The Ultimate Guide to Lake Wedding Venues in Michigan

One thing this state is known for the most is our beautiful lakes, which leaves us with an abundance of lake wedding venues in Michigan. There is nothing more beautiful than a wedding on the water. There is something magical about the water that brings everyone together and relaxes you. That is why it is no mystery to us why so many couples want to get married on a lake.

We know how tricky it can be to find the perfect lakeside wedding venue so today we thought we could walk you through some of our favorites lake wedding venues in Michigan. Scroll below to see all the details.

 

Dress hanging up at a lake wedding venue in Michigan

Boat House at Bay Pointe Inn. Photo by Katelyn James Photography.

Inland Lake Wedding Venues in Michigan

Here are a list of venues that are on a lake in Michigan, meaning you can get married directly on the water.

 

Wedding tent set at a lake wedding venue in MichiganCocktail tables set for a lake wedding venue in Michigan wedding

Left Image: Tent on Deer Lake at Boyne Mountain Resort. Photo by The Weber Photographers. Right Image: Cocktails tables at Bay Pointe Inn. Photo by Katelyn James Photography.

 

Michigan Weddings Venues Near The Water or With Water Views

Next up, are beautiful venues that are close enough to a body of water that you could have a ceremony near the water and a reception at the venue.

  • Felt Estate in Holland, MI – near Lake Michigan
  • Ciccone Vineyard in Suttons Bay, MI – views of Traverse Bay
  • 12 Corners Vineyard in Benton Harbor, MI – near Lake Michigan
  • The Fields of Michigan in South Haven, MI – near Lake Michigan
  • Blue Dress Barn in Benton Harbor, MI – near Lake Michigan
  • Shadowland on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, MI – steps away from Lake Michigan

 

Beach Weddings in Michigan

If you’re looking for a wedding on the beach of one of the Great Lakes, I recommend checking out our Ultimate Guide to Beach Weddings in Michigan.

Couple smiling with their wedding party at their Lake wedding venue in Michigan

Deer Lake at Boyne Mountain Resort. Photo by The Weber Photographers.

 

Most of the venues that are near a lake or lake views give you a similar vibe as being on the lake, but without the price of being on the water. Also, you can schedule out photo opportunities throughout the day to go to the water and get some pictures. Many of my couples that get married near the water, but not on the water take the time during golden hour (the last hour before sunset) to go to the water and get photos.

 

Tips for Hosting a Lake Wedding in Michigan

It’s no secret that we have a special place in our heart for weddings by the water and have learned a thing or two by executing many of them. Below are some of our best tips for your lakeside wedding to ensure it’s a smashing success.

 

Wind

The wind can be a tricky thing near the lake so make sure you are weighing everything down.

  • Opt for wooden signage instead of paper or foam-core boards.
  • Avoid linens on any tables without chairs around them.
  • Get tall vases for your low sitting candles, or skip the candles all together.
  • Avoid paper products like programs, menus, escort cards, etc.

 

Temperature

Being near any body of water the elements can change drastically. Make sure you’re prepared for all types of weather. Below are some items and things I recommend having on hand:

For Warm Months:

  • Paper fans  – Disclosure: this link is an affiliate link, meaning that at no additional cost to you we will earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase.
  • Accessible water – a self serving dispenser is perfect and keeps your bar lines down
  • Sunscreen
  • Shade – large umbrellas, small umbrellas, tent

For Cold Months:

  • Heaters
  • Small blankets
  • Hand warmers
  • Sides on your tent, if you have one
  • Hot coffee & tea

 

Bugs

Bugs tend to get bite happy in Michigan in the summer so to save your guests from getting eaten alive I recommend having cans of bug spray sitting around during your reception. Also, if your venue allows it, getting the grass and woods professionally sprayed before your wedding day isn’t the worst idea.

A ceremony happening during a spring lake country club wedding

Ceremony at Spring Lake Country Club. Photo by The Giving Tree Photography.

 

We hope this helped you find the perfect lake wedding venue in Michigan for you and your big day.

 

Having executed many lake weddings all across Michigan – put our experience to the test and inquire about our Wedding Coordination or Event Design services to make your wedding one for the books!

Brooke Dumas

Brooke is the owner of Stellaluna Events and a top Michigan wedding planner. She is a lover of celebrations by the water, with extensive experience with Lake Michigan and other lakeside weddings. Brooke believes in tossing away the trends and creating fulfilling experiences for her clients and their guests.

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