Weddings

The Ballroom at McKay is the ideal complement to the ultimate wedding. Two floors above the bustling city, service, combined with classic luxury makes The Ballroom at McKay the premier choice for your wedding ceremony, reception, or both. Whether you envision a simple gathering with your closest family and friends, or an elaborate formal affair with hundreds of guests, discover your ideal Downtown Grand Rapids wedding.

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Say “I do” seamlessly

Since its inception in 2013, The Ballroom at McKay has been host to spectacular Grand Rapids weddings, rehearsals, and receptions. A unique hidden gem of the West Michigan wedding venues, our priorities are to the happy couple who choose their wedding venue for a myriad of reasons. We work closely with our future newlyweds, focusing on their wants and needs for the perfect wedding and reception location. A premier wedding venue, the Ballroom at McKay provides an exceptional & sophisticated setting for your 2023 Grand Rapids wedding day. Your lucky West Michigan wedding guests will experience artful cuisine and unparalleled service from one of our six caterers and enjoy an extensive selection of beverages from our exceptional in-house beverage service. An on-site event coordinator and beverage manager will look after every detail of your special wedding day, including the spectacular lighting scenes and floor-length linens adorning tables set to your specifications; services and goods which are all included with your rental of the Ballroom at McKay.

If you’ve made the decision to have your 2023 wedding with us, contact us today to learn about availability, and get started planning your dream 2023 Grand Rapids wedding. If you’re still making your decision, learn more about what makes the Ballroom different from other West Michigan wedding venues by reaching out today!

The Ballroom at McKay is also a perfect location for your rehearsal dinner and wedding reception in Grand Rapids, Mi—contact us for more information!

Create Your Dream Grand Rapids Wedding

The Ballroom at McKay is taking bookings for the 2023 wedding season! We offer venue flexibility to match your aesthetic theme, and we are always striving to be one of the best wedding venues in Grand Rapids—and all of Michigan. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients and creating a personalized floor plan for each individual style. Our interactive online floorplan tool will ensure your wedding layout is just right for your special day. Our ballroom wedding venue features vaulted ceilings, jaw-dropping chandeliers, and polished marble architecture that truly make The Ballroom at McKay beautiful, elegant, and one-of-a-kind. Encapsulate the glamour of Downtown Grand Rapids for your 2023 wedding and create an unforgettable experience for you and your wedding guests.

We are accommodating to any wedding style or theme and are here to make sure that your wedding day is perfect. Whether your wedding calls for understated elegance, the latest bridal trend, or o bravado, the Ballroom at McKay is the perfect location to host your dream West Michigan Wedding. With a capacity for up to 200 seated wedding guests, The Ballroom at McKay is spacious enough to for your family and friends to be together on this most special of days.

You have dreamed about this day your whole life—how can we help you make that dream come true?

Check out our wedding gallery to see the range of weddings hosted at our venue! We truly can fit any wedding style or theme.

Our Wedding Venue Details

When you’re planning your dream 2023 wedding, every single detail is pivotal—regardless of size. The Ballroom at McKay can help! We include the following items in our rental fee, so you can cross them off your to-do before you say “I do” list:

  • Mahogany Venice Chairs
  • 60″ Round Banquet Tables
  • 6′ Banquet Tables
  • Cocktail Tables
  • Large Wood Parquet Dance Floor
  • Adjustable Staging*
  • Adjustable Lighting
  • Acoustically Enhanced In-House Audio*

*additional changes may apply

Our Experienced Wedding Staff

Our service team comprises a venue coordinator and a professionally trained beverage team.

Benefits of a Venue Coordinator

The job of a venue coordinator is to ensure the staff at the venue is taken care of. We will ensure the duties and schedules are managed so your wedding day runs smoothly. Weddings have many moving parts in regards to staffing, and your venue coordinator at The Ballroom at McKay will ensure those parts work together as well as possible.

