Your wedding experience is more than just the wedding's the search for the perfect accessories, the sweetest venue and an amazing team to help you pull it all together!  Of course the big day itself should be smooth sailing, but what if the entire process was that way...from your first email until your sparkler send off?  

We get it!  Planning a wedding is a lot of work.  And it's usually uncharted territory...let's face it, no one gets married every day!  And for a lot of our couples, putting their life on hold to plan a big event feels impossible or overwhelming!  You are busy.  You've got school, or a career, or a young family to take care of.  That's where we come in!

Our Mission is to protect each of our wedding couples from the normal stresses of planning a wedding.  We have searched out the perfect vendors (cake, officiant, flowers, linens, wedding staff!) and have everything ready for you!  We'll help save you time and money, and you'll have the peace of mind that your team is working on your wedding day even when you are busy with the rest of your life!

Have you ever attended a wedding that seemed a little disorganized or chaotic?  Have you volunteered to help with a family or friends wedding day, and found yourself and everyone around you feeling rushed, and not being able to soak in the special moments, because you were "working" instead?

In our 12 years of hosting weddings we've learned how to simplify the planning process and developed our All Inclusive Boutique Wedding package to minimize your work, stress and expense, and maximize your (and your family and friends'!) enjoyment of this special day.



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We 100% understand that no two weddings are alike, because no two couples are alike. Every GHI couple we work with is an amazing fit with us from Day One.  We truly want to mesh well not only because it's more fun (hooray!), but because we'll be working together closely through the entire planning process and of course your wedding day!  We want the experience to be just as unforgettable as your life-lasting memories.  We know you've got lots of questions too (hey, that's don't get married every day!) 

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From our first chat to your wedding day!


You're putting a lot of trust in us to host your wedding day! Scheduling an onsite venue tour is a great way to decide if we'll be the perfect fit! Tours are available by appointment on most days that we are not hosting an event. We keep things simple and low key. We'll show you around the venue and grounds and you can check out our portfolio books and get answers to any questions you might have. Most tours last between 30-60 minutes depending on how many questions you have! Are you planning from far away? No worries, a venue tour is not required to book a date!  Just email us your best days and times for a visit and we'll provide some choices for upcoming available appointments!

Make a venue tour appointment!


We post our current wedding date availability right on our website, so you can find the perfect date quickly and easily! Once you've decided we are a perfect match - we encourage you to reserve your date right away. Due to the number of couples interested in a Golden Horseshoe Wedding day, we are not able to hold or save dates. Wedding dates are booked on a first come, first served basis, when a retainer and contract are returned for a date. Head over to our Availability Calendar to find your perfect date! When you're ready, send us an email or give us a call, and we'll get you on our calendar and email over a contract and retainer link!  Weddings can be booked up to 2 years in advance of the current month.

Reserve your Wedding Date!


Remember our mission to protect you and your family from too much work and wedding day stress?  That's where the drop off day really shines!  We'll schedule a day and time that works for us both, for you to drop off your wedding gear (think beverages, cake topper,  favors, attire, decorations, seating chart) a few days ahead of your wedding day.  It gives us a little head start setting everything up, and it means all the work and unloading are done before the big day arrives.  On your wedding day, you'll be able to cruise into the venue knowing everything is already here!  Are you planning from far away, or unable to arrive before the wedding day - no worries, that is ok too!  A drop off is not required!

Your Drop off Day!


Your Wedding Day!

After your detailed planning, and our expert input, you'll feel more than ready for the big day!  Walk into a calm, organized, and beautifully set up venue - and see all your colors, linens and decor in action!  Everything will be ready and just waiting for you!  We'll be like wedding Ninja's...close by when you need us, and invisible when you don't - we want you to soak up every moment with your family and friends and future husband or wife!!!  We know this is an important day that can't be done over - so we'll bring our A game for the best day ever!

"The Golden Horseshoe Inn is simply amazing. My husband and I dreamed of a perfect fall wedding. Heather and her team took all of our visions and requests into consideration and surpassed any and all of our expectations. Our big day was perfection. The planning process was so simple and Heather and her team walked us through every step. I loved how the team communicated the timeline throughout the day and showed genuine concern for the bride, groom and guests. The check ins were necessary and greatly appreciated.Monique was the life of the party and everyone appreciated her energy. Our favorite part of the day was the first look and our trip to Skyline Drive. It was nice to be able to share that time together as a couple. Highly recommend the GHI team over and over again,"

Diana & Danny



"I know Heather, Monique, Alan, and the rest of their amazing staff do weddings multiple times a week, but they somehow managed to make ours feel like it was the most important event in the world.  Heather has planning down to a science in the best way - so many checklists with things we never would have even thought about needing! Also all of the fun parts were still left for us to decide (colors, decor, etc.), while they already took care of the less-fun things (dirty dishes, having enough chairs, etc.). As someone who is a worrier and can easily get overwhelmed, I found Heather's personality absolutely perfect for mitigating my fears and keeping me so positive, from planning meetings through day-of photographs. I always left every encounter with her feeling SO excited about the wedding. The day of, everything was seamless (or if there were issues, they were taken care of before I had a chance to know!). I can't thank the staff enough, or recommend their packages enough!!!"

