Ever After Banquet Hall: the perfect venue for your special day


JORDAN: IT IS WEDDING SEASON AND PLANNING FOR THE BIG EVENT STARTS MONTH OR YEAR IN ADVANCE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST DECISIONS IS FINDING THE PERFECT VENUE FOR RECEPTION. RACHAEL: THERE ARE A LOT OF CHOICES BUT NOT ALWAYS A LOT OF DATES. THERE IS A GREAT VENUE IN HASTINGS CALLED EVER AFTER. STARTED BY A BRIDE AND THEIR FAMILY AS THEY WERE PLANNING HER SPECIAL DAY. JORDAN: IT IS RUN BY KATHY CARPENTER AND HER DAUGHTER NICOLE. TAKE A LOOK. ♪ A PLACE WHERE A LOT OF LOVE STORIES ARE CELEBRATED AND A LOT OF OTHER SPECIAL OCCASIONS, WE ARE HERE AT EVER AFTER BANQUET CENTER IN HASTINGS. WE ARE HERE WITH NICOLE CARPENTER, AND YOU AND YOUR MOM STARTED THIS. WE DID AND MY DAD. WE DROVE THE PLANS, AND MY MOM AND I GET TO HANG OUT TOGETHER. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GREAT BACK STORY BECAUSE THIS IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING THAT YOU STARTED AS YOU WERE CELEBRATING YOUR OWN LOVE STORY. YES. MY HUSBAND AND I GOT ENGAGED AND MY GRANDMA COULD NOT TRAVEL FAR, SO WE KNEW WE WANTED A PLACE CLOSE TO OUR HOME, BUT BIG ENOUGH THAT WE COULD SEAT MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE. AND WE DID NOT WANT THE FAIRGROUNDS OR A CEMENT BUILDING. WE WANTED SOMETHING MORE INTIMATE. THAT GOT US TALKING ABOUT IT, SHE HAD ALWAYS LOVED TO CATER, I WORKED IN THE WEDDING INDUSTRY, SO WE DREW UP SOME PLANS, BUILT A BUILDING, AND NOW WE ARE HERE. THE CAPACITY IS AMAZING BECAUSE YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE THE LARGEST OF WEDDINGS, 500. YES, AND WE CAN BREAK IT INTO SMALLER WEDDINGS AS WELL. BUT THOSE LARGE PARTIES AS WELL. IN DOOR AND OUTSIDE, YOU HAVE A LARGE GARDEN AREA AS WELL WHICH CAN ALSO SEAT PEOPLE FOR WEDDINGS AS WELL. YES, PEOPLE WANT TO GET MARRIED OUTDOORS AS WELL. THEY CAN SWEAT OUTSIDE DURING THE WEDDING CEREMY AND THEN COME IN AND THE AIR CONDITIONING AND COOLDOWN. AND YOU TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINISH INCLUDING THE CATERING AND ALL OF THE FOOD. YES. WE DO ALL OF THAT IN-HOUSE. WE TRY TO DO A PER-PERSON CHARGE THAT INCLUDES THE FOOD AND THE ROOM. OUR INTENTION IS TO MAKE THAT EASIER ON THE BRIDE TO DO. LET’S TALK ABOUT, WHAT WOULD THE GENERAL PROCESS BEFORE A BRIDE THAT IS MAY BE LOOKING TO PLAN THAT SPECIAL DAY? I KNOW YOU PROBABLY, BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY, YOU PROBABLY BOOK PRETTY QUICKLY. BASICALLY, THEY WOULD CONTACT ME, EMAIL, CALL, AND I ULD GO TO THE PROCESS OF HOW IT WORKS. IF THEY FEEL LIKE WE ARE A GOOD FIT FOR THEM, THEY WOULD BOOK. BASICALLY FROM THERE, THEY CAN COME IN AND TRY THE FOOD, DECIDE COLORS, AND THAT SORT OF THING. WE WILL DO AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS THEY WANT. IF THEY WANT A LOT OF HELP DECORATING AND THAT SORT OF THING TO, MY MOM IS REALLY GREAT AT DOING THAT. IF NOT, THEY HAVE A PLAN AND