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Say “I Do” in West Michigan: West Michigan Weddings

Getting ready to tie the knot this year? West Michigan is the perfect wedding location, whether you’re looking for a local celebration or a weekend destination wedding. Get married on the shores of Lake Michigan, plan your picturesque wedding at a historic & majestic building, or let a wedding planner take care of all the details for you!

We’ve got your West Michigan guide below to locations, catering, wedding planners, and everything you’ll need to host your dream wedding.

Southern West Michigan Weddings

Engaged? Experience elegance in the country. Book a tour of The Silo wedding ceremony and reception venue, located in Allegan. The Silo is a fully-staffed modern facility with a rustic barn exterior. Capacity is 300, with a gorgeous ballroom, balcony, bridal suite, pond, and gazebo on 20 acres, as well as a wedding coordinator on site. Contact Alison for availability, pricing, and menu options.

balcony at The Silo
The Silo, Allegan

Make your wedding a day of historic romance at the W.K. Kellogg Manor House in Hickory Corners. For a truly grand wedding location, look no further than the W.K. Kellogg Manor House, the former estate of the Kellogg Company founder. The Manor House is located on beautiful Gull Lake and features manicured gardens, surrounded by a natural landscape of unique plants and trees. The Manor House has been restored to its original grandeur and is sure to set the scene for a gorgeously memorable day. The Manor House offers indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, including the stately Manor House and the pagoda garden on the lake.  The House is also an ideal site for rehearsal dinners and wedding showers. Lodging is available on our historic property. For more information, contact their event coordinator Nicole Kokx at 269-671-2160.

WK Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners
WK Kellogg Manor House, Hickory Corners

Brides who are looking for a one-of-a kind setting for their wedding should consider the Carlton Center Church at Historic Charlton Park in Barry County-Hastings for their upcoming ceremony. Built in 1885, this gothic revival church is a beautiful setting for a traditional wedding. Whether your style is simple or elegant, the Park offers affordable outdoor wedding and reception sites with their Historic Village as your backdrop. The Park also has several covered pavilions with modern amenities and wooded areas for use. For more information, please visit their website or contact Stacey Graham at (269) 945-3775 to schedule a tour of the facilities.

Historic Charlton Park, Hastings
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings

Since their beginnings as a dining destination, Salt of the Earth has focused on not only creating amazing farm-to-table food, but creating experiences for their guests. With their catering services, they take the same approach to provide a professional, personal, seamless, relaxed, and memorable event. Though they adhere to their rustic American food concept, each party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, and business luncheon takes on a personality of its own as their celebrated Chef Matthew Pietsch crafts a menu specifically for you and your guests. As they are located in agriculturally rich southwest Michigan, a Salt of the Earth wedding reception often takes on the character of the best farm dinner you can imagine. They love cooking outside over open flame and smoke, and serving artisan meat and local vegetables hot off the grill. Salt of the Earth can offer beverage service as well, and have years of experience with a deep list of wines and Michigan craft beers, ciders and spirits. For further information contact Matthew Campbell at info@saltoftheearthfennville.com or 269.561.7258.

Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Salt of the Earth, Fennville

Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub in Marshall has been a prime rehearsal dinner and wedding reception venue for years. The banquet rooms are easily transformed into romantic places for receptions, where you can reflect your personal style, much more than what you’ll find in most wedding reception locations. The banquet rooms are perfectly suited for everything from intimate rehearsal dinners to wedding receptions with up to 130 guests and often more if needed. Your guests will be captivated by your reception, with delicious homemade food, gracious service and attention to detail set the tone for a wonderful experience. Several menu options are available for your reception and your style. Decadent desserts, including wedding cakes, are also made in the on-site Schuler’s bakery. Schedule your visit of Schuler’s wedding and reception spaces by calling 269-781-0602.

Schuler's Restaurant, Marshall
Schuler’s Restaurant, Marshall

Whatever the special occasion let Food Dance in Kalamazoo help you celebrate, because they love parties. They have three beautiful rooms with abundant natural light, which can be reserved individually or in combination, for parties from 15 to 115. Whether it is a business gathering, a festive cocktail party, a reception, baby or bridal shower, or a fun get-together with your friends, Food Dance can offer a space and menu selections that all will love. The attentive staff is the icing on the cake—making sure wants and needs are met and everything goes as planned. The Food Dance menus offer the most current seasonal offerings, using the highest quality, fresh local ingredients that can be found. “It’s important to us to know where our food comes from and who is producing it,” says Food Dance owner Julie Stanley. “We have an on-site bakery where we bake fresh bread, luscious desserts, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and morning baked goods each day.” Extra touches will set your event celebration apart. Linens, fresh flowers, balloons, host gifts—our event planners will help make your event exceptional. Call 269-382-1888, ext. 104 or visit their website for menus and more information.

