Weddings

The Sanctuary

Cincinnati, OH View map Visit website
Rating 4.3 out of 5
   3 reviews
Up to 225 guests

About

Up to 225 guests

The Sanctuary is a vibrant community hub that serves as the cornerstone of Lower Price Hill. Built in 1847, The Sanctuary is the second oldest (standing) former Catholic church in Cincinnati. Today, the space has been fully restored and is operated by Community Matters as a gathering space for celebrations, performances, meetings, weddings, and community events. Proceeds from The Sanctuary support the mission of Community Matters: to create a thriving and more just community by removing barriers to opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

$2400.00

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

$2400.00

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?

$2400.00

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

$2400.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Parking
Tables

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

225

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

25

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Dance Floor
Decor
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
October
Rated
4.3
out of 5.0
Recommended by 86% of couples
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  • Grace
    Grace D. Married on 07/17/2021
    Rating 5 out of 5
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    Beautiful and For a Cause!

    We knew that we had to have The Sanctuary as our wedding venue. The history and beauty of the building make it so easy to decorate - you don't need much! We love the fact that the proceeds from our booking go straight back to the community through their non-profit organization. Raine, the event coordinator, had great communication and flexibility through all of the walk-throughs and meetings leading up to the big day! It is truly a DIY(ish) experience, which allowed us to set up exactly how we wanted with our own personal touches, but gave us some help on putting up tables, chairs, and takedown the next day! The venue states (during non-covid limitations) that it can fit up to 240 seated. We found that our number (150 people) really filled up the space (with plenty of elbow room and a huge dance floor), so if you are wanting 240 people AND a huge dance floor - this might be a little small for you!

    The Sanctuary's reply:

    Hi Grace!

    Thank you so much for the review! Thank you so much for choosing the Sanctuary, where your event matters. We wish you both all the best!
  • L
    Lauren Married on 08/26/2017
    Rating 4.9 out of 5
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    Venice on Vine Catering has catered multiple weddings at The Sanctuary. The staff is available to answer questions prior to and during the event - they are helpful, accommodating, and precise! Perhaps most importantly, the Sanctuary ensures customer wants/needs are communicated clearly to the caterers. Lastly, the space provides ample room for both a buffet option as well as plated seating - all with a backdrop of a beautiful (and historic) church!

    The Sanctuary's reply:

    Thanks so much, Lauren and Venice on Vine! It is always a joy to work with you all and support your mission. I look forward to many more events with you all.
  • Wen
    Wen X. Getting married on 01/07/2022
    Rating 3 out of 5
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    Beautiful Place, Service Needs Improvement

    The Sanctuary is a beautiful venue and they have a great mission that serves and gives back to the community. You have the flexibility of choosing any caterer you want, which allows for cost savings. However, while the price you pay is reasonable, the service is not robust enough for me to recommend to a friend. From working with the management (which has gone through some turnover), I find a lack of urgency and professionalism, especially evident during the pandemic. There was no clear communication on how couples may reach the management once the pandemic hit. I have called the office line and left voicemails, to not avail (and sometimes things are better discussed over the phone rather than via email). All of that would've been fine if there was clarity on how they would operate during the pandemic. What was more baffling was how they kept my deposit when they couldn't legally fulfill the original agreement that's now been impacted by the pandemic. We had to cancel our wedding two months before the wedding (which was also when they had recommended we make our decision) because things were uncertain at that point with COVID-19. There was huge emphasis on how they have offered alternative dates for couples to host their wedding but I did not think whether they returned my deposit should've been dependent on whether I COULD ACCEPT the alternative they had given. So much for promoting the fact that they are a non-profit organization. I made the mistake of not asking for a more official agreement when I first gave my deposit. Since the "agreement" did not state how things will be handled in unforeseen circumstances, I have essentially given them the $500 deposit for free. Up until the point of cancellation, all we've done is exchanged a few emails and set up tours of the venue, all of which they would've done without charge. So, if you go with them, especially when the pandemic is dragging on, be prepared.

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2110 Saint Michael Street Cincinnati, 45204
5132442214 (216)
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