Fort Mackinac, constructed by the British in 1780 and garrisoned by American troops until 1895, contains some of Michigan’s oldest structures. Located on the bluff overlooking Mackinac Island’s downtown and the Straits of Mackinac, Fort Mackinac provides a stunning and memorable wedding location.
View this two-minute Mackinac wedding video and see the romance for yourself.
The Upper Gun Platform, the Officer’s Wood Quarters front porch, parade ground, and other locations within the fort are available by pre-arrangement for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
Your rental includes exclusive use of Fort Mackinac for up to two consecutive hours for decorating, rehearsal, wedding ceremony, pictures, and clean-up.
A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative is available throughout your reservation. No clergy is provided. You must make arrangements with clergy on your own.
Historic Mission Church, located downtown, serves as the guaranteed weather back-up.
The following dates and times are available for weddings at Fort Mackinac:
May 3 – June 8, 2018 and September 3 – October 7, 2018
Wedding may begin between the hours of 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. Fort Mackinac closes to the public at 4:30 p.m. on these dates. Guests, florists, musicians, decorators etc. will not be allowed entrance until after closing.
June 9 – September 2, 2018
Wedding may begin between the hours of 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fort Mackinac closes to the public at 7:00 p.m. on these dates, thus fort rental fee reflects the cost to rent the site for an exclusive evening event.
Reservations should be made as soon as possible. They are made on a first come/first paid basis. Payment is required with application to hold the date. If you wish to view Fort Mackinac in consideration of your wedding ceremony, please contact us to schedule a visit. These visits can take place between 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Mackinac is also available for your wedding reception. Food and beverage service for your Fort Mackinac reception is handled through the Fort Mackinac Tea Room restaurant, operated by Grand Hotel.
— Special care is taken to preserve the historic structures and we ask that you and your guests also respect the nature of this historic site. There is no smoking anywhere within the fort.
— If floral arrangements are part of your wedding, flowers may arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to ceremony time.
— If you have scheduled musicians they are to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to ceremony time. If you are working with a wedding planner, ensure that they are aware of this time frame.
— It is the responsibility of the wedding party to designate an individual to remove flowers, wedding decorations, and other items immediately following the ceremony. Otherwise the items will be removed and discarded by park staff one hour after the wedding. We are unable to store any items before or after the ceremony.
Fee Includes maximum time of two hours:
Up to 99 guests……………………$1,000
— $300.00 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
— Cancellation received in writing 31 days before the reserved date will ensure: $500 refund for $1,000 weddings $1000 refund for $1,500 weddings $2000 refund for $2,500 weddings
Fort Mackinac Wedding and Reception Application PDF
For more information:
Box 873, Mackinaw City, MI 49701