Ohio Ballrooms With a Twist

These Ohio ballrooms are anything but ordinary.
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Nicoletta Richardson
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Nicoletta Richardson
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  • Nicoletta Richardson is an Entertainment Editor for Apartment Therapy Media.
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Akron Art Museum

1 S High St., Akron, OH; (330) 376-9185; AkronArtMuseum.com

If "modern," "chic" and "elegant" are your wedding buzzwords, the museum's grand lobby may be up your alley. What's on the walls is impressive, but it's the sleek, three-story glass and steel space (seats up to 300) that will really inspire your day—just add dramatic lighting.

Bell Event Centre

444 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH; (513) 852-2787; BellEventCentre.com

Historic St. Paul's Church was empty for six years before being purchased and carefully restored by The Verdin Company, the oldest bell and clock manufacturer in North America. Two years later, the vaulted ceilings, terrazzo flooring, stained-glass windows, hand-painted murals and antique clocks—just to name a few of its amazing architectural details—debuted as The Verdin Company corporate headquarters and the Verdin Bell and Clock Museum, which now serves as a beautiful wedding backdrop as well (for up to 300).

The Columbia Ballroom

24883 Royalton Road, Columbia Station, OH; (440) 236-8070

With a white, barn-like exterior and hardwood dance floor, this charming venue has defined rustic since 1931. Say "I do" on the venue's lawn surrounded by tall trees, then move inside to a cozy ballroom with country character. Pretty lanterns and white lights add to the magic.

The Dayton Art Institute

456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH; (937) 512-0162; DaytonArtInstitute.org

Take your celebration beyond just four walls. Fitting with its worldly, one-of-a-kind art, the museum's Shaw Gothic Cloister has a unique hexagon shape. We love the elegant glass-domed cathedral ceiling, exposed brick walls and VIP views into the museum galleries. Plus, there's no need to trim the guest list: The banquet room holds 250 to 300 guests for a sit-down dinner.

High Line Car House

550 South High St., Columbus, OH; (614) 882-7323; TwoCaterers.com

Once a barn for the cars and horses of Columbus's streetcar system, this 1873 structure now has a new life as a rustic downtown event space for up to 300 guests. High ceilings, wood trusses, wood floors and exposed brick are a quaint throwback to its rich history. On the food front, its caterer Two Caterers means wedding menus are serious in the best possible way. Plus, its location in the city's Brewery District means lots of local beer to offer.

Hyatt Regency Cleveland at The Arcade

420 Superior Ave. East, Cleveland, OH; (216) 575-1234; Cleveland.Hyatt.com

Old meets new in this resort's historic architecture (think: ornate brass railings and dramatic columns) combined with elegant renovated elements, such as redesigned sweeping marble staircases. With a 100-foot skylight (composed of 1,800 panes of glass), spacious doesn't even begin to describe it. The Arcade seats up to 220 guests, and larger parties (up to 400) can utilize additional seating on the balcony.

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

11400 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH; (216) 421-8671; MOCACleveland.org

In 2013, MOCA made its new home at Cleveland's University Circle, adding to the cultural renaissance the neighborhood is experiencing. Want extra-impactful wedding photos? Pose in front of the new landmark's dynamic architecture, including a four-story, 60-foot facade clad in a mirror-finish stainless steel. Inside, the Cleveland Foundation lobby, Kohl atrium or Cahoon lounge (from 20 to 200 guests) each make for a creative party among cutting-edge art.

Paul Brown Stadium

1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH; (513) 455-4800; Bengals.com

Football stadiums aren't just for sports. A completely different experience from game day, a wedding in the atrium-style club lounges wins for the can't-be-beat views of the Cincinnati skyline and Ohio River. Everything here is bigger, including the 62-foot windows and 45-foot bar. Taking pictures on the field is a must, of course.

The Westin Columbus

310 S High St., Columbus, OH; (614) 220-7034; WestinColumbus.com

With grand beginnings in 1897, this downtown hotel has retained its 19th-century vibe with its white marble floors, stained-glass windows and floor-to-ceiling mirrors of the recently renovated Victorian-style ballroom. While the room (holds 350) does have a historic vibe, new furniture, fixtures, carpeting and wall treatments keep the look contemporary.

Windows on the River

2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, OH; (216) 861-1445; WindowsontheRiver.com

Just as the name suggests, it's all about the views. Choose from three distinct sections that each highlight a different vista of Cleveland, whether it's the city's trademark bridges, skyline or Cuyahoga River. Once the historic FirstEnergy Powerhouse, which dates back to 1892, the venue is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Host cocktail hour at the adjacent Greater Cleveland Aquarium (think of the photo ops!) or the outdoor Jacobs Pavilion for a larger affair.

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