o knowledgeable and helpful. This with the other staff snapping at us for asking questions about where we could put our stuff/move our supplies gives me the impression there isn't good leadership here. There isn't one thing that I'd change. sed the small theater and it couldn't have been better. It is annoying to have to clear everything out the night of the wedding, but I put an aunt/uncle in charge and they went to the Renaissance, picked up my car, and filled it with everything from presents to cardbox and the floral arrangements. Overall, working with the Athenaeum and Jackie was awesome and made our day go smoothly. he Macedonian Room which comfortably fit all 200 of our guests. :). We had our reception in the Olympian Ballroom which was the best choice we made throughout the wedding planning process. But other than that, the food was amazing, the staff the night of the wedding catered to us to make it as simple and help us have Definitely just like all the reviews say! I highly recommend the Columbus Athenaeum as a wedding venue! We would highly recommend The Columbus Athenaeum to anyone getting married or having an event! I cannot thank Gina and the staff at The Athenaeum enough for creating the perfect ceremony and reception for our special day! The Columbus Athenaeum was everything we could have wanted in a wedding venue and more! The Providence Athenaeum offers an unforgettable backdrop for many types of events. Planning a wedding here was - Our experience at the Columbus Athenaeum was incredible! The rest of the staff were equally as friendly and helpful - our captains at dinner were fantastic (1 saw me carrying my plate back from our stations and ran over to carry for me so I didn't spill anything on my dress! ouldn't have asked for a better venue or team to work with! The evening was incredible. When Gina asked me my dcor ideas and I explained them, she said, I think we might have the perfect dcor for you! It "went missing". They kept thousands! Gina an We got married on 10/17/15 at the Columbus Athenaeum. I had my ceremony and reception there. We did not feel we needed to hire a 3rd party wedding planner since we had Gina and our DJ on site to keep everything running smoothly. I'm so very glad I pick to have my reception here. Jackie and the rest of the staff made it so easy on me. The venue is in a great location in downtown Columbus, and even our out of town guests found it easy to get to from their hotels. She made sure every little detail was in place and everything was perfect. The Small Theater is gorgeous with the twinkly lights hanging up everywhere- the evening felt magical and our photos are breathtaking. so many complements on the venue, food, and staff from our wedding guests. The Athenaeum would not refund us any more than $500 even though our total guest count was almost 20 people short of what they charged us for. We used the Macedonian Room for our ceremony and it was beautiful and fit all of our 180 guests. Experienced staff, alongside the venues executive chef, prepares sophisticated cuisine and takes care of each careful detail. I keep hearing from our guests that it was the best "wedding food" that they have ever had! Jackie and her team took our vision and brought it to life. The ceremony and re As a family, we have officially completed our third wedding at The Columbus Athenaeum. the process making it fun and easy! Absolutely get married here! TCA is THE BEST wedding venue in downtown Columbus, if not, the whole state of Ohio! We also had a family member who has epilepsy have a seizure at the reception due in part to the heat of the ceremony room. I held my wedding here and would not recommend it due to very poor customer service leading up to and after the event. She could not have done more for us and we are so thankful to her! restrooms were super convenient. You also receive an award-winning DJ, delicious catering, custom cake, and full-service staff for setup and teardown. The location is great, just a short walk from hotels and bars. Caley and Ben's vision of a timeless, outdoor affair was beautifully planned by Honeyfitz Events, and Little Hill Designs made sure . inclusive venue! Considering how much the venue does for you, the price was more than reasonable. Two things ruined this place for me. I would highly recommend the Athenaeum to future couples because it's truly a one-stop-shop and they handle so many of the little details for you. Share. She never made me feel stressed or anxious. Old world charm and thousands of books on open shelves create a feeling and spirit that is unique to the 200-year-old library. The food was very good; guests raved about the meatballs and goat cheese & honey filo dough for hor devours and the prime ri We LOVED working with The Columbus Athenaeum for our wedding this fall! I love them for making our wedding day perfect!! We felt during the latter part of the planning process and finalizing things she was almost too busy to help and rushed things along without really caring. Its been two weeks and we havent been able t We had our reception at TCA in the Small Theatre on 11/4/17. She did amazingg on our flowers and centerpieces. All the station options we had picked we had personally tried at the tasting date and they did not disappoint! They helped to give my husband and I the best night of our lives! 2. Everything turned out perfectly!! The stage isnt so high that guests felt on display dancing there, but its high enough that everyone could see our first dances from their seats. Working with TCA makes all of the planning so much easier and less stressful. Thank you for everything! This next point only tangentially involves the Athenaeum but most of our guests did not end up parking in the garage that is recommended by the Athenaeum. I could not have asked for better people to work with. ctacular- linens, chairs, candles, centerpieces, lighting, etc.