Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
Stonegate Manor is located in the beautiful countryside of Benton Harbor, Michigan. We’re less than 10 minutes from downtown St. Joseph, 25 minutes from South Haven and 90 minutes from Chicago.

How many guests can you accommodate?
The Riverside Room can accommodate up to 160 guests – more guests can be accommodated with the “Best of the Manor Dream Wedding” package which provides an outdoor tent and dance floor on the lawn outside the Riverside Room.

Is the entire estate included in the rental?
All packages include access to the extensive grounds and use of the Wedding Cottage, Ceremony sites and Riverside Room.  The “Total Manor Wedding” and the “Best of the Manor Dream Wedding” packages also include use of the historic Manor House from noon – 8pm.

When do we have access to the property?
The property is rented from noon until midnight. All decorations must be removed by midnight when the property is vacated.

Where is the wedding ceremony held?
While there are many areas on the property you may exchange your vows, we have three very special sites: The classic Pergola on the lawn, the wooded Fairy Garden and the Bridge to Forever.  The Bridge, leading to a mossy, winding brick path, takes you to the beautiful Pergola. The Fairy Garden is nestled in the woods and is bordered by hundreds of hostas and ferns.  Our newest addition is the Bridge to Forever, a quaint white bridge spanning the Well-Wishing Pond.

Are you handicap-accessible?
Yes! The Riverside Room and all three ceremony sites are fully handicap accessible, including the bathrooms.  We have conveniently located handicap parking.

Do I have to pay for tables and chairs?
Tables and chairs for up to 160 are included in the price. The “Best of the Manor Dream Wedding” packages includes tables and chairs for up to 190 people.

Where does the couple get ready?
We have two options for that! The use of the air-conditioned and renovated 19th Century Wedding Cottage is included in all packages.  An additional space, the Manor House, is included in the “Total Manor Wedding” and the Best of the Manor Dream Wedding” packages.  Who gets ready where is completely up to you!!

What about rehearsals?
If you are getting married on-site, you may have a one hour rehearsal either the morning of the day before or the Thursday before your scheduled event.

What about engagement pictures?
Included in all packages is access to the grounds for a one-hour engagement photo shoot. Scheduling of this will be done with our venue manager.

Do we have to use certain vendors?
We have only one exclusive vendor relationship. Bar service must be provided by Beverage Specialists. Aside from that, CK Catering and Classic Catering are our preferred caterers but your choice of licensed caterers can be accommodated with prior approval. We maintain a list of vendors who we have carefully vetted as providing excellent product and service. We are happy to provide you with that list upon booking. However, our list is not exhaustive and there are many other excellent vendors in the area from whom you may choose. Self-catering is allowed in the Manor House only; not in the Riverside Room. The cost of catering and beverage service is not included in your rental contract.

Is there a special area for the caterers to prepare?
Yes. We have a designated caterer’s area with a private entrance, refrigerator and sink.

Are children allowed?
Stonegate Manor is located on 27 wooded acres and all sorts of temptations exist for children. We love kids and enjoy seeing them be part of the festivities but we do require all children less than 16 year of age be closely supervised by an adult at all times. Diaper changing areas are available in both the male and female restrooms.

Are there any limitations on decorations inside the Riverside Room?
We do not allow items to be glued, nailed, tacked or stapled to our facility. We have installed heavy duty decorative hooks along the walls to accommodate anything which you’d like to hang on the walls. All decorations must be entirely removed at the end of your event. We do not allow throwing of rice, glitter, artificial flower petals, etc. outside. Candles must be entirely enclosed. No fireworks or sky lanterns are allowed on the property. Balloons must be tethered, both inside and outside.  Sparklers are allowed for a 15 minute “send off” period.

Your property is beautiful but what about bugs?
We are happy to report that Stonegate Manor is regularly (and professionally) sprayed for mosquitoes so your guests will be comfortable enjoying all your outdoor activities!

Can I see Stonegate Manor in person?
Yes, of course! We’d be delighted to give you a tour. Please contact us to schedule a time.

How do I secure a date?
A signed contract and 50% rental deposit (non-refundable) are required to secure your event date. Payments may be made by cash, check or credit card. Final payment is due 120 days prior to your event.