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.
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.
9 Reviews for The Backstage Event Center
Recommended by 99% of couples
7 User photos
Allyson · Married on 06/04/2016
A Dream Come True
Katie and her team at the Backstage Event Center were amazing to work with. We were a destination wedding that had to quickly come up with a new plan because of COVID. With a little over two months to change all of our plans, Katie was able to give us the wedding of our dreams. Katie communicated clearly, never made me feel like I asked too many questions, and handled more than I thought she would including decorating our venue from photos I sent her, running our ceremony rehearsal, and just being a sweet calm face right before I walked down the aisle.
We felt like queen and king during our reception. We never lifted a finger. The food was on a whole new level! This is not “wedding food” this is top tier, elegant comfort food. Our hors devours were the talk of the night. The beer cheese and soft pretzels, cranberry Brie bruschetta and spanakopita were huge hits! Also, if you’ve never considered pot roast for your wedding meal, this is the place to do it. The meat was so tender it fell apart, and our guests could not say enough about it.
Katie and the venue made sure to handle a guest who had a lot of food allergies. He made sure to find me and let me know that everything he ate was off the charts delicious. He didn’t worry at all about cross contamination because the staff were beyond professional and handled his allergies with care.
Something you might not consider but ended up being a game changer were the terraces off of the front and back of the event space. A beautiful view of the lights of downtown Cincinnati, wrought iron cocktail tables and chairs, and propane heating towers in case it got chilly. Our guests took photo after photo with the city scape as their backdrop.
You will not regret using the Backstage Event Center for your special day. I can’t say enough about it, just that I could do it all over again!Sent on 11/09/2020
The Backstage Event Center's reply:Thank you so much for your wonderful review Allyson! It was such an honor to be a part of your and Matt’s big day! It was such a pleasure to work with you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any future event planning.
Cady · Getting married on 11/01/2022
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
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Pam C. · Getting married on 01/03/2022
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
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
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.
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.