Plan Your Wedding

We are sure that you will fall in love with our area no matter what time of the year you choose for your perfect destination wedding. To make your job easier, while planning your Up North Michigan Wedding, the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce is providing this guide of wedding resources for locations in the Glen Lake, Glen Arbor, Empire and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park area.

To better plan you wedding, use the listing of the following categories included here: Plan my Up North Michigan beach Wedding_sleeping bear dunes_Glen Arbor_Ashmun Portrait Art

Ceremony Locations  • Reception Location

Wedding Planners/Event Coordinators  • Accommodations

Restaurants/Catering  • Photography  • Wedding Favors, Gifts & Cards

Music & Entertainment  • Things to Do/Recreation & Groups

License Requirements  • Clergy  • Churches

Hair & Make-up  • Gown/Tuxedo Rent or Purchase

Limosine/Car Rentals  • Child Care

Note: See bottom of page for more info on how to submit your business info/offering here.

Wedding Ceremony Locations

Duneswood Resort | Unique and intimate outdoor venue to hold your wedding ceremony or reception.  We offer 7 acres of woods which back up to the National Park.  Hold your event in the meadow out back at the base of the Old Dune Climb, under the trees on the deck in front of our 150 year old barn, or in our partially wooded backyard area. Our indoor Community Room is available year round to host a reception or parties. It has a full kitchen, living area that can be converted into a dance floor and surround sound TV/stereo….even a disco ball!  Book the entire resort (10 rooms plus the Honeymoon cabin) and everyone gets 5% off, plus there is no added charge for use of the facilities!  “Hosting traditional and non-traditional weddings since 1992.”  Call us at (231) 668-6789 or visit www.duneswood.com and on Facebook: Duneswood Resort. 

Glen Craft Villas | Hosting weddings just 0.7 miles from Glen Arbor, located directly on Glen Lake. The Krull family has operated this business since 1947 and has enjoyed hosting many special occasions.  We are located in an ideal location with sandy beaches on Big Glen Lake. We host wedding directly on our grounds and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests in 6 villas on ours grounds and provided the beach frontage for the wedding. Visit www.glencraftvillas.com for more info.

The Homestead | We’ve created three stylish sites for weddings and receptions.  With settings as fresh as a flower, they’ll meld the beauty of Leelanau and the majesty of Lake Michigan. Choose one…flavors will swirl, wines will sparkle and your day, your perfect day, will be made.  It will be love at first site. Mountain Flowers Lodge: 180 guests |  Camp Firefly: 90 guests | Café Manitou: 50 guests. Visit http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/ for more, and call us at (231)334-5300

Indigo Bluffs RV Park & Resort | Offering a very beautiful pond/waterfall setting for wedding ceremonies and have some additional open spaces to choose from. Located in Empire, MI. Call: 800.224.4488 and Email: [email protected]

The Leelanau School | (more info coming soon…) Call: 231-334-5800

Old Settlers Chapel Glen Lake WeddingOld Settlers Park | Located on the southeastern shore of Glen Lake, on S. Dunns Farm Road (County Road 675). Early settlers’ established it as a picnic ground in 1892 with access to Glen Lake. The chapel located on the grounds of the park is available for use and is coordinated and maintained by the Glen Lake Woman’s Club on a first come, first serve basis, as well as the Gazebo. For more about the facilities, visit: http://www.leelanau.cc/oldsettlers.asp  For wedding booking + info, call Kathy Matson (231)334.4616

The Manor on Glen Lake | A fine dining restaurant, offering a beautiful location for your wedding, from the ceremony overlooking Glen Lake and the Sleeping Bear Dunes, to Wedding Receptions and Rehearsal Dinners, to Wedding showers and brunches. Call (231) 334-0150 and Visit http://themanoronglenlake.com/ for more about us.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park | “The outstanding scenic beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides a beautiful natural setting for weddings. The sweeping vistas and Lake Michigan beaches provide wonderful backdrops for small, intimate weddings.” Weddings may be scheduled up to one year in advance and not less than 21 days prior to your ceremony. Applicants must complete the Application for Special Use Permit Form. Call: (231) 326-4700 and Visit: http://www.nps.gov/slbe/learn/management/weddings.htm for guidelines and the application process!

