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y with The Bentley

Indulge in an impeccable, dazzling wedding fit for royalty at Metro Detroit’s premier luxury venue. At The Bentley, your special day will be nothing less than glorious. Our neoclassical architecture is beautifully designed with dramatic elements, embellished with 126 stunning crystal chandeliers, sculptured ceilings and exquisite, finely detailed ballrooms. Our breathtaking Royal Bridal Suite is a bride's dream come true for dressing and detailing. And our radiant outdoor seating area is accented by a spectacular waterfall and pergola.

Delight in a delectable culinary experience under the care of three award-winning, international chefs with a world-class repertoire of cuisine, tailored with unparalleled personal service. At The Bentley, we believe that each wedding should be intimate and exclusive and we host only one wedding at a time. Whether you have a wedding ceremony, reception, corporate business meeting, special occasion or catering event, make an unforgettable, lasting impression with our sophisticated team of Bentley experts.

646 Biddle Avenue . Wyandotte, MI 48192 . www.bentleybanquet.com

734 .285 . 4044

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CONTENTS

contents SPRING/SUMMER 2018

in this issue 12 get the look 20 theknot.com 22 editor’s letter 28 urban garden glam 30 ask carley 36 top picks

celebration spaces 46 expert advice 52 secrets from real couples 55 haute hues 63 love stories 218 marriage licenses and wedding announcements 240 snapshot

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PHOTOGR APH BY LIZ VON HOENE

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Indianwood Golf & Country Club e lic b u P

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1081 Indianwood Rd. Lake Orion MI 48361

Since 1925

Affordable, Historic, and Classic Country Club Setting Call 248-693-9100 To Book Your Event • www.iwgcc.com

King’s Court Castle

At Canterbury Village 2325 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion MI

Fairy-tale Weddings With Great Pricing Since 1993

Call 248-391-1900 To Book Your Event • www.kingscourtcastle.com

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CONTENTS

beauty & wellness 159 beauty for hire All your makeup choices can be overwhelming—consider hiring a pro.

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fashion 165 10 things bridal consultants

want you to know

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Soft pastels, floral details and airy fabrics create a whimsical ambience.

high impact

style 130 high impact Vibrant fuchsia and sleek black team up for a dramatic, modern affair.

137 defining details Invitation accents for a memorable suite that will get guests excited for your day.

144 beyond the bouquet Floral accents to make every part of your décor stand out.

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beauty for hire

FROM LEF T: L AUR A MURR AY PHOTOGR APHY; ALEX ANDRE WEINBERGER/ TRUNK ARCHIVE

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From your first shopping trip to the final fitting, here’s what to consider.

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RECEPTIONS

SHOWERS

REHEARSAL DINNERS

CEREMONIES

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER BELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

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CONTENTS

real weddings 68 elyse & dan june 25, southfield

72 shannon & lucas june 18, chelsea

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78 shruti & anup

your catering checklist

tripti & sankalp may 28 & 29, detroit

84 chris & jon october 8, detroit

88 gaby & jon september 3, detroit

92 jennifer & jarrett october 22, clarkston

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jennifer & jarrett

planning 191 your catering checklist

A dictionary for all the wedding lingo.

123 up north nuptials

96 kelly & bobby

Everything you need to know about getting hitched in northern Michigan.

october 22, northport

100 katie & ryan

182 how to throw

october 30, grand rapids

104 stina & christophe october 15, benton harbor

Create a memorable wedding meal with these pointers.

197 get the picture Advice from the pros to get photos you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

a beach wedding

205 party perfect

Details to keep in mind when planning for a seaside affair.

209 your top venue issues, solved

108 cierra & erica

Fun ways to entertain guests. Smart solutions to tackle any hiccups that come your way.

september 4, detroit

110 jordanna & greg august 6, chassell

117 bianca & aaron june 18, bay harbor

r  eal wedding budget key $ = $10,000 or less

W   e know your #1 question is “How much does this cost?” so we worked with the couples to tally up their final budgets (sweat and tears not included!). Keep in mind that this total doesn’t reflect the prices of their individual wedding professionals or the quality of their work. Every couple has different priorities— while one might have spent the majority of their budget on a stellar cake, another might have splurged on their photographer or showstopping florals.

$$ = $10,001–$30,000

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$$$ = $30,001–$50,000

$$$$ = $50,001–$75,000

$$$$$ = $75,001+

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get the look

ABOUT THE COVER

Check out more fashion-forward dresses for your wedding day and beyond at TheKnot.com/fashion.

ON HER

Dress, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger, MiraZwillinger.com; veil, $995, LivHart.com; aquamarine cocktail ring, $48,570, CoastDiamond.com

ON HER

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte, Marchesa.com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $354, Oscar de la Renta, NeimanMarcus.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com

ON HER

Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa.com (Birmingham); earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

ON HIM

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Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com; wedding band, $1,090, Brilliant Earth.com; shoes, $120, AldoShoes.com

BRIDAL IN BLOOM

With its spectacular grounds full of living sculptures, Ladew Topiary Gardens was a natural fit for our lighthearted fashion feature, “Avant Garden.� After all, what better place to shoot floral-print dresses and whimsical accessories than a lush location with a distinctly magical feel?

glam squad Hairstylist Alberto Guzman preps our model before she poses with a peacock topiary.

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photography Liz Von Hoene hair Alberto Guzman for Bumble

& Bumble at Ray Brown Pro makeup Georgina Billington for By Terry Cosmetics at Judy Casey Inc. fashion styling Shelley Brown prop styling Frederique Stephanie, The Pop Up House location Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, Maryland

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Photographic Visions

Mike Greer Photography

Craig David Butler Photography

The Tradition Continues at Wabeek Country Club Since 1972

Wabeek Country Club BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN

4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 • 248.855.0700 • www.wabeekcc.org AAVA Photography

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Every last detail was amazing and nearly brought me to tears. Everyone I have talked to has told me that our wedding was the most elegant wedding they have ever been to. I will never forget the amazing service and treatment.

– Jaclyn & Phillip, Married June 30, 2016

PHOTO BY JD ENTERTAINMENT

CHOOSE CHERRY CREEK’S BEAUTIFUL GOLF CLUB TO HOST THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF YOUR LIFE. SURROUNDED BY A BEAUTIFUL LAKE AND AWARD-WINNING STAFF, YOUR WEDDING WILL SURELY BE AN EVENT TO REMEMBER.

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– Benjamin & Kendall, Married October 2, 2016

PHOTO BY ALYSSA & DREW

2017

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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Kristen Maxwell Cooper DESIGN DIRECTOR

DEPUTY EDITOR

MANAGING EDITOR

ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR

REAL WEDDINGS DIRECTOR

PHOTO DIRECTOR

Tracy Everding

Lauren Kay

Susan Berryman

Maria Bouselli

Rebecca Crumley

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SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR SENIOR NEWS EDITOR FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR STLYE & PLANNING EDITOR REAL WEDDINGS EDITORS ASSISTANT EDITOR, RESEARCH EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, FASHION & BEAUTY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT, DIGITAL SOCIAL EDITOR CONTRIBUTING ART DIRECTOR DESIGNER REAL WEDDINGS DESIGNERS ASSOCIATE PHOTO EDITOR ASSOCIATE DIGITAL PHOTO EDITOR VIDEO PRODUCER EDITORIAL & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Ivy Jacobson Esther Lee Shelley Brown Alyssa Longobucco Stephanie Cain, Rachel Sylvester Katie Kortebein Farah Prince Maggie Seaver Jessica Molinari Toby Fox Katie Ragan Kasey Schroeder, Kate Richter Sarah Love Barrie Tovar Jose Marmolejos Toni Franchini

PRODUCTION VP, PRODUCTION Frank Dolphens PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jesse Hardy SYSTEMS MANAGER Sheryl Ziegler SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Daryl Wills, Katie Hover GRAPHIC DESIGNER Nicole Daberkow PHOTO PRODUCTION MANAGER Carly Steier PRINT QUALITY ASSURANCE Lois Brunnert Bethune

THE STUDIO @ XO HEAD OF STUDIO Nick Fortunato EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Elizabeth Roehrig PRODUCER Joanna Dedvukaj SENIOR EDITORS Cassie Kreitner, Kate Traverson ASSOCIATE COPY EDITOR Kelsey Paine SENIOR DESIGNER Amanda Kocis Gallagher ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Kelley Rowland JUNIOR DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Claire Flanagan

SALES & MARKETING PRESIDENT, LOCAL MARKETPLACE Paul Bascobert, pbascobert@xogrp.com GROUP VP, LOCAL SALES John Pike, jpike@xogrp.com (212) 515-3535 PUBLISHER Carolyn Mantone, cmantone@theknot.com (888) 873-5093 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Denise Hall-Green, dhgreen@theknot.com (248) 855-5411

REGIONAL/NATIONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER SPECIALIST REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FASHION ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE BEAUTY ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHOWS & EVENTS SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER STRATEGY SPECIALIST DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Alex Huerter, ahuerter@theknot.com (612) 333-3476 Rhonda Haberkamp, rhondah@xogrp.com (888) 332-7815 Diane Thaete, dthaete@xogrp.com (877) 771-3018 Maria Catalano, mcatalano@theknot.com (302) 212-5013 Danielle Pelletiere, dpelletiere@xogrp.com (214) 460-7080 Susana Diharce, sdiharce@xogrp.com (866) 960-9909 Bevin Stella, bstella@xogrp.com (212) 515-3544 Sandy Lemen, slemen@theknot.com (402) 596-8450 Melissa Bach, pr@xogrp.com Lauren Nolan, pr@xogrp.com

COFOUNDER Carley Roney

The Knot Michigan is a publication of Weddingpages LLC, a subsidiary of XO Group Inc. All content © 2017 XO Group Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part, is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The Knot, TheKnot.com and The Knot Michigan are trademarks of XO Group Inc. The Knot is not responsible for the return or loss of, or damage to, unsolicited materials. Those submitting manuscripts, photographs, artwork and other materials for consideration should not send originals, unless specifically requested to do so in writing by The Knot. Manuscripts, artwork and other materials submitted must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Editorial Offices: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 (212) 219-8555. Production Offices: 11106 Mockingbird Drive, Omaha, NE 68137 (800) 843-4983. please recycle after wedding

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Courtesy of Allie Siarto Photography

KELLOGG CENTER | HUNTINGTON CLUB | MSU UNION | MSU ALUMNI MEMORIAL CHAPEL

Weddings

AT M I C H I G A N STAT E U N I V E R S I T Y

Imagine a perfect wedding day you and your guests will talk about for years. At MSU, we build into our customer service all the little extra courtesies and comforts that make planning your special day flawless. Contact our Wedding Specialist to help you plan a day customized just for the two of you. 517-884-8124. kelloggcenter.com | catering.msu.edu | union.msu.edu/weddings

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The Kensington Hotel is the perfect backdrop for any occasion and is the most unique venue Ann Arbor has to offer. We understand your wedding is special, and that day should be treated as such. We are honored to be able to assist you with such a memorable day and make it a mission to do so.

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EDITOR ’S LE T TER

I love everything about this dress, from the romantic ruffle to the hint of color. (p. 170)

My jaw dropped when I first saw this succulent cuff—I want to wear one every day! (p. 144)

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

This envelope liner is a fun surprise waiting for guests. (p. 137)

Every relationship is unique. So every wedding should be too. This doesn’t mean you need an over-the-top element to make it truly special, but rather that your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple. It means you should forget the perceived “rules” and do what feels right. Are you less type A and more type “I never really thought about it?” A simple celebration at your family home might be right up your alley. Have you been dreaming of this moment since you were little? Then here’s your chance to go all out. Whoever you are and whatever you want, we’re here to help. So here’s to all of you—the planners, the procrastinators, the over-thinkers, the bridechillas, the groomzillas, the classic couples, the eclectic couples, the can’t-be-defined couples and everyone in between. Whether you’re having a religious service, a nondenominational ceremony, or a celebration for 20 people or 200, this is the moment to throw out the rule book and plan a wedding that’s as unique as you are.

KRISTEN MAXWELL COOPER Editor in Chief

Follow me

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Address your invitations or hand them off to your calligrapher. Finalize the rental list (tables, chairs, linens and so on) with the caterer or rental company. Taste test some flavors and complete your wedding cake order. Also order the groom’s cake if you’re having one. Buy wedding rings. Arrange day-of transportation for yourselves and the wedding party.

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Figure out how to get a local marriage license—you need one to make it official. Finalize your ceremony outline and readings with your officiant.

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Mail your invitations. RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding. Begin writing your vows. Go to your first formalwear fitting. Be sure to bring along whatever shoes, undergarments and accessories you’d like to wear on your wedding day. Finalize the cocktail hour and reception menu with your catering team. Solidify your Blueprint (aka your day-of timeline—see sidebar) and share with your vendors, spouse and wedding party.

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Compile a must-take photo list for your shooter. Keep it under a dozen so you get the shots you really want.

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Once you’ve got your final head count, share it with the caterer, cake baker and site manager, and finish the seating chart.

DEFINE YOUR WEDDING ST YLE Download The Knot Wedding Planner app, then take our style quiz to zero in on the perfect vibe for your wedding. Once complete, you can easily share key details of your aesthetics with potential vendors at the click of a button, so pros know exactly what you mean by “rustic chic.”

COMPILE YOUR DREAM TEAM Receive personalized vendor suggestions based on your wedding style and budget, or browse hundreds of vetted pros in your area via The Knot Marketplace.

Pass on requests from your pros, like a table for the DJ, to the site manager. Go to the last dress fitting. Designate point people for day-of tasks. Make sure all your prewedding beauty appointments are scheduled.

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STAY ON SCHEDULE Track RSVPs and completed tasks, and perfect your day-of plan. Bonus: As you check off to-dos, your personal wedding planner (that’s us!) is working in the background to populate a wedding day Blueprint (the ultimate day-of timeline of who, what, where and when) so you can walk down the aisle with confidence.

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date: ______ /______ /______

Steam the dress or suit if wrinkled. Touch base with the ceremony and the reception sites one more time to go over the schedule and points-of-contact.

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DAY BEFORE date: ______ /______ /______

Pass off the marriage license to your officiant. Rehearse the ceremony and enjoy the rehersal dinner with your favorite people. Breathe—and have fun!

CREATE THE ULTIMATE REGISTRY Register at your favorite stores, then share on your website for easy shopping. Already have everything you need? Our Newlywed Fund lets you ask for cash gifts you can put toward anything you like, from an epic honeymoon to a down payment on a home.

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THE EVENT PLANNER INC. hosted an upscale bash at the GUARDIAN BUILDING in Detroit, where highlights included oversize paper flowers, freesia-filled centerpieces and an authentic Greek food station.

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LOCAL TREND ALERT The Knot editors are traveling the country reporting on the hottest wedding style and tech trends brought to life by local wedding pros. Detroit’s favorite trend comes from the catering team at Lakeland Banquet & Event Centre, who created custom food stations highlighting famed Detroit fare.

THE TEAM VENUE Guardian Building PHOTOGRAPHY Jerrika Givens/Lavish Touch

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Designer Collections starting at $1200

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E XPERT Q&A

ask carley

Our cofounder answers your questions.

How can we create a menu that will make all of our guests happy? When choosing the entrée options for your reception, consider possible dietary restrictions. Although you can’t account for every guest’s allergy and menu preferences, you can try to ensure everyone will enjoy something. Include a vegetarian option on your response cards, or ask your caterer if they can create a few special dishes. For a buffet, include allergenfree options, like dishes with no nuts, or allow your guests to garnish their own plates. For instance, if you’re having a sundae bar, offer plenty of gluten-free toppings like M&Ms and Haribo gummies.

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One of my bridesmaids won’t order her dress and I’m afraid she won’t get it in time for my wedding. What should I do?

Find out why she’s holding off. Is she trying to lose 10 pounds before getting her measurements taken? Has she been busy with work? Is she just being a little flaky? If it’s one of the last two reasons, call and ask her for her measurements so you can order the dress for her. If you find she’s hoping to lose weight, let her know she can order now and a seamstress can alter the dress a few weeks before the wedding. It’s much easier to take in a too-large dress than vice versa. So ordering her current size will actually save her money in the long run.

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I have no idea where to even begin when it comes to hiring a band for our reception. Help!

The first thing to do is get recommendations. Start by polling other couples—getting a referral from a pair who had the time of their lives due to their five-piece jazz band is priceless. Check out reviews online for invaluable advice too. Other great resources are reception venue managers or wedding planners. They’ve heard lots of different bands and can steer you toward some of the best options in the area based on your music tastes.

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SHOWER STRESS

The guest list should include your closest female pals and relatives (as well as your fiancé’s mom, sister and any other close female friends and family). You don’t have to invite every woman who’s invited to your wedding. As for more distant guests, sending a shower invite is a nice gesture even if you know they won’t be able to attend—it shows them they’re important to you.

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We’re not sure if we can afford a planner for our wedding, but we could definitely use the help. What are our options?

Good news! Most wedding consultants are willing and able to work within a variety of budgets, and because of their connections and expertise, they’re often able to save you a good deal of money too. And you don’t have to sign a consultant on for the whole planning process. Many couples hire someone to oversee the final details the evening before and day of the wedding. Some pros even offer their services on an hourly basis for short-term tasks. You can try the à la carte route and choose exactly which services you’ll need. Just make sure it’s clearly defined in your contract.

PARTY FOUL

Hopefully your parents will be able to put aside their differences during your wedding. You can try diffusing the situation by seating them in different places at the ceremony and reception—the less they interact, the less likely they’ll argue. If you’re really concerned about their behavior, then sit down with them and tell them it would make you happy if they could be civil for one day. They may be more willing to call a truce (at least for 24 hours) if you’ve verbalized how important it is to you.

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My partner and I have been invited to a good friend’s wedding, as well as the rehearsal dinner, after-party and brunch—do we really have to go to all of these events?

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HAPPY FEET

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My fiancé and I want our first dance to be uniquely ours. What’s the best way to pick a song that isn’t played out?

