Can't decide on a photographer, baker, fitness studio or other wedding vendor? Consider these 50+ local businesses, all owned by Black entrepreneurs or others in the BIPOC community.
This is not a comprehensive list. Email Emma Frankart Henterly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have suggestions for additional businesses. Also check out the list of Black-owned restaurants in Central Ohio from our sister publication, Columbus Monthly. Finally, H/T to Columbus Navigator and the @columbus_blackowned, @craftinoutlaws and @lifeincolumbusInstagram accounts, through which we found many of these businesses.
Columbus Alteration Co.
396 S. Washington Ave., Columbus
Owner Ben Ward and his team of seamstresses and tailors will make sure you look good in your gown, suit or tux.
Elle Brands Jewelry Boutique
High-quality, affordable jewelry featuring semiprecious stones and trendy style; a portion of proceeds go to the boutique’s charity of the month.
Joan’s Bridal Couture
7374 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
Reynoldsburg wedding and bridesmaid gown boutique that also does tux rentals and custom gown design.
Jarrod Martin’s bespoke menswear brand travels to clients’ locations to create custom ensembles.
Photographers & Videographers
Comfort Witcher is a Columbus native whose work has appeared in Columbus Weddings, The Knot Ohio and Munaluchi Bride.
H&H Luxury Event Rentals
Asia Smith's mirrored photo booth experience is unlike any other.
Formerly Docuvent Photography; also offering graphic design and creative consulting.
Jonathan Edward Photo
Columbus native who loves creating visually captivating images and capturing precious memories.
KFCImages Photography & Videography Services
Eddie Wayne Jackson II is a Pickerington resident and filmmaker who aims to provide services that cater to everybody.
Olivia Kristin Photography
Author and photographer who will help document your milestones, memories and accomplishments.
Your Wedding Creatives
Wedding photography and videography team comprising Jonathan Smith (Jonathan Edward Photo), Olivia Kristin (Olivia Kristin Photography) and Eddie Wayne Jackson II (KFCImages).
Caterers, Food Trucks & Bakeries
Bake Me Happy
106 E. Moler St., Columbus
Fully gluten-free bakery with desserts often touted as “better than the original,” with cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more.
Chacon’s Sweet Treats and Good Eats
Home-based bakery and catering company offering cakes, cupcakes, cookies, sweets tables and comfort food meal options.
Donna’s Delicious Dozen
5322 N. Hamilton Rd., Columbus
Made-to-order doughnuts with a variety of icings, drizzles and toppings; also offering catering services, including doughnut walls and towers.
J’s Sweet Treats and Wedding Cakes
1540 Parsons Ave.
Award-winning wedding cake and dessert bakery that also offers full catering services.
Owner Adrian Jones was a makeup artist for 30 years and now is a baker and cake artist; also offering cupcakes, macarons, mini Bundt cakes and more.
Food truck best known for its fish boats; also offering chicken, fries, coleslaw, fried okra and juice.
1030 Alum Creek Dr., Columbus
Specializing in slow-smoked and grilled barbecue and comfort food: ribs, chicken and sides.
Pickerington-based cheesecake company and food truck with signature flavors and build-your-own options.
Event planning and treat table design, with cupcakes, doughnuts, cake pops and chocolate-covered cookies, pretzels, fruit, marshmallows and more.
Florists & Event Planners
Adrienne Ruff Event Co. Ltd.
Event styling and design
Aisle & Co.
Owner Natasha Churches and her team of wedding planners offer month-of wedding coordination, full-service planning and design/styling services.
Planning services for ceremonies, receptions, rehearsals, engagement parties and bridal services.
Andrea Washburn Events & Décor
Full and partial planning services for weddings and more.
Aventines Felt Flowers & Botanical Art
Sculpted flowers and botanical art made from premium merino wool blend felt; choose from a catalog of products or opt for custom-order services.
Battiste LaFleur Galleria
825 E. Long St., Columbus
614-253-8000 or 877-571-1823
Family-owned and -operated florist creating bouquets, ceremony flowers and centerpiece arrangements.
Columbus native Nitina Francis offers full-service and month-of wedding planning, plus balloon garlands.
Camela Lynn Weddings & Events
Camela Jones' boutique event deign company offers full or partial wedding planning, month-of and hourly services, and dessert table design.
Distinct Event Planning
Lucretia Williams offers full and partial planning services, as well as day-of coordination.
Indelible Affairs & Floral Design
Floral design studio that takes pride in being more than a “design and drop” florist.
A full-service wedding and event design company offering floral services, rentals, lighting and draping/backdrops.
Silver Confetti Events
Full-service wedding coordination and design company; also offering decoration-only services, sweets table design and bridal shower planning.
Beauty Services & Products
2 Natural Sisters
Natural bath and body products for earth- and body-conscious customers from sisters Karla and Karen.
161 Dental Studio
5040 Forest Dr., Ste. 220, New Albany
Dental practice offering standard cleaning and care, plus clear straightening aligners/braces, dentures, extractions, emergency care and more.
