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Palais Royale is a wedding venue in South Bend, Indiana. The Palais Royale ballroom and Morris Performing Arts Center were designed by J.S. Aroner of Chicago. Opened in 1922, this venue is one of the only ballroom and theatre combinations left in the country. Today, this establishment is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Facilities and Capacity

The Palais Royale is the ballroom situated in the Morris Performing Arts Center. The center is rich in history and features 1920s charm. Offering 8,800 square feet of event space, this facility can accommodate 1,000 guests for a standing reception or 650 guests for a sit-down dinner. The ballroom has polished hardwood floors, 35-foot ceilings, and a crystal chandelier gilded with gold leaf. The room has tall windows with velvet drapes and the original musicians’ balcony overlooking the ballroom. The Palais Royale's breathtaking spaces with intricate details make for a spectacular photoshoot.

Morris Performing Arts Center surrounds the Palais Royale and features 2,500 permanent seats on two levels. It has state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a beautiful stage, and a gold-domed ceiling. Couples can celebrate their wedding in the theatre where the stage itself can accommodate up to 175 guests. If you desire a smaller, more intimate soiree, the Morris Grand Lobby is available to host a charming cocktail reception for 500 guests or a banquet dinner for 125 guests. It features Corinthian columns, French cameos, the original 1920s terrazzo flooring, and an enchanting ceiling.

Services Offered

The Palais Royale can host an engagement party, wedding shower, ceremony, and reception. The establishment offers private dressing rooms for wedding parties and on-site wedding planners. Their professional and experienced event planners can also create effortless and flawless weddings suited to each couple's needs, style, and budget.


At The Palais Royale, Navarre Hospitality is the exclusive food and beverage provider for the Morris Performing Arts Center complex. They offer consultations and custom menus for every wedding and use fresh and flavorful ingredients in every mouthwatering meal. They offer plated meals or buffet dinners, as well as deluxe bar packages.

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Clean Up
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Historic Building

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Bridal Shower
Engagement Party

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Clean Up
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Event Rentals

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Chocolate Fountain

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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4.7 out of 5 rating
21 Reviews
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    4.8 out of 5 rating
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    4.6 out of 5 rating
95% Recommended by couples

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21 Reviews
Sandra S. Married on 10/15/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Awesome Experience

Rebecca and the rest of the Palais team were absolutely wonderful. The venue was super cozy and lovely for our Fall wedding and we got to take advantage of the amazing patio (with tent). Amazing rope light set up, delicious food, friendly staff. Our guests raved about the experience and we could not be more pleased! The lead up and day of was all super smooth, and we had a a blast
Courtney S. Married on 01/04/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Loved the Palais

Booking the Palais was one of our very first steps after we were engaged. It was our dream reception space! I would highly recommend having cocktail hour in the Morris Performing Arts Center lobby as well. Richelle (Palais Coordinator) was so helpful throughout the entire process. She was incredibly prompt and flexible. Taste-testing was great and the food was just as delicious day of. We also had several guests with dietary restrictions/food allergies. Richelle and Navarre were very accommodating and organized to ensure the meal went as planned. We felt confident that if anything unexpected happened the day of, she would handle it without a problem. You can really tell Richelle and all her staff truly care and want you to have your perfect day. The wait staff even brought us hor d'oeuvres while we were taking pictures since we weren't present at the beginning of cocktail hour. It was perfect for our winter wedding!
Gabriella Married on 08/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue

I felt like I was in the movie Beauty and the Beast with the European style architecture. It is a very romantic venue and perfect stage area for a band. Richelle was absolutely incredible. She helped to recommend other vendors, had so many tips and tricks and was very responsive. I loved both the cocktail hour space (morris lobby) and ballroom. Love love loved it all.
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Palais Royale frequently asked questions

Palais Royale includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Set Up
  • Tables
The space offered by Palais Royale for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Restaurant
Palais Royale offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
Palais Royale offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
Palais Royale offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
Palais Royale offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Chairs
  • Tables
Palais Royale is recommended by 95% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in average response time, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in value and 4.6 in flexibility.

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