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Packard Weddings

Welcome! Step back in time to this beautiful Michigan automotive historical site. 

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About Us

Established in 1928 by The Packard Motor Car Company, this unique site hosts multiple Albert Kahn-designed buildings on 17 acres.

Hold your ceremony outside on the tree-lined boulevard, inside the Lodge Garage, or at an off-site location. If you plan an outdoor ceremony and the weather chooses not to cooperate, you can simply move your ceremony to the Lodge Garage.

Receptions are commonly held in the Repair Garage, which includes a large outdoor patio area with picnic tables.  Utilize the courtyard area between the Repair Garage and Lodge Garage as additional space, whether as an open-air cocktail area or rent a tent to shade your guests from the sun or rain.

The entire 17 acres are yours for your event. The possibilities for the exclusively-yours experience you can create for your event are endless!

It’s a lovely venue for weddings, car shows, plus corporate & social events.

The Site

Located in Shelby Township, Michigan, this venue is a hidden gem driven by Detroit’s automotive history and architecture that will have your guests talking for years about your event.

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The Repair Garage

Create a reception to remember in the 6,400 square-foot Repair Garage. Seats up to 296 guests.

Set-up options are endless for designing a reception built just for you.

The Lodge Garage

The 1,600-square-foot Lodge Garage is the perfect setting for an indoor ceremony (seats about 225 in theatre-style seating). May also be used for a cocktail reception, shower, or intimate dinner.

The Grounds

No matter the season, the Packard Proving Grounds is an amazing backdrop for your ceremony, reception, and wedding photos.

Historical Tours Available

Docents can be scheduled during your event to provide scheduled historical tours of the Packard Proving Grounds.

What’s Included

The Site

The site is yours for the day of your event. You may begin decorating and setting up at 9 AM on that day.

Wedding Rehearsal

A one-hour Wedding Rehearsal is included with the cost of your event.

Tables

Your venue rental includes 24 60″ round tables (seats 8) and 20 6′ rectangular tables.

Prep Kitchen

A prep kitchen is available for your Catering team.

The PPG Experience

Create a Wedding Customized to You

We provide the venue, and you take it from there.  Choose your Wedding Planner, Caterer, DJ, Florist, Photographer, and more to make your event uniquely yours.

Incorporate Classic Packards into Your Event

Select Packard Cars from our collection are available for display during your event.  You also have the option of adding a Car & Driver to chauffer you around the grounds. Both are available for a nominal fee.

The Packard Motor Car Foundation is a 501c3

Proceeds help with the restoration of the grounds.

Reviews from Packard Brides & Grooms

★★★★★

Best. Day. Ever!

The PPG was the best place for our wedding reception! The Repair Garage is beautiful and honestly doesn't need much decor as it's beautiful on its own. Mary Anne and Rene' are so helpful and even honored our odd request of letting us have skeletons in the static car inside of the garage as part of our 'Til Death theme. Our guests loved our venue, especially the tours that the PPG volunteers led during the reception, at one point the dance floor was empty as everyone was on the tour! My only word of advice is that it's a build-your-own wedding venue which is totally worth it in the end and is completely customizable. There's a lot of decisions to make and if you want an all-in-one venue the PPG isn't for you.

★★★★★

Staff members were very helpful and friendly. Easy to work with and very organized. Loved having two separate spaces - used the historic lodge for appetizers and the garage for reception. Easily hosted 220 people with plenty of room to spare and a large dance floor. Also provided the opportunity to really customize as much as you want. Beautiful and very fun venue,

Posted on TheKnot.com

★★★★★

Growing up close to the venue, I always loved driving by it and the history behind it. When I got engaged, I just knew I had to have my wedding at PPG. I looked at other venues, but none of them compared to this beautiful place. Mary Anne and Rene were amazing to work with and always answered any of my questions. I LOVE that this venue is a blank canvas for any bride to bring her wedding vision to life. I am so happy I got married here and cannot wait to receive my professional photos & video back to relive the best day ever. If you are looking for a rustic but elegant venue, I HIGHLY recommend Packard Proving Grounds.

Posted on TheKnot.com

★★★★★

Best venue ever!

We have received SO many compliments on our venue! People loved the unique and historic feel that Packard has to offer. If you're considering this venue, don't hesitate! Their calendar fills up quickly each year. We had such a positive experience, from our first inquires about the venue all the way until the last moments of our reception. The wedding coordinator at Packard, Mary Anne, is extremely helpful and patient! She is always available to answer questions or concerns, and offer suggestions. The two Packard volunteers who worked our wedding were so professional and kind. The grounds at Packard are also perfect for wedding photos.

Contact our event coordinators to get started today!