Here's a look at four high-end venues in Central Ohio-along with their less-expensive (and charming) alternatives.
Picking your reception venue should be one of the first tasks you check off the wedding to-do list. Here's a look at four high-end venues in Central Ohio-along with their less-expensive (and charming) alternatives.Go Glam: The Westin Columbus
What it's like: This Downtown hotel is the ultimate if you're looking for lots of luxury. Included in your reception are hors d'oeuvres served by white-gloved butlers during a swanky cocktail hour, salad service, dinner entree and five hours of a hosted bar-complete with Champagne toast.
Guest-count max: For plated and buffet receptions, the maximum is 300 people. For cocktail and hors d'oeuvre receptions, this increases to 400.
Price tag: Friday evenings and Saturday days come with an $8,000 minimum, which increases to $16,000 for Saturday evenings. On Sundays the minimum falls to $5,000-save for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend Sundays, when that rate increases to $10,000.
Catering: All-inclusive wedding packages range from $82 to $98 per person.
Alcohol: Beverages are included in your package.
Need to know: Costs include the option to use a complimentary ceremony space that can seat 175 guests.Budget-Friendly: The Ohio State University Faculty Club
What it's like: This historic building, located on the Ohio State campus and nestled between the Oval, Mirror Lake and Orton Hall, is great for a sophisticated, chandelier-adorned affair. The Grand Lounge is often used for indoor ceremonies, while the top-level main dining room is ideal for dinner. You and your guests will have the entire building-including the 1,000-square-foot dance floor-to yourselves during the rental time.
Guest-count max: 200
Price tag: The Faculty Club is available at $2,000 for five hours, and the ceremony space in the Grand Lounge is available for an additional $500.
Catering: Menu creation is handled in-house, with several custom menu options available. Catering costs are not included in the rental fee.
Alcohol: Bar options are also handled in-house, and charges are based on guest consumption.
Special notes: Outdoor ceremonies require additional A/V and seating support.Go Glam: The Columbus Athenaeum
What it's like: This Downtown building is a bastion of lavish, old-world architecture. Smaller spaces are available for ceremonies, and the theaters and ballroom are beloved for their elegant atmospheres.
Guest-count max: The Oak Room and Small Theatre can seat 230 (banquet) or 300 (cocktail), while the Large Theatre can seat 300 (banquet) and 400 (cocktail). The Olympian Ballroom can seat 200 to 500.
Price tag: On Saturday and Sunday evenings, the Oak Room has an $800 rental fee plus a $5,500 minimum. During those same times, the Small Theatre has a $900 rental fee plus a $6,600 minimum, while the Large Theatre has a rental fee of $1,000 plus a $7,700 minimum. The
Olympian Ballroom rents for $1,800 and comes with a $10,000 minimum.
Catering: Menu options include dinner, brunch, lunch and hors d'oeuvres.
Alcohol: With a liquor license, a custom alcohol selection adds value based on true consumption.
Special notes: All receptions (except on New Year's Eve) must conclude by 11 p.m. Also, special pricing is available for weddings during the first three months of the year.Budget-Friendly: The Dawes Arboretum
What it's like: Known for its myriad outdoor wedding options, Dawes Arboretum has 1,800 acres of gardens and groves. Treat your guests to a view with an outdoor ceremony amid the flora and continue the party with a reception in the gardens near the Daweswood House. Or opt for a tented twilight reception on the events terrace.
Guest-count max: Indoor, 100; outdoor, 300
Price tag: Weddings at Dawes cost between $600 and $6,500-it all depends on the location on the arboretum's grounds and additional rented accessories.
Catering: Dinner options range between $19.50 and $28.50 per person. Other caterers are considered upon request.
Alcohol: Beer and wine are permitted through the caterer.Go Glam: The Bluestone
What it's like: The Bluestone-a huge renovated church located Downtown-is known for its rock concerts. Appropriately, the space stars gorgeous stained-glass windows that harken to its days as a church, as well as walls of framed concert posters. Have your ceremony in the upstairs bar or outside on the tented terrace and party the night away in the ballroom and theater, which has a wrap-around balcony that will offer your guests great views of the party below.
Guest-count max: The Bluestone can accommodate 300 people for a seated dinner or 500 for a hors d'oeuvre-style reception.
Price tag: The Bluestone asks for a minimum based on your reception's day and time of year. The minimum ranges between $5,000 and $12,000, and anything ordered through the venue-like food, beverages, linens and service staff-goes toward that minimum.
Catering: An in-house executive cafe and catering service are offered.
Alcohol: You'll enjoy a full bar.Budget-Friendly: Scioto Reserve Country Club
What it's like: Set upon a sprawling, green golf course, the Scioto Reserve Country Club offers a ceremony garden with a rock-waterfall backdrop. Following the ceremony, couples can drive away in a golf cart as guests prepare for an evening of celebration in the club's unique ballroom (hello, floor-to-ceiling windows).
Guest-count max: Seated, the country club can accommodate 280 people. For a cocktail reception, that number bumps up to 350.
Price tag: Rentals start at $195.
Catering: All catering is done in-house.
Alcohol: And the same goes for the beer, wine and booze.Go Glam: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
What it's like: The conservatory has award-winning gardens, and its wedding services are renowned. Each rentable space includes indoor and outdoor locations, making it ideal for hosting your ceremony.
Guest-count max: Each of the venues can accommodate different capacities. The Palm House and West Terrace can hold 170 guests for a seated meal or 250 people for a cocktail-style reception. The largest spaces, the Grand Atrium and Zen Terrace, can seat 250 and host 500 guests cocktail-style. The Veridian,BridesGardenand Grove rental can accommodate 130peopleseated for a meal and 200 guests for acocktail reception.
Price tag: The conservatory prides itself on accommodating a variety of budgets and offers different rentals based on the day, time and venue. Rental costs range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Catering: In-house catering and an approved list of caterers are available.
Alcohol: All alcohol must be purchased and served through the conservatory.
Special notes: There's a ceremony fee of $800, while additional hours can be added to your evening for $500.Budget-Friendly: Hoover Y Park
What it's like: Have your ceremony in the park's gazebo, which seats 80 to 100 guests. Its two-hour rental is included in the cost of both reception facilities, including the outdoor Optimist Lodge-a rustic barn complete with picnic tables and plenty of charm-and the larger Edgar W. Ingram Jr. Leadership Retreat Center.
Guest-count max: Optimist Lodge, rentable May through November only, can accommodate up to 100 people. The Ingram Retreat Center's maximum increases to 125. Either way, Hoover Y Park is for more intimate occasions.
Price tag: Optimist Lodge is available for $50 an hour, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays, that rate increases to $95 an hour. The Ingram Retreat Center is available for $85 an hour Monday through Friday and on the weekend for $135 an hour.
Catering: The park doesn't supply a preferred list, so check out our catering story on page 116 for vendor inspiration.
Alcohol: Drinks are allowed but not supplied by the park.
Special notes: Hoover Y Park offers-for a flat-rate fee of $200-two hours of decorating and prep time in your reception space the evening before the wedding. The facility also provides tables and chairs, and discounts on the rental costs are available for YMCA of Central Ohio members.