A timeless and contemporary wedding venue in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Center offers a flexible and stunning space for you to customize the wedding of your dreams. Located in the Mercantile Building in Downtown Cincinnati, this setting is home to the Contemporary Arts Center and is filled with design, local history and beauty.
Facilities and Capacity
The Center features high ceilings, shiny hardwood floors and unique light fixtures. The venue contains neutral, elegant decor, allowing you to personalize layouts for a unique space. You may host your ceremony and reception in the grand ballroom, which is held against a picturesque window that looks onto Fountain Square. The Center also offers a space for your ceremony and cocktail hour in the LED-lit dome room. Your rental of The Center includes seating for up to 300 guests with 30, six-foot tables.
With an on-site day-of coordinator and event specialist, your wedding needs will be taken care of before and during the big day. At The Center, this facility will be exclusively yours for the day. The venue offers various services and event items to make your day unforgettable. This includes:
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65 Reviews for The Center
Recommended by 97% of couples
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Joe Helms · Married on 03/14/2020
Cathy and Joe's Wedding/Reception
In choosing a venue for our wedding, Cathy did a ton of research on various websites. She came to a short list of venue options, and then we planned to visit various locations.
We met with Paula at The Center. Almost immediately I was sold. Paula was so personal and yet professional, that if the venue had the right options, I knew we’d be in good hands!
After meeting with Paula and reviewing options, we chose The Center in downtown Cincinnati, OH to be our wedding venue. What made this a success?
First it was the professionalism of all of the staff at The Center. Paula and Katie worked seamlessly to cover every detail. They were not only genuinely excited for us, but also so flexible at every turn, to make sure all details were covered.
The venue is a blank slate, and being we were also having the multi-platinum award winning band Blessid Union Of Souls playing at our reception, we had to do multiple floor lay-outs to accommodate all guests, food stations, bar, a DJ stage and the band stage. This meant I pestered Katie and Paula for many reviews both onsite and over email and on the phone. Never once did I feel like I was bothering them. They were so gracious and accommodating!
The event was both a wedding and reception at The Center. They have multiple rooms to accommodate a larger event, and everything from floor layout to lighting was adjustable. This turned out to be a super great venue for our wedding and reception. If we had it to do all over again, we would choose The Center!
Sent on 06/21/2020
Alyssa · Married on 01/04/2020
Beautiful Venue (especially for the price!)
Absolutely loved having our wedding at The Center. For a downtown venue right on Fountain Square, the price was very reasonable and they were absolutely AMAZING to work with. Katie and Paula are especially sweet and go above and beyond! I was planning my wedding from out of town and they made it go on with ease. In person the venue is BREATHTAKING. It has an incredible light dome area above the bar and it is a super clean slate to set up your wedding however you would like to fit your personalities and style. We had a winter wedding so it was even more important to have a gorgeous hall to celebrate in since we couldn't take many photos outside. The window area right outside the main doors of the Center in the Mercantile Building are gorgeous!! I will say though, I heard during my wedding that McHale's catering has purchased this venue. I did have McHale's for my wedding and was SO DISAPPOINTED with their service. They didn't provide two whole food items on the wedding day that we had planned and paid for. Absolutely ridiculous. If you go with the Center (which you totally should!!) pay extra to go with a different caterer if you have to! It will definitely be worth it in the long run to avoid the issues I had on my wedding day!Sent on 01/24/2020
Abby Rawlings · Married on 11/02/2019
We hosted our wedding reception at The Center on 11/2/19, and we could not have been more happy with our decision! The space is absolutely gorgeous, incredibly versatile, and conveniently located. When looking for a venue, we wanted a space that was beautiful in itself, but also allowed for us to add our own personal touch. The Center was the perfect location for this!
Not only is their space amazing, but they have an incredible team who we were so lucky to get to work with. Katie was our coordinator and she was such a pleasure beginning with the very first meeting, all the way up through the day of our wedding. She was always incredibly responsive to my questions, and was very flexible as we worked together to make our wedding vision come to life.
We were truly lucky to have such an amazing wedding experience, and we cannot thank The Center enough for that!Sent on 01/05/2020
The Center Price Rates
Looking to tie the knot on a Friday? Great news, we have some deals going that you can't miss out on! Please contact us to hear more about our specialty pricing for Fridays in 2020.
We LOVE catering to the Center! Not only is it the hippest new venue in downtown Cincinnati, but the Center gals are great to work with.
Although The Center is a relative "New Comer" to the event world, they have hit the ground running. Not only do they have prime real estate on 5th, over looking Fountain Square, but they have such a unique look and feel to their space. Having the opportunity to work with them, I have seen nothing but professionalism, and grace in all of their procedures. We are so happy to have another amazing venue in the downtown area and we look forward to working with The Center for many years to come.