The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Set in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Westin Columbus is an historical venue that fuses modern refinement with traditional grandeur. Featuring aesthetic open spaces and customizable wedding packages, this urban location could be the ideal spot for couples hoping for a tastefully timeless ceremony and reception.
is an elegant space featuring expansive windows and three-story high ceilings. The 4,200 square feet of space boasts contemporary, off-white marble floors, and the window arches feature stunning stained glass that reflects beautifully from the adjacent floor-to-ceiling mirrors across the hall. The space can be used for either a ceremony or a reception. For couples exchanging vows at the venue, the ballroom can hold up to 175 guests for a seated, theater-style ceremony. Alternatively, up to 350 guests for a banquet-style reception dinner can be accommodated. There is room for a dance floor, and the ballroom is spacious enough to accommodate a live band or an MC as well.
What You Should Know
An in-house wedding coordinator is available at the Westin Columbus to help couples plan their event. Included in all wedding packages are full-length white linen table coverings and coordinating napkins, stainless steel flatware and china. In addition, there is cake cutting and plating available, as well as a professional serving staff. All of the banquet chairs are provided. The total event time is six hours. When couples rent the ballroom for their event, the bartender fees are automatically waived.
The hotel also offers couples the chance to customize their dinner menu for either a seated dinner or buffet-style meal. Also included are five hours of a hosted bar and a champagne toast. Menus can be customized to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including gluten-free, vegetarian and kosher meals.
The Westin Columbus is in a convenient spot for out-of-town guests, located just a few blocks away from the cloverleaf interchange that merges highways 70 and 71. Close to the downtown core, there are a number of hotels and inns nearby for those guests not staying onsite. The Brewery District and German Village are also within walking distance, making the venue location ideal for a few day-after activities and photographs.
In addition to the elegant ballroom and delicious menu, couples enjoy a few added perks at the Westin Columbus. These include:
- Complimentary suite for bride and groom on wedding night
- Discounted room rates for overnight guests
- Complimentary ceremony space
- Starbucks regular and decaffeinated coffee at reception
- A Tazo tea display
From the Vendor
Book your NYE 2016 Wedding at the Westin today!
Inspired by the latest styles and trends, as well as your unique tastes, our Westin wedding specialists meticulously attend to every detail of our guests' special day. With personalized attention, our experts enable the guests of honor to simply revel in the joy of all celebration.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Hotel
Food + Catering, Planning
I really cannot say enough good things about the Westin. Beyond being a beautiful venue the staff at the Westin really make the venue stand out. Every person we came into contact with went out of there way to make sure we had everything we needed and made us feel special. We worked with Anna, who was a wonderful coordinator. I live in Chicago and we largely communicated through email. Anna kept track of every single detail and executed everything perfectly. I can't imagine how the day would have gone without Anna. There were also so many small details that made the Westin exceptional; for example, during the reception the staff serviced the bridal suite and left us a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered cherries. Our guests also loved the venue and really appreciated that everything was in one location.
We were lucky enough to host our reception at the Westin in Columbus and we were not disappointed. While our liaison changed three times, we finally ended up working with Penny, whom we loved. She was prompt with email responses and was on top of every little detail - down to drink stirrers and dance floor flip flop placement. Most of our guests hailed from the East Coast and they simply couldn't get over how gorgeous the ballroom was at the Westin. We highly recommend not going with the uplighting and letting the gorgeous natural light pour into the room. The pictures were stunning and it added to the romantic feeling and our color scheme of gold and blush pink. The service was unbeatable, the food was actually delicious (which never happens at weddings), and at the end of the night the guests could simply take an elevator back to their hotel room. We loved the Westin and would recommend it to anyone in a flash!
April 18th weddingReviewed on 4/24/2014 Caitlin C
I was married at The Westin Hotel on April 18th. I couldn't have imagined my wedding anywhere else. From the first time we walked in there I knew it was where we were going to be married. The staff there was great and kept in touch with me though out our long engagement ( a year and a half) I started off with Craig and he emailed me back with all my hundreds of question I had in the beginning. From there we got in touch with Linsey who was incredible. No matter what sort of questions I had, day or night, I got a response. She also was able to remind me of little details that I would forget. Even the valet was great. They remembered the names of my wedding party and family the entire weekend! The ballroom was put together so beautifully without having to worry about a thing on the day of. I was continuously checked in on by Linsey and her staff and informed about everything taking place that day. The room (presidential suite) that I stayed in the night before and night of was great! Huge and beautiful. I will definitely be staying at The Westin again and would recommend anyone to stay there or celebrate their wedding there! I couldn't imagine my wedding being anywhere else or going any smoother.
