Historic Wedding Venues around Cincinnati

A wedding is one of those occasions that will leave a special mark in anyone’s life. You will want this affair to be as memorable as it can be not only for you couples but also for your family, friends and all people who will be a part of this extraordinary day. Choosing a venue that will leave an unforgettable mark on your wedding can be challenging with all the choices out there; so why not make it less stressful and instead go for a wedding venue that is not just beautiful but also holds a remarkable history? It’s like hitting two birds in one stone if you choose a historic event place for you wedding because for sure, your guests will forever remember the day you and your love exchanged vows, as well as the magnificent, historic venue where it was held.

Below are some of the amazing and historic wedding venues around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky:

20TH Century Theater

The 20TH Century Theater opened on August 1st, 1941 designed by Fred W. Stritzel in the Neoclassical Moderne or Art Moderne style; it was the first air conditioned theater in Cincinnati, one of the first fire proof buildings, and first free valet parking.  After several renovations, it was moved to Oakley Square in 1994 and on the 23rd of October 1997’ it became the 20TH Century Productions focusing on special concert events and private functions including weddings. Their sophisticated and artsy event place is perfect for a ‘red carpet’ worthy wedding.

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The 20TH Century Theater then and now
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Truly a wedding to remember in this venue
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Feel like a celebrity couple when you book your wedding here
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Bell Event Centre

Built in the 1850’s, this church formerly known as St. Paul (Over The Rhine), features amazing art and architecture from the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ era of the 1800’s such as hand-painted murals, marble, stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings, terrazzo flooring and a cobblestone courtyard. In 2008, Christy Cafeo & her family purchased The Bell Event Centre and transformed it into an elegant wedding venue that still kept the magical architecture of the church and added state-of-the-art designs and facilities.

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The Bell Event Centre (former as St. Paul, Over The Rhine) then and now
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Marvel at the magnificent ‘Age of Enlightenment’ 1800’s architecture
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Celebrate your special day at this beautiful wedding venue
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Cincinnati Music Hall

Cincinnati Music Hall is a recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior due to its distinct Venetian Gothic architecture. Built in 1878, this monumental building is famously known as the home Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Architect Samuel Hannaford designed this building in the style of High Victorian Gothic which serves as a magical photo backdrop for any wedding. This stunning historic structure, now a well-loved wedding venue, have several event spaces that can be custom designed to help couples achieved the wedding day of their dreams.Contact Info:

  • Address: 1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, United States
  • Website: https://www.cincinnatiarts.org
  • Events Spaces Phone:  513-744-3241 / btroendly@cincinnatiarts.org
The Cincinnati Music Hall then and now
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Sing your love out loud at this historic wedding venue
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They have several areas to choose from to have your wedding held
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Glendale Lyceum

Founded in 1883, The Glendale Lyceum is a private, member-run social club located in historic Glendale with the aim of upholding higher education, social and friendly relations among members, and to provide literary, musical and social entertainment for its members, the Village of Glendale, and its surrounding neighborhood. The super elegant-looking building is available for wedding events rental to both members and non-members. They have a total of 5 venue rooms, each with their distinctive style and capacity to host grand or intimate wedding celebrations.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 865 Congress Avenue Glendale, Ohio 45246
  • Website: https://glendalelyceum.com/
  • Phone: (513) 771-8383
  • Email: glendale.lyceum@gmail.com
Glendale Lyceum then and now
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Member and non-members are allowed to rent this social club venue
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Feel at home and have a fun celebration at this wedding venue
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Headquarters Wedding and Event Venue

Located in Newport Kentucky, just 6 minutes away from downtown Cincinnati, Headquarters Wedding and Event Venue is a 150 year old establishment constructed in 1870 and was formerly known and built as ‘Minges’ hardware store.  The new owner renovated this building but managed to restore its amazing 1800’s architecture which features original tin ceilings, exposed brick and rustic hardwood floors. This rustic sophistication of the venue makes for a perfect backdrop for any romantic weddings.

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Headquarters Wedding and Event Venue then and now hardwood flooring
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Rustic and stunning wedding venue at Newport, KY
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Weddings feel more romantic here at this venue
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Little Red Schoolhouse – Indian Hill Historical Society

The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1873 and served as one-room schoolhouse until 1935.  In 1973, the Indian Hill Historical Society used the building as their headquarters, doing several renovations and turned it into a rental space for special occasions including weddings. The amazing 19th century architecture of this establishment offers an elegant wedding venue backdrop with its unique masonry detailing, open brick walls, hardwood floors, high ceilings, arched windows and the amazing belfry that houses a 200-pound bell and is still in perfect working condition to this day.

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The Little Red Schoolhouse then and now
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This wedding venue features 19th century architecture and a 200-pound bell
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A historic and unique place to exchange your vows
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Longworth Hall

Once a warehouse for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight terminal, Longworth Hall event center was built in 1904 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nowadays, it also serves as a stunning wedding venue 100-year-old kiln brick walls and exposed wood beamed ceilings. It is a luxurious looking venue that gives out a welcoming and really glorious atmosphere.

