The Graduate Hotel Columbus is the newest and coolest Scarlet and Grey themed hotel and event space right in the middle of the action in the Short North!
We couldn’t wait to check it out, and see for ourselves. We were lucky enough to have Catering and Sales Manager, Miranda Fairrow, show us around to all of the gathering and events spaces of this charming hotel, and even peek in a couple guest rooms.
The unique décor is all Ohio, with special touches everywhere. The comfy hotel rooms feature quilts that look like the State of Ohio flag, and a chair with a beautiful needlepoint version of famous Astronaut, John Glenn! We know that people will come to this hotel just for these decorative delights.
The event areas have beautiful spaces, including some outdoor areas, along with a staff dedicated to making your party perfect! Whether you’re hosting a few BFFs for a birthday party, or 300 guests for a wedding, check out this hotel!
Valet parking in the back makes visiting easy. And don’t miss the attached Poindexter’s Coffee Shop and brand new Shake Shack. Stop by, or give them a call for a tour. Graduate Columbus, a place to stay for the Scarlet and Grey, is going to be very popular, we just know it!
Want to take a look at some other awesome Columbus venues? Check them out HERE
Summer is not over yet!
At Night Music, we love summer with SO MANY weddings and parties to DJ for!
We also love summer party food including, corn on the cob, farm fresh tomatoes, and lots of Guacamole. Take a listen to this summer playlist while enjoying this delish recipe for some yummy Guac. So tasty and so quick.
Night Music DJ summer guacamole recipe:
- 3 Ripe Avocados
- 1/2 Cup of Chopped Red Onions
- 1/2 Cup of Chopped Cilantro
- 1/3 Cup Chopped Jalapeno
- 1/8 Cup of Lemon and Lime Juice — 80/20 ratio
- Pinch of Salt (or salt to taste)
Place Avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork – You will want to leave it a little chunky. Add all the other ingredients and mix. Enjoy!
Need some more cocktail tunes for your summer siore?
But Wait! What about the Cocktail?
A nice summer sip can make your guacamole taste even better! There are so many options but we are partial to this tasty concoction. Try this fabulous Strawberry Sparkler.
- 3 strawberries
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 tbsp. sugar, to rim glass
- ½ oz. chilled rose champagne
- 1 oz. Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila
- ½ oz. limeade
- ½ oz. DeKuyper® Strawberry Liqueur
- Wash, stem, quarter and freeze strawberries at least 1 hour .
- Run wedge of lime around rim of champagne flute and dip in plate of sugar to coat rim.
- Place 3 frozen strawberries in bottom of prepared flute and add champagne.
- In shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, limeade, and strawberry liqueur. Shake and pour into glass.
- Add squeeze fresh lime if desired and serve immediately.
Experience Columbus makes wedding planning easy
How would you like to have a team of local insiders who are tourism and wedding experts help with your wedding planning at absolutely no cost to you? Doesn’t that sound dreamy? It’s 100% real! Let us introduce you to the team at Experience Columbus, who will be delighted to help make your wedding planning a little easier, and your wedding weekend a fabulous adventure for your out of town guests.
Ask the experts
The experts at the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau focus on great visitor experiences and that includes your wedding guests! For instance, do you need some ideas for fun Columbus activities? Just ask. How about some help suggesting and booking hotel room blocks? Done! They also will provide a glossy and awesome Seasonal Guidebook for you to stuff into each out-of-town gift bags, to help your guests navigate the city, and let them know all of the fun and unique places to go.
Everything is absolutely free and complimentary!
Visit the Experience Columbus wedding website by clicking HERE. You’ll find information on how to receive those fantastic and glossy Columbus Visitor Guides. (Insider tip: Get enough for your out-of-town guests, but make sure to keep one for yourself to help plan great newlywed date nights!) In addition, you will find the contact info for the Experience Columbus Wedding Team, if you want some suggestions for activities, or help with hotels.
Need some ideas for your bachelor or bachelorette party?
Contact Experience Columbus for your wedding
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Columbus DJs Night Music will be at the WEX Drive In Movie for the 2019 season!
Here you go! We’ve got your FREE summer fun plan for Tuesday night, June 18 because one of our favorite summer activities is back, WEX DRIVE-IN!
