New venue brings luxury event design to Grand Rapids

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Courtesy Morenas Event Venue

Morenas Event Venue is updating the city’s event venue options with a flexible, open vendor space for weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties and more. 

Designer Brittany Hoskins on Sunday, Oct. 2, will cut the ribbon on Morenas Event Venue, 4470 Breton Road SE in Grand Rapids.

Hoskins said when she saw a need in Grand Rapids for updated, modern event spaces, she decided to step in and create one. 

“Our team travels throughout Michigan and surrounding areas providing amazing design assistance to everyday people,” Hoskins said. “While doing so, we stumbled upon beautiful Grand Rapids, a place rich in history. The hospitality was unmatched, but we noticed the experience clients were given did not match experiences we saw in other places. We wanted to bring change. The industry was slightly outdated and lacked a new, trendy perspective.” 

Hoskins said she is focused on bringing in that trendy perspective without the hefty price tag. 

An open vendor space, Morenas will allow parties to bring in their own catering and bartending teams to save money on their events. The venue also rents out items of all types to decorate the space on that special day, such as velvet couches, centerpieces, flower or plant walls, backdrops, mirrored tables, flower arches, selfie stations and more. 

Morenas is designed to provide solutions to some of the biggest gripes Hoskins sees in the wedding industry — price, options, luxury and practicality. According to her, the average wedding in Michigan costs a couple $30,000. Hoskins’ goal is to provide couples with a better way by offering a luxury experience for a fraction of the cost.

The venue offers eight-hour rentals for weddings, including bridal suites, linens, an event attendant and more. The space seats 250 guests and can be split into separate ceremony and reception areas. 

Additionally, Morenas offers local photographers a membership option to utilize the space. Photographers can use the venue and its decor for client photography and are billed monthly. The membership, which is limited to 10 photographers, costs $275 a month and allows access to the space 3-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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