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6 unique aspects of destination weddings on Mackinac Island

Are you thinking about getting married? If you have marriage on your mind, you’ve probably imagined a destination wedding.

Getting married away from home continues to be a rising trend, with 25% of nuptials now taking place out of town. Among couples who have been married before, destination weddings are even more common.

If you’re considering a destination wedding, you might be surprised to know that most of them – about 7 out of every 10 – happen in the continental United States rather than in Hawaii or outside the country. And did you know that many destination weddings are held in Michigan on Mackinac Island?

Mackinac Island has been named the No. 1 Best Island in the Continental U.S. and is a popular setting for destination weddings.

A wedding ceremony takes place in a beautiful setting overlooking the Mackinac Bridge on the lawn at Mackinac Island's Inn at Stonecliffe

Here are just a few reasons that Mackinac Island is an extraordinary place to have your wedding:

  • There are few things more romantic than a Mackinac Island carriage ride on your wedding day. There are no automobiles on Mackinac, so it truly feels like you’re living in a fairy tale – especially when a horse-drawn carriage whisks you away after your ceremony, taking you on a leisurely tour of the island full of stunning Great Lakes vistas.

A bride and groom wave to onlookers while enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride on Mackinac Island

  • During your carriage ride, you can stop on Main Street and re-enact the iconic Mackinac kiss!

A bride and groom share a kiss on Mackinac Island's Main Street as a horse-drawn carriage passes by

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A bride and groom exchange vows in a wedding ceremony at Mackinac Island's Inn at Stonecliffe with the Mackinac Bridge in the background

Gorgeous lilacs bloom on Mackinac Island with historic Ste. Anne's Church in the background

  • World-famous Mackinac Island Fudge is among the reasons a little island in northern Michigan has become one of America’s favorite summer destinations, and it’s partly why Expedia has named Mackinac one of the Most Tourist-Friendly Cities in the U.S. When it comes to wedding favors for your guests, what could be better than authentic Mackinac Island Fudge?

A young couple samples delicious Mackinac Island fudge

  • Speaking of guests, they’ll appreciate the wide variety of activities to enjoy on Mackinac Island while attending a destination wedding. In addition to cute downtown shops, unique downtown nightlife, and historic places to stay, Mackinac Island encompasses a state park that once was the country’s second national park. More than 80% of Mackinac Island is public land with opportunities to explore by hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding and so much more. Staying on Mackinac Island is truly a special experience, and one that will make many memorable moments for you and your guests.

Four groomsmen jump on the lawn outside Mackinac Island's stately Inn at Stonecliffe

Check out the Mackinac Island Wedding Guide to see more of what makes Mackinac the perfect place for your destination wedding. And you can relax knowing that local Mackinac Island wedding consultants are available to handle all the details so that you and your guests can enjoy the wedding of your dreams with minimal stress.


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