The outstanding scenic beauty of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides a beautiful natural setting for weddings. The sweeping vistas and Lake Michigan beaches provide wonderful backdrops for small, intimate weddings. Accommodating weddings that are compatible with the Lakeshore’s enabling legislation requires careful planning to protect park resources and limit intrusions on recreational visitors.
Guidelines for holding a wedding in the park (pdf file).
Weddings may be scheduled up to one year in advance and not less than 21 days prior to your ceremony. Applicants must complete the Application for Special Use Permit Form. Include your telephone number, address, e-mail address, number of people, date, time, and exact location from the wedding location list below.
All application and permit fees are nonrefundable and are required to recover the costs to administer permits. The nonrefundable application and permit fees paid by check or money order will be made payable to: “National Park Service.”
Applications and fees should be mailed to:
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Telephone inquires: (231) 326-4700
A nonrefundable $50.00 application fee must be included with your application. After favorable review of your application, a Special Use Permit will be prepared and mailed to you for signature. At that time, a nonrefundable permit fee of $100.00 must be remitted with your signed permit. An additional charge of $50.00 per hour will be incurred for a National Park Service event monitor for those outdoor activities of 50 people or more.
Entrance fees into the park are not waived for either wedding participants or guests since recreational benefit is derived. Applicants can contact the Visitor Center to purchase Park Passes in advance.
See the attached Weddings Application form (pdf file) for a list of areas in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where weddings may be held. If the proposed areas and parameters conform to this list, standard fees will apply.
However, if an area not listed here is proposed and/or the proposed group size exceeds the maximum group size listed here, additional fees of $50.00 per employee hour to manage and monitor the permit will be required.
Did You Know?
The lighthouse on South Manitou Island (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore) was commissioned in 1872 and served Lake Michigan Shipping for over 100 years. You can take a tour of the lighthouse and climb its 117 step circular stairway to a great view of the Manitou Passage. More...