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Pre-Wedding Events in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids isn’t just a great wedding destination – it’s a also great place for family and friends to celebrate your impending nuptials with you.

Bridal showers. Bachelor and bachelorette parties. Rehearsal dinners. You can host these events in a wide range of restaurants and other traditional venues – or you can take advantage of the unique attributes of Grand Rapids to create one-of-a-kind themed experiences for your guests. A few examples:

Tram tour at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Art: I, you, she or he… by Jaume Plensa

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Garden Party

Take a group tour of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and/or the Kent/MSU Grand Ideas Garden. Peruse the flora and fauna still lifes at Grand Rapids Art Museum. Host a party at the Goei Center, an historic furniture factory renovated into an event space by a local floral entrepreneur. Head to the lakeshore to marvel at Veldheer Tulip Gardens and Windmill Island Gardens.

Group enjoying creativity uncorked classes at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

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Art & Culture

Treat your guests to a ballet, opera, symphony or Broadway show. Take a group art class at Grand Rapids Art Museum. Take a group photo in the Oval Office replica at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Explore local heritage at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. They’re all downtown – and so are 60+ nightlife venues, giving you a perfect way to cap the day.

Become a Beer City Brewsader by visiting eight of our 40+ participating local breweries.


Beer City Brewsader®

Travel to eight of our 60+ local breweries by van, pub cruiser, trolley or tuk tuk to become a Brewsader and earn a FREE collectible t-shirt. It’s a great memento of your event! Be sure to check out the game room at Grand Rapids Brewing Company, the baseball memorabilia at The Mitten Brewing Company, the outdoor beer garden at Founders Brewing Company and the addictive crack fries at HopCat.

Canoeing on area rivers.

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Outdoor Adventure

Make it an active celebration – tackle the aerial courses at TreeRunner Adventure Park, the rock wall at Higher Ground or the cable-wakeboarding lake at Action Wake Park. Rent bikes, paddleboards, canoes or kayaks. Charter a fishing boat. Golf at dozens of excellent courses as close as five minutes from downtown.

Downtown Market Shopping

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Food & Fun

Host your get-together at the Downtown Market, a massive food emporium housing 20+ artisan vendors and restaurants, teaching kitchens and a greenhouse. Create a scavenger hunt around the dozens of delectable destinations on the Grand Rapids Food Trail. Sip your way through area breweries, wineries, distilleries or cideries. Sign up for a cooking class, beer tour or coffee experience.

Shopping at Tanger Outlets

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Shop Hop

How about a group shopping trip? You can spend hours in the stores and eateries of Woodland Mall, Rivertown Crossings or Tanger Outlets. Stroll charming retail neighborhoods in Ada, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Rockford and Uptown for specialty boutiques and artisan wares. Shop 20+ artisan food vendors under one roof at the Downtown Market.

Coffee Tastings at Ferris Coffee


Do Something Grand

Search our Tours & Experiences database for more uniquely Grand Rapids ideas to enliven your celebration.

These are just a few ideas of things to do with your guests. But what can your guests do when they’re on their own? Check it out here!