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Price range: $7,950 - $10,250 Price range: $7,950 - $10,250
Couples usually spend $9,100 Couples usually spend $9,100
$500 starting price
$500 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person
$500 starting price
$500 starting price
Bar service
$22 per person

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On WeddingWire since 2019

The Sweet House is a charming historic wedding venue conveniently located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. This venue is a testament to the beauty of Italianate architecture, having been built in the style of an Italianate Villa in the mid-1860s. This house is now in the care of the Sweet House Foundation who has lovingly maintained the timeless beauty and historical significance of the home. Couples can now enjoy hosting the wedding event of their dreams in this truly incredible location as they create a celebration to remember.

Facilities and Capacity

The Sweet House is the prefect location for a Wedding. We are able to accomadate the ceramony, dinner and reception all under the same roof! No worrying about picking up and having to go to another location. The Sweet House offers several event rooms, each bedecked with stylish decor and individual themes, ideal for a variety of wedding events. The Hazel Vandenberg Auditorium offers a stylish, light-filled, ceremony space, complete with a grand piano and raised platform. The checkered floor, cream walls, and tasteful decor provides elegance and grandeur within this space, which can comfortably accommodate up to 150 seated guests. Desdemona’s Dining Room, named in honor of the original lady of the house, Desdemona Sweet, offers space for up to 125 guests for wedding receptions. The room features antique wallpaper, ornate chandeliers, and large sash windows creating a vintage, sophisticated ambiance. The room benefits from an open-plan layout which facilitates a variety of seating arrangements that can be tailored to your preferences. The Sweet House also offers a number of smaller rooms that can be used for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, and more. These include the elegant Wedgewood Room and the Drawing Room. Get-ready rooms are also provided on-site for your convenience, offering comfort and style for your wedding preparations. We have our own Liquour License and offer a variety of Bar Packages and drink options. Parking is available on the property and the venue can supply a valet service upon request.

Services Offered

The event team at this property offers a variety of services to enhance your day. This includes referrals to a range of tried and trusted vendors that can accommodate your needs. There is WiFi available throughout the venue for your convenience and setup is provided by the venue, giving you less to worry about. Couples also have the option of audio-visual equipment, such as wireless microphones and a projector. A selection of event items is available for your celebration. These include:

  • Full Bar Service
  • Coffee Service
  • Non-Alcoholic beverages
  • Glassware
  • Linen
  • Barware
  • China
  • Flatware
  • Floral ceterpiece choices included in rental price
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Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

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Bar Services
Catering Services
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance

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

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Audio Equipment

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Reviews of The Sweet House

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4.5/5 78 reviews
Tamara S. Sent on 11/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Warm, Wonderful, Welcoming, Historical experience!

We hosted our daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner at the Sweet House on October 15 in the Wedgwood room. The history of the room and the house is fascinating. The table upon which we dined had been used in the past for dinners attended by US presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Gerald Ford. Everything about the house exudes elegance and grace. After entering the welcoming and beautiful foyer, our party enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Best Room, Print Room, and Library before dinner. The custom menu was provided by the Sweet House's Chef Hannah and the food was delectable. The bar service was excellent. Every detail was attended to by the respectful and fully vaccinated staff. We were treated like royalty from start to finish. I recommend this mansion venue to anyone looking for a perfectly unique and charming experience. You will feel special here!
Buffy B. Sent on 10/21/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely everything I wanted

The Sweet House Foundation did absolutely fantastic, our situation was not easy and The Sweet House Foundation worked with me for 2 years before I could actually have my wedding there, I would recommend them to anyone for any occasion. They do all the hard stuff that makes wedding planning so much more simple, I pretty much just brought my decorations and put in place, they set up and tear down. The other thing I was so happy was the cost for everything, it was so reasonable. More reasonable than any venue I checked for my smaller wedding. The price i paid was for whole day and had a bar package for 30 people.
Erin Z. Sent on 10/27/2021
4.8 out of 5 rating

Great Experience

My husband and I got married on 7/31/21 at The Sweet House and it was a beautiful day! We had both our ceremony and reception there. We invited 115 and 75 people attended. We were planning in the midst of Covid and Sue was very patient with me and my Plans A,B,C,D,etc and was willing to work with us to the best of her ability. Luckily, everything went as planned! Sue was also so awesome behind the scenes on the day of and helped everything run smoothly. She also helped gather decorations up as the night wrapped up.

The venue is beautiful. It is a historic Heritage Hill home and comes with plentiful character, charm, and history. This was one of the biggest selling points for us. The layout is a little different from other venues. We had the ceremony downstairs in the ballroom, cocktails and dinner upstairs, and then dancing back downstairs. This made us a little nervous going in, but our guests loved it and there was no confusion. It made it really unique!

One of the few downsides was that you can't bring in your own bar service from elsewhere. You have to use their own bar packages, which were quite pricey in comparison to the rest of the rental. However, the bar service was good quality and shout out to the bartender to went above and beyond her duties! Other hiccup was arranging staffing for clearing tables/dishwashing. It ended up being way more complicated than it needed to be, and an industry wide staffing shortage didn't help either.

Another one of our favorite notes about The Sweet House is that it's a non profit that prioritizes the maintenance and care of the house for many more to enjoy in years to come. This place holds so many wonderful memories now. It was such a special day. We would definitely recommend The Sweet House!
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