The Mendel Center Wedding Experience

Memories begin at The Mendel Center…

Wedding Ceremonies

When you choose to have your outdoor ceremony at The Mendel Center, you have peace of mind knowing you have an on-site, indoor rain location automatically reserved for you – at no additional charge. If you prefer an indoor wedding, we have several spaces from which you can choose.
You can rely on the services of one of our experienced wedding planners to help your day go smoothly. Our wedding planner will direct the wedding party, handle set-up details as vendors arrive, and manage the ceremony so you can focus your full attention on your family and friends.


One-of-a-kind wedding ceremonies

You can literally take center stage, and rent the Hanson Theatre or the Mainstage for an entirely fresh take on saying “I do!” Then, after the ceremony, the wedding party and guests make their way to the reception space of your choice within The Mendel Center.

Wedding Receptions

The Mendel Center is known for comfortably accommodating large, as well as intimate, receptions. The spacious Grand Upton Hall seats 150 to 700 guests with plenty of room for hours of dining, dancing, hugs, and celebration. Other rooms within the Mendel Center are just the right size for more intimate gatherings.

With its high ceiling and catwalk perfect for decorating, floor-length window overlooking the campus lake, and customized LED lighting designs, the Grand Upton Hall can be transformed into an elegant setting for a truly magical evening.

Build your wedding experience with our customized wedding options:

  • Full bar services available with wide selection of local craft beers, Michigan wines, and liquors

  • China table service and standard linens included

  • Custom linen services available

  • Staging to elevate the head table

  • Dance floor

  • Audio and video equipment for special presentations

  • Sound and lighting design

Our location is also welcoming and accessible for your guests. Removed from the crowds and tourist centers, the quiet setting of The Mendel Center has ample, free parking adjacent to the building, and is easy to find. We are located within one mile of I-94 exit 30, as well as the US 31 Bypass exit 24. There are also more than 20 hotels and bed and breakfasts within a 10 minute drive.  The Mendel Center is located at 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022.