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Find the perfect place to say “I Do”

From the venue to the dinner, the music to decorations, there’s a lot of work that goes into planning the big day. Whether you want an elegant event or a rustic setting, you will find everything you need, and some helpful wedding planners, to make your wedding the day of your dreams. 

Remember to refer to local and state guidelines for group size restrictions and contact venues and vendors directly for operating procedures and recommendations.

South West Michigan

The beautifully restored Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater is the perfect setting for your big day. Step into the spotlight and take your vows on stage while friends and loved ones fill the plush seats in the audience. Rental also includes the use of the lower level art gallery, which can accommodate small receptions. Tibbits will put you center stage for your wedding! Visit Tibbits online or contact Stephanie at sburdick@Tibbits.org for more information.

Marina Grand Resort in New Buffalo offers stylish event venues for gatherings of up to 120 people, including a rooftop deck perfect for small wedding ceremonies.

Your “happily ever after” begins at The Boulevard Inn & Bistro in St. Joseph. Host your ceremony and reception in their intimate event spaces, and accommodate your guests in their spacious suites.

Southwest Michigan, with its pristine beaches and gorgeous Lake Michigan views, is a destination wedding location unmatched by any other. Begin the first day of the rest of your lives in this setting at The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph.

Romance means different things for each couple, so Calhoun County has a venue for every celebration. The area has everything from rolling green hills and fairy lights to urban chic and craft breweries. 

For years, brides and grooms have chosen South Haven as the preferred location to exchange their vows. Using Lake Michigan and South Haven’s Lighthouse as the background, couples create memories to be cherished for a lifetime. Looking for a more rustic event? There are a number of barn-style event spaces in the South Haven area as well, with indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options. Find more wedding planning ideas with the South Haven wedding planning online guide 

Say “I do” against a stunning backdrop at the historic estate of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Hold your outdoor ceremony and reception on the grounds of the stately Kellogg Manor House, at the serene Lakeside Pagoda Garden, which overlooks beautiful Gull Lake in Hickory Corners. Ceremony packages can accommodate up to 50 people, including vendors, and include a three-hour rental and a complimentary rehearsal. On-site lodging also is available in a variety of locations, including a pair of historic cottages. 

From small and intimate ceremonies to large, lavish weddings, Saugatuck/Douglas is the perfect romantic destination year-round for exchanging vows. No matter your style, you will find the perfect venue to make your special day everything you dreamed it could be. From more rustic locations to gorgeous garden settings to stunning historical backdrops, the array of venue options are as unique and special as the brides and grooms who come to Saugatuck to celebrate their love. Is an elopement more your style? The area has some of the most beautiful locations that let you skip the courthouse. 

Whether it’s the rehearsal dinner, wedding party luncheon, or the Big Day itself, let Star of Saugatuck Boat Cruises provide you with an amazing backdrop and some much needed relaxation. Onboard you’ll find two bars, catering options, and even someone who can perform your wedding right on the Star.

The popularity of serving handcrafted fruit pies on one of your most important days is quickly moving from a trend to a new tradition. Choose from a variety of Crane’s Pie Pantry’s award winning pies, mini pies, and apple cider donuts that will suit all different tastes. Serve them exclusively, or to accompany your wedding cake. Many different display options are available to fit your decor. Call (269) 561.2297 or visit Crane’s online to set up a free pie tasting for up to four people at their Fennville bakery.

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Central West Michigan 

Macatawa Golf Club in Holland provides everything you need for your special day, from a beautiful outdoor ceremony location to a full-service reception venue. Their newly remodeled reception space consists of the entire top level of the clubhouse, which overlooks the golf course and some spectacular summer sunsets.

Have your wedding at a historic site that offers a unique and beautiful setting, specifically suited to celebrate your wedding day. Windmill Island Gardens in Holland offers romantic gardens and an elegant pavilion. Whether you want to provide a feeling of days past or celebrate your marriage in a truly enchanting garden, their staff is prepared to meet your every need and attend to every detail, helping you create memories for a lifetime.

The ability to customize every detail, from the perfectly detailed ballroom to the sauces and dressings at dinner, is what sets an Amway Grand Plaza Grand Rapids wedding apart from any other wedding. Everything is done with the one-on-one assistance of their wedding specialists to make sure every detail is perfect so you can enjoy your day, your way, from “dearly beloved” to “bon voyage.”

Situated on the Grand River, just minutes North of Downtown Grand Rapids, the Grand River Hotel offers an array of amenities and services to enhance your special wedding day.

Creating weddings is the highest priority at The Plaza Grand Rapids Hotel. For every occasion, their dedicated and experienced staff provides professional event management, catering, and support services.

Speaker On A Stick rental systems are designed for those who prefer do-it-yourself instant audio. All of the speaker systems are simple and fun to operate and yield great sound. No previous audio experience is required. Speaker On A Stick is a lower cost alternative to a wedding reception DJ. Easy to use with great sound quality, these sound systems are perfect for every size wedding. Speaker On A Stick is owned and operated by On Stage Services, a 20-year-old Grand Rapids-based premier full-service backline rental and production company. 

Planning a ceremony in downtown Grand Rapids? Book a block of rooms at Hyatt Place Grand Rapids / Downtown to have the wedding party close by. 

Planning a wedding in any season can be a breeze with Ludington’s Wedding Planning Guide, complete with ceremony and reception venues, accommodations, caterers, florists, and more. Suiting a variety of styles and budgets, the Ludington area is a great place to host your special event. 

