Split up into six cultural districts, Indianapolis has distinct zones that each offer something a little different. From the breathtaking European architecture of Fountain Square to the trendy bars and nightlife of Broad Ripple to the Venice-inspired waterways of the canal, it’s like six different worlds to choose from, all in the same city.
With abundant spring blooms, balmy summer days, vibrant fall leaves, and snow-dusted winter nights, Indy experiences the best of all four seasons, making the city perfect for a full calendar’s worth of wedding styles.
Indianapolis might be considered the epicenter of the microbrewing renaissance, and the options for crowd-pleasing craft beer won’t disappoint. Anywhere in the city, raise your glass and know you’re enjoying some of the finest local brews around.
There’s (almost) no stronger love than that of a Hoosier for his or her sports team. Home to the Indianapolis Colts, the Pacers, and the largest single-day sporting event in the country — the Indy 500 — this city is the ultimate haven for sports lovers.
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your ceremony planning to the last minute. As the core of your wedding day, it deserves only the best: an unforgettable wedding officiant that you and your spouse-to-be really connect with, and local ceremony musicians to set the perfect tone for your walk down the aisle. Lucky for you, Indianapolis wedding vendors are some of the best in the business!
Wow your guests with a wedding reception for the ages. With so many options for receptions in Indy, you’ll want to hire one of the city’s top-notch wedding planners. Before you know it, you’ll have perfect floral arrangements on the tables, infectious rhythms playing over the speaker from your live band, and a delectable wedding cake displayed in all of its glory. With professional Indianapolis vendors, you can be sure that every detail is covered.
Use your Indy rehearsal dinner as a chance to offer your friends and family a different taste of the city. If you’re planning a rustic barn wedding on the outskirts of the city, take them downtown the night before for a rehearsal dinner right off of Monument Circle. It’s just another way to show them everything Indy has to offer.
Don’t stop the party once the reception ends! Plan a day-after brunch to say a final "thank you" to your guests and keep the toasts going. You can’t go wrong with mimosas, and Indy has so many awesome brunch spots to offer it would be a shame not to take advantage of them.
Greet your out-of-town wedding guests with an Indy-themed welcome. With a few local treats, some craft beer from a nearby brewery, and those essential wedding-day details for when your guests forget their invite, your Indianapolis-inspired wedding welcome bags will no doubt be a hit, earning you and yours some recognition as world-class hosts.
Share some of Indy’s local flavor with your wedding favors. Not only is this the perfect way to say “thank you” to your guests, but it’ll also serve as a parting memento of your special day. Add some unique Indianapolis flair with Hoosier craft beer or locally made chocolates — whatever it is, your wedding favors are an opportunity to give your celebration an intimate, local touch.
Indianapolis has endless experiences to offer. Between wedding activities, your guests will want to take advantage of the city’s great museums, nearby parks, and bustling downtown scene, so make sure they’re equipped to soak up the city. Check out Trip Advisor’s list of the top things to do in Indianapolis, pick a few favorites, and slip a few suggestions into your guests’ wedding welcome bag.
Indy’s amazing culinary scene is a foodie’s paradise. Chock-full of innovative chefs sourcing from the city’s abundant surrounding farms, there is no end to the great restaurants scattered about the city for your guests to enjoy. Start with OpenTable’s best overall restaurants in Indianapolis for a few suggestions, but don’t be afraid to recommend to your guests your personal favorite eateries — they’ll love to eat their way through Indy on your recommendations.
Out-of-town guests can rest assured that they’ll be well taken care of with Indy’s top accommodations. Point them in the direction of hotels or bed and breakfasts near your wedding venue for guest accommodations that will keep them close to the festivities. While you’re at it, take a moment to find the perfect retreat for you and your new spouse to escape to after your busy day.
Planning your engagement shoot? From Indy’s striking downtown cityscape to the aesthetic of its museums to the countryside just beyond its borders, the possibilities for Indianapolis engagement photos are endless. Check out some of our favorite Indianapolis engagement shoot locations and get inspired for your own! We promise, you will treasure these images forever — no one ever had too many professional photos documenting their love.
Downtown Indy has everything you need for your bachelorette party. Buzzing with activity, easy to get around, and populated with breweries around every corner, a great time with the girls is guaranteed. Check out some of our favorite Indianapolis bachelorette party ideas and get inspired for your last fling before the ring.
A thriving craft beer scene on top of being the amateur sports capital of the world? Seriously, what more could you want than an Indianapolis bachelor party? We can’t think of anywhere better than Indy for your last celebration as a single man. Check out some of our Indianapolis bachelor party ideas and see what’s in store.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Indianapolis wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips and tricks, straight from the source.
The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Indianapolis events and add them to your radar.
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Indianapolis, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:
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