Member Since: 8/7/2010
I knew instantly walking into the mavris that I wanted my reception there, it is so amazing and different ! Booking with John mavris was easy and he was available at any time to answer questions. Brittany mcClain was so amazing to work with ! Not really knowing what I was doing, she walked me through everything and always told me what our next step would be and what I needed to do. She answered emails and questions I had within hours. She understood the look I was going for and totally made it happen! Even accommodating us when we wanted something last minute ! Everything was perfect, food was delicious, and my guests are still calling it the best wedding they have been to! Thank you so much mavris !
Member Since: 3/9/2011
The Mavris staff was beyond professional and the building is truly special. Multiple guests commented on how great the service staff was throughout the evening. The drinks, food (they cater in-house), and flow of the night were perfect!
I had the pleasure of having Brittany as our wedding coordinator. She was always easily accessible and was fantastic to work with leading up to the day. She had great ideas and was clearly focused on helping us create an amazing and unique event. No request was too small or too large. She was continuously checking in with me during our wedding to ensure everything was running smoothly. Every detail was as we had planned.
I highly recommend the Mavris! It exceeded all our our expectations in every way. Even the owner John was accessible pre-wedding and present during the day to ensure everything was perfect. We've gotten countless compliments from our guests on the uniqueness and enjoyment of the venue.
Member Since: 8/7/2011
It's in the details with the Mavris. They will go above and beyond to make the day amazing. I got married on Sunday, Sept. 2 ahead of Labor Day. Despite there being a wedding the day before, everything was set up on time and looking amazing. I didn't have to worry about a thing... except the rain.
Speaking of rain, the owner, John Mavris, stood outside in monsoon-like conditions to hold umbrellas and offer raincoats during bridal party photos. I doubt any other local owner would care so much. It was fantastic.
The Mavris took care of every detail, so much as to have our preferred wine sitting at our table after we made our grand entrance. Everything was taken care of, and everyone had a blast. I cannot recommend the Mavris enough. The venue is rustic, dark and romantic without being edgy or too trendy. The team there is attentive and quick to respond.
I will always treasure my wedding at the Mavris. I kinda wanna go back and do it again... vow renewal? ;)
Member Since: 7/4/2011
I had my wedding and reception at Mavris on August 11, 2012. My wedding coordinator was Brittany and she did not disappoint! The one thing that really drew me to Mavris was the fact they do all the food on site as they have their very own culinary team-- not to mention the option of having the ceremony there as well. It made it so simple and cut out the headache of having to find other vendors like the caterer and ceremony site. I was impressed with the photos online first, and then booked an appointment to visit. When my fiance and myself came for our initial visit, I was sold immediately. It truly is a unique place and we're still getting comments on how awesome our wedding and reception was and how the venue was so beautiful. It's not your typical hotel/country club/golf course type of wedding which is what we were looking for--we wanted something a little different. Brittany did a great job going through the process with us and it basically was like having my own wedding planner. She took care of many of the details that I didn't have to worry about. The wedding and reception carried on very smoothly-- no 'surprises' as most brides tend to deal with. I was actually disappointed when the reception ended because everyone was having such a great time. We had planned on having the ceremony indoors simply because August in Indiana is pretty unbearable, but we did have the opportunity to move it outside since the weather was more mild than normal. We still chose to keep it indoors, but it was nice that we could have changed it at the last minute if we wanted. If you book with Mavris, you will not be sorry!
Member Since: 4/2/2009
My husband and I got married at Mavris in April '11. We couldn't have asked for a better venue or more attentive service throughout the entire process. I can honestly say the staff understood that this was a once in a lifetime event for us and helped make it a night we will always cherish.
The majority of our guests came from out of town so we wanted to make certain they were well taken care of. Even though a little over a year has passed since we got married we still hear about how great the entire evening was. The food, the beverage, the services, décor, the entertainment - we wouldn't change a thing!
