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Butler University, photo by Erika Brown PhotographyWeddings and Special Events at Butler University

In the Gallery of Memories... 

There are pictures bright and fair, and we hope you find Butler is the brightest one that's there!

We are honored you are considering Butler University for your special event in life. Located in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana, Butler University provides a welcoming and intimate setting for weddings and special events across many locations on our campus. We are extremely proud of our long tradition of academic excellence and trust you will enjoy our beautiful campus and facilities. Whether you are looking for the perfect outdoor forest setting, modern rooftop garden, gorgeous ballroom, or a traditional wedding chapel, Butler University truly offers everything! The events team at Butler University will help personally create, design, and execute your special day here on campus! That is The Butler Way! Please see the below information regarding our unique event spaces around Butler University. For more information, please contact us at or call us at 317-940-9396.  

Sweeney Chapel, South Campus

Sweeney Chapel: photo by Erika Brown Photography

Sweeney Chapel, South Campus

Sweeney Chapel, located on beautiful South Campus at Butler University, creates a traditional chapel setting for your special day. The chapel includes a pipe organ and piano with accommodations for up to 284 guests. Complete with a bell tower, Sweeney Chapel is truly a wonderful location for your personal event. 

Rate: $2,000.00

Capacity 260 guests (284 including choral seating)

Reilly Room, Atherton Union

Reilly Room, Atherton Union

Reilly Room, Atherton Union 

Located in Atherton Union, the Reilly Room is the perfect location for a memorable ceremony or a reception hall for all to gather after! The flexible layout of the room allows you to visualize any possibilities when it comes to your event. The Reilly Room is fully equipped with audiovisual and additional up-lighting enhances the charm of the space. Floor to ceiling windows allows for natural light to illuminate the space while the high ceilings make the room feel grand and yet romantic. 

Rate: $3,000.00
Capacity for ceremony: 350 guests
Capacity for reception: 240 guests
Dimension: 55' x 101'

Features: Butler owned tables, chairs, computer, projector, and screen

Butler-owned tables and chairs included (not pictured)

Holcomb Gardens

Holcomb Gardens, photo by Katherine Mei

Holcomb Gardens

Nestled along the historic Indianapolis Central Canal, Holcomb Gardens is 20 acres of beautiful wooded land. Between the trees, ponds, trails, bridges, and native flora, Holcomb Gardens is truly an enchanting place! The gardens were designed by James Holcomb, a Trustee to the University, and Arthur Lindberg. The creation of the space was completed in 1950 and has been the host to many memorable events over the years. In the middle of the Gardens, a 500- foot-long grass mall featuring the statue of Persephone by French sculptor Armand Toussaint. The Garden House accommodates up to 50 guests and can be utilized for wedding parties in preparation for ceremonies. Lastly, on top of the Gardens is the Mrs. James Irving Holcomb Memorial Carillon Tower, whose beautiful music can be heard daily throughout Holcomb Gardens. 


Rate: $2,000.00

Additional rates for grounds and damages may be added 

Capacity: 240 guests 

Capacity may be adjusted depending on the layout of the event

The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden

The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden: photo by Katherine Mei

The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden, Business Building

Have your special event overlooking the beautiful campus of Butler University on The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden. The newest addition to our portfolio of spaces, the rooftop garden is a great location for a personal event, reception, or dinner above Butler! With a panoramic view of campus and the Indianapolis skyline, the rooftop garden has quickly become a popular location at Butler. Whether you are searching space for your rehearsal dinner or a reception under the stars, The Chain S. Sandhu Rooftop Garden is the perfect location for you!  

Rate: $3,000.00

Capacity: 200 guests

Holcomb Observatory

Holcomb Observatory, Butler University

More information regarding weddings in the Holcomb Observatory to come!!

Johnson Board Room, Robertson Hall

Johnson Board Room

Johnson Board Room

Located in Robertson Hall, the Johnson Board Room is an elegant flat-floor space that can be utilize for many different personal events. From receptions, dinners, and business gatherings, the Johnson Board Room's flexibility makes the space easy to fit your special event. The formal room of campus includes windows that allows for natural light to illuminate the space, audiovisual technology, and a 2,120-square-foot mural that covers its walls. The mural depicts seven of the most iconic images at Butler University and is sure to inspire the bulldog inside you!

Rate: $2,000.00

Capacity for ceremony: 150 guests

Capacity for reception: 72 guests 

Dimensions: 32' x 54'

Features: Computer, projector, and screen

Norris Plaza

Norris Plaza, Butler University

Norris Plaza

Located in the heart of our campus, Norris Plaza gives your outdoor wedding a breathtaking feel. With a backdrop of campus, this space is surrounded by beautiful trees, vibrant flowers, and a sparkling fountain that will give you a romantic feel for your special day. Roll out the red carpet and toll the wedding bells, having your wedding at Norris Plaza is a unique space that showcases the beauty of landscaping on our campus. Whether it's an afternoon ceremony or evening reception, Norris Plaza truly comes to life!

Rate: $2,000.00

Capacity for ceremony: 240 guests

Capacity for reception: 120 guests

Dimensions: 40' x 60'

Carillon Patio and Reflecting Pond

Reflecting Pond, Holcomb Gardens

Reflecting Pond Patio

  • Outdoor location
  • Dimension 20' x 20'
  • Capacity for ceremony is 50 guests
  • Rental price for ceremony is $500
  • Butler-owned chairs included


Carillon Patio, Holcomb Gardens

Carillon Patio

  • Outdoor location
  • Dimension 15' x 15'
  • Capacity for ceremony is 32 guests
  • Rental price for ceremony $500
  • Butler-owned chairs included

Butler University Catering


Catering is available for events through Butler University's dining services. We provide a wide variety of options from formal banquets to boxed lunches. Our chefs pride themselves on using organic, locally sourced ingredients and offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Whether you’re ordering lunch for a meeting, planning a reception for 200, or stressing out about a five-course dinner for a visiting VIP, we offer the complete range of services to ensure your event is a stellar success. Our chefs are culinary all-stars, and they love making custom menus, as well as classic comforts, that are not just healthy and delicious, they’re locally and humanely sourced. Our experienced staff can execute your vision with unparalleled service and taste. Dive into our sustainability standards and diverse menu offerings to discover what makes us uniquely Bon Appétit.

For more information, visit the Butler University Catering Website or contact Robert Beltz, Director of Catering, directly at or at 317-940-9123.






50% discount on ceremony location, when renting reception location.
25% Discount on published room rental rates for Butler alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
Please note that facility rental agreement and Certificate of Liability Insurance are required. Prices are subjected to change without notification. Prices do not include 7% sales tax which will be added to the rental contract. 

*Only the greater of the two discounts may be applied.

* In the event that inclement weather affects the rental of an outdoor location, an appropriate indoor space will be provided at no additional charge.

Summer weddings and events (May 15 to August 15) may be booked one year in advance. Events to be held while classes are in session can be scheduled after May 15 for the current or following academic year (August-May).