Westin Great Southern – Columbus Wedding Venue

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The Westin Great Southern Columbus hotel is a wonderful venue to be married in, arguably the best in Columbus. The hotel offers great beauty from the French Renaissance Architecture as well as cuisine that meets that level of beauty in taste. If you are looking for a unique venue, filled with history, and artesian like architecture to surround your wedding, this is the place to have your wedding.

Address: 310 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215

Website: www.marriott.com/westin

History of the Westin Great Southern Columbus

The Westin Great Southern Columbus or previously known as the Great Southern Fireproof Hotel and Opera House was built in 1897 during a time of uncertainty due to fires that destroyed many buildings in Columbus. The word fireproof in its name was highly appreciated due to its use of steel, brick, and concrete construction. The hotel’s strength is equally paired with its beauty; a fine example of the best French Renaissance Architecture of its time (and today). The Grand Ballroom had no expenses spared during construction, the floors are made of the original 125 year old Italian marble. The hotel is officially the oldest hotel still remaining in the Columbus area, even the stained glass windows are original to 1897.

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Hosting a Wedding Ceremony and Reception in Columbus

The Grand Ballroom is well known in Columbus and is where the ceremony and reception take place. There is nothing like it! Here you can seat 450 people comfortably because of the spacious 12,000 sq ft ballroom! Tall ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and history that is over 125 years old is what you will expect to see. Perfect for classic and contemporary themed weddings for the sophisticated couple. The Ballroom is not just for large weddings, small weddings are equally welcome here. The hotel offers the Grand Ballroom in multiple time options for your wedding with three days to choose from (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in 5 hour blocks.

  • Friday – 5pm to 11pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 2pm OR 5pm to midnight
  • Sunday – 9am to 11pm
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Cuisine and Beverages

The Westin believes delivering in the highest quality cuisine and bar options. The hotel even assigns you a catering manager when you book the reception. The manager assists you with the food, beverage, and hotel / venue details. The cuisine ranges from multiple options of vegetarian, beef, poultry, and seafood. Private tasting is an option and costs $150. Here are some examples of the type of cuisine that you can expect, however this list is not inclusive of all options:

  • Vegetarian – Wild mushroom cannelloni, tomato puree, crispy parsnip, and micro greens.
  • Beef – Braised Ohio short rib, watershead bourbon, and blueberry mirepoix.
  • Poultry – Grilled rosemary rubbed chicken breast with artichoke, roasted peppers, and olives herb jus.
  • Seafood – Tomato crusted faroe island salmon, tarragon lemon vin blanc.

These entree options can be accompanied by multiple options including roasted horseradish garlic mashed Yukon potatoes and more. You also have multiple variations of fresh salad to choose from.

The beverage choice is vast from more familiar brands to the ultra premium.

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Whats Included in the Packages for the Westin Great Southern Columbus

The packages are quite inclusive including:

  • Appetizers
  • Full Bar
  • Dinner
  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Cake Cutting
  • Champagne Toast
  • Tables and chairs
  • Linens
  • Candles
  • Cocktail Tables
  • Gift and place card tables
  • Easels
  • Other decor
  • Complementary suite for the couple.
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Pricing Details at the Westin Great Southern Columbus

Ceremony site rental – $3000

Room rental only (no catering) – $2000

All inclusive reception pricing is based on a per person cost of $100 to $145 depending on which package of three you choose. The Elegance package is $100 per person and includes a 5 hour event reception and includes the list of items above. The Indulgence package is $115 per person and includes all of the previous with some add on options. Allowing for two options for the dinner course and an upgraded bar for beverages. The top package, the Opulence is $145 per person. This package includes all of the previous and has an upgraded premium bar option. The food and beverage minimum is $19,000 and a minimum deposit of $5000 to reserve the reception.

Other Items and Services – Add On

There are multiple add on options that you can purchase to create a one of a kind event for your guest. Options include:

  • Uplighting
  • Wireless Microphones
  • Projector Screens
  • Large Monitor to play your montage
  • Custom Steel or Glass Gobo
  • Speakers with audio connections

Other Important Information for Couples and Guests

Here are a few other important pieces of information to know if you are planning on getting married at the Westin Great Southern Columbus. Valet parking and a self parking options. The self parking is across the street in the garage. The Westin is happy to block rooms at their preferred guest room rate. They also have a 23% taxable service charge and 7.5% sales tax, reach out to them for more details on where these fees apply. The Westin does not provide wedding coordination but I have a list of some of the best vendors that you can choose from in Columbus, you can see those awesome people here.

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The Westin Great Southern Columbus is one of the most sought after venues in the area and provides a once in a lifetime experience. The building is of great historical value to Columbus and would make a beautiful backdrop to your incredible wedding. The cuisine is noted as some of the best in Columbus. It’s always locally sourced and seasonal to make your special day unforgettable. By the end of the night, your guests will love you even more because of the experience and give warm hugs of appreciation. To contact the venue check out their website page for weddings here. Looking for a photographer? Look no further, click here to chat with me.

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