Bloomington, Indiana, may not be your first choice for a destination wedding, given that it’s a small university town with just under 80,000 residents, but you’d be surprised at all it has to offer.
Situated in the heart of the midwest, this small town has some of everything from traditional manor houses to hand-carved amphitheaters to repurposed mills.
And with an average price tag of just $23,000 per wedding, according to Wedding Report, a Bloomington wedding won’t break the bank.
With so many fantastic options, it would be difficult for any bride and groom to choose. Thankfully we did some of that work for you. Here are the top 10 outdoor wedding venues in Bloomington, Indiana.
If you have your heart set on a venue that puts you in proximity to nature’s splendor, then The Wilds may be the perfect wedding venue for you. This outdoor oasis sits on 125 acres of farmland and offers several outdoor spaces to host your wedding activities.
You can start by taking wedding photos at several scenic spaces, including rolling fields of wheat, verdant prairie grasses, or lustrous ponds and water features.
When it’s time for your ceremony, you can exchange vows in a brand new, covered outdoor pavilion decorated to your specific tastes.
For the reception, you can retire with your friends and family to one of the two outdoor patios or settle in at one of the two modern fire pits.
Rentals include access to the ceremony and reception spaces, standard wedding supplies (such as tables, chairs, linens, and silverware and glassware), on-site staff support, security, and catering and bar services. For catering and bar services, you must use The Wild’s staff; for all other wedding services, you may use the vendor of your choice.
Pricing: $4,000 – $8,000
Capacity: 200 guests.
One World at Woolery Mill
One World at Woolery Mill is a perfect wedding venue for the socially conscious couple. One World at Woolery Mill is ready to host your ideal wedding, an abandoned mill reclaimed for an event space.
Originally built in the 1930s to process local limestone and now a historical landmark, the old mill has been reclaimed and transformed.
At 76,000 square feet, Woolery Mill has ceilings that soar into the sky, exposed beams, and two patios featuring the naturally occurring limestone of the region, a must-see for the socially conscious bride.
The industrial chic vibe is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Fully modernized with a UV air purifying system, bride and groom pre-function suites, and a delectable menu of sustainably farmed foods, One World is more than ready to host your wedding.
There are two options for outdoor weddings. The spacious west patio can host a ceremony for up to 500 seated guests or a reception for 150 with a dance floor.
There is a welcoming green space and 3 custom fountains surrounded by the natural limestone rock of the area.
The east patio is perfect for delightful, intimate ceremonies. It offers a stone archway for your entrance, and you can decorate the space as you see fit.
This space can seat 150 of your closest family and friends for your ceremony or a seated reception for 80.
Pricing: $5,200 – $7,500
Capacity: 500 guests.
For the modern, trendy, urban couple seeking their dream outdoor wedding venue, The Far might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Located in downtown Bloomington’s arts and entertainment district, this chic urban venue and neighborhood events space dates back to 1925 and offers a cozy, intimate space for smaller weddings.
The Far is an events space intimately entwined with its surroundings. One seeks to build community through art with the Pictura Gallery and events by offering hosting space in the city’s heart.
For an outdoor wedding, the patio can accommodate up to 115 closest family and friends for your ceremony and or reception.
Its minimalist design can accommodate decorations for just about any vision. Patio packages also include a contemporary library to use for the bridal suite, along with the theater, atrium, and gardens.
And to really wow your guests, add the Pictura gallery with its collection of fine modern art for an evocative cocktail hour.
This flexible modern space does include a kitchen and bar. With The FAR’s open vendor policy, you get your choice’s dinner and drink menu.
The downtown location will give your guests easy access to hotels and other nightlife if they wish to continue the party once you’re on your way to your honeymoon.
Pricing: $4,000 – $8,000
Capacity: 115 guests.
This charming and historic home is a must for the couple seeking an intimate outdoor wedding venue rooted in historic charm.
Dating back to 1844, The Ivy is a fine, historic house built in a combination of Greek Revival and Italianate styles. In 1991 The Ivy was added to the State Register of Historic sites and is one of the oldest buildings in Bloomington.
Choosing this elegant and historic site for your wedding will add a classic and romantic feel to the day’s events.
The Walnut Street Patio could be the perfect venue to host your wedding. The generous patio is screened with lush pine trees, and soft, idyllic bistro lighting sets the scene.
The patio seats up to 100 guests for your ceremony or 150-175 for your reception.
Imagine your friends and family gathering to celebrate your nuptials as your laughter and joy float to the heavens on a warm spring afternoon.
The outdoor lounge offers tables, chairs, and heat lamps for cool days.
Pricing: varies; contact the venue
Capacity: 175 guests.
Blueberry Hills Estate
Another stunning outdoor wedding venue is Blueberry Hills estate. Situated in gently rolling hills, this outdoor wedding venue offers an extraordinary, natural backdrop for any couple seeking to say their “I do’s” amidst all the wonders mother nature has to offer.
Say I do on a hilltop overlooking a vast expanse of the gorgeous countryside before heading out to take wedding photos along the trailside and in breathtaking seating areas.
The day before the big event, rest in secluded cabins with accommodations for up to 32 guests. Go for a dip in the jr.
