Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio

Here’s my top 10 list of places to get married in Ohio.

  1. Sauder Village in Archbold is home to the Sauder Heritage Inn. This beautiful rustic hotel is at the heart of all the fun at Sauder Village. This is a great option for those who want to have a destination wedding without the cost of leaving the state.
  2. Put-in-Bay located on South Bass Island is a great place to have the beach wedding of your dreams and to honeymoon. There are numerous Bed and Breakfast Inns and tons of things to see and do.
  3. Punderson State Park and Punderson Manor Resort are both located Southeast of Cleveland and are open all year. The park offers sledding, snow mobiling and cross country skiing in the winter and hiking swimming and golfing in the summer. The Punderson Manor Resort is an English Tudor style mansion with large dinning room, conference center and guest accommodations.
  4. The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland is a beautiful place for a Fall, Spring or Summer weddings. Gardens and tall trees await your exploration here.
  5. Cincinnati Art Museum located in Eden Park, downtown Cincinnati offers some of the most beautiful indoor venues. The Great Hall is particularly beautiful.
  6. Colonel Taylor Inn Bed and Breakfast located in Cambridge is a Victorian styled mansion located close to downtown Cambridge.
  7. The Historic Church of Saint Patrick in Toledo features beautiful stained glass and a friendly community.
  8. The Franklin Park Conservatory located in Columbus is one of my favorite places to visit and has won The Knot’s The Best of Weddings 2007 award.
  9. Ohio University in Athens is a beautiful campus with many historic buildings and gardens. A must see in this area.
  10. A Georgian Manner Bed and Breakfast located in Logan is close to Hocking Hills and offers Southern style hospitality.

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

An Ohio Wedding

Do you think you need a lot of money to have the wedding of your dreams? Most brides are looking for ways to get married, keep costs low and have a dream wedding. If this is you, try getting married in Ohio. Ohio is one of the few states that has a wide variety of places to be married. From large cities, to lakeside, to a country wedding, Ohio really is the “Heart of it all.”When my husband and I were engaged, we had to choose where we wanted to be married. We could have married in California or Ohio. For us, our choice was to marry at the college we both attended in Ohio. Wittenberg University is set in the rolling hills between Columbus and Dayton. This college campus offered us everything we were looking for: an intimate setting with the perfect mix of history and modernism. We were married in Hollenbeck Hall (the newest campus building at the time) and held our reception at the President’s house (dating from 1860).Wittenberg’s catering and facility staff were great to work with and helped us to solve all of our planning problems with ease. Our wedding was beautiful and friends and family still talk about how much fun it was. So if you are looking for just the right place to be married try out some of the places we’ve featured in Ohio. Whatever you are looking for you will find it here.

Top 10 Wedding Must Haves

Here are my top 10 must have items for your wedding.

  1.  A good Wedding Planner like Easy Wedding Planning Plus is a must have for organization.
  2. Take a honeymoon.  Even if you do not have the money to go somewhere far away, you can always create that feeling by spending time together and visiting some of the places you haven’t been before.
  3. Get your hair done.  For all of you DIYers, its worth it to have some of the pressure of looking good taken off of you.
  4. Do your nails.  Meaning at the very least, trim and file them.  People will notice if your hands and nails are not looking good.
  5. Get an emergency kit for your wedding.  In my family, we are accident prone and its always a good idea to have stain remover, band-aids and even the odd paper towel.  You never know what you will need.
  6. Have pictures taken of you and all your family together.  Weddings are sometimes like huge reunions and its great to have a picture of everyone together having fun.
  7. Wear comfortable shoes.  I love to make a fashion statement but I don’t like sore feet.  So when I married, I wore beaded thong sandals.  There were both beautiful, comfortable and long lasting; I still wear them in the summer.
  8. Don’t forget to eat and drink water before you say I do.  You do not want to be a fainting bride or groom.  
  9. Wear a beautiful smile on your day.  This is what makes brides radiant and grooms handsome.
  10. Make sure you have your marriage license.  Your officiant will need to complete the license and the best time to do it is right after the ceremony.

Green Wedding Gowns

There are many options for brides who want to wear a dress with eco-friendly concepts in its manufacture. Try some of these ideas for your gown.

