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Willow Harbor Vineyards

Three Oaks , MI
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LOCATION

3223 Kaiser Road
Three Oaks, MI 49128 US (map)

PHONE

269-369-3900

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ABOUT US

The Midwest’s own ”Napa Valley”. Willow Harbor Vineyards & Polo Club is nestled in Southwest
Michigan’s Harbor Country. Set on 40 acres of spectacular grape vines, pristine horse... Read more
The Midwest’s own ”Napa Valley”. Willow Harbor Vineyards & Polo Club is nestled in Southwest
Michigan’s Harbor Country. Set on 40 acres of spectacular grape vines, pristine horse pastures,
and magnificent water features, Willow Harbor is the ideal setting for your outdoor celebrations
or choose to hold your event in our romantic historic Polo barn.

Located in Three Oaks, MI just 75 miles from Chicago and minutes from New Buffalo and the
shores of Lake Michigan.









Unforgettable Weddings


For further information or
to schedule a site visit, please contact:
kristie@willowharbor.com


In Michigan’s Harbor Country there is a 100 year old, 40 acre Vineyard which has been transformed
into a European style venue for Michigan vineyard weddings and other events that require an upscale
feeling. If you’re looking for the perfect Southwest Michigan Vineyard for your outdoor event, Willow Harbor Vineyards & Polo Club has a spectacular setting in Southwest Michigan. Just 20 minutes from
the Shores of Lake Michigan. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
100
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Winery
Describe the style of your venue
Rustic, Vintage, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Wine, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tent Accessories, Tents
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Wheelchair Access

REVIEWS

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Molly
Wedding:
11/25/2016
0.7/5.0
I recently attended a wedding here as a guest, and was taken away by its beauty! Perhaps, since I am planning my own wedding however, I noticed several things that were haphazardly executed and people planning their events here should take note!! Couples BEWARE!

Reflecting on my issues with this venue now, I'm upset my friend had to deal with these things for what I imagine they paid for the space. I honestly can't just chalk it up to small town service against my big city expectations. There is negligence here.

-The bartending staff was friendly and courteous but the very young children (ages, 10-15 I'm guessing) who served us dinner made me uncomfortable. These children appear too young to staff a formal or semi-formal event. I am ALL for teenagers working and learning the value of a dollar but they owners hiring these children appears to cross a line. Also, to no fault of their own, they are not trained well to serve. Our plates sat at our tables for a long time before being cleared.

-Parking is not well marked and obviously can be difficult if the weather is uncooperative. It's a winery, I get it. A major event space should better organize parking and accessibility for older guests and guests with disabilities. Same with the bathrooms. This was a BIG deal for the grandmothers who attended. It is very dark to walk to the barn where the bathrooms are, which did not affect me but I noticed it definitely affected the older guests.

-Mosquitos could have been handled better by spraying or treating the reception area. I noticed the pregnant guests in particular were upset that bug spray was their only option. For what I assume the couple paid, the owners should definitely be responsible for a better option. It's not that people were mad there were mosquitos, it's just that it was very obvious there was no plan in place to deal with them.

-Also the food was. not. good. Not bad, but not good.
I recently attended a wedding here as a guest, and was taken away by its beauty! Perhaps, since I am planning my own Read more...
I recently attended a wedding here as a guest, and was taken away by its beauty! Perhaps, since I am planning my own wedding however, I noticed several things that were haphazardly executed and people planning their events here should take note!! Couples BEWARE!

Reflecting on my issues with this venue now, I'm upset my friend had to deal with these things for what I imagine they paid for the space. I honestly can't just chalk it up to small town service against my big city expectations. There is negligence here.

-The bartending staff was friendly and courteous but the very young children (ages, 10-15 I'm guessing) who served us dinner made me uncomfortable. These children appear too young to staff a formal or semi-formal event. I am ALL for teenagers working and learning the value of a dollar but they owners hiring these children appears to cross a line. Also, to no fault of their own, they are not trained well to serve. Our plates sat at our tables for a long time before being cleared.

