According to the Wedding Report, the total number of weddings in the Cleveland metropolitan area in 2021 was 9,095. That’s a lot of I-do’s and a lot of cash!
If you are like many newly engaged couples starting a life together, you may be on a pretty tight budget. If you are planning a wedding, a big chunk of the cost will go towards the venue you choose.
Choosing the perfect wedding venue that is affordable and reflects your personality, as well as your beloved’s personality, can feel overwhelming. Some things to consider are the wedding size, overall vibe, ceremony spot, and reception venue, including food and beverages.
There are money-saving strategies to tackle all of these venue items, so before you go off and elope, please know that there are a ton of affordable wedding venues in Cleveland, Ohio. Here is a list of our favorites!
One of the biggest trends in the wedding industry in 2022 is the rise of micro weddings. Intimate and affordable, The CoLab is one great option. Located 5 miles away from downtown Cleveland, The CoLab is a charming venue for a boutique wedding.
The CoLab has 900 square feet, an open floor plan, and plenty of natural light with 9-foot windows. The building itself was constructed in 1922. It has been fully renovated, yet has kept much of its historic charm with original hardwood floors and a tin ceiling.
Typical Cost: Starts at $1,100
Capacity: Up to 36 seated guests
Bonus: At The CoLab, you can rent the venue space alone or choose one of their 3 affordable full-service wedding packages.
BayARTS Fuller House
Located on the west side of Cleveland, the BayARTS Fuller House is part of the Metroparks’ Huntington Reservation. Built in the 1870s and fully restored in 2009, this historic Victorian-style mansion is amazing!
The BayARTS Fuller House has 2 gazebos and a wrap-around porch for an outdoor wedding. There is also a raised stage with an arbor for your wedding ceremony. The property also boasts painted murals, flowering gardens, manicured lawns, and a historic caboose. How fun!
Typical Cost: Starting at $2,000
Capacity: Up to 150 seated guests
Bonus: The BayARTS Fuller House has a fascinating history and was moved from its original location to its current location by floating it on a Lake Erie barge in 1984. Your wedding guests can enjoy hearing about this and the Fuller House’s colorful past with a tour of this Cleveland landmark.
Vermilion Country Club
Are you and your fiance into golf, but never dreamed you could afford a wedding at a fancy country club? Vermilion Country Club is located on the south shore of Lake Erie in a charming suburb of Cleveland.
Established in 1914, the country club has a 9-hole public golf course. While a lot of country clubs are stuffy, the Vermilion Country Club is anything but. The vibe is laid back, fun, and family-friendly.
There are both indoor and outdoor spaces at the Vermilion Country Club. Outside there is a pavilion and a picnic area with scenic views of Lake Erie. Or you can choose to have your reception indoors in the bar and grill dining area.
Guests can spend the day at the Vermilion Country Club or choose to stay in one of the nearby accommodations in the quaint town of Vermilion.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,500
Capacity: Up to 150 seated guests
Bonus: Tee times start at only $5 so you and your guests can enjoy a round of golf the morning of your big day.
Rincon Criollo Cleveland
If you and you’re beloved love Puerto Rican food, then you should definitely check out Rincon Criollo Cleveland for your wedding. Located in a historic downtown Cleveland building, this event and party venue is perfect for a smaller wedding.
Rincon Criollo Cleveland has been family owned since 2006 by a Puerto Rican couple who are sure to treat you like immediate family and make your wedding day special.
The venue has 2 large spaces for your wedding with a mini bar, sink, storage, and lovely decor. And did we mention the food? All of the authentic Puerto Rican dishes are made fresh from scratch and are absolutely delicious.
Typical Cost: Starting at $500
Capacity: Up to 60 seated guests
Bonus: You can rent the venue only at Rincon Criollo Cleveland, but you’re probably going to want them to cater to your affair once you see their menu and affordable prices.
The City Club of Cleveland
Looking for a hip venue with a modern, urban vibe? Then look no further than the City Club of Cleveland. Founded in 1912, the City Club of Cleveland is one of the nation’s oldest independent free speech forums and may be the perfect venue for you and your socially conscious finance. And the City Club of Cleveland knows how to host an elegant and fabulous wedding!
