The Grand brings a fresh new approach to weddings. Our wedding packages and chef-inspired menus were created with every detail of your big day in mind, we’ve thought of everything to make your event unforgettable. From the entryway décor to the reception dance floor, the cocktails to the dessert, The Grand provides a blank canvas ready to transform into your dream event. Whatever your vision, your personal event planner will be there to make sure your perfect day is enjoyable, memorable and most of all, exclusively yours.
The convenient urban central location is unlike anything else you’ll find in Columbus. The Grand is just steps from hotels, local shops, restaurants and craft breweries, as well as to some favorite wedding photo locations, making it an ideal spot for both your wedding party and guests.
- Beautiful 4,000 square foot ballroom flooded with warm, natural light
- Dynamic spaces, modern décor and open layouts provide a fun, inviting vibe
- Cozy outdoor courtyard with fire pit and additional seating
- Intimate reception or social area where guests can stay plugged in
- Overnight accommodations at adjacent hotels: Courtyard by Marriott and Hyatt Place
- Personal event planner ensures a beautifully seamless and stress-free day
- Complimentary parking in adjacent 500-space garage
- Full-service catering or customize your own unique menu with our Executive Chef
Our wedding packages were created with every detail of your big day in mind. From the cocktails to desserts and the décor to the dance floor, we’ve thought of everything to make your event unforgettable.
Select from one of our packages below or create your own custom package. Your personal event planner can assist in creating a package that’s uniquely yours and fits perfectly with your vision and tastes. The possibilities are endless, call us today to create your perfect day.
1. What is a couple agreeing to in a wedding contract?
For the contract, you are only agreeing to your event space, rental timeframe, date, food & beverage minimum, room rental, and ceremony fee (if applicable). Your estimated guest count is listed on the contract; however, you are not held accountable to hit that number. You are only responsible for hitting your food & beverage minimum.
2. Is a deposit required with a contract?
Yes, a $1,000 deposit is due with your signed contract.
The remaining deposit schedule is as follows:
50% Remaining Balance Due 6 Months Prior to Wedding
25% Remaining Balance Due 3 Months Prior to Wedding
Remaining Balance Due 1 Month Prior to Wedding
If you are over your food & beverage minimum or added rentals through The Grand Event Center, the overage payment must be paid no later than 3 business days prior to the wedding.
3. What is a food and beverage minimum?
All food & beverage purchases designated for your reception that are pre-planned with your planner and billed to the master account the day of the wedding goes toward your contracted food & beverage minimum. Food and beverage added in addition to your wedding reception, such as mimosas or lunch for the bridal party, will not count toward your reception food and beverage minimum.
4. Can we have other events associated with our wedding such as a shower, rehearsal dinner, or brunch?
Yes, absolutely. We are happy to check availability for showers, rehearsal dinners, and brunch the next day. All of these events are separate from the wedding reception and cannot be applied to your wedding food & beverage minimum. This is contracted separately from the wedding.
5. Is a Wedding Planner included with my wedding package?
The Grand Event Center provides a planner that will work with you from the day you sign your contract until the follow up after the Big Day!
6. What is included in setup and teardown for our wedding?
The week of your wedding, you will setup a meeting with your Grand Event Center planner to bring in and go over the décor you would like placed at your ceremony and/or reception. This is an included service in all our wedding packages. SETUP You must ensure that you bring in ALL décor items not provided by your vendors. This includes gift bags for the guests staying in the hotel if you choose to do so. At the décor meeting, you will review the final Banquet Event Order (BEO) and confirm that the final payment for any overages are paid in full. On your big day, we will setup the décor you brought in as discussed during the décor meeting. We will also coordinate with your vendors for both setup and teardown, so you don’t have to! We are happy to set up your décor, but please note we do not assemble items. We ask that escort cards are alphabetized prior to the décor meeting. TEARDOWN At the end of the night, you are expected to take your gifts, cards, sentimental items, and the top layer of your wedding cake (if you are saving this). It is a good idea to give this task to someone other than the couple or immediate family / bridal party. Everything else can be picked up the next day. Our team will place all your décor in the green room for you to pick up the next day. We do not box up the items for you, but we do hold onto all boxes that the items were delivered in to make the process easier for you in the morning. Please note that we are not liable for lost or broken items during setup or teardown. If that is a concern, you are more than welcome to setup the space prior to the wedding and teardown immediately following the reception.
7. Are there any décor restrictions?
We do not allow sparklers, confetti, loose glitter, Chinese lanterns, rice, or tapered candles that are not enclosed with glass. You may have open flame if it is within a glass vase/hurricane. We also cannot have fog machines or indoor firework displays. If you choose to forego these rules, there is a cleanup fee/damage fee charged based on property’s discretion.
8. How do you accommodate guests under 21 or children for a wedding?
We ask that you track the number of guests attending that are under 21 so we can modify their package price to remove the bar component. We will provide a kid’s meal of chicken tenders, fries, and applesauce for $12.00 per child (12 and under) plus service charge and tax.
9. Are pets allowed?
Dogs are allowed for the ceremony, but the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU does not offer guest rooms for pets unless they are service animals. However, our Hyatt Place Columbus OSU next door does allow dogs if you need a dog friendly guest room!
10. Are we able to have a ceremony rehearsal?
We provide ceremony rehearsal space the night before your wedding. We do not guarantee that you will be rehearsing in your contracted ceremony space. If there is an evening event at The Grand Event Center the night of your rehearsal, we will have another space available for you. Check with your planner to coordinate a time the works best for the two of you and with The Grand Event Center’s availability.
During the rehearsal, your Grand Event Center planner will line everyone up and them know how to walk down the aisle, then we leave the rest of the ceremony up to the officiant.
11. Is a food tasting provided for our wedding?
The Grand Event Center hosts 1-2 wedding tastings per year. These are typically scheduled between January – March of each calendar year. You will be sent an invitation to the tasting approximately 1 month in advance so that you have time to plan accordingly! For the tasting, you are able to invite up to 4 guests to come with you. You will be sampling chef’s selection of our seasonal hors d’oeuvres, salads, dressings, entrees, sides and have the opportunity to sample our wines.
12. Are outside caterers allowed?
All food and beverage must be through our on-site culinary team. We do allow outside vendors to provide cake/desserts for your wedding reception. If you have a specific question regarding a specific recipe, family tradition, or late night snack, please consult with your planner.
13. Are hotel room blocks available for our wedding?
The Courtyard by Marriott Columbus OSU is physically connected to The Grand Event Center, and it is also managed by the same management company. We can coordinate a hotel room block with an established rate for your guests. The Hyatt Place Columbus OSU is located adjacent to The Grand Event Center, and it is also managed by the same management company. We can coordinate a hotel room block with an established rate for your guests at this property as well.