The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Step on the deck of the Michigan Princess in Lansing, Michigan and step back in time for a wedding steeped in Victorian merriment. Docked on the Grand River, the Michigan Princess riverboat is also an ideal setting for a nautical-themed wedding. Guests enjoy spectacular views of Michigan's longest river as the vessel gently cruises into the sunset. Photo opportunities abound, from the steps of the hand-carved oak staircase to the wood-framed outer decks and the captain's wheel. The vessel has space for 250 guests for both a ceremony and reception or 300 guests for a reception only.
What You Should Know
The Michigan Princess handles all catering and bar service on board, including the cake. Rental fees vary by season and include tables, chairs, linens, glasses, flatware and china. The staff also assists with setup and cleanup. Bar service includes a cash or open bar with specialty beers, premium liquor and a champagne toast. There is also a chocolate fountain available. In addition, the boat also has room for either a DJ or a live band and a dance floor.
Couples choose between the standard menu or traditional captain's menu, both offered on a buffet or station setup or as a served dinner. The menus include a full Thanksgiving-style turkey dinner with sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce as well as meals featuring barbecue ribs, pork tenderloin, baked ham, baked or stuffed chicken, chicken or beef kabobs, prime rib and beef tips. All meals have accompanying sides like baked beans, red beans and rice, mashed potatoes and gravy and assorted salads and vegetables. There is also a selection of global cuisine, including Cajun, Italian, Mexican and Indian menus. Couples who prefer a served meal choose between bacon-wrapped filet, stuffed chicken, pork loin, prime rib or Bourse chicken along with a choice of potato and vegetable, bread and salad. Chefs also prepare vegetarian options and accommodate food allergies for guests.
The staff at The Michigan Princess assists with each step of the planning process, which is especially useful for couples who have little to no experience planning an event on a riverboat. The staff has a reputation for making guests comfortable on board. This riverboat is wheelchair accessible and fully air-conditioned and heated.
From the Vendor
Totally unique wedding location on the river!
The Michigan Princess is a totally unique wedding location. We strive to offer the most memorable experience possible. We have a full kitchen on-board and can provide several meal options. The Michigan Princess Riverboat holds about 250 for dinner and ceremony or 300 for reception only.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Bar + Drinks, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff
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Meet The Owner
I'm the captain of the Michigan Princess. My family started with the potter park canoe rental back in 1976 and have grown our business into what it is today. We have 3 different boats we operate today(Detroit Princess, Michigan Princess and, Grand Princess). I have grown up working on them over the years and I am now the captain of the Michigan Princess. I hope to see you on-board!