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MSU Alumni Chapel/MSU Union

East Lansing , MI

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East Lansing, MI US
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.2/5.0
My husband and I choose to get married at the MSU Alumni Chapel because we met and fell in love while attending MSU. That being said, it really didn't matter the price, location or type of "value" we were getting. We wanted to get married there regardless. It is a beautiful venue and the people running it know what they are doing. They won't contact you until a few weeks before the wedding, don't let that bother you. Once you speak with them, they will get everything set the way you want. I did call a few times, and they were good about calling me back and making sure my questions were answered. I absolutely love the history behind the chapel and that we were married there.
My husband and I choose to get married at the MSU Alumni Chapel because we met and fell in love while attending MSU. That Read more...
My husband and I choose to get married at the MSU Alumni Chapel because we met and fell in love while attending MSU. That being said, it really didn't matter the price, location or type of "value" we were getting. We wanted to get married there regardless. It is a beautiful venue and the people running it know what they are doing. They won't contact you until a few weeks before the wedding, don't let that bother you. Once you speak with them, they will get everything set the way you want. I did call a few times, and they were good about calling me back and making sure my questions were answered. I absolutely love the history behind the chapel and that we were married there. Read less
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Nathan
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the MSU Union ballroom on 5/25 and it was a great venue for 2 Spartan Alumni!
We also booked the alumni chapel for our ceremony so they offer a reception room at the union for free when you book the chapel which was a nice bonus.
The ballroom has a max of 250 and we ended up at around 170 which felt like a good number for the room, not too crowded and not too empty. Any lower than 150 would probably be too small for the ballroom and more than 200 would feel pretty tight even though the capacity is supposed to be 250. They do have several other rooms to accomodate smaller events but this is the biggest one I believe.
The union staff were super helpful with our planning, we had 2 coordinators as our first one got promoted to a different department during our engagement. Kade was our second coordinator and she was extremely helpful and responsive especially leading up to the event. She was very on top of things and frequently changed our estimates as we got more concrete numbers in which was helpful in figuring out our final cost. She was also very organized and went step by step through the reception plan and helped us make decisions on the number of appetizers and many other details.
We had a tasting a few months prior. They let us try 3 different entrees, you could try more for a price, and the chef answered all of our questions and was open to changing things up on the menu if we wanted.
We had the airline chicken and whitefish as our entrees. They were both delicious and the portions were huge. They also let us offer a veggie option and kids entrée without charging an additional entrée fee as long as it was less than 10% of the total head count.
For our appetizers we had the mini beef wellingtons and spanakopita as well as veggies and cheese and crackers, all were very tasty. We also had a late night snack of sliders which were a big hit.
We had our reception at the MSU Union ballroom on 5/25 and it was a great venue for 2 Spartan Alumni!
We also booked Read more...
We had our reception at the MSU Union ballroom on 5/25 and it was a great venue for 2 Spartan Alumni!
We also booked the alumni chapel for our ceremony so they offer a reception room at the union for free when you book the chapel which was a nice bonus.
The ballroom has a max of 250 and we ended up at around 170 which felt like a good number for the room, not too crowded and not too empty. Any lower than 150 would probably be too small for the ballroom and more than 200 would feel pretty tight even though the capacity is supposed to be 250. They do have several other rooms to accomodate smaller events but this is the biggest one I believe.
The union staff were super helpful with our planning, we had 2 coordinators as our first one got promoted to a different department during our engagement. Kade was our second coordinator and she was extremely helpful and responsive especially leading up to the event. She was very on top of things and frequently changed our estimates as we got more concrete numbers in which was helpful in figuring out our final cost. She was also very organized and went step by step through the reception plan and helped us make decisions on the number of appetizers and many other details.
We had a tasting a few months prior. They let us try 3 different entrees, you could try more for a price, and the chef answered all of our questions and was open to changing things up on the menu if we wanted.
We had the airline chicken and whitefish as our entrees. They were both delicious and the portions were huge. They also let us offer a veggie option and kids entrée without charging an additional entrée fee as long as it was less than 10% of the total head count.
For our appetizers we had the mini beef wellingtons and spanakopita as well as veggies and cheese and crackers, all were very tasty. We also had a late night snack of sliders which were a big hit. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.7/5.0
We held our ceremony in the alumni chapel the staff was great in assisting with everything and walking us through our ceremony. The time spaces are well decided and there isn't much flexibility outside your hour for rehearsal and the 3 hour block you reserve for the ceremony which might be frustrating to some, but it did not bother us too much. It really is a beautiful location for a small intimate ceremony.
We held our ceremony in the alumni chapel the staff was great in assisting with everything and walking us through our Read more...
We held our ceremony in the alumni chapel the staff was great in assisting with everything and walking us through our ceremony. The time spaces are well decided and there isn't much flexibility outside your hour for rehearsal and the 3 hour block you reserve for the ceremony which might be frustrating to some, but it did not bother us too much. It really is a beautiful location for a small intimate ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.1/5.0
Very helpful and flexible. Accommodating and willing to work with us. Excellent food.
Very helpful and flexible. Accommodating and willing to work with us. Excellent food.
Very helpful and flexible. Accommodating and willing to work with us. Excellent food. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.8/5.0
The staff at the MSU Alumni Chapel was great. We met with Steve Aiken a few days before the wedding and he helped us build the ceremony that we wanted. He also allowed us to come in to the chapel a little early, about 1/2 an hour ahead of our time slot to start setting up. He was very friendly and accommodating and we loved working with him! This was the perfect place for 2 MSU alumni to get married, it was beautiful and meaningful. We had a friend sing and she didn't need a microphone at all to be heard.
The staff at the MSU Alumni Chapel was great. We met with Steve Aiken a few days before the wedding and he helped us build Read more...
The staff at the MSU Alumni Chapel was great. We met with Steve Aiken a few days before the wedding and he helped us build the ceremony that we wanted. He also allowed us to come in to the chapel a little early, about 1/2 an hour ahead of our time slot to start setting up. He was very friendly and accommodating and we loved working with him! This was the perfect place for 2 MSU alumni to get married, it was beautiful and meaningful. We had a friend sing and she didn't need a microphone at all to be heard. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
The coordinators at the chapel know how to make things run smoothly. We had one miscommunication on how to seat the groom's parents, but that was the only bump I know of!
The coordinators at the chapel know how to make things run smoothly. We had one miscommunication on how to seat the Read more...
The coordinators at the chapel know how to make things run smoothly. We had one miscommunication on how to seat the groom's parents, but that was the only bump I know of! Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
10/7/2008
3.5/5.0
We used the MSU union for our reception. The gold room was perfect and the decor turned out really nice. The best part is you can bring your own alcohol so you save money that way. However, they did not inform us that you could not have half gallon or gallon bottles ahead of time and when we delivered it they said it was not allowed. This, after I had already bought it all! They did work with me, but make sure you ask all these questions ahead of time because you might get some surprises the day before your reception! The food was really good and not horribly expensive.
We used the MSU union for our reception. The gold room was perfect and the decor turned out really nice. The best part is Read more...
We used the MSU union for our reception. The gold room was perfect and the decor turned out really nice. The best part is you can bring your own alcohol so you save money that way. However, they did not inform us that you could not have half gallon or gallon bottles ahead of time and when we delivered it they said it was not allowed. This, after I had already bought it all! They did work with me, but make sure you ask all these questions ahead of time because you might get some surprises the day before your reception! The food was really good and not horribly expensive. Read less
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Heather
Wedding:
11/10/2007
2.4/5.0
You only want this place if MSU is very, very special to you.

