Charting changes in Central Ohio's weddings scene

This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2019.

If there’s one thing that stays constant in the local weddings scene, it’s change. Fortunately, that change often brings a slew of new vendors, and 2019 has been no different.

Snowden Gray Mansion opened in Downtown Columbus this spring. Built in 1852, the historic home has been home to a Civil War-era governor, a railroad tycoon and even a sorority heritage museum. Today, it’s the perfect space for a wedding or shower and will even begin offering Airbnb room reservations in 2020. 530 E. Town St., Downtown, 614-388-8322,

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In July, Via Vecchia Winery officially debuted its new space on the South Side. Check out our spotlight on the industrial-chic venue at

Two new event spaces joined the ranks in September: Ampersand Flowers & Events in Worthington and Graduate Columbus in the Short North. Ampersand is a DIY flower bar that also is available for more traditional floral services. Its storefront just south of Old Worthington can host small parties, making it a perfect spot for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or even an intimate wedding and reception. Graduate Columbus, on the other hand, boasts two banquet rooms (each with an outdoor terrace), catering by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events and 171 guest rooms with fun, Ohio State-themed décor. Ampersand Flowers & Events, 5594 N. High St., Worthington, 614-601-6445,; Graduate Columbus, 750 N. High St., Short North, 614-484-1900,

Another micro event space, [gath·er] in downtown Delaware, has expanded to become [gath·er] & Co. weddings + special events. The vendor group will offer curated wedding packages that include the venue, a photographer, catering, dessert, flowers and rental pieces—perfect for the couple who wants a small wedding and not a lot of fuss. 53 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, 740-917-9038,

Last up in openings, Noah’s Event Venue announced earlier this year that it would be building a companion location to its New Albany venue. The new space, in Dublin, was to begin construction in the spring and wrap by late 2019, but a November site visit indicated that construction had not yet begun. That’s not surprising, considering that the national venue chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May and abruptly closed several locations over the summer. The New Albany venue remains open; requests for comment from the Dublin venue were unanswered.

In other closing news, Little Bear Golf Club in Lewis Center announced via Facebook post in April that it was shutting down indefinitely.

Finally, several Central Ohio businesses are making changes. Our CupCakery has relocated from 16 N. High St. in Dublin to 54 S. High St., also in Dublin. The move puts the bake shop just 0.1 mile south, still in historic downtown Dublin. Its neighbor, White of Dublin, opened a sister location in October. White Bridal Boutiques, as the brand is known collectively, includes local shops White of Dublin and Off White, as well as the new White of Raleigh in North Carolina. In similar fashion, Gilded Social, the only Central Ohio boutique dedicated to formalwear for bridesmaids and other social occasions, is growing as well. The shop expanded its footprint in its Downtown location in November and celebrated with a grand opening party and sample sale. And on-site beauty service provider Eye Do Makeup & Hair has seen its own rebrand, to REFeyeANCE Makeup & Hair. The talent agency of hair and makeup artists operates in nearly 30 states in addition to Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Our CupCakery, 54 S. High St., Dublin, 614-659-1555,; White of Dublin, 23 N. High St., Dublin, 614-791-2600,; Gilded Social, 65 E. Gay St., Columbus, 614-430-9659,; REFeyeANCE Makeup & Hair,