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The Center

Cincinnati , OH
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LOCATION

115 E. 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202 US (map)

PHONE

513-824-7274

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Center is a unique event space located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The dramatic and expansive environment enables customization and creative arrangement options, making it... Read more
The Center is a unique event space located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. The dramatic and expansive environment enables customization and creative arrangement options, making it the perfect place to meet, greet, play and party downtown. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Banquet Hall, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom

REVIEWS

4.8
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4.9/5.0
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Michael
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
The Center staff and the set-up were top-notch. Everyone loved the bar under the dome and the room-set-up and flip from ceremony to reception was quick and painless. Given it was chilly that night, some guests loved being able to park in Fountain Square and not have to walk outside at all to access The Center. We loved working with Kayla, Annalisa and the entire team! Be sure to add this venue to your list of must-visits before making up your mind.
The Center staff and the set-up were top-notch. Everyone loved the bar under the dome and the room-set-up and flip from Read more...
The Center staff and the set-up were top-notch. Everyone loved the bar under the dome and the room-set-up and flip from ceremony to reception was quick and painless. Given it was chilly that night, some guests loved being able to park in Fountain Square and not have to walk outside at all to access The Center. We loved working with Kayla, Annalisa and the entire team! Be sure to add this venue to your list of must-visits before making up your mind. Read less
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you Mike for an amazing review! We enjoyed working with you and Ronny on your Big Day! It was so much fun to plan with you. We wish you much future happiness. Congratulations again! :)
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Kate
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved my ceremony and reception at The Center. My husband and I really wanted a downtown wedding, and you cannot beat the location with it being right at Fountain Square. It is connected to The Westin via skywalk, which makes it super convenient for out of town guests. I also loved that the space is different and more unique than a "hotel" reception. The dome room, the hardwood floors, the marble stairs, etc. made for the perfect mix of contemporary elegance I was looking for. I will say that the space is a bit of a blank slate, which I loved, but I read other reviews complaining about needing a lot of decorations to make it feel warm. We did have a backdrop and special lighting, so we didn’t have any issues with that at all. But, it is definitely an added expense to consider when looking at your options. I will also say that at first it seemed more affordable than it ended up being, but I blame that on myself. We upgraded alcohol to top shelf and added extra time for the bar to be open. I also didn’t initially think about expenses related to linens, plates, silverware, glasses, etc. when we booked. So just be cognizant of hidden expenses when comparing to other places that charge a flat fee per person. Even with that said, I would re-book The Center in a heartbeat. The service I received was excellent, and the ladies I worked with (mainly Kayla, Alana, and Paula) were always very prompt to respond back to my questions (and I had A LOT of questions). My husband and I had a Hindu Ceremony in the Dome Room and they were really helpful with coordinating all of the moving pieces. Overall, five stars for location, service, and atmosphere.
I absolutely loved my ceremony and reception at The Center. My husband and I really wanted a downtown wedding, and you Read more...
I absolutely loved my ceremony and reception at The Center. My husband and I really wanted a downtown wedding, and you cannot beat the location with it being right at Fountain Square. It is connected to The Westin via skywalk, which makes it super convenient for out of town guests. I also loved that the space is different and more unique than a "hotel" reception. The dome room, the hardwood floors, the marble stairs, etc. made for the perfect mix of contemporary elegance I was looking for. I will say that the space is a bit of a blank slate, which I loved, but I read other reviews complaining about needing a lot of decorations to make it feel warm. We did have a backdrop and special lighting, so we didn’t have any issues with that at all. But, it is definitely an added expense to consider when looking at your options. I will also say that at first it seemed more affordable than it ended up being, but I blame that on myself. We upgraded alcohol to top shelf and added extra time for the bar to be open. I also didn’t initially think about expenses related to linens, plates, silverware, glasses, etc. when we booked. So just be cognizant of hidden expenses when comparing to other places that charge a flat fee per person. Even with that said, I would re-book The Center in a heartbeat. The service I received was excellent, and the ladies I worked with (mainly Kayla, Alana, and Paula) were always very prompt to respond back to my questions (and I had A LOT of questions). My husband and I had a Hindu Ceremony in the Dome Room and they were really helpful with coordinating all of the moving pieces. Overall, five stars for location, service, and atmosphere. Read less
