MICHIGAN Bees! Just for fun!

posted 3 years ago in Michigan – Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and Kalamazoo
Post # 3
825 posts
Busy bee

@ohhbitty:  We’re getting married at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Why you picked them? Both FI and I didn’t want to get married in a banquet hall or anywhere where we’d have to spend thousands of dollars making it look ‘pretty’. We were sold on the fact that there is a giant blue whale skeleton above our heads and that we’d have access to the carousel all night.

Where they are located? Grand Rapids, MI

How far it was from you? Tricky question. I was born in Grand Rapids and my family still lives there. It’s a 10 minute walk from the church we’re using. But it’s 2 hours away from Ann Arbor where FI and I currently live.

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Post # 4
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@ohhbitty:  Harbourfront Hall, Grand Haven


Why you picked them? They were literally the only hall that would allow us to have people seated at their dinner tables during the ceremony.  I didn’t want some awkward change-over phase when people would need to leave the room.

Also, they were the only ones that didn’t have a people or cost minimum (in the off season).  We only had 100 people and spent $4k with dinner, cake service, etc.


Where they are located? Washington Ave., Grand Haven


How far it was from you? We live in Muskegon so about 15 minutes.





Post # 7
825 posts
Busy bee

@ohhbitty:  Yes! 🙂 I left for a couple years but couldn’t stay away. I know you’ll find something awesome!


Post # 8
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I picked my venue! (Waldenwoods) It is 10 mins from my area! I am north of detroit! Anyone else in my area?

Post # 9
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m in your area @SimplyEuphoric: Rochester/Auburn Hills area. We got married at my dad’s home near West Branch though. I’ve seen pics from aquaintences’ weddings at Waldenwoods- they look amazing.


Post # 10
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

we live just outside detroit and will be married at sacred heart in dearborn and our reception will be at silver shores in wyandotte. I included a picture of the outdoor space at silver shores – since our ceremony will be at our church, the outdoor space will be set up with small tables instead of chairs 🙂

We picked our church because it is the church I grew up in and love (I even went to school at their elementary school!). After our favorite reception venue became booked on our date, we began to search long and hard for “the venue”. We accidentally stumbled upon silver shores and immediately loved it, especially since it was on the water. When it was in budget and available, i was sold!

The church is about 2 minutes from my house and the reception venue is about 20 minutes from the church/my house











Post # 12
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ohhbitty:  from what I understand it went under renovations and new ownership a couple of years ago and are still getting back out there. It is actually directly behind the hospital. They do a ton of business with BASF (in fact we got a free appetizer because FI’s dad works for them). I thinks it’s very simple, yet pretty. My selling points were:

1. On the water

2. Only holds one event at a time

3. Use of the outdoor patio space (I can’t wait to be able to go outside and have a drink by the water!)

any other venue on the water was wayyyy out of our budget. So far they seem very accommodating And the ladies that work in the office (dawn Marie and alice) are super helpful whenever I have a question. 


Good luck!!

Post # 14
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

they do the catering, so you pay for food/drinks and that’s it. I want to say 200 people max for a wedding. Ours is on a Friday and the minimum was 100. They do offer chair covers etc for an additional price. We’re doing the two meat family style and the basic bar. With tax and gratuity it’s coming out to around $50 a person (there was a promotion running when we booked and we got $3 off dinner per person)

Sunset Wedding Reception Includes:
Ballroom & Outdoor Patio from 6pm-12am, 6:30pm-12:30am or 7pm-1am
Set-up of reception tables, chairs and dance floor
Design your own floor plan
White floor length table cloths on all dinner tables
Your choice of colored napkins
White skirted gift, cake, & place card tables and head table
Coffee & hot tea station available the whole evening
Non-alcoholic beverages
Cutting & serving of your wedding cake                                                                
  On-site Banquet Manager during your event
On-site parking available or valet parking available for $2 per person
Self-serve coat check available or attendant coat check service for $75

Regular Price  

if I remember correctly all come with salad bread andy maybe 2 sides? I can’t remember or find it in the email                                                     

Family Style (Two Meats)  $35.95                         
Three Meat Buffet  $33.95                                                 

Individual Plated 

Vegetarian Lasagna…$35.95                                                      

Chicken Marsala…..$35.95.                                                          

Chicken Cordon Bleu…..$37.95                                                      
Chicken Picatta…..$35.95.                                                             
Atlantic Salmon…..$36.95.                                                          
Almond Crusted Whitefish…..$37.95                                           
Pork Tenderloin…..$36.95.                                                         
Top Round of Beef…..$36.95                                                       
Char Grilled New York Strip…..$39.95                                      
Filet Mignon…..$41.95                                                           

Filet and Salmon Combination…..$41. 95                                 
Filet and Chicken Combination…..$40.95       

The he bar is $15-19 depending on the paclage you pick and to have your ceremony ther is an additional $1200                          


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