The best decision of my whole wedding planning experience! I visited The Phoenix, Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza, The Grand, and various other "fancy" hotels and venues in Cincinnati and Covington Downtowns, and these just do not compare to The Madison Event Center. First of all, I grew up in Cincinnati but reside in Chicago now, and at the time when I visited reception venues, I thought the "a la carte" options found in many venues (like catering services separate from the venue itself, linen rentals, etc.) were things I could deal with from long distance. BUT, what I quickly found out was, the "all-inclusive" kind of service The Madison gave was my God send a thousand times over. Whether or not long-distance, The Madison’s approach to reception planning was AWESOME. Secondly, though an "all-inclusive" tag to any place could give it a sort of lack-of-luxury feel, this venue, on the other hand, is nothing short of classy and beautiful. Our room was the Grande Ballroom, and it was just stunning! This place FEELS rich without a hefty price tag. My friends gave me MANY compliments and said when they entered the room, it was very impressive. Thirdly, our Wedding Specialist, Becca Weisman is the sweetest, most professional, and wonderful person!! She made my hectic wedding life smooth, enjoyable, and relaxed. When you’re down to the wire or in the midst of crazy stress, she manages to keep you calm and keep you focused on the important stuff. Though she juggled multiple brides (and I mean MULTIPLE brides and events), she still made me feel like I was the only bride she was helping. I was so appreciative of that. For me, email was the best way to communicate with all my wedding vendors, and I can attest to that Becca responded to each and every one in a very timely, almost immediate, manner. She knew what was urgent and what wasn’t. I am just so grateful for her. I would recommend The Madison Event Center to ANY bride!! If your budget is tight, let them know and they will work with you. Maybe they will give you an extra hour or something that is worthwhile to you. Compared to any other place I’m not sure what their prices are like now, but whatever they may be, try to work it out with them because it is WELL WORTH IT!