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Suggested Venues

These are venues we have found satisfactory in the past.

Gervasi Vineyard

Gervasi Vineyard in Northeast Ohio provides a graceful and romantic setting for intimate outdoor or indoor weddings. Our 55-acre Italian-inspired estate provides a beautiful setting for weddings in two unique and spectacular venues:

The Pavilion and The Villa Grande
Our spacious outdoor
Pavilion seating up to 200 guests overlooks a spring-fed lake and lavish grounds and vineyard, creating a breath-taking picturesque environment for your special day.

Our indoor Villa Grande event center seating up to 120 guests for weddings, provides an elegant Italian Villa style setting for smaller intimate weddings in the Gervasi Village complex located on the south end of the lake.

To complete the ultimate Tuscan vineyard experience, wedding guests can enjoy the comforts and charm of our 24 luxurious villa suites at The Villas, our boutique Inn also located in Gervasi Village.

At Gervasi, you will experience the stylish and graceful wedding of your dreams. Gervasi Vineyard truly is Northeast Ohio’s memorable wedding destination.


Stan Hywet Hall


Wedding Rentals


Garden Ceremonies

No tables or chairs. Stan Hywet provides seating for up to 20 guests who may need to sit during the ceremony.

Rental of site: $1600

Locations: English Garden, Tea House at Birch Tree Allee, South Terrace at the London Plane Tree Alee, The Dell.

Photography: $400 for up to 15 guests. ($10 for each additional guest.)


Carriage House Auditorium: up to 100 guests - $2300

Manor Hall Auditorium: up to 200 guests - $2500

4 hour rental (minimum) - Each additional hour - $200 For more information on Stan Hywet Hall Go to their web site: and click on "Rentals."

Meyer's Lake Ballroom

3218 Parkway Street NW

Canton, OH

Tel.:  330-455-5900




Park System

A wedding or Reception can be held in the Metro Parks. There are several lovely locations within the system. Alcoholic beverages may not be served, however, as they are prohibited in the parks. Also, you must complete a special-use permit and send it to the administrative offices at least four weeks before your event.


For more information: 330-865-8065

Or call the administrative offices at 330-867-5511, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.





Tallmadge Church

115 Tallmadge Avenue

Tallmadge Oh  44278

Tallmadge Church is on the public circle of the city of Tallmadge, in Summit County, at the intersection of State Route 91 and State Route 261. It is open all year, weddings and events by appointment only.  For more information call: 330-633-0854



Halls or Country Clubs


There are many halls and country clubs that allow outside rentals.  Among them the Akron City Recreation Centers, Chenoweth Country Club, the Quarry Country Club, Glenmoor in Canton, SYB Hall in Stow, halls within the park system of each community.  Many church halls are available for rental and some do catering as well.