The Gem Theatre is located near Ford Field and Comerica Park near the District Detroit and offers a beautiful, unique venue for a wedding.
The historic theatre was built in 1903 and in 1997, it made a five-block journey through Detroit due to the construction of Comerica Park. It set the Guinness World Record for the heaviest building ever moved on wheels.
They have two locations for ceremonies – both involving theatre stages, and a great area for the reception.
Weddings at the Gem can be all-inclusive with plated dinner service or a buffet, premium bar, parking, tables, chairs, and more. It has a capacity of up to 275.
Detroit City Distillery uses The Whiskey Factory for its main distillery, so a wedding here will have an incredible rustic feel surrounded by bourbon aging in those charred oak barrels.
The Whiskey Factory has 7,000 square feet of space and can set up to 200 guests for a wedding or 250 guests strolling.
At the back of The Whiskey Factory is an original Detroit vintage bar that’s nearly 100 years old, and weddings here can get a spirits package that can go along with your wedding with Detroit City Distillery spirits.
You can even add on a whiskey tasting experience for your wedding.
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The DIA is one of the premier art museums in the world and offers a variety of spaces for a wedding, the best of which is the Walter B. Ford Great Hall.
That spot is next to the Woodward Ave. entrance and next to the famous Rivera Court. It has a capacity of 300 seated or 500 strolling, and they have an in-house caterer that can have a customizable menu.
Cliff Bell’s – 2030 Park Ave. in Detroit
Cliff Bell’s has a long history in Detroit. It was renovated in 2005 and reopened in 2006 after closing in 1985, hosting live performances weekly with a focus on jazz. Inside, you’ll get a historic jazz club feels, and it’s a great place to host an event.
The club has 3,000 square feet of venue space with house sound equipment and stage lighting. They also offer live entertainment services at an additional cost.
Bedrock Detroit’s The Madison has two great spots for a wedding!
The Rooftop offers a great backdrop of Downtown Detroit outside day or night, and it has a bar and dance floor, with a covered catering kitchen. It’s perfect for a large but intimate ceremony hosting up to 180 people for a strolling reception.
If you want to be inside, The Loft at The Madison can host 180 strolling or 150 banquet and is a modern gathering space.
The Madison Theatre was built in 1917 and was purchased by Dan Gilbert in 2011, then transformed into what it is today.
The Waterview Lofts is another beautiful spot along the heart of the Detroit River for your wedding. Located between Hart Plaza and the Renaissance Center, the spot is also right near Downtown Detroit.
Weddings can utilize both floors of the space, with a ceremony and reception area that can seat more than 200 guests, and you can choose from a strolling meal or plated dinner service.
The location also has partnerships with florists, bakeries, photographers and more to help you plan your wedding, and you.
The Renaissance Center is one of the most iconic buildings in Detroit and offers a beautiful spot to get married. You can work with a Marriott wedding planner to give your wedding everything you wanted.
The hotel features 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, so you can make room for whomever you want to join you on your special day.
It’s also a spot to host a shower and rehearsal dinner, and their catering team can come up with a customized menu for your wedding.
The Henry Ford is one of the most iconic museums in the United States and has a variety of different spots to get married.
There’s a spot inside the actual museum with weddings after the museum closes. You can host up to 600 people in four different areas and a wedding there includes museum admission.
You can also go back and time and get married in Greenfield Village at four different spots to get married. You can also add a horse-drawn carriage and your guests can take a spin on the historic carousel.
Finally, there’s the Lovett Hall ballroom which can host up to 300 guests. It’s the same spot where Henry Ford hosted some of his biggest events.
The War Memorial – 32 Lake Shore Dr. in Grosse Pointe Farms
On the shores of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms is The War Memorial, located on the historic grounds of the Alger Estate, an Italian Renaissance-style home that was built in 1910.
There’s a ballroom for your wedding with beautiful lakefront views, and you can host wedding ceremonies and receptions there.
Because of the mission of The War Memorial, you do have to have a family member, living or deceased, who has served or is currently serving in the military.
Meadow Brook Hall – 350 Estate Dr. in Rochester
If you ever wanted to get married at a mansion, then Meadow Brook Hall is just for you. The historic home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson between 1926-1929, the mansion offers a beautiful backdrop to any wedding.
There are vintage weddings, winter weddings, castle weddings, outdoor weddings and more at Meadow Brook.
They have more than a dozen gardens for your wedding, and indoor weddings take place in the beautiful Christopher Wren dining room.
Meadow Brook also has full-service catering for your wedding with great menus and delicious food.
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Shepherd’s Hollow – 9085 Big Lake Rd. in Clarkston
Located in northern Oakland County, Shepherd’s Hollow will make you feel like you’re up north without having to drive out of metro Detroit.
There’s a beautiful fountain area for a wedding ceremony in the pine forest, with wraparound veranda with a glass house in the middle of the forest.
The venue holds up to 325 people and they also have a culinary and service team for your food and drinks at the wedding.
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Packard Proving Grounds – 49965 Van Dyke in Shelby Township
This is another spot with a historic automotive feel for your wedding. The Packard Proving Grounds historic site was established in 1927 and features multiple buildings designed by legendary Detroit architect Albert Kahn.
You can have an indoor or outdoor ceremony on the grounds, with receptions in The Repair Garage with seating for nearly 300 guests, or the Lodge Garage with seating for about 100 guests.
There are also 15 classic Packard cars that have been donated to the site that can be included in your wedding as either a display or used to make an entrance by driving in with a driver.
Waldenwoods – 2975 Old US-23 in Howell
This is another venue that will give you that up north feel right in metro Detroit. Waldenwoods is located in a wooded area next to a lake fed by a spring. It has two ceremony and reception sites – The Cromaine Hall and Lakeview Tented Venue.
Depending on what you want, you can get married with a beautiful backdrop of the lake, and then host your reception on the first floor of Cromaine Hall which can set up to 250 guests.
Waldenwoods also includes a lodge if you plan to stay, and a plated dinner, hors d’oeuvres, and a full bar selection.
Hotels in Metro Detroit
The Henry – Fairlane Plaza, 300 Town Center Dr. in Dearborn
The Henry offers elegant weddings just outside of Detroit with a beautiful ballroom that can be designed however you want it.
There are different spots where you can host it, including the Presidential Ballroom, Plaza Ballroom, and Gallery.
You will also work with the executive chef and team for a gourmet menu for the wedding that includes fresh, local foods, and the pastry chef I you want a dessert table.