You’ve said yes and now it’s time to plan your special day. Whether you are dreaming of a lakeside wedding set to the sounds of waves lapping the shore, a rustic farm backdrop, or a more traditional set up, West Michigan is your wedding destination.
South West Michigan
The Michigan Princess riverboat is perfect for making your special day the most memorable. Gorgeous views along the Grand River in Lansing provide a unique setting for saying “I do” when celebrating your wedding day. The boat is fully enclosed, and provides a climate-controlled environment, so you can celebrate your big day rain or shine. The Princess and the gorgeous Grand River scenery provide an elegant backdrop for your ceremony. Dance the night away, dine in style, and make memories on the beautiful Grand River. The crew provides excellent service, delicious catering options, and beautiful dining settings to make your day especially memorable and run smoothly.
Whether you choose to celebrate lakeside, in the ballroom, or in the garden, Bay Pointe Inn in Gun Lake offers the best places to say “I Do” with gorgeous views. Bay Pointe delivers a culinary experience that your wedding guests will never forget. Your guests will enjoy a choice of contemporary or traditional menus centered on seasonal, locally produced, and market-fresh ingredients. Bay Pointe provides a unique culinary experience that’s both delicious and memorable.
Have your first dance under a galaxy of stars at the Air Zoo in Portage! Dazzle guests as they enter into a magnificent exhibit hall overflowing with personality, history, and amazing things to experience. No matter what the weather outside, the Air Zoo’s indoor facilities provide a truly unique and incredible atmosphere that will be remembered for years to come. Weather permitting, the grounds are spectacular too! Located just minutes from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport and I-94, the Air Zoo provides a convenient, centralized location which is easy for guests to reach, and accommodates up to 1500 (400 seated).
Whether you are looking for a traditional venue, a romantic farm setting, or anything in between, you’ll find a number of options in Battle Creek, as well as florists, photographers, and everything else you need to plan your big day.
Say “I do” against a stunning backdrop at the historic estate and former summer home of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Choose from indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations, including the stately Kellogg Manor House and the serene Lakeside Pagoda Garden, overlooking beautiful Gull Lake. The Manor House, surrounded by gorgeously maintained gardens and grounds, also is a perfect site for rehearsal dinners and wedding showers. On-site lodging is available in a variety of locations, including a pair of historic cottages.
More South West Michigan Wedding Venues & Ideas
Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo
Historic Charlton Park, Hastings
Inn at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor
Journeyman Distillery, Three Oaks
Kingman Museum, Battle Creek
Leila Arboretum & Kaleidoscope Garden, Battle Creek
LYNX Golf Course & LYNX Grill, Otsego
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo
Central West Michigan
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.” Visit Muskegon is ready to assist you in planning arrangements for your estination wedding, including 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. Find more wedding day ideas at the Muskegon Bridal Expo, January 11th, presented by the Muskegon Bridal Association. The lakeshore’s largest and longest-running bridal show features the area’s top vendors, as well as free wedding planning workshops along with a fashion show. This is a wonderful wedding planning experience for brides and their team.
You’ll find many options to create your dream wedding in Ludington. There are many indoor facilities to choose from, or if you are looking to tie the knot outdoors, Ludington has miles of sugary sand beaches along the shores of Lake Michigan – perfectly accommodating for your wedding and honeymoon. To help you plan your special day, Pure Ludington has compiled a wedding planning guide including lodging, bakeries, florists, photographers, entertainment, and more. Ensure your guests have a great night after celebrating your special day by choosing a top-rated hotel for your wedding room block and know comfort and convenience await your guests. Ludington offers three trusted brands, Best Western, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn Express, all known for their clean rooms, well-maintained facilities, and courteous staff. Each location offers private gathering space, perfect for bridal showers and day-of prep space. Contact your preferred brand today to set up a room block at no cost to you.
