Did you know that in 2021, the average cost of a wedding in Ohio was $20,347? If you’re engaged to be married, first of all, congratulations! Second of all, don’t let that scare you into planning a fabulous wedding that’s within your budget!
If you’re lucky enough to live in northeast Ohio, you already know that this is a beautiful area of the country. With rolling hills, woods, lakes, and rivers Northeast Ohio is also home to 3 metropolitan cities; Cleveland, Akron, and Canton.
Another thing that Northwest Ohio has are wedding venues. A whole lot of them! Choosing the perfect wedding can be overwhelming, especially if you are on a tight budget. We’ve done all the research for you and here is our list of the most affordable wedding venues in Northeast Ohio.
Cleveland History Center
One of the best money-saving tips is to check out places that are run by nonprofits. The Cleveland History Center is one of those venues.
The Western Reserve Historical Society runs this 7-acre campus in Cleveland. They want to help you customize your wedding day, all while staying within your budget!
The Cleveland History Center has more than 10 spaces to choose from. If you are wanting an outdoor wedding in Northeast Ohio, there’s the beautiful Hay McKinney Garden and the flowering Hanna Courtyard Garden.
Inside, you can rent the Crawford Rotunda which features classic motorcycles, cars, and aircraft. You can also rent the Euclid Beach Park Carousel for some fun wedding photos.
Capacity: Up to 1,000 seated guests
Bonus: You and your guests will love checking out the interactive exhibits at the Cleveland History Center!
Events On Ridge
Another way to save money on tying the knot is to consider having a micro-wedding. These are generally smaller and more intimate affairs where you can spend quality time with the guests you want to see.
Events on Ridge is a micro wedding venue located in Cleveland. Newly renovated in 2020, Events on Ridge is one of the newer venues in the wedding market.
The space at Events on Ridge is 1,700 square feet. This indoor venue has 4 affordable wedding packages and the wedding experts can customize any wedding vision you have into the party of your life. With multiple amenities and rave reviews, Events on Ridge is definitely worth a look.
Typical Cost: Starting at $675
Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests
Bonus: If you choose, you can bring your own vendors and caterer to the venue at Events at Ridge to save even more money.
LaPlace Events is located in northeast Ohio in Akron. This indoor venue has rave reviews and is ready to turn your dream wedding into a reality. The overall vibe is luxurious, romantic, and fun!
LaPlace Events is an all-inclusive venue and has several affordable wedding packages that include a ceremony room, bridal suite, and food and alcohol.
Let the wedding experts at LaPlace Events take care of every little detail of your wedding, allowing you to focus on enjoying your big day with your loved ones.
Typical Cost: Starting at $500
Capacity: Up to 350 seated guests
Bonus: If you spend a certain amount on your wedding, you can hold your rehearsal dinner at the ballroom at LaPlace Events for free! Who doesn’t love free?
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Looking for a fun, unique, and affordable venue in downtown Cleveland? Then definitely check out the Greater Cleveland Aquarium! With abundant marine life, the vibe is romantic and exotic, yet intimate.
You can walk down the aisle through a 175-foot underwater tube and then say your vows in front of the 230,000-gallon tank shark exhibit with some unexpected guests like sting rays and angel fish.
For an additional fee, you can have your cocktail hour in the space and even hire divers to hold up a special sign just for you! Afterward, you and your wedding guests can head over to the Windows on the River venue for a sophisticated reception.
Typical Cost: Starting at $800
Capacity: Up to 400 seated guests
Bonus: Located in the heart of Cleveland, there are tons of nearby accommodations for out-of-town guests.
The Hive: A Gathering Place
Another micro wedding venue, The Hive: A Gathering Place is located in Northeast Ohio in Ravenna. You’ve got to see this super cute space to believe it and one of the best things? The price!
The Green Room or Parlor can be used as a bridal suite. The Side Yard is an outdoor space for your intimate ceremony. With picnic tables and benches, there is room to set up tables and chairs, as well as a tent.
Dinner receptions can even be held in the Meeting Room. The space is intimate, yet charming!
Typical Cost: Starting at $200
Capacity: Up to 30 seated guests
Bonus: There is a catering kitchen at The Hive with a microwave, sink, and full-size refrigerator. You can bring your own caterer or get suggestions for local catering.