If you don’t already have a song that’s decidedly yours, think back on the highlights of your relationship. What was playing the day you first said you were in love, or on the car ride to where he proposed? If you don’t have a song with history, consider creating the story. Do you have a shared favorite band or genre? Narrow it down to some options from there, and if the beat doesn’t quite lend itself to a first dance, see if there are acoustic options.

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201 Mill St., Northport; (231) 534-2142; WillowbrookMill.com Go north to wed at Willowbrook Mill—a family-owned facility that’s home to three fireplaces, stone-rimmed windows and gleaming hardwood floors. Nestled just 30 miles north of Traverse City, this casual elegant setting boasts rustic wood details, over 140 years of history and enough room to comfortably host 135 guests for dinner. TIP Willowbrook Mill provides rental items to help couples personalize your nuptials, like newlyweds Kelly and Bobby did for their own “I dos” on page 96.

6337 Snyder Road, Berrien Springs; (269) 408-6082; WeddingBarnMI.com As one of the longest continually operating farms in the area, this barn is a sight to see, with a 10-acre vineyard and annual harvest of honey and maple syrup. Exchange vows in the recently renovated 19th-century barn or on the venue’s 1,000-square-foot deck, which overlooks a nearby pond and wildflower meadow. While the maxiumum guest capacity varies by the season (150 in May and October, and 200 for warmer months), the pastoral views are stunning year-round.

6174 Halbert Road, Battle Creek; (269) 962-8633; GreencrestManor.com This former seminary turned secluded inn is a quaint option for to-be-weds on the hunt for a picturesque storybook setting. Seal the deal among the manor’s formal gardens and manicured meadows before celebrating with up to 200 parytogers in an alfresco reception on the existing stone-lined terrace. Worried about unpredictable weather? A canopy is placed over the terrace between the spring and fall months so you can wed sans stress. >>

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22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; (248) 990-5511; RustBeltMarket.com Set the scene for a wow-worthy wedding by booking this metro Detroit vintage marketplace, where you’ll find a massive, 4,000-square-foot temperature-controlled event space (room for 250) equipped with wood chevron detailing and an indoor terrarium. Located in downtown Ferndale, The Rust Belt Market is also home to Revel Bar—a spacious, full-service bar that’s a no-brainer for cocktail hour. TIP The market allows you to utilize food trucks, and local craft beer and glassware is included in all bar packages.

Journeyman Distillery 109 Generations Dr., Three Oaks; (269) 820-2050; JourneymanDistillery.com Sip, savor and celebrate at Journeyman Distillery, an open factory space that features metal ceilings, limestone brick walls, salvaged wood accents and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Reserve The Still Room (150) for its rustic warehouse vibe and private patio access, or book the expansive Warren Hall (500), where you’ll take in the sunset from a room lined with windows that measure over 90 feet high.

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The Inn at Stonecliffe 8593 Cudahy Circle, Mackinac Island; (906) 847-3355; TheInnatStonecliffe.com Tucked away on tranquil Mackinac Island, The Inn at Stonecliffe has an enchanting history along with bluff-top views. Built in 1904, the Mansion underwent renovations for an updated aesthetic that still maintains its original charm. After exchanging vows in an intimate woodland ceremony on the hotel grounds, retreat to the Bridgeview Tent (120 guests) on the inn’s carefully manicured lawn for a night of dancing against a backdrop of the Mackinac Bridge and straits.

Castle in the Country Bed & Breakfast Inn 340 M-40, Allegan; (269) 673-8054; CastleintheCountry.com Walk through this wooded estate and you’ll immediately obsess over the inn’s slew of secluded sites, which include a forest, lake, pond and bucolic 10-room bed-and-breakfast. Wed in a waterfront ceremony and, afterward, dine and dance with up to 150 family members and friends in an enclosed reception on the lawn. TIP Choose the inn’s “Enchanting Elopement” package, or take advantage of their intimate wedding offer that’s ideal for guest lists of no more than 25.

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Don’t dwarf your cake by displaying it on a huge dessert table. Quality ingredients and care in cake preparation are the keys to a delicious dessert.

How can couples save on their cake if they’re on a tight budget? A simple buttercream cake with fresh flowers is our go-to for a beautiful dessert on a budget. What’s one cake trend you’d like to skip? I hate to say it, but I’m over the naked cake for practical reasons. Naked cakes are lovely for a dinner party where you’re assembling the cake right before you eat it, but wedding cakes are iced in a delicious layer of buttercream because it protects the cake from drying out. I just hate the idea of guests eating dry cake for dessert. Aside from a traditional tiered cake, what’s another dessert must-have? I love the idea of an edible favor. Beautifully packaged macarons or personalized sugar cookies can be a lovely treat for your guests.

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What inspired you to start your own namesake bakery? My love for cake design stems from an education in art, a passion for food and a childlike belief that there’s nothing I can’t create. Studying abroad in Italy inspired me to consider food as a medium for my artwork, and participating in a Food Network Cake Challenge gave me the bug to pursue a business of my own.

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What shopping advice do you have for brides hoping to save on their gown? Attend trunk shows at local bridal salons. During typical trunk shows, a shop will showcase a large collection of dresses from a specific designer at a discount, so you can see and try on the dresses in person. Many shops host semi-annual or sample sales to provide significant discounts on last season’s dress collections too. Those sales allow shops to remove gowns from their existing inventory to make room for the upcoming season. Who is the best person to bring along for a second opinion while dress shopping? Bringing too many people to your dress appointment tends to increase stress and anxiety, so we highly recommend limiting your shopping group to four guests. The best people to have on hand are usually your mother, sister, grandmother or best friend. And bring people who will be honest with you, not friends who are just there to give you compliments.

What are the biggest bridal trends you’re seeing right now? More and more designers are incorporating illusion details into many of their dresses, from the chest and shoulders to the overall design. We’ve seen tulle skirts and overlays incorporated into more recent collections, which looks like two dresses in one.

If you’re just beginning to dress shop, don’t limit yourself to trying on one style. You should see your body in each dress style to determine the best silhouette for you.

What are some common questions you receive from your bridal clients? A lot of people ask if they have to wear a veil. That’s a personal decision and entirely up to the bride. Depending on the couple’s ceremony and faith, sometimes a veil is necessary. In that case, we’re happy to recommend the best color and length for your style of dress. My team also gets asked about when to schedule a final dress fitting. We always suggest scheduling a final fitting with our seamstress at least 7 to 14 days before your wedding day.

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What is the consultation process like when you first meet a couple? Most of our couples fill out an inquiry form on our website and we send over a packet of information for them to review. If our services meet their needs, then we set up a complimentary design consultation. Should a couple bring anything to their first meeting with you? Bring anything and everything visual that helps create your vision, like fabric samples and images of things you love. It’s also helpful to have a date and venue ready. What’s trendy in florals right now? Organically designed arrangements with loads of texture and unexpected flowers. We’ve also been creating tons of oversize installations in the form of chandeliers, arbors, backdrops and entryways.

Operating out of a boutique studio in northern Michigan, Haf creates exquisite floral designs that exude the natural essence of the season. WEBSITE

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Aside from using lace, what are some other unique ways to wrap a bouquet? We have a collection of vintage ribbons we love to use; we try to select a ribbon color that blends beautifully with the flower palette. You can also use an heirloom hanky, brooch or fabric from your grandmother’s veil. We’ve even wrapped a bride’s bouquet in copper as a tribute to her father, who was a coppersmith.

@bloomfloraldesign PRO TIPS

Choose vendors who work well together, and book them in advance. I love when a couple allows us some creative freedom— those clients always seem to be the most pleased.

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What about flower trends or color combinations you can’t stand? I’m not a fan of bright, contrasting colors— they hurt my eyes. An overload of primary or bold colors seems unnatural and harsh, especially for a romantic occasion.

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SETTING THE STAGE FOR A SUCCESSFUL EVENT Located in the heart of Detroit’s Greektown and adjacent to the newly renovated Atheneum Suites Hotel, this complex features one of the most beautiful & unique ballrooms in the Metro-Detroit area. With twenty-four foot vaulted ceilings, dome skylights and a circular balcony overlooking the main ballroom, this hidden treasure with a view of the city is a fabulous venue for an elegant wedding or social gathering.

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INSIDE SCOOP

“Don’t be afraid to delegate and assign planning tasks to your friends and family members. If someone wants to help, take them up on their offer.” —Sabrina & Grant

—Katie & Trip

“It’s unlikely everything will work out the way you initially plan for it to, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a great wedding day you’ll end up loving.” —Dana & Jordan

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“IF YOU’RE ABLE TO DIY, DO IT. IT’S WORTH THE FEELING YOU GET WHEN YOU WALK INTO YOUR VENUE TO SEE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK, ESPECIALLY KNOWING YOU PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT.” —Emily & Jovan

“If it rains, you’ll still get married and your wedding will still be pretty. You can’t do anything about the weather, but your hired vendors can.” —Jen & Tevje

“Hire pros you genuinely trust to be in control while you’re busy being the bride.” —Helena & Michael

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“TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN WEDDING. WHEN YOUR PARENTS SEE THAT YOU HAVE A VISION AND RESPECT YOUR BUDGET, THEY’LL BE MORE LIKELY TO LET GO OF THE DECISION-MAKING.”

“You only have a few short hours to take it all in. Be present and pause throughout the night to take a few mental pictures.” —Holly & Sara

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Where you will find your perfect dress and the wedding dress shopping experience you’ve always dreamed of.

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Your destination wedding just got a lot closer...

Harborview Ballroom, located on the second floor of The Inn with balconied terrace, overlooking the Saint Joseph River harbor, with seating up to 300 Riverside Patio located outdoors at the harbor’s edge, this 40’x80’ patio is a favorite for wedding ceremonies Waterside Rooms are located adjacent to the Harborview Ballroom, and can be combined with the ballroom to maximize seating and cocktail space or separated from the ballroom to host rehearsal dinners and send off brunches

The Inn at Harbor Shores ElizaBeth Hacker, Banquet & Social Events Manager 269.408.9114 ehacker@innatharborshores.com 800 Whitwam Drive Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085

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We tapped wedding pro Annie Lee of Daughter of Design to bring her Learn to Speak Wedding game to life. Here’s the lingo to know before you plan. ILLUSTR ATIONS BY ANNIK A HUET T

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The abbreviation RSVP is so well known that its actual meaning is what needs defining. In French, “répondez s’il vous plaît” translates to “please reply.” To avoid any last-minute guest list headaches, require your guests to respond “yes” or “no” at least two to three weeks before the wedding.

The most recognizable type of “formal” dress code, black-tie attire usually means the wedding is a fancy affair. Gentlemen in attendance should plan on wearing a tuxedo with a bow tie and patent leather shoes, while ladies should go all-out in a stunning floor-length gown.

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MAKEUP ARTIST MARRIAGE LICENSE Obtained from a state registrar’s office before your wedding, a marriage license grants you permission to legally wed. After the signed license is filed, you’ll receive a marriage certificate as record of your union.

Also often abbreviated as MUA, the makeup artist gets you wedding ready. Do a trial run (or two) to ensure you like the look they create. If possible, snap a few pictures to see if it photographs well, and then rock your trial look to find out how it wears throughout the day.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE Venues that include an in-house catering team often set a food and beverage minimum for prime event days like Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This “minimum,” also known as F&B, refers to the required menu and bar price or head count total necessary to rent the space.

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Slightly less formal than black-tie attire, a cocktail dress code states that men should wear a suit and tie, while women can wear a cocktail dress or dressy suit. It’s a great choice for venues like a city loft or tent.

BM, or best man, is generally the male friend or family member of the groom designated with leading all things groomsmen related. He stands beside the groom at the altar and gives a speech at the reception.

Wedding STDs are a good thing! A precursor to the formal invite, a save-the-date notifies guests to mark their calendars for your day. Etiquette suggests sending them out six to eight months before your wedding.

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CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE Also known as COI, it’s common practice for event venues to require any vendors working in the space—especially florists, photographers, caterers and musicians— to submit proof of general liability insurance in the amount of at least $1 million and to list the venue as additionally insured for the wedding date. That way, if anything goes wrong, neither the venue nor you is responsible.

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The PP that appears next to the pricing you see on your contracts indicates the cost per guest. You’ll want to keep an eye out for this type of pricing structure on anything that involves your catering or liquor choices.

A paper printing technique in which text, calligraphy or even a drawing is etched in reverse (think: mirror image) on a raised plate, which is then coated with ink and pressed into the paper.

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The large decorative plate already at each place setting before guests sit down. It helps style and accessorize the table décor and is not actually used for food service—it’s just for show. The first course plate is typically placed on top of the charger plate, and then both are removed before the next course.

Unless provided by your caterer, many venues and caterers charge an opening fee per bottle of alcohol, wine or champagne that you supply. The price per bottle can range drastically, so ask ahead of time about your venue’s regulations surrounding alcohol. Then, factor the additional pricing into your budget if you plan to bring your own bottles of vino or are envisioning an elaborate champagne toast at the reception.

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MAID OF HONOR MOH is the abbreviation for maid of honor, the female friend or relative of the bride designated to lead all bridesmaid duties. If she’s married, the MOH stands for matron of honor instead.

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Sports fans probably already know this one. Like a football game, wedding receptions can go over the intended time frame and into overtime. If the wedding is extended, OT fees may apply for the venue, as well as the band, photographer or other vendors you’ve contracted on an hourly basis. Be sure any OT fees are spelled out clearly in your contracts so the rate will not be a surprise.

PROCESSIONAL AND RECESSIONAL The processional is the entry of the wedding party into the ceremony—the officiant, groom(s), attendants and/or finally the bride(s). The recessional is the exit.

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RE AL COUPLES

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Five supersweet proposals from local to-be-weds. BY R ACHEL SYLVESTER

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When it came time to pop the question to his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years, Garret selected The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio, as the site of his surprise proposal. “My mom had a hard time getting pregnant with me, so my parents would drive to the shrine every day to pray for a baby,” Marichelle says. During an annual visit to the sanctuary, Garret shocked Marichelle when he gifted her an engagement ring on the shrine’s steps. “I knew the location would be very meaningful for Marichelle and her parents,” he says. The ring: Andres Fine Jewelers >>

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“I was nervous!” Brian says of proposing to Malene eight years after a mutual friend set them up in the city of Indianapolis. “It really is like in the movies when the guy takes a deep breath before he dives right in and proposes.” Brian popped the long-awaited question one evening at Malene’s apartment as the two were discussing their weekend plans. “We were dating long-distance and I had arrived at her apartment pretty late,” he says of the intimate surprise. “I knew that I would catch her off guard and that the proposal would set the tone for a beautiful weekend together.” The ring: Torin Bales Fine Jewelry

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Four years after they met at the Detroit Yacht Club, Sarah and Matthew took their dog, Maggie, on an afternoon walk along Grosse Pointe’s Lake Shore Road. But their leisurely routine turned out to be a moment Sarah wouldn’t soon forget. “We walked to my favorite spot on the water, and I noticed Matt and Maggie had slowed down,” she says. As Sarah turned around to face them, Matthew seized the opportunity to get down on one knee. “After I blurted out, ‘Did you ask my dad?’ I said ‘yes’ a million times over,” she recalls. The ring: Karagosian Jewelers >>

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“Saying ‘yes’ was the easiest thing I’ve ever done,” Traci says of accepting Nick’s proposal at Detroit’s RiverWalk after a romantic downtown dinner for two. The high school sweethearts had been dating for six years when Nick gifted Traci with a round diamond engagement ring as they walked along the Detroit River, which was illuminated with seasonal Christmas lights. “Nick knew I didn’t want a public proposal, so the whole thing felt peaceful and intimate,” Traci says. “I wear my ring with such pride knowing it symbolizes the fact that I get to marry my best friend.” The ring: Orin Jewelers

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While visiting Chicago for a family birthday party, Ryan (left) and William found themselves wandering through Millennium Park one Sunday afternoon. But unbeknownst to Ryan, William had brought along a black ceramic ring, which he had concealed in his pocket. “Ryan isn’t someone who likes to draw attention to himself, so I wanted to keep the proposal sweet and simple,” William says of popping the question while a friend took photos of the moment. “I wanted to include people who are important to us and to propose in a place that we can come back to and remember our engagement.” The ring: Etsy.com R E A D M O R E P RO P O SA L S TO R I E S AT HowHeAsked.com by The Knot

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Elyse Samardzich, works in finance GROOM Dan Oyer, works in finance HOW THEY MET At work WEDDING STYLE With a formal yet fuss-free fete in mind, Elyse and Dan combined striped linens with mirrored accents, black flatware and equestrian-inspired details. —Rachel Sylvester “One of our first dates together was at a racetrack, so we came up with a ‘lucky in love’ theme,” Elyse says of hosting their reception at their go-to local restaurant, Bacco. Gold horseshoe escort cards directed guests to their seats at long dining tables lined with black acrylic chairs.

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For an added pop of color, gold-rimmed dinnerware juxtaposed mirrored tables set with monochromatic flatware. Clusters of white peonies, garden roses and sweet peas lent a lush garden look to the lantern-lined reception tent.

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“I wanted something comfortable and just elegant enough to make me feel beautiful,” Elyse says of her sleeveless ivory sheath. A Latin band was on hand during the reception, where guests danced to Peruvian music and dined on vanilla cake filled with blood orange curd and vanilla buttercream.

ELYSE & DAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY SITE Hope Lutheran Church,

Farmington Hills RECEPTION SITE Bacco Ristorante, Southfield

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Jeremy Harwell/Harwell Photography PLANNER Mood

Events

FLOWERS Parsonage

OFFICIANT Pastor Rob Zahn

GOWN Mikaella Bridal

HAIR &

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MAKEUP

SHOES Nicholas

Kirkwood WEDDING RINGS BlueNile.com EARRINGS Ippolita

STATIONERY Mood

RENTALS Event Theory

Ristorante

CATERING Bacco

CAKE Sweet Heather Anne

MUSIC Jared Sykes/In Transit PHOTO BOOTH

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When it came time to wed, Shannon and Lucas chose to marry at the groom’s childhood home on Cavanaugh Lake. “It’s my favorite place to be,” Shannon says. As guests looked on from vintage chairs and wood crates, the couple became Mr. and Mrs. in a unity ceremony that called for bottles of red and white wine. “We combined them to make a unity rosé,” she explains.