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Christa
Wedding:
8/6/2016
5.0/5.0
At first, we were hesitant to book The Center because we hadn't heard much about it. BOOK THEM! We had the best experience with The Center. The staff is tremendously helpful and will be there every step of the way. Trust me, I asked ALOT of questions, but they answered them graciously. For those of us that like to plan our own weddings, they surely help make the day a lot easier with vendor coordination, setup and having an event coordinator the night of in case you need anything. I became so close with Shannon and Kayla that by the end of it all, I actually missed them! :) The space is beautiful. I mean absolutely beautiful. It's conveniently located in downtown and it is connected via skywalk to the Westin, Hilton, Hyatt and Renaissance hotels. Perfect for out of town guests!
At first, we were hesitant to book The Center because we hadn't heard much about it. BOOK THEM! We had the best experience Read more...
At first, we were hesitant to book The Center because we hadn't heard much about it. BOOK THEM! We had the best experience with The Center. The staff is tremendously helpful and will be there every step of the way. Trust me, I asked ALOT of questions, but they answered them graciously. For those of us that like to plan our own weddings, they surely help make the day a lot easier with vendor coordination, setup and having an event coordinator the night of in case you need anything. I became so close with Shannon and Kayla that by the end of it all, I actually missed them! :) The space is beautiful. I mean absolutely beautiful. It's conveniently located in downtown and it is connected via skywalk to the Westin, Hilton, Hyatt and Renaissance hotels. Perfect for out of town guests! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
As I began my search for reception venues in downtown Cincinnati, a co-worker suggested I check out the Center. I had never heard of the space but I am SO GLAD I visited! The Center, in my opinion, is one of the only large, indoor reception venues downtown that allow for freedom to actually design and execute your wedding the way YOU want it. It seemed like all of the hotels had something I just didn’t like (ugly carpet, weird paintings, etc.). The Center is a blank canvas, and a beautiful one at that! The ladies there are fantastic to work with and incredibly helpful. I am so happy we chose this venue.
As I began my search for reception venues in downtown Cincinnati, a co-worker suggested I check out the Center. I had Read more...
As I began my search for reception venues in downtown Cincinnati, a co-worker suggested I check out the Center. I had never heard of the space but I am SO GLAD I visited! The Center, in my opinion, is one of the only large, indoor reception venues downtown that allow for freedom to actually design and execute your wedding the way YOU want it. It seemed like all of the hotels had something I just didn’t like (ugly carpet, weird paintings, etc.). The Center is a blank canvas, and a beautiful one at that! The ladies there are fantastic to work with and incredibly helpful. I am so happy we chose this venue. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
Where do I even begin?! Alex was fantastic with the initial walk through and contract details! Then after securing our date, whenever I had a question, I would email and within 24 hours I would have a response. It was like I was their only client! There were renovations happening on the 5th St. entrance and while it was originally scheduled to be finished by April 1, I received a phone call saying that timing was being delayed. The Center took care of explaining the situation and compensated us by giving us an additional hour of set up/take down and covered the cost of the champagne glasses for our toasts. Come to find out, two weeks before our wedding, the 5th St. entrance was completed and looked gorgeous! We weren't worried if the entrance was closed, but just having that newly renovated entryway open, made the whole reception that much nicer. As for set up and pick up, we were able to drop everything off and pick everything up the Thursday before and Monday after. It was so smooth, quick and painless! Kayla was wonderful with making those arrangements with us! Throughout the entire event, my wedding coordinator was always able to find the event coordinator, when or if needed.

