A wedding ceremony and reception venue in Cincinnati, Newport Aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you and your guests will remember forever. With gorgeous views of the Cincinnati skyline and the opportunity to stroll through the aquarium for fascinating exhibits, you can expect an amazing day.
Facilities and Capacity
Weddings typically take place in the Riverside Room, an elegant and contemporary location for your special day. Both the Riverside Room and the aquarium can be rented individually or together, depending on the necessary accommodations. For your ceremony, the Riverside Room can hold up to 230 guests, or you may choose to host your ceremony in the Shark Ray Bay Theater, which features a 16x20 foot shark tank in the background. Your reception will be charming and sophisticated, accommodating 240 for dinner and 250 for cocktail receptions. Couples may use the aquarium exhibits for cocktail hour for an even more unique celebration.
With so many special activities like dive shows and penguin encounters, your wedding will be a truly special experience, filled with memories to last a lifetime. With an event planner who works with you to make the day special, you will have access to food and bar stations as well as incredible event decor. Newport Aquarium also partners with outside vendors like caterers to ensure the details of your day are taken care of. They’ve selected four of the finest caterers for you to utilize for your day, including Funky’s Catering, Chef’s Choice Catering, Elegant Fare Catering and Phoenix Catering.
Recommended by 96% of couples
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Sue · Married on 06/20/2015
Everything leading up to the day of the event and the event itself was awesome. Our event planner, Dee, was wonderful to work with. She was very friendly, professional and always responsive to any questions or issues we had. I'm sure the newlyweds will remember and cherish this day for many years to come.
Stephanie · Married on 10/06/2018
Our experience with the aquarium was great - from showing initial interest to having our wedding there until the very end of the wedding. Dee was just spectacular and right before our wedding they were transitioning to a new wedding coordinator. Dee remained involved all the way through and Allison was great taking things over. They really worked well together and Dee was very thorough to make sure nothing was missed during the transition. All of our guests loved the venue as well and it really has it all - the aquarium experience with such a classy reception room and the best view of the Cincinnati skyline. Would highly recommend this as a wedding spot.
Meredith · Married on 09/08/2018
Everything was fantastic, the people, the venue, everything. We could not have been happier! I’ve never had someone be able to put me at ease as quickly and easily as Dee did. We only wish we had more time to enjoy the wedding!
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Visit Newport Aquarium’s Wedding Show and see why we were voted “Best place to have a wedding in Northern Kentucky” by NKY Magazine readers and a 2019 WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award winner!
Experience the Riverside Room and its spectacular view of downtown Cincinnati. Casually tour Newport Aquarium and meet over 50 of the region’s leading wedding vendors. Enjoy free hors d'oeuvres, live music, cash bar and door prizes.
For more information call one of our Wedding Event Specialists at (859) 815-1453.
As a vendor, I can tell you the staff has been consistently helpful, courteous, and professional over the years and I am sure they extend that culture to each bride's experience. If you are looking for a truly unique experience, the Aquarium is a perfect fit. The Riverside room has an excellent view, the food options are provided by prominent caterers, and guests can experience all the aquatic life with great photo opportunities!