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Couples searching for a wedding and reception hall in Columbus, Ohio should consider the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. This hotel is located on the north side of the city and can accommodate small intimate weddings or large receptions for up to 1,000 guests.
is 9,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 1,000 guests. If desired, this ballroom can be divided into three different rooms for smaller events. The Polaris is carpeted and features elegant gold tones sprinkled through out the room. On your wedding day, round tables are set up with gold trimmed chairs and chair covers may be added for an extra cost. In addition, a dance floor is available for the event.
located outside the Polaris Grand Ballroom, is available as a cocktail or pre-reception gathering space. Cocktail tables with tablecloths and candles are available for this space, which allows guests to mingle and unwind before dinner.
is ideal for smaller events and can accommodate up to 180 guests. It is less formal than the Polaris Grand Ballroom and couples can add uplights to give the room added personality.
What You Should Know
When it comes to booking a wedding at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris, the event staff helps couples plan all of the details of the wedding day as well help with setup and clean up of the event. However, the couple must remove all personal decorations at the end of the evening. The rental fee includes tables and chairs. The tables are covered with linens, votive candles with mirrors, china place settings and flatware.
Outside catering is not permitted. However, the hotel's culinary team assists couples plan a menu that meets their personal tastes and dietary needs. Couples have a variety of meal options to choose from, including pre-planned or customized menus and plated or buffet-style dinner, as well as bar service throughout the event. In addition, a complimentary champagne toast is included for all guests at the reception. To-be-weds may also choose to take part in a tasting event before the wedding to ensure their food selections are on point.
An event staff member is available during the wedding celebration to keep the event running smoothly and will assist the couple with any needs that arise. One hour of set up before the event is included. Friday evening events can be scheduled from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
A couple hosting a wedding at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris enjoys some added perks, such as:
- Complimentary room for the newlyweds the evening of the reception
- Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Port Columbus International Airport for guests
- Onsite day spa
- Discounted rates for off-peak times
- Special room rates for overnight guests
- Personalized website with event information and booking link for guests
From the Vendor
One time, One place, One memory...
Your wedding should be the most memorable day of your lives, and at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris, we have years of experience to make sure your day is extraordinary. Because in your dreams, every detail matters.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Service Staff, Shuttle Service
seamlessReviewed on 6/21/2015 Caroline P
We went to the Hilton in June of 2014; from that day until our wedding day in May 2015 we had an absolutely incredible experience with Andrea, Britt, and Doug. We could go on and on about their kindness, availability, flexibility, and the way they made our reception seamless. we would recommend the Hilton to EVERYONE!
AmazingReviewed on 11/03/2013 Danielle D
We had both our ceremony and reception here. Kelly Nissanbaum was our coordinator and she is an unbelievable woman. She was so helpful and easily accessible. She handled everything with our wedding planner which allowed me to have the least amount of stress as possible on the day of. Not only was she there the night before for rehearsal but she was there bright and early on the day of and the following day for our brunch. The ballroom looked amazing and everything went off without a hitch.
Fantastic Food and ServiceReviewed on 1/04/2012 Katie B
The food really set the Polaris Hilton apart from other venues we researched and it received rave reviews from our guests. Additionally, the service was amazing. The staff worked with us from beginning to end helping us create the perfect wedding!
Hilton was very accommodating to get our business; however when we needed to cancel the wedding all they cared about was getting their money They had six months to re-book the space, They made a very painful situation much worse with a big bill. If we have a future need for hotel and reception space, Hilton will not be considered.
AmazingReviewed on 7/21/2012 Diana B
Jacob and his team at the Hilton Polaris are absolutely amazing! They catered to everything we could have ever wanted! They made our reception look beautiful and we didn't have to worry about a thing! I couldn't have asked for more professional/helpful people.
New Years Eve WeddingReviewed on 1/17/2012 Becky M
We held our new years eve wedding reception at the Hilton Polaris. The staff went above and beyond to make sure the night was a success. The food was excellent. We did not mingle during the cocktail hour but received rave reviews on the food from our guests. The dinner was just as good as the food had been during out pre-wedding tasting. The service was excellent. Food was brought out in a quick and orderly fashion. Table were cleaned promptly, but not so promptly that you felt rushed during the meal. The only reason I did not give them a 5 out of 5 was because we did have a problem with guests from another wedding using our bar, as ours was an open bar and theirs was a cash bar. The hotel did a decent job to compensate us for the excess on our bar tab, but I feel they could have done a bit better. Overall all our guests had a good time and we had a fun and relaxed reception.
so-soReviewed on 11/04/2011 Swapna K
the event coordinator i worked with was horrible. another one stepped in for her and he was great. the venue was beautiful.
Convenient locationReviewed on 5/30/2011 Amy B
Great location, beautiful ballroom, great service!
Reception for 250Reviewed on 11/26/2010 Rita B
Service was fabulous. Food taste was amazing. Presentation not exactly as presented at food tasting.
Nicole and Jason's weddingReviewed on 10/26/2010 Nicole C
Exquisite SuitesReviewed on 10/05/2010 Sheila C
We did not have time to take a formal honeymoon, so we decided to get a suite for the weekend. We felt pampered ... what a great start to a wonderful marriage.
Review for Hilton Columbus at PolarisReviewed on 12/19/2008 jen c
It was the first wedding reception at the venue and it was amazing. The staff was wonderful and always worked with us to make sure our expectations were met. The food was great better than the typical caterer with a variety to choose from. They had many different spaces to accommodate different sizes of wedding parties. They went out of their way to make the night wonderful and perfect.
Meet The Manager
What an exciting time this must be for you and congratulations on your engagement! My name is Lauren Greely and I am one of the Catering Managers at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. I graduated from Ohio University in May 2015 and have been working in the hospitality industry ever since. I am dedicated to making your big day just what you've dreamt it would be from start to finish. I am ecstatic for you both and I hope that we get the opportunity to work with you at the Hilton Polaris!