A big city with a small town feel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, can boast a number of quirky “the first to do” scenarios.
The city was the first to host a National League professional baseball game, it was the first city in the state to host a fair after the Civil War, and the first to build the tallest building in the state – Lincoln Tower. Today, Fort Wayne is home to iconic wedding venues like the Embassy Theatre, which has seen the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Doris Day grace its stage. These are 25 of the best wedding venues Fort Wayne has to offer.
1. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
A dedicated memorial for our Nation’s war veterans, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne provides a historical event space that is perfect for couples wanting a grand wedding. The venue offers several rooms for indoor event space; each venue can host any style and size of wedding. The 6,000-square-foot Rooftop Lounge accommodating up to 175 guests offers a large full-service bar and restaurant, large floor-to-ceiling windows, and access to the outdoor patio. Accommodating 328 guests within its 8,000 square feet of space, The Appleseed Room has neutral colors, high, wood beam ceiling, pendant lighting, and dance floor.
4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-482-9502
2. Annalynn Gardens
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Annalynn Gardens in Fort Wayne, on land formerly known as The Shiloh, showcases an event space that is ideal for couples wanting an outdoor event space that is breathtaking. The venue accommodates 100 guests with a sunken garden ambience, and has panoramic water views, a brand-new wooden gazebo on a stamped concrete patio, and vast amounts of lush green space. The venue has a staircase leading to the altar, water fountain, and waterfall with bridge. This venue features blue skies during daytime ceremonies, and gorgeous sunsets for twilight weddings. In case of inclement weather, wedding services will be moved indoors.
3127-1 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-637-3643
3. Arts United Center
In a building designed by Louis I Kahn, a world renowned architect, Arts United Center in Fort Wayne is a modern, yet unique event space that is ideal for traditional weddings. The venue provides an indoor event space that is the talk of the town. Accommodating up to 150 guests in the Ian Rolland Gallery, the space has polished, hardwood floors, enormous, floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to flow in, and pendant lighting. The space also has exposed brick on the walls, columns, and entryways. The venue hosts outdoor weddings next door at Freimann Square Park.
303 East Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-424-0646
4. Baker Street Station
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Originally crafted in 1914 as Pennsylvania Station, Baker Street Station in Fort Wayne offers a resplendent, refurbished event space that is ideally suited for a classic wedding. This regal event venue offers an indoor space that will leave wedding guests speechless. The concourse, with a seating capacity of 200 guests offers 4,000 square feet of dutifully, utilized event space, with terrazzo floors, exposed brick walls, and romantic sconce lighting. The venue also has a 40-foot-high vaulted ceiling, stained-glass skylights, and is trimmed in wood and gold. Baker Street Station offers Goeglein’s Catering as the exclusive caterer for this venue.
221 West Baker Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-749-1162
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5. Ceruti's Banquet & Event Center
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For well over five decades, Ceruti’s Banquet and Event Center has been a staple in the Fort Wayne area providing elegant event spaces for any style of wedding. This is a good choice for couples who need full-service planning and execution for their wedding. Ceruti’s Banquet & Event Center and Ceruti’s Summit Park offer lots of venue choices, with Ceruti’s Banquet Hall being the largest. Accommodating up to 800 guests in its 12,000-square-foot space, this venue has a wood dance floor, high ceilings, and wood columns. Ceruti’s Summit Park’s Diamond Room has 8,000 square feet, accommodating 400 guests, and features a double-sided fireplace and dance floor. Numerous wedding packages are available.
6325 Illinois Road, Fort, Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-207-2000
6. Embassy Theatre
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The historic Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is an ideal location for couples hosting vintage or traditional weddings. The venue provides the Rooftop Terrace for outdoor ceremonies. It accommodates 80 seated guests and features globe streetlamps, comfortable outdoor furniture, and panoramic views of the cityscape. Accommodating 220 guests, the Ballroom’s neutral color scheme and historic architecture includes dark wood finishes, sconce lighting, wood columns, expansive windows, and a large dance floor. All-inclusive wedding packages are optional. The highly sought after ballroom and rooftop terrace are rented together.
125 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-424-6287
7. Firehouse Reception Hall
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Located on Honway Street in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Firehouse Reception Hall provides an event venue that is ideal for couples wanting a traditional wedding. This venue offers two large rooms that are air-conditioned, both with over 3,000 square feet of event space and accommodating up to 250 guests. The venue has high ceilings, polished, concrete floors, and wood trim. The rooms also provide a dance floor, pristine white walls, great acoustics, and modern lighting. The wedding venue can be tailored to couples’ personalities and needs. Firehouse Reception Hall offers a full-service bar, catering services, and a complimentary parking lot.
3322 Honway Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-749-2929
8. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
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A botanical conservatory nestled in the heart of Fort Wayne’s bustling downtown, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory offers couples a natural oasis in the city, making this venue ideal for a garden wedding. The Terrace Garden’s warm and inviting ambience is the setting for outdoor weddings. This space accommodates 250 seated guests and offers a brick terrace on two-levels, a tent with a dance floor, and a flowing pool. The Magnolia Room seats up to 150 guests in this greenhouse-style space with a large glass ceiling and access to the outdoor Showcase Garden. The venue offers tables and chairs.