Holland is a popular spot for weddings! Just 140 miles from Chicago, 170 from Detroit, and just 30 minutes from Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Holland is conveniently located for all of your family and guests. Known for its white sandy beaches, award-winning downtown, and distinct Dutch attractions, Holland offers a beautiful backdrop for events large and small. From excellent hotel reception facilities, to a wide variety of restaurants, banquet halls, and unique outdoor venues, Holland is a great place to host your special event suiting a variety of styles and budgets. Add in an award-winning, historic downtown, the backdrop of an inland and a great lake, and fabulous venues to choose from, both small and large, Holland has it all. For a list of some of the fun venues, call or visit the Holland Visitors Bureau or download the Downtown Holland Wedding & Event Planner.
New Holland Brewing Company has two brewpub locations perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, and wedding receptions! With multiple spaces to choose from at each location, you’ll be sure to find one that fits your needs. The location in downtown Holland can accommodate over 100 people in the largest space available, and their location on Grand Rapids’ Westside can accommodate over 200 people in the largest space available. There are still lots of dates available for 2020! For more information about event spaces at either location, contact the Catering and Private Events team.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids provides a wide range of venues throughout their property in four different ballrooms. Choose from the Ambassador Ballroom, Imperial Ballroom, Ford Ballroom, or Pantlind Ballroom, each with different looks and sizes. Along with the venue they also have a top-notch staff trained to make your event picture perfect. The best part is your whole wedding, from the ceremony and reception to the place you and your guests stay, are all under one roof. Amway Grand Plaza Catering is available for any venue along with weddings that occur within the hotel.
The newly renovated JW Marriott Grand Rapids ballroom will be unveiled in a showcase for all brides at the JW Wedding Showcase January 12th and 13th. The International Ballroom has been transformed and you are invited to be the first to envision your wedding in the new space.
Admission to the event and self-parking in the JW ramp is complimentary. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served, a DJ provided by Music Host Entertainment, flowers provided by Modern Day Floral, and a photo booth provided by Look At U. This newly renovated ballroom space is the height of modern sophistication — a warm, richly-furnished haven designed to elevate any event. The venue features dark, muted tones and metallic accents executed with a thoughtful, artistic touch. Carefully curated furniture combines sleek lines with rich wood grain and soft, sumptuous fabrics, inviting you into a world of comfort. On top of it all, the JW staff is there to help curate the perfect event for you, always working to provide that extra degree of service.
Situated directly in the center of all that Downtown Grand Rapids has to offer, the Courtyard by Marriott is the perfect location for your day. On-site catering, your own sales coordinator, valet parking, and a free wedding cake, and the ability to host your ceremony, what else could you ask for!
Conveniently located within walking distance of many hotels, the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers a three-story open Galleria with spectacular Grand River and downtown Grand Rapids views. During your reception, guests can stroll through The Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibit for a journey back in time, or take a spin on the 1928 Spillman Carousel. With flexible seating options, whimsical photo locations, and much more, your wedding will be what you want it to be at the GRPM. Book your wedding reception for any date in February or March and receive your 5th hour free! The Grand Rapids Public Museum is a place of never-ending inspiration and discovery, with a focus on science, history, and culture, with three floors of hands-on fun and education exhibits for families to explore.
A Mt. Pleasant wedding venue can make your special day truly memorable. Whether you’re planning a quaint riverside ceremony or an extravagant hotel reception, you’ll find everything you need to make your wedding one of a kind. With a wide selection of picturesque venues, experienced staff, and accommodations for every affair – you won’t need to look any further. Planning a bachelor / bachelorette party? Check out the Mt. Pleasant area party planning guide.
There are a variety of locations in the Mecosta County area that would be beautiful spots to host a wedding. From breathtaking outdoor views to beautifully decorated banquet halls, historic sites to park settings, you’ll find many options to make your special day all you have been dreaming of.
The Holiday Inn of Big Rapids has a variety of meeting rooms ranging in sizes that can be easily converted for a wedding reception. One of their bigger rooms, the University Ballroom, can hold up to 1200 people depending on the room layout. 52 Sports Bar and Grill is connected to the Holiday Inn which means the chef has a fantastic selection of menus for catering your special day.
