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The Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan is the perfect locale for a Michigan bride's idyllic wedding day. Tucked away on an island in Lake Huron, your guests will be transported into a magical wedding weekend from the moment they set foot on the island. Since cars are not permitted on Mackinac Island, arrange for horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport guests to the hotel.
Plan to exchange vows on the legendary Grand Hotel porch, which is lined with beautiful boxes brimming with bright red geraniums, or wed amidst a lush array of flowers in the property's Tea Garden. For your reception, there are five formal choices as well as four more casual off-site restaurants. That means you can host literally any type of bash at this destination location.
If the views and endless options aren't enough to entice you, we're willing to bet the food will. Start with a cocktail hour complete with drink stations, an ice carving, and hors d'oeuvres like vegetable spring rolls, fajita stations, and a tapas display. Then dine on a variety of dinner options, including cream of lobster soup, diver scallops, strip steak, and crab-stuffed shrimp.
You don't have to go far to find a cake baker, either. The Grand Hotel offers speciality wedding cakes with tasty flavors like Bailey's Irish Cream, pumpkin, and banana in addition to classic vanilla and chocolate options.
At the end of the evening you and your guests can retreat to the property's guest rooms and enjoy a weekend-long celebration on this quaint island.