An in-depth look at the winners of our first reader poll

When we decided to redesign Columbus Weddings, one feature seemed like a given: We had to have a reader poll, in line with those of our sister magazines. Months of planning, researching, ballot-building and promoting later, we’re proud to present the results of the first-ever Best of Columbus Weddings.

We populated the ballot with our favorite local vendors and our advertising partners, then set it loose into the public for voting. The result: dozens of vendors that have the seal of approval from the Columbus Weddings team and local newlyweds and engaged couples alike. In all, more than 5,500 people voted for their faves (though not every person voted in every category).

You may notice that some categories have more than one winner. That’s because we decided, in the interest of showcasing as much local talent as possible, to award a tie to any vendor whose percentage of votes came within 1 percentage point of the top vote-getter.

Click on the links below to view detailed profiles of each winner.

THE VENUES

CEREMONY, RELIGIOUS: St. Joseph Cathedral, 24.6%
Runner up: Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 17.1%

CEREMONY, INDOOR; CEREMONY, OUTDOOR; RECEPTION, GARDEN/GREENHOUSE: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 29.9%, 26.8%, 48.1% (respectively)
Runner up, Indoor: Columbus Museum of Art, 13%
Runners up, Outdoor: Park of Roses, 10%; Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9.6%; Strongwater Food + Spirits, 9.1%
Runner up, Garden/Greenhouse: Jorgensen Farms Oak Grove, 34.8%

RECEPTION, HOTEL/EVENT CENTER: Westin Great Southern Hotel, 16.8%; Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, 16.2%
Runner up: Hilton Columbus Downtown, 11.8%

RECEPTION, HISTORIC: Ohio Statehouse, 19.4%
Runners up: Granville Inn, 14%; High Line Car House, 13.8%; Athletic Club of Columbus, 13.1%

RECEPTION, INDUSTRIAL/URBAN: Strongwater Food + Spirits, 26.7%
Runner up: Dock580, 23.9% (now closed)

RECEPTION, MUSEUM/GALLERY; RECEPTION, CONTEMPORARY/MODERN: Columbus Museum of Art, 58.8%, 23.9% (respectively)
Runner up, Museum/Gallery: COSI, 15.6%
Runner up, Contemporary/Modern: Juniper, 21.1% (now closed)

RECEPTION, RUSTIC/BARN: Jorgensen Farms Historic Barn, 43.8%
Runner up: Wells Barn at Franklin Park Conservatory, 19.4%

RECEPTION, GOLF/COUNTRY CLUB: Scioto Reserve Country Club, 22.9%
Runner up: The Country Club at Murfield Village, 11.3%

OHIO DESTINATION WEDDINGS: Hocking Hills Wedding Chapel, 20.3%
Runners up: Gervasi Vineyard, 11.3%; Grand Barn at the Mohicans, 11%

REHEARSAL DINNER; NEXT-DAY BRUNCH: Lindey’s 14.6%, 17.8% (respectively)
Runner up, Rehearsal Dinner: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, 9.6%
Runner up, Brunch: Cap City Fine Diner, 15%

THE PROS

PLANNER: Aisle & Co., 15.9%
Runner up: Red Letter Day Events, 10.6%

FLORIST: Petals & Leaves, 8.1%; Bear Roots Floral, 7.3%
Runners up: Madison House Designs, 6.5%; Rose & Berry (formerly Botanica 215), 6.2%; Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts, 6.2%; The Flowerman, 6.1%; Natural Designs, 5.9%; Evergreen Flower Co., 5.5%

PHOTOGRAPHER, GENERAL: Kismet Visuals, 12.4%
Runner up: Photo 243, 7.7%

PHOTOGRAPHER, BOUDOIR: 614 Boudoir Photography, 30.8%
Runner up: Columbus Boudoir, 19.5%

VIDEOGRAPHER: Columbus Wedding Videos, 18.6%
Runners up: Capstone Cinema (formerly Clear Sky Video), 13%; Josh Dyer Films, 12.7%