The Spicy Lamb Farm
If you are dreaming of an outdoor wedding set in a country farm setting, then please check out The Spicy Lamb Farm located in Peninsula, Ohio. The farm is family owned and sits on 12 lovely acres.
The farm raises sheep, ducks, bees, and organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Established in 1914, the vibe is laid back, charming, romantic, and peaceful.
The venue at The Spicy Lamb Farm is the Pavilion which seats up to 72 guests and tents can be added to a larger wedding party. With state-of-the-art AV equipment, the owners of the farm can provide recommendations of preferred chefs, local food sources, and caterers.
When you rent the venue, you get access to all of the furry farm animals and you can even get a sheepdog herding demonstration for an additional fee. How fun is that?
Typical Cost: Starting at $250
Capacity: Up to 80 seated guests
Bonus: When you rent the venue at The Spicy Lamb Farm, you can start your marriage off with some good karma! The Spicy Lamb Farm uses eco-friendly, sustainable practices in its food production.
Pine Lake Trout Club
Located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Pine Lake Trout Club is another fun and unique wedding venue. Pine Lake Trout Club sits on over 80 acres of peaceful wooded land. This private fishing club has a cozy banquet room and 4 quaint cabins.
The Banquet Room was remodeled in 2016 and is 2,740 square feet. You can have an outdoor ceremony anywhere on the property and then head to the Banquet Room for a homestyle dinner and reception.
With in-house catering as an option and a full-time event coordinator, this beautiful, rustic setting may be the venue for you.
Typical Cost: Starting at $350
Capacity: Up to 110 seated guests
Bonus: The venue at Pine Lake Trout Club, including the cabins, is pet-friendly so you and your guests can make your furry friends a part of your special day.
Trinity Great Hall
If you are looking for a more traditional and affordable venue, Trinity Great Hall might be the spot for you. Located in Kent, Ohio, Trinity Great Hall is a part of the Trinity Lutheran Church. With stained glass windows and an organ, you can have a classic wedding ceremony in the church.
Trinity Great Hall has 2 room options for your reception. The Gathering Room is perfect for an intimate micro wedding and sits up to 35 seated guests. The Great Hall is the larger space and can seat up to 157 guests sitting and 300 guests standing.
Typical Cost: Starting at $180
Capacity: Up to 157 seated guests
Bonus: There is a full kitchen at Trinity Great Hall and you can bring in your own food to save money or the staff can recommend an approved caterer. Plus, beer and wine are permitted and Trinity Great Hall will provide an approved bartender and security.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire
Are you and your beloved fans of the medieval period? If so, the beautiful venue at The Great Lakes Medieval Faire can provide a fairy tale wedding. Located in Rock Creek, Ohio, the venue is open to the public, but also offers “Timeless Weddings” at an affordable price.
Richard Manor is the space where all the magic happens. You can say your I-do’s in the gorgeous Wedding Garden and then head over to the White Pine Lodge or Cinderella Chateau for your reception.
Set among a 3-century Medieval village called Avaloch, the venue has 2 very economical wedding packages to choose from.
Typical Cost: Starting at $500
Capacity: Up to 50 seated guests
Bonus: Why not have a gothic-themed wedding and ask guests to wear their finest medieval wedding attire?
The Lakehouse Inn
Another unique wedding venue in Northeast Ohio is The Lakehouse Inn. Located in Geneva-on-the-Lake, the property overlooks the Southern Shore of scenic Lake Erie. With gorgeous sunsets, the vibe is intimate and romantic with both outdoor and indoor spaces.
From June to September, outdoor ceremonies can be held on the lower patio and receptions on the upper patio. The farm-to-table restaurant known as Crosswinds Grille is another option for your reception.
There’s also a full production winery at the venue and a spa. How awesome would it be to treat your wedding party to spa treatments while sipping on local wine?
Typical Cost: Starting at $1,400
Capacity: Up to 100 seated guests
Bonus: For accommodations, The Lakehouse Inn features 8 guest rooms, 3 cottages, and a house rental for the ultimate destination weekend wedding!