Mackinac Island's location allows visitors the opportunity to ride to the Island in style with one of the ferry boat companies that service the Island from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Each company offers discounted tickets for wedding groups that you can send to your guests ahead of time to use when coming to the Island for your wedding. Ferries run every half hour daily from Memorial Day until Labor Day with a later night boat schedule available on weekends. A less frequent schedule applies in the Spring and Fall so be sure to check for exact times closer to your event.
The Arnold Transit Co., Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, and Star Line Ferry offer discounted tickets and special rates for wedding party and guest transportation if arrangements are made in advance. All three ferry companies offer discounted tickets and specials for wedding party and guest transportation if arrangements are made in advance.
Star Line's Hydro-Jet Ferry offers group trates for bridal party and allows the bride and groom to ride free. Contact their group sales office at 800-638-9892 for more information.
Arnold Transit is the oldest and largest boat line on the Island with ferry service dating back to the late 1800s. Their fine reputation and long-standing history on Mackinac make them an excellent choice for complete service for a dinner cruise, cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, or sunset cruise. Enjoy a memorable wedding reception and cruise aboard the Straits of Mackinac II a comfortable and spacious 90 ft. two level cruising ferry. The boat can seat up to 116 people on the lower deck, serving dinner buffet style. An additional 150 people can enjoy the partially enclosed upper deck accommodating additional seating, a small dance floor and bandstand. Groups exceeding the 116-person dining limit are welcome to consider a second-seating arrangement on the dining deck. Your cruise may include circling Mackinac Island, cruising under the bridge and returning to your departure port. Dinner cruises may be planned so you can enjoy the sunset. Arnold Line's exclusive catamarans are the newest, smoothest, quietest, fastest ferry ride across the Straits of Mackinac to the Island. Free parking, special treatment and discounted tickets are available for wedding groups of 20 or more if arranged in advance. For more details contact the group services coordinator at 800-542-8528 ext. 360.
Your gateway to a perfect Mackinac Island wedding starts with Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. Weddings on the Island are always magical events, but the ceremony is only part of the whole picture. Shepler's offers custom cruises that are perfect for rehearsal dinners and receptions. For a fascinating and relaxing diversion, take a Shepler's Lighthouse Cruise the day before or after the wedding. Shepler's offers several options for special late night departures and private cruises. On your charter cruise, tasty hors d'oeuvres can be set up in the enclosed cabin while cocktails are served on the aft deck and your guests mingle on the open-air, upper deck. Your guests will be sure to remember a wonderful sunset cruise under the Mackinac Bridge with friends and family. Private cruises are a fantastic option for rehearsal dinners or as a post-reception activity following an early afternoon event.
For your wedding group, get the red-carpet treatment coming to the Island. With pre-arranged groups of 20 or more, your guests will receive a discounted ticket rate when traveling with Shepler's on one of their clean, comfortable ferry boats. Special requests are cheerfully accommodated. Shepler's makes your Destination Wedding easy! Guests can make their travel arrangements online and save time when they get to the dock. If you're staying overnight on the Island, you'll have to make parking arrangements for your vehicle. By making advanced arrangements ahead of time, you can bypass the ticket office and go directly from your car to the boat. Let Shepler's make your wedding planning a piece of cake! For assistance with your Mackinac Island wedding, please call their Group Sales Department at 800-828-6157 (US only) or 231-436-5023 or email: email@example.com.