A look at some local wedding venues in which to say ‘I do.’
By Nick Moretti
The wedding day is indeed the greatest celebration of the human heart’s faith in love. However, it can also be the most stress-inducing event one will ever plan!
The venue for a wedding reception must fit the budget, guest requirements and personality of the happy couple. Couples not exchanging vows in a religious setting also require their chosen reception venue to accommodate the ceremony.
Here are a few local options for the big day and a few peripheral venues for more unique settings.
The Iroquois Club of Bloomfield Hills hosts wedding receptions from 25 guests to more than 200. The venue can serve seven-course feasts or serve guests from strolling appetizer menus. Complete wedding planning and catering is available if needed. See www.theiroquoisclub.com for more information.
Although many country clubs offer wedding services only to their members, there are a few that are open to the public. The Forest Lake Country Club of Bloomfield Hills sets ceremonies overlooking the lake. Forest Lake’s services include providing flowers, music, photography, entertainment and linen resources, in addition to private rooms for the entire bridal party’s preparation. Forest Lake accommodates up to 240 guests and menu options for all sizes and budgets. More information is available at www.flcc.us
The Wabeek Country Club of Bloomfield Hills can accommodate receptions from 200 guests to a full capacity of 380. Its ballroom’s expansive windows offer a picturesque view of the professionally landscaped golf course. The Wabeek Country Club’s culinary staff can help design a personalized menu. For more information, see www.wabeekcc.org.
The Reserve of Birmingham, located on the grounds of the Big Rock Chophouse, provides accommodations for up to 300 guests and offers an atmosphere “reminiscent of the California wine country.”
The 6,800-square-foot hall was designed to reflect Cranbrook, Meadow Brook Hall and other manors found around Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, and it has the ambiance of a private estate. Mahogany wood, vaulted ceilings, a stone and granite fireplace, custom-designed glass chandeliers and other elegant touches add to The Reserve’s residential character. See www.thereservebirmingham.com for more information.
Also in the heart of Birmingham, the historic Community House offers elegant surroundings, exquisite menu choices and a variety of room sizes. The South Main Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 230 guests, features a built-in dance floor, three gas fireplaces and an attached garden with a water feature. During the warmer months, a tented terrace can host an outdoor ceremony for up to 200 guests. For more information, see www.tchserves.org.
A truly unique setting for a couple is the Planterra Conservatory of West Bloomfield. The conservatory is an elegant garden setting with lush foliage, curved European trusses, matching indoor koi ponds, a dramatic stone gabian archway, stone floors and the largest indoor living wall in Michigan. Planterra is a non-traditional venue option that includes a view of the stars on a cloudless evening through the glass ceiling. The venue also offers a small wedding package for 50 guests or less to as many as 180 guests. For more information, see www.planterraevents.com.
The Next Level
Of course, some couples dream of a fairy tale-like setting. Several local venues are perfect for wedding parties that would not look out of place in a love story.
Meadow Brook Hall, located on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, is one of the most impressive historical mansions in all of Michigan. Matilda Dodge Wilson built Meadow Brook Hall to entertain heads of state, captains of industry and the cream of the social world. She supervised every detail of its construction and decor. Its spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces, four-star cuisine and world-class services are part of what guests can expect.
In addition, guests can enjoy the estate’s historical legacy, walk and dine among fine art, rare decorative arts and stunning architectural craftsmanship. The venue’s exclusive rental option guarantees privacy and intimacy along with the complete focus of its staff. Guests may choose to take an informal tour of the home so they can see how the automotive aristocracy lived. The revenue generated from your wedding helps to support the preservation and interpretation of the estate. For more information, see www.meadowbrookhall.org.
For a more literal fairy tale wedding, King’s Court Castle Banquet Facility of Lake Orion offers a masterpiece of architecture and expert craftsmanship built in the historic setting of Canterbury Village. Couples with a love of romance can enjoy their wedding in an elegant, romantic castle ballroom or choose the Canterbury Village Wedding Chapel, which has seating for more than 250 people and a private bridal suite. For more information, see www.kingscourtcastle.com.
Finally, those seeking a grander setting for a larger wedding might investigate the Shriners Silver Gardens Event Center of Southfield. This venue provides delectable cuisine and impeccable service to go hand-in-hand with its two fabulous ballrooms.
The Grande Ballroom is classic in style with a cathedral ceiling, neutral decor and a centrally located parquet dance floor. The Mystic Ballroom also has cathedral ceilings, a more contemporary feel with its crescent shape and surrounding of stained glass. Couples can exchange vows in a beautiful garden complete with a gazebo, waterfall and lawn seating. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests for a traditional dinner or 800 guests seated theatre-style. For more information, see www.silvergardenevents.com. NS