You’re engaged! Congratulations! I’ll bet that you can’t wait to start planning your wedding. The venue is one of the most important details to consider.
If you’re looking for an outdoor venue made for a dream wedding, Grand Rapids has you covered.
As of 2021, the average cost of weddings in Grand Rapids was $24,398, so let’s explore your options and check out some of the beautiful, local venues that will make your dreams come true.
Read on to learn about 10 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Grand Rapids!
River Edge Bed and Breakfast
Located in Lowell, Michigan, River Edge Bed and Breakfast offers several picturesque settings for your wedding day. With an 1880s historic farmhouse, an old-fashioned garage and wishing well, and plenty of outdoor spaces, the photo options are endless.
There are three separate ceremony locations. The scenic wooded overlook with an arbor provides views of the valley and property.
The second option is a terrace with two white arbors, stone walls, and a beautiful view of the river. The third option is near the water, just below the river viewing area.
After your beautiful ceremony, you can hold your reception in the open-air pavilion with a view of the river. Roll-down curtains on the pavilion make it a great choice for any season.
Their wedding packages include tables, chairs, centerpieces, signage, lighting, parking attendants, and more. They even offer hayrides as a part of your wedding package for a cute touch!
This event space is perfect for an outdoor wedding.
Typical Cost: $3,250-$4,250
Capacity: 250 guests
Loeks Retreat Center at Camp Blodgett
The Loeks Retreat Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan is the perfect scenic wedding venue.
Located on Lake Michigan, the deck offers gorgeous views of the water. Exchange your vows on the deck of the Retreat Center surrounded by water, and then hold your reception outside on the deck or in an open-air tent.
All rentals include beach access for more stunning photo opportunities, tables and chairs, a kitchen, and a teardown by the staff.
The venue also has several packages to choose from to fit just about any budget.
Typical Cost: $2,500-$9,500
Capacity: 200 guests
In the heart of Grand Rapids, The Downtown Market is a special venue for a memorable wedding. The building is modern and simple, making it a great backdrop for your special day.
Although this isn’t a completely outdoor venue, it has indoor spaces that make you feel like you’re outside.
Host your wedding in the Rooftop Greenhouse surrounded by plants and natural light. The Greenhouse has beautiful city views with the added benefit of being inside. You can also add one of the two outdoor terrace options for an indoor-outdoor setting.
Rental of the Greenhouse includes chairs, tables, staff, setup and teardown, custom layouts, and more.
This unique setting is sure to be one your guests will remember.
Typical Cost: $3,200 and up
Capacity: 180 guests
Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a beautiful museum in the heart of Grand Rapids. This is the oldest museum in Michigan full of historic significance.
Hold your outdoor wedding on the southeast lawn with views of the Grand River and downtown Grand Rapids. Surrounded by flowers and architecture, this venue provides a very unique backdrop for your special day.
At the end of your day, take a walk through the streets of Old Grand Rapids or take a ride on their carousel for a last romantic moment of the day together.
All rentals include tables and chairs and staff to coordinate your perfect day.
Typical Cost: $3,000 and up
Capacity: 275 guests
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is perfect for an outdoor wedding. This venue has 158 acres of gardens and picturesque sculptures.
They have four different outdoor spaces for your wedding reception and ceremony.
The Stuart and Barbara Padnos Rooftop Sculpture Garden is a unique modern garden with a brick patio.
The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden is full of contemporary sculptures by master sculptors in the Japanese garden style. It has a beautiful deck and wooden bridge on the water for gorgeous ceremony backdrops.
The Grand Waterfall is located in the Sculpture Park. This location is complete with a waterfall and a pond with koi. Sculptures surround the pond to add to the elegance.
The DeVos Van Andel Piazza is an open lawn setting for an outdoor wedding surrounded by plants and sculptures.
The venue has all-inclusive wedding packages including parking, in-house catering, certified AV specialists, event coordinators, and more.
Typical Cost: $1,400- $3,600
Capacity: Rooftop Sculpture Garden- 80 guests, Japanese Garden- 80 guests, Grand Waterfall- 240 guests, Devos Van Andel Piazza- 275 guests
Venue3Two is a remolded 1920s mansion, named for its location on the corner of Shaffer and 32nd. This unique venue is located on a horse ranch in a gorgeous, wooded setting.
Get married with the mansion’s beautiful brick walls as your backdrop, little to no decoration is needed! Or hold your ceremony on the lawn surrounded by lush trees. This venue has a truly elegant feel for your special day.
The venue has lots of deluxe add-ons like arches, signage, a velvet sofa and armchair, a gray wingback chair, an iron glass table, and cornhole boards.
Better yet, all of Venue3Two’s net profits go back to the community to local groups that support disadvantaged children, victims of human trafficking, and families at risk.
Typical Cost: $1,200 and up
Capacity: 200 guests
While the Bissell Treehouse at John Ball Zoo is an enclosed indoor space it has all the feeling and benefits of being a true indoor-outdoor space.
View the city from the trees through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the gorgeous wood treehouse. Get married on the treehouse deck among the trees. What venue could be more outdoors than being in the trees?!
Rental of the Bissell Treehouse includes a venue coordinator, setup and teardown, transportation to the treehouse from the main zoo entrance, and complimentary guest parking.
They also offer several add-ons including a fireplace, decor heaters, and even strolling animals for an unforgettable, wild wedding experience.
Typical Cost: $900 to $5,100
Capacity: 180 guests
Grand Rapid Arts Museum
The Grand Rapids Art Museum is a unique venue in downtown Grand Rapids. Full of rich history, architecture, and art, this venue can provide a perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
Use the Veranda to take out-of-this-world wedding pictures overlooking a courtyard and the city. The Veranda is a good option to hold your ceremony or reception in an open-air environment.
Or exchange your vows in the museum pocket park, an outdoor atrium with a water backdrop. Hold your reception outside on the Dining Terrace in an open-air atmosphere overlooking downtown.
The venue also offers several different packages to customize your dream wedding day.
Typical Cost: $1,000- $4,200
Capacity: 300 guests
Cascade Hills Country Club
The Cascade Hills Country Club is a natural venue surrounded by all forms of nature. This country club has both outdoor and indoor-outdoor spaces for your special day.
The Ballroom is the largest room featuring a wood dance floor and chandeliers. The Ballroom is attached to the North Patio to provide the perfect indoor-outdoor space.
Take your event completely outside on the west terrace with a tent that has retractable sides and a heater for a wedding at any time of the year.
Surround yourself with the rolling hills of the golf course as you say, “I do”.
Typical Cost: $2,000 and up
Capacity: 250 guests
Thousand Oaks Golf Club
The Thousand Oaks Golf Club is an elegant venue surrounded by breathtaking views of the rolling golf course and has an outdoor ceremony garden that overlooks the entire golf course.
You will be marrying your best friend under a custom-built arbor that can be decorated any way you like.
Have your reception in the Grand Oaks Ballroom for the perfect indoor-outdoor space. The Ballroom has high ceilings, three bars, a dance floor, and a wrap-around deck to bring in the outdoor element.
This space is fully customizable to your needs.
The venue also offers an event manager, in-house catering options, plenty of parking, AV equipment, parking services, plated and buffet meal options, cake cutting, beverages, dinnerware, tables and chairs, and more.
Typical Cost: $60 per person
Capacity: 450 guests