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Reception
$8,550 starting price
Ceremony
$500 starting price
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These prices are available for the months of May through October. These prices are available for the months of November through April.

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On WeddingWire since 2018

The Felt Estate is a historic wedding venue nestled in the dunes along Lake Michigan, between Holland and Saugatuck, Michigan. The expansive estate features the majestic 1920s Felt Mansion, the Rustic Carriage house, and the quaint Chapel at Shore Acres. All around this beautiful architecture are carefully manicured grounds, a grotto, and lush gardens. The Felt Mansion boasts modern amenities, seasonal tents, and optional overnight accommodations. Here, couples will be able to make use of a convenient and comfortable environment as they host their wedding festivities.

Facilities and Capacity

The Felt Estate features multiple unique ceremony and reception location options. For ceremonies, the Chapel at Shore Acres, the Water Garden, and the Felt Mansion are all great options. The Chapel at Shore Acres allows couples to embrace tradition. It was built at the turn of the century and provides a beautiful backdrop for any ceremony. A little romance can be added with the ringing of the chapel bell as you kiss. There is seating for 75 inside or up to 250 outside. The Water Garden is surrounded by trees in the back and has water in every direction. This area seats up to 250 outside. The Felt Mansion exudes a majestic ambiance with sandstone pillars and gorgeous greenery. Here, there is seating for up to 250 outside. The Felt Mansion and West Lawn Tent are also great spots for receptions, as is the Carriage House for rehearsal dinners and welcome parties.

Service Offered

The Felt Estate offers a variety of services including wedding party suites, parking, custom floorplans, audio equipment, and the ability to hire outside vendors. Tables and chairs are also available to clients.

Accommodations

Couples and their guests will be able to dance the night away before retiring to your bed in the historic Felt Mansion. The mansion sleeps up to twelve guests in six bedrooms. The carriage house sleeps up to twelve guests in two bunk rooms. Amenities include toiletries, linens, public WiFi, media players in the foyer, and the use of the kitchen.

History

This stunning mansion was established in 1928 as a gift to Dorr Felt's wife, Agnes. With this love story inspiring the entire house, couples will be able to feel the romance that emanates from every corner.

  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

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?

$8,550

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?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Lighting/Sound
Parking
Set Up
Tables

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Garden
Historic Building
Mansion
Museum
Park

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Liability Insurance
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Furniture
Lighting
Tables
Tents
Tent Accessories

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
July
August
September
October
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Reviews of The Felt Mansion

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48 Reviews
95% recommend it
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The Felt Estate is highly recommended by reviewers for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue is described as stunning and unique, with picturesque grounds and a beautiful mansion. The staff, including Derrick and Holden, are praised for their exceptional service, responsiveness, and helpfulness throughout the planning process and on the wedding day. Guests were impressed with the attention to detail, the ability to stay on-site, and the flexibility in accommodating changes. Overall, The Felt Estate is considered a dream venue that exceeded expectations.

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This AI-generated summary gives you a snapshot of the overall ratings and feedback from the reviews this vendor has received.

The Felt Estate is highly recommended by reviewers for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The venue is described as stunning and unique, with picturesque grounds and a beautiful mansion. The staff, including Derrick and Holden, are praised for their exceptional service, responsiveness, and helpfulness throughout the planning process and on the wedding day. Guests were impressed with the attention to detail, the ability to stay on-site, and the flexibility in accommodating changes. Overall, The Felt Estate is considered a dream venue that exceeded expectations.

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Kim P. Sent on 07/24/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Joy-filled experience of a lifetime!!

As I reflect back a week ago, I am so thankful that we chose to have our daughter's wedding reception at the Felt Estate. Words can't begin to describe our joy!

Our daughter and her husband had their first date at the Felt Estate on a cold winter day in 2017. They went hiking to the Lake Michigan shoreline where they shared their first kiss. After their engagement, it wasn't surprising that the Felt Estate was the venue they wanted for their wedding reception. It was the perfect place to continue celebrating their love.

