The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Couples in Columbus, Ohio searching for an eclectic and all-inclusive wedding venue might find the perfect spot at the Bluestone. From the outside, this historic First Baptist church exudes a distinctive elegance. Stepping inside will transport guests back in time to an era when stained glass windows and classic architecture ruled the day. Although this venue is a renovated church, the owners have succeeded in combining old-world charm with state-of-the-art technology. Couples have plentiful options for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions at The Bluestone. This venue can accommodate as many as 500 guests through a combination of its many event spaces.
Vaulted ceilings and polished hardwoods set the tone for the Sanctuary in the old church. Built-in sound and lighting systems, featuring a 20-foot retractable projection screen, give lots of high-tech options for both ceremony and reception. Theater seating in the Sanctuary accommodates up to 300 guests. The sanctuary features a stage for both altar and entertainment. Three bars and a spacious dance floor make this space suitable for lively receptions, too.
Towering 40-foot ceilings with authentic tin panels and a 35-foot leaded glass window give the Great Room its appeal. This venue sits below a small balconied loft and the two spaces can be used together. A 20-foot bar lends a dramatic air to the space; and the sound system in place gives couples the technology needed for both ceremonies and receptions.
The main Loft sits above the Sanctuary, serving as its own independent venue or an auxiliary space along with the Sanctuary. With two bars, audio/visual equipment and LCD televisions, this space offers full amenities for a wedding reception. Staff will set up tables and chairs to accommodate guests at a meal.
Stepping outside of the Bluestone provides couples with a lovely option for a ceremony or reception on the patio. A central fountain provides a soothing backdrop for the venue. Lush greenery and flowers provide natural decoration for the patio during the summer. A year-round tent is also in place to provide shelter. The space also features a bar and an outdoor sound system to ensure that guests enjoy themselves. The fire pit helps create a cozy atmosphere after the sun goes down.
What You Should Know
An onsite wedding coordinator with the Bluestone works personally with the bride and groom to help them create the wedding of their dreams. After learning about a couple's vision and their needs for the celebration, the coordinator suggests the perfect venue or combination of venues to begin the planning process. Wedding parties have full access to the entire Bluestone location throughout the event. On-site parking is available for up to 800 cars on evenings and weekends.
Before meeting at the altar, the wedding party will have full use of the Bridal Suite and Groom's Dressing Room. With full bath and comfortable lounge furniture, both rooms enable the members of the wedding party to spread out, primp or just relax. The underground area for the groomsmen even has its own Graffiti Room lounge.
Whatever the couple's desires for reception style, the staff at the Bluestone can make it happen. The executive chef works closely with each couple to create an innovative wedding menu. Private tastings are also available to help couples design their reception meal. The evening can begin with either displayed or butler-passed hors d'oeuvres. For the main course, the in-house culinary team can prepare a seated dinner, buffet dinner or a cocktail reception with full amenities.
A full-service bar will serve guests throughout the reception. Couples can choose a beer and wine bar or a non-alcoholic bar. Other options include a hosted, well or top-shelf bar.
When it's time for entertainment, the Bluestone has advanced technology to make a reception come alive. Any type of live band or DJ will fit right into the acoustics and in-house equipment. In fact, the equipment is set up to transport the sound throughout the entire venue, including outdoors to the patio. Portable LED lights and in-house club lighting make the dance floor an exciting spot. Other amenities such as microphones and podiums are also available.
The staff at the Bluestone are eager to assist couples with planning every important detail of their wedding day. A number of extra perks and enhancements are also available at request.