1100 South Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-427-6440
9. Grand Wayne Center
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Surrounded by more than 20 pubs and restaurants, the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne offers event space that is ideal for a lavish wedding. The expansive Convention Hall provides over 50,000 square feet of event space in this 225,000-square-foot modern building. The space which can be split in one-third, two-thirds, or in half depending on the size of the wedding, has 30-foot-high ceilings, state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, and a dance floor. The 1,600-square-foot Gallery Room is located on the second floor, and accommodates 150 seated guests. It features large windows providing natural light, and 12-foot-high ceilings.
120 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-426-4100
10. History Center
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The History Center in Fort Wayne, built in Richardsonian Romanesque style in 1893, offers a resplendent event space that is ideal for a romantic wedding. The venue holds indoor weddings in the old city council chamber – the Shields Room. This stylish room accommodates 160 seated wedding dinner guests, and 200 cocktail reception guests. It has a 22-foot-high tin ceiling stenciled in 24-carat gold leaf, and pendant lighting. It also features polished wood, richly colored walls, large, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a dance floor. The venue provides brides and grooms an idyllic room for romantic wedding photos. They History Center offers couples an approved vendors list.
302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-426-2882
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11. Lunz Reception Hall
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Lunz Reception Hall is a dramatic, mid-century event in the heart of Fort Wayne. It is an ideal choice for couples hosting evening or classic weddings. The hall provides two reception venues, each accommodating 250 seated guests. Couples can expect a dance floor, dark beamed ceilings with ceiling fans, blue neon ceiling perimeter lighting, mid-century chandeliers, a mirrored wall, and wood columns and dark wood trim. Couples can choose additional lighting for different effects including twinkle lights and standing streetlamps. A white draped ceiling with twinkle lights changes the ambience. The venue offers tables, chairs, linens, flatware, glassware, string lights, and centerpieces.
3333 Freeman Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-432-8594
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12. Orchard Ridge Country Club
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Founded in 1924, Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne, offers elegant event space at their award-winning golf course. This venue is ideal for a sophisticated or lavish wedding. Weddings held on the outdoor veranda accommodate 150 seated guests with views of lush grounds, tree lined fairways, and gorgeous sunsets. Providing an elegant event space indoors, the Main Ballroom accommodates 220 seated guests and features large floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the course, a hardwood dance floor, and pendant and recessed lighting. Wedding packages include votives, tableware, menu tasting, champagne toast, and in-house catering.
4531 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-747-3117
13. The Charles Fort Wayne
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Formerly The Shiloh, The Charles Fort Wayne in the city’s northwest area offers a stress-free event venue, making this an ideal location for a vintage wedding. The venue offers two elegant banquet rooms, each with different styles, but both with over 4,500 square feet. The East Room accommodates 300 seated guests in this chic setting and has a must-see penny countertop, exposed brick, and pendant lights. The vast West Hall has a seating capacity of 450 people and features a romantic fireplace, large French doors opening to a brick patio, dark wood trim, and exposed brick walls.
3127 Carroll Road, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-637-3643
14. The Landmark Conference and Reception Centre
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One of Fort Wayne’s most elegant event venues, The Landmark Conference and Reception Center offers event space that is ideal for a lavish wedding. The Main Conference and Reception Centre is actually a combination of four-small reception rooms; when added together the space consists of over 11,000 square feet. This expansive space accommodates over 700 seated guests and has an ornate ceiling with centerpiece chandelier, and a dance floor surrounded by carpet. The Garden accommodates 400 guests and features a picturesque, stone waterfall, a gorgeous pergola, and blooming flowers. The venue offers a bridal suite, an event planner, setup, and cleanup.
6222 Ellison Road, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-432-4500
15. The Philmore on Broadway
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The Philmore on Broadway in Fort Wayne is an internationally known jazz club. It is also known for hosting one-of-a-kind weddings, making this event venue ideal for a chic event. Set in a historic building on Broadway, the venue is housed in a rustic, brick building with an old-fashioned marquee, and has dark wood double doors, large windows, and is two stories. The interior offers glittering chandeliers, a high vaulted ceiling, and a balcony. Designed in neutral colors, the indoor space also features a large stage, hardwood dance floor, and ornate carpet. They provide a preferred caterer’s list, tables and chairs, and tableware. More romantic weekend getaways in Indiana
2441 Broadway, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-745-1000
16. USF Performing Arts Center
The University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center in Fort Wayne offers a Franciscan feel on a Catholic University campus. This venue ideal for couples planning a traditional church wedding. Receptions are held in the third floor Brookside Ballroom, accommodating 200 guests. It has neutral décor, hardwood floors, and a vaulted ceiling with a mural. The Historic Woman’s Club has recessed lights, windows with campus views, white walls with blue trim, and hardwood floors; it accommodates 200 guests. The 10,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center Ballroom accommodates 400 seated guests. In-house catering, rentals, and equipment are available. There are no get ready rooms.
431 W Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, Phone: 260-399-7700
17. Yolo Event Center
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Located in the North Franke Park neighborhood and close to restaurants and upscale hotels, YOLO Event Center in Fort Wayne offers an all-inclusive event space that is ideal for couples wanting a chic, one-stop wedding venue. They accommodate both ceremonies and receptions. The outdoor ceremony space is set on a wood deck, and the outdoor reception area is on an enclosed patio. The indoor space is a stunning Reception Hall that has glittering chandeliers, stage lighting, wood dance floor, LED waterfall, and high ceilings. The venue includes tables and chairs, linens, tableware, cake cutting and service, and event security.
4201 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN, Phone: 260-483-2929
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