Staff Blogger: Allison Moon, Advancement Communications Intern


Lakeside Chautauqua is a unique and meaningful wedding destination fit for ceremonies and receptions of all sizes. Our historic waterfront community, rich in tradition, is the ideal setting for friends and family to gather for your special day.

Our dedicated Conference & Event Planning Staff is eager to assist you in making your wedding day one of the most special and joyous occasions of your life.

Consult our list of the top 10 reasons why Lakeside makes the perfect wedding destination below and submit a request for proposal today.

Historic Atmosphere—Special occasions have been taking place in Lakeside since its founding in 1873. The historic downtown district and Hotel Lakeside will take you and your guests back to a simpler time. Without distractions of the modern world, your wedding will be in full focus.

Affordable Pricing—The Conference & Event Planning staff is available to help at every step of the wedding planning process to explore options and ensure your wedding is within budget. Book your wedding early, since Lakeside Chautauqua is a year-round destination, to ensure you get your desired wedding date. If booking your wedding during the Chautauqua summer season, a group rate on passes is available for a reduced rate.

Variety of Venues—With six outdoor locations (several along the shores of Lake Erie) and two indoor venue options, the bride and groom can choose the perfect place for their wedding ceremony and reception. Browse the complete selection of venues, with sizes, pricing and more.

Picturesque Receptions—Decorate the reception to fit your wedding’s theme and let us do the catering for you. Lakeside provides an in-house caterer with several meal and dessert options for your convenience. Browse a complete list of menus with pricing and more.

Outside Vendors— The Conference & Event Planning staff also has a list of local vendors, including photographers, wedding cake bakers and more for your special day. Give them a call and ask about the variety of options available during your booking process.

Countless Activities— Lakeside offers many activities for guests between the ceremony and reception. Play a few games of shuffleboard, invite your guests to walk along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile or take a private charter cruise on Lake Erie.

Breathtaking Views & Photo Ops— Surrounded by Lake Erie, fountains, trees, flowers and parks, Lakeside provides the perfect landscape for you and your guests to relax and find inner peace while on the grounds for your wedding day. Many of these locations also make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. Don’t forget to invite your guests to experience the beauty of nature on your special day and stage photos along the lakefront on a bicycle or at the Shuffleboard Courts.

Unique Community—You and your guests will be greeted by the friendly Lakeside community and the Lakeside staff will be ready to assist you throughout the day and ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. The community is also situated between two airports (Cleveland and Detroit) for your out-of-town guests.

Destination Wedding—At Lakeside, your ceremony, reception, honeymoon and overnight guest accommodations will all be within walking distance (or a short golf cart ride). Your wedding guests can extend their stay at Lakeside Chautauqua, turning a celebration into a vacation. Rent a spacious cottage for the week, reserve a waterfront suite in historic Hotel Lakeside, book your own room in a cozy bed & breakfast or choose from our many accommodations on the grounds. Lakeside Chautauqua also offers guests on-site parking at the South Gate Parking Lot.

Memories—Your wedding at Lakeside will be unforgettable to you and your guests. Lakeside will forever remain a special part of your marriage, and a place you can return for anniversaries to reminisce and experience the enriching Chautauqua mission again and again.

Lakeside Chautauqua was founded on religious principles and has always remained a place for spiritual awakening, strengthening and commitment. The Lakeside community is excited to welcome you on your wedding day.

Tell us in the comments below… Are you planning a wedding at Lakeside? Did you or a family member celebrate your wedding day in Lakeside? What was your favorite memory, while celebrating in Lakeside?