- The chef will cook for special dietary needs
- Add a champagne toast or wine service with dinner
- Set up special dessert stations such as a s'more station
From the Vendor
The Bluestone Experience
The Bluestone is an extraordinary venue that offers an unparalleled and unique experience for your wedding ceremony and reception. The Bluestone is a newly renovated 118-year-old church that boasts three diverse levels, seven bars, soaring stained glass windows, and a gracious outdoor patio.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Museum, Historic Venue, Loft
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering
I cannot say enough AMAZING things about my wedding at the Bluestone and the entire process of working with Sarah and the staff there. The venue is unique, beautiful and an absolute pleasure to work with. From start to finish, the Bluestone was extremely accommodating, organized, knowledgeable and responsive. We always felt like we were in good hands throughout the planning process. Sarah helped us with every aspect of planning, from selecting menus to working with vendors to running day-of logistics to post-wedding cleanup. We held both the ceremony and reception at the Bluestone and didn't need any sort of day-of coordination services because the Bluestone staff was so helpful! Our guests (and us!) cannot not stop raving about the venue. They complimented the delicious food and the amazing space. Our guests were dancing all night long and the space flowed perfectly- we had guests sitting upstairs and downstairs and that worked out great. The Bluestone is absolutely perfect for having a wedding band because the space is used for concerts and accustomed to working with bands.
Dream Wedding at the Bluestone!Reviewed on 7/02/2015 Kimberly R
The Bluestone is absolutely the most perfect venue for a wedding in Columbus! We were looking for a venue that would not be your typical "cookie cutter" wedding, and the Bluestone exceeded our wildest dreams for how beautiful, elegant, romantic, and FUN our wedding would be! There is no other venue that provides the beautiful architecture, stained glass, vaulted ceilings, and history like the Bluestone. We received so many compliments as people were in awe of how amazing the venue was, from the food, bar, and servers to the ambiance and architecture! One of the best parts about the Bluestone is the flexibility of the space. We were able to design the layout and flow of the reception tables the way we envisioned, and bring in our own decor and lighting in which the staff so creatively used to decorate the entire venue. With the abundance of space and different rooms in the venue, there's no end to what you can design for your reception. We were even able to have our after party in the upstairs Great Room -- until 2am! They even let us bring in Raising Cane's for a midnight snack, which no other venue in Columbus would allow us to do! I truly believe no two weddings at the Bluestone would be the same, as they work with you to bring your dream wedding to life. This is what I loved about the Bluestone, and why I would highly recommend it to anyone getting married in Columbus! Sarah (the wedding coordinator) is truly one of the best parts of the Bluestone. She is so wonderful, professional and friendly, super responsive and will do whatever she can to make your dream come true. She made me feel like I was the only bride she was working with, and our wedding was her top priority -- what bride doesn't want to feel that way? Sarah and the Bluestone staff are truly superior when it comes to event planning and execution. If you are looking to have the most fabulous and amazing wedding that people will be talking about for years and years to come, then don't even hesitate a second to book your wedding at the Bluestone!
They made my wedding dreams come trueReviewed on 10/06/2014 LaNice B
I can't say enough great things about the Bluestone. Sarah is so supportive and understanding to everything someone needs during their wedding planning and during their wedding day. The staff was great with my guest and they wanted for nothing. From the start of picking our menu to the serving of the food I have nothing but great things to says. Our guest loved the food and we were able to give them several options to choose from. Sarah was also great at giving great feedback on what has worked in the past for other parties and what didn't. She knew everything from dimensions to color details on linens. This venue is beautiful and lights with that amazing wood finish makes for a magical event. I loved every minute of my experience at the Bluestone and with their staff. Thank you for making my wedding dreams comes true.
The Bluestone held a lot of significance to my husband and I so we wanted to have our wedding day revolve around our favorite place. The Bluestone has so much character and depth and was absolutely gorgeous for the traditional ceremony we wanted. While the staff flipped the space (amazingly fast!), our guests got to enjoy cocktail hour on the patio before dinner. The reception was beautifully laid out and, following dinner and traditions, became a hot dance party for our fun and crazy college friends. You really can't find a more perfect party venue in Columbus! The staff is outstanding- they are what make the venue exceed 5 stars!! Sarah is a sweetheart and a superstar coordinator- there are no small details that she misses! She will help in any way she can, always going above and beyond. Her finesse and guidance are what helped me as the bride trust the wedding day would be smooth sailing. Jess was also a joy to work with and was extremely kind and knowledgeable. Debbie is one of the servers, and is just wonderful! She made sure the bridesmaids and I were taken care of 24/7 and told us if we were having fun, her "old bones" were having fun. She is the sweetest, spunkiest, most attentive gal and also waited on the parents/ families during the reception. Our parents are still in love with her! The bartenders were also fantastic and had great personalities the guests really enjoyed. The food was delicious, service first class, and unique atmosphere unbeatable. Guests have been raving about it nonstop! Our wedding was everything we had hoped for and more. The Bluestone is worth every dollar spent!
