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Location. Location. Location. It truly plays such a pivotal role in your big day, as so many other elements are affected by it. And choosing your venue is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as your venue sets the tone for your entire event. From the ambiance to the logistics, there is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect venue for you. So, whether you are envisioning a hometown wedding, or a destination wedding, these tips are sure to help you select the best Michigan wedding venue, in an ideal location, for you and your guests!

Local vs. Destination

One of the first big decisions you will make when it comes to location is if you plan on having a local or a destination wedding. There are pros and cons to both, as there are with all things. If you are entertaining the destination idea, we see it works best for those planning a small, more intimate affair. If your guest list is looking long, you might want to opt for a more local wedding, where the majority of your guests can attend! 

When it comes to destination weddings, it doesn’t necessarily have to be out of the country. Destination weddings are trending in the U.S. and have increased in Google searches over the last year by 350%. With Michigan’s great lakes and landscapes, the mitten is a perfect wedding destination spot for the out-of-towner. No matter the location, destination weddings offer guests a nice option of making a vacation out of your wedding weekend. With the allure of new sites and new experiences for them, it is sure to be a hit! However, you will want to consider budgets of your guests if you are planning for a destination wedding, as there are more logistical expenses for them. 

Local weddings are a popular option for obvious reasons. With less hoops to jump through and less money coming out of their pockets, guests enjoy the ease of a wedding close to home. Plus, they still have some freedom in their weekend to spend it how they choose, instead of traveling. 

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Factors to Consider:

There are a number of key considerations to keep in mind when touring and selecting a wedding venue location. Take note of the key factors located below! 

Proximity to Guests

Proximity for guests is a major factor when it comes to selecting a wedding venue. When deciding on your venue, envision your guest list. Are most of your guests from around the area, or will they have to travel far to attend? If they are coming from out of town, how close is the venue to the nearest airport? What about hotels? Proximity of lodging and gas stations might be a concern if you are imagining a barn wedding for your day. If a downtown wedding is more your style, what will parking looking like for your guests? Different concerns may arise, depending on the type of style venue you select. 

Accessibility

If making your guests feel welcome and accommodated at your wedding is important to you, than prioritizing accessibility when deciding on your venue will ensure you have a peace of mind on your big day. Wedding venues that provide ramps, elevators, and accessible restrooms allow guests that might have disabilities, mobility issues, or even children, to navigate the venue and the celebration comfortably. Outside of the main ceremony and reception space, ensure there are photo spots around your venue that are accessible to all members partaking in photos too!

Surroundings

Speaking of photos… what are some of the options for photo spots around the venue? Does it match the aesthetic you are hoping for your wedding portraits? The surroundings of your wedding venue will play a significant role in setting the ambiance for your special day, so be sure to choose a space that aligns with your overall desired theme or vision. Additionally, what kind of versatility does the venue offer? What are the options on the property for various aspects of the wedding day, such as cocktail areas, ceremony and reception spaces. Another thing to consider is the type of businesses located in the surrounding, or nearest town. Places that offer opportunities for exploration and entertainment can not only enhance the guest experience, but also offer convenience to you on your big day. Think morning coffee run!

About our Venue

The Collins off Main is an elevated, downtown boutique wedding venue located in the heart of Chelsea, Michigan–a cozy town that evokes the ambiance of a Hallmark movie setting. Located less than 2 miles from the highway and hotels, and 20 minutes from the buzzing big city of Ann Arbor, Michigan, our venue sits in a prime location for wedding couples and their guests. As a fully ADA compliant indoor and outdoor venue, we aim to give you that garden-style feel with a downtown address. Between our venue design and our quiet, picturesque city, there are a number of photo-spots ready to provide you with an insta-worthy backdrop. If you’re still in the market for a Michigan wedding venue, be sure to check us out! We would love to showcase your love story. 

To wrap it up, location plays a huge role in how your big day goes down—it sets the vibe and can truly make or break the experience. So, when you’re touring venues, remember to consider the above factors and don’t be shy about asking questions. This day is all about you, so make sure it’s everything you’ve ever wanted!

Sending wedding wishes your way!

callie 🫶

Vendor Team:

March 20, 2024

The Importance of Location: Finding the Best Michigan Wedding Venue for Your Big Day

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