March 24, 2016
For happy couples celebrating their nuptials this season, the Short North Arts District is here to showcase the best the city has to offer.
Weddings are many things. They’re romance. They’re celebration. They’re a time for family to come together. They’re a time to eschew tradition and be yourself with someone you love. Whatever the reason, it’s pretty universal that a wedding is an event like no other. Whether it’s your big day, or you’re just joining in the celebrations, the Short North Arts District has you got covered for anything and everything to help you have an unforgettable time.
WHAT TO WEAR
La Jeune Mariee
Offering amazing options for sparkly, understated and elegant dresses, newly opened La Jeune Mariee gives the bridal party plenty of beautiful options. With exclusive collections from top designers and undiscovered talent, La Jeune is the best option for creating some serious beauty for everyone at the big day.
Local suit shop Pursuit will take care of everyone in the bridal party that needs a suit with mega style. With a focused approach on approachability, customer service, and affordability, it’s easy to get why they’ve been able to expand so quickly in just the few years since opening. Finishing up a look top to bottom, it’s a one-stop shop suits, ties, bow ties, and accessories so that everyone is looking top notch.
For the Wedding Guests
Blending classic chic with new cuts and avant-garde silhouettes, Clover is a great spot for wedding attendees who want to shop for their whole look in one spot. Featuring flawless cocktail dresses, accessories, jewels, and shoes, Clover hits all the high notes for an evening not to forget.
Known across the country for their sense of effortless, windswept beauty, Anthropologie is a great choice for guests, bridal parties, and even the lady of the day! For timeless looks that won’t break the bank, Anthropologie is absolutely a stop wedding goers should check out.
WHAT TO EAT
Short North Piece of Cake
With a solid nod from The Knot, earning their 2016 Best of Weddings distinction, Short North Piece of Cake is very much the gold standard when it comes to all things cake. With 15 years experience of making picture-perfect cakes for the big day, it’s easy to understand why. The only things that’s hard to believe is that they’re as tasty as they are beautiful.
With some seriously inspired European pastry, viennoiserie, quick breads, and cakes, Laughlin’s is an amazing option for people who are serious about their sweet tooth. While wedding cakes aren’t the forte of this hidden gem off E 2nd, their tarts, tea cakes, scones, and pastries make for a breakfast or brunch option that’s near perfect, especially for visiting family looking for a quick bite or two before the big event.
Exquisitely prepared artisan chocolates? Yes. A perfect idea for adding a little more bounty to a cake table or for your gift bags for out-of-town guests, Le Chocoholique is the place for bite sized morsels of perfection.
Native Cold Pressed
With as much cause for celebration as weddings bring, it’s easy to get why the next morning calls for something that’s healthy and refreshing. For thoughtful friends looking to brighten the couple’s morning, what could be better than the honeymoon suite fully stocked with the freshest, cold pressed juice from Native? Blending a bounty of ingredients with the most tried and true techniques, Native’s juices are nutrient packed and sure to replenish and freshen to make the most out of the new couple’s first day in wedding bliss.
WHERE TO BE
The green showcase for the city, Goodale Park sits at very center of a bustling, fun-loving Columbus as an oasis of tranquil forest, flower, and duck ponds. With views that capture the nearby skyline, and the excitement of High Street a block away, Goodale is the best place in town to feel the best of both worlds, an outdoor garden wedding right near the Short North Arts District.
Le Meridien, The Joseph
Recently featured by Architectural Digest exemplifying Columbus’ emerging notoriety as a center for the arts, Le Meridien, The Joseph Hotel is a beautiful showcase of all things creative, stylish, and comfortable. With ballrooms perched directly above High Street, a wedding here is perfectly placed to watch the city unfold beneath you, and sweeping views of Downtown that are guaranteed to inspire.
Hilton Columbus Downtown
The Hilton Columbus Downtown seems to be working at a double act, being part hotel and part gallery, both of which it pulls off with a chic ease. Linking the Short North Arts District with Downtown Columbus, Hilton is at the center of it all, and minutes away from some of the biggest attractions the city has to offer. Inside you’ll find Gallerie Bar & Bistro, home of Chef Bill Glover, one of Columbus’ most celebrated chefs and one of very few to present at New York’s prestigious James Beard House, perfect for some (delicious) energy before dancing the night away.
The Garden Theater
One of the city’s most historic buildings, and the Short North Arts District’s most enduring landmark, The Garden Theater is a jewel box of a building that is guaranteed to make any night magic. Opened in 1920 as vaudeville theater, the Garden retains all of its charm and much of its original detailing. Extensive renovations have taken to get the theater back to its old glory, and has since attracted couples that desire a unique wedding space.
There are a number of places in the Short North Arts District to hold weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. Click here to download a list of event venues.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY
For invitations, thank you cards, stationery, and accessories, On Paper is undoubtedly the best choice in Columbus. With 20 years of experience, the quality at On Paper is impossible to beat, as is the range of options. With impressive press and reviews from The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Columbus Bride, this quaint store front on High Street has been helping to make announcements beautiful and memorable for a very long time, and no couple should hesitate about trusting them with their special day.
Recently opened Robert Mason Company also supplies well wishers with stylish lines of minimalist inspired cards, sleek pens by Balmain, and leather bound journals, perfect for reception guest books. Tigertree also should be a stop for shoppers, with lines of cards in typically fashionable, geek-chic style for thank you notes and more.
The Short North Arts District has some of the city’s most outstanding florists and garden boutiques that are sure to go above and beyond for your big day. From weddings to private parties, grand openings, to corporate get-togethers, these shops have seen and done it all.
For a classically elegant aesthetic, Steven Cox Flowers is the choice, well known for his exotic collections of imported orchids. A whimsical occasion calls for The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique, with a flair for captivating arrangements that seem more like living sculpture than flowers. Showcasing the natural bounty of an English country garden, Rose Bredl Flowers & Garden is a garden-inspired floral studio, with highlights on simple bouquets exemplifying natural beauty.