If your idea of a perfect wedding features a guest list consisting of only your very nearest and dearest, you’re probably searching for a small wedding venue in Indianapolis to host your special day. While finding a small events venue to host your ceremony and reception might be a bit tricky, turns out there are quite a few smaller spaces in the Indianapolis area to choose from, including historic homes, eclectic inns, art galleries, and even a castle.
Check out these small wedding venues in Indianapolis, which can accommodate events of 150 guests or fewer.
Couples who love the idea of a backyard wedding but don’t have the space to host an event at their own home should definitely check out this small wedding venue in Indianapolis, located just 15 minutes north of Downtown. This venue is perfect for outdoor events, as the space includes a backyard area, deck, stage, and courtyard, which can all be covered with tents in the event of rain. The main house, first built in the 1920s, features 5,000 square feet of space and includes a common room/event space, as well as accommodations for up to 37 guests. All told, the Indy Hostel can accommodate events of up to 150 guests, and can also host smaller events, including weddings, showers, engagement parties, and more.
Gallery Forty Two
This unique art gallery space and Couples’ Choice Award-winning venue is housed in Indianapolis’ oldest-surviving commercial building, dating back to before the Civil War—how’s that for some cool history? The renovated space features 3,500 square feet of space across two floors, a convenient location two blocks away from Monument Circle, private getting-ready space, and more. And creative couples will love the option of curating your wedding by selecting from the gallery’s inventory of art to display during your special day. This small wedding venue in Indianapolis can host events of up to 120 guests.
Located in Fishers, this beautiful garden venue can host weddings of up to 150 guests. There are several options for outdoor ceremonies, including the picturesque garden patio, the lovely deck, the private nook, or the unique beach pergola. Eaton Hall is the most popular space for receptions, with its expansive ceilings, ample natural light, two fireplaces, and sparkling chandeliers. You and your new spouse will make quite an entrance as you walk down the space’s grand staircase. This is also an ideal spot for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and other events.
Prairie Guest House
You’ll love the rustic and relaxed vibe of this charming bed and breakfast in Fishers, ideal for a ceremony and reception of up to 120 guests. Host your ceremony with the 19th century barn as your backdrop, and your reception on the lawn or inside the main house. For a true destination wedding weekend, 24 of your nearest and dearest can stay in the nine guest suites—you and your loved ones can even take a yoga class at the on-site studio! In-house catering is available to make your planning process an absolute breeze.
Historical Saint Joseph Hall
If you and your future spouse are history buffs, you’ll love this small wedding venue in Indianapolis, which was first built as a schoolhouse in 1892. Historical Saint Joseph Hall has an authentic, Old World feel, with exposed brick, wrought-iron details, cathedral ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, and hardwood floors. There’s room for up to 150 guests, and in-house catering is available. Major bonus: This is a pet-friendly venue!
The Ballare Ballroom
Located in Carmel, this contemporary event space is ideal for couples looking for a simple small wedding venue near Indianapolis. There are two ballrooms here, both featuring a mirror wall, large windows, and hardwood floors. The larger ballroom is 3,400 square feet, with room for up to 120 guests, and the smaller space can accommodate up to 35 guests. When hosting your event at The Ballare Ballroom, you’ll have the flexibility to choose your own caterer and vendors.
Sahm’s at Prairie View
If the very idea of wedding planning is stressing you out, check out this small venue in Carmel, where the all-inclusive packages will totally simplify your planning process. This venue is located on the Prairie View Golf Course, and features perfectly-manicured outdoor space for ceremonies, as well as a lovely indoor space, complete with vaulted ceilings and a grand stone fireplace, for receptions. The all-inclusive packages feature buffet catering, rentals, premium bar, and more. Sahm’s at Prairie View can host weddings of up to 150 guests.
FAR Weddings and Events
Modern and creative couples will adore this sleek, minimalist Bloomington wedding venue, located at the FAR Center for Contemporary Arts. There are four spaces available for events of up to 150 guests, including the intimate library, atrium, charming outdoor garden, art-filled Pictura Gallery, and the 505 Theater, a unique industrial space for ceremonies and receptions featuring vaulted ceilings, 12-foot tall glass garage doors, and brick walls.
Host your fairytale wedding at this majestic castle wedding venue in Bowling Green, with space for up to 100 guests. This 120-acre property features lovely outdoor space for ceremonies with the stone castle as your backdrop, and a stately Great Hall for receptions, complete with period-inspired touches. Larger events may be held in a tent outdoors. There are also five on-site guest rooms, so you and your nearest and dearest can stay in the castle during your wedding weekend. And for the ultimate Game of Thrones-inspired wedding, this venue even has 100 medieval costumes that you and your loved ones can borrow and wear on your special day.