Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is one of the finest examples of the American Country Estate movement, which flourished during the Industrial Age. It is one of Akron’s only National Historic Landmarks and also the nation’s 6th largest Historic Home open to the public. Built between 1912 and 1915 by F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his wife Gertrude, Stan Hywet is an accredited museum of the American Alliance of Museums, and encompasses five historic buildings and eight historic gardens on 70 acres. Throughout their lifetimes, the Seiberlings set a lovely example for their large family who in 1957, chose to follow their parents’ legacy of generosity by gifting Stan Hywet to the Akron community. This gift makes it possible for us to open the gates for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. In doing so, we are also fulfilling the family motto “Non Nobis Solum” or ‘Not for Us Alone’ and welcoming our guests as warmly today as they did a century ago. You will find the beautiful gardens, grounds and Tudor Revival Manor House provide a timeless backdrop for every special occasion from wedding ceremonies, receptions, and private parties to corporate events and photography sessions. 

Estate and garden Wedding Venues Ohio

8 Gardens, 70 acres, and a 64,500 sqft Manor estate is the perfect location in akron, ohio for your wedding

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John and his staff made my dream ceremony come true

The staff were experienced and knew exactly what to do to make it my dream wedding. The ceremony sites are gorgeous and are straight out of a movie. Fairytale wedding come true. Highly recommend

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“as soon as we saw the driveway we knew this was it”

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The Manor

Taking nearly three years to complete, this 64,500 squarefoot manor was the home to F.A. Seiberling and his family.  Whether you having photos taken in the front of the home, or around the back, everywhere you look, there is stunning architecture! 

English Garden

One of the most popular gardens, the English Garden is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding ceremony, or a quiet first look between the soon-to-be newlyweds.  

Birch Tree Allee

A 550-foot long "alleyway" of trees consisting of more than 100 gray birches growing from the original root stock. Over time, the birch trees have naturally formed a corridor in which a contrast between sunlight and shadows play in the overhead canopy of leaves.  This is a popular spot for photos, for obvious (and beautiful) reasons.

Tea Houses

A favorite location for smaller ceremonies!  Located at the end of the Birch Tree Allee are the tea houses!  This location overlooks the Lagoon - the old stone quarry that is now filled in with water.  

Where should we get ready?

FAQ

The carriage house on property offers a wonderful space for the Bride to step into her dress.  If you have a large bridal party (more than six bridesmaids), you may want to consider renting a suite out at a local hotel in downtown Akron.  For the gentlemen, Stan Hywet also has a space for them, if you would rather not rent a hotel room. 

A FEW OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SHOOTING WEDDINGS AT Stan Hywet

Where do you recommend taking our family portraits?

It the sun allows for it, I always recommend there at the ceremony location.  The background is beautiful and you're family formals will be consistent with the rest of your photos

What time should we schedule our ceremony to begin?

This is such a wonderful question to ask!  If you have first pick for a ceremony start time at Stan Hywet (more than one wedding can happen a day at this beautiful Northeast Ohio wedding venue), I would say music at 4 and ceremony starting at 4:30.  The sun is lower in the sky at this point, gives you extra time in the morning, and you still have plenty of time for a party!

Where should we have our wedding reception?

If you choose not to have your wedding reception at Stan Hywet, there are several different venues within 15-30 minutes!  Greystone Hall, Fairlawn Hilton, The Trailhead, Akron Art Museum, just to name a few! 

How long should we plan to take bride & groom portraits?

Stan Hywet keeps everyone on a pretty strict timeline.  I believe you only have 60 minutes after the conclusion of your ceremony for photos around the property (including your family formals).  You'll want to choose two of your favorite gardens.  This is also a great reason to consider doing a first look so you can get all of your bridal party photos done before your ceremony.

Should we take our Engagement Photos at Stan Hywet?

Whether you get married at Stan Hywet or not, it's always a beautiful place for engagement photos!  We'll have 90 minutes to walk the property, taking in all the beautiful sights with less rush than you'll experience on your wedding day!

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