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The Center

Cincinnati , OH
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LOCATION

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

When was your venue built?
1970
When was your venue last renovated?
2012
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
City, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
2
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
400
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Mark & Phi-Anh
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
The Center was a wonderful venue for our daughter Aimee's wedding reception. The staff was very accommodating and helpful throughout the whole time leading up to the reception, the reception itself and even afterwards with the cleanup. They made the weekend very enjoyable and a whole lot less stressful. The actual site was exactly what my daughter was looking for...a beautiful, amazing canvas to start with and to paint all of her dreams for her wedding on. Thank you so much for the wonderful time.
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Coors! Aimee and Dean's wedding was truly unique and transformed The Center into a vibrant, fun atmosphere that all the guests enjoyed! It was such a pleasure working with your family leading up to the event! We wish Aimee and Dean the very best in the years to come!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Every year our Fraternity has a Sweetheart Formal. This is the biggest event of the year so it is crucial we pick a great venue. The Center was indeed that. The workers were extremely helpful, their policy was easy to work with and they provided a list of vendors which made putting together the pieces of the puzzle a breeze! From the Planning Phase to the Execution of the event, the workers were nothing less than exceptional. Alyssa, Alana and Laura were friendly, cooperative and a pleasure to work with.

Planning an event of any kind may seem like a daunting task, but when you have a staff and venue like the The Center, your stress levels will be slim to none. Although The Center primarily hosts Wedding Receptions, they proved their versatility with our group of college students and set us up for THE best Sweetheart Formal to date. 5/5 hands down.
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Eric,

Thank you so much for your kind words! The Sweetheart Formal was a blast, and we couldn't have asked for the young men of your organization to have been any more professional or respectful! You were a treat to work with throughout the process!

Thank you for selecting The Center as your venue of choice! We hope to have you back soon!

Alana, Alyssa and Laura
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Danielle
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a beautiful wedding and a wonderful reception!
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Katie
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
The Center was everything we were looking for: in the heart of the city, classic, clean look and a great staff to work with!! We are so glad we discovered the Center!!
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Emily
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a fantastic experience working with The Center over this past year. Shannon was extremely helpful and responsive throughout our planning process. We were not always the easiest clients with which to work, but Shannon took our many questions about decor and alcohol in stride, and even worked to accomodate a last-minute request to use a tandem bicycle for our entrance. Thanks to her help, the flexibility of the contract, and the adaptability of the space, we were truly able to personalize our reception to suite our tastes and personalities. Our many out-of-town guests also LOVED that they could walk to their hotel (or to the bars) after the reception was over. Overall, we highly, highly recommend The Center!
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Emily! It was a beautiful reception, and we are honored to have been a part of the evening. Working with you on the planning of the event was a pleasure and we wish you and Chris the best in the years to come!
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Alexandra
Wedding:
3/9/2013
5.0/5.0
The Center was by far the easiest and best decision I made during the wedding planning process. The Center is truly a diamond in the rough, shining modern amongst the typical, tired and dated downtown reception venues. There is hands down no other venue comparable to the uniqueness of The Center. It's blank canvas allows for ultimate creative flexibility. I personally believe couples should pick a venue based on the likeness to their personalities and The Center lends unlimited options and possibilities allowing for the ultimate custom wedding.

Shannon and Alana were a dream to work with. Even though The Center is a fairly new venue, you would think these ladies have been working in the industry for years based on their professionalism. They were super engaged, responding to my e-mail inquiries within hours which was very much appreciated being an out of town bride. A few timeline issues arose the week of the wedding and Shannon was quick to go above and beyond to handle the situation, proving The Center extremely flexible and sensitive to client's needs. In hindsight I believe I was more relaxed during the planning process due to my unwavering confidence in Shannon and Alana.

The Center was fairly reasonable for my wedding budget but in my opinion, I can't put a price on the comments we received from guests regarding the awesomeness of The Center and it's impressive ability to showcase the heart of downtown Cincinnati.

I was and forever will be thrilled with The Center!
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Alex! You were an absolute pleasure to work with and we wish you and Tom the best!
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H&A S.
Wedding:
12/31/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a beautiful New Year’s Eve wedding and reception at The Center, and we couldn’t have been happier with the venue. Working with Alana, Shannon, and Sam in the months leading up to the event was great – they always responded quickly to our questions and requests, and they were very helpful in simplifying the process and making it as free of stress as they could.


The venue itself was perfect, and we received many comments throughout the night about how unique and great the spot was. Ringing in the New Year with our friends and family at the large window with a view of Fountain Square is something we’ll never forget.
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lindsey
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Let me start off by saying that Shannon and Alana were fantastic throughout my entire wedding planning process!! I changed things on them quite a few times... My event time, how long I wanted the venue, delivery times, clean up times, etc. and not once did they even seem annoyed with me ;) They are extremely professional and return emails/phone calls within a day.

