Admittedly, we splurged on our venues and cut back everywhere else, but we’d make the same decision again.
Our ceremony was at Stan Hywet (fee was $1800). The staff is amazing at coordinating, setting up, running the rehearsal, and making sure everything ran very smoothly. Plus, it’s gorgeous, has very expansive gardens, stone overlooks, reflecting pool, a waterfall, lagoon, and the manor house itself has a very castle appeal. They also already have a rain plan in place that was very stress-free for us (though we didn’t have to use it). They trammed us and any mobility impaired guests, and each part of the wedding party (bridesmaids, me, groom, groomsmen, parents) were assigned attendants with headsets. The price was steep, but our photos are gorgeous and it was very stress-free.
Our reception was at the Sheraton overlooking the river. Again, very stress-free with an amazing staff and very all-inclusive. The rooms are beautiful, the food was great, and we got a two-story bridal suite with a jacuzzi, kitchenette, dining/living areas, and a balcony overlooking the river for free the night of the wedding and at a severely reduced rate any surrounding nights. We spent about $8000 on a 100-person rececption, including all night ballroom rental, 4 food options, full open bar for 6 hours, all tables and linens, decor they provided, uplighting, personal attendants again, gratuities, and service charge. They also have a library room with a pretty fireplace for ceremonies, but we opted not to use it.
Photos here: http://gallery.weddingbee.com/photo/our-outdoor-fall-castle-wedding-photo-heavy
Other venues: we looked at Gervasi Vineyard and the Canton Club. Some friends are planning their wedding at McKinley Grand Hotel, and it looks beautiful.