Coxhall Gardens, located off of 116th Street in Carmel is one of the most popular spots for elopements! It's very popular with photographers for engagement and family photo's too! It's free to use but you can also pay to reserve the Centerpiece. The Ritz Charles also has an even area so you will want to make sure you aren't eloping at the same time a large, formal, wedding has the large amphitheater reserved. Once, in the past few years, someone has rented the entire park, so you will want to make a call just to make sure everything goes smoothly on the day you choose.
11677 Towne Rd
Carmel, IN 46032
The willow trees by the lake in Coxhall Gardens is a beautiful spot to elope. Photographers love this spot at sunset.
Elope In Brown County!
Officially, Brown County Elopements are fun! You can elope in Brown County State Park or in the surrounding area. Many couples will rent a cabin and have me come there to marry them. Some couples just pick a cool place in the park they love with a great view. The Story Inn on the back side of the state park in Story is very popular with a laid-back, live music vibe.
Brown County is a longer drive for me but my prices are in-line with local wedding officiants. My fees are:
Monday-Thursday - $250
Friday-Sunday - $350
These prices are for elopements. If you are planning a formal wedding in the Brown County area the fees are higher.
If you live in Indiana, obtain your marriage license in YOUR county. Then you can get married anywhere in Indiana.
If you are traveling from outside of Indiana, you will need to obtain your marriage license from the Brown County Clerk to get legally married in Brown County.
Brown County Clerk
Elope In Indy - Newfields and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, the Gardens at Newfields,
Elope At The Art Museum or The Hundred Acre Wood
Newfields is absolutely beautiful! You can get host your formal wedding at Newfields or you can plan an elopement. You will want to contact the museum directly first. Generally, if you just want to have a quick elopement, just the two of you, on the grounds of the museum, you just pay to get in, find a quiet spot, and elope! If you don't want to pay to get into the museum, you can use the Hundred Acre Wood where there is no entrance fee.
IF YOU WANT PROFESSIONAL PICTURES..... That changes everything.
Newfields is very particular about who they allow to take pictures on the grounds. If you are hiring a professional photographer, they will need to obtain a photography pass. When they do that, your entrance is generally included in the fee they are paying for the pass. You will need the photography pass for BOTH the paid museum gardens and the gardens that are open to the public.
You can read the photography policy here.
Even Information can be found here.
My fee to marry you at Newfields is $150. You will also need to provide me with a ticket to enter the museum and grounds.
Rooms for Rent for Parties
You would be surprised the places that are available for rent. If you are planning a small, or informal wedding and just need an affordable place to fit everyone, check out your local parks. This picture was taking at a house on the grounds of a local park in Lawrence. Couples reserve or rent their community room in their apartment complex.
The Lions Club or the VFW are also very popular spots for a wedding or any type of party. Eagle Creek Park has several buildings they rent. Many park buildings come with kitchens to make a DIY wedding even more affordable!
Elope And Have Lunch or Dinner
If you are planning a small wedding and want to enjoy a great meal at a restaurant you love, ask them if you can get married there? This couple loves Holly Hock Hill, so they got married there! Thad had dinner during regular dinner service. Other couples have rented a room during a quieter time.
Many restaurants with private dining rooms will allow you to use the private room if you are purchasing regular meals off the menu. Other restaurants have catering menus that go with their private rooms. If you can think of all the places someone might have a rehearsal dinner, you can probably have a small wedding there too!
Elope At Home
I'm a big fan of getting married at home. I'm a BIG fan of spending your money on purchasing a home and having a fun wedding in your new home!
There are so many pro's to getting married in your own home like... You don't have to worry about keeping the kids entertained. Anything you purchase for your home to make it ready for a wedding, you get to keep! You get to keep all the left over food too! Many couples will have a small party in their home with an informal wedding and will still have it catered. If you want to drink, you don't have to drive. Some people just like to stay home. Every now and then I'll go to a home of someone with real anxiety. They literally dislike leaving home.
I Love just about every type of wedding, but one of my favorite is the back yard BBQ wedding. It's really fun if everyone has already had a few beers and collectively objects to the wedding!
A wedding is a day of celebration. You can do that with or without family and friends, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.
I travel to locations all over the Indianapolis area for $150.
Elope With Your Dog!
Often, where you walk your dog is the perfect place to elope! Many couples have dogs that are like their children and best friends all wrapped up into one. Over the course of a relationship, a couple can take a LOT of walks and many of those are with their dogs. It's only natural to want to have your dog at your wedding. It many be in your back yard or in a venue that allows dogs. Many couples choose to elope in the same park they walk.
