Choosing Your Wedding Date & Location

There are so many options along the lakeshore for your wedding and reception. And this area isn’t just great for beach weddings. Here are some other ideas for ceremony and reception venues.

Rustic Weddings

Do you love the idea of marrying your soulmate inside the natural setting of a cozy barn? Many couples are going this route, and we have some beautiful, historic barns located throughout the area that can be rented for weddings. You and your guests can enjoy the natural, wooded surroundings while you celebrate in the great outdoors. Brides with a rustic wedding in mind typically use decorations that include burlap, mason jars, field flowers, pine cones, and other natural, rustic décor. Check out our Rustic Weddings story for more ideas!


The most traditional ceremonies are held in churches, and the lakeshore has many to choose from, in every denomination. Some churches are the more conventional type; others have opened up and offer a modern approach that caters to younger people. A visit with a local pastor will get you started on the ceremony of your dreams.

Ludington State Park

You can’t go wrong with a wedding at the Ludington State Park. It truly is one of the most beautiful places to start your life together. There is an amphitheater that would be perfect for your nuptials, surrounded by natural surroundings. If you love the water, you could also marry along the Sable River that winds through the park. You must contact the Ludington State Park for permission to hold your ceremony within their boundaries.

The Season for Love

While many choose summer for weddings, consider the other seasons for your lakeshore nuptials. Fall is gorgeous, especially in October when the leaves turn bright shades of yellow, red, and orange. Being the off-season, you’ll have your choice of venues and planning your wedding will be a breeze.

A winter wedding can be beautiful, if you don’t mind the cold! Center it around Christmas with a holiday theme, or choose a cozy retreat for you and your guests. Spring is so pretty in West Michigan, too, with colorful tulips, lilacs, and daffodils blooming. Everything is fresh and new—what a great way to start your new life together!