  • Rent a gown. This idea has long been a standard for men’s tuxedos, so why not rent your gown? Most women do not wear them again and there are many rental boutiques that offer beautiful gowns. Rental gowns also do not cost as much and this is a great way to save some money and do something good for the environment.
  • Wear an heirloom gown. If you’re looking for a vintage wedding theme, wearing an heir loom dress is a great way to carry out your theme and incorporate something old with your something new, borrowed and blue.
  • Have a gown made from natural fibers that are grown organically and can be washed at home. Hemp and hemp blends are great fibers that are comfortable to wear and make beautiful clothing. Check out www.getconscious.com their gowns are beautiful and priced comparably to other gowns I have seen.

If you are looking for more ideas, check out Green Weddings That Don’t Cost the Earth by Carol Reed-Jones. This book was featured in one of our previous articles and is really helpful.

Book Review – Green Weddings That Don't Cost the Earth

Green Weddings That Don’t Cost the Earth by Carol Reed-Jones is a great book for those who are looking for more information on how to have an environmentally friendly wedding. It has great suggestions for planning, budgeting, selecting vendors, and products. It’s a short and concise book that is packed with information. Some of my favorite sections contain information on beauty tips, honeymoon suggestions, dress and tux/suit options, choosing flowers and food. This book is also made of recycled paper and soy based ink so it is a must have and there are several used copies available on Amazon.com. So check this one out today.

Need to Relax Before Your Wedding Day?

As your wedding day approaches being stressed out is completely normal even if you have a wedding planner. Finding some way to relax in the days before your wedding, will help you and your fiance(e) to make it through all of the appointments and final preparations before the wedding. So don’t forget to schedule a little time to spend together with your significant other. Here are some great ways to take some time out:

  • Getting a massage before you say I do can be a great way to feel your best. Look for a licensed Massage Therapist.
  • Go for a picnic. Spend some time together without the stress.
  • Workout together. Getting some exercise will help you get focused and fit at the same time. Just don’t over do it in the days before your wedding.
  • Catch a flick at the theater. Some quiet time together can help you get through the sometimes endless pre-wedding appointments.
  • Go for a walk at a park or even in your neighborhood. Relax and enjoy the time together.

Green Wedding Websites

Are you looking for more tips and ideas for your green wedding or honeymoon? Check out the tips and products on these sites.

World Wildlife Fund Weddings and Celebrations Site
http://www.justgive.org/worldwildlifefund/weddings/favors.jsp
This site offers tips for green wedding planning, a gift registry and links to Natural Habitat Adventures a green travel company.

The Green Karat Ecologically Responsible Jewelry
http://www.greenkarat.com/?gclid=CNKl6YCKo5ACFQeWHgod-gXeQg
This site offers wedding bands and engagement rings from ecologically responsible sources. They use recycled old jewelry and can custom design jewelry. This is a great source for something old and something new.

Great Green Wedding
http://www.greatgreenwedding.com/default.php
This site offers great tips, a blog with vendor tips and much more!

Have you found a great eco friendly website you would like to share? Email me today.

Just for Laughs – Wedding Dance Videos

Here are a few links to some great wedding dance videos. Remember to keep having fun with your wedding day. My favorite is the first wedding dance below. Thanks Sis for sending this one to me!

Best First Wedding Dance Ever
http://www.whoisthemonkey.com/videos/47/best-first-dance-at-a-wedding-ever?page=1

Surprise Wedding Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzTajwovKPI&feature=related

Dirty Dancing USA – Jen and Tony’s First Wedding Dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V3BZ-zmvfk&feature=related

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations

Here are the top ten honeymoon destinations. Check them out with your travel agent today!

  1. Paris, France – There’s nothing more romantic than viewing Paris from the Eiffel tower.
  2. Cancun, Mexico – If adventure is what you’re seeking visit Tulum a Mayan ruin or swim with dolphins at Isla Mujeres.
  3. New Zealand – Check out the glaciers and hot pools in Westland/Tai Poutini.
  4. Madrid, Spain – History and romance abound in this city.
  5. Marshall Islands – These coral islands in the Pacific Ocean are part way between Hawaii and Australia and offer white sand beaches and excellent diving.
  6. San Diego, CA – Go to La Jolla Cove at sunset for a romantic sunset picnic or watch colorful kites fly above Mission Bay Park.
  7. Monaco – Be ready to play at the Casino de Monte Carlo in this principality by the sea.
  8. Rome – This city has it all, romance, history and shopping!
  9. Prince Edward Island – The “Gentle Island” is home both to Anne of Green Gables and some of the most beautiful parks and trails.
  10. Alaska – Breathtaking views and excitement await in this state where the midnight sun shines.

