Weddings present an exciting and stressful time for couples. There’s pressure to pick the right flowers, the right vendors, and most importantly, the right venue.
Luckily, there is no shortage of places to get married in Fort Wayne and its surrounding communities, so you can find a venue to fit any couple’s taste and budget. Whether you want a rustic barn wedding, a sweeping lakeside view, or a unique small-town feel, here are five wedding venues that can maximize your style with minimal need for additional décor.
1. A rustic, barn wedding: Lakeside Occasions
2595 S 625 W, Topeka, Indiana 46571
If a rustic, barn wedding in the countryside what you envision, consider Lakeside Occasions.
Northeast Indiana is known for its agriculture, so if a rustic, barn wedding in the countryside what you envision, consider Lakeside Occasions in the heart of Topeka’s Amish community. It was once a farm owned by the Guernsey family for five generations. Today, relatives still tend to its 63-acres, and in June 2013, its current owners decided to convert it into a wedding venue. Now it’s one of the only barn venues in the region that is not only gorgeous, but also has bathrooms, air conditioning, heating, and a full-service event crew.
While Lakeside Occasions can be perfect for a small intimate wedding, it also has several different areas for couples to get married, including a nearby lake, a gazebo, and an outdoor firepit area. Plus, the space comes pre-outfitted with ceiling lights, chandeliers, and decorative barrels.
2. A natural, lakefront wedding: Oakwood Resort
702 E Lake View Rd, Syracuse. IN 46567
Oakwood Resorts allows couples to get married on the shores of Lake Wawasee.
For the couple that loves nature or simply enjoys a good trip to the lake, the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse offers a modern, lakeside wedding on a hill. It has a gorgeous park with a gazebo and a small beach for couples to have their ceremony on the shores of Lake Wawasee, Indiana’s largest natural lake.
Up the hill is a two-story event center perfect for both the cocktail and reception area. There is also a patio overlooking beautiful landscaping, so you can steal away from the crowds and loud music for a quiet conversation or to play some yard games.
As a bonus, out-of-town guests can stay at the resort on-site.
3. A glamorous wedding: the Embassy Theater
125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
The Embassy Theatre downtown offers several glamorous wedding venue spaces.
If glitz and glam is more your style, try the historic Embassy Theatre in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. It’s the perfect place for couples looking to celebrate their love like royalty—where brides can make their entrance gliding down grand staircases, captivating guests’ attention.
With multiple room options, including the Main Theatre Lobby, the Yergens Rogers Foundation Ballroom upstairs, and the adjoining Indiana Hotel Lobby, the Embassy can accommodate weddings of many sizes and styles.
No matter where you choose, you can rest assured that guests will be wowed by the historic grandeur created by the building’s original architects, A.M. Strauss and John Eberson. In fact, Eberson was one of the country's most influential theater architects of his time, who earned the nickname “Opera House John” by designing many small-town auditoriums, the New York Times reports.
4. A quirky wedding: the Mid-America Windmill Museum
723 S Allen Chapel Rd, Kendallville, IN 46755
Baker Hall hosts wedding receptions at the Mid-America Windmill Museum.The lawn outside the Mid-America Windmill Museum.
For the quirky couple, this windmill museum is the perfect place to say “I do.” A hidden treasure even among locals, it’s right off State Road 3 as you head into Kendallville from Fort Wayne.
During regular hours, the museum educates visitors about the historic importance of windmills in northeast Indiana with multiple windmills, displays, a historical timeline, a theater for viewing a windmill documentary, and a gift shop.
However, during event hours, the space is transformed into a sparkling wonderland with plenty of room for both your wedding ceremony and reception. Its 6,000 square foot Baker Hall can accommodate up to 350 people, and it comes outfitted with a warming kitchen, ADA compliant restrooms, air-conditioning, and heating.
So if wedding planning has you spinning your wheels, look no further for a unique space.
5. A sporty, downtown wedding: Parkview Field
1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Parkview Field's indoor and outdoor spaces can be converted into a wedding venue.
Couples looking to celebrate their love for sports—or who just appreciate Fort Wayne’s iconic downtown baseball field—Parkview Field offers its Suite Level Lounge for weddings. Along with its own bar and food, this venue offers plenty of room for guests to dance and celebrate their favorite couple, both indoors and outdoors.
In warm months, a balcony overlooking downtown offers guests the chance to relax, take breaks from the crowds, and get great sunset pictures with the city skyline.
The bottom line: Weddings are stressful, and there is pressure to pick the perfect venue. But when it comes down to it, the best thing you can do is think about how many guests you have, what you’d like your theme to be, and what amenities matter the most to you as a couple. Cheers!