With the economy changing daily and unemployment rising on a monthly basis, there is a great need for everyone to save money. However, a couple getting married knows that they are not wanting to skimp on quality just to save a few bucks. Soon to be married couples want a great price but want a nice place for a reception. There are several different options for couples getting married near Franklin, Indiana in Johnson County, to host their reception at prices that are affordable.
1. The Apple Works
Apple Works is located on County Road 250 West in Trafalgar, which is an easy 10 minute drive from Franklin. A reception party of 200 guests could be easily held here by using the new shelter area. An island gazebo , stage, and garden areas surround the facility and are very beautiful places to hold a reception. Apple Works receptions are available from April through October , except for the last weekend in September. Renters are allowed to bring in tables, chairs, centerpieces, tableclothes, and food.
2. GRAFTON PEEK BALLROOM
Grafton Peek Ballroom is located at 171 1/2 South Madison Avenue in Greenwood, Indiana, a nice 10-20 minute drive from Franklin, Indiana. The ballroom is located in the heart of town and was established in 1884. The ballroom can be set in a variety of tables and ceremony designs and can comfortably hold up to 130 guests.
3. BEESON HALL
Beeson Hall is located in Franklin in part of the Franklin Cultural Arts building, located at 396 Branigin Boulevard. Beeson Hall can hold 220 guests and there is an outdoor patio available for use. Food must be provided by an approved caterer but the renter can use their own florist, cake designer, and disc jockey.
4. JONATHAN BYRD’S
Jonathan Byrd’s is located at 100 Byrd Way in Greenwood, Indiana. Bryd’s facilities are only about a 10-20 minute drive from Franklin. If hosting your reception here, you must allow Jonathan Byrd’s to furnish the food and beverages. The fee that is charged for the facility will include set-up and tear-down, staff, decorating, linen tableclothes and napkins, centerpieces, drinks ( iced tea, coffee, water, and punch), rolls. Jonathan Byrd’s will also rent audio visual equipment as well as dance floors and chair covers.
5. HILLVIEW COUNTRY CLUB
Hillview is located in Franklin at 1800 East King Street and can seat 140-250 people depending on how much of the building you would rent. They offer a finge of the golf course for photos and they offer a cake cutting package. Food and beverages also must be provided by the country club. All entertainment must be arranged through the catering office.
6. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Located at 695 Pushville Road in Greenwood, the Knights of Columbus is an easy 10 minute ride from Franklin. The Grand Hall will hold 500 guests and offer additional rooms that will hold 100 guests per room. They also have a new 40×60 foot outdoors shelter house that guests can use. Renters are allowed to use a caterer or the Knights kitchen as well as providing their own florist, cake designer, and disc jockey.
7. PIPERS CAFE AND GRAND MANOR
Pipers is located at 2130 West Southport Road in Indianapolis and would be about a 20-30 minute drive from Franklin. The Grand Manor would be the excellent background for a wedding or reception with its 1920’s and 1930’s decor. Guests will be welcomed into a room that offers rich mahogany and custom woodwork that seats 250 guests.
8. SIMMONS WINERY
Simmons’ Winery is located at 8111 East Road 450 North in Columbus, Indiana. This would be about a 20-30 minute drive from Franklin. The Nortonburg Wine Garden will seat 200 and provides a full bar, but catering is the responsibility of the renter.
9. VALLE VISTA GOLF CLUB AND CONFERENCE CENTER
Valle Vista is located at 755 East Main Street in Greenwood, Indiana and is an easy 10-20 minute drive from Franklin. The reception hall will hold 60-600 guests and offers a beautiful hardwood dance floor, scenic golf course views, and space for entertainment. The fees charged for a reception will include set-up and tear-down, linen tableclothes with a crystal luminary centerpiece, skirted buffet tables, cake and gift tables, and a beverage station, where guests are provided with tea, coffee, and ice water. For brides who want a nicer ceremony, there are horse an carriage rides available for an extra charge. The office will provide a list of caterers for renters to choose from.
10. WINCHESTER HOUSE
The Winchester House is located at 300 North Madison Avenue in Greenwood, Indiana which is a 15-20 minute drive from Franklin. Although the interior of the home is not large, it will seat 40 guests. A beautiful lawn area with a gazebo will hold 150 guests.
While each of these sites charge for the use of their facilities and do have some rules as to what visitors can and can not do, each of them would make a nice reception area that is easily affordable depending on the couples’ budget. There are other places available for receptions near Franklin, Indiana but these are some of the best around.