Top Ten Small Wedding Venues in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids, Michigan is a beautiful city to get married in. From gorgeous downtown venues with views of the city to venues that feel a million miles away from the city, Grand Rapids has something for everyone. Experience GR has a ton of information on local events and activities for you and your guests to enjoy while they are in town. This list is only half of the venues I am exploring, all the venues below are on the smaller side being able to host 200 guests or less.

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The Rickhouse at Long Road Distillery is an industrial style venue that can hold up to 120 guests. Long Road is Grand Rapids’ first distillery sourcing ingredients from the West Michigan area. From their Wedding Wire listing, “The word "rickhouse" refers to the name of a traditional whisky barrel storage facility, primarily found in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Rickhouse provides numerous views of the distillery and stills below, has two large restrooms dedicated to the event space, and has a standalone bar for drink service during events.” Catering and bartending is through the venue, they have a variety of options to choose from as well as craft cocktails.

The Loft at Luna is a 4,700 square foot upstairs space that can seat up to 175 guests. It’s right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, so you and your guests will have easy access to local shops, dining and hotels. The venue has it’s own private entrance, so there won’t be confusion about entering through the restaurant. The beautiful brick walls are like many of the larger venues in the Grand Rapids area, but on a smaller all-inclusive scale. All weekend rentals include access from 10am to 12am the day of the rental. Catering through Luna is optional, but they do have a list of preferred caterers to choose from.

Gallery Divani is the smallest venue on this list, holding up to 80-100 guests. Despite the size, the space is a gorgeous historic building with brick walls and large windows. Catering and bartending is through the venue, they have a variety of options to choose from: hors d'oeuvres receptions, plated dinners or a buffet can be customized.

Lions + Rabbits is one of the most unique venues on this list - besides being a venue it’s also an art gallery and community retail space. The space has seating for up to 125 guests, and the rental fee includes event set up and tear down of tables & chairs, onsite day of assistance, onsite parking, and catering prep area. Check out their Knot page for more info and a estimated quote.

Above Creston Brewery is Golden Age Events. They are a newer venue by Creston Brewery with seating for up to 175 guests. Since the space is a part of Creston, the food and drinks come from the bar downstairs. The venue itself has tons of natural light and white walls and is pretty much a blank slate.

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Bissel treehouse is another unique venue, right in John Ball Zoo. The venue sits on top of one of Grand Rapids highest points and holds up to 180 guests. As the name suggests, the venue is a upscale treehouse with plenty of windows and a wrap around deck for a ceremony or cocktail hour. Tables and chairs as well as a catering kitchen is included in the rental. The zoo also offers after hour zoo rentals for your guests to experience part of the zoo, check out their website for more information.

Located in the Kentwood area is Venue3two, an elegant remodeled 1925 mansion. The unique thing about Venue2two is that all of their net profits are given to Equine Assisted Development and other local organizations that support disadvantaged children, families at risk, and rescued victims of human trafficking. The venue holds a maximum of 200 guests and has several spaces for a more intimate setting as well. Tear down and clean up is included with rental, catering and a bartender is not included.

The Ballroom at Mckay Tower is located right downtown across from the Amway Grand. This 10,900 square foot ballroom with high ceilings, large chandeliers and polished marble architecture holds up to 200 seated guests. Choose from one of their six caters. bartending and beverage service is in-house. Included with the rental is an on-site event coordinator and beverage manager, floor length table linens and napkins, mahogany Venice chairs and the large wood parquet dance floor.

The Revel Center is an intimate space downtown Grand Rapids that holds up to 200 guests. The light colored brick wall with dark ceilings and a dark wall with mirrored windows give this venue a unique look. Included with the rental are table and chairs, HD Projector and Screen and a photobooth for 4 hours. Setup and teardown of tables and chairs also covered by Revel Center Staff, however decoration setup and teardown is not included. Both catering and bartending have preferred vendors to choose from. For more information on their rental policies, visit their FAQ page.

CityFlatsHotel is the only hotel on this list, being able to stay at venue is a perk. The venue holds up to 150-200 guests depending on if you choose the event center space or the ballroom. Rental includes onsite catering, mahogany Chiavari chairs, silver chargers, china, glassware, flatware, and white linens. With two venue options in one location, you can create a full wedding that fits your budget and vision.