Application + Wedding Location options within the National Park

Snow Moon Ranch

More Coming Soon…


Wedding Reception Locations

Blu | Located in Glen Arbor on the shore of Lake Michigan with panoramic views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands, Blu has a location unparalleled by any Michigan restaurant and is perfect for weddings and private events up to 50 guests. Off premiss fine dining catering is also available. With thoughtfully executed cuisine, Chef Randy Chamberlain‘s daily changing menus with an emphasis on the products, simplicity and flavor. The carefully chosen wine list includes vintners from around the world including local favorites as selected by Sommelier Mari Chamberlain. Visit: www.glenarborblu.com and call us at: (231) 334-2530

Glen Arbor Township Hall | Host your wedding related events here, at Glen Arbor’s township hall. Open year round. Please contact us for more info. Website: http://www.glen-arbor-twp.com Phone: 231-334-3539 Address: 6394 W. Western Ave, P.O. Box 276 Glen Arbor, MI 49636

Duneswood Resort | Unique and intimate outdoor venue to hold your wedding ceremony or reception.  We offer 7 acres of woods which back up to the National Park.  Hold your event in the meadow out back at the base of the Old Dune Climb, under the trees on the deck in front of our 150 year old barn, or in our partially wooded backyard area. Our indoor Community Room is available year round to host a reception or parties. It has a full kitchen, living area that can be converted into a dance floor and surround sound TV/stereo….even a disco ball!  Book the entire resort (10 rooms plus the Honeymoon cabin) and everyone gets 5% off, plus there is no added charge for use of the facilities!  “Hosting traditional and non-traditional weddings since 1992.”  Call us at (231) 668-6789 or visit www.duneswood.com and on Facebook: Duneswood Resort. 

La Bécasse | An ideal location for small private gatherings. We have hosted lovely wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal brunches. Families and businesses have rented the entire restaurant, or have used a portion of it while we keep the restaurant open for dinner guests. The dining room seats 55. La Bécasse may also cater events off-site. If you are interested in exploring ideas for your event, please contact Brooke or Guillaume. Visit their website for more, call: (231) 334-3944 or email: [email protected]

The Homestead | We’ve created three stylish sites for weddings and receptions.  With settings as fresh as a flower, they’ll meld the beauty of Leelanau and the majesty of Lake Michigan.  Choose one…flavors will swirl, wines will sparkle and your day, your perfect day, will be made.  It will be love at first site. Mountain Flowers Lodge: 180 guests |  Camp Firefly: 90 guests | Café Manitou: 50 guests. Visit http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/ or call us at (231)334-5300

Western Avenue Grill

More Coming Soon…


Wedding Planners + Event Coordinators

Orchestrated Grace | Specializes in outdoor tented weddings and is also known for keeping things green. Orchestrating events in all shapes and styles, our team has an expertise in organization, execution, and perfecting every special detail that make each occasion so unique. Call: (231) 510-7678, Email: [email protected] Visit: http://www.orchestratedgrace.com

Jan Semple | Wedding planner

More Coming Soon…


Accommodations

Duneswood Resort | Unique and intimate outdoor venue to hold your wedding ceremony or reception.  We offer 7 acres of woods which back up to the National Park.  Hold your event in the meadow out back at the base of the Old Dune Climb, under the trees on the deck in front of our 150 year old barn, or in our partially wooded backyard area. Our indoor Community Room is available year round to host a reception or parties. It has a full kitchen, living area that can be converted into a dance floor and surround sound TV/stereo….even a disco ball!  Book the entire resort (10 rooms plus the Honeymoon cabin) and everyone gets 5% off, plus there is no added charge for use of the facilities!  “Hosting traditional and non-traditional weddings since 1992.”  Call us at (231) 668-6789 or visit www.duneswood.com and on Facebook: Duneswood Resort. 

Glen Craft Villas | Hosting weddings just 0.7 miles from Glen Arbor, located directly on Glen Lake. The Krull family has operated this business since 1947 and has enjoyed hosting many special occasions.  We are located in an ideal location with sandy beaches on Big Glen Lake. We host wedding directly on our grounds and can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests in 6 villas on ours grounds and provided the beach frontage for the wedding. Visit www.glencraftvillas.com for more info.

