Downtown Market in Grand Rapids: Arguably the Best Event Venue

Greetings! I’m Aliscia Marie, a Michigan-based wedding photographer, and I am thrilled to share my insights into one of the most enchanting wedding venues in Grand Rapids – the Downtown Market. If you’re dreaming of a wedding that seamlessly blends modern elegance with natural beauty, you’re in for a treat. Join me as we explore the stunning spaces, services, and exclusive catering options that make Downtown Market the perfect canvas for your dream wedding.

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A Venue Beyond Compare

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Nestled in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Downtown Market is not just a venue; it’s an experience. With its breathtaking views of the cityscape, modern aesthetics, and award-winning spaces, it sets the stage for a wedding that will be etched in your memories forever. As a photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing the magic of 70+ wedding celebrations here annually, and each one is as unique and special as the couple it celebrates.

Spaces to Suit Every Vision

The Greenhouse

Picture this: lush greenery, soft natural light during the day, and a panoramic city view at night. The Greenhouse at Downtown Market is a unique and stunning space for your ceremony, reception, cocktail hour, or private party. With a capacity for up to 180 guests, this space ensures an intimate yet grand celebration.

What’s Included

  • Chairs (up to 180)
  • Tables
  • Day-of coordination
  • Onsite staff for your event
  • Access to terraces and atrium
  • Custom layout
  • Setup and teardown of tables and chairs


  • Banquet style: 80
  • Theater style: 180
  • Cocktail style: 150

Garden Room

For those seeking a more compact yet equally enchanting space, the Garden Room is the perfect choice. Covered in plant-life and versatile in use, it complements the main Greenhouse beautifully.

Capacity (paired with the main greenhouse): 150

Perfect for:

  • Cocktail hour
  • Ceremony
  • Dinner buffet area
  • Dance floor
  • Wedding portrait opportunities

Banquet Room

If you envision your celebration against the backdrop of floor-to-ceiling windows, classic hardwood floors, and terraces showcasing the Grand Rapids cityscape, the Banquet Room is your ideal setting.

What’s Included

  • Installed A/V
  • Instructor Camera
  • 4 HD Screens
  • Chairs (up to 200)
  • Tables
  • Conference Phone
  • Prep Kitchen
  • Coat Room
  • Day-of coordination
  • Onsite staff for your event
  • Access to terraces and atrium
  • Custom layout
  • Setup and teardown of tables and chairs


  • Banquet style: 180
  • Classroom style: 100
  • Theater style: 200
  • Cocktail style: 250


For those craving an outdoor element, Downtown Market offers two outdoor terrace options. Perfect for events hosted in the Banquet Room or Greenhouse, these terraces add a touch of fun and open-air delight to your celebration.

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Services that Exceed Expectations

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but the Downtown Market events team has your back. Whether you’re entertaining 30 or 180 guests, they go above and beyond to ensure your day is not only memorable but also easy to plan. Included in the rental pricing are services like adjustable floor plans, tables and chairs, custom timelines, and a dedicated Venue Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist you leading up to the event, ensuring everything runs smoothly on your big day.

Exclusive Catering Options

A wedding is incomplete without delightful cuisine, and Downtown Market offers exclusive catering options that will tantalize your taste buds.

Tacos el Cuñado

For an authentic Mexican experience, Tacos el Cuñado brings the flavors of Latin food to your celebration. From street tacos to chips and guac, your guests are in for a treat.

Juju Bird

No matter the scale of your event, Juju Bird is committed to making it a success. From small business meetings to full-scale weddings, their catering service ensures your culinary needs are met with excellence.

Cafe de Miro

For a touch of Mediterranean flair, Cafe de Miro’s catering menu adds a delightful twist to your wedding festivities. Reach out to explore their offerings and elevate your dining experience.

In the heart of Grand Rapids, the Downtown Market stands as a testament to the perfect marriage of modernity and nature. As a Michigan-based wedding photographer, I can attest to the unparalleled beauty and functionality this venue offers. From the versatile spaces to the attentive services and exclusive catering options, Downtown Market ensures that your wedding day is not just special; it’s extraordinary. So, dear brides, if you’re envisioning a wedding that reflects your unique love story, let Downtown Market be the backdrop to your magical day. Your dream wedding starts here!

December 20, 2023

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