Want to Party? Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties are no longer the one last, wild time before the wedding. If you’re having one, check out some of these fun ideas.

  1. Go bowling. There’s nothing better than beer and laughing at how bad or good you are at this game.
  2. Kick up your heels and dance the night away. Get your groove on with all your girls at your favorite club.
  3. Take a hike. Get your girls together for some adventure at your local nature preserve.
  4. Get some culture. Check out a local museum or historical place.
  5. Relax with a spa day. Get some much needed pampering and feel refreshed before the wedding.

Eco-Friendly Tips For Your Wedding

Here are some tips to help you have a beautiful and eco-friendly wedding.

  • Look for wedding dresses that have already been worn. You can always have them recut and tailored to fit your style.
  • Decorate your ceremony and reception site with potted plants. You can later plant them in your home.
  • Have your ceremony and reception in the same location. This will cut down on carbon emissions from everyone driving.
  • Give out flower seed packs as wedding favors or favors made from recycled materials or can be recycled.
  • Use plates, glasses, and silverware that can be reused at your reception.

Do you have some creative green tips you would like to share? Click here to share them with me.

Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos

Getting married in Ohio? Well the “Buckeye State” offers more than just beautiful scenery for your wedding day photo backdrops. Check out some of these sites. Who knows there just might be a hidden gem in your hometown!

  1. Toledo Museum of Art – This location is very popular for weddings but try getting your pictures inside. The many halls and galleries offer art of all forms to compliment your sense of style and admission is free.
  2. The Frankiln Park Conservatory – This public botanical garden has two great exhibits that are thrilling for photos and for receptions. Both the Chihuly and Blooms and Butterflies exhibits are worth exploring some amazing photos.
  3. Fountain Square Cincinnati – The newly reopened Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati is the new cultural center for the Queen City and is also close to all of the action downtown.
  4. Hocking Hills State Park – At this state park there are a multitude of caves that you can explore for some original wedding photos. Be prepared if you do go to this location. Scout out where you want your photos first and have some fabric cleaner incase your dress does get dirty.
  5. Kings Island Eiffel Tower – If you can’t get to Paris and you want to have a fun reception Kings Island is the place to be.
  6. Clifton Gorge – Is the photographic site for the adventurous Bride. This state nature preserve offers a chance to find the rare snow trillium along with spectacular waterfalls. It is located in Greene County close to better known John Bryan State Park.
  7. Cincinnati Observatory – This astronomical observatory is steeped in history and is a treasure in Cincinnati.
  8. Tallmadge Church – Located in Tallmadge, OH is a beautiful white church built in 1825. It is great place for pictures and is available for wedding ceremonies.
  9. Kelley’s Island – This island in Erie county offers breath taking coastal views and charm.
  10. Bryn Du Mansion – The federal styled mansion located in Granville, Ohio sits atop a forested hill overlooking a polo field and is an ideal site for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

For anyone who is now engaged, check out my scavenger hunt, assassins style wedding game – Wedding Wars. There is a $75 gift certificate offered for the winner of the game. All rules can be viewed in my discussion forum under Wedding Wars Clues and Hits.

Featured book of the week

Featured book of the week

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Trying to plan for that destination wedding but getting bogged down in the details? This book will help to get you organized, packed and ready to go. The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings is my must have book of the week. This book is compact and easy to use. It includes worksheets and lists to help you pack, plan and prepare for your big day. This book also offers in depth information on some of the most romantic places to wed away. Its advice is helpful and informative to make you look like a pro when you are planning for your day. So what are you waiting for, order this one today!

The Top 10 Destinations to Wed Away

If getting married in an exotic and exciting place is for you, here are my top ten suggestions:

