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The Avalon Manor

Merillville , IN

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3550 East US Highway 30
Merillville, IN US 46410 (map)
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You'll remember every glamorous moment of your wedding day at The Avalon Manor. From the elegance of the interior decor to the quality of service, we will make your special day the most... Read more
You'll remember every glamorous moment of your wedding day at The Avalon Manor. From the elegance of the interior decor to the quality of service, we will make your special day the most memorable of your life. Our exclusive bridal suites have been designed to allow bridal parties complete privacy and comfort before the reception starts. You will make your grand entrance descending an elegant staircase onto the floor of the beautiful Avalon Ballroom.

A large gazebo in the garden area is available for wedding ceremonies and a shimmering pond and water fountain are the perfect background for those unforgettable photo opportunities. Choose from our specially designed wedding packages that include a large selection of menu choices designed with you and your guests in mind. Absolute elegance is the only way to describe your wedding reception at Avalon Manor. From the elegant interior design to the smallest details of your table setting to the last dance on our beautiful wood dance floor, you couldn't ask for anything more. Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Sarah Franzman was great and very professional. The servers were awesome and always took the time to ensure everyone in my party was happy. Plus our food was hot and taste delicious!
Sarah Franzman was great and very professional. The servers were awesome and always took the time to ensure everyone in my Read more...
Sarah Franzman was great and very professional. The servers were awesome and always took the time to ensure everyone in my party was happy. Plus our food was hot and taste delicious! Read less
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Daniella
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
The food was fantastic and they were very helpful. I would recommend highly.
The food was fantastic and they were very helpful. I would recommend highly.
The food was fantastic and they were very helpful. I would recommend highly. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
The Avalon was extremely easy to work with and willing to make my wedding exactly what I have dreamed! It was all beautiful and the staff performed smoothly and everyone loved the meal! I was able to enjoy my wedding without having to worry about anything. Sarah was my coordinator and did a wonderful job!
The Avalon was extremely easy to work with and willing to make my wedding exactly what I have dreamed! It was all Read more...
The Avalon was extremely easy to work with and willing to make my wedding exactly what I have dreamed! It was all beautiful and the staff performed smoothly and everyone loved the meal! I was able to enjoy my wedding without having to worry about anything. Sarah was my coordinator and did a wonderful job! Read less
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Teressa
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful and magical wedding day at Avalon!!! The staff created such a fairytale ambiance, with my colors pink and black!! The food was outstanding!!! Guests still keep talking about how amazing the food was!!!! Despite the AC not working in our bridal suite, the staff compensated by opening another portion of our venue for our bridal party. Our enchanted fairytale wedding at Avalon will be etched in our hearts forever!!! Thank you Avalon for making our day so beautiful and memorable!!!
I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful and magical wedding day at Avalon!!! The staff created such a fairytale Read more...
I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful and magical wedding day at Avalon!!! The staff created such a fairytale ambiance, with my colors pink and black!! The food was outstanding!!! Guests still keep talking about how amazing the food was!!!! Despite the AC not working in our bridal suite, the staff compensated by opening another portion of our venue for our bridal party. Our enchanted fairytale wedding at Avalon will be etched in our hearts forever!!! Thank you Avalon for making our day so beautiful and memorable!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This banquet hall is wonderful! Met our every need.
This banquet hall is wonderful! Met our every need.
This banquet hall is wonderful! Met our every need. Read less
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Dana
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
The Avalon was awesome throughout every step of our reception. I did not have a ceremony here, but my reception was perfect! They listened to what I wanted and made it happen. Katie and Sarah were attentive to my wants and did an awesome job in accommodating! The ballroom looked beautiful and the staff did a fabulous job! My guests are still giving compliments about the food and service. I forgot to order a vegetarian meal for one of my guests, and the wait staff heard and had her a new plate in seconds!! Our bartenders not only made sure that our drinks were perfect, but also something for my minor daughter. They were amazing and I could not have asked for a better time! Thank you
The Avalon was awesome throughout every step of our reception. I did not have a ceremony here, but my reception was Read more...
The Avalon was awesome throughout every step of our reception. I did not have a ceremony here, but my reception was perfect! They listened to what I wanted and made it happen. Katie and Sarah were attentive to my wants and did an awesome job in accommodating! The ballroom looked beautiful and the staff did a fabulous job! My guests are still giving compliments about the food and service. I forgot to order a vegetarian meal for one of my guests, and the wait staff heard and had her a new plate in seconds!! Our bartenders not only made sure that our drinks were perfect, but also something for my minor daughter. They were amazing and I could not have asked for a better time! Thank you Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
3/1/2014
2.2/5.0
Well, where do I start. The room was late being set-up, so our 5:30 ceremony didn't start until 5:45. Not a huge deal...but nerve racking as a bride. Somehow, over $400 of my makeup disappeared, my moh extra jewelry and my toss garter just vanished. At the end of the night, I am pretty sure the staff either took in back to wash or threw away our engraved toasting glasses. The rep we were dealing with wasn't very personable.
Well, where do I start. The room was late being set-up, so our 5:30 ceremony didn't start until 5:45. Not a huge Read more...
Well, where do I start. The room was late being set-up, so our 5:30 ceremony didn't start until 5:45. Not a huge deal...but nerve racking as a bride. Somehow, over $400 of my makeup disappeared, my moh extra jewelry and my toss garter just vanished. At the end of the night, I am pretty sure the staff either took in back to wash or threw away our engraved toasting glasses. The rep we were dealing with wasn't very personable. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
1/25/2014
4.6/5.0
I was very happy with Avalon Manor! They did an absolutely beautiful job with our wedding. Out point of contact was very professional, responsive and did a great job of guiding us through the process.