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Shannon’s whimsical flower crown was comprised of white lisianthus and limonium caspia.

The couple’s German shorthaired pointer, Cooper, inspired the evening’s signature “Coopcumber Kisses” cocktail, which was made with a refreshing mix of gin, pureed cucumber, lemon and elderflower. A second drink dubbed “Lakehouse Lemonade” featured lemonade, rosemary, raspberries and vodka.

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SHANNON & LUCAS’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS Antique china and succulent-filled teacups dotted round dining tables, while nearby trees were decorated with DIY dream catchers. Rather than calligraph paper escort cards, Shannon wrote each guest’s name on pieces of salvaged slate collected from Lucas’s parents’ front porch during a recent renovation.

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Sarah Elizabeth Dunn Photography Chelsea Village Flowers Gamarra (friend) Bridal, Fowler Design Flowers

FLOWERS

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GOWN Allure, Becker’s HAIR In Chelsea Hair

HEADPIECE Chelsea Village

SHOES Nordstrom

ENGAGEMENT

RING Schlanderer & Sons WEDDING RINGS

Urban Jewelers JEWELRY Bracelet: Dry Goods; earrings: Four Directions DRESSES Various

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SIGN-IN BOOK DIY

STATIONERY RENTALS Delux

Tents and Events; Kutcha’s Party Rental CATERING Christian’s Catering

Cindy’s Buttercream Cakes

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Horizon String Quartet; cocktail hour: KGB; reception: Brian Alvarez/Just-b Entertainment FAVORS EllaCelebration, Etsy.com TRANSPORTATION Trinity Transportation REGISTRIES Bed Bath & Beyond; Williams

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WHO WE ARE Sumptuous Spirits is a luxury full-service mobile bartending company that provides superior bartending services for private and social events, parties, and gatherings in the metro Detroit area. We provide our clients with the “Sumptuous Experience”—an upscale bartending experience where we cater to the occasion, host, and the guests.

OUR SPECIALTY We specialize in creative libations and high-quality service—two components that are essential to a great event. In addition to providing bartenders and cocktail waiters, we also create custom cocktail and beverage menus tailored to the event.

EVENTS We service weddings, corporate events, business launches, social mixers, private celebrations, and parties in metro Detroit.

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THEIR STORY BRIDES Shruti Kumar, 26, an engineer and supply chain analyst; Tripti Kumar, 29, a pathology resident GROOMS Anup Bhandiwad, 27, a doctor; Sankalp Bhatnagar, 29, a family medicine resident HOW THEY MET Shruti met Anup in college, and Tripti met Sankalp through a mutual friend on her birthday WEDDING STYLE Rather than celebrate their new marriages separately, sisters Shruti and Tripti joined forces to host a blowout bash at The Fillmore Detroit that included 550 guests. —RS After many deliberations, both couples agreed on a joint Gatsby-inspired reception filled with feathers, jewels and an abundance of gold. “We have many great memories from concerts at The Fillmore, so we jumped at the opportunity to share that stage for our first dance,” Shruti says. Decks of playing cards served as escort cards, and guests danced to lively Bollywood hits after sitting down to a dinner of butter chicken and cookie-dough-flavored cupcakes.

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FLOWERS

Shruti & Anup: Viviano Flower Shop; Tripti & Sankalp: Amani Flowers

GOWNS Shruti: Blue

Peacock Boutique, Mississauga, ON; Tripti: ceremony: Frontier Heritage, Brampton, ON; reception: Blue Peacock Boutique

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Shruti: Mystique Sandals; Tripti: Michael Kors ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS Larson

Jewelry Design; The Jewelry Exchange BRIDESMAID SARIS Gulati, Delhi, India MENSWEAR Anup: Mysore, India; Sankalp:

Blue Peacock Boutique; Calvin Klein; Patwa & Company

STATIONERY January Waters;

Vistaprint; WeddingPaperDivas.com

RENTALS

Action Party Rental; The Fillmore Detroit CATERING Phulkari Punjabi Kitchen; Saffron;

T&M Catering

CUPCAKES & DESSERTS

Phulkari Punjabi Kitchen; Saffron; Taste Love Cupcakes Sandman Despite their shared reception, both sisters opted for separate first dances. Tripti and Sankalp selected John Mayer’s “Gravity,” while Shruti and Anup chose “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls before ushering in the start of the celebration with an upbeat dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

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MUSIC & PHOTO BOOTH DJ HONEYMOON Shruti & Anup:

Italy; Tripti & Sankalp: Mexico GUESTS 550 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• DETROIT

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THEIR STORY GROOM Christopher (Chris) Pierce (right), 36, a biotechnology executive GROOM Jonathan (Jon) Pollock, 37, owner of Ciao Andiamo HOW THEY MET At Harvard Business School WEDDING STYLE Chris and Jon let the Diego Rivera murals in their museum venue shine with the help of a wood chuppah and an autumnal palette of burnt orange and dark red. —RS “We wanted a design that felt modern, clean and masculine,” Chris says. Save-the-dates featured a vintage photo of Detroit, while invitations boasted an illustrated map of the city enclosed in an envelope inspired by Italian damasks.

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PLANNER Alison and

Bryan (formerly VLD Events) Katie Wachowiak

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT

Robert Sweetman (friend)

MENSWEAR

Calvin Klein Collection SHOES Gucci WEDDING RINGS BlueNile.com GROOMSMAID DRESSES Various STATIONERY Hello Tenfold

RENTALS

Elegant Events; La Tavola; Special Events Rental Institute of Arts

CATERING Detroit CAKE Cake Ambition

MUSIC Ceremony: The Panache

Group; cocktail hour: Sammy Genson; reception: DJ C4/Snapfuze PHOTO BOOTH Shutterbooth DANCE LESSONS

Simone Assboeck, Dance Together NYC

TRANSPORTATION Trinity

Transportation

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit REGISTRY Honeyfund.com

After a ceremony in the venue’s Rivera Court and cocktails in the sun-drenched Kresge Court, dinner was served in the Great Hall. There, family members and friends dined on Slows Bar BQ and Sanders Hot Fudge Cream Puffs before taking home bottles of artisanal balsamic vinegar.

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HONEYMOON Kauai; Bora Bora GUESTS 201 BUDGET $$$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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the right place

77 Monroe Center St. NW / Grand Rapids MI 49503 / cityflatshotel.com / 616.608.1727

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• DETROIT

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Ana (Gaby) Navarrete, 29, a civil engineer GROOM Jonathan (Jon) Lane, 31, a civil engineer HOW THEY MET At a summer internship WEDDING STYLE Gaby and Jon celebrated the bride’s Mexican heritage with a festive bash marked by a live mariachi band and savory Latin fare. —RS “We wanted both of our families to feel included and represented,” Gaby says of fusing Mexican music and menu items with American tradition. The location for the ceremony—the casino’s airy patio—showed off views of the city skyline.

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In the months leading up to their vows, Gaby and Jon collected dozens of wine bottles that their florist filled with fresh blooms hours before they said “I do.” The casino’s looming floor-to-ceiling windows allowed guests to gaze at the sunset while dining on authentic Mexican tacos.

GABY & JON’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Belle

Isle Casino, Detroit

PHOTOGRAPHY Shaun

and Rosy Feliciano/Rosy and Shaun Wedding Photographers

VIDEOGRAPHY Rosy &

Shaun Wedding Photographers Maple Lane Florist

FLOWERS

GOWN Essense of

Australia, Dior Bridal Salon, Dearborn HAIR Salon Detroit

by Dulce

VEIL DIY

Louboutin

MAKEUP Makeup SHOES Christian

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING

RINGS Skyline Diamond Setters DRESSES Xscape, Nordstrom

Hugo Boss, Nordstrom Shutterfly

STATIONERY

RENTALS Rochester Event and

Equipment Rental Catering

CATERING Crank’s

CAKE Prince Valley Market

DESSERTS Shatila Bakery

Skipz

BRIDESMAID MENSWEAR

MUSIC DJ

TRANSPORTATION The Detroit

Bus Company

ACCOMMODATIONS

MGM Grand Detroit

REGISTRIES Bed

Bath & Beyond; Crate & Barrel; Williams Sonoma

HONEYMOON New York City

GUESTS 280 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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Elizabeth’s BridalManor

402 S. Main, Northville 2 blocks north of West 7 Mile Rd.

(248) 348-2783

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• CLARKSTON

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The pair incorporated the Mexican lazo custom before honoring the African tradition of jumping the broom in their ceremony.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Jennifer Cantú, 27, a kindergarten teacher GROOM Jarrett Smith, 30, a director of mortgage banking HOW THEY MET At the University of Michigan WEDDING STYLE A vibrant blue and orange color palette and nods to Jarrett’s hometown of Philadelphia made for an ultra-personal affair. —RS “We stopped looking for items to fit a particular style and instead just picked details we love,” Jennifer says of their approach to planning a fall fete sans theme. “We knew that an outdoor ceremony surrounded by all of Michigan’s autumn colors was all the décor we needed.”

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JENNIFER & JARRETT’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Pine

Knob Mansion, Clarkston

PHOTOGRAPHY

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PLANNER

FLOWERS Jen House

OFFICIANT Sheldon Johnson GOWN Francesca Miranda,

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, Chicago

HAIR

MAKEUP Avanti Salon & Spa

VEIL

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DIY

SHOES ASOS

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Golden Gifts Jewelers NECKLACE Kate Spade

BRIDESMAID

DRESSES David’s Bridal

MENSWEAR

The Tux Shop on Woodward, Birmingham STATIONERY Escort cards: A Moment

In Time; invitations: SwellAndGrand, Etsy.com

RENTALS Luxe Event Linen

CATERING Pine Knob Mansion

Chocolate Bar Cafe

CAKE

MUSIC Ceremony:

Brian Ivan Guitar; reception: Music Box Productions PHOTO BOOTH ShutterBooth FAVORS DIY

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hilton Auburn Hills Suites

REGISTRIES

Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Williams Sonoma Juliet garden roses and sweet buttercream covered the modest iced cake, along with a topper designed to resemble Philadelphia’s famed Love sculpture. A Motown-heavy playlist was essential to kickstart the party, as was a memorable reception entrance to “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men.

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HONEYMOON Costa Rica GUESTS 140 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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“The vibrant colors of the local landscape created a stunning backdrop for our wedding,” Kelly says of their autumnal affair.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Kelly Korbel, 26, a proposal recruiter GROOM Bobby Busley, 26, a consultant HOW THEY MET In high school WEDDING STYLE Plaid accents, edible centerpieces and a fall palette of navy, gold, sage and wine lent a decidedly cozy vibe to Kelly and Bobby’s northern Michigan nuptials. —Kristen Seto “We chose to wed in Leelanau County without even thinking about it,” Kelly says of exchanging vows in the village of Northport. Guests sipped hot cider and kept warm with plaid blankets as they watched the couple say “I do” underneath a wedding arch draped with swaths of white fabric and greenery.

Appetizing arrangements were made from a fresh mix of kale, olives, rosemary and hops.

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The family-style meal evoked the feel of a fall harvest thanks to clusters of fresh apples, gourds, carrots and grapes that ran the length of each dining table. Michigan craft beer and Vernors-infused signature cocktails were served along with butternut squash lasagna and classic cherry pie.

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Omena RECEPTION SITE Willowbrook Mill, Northport

PHOTOGRAPHY Dan Stewart

Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Brian + Stacey

Wedding Photography + Cinema Conradie Event Design Botanical Co.

PLANNER

FLOWERS Darling

OFFICIANT Dan Bodamar/

Amazing Day Weddings

GOWN Casablanca

Bridal, Le Dress Boutique, Sandy Springs, GA HAIR Salon Renewal

Burdek

MAKEUP Hannah

VEIL Le Dress Boutique

The Frye Company

SHOES

ENGAGEMENT RING

Mervis Diamond Importers WEDDING RINGS Miner’s North Jewelers EARRINGS

Macy’s

BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN

MENSWEAR Groom: Bonobos; groomsmen:

J.Crew

STATIONERY Creative Approach;

Minted.com; Paper Source Catering by Kelly’s

CATERING

DESSERTS Grand

Traverse Pie Company

MUSIC Ron Getz

Guitar; Rusch Entertainment

FAVORS

Grand Traverse Pie Company; Korbel ACCOMMODATIONS Sunset Lodge REGISTRIES Amazon.com; Bed Bath

& Beyond; REI

HONEYMOON Italy

GUESTS 125 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• GRAND RAPIDS

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Katie Tyne, 29, a morgue assistant GROOM Ryan Brinkerhoff, 30, a creative manager and graphic designer HOW THEY MET At a bar with friends WEDDING STYLE Horror-crazed couple Katie and Ryan relied on skull artifacts, vintage test tubes and bone-white details to bring their grave nuptials to life. —RS “Til Death Do Us Part” was an obvious theme for the lifelong Halloween enthusiasts, who wed on Devil’s Night in a loft lined with mid-century modern furniture. “We consider October to be ‘our month,’ so it was important we showcase our personalities and style on our wedding day,” Katie says.

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Katie pinned an antique Victorian mourning brooch to the front of her 60s-era lace dress.

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Bell jars, black candles and brass accents filled the brick-walled venue, where guests gathered to sip pumpkin ale and witch potion cocktails. After the newlyweds shared a first dance to Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” partygoers sunk their teeth into pumpkin spice cupcakes and treats from a taco bar.

KATIE & RYAN’S WEDDING INGREDIENTS CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE

The Cheney Place, Grand Rapids PHOTOGRAPHY Jillian Bowes EVENT COORDINATOR Audrey

Greenfield/The Cheney Place Overgrowth Floral Fritz (friend)

FLOWERS

OFFICIANT Cait

GOWN DethroseVintage,

Etsy.com

HAIR &

Otto + Grand

MAKEUP

SHOES Miz Mooz

ENGAGEMENT RING Trumpet

& Horn WEDDING RINGS Metal Art Studio BROOCH RomAntiqueSupplies, Etsy.com

MENSWEAR Bow tie:

Brent Morgan; shoes: Nunn Bush; suit: Vittorio St. Angelo Bandito Design Co. n3do, Etsy.com

RENTALS The Cheney

Place; Fancy Fray El Cuñado

STATIONERY SIGN-IN BOOK

CATERING Tacos

CAKE The Cakabakery

MUSIC DJ: Adrian Butler

FAVORS

AllAboutPins; Bandito Design Co. REGISTRIES Target; West Elm GUESTS 80-90 BUDGET $ (see key, p. 8)

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WWW.LAMOURBRIDALMI.COM 39221 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48335 248-308-2733 • info@lamourbridalmi.com

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• BENTON HARBOR

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Christophe looked dapper in a classic black bow tie and bespoke suit. “The tie was the same one my dad wore when he married my mom,” Stina says.

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THEIR STORY BRIDE Stina Olivere, 25, a travel blogger GROOM Christophe Caron, 26, works in sales HOW THEY MET During their freshman year of college WEDDING STYLE While planning their destination wedding from Florida, Stina and Christophe envisioned an elegant fall gathering filled with gilded candelabras, ivory lace linens and savory fare that honored the groom’s French-Canadian heritage. —RS Guests traveled from as far as Québec to celebrate Stina and Christophe’s union in a party aptly dubbed “He had me at bonjour.” “We wanted to honor the joining of our home countries,” Stina says of planning an American-Canadian fusion fete.

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Invitations were printed in “Frenglish,” allowing guests to RSVP oui or non to the couple’s October nuptials and reception, which featured Michigan-sourced dried cherries, a pineapple rum-soaked carrot cake and late-night poutine bar. “It was a huge hit,” Stina says of treating partygoers to a traditional Canadian meal of fries, cheese curds and gravy.

O’Woods Golf & Country Club, Benton Harbor

PHOTOGRAPHY Kelly Braman

Photography

PLANNER, EVENT DESIGN

FLOWERS Modern Day

&

Ray Lechner

OFFICIANT

GOWN Monique Lhuillier,

Chic Parisien, Coral Gables, FL &

MAKEUP Cheeky Strut

HAIR VEIL Ines

Di Santo, Chic Parisien, Coral Gables, FL HEADPIECE Maria Elena

Louboutin; Prada

SHOES Christian

ENGAGEMENT &

WEDDING RINGS Jared the Galleria of

Jewelry

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Monique

Lhuillier, Bella Bridesmaids Surmesur; shoes: Calvin Klein

MENSWEAR STATIONERY

Gwyneth Paige Couture Letterpress Modern Day

Golf & Country Club Bakery & Deli Group

RENTALS

CATERING Point O’Woods CAKE Froehlich’s

MUSIC The Clifford Music

TOTE BAG FAVORS What Is It

This Week? Excursion

TRANSPORTATION Royal ACCOMMODATIONS Old

Harbor Inn; Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club

REGISTRIES Bloomingdale’s; Crate

& Barrel; Williams Sonoma GUESTS 110 BUDGET $$$$ (see key, p. 8)

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Cliff

Bell’s, Detroit

PHOTOGRAPHY Meghan Melia

Kindsvater/Meghan Melia Acre & Arrow Films Angelica Peterson Designs

VIDEOGRAPHY

DAY-OF COORDINATOR FLOWERS M K Carroll

OFFICIANT Leigh Ann Philips-Knope/

Roots of Change

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In search of a nontraditional venue that felt “slightly eclectic like us,” Cierra and Erica sealed the deal on stage at the historic Cliff Bell’s restaurant and lounge. “We frequented the venue on date nights and ultimately fell in love with its music and overall vibe,” Erica says of the art-deco-inspired space.

