Need to plan an outdoor wedding? These local venues can help.
As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough already, let’s add a pandemic. Thousands of Michigan couples are facing the effects of COVID-19 on their wedding. Since the pandemic hit in March, non-essential businesses were forced to close, just as the 2020 wedding seasons was set to begin.
As restrictions are eased, weddings are still in question. The size of gatherings are still be heavily restricted. In most of Michigan, indoor events can only host a maximum of 10 people, while outdoor events can host up to 100 people. For both indoor and outdoor events, social distancing must be enforced, and all guests should be wearing facial coverings. While the ease on restrictions is encouraging for couples planning late-summer and fall weddings, there is still so much uncertainty. If you are still planning a wedding for this time, an outdoor wedding is a great option. There are various Metro Detroit venues known for their beautiful landscape and outdoor accommodations, and there are a handful of venues now providing tents as a way to accommodate weddings during this time, while following executive orders.
Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center
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. As a golf course, they have a maintenance team that works 7 days a week to ensure the grounds are in perfect condition. 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.
Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center
With over 500 acres of property at Fox Hills, 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
Meadow Brook Hall
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:
Fun Fact: The revenue generated from your outdoor wedding helps to support the preservation of this American estate.
Royal is in their name and providing elegance and great service is their game! We know a thing or two about their reputation. Mike Staff Productions has been lucky enough to work with the team at Royal Park Hotel for years and years. The Park Pavilion has plenty of space for your ceremony and seated reception. The Paint Creek River, just steps away, is perfect background to capture your memories on camera. You’ll be saying “I do!” under an elegant white canopy appointed with crystal chandeliers and no shortage of visual drama.
Fun Fact: Royal Park is now offering Mini Weddings.
Waldenwoods features over acres of exquisite landscaping and manicured lawns, all overlooking the scenic private lake. The grounds provides a beautiful background for your wedding day events. Waldenwoods offers a Lakeview Tent for your outdoor wedding.
Addison Oaks is a 1,140-acre natural oasis close to home, giving you that serene wedding day destination.
Zingerman Cornman Farms
If a rustic, countryside wedding is your style, Zingerman Cornman Farms is for you. Their 27 rolling acres offer a range of options for your outdoor wedding and wedding photography. Let’s talk about their outdoor spaces:
Oakland County Metroparks
Looking for a more intimate location? Oakland County Metroparks has over 10 parks with a variety of trails and gazebos to choose from.
Bay Pointe Golf Club
Bay Pointe Golf Club has a ceremony site located directly on Middle Straits Lake, with an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour on their terrace. The scenery is just breathtaking.
The gorgeous tranquility of Sycamore HIlls is the perfect backdrop for the wedding of your dreams.
The historic 1910 Alger estate, with its enchanting grounds provides the perfect setting for your ceremony, reception, or both. Many couples enjoy the panoramic lakefront views which creates the perfect backdrop for a wedding. From their grand staircase to the beautiful gardens, there are plenty of options to say “I do” at the War Memorial.
Packard Proving Grounds
Packard Proving Grounds is an automotive historic staple in Shelby Township. Established in 1927 by The Packard Motor Car Company, this unique site hosts multiple Albert Kahn designed buildings, located on 17 acres. The tree lined boulevard is a stunning outdoor option, but there are lots of choices on their expansive property.