Food Dance, Kalamazoo
Food Dance, Kalamazoo

Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant, and Winery in Fennville offers a few different catering options for your big event. The popularity of serving handcrafted fruit pies on one of your most important days is quickly moving from a trend to a new tradition. You can choose from a variety of award winning pies that will suit all different tastes. Serve them exclusively or to accompany your wedding cake, and many different displaying options are available to fit your decor. Start off your process with a free pie tasting for up to four people to narrow down your flavor options. Consider serving their Michigan Hard Apple Ciders and Fruit Wines at your party as well! The hard ciders are available in pub kegs, and the wines are offered at case pricing. Want to give your guests a unique and tasty parting gift? Check out Crane’s house-made apple butter, cherry preserves, blueberry preserves, and red raspberry preserves in cute little 4 oz. jars for quantity pricing.

Crane's Pie Pantry, Fennville
Crane’s Pie Pantry, Fennville

At the Michigan Flywheelers Museum South Haven, you can design your perfect wedding, anniversary party, church retreat, or other important life event in a location that is unrivaled in the area. Located on close to 80 beautiful acres dotted with wooded areas, colorful flower gardens and buildings that represent the 1920s era, you can take a step back into a time for an experience that is like no other. Each event can be tailored to your individual needs. Whether you would like to hold a farm-themed wedding in the historic wooden post and beam Stephenson Barn, or renew your vows in front of family and friends in the quaint old-fashioned church, your special occasion will be one to be remembered. You are only limited by your imagination. Looking for a really neat place to take photos? Wander through Old Towne where there are countless options for creative photography, from the Old Town Jail to the Over The Hill Blacksmith Forge. There’s even a log cabin where you can swirl around on the lawn for a fun and creative picture!

Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven
Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven

Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks offers a wide range of wedding options that can accommodate everything from small, intimate gatherings to parties of up to 500 people. Warren Hall, their 500 person capacity event space, offers 94-inch tall windows lining the walls and allowing plenty of beautiful natural light to illuminate the breathtaking reclaimed wood floors. The Still Room, sized for gatherings of 125 people or less, includes views of the still behind glass. The Flat at Journeyman Distillery, with a sleeping capacity of 20, is the perfect gathering spot for a post-reception party or a base camp for the wedding party. And Journeyman offers the ability to host ceremonies on the front lawn of the Flat or can section off Warren Hall to host both the ceremony and reception in one spot. For further information please contact Beth Moser Weiss.

Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks
Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks

You have been dreaming all your life about this special moment. You are a princess after all and yes, you deserve the ultimate experience at The Henderson Castle. Your Castle that you may ”own ” for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Henderson Castle is a professional wedding venue which has been part of the Southwest Michigan wedding industry for 10 years. At the castle, they take pride in delivering a one-of-a-kind experience for both the bride & the groom. Celebrate the most important day of your life at the Henderson Castle! Indulge yourself and your guests in the luxury and opulence you deserve. Proprietor, Chef François Moyet, will help you plan your perfect day. From formal black tie dinners to more casual affairs, with 5 distinct event spaces for groups from 10-125, Henderson Castle is an ideal venue for corporate groups & family celebrations of any size. Event spaces available for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Be sure to save the date for the 2016 Henderson Castle Luxury Wedding Showcase on Sunday, September 18th.

Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo
Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo

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Central West Michigan Weddings

A destination wedding in Muskegon County is an exciting, unique and affordable way to say “I do.”  Whether you choose a beautiful park with spectacular Lake Michigan views, a one-of-a-kind historic site, lakeside resort or an elegant hall for your ceremony, romance and travel go hand in hand when you pledge your heart on the “Midwest Riviera.” A destination wedding can involve just the two of you, a select handful of family and friends, or enough guests to constitute a vacation style family reunion. Many couples choose to keep the party going long after the nuptials, turning a day of celebration into a weeklong get-together. With 26 miles of unspoiled beachfront, dunes, parks, museums and exciting attractions, you’ve already arrived at the perfect honeymoon location. After the ceremony, stay and enjoy a deluxe beachtown getaway for a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding.

