5 reasons Mackinac Island is Michigan’s wedding capital

When was the last time you were at a wedding where the dessert table featured authentic Mackinac Island fudge? Or where the wedding party went for a cruise under the Mackinac Bridge?

There were more than 2 million weddings in the United States last year – more than 6,000 every single day – and so many of them looked just like all the others. But weddings on Mackinac Island stand apart as memorable, one-of-a-kind experiences for the bride and groom and all their guests.

Where else can you parade down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage and be the center of attention for everybody in town?

A wedding on Mackinac Island truly is the stuff of fairy tales. Here’s why:

A bride and groom enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through town after getting married on Mackinac Island

The ‘Just Married’ Carriage Ride on Mackinac Island

Couples feel like royalty on a horse-drawn wedding carriage ride between the ceremony and reception, when they can slow down and enjoy the moment along Mackinac Island’s peaceful roads.


A bride and groom ride a tandem bicycle past Mackinac Island's Harbour View Inn, with cans clinking on the street behind the back tire

Mackinac Island Bride and Groom on a Bicycle Built For Two

Because Mackinac Island is car free, there are many romantic alternatives for getting around including a Mackinac Island tandem bicycle.


A bride and groom share an iconic Mackinac Island wedding kiss in the middle of Main Street as horse-drawn carriages go past
Yeoman Photography and Jessica Frey

The Iconic Downtown Mackinac Island Kiss

Where else can you stand in the middle of Main Street amid horse carriage and bicycle traffic and re-create the iconic downtown Mackinac Island kiss?


A beautiful table setting for a Mackinac Island wedding under a covered pavilion

World-Famous Mackinac Island Fudge Wedding Favors

Custom wedding favors and desserts with authentic Mackinac Island fudge give a distinctive flavor to your wedding.


A Mackinac Island cruise boat passes by the Mackinac Bridge at sunset

Wedding Cruise Off Mackinac Island

You can have a bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or even the wedding ceremony on a sunset cruise off Mackinac Island, saying your “I do’s” as you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge for an incredibly beautiful scene.

Infographic showing wedding resources and services available on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island is home to more than 60 wedding vendors including fudge shops and florists, DJs and musicians, photographers and videographers, wedding consultants and more. And, of course, Mackinac Island is full of gorgeous and historic churches, amazing outdoor ceremony and reception venues with spectacular scenery, pampering spas and salons and luxurious honeymoon suites.

Whether you want a big wedding, small wedding, second wedding or reaffirmation of your wedding vows, Mackinac Island is your wedding capital. Check out the Mackinac Island Wedding Guide to start planning your special occasion.


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