Glory be! He's proposed, you've accepted, and the day you've dreamed of is really on the horizon... you're getting married! Congratulations! Want to plan the perfect day, and walk down the aisle in style (without ever venturing into dreaded bridezilla territory)? Try our Real Bride's Guide to Great Lakes Bay "I Dos": Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venues - for choice information on unique venues and big-day details that'll make your wedding one to remember.
"We're dreaming of unconventional and amazing."
If your hearts beat as one and dance to a different drum, consider these Great Lakes Bay locations that lean to the unique:
Show Your Love: Your wedding can take center stage (literally) at The Temple Theatre, Saginaw's restored gem of 1927 grandeur. Here, couples can tie the knot with all the added drama of on-stage nuptuals, or choose from other options like the Premier Room and Ballroom (think jaw-dropping crystal chandeliers, an elegant stairway and a balcony area, too).
Boat Your Way To Wedded Bliss: For the truly adventurous bride and groom, Johnny Panther Quest Adventure Tours offers custom ceremonies aboard their shallow-bottom boats, captained by local ecotour legend, Wil Hufton III (aka: Johnny Panther). Here, over 10,000 acres of natural beauty and National Wildlife Refuge provide the backdrop for your big day!
The Ride of Your Life: Journey together into wedded bliss and pedaling fun with Sunrise Pedal Trolley. "Private Pedal Parties" and custom tour options abound, and you can always cruise through the FAQ to learn more about these one-of-a-kind weddings.
Step Back in Time to Begin Anew: Built from 1929 - 1930, the historical charm of The Montague Inn could lend a rare aesthetic to your big day with a private, elegant wedding house. Sixteen guest rooms finish off the accommodations of this stylish B&B, and, indoor or outdoor, the choice is yours!
Globally Gorgeous: Through the hand-crafted bamboo gates of The Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, stone lanterns, weeping cherry trees and serene gardens create a wedding location described as "idyllic".
Naturally Lovely. Breathtaking views overlooking the Pine and Chippewa rivers are just a sampling of the unique amenities lovebirds can enjoy with the versatile venue options at Chippewa Nature Center.
Your Future is Brewing: Established in 1862, the historical Frankenmuth Brewery houses a top-notch banquet facility with fresh cuisine and first-class service, unbelievable views of the Cass River and (cheers!) an award-winning lineup of craft beer and wine.
"Go-o-ing to the Chapel and We're Going to Get Ma-a-arried"
Go ahead - sing it! And if an intimate chapel is where you envision your dreams coming true, consider:
- The Frankenmuth Wedding Chapel and their impressive array of features.
- If antique pews and a 19th century tin ceiling sound oh-so-right, The Chapel at Apple Mountain.
- Founders Hall, an architectural gem at Saginaw Valley State University, surrounded by stunning scenery and full-service wedding amenities.
"Classic is our middle name."
And to the right [luxurious, elegant, dreamy] place you came! Your wedding at these Great Lakes Bay Region tried-and-true favorites could look like:
"We Do" to Waterfront: Think vibrant landscaping, glorious views of the Saginaw Bay and the finer things in life ... like the Grand Ballroom, Davidson Room and Riverfront Square at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City. Surely, the DoubleTree's onsite wedding coordinator and full service banquet team will ease any and all big-day decisions.
Lux Sophistication: Yearning for upscale style? The Indigo Ballroom and/or Main Street Courtyard venue at The H Hotel may be your ideal location (and could include a complimentary Bride & Groom Suite, based on availability). Both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options are available, and a talented team of event planners will ensure smooth and seamless arrangements.
German Fairy Tale: Your wedding-day memories could include "red carpet treatment with old world German flair" at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and/or Bavarian Inn Restaurant. Situated on 13 acres of beautiful riverfront, with 360 guest rooms onsite, the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Restaurant are two venues with one specialty: Your wedding day. And don't forget to consider Frankenmuth's other German wedding gem - Zehnder's of Frankenmuth. This full-service facility will wow you with all the dreamy details, from decadent chocolate fountains to charming carriage rides (and you can start exploring your room options ahead of time here).
Elegant & Inviting: With two magnificent ballrooms, the Grand Ballroom and the North Ballroom, the elegant Garden Room, intimate Crystal Room, and Special Event Rooms 1 - 5, the award-winning Horizons Conference Center offers epic ceremony and reception options, impeccable details and complimentary services of a professional wedding coordinator. Sample a Horizon's Wedding Menu and peruse design and décor inspirations.
Scenic Ceremony: On 110 acres of floral glory, your wedding ceremony at Dow Gardens could take place anywhere from a beautiful grove of towering pines to the grand Red Bridge Overlook. What questions can't be answered in the FAQs can easily be addressed by a representative.
From the Andersen Enrichment Center and Lucille E. Andersen Memorial Rose Garden to the Garden Room at The Dow Event Center, we simply could never mention every Go Great wedding venue option. Do check out our full list of wedding ceremony & reception venues for more dreamy locations! And keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of The Real Bride Guide to Great Lakes Bay "I Dos": featuring sweet treats, favors, and some of our regin's most valued vendors ...
Share Your Wedding Wins (And Woes!)
Bride-To-Be?: Share your wedding woes with us (I can't find my dress! Honeymoon hotspots? How can I find the best on-budget bakers?) in the comments section below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@gogreatlakesbay) and we'll deliver customized info for your big day based on your responses! Psst: Be sure to check out our Romance In The Region wedding board on Pinterest for even more inpsiration!
Already-Married Mrs.?: Have a tip for your fellow Great Lakes Bay Region brides looking to get hitched in Bay City, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, or Midland? Share those in the comments or with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (@gogreatlakesbay) and we'll pass along the insider info right here on the Go Great Blog!