Celebrate Your Nuptials in These Small Wedding Venues in Michigan

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Christina Drury
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Updated Apr 11, 2023

Looking for a small wedding venue in Michigan? Michigan is a vast state with many different settings perfect for your upcoming wedding day. Whether you're dreaming of a rustic or rural setting or want the bright lights of Detroit as the backdrop, you can find it here. Perhaps you dream of the serene environment that Ann Arbor has to offer or getting married on Mackinac Island. Why limit yourself?

The Wolverine State is known for its warm and humid summers, but winters can be a bit tricky depending on the year. However, those months are excellent if you dream of a winter wonderland, and you'll find it in the Upper Peninsula. Intimate ceremonies are all the rage these days, and there are so many small wedding venues in Michigan that would be the perfect spot to host a small wedding. We gathered out top picks below, but you can find even more wedding venue ideas on The Knot Marketplace.

The Rockwell Lake Lodge

Located in the northwest part of Michigan, The Rockwell Lake Lodge offers a scenic view in the midst of nature. Outside, the stunning surrounding property includes a lake and forest backdrop that's perfect for rustic or natural weddings. Take the party indoors to the lodge's Great Room, and wood beams line the ceiling. A giant stone fireplace spans floor to ceiling, offering a cozy place for your nuptials. The lodge also has 10 guest suites, so you can put your attendees up in rooms and make a weekend out of it. The capacity for the lodge varies on the season, but it can accommodate 50-70 people in the winter months, and up to 100 in the spring and summer, making it one of the small intimate wedding venues in Michigan that belong on your list.

The Peabody Lane

If an outdoor wedding is what you dream of, you'll want to check out The Peabody Lane. The property consists of over 24 acres of lush land with panoramic views everywhere you turn. Choose one of the private areas, or the pond, for your nuptials, then head inside to the warehouse to celebrate and dance the rest of the night away. Located in rural Horton, it's still close enough to major cities like Detroit, Ann Arbor and Toledo, making it an easy destination to travel to. If you're looking for an intimate Michigan wedding venue, you'll find it right here.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan

A true hidden gem, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market offers the perfect urban setting to say your upcoming vows. You'd never know you're in the midst of a city setting; the lush gardens and greenery make you feel as though you're in the middle of the fields, not the market, which is just next door. There are three different spaces to choose from: the greenhouse, the garden room and the banquet room, which overlooks the city below. The staff is well-equipped to handle your special occasion and show you exactly why this unusual venue is the be-all, end-all of intimate wedding venues Michigan.

Willis Show Bar in Detroit, Michigan

Your wedding takes center stage, which is why you need a venue that can give it the attention it deserves. At Willis Show Bar, you'll have the finest amenities at hand, including a stage where your band or DJ can set up, right behind the bar, for a cozy feel to your intimate wedding. Once a hot spot jazz attraction, the venue is now perfect for smaller events, around 50 to 75 people, though, it can seat just a few more with added room configurations. The retro feel and dimmed lighting inside create just the right ambiance. While the bar is set up to cater to libations of all kinds, you'll need to bring in an outside vendor for catering, but the venue has plenty of recommendations.

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Zingerman's Cornman Farms in Dexter, Michigan

Ann Arbor is such a beautiful city to host your wedding, with picturesque views everywhere you look. At Zingerman's Cornman Farms, you'll have everything you need, making it one of the best small outdoor wedding venues in Michigan. The staff here caters to every need, including flowers, photography and even a farm-to-table feast, which is perfect for those who are looking for a one-stop solution that checks all the boxes. If you're looking to get married with just a cozy intimate party of no more than 10 to 14 people, you can even take advantage of the pop-up Tiny Wedding option.

The Cadillac House Inn and Tavern in Lexington, Michigan

A touch of history to seal your future is what you'll find at The Cadillac House Inn and Tavern. Located just outside Detroit, the inn is set on a lakeside village, giving you an ideal amount of privacy on your special day, but close enough that your friends and family can easily get here from the city. One look at the outside, and you'll instantly fall in love with its historic look that belongs back in the days of 1860, when it was originally built. A stunning balcony overlooks the street below, while a porch underneath that gives you a place to relax. Wedding parties can stay in the hotel's renovated suites and even kick off the honeymoon here.

Creekside Gathering Place in Lainsburg, Michigan

Become one with nature while you say your vows at the Creekside Gathering Place. It's the perfect micro wedding venue in Michigan, hosting parties of up to 20 people. The location is stunning, with a wood barn set on Vermillion Creek. Imagine the gorgeous photos you and your partner can take here. To make sure every couple gets their perfect wedding, the venue only offers 18 packages per year; they take place in the spring and fall, the most popular dates. The packages are all-inclusive and come with an officiant, photographer, wedding cake and celebratory drink of your choosing. This is truly one of the top small wedding venues for 20 guests Michigan.

The Kalamazoo Loft in Kalamazoo, Michigan

When you're looking for something different, you'll want to put The Kalamazoo Loft on your list of small wedding venues Michigan. The 5,000-square-foot space is located on the second floor of the Kalamazoo Building, a staple in the region, and is ready for all of your unique touches. The area is wide open, so you can configure it however you like, and it has an expansive kitchen with an island and lots of prep space for your caterers or to cook for your wedding party yourself ahead of time. The space is suitable for 20 or more guests and is available for 4 hours, 6 hours, or an entire day (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.).

Venue 132 in Dowagiac, Michigan

Historic flair comes to life at Venue 132, which tops the list of our small wedding venues in southwest Michigan. The venue is gorgeous, with exposed brick walls that bring a timely feel to the 1,850-square-foot space. Additionally, the open layout makes setting the space up to suit your needs simple and effective. It specializes in intimate weddings with various packages offering the ability to rent the space for 2 to 14+ hours, depending on your needs. There are three tiers that come with additional equipment. Venue 132, a small wedding venue in west Michigan, has a variety of trusted vendors it can recommend for catering and alcohol.

Pinecrest Northwoods in Republic, Michigan

Wilderness-loving couples rejoice! Pinecrest Northwest provides a rare opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and all its rustic beauty. There are two prime locations for saying your nuptials: inside a 100-year-old log cabin or at the top of a bluff surrounded by 100-foot pine trees. Either way, the pictures are sure to be simply stunning, and your guests astounded by the gorgeous setting. The venue sits on 100 private acres, so you don't have to worry about intrusions, and there are cabins, "glampsites" and cottages for you and your guests to occupy. Come see why this is one of the small wedding venues in northern Michigan you should put at the top of your list.

Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey, Michigan

The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant is a year-round small wedding venue in Michigan that exudes rustic elegance. Charming decor accented with luxurious chandeliers provides a gorgeous backdrop for your reception. For smaller weddings, the venue offers plated, sit-down dinners for all of your guests, and there's an extensive list of appetizers, skewers and platters the Terrace has on offer. The venue itself has an onsite bar service, and you can bring live music acts inside with prior permission. For added convenience, the inn has 38 guest suites with top-notch amenities that you can rent out for the weekend, when available.

Westcroft Gardens & Farm in Grosse Ile, Michigan

If historic sites draw you in, Westcroft Gardens & Farm has been around for nearly three centuries and is worth a look when considering small wedding venues in Detroit, Michigan. Available from the end of May through the end of October, this venue offers both outdoor weddings—you can choose among four acres of the facility's 100-year-old Heritage Gardens which are in bloom from mid-May to mid-June—or the Azalea House, which is a converted greenhouse. You can get prepared onsite using the wedding suite, and Westcroft offers tables and chairs to seat your guests as well as a portable dance floor for after the ceremony.

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