Fort Holmes is located on the highest point of Mackinac Island, deep within the interior of the island. The reconstructed fort opened in 2015, based off the original 1817 plans. Fort Holmes offers unmatched views of Mackinac Island and the surrounding area, and is a beautifully unique setting for your wedding ceremony.
Fort Holmes is available for weddings after the site closes for the day at 4:00 p.m. from early May through October. The rental period is for up to two consecutive hours for decorating, rehearsal, wedding ceremony, pictures, and clean-up. Rehearsals can also be scheduled the day before.
Up to 50 white wedding chairs are provided for the ceremony an hour before the scheduled start time. A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the ceremony. Historic Mission Church is also reserved for you as a guaranteed weather backup.
If you wish to view Fort Holmes in consideration of your wedding ceremony, please call to schedule a visit. Fort Holmes is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment.
— There is no staging area, dressing rooms or restrooms at Fort Holmes. There is, however, a latrine at the site.
— If floral arrangements are part of your wedding decor, flowers may arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to ceremony time. If you have scheduled musicians they are to arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to ceremony time. If you are working with a wedding planner, be sure 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.
$650 (Friday-Saturday) and $500 (Sunday-Thursday) for a maximum time of two hours.
— $200.00 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
— $450.00 (Friday-Saturday) or $300 (Sunday-Thursday) is refundable if cancellation is received in writing 61 days or more prior to reserved date.
— $300.00 (Friday-Saturday) or $100 (Sunday-Thursday) is refundable if cancellation is received in writing 31-60 days prior to reserved date.
— No portion is refundable if cancellation is made 30 days or less prior to the reserved date.
Fort Holmes Wedding Application PDF
For more information:
Box 873, Mackinaw City, MI 49701