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Officially opened as of May 2021, Stillwaters Retreat is a stunning lakeside wedding venue located in McComb, Ohio. Just off State Route 224 between Findlay and Ottawa, less than an hour from Toledo, the retreat is a private oasis for couples seeking to host their dream wedding day. Nestled beneath tall trees and by still waters, this event venue sits proudly on 215 enchanting acres and is a nature lover's dream. Its supportive staff will ensure that each party has everything they need
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Stillwaters Retreat boasts several stunning venues that welcome couples to host their event both indoors and outside. To-be-weds can choose from the Outdoor Chapel, the Lodge, and the Semi-Enclosed Pavilion when planning their celebration. The latter is the largest venue space and perfect for hosting receptions. Its open design lets guests feel at one with nature whilst being sheltered and comfortable. During the colder months, they can relax and recline by a wood-burning stove. There is space for up to ~260 guests, ensuring that no one needs to miss out on the fun. The grounds themselves are ideal for a wedding day photoshoot for the ages. Couples can pose by a serene pond which is home to swans or under the shade of wizen old trees. For those who would like to make a weekend of their celebration, the property offers accommodation options. Most fun amongst these is perhaps the Glamping Site which welcomes guests to stay in the wilds without sacrificing on their creature comforts. Other areas on-site include a Christmas tree farm, a vineyard, and an orchard. There is parking available on-site.
Stillwaters Retreat’s staff is proud to welcome guests to the venue and strives for perfection in service. They can help organize the event of a couple’s dreams including by working with the outside vendors of to-be-weds choosing. In addition to providing planning services, they can help by setting everything up on the day and by cleaning up afterward. They can also provide a range of event items including a beautiful live-edge benches, decorations, and audiovisual equipment.
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In all honesty words can’t explain how amazing it was
The BEST day of my life thus far...
I planned our wedding in 4.5 months so the fact it was even open on Labor Day was amazing! We found out it was their fourth or fifth wedding that weekend but they still found little ways to go above and beyond for us. They decorated our backdrop behind our ceremony space, put ferns and lanterns down the aisle, set the ceremony benches up, and prepped the whole reception space including the sweetheart table and head tables (helped us source artificial floral centerpieces and white linens). We ended up having 250 guests (including kids) and had enough room for a dance floor.
Because we couldn’t rehearse at the venue due to another wedding happening the night before, they let us rehearse at their other newer venue (the barn) and Kate met us there to make sure everything was good.
They had coffee going at 6:45am when we arrived on-site and even though they had so many weddings that weekend, they made us feel like a priority. Daniel was very helpful all day long!! He even put flowers out where I was meeting my bridesmaids that morning. They do not have a ton of workers, but the ones they do have as of September 2023 are high quality! Kate (event manager) is AMAZING!! I gave her a list of all the things we’re were bringing in and all the things that I believed they were providing so communication could be clear (and helpful as they do have many weddings at this beautiful location).
My bridal party used the new spa to get ready in which had plenty of outlets and mirrors for everyone to do their own hair and makeup. We did our first look by the lake and it was a top 10 moment of my life. Then we transitioned to using the bridal suite to stage and get ready to walk down the aisle. We did bring in our own AV as they didn’t have a sound system that would have worked for what we needed in the ceremony space. Reception space was beautiful with greenery in the chandeliers and a huge fan for the hot day. The music system had an aux cord to plug into Spotify. We didn’t hire a DJ but they would have a space for a DJ to get set up there. The lodge was the perfect place to stage our food and the airstream is where we set up our coffee bar/drink bar.
We stayed in one of their properties (called the treehouse- a beautiful home surrounded by trees and has a hot tub) after our wedding and it allowed my new husband and I to relax and debrief the most perfect day. The water in the treehouse shower was a little temperamental (sometimes piping hot and sometimes freezing but that wasn’t too bad). The TV had access to watch shows and the beds were really comfortable!
Overall, my recommendations if choosing this beautiful venue is to…
1. Visit 1-3 times if possible (I went twice to get a good idea of space and how I wanted my tables set up given the space)
2. Take tons of notes and make sure both you and the venue have a copy of the most recent note so expectations are clear from both sides.
3. Have a day of coordinator (friend or professional) to work with the venue event manager to make sure everything is set up the way you want it.
4. Sit back and ENJOY THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!🥰
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