Downtown Detroit wedding venues are among the most sophisticated in the city, instantly transporting couples and guests to the city’s Gilded Age when many of the buildings were constructed. In addition to historic architecture, many Detroit wedding venues downtown are steps away from the Detroit River waterfront or within proximity to its glittering views. Bounded by Lodge, Fisher and Chrysler Freeways, downtown venues are located in the heart of Motor City, with easy connections to Midtown, North End and New Center. From art houses to iconic hotels to city clubs, downtown Detroit wedding venues are far from dull and ideal for your chic big day.
Check out nine of our favorite downtown Detroit wedding venues for your special day.
Detroit Opera House
When you host your wedding at this grandiose downtown Detroit venue you’ll be gracing the same stage as performers like Duke Ellington. Located on Broadway Street with views of Grand Circus Park, Detroit Opera House is a city fixture that’s nearly 100 years old. Choose from a variety of spaces for your wedding celebration, including the theatre’s main stage, which is the largest in Michigan, the Sky Deck, the grand lobby and other more intimate spaces throughout the building. The largest space accommodates up to 330 wedding guests.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Downtown Fort Shelby
Like many beautiful downtown Detroit wedding venues, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton is a century-old building that’s been carefully restored to preserve its history, but offers state-of-the-art amenities. Couples choose an event space from one of two luxe ballrooms that can accommodate up to 170 wedding guests. Romantic couples will be right at home among the ornate details of the ballrooms, too, with standout ceilings, lots of gold detailing and lush carpeting.
Waterfront Loft at Port Detroit
Just a quick skip away from the Detroit River, couples planning a waterfront wedding should definitely look into Waterfront Loft at Port Detroit. Choose between a terrace on the first floor and a modern loft on the second floor, each with floor-to-ceiling windows showing off the riverside views and skyline of Windsor, Canada. Host up to 400 guests for you wedding day in this spacious venue.
The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Vintage glam wedding ceremonies and receptions will fit right in at The Westin Book Cadillac, an iconic high-rise hotel and part of the city’s distinct skyline. Named for one of 20th century Detroit’s wealthiest families, the Book brothers, the original Book Cadillac hotel debuted in 1924 as part of their attempt to create a “Fifth Avenue of the West.” Boasting its original Neo-Renaissance façade, 31 floors and a recent first-class restoration, this hotel is the perfect venue for couples who want a space that embodies Detroit’s unique history. Choose from 10 event spaces, including an expansive banquet hall, to host up to 450 wedding guests.
Colony Club Detroit
Colony Club is one of the most opulent downtown Detroit wedding venues with two event space options for your wedding ceremony: The third- floor Grand Ballroom and the fourth-floor Petit Ballroom. Modeled in the style of the last King of France, the Grand Ballroom is ornate and regal with painted ceilings, European-inspired wall molds, a decadent chandelier and pristine wood floors. This venue also features the culinary talents of the in-house team at Gem Colony Events.
Wander a smidge outside the bounds of downtown Detroit to Midtown’s The Whitney mansion. Built by lumber baron David Whitney Jr. in 1870, this stately 22,000square foot building quickly became known as “America’s Palace” for its extravagance. Now an upscale restaurant for barons, baronesses and commoners alike, The Whitney moonlights as a spacious wedding venue. Choose from 12 of The Whitney’s dining rooms to host your perfect wedding, with sizes that accommodate parties from 10 to 400. Some of the features that are consistent among this wedding venue’s event spaces are 19th century fireplaces, stained glass windows from Tiffany & Co. and historical décor details. Couples looking for outdoor spaces will also love the property’s garden during warmer months.
Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center
Talk about being the middle of it all. Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center is in a prime location, GM Renaissance Center, along with more than 75 shops and restaurants. If you choose to have your wedding in a banquet room at Detroit Marriott, you’ll treat your guests to a rare view of Detroit and the Detroit River from the 70th floor of the tower. Beyond capacity for up to 1,800 wedding guests, this venue also offers nearly 1,300 hotel rooms. The rooms allow you to provide a discounted room block for your guests. Additionally, the venue staff is experienced at meeting the needs of multicultural and religious ceremonies, including a chuppah or mandap for Jewish or Hindu weddings.
Modern, moody aesthetics meet 1920s opulence to fantastic end at downtown Detroit’s Gem Theatre. Stylish couples will love the opportunity to artfully contrast colors and themes at this historic theatre. Inside the theatre venue, find deep wine-colored drapings, eclectic wall patterns, mahogany Chiavari chairs and dark wood floors. During warm weather, the theatre’s garden patio is also available for ceremonies. This versatile wedding venue accommodates weddings from 80 to 275 guests and is part of an all-inclusive wedding package that includes catering by Gem Colony Events.
Detroit’s Masonic is the world’s largest Masonic Temple with two ballrooms, two theaters and many additional event spaces. The Gothic Revival-style building is nearing its 100th birthday and boasts 14 floors. The aura of the early 20th century permeates the buildings interiors as well, with grand chandeliers, elegant archways and wood flooring accenting many of the event spaces. While this large venue can accommodate intimate weddings, the Crystal Ballroom and the Fountain Ballroom are two of the most popular choices for weddings, holding up to 350 and 650 guests respectively. The Masonic’s Chapel accommodates up to 400 guests.