What Can I Expect When I Book with the Ballroom at McKay?

Check out some of our frequently asked questions below to learn more about what it’s like to work with the Ballroom and spend time in beautiful, historic Grand Rapids, and please contact us with any questions!

  • How much does it cost to rent The Ballroom?
  • What is included i the price of my wedding?
  • Are you booking 2023 weddings?
  • How many guests can I have?
  • Where should I park?
  • What is there to do and see in Grand Rapids?
  • What hotels are available for me and my guests?
  • Do you have a list of recommended vendors?

How Much Does it Cost to Rent The Ballroom at McKay?

Corporate events start at $500, and weddings start at $2,000. Check out our detailed event pricing here for 2023 weddings and events. Pricing may vary depending upon the nature of your event, from corporate events to weddings to social events.

What is Included For the Price of My Wedding?

In addition to the gorgeous backdrop that The Ballroom at McKay gives your wedding, there is so much included with your reservation. From chairs to tables to highly trained staff, we provide so many of the details that will make your day special. For a list of everything we offer, check out our wedding venue detail page. There, you will also find our detailed price sheet for 2023 weddings and a rental details PDF.

Are You Booking for 2023 Weddings?

We are now booking for the 2023 wedding season in Grand Rapids! We’d love to get you booked for a tour as soon as possible to ensure you can secure your preferred date. Click here to submit a tour request. We also offer virtual tours of The Ballroom at McKay!

How Many Guests Can I Have?

Our wedding venue can hold up to 200 guests. For more information, visit our 2023 wedding page here.

Where Should I Park?

Fortunately, our central location right next to Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids provides several options for parking. The closest option is the Ellis Monroe Center Lot, just a one-minute walk. Other nearby options include 128 Monroe Center St NW Parking (a 2-minute walk), and Ellis Parking Structure on Ionia, which is a 6-minute walk (0.3 miles).

Click the links below for directions:

Ellis Monroe Center Lot: https://goo.gl/maps/hFqYmQ6h3f1qw3636

128 Monroe Center St NW: https://goo.gl/maps/rTNzKRGRoH3RzvAL9

Ellis Parking Structure: https://goo.gl/maps/qsXe4W89cnfqEAfdA

What is There to Do & See in Grand Rapids?

Your wedding, anniversary, birthday party, prom, or business conference is only part of the excitement Grand Rapids has to offer! Read on to learn what makes our West Michigan city so special to those who call it home and those who visit.


  • Grand Rapids Brewing Company — 10-minute walk from the The Ballroom at McKay
  • Founder’s Brewing (food & drinks)—4-minute walk from The Ballroom at McKay
  • The BOB (multi-level dining, beer, and entertainment) — 4-minute walk from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Mitten Brewing (food & craft beer) —7-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • The Knickerbocker (food, spirits & beer) — 14-minute walk from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Elk Brewing (craft beer)— 8-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Grey Line Brewing ( fresh ales)— 9-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Brass Ring Brewing (beer and food) — 17-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Harmony Brewing (beer and food) – 11-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay

Art, Museums & Sightseeing in Grand Rapids

It’s no surprise that just like our grand and sophisticated venue space, the surrounding Grand Rapids is also rich with history and character. Cultural enrichment comes in the form of the famous beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens, a number of museums and the John Ball Zoo.


There’s no shortage of delicious cuisine in the Grand Rapids area, from breakfast to dessert and coffee, you’re sure to find some hidden gems in the city.



East Town:

  • Rebel —11-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Eastown Antiques —11-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay

East Grand Rapids Gaslight Village:

  • Blackbird East— 13-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Hoffman Jewelers —14-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Pink Lemonade  —14-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Rosa’s Closet —13-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay
  • Shops at Breton Village  — 19-minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay. Featuring: Anthropologie | Evereve | Free People | Jos A Bank | Leigh’s | Lululemon | Madewell | Mason Jones | Orvis | RC Caylan Atelier | Southside Flower Market | Talbots | West Elm



Whether your guests are coming from near or far for your 2023 event, transportation to Grand Rapids is simple.

Air Travel:

Gerald R. Ford International Airport — 20 minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay. Offering international and domestic flights. 31 major market destinations and can connect to most destinations worldwide with one stop.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport — 2 hours 18 minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay. Offering international and domestic flights & 99 non-stop flights.

Chicago O’Hare— 3 hours 13 minutes from The Ballroom at McKay. Offering international and domestic flights & 206 non-stop flights.

Train & Bus Travel:

Amtrak —16 minute walk/ 4 minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay. Offering North American Arrivals/Destinations.

Greyhound — 12 minute walk/ 4 minute drive from The Ballroom at McKay. Offering North American Arrivals/Destinations.

The Rapid — Interurban transportation conveniently located throughout the Grand Rapids Metro Area.

Taxi/Rental Car:

 Airport Rental Cars:
Yellow Cab
Calder City Taxi

What Hotels are Available For Me and My Guests?

Here are some local hotels that are available for you and your guests for your 2022 wedding:

The Amway Grand Plaza – 2 minute walk

Homewood Suites – 3 minute walk

Hyatt Place Grand Rapids – 3 minute walk

JW Marriott Grand Rapids – 3 minute walk



From flowers to music to décor, we have compiled a list of trusted and recommended vendors in the Grand Rapids area that will help you plan and execute your perfect 2023 wedding.

In addition, we have a list of preferred caterers for your wedding day. You can find a list of our trusted culinary experts here.