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Venues in Ferndale, MI,
(248) 990-5511

About Us

The Rust Belt Market is a banquet hall-style wedding and special event venue located in downtown Ferndale, Michigan. The building is the residence of a marketplace of more than 40 vintage artists and designers during business hours, with an eclectic, modern design. This venue’s high ceilings and intricate architectural details come together to create a space befitting your special celebration.

Facilities and Capacity

This building features 4,000 square feet of indoor, industrial-inspired event space for up to 160 seated guests or up to 250 standing guests. The existing decor includes twinkle lights, a tufted loveseat, a seven-foot aquarium that’s home to Amazon Dart Frogs, and the venue’s signature wooden chevron archway. The 1,000-square-foot Revel Bar is also included in your rental as well as a preparation kitchen. Furthermore, a self-service coat room is available for the convenience of you and your guests. This facility is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with wireless internet and a public address system. The peak season for this venue stretches from April through December, offering you a broad range of dates to select for your special day.

Services Offered

The Rust Belt Market provides all bar services, glassware, event rentals, and cleanup for your event. Craft beer is included in all bar packages, and champagne, wine, and liquor are also available. If you desire a signature cocktail or specialty drink, their bartenders will be happy to accommodate you. While this venue does not handle catering, the team is happy to provide you with a list of their preferred caterers and food trucks.


Ferndale is located about 20 minutes from downtown Detroit, Michigan. You and your guests will have easy access to a variety of hotels, restaurants, transportation options, and cultural opportunities. These include Wayne State University, the Motown Museum, Lake St. Clair, and the Detroit River. The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is conveniently located a 30-minute drive from this venue. The Rust Belt Market staff will be happy to advise you on further details of local attractions and transportation options for your special day.


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  • I went with my fiancé to check out the place in its natural state. We immediately loved it. So I figured I would set up a meeting with them. I called the sales manager, and as soon as she picked up the phone she quickly said I’ll call you back. She never did. A couple days later I got a text message from her. I promptly texted her to see when her availability was to set up a meeting. She told me that following Thursday. A couple days later she canceled on me. I asked when we could reschedule. She said she needed her planner so she could give me an exact time, and said she would text me later that day. I didn’t hear from her until the next week. She apologized saying she couldn’t remember my number. So I gave her my availability, once again, and again I haven’t heard from her, and still haven’t heard anything from her. All in all I would not recommend the Rust belt.

    responded with the following comments.

    Hey Alex, Client correspondence is extremely important to us as a venue and we always try to get clients in as soon as possible for tours. I had to cancel our original meeting due to a last minute event booking and you were only seeking evening tours which book a few weeks out. The call you mentioned was on the weekend when we had two weddings back to back and I was on site and didn't have a calendar in hand when you called. All new clients contacting me through text aren't programmed contacts in my phone so it can easily become confusing. We would never want a client to feel they weren't able to come in when they are interested in our venue and I am more than happy to set up a time to meet with you. It looks like I text you on Sunday and never heard back but please feel free to contact me if you have a change of heart!

    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?

    $ 1,100.00

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

    $ 1,100.00

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


    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Glassware, Set Up

    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?

    Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Drink

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue


    What kind of settings are available?


    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party

    What event services do you offer?

    Bar Services, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Wifi

    What bar services do you provide?

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

    What food and beverage items are available?


    What months are included in your peak season?

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

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, March

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