Popular Wedding Venues in West Michigan


September 4, 2018




Destination Weddings







When you fall in love, the world feels new. It's as if everything is happening for the first time. That's why we love photographing weddings. Each wedding has us falling in love over and over again—it reminds us that there is wonder and mystery in this shared life we all build together. The most aspirational thing to us is rekindling that initial spark of falling in love. We want to give you that experience with your wedding photos, perfectly captured and forever remembered. It's here, in our journal, we celebrate your love story so all can enjoy it.


Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Grand Rapids and the surround area is home to some of the best wedding venues in West Michigan.  For most of us, we get the chance to enjoy these venues only once.  And with so many options it can feel overwhelming pick the best one.

Picking a venue is one of the most important decisions you will have to make while planning your wedding.  It is almost as important as picking your wedding photographer.  We think with the right photographer, just about any wedding venue can look fun and amazing.  Especially if your photographer shoots in a light and airy style wedding photography, but we are just a little biased. =)

As wedding photographers, we count ourselves as extremely fortunate to be able to experience more than one of the venues West Michigan has to offer.  Therefore, we wrote this blog post to help guide you in your decision.

How to Pick The Right Venue For You

Picking the right venue for you depends on primarily 2 major criteria: your budget and the number of guests. This is one of the first things you should finalize before proceeding to check other items off your list. Like the famous British wedding fashion designer, Jenny Packham says “Research the venue and location before outfit shopping, as it helps set the mood and style focus: a traditional wedding in the countryside offers a different set of sartorial rules to a tropical, beach vibe, for instance”

Thus, finalizing your venue will help you decide on your theme if you want to have one, or the kind of décor you want. This can also be the other way round: that you first decide on your theme and décor, and then consequently, finalize your venue.

Grand Rapids and surrounding West Michigan area have some amazing venues that you can celebrate one of the grandest days of your life in. Let’s take a look at few of these:

West Michigan Venues

    1. Eve at the B.O.B.:  (Up to 140 Guests, $$) A cosmopolitan lounge at the top of The B.O.B is a sleek event venue with expansive windows overlooking the city skyline.  The Eve has a dance floor and DJ booth, and an open island bar. It is the perfect urban, trendy, non-traditional wedding.  Located downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.Eve at the B.O.B.
    1. Cobblestone Farms:  (Up to 200 Guests, $$) Barn weddings have become increasingly more popular in the past few years.  Cobblestone Farms is one of the first barn venue weddings to appear on the scene in West Michigan.  With its one of a kind barn and an amazing turn of the century farmhouse it is one of the most noteworthy. Located in Traverse City, Michigan.Cobblestone Farms
    1. Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites:  (Up to 300 Guests, $$) With the expertise and support of the entire Radisson staff, the downtown hotel and its selection of ballrooms, restaurants, salon, and spa, this is a grand get-away wedding.  Located in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
    1. The Homestead:  (Up to 200 Guests, $$$) With the enchanting beauty of Leelanau, the majesty of Lake Michigan, and swirl wines, you will have a perfect day if you decide to conduct your wedding here. The setting is truly one-of-a-kind.  Located in Glen Arbor, Michigan.The Homestead
  1. Castle Farm: (Up to 300+ Guests, $$$)  Romantic courtyard chapels, magnificent formal gardens, soaring towers and stone archways.  Combine these elements to create a unique and elegant castle wedding. From intimate wedding receptions to large parties, this Michigan wedding location is perfect for weddings of any size. Located in Charlevoix, Michigan.Castle Farm

Picking The Best Wedding Venues in West Michigan

Don’t be overwhelmed with the amazing venues available in Grand Rapids and surrounding West Michigan area.  Because you have so many options, you can always filter your search to fit your specific needs.  For that reason, determine your budget, distance, guest capacity, and venue amenities, before you start searching.  We wish you a very happy wedding!!

Looking to hire a wedding photographer in Michigan?

Looking for a wedding photographer in Grand Rapids Michigan or West Michigan area? Check out Leidy and Josh Photography, husband and wife team with a light and airy style of wedding photography.

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