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Waterfront Weddings in Traverse City

There is nothing quite like a waterfront view as the sun sets on a warm summer evening. After sharing an intimate day with the love of your life exploring local wineries, quaint towns, and enjoying a romantic dinner, what could be more special? 

Traverse City is known for its beautiful freshwater beaches, amazing local dining experiences, dozens of vineyards and wineries, a celebrated National Lakeshore, and lush green forests. For the perfect destination wedding, Traverse City will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. Experience an unforgettable waterfront ceremony at Grand Traverse Bay and begin a new chapter with the love of your life. Here are just a few of our recommendations when visiting the region:

Afternoon in Leland

Wedged on a small sliver of land between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau is the beautiful Leelanau Peninsula and the picturesque little village of Leland. Known for its shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums all within walking distance of one another, Leland is the perfect place to spend a charming and romantic day with your partner. 

Along the Leland River that connects the two lakes is Leland’s Historic Fishtown – one of the last working fishing districts on the Great Lakes brimming with shops and must try local bites. 

A Romantic Walk on the Beach

Go on a romantic walk with your special someone at the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore and experience one of the most beautiful places in the nation. The stunning scenery of deep blue waters, golden dunes, and emerald green forest is the perfect setting for an afternoon picnic full of rich conversation. 

Head to the beaches along the lake and listen to the calm, serene waves, where you can admire the sunset views with your loved one. Platte River Point, Esch Road Beach, and Glen Haven Beach are some of the best options for couples.

Elope in the Vineyards

Visit the Old Mission Peninsula and uncork a bottle of wine for a special occasion. With around 40 different wineries and vineyards throughout the region, you and your significant other can plan a wine tasting itinerary or see where the vines lead you. A few of our favorite vineyards are:

Mari Vineyards

The Mari Vineyards first began official production in 2006 and has since grown to offer an unprecedented selection of world class wines. The vineyards take pride in their exquisite red and white wines made from experimental Italian grapes paired with their traditional appellation varieties. With a breathtaking view and plenty of wines to taste, Mari Vineyards is the place to fall in love.

Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery 

This family-owned vineyard and winery is located in an 1890s homestead overlooking the Grand Traverse Bay. Be sure to venture to their secret garden, located past the vineyards in the valley below. Its lavender garden is set to bloom during the summer months of July and August. 

Chateau Chantal Winery & Tasting Room 

Take a tour of underground wine aging caves and, once above ground, enjoy stunning views of Lake Michigan. The winery produces local Michigan varietals, such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and others.

Left Foot Charley 

Located in Traverse City, in what used to be the Northern Michigan Asylum, Left Foot Charley offers visitors a uniquely urban wine experience. The winery serves Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and an array of other white and red wines, as well as hard cider from Northern Michigan’s finest vineyards.

Traverse City Weddings

Lakeshore Terrace & West Lawn at Delamar Traverse City

Whether you envision a wedding location that is traditional or trend-setting, festive or formal, intimate or grand scale, in a well-appointed ballroom or amidst a panoramic view of the bay, our dedicated and attentive team will work with you to create your perfect wedding day.

Through 2022, our Intimate Wedding Package will set the stage for your magical bayside ceremony as we take care of every last detail. Experience a breathtaking location with our carefully crafted local fare and curated partnerships for a Wedding Package made just for you. Imagine your ceremony at our event spaces, elevated by fine dining and luxury amenities: 


The largest and most opulent of our event spaces, the Leelanau Ballroom features abundant natural light with a neutral pallet, a perfect setting for your reception offering 3,339 sq. ft. to accommodate 162 people for a seated dinner with a dance floor.


Dayclub offers 940 sq ft and is the ideal setting for a cocktail reception, offering spectacular views of West Grand Traverse Bay and direct access to the Outdoor Lakeshore Terrace.


Our outdoor Lakeshore Terrace & Lawn is the perfect setting for your outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception with panoramic views of Grand Traverse Bay, Power Island, Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas.

Book your summer wedding at Delamar Traverse City for a one-of-a-kind waterfront ceremony, and begin your next chapter with the one you love. Get in touch with one of our wedding specialists to begin planning your wedding.

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