-Parking is not well marked and obviously can be difficult if the weather is uncooperative. It's a winery, I get it. A major event space should better organize parking and accessibility for older guests and guests with disabilities. Same with the bathrooms. This was a BIG deal for the grandmothers who attended. It is very dark to walk to the barn where the bathrooms are, which did not affect me but I noticed it definitely affected the older guests.

-Mosquitos could have been handled better by spraying or treating the reception area. I noticed the pregnant guests in particular were upset that bug spray was their only option. For what I assume the couple paid, the owners should definitely be responsible for a better option. It's not that people were mad there were mosquitos, it's just that it was very obvious there was no plan in place to deal with them.

-Also the food was. not. good. Not bad, but not good. Read less
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OakleyQ
Wedding:
9/24/2016
4.7/5.0
This was the 9th venue my husband and I looked at. Even in the dead of winter, we fell in love with Willow Harbor! Although a little bit pricier than we would have liked, it was well worth the money. The venue really speaks for itself - go visit it and you will see what I mean! Kristie was super responsive and helpful, and tended to all of our needs throughout the year and a half planning process. All of our guests loved the venue, and said it was the best wedding they had ever been to! Our photographer was so excited about all of the beauty and photo opportunities there! You don't even need to do much decorating here, because it's beautiful on its own, which is a huge plus and money saver! You won't regret having your wedding at Willow Harbor Vineyards, and you really forget you're in Michigan while you're there... it looks like something out of Tuscany :) It's a one stop shop, as you can have your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception there! Highly recommend!!
This was the 9th venue my husband and I looked at. Even in the dead of winter, we fell in love with Willow Harbor! Read more...
This was the 9th venue my husband and I looked at. Even in the dead of winter, we fell in love with Willow Harbor! Although a little bit pricier than we would have liked, it was well worth the money. The venue really speaks for itself - go visit it and you will see what I mean! Kristie was super responsive and helpful, and tended to all of our needs throughout the year and a half planning process. All of our guests loved the venue, and said it was the best wedding they had ever been to! Our photographer was so excited about all of the beauty and photo opportunities there! You don't even need to do much decorating here, because it's beautiful on its own, which is a huge plus and money saver! You won't regret having your wedding at Willow Harbor Vineyards, and you really forget you're in Michigan while you're there... it looks like something out of Tuscany :) It's a one stop shop, as you can have your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception there! Highly recommend!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/4/2016
2.8/5.0
We were married in September '16 here. Grounds are stunning and location is unique. However, not sure that the beautiful landscape makes up for our disappointment with the service we feel we received for the amount of money that we paid. WHV has an incredible amount of potential, but unfortunately fell short of our expectations.
Pros:
Tent is a blank slate- you can create the look that you want whether that be rustic, elegant, etc. Grounds, barn and patio are beautiful and unique. No additional fee to have your ceremony here. No 'preferred vendors list'- you can bring in whomever you'd like. All of our vendors were fantastic and would be happy to recommend. Bridal Cottage is adorable. Couples buy WHV wine (and it is good). You bring in your own beer and liquor.
Disappointments and Room for improvement:
Food is average for amount you pay. Dinner service was average to subpar. Many of our guests told us that their food was served cold. Dinner service was very delayed. There was over a 35 minute delay between the time when the first wave of guests were served and the second wave of guests were served. Our timeline was pushed back over an hour- we lost a full set of our band playing and dancing. Waitstaff was inexperienced and unprofessional. They were children and our guests noticed. We asked several of the servers how old they were. We heard responses of "13, 14, 15 years old". Servers continuously tried to take guests' full drinks and silverware of those who had not yet eaten (servers had assumed the guests had already been served their meal, but they had not been served due to slow service). Linen rental fees can really add up (We had 170 guests and paid $815 for table cloths and napkins). Lighting inside tent and outside tent at night is not sufficient- need to bring in additional lighting or pay for WHV lighting packages. Bathrooms were not attended to (Bride and Groom shouldn't be doing this during their wedding). Can't pay venue with a Credit Card.
We were married in September '16 here. Grounds are stunning and location is unique. However, not sure that the beautiful Read more...
We were married in September '16 here. Grounds are stunning and location is unique. However, not sure that the beautiful landscape makes up for our disappointment with the service we feel we received for the amount of money that we paid. WHV has an incredible amount of potential, but unfortunately fell short of our expectations.
Pros:
Tent is a blank slate- you can create the look that you want whether that be rustic, elegant, etc. Grounds, barn and patio are beautiful and unique. No additional fee to have your ceremony here. No 'preferred vendors list'- you can bring in whomever you'd like. All of our vendors were fantastic and would be happy to recommend. Bridal Cottage is adorable. Couples buy WHV wine (and it is good). You bring in your own beer and liquor.
Disappointments and Room for improvement:
Food is average for amount you pay. Dinner service was average to subpar. Many of our guests told us that their food was served cold. Dinner service was very delayed. There was over a 35 minute delay between the time when the first wave of guests were served and the second wave of guests were served. Our timeline was pushed back over an hour- we lost a full set of our band playing and dancing. Waitstaff was inexperienced and unprofessional. They were children and our guests noticed. We asked several of the servers how old they were. We heard responses of "13, 14, 15 years old". Servers continuously tried to take guests' full drinks and silverware of those who had not yet eaten (servers had assumed the guests had already been served their meal, but they had not been served due to slow service). Linen rental fees can really add up (We had 170 guests and paid $815 for table cloths and napkins). Lighting inside tent and outside tent at night is not sufficient- need to bring in additional lighting or pay for WHV lighting packages. Bathrooms were not attended to (Bride and Groom shouldn't be doing this during their wedding). Can't pay venue with a Credit Card. Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
