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The Best Wedding Venues in Columbus Ohio

July 15, 2019

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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This historic Columbus venue offers both variety and flexibility. Because of this, it is one of the most sought after venues in Columbus. Choose from several different “venues” within this single property, including the John F. Wolfe Palm House, The Grand Atrium, The Worthington Industries Veridian.

We love that this venue is only 2 miles from downtown Columbus, and that you have options for indoor & outdoor setups. In fact, we can’t decide which one is prettier, the interior or exterior options. Most venues have a “backup plan” but at the Franklin Park Conservatory, the backup plan is just as good if not better than the “A” plan. 

Learn more about each of the options, pricing, and see examples of real weddings we have photographed on our Franklin Park Conservatory page!

Columbus Museum of Art

Imagine your wedding taking place against the backdrop of some of the most beautiful works of art in the country. The Columbus Museum of Art offers just that. Located in the heart of downtown, the Columbus Museum of Art is one of the city’s most revered institutions, setting the stage for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding experience.

The museum offers packages for couples who would like to have a ceremony only, a reception only, or a ceremony + reception at the venue. One great thing about the CMA is that it offers spaces (like the Broad Street Lobby) that are a blank canvas. However, many people leave it as a clean, minimal, yet elegant space within a world of culture.

We’ve put together more information and some examples of real weddings at the CMA on our Columbus Museum of Art page!

The Westin Great Southern Columbus

The Westin Great Southern is an elegant, classic space in the downtown area. The marble floors, giant mirrors, and floor to ceiling windows make it an absolutely stunning venue.

The hotel has a fascinating history. It was originally opened as “The
Great Southern Fire Proof Hotel and Opera House” during a time when fires were common in cities. This is one of the reasons it is the oldest surviving hotel in Columbus!

One of the benefits of The Westin is that you can have your ceremony + reception in the same space. The staff here have MASTERED the room flip. It really is a mind blowing experience for the guests when they leave the room for cocktail hour, then return into the same room such a short time later and it has been fully transformed for the reception.
Giant mirrors and marble floors

Dock 580

There really is no other place like Dock 580 in Columbus. If you love the urban industrial feel, and want to avoid stuffy venues, you really need to add this venue to your shortlist.

Dock 580 is located in the historic Smith Bros’ Hardware building and has three different event spaces available, “Juniper”, “The Loft” and “The Venue.” The staff is serious about experience, not only for the couple getting married, but also for the guests.

To learn even more about this venue and to see weddings we have photographed here, check out our Dock580 page.

The Vault

Originally built to house Columbia Building & Loans in 1912 The Vault is another historic wedding venue in Columbus, and the actual bank vault remains as part of the venue.

At many weddings, the bar is set up inside of the vault, and it is a really fun guest experience to walk into a vault to get your drinks! The building also features other historical aspects like marble floors and arched windows.

To learn more about the history, features, price and sizing, check out our page dedicated to The Vault.

Irongate Equestrian Center

This venue is a horse-lover’s dream! However, the charm of Irongate Equestrian Center doesn’t end with the horses. This property features acres and acres of incredible scenery, beautiful fences, and pristine stables unlike any you’ve seen before.

If you are looking for something a bit more rustic or whimsical, but still want to be pretty close to downtown Columbus (about 30-40 minutes away). this venue should be on your list.

Check out Margaret & Chase’s wedding at Irongate Equestrian Center to see even more of what this venue has to offer.

Hocking Hills State Park

Adventure seekers will love Hocking Hills State Park. The state park itself is perfect for small weddings and elopements, but nearby properties (like Liberty Lodge and Deer Ridge Lodge) make it possible to host larger weddings here as well. Many people will also rent a cabin nearby and host the reception and other activities from the cabin, while holding the ceremony within the park.

There is a small fee and you must register with the park (and follow their rules). Most people are drawn to the waterfalls at Ash Cave or Cedar Falls. Just make sure to keep in mind that the falls can be seasonal, so picking the right time of year is important for this location.

For more location ideas and examples of weddings we have photographed here, visit our Hocking Hills page!

Bryn Du Mansion

This venue exudes sophistication and old fashioned elegance. The enormous front lawn is used for playing Polo, and often games take place on wedding days.

The mansion and lawn aren’t the only features of the property. The Bryn Du Mansion allows for many creative ceremony and reception configurations, and they do not restrict your vendor choices. From a small garden wedding to a grand ceremony on the mansion’s front porch, there are options for any budget at this venue.

To learn more about the vivid history, prices, and other considerations, visit our page dedicated to Bryn Du Mansion weddings.

Jorgensen Farms

Jorgensen Farms is a working farm that was founded by Val Jorgensen to teach her sons how to garden, care for animals, and explore the natural world. This is a great venue if you want to feel connected to the earth and the people around you.

The property offers two main options for wedding receptions, The Historic Barn and The Oak Grove (greenhouse). Ceremonies can also be held in these structures, but are often set up outdoors to enjoy the beauty the farm has to offer.