- everything came together in the most perfect way. Your product is great at the Athenaeum (the vendors, the venue it's all beautiful) but it was Jackie and Gina who we bought into. Overall, we were very happy and would definitely recommend TCA! We had a lot of people coming from out o Danielle and the rest of the staff at the Athenaeum were fantastic during the planning period! ated information, and our reception ran so smoothly thanks to them! was the best. Add a photo. Gina was great to work with, explained details, asked the right questions, and remained very calm throughout the wedding planning period. The staff at TCA are exceptional. Would definitely recommend! The prices were fair, especially for the quality of service and product, and the food was amazing. I am sorry, but this person is PAID to be there and she left our reception to be who knows where. Both are so wonderful to work with all our guest loved them . he Athenaeum to get even part of our money back. process. In what some have already dubbed this year's royal wedding, Sofia Richie and Elliot Grainge exchanged vows at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes on Saturday . The food at the tasting was not good. The day went as planned. Everything was perfect, and the venue was a delight to work with! We were finally able to hold our reception at The Columbus Athenaeum on June 26, 2021 in the Large Theatre. My guest are still raving about the amazing food and beauty of The Columbus Athenaeum. I cannot recommend the athenaeum highly enough! am made sure all of my requests were executed perfectly and our wedding day was seamless. Below you'll find a complete wedding budget breakdown, based on the average total costs of UK wedding suppliers. ), they were constantly around making sure everyone had what they needed, and just very pleasant people to work with. And request Danielle, although, all the staff were amazing! For an unforgettable day, this vintage palace tells a story of beauty through time as eternal as your love for your partner. They also were floored by the mashed potato martinis. Food selection and service was excellent. I understand that this is "normal", but our outstanding balance was approximately 1% of our total bill, and I believe the situation could have been handled with that in mind. The food was excellent! This light, bright and stunning venue is beyond gorgeous. Everything was absolutely beautiful, and the staff were very friendly and helpful. I had a wonderful experience having my wedding at The Athenaeum! The food was wonderful, not to mention the great bartender. She is kind, helpful and so attentive to detail. !, Spanakopita, Anti-Pasta platter options, and Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts) were waiting for us at our spots (which TCA told us they do for the Bride and Groom). Situated on Chautauqua Lake, the Athenaeum offers an environment where guests can rest and relax in close proximity to Chautauqua Institution's many events and experiences. We trusted the reviews we read (and Lori!) We ended up choosing the second most expensive buffet option because the prime rib and mashed potato martinis were must-haves. Jackie very helpful and understanding when we were indecisive about our food options. Overall, I would still recommend this venue but just think there is room for improvement when it comes to communication. Also, during the wedding, there was an additional event coordinator present (I can't remember her name- sorry!) She was told it was late, they wanted to go home and she could come back Monday. The food was really delicious - short ribs are where it's AT! t fit for us. You are the best! My husband and I went back to TCA after the wedding just to say 'goodbye'. The food at the reception was also wonderful, so good! We received so many compliments from our guests about the food especially the meat balls. 1/ They host a lot of weddings at the same time. This was the very first drink I ordered. It wasn't anything that we struggled with, but it doesn't quite give off an "at your service" vibe. The Athenaeum at Cal Tech Wedding. We had our ceremony in the Macedonian Room, and reception in the Oak Room (highly recommend this space as it is beautiful). The program timeline was perfect. Finding the Athenaeum was a godsend. The staff, Gina and Colby, are just the kindest, most amazing humans. I never questioned whether everything would be taken care of. Just a few things that I would call out: By the end of all this, we felt like they were family. We received RAVE REVIEWS about the food and pie from our guests (get the brisket!). These prices are available for the months of April through December. With her helping me plan the reception, there was no need for an outside wedding planner/coordinator. Catering: $6,500-$10,000. We recommend TCA to any bride who is looking for an elegant, spacious, and easy to plan venue. The reason why we picked 3 stars for this review was the rehearsal and ceremony itself. From the beginning, everything was made easy for us, which is really helpful when planning a wedding and all the overwhelming stress that comes One of the best decisions I have ever made was choosing The Columbus Athenaeum for my wedding venue! For our event, we worked with Jackie who was outstanding!!! They ran out of several juices and fruits during the event, and that was irritating since we didn't choose how many