Break out of the ballroom and experience the freshwater elegance of hosting after hours celebrations at Great Lakes Aquarium! We can accommodate all your needs, from the wedding shower through the Big Day. We offer space for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, room for seated receptions for up to 160 people, and a sparkling 24-foot water wall as a backdrop for the first dance through the last call. Learn more about all the ways we can make your celebrations special!
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Recommended by 87% of couples
Sylwia · Married on 08/27/2016
Couldn't have chosen better place for our ceremony and party. Everyone had something to do: kids plenty of exhibits to explore and adults neat venue with dance floor next to the waterwall. We were on a budget but this venue was worth every penny. Alexis (the event coordinator) is the sweetest and most accommodating person I've ever met. I couldn't have asked for a better service!
kENDRA · Married on 09/23/2017
GLA is a great place for a wedding ceremony! There's a beautiful private courtyard behind the building for ceremonies, with a lovely harbor view. There's also an indoor "backup" space that also has an awesome view. This is the only venue that I know of where the indoor location also has a water view, so that was a huge deal to my husband and me. After the ceremony, guests loved exploring the aquarium exhibits. Our reception was next door at the DECC which worked perfectly - our guests stayed in Canal Park and walked everywhere! They do have free parking for those who drive. However, your guests to ask for the free parking. A lot of our guests were charged because the parking attendant didn't ask if they were there for our wedding. I wish we could have given the attendant a list of our guests so people were not charged. The event coordinators were very kind, professional and accommodating throughout the whole process. Thanks GLA!
Heather · Married on 05/20/2006
This was a fabulous ceremony site - unique, memorable, and striking. Guests enjoyed touring the aquarium prior to the event, it was a great value for a ceremony only, and we had breathtaking photos right outside the door. The facility was great for our small wedding - the only problem was sound, in front of the waterfall it was difficult to hear the officiant. Highly recommended. During my engagment a new events director took over, and she was great - Annie.
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