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The First Look
Engaged Indiana couples looking for a wedding venue with indoor and outdoor opportunities often turn to the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom and Event Center in Valparaiso. Located in the northwest corner of the state, roughly an hour from Lake Michigan, this venue offers couples exclusive use of the grounds for a variety of choices rain or shine. Three distinct settings accommodate up to 300 wedding guests.
Aberdeen Wedding Chapel. Built in the style of a 19th-century country church, the outside of the Aberdeen Wedding Chapel features a rock-covered entryway and a steeple with a bell to ring in good wishes following the ceremony. Inside, the chapel showcases exquisite arched windows, elegant light fixtures, wooden pews and decorative stained glass.
Aberdeen Garden. In the Aberdeen Garden, a charming brick pathway leads down the lawn to a white gazebo where couples enjoy exchanging nuptials in the fresh Indiana air. A natural rock wall provides a lovely backdrop and trees and shrubbery add extra privacy.
Aberdeen Ballroom. The spacious Aberdeen Ballroom features airy French windows with elegant transom tops for abundant natural light. Other details include stately pillars, exquisite chandeliers, attractive carpeting and a tile dance floor with plenty of space for dancing the night away.
What You Should Know
The Aberdeen Manor Ballroom and Event Center offers a dedicated consultant to help couples plan their wedding from beginning to end. The site is available for rental seven days a week and it supplies a number of important provisions.
For garden weddings, rental comes with white folding chairs in addition to setup and breakdown. For chapel weddings, rental includes pew bows, white or ivory aisle runners and decorative silk arrangements for the front and sides of the ceremony area. Rental of the ballroom includes tables, chiavari ballroom chairs, china, flatware, linens and setup and cleanup.
The Aberdeen Manor Ballroom and Event Center provides all of the food, beverages and catering for event rentals. Wedding participants can expect high-quality cuisine prepared with fresh produce and other top-shelf ingredients. Dinners include a salad, warm fresh-baked rolls and an entree with a side of vegetables and potatoes or rice. Guests typically select between two entrees (often chicken or beef), but vegetarian options are available if needed. Couples work with the caterer to design a bar package that meets their needs.
When choosing a wedding venue, many prenuptial pairs lean toward those with additional amenities. Extra perks offered through Aberdeen Manor Ballroom and Event Center include:
- A staff that specializes in long-distance planning
- Access to Affairs, a stylish wedding boutique located next door
- A complimentary rehearsal scheduled according to the venue's availability
- A listing of recommended vendors
- Availability of elegant cake holders, card boxes and other items for no extra charge
- Additional decor in a variety of styles to personalize wedding celebrations
- Custom downlighting and centerpieces with pin-spot lighting
- Discounts for Monday through Thursday weddings and December through March weddings
- Cake cutting, plating and service
- Menu accommodations for guests with food allergies
- Homemade macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers with fries or hot dogs for kids
- Use of the entire property for wedding photos
- ADA accessibility
From the Vendor
It’s not just a place, it’s a feeling, a philosophy, a way of treating your wedding day as if you are the only bride and groom in the world. It’s a caring that you won’t find anywhere else, a commitment to making your day everything that it can possibly be...and so much more.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Aberdeen Manor was the PERFECT venue. What I liked best is that it is essentially a one stop shop. Our wedding coordinator (Lauren) took care of all of the details and made the whole wedding planning process so so easy. All of the staff was extremely professional and helpful. Our coordinator was great about staying in touch and responding quickly to any questions I had. We were able to have our wedding invitations done in their shop and they turned out great! They also offer tuxedo rentals, place card printing, they have items available for centerpieces, card boxes, cake stands, specialty linens, flower girl baskets, jewelry, garters.. everything! We had our ceremony in the chapel and it was beautiful. Since it was Christmas, they had their holiday decor up in the chapel and the ballroom and it really is a nice touch. The reception was also perfect. Their lighting options and decor options are beautiful. You definitely get what you pay for and I do not regret any of the decor or lighting options I added to my package. Our coordinator took care of all of the details the night of and it went so smoothly. The service staff was wonderful and I have had many family/friends compliment how well the service was. I definitely recommend this venue to anyone getting married!