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GOWNS Maggie Sottero,

Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor, Northville

HAIR

Cierra: Hair Essentials Salon Studios; Erica: bride’s cousin MAKEUP Brittany Garner VEILS Cierra: BlancaVeils, Etsy.com;

Erica: JerseyBride, Etsy.com

SHOES Cierra:

Caparros; Erica: Thalia Sodi

ENGAGEMENT

& WEDDING RINGS Neil Lane, Kay Jewelers JEWELRY Bracelet: DSW; earrings: Kate

Spade

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Various

STATIONERY Gloss Ink

DazzlingExpressions, Etsy.com & DESSERTS Cliff Bell’s

SIGN-IN BOX CATERING

MUSIC DJ Chuck/

Detroit DJ Entertainment; Heather Black Project PHOTO BOOTH Detroit DJ Entertainment FAVORS Amazon.com

A-List Limousine

TRANSPORTATION

ACCOMMODATIONS

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center REGISTRIES Macy’s; Target GUESTS 110 BUDGET $$$ (see key, p. 8)

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• CHASSELL

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Groomsmen donned gray suits, while Greg sported cuff links engraved with the words “I Love You More.”

The newlyweds cut into a sweet stacked confection comprised of carrot and German chocolate cake.

THEIR STORY BRIDE Jordanna Kero, 25, a business analyst GROOM Greg Pedersen, 26, a metabolic specialist HOW THEY MET At Michigan Technological University WEDDING STYLE Vintage books, antique bird cages and delicate floral details made for a barn wedding that was equal parts rustic and romantic. —KS A wood barn and rolling green hills set the scene for the couple’s late-summer vows, which Jordanna planned herself. “I have such a passion for planning, so being able to create the wedding of our dreams was an amazing experience,” she says.

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PLANNER Honey + Heart

FLOWERS Aurora Blossoms

OFFICIANT Minister David Taivalkoski GOWN Allure, Mimi’s Bridal Boutique,

Ann Arbor

HAIR Victoria Vahakangas

MAKEUP Caitlin Polakowski

IziDressy.com

VEIL

SHOES H&M

ENGAGEMENT & WEDDING RINGS

Kay Jewelers Various

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

MENSWEAR Men’s Wearhouse;

ties: Cyberoptix, Etsy.com; HolmesTies, Etsy.com

STATIONERY LettersToYou,

Etsy.com; Paper Source Event Rentals

RENTALS U.P.

CATERING Mark Pittillo

CAKE Shelby Turnquist

MUSIC

Ceremony: Mackenzie Hietala & Tod Pedersen; reception: DJ Don Hill TRANSPORTATION Red Jacket Trolley Co. ACCOMMODATIONS Country Inn

& Suites Centerpieces consisted of clusters of blush garden and spray roses paired with verdant garlands of seeded eucalyptus. Colored glassware, vintage china, gold chargers and blush-hued candleholders topped reception tables, where guests found their seats with the help of laser-cut wood place cards.

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REGISTRIES Bed Bath & HONEYMOON Costa Rica

GUESTS 350 BUDGET $$ (see key, p. 8)

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• BAY HARBOR

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With the help of his father, Aaron built a ceremonial wood cross flanked by two whiskey barrels. There, the college sweethearts exchanged vows before inviting guests to celebrate with Albanian dance music and oysters by the hundreds.

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When you think “destination wedding,” do you picture palm trees, sandy beaches and waterfront views? Well, think again. Not only is northern Michigan a hot spot—okay, perhaps not literally a hot spot—for destination weddings, but the area’s stunning scenery, small-town hospitality and abundance of local food and drink make it an ideal locale for spring and summer celebrations alike. Read on for our ultimate guide to planning your warm-weather wedding up north. >>

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Mind the elements As the locals know, Michigan weather is notoriously temperamental. “Finding the perfect outdoor location and being rained out can completely alter your entire wedding experience,” Moger notes, creating confusion among your pros or throwing off your décor ideas. So have a backup plan and talk it through with your wedding planner. For peace of mind, Moger suggests booking a venue with a dedicated rain plan. The Homestead Resort (TheHomesteadResort.com) in Glen Arbor, for example, will move your ceremony into their cocktail-hour space in the case of inclement weather. Keep in mind that establishing a rain plan at a private estate is often more difficult. She recommends hiring a rental company that can have staff on-site the day of your nuptials if the weather starts to look rough. “Event Theory (EventTheory .com) in Warren is great about that,” she says. “You will have to pay whether the tent gets used or not, but it’s often worth it. I also recommend renting blankets, umbrellas and space heaters. Consider them a tiny investment in a sunny day.” Sip some local wine Whether you’re looking for a little vino to toast with or to host a vineyard wedding, northern Michigan boasts a notable wine scene. “Each vineyard is unique, and that’s the great part,” says Madeline >>

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book early Northern Michigan has a shorter wedding season than most areas; it typically ranges from May through October, Moger says. So when the season is in full swing, lodging fills up quickly—make sure your guests are aware of this. Also consider “festival traffic.” Many festivals, such as the National Cherry Festival (CherryFestival.org), take place during the same period here, so plan ahead to prevent

Begley, owner of Events to Remember (EventstoRememberTC .com) in Traverse City. “They all have such a different ambience. At one, there will be dogs running around. At another, it’s a sleek party atmosphere. Then there are vineyards that are just quaint and quiet, perfect for sitting around a fireplace.” Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards (BrengmanBrothers.com) is Moger’s favorite winery for many reasons. For one, it’s much closer to Traverse City than most, and you can host your entire wedding—from ceremony to reception—among the vines. And something else to keep in mind: Their closing time for weddings is 11 p.m.—a full hour later than most wineries on the popular Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail (LPWines.com). Begley also suggests checking out the recently opened Aurora Cellars (AuroraCellars.com) on Leelanau Peninsula. This old-world-inspired vineyard accommodates weddings of up to 300 people and has lodging for the wedding party at its farmhouse. Shady Lane Cellars (ShadyLaneCellars.com) is another local fave, with a unique, rustic feel: The tasting room is in a converted chicken coop. “These two locations have done an amazing job of

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making everything quaint and cute, and are far enough away from everything that’s going on that they’re still private,” Begley says. So you don’t have to worry about driving while you’re scoping sites, Blue Lakes by the Bay Transportation (BytheBayTC.com) provides a convenient way to winery hop. They’ll also take you and your wedding party to and from your hotels, ceremony and reception venues, and photo sites.

Consume craft brews The area is also known for its one-of-a-kind breweries, and its beer scene has only grown in the last few years. In fact, many couples opt to serve a keg of local beer. Some favorites, Moger says, include Right Brain Brewery (RightBrainBrewery.com), Short’s Brewing Company (ShortsBrewing.com), The Workshop Brewing Company (TraverseCityWorkshop.com) and Rare Bird BrewPub (RareBirdBrewPub.com). Book a brewery tour for you and your guests through Grand Traverse Tours (GrandTraverseTours .com). Begley counts The Workshop Brewing Company in >>

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Traverse City as one of her personal favorites because of its commitment to crafting its own beers and preserving a local flavor. “Every one of their beers is truly unique,” she says. Unfortunately, they don’t distribute, but it’s certainly worth stopping by in person to check out the space. “It looks like an auto shop, with everyone wearing name tags,” Begley says. A garage door opens up onto a lively patio, and there’s often live music.

Appreciate the lakeside views With all the lakes in the area, small and great (hello, Lake Michigan!), arriving to your ceremony or reception by boat— whether it’s you or your guests—adds a special, nature-inspired touch to your day. You could also hold your rehearsal dinner or another pre- or postwedding party on the water. Check out TraverseCity.com for a ton of options. Just make sure guests bring some layers to wear—it is Michigan, after all. Last summer, one of Moger’s couples threw an amazing private estate wedding on Walloon Lake, which is just an hour and a half from Traverse City. Planners brought in some of the top pros from all over the Wolverine State to create an intimate lakeside event, complete

with music by Michigan-based blues and bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys (LindsayLouMusic.com), a Tuscan-style menu topped off with homemade gelato and cookies from Tom’s Mom’s Cookies (TomsMomsCookies.com) in Harbor Springs, and guests arriving at the venue by boat.

Consider your guests’ comfort “There are many amazing venues on Leelanau Peninsula, from waterfront locations to wineries with scenic views,” Moger notes. “Sometimes I’ll have clients that book a venue on the tip of the peninsula without considering where guests will stay.” Because of the geography here, many guests end up lodging closer to Traverse City, which can be 45 minutes from the venue. If you’re hosting a destination wedding and most guests won’t have vehicles, she suggests arranging a shuttle service from Traverse City and back at the end of the night. Another option is to reserve several rental houses through Airbnb.com or VRBO.com on the peninsula, or choose a venue with lodging on-site, such as Black Star Farms (BlackStarFarms.com) or Fountain Point Resort (FountainPointResort.com).

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Your invitation suite (including, but not limited to, your invite, response card, reception card and accommodations/directions card), is often the first glimpse guests get into your wedding day style, so it’s important to pay attention to the message your paper goods are sending. Whether your vibe is streamlined and classic, natural and aged, or bright and modern, adding these trendy accents to your correspondence will make it stand out and will help set the mood for all your unique wedding day celebrations to come.

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Watercolor illustrations Turn your invitation suite into a work of art worthy of display (even if it’s just on the fridge) by hiring a painter or artist to create a stunning scene for your invites, RSVP card or save-the-date. Pastoral or landscape scenes are growing in popularity as more couples choose to make the destination of their wedding, like sprawling vineyards, the focus of their design. If the idea of nature doesn’t fit your wedding style, look to your venue—or you and your partner’s life together—for inspiration. A portrait of your beloved pups, a monochromatic rendering of your first date spot or even a new family crest dedicated to your interests are all great ways to personalize the painting. Then, make the most of your investment by reusing the imagery throughout other parts of your event, like imposing it on lounge pillows, sticking labels on goodies in your welcome bags or having a vinyl version made to attach to cornhole boards. You can even frame an oversize version and hang it in your newlywed nest as a sweet reminder of your wedding day.

Leather detailing Heads up: Leather details are the new “it” wedding texture, and they’re the perfect choice for couples or to-be-weds looking to incorporate a bit of edge into their invitation suite. Leather that’s been debossed (meaning it’s been stamped so it’s indented with wording) is great for smaller accents like an insert card, program binding or as a belly band to hold the whole suite together. Or make the material the star of the show by seeking out a stationer who specializes in leather pressing and have them craft your actual invite using leather as the “paper.” Keep in mind that a heavier style like that may double or triple your postage costs. >>

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Give guests a special surprise by lining envelopes with an eye-catching design. Logistically, envelope liners serve to make envelopes a bit heartier so they stand up to mailing, and also ensure you can’t see through to the inner contents. Practicality aside, they’re also a great place to work in color or design. Think of liners as the wallpaper of your envelope—the underside of the flap is one of the first things guests will see. You want something attention-grabbing that will give guests a taste of your party personality. Task your stationer with designing a liner that accents—not competes with—the rest of your invitation suite. A bold geometric pattern falls perfectly in line with a modern city loft wedding, while soft pastel watercolor blooms are an ideal accent if you’re hosting a romantic garden affair.

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The ancient art of calligraphy (available in a variety of styles, like traditional copperplate and modern script) has long been a go-to for wedding invitations, giving them a special, more formal feel. While it’s often reserved for addressing the inner and outer envelopes of invitation suites, you can incorporate it on other details as well, like escort cards, menu cards, ceremony programs and favor tags. Pros also use spot calligraphy in their invitation designs. An entirely handwritten invite can be difficult to read and also expensive, but using script in a few key spots (like your and your partner’s names) is a great compromise. Calligraphers are also turning to metallic inks, like iridescent golds, coppers and silvers, to give an invitation a truly celebratory feel.

Next time you’re scouring local antique shops for blue and white ginger jars for your centerpieces, keep an eye out for vintage stamps that match your invite suite as well. Hunt down styles that somehow complement your wedding palette or invitation suite, either in color or by the images they depict, then add them to the exterior envelopes for some old-school charm. Your stationer is a great resource for this, but you can also check out vendors like VintagePostageShop and LittlePostageHouse on Etsy.com. Whether you choose to accent your envelope with bold blues or all blooms, head to the post office before you buy. You’ll want to have a sample envelope (filled with your complete suite) weighed first so you know how much postage will cost. Vintage stamps are worth less, so you’ll likely need five or more per envelope to ensure it will ship. >>

Vellum paper You’ve likely seen this thin, waxy paper popping up in your inspiration feeds lately, either layered atop a printed invite or serving as the invitation itself. Known as vellum, this material is typically made from a rag or plasticized cotton blend, and has an opaque, nonreflective finish that feels a bit softer than plastic. It’s sturdy enough to be printed or written on with calligraphy (and looks especially great in a monochromatic palette, like black or white) making it a cool, modern solution for envelopes, liners or invitation paper. Work it into your suite for an edgy twist, then carry it throughout the rest of your wedding décor by using it everywhere—think: vellum menus, place cards, ceremony programs, favor tags and confetti bags. It seriously does it all.

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Deckle edging Unique texture can bring a little something extra to even the simplest invitation suite design, and there’s no better way to do that than by choosing a paper style with deckle edges. In manual papermaking, a deckle refers to the removable wood frame used to size the sheet of paper and keep the wet paper materials within the shape. Once pressed and released from the frame, the edge of the paper can be feathered and slightly irregular, resulting in its characteristic torn look. Also popular in old-school bookmaking, deckle edges have become a coveted addition to invitation suites, especially if the couple is looking to infuse their design with a vintage, bespoke charm. Paper featuring deckle edge detailing pairs most naturally with equally organic design accents, like a soft neutral color palette, flowy handwritten calligraphy, hemp or twine bundle ties, and a casual or rustic wedding day venue.

Wax seals For the perfect finishing touch, go old school with a wax seal. Traditionally used to close envelopes and letters before the handy glue strip was commonplace (the practice dates to before medieval times) wax seals are experiencing a renaissance thanks in part to their popularity in wedding invitations. Keep it simple with a traditional fleur-de-lis-style seal or explore the offerings on sites like BacktoZero.co or Stamptitude.com, where you can browse unique options or customize your own styles. With dozens of colors to suit any palette and even more ways to use them, wax stamps are becoming a must for practically any event. Supply your stationer with one featuring your new initials to seal a ribbon onto your invitations, stamp them onto welcome bag tags or invest in several numbers to use them in an unexpected table card display.

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Perfect for romantics at heart, raw silk ribbons are a great way to introduce texture, movement and a dusting of color to any invitation suite. Often seen tied around a stack of materials or used as the binding in wedding programs, silk ribbons add an effortlessly whimsical finishing touch. Sites like StellaWolfe.com, SilkandWillow.com and Tono-Co.MyShopify.com specialize in hand-dyed, raw silk ribbons, which gives the material its signature desaturated colors and fluttery feel. Ask your stationer to work some ribbon into your suite, then carry the finish throughout your wedding by tying ribbons onto your bridal bouquet or looping them around the napkins at place settings. Order an extra spool to hand off to your photographer on the day-of—it’s a great accent to add to those gorgeous flat lay shots you’ll want of your stationery suite.

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Ciarra Rouwhorst runs Silver Fox Calligraphy & Design out of her studio in Petoskey. She loves working one-on-one with clients, using calligraphy and watercolor illustration to tell their story.

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Rather than having my couples choose a design, we start from scratch, working to craft stationery that reflects who they are. Every couple is different, and so is their wedding stationery suite.

Custom watercolor illustrations are the best. When couples commission a crest or illustration of their venue, I know it will be treasured. It makes me so happy to create something so meaningful.

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Instead of a traditional vessel centerpiece, have your florist create a diverse arrangement of blooms, greenery and fruit that guests can feast their eyes on as they dine. This statement-making version includes cacti, pomegranates, roses, orchids and tropical goodies like lychee, papaya and dragon fruit. Prairie porcelain charger plate, $77, Vista Alegre, JungLeeNY.com; Melamine dinner plate, $10, Lulie Wallace, Anthropologie.com; gilded rim white wine glass, $22, Anthropologie.com; Mykonos satin stitch napkin in Orange, $24, JonathanAdler.com; copper-handled flatware, $40 for 5-piece set, PotteryBarn.com; Josie double old-fashioned glass, $4, CrateandBarrel.com >>

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If the idea of putting on eyeliner makes your hand shake, you may want to hire a pro to do your makeup on your wedding day. >>

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Whether it’s strobing, contouring, a smoky eye or a statement lip, when it comes to your wedding day makeup, the possibilities are endless. And unless you’re a makeup aficionado, all those choices can make your head spin. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day will take the stress out of making sure you’re photo ready. We tapped beauty guru Brittany Lo, the founder and CEO of Beautini, for her tips on finding and working with a makeup artist.

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Get inspired You’ve spent months tearing pages out of wedding magazines and pinning everything you can find for your wedding décor and dress, but your inspiration hunt shouldn’t stop there. The easiest way to ensure your makeup turns out exactly the way you envision it is by using a reference photo. “Pinterest or bridal magazines and blogs are a perfect place to start,” Lo says. “Finding photos that reflect a bride’s vision is helpful for an artist to fully understand the desired direction for the look.” Did a celebrity have a major beauty moment on the red carpet you’ve been dying to re-create? Was there a makeup look on the runway that caught your eye? Take those pictures and file them away for your makeup artist to reference. And if you don’t have a specific image in mind, that’s okay too. Just knowing the shades you’d like to incorporate or the feeling you’d like to evoke can help your makeup artist lock down a look you’ll love.