On the day of the wedding, the staff and service were phenomenal. The head waitress introduced herself to us and told us to ask her if we needed anything at all. All of the food was brought out in an orderly fashion and on time. People also loved it and we got a lot of compliments on how tasty it was. We did have an issue with one bartender not wanting to serve the bridal party during the 'break' hour, however the head waitress was great and speedily resolved this issue.

The only complaint I could possibly have is they aren't very good with the before and after of accommodating your 'stuff'. For example, my mom put together a great sweets table, but she had to go home to pick it all up and then set it up in between the ceremony and reception. It would have been great to be able to just drop that off the afternoon before withe everything else, but the Avalon couldn't accommodate fridge space.

In addition, after the wedding, you are supposed to remove everything that night or it will be thrown away. This really kills the celbratory mood because someone has to be sober and coordinate the tear down. I feel like this is a little inconsiderate policy, and it would not be hard to have a rule that things need to be picked up by say 9AM the next morning. These are just things to consider as you book the venue.

Also they DO NOT SERVE SHOTS. This was NOT spelled out to me clearly before I signed the contract and I was super bummed - I really wish I would have known that in advance. However, they make mixed drinks so it works out.

Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone else!
I was very happy with Avalon Manor! They did an absolutely beautiful job with our wedding. Out point of contact was very Read more...
I was very happy with Avalon Manor! They did an absolutely beautiful job with our wedding. Out point of contact was very professional, responsive and did a great job of guiding us through the process.

On the day of the wedding, the staff and service were phenomenal. The head waitress introduced herself to us and told us to ask her if we needed anything at all. All of the food was brought out in an orderly fashion and on time. People also loved it and we got a lot of compliments on how tasty it was. We did have an issue with one bartender not wanting to serve the bridal party during the 'break' hour, however the head waitress was great and speedily resolved this issue.

The only complaint I could possibly have is they aren't very good with the before and after of accommodating your 'stuff'. For example, my mom put together a great sweets table, but she had to go home to pick it all up and then set it up in between the ceremony and reception. It would have been great to be able to just drop that off the afternoon before withe everything else, but the Avalon couldn't accommodate fridge space.

In addition, after the wedding, you are supposed to remove everything that night or it will be thrown away. This really kills the celbratory mood because someone has to be sober and coordinate the tear down. I feel like this is a little inconsiderate policy, and it would not be hard to have a rule that things need to be picked up by say 9AM the next morning. These are just things to consider as you book the venue.

Also they DO NOT SERVE SHOTS. This was NOT spelled out to me clearly before I signed the contract and I was super bummed - I really wish I would have known that in advance. However, they make mixed drinks so it works out.

Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone else! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
I had a wonderful experience with the Avalon. They were extremely helpful and set up everything just the way I described. The food was delicious and the staff was extremely nice! They had a beautiful outdoor area for pictures too. My guests were very impressed! :)
I had a wonderful experience with the Avalon. They were extremely helpful and set up everything just the way I described. Read more...
I had a wonderful experience with the Avalon. They were extremely helpful and set up everything just the way I described. The food was delicious and the staff was extremely nice! They had a beautiful outdoor area for pictures too. My guests were very impressed! :) Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
4/27/2013
3.6/5.0
Thought they were ok. Had my wedding and reception here. When I asked if I could have rehearsal there they told me they were booked and its not really a big deal to rehearse. At my rehearsal they over booked me and another bride to rehearse in the same gazebo. Wouldn't pick this place again because of service but food was AMAZING!
Thought they were ok. Had my wedding and reception here. When I asked if I could have rehearsal there they told me they Read more...
Thought they were ok. Had my wedding and reception here. When I asked if I could have rehearsal there they told me they were booked and its not really a big deal to rehearse. At my rehearsal they over booked me and another bride to rehearse in the same gazebo. Wouldn't pick this place again because of service but food was AMAZING! Read less
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Becky
Wedding:
8/7/2010
4.8/5.0
We used Avalon Manor for our reception venue and were very happy with them! They made the planning very easy for us and set everything up for us the day of the wedding. We just told them how we wanted everything and they made it happen. The hall is beautiful and the food was AMAZING. We did a combo plate of steak and chicken and all of our guests were very impressed with the food! The only negative thing I would have to say is that our main cake was vanilla and strawberry and we also had a sheet cake that was chocolate and they never cut or served the chocolate cake. At the end of the night they gave us the huge chocolate sheet cake to take home with us. It was nice to have some extra cake, but we would have liked them to have served it to everyone. Other than that, we didn't have any problems and everything ran very smoothly. We would definitely recommend this reception site to friends!!
We used Avalon Manor for our reception venue and were very happy with them! They made the planning very easy for us and Read more...
We used Avalon Manor for our reception venue and were very happy with them! They made the planning very easy for us and set everything up for us the day of the wedding. We just told them how we wanted everything and they made it happen. The hall is beautiful and the food was AMAZING. We did a combo plate of steak and chicken and all of our guests were very impressed with the food! The only negative thing I would have to say is that our main cake was vanilla and strawberry and we also had a sheet cake that was chocolate and they never cut or served the chocolate cake. At the end of the night they gave us the huge chocolate sheet cake to take home with us. It was nice to have some extra cake, but we would have liked them to have served it to everyone. Other than that, we didn't have any problems and everything ran very smoothly. We would definitely recommend this reception site to friends!! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Katie and Peter are amazing! They took care of all the little details and made sure ours was the perfect day! I would do it all over again knowing I was in great hands! As the bride, I didn't worry about anything with them in control!

Food was raved about by guests and service was outstanding!
Peter took care of details personally to make sure the evening went smoothly and that were very much appreciated!
Katie and Peter are amazing! They took care of all the little details and made sure ours was the perfect day! I would do Read more...
Katie and Peter are amazing! They took care of all the little details and made sure ours was the perfect day! I would do it all over again knowing I was in great hands! As the bride, I didn't worry about anything with them in control!

Food was raved about by guests and service was outstanding!
Peter took care of details personally to make sure the evening went smoothly and that were very much appreciated! Read less
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Jorie
Wedding:
5/15/2010
4.5/5.0
We had to switch our contact at the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances, however, everyone at the Avalon was more than accommodating.

The food was beyond delicious, we were on a very tight budget and we were able to give our guests a little something different and a plated dinner of Medallions of Beef and Chicken together all for a tremendously affordable price.

The only complaint I have is the cost of adding chair covers was very high, when I knew I could find them for a MUCH cheaper price online, that was a difficult cost to swallow. However, given the price of the plates, we ended up just swallowing the cost and paying it anyway. They have an exclusive contract, so the cost is set, my hands were tied.
We had to switch our contact at the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances, however, everyone at the Avalon was more Read more...
We had to switch our contact at the last minute, due to unforeseen circumstances, however, everyone at the Avalon was more than accommodating.

The food was beyond delicious, we were on a very tight budget and we were able to give our guests a little something different and a plated dinner of Medallions of Beef and Chicken together all for a tremendously affordable price.