We chose this location because we had never been to a wedding in this location before, AND because it was a blank canvas. The location was perfect because while we weren't planning for a cold May day, it turned out to be the coldest May day Cincinnati has seen in a while. We were able to continue the reception from The Center to The Westin bar, all without going outside. I couldn't have asked for anything more from this venue! The floor to ceiling windows overlooking downtown were a fabulous touch. So many compliments were given to Adam, myself and both sets of our parents. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone! Thank you to The Center for such a wonderful location for our wedding!
Where do I even begin?! Alex was fantastic with the initial walk through and contract details! Then after securing our Read more...
Where do I even begin?! Alex was fantastic with the initial walk through and contract details! Then after securing our date, whenever I had a question, I would email and within 24 hours I would have a response. It was like I was their only client! There were renovations happening on the 5th St. entrance and while it was originally scheduled to be finished by April 1, I received a phone call saying that timing was being delayed. The Center took care of explaining the situation and compensated us by giving us an additional hour of set up/take down and covered the cost of the champagne glasses for our toasts. Come to find out, two weeks before our wedding, the 5th St. entrance was completed and looked gorgeous! We weren't worried if the entrance was closed, but just having that newly renovated entryway open, made the whole reception that much nicer. As for set up and pick up, we were able to drop everything off and pick everything up the Thursday before and Monday after. It was so smooth, quick and painless! Kayla was wonderful with making those arrangements with us! Throughout the entire event, my wedding coordinator was always able to find the event coordinator, when or if needed.

