5 reasons Mackinac Island is Michigan’s wedding capital

Published on April 3rd, 2018

Last updated on November 28th, 2022

mackinac island weddingsWhen was the last time you were at a wedding where the dessert table featured authentic Mackinac Island fudge? Or where the wedding party went for a cruise under the Mackinac Bridge?

There were more than 2 million weddings in the United States last year – more than 6,000 every single day – and so many of them looked just like all the others. But weddings on Mackinac Island stand apart as memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences for the bride and groom and all their guests.

Where else can you parade down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage and be the center of attention for everybody in town?

A wedding on Mackinac Island truly is the stuff of fairy tales. Here’s why:

  • Couples feel like royalty on a horse-drawn carriage ride between the ceremony and reception, when they can slow down and enjoy the moment along the island’s peaceful roads
  • Because no cars are allowed on the island, Mackinac offers many fun, romantic ways to get around: a bicycle built for two, perhaps, or a sunset cruise on the water.
  • Where else can you stand in the middle of the road and re-create the iconic downtown Mackinac Island kiss?
  • Custom wedding favors and desserts with authentic Mackinac Island fudge give a distinctive flavor to your wedding.
  • You can have a bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or even the wedding ceremony on the water, saying your “I do’s” as you pass under the Mighty Mac with the island in the background for an incredibly beautiful photo setting.

Mackinac Island is home to more than 60 wedding vendors including over a dozen fudge shops. Imagine your wedding guests taking home a box of Mackinac Island fudge full of the bride’s and groom’s favorite flavors. Or picture a dessert table with an endless supply of fudge and homemade Michigan candy like peanut brittle, caramel corn and taffy.

On Mackinac, your wedding guests will feel like grown-up kids in a candy store!

Mackinac Island is Michigan’s wedding capital whether you want a big wedding, small wedding, second wedding or reaffirmation of your wedding vows. (New research shows that nearly one in 10 couples age 50 and older will renew their wedding vows, while many younger couples are doing so after five or 10 years of marriage.)

Check out the Mackinac Island Wedding Guide to start planning your special occasion.