The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Located in charming East Lansing, Michigan, East Lansing Marriott at University Place is an excellent wedding venue for engaged couples. The facility offers a complimentary airport shuttle to pick up out-of-town guests from the Lansing Airport, which makes it a cinch to gather favorite your people at your celebration. There are indoor ceremony and reception spaces to choose from that are not only elegant, but also easily customizable to fit any design or color scheme.
Beaumont Room. The only ceremony room on-site, the Beaumont Room truly dazzles with its views of the downtown area. It sits up on the second floor of the hotel and has its own private outdoor terrace for guests who'd like to get some fresh air or break away from the crowd. The space measures 2,000 square feet and is able to accommodate 175 of your closest friends and family members for a ceremony and 80 for a sit-down dinner reception.
University Ballroom. The largest of the spaces within the hotel, University Ballroom sits at 4,400 square feet. It is capable of welcoming 250 guests for a reception. There's plenty of room for dancing and the room features a convenient built-in bar.
Salon Rooms. To-be-weds in search of an intimate space for a cocktail party or a reception will love the Salon Rooms. There are four Salon Rooms that each offer 1,100 square feet of space. A total of 80 guests are welcome in each room. If you need a little more space, you can use two, three or four of the rooms combined.
What You Should Know
Although there are multiple wedding packages to choose from, all offer the help of a Marriott-certified wedding coordinator. No requested detail is too big or too small. Each package also includes a complimentary champagne toast, the use of a wooden parquet dance floor and custom Gobo lighting with the option to take advantage of colored up-lighting.
The staff is more than happy to set up all of the tables and chairs and decorate them with white or black table linens, colored napkins and decorative centerpieces. Should you have place cards you'd like set out or gift bags delivered to out-of-town guests, the staff will handle that for you as well. A cake cutting service is complimentary and the culinary team will even add ice cream or sorbet to go along with it.
A private taste testing is offered to all couples after they book a space at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place. To start off, the bride and groom will choose from the following hors d'oeuvres: mini crab cakes, prosciutto gorgonzola crostini and vegetable egg rolls. Next are the entrees. The apple cider glazed pork loin, Michigan cherry chicken and the macadamia crusted Mahi Mahi are sure to impress. Couples are welcome to take advantage of a few add-ons, like a pizza table, late night nacho bar supreme or a dessert station.
As an extra bonus, the bride and groom are given an upgraded guest room for the night of their wedding with a complimentary bottle of champagne and plate of chocolate-dipped strawberries. Then, the hotel staff will set up a special discounted block of rooms for your out-of-town guests. A few more perks are listed below.
- Handicap accessible
- Wireless Internet service
- Liability insurance
- Complimentary parking spots
- Valet parking available
- Marriott Rewards Points
- Indoor swimming pool
- Fitness gym
From the Vendor
Your Dream Wedding
Memories that last a lifetime, begin at the East Lansing Marriott. Located in the heart of downtown East Lansing, the Marriott offers superb catering capabilities to complement our hallmark Marriott service. The East Lansing Marriott is the perfect place to start your "Happily Ever After".
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
We came to look at this venue for our reception and the place was beautiful and the rooms were renovated. Front desk people were nice however some of the workers there act like they're above it all and gave my older sister dirty looks because she was in "comfortable clothes" and was walking around the area to look at everything. She's a business owner. Anyway, we wanted to go with the most expensive package and open bar but when they gave us our "finalized draft" it was over $21,000. Price isn't an issue to us but they wanted to make us pay for PARKING and was unwilling to negotiate AT ALL with the pricing in general. They kept stating their parking structure "is owned by the city of east Lansing" and they "had no control over it" which I understand. But you can't shell out $400 when I'm the one that has to pay over $21,000 just for food and drinks ALONE? And that doesn't include anything else. I know that parking seems like a smal thing but I was willing to compromise If whole parking situation would be negotiated but they REFUSED to do any negotiations at all. I guess Marriott doesn't care if they lose money or not so they definitely lost my business. Don't book your wedding here unless you want to pay for parking for all of your guests. Oh and make sure you look nice when you walk into that hotel or they'll treat you differently.
We held our wedding room block at the EL Marriott. The hotel is gorgeous and recently renovated. However, it was really pricey compared to other downtown Marriott's that I've stayed at. We were upgraded to the Executive Suite during our wedding weekend and had chocolate covered strawberries and champagne delivered on our wedding night which was lovely and an unexpected treat. Claudia and team are very responsive. However, they won't let you know when your room block is full or becoming full. I had to hear from the guests that (1) the room block was full and (2) the reservations staff was redirecting them to another hotel! That was exceptionally frustrating. So we had to scramble to add additional rooms - then we find out that the Marriott is actually sold out that night. Then, we had to find another room block at a different hotel. It was a logistical nightmare because we also paid for transportation to pick up our guests... so then we had to pay more from transportation and find out a way to let the guests know that there is another hotel. On top of that, the Marriott ended up having some cancellations and we had a free open spots. That was great but they decided not to award the room block rate and charge close to $200 per night for a room for those open spots. One of our guests actually checked the week of the wedding and decided to cancel the $200 per night room and get the $140 per night room rate instead. So it is like why not award the room block rate in the first place?! Anyhoo, I expected better communication but it was a nice place to stay for the wedding. The guests loved the hotel.
