General Questions Q: Can we visit the facilities? A: You are welcome to visit our facilities any day of the week between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. We ask that you call for a reservation at least 48 hours in advance, so we are able to schedule your visit around daily weddings. We are not available for walk in viewings. Q: What times are available for a wedding? A: Wedding times are determined by which package and location you are interested in. Please choose a location and package, and we can then let you know what times are open on specific days. **PLEASE NOTE THE ABBEY INN GAZEBO IS AN OUTDOOR WEDDING VENUE AND ONLY AVAILABLE MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER. THE ABBEY INN CHAPEL IS OPEN YEAR ROUND.** Q: Can we have attendants stand up with us, and flower girls and ring bearers walk with us? A: For every package except the couple only Sage ceremony, you are welcome to have attendants stand with you, you are welcome to have flower girls, ring bearers, ushers and fathers walk their daughters down the aisle. Q: What kind of ceremony do your perform? A: We perform non-denominational civil ceremonies. Q: Can we alter the vows? A: The wedding officiant is happy to pause during your ceremony so that you can say your own personal vows to one another. Q: Can we have our own minister perform our ceremony? A: We allow outside ministers to perform wedding ceremonies only if the Lavender package has been purchased. Q: Do we get a rehearsal? A: There are not scheduled rehearsals provided in our services. Our officiants are excellent at overseeing the ceremonies and do not require rehearsal before the ceremony. Upon arrival the wedding coordinator will verbally walk the wedding party through the ceremony and explain to them where they will walk. Q: Can we change when we arrive? A: Certain packages provide time for the Bride to dress in the Bridal changing room. If your package does not provide this you will need to arrive dressed. All other members of the wedding party, family members and guests regardless of the package must arrive dressed. Q: Can our guests throw rice after the wedding? A: We do not allow rice to be thrown. We do allow bubbles to be blown. You will need to provide your own bubbles.
Marriage License QuestionsIndiana residents: Please contact your own county clerk for any and all marriage license questions. Out of state: Please contact the Brown County clerk 812-988-5510 for any and all marriage license questions.
Reserving a wedding dateQ: How do I reserve my date? A: You may book via email to reserve your wedding date. Please know which venue and package you would like to order when you are ready to make your reservation. Q: What kind of deposit/payment do you require to reserve my date? A: For all packages except the Sage we require a 50% deposit at the time of the reservation. We require the full amount for the Sage package. The remaining balance for all other packages is due two weeks prior to your event. Your card will be charged at the time of the reservation. Once your credit card has been charged, your date is considered by Brown County Weddings as reserved. 50% of the total is non-refundable should you need to cancel your wedding at any time 14 days in advance of your scheduled event. 100% of the payment is non-refundable should you need to cancel your wedding within 14 days of your scheduled event. We accept cash, check, Visa, Master card or Discover. Q: What happens if I need to change my date once I have a reservation? A: For wedding rescheduling more than 14 days in advance of your wedding we will work with you to adjust your wedding date based on our availability. We cannot offer any rescheduling for weddings within 14 days of the event. We encourage all couples to purchase wedding insurance to cover any unforeseen events which would lead to the need to cancel your wedding.
Abbey Inn Chapel QuestionsQ: Is the chapel wheelchair accessible? A: Yes Q: Is the chapel decorated? A: The chapel is decorated with silk flowers in a variety of colors. Q: Can we drop petals? A: We allow silk flower petals to be dropped in the chapel. We do not provide the petals.
Abbey Inn Gazebo QuestionsQ: What happens if we have a outdoor wedding scheduled and it rains? A: We will move you inside the chapel if there is poor weather during your wedding if you have the Sage, Thyme or Rosemary package ordered. All other packages will need to rent a tent to cover the benches. Q: Is the gazebo decorated? A: The gazebo is decorated if your package provides it to be. Q: Will my dress get dirty? A: You are getting married outside, so your dress might get soiled. Q: Do you provide a runner? A: We do not provide a runner. You are welcome to bring your own runner. You will be responsible for setting up and taking down your runner. Please bring stakes for your runner to stay in place. Q: Can we drop petals? A: We allow fresh flower petals to be dropped at an outside wedding. Please do not bring silk flowers for an outdoor wedding, as these can pollute our environment if they blow away. We do not provide the petals. Q: Are there places for my guests to sit? A: We have benches for your guests to sit on.
Reception Questions Q: Can we bring in our own food and drinks? A: You are welcome to bring in your own food and drinks as long as everything is set up and taken down within the time you have the facility rented. We do not allow alcohol on our grounds. You will be responsible for trash removal for anything you provide. Q: Can we have music at the reception? A: You are welcome to have music, most couples bring a sound bar and ipod with a playlist Q: Can we dance at our reception: A: You are welcome to use the space and time however you like, we do not structure or guide your reception. How the event unfolds is entirely up to you.