March 09, 2015
As the winter wanes and the first of the crocuses and daffodils push through the last remnants of snow on the ground, it’s hard not to feel at least a little magic in the crispness of the first of spring air. The chirping of newborn birds bounces off the brick walls along High Street through the tree cover and a new carpet of mint green replaces the old blanket of snow. Spring is a new beginning, which is why matrimony naturally accompanies it. This spring, couples across the city will be saying “I do”, and the Short North Arts District in the heart of Columbus is the perfect place for two hearts to come together. Here is a list of everything couples will need to make their big day the perfect day.
Rings & Jewels
Known mostly for their outstanding collections of furniture and home décor, Grandview Mercantile also specializes in antique jewelry. Dozens of glass compartments are filled with beautiful pieces that are one-of-a-kind and incredibly unique. Definitely not for the ordinary bride, while diamonds do make an appearance the mercantile’s collections are filled with opal, garnet, pearl, and intertwined figures in vintage rose gold.
Star Jewelers on High
Star Jewelers is the place for getting starry eyed. Rows and rows of beautifully brilliant stones line this family owned jewelery boutique recently moved into the District from Bexley. Wonderfully intricate bands of silver characterize much of their bridal collection, highlighting lace and floral motifs, covered in exquisitely cut diamonds. Being family owned, the store prides itself on a level of personal care with customers that is hard to find elsewhere.
With impressive lines from hard to come by jewelers, including Jack Kelege and Fana NY, the showroom at Alexanders Jewelers is meticulously filled with pieces that are meant to impress and inspire. The staff at Alexanders is incredibly knowledgeable, ready to assist a first-time ring buyer with questions of clarity, carat size, cost, and cut. The store works hard to maintain its distinction as a location of excellence and brings that mindset with them to every client they meet.
The Garden Theater
Now beautifully renovated, High Street’s Garden Theatre has been restored to much of it’s former glory. This local landmark, as a surprise to many, is one of most memorable spots for a wedding in the city. The intimately sized stage is big enough to host their myriad collection of performances throughout the year, but small enough for an average sized wedding party to feel comfortable and cozy throughout the evening. Architecturally captivating and incredibly unique, the Garden Theater is an amazing option for couples who wish to celebrate in the city.
In the very center of Columbus, Goodale Park is one of the city’s most loved landmarks. Surrounded by new spring blossoms and beautiful views of the city through the tree cover, a spring wedding at Goodale Park is an amazing event. Ceremonies are hosted at the gazebo by the lake, with the sounds of the iconic elephant fountain in the background. Contact the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Columbus to make a booking.
The Hilton Downtown Columbus
With their enormous array of options, from the very formal to the more fun, their teams of expert staff and long background of experience in playing host for events big and small, the Hilton Downtown Columbus is a no brainer for a couple who wants nothing left to chance. Centered in the beautifully contemporary space of the Hilton, the event ballrooms are spacious, elegant, and ready for any wedding party. Located on High Street just steps away from the Short North Arts District arches, the Hilton Downtown is a scenic spot for a celebration.
Rose Bredl Flowers & Garden
Taking care of more than just the bouquet, Rose Bredl is an incredibly well honed boutique specializing in making beautiful weddings. Their aesthetic is garden-inspired, timeless, and feminine. Taking care of a wide swath of decorative needs for events – tables, chairs, flower stands, and of course arrangements for the bridal party – are all sure to be finished with a lighthearted perfection characteristic of the shop itself.
Steven Cox Flowers
Steven Cox Flowers prides itself on providing personalized care to each of bride. From classic to contemporary, naturally inspired to the glamorous, Steven Cox has an attention to detail that is hard to find elsewhere. Wonderfully elegant, his shop provides a glimpse into a very refined aesthetic. Furthermore, Steven Cox Flowers goes above and beyond just florals, acting as a full service event planner for brides who would like an extra hand.
The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique
Whimsical and naturally captivating, Paper Daisy has a very experienced staff who will bring a flawless simplicity to your ceremony. While they of course cater to the wishes of the bride, many clients are drawn to the shop because of their unmistakable feel; relaxed, sweet, and lovely.
Invitations & Accessories
For the best correspondence goods, only one name should be on this list and that’s On Paper. The inspiringly unique shop offers a huge selection of carefully crafted invitations of course, but they go much further. From guest books and pens to programs, welcome bags, place cards, seating charts and even cocktail napkins, the store has every couple covered when it comes to the written word.
Big Rock Bridal Atelier
Simply put, Big Rock Bridal Atelier is unrivaled. This boutique works with brides and her closest companions one-on-one only, allowing just one bride in the store at a time to ensure no detail is left to chance. Once inside, brides are treated to designer gowns that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Vera Wang, Ulla-Maija, and UK-based Jenny Packham grace the walls in beautiful symphonies of ivory and cream. Crystal and precious stone headbands glitter in their display cases topped with bouquets of fresh roses, alongside gracious settees. Classic and beautifully elegant, the attention of Big Rock is an experience every bride should have.
