Our Most Common FAQs

For Our Michigan Wedding Venue

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If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens is located near Lake Michigan along Michigan’s beautiful Sunset Coast. In the heart of Michigan wine country, boasting dozens of microbreweries and wineries, Southwest Michigan’s coastline has become one of the Midwest’s most popular destination wedding locations. Less than 10 minutes from downtown St. Joseph, 25 minutes from South Haven and 90 minutes from Chicago, Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens combines convenience and beauty. Make sure to book early, especially if you have a specific date in mind!

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If you have any questions about our location or want to schedule a tour, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

We can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Riverside Room can accommodate 17 tables of 8. The tent seats 20 tables and the Indoor/Outdoor option allows for 30 tables of 8 guests each.

You can also check out our packages here to look at the inclusions, pricing, and guest count options.

If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Absolutely! To schedule a visit, please email [email protected] or fill out a contact form – we’d love to show you around!

Except for the specific hours of Elopement/Micro- and Petite weddings, the property is rented from 12 noon until 12 midnight. All decorations must be removed by midnight when the property is vacated. Additional set-up/tear-down time can often be accommodated at an additional charge.

If you have other questions about our hours and access, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

While there are many areas on the property you may exchange your vows, we have two very special sites: The classic Pergola on the Lawn and the wooded Fairy Garden. A mossy, winding brick path leads you to the beautiful Pergola. The Fairy Garden is nestled in the woods and is bordered by dozens of hostas and ferns. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will work with you to find the perfect backup solution.

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If you have other questions about our ceremony sites, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

We celebrate all love – the LGBTQ community is no exception! The wedding professionals on our Vendor List have been carefully vetted and share our mindset.

If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

We do have two preferred caterers – CK Catering and Classic Catering. However, any licensed caterer may be used with prior approval of the venue. It is essential they know what our resources are and we know they will treat our property with respect. Self-catering is allowed in the Manor House but not in the Riverside Room. The cost of the catering service is not included in your rental contract.

If you have other questions about catering or vendors, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

We maintain a list of vendors who, in our experience, provide 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. All vendors must have a vendor agreement on file prior to working at Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens.

If you have other questions about vendors, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

No, these are included in your package! We include:

✓ Tables, chairs, & cocktail tables

✓ Access to the Estate from 12 pm – 12 am

✓ Covered patio & string lights on the porch

✓ 8’ custom indoor bar & 4’ vintage outdoor bar

✓ Caterer prep room with private entrance & refrigerator

✓ Large, elegant restrooms – handicap access

✓ Parking lot – handicap access

✓ Janitorial services

✓ Selfie Frame & Ring Light

✓ Free use of boutique décor items

✓ Up to 4 high/low cocktail tables

✓ Two ornate antique buffet tables

✓ One large vintage table for gifts

Want to learn more about our inclusions or come to take a tour? Fill out our contact form here or call (269) 930-0617.

We have two options for that! The use of the air-conditioned and renovated 19th century Wedding Cottage is included with the ceremony. An additional space, the Manor House, is available for “Day Of” rental. It has 3 dressing rooms and 1½ baths. Who gets ready where is entirely up to you!

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If you have any questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

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.

If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens 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 in a safe manner. We require all children less than 16 years of age be closely supervised by an adult at all times. Diaper changing areas are available in both the male and female restrooms.

If you have other questions about our kids’ policy, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Yes! We welcome pets of all varieties on the property so long as they keep their humans on a leash, in a cage (amphibians), or in a bowl (fish)! And, their human ensures any “accidents” will be cleaned up. Out of respect for future guests with allergies, we do not allow pets inside any of the buildings.

If you have other questions about our pet policy, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

The Stonegate Boutique is a large eclectic collection of items…signs, vases, votives, chalkboards, milk glass items, doilies, mirrors, Victorian birdcage, old crates, and much more. These are all free for you to borrow and make for amazing photography.

If you have questions about items in the Stonegate Boutique, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

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 the throwing of rice, glitter, artificial flower petals, etc. outside. Candles must be entirely enclosed – votives are fine. 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. Children must be assisted by an adult if using sparklers.