I think the Westin is the most beautiful wedding venue in Columbus! We had Penny Drumm as a wedding coordinator and she was great. She was so responsive and wonderful to work with! I would highly recommend Penny Drumm and the Westin
Best wedding venue in Columbus! The staff is absolutely amazing, the hotel is stunning. I highly recommend it!
We had both wedding and reception in the Grand Ballroom June 18th at The Westin and we couldn't of been happier! So beautiful! First off, Penny Drumm was our wedding coordinator and she was absolutely amazing along with the rest of the staff there. They made us and all our guests feel at home. They went above and beyond to make our wedding weekend so special. We can't thank them enough! :)
Guests rooms were nice.
Excellent venue and staff! Penny, Anna, Lauren, and Camela were all very helpful during our year+ planning process. The ballroom is gorgeous and does not need a lot of decoration which is a plus!
The Westin is a ballroom that could sell itself. I was happy to get married there. I will however give you an honest and fair review. The positives: the ballroom, serving staff (amazing service!), they surprise you with comfy mr and mrs bathrobes as a gift and most staff are very responsive. I also loved the location as it was convenient for our guests. Be prepared for guests to pay for parking over night. We decided to get married and have the reception there. Constructive feedback: Because the ballroom sells itself if feels like our wedding coordinator was not on the ball. When I would ask specific questions or ask for a request she would say everything word work out. I felt nervous because not much was written down. I kept reminding her that I wanted to talk about the bar package. She would wave her hand and said we could do that the last week and she would remind me. She didn't bring it up again and gave me a hard time about it because I should have put the bar package order in before the last week. Sigh. The day of the wedding I was told we would not have the presidential suite as promised to get ready (hair and makeup) in with my girls. Apparently they double booked the room with a preferred business traveler who could leave anytime he wanted. Therefore we were put in a much smaller room and only got into the suite right before the wedding after we were done getting ready. I would say this was the biggest issue with the whole wedding. There were no apologizes or comps provided. Luckily, I was a pretty chill bride and chose not to make an issue out of it. The wedding coordinator was also nowhere to be found until right before the wedding or during the reception. They said the band would be covered with pipe and draping during the ceremony and it wasn't. It didn't look great in pictures. The food wasn't great. I remember I was so excited because it had been so amazing at the food tasting. The service was excellent as I said above. Overall I loved my day because I wasn't going to let anything ruin it. The wedding coordinator at the Westin is no longer there which may resolve some of the issues.
WOW! What more can I say? What an amazing place to have a wedding. Not only is the Westin the most beautiful event space in Columbus, but they were so easy to work with as well. The whole planning process was a breeze, and the day of our reception was amazing. If you want a venue where you can relax and enjoy your OWN wedding, choose the Westin. They made me and my family feel so at ease through the process of planning the special day. Also, a special thanks to Camela Jones, who went above and beyond to make our day as beautiful as it was. I highly recommend the Westin!
Our daughter's wedding ceremony and reception were held here. I can't say enough about the venue, food and staff. Camela Jones, the wedding coordinator/specialist is second to none. Her knowledge, professionalism and excellent client relations made this a wonderful experience. The ballroom set up manager, her banquet captain are very special people. Their attention to detail and client service are extraordinary. Chef Luis is first class. People are still raving about the food. You cannot go wrong having a wedding and/or reception here. Marcia J Harris
Surprised by my experience based on all these great reviews, but my fiancé and I decided to take our business elsewhere based on the poor customer service we received from the Westin coordinator. Not responsive and when she did finally respond (after multiple tries) the response always came off SO rude. I tried to call thinking maybe she had better phone etiquette, but never was able to talk to her. She certainly did not go out of her way to get our business and it was quite sad because I was in love with the ballroom. My fiancé and I did not feel good about giving them our money and the uncertainty of having to spend the next year with someone that difficult to work with. The coordinator at the hotel we decided to go with instead has been so amazing and helpful and has made the experience so fun and enjoyable! I am so glad we made the decision that we did. Customer service goes a long way!
