One of my favorite parts of event planning is choosing venues. There are so many amazing options throughout Southeast Michigan...The Henry Ford in Dearborn, The Townsend in Birmingham, Comerica Park, the Howell Opera House, the list goes on and on. Ann Arbor has a few to boast about too including the Michigan League Ballroom, Polo Fields Country Club, Barton Hills Country Club, The Matthei Botanical Gardens...you get the hang of this :)
This season we are so blessed to be working with brides from all over. Some are having big, formal, extravagant affairs and some are having small, quaint, relaxed weddings. We will be traveling to Dearborn, Ferndale, Tecumseh, and Ypsilanti (just to name a few) this wedding season.
I wanted to call attention to a few hidden gems in our very own city of Ann Arbor. Okay, so maybe they're not "hidden" and they certainly are not for every type of party, however, we really like certain aspects of these venues:
University of Michigan Museum of Art - http://www.umma.umich.edu/
This venue is so unique and very cool! It has a gorgeous winding staircase that is perfect for photo ops and the ambience throughout the museum is so different than anywhere else (in a GREAT way!) Parking can be a challenge so thank goodness for valet! While there are a few specific guidelines you must follow as outlined in their contract, there is also a lot of freedom to transform the museum to be what you want it to be...vintage, artsy modern, black tie, etc. The options are endless as to how this beautiful venue is transformed and we love to hear and see the visions each person has.
Weber's Inn - http://www.webersinn.com/
Weber's Inn is a landmark hotel in the heart of Ann Arbor. It is located right off I-94 and was recently remodeled into a stunning, updated, modern hotel. If you have a large event this might be the place for you. With hotel rooms onsite and a large swimming pool, this is often a retreat for those local to Ann Arbor who want to take the kids and get out of the house for the night/weekend. Weber's is known for their Sunday brunch among other foods, and you can bet you won't be disappointed no matter what you choose for your menu!
Where was your wedding/reception? What is your favorite venue in your city?