Wedding on the Beach in Bay Harbor, Michigan

You’ve found the perfect guy. Now you’re ready to start planning your perfect wedding. Many brides have spent years imagining this day, but when it’s time to actually plan for it, they aren’t sure where to start. Choosing your location is a great way to begin. Bay Harbor is an incredible year-round setting for a destination wedding. It’s picture perfect and loaded with charm. It’s a great place to keep your guests entertained with excellent golf, fishing, skiing, shopping, and a luxury spa. Best of all, no matter what size, budget, and type of wedding you’re planning, Bay Harbor has a perfect location for your special day.

The elegant Inn at Bay Harbor is a stunning location for your nuptials. At this nationally acclaimed Autograph Collection hotel, brides work directly with a professional wedding planner. Benefits to having the wedding here include having the spa and salon on site for convenient wedding day prep and having the well-landscaped resort grounds as a backdrop for wedding photos. An outdoor lakeside ceremony is one popular option, providing spectacular views framing the bride and groom as they officially start their lives together. Many brides choose to have a sunset wedding on the resort’s shores overlooking Little Traverse Bay. Reception locations vary from an elegant indoor party, with panoramic views of the gorgeous surroundings to outdoor celebrations on the expansive, manicured lawn, under the sparkling stars. Your guests can also enjoy rehearsal dinners and farewell brunches-the resort is known for its delicious food.

The Bay Harbor Village Hotel also offers a variety of options to help you create a perfect event. Here, you can have your ceremony on the Observation Platform, surrounded by the sparkling Lake Michigan waters, on the sand at Sunset Beach or on the lush grass of the Marina Lawn with a lakefront backdrop. Afterward, you can continue the celebration outdoors. Choose The Loft for a personal, more intimate wedding or the Lake Michigan Room for a modern and more spacious affair of up to 250 guests.

If it’s the beautiful bay that draws you to Bay Harbor, perhaps the Bay Harbor Yacht Club is your ideal wedding location. Serving members and their guests, the Yacht Club can host weddings ranging from an intimate gathering to a very large event, depending upon the location you select. Event spaces in the Clubhouse range from 36 seats in the Founder’s Room to 250 on the Promenade Dock. The Yacht Club also has large ballrooms that can accommodate up to 525 guests. As expected, the Yacht Club offers incredible views of Lake Michigan, and its team can assist with every aspect of the wedding, from invitations to florists to photographers.

If you’re a traditionalist or a golfer, the Bay Harbor Golf Club may be the perfect venue for you. Here, you’ll find a country club setting, with delicious food, great views, and room for up to 150 guests at an indoor reception. As for the ceremony, that can be held outdoors, high atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan with a perfect sunset.

If you’ve always dreamed of a magnificent destination wedding, come take a look at Bay Harbor or visit to request a Wedding Guide. With so many options in terms of location, style, size, and budget, you’re sure to find the perfect solution for your perfect day.

And you certainly can’t beat the views from any location!

Request the Explore Bay Harbor Wedding Guide for a comprehensive look at available Bay Harbor venues and accommodations for your special day.

Bay Harbor is a coastal resort community along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Bay Harbor makes for a great place to stay for a day, a week or a lifetime. No matter how long, you’ll wish it could be longer, and the fun doesn’t stop when the snow melts either. Start planning your summer adventure today by requesting a complimentary copy of Explore Bay Harbor magazine. Through its pages, you’ll find information on the area, local events, and tips for planning your trip. Go to to find out more!