The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale, Michigan, is a vintage venue for your upcoming wedding celebration. When you're looking for a spot where urban meets elegance in an unforgettable way, The Rust Belt Market is an ideal fit. Host both your ceremony and reception in this venue and get ready for your guests to rave for months.
The Event Space. Inside The Rustic Belt Market, a delightful adventure awaits. A 7-foot terrarium filled with Amazon dart frogs is just one feature that stands out. About 5,000 square feet of open space, exposed ductwork with industrial lighting, polished floors, string lights and stark decor combine to create an eclectic feel. A full-service bar and a distinctive wall and archway are additional notable amenities. The event space accommodates up to 250 guests with theater-style seating or for a cocktail reception or 200 guests for a seated dinner.
What You Should Know
If you hold your ceremony at The Rust Belt Market, the venue does not offer any rehearsal time. Most couples find that the basic layout of the event space doesn't require a rehearsal. The facility doesn't host ceremonies and receptions on Fridays. Weekend ceremonies start at 7:15 p.m. on Saturdays and 6:15 p.m. on Sundays. On Tuesdays through Thursdays, ceremonies can be scheduled at any time. The venue provides you with access to the event space between 3 and 11 p.m., with time before and after your event for setup and teardown.
Tables and chairs are not provided by the venue, but you can rent them through The Rust Belt Market. The facility offers numerous table sizes and styles, as well as different chair styles. The crew sets up and tears down all tables and chairs you rent from the venue. Linen placement and table setting must be done by your caterer.
The Rust Belt Market provides you with a list of preferred caterers and DJs. If you use a caterer from the preferred list, the venue waives a catering security deposit. Your caterer needs to review and sign a catering waiver, provided by The Rust Belt Market. DJs must also sign a performer waiver.
Plentiful bar options are available for your wedding reception. Choose a beer and wine bar, house brands, premium brands or top shelf brands. A small changing room is provided for your use during your event. The facility also offers a coat check room, wireless Internet and audiovisual equipment, including use of a PA system, speakers and a microphone. During your event, your guests can enjoy roaming the marketplace with their drinks during business hours.
The atmosphere is decidedly extraordinary at The Rust Belt Market. The striking urban refinement sets a fresh tone, which carries through every event. Amenities are available that you can use or add to your wedding day celebration.
- A tufted love seat awaits for your photos
- Use The Rust Belt "fire sign" during your reception
- Request day-before set-up time and extended time beyond your event time
- Hire an in-house planner to help you with wedding plans
From the Vendor
Offering unique and affordable event space rental
Ever think of hosting your special day or business gathering in the middle of an artist market? We carved out 4,000q ft of our marketplace to create an event room unlike anything in the area. Dance, Eat, Drink, & Play in a creative atmosphere at the historic corner of Nine Mile and Woodward.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Rentals + Equipment
We have nothing but good things to say about the Rust Belt Market as a venue. During the booking process, Julie was very helpful and responsive. The staff was incredibly helpful and stepped in when we had a few unexpected developments during the reception We were not able to set up our reception until the morning of the wedding due to another event the day prior, however, when we arrived the tables and chairs were already available. Chris was there to open the doors for us and was available to provide us with a ladder, etc. that we needed to borrow. During the reception, Hartley made himself available to ensure we had everything required, and assisted with our requests as needed. Two thumbs up for Hartley as a staff member. If you are looking for a reception venue that you can make your own, this is it. I have an artistic side and really wanted to be able to provide my own decor, catering, photography etc. The Rust Belt was very open to this, and allowed us to bring our own personality to the space. We had rave reviews from all of our guests regarding the market, venue area, and staff. 5 stars to the Rust Belt! Thank you!
The Rust Belt was an eclectic, fun and impressive venue. My husband and I had a blast and received many compliments on how cool the space was and perfect it suited our personality. Planning the wedding was smooth with quick responses from the coordinator and her willingness to meet when the market was closed so my caterer could see what she had working with. The only hiccup is miscommunication between the coordinator and bartender regarding our paid extra hour of time. Unfortunately we lost out time and money because of this; however, it didn’t hinder our overall experience. I highly suggest this space, with the disclaimer to have your contract details handy the night-of, just in case!
The event space is beautiful, the bartenders provided great service. The owners and event manager are inexperienced and no one checked in with us the days/week prior to our wedding (including not returning messages we had with questions regarding our wedding day), no one checked in with us the day of our wedding, or even after to see how it went. Complete lack of customer service overall. You're forced to rent tables and chairs from the owner's father who isn't local, isn't helpful or flexible and is rather rude. Luckily it is a pretty and cool space otherwise not worth all the money!
Rust Belt is a Quirky Fun Place for a Reception!Reviewed on 10/18/2015 Andrea B
Tiffany and Chris Best are incredibly accommodating, approachable, and easy to work with! We booked with the Rust Belt and were happy to have found a venue that allows us to choose nearly all of our own vendors (tables/linens need to go through their vendor, all else are open), with a unique atmosphere! The Rust Belt doesn't provide setup/teardown - this is a DYI situation (unless you hire people to do that) - which was perfect for us! It even worked out that we could come in on Friday to set up instead of Saturday morning, which was super helpful. The weather on the day of our outdoor ceremony didn't just provide rain, but flooding - we had to quickly replan our ceremony for indoors - Chris helped us facilitate the new timing and talking with our vendors. We rented out the bar area with small prep kitchen as well as the venue space, so our total was a little more than the flat rate. Our guests loved having cocktail hour to mingle with the artists, and having a unique venue to enjoy after hours. We loved it, too. I highly recommend if you're looking for a place that will allow you to plan your event your way. It's non-traditional, and that's why it was so perfect for us!
The Rust Belt was amazing!!! The owners were so wonderful and all of the staff were really accomodating! The reception space was absolutely beautiful!!! I highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for event space!
Great SpaceReviewed on 9/29/2015 Ashley W
The Rust Belt's center event space is an great multifunctional open space perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It has a built in charm and DIY feel that will compliment any wedding style. Rental of this space is still in its infancy, but as time progresses, I can only imagine the space and the Rust Belt's services to improve and excel. It was an honor to use their space.