The only complaint I have is the cost of adding chair covers was very high, when I knew I could find them for a MUCH cheaper price online, that was a difficult cost to swallow. However, given the price of the plates, we ended up just swallowing the cost and paying it anyway. They have an exclusive contract, so the cost is set, my hands were tied. Read less
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jarcher
Wedding:
8/22/2008
5.0/5.0
The Avalon Manor was amazing. The food was delicious (all our guests were raving), the hall is quality, and the service was amazing. The staff went over and above to make sure our day was everything we had hoped for and more. The hall was set up beautifully and everything went smoothly. The wait staff during the wedding was amazing as well. They took all the bridal parties drink orders while at the gazebo taking pictures. They then remembered what everyone was drinking and kept their drinks full during dinner. They did the extra special touches that really made us feel pampered. Worth every single penny!
The Avalon Manor was amazing. The food was delicious (all our guests were raving), the hall is quality, and the service Read more...
The Avalon Manor was amazing. The food was delicious (all our guests were raving), the hall is quality, and the service was amazing. The staff went over and above to make sure our day was everything we had hoped for and more. The hall was set up beautifully and everything went smoothly. The wait staff during the wedding was amazing as well. They took all the bridal parties drink orders while at the gazebo taking pictures. They then remembered what everyone was drinking and kept their drinks full during dinner. They did the extra special touches that really made us feel pampered. Worth every single penny! Read less
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Amadna
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
This was an excellent place wth above average service. My guests had a great time and everyone couldn't stop talking about the venue and services.
This was an excellent place wth above average service. My guests had a great time and everyone couldn't stop talking about Read more...
This was an excellent place wth above average service. My guests had a great time and everyone couldn't stop talking about the venue and services. Read less
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mellimay15
Wedding:
6/7/2008
4.5/5.0
They were very helpful in every area of wedding planning needs. If they didn't provide a service, they had very good suggestions.
They were very helpful in every area of wedding planning needs. If they didn't provide a service, they had very good Read more...
They were very helpful in every area of wedding planning needs. If they didn't provide a service, they had very good suggestions. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
1/12/2008
4.8/5.0
Given the month of my wedding, I was able to get the room that I wanted! The office staff was excellent with answering all of my many questions, working with us to add our personal touches to the wedding, and just being very patient and very informative. Come the reception time, the wait staff was excellent - very friendly, one even made the comment to me stating that I was one of the "happiest brides they have ever seen." That made my night even better than it already was.
On top of that, the food was excellent! We had a choice of either the Chicken Breast with Marsala Wine Sauce or the Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus (plus they accomodated my cousin and his girlfriend, who are vegans, by making them a special dish - no meat, no eggs, nothing from animals - a great pasta dish they both enjoyed!). I think nearly every guest had commented to us on how great the food was, that they had never had such good food at a wedding before. So, EVERYTHING was perfect from the Avalon. I can't stress it more!
Given the month of my wedding, I was able to get the room that I wanted! The office staff was excellent with answering all Read more...
Given the month of my wedding, I was able to get the room that I wanted! The office staff was excellent with answering all of my many questions, working with us to add our personal touches to the wedding, and just being very patient and very informative. Come the reception time, the wait staff was excellent - very friendly, one even made the comment to me stating that I was one of the "happiest brides they have ever seen." That made my night even better than it already was.
On top of that, the food was excellent! We had a choice of either the Chicken Breast with Marsala Wine Sauce or the Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus (plus they accomodated my cousin and his girlfriend, who are vegans, by making them a special dish - no meat, no eggs, nothing from animals - a great pasta dish they both enjoyed!). I think nearly every guest had commented to us on how great the food was, that they had never had such good food at a wedding before. So, EVERYTHING was perfect from the Avalon. I can't stress it more! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/24/2007
4.0/5.0
The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and the venue is very beautiful. The only thing I did not like was the bartenders they hired. They were very rude to many of my guests.
The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and the venue is very beautiful. The only thing I did not like was the Read more...
The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and the venue is very beautiful. The only thing I did not like was the bartenders they hired. They were very rude to many of my guests. Read less
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kristina
Wedding:
9/14/2007
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Avalon Manor to any bride! The were very helpful, courteous and the price was great!
I would highly recommend Avalon Manor to any bride! The were very helpful, courteous and the price was great!
I would highly recommend Avalon Manor to any bride! The were very helpful, courteous and the price was great! Read less
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Arettig19
Wedding:
7/21/2007
4.4/5.0
They were wonderful. They took care of everything I needed and had everything ready when we arrived.
They were wonderful. They took care of everything I needed and had everything ready when we arrived.
They were wonderful. They took care of everything I needed and had everything ready when we arrived. Read less
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edween
Wedding:
11/18/2006
4.7/5.0
We worked with Jayne and everything went smoothly.

We booked the Summerset room and at the last minute we knew were not going to reach our 250 person minimum. Avalon was really flexible and instead of making us pay for all 250 dinners, they let us add appetizers, a better salad, upgraded the dinner, and added wine for the actual amount of guests we had (225). In a time when I was very stressed out, I was extremely grateful that they let us do this. It was a wise business decision because they made more money by us doing it this way rather than buying just chicken dinners for 250 guests without appetizers, wine, etc.

Our guest raved about the food and service and I was a happy bride.

For those Chicago brides, I would recommend using the Avalon Manor. They are cheaper than most Chicago venues and about an hour from Chicago.
We worked with Jayne and everything went smoothly.

We booked the Summerset room and at the last minute we knew Read more...
We worked with Jayne and everything went smoothly.

We booked the Summerset room and at the last minute we knew were not going to reach our 250 person minimum. Avalon was really flexible and instead of making us pay for all 250 dinners, they let us add appetizers, a better salad, upgraded the dinner, and added wine for the actual amount of guests we had (225). In a time when I was very stressed out, I was extremely grateful that they let us do this. It was a wise business decision because they made more money by us doing it this way rather than buying just chicken dinners for 250 guests without appetizers, wine, etc.

Our guest raved about the food and service and I was a happy bride.

For those Chicago brides, I would recommend using the Avalon Manor. They are cheaper than most Chicago venues and about an hour from Chicago. Read less
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