Wedding Venues in Columbus, OH
From the outside, Valley Dale doesn’t look like much. The plain exterior and green awnings make the building look more like an old lodge than a historic ballroom. Once you walk through the doors, the inside is breathtaking. Enter through the balcony and walk down a double grand staircase to reach the elegant ballroom floor. Almost 20 antique chandeliers light the enormous room, and an old stage makes the perfect setting for your band, head table or cake. Tables, chairs and linens are included in your rental price, and you must use their alcohol, bar staff and security. They do permit use of your own caterer, but you must choose one from their “approved caterers” list. The beauty and detail inside Valley Dale means you won’t need much additional décor – which is a good thing because they don’t let you or your vendors inside until two hours before your event.
Buckeye fans rejoice – you can get married on the OSU campus and you don’t have to be a student, staff or alumni. The recently rebuilt Ohio Union boasts 34 rentable spaces, including two grand ballrooms and outdoor areas. Be prepared to spend a pretty penny, though. While they do have some very small rooms to rent for under $200, performance halls and ballrooms range from $2,000 to $5,000. The Union doesn’t allow outside caterers; you must use their student-run Catering 1870. You would think using a student-run catering company would save you big bucks, but it isn't so. Unless you have a middle-of-the-day brunch, food will cost you around $50 per guest, with alcohol upping that number significantly more. All that money isn’t completely wasted, though. The food is excellent, and the cost includes linens, china, crystal and sliver. Plus, you can't put a price on getting married in the heart of Buckeye City.
Tall Timbers is located just east of the city, in Reynoldsburg. Though it’s only a short drive from the Columbus skyline, it feels like you’re a million miles away. The setting, right on Route 40, makes it easy for guests to find and easy to reach from any direction. Tall Timbers offers weddings and receptions both indoors and outdoors, and your rental of the facility gives you exclusive use of the grounds during your event. Their inside reception room is cozy, with large windows and a huge stone fireplace, but the “L” shape of the room may be tricky for setup. The venue does do their own catering, and the menu is extensive but a little pricey. To save a few bucks, bring your own alcohol. They’re one of the few up-scale venues in the area that allow it.
The Clock Tower is not only beautiful inside and out, but they’re a full-service facility. If you book your wedding, reception or both here, they’ll take care of every detail. Your personal wedding planner will arrange for tables and chairs, carryout your floor plan, handle décor and centerpieces and much more. Standard rental includes linens, wedding party champagne toast, mirror and votive centerpieces, cake table décor, cake cutting, vegetable hor’dourves and more. You may not bring in your own food or alcohol, but their in-house caterer offers a wide menu at decent prices, and the alcohol prices aren’t too steep. While you may bring in your own DJ, photographer and pastry chef, they also have one on premises if you’d rather they handle it all. The room is gorgeous with arched entries to set the tone, big windows for natural light and two granite bars to impress your guests.
It’s hard to find a view like the ones they offer at the River Club. You’re situated right on the river with a prime view of the downtown skyline. This place is elegance all the way, and they don’t make the bride lift a finger. The staff at the River Club handles every detail of your big day, right down to your invitations and transportation. All you have to do is a find a dress (and a groom!) and show up. They take care of the rest. Prices aren’t cheap, but you won’t know how much it’s going to cost you until you take a tour. They’ll give you a detailed estimate then.