About this Vendor
Northern Michigan's Wedding Destination
Crystal Mountain has carefully combined the Midwest's finest accommodations, the style and elegance of a first-class destination and the beauty of northern Michigan. From mountain-top ceremonies to receptions for up to 350, we'll ensure that every detail matches your vision for the perfect day.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Garden, Hotel, Mountain, Restaurant, Rooftop, Tented, Trees
Bar + Drinks, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning
My husband and I chose Crystal Mountain for the beautiful scenery- but we got so much more! The staff at Crystal Mountain was very accommodating and genuinely cared about our wedding. We had an event coordinator through Crystal Mountain, Anna, who helped us organize the whole wedding. She kept track of all the little details and kept the planning running smoothly. She was always very responsive to e-mails- and we appreciated all the additional help she offered like helping with our flowers and keeping me calm on the wedding day! Crystal Mountain had everything all in one place- ceremony, reception and lodging. This was very convenient for our guests. Also, it is important to note that you could not go wrong staying at any location on property. Everyone was raving about EVERYTHING. One thing I was initially concerned with was having to use Crystal Mountain to cater our event. However, they had a very extensive menu, and were even willing to work with us to find the perfect menu options for our wedding.. We are so glad we chose Crystal Mountain! Can't wait to come back for skiing in the winter!
Perfect for a Winter Wedding WonderlandReviewed on 6/26/2015 Katherine D
We had our January 2015 wedding - both ceremony and reception - at Crystal Mountain Resort, and it was MAGIC. My husband and I have attended work conferences there and have always enjoyed them. When we decided on a winter wedding, we decided to do winter all the way, and Crystal was the obvious choice. We could not possibly write enough glowing things about the wedding & reception team, the entire Crystal staff across the resort, the accommodations, the food & drink, the restaurants, the ceremony & reception sites, and the spa. Everyone and everything about a Crystal wedding is exceptional. Amanda Milarch and Megan Campbell-Slade were so helpful in making our event happen. Every special request we had (decorations, special beer for the reception, etc) was met with an "Absolutely, we can make that happen!" The cabin we stayed in, where I got ready, was so cute and perfectly situated for winter photos (someone knew what they were doing when they put us in Cherry Blossom!). Our rehearsal dinner was outstanding - our special menu, the staff, the location (Lake Harbor & Hudson Bay). Our ceremony in Northern Lights was magical, and our reception in Northwest Territories was the best celebration. Breakfast the following morning at the Thistle was just what we hoped for. Twelve to fourteen inches of snow fell from the time our rehearsal started until the next day before the wedding. Crystal offered our guests discounted rates on rooms to come up the night before and beat the storm. Our porch and steps and sidewalks were shoveled before we could even ask. The snow unfortunately kept some guests from attending, but it made for a beautiful setting, and the Crystal staff made a challenging situation so much better. We attended a meeting for work at Crystal Mountain just three weeks after our wedding, and we were greeted by so many staff members who worked to make our wedding wonderful. It felt like seeing family again. We would, without a doubt, recommend Crystal Mountain resort to any bride and groom, whether planning a winter or summer wedding. We can't wait to go back again and again to that beautiful place and to see everyone there.
My Dream Wedding!!Reviewed on 6/17/2015 Katie W
Crystal Mountain is gorgeous! We loved the whole resort and there were so many fun things for our guests to do there before attending our evening wedding! We were able to have a "destination wedding" without having to go too far. We made a whole weekend out of it and had our rehearsal right at Crystal Mountain the day before. We had a mountain top ceremony and our reception was right there as well. Our ceremony was SO beautiful, all of our guests loved riding the chairlift! No one had to worry about driving after our reception because there were so many different room options and prices available that most everyone stayed there. The Crystal Mountain staff did an amazing job and they were very flexible and accommodating for all of our requests throughout the whole planning process. Julie made our whole planning period so much better because she handled everything, answered all of our questions and planned things with us down to a very detailed time schedule of our wedding day. It was wonderful to work with her and she definitely made things much easier for us!
Everything was fantastic for our wedding this October at Crystal Mountain. Stephanie and Carmen were always readily available during the planning process. It was such a relief to have someone with experience. During the day of the wedding Carmen and Stephanie were extremely helpful and resourceful. Our wedding went extremely smooth without a single hiccup. Friends and family are still saying how convenient and fun the wedding was. The food was fantastic and the convenience of everything was wonderful. If we were to do it over, we would not change a single thing. We both had more fun than what we expected and were able to enjoy the day with our closest friends and family.
Our wedding at Crystal Mountain was exceptional! With the help of Carmen, Taylor, Eugene and Stephanie our event was a dream come true. The event and banquet staff were so helpful and executed a flawless day. Our guests are still raving about how much fun they had and how well they were cared for during our wedding at Crystal Mountain. Regardless of the rain (typical Michigan weather!) the staff created a flawless back up plan that was equally fantastic. I would recommend this venue for anyone looking to host their wedding up north with. Cheers to a beautiful Northern Michigan wedding!
