Sonshine Barn Wedding & Event Center

Gaylord, MI

Capacity: 251-300 | WEBSITE | PHONE

About this Vendor

Check out our virtual reality tour on our website!

We provide a destination venue for those desiring an elegant wedding in the country. Our 100-year-old barn is renovated with modern amenities including a private bridal suite, flat screen t.v.s, and a wireless sound system. Our professionally landscaped grounds provide a beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding. Guests can stay at our 4,000-square-foot farmhouse that sleeps 24, and the groom can get ready in our Clubhouse. We provide a complimentary wedding planner, weekend availability from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, tables, chairs, and spacious, lighted parking. Contact us today to schedule a tour, check availability, and learn more about Sonshine Barn Wedding and Event Center. Also, check out our virtual reality tour on our website at!

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Liability Insurance

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity



Backyard, Farm + Ranch, Barn

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment

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Contact Info

2838 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, MI (989) 705-8777

Reviewed on 10/16/2017

We hosted my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding are Sonshine in June and it could not have been more wonderful. Our wedding coordinator, Sarah, went above and beyond to make sure their day was perfect. We spent the weekend in the farmhouse, hosted the rehearsal dinner on the... Read More deck/putting green, and the wedding party got ready right on site. The bridal suite is incredible and perfect for the bride and her maids to hang out before the ceremony. The groom and his groomsmen spent the morning in the clubhouse playing pool and lounging. It was an incredible experience. I only wish the barn would have been open for my own wedding five years ago!

Reviewed on 10/19/2017 Angela S

One of the most organized all inclusive venues I’ve seen. Wedding planners were extremely helpful and available for all our needs. The venue was immaculate and well designed to meet all wedding styles. Our needs and wants were met with every request and everyone had a great... Read More time. No stress.

2017-10-19T21:21:02 Response from the vendor

Thank you! We are so happy you had a great time at our venue!

Reviewed on 6/16/2017 George and Carey M

It has been a few weeks since our daughter’s wedding June 3, 2017 and we would not change a thing about Maggie and Nick’s special day here. We were very lucky to have had Sara & Tim Freeman and Lori reach out to help after our original venue canceled seven days before their... Read More wedding. Sara, Tim and Lori made it seamless, as if this had been planned all along. The beauty of the venue and its surrounding countryside was relaxing as well as fun for the wedding party and family. Not only was the wedding here but the kids chose to have the rehearsal dinner at the grooms cottage. BJ’s Restaurant catered both events and the food was outstanding. Because Sara and Tim were so warm and inviting to our family and guests, it made a group of 150 people feel like they were at home. The pictures do not convey how incredible the barn truly is. The first thing you notice is the expanse of gleaming original flooring. There are beautiful guest bathrooms, a balcony with additional seating, huge dance floor, large deck, a bridal suite with salon chairs, bathroom, and mini kitchen. The grooms cottage was the perfect place for the guys to hang out complete with a basketball court, pool table, putting green, kitchen and showers. The weather cooperated and we had church pews set up on the lawn for the ceremony. The Freemans and their staff were incredible; we know they made it look much easier than it was given they only had a couple of days to work with our wedding. We have received so many compliments from people who loved the location and setting with many saying it was their favorite wedding ever. It was a pleasure and a blessing to have our daughter’s wedding at this venue. They were truly wonderful to our family and guests. We could not have asked for more. Kindest Regards, Carey and George McDougall

2017-06-22T20:02:22 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for your kind words. We were so happy our venue was available for your daughter's wedding and that we were able to help out!

Reviewed on 11/07/2017 Jamie S

We could not have asked for a better wedding experience. From the first tour to the day after the wedding....amazing!

Reviewed on 10/24/2017 Chelsea M

Sonshine Barn was the perfect venue for us to host our October wedding! Our coordinator, Jill, was incredible and helped us for months before the wedding and the day of. I didn't have to worry about a thing! I would highly recommend!

Reviewed on 10/20/2017 Allyson B

We looked at four different venues before this one, and for the price, it was the best value out there. The wedding planner that comes with the package, was absolutely amazing! There were things I wasn't even thinking about that she helped me with. This venue is gorgeous and... Read More definitely captured the beautiful northern Michigan wedding we were aiming for. They were there for us every step of the way and made our special day run smoothly.

Reviewed on 10/15/2017

I recently attended a wedding at Sonshine Barn. This venue is stunning, the barn, the Farmhouse and the landscaping is breathtaking. And you get the venue from Friday to Sunday.

Reviewed on 9/28/2017 Chloe W

It truly is THE most beautiful wedding venue! The wedding planning we were assigned (comes along with the venue!) helped our big day run perfectly. The farmhouse is a perfect location to have your rehearsal dinner, and it slept our whole wedding party and more!! Some of our... Read More wedding guests are still talking about how beautiful our wedding day was, all thanks to Sonshine Barn!

