Group Home Nav WeddingsCongratulations! All the love in the air has you thinking about your wedding. You’re getting married, but where to hold the ceremony and reception? Destination weddings are popular these days, but perhaps you don’t have the budget to fly off to Fiji or you don’t want the entire wedding party going broke on travel expenses. Destination weddings can be done close-to-home too, and Shores and Islands Ohio is within 300 miles of nearly 50 million people including the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. So why not consider a beach wedding or other unique area venues for your nuptials? Here are a few popular and outside-the-box ideas for weddings locations in Shores & Islands Ohio.

Popular Venues:

With 210 miles of shoreline, waterside weddings are extremely popular! The Catawba Island Club offers both indoor and outdoor reception and ceremony options with stunning views of Lake Erie and its amazing sunsets. The Outdoor Pavilion can host up to 175 guests while smaller ceremonies and receptions can be hosted in the Harbor Room. With its lakeside location, quality food service, 34 onsite hotel rooms, and years of entertaining expertise, Catawba Island Club is one of the most well-liked locations in the area to tie the knot.

Ruta WeddingAnother much-loved wedding and reception venue in Huron has been newly renovated. With a lakeside gazebo and space for over 350 guests, Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts offers onsite reception space, 239 guest rooms, a golf course, and many other resort amenities. Sawmill Creek by Cedar Point Resorts has much to offer when hosting a wedding in the region.

Weddings and wine are a perfect combination! Shores and Islands Ohio boasts many beautiful wineries that are perfect wedding venues. From the rolling fields of Quarry Hill Winery to the historic wine cellar at Gideon Owen Wine Co., to the island beauty of Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate or Kelley’s Island Wine Company, the area’s wineries offer a variety of spaces and styles.

Unique Venues:

Want to make your wedding stand out? Take a walk on the wild side at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions. A variety of flexible ceremony and reception spaces, 890 guest rooms plus 65 entertainment villas, and on-site catering make for easy planning. Additional resort activities, memorable décor at every twist and turn, and a chance to celebrate will have people remembering your wedding for a lifetime.

Wedding Perry's MonumentIf nature’s bounty is what you are looking for in your venue, look no further than Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore. The arboretum offers outdoor ceremony sites in either a traditional wedding area or in a Japanese garden with seating for up to 300. The Veh Conference Center offers indoor ceremony or reception space for up to 90 guests with a beautiful deck overlooking the gardens, or party right in the gardens with a tent set up for the reception for up to 300.

Think merry-go-rounds are just for grabbing the brass ring? Not in Shores and Islands Ohio. At the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky, you can grab the brass ring and put a ring on your finger (hopefully that one isn’t brass though). With the center of the museum as a working carousel, host a ceremony and/or reception for up to 100 people surrounded by the horses and other carousel creatures throughout the museum. What a whimsical wedding!

From a wedding shower at a winery, bachelor/bachelorette party on an island, rehearsal dinner aboard a Lake Erie cruise, to a ceremony on the beach, Shores and Islands Ohio has everything you need for a fabulous destination wedding. Let us help you plan your wedding in Shores and Islands Ohio. May your wedding day be the beginning of a lifetime of love and happiness! Visit for more ideas and to contact us today.