Top 10 Columbus, Ohio Wedding Reception Sites

Getting married in the “Heart of it all”

Are you looking for the most unique wedding reception sites in Columbus Ohio?  Then look no further.  We have ten ideas just for you in Columbus, the heart of Ohio!

Outdoor wedding sites:

Indian Run Falls, one of Dublin, Ohio’s many parks, is the perfect place to plan your outdoor wedding fete.  Two shelter houses are available as well as walking trails, a bridge, and observation decks.  The natural beauty of the falls and surrounding wildlife make this small park a unique reception site.

The Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is a whimsical reception venue that is sure to captivate.  Create your vision here at this public park. You and your guest can stroll around the interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte!

The Chadwick Gardens located on OSU’s agricultural campus is a beautiful place to wander and drink in nature’s beauty.  The North Arboretum includes many tree specimens and gardens of interest.  The Ohio 4-H Center is in the heart of these gardens and would make a great space for guests to escape inclement weather.

Indoor Wedding Sites:

Signature Wines is a working winery located in Columbus.  Imagine your guests sipping a selection of locally brewed wines while exploring the winery.  This is a connoisseurs treat!

BoMA is a turn of the century church turned into a reception hall.  Its tall cathedral ceilings and unique decor make this venue worth checking out.

The Columbus Athenaeum is a venue like no other.  This multipurpose space has multiple rooms to offer.  From grand theaters to cozy quiet sanctuaries the Athenaeum can accommodate any size and style of reception.  Take a an online tour and sample all of the pics they have to offer and you will be impressed!

Unique experiences:

Boltonfield Airport is one of Columbus’s most unique wedding reception sites.  Bring your vision of your reception and create a beautiful and unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Columbus Zoo is a great place for  a truly wild party.  Show your enthusiasm for conservation with this unforgettable venue and have an elegant event too.  The Zoo has multiple spaces to accommodate you and your guests indoors or out.

Franklin Park Conservatory is where art and nature meet to create beautiful and engaging exhibits.  This venue can provide you with both indoor and outdoor spaces in a variety of sizes.

So get inspired by these unique Columbus, Ohio wedding reception venues and get planning for your wedding today.

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

The Destination Wedding:

So most of you are probably wondering how you can have a destination wedding in Mansfield, OH?  When most people think of a destination wedding, they think of exotic locations and a weekend of never ending fun celebrating the marriage of a new couple.  If you live in Ohio and are on a budget, you still want the excitement of exploring a new place while celebrating with your friends and family.  Mansfield, Oh has all of the excitement of an exotic location but is still budget friendly for you and your guests.

Why marry closer to home.

So why not plan a destination wedding that isn’t that far away.  The benefits far out weigh any inconveniences.  For example: no passports or travel visas are needed, and none of your vaccinations needed to be updated either.  Mansfield, OH is toward the center of the state which makes for an easy drive no matter where you live, eliminating costly airfare.  There are a wide variety of places to explore including: Snow Trails for skiing or snowboarding, Mohican State Park and Lodge, or Richland Carrousel Park.  The city of Mansfield’s website has a detailed listing of great places to visit on their visitor’s page.  You can access it by clicking here.

Mansfield can suit any bride’s style!


If you are looking for a cosmopolitan night on the town, try having your wedding reception at the Mansfield Art Center.  This chic modern building has big city flair.  Imagine your guests sipping cocktails while admiring the latest exhibition.

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Like most of Ohio, Mansfield has several farms that can be visited.  Malabar Farm State Park allows visitors a taste of farm life with an eco-friendly eye.  Enjoy the elegant tended gardens at the Kingwood Center.  Both Parks have been homes to famous Ohioans and are worth visiting for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

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From the quirky like the Richland Carrousel Park to the thrilling Snow Trails skiing, Mansfield is filled with family fun.  So plan your wedding to incorporate swimming at Mohican State Park Lodge, or touring through one of Mansfield’s many museums.  There is something to do for everyone in Mansfield.

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The New Destination Wedding:

So use your imagination and you can create the best destination wedding while traveling closer to home.  Mansfield, Ohio has many great places to visit that will suit your style from elegant, cosmopolitan nights to family fun on the farm.  Check Mansfield out today and plan your destination wedding!

Wedding Invitation Etiquette (addressing your envelopes)

When you are addressing your wedding invitations there are some simple rules to follow.  Whether your wedding is formal or casual, you will want to address your invitations properly.  Not only are you inviting your own family and friends but those of your finance(e).  Sometimes you may not even know them well due to distance or other reasons.  So its important to address your invitations properly.  After all, your wedding invitation is the first impression you make on your guests as a couple.  So don’t start things off with your new in-laws by making a mistake.

When you are addressing your envelopes, its fun to get your mother and future mother in-law together with you and your finance(e).  This gives both Moms the chance to meet if they haven’t and they can help you make sure everyone’s name, address and title are correct.  Make a little party out of it and relax with each other while you stuff your envelopes and get them ready to send off.  The chance to get everyone together informally  is well worth it and both moms will feel like they had a hand in helping with your wedding.

First, before you get started give everyone a job in stuffing the envelopes.  Find out who has the best handwriting among all of you.  Many people think its ok to send their invitations by using address labels.  Using address labels is so informal that it can cheapen the look of your invitation.  Even if you aren’t sending a formal invitation and have chosen something more contemporary, do hand address your invitations.  Your guests will notice that you took the time to send each one specifically to them.  Sometimes its the little things that make the greatest effect!

