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What people are saying about Grand Valley State University's Wedding Reception at the L.V. Eberhard Center............
Great place to have a reception!
We were very satisfied with our whole experience at the Eberhard Center. The day itself went smoothly. The staff made it so that we could thoroughly enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about anything. They set up all our decorations, but still let us come check out the set up and it was just how I envisioned it to be. Leading up to the day, we were well informed of everything we would need to know. Kelly was very professional and personable and great to work with.
“A very affordable venue with wonderful views of the city. The staff knows their events - if you didn't think of it - they did. The catering company was very flexible. My guests had only good things to say about the venue and food. My out of town guests enjoyed walking to the hotels and enjoying sights of the city.”
"My wedding reception was perfect. We were so pleased with how everything turned out. We are so thrilled we chose the Eberhard Center for our venue!"
"Your service staff abroad are all amazing. We are proud to use GVSU facilities for our events."
"My wedding reception at the Eberhard Center was absolutely perfect. Ali was my coordinator and she was great to work with. Since I live out of town, we communicated via email a lot when I would think of questions, and we met once about two weeks before the wedding to finalize everything. At that time, I was a little stressed because I had so many questions and things on my mind - I was having a hard time visualizing how everything would come together. Ali answered all of my questions so quickly and had such an easy answer for everything. I was so relieved leaving that meeting. Then, we came back the day before the wedding to drop off the guestbook, name cards, table numbers, favors, etc., and Ali set everything up for us! I didn't have to lift a finger! I couldn't believe how easy it all was.
The reception was absolutely gorgeous. Outside of the reception area there is a lobby where the cocktail hour takes place. The bridal party wasn't at the cocktail hour so I didn't get to experience it, but I was told it was beautiful. The cocktail area over looks river and the city, and we had a band playing (we got to use Eberhard's grand piano which was a nice touch), and we had an hors d'oeuvres display with an ice sculpture (this comes with the wedding package that we purchased).
The first time that I saw everything set up in the reception room was when my groom and I were announced after getting off the party bus - when I walked in I was SO happy with how everything looked. The up-lighting was beautiful, the head table looked amazing, everything was set up just perfectly. They even had a stage for our band. The food was delicious, the bartenders were great, and Ali was there making sure everything went smoothly. She even came up to check on me a couple times. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and I got many many complements on what a great venue it was. My guests had a great time, and my husband and I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend the Eberhard Center!"
Eberhard Center was fabulous. Everything turned out absolutely perfect and Jennifer May was a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this venue and the food is delicious too!
The Eberhard was the practically PERFECT place for our wedding reception! Located in a beautiful part of GR and enough space for both introverts and extroverts to enjoy! We LOVED Kelly. Without her I don't know how the reception could have been able to work. She was TREMENDOUS and instrumental to the joy everyone experienced that night!
I'm so happy that we held our reception at The Eberhard Center! Kelly was fantastic to work with and extremely responsive to emails and phone calls. She fielded all of our questions, kept us on task, and ultimately coordinated with all of our vendors to make sure everything was set up and executed as planned. She was even present at our reception the entire time! Our guests appreciated the river/downtown view during the cocktail hour and had nothing but great things to say about the food. Out-of-town guests had their choice of several hotels all within walking distance, and loved the wide variety of other activities nearby (The Public Museum, Founders, etc.). I would recommend The Eberhard Center to anyone planning their reception in Grand Rapids!
Kelly and the rest of the Eberhard staff made the typically stressful process of planning a wedding exactly the opposite. It was a pleasure working with them and we would recommend you work with them too!
I loved having our reception here. I went to GVSU and it was the perfect fit. Kelly did an excellent job with planning and it was a great night!
We could not be more happy with our experience with the Eberhard Center for our daughter's wedding reception. Kelly was amazing in that she was so attentive to our needs and was present all night, checking in with us several times, and assisting with things that came up. The food was amazing and it was a beautiful night! I would definitely recommend this venue. We received a lot of compliments on the beautiful cocktail area overlooking the river and on the food!! Spectacular service and beautiful venue!
I had a clear vision in mind for what I wanted our reception to look like and what we wanted for food and cocktail hour. Ali was very accommodating and gave great advice when making our final decisions. We did not worry about one thing on our wedding day! The staff was professional and wonderful to work with.
Our experience with the Eberhard Center was fantastic and I can’t say enough about how helpful and accommodating they were with everything wedding related. We are so thankful for their help and so glad that we chose this venue for our perfect day!
We were very pleased with our reception at the LV Eberhard Center! Jennifer made the entire planning process very easy with a document that we filled out and then a simple meeting to go through everything. We were able to drop things off for the reception a couple of days before the wedding, and the Eberhard Center staff set it up for us (place cards, guestbook, etc). We received so many compliments on the food and had excellent service the day of the wedding.
Fantastic service! The event coordinator was extremely helpful and flexible. The entire staff was nice and professional. I received many compliments about how nice and beautiful our wedding reception was! Thank you, Eberhard staff for making our special day perfect!
My Daughter looked at a few venues before deciding on the Eberhard Center. It was hands down the best decision we made! Our coordinator, Jennifer made the entire process smooth from beginning to end! I highly recommend L.V. Eberhard Center, you wont regret it!
Thank you Jennifer and team for an absolutely ceremony and reception!
Superb Value! My fiance planned our wedding in 5 months and chose this venue because of awesome downtown location, unique space and value. The GVSU team was phenomenal to work with and our wedding reception was such a fun party that I will treasure!
Definitely Recommend! It was a dream to work with the L. V Eberhard Center to plan our wedding! They were willing to help us in any way possible to create our beautiful wedding reception space. The venue was open the day before so we could set up with plenty of time and the space turned out just gorgeous! Especially due to the weather and the view of the river! Would recommend to anyone!