#RealWedding: Courtney & Daniel

There is something about a New Year's Eve Wedding that makes it extra special! What a better way to start of the New Year than as a married couple surrounded by your family and friends. Courtney and Daniel tied the knot offsite and came to The Center for their...

#RealWedding: Heather and Kris

Crisp linens, white flowers, and pops of navy blue and blush throughout, Heather and Kris were able to transform The Center into the vision of their dreams! Thanks Fyrefly Photography for sharing these amazing images!       Congratulations again...

Cincinnati’s Unique Date Spots

Planning a wedding can be time consuming, stressful, and expensive! Taking a break from it all and enjoying a night out with your significant other is a great way to relax and have some fun! The Center  is here to help and has created a list of some unique date spots...

#RealWedding: Claire and Parker

Claire and Parker's downtown wedding reception took place this past June! The Center's beautiful venue became the couple's blank canvas, allowing them to bring to life exactly the event they had envisioned. Incorporating pops of navy and gold into their blush décor,...

Wedding Dress Code 101

Everyone knows the number one cardinal rule as a wedding guest, is to never wear a white dress! However The Center’s team is here to shed some light on what dress codes like semi-formal, black tie, cocktail-attire, or even beach formal, entail. Keep reading to find...

Unique Registry Finds for Home Decor

When planning a wedding, you aren’t just planning an event, but also thinking about how to fill your home together to start the next chapter of your life! Most couples register for traditional items like dishes, vacuums and bed sheets. However, The Center has some...

Summer Signature Cocktails for Wedding Events

With still two months of summer to go, it's a perfect time to serve up these summer signature cocktails for your upcoming celebrations. These cocktails would be perfect on a signature drink menu at The Center. Nothing is better on a hot summer day then a refreshing...

All in the Details:: Guest Books

There are many memories that are made during a wedding, and one of the most popular ways to remember all of the guests is by having a guest book! However, now and days guest books come in a variety of different options. It is no longer just pages of lines that you...

#RealWedding:: Leah and Brian

This past June, Leah and Brian opted to have both their ceremony and reception at The Center! With silver, gray, white, and yellow their modern DIY wedding was trendy! Check out their amazing photos below, thanks to Shelby Street Photography.      ...

#RealWedding: Jordan and Chris

This past February, Jordan and Chris had the sweetest and most intimate Wedding at The Center! The room was filled with lots of love and laughter! Check out some of our favorite shots from Jessica Wiggins Photography!           ::VENDOR LOVE::...

#FlashBackFriday:: Melissa and Tony

On this Friday the 13th we are flashing back to the end of January with Melissa and Tony's Wedding! They had their ceremony at the Fountain Square Window and flipped the Ballroom for their reception. Their décor was so creative and unique with shades of blue, gray and...

Why The Center Loves Downtown

With The Center being located in the historic Mercantile Center at the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets, it makes it hard to ignore the recent changes surrounding our location.  The Queen City continues to bloom into an innovative city and we could not love our...

All in the Details:: Marthe and Tony

We'd like to introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander! Marthe and Tony thought of everything when it came to their big day and Marthe's planning skills rivaled that of professionals in our industry. From keeping their branding consistent to adding personalized touches...

Best Places to find Sweet Treats for your Sweetie!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching (T-MINUS 2 DAYS)! We want to know if you have found a gift for your love? If the answer is NO then look no further! Instead of candy, flowers, and cards... did you ever think of a good old fashion DESSERT? Why not? You know what...

#RealWedding:: Emily and Greg

This beautiful wedding was recently posted on The Center's Facebook page, where our followers couldn't contain their excitement and we couldn't resist providing a deeper look into the details. From the linens to the centerpieces, we have all of your questions...

Corporate Alert: Top Presentation Websites

Tired of using the same presentation software for your corporate meetings? Check out these other options (many of them free!) next time you want to add a little dazzle to your presentation! Prezi – For the “Wow” Presentation Prezi is often regarded as the best...

Engagements, Photos, and Downtown Cincy… O MY!

Engagement photos mark the beginning of your new life together, providing a romantic, timeless keepsake of the exciting days leading up to your wedding. They are also a great opportunity to establish a relationship with your chosen wedding photographer. With...

Friday Finds:: Top 3 Wedding Planning Apps

Planning a wedding can be hard work and very time consuming, so in this day and age it is nice to have your planner in your pocket. These wedding planning apps will not only help take the stress away, but can also make wedding planning fun! Check out our 3 favorites...