2017-09-30T05:56:08 Response from the vendor

Thank you for the glowing review! It's our aim to see our couples experience their dream wedding, and that's why we provide wedding planners. Glad the planners were so helpful! (We appreciate the service they provide for all our couples!) And we're always thrilled to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/28/2017 Rebecca F

The Sonshine Barn is an incredible venue! Words can not even describe how much we enjoyed our wedding and the days leading up to it. It was awesome to be able to decorate the barn before the wedding and have the luxurious Farmhouse to relax in and visit with family. On our day... Read More everything went so flawlessly! A special thanks to Amber and Toree! They were so kind and on top of every little detail and had a smile on their faces the entire time! The fields and trees surrounding the barn make for the most magical pictures! The barn is the perfect size and set up for a beautiful wedding! So much love and thought was clearly put into every little detail of this venue and when you are here you can really feel it! Our day was absolutely perfect! Truly an amazing to start to our life together! We will forever treasure our memories we made at Sonshine Barn!!

2017-09-30T06:07:00 Response from the vendor

Thank you for your five-star review! Our goal is to see our couples experience their dream wedding and have things not only run smoothly, but enjoy the process as well. And that's why we provide the venue by noon on Friday so you can decorate... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/24/2017 Lauren R

We could not have asked for a better place to host our special day! Sonshine Barn staff, especially Veronica, worked so hard to make sure everything looked beautiful and ran smoothly. We were very thankful for the beautiful farmhouse that accommodated out-of-town family and... Read More friends- you just don't find that anywhere else! Not only did we have a perfect wedding day, we were able to enjoy a whole weekend celebrating and spending time with good friends and family in a relaxing environment.

2017-09-26T15:18:36 Response from the vendor

Thank you so much for the 5-star review and kind feedback. We're always thrilled when our couples have the ideal wedding with us! That's our aim. Our party planners work hard to make your dream wedding a reality and glad Veronica helped with this! She's... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/27/2017 Mary S

Our wedding was a blast! Sonshine barn is so beautiful and has so many great facilities to make your wedding weekend lots of fun. You don't even need much decorations since the barn alone is so beautiful. The farm house is beautifully done, and all the kids loved hanging out in... Read More the club house playing basketball. The girls at the barn are easy going and very nice and ready to help. They also have rentals which make it easy if you don't have something you need the day of. We were so pleased with all of it! We would recommend it to anyone! Sommer, one of the managers daughter and owner's granddaughter, came to the salon bridal suite in the barn and did all of our hair, which looked great! Just another nice perk about the venue. They try to make it as easy as possible on you. Would choose them again in a heart beat.

2017-07-28T13:39:33 Response from the vendor

Thank you for your great review! We love what we do and try to make every wedding memorable for our brides.

Reviewed on 6/20/2017 Sherrie S

Sonshine Barn Wedding and Event Center made our daughter's wedding everything she could have wanted and more. From the moment we initiated our meetings with Veronica, our wedding planner, to the moment we left the venue the day after the ceremony and reception we could not have... Read More asked for a more seamless and stress-free celebration. The barn lends itself to either a rustic, true barn-like event or a more elegant affair, as our daughter decided to have. The ability to rent an array of decorative items and have them at your immediate disposal makes for such an easy day of before the ceremony preparations. The recently renovated farmhouse, beyond being incredibly beautiful, is the perfect place for family and friends to stay for the weekend and be literally steps away from the wedding site. It is also an excellent site for the rehearsal dinner as the gourmet kitchen would allow you to create your own dinner or you may cater the meal from local restaurants. The relationship between the venue coordinators and the local caterers provides the bride and groom with little to no concern about the food and drink for the reception. They handle everything without a hiccup. The amenities, including the beautiful (and air-conditioned) bridal suite is the perfect oasis for the bridal party to prepare for the big event in true comfort. And the gentlemen's quarters are just as perfect for their needs. The grounds of the venue are the perfect backdrop for not only an outdoor ceremony, but also an indoor, if that is the choice of the couple. And the vistas for the after the ceremony photos could not be any better. I cannot imagine another venue in Northern Michigan that could provide the bride and groom, their family and friends with anything better. We truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to celebrate our daughter and son-in-law's joyous wedding at Sonshine Barn and Event Center.

2017-06-20T14:11:18 Response from the vendor

We truly enjoyed getting to be a part of your daughter's wedding and couldn't be happier for the bride and groom!

Reviewed on 10/24/2016 Jaclyn E

My husband and I got married here on September 3, 2016 and it couldn't have gone better!!!! It was beautiful there and everybody was so helpful! I would definitely recommend this venue to anybody who is looking!

2017-09-26T15:19:37 Response from the vendor

We're glad that your wedding was just as you wanted! Thanks for the glowing review!