Greetings, lovely couples and soon-to-be-wed duos! As a seasoned Michigan wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing countless love stories against some of the most breathtaking backdrops the Great Lakes State has to offer. Today, I’m here to share with you a hidden gem that will elevate your wedding to new heights – a dreamy Airbnb on the West Coast of Michigan! So, grab a cup of coffee and let me paint a picture of the enchanting possibilities that await you.
**Before booking your dream Airbnb, there are essential steps to take to ensure a seamless experience. First and foremost, confirm with the host that they are willing to accommodate a wedding on their property. Some Airbnb hosts may have specific policies or restrictions regarding events. It’s best to communicate openly to avoid any surprises.**To assist you in your search, I’ve personally curated six wonderful Airbnb options on my website, each with its own unique charm and appeal. Take your time to explore these listings and envision your perfect day unfolding in each setting.
Might as well start of with the most luxurious and comprehensice Airbnb on the list. Shockingly, this comes with the highest price tag.
With an abundance of beach front property and windows this Airbnb is guarenteed to allow for amazing photo opportunities!
From the owner:
“The most amazing location and views on the beach in Saugatuck MI about 10 minutes into 3 downtowns: Douglas, Saugatuck and Holland. With large spacious rooms, sunrises and sunsets, a huge beach, a 1000 or so acre state park about 8 doors north of the home located at the pier head of Saugatuck in gated North Shore development. Private chef available upon request and her availability. 60′ fantail motor yacht available separately (if boat is still in water) and captain is available.”
From the most expensive, to the least, but this house still meets all of your needs in Stevensville. With plenty of parking and beachfront, your dream Michigan wedding is very achievable.
From the owner:
“The Chalets on the Lake is a unique community, right on Lake Michigan with all the amenities for a perfect Michigan Summer: heated swimming pools (Memorial-Labor Day), a kiddie pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball, a private beach and more!
This chalet has a view of the lake, perfect for sunsets and walks to the beach. A private home with a queen bed, full bed, 2 sets of bunk beds, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, Roku TV’s, high speed internet, AND a miniature foosball table.
Cozy indoor space with open living space on the main floor: Bathroom, kitchen and dining space, living room with couch, loveseat, small foosball table and a Roku TV.
Upstairs has 2 bedrooms with a queen/full bed and a set of bunk beds in each. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan. One of the bedrooms has a mounted Roku TV.”
With plenty of lawn space, this Airbnb is the most accomodating of larger groups. Be sure to reach out to the owner to see what they are willing to work with!
From the owner:
“Tucked on a secluded drive in the trees on the shores of Lake Michigan, you will love the private setting of this home. 155′ of private bluff offers unparallel views of Lake Michigan. Relax with a beverage as you take in the colors of the daily evening sunset with the crashing of the waves as your background playlist.
Sit on the deck; take in the sights & sounds of Lake Michigan, gather around the fire at night & listen to the waves crash as you count the stars . Lake Michigan sunsets result from “scattering”; No two sunsets are ever the same! The views and experiences will exceed your expectations!!
Completely Renovated add to the comfort and charm of this four bedroom, two bathroom home. All new floors, paint, lighting, bathroom, walls, furniture and decor. The main floor shower offers a 53 in. 10-Jet Shower Panel System with Rainfall Waterfall Shower Head and Hand shower. Three bedrooms offer impressive direct views of the lake! The fourth bedroom has matching twin beds so bring your kids, bring your friends and make memories you will never forget at our little piece of paradise!!
Xfinity high speed internet available throughout the house! The backyard is big & provides delight for kids of all ages! Ample room for all outdoor summer activities! There is central a/c, but highlight having the windows open to hear the sound of the waves and feel the lake breeze. Binoculars are provided to view the freighters at night/bald eagle, foxes & other wildlife that live in the area. Split Firewood is stacked to the left of the firepit, Books are on the bookshelves, board games are provided & an extra propane tank is next to the grill. Please reach out if there is anything else we should add!!!
Bring your bikes! The house is off of a highway bike path and connects to downtown St Joseph. Bring your hiking boots! Sarett Nature Center is a short distance and offers over 1,000 acres and 8 miles of trails. There is no entrance fee to hike on the trails. Bring your walking shoes or golf clubs! Harbor Shores a Jack Nicholas Signature Golf Course and home to the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship is just down the street, holes #7-9 have walking trails and a picnic pavilion near Jean Klock Park.