If you have other questions about decor inside of the Riverside Room, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Yes! The Riverside Room and two ceremony sites are fully handicap accessible, including the bathrooms. We have conveniently located handicap parking. The Manor House and the Wedding Cottage were built in the 1800s and, unfortunately, are not entirely handicap-accessible.

If you have other questions about our handicap accessibility, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Included in all packages is access to the grounds for a one-hour engagement photoshoot. Scheduling of this will be done with our venue manager.

If you have questions about our engagement photography session included in your package, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Yes. We have a designated caterer’s area with a private entrance, refrigerator and sink.

If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

We are happy to report that Stonegate Manor & Gardens & Gardens is regularly (and professionally) sprayed for mosquitoes so your guests will be comfortable enjoying all your outdoor activities!

If you have other questions or want to see the property in person, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

Yes, we do require a $1,000,000 event and host liquor liability insurance prior to your wedding. The price is usually less than $175 and provides valuable protection and peace of mind. We have sources we can refer you to.

If you have other questions about wedding insurance, feel free to fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

A signed contract and 50% rental down-payment (non-refundable) are required to secure your event date. Payments may be made by cash, check, or credit card. The final payment is due 120 days prior to your event. Ready to book? Please email [email protected] and we will be happy to help.

pricing & packages
packages from 2-250 guests available

Whether it’s just the two of you or up to 250 guests, our Estate can accommodate your wedding ceremony and reception. Click on the buttons below to open our packages and get detailed information including pricing.  If you have other questions regarding packages, head over to our FAQ, fill out our contact form or call (269) 930-0617.

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the fairy garden

The Fairy Garden is tucked away in a forest clearing, surrounded by towering trees and lush foliage. Complete with a vintage white arbor, this is a great choice for couples looking for a whimsical, magical wooded wedding ceremony location.

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the pergola

The Pergola is a intimate, classic and elegant ceremony location, featuring a beautiful antique stone path and oversized white pergola, and located in the shadow of the Manor House. This is a great spot for couples who want a garden and outdoor feel for their wedding.

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the riverside room

With seating for up to 160, the air-conditioned Riverside Room is the perfect spot for your wedding reception or event. Tastefully painted in understated grey and white, the room features stunning crystal chandeliers, a display of beautiful vintage china, gold antique mirrors, and several chalkboards to list your menu and bar choices. For larger crowds or for couples who want to combine the air-conditioned comfort of indoors with the freedom of the outdoors, enjoy both with the option of a tent with an outdoor dance floor! Vintage buffets and bars provide Victorian elegance, while our newly renovated handicap-accessible restrooms, air conditioning, and heat keep guests comfortable in any weather.

Three beautiful French doors open onto the oversized covered patio, which runs the length of the building. This is the perfect space for cocktails and comes complete with a vintage bar. The expansive lawn offers lots of opportunities for fun, games, appetizers… you name it!

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the manor house

An example of vintage elegance, the Manor House is a great place for your family to relax prior to the big event and is truly a photographer’s dream! The chandeliers, the elaborate rustic woodwork, the antique furnishings, the ornate stained glass windows, and the intricate tin ceiling… everywhere you turn there is a new and beautiful background for unique and jaw-dropping pictures! This is also a great space for hair and makeup. You’re welcome to have lunch catered in or host pre-event cocktails with your family and wedding party!

The Manor House has a full kitchen and 1 ½ bath, a dining room, parlor, and music room. It’s yours to enjoy from noon until 8 pm on your special day.

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the wedding cottage

The newly renovated 19th Century Carriage House is the perfect location for you and your wedding party to prepare for your special day. Filled with vintage charm, it provides couples with a unique space to dress and prepare.

Luxuriating in the beautiful air-conditioned space, you will feel relaxed and refreshed when it’s time for your walk down the aisle.

The Wedding Cottage boasts a modern bathroom and kitchenette, complete with a refrigerator stocked with water to keep you hydrated and glowing all day long. You will appreciate the convenience of having your own beautiful space in which to reflect and relax.

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Get in Touch

We’re excited to meet you and talk about how we will create your dream wedding! To check availability, get a quote, or arrange a tour, use this short form or our contact options below.

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2251 Riverside Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022