We cannot say enough about Aberdeen Manor! Lauren was amazing and I couldn't have asked for anything more, The day was perfect and beautiful. She helped me with everything and we were so pleased!!
Our experience at Aberdeen was memorable. Megan and her entire team made us feel welcome, and we were assisted every step of the way in planning our wedding day to be exactly what we envisioned. Megan was responsive to emails and phone calls, and answered the plethora of questions we continually threw at her, all with a calmness and grace that was in line with what Aberdeen promotes. We never felt rushed to make decisions or be pressured into making an uncomfortable choice in terms of decorations or food. The hall was decorated beautifully for our reception, and the ceremony - transitioned to the chapel in lieu of the garden area due to the rain - went smoothly. The bistro filet, cranberry chicken, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and mac & cheese bites were delicious. The smallest details were taken care of by the team, and we were able to enjoy our day... which is really what it's all about. Thank you Aberdeen :)
My wedding was everything I ever wanted and more. From the very first time I toured the facility I fell in love! The staff went above and beyond to do everything to make my day special! One might think that you are treated like just another number considering the amount of weddings Aberdeen has but this is the farthest thing from the truth. Every staff member treated me like I was their only bride. I worked with Lisa, Lauren, and Megan and they were all amazing! From the wait staff to the bartenders to the chef everyone was wonderful. My guests were blown away by the food, decor, and how well everything flowed perfectly! I truly wouldn't change one thing and would do it all over again without hesitation. Aberdeen is one amazing place. Thank you for the beautiful memories!
We had an outdoor ceremony and reception at Aberdeen Manor on June 11, 2016. It was absolutely beautiful! We worked with Lauren and Trey who both made our day perfect. They work with you on every last detail. We received so many compliments on our wedding day ranging from the food to the decor. We did appetizers before dinner, as well as the chicken bruschetta or prime rib for dinner. All of the food tasted great! The outdoor ceremony area was beautiful, as well as our reception decor. We loved our hanging cake table and the crystals hanging from the ceiling! Aberdeen is great at working with all of our various vendors as well. Everyone we worked with at Aberdeen Manor was a pleasure to work with and made our day absolutely perfect!
Aberdeen is your one stop venue. Seriously, our wedding was so beautiful, and the food was delicious. All of our guests rave about our wedding and tell us how amazing it was. I haven't heard one complaint. Megan and her team really worked hard for us and it paid off. I had my dream wedding and I didn't have to break the bank. The value Aberdeen offers couples is incredible. No need to shop around, come to Aberdeen and book.
Our experience with Aberdeen was exceptional! We worked with Lauren, and she was absolutely attentive and involved through the entire process. The staff is superb, the venue is gorgeous, and every last detail made it our dream wedding! Could not have asked for a better experience. We highly recommend Aberdeen Manor if you truly want a personal, beautiful, and unforgettable event!
I know this is SEVERAL months late but I did want to take the time to thank the AMAZING people at Aberdeen and rave about the venue a little bit. My husband and I were married in October and chose Aberdeen as the place it will all go down. Not only was the venue BEAUTIFUL, we loved how the chapel and reception hall were literally across the street from each other so that cocktail hour could start minutes after the ceremony ended. I can't tell you how many people came up to Craig and I after the wedding and commented on how elegant and gorgeous everything was. I also had people telling us that the staff at Aberdeen were so attentive and helpful. It rained a tad on our wedding day (good luck right??) but the guests stated that the staff walked with them and held umbrellas over their heads while they walked from the chapel to the reception hall. They also helped me and did the same, so there weren't any makeup/hair disasters (phew!). Speaking of the staff, I want to single one person out who helped us in SO many ways; Megan. Megan was our wedding coordinator and the most amazing person ever I can't literally say enough about her. Starting from the first meeting we had with her, I knew that she had everything under control. Megan was so organized and detailed it actually calmed me down (I'm a tad control-freakish). I had so many weird questions that came up that I asked Megan and she responded to my emails almost instantly. She really helped take a lot of pressure off of the planning in the beginning. On rehearsal day, our minister actually showed up almost an hour late. Megan didn't miss a beat, she walked everyone through the rehearsal herself and stood in the place of the minister so that everyone knew where they were going (crisis averted!). On wedding day, Every time we needed something Megan was RIGHT there to help. My sister was having trouble bustling my dress and we were fighting with it for a while before the rehearsal started. Megan happened to come into the chapel at that exact time and helped bustle the dress! Literally nothing (that I can point to) went wrong on wedding day and I truly believe it is because the Aberdeen staff is SO well educated and planned in this scene that they know exactly what to do. Guests even told me how great the bartenders were and how nice everything flowed together. I can't say enough about Aberdeen Manor. I am so happy and grateful that Craig & I chose this as our wedding venue. The food, staff, hall, chapel were all top notch. Aberdeen made the greatest day of our lives even better than we could have imagined. Thank you thank you thank you all, Brittany & Craig Kouris
Amazing!Reviewed on 10/30/2015 Mandy R
My Husband and I just got married at Aberdeen two weeks ago and everything was absolutely amazing! We had our ceremony in the garden and then our reception in the ballroom. Everything went so smoothly thanks to our wonderful wedding coordinator! Everything from the decor to the food was incredible. Aberdeen helped give us an incredible day we will never forget!
