A lovely Detroit wedding bursting with your unique personality on your special day doesn’t have to break the bank. Inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit are available, once you know where to look and what to look for. Before you start your search for Detroit wedding venues, you’ll need to create a comprehensive wedding budget. This is a crucial first step because couples typically spend half of their total budget on wedding ceremony and reception venues. (This includes catering and rentals, like chairs.)
In Metro Detroit, couples are paying slightly more than the national average for wedding venues, according to the WeddingWire Cost Guide. The range is $2,900 to $14,000 with $8,000 being the area average. The site fees of the Detroit wedding venues we’re highlighting are at or below the average.
Check out these gorgeous inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit.
The Rust Belt Market
A 50-strong collective of artisans occupy this eclectic market during the week, and their creativity shines brightly throughout this Ferndale, Michigan space. Couples delight in the more than 4,000 square feet of malleable event space The Rust Belt Market offers. Tall ceilings, idyllic string lights and exposed railings make this the perfect venue for modern rustic or industrial-inspired wedding themes. Unlike many standard barns or warehouses, though, The Rust Belt Market is temperature controlled for year-round comfort. Beyond its artful presentation, The Rust Belt Market is one of the most inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit. Rental fees top out at $2,300 for 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays with Friday and Sunday fees being slightly cheaper. Additional fees apply to start or end your rental outside of the evening rental hours as well as for catering and bar service.
Choose from six truly one-of-a-kind event spaces at the Detroit Zoo. Whether you want to feel like you’re swimming with polar bears in the glass-walled Arctic Ring of Life or go turtle watching on the Cotton Family Wetlands Boardwalk, animal lovers have multiple options for a wedding location your guests won’t soon forget. Among the choices are three outdoor venues with capacities ranging from 90 seated guests to 300 seated guests and three indoor options that fit between 50 and 150 seated guests. The Detroit Zoo is an incredibly inexpensive wedding venue option with ceremony and reception site fees starting at $500.
Couples looking for inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit need not fear they’ll be priced out of downtown. Gem Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Detroit on Madison Street in close proximity to Ford Field, the Detroit Opera House and multiple People Mover stations. Beyond the easy access to the city center, this stylish space is one of the classic Detroit wedding venues that have been modernized in recent years. Now, Gem Theatre retains its 1920s Jazz Age stylings blended with moody, modern accents. Dark wood floors, mahogany Chiavari chairs and gilded wall engravings finish setting the tone at the elegant theater. This venue includes two event spaces: the indoor theater and an outdoor garden patio during warmer weather. Ceremony site fees at Gem Theatre start at $500 and reception site fees start at $1,500. The fees include tables, chairs, linens, china, glassware and flatware in addition to lighting, sound, parking, set up and clean up.
Upscale banquet halls aren’t out of reach for couples hunting for inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit. Michigan League is an elegant event center in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Touting nearly a century of history, the stately ambiance of this venue is ideal for couples planning a classic or romantic-themed wedding. Michigan League offers a large formal ballroom for up to 250 wedding guests, or six smaller rooms for 40 to 96 wedding guests on your big day. There’s also an impressive concourse, complete with arched doorways and a sculpted ceiling, that accommodates up to 150 standing guests for cocktail hour or a cocktail-style reception. If you decide to host your wedding at Michigan League, total costs will likely range between about $7,000 and $14,000.
Exposed brick walls, colorful metal beams and concrete floors make The Eastern a charming warehouse wedding venue in Detroit’s Eastern Market neighborhood. Couples wanting to build their perfect wedding aesthetic from sparse stylings will revel in the 5,000 square feet of open, light-filled event space this former fire station and fire department repair building offers. When the space’s garage door is rolled down, the venue also features trendy floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the indoor area, The Eastern has a 3,000 square foot patio that’s the perfect venue for outdoor ceremonies or receptions in warmer months. All told, this venue works for a guest list of 300 people or less. A $3,950 flat fee for Saturday rentals makes this one of the most inexpensive wedding venues in Metro Detroit. Additional fees are required for security and cleaning, while a full bar, bartender services and an enhanced sound system are optional add-ons.
Ford Piquette Plant
Steep your wedding day in Motor City history by booking Ford Piquette Plant. The building has been around for more than 100 years with much of that time spent bearing witness to the births of some of the first American cars, including the Model T. After successful past lives as an auto factory, the Plant is now shined up and ready to host gorgeous industrial weddings. Still a working museum with classic cars serving as decor, Ford Piquette Plant is the perfect wedding venue for car enthusiasts. Fit up to 250 wedding guests in this memorable, rustic event space. Beyond its unique history, Ford Piquette Plant is one of the most affordable Detroit wedding venues with rental pricing for the larger third floor starting at $5,800 for 150 guests and topping out at $7,800 for up to 250. The second floor is suitable for up to 100 guests and is $4,500 for a weekend rental. Off-season (November to February) prices are $500 cheaper.
Take in the view from the Detroit River at Roostertail, one of the gorgeous waterfront Detroit wedding venues. This nautical-styled event space offers three distinct event spaces with capacity to accommodate up to 2,500 guest throughout the space. No matter which room you choose, your classic Detroit wedding isn’t complete without a photo opp down the popular pier. Wave hello to Belle Isle from the dock or surprise your guests with a fireworks display to end the night — the possibilities are many with this river side venue. Roostertail also provides affordable access to Detroit’s Marina District with site fees starting at $1,000, which includes tables, chair, linens, lighting/sound, parking, set up and clean up.