Highly RecommendReviewed on 10/26/2015 Alicia C
It was so easy working with Claudia and her team at the Marriott. They helped us block rooms and it was easy to expand our room block when we unexpectedly needed more rooms. The service we received was great, but really impressed as we got closer to our wedding day. We had people reach out to make sure we had everything we needed and we had someone help us set up a brunch the next morning, even though we had no idea how many people would be showing up. Brunch the day after was incredible; our waiter was such a pleasure to work with and he helped us grab more tables without a complaint when we had more guests than anticipated. I can't say enough by how pleasant our experience was with the Marriott and I would highly recommend them! They even upgraded our room on our wedding night :)
Wonderful hotelReviewed on 9/08/2015 Chelsea K
We chose to stay at the Marriott as we were getting married on MSU's campus and it was right across the street. The staff was very attentive, prices weren't too bad ($150/night or so), and rooms were great (they ended up upgrading our room so that we had a balcony!). The drain in our shower stopped working the night of our wedding which was kind of a bummer, but they left us a bottle of champagne so we won't complain too much :)
Horrible Service, Ugly Reception RoomReviewed on 1/11/2015 Emily P
The wedding sales representative was rude, and unfriendly! The Marriott was our number one choice before we visited. The location is great. We were not interested in the wedding packages they offered (a lot of things we did not want or need). The sales rep was unwillingly to accommodate. Also, the food was over priced (comparable to the Kellogg but Kellogg's food is much better). The room fee however, was the cheapest we found. You really pay for what you get there. For 400 hundred dollars we could have rented the entire second floor but the room was dark, with ugly carpet, and was very dirty. To top it off we saw the sales rep at a wedding convention. They didn't know my mother was still at their booth and the Marriott sales rep started talking about us! She was complaining about us attempting to make our wedding affordable (again their packages are way overpriced). It was extremely unprofessional and rude. I would not recommend them to anyone and I'm so glad we chose not to have our wedding there!
Amazing Wedding ReceptionReviewed on 7/26/2013 Patricia P
One of the main reasons my Husband and I chose the Marriott in East Lansing was because of their wedding planner, Diane Ferich. We could tell the minute we met her that she was going to be great and she did not disappoint! She responded to my numerous emails promptly and solved all of my "problems". I was amazed at all of the details she remembered. She was very organized. The week of the wedding we were able to bring all of our decorations for the reception and she had the event staff put them out exactly as we had planned. Instead of labeling the tables with numbers, I decided to "label" them with wedding photos of our family and friends. Setting up the tables could have been a little tricky, but even this abstract idea was perfectly executed. The food was tasty and the servers were friendly and attentive. The morning after the wedding we invited our guests that had stayed over to breakfast in the hotel bistro. It was very nice. We ended up with more guests at breakfast then we had originally planned, but the staff accommodated them all, setting up extra tables. They even ran to get my elderly father a chair with arms so that he was more comfortable. I highly recommend the Marriott at University Place. We had a wonderful wedding weekend!
Reception of my dreamsReviewed on 7/01/2013 Emily D
Working with the Marriott and Diane Ferich was an amazing experience. She was willing to work around our needs for the entire reception/hotel portion of the reception and everyone left the event with positive feedback. My friends and relatives gave rave reviews for the food and the bar/lobby set-up saying that it was one of the better receptions they had attended. Also the rooms were a great price and location for guests. As for my husband and I we could not have had a better experience all the way around. The food was as good as it was at the tasting, and everything that was promised along the way was actually delivered. The staff was beyond friendly and was more than accomodating to everyone in the entire room. If you need a place to have a reception this is the best place that you can go! I would reccomend it to everyone without any hesitation. Thank you for making it the best night of my life.
Wedding Reception @ The MarriottReviewed on 8/08/2012 Thomas C
Our wedding reception experience at the Marriott East Lansing was incredible. We were on a budget, and really did not expect anything above and beyond standard service and decent food. Diane, our event coordinator, was easy to contact and extremely helpful through the entire wedding planning process. We stayed at the hotel the night before the wedding to get some final items ready, and the entire staff knew who we were and I was shocked by how willing they were to help us out. On the day of the wedding, I was expecting to get several last minute questions or issues to come up from the staff, but none ever came - we walked into the reception (which started with a cocktail hour) and everything was in place and far exceeding our expectations. The only time that I was approached by the event staff was when they wanted to take care of something that we were not expecting them to take care of, again far exceeding our expectations. There were more servers that needed, so somebody was always around to help move something or run a quick errand. The servers that were attending tables never let a water glass get empty. The food was great, and the bar staff was quick and friendly. Three weeks after the wedding and I am still getting compliments on how successful the reception was, and all we did was provide the DJ and the table centerpieces. In summary: For the budget that we had for 200 guests and the small amount of time we spent worrying about the reception, the event was outstanding - largely due to the service and staff. Thanks Diane!
Thank you East Lansing, MarriottReviewed on 10/10/2011 Kristen S
My fiance and I wanted our wedding in a hotel due to our number of out of town guests. The Marriott was the perfect location. Our wedding coordinator assisted us throughout the whole process and made sure all of our details were put into place. Correspondence was prompt throughout our year of planning. The actual day was perfect. Everything was set up as specified. The staff was accommodating. The banquet room was beautiful. The food was delicious and portions were large. It was a great location for a wedding - especially for an MSU grad.