When initially planning a wedding, certain event venues come to mind—hotels and country clubs for example. However, if you are looking to personalize your wedding and make it more unique, the first step is to pick an untraditional venue. Columbus is full of interesting locations that truly take an event to the next level and cater to your specific wedding tastes. For example, if you are planning a classic and elegant celebration, event venues such as The Ivory Room and the Ohio Statehouse are blank slates that can be elevated with the use of florals, linens and place settings. The Ivory Room offers an unmatched view of downtown Columbus in combination with Cameron Mitchell’s delectable catering. The Statehouse is also an excellent choice because its high ceilings and rich history add grandeur and splendor to your ceremony and reception. Both venues can house 300 guests.

However, traditional weddings are not everyone’s taste. If you are looking for an out of the box location that will be different from any other wedding you have ever attended, the Columbus Zoo is the perfect option. This option is definitely better for a more casual affair or for a couple that simply loves animals. The location boasts the opportunity for an outdoor or indoor ceremony depending on the season and couple’s preferences. The quirkiness of the zoo allows for eccentricity in the ceremony and a fun twist. Plus, the vast space of the zoo allows for a guest count of over 300 people.

If none of the previous locations fit your desires, then maybe an outdoor garden wedding is more your style. The Franklin Park Conservatory boasts four different venues within their location ranging from botanical gardens to an atrium to a charming barn. No matter which part of the location you choose, this venue is sure to be a stunner. It accommodates up to 250 guests. Another great outdoor location perfect for a tented affair is the Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, Ohio. This secluded location is a lush landscape for a couple seeking an outdoor, elevated garden celebration and can seat over 300 guests.

Lastly, if you are looking for a truly urban vibe, Dock 580 is the place to be. This venue offers an industrial atmosphere complete with red brick walls. This location is another blank slate and can take on any desired look. Dock 580 accommodates up to 200 guests and is located in the heart of downtown Columbus.

Overall, Columbus is full of unique wedding locations beyond hotels and country clubs. There are countless unique venues—it is just up to the couple to decide the backdrop of their special day.