Olympic-sized swimming pool or relax in the shaded canopy of 100-year-old trees while looking out into verdant gardens.
Tucked away in these sequestered hills, the world will fall away while you’re enveloped in nature’s softness on your big day.
Pricing: starting at $2,400
Capacity: 400 guests.
JPS Events at Regions Tower
Above you, the heavens, below the night city, spread like twinkling earthbound stars.
If that sounds like the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding, look at the rooftop at JPS Events at Region Tower.
This wedding venue has played host to some of the biggest events in the country, including the 2012 Super Bowl Leather and Laces event, Ciroc the New Year, and i-Heart Radio’s Big Game party. For the team at JPS Events planning your wedding will be a snap.
Along with this fantastic space, there are 4 different catering packages to choose from, with a full menu that offers your guest beef, poultry, seafood, appetizers, salad, and dessert. Tables, linens, and standard banquet chairs are included in all catering packages.
JPS also offers floral, decor, and varied liquor packages.
Pricing: Starting rates are $6,500 – $21,000; for more detailed pricing, see the website.
Capacity: 375 guests.
Deer Park Manor
The 1950s was an era of unparalleled economic growth in the U.S. The very mention of the decade conjures up images of big flashy cars, perfect suburban homes, and perfectly put-together housewives in stunning full-skirted dresses, their outfits complete with matching handbags, heels, and delicate little gloves.
One thinks of high school sweetheart marriages where devoted; adoring husbands carried innocent, blushing brides over the threshold of a new home into a perfect life of domestic bliss.
You can bring that vintage 1950s glamor to your wedding by hosting it at the historic Deer Park Manor.
Built in 1953, Deer Park Manor has hosted many influential people, including two U.S. presidents. The park and its grounds are an idyllic site for your outdoor wedding.
The park is home to deer, foxes, wildflowers, and other local flora and fauna. Your outdoor wedding can take place in the field amidst lush, manicured gardens, or you can use one of two patios.
After the ceremony, you can take photos at the ponds, on the walking paths, and in the gardens. Since the rental includes using the manor, you’re free to take in the lavish manor house itself.
If you choose to remain outdoors for the reception, there is room to set up an events tent outside.
You have the option to select your own caterer and DJ, as well as provide your own liquor, or you can choose from Deer Park’s preferred vendors.
Pricing: $2,500 – $4,000
Capacity: 175 guests.
If your outdoor wedding venue is a charming country barn, look no further than Sycamore farms.
A wedding at Sycamore farms can be held in one of two barns or one of the many fields that are part of the farm itself.
The two barns are elegant and charming, with timber beams that will match any color scheme and delicate fairy lights, and exquisite chandeliers.
You can decorate however you choose. The two barns offer a comforting, homey warmth you won’t find anywhere else.
After the wedding, there are endless photo opportunities across the farm. You can take pictures in fields of colorful flowers or time your photographs to capture the sunset or sky blanketed with stars.
After your wedding ceremony and pictures are done, you can start the reception in your barn of choice and take advantage of the breezeway dance floor to dance the night away.
Choose your own caterer, DJ, and other vendors to work with one from Sycamore’s preferred vendor list. Either way, the choice is yours. Sycamore Farms is a blank canvas upon which any couple can paint their dream wedding.
Pricing: $5,500 – $8,000
Capacity: 200 guests.
Jones Crossing Banquet & Events Center
Tropical wedding in the heart of the midwest? Jones Crossing aims to capture that feeling with an outdoor venue offering rushing waterfalls and palm trees from May – October as the backdrop for your dream wedding ceremony.
The wedding courtyard seats 325 guests and offers a 70 ft aisle for your wedding march giving every bride ample opportunity to show off that dazzling white dress.
The courtyard wedding includes set-up and tear-down of white wedding chairs, kissing balls, an outdoor sound system, and the option to move inside if mother nature chooses not to cooperate on your special day.
Ceremony completed, multiple sites are designed to create the most spectacular wedding photos a couple could dream of and a space for your reception.
The reception includes a sweetheart table, buffet, drink station, in-memory gifts, cake, photo booth, DJ, dance floor, and a full-service bar and licensed staff.
This full-service wedding venue offers everything you’ll need for that special day, making it easier for a busy bride and groom.
Pricing: $1,795 – $3,995
Capacity: 325 guests.
The barn at Whippoorwill Hill is just a little bit special. Originally built in 1892, this particular barn has been taken apart, moved across the state, and reassembled. Preserving a century-old barn is quite a feat, making this particular outdoor wedding venue unique.
This old barn made new has everything we love about using a barn to host weddings: the beautiful timber, the high ceilings, the wide open space, and the neutral wood. Whippoorwill Hill, however, has a history and heritage that you can feel, along with the love and care that has gone into reconstructing it.
If you have your wedding at Whippoorwill, in addition to this storied barn, you’ll also have access to the grounds for photos and, of course, your reception.
Renting Whippoorwill Hill for your wedding includes uses of the barn and grounds for both wedding and reception, decorations, chairs, onsite support, your choice of vendors, fire pits, and restrooms.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Cost: $2,952 – $5,950