Bengals football games aren't the only events that Paul Brown Stadium can host with style. While it has sometimes been called "Cincinnati's largest sports bar," the stadium and adjoining reception rooms are also elegant options for any wedding party, with the ability to hold hundreds for a seated dinner or a reception party for up to 1,000 guests.
    "I think you get an extremely unique space that's also very versatile," says Alex Simons, events coordinator at Paul Brown Stadium. "It's the kind of space where if you want the dance floor here, and not there, we can do that."
    Think state-of-the-art NFL stadium with a romantic twist "” one that offers wedding receptions with stylish décor, spectacular cityscape views and delicious food. Besides overlooking the city skyline through 62 feet of windows, the venue is also right by the Ohio River, within walking distance of most downtown hotels. The wedding party will even get the chance to take photos on the football field, a perk that any football fan couldn't resist.
Along with the price of renting a room also comes a uniformed security service, cleanup, video walls for video playback, television or PowerPoint, an on-site events coordinator and party planners. There's no need to worry about figuring decorations into the budget either, since the sleek and elegant rooms tend to speak for themselves. Guests will marvel at the gorgeous architectural detail, African wood accents, luxurious appointments and stunning vistas.
    "What's most attractive about it, particularly our East Club Lounge, is that it has the only view of the Cincinnati skyline from this side of the river," Simons says.
    Paul Brown's catering service, ARAMARK, provides full-service packages for wedding receptions, including varied menu selections, which offer almost any food imaginable from North Atlantic salmon, filet mignon and Maryland crab cakes to baked lasagna and lemon rosemary chicken sandwiches. ARAMARK also provides buffet services and hors d'oeuvre food stations, which are more in demand within the wedding industry than ever before. Whether it's Italian pastas, stir-fry, fajitas or grilled brats and hot dogs that are your fancy, ARAMARK is willing to cater the menu to your wedding needs, even if that means whipping up your traditional family recipes.
"We have exceptional service," Simons says. "What sets us apart from other venues is that you're not passed around from person to person. You work directly with myself and our catering director."
    Paul Brown Stadium hosts nearly 30 weddings a year, most in May and June, so plan on booking at least 12 to 18 months in advance.