Do you, a friend, or a family member have an upcoming wedding? Wondering where to have the perfect, classic-style affair in Alpena? Look no further! We’ve done the research to bring you this impressive list of reception venues that is sure to fit any brides budget, style, and/or guest capacity!
Alpena Events Complex (Aplex)– 701 Woodward Ave., Alpena, MI 49707. Three different ballrooms and two different conference rooms are available at the Aplex for your wedding capacity needs. Interlude Ballroom- 650 people, Chateau Ballroom- 400 people, Merlot Ballroom- 250 people, Huron Conference Room- 150 people, or Hubbard Conference Room- 50 people. Amenities include: kitchen and bar space for your caterer’s needs, DJ and dancing space, restrooms, and plenty of parking space for your guests. Call (989) 354-6164 to reserve your space.
Alpena County Fairgrounds– 625 S. 11th Ave., Alpena, MI 49707. Located on the scenic Thunder Bay River, the Alpena County Fairgrounds Merchant building offers great space for a wedding reception. Along with 37 acres of campsites, fishing, and biking, there is a kitchen, covered stage, and grandstand available if needed. Call (989) 356-1847 for reservations and capacity questions.
Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Club– 6850 French Rd., Alpena, MI 49707. Just a few minutes north of Alpena, the Alpena Antique Tractor & Steam Engine Club showgrounds offers 35 acres of private country woodland and open field for your wedding event. A rustic barn with a stage, an indoor pavilion food hall, along with the rolling fields, tall trees and campsites provide a blissful and effortless location for your ceremony and wedding reception needs. The setting for the annual Thunder Bay Folk Festival, this venue provides feelings of peace and harmony for all. Call (989) 358-0380 to reserve.
Art in the Loft– 109 N. 2nd Ave. Suite 300, Alpena, MI 49707. Transform this unique art gallery into the wedding reception of your dreams! Located on the 3rd floor of the Center Building in downtown Alpena, Art in the Loft can hold up to 150 people for a seated reception and up to 200 people for a strolling reception. Amenities include kitchen use, tables and chairs, PA system, bar area, and restrooms. Call (989) 356-4877 for complete information and reservations.
Churchill Pointe Inn– 5700 Bennett Rd., Hubbard Lake, MI 49747. Historic Churchill Pointe is the venue of choice for a beautiful Hubbard Lake backdrop, fine-dining cuisine, and lodging all in one! An experienced wedding coordinator will work with you to design a personalized menu and accommodations to suit you and your wedding party/closest friends and family. Call Churchill Pointe at (989) 727-2020 today to reserve your rooms and/or wedding space.
Fireside Inn– 18730 Fireside Hwy., Presque Isle, MI 49777. Founded in 1908, this relaxing bed and breakfast resort is located on beautiful Grand Lake in Presque Isle. Ideal for a unique and intimate wedding celebration, all of your guests can stay for the night at one of the 19 quaint cabins, or in private rooms at the Inn. For the reception dinner choose from the smaller dining room area, or set up a tent outside near the lake for more space. Wrap up the special day with your family and friends by enjoying a bonfire under the stars on the shores of Grand Lake. Call (989) 595-6369 for reservations.
Fletcher Street Depot– 124 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707. This newly remodeled, full-service wedding venue can hold up to 350 guests and offers all of the decorating and florals in-house. (One less thing for you to worry about on your big day!). Fletcher Street Depot also offers a catering service for your convenience as well as ample outdoor space along the river, restrooms, DJ/dancing area, and bar area. You can contact Fletcher Street Depot at (989) 341-4451.
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center– 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707. Host your reception on the Heritage Center’s rooftop for a first class view of the Thunder Bay River. If you would rather be under shelter, arrange a cocktail party style reception right inside of the maritime museum, or place a tent behind the center along the river. The life-sized recreation of a historic Great Lakes schooner inside the center makes for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. You can utilize the indoor theater for special slideshows of the bride and groom. Take advantage of the Lady Michigan glass bottom boat to give your guests something truly unique to remember. Call (989) 356-8805 for reservation information.
Hemlock Hills– 13796 Leer Rd., Posen, MI 49776. Create everlasting memories at the historic Elowsky Grist Mill and Hemlock Hills on Mill Pond. This newly renovated property offers elegant, rustic ambiance with modern amenities. Hold your ceremony on the banks of the Thunder Bay River with the mill as your backdrop, and your reception in the majestic wood planked barn adorned with wagon wheel chandeliers. Hemlock Hills provides beautiful photo opportunities with the river winding through the property, rolling fields, and the historic Grist Mill standing tall.
You will also find a spacious indoor pavilion with a serving kitchen, dining area, bar and bathrooms, all constructed in barn wood. Invite your guests to stay the night at Hemlock Hills, with sleeping accommodations for 60 people. Enjoy the large fire pit and wooden porch swings tucked in along the river, listen to the river run, inhale the fresh country air, and gaze into the starry night. Call (989) 341-4777 to reserve your spot.
Northern Shore Lodge– 18705 Glacier Trail, Hillman, MI 49746. Northern Shore Lodge is nestled peacefully between two beautiful lakes, Long Lake and Ess Lake. The crystal clear waters surround the groomed grounds of this English style mansion. Hold your ceremony on the lake shore, and your reception under a tent on the other side of the mansion. With nine guest rooms, five bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area with large open deck, indoor hot tub, parlor, and spacious entertainment room with natural fireplaces, your guests are sure to enjoy a relaxing weekend celebrating your marriage. Call (248) 349-2718 to reserve.
Ramada Inn– Three different size reception spaces are available to accommodate your wedding party needs. The Huron Room seats 48, the Superior Room seats 60, and the Michigan Room seats 90. Need more space than that? No worries! All three rooms can be opened to create the Great Lakes Room to seat 200 people at oval tables. Amenities include Sneakers bar and/or a portable bar inside your banquet room, PA systems, dance floor, DJ area, table linen & skirting, microphones, and catering options. All while being conveniently located inside a full-service hotel for all of your out of town guests! Call (989) 356-2151 to book your reception.
St. Anne Parish Hall– 817 Sable St., Alpena, MI 49707. Conveniently located off 9th Avenue in Alpena, St. Anne Parish Hall is a beautiful venue to hold your Big Day reception. The Parish center can hold 375 occupants, or be sectioned off into 3 smaller reception areas to hold 125 occupants. Amenities include A.V. system, dishes and utensils, a full kitchen, and a security guard. Call (989) 354-3019 for more details.
Thunder Bay Resort– 27800 M-32 Hillman, MI 49746. This elk preserve is set in the unparalleled beauty of the Northeast Michigan woodlands. The dedicated staff at Thunder Bay Resort help make your dream come alive on your special day. Have the fairy tale wedding you’ve always wanted, complete with a horse drawn carriage and elk grazing in the background. Thunder Bay Resort strives to ensure your table settings are sparkling with china, crystal and silver. Graceful yet rustic, the charming antiques and trophy mounts keep the feelings of serenity and reverence in the forefront on your special day. Call 1-800-729-9375 for more details and reservation information.
And don’t forget about these classic-style, traditional venues in the Alpena area as well! Call the numbers listed for more information–
American Legion Hall Post #65 District 19– (989) 356-3357
Knights of Columbus Hall- (989) 356-0777
McRae Park- (989) 354-1720
Sportsmen’s Club- (989) 354-2582