About this time last year, I shared with all you lovebirds a few places around the Metro Detroit area that serve as unique wedding venues. Now I’m back to provide some more helpful tidbits on additional venues in southeast Michigan where you can say, “I do!”
Vintage House, 31816 Utica Rd., Fraser, offers all-inclusive wedding packages, rooms of various sizes and an outdoor garden patio. Dinner packages include buffet style, family style and plated sit down meals.
There are tons of entrees to choose from, a few of which include Chicken Marsala, Lemon Encrusted Cod and Grilled Salmon. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, Vintage House is a great choice—the garden features beautiful fountains, a stone fireplace, imported Italian concrete and a full bar.
To get pricing and more detailed information, visit the link provided or e-mail Vintage House at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, provides a unique setting for your reception, ceremony or both. The back lawn is great for an outdoor ceremony, and provides a view of lush gardens on the shore of Lake St. Clair.
Indoors, the Crystal Ballroom holds up to 250 reception guests, and Alger House is a mansion with reception room that dates back to 1910 that overlooks Lake St. Clair. Venue rental rates vary depending on the day and space chosen.
In order to create a personalized menu, brides and grooms attend a personalized tasting to plan the perfect menu for their special day. While all menu items are seasonal, you can choose from items like Michigan Salad, Vegetable Minestrone, Grilled Filet Mignon, Plum Chicken and Seasonal Risotto. Food packages typically range from $35 to $47 per person. For more information, fill out this request form.
Vinology, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, is more than just a wine bar—who knew you could have your wedding here? This is a great venue for an intimate gathering, as the entire lower level (which consists of three event rooms) can be booked together to seat up to 100 guests, or they can be reserved separately for smaller groups.
The Cellar Room seats up to 20 guests at two separate tables, while The Bubble Room seats 60 to 80 guests. Private dining menus for weddings are seasonal and consist of a three-course meal, with main course options including Butternut Squash Ravioli, Braised Short Rib and Smoked Duck Breast.
Brides, be sure to spring for the $150 extra Bridal Package, which includes the private wine cellar as a bridal suite to get ready, a signature cheese platter and two bottles of wine. For more information, contact Vinology at 734-222-9841 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meeting House Grand Ballroom, 499 S. Main St., Plymouth, is an elegant space for either a ceremony or reception. Many couples choose to have their ceremony in downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park, while others opt to hold both indoors in the Ballroom.
Unlike Vinology, this venue is suited for large parties, as the minimum number of adult guests required is 150 on Fridays and Sundays, and 200 on Saturdays. The ballroom can hold up to 300, so if you’re inviting everyone you’ve known since pre-K, don’t fret!
If you’re planning a wedding for what is typically considered the “off” season, keep in mind that Meeting House offers discounts during the months of January, February and March. Buffet, family style and plated dinner options are available.
For further information, contact the Meeting House at 734-416-5100 or complete the online contact form.
The Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester, is much more than just a hotel. Evening wedding reception packages include high-end entrée selections including Bistro Steak and Chicken, Filet and Scallop Pinwheel, Surf and Turf and Pesto Roasted Salmon. If you and your sweetie consider yourselves “foodies,” the menu options here for your special day are hard to beat!
Friday and Sunday evening packages are available, which are more economical and include appetizers and salads in the pricing of the entrée per person.
As for the venue itself, choose from The Conservatory, The Grand Ballroom or the Park Pavilion. If you’ve got two big families coming together, go for The Grand Ballroom—it seats up to 700 guests.
To schedule a tour of the facilities, or to get further information, e-mail The Royal Park Hotel wedding specialists at JEngelhardt@royalparkhotel.net.
Planterra Conservatory, 7315 Drake Rd., West Bloomfield, was mentioned in the last round, but is worth a nomination once again. Why? Because it is stunning, and because it was recently featured in a few celebrity tabloid magazines, due to the fact that ice dancers Charlie White and Tanith Belbin just got hitched here (he a Detroit native, she a transplant). See for yourself!
I’m sure all of you brides-to-be (and perhaps a few grooms) are already way ahead of me in terms of researching venues, but hopefully the ones above will spark some interest. And if you end up booking one of them, be sure to invite your favorite writer!