Elope In Ritchey Woods in Fishers
Ritchey Woods is a beautiful, simple nature preserve in Fishers. More than one couple has chosen to elope here simply because of the pictures Summer from Summerly Photography has taken here!
Ritchey Wood Nature Preserve
10410 Hague Rd
Fishers, IN 46038
Potters Bridge is located in Noblesville off of North Allisonville Road. (I didn't even know it went that far north!) They have beautiful walking trails - so it's dog friendly! There is a picnic shelter you can reserve, or you can simply find a nice spot to elope - either just the two of you or with a small group of people. This is also a very pretty spot for pictues!
My fee to marry you at Potter's Bridge is $150. I live in Hamilton County so it's a great spot of a last-minute elopement!
19401 N Allisonville Rd
Noblesville, IN 46060
Washington Township Park
Washington Township park is big! This gazebo is located at the entrance, right off of Route 36 - Rockville Road. There is a children's play area, public restrooms and they have Christmas lights every year. There is also a pond in the back tha tis pretty for pictures.
Washington Township Park also has really nice rooms you can rent for an event! Follow this link for more info: www.washingtontwpparks.org/
Washington Township Park
115 S County Rd 575 E
Avon, IN 46123
Ellis Park Gazebo
Ellis Park in Danville, IN has a really nice, large gazebo. It's big enough to have people under the gazebo while you get married in case it rains. They have a really nice holiday light display in the park every year as well. You can rent the gazebo for the day. It's $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents. Here is more info: https://danvilleparks.recdesk.com/Community/Facility/Detail?facilityId=11
Lincoln Park Gazebo
Zionsville is an adorable little town! It's very popular for engagement photos and elopements. All the bricks and older buildings are absolutely charming! The gazebo in Lincoln Park is for rent. You can't rent the whole park, but you can reserve the gazebo to make sure it's available for you to use. I've officiated weddings here in all 4 seasons.
Your Earth Centered Elopement
The process of getting legally married is the same for everyone. Obtain a marriage license from the county clerk, sign the license with a wedding officiant, and return the license. It's paperwork. People do it every day.
The sacred act of marrying is completely different and unique to each individual couple. There is a change that is made in the hearts of two people when they fall in love, another when they decide to marry, and another when they actually marry.
Many couples feel they are already married in their hearts and nothing else is really necessary. There is no ceremony or party that could enhance the experience they are having.
Some couples choose to have a spiritual experience on their wedding day. It may be in a church with their religious leader surrounded by their church family, or a spiritual celebration surrounded by like-minded individuals.
To these couples, the love between two people is a sacred gift from their creator and the ceremonial act of marriage is an important part of how they take their place in their community in a new way.
Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out. The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and a philosophy of life. It will give you heat, food, warmth, and happiness. This new fire represents a new beginning – a new life and a new family. The fire should keep burning; you should stay together. You have lit the fire for life, until old age separates you.
How you choose to ceremonially commit to one another is completely up to you. As a wedding officiant, I want to support you in your choices and help you make your vision a reality.
You may choose a traditional ceremony, giving deeper meaning to the ritual of marriage, or you may choose your own perfect words to express how you feel.
There is nothing more satisfying in the work I do than helping a couple marry each other. As a wedding officiant, I facilitate your interaction. It's the two of you and the love between you that makes the sacred magic happen.
The words, the scent of the flowers, the rings you exchange the, the location, the weather, the music, it all works together to make your wedding.
As I walk, as I walk
The right music can set the tone of any wedding. It might be the song you were singing along to during a joyride or road trip when you looked at each other and knew you were in love.
It may be the first song you danced to, or the song you were both talking about on your first date when you thought, "Wow! I thought I was the only person that listened to that band!"
Perhaps, the two of you simply enjoy being together without talking, listening to relaxing or uplifting music in the background.
Local artist, Larry Gindhart, offers his Native American flute playing to those who would like to set the tone of their wedding ceremony in connection to their spiritual selves with the help of music.
Larry has a PhD in psychology and a diploma in sound healing. He offers musical performances for meditation, comfort, and peace.
You can book Larry to play at your wedding ceremony, elopement, or any celebration of love.
You can read all about Larry and view a full list of the services he offers with prices on his website larrygindhartmusic.com.
Now you will feel no rain,
I am available to help you create your wedding ceremony script and officiate your wedding ceremony.
For those that walk a spiritual path, you may have another person you are connected to that would be a more suitable choice to participate in your joining ceremony. I very much respect that.
I offer my services and information for the legal part of your marriage here.
Here is a link to a modified multi-faith handfasting ceremony you might like.
