Member Since: 4/28/2013
From the beginning I was very pleased with Steve and the staff at Dock 580. When I originally called, April 2013, I was told there were only 3 dates available for the following spring. When I asked for them to hold the date we wanted (we were seeing the venue later that week) he did; Dock 580 was our top choice. Originally we had a different wedding coordinator, but the switch to Tiahna went incredibly smooth. She went over all of the old notes; made sure nothing changed, and set up the future meeting dates.
The tasting was a lot of fun. Our table was set up in the colors we chose so we would know what the tables would look like on wedding day (we made some changes based on seeing the color combination). We went with the buttermilk fried chicken, BBQ pulled pork, mac and cheese, red skin mashed potatoes, and green beans. It was delicious! We had so many comments from our guests on how much they liked the food and that it was different from the food you typically see at weddings. We also had late night pizza which went over extremely well. After a lot of drinks and dancing, our guests (and my husband and I) were hungry again.
I cannot explain how important it is to have a location that is BYOB. All of the alcohol we purchased we either consumed or were able to take home. I was not afraid of over-purchasing because I knew we would be able to take whatever our guests didn’t consume (which wasn’t much).
I really liked the checklist of items on the proposal document outlining what I agreed to bring (decorations) along with the detailed list of charges. The proposal document was very transparent; I did not feel like there were any hidden costs. We were even able to get into the Loft for an hour the Friday before (there was not an event) to set up the hanging items ourselves which saved us some money.
My only critique is I wish Dock 580 made it more obvious as to which wedding was held at what location (Loft vs. Venue). My wedding was at the Loft and there were numerous guests who originally walked into the Venue causing some confusion. The best man was standing on the terrace waving people over who had the “I don’t recognize anyone here” look on their face.
Member Since: 7/4/2012
Dock 580 is a beautiful space with an amazing staff! I'm not sure you can request a specific coordinator but try for Abby- she was just incredible to work with. I can't say enough about the quality of our entire experience, from the planning stage to last call on our wedding night. Every guest complimented the space, food, and overall experience.
Member Since: 8/31/2011
The staff at Dock 580 were such a pleasure to work with! Not only were we planning the wedding from a different state, but we also had a fairly tight budget. The staff were able to work with us to give us a beautiful wedding experience that was still in our price range. We had only one small hiccup in the whole process and it was quickly resolved. Very professional! I highly recommend them if you're looking to have a non-traditional wedding. The Venue is also absolutely gorgeous!
Member Since: 6/16/2013
This wedding venue is perfect! My husband and I were married in the Loft and I couldn't have been happier with how everything turned out that day. We worked with Tiahna during our wedding planning process, and without her I don't think it would have turned out the way it did. She did an amazing job with placing all of our decorations, helping us decide on the perfect table linens, and giving us any advice we needed along the way. Dock 580 made our wedding night magical and we received so many compliments on how great our venue, food, and service was! This is one of the best venues in Columbus!
Member Since: 6/14/2011
My husband and I had a great experience with Dock580! Our day flowed very smoothly with the help of our coordinator. We received so many compliments on how gorgeous the space was. It was a perfect day :)
Member Since: 5/18/2012
Our wedding coordinator, Tiahna, was wonderful and responsive. The attention to detail was excellent. Our ceremony and reception was absolutely perfect!!! The Venue is a beautiful place to get married. I highly recommend!
Member Since: 9/4/2012
There are two venues at dock580, the loft and the venue. We used the Loft, which has an upstairs for dinner and downstairs for cocktail hour/dancing. The coordinators at dock580 are so great, they really know their stuff. They are always checking and reminding you of things that you might need. They provided great ideas and suggestions. The Loft is absolutely beautiful for a downtown, modern wedding. Everything appeared to flow smoothly throughout the night.
Member Since: 12/14/2011
Dock 580 is a wedding venue that truly cares! Their staff is phenomenal, kind and helpful. The exceptional service starts at the top with Steve Rayo, and just continues on with the amazing coordinators and the crew that helps out on the wedding day. Molly and Amanda made it a point to really listen to your requests and make them happen. All of the decorations were set up exactly how we asked and the customer service was fantastic. The food was great, and you have the opportunity to attend a really fun group tasting. We seriously could not have asked for a more beautiful venue, with a wonderful staff. I would highly recommend Dock580.
Member Since: 5/27/2012
I obviously have a biased opinion, but I can honestly say that our wedding was the best wedding that I've ever been to-- and a huge part of this was because we chose The Venue at Dock580! I started researching venues a year and a half before our wedding and visited 8 in person and Dock580 was the only one that I fell in love with (my husband, too). We loved the urban look and feel and that we could do both the ceremony and reception all in one place. You don't need much decor to spruce up this place, it looks pretty awesome as is. Steve Rayo, Tiahna Wilkins and the rest of the staff at the venue made our planning process so easy and fun! Our pictures look amazing, you get to provide your own alcohol (which saves a ton of money), and the food was AWESOME! Our guests have been raving non stop about how awesome our wedding was. Just make sure you book this place far in advance-- I don't think it's any secret that this is the best and most unique venue in downtown Columbus.
Member Since: 3/19/2012
Couldn't have asked for a better day. We chose The Loft for our wedding day and could not have been more happy with the experience. The atmosphere, the service, staff, everything flowed great. The staff at Dock580 was amazing, and they work with every detail of our wedding day. Our guests had a great night and we got so many compliments on the food and fun they had that evening. We would definitely recommend Dock580 to anyone looking for the casual, rustic feel for their wedding day!!
