Office of Student Life

Celebrations and Memorable Moments

The Ohio State University is the perfect venue for celebrating memorable moments of all sizes, from the most intimate gatherings to parties with up to 2,000 guests. Our personalized approach to planning ensures that your big celebration will be truly extraordinary.

  • Graduation Party
  • Wedding
  • Vow Renewal
  • Reunion
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvah
  • Birthday Party
  • Baby Shower
  • Retirement Party
  • and whatever other memoriable moment you would like to celebrate!

At the Ohio Union, one stunning space is the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom and is one of the largest ballrooms in Central Ohio, while the Performance Hall features a built-in stage and access to an outdoor courtyard. Explore our other venues that would be the perfect spot for your event!

Conveniently located at the heart of Ohio State’s Columbus campus is just minutes from downtown and the John Glenn International Airport, so guests from near and far alike can easily find their way to your celebration.

To learn more, please fill out the Start Planning Today form or call us at 614-292-4665.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Ohio State University host receptions and ceremonies?

Yes! We proudly offer several spaces that can accommodate both a ceremony and reception.

When can I book a large celebration?

During academic breaks, including summer and winter. This is typically mid-May through early August and the end of December through the New Year. For specific dates, please visit the academic calendar.

Can we bring in an outside catering company?

We typically do not permit outside catering, as we have our own incredibly talented culinary team (comprised of sous chefs and our experienced head chef) who will be thrilled to discuss a menu. We also offer a complimentary tasting for up to 4 guests. However, if you have a specific traditional or cultural catering need, we have made exceptions on a case by case basis.

Can we bring in our own cake?

Although we typically do not permit outside catering, we do allow a cake to be brought in externally, with no cake cutting fee. 

What is your alcohol policy?

University Catering can accommodate cash and/or host bars, as well as pass alcoholic beverages during cocktails. Yes, you can work with our catering team closely to find a signature cocktail that fits your needs. All guests purchasing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages must be a minimum of 21 years of age.

Are there time limitations on room rental?

Yes, at the Ohio Union as it relates to the buildings hours. A breakdown of the Ohio Union building hours can be found on our website. If you choose to host your ceremony or reception later than building hours, a $200 per hour late-close fee will apply. You will be granted access to the reserved space all day to allow for set-up in house and/or for vendors.

Will I be able to host a rehearsal or set up the day before?

Rehearsals are encouraged and dates can be determined with the help of your event coordinator. Exact time and date of rehearsal will be dependent on other events in the building. Advanced set up may be available, please share your set up needs with your event coordinator.

What is required to reserve the date?

Your Event Coordinator will send you a confirmation outlining the date and time of your event. You will then have 15 days to review it and return a signed copy of the confirmation along with your initial deposit. The payment schedule breakdown is as follows:

Due at confirmation signing: 50% of room rental cost(s)

Due 30 days prior to event date: 50% of anticipated catering cost(s)

Due 5 business days prior: 100% of remaining cost(s)

Can I hold the date tentatively while I am deciding?

A 15-day hold may be placed on the date, which allows you “first right of refusal,” if another client is interested. After 15 days, you may submit a signed confirmation with a deposit, or the date may be released to another client.

How can my guests pay for parking?

Guests are able to pay for parking on the day of the event at one of our parking garages. However, you are also able to validate your guest parking prior to your event. For an updated list of prices, as well as directions to our parking garages, please visit our Campus Parc website.

What are nearby accommodations for my guests?

Columbus has a plethora of accommodations, many of which are in close proximity to the Ohio Union. For a full list of nearby accommodations, please check the University Hospitality District website.

What amenities are available at this venue?

We are pleased to offer many amenities at our space for you and your guests, including:

  • Free WiFi
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • In-house catering
  • Standard linens, china and silverware
  • Complimentary tastings
  • Celebration suite + 2 additional dressing rooms
  • Indoor event spaces
  • Open patio cocktail location
  • Day-of-wedding event coordinator

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