This week, we’d like to spotlight Irongate Equestrian Center at 12298 Croton Rd. Croton, OH 43013
While doing your venue research in central Ohio, we strongly recommend this quiet, unique, fairytale-esque facility nestled in a tiny little town called Croton, Ohio. Irongate offers several ceremony sites for you to choose from to suit you and your guests needs as well as three separate reception areas to choose from and can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 1,200 guests. An experienced event coordinator is assigned to each event to assist you with all of your facility and event needs. The long fairytale driveway that leads up to the main event barn is surrounded by acres of beautiful rolling pastures. This event space is located 10 miles from New Albany, Ohio, 31 miles from Downtown Columbus, Ohio and just 27 miles from Port Columbus International Airport. The Wedding Venue includes several amenities to make your day come together as well as several additional amenity upgrades.
KEVIN + SADIE
A mid-summer wedding with the maid of honor in a light mauve color and airy bouquets of blue delphinium, caspia, green berries, hydrangea, dianthus and millet, Kevin and Sadie celebrate their modern horse and carriage inspired wedding at the unique and quaint Irongate Equestrian Center with close family and friends. Blue hydrangea and caspia decorate the cake while simple bouquets of blue delphinium in milky antique vases decorate the dessert table. The simple branched archway decorated with blue delphinium and greenery makes for a nice, subtle addition to the ceremony backdrop. The Jackson’s Photography did a fantastic job capturing the beauty of this bride and groom’s very special day. Congratulations newlyweds – we are more than pleased to have been a part of your big day! – Botanica
Questions we asked Irongate Equestrian Center
How many people does your wedding venue accommodate?
The Irongate Equestrian Center can hold up to 1,200 guests with the average event being around 250 guests. The arena can be divided into four sections and they can set the venue up according to the party needs or the guest count so that the feel of the space fits the size of the guest list. The space is so versatile that clients often have one section a cocktail area another space might be used as the ceremony. Another area could even be used for cake cutting, the ideas are truly endless.
Can I hold my wedding ceremony as well as the reception at the venue?
Both the wedding ceremony and wedding reception can be held at the venue. The client can choose to have an outdoor wedding or an indoor wedding depending on what they want. Approximately two to three months before the wedding the wedding specialist or event planner will sit down and go over each step of the party and cover all the details of how the client wants the flow to go. They will then design a floor plan for the entire day.
What is your rental fee?
Pricing for Saturday is different than pricing for Friday and Saturday. Friday and Sunday the rental fee for the space runs $5000, on a Saturday wedding the venue runs $7500. A client getting married on a Saturday night with approximately 250 guests can expect to spend about $100 per guest with food wine and beer included. The price per guest will go down the more guest you have at the event. When booking a wedding at the Irongate Equestrian Center you are booking the entire space. You have access to the arena, the courtyard and the bridge. You can take photos in any of the locations. They have 105 acres on the property and the client has access to all of it for photos.They have had corn hole and a bounce house, they have even had fire pits with smores. The Irongate never has more then one event going on at the same time even though the space is large enough that it could accommodate more then one wedding in a given day. The client gets use of the property exclusively for their special day. IronGate can accommodate a wedding or event as small as 75 guests.
How much is the deposit and when is it due?
The initial deposit for a Friday or a Sunday is $2500. Saturday weddings the deposit is $3750. There is also a deposit on the food which is half of the food bill once the menu is decided which is usually several months later. The final amount is due14 days before the event.
What is your cancellation policy?
In the rare event where someone needs to cancel their venue reservation, the deposits are non-refundable. The Irongate Equestrian Center does allow guests to change dates as long as they have at least a 6 month notice.
How long will I have to use the event space I’ve reserved?
Ten hours is the allotted time per the contract. Many times they do allow the brides to come in earlier to get ready. Most of the bar packages are a 5 hour time frame and that is when most guests start arriving. If the bridal party decides they want to go past the ten hours after the allotted end time has been reached, they do offer a per hour rate to extend the party. Most people arrive at 10 and are gone by 10:30.
Is the food catered in or is it done in house?
The Irongate Equestrian Center has a list of recommended caterers. It is possible to contract with a caterer not on the list and when doing so they do have a separate fee for this service to cover the cost of in house materials and supplies and use of water and electric and other items. The Irongate Equestrian Center holds an open house several times a year where the preferred caterers come to the venue and the bridal parties can sample the food and get to know each caterer. All the food options are determined by the client and the caterer directly. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to pulling off a successful wedding so it is highly recommended that the client select one of the caterers on the Irongate’s list.
Are tables, linens, chairs, plates, silverware and glassware provided?