Let the Muskegon County Convention & Visitors Bureau assist you in planning arrangements for your destination wedding. Their free services include securing your accommodations, developing your itinerary, personal site tours, tour guide services, and organizing vendor services such as banquet facilities, tent and table rentals, ministers, churches and more!   

One of the area’s premier event venues, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids offers three distinct wedding packages: The Classic Wedding Package, The Elegant Wedding Package, and the Signature JW Wedding Package to create a dream wedding filled with sophistication and style. The JW Marriott is without peer when it comes to choosing a wedding location. With 15,000 feet of stylish space, inspired catering possibilities, and professional planners all at your fingertips – whether it’s the reception, the rehearsal or the ceremony itself  – if you can dream it, their on-site event planner can do it.   

JW Marriott, Grand Rapids
JW Marriott, Grand Rapids

The Downtown Market Grand Rapids is home to a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces perfect for celebrations ranging from intimate nuptials to multi-room receptions. Featuring sleek lines and modern design, the Banquet Room can seat up to 150 and is equipped with four screens + projectors in addition to a live demonstration counter. Rental of the space includes terrace access, which has been home to many an outdoor bar when the Michigan sun decides to shine. As a clean, simple space, the banquet room is blank canvas to be transformed as you envision. Rental rates vary based on day of the week and time of year. A popular space for earthy ceremonies and intimate cocktail events, the Greenhouse provides the ambiance of an outdoor event year-round. Rental of the space includes terrace access and an outstanding, serene view of Downtown Grand Rapids. Up to 80 guests can be seated comfortably or 150 for an evening of strolling and socializing. Known for hosting outdoor market experiences, the Market Shed also serves as an urban outdoor event space accented by strong architecture and industrial undertones. Providing cover from Michigan’s elements, the Market Shed constitutes Plan A AND B during unpredictable spring, summer and fall seasons. To ensure guests are just as full as they are fulfilled, the Downtown Market features a vast array of Market Hall vendors capable of creating custom eats for your guests — from barbecue and sweets to fresh fish and beyond. For further information about hosting your next private event or corporate experience at the Downtown Market Grand Rapids, please call 616.805.5308 or visit http://downtownmarketgr.com/private-rentals.

Downtown Market, Grand Rapids
Downtown Market, Grand Rapids

Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Reserve Wine & Food’s modern yet elegant spaces promise to make your celebration the memory of a lifetime. Choose one of their rooms for an intimate setting, or combine a number of spaces to really impress. Their spaces accommodate groups from an intimate dinner of 8 up to a strolling reception for 100. If you’re struggling to shorten that guest list, you may want to reserve the entire restaurant and celebrate with up to 200 guests. Reserve loves to showcase the beautiful seasons gifted to us in Michigan. Their menu is carefully sourced from local farmers and producers to highlight the beautiful foods grown around us. You will work will Chef Josh Adams to create a menu perfectly tailored to your celebration. The fun doesn’t stop with the food either: at Reserve they offer one of the largest wine lists in Michigan, as well as an extensive list of craft beers and hand crafted cocktails. For more information, call their Private Events Manager at 616-855-9463. They look forward to celebrating with you, cheers!

Reserve Wine & Food, Grand Rapids
Reserve Wine & Food, Grand Rapids

With 158 acres featuring picturesque gardens and internationally acclaimed sculptures, Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids provides many indoor and outdoor options to make your special day an extraordinary experience. Rates include complimentary admission for guests to the Gardens’ open exhibits during your rental time, the set up and take down of furniture, free parking, and the service of an event coordinator to help with the planning process.

They can accommodate an intimate dinner for two, or seat up to 1000 for a dinner utilizing the entire building for an exclusive experience. The Grand & Atrium is their largest event space which can comfortably seat 400, with plenty of room for a dance floor, head table, cake table, and buffet. They offer the opportunity to rent the greenhouses for a true garden experience, and hold wedding ceremonies outdoors. Their Sculpture Park Waterfall is by far the favorite outdoor wedding location, but no matter where you choose to have the wedding, Meijer Gardens is THE ultimate location for photos! They offer a wide variety of outdoor wedding packages, and all include a rainy day backup location.

