With our combination of Old World Charm, quality catering, decor & service, allow us to offer you the ease of planning your reception at The Columbus Athenaeum. We can easily accommodate receptions & ceremonies of all sizes, & some of the spaces are featured in the photos below. For more information or to schedule a tour to visit the Columbus Athenaeum, please speak with a representative by phone at (614) 222-MEET. We look forward to helping you plan your special day!
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Emily Byers · Married on 05/18/2019
There is not enough words to describe how amazing my experience with this venue was! Jackie was our coordinator and she was absolutely phenomenal. We changed a lot last minute and it was no sweat off her back. She accommodated every single request with grace and ease. If it was me, I probably would have wanted to strangle us with our indecisiveness and last minute changes. Never once did I feel like we were an annoyance to her - she truly made this our day, and all about us.Sent on 07/23/2019
One of the reasons we signed on with the Athenaeum was because of the whole team. They say you're not buying a product, but you're buying the person who sells you the product (or so my friends in sales have told me;). Your product is great at the Athenaeum (the vendors, the venue... it's all beautiful) but it was Jackie and Gina who we bought into. Both of their welcoming attitudes, their ability to make you feel comfortable and calm, but most importantly, their accommodations and caring attitude. By the end of all this, we felt like they were family. That, along with the uniqueness of the Olympian Ballroom, are what sold us on the Athenaeum. We visited some very beautiful venues with comparable price points, but none of them had the ambience that the Athenaeum had and what Gina and Jackie could bring to the table.
The weekend of our wedding, I've never felt more calm. Jackie and her team took our vision and brought it to life. Everything we wanted was done and THEN SOME - she made finishing touches that literally brought tears to my eyes. To be able to go into your wedding day not freaking out and at total ease - now that's a feeling I didn't expect. She handled the behind the scenes with grace, instructed us with everything we needed and even helped me pull off a huge surprise right in the middle of the reception - a performance by our alumni’s marching band! OU OH YEAH!
A few other things to note -
During the first food tasting, my fiance and I weren’t completely satisfied with the options that were given to us. I voiced my concerns to Jackie and within days Gina had scheduled a PRIVATE food tasting for us, where we could taste everything else and then some. We left feeling full, relieved, and with brand new selections for our wedding menu. It’s been about 2 months since our wedding and we are still getting compliments on how amazing our food was. The meatballs and mashed potato martinis are a MUST!
I could go on and on with examples but I think I've made my point. You will not regret your decision signing on with the Athenaeum - the experience is magical, their vendors are top notch and everyone genuinely cares to make your day great!
Christina · Married on 07/07/2018
I absolutely loved having our reception at The Columbus Athenaeum! Our reception was in Olympian Ballroom and our guests were blown away with the space, especially since their first view of the room was from the balcony above for cocktail hour. Our coordinator was Jackie and she was fantastic! She was always responsive to my emails and answered all of my questions very quickly! On the big day, Jackie and her team were very attentive to my husband and I, and our immediate families as well. We loved that TCA was an all-inclusive venue offering tables/linens, catering, alcohol, serving staff and bartenders! We didn't have to worry about a thing. Another great thing about TCA is that they're very upfront with their pricing. There were no surprises so we immediately felt confident that it fit within our budget. Our guests raved about the food (we had the prime rib and the parmesan crusted chicken) and they loved that the bartenders poured good drinks. I've been to countless weddings where you can tell the booze was watered down but that's definitely not the case here! I couldn't be happier that we went with The Columbus Athenaeum!Sent on 10/11/2018
michelle · Married on 07/03/2018
We recently had our son’s wedding ceremony and reception at the Columbus Athenaeum. We were on a tight budget and I researched MANY venues in the Columbus area before we picked the Athenaeum. It was two years in the planning and now our big day is over. I wanted to write to make sure all of you planning your events know that the CA was AMAZING in every capacity. They are efficient, affordable, flexible, friendly, helpful and on the day of the event were extremely attentive. My husband was so impressed how every time we turned around and needed something that one of the two attendants were there to get us whatever we needed. We had many comments from guests on how delicious the food was. We HIGHLY recommend the CA for any event and would use them again in the future.Sent on 07/09/2018
If you're looking for an awesome space with "Old World" charm, the Columbus Athenaeum has it! Beautiful wall murals, rich, dark wood, and a sense of timelessness greets all guests, along with an efficient, helpful staff. ----- Miriam Weber Brown, Harpist
The Athenaeum has something for everyone. They have many different rooms to choose from to fit anyone's taste. All of the Sales Staff are great to work with. Also the meals are fantastic! If you are looking for a venue downtown, make sure you stop by and take a look. Todd Jones (TEAM DJ)
The Athenaeum has the historic appeal of the early 20th century yet is personable and inviting. We always enjoy working at the Athenaeum as they help their clients create a memorable wedding with any one of their unique settings, be it the Large Theatre, Little Theatre or the Priory. With several options to chose from, The Athenaeum offers something for everyone.