to order. Thanks again Gina!! I could go on and on with examples but I think I've made my point. We were even able to take the beer and wine back with us and had an after party. With exceptional service, unique options, and beautiful locations, any wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, banquet or conference is simply enchanting at the Athenaeum Hotel. She was patient and responsive with our questions and was flexible to our ideas. That's great that you have that experience and one of the reasons I chose the venue. I think too because they do so many weddings that they forget that for most people, this is their first one and forget to communicate some details and instructions. People still rave about my wedding and the venue was a large part of their fun. Special highlights - using the theatre gallery box for a special surprise for our guests, the food and cake tastings where we got a bunch of food to try, and they managed our cookie table that our guests loved. Jackie graciously worked around my ever changing work and nursing school schedule when planning and showing off the venue to my out-of-state family. counted towards our event minimum unlike the hotels we looked at. Lois was our initial contact but upon her departure Natasha took over and the transition was seamless. From the initial tour to the actual day-of, everything went smoothly and seamlessly. Thank you so much Jackie and TCA staff!!! This delayed dinner but the staff smoothly transitioned to the new timeline. The day of: One word, Amazing! Also, while I am certain any coordinator on staff would have been capable, I worked with Gina and she was AMAZING, so helpful and professional, with great tips and recommendations- she really made what could have been a pressured and stressful process seem easy and fun, and I cannot speak highly enough of her service. They also provide a great packet of information and instructions but then look at you confused when you actually follow the instructions. had to plan a wedding in just under 6 months, with him on the other side of the country and me with a full time job and graduate school, so I needed a full-service venue that would make this process as painless as possible. 2/I don't think that this differs from any other place that I looked into for the wedding, but you feel like you get charged for a lot of little things (i/e if you want floor length/different color table linens, you are going to pay for it). They literally take care of everything for you. We loved working with Danielle Levulis, and everyone at TCA. The 19th Century Greek Revival building is located on historic Benefit Street on the East Side of Providence, just minutes from . Communication with our coordinator was good and easy to get a hold of. TCA is upfront from the very beginning about rules and timing (when you're allowed in the room and when you have to be out). This venue was absolutely amazing!!!! Guests LOVED the food and they also liked that the dance floor was on stage. The icing on the cake was the fact that we didnt have to worry about clean up for the centerpieces or dcoronly what we brought in! Overall, we were very happy with our venue choice. None of the above kept us from enjoying our day! An art gallery was added in 1827, and the library began a series of yearly . Plus the location was very convenient in relation to the hotel. They do have rules and the price is not the cheapest, but it is absolutely a value for what you get- a beautiful, perfect day. rything on schedule on the big day, but without being strict or pushy with us on the timeline - it was a perfect balance of allowing us to have fun but still making sure we got in everything we wanted to do. TCA saved us at the last minute when our original reception venue closed unexpectedly, and were so accommodating. The upstairs galleries hold up to 125 people for standing parties or 60 people for seated reception with a dance floor or 80 people without a dance floor. Lots to offer to make any style wedding come to life! The rehearsal was set and we were trying to find our coordinator, and was able to. The Athenaeum will make a magical start to a wonderful future, complete with memories to last a lifetime. ha and Samantha answered every question that we had, and we had a lot! I told her those arrangements had already been made and there should be drinks there for the whole party. Sign up on The Knot to reach more couples and book more weddings! You and your guests can enjoy a special art exhibit amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria. Natasha was great to work with and helped ease the stress of the many details required to put together a wedding! Our friends and family can't stop telling us what an amazing time they had. And I was a bit frustrated at a "standard" response when we'd finalized the order for everything (Food, linens, decor, alcohol, etc.) Exchange vows beneath the cathedral ceilings of the Priory before dining under a canopy of lights and swaying on the dance floor. They had all the decorations I could want, such as isle runner, flower petals, pillars, candles, string lights, and even an arch to hang flowers on (all for free!) DB Studio Crepe Tank Sheath Wedding Dress With Ruffle Skirt$200. Both theaters, which accommodate up to 230 guests, flaunt soaring hand-painted ceilings, impressive stages, and dramatic balconies that even the ancient gods would be envious of their beauty. I would highly recommend this venue to other couples- it was the best day ever! We worked with Jackie and she was amazing, and helped us so much throughout the process. We chose to have our ceremony in the Priory Room and