Mackinac Island Wedding Guide | Ferry Boats




Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. Your gateway to a perfect Mackinac Island wedding starts with Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. 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 needs and 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. 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 or 231-436-5023 or email: 


Sip N' Sail Cruises

Sip N' Sail Cruises A perfect setting for the wedding party and guests to relax, mingle and get acquainted is on on the water aboard a sIp n' saIl cruIse. Whether it be a bach- elorette party, the wedding ceremony or a rehearsal dinner, it's a great idea for memorable fun. Sail under the Mighty Mackinac Bridge on a typical hour and a half cruise experiencing both Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Also, skirt the shoreline of Mackinac Island enjoying beautiful views of the Island landscape and homes providing an amazing background for photo opportunities. Isle Royale Queen III is a beautifully appointed 81 foot steel hull Coast Guard certified vessel easily accommodating parties of up to 70 people with a fully stocked bar, heated cabins, two restrooms and an upper deck for great viewing. Call for more details at 844-906-9006 and welcome aboard.




Star Line Hydro-Jet Ferry

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro Jet Ferry Depart on Star Line Ferry and journey back in time, to one of Michigan’s premier wedding destinations. Star Line offers complementary passage and valet parking service for the bride and groom, along with group discounts if arranged prior to your wedding. Also, midnight boat departure is available during mid season for guests leaving to their mainland hotels. For a unique experience, have your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinners while cruising the beautiful Straits of Mackinac  aboard Star Line's classic vessel the Anna May. Their personal assistance with customized details makes travel arrangements a smooth and enjoyable experience. Let Star Line help with your destination wedding. Please email or call Star Line for more information at 800-638-9892.     



Mackinac Island’s location allows visitors the opportunity to ride to the Island in unique style on one of the 3 ferry boat companies that service the Island from both St. Ignace and Mackinaw City. Each company offers discount tickets for wedding groups that you can send to your guests ahead of time to use when coming to the Island. 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. Schedules can be viewed on your smart phone if you're on the go.