Member Since: 9/6/2011
The Mavris Arts and Event Center was the perfect choice for our wedding ceremony and reception venue. The beautiful restored brick building with wood floors and gorgeous artwork wowed our guests. The rooftop garden where we exchanged our vows was wonderfully manicured and lush. The food was excellent and the in house chef used our input in preparing for the food. Our wedding coordinator, Vanessa Yuknis, was AMAZING! She was prompt with returning calls or emails with helpful information. All of the staff catered to the wedding party's needs throughout the day. It truly was more than I could have imagined!
Member Since: 9/14/2010
As soon as I saw the venue - I knew this was the best place for me to get married. Very urban and not "wedding hall typical". The staff was excellent the planning before and the day of. I didn't have to worry at all on my wedding day.
Member Since: 7/19/2010
The Mavris is probably one of the most beautiful venues in downtown Indianapolis for a full-service wedding/reception. Things I loved...you get the whole building for the whole day, the food was amazing, wait staff was spot on, they "know" weddings. Things that weren't great for me and to watch out for...they reserve the right to raise food and beverage prices by up to 10% and most likely they will. It was an unexpected occurance for us but it is stated in the contract that you sign. Also, they move the gifts and cards during the ceremony so latecomers didn't have aplace to deposit their gift cards. Things that weren't great, but may have just been an occurance for us....we had a change in event designer a month before our wedding. It wasn't the fault of our new designer, but it made things a little rocky and a few minor things fell through (i.e. they didn't put down our runner and I had to adjust the "final" timeline we were provided to include changes that we had already discussed). Also, there were a few things mis-communicated during the day..minor, but still for the price you pay shouldn't have been an issue.
Member Since: 8/28/2011
This place is great! It's absolutely beautiful, and very different from your typical ballroom atmosphere. The service was top notch, they did everything they could to make our big day the best it could be...it was amazing! Our friends and family continue to talk about how amazing the venue was. I totally recommend this venue to anyone who's interested.
Member Since: 6/16/2010
This is a Breath Taking Venue. So Beautiful with an Amazing View of Downtown Indianapolis. I would recommend Absoutly!!!
Member Since: 12/1/2010
We had our Wedding at Mavris in April 2011. It is an absolute gorgeous brick venue in downtown. All stuff is very pleasant to work with. John Mavris is a very nice guy and our coordinator Laura was truly amazing. Planning was well organized. Great picture and video opportunities. I am so glad we chose this venue. Food was delicious too - they have a kitchen there and cook food right at the venue. It was expensive, but it is so worth it! Thanks John and Laura!
Member Since: 7/2/2007
The Mavris is perfect if you are looking for a unique all-in-one venue. It is a gorgeous 3 story brick building with amazing views of the downtown skyline. The Mavris is not just a beautiful place to have your ceremony and reception, they also have their own catering team! The food was absolutely delicious and our guests loved the open bar. All of the furniture and linens are provided through the MAVRIS so there is no need to worry about setting up before or packing everything up at the end of the night. They even have a day of coordinator to make sure you can relax on your special day and know everything will go according to your plan. If you are a bride on a budget they have Sunday through Thursday wedding packages for 6,300.
Member Since: 1/14/2010
We loved the Mavris Arts & Event Center. We enjoyed working with their staff and were please with the good communication throughout the planning process. The wedding turned out great and we had so many nice compliments from guests!
Member Since: 8/3/2009
I got married at the Mavris in October and my day couldn't have been more perfect. The staff is wonderful (especially Vanessa!) and the owner John is always around to help. All of our guests have raved about our wedding. The venue is gorgeous and the staff is great! What's not to love?
Member Since: 6/12/2009
I'm so happy we went with the Mavris. It's a beautiful unique venue that my husband and all of our guests both loved. We booked before they went to in house only catering, so I can't speak for the food, but the service was great. Jon Mavris himself is who drove our shuttle all night for guests. Amazing venue run by amazing people.
Member Since: 1/3/2009
Mavris is an expensive venue, but there is no denying that its the best looking venue in downtown indianapolis. It is extremely unique, great location, and beautiful. John Mavris is also a great guy. I couldnt have been happier with this choice although i went broke, but so worth it. The views of the city through all their windows, easy access to outside, free parking, hardwood floors, rooms to get ready for bride and groom and the service cannot be beat!
