Planning a Put-in-Bay Wedding
The quaint, casual waterfront community and island allure make Put-in-Bay a top choice for destination weddings. Put-in-Bay is centrally located in the heart of the Midwest; for decades visitors have regarded the Lake Erie Islands as "America's Handiest Islands" - making Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island an ideal gathering place for the couple who wants to share their celebration with family and friends. Couples often incorporate their Wedding Day into a Wedding Vacation. This allows guests and family to enjoy a getaway combined with the wedding festivities.
Friends and family will be delighted with the traditional ferry ride and you will find our service an easy way to make travel arrangements. Miller Ferry provides five free parking areas available to guests visiting for the day - or longer. Ferry dock attendants with golf carts can help with guests' luggage and assist any passenger who may have difficulty walking. On Put-in-Bay your guests can taxi or rent a golf cart to their lodging. Also, buses run from the Miller Lime Kiln Dock to downtown (approximately two miles). If your overnight guests prefer to bring their car to Put-in-Bay vehicle reservations are not required. During peak season Friday afternoons to Put-in-Bay, and Sundays returning from Put-in-Bay are often busiest for the vehicle line.
Why choose Miller Ferry for your Wedding guests? Along with the experience of a traditional ferry trip, Miller offers the most frequent trips, the only vehicle transportation, acres of free mainland parking and
the lowest fares.
Consider purchasing booklets of Frequent Floater tickets to distribute to your wedding guests. This saves a bit of time and money. Send emails or mail hard copies of Directions to the Miller Ferry Dock at Catawba, ferry parking, Miller Ferry schedule, and the Miller Ferry toll free office number 800-500-2421. Also, many caterers will help you plan your island wedding.
Couples may choose to celebrate their nuptials on the sprawling lawn near the base of the landmark Perry's Memorial, on board a boat, in a historic island home on either Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass Island, or along the waterfront. See our Lodging Page for cottages, hotels, guest homes, and bed and breakfasts on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. There are two churches on Put-in-Bay: Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club and the shaded village park (downtown) gazebo, and waterfront State Parks are also popular sites. Put-in-Bay hotels and quaint bed and breakfasts can provide meeting rooms, outdoor tent areas and catering arrangements.
Rehearsal Dinners and Receptions
Caterers are available to fit your wedding needs - ranging from casual garden buffet style to exquisite sit down meals. The Put-in-Bay Chamber Wedding Page lists resources, see www.visitputinbay.com.
Couples who reside in the state of Ohio can purchase a marriage license in the couple's home county. Non-Ohio residents must purchase a marriage license at the Ottawa County Courthouse in Port Clinton, Ohio, in order to be married on Put-in-Bay.
See our lodgings page and also visit the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce web site at www.visitputinbay.com for links to lodgings, dining and catering choices, and special events that may coincide with your wedding date.
Religious and civil officiants are available year round. Contact Reverend R. Duff Spatafore at (419) 341-2255 or Chaplain Maisie Ruchala at (419) 285-2505.
Plan fun-filled days for your guests
There are many activities for kids and adults alike on and near Put-in-Bay including Perry's Memorial, wine tours, Stone Lab tours, a lighthouse, parks, bicycling, kayaking and jet skis, island hop to Middle Bass, caves, plane tours, harbor sunset cruises, live entertainment and more. Learn more at www.visitputinbay.com and www.shoresandislands.com