Learn more about our favorite spots for photos, the venue’s history, and see real weddings on our Jorgensen Farms page.

The Ivory Room

Exclusive. Refined. Intimate. These are the words that first come to mind when we think about The Ivory Room. The venue is a Cameron Mitchell Premiere Events property, and is in the same building as M, a Cameron Mitchell restaurant.

The venue is in the heart of downtown Columbus (with amazing panoramic views of the city), and while their website says they can accommodate up to 300 guests for a plated dinner, most ceremonies are small and intimate.

You can find more details about the venue on their website, and check out Katie & Sam’s wedding that we photographed at The Ivory Room.

Hilton Columbus Downtown

This venue is the perfect place for a large wedding in downtown Columbus. We often photograph Indian weddings, and other weddings with a large guest list at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

One great thing about the Hilton Downtown is that you can transform the space into whatever you can imagine. Custom lighting, drapery, and extravagant florals fit perfectly within this large ballroom.

Visit our archive to see several examples of weddings at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

The Arcade Cleveland

Ok, so technically this isn’t a Columbus wedding venue, but it is a relatively short drive (~2 hours) away in Cleveland. Sometimes if you have a really popular wedding date and are having a hard time finding a venue you love in Columbus, it can really pay off to look in Cleveland or Cincinnati if you are willing to travel a bit.

The Arcade Cleveland made this list because the unique architecture makes for stunning wedding photos. There are endless opportunities to take photos among the balconies, stairways, arches, and domes.

The other great thing about this venue is that the Hyatt Regency occupies the majority of the space, and the guest rooms lead out to the balconies overlooking the main ceremony space. After partying at the reception, it is easy for guests to just head back up to their rooms without needing to drive anywhere.

Katie and Scott’s wedding is a great example of the variety you can get with your wedding photos at The Arcade Cleveland.

The Ohio Statehouse

This venue is historic by it’s very nature. But the first word that comes to mind when we talk about The Ohio Statehouse is “grandeur.” In fact, you might even say that the Statehouse is incomparable in it’s grandness. Inside the Rotunda, the skylight is literally 120 ft above you. This, combined with the history and symbolism present bring a certain “weight” or significance to a wedding held in the space.

They offer packages for ceremony only or for a ceremony and reception, and pricing starts at $3,500.

Check out Ryan and Rachel’s wedding to see an example of a wedding ceremony and reception at The Ohio Statehouse.

Pinnacle Golf Club

If you are looking for place to get married that is meticulously kept, classic, and still affordable, Pinnacle Golf Club is an excellent option.

The outdoor ceremony space is beautiful and the chandeliers and warm atmosphere make the Grand Ballroom a classic reception venue. They also provide a great space for other events surrounding the wedding. Engagement receptions, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding day brunch… Pinnacle Events has you covered.

For even more details, check out our Pinnacle Golf Club weddings page!

The Athletic Club of Columbus

The Athletic Club is a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places in the heart of Columbus.

The building has a classic appeal without being quite as grand as the Statehouse. It also has a natural style and aesthetic that many people choose to showcase without extensive decor. The structure really holds it’s own.

To learn more about capacity, average costs, and other reasons you might choose to get married at this venue, check out our Athletic Club page!

Strongwater Columbus

Ironically, one of the main things we love about this venue is that it doesn’t even feel like a wedding venue. Strongwater Columbus (aka Strongwater Food and Spirits) is a hidden gem if you are wanting a hip/eclectic wedding in Columbus.

East Franklinton has character and culture everywhere. Reclaimed warehouses, art galleries, restaurants and breweries, the area is just a fun place to be. Strongwater is no exception. If you love the urban aesthetic with exposed brick and ducting, you’ll fall in love with this venue as soon as you step foot inside.

To learn more about the space, the area, and things you’ll definitely want to know, head over to our Strongwater Columbus page.

Hilton Columbus at Easton

Hilton Columbus at Easton is similar in many ways to the Hilton downtown. It is a great place for large elegant weddings, and you get all of the benefits that come with the Hilton brand.

One thing that many people love about this hotel is that Easton has an outdoor mall that guests can enjoy if they are staying in the hotel for the wedding. Parking is easy, and everything is convenient.

For more specific details on pricing and room sizes, check out our page about Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Scioto Reserve Country Club

This venue is a great option if you are looking for wedding packages or a more “all-inclusive” experience. The Scioto Reserve Country Club will help you plan and coordinate your entire day.

With downtown Dublin just minutes away, you get the downtown feel without the traffic and hassle of downtown. Scioto Reserve features both indoor & outdoor ceremony and reception locations that means you always have a plan, no matter what the Ohio weather brings. We especially love the waterfall that is a popular backdrop for ceremonies. The sound is relaxing and it creates a calm mood, perfect for a wedding ceremony.

One other difference between Scioto and Pinnacle is that Scioto Reserve also allows the couple to explore the golf course with a golf cart, which can make for excellent photo opportunities!

To learn more, including a video from a real wedding at this venue, check out our Scioto Reserve Country Club page!

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