Get started with your envelopes by getting the inner and outer envelopes sorted out.  Your outer envelopes are where your return address is printed usually on the back flap.  On the front, you will write your guests title, given name and surname.  The address is written next.  Write out the full address without using abbreviations such as rural route or post office box.  For example, here is what the outer envelope will look like for a married couple:

Mr. and Mrs. John Public

58 North Main Street

Springfield, Ohio


If you would like your envelopes to have an even more formal look, write out the house numbers under one hundred.  You may also include middle names for formal invitations.

On your inner envelopes, you will address them slightly less formally.  Only the names of your guests are necessary.  For close family, you can address them with nicknames like “Grandpa.”  For other guests, refer to the table below.  Make sure to name everyone who is invited including children and guests.  If children and guests are not included then omit their names.  If a single friend of yours is allowed to bring a guest, write the guest’s name especially if they have been together for a long time.  Otherwise, you will have to write “and Guest.”

The following table shows how to address your envelopes for each of your guests.  This table can also be found on page 150 of Wedding Invitations by Jennifer Cegielski.  I recommend getting a copy of this book or another etiquette book.

The Outer And Inner Envelopes

Outer Envelope Inner Envelope
Single man Mr. Gerald Thomas Mr. Thomas (or Gerald if you know the person well
Single woman Miss or Ms. Jean Price Miss or Ms. Price
Single person with guest Mr. Gerald Thomas Mr. Thomas and Guest
Miss or Ms. Jean Price Miss or Ms. Price and Guest
Married couple Mr. And Mrs. Gerald Thomas Mr. And Mrs. Thomas
Married couple, different surnames Ms. Jean Price and Mr. Gerald Thomas Ms. Price and Mr. Thomas
Cohabitating couple Miss or Ms. Jean Price

Mr. Gerald Thomas

Miss or Ms. Price

Mr. Thomas

Same sex couple

(in alphabetical order)

Mr. Joseph Albertson

Mr. Timothy Zane


Ms. Elizabeth Austen

Ms. Margot Zento

Mr. Albertson

Mr. Zane


Ms. Austen

Ms. Zento

Family with children under 18

(in descending age order)

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Thomas Mr and Mrs. Thomas

Lucy, Charles and Mimi

Same sex children 18+ at home (eldest first) The Misses Thomas The Misses Thomas


Miss Anna Thomas

Miss Beth Thomas

The Messrs. Thomas The Messrs. Thomas


Mr. Alexander Thomas

Mr. Michael Thomas

Different sex children 18+ at home Miss Mallory Thomas

Mr. Andrew Thomas

Miss Thomas

Mr. Thomas

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married

Since there are so many great places in Ohio to get married, I thought I would share some more of them with you.

  1. Dawes Arboretum Newark – This is a great outdoor site with its cultivated gardens.
  2. Alexandra’s Bed and Breakfast London – The B&B offers both indoor and outdoor settings.
  3. Galleria at Erieview Cleveland – is a modern space that can accommodate larger weddings.
  4. Mansion View Inn Toledo – This Victorian style B&B is just minutes from the Toledo Museum of Art, a favored photography setting, and can also cater for your bridal shower or reception.
  5. Mary Nelle’s Windswept Farm Lebanon – offers a beautiful country style wedding site with all the charm and space you’ll need.
  6. Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton – For the die hard football fan this site is uniquely you.
  7. Dayton art Institute Dayton – The Institute offers many choices for your ceremony and is a must see.
  8. Sister City Garden Sylvania – This smaller garden and gazebo is a great choice for a more informal outdoor ceremony.
  9. Ravenwood Castle New Plymouth – Who new there was a 12th century Norman style castle in Ohio?
  10. Pine Lakes Lodge near Cambridge – The log cabin style lodge offers intimate indoor and outdoor weddings.

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. 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.

Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings

So Christmas is past and you are engaged. Where are you getting married? Why not in Cincinnati? The Queen city is known for some beautiful locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Check out some of these locations. Cincinnati has something to offer for every person and budget.

  1. Cincinnati Art Museum. What more can I say but to check out the museum. It has a lot of grandeur and sophistication.
  2. The Funny Bone comedy club at Newport on the Levee is a great place by the Ohio River.
  3. East Fork State Park located in Bethel is the place for an outdoor wedding with its hills and natural beauty. This beautiful state park offers many activities including swimming, and hiking.
  4. Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast The B&B is located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River is the perfect place for a small, intimate wedding. The Weller Haus B&B offers two locations for weddings, outdoors in their English style flower garden with fish pond or indoors by the fireplace.
  5. Garden Park Unity Church This church located in Cincinnati, is nondenominational and offers indoor and outdoor weddings depending upon size. Officiants can be provided by the church and membership or classes is not required.
  6. The Golden Lamb established in 1803 is one of Ohio’s Oldest Inns and has provided accommodations for 12 presidents. This is a must see in downtown Lebanon.
  7. 20 Century Theatre is an unusual choice for weddings. This theater has a Friday Night special for the budget conscious and features announcing your wedding on their marquis.
  8. Vinoklet Winery located in Colerain Township is available for both ceremonies and receptions. This site includes beer, wine and soft drinks in their pricing along with cake cutting.
  9. Oasis Conference Center offers many time saving amenities with flowers and cake selections built into their pricing. They can also accommodate large and small wedding sizes.
  10. Grandeur Hall located near Florence, Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati is a great place for receptions. This venue also has dance floors, DJs, catering and more.

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. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos.

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 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.