The Irongate provides the glassware for the bar. They also provide the tables, the chairs, table cloths, table linens that go to the floor, they provide cloth napkins as well as simple non-floral centerpieces. The china and silverware is provided by the caterer. Because the Irongate is a farm, sometimes people will do things a little different and have a BBQ and that can change things around a bit. They have even had a food truck from time to time.
Can I bring in my own alcoholic beverages?
You’re not allowed to bring your own alcohol on site. This was a service that was offered a number of years ago but it is no longer available. Many times the bride and groom would miss judge the beverage needs of the party and end up with too much or too little alcohol. Now that the alcohol is handled in house there is never a fear of having to much or to little.
Are you licensed to provide alcohol service? If so, is alcohol priced per person or by consumption?
Alcohol at the Irongate is priced per person but it is unlimited. Once you select the package you want then your guests can drink as much as they want. The packages include beer and wine if you want alcohol, the package fees go up a couple of dollars.
What is your weather contingency plan for outdoor spaces?
They have an indoor space ready and available when the weather prohibits the wedding ceremony being outside. They have weddings all year round and it often happens that a wedding is moved indoors at the last minute. The decision is usually made the rehearsal dinner night.
Does your facility have a bridal room and groom room to allow the wedding parties to prepare themselves?
At the Irongate Equestrian Center they have two balconies. The second floor balcony is where the bridal suite is located. There are two separate rooms in the bridal suite. One for hair and make up and one room for the bride to get dressed. The nice thing about the bridal suite is the bride has the ability to view the space and watch from above as the party and the guests arrive. She gets a unique birds eye view of the entire space. On the third floor are the two groomsmen suites. A lounge area for the men and a place for them to get dressed. All four bride and groom rooms have a full restroom and shower in each room. They are all locked with key pads so the wedding party can leave personal items in the rooms. They also have huge closets in them as well for plenty of storage. They have tables for snacks and chairs and couches. Some even have TV’s. There is also some private space on the first floor that is called a den or bar area and its a great place for private conversations and small group gatherings for long lost relatives to catch up.
Can I move things around and decorate to suit my purposes or does everything need to remain as is?
The Irongate Equestrian Center commits at least 3 staff members up to two hours to help with the decorating. They are experienced and know how to decorate and know where plugs are and have a good handle on making the decorating process go smoothly. This is all included in the price. Brides will give them a diagram and instructions and thats it, stress free decorating.
Do you have decoration guidelines that must be followed?
No confetti and no glitter are preferred, open candles are allowed. No nails in the wood, otherwise they accommodate most other needs.
Do you have restrictions on what kind of music I can play or a time in which the music must end?
They are a farm and because the space is the clients for the entire evening, they can choose any music live or other wise that they would like. The sound in the arena is outstanding according to many guests and DJ’s that have set up in the venue. They do have an in-house sound system that the bridal party can hook up their i-pod to and play music until the DJ arrives. The music will play in the arena, the lounge and the den.
Does your venue provide on-site parking?
They have 125 spaces around the arena and also have overflow parking for really big events. The bride can also hire valets if they want. At a typical wedding they have two parking attendants directing cars.
Are their nearby hotels that your venue recommends?
They work with the Courtyard by Marriott often, which is located right off of 161. You can hire a shuttle service from the hotels if you want.
Is the site handicap accessible?
Most of the property is handicap accessible. There are a few portions of the building that are not.
Does your venue have liability insurance in the event that someone is injured during the event?
They do have full insurance for the property.
Do you have signage or other aids to direct guests to my event?
Most people, because of GPS, have no trouble finding The Ironggate Equestrian Center. Many guests arrive early just to make sure they are not late because most have not been to the facility before. Many brides will make their own signs if they are nervous.
Do you have a recycling policy?
They are in the process of putting their recycling program in place.
Tell me a unique aspect of your venue that I may not find anywhere else?
The Irongate Equestrian Center has horse stalls that have been cleared out and cleaned up and are often used by the guests for a variety of uses. They have been used for air brush tattoos, they have been used as simulation pub crawl where each stall has a different adult beverage, they have put appetizers in the stalls and have done cake cuttings, the ideas are endless as to what can be done. Each stall is around 10′ by 10′.The stalls create a really unique and special atmosphere that is not typically found anywhere else.
What else would you like to say about your venue that I have not asked?
The Irongate is 105 acres, an equestrian center, that is extremely unique in the look and feel. They can accommodate anywhere from 50 guest to 1,200 guests. It is a must see and there is so much you can not possibly describe it in one paragraph. This venue is an upscale barn style facility where the space can be presented differently for each wedding. The guests love it and are blown away 100% of the time.