The Lakeshore Inn, Glen Arbor  |

The Homestead | With two small resort hotels, a rustic lodge and historic inn along with a wide variety of vacation homes and condominiums available by the night or by the week, The Homestead can accommodate all of your guests. Special pricing and blocks are established for on site weddings and receptions. Guests will enjoy access to all resort amenities. Visit us at http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/ or call 231.334.5300.

Leelanau Vacation Rentals is located in downtown Glen Arbor with over 130 properties for rent in the Glen Arbor and Leelanau areas. From condos in The Homestead, to lake cottages and homes in town, we have something to meet the needs of everyone! Join us a for a week’s stay in the summer, or for a two night minimum in the winter, fall and spring! Please feel free to visit our website at www.lvrrentals.com, or to call us at (231)-334-6100 and ask about the wedding specials we are able to offer from September-mid June!

McCahill’s Crossing | 4 room motel with rooms that accommodate up to 4 guests each for your wedding party, family or guests. Recently updated with flat screen tvs with cable in each room. Complimentary kayak rental (based on availability) included in rate so you can explore the gorgeous Glen Lakes! Call (231) 334- 4891 or visit mccahills-crossing.com for additional information.

Northland Vacation Rentals

The Sylvan Inn  |  

More Coming Soon…


Restaurants/Catering

Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor | From appetizers to complete meals and desserts, we offer delicious and beautiful food presentations for groups of all sizes.  We’ll work with you to create a menu tailored to your needs and tastes, and deliver fresh food directly to your event venue. Anderson’s is also home to Leelanau County’s largest selection of wine, champagne and spirits, available in case pricing.  Call or email us to discuss options for your next up north wedding, party or celebration! Visit: andersonsglenarbor.com  Call: 231.334.3149 Email: [email protected]com

Blu | Located in Glen Arbor on the shore of Lake Michigan with panoramic views of Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands, Blu has a location unparalleled by any Michigan restaurant and is perfect for weddings and private events up to 50 guests. Off premiss fine dining catering is also available. With thoughtfully executed cuisine, Chef Randy Chamberlain‘s daily changing menus with an emphasis on the products, simplicity and flavor. The carefully chosen wine list includes vintners from around the world including local favorites as selected by Sommelier Mari Chamberlain. Visit: www.glenarborblu.com and call us at: (231) 334-2530

La Bécasse | An ideal location for small private gatherings. We have hosted lovely wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal brunches. Families and businesses have rented the entire restaurant, or have used a portion of it while we keep the restaurant open for dinner guests. The dining room seats 55. La Bécasse may also cater events off-site. If you are interested in exploring ideas for your event, please contact Brooke or Guillaume. Visit their website for more, call: (231) 334-3944 or email: [email protected]

John Hardy

More Coming Soon…


Photography

Ashmun Portrait Art | Custom low-volume wedding coverage with a distinctive personal approach to every event. Bob Ashmun is an award winning photographer celebrating his 32nd year in business, and has lived in Glen Arbor since 2005. Attention to photographing details of the day is what gives each wedding its own unique and personal look. His extensive knowledge of lighting hurdles all weather and sky conditions. Portrait packages are design for the elements that cater to individual needs and budgets. Visit www.ashmunportrait.com and call (231)835-2064

Orchestrated Grace | From event planning to the event photography, we specializes in outdoor tented weddings and is also known for keeping things green. Orchestrating events in all shapes and styles, our team has an expertise in organization, execution, and perfecting every special detail that make each occasion so unique. Call: (231) 510-7678, Email: [email protected] Visit: http://www.orchestratedgrace.com

Dancing Frog Press | Extraordinary Ordinary Life (EOL) Photo Shoots capture the “moments” rather than “staged” images for your special events, family reunions, vacation, or just you in your everyday life!! Visit: dancinfrogpress.com to see the slideshow of examples, or email: [email protected] to learn more.

Don Miller  | Wedding Photography

Up North Photography | is the Leelenau County wing of Brooklyn, NY’s Marc Goldberg Photography. Bringing big city service with a small town feel, Up North provides clients with professional quality services at affordable prices. Wedding packages always include all images for a single, affordable price. Call: (917) 312-6824 or email: [email protected]

Eichar Photography


Wedding Favors, Gifts & Cards

Bay Lavender Trading Co. | Offering beautiful Wedding Favors, like: Travel size hand cream with the couples name and date, special bars of soap, party cakes of soap, sachets and antique handkerchiefs. Call: 231-642-0829 Visit www.baylavender.com for more info.