We chose this location because we had never been to a wedding in this location before, AND because it was a blank canvas. The location was perfect because while we weren't planning for a cold May day, it turned out to be the coldest May day Cincinnati has seen in a while. We were able to continue the reception from The Center to The Westin bar, all without going outside. I couldn't have asked for anything more from this venue! The floor to ceiling windows overlooking downtown were a fabulous touch. So many compliments were given to Adam, myself and both sets of our parents. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone! Thank you to The Center for such a wonderful location for our wedding! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
I've had a great experience with The Center. First, the venue is amazingly beautiful. Pictures just don't do it justice. Second, I've found all of the girls to be very helpful and responsive. I'm sure that I'm annoying with way too many questions, but they are always friendly and informative. They will always offer suggestions when I'm unsure. And they even help keep me on track when things that I would probably let slip. I absolutely cannot wait for my upcoming wedding!
I've had a great experience with The Center. First, the venue is amazingly beautiful. Pictures just don't do it justice. Read more...
I've had a great experience with The Center. First, the venue is amazingly beautiful. Pictures just don't do it justice. Second, I've found all of the girls to be very helpful and responsive. I'm sure that I'm annoying with way too many questions, but they are always friendly and informative. They will always offer suggestions when I'm unsure. And they even help keep me on track when things that I would probably let slip. I absolutely cannot wait for my upcoming wedding! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
I recently had my wedding at The Center and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I grew up in Cincinnati, but my husband and I live in Washington, D.C area so we were essentially planning a destination wedding. The girls at The Center were SO helpful every step of the way! Not only are they all so pleasant to speak with, but they are responsive, professional and such a joy to plan your big day with. The space was beautiful and everything was flawless. They really worked with me in bringing my vision to life and did everything they could to make it a great day for me. It's located right in the heart of fountain square and it's such a one of a kind venue. It was really neat to get married in the City and I am so happy we had our wedding there. The Center is awesome as well as the staff that works so hard there. I would highly recommend getting married there!
I recently had my wedding at The Center and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I grew up in Cincinnati, but my Read more...
I recently had my wedding at The Center and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I grew up in Cincinnati, but my husband and I live in Washington, D.C area so we were essentially planning a destination wedding. The girls at The Center were SO helpful every step of the way! Not only are they all so pleasant to speak with, but they are responsive, professional and such a joy to plan your big day with. The space was beautiful and everything was flawless. They really worked with me in bringing my vision to life and did everything they could to make it a great day for me. It's located right in the heart of fountain square and it's such a one of a kind venue. It was really neat to get married in the City and I am so happy we had our wedding there. The Center is awesome as well as the staff that works so hard there. I would highly recommend getting married there! Read less
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the kind words, Rachel! We're so happy you're so happy about your big day! Your ceremony and reception were as stunning as you and we wish you and Scott all the best!
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Rupal
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
The Center is a wonderful venue to have your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The blank walls create a great canvas for any style you are seeking and the lighted skylight dome in the first room creates a romantic and classy feel. Our guests were amazed by the downtown location and the inside of the venue itself. The parking situation makes it a bit hard for guests and it is somewhat hard to find if you are not given proper directions. The staff was very accommodating to our very traditional Indian wedding - they were communicative with prompt responses, supportive with any changes or ideas, and very accommodating. They made the day run smooth and were on top of everything! They had all of my layouts of chairs and tables and made the transition between the ceremony and reception go smoothly. I will mention that this venue was a great a choice for us because it allowed outside catering, which was needed when you're having a traditional Indian wedding with personalized catering. I know it has changed since our wedding but they have put together a great list of preferred catering. The Center does have their own alcohol package and it is very strict and very pricey for what they include. The venue itself is pricey to rent but you are paying for downtown Cincinnati location. We enjoyed our wedding day and wouldn't change to another location.
The Center is a wonderful venue to have your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The blank walls create a great canvas for Read more...
The Center is a wonderful venue to have your wedding ceremony and/or reception. The blank walls create a great canvas for any style you are seeking and the lighted skylight dome in the first room creates a romantic and classy feel. Our guests were amazed by the downtown location and the inside of the venue itself. The parking situation makes it a bit hard for guests and it is somewhat hard to find if you are not given proper directions. The staff was very accommodating to our very traditional Indian wedding - they were communicative with prompt responses, supportive with any changes or ideas, and very accommodating. They made the day run smooth and were on top of everything! They had all of my layouts of chairs and tables and made the transition between the ceremony and reception go smoothly. I will mention that this venue was a great a choice for us because it allowed outside catering, which was needed when you're having a traditional Indian wedding with personalized catering. I know it has changed since our wedding but they have put together a great list of preferred catering. The Center does have their own alcohol package and it is very strict and very pricey for what they include. The venue itself is pricey to rent but you are paying for downtown Cincinnati location. We enjoyed our wedding day and wouldn't change to another location. Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
The Center was wonderful to work with, they were very responsive to all of my questions throughout the planning process. About three weeks before the reception we met to go over the final details. They took detailed notes and went through the timeline of the day. They contacted my vendors to finalize what time they would arrive and when they could start setting up. They ensured everything went smooth the day off. I would highly recommend The Center to every bride. I could not imagine having my reception any other place then The Center. The location was also awesome for out of town guests since there are plenty of hotels right around the corner.
The Center was wonderful to work with, they were very responsive to all of my questions throughout the planning process. Read more...
The Center was wonderful to work with, they were very responsive to all of my questions throughout the planning process. About three weeks before the reception we met to go over the final details. They took detailed notes and went through the timeline of the day. They contacted my vendors to finalize what time they would arrive and when they could start setting up. They ensured everything went smooth the day off. I would highly recommend The Center to every bride. I could not imagine having my reception any other place then The Center. The location was also awesome for out of town guests since there are plenty of hotels right around the corner. Read less
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Cheria
Wedding:
4/18/2015
5.0/5.0
I'm so glad we chose to have our wedding at The Center! It's an absolutely gorgeous venue and I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants to create their personalized dream wedding. The staff was really nice and easy to work with!
I'm so glad we chose to have our wedding at The Center! It's an absolutely gorgeous venue and I would recommend this venue Read more...
I'm so glad we chose to have our wedding at The Center! It's an absolutely gorgeous venue and I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants to create their personalized dream wedding. The staff was really nice and easy to work with! Read less
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thanks for the kind words Cheria! You were wonderful to work with!

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