Cakes & Sweets
Short North Piece of Cake
Taking care of the Short North Arts District’s sweet tooth for a while, Short North Piece of Cake is THE Columbus hot spot for the best wedding cakes around. The experienced and talented baking team is ready for any challenge, taking requests and inspiration from brides across Central Ohio and turning them into the most delicious pieces of art work you’ve ever seen. With their locally sourced ingredients (including a healthy amount of local breweries and distilleries!) the Piece of Cake team has no problem whipping up something delicious and gorgeous.
Quickly becoming a new city favorite since opening up in the Short North late last year, Laughlin’s Bakery is a great stop for sweet treats outside of the cake department. Their sumptuously sweet varieties of cookies, bars, pastries, and breads are perfect for topping tables after dinner with, filling up guest bags with or the next morning’s big family breakfast.
Rehearsal Dinners & Catering
Hubbard Bar & Grill
Set in the historic Winders Motor Sales Company building, Hubbard Bar & Grille offers a little bit of both old and new Columbus. Renovated to perfection, their first floor restaurant is a spot many are familiar with. Unknown to many is their second floor’s private dining room and bar. Overlooking High Street and decked out to impress, Hubbard’s private space is perfect for a rehearsal dinner or reception. The menu blends classic and contemporary, featuring much loved classic comfort food recipes with unique twists featuring local growers and a talented crew of cooks. Wine and beer lists are impressive, almost as much as their long list of house-created signature cocktails.
Martini Modern Italian
While most Short Northers know Martini as one of the best happy hour spots in town, they also double as one the chicest private event spaces in the city. Covered in dark woods, leather and art-house lighting, Martini delivers atmosphere on lock. Great for groups up to 70, guests can be treated to Martini’s delicious, contemporary Italian fare. Whether it’s a plated dinner, buffet, or cocktail reception with small bites, Martini Modern Italian is a good bet for a party that gets it just right.
Rigsby’s Kitchen is by far one of the District’s most loved spots. Their flair for modern Italian cuisine and their impeccably posh dining room are a treat for any food lover. Even better, as a pleasant surprise to many, is that the experience isn’t just limited to their High Street restaurant. Rigsby’s doubles as a full service caterer, offering off-site services as well as their private dining space (which doubles as an art gallery), Ray’s Living Room. Rigsby’s focus on seasonality and use of local vendors shines through as ever and doesn’t back down from wanting to impress.
Greg Miller Photography
With over 30 years of experience, Greg Miller Photography is sure to capture your wedding moments with an unparalleled eye for detail. Not really having a distinctive style, his philosophy revolves around his clients, trying to capture the spirit of the subject rather than adding his own exposition. His portfolio includes many well-known local business and government leaders, as well as high profile events around the city.
Amy Clark Studios
Amy Clark admits her love of weddings “may rival just about any teenage girl.” Blending funky and edgy, vintage and modern, Amy brings a real passion to the table that is hard to find elsewhere. Her albums are whimsical and endearing, capturing all the moments a couple could want to remember their big day. Details are a big focus for Amy, focusing on the lace of a gown, ripple of frosting on a cake, and drops of dew on a wayward flower petal.
Reverse Vanity Spa
A full service salon and spa, Reverse Vanity Spa is a home away from home. Their services include waxing, massage, facials, microdermabrasion, nail therapy, make-up, airbrushing, and more. Located in the heart of the District, Reverse Vanity is an oasis from anything the city can throw at you. Hosting private events for bridal parties, their team will get your bridal party into tip top shape for the fun to come!
In the Short North Arts District, Phia Salon is definitely the place for hair. While they don’t offer packages in-house for bridal parties they DO offer a lifesaver – on-site stylists to make sure every hair is where it needs to be for the aisle. Boasting an experienced team of experts, brides don’t have to worry that they’re in the best hands in town.
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Bliss Event Design
For those couples who don’t want to leave anything to chance, or feel that over-stressing isn’t the best way to start out their lives together, it helps to help a little (or a lot of) professional help in your corner. Bliss Event Design in the Short North Arts District can definitely help, because when it comes to weddings, they’re no amateurs. Creating spectacular events across the state, the staff at Bliss all boast varied backgrounds, from Disneyland to high fashion. What brings them together over weddings is their creative commitment to interesting and stylish events. Looking through their event albums you see unique spins on tradition and seas of smiling face. While everyone may have a dream wedding, Bliss studio’s one of the few places that can make it a reality.
– Tyler Wilson