Cherry Republic | Cherry Republic is a great way to add a touch of Northern Michigan to your special event. Customize Cherry Republic products with customized labels. http://www.cherryrepublic.com/weddings-special-events/

Dancing Frog Press | Creates commissioned art work that is then put on greeting cards, notepads (which make great party favors or thank-you gifts) and other locally made products. Contact artist/owner for a consultation. Visit: dancingfrogpress.com or email: [email protected]

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate | Our love for rich, dark chocolate and a passion for local foods inspires our truffle recipes and other chocolate creations. We use fruits, edible flowers and herbs from our garden and we source larger quantities of ingredients from local farms. Decorate your tables, give favors and and a taste of Northern Michigan to your wedding party and guests! Visit: www.grocersdaughter.com/ Call us at (231) 326-3030

M-22  Glen Arbor | Wedding Favors & Gifts from M-22/Love Michigan – themed cork screws & wine glasses. Also features the full line of M22 & LOVE MICHIGAN t-shirts, hats, stickers, hoodies, and accessories.

Northwoods Hardware Store | We offer appropriate gifts in both Home Goods and Garden Center. Stocked with greeting cards, ribbon and wrapping paper. Also have things you might need for your reception/parties like: extension cords, batteries, candles and other “emergency” pick up items. Visit us online at northwoodshardware.com or Call: (231) 334-3000

Northwoods Home & Gift | Home Accessories, Thoughtful Gifts, Cards, and Unexpected Surprises! Visit us at northwoodshardware.com, in the store, open seasonally: 6445 Western Avenue (M-22) in Glen Arbor,  or Call us at: (231) 835-2555


Music/Entertainment

2 bays DJ’s | Traverse City, MI

Goodboy! | Musicians Patrick Niemisto, Norm Wheeler, & Chris Skellenger play Gentle ceremonial folk music on guitar, mandolin and a trumpet. Also playing fun folk, original local music, spoken word, and singalongs. Great backyard party band. Norm is alos is an officiant. See Clergy section below. (231-334-3666).  [email protected]
Jazz North/Bossa Norte | Playing Jazz music, Swing, Funk, Brass Rock and a wee bit o’ Folk at  your events, weddings or venues. Visit on Facebook  Call: 231-631-3823  Email [email protected]
New Third Coast | Playing power folk music. Visit on the web: newthirdcoast.com Call 231-620-4802 Email [email protected]

UpNorth DJ’s


Things To Do, Recreation + Specials for Groups

Crystal River Outfitters | Group kayak, canoe, and paddleboard trips. Call (231)334-4420 and
Visit http://www.crystalriveroutfitters.com/group-trips/ for more info.

Lillyjade, a Salon at The Homestead | Give your girlfriends a little gift – a copy of “The Legend of Joeabb the Frog“ – before you go to the salon. It’s a wonderfully romantic story that inspired the winner in our “Name the Salon Contest.” It’s probably the most beautiful salon you’ll ever see. You and your bridal party will have the treatments you want while looking over sparkling waterfalls and a shimmering pond. Plan and reserve well in advance as Lillyjade is popular throughout the year, very popular on wedding weekends. Visit: http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/your-events/girls-day-at-the-salon/  or call 231.334.5242

M-22 Glen Arbor | Wine Tasting, with special group bookings and rates. Visit http://www.crystalriveroutfitters.com/m22-wine-tasting/ for more info.

Mariah Charters | We fish out of Fishtown in Leland. We can take as many as 42 people fishing at a time, all boats are a minimum of 28 feet. A safe and professional setting as well as Carlsons fishery to prepare your catch for dinner. Smoked fish, trout and Salmon platters a big hit. For more info www.thesportsmanshop.com

