Monday, August 11, 2008

Mon Lac Ciel - LaPorte IN

The papers are signed and the decor ideas are flowing like rapids. I believe it is time to introduce you to my venue! Or rather, our venue, as this is not just my wedding. In fact it seems to be many people's wedding...but I digress.

Cocktail hour patio in the back of the house

I am thrilled to be having our wedding at Mon Lac Ciel in Northern, West of center, Indiana. It's right on the border of Michigan City and LaPorte. The lake is close, Michigan City has plenty to keep the out-of-town guests occupied, but still I get a bucolic country side feel for our wedding.

The side of the stables, which is where I'm thinking of having the after-party
The lovely Tudor style manor is as charming as it gets for our back drop. The grounds have a stables, a chicken coop and a pond which are all perfect for photos and there is a ton of room for our 200+ person tent. The bonus for us is that the house has 8 bedrooms and you can rent the place for the entire weekend! So while, of course, the food, free flowing booze and DJ'd music will eventually stop, the party can continue. I have visions of guitar circles and iPod driven dance parties until dawn.

I feel like I've gotten in on the ground floor of something that will be growing exponentially here in the next few years. You should too!

Visit them at Mon Lac Ciel or call 219.362.1460 to see for yourself!


LINZ said...

CAN'T WAIT!!! So honored to be in the wedding party.

"iPod driven dance parties until dawn"...that's what it's all about!

Chitown Bride said...

I hope you don't mind but I linked you on my site. I am in love with this venue!

julianne said...

When is your wedding? How was the inside of Mon Lac Ciel? Can you have your reception indoors there or just via tent?

Anonymous said...

hi! i am looking to have my wedding at mon lac ciel as well ( i love the place), but cannot get anyone to call me back with info. i've even drove over there. have you had any problems like this? if you don't mind me asking, what is the pricing like and what does it consist of? if you want, you can email me at with the info (if not, i understand... it isn't YOUR job to give me this info). i really appreciate the information you give on your blog! its given me some ideas

Anonymous said...

The property known as "Mon Lac Ciel" is currently under foreclosure. Don't waste your time.

Anonymous said...

Our wedding date is in 2009 and our reception WAS at Mon Lac Ciel. We're backing out because they are under foreclosure. They never told us...we found out only by chance. I'd back out ASAP or you might not have any reception! Good luck in your endevours!

Kathy said...

What a gorgeous place for a wedding, but wait...May 30 2009 my daughter was married at this location. The owner purchased the property in 2008 and had a whole year to get things ready. My daughter paid $1350 to use the facility (tables, chairs, linens and dishes) and I paid $1600 for the family and bridal party to stay at the mansion 2 nights. Sound like a good deal? Maybe, but when we arrived, what a surprise. The water smelled like sulfer, no trash baskets in the bathroom, no hand towels, no towel racks in many of the 7.5 bathrooms, and some of them did not even have a mirror over the sink. No toilet paper. Sheets were new, but had not been washed, so they were scratchy--not a problem if the dryer had worked, but it did not. The ice machine stunk and was filthy. Electrical outlets were missing covers, and there were other holes in the walls with exposed wiring. Alarm system was not working and was beeping every 6 seconds all night long (my husband disconnected it after the first night).

One month before the wedding we were notified that the owner did not have insurance to cover alcohol, but offered wine glasses and boasted of a bar (which did not exit yet). We had to scramble to get wedding insurance to cover the serving of alcohol.

Yes, the owner had a lot of excuses for why things were not as promised, or even as stated in the contract. However, a contract is a contract, and Ms. Bell left a great deal to be desired. Obviously, we won't be doing business with them again!

anonymous2 said...

I'm parent of the couple to be married. Our families toured the property for 2 hours with the owner for a 2010 wedding. The property, while it has potential, seemed in disrepair, but the owner told us that the cement floor for the tent was going in 2 days from our visit, the mansion would be updated and cleaned and the lawn would be mowed for our event. The place looked like it had not been occupied for years. The owner looked 5 people in the eyes, promised the fairytale wedding, and told us several times that for $3500 we could have the entire property, including the mansion, and tent for the wedding for 4 days. Also offered a horse drawn carriage (additional). When the contract arrived the price went up 300% with vague language including the fact that the owner could cancel within 7 days of the event. She also neglected to tell us that the property was under threat (an actual date had been set 2 weeds from our visit) for foreclosure. While the owners managed to save the property from foreclosre this time... If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Don't chance your wedding day. Beware!