Weddings on the Prairie

Everything has led you to this place in time.

Your wedding day - your history. Whether your vision is rustic, vintage chic, naturally modern or traditionally elegant, we’ll help you create unforgettable memories.

Start planning your Wedding on the Prairie.

To get started, please contact Catering and Banquet Sales at 317-776-6000 ext. 381 or email catering@connerprairie.org.

View our Weddings on The Prairie Information Packet

Featherston Barn

Weddings on the Prairie Venues

Prairie House

Tucked among the trees and rolling hills, this renovated house features an open, modern cabin style.

Featherston Barn

This iconic red barn offers a rustic-chic ambience inside and out.

Overlook Room

A room with a (spectacular) view.

Woodland Hall

Large, flexible meeting room that can be divided into two smaller spaces.

1859 Balloon Voyage

Science, technology, engineering, and math meet history in a boundless voyage through time.

Chinese House

Nestled on the bluffs overlooking White River, this renovated treasure showcases an artistic interior.

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

Karen

Frequently Asked Questions

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How early can I book my wedding at Conner Prairie?

We book events up to one year in advance.

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

Conner Prairie provides a venue coordinator who works with you leading up to your event to develop an accurate BEO (banquet event order), and through the day of your event ensuring the BEO details are executed. The venue coordinator ensures the site is set properly, catering runs smoothly and any facilities issues that may arise are handled.

We highly recommend hiring a professional event planner to coordinate all vendors (photographers, florists, disc jockeys, etc.) and to oversee your ceremony-day details.

Can I bring in an outside caterer for my event?

All food and beverage, excluding the wedding cake/desserts, must be ordered through Conner Prairie and their affiliated caterer. We offer a wide variety of customizable menu options.

When do I need to give my final guarantee?

A minimum guarantee must be confirmed 14 days prior to your wedding date. You may increase, but not reduce, that number up to three (3) business days prior to the event.

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

Ceremonies held away from the contracted reception space may subject to additional set up and equipment fees. Please reference the “Weddings on the Prairie” PDF for more information.

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

The ceremony rehearsal is arranged as a courtesy through the venue coordinator. Approximately one hour is allotted, and must not interfere with any other scheduled event. Though not guaranteed, every effort is made to hold rehearsal at the ceremony location.

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

The ceremony rehearsal is arranged as a courtesy through the venue coordinator. Approximately one hour is allotted, and must not interfere with any other scheduled event. Though not guaranteed, every effort is made to hold rehearsal at the ceremony location.

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

As a courtesy to wedding clients, rentals usually include six hours of access for decorating and rehearsal the day prior to the contracted event. This is based on availability and not guaranteed. All admissions for vendors and/or wedding party must be arranged in advance.

How many hours do I have access to the facility on my wedding day?

Your Wedding Party and vendor arrival times are pre-arranged based on your BEO (Banquet Event Order), which documents access times to prep rooms, ceremony and reception site(s). Some venues may have time limitations based on museum programming. All events must end by 11:00pm, unless otherwise contracted.

Can we take pictures on the grounds?

Conner Prairie's historic grounds are available for photography before opening at 10 a.m. or after closing at 5 p.m. Non-historic locations are available all day. A staff member will be provided to escort you and your photographer to all sites. Access to the grounds any date other than the date of your contracted wedding may require an additional fee.

May I take home leftover food from the reception?

Conner Prairie is responsible for the quality and freshness of its served food. Food safety regulations preclude allowing food to be taken off of the premises, packed in to-go containers or left out longer than the set serving time.

What is permitted during the send-off/departure?

Send-off ideas must be discussed with your venue coordinator prior to the event. Rice, confetti, balloons, Chinese lanterns and sparklers are not permitted on the grounds.

What is Conner Prairie's inclement weather policy?

Conner Prairie makes weather safety a top priority, while also striving for a successful event. We cannot be held liable for weather or any cause beyond the museum's control. Refunds are not given for changes due to weather, with the exception of 1859 Balloon Voyage.

When do I pay my final bill?

Your contract is revised when the minimum guarantee is given 14 days prior to your event. Pre-payment is due at this time based on this estimate. Any items based on consumption, or an increase in guest count, will be invoiced after the event. Credit cards or other pre-approved methods of payment may be arranged for after-event invoicing.

What additional charges are added to my final bill?

Food and beverage contracts are assessed an 8% sales tax with a 20% service charge added to the final bill. All consumption-based components and/or "add-ons" to the contract are invoiced within five (5) business days following the event via your pre-arranged method of payment.

What is Conner Prairie's cancellation policy?

All deposits are non-refundable, but your deposit may be transferred to an alternative date. If your event is cancelled fewer than 60 days prior to the event, 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 weddings held on the same day as a Conner Prairie special event or on Symphony on the Prairie dates, parking for all guests is on a first come, first served basis.

Further Questions about Weddings on the Prairie? 

Contact Catering and Banquet Sales

317-776-6000 ext. 381  | catering@connerprairie.org