Special Occasions

Create your dream day at the beach.

You are planning one of the most wonderful days of your life. You want your family and friends to have the best time ever. Shadowland on Silver Beach is where your wishes will come true for your wedding or any special celebration.

Wedding on the beach

Celebrate in a memorable location near Lake Michigan.

If you desire a destination wedding reception or special occasion party near the shores of Lake Michigan, there is no other four-season reception venue newer or closer to the beach in Southwestern Michigan than Shadowland. This simple, yet elegant ballroom is just a short walk to Silver Beach and its breathtaking vistas. A charming pavilion just over the dunes offers a special setting for your ceremony. Or places of worship are only a few minutes away.

Gather a few guests or hundreds to share your day with you.

You can gather 50 to 300 friends and family comfortably in the ballroom. Its décor allows you to create the ambience you wish, from casual to formal. Dine and dance on the herringbone-patterned wood floor beneath beautiful chandeliers. Use our AV equipment and two 13’ HD screens for memorable videos or slides. Entertain your younger guests in a private party room. Our facility also offers an induction loop system for your guests with hearing difficulties.

Delight them with sumptuous foods.

To simplify your life, our Shadowland caterer will compose onsite delicious appetizers, a feast for a buffet, or a served, multi-course meal to please everyone on your list. Our liquor license allows you to offer a variety of beverages to your guests with minimal stress.

 Enjoy picture-perfect moments you can keep forever.

There are so many ways to remember your day in photographs. Silver Beach is beautiful all year round, even in winter with its blanket of snow and stunning ice formations. Facing west you will have a backdrop of glistening water, a historic lighthouse and crimson-gold sunsets. The quaint, Victorian-era city of St. Joseph is steps away too with its brick-street cityscape, tree-lined sculpture park on the bluff and arboretum along the St. Joseph River.

wedding at shadowland on Silver BeachYet what truly distinguishes Shadowland is its place in Silver Beach Center. Across the covered boardwalk from the ballroom is the beautiful Silver Beach Carousel where you and your guests can ride under 1000 glittering lights on 48 magnificent, hand-carved figures. An optional special occasion package reserves the carousel for a half-hour for special photos and includes 50 ride tokens for your guests. And everyone on your guest list will have fun capturing your time together in the photo booth.

Before your arrival at the ballroom, family and friends can enjoy cocktails on the Sunset Patio overlooking the lighted Whirlpool Compass Fountain. You may arrange for your guests to explore Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone with its interactive, hands-on learning exhibits that fascinate all ages.


Give easy directions.

Located just below the bluff in downtown St. Joseph, Shadowland on the Beach is easily accessible from I-94 Exits 23 or 33. It’s next to the Amtrak® train station. And downtown hotels are within walking distance.

Let us know how we can help with your planning.

Whether your special day is a wedding reception, anniversary, class reunion, prom or other celebration, our professional event planner and staff can assist you. Please let us know your requests or what additional information you need here. You will receive a prompt reply.


Indoor Capacity:
250 to 300+; non-smoking room divides into 75-person & 250-person areas
Two, 13′ diagonal HD projection screens; HD projectors; DVD/CD players; Wi-Fi™; enhanced remote controls; room-integrated audio; induction/hearing loop system
Internet Access:
Fully adjustable for AV
45 – mix of 60″ round & 6′ rectangle (other layouts quoted)
Full glass wall with French doors to patio and fountain park
Full service in house catering
Liquor License:
Class C, covered by facility
Exhibit Space:
Indoor space; attached outdoor patio
Family Fun:
Beach, carousel, kaleidoscope, fountain, hands-on museum
Adult Activities:
Nearby golf, winery tours, fishing, shopping, music, art galleries