The Entire Package!Reviewed on 8/31/2015 Paige J
This hotel provided the entire package to us. We did the ceremony and reception here. The package included everything including service,staff, set-up, dinner,and alcohol. You're also provided with an event coordinator for the wedding when you book so a wedding planner isn't entirely essential. We hired a "day-of" wedding planner just to tie in the loose ends on the actual day which actually was very helpful! The bridal suite is complimentary for the wedding night but if you want to get ready in the suite (hair, makeup etc) you'll have to book for Friday night as well which adds to the bill considering that the Presidential suite is the most expensive room in the hotel. The entire venue was beautiful and the service was top-notch. While not the best budget wedding venue for us it was worth every penny and would do it all over the exact same way.
Gorgeous VenueReviewed on 10/30/2014 Deidre S
We had both our Ceremony & Reception in the Grand Ballroom, and it was nothing short of amazing! The room itself is so beautiful, hardly any extra decor is needed. Linsey helped make our big day perfect beginning to end.
Perfect!Reviewed on 10/15/2014 Natalie D
I used The Westin Columbus for my wedding this past August and everything was truly perfect! Linsey and the entire Westin staff went above and beyond to make my entire wedding experience one to remember! Linsey was so easy to communicate with, she would always reply to my many emails right away and literally listened and followed through with every one of our requests. The Westin Columbus is a well oiled wedding machine! I know they do so many wonderful weddings and we could tell by their precise service and excellent care. The best part is I did not feel like 'just another wedding' to them, I could tell they really cared for us and every staff member we met were genuinely kind, it was so awesome! It is such a great feeling to look back at our wedding and smile because not only was The Westin Columbus a beautiful venue but a truly awesome experience! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
The Westin Works!Reviewed on 8/28/2014 Sara H
Comfortable accommodations, great convenient location, the front desk and room service staff were awesome. The room block price made it more reasonable compared to other hotels downtown. It's so pretty in there! We blocked rooms there for my brother's wedding and ours!
Thank you, Westin!Reviewed on 8/10/2014 Sarah b
The Westin was amazing!! We could have not asked for a more perfect venue for our wedding and reception. Upon first seeing the space and meeting with the Westin staff, (Craig and Linsey are the event coordinators), we knew the Westin was right for us. The hotel itself is beautiful, with marble floors, warm lighting, and stained glass windows--breath taking! Craig and Linsey were very professional, yet fun and easy to work with. The entire staff was flexible and worked closely with us on every detail: We were able to modify and personalize anything and everything we wanted, and each staff member worked hard to make sure not only my husband and I, but all of our guest, had all they wanted or needed. The ceremony and reception went off perfectly, and all the small, personal touches and details meant so much. I can honestly say there is nothing more I would have wanted--we are forever grateful for the Westin and its amazing experience and staff--espcially Linsey and Craig!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Sarah and Sehul xoxo
Thought of everythingReviewed on 8/01/2014 meg k
My gosh, you guys. The staff at the Westin Columbus were absolutely perfect. I was pretty clueless when it comes to wedding planning, and Linsey Bruce (Event Manager) was the most helpful and easy to work with person I've encountered in a long time. She made smart and valuable suggestions, she had the day running perfectly on time and beautifully orchestrated, and I cannot think of a single way in which it would have been easier. She really thought of everything and guided me through a process that I had formerly considered too intimidating to touch on my own. We are still getting compliments on the food, the staff, the atmosphere, the wedding itself. I chose the Westin because it is stunning inside, and I wanted a place that would be all-in-one (I did not want to deal with outside vendors or coordinate any more pieces of the puzzle than I absolutely had to). Our guests are still talking about the service delivered by the Westin. If I had to do the whole thing over, I would choose the Westin again in a heartbeat.
Perfect!!Reviewed on 7/14/2014
Could NOT have been any happier with our experience working with the Westin Columbus. Professional and organized, our reception went like clockwork. We had 30+ rooms of guests and every single person said their stay was wonderful. The hotel made them feel welcomed and the amenities were plenty to where they didn't have to leave the property!!! Guests still bring the evening up to us when we see them!! The historic ballroom is absolutely beautiful, it provides a form of elegance that cannot be found elsewhere in central Ohio. We did a plated dinner which was also wonderful. Linsey Bruce was our coordinator on location for the Westin. She was great to work with and we knew everything would work out great in her hands. She was very organized, explained everything clearly, and was very helpful with suggestions. The evening and experience will be looked back on with amazing memories. Thank you Westin Columbus for the wedding reception of our dreams!!!
