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.

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General venue questions

What is the max capacity of The Wilds? 

What is the max capacity of The Wilds? 

We invite you to have 200 guests for weddings. At this max capacity, you and your guests will have adequate space between tables and chairs, an indoor dance floor, DJ or musicians area, dessert area, common area for mingling and the ability to host a gorgeous indoor ceremony. While many hope to utilize the gorgeous outdoor ceremony pavilion for their wedding ceremony and open air patio for their wedding reception, it's important the indoor contengency plan or winter wedding plan be equally as amazing!

How long will we have access to the venue for weddings? 

How long will we have access to the venue for weddings? 

We want to ensure you don't feel rushed on your special day at The Wilds wedding venue, so we extend a full 12 hour rental period, from 11am-11pm, regardless of the day of the week! For those getting married on a Friday, we also offer the option to add a half-day rental on Thursday.

What does The Wilds rental include?

What does The Wilds rental include?

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.

Will there be on-site staff to assist us on wedding day?

WILL THERE BE ON-SITE STAFF TO ASSIST US ON WEDDING DAY?

Absolutely! We will have a friendly team at the venue for the entire duration of your wedding, ready to help in any way possible (be an extra set of hands decorating, drive you around the farm on our golf cart to take wedding pictures, assist with the ceremony processional, answer questions from your vendors and direct them as necessary, etc.). Our venue team's goal is to do everything possible to help your day run as smoothly and stress-free as possible! 

What does set-up entail?

What does set-up entail?

Our staff will have all of the venue furniture set up according to your custom floor plan prior to your arrival. 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 one of our rental collections, we will have your table decor set-up upon your arrival!

Can we add our own decorations to the wedding venue?

Can we add our own decorations to the wedding venue?

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 decorate and make The Wilds your own or leave the decorating to us. If you're looking for high-end table design without the investment, or you want a turn-key approach to decorating, we offer several designer table decor rental collections. We also provide a wide selection of decor and accessory furniture in the shop that is 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. 

Are sparklers or candles permitted? 

ARE SPARKLERS OR CANDLES PERMITTED? 

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! We simply ask that your candles' flames are completely contained in a candle holder. 

Will someone oversee the fireplace and fire pits?

Will someone oversee the fireplace and firepits?

Of course! A magestic stone, indoor-outdoor gas fireplace and two custom fabricated, wood-burning fire features highlight the open air patio. Whether you are setting the mood for cocktail hour or dancing under the string lights and stars, an Indiana night simply wouldn't be the same without some fire light. We gladly turn on the fireplace to provide a cozy atmosphere and keep fire pits sparkling throughout the evening at no additional cost. 

Will there be another wedding or tours the same day?

WILL THERE BE ANOTHER WEDDING OR TOURS THE SAME DAY?

We value your privacy and acknowledge this is a key reason couples love the The Wilds wedding venue. We only host one wedding or event per day to ensure that each couple and their guests receive the full attention they deserve, and we absolutely do not host tours during your rental timeframe.

Can we take photos around the farm on our wedding day?

Can we take photos around the farm on our wedding day?

Sure! One of our team members will provide you, the newlyweds, and your photographer with a private escort on our golf cart. With over 125 acres of rolling hills, forest trails, and praire grass fields, the photo opportunities are endless! Be sure to check out The Wilds Instagram highlights for location ideas that perfectly fit your style and vision. 

What does clean-up entail?

What does clean-up entail?

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 after every event, allowing all guests to enjoy the highest standards of cleanliness and the ultimate relaxing experience. If you've opted to use one of 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!

PLANNING questions

Does The Wilds help with wedding planning?

Does The Wilds help with wedding planning?

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!

When is the next Open House?

When is the next Open House?

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.

Can we have an outdoor ceremony at The Wilds?

CAN WE HAVE AN OUTDOOR CEREMONY AT THE WILDS?

Are you dreaming of a picturesque outdoor ceremony, but afraid Indiana weather may have other plans? Well it's time to let your worries of rain or summer heat wash away under the protection of The Wilds' gorgeous new ceremony pavilion. Constructed by the same master builder as the venue, the ceremony pavilion holds true to The Wilds luxury farmhouse aesthetic. The ceremony pavilion is dressed to impress with beautiful stone columns, soaring vaulted ceilings with exposed wood beams, and custom fabricated benches. Can you imagine yourselves taking in the sweeping views of the sunset over the surrounding forest as you exchange vows under the hand-crafted pergola? Then kicking off your reception with a happy hour on the open air patio under the string lights, by the warmth of the stone fireplace and wood burning fire pits? Your chances of having the outdoor wedding of your dreams just became a reality!⠀

Can we have an indoor ceremony at the wilds?