From golf resorts to historical landmarks, and large ballrooms to park settings, there are a variety of locations in Mecosta County that would be beautiful spots for hosting a dream wedding.

The Holiday Inn of Big Rapids has a variety of meeting rooms ranging in size that can easily be converted for a lovely wedding reception. One of their bigger rooms, the University Ballroom, can hold up to 1200 people depending on the room layout. The Holiday Inn Restaurant is connected to the hotel and wedding reception area(s) which means the chef has a fantastic selection of menus for catering your special day. And do not forget the hotel rooms, where you can block numerous rooms and special suites for your wedding party and guests. 

If you are considering a wedding reception at a site that provides a beautiful natural setting with scenic views, and excellent photo opportunities, consider Pohlcat Golf Course in Big Rapids for your special day.

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North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula  

With elegant, flexible indoor/outdoor spaces, superb catering, and a wealth of on-site amenities and activities, Evergreen Resort in Cadillac offers everything you need for a memorable event, whether you dream of a cozy winter gathering or a joyful summer celebration.

All wedding events at Portage Point Resort in Onekama are custom tailored to your needs, including the newly renovated bar and elegant ballroom, lodging, and utilization of the beautiful Portage Point Resort grounds and amenities.

Bella Vista Inn welcomes you and your wedding party to come celebrate your big day in Bear Lake. Call the event planner at 586 321 9935 to discuss how much fun it would be to have all your friends and family staying at the same resort. If you book 5 or more rooms, (2 night minimum), you and your beloved stay for free for three nights. The Bella Vista staff will go out of their way to show you and your guests a great time and can assist you in hiring music and catering.  

With the breathtaking beauty of northern Michigan as the backdrop to your big day, your wedding 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. For more information about hosting your wedding at Crystal Mountain, fill out their Wedding Request Form.

Lake Bluff Preserve, now in its third year of operation, has become a popular wedding and lodging venue enjoyed by many. Lake Bluff Preserve in Frankfort offers spacious houses with many bedrooms and baths, plus breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. They were imagined and built to accommodate larger groups offering an attractive per-person affordability factor.

Imagine an intimate ceremony overlooking a vineyard, a one-of-a-kind elopement on the shores of Lake Michigan, or a rustic gathering at a historic farm. Find all of this and more in Traverse City, where dozens of unique venues, plenty of lodging options, and a stunning backdrop turn your wedding dreams into reality. 

Love, much like a fine wine, only gets better with time. What better way to celebrate love than with some Northern Hospitality and a view to match? Chateau Chantal in Traverse City serves as an outstanding and memorable location for your special day. Contact the event team at Chateau Chantal for a customizable wedding package any day of the week.

Many guests have pivoted their wedding plans and have chosen to have a Petite Wedding at the Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. With small numbers, the affair can still be exquisite with an exceptional dinner to follow. Rent the entire inn and have all the privacy you need, and your close family and friends all under one roof.

 

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 Resort will transform one of their event spaces, safely, to fit your vision. Let their event team compliment your big day with all the bells and whistles to make your reception shine. Located on 5,000 acres, just 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek boasts three distinct villages, award-winning dining, and more outdoor recreation than you can possibly squeeze into a weekend getaway.

If you’re looking for an up-north wedding experience, consider hosting your destination wedding at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. The Treetops events team will help you to choose from their on-site ceremony and reception venues, and create a theme that fits your taste and personality. Find more information about wedding packages and options in the Treetops online wedding guide

Village Suites Bay Harbor is a beautiful wedding destination nestled along Little Traverse Bay near Petoskey with a variety of venues, endless lake views, and the Village at Bay Harbor offering boutique shops, casual dining, and specialty services. From the privacy of a ceremony on Sunset Beach along Lake Michigan, to the feeling of being “on top of the water” at Observation Lookout, your ceremony will truly be something spectacular.

Hotel Walloon in Walloon Lake is your one-stop-shop for your wedding, reception, and guest/bridal party accommodations

Something borrowed, something blue, have you found the perfect wedding venue? If you or someone you know has recently become engaged, it can be stressful trying to find the ideal wedding destination and venue. Find the perfect destination for your wedding in Charlevoix. 

From classic and elegant garden rooms to dramatic and rich stone rooms, each wedding celebration option at Castle Farms in Charlevoix offers you the flexibility of customizing your ceremony and reception location to fit your wedding vision.

Mackinac State Historic Parks offers 10 historic wedding venues on Mackinac Island and in Mackinaw City. From the gazebo used in the movie Somewhere in Time, to Ste. Anne de Michilimackinac church at Colonial Michilimackinac, to the restored early 19th-century Historic Mission Church on Mackinac Island, your choices are broad and unique. Walk down the “aisle” at the historic lighthouse or say “I do” while standing on the iconic cannon platform at Fort Mackinac. Find more to help plan your special day in the online Mackinac Wedding Guide

Host your perfect wedding at The Harbour View Inn, one of the most charming, romantic, and tranquil wedding venues on Mackinac Island. The gazebo provides a semi-private scene for ceremonies followed up by a reception in their dining room and patio. The close proximity to downtown allows guests to enjoy the best of Mackinac Island during their stay, and for wedding couples to take plenty of photos around the island.

Framed by breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac and the timeless Tudor-style architecture of a mansion built in 1904, The Inn at Stonecliffe is one of the most romantic wedding venues on Mackinac Island. Celebrate your special day with up to 120 guests in an unforgettable setting steeped in history, charm, and natural beauty. 

With onsite event coordination and an outstanding staff committed to making your wedding day memorable and fun, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor takes the stress out of planning for the first day of the rest of your lives.

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