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Your Dream Wedding Ceremony or Reception Awaits You at the GRPM!

Your guests will admire the beauty and charm of this unique downtown location. Conveniently located within walking distance of many hotels, the Museum space offers a three-story open Galleria with spectacular Grand River and downtown Grand Rapids views. During your reception guests can stroll through The Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit for a journey back in time. With flexible seating options, whimsical photo locations and much more, your wedding will be what you want it to be at the GRPM.

All weddings at the GRPM include a personal Event Coordinator to take away the stress on your big day as well as the months leading up to it.


Ceremonies can be held in the Museum’s Meijer Theater or the Chaffee Planetarium, accommodating groups large and small. Each space is wonderful on its own, and your personal touches create a completely unique ceremony that will be cherished for years to come. Ceremony rentals require a reception rental at the Museum.

  • Meijer Theater ceremonies are $1,000
  • Chaffee Planetarium ceremonies are $1,500

Ceremonies include a one-hour rehearsal the day before your wedding with your event coordinator and audio/visual staff (if applicable). On the day of your wedding you can enjoy a large dressing room that is perfect for preparation and final touch ups. 

Bride and Groom leaving ceremony in Meijer Theater

Meijer Theater

Meijer Theater holds 256 guests in performance hall type seating. Full audiovisual capabilities are available.

Bridesmaid, bride, groom and best man at alter in planetarium wedding

Chaffee Planetarium Ceremonies

Located on the Museum’s 2nd floor, the planetarium offers completely customizable backdrops for ceremonies of up to  147 guests.


Wedding receptions are held on the first floor of the Museum, which includes the Galleria with built-in dance floor, the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit and all first-floor exhibits. Maximum capacity is 275 guests for a sit-down dinner and 350 for a stand-up reception.Wedding receptions may begin at or after 6:00 p.m., and the rental period may not extend past 12:00 am. The maximum rental period for a wedding reception is five hours.

The Spillman Carousel is closed to undergo major renovation through Fall 2020. 

Rental Charges

Reception Rental Rates (4 hour blocks) include an Event Coordinator from the Museum, table and chair set-up and take-down (if you are using the Museum’s inventory), and the use of our audio system for toasts/announcements in addition to what is listed above!

  • $2,000 (Monday – Thursday)
  • $3,000 (Friday – Sunday)
  • $500 for an additional hour (only one hour can be added)

Book your wedding reception for any date in February or March and receive your 5th hour free!

Beverage Service

Beverage service must be provided through the Museum and is served in accordance with City and State liquor licensing regulations. These include cash and sponsored bars, champagne toasts, wine service with dinner, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic punch, sodas and bottled water. To assist you in your beverage planning contact Jim Ackerman. Food and beverages are permitted in all pre-approved areas only. All beverage sales are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax and a 21% service charge. All bars are to close one half-hour prior to the end of the event.


Parking for your guests is available in the Museum’s 209-space parking ramp. There is a $10 charge for each vehicle parked in the ramp. You may cover this cost on behalf of your guests or you may choose to have your guests pay for their own parking. Please contact your event manager for valet parking pricing.

Additional Details

  • The use of oval tables (8-10 tops), short/tall cocktail tables, and 8-foot tables (for catering, gifts, registration, etc.) are included in the rental cost of the Museum, as well as set-up and tear down time and clean up of the Museum.
  • Receptions are allowed one-half hour after the contracted end time of the event for removal of items brought into the Museum.
  • Rentals require a 100 person minimum for all events.
  • Ceremonies may start no earlier than 6 p.m., and require that your reception also be held at the Museum.
  • Ceremonies in the Meijer Theater have the option of utilizing the Wurlitzer Theater Organ. The Organ is part of the Museum’s Collections, and may only be played by authorized members of the Museum’s Organ Committee. The Museum cannot be held responsible if no organist can be secured.

Preferred Vendors

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Applause Catering
Ashley Avila Photography
Baker Tent Rental
Barfly Events
Cascade Rental
The Catering Company
The Chair Cover Collection
Chiavari Chairs of Michigan
Dream Productions
Eastern Floral
Events by I Candy
Fancy Fray
Fast Booth
Gilmore Catering
Martha’s Catering
Music Host Entertainment
The People Picture Company
Posh Petals
Rhino Media
San Chez Bistro
Sitting Pretty
Special Occasions West
Studio 623
The Tent Chic
Vault Catering