After ten years as a Toledo wedding photographer, I’ve put together one of the most comprehensive guides to Nazareth Hall weddings and ceremonies, just for you. This Grand Rapids, Ohio wedding venue is one you will definitely want to check out for your ceremony, reception, or both.
Are you ready to learn everything you need to know about having a wedding at Nazareth Hall? Great! Let’s get started!
Here are some reasons Nazareth Hall should be your toledo area wedding venue:
- Multiple ceremony and reception spaces for you to choose from
- My absolute favorite outdoor ceremony location, The Grotto!
- A family-owned venue and caring staff
- You can dress up the venue or let it speak for itself
- It’s very affordable!
Why Nazareth Hall is one of my favorite Toledo wedding venues:
There are many wedding venues in Toledo, but not many of them have the history AND the views that Nazareth Hall brings! Each room of Nazareth Hall is completely different from the next, which makes this a wedding venue you won’t want to miss checking out. Set up a tour in person and view the grounds yourself or go to their website and take a virtual tour of the space.
I personally am at Nazareth Hall the most out of any venue every year – around 5-7 times a year. I have done probably close to 50 weddings here and know the space VERY well.
Who is Nazareth Hall a perfect wedding venue for?
- love a great family-owned business
- are into a venue with a rich history and lots of charm
- are okay with sharing their venue (Nazareth Hall is very popular and has multiple weddings a day!)
- need handicap accessibility for them or their guests
Where can I have my wedding ceremony at Nazareth Hall?
The grotto at Nazareth Hall
The Grotto is a charming outdoor rock sculpture modeled after the grotto in Lourdes, France and is absolutely unique to the area. It’s right out of a fairytale and easily my favorite outdoor ceremony spot in the city. For your wedding ceremony, the Grotto seats up to 300 guests. With the Grotto being outside, a big question I commonly hear is what to do if it rains. Luckily, Nazareth has plenty of options! If it rains and the Chapel is available and you like it, you’re able to use it. If the Chapel is taken, you still have your beautiful reception space to use. If you like the idea of an indoor ceremony and do not want to use your reception space, check into having one room for your ceremony and one for your reception. This is totally doable with some planning!
The Chapel at Nazareth Hall
The Chapel is located inside on the second floor and can seat up to 220 guests. It features elegant original stained glass windows and wooden pews. You can dress this space up or down with decor and it is non-denominational, so anyone can get married there.
how long can i reserve a ceremony space for at nazareth hall?
According to Nazareth Hall’s website, you’ll have the ceremony site for a total of three hours. 1.5 hours is allotted for set up, 30 minutes for the ceremony, and 1 hour for pictures.
can i have just a ceremony at nazareth hall?
Nazareth Hall does not permit ceremony-only weddings.
what happens if it rains for my outdoor grotto wedding?
Depending on if anyone is using the Chapel at the time of your ceremony, you may use the Chapel or your reception ballroom as a substitute for inclement weather. There is no extra fee for moving your ceremony space due to the weather.
What are Nazareth Hall's reception spaces?
The ladyglen ballroom at Nazareth Hall
For receptions, Ladyglen Ballroom seats the most with up to 300 guests. Featuring split seating with an upstairs with a perfect view of the floor below, your guests will dine in style as they watch you from above. It’s the most popular space I photograph in and you have lots of options with Ladyglen such as a cocktail hour right outside the back doors (you can even set up some yard games!), quick access to the property for some quick sunset photos, and close access to the parking lot. Don’t forget those amazing string lights to set the mood for your dances.
cadet west at Nazareth Hall
Cadet West comes in second for capacity with up to 200 guests. Featuring a jaw-dropping amount of original stained-glass windows and marble columns. This room is so elegant and is filled with natural light and is located on the first floor.
gabriel ballroom at Nazareth Hall
Finally, Gabriel Ballroom seats up to 150 of your favorite humans. It is located on the second floor directly across from the chapel, which makes it the perfect spot for couples who have a smaller wedding and want to jump from one event to the other.
when can i access my reception space after my ceremony?
Your ballroom time at Nazareth Hall will immediately begin 30 minutes after the start of your ceremony. You have your reception ballroom for a total of five hours. However, you may decorate your reception space beginning at 10 AM the day of your event.
can i have just a reception at nazareth hall?
Yes, you are able to have a reception-only wedding.
Does Nazareth Hall allow outside catering?
Outside alcohol and catering are not allowed at Nazareth Hall, but you are able to bring in outside desserts.
Does Nazareth Hall have any getting ready spaces?
Heck yeah they do! Lots!
If your ceremony and reception are both occurring at this historical Grand Rapids wedding venue, your bridal suite is complimentary. Additional suites or suites when your reception only occurs at Nazareth Hall are also available for an extra fee. You can choose to just get dressed here or you can opt to have your hair and makeup artists travel here for your convenience.
Does Nazareth Hall come with a coordinator?
Each couple receives a hostess for their wedding day. That hostess arrives 2 hours before your ceremony begins and stays through the necessary parts of your reception. They are there with you to help fluff your train, keep you on track, and help line you up for introductions and teach you how to cut your cake. The hostesses are amazing, but they are venue coordinators, not wedding coordinators. It’s highly recommended you have someone there as a wedding coordinator that is your own personal help that day, since the venue coordinators are behind the scenes a lot helping the parts of the day go smoothly from many angles. Both a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator working for you makes your day absolutely flawless.
The best outdoor spots for Nazareth Hall photos
Some of my favorite outdoor spots for Nazareth Hall portraits are:
Out front of the building
Over to the side of Ladyglen
The trees over to the side of the Grotto
What are the best indoor spaces for Nazareth Hall photos?
The tall chairs over by Cadet West
I also love to sneak outside underneath the main front door of Nazareth Hall since it’s covered and the couple is protected from the elements.
is it crowded at nazareth hall with muitiple weddings?
The staff at Nazareth Hall are pros at handling multiple weddings in a day. For every wedding, there is a coordinator at the door greeting guests and directing them where to go. There are also signs directing guests on where to go. Each ballroom at Nazareth has its own entrance, bar, and restrooms. However, the Cadet West ballroom has a lobby area that other guests may be walking through to get to Ladyglen.
is parking free at nazareth hall?
There is ample parking here between 2 lots and both lots are completely free.
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Do you want to get married at Nazareth Hall?
If you’re ready to plan your wedding at Nazareth Hall, I would love to help you capture the big day!
You’ll love it here! Get in touch and let’s make it happen.