Join us on the Wexner Center Plaza starting at 7:30 PM.
The movie will start at dusk (around 9 PM).
We will be providing the 70s tunes and some fun trivia, and there will also be great food and drinks … including local favorite Jeni’s Ice Cream! (Insider tip – members get a free scoop, so bring your membership card)
The FREE movie this month is Logan’s Run.
This is a beloved cult Sci-fi favorite with a doomed city, government sanctioned secret extermination of anyone over age 30, a swinging 1970s sense of décor, a determined group (Michael York! Farrah Fawcett!) running for their lives, and so much more action … and fun!
Pack some blankets or chairs, and you’ll be all set. In case of rain or extreme heat, the film and fun will be indoors. Join us, Night Music DJs, along with these other fabulous vendors. Hai Poké – Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams – Seventh Son Brewing – The Cheesy Truck
Also, make sure you join Columbus DJs Night Music at WEX Drive In Movie for two more fantastic drive-in movies, Jurassic Park and The Craft. Jurassic Park will be presented on Tuesday, July 16th, and you can see The Craft on Tuesday, August 20th. More information about this cool movie series can be found at The Wexner Center For The Arts website here: https://wexarts.org/series/wex-drive
Check this out
The Wex has partnered with regional artists to create screen printed T-shirts for our outdoor summer film series so pick up the shirt for Logan’s Run—designed by Robert Beatty of Lexington, Kentucky—on-site at the Wexner Center Store and on the plaza or online at store.wexarts.org. (Shirts are $20 for Wex members and $25 for the general public).
Date Night or Girls Night. A group from the neighborhood or a bunch from work. Our friends at Franklin Park Conservatory have brought back (by popular demand) Cocktails at the Conservatory, and we can’t wait.
Save these dates for so much fun once a month from May to October. Explore all of the areas of Franklin Park Conservatory at these popular 21 + events
Thursday, May 23, we are proud to help kick off the series by bringing all of your favorite 90s throwback songs along with some chances to win a prize or two! Do not miss this super fun one!
May 23 ~ Adults Night in the Children’s Garden
And then, join in once a month for special cocktail parties carefully curated with drinks, bites, and beauty!
June 27 – The Bees’ Meads
July 25 – Backyard Brews & BBQ
Aug 29 – Botany of Booze
Sep 26 – One The Rocks: Crystals & Cocktails
Oct 23 – Plants and Potions
Insider’s tip: Bundle and Save by purchasing tickets to THREE cocktail parties, and receive $15 off the total price. Promo Code: CHEERS Buy your tickets HERE
We LOVE events at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Check out this post that features a great dance party on the West Terrace
What are you waiting for? Get with your friends, and join up for the best party in town! See you soon.
You know what’s fun at wedding receptions? Dancing! And Lindsey and Matt’s Renaissance Columbus wedding reception celebration had everyone DANCING all night long.
We had such a blast with Lindsey and Matt and their fun family and friends. They really wanted a fun dance party, and they sure got it. Check out this short video of the action, and you’ll know this was a very happy couple!
Lindsey and Matt had a perfect choice for their beautiful First Dance.
First Dance by Corey Smith
And they know you just can’t go wrong with some old school for the parents:
Father/Daughter Dance ~ I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith
Mother/Son Dance ~ Perfect Fan Backstreet Boys
Thanks Lindsey and Matt. What a blast! Thanks also to Kristin Bliss from Picture Bliss Photography and our friends at The Renaissance Columbus Downtown for such a good night. Check them out for your Renaissance Columbus wedding reception. Need some music ideas for your celebration? Take a look at our resources page HERE.
When Stephanie and Joe got married, they were determined to incorporate some of their favorites things into their celebration through intentional choices with guests, music, fun and food!
Have you ever been to a reception that featured a selection of 12 different kinds of Cheez-It Crackers for the guests to try, enjoy, mix, and help themselves to all during the reception?
We are not exaggerating when we tell you that this was a HUGE HIT. Also, so simple to do AND a true reflection on Stephanie and Joe’s fun personalities.
They would be delighted if you copied their idea, or if you got inspired by their Cracker Bar to put your own snack spin on your wedding!
