The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is a private family club that offers non-members the opportunity to hold their wedding and reception in the beautiful gardens and main dining room area. With 30 acres of well-manicured landscaping, the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club can host a wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and morning after brunch for between 20 and 250 guests.
The living room is a great area to receive guests, enjoy cocktails, appetizers and mingle before or after the ceremony. It can hold up to 200 people and acts as a backup for an outdoor wedding that must be moved indoors due to rain.
Wedding ceremonies take place in the lush garden area, which comfortably fits up to 200 guests. With waterfalls and foliage, guests sit on either side of a stone walkway to view the ceremony.
This covered outdoor area provides an alternative to the garden ceremony when the weather is bad or offers an outdoor space for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and celebrating after the ceremony. The veranda holds up to 110 guests and overlooks the water.
What You Should Know
For the ceremony, the bride walks down a set of stairs to a stone pathway where she crosses a bridge to meet her groom. This is the traditional garden ceremony for most couples who book with the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club. Fees include a wedding planner, one hour rehearsal the night before, use of the bridal suite and setup and tear down provided by the staff. Additional fees include the use of a bridal arch that the couple's florist decorates and the use of white chairs for the ceremony.
Chagrin Valley Athletic Club offers a variety of wedding packages to meet different budgets and menu options include passed or displayed appetizers, a sit down dinner and buffet choices. While the couple have the option to provide their own wedding cake, the venue does offer chocolate fountains, custom cupcakes and custom pastries.
Chagrin Valley Athletic Club provides a few finishing touches to help impress guests and make the day run smoothly.
- Food tastings available for up to four people to determine the menu
- Complimentary votive candles and mirrors placed around the reception space
- Complimentary cake cutting and serving service provided by staff
- Children's menu items available for sit down or buffet meals
- Numerous choices of linens and tableware
From the Vendor
Our Country Club setting offers beautifully landscaped gardens for your outdoor ceremony (with a gorgeous indoor option… just in case), an elegant living room to receive your guests, a grand veranda overlooking our lake, a classy main dining room for your dinner and a water front deck for “dancing under the stars”. We can service up to 250 guests within our special event areas. Our attention to detail starts with our first meeting and continues until all your guests have left for the evening. We have a passion to create memories that will last a lifetime! There are many menu options for your consideration. We are happy to customize your meal to meet your expectations. We have the perfect venue for your Wedding Celebration, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner and Day After Brunch.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Country Club
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering
Chagrin Valley Athletic Club allowed me to have my absolute dream wedding on June 24,2016. My husband and I loved the indoor-outdoor aspects of the venue. We had a beautiful outdoor garden ceremony, cocktail hour indoors in a comfy living room setting or outside overlooking the lake on the balcony area called the verandah (both allowed to us! so guests mingled nicely), a formal sit-down dinner inside the dining room, and dancing on the deck overlooking the lake outside. I have the most amazing pictures because of the many areas allotted with booking a wedding with them. Every area and room is absolutely beautiful. And that is only attesting to appearance. Behind the scenes, we received the most amazing customer service from start to finish. Jane, the wedding coordinator allowed us to book a wedding with them that fit perfectly to our vision and our budget. She was extremely available through email. The staff took care of even the littlest details and were a "Bride's dream" to work with. We also decided to have only vegetarian food served at our wedding as my husband and I are long-time vegetarians. We thought this would be met with resistance with our guests, however, the food was so good at CVAC, that is all anyone noticed! In fact, we still get compliments on how great it tasted, and only now, a month later are people noticing that no meat was served!! I have over and over been told how much fun every guest had, and most frequently I hear that this was the "best wedding venue" they have ever been to. I would strongly agree with this! CVAC allows you to use so much of their beautiful property and it is such a fun and awesome contrast to the traditional dark 1-room reception hall. I have nothing but compliments for the service and experience I received at CVAC! It truly was an all-inclusive experience working with them!!