8/13/2016
4.8/5.0
We haven't yet had our wedding here but our experience thus far, for venue tours, food tasting, wine tasting ect. has been GREAT!
We haven't yet had our wedding here but our experience thus far, for venue tours, food tasting, wine tasting ect. has been Read more...
We haven't yet had our wedding here but our experience thus far, for venue tours, food tasting, wine tasting ect. has been GREAT! Read less
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Stephanie & Derek
Wedding:
6/11/2016
5.0/5.0
Absolutely amazing venue! A++++++++++ Would recommend this venue to everyone! Kristie and Kevin were wonderful, the venue is BEAUTIFUL, everything was smooth and flawless. I couldn't be happier with the service and the help provided. Best day of our lives!
Absolutely amazing venue! A++++++++++ Would recommend this venue to everyone! Kristie and Kevin were wonderful, the venue Read more...
Absolutely amazing venue! A++++++++++ Would recommend this venue to everyone! Kristie and Kevin were wonderful, the venue is BEAUTIFUL, everything was smooth and flawless. I couldn't be happier with the service and the help provided. Best day of our lives! Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
6/6/2015
4.8/5.0
Willow harbor is a great place to have a wedding as long as you are willing to risk the possibility of bad weather, but trust me , if it is nice, the reward is huge. I had previously read reviews that said that guests of previous weddings held there said it was the nicest wedding that they had ever been to and I figured that is just what everyone says to the bride and groom on their wedding day. However, after having our wedding there I know that people truly meant when they said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. It was absolutely breathtaking. Now, i must mention that we had perfect (and i mean PERFECT) weather on our wedding day in that it was 75 degrees and sunny without a cloud in the sky and this definitely added to the breathtaking beauty of the venue ,but it truly is a magical place. Kristin and Kevin were great to work with. They were super responsive and flexible, and worked well with and were welcoming to all of our other vendors. Many people commented that our wedding must have cost a fortune because of how beautiful it was, but we truly got the most bang for our buck at Willow Harbor. The only reason that I have 4 stars for the quality of service was because while they were very accommodating and attentive throughout the reception, I found my in-laws cleaning up some things at the end of the night, such as wrapping up leftovers and our cake.which I don't feel that they should have needed to do Otherwise though ,they were great though and i would use them again if I had to do it all over again (hopefully i won't, haha!).
Willow harbor is a great place to have a wedding as long as you are willing to risk the possibility of bad weather, but Read more...
Willow harbor is a great place to have a wedding as long as you are willing to risk the possibility of bad weather, but trust me , if it is nice, the reward is huge. I had previously read reviews that said that guests of previous weddings held there said it was the nicest wedding that they had ever been to and I figured that is just what everyone says to the bride and groom on their wedding day. However, after having our wedding there I know that people truly meant when they said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. It was absolutely breathtaking. Now, i must mention that we had perfect (and i mean PERFECT) weather on our wedding day in that it was 75 degrees and sunny without a cloud in the sky and this definitely added to the breathtaking beauty of the venue ,but it truly is a magical place. Kristin and Kevin were great to work with. They were super responsive and flexible, and worked well with and were welcoming to all of our other vendors. Many people commented that our wedding must have cost a fortune because of how beautiful it was, but we truly got the most bang for our buck at Willow Harbor. The only reason that I have 4 stars for the quality of service was because while they were very accommodating and attentive throughout the reception, I found my in-laws cleaning up some things at the end of the night, such as wrapping up leftovers and our cake.which I don't feel that they should have needed to do Otherwise though ,they were great though and i would use them again if I had to do it all over again (hopefully i won't, haha!). Read less
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Kristin & Ray
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Willow Harbor Vineyards!!! Wow! This venue is run so well and functional on a beautiful property. They were very accommodating with all of our needs. The day before our wedding, there was an awful weather system sweeping through, worrying us if we could still hold our reception here. Through the magic and hard work of the Willow Harbor team and our friends and relatives, this place was immaculate when we arrived for the reception! While we were there, their service was fantastic. Kristie was on the ball all evening, helping wherever she could! Kristie was with us step-by-step as we coordinated everything leading up to our wedding reception. The only downfall is that the night had to end. Remarkable! We have already recommended this place to a friend of ours!
Willow Harbor Vineyards!!! Wow! This venue is run so well and functional on a beautiful property. They were very Read more...
Willow Harbor Vineyards!!! Wow! This venue is run so well and functional on a beautiful property. They were very accommodating with all of our needs. The day before our wedding, there was an awful weather system sweeping through, worrying us if we could still hold our reception here. Through the magic and hard work of the Willow Harbor team and our friends and relatives, this place was immaculate when we arrived for the reception! While we were there, their service was fantastic. Kristie was on the ball all evening, helping wherever she could! Kristie was with us step-by-step as we coordinated everything leading up to our wedding reception. The only downfall is that the night had to end. Remarkable! We have already recommended this place to a friend of ours! Read less
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Kyle & Amanda
Wedding:
7/12/2014
4.4/5.0
Kristy at Willow Harbor provided an absolutely beautiful backdrop for us to conduct our wedding ceremony. She was very responsive whenever we had questions (and we had a ton!) and was very informative about the steps we needed to take. Everything leading up to the day of the wedding, she was great.