Margaret & Michael

"We will never be able to thank Heather and her staff enough for giving us the wedding of our dreams. Heather’s warmth and excitement were present throughout every step of the process. As soon as we booked the venue, we were able to share ideas, and communicate regularly, always receiving prompt responses. Every detail was addressed, and Heather gave us the flexibility to be as involved as we wanted to be.  The day of the wedding we were able to have fun and enjoy the experience – knowing that the GHI team had everything under control. From the smallest of details to the beautiful and laid-back photo shoot, Heather knew exactly what to do – or what question to ask – to make sure we got the experience we wanted. We are so thankful for her, and all the staff at GHI who helped make our wedding day exactly what we were looking for. When we look back on our wedding day, we know we will always be happy that we chose GHI. No one else could have given us such a perfect day."

Renee & Craig

"We wanted a day with our closest friends and family (42 total), in a beautiful location, and needed serious help with putting it all together. If this sounds like you, then you will never find a more perfect venue than GHI. Heather created a timeline based on our needs, gave us much needed advice on decor and music, and asked tons of questions to ensure that the look and feel of the day matched us well. Our wedding day was amazing. From the second I walked into the venue the morning of, everything we saw was more than I could have imagined. The decor was perfectly placed, the reception tables were beautiful, and the deck where we were married was intimate and romantic. Also, Alan who performed our ceremony was so well spoken and heartfelt - while I'm sure he's done hundreds or even thousands of ceremonies, he made us feel like we were special. Best part: we had not a worry in the world on our day. Our guests couldn't stop raving about how great everything looked, and how nice everyone was."

Kimberly & Matthew

"I just happened to find the GHI while searching on wedding wire. I knew it was our venue when I looked over the website. We did our tour and we both fell in love with the Golden Horseshoe Inn. From the first contact through packing up to leave at the end of our wedding day, Heather and her team made us feel so welcomed and so important. They do weddings all the time but they make you feel like yours is the only one that matters. They cater to your every need and make sure your day is everything you wanted. We had so many of our guests comment on how special this place is, and it really is. If you want an intimate, stress free wedding this is the place for you!"

Amanda & Jamie

"From the first moment we arrived at the Golden Horseshoe Inn and met Heather, we knew that this was the place we were going to get married. She is upbeat, sweet, funny, and it is obvious she loves what she does. The venue is beautiful and was the perfect size for our smaller guest count. We had a great time at our pre-wedding session, picking out décor and discussing themes and colors.  When we arrived, the morning of our wedding, we were blown away by how marvelous the venue was. The bridal bouquet was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. Heather is an amazing photographer.  She made us all feel like we were the most photogenic people. She was able to capture all those small, special moments that we will treasure for a lifetime.   So, if you are looking for a wedding venue that is beautiful, inclusive, stress free, and run by the most wonderful and brilliant group of people, then look no further for The Golden Horseshoe Inn is all that and so much more."

Katie and Mike

"What an incredible experience. I can't begin to explain how kind and helpful Heather, Alan, Monique and the rest of the team were through the whole process. They took extra care to make sure my wife and I felt informed and confident to hold our ceremony and reception at the Golden Horseshoe. So many stressful wedding planning tasks were done just by one simple meeting with the staff. Heather takes great photographs and pays attention to each detail. Alan, who officiated our wedding, made us feel like we had known him for years, even though we only met just before the wedding.   If you want an all inclusive wedding (cake, flowers, decor, officiant, music and photography) look no further. This wonderful, family owned venue is everything you would need. "

Thank you again to the Golden Horseshoe for making our wedding day unforgettable!

Cheryl & Rich

"Our wedding was absolutely wonderful! Heather was helpful from the very first day I reached out when we began planning our elopement. We are from Virginia but live in Indiana and even though we didn’t meet Heather or see the venue until the day of our wedding, it was everything we could’ve hoped for. We were able to enjoy every moment of our day because everything was ready for us. There was no stress because I knew I could count on Heather. My husband and I adore our wedding photos by Heather and wedding video done by her husband Stephen. We are so thankful to have them to be able to look back on our special day for years to come. We are so happy we got married at the Golden Horseshoe Inn and we wouldn’t have had it any other way!"

Meghan & Jeff

"I can't say enough about the Golden Horseshoe Inn. It is the complete package. The venue is gorgeous and Heather made the wedding planning stress free and flow so smoothly. When we were looking for a wedding venue we found that other places were more expensive and offered fewer services than the Golden Horseshoe (photography, ordering cake, officiant, decor, setting up, cleaning up, music, I could go on and on). Heather and the staff take care of everything for you to make your special day as stress free as possible. They are also so so amazing and friendly with everyone especially the little ones and making sure everyone has everything they need. Thank you so much!"

Amanda & Patrick

"From our first step inside The Golden Horseshoe Inn we knew this was the place we NEEDED to have host our wedding! From the impressive Bridal and Grooms suites to the twinkling lights hung in the windows; the venue is simply charming. Heather and her staff are such a delight to work with and take the stress out of planning. I highly recommend you follow along with their blog and Instagram post to ensure you fall further in love with the venue and their work. If you want a magical, stress-free wedding then book this place!"

Kristen & John

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