More Central West Michigan Wedding Venues & Ideas
Aquastar Cruises, Muskegon
Blandford Nature Center, Grand Rapids
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Grand Rapids
DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Downtown Market, Grand Rapids
Double JJ Resort, New Era
Embassy Suites, Grand Rapids
Holland Civic Center Place, Holland
Holland Princess, Holland
Hyatt Place Downtown, Grand Rapids
Lewis Farms & Petting Zoo, New Era
Macatawa Golf Club, Holland
Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Spring Lake
SE4SONS Gastropub, Muskegon
Seven Steps Up Music & Event Venue, Spring Lake
St. Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids
Thornapple Pointe Golf Club, Grand Rapids
USS LST 393, Muskegon
Windmill Island Gardens, Holland
North West Michigan
Traverse City is a fairytale destination for a wedding, no matter what the season. Spring brides may opt for a romantic ceremony among the millions of cherry blossoms that flower along the gently rolling hills of Old Mission and Leelanau counties. Or choose a vineyard setting on one of the area’s two world-class wine trails. Summer is, of course, the perfect time for a one-of-a-kind beach wedding. Ditch the dress shoes for a comfy pair of flip-flops — or just go barefoot in the sugar sand beach. And you won’t find a more beautiful backdrop for your 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. Couples might choose a rustic setting in the woods, or enjoy the panoramic views at one of the full-service resorts. Traverse City becomes a glittering white fairyland in the winter. Gather with friends and family for a memorable ceremony, then take a sleigh ride with your wedding party and head inside for an elegant and cozy dinner. Find more details on venues, catering, music and more with Traverse City’s event planning guide.
Imagine your ceremony atop the stunning estate vineyard at Black Star Farms near Suttons Bay. Your destination wedding will be uniquely tailored to you with cocktails, dinner, and yard games in the luxurious Inn and dancing in the Centennial barn.
With the breathtaking beauty of northern Michigan as the backdrop to your big day, a Crystal Mountain wedding in Thompsonville will be sure to amaze both you and your guests. Whether you’re hosting an extravagant affair for 300 or an intimate celebration with your closest friends and family, trust the dedicated staff at Crystal Mountain to help make your wedding dreams a reality.
Hold your special event in the barn at Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville. The beautifully restored barn is nestled on a 119 acre working farm where they grow the grain to create their premium artisan spirits. The barn sits adjacent to their state-of-the-art distillery and tasting room. With a backdrop of a gorgeous 45 acre maple forest, all of these amenities come together to create a breathtaking rural environment, a one-of-a-kind place to celebrate life’s most important moments.
Castle Farms in Charlevoix offers historical elegance and unmatched service. You will find a reception room for every style and size of wedding, from garden rooms filled with light to regal stone walls and arched cathedral windows. Each room presents a myriad of opportunities to create your own unique style. Plus, Castle Farms is a favorite venue for many photographers because there are endless photo opportunities! With the many courtyards, gardens, fountains, and paths, the backdrops are endless. Dramatic stone towers, romantic rose gardens, and sweet gazebos next to tranquil ponds are just some of the options photographers and couples can choose from. Castle Farms has a team of dedicated professionals who are there to bring your special day to life. Everyone from the landscape and gardening crew to the housekeeping, set-up staff, and venue coordinators are there to make sure the couple receives unmatched service!
It starts with YES. Located in the Victorian beachfront community of Manistee, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts has it all. With three unique venues, the Ramsdell is the place to go for your perfect wedding. From the beautifully restored theatre for your ceremony (seats 500) to the gallery space for your pre-reception (seats 100) and finally, to the grand ballroom for your reception (seats 300). Rentals of Hardy Hall and the ballroom includes tables, chairs, access to a catering kitchen, and staff to assist you on your special day. Make it a Ramsdell wedding. The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is Manistee’s leading arts organization and unique destination wedding venue. Located in downtown Manistee within walking distance from all the shops and restaurants in town, it’s easy to stop in and get a quick overview of the 46,000 square-foot historic building with the center’s events manager, Laura Ortiz, and learn more about what they have to offer. You can schedule a tour, book a time for the escape room, or schedule a viewing for your special wedding day.
