Couples planning to tie the knot in Detroit are going to face some interesting choices when it comes to choosing the ideal venue for their big day. The city boasts a substantial variety of wedding venues, which include lush outdoor parks and gardens, soul-full historic buildings, churches and museums, elegant hotels and country clubs, and urban-chic downtown warehouses.
© The Whitney
When The Whitney was built back in 1894, it was the epitome of grace and elegance, and a fitting residence for Motor City’s wealthiest man. Today the iconic Romanesque Revival mansion is operated as an upscale midtown restaurant and is a favorite setting for stylish traditional weddings. The Whitney’s sophisticated spaces, which feature historic wood paneling and crystal chandeliers, can accommodate both intimate and large weddings (maximum of 350 guests), both indoors and in the beautiful gardens, which are enhanced by stone fountains and lush plantings. You can choose from an interesting variety of catering packages, including four-course plated dinners, cocktail receptions, and even brunch or afternoon tea receptions.
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-5700
2.The Rattlesnake Club
© The Rattlesnake Club
Located right on the banks of the Detroit River, the Rattlesnake Club offers sensational modern spaces where you can stage the perfect indoor/outdoor wedding celebration. The club has two stunning six-story marble and glass atriums, which offer a modern, light-filled backdrop for your personal choice in décor. You can choose to say your vows in one of two outdoor spaces – the brick-paved patio overlooking the river or the lush urban-oasis of the Clock Tower Courtyard. Planning your special day at the Rattlesnake Club is a breeze – the talented event planner will coordinate every detail, from menu choice to table plans, and your guests are in for a treat as the club is famous for serving innovative farm-fresh cuisine.
The Rattlesnake Club, 300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-567-4400
3.Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle
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The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle has to be one of the most visually stunning and romantic settings for your Detroit wedding ceremony. The conservatory can accommodate around 50 guests indoors or up to 150 outdoors, surrounded by the beautiful manicured garden. Inside the conservatory you and your guests will be surrounded by a tropical paradise of flowers and palms and both the indoor and outdoor areas are perfect for your photos. Although the conservatory does not host receptions, there are several other Belle Isle venues where you can hold your reception.
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, 300 River Place Drive, Suite 2800, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-331-7760
4.The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
© The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Located in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, The Wright is an ideal venue for a wedding with a difference. The distinctive modern architecture of the museum provides an impressive setting for your special day – what could be more romantic than exchanging your vows and hosting your reception in the light-filled Ford Freedom rotunda beneath a soaring glass dome at the heart of the museum. The Wright also has several other halls and theatres, which can accommodate both small and large weddings. The venue has a dedicated events planner who will recommend trusted vendors to supply everything you need to make your special day unforgettable. Read more
The Wright Museum, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-494-5893
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The Cliff Bells is located on vibrant Park Avenue, offering couples a distinctly different and contemporary venue for a unique wedding day celebration. Cliff Bells is a well-known Detroit Jazz Bar and Restaurant, offering a trendy alternative to the traditional wedding banquet hall. The cultural and historic building oozes atmosphere and can accommodate up to 150 seated guests or 300 for a cocktail-style reception. Cliff Bells has a reputation for serving excellent food and innovative cocktails and the events planner and executive chef will work with you to plan a package to suit your tastes and fit your budget, including music and entertainment.
Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-961-2543
6.The Colony Club
© The Colony Club
The historic Women’s Colony Club first opened its doors on Park Ave in 1929, in what is now the Entertainment District of Detroit. The highlight of the elegant and stylish Georgian-style building is the lavish third-floor Louis XVI ballroom, which can seat 400 guests, while smaller weddings can be hosted in the fourth-floor Petite Ballroom, which comfortably accommodates 150 guests. The club offers a selection of inclusive wedding packages, which include just about everything you need for a memorable wedding day such as tables, chairs, fine table linen, lighting, catering and bar service, cake-cutting service, and parking, and will suggest vendors who can supply everything else you need.
The Colony Club, 2310 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-463-4215
7.Detroit Historical Society
© Detroit Historical Society
Located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown Cultural Center and home to an assortment of unique exhibits depicting the fascinating history of the city, the Detroit Historical Society can provide the perfect backdrop for a nostalgic yesteryear wedding. The venue has several private spaces where you can host your wedding, but perhaps the most interesting option is to set up your reception right inside one of the exhibits. The entire venue can host really large receptions of up to 1,000 guests for a cocktail-style reception, or you can have a seated reception in one of the historic exhibits, such as “The Streets of Old Detroit” or the outdoor “Detroit Legends Plaza.” The venue will provide chairs and tables and can suggest trusted vendors to supply catering, bar, and other wedding necessities.
Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-833-1805
8.Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
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The renowned Detroit Institute of Arts is home to one of the greatest collections of art in America and boasts some of the most beautiful reception rooms you will find anywhere in Detroit. Smaller intimate receptions can be held in the elegant Crystal Gallery or lovely Kresge Court, while the grandeur of the Great Hall makes an impressive venue for a seated reception for up to 300 guests. Unfortunately, the venue does not allow any form of religious ceremony on site, but you may exchange vows in a civil ceremony on the premises. Catering for all events is provided by an in-house catering company and there are several menus and inclusive packages that can be adapted to suit your particular preferences.
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-833-7900
9.Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
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Imagine beautifully dressed tables set against the backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river and you will get an idea of what your wedding venue could look like if you choose to host your special day at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. The hotel has multiple venues that can be customized to suit your very special requirements and the hotel can also accommodate all your out-of-town visitors on site. Marriott have a team of experienced wedding planners on hand to assist you with every aspect of planning your dream wedding, including helping you establish a budget, deciding on your menu and table arrangements, and organizing your flowers, music, and photos.
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr, Detroit, MI 48243, Phone: 313-568-8000
10.Detroit Yacht Club
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The historic Detroit Yacht Club opened its doors in its current location on a private island along the banks of Belle Isle Park in 1921 and provides a delightful wedding venue with plenty of character and the added bonus of offering some nautical inspiration for your photographer. Non-members are welcome to rent one of the clubs’ rooms for weddings and there are several options available to suit your guest list; you can even opt to exchange your vows on the pier right beside the water and hold your reception in a tented pavilion in the garden. The Detroit Yacht Club has a reputation for good food and all your catering arrangements will be taken care of by the in-house catering department.
Detroit Yacht Club, 1 Riverbank Drive, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-824-1200
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Couples who are looking for a really different and exciting wedding venue should pay a visit to the Detroit Zoo and have a look at some of their unique and utterly unforgettable wedding venue options. You can exchange your vows on a floating boardwalk surrounded by wetlands and the sounds of the wilds or set up indoors in one of several galleries where you and your guests will be surrounded by “Creatures Great and Small.” The lovely and historic Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and the Polk Penguin Conservation Center are available all year round, while most of the other venues are only suitable for summer weddings. The on-site catering can supply either buffet or plated dinners.
Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067, Phone: 248-336-5805
12.Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
© Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of America’s most iconic car, the Model T Ford, and is today operated as a museum. Even if you are not a motor-head, you cannot help being impressed by the Ford story, and the museum is the perfect venue for a wedding with a difference. The plant can accommodate up to 300 guests and employs their own events planner to take all the stress out of orchestrating your big day. The venue works with preferred catering and bar vendors but you can bring in your own vendors to supply everything else you need to transform the historic factory into the wedding venue of your dreams.
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, 461 Piquette Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-872-8759
13.Hotel St. Regis
© Hotel St. Regis
The historic Hotel St. Regis is a landmark hotel located close to downtown Detroit, boasting a selection of function rooms and banquet halls that can accommodate both intimate weddings for just 10 guests or gala events for up to 300 guests. At the St. Regis, you can choose from three fully inclusive wedding packages, all of which include a sumptuous bridal suite for the bride and groom (including a bottle of chilled champagne), special room rates for guests, a four-hour open bar service (house spirits, wines, and beers), and a selection of menus for either buffet or plated dinner; many optional extras can be added to fully customize your dream wedding celebration.
Hotel St. Regis, 3071 West Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202, Phone: 313-873-3000
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14.Masonic Temple Theater
© Masonic Temple Theater
Couples seeking a traditional classic and elegant setting for their big day need look no further than the Masonic Temple Theater, which can accommodate weddings of all sizes. Be a princess for a day as you walk down the aisle of the on-site chapel modeled on the famous London landmark, Westminster Abbey, before hosting a fairytale reception in one of the several elegant function rooms or the Crystal Ballroom. An experienced team of wedding planners are on hand to help you with every aspect of your arrangements and the venue offers a choice of wedding menus to suit all budgets, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and cocktail-style receptions.