Their Executive Chef Andy Krause sources local products and creates customized meals for anyone’s taste and budget. The average dinner price is under $24, and includes a choice of gourmet salad (not just your ordinary house salad), fabulous accompaniments, coffee/tea service and table linens in white, black or ivory. Average pricing inclusive of room rental and dinner is $45 per person on average, or $60 average with a bar. They only charge for what is actually consumed from bars, which is a huge savings. Let their team of event coordinators make your dream wedding come true and give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids

Chocolates by Grimaldi, a Grand Haven-based chocolate factory, is vowing to make sure your wedding guests don’t go home empty-handed. From molded chocolate lips to chocolate-covered potato chips, Chocolates by Grimaldi offers favors that are bound to please any palate. Designed to show appreciation for your guests, these mementos are usually tailored to the wedding theme or the couple’s lifestyle. Take, for instance, those with beach-themed or destination weddings, sea shell shaped chocolates packaged with light brown sugar for sand are ideal seaside treats. Couples that are going for more of a fun-filled theme might choose molded chocolate lollipop lips, chocolate-covered rice crispy bars, or S’more’s for their favors, while more adventurous couples might opt for small boxes of their chocolate-covered potato chips with their wedding date imprinted on the outside of the container. For those want to show their true Michigan pride, Chocolates by Grimaldi offers their True MI Bar, a chocolate bar that’s shaped like our home state. Still, others might elect to take more of a traditional path when it comes to this time-honored tradition. Small boxes of chocolates, bridge mix, or chocolate-shaped hearts decorated in the bride and groom’s wedding colors make ideal favors. Strawberries dipped in chocolate are also always well-received. Visitors can purchase their confections in their store or they can buy them online.

Chocolates by Grimaldi, Grand Haven
Chocolates by Grimaldi, Grand Haven

Your wedding is a day you’ll never forget. Make sure it takes place in the location of your dreams. The Felt Mansion, located just north of Saugatuck, is the perfect place to celebrate your special day. The ideal wedding location should match the vision that you and your future spouse have for your wedding while also serving as a convenient reception venue for comfortably hosting your friends and family. Stone balconies, beautifully decorated rooms, and extensive grounds give the mansion an unmistakable old world charm. You and your guests will enjoy a wedding experience unlike any other with access to the entire mansion, as well as the surrounding grounds. The Felt Mansion can accommodate guest lists of any size. From intimate dining room settings, to elegant ballrooms, large outdoor tents, or anything in-between, the Felt Mansion can meet all of your wedding needs.

The Felt Estate, Holland
The Felt Estate, Holland

Wedding season is upon us, and what a fun and different start to your “shotgun” wedding, than a bachelor or bachelorette party at Blendon Pines Gun Club in Zeeland. They have everything on site to make your event special. Start your wedding off with a “bang!”  Their clay pigeon shooting course is like golf with a gun. They have rental guns ($10 and two people can share), low recoil ammo (perfect for the ladies), and 20 gauge guns that don’t kick! Don’t be intimidated; it’s fun and empowering to shoot a shotgun for sporting clays. Try it, you might be surprised! They will give your group a safety talk and demo upon arrival, so everyone knows how to work their gun and stay safe.

Looking for that unique location to say “I Do?” Let Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park be your Field of Dreams! From arranging the details, to saying “I do” at home plate, to celebrating in their newly-renovated year-round Pepsi Stadium Club, the staff will guide you through the planning process to make your day perfect! You can also spoil your bridal party with a rehearsal dinner before the big day in their new Super Suite! Fifth Third Ballpark is also perfect for showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties, whether it’s during a Whitecaps game or on a non-game day.

Fifth-Third Ballpark, Comstock Park
Fifth-Third Ballpark, Comstock Park

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Northern West Michigan Weddings

Destination weddings are inspirational: celebrations of love and happiness, filled with huge smiles, fine attire, and future memories. For a bride-to-be and her groom, destination weddings provide a blank canvas for creativity, personality, and style. By combining event space, dining, and lodging (ask about preferred rates for wedding parties), plus the benefit of an on-staff coordinator to help bring everything together, choosing Shanty Creek in Bellaire will not only provide the setting for an incredible moment, but also can make the planning process simple by having everything under one roof. While Shanty Creek’s four seasons provide the backdrop of incredible Up North scenery, couples can choose from several outdoor options throughout their 4,500 acres or nearby quaint churches to say “I do.” When it’s time to dance the night away, the three villages of Shanty Creek Resorts have multiple event spaces to eat, drink, and be merry. Their banquet staff will work with you to prepare the perfect menu, and will serve your guests all night long.

Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire

Details, details, details – there’s so many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding – and you want everything to be just right. Stafford’s Hospitality in Petoskey has a seasoned crew of professionals to get you through the nitpicky items so you don’t need to worry.  They also offer a variety of beautiful locations – casual Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge overlooking Crooked River in Alanson and historic Stafford’s Bay View Inn and Stafford’s Perry Hotel both with lovely views of Little Traverse Bay. Great locations, wonderful food, professional staff and breathtaking views in northern Michigan – what a way to start a fairy tale marriage!

Stafford's Perry Hotel, Petoskey
Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey

The historic Bay View Association is home to The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant. Hardwood floors perfect for your first dance as man and wife await you. Chef Zak will prepare an unforgettable wedding meal for you and your guests, and the 1911 Room will be filled with the sound of laughter and good music if you select this very special location for your most important day. Your wedding and reception can both be held at The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant.    

Terrace Inn
Terrace Inn, Petoskey

Adjacent to the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Traverse City is the Peninsula Room and Mission Table restaurant, each offering its own style when it comes to Northern Michigan weddings. The Great Lawn, overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, can accommodate 150 guest for spectacular outdoor weddings, while Genevive’s Patio is perfect for small groups of 50. Inside, Mission Table offers an intimate space for smaller receptions while the Peninsula Room can accommodate larger groups of up to 150. Regardless of the venue, the finest farm-to-table fare and beverages from Jolly Pumpkin, North Peak, Bonafide Wines and Civilized Spirits are featured.

Jolly Pumpkin, Traverse City
Jolly Pumpkin, Traverse City

For a truly unforgettable wedding experience, sail back in time aboard the Schooner Manitou. Traverse Tall Ship Co. has been making wedding dreams come true since 1987. Sailing from their Traverse City dock, this majestic 114-foot replica of a 19th century schooner offers daily cruises on picturesque Grand Traverse Bay. Manitou’s spacious decks can comfortably accommodate up to 59 passengers, making her the perfect venue for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers. The staff will work with you from start to finish on all aspects of the event. After 25 years, they have a pretty good idea of what works well (and what doesn’t), and they have developed relationships with a number of catering companies, entertainers and officiants that know the ship and can make the most of the unique setting. To plan your floating wedding experience, call 800-678-0383.

Traverse Tall Ship Co, Traverse City
Traverse Tall Ship Co, Traverse City

Timber Ridge: The Perfect Wedding Destination in a beautiful setting. Timber Ridge Resort is nestled in the woods near the scenic resort town of Traverse City. It is a perfect destination for weddings and events of all categories and sizes. Be it an intimate affair or a party for up to 250 guests, Timber Ridge can accommodate the celebration you’re planning. The eye-catching, log sided banquet hall seats up to 170 and features a stone fireplace, large kitchen, and has French doors which lead to a beautifully landscaped courtyard. Timber Ridge Resort offers a variety of outdoor tents which can seat from 30 to 250 guests. Tents may be furnished with windowed walls and heaters for cool evenings. Their charming covered bridge is an ideal location for wedding ceremonies and stunning photographs. With several styles of cabins and cottages, Timber Ridge Resort can accommodate your event guests while providing a memorable getaway. RV sites are available for those who would like to stay in the comfort of their own RV, and the many hotels of Traverse City are just minutes away.

Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City
Timber Ridge Resort, Traverse City

A premier destination for intimate outdoor weddings along the pristine shores of Walloon Lake. Hotel Walloon’s convenient location makes for the perfect up north getaway for guests attending your event. Imagine your wedding with beautiful Walloon Lake as a backdrop. Hotel Walloon’s team is committed to providing the absolute best service and hospitality, leaving you with an unforgettable event that will be cherished by you and your guests for years to come. Booking of all 32 guest rooms required to host a private event at Hotel Walloon. Room rental fee includes 30’x60’ tent with sides, heaters (if applicable), tables, chiavari chairs, white or ivory floor length linen, your choice of decorative table overlay, set up and tear down of your event. Tented Events are only available from end of May to late September. As a courtesy to their clients, Hotel Walloon offers in-house beverage services. All other services must be provided by licensed vendors from their preferred caterers list.

