The Backstage Event Center

625 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Backstage Event Center

The Backstage Event Center is a loft-style wedding venue located in Cincinnati, Ohio. This rooftop setting is ideal for couples that want to add a modern, chic touch to their big day. Its sweeping city views, in-house catering, and dedicated staff can make your romantic celebration unforgettable.

Facilities and Capacity

Located in the Theater District, in the heart of downtown, The Backstage Event Center is influenced by the artistically rich community that surrounds it. Their second-floor event space has a customizable floor plan, for couples to design their nuptial dream for the ground up. Combining modern elegance with their rustic decor, the interior features exposed brick walls, vintage chandeliers and wall sconces, and large windows for plenty of natural light. It can accommodate celebrations of various sizes, from intimate gatherings of 50 people to extravagant receptions with 300 guests. Glass windows lead to the terrace, which provides an intimate space with cityscape views for guests to enjoy their drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For a multi-level venue experience, you can also have access to their first-floor space, The Horse & Barrel Bourbon House. Its exposed brick walls, hardwood floor, and liquor selections make it an ideal space for cocktail hours, or as bachelor and bachelorette parties. Ample parking is available on the property, with wheelchair accessibility to ensure that all your guests can enjoy your big day.

Services Offered

The Backstage Event Center features a team of event specialists who will be ready to assist you throughout your planning process. The onsite staff can handle set-up and clean-up for your reception, while you focus on the important things. Tables, chairs, linens, and dinnerware are available in-house, and can be arranged into any formation that you prefer. You will also be free to work with the venue’s catering and bartending teams, and customize your menu to match your favorite tastes. In addition to your ceremony and reception, you can also use this setting for engagement parties, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners.

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9 Reviews for The Backstage Event Center

Recommended by 99% of couples


5.0 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Cady · Getting married on 11/01/2022

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    • Responsiveness:
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
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    Fantastic Service and Venue

    Katie and team were great to work with and the service the day of the wedding was superb! Communication was good throughout the process. The Backstage Event Center was flexible with us in terms of COVID restrictions and working with us on last minute changes to numbers. Overall, it was a great experience and we could not have picked a better venue!

    Sent on 02/02/2021

    The Backstage Event Center's reply:

    Theresa,

    Thank you so much for the amazing review. It was such a pleasure working with you and Tim. Your intimate wedding reception was a joy to host.

    - Katie
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    Pam C. · Getting married on 01/03/2022

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    Absolutely Amazing!

    Backstage Event Center downtown Cincinnati hosted our rehearsal dinner. It couldn’t have turned out more perfect! Katie Swantko was absolutely wonderful in helping us plan our event. The space was perfect, food was awesome, service impeccable. Highly, highly recommend it.

    Sent on 03/17/2021

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The Backstage Event Center FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 500
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 1000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    China
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Set Up
    Tables
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?
    Server(s)
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service?
    $ 20
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?
    Bartender(s)
    House Beer
    House Wine
    Open Bar
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    2
  • Describe your venue:
    Loft
    Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Accommodations
    All Inclusive Packages
    Bar Services
    Catering Services
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Outside Vendors
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer?
    Buffet
    Cocktail Reception
    Dessert
    Family Style
    Hors d'oeuvres
    Outside Cake
    Plated
    Server(s)
    Stations
    Tastings
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Cash Bar
    Champagne Toast
    House Beer
    House Liquor
    House Wine
    Limited Bar
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
    Premium Liquor
    Signature Drink
    Specialty Beer
    Specialty Wine
  • What event items are available?
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Valet
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    May
    June
    September
    October
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    July
    August
    November

1 Wedding Deal & Discount

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    15% Off Venue Fee- Friday Weddings

    We will take 15% off you venue fee for your Friday wedding if you book before 6/30/2021!

Team of The Backstage Event Center

Cara Shipp Shipp

Cara Shipp Shipp

Sales and Events Manager

Cara has been in the industry for 16+ years, specializing in fine dining & event management. She is known for being cooperative, professional and incredibly hardworking. Cara is devoted to providing an exceptional and noteworthy experience every time.

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Katie Swantko

Katie Swantko

Sales and Events Manager

Katie has been a part of the hospitality industry for over 16 years in a variety of roles including, but not limited to: sales representative, project manager, beverage supplier and program director. She is motivated, creative and detail-oriented. Katie’s ability to adapt and work collaboratively makes the planning process effortless for our guests.

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The Backstage Event Center frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Backstage Event Center?

The Backstage Event Center includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Backstage Event Center, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Backstage Event Center includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:

  • Server(s)

At The Backstage Event Center, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Backstage Event Center includes:

  • Bartender(s)
  • House Beer
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Specialty Beer
  • Specialty Wine

What are the most important characteristics of The Backstage Event Center in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Backstage Event Center for wedding events is known for:

  • Loft
  • Rooftop

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Backstage Event Center for wedding events?

The Backstage Event Center offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Backstage Event Center offer?

The Backstage Event Center offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Backstage Event Center offer for wedding events?

The Backstage Event Center offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Backstage Event Center have available for wedding events?

The Backstage Event Center offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Backstage Event Center and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Backstage Event Center is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 5.0, with the same score awarded for quality of service, flexibility, value, professionalism and average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does The Backstage Event Center offer?

The Backstage Event Center currently offers 1 discount promotion for wedding services.