Saturday, February 9, 2013

Unique Venues: Akron Historical Landmarks

Our series on unique wedding venues continues with a few cool places with history in the Akron area:

The Akron Civic Theater is available for rentals for your entire wedding or just an hour for some dramatic pictures. If you haven’t been there since it’s been restored, you won’t believe the gorgeousness! Click here to see some lovely wedding photos taken by Genevieve Nisly Photography in the Civic Theater.  The Chocolate Bride Blog also has a great post on a wedding held there. Isn't this a fantastic setting for dramatic pictures!

Love a smaller setting steeped in history? The G.A.R. Hall in Peninsula is a perfect setting for weddings, receptions, bridal and baby showers, anniversaries or graduations. The beautifully restored 1880s Victorian landmark built for the Civil War veterans and village social center has two levels – ballroom/auditorium, stage, bar room, porch, dining room, covered patio, lower patio, and full service liquor and wine. Can seat 140 in the winter & 175 in the summer.

Greystone Hall is one of downtown Akron’s most majestic structures. Originally built by the Freemasons in 1917 for their business and social gatherings, the Hall now offers exceptionally appointed spaces for banquets, meetings and special events.  With several spaces that can seat 60-200, this venue is place to go for drama and old world elegance. Check out this wedding post from Making the Moment Photography for some incredible photos.

The Hower House in Akron is a beautiful place for a small ceremony. The grounds can be rented for just the ceremony and the house itself can accommodate 60 guests at a sit-down reception or 90 for a cocktail party. The gardens are fabulous in the summer & fall!

And one of my all-time favorite venues for a wedding - Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. This is a stunning location for your wedding and is steeped in the history of the Akron rubber industry. Built by the Sieberling family in 1915, the hall and grounds are based on the designs of several English mansions.

There are three options for venue space: the Manor House Auditorium which can seat 200; the quaint Carriage House which seats up to 100 guests, and the Carriage House Tent, which can seat up to 135. In addition, Stan Hywet offers outdoor banquet locations on their beautiful grounds. Manor House tours are also available upon request for all of your guests. 70 acres of beautiful gardens are also available for wedding photography with permission for those that are not renting venue space.  Check out these gorgeous wedding shots taken there by Genevieve Nisly Photography and Tom Forrest Photography.

{Source: Tom Forrest Photography}

And, as one reader suggested, the Perkins Stone Mansion, built by Colonel Simon Perkins, son of Akron's founder General Simon Perkins on Copley Road in Akron. It's perfect for a small wedding - click here for details. Our good friend, Arielle Doneson, recently had an Anna Karenina Style Shoot featured in Style Me Pretty featuring this venue - check out the gorgeous photos below!


  1. I can't believe you forgot the Perkins Stone Mansion, home of the Summit County Historical Society!! Such beautiful grounds and able to hold a large tent for the reception too!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion and we will include in a future post - we're still adding all the time and welcome suggestions from our readers! To come: Garden Settings, Rustic venues & vineyards.