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Southwest Michigan Nature Center and Biological Field Station - Just 30 Minutes from Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Michigan

Weddings and Receptions

 

A breath-taking, natural setting with stunning pastoral panoramas and warm, earth-friendly architecture awaits you at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute. Plenty of natural light and earth-tone décor make the Institute one of West Michigan’s most unique and photographic event venues.

Whether you are planning a small, intimate gathering or a larger celebration, our expert staff is ready to help you create the perfect ceremony and attend to every detail. Your personal style and theme will glow within our auditorium, common area with fireplace, and dining room.

Our chef and hospitality coordinator will customize the menu and surroundings to fit your party’s needs. You can plan a patio wedding with a canopy of trees and then sit down for a formal dinner in our spacious dining room, or you can exchange vows on stage in the auditorium with music, video, and all the modern amenities, followed by a strolling dinner.

Once you have seen Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and talked with our friendly staff, you can be confident your special day will be joyous, memorable, and hassle-free. Call Chef/Hospitality Coordinator Paul Vugteveen at (269) 721-4410 for a tour of the Institute and planning discussion.

Wedding Reception in Dining Room - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Nature Center

Locations available

Outside deck and patio – up to 50 guests

Auditorium up to 120 guests

Wedding only

Site Rental (6 hours) – $750

Equipment Use Fee  – $125

20% Service Fee  – $175

Sales Tax - $63

Total = $1,113

Wedding with Reception

Site Rental (12 hours)  – $1,500

Buffet for 80  – $1,680

Equipment Use Fee  – $400

20% Service Fee  – $716Wedding Reception on the Patio - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Nature Center

Sales Tax  – $246

Total = $4,553

Reception Only

Site Rental (8 hours)  – $1,000

Buffet for 80  – $1,680

Equipment Use Fee  – $200

20% Service Fee  – $576

Sales Tax  – $208

Total = $3,664

Rehearsal Dinner

Site Rental (4 hours)  – $250

Buffet for 20  – $420*

20% Service Fee  – $134

Sales Tax  – $48

Total = $852Wedding Ceremony in the Auditorium - Pierce Cedar Creek Institute - A West Michigan Nature Center

Please note that weddings and receptions are maintained as a smoke-free environment. Alcohol may be served pending approval.

* This is an estimate only. Food cost varies dependent on guest count and menu choices. See Wedding Catering below for additional details.

A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking. Forms of payment accepted include cash, check, or credit card.

Wedding rehearsals/planning visits are permitted prior to the event date during regular business hours. An additional hourly charge will be required for rehearsals/visits taking place after 5 pm unless a wedding rehearsal dinner will also be here at the Institute. All wedding rehearsals must be planned three weeks in advance with the Institute.

If available, two rooms will be provided the day of the event for the bride and groom wedding parties to dress and prepare for the wedding service.

The Institute has rooms available for overnight guests. Ask the hospitality coordinator  for information on housing availability.

If the event is held in the evening, please note that the Institute and grounds close at 10 pm. An event must conclude sufficiently before that time to allow time for guests and support services to vacate the property by 10 pm.

More information is available on our event policy statement. To schedule a visit, contact Chef/Hospitality Coordinator Paul Vugteveen at (269) 721-4410.

 

Wedding Catering Services

Events may be catered only by Pierce Cedar Creek Institute; no outside caterers are permitted.

Menu Options Include:

Grand Appetizer Buffet – base price is $14.95 per person – 120 guest maximum

Includes: Your choice of six appetizers, coffee, and two non-alcoholic beverages.

Specialty Buffet – base price $18.95 per person – 80 guest maximum

Includes: Your choice of two entrees, one starch, one vegetable, mini salad bar, coffee, and two non-alcoholic beverages.

Plated Meal – base price $21.95 per person – 80 guest maximum

Includes: Your choice of two entrees, one starch, one vegetable, salad, coffee, and choice of two non-alcoholic beverages.

The Institute offers taste testing appointments. We also make every effort to accommodate special dietary needs.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Chef/Hospitality Coordinator Paul Vugteveen at (269) 721-4410.

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