Help me!! Reception venues in South Bend, IN area

posted 3 years ago in Indianapolis
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Congrats on getting a date at the basilica! So I’m not getting married at ND, but as a domer, I do have a few recommendations based on friends’ weddings and just general Notre Dame experience. You can have your reception at South Dining Hall, which is a really spectacular building, so that’s one option. The new Morris Inn was just redone, so it has a nice big beautiful ballroom, it’s super close to your ceremony venue, and it’s very cool. I have friends who had their reception at Palais Royale who absolutely loved it (and it was ridiculously beautiful) and I’ve heard good things about The Blue Heron. I’ll let you know if I hear about anything else, and good luck!!

 

P.S. make sure you get pictures around campus where the christmas decorations are up! o’shag is usually really pretty and there’s a giant tree under the dome every year which is pretty spectacular. and the grotto of course.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@peanut88:  Congrats on your wedding!  My husband is a Domer, I graduated from Saint Mary’s, and I grew up in South Bend, so I’ve had some experience in the area 🙂 Unfortunately, I can’t comment on food options, but I’ve been to many a formal dance at the Palais Royale, and it’s a beautiful venue – if they use LaSalle Grille for their catering, you really can’t go wrong there.  The SBCC can be a cool venue, depending on the feel you’re going for – it’s much more modern than a lot of the other places you’ve mentioned.  In addition to the on-campus options @megantobewed:  mentioned (and PS, I’d 100% go for South DH if it’s an option!  That would just be so cool, and absolutely BEAUTIFUL), I’ve had friends who have had their receptions in the clubhouses at the JACC and have been very pleased with the results.  There are also several country clubs in the area that do wedding receptions (Morris Park, Knollwood, Blackthorn).  Good luck with your planning!  I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful wedding!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@peanut88:  I went to a wedding at the basilica last summer, it was beautiful!! Their reception was at the football hall of fame? Or some such place? I’m not 100%, but it was very pretty with a wall of windows and separate rooms for cocktail hour and dinner. I’d recommend looking into it:) 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@peanut88:  Oh, I didn’t even think of Beiger Mansion!  That’s also beautiful – I’ve never been there for a wedding, but for other events/formal dinners, and it was wonderful.

Post # 9
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39 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@peanut88:  Oh there are soooo many options for great photos. The grotto is going to full of candlelight and snow, which will be stunning and they have a nativity scene there during Advent, and the lakes will probably have some ice on them, so while you’re down by the grotto, just swing over by the lakes. since you’ll be by the basilica, make sure you get a picture with the God, Country, Notre Dame door frame on the east side of the building. Definitely get some shots in front of and around and underneath the dome (giant multi-story Christmas tree will be inside). Also, when it snows, generally the statues of Jesus and Sorin on God Quad (they’re the ones in a line between the main building and south quad) get a nice dusting of snow. The main entrance of O’Shag will have a beautiful tree and lights, plus the wood panelling and the stained glass windows that are there year round. If you have time before the wedding, maybe go check out the new buildings (the new engineering and new law building) as they might have decorations as well. A view from around main circle looking towards campus would be pretty, and any buildings that are particularly meaningful for you will be good to include. Finally, if you are a big football fan, the stadium is really cool. Wedding pictures in the stadium are really cool. Talk to your photographer and see if you can get access!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@peanut88:  It’s been a long time, but from what I remember the food was very good.  I know I went once for New Year’s Eve for a late dinner event – it was definitely more subdued, so I’m not sure how they set up for dancing and whatnot, but it seems like there would be room for that.  I’ve also been there for my mother’s company’s fancy Christmas party – similar event in that it’s a nice dinner with cocktails and mingling, but no dancing.  So if you’re considering it, I’d definitely go check and have them talk about how they’d set it up for a more dance/party type event.

Post # 12
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1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

This is a few months late, but I figured I would add my input! 

I was a Basilica bride, and had my reception at the Beiger. Our first date was actually an SYR at the Beiger, so we had a lot of fond memories. The food was great (I have actually been to four syrs and our wedding there, and have zero complaints ever), and Dennis really takes care of everything, which is great for the out of town bride. I wouldn’t recommend the Beiger if you have more than 90-100 guests or so. We had 75, so we were able to use the room off of the bar for the dance floor. I know they claim they can hold up to 125, but I think then you lose dedicated dance floor space. Personally, I liked having the dancing in a separate room–it meant those who wanted to boogie could boogie, and those who wanted to chat could do so without yelling. Ultimately, the reason we picked the Beiger was budget. Their prices came in way under everything else we looked at, and I felt like we got so much value for what we paid. If you would like to see pictures, I can pm you a link to my wedding photos. 