#RealWedding:: Dani and Adam

We are still gushing over Dani and Adam's Fall Wedding! Bringing in their own twist of grey, pinks, and creams set throughout the reception space. They mixed glamour and rustic with floating candles, sparkling and floral holders. The addition of soft...

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year!

We are so excited for the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year to be not ONE but TWO colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity! These two colors combined give Brides and Grooms so many different options to make their wedding trendy and beautiful. "Joined together Rose Quartz and...

#RealWeddings Kayla and Anthony

What is more fun than a dessert bar, cigar bar, and glow sticks everywhere? Nothing in our opinion! Kayla and Anthony’s March Wedding was full of love, laughter, and lively guests. The color purple was shown throughout their décor where they went for an elegant-DIY...

#RealWeddings Jamie and Jeff

We LOVE seeing how each of our couples transform The Center's blank pallet space into their dream vision. Check out how one of our recent clients put their mark on our space thru the eyes of Studio 213 Films. Jamie and Jeff wanted a modern, clean, classic wedding and...

Fall Wedding Ideas

Fall is here! Do you need some Autumn inspiration for your upcoming fall nuptials? Here are some of our favorite additions! 1. SEASONAL DRINKS! Don't limit your creativity just to décor, add some excitement to your event with your beverage selection. Fall months bring...

Fall Flowers

With the cooler temperatures, leaves starting to change and pumpkin spiced everything on everyone's mind we wanted to share some of our favorite flowers that are in season for this time of year! Each of these beauties would fit in perfect with a fall wedding at The...

Happy 4th Anniversary to The Center!

Can you believe it's been 4 years?!! We wanted to send out a quick "Thank You" to all of our clients, vendors, and guests that have joined us along this amazing ride! We've so enjoyed being a part of your celebrations and we can't wait to see what the future holds!...

Friday Find; Wedding Crashers

Now these are the types of wedding crashers we would like to see! What would you do if Maroon 5 crashed your wedding? Personally, I would knock over tables and chairs, spill water glasses, and slam into my guests as I ran to try to get a brief hand shake from Adam...

#RealWedding Kristen & Andrew

We are still obsessing over this July wedding! Kristen & Andrew were an absolute delight to work with and their wedding photos prove why. With their wooden tables and mix of mirage and chiavari chairs, they took The Center's blank pallet and created a romantic,...

#RealWedding Shandyn & Luis

Luis & Shandyn is a couple that epitomizes love. Just by looking at them interact you can tell how much they care for each other. One of the best parts about the two? They can be goofy together! Which is perfectly described by their cake, which gives a subtle hint...

‘Tis the Season for Winter Weddings

Cold weather is often given a bad reputation. Although we don't necessarily enjoy the frost biting our nose on the way into work or our inability to texts with our hands paralyzed from the cold, we do love brides' creativity as they come up with different ways to keep...

#TBT Wedding MBA

Phew -- We cannot believe wedding season is almost over! We have celebrated with so many amazing couples this past year and we are looking forward to even more 2014 weddings! We continue to grow with every first dance, cake cutting and garter toss we witness. As we...

Friday Find; Mighty Purse

We admit, we have been really into technology lately. We're not sure if the release of the iPhone 6  sparked our interest for this Friday Find, or the fact that we are all constantly using the communal office phone charger. Whatever the reasoning may be, this Friday...

Friday Find; Smart Jewelry

We hear it all the time; you not only want to make sure your wedding day reflects you and your groom, but you also want to make sure your guests and bridal party have a good time as well! Well one way to show them a great time is by giving them a great gift! Your...

#RealWeddings – Laura + Jayce

Happy #RealWeddings day and a big Congratulations Laura & Jayce! The Center's staff  is still swooning over your June wedding and for good reasons! We loved the journey this couple took us on throughout their wedding day -- from a memorable first dance, which they...

Friday Find; Fall Wedding Inspiration

Do you dream of leaves crunching on the ground as your guests walk through the city on their way to your dream reception? Or how about taking pictures in front of Fountain Square as the crisp fall air blows through your hair? Or maybe your dream is to look out from...

Lauren & William Tell All!

The details are FINALLY out! If you love The Hills & Laguna Beach star as much as we do then  we know you've been dying to learn the details of Lauren Conrad's September 13th wedding. Well wait no more! After scouring the internet and magazines for weeks, we've...

Friday Find; Real Proposal

I don't know about you, but my day does not officially start until I listen to the Kane Show on my way to work. This radio show, on Kiss 107.1, always deals with funny situations, celebrity gossip, and the classic stories of a woman catching her significant other...

