Vintage Venues - Historic Architecture Adds a Nostalgic Theme to Your Wedding
By Julian Severyn
Northeast Ohio is home to many historic churches. Available for your wedding ceremony, these historic churches come alive again echoing the sights, sounds, and spirituality of an age long past. Our area is also studded with gracious mansions from yesteryear. The former homes of prosperous industrialists, the mansions today are exquisite as venues for wedding receptions.
Historic architecture brings about a delightfully different kind of event. You can carry out the nostalgic theme with period-correct apparel, music, and transportation, making your wedding truly unique. With historic architecture many new options are opened up but many new considerations must be addressed as well. Though there are some obstacles to work around, the thrill of bringing your nuptials into historic architecture can be worth it.
When trying to envision your event think about the placement of guests and how they will move about during the event. Consider the atmosphere of the venue and the atmosphere you wish to create. The venue may be a museum, an upscale bed & breakfast, or a fully-functioning church; and while your event is very important to the caretakers, no piece of historic architecture is operated exclusively for weddings. Examine how "working within the parameters" of a particular venue effects your event.
Historic churches can be settings of wonderful sanctity for couples finding themselves in unique situations – it may be the perfect answer for the bride and groom not quite fitting within the parameters of the religion in which they were raised. Historic churches with fully-functioning parishes tend to be of open-minded faiths. Encore marriages, as well as interfaith, interracial, and nontraditional couples find a welcoming venue for their nuptials. A refreshingly new style of ceremony can be created as different traditions are interwoven. A few of the churches listed at the end of this article are parishes with active congregations. Attending a service at a particular church can introduce you to that parish's spiritual approach. You'll also get an idea of how an event flows in that sanctuary. At the churches that function as museums or historic sites, the rental contact person can provide a list of ministers to officiate at your ceremony.
Upon considering historic architecture you may need to scale down your guest list. Vintage houses of worship are often small by today's standards and mansions were originally built as private homes. In today's churches, pews tend to be placed with a lot of space around them. In the past, church pews tended to be placed closer together. So, some historic churches, despite their intimate feeling, seat a surprisingly large number of guests.
Churches of the early Western Reserve were multi-use buildings. They originally functioned as houses of worship, courts of law, town halls, and Saturday evening dance halls. Pews were movable and the furniture was constantly being rearranged for the activity at hand. Today, as rentable spaces, some churches still have movable pews and chairs enabling you to customize the setup to suit your taste. These churches were built as free-standing sanctuaries – without additional rooms and long before the advent of indoor comfort facilities. So depending on which church you choose; you may need to make arrangements for changing rooms and restrooms at other buildings nearby.
A reception in a stately mansion calls for orchestrating a floorplan. Chances are you'll<