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From lovely lodges and gardens to the rustic charm of restored barns, Northwest Indiana offers couples some of the most unforgettable wedding venues imaginable. You may have recently received that special engagement ring or maybe you are just ready to start looking at wedding venues, either way, we have you covered. We’ve put together the following list of the six most spectacular wedding venues in the region, all with impressive amenities and scenic beauty that will make any wedding celebration memorable.

Avalon Manor in Merrillville

Immerse yourself in the immaculately maintained gardens and grounds at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. This extraordinary facility offers elegance set amid the beauty of an area of protected wetlands, and it’s the perfect spot for your fairy-tale wedding. Its large garden gazebo flanked by weeping willows, a fountain in a pond, and a colorful forest border make attractive settings for photographs.

Avalon Manor’s 30,000-square-foot facility is the largest free-standing banquet and meeting center in Northwest Indiana. Picture yourself in your partner’s arms on the parquet dance floor underneath the glimmer of light from elegant gold and crystal chandeliers inside the banquet hall. Specially designed wedding packages offer couples a selection of menu choices that feature the talents of Avalon Manor’s culinary team.

Location: 3550 E. Lincoln Highway, Merrillville | 219-945-0888

Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville

When you’re proclaiming those two words that will change your life forever, you want a venue that reflects the spirit of your special day. Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville provides the perfect setting to begin your happily ever after.

Briar Ridge welcomes weddings of individuals who are either members of or sponsored by a member of the country club. Several banquet and reception rooms offer elegant spaces for couples who want to incorporate personal touches into their wedding, so you can decorate the venue to fit any theme.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main ballroom provide spectacular views of the Briar Ridge golf course. This ballroom seats up to 200 people and offers an exquisite setting to showcase your centerpieces, table settings, and themed decor. You can even enjoy convenient access to the outdoor patio from the main ballroom.

The St. Andrews and Dublin ballrooms seat up to 80 and 70 guests, respectively. Like the main ballroom, these event spaces also provide access to the private patio and feature beautiful views of the surrounding Briar Ridge golf course.

Location: 123 Country Club Drive, Schererville | 219-533-0796

County Line Orchard in Hobart

Country-themed weddings continue to remain popular among couples. If this is something you’re interested in, then the County Line Orchard in Hobart might be perfect for you. This apple orchard’s signature red barn serves as a full-service indoor private banquet facility that complements the outdoor ceremony site set among the apple trees.

Comprehensive wedding packages include chairs, dinnerware, linens, tables, and more, and their flexible catering menus will give your guests a taste of homegrown goodness from the orchards.

Location: 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart | 219-947-4477

Lafayette Theater in Lafayette

With a style that reflects Old America and modernism, the historic Lafayette Theater delivers a distinctive venue for weddings on a grand scale. With space for up to 220 guests, the theater’s main floor offers a dynamic setting for a unique wedding celebration. The arthouse lighting of the main stage itself sets the tone for a spectacular ceremony and reception.

In addition to the facility rental space on the main floor, the theater’s second floor supports a lobby with a bar and concession area. Steal a kiss with your sweetheart after the ceremony in the balcony seating on the second floor, or capture an outdoor pose underneath the original theater marquee.

Location: 600 Main St., Lafayette | 765-771-9090

Studebaker National Museum in South Bend

With 55,000 square feet showcasing classic cars, historic vehicles, and exhibitions that tell the story of automobiles in America, the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend serves as an attractive setting for any couple who loves history and cars. If you’re looking for a truly unique space to say “I do,” this might be the perfect spot.

With its high ceiling and skylight reminiscent of the ceilings of early automobile manufacturing facilities, the light and airy Atrium provides generous space to host a wedding ceremony and reception. The Atrium is adjacent to the Main Floor Gallery and Carmichael Bullet Nose Gallery, which exhibits an automobile from the museum’s collection on a spinning platform — a fantastic backdrop for photos.

With space accommodations for 20 to 200 people, the museum also opens its gallery spaces for guests to enjoy so that everyone can explore the exhibitions and immerse themselves in the history of automobiles, South Bend’s industrial heritage, and iconic Studebaker vehicles.

Location: 201 Chapin St., South Bend | 574-235-9002

The Lighthouse Lodge in Monticello

Located 90 minutes from Chicago and Indianapolis, the Lighthouse Lodge in Monticello is a charming bed-and-breakfast establishment that delivers attractive accommodations with views of Lake Shafer. If you’re planning an intimate wedding with a few family and friends and want a venue that reflects this feeling, the Lighthouse Lodge provides the perfect location and personal touches that will make your wedding memorable.

Seven deluxe suites and four two-bedroom cottages on the premises accommodate up to 54 guests during their stay in Monticello. If your wedding party guests are bringing children, the little ones can enjoy playing on the lodge’s sand beach and savoring some evening campfire s’mores around the bonfire pit. There’s also additional entertainment for all of your guests only a short drive away at Indiana Beach. This setting offers a Coney Island-like boardwalk along with live entertainment, amusement rides, carnival games, and other attractions.

Lodge facilities include three bathrooms, a large recreation room, a sunroom directly off the sun deck for food service, a handicap ramp that leads up to the sun deck, and a large gas grill.

Location: 4866 N. Boxman Place, Monticello | 574-583-9142

Now that you’ve learned about some of the most unique and unforgettable wedding venues that call Northwest Indiana home, call on AaLand Diamond Jewelers to be your jeweler of choice for the perfect wedding bands and diamond jewelry. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or visit us at 8102 Georgia St. in Merrillville.

Note: Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please contact the wedding venues listed above to confirm availability and learn about the specific public health and safety guidelines in effect at these facilities.