Find the right pro The easiest way to find any pro for your wedding is by asking your friends—nothing beats word of mouth, especially in the world of weddings. Your photographer or hairstylist might also have great suggestions for a makeup artist, since most have worked with some in the past. Our online marketplace is also a great way to connect

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with makeup artists right in your area. You can search by city and state, read reviews from real brides, take a look at artists’ portfolios and save their pictures to your favorites. You can even contact the vendor directly through our site to get an estimate or check if they’re available on your wedding day. Be sure to ask for references before hiring any professional. Past clients will be able to tell you everything their portfolio can’t, like how they interacted while they worked and if they are punctual and easy to work with and have a positive attitude. Your makeup artist will be with you and your wedding party for hours, so you’ll want to know from past clients if they enjoyed working with them. “Having trust in your makeup artist is key,” Lo says. “It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what look you’re going for. But if you’re not working with specific inspiration images, it is important to trust that the makeup artist you’re working with can create something you’ll love.”

Schedule your makeup trial You should book your makeup trial immediately after you send your makeup artist your inspiration photos. You’ll want to know early on if the makeup artist you chose is the right fit and if the look you’ve been envisioning will work for you. “Bring inspirational photos of hair and makeup that you like as well as photos of yourself that you like,” Lo says. But remember, your inspiration photo should be just that—inspiration. Be open to suggestions from your makeup artist, especially if you don’t have specific images to reference. They can guide you to a beauty look that complements everything from your features to your wedding color scheme. Other essentials for your makeup trial? “Makeup products you love wearing on a daily basis and a lipstick that you are looking to incorporate into the look,” Lo says. >>

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real talk “You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.”

The ideal time to schedule your trial is around the time of day your actual wedding will be. If your ceremony is in the morning, have your trial early—that way you can see how the makeup looks in different lighting throughout the day. Take photos from different angles as well, and pay close attention to how your skin reacts to the products they use. Is your mascara flaking off? Does your skin feel irritated or greasy from the foundation? Has your concealer completely disappeared? You want your makeup to be picture perfect, so don’t be afraid to voice all your concerns to your makeup artist—now is the time to do so. “Communication is extremely important,” Lo says. “You’re spending a lot of money for a trial. You shouldn’t feel bad about speaking up about what you like and dislike. An artist can’t read your mind, but their top priority is making sure you leave looking fabulous and feeling totally happy.” If you don’t like your look after the trial, contact the artist or a representative from their company. Frequently, a company will offer a complementary or discounted second trial. Also, it’s a good idea to time your makeup trial. This way, you’ll have an estimate of how long it will take on the actual wedding day so you can plan accordingly. While you’re there, discuss wedding day logistics. If you’re traveling to your makeup artist, budget extra time. If they’re coming to you, make sure they have a clean space with surfaces to lay out their products and tools, as well as access to multiple outlets and (if possible) natural lighting.

Get made up On the day of your wedding, you should be as relaxed as possible— so leave plenty of time to get ready before the ceremony. It usually takes two to three hours to complete a bride’s hair and makeup. Something to keep in mind: If the makeup artist is also working with your bridal party, depending on the size of the party, you’ll need to set aside at least an additional two hours for their looks. If possible, it’s best to hire another person for your party or hire a makeup artist that has an assistant or a team that can work on all of you at the same time. If one pro is working on both you and your bridesmaids, go last so you’ll look fresh in photos. If your bridal party is doing their own hair and makeup, make sure you give general guidelines so they know what you’re envisioning.

ask away Before you book a pro for your wedding day beauty, get need-to-know answers to these questions.

Do you have a portfolio of your work I can look at?

Why you want to know: Whether it’s a traditional portfolio or their profile on Instagram, always look through a makeup artist’s past work before hiring them. This will help you get a feel for their skill level and the types of looks they specialize in.

Will you bring your own products, or will I be responsible for supplying them? Why you want to know: If you have specific brands or products you never stray from, or if you have allergies to certain products, using your own may be the best bet. For makeup brushes and other tools, a makeup artist will be using a clean brush of their own.

How do you charge?

Why you want to know: If you have a large wedding party, it’s worth looking into a makeup artist who doesn’t charge per person. Logistics like how they charge, the payment method they prefer and when they expect payment should be discussed early so there are no surprises on the day of your wedding.

Do you have a team of assistants?

Why you want to know: Depending on how big your wedding party is, you may need a makeup artist who works with one or more assistants. An artist who has a team can focus on you as the priority and have their assistants work on the rest of your party, minimizing the time it will take for everyone to get ready.

What will happen if you’re sick or have an emergency on my wedding day?

Why you want to know: Emergencies happen all the time, but does your makeup artist have a plan in place if they’re unable to make it? They might have another artist who will replace them or assistants who can take over their duties for the day. Also ask if they will give you a refund in the event they have to cancel.

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10 things bridal consultants want you to know

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From your first shopping trip to your final fitting, here’s what the pros want you to consider before you hit the salon. >> BY SHELLEY BROWN PHOTOGR APH BY ERIC KELLEY

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Shop early Take note: A designer wedding gown is custom made to your measurements. It will take months of work to create and a series of alterations to fit your body perfectly. In other words, it’s not the kind of garment you can toss into an online shopping cart and have show up on your doorstep two days later—which is why you should go to a bridal salon to shop for your gown. Book your first appointment 12 to 9 months before your wedding date. (Some designers can accommodate orders in six months or less, but even then, you’re cutting it close.) If you’re shopping closer to your wedding, you may be limited to samples or off-the-rack gowns. And smaller stores may not be able to accommodate last-minute orders.

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Hidden costs add up Your wedding gown budget includes more than the dress. Your veil or headpiece, shoes, jewelry, undergarments and alterations (and in some cases, steaming and storing your dress) will also add to your bottom line. Factor in these costs before you give the salesperson your final shopping budget.

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Always book an appointment While you may get lucky and snag a salesperson just by walking in, scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure you’ll get a full hour of undivided attention. Also, plan to play hooky to avoid crowds. Going in on a weekday will allow you to hit the stores while crowds are at a minimum. You’ll get much more attention from the sales staff if you shop on a slow Tuesday morning rather than a hectic Saturday afternoon.

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Start your dress search nine months before your wedding to leave ample time to deal with any mishaps. The sooner you find your dress, the sooner you can plan your bridal party and accessories.

Dress delivery can take up to five months, depending on the designer. The seasons can also affect delivery—summer and fall brides may need 12 to 14 weeks, while spring brides may need only 10.

If there’s a certain dress you like, the salon can request a loaner sample for your appointment. Ask about trunk shows as well—they’re a great way to see a designer’s full collection all at once.

Be careful purchasing a discount designer dress online—they’re usually counterfeit. A better way to save on a wedding gown is to check out local sample sales or consignment boutiques.

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Shop for your shape When trying on dresses, focus less on the number on the scale and more on the general shape and frame of your body. Your weight may be constantly fluctuating, especially if you’re stressed out, so don’t let that be the deciding factor in choosing your dress. Concentrate on finding a silhouette that accentuates the features you love and makes you feel confident. Limit your entourage You may be tempted to invite all your friends and family to help you shop for your gown, but bringing a big group to the salon is a gown shopping don’t. Enlist one or two of your closest friends or family members to help you start your search. This way you can find the gown that best suits you and your style and not feel pressured by too many conflicting opinions.

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You’re paying for an experience While shopping online for your dress may seem like the more convenient option, visiting a bridal salon is a once-in-alifetime experience with numerous benefits of its own. For starters, you’ll get face-to-face interaction with a wedding dress expert to help guide you, taking the guesswork out of finding your perfect size and silhouette. Additionally, you have the opportunity to touch and feel the dresses you’re considering, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Trust us, while dress photos may look dreamy online, there’s a huge difference between high-quality fabrics and embellishments and low-quality ones in person. Practical aspects aside, your salon appointment is first and foremost a special moment. It’s a chance to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, sip bubbly with the people you love and enjoy accomplishing a huge moment in your wedding planning process.

ways to customize your dress Wedding dresses certainly aren’t one style fits all. On a day when all eyes are on you, opt for a dress that perfectly reflects your personal style.

Add sleeves

Fell in love with a strapless dress but looking for more coverage or support? Ask your stylist about adding sleeves or straps. Most gowns can be customized with cap sleeves or straps, and many silhouettes can even be altered with long sleeves. Bonus: They’re on trend. Or if you’re looking for a less permanent option that you can switch out between ceremony and reception, consider a jacket or capelet.

Customize your bustle

Every dress with a train needs a bustle, but not many brides know that each bustle is custom made to suit the gown. These tricky systems of hooks, buttons and ties are designed to pull your train off the floor, and they need to be carefully sewn in a pattern that works with each individual silhouette.

Modify embellishments

You might feel like your dress could use a little more, or even a little less, embellishment. See how much control you have over the existing details on your dress—can you add more to or remove from certain areas?

Lace it up

Swapping out a zipper for a corset closure adds a romantic finishing touch for brides looking for a dramatic back. But a corset-style closure isn’t only for looks. If you think you might need extra breathing room, a lace-up back gives you some leeway.

Make it personal

Find a creative way to incorporate “something old, new, borrowed or blue.” Stitch your loved one’s initials in blue inside your bodice, close to your heart, or sew a charm with a special meaning into the hem.

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The Iris Garden

LADY OF THE LAKE For a look that’s both polished and fashion forward, top off a classic tulle ball gown with a gauzy, shoulder-baring shrug. Dress, $7,700, Sabrina Dahan, SabrinaDahan .com; earrings, $7,600, EricaCourtney.com

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The Sculpture Garden

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Express your personal style in a sequined, watercolor-print gown with an oversize shoulder ruffle. Dress, $6,600, Rivini at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa.com (Birmingham); engagement ring, $2,850 (not including center stone), Monique Lhuillier, BlueNile.com; earrings, $15,920, FernandoJorge.co.uk; shoes, $1,495, ChristianLouboutin.com

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The Great Bowl

INTO THE BLUE Float down the aisle in a flowy nude gown embroidered with cerulean beading.

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PROPORTION PLAY A slim, dropped-waist corset and over-the-top tulle skirt create a striking silhouette that’s as fun as it is dramatic.

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GILT-Y PLEASURE Glittery statement accessories like an embellished headpiece, chandelier earrings and even a hedgehog clutch give off instant glam vibes.

Engagement ring, price upon request, UneekJewelry .com; headpiece, $795, MintLola.com; clutch, $4,995, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus.com

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The Allée

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Butterflies aren’t just a gorgeous way to incorporate nature-inspired details into your wedding look— they also symbolize new beginnings. Dress, $7,590, Romona Keveza at Roma Sposa Atelier, RomaSposa.com (Birmingham); engagement ring, $1,780, ParadeDesign .com; earrings, $2,221, AnabelaChan.com

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The Rose Garden

BLOOMING BAUBLES Layer on whimsical cocktail rings, plus a one-of-a-kind straw boater hat to dress up a simpler frock. Dress, $6,790, Ines Di Santo, MarkIngramAtelier.com; floral engagement ring, $5,700 (not including center stone), ParadeDesign.com; wedding band, $1,570, KirkKara.com; frog ring, $3,510, butterfly ring, $5,400, EffyJewelry.com; pearl ring, $2,750, VictoriaSix.com; quartz ring, $4,097, Le Vian, Jared.com; pink sapphire ring, $6,335, AnneSisteron.com; hat, $603, AwonGolding.com

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The Rose Garden

NOVEL ROMANCE You don’t have to go by the book where your day-of ensemble is concerned. Mix it up with allover 3-D appliquÊs and colorful accessories.

Dress, $2,995, Marchesa Notte, Marchesa .com; engagement ring, $5,225 (not including center stone), CoastDiamond.com; earrings, $345, OscardelaRenta.com; flower hairpins, $85 each, BijouVanNess.com; shoes, $540, SophiaWebster.com ON HIM Suit, $549, BlackLapel.com; shirt, $168, tie, $85, Bonobos.com

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The Croquet Court

HAUTEHOUSE FLOWERS

A dress covered in vibrant blooms is bold and totally of the moment. Just add a sparkly rabbit clutch for good luck. Dress, $11,995, Naeem Khan, Bergdorf Goodman.com; engagement ring, $1,070 (not including center stone), wedding band, $575, BlueNile.com; birdcage veil, $150, BijouVanNess.com; earrings, $1,827, AnabelaChan.com; clutch, $5,495, Judith Leiber, NeimanMarcus .com; shoes, $995, Marchesa, AKHStudioNY.com

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Exchanging vows on a sandy beach is a dream scenario for many couples, and with good reason—you just can’t beat the romantic charm of waves crashing, the sun setting and a soft summer breeze blowing. But, like with any venue, there’s plenty to consider when planning your celebration (possibly even more for beach “I dos”). Keep these points top of mind to ensure a memorable event. >>

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Ask for permission in advance

Think about vendor access

If you’re hoping to pull off a pop-up wedding on a public beach, think again. Unless you’re getting married on a private spot of sand or beach club property, there are several boxes you’ll need to check off before setting down your altar. You’re most likely going to have to file a permit with the city in order to celebrate on the beach. Register your event at least 30 days ahead of time. When filing, take note of a few things: How large of a space does your permit allow your event to take up? Does the fee cover an all-day affair or is it an hourly charge? Are things like furniture, alcohol, glass and open flames allowed? Lastly, inquire how many guests the contract permits, as that will dictate both the size of your guest list and how many pros you can have on hand the day of.

A vows-only ceremony on the beach should be fairly headache free, but if your plan is to host an all-night affair, complete with a full reception, you’ll want to give a lot of thought to your vendors and how easily they can access your chosen spot. Most beaches don’t permit vehicles on the sand, meaning all of your reception needs (including tables, chairs and food) will have to be carried to your site. Ease your pros’ stress by keeping your setup close to an approved parking lot or loading zone, which can also make necessities like electricity, a food prep space and a spot for portable rental restrooms much easier to come by. If you really can’t make it work, look into renting several dune buggies day of to help transport goods and keep the setup process streamlined. >>

time it right Here’s how to pick the perfect day to walk down the aisle.

Symbolism

How romantic would it be to marry on the date you met or your grandparents’ anniversary? If you have a special day for you and your partner, search for venues with that in mind.

Season

Weather can affect your wedding’s style, location and mood. Think of what personality you want your day to have (like a boho summer bash), then choose accordingly.

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Price

May, July and December are typically the most popular months to marry, so prices are higher. Save money by choosing off-peak months like January or March.

VIP preferences

Take a second to consider your most important guests and try to plan your date around their availability. Keep it to your close inner circle, and don’t budge once the date is set.

Holidays

Choose a date around a specific holiday to bottle the spirit already in the air, like a moody Halloween celebration or white winter wonderland event in December.

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Dress the part

Choose durable décor

You’ll want to keep the vibe of your location in mind when shopping for your and your partner’s attire. What may be well suited for a ballroom affair will likely feel out of place on the beach, so opt for lightweight fabrics, casual silhouettes and, most importantly, practical footwear. No one wants to watch you wobble down the aisle trying to un-stick your stilettos from the sand. Likewise, alert guests to the location on your wedding website and in your invites so they can plan accordingly. Have extras like sunscreen, flip-flops and lightweight wraps available the day of to make sure guests remain comfortable all day long.

A coastal location comes with at-the-ready décor courtesy of Mother Nature, so you won’t have to add much to the scene for a wow-worthy environment. If you’re looking to bring in a few accents of your own, like flowers, lanterns or textiles, make sure to choose sturdier options that can stand up to wind, hot sun and the occasional spray of saltwater. Avoid bouquets or table arrangements that feature delicate blooms, and anchor anything that could take flight with a sudden gust of wind, like the fabric on a chuppah, an aisle runner or flowing tabletop linens.

Mind Mother Nature

Between potential sun-bathing crowds, crashing waves and blustery winds, it can get a bit loud while celebrating your wedding beachside. Make sure guests can hear your vows (and afterward, the DJ) with plenty of amplifying speakers. Your ceremony should be spoken into a microphone, and you can even seat guests in a semicircle around your altar to ensure that no one is out of earshot. If you’re hiring a videographer to capture the day, make sure they know ahead of time that they’ll be filming on the beach so they can bring the necessary sound equipment. Lastly, be sure to abide by any local sound ordinances or curfews. >>

It goes without saying that any outdoor bash should always come with a plan B in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. But besides accounting for the possibility of showers, you’ll also need to plan for a few sea-specific snafus. Unless you want a soggy ceremony, make sure you know when high (and low) tide hits your area, as well as when the sun is strongest throughout the day. By timing your ceremony and reception right, you can avoid the possibility of overheated guests or bright reflections off the waves that make it hard for loved ones to see the main event.

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Level the playing field Anyone who has been on the beach can tell you, walking on soft sand is tiring. To avoid burning calves and tired legs, work with a vendor to install wooden planks to help guests get from one spot to another (thick seagrass runners are a great inexpensive option too). If you’re planning to host your reception on the sand, look into having a large wood platform on risers as your “flooring”—it will ensure tables and chairs are sturdy and don’t topple over.

Choose an experienced crew Vendor research is super important when planning a celebration in a complicated location. Vet pros based on whether or not they’ve worked in a beach environment before. Your photographer will need to know how to contend with the bright lighting and any reflections off the water, while your catering crew may need to know how to prepare food off-site without a traditional kitchen.

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Add warmth and texture to a tablescape or altar with twisty, weathered driftwood branches. They’ll instantly evoke a coastal feel and are hearty enough to stand up to the blustery winds common on the beach. Intersperse them with white blooms for a romantic touch.

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If seclusion is your expectation, you’re better off choosing a private garden or quiet lake. A public beach may be teeming with patrons, and there’s not much you can do to stop them from placing their towels nearby or snapping photos of you in your wedding finery. You can try to keep a handle on the crowd by hanging signs that read “private event,” but you may have to accept onlookers.

Whether you’re actually tying the knot on the sand or just want it to feel like you are, try working in some of these stunning seaside accents.

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The quintessential summer fabric is the perfect casual touch for your attire and décor. Have members of your wedding party rock relaxed linen shirts or dresses, or drape tables with flowing tablecloths.

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Often found in sun-washed pastel hues or bleached white, sea fan coral is a great way to add dimension to your tabletop. Or find an especially clean piece and top your cake with it. You could also have your cake baker re-create the shape and design with sugar.

