Michigan holds so much charm and countless breathtaking wedding venues. Whether you’re looking for a wedding venue that is indoor or outdoor, rustic or romantic, intimate or luxurious, there’s something for every bride in the mitten state.
I’m Tylee Shay, a Michigan-based wedding photographer, and I’ve seen some of the best Michigan wedding venues out there. I’m here to help you find your dream location to tie the knot!
Shepherd’s Hollow is one of the most impressive wedding venues in Michigan. This luxury venue features an amazing garden setting for an outdoor ceremony surrounding a quaint fountain. Their reception space is in a glass conservatory with a classic black and white checkered dance floor (a highly sought after detail that is hard to find anywhere else!). Although the venue is beautiful, one of its best features is it’s impressive catering and bar services. If you’re looking to have a luxury, romantic, memorable wedding, Shepherd’s Hollow is the venue for you.
Another one of the best luxury wedding venues that Michigan has to offer can be found in Southwest Michigan. Greencrest Manor is a European estate wedding venue with French gardens, classic architecture, and endless charm. They have several spaces for you to get ready on-site, as well as multiple ceremony locations, cocktail hour backdrops, and reception options. The estate may be rented out for a one-day event, or a full weekend affair. Be sure to reach out well in advanced as this popular Michigan wedding venue books up far in advanced!
If you’re looking for a whimsical and romantic space to get married, then this is the venue for you! The Botanic Garden pairs the natural beauty of Traverse City with contemporary spaces for you and up to 300 guests. They have an open air ceremony courtyard with lots of character for you to exchange your vows. Additionally, they have two reception options including a modernized open-air pavilion and a large tent lawn. This is the perfect place to have an outdoor wedding surrounded by nature while still having the security of sheltered protection in case of bad weather!
Leona Road is a new wedding venue in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has a beautiful indoor ceremony location with modern chandeliers and a wooden accent wall behind the ceremony. Additionally, it has a large open reception space full of windows and sky lights that bring in lots of natural light. Every detail was intentionally made by experienced wedding professionals, so even the flow of the venue makes sense! Guests enter in the ceremony area, are ushered into the cocktail area, then finally make their way down to the reception space. Also, the bridal suite is spacious and stunning! I always love shooting at this wonderful venue, and it’s just a short drive from many great photo locations in downtown Grand Rapids.
Despite the miles and miles of beachfront in Michigan, there are very few waterfront wedding venues. That’s why places like the Leelanau School are a hidden gem! If you’re wanting a beach wedding on Lake Michigan, then you’ll love this venue. It’s located in the amazing Leelanau peninsula so your guests can have fun exploring Glen Arbor, Leland, and all the wonderful beach towns nearby. The private beach ceremony is stunning with the bright blue waters in Northern Michigan. Plus, the forest tented reception is also gorgeous. Definitely check it out, and visit my other blog post for more waterfront wedding venues in Michigan.
This venue is a renovated 1920’s mansion with a gourmet kitchen, stunning conservatory, and beautiful bridal parlors. I can attest that Venue 3Two has the most romantic wedding day atmosphere! They can hold up to 200 people, plus they offer indoor and outdoor ceremony options with receptions in their elaborate conservatory. Above all, Venue 3Two is one of the only venues that functions as a non-profit. I really adore the fact that they donate their proceeds to local organizations that are bettering the community.
I adore this luxury event space. Planterra offers a luxe, full-service wedding experience in an exotic botanical garden setting. You will have the opportunity to work with their award-winning floral design team who will play off of the timeless allure of plant life. Similarly, you also will enjoy their catering team’s specialty cuisine, wine and spirits. Finally, you can celebrate with up to 200 guests in this oasis and dance all night with the stars shining through the glass ceiling.
This wedding venue is a true hidden gem. I wish I could hangout here every weekend! The Glasshouse is a stunning, simplistic greenhouse venue with the most beautiful bridal studio. Similarly, the owners have the most kind hearts! I can promise that you’ll have a wonderful experience working with them. If you’re looking for an intimate, garden style wedding, look no further. The Glasshouse is covered in twinkle lights and designed for for more intimate weddings of up to 70 guests.
Another wonderful wedding venue in downtown Grand Rapids is the GRAM! We’ve all seen the trend of taking wedding and engagement photos in art museums, so this venue is right on trend! They offer several venue locations, including right within the art galleries, as well as outdoor courtyards and outdoor covered pavilions. Plus, the central downtown location makes it super convenient for guests.
Right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids is a rooftop greenhouse oasis perfect for both small and large wedding celebrations. I have loved this venue since the day it opened, and I’m always so excited when I get to capture a wedding day here! You can have your intimate or elaborate ceremony in the Greenhouse, and then move over to the Garden Room across the hall for a perfectly lavish and botanical wedding reception.
Another fairly new and extremely popular wedding venue in Michigan is Ivy House. This is another greenhouse venue, with the perfect blank slate for any wedding. Plus, it’s location in Saugatuck is a wonderful place for guests to enjoy while they’re in town. The team at Ivy House always does a great job, and I always love working here.
I hope this article was so helpful for you! Maybe you gained some ideas and inspiration for your own wedding day, and possibly discovered some new wedding venues in Michigan!
I love to help couples plan their best day ever! So if you have any questions about the venues above, just send me a message here!
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I’m a destination wedding & elopement photographer with a passion for marriage.
As your photographer, I'll capture images that are natural, authentic, and honestly illustrate your love for one another so that you can always remember exactly why you fell in love.
Whether you're eloping just the two of you, or getting married in your favorite place with all your favorite people, I'd love to capture the photos that will help you to cherish your marriage for a lifetime.