Bridal party posing for pictures outside of Brookshire's Columbus, OH wedding venue

Brookshire Wedding FAQ

As the premier Columbus wedding venue, we know you have questions about our venue, our services, and our support. We’re here to make sure that you have the answers you need. If you have any questions, please feel free and email us directly at

Below, you’ll find some of our most frequently asked questions about the weddings at Brookshire, and our facility.

Q: Why Should I Book With Brookshire?

A: The best way to see why we believe so strongly in Brookshire as a wedding venue is to see us in person. Click here or call us today at (740) 548-8188. With our picturesque venue, several customization options, and friendly/supportive service, we’re confident you’ll love your experience with Brookshire.

Q: What is the Minimum Guest Count?

A: We have different minimum guest counts depending on the day of the week. Our current minimums are 75 adults for early afternoon weddings on Saturday and all day Sunday, 95 adults for Friday weddings, and 140 adults for Saturday weddings.  

Q: Do I Need to Hire a Wedding Planner?

A: You do not have to hire your own wedding planner. We are a professional wedding venue that manages every component to your amazing wedding, from the food to the drinks to the music to the decorations. We’ll make sure that you have what you need to enjoy an amazing wedding experience.

Q: Can I Have a Large Wedding at Brookshire?

A: Absolutely. Our space has room for as many as 450 guests. We also have two distinct ballrooms that we can open for weddings creating ample space for even the largest of wedding receptions. 

Q: What if I Only Want the Ceremony at Brookshire

A: Our fee for only the ceremony is $500, plus $2.00 per chair plus 20% service charge and tax on the chairs. If you have additional needs such as floral design, DJ needs or refreshments for guests of any kind, please give us a call for a more detailed quote.

Q: How Much Time is Available for the Ceremony?

A: We provide 2.5 hours for the ceremony. This gives you plenty of time to prepare, let your guests enter, and even take time for photos afterwards.

Q: How Much Time is Available for the Reception?

A: We provide 5 full hours for the reception which includes your cocktail hour. Additional hours may be purchased for a small fee. Between the wedding ceremony and the reception, you and your loved ones will have almost 8 hours to celebrate your love, with more time available as needed. 

Q: Is there a rehearsal included in my cost?

A: Yes, we provide one hour for your rehearsal. We simply serve as the space. Your officiant is in charge of running and facilitating this rehearsal. The rehearsal time cannot be confirmed until 30 days prior to your event date due to other events. This information will be listed in your contract.

Q: Do You Have a Plan for Rain?

A: Absolutely! We have several rain-dependent plans, and can even talk to you about any specific vision you have in the event of rain on your wedding day. Check out our indoor ceremonies gallery for more ideas.

Q: After I’ve booked my date, when should I meet with the vendors?

A: Most clients like to attend an open house before meeting with the pastry chef, florist, and DJ in order to see what’s available. Each table at the open house will have a different centerpiece/linen, and 5+ cake flavors and fillings will be available to try. However, you can meet with the vendors whenever you see fit. The DJ will contact you 60 days before your event date.

Q: When can I taste the menu items and cake flavors after I book?

A: We hold open houses three times per year. Typically in February, April and September. You will receive a personalized invite to a tasting at least two months prior to the tasting. These tastings are meant to allow you to sample our cuisine/cake, meet and greet our included vendors, and ask any questions you may have. If you cannot make an open house, you are welcome to request a private tasting. Private tastings are available on the first Wednesday of the month or Thursdays from 11am-3pm by appointment only.

Q: Do You Provide Dining? What About Beer, Wine, or Liquor?

A: We have a full menu that you can review at any time, along with several choices for those with special dietary needs. We also have unlimited beer and wine available with our packages, and can add house liquor for $7.00 per person, call liquor for $10.00 per person and top shelf liquor for $15.00 per person. Because of our liquor license, however, we cannot accept outside beverages of any kind. Legally, ALL beverages must be provided in-house.

Q: Are My Cake, Centerpieces, and DJ Really Included?

A: YES! They are one of the most important parts of your wedding day, and we wouldn’t be a stress-free venue if we didn’t already include them for all of our events.

Q: What About Chairs and Tables?

A: We provide large tables that can fit as many as 12 people, but generally limit each table to 10 chairs. This provides more space for guests to move. To determine how many tables you receive as part of your package, we take the total number of guests, divide that number of 10, and round up. Plus the head table, of course, along with the Altar Table (If applicable), Buffet (If Applicable), Cake Table.

Additional tables can be purchased for $50. The centerpiece is $40 and the linen is $10. We offer several linens for free at cost, and linen upgrades for nominal fees. Please send any inquiries with the name of the linen directly to Karen at

Q: When should I select my linens?

A: In order to guarantee textures and colors, it is important to submit a linen order 90 days or more before your event date.

Q: Can I See What the Ballrooms Will Look Like?

A: Yes! We can send you a room diagram based on your current guest count, so that you can visualize and play around with the seating areas. Or, click here take our virtual tour and download our available sample floor plans.

Q: What are the measurements of the brown pergola outside?

A: Brown Pergola: 9’ Down, 11’ Across and 2 Ft Around the Pole (for any ribbons or items needing to go around that)

Q: What are the measurements of the white arch/pergola outside?

A: White Pergola: 9’ Top to bottom, 8’ Across and the Post is 1ft, 4 inches around (for any ribbons or items needing to go around that)

Q: What Are The Payment Terms?

A: In order to book your date, we do require a non-refundable deposit of $1,000, which will go towards the cost of the wedding. This secures your date. The next payment after the deposit is due one month from the time of booking. You will then be expected to make regular payments up to your date, with the last payment 2 weeks prior to the event. We are happy to accommodate chunk payments (every few months OR monthly payments) whichever is easiest for your financial situation.

Q: Are There Any Additional Costs?

A: All costs will be discussed at length before your booking. Some items may be taxed. There is also be a service fee of 20%. We are more than happy to talk about these costs with you in person.

Q: What if I Have Additional Questions?

A: As the leading Columbus wedding venue, we are here for you. Please click here or call us at any time at (740) 548-8188 with any questions you may have.