There were 2 cons:
-We did not taste the exact food during our food tasting that we were going to receive on the day of the wedding which led to much hesitation about what to order. Her explanation was that tastings are such a smaller group to prepare for, that she chose to use a different vendor. We did not think this was a wise move. Luckily, the food turned out great and we had multiple compliments on it.
-She was not the greatest person to work with on the day of the wedding. She was very pushy and when our relatives were trying to decorate in the morning, she was not very nice about her approach to them and their attempts to lay the tablecloths out. She also told her staff to cut into our wedding cake prior to us actually conducting the cake cutting ceremony and her explanation for that was that "we were running too far behind and our guests need dessert". Luckily, our family was able to reconstruct the cake enough for our photographer to get some decent shots of us cutting it. We didn't care so much at that point because of how awesome the day was already.

All in all, it was a great venue and the food was great. You couldn't get a more beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding and the coordination of the staff on the day of the event was nearly flawless. We highly recommend.
Kristy at Willow Harbor provided an absolutely beautiful backdrop for us to conduct our wedding ceremony. She was very Read more...
Kristy at Willow Harbor provided an absolutely beautiful backdrop for us to conduct our wedding ceremony. She was very responsive whenever we had questions (and we had a ton!) and was very informative about the steps we needed to take. Everything leading up to the day of the wedding, she was great.

