Fort Mackinac can be summed up in a single word: iconic. Fort Mackinac is an authentic Revolutionary War-era fort, built by the British, and has been standing guard over Mackinac Island for nearly 240 years. Located on the bluff overlooking Mackinac Island’s downtown and the Straits of Mackinac, Fort Mackinac provides a stunning and memorable wedding location.
Weddings may be scheduled at Fort Mackinac from early May through October. All wedding reservations include a 2-hour time block for decorating, ceremony, pictures, and clean-up. Rehearsals can also be scheduled the day before.
Wedding may be scheduled from early May through October. May, September, and October wedding ceremonies can be scheduled to begin between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. In June, July and August weddings must start between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. Weddings are only allowed to start after Fort Mackinac closes to the public, allowing exclusive use of the fort.
The benches lining the parade ground within Fort Mackinac will be used for seating. Additional chairs (up to 200) are $2.00 each. The Upper Gun Platform, the Officer’s Wood Quarters front porch, and other locations within the fort are available by pre-arrangement for wedding ceremonies.
A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the ceremony. In the case of inclement weather, Mission Church will be the designated weather back-up.
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. If you wish to learn more, please call the Group Travel and Special Event Coordinator at (231) 436-4100.
— Mackinac State Historic Parks has no resident or affiliated clergyman. Couples married at any Mackinac State Historic Parks wedding venue must select a clergyman or public official to perform the ceremony.
— If floral arrangements or musicians are part of your wedding ceremony, they may arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to ceremony time.
— All decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Candles are prohibited within any building, except for a (1) unity candle.
— No fake, fabric or paper flower petals may be tossed outside. Only real flower petals will be permitted. No rice, birdseed or similar material may be scattered inside buildings or outside.
— It is the responsibility of the wedding party to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the ceremony. Otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by park staff one hour after. We are unable to store any items before or after the scheduled date.
— Electricity is available in the fort, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.
— The restrooms inside Fort Mackinac will remain open for your guests. There is no dressing room or staging area inside the fort. The Avenue of Flags entrance, on the north side of the fort off Huron Road, will be your designated entrance and exit. The South Sally Ramp will be closed.
$1,500 (Friday-Saturday) $1,000 (Sunday-Thursday)
— $500 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
— Cancellation received in writing 61 days or more prior to reserved date – $1,000 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $500 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.
— Cancellation received in writing 60-31 days prior to reserved dates – $500 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $250 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.
— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.
Fort Mackinac Wedding and Reception Application PDF
If you wish to view Fort Mackinac, please call to schedule a visit. The fort is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first come, first served basis.
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701