our reception in the Large Theatre. I found when working with the staff, there was a lot of miscommunication. Terrible venue. Luckily it wasn't a bad seizure and he was able to enjoy the rest of the evening but I was not impressed how the staff handled the situation. They also accommodated a guest with over 20 allergies needs delectably. and and I were taken care of but all guests in attendance. We had both of ceremony and reception there and both rooms were beautiful! Natasha and the owner (whose name I unfortunately forget) mitigated the damage to my dress by pouring club soda on the stains as I freaked out. They found their own parking so our advice would be to forego a contract with the parking garage and, instead, use that money towards upgrading your package to include the mashed potato martini bar! Photographer: $3,500-$6,500. But it was all better when we got to work with Gina! Thank you Gina! All I can say is that this venue is amazingly beautiful, stunning, and a lot of fun! helpful and attentive to the numerous emails and questions I had as we navigated through planning a pandemic wedding. They take care of everything for you and it was so nice to have food/alcohol/decor all from one place. I am so grateful for Gina, for all that her and her staff did for me. nsplants, too. Reserving the Athenaeum Rental Fee: The venue rental fee is $275/hour Monday-Thursday, $445/hour Friday & Sunday, $545/hour on Saturday, and $600/hour on federal holidays. are all included AND TCA provides a healthy list of reputable vendors for flowers, photography, cake, and music. We had our wedding in the ballroom and it was a great size for our 200 guests. And we did the mashed potato martini bar that was so worth the upgrade! I wouldn't have had my wedding any other way. Monday she called the venue, one of the employees had moved it into a box in a room that was staff only. The venue was also great for us as we wanted it to have a bit of an city feel while also being "classic and elegant." at, including the appetizers and the variety of desserts. It made everything SO much easier for me to plan. My friend hired a wedding planner, but TCA is so organized that I didnt feel like I even needed one! Overall, I could not have asked for a more perfect venue and staff for our wedding day, and I wouldn't change a thing! Never once did I feel like we were an annoyance to her - she truly made this our day, and all about us. However, this can vary widely depending on the vendors hired and location. rall we had a great experience. Gina was fabulous with her communication and planning. Incredible doesnt even being to describe. Both rooms were beautiful and the changing rooms and Gina & her staff went above and beyond the day of our wedding. It was an incredible wedding and Gina helped make this a beautiful wedding for a cost we could afford. What a cool venue! The Athenaeum caters events in the private dining rooms on weekdays, weekends, and some holidays. All of our guests raved about the venue, from the reception room and food, as well as the ceremony room and decorations. everything from picking the menu to the decorations completely stress-free. Jackie was made our wedding process super easy. They both loved the event, and the guests had a great time. The weekend of our wedding, I've never felt more calm. The food was soooooo good and the chef was able to provide amazing options for our guests with food allergies! We got married in the Priory and our reception was in the My fianc (now husband) and I wanted to find the perfect venue for our dream vintage, downtown Columbus wedding, and from the moment we toured the Olympian Ballroom at the Columbus Athenaeum, we knew we had found the perfect venue for our recep We loved our New Year's Eve wedding at the Columbus Athenaeum. d in The Large Theatre room- but there are many more rooms to choose from depending on budget and size of your event! Rather than being told no we don't do that, can't do that etc. The guests loved this sweet treat and our "eat dessert first" mentality. We had a sparkler exit arranged with lighters and sparklers dropped off with our decor and my husband went to the coordinator to find them because they weren't anywhere around the reception space under a table or anything and they were locked up in the office and the lighters were still packaged and not ready, so he spent time on that. The meatballs and mashed potato martinis are a MUST! The Athenaeum was everything I wanted an more. Thank you TCA and to Jackie for providing excellent service and a beautiful setting for our magical day! Our wedding coordinator, Jackie was beyond hel Had the pleasure of our band (The Martini Affair) perform at the White Castle corporate holiday party at The Columbus Athenaeum. Gina was extremely helpful during the stress of our first venue filing for bankruptcy 5 months before our initial wedding date. All in all, if you use this venue, please do, it is great and central location in Columbus. Highly recommend, our wording was unforgettable. I also asked the staff to speak with my parents if we ran out of any alcohol because they were paying for the bar, and I didn't want to know if we were running out. who was also amazing- she made sure we ate & helped keep everything in line. I am very thankful for how amazing job the Athenaeum staff did. There were no attendants at the mashed potato martini bar (an upgraded cost) and people had no idea what the glasses were there for and just put the potatoes on their plates instead. One of the reasons we signed on with the Athenaeum was because of the whole team. Overall, it was very affordable and much cheaper than most