Crystal Mountain was the perfect venue for us to tie the knot! We held the ceremony on the Mountain Top deck and views are to die for! The fall colors and the ski lift were things that our guests really enjoyed! The food was delicious, staff was so friendly, and Stephanie our wedding coordinator made sure the day went as smoothly as possible. We wouldn't have changed a thing!
Crystal Mountain met all our expectations for our daughters wedding. Carmen, Taylor and Gene Houghton along with their service team made it a seamless operation. We had to forgo the Mountain top ceremony because of weather, it made no difference because the indoor space was top notch. It was also in the same building as the reception, Northwest Territories. All the way through to the service people we and our guests encountered at Crystal Mountain friendly, helpful and accommodating. I highly recommend using CM for your wedding.
Our wedding and reception were amazing!! We have gotten so many compliments from our guests. The ceremony was at the top of the mountain and our guests loved taking the chairlifts to the top of the mountain. Though the ceremony was HOT (it was 93 degrees in September!!!) it was beautiful and so us. The food was delicious (we had our reception and rehearsal dinner at the resort). Carmen and Stephanie were both extremely responsive and helpful throughout our experience. Every staff member that we met was so incredibly nice!The only issue we ran into was guests that were not able to stay for two nights having trouble finding lodging at the resort (2 night minimum for most rooms, there were a select number available for one-night stays), however Crystal Mountain was up front about this from the beginning and we were able to direct guests to other local lodging that could accommodate one night stays. I would absolutely recommend Crystal Mountain for your wedding!
Our wedding at Crystal Mountain exceeded our expectations and was a dream come true. The staff, atmosphere, food, drinks, and all amenities were beyond amazing. Dave and I are truly blessed and are still in awe of our wonderful wedding at Crystal. We heard so many times from guests that this was the best wedding they have ever been to.
We had an absolutely spectacular wedding at Crystal Mountain. Stephanie was easy to work with and very helpful. The ceremony venue was breath taking and everything about the weekend was amazing. Our guests all raved about the venue and the wedding. Only complaint is that we had a few hiccups related to lodging but they were minor and it all worked out in the end. I highly recommend Crystal Mountain!
I am extremely happy that we chose Crystal Mountain for our wedding ceremony and reception. We could not have asked for a more spectacular weekend. The ceremony was held at the Mountain Top Deck and the views were breathtaking. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the unique experience of riding the chairlift to the ceremony site. The reception was held in the Northwest Territories at the Crystal Center which allowed our guests to move freely from inside the ballroom to outside on the terrace. In addition, we had a welcome party & campfire and golf outing. All of the staff were very professional and accommodating from the banquet captains to the bartenders to the servers to the recreation department. Working with Carmen, Stephanie and especially Taylor was a dream. They answered all of our questions in a timely manner and were very responsive to our needs and our guests. Thank you Crystal Mountain for giving us such a beautiful wedding weekend!
Crystal Mountain made our wedding an absolute fairy tale and we are so grateful to them and their team! We had our destination wedding at Crystal Mountain in August and it's still all our family and friends can talk about. Stephanie, Carmen, and the rest of the team there is truly the best in the business. My husband and I searched high and low for a venue that would work for us, and I knew Crystal Mountain was it from my first phone call with Carmen. Carmen and Stephanie were both incredibly generous with their time and super responsive. Our guests came from all over the country, 95% were out of state, and we have heard over and over from our family and friends that they plan to go back to Crystal Mountain. The facilities are gorgeous and state of the art. There is something to do for everyone, and the restaurants are terrific. We had a full 4 day wedding weekend there with multiple events (welcome drinks, a golf outing, the wedding and reception, and a farewell brunch) and they knocked it out of the park at every turn. The ceremony site at the Mountain Top was breathtaking - guests LOVED the chairlift and the views - and I can't imagine marrying my husband anywhere else. The reception site at the Pavilion Tent was beautiful and everything went off without a hitch. THANK YOU Crystal Mountain!
