6 Top Venues for a Romantic Outdoor Wedding

6 Top Venues for a Romantic Outdoor Wedding

Natural Beauty

Four seasons.

Four reasons living — and getting married — in Michigan is so special.

From the fresh scent of Spring flowers…

To the rich reds, rustic oranges and golden yellow hues of the Fall….

Even the characteristics that makes up every unique snowflake…

When it comes to saying “I do”, the ambiance an outdoor wedding can offer, is priceless — that’s why we want to introduce you to some of our favorite venues!

Our Experience

After 21 years in business (don’t mean to age us), Mike Staff Productions has had the honor of working with thousands of incredible couples at countless venues across ‘The Mitten’ and ‘The Windy City’ of Chicago — but when it comes to tying the knot outside — these (in our humble opinion) are the top six venues in metro Detroit that offer jaw dropping backdrops that would even leave Mother Nature swooning!

I know what you’re thinking…

Isn’t getting married outdoors risky?  So glad you asked.

With our experience, comes knowledge (we’ve got your covered)!

Having a backup plan (something we know about, too) when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating is key — another reason why these select venues made our list — they all have backup plans at the ready!

Our selections are in no particular order — we simply enjoy working with these venues and we think you’ll enjoy them, too!

Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

“Your special day deserves more than four walls and a roof.”

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Why We Love Them

The grounds at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township are simply beautiful. For years, Mike Staff Productions has been able to witness brides walking down the aisle surrounded by family, friends, nature and an unforgettable view.

You have your choice of outdoor ceremony locations:

  • Patio in the trees
  • Flower Garden
  • Grass Veranda

Bonus: All ceremony locations have views of the lake

As a golf course, they have a maintenance team that works 7 days a week to ensure the grounds are in perfect condition. Both banquet rooms — The Lakeview Room or The Terrace & Conservatory — is guaranteed it’s own outdoor ceremony location as well as an outdoor cocktail hour.

Fun Fact: Couples are guaranteed a rehearsal the week of their wedding (Wednesday or Thursday).

Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center

“The golf course setting with panoramic views from three unique venues provide many picturesque backdrops for stunning photographs.”

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Why We Love Them

With over 500 acres of property, it’s practically a guarantee that you’ll find the perfect place to photograph or capture video of your first moments as husband and wife surrounded by some pretty breathtaking views of the golf courses, gardens and the overall grounds.

Outdoor amenities:

  • Flower Garden
  • Outdoor Deck
  • Garden Gazebo
  • Ceremony Pergola

We love working with families and that’s what Fox Hills is all about. Located in Plymouth, the course has been family owned and operated for 40 years. Your happily ever after can begin at your choice of 3 venues; The Golden Fox, Fox Classic or Summerhouse on the Lakes.

Fun Fact: Their newest venue, The Summerhouse on the Lake, offers the feel of a rustic “barn” wedding with all the modern conveniences such as brand new, indoor restrooms/bridal suite.

Meadow Brook Hall

“The open green spaces, forests and gardens that frame the mansion make the setting ideal for a unique outdoor wedding.”

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Why We Love Them

Meadow Brook Hall’s 14 gardens provide a variety of locations for outdoor wedding ceremonies. Their historical legacy allows guests to walk and dine among fine art, rare decorative arts and architectural craftsmanship. (We think that’s pretty cool!)

Let’s talk about their green spaces:

Now this isn’t outdoors — but an added bonus! Your guests may choose to take an informal tour of the home so they can see up close and personal how the automotive aristocracy truly lived.

Fun Fact: The revenue generated from your outdoor wedding helps to support the preservation of this American estate.

Wellers Carriage House

“On the National Historic Register, this timeless property appeals to those looking for a truly memorable location for their weddings.”

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Why We Love Them

Sunshine, moonlight or riverside — Weller’s in Saline allows you to get married in all of those settings.

Located on the banks of the Saline River, riverside ceremonies take place on the ten-acre grounds once transformed by Henry Ford, himself.

Weller’s offers two very different banquet rooms, each with their own unique character but all with the stamp of quality that was unique to the architecture & demands of Ford. Each site offers outdoor ceremony locations complete with pergolas and gardens. Full Moon ceremonies are available on the west ceremony grounds

Fun (Historic) Fact: In 1935 Ford turned Saline’s Schuyler Mill, on Michigan Avenue, into a soybean processing plant. Soon after, he moved a dilapidated old school from Macon Road to a site directly across the street. He intended it for the children of the men who were producing plastics and paints at the restored mill (today Wellers’ banquet facility).

Tina’s Country House & Garden

“Say “I Do,” surrounded by loved ones in a serene and elegant atmosphere”

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Why We Love Them

Gardens, gazebos and fountains — OH MY!  Talk about a floral paradise, Tina’s Country House and Garden is situated just west of Bello Woods Golf Club in Macomb and ‘outdoors’ is what they do! While The Country House provides two indoor reception rooms, The Wedding Garden is Tina’s ‘golden ticket’.

They allow couples to exchange vows under a wedding arch laced with flowers or have a sunset ceremony under twinkling lights (they’ll provide the chairs)! Adjacent to the banquet center, the garden area comes complete with an Italian fountain, a vine covered gazebo and thousands of beautiful flowers. Whether you choose to say “I Do” in the garden or simply use it as backdrop for wedding photography — Tina’s Wedding Garden is a great choice.

Fun Fact: Can you say discount? Look out for Tina’s “Wedding Special of the Month Flyer” on their website!

Pine Knob Mansion and Carriage House

“Arched ceilings, stained glass windows and manicured gardens, the Pine Knob Mansion and Carriage House sits atop the highest point in Southeast Michigan.”

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Why We Love Them

History and landscape, what more can you ask for on your wedding day? Did I mention the property in Clarkston is 850 acres? Yeah, our jaw dropped too.

The grounds really reflect that of a manicured forest: pine trees, rolling hills, gardens, tranquil fountains and a large wooden gazebo that provides panoramic views of the countryside. The Carriage House and Mansion (built in 1927) offer both outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception locations.

When it comes to photo opportunities – their gardens feature rock waterfalls, hill-top views and a Japanese footbridge.

Fun Fact: There are a total of 19 traditionally decorated rooms in the Mansion, wedding guests are allowed to walk through some!

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Are you a wedding vendor in metro Detroit or Chicago? Do you know a vendor that does great work? Let’s hear about them! Email us at greatservice@mikestaff.com

About Mike Staff Productions

Our company started with a few DJs in a basement, meeting over pizza & beer. That grew into a few more DJs, throw in some creative photographers, add a couple passionate videographers — and Mike Staff Productions — an award winning wedding company —  was born.

Mike Staff Productions is here to help with any of your wedding planning questions so feel free to give us a call (877.689.0777) or drop us a line at greatservice@mikestaff.com.

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Mike Staff is the founder and CEO of Mike Staff Productions, one of the most highly acclaimed wedding services companies in the country, providing award-winning Wedding DJs, Wedding Photographers and Wedding Videography for over 20 years. Mike serves as a Nationwide Ambassador for The Knot.com, advising the wedding industry on best practices and insight into the challenges and opportunities.

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