I can not possibly say enough wonderful things about Aberdeen Manor or the genuine people they have working there!! They took my vision and made my dream come true! My guests all had a fantastic time and raved about the food, the ambiance and every little detail of my wedding. Many family and friends told both my husband And I that it was by far the best wedding they he ever attended. I would recommend Aberdeen Manor to anyone getting married.
Aberdeen provided a magical dayReviewed on 10/30/2015
The entire staff at Aberdeen was fantastic. My daughter had a vision of the perfect wedding and they surpassed all of our expectations. They took care of everything down to the very last detail. We had the outdoor ceremony, cocktail reception and wedding all at the venue and not once did I or the mother of the bride have to worry about anything. Everything was in its place, complete professionalism throughout and everything was done on time. The food was fantastic and the comments from the guests were raving on what a perfect night it was. Thank you for a truly magical night
Megan and the rest of the Aberdeen crew made our wedding day absolutely perfect! They were able to accommodate all of my requests and more! The venue is beautiful and well maintained. Our food was hot and delicious. We couldn't have asked for anything better! Thank you Aberdeen team!
Aberdeen Manor is absolutely amazing! They helped me throughout the entire planning process. They make it so easy to have a wedding! Everyone always says something will go wrong on your wedding day...at Aberdeen they prove that those people are liars. My wedding day was beyond perfect. My guests are still raving about how wonderful the staff is and how beautiful the ballroom was. I highly recommend getting married here.
Aberdeen Manor is absolutely amazing! They helped me throughout the entire planning process. They make it so easy to have a wedding! Everyone always says something will go wrong on your wedding day...at Aberdeen they prove that those people are liars. My wedding day was beyond perfect. My guests are still raving about how the staff is and how beautiful the ballroom was. I highly recommend getting married here.
My perfect day!Reviewed on 8/13/2015 Alicia P
I was married at Aberdeen on 8/1/15. I had my wedding & reception there. I cannot begin to say enough good things about this venue. Everyone there that I interacted with was wonderful, but Lauren was my wedding coordinator & she was absolutely amazing! She was supportive throughout the entire process. Lauren and the rest of the Aberdeen staff made sure that our day went off without a hitch. Also, the food was amazing, several of my guests commented and said how good it was. You cannot go wrong having your wedding at Aberdeen.
Fourth of July WeddingReviewed on 7/22/2015 Kathleen B
We had a wonderful event at Aberdeen! We used the gardens for the wedding ceremony and the ballroom for the reception! The event was seemless and we were very well cared for by the Aberdeen Staff. The food was excellent and the service was prompt and efficient. Our guests raved about every detail! Denna and her staff are the best! I would highly recommend this venue for a memorable and stree-free wedding!
Must have been a bad night...Reviewed on 1/12/2015 Malinda S
I have heard great things about Aberdeen, so when I was invited to a wedding there I was very excited! However, my experience as a guest was horrible. The chapel was stuffy and hot, the food was cold when they finally got to our table, and the bartender seemed less than pleased to get us our drinks. On top of that, I found the venue to be very outdated. Pretty disappointed with my experience at Aberdeen.