I can't believe our special day is over! Our wedding day was so incredible from start to finish and we have Sarah Downs and the amazing staff at the Bluestone to thank for that! They made sure that everything ran smoothly, from setting up the bridal party suite, ceremony and reception, to making sure everything was in place before I walked down the aisle, to helping out our grandpa get through the line to get his food, to providing exceptional service to all guests throughout the night, to making sure everyone got to their cars safely after the reception. Everything about our night was magical and we will have these wonderful memories forever!
Simply fantastic. The entire staff at the Bluestone went out of their way to make the wedding of Alex and Audreyana exceptional. From setting up large trees to create winter forest, to the small details of perfectly setting the table decorations, they made it magical. The plated dinner was great, the meals came out to each guests request, hot and delicious, the servers were attentive and efficient, the bar made great drinks, the security detail was polite and conscientious, the lighting crew perfectly lit up the stage, trees and the dance floor, and the coat check was perfect for the guest coats and wraps on the cold winter evening. Sara was a delight to work with. She was there from our first tour, through communicating to an out of state Bride-to-be, to assisting with guest arrival and making sure this wedding was just how we had imagined. The evening was enjoyed by everyone.
We are from Cincinnati and booked The Bluestone for our daughter's wedding without ever seeing it. Crazy, I know, but our daughter, who lives in Columbus, said she had heard great things and after talking to a few other people who had attended weddings there and looking at reviews and pictures online, we decided to take the plunge. It was a great decision. I can't say enough wonderful things about The Bluestone! The venue is absolutely beautiful! Sarah, our wedding planner, took care of everything down to the last little detail. The entire staff was attentive throughout the night. We had guests commenting on the great service. Debbie seemed to be everywhere we needed her the entire evening and even loaded the gifts into our car at the end of the night. Our photographer, also from Cincinnati, loved all of the great spots for photos. The band said it is one of their very favorite venues. I would give it more stars if I could!
We loved the Bluestone and staff. Jess, in particular was wonderful. She called all our vendors to coordinate, was incredibly accommodating with all the changes and details we asked for, and was excellent with her communication. We wanted a venue that wasn't a reception hall or country club and the Bluestone gave us the space, service and character we were looking for. I can't even count the number of guests that came up to us and told us it was one of the nicest weddings they have been to. We had a few guests with food allergies and the kitchen staff even made a point to visit each of them to make sure their selections didn't cause any reactions; this was very reassuring, especially to our friends with a child with peanut allergies. That is above and beyond. The wait staff asked what my wife and I were drinking and always had a fresh drink ready to go, and everyone who worked there addressed us by name, which was a very nice touch. We can't thank the staff enough and would absolutely recommend the Bluestone for a wedding.
I could never say enough about the Bluestone. They were absolutely PERFECT and better than I could've ever imagined for our big day. Service was outstanding. They made sure that everyone in the bridal party was taken care of at ALL times throughout the night. Sarah, our coordinator was the sweetest and most helpful person before and during the ceremony/reception. She allowed us to drop things off at the venue early, hang out all day, brought us refreshments, champagne and wine when we needed it and all with a smile on her face. The venue looked PERFECT-better than I had in mind. The decorating crew placed everything so that it looked just right. We got SO many compliments on how cool the place was from our guests. I wouldnt change a thing about the night. THANK YOU BLUESTONE for the wedding of our dreams!!
The Bluestone exceeded all expectation for our wedding day. Sarah was amazing in helping us plan our day. From start to finish she was always happy to help and timely in responses. She really takes pride in her job and making sure your day is more special than you even imagined. We got SO many compliments from our guests about how beautiful it was. It really was the most perfect reception. 10 stars!!!