Member Since: 9/6/2013
We can't say enough great things about Dock 580. The venue is in a great location being so close to downtown which worked perfectly for our wedding. Most people came from out of town and were so close to our hotel. The building indoors and outdoors are beautiful. So many of our guests commented on how great it looked. The food is great and we had plenty of guests agree. The staff is wonderful to work with. I can't say enough about Tiahna and Amanda to work with. Both were so fun and supportive the entire process! This is an incredible place to have your wedding.
Member Since: 4/9/2012
The minute we visited Dock 580 we fell in love. It's rustic yet urban. The courtyard strung with white lights, the exposed brick, and the Columbus skyline in the background make the perfect setting. Everyone we met and worked with at Dock 580 was wonderful. They make sure everything is just how you want it. The evening of our wedding everything went smoothly. There was not one thing that was out of place. We received so many compliments from our guests about the beautiful venue that we chose. Our wedding coordinator kept in touch with us during the evening to make sure we were doing well and enjoying ourselves. It is great that they include a wedding coordinator with your package. I probably would not have hired someone if it was not included and it really made such a difference. It takes so much of your stress away. For anyone doing a reveal before hand Goodale park is about a 5 minute drive away and we had a fabulous experience there as well. I really can't give them enough praise, we had the perfect day!
Member Since: 9/5/2011
This place is a fun and unique place to have your wedding or reception. It is completely different than any other type of event space. The staff there is wonderful and there for you every step of the way. They allow you to bring your own alcohol which saves you a lot of money if you want to have an open bar. We did our event in the The Loft but they also have another venue called the Venue. You should definitely check them out!!
Member Since: 2/23/2009
So many positive things to say. The venue is beautiful. We used the outdoor space for the ceremony and loved the exposed brick inside. The staff is very organized and the coordinators are quick to respond to emails. Very easy to work with. The food was great- I wish I had more time to enjoy it! This was definitely the priciest part of our wedding but SO worth it. I love that food, tables, linens etc. were included and they did most of our set up. I especially love that we were able to bring in our own alcohol! HUGE money saver! I HIGHLY recommend this venue!!
Member Since: 6/17/2011
Staff was very helpful, our wedding planner was supportive, and did everything we needed. I got compliments from both parents about the help they received loading and unloading cars, gifts, etc. I also loved being able to bring in my own alcohol. Not only to control costs but to personalize it- beer from all my favorite micro brews in the US!
Member Since: 7/16/2011
Great city view, wonderful food, and a very attentive staff.
Member Since: 6/7/2011
I can't say enough about Dock 580 and the staff. They were helpful from the second we stepped foot in the door! It was like having my own personal wedding planner and Tiahna ( and Gina) were always quick to respond, give helpful hints, advice and a truthful answer. They really took care of EVERYTHING for us, which was incredibly helpful on the days before and after the wedding. They packed everything up for us too!
The rest of the staff on the night of the wedding far exceeded my expectations as well, interacting well with our guests and treating everyone with respect.
We can't say enough how much we LOVED the venue and how perfect it was for our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception. LOVE LOVE LOVE
Thank you, Dock 580!
Member Since: 9/21/2011
Dock 580 met all our expectations for our reception venue. While most of their items were on the pricer side, everything went flawless, the food was delicious, and the coordinators make sure that everything is moving according to plan so I didn't have to worry about a thing. They even stored the cards and gifts in a locked cabinet they had so that they were not sitting out all night. The entire staff was pleasant to work with. They allow you to bring in all your own alcohol with no corking/opening fees. The only downfall was the slightly more expensive price. But for our wedding, it was worth it because we got everything we wanted, and everything tasted and looked fantastic
Member Since: 1/14/2011
The Venue at Dock580 was absolutely perfect for my wedding day. This was confirmed by all guests who attended. The Venue itself is unique in that it has a more urban chic feel with exposed brick and ceiling beams. Its not your everyday wedding ballroom. The wedding coordinator, Molly, handles every detail of the wedding in which the Venue is involved. She makes the wedding planning process so much easier! The food is amazing and there are so many options to choose from. I personally went with the stations option; the junk food station being my favorite! The bar situation is superb for couples that are looking to save money. They supply all of the glasswear, mixers, and garnishes. You bring the booze! It saved me thousands of dollars and was easily customizable.
We also used the outdoor garden for our ceremony. This has a wonderful backdrop of the Columbus skyline and is nicely shaded in the evening. They string these gorgeous lights across the garden that give the space a very romantic feel at night. This is moderately priced compared to other wedding venues in Columbus, but I believe it was a steal for the space, food, and service we experienced. I spent in the 12K range but this included all food, bar necessities, rentals ( chairs, tables, and dishes included), the ceremony space, the staffing, and the venue rental itself. I didn't pay for much outside of this for my reception. I would recommend this to any bride and groom who are looking for a more contemporary space for a chic, updated wedding!
Member Since: 7/7/2011
We are so happy we chose The Loft for our wedding. From the start Tiahna was great. She helped answer all my questions and helped with all the details the day of the wedding. The Food was GREAT! It was so good and everyone there was going back for more. During the night, Lisa, was always there checking on things and keeping everything rolling and making sure we were happy. The bar staff was always ready to get what we needed and fast. They were all wonderful.
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Plan the perfect wedding downtown
We pair fine food with a sophisticated, urban aesthetic. With fantastic views of downtown Columbus and exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors and steel beams, our spaces make for one of the most unique experiences in town.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liability Insurance, Onsite Catering, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Tented Area, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 250
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Loft/Raw Space, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013