I can't say enough good about our experience with the Felt Estate, and in particular Derrick, our event coordinator. Derrick is kind, compassionate, and very accessible. He answers his phone and emails promptly (on the weekends and even on the 4th of July).

Derrick and the entire team were wonderful to work with pre-pandemic, but when COVID-19 brought unwanted news and uncertanties, Derrick was our advocate. He shared our desire for making this situation the best it could possibly be. Originally, we had a "Plan A" and a "Plan B" (if it happened to rain). On the day of the wedding, we were probably on "Plan J" and "Plan K"!! :) Derrick had many creative ideas to accommodate as many of our guests as possible using multiple spaces at the Felt Esate, but still abiding by the ever-changing state-mandated rules and guidelines. The staff at Felt went above and beyond to get spaces ready for us! (We are very thankful that we rented the whole estate rather than only the mansion/west lawn tent.)

Our caterer said that out of all the venues they have worked with during the coronavirus pandemic, they have been the most impressed with Derrick and Holden (the other event coordinator). Communication and knowledge are so important at a time like this.

While the day looked different than our original plans, it was still very dreamy and magical - everything the bride and groom hoped for!! As the bride's mother, I couldn't be more grateful!!!
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Hannah G. Sent on 12/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 Wedding

I can鈥檛 say enough good about the Felt Estate! I was married there on August 27, and it was nothing short of a DREAM!! Derrick and his staff went above and beyond to accommodate for us. They look the time to answer all of our questions, and being an out of state bride, we had a lot!! As soon as our friends and family arrived on site to set up, the Felt staff was waiting to assist. When I arrived on site I was greeted with the warmest welcome and escorted to our getting ready suite. From start to finish, the Felt staff truly helped make it the best day for us. And not to mention, our guests were blown away by the grounds and the experience of touring inside the mansion!!
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Dana B. Sent on 12/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A Venue of a Lifetime!

Our experience at the Felt was absolutely incredible! We booked the venue back in February 2021 for an August 2022 wedding. From the event proposal process all the way past the wedding, Derrick and team were absolutely unbelievable. They are timely and thoughtful in their responses, the venue is ALWAYS adding on beneficial features and updates for the benefits of their clients, and the ability to stay on-site was unlike any other venue experience I have personally seen. We chose a Friday wedding to give us access the day prior to be able to get ready in the mansion and it was the best decision we made. Our entire wedding party stayed on-site with us and it will likely be the only time in our lives that we can say that. There are many options for the ceremony location and we loved the water garden but the weather backup in the beautiful third floor ballroom means you don鈥檛 need to stress leading up to your wedding which was a big decision in booking the venue. One good thing to note is Wi-Fi and service is spotty in the area so make sure your DJ downloads all your necessary music and that people have access to taxis or you set up transportation for them.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2023 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2022 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner

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Team

Derrick & Holden Bassett-Alee
Derrick & Holden Bassett-Alee
Rental Managers

DERRICK
Derrick brings a breadth of knowledge to his role at the estate with his experience in food and beverage management as well as theatre production and performance. He is also an event manager and event lighting designer for Holden Michael Events. When there鈥檚 a break in the summer, Derrick enjoys heading to Lake Michigan or a local Pride event and traveling with his husband in the off-season. Someday you might see him flying across stage in a local production of Tarzan, a role he鈥檚 always wanted to play.

HOLDEN
Holden worked for eight years as an event planner and designer and worked many times at the estate before being brought in as venue manager. Holden also owns Holden Michael Events, an event planning company specializing in events at private properties and non-traditional venues. When he鈥檚 not at the estate or working with a couple to plan their wedding, you may find Holden down at Phil鈥檚 Bar and Grill enjoying a gin martini and a good book or shopping in downtown Chicago before heading to a Lady Gaga concert or Lyric Opera.

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