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There’s something so romantic about an outdoor wedding, which is why so many couples love the variety of outdoor wedding venues in the Indianapolis area. There’s a wide variety of outdoor spaces in Indiana, from country clubs to vineyards, gardens to banquet halls, and much more. Because of the variability of Indiana’s weather, most of these venues offer outdoor ceremony spaces with indoor reception spaces, making them more ideal for a variety of seasons.

Check out a few of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

the hawthorns golf and country club

The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club

Country clubs tend to be among the most popular outdoor wedding venues in the Indianapolis area, and for good reason. Located in Fishers, this country club offers three outdoor ceremony options, including a lush lawn and a scenic patio. And for an indoor space with an outdoor feel, the clubhouse overlooks the beautiful Audubon preserve. There are a variety of indoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions as well, including the Ballroom, with its private patio and space for up to 300 guests for a seated dinner. And—bonus!—Hawthorns is an all-inclusive venue, which will make your planning process a breeze.

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finley creek vineyards

Finley Creek Vineyards

Wine lovers will adore this rustic-chic outdoor wedding venue, located just 30 minutes north of Indianapolis in Zionsville. Wedding ceremonies are held in the outdoor arbor under a picturesque pergola, and receptions may be held in the gardens or inside the barn, which features reclaimed wood and lovely chandeliers. This venue can host events of up to 300 guests, and includes in-house catering, with a variety of menu options to suit your style and budget. And your photographer will be thrilled to see the stunning photo backdrops among the vines and beyond.

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plum creek golf club

Plum Creek Golf Club

You’ll adore the convenience, affordability, and style of this outdoor wedding venue in Carmel. Exchange vows in the charming gazebo, followed by a reception in the airy Lynnwood Room, which features cathedral-style ceilings and a wall of windows, filling the room with abundant natural light. There’s room for up to 200 guests at this venue, and you can opt to use the golf club’s in-house catering team. You’ll also fall in love with the variety of photo backdrops, from the bridge to the golf carts, and much more.

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jones crossing banquet and event center

Jones Crossing Banquet & Event Center

If you’ve always dreamed of hosting a tropical destination wedding, but want to stay closer to home, check out this banquet space in Mooresville (just 10 minutes away from Indianapolis Airport). Exchange your vows surrounded by palm trees with a waterfall as your backdrop. The banquet hall, which can host receptions of up to 400 guests, features cathedral ceilings and sparkling chandeliers. In-house catering is available, and there are a variety of menu options to choose from.

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inn at irwin gardens

The Inn at Irwin Gardens

This Edwardian mansion in Columbus is one of our favorite outdoor wedding venues in the Indianapolis area. Outdoor ceremonies and receptions are held in the Gardens, which feature a raised terrace that connects to the house, two fountains, wisteria-covered pergolas, sculptures, and more.  While this venue is best suited for weddings of up to 150 guests, it can accommodate larger events of up to 200 people. The inn offers five guest rooms, so you can stay on-site with your nearest and dearest, and you can also host your rehearsal dinner at the inn.

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avon gardens

Avon Gardens

This is the ideal venue for a garden outdoor wedding in the Indianapolis area. This Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue features several serene and scenic ceremony sites, including a secluded lawn with a wedding arbor and under a maple tree surrounded by white flowers. Cocktail hours are usually held on a shaded deck overlooking ponds and waterfalls, followed by a reception in the pavilion. For evening receptions, hundreds of candles are lit to provide a romantic vibe. You’ll love the flexibility of this venue, which allows outside catering and rates based on number of guests. Avon Gardens also decorates the arbor, pavilion, gazebo, and tents to fit your wedding color scheme and style.

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the willows

The Willows

For couples looking to stay in the city, this outdoor wedding venue in Indianapolis is picture perfect. Enjoy an outdoor ceremony in the garden, complete with pergola or on the ballroom deck, followed by a reception in either the elegant ballroom, featuring glittering chandeliers, built-in bars, and fireplaces, or the lodge, with its waterfront deck and more rustic feel. This all-inclusive venue can host weddings of up to 600 guests in the ballroom and 250 guests in the lodge.

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minnetrista

Minnetrista

If you and your future spouse want a wedding that feels super-personal, check out this Muncie outdoor wedding venue, which features eight (yes, eight!) outdoor ceremony spaces to choose from to make your special day uniquely your own. These outdoor spaces include the rustic Oakhurst Cabin Lawn, the Oakhurst Formal Garden (which can also host tented events), the romantic Wishing Well Garden, among others. There are also a variety of reception spaces, including the art-filled Gallery at Minnetrista, with art-covered walls and 25-foot high ceilings, and the intimate Cantina, with its floor-to-ceiling windows. All told, this venue can host events of up to 500 guests and includes in-house catering, as well.

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