CAN WE HAVE AN INDOOR CEREMONY AT THE WILDS?

At The Wilds, you have a 'Plan B' built right in! If the weather is too extreme to utilize the ceremony pavilion or if you are planning on a winter wedding, there is plenty of room inside to hold your ceremony and/or reception. With sprawling windows and french doors on every wall your guests will still be able to take in the views and the great outdoors from the comfort of the great indoors! 

How do we design our floor plan?

How do we design our floor plan?

We've taken the guess work out of designing your floor plan! We provide our clients with a floor plan designer to help you customize, visualize and plan out every detail of your floor plan needs. We'll even work together to design an alternate floor plan in case the weather moves your ceremony indoors. At The Wilds, no vision is too big and no detail is too small!

What furniture is included with our rental?

WHAT FURNITURE IS INCLUDED WITH OUR RENTAL?

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.

Are we able to host our ceremony rehearsal at The Wilds?

Are we able to host our ceremony rehearsal at The Wilds?

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. 

Can we HAVE our engagement photo session at The Wilds?

CAN WE HAVE OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTO SESSION AT THE WILDS?

You are welcome to use The Wilds wedding venue and/or grounds for your enagement photo shoot based on availability. The added bonus is your photographer can familiarize themselves with the farm if they haven't photographed at The Wilds previously!

How do I obtain a marriage license?

How do I obtain a marriage license?

To be married in the State of Indiana, a couple must have a marriage license. To apply for a marriage license in Indiana, both you and your future spouse must appear in person at the Clerk's Office in an Indiana county where one of you resides, or for non-residents in the Indiana county where the marriage will be solemnized. The Wilds is located in Brown County (not Monroe County). A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued, and couples may be married as early as the same day. Couples who do not marry within the 60 days must apply for a new license before marrying. You must both be present and have a valid ID to apply. The marriage license fee is $18 if one or both parties are Indiana residents and $60 for out-of-state residents. Some offices also charge an additional document fee of $2. Each copy of the Certified Marriage License (required for name change at BMV, SSN, etc.) is also $2. Most counties require these fees to be paid in cash.

Is The Wilds wedding venue pet-friendly?

Is The Wilds wedding venue pet-friendly?

We understand and appreciate that animals are extensions of our families, so we are happy to welcome your pet to the farm. We just ask that couples let us know in advance what animals will be on the property and that animals are kept on a leash and remain outdoors (with the exception of service animals).

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Are there overnight accommodations nearby?

Yes! 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.

What do we need to know about parking and transportation?

What do we need to know about parking and transportation?

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!

BOOKING questions

Do we need to schedule a tour or can we just stop by?

Do we need to schedule a tour or can we just stop by?

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. 

How do we secure a date?

How do we secure a date?

A signed online Facilities Use Agreement and Date Deposit of 1/3 of the total, is required to secure your dream wedding date. Due to demand, we are unfortunately unable to hold dates. You can find weekend availability by clicking here, or contact us for weekday availability by clicking here.  

When are payments due and do you accept payment plans?

When are payments due and do you accept payment plans?

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. 

What forms of payment does The Wilds accept?

When are payments due and do you accept payment plans?

We are able to accept any form of payment that is most convenient for our couples. 

Do you have any taxes, fees or hidden charges?

Do you have any taxes, fees or hidden charges?

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 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. 

Is there a day-of liability insurance requirement?

IS THERE A DAY-OF LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIREMENT?

You'll find this requirement to be quite common amongst wedding venues, and here's why. When you sign a venue agreement, you are assuming liability for yourselves, your guests and for the venue for your rental period. This type of policy can help protect you from financial loss in case you're found responsible for property damage or injuries that occur during the event. We suggest budgeting $110 for your policy. 

Catering & Bar questions

Do you have exclusive caterers?

DO YOU HAVE EXCLUSIVE CATERERS?

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. Please inquire for sample menus and pricing. 

Do you allow alcohol and can we bring our own?

Do you allow alcohol and can we bring our own?

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. 

Is there a food and beverage or guest count minimum?

Is there a food and beverage or guest count minimum?

Absolutely not! We want our food and beverage options to be as elegant or affordable as your budget allows, and therefore we don't have a food and beverage or guest count minimum.

Do we have to choose vendors from your preferred list?

DO WE HAVE TO CHOOSE VENDORS FROM YOUR PREFERRED LIST?

With the exception of the exclusive catering and alcohol service providers, your favorite outside wedding vendors are welcome here! We are happy to provide our couples with an extensive preferred vendor list upon booking and customized vendor recommendations upon to make wedding planning a breeze.

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