Wedding Rentals

Did you and your spouse-to-be fall in love here at Grand Valley? Do you want to start the rest of your lives right here on campus? 

Whether you want an indoor ceremony at the Cook-Dewitt Center or an outdoor ceremony in the Arboretum, GVSU is a beautiful place to have your wedding.

Please contact Event Services at (616) 331-2350 or events@gvsu.edu for further information, questions, to check availability, or to make a reservation.

Venue Options


Cook-DeWitt Center

The Cook-DeWitt Center is the perfect location to hold your wedding ceremony. Just north of the Cook Carillon Clocktower on the GVSU Allendale campus, the Cook-Dewitt Center holds up to 236 people and offers a beautiful location to share your special day with the ones you love. Inside, there are separate rooms for everyone to get ready, and the building is yours for the day. 

Rental Type

Cost

Cook-DeWitt Center Wedding Package

$750

Cook-DeWitt Center Wedding Package (student/faculty/staff/alumni)

$500

Package Includes:

  • (2) hour block of time for a rehearsal the evening before the wedding ceremony in the Cook-DeWitt Center.
  • (6) hour block of time the day of the ceremony, the entire building is yours for this time period.
  • All audio/visual needs as well as an on-site operator.
  • Event directional signs will be placed at all three main campus entrances
  • Golf carts are available for rent from the Meadows Golf Course. Call 616-331-1004 for details.

Arboretum

The GVSU Arboretum serves as a lovely location for an outdoor wedding ceremony if you’re looking to get married among towering trees and blooming flowers. The Arboretum is located in the middle of GV’s Allendale campus and is right next to the Little Mac Bridge overlooking the Ravines.

Rental Type

Cost

Arboretum Wedding Package

$250

20' x 40' Tent (all-white framed tent)

$700

Chair (per each)

$4

 Port-a-John (Handicap-accessible unit)

$175

Package Includes:

  • (4) hour block of time the day of the ceremony in the Arboretum.
  • Additional rental arrangements for the following may be made through Event Services on behalf of the client:
    • Rooms in the Kirkhof Center for bridal party or reception.
    • Tent, chairs, Port-a-John (inclusive pricing provided).
  • There are no GVSU staff on site at events hosted in the Arboretum.
  • GVSU Event Services does not provide sound for Arboretum events—there is electricity available on both the east and west arbors.
  • Guest parking in Lot M or Lot G, drop-offs can be made at the Arboretum—parking is prohibited (Directions & Parking page).
  • Event directional signs will be placed at all three main campus entrances.
  • Golf carts are available for rent from the Meadows Golf Course. Call 616-331-1004 for details.

Arboretum & Cook-DeWitt Center

Combine the best of the Arboretum and Cook-DeWitt Center for your wedding!

Rental Type

Cost

Arboretum & Cook-DeWitt Center Wedding Package

$700

Package Includes:

  • (2) hour block of time for a rehearsal the evening before the wedding ceremony in the Cook-DeWitt Center.
  • (6) hour block of time the day of the ceremony, the entire building is yours for this time period.
  • (4) hour block of time the day of the ceremony in the Arboretum.
  • And other items listed in the above packages.

Reservation Policies

  • Reservations can be made up to one year in advance of the requested event date.
  • Rooms can be held tentatively for 10 days without payment.
  • After 10 days the tentative hold will be canceled if no payment has been received.
  • A tentative hold will not be considered confirmed until proper payment has been made and a contract has been signed. (Payment must be made within the 10-day tentative hold.)
  • To confirm your room reservation, a deposit of at least 50% of the room cost must be made within 10 days of the initial hold, along with submission of a signed copy of the rental contract (e-mailed to the customer when request is made).
  • Sales tax of 6% is added to all rentals.

Payment Options

CHECK

Make payable to Grand Valley State University. Mail check and signed contract to:

Event Services
1 Campus Drive
1110 Kirkhof Center
Allendale, MI 49401

Credit Card

We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards by phone at (616) 331-2350. You will need to send us your signed contract in the mail or email to johnt@gvsu.edu.


Event Services is a part of the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.