Ohio Statehouse – Columbus Wedding Venue

One look and you can see that the Ohio Statehouse is an exceptionally unique wedding venue in Columbus. First, as you walk up to the Ohio Statehouse, the towering columns and the pure artistry in the architecture will stop you in your tracks. Furthermore, the awe-inspiring building does not stop there. Once inside it is evident that the grand Greek Revival architecture flows though out all the spaces, and adds to the exciting feeling of the venue. This venue is for the most exquisite and luxurious weddings in Columbus. The large spaces and high ceilings create an atmosphere of wonder and exhilaration, a feeling your guests will have for months after your wedding. Also, one of the lesser known facts about this venue is that it’s by far the best venue for when it rains outside because of all of the interior spaces.

Address: 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215

Website: www.ohiostatehouse.org

Bride and groom sharing a romantic moment at their wedding at the Ohio Statehouse.
Photo by Storyteller Adams

History of the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861, after nearly 22 years of construction. The majestic structure is designed to replicate the Greek Revival style of many of the buildings seen in ancient Greece. The Ohio Statehouse is now a National Historic Landmark. A very interesting fact about the construction is about the limestone used. The limestone was chiseled from the west banks of the Scioto River, Ohio’s longest river.

Wedding ceremony in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse
Photo by Storyteller Adams

About the Ceremony and Reception Spaces at the Ohio Statehouse

Firstly when walking inside, and exploring all the spaces, you can expect to be always surrounded by history. Some of the notable things you will see are: incredible hand painted artwork, beautiful grand staircases, and high ceilings with archways. There are two main spaces within the Ohio Statehouse, the Rotunda and the Atrium. The Rotunda is where your wedding ceremony is held. The rotunda is a round shaped room usually with a dome like structure on top, thats the round structure that you see from the exterior of the building. The Atrium is where your wedding reception is held. The Ohio Statehouse can host up to 275 guests at your wedding.

The venue is open 7am to Midnight everyday of the year and is closed on national holidays. Your guests may arrive by 8am and must leave by 11pm.

Upon renting the venue, the entire Capitol Square is yours! A truly private experience. The Capitol Square includes: The Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building, Atrium, Parking, and Exterior Plazas. Yes, all of your 275 guests will have a place to park, in the protected underground parking garage.

How to book your wedding there?

  • First I would recommend touring the venue, you can contact them here to schedule a tour.
  • Then, there is a bit of a special process to book your wedding. First you need to fill out the permit and rental agreement request, click here to see that document.
  • Then send that permit with a 10% deposit check in the mail to the Ohio Statehouse. Expect a response in 10 days.
  • You can also pay by credit card and email your paperwork to them at SpecialEvents@ohiostatehouse.org. If you wish to take this route, you will have to coordinate that with the special events manager.
Wedding party outside of the Ohio Statehouse walking and having fun.
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Pricing for your Wedding at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus

The pricing is quite easy and simple. For Ceremony only you can expect the cost to be $3500 and for Reception only you can expect the cost to be $4500. For both the total rental cost will be $8000. Check out the specifics on pricing below:

Ceremony – $3500

  • One hour rehearsal the day before
  • Two hour set up time
  • One hour tear down time
  • State Room for wedding party
  • Ladies Gallery for wedding party
  • White padded chairs
  • Ceremonial structure
  • Keyboard
  • Coat racks
  • Ivory podium
  • Sound system and microphones
  • Unity candle table
  • Tables included in
  • Statehouse inventory
  • Sheltered parking
  • Ohio Highway Patrol security
  • Labor for set up, break down and clean up
  • Ohio Statehouse wedding special events coordinator

Reception – $4500

  • Two hour set up time
  • One hour tear down time
  • State Room for wedding party
  • White padded chairs
  • Tables included in Statehouse inventory
  • Space for caterer preparation
  • Sound system
  • Coat racks
  • Platform risers
  • Projector, screens and/or TVs
  • Sheltered parking
  • Ohio Highway Patrol security
  • Labor for set up, break down and clean up
  • Ohio Statehouse wedding special events coordinator
The groom and groomsmen laughing at the Ohio Statehouse
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Additional important information!

The Ohio Statehouse is not an all inclusive venue, which is great for those of you that would like to customize your wedding! For catering and rentals (if needed) the Ohio Statehouse has a list of approved businesses that you can choose from. These approved vendors have a great relationship with the venue.

Alcohol Policy – Very easy but they require you to use one of their specified vendors because of the liquor license.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Because of the past few years, this has become an important topic.
  • 90 days or earlier – 50% refund
  • Less than 90 days from the event – no refund.
Romantic portrait of a bride and groom at the Ohio Statehouse
Photo by Storyteller Adams

Recap

The Ohio Statehouse is an incredible wedding venue to host your wedding at in Columbus. You absolutely will enjoy all the features that it has to offer from the, beautiful architecture, the historical value, or the luxurious feel that you and your guests will have.

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Candle lit silhouette of the couple at their wedding at the Ohio Statehouse.
Photo by Storyteller Adams

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

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