PerfectReviewed on 12/22/2014 Katelyn G
Every detail and aspect of Aberdeen was perfect. Talk about a venue that goes way above and beyond for their brides. I would plan a million weddings with them.
12/13/14 WeddingReviewed on 12/19/2014 Alexis V
Thank you to the fabulous wedding/reception thrown at Aberdeen Manor! The staff was so friendly to work with from day 1. They went above and beyond with suggestions ranging from décor to vendors. All of our vendors were extremely pleasant and fun to work with. I would definitely recommend having your wedding or function at Aberdeen Manor. Thank you for making our day even more special. Alexis (bride)
PerfectReviewed on 10/02/2014 Jen K
There is so many good things to say about Aberdeen manor!! Place is amazing and beautiful!!! The staff is so friendly and helpful and it comes with a wedding planner which helped me tremendously!!! My stress levels we're very low because of Aberdeen manor I knew I was in good hands and things were going to be perfect which it was!! My wedding. Was amazing and beautiful!! The service was great food was beautifully plated and tasted amazing!!! It was worth every penny we spent! Icoudlt not have had a better wedding anywhere else!!!
Absolute PerfectionReviewed on 8/25/2014 Jacqueline H
I just got married at Aberdeen Manor and had the best wedding imaginable. We had our ceremony in the garden and our reception in their beautiful hall. Everything was perfect! Denna helped us every step of the way and is a perfectionist in her work. She is so knowledgeable and experienced in every area of wedding planning. I was very pleased from the food to the decor. Every last detail was spot on. All of our guests were raving about Aberdeen and how beautiful our wedding was. Aberdeen helped to give us our dream wedding and we could not be any more pleased. I highly recommend Aberdeen Manor and Denna. They are the best of the best!
Aberdeen Wedding in JuneReviewed on 6/24/2014 Sonya T
We had our ceremony and reception at Aberdeen. It was AMAZING. Megan was our wedding planner and she was absolutely fabulous. She was quick to answer all of my questions while planning and she made sure the entire event ran smoothly! The venue was gorgeous and the service was great! We couldn't have been happier!
Absolutely perfect!Reviewed on 5/22/2014 Tina G
This venue was absolutely beautiful! We had the option to choose to have our wedding in the chapel or in the garden and could make our final decision the morning of the ceremony! The wedding consultant service that is included with booking ensures that you won't miss a single important detail. They have many different decoration and centerpiece options to choose from. The food was delicious. They even take care of the decorating and tear-down after the event so you can focus on the important matters of the day. I highly recommend this is a location to have both your wedding and ceremony!
Absolutely PerfectReviewed on 11/11/2013 liz B
Having our reception at the Aberdeen Manor was a great choice. The venue was beautiful, the food was excellent, and every single member of the staff, from the owner to the servers were top notch. They were flexible with every detail we wanted to make our own and took responsibility for coordinating everything on the day of the wedding so that I had to worry about nothing! I would recommend them to anyone!!! I am so grateful for everything they did to make our wedding absolutely amazing.
Best ExperienceReviewed on 11/02/2013 Rosanna T
If anyone knows me they know I'm very particular about the way things look and how an event flows so it wasn't easy to let someone else take the reigns. But I am happy to say I was nothing but pleased with everything at Aberdeen from beginning to end. Denna and the staff were always friendly and very helpful. I LOVE Denna so much I can't say it enough what an awesome person she is! She really knows her stuff down to every small detail! I ran into a few problems finding the right people to do all the other stuff like flowers, alteration etc. But Denna was always there to guide me trough it all. They also have a list of reputable vendors that will suit anyone's needs and the staff at Aberdeen will never steer you in the wrong direction. They help make your dream wedding into a reality. When they say one chance is all they need their not lying its the truth. If your reading this I'm sure your looking for a venue to have your perfect wedding at and I hope that my review helps you realize that this is the place and the cost is comparable to other places but the difference is Aberdeen is worth every penny. Thank you staff at Aberdeen and Denna for making this experience so amazing and for making me feel like a part of a family not just another face. Its been a month since our wedding and people are still talking about how beautiful everything was and how yummy the food was. And I'm here wishing I could live it over and over again. I will remember it forever.