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.
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!
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.
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.
Absolutely! It is our top priority to create a turn-key and stress-free environment so that you and your spouse can truly be guests at your own event. Our friendly team will be present for your entire day, eager to assist in every way possible. The Wilds venue management team will see to the facility-related responsibilities and your furniture and decor set-up, while your on-site wedding coordinator (aka personal concierge) will be focused on your and your guests’ experience, freeing you and your families from any organizational worries on your special day.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!⠀
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 of the great outdoors from the comfort of the great indoors!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
We are able to accept any form of payment that is most convenient for our couples.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.