I am a current Cleveland Bride to be. I checked everything in cleveland, and moved my reception to Akron.
I looked at the following, feel free to check out their webpages, they have a LOT of this information on there:
Downtown (all did their own alcohol):
Sammy’s in the Flats, decent price, but lower capacity
Windows on the River, decent price, “loft feeling”, higher capacity
County Courthouse, 4000 just to reserve the hall
Science Center, high rental price, and exclusive caterer
Galleria – higher rental price
Hyatt Hotel on Euclid: Cost per plate start at around 82 per person, but the rental fee is low – added bonus, hotel is right there
Marriott Hotel: Buffet dinners (lowest price item) start at 110 a plate
Ritz @ Tower city – it’s a ritz, it seemed expensive
University Circle (all did their own alcohol):
Gildden House – 4000 for the rental, and it is under a tent outside with a max capacity of 130
Botanical Gardens: SOOO expensive – about 6000 to get a room and the cocktail hour outside, plus an exclusive caterer that quotes 125 a plate as average
Natural History Museum – cheaper rental fee, but hard to find a place to have a seated wedding reception
Crawford Auto & Air Museum/ Historical Center: This was the best option at University Circle, about 1500 for the rental, a beautiful outdoor possible location for the ceremony, historic mansion for photos, but their capacity was on the smaller end.
EVERY HOTEL. Cheapest I found was the Marriott w/ a 69/ person buffet
Landerhaven – pricey and a little too far out for the guests
The Civic (clev. hts) Large room rental 1500, low costs for food, have to supply your own alcohol & bartenders
There were a couple that I didn’t get a chance to check out, Brennan’s is a party center on the near west side that has decent prices, it was just a little to “hall” for my taste. There is a hall in Mayfield that has a decent price per plate & you can bring your own alcohol.
So now our wedding is in university cirlce and the reception is in akron. If you don’t mind driving a little south of the city, there is a place called St. Michael’s Woodside, which is a hall behind a church, very nice, prices are a bit better. It’s about 20 minutes south of the city.