Wedding season is officially in full swing. But don’t let the stress of planning get you down. I’m here to help.
If you’re recently engaged and in the full tilt of wedding planning madness, you will definitely want to keep reading. Columbus has a booming wedding industry. It doesn’t matter if you want to get married in an old warehouse or a fancy country club. With a little hard work, you can find a venue that fits your exact style.
That being said, getting your dream wedding to fit into your very real budget may be another thing entirely. Unlike all the best things in life, these venues are not free. So be sure to click through to their websites to get more information about pricing!
The Best Napa Valley Feel: Via Vecchia Winery
Looking to capture that vineyard charm right here in Ohio? Via Vecchia Winery is clearly the best wedding venue for you. Not only is the owner, Michael Elmer, one of the most amazing and helpful dudes ever, but the venue is stunning. You can get married either indoors, or in the beautiful brick alley just outside. Plus, did I mention the wine?
The Best Rustic Venue: Jorgensen Farms
Jorgensen Farms is a magical place. There are fields of flowers to take photos in, quaint farmhouses to get ready in, and plenty of space to party. There are two separate venues at Jorgensen, but if you’re going to do it right, you just have to reserve the Historic Barn. It’s the perfect balance of both shabby and chic and rustic and elegant.
The Best Modern Venue: High Line Car House
High Line Car House may have been built in 1873, but the interior is modern glam all the way. Originally part of the streetcar system we used to have, (seriously, we need mass transit, Columbus!) the building is so one-of-a-kind that your guests will be talking about it for years to come. If you choose to have both your ceremony and reception here, there are a couple of different ways you can break up the space. My personal favorite is a wedding in front of the massive windows that look out onto High Street. High Line Car House is located in the Brewery District, which means plenty of places for your guests to head out to after the dancing stops.
The Best Party Venue: Dock 580
Inside, Dock 580 is the literal definition of industrial elegance. This former warehouse has been transformed into one of the most unique venues in the city. Outside, there is plenty of space for your ceremony overlooking Columbus. From lawn games to hopping dance floors, Dock 580 is the place to wed if you’re looking to party down.
The Best Naturally-Inspired Wedding Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory
Want to get married in a barn? They have that. Want to get married in a Victorian greenhouse? They have that. How about a small wedding in a beautiful, peaceful garden. You guessed it. They have that too. Franklin Park Conservatory is as versatile as it is stunning. Pro tip: Winter weddings in the Palm House offer an amazing escape from Ohio’s winter weather. Meaning your bridesmaids will have to find something other than the cold to complain about!
The Best Hipster Venue: Strongwater
If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in an open air atrium of an old factory building, then Strongwater should be at the top of your venue list. It’s urban and gritty. I know those aren’t words people use to describe their ideal weddings, but when you juxtapose that rawness with the delicate beauty of a wedding, something magical happens. Also, the food is absolutely dynamite.
The Best Waterfront Wedding Venue: Darby House
Nestled on the gentle banks of Big Darby Creek, the Darby House offers a full-service wedding. I’ve personally heard guests mention how weddings at the Darby House almost feel like destination weddings. The venue is in the heart of Ohio’s countryside at the bottom of a hill. Cameron Mitchell caters all events at the Darby House, which means your guests will be eating some of the best food this city has to offer. Be warned, the venue has little to no cell service. But as long as you keep your guests entertained, they won’t need their phones anyways!
The Most Budget Friendly: The Vault
Right in the heart of downtown lies The Vault. This venue is aptly named due to the fact that it used to be a bank. The vault door is unique and makes a wonderful backdrop for any ceremony. You can also set up a bar inside. How many people can say they’ve ordered a drink from inside a vault? Pretty cool, right?
The Most Intimate Venue: The Kelton House
If you’re planning on having a small ceremony, but you don’t want to sacrifice luxury, The Kelton House is for you. Now a museum, The Kelton House has some pretty amazing history. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad and also home to one of the country’s first Interior Designers. The garden is the perfect place to say “I Do”, complete with beautiful greenery and brick paver pathways.
The Most Elegant Wedding Venue: The Athletic Club of Columbus
Fantastic service and elegant decor make the Athletic Club of Columbus one of the best picks in the city when it comes to venues. But it’s not just the ballroom that will make you book your date. There are a lot of amenities at the ACC, including quarters for your bridal party to get ready in, hotel rooms for your guests to crash after the party is over, workout facilities, a library and so much more. If traditional elegance is what you’re trying to achieve, look no further.
The Animal Lover’s Wedding Venue: The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
I feel like even writing this out is a waste of all of our time. We all know that 99% of people want– no, need a giraffe in their wedding. But in case you still needed to be convinced, I’ll indulge you. The Columbus Zoo And Aquarium can host quite the soiree. From special animal appearances to a venue that can hold hundreds, the zoo has got it going on. Plus you never know, Jack Hanna may swing by your wedding and steal the show.
The Best Venue For A Big Family Wedding: Hilton Columbus Downtown
Have hundreds of people heading into C-bus for your big day? The Hilton Columbus Downtown has the George Bellows Ballroom waiting to knock them all off of their feet. Not only is the ballroom totally gorgeous, the whole hotel is perfect for weddings. There are tons of places on site to do photos, and your guests can avoid expensive uber bills by crashing in a beautiful room upstairs. Worried about downtown parking? Don’t be. There is a garage attached to the hotel that offers both self-pay and valet!
Happy Wedding Season, everybody!
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