Hotel Walloon, Walloon Lake
Hotel Walloon, Walloon Lake

Tucked away on 60 acres of majestic Michigan pines, Horton Creek Inn Bed and Breakfast brings you the best of northern Michigan. It is easy to imagine that you are “in the middle of nowhere,” yet be in the middle of it all, just minutes from Charlevoix, Petoskey, or Boyne City. At Horton Creek Inn, brides are given an opportunity to experience the beauty of the north woods as they create their special wedding day. We offer two venue sites: one lends itself to smaller intimate affairs surrounded by the pines and gardens. The larger site offers weddings at the pond: a beautifully landscaped area again surround by the beauty of northern Michigan. This area can hold tents for up to 300 guests. At the log home, you can easily accommodate up to 100 guests. When holding a wedding at Horton Creek, you can decide on the things you want. They offer a list of vendors providing the services you will need for your day, and have an event liaison who will work with you to decide what will best fit your needs.

Horton Creek Inn,
Horton Creek Inn, Charlevoix

At Charlevoix Country Club, you’ll find Shanahan’s Barn, the largest event barn in northern Michigan. Ceremonies may be held outdoors or in the stunning loft. This spring, they’ll be installing a new permanent ceremony space in the middle of a meadow overlooking one of the wooden bridges and a fire pit in a garden in front of the barn. The barn is unique in that it is a large open space which can be customized in many ways. They have hosted very sweet and simple rustic weddings, and over the top glitz and glamour. They all were stunning!

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At Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club in Boyne City, weddings can be held in the Yacht Club or the Lake Charlevoix Tent. Both may use the beach or lakefront lawn for a ceremony with Lake Charlevoix as the backdrop. They have hosted beautiful nautical themed weddings, and others that were very chic and sophisticated.

Traverse City is a fairy tale destination for a wedding, no matter the season. Spring brides may opt for a romantic ceremony among the millions of cherry blossoms that flower along the gently rolling hills of the Old Mission and Leelanau peninsulas. Others choose a vineyard setting on one of the area’s two world-class wine trails. Summer, of course, is the season for beach weddings – and many couples exchange their dress shoes for a comfy pair of flip flops, or just go barefoot in the sugar sand! There’s no more beautiful backdrop for wedding photos than the sapphire blue and deep turquoise waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Fall brings a riot of yellows, crimson reds, and bright oranges to the hills and valleys in and around Traverse City. In autumn, couples often choose a rustic setting in the woods or enjoy the panoramic views at one of the area’s full-service resorts. Traverse City becomes a glittering white wonderland in the winter, when favored venues include the historic City Opera House and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons (some wedding parties finish with a sleigh ride!). More traditional weddings are also part of the Traverse City area, which has more than 100 churches and synagogues, from tiny country chapels to large, contemporary places of worship. Anyone wishing for assistance in room availability and room blocks for a Traverse City “True North” Wedding should contact Barbi Hill at Traverse City Tourism.

Traverse City
Traverse City

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Statewide

Your Wedding and Michigan Wine: A Perfect Pairing. Weddings often bring together friends and family from a distance to share in the day’s celebrations. This is a perfect time to show your Michigan pride by showcasing all the mitten has to offer, including serving Michigan wine at the reception. Michigan is home to more than 100 wineries, with a wide variety of wines to choose from, including just the right bubbly to toast your special day. Many couples prepare gift bags for guests that include Michigan wines, or present them to the members of their wedding parties – sometimes customized with labels commemorating the date of the wedding. Others hosting their wedding near a winery or Michigan wine trail plan outings that feature winery visits as part of the pre-wedding festivities. Some take it to the next level; they immerse the group in Michigan wine country by holding the wedding on site at a vineyard or winery. Some locations offer complete planning services and many work with reliable vendors for services they don’t provide themselves. An array of beautiful indoor and outdoor backdrops make for a perfect, one-of-a-kind wedding. For a list of Michigan wineries and vineyards that specialize in creating memorable wedding celebrations, visit michiganwines.com/weddings.

Michigan Wine Council
Michigan Wine Council

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