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Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center Wedding Tips & Help

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Hotel Locations

This is probably the most important item but often the most overlooked. As the city of Put-in-Bay is located on an island (South Bass Island), people can not readily drive to and from your wedding. An overnight stay is almost assuredly necessary for most guests. The Put-in-Bay Resort is the island's only 4-star hotel and has the longest running full-occupancy rate on the island. We offer Put-in-Bay Resort features the islands only award winning heated pool, best swim-up bar, complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, in-room safes, and a relaxed atmosphere only a block away from the action of downtown Put-in-Bay. Contact info:
Lisa Cooper,
Put-in-Bay Resort


We recommend a local officiate named Maisie Ruchala. Maisie has presided over hundreds of weddings here on South Bass Island in the past few years. She is licensed in the State of Ohio and can help you and your spouse-to-be exchange vows on your special day. Contact info:
Maisie Ruchala,

Reception Locations

We recommend our award-winning facilities at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center. We have catered hundreds of corporate events and weddings ranging from 10 people up to 300. Our menu is extensive and can be custom-made to your price or taste specifications. Everything from Barbecue to Seafood to your basic chicken dinner. We allow outside decorations to be brought in and we provide a full and licensed bar. Contact info:
Amber Somers,
Put-in-Bay Resort

Wedding Locations

One of two popular outdoor locations, the DeRivera Park gazebo is a quaint and picturesque venue. From the gazebo, you can look out over the Put-in-Bay harbor and waterfront. Since it is a public park, you must sign a contract and obtain a permit agreeing not to have any alcohol in the park and holding the park harmless if someone is injured. The fee for using the gazebo is $50, however, the DeRivera Park Trust will waive the fee when the permit is signed ahead of time. Contact info:
Tom Ohlemacher,
DeRivera Park Gazebo
The monument lawn is a popular outdoor location to hold a wedding ceremony. The monument itself is not available for ceremonies, but there are a few locations on the grassy lawn where a ceremony may be held in full view of the monument and both Put-in-Bay harbor and Lake Erie on each side. A permit is required in advance, with a minimum $50 fee for ceremonies of 50 people or fewer. Contact info:
Blanca Alvarez Stransky,
Perry's Monument
Our Mother of Sorrows church at Put-in-Bay will seat 150 on the main floor and an additional 35 in the balcony. The pews in the balcony are from the original Mother of Sorrows Church. On major summer holidays, even though there are 3 different Masses, it is not uncommon for some people to be forced to stand during services. There are currently approximately 85 Catholic year-round parishioners. The church is thus very dependent on its summer visitors for the major part of its support. Contact info:
Father Ron Brickner,
Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church
Built in 1865, St. Paul's Episcopal Church is one of the oldest churches in Ohio. Still in its original wooden form, it is located just south of the downtown area of the village of Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio. Tours and visitations can be made upon request, please call. Contact info:
Father Maughan,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church


We recommend our award-winning staff in the kitchen at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center. Our staff has catered hundreds of corporate events and weddings ranging from 10 people up to 300. Our menu is extensive and can be custom-made to your price or taste specifications. Everything from Barbecue to Seafood to your basic chicken dinner. Please see a sample of our corporate catering menu and our wedding catering menu. Contact info:
Amber Somers,
Put-in-Bay Resort

Wedding Cakes

We recommend Put-in-Bay's own Village Bakery. Pauline has made cakes for numerous wedding receptions held at the Put-in-Bay Resort over the past few years. She can make everything from a traditional layered wedding cake to an extravagant fondant marvel that rivals the best cakes of New York and Los Angeles. In addition to wedding cakes, they have coffees, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, fresh fruit cups and assorted pastries & desserts which are made fresh daily. Contact info:
Pauline Garsteck,
Village Bakery
Founded on the traditions of quality, value, and personal service, Bassett's Market is an independent grocer serving Northwest Ohio. With their main location in Port Clinton conveniently located near the Ferry, Bassett's offers the finest in produce, meats, seafood, dairy, and most importantly baked goods and cakes! Our comprehensive grocery features hard-to-find specialty goods. Come and visit us today! Contact info:
Bakery Department,

Wedding Flowers

At Otto & Urban Florist & Greenhouse our priority is to provide you with only the freshest flowers backed by the highest level of personal service available. We have served & satisfied thousands of customers, helping us become Port Clinton's favorite florist. With a staff that is friendly & knowledgeable, and a delivery team that is prompt, courteous, and dedicated to the safety of your order, we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make your special occasion extra special. Contact info:
Otto & Urban Florist & Greenhouse,
Port Clinton, OH

DJ Services

DJ Billy has spun his tunes at numerous Put-in-Bay weddings and corporate events. He is a regular DJ at the Put-in-Bay Resort on Saturdays during the summer months and keeps the people in the pool dancing to his smooth beats. His musical collection is extensive and covers everything from classic love tunes to modern dance, old school rap to new-age country, and everything in between. Contact info:
Bill Rigone,
DJ Billy the Kid

Wedding Photographers

Put-in-Bay Studios will professionally photograph your event on Put-in-Bay! Whether you're planning a wedding, reunion or corporate event, Put-in-Bay Studios has the advantage of being located on the island which will provide you with the most unique and ideal locations for your photo shoot. Contact info:
Susan Byrnes,
Put-in-Bay Studios
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