Where to elope in Michigan

Are you wondering where to elope in Michigan?

Is where to elope in Michigan the burning question of the day? Then you’ve come to the right place. The truth is you can elope anywhere in the Mitten State you please. As long as you have permission to have a ceremony at the location you choose AND you have a legal wedding Officiant plus two (2) witnesses, above 18 years of age – you are good to go! Oh, and a marriage license but, that should be a given.  When couples ask us where to elope in Michigan we tell them about our favorite places…

Where to elope in Michigan – Beach Weddings

By far Oval Beach is our favorite beach. Unless you want to walk down 144 stairs to get to the beach, Oval beach is where to elope in Michigan if you want a beach wedding. It’s the only one in the area with a flat walk out and a wooden boardwalk (no burning toes in the sand).

Where to elope in Michigan

That little platform at the end is the perfect place for a unity ceremony and super cure pictures, too!

Parking is $8 per car, open year round. Public transportation available.

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Where to elope in Michigan ~ Lake Front

Where to elope in Michigan, Wades Bayou Douglas MIWant to know where to elope in  Michigan along the lake front? We have three favorite lake front locations, depending on the time of day and year.

Our #1 pic is Wade’s Bayou in Douglas.  It’s a small (one table) gazebo on the Kalamazoo River.

It’s quaint, out of the way and crowded means 10 cards in the parking lot, mostly kayakers; plus it’s free to enter and use.

This is a great location for 5 or 6 people to gather, perform a brief ceremony, take some nice photos and then head into town for lunch or dinner. Good spot to use year round.

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Where to elope in Michigan – Saugatuck Style

Two of our other favorite where to elope in Michigan answers are in Saugatuck, Michigan. The town lays on the banks of the Kalamazoo River, which leads into Lake Michigan. Saugatuck boast of  the longest boardwalk in Michigan that lines it’s shores where you’ll see stunning views of the nearby mansions and million dollar yachts.

There are two gazebos in town:

Wicks Park

Our #2 lakefront location pic is Wicks Park. This old fashioned raised gazebo is located Water Street, in the center of town; it’s perfect for a rainy day back-up location, too

where to elope in Michigan, elope in Michigan, elope in SaugatuckFinding parking downtown, combined with the steps leading up to the gazebo limit it from being the ideal location.

But it sure is a pretty spot!

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This park is another great answer when were asked where to elope in Michigan by couples.  The grounds have modern art sculptures, wildflower garden and a large 40′ gazebo with a flat entry way; its close proximity to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (and their large parking lot) make it an appealing choice.

where to elope in Michigan, elope in Michigan, elope in SaugatuckEven with the four picnic tables that have been installed since this picture above was taken, as you can see below there is plenty of room for guests to sit plus additional room if you’d like to add a few rows of chairs for your V.I.P. guests and families.

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So those are a few of our favorite answers to the big question – where to elope in Michigan!
Share your favorite spots with us in the comments below!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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