Weddings

The Center

Cincinnati, OH View map Visit website
Rating 4.8 out of 5
   66 reviews
$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

About

$4k - $6k For 100 Guests
Up to 300 guests

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.

Services Offered
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:

  • Audio visual equipment
  • Bridal suite
  • Chairs
  • Cleanup
  • Centerpieces
  • Backdrops
  • Event planning
  • Lighting/sound
  • Linens
  • Setup
  • Tables
  • Uplighting

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$80

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$80

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Event Planning
Lighting/Sound
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$12

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine
Open Bar

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

100

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Loft

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
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
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Decor
Drapery
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March

66 Reviews

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    Sydney S. Married on 04/10/2021
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    Beautiful Venue!!

    The Center is an absolutely gorgeous venue. It is in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. It connects to The Westin Hotel via a skywalk which is very convenient for guests. Katie is the event planner; she is so sweet, great with responding to questions (I had a million). My guests gave me great feedback on our venue that they loved it; they were served well and the food was great which I believe most people are critics when it comes to their meals at weddings! The team at The Center went out of their way to give us the day of our dreams which we are extremely grateful for.
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    Joe H. Married on 03/14/2020
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    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!
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    Alyssa Married on 01/04/2020
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    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!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Pricing

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Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
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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.

Party Pleasers Services Party Pleasers Services Wedding DJs

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.

Map

115 E. 5th Street Cincinnati, OH, 45202
8593928262

Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm EST
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