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The Lit

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The Lit is a historic wedding venue located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, this historic venue has been able to host to a variety of events since it was built in 1886, including presidential visits, lectures, community events, and weddings. The Lit is in the Ladies Literary Club building of Grand Rapids—traditionally an auditorium used for local performances and national talent—that has been reimagined into a unique banquet-style event space. Newly renovated to maintain the old world charm that boasts throughout the venue with seating for up to 200 guests, The Lit is designed to fit the needs of your event with an expert staff and plenty of options for your big day.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue offers just the right amount of character and flexibility to make any event magical, thanks to the hand-done woodwork, chandeliers, beautiful stage, and historic paintings. The Lit’s main hall has seating for up to 200 guests, while the stage is a great place to showcase the ceremony, DJ, or band throughout the event. The Lobby is the perfect spot for cocktail hour, with a bar and alcohol service available. The Lit also provides an on-site bridal suite with makeup stations, a shower, and mini bar so that you and your wedding party have a comfortable space to get ready in.

Services Offered

Whether you decide to host your wedding events, corporate event, birthday party, reunion, or lecture here, The Lit offers a variety of services so that you are sure to enjoy your time in this charming space. This historic venue will provide chairs, tables, lighting, and a sound system to complete your special event, as well as set up and clean up. In addition to providing plenty of space and a variety of services for your wedding ceremony and reception, The Lit is also available to host engagement parties, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.

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Describe your venue:

Art Gallery
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

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Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
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What bar services do you provide?

Champagne Toast
Limited Bar
Open Bar
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Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

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Audio Equipment

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What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access

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    Kelly B. Married on 12/03/2021
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    Professional, extremely kind and helpful!

    Such a beautiful historical building in the downtown Grand Rapids area! The history that goes along with this Venue is absolutely interesting and amazing!!
    Our Day of Coordinator from the venue was so helpful as we decided to make some last minute changes without pre-approval. Our vendors were prompt and super professional I would definitely recommend The LitGr!!
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    Anna W. Married on 12/04/2021
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    Do Not Recommend

    I cannot recommend this venue and suggest other couples quickly look elsewhere for their big day.

    Leading up to the event, we had high hopes and things were mostly smooth. We worked with Samantha who was a pleasure and easy to communicate with-she made us feel confident the wedding reception would be a success. The venue is pretty and they did a nice job on the remodel, but the looks of the venue and working with Sam are the only reason I didn’t rate less than 2 stars.

    The day of our wedding reception was a mess. When we arrived for hair that afternoon hours before the reception start, there were beanbags meant for another event in the space. The Lit’s coordinator had no idea what was going on, she referred to the wrong floor plan, made 100 excuses for things going wrong including “I don’t usually work at this venue”, but she spent more time complaining than problem solving. As the bride, this didn’t instill a lot of confidence and she was very rude. We spent time with Samantha a month prior figuring out the lighting timeline for the event, however the coordinator on the day didn’t know how to work the lights properly. At the end of a 5 hour reception, our band was still playing on a dark stage (the stage, sound & light capabilities were a big sell to us..huge disappointment). We just received our wedding photos and there are pictures of the venue coordinator sitting on our lounge furniture in the main room on her phone during our reception with guests present. On multiple occasions she complained to me, the bride, about having to work this shift. During clean up, we overheard the Lit coordinator complaining to another vendor that the owner, Robert, was supposed to come help her that night with the problems that were arising, but she stated that instead he decided to throw a party at his house.

    We paid a lot of money to have our wedding reception here and were very disappointed with the execution and lack of professionalism by the venue’s coordinator and more so, the venue owner Robert.
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Callie Mansfield
Callie Mansfield
Director of Sales and Marketing

Callie leads the sales team at Rye Venues with her 10 years of industry experience. She is a Michigan State University Alumni with a degree in Hospitality Business (Go Green!) and has worked in Southeast Michigan, Florida, and West Michigan in every area of events including planning, catering, sales and operations

Her experience and knowledge of the industry is a great resource for clients and her passion for the industry is easily recognized when she's touring clients through our space.

When she’s not busy touring clients through our space she enjoys cooking, listening to her extensive vinyl record collection, and relaxing with her cat Toby and dog Bugsy.


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