Bring your boat! There is ample parking along the scenic drive & there are several public boat launches including Paw Paw Lake in Coloma or Benton Harbor/St Joe for Lake Michigan. Also, there is a new Kayak launch in Riverside. Finally, consider a charter fishing excursion, Bob’s Barn, Jolly Orchards, Golf outing, Carousel ride, Museum trip, or a Winery tour during your stay!
Something to be aware of:
A true private oasis! The house offers private frontage on Lake Michigan in a secluded location surrounded by nature down a scenic drive from main road. The house is on a high bluff; offering unparallel panoramic views of the lake. There is NO BEACH/STAIR ACCESS directly at the house. However, there are numerous public beaches including Rocky Gap, Hagar Park, Tiscornia Park, Silver Beach and Jean Klock are all just a short distance away (4-15 min) & offer ample sandy beaches, play ground equipment & grill areas!”
My favorite option on this list! With expansive grounds, a private bluff on Lake Michigan, and a designer decorated home this Airbnb feels more like a resort than a home in Michigan!
From the owner:
“Lakeside Manor is an expansive home on an 11 acre bluff above beautiful Lake Michigan. Out of this world views from the house and backyard. Brand new stairs and decks leading you down to your private beach completion by May 2023.
Home has been Remodeled and Designer Decorated. Experience the good life. A vacation home you’ll never want to leave or a magical location for a small event that will leave everyone speechless.
6,800 square foot home on 11 private acres right on Lake Michigan. Every room is designer decorated. The most amazing sunsets while sitting inside or out back enjoying a drink, meal, or bonfire. Just relax and take in the peace and beauty.”
From the owner:
“Perfect house for your family Christmas gathering this December!! Forget your worries in this spacious and serene space. Sleeps up to 12 people. Enjoy your own private beach and sand dune on 3.5 acres! House is 4,400 sq. ft. providing plenty of space for you and your family and friends.
Beautiful views on the large deck overlooking Lake Michigan. Take the steps down to enjoy your own private beach and dune!
Only .5 miles from Muskegon State Park and Muskegon Winter Park Complex.
Our home has plenty of parking and there’s a big sand dune between our home and Lake Michigan. The path to our beach is at the end of our 3.5 acres of wooded yard. A campground-like setting. The beach is at the bottom of our large staircase. Inside the house is spacious and cozy.”
The West Coast of Michigan is blessed with nature’s wonders, from sandy shores to lush greenery. Imagine exchanging your vows on a pristine beach with the sun dipping below the horizon, casting a warm glow on you and your beloved. These picturesque surroundings will make your wedding a truly unforgettable experience, and your wedding album will be filled with moments of pure magic.
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With five carefully selected Airbnb options for your consideration, you have the freedom to choose a venue that resonates with your style and personality. These handpicked Airbnbs offer a diverse range of options to suit your vision. Personalize your wedding space to make it an extension of your love story!
One of the greatest benefits of opting for an Airbnb wedding is the intimacy it offers. Instead of navigating through a bustling hotel or resort, you can celebrate with your closest friends and family in a private and cozy setting. Sharing your special day with those who truly matter will foster a warm and inviting atmosphere, making everyone feel cherished and valued.
Why limit your celebration to just a few hours? By renting an Airbnb, you can extend your wedding festivities over a weekend or longer. Spend quality time with your guests, host pre-wedding parties, or have a relaxing post-wedding brunch while cherishing every moment without feeling rushed. It’s an opportunity to create lasting memories and relish the love that surrounds you.
As a wedding photographer, I can’t emphasize enough how crucial the right setting is for your wedding photos. The West Coast of Michigan provides an abundance of photo opportunities, from romantic beach shots to enchanting forest backdrops. These settings will add depth and beauty to your pictures, turning them into timeless mementos you’ll cherish for a lifetime. See more beach photos here!
Remember, a West Coast Michigan Airbnb wedding promises not only an extraordinary backdrop but also an unforgettable experience for you and your loved ones. Your love deserves to be celebrated in a place that mirrors its beauty, and I’m here to capture every precious moment along the way.
So, are you ready to embark on this remarkable journey? Let’s turn your dream wedding into a breathtaking reality on the mesmerizing West Coast of Michigan!