We did not want a “traditional” wedding (unimaginative banquette hall). We wanted the WOW factor, we wanted people to leave saying “That was awesome!” but we quickly learned the Detroit area did not have much to offer in alternative, unique ve...
nues. We toured EVERYTHING that we could find until I found the Crofoot.
The Crofoot is beautiful; all the exposed brick & iron work with the huge windows & balcony gave such a warm feeling. The café entrance was so unique & upscale. However, walking into the main ball room I realized how small the first floor is. Don’t get me wrong, it’s impressive but the columns supporting the balcony & the main bar eat up a lot of space so when you start looking at adding 10 tables for dinner there is no room left for a dance floor. You HAVE to break your tables up & put people upstairs for dinner if you are doing a formal dinner. We finished our tour & were very impressed with the rest of the venue. The upstairs area is amazing; I could just imagine our friends being up there looking down at the dance floor or chilling on one of the retro leather couches. The patio area is perfect, most banquette halls have smokers go outside the venue to smoke so guests are completely cut off from the reception but the big windows help keep your guests part of the reception if they step out for a smoke. Unfortunately, I just kept getting hung up on how to do the seating for dinner because I did not want to break up our guests.
We ended up eloping in Las Vegas. When we came home our parents agreed to throw a reception. We immediately called the Crofoot to book a date! We ended up doing “small plate” stations (1 on the main floor & 2 upstairs) & since the stations were buffet style we didn’t need to do formal seating. I had 6 tables of 6 seats on the 1st floor & 6 tables of 6 on the 2nd floor, plus a couple couches & benches on the first floor. We had the cocktail tables with stools for additional seating. The dance floor was a little tight, but worked out perfectly.
Since my we eloped my parents weren’t pleasant in the beginning of this process. Kristen was amazing and really helped them see this wasn’t so “out of the box”. I did most of the planning but Kristen was always there to help me figure out something or let me come in & measure. She was an excellent resource to talk to about ideas! I was a little worried our set up would be on us, but her team at the Crofoot did everything. I dropped off the decorations the day before & walked into the most amazing wedding reception I could have ever hoped for!
Walking into the Crofoot the night of our reception was incredible. They had a red carpet out, the door man looks so cool with his hat, & the velvet ropes just gave it the perfect touch! I hadn’t asked for that & loved the added touch!
Our day of coordinator, Mary, was marvelous. She was always there to help, answer questions, keeping us on time, & get us drinks while we waited for our entrance. The security & bar tenders were first-rate – great attitudes, always smiling, attentive. I have received amazing feedback from our vendors as well. Our band was so impressed with their sound staff, our photographer loved shooting in the Crofoot – lots of hidden gems ladies!!! (Like an amazing chandelier in an awesome hidden stairwell).
If you are looking for a unique, beautiful venue with excellent, attentive staff then you found it in the Crofoot. We got our WOW factor!