Bridal parties of all shapes, sizes and David’s Bridal color palettes are an almost daily sighting across greater downtown during wedding season in Michigan.
If you’re hoping to use the Motor City as the backdrop for your wedding photos, you’ll first have to decide what matters most to you. The typical jam-packed wedding day itinerary will allow you to capture only a selection of what Detroit has to offer.
Here are just a few ideas of the hot spots Detroit has to offer for wedding day photo opps:
- Music and entertainment: The Fox Theatre and Fillmore, located in the heart of downtown, make for amazing photos on Woodward Ave. Just please don’t be those people who hold up traffic. Other options include the historic Music Hall, Detroit Opera House, Max M. Fisher Music Center, and just a bit away from downtown is the legendary Motown Museum.
- Arts and culture: On the steps of the Detroit Institute of Arts is a great place for photos, as is the Detroit Public Library Main Branch. The rotunda inside the Charles H. Wright Museum is also beautiful. Other museums with cool visuals include the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.
- Architecture: Did you know Detroit was known as the “Paris of the Midwest” for its architecture? If cool buildings are on your list, you’ll want to check out the Guardian Building, the Penobscot, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Masonic Temple or the old Wayne County Building.
- Beers and bars: If there’s one thing Detroit has a lot of, it’s cool bars and breweries. Some to consider for photo options include Cliff Bells, Two James Distillery, Atwater Brewery, Hopcat, Detroit Beer Company and Grand Trunk Pub.
- Murals and street art: There are too many to name, but you can find a lot of my favorites in Eastern Market and along the Dequindre Cut. Here’s a great story from the Detroit Free Press showing some of the must-see murals.
- Famous landmarks and views: You’ve got the Spirit of Detroit and the Fist of Joe Louis, the fountains at Campus Martius Park, the iconic GM Renaissance Center, Michigan Central Station, and of course the 5+ miles of the Detroit RiverFront with views of the Ambassador Bridge and Belle Isle. I highly recommend photos taken on Belle Isle, since you can get pictures of the Detroit skyline and also check out the aquarium, the conservatory and the beautiful MacArthur Bridge.
- Sports: Fans of course won’t want to miss Comerica Park, Ford Field, old Tiger Stadium or Joe Louis Arena.
Keep in mind some of these options may not be a good idea depending on your wedding date (ex. a home game or events on Belle Isle).
Plan, plan, plan ahead! And also, invest in good photographers. Shout out to our amazingly talented wedding photographers Matt and Ashley Photography. Check out some of the places in Detroit we visited on our wedding day below.
What other places around greater downtown Detroit would you recommend for wedding photos?
Note: Photography policies are different for almost every location. You will need to call ahead to confirm any requirements or limitations with the location in advance. Some venues ask that you give notice for security purposes, while others might charge for professional photography use. It’s better to be safe than sorry and coordinate ahead of time. Some photographers will handle this for you.