‘Altared’ Bliss – Frederik Meijer Gardens

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A happy couple celebrates their nuptials at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Courtesy photo.

Our six-part series on West Michigan wedding venues culminates with one of the world’s foremost horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks– Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Better known for its abundant gardens and incredible sculptures, annual butterfly exhibition, and summer concert series, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a wedding venue you won’t want to miss. This vast building can accommodate as many as 1,200 guests within its grand halls. Because Meijer Gardens is an attraction, when booking the venue for your matrimonial merrymaking, you and your guests receive free admission to select areas of the park to enjoy.

Décor is seldom required, as Meijer Gardens offers a variety of beautiful spaces to hold a ceremony. Kiss your new spouse beneath the glittering Chihuly sculpture or tie the knot in one of the breathtaking greenhouses. Take newlywed photos in front of a serene waterfall and a pond filled with koi or beside one of the park’s many impressive sculptures. Steal romantic glances at each other on a bridge in the Japanese Garden or tuck yourselves away in the bright foliage – photo opportunities abound.

Dinner is a breeze when you work with their in-house catering, Meijer Gardens Culinary Arts and Events. Choose from an extensive list of mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, like the Michigan cherry barbeque kabobs, fontina risotto croquettes or classic deviled eggs. They’ll work with you to craft a sumptuous plated dinner menu or delicious buffet spread. Looking for something else? Meijer Gardens has a list of approved caterers you can work with to create a memorable meal. Yes, your wedding guests will remember the food!

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Ever since Pasha Shipp could talk, she's been dreaming up colorful stories. Fantasy creatures, mysterious kingdoms, enchanted forests, you name it. As she reached adulthood, she decided to take the magic out of her head and put it down on paper. Pasha has been writing for Grand Rapids Magazine since November 2015, and has loved every minute of it. She has a master's degree in Communication and a bachelor's degree in Film Studies from Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University respectively. When she isn't daydreaming and writing stories for the magazine, she's exploring the many hidden treasures of Grand Rapids with her fiancé.