I could not have more positive things to say about having our August 2017 wedding at Crystal Mountain! As soon as I first visited the resort over a year ago, I knew it was where we would get married. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and have the picturesque Northern Michigan vibe we were looking for, without being a rustic/country barn. We wanted to have our whole wedding outside - which is completely possible at Crystal Mountain, but they also have the added security of back up indoor spaces, just in case mother nature doesn't cooperate. We were first greeted by Carmen, who was able to answer all our questions and give us a tour of all the possible ceremony and reception sites. She was very friendly and knowledgeable and did a fabulous job following up with me via email after our initial visit. Once we booked, we started working with Stephanie, who is the on-site coordinator - and let me tell you, she is just absolutely Wonderful! I adored working with her. She was always quick to respond to my MANY questions and emails, and helped answer all my questions and calm my nerves along the way. She was able to give her own input and recommendations as well, and never missed a beat helping us plan our dream day. When it came to the big weekend - everyone was very friendly, and made us feel their main goal was to ensure we had the best time and everything went exactly as planned. Even when our own group was running behind for our rehearsal, Stephanie made sure that I wasn't stressed about it, and that it was our day and our weekend, and that everything would run perfectly fine. We had all of our events on property - ceremony rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, welcome party, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, after party, and even brunch the next day. It was a lot of events to plan and keep track of, and Stephanie and the Crystal Mountain staff were on the ball the entire time, and really took a lot of stress off my shoulders. In particular, they allowed us to have our rehearsal dinner at the Thistle Bar & Grill w/ a menu style dinner - which is what we had envisioned and wanted - but had never been done before at Crystal! They really went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our whole weekend! And when it came to our guests, we had compliments POURING in! They loved the resort, the accommodations, the activities, the FOOD!, everything! Everyone had a great time and were raving about how gorgeous the venue was and what a great place it was to get married. A lot of our guests were able to ride the chairlift during our reception too, which was an added surprise for them that they loved! The ONLY downfall I can even think to mention, is an outdoor reception has a curfew of 11pm. I could've danced ALL night and wished we could've gotten just a couple more hours outside. But we were able to hold an after party, so everyone just moved inside and upstairs and kept the party going! This is where we were able to put our late night snacks as well - which, again, people raved about! So really - the 11pm curfew is a bummer, but there are ways around it! :) Like I said, we honestly couldn't have more good things to say about Crystal Mountain, Stephanie, Carmen, and the entire staff. They were absolutely wonderful and I can't imagine holding our wedding anywhere else. It really was the best weekend ever! We already can't wait to come back and visit where we became Mr and Mrs! (just another unspoken added bonus)
Crystal's staff was amazing from start to finish. Our daughter & new son-in-law are both active-duty military, and planning long-distance added another challenge-but we were so impressed with their flexibility and helpfulness throughout the experience! The wedding was everything we all hoped it would be, the venue was beautiful, the food & service was over the top. We made so many beautiful memories.....special thanks to Carmen and Stephanie!
Crystal Mountain and their Staff, especially Stephanie and Carmen went above and beyond what we expected. Both did an outstanding job for us. Our daughter's wedding day was SO Special because of the fine work that they all did. It was THE BEST! Every guest that we spoke to couldn't have been more pleased and complimentary. We would highly recommend Crystal for a wedding venue !!!
We couldn't have chosen a better venue for our destination wedding. Everyone at Crystal Mountain went above and beyond to make sure all of our guests felt welcomed and taken care of. For the reception itself, the entire staff did an amazing job making sure everything was in order and that our wedding would go exactly as planned. I can't thank the Crystal Mountain staff, especially Carmen Kott and Stephanie Gray, enough for making this day a dream come true for my wife and I.
Overall, we had a great experience with our wedding at Crystal Mountain. Service was excellent, facilities and scenery are top notch, and we couldn't have asked for our day to go any better. Of course as I'm sure with any wedding venue, there were added costs/upcharges for many things. However, the staff was very attentive to all of our specific needs.
Exceptional reception and wonderful feedback from those attending. The food, service and weather were all great.
My husband and I spent over a year working with Crystal Mountain to perfect what we invisioned to be our special day. The team at Crystal Mountain was exceptional and we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group to create our day. Not only was the staff great but the food blew our mind! We are still receiving reviews from our guests about that pineapple salmon. Everyone always tells the bride and groom to make sure they eat. Well our plates we polished clean by the time we finished. Our wedding party speeches were a bit lengthy and it pushed our meal service back but you would have never guessed because it was that good. The service was quick and accurate and the waiting staff was so sweet. The bar staff was just ask great! They were quick mixing together our favorite cocktails and they did it with a smile! They were amazing! My husband and I were also very impressed with the Crystal Mountain chair lift rides. It was the perfect touch for our guests to take a step back and truly appreciate the beauty of Northern Michigan. The staff working the lift was very helpful when I went to sit. If you can imagine sitting on a chair lift in a dress it can be a little intimidating but it worked out perfectly with their assistance. We can't say enough about the staff. Towards the end of the evening they sis such an amazing job cleaning up. I never looked around and thought man it's a mess. They were so on top of picking things up and clearing tables. We were very impressed. My husband and I also had the opportunity to stay at Crystal Mountain for our wedding night. The room was beautiful and very clean. We were welcomed with a sweet card and bottle of champagne from the staff that melted our hearts. Overall, we loved our experience with Crystal Mountain. The majority of our wedding was planned with us being hundreds of miles away in midwestern Illinois but the staff at Crystal Mountain made us feel like we were right there in Thompsonville, MI. We are extremely blessed to have had the experience we did. We wouldn't have changed a thing about it!!