Elope At The Indiana State House
The Indiana State House is an incredibly beautiful building and makes an amazing backdrop for your wedding or elopement. Also referred to as The State Capitol building, it is located at 200 West Washington Street. The east entrance to the building is located on North Capital Capitol Avenue at the end of West Market Street with an amazing view of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle. The east entrance is open to the public Monday - Friday from 8-5. The west entrance faces the Government Plaza. The west entrance is handicapped friendly and open to the public Monday through Friday from 8-5. The building is not currently open to the public on weekends.
In order to enter the Indiana State House you will need to go through security.
When it comes to getting married, there are large formal weddings and there are elopements and small, informal weddings.
The Indiana State House is available for rent for weddings. If you are planning a large formal wedding you can click here to contact them directly for more information. They currently also have an elopement/small wedding package available for $750.
An elopement where everyone is standing does not require a formal reservation. When we have an elopement in any public space it's short, sweet and the ceremony is less than 10 minutes long. There is no formal seating, music or formal backdrops - the building itself is a beautiful backdrop! If there are guests, they are standing.
Anyone is free to enter the State House when it is open to the public. They offer tours of the building and you can also visit to see your state government in action. With that in mind, if you want to elope in the Indiana State house you need to be aware of the environment. The State House is home to the Indiana General Assembly, the office of the Governor of Indiana, the Supreme Court of Indiana, and other state officials. It's an office building. A beautiful, historic, office building.
The Indiana State House is open to the public from 8-5 Monday - Friday and Saturday from 10-8 however, they may close to the public at any time. If you choose to elope in the State House please contact the tourist office directly to find out if there is anything else going on in the building at the same time you would like to be there. You can follow this link for their contact information. More than once, couples have called to find out the building will be filled with other events during the day or completely closed the public on a Saturday.
Generally, we perform elopements on the 4th floor of the building in the hallways. There is also a meditation room/chapel that can be used. Keep in mind the room is a place where people gather for its intended use so you will want to make sure that there are no other scheduled events there when you want to use it like a bible study or services. You will also want to consider other people may using the room for personal reflection and prayer and it may be disrespectful to ask them to leave as you have not formally reserved the room.
There have been several times we have had to work around other things going on inside the building. One day a man was chanting prayers at the top of his lungs for the General Assembly and our state government. Many times the halls have been set up for events so the photo shoots didn't go off quite as planned working around it all.
Personally, I LOVE elopements in the State House. It's an absolutely magical place and many photographers have captured many special moments for couples wanting a small, intimate wedding.
I view being able to use the State House for free for elopements as a privilege and it's one that I never want to lose. While the building is open to the public for anyone to use, it's always in the back of my mind that they can also decide that they no longer want couples to elope there. That being said, I would ask that anyone who chooses to elope in the State House to do so with the utmost respect.
I suggest choosing a time later in the day when most of the business of the day is done. If you want to have people with you, Saturday's are perfect. Always call the tourist office and ask. They are very friendly and are happy to have elopements in the building. They can tell you what times are best.
I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR...
I am writing this article because I get a lot of questions about eloping and getting married at the Indiana State House. I have a lot of experience in the building and the insight and knowledge that comes along with that. I am only sharing my knowledge. If you hire me to officiate your wedding I take no responsibility for any location you choose to get married. You choose a location and hire me to come there and perform your wedding ceremony. I am assuming you have permission to be there and are taking all responsibility for the location.
My fee to marry you in the State House is $150.
Elope At The Neidhammer!
I LOVE small weddings! The intimacy of a wedding with just the couple, or the couple surrounded by their closest family and friends, is incredibly special.
One of the best small wedding options is to choose an actual venue. I'm a BIG fan of the weatherproof wedding. A place where to can have a wedding ceremony and take pictures inside. You can always take pictures outside before or after your ceremony, but knowing you have a dry, heated or air conditioned place to actually get married is always worth it!
I've been working with the staff over at The Neidhammer for years and I highly recommend them for weddings big or small. Eli and John and their entire staff are great to work with. The location is close to downtown and a truly unique, restored building.
I'm so happy to share they have a new menu of small wedding packages for every want and need.
Enjoy two hours in The Hamilton Theater exchanging your vows, taking wedding portraits, and celebrating with your partner. Up to 10 guests are included, Monday-Thursday.
– TWO (2) hours in the Hamilton Theater – Sound System Plug-in
– TWO (2) Cocktail tables w/linens – Chairs
– Champagne Toast
– Venue Coordinator
Get ready at The Neidhammer in their lovely bridal suite. Arrange your hair and make-up artists to meet you in our space before your ceremony and then enter the Hamilton Theater for your vows and celebration. 15 guests are included, Monday-Thursday.
