

    We had our wedding reception here this past June, and loved it! It is a gorgeous space with lots of natural light (great for the beautiful South Bend summer evenings!). We found the prices very reasonable, and the food was great. And Lexi went above and beyond in making our event everything we dreamed. She was very professional and extremely accommodating, even for last minute changes. She took care of so many of the little details and set up the venue beautifully. She was such a joy to work with! I would highly recommend!

Awards

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Real Weddings

  • Kyle & Sarah
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Pricing

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5440 Nimtz Pkwy South Bend, IN, 46628
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The Blue Heron at Blackthorn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Blue Heron at Blackthorn?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Blue Heron at Blackthorn, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At The Blue Heron at Blackthorn, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Blue Heron at Blackthorn includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Limited Bar

What are the most important characteristics of The Blue Heron at Blackthorn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Blue Heron at Blackthorn for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Blue Heron at Blackthorn for wedding events?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offer?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offer for wedding events?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offers the following services for wedding events:
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Liability Insurance
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Blue Heron at Blackthorn have available for wedding events?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Markers
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Chair Covers
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables
  • Tents
  • Tent Accessories

What percentage of users recommend The Blue Heron at Blackthorn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Blue Heron at Blackthorn is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

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