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Built in 1886, the Old Stone Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“From Great Gatsby to old Hollywood glamour themes, many couples use the Historic Onesto’s unique setting to create a vintage wedding,” Schuster says. “Brides who lean toward us are more traditional; they want an elegant venue that speaks for itself and doesn’t need a lot of additional décor.”
Photo opportunities are at every turn at the Historic Onesto, from lovely pic- ture windows to spectacular chandeliers. The venue is within a 10-minute drive of many local attractions perfect for wedding photography, including the Canton Garden Center, Canton City Parks, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. The downtown arts district offers a variety of creative backdrops, from eye-catching sculptures to colorful murals.
Luxury Lofts to Golf Carts
Couples and their wedding guests have the option to stay in the Onesto’s luxury loft suites with upgrades like granite countertops, wood floors, modern appli- ances and great views of the downtown
cityscape. A maximum of 10 suites are available for guests.
In addition, the Historic Onesto offers a bridal suite for the bride and brides- maids to get ready before the cere- mony. This charming space features a large antique barber chair from Paolo’s Barber Shop, which was located inside the Historic Onesto shortly after opening.
Convenient for wedding guests, a park- ing garage provides easy access to the Historic Onesto. Valet service is also avail- able, if desired. “We offer a six-passenger golf cart to shuttle guests from the parking garage to the front door,” Schuster says. “Guests appreciate this service, especially on days of inclimate weather.”
The Old Stone Chapel
Couples who prefer a church ceremony have the opportunity to exchange vows at the historic Old Stone Chapel. Built in 1886, the Old Stone Chapel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church, which holds 350 guests, has a lovely exterior of hand-chiseled sandstone and bright red doors.
The interior features polished stone
floors, vaulted ceilings with floral designs, and marble walkways and altars. The focal point is a magnificent Tiffany stained glass window with more than 1,500 individual pieces. There are also rooms available for the bride and groom to get ready before the ceremony.
As a non-denominational church, the brides are encouraged to bring in their own pastor to conduct the ceremony. As a privately owned venue, this affords event planners more flexibility when designing the space for weddings. Located only a few blocks away from the Historic Onesto, the Old Stone Chapel is a glorious venue to exchange your vows.
Streamlined Service
Since both venues are popular for local and national couples to tie the knot, Schuster recommends couples book their wedding at least a year in advance. “We’ve worked with quite a few out-of-state brides, from California to Vermont,” he says. “Some of them have roots in Ohio or they found out about the venues online. We’ve created a preferred vendors list so that when brides do come into town, we can organize meetings with everyone on the spot.”
All wedding packages at the Historic Onesto include an event planner who
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