– FOUR (4) Hours in the Hamilton Theater – FOUR (4) Hours in the Bridal Suite – Sound System Plug-in
– FOUR (4) tables w/linens
– Champagne Toast
– Venue Coordinator
The Small Wedding Package
Bring up to 35 of your closest friends and family to celebrate with you and enjoy being pampered in our bridal suite.
– FOUR (4) Hours in the Hamilton Theater
– FOUR (4) Hours in the Bridal Suite
– Sound System Plug-in
– SIX (6) tables w/linens
– Venue Coordinator
Saturday Morning Wedding Package
Celebrate your wedding with a SIX (6) hour rental on a Saturday morning from 6 AM to 12 PM for up to 50 guests
– SIX (6) Hours in the Hamilton Theater OR Washington Room
-- SIX (6) Hours in the Bridal Suite -- Sound System Plug-in
-- TEN (10) Tables w/linens
– Venue Coordinator
My fee to officiate your small wedding or formal elopement is $150. You can check my availability and book online with me by clicking here.
You don't have to hire me to officiate your wedding at The Neidhammer. I just really like them and and I'm happy to promote what they have to offer!
2104 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Friendship Garden Park is perfect for small (or big) weddings up to 75 guests. It's actually big enough to have chairs under the gazebo in case of rain. The gazebo is available for rent. The cost is $105 for Plainfield residents and $210 for everyone else. It has electricity and bathrooms nearby.
There is also a pretty water feature under a nice shady area to make it a perfect place for a small elopement on a hot day. I
Here is a link to their website with their contact information: https://www.townofplainfield.com/facilities/facility/details/friendshipgardenspark-9
Friendship Garden Park
900-932 E County Road 750 East
Plainfield, IN 46168
Elope at Falls Park Gazebo
Falls Park in Pendleton has one of my very favorite gazebo's! Pendleton is a small town in Madison county north of Fishers and south of Anderson. It's a very affordable place if you are on a budget. You can rent the gazebo for the wedding and the community room or the Red Barn for the reception.
For information as to how to rent the gazebo or facilities at Falls Park click here: https://www.fallspark.org/rental-facilities-pendleton-indiana
My fee to marry you in Pendleton is $150.
460 Falls Park Dr
Pendleton, IN 46064
The Carmel Gazebo is located next to City Hall in Carmel, IN. It's a HUGE gazebo so it's perfect for a small wedding when you want a back-up in case of rain.
If you are planning a formal elopement or small wedding you will want to make sure your reserve the gazebo. There is a $100 refundable security deposit required for Carmel residents. (They will refund the deposit after the event as long as all goes well) and a $150 non-refundable event fee for non-Carmel residents.
Click here for more information to reserve the gazebo through the City of Carmel: https://www.carmel.in.gov/our-government/boards-commissions/board-of-public-works/public-facilities-forms-and-policy
My fee to marry you in Carmel is $150.
3 Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032
Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens
The Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens are located right next to City Hall in Carmel right next to the Monon Trail. There is a beautiful pond and a picnic shelter. The Carmel Gazebo is in the same general location on the other side of City Hall. This is a great location for a picturesque elopement and photo shoot.
Do We Need Permission To Use The Gardens?
The gardens are open to the public to general use. An elopement of a few people using a small portion of the park for a quick elopement ceremony or to take photographs falls into the general use category. If you are going to block off an area of the park for a longer amount of time with a large group of people you definitely want to check with the City of Carmel to make sure there is nothing else going on that day.
The gardens can be formally reserved through the city of Carmel
The street address for Kawachinagano Japanese Gardens is:
One Civic Square
Carmel, Indiana 46032
Here is a link to information about Carmel's Public Use Policy:
They also have a contact number for questions:
(317) 571-2400 (This is the number to The City of Carmel - not me!)
Generally, If you just want to use the park for a quick elopement with just a few people, you can use the area for free. It's always good to call ahead to make sure nothing else is happening at the location the date and time you want to elope. They are very friendly. You can use these same links and phone numbers if you want to use the Gazebo in Carmel which is located on the other side of City Hall from the Japanese Gardens.
The Gazebo At Fort Benjamin Harrison
This is a wonderful little gazebo right outside the entrance of Fort Harrison State Park. It is part of the Fort Harrison Inn and is for rent. I can't stress enough that this is for rent. If you try to use the gazebo for free they will charge you and will contact law enforcement to press charges for trespassing.
This location is totally worth the money! There is a pond nearby to add to locations for pictures and free parking.
Some couples rent a park shelter and get married inside the park. Keep in mind, on a really nice day, it can take a lot time to get into the park, so plan ahead!
Here is a link for more information:
Fort Harrison State Park
6000 N Post Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46216
Elope in Holliday Park!