Thanks to its fluffy, flowy shape and sandy hue, pampas grass is the perfect “living” accent to a seaside soiree. Have bridesmaids carry it in place of traditional bouquets, or surround your altar with it for an eye-catching display.

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Whether you’re planning a delicious buffet or a seven-course sit-down dinner, you’ll want to abide by these important tips. >> BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY PATRICIA HE AL

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Dreaming up your wedding reception menu can be one of the most fun (and important) parts of the planning process, especially if you and your partner are big foodies. A large portion of your budget will be put toward feeding your guests—you’ll want make sure everyone ends the night happy and well-fed. From booking your food pro to creating a menu to remember, here are six questions you should ask yourself to ensure you get it right.

Is your caterer legit?

Have they worked at your venue before? Hiring a caterer who has prepped food at your venue for previous events can make the day run more smoothly and efficiently. A repeat team will already be in the know about the available cook space on-site and what your venue supplies, so they’ll have a clear idea of what additional gear may be needed (this is especially important if you’re celebrating at a nontraditional venue, like a barn or a vineyard, where an entire kitchen may have to be brought in). If you’re really pulling for a catering team that hasn’t worked in the space before, see if they can arrange a walk-through of the venue and get a sense of the available equipment at least a month beforehand so they’re fully prepared the day of your event.

What does your package include? There are a lot of different things to consider before signing on the dotted line. Catering packages can vary, so make sure you leave your initial meeting with a concrete idea of what your caterer includes in theirs. For instance, is your quoted price based on the specific foods or dishes you choose, or is it an all-inclusive rate (which typically includes an appetizer, a salad, an entree and a dessert, plus coffee service and, in some cases, wine for each guest)? Also, unless you’re going with an outside mixology team, work alcohol service into your contract and your catering plans. Talk through the tiers of alcohol coverage, what brands will be served and whether there’s a corkage fee if you provide your own wine or champagne. When it comes to must-have items like plates, napkins, silverware and more, ask if they’ll be bringing those and whether they or the venue are in charge of setup and breakdown. Lastly, inquire as to whether waitstaff is provided. Most caterers work with their own staff, but it’s good practice to check. >>

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Whether you’re working with the team provided by your reception venue or are planning on bringing in an outside crew from your favorite barbecue joint, you’ll want to make sure your caterer is licensed for both food and liquor. This means they’ve met important local health department standards for food prep and service and carry liability insurance for both the food and the alcohol they’ll be serving, ensuring no responsibility falls on your shoulders (or your venue’s) if something goes wrong the day of.

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I’m loving foods flavored with whiskey and other spirits. With craft distilleries opening in our area, we’ve started to create dishes to showcase local spirits, like maple-whiskey chicken.

Fish is a great main dish item for a summer wedding, and I wish more couples would add it to their menu. It’s especially good grilled with a flavorful sauce. Think beyond salmon and tilapia!

The perfect wedding menu utilizes local foods and flavors well. I typically like to see guests offered a selection of two entrées, like beef, lamb, chicken or fish, as well as a separate vegetarian option.

Nothing creates more aroma at an outdoor wedding (and satisfies guests better) than a steak. Tenderloin is the most popular, but tri-tip and flank are budgetfriendly alternatives.

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Can you sample their menu in advance? Researching caterers through reviews and sample menus is a great start, but taste-testing the food yourself is a must-do (and delicious!) part of the process. Sitting down for a tasting session before your wedding day will help you and your caterer plan out a cohesive menu and eliminate any dishes that don’t suit your tastes. Be sure to ask what date your caterer needs to know your final menu choices and guest head count by. Then, base your RSVP date on that, to ensure that all responses from guests are in at least two weeks before your catering head count is due to their team.

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What kind of meal appeals to you? Depending on the vibe and formality of your event, there are plenty of tasty choices to consider when it comes to serving your guests. If you want a constantly bustling party, a dinner of passed apps and interactive stations may work for you. Looking for something more formal? A sit-down dinner is always on trend. Want guests to interact with their surroundings? You may want to hire foodie entertainment like a flair bartender, ballerinas to serve champagne or even a few bow-tie-clad oyster shuckers. Whatever feels right for your day, make sure your catering team is on board to execute. Staffing and equipment needs can vary greatly between a buffet meal and multicourse plated dinner, so plan your style from the get-go in case it affects the overall cost of the services.

Can they handle food allergies? Depending on your guests’ needs, there may be special dietary restrictions your caterer should plan in advance for. Ask your team if they’re able to prepare vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher or halal meals if guests should request or need them, and what the additional cost per plate may be. While you’re at it, if you’re planning on having children at your reception, ask about including a kid-friendly menu or smaller portions. You’ll also want to learn about meal options for serving wedding pros the day of (a must).

5 alternatives to a traditional sit-down meal Plated service isn’t the only option. Personalize your meal with one of these fun (and tasty) swaps.

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Drive-in dinner

Skip the seats and instead delight your guests with a bevy of passed plates piled high with hearty appetizers and filling finger foods for a constant cocktail party atmosphere.

Top your tables with platters of mains (like fish, steak and chicken) and yummy sides, then let guests pass around the plates and serve themselves. It’s a great way to keep the conversation flowing.

European family style

Similar to traditional family style, except each guest selects their main meal course and only the side dishes are shared among the guests.

For a meal that feeds and entertains at the same time, create a culinary circuit of action stations serving interactive foods like make-your-own burgers, tacos, pasta, sushi and more.

Round up a few of your favorite food mobiles and serve guests truck-side for a charming picnic-style event. Be sure your venue has an accessible gravel patch for the vehicles, as well as electrical access. ANGEL A NEW TON ROY PHOTOGR APHY

You want your wedding day to be a reflection of you and your partner, so your reception menu should be too. If you have a particular cuisine in mind, seek out a caterer who specializes in it. They’ll not only boast all the right resources (like the perfect shop to secure that French cheese you love for cocktail hour), but also know how to properly prepare and serve specialty dishes on a large scale, promising a better and tastier event. Expecting a Southern barbecue crew to execute a traditional Italian menu probably isn’t going to end well for anyone, so inquire ahead of time about your top pick’s cuisine specialties and ask to see sample menus.

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There’s no more prized keepsake from your wedding day than the photos that remain. It’s important to know what to do—and ask—to ensure you hire the right pro for your day. We’ve tapped three industry experts to give you the lowdown on everything to keep in mind for a wow-worthy wedding album. >>

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Play to your pro’s strengths First and foremost, hire a photographer who has the same vision as you and your partner. Whether you love the soft, timeless look of film, desire fly-on-the-wall candid shots or must have formal posed portraits, hiring a pro who specializes in exactly what you’re looking for will ensure you’re off to a good start. “It’s important that the photographer and the couple are on the same page about what they value in wedding photographs,” says Kate Ignatowski, a fine art wedding and portrait photographer in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. “If candid moments are especially important to the couple, they should intentionally seek out a photographer whose portfolio is filled with the types of moments they want to see reflected in their own photographs.”

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Think of an engagement session as a second date with your photographer (the first date should be an informational phone call). “My biggest advice to couples is not to skip the engagement session,” says Elizabeth Fogarty, a fine art wedding photographer based in Washington, DC. “Awkward always shows, so this is your time to get comfortable in front of the camera and figure out your best angles— we all have them.” Keep it casual with one or two meaningful shoot locations, and ask your photographer to seek out somewhere quiet if you’re especially camera shy. Otherwise, trust that they’ll be able to help you feel natural. “Posing is very much a photographer’s job,” says Jen Huang, a fine art wedding photographer in New York City. “There’s no need to practice before the engagement session because you’ll want to be as authentic as possible. I try to direct couples cinematically so their natural moments can emerge.” >>

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Dress like you’re on a date Choosing that oh-so-important outfit for your engagement session can be tough, so focus on a coordinating palette of solids for you and your partner that you both feel natural in. “I always tell my couples to wear something they would naturally find themselves wearing on a date night,” Huang says. “Everyone has a different look and style, but typically this means women are in neutral fabrics that are comfortable and flowy, while grooms are in tailored suits. Their outfits should match in the sense that if one of them is wearing something casual, the other shouldn’t be in formalwear.” Be conscious of keeping your look in line with your shoot location—if you’re planning to hold your engagement session on a sailboat, you’re probably not going to want to don a sequin skirt or full-length ball gown.

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Your photographer has likely been in the wedding industry for a while, so use them to your advantage when researching and deciding on other vendors to bring on board. They’ll be able to recommend who can help you achieve a certain look or identify the creator of those gorgeous centerpieces you spotted in their portfolio. “To make sure my clients receive the best images they can, I try to advise on all aspects of the wedding,” Huang says. “This includes helping select their team of vendors—if I know how the other vendors will operate on a wedding day, I can work seamlessly with them.” They’ll also be encountering everyone involved, from your florist to the makeup artist and the DJ, so see what they think of your hired team. Their opinion doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all, but it’s a good place to start when choosing the major players for your celebration.

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“The wedding timeline is key for a smooth day,” Fogarty says. “Allowing enough time for each part of the wedding day is crucial to getting those amazing images.” Ensure your photographer doesn’t miss a moment of the action by setting specific parameters for what, and when, you want them shooting on your wedding day. If you want pictures of everything from morning bagels to the night’s last call, you may need to work overtime hours into your contract. Past that, setting aside at least an hour and a half for couples’ portraits, shots of the wedding party and family formal portraits will eliminate any need to rush. Another thing to consider? A first look. “I always encourage couples to do one,” Fogarty says. “It allows them to have alone time together while taking it all in—the wedding day flies by so quickly, and this is a great way to slow it down. Besides getting more portraits in, it also means you can actually enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests.”

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When sketching out your day-of timeline, it’s important to factor in “golden hour,” that coveted time of day that many photographers love to shoot during because of the amazing results it produces. “Shooting in the best light possible makes all the difference, for both engagement shots and wedding day portraits,” Ignatowski says. “A foolproof tip is to schedule about an hour and half before sunset for an engagement session and to start portraits about an hour before sunset on your wedding day, depending on how much time you need to allot.” Send your photographer images from the walk-through of your wedding site and they can advise on the best time and locations for photographs, based on when the sun will set that day. >>

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From the moment you engage your photographer, encourage an open dialogue with them regarding everything from your contract to portrait locations and a preferred shot list. The more upfront you are about your needs and wants for your wedding day, the more you and your photographer can course-correct and make sure you’re working in a way that will surpass your expectations for the day. “I encourage my clients to tell me everything they need me to capture as soon as it pops into their head,” Huang says. “Figure out your priority shots—the things you really want captured as opposed to the things that are maybe a little less important to you. This way, if there’s a time crunch, I’ll know which types of images I should focus on.” Beyond the wedding day, make sure your written contract encompasses all the necessary details, like how many images you’ll get, the expected turnaround time and whether or not your package includes physical prints or an album.

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You can prep all you want, but when your wedding day comes, you’ll need to relinquish control to your photographer and trust that you’re in good hands. Trying to get too prescriptive with your shot list or your photographer’s work can mean that they may have to neglect more genuine, special shots. “Trying to re-create that Pinterest-perfect image you love means we may be missing out on authentic moments, like your mom holding your veil or your bridesmaids tearing up,” Fogarty says. “Trust your photographer and their eye—if you let your story unfold naturally, your photographer will capture it beautifully.”

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photography 101 Learn what these buzzwords mean before you hire a pro for your day.

Digital Digital is the most common form of photography. The biggest advantage? Turnaround time—depending on your photographer, you could see a sneak peek just days after your wedding. Digital cameras can shoot in very low light, and thanks to a display screen, your photographer can preview shots and adjust accordingly. That means lots of images to choose from.

Film Images shot on film have a soft, timeless quality, with a richer color palette. But shooting with film is more work and more money. In addition to the price of film rolls, processing after the shoot and editing take time too.

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they’re striking, gorgeous and a bit formal. They’ll reflect reality (similar to a documentary), but they’re infused with the shooter’s artistic license.

Artistic Not all portraits have to be a couple in full frame looking at the camera. Artistic imagery will take creative license with different angles, cool framing and contrasting lighting and coloring.

Lifestyle Think of lifestyle images as the sister of photojournalism. It’s candid, with a bit of styling and direction. A pro will look for moments but also style the scene.

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party perfect Your wedding is bound to be a blast with smart ways to keep guests mixing, mingling and having fun. BY ALYSSA LONGOBUCCO PHOTOGR APH BY K ATE EDWARDS WEDDINGS

“I do” is about more than uniting you and your spouse in marital bliss—it’s the melding of your family and friends into one large, boisterous group. Whether your loved ones are complete strangers to each other or old friends, they’ll appreciate the attention to detail you pay to their wedding day experience. Ensure your bash goes down as the most fun ever with these tips to keep them entertained the entire weekend. >>

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Throw a welcome party Kick off your wedding weekend with a bang by hosting all your favorite people at a casual prewedding mixer a night or two before the main event. If you’re having a destination wedding, reserve a spot that represents all that’s special about your locale, and serve a laid-back menu of local eats and beverages. Or choose a favorite restaurant on your home turf to share with your guests. This gathering is also a great opportunity to introduce any family members or friends who don’t already know each other—this way, everyone will feel like old pals by the time your wedding reception rolls around.

Create a swag suite Take the idea of a welcome bag up a notch by transforming the thoughtful concept into a full-blown welcome lounge. Instead of stuffing gift bags and delivering them to your guests’ hotel rooms, let them do the (fun!) work by setting up tables of amazing goodies, like late-night snacks, drinks and artisanal treats, and let them fill a personalized tote bag with all of their favorite things. You, your partner and your wedding party can set up the station in a hotel suite or outside at a tent to greet friends and family the evening before the wedding and get a bit more face time in with guests.

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Help guests get to know one another by incorporating lighthearted, engaging icebreakers into your wedding day. Get as creative as you’d like—from party crackers at each place setting with questions hidden inside to “bride” and “groom” buttons guests can wear to designate whose family they’re representing. Or task a few of your most lively, outgoing friends to act as table ambassadors (this is a great job for ushers and groomsmen).

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They can move from table to table ensuring everyone has met one another and is having a ball. The goal: Make conversation and camaraderie easy to come by for a reception that will have everyone feeling appreciated and included.

Hire interactive vendors Encourage guests to engage with their surroundings at your wedding reception by hiring a few standout vendors to delight the group while they’re serving, feeding or pouring. A flair bartender is always a great option (your guests will love the flaming cocktails and high-flying glass tricks), while more off-beat ideas, like a roaming ice cream cart or an oyster-shucking station, can feel playful and personalized to your event theme. Food trucks are another great way to get guests moving around, so consider hiring a few for a four-wheel dessert display or cocktail hour.

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Create a conversation corner Give everyone a place to take a load off between dance breaks by creating a lounge area at your reception. Ask your planner to style it with comfy couches, plush pillows and a coffee table or two for guests to place their drinks on. It’s the perfect way to keep everyone engaged in the party even when they’re resting or uninterested in dancing, plus it helps to fill any unused space in an especially large venue. Really want to wow everyone? Close off the lounge areas with sheer curtains to create a clublike vibe. >>

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Party old-school Everyone loves a good party game, so be sure to plan on including a few in your cocktail hour and reception. Lawn games like badminton, horseshoes, cornhole and oversize Jenga are great for outdoor celebrations, while classics like wedding Mad Libs, a photo booth, a piñata or even a caricature artist will be a hit if your party is indoors. Encourage a little friendly competition by posting a chalkboard scoreboard near a game like ladder ball and letting playful rivalries form between guests.

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When in doubt, let social media do the mingling work for you. There are a slew of new apps that are dedicated to helping wedding guests get to know one another and enjoy their evening. Guesterly helps you create a completely customized photo guide of all your guests, which you can then supply printed or digitally for the ultimate who’s who party roster. The process is fairly easy; guests receive a link to a questionnaire they complete before the event. Each mention in the lookbook includes a photo, a bio and some details on each person, so everyone feels welcome and instantly involved. Have a lot of single friends coming to your celebration? Try out SinglesTable, which aims to play Cupid ahead of your “I dos” by giving unhitched friends a place to mix and mingle virtually before they meet IRL on the dance floor. Create a profile at SinglesTable.co, and share the private code with guests on your wedding website. They can download the app, view profiles and chat up fellow attendees before your wedding. Who knows—they could be the next ones to walk down the aisle. F I N D M O R E E N T E RTA I N M E N T O PT I O N S AT TheKnot.com/michigan

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From renovations to rain, even the most well-planned wedding weekends can be thrown a curve ball. Whether you’re trying to contend with an unexpected amount of RSVPs or are clueless when it comes to having a plan B for your outdoor reception, we’re here to help you iron out all those details before your wedding day, keeping the main event as stress-free as possible.

Our venue underwent renovations after we booked, and all the charm we loved is gone! Falling head over heels with a space only to have it transformed before your wedding can be a huge disappointment. Assuming that pulling out and finding an entirely different venue isn’t an option, there are a few ways to approach this. First, review your contract, looking for anything that may protect your investment in the space or any language that essentially frees the venue of any responsibility in the scenario. Then contact the venue with a concise email explaining your frustration. Detail why you initially chose the space and how the renovations have affected your wedding. Mention any additional fees you envision having to pay, and see what they can do to alleviate the situation, either monetarily or by throwing in extra perks (like upgraded chairs, top-shelf liquor or an extra hour to your reception). Lastly, talk with your planner and your team of vendors to see what they recommend you change or add to regain some of the charm you lost. Maybe your florist suggests bringing in a few topiaries to make up for the rows of vineyard that got wiped out, or your planner thinks adding a high-gloss lacquer dance floor over the ugly new carpet will add some personality back into the space. Review and adjust your game plan, and price out what additional costs you might accrue.

