The Joseph tied for first place in the Reception, Hotel/Event Center category.

There’s a reason why ballrooms are ubiquitous with wedding receptions; they’ve been the de facto choice for coupes for generations.

A relative new kid on the block—at least In comparison with co-winner, the historic Westin Great Southern Hotel—the contemporary Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph is an exceptional option for a hotel reception. Built with an eye to the booming Short North Arts District that surrounds it, The Joseph is bedecked with more than 500 works of art on its walls, many by Ohio artists.

For couples who want to make a living work of art out of their reception, the hotel offers several magnificent spaces, including the glorious 2,600-square-foot Michael B. Coleman ballroom and the more intimate 1,300-square-foot Hamilton Junior Ballroom. The hall between the two spaces serves as a gallery of sorts, with rotating works ensuring that even previous visitors to The Joseph will likely encounter the unexpected at your wedding.

“Our event space offers captivating views, with floor-to-ceiling windows in each event room,” says brand and marketing manager Maureen Caldwell, adding that couples are invited to collaborate with chefs to craft their menus one item at a time. “We have flexible wedding packages available that include comprehensive offerings, making the planning process effortless and customizable,” Caldwell says.

The on-site bar, Soul at the Joseph, features quality craft cocktails for your after-party—if the many bars of the Short North aren’t in your plans, that is. In addition to contemporary and comfortable guest rooms, The Joseph features a spa suite that’s perfect for some day-of or morning-after pampering for the happy couple. And when it’s time for your farewell brunch, simply head downstairs to The Guild House, the attached Cameron Mitchell restaurant that features some of the city’s best brunch dishes, as determined by editors of both Columbus Monthly and Columbus Weddings magazines.

Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph
620 N. High St., Columbus