The Lit is a historic venue located in downtown Grand Rapids. The name comes from the history of the Ladies Literary Club and they are very much about keeping the venue to its historic roots. The venue holds up to 200 guest seated, and includes: main hall with beautiful stage, lobby complete with bar, bridal suite, catering prep space and house sound/lights. Rentals are for 10 hours, catering is not included but there is a list of add ons to create a custom package.

 
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Grand Haven, Michigan | One Room Challenge | Master Bedroom Reveal

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Participating in the One Room Challenge as an Instagram guest participant this spring was seriously amazing. I found the challenge on Instagram and it was the perfect way to redo my bedroom (which REALLLLLLLY needed it!) I feel like it gives a realistic expectation on how to redo ONE ROOM vs what you see on tv which is a whole house in a few weeks.

Going into the challenge, I wanted my bedroom to flow with what I’ve already repainted and decorated in my house - with a more mid-century modern vibe. I felt like it was just a weird room that didn’t feel right and I never wanted to be in there except to sleep. The furniture I had was a mix of items from my childhood, things I bought for other purposes and free stuff.

What I did:

  • Painted the room with Behr paint (colors Sterling and Black Pepper)

  • Bought new side tables

  • Bought a new dresser

  • Replaced light switches

  • Bought a new bench (that you can actually sit on)

  • New lamps/curtains/art

I am in LOVE with the dresser from Retro Blues, Allie is doing amazing things refinishing and bringing new life into furniture. The side tables I bought are from Amazon, but they match the dresser so perfectly with the wood tone and white. Also from Amazon is the bench, I wanted something that matched as far as wood tones with the dresser and side tables and it’s so sturdy! I have Marushka prints all over my house, they were all made here in Grand Haven so finding them is so fun and they are just so unique. The two I have in the bedroom came from Etsy and Ebay. I actually found the bigger one in a local vintage store but it was a little worn and didn’t include the smaller print with it.

Check out the final photos as well as the last few photos are from before and during the challenge. Also I’ve included my mood board that I started with, I think I did pretty good keeping close to it.





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Detroit, Michigan | April Belle Isle Ceremony With Reception at Rustbelt Market | Ashley + Sarah

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I have to say, Ashley and Sarah’s wedding in April was so beautiful. The ceremony was at Sunset Point on Belle Isle in Detroit and the reception was at The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, Michigan. A little backstory, I’ve know Ashley for over three years now and it’s been amazing seeing her relationship with Sarah bloom. I was so honored when they asked me to be their wedding photographer!

I asked Ashley and Sarah about the story on their first date (which was right across the street from their wedding venue), “A week after matching on Bumble, we had our first date at Soho in Ferndale, Michigan. Sarah was having problems finding a parking spot, which made her even more nervous, and when Ashley saw her briskly walking towards her, she knew instantly she had met her match. Drinks and great conversation ensued, and the night took us to a few other locations; neither of us wanted the night to end. We have been inseparable ever since.”

Of course, I had to ask about the proposal (which happened the week before I got married!!), “Even though Ashley knew less than 6 months into the relationship that Sarah was the woman she would spend the rest of her life with, she decided to plan a Bonfire/Party in August so all of their closest friends and family could attend. Sarah just thought it was an end of the summer gathering, but Ashley had other plans. After a few snafus at the jewelry store, and having to rush to get the ring just hours before the proposal, things were set in place. Later in the evening, Ashley gathered everyone's attention and asked Sarah to make her the happiest woman alive. She clearly said yes, that is why we are here, but it was the most magical night either of them ever had!”

Ashley and Sarah, I wish you both the best in your travels, you both deserve it! Thank you a million times over for having me as your wedding photographer.

Check out all the awesome vendors that made this day happen:

Photographer: Sydney Marie Photography

Florist: Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts

Ceremony venue: Sunset Point, Belle Isle

Reception venue: The Rust Belt Market

Caterer: Holiday Market

Cake/Bakery: White Pine Bakery

DJ/Band: Fatz Bomb Entertainment





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Allendale, Michigan | Grand Valley State University Graduation Couples Session | Jessica + Nick

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I had so much fun hanging out with Jessica and Nick a few weeks ago for their graduation session. They both just graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, so it was fitting to have the session right on campus. Jessica is continuing her education in nursing at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nick is going to the University of Michigan to continue his education with a doctoral program in biomedical sciences. Congrats goes out to these two, I hope this next step in life for the both of you is amazing.





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