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Silver Beach Wedding Guide

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Mayo Studios


Guide for Weddings at Silver Beach County Park

GENERAL RULES

  • Music or amplified sound is allowed, however the sound must be contained to the event.  Park Staff reserves the right to turn the volume down or off.
  • Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis.  See information about parking fees below.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Throwing rice, rose petals, glitter or any other “litter” is prohibited and subject to penalties under Berrien County Ordinance #8.
  • Decorations are allowed, but no decorations can be adhered to the pavilion structure in a way that will puncture or damage the structure.
  • “Sky Lanterns” are not allowed at Silver Beach County Park.  It is unlawful for any person to use, ignite, or discharge an unmanned free-floating device.
  • Fireworks are prohibited.

RENTAL FACILITIES

Pavilions and Green Room can be rented/reserved for your event from mid - May through September 30th.  From October 1st through mid-May (the off-season), the pavilions are available to use on a first-come-first-serve basis, but no reservations will be taken.  The Green Room is unavailable during the off-season.

Shadowland Pavilion

Dunes Pavilion

Green Room

Facility Availability Calendar

Picnic tables are available for use for no extra cost when renting the pavilions, if you wish to use them.  Or, Park Staff can remove the picnic tables from under the pavilion before your rental time begins.  The Parks Department does not have chairs available.  Chairs, decorations, and other supplies must be coordinated by the applicant.

Besides providing the requested number of picnic tables (or removing them if no tables are needed), Park Staff does not provide event set-up or take-down services.  All set-up, take-down, decorations, supplies, etc. must be coordinated by the applicant.

Electricity is available at both the Shadowland and Dunes Pavilions.  Sound systems, speakers, cords, etc. are not provided by the Parks Department and must be coordinated by the applicant.

Weddings are allowed “on the sand” at Silver Beach County Park, however space on the sand MAY NOT be reserved.  Chairs, arbors, and decorations MAY NOT be set up in advance of a ceremony on the sand.  Public use of the beach cannot be restricted.  If wedding party members and guests bring chairs for a ceremony, the chairs can be set up immediately before and taken down immediately following the ceremony.  No special permits are required.

PARK ENTRY FEE

There is a parking fee charged for wedding guests who choose to park in the Silver Beach Parking Lot.  Guests who park in the lot who are associated with a pavilion rental are charged $6/vehicle.  This fee is in addition to the facility reservation fee.  The parking entry fee may be paid individually by the guests, or, with prior arrangements, entry fees for each guest associated with your rental can be tallied by Park Staff in the entrance Gatehouse, with the fee paid by the renter at the conclusion of the reservation.  Parking is on a first-come, first-serve basis at Silver Beach County Park.

 

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