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Imagine the local destination of your dreams, a package that suits your budget and little touches that make it a day to remember.

Conner Prairie has all that and more for your dream wedding. You can keep it rustic, make it elegantly rustic or as modern as you wish. Whatever your mind's eye has envisioned! You won’t find another staff more dedicated to making your catered event spectacular.

“We enjoyed working with you, and have had so many compliments on the venue, the event, the food! Thanks for all your help!”

Karen Married September 2014

Weddings on the Prairie Packages

Make it a moment that will last a lifetime.

No two weddings are alike. Whether you are seeking a traditional wedding package or prefer to build your own, Conner Prairie will help you put your vision into motion. We have made it easy as possible to build your perfect day.

“We are still on Cloud 9 regarding our wedding. Everyone is still raving about the food and the atmosphere! Thank you!”

Trish Married September 2014

Weddings on the Prairie Catering

A memorable meal for an unforgettable day.

Conner Prairie has partnered with our preferred food vendor, MBP Distinctive Catering, to offer a variety of diverse meal selections, from extravagant to casual style.

“The Chinese House was an amazing and historic venue just perfect for my daughter’s wedding and reception. Yvonne and her staff made it perfect and saw to every detail!”

Michelle Gahiimer June 2014

Weddings on the Prairie Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How early can I book my wedding at Conner Prairie?

    Reservations for all events, including weddings, typically may be booked one year in advance. Due to Conner Prairie's open-to-the-public schedule, some event planning may have time, place and advance planning restrictions.

  • Does Conner Prairie provide a wedding coordinator to help me with details of the ceremony?

    Typically your officiate will orchestrate the ceremony, but the staff at Conner Prairie is very accustomed to hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions and will assist you with many details and the order of events.

  • Can I bring in an outside caterer for my event?

    All food and beverage excluding the wedding cake must be purchased through Conner Prairie and/or the preferred food vendor.

  • When do I need to give my final guarantee?

    The guaranteed number of persons attending your function is required 7 days prior to the event date. If more guests are in attendance than the guaranteed number, the actual number served will be charged.

  • May I take home leftover food from the reception?

    Conner Prairie is responsible for the quality and freshness of food served to your guests. Due to health code regulations, food may not be taken off of the premises, packed in to-go containers or left out longer than the set serving time.

  • How early can I arrive to set up additional decorations for my event? How many people can assist me during the set up?

    In order for Conner Prairie to properly set up for your wedding, we ask that you keep the number of people assisting you during your set up time to six (6). A two hour set up time can be allowed and must occur before or after the prevailing historic park's normal operating hours. Time allowed outside of the parameters must be discussed and agreed upon with Conner Prairie management. Conner Prairie reserves the right to refuse entry to the facility to anyone who arrives earlier than their designated time. Please notify your sales contact regarding your outside vendors e.g. florists, cake providers, musicians/DJ or decorators who will be coming in to set up for your event.

  • Do I have to reserve the wedding facility for my rehearsal? How long can my rehearsal last?

    Rehearsal times for ceremonies are offered as a courtesy to the wedding party and are arranged by your sales contact. Rehearsal times cannot interfere with any other scheduled events and must be finished by 7:00 pm. Approximately one hour is allotted for rehearsals and may or may not be in the same area as the actual wedding ceremony.

  • What is Conner Prairie’s inclement weather policy?

    Conner Prairie will not be liable for weather or any other cause beyond the museum’s control. Refunds will not be given for weather related changes. The staff at Conner Prairie does have your best interest in mind and will do everything possible to ensure a successful event.

  • Is there an extra fee to have my ceremony at Conner Prairie?

    Ceremonies held outside of the contracted reception space are subject to set up and equipment fees. Please reference Weddings on the Prairie for more information.

  • What additional charges are added to my final bill?

    Any components of the event that are based on consumption and/any additional agreed-upon "add-ons" to the contracted terms during the event will be invoiced and submitted to the contracting client within five (5) business days following the event. A client-supplied credit card may be charged or another approved method of payment can be arranged. All contracted food and beverage will be assessed and an 8% sales tax and a 20% service charge added to the final bill.

  • What is permitted during the send off/departure?

    Bubbles and ringing bells may be used to celebrate the departure of the bride and groom. Rice, confetti, birdseed, balloons and sparklers are not permitted.

  • When do I pay my final bill?

    Your sales contact will revise your event agreement when your final count is given 7-10 days prior to your event. You will pay at this time based on the estimate. If there are any items that are on a consumption basis, a client-supplied credit card may be charged or another approved method of payment can be arranged.

  • How long should I reserve the facility for my wedding?

    Most ceremonies are approximately 30 minutes and wedding receptions are approximately four hours long.

  • Can we take pictures on the grounds?

    The historic grounds of Conner Prairie have long been a desired backdrop for wedding photographs. Limitations of our historical park open for business hours and/or special events that take place throughout the year make special scheduling necessary to get picture taking accomplished. Conner Prairie will work with you and your photographer, to the best of our ability, for "day of" photography. This may mean that picture sessions on the grounds may not take place until after the park closes at 5 p.m.or can be taken prior to the park opening at 10 a.m. A Conner Prairie staff member must escort the picture-taking excursion. Your sales contact will discuss the fees associated with photography services.

  • What is Conner Prairie’s cancellation policy?

    All deposits are non-refundable and are not transferable to other dates. If your event is cancelled fewer than 30 days prior to the function date, a cancellation fee of up to 100 percent of the estimated charges on the event agreement may be assessed.

  • Is there a fee for parking?

    There is no fee for parking. However, for wedding events held the same day as a Conner Prairie special event, or on Symphony on the Prairie dates, parking for all guests of is based on a first come, first served basis. If arranged for during the contracting process, a limited number of parking passes will be provided for wedding party attendants and designated family members. The use of these passes does not guarantee preferred parking but will give a few designated wedding guests the chance to park as close as possible to the main building. The passes merely direct the parking attendants to allow access to surface parking; it does not guarantee availability. Any party members who have personal license plates and/or placards for accessible/handicapped parking will be directed to that special parking lot with proper display and documentation of their plates/placards.

Further questions about Weddings on the Prairie?

Call (317) 776-6000 ext. 295 or email catering@connerprairie.org.

“Thank you for making our daughter’s wedding day a little more perfect. Kudos to you and your staff!”

Lorna October 2014

Weddings on the Prairie Contact

Start planning your Wedding on the Prairie.

Please contact Catering and Banquet Sales at 317.776.6000 ext. 295 or email catering@connerprairie.org.