We looked at Palais Royale, and it was lovely, but too expensive and too big for our numbers. 

I’ve attended weddings at Tippecanoe, Blue Heron, and South Dining Hall. Tippecanoe has a really weird setup (even more disjointed than the Beiger, with cocktail hour on the second floor, food on the main floor, and then dancing in the basement). Their food is really hit or miss; I’ve had some delicious meals there, but also had the worst dinner of my life after my husband’s graduation (4 out of 6 of us sent our steaks back, and we are not picky people). I found the food at Blue Heron very disappointing. The wedding I attended there was during the summer, so it was great to have the views of the course during cocktail hour, and they set up cornhole and stuff which was fun, but wouldn’t really be a December option. The room itself is very plain and white, so you really have to put a lot of effort in to make it look special. SDH has the fun factor of being on campus, but the room is huge, and looks ridiculous if you aren’t having 200 people at your wedding. The food is the typical ND Catering stuff that you have at any event on campus, which means that it isn’t bad, but it certainly isn’t that good. We met with ND Catering to look at a few places on campus, and were shocked by how high their prices were compared to off-campus locations. 

Hope this helps!

Post # 14
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1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@peanut88:  I pmed you a link to my photos, but I thought I’d share my other vendors here so that others can see them as well.  

Other vendors:

Photographer–Katie Whitcomb, A+.
Cannot say enough wonderful things about Katie! Beautiful photographs, super friendly, reasonable prices for the quality (not a budget photographer by any means, but Josef Samual and other photographers in her class charge much more). My SIL used her for her wedding this past year as well, and we loved those photos too. 

Hair–Nicholas J Salon at Eddy Street, B.
It was okay; I didn’t love my hair, but I rarely do (it’s really thick and difficult to work with). My bms all seemed happy with how theirs came out. I picked them because we were staying at the Fairfield Inn, so it was convenient. 

Makeup–Camellia Cosmetics at Eddy Street, A.
I think they might have moved? Used to be next to Nicholas J. My makeup came out exactly like I had wanted, loved it and highly recommend. 

Hotel block–Fairfield Inn at Eddy Street, A. 
As long as it’s not a football weekend, this hotel is a great value for the location. Your guests can walk to campus if they want, Eddy Street is right there so people have somewhere to eat or go out. It’s only a few years old, so the rooms are great. They did not charge any fees for OOT bags.

Ceremony music–Notre Dame Liturgical Music, A+.
My husband was in the lit choir, so it was really important to him to have the choir at our wedding. It does cost a bit more than just having an organist and cantor, but we got so many compliments on how much it added to the ceremony that it was well worth it.

Flowers–Michaelangelos, B+/A-.
Our wedding was during Lent, so no floral decorations were allowed in the church besides bouquets. I loved our reception centerpieces, they were exactly what I envisioned. The bouquets and bouts weren’t really what I had wanted, and I think that there had been just a disconnect at some point in the planning between me and my coordinator at Michaelangelos. They do show you a sample bouquet and bout the day before, so I was able to basically completely replace the boutonniers (I hated what they had put together at first!), but I felt bad asking for major changes to that and the bouquets, so I just let the bouquets fly. My mom and BMs all loved the bouquets though, so maybe I was just too picky. Great to work with as an out of town bride, as they will meet with you via skype if you can’t make it to SB. 

Cake–Country Bake Shoppe, A
Super tiny place on 933 north of campus, doesn’t even have a website. If you want a simple, classic cake, this is the best place to go. They don’t do fondant, and I don’t know if I would recommend them for fancy design work, but the cake is DELICIOUS and dirt cheap. For a two tier cake to feed 80 people, we paid $150.  I actually order a tray of cupcakes or a small layer cake every time we are in South Bend, and it is always just as good as our wedding cake was. 

Post # 16
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1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@peanut88:  Just wanted to clarify, it wasn’t that the Fairfield Inn provided the OOT bags, just that they didn’t charge a fee to deliver the ones that we had prepared. I don’t think many (if any) hotels in the SB area would charge, but my family is from the northeast, and there it is typical of the hotels to charge a per-bag “delivery” fee. 

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