The venue is one of the most important things a couple needs to consider when planning a wedding, but it can also be one of the more complicated details. Popular venues are booked, and couples need to consider where they would like to have their ceremony and reception about a year in advance of the engagement, perhaps more.
Tucked away in the lush greenery of eastern Cincinnati, Ivy Hills Country Club is a hidden gem that provides beauty, elegance and variety in setting for any wedding.
"Most people are not aware of our stunning location and that you do not need to be a member to host your wedding with us," says Jamie Cooper, a sales director at Ivy Hills. The grounds of the club are picturesque and gorgeous, with scenic views in a naturally lovely setting. From the charming carriage house to the impressive main house, the facilities have much to offer for both wedding ceremonies and receptions.
A massive maple tree on the grounds offers a storybook setting for ceremonies, with the bride and groom exchanging vows beneath the leafy boughs. This is situated near the carriage house, which is perfect for use as private and intimate bridal suite. "The combination of those two locations is unlike any other venue in the city," says Cooper.
"Indoor ceremonies are also an option in one of our ballrooms." With a mobile dance floor, receptions can also be held just about anywhere to provide customizable options for the perfect celebration.
When searching for a venue like Ivy Hills, Cooper says it’s very important to make sure the location speaks to both the bride and groom.
"If a venue does not give you the same excitement you felt when you found each other, then it is most likely not the one," she says. "Like with finding a dress, you will know when it’s right." Couples should also make sure they visit their venue before they book anything, or send someone trustworthy to inspect the location. If there is a wedding at the venue, the bride and groom can attend to give couples an accurate idea of how the location could work for their own big day.
"Things to expect from your venue the day of the wedding are pretty simple," says Cooper. "They should be prepared and ready for your big day. You should have been introduced to the delegated person from the venue that will be running your wedding, and you should know that the staff is there to help with any questions or needs you may have. If you have those three elements, you can trust your venue to handle the details while you kick back and enjoy your day."
Ivy Hills Country Club is located at 7711 Ivy Hills Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45244. You can reach them at 513.561.9119 or visit their website at www.ivyhillscountryclub.com.