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Food and Beverages

The War Memorial takes great pride in providing all of its guests with the freshest and most authentic food and beverage experience possible. All food and beverages must be purchased through The War Memorial. The removal of food and/or beverage from The War Memorial is prohibited. Prices are subject to change without notice.

The sale and service of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the State of Michigan and the MLCC. As a licensee, The War Memorial is responsible for administration of these regulations and reserves the right to ask for proper identification and may cease serving individuals that appear intoxicated. All charges are subject to a 20% service charge and 6% Michigan sales tax.


Food and Beverage Minimum/Rental

A food and beverage minimum will apply and varies based on the desired space. The food and beverage minimum does not include service charge and tax. A rental fee also applies. Weekends are considered Friday after 4pm through Saturday at midnight. The War Memorial is open only on select Sundays; please inquire about Sunday bookings.

Weekend Food and Beverage Minimum
Ballroom: $15,000
Alger House (Library, Reception Room, and Dining Room): $5,000

Weekend Rental
Ballroom: $2,100 (plus food and beverage minimum—see above)
Alger House: $1,100 for all three rooms (plus food and beverage minimum—see above)


Securing the Date

The mission of The War Memorial includes honoring members and veterans of the Armed Forces. Therefore, it is required that all clients have a family member (living or deceased) who has served, or is currently serving, in the United States military. Please download our Veteran/Service Member form.

The War Memorial will extend a complimentary one-week hold with no obligation on the date of your choice. Your date will be permanently secured and considered definite upon payment of the deposit of $2,000 and signed contract.

After one week, the date will be released if your deposit, signed contract, and military information form have not been received.


Deposit and Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 ($1,500 reservation fee and $500 security deposit) is required upon securing your date with a signed contract. The $1,500 reservation fee will be applied as your first payment. The $500 security deposit will be returned in full within two weeks after the date your event is held, pending there has been no damage caused to the property during your event and/or any additional fees have been incurred.

Six months before the date of your event, 50% of the food and beverage minimum is due.


Cancellations

No refunds will be offered should your event cancel less than three months prior to your scheduled event date. All cancellations, no matter what the time frame may be, will forfeit their deposit.


Wedding Ceremonies

Wedding ceremonies may be held at The War Memorial only if the reception is held at our venue. A ceremony fee of $1,100 includes a wedding coordinator, one scheduled rehearsal prior to your wedding day, rooms for the bridal parties to dress, and ceremony chairs. 

An outdoor ceremony held on the back lawn accommodates up to 200 guests.

An indoor ceremony held in the Library accommodates a maximum of 80 guests. The Library is only available for a ceremony when the reception is taking place in the Alger house. 

A daytime ceremony begins at 10:30am; an evening ceremony begins at 6pm.


Event Schedule and Duration

Daytime Weddings
A daytime wedding reception begins at 11am and ends at 4pm.
A daytime ceremony begins at 10:30am.

Evening Weddings
An evening wedding reception begins at 6:30pm and ends at midnight.
An evening ceremony begins at 6pm.


Floorplans and Tablescape

The War Memorial will provide guest tables and chairs along with white floor length linens and dinner napkins. Our house place setting includes chinaware, silverware, salt and pepper, bread and butter plate and knife, water and wine glasses. We will include a dance floor and additional tables covered with our house linen for the cake table, place card table and gift table.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are your prices for food and beverage?

There are a variety of packages from an informal reception to a formal plated meal, buffet, or brunch.

  • Prices for food range from $35 to $47 per person

  • Bar packages range from $22 to $36 per person

  • Prices are subject to 6% Michigan Sales Tax and 21% Service Charge


Does all food and beverage have to be provided by your in-house caterer?

Yes, all food and beverage must be purchased through The War Memorial. The removal of food and/or beverage from The War Memorial is prohibited by Michigan law. The War Memorial takes great pride in providing all of our guests with the freshest and most authentic food and beverage experience possible.


What is included with the rental of your venue?

An event coordinator to assist you with your planning needs. We will provide standard tables and chairs, white floor length linens and dinner napkins along with our house place setting to include china, silverware, salt and pepper, bread and butter plate with knife, water, and wine glasses.


What size are your tables and how many people can be seated at them?

The rental of the space includes the setup and tear-down of tables and chairs for your event.  We have the following tables available:

  • 60” rounds—Typically seats eight guests, with a max of nine

  • 72” rounds—Typically seats ten guests with a max of eleven – Minimal Inventory

  • 6’ rectangle tables—Seats six guests

  • 8’ rectangle tables—Seats eight guests


Is the food and beverage minimum inclusive of tax and service charge?

A minimum food and beverage spend will apply and varies depending on the date and desired space. The food and beverage minimum is the minimum amount that must be spent before service charge and tax is applied. Any shortcoming regarding the food and beverage minimum amount will be charged as a rental fee.  


Is there a cake cutting fee?

There is a $2 fee for dessert plate-up. This applies to cakes, cupcakes and assorted desserts.


Is there a charge for offering more than one entrée selection?

There is an additional entrée fee of $4 per person with a three-selection maximum.


Weddings at The War Memorial

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