- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
My husband and I just had our wedding there and it was a fantastic experience. I had been tearing my hair out trying to find a wedding venue that didn’t required a $15,000 or more catering minimun. Our entire budget was $10,000. I had tried all of the places that brides in Indianapolis would think of. The IMA, Scottish Rite, Fountain Square, The Montage. All ridiculous.
Then my husband found Martha’s Orchard. It is a retired apple orchard with a refinished barn where you can hold the reception. The owners, Gary and Jo Ann Rifkin, are some of the kindest and most flexible people I’ve ever met. They were so willing to work with us and didn’t charge us for anything that we didn’t use. They have the pretty white chairs and tables and a pretty white archway all to rent right there at prices competative with any party rental store. We had initially wanted our wedding to be outside but the weather was so iffy that we ended up just having it in the barn which wasn’t ideal but it worked out fine. They have a stage where you can put the bridal party tables or the DJ and they also have a bar area if you wish to have alcohol. If it’s just beer and wine you just need a responsible adult to keep an eye on things. If you have hard liquor, they require a licensed bartender which we had. (If you need a bartender, contact Felicia Howard. She is fantastic!)
Jo Ann caters and Gary can DJ (and has quite the set-up if you use him!) and if you use either of these services, the cost of the orchard and barn for the entire day is $600 with their most expensive catering option being $15 per person. The only thing that you can’t rent from them is tableclothes (for which I recommend A Classic Party Rental on 86th just east of Westfield.) They do use paper products for dishes and napkins so if you want something fancier you’ll have to rent that as well. But it seriously didn’t matter.
I highly, highly, highly recommend checking them out.
6578 South County Road 400 East
Clayton, IN 46118-9441
Just Google Martha’s Orchard and you’ll find their website!