  1. Antigua: There is an overwhelming number of resorts that are opening, some great deals to be had, and 365 beaches.
  2. Italy: There is no residency requirement to fulfill before the wedding can take place. Also, between beautiful museums and breathtaking coasts this country offers something for every style.
  3. The Yucatan Peninsula: There is a great amount of history and excitement that can be found in this part of Mexico. The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the ancient Mayan ruins and I highly suggest taking a tour of Tulum. Also, the night life and shopping in Cozumel and Cancun are fabulous.
  4. Santa Catalina Island: Situated just off the coast of California, this desert island offers beautiful views, great snorkeling and buffalo! This island is well known to movie buffs too for the many films that have used this destination. This island is both intimate, adventurous, and affordable.
  5. Nevis: The license fee is very affordable and this island offers beautiful reefs and rainforests.
  6. Turks and Caicos: This collection of 40 islands is less developed than much of the Caribbean and offers a more intimate style.
  7. Lanai, Hawaii: The ‘Pineapple Island” has adventure for everyone and all within the United States. This means there is no residency requirement.
  8. Maine: This is the place to be if you love the fall weather. Maine is least crowded in the fall and the beautiful coasts and parks are more accessible.
  9. Scotland: Incredible golfing and and beautiful castles highlight this destination.
  10. Thailand: If you have a sense for adventure and Thai food this is the place to wed.

Wedding Books to Get You Started

Wedding Books to Get You Started

So he popped the question and you said “YES!”, but now what? Where do you begin to plan for your big day? Don’t worry, the best way to start planning is to get organized. I selected four popular wedding planning books and broke them down to help you select the right book for you.

The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings
by Carley Roney with JoAnne Gregoli

page0_blog_entry0_1.jpgI found this guidebook to be the most helpful of the books I reviewed. Although it is intended for destination weddings, it can also be helpful to couples planning a wedding closer to home. The book has some great etiquette sections, vendor questions, destination tips and choices to consider in planning a destination wedding. There are also example weddings and fusion ideas that are outlined. There is also a section on destinations that are popular with tips and local custom information.The book organization was the easiest to use. It includes a chapter setup and index along with a timeline on what to plan and where to find the necessary information for each subject. There are also worksheets for budget vendor contact lists, checklists for what to pack, and wedding day timelines.In all, this is a compact book that is easy to pack, is fresh and up to date on wedding trends. I highly recommend this book as a must have.

Jo Gartin’s Weddings: An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride
by Jo Gartin

page0_blog_entry0_2.jpg This book is more of an idea book than an actual guide or planning book. If you are having some difficulty with finding a style that suits both of you, try looking for ideas in this book. A word of warning, I would only choose to incorporate one or two ideas in from this guide. There is an expense, time, and skill factor that you will need to consider in using any of the ideas detailed in this guide. Most brides are usually very busy with wedding plans by the time you are choosing party favors and invitations, and your budget may also be strained. These are things to keep in mind when looking through this book. However, it is very inspiring and there are always ways of adapting any idea to fit your wedding style and budget. For examples of some of my adaptations check out “Feeling Crafty?” in my book review page.I also found the organization was clumsy because of the table of content. If you are quickly trying to find information by the chapter, the contents page may be of no use to you. A better way to search would be through the index, which does have a scheme to help you find anything you are looking for. This also has a resources index with websites that may be helpful. Overall, this is a book with a lot of great ideas and can help you to bring your personality into your wedding.

The Modern Bride Survival Guide
by Lisa Milbrand

page0_blog_entry0_3.jpg I was not impressed with this planning guide. While this book does have tips and tricks for a successful and beautiful event, each section skimps on details. The book also contains some planning worksheets and timelines, but they are located at the back of the book and are not easy to find. The book does have a subscription offer for Modern Bride magazine and also has helpful phrases and vendor vocabulary that will help you to negotiate vendor fees. The book does have a helpful table of contents and standard index.Overall this was a rather run of the mill planning guide and not one that I would pay for either. This is definitely one that is better to borrow from a library and use for additional ideas.

Emily Post’s Wedding Planner, 4e (Emily Post’s Wedding Planner)
by Peggy Post

page0_blog_entry0_4.jpgI was very surprised by this book because when I think of Emily Post I think of antiquated etiquette, but this book is anything but. Since it is an etiquette book, it has a lot of advice on how to properly make announcements but it also offers good advice on how to deal with the stress of planning your wedding. If you are feeling put out by the latest disaster in your planning, this book will help you to get back to reality and deal with whatever is going.While the advice is valuable, this guide also has added value with its vendor questions, where to begin planning, and how to handle any situation in planning. Included is a budget planning worksheet, but it is somewhat limited in scope. This was the only book I reviewed that included a section on getting engaged and the events involved with engagement. There are also interesting wedding facts like how traditions were started. This book was also a little weak on incorporating ethnic and differing religious traditions. Overall it is a valuable for its stress eliminating advice and it is one that I would purchase.If you have a wedding planning book that has been of great use to you, tell us what book it is and what helped you the most by emailing me.