A Storybook Wedding at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Historic Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the perfect place to hold a storybook wedding. The estate features a variety of natural surroundings, providing breathtaking beauty at every turn. Whether a couple prefers a dramatic or a more intimate wedding, Stan Hywet offers an array of ceremony and reception options in one convenient location in Akron, Ohio.
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
“We have spectacular gardens that are popular for wedding ceremonies,” says Bob Ulm, Director of Rental Services at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. “In addition to the vibrant colors in each of our gardens, the 64,500 sq. foot historic Tudor revival Manor House provides a stunning backdrop. This beautiful setting sets the stage for a one-of-a-kind wedding.”
The house that rubber built
Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is the former estate of F.A. & Gertrude Seiberling and their family. F.A. Seiberling co-founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 with his brother, C.W. Seiberling. Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet — Old English for stone quarry, the property’s most prominent natural feature — is one of the most important remaining examples of the American Country Estate movement. Built by the wealth created during the Industrial Age at the turn of the twentieth century, this movement coincided with the emergence of modern America and Akron’s reputation as the “Rubber Capital of the World.”
The Seiberlings were gracious hosts, frequently welcoming family, friends and the members of the Akron community to visit. They also entertained many notable guests, including Helen Keller, and President William Howard Taft.
In 1957, Stan Hywet became a non-profit historic estate museum so that the public could benefit from the cultural, educational, and inspirational riches of one of the most significant achievements in architecture and horticulture to come out of America’s Industrial Age. Stan Hywet is accredited by the American Association of Museums and it is Akron, Ohio’s oldest National Historic Landmark. Above the Manor House entryway, the crest bearing the motto Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone), welcomes guests as warmly today as it did more than a century ago.
Great options for garden weddings
Designed by well-known landscape architect Warren Manning, Stan Hywet’s gardens and grounds are impressive. “The horticulture team carefully plans each garden every year with a variety of colors that vary from season to season,” Ulm explains. “These spaces always work so beautifully with weddings.”
According to Ulm, about 50 percent of Stan Hywet’s wedding ceremonies take place at the Tea Houses at the end of the beautiful Birch Tree Allée, a 550-foot-long pathway with more than 100 gray birches lining both sides. “We call this our wedding aisle – the birch trees lean into the pathway creating a breathtaking canopy of leaves. In the spring, the pathway is lined with vinca and blooming lily of the valley.”
At the end of the Birch Tree Allée are two stone and slate Tea Houses, located on a breathtaking overlook with views of the Lagoon below, and the Cuyahoga Valley in the distance. It is an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony of under 200 guests.
A popular location for a larger wedding ceremony is the West Terrace, providing spectacular views of the back of the majestic Manor House, (including the beautiful stained glass window) and surrounding gardens. “The ceremony may take place on the upper terrace or on the lower terrace or West Terrace Overlook, closer to the reflecting pool and impressive fountain, with guests seated on the surrounding lawn.”
For couples who prefer a more rustic setting, the Dell is a secluded location shaded by a canopy of tall trees and surrounded by wildflowers. Beyond its natural beauty, the Dell also has historical significance: F.A. and Gertrude Seiberling’s youngest daughter, Virginia, was married in the Dell in 1919.
The English Garden is the perfect space for smaller weddings of up to 50 guests. This sunken, walled “secret garden” features a reflecting pool, The Garden of the Water Goddess statue, and more than 3,000 perennials. The ceremony is held under a lichgate, a roof-covered entryway, with a canopy of Dutchman’s pipe, a flowering vine with large heart-shaped leaves.
The newest space for a wedding ceremony is the intimate Hidden Aspect, a stone picnic pavilion near the Tea Houses. It is positioned to take advantage of two major vistas of the Cuyahoga Valley.
A wedding reception to remember
Located on the lower level of the Manor House, the Manor House Reception Hall is a warm and inviting space featuring a wood floor, painted brick walls, soundproofing panels, skylights and a post-modern ceiling with exposed duct work. Accommodating 175 guests, this space also has a fireplace hearth and balcony – a perfect location for the band or D.J.
“The Manor House Reception Hall is a blank canvas where a couple can create the wedding of their dreams,” Ulm says. “By adding bright colors, beautiful linens, flowers, and suspending lights and globes from the ceiling, the space may be transformed into something unique.”
During warm weather, the cocktail hour is often held in the outdoor “Service Well” or the historic Drying Yard. This expansive brick area is an ideal location for setting up a bar and appetizer station with the Manor House serving as a backdrop.
For smaller receptions, the Carriage House Reception Hall is an intimate space with French doors leading to the Carriage House Tent, a climate-controlled area featuring chandeliers and windows looking out onto the Great Meadow and Apple Orchard. This venue holds 85 guests (125 guests with the tent).
Stan Hywet also has several locations for tented outdoor receptions, including the Great Meadow in front of the Manor House. “Tented receptions are popular and accommodate as many guests as a couple desires for large weddings,” notes Ulm.
Stan Hywet’s staff of experienced wedding specialists work with the couple every step of the way to bring their vision to life. The rentals team has the talent and expertise to create any wedding imaginable. In addition to ceremonies and receptions, they will assist in planning bridal showers and rehearsal dinners.
“We pride ourselves in our exceptional attention to detail,” Ulm says. “On the wedding day, a team of three wedding specialists is dedicated to the wedding party and family to ensure that everything runs smoothly.”
The wedding specialsts will also work with a couple to ensure that important family and cultural traditions are incorporated throughout their special day. “We hosted an Indian wedding that was absolutely spectacular,” Ulm says.
The team has relationships with many local vendors who are familiar with the historic nature of the property. “We have vetted these vendors and know they are the best professionals in their industry, from caterers to florists,” Ulm says. “A couple getting married at Stan Hywet will have the highest quality professionals orchestrating their wedding.”
Create a page in your history
For many couples getting married at Stan Hywet, the museum has been a part of their lives since childhood. Even after their wedding day, couples often return to the estate with their own family – whether to tour the Manor House, attend special events or spend an afternoon meandering through the gardens.
“Over the years, couples have told me that they have always wanted to get married here, ever since the first visit on their fourth grade field trip,” Ulm says. “Now they are creating a special page in their own history at this historic venue.”
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