There were 2 cons:
-We did not taste the exact food during our food tasting that we were going to receive on the day of the wedding which led to much hesitation about what to order. Her explanation was that tastings are such a smaller group to prepare for, that she chose to use a different vendor. We did not think this was a wise move. Luckily, the food turned out great and we had multiple compliments on it.
-She was not the greatest person to work with on the day of the wedding. She was very pushy and when our relatives were trying to decorate in the morning, she was not very nice about her approach to them and their attempts to lay the tablecloths out. She also told her staff to cut into our wedding cake prior to us actually conducting the cake cutting ceremony and her explanation for that was that "we were running too far behind and our guests need dessert". Luckily, our family was able to reconstruct the cake enough for our photographer to get some decent shots of us cutting it. We didn't care so much at that point because of how awesome the day was already.

All in all, it was a great venue and the food was great. You couldn't get a more beautiful setting for an outdoor wedding and the coordination of the staff on the day of the event was nearly flawless. We highly recommend. Read less
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Karlene
Wedding:
6/20/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Willow Harbor Vineyards! From the first visit we had to Willow Harbor, we were blown away by the whole feel of the place - the ceremony site, the refurbished barn, the biscayo outdoor patio, the spacious tent, the beautiful bridal cottage, and the open, spacious grounds - we knew this was where we wanted to get married. From the very early stages of planning, all the way though the final busy weeks, Kristie was nothing but helpful. She corresponded with me through email and was always prompt and detailed when answering all my questions. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for a reply, which cannot be said for all vendors. She is very easy to work with! Her staff was helpful and kind the day of the wedding and my husband and I received so many compliments from our family and friends about how amazing the venue was. We couldn't have asked for a better place to be married! I absolutely recommend Willow Harbor to any bride and groom who are looking for a rustic, outdoor vineyard wedding. It was absolutely perfect!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Willow Harbor Vineyards! From the first visit we had to Willow Harbor, we were Read more...
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Willow Harbor Vineyards! From the first visit we had to Willow Harbor, we were blown away by the whole feel of the place - the ceremony site, the refurbished barn, the biscayo outdoor patio, the spacious tent, the beautiful bridal cottage, and the open, spacious grounds - we knew this was where we wanted to get married. From the very early stages of planning, all the way though the final busy weeks, Kristie was nothing but helpful. She corresponded with me through email and was always prompt and detailed when answering all my questions. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for a reply, which cannot be said for all vendors. She is very easy to work with! Her staff was helpful and kind the day of the wedding and my husband and I received so many compliments from our family and friends about how amazing the venue was. We couldn't have asked for a better place to be married! I absolutely recommend Willow Harbor to any bride and groom who are looking for a rustic, outdoor vineyard wedding. It was absolutely perfect! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.4/5.0
This venue is incredibly beautiful! The process leading up to the wedding was extremely easy where Kristie was responsive, flexible and accomodating to make sure our needs were met for our special day. However on our actual wedding day, Kristie was extremely rude and unprofessional. Our food was also poorly made and cold including forgetting to put silverware at the head table. One thing that "sold" us on buying additional cases of wine was that we were told they do not open the bottles until they were ready to serve. In our case - over two cases of wine were opened and became completely useless as we left immediately for a two week honeymoon. Overall when I look back on my wedding day I am still happy with the choice of location but was extremely disspointed in the owner's behavior.
This venue is incredibly beautiful! The process leading up to the wedding was extremely easy where Kristie was responsive, Read more...
This venue is incredibly beautiful! The process leading up to the wedding was extremely easy where Kristie was responsive, flexible and accomodating to make sure our needs were met for our special day. However on our actual wedding day, Kristie was extremely rude and unprofessional. Our food was also poorly made and cold including forgetting to put silverware at the head table. One thing that "sold" us on buying additional cases of wine was that we were told they do not open the bottles until they were ready to serve. In our case - over two cases of wine were opened and became completely useless as we left immediately for a two week honeymoon. Overall when I look back on my wedding day I am still happy with the choice of location but was extremely disspointed in the owner's behavior. Read less
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