Dreams come true at these summer wedding venues in Southwest Michigan

A couple posing for a photo on the beach with the lighthouse in the distance.

Southwest Michigan is a wonderful place at any time of year to celebrate your forever love. But few places fulfill your hearts’ desires for your summer celebration like the venues here. Whether you dream of an elegant ballroom, gorgeous beach, verdant vineyard or rustic country setting, we have the places to make both of you truly happy and leave your guests treasuring memories of your special day for years. Here are some favorites:

Picturesque venues just steps from Lake Michigan or a gently rolling river

The Boardwalk | Benton Harbor
Hold your wedding near the beautiful banks of the St. Joseph River. The Boardwalk is a stunning venue for an outdoor ceremony in the Meadow with the waterfront as your backdrop. Enjoy your meal in the air-conditioned Lodge and save a dance or more for under the shimmering stars.  

Boulevard Inn & Bistro | St. Joseph
In the heart of Michigan’s most romantic city, this is an ideal location for smaller weddings, rehearsal dinners, post-wedding brunches and overnight stays for your guests. The bluff views of Lake Michigan and its sunsets are mesmerizing. You are only minutes away from taking photos along pristine public beaches or by the historic North Pier and lighthouse.

A couple standing near sailboats.
Photo: @innatharborshores

Inn at Harbor Shores | St. Joseph
Between downtown St. Joseph and downtown Benton Harbor, this amenity-filled Inn overlooks the St. Joseph Harbor. Invite wedding guests to spend the night. Then, easily entertain them with nearby championship-level golf, art galleries, wineries, beaches, nature trails and the Southwest Michigan Cycleboat.

Shadowland Pavilion on Silver Beach | Silver Beach County Park, St. Joseph
Host your wedding overlooking Lake Michigan and the St. Joseph River. Invite up to 250 guests for the ceremony, and seat up to 160 people at picnic tables under the pavilion. As a bonus, the facility has an on-site liquor license.

Shadowland Ballroom on Silver Beach | St. Joseph
This beautiful venue has a view of Lake Michigan from its patio and windows that will leave your family and friends in awe. Across the ballroom is the magnificent Silver Beach Carousel, where you and your guests can ride under thousands of glittering lights on 48 hand-carved figures and two chariots (one wheelchair-accessible). 

Interior or a barn wedding venue.
Photo: @nicolebatesphotography

Secluded venues in our gorgeous countryside

Black River Barn | South Haven
You will have no trouble making memories in over 11,000 square feet of space. From the charming, air-conditioned main hall to the secluded outdoor settings, the Black River Barn can host up to 350 guests in spaces that can be as rustic or elegant as you dream. Outside, your guests can enjoy the patio with fire pits, ample lighting and a peaceful, natural backdrop.

Blissful Barn | Three Oaks
Here, nature meets elegance. This 1800s barn seats 200 guests for your ceremony and reception. Guests will enjoy gathering on the patio that overlooks a stream and koi pond.

Blue Dress Barn | Benton Harbor
Host your special day in the first wedding barn nationwide. The barn, which seats up to 250 guests, has a timeless, white-washed wood exterior along with a vast Gambrel roof. A choice of two ceremony sites adds to its charm.

Cherry Knoll  | Benton Harbor
Only a very few couples can claim this as their wedding site, as they only permit one wedding a weekend. This gives you more time for photos and enjoying family and friends by the mirror-like reflecting pond, fields of natural wildflowers, rolling knolls and towering trees.

Etre Farms | St. Joseph
Planning a highly personalized wedding is easier than ever with this attentive staff, on-site planners, coordinators, designers, upscale executive chef, top-tier bar packages and a florist. 

Gable Hill | Marcellus
This barn is nestled in the woods on 13 picturesque acres by Streater’s Mill Pond — a lovely setting for outdoor ceremonies. Ample space lets you welcome up to 200 guests.

Marion Magnolia Farms | Cassopolis
Tucked away on the outskirts of town sits a modern barn venue offering rustic elegance and refined vintage charm. Surrounded by cornfields and dense woods, it provides an intimate space for your ceremony and an open-concept reception with six large barn doors that open and close as you please.

Millcreek Wilde | Watervliet
Rolling fields, fragrant orchard blossoms, fruiting trees and beautiful working farms set the stage for your day. This is one of the most private and secluded wedding day experiences in Southwest Michigan. Choose between a chic cottage windowed dining room with seating for up to 250 people and a dancehall that boasts hand-hewn beams for a late-night bash. The spacious grounds include a lawn ready for yard games or the perfect cocktail hour.

Wedding couple in an orchard
Photo: @heysistersphotography

Venues that rival Nappa Valley

Hidden Vineyard Wedding Barn | Berrien Springs
This venue is in an idyllic setting on a working farm that produces grapes, soybeans, maple syrup and honey. The wedding barn’s foundations were first laid in the 1870s, making it one of the longest continually operating farms in the region. There are several distinct areas you can use for your ceremony, including one overlooking the 10-acre vineyard. You will love the vistas.

Journeyman Distillery | Three Oaks
This one-of-a-kind distillery, full-service restaurant, gorgeous event space and lodging for up to 20 guests is housed in the historic Featherbone Factory. Guests will not only enjoy the handcrafted spirits but also the summer fun of playing on their 30,000-square-foot putting green. 

Seal your extraordinary love in an extraordinary setting

Eden Springs Park | House of David, Benton Harbor
Steeped in history and stories, this historic park has a lovely 1950s terraced fountain as its centerpiece for your vows. Treat your guests to miniature train rides, then seat up to 80 people inside the train depot, 150+ in the park, or rent and put up a tent on the grounds.

Fernwood Botanical Garden | Niles
You will be hard-pressed to find a more scenic garden venue in the area. Say “I do” in the woods or along the St. Joseph River. Or hold a formal garden ceremony with up to 200 guests. Outdoor reception areas include The Green with its iconic Dovecote and the intimate Boxwood Garden.

Michigan Flywheelers Museum | South Haven
This offers everything from a quaint, country-style church for your ceremony to nearly 80 beautiful acres with trees, colorful gardens and a 1920s-era village. Step back in time or dance and clap to rousing country music in the historic post-and-beam barn.

Wedding Decorations
Photo: @grandlv.fifty5

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