The Ohio Statehouse took first place in the Reception, Historic category.

Although the Ohio Statehouse is still used daily for government functions, the space also hosts around 28 weddings a year and was chosen by readers as the best historic reception spot in the city. Built in the 1800s, the Ohio Statehouse still features some of the details from that time, such as the original flooring in the rotunda, to keep the building “true to itself.” Because of the architecture of the building, couples can spend less on décor.

“You don’t need a whole lot of decoration in the space to make it beautiful,” says Haley Melcher, senior events coordinator at the Ohio Statehouse. “It kind of speaks for itself.”

Although the Statehouse was chosen by readers as the perfect historic wedding reception spot, Melcher explains that there are spaces to host ceremonies and cocktail hours as well. These spaces are located all over the historic building and give guests a look at parts of the Statehouse that they may not have seen before. Although most of the venue is indoors, Melcher said couples do have the option to host ceremonies and cocktail hours outside during the warmer months.

“We’ve never actually done an outdoor ceremony, but it is a possibility,” Melcher says. “I think everyone just loves the interior of the building so much.”

The venue also offers photo permits for couples looking to take interior or exterior wedding-day or engagement photos in a space with such historic significance and beauty.

Along with offering rental of the space, the Statehouse provides tables, chairs, hands-on event staff, event security and AV equipment to help the event run smoothly. They also have an approved list of vendors for all wedding needs, including catering.

Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Columbus