9 Lush, Outdoor Venues in Ohio

Say "I do" amid blooming bushes and sweeping pastures at these outdoor venues.
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Cleveland Botanical Garden

11030 East Blvd., Cleveland; (216) 721-1600; Cleveland Botanical Garden

Dreaming of exchanging vows among colorful roses or in an exotic Japanese garden? This botanical retreat offers 10 acres of landscapes for both intimate (20) and grand (400) guest lists. After a ceremony in the sunken garden, treat guests to cocktails by a lily pond filled with lotus flowers on the terrace. Then, head into the temperature-controlled Clark Hall for dinner and dancing—plus a view of the nationally acclaimed herb garden. During a winter wedding, you can watch the snow fall over the manicured grounds thanks to two-story windows.

The French House

3012 Section Road, Cincinnati; (513) 221-2610; French House

Built in the early 20th century, this Georgian Revival–style home emits a timeless charm appropriate for a classic Ohio wedding. Set on a meadow in a 275-acre park, the brick house can host weddings inside around the ensconced fireplace for up to 90, while larger guest lists of up to 300 can celebrate in a tented reception next to the garden's gazebo. Bonus: Given the historic home's proximity to Cincinnati, many of the urban area's local brews and spirits can be featured at a signature bar during your cocktail hour.

Barn at Rush Creek

29130 Klump Road, Sugar Grove; (888) 222-4691; Barn At Rush Creek

Looking for a majestic, rustic setting in southern Ohio? This private, 200-acre farm boasts a pond, meadow (for outdoor ceremonies) and barn outfitted with hundreds of string lights for receptions up to 200. The farm even has a 20-guest lodge for your prewedding glam station or to host close family members for an afterhours dance party. Plus, couples who book the venue's most robust "Elegant Evening" package, which includes everything from an officiant to a two-entrée buffet dinner, get one extra perk: a cabin for two nights to kick off the honeymoon.

Canyon Run Ranch

395 North Rangeline Road, Pleasant Hill; (937) 676-2082; Canyon Run Ranch

This ranch, with a landscape full of native Ohio wildflowers, will wow guests with its stunning ceremony site: a bluff overlooking the river canyon. Have a photographer snap photos of your friends and family by the waterfalls, and at dusk, roast s'mores around the fire pit. The 165-year-old, hand-hewn, timber-frame barn even features unique chandeliers— handmade from recycled mason jars—to illuminate your reception with 150 guests.

Irongate Equestrian Center

12298 Croton Road, Croton; (740) 893-8001; Irongate Equestrian and Event Center

With space for more than 600 guests in the equestrian center's main show arena, this luxury horse farm can be draped off to create separate cocktail hour and lounge areas during the reception, and even serve as plan B for outdoor ceremonies overlooking 105 acres of grazing pastures. Plus, your rental can include everything from bourbon barrels for décor to a sparkler-filled grand exit.

Culinary Vegetable Institute

12304 Mudbrook Road, Milan; (419) 499-7500; The Culinary Vegetable Institute

Food lovers can throw a sustainable feast at this 300-acre working farm and culinary research facility. After a grand entrance on a horse-drawn carriage, share your vows with 120 guests in a ceremony officiated by the institute's proprietor. Then, escort guests to the flower garden, where specialty crudités and cocktails can be served prior to a tented reception. Insider tip: The Great Room makes for an inviting space for a farewell brunch with house-made pastries and stunning views.

Waters Edge

7805 Georgetown St., Louisville; (330) 875-0100; Waters Edge

Have a vineyard wedding close to home at this winery just outside of Canton. Wed under a white gazebo next to the lake, then wander to one of three reception areas: the clubhouse (fits 120); the new, barn-like Great Hall (accommodates 350); and the recently renovated outdoor Pavilion with views of the vineyard (for up to 400).

Toledo Botanical Garden

5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo; (419) 536-5566; Toledo Botanical Garden

With more than 9,000 species of plants and trees, 13 art installations and 10 ceremony and reception sites, this botanist's dream says "garden party" at its finest. Shady spots like the Pond Gazebo accommodate smaller guests lists up to 100, while the hilltop Grand Allée, which overlooks the lake, can seat 500.

Franklin Park Conservatory

17777 E. Broad St., Columbus; (614) 715-8000; Franklin Park Conservatory

The second botanical garden in the world to have a Dale Chihuly hand-blown glass exhibit, the Franklin Park Conservatory's 43 species of palms, brightly colored artwork and Venetian-style fountain make it a drop-dead gorgeous site to say "I do." After a ceremony below the soaring glass roof of the historic Palm House, invite guests to the West Terrace's brick veranda for sunset cocktails. As artist James Turrell's LED installation lights up the facade, return to the tropical garden for a seated dinner and dancing with 170 friends and family. Allow guests to wander the 88-acre urban park and greenhouse during the event to admire the signature artwork and lush surroundings.

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