Scenic Places to Elope in Michigan

By Published On: June 7, 2024

Celebrating your love and commitment to your partner doesn’t have to mean a large, expensive wedding ceremony. With an elopement, you can eliminate all the complications that come with larger ceremonies and simplify the moment so you and your partner can focus on what really matters: each other. If you’re considering an elopement, look for a location that inspires you and is as beautiful as your love. No matter the season in which you’d like to celebrate or how adventurous you and your partner are, one of these ten Scenic Places to Elope in Michigan will be perfect for you.


This waterfront town in Southwest Michigan is full of charm and offers multiple fun locations for an elopement. For a more traditional ceremony, The Chapel at New Richmond is a 130-year-old church with the perfect atmosphere for you and your partner. Alternatively, you could also rent a retro boat or tall schooner and cruise along the Kalamazoo River or Lake Michigan on your special day. 

Photo sourced from Sailing Saugatuck.

Belle Isle Park

Located in the Detroit River, just offshore from the City of Detroit, Belle Isle Park is a small island featuring the Detroit skyline in the background. You can elope in the park, or rent one of the on-site facilities, like the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. Check out the Michigan DNR website for Belle Isle to learn about any required permits or special fees. 

Photo sourced from Belle Isle Park.

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is located in Dexter and is situated on a 27-acre farm with plenty of scenic vistas for your elopement. Their facilities were originally built in 1834 and are filled with charm and elegance for your special day. While they are equipped for a full wedding, they also welcome elopements or weddings of any size.

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Photo sourced from Zingerman’s Cornman Farms.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

One of the most classic locations for an elopement in Michigan is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, along which are dozens of picture-perfect locations for your special moment. The sandy shores of Lake Michigan are a popular spot for weddings and elopements, so make sure to follow the National Park Service regulations and guidelines for weddings at Sleeping Bear, obtain the necessary permits, and adhere to their list of allowed locations. 

Photo sourced from NPS.

The Chapel in the Woods at Hartwick Pines State Park

A log cabin tucked away in the woods of Hartwick Pines State Park, near Grayling, offers a secluded and intimate spot for an elopement. The chapel is located along a 1.25-mile paved trail within 49 acres of old-growth forest — adding a little adventure to your ceremony. Follow all the reservation guidelines and prepare for a magical day. 

Photo sourced from the Grayling Visitors Bureau.

Beaver Island

For those not afraid of a little extra effort, Beaver Island is the perfect spot for an elopement. Located in Lake Michigan, 30 miles offshore of Charlevoix, Beaver Island offers a picturesque location for an elopement, beautiful dark skies for star viewing, and can also quickly transition to a honeymoon getaway for two. Reach out to their Chamber of Commerce for event guidance and check out the local lodging options to extend your stay. 

Pictured Rocks

Along Michigan’s most northern coast is the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with miles of breathtaking cliffs and dramatic shoreline. Ideal for the more adventurous couple, the National Park Service allows weddings and elopements at Sand Point Beach and Miners Beach, but you’ll need to obtain a special use permit. Celebrate afterward with a hike along the cliffs!

Photo sourced from NPS.

Mackinac Island 

With dozens of beautiful locations to host your elopement, Mackinac Island is the perfect spot to celebrate. Take advantage of the multiple local officiants and dozens of wedding vendors for whatever services you might need. You can also extend your stay to celebrate at any of the local hotels, inns, or resorts. Our favorite locations include the Mackinac Island State Park, Marquette Park, Mission Point, near Biddle Point on the southwestern side, or any of a dozen other beautiful spots. See more from Paola & Christian’s Mackinac Island Elopement.


Marquette is the perfect town for an elopement — not only does it offer small-town charm with city amenities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but its proximity to some of the most scenic views in Michigan make it special. We recommend the Black Rocks in Presque Isle State Park, or even Sugarloaf Mountain for those not afraid of a hike. See more from Ashley & Abe’s Marquette Elopement.

Porcupine Mountains

In the far western Upper Peninsula, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers some of the most rugged and remote places for an elopement. From beautiful waterfalls and the Lake of the Clouds overlook, to the Lake Superior Shoreline or serene forest clearings, there is no shortage of perfect spots. The Michigan DNR requires you to get a permit before marrying here, so make sure to read up on the guidelines.

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