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Venues in Grand Rapids, MI,
(616) 459-5484

About Us

The Sweet House is a charming historic wedding venue conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. This venue is a testament to the beauty of Italianate architecture, having been built in the style of an Italianate Villa in the mid-1860s. This house is now in the care of the Sweet House Foundation who has lovingly maintained the timeless beauty and historical significance of the home. Couples can now enjoy hosting the wedding event of their dreams in this truly incredible location as they create a celebration to remember.

Facilities and Capacity

The Sweet House offers several event rooms, each bedecked with stylish decor and individual themes, ideal for a variety of wedding events. The Hazel Vandenberg Auditorium offers a stylish, light-filled, ceremony space, complete with a grand piano and raised platform. The checkered floor, cream walls, and tasteful decor provides elegance and grandeur within this space, which can comfortably accommodate up to 150 seated guests. Desdemona’s Dining Room, named in honor of the original lady of the house, Desdemona Sweet, offers space for up to 125 guests for wedding receptions. The room features antique wallpaper, ornate chandeliers, and large sash windows creating a vintage, sophisticated ambiance. The room benefits from an open-plan layout which facilitates a variety of seating arrangements that can be tailored to your preferences. The Sweet House also offers a number of smaller rooms that can be used for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, and more. These include the elegant Wedgewood Room and the Drawing Room. Get-ready rooms are also provided on-site for your convenience, offering comfort and style for your wedding preparations. Parking is available on the property and the venue can supply a valet service upon request.

Services Offered

The event team at this property offers a variety of services to enhance your day. This includes referrals to a range of tried and trusted vendors that can accommodate your needs. There is WiFi available throughout the venue for your convenience and setup is provided by the venue, giving you less to worry about. Couples also have the option of audio-visual equipment, such as wireless microphones and a projector. A selection of event items is available for your celebration. These include:

  • Glassware
  • Linen
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware

Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$ 500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$ 500.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$ 500.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$ 500.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs, Lighting/Sound, Parking, Set Up, Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$ 20.00

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer, House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?


How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


Describe your venue

Banquet Hall, Historic Building, Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services, Catering Services, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up, Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Limited Bar, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink, Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment, Chairs, Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January, February, March, November

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