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Our venue has a super-early noise curfew. How can we keep the party going without getting into trouble? If your heart is set on having an evening wedding and you want your guests to enjoy your venue for as long as possible, a silent disco is a great way to preserve the party without breaking a noise ordinance. Once “quiet hours” commence (typically around 9 or 10 p.m.), hand guests wireless headphones that are plugged into the DJ’s beats and continue tearing up the dance floor. It’s a quirky, out-of-the-box solution that will be fun for your loved ones. >>

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Our whole wedding aesthetic is based on our outdoor venue location, and we don’t have a plan B in case of bad weather. What should we do? Outdoor receptions can be so romantic and special, but they do come with an unpredictable guest: Mother Nature. No matter what the forecast is looking like for your day, you should absolutely plan for a backup location in case things take a turn for the worse. If you’re not already renting a tent, consider booking a weatherproof option (which often has roll-down sides in case it rains), or look into securing a few seasonal extras like portable air conditioners or propane heaters for added comfort. If your venue has indoor space as well (like a barn or a ballroom), inquire as to whether those spots are booked on the day of your wedding—a lot of places keep them open on the off chance they’ll need to move your setup, and they may already have that backup plan in place. If you do wind up having to move indoors, don’t feel like your whole wedding vibe will suffer. Instead, focus on carrying the elements you loved about the outdoors into your interior space, like stringing café lights from the ceiling or adding tall greenery around the perimeter to re-create the sweet outdoor garden environment.

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You could also prolong the nighttime fun at a different venue entirely by hosting an after-party. Lead your guests to a nearby bar or tavern, where the night owls can enjoy the rest of the evening as noisily as they’d like. The casual, more intimate setting will give you face time with guests you didn’t get to speak to at the formal festivities. An after-party can actually be cheaper than extending a reception—just be sure to factor in the need for additional transportation to and from the after party.

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We’re hosting our ceremony and reception in the same space at our venue. What do we do with guests while it’s being turned over? Host your cocktail hour somewhere else. You’ll need to get all your guests out of the ceremony space shortly after your “I dos” so your vendor team can make fast work of transforming the room. To ensure everyone gets the memo, dictate the cocktail hour plans on a note card tucked into the ceremony program, then place it on all the seats at the ceremony. You can also task your ushers with directing guests out of the room afterward. Aim to host your cocktail hour in an entirely different space so guests can’t see the makeover— you want them to be wowed by the quick transformation without witnessing the catering team toting towers of chairs. Our wedding is at a resort where the other guests can wander into the celebration space. Is there any way we can politely keep them out? There are perks to having your ceremony or reception at a resort, but a group of curious onlookers isn’t one of them. Start by setting up a distinct perimeter around your zone, either by ribboning it off around the edges or posting “private event” signs. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding watchers that will dissuade. >>

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5 ways to keep your cool while planning Keep calm with stress-relieving, wedding-free tasks.

Have a tech-free night Between vendor emails, calls from your bridal party and Instagram inspiration, escaping from wedding planning can seem next to impossible. To chill out and reconnect with your spouse-to-be, plan at least one tech-free date night a week—no phone, no email, no social media. Trust us, your partner (and you!) will appreciate the extra attention and quality time together.

Learn to meditate These days, it seems like everybody is meditating to get Zen. Get in on the action by setting aside five to 10 minutes every morning to quiet your mind and set an intention for your day. Beginners: Get acclimated by using a Headspace) until you’re a relaxation pro.

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yourself to some at-home pampering. Indulge in a mud mask, light some candles and run a bubble bath to take your mind off the wedding hustle. Your body and your mind will thank you for the self-care, and you’ll feel refreshed when you get back to planning.

Make time to sweat Being active has been proven to boost your mood, lower stress levels and help your overall health, so make a point to maintain a consistent workout routine throughout the planning process. You’ll feel powerful and motivated—extra points if you include a stress-combating practice, like yoga.

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If you’re concerned about strangers sneaking into your space (or snapping photos of you and your guests), designate a few friends to casually keep watch. Only truly gutsy strangers will try to infiltrate your party, and they’ll stick out because they’ll be dressed wrong or won’t be mingling with other guests. If you notice an interloper, task your planner with discreetly removing them.

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After receiving all our RSVPs, we’ve somehow ended up over our venue’s allowable capacity. What now? The good news: You have a lot of friends and family who want to celebrate with you two. The bad news: Where are you going to put them all? As a rule of thumb, you should always plan on having an A-list and a B-list for your invites. The A-list should comprise guests who are must-haves for you and your partner or your families, while nonessentials (like work colleagues or high school buddies you might be able to skip) should be added to the B-list. You should invite 10 percent more guests than your target number, since 10 to 20 percent of those invited will decline—unless they don’t. So what now? Well, the first phone call you make should be to your venue. If you’re only 15 to 20 people over your quoted head count, see if they can accommodate your additional guests for an added fee. Most wedding venues can’t just add 10 more tables—fire laws limit the maximum number of people allowed in any room at one time—so consider seating some of your guests elsewhere by either renting out an additional small ballroom on-site or having some guests dine on a terrace, for example. Not ideal, sure, but neither is uninviting guests who have already RSVP’d yes.

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plus-one 101 Who absolutely needs a plus-one—and who doesn’t.

Yes: married, engaged, living together or in a relationship Always invite both parties in a married couple, even if you’re closer with one person. Past that, lots of couples live together before they get married— or never marry at all—so recognizing their commitment is the right thing to do. You can use your judgment with couples who’ve been dating over a year, but when in doubt, extend a plus-one.

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No: single guests or guests who are casually dating If they seem to have a new significant other every few months or haven’t been dating the same person for a year, giving them a plus-one isn’t a priority, although it is thoughtful if you have the budget.

No: coworkers Colleagues can be a tricky category in general. The easiest way to avoid any drama is not inviting them. But if you’re close to some of your coworkers, then go ahead and invite them, no plus-one necessary. They can hang together.

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make it legal Michigan Marriage License Requirements GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A MARRIAGE LICENSE In Michigan, the legal age for marriage is 18 years old. Parental consent is required for couples who are 16 or 17 and wish to marry. Either the groom or the bride must apply for a marriage license in the county in which he or she resides. The applicant must present a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, and some counties may require a birth certificate. No divorce decree or death certificate is required if either the bride or groom has been previously married; however, he or she must know the dates and locations of the divorce or death, and the certificate may be requested in some counties. No blood tests are required. There is a three-day waiting period to obtain the license, which is valid for 33 days anywhere in the state of Michigan. Offices are open Monday through Friday. The cost ranges from $20 to $30; methods of payment vary between counties. Please call ahead to get all of the details.

WHERE TO APPLY Livingston County County Clerk 200 E. Grand River Ave. Howell, MI 48843 (517) 546-0500 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Macomb County County Clerk Circuit Court Building 40 N. Main St., Fl. 1 Mount Clemens, MI 48043 (586) 469-5120 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., W; 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., T, Th.

Oakland County

Washtenaw County

Wayne County

County Clerk Vital Records 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 858-0571 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 200 N. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 222-6720 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

County Clerk Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave., Fl. 2 Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 224-6262 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., M, T, W, F; 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Th.

Although The Knot strives to provide accurate information, we assume no responsibility for changes since publication. Please confirm all details with your local licensing bureau and inform us of updates or errors at licenseinfo@theknot.com.

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make it known Michigan Publications GUIDELINES FOR ANNOUNCING YOUR WEDDING IN THE LOCAL PAPERS Photographs may be submitted to accompany the announcement; however, instant photos or color copies are not acceptable. In some instances, photographs may be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the announcement. Call to get all of the details before submitting. GUIDELINES/ RESTRICTIONS

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The Macomb Daily

(586) 469-4510 100 Macomb Daily Dr. Mount Clemens, MI 48043

Must submit info by noon on the Wednesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Published on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes Photos will not be returned.

The cost is $52.55 to $81.45, depending on amount of text.

The Advisor & Source

(586) 731-1000 48075 Van Dyke Shelby Township, MI 48317

Submissions are accepted anytime after the wedding date. Must submit info by the Tuesday prior to the desired Sunday publication. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: No Fax info to (586) 731-8172.

There is no charge for this service for married couples who reside in Macomb County.

The News-Herald

(734) 246-0800 1 Heritage Dr., Ste. 100 Southgate, MI 48195

Submissions are accepted up to six months after the wedding date. Announcements will run on a space-available basis.

Form: Yes

The cost is $10.

C & G Newspapers

(586) 498-8000 13650 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48089

Submissions are accepted anytime. Must submit info two weeks prior to the desired publication date. Announcements are published on a firstcome, first-served basis and are not guaranteed a desired date.

Form: No

There is no charge for this service.

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

(313) 222-8883 615 W. Lafayette, 2nd Level Detroit, MI 48226

Announcements are published every Sunday. They are printed in order of receipt and as space allows. We recommend that you submit your information as soon as possible.

Form: No Prefer online submission at HometownLife.com.

There is no charge for this service.

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For ninety two years, Dearborn Country Club has created memorable weddings in a setting of unsurpassed beauty and elegance. Perhaps your wedding will be the next? To arrange an appointment to view this historic Clubhouse and property, contact our Special Events Coordinator, Nicki Swain at (313) 561-5585 or Email nswain@dearborncountryclub.net

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WEBER’S With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s will reflect your style. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and a renowned on-site restaurant. From your rehearsal dinner, hotel guest room needs, ceremony, reception, after party in our Habitat Lounge & brunch the morning after, Weber’s can do it all. Let us make your dream day become reality.

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arcadia bluffs golf club

14710 Northwood Highway, Arcadia, MI (800) 494-8666 | ArcadiaBluffs.com Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club is a beautiful northern Michigan venue to host your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception along the breathtaking shore of Lake Michigan. Combining dining, golf and lodging all in one site, Arcadia Bluffs creates the perfect tranquil setting for your perfect day! capacity 100 | price $$

the ballroom @ cityflatshotel

77 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 608-1727 | CityFlatsHotel.com The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel brings you something old and something new by blending stunning historic architecture with modern and innovative style. Nestled in the heart of the city, The Ballroom is the right place for your dream wedding. capacity 200+ | price $$

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bay harbor village hotel & conference center

4160 Main Street, Bay Harbor, MI (231) 439-2400 | (888) BAYHARBOR weddings@bayharbor.com BayHarborVillageHotel.com Bay Harbor Village Hotel is the epitome of casual northern Michigan elegance. Accommodating everything from intimate weddings to events of 300, our boutique hotel and lakefront wedding venues are as delightful as the couples we have the pleasure of working with. Beautiful beginnings start here! capacity 300 | price $$$

bay pointe inn

11456 Marsh Road, Shelbyville, MI (888) GUN-LAKE | events@baypointeinn.com BayPointeInn.com Bay Pointe Inn is the ideal setting for your perfect waterfront wedding experience. From the tastefully prepared rehearsal dinner to the awe-inspiring ceremony and reception on the shores of Gun Lake, we ensure your extraordinary day will leave you and your guests with lifelong romantic memories. capacity 200+ | price $$$

bentley banquet & conference center 646 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, MI (734) 285-4044 | info@bentleybanquet.com BentleyBanquet.com At Bentley, your special day is nothing less than exceptional. This unique, neoclassical architecture is beautifully designed with dramatic elements and ballrooms perfect for any occasion. The Bentley offers scenic outdoor seating right by a spectacular waterfall and pergola for a beautiful ceremony. capacity 450 | price $$

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boulder pointe golf club & banquet center

One Champions Circle, Oxford, MI (248) 969-1500 | BoulderPointe.net Boulder Pointe offers elegant décor and surroundings for up to 400 guests. Newly renovated in 2012, our Grand Ballroom is the perfect canvas for your big day! Our breathtaking golf course views from an expansive veranda are sure to impress. See what Boulder Pointe has to offer you! capacity 400 | price $$$

buca di beppo

(877) 955-2822 groupreservations@bucainc.com BucaWeddings.com We’re perfect for rehearsal dinners and wedding events, serving authentic, family-style Italian cuisine. Catering and delivery is available, plus banquet and bar packages. Capacities vary by location. Our festive dining rooms and attentive staff keep the celebration energetic and fun. Now that’s amoré! price $$

burton manor banquet and conference center

27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, MI (734) 427-9110 | BurtonManor.net Burton Manor makes reception planning effortless and your day perfect. From start to finish, we handle all the details—gourmet meals, perfect room settings, a personal captain on your wedding day—all within your budget. Contact our planning specialists today. capacity 400+ | price $$

castle farms

Charlevoix, MI (231) 237-0884 | CastleFarms.com If you’re searching for a perfect northern Michigan wedding venue, Castle Farms is for you. The reception rooms offer stunning views of the castle gardens and courtyards, while the ceremony locations are a photographer’s dream. Century-old stonework and exceptional service make your day unforgettable. capacity 350 | price $$

cherry creek golf club & banquet center

Shelby Township, MI (586) 254-6001 | CherryCreekGolf.com Our perfect atmosphere is highlighted by elegant décor and a panoramic view of the lake and golf course. Enjoy your special day outside the limits of the common hall. Experience the difference that is distinctively Cherry Creek. capacity 400+ | price $$

cityvu events

61 E. 7th Street, Holland, MI (616) 796-2150 | CityFlatsHotel.com/gather CityV¯ u Events is Holland’s premier rooftop events space. Located on the fifth floor of CityFlatsHotel, CityV¯ u Events offers stunning views framed by floor-toceiling windows and an outdoor patio. Enjoy fantastic views of Holland’s scenic downtown, Windmill Island and Lake Macatawa. capacity 150 | price $$

colony club

2310 Park Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 | GemColonyEvents.com Plan your wedding ceremony and reception at Detroit’s historic Colony Club! The Louis XIV–style Grand Ballroom at Colony Club accommodates receptions of 125-400 guests for dinner and dancing. We offer convenient, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar. capacity 400 | price $$

the community house, birmingham

380 South Bates Street, Birmingham, MI (248) 644-5832 | events@communityhouse.com CommunityHouse.com The Community House offers an elegant atmosphere and a variety of room sizes to suit your needs. Choose from an array of culinary options. Our experienced staff will custom design an event that will exceed your expectations. capacity 230 | price $$

corner loft

201 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI (231) 883-9367 | CornerLoftTC.com The Corner Loft is a unique and upscale venue located in the heart of downtown Traverse City. Set on the second floor of a stately, well-preserved, neoclassicalstyle building with high ceilings, large windows and open interior, you’ll find gorgeous downtown and seasonal bay views. Book today! capacity 120

the crofoot ballroom

(248) 858-9333 | kristine@thecrofoot.com CrofootWeddings.com The Crofoot Ballroom is an architectural gem in the heart of Oakland County, with state-of-the-art sound, intelligent lighting and video, and a knowledgeable and experienced staff. Discounted ceremony and reception site available on Fridays and Sundays. capacity 300 | price $$$

crystal gardens

5768 E. Grand River Ave., Howell, MI (517) 545-1000 | info@cgliv.com CGLiv.com Crystal Gardens has been in the wedding and banquet industry for more than 35 years, providing top quality service to each and every customer. Crystal Gardens has six locations, all recently remodeled, to accommodate any size banquet from 50 to 1500. capacity 400+ | price $$

crystal mountain

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, MI (855) 296-6643 | carmenkott@crystalmountain.com CrystalMountain.com/weddings Crystal Mountain has carefully combined the Midwest’s finest accommodations, the style and elegance of a first-class destination and the beauty of northern Michigan. From mountaintop ceremonies to receptions for up to 350, we’ll ensure that every detail matches your vision. capacity 350 | price $$$

dearborn country club

800 North Military Ave., Dearborn, MI (313) 561-5585 | nswain@dearborncountryclub.net

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doubletree by hilton - port huron

800 Harker Street, Port Huron, MI (810) 984-8000 | PortHuron.DoubleTree.com An exceptional blend of historic class and modern design—enjoy our plush guest rooms, host your ceremony on our spacious water view patio and entertain your guests in our world-class banquet space, all while overlooking the vibrant St. Clair River flowing beneath the majestic Blue Water Bridges! capacity 175 | price $$

fern hill golf club

17600 Clinton River Road, Clinton Township, MI (586) 286-4700 | FernHillGC.com Surrounded by a beautiful 18-hole golf course, Fern Hill Golf Club is the perfect setting for your special day. If you’re looking to get married on-site, we have both an outdoor gazebo and indoor chapel. Our elegant banquet rooms can hold 50 to 750 people. capacity 400+ | price $$

firekeepers casino hotel

11177 Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI (877) FKC-8777 | FireKeepersCasino.com/meet It’s all here. We do all the hard work. Every detail, attended to. Nothing left to chance. Enjoy with friends and family—first toast to last dance.

