As the summer wedding season approaches in Columbus, OH, many of the more well-known venues may be booked. An outdoor summer wedding is always in style and these Columbus, OH wedding venues could provide the site for anyone’s summer dream wedding and reception.
The Clintonville Woman’s Club – 3951 North High Street, Columbus 614-268-5525
Although they don’t advertise, the Clintonville Woman’s Club is a perfect summer wedding location in Columbus, OH. An absolutely stunning setting nestled between the Whetstone Park of Roses and the Adena Brook Ravine can be found off of the back patio of the Clintonville Woman’s Club.
A unique aspect of the Clintonville Woman’s Club as a Columbus wedding location is the ability for wedding parties to provide their own alcoholic beverages rather than purchasing them through the venue. This can greatly reduce the cost of a reception rather than paying by the serving.
Each of the menu options at the Clintonville Woman’s Club include a four-hour room rental for 50-200 guests, a choice of wedding cakes from Cakes of Distinction in Powell, tables, chairs, linens, table skirting and many other amenities. Additional hours are available for $350 per hour.
The available menus at The Clintonville Woman’s Club include plated meals, buffets, breakfasts or hors d’oeuvres with prices starting at $16.50 per person and ranging to $40 per person with various add-ons available.
Autumn Lakes Family Campground – 8644 Porter Central Road, Sunbury 740-965-9114
Just a half-hour drive north of Columbus, The Lodge at Autumn Lakes is a beautiful setting for a wedding reception year round, and they have a tent available for wedding ceremonies during milder weather. It is possible to have a wedding ceremony outside overlooking the lake, but couples should keep in mind that Autumn Lakes is a campground and tents and RVs will be visible.
The lodge is very tasteful and the catering is first class. I’ve actually attended two wedding receptions at Autumn Lakes Family Campground and the food is delicious.
The pricing structure for catering at Autumn Lakes includes five hours rental of the lodge, beginning when guests begin to arrive for the reception. For those holding their wedding ceremony at Autumn Lakes, the clock begins when the wedding ceremony ends. Other amenities included in the pricing are all linens, soda service, dishes, silver, water glasses, set-up and tear-down and general cleaning.
The All Choice Dinners are priced at $20.75 per person and include rolls and butter, a choice of appetizer, salad, two entrees and two side dishes. Serving options include buffet style, family style and plated dinners and the added gratuity will reflect the service required.
There are many meal options available at Autumn Lakes Family Campground priced to fit any summer wedding budget.
Dawes Arboretum – 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark 800-443-2937 (800-44DAWES)
Another beautiful setting for a summer wedding located just 30 minutes east of Columbus is Dawes Arboretum.
The Arboretum has a list of approved caterers that can work with any wedding budget and provide beer and wine for receptions. Pot luck service is permitted but no alcohol is allowed for self-catering.
A wide variety of breathtaking sites are available throughout the Dawes Arboretum. A ceremony on Dawes Lake Island for 100 people costs $750 and includes an open-air wagon to transport guests to and from the ceremony. The Events Area can accommodate up to 250 guests for a fee of $500. Small intimate wedding ceremonies would be right at home in the Buckeye 17, with room for 30 people. Chairs, tents and tables are available at most sites for an additional fee.
Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center – 22300 State Park Road, Mt. Sterling 740-869-2020
Just a short half-hour drive south of Columbus is Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center. Beautiful settings are available for outdoor summer weddings and couple can choose from a variety of reception packages.
One example of Deer Creek’s wedding reception is the Platinum Oak package. The reception begins with a half-hour champagne reception including a display of fresh vegetable, fruit and a selection of cheeses and crackers as well as 3 hors d’oeuvres. The reception dinner includes a buffet featuring two entrée choices, two salads, two side dishes, a traditional wedding cake, coffee and iced tea. The Platinum Oak Package at Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center is priced at $41.95 per person.
The Darby House – 801 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway – 614-878-4527
Located on the grounds of Darby Dan Farm, John Galbreath’s estate, The Darby House glistens with beautiful woodwork and open views of the breathtaking grounds.
Summer weddings and receptions can be arranged on the patio, in the Racing Room or in the Banquet Room at The Darby House. The extensive menu and wine list can be adapted to any style of reception the couple prefers.
Booking a reception at The Darby House requires set pricing minimums. Included in either the Reception package or the Wedding/Reception package are the services of a coordinator. Minimums range from $6,000 for a Friday evening dinner reception to $20,000 for an off-hour Saturday five-hour event.
In addition to the fees quoted, all of the sites do charge a gratuity or service fee in addition to the meals served. Feel free to contact any of the venues directly for personalized planning for a summer wedding near Columbus, OH.
Sources: Phone interviews, http://www.clintonvillewomansclub.com/index.html; http://www.autumnlakescampground.com/catering.html; http://www.dawesarb.org/rentals.php; http://www.darbyhouse.com/wedding/gallery; http://www.visitdeercreek.com/events/social.cfm;