A slew of local wedding vendors are offering discounts and even free services to couples affected by the abrupt closure of Noah's Event Venue in New Albany.

Couples around the country—and in Central Ohio—are left scrambling after Noah’s Event Venues, a national chain of wedding and special event spaces, closed abruptly this weekend. The parent company first filed for bankruptcy last May and closed several locations nationwide, though the company’s New Albany location remained open until this month.

The abrupt closure of the New Albany venue has left several Central Ohio couples high and dry, including some whose weddings were scheduled for later this month. According to WSYX-NBC4, one local bride was discussing her wedding’s setup with staff at the venue as recently as a few weeks ago; she says no one mentioned to her that anything could be amiss.

Still, the Central Ohio wedding market has risen to the occasion before—as when Elegant Bride closed in similar fashion in 2018—and this situation is no exception. Already, staff at Wagnalls Memorial Library in Lithopolis has announced it will offer a 50 percent discount to couples affected by the Noah’s closing.

“We heard about these couples’ situations and wanted to provide at least some measure of help, knowing it may be difficult to find another wedding venue on short notice,” says Sarah Mayzum, who’s in charge of room reservations at Wagnalls. “By offering our services at half the price, we hope that they will still be able to have the wedding of their dreams on or near their preferred wedding date.”

Wagnalls can accommodate events with up to 120 guests. To learn more or book an event, contact Mayzum at 614-837-4765 ext. 126 or smayzum@wagnalls.org.

Other venues available to affected couples include: 

Bryn Du Mansion also has dates and special pricing available; contact Bruce Cramer at 740-587-7053 or info@bryndu.com. Central Ohio Metro Parks is offering 25 percent off a venue rental at any of its parks; call 614-508-8111 and ask for the reservations team. Together & Company and its sister brands, High Line Car House and Sweet Carrot, have created a package with prices up to 50 percent off venue rental at High Line for 2020 dates. Together & Company is typically the exclusive caterer for the space, but couples needing a more budget-friendly option may bring in Sweet Carrot instead. Call 614-882-7323 or email info@togetherandco.com. The Postmark in Chillicothe is opening ahead of its March launch to help out, and is waiving the rental fee for couples. Contact Josh or Michelle Staley at 740-414-4165 or hello@thepostmarkoh.com. The Medallion Club has special discounts available and dates open for 2020, says catering manager Chris Ramsay. Contact her at 614-794-6987 or cramsay@medallionclub.com.
BTTS Holdings venues The Estate at New Albany, Brookshire Event Venue and WatersEdge Event Venue are each offering a $1,500 credit to any couple who booked a 2020 event at Noah's, as well as special accommodations for anyone whose wedding is scheduled to take place in the next six months. Contact Kristen Pulcheon at 614-255-6455 or kristen@theestatenewalbany.biz. The Annex at 801 has some 2020 availability and is offering $1,000 off for affected couples. Email info@theannexat801.com. Swan Lake Event Center is taking former Noah's clients and offering special pricing, based on date. Contact 740-833-6024 or info@swanlakeeventcenter.com. The Barn at Stratford is offering 50 percent off the deposit and $500 off usage for Noah's couples. They'll welcome existing contracts with other vendors, and they seat up to 175. Contact Melissa Stroupe at 844-369-2276 or mstroupe@barnatstratford.org. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has several venues available, including favorites like the North Bank Park Pavilion and Whetstone Park of Roses. A new venue, Champions Clubhouse, is slated to open in July (though earlier dates may be available) and is completely open for the second half of 2020, says communications manager Stephanie Leis. Call 614-645-3313. La Navona is offering a discount of up to $2,000 to affected couples. Contact Kristie McGraw at 614-532-5711 or kristie@lanavona.com. Columbus Hospitality Management has three properties with dates available in 2020 and 2021: Granville Inn, contact Linda Turk or Jana Nethers at lturk@granvilleinn.com or jnethers@granvilleinn.com; The Grand Event Center, contact Holly Draughn or Melodie Reed at hdraughn@columbushospitality.com or melodie@columbushospitality.com; and Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, contact Sue Bellan at sbellan@nationwidehcc.com. The newly opened Capriella Castle has lots of dates available and is offering "tremendous deals" based on where the affected couple is in the planning process, says owner Annette Capriotti. Contact her at 614-653-3937 or castleteam@capriellascastle.com. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is offering 50 percent off space rental, plus discounted food and drink. Contact Lesley Cornathan at lcornathan@columbusconventions.com. Flower farm and venue Flora and Field is opening bookings in March and April. "We typically do not offer weddings in those months, because we are tending to the farm," says owner Theresa Berger, "but we'd love to help shaken couples with a dramatic discount. Our model is more full-service, but we can customize an affordable package." Contact Berger at 614-600-7819 or tb@floraandfield.com. Scioto Reserve Country Club is waiving its "no outside caterers" policy to allow couples to stay with the caterer they had booked for Noah's; this waiver will not apply to alcohol sales. The venue has dates available on Fridays and Sundays in the fall, over the Fourth of July weekend, as well as April 18, Dec. 12 and Dec. 31. (Dates available as of 4 p.m. on Feb. 12.) Contact Ann Marie Orren at 740-881-9082 or amorren@sciotoreserve.com. Gahanna Sanctuary has 2020 dates available and is offering 12.5 percent off rental fees to Noah's couples (in honor of its 125th anniversary); couples may bring in their previously booked vendors. Contact John Spinelli at 614-414-2065 or hello@gahannasanctuary.org.

Wedding planners are also offering their services to find a new venue:

Dana House, of the newly launched event planning and travel agency Creative Memories by Dana, also wants to help. She's offering to help affected couples find a new venue, free of charge. Contact her at 740-475-7773 or dana@creativememoriesbydana.com. Confetti Season Event Design also is offering to help couples find a new venue for free, as well as 50 percent off day-of coordination services. Contact Holly McClary at 937-707-9910 or confettiseasonevents@gmail.com.

Finally, a few "other category" vendors are offering specials to anyone who has to rebook a vendor because of the venue closure:

Seth and Beth Photography is offering their services to anyone who may have lost their photographer throughout the chaos of shifting venues and dates. If you are affected by Noah's closing and need a photographer, contact Beth Kerechanin at 330-322-3556 or beth@sethandbeth.com. The husband-and-wife duo are offering a package of one photographer for eight hours for just $2,800 if they have the desired weekend available. Black Marble Media has a special photo/video package for those who had to cancel their photographer and videographer: All-day photo and video coverage for $4,000, plus a full digital gallery, an 8- to 12-minute film and a 1-minute highlight video. Contact Lydia Supinger at 513-410-0654 or hello@blackmarblemedia.com. The Meadow Market has availability for 2020 and is offering a 10 percent discount to Noah's couples who have to rebook their florist. Contact Katie Neff at themeadowmarket.kt@gmail.com. Mobile Mommies event childcare is offering up to two hours of free, on-site babysitting at a single venue; some exclusions apply. Contact Janel Northington at 877-311-4556 or info@mymobilemommies.com.

We will update this story with additional venues offering similar discounts as we learn of them.

If you own or manage a venue that would like to offer a discount to affected couples, please email the details to ehenterly@columbusweddingsmag.com.