Member Since: 8/10/2012
We had a spectacular experience with the Mavris. Brittany was wonderful at keeping in touch with us, keeping track of the details, and making sure we were happy with the process at every step. The staff was so courteous and helpful to everyone on the day of the wedding, the catering staff was wonderfully accommodating for everyone's dietary needs, and of course the venue itself is gorgeous. Price wise, it was a tad more than we had originally planned to spend, but we'd been to so many weddings where even the little DIY things were stressful for the bride & groom and any friends and family who helped out that we thought it was more than worth the additional cost. My OWN wedding was the most stress-free on the day before and the day of than any other I've been involved in, and it was absolutely because of the exceptional staff and service. My parents were thrilled with the experience, and our guests are still talking about how great the venue was and how much fun they had. My husband and I would highly, highly recommend this venue, especially for weddings. We're just sad we don't have an excuse to go back any time soon!
Member Since: 11/26/2010
I recently had my wedding at the Mavris and although it is a beautiful venue, the staff and service left me in tears on my wedding day. There was no air conditioning, which in the middle of June, left the building up wards of 90+ degrees. When I questioned the staff about the heat I was told it was due to my guests opening and closing the sliding doors to the balcony. It was not until weeks later that they finally admitted to poor air conditioning system. Needless to say, I spent the last hour of my reception in the bathroom vomiting from heat exhaustion and in tears.
We had arranged and payed for 3 open bars (1 during cocktail hour and 2 during the reception) yet the Mavris only set up/stocked 1 during the reception. We also purchased the "Premium" liquor package to be served yet the staff served liquor from the lower, "standard" bar category.
I had a fabulous cake from another vendor for which I ordered and had enough cake for 225 people. I had 120 guests at my wedding and plenty of cake to spare, yet the Mavris staff discarded all of the uneaten cake, as well as all of the uneaten food might I add.
One of the bartenders on the Mavris staff was extraordinarily inappropriate with many of my guests, to the point that we asked her to leave. She made 2 of my guests cry and asked for money from other for drinks from the “open” bar. We were appalled.
Upon returning from our honeymoon and speaking with Mr. John Mavris himself, we received no apologies or sympathies for the horrific actions of his staff. In fact, he accused my husband and I of falsifying the information we were telling him. When choosing the Mavris as our venue of choice, we signed a contract including what amenities we were to receive. That contract was broken on numerous accounts and we WILL be seeking legal action.
John Mavris and the Mavris staff made what should have been the happiest day of my life, a disaster. Most of which could have been resolved with a simple apology.
The building is spectaular, it is just a shame that it is run by such a owner and staff. They WILL take your money!
Member Since: 2/14/2011
The Mavris Arts and Event Center is a good looking old wood warehouse building that is very aesthetically pleasing. The big problem here is the people. The first person that shows you the place and tells you about whats included will not actually be your coordinator, unfortunately. You will then get a coordinator that isn't helpful and tries to push you in ways you don't want your wedding to go. Then when it gets about a month or so away from the wedding, they will tell you the amounts they have led you to believe it is costing, doesn't include most things. Bottom line, It really is a wonderful looking place, but they will be one of those wedding places that tries to nickel and dime you. The food service people there are much nicer though than the coordinator and owner.
Member Since: 7/27/2010
The facility is beautiful and has a unique look with all the wood floors and beams and the outdoor setting by the train tracks. We strongly considered the venue if it weren't for the pushy staff. When talking about pricing and the details I was told it's silly to have a large wedding and my priorities were out of order I needed to re-evaluate if my friends would be around 10 years later. They also tried to up sell everything.
I must have a unique venue
Your wedding reception should be more than a space. It should speak to who you are and in essence be a work of art without re-transformation. The Mavris has taken six years to develop a venue promising to speak from your heart in every way. Tour us on our website.
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: Yes
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: No
- Liquor License: Yes
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: Yes
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: Up to 300
- Style: Loft/Raw Space, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011
Mavris Arts & Event Center's twitter
We just finished up with a beautiful ceremony. Now it's time for cocktail hour! Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Quinn! 💍 pic.twitter.com/GSmJimCqKn
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