Advice: don’t expect to get much assistance from the sales office at the MSU Union. They are NOT helpful at all, except when it is time to send the bill. Call and speak to the Chaplin of the church directly. He is wonderful, has been through the routine countless number of times, and has great advice. The church is beautiful and a very special place.

Keep the decorations simple. We came from out of town to hold the ceremony in East Lansing and had a terrible time trying to find a place to keep the flowers overnight. We did with fewer flowers than originally planned but I am not disappointed. Don’t worry; your pictures are going to turn out gorgeous with the lighting decor and stained glass.
You only want this place if MSU is very, very special to you.

Advice: dont expect to get much assistance from Read more...
You only want this place if MSU is very, very special to you.

Advice: don’t expect to get much assistance from the sales office at the MSU Union. They are NOT helpful at all, except when it is time to send the bill. Call and speak to the Chaplin of the church directly. He is wonderful, has been through the routine countless number of times, and has great advice. The church is beautiful and a very special place.

Keep the decorations simple. We came from out of town to hold the ceremony in East Lansing and had a terrible time trying to find a place to keep the flowers overnight. We did with fewer flowers than originally planned but I am not disappointed. Don’t worry; your pictures are going to turn out gorgeous with the lighting decor and stained glass. Read less
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Rachel Anne
Wedding:
10/21/2007
5.0/5.0
I loved it! We are both Spartans and they totally took care of us.
I loved it! We are both Spartans and they totally took care of us.
I loved it! We are both Spartans and they totally took care of us. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/7/2006
1.9/5.0
They booked our room for an earlier wedding after informing us that on Friday we would be allowed to come in to decorate. This resulted in us being allowed into the room at 4:30 to decorate which was a half hour after their second promise (for a wedding that begins at 6 and a reception at 7). Two of my aunts missed the wedding ceremony. Even with a personal relationship (working as an event planner in the Union), they managed to act unprofessionally with coldness.

However, the food was excellent for the price.
They booked our room for an earlier wedding after informing us that on Friday we would be allowed to come in to decorate. Read more...
They booked our room for an earlier wedding after informing us that on Friday we would be allowed to come in to decorate. This resulted in us being allowed into the room at 4:30 to decorate which was a half hour after their second promise (for a wedding that begins at 6 and a reception at 7). Two of my aunts missed the wedding ceremony. Even with a personal relationship (working as an event planner in the Union), they managed to act unprofessionally with coldness.

However, the food was excellent for the price. Read less
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