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Below you’ll find a list of common FAQs. As always, if you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a friendly team waiting to help.
General venue questions
If you’re looking for a turn-key wedding venue and extraordinary experience, you’ve come to the right place. The Wilds includes everything that discerning clients demand, with no hidden fees or extra service charges of any kind. You can find the long list of inclusions by clicking here.
Our staff will be on-site long before your arrival, making sure your floor plan is set up perfectly according to the custom plan we’ll establish together within your Online Wedding Planner. Doing so allows us to be readily available to welcome you, your wedding party and to help you all get settled in! If you’ve opted to use our free rental collections we’ll be setting the scene prior to your arrival; if you are bringing your own DIY wedding decor, we’ll be happy to set up your decor with your guidance; if you’re employing pro wedding decorators or designers, we’ll be readily available to assist them in any way possible.
At The Wilds, we understand how important it is to create an atmosphere that is magical for both you and your guests. We invite you to make The Wilds your own with DIY wedding decor, to leave the decorating to us, or to hire professionals based on your wedding theme and vision. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, turn-key solution for wedding decor, we provide an extensive selection of designer table decor rental collections free of charge. Best of all, The Wilds rentals include setup and teardown so we can flawlessly execute your vision while you relax and enjoy your big day! From petite details to statement pieces, we can help you set the scene for your wedding day.
We love a romantic sparkler exit! We suggest you go with the extra long version to ensure everyone’s sparklers are lit and your photographer can capture the perfect photo when you exit. Likewise, we believe that nothing sets the mood like candle light, though we ask that you kindly use battery-operated or rechargeable, flameless candles. You can bring your own or borrow what you need from our decor options for free!
At the end of the night, we simply ask that you remove any personal belongings you may have brought in, such as florals, gifts and cards, and we do the rest! The Wilds is professionally cleaned between every event, allowing all guests to enjoy the highest standards of cleanliness and the ultimate relaxing experience. If you’ve opted to use items from our decor rental collections, we will gladly clean and pack up these items for you! The Wilds team also handles all standard clean up and trash removal throughout and following the wedding reception so you can truly relax and enjoy!
Our team takes great pride in making sure each couples’ journey to wedding day is just as flawless as the big day itself. We’ve leveraged our extensive experience as former, professional wedding photographers and our experience in hosting 100’s of wedddings at The Wilds to bring our couples incredible wedding planning resources. We provide email check-ins and task reminders, professional and timely responses to all inquiries, private access to a curated preferred vendor list, a 100+ page Booked Client Resource and Planning Guide, a comprehensive Online Wedding Planner spreadsheet suite, and SO much more! From tracking gifts and RSVPs, to refining your day-of timeline, we have you covered!
Our Open House events are designed for couples who have already had a private tour of The Wilds. If we have already had the chance to meet we welcome you out to one of our Open House events. Open House dates and the RSVP form can be found here.
Simply put, The Wilds provides ALL of the furniture you need at no additional cost! For a detailed list of inclusions, pricing and availability please visit the details page.
The Wilds often books Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday weddings and events. For this reason, one day rentals should plan for an off-site rehearsal. We will provide a comprehensive guide to assist you with this. Also, you are welcome to bring anyone who would feel more comfortable understanding the venue (such as your DJ, officiant, flower girl, ring bearer, etc.) to one of our Open Houses for a practice run. If you’re planning a Friday wedding and would like to ensure you can book your rehearsal the day before your wedding or if you’d like some extra time to decorate the day before your wedding, please contact us to discuss the option of adding on Thursday.
Yes! We invite you to relax and stay awhile at our newest additions, the Stay Wilds Villa and Homestead! With two properties a stone’s throw away from The Wilds – a day rental house for getting ready, and an overnight stay house for eight guests – we have it all tucked into our beautiful corner of Brown County, Indiana.
Our couples are our top priority, so if you are booking The Wilds as your venue, you will receive exclusive booking access to Stay Wilds. We want to ensure that you and your loved ones have the best preparation and quality time together at our venue, so these properties will remain available only for you to book for an extended period. Options to prolong your stay may also be possible depending on availability! To learn more, you may visit staywilds.com.
Additionally, we are conveniently located only 10 minutes from Nashville, Indiana (aka Brown County) where you’ll find several cabin rentals, bed and breakfasts and hotels. And we are only 15 minutes from downtown Bloomington, Indiana where you’ll find several major hotel chains, boutique hotels, home rentals and condo rentals
While there is plenty of on-site parking for any size wedding, we are happy to recommend private shuttle services. The Wilds has a professionally lit parking lot with over 100 spaces and a paved handicap accessible parking area directly outside of the wedding venue. Better yet, vehicles can be left on the property overnight. We want you and your guests to have fun and be safe!
We kindly request that all tours and visits are made by appointment so we can dedicate a full hour to getting to know you, showing you around this incredible space and answering any questions you may have. You can conveniently schedule your in-person or virtual tour right online by clicking here.
Current pricing can be found here. Payments are broken into three equal payments. The first 1/3 is due when reserving your date, along with the Facilities Use Agreement. The second 1/3 is due 9 months prior to your event, and the final 1/3 is due 3 months prior to your event. You are welcome to send smaller, partial payments of any amount prior to the specified due date, so in effect creating your own payment plan on your own schedule.
Absolutely not! If you’re looking for a turn-key, stress-free experience, you’re in the right place. The Wilds wedding venue includes all of the high-end amenities, furniture, decorations and service that discerning clients demand, with no hidden fees or extra service charges of any kind. We are proud to provide transparent pricing with no surprises, no sales tax and no hidden fees.
Catering & Bar questions
Yes! The Wilds is proud to work exclusively with a wide variety of highly-acclaimed catering companies. Having dedicated caterers allows The Wilds to ensure the quality and service you and your guests receive will exceed all standards. The Wilds exclusive caterers extend the same, if not better, pricing and offers at The Wilds as they do elsewhere, with budget-friendly options starting as low as $14 per person. Please inquire for sample menus and pricing.
The Wilds is proud to work exclusively with Upland Brewing Co. to provide our clients with unmatched customer service for all alcoholic beverage needs. Whether you are interested in a budget-friendly cash bar, open top-shelf bar or something in between, Upland Brewing Co. will gladly customize a package that fits your needs. Please inquire for sample menus and pricing.