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Expert Advice: Unions at the Union: How to Say 'I Do' to This Unique Setting

By Jose Rodriguez, Coordinator of Sales and Marketing for University of Central Oklahoma


Wedded bliss is possible even from the planning stage when you work with the right venue for a dream day scenario. Though a student union on a college campus might not be the first spot you think of for your betrothed clients, it provides a lasting impression thanks to flexible space and economical pricing. Here are three tips that will have you saying, ’I Do.’

Take the college tour: As a general rule, campuses are all different in terms of layout and the variety of spaces available in a student union, which can be abundant. So you’ll want to know all of your options prior to booking—such as choosing an indoor ballroom or perhaps an outdoor patio (or a combination for ceremony and reception). The great thing about student unions is that space is almost always flexible, allowing for an intimate gathering in a smaller room to a lavish, 500-person affair in a ballroom.

Get the student rate: The cost of having a wedding on campus is significantly less than choosing a resort or more traditional option since here rental fees are more affordable and you often have your choice of catering vendor. At University of Central Oklahoma we also offer discounts for alumni in keeping with the ‘family’ tradition, so check with your venue to make sure you take advantage of all cost-saving measures at your disposal.

Understand expectations: Working with a college or university to host your wedding can require some give and take. Though our student union is open year-round for ceremonies and receptions, sometimes that means students can be using other parts of the facility, so scheduling with as much notice as possible gives us a chance to work around that. There are also some schools that can be ‘dry’ campuses so check their alcohol policy first. The biggest benefit of booking at a student union though can be the inherent flexibility, such as the option to choose your own outside vendors instead of being tied down to a preferred list. We are always striving for customer service and will help out in any way we can, including taste tests if you do choose in-house catering.

The Nigh University Center at the University of Central Oklahoma is a popular choice for a wedding venue with availability year-round and more than 9,000 square feet of flexible space inside the newly renovated Grand Ballroom with tall ceilings, exquisite chandeliers and elaborate window treatments. Other options include more intimate spaces, like the Heritage Room with a fireplace, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the on-site Broncho Lake.

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University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK
(405) 974.2715