Whether it’s a big budget all-out extravaganza or a small, intimate gathering – picking the right venue for your wedding is crucial.

You want your day to be perfect.

And choosing a place that is special to you and your other half as well as right for your wedding theme is one of the biggest factors in making sure your day goes without a hitch.

From casual to formal, elegant to rustic, North West Indiana has some delightful venues to suit your taste, theme and guest list.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help make your choice a little bit easier.

White Hawk Country Club

Golf fans and lovers of the outdoors alike with love this scenic venue. The 36-hole, award-winning course is less than an hour south of downtown Chicago and couples will be surrounded by forests, prairies, streams and wetlands on this 600-acre property. White Hawk Country Club offers elegant and romantic indoor and outdoor weddings.

Make use of this delightful Crown Point, Indiana country club which can accommodate up to 250 guests. There’s a gorgeous white gazebo which is the perfect backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. You’ll experience beautiful landscaping, water fountains, floral arrangements and lovely swans around you.

For an intimate affair, there’s a 2,000-square-foot patio with white garden chairs. This is a truly beautiful site for those seeking a romantic and intimate atmosphere to create a lifetime of unforgettable memories.

For a grand affair, you and your guests can move indoors into the newly remodeled, spacious banquet hall with floor-to-ceiling windows producing a spectacular atmosphere and setting for your memorable day.

The Pavilion At Sandy Pines

Nestled in rural De Motte Indiana and surrounded by trees and fairways the Pavilion at Sandy Pines is a true hidden gem.

Perfect for small to medium-sized weddings and available from May to October, this is a beautiful outdoor venue. From the most elegant, dramatic formal affair to an intimate, fresh casual party, “The Pavilion” will exceed all of your expectations and help you produce the perfect event.

But that’s not all. The new Bridal House is the perfect place to get ready for your wedding. It is unlike anything you have ever experienced before. The Bridesmaids area features a mini salon station that can accommodate up to 4 girls to get their hair done and 4 makeup tables that seat 8. The Bridesmaids also have their own bathroom and the Bridal House has hooks along the wall to hang all of the dresses.

There’s also the Groom’s Suite with a lounge area featuring leather couch and chairs with a flat screen TV for relaxing and hanging out before the wedding.

Wicker Park Social Center

Located in Lake County, Wicker Memorial Park is the perfect location for a family-friendly outdoor wedding. The banquet halls in Wicker Park are available as venues for private events. A wedding at Wicker Park will give brides the opportunity to marry in a beautiful natural setting without having to relocate for the reception.

Trailing from one of the banquet facilities is a walkway that leads toward a magnificent tree line. At the end of this walkway is a pearly white gazebo which acts as an altar for brides wishing to marry outdoors in Wicker Park. The gazebo boasts enough space for a unity ceremony table, as well as room for soloists or musicians.

Brides looking for an off-site, indoor ceremony can make use of a number of churches near Wicker Park, before heading to the park’s banquet facilities for a beautiful reception at the Social Center.

The Social Center can host up to 400 guests and the large windows allow the guests to admire the beauty of the park while they enjoy the wedding reception. Exposed brick, dark wooden beams, and a large dance floor make this a picture-perfect space for the reception of any bride’s dreams.

County Line Orchard

Rustic, elegance is top of the menu at the County Line Orchard. Offering both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, including having tractors bring your guests to their seats! This is a beautiful, family-friendly apple orchard boasting lovely scenery and plenty of options for the wedding party.

Boasting three barns, beautiful outdoor scenery, delicious food, and seasonal treats, County Line weddings do not disappoint. Whether the bride wants a lovely outdoor ceremony with fantastic apple trees as her backdrop or the entire day hosted in one of the rustic barns, County Line Orchards can make her wedding vision come to life.

Rustic, exposed wood beams, an open-air feel, and plenty of space for dancing make these barns the perfect setting for a rustic orchard wedding. Guests will be taken back to a simpler time as they peruse the orchard trees and enjoy a lovely meal in the classic barn.

Aberdeen Manor

Aberdeen Manor is an all-inclusive wedding venue that will cater to every need. It is one of the only venues in northwest Indiana where you have the exclusive use of the entire property for your wedding.

Aberdeen Manor Ballroom, Chapel, Garden is a sophisticated venue with elegance and classiness accommodating up to 300 guests. There is a lovely outdoor lawn with a stone walkway, which is perfect for a ceremony. Alternatively, make use of the venue’s beautiful ‘jewel box’ chapel. The large ballroom is perfect for your reception.

