8 Tips for planning a wedding in Northern Michigan at Bay Harbor

8 Tips for getting married in Northern Michigan – the most majestic place to have a wedding!

Choose the right location: Wedding Venues in Northern Michigan are beautiful, with plenty of
natural scenery, so choose a location that showcases the area’s beauty. Lake Michigan
Weddings or beach weddings in Michigan are among the best wedding spots, because of their
stunning location. Village Suites Bay Harbor has the only private beach in the area. Sunset
Beach is truly magnificent for ceremonies and welcome gatherings.

Hire a good photographer: The natural beauty of Northern Michigan and especially the
Petoskey, Charlevoix and Little Traverse Bay area makes it a prime location for taking stunning
photos. Hire a photographer who is familiar with the area and can help you capture the beauty
of your wedding.

Have a timeless or nature-inspired theme: Northern Michigan is known for its natural charm, so
consider incorporating natural elements into your wedding theme. Use natural colors, wood
accents, and wildflowers to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Timeless beauty and laid
back luxury blend perfectly with a tented reception on our marina lawn.

Serve local cuisine & libations: Northern Michigan is known for its delicious local cuisine, craft
distilleries, and wineries. Serve up some of the local specialties to give your guests that taste of
Up North.

Especially when planning a Northern Michigan Destination Wedding you must provide
accommodations choices for out-of-town guests: Village Suites Bay Harbor is unique because of
the spectacular wedding venues it provides with lodging just steps away from it all. Consider
reserving a block of rooms at a nearby hotel or reserving vacation rentals as well to
accommodate your entire guest list.

Plan outdoor activities: Northern Michigan offers plenty of outdoor activities, from hiking and
fishing to kayaking and skiing. Plan some activities for your guests to enjoy during their stay.

Hire local vendors: Northern Michigan has many talented wedding vendors, including florists,
caterers, and DJs. Hire local vendors who know the area well and can help you create the
perfect Northern Michigan wedding. We have a great list of preferred vendors for our couples
that reserve their wedding with us.

Be flexible: One of the best reasons to get married at Village Suites is our ability to stay flexible.
Take advantage of our up north timing – meaning life gets slower up here, there are no
schedules. We have one, sometimes two weddings each weekend. That’s it. You’re not in line
to get married with us. Our couples know they are getting to create and experience a one of a
kind destination wedding that will make lifetime memories for everyone.