I am searching for a venue for a June 2012 reception. I really like both the Athletic Club and the Athenaeum (Olympian Ballroom), as they both have a similar romantic look I am going for. Both are very similar in price when you factor everything in. At The Athletic Club, you must use their alcohol, parking is free, and I've heard their food is top notch. At the Athenaeum, food is much less expensive and you may provide your own alcohol. You must rent a parking garage for guests. All in all, they are pretty similar in price. Has anyone worked with either of these places before? I have read mixed reviews about The Athenaeum (poor presentation and food, nickle and dimed people) andhaven't heard anything about the ACC. Please help!
I'm also looking into the Blackwell, but my fiance and I were both heavily involved in Ohio State and feel we want something "new". But there are so many great perks! I just don't like the ballroom's look.