Learn more about wedding photography
Have you daydreamed about a snowy Michigan winter wedding with dinner near a cozy fireplace, followed by a warm weather honeymoon? Or maybe you’ve thought about getting your wedding photos outside with a glistening snowy scene as you invite your friends into a warm, lush greenhouse that brings everyone cheerful thoughts during the colder months.
Whatever your inspiration, you’re going to need the perfect Michigan winter wedding venue to fit your winter wedding needs, so let’s talk about a mix of different winter venues across a few different categories:
- Barn or Lodge Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
- Greenhouse Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
- Loft Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
- Classic Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
Let’s jump in.
Michigan Barn and Lodge Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
Brick Walker Tavern and Rustic Barn in Brooklyn, Michigan
Vibe: Relaxed, Vintage, Eclectic
If you have vintage or eclectic tastes, and you want to plan together a unique and cozy winter wedding, check out Brick Walker Tavern in Brooklyn, Michigan. There are two buildings—the brick building is like an inn that has rooms for your closest friends and family and a big room upstairs for your ceremony (although I’ll note that the upstairs room isn’t accessible, so keep this in mind if you have guests who require accessibility). And after the ceremony, your guests will down a short path to the heated two-story barn for the reception.
Brick Walker Tavern Wedding Photo Credits:
- Faythe Emmons, Your Big Day Weddings & Events
- Cake: Tavolina Catering & Events
- Some photos were taken by my second photographer, Caitlin
Fox Hills Classic in Plymouth, Michigan
Vibe: “Up North Cabin,” Cozy
Although Chelsea and Jason’s February wedding day was 70+ degrees, Fox Hills Classic kept the cozy winter lodge feel alive with its fireplace, wood and stone.
Fox Hills Wedding Photo Credits:
- Flowers: Lily’s Flowers of Saline
- Cake: Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor
Black Barn Vineyard in Rives Junction, Michigan
Vibe: Modern Barn
I had the honor of being a part of a summer wedding at Black Barn Vineyard in Rives Junction before the barn was completed, but now that it’s done, it’s a gorgeous setting for a winter wedding. I’d love to see a classic black and white wedding with gold accents to play up the black barn and white snow.
Michigan Greenhouse Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
Michigan State Horticulture Gardens in East Lansing, Michigan
Vibe: Bright, Fun, Relaxed Elegance, Blank Canvas
The MSU Horticulture Gardens in East Lansing have a heated wide open greenhouse that’s perfect for a late fall or winter wedding. Guests sit at their tables as you walk down the aisle, which is becoming more and more common as a way to simplify the wedding day and avoid a setup change.
MSU Horticulture Gardens Wedding Photo Credits:
- Photos by Allie & Co. Associate photographer, Rachael
Plantera Conservatory in West Bloomfield, Michigan
Vibe: Bright, Sophisticated, Lush
Plantera Conservatory is on my dream list. This greenhouse wedding venue in West Bloomfield is absolutely filled with gorgeous green spaces to brighten up any winter wedding.
These holiday wedding floral ideas from Emily at All Grand Events would bring in the perfect combination of winter reds and lighter blushes to blend in with the backdrop of Plantera.
Michigan Loft Michigan Winter Wedding Venue
Ford Piquette Plant
Vibe: Bright, Open, Great for the History Buff
The Ford Piquette Plant has a rich history in Detroit—it’s lined with vintage Ford automobiles, it’s the birthplace of the Model T, and it’s now a US National Historic Landmark. Your ceremony and reception can be set up on different floors for an easy flow for guests, and the bright loft provides the perfect backdrop for indoor photos.
Ford Piquette Plant Wedding Photo Credits:
- Wedding Planner: Nicola Wilson, Simply Brilliant Events
- Flowers: Ruby Slipper Design, Sandra Bostwick
- Cake: Cake Ambtion, Jessica Bouren
Classic Michigan Winter Wedding Venues
Detroit Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan
Vibe: Classic, Timeless, Grand, Dark
The Detroit Masonic Temple is a huge classic building with endless photo opportunities, regardless of the weather outside. Invite your friends and family to come in and forget about the cold as they take in the amazing details around every corner of the Masonic Temple.
Detroit Masonic Temple Wedding Photo Credits:
- Some photos were taken by my second photographer, Derek
- Cake: Love & Buttercream
- Flowers: Soo Fabulous
- Dress: The Wedding Shoppe
The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan
Vibe: Bright, Classic, Grand, Easy on Guests
The Inn at St. John’s has everything under one roof—a gorgeous chapel, a variety of reception rooms and a full hotel.
The Inn at St. John’s Wedding Photo Credits:
- Cecelia Ash, Orchid Events
- Flowers: Silk Thumb Florist
- Cake: Cakes by Stephanie
The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan
Vibe: Classic, Dark, Great for the History Buff
The massive Henry Ford Museum has a mix of classic indoor areas for photos, or you can pop outside for winter photos against the classic brick museum exterior.
The Henry Ford Museum Wedding Photo Credits:
- Flowers: Petit Fleur Events, Corrina Kulhanek
The MSU Alumni Chapel and Kellogg Center in East Lansing, Michigan
Vibe: Classic, Simple, Blank Canvas, Easy on Guests
The Kellogg Center itself is basically a blank slate—its rooms can be styled any way you want. But what makes the Kellogg Center special is its proximity to the rest of MSU, which has the charming Alumni Chapel, along with gorgeous backdrops for wedding photos (both inside and outside).
The Kellogg Center has the added bonus of being a full hotel, so your guests can simply take the elevator upstairs at the end of the night instead of traveling home in the snow.
The Kellogg Center Wedding Photo Credits:
- Flowers: Petal & Forrest
- Chairs: Chair Happy