Our July 2016 wedding at CVAC was beautiful! Jane is very easy to work with, attentive, and has an eye for detail. Dealing with a new staff member while organizing the rehearsal dinner was challenging, but Jane stepped in to make sure our wedding went on without a hitch, (which it did!). I would reccommend this venue to anyone looking to book a wedding in the Cleveland / Chagrin Falls area.
Great venue, great service, great people!Reviewed on 10/20/2015
My wife and I decided to have both the ceremony and the reception at CVAC, and it was the easiest of decisions! We wanted a summer wedding and a natural environment for our ceremony decorations. The gardens at CVAC are so gorgeous and they made the ceremony absolutely stunning! The reception hall is a great size and the food is amazing! My wife has Celiac's disease at it runs in her family so we wanted to make sure that everyone would be able to eat anything that was served. CVAC went through the process of ensuring nothing was cooked with gluten and there was no additional cost! Not one guest knew that the bread, the pasta, the crackers, etc. were gluten free! The staff at CVAC are awesome and they make the big day so special yet easy to plan. There are dressing rooms for the bride and groom and their wedding party, which made our experience very unique. Overall, the grounds are beautiful, the food is delicious, and the staff is very helpful and wonderful to work with. The price can't be beat for what you are receiving in service and quality.
CVAC was the perfect venue for my wedding. The outdoor ceremony space is amazing, and Jane in Sales was very supportive and one of the nicest people that I worked with in all of our wedding planning. The food was FANTASTIC (honestly was my one of my must haves for our wedding), and they fit really well with our budget. The wedding planner I worked with for the majority of the time, Kate, was beyond amazing, however she has moved on to another job so there are some pretty big shoes to fill. My only negative comments are that some of the spaces are outdated, and the bathroom in one of the dressing rooms didn't work, however, having our own personal space for both the bride and groom to get ready outweighed the dated space. Also, I was disappointed when Kate left, and the management didn't inform me (she left the week of my wedding). These things are so small in the overall scheme of things, and I would definitely recommend this venue to anyone who's looking for a great venue with beautiful views, and excellent staff.
Friendly but oudatedReviewed on 10/04/2014 Erin H
Very helpful and nice staff. We did not choose to work with them since the interior needed an update. We wanted to have a band but the ceiling was low and it seemed cramped.
Very impressedReviewed on 8/10/2013 Jacquelyn W
I found this venue on my search on The Knot, and figured I would give it a shot since it was one of the few places that had an outdoor area for the ceremony. When we actually went to visit, the events coordinator showed us around and made it very clear that they were willing to work with our limited budget, and they truly pulled through. The food was excellent, everyone we talked too really enjoyed it and they worked with the DJ to make the day as smooth as possible. They were easy to contact and get a hold of with our many questions and did their best to explain the contract so we knew exactly what we were getting into. Could not have chosen a better venue for my ceremony and reception.
I love this place.Reviewed on 12/04/2012 Conisha W
I think everyone who goes to Chagrin Valley Athletic Club to get married has a great experience....I did. I had an intimate fall wedding here everything from the space to the food was perfect. The best part to me was the knowledgeable and friendly staff stemming from the Event Planner Clay. With Clay's years of experience and confidence I knew that my wedding would be nothing but perfect. I suggest this venue for the bride who wants an all in one venue with great food and beautiful ambiance at a great price. Love this place!!!
Very Nice PlaceReviewed on 6/11/2012 Karin C
This is a very nice venue for a small wedding. The onsite coordinator was very helpful and it was very easy to set up appointments to meet with him. The food is excellent, much better than I expected. There are many choices from the menu. Moreover, the chef can accomodate special dietary needs, such as gluten free. My guests with special diets were quite impressed with choices and the chef's understanding of their needs. Definitely a good value withou compromising on quality.
Meet The Manager
I am looking forward to meeting you! With over 18 years of experience in private clubs I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that I am happy to share with you. Chagrin Valley Athletic Club is the perfect venue for your Wedding Celebration, Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner and Day After Brunch. Our Country Club setting offers beautifully landscaped gardens for outdoor ceremonies, an elegant living room to receive your guests, a beautiful ballroom for your dinner and a water front deck for dancing under the stars. We are happy to customize your menu to meet your expectations.