of the We cannot thank the Columbus Athenaeum enough for the PERFECT wedding! The only other note I would say is the Athenaeum is very strict about timelines and rules. the ballroom for cocktail hour was so fun. Everything was set up and decorated for us, so all we had to do was show up! Its breathtaking turn-of-the-century architecture, grand theaters, and expansive ballrooms create an unparalleled backdrop designed to fill with wonder. They were so helpful during the whole planning process and always giving us timely responses to any questions that we had. The stress this caused was unnecessary and it completely ruined this bridesmaids night as well as created a lot of tension trying to find this bag with all of her information in it. Not only was she not going to be upstairs for it for questions, she avoided us completely. Kudos to the Columbus Athenaeum team for an outstanding job they did to make Tracee and Elliott Keefer's wedding reception a regal and magical event! ception spaces were both beautiful, and the venue takes care of most of the set-up for you. This venue is very unique and perfect for a downtown wedding. You were absolutely wonderful to work with, and thanks for making our wedding a dream come true! Thank you Thank you Thank you! I loved that Jackie had food waiting for us at our seats when we entered the reception and she went through the buffet line and filled our plates right away so we could eat while the other tables were in line. We were so lucky our original venue closed because nothing could ever compare to the reception we had at the Athenaeum! Band or DJ: $2,000-$7,000. If you order too much, you can keep unopened beer and wine, but not spirits. My guests were raving about the Large Theater. I couldn't ask for a better reception. food was, and how beautiful the Large Theater was for both our ceremony and reception. Everything else was PERFECT. We did the buffet and everything was sook beautiful. She encouraged me to compare to other florists as well and lets just say they didnt come close to matching what the Athenaeums decorator had. We are so terribly happy we chose the Athenaeum. I was also told by several guests that it was the best food they've ever had at a wedding. My guest are still raving! We were living out of town during the engagement so I was a little nervous to plan an out of town wedding, but Jackie (my coordinator) made everything so easy! Suitable for wedding ceremonies and receptions, this venue is in the heart of downtown Columbus near various 4-star hotels and two international airports. f town, so the proximity to the airport and ease of walk to the hotel were imperative. Gina pulled together everything I asked for. I will also add that nearly every guest of the 200+ we spoke to made a point to rave about the food! The reception was just as perfect; we held it in the large theater. Not only is the room absolutely gorgeous, but it was also extremely spacious! All the staff at TCA is very polite and professional (over the phone and in person). It was an absolutely breath-taking backdrop. Scheduling of appointments was a bit of a pain -- we were able to make it work, but my husband had to take time off of work to be able to meet with them during their business hours. From our initial visit to leaving at the end of our reception, everything went so smoothly and beautifully. Pre-mixed signature drinks, various program and favor placement, a specific order of events, and of course the food. It was a dream come true for the bride and groom! Her staff was great as well, and very helpful in the setup and break down of the wedding. I honestly could go on about how wonderful our TCA experience was for a lifetime. The only complaint I have is with the hours it's really hard to work full time and get things done. We used The Priory and The Oak Room for 100 guests. You will not be disappointed! and the night was better than we could have ever imagined. I'm giving the Athenaeum 4/5 stars because there were some problems with our event, but they were minor. We received countless compliments on the food and atmosphere. Though the pair now live in San Francisco, they chose to tie the knot in Caley's hometown of Pasadena, and immediately fell in love . The Athenaeum was a great choice for our wedding! The whole Athenaeum staff was amazing and my wedding was everything I wanted and more. From the moment we toured we knew it was the venue for us. I met with her a couple Our reception was in the Oak Room (apps 110 guests). We live two hours away and loved that we had a coordina We worked with Gina for our wedding and she was great! We also used a florist from TCA recommended florist list. Constructed in 1896 and beautifully restored, The Columbus Athenaeum has a dozen distinct spaces for intimate and large celebrations. Once the day came, my day of coordinator did fabulous and we were taken care of from the moment we stepped into the building. And the food was equally as fabulous! We had a wedding of about 150, so we picked the size of rooms to fit our wedding. Gina was SO HELPFUL throughout the planning process and was always very responsive to emails and had great ideas and suggestions. Having enough alcohol without overspending was one thing we worried about, and it honestly turned out just fine. We've already joked that we'll be back for a vow renewal in 10+ years. She worked with our budget and made great recommendations on cutting costs and where to spend money. They say you're not buying a product, but you're buying the person who sells you the product (or so my friends in sales have told me;).
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