I loved every thing about The Bluestone from the very first time I went there for a country concert. I jokingly said "I'm going to get married here some day!".. Fast forward a few years, I got engaged and The Bluestone was the one and only venue my fiancé and I looked at. We knew right away it was perfect for us. The space itself is absolutely beautiful, and the environment was exactly what we were looking for. The staff is amazing and was always willing to answer my questions and help in the planning leading up the day. I always felt taken care of and cared for, which is crucial during such an important time. Everyone is still raving about how delicious the food was and how wonderful the wait staff was! Some of them even danced the night away with us, which we loved! The only thing that did surprise me a little bit was I didn't see much of the "day of coordinator" on the actual day. I provided detailed instructions of how I wanted everything set up, so it could have been that she knew exactly what to do and didn't want to bother me but it would have been nice to see her and hear how all of the set up was going. Also, had the Rehearsal the night before, we didn't receive as much direction as we would have liked. We were hoping she would take charge and make sure everyone knew exactly what to do, but most of our bridal party (including my fiancé and I) left with quite a few unanswered questions. All that being said, choosing The Bluestone was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding and we wouldn't change a thing. This venue was absolutely perfect and made our day the best one of our lives. Everyone should consider having their wedding here, you will not regret it!
I fell in love with this place as soon as I walked in. Somehow I have never been to an event here in my 14 years living in Columbus. The venue speaks for itself, but the other perks are what makes this place worth the 5 star rating! Sarah was my coordinator and she was fantastic!! We came to her with a pretty quick date and she made me feel like I was giving her 2 years to help me get ready. She was always available to answer any questions, was even patient with my hubby to be as he played the math game with all the different options for beverage packages. She was accommodating to all of my different floor plan requests and panic attacks that we weren't going to have enough space! The food was outstanding, and what a relief that there wasn't another vendor I had to work with - they do it all in house and they do it WELL! Debbie was our assigned server, and she was flat out amazing. She took care of the entire wedding party all night long and no body wanted for anything. She told me her goal was to get me whatever I needed all night before I even knew I needed it and she delivered on that over and over again! Judging from the many selfies and snap chats I received, I would say the bar tenders did a fantastic job making sure everyone had a good time as well. Can't say enough about the experience at the Bluestone, it was everything I could have hoped for! Thanks Sarah!
The Bluestone made all of my wedding dreams come true. The space is gorgeous, the staff is attentive and friendly, and the food is delicious. Our guests had a phenomenal time and were so impressed by the beautiful, historic, elegant feel of the place. Sarah Downs was great to work with, and I felt completely taken care of from the moment we stepped in the door on the wedding day -- they had us covered, and they made sure we all had an amazing evening. I truly can't imagine a better place to have a wedding than The Bluestone.
I cannot say enough positive things about this venue. From the beginning working with Sarah Downs on the coordination was a breeze. Every time I emailed her a question she replied back quickly and made me feel at ease. They handled everything beautifully. The entire staff there day of was amazing and so attentive to all the guests. We received so many compliments on the beautiful venue, the staff, the entire experience. A million times thank you to them for making our day so wonderful!
We had our wedding at the Bluestone on 4/9/16. It was an amazing experience and we couldn't have asked for a better venue. The set up was gorgeous and even more beautiful than how we envisioned it. The staff at the Bluestone was terrific! From the coordinator and the assistants that helped that day, to the waitstaff and bartenders. Everyone was so kind and helpful. The coordinators made sure that we had everything we needed all day long and that the entire event went smoothly. They did so much behind the scenes that I didn't even realize at the time. During the cocktail hour and reception, we had personal waitstaff for the whole bridal party and parents. They made sure our meals were prompt and our hands were never drink-free. It's easy to look at the price tag on everything and be amazed at how expensive it all can get, but I couldn't put a price on the dedication and service we received from the Bluestone. It was an amazing day and I'm so sad that it's all over, but I couldn't have asked for a better venue for our wedding! Highly, highly recommended!!
I cannot say enough good things about this venue. We researched many venues before choosing the Bluestone, and we couldn't have been more pleased with how everything turned out. We worked with Sarah and she helped us every step of the way. She made me feel very relaxed, and she helped make my wedding planning a more enjoyable experience. Our wedding day turned out absolutely perfect, and we have Sarah and the Bluestone to thank for that. Every detail from lighting, to center pieces, to walking us through the big day! I would recommend the Bluestone to anyone who is looking for that perfect wedding day! The Bluestone is remarkable!!!!
