Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime

55 N. Briggs Rd, Middleville, MI 49333 Map · Phone number
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About Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime

Bowen Mills Weddings for a Lifetime is a historic wedding venue located in Middleville, Michigan. Throughout this forested retreat, traces of the property’s rich past echo through blowing tree branches and bending floorboards. From its beginnings in the early 1800s to today, Bowen Mills is a site of historical significance and a place that marks promising futures. Here, amidst intriguing preserved structures and idyllic natural surroundings, couples are sure to make precious memories to last lifetimes.

Facilities and Capacity

The grounds offer a charming location for couples to exchange their vows before their closest friends and family on a sunlit lawn. The Bowen House is available to wedding party members to get ready for the main event in privacy and comfort. For those looking to host an indoor celebration, The Gathering Place offers a spacious site for unforgettable receptions. Bowen Mills is capable of hosting up to 250 distinguished guests.

Services Offered

Bowen Mills Weddings for a Lifetime is committed to transforming wedding visions into realities. Couples can take advantage of offered horse-pulled wagon rides, arriving or disembarking in style. A number of event rentals are available that range from tables and chairs to decorative shepherd hooks. Other services offered at Bowen Mills include wedding planning assistance, vendor referrals, and event setup and teardown.

Other Facilities

Situated on 19 acres of lush land, Bowen Mills is also a local museum attraction. A building that has survived bustling operations as well as neglect, the Grist and Cider Mill now stands as a landmark of historical significance. Available to visitors, the main floor of the structure features genuine antiques that date back to the early 19th century. The mill itself continues to manufacture corn for cornmeal by way of its water-powered rotary mechanical system. Other long-standing points of interest nestled across the Bowen Mills property include:

  • A one-classroom schoolhouse
  • A barn that houses the property’s resident Belgian draft horses
  • A 17-foot-tall water wheel and covered bridge
  • A vintage woodworking shop

History

Originally purchased in 1836, the mill began as a fully functioning hydro-powered lumber manufacturer. In 1838, the mill changed ownership and it was transported via oxen upstream to its current location. This resettlement involved the construction of a dam across a nearby creek which resulted in flooding and the subsequent formation of Barlow Lake. After multiple reacquisitions and added structures, the mill fell into disuse due to a shift in operations. However, after extensive rehabilitation efforts by Neal and Marion Cook in 1978, the mill was recovered to its former glory. Today it stands to educate the public about a piece of American history while also providing a romantic location for special wedding events.

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A wedding party in red (Tauri Baum Photo)
A wedding party in red (Tauri Baum Photo)
The covered creek bridge
The covered creek bridge
Exchanging vows
Exchanging vows
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Gentle giants
An outdoor ceremony
An outdoor ceremony
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5 Reviews for Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime

Recommended by 78% of couples


3.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 3.8
  • Professionalism 3.5
  • Flexibility 4.2
  • Value 4.0
  • Average response time 4.1
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    Ashley · Married on 05/20/2017

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Don was so much fun and very easy to work with! He lets you know what you need to do with very little explanation and the communication is excellent. The very few questions I had were answered quickly. He is very stress free to work with too and no bride wants added stress getting closer to their wedding day. I got my photos within two weeks of the wedding and that is because I was on my honeymoon right after the wedding.

    Sent on 06/09/2017
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    Julia · Married on 10/17/2009

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
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      5.0

    Bowens Mills is in Middleville, MI (near Gun Lake)
    The site has history and character. They offer a horse draw wagon/carriage ride with the hall rental. Gorgeous site for our fall wedding beautiful colors and they made us fresh pressed apple cider and homemade donuts for a nominal fee.

    Sent on 11/04/2009
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    Becki · Married on 06/27/2014

    4.8
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      5.0
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      4.5
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      4.5

    a wonderful place. Absolutely beautiful. Owned by a wonderful couple who were very helpful before and during our wedding day. The venue was breath taking and everything you could ever want for the prefect outdoor wedding.

    Sent on 10/26/2014

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Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 3000.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Clean Up
    Event Planning
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    6
  • Describe your venue:
    Banquet Hall
    Farm/Ranch
    Historic Building
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
  • What event services do you offer?
    Clean Up
    Event Planner
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Liability Insurance
    Pet Friendly
    Preferred Vendors Only
    Set Up
    Wifi
  • What event items are available?
    Aisle Markers
    Altar/Arch
    Chairs
    Dance Floor
    Decor
    Drapery
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Photo booth
    Tables
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    January
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    October
    November
    December

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Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:

  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

What are the most important characteristics of Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime for wedding events is known for:

  • Banquet Hall
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime for wedding events?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:

  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offer?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offers the following types of wedding events:

  • Ceremony
  • Reception

What services does Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offer for wedding events?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offers the following services for wedding events:

  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Liability Insurance
  • Pet Friendly
  • Preferred Vendors Only
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime have available for wedding events?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:

  • Aisle Markers
  • Altar/Arch
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Decor
  • Drapery
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Photo booth
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Bowens Mills Weddings for a Lifetime is recommended by 60% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.2 in flexibility, 4.1 in average response time, 4.0 in value, 3.8 in quality of service and 3.5 in professionalism.