Masonic Temple Theater, 500 Temple Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-7100
15.Museum of Contemporary Art
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Located in the heart of Detroit’s vibrant and trendy Midtown district, MOCAD combines the historic architecture of a former auto dealership with an urban edge to provide an ideal venue for an unforgettable wedding. You have a choice of areas to hold your ceremony and your reception and larger groups can book the entire museum for their big day. MOCAD has a team of event coordinators who will look after you from your first enquiry until the last guest departs to ensure a magical wedding day with minimal stress. Costing is based on the combination of spaces you will require and your coordinator will arrange all the décor, food, bar, and other requisites through their preferred vendors. Read more
Museum of Contemporary Art, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-832-6622
16.Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
© Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
Roberts Riverwalk Hotel is an elegant red-stone building occupying a prime location right on the banks of the Detroit River, making it a desirable venue for an indoor/outdoor wedding. In spring and summer, you can choose to exchange your vows on the circular patio, right at the water’s edge, and then move indoors to host your reception in the Windows on the Waterfront banquet room, where ceiling-to-floor glass bathes the room in natural light. Roberts Hotel has a dedicated events planner and offers several inclusive wedding packages to take the stress out of orchestrating your dream wedding. The hotel can accommodate all your out-of-town guests on site and will even arrange a farewell brunch or breakfast.
Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, 1000 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-259-9500
Roostertail is a waterfront nightclub and events venue dedicated to turning wedding day dreams into reality. The dedicated wedding coordinators at Roostertail have decades of experience in planning unforgettable wedding ceremonies and receptions and believe that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all; every aspect of your wedding will be customized and the venue offers a wide choice of table linens, fabulous center pieces, excellent lighting and sound equipment, and much more. There are two dreamy ceremony locations on site so that guests do not need to travel from church to reception, and all the event rooms offer indoor/outdoor areas and beautiful views over the river and the Detroit skyline.
Roostertail, 100 Marquette Drive, Detroit, MI 48214, Phone: 313-822-1234
© The Eastern
Big ideas require big spaces; if you can imagine your dream wedding, the Eastern can provide an ideal “blank canvas” industrial-style space that lends itself perfectly to any theme. Located in Detroit’s Eastern Market district, The Eastern was originally built as a fire station in 1888 and retains a bare-brick look with polished concrete floors and a metal-beamed steel roof. Of course, the restrooms have been fully renovated and the venue has heating/air-conditioning and a large outdoor patio area. The Eastern has an in-house bar, coffee, and crepe service and you have free reign when it comes to choosing vendors to supply everything else you need, which means that you can completely customize your wedding to fit your budget.
The Eastern, 3434 Russell Street, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-914-1104
© The Fillmore
Conveniently located close to Downtown Detroit, the fabulously stylish and historic Fillmore offers a wedding venue with theatrical flair and opulent elegance. The Fillmore has a selection of spaces that can host various sized weddings (both ceremony and receptions) and an experienced team of event organizers who will attend to every detail. One of the perks of hosting your wedding at the Fillmore is the availability of in-house state-of-the-art lighting and sound facilities that are sure to impress your guests and make your reception unforgettable. Innovative cuisine, exciting mixology, sophisticated and elegant décor, and attentive service are all part and parcel of a Fillmore wedding package.
The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, Phone: 313-961-5451
© Bagley Mansion
The Bagley Mansion dates back to 1889, when the then Governor of Michigan built it as his residence in the elaborate French Renaissance Revival style. Today the stately building forms a perfect wedding venue combining history, elegance, and some 21st century style. The Bagley Mansion is operated by Beautiful Bridal, an elegant bridal boutique owned by TV celebrity Keasha Rigsby, who has many years of experience in outfitting lovely brides and orchestrating perfect fairy-book weddings. You have the choice of using the services of a very experienced event planner to take care of all the details, or planning everything yourself. The elegant interior of the Bagley Mansion can accommodate parties of up to 80 seated guests or 150 for a cocktail reception.
The Bagley Mansion, 2921 East Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207, Phone: 313-877-9037
21.The Rust Belt Market
© The Rust Belt Market
The Rust Belt Market in downtown Ferndale offers a truly unique setting for a relaxed wedding celebration. The 4,000-square-foot facility is surrounded by 50 exciting arts, design, and collectables shops owned by Michigan entrepreneurs. The industrial-style event space is temperature controlled and permanently decorated with twinkling string lights and a variety of arty props, providing an ideal backdrop for your imagination to run wild. The venue has an on-site serviced bar (various bar packages are available) and you have free reign when it comes to choosing your caterer and other vendors. The venue lends itself to modern, laidback weddings and can accommodate up to 200 seated guests or 250 for a strolling reception.
