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Bell Mare Weddings & Events | Southwest Michigan Venue | LaBelle Image

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

January 17th, 2022

"French Chic-Inspired Barn Wedding Venue"

Bell Mare is unique and gives you a whole new take on a "barn" wedding!

LaBelle Image had the honor of touring and photographing Bell Mare Weddings & Events located in Galien, a small town in southwest Michigan! The owners are 3 sisters Alissa, Aimee, and Ashlie. They were AMAZING and gracious hosts for our private tour. I cannot say enough about their hospitality and fun personalities, These ladies are sure to make you laugh, AND they have excellent communication with their couples and fellow wedding vendors. I would have LOVED to have hosted my wedding at this venue!

Owners Ashlie (right) and Alissa (left) were there to show us around for the tour.

NOW booking weddings since their recent grand opening in late 2021, the sisters have spent a few years remodeling and improving the 1877 livery stable! Buildings with history like this have a huge impact as wedding venues!

These ladies have fantastic ideas to give their couples "something different." This makes for a fun and memorable experience when having your wedding at Bell Mare!

A feature like their audio guest book idea! Guests can leave the wedding couple a voice message for the couple to listen to!

There's a couple gorgeous photo opportunity areas including...


The front sitting area:

During our tour we learned their elegant style and some future plans for their beautiful venue! We cannot wait to see what these ladies come up with next!

We were able to get all of our questions answered on our tour to give couples an idea of what they have to offer at Bell Mare. Here are the questions asked during our tour:

1. How many people does your venue accommodate?

Approximately 150 guests.

2. Are there any special partnerships or ways to save?

They have a specific bar service company called “Beverage Specialists” they use.

3. Are there other places near by to take pictures?

Three Oaks is a nearby town with botanical gardens, Gazebo/park down the street, An old schoolhouse near venue.

4. Is there an on site coordinator?

Day of services including set up take down, converting upstairs from ceremony to reception during cocktail hour.

Clients to meet 6 weeks before wedding for consultation on wedding day décor, seating plan, and vendor communications.

5. What colors, themes or décor have you seen used here that compliment the space?

Something simple, classic, and elegant. They have some décor available for couples to use!

6. How many areas do you offer for wedding ceremonies and receptions?

The upstairs space is both ceremony and reception, Conversion happens during cocktail hour, guests can enjoy cocktail hour downstairs where there's seating areas and a bar.

7. What's the parking situation like?

There's street parking just outside venue, a church across the street, and parking access to a nearby cul-de-sac.

8, How long do the couples have to access each area and have to have everything cleaned up by?

Couples have access to venue from 11am to 11pm on the rental day.

Special add on includes Sunday Brunch rental!

9. Are there getting ready area's?

There is a small bridal suite with a gorgeous vanity located on the lower level.

10. What is the best method to contact you for the fastest response?

Email or inquire on website at

11. If someone wants to book your venue today, what are the next steps they take with you?

  • Down payment of $1500 that goes toward your balance.

  • $500 security deposit in case of damage to venue.

  • A Walk-through must take place 6 weeks before wedding day to create plan.

  • Full balance due 6 months before wedding date.

Here are more photos of Bell Mare, I had so much fun photographing this unique and elegant wedding venue!

All photos featured in this blog by LaBelle Image Photography during our tour.

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