Book Your Wedding with An Orchard Wedding at The Country Mill
A BALLROOM IN CHARLOTTE, MI
An Orchard Wedding at The Country Mill is located in Charlotte Michigan. It is a rustic yet elegant setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions with hundreds of acres of farmland and rolling green hills. This venue is located just minutes away from the center of Charlotte, but the large grounds make it seem peaceful and isolated. There are indoor and outdoor event facilities available and it can accommodate small or large wedding parties.
The Orchard Hill Ceremony Site. The orchard hill ceremony site is located on a gently sloping hill that overlooks the apple orchard. It features a well maintained path that winds up the hill and also serves as an aisle for ceremonies. Couples can stand at the top of the hill and have their guests slightly lower, to ensure that all guests have an unobstructed view of the proceedings. This space is large enough for 400 guests.
The Pond Ceremony Site. The pond ceremony site is located on the bank of the orchard's private pond. It features a small dock where couples can stand as they exchange vows, with the sparkling water in the background. This space is partially shaded by mature trees and it can also accommodate up to 400 guests.
The Banquet Hall. The banquet hall is the main indoor event space at this venue. It is a large open room with high ceilings and exposed wood beams that give it a rustic touch. For wedding ceremonies it is typically decorated with string lights, but it has a neutral color scheme that is easy for couples to customize. This space can seat 400 guests with room for a dance floor.
What You Should Know
An Orchard Wedding at The Country Mill does not provide catering services for weddings. This venue has an open vendor policy for caterers, as well as other services such as entertainment, photography and flower arrangements. This means that couple are permitted to choose any licensed professional to provide these services. This venue can provide a list of trusted vendors upon request.
This venue provides tables and chairs for up to 400 guests. The same white folding chairs are used for ceremonies and seating around tables for receptions. They are contoured plastic chairs without any padding. However, couples are permitted to bring in chair covers and cushions from an outside vendor.
Couples are also permitted to bring in their own decorations, but all decorations must be approved by venue management before they are put up. Nothing that could potentially damage the property or pollute the natural environment is permitted. This includes glitter, confetti and rice.
An Orchard Wedding at The Country Mill is a beautiful venue and it offers wedding parties a number of fun and useful extra perks.
- Custom wine labels for events
- Private wine tastings
- Access to hiking trails
- Customizable outdoor lighting
- Private cider mill tours and tastings
From the Vendor
Flexibility & Affordability, an Orchard Wedding
Enjoy your special day with the beauty of nature by choosing from two unique ceremony locations in the middle of a historic apple orchard. Continue your celebration in one of two reception barns that offer modern amenities, changing room, & kitchen. Enjoy peace of mind as you plan, as both barns allow the flexibility to have your entire ceremony inside if you choose. Weddings from 20 to 400 people will delight in the freedom of being able to easily plan with flexibility & affordability. You are able to choose your own caterer, DJ, photographer and other service providers.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Farm + Ranch, Barn, Garden, Historic Venue, Park, Vineyard
Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Great LocationReviewed on 8/28/2012 Kacie S
The orchard was a great location and perfect for our wedding. The staff was very friendly and Steve worked with us to make sure we had the day we wanted. The tables were set up the way we had requested, and we were even able to decide the day of whether or not we wanted to have the staff do clean up. We received several compliments on how beautiful the location was. We were so happy with the results. I would recommend to anyone who has always wanted an outdoor wedding but would like the comfort of a back up plan.
ALL MY DREAMS CAME TRUEReviewed on 8/30/2013 Allison
The Country Mill has always had a special place in my heart. It is where my family would bring us kids every year for pumpkins and cider. When I heard that they had weddings here, I had to take a tour. What the owners have done is amazing! There is a brick walk way that leads you through beautiful apple trees up to a clearing on a hill where there is a permanent white arbor that you are married under. There are flowers planted around the bottom of the arbor and it is beautifully landscaped. The area is huge and can fit everyone even if you have a large family. We booked our spot right away. (2 years in advance and be advised.. they book in advance!) My wedding day was all that I dreamed it to be. Steve (the owner) made sure of it. He made sure that there was the perfect amount of chairs set up outside to accommodate our guests as well as tables and chairs inside the reception barn. He always answered all my questions and made everything so easy. The kitchen is ready to go with more then enough counter space and a large fridge and freezer. He had gorgeous lights wrapped around the wooden posts and and up above all the tables. It just lights everything up and really dresses everything up. (and we didn't have to lift a finger!) We also purchased wine from the orchard with custom labels. Steve made sure that it was delivered on time and set out for our guests. And our guests just LOVED the sweet blueberry wine! There wasn't any left! So back to the ceremony. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and puffy white clouds. Our string trio musicians were playing "Canon in D" as I walked down the isle to the man of my dreams. We were surrounded by love, family and nature. Everything was perfect. I highly recommend the country mill as a wedding venue! This place is absolutely gorgeous and Steve and his staff are amazing!
Orchard wedding at its finestReviewed on 9/30/2012 Cathy K
I am very happry with the overall site, location, owner, everything.... I could not be any happier. Steve made the day smooth and was very easy to work with.
We had a wonderful wedding. Steve was super easy to work with, normally he answered our questions before we asked them. Hes very responsive and flexible. He made our best day ever possible and painless. I cant thank him enough.
Haven't been there but it looks beautiful from the pics. What makes it more attractive to me is the owners were unafraid to stand by their beliefs. Due to their bravery I'll be planning for my daughters sweet 16 to be held their and my other daughters wedding. By the way my oldest son is gay.
Wonderful place! We got parried on the hottest day of the year, July 23, 2016, it was 95 degrees and a real feel temp of 100+ and it was still absolutely perfect. The only thing that does suck is you only have an hour to clean up at the end.
Steve and his staff are nothing short of amazing. The sites are beautiful, it's local and above all they're so friendly! Anything we needed they were more than happy to accommodate. It's even better being able to have BOTH the ceremony and reception in the same place. Would recommend this venue to anyone. Thank you guys for everything!
July Wedding at the Country MillReviewed on 8/29/2014 Tessa G
Despite the forecast calling for rain, it ended up being a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony. With 200 guests, there was plenty of room at the reception in the Orchard Barn, to be comfortable. The big doors were opened on both sides of the barn for air flow, but flies really weren't a problem. There are a few big fans in the barn to help with cooling the air too, which was a big help. They let us put up yard games between the barn and orchard and overall, we had a great time. Lots of compliments!
Laid Back Orchard & BarnReviewed on 1/02/2014 Robyn P
We got married at the Orchard & Barn location. The orchard is beautiful & the barn is a great backdrop for as much decorating as you want to coordinate. You have to take you're chances with the weather, but we lived the result. The owners were easy to work with. You'd have to do a lot to make this fancy, but was perfect for our relaxed wedding plans.
A country weddingReviewed on 6/22/2013 Seana F
we rented the winery barn for our reception it was beautiful and big enough to hold 200 guest and we had plenty of room dancing.Our ceremony took place back in the orchard behind the apple trees, it was absolutely beautiful.
loveReviewed on 5/07/2011 amy m
okReviewed on 3/14/2011 Nikki J
Meet The Owner
Steve & Bridget Tennes
Since 2004, Steve and Bridget Tennes have hosted couples' wedding ceremonies and receptions at their 120-acre farm. The farm includes an organic apple orchard, peaches, blueberries, sweet cherries, corn and pumpkins. Having planned their own wedding from overseas, they understand the importance of timely electronic communication for the convenience of the bride and groom as they plan.