There are several churches on the Island where wedding ceremonies are performed. However, outdoor ceremonies on the East and West Bluffs, the boardwalk along the beach and Marquette Park are permitted with permission from Mackinac State Historic Parks. Call 231- 436-4100 for more information.
Historic Mission Church is located on Main Street at the east end of downtown. This classic structure showcases Colonial New England style architecture in fine detail with its majestic white bell tower and iron weathervane. Co-structed by Pro-testant missionaries in 1829, Mission Church is Michigan’s oldest church building. Within its historic walls the unique original features will add charm and character to your Mack-inac Island wedding. There are carefully restored pews, furnishings, and a balcony where an old church bell may be rung after the ceremony by someone in your group. The large windows allow plenty of natural light to stream in. You may also bring your own flower arrangements that will add beauty to the newly appointed altar and interior. An electric keyboard is available at no charge, or other types of music may be used to fill the church with glorious sound. Strings, guitar, harp, trumpet, or live vocals from the balcony are musical options to consider. Mission Church has no active congregation, and is open every day for public enjoyment. It is available for weddings from mid June until late October. A Mackinac State Historic Park host will also be on hand to assist with any ceremony concerns. Wedding rehearsals may also be arranged at no additional cost.
Mackinac State Historic Parks is making “something old and something new” available this year for your special wedding venue. Fort Mackinac, built in 1780, offers a stunning setting high atop the bluffs of Mackinac Island. Nearby, the original gazebo featured in the romantic movie Somewhere in Time, filmed on Mackinac Island and starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve, is now availalble for your wedding vows. The gazebo, which spent the last 25 years in the yard of the Governor’s Residence, now resides on the wooded bluff just east of Fort Mackinac, overlooking Marquette Park and Lake Huron.
The Little Stone Church is located two blocks from Main Street at the edge of Grand Hotel’s Jewel Golf Course. This Union Congregational church is available for a limited number of wedding services from Memorial Day weekend until early October. Maximum seating is 200 and the twenty minute service is written specifically for Mackinac Island weddings. The fee includes both the minister and the organist.
Ste. Anne Catholic Church has a year round active congregation with its original parish dating back to 1695. This beautiful structure is one of Mackinac’s finest jewels. A recent renovation has added modern conveniences, yet maintains many exquisite original features. Weddings for Roman Catholics are welcome, but you must provide your own priest to perform the ceremony. Ste. Annes welcomes weddings Monday through Friday between 1:00 and 4:00 pm, Saturdays between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm and Sunday late afternoon.