Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

314 W. South St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49071

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Average Base Cost: $15,000

Our average base cost for a Kalamazoo Institute of Arts wedding is calculated by figuring a 125-person guest list for a Saturday ceremony/reception using the auditorium and lobby for 5 hours, plus a food/beverage cost of $80/pp common for the area as well as required KIA fees. Entertainment, flowers, furniture, additional decorations and rentals, transportation, and photography are NOT included. Price is rounded up to the nearest thousand. Gratuity and sales tax is included.

*Prices subject to change

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How it breaks down:

Facility Rental Fee: The Saturday rate for either the auditorium or the lobby alone is $925 for three hours, plus $225 for each additional hour or part-hour. For both rooms together, the fee is $1,625 for three hours, plus $375 for each additional hour or part-hour. The courtroom (which isn’t available by itself) rents for $375 for three hours, plus $100 for each additional hour or part-hour. There’s no charge for setup or tear-down.

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Required Extras: A KIA membership at the Sustaining ($125) level or above is required.

What’s Included:

  • The use of the kitchen
  • 24 8′ rectangular banquet tables
  • 8 high-top bistro tables
  • 4 4′ round tables
  • 212 black upholstered chairs
  • All A/V
  • An hour’s free admission to the main-floor galleries

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Food and Beverage: You may use the caterer of your choice.

Other Vendors: Outside vendors are allowed with no restrictions.

More Stats:

Space Type: Inside/Outside

Size: The venue can accommodate the following:

  • Auditorium: 392 standing. 260 in theater seating. 250 seated at tables
  • Lobby: 250 standing. 200 in theater seating. 150 seated at tables.
  • Commons (included with lobby rental): 117 standing, 60 seated at tables

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Bridal Suite: Conference rooms and classrooms can accommodate the bridal party

Parking: Yes. There are 155 free parking spaces in two lots.

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How Will Grandma Get There? The venue is located in downtown Kalamazoo where there are several hotel options, including the Radisson Plaza.

Party On! Events can go until midnight.

The Report:

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school promoting the creation and appreciation of the visual arts in West Michigan since 1924. Designed by the Chicago, Illinois architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the building is based on the Mies van der Rohe International Style of architecture. In 1997 the KIA started a massive renovation, increasing their size to 72,000 and adding a two-story lobby gallery, auditorium, classrooms and galleries.

Woman Getting Married Says:

This is a budget-friendly option in the Kalamazoo area that has a modern feel to it. I would think about doing a theme to play up the venue’s artistic side (Mardi Gras could be fun!), and use lots of bright colors for your flowers/decor. The location is also great!

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Amenities/What’s Included 9
Convenient for Grandma 9
Layout 9
Location 9
Overall Charm 8
Venue Value 9

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