The entire staff was extremely helpful and timely. The food was delicious. They met or exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect place for our wedding reception.
The wedding for our daughter and son-in-law, was held at your Crystal Center ballroom on July 8, 2017 for approximately 150 attendees. Prior to that, we met several times with two people, initially with Carmen Kott, the person responsible for rental of the properties used, and then turned over to Stephanie Gray, the person who helped us with the wedding plans. Our wedding was held outside at "The Pond", and it was a perfect day for it. We contracted with Pastor Gene Houghton, who is also the full time Supervisor of setting up the banquet rooms, chairs, tables, etc., so his help was extraordinary, and it was very helpful to have him as the officiant as well as set up supervisor. We were kept informed of all the important stuff initially by Carmen, and then worked even more closely with Stephanie Gray. We really appreciated how knowledgable Stephanie was, and she really jumped in to help coordinate signs for us and was always there before the event and even through the event, just making sure everything was to our expectations. She was a gem to work with! Sharren Williamson was the lady in charge of the wait staff, and finishing of the dining area, and she was just the type of person we enjoy working with, as she was very detail oriented, and it went off perfectly. We had great subcontractors also, Cindy and her husband Ed from Sweet Seats did a terrific job decorating halls, chairs, sidewalls, ceiling of the event center, and quickly answering all our concerns throughout the planning stages. She gave us a great discount which we really appreciated, and was worth every penny. Jenna, from Victoria's Floral in Benzonia, also did a terrific job of arranging all the flowers and accents for the tables, and all the stands and ferns that just made the look perfect, including the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. Everyone mentioned how wonderful they all looked and the assortment of flowers and colors was amazing. Again, the pricing for all her work was acceptable and worth every cent. The cake was made by Jennifer Dontz or Sugar Delights in Manistee, and she is a national award winning cake decorator who we have used for years. The cake was one of a kind and tasted wonderful, again priced very reasonably. This is our second event here, with the first experience for us being 17 years ago for our older daughter. We were very happy to see that the quality of the service to us had not lessened, and in fact had been upgraded. There are so many areas for us to mention, such as the shuttle service provided from the pond to the parking and event centers all night, and the dedicated space your staff marked off in the parking area for our guests, also signs directing them to the parking area and that shuttle service was being provided to them. Also, the cleanup at the end went smoothly, with Sharren again taking charge of her staff and packing up the leftovers for us to take home. The food was also great, everyone complimented us on the hors d'ourves and the meal, including the sundae bar and pizza which were served later in the evening. Sharren's staff also boxed up left over wedding cake and we made it available in boxes to go at the end of the event. Owner of the resort, Jim McGinnis, also mentioned to me that this was one of the nicest weddings he had seen there, and was very impressed with how everything looked and felt. It couldn't have been any better for us.
Crystal Mountain was the best place for our wedding. From the very start they answered all of our questions and helped out in so many ways to make our wedding what we had dreamed. I loved the fact we were able to taste the food before the wedding, it really helped us picking out the meal. The wedding planner on site was also a big help. She was with us through all of the planning and when we had questions or last minute things that came up she was able to help and put my nerves to rest. Crystal Mountain had it all for us. In the end all we had to do was show up and have a good time.
The crazy price & mark ups are the only thing keeping it from a 5 star. Our coordinators Stephanie & Carmen were amazing!
First of all, the resort is gorgeous!!! What is better than a quiet location with fun activities here and there?! I wish we could have spent a week at Crystal before our wedding, we just didn't have the time. The prices are a little higher than a typical venue, but it is really nice to not worry about providing silverware, glasses, China, linens or anything like that. It's all pretty much inclusive and that was a huge weight lifted. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed our wedding and reception very much. We were married at the Michigan Legacy Art Park and our reception was held at the Hudson Bay room and the settings for both....gorgeous. We really cannot recommend it more. They bent over backwards for us and we're so nice. Thank you, Crystal Mountain for making our wedding so memorable!
My wedding at Crystal Mountain was amazing and did not have any major issue the day of. Food was amazing and the staff the day of was very helpful. The only issue we did have was an outlet in the back of the lodge cut one of my guests and ripped a fairly large hole in my dress. However, the planning of my wedding with Crystal Moutain was very difficult. I ended up with four differnt corridators. The first three kept misplacing requests made via phone. I would recommend doing everythign you can via email so you have a record of it for later with Crystal Moutain. I would not listen to the staff when they say the lodge can fit 130 easy for wedding. It can fit 130 but it will have your guest out of view with the head table which i was not a fan of when i saw the floor plans. It ended up working out becuase only 80 peoole came to my wedding. If the full 130 we had planned for came we would have had issue with the room we booked.
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