Benefits of an Event Coordinator*

The event coordinator for your 2023 wedding will ensure your wedding stays on track. Weddings are pieced together like a puzzle, so you need someone to manage where everyone is supposed to be during your special day. Having someone to direct you to the ceremony site, direct when everyone walks down the aisle, manage the timeline, encourage people to move from the cocktail hour to dinner, and ensure all your decor is looking how you planned.

*Not included in your use of the Ballroom but Highly recommended

Benefits of a Professional Beverage Team

Having a professional beverage team is essential to a successful bar at your 2023 wedding. Your beverage team should have bartending experience to know what drinks to serve your guests as well as the knowledge of how to keep everyone safe while having the best night!

The Ballroom at McKay is booking for 2023 weddings in Grand Rapids! Contact us today to schedule your tour!

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The Ballroom at McKay Wedding Layout with Tables and Mahogany Chairs, Wedding Venue in Grand Rapids

Custom Pink & Blue Wedding Lighting with Candles and Flower Arrangements, Wedding Layout in Grand Rapids

***The Ballroom at McKay can host up to 200 guests for seated wedding receptions. Your rental includes 200 stunning Mahogany Venice chairs.

Social Events

Host your Holiday Party, Birthday Party, Anniversary, Retirement Party, or Client Events in a setting of glamour and elegance at The Ballroom at McKay, downtown Grand Rapids’ premier event venue.

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Though known predominantly for its traditional use as a wedding venue, the Ballroom at McKay is also an ideal Grand Rapids event venue for any social event or special occasion that requires an equally special venue. Host your birthday party, baby shower, engagement party, bridal shower, and more at the Ballroom at McKay for a memorable and sophisticated experience right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The history and natural elegance of our downtown Grand Rapids space will create a perfect canvas for whatever your private event may be.

Can the Ballroom at McKay Host My Event, Even If It’s Not a Wedding?

The answer is mostly likely yes! The Ballroom at McKay’s venue space is an ideal canvas for Grand Rapids events like:

  • Birthday parties
  • Quinceañeras
  • Engagement parties
  • Anniversaries
  • Baby showers
  • Bridal showers
  • Proms
  • Galas
  • Banquets
  • Fundraisers
  • Corporate events
  • Social gatherings
  • Holiday parties & more

Our talented catering culinary partners will create a custom catering menu perfectly tailored to the style and mood of your event, providing delicious, bold flavors and a plethora of options. Allow our trained beverage staff to recommend just the perfect pairing with the menu being served.

Wondering what’s included in your rental and what you need to provide for your special social event? View our weddings page to view our venue details.

Why are venues important for social events?

The venue you choose for your event sets the tone for the day. In addition to aesthetics, choosing a professional event venue like The Ballroom at McKay will ensure your event will be executed to your vision. You can take advantage of all the party elements included like décor, staff, and culinary recommendations.

Other benefits of using a professional event venue include the following:

Wow your Guests

When your guests walk into The Ballroom at McKay, they will be wowed by the sculptural elements and décor that make our venue so special. It will automatically add sparkle to your event! It will start the event off on a high note, making all the other plans fall right into place.

We offer a variety of decor options to bring your vision to life. We can also recommend florists to add that special touch to your day.

Location

Because The Ballroom at McKay is located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids, it makes the perfect location for your special event! Close to hotels, dining, shopping, and more, there’s no better place for your event than The Ballroom at McKay!

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Venue Capacity

When you choose a professional event venue, you have the capacity for all the guests at your event! If you don’t have enough room, you will either be sharing chairs or sitting elbow to elbow. Ensure you have the space your event needs by renting out the right sized venue.

View our gallery of past social events to see how the space functions as a Grand Rapids private function venue for any special day.

Ballroom at McKay Venue Social Event Space in Grand Rapids

Corporate Events

Take your corporate event or holiday office party to a higher level at The Ballroom at McKay. The Ballroom at McKay’s intimate ballroom space is the perfect spot to get to know each other better. We have everything you need to make your next meeting or special event a success.

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Like any city, Grand Rapids has its share of downtown businesses and offices—many with unbeatable views of our beautiful city. However, if you want a change of scenery for your corporate event or holiday party, consider the Ballroom at McKay!