It is an authentic replica of an 1800’s country church, and even has a steeple with a bell for the newlywed couple to ring as they leave the ceremony together as husband and wife.

Located in the northern region of Indiana, just southwest of Valparaiso, Indiana the beauty of this venue is second to none. Aberdeen Manor has everything needed to host a dream wedding in one location. The formal garden, non-denominational chapel, and elegant ballroom will make your event easy and stress-free for you and your guests.

Lighthouse Restaurant 

Nestled on the shores of cozy Cedar Lake, Lighthouse Restaurant welcomes residents, visitors, and boaters with its beacon of great food, fun, and friends.

An extraordinary atmosphere and beautiful scenic lakeside views make Lighthouse Restaurant South Lake County’s premier private dining facility, accommodating events from 25 to 250 guests.

Lighthouse Restaurant’s 2nd floor is a private dining facility, with seating for 25-250 guests. Surrounded by windows, diners enjoy the scenery of the woods and the water while savoring cuisine that is found nowhere else in the region.

Lighthouse’s culinary staff is supervised by Chef Ken McRae, who brings 30 years of experience to the kitchen and will give your guests a meal to remember.

Briar Ridge Country Club

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

When it comes to speaking those two little words that will change your life forever, a very special venue is in order. One that will honor the day and help you create memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Briar Ridge Country Club opened its doors in the spring of 1980 in Schererville, IN. The vision of club founder, Donald S. Powers, Briar Ridge has exemplified excellence from the very beginning.

The Main ballroom offers floor to ceiling windows with a breathtaking view of the golf course. Seating up to 200. Beautifully appointed with stunning centerpieces, elegant seating, and specialty linens. With views of the picturesque Briar Ridge golf course, and access to a lovely outdoor patio, The Main offers the perfect setting for your wedding or event.

For smaller gatherings, the St. Andrews ballroom also features stunning views of the golf course, and seats up to 80 guests. It is a terrific complement to The Main ballroom for additional seating and space and features an outdoor patio, so your guests can enjoy cocktail hour or dancing under the stars.

Center for Visual and Performing Arts

If art is your passion then look no further than the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.

This multi-purpose facility built by Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. offers an elegant dining room which accommodate up to 500 guests or be divided for smaller parties.

The dining room features crystal chandeliers accented by three tiers of Tivoli lights encompassing the entire room. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring to full view the scenic exterior surroundings. Use the outdoor brick terrace, gardens, water fountain, art gallery, spiral staircase and skylight atrium and make a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable evening.

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts is a perfect place to hold one of the most memorable days of your life!

The Patrician

Since its inception in 2006, The Patrician Banquet Center has made a name for itself as the area’s most elegant banquet facility.

From the banquet rooms and décor to our flatware and china, you can be confident that your experience will feel professional and distinctive. With seating for 50 to 580 people, the elegant and luxurious spaces are comfortable, spacious, and versatile enough to match any decor.

With four diverse options, you are sure to find the room that is perfect for your event. Choose from the Ruby-Pearl Hall, with a comfortable setting large enough for 170-210 guests, or the Sapphire Hall, which can host 100-170 guests. This immaculate hall comes from our very own bridal staircase that descends directly from the bridal suite, allowing every entrance to be grand!

The Diamond Hall is by far the largest and most luxurious space, offering capacity for 220-310 people. The open concept allows you to shed gorgeous light into your midday wedding reception, and comes with an adjacent yard and an oversized gazebo. You can even combine the Diamond and the Sapphire Hall, offering an extravagant space for your entire guest list, with space for 310-540 guests.

Centennial Park

Located on the outskirts of Chicago in Muster, Indiana, Centennial Park Golf Course is the perfect location to celebrate your wedding.

Choose the Lakefront Terrace on the lower level of the clubhouse and say your vows with a beautiful lakefront backdrop. Or use the quaint and stunning formal gardens for smaller and more intimate ceremonies. The Formal Gardens feature tall grasses, roses, an abundance of flowers and floral plants and are surrounded by white fencing and shaded pergolas.

Ideal for larger ceremonies, the Entertainment stage is set on the edge of Lake Maynard and overlooks a meticulously landscaped tiered seating area. Beautiful walking paths, wooden boardwalks and steel-trussed bridges surround the lake and compliment that stage with scenic views.

And if that isn’t enough then why not use the Bridge for your ceremony? The boardwalk or steel-trussed bridge on Lake Maynard offer scenic views and make for memorable photographs.

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