No need to travel far to say ‘I do’ among a picturesque landscape. Romantic settings for your big day are just a short trip away.
By Klaudia Jakubiak
What do Riviera Maya, Punta Cana and Cabo San Lucas all have in common? They all sound like the perfect place to have a destination wedding. What do Charlevoix, Benton Harbor and Dexter have in common? If you said they’re all cities in Michigan, you’re right. But just like the exotic escapes, these Michigan cities are also the perfect place to make your Pinterest-perfect wedding a reality. From rustic charm to romantic greenery, Michigan offers enchanted venues that will leave you speechless. Luckily for Michiganders, your ideal destination is just a short trip away!
Since you’ve already met the prince or princess of your life, why not get married in a castle? Located in the beautiful community of Charlevoix, Castle Farms is a charming and historic venue filled with beautiful gardens such as the Butterfly Garden. Guests can stroll through the whimsical trails and even stumble upon the Enchanted Forest. Castle Farms has many options for your perfect ceremony, including King’s Great Hall, which is adorned with stonewalls, beautiful chandeliers and cathedral windows. Or, the Queen’s Tavern, which is a more intimate and quaint setting for your special day. This unique Michigan venue is truly a fairy tale dream. Guest capacity: 350. 5052 M-66, Charlevoix, 231-237-0884, castlefarms.com
Greencrest Manor Bed and Breakfast
You can leave your passport at home and still feel as though you’ve traveled to the countryside of France. This stunning wedding destination is located in the lush woodlands of Battle Creek. Greencrest Manor is an upscale B&B offering all the amenities to make your wedding unforgettable. The groomed gardens create a beautiful path for memorable photos of your special day. Your guests can choose to stay in one of the French Normandy-inspired rooms and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast in the morning. From expansive meadows to lavish gardens, this venue is wonderful for couples looking for a European-inspired wedding destination. Guest capacity: 200. 6174 Halbert Road, Battle Creek, 269-962-8633, greencrestmanor.com
Zingerman’s Cornman Farms
Nestled in a beautiful 42-acre farm, Cornman Farms is an elegant venue with rustic charm. With a farmhouse onsite (goats included), you can dance the night away in a barn-chic setting. Or, stroll into the beautiful pergola and catch the sunset under a candlelit setting. Not only will your guests enjoy the beauty of the countryside, but they will taste it too. Hailing from England, Chef Kieron Hales prepares a delicious menu by incorporating seasonal produce from the farm’s gardens. Within minutes from Ann Arbor, Cornman Farms is an idyllic destination for your happily ever after. Guest capacity: 300. 8540 Island Lake Road, Dexter, 734-619-8100, zingermanscornmanfarms.com
The Blue Dress Barn
If you’re searching for that “something blue” in your wedding, The Blue Dress Barn is sure to fit the bill. This elegant barn is located on the west side of Michigan, only 1.5 hours from Chicago. The white-washed wood exterior gives a timeless feel and sets the backdrop for photographs that will be forever cherished. The barn has been renovated to feature all the amenities to make your day memorable. From the vast dance floor to the majestic iron chandeliers, every detail is well thought out by creators Amelia and Kirby Briske. Guest capacity: 250. 3893 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor, 269-944-1751, bluedressbarn.com
Exchange vows under an exotic botanical garden, and twirl beneath the stars at this one-of-a-kind venue. The glass-enclosed garden evokes a sense of outdoor and indoor ambiance, with an impressive backdrop of luscious flowers. Planterra offers an award-winning floral design team to curate the wedding of your dreams. This nontraditional venue includes a koi pond, proving to be quite the exotic wedding destination in Michigan. Your guests will witness your love bloom in this stunning venue. Guest capacity: 180. 7315 Drake Road, West Bloomfield, 248-661-1515, planterra.com