On the Narrows Marina | Pontoon, Power Boat, Jet Ski or Kayak rentals available to add to your Up North Michigan wedding experience! Can accommodate groups of up to 14 per boat & we offer delivery service of food & beverage to the boat delivery dock from McCahill’s Crossing Dairy Bar. Call (231)334-4891 or visit narrows-marina.com for additional information.
Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak | We would love to be part of your wedding festivities! The options are fun & many: tandem and single sea-kayaks as well as a fleet of stand-up paddleboards. We also have the C4 Waterman SUPsquatch & Raptor, two monster inflatable SUPs for endless big fun! If interested, we can also provide a guided tour. Visit our website: http://sbsurfandkayak.com/ and give us a call (231)326.9283

Spa Amira at The Homestead | Lush landscaping, crystal clear ponds, sparkling waterfalls, brilliantly colored wildflowers and broad stone steps will welcome you to Spa Amira. The views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands from the top of those steps will make you want to stay. Enjoy the pool, labyrinth and treatment tents outside, the luxurious treatment rooms inside. Plan and reserve well in advance as Spa Amira is popular throughout the year, very popular on wedding weekends. Visit: http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/your-events/girls-day-at-the-spa/  or call 231.334.5253

The Cyclery | Bike rentals available for group rides- a perfect way for your guests to get out and explore the area before the big day! Call (231)334-4420 and
 Visit http://www.crystalriveroutfitters.com/group-trips/ for more info.


License Requirements

How to get Wedding License + Marriage Requirements in Leelanau County, for both Michigan Residents & Out-of-State residents:

http://www.leelanau.cc/old/government476025.asp
Due to recent changes in State law, the County Clerk may now perform marriages. The fee for this service is $25.00. If you are interested in having the Clerk, Michelle Crocker, perform your ceremony, please call the Clerk’s Office at (231)256-9824

Clergy

Norm Wheeler | Wedding officiant, secular ceremonies. Helps you with your ceremony script and music. Call: (231) 631-3823  Email: [email protected]

Rabbi Chava Bahle | of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Traverse City | Office Phone: 231-947-3117 (office) Email: [email protected]

Kevin Jackson | Young, stylish and outgoing wedding officiant based in Leelanau county, for Christian or Secular ceremonies. Email: [email protected] or Call: (517)518.1961


Gown/Tuxedo – Purchase/Rent

Bay Bridal Boutique | Traverse City, MI

Cottonseed Apparel | Through the years it has amazed us at how many brides have found the dress of their dreams at the Cottonseed. We are pleased to help with any of your wedding apparel needs.  We have outfitted brides, mothers, daughters and attendants.  We can help you look your best in comfortable relaxed fashion. Open seasonally in Glen Arbor, MI. Call: (231) 334-7377

Natalies Bridal and Tuxedo | Traverse City, MI

To Have & To Hold | Traverse City, MI


Hair/Make-Up

Emily Henning

Glen Lake Beauty Salon | Glen Arbor, MI

Jennifer Grace | Grand Rapids, MI ~ loves to travel

Lillyjade, a Salon at The Homestead | Give your girlfriends a little gift – a copy of “The Legend of Joeabb the Frog“ – before you go to the salon. It’s a wonderfully romantic story that inspired the winner in our “Name the Salon Contest.” It’s probably the most beautiful salon you’ll ever see. You and your bridal party will have the treatments you want while looking over sparkling waterfalls and a shimmering pond. Plan and reserve well in advance as Lillyjade is popular throughout the year, very popular on wedding weekends. Visit: http://thehomesteadresort.com/weddings/your-events/girls-day-at-the-salon/  or call 231.334.5442


Churches

Churches in the area welcome visitors! Please check out this list…

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse | Non-denominational, doing ALL types of weddings | 6726 Center Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686 | Phone: 231-947-3117 (office) Email: [email protected]

Bethlehem Lutheran Church | Lake Street Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone: 231-334-4180

Empire United Methodist Church | Michigan Street, Empire, MI 49630
Phone: 231-326-3733

First Baptist Church of Empire | M-72, Empire, MI 49630
Phone: 231-326-5444

First Church of Christ Scientist | M-109 Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone: 231-334-4961

Glen Lake Community Reformed Church | Co. Rd. 675, Burdickville, MI
Phone: 231-334-4563

Maple City Community Church | Maple City, MI 49664
Phone: 231-228-5275

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church | LaCore St., Empire, MI 49630
Phone: 231-326-5255

St. Rita-St. Joseph Catholic Church | Maple City, MI 49664
Phone: 231-228-5823


Limousine/Car Rentals

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Child Care

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