Charting changes in Central Ohio

This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2018.

Engaged couples will have three entirely new options for event venues. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum, which opened Downtown in October, will soon be available for weddings. Swan Lake Event Center opens in Powell this spring and is available for events starting April 1. Magnolia Hill Farm, a modern farmhouse sitting atop a 10-acre working flower farm in Centerburg, is also set to open in 2019. The venue’s Veranda and Magnolia rooms each fit 225 people, and the courtyard can accommodate a cocktail hour or ceremony, as well.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus, 614-362-2800,

Swan Lake Event Center, 5900 Liberty Rd., Powell, 740-833-6024,

Magnolia Hill Farm, 6665 Johnsville Rd., Centerburg, 740-480-1885,

Additionally, some local event spaces are getting a face-lift. Via Vecchia will reopen April 1 in a new space just south of German Village in the new business park, The Fort. Highlights include a mezzanine level that overlooks the dance floor and a 14,000-square-foot, walled courtyard. Overall, the space will have an industrial glam aesthetic, according to owner Michael Elmer.

2108 S. High St., Columbus, 614-893-5455,

The Golf Club at Little Turtle opened its renovated and remodeled Hawthorne Ballroom to the public in June. The new indoor-outdoor space combines a ballroom with a private patio overlooking a lake. The ballroom—which includes a 40-foot limestone fireplace and rustic wooden beams—seats up to 325, and the patio nearly doubles the event space.

5400 Little Turtle Way, Westerville, 614-625-2934,

Sadly, these new venue additions also coincide with the closing of two bridal stores; Gabriele European Bridal in Westerville closed in early 2018, and Ivy Bridal in Dublin closed a little later, in July.

But in other news on the Columbus bridal fashion scene, Joan Madison of Joan’s Bridal Couture displayed her Joan Bridal Fall 2019 collection at New York Bridal Fashion Week last October, in addition to her Queendom collection at New York Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer showcase in September. She sells her own designs, as well as labels like Jasmine Bridal, in her Reynoldsburg shop.

7382 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, 614-856-9848,