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Best Places to Elope in Saugatuck



While weddings can be such beautiful events to celebrate the union of two people, they’re not for everyone. An elopement can be equally as magical and offers couples a more intimate way to commit their lives to each other.

For couples who want to avoid the cost, pressure, and anxiety over having a traditional wedding, an elopement grants the freedom to make their most romantic dreams about their wedding day come true in a more intimate experience. Here are a few venues in Saugatuck/Douglas that make an ideal and unique backdrop for a celebration of love:

Schooner Serenity Tall Ship

Charter a private cruise on the Schooner Serenity for an unforgettable sailing experience and elopement on the scenic waters of Lake Michigan. The captain and crew are included with every charter and, while catering is not provided, they can recommend local vendors that offer excellent options. A private experience on this authentic tall ship can include up to 28 people for your special event, and alcohol is permitted.


Retro Boat House

For a one-of-a-kind backdrop, plan your elopement at Retro Boat Rentals. Get married on the dock and have your pictures taken aboard Ruby, a vintage 1959 Bell Boy Banchee boat, before you enjoy a jaunt down the Kalamazoo River. Their Old Boat House features a large waterfront patio that’s perfect for enjoying cocktails afterward to celebrate.

The Chapel at New Richmond 

Nestled in the romantic evergreen woods along the Kalamazoo River among the orchards of Fennville, this historic Michigan chapel is the perfect venue for intimate and inspired weddings. Built in 1889, this once humble small-town chapel has been transformed into a storybook setting to celebrate that next chapter in your life. 


Wade’s Bayou Memorial Park

Nestled on the shores of the Kalamazoo River in the heart of Douglas is Wade's Bayou.  More commonly known as the perfect fishing or kayak launch spot, this tiny park is also a beautiful location to watch the sunrise or to elope. Featuring a pier, grassy spaces along the water, and a lovely, small gazebo, this area makes a perfect setting for an outdoor elopement. Contact the City of Douglas for reservation information.

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