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February 15, 2013

County offers several unique wedding venues

— One thing that is forever etched into the memories of every married couple is where it all happened.

Some prefer it more low key, while others are just fine hopping a plane to Las Vegas. For everyone in between, Hendricks County offers an array of picturesque options.

Two of the more unique places in the county come on opposite ends of the spectrum but aim to provide the same special moment to couples on their wedding day — Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield and the Blanton House in Danville.

Though Chateau Thomas Winery is annually packed to the gills with ceremonies, Kathy Baker, who has been there for several years, says that to many, the fact that the Vineyard Room is upstairs offering such a feature is widely unknown.

“I don’t know what it is, but I hear it a lot, that people don’t know about this place,” she says of the room directly above the area where patrons can sample wine and tour the facility. “It’s like it’s a secret, but I hear that all the time (from even regulars), ‘we didn’t know this was up here.’”

What is up there is a facility that holds up to 180 people with their Champagne Room addition 10 years ago. Chateau Thomas has been open since 1987. Baker says the venue is a perfect mix of good time and romanticism.

“This place is romantic, I think,” she said. “And it’s different. It’s cozy, unique, the decor, the ambiance, it’s unlike other places that are just four walls. Wine is romantic to begin with. A lot of people choose to come here because of the winery and they fall in love with the wine and each other.”

Baker says their famed wine can be sampled by prospective couples and any variety of their favorites can be placed on the tables, a custom addition to their evening, and with 75 to 80 varieties, she said there’s something for everyone.

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