Choosing a Wedding Venue

At HORIZONS, we love to talk about all things WEDDING! We know choosing your wedding venue can be stressful and overwhelming, with so many options and factors to consider … outdoor and barn settings, destination venues, and various event centers and other indoor venues … but whatever you choose, HORIZONS can help create the setting of your dreams, with the services and amenities that make for a perfect and memorable day for you and your guests.

Outdoor Venues

The most popular trend in wedding venues for some time now has been outdoor weddings. The best thing about an outdoor wedding is that you can let your creativity flourish and bring your wildest ideas to life. Perhaps this includes driving down the aisle in a sports car, being flown in by helicopter or galloping in on a horse.

HORIZONS can help bring your outdoor wedding vision to life and craft your special day to be as unique as you. 

Photo by MeliaBelle Photography

Now, a reality check. Outdoor weddings do have some drawbacks. The weather can dampen your experience, especially in Michigan, where it can be hot, rainy, windy, humid, cold, snowy … sometimes all in the same week. Muddy, rocky, sandy, uneven surfaces make it difficult for guests with mobility challenges. And then there’s the delicate matter of availability and access to certain “facilities.”

This level of uncertainty and potential discomfort for you and your guests is not ideal for a dream wedding or any event, for that matter. But if you are still set on the botanical garden, corn field, beach, barn or other setting of your dreams, HORIZONS can help with every detail. Along with professional event planning, we can take care of everything from setup to cleanup. And your HORIZONS wedding planner will handle every tiny detail, including creating a back-up plan in the event Mother Nature gives you her worst on your special day. Pro tip: Having a tent lined up is always a good idea — and HORIZONS can help with that, too!

Photo by MeliaBelle Photography

Destination Venues

When you think of destination weddings, you might imagine a warm, sunny beach in Hawaii … a vineyard in Tuscany or even a swanky resort in northern Michigan. This venue type definitely offers a one-of-a-kind experience and destination weddings can be anywhere in the world, which is exciting. You’ll be happy to know that HORIZONS can provide wedding planning expertise even from a distance. All of your dreams about having your wedding in a unique place can come true.

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One of the biggest obstacles impacting destination weddings is guest travel — both the expense and the logistics. If you decide to tie the knot at a faraway place but would like to plan a post-wedding celebratory brunch or reception for those unable to attend, we can help. Both HORIZONS and the Temple Theatre are lovely options and we would love to assist in creating a celebration all of your guests can enjoy.

Weddings at HORIZONS

Photo by Shelley Vinson Photography

Of course, our favorite venue is HORIZONS. Our 40,000 square-foot event center has multiple ballrooms and flexible event areas that can transform into your dream wedding setting. The Temple Theatre also offers a one-of-a-kind experience in a classic, historic setting. Think of it as a destination venue that takes you and your guests back in time, with every modern convenience and comfort.

Whichever venue you choose, our team is here to help … including weighing all the options, the costs, and the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision. And while you may be looking to us as a reception venue, don’t forget that you can choose to have both the ceremony and reception at HORIZONS — our facility is that spacious and versatile (and your coordinator will happily share many examples with you from 25 years of weddings and events). Our in-house experts can streamline all of the items on your to-do list … from the planning checklist itself, to  creating stunning flower arrangements and a memorable and mouth-watering menu that fits within your budget. We’ve amassed an incredible inventory of table and chair treatments, lighting, special effects and décor to create an experience that reflects your unique tastes.

Photo by Shelley Vinson Photography


One of the best parts about HORIZONS is that we provide all setup and cleanup on your day. This takes the stress off you and leaves you with the time and peace of mind to celebrate with your guests.


So, now you have it. Outdoor venues allow your creativity to flourish. Destination weddings can be exciting. And weddings with HORIZONS — whether at one of our indoor venues or wherever you choose — can be personalized to reflect your tastes and provide all the amenities you and your guests need for a beautiful, memorable day from beginning to end. Whatever you decide, HORIZONS is here to help you!