Where do I start! First off Sarah Downs was great. She was so easy to work with, and was very flexible with our needs though-out the whole process. I was so stressed the week of the wedding, getting all the last minute details complete. The rehearsal night we brought all our decorations and I was expecting Sarah to tell me she needs to know where everything needs to go, or have a detail print out. No need, Sarah ensured not to worry and she would put everything where it would look best. Sarah and the staff did such an amazing job it exceeded our expectations. The wedding day came and Karen and Debbie were great. Karen was very professional and courteous, she made my husband and I feel very important. Debbie was just on it with our drinks, there wasn't a moment during the night where I did not have a drink, whether it was water or an adult beverage. She also was very fun, and kept my guests entertained. I can tell that Debbie and Karen truly enjoy what they do. Overall, our experience was amazing, the venue was unique and we couldn't have asked for a better day spending it at the Bluestone. One last person to recognize, thank you Jess for showing us around when we were looking at venues, and for helping on our wedding day, your help did not go unnoticed. I would definitely recommend this venue.
Best Day EverReviewed on 12/22/2015 Jana K
We got married at The Bluestone November 21, 2015. The process was seamless. Planning a wedding can be very daunting and stressful- and Sarah, the wedding coordinator, was amazing. I brought a lot of outside décor and it was all set up exactly how I wanted it and they did it all for me! The turn around time from ceremony to reception was amazing for how much décor I had. I cannot say enough about my experience there. My guests all loved the space and there really is no place as unique. Highly, highly recommend!
Beautiful, unique wedding venueReviewed on 10/30/2015 Molly P
Words can't describe how perfect our wedding day was. But I'll try...in hopes that other brides get as much enjoyment out of this place as I did. I fell in love with the Bluestone while researching venues in downtown Columbus. It lived up to the hype when we visited in person, and was truly perfect for our wedding. Biggest pros: beautiful, truly unique space. This isn't a cookie cutter ballroom. The space is dark, intimate, and filled with lots of nooks and crannies. Sarah, the onsite coordinator is a gem. She and her team were fantastic, and always had an answer for all 23049234 of our questions during planning. She runs the show with grace, and you won't be shuffled around with different coordinators during your planning process. No need to hire a day-of wedding coordinator because she'll manage all of your onsite vendors. Their staff does the set up, flip (if you have the ceremony there) and tear down--you don't need to lift a finger. The Bluestone also subcontracts with an event rental company, so you just pick out what you want and they order/coordinate delivery, etc. I don't think we were told "no" once in terms of decor, custom food, etc. They made it happen! My parents were extremely pleased with the service staff during the day. the VIPs (bride and groom, parents, grandparents) are treated especially well. We basically got our own server who catered to us the entire time. The reception works really well if you want a party--we hired a live band--Conspiracy--OH MAN HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This place is normally a concert hall, so a live band was a must for us. I'll finish with a little moment that stands out about their staff. My mom and I could not for the life of us get the bustle on my dress to work. I was getting upset because it was taking so much time away from mingling/enjoying the moment. Someone *thankfully* grabbed Sarah (who I'm sure was probably preoccupied with 39049830458 things), and she figured it out in like 2 seconds. It's true what they say--the day was a complete blur, but I'm so appreciative of the beautiful venue, talented/hardworking staff, and especially for Sarah.
The Bluestone was the BEST!!!Reviewed on 10/29/2015
Service was outstanding from the beginning stages, rehearsal, wedding ceremony (which is GORGEOUS) and the reception - the staff help every step of the way.