Wow WestinReviewed on 7/02/2014 Claire G
We selected the Westin as our ceremony and reception venue. It was very important us that our guests experienced a transformation from the ceremony to the reception and that they did not feel like it was "just another hotel wedding." I can honestly say they took my breath away and the whole presentation truly exceeded our expectations. The grand ball room is beautiful, in its own right, so I also found it nice that decorating with flowers/table numbers, details etc. was best simple and understated. This was great on my budget but it did not appear we spared any expense! The staff was phenomenal. They went above and beyond catering to our needs and the event team: Craig Temblay and Linsey Bruce are wonderful/so easy to work with! The food was delicious/hot and memorable. My guests are still commenting on how beautiful the event was and how pleasant/professional the entire service staff was. We evaluated a number of potential venues and from the beginning the Westin really stood out. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone and we could not be happier with our wedding experience. Start to finish .. this beautiful hotel and staff made our wedding dreams come true!! Kudos, Westin! You have an extremely happy/loyal customer for life!!
Perfection!Reviewed on 6/20/2014 Rachel Y
This venue is a fairy tale, and there are not enough words that can express how happy we were with our decision in choosing The Westin. We checked in of Friday the weekend of the wedding, and everything was perfect till Sunday at checkout. Everything went smoothly without a hiccup, and The Westin and Linsey Bruce made sure of it! The Hotel/ball room are just gorgeous and everything we had dreamed our wedding to be. We had lots of food options(cheese/meat station & late night snacks), and from what we had time to eat was amazing, and the guests loved it too! Even though they are a full service venue, I hired a wedding planner to assist me with everything due to my school/work schedule. Linsey and her worked together towards the end, and the day of it was so nice to see Linsey check in often and make our night so special! I would do this weekend all over again, because the hard work that everyone put into it was beyond my expectations! We put passion and hard work to everything we do, and it was heartwarming to see others perform that way for us. I can't wait for the next time we get to go to The Westin!
SO happy we chose the Westin for our wedding!Reviewed on 5/30/2014 Kristin M
We were married at the Westin in April and had such a great experience!! Linsey Bruce is so great to work with and the Westin staff in general was fabulous. I am type A and ask 5000 billion questions and Linsey quickly answered all of them and put me at ease. She is super responsive, organized, and resourceful. I also worked with Craig a bit in the beginning and he is great too. Although we had a wedding planner, I think if you had your ceremony at the Westin too, you really wouldn’t need one! We had many compliments on the food (especially the scallop appetizers and mahi mahi for the entrée) and the drinks, as well as the service. Anna, who is the head of catering, was awesome. The only small issue we had was more with the front desk staff and them forgetting to hand out Welcome bags but Linsey swooped in and helped the situation! Advice for any brides/grooms- recommend your guests to book suites ASAP. They book up fast and are only $20 more to upgrade. The standard rooms are pretty small. Also, get the upgraded lightening- it’s so worth it in that room! We were also happy that we did the brunch. We looked at many other hotels downtown to have our wedding at and for the price and the elegance of the room, I really don’t think you can beat the Westin! We are so so happy we got married at the Westin and would highly recommend it!!