Friday Find; Wedding Websites

Living in the digital age where text is more popular than talk, creating a wedding website is a fairly common planning technique. Knowing what to include on this website, however, is a whole other story. For example, if you're having a break in between your ceremony...

Real Weddings; Aimee & Dean

Real Wedding posts are our favorite! Not only do we get to relive the moment of when our past couples spend their first moments together as husband and wife, but we also get a reminder of how creative some of our brides can be! One of the things we love most about The...

Wedding Tips from a Venue

As a venue, we are often one of the first vendors brides visit when tackling their wedding planning to-do list. Therefore, we see a large portion of the planning that goes into creating the day every girl has been talking about since she tried on her very first Disney...

Friday Find; Wish Upon a Wedding

We feel fortunate  to watch countless of love stories unfold right underneath The Center's dome. As couples pick their vendors that are going to make their wedding perfect, we are along for the ride. While we celebrate in this wonderful milestone in our couples'...

Real Weddings: Ashley and BJ

In honor of Ashley and BJ's one year anniversary, which took place a few weeks ago, we have decided to use them as the couple of choice for our Real Weddings post. We hope Ashley and BJ continue to enjoy married life and we will continue to enjoy these fabulous...

Friday Find: Must Reads for the Newly Engaged

When two out of three in your office are engaged there is a lot of wedding talk happening. Especially when you already work in the world of weddings! Our staff put together some of our top picks for newly engaged couples to help you not only get started on your...

Friday Find: Live Wedding Caster

Are you a military couple? Planning a destination wedding? Or simply have several loved ones that can't make it to your big day? If so, we may have the perfect solution for your wedding...   Live Wedding Caster allows you to share your big day with wedding guests...

Vendor Spotlight: TapSnap

With so many different photo booth options out there, how does a bride decide on just one?? Well, look no further. TapSnap is the hottest photo booth on the market for one particular reason, it's actually not a photo booth at all. "TapSnap came about as a reinvention...

Friday Find: Married at First Sight

Yes, this is a real show and yes, I watched every minute of it. On Tuesday, July 8 at 9pm, I took part in watching one of the most ridiculously awkward, yet entertaining shows ever. I'm talking, when an individual marries a complete stranger. The new reality TV show,...

Real Weddings; Allison & Rob

One of the many things that makes The Center so special is we are able to be the venue for both the ceremony and the reception, meaning, we get to take part in the entire day! We love following the bride as she gets ready to walk down the aisle to when she departs...

Friday Find: Olivia Palermo’s Wedding

It's official! Olivia Palermo and German model, Johannes Huebl finally tied the knot after over 6 years of dating! As expected, this couple put a unique twist on their nuptials... Notice something a little different? Palermo ditched the traditional wedding dress in...

Blossoms & Blooms: Flowers for the Wedding

Oh no! Your bridesmaids are carrying the flower that represents jealousy, the corsage on your mom's wrist gives off the connotation of danger and your future hubby is wearing a flower that means grief?! Stop right there! With a little help from Kaitlyn Farmer...

Friday Find: Bridal Fitness

We all want to look stunning in wedding photos and with that new addition on your left ring finger, there's suddenly a little more motivation. So which workout is best for you? There are so many options these days like bootcamps, gyms, and even extreme workouts like...

Real Weddings: Cecilia & Ryan

One of our very first weddings to kick off the 2014 wedding season at The Center was Cecilia & Ryan's. We had the honor of being the venue for this beautiful couple's reception. Cecilia and Ryan were able to make this day their very own by focusing on the details....

Friday Find: Capturing the Moment

We are betting a pretty penny that Lindsey Crouch and Tae Cho of Knoxville, Tennessee are ecstatic to have crossed paths with photographer, Heather Swanner. Swanner of Birmingham, Alabama was strolling the beach after finishing a photography session when she stumbled...

Blossoms & Blooms: Boutonniere Cheer

We're diving into boutonniere details in today's blog post. Guys we'll give you a hint...if you're looking for a "manly" boutonniere to add to the big day, you'll want to keep reading!  While grooms understand what centerpieces and dessert tables are, boutonnieres are...

Friday (or Saturday?!) Find: Best. Proposal. Ever.

Not only did Jack Hyer know he was going to marry his now-fiance, Rebecca, after their first date (swoon), he also spent four years creating the perfect proposal video. While traveling through 28 countries, he video taped himself singing the song "I'm Gonna Be (500...

