Up north in Michigan, in the waters of the strait that connects Lake Michigan with Lake Huron, is Mackinac Island, a small and historic island that overlooks both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the state. Mackinac Island has been a vacation getaway for people in the Great Lakes area for centuries, and the small island is dotted with grand, sweeping 19th century hotels and estates amongst the lush greenery of the island’s natural features. There are no cars allowed on the island, lending it a rustic, old-timey atmosphere and encouraging everyone who visits to relax and take their time enjoying their stay. It’s a perfect place for a wedding, with amazing views of the water, stunning sunsets, beautiful hotels and venues, and an overall intimate, romantic setting.
A name like “Grand Hotel” brings to mind an image of elegance, style, and history, and the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island does not disappoint. This historic building has been hosting weddings, guests, and parties since 1887, and with its incredible sweeping front porch—the longest one in the whole world—as well as its expertly manicured gardens and views overlooking the water, it makes for a gorgeous and picturesque location for a wedding. Cars are not allowed on mackinac Island, but the wedding party can ride to the party in style in a horse-drawn carriage. There are five different dining rooms and reception areas where couples can choose to celebrate with all their loved ones, and the Grand Hotel has a specially trained wedding coordinator who will workly with the happy couple to make sure their special day goes off without a hitch.
286 Grand Ave, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 800-334-7263
2.Mission Point Resort
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Located on the east side of the island, Mission point Resort boasts 18 acres of gorgeous green lawns, colorful gardens, activity areas, and more. At Mission Point Resort, the bridal party (or perhaps the groomsmen as well!) can enjoy a relaxing morning at the on-site spa to prepare for the festivities, and on-site makeup and hair artists will make sure everyone in the wedding party is looking their absolute best for the big day with one of the special wedding spa packages. The staff at Mission Point will happily coordinate with caterers, photographers, florists and more to help create a one of a kind experience for every wedding.
One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3000
3.Chippewa Hotel Waterfront
Imagine a reception on a sunny open-air patio overlooking the waters of the Straits of Mackinac, which separate Lake Huron from Lake Michigan. A five-course meal will be prepared by the Pink Pony, an award-winning and famous restaurant on site, and if guests can bring themselves to move after the feast, a night of music, dancing, and festivities awaits. Once the party is finished, guests can get some much-needed shut-eye in one of Chippewa Hotel Waterfront’s comfortable rooms or suites. Chippewa Hotel Waterfront has multiple options regarding locations for ceremonies as well as receptions, and can accommodate weddings of up to 180 guests.
7221 Main St #103, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3341
4.Harbour View Inn
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The Harbour View Inn was once a manor house, built in 1822, with a two-story columned front porch, quaint stone walls, and flowering trees all over the landscape. This gorgeous venue is conveniently located to downtown mackinac Island, making it easily accessible for guests traveling to the wedding or staying elsewhere, but still manages to feel private and rustic, well away from the hustle and bustle. Ceremonies can be held in the garden, amidst colorful flowers and in front of a pretty gazebo, or on the veranda, with the harbor as a scenic backdrop. The reception area features both a dining room and an outdoor terrace, and is suitable for small weddings of up to 40 guests.
6860 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-0101
5.Island House Hotel
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The Island House Hotel is big and grand, with a wide front facade and red roofs, nestled into the green of the trees and hills of the island. It makes a statement, and weddings held there do too. There are three locations at Island House Hotel suitable for wedding ceremonies: the open air veranda, with its scenic views of the harbor, the quaint garden with its colorful flowers, of the gazebo, with its intimate quiet and sense of romance. As for the reception, Island House Hotel can offer both indoor and outdoor venues, like the elegant 1852 Grill Room, the smaller and more intimate Webster Room, or the garden terrace out on the waterfront.
6966 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3347
6.The Inn at Stonecliffe
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Peaceful tranquility is the name of the game at The Inn at Stonecliffe, so couples who tie the knot here can enjoy an intimate, romantic ceremony in front of a cherub fountain in the woodland grotto, or on the lush green of the terrace lawn. Receptions for up to 120 people can be held in the outdoor event pavilion, while smaller events of 40 guests or less can be held on the covered back porch known as the Lakeview Portico. The timeless elegance of The Inn at Stonecliffe means a beautiful setting that will serve as the backdrop for wonderful wedding photos, and couples who wed there will enjoy looking back on these photos—and the day itself—for the rest of their lives.
The Inn at Stonecliffe, 8593 Cudahy Cir, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3355
7.The Mackinac Grille and Waterfront Pub
© The Mackinac Grille and Waterfront Pub
Despite the name, the Mackinac Grille and Waterfront Pub isn’t actually located on Mackinac Island, but in St. Ignace, at the very tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with incredible views across the water overlooking Mackinac Island. Weddings at The Mackinac Grille and Waterfront Pub are affordable and fun, but no less beautiful than many bigger-budget venues. With incredible views over the water, including a lighthouse, and an outdoor reception area that’s just built for a great party, The Mackinac Grille is a perfect option for couples looking for a more low-key wedding, with great food, impressive sunsets, and a gorgeous starlit sky.
251 S N State St, St Ignace, MI 49781, Phone: 906-643-7482
© Hotel Iroquois
At Hotel Iroquois, a private beach, framed by the waters of Lake Huron, a rocky outcrop, and a beautiful lighthouse, will serve as a backdrop while couples say their vows and declare their love in front of all their family and friends. This beautiful venue offers incredible food, beautifully manicured gardens, and a high level of attention to detail. Wedding guests can party the night away and then get some rest in one of the hotel’s 46 guest rooms and suites. Guests and wedding party alike will be impressed with the gorgeous upkeep of the building and rooms, as well as the breathtaking grounds and amazing views, which were practically built for a wedding album.
7485 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3321
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On Mackinac Island, Goodfellow’s Restaurant has a reputation for serving some of the best food around, so those planning a wedding with an emphasis on the reception meal might want to consider hosting it here. At Goodfellow’s Restaurant, couples can choose between a brunch, lunch, or evening dinner reception, either in an indoor event space and dining room, or outside on an open-air patio. Some of the incredible food that Goodfellow’s offers on its menu include steak, lamb, and fresh Michigan-caught fish and seafood. After the festivities, guests are more than welcome to stay the night at the attached Lake View Hotel.
1359 Hoban St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-0260
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