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Price range: $3,500 - $6,500 Price range: $3,500 - $6,500
Couples usually spend $5,500 Couples usually spend $5,500
Reception
$3,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,500 starting price
Bar service
$19 per person
Reception
$2,500 starting price
Ceremony
$2,000 starting price
Bar service
$19 per person
These prices are available for the months of May through November. These prices are available for the months of December through April.

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About

On WeddingWire since 2021

Gallery Forty-Two is a historic wedding venue situated in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This fine art gallery was built in the 1830s and is the oldest surviving commercial building in Indianapolis. In 2014 it was lovingly renovated by Philadelphia philanthropists Jim and Linda Hunter and is now owned by businessman and two-time Olympian Bill Kessler. The property blends retro charm with modern luxury to create a premier event venue that welcomes weddings, anniversaries, corporate functions, galas, fundraisers, and more.

Facilities and Capacity

Gallery Forty-Two boasts more than 3,000 square feet of space spread over four floors. The gallery can accommodate up to 120 people and is best for couples hosting an intimate yet elegant soiree. The bottom floor is a breathtaking hall that features wood wainscoting and crown molding, hardwood floors, and elaborate two-tiered chandeliers that glitter from above. Fascinating paintings and statues dot this ground level and can be curated to suit the style and theme of each celebration. A sweeping staircase leads up to the mezzanine, where guests can order drinks at a built-in bar and overlook the festivities below. The top two floors house a number of suites where wedding parties can get ready together. These rooms exude an industrial-chic ambiance and feature exposed brick walls, antique furnishings, and delicate crystal chandeliers. A kitchen is also available and can be used by caterers to prepare hors d’oeuvres and dinner.

Services Offered

Rental of Gallery Forty-Two comes with exclusive access to the entire venue for eight hours of event time. There are three wedding packages that lovebirds can choose between based on their needs and guest list size. The most comprehensive of these include 100 black folding chairs, 20 four-foot round tables, twelve two-foot round cocktail tables, and black linens. Two antique wooden gifts and display tables, twelve full-spectrum uplights, an AV projector and microphone, and a custom monogram projector are also provided. Couples will also have access to a modular dance floor and a two-hour rehearsal time prior to their event.

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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?

3,500

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

$2,500

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?

$2,500

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

2,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$19

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

Bartender(s)
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Wifi

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?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
December
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Reviews of Gallery Forty-Two

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Gallery Forty-Two in Indianapolis is a highly recommended wedding venue that offers a beautiful and elegant space for both intimate and larger celebrations. Reviewers appreciated the already elegant atmosphere and the flexibility to decorate as desired. The staff, particularly Mary and Linda, were praised for their responsiveness, helpfulness, and attention to detail throughout the planning process and on the day of the event. The venue's unique artwork and stunning spaces were described as breathtaking and added to the overall experience. Guests also commended the professional and friendly bar staff who went above and beyond to ensure a memorable celebration.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

Gallery Forty-Two in Indianapolis is a highly recommended wedding venue that offers a beautiful and elegant space for both intimate and larger celebrations. Reviewers appreciated the already elegant atmosphere and the flexibility to decorate as desired. The staff, particularly Mary and Linda, were praised for their responsiveness, helpfulness, and attention to detail throughout the planning process and on the day of the event. The venue's unique artwork and stunning spaces were described as breathtaking and added to the overall experience. Guests also commended the professional and friendly bar staff who went above and beyond to ensure a memorable celebration.

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5.0/5 15 reviews
Google
4.9/5 41 reviews
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Akane A. Sent on 10/26/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best venue!

We are SO glad that we chose this venue. We didn’t have to decorate the venue much because it’s already so elegant with beautiful art. We had many friends coming all the way from other states, so we didn’t want to make it look too cheap. This venue offers reasonable plan, yet the quality you get is beyond that. Mary was very professional and experienced, and we fully relied on her in coordinating. This venue and Mary made our day very very special and successful. Highly recommended!
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Shereese B. Sent on 10/19/2023
5 out of 5 rating

My wife and I are very blessed to have

My wife and I are very blessed to have held our wedding and reception at gallery forty-two! The staff was amazing!!!
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Hillary A. Sent on 10/23/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect! Couldn't have asked for better

We are SO happy to have found Gallery Forty-Two and Mary! My husband and I wanted a more intimate wedding with just close family, and the gallery was perfect for us. We ended up with about 30-40 people, although the space could easily fit double that if you wanted.

The venue itself is absolutely gorgeous, and has so many amazing spaces and pieces. Honestly, words will not do it justice - you just have to see it in photographs and in person, it's just unbelievable.

Mary was an absolute joy to work with! She answered all our questions and was so flexible. We planned our own wedding, and Mary shared a bunch of ideas other couples had to help us out, and was always open to working with our ideas. She made sure our favorite statues were by the wedding arch the day of the wedding, and let us point out our favorite pieces (and asked if we wanted to veto some pieces). We wanted to do a lounge area instead of a dance floor, and she knocked it out of the park! When we were stuck on a florist, she recommended our florist (the Archivist, Paula Shoultz), who was absolutely amazing. Mary was also our day-of coordinator and ROCKED. We worried about nothing the entire day!

If you're looking for a small-midsized elegant venue in Indianapolis, you absolutely have to check out Gallery Forty-Two.

(Pictures are from Tiernae Salley, @tiernaesalleyphotography)
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