The City Club of Cleveland has several affordable inclusive wedding packages to help take the stress of wedding planning off of your shoulders. Ceremonies include setups with theater-style seating, wireless microphones, and a beautiful altar area.
After your vows, you can have cocktail hour in a room overlooking downtown Cleveland. Finally, you can choose one of several spaces for a rocking reception.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,000
Capacity: Up to 200 seated guests
Bonus: Located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, out-of-town guests have plenty of overnight accommodations within walking distance from the City Club of Cleveland.
Park Social Lounge
Park Social Lounge is one of the premier nightclubs in Cleveland and may be the perfect spot for your wedding! Located in the heart of the city, this venue is off the hook. If you are looking for an eclectic party spot to celebrate your big day, Park Social Lounge has an amazing urban vibe, and the best part? The price.
The main wedding venue is on the rooftop patio. Dance the night away under the stars while enjoying delicious craft cocktails from the bar. Feel like clubbing? The Park Social Lounge has the hottest DJ’s in town. And you can get V.I.P. reservations in the club with bottle service.
Typical Cost: Starting at $825
Capacity: Up to 300 seated guests
Bonus: With rave reviews and affordable packages, you and your wedding guests are sure to have the party of a lifetime at Park Social Lounge.
Another fabulous choice for an urban wedding in the city is the brand-new Truss Cleveland. With one of the best views of downtown, this venue is definitely worth a look at. Located on the 9th floor of INTRO Cleveland, the space is sophisticated and contemporary with a nostalgic twist.
The main venue is reached from the elevator on the ground floor. Once your guests arrive on floor 9, they will be treated to floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Cleveland’s skyline.
The total venue is over 10,000 square feet with several unique spaces. The 4,000-square-foot terrace is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and cocktail hour. Inside the main event hall with black steel trusses to keep the space column-free.
Typical Cost: Starting at $800
Capacity: Up to 700 seated guests
Bonus: The overall vibe of Truss Cleveland is reminiscent of the Gatsby era, so why not have a roaring 20’s themed wedding?
Cleveland History Center
Are you and your fiance history nerds… um, we mean buffs. History buffs. If so, the Cleveland History Center may be the perfect venue for you to tie the knot.
The Western Reserve Historical Society runs this 7-acre campus in Cleveland and they would love to help you customize your big day, all while staying within your budget.
There are more than 10 spaces to choose from at the Cleveland History Center. Outdoors there is the beautiful Hay McKinney Garden and the fragrant Hanna Courtyard Garden. The Crawford Rotunda features classic motorcycles, cars, and aircraft. So many choices for you to geek out at this fabulous venue!
Typical Cost: Starting at $250
Capacity: Up to 1,000 seated guests
Bonus: You can add the Euclid Beach Park Carousel for an additional fee. Wow!
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of getting married outdoors in a country estate but didn’t think you could afford it. If this is you, definitely check out the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio. A short 30-minute drive from Cleveland, this historic mansion is located on 70 acres and is absolutely spectacular.
You can choose to say your I do’s in any of the amazing gardens on the property. There is an outdoor area called the Service Well and Drying Yard that can be used for cocktail hour.
Receptions can be hosted in The Manor House Reception Hall which has a cozy vibe with a fireplace. There is also the luxurious Carriage House Reception Hall which has French doors that lead to a tented patio space.
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,900
Capacity: Up to 400 seated guests
Bonus: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens offers several packages for your big day and also hosts weddings during the weekdays to help you make your dream wedding become a reality.
Events On Ridge
Rounding out the list of the most affordable wedding venues in Cleveland is Events on Ridge. Another micro wedding venue, Events on Ridge is one of the newest and sure to be most popular places to tie the knot in Cleveland. This 1,700 square-foot space has several very affordable wedding packages.
Packages range from the Estate at $675 to the Pearl at $3,000. Each package has a 5-hour time slot and multiple amenities. Events on Ridge can customize your wedding vision into a reality. Newly renovated in 2020, you have to see this amazing space to believe it.
Typical Cost: Starting at $675
Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests
Bonus: Events at Ridge allows you to bring in your own vendors including catering to help you save money for your honeymoon.