Live streamed, micro-weddings being offered at Lake Michigan College

NOW: Live streamed, micro-weddings being offered at Lake Michigan College

BENTON HARBOR, MIch. -- Lake Michigan College has been holding weddings at its Mendel Center for 40 years.

Now, they’re working to re-imagine wedding ceremonies in the midst of a pandemic.

Micro-wedding and livestream wedding are new terms, but they’re becoming very appealing options for couples still wanting to tie the knot this year.

“With the new protocols related to the pandemic, we’re having to rethink that, as are the couples,” said Mark Sumney, Sales & Operations Manager at Lake Michigan College.

For a micro-wedding, there can be ceremonies of up to 10 people, in accordance with Michigan’s current guidelines.

Couples can hold their ceremony inside the Hanson Theatre, then receptions of the same size in Grand Upton Hall.

Lake Michigan College offers four packages fit for every price point. As for their big-ticket packages, you get an entire production with it.

“Offer a professional livestream and lighting, champagne reception, dressing rooms, rehearsal, flowers, music - it’s the whole package,” said Sumney.

As for the live streams, there’s no limit to who you can invite.

It can be broadcast on Facebook or YouTube, plus, it will be saved so you can watch again and again.

LMC anticipates restrictions will continue to lift in the state and are ready to adjust plans with couples as they do.

“You don’t have to change your date, you don’t have to change your venue, as the limits are increased you can still come here to the Mendel Center and we can accommodate the change,” said Sumney.

LMC will also follow current state guidelines requiring social distancing and wearing masks between those groups of 10, with the exception of those who share a household.

If you’re interested in holding a wedding at the Mendel Center, you’re asked to email

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