Business events have the potential to be memorable and exciting, and a major consideration that can make or break your event is the venue. Planning an important business meeting? Luckily, we know just the Grand Rapids meeting space that can adapt to fit many styles. The Ballroom at McKay offers several benefits when planning the perfect business event in Grand Rapids, including:

  • Single Floor—The Ballroom provides a quick, smooth transition between the start of your event (coatroom), registration, and the meeting space itself. You won’t have to go far to mingle with co-workers or network with new contacts. Centrally-located restrooms offer convenience for event attendees.
  • Sophisticated & Elegant SpaceLearn more about our historic space here and take a look for yourself in our corporate event gallery or get a feel for the space with our 3D virtual tour. Many guests love the traditional, professional look and feel of our space—and we hope you will, too.
  • Flexibility — A major advantage when booking an event with the Ballroom is the flexibility of its space—the Ballroom’s ability to convert into a professional space to fit your company’s needs is second to none, and our staff will work closely with you and do everything within our power to ensure your event is a success.

Some of the special corporate events that have been hosted at the Ballroom at McKay include:

  • Intimate Business Gatherings
  • Business Meetings
  • Business Conferences
  • Business Presentations
  • Conventions
  • Board Meetings
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Sales Training Meetings
  • Workshops
  • Product Launch
  • Fundraisers
  • Galas & More!

Our event team will work diligently with you through your business event planning process to make sure your event is a professional, successful, and memorable one. Our trusted catering culinary partners will design a personal catering menu to fit the exact style and mood of your corporate event, offering several bold flavor options. Wondering what’s included in your rental? View our amenities and contact us if you have any questions.

Benefits of an Event Venue for Corporate Events

While hosting your corporate event at an event venue may seem like superfluous at first, there are a multitude of benefits that you receive by having your event at The Ballroom at McKay.

Professional Staff

The professional event team at The Ballroom at McKay will have your event flow effortlessly. From coordinators to our beverage team to security, we have staff to cover all your needs.

Decor

We have the following items for you to use at your corporate event, so you can check a few more things off your list.

  • Mahogany Venice Chairs
  • 60″ Round Banquet Tables
  • 6′ Banquet Tables
  • Cocktail Tables
  • Large Wood Parquet Dance Floor
  • Adjustable Staging*
  • Adjustable Lighting
  • Acoustically Enhanced In-House Audio*

*additional charges may apply

Architectural space

The beautiful pillars and chandeliers in the Ballroom make for a gorgeous space for your corporate event. Wow your staff and guests by hosting your event in our historic building. Rich in history, the Ballroom is sure to add a little sparkle to the day.

Location

The Ballroom at McKay is in an excellent location for your Grand Rapids corporate event. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, it’s in a central location no matter where your employees are commuting from. Whether your staff is coming from Walker, Comstock Park, Northview, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, or Grandville, The Ballroom at McKay is in the perfect location. If your staff is coming from farther away, there are plenty of hotel options located within walking distance of the Ballroom. We have those listed here.

Holiday Business Parties & Work Events

Happy Holidays! In charge of planning your office’s holiday party in Grand Rapids, or simply finding venue options to present your team? The Ballroom at McKay is perfectly set up to successfully accommodate any corporate holiday party, whether large or small! Mix business with pleasure by celebrating at The Ballroom at McKay. Get to know each other over a beautiful meal, excellent drinks, and a breathtaking view of snow dusting over downtown Grand Rapids to help you celebrate the holidays.

 

The Ballroom at McKay Decorated for Christmas, with Black Tablecloths and Red and Green Centerpieces

Prom

Is your prom committee looking to hold your dance someplace other than a school cafeteria or gym? Consider The Ballroom at McKay for an elegant and traditional venue.

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A Downtown Grand Rapids Prom Venue

The breathtaking architecture and customizable layout will make your prom one to remember! The Ballroom at McKay includes a lighting feature that allows the space to be transformed into anything your heart desires.

Call us today to schedule a walk through and book your 2020 prom!