The Bell Event Centre is a historic wedding venue in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. This former church brings with it all the ornate decor of a cathedral, although it has been renovated as an event venue. Couples can host their wedding in downtown Cincinnati, just five minutes from Washington Park.
Facilities and Capacity
Up to 300 guests can join couples at the Bell Event Centre. This wide open space is surrounded by stained-glass windows and fresco paintings on the walls and ceiling. Vaulted ceilings with golden accents rise overhead and a pipe organ sits on an ornately carved balcony. A brick exterior with a bell tower also makes this building beautiful for wedding photos. Uplighting and decor make this space consistent with a couple’s personal wedding style.
This venue’s owner has experience with the catering industry and helps couples determine the best menu items for their big day. In addition to catering advice, couples will find the following services at the Bell Event Centre:
Thanks to owner Christy Cafeo’s experience with catering, couples can find delectable dishes that meet any of their dietary needs, including gluten free, kosher, lactose free, no pork, nut free, organic, vegan or vegetarian. Bar services are also available for couples. Catering can be served in the following styles:
In addition to ceremonies and receptions, the venue is also available for engagement parties and rehearsal dinners. Rehearsal dinners offer exclusive venue use with custom or specific menus.
The venue was originally built in 1850 as St. Paul’s Church. After serving as a church for 125 years, the church was decommissioned in 1975 and stood abandoned for six years. It was purchased in 1981 by the Verdin Company, North America’s oldest bell and clock company. After a two-year renovation, the building reopened its doors as the Bell Event Centre.
53 Reviews for Bell Event Centre
Recommended by 97% of couples
15 User photos
Marybeth Dulle · Getting married on 04/12/2021
A perfect spot for a wedding reception
Our experience for our daughter's December 28th wedding was simply outstanding! One year prior - almost to the eventual wedding day - we visited the center (very impromptu and were warmly welcomed) and saw the Bell Centre then in its Christmas decor and dress. It was obvious from the moment we saw the facility that this was to be the location for our daughter's Christmas wedding. Through a year of planning, the staff responded always in a timely and well-informed fashion. Tiffani (our event coordinator) was very detail-oriented and remembered and recorded everything. She has an incredible talent for the trickle-down effect of decisions and how one step affects another. The staff worked very well with all of our vendors, coordinating details up until the very last minute. By the day of the wedding, I knew we were in very capable hands. We received multiple compliments on the beauty of the facility and its unique presentation. I would highly recommend this facility for a wedding reception or another large-scale event. Our family was beyond pleased!Sent on 01/01/2020
Bell Event Centre's reply:Thank you Marybeth! Thank you so much for choosing The Bell Event Centre for your daughter's wedding, we are so glad you have an enjoyable experience.
Lydia Ward · Getting married on 10/11/2020
It was a very simple decision for my now-husband to make in deciding where our venue would be: hands down, The Bell Event Center!Sent on 01/01/2020
-the beauty of the building, the architecture, the amazing details, stain-glass from floor to ceiling, the lighting, etc.
-the attention to every last detail from The Bell staff made me feel like my wedding was a fairytale. Shout-out to Lori Campbell for making sure all of my wishes came true and for keeping everything flowing perfectly (even when there was stress)
-the food was amazing, the service was perfect, I could go on and on...
-I wish I could relive this day over and over again
Bell Event Centre's reply:Thank you Lydia! We are so glad you chose The Bell Event Centre for your wedding. Thank you for letting us be a part of your day, congratulations!
Haley Payne · Married on 05/29/2020
Responsive & Detailed Tour
We toured the Bell Event Centre on a Saturday morning with a lovely lady named Lori. Lori was extremely helpful and answered all of our questions. The tour was of course breathtaking because the venue is beautiful and one of a kind, but Tori herself was extremely helpful. After the tour, Lori followed up and quickly responded to our emails. She never made us feel rushed or like our specific date was going to be given away.Sent on 12/05/2019
Bell Event Centre's reply:Thank you Haley! Congratulations and thank you so much for choosing The Bell Event Centre for your wedding. We are happy you had a great experience booking with us.
The Bell Event Centre is a stunning location for weddings in the Cincinnati area! It's so sophisticated and glamorous!
What a beautiful location. The Catholic Church Romanesque grandeur for anyone!