Upper Peninsula Outdoor Wedding Venues

     
 

Upper Peninsula Weddings

Your truest friends will come to celebrate your wedding wherever you decide to exchange your vows… but try to take into consideration that everyone may not appreciate the long, arduous hike up Hog’s Back or the ‘Ice Shanty Ring Exchange’ as much as you do!

When contemplating an outdoor wedding in the Upper Peninsula, there are many factors to consider. The first that comes to mind is The Weather. Next to consider is Accessibility to the venue for aging or handicapped family or guests. And of course, there’s the issue of Parking. And then there’s The Weather.

Did we mention The Weather?

As far as our research indicates, there are no guaranteed pleasant days anywhere in the U.S., let alone in the U.P.! And you’ll want a pleasant day if you’re planning to marry outdoors. So what’s the answer?

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There are a few options, actually…

1) Select an outdoor venue, and have an “inclement weather” alternative.

Example: You have always dreamed of getting married at the top of Brockway Mountain drive in Copper Harbor, and guests will be coming from miles around. Fabulous! But just in case the gales of November (or June or July or August) come early… you know where we’re going with this…. Make sure your invitation clearly states the alternative venue, such as the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, and what conditions would trigger the change, as well as how they’ll know to be sure. Here’s where your wedding website comes in handy! You can make changes up to the minute and guests will all be simultaneously updated, if they are directed to check with frequency.

2) Select the outdoor venue that is important and meaningful to you, and don’t let the weather get in your way.

Example: You met at the ball field, he proposed at the ball field, and gosh darn it; you’re getting married at the ball field! So, rent a tent (or several, depending on the size of your invitation list) and have plenty of umbrellas on hand for your wedding party and guests, just in case.

3) Work with the season you’re planning your wedding in, and choose an outdoor venue that is most appropriate for it.

Example: You love the winter, and have always dreamed of a snowmobile wedding! Make certain that your invitations describe, in detail, what your guests can expect. Do they bring their own sled? Will you have rentals reserved for them? Who pays? Anything goes, as long as everyone is on the same page. Of course, you may find a few less willing participants at an outdoor winter wedding than an indoor ceremony, but you decide what is important to you, and then accept what your invited guests decide they are able to deal with. There’s always the reception if they can’t make the wedding!

There are so many incredibly beautiful places to hold your wedding ceremony in the Upper Peninsula. We have the world’s most breathtaking beaches and parks that would serve as perfect backdrops for your momentous event. As long as you prepare well and accept the unpredictable weather that goes with it, it will be a day to remember, regardless of the forecast!

Here’s a short list of some of Upper Peninsula’s most scenic outdoor wedding locations:

  • Presque Isle Park
  • Marquette
  • Sand Beach
  • Au Train
  • Grand Island
  • Munising
  • Brockway Mountain Drive
  • Copper Harbor
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Paradise
  • Mackinac Island
  • Soo Locks
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Ski Brule
  • Iron River
  • Porcupine Mountains
  • Ontonagon
“Winter, spring, summer or fall… all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there, yes I will… ‘cause you’ve got a friend.”

Lyrics from “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King


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