PHOTO BOOTH: The Columbus Photo Booth Co., 41.6%
Runner up: Picture Perfect, 24.6%

BAKER, CAKES: Short North Piece of Cake, 15.4%
Runner up: Capital City Cakes, 10.2%

BAKER, OTHER DESSERTS: Pistacia Vera, 19.8%
Runner up: Duck Donuts, 15.7%

CALLIGRAPHER: Lovely Arrows Designs, 32.8%
Runner up: Script One Four, 26.7%

STATIONER: On Paper, 16.9%; Lumaca Paper (formerly Cheer Up Letterpress), 15.9%
Runners up: Igloo Letterpress, 13%; Avant-Garde Impressions, 12.6%

OFFICIANT: Wows and Vows, 25.9%; Run to an Elopement, 25.6%
Runner up: Columbus Wedding Officiants, 15.3%

SALON, HAIR; SALON, MAKEUP: Penzone Salons + Spas, 18.9%, 16.1% (respectively)
Runner up, Hair: The Bride Bar / The Blowout Bar, 13.1%
Runners up, Makeup: 614 Beauty, 8.2%; Kenneth’s Salons & Spas, 8%

SALON, NAILS: W Nail Bar, 27.1%
Runner up: Lacquer Gallery, 19.7%

TRAVEL ADVISER: Wanderlust Travel & Tours, 37.2%
Runner up: Compass Travel, 23.7%

DJ: Josh Staley Productions, 20.8%; Buckeye Entertainment, 19.6%
Runner up: Party Pleasers, 8%

BAND: The Conspiracy Band, 33.8%
Runner up: MojoFlo, 22.8%

THE SHOPS

WEDDING GOWNS, NEW: Wendy’s Bridal, 22.1%; La Jeune Mariee, 21.3%
Runner up: Twirl, 16.6%

WEDDING GOWNS, CONSIGNMENT: Luxe Redux Bridal, 44.5%
Runner up: Off White, 30.6%

WEDDING GOWNS, CLEANING/PRESERVATION: Dublin Cleaners, 49.1%
Runner up: Columbus Lace Dry Cleaning, 22%

BRIDESMAID GOWNS: Gilded Social, 28.5%
Runner up: Twirl, 24.8%

MENSWEAR: Pursuit, 34.6%
Runner up: Godfrys Men’s & Women’s Clothier, 20.5%

JEWELRY, ENGAGEMENT RINGS; JEWELRY, WEDDING BANDS: Diamond Cellar, 28.6%, 27.7% (respectively)
Runner up, Engagement Rings: Worthington Jewelers, 18.7%
Runner up, Wedding Bands: Worthington Jewelers, 19.7%

JEWELRY, LOCALLY MADE: Worthington Jewelers, 28.2%
Runner up: Red Giraffe Designs, 22.2%

LOCAL GIFTS & FAVORS: The Candle Lab, 32.9%
Runner up: Krema Nut Co., 18.2%

THE DETAILS

CATERER, DINNER: Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, 22.1%
Runner up: The Berwick, 9.4%

CATERER, LATE-NIGHT BITES: Mikey’s Late Night Slice, 37.2%
Runner up: Sweet Carrot Food Truck, 14.9%

RENTALS: Aiden & Grace Specialty Rentals, 27.9%
Runner up: Lasting Impressions Event Rentals, 26.8%

TRANSPORTATION: Short North Trolley, 18.8%
Runner up: Columbus Trolley Co. / Coach Quarters, 16.6%

HOTEL, NEWLYWEDS: Hotel LeVeque, 21.1%
Runner up: Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, 17.2%

HOTEL, GUESTS: Hilton Columbus Downtown, 16.4%
Runner up: Hilton Columbus at Easton, 11.3%

BACHELOR PARTIES: Topgolf, 42.5%
Runner up: Dueling Axes, 22.1%

BACHELORETTE PARTIES: Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar, 41.4%
Runner up: Pedal Wagon, 24.7%