Wedding Day Survival Kit

To kick off wedding season at The Center, we're sharing a helpful tip to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. Bridesmaids, listen up! With the emotions of the big day and the forgetfulness of those lovely groomsmen, the wedding day survival kit will...

Friday Find: #FashionByMayhem

In case you haven't heard, paper dresses are the new must have! Just kidding, but this cute little girl from the Cincinnati area and her mom are really taking paper fashion to the next level! Just take a look for yourself... Fashion by Mayhem was introduced after...

Vendor Spotlight: Capstory

You may remember a certain past Bachelorette's engagement party we were obsessed with a few weeks back. After tweeting, blogging and instagraming about this extravagant affair, we were approached by the company who put it all together. Meet Capstory, a photography...

Friday Find: How to…

Yes, we know Opening Day was a little over a month ago but we are still obsessing over our Opening Day Viewing Party! The flowers, the food, the décor, EVERYTHING was great! And as our treat to you, we wanted to show you how to create your very own Pinterest-inspired...

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

With two events under our belt from this past weekend, we are in the partying mood! And what better way to express our party mood than by providing you with some great Cinco de Mayo event ideas? Once again, we thank one of our favorite wedding sources, Pinterest! If...

Kentucky Derby

In case you didn't know, it's Derby Weekend! We couldn't be more excited at The Center and wanted to share some ideas for your Kentucky Derby party! Appetizers - Kentucky Hot Brown Bites  They are to die for! Find the recipe here. Cocktails - The Mint Julep Mint...

Blossoms and Blooms

Spring is in the air! And with this so are weddings, receptions, and flowers! Now that wedding season is in full bloom, we are taking the time to address some important flower tips for deciding on a bridal bouquet. To help with these tips, we spoke with Robin Buop,...

Happy Easter!

To celebrate Easter, we skimmed through Pinterest to find some great wedding inspiration. Take a look at this post filled with pastel colors, candy eggs and bunnies!  You can follow us on Pinterest...

Friday Find: Uplighting!

On Monday night The Center's staff stopped by Vincent Lighting and found something we are now obsessing over! In case you hadn't noticed from all of our event photos, uplighting is the most popular option we see in The Center for décor. Bringing in a few boxes of LED...

Come on: Ask Away!

Now that we’ve shown you how you can utilize The Center as both your ceremony and reception venue, we’re here to advise what types of questions you should ask us! Deciding on a venue is one of the first wedding steps that’s going to set the tone for the rest of your...

Friday Find: The Knot Dream Wedding 2014

Aren't they just the cutest?! Over a period of seven weeks the theme and details of Rebekah and Pete's wedding were revealed to them. All details were voted on by the public using The Knots website. We loved seeing what choices won each week! See all the details here....

It’s All About the Invites

We've talked venues, guests lists, wedding dates and more! Now it's time to invite your family and friends to take part in this celebration! We sat down with Dirty Helen Paper Company to get all the details on save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Check out what...

Reds Opening Day!

Happy (two days after) Red's Opening Day! While the Cincinnati Reds kicked off another season, we kicked off an Opening Day Viewing Party for business executives and professionals. Everywhere you turned in The Center you could find baseballs, turf and of course, the...

One-stop Wedding Shop

While stepping into our 15,000 square-foot, hardwood-floors, blank-walls venue, one may get a bit overwhelmed; there’s a lot of ground to cover! To utilize this space, most brides envision their reception taking place in our Ballroom, with a cocktail hour in our Dome...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Top O' The Morning (or afternoon) to Ya! To celebrate this holiday, we are providing you with some St. Paddy's Day wedding facts you might not be too familiar with!  Unless it falls on a Saturday, St. Patrick's Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to get...

Know Your Style

Now that we’ve discussed how to decide on a wedding budget, who to invite to the wedding events and what day your wedding should fall on, it is time to move on to the next step of wedding planning; deciding on the theme/style of your wedding! Or in our case, "The...

Friday Find

We have been obsessing over past bachelorette Desiree Hartsock's engagement party all week! Her party was overflowing with elegance, with a dash of rustic charm.  As our treat to you, we decided to put together a couple of our favorite pieces from the night! You're...

Congratulations, Alyssa!

This is a very special post as our fellow staff member, Alyssa, got engaged over the weekend at Triangle Park in Lexington, Kentucky! Ronnie, her now fiancé, made sure a photographer was there to capture this exciting moment. Take a look at some of these pictures from...

Meet Alyssa!

Q: How did you become part of The Center? After graduation, I spent a year searching event planners and venues in the Lexington and northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. I stumbled upon The Center and reached out for more information. At the time, a position was not...

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