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Central Michigan Waterfront Wedding Ideas

Mar 26, 2019Bucks Run Admin

If you've always dreamed of getting married on the waterfront, choosing a location might just be the easiest part. Michigan is full of beautiful lakes and beaches perfect for a waterfront wedding. Once you've chosen your location though, it's time to start planning, and that's where things can get more complicated. To make sure your Michigan waterfront wedding goes off without a hitch, here are a couple of considerations to keep in mind:

Decide on Decor

First things first, decide on decor. Choosing a decor style will make other decisions a bit easier because you'll have a color scheme or general theme in mind tying your wedding together. Some popular waterfront wedding decor styles include:

Upscale Nautical - If you and your partner are water people, a classic waterfront wedding with a few nautical touches might be perfect. This type of wedding often lends itself to a more elegant dress code, clean and minimalist decorations, and a traditional style. It's perfect for a golf course waterfront setting.

Waterfront Garden - A garden style waterfront wedding is always beautiful, especially in Michigan, where an amazing variety of flowers grow naturally in the spring, summer, and even into the fall. Decorate with large wildflower bouquets in aisles and on guest chairs and incorporate beautiful floral garlands with string lights for a magical, romantic touch.

Rustic Waterfront - Rustic accents and decor have been especially popular in the last few years as couples choose beautifully restored barns and an outdoor setting for their special day. A rustic, waterfront wedding is perfect for the relaxed couple who love natural wood accents, and who prefer a casual dress code.

Keep Logistics in Mind

Waterfront weddings are amazing, but the logistics can be tricky. Be sure to keep them in mind while you're planning so you don't end up with any unexpected surprises on the big day.

How far is your ceremony site from the building you're getting ready in? Will you need transportation to the waterfront? Do you have any elderly guests that require transportation, or who might need help getting around? If you're booking a wedding venue like a golf course, they might be able to offer a few golf carts to help transport guests, as well as the bridal party.

Dress Code

Since you've already chosen your wedding decor style, settling on a dress code shouldn't be too difficult. Be sure to consider how your venue accommodates that dress code. If your waterfront ceremony is a bit of a hike from the parking lot, a black tie dress code might not make sense. Women with heels may have trouble sinking into the grass or sand. A more casual dress code could make more sense, and in fact, many beach and waterfront weddings opt for a more relaxed feel for just this reason.

Outdoor Wedding? Outdoor Entertainment!

Don't let that beautiful outdoor beach or lawn setting go to waste after the ceremony. Take advantage of your outdoor, waterfront view by incorporating a few lawn games for guests to play at the reception and as they wait for your bridal party to finish up with picture-taking. Giant Jenga, cornhole, and ladder golf are all fun options that keep guests entertained, and make the most of your beautiful waterfront setting.

Always Have A Rain Plan

When planning an outdoor Michigan wedding, there's nothing more important than having a backup rain plan. Michigan is notorious for its fickle, swiftly-changing weather conditions, and while you might not want to imagine your wedding indoors, having a backup plan will save you a lot of hassle, just in case. Whether you reserve a tent for the big day or book a venue with enough capacity to hold the ceremony indoors too, make sure you've got something in mind just in case it does rain.

In the end, there's no place more beautiful for a waterfront wedding than Pure Michigan! Our abundant, clear inland lakes and gorgeous sandy beaches make the state a top choice for waterfront weddings.

If you're looking for an upscale waterfront venue for your wedding, Bucks Run can help. Our outdoor wedding venue overlooks private Lake Fisher and features a beautiful wooden pergola perfect for your ceremony. Our large banquet hall is made for an indoor reception and is big enough to host your ceremony too, in case you need to use that backup rain plan. There is also an outdoor patio space that guests can take advantage of, as well. Learn more about Bucks Run's wedding spaces and packages online, and book your central Michigan waterfront wedding venue today!

Tags: Wedding, Wedding Venue, Outdoor Wedding