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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Historic Venue
Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
YWCA Ceremony and Reception: one stop shopReviewed on 10/15/2013 Kristen S
We chose to have our fall 2013 wedding at the YWCA in Downtown Columbus, OH and we're relatively happy with just a few exceptions. The ballroom was a perfect size for our 130 guests but I feel that much more than that would have been a tight squeeze. We seated 8 per table and decided to have the bridal party table on the stage. We also had the ceremony there as well which worked out wonderfully with a little bit of work. We set all the chairs from the tables up on the dance floor and slightly beyond onto the carpet. In between the ceremony and reception we had all of our guests exit to the foyer and balcony where drinks and appetizers were served while a few friends and family moved the chairs back to the tables. Took about 10 minutes and our guests really enjoyed not having to drive to a different location. We also had the bar open during our ceremony so that guests could get a beverage during the pre-ceremony music and everyone LOVED the idea. We had Hoggys cater the food. The balcony was a huge hit as the weather was perfect in late September and there were wonderful vies of downtown. The location also made for a lot of photo opportunities close by such as the State House, The Columbus Commons, and Arch Park. There's a lot of opportunity to have a DIY wedding there although they are a little stingy on time as you are only allowed 5 hours total for your event and you have to have all items removed by midnight. When asked if we could pay extra to remove our decorations on Sunday we were denied but they were willing to take more money for extra hours to the start of our ceremony but nothing beyond midnight. It was a little rushed and hectic but many of guests pitched in to help and we were able to get it done. The male coordinator tended to have an attitude during most encounters but the female was relatively nice and easy to work with. During our finalization meeting Andrew was a little pushy and basically wanted us to set up the tables how he saw fit not what worked for us but in the end he wasn't there, we did what we wanted, the maintenance staff was WONDERFUL, and everything worked out just how we plannede also rented the parking lot adjacent to the building for $300 which was great for our guests. We blocked rooms at the renaissance hotel so our guests were able to walk to and from especially after drinking. Overall, I would definitely recommend the YWCA just be careful of your timing. Another strange thing too is that there are residents living there so they advised us not to leave any belongings outside of the ballroom in the foyer overnight on Friday because they can't guarantee the security. Kind of sucked because wee had liquor for the bar, our guestbook table, seating charts, etc all set up and had to take them down until right before the ceremony.
Spacious and BeautifulReviewed on 2/21/2013 Kelly M
My husband's sister got married here 15 years ago and it was very reasonable back then and pretty, so we decided to check it out. It was the first place we took a tour of and loved it so we went with it! It holds up to 235 people (and we had a big wedding) so it was perfect! They also keep it updated, so we didn't have to worry about it looking older even though it's an older building. It also has a great view from where the reception hall is located up on the 3rd floor. We had our wedding in the winter so this wasn't very ideal for us to use, but it's a pretty good sized balcony to walk out onto. A concern of ours was parking space for our guests, but the YWCA has a parking lot you can rent for the whole evening for under $500! The guy in charge of the reception hall is also easy to work with and will help with any questions you have. He does like for you to be completely ready with everything you need and all your plans of what you would like on your wedding day when you meet with him 2 weeks beforehand though. I felt like he wanted to get in and out of the meeting quickly. I would recommend the YWCA to anyone having a big wedding, looking to keep costs down a lot, or just for a good location, beautiful reception hall!
Beauty on a budget.Reviewed on 8/13/2012 Laura D
When we discovered that we were having an out of state ceremony, we knew that our dreams of a large fancy venue in Ohio were not coming true. There were some things we were not willing to give up on..and the most important was a downtown venue, off street parking, and our nine piece band. When we found the YWCA, we were so excited to get all three of these! The Y is great because not only do you get to bring in your own alcohol and your own caterer, but you have the entire floor to yourself! One thing we didn't like about the typical "hotel reception" is that there were several parties going on at the same time, and we had the whole floor to ourselves! Now for the negatives... Due to the way we choose to set up the room, half of our guest spent the night in the foyer/by the bar. Our fault. In regards to service, communication with the event planner/organizer, was very poor leading up to the event. We were not informed of the cut off time for our event until AFTER we had made the deposit. We had planned to have a true cocktail reception that started at 7:30 or 8 and went late into the evening. We later found out we had to be completely out of the room by midnight, which meant our event had to start by 6 to get our full five hours in. Also, a huge pain, we had to get everything out the night of the event that we brought with us. This meant that family members had to start tearing down early in the night, thus many guests took this as a signal that they had to leave. Another negative: there was not a representative from the Y in the room with us the whole night..only a very sweet maintenance man would stop up every once in awhile. This meant, when we wanted the lights turned down for the dancing or needed the air cranked up (was VERY hot in the room), I had to send a bridesmaid down to the front desk (only one elevator was working too of course lol) representative who then would radio someone to come and do this with a key. Also, when drinks were inevitably spilled on the dance floor, WE had to run and find a mop in the kitchen and clean it up. So, in short, while the room is very unique and has great downtown views, you have to remember you get what you pay for! :-)