The Rust Belt Market, 22801 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, Phone: 248 990-5511
© The Westin
You can get your marriage off to an elegant start by hosting your wedding at the Westin Southfield hotel. At this newly renovated hotel, you can choose from a selection of spaces for both your ceremony and reception, including the popular light-filled Garden Atrium, where you will be surrounded by olive trees, fountains, and tropical plants. The hotel can accommodate all your out-of-town guests on site and there is a pool and gym for them to enjoy before the wedding. The Westin’s Wedding Consultant will assist you in choosing the perfect wedding package to suit your budget and all your guests will benefit from reduced rates for accommodation.
The Westin Southfield, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075, Phone: 248-827-4000
23.Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
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If you require an elegant and sophisticated backdrop for your dream wedding, you need look no further than the newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Polished marble and wrought-iron Italian Renaissance-style architecture provides the perfect stage for your grand entrance, followed by an equally stylish ceremony and reception in one of the hotel’s several event venues. You can effortlessly create your dream wedding with the help of the hotel’s wedding coordinator and executive chef, who will put together a personalized package for your big day. Most of the wedding packages include accommodation in the bridal suite, and your out-of-town guests will receive preferential rates on their overnight accommodation too.
Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, 1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-442-1600
© Waterview Loft
More than simply a room with a view, the Waterview Loft at Port Detroit is an ideal wedding venue overlooking the Detroit Riverwalk. The venue can accommodate up to 250 guests and features ceiling-to-floor glass windows, which invite the outdoors in and offer superb views out over the Detroit River and the Canadian skyline. The Waterview Loft Conservatory is a beautiful space to walk down the aisle and say “I do” before you and your guests move into the main loft area to dine. As part of your customized wedding package, the conservatory area will be transformed into a sophisticated lounge area with mood lighting and a dance floor where you can celebrate after dinner.
Waterview Loft, 130 E. Atwater Street, Detroit, MI 48226, Phone: 313-307-4925
25.Wyandotte Wedding Chapel
© Wyandotte Wedding Chapel
Couples who would like to tie the knot in a real church before moving on to a reception venue will find the Wyandotte Wedding Chapel ideal. The chapel is located just 11 miles from Detroit on the Detroit River and is over 150 years old. Wyandotte Wedding Chapel is dedicated to staging affordable traditional church weddings with all the romantic trimmings, including a real church bell. Flowers, pew bows, candelabras, and even an on-site minister are all part of the wedding packages offered at the chapel and there is a wedding coordinator to help you plan your ceremony from start to finish. Brides and attendants can see to the finishing touches in the bridal party suite, which includes a private bathroom.
Wyandotte Wedding Chapel, 450 Sycamore Street, Wyandotte, MI 48192, Phone: 734-752-8945
25 Best Detroit Wedding Venues
- The Whitney, Photo: The Whitney
- The Rattlesnake Club, Photo: The Rattlesnake Club
- Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle, Photo: Courtesy of Dion - Fotolia.com
- The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Photo: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
- Cliff Bells, Photo: Courtesy of Magryt - Fotolia.com
- The Colony Club, Photo: The Colony Club
- Detroit Historical Society, Photo: Detroit Historical Society
- Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Photo: Courtesy of naokit - Fotolia.com
- Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Photo: Courtesy of photographmd - Fotolia.com
- Detroit Yacht Club, Photo: Courtesy of MNStudio - Fotolia.com
- Detroit Zoo, Photo: Courtesy of Yevhenii Kukulka - Fotolia.com
- Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, Photo: Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
- Hotel St. Regis, Photo: Hotel St. Regis
- Masonic Temple Theater, Photo: Masonic Temple Theater
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Photo: Courtesy of Ruth Black - Fotolia.com
- Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, Photo: Roberts Riverwalk Hotel
- Roostertail, Photo: Roostertail
- The Eastern, Photo: The Eastern
- The Fillmore, Photo: The Fillmore
- Bagley Mansion, Photo: Bagley Mansion
- The Rust Belt Market, Photo: The Rust Belt Market
- The Westin, Photo: The Westin
- Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, Photo: Courtesy of Kusel - Fotolia.com
- Waterview Loft, Photo: Waterview Loft
- Wyandotte Wedding Chapel, Photo: Wyandotte Wedding Chapel
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