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Wedding Peninsula

The Peninsula is one of two wedding ceremony sites within the gardens. It is also the largest, with a capacity of up to 200 seated guests. The mature trees and plantings add to the enchanting atmosphere of this space. The curvature of the approach allows the bride to await her cues without ever being seen.  

The spring brings an abundance of color to this area. The two vibrant redbud trees create a natural frame for the bride and groom, while the pond and bridge serve as a beautiful backdrop. As the summer progresses, a variety of hydrangeas, aptly named Blushing Bride, begin to blossom, along with White Dome and Oak Leaf hydrangeas. In the fall, the approach greets visitors with an artful arrangement of late-season perennials.

There is a long history of weddings being hosted on the Dow Gardens property. Willard Dow was the first of the Dow children to be married in the gardens in 1921, followed by his sister, Dorothy Dow Arbury, in 1933. If you would like more information regarding wedding ceremonies at Dow Gardens, please visit our website at, or contact our Wedding & Event Manager at 989.631.2677.

Dow Gardens Audio Tour
  1. Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  2. Birch Grove
  3. Boulder Pass & Waterfall
  4. Streamside
  5. Conservatory
  6. Secret Garden
  7. Herb Garden
  8. Sun Bridge
  9. The Pines
  10. The Yew Maze
  11. Willow Wedding Site
  12. Red Bridge Overlook & The Maze
  13. Founders' Circle
  14. The Bumps
  15. Observation Island
  16. Wedding Peninsula
  17. Rhododendron Trail
  18. Children's Garden
  19. Rose Garden & Trial Beds
  20. Rose Garden Bridge
  21. Orange Bridge Overlook & The Snake Creek Floodplain
  22. Orchard
  23. Mini Pines
  24. Wildflower Meadow
  25. Playground
  26. Forest Trails
  27. Covered Bridge
  28. Canopy Walk
  29. Education Center