THEY CAN DO THAT THEMSELVES AS WELL. WE ARE REALLY FLEXIBLE. GREAT CELEBRATIONS, YOUR DANCE FLOOR IS AMAZING. AND IT IS NOT MOVABLE. SO WE THINK EVERYONE SHOULD DANCE, WE PUT IT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE SO EVERYONE SHOULD DO THAT. LET’S TALK ABOUT THOSE OTHER KINDS OF EVENTS THAT YOU HOST HERE INCLUDING BUSINESS MEETINGS. WE DO, WE DO A LOT OF BUSINESS MEETINGS. WE CAN SET IT UP WITH TEARS, LONG TABLES, AND WE DO A LOT OF FUNDRAISERS, LOTS OF BUSINESSES IN THE AREA THAT NEED SOMETHING WITH A LOT OF SPACE. WE DO WEDDING SHOWERS, BABY SHOWERS, AND WE CAN DO ANYTHING. AND YOU ARE A GOOD, CONVENIENT LOCATION, GREAT FOR HASTINGS, BUT YOU HAVE A LOT OF OTHER COMMUNITIES WITHIN A SHORT DRIVE. JUST YESTERDAY, WE HAD A COUPLE THAT CAME IN FROM TWO DIFFERENT AREAS IN THE MIDDLE OF GRAND RAPIDS. SO MAYBE PEOPLE ARE ALL AROUND AND WANT TO GET PEOPLE TOGETHER. WE HAVE A HOLIDAY INN NOW, SO WE ARE ACCOMMODATING OPLE. IT IS GREAT IF YOU ARE CELEBRATING A SPECIAL OF THE OCCASION, OR IF YOU HAVE A LOVE STORY YOU ARE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE, MAKE IT HERE AT HAPPILY EVER AFTER IN HASTINGS. WOW. EVER AFTER IS THEIR OPERATIONS FOR WEDDINGS WERE HANDLED OTHER EVENTS AS WELL. THERE ARE A FEW SPOTS OPEN ON THE CALENDAR, AND THEY ARE BOOKING DATES FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES AS WELL AS WEDDING DATES FOR 2020. JORDAN: THE INDOOR SPACE EASILY ACCOMMODATES 500 GUESTS, AND THE OUTDOOR CAN ACCOMMODATE FOR AN ON-SITE WEDDING CEREMONY. THIS IS A GREAT PLACE WHEN YOU WANT PEACE OF MIND. THEY HANDLE EVERYTHING INCLUDING ALL OF THE FOOD. RACHAEL: THE EASIER THE BETTER. THEY ARE LOCATED ON NORTH MICHIGAN AVENUE IN HASTINGS. WHAT AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY TO PLAN YOUR SPECIAL DAY WITH THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM THAT HAS A LOT OF KNOW-HOW, KATHY AND NICOLE. THAT IS A GREAT DEAL. JORDAN: YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE WORKING WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT. RACHAEL: IT CAN BE TRICKY AND IT IS A LITTLE OVERWHELMING. JORDAN: A LIVE DECISIONS TO BE MADE, SO TO HAVE THEM TO HELP. RACHAEL: KIND OF BUILT IN A WEDDING PLANNER FOR THAT PART OF YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION. JORDAN: SPEAKING OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS, MOTHER’S DAY IS A FEW DAYS AWAY. IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE YOUR SHOPPING, WE GAVE YOU GREAT IDEAS TODAY. RACHAEL: WE HAVE MORE “EIGHTWEST” TOMORROW AS WELL AND MORE IDEAS AND MORE FUN. HOPEFULLY SOME GREAT WEATHER. JORDAN: THAT IS WHAT I HEAR. WE ARE HOPING FOR SUNSHINE. RACHAEL: THAT WOULD BE A GIFT. JORDAN: THAT IS WHAT I WANT. [LAUGHTER] JORDAN: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, RACH. RACHAEL: YOU AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

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