Post # 1
Oooo, I’m getting so frustrated! >.<
My fiance and I would love to have a beach wedding. I have relatives in Ludington, so I figured, no problem, there’s got to be somewhere I can rent on the beach.
Turns out… not so much. I have yet to find ANYWHERE there, nearby, or closer to Grand Rapids (where my parents live, and where we’re also considering having the wedding) available for rental. Seriously, people don’t want to get married on the beach these days? 🙂
Anyone have ideas?
Post # 3
I don’t know where people have done it, but I know at least 2 people who had beach weddings in the Muskegon/Grand Haven area. I know that they are relatively popular in West Michigan, so I’m sure there have got to be places that have them. We’re getting married in December though, so that’s not really something we looked into 🙂 Actually, our venue isn’t on the ‘beach’ but I know they do host outdoor weddings in the summer. It’s the Harbour Towne Yacht Club in Muskegon and they are located on the channel between Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan. It’s like a 3 minute drive to the Pere Marquette Beach, which is on Lake Michigan. It’s a public beach though; I’m not sure if they have weddings there, but you could definitely get pictures there (we are, even though it will be winter). Keep looking, I’m sure they must exist!
Post # 4
I was at the beach this weekend, Kirk Park, about 15 minutes south of Grand Haven and people were having a wedding ceremony that day on the beach. I have also been to the beach in Grand Haven where people have had weddings. The only bad part is that there were many people on the beach, watching, seagulls flying and kids screaming. If that doesn’t bother you, I would go for it, it was an awesome day! You may want to contact Ottawa County Parks for Kirk Park or maybe Grand Haven State Park to see how to rent or have a wedding on their beach. I have also looked into this option when we were planning and we found a ton of awesome places up north in the Traverse City, Petosky area. Good Luck!
Post # 5
I had friends who got married on Oval Beach in Saugatuck, which is bit farther south than you want. But basically I think you either need to go to the park website and look for a land use permission form. Or the city website (like for Saugatuck).
This might help you find contacts:
Post # 6
I used to bartend for Martha’s Vineyard and we did quite a few weddings at Camp Blodgett. They have a lodge with an awesome deck and view of Lake Michigan. I think you can have your wedding on the beach there. I know that a few couples did their ceremony on the deck. Keep in mind though, it’s not for large weddings. Good luck!