One of the first steps every bride must consider in planning their wedding is choosing the right venue.

The chic, rustic elegant look is all the rage with today’s brides. Believe me, as a newly engaged woman myself, this has become a hot topic for me.

Being a Hendricks County resident the last 14 years, I knew if possible I wanted my wedding here. I also knew I wanted the rustic charm and elegance of a barn wedding.

Luckily for me, Hendricks County is just the place for that, and I was fortunate to intern the past two summers at Visit Hendricks County allowing me to take advantage of their endless supply of bridal services.

So, this summer I have been to the Avon Wedding Barn, Cartlidge Barn and The Barn at Kennedy Farm, and have learned all their unique and fun characteristics and have decided to share my findings with all of you.

Avon Wedding BarnLet’s take a look at what these barns have to offer!


Avon Wedding Barn

The Avon Wedding Barn, 7424 E. County Road 100 North, Avon, was the first venue I toured this summer, and it has all the rustic charm a bride could want. With its grand entrance doors, gorgeous lighting, brand new chandeliers and Cracker Barrel porch, the Avon Wedding Barn is the perfect place for a rustic, chic wedding.

It holds up to 200 people with most weddings being held outside near a small creek and bridge on the property. 

Cartlidge Barn

The next barn I looked at was the newly restored and renovated Cartlidge Barn. The Cartlidge Barn can hold up to 100 people. It is located at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, and is one of the most cost-efficient barns you can rent for special occasions in Hendricks County.

The Cartlidge Barn is unique with its historic significance and impressive restoration process. The 180-year-old structure would make any wedding unique and would be perfect for any small wedding. 

The Barn at Kennedy Farm  

Finally, I got to tour The Barn at Kennedy Farm, and to be honest, it won my heart right away.

Located at 511 N. State St. in Lizton and having only been open two months, the barn has more than 50 weddings booked for next year alone. The barn has a tower connected to it for the bridal parties to get ready in, and it can hold up to 300 people.

The Kennedy barn can be used for an indoor or an outdoor wedding with more than 40 acres of land at your disposal. There are hayrides, corn hole, a photo booth wall and bonfires provided to you to make your wedding even more special. 

Coupled with its unique characteristic of having double-door openings on each side of the barn, a wedding at The Barn at Kennedy Farm embraces the rustic charm of the barn with the added elegance of nature and light.

Whatever your personal vision is for your wedding, the barns in Hendricks County are ready and willing to accommodate you. I promise you will find them just as charming and quaint as I did!

If you need any additional help with your wedding such as where to find Hendricks County caterers, florists, photographers, jewelers and much more, Visit Hendricks County has it all neatly packaged in its Bridal Services Guide. But their services go well beyond that. They also can help you book a block of hotel rooms and provide welcome bags for out-of-town guests and much more.

Check out everything Visit Hendricks County can do for you on its website and maybe I will see you in a local shop sometime soon as I plan the rest of my own wedding.