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  • Writer's pictureAmelie Ferdais

Michigan Wedding Venues - Grand Rapids Photographer's Favorites!

Okay, so you just got engaged and your feed is exploding with wedding planning tips. Hold up before you get sucked into the generic ballroom vortex! Michigan is crawling with CRAZY cool venues that ditch the boring and scream “MAIN CHARACTER”

From exposed brick warehouses dripping with string lights, fairytale mansions straight out of Pinterest, or greenhouses where you can literally say "I do" outside anyyy time of year. Get ready to discover these gems that match your vision – your dream Michigan wedding awaits, and it's going to be PERFECT!

1. Venue3Two (Grand Rapids):

Grand Rapids Mansion turned Elegant Venue

Venue3Two was built with large windows that allow so much natural light in. This is another venue with a spacious reception area, perfect for large groups. Their indoor and outdoor ceremony options are perfect for weddings in any season! After your outdoor ceremony, there are double doors that allow your cocktail hour to seamlessly flow from inside at the bar to out on the patio. For brides looking for an elegant, classic vision with some vintage touches, this is the perfectly decorated venue. On top of that, they have such a helpful venue team that will be attentive and help your vision come to life!

Ceremony photo of groom looking at bride. This photo was taken in a modern loft wedding venue in Holland Michigan called Baker Lofts

2. Baker Lofts (Holland):

Industrial Charm near Lake Michigan

This venue was formerly Baker Furniture Warehouse and  has been renovated into a modern industrial event space. Close to the heart of Holland, MI, there are so many options for bridal party photo locations nearby. If you’re looking for a soft, dreamy wedding aesthetic, this is your venue.

Baker Events has two main areas as options for your wedding. The first floor features a reception space with exposed brick walls, large windows, and modern metal beams on the vaulted ceilings. The space is perfect for large weddings, with a bar space that allows for nice flow for large groups. The second space is the upstairs loft. It features exposed white brick, white walls, wood beam ceilings, and beautiful hardwood floors. This area can be used for an indoor ceremony and reception, and is great for smaller groups to create a more intimate feel. 

Elegant bridal party photo of the group walking. This bridal party is dressed in elegant attire including satin champagne dresses, and black tuxes with bow ties. they are standing in front of the greenhouse where they will hold their wedding ceremony, at Ivy House in Saugatuck Michigan.

3. Ivy House (Saugatuck):

Greenhouse fairytale venue on the coast of Lake Michigan

Ivy House is a fairytale Michigan wedding venue located in Saugatuck (suuuuper close to the beach!). This all-in-one venue features a beautiful greenhouse space for ceremonies any time of year, cottages for each side of the bridal party to get ready, and a large modern reception space that is a great blank slate for any wedding aesthetic. If you’re planning a fall, spring, or even WINTER wedding, this allows you to have the “outdoor” ceremony of your dreams no matter the weather. 

4. Shepherds Hollow (Clarkston):

Modern Luxury with a View

Shepherds Hollow Golf Club is a unique luxury venue for the elegant bride. The venue is surrounded by a beautiful view of tall pines and rolling hills, giving a feeling of a secluded, peaceful location! This venue features a spacious reception area with black and white checkered floors and vaulted ceilings, AND the most beautiful outdoor courtyard for the most luxurious ceremony. Truly designed like a european castle courtyard. What you’ll get with this venue is a high end experience from start to finish, and you can end your day with sunset photos in the natural area around this gorgeous venue.

Photo of cocktail hour at this michigan wedding venue called Felt Estate, which is an old mansion turned venue. it features guests mingling under fairy lights as the sun begins to set on this wedding day.

*photo courtesy of Felt Estate on Wedding Wire

5. Felt Estate (Holland):

European Elegance in the Heart of West Michigan

Felt Estate features unique architecture, with the European-inspired mansion, gorgeous climbing ivy, manicured gardens, and beautiful landscape. It gives a feeling of grandeur and is perfect to set the tone for an elegant and formal wedding. The venue has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for different parts of the day. From start to finish, you will feel like you’re living your fairytale wedding day!

6. Leona Road (Grand Rapids):

Urban Charm with Mid Century Modern Decor

Nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids, Leona Road offers a breath of fresh air for your celebration. The venue is filled with modern decor and neutral colors, perfect for any wedding vision. It is perfect for larger weddings, with expansive space in both the ceremony and reception areas. This is an all-in-one venue with beautifully lit getting ready rooms, an indoor ceremony space, cocktail area and separate reception space. All of this is conveniently located close to downtown Grand Rapids for easy access and post-celebration photos! Leona Road is your one-stop shop for a modern and stylish Grand Rapids wedding, in any season. 

Ultimately, you should choose the wedding venue you feel most connected to, and fits the feeling of the celebration you want! It’s your day and you deserve the best! Hopefully this list will help with your search and starting to dream up your day.

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Amelie Ferdais Photography | Grand Rapids, Michigan

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