From the Mother of the Bride PerspectiveReviewed on 10/20/2015
I am writing this review from the Mother of the Bride Perspective. The wedding is now 2 weeks past and I am still on cloud nine. The team at the Bluestone was perfect... Jess helped us with all of the pre wedding planning from the preferred vendor list to table setting choices. In working with our vendors, they all knew the Bluestone, and the Bluestone knew them and it was all perfectly coordinated. Jess blew me away when she could estimate the number of seconds for a bridesmaid to walk down the aisle.. really... that is a woman who knows the details and has been through this before. She handled a couple of frantic moments with grace... what? The Bride doesn't like her flowers? We had a new ones in one hour.... What ... it’s raining on outdoor photos... here are umbrellas... What, guests could not make it... no empty place settings.... perfect.... then, she introduced Ashley who helped us through the night without ever missing a beat... perfect. Then, was the wedding and the reception. Debbie was my Angel. I was so pleased when before the wedding, she introduced herself to me, and then took care of my every need.... a glass of wine before the wedding, a cup of coffee after dinner.... loading the car at the end of the night.... Really... I know the Bride is the most important person... but momma of the bride ranks up there too and Debbie made me feel like royalty. PLUS... she was a blast... there was lots of drinking and dancing... and some spilling on the dance floor... she was out there in a flash, fitting right in, helping clean up the spills and not missing a beat. Debbie really added to the party! I would also say they did a perfect job estimating our staffing needs. I don't think anyone waited more than a couple minutes for a drink (remember Debbie... I never waited once!) and the food was presented quickly and beautifully. At the end of the night, I tried to thank each person... the bartenders were all still there, all still happy and all ready to serve. One "lesson learned" I would offer. The end of the night was a bit hectic. The DJ and the Bluestone did such a great job keeping the party going.... folks did not leave... so that is good and bad. It made the end of the night rushed and difficult. Had I thought through that better we could have planned it better.... but, my first time as MOB!!! So two weeks after the wedding, I am still singing you praises, I still loved the day/night and the experience, and I have recommended the Bluestone to others... did I mention the pictures are spectacular with the Bluestone backdrop? Thank you to all of the Bluestone Team. I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes reliving what a perfect day/night it was.
The Bluestone was perfect!Reviewed on 9/30/2015 Jennifer D
We had roughly 250 guests- the Bluestone was the perfect venue and very accommodating, Sarah is amazing to work with and everything turned out great! We had seating upstairs and downstairs for our guests. We had our ceremony and reception here and I couldn't have wished for a more perfect day. It rained early on but cleared up- there are options to have your cocktail hour on the patio or in the upstairs room and being a music venue the lighting and sound system were already included and perfect! You also have the option of having an after party which was so perfect for us. I would definitely recommend this venue!
Highly RecommendReviewed on 8/29/2015 Julie A
I highly recommend The Bluestone for wedding ceremony and reception venues! I worked with Sarah Downs and she was more friendly and accommodating than I ever would have imagined. Every single thing we asked of them/her, we were told yes of course, we can definitely do that. The food was great, the bar has such an assortment of alcohol and we were so impressed by flipping the space during the cocktail hour. The Bluestone has a church feel to it but also a super fun party feel. The dance floor was packed the entire night! It was exactly what we wanted and we could not be happier!
Couldn't have asked for moreReviewed on 7/15/2015 Megan K
The Bluestone and it's staff were fantastic! They made everything about our wedding perfect. Sarah Downs and her staff went over and beyond to ensure that not only me and my husband were taken care of, but also our wedding party and families were taken care of. There wasn't a point in the night where my hand didn't have a drink in it, or that I needed anything because someone was always right there to take care of me. The food was amazing. Everyone told me that I wouldn't eat on my wedding day, well they were wrong. Everything from the appetizers to the main course was delicious. I don't think the staff at the Bluestone have the word "no" in their vocabulary. Anything we asked for they found a way to make it happen. We were truly blessed to find such a fantastic venue for our special day and meet the amazing staff. The Bluestone is our absolute favorite place in Columbus, and having our wedding there was just amazing.
A+, Accomadating, Amazing!!!Reviewed on 7/14/2015
First off the staff at the Bluestone are all GREAT. Sarah never said "no", and always made the brides vision happen! The servers were so wonderful to our entire party. The guests came to us after the wedding gushing about Debbie the head server who smiled, danced and made sure we all had everything we needed. She treated my 92 year old mom like a queen, and made sure she had a great time! The venue is unique and beautiful, offers so many options, for an amazing wedding!!!