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Longworth Hall then and now
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A wedding venue that is registered on the list national historic places
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Such a beautiful and romantic place to have your wedding
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The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum

The Carnegie Center was a public library that was built in 1906 and was gifted by Andrew Carnegie to the people of Cincinnati. After being bought and used privately, it was resurrected into community use in 1993 by a group of Columbia Tusculum resident; it now serves as a community oriented, non-profit facility offering event rentals such as weddings. The beautiful Beaux-Arts building features huge arched windows, concentric patterned wood floors, 22 foot ceilings and modish brass chandeliers that embodies a very sophisticated wedding venue.

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The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum then and now
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An unforgettable wedding day at this stunning venue
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Rejoice your love in this beautiful Beaux-Arts designed venue
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The Phoenix

The Phoenix is a historic building that perfectly showcases Italian renaissance architecture. Constructed in 1893, it was the first Jewish Businessmen’s organization in this region of the country. Renovated in 1986 and publicly opened in 1988, it became one of Cincinnati’s grandest event centers. They have two magnificent ballrooms that are awesome wedding venues namely: The Archway Ballroom which features elegant Tiffany glass windows and The  Grand Ballroom with such romantic balconies. Contact Info:

Contact Info:

  • Address: 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
  • Website: https://www.thephx.com
  • Phone: 513.721.8901
  • Email: kleinl@thephx.com
The Phoenix then and now
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One of the most stunning, historic venues in Cincinnati
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A wedding venue that’s as magical and beautiful as the Phoenix
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The Redmoor

​A 1901 sheep farm in Mt. Lookout that was transformed into an avant-garde theater that held its premiere 1928, this art deco historic building is now a sought-after event venue that serves as a sophisticated wedding backdrop. The Redmoor is a wedding venue that offers an artistic and very elegant place for couples who wants an unforgettable and historic place to exchange their vows.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3187 Linwood Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45208, USA
  • Website: https://theredmoor.com/
  • Phone: 513-871-6789
  • Email: mmerritt@theredmoor.com
The Redmoor then and now
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A lovely, art deco type of wedding venue
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Feel like the brightest stars at this wonderful wedding venue
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Upcoming Cincinnati Winter and Spring 2021 Wedding Shows

After a dismal 2020, with many weddings delayed, cancelled, or scaled down, many couple are looking forward to finally tying the knot in 2021 the way they’ve always dreamed of. In the next month and a half, four wedding shows are taking place at popular area venues that will showcase leading wedding vendors as well as the venues themselves, as well as at least one open house.

February 21, 2021: Kolping Center Wedding Show by A Bridal Affair

Kolping Center Bridal Show Invite

A Bridal Affair typically puts on a few smaller shows a year, and this is their first one of 2021. Located at the Kolping Center, an event hall in the Mt. Healthy area, this show runs from 11 AM to 4 PM on a Sunday. Admission is free but registration is required through Eventbrite. In addition to various wedding vendors, $10,000 in giveaways are planned. Social distancing rules are in place. The Kolping Center is located at 10235 Mill Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231.

February 27, 2021: The Bridal Show at the Bell Event Centre

The Bell Event Centre is one of the most beautiful and popular wedding venues in the area. Located in a historic converted church space, it gives couples the look of a church wedding without the limitations or requirements some place on couples. The show is free to attend with a reservation, has a limited capacity, and runs from 3:00PM to 6:00PM on a Saturday at 444 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

March 25, 2021: Newport Aquarium Wedding Show

The Newport Aquarium is one of the more unique wedding venues, with all kinds of unique options (like a scuba diving officiant) as well a the beautiful Riverside Room overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. Each year, the wedding show featured dozens of vendors, as well as lets guests tour parts of the aquarium for less than normal admission (tickets in the past have been $11.) The show is scheduled for 6:30PM-9:30PM on a Thursday, making a rare wedding show not on a weekend or early in the day, giving those with shift or weekend work an opportunity to meet vendors in person.

March 28, 2021: Receptions Bridal Show

Receptions Event Centers are popular area wedding venues with two locations, with multiple spaces available at each. The Receptions show is held at the Fairfield location, and is probably the largest wedding show put on by a venue each year, and one of the largest overall in the area, with up to 60 vendors being featured (though this number is subject to being reduced due to Covid-19 restrictions). Tickets are $10 at Eventbrite, a cash bar is available, and attendees are automatically entered for a free giveaway of a wedding cake as well as a wedding reception. This year, two sessions are available this Sunday, 12:00-2:00 PM, and 2:30-4:30 PM, to allow for more spacing of attendees. The Fairfield location is at 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014.

Venue Open Houses

The Muhlhauser Barn is an affordable option in West Chester geared towards DIY receptions. Each winter, a few open houses are scheduled, with the last one of 2021 to be held on Saturday, March 13th from 10:00 AM to noon. It is located at 8558 Beckett Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069.

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January 2020 Cincinnati Wedding and Bridal Shows

Engagement season is upon us – more people get engaged from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day than the rest of the year combined. And the first step to almost every wedding planning process is finding a venue. A great way to find a venue is to check out a wedding and bridal show. January is one of the busiest times of the year for bridal shows. Below are some Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area events that we’ve found.

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Greater Cincinnati Bridal and Wedding Expo is November 3, 2019

Meet dozens of wedding vendors, including over a dozen wedding venues like Receptions, The Penthaus, and The Woodlands, at the Greater Cincinnati Bridal and Wedding Expo at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center this Sunday, November 3. At least 65 different companies will be there from 12-5 PM meeting couples, showing their stuff, and many will be offering special deals.

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