The BeYouty Lounge
Waxing and lash services by Alyssa Carmona.
Breckenridge Candle Co.
Bath and body products, scents, candles and more.
543 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley
Destiny Ward offers brow waxing and tinting; microblading and microshading; lash tints, perms and extensions; face and body hair removal.
500 E. Main St., Ste. 310, Columbus
Medical and cosmetic dermatology office that also offers retail sales of skincare products.
Eternal Salon & Spa
1839 Winderly Ln., Pickerington; 614-577-0794
Hair cuts and color, relaxers/perms, extensions, makeup services, waxing, nail services, facials and massage.
Glam Gallery Salons
1266 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
Offering haircuts, color, extensions, wigs and natural hair care services.
35 E. Gay St., Ste. 511, Columbus
All-natural, holistic skincare brand specializing in a variety of facial services and sugaring.
The Hair Chest
Offering holistic hair loss and scalp care services for men and women; no harmful chemicals or surgeries needed.
Honey Bee Natural Haircare
Homemade, made-to-order hair products featuring Manuka honey and other quality ingredients.
J Bentley Hair Studio & Day Spa
8882 Moreland St., Powell
This north-side salon offers a full array of beauty services, including wedding-day and bridal party packages.
Handmade, PH-balanced bath and body products made with eco-friendly ingredients.
K Manley Studios
1254 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus
Permanent makeup services from Kay Manley, including lash extensions, henna brows, hair removal and more; also offering facials and bridal makeup.
The Koko Bella Lash and Sugaring Bar
870 N. High St., Columbus
Lash extensions and lifting, sugaring, brow shaping, facials and retail sales.
The Lighthouse Barber and Beauty Salon
2021 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 100, Columbus
Barber with 25 years’ experience who also teaches at the Ohio State College of Barber Styling.
Natural, handmade, minimalist, unisex, vegan skincare products for all skin types.
124 S. Washington Ave., Columbus
Mother-daughter-daughter spa and yoga co-op that offers acupuncture, waxing, facials, massage, nails, airbrush tanning, makeup and more.
Strand Café Studio Salon
9 E. Second St., Columbus
Specializing in natural hair care and styling; also offers waxing and wedding-day hair and makeup.
Tame Hair Salon
246 Granville St., Gahanna
Haircuts and color, extensions, waxing, facials and wedding-day hair and makeup.
2999 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Ste. 206, Columbus
Salon-based hair, makeup, waxing, spa and spray tan services; also carries a proprietary skincare line.
Handmade, natural, organic bath and body products, including custom soaps.
Online, individual and group training sessions that are equipment-optional, personalized to clients’ needs.
Private, group and online training accompanied by meal and workout plans.
6956 Americana Pkwy., Reynoldsburg
614-597-2605 or 614-419-7318
Co-owners Corey “Hitta” Wilson and Terron Banner bring experience in strength training, sports conditioning, weight lifting and personal training to the table at this studio.
M. Nicholson Hip-Hop Fitness
Hip hop fitness classes from Michael Nicholson, who began dancing at age 8; classes take place at Phlex Fitness (858 Morrison Rd., Gahanna) and Sweat Box (935 King Ave., Columbus).
Neighborhood Boxing Club
6090 Huntley Rd., Columbus
Boxing studio featuring hour-long, no-contact classes where each attendee gets their own bag.
50 Westerview Dr., Westerville
614-392-2917 or 614-440-2068
A no-judgement fitness center for personal training, boxing, kickboxing and TRX resistance training.
Raw Yoga 614
7339 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg
Yoga studio offering donation-based, online and outdoor classes in a variety of styles, including hatha, heated, power, vinyasa and yin; music-based classes focusing on jazz, trap and R&B are also available.
RMF - Rhythm's Musique Fitness
640A Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Worthington
Group fitness dance, kickboxing, barre and yoga classes, as well as personal training.
2350 Wood Ave., Columbus
Performance training facility offering personal training, sports training and exercise classes in both individual and group settings; staff includes strength coaches and a registered dietitian.
Sweat Box Fitness
935 King Ave., Columbus
Weight room, cardio, personal training and even massage.
Werk Dance Fitness
310 S. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna
Zumba and hip-hop dance group fitness classes.
Wedding DJ services.
Wedding DJ services.
Once Upon A Wedding
Buy pre-owned wedding décor, attire and more, or consign your own items after your wedding, through Camille Bikienga's Dublin-based business.
Phenix Banquet Center
2101 Noe Bixby Rd., Columbus
No-service-fee venue with multiple event spaces, including an outdoor ceremony space; bring your own vendors allowed.
Destiny Smith and her team provide on-site child care for receptions and more.
Uniglobe Travel Designers
Led by president Elizabeth Blount McCormick, Uniglobe specializes in corporate and leisure travel, including honeymoons, destination weddings, bachelor/bachelorette trips and more.