Hilton Columbus Downtown – Wedding Venue

The Hilton Columbus Downtown is the perfect venue for large weddings or destination weddings. Nestled in the heart of downtown Columbus is by far one of it’s best features. This means you are only steps from all of the top restaurants and social gathering venues. The hotel boasts a staggering 532 traditional rooms and 55 incredible suites for your guests. The venue itself can hold up to 550 seated guests comfortably, making it one of the only locations that can hold that many guests. The best part about having your wedding at a hotel, is that all of your guests are kept safe because its a short walk to their rooms. The hotels design is what I would call contemporary mixed with modern influence. This design lends to any luxurious wedding.

Address: 401 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Website: www.hilton.com

Creative portrait of a couple at the Hilton Downtown Columbus
Photo by Storyteller Adams

History and the New Hilton Columbus Tower

The Hilton was built in 2012 and designed to meet the rapidly growing downtown Columbus. It’s symbolized that it is the medium in which the Short Arts District will be connected to the Arena District.

The New Hilton Tower hotel is currently under construction next door and will be one of the most highly desired hotels for weddings in 2023. The Tower will have a 15,000 sqft ballroom, spectacular views of downtown from up high, and a “green roof” where they plan to grow their own vegetables. 28 floors tall and the planned opening is fall of 2022 or early 2023. 

About the Ceremony & Reception Spaces at the Hilton Columbus

Let’s start with the architectural elements, the overall design is contemporary with a mix of modern flair. Expect to see beautiful staircases, modern feeling rooms, and large ballrooms perfect for even the most sizable weddings. Few of the most notable spaces are as follows:

The Parlor Room

A modern high-end feeling room that would be perfect for your getting ready space. My favorite part of this room is the natural light you get with the floor to ceiling windows. This large room is about the size of two traditional hotel rooms combined, thus making the getting ready process easy. Furthermore, the room is equipped with a private bathroom and plenty of furniture to lounge on.

The George Bellows Ballroom

First dance of newly married couple at the Hilton Downtown Columbus
Photo by Storyteller Adams

This is the main attraction of the hotel. It’s actually the largest space available and where up to 550 guests can be seated comfortably. Expect to see tall, inlaid ceilings with gorgeous chandeliers, complemented with carpet that looks like an abstract painting. To fit your design of the wedding, this space can be completely customized.

Elijah Pierce & Emerson Burkhart Rooms

These two rooms are also great options if your wedding is 150 guests or less. These rooms have floor to ceiling windows with plenty of natural light.

The Sky Bridge

Couples portrait at the skybridge at the Hilton Downtown Columbus
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Likely the reason you know about the Hilton is that you have seen amazing photographs from this bridge. In the middle of the glass shell is a walkway where I have photographed many couples. This location is my favorite for a couples portrait sessions. Because of the leading lines and geometric polygonal shapes, it creates a interesting space to create art.

Included with your Rental – Hilton Columbus Downtown

When you choose this venue, you get many amenities. Including your own reserved suite for you and discounted hotel rates for your loved ones. Other features and items included are as follows:

  • Floor-length ivory linens and napkins
  • Votive candle centerpieces
  • Dark gray walnut dance floor
  • Complimentary cake-cutting services
  • Butler passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Sparkling toast for all guests
  • Private menu tasting for four
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Pricing at the Hilton Columbus Downtown

Pricing here is based on the catering and beverage purchases. There are no rental fee for the space itself. Let’s start off the with cuisine. The food is likely the 2nd most important thing to your guests so having a professional chef prepare the food is essential. This is exactly what you get when you choose the Hilton because their catering is in house. Here below are the options for collections that you can choose from. The food varies from collection to collection becoming more extravagant as you progress through the list.

  • Silver – $75 per person with choice of:
    • 3 different hordoeurves
    • 1 salad
    • 3 entrees
    • 1 starch
    • 1 vegetable 
  • Gold – $95 per person with choice of:
    • 3 different hordoeurves
    • 1 display
    • 1 salad
    • 3 entrees
    • 1 starch
    • 1 vegetable 
  • Platinum – $115 per person with choice of:
    • 3 different hordoeurves
    • 1 display
    • 1 salad
    • 3 entrees
    • 1 starch
    • 1 vegetable
Ceremony at the Hilton Downtown Columbus
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Beverage Pricing at the Hilton Columbus Downtown

The beverage list and pricing is also worth mentioning. The list progresses just like the catering options above. The starting collection starts with your traditional beer and wine, plus dark liquor. Then as the collections increase in value, you can expect to see some of the more signature options. Here’s the breakdown of what to expect:

  • Silver – four hours $42/person · five hours $48/person
  • Gold – four hours $47/person · five hours $53/person
  • Diamond – four hours $51/person · five hours $58/person

Wine Add Ons

Proverb House Wine ($32 per bottle): Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates ($40 per bottle): Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Red Blend

Wente ($40 per bottle): Cabernet Sauvignon Southern Hills, Chardonnay, Sandstone Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc.

Signature Drinks & Custom Bars

Consult with their bar chefs about adding a special signature drink to your wedding! Guests love this. $10 per person.

Couple portraits at the Hilton Downtown Columbus
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Recap

What’s not to love about the Hilton Columbus Downtown for your wedding? It has all of the best features, all in one place. For that reason, it’s a great venue for destination weddings and large weddings because it’s a hotel, filled with ample space. The hotel is known for its luxurious vibe, contemporary design, and modern flair, which your guests will love. All in all, this venue made the top of my list for a reason, because I love photographing here. You can see the beauty in the photographs. Speaking of photography, are you looking for a photographer? Look no further, click here to chat with me.

To see more amazing venues, click here to read more from our best of wedding venues in Columbus page.

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