Beautiful Ballroom, Great LocationReviewed on 3/26/2014 Lily H
For a beautiful traditional wedding in a historic landmark, check out the Westin on High. Not only is the venue wonderful, but the staff was great! While the pictures of the venue are gorgeous, you really must go to the Westin and experience the whole place. One of the most important features for us about this location is the presence of only one ballroom. This means on your wedding day, you will not be listening to another party's music. In addition, the venue was one of the few hotel venues that included the alcohol in the food price. Speaking of the food, the four dishes we tried were delicious! Not to mention the delicious sides we got to choose from. Honestly, I was concerned when Linsey told me they had a new chef. Once we had the food, those concerns flew out the window. During our tasting we tried four entree and four starches. The choice was not easy but the peppercorn crusted filet melted in your mouth and the sun dried tomato pesto salmon was so meaty. Even our children's meal was great; one of the groomsmen even stole some mac & cheese. The food and venue are not the only places I have to compliment the Westin. Their staff, especially Linsey and Craig, were fantastic. Prior to our event, we emailed Linsey (and sometimes Craig) about everything. We asked them so many questions from what sequence works best for the reception to cancelling a room for one of our guests. Only slight inconvenience for our guests was we had to change the type of rooms in our block. However, Linsey was very quick in adding/changing rooms. They genuinely catered to us as if we were their one and only priority. All of inquiries were answered very promptly (1 - 3 days) prior to the wedding. Afterwards there were times when it took a litle longer, but that is expected. On the actual day, Linsey and the banquet staff moved with our DJ and speech time. Despite a detailed schedule on when main entree would start, we definitely went ahead of schedule. I can only credit our banquet manager, Elsie for why I was able to enjoy my reception. Our cupcake was delivered for our guests without my needing to remind anyone. They had our faux cake stored for us to pick up the next morning. Now alcohol, our bartender was amazing! I was concerned with only having one person tending our bar, but I shouldn't have been. My guests gave me so many compliments about her. How she had a drink ready for repeat guests and could make so many different types of fun drinks.
Exceeded My High Expectations-Magnificent ExperienceReviewed on 3/13/2014 carrie s
The WESTIN exceeded at everything. We have many out of town guests, this was our venue for both the wedding and reception. The day we contacted the WESTIN to book our date, we sat down and discussed packages (what came with each) and options. I was relieved at how very clear the set pricing is so NO Surprise up-charges or extras. We were given options for any needed upgrades and the staff went above and beyond to make this day the best of our life. The tasting to plan our menu was an event in itself, my parents were so pleased and excited, none of us could wait, the food was beyond anything "wedding" experience I have ever had, and it’s truly the best food at any fine dining restaurant. I have a special diet which they accommodated without a blink, they are Gluten Free in everything, and the food itself was 5 star rating, while they made my food special, they never gave up quality and taste. I wanted a Fruit Presentation on a dessert table because i don't eat sugar, and they made an amazing fruit tree it was spectacular, ornate and set as beautiful addition in the ballroom. We had our wedding and reception in the Ballroom. This room is set apart from any other. Its marble floors, mirrored wall, stained glass windows, amazing drapery, and the lighting is trimmed around the room perfectly, everything is sparkling and the room needs no decorations. The WESTIN provides the centerpieces, table linens, chairs, all glassware, flatware, china, bar, etc...Oh yea that's included in the set pricing. Our guests and we were treated like royalty, by every staff member. We were shown the reception rooms before guests were let in to make sure it was set to our standards, and again they exceeded and continued to impress me with the details. The cocktail area is outside the ballroom, and on the balcony, which is a beautiful scene of the hotel and is picture perfect. The WESTIN also holds only 1 party on that level, so no "crashers". We were granted the presidential suite for our wedding night and surprised with complementary champagne and fruit in our room when we returned with a beautiful card. The morning after we also arranged for breakfast/brunch before guests left. Special dietary requests again, all accommodated with ease and perfection, the staff had it set beautifully, and nothing lost with their attention to detail, while giving excellent service. It was a worry free experience, and not any issue, except our own when we realized we did forget the Challah (blessing of the bread) and Linsey the wedding planner, ran across the street to the kosher deli and found us some. Now that is some dedication and customer service! I want everyone to have the perfect wedding like us! The WESTIN delivers, hands down the Very Very best in everything. Feel like a Queen and King, it’s once in a lifetime! We sure did, and our guests still rave about their experiences there as well. It’s the worry free, attention to details, and sparkle that make this place the very best choice, and honestly, there is no competition. The WESTIN and Staff are in a League of their own!
Outstanding VenueReviewed on 2/25/2014 Dina F
We held our bridal shower and wedding reception at The Westin Columbus. Throughout the entire process we and our guests were treated as royalty by the staff; especially Linsey our Event Coordinator exceeded our wildest dreams with vast options and suggestions from previous outstanding venues. The staff professionalism was unsurpassed. We would highly recommend The Westin Columbus for all of your event needs. Our special thank you to Linsey, Craig, and the staff for a wonderfully rememberable event.