(Closed) Cleveland, Ohio wedding Venue?????

posted 11 years ago in Cleveland
Post # 3
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did an extensive search of venues in downtown Cleveland last year. You say that you want to spend $5,000 for everything. Does that mean that 5,000 is your total wedding budget or the amount you want to spend on food only? Also, how many guests are you looking to invite?

I will be honest with you and say that I am not sure what facility you will find in downtown Cleveland at that price point. The vast majority of the places that I looked at were $60 a plate and up. Downtown is also tricky because of parking. Many places will charge you for guest parking so that is another cost to keep in mind.

In terms of places to check out, maybe look at windows on the river or Massimo de Milano. Those are two locations that I remember that had lower prices.

I think you may have more luck looking in the NE Ohio area for a venue because prices in downtown Cleveland are definately more expensive.

If you are willing to look outside of downtown Cleveland, maybe check out Ruby’s hall or Pine Ridge Country club. Those are both nice facilities with high ceilings and lower prices.

Good luck!

Post # 4
45 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Check out Sammy’s in the Flats….I dont remember their pricing exactly, but it might work.

Post # 5
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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.

East Side:
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.

Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Ella1978–great recap!

Botanical Garden caution–my mother’s neighbor had booked her reception there.  They called a couple months before and canceled on her.  Luckily it was a smaller second wedding and they were easily able to rebook at Landerhaven.

We looked into the Goodtime II (or whatever number they are on)–it was actually pretty reasonable and included the DJ.

I do NOT recommend Barrington Golf Club in Aurora.  It is a beautiful place and seems reasonable, but they nickel and dime you for everything.  The layout is also strange.  They say they can seat up to 275, but they only have 90 chairs.  You have to rent the rest.  Unfortunately my mother missed that and a couple other details before putting down the deposit, so I am stuck with them.

If $5K is your budget, you might want to consider a luncheon reception.  That’s a tight number for downtown.

Post # 7
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I would have killed to have ours at Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 😉

Or The Jake…

Post # 8
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Cleveland bride here, check out La Vera Party Center they will negotiate prices with yout but realize that you may have to sacrafice some things, they include the wedding cake you supply your own alcohol.  Also try Pazzos grand ballroom, there is one on the east and west side.  I checked out the eastside venue and from the outside you would never guess that there is such a beautiful ballroom inside, huge dance floor beautiful chandeliers you can’t bring in outside alcohol.  There is also a place out euclid with decent prices you can even get married in their outside gazebo its called The Manor or manor house I believe.  If you really want to be budget friendly you could rent the Community Hall in Euclid is actually very nice and find someone with great catering prices or they work with an outside caterer now I believe and they have outside space on the lake where you could have your ceremony.

Post # 9
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

Our reception was at the Club at Key Center.  The service, food and ambiance were awesome and the downtown location was perfect.  Definitely check it out!

Post # 10
84 posts
Worker bee

I am planning my ohio wedding from mississippi! I ended up going with the spring lake party center in akron. sorry i cant be of much help for the cleveland area! but akron has some nice stuff. or erie pa right over the lake!

Post # 11
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I went to a wedding at the Courthouse- the bride told me it was “amazingly cheap,” but not sure what that means.  It was the most gorgeous venue I have ever been at for a wedding.

Post # 12
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@guitargirl: FYI the Cleveland courthouse is $4,000 to rent the space. Add rentals, catering costs etc etc and I don’t think that venue is “incredibly cheap!”

Post # 13
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Not only is the courthouse 4K to rent, but you then have to use a caterer for the food and alcohol AND decoration.  We got quotes of around 45-50 a person for a simple bar, and uncomplicated food.  That didnt’ inlclude any rentals.  You have to rent the tables, chairs, linens, plates, silverware.. everything.

It is beautiful, a friend of mine was married there, but not cheap…

ETA:  My numbers are for a reception at the Courthouse… not a wedding.  You can get married there too – don’t know the cost.

Post # 14
1774 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I stand corrected.  My brother and SIL had their reception there. Long story made short: they had promised to help defray some of the wedding party travel costs (they wanted everyone staying at an expensive hotel), and backed out at the last minute claiming they couldn’t afford it.  One of the other bridesmaids had said that if they didn’t spend so much on the venue they could have done what they promised.  They said that it was “incredibly cheap” because it was a public building, and that it didn’t cost much more than our reception site (ours cost $500).   Apparently they lied.  Now I’m mad!

Post # 15
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Aww.. I’m sorry guitargirl…

Funny the stories that people will make up.  I suppose if they had a contact they could have gotten a reduced price, or if it were years ago, possibly it was cheaper.  I was looking for sites in the spring/summer of 09 and those were the prices I was given at least!

It is an absolutely beauitful building though!

Post # 16
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

While I’m not planing a wedding in Cleveland, I did attend undergrad there…my sorority had formals that required us to keep food <$30 plate which proved difficult…we had $5000 roughly for food and buses.  I also attended a few fraternity formals.  We didn’t provide an open bar, so that cut costs…but I’m pretty sure these venues will give you the biggest bang for your buck (note: we had our formals in March or April so some of these may have been off season fees):

Windows on the River

Marriot near airport

The Nautica Queen

Sammy’s in the Flats

The City Club…the room we rented would probably fit ~100.

Cleveland Zoo-Orangutang Room

The Jake (or Progressive field or whatever they changed it to)-this one may have been more expensive because it was a fraternity formal and they pay individually.

Our Engineering Council had a few banquets.  We had a larger budget, but included alcohol:

Natural History Museum in University Circle-plenty of room for a banquet for 400…they had us in this main open room.

Top floor of Huntington building-we prearranged for free parking in the garage adjacent to the building.

I hope this helps some!  It seems like most places actually in Cleveland are pretty expensive…but as others said, if you were willing to travel a bit, you should be able to find a great deal!


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