Planning a Michigan Destination Wedding

Between all of the lakes, wine country, and the unique beauty of the UP, Michigan is a great state to hold your destination wedding. Even Michigan residents take to popular Michigan wedding destinations in Western and Northern parts of the state for their special day. So if you’re contemplating a Michigan destination wedding, here are some things to think about:


The most popular locations for a destination wedding in Michigan are Charlevoix, Benton Barbor, Ferrysburg, Glen Harbor, Grand Haven, Holland, Ludington, Mackinac Island, Manistee, Muskegon, Saugatuck, South Haven, Spring Lake, St. Joseph, Suttons Bay, and Traverse City. These locations all boast a lot of natural beauty for guests to enjoy and picturesque settings for great wedding photos! Michigan’s beaches and sand dunes are unparalleled, providing outdoor wedding opportunities that you really can’t find anywhere else. But there are a lot of urban locations that make for great destination weddings as well! Grand Rapids has a number of excellent wedding venues like the Amway Grand Hotel and Meijer Gardens, while Detroit boasts the Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. No matter which location you choose, you’ll be glad that you chose Michigan to make memories on your special day!


Your location will likely influence the colors and theme of your wedding. One of the most popular themes for a Michigan destination wedding is rustic elegance (think of those natural-looking touches trending on Pinterest). Barn weddings in particular are known for taking this type of approach when it comes to designing your favors, centerpieces, and other decorations. The great part about having your wedding in Michigan is that you can source local flowers, food, drinks, and other wedding essentials to make your wedding day even more special. Bringing in touches from the setting around your wedding is a classy way to add a local flair to your wedding and impress guests!

Additional Considerations

Depending on where you have your outdoor Michigan wedding, there are a few other considerations that you may need to take into account. The first of those is where your guests will stay. Having your wedding at a farm or small bed and breakfast will limit the number of guests that you can fit altogether. Ensure that there are enough accommodations nearby to house all guests that will be traveling for your wedding. If you plan on having your wedding at a more remote location, you may need to have guests stay a ways away from the wedding and reception site. In this scenario, you may want to provide transportation for guests from their hotel to the wedding.

This brings us to the second consideration – transportation. Renting a bus, vans, or limos is a common way to solve the logistical issue of transporting guests between areas. Of course, guests can always drive themselves as well, but providing transportation for them makes for a safer time for everyone if alcohol will be served at the wedding. It also allows guests to enjoy themselves more because they don’t have to worry about following directions and getting lost or being late. Having guests travel to and from your wedding together encourages interaction and fun before the event even begins.

Finally, your choice of venue may lack bathrooms (or conveniently located bathrooms), which means that you’ll have to plan to rent portable restrooms. For a wedding, you’ll likely want upscale portable toilets or luxury restroom trailers for your guests to use. Portable restroom trailers provide not only toilets, but also sinks and mirrors in a climate controlled environment to keep guests comfortable! Working with a local portable toilet supplier is a good way to ensure that you’ll get the best rates when renting wedding bathrooms.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. We provide portable restroom service for parties, special events, weddings and much more! Give us a call for more information!