Wedding FAQ’s

What is the backup plan for bad weather?

Our standard backup for inclement weather is your reception space. An inclement weather plan can be prearranged with your Sales Coordinator.

Do you have a room for the bride/groom to get ready in?

Most of our couples get ready in one of our lodging spaces that they have rented for two nights. We do have bridal suites held in room blocks for the majority of our venues!

Can I have my pet at my wedding?

We do allow dogs to be a part of your ceremony and for brief pictures at the ceremony site (when notified in advance), but they are not allowed to remain on the property. Please make appropriate lodging/kenneling arrangements for your furry family members.

Where can I take photos on my wedding day?

You can take photos at any time in the space you have reserved for your special day. If you would like to take photos in another space, then "Open Photo Time" is from 12pm-2pm. *NOTE: the BoatHouse Villa lawn/lake patio is not open for photos.

Do you allow flame candles?

Yes! However, flames of any sort must be contained in a holder that is taller than the flame itself.

Do you allow sparklers/fireworks?

No sparklers, fireworks or floating sky lanterns are allowed at any time on our property.

Can I store my dessert/food in your refrigerator?

Unfortunately, we do not have space in refrigerator/freezers for any outside food. We recommend that you have your baker deliver closer to your ceremony start time.

Should I hire a wedding planner?

We provide a day of coordinator on your special day! They will run everything from ceremony rehearsal to day-of setup and execution of your ceremony and dinner.

Will the staff set up all my decorations or do I have to do that on my own?

While our day of coordinator does oversee the setup of your space you will need to designate someone from your party to setup your decorations. Our staff will setup all tables, chairs, linens, and place settings.

Do you have decorations we can use?

We provide complimentary table numbers and Mr. & Mrs. Signs. Depending on which space you reserve we do have a standard centerpiece that you can use if you wish.

Can I use confetti/lavender for my ceremony?

No, we do not allow anything that cannot be easily picked up by hand. We recommend bubbles or real flower petals!

Can I use flower petals for my ceremony?

Yes! If they will be used outdoors we request that they are real rather than silk as there is a chance they can blow away.

Can I bring in my favorite drink/alcohol/food?

All food and beverage must be purchased from Bay Pointe. If there is something that you would like to have we are happy to special order it for you!

Is there a gratuity included in my total cost?

A 21% service charge will be applied to all food and beverage costs. This is in lieu of gratuity and will be included with your wedding bill.

When can I check in to my hotel room?

Check-in is 4pm to all lodging rooms, we cannot offer early check-in. We recommend that guests book the night before if they are planning to get ready onsite.

Shopping/Last Minute Needs

We are a nice ‘small town’ area so, there is not much shopping in the immediate area. We do have a grocery store, dollar store and gas station within a short drive. Be sure to make a checklist for all items you may need before you head away to avoid spending celebration time driving to a store. 

Late Night Entertainment

All events end at 12am at Bay Pointe Woods and 11pm at the Lakefront/Inn. If you would like to keep the party going you may want to head out to the Gun Lake Casino (only 10 miles away) for gaming, live bands and food/drink. You may contact them to arrange shuttle service for large groups. There are also local pubs/grills located around the area.

Airports/Public Transportation

We are located 35-45 minutes away from airports in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. There is not a public transportation system out here on Gun Lake, so appropriate plans or bookings should be made well in advance for both arrival and departure of our property. Some guests have been able to use Lyft when pre-arranged.