Insider tips from bride … you’ll need more Hot and Spicy than you think you will. You’ll need a couple of extra boxes to toss into the getaway car too!
Yay! It IS possible to find a unique and elegant location for your wedding and reception! Look no further than the brand new Swan Lake Event Center. The long awaited grand opening will be May 2019.
It’s no secret that we love a beautiful venue, and when we contacted the superstar team of Sarah and Olivia to give us a sneak peek, they were gracious enough to offer us a tour.
Swan Lake has been carefully built from the ground up to provide the absolute best location for your once in a lifetime occasion. The attention to detail is amazing. And yes! There is actually a lovely lake, along with 20 wooded acres perfect for photos and memories.
Inside the Main Hall you’ll find a beautiful room with gorgeous floors, windows, a stone fireplace, and tile accents that compliment the gorgeous muted palette. The room is designed to accommodate up to 375 guests for a celebration. Every detail has been carefully chosen, and the overall effect of modern elegance is simply perfect.
When you check out their website or call for your tour (and you DEFINITELY should), be sure to ask about the two detached parlours, perfect for getting ready, and the welcoming Gatehouse! Trust us – you’ll fall in love with Swan Lake.
UPDATE! The official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday May 19th at 4:00pm.
This Westin Columbus wedding reception was absolutely perfect, and elegant, and gorgeous … and FUN! Erica & Matthew choose to add some fun dance lights, and a big custom monogram to their décor, and it really added to the party. We encourage our couples to share their music preferences with us, and we take those ideas very seriously. Erica & Matthew have good taste in music, and it was a blast playing some different choices for them.
As you can see from this short highlight video, absolutely everyone had a great time, and we had nonstop dancing from start to finish. And doesn’t that monogram look good?
Here are some of their spotlight musical choices. Click the title to hear the song.
Grand Entrance ~ Life in Technicolor II by Coldplay
Cake ~ Beautiful Love by The Afters
1st Dance ~ All I Ask of You by Emily Rossum and Patrick Wilson
Father-Daughter Dance ~ Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five for Fighting
Mother-Son Dance ~ Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
Bouquet Toss ~ Till The World Ends by Britney Spears
Check out the Westin Columbus for your wedding! Thank you to the beautiful Westin Great Southern Columbus for providing such a perfect and elegant location, and anytime we get to work with our talented friend Clay at Red Gallery, or the wonderful Angela from Red Letter Day Events is a great day!
We had such a good time celebrating with Karli & David. Their wedding reception at Wedgewood Country Club was gorgeous, and elegant, and so much fun.
Dancing for everyone opened up with a giant and crowded circle surrounding the newlyweds. What an incredible memory for all as a room full of friends and family serenaded the newlyweds with Let Me Call You Sweetheart, a family favorite. Everyone loved this, and it was a fantastic way to kick off the huge dance party.
They entered their reception to the classic Frank Sinatra song, Too Marvelous For Words, and the guests loved it!
There was so much dancing… AND singing!
Thanks Karli & David for letting us celebrate with you! We loved it. Thanks to our friends at the beautiful Wedgewood Country Club, and Tessa Maxine photography for being a joy to work with … as usual!
Night Music is a Preferred Vendor
Night Music is proud to be a preferred vendor at many of the city's best event venues. Listed below are just a few of the most spectacular party and reception venues where Night Music is a preferred vendor. Click the venue name to visit their website.
Athletic Club of Columbus
Franklin Park Conservatory
Embassy Suites Dublin
Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square
The Virtues (Longaberger Golf Club)
The Loft and Venue @ Dock580
The Exchange At Bridge Park
Nationwide Conference Center
Columbus Country Club
The Medallion Club
Heritage Golf Club
Capital Club Columbus
The Ivory Room at Miranova
Red Brick Occasions
Hilton Columbus at Easton
Jefferson Country Club
Creekside Event Center
Bridgewater Banquet Center
Marriot Columbus University Area
Hilton Columbus Downtown
Bryn Du Mansion
Irongate Equestrian Center
Wedgewood Golf & Country Club
Renaissance Columbus Downtown
J Liu Events & Catering
The Worthington Inn
The Fawcett Center
The Club at Corazon
The Golf Club at Little Turtle