Now for the actual venue... If you are looking for a blank slate to make your own, this is it! From the neutral walls to the beautiful hardwood floors, you cant not have a spectacular looking wedding! The location of the venue is absolutely perfect. It is literally in the heart of downtown, walkable for guests staying in a nearby hotel, and perfect for going out after the reception. I would absolutely recommend this venue to anyone!
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J
Wedding:
10/30/2012
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of working with Alana and her staff for an event on October 30th. The company I work for, Destinys Catering Inc. had the pleasure of catering an event hosted by the staff at The Center. Alana, Shannon and the staff made it so easy for my staff and I to do our jobs. I love the atmosphere created by The Center for any kind of event. Keep up the Good work and hope to work with you again!
Brides if you are looking for something in the downtown area, give this place a look, just stunning and the staff will really take care of you!
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Katherine
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
When I got engaged in March 2012, I knew that I wanted a unique space for my wedding reception. I wasn't interested in the cookie-cutter reception hall look...unfortunately, there wasn't many options in the Greater Cincinnati Area.
I was excited when I came across The Center, through a wedding sight! The Center Cincinnati offers big spaces, beautiful fountain square views, hardwood floors, and an optimal location in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
Using the Center, I was able to use my own vendors(caterers, etc), decorate the way I wanted, and "run the show". The girls on staff were very accommodating and fun to work with! They helped decorate before the event, which was a big help. I even had Alana(one of the main coordinators on staff) dancing at the reception!

I couldn't have asked for a prettier, more unique wedding reception, and was very pleased to have used the Center.

My sisters and friends are still talking about it!!


Katherine
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Katherine, The Center was very fortunate to have been involved in such a big part of your special day! We loved the bright color scheme and how involved your family was throughout the process! We know your guests had a blast, as we have received calls from their friends and family wanting more information on the space! Thank you for the wonderful review! We wish you the best!
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Meghann
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.8/5.0
After looking at several wedding venues around Cincinnati we found ourselves frustrated. We could not find anywhere that we would be able to have a customized, unique wedding. Luckily our maid of honor sent us a link to The Center and we fell in love immediately. The space at the Center is beautiful and large. It was exactly what we wanted for our ceremony and reception. It has beautiful views and is centrally located so your guests have a choice in where they stay and what they do on their visit to Cincinnati.
The staff at the Center played a huge role in our event. They took the time to sit through several (sometimes lengthy) meetings with our planner, caterer and family to really understand what we wanted for our wedding day. They helped recommend affordable vendors, and even talked through our budget with me when I was frantically trying to make everything work. They were always available- returning phone calls within a day and coming in on Saturdays and Sundays to meet to accommodate our schedule. We couldn't have been happier with how the wedding turned out, and would highly recommend The Center to other couples.
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Meghann, thank you so much for the sweet review. Your wedding was so beautiful and unique. We loved all the detail you put into your decor, truly making it your own! It was so fun getting to know you and your family leading up to the wedding. We wish you and Dustin nothing but the best!
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Prachi
Wedding:
12/30/2012
4.8/5.0
The Center was a new establishment when we booked our event and we were excited to use the space. The staff are great to work with and our wedding went off without a hitch.

My only grip was that they were working out their business logistics and we had a few unanticipated changes. I am confident they have things worked out now and as they book more events things will go smoother.

However, through it all they were very helpful and worked hard to make our wedding day special.
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Prachi! We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your family and appreciate your trust in us as we got our start!
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Karie
Wedding:
12/29/2012
4.5/5.0
The Center is a beautiful place to host a reception. It overlooks fountain square and has 2 floor to ceiling windows that enhance the view. The Center is very nice, clean and modern. I am so glad I chose this venue for my reception.
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The Center responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure having your reception in The Center! Best Wishes!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
If you are interested in a unique wedding reception, and have the time and budget to plan every little detail, this is the place for you! I loved having my reception here. There was plenty of room, a great view of the city, is in a great location, and is reasonably priced compared to other downtown venues. The walls and floor are nuetral, so any kind of decore looks great here. The staff is so wonderful and really try to accommodate all of your needs. One of my favorite parts was being able to show off downtown Cincinnati to all of our out of town guests. I highly recommend The Center!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
First and foremost, The Center is a gorgeous, modern, blank slate space and the event coordinators are top notch. The folks we worked with were super responsive and we were thrilled with how our wedding came out - it was the best day of our lives! The blank slate is great if you want to put together a unique event, though it does take some planning (and, in our case, a killer wedding coordinator). The Center was the only venue in Cincinnati that we were able to make what we envisioned actually happen

If there is anything that I would say I didn't love about The Center is that you have to source all alcohol through them - understandable due to the licensing, but was a bit of a challenge having to estimate our needs (versus contracting it through a bartending service).

On the flip side, they are 100% vendor neutral, so you really have the flexibility to bring in the vendors you want to make the evening special. I would wholeheartedly recommend The Center to any couple who really wanted to create the wedding they always hoped for!
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