Weddings

The Historic Ramsdell Theatre

Manistee, MI View map
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Up to 300 guests

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Up to 300 guests

It starts with YES. Located in the Victorian beachfront community of Manistee, the Ramsdell has it all. With three unique venues, the Ramsdell is the place to go for your perfect wedding. From the beautifully restored theatre for your ceremony (seats 500) to our gallery space for your pre-reception (seats 100) and finally, to the grand ballroom for your reception (seats 300). Rentals of Hardy Hall and Ballroom include tables, chairs, access to a catering kitchen and staff to assist you on your special day. Make it a Ramsdell wedding.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes

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

$700

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

$500

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

Yes

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

$700

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

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Clean Up
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$5

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

Bartender(s)
House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

5

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

3

Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Lighting / Sound
Set Up

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?

Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Chair Covers
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
October
November
December
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    Amanda S. Married on 01/18/2020
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    Winter Wedding

    Having my wedding at a local venue was something at the top of my list once I got engaged. With getting married in the winter there isn’t too many options where you can do the ceremony and reception all in one place and the Ramsdell provides just that! The whole day was honestly so magical. Having such a historic building in Manistee as an option for a wedding venue is priceless in my opinion. Laura was a tremendous help with planning, set up, and finalizing everything. I can’t express how thankful I am for her as she played a hand in making my wedding dreams come true. I would 100% recommend having the Ramsdell as a wedding venue to anyone who asks! I am thankful Manistee has the Ramsdell Theatre because I don’t see how my wedding could have been done the same!

    The Historic Ramsdell Theatre's reply:

    Thank you Amanda! Your wedding was beautiful and we were so happy to be a part of your special day!
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    We had our wedding reception in the Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Theatre. It’s wood floors and interior are beautiful and fit perfect with our wedding theme. The lightening is amazing in this room and can be adjusted. The historical significance of the building and overall aesthetics are wonderful and add a special characteristic to the air. Mike and the Ramsdell Theatre staff were great to work with and helped us plan, set-up, and take down our decorations. They were professional, personable, and insightful. They were very generous and open minded too. They even worked with our vendors before and during our reception. We couldn’t ask for a better place and staff to work with on our wedding day. We are very grateful and had a great time with them. Even if you choose not to rent a room from them, this building is worth checking out! It is truly an enchanting place.

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Team

Xavier Verna
Xavier Verna
Executive Director

Executive Director, Xavier Verna, arrived at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) in 2017 after having served for five years as Director of Education for the Sphinx Organization in Detroit, MI. Xavier is also involved in state-wide efforts to support other Michigan arts and cultural organizations as a governor-appointed council member for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and serves as the President for the Michigan Presenters Network.

Xavier has transformed the performing arts programs at the Ramsdell by diversifying its content to reach broader audiences. He has expanded the RRCA’s programming and impact by partnering with institutions such as Interlochen Center for the Arts, Traverse City Opera House, West Shore Community College, and Shoreline Music Society. He also helped strengthen existing programs by securing funding to renovate Hardy Hall, the art gallery space. Xavier’s dynamic and innovative energy also brought new ideas to the table by introducing an escape room to its programming and attracting future audience members and donors. Xavier’s collaborative energy has increased partnerships within the community with area business leaders and corporations to support programming and operations at the RRCA.

At Sphinx, Xavier expanded its educational programming profile to a national level, which received one of the highest honors at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, hosted by former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. He oversaw the development of local and national programming. In Detroit and Flint, Xavier worked with various partners and schools to provide after-school programming and live concert opportunities reaching over 1,000 students annually. He successfully led summer programs with major institutions such as Roosevelt University and Oberlin Conservatory to provide intensive chamber music training for young students ages 12-17. He also ran the National Sphinx Competition, inviting some of the most talented Black and Latino string musicians to compete for a top prize of $50,000 and worked with over 20 nationally recognized institutions to provide scholarships for further study.

A skilled and professional percussionist and educator, Xavier received his degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance in Ann Arbor, MI. He’s been passionate about education from the start and worked in several cities such as Ann Arbor, MI, Toledo, OH, and Alexandra, VA, among others. He’s worked with several schools as a private teacher and as a Band and Drumline Director.

An accomplished musician, Xavier has performed nationally and internationally in a variety of ensembles. He’s appeared in PBS television broadcasts with the Sphinx Symphony, the unique all Black and Latino orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country. Additionally, Rhyta Musik, an Eastern European brass band focused on educating and inspiring communities, has appeared on stages at ‘Ann Arbor Arts Festival,’ ‘Arts Beats, and Eats,’ and the international conference on diversity in the arts, ‘SphinxCon’. He is the co-founder of Identity Cubed, an exciting percussion trio based in Michigan.

He resides in Manistee County with his wife and her dog. In addition to the arts, Xavier is passionate about coffee, exercising, food, and enjoys travel.

Michael
Michael "Mik" Mikula
Facilities and Operations Manager

Prior to joining the RRCA, Mik had a long and successful career in the theatre. After moving away from Manistee 28 years ago, Mik studied at the Royal National Theater in London, England, and received his BFA in Theatre Arts, both in design and performance, from Stephens College for Women. He studied at the Royal Shakespeare Company with Antony Sher, Fiona Shaw, Richard Eyre, John Barton, Patrick Stewart, Janet McTyre, and others. Mik also served as Technical Director for the Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota. After returning to Michigan, Mik worked at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and as Director of Theatre at West Shore Community College.

Mik has been a professional theatre artist for more than 25 years, throughout the United States, primarily Midwest. He is a director, has worked in education, repertory summer theatre, all aspects of technical theatre, touring management, fundraising, grant writing, film television, voice-over, print, industrials, and others. He is versed in all areas of technical theatre including design, technical direction, production management, lighting design and master electrician, sound design and technician, prop master and design, stage management, special effects, and construction.

He has worked in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul for more than 20 years, working on over 50 professional productions at that time. For 7 years Mik worked for Troupe America as Company Manager, Production Manager and Technical Director for the four of the five different Church Basement Ladies National Tours, having logged more than 200,000 miles touring, in more than 250 different venues, and as Technical Director for the Medora Musical in Medora, North Dakota. In addition, Mik has been a director for the Lakeshore Players Summer Youth Program, for 10 years. He has worked as an improvisational actor for Who-Done-It, and also works as a director and theatre technician, in addition to working in film, television, industrials, print, and voice-overs.

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101 Maple St. Manistee, MI, 49660
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