Adena Mansion & Gardens 847 Adena Road, Chillicothe; (740) 772-1500; OhioHistory.org
This amazing venue was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe -- the architect of the United States Capitol under President Thomas Jefferson. The mansion and gardens accommodate 250 people outside with a tent provided and 150 guests for inside venues, in the Visitor Center and Barn. There is a suggested list of local caterers to use through the Mansion & Gardens.
Alexandra's Bed and Breakfast117 North Main Street, London; (740) 852-5993; AlexandrasBB.com
Built in the late 1850s by the Cheseldine Family, Alexandra's Bed and Breakfast was originally known as the Cheseldine House. Space is limited for out-of-town guests -- there are 16 rooms and two Carriage Houses and a Cottage House. Weddings held inside fit 40 people, but outside weddings can accommodate 175. Full catering is available through the bed and breakfast for both dinner and brunch the day after the wedding. All weddings that end after 3:30 p.m. must also rent out the rooms in the main house, which will cost them around $935.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House2950 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati; (513) 751-0651; OhioHistory.org
The space now functions as a cultural site, perfect for a quiet, smaller wedding. For a reception that's more intimate and low-key, The Stowe House can accommodate 50 guests for an inside event. Keep in mind that they don't allow dancing, but there are no rules about caterers. You must also provide your own decorations and clean up.
Heather Downs Country Club3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo; (419) 382-3481; HeatherDowns.com
Die-hard golfers will love getting married at the Heather Downs Country Club. Wedding parties ranging from 150 to 300 guests could be accommodated both inside and outside on the historic plantation-style setting of the golf course. For an extra treat, a round of golf can be included in the day's activities. All of the food is prepared on-site by their own catering team.
The J.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum325 East Iron Avenue, Dover; (330) 343-7040; DoverHistory.org
When you pull up to this 19th-century farmhouse, you'll be taken back to the days when it was part of the growing canal port community of Dover. The land around it is full of small hills, perfect for an outdoor wedding. Wedding receptions take place outdoors, with the Carriage House as a background setting. The home can handle 30 inside, yet indoor weddings are very rare. Outdoor weddings can accommodate over 300 guests -- but note that outdoor caterers must be approved by the Reeves Museum at least 30 days prior to the wedding day.
The Old Courthouse1 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland; (216) 443-7095
If you're the more traditional type without wanting a church wedding, the Old Courthouse is the perfect space. The impressive grounds set a dramatic first impression. Inside you'll find high ceilings and marble floors. Large parties of 375 can be easily accommodated inside, and there are no restrictions on catering companies, though they do work frequently with Taste of Excellence.
Sauder Village22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold; (800) 590-9755; SauderVillage.org
If you're really a history buff and looking for something beyond just another pretty, historic venue, you may want to check out the Sauder Village. The largest living-history destination in the state, it sets the scene of daily rural life in the 19th and 20th centuries, with activities and demonstrations. There's even a church, St. Mark's Lutheran, on the property. The Founder's Hall is where you'd have your reception. It has amazing 65-foot laminated arches and an iron chandelier. The Sauder Village professional staff handles all of the catering with several options for family-style, buffet or plated dinners, and outside caterers are not allowed. Bonus: Out-of-towners can stay right on the property at the Sauder Heritage Inn!
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens714 N Portage Path, Akron; (330) 836-5533; StanHywet.org
Are English gardens your thing? The Manor House at the Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the perfect choice. There are various locations on the estate for a ceremony, including the Manor House's Music Room, with dark oak wood and a statement chandelier; the English Garden, for an intimate wedding; and The Dell, a woodland setting. You can host your reception in the Manor House Auditorium, which can accommodate up to 200 guests, or have it outside. The property features more than 70 acres of magnificently landscaped gardens, so it's also a great venue for photos. Choose from one of four preferred caterers when working with the staff.
Taft Museum of Art316 Pike Street, Cincinnati; (513) 241-0343; TaftMuseum.org
William Howard Taft accepted the nomination for United States president at the Taft family home in 1908. Avid art collectors, the Tafts left their house and private art collection to the city of Cincinnati in 1927, and it was opened as a museum in 1932. Weddings inside the Taft Museum can hold up to 150 people, but outdoor weddings under the Garden Tent on the brick terrace by the landscaped garden hold up to 300 guests. Choose from their select group of recommended caterers.
Wildwood Manor House5100 W Central Avenue, Toledo; (419) 407-9700; MetroparksToledo.com
This historical house is the former family estate of a local automotive executive but is now part of Metroparks. The Wildwood Preserve includes the entire grounds, as well as the home and prairie surrounding it. Individual rooms or a combination of areas in the house can be rented for weddings. A total of 80 guests fit inside the Wildwood Manor House for a ceremony, but for an additional cost, you can hold the ceremony outdoors. Dining inside in one room fits 60 people, but if you separate guests into several other rooms or tent the back of the house, they can accommodate up to 150 guests. A staff member assigned to the wedding will work with the couple from consultation through the wedding day for a more personal touch. There is no preferred caterer, and the Wildwood Manor House handles all of the setup details.