5 Places In Cincinnati To Send Your Out Of Town Wedding Guests

Wedding weekends are inherently busy for the couple, their attendants and their families. But what about your favorite people that travel in from out of town to watch you promise forever? I am definitely an advocate for showing them a good time even if you can’t do it in person! Direct them to your favorite local spots via your wedding website or a map in your welcome bag!

Here is a list of 5 must-do’s in Cincinnati to get you started.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market has been a Cincinnati staple since 1852. It’s truly a Queen City institution and the premier destination for local food and artisan products. They offer a variety of market tours (some with tasty treats!) for those interested in digging a little deeper into the rich history of Ohio’s oldest public market. The Biergarten is a happenin’ spot on the weekends spring through fall. My favorite vendors include Deeper Roots Coffee, Eli’s BBQ, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs and Spices and Taste of Belgium.


Over-the-Rhine is actually the neighborhood in which Findlay Market resides. It’s one of the nation’s largest, most intact urban historic districts. If architecture is of interest then this is the neighborhood for you! But if shopping is more your speed then you have to check out Mica 12/v (my favorite gift shop!), Elm & Iron and Homage. Graeter’s, Cincinnati’s iconic ice cream brand, has a scoop shop in OTR (get the black raspberry chip!) but do head to Holtman’s if donuts are more your style! If kids are in your crew then hop over to Washington Park where they can burn some energy on the playground and at the interactive waterpark.

Chili Parlor

Cincinnati-style chili is a must! There are over 250 “chili parlors” in the tri-state area and this mediterranean-spiced dish (think cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and sometimes chocolate!) is definitely the region’s most-known food. Skyline and Gold Star may be the most popular but Dixie Chili is my personal favorite! My order? A four-way with onion (with plenty of oyster crackers and hot sauce) and a chili cheese sandwich.

Cincinnati Zoo

Founded in 1873, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the United States. You’ll find more than 500 animals and 3,000 plant species at this urban zoo making it one of the largest zoos in the country! Don’t be put off by cold weather; if you’re traveling to Cincinnati in the winter months you have to check out the Festival of Lights (one of my most cherished childhood activities!)


In the 19th century, the large immigration population of German brewers and beer lovers created a new industry in Cincinnati making it a leading beer-producing city. While most of those original breweries have since shuttered, there is a new regime of brewers working to revive the cities beer scene with craft beers and microbrews. Rhinegeist, Mad Tree, Taft Ale House and Braxton have incredible tap rooms.

Kristin Gifford is a design-focused full-service wedding planner and event designer working in Nashville, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville and beyond. Kristin’s approach centers around the unique vision, priorities and characteristics of the couple. In addition to full-service weddings, Hitched by The Gifford Collective offers highly-personalized all-inclusive elopements in Nashville. The Gifford Collective has been featured online and in print in publications like Bridal Musings, Kentucky Bride, Nashville Lifestyles, Ruffled and Wedding Sparrow. If you're looking for a Nashville wedding planner, Cincinnati wedding planner or Kentucky wedding planner or if you want to elope in Nashville, get in touch with The Gifford Collective!