Located on 5,000 acres, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek in Bellaire boasts three distinct villages, award-winning dining, live entertainment, and more outdoor recreation than you can possibly squeeze into a getaway. Experience an up-north destination wedding that will inspire, create memories, and exceed every expectation. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a grand celebration, Shanty Creek will transform their event space to fit your vision. Let Shanty Creek compliment your big day with all the bells and whistles to make your reception shine.
Dazzling views, old-fashioned hospitality, and settings perfect for the beginning of a new life together are found in the Petoskey Area.
- Bay Harbor Village Hotel & Conference Center and the Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection in Bay Harbor offer a lovely beach where vows may be exchanged. Both properties have upscale lodging and are within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
- Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey has both indoor and outdoor venues and a convenient downtown location that gives guests access to the beautiful Little Traverse Wheelway and Bayfront Park for strolling.
- Brides love the chance to be pampered before the wedding and Boyne Mountain Resort, a full service resort in Boyne Falls, offers a spectacular spa where relaxation is key.
- When the backdrop for your important day is the gorgeous lawns of the Bay View Association near Petoskey, you can’t go wrong, which is the view you’ll find at the Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant.
Hotel Walloon, in the Village of Walloon Lake, located in Northern Michigan on the East Shore of Walloon Lake, is the perfect destination spot for all your events surrounding your special day. There are unique venues for your rehearsal dinner, welcome reception, cocktail hour, after-wedding brunch, and of course, your wedding ceremony and reception. Hotel Walloon, a four diamond luxury boutique hotel and the Walloon Lake Inn fine dining restaurant, are just some of the intimate locations available to host your wedding events.
More North West Michigan Venues & Ideas
Chateau Chantal, Traverse City
Chateau Grand Traverse, Traverse City
Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center, Drummond Island
Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Bay Harbor
Indian River Golf Club, Indian River
Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinaw City
Music House Museum, Williamsburg
S.S. City of Milwaukee, Manistee
Treetops Resort, Gaylord
Located on the sunrise side of historic Mackinac Island, family-owned, award-winning Mission Point Resort has been a premier site for wedding ceremonies and receptions for generations. From horse-drawn carriages and tandem bicycles to famous fudge and flowers galore, historic Mackinac Island’s romantic charm can be felt in every century-old church, quaint gazebo, and refreshing lake breeze. With spectacular views and lush gardens amid an atmosphere of genuine hospitality, relaxed elegance, and inviting comfort, Mission Point is distinguished as an unparalleled, storybook destination for your most memorable day. Featuring a variety of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces for weddings large and small, Mission Point is also home to your one-stop destination for bridal beauty packages at Lakeside Spa & Salon.
Imagine exchanging your vows next to a charming Victorian Gazebo surrounded by one of the most loved gardens on Mackinac Island. Or use the Chateau LaFramboise, built in 1822 and originally the home of American fur trade legend Madame Magdelaine LaFramboise, as your romantic backdrop. The Harbour View Inn on Mackinac Island offers some of the most charming and romantic venues for an intimate ceremony or reception for 40 guests or less. The inn provides on-site catering and a venue coordinator to help facilitate a perfect day on this unique island. They also feature guestroom accommodations and rehearsal dinners.
Looking to have a unique, off-the-grid, romantic, and adventurous destination wedding? Consider booking your wedding party on a most memorable outing with the Keweenaw Adventure Company in picturesque Copper Harbor! With activities ranging from Lake Superior sea kayaking along breathtaking shorelines to in-land stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing, there’s plenty to do on the water. Or if your crew prefers keeping their feet dry, they offer guided mountain biking or self-guided mountain bike rentals as well.
Start your joyous romantic adventure draped in the wilderness splendor of the Keweenaw Peninsula by having your wedding at the historic Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor. They’ll provide personal assistance arranging ceremony and reception services, as well as excellent catering and beverage options. The lodge’s unique facilities can accommodate weddings of all sizes. You and your guests will enjoy staying in authentic log cabins, riding world-class mountain bike trails, playing on the 9-hole golf course, or just walking hand-in-hand on a quiet woods trail.
More Upper Peninsula Wedding Venues & Ideas:
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Inn at Stonecliff, Mackinac Island
Island House Hotel, Mackinac Island