Q&A with “The Ballroom” at City Flats Hotel
Our team sat down with Morgan Fisher, Sales and Events Manager, to talk through the exquisite service and design found at City Flats Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI.
Q: Tell us about the unique qualities that “The Ballroom” at City Flats Hotel offers couples for their wedding day. What services and/or products do you provide, how long have you been in operation, etc…
A: Renovated in 2012, “The Ballroom” at CityFlatsHotel boasts a beautiful blend of historic architecture with modern style. With seating up to 200 guests, all who visit The Ballroom are sure to be captivated by the grand staircase, vaulted ceilings and marble columns which provide an elegant ambience that is unlike any other. All rentals are inclusive of tables, floor-length linens, Chiavari chairs, full china place settings with silver chargers, custom lighting, and the setup/tear down of our items. We exclusively provide in-house food and beverage catering and work with couples to help plan their big day, from menu creation to day-of timing, layouts, and more.
Q: Why Bridal?
A: The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel is the perfect, fairytale wedding venue. When couples walk-up the grand staircase and gaze into the venue they are in awe of it’s beauty. We often hear, “the photos don’t do it justice.” The Ballroom features 1920’s Italian Renaissance styling with elaborate details that include ornate, walnut woodworking, wrought iron railings, marble floors, and hand painted ceilings.
Q: What can you share about going the extra mile in curating a stress free experience for a couple’s special day?
A: Our Event Coordinators take great pride in helping getting to know our couples and helping them bring their wedding visions to life. The team is knowledgeable about both event execution and timing in addition to assisting couples in creating day-of timelines and layouts.
Special Notes: City Flats Hotel staff offer unlimited communication to couples with flexibility for special requests. Coordinators stay on-site during the entire duration of the event to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
Q: How do you stand out from the rest?
A: Our venue is different from the rest, because we are a one-stop-shop for couples. The Ballroom is adjacent to our hotel, which makes it easy for guests to stay on-site before and after the wedding. Our Ballroom Suite and hotel rooms are available for the wedding party to get ready in, while in-house breakfast, lunch, or mimosas can be enjoyed. Keeping guests in one location leaves more time for fun and less time spent traveling.
We also have The Parlour at City Flats Hotel – a hair and makeup salon that specializes in bridal styling available for servicing all your beauty needs.
Tips from Morgan Fisher, Sales and Events Manager
- Our first piece of advice to couples would be to focus on finding the right venue, which will set the tone for your wedding. Guests will remember delicious food and drinks as well as the hospitality they receive from the service staff and coordination team, something our couples often compliment us on.
- Instead of spending time and money on party favors, offer guests a late night snack. Pizza and pretzel bites with beer cheese are hard to pass up after letting loose on the dance floor.
Exclusive Details and The Upcoming Wedding Season
City Flats Hotel is proud to be an inclusive venue and welcomes all couples. A newly renovated “Ballroom Suite” (formerly Bridal Suite) will be available to couples before the upcoming season. The Ballroom Suite will include a full makeup counter and new seating areas.
Special Notes for Shorter Engagements
In regards to wedding industry trends, we are seeing shorter engagement windows of 6 months to a year. City Flats Hotel ensures addresses their success and comfort in accommodating shorter periods of engagement throught the following statement,
“While in some cases it is important to book early, especially when wanting to secure a specific date, planning a wedding in 6 months is totally doable! Couples don’t need to wait 1.5-2 years to get married. With so many amenities under one roof, booking The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel allows couples to check off most of their to-do list in one stop, leaving more time for couples to enjoy their engagement.”
Learn more about “The Ballroom” at City Flats Hotel
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Photography: Laurenda Marie Photography
Planning & Design: Lori Mari Events
Coordination: Stella Luna Events
Linens & Rentals: Special Occasions Event Rental
HAPPY WEDDING PLANNING!