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gem theatre

333 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI (313) 463-4215 | GemColonyEvents.com Detroit’s historic Gem Theatre provides dining spaces appropriate for 75-275 guests. We offer convenient, affordable, all-inclusive wedding packages that include plated entrée service and a premium bar surrounded by amazing 1920s architecture. capacity 275 | price $$

graduate ann arbor

615 East Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI (734) 769-2224 | GraduateHotels.com Located adjacent to the University of Michigan in the charming city of Ann Arbor, the Graduate Hotel is the ideal spot for your southern Michigan wedding. With three ballrooms to choose from, the Graduate has something for everyone.

grand traverse resort and spa

100 Grand Traverse Village Blvd., Acme, MI (231) 534-6203 | GrandTraverseResort.com At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, you’ll find a combination of wedding services and amenities unmatched elsewhere. Bridal parties delight in our spa and salon, while groomsmen relax during a round of golf. With multiple venues, our wedding planners create a brand of seamless perfection, regardless of scale. capacity 400+ | price $$

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great lakes culinary center

24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield, MI (248) 286-3100 | emiller@glculinarycenter.com GLCulinaryCenter.com We are the most unique catering venue in Southeast Michigan! The Great Lakes Culinary Center is a fully equipped catering facility with both indoor and outdoor capabilities. We are the perfect spot to book your next incredible event. capacity 150 | price $$

great oaks country club

Rochester, MI (248) 656-4449 | olivia@greatoakscc.com GreatOaksCC.com Welcome to Great Oaks Country Club, where you will experience an elegant country club with picturesque views. Full event planning, an exceptional staff and award-winning chef will assist you in creating a memorable affair at an affordable price. Great Oaks will exceed your expectations. capacity 250 | price $$

greystone weddings

13996 Honor Hwy. (US 31), Honor, MI (231) 632-1702 | bob@greystoneweddings.com GreyStoneWeddings.com GreyStone Weddings offers a beautiful venue for both your ceremony and your reception, designed to make your wedding day special and stress-free. Say your wedding vows in GreyStone’s beautiful garden and then continue the celebration in our spacious and elegant ballroom! capacity 350 | price $$

the grosse pointe academy

171 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI (313) 886-1221 EXT. 120 | smartin@gpacademy.org GPAcademy.org The Grosse Pointe Academy’s 20-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Listed on the state and national historic registries, our chapel, campus and lakeside lawn create an exquisite location for outdoor weddings, receptions and events. price $$

heathers club of bloomfield hills

900 Upper Scotsborough Way, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 334-9770 | contact@heathersclub.com HeathersClub.com The Heathers can accommodate events ranging from 200 person wedding receptions to small business meetings. For the finest food and impeccable service, the Heathers Club is the perfect location for your event. capacity 200 | price $$$

hellenic cultural center

36375 Joy Road, Westland, MI (734) 525-3550 | helleniccc@gmail.com HellenicCulturalCenter.com The Hellenic Cultural Center is dedicated to providing you exceptional service, professional expertise, amazing cuisine and affordable pricing. Because each event is unique, every event is customized to reflect individual style, taste and customs. Let us assist you in planning the event of your dreams! capacity 700 | price $$

the henry ford

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI (313) 982-6220 | sales@thehenryford.org TheHenryFord.org/weddings Write your own chapter of history at a place where legends have walked. From Michigan’s most beautiful ballroom, to our world-class museum and our picture perfect chapel, The Henry Ford is sure to have the ideal location for your wedding. Our full-service venues feature gardens, courtyards, superb service and top-rated cuisine. capacity 400+ | price $$

the historic first congregational church of detroit

33 E. Forest Ave. at Woodward, Detroit, MI (313) 831-4080 | FriendsofFirst.com Our magnificent sanctuary and our beautiful reception hall are perfect for your special day. capacity 200 | price $$

infinity and ovation yacht charters

St. Clair Shores, MI (586) 217-3989 InfinityandOvation.com An unparalleled experience awaits you and 25 to 300 of your guests aboard the Infinity and Ovation yachts. Located in St. Clair Shores, these all-inclusive yachts have perfected the wedding experience with an inspiring atmosphere, exquisite cuisine and exceptional personal service. capacity 300 | price $$

the inn at harbor shores

800 Whitwam Drive, Saint Joseph, MI (269) 408-9114 InnatHarborShores.com Your destination wedding just got a lot closer! Begin the first day of the rest of your lives at The Inn at Harbor Shores. The Inn at Harbor Shores celebrates many “best day evers” with custom events offered in traditional and nontraditional spaces. A truly one-of-a-kind experience. capacity 250 | price $$$

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the inn at st. john’s

44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI (734) 414-0600 | tjohnson@stjohnsgc.com TheInnAtStJohns.com A fairy-tale setting for your special day. Our unforgettable property features historic architecture, three ballrooms plus a two-story atrium room, 118 luxurious hotel rooms, lavish gardens, a beautiful Catholic chapel, and even championship golf. The Inn at St. John’s. Timeless. Romantic. Enchanting. capacity 400+ | price $$

international grand ballroom

400 Monroe Street, Detroit, MI (313) 963-1400 InternationalBanquets.com Located in historic Greektown, adjacent to the Atheneum Suites Hotel, this fabulous venue is a landmark stage for an elegant wedding or any other social occasion. Our dedicated event planners and culinary staff will make your special day “An Affair to Remember.” capacity 400+ | price $$$

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the iroquois club

43248 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 451-9653 | TheIroquoisClub.com New, intimate and elegant; located in Bloomfield Hills. Accommodates up to 220 people in an upscale, natural and beautiful atmosphere. Classic French and American cuisine with fresh and interesting adaptations. capacity 180 | price $$

italian american cultural society banquet & conference center

43843 Romeo Plank Rd., Clinton Twp., MI (586) 421-5155 banquet@iacsonline.com IACSWeddingBanquets.com Enjoy the whimsical backdrop of the historic Partridge Creek Golf Course. Our old-world Italian recipes with modern flare and exquisite service will keep your guests talking long after your event. capacity 500 | price $$

the kensington hotel

3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 761-1799 | KCourtAA.com We vow to help you with your wedding every step of the way—from planning the menu to setting the decor, we’ll take care of it all. So come, discover the perfect union of beautiful surroundings and thoughtful service—only at The Kensington Hotel. capacity 400 | price $$

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the loft at luna

64 Ionia SW, Suite 200,Grand Rapids, MI (616) 288-6318 events@lunarestaurantgroup.com LunaGR.com/events Our wedding reception and ceremony venue is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, just steps away from hotels, restaurants and nightlife. We’re a chic, loftstyle space that offers a blend of modern and traditional. We are your canvas—imagine your wedding here. capacity 175 | price $$

longacre house

24705 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI (248) 477-8404 | jhotchkiss@fhgov.com LongacreHouse.org From the running stonewall fence to the lush gardens, the Longacre House offers charm and elegance for your special day. We have suggestions for a variety of themes and events. Let us handle every detail so that you may simply and fully, enjoy the moment. capacity 150 | price $$

mackinac island tourism

(906) 847-3783 | info@mackinacisland.org MackinacIsland.org/event-planning/weddings Mackinac Island is a national wedding destination known for its idyllic ceremony settings, horse and carriage service and a large list of on-island professional wedding vendors. Island charm, over 35 lodging choices

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meadow brook hall

MeadowBrookHall.org Weddings at our great estate are timeless, elegant, perfect. capacity 350 | price $$$

meeting house grand ballroom

499 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI (734) 416-5100 | meetinghousegb@aol.com The ultimate in Victorian atmosphere, you’ll have exclusive use of the entire facility, for an event tailored just for you. Your event coordinator is the owner, who oversees every important detail. We’ll spare no expense to provide the highest quality food and beverage service. capacity 300 | price $$$

michigan league conference & event services

911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 764-8837 conferences@umich.edu Conferences.UMich.edu Make a grand entrance through our historic doors, steal kisses in the soft glow of stained glass, waltz where legends walked, and toast your love in tradition and history. Choose the Michigan Union or the Michigan League for your wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner. capacity 400 | price $$$

michigan princess

3004 W. Main St., Lansing, MI (517) 627-2154 MichiganPrincess.com The Michigan Princess is a totally unique wedding location. We strive to offer the most memorable experience possible. We have a full kitchen on board and can provide several meal options. The Michigan Princess Riverboat holds about 250 for dinner and ceremony or 300 for reception only. capacity 300 | price $$

mission point resort

6633 Main Street, Mackinac Island, MI (800) 833-5583 weddings@missionpoint.com MissionPoint.com/weddings Mission Point Resort offers 18 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns overlooking Lake Huron, 239 guest rooms, on-site salon and the widest selection of breathtaking waterfront ceremony and reception locations for 2 to 500 guests! capacity 400+ | price $$

oakhurst golf & country club

7000 Oakhurst Lane, Clarkston, MI (248) 391-3300 | OakhurstGolf.com From the most intimate to the most elegant, the professional consultants and customized services at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club will help you create your “dream come true!” capacity 250 | price $$

petruzzello’s banquet & conference center

6950 Rochester Road, Troy, MI (248) 879-1000 | Petruzzellos.com Allow Petruzzello’s to assist you in planning your spectacular dream wedding. Choices range from a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres, gourmet menus, dessert tables, ice carvings, floral designs, specialty linens and impressive event design packages. Experience the excellence at Petruzzello’s. capacity 500+ | price $$$

pine knob mansion & the carriage house

5580 Waldon Road, Clarkston, MI (248) 625-0700 | info@pineknobmansion.com PineKnobMansion.com The Mansion’s historic architecture, stained-glass windows and landscaped gardens make for the most impressive views in southeastern Michigan. The Carriage House’s beautiful windows from ceiling to floor allow for a picturesque view of our golf course. capacity 280 | price $$$

pine trace golf club

3600 Pine Trace Boulevard, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 852-7100 | PineTrace.com Casual elegance under our beautiful tent. Come experience all the outdoors has to offer. Accommodates under 200. Great for ceremonies, weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 200 | price $$

pink shell beach resort & marina

Fort Myers Beach, FL (866) 976-9620 | PinkShell.com Whether you prefer the casual elegance of a beach wedding or a formal evening in a grand ballroom, our wedding specialists make your dreams come true. Pink Shell provides impeccable service in a picturesque setting. After all, the only thing we overlook is the beach. capacity 150 | price $$$

pop up matrimony

(586) 330-0599 | info@popupmatrimony.com PopUpMatrimony.com We provide matrimony services to easy-going couples who desire an informal ceremony in cool, artistic locations because, let’s face it: Awesome photographs are the best part! The goal is to have a wedding— anything else is icing on your cake! capacity 50 | price $

premier events center

20400 S. Nunneley Rd., Clinton Township, MI (586) 791-7760 PremierEventsCenter.com Our full-service banquet and catering facility specializes in weddings. Premier Events Center has two banquet rooms without dividing walls between them. You and your guests experience your own private room, lobby, bathrooms and bar without worrying about another event being booked the same day! capacity 300+ | price $$

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the rattlesnake

300 River Place Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 567-4400 | RattlesnakeDetroit.com The Rattlesnake Club is the premier downtown Detroit wedding destination for a unique setting, creative cuisine and outstanding service. Our outdoor ceremony spaces and six-story atriums will complete your special day. Remember our beautiful private rooms and patio for showers and rehearsal dinners. capacity 250 | price $$$

regency manor & banquet center

25228 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI (248) 353-1133 | RegencyManorBC.com Regency Manor will take your breath away with its captivating décor. Our exquisite ballroom is sure to fulfill all of your expectations for your special occasion! We offer outstanding service, a tasteful menu and elegant surroundings. capacity 400+ | price $$

the renaissance baronette

27790 Novi Rd., Novi, MI (248) 277-2007 | TheBaronette.com Inspired by a contemporary Michigan lodge, The Renaissance Baronette Detroit-Novi Hotel is perfect for weddings, garden showers and rehearsal dinners. The hotel boasts a two-story glass art installation and a stunning windowed atrium for outdoor ceremonies and showers. Also, the menus feature local cuisine. capacity 300 | price $$$

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Birmingham, MI (248) 647-1290 TheReserveBirmingham.com The Reserve offers a sophisticated, unique setting reminiscent of California wine country. The new state-of-the-art facility provides exquisite accommodations for any size event. Our experienced, professional event team is prepared to meet your needs and attend to every detail, helping you create memories that last a lifetime. capacity 300 | price $$$

river crest banquet center

900 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI (248) 652-6706 nino@rivercrestcatering.com RiverCrestCatering.com River Crest has consistently provided quality food and service for over 30 years at an affordable price. Add to that our recently renovated rooms and an outside garden ­setting for ceremonies and open-air ­cocktails to create a value second to none. capacity 250 | price $$

roostertail

100 Marquette Drive, Detroit, MI (313) 822-1234 | Roostertail.com For over 57 years, the Roostertail Entertainment Complex has remained Michigan’s most sought after privately owned waterfront venue for private events and our Fairytail™ Weddings. Call for a tour of our facility and wedding consultation. Don’t forget to ask about our monthly incentives. capacity 400+ | price $$

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san marino club

1685 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI (248) 689-4615 | SanMarinoClub.com The San Marino Club, centrally located off I75, is proud of our excellent reputation for providing professional service and the finest food since 1976. Our three-room facility (100-800 capacity) has a beautiful sky-lit lobby, private bridal rooms and three handsomely appointed banquet rooms. capacity 400+ | price $$

schuler’s restaurant and pub

115 S. Eagle Street, Marshall, MI (269) 781-0602 SchulersRestaurant.com/weddings Hospitality. Outstanding food. Exceptional service. Schuler’s staff will help you create the event of your dreams. We host bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions at our historic venue. Our delicious cuisine can also be catered wherever you are planning your special event. capacity 175 | price $$

shadowland on silver beach

333 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI (269) 932-1128 nheugel@sbshadowland.org ShadowlandOnSilverBeach.com If you desire a destination reception near the shores of Lake Michigan, there is no other award-winning, fourseason venue closer to the beach than Shadowland. This elegant ballroom provides exquisite all-inclusive packages and impeccable service to surpass your dreams and desires. capacity 300 | price $$$

shanahan’s barn

9600 Clubhouse Drive, Charlevoix, MI (231) 547-9796 ShanahansBarn.com Whether your style is classic glam or rustic elegance, our staff is ready to help you create memories to last a lifetime in our unique, pictureperfect venue. Shanahan’s Barn is available for your ceremony and reception. capacity 300 | price $$

shark club

6665 Highland Rd., Waterford, MI (248) 666-4161 sharkclub.waterfordmi@gmail.com SharkClubWaterford.com The Shark Club has been Waterford’s destination for family-oriented fun, delicious food, entertainment and much more since 1991. Our banquet facilities can host many events from receptions and showers to rehearsal dinners and much more! We can host 30 to 200 guests comfortably in our rooms. capacity 200 | price $$

silver garden events center

(248) 569-2299 | SilverGardenEvents.com Allow our experienced event planners to assist you in taking your vision for the special day you have always dreamed of and to create an exquisite event that will be unforgettable. We have two fabulous ballrooms, one of which is just right for you! capacity 400+ | price $$

solitude links golf course & banquet center

5810 Flinchbaugh Rd., Kimball, MI (810) 982-3673 | events@solitudelinksgolf.com SolitudeLinksGolf.com Solitude Links Golf Course is the best kept secret in St. Clair County! Whether it’s our exquisite lake front surroundings, picturesque waterfall or rolling hills, we offer the perfect backdrop for your event. Every event at Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center reflects the care and attention it deserves. capacity 400+ | price $$

sommerset pointe lake charlevoix

00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City, MI (231) 582-9900 | LakeCharlevoixWeddings.com Our venue offers the waterfront elegance of Lake Charlevoix with a nautical ambience. Our customer service experts are ready to help you create lifetime memories in our unique, picture-perfect venue that’s available for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, ceremonies and receptions. capacity 200 | price $$

sonshine barn wedding & event center

2838 Wilkinson Rd., Gaylord, MI (989) 705-8777 | SonshineBarn.com We provide a destination venue for those desiring an elegant wedding in the country, plus a complimentary wedding planner. Our goal is to see every couple’s dream wedding come to pass. Contact us today to schedule a tour, check availability and learn more about our facilities. about our facilities. capacity 299 | price $$$

spartan hospitality group at msu

219 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI (517) 884-8124 Leave your event planning up to the Spartan professionals! Call Spartan Hospitality Group sales to find your perfect space. We offer MSU venues for every occasion. Choose from impeccably designed ballrooms, flower-filled courtyards or distinctive private dining rooms. Ask about catering options too. capacity 700 | price $$$

spring meadows country club

(810) 735-7836 EXT. 119 | cterrian@smccgolf.net SpringMeadowsCountyClub.com Spring Meadows Country Club offers unforgettable memories in the Linden area for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our experienced staff will work with you every step of the way to create an event and custom menu that amazes you and your guests. capacity 200 | price $$$

st. josaphat banquet centre

26440 Ryan Road, Warren, MI (586) 758-7711 StJosaphatBanquets.com Where special occasions are celebrated. Enjoy hosting your special day within our sophisticated and unique banquet centre. Your reception is exclusive, as no other event is happening but yours. Call for a wedding package and free tour. capacity 325 | price $$

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stonegate manor

2251 Riverside Road, Benton Harbor, MI (269) 930-0617 info@stonegatemanorevents.com StonegateManorEvents.com Whether making a wish in the Well-Wishing Pond, crossing the Bridge to Forever, sharing vows in one of our outdoor sites (the wooded Fairy Garden or the classic Pergola on the Lawn), enjoying yard games (giant Jenga, anyone?) and cocktails on the lawn or in the Manor House, you will have a memorable day! capacity 175 | price $$

sycamore hills golf club

Macomb, MI (586) 598-9500 banquets@sycamorehills.com SycamoreHills.com Sycamore Hills Golf Club is a year-round facility with an 8,000-square-foot banquet center adjacent to the golf club that has a beautiful panoramic view of the golf course. Our sophisticated style and personalized service will make your wedding everything you dreamed it would be! capacity 350 | price $$

tullymore golf resort

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11969 Tullymore Drive, Stanwood, MI (800) 972-4837 khondorp@tullymoregolf.com TullymoreGolf.com Find your perfect destination wedding, just a short drive away at Tullymore Golf Resort. With exquisite surroundings and exceptional service, our team is ready to make your day extraordinary. Featuring two incredible clubhouses, Tullymore Golf Resort offers the ideal backdrop for your dream wedding. capacity 300 | price $$$

twin lakes banquet facility

455 Twin Lakes Drive, Oakland, MI (248) 601-4172 | info@mytwinlakesgc.com TwinLakesGC.com Twin Lakes Golf and Swim Club is the perfect setting for an unforgettable wedding. Our banquet facilities accommodate up to 400 guests with space available in the Stonebridge Grille and on our many outdoor terraces. Our goal is to personalize our facility for your special day. capacity 400+ | price $$$

villa penna

43985 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, MI (586) 566-9900 Our newly remodeled venue has seven banquet rooms that can accommodate 30-450 guests. We have large Italian marble dance floors and spacious bars. Our event services are tailored to suit your needs. From your shower to rehearsal dinner and reception, we will transform your wedding dreams into reality! capacity 450 | price $$

vintage house & vintage gardens wedding chapel

31816 Utica Road, Fraser, MI (586) 415-5678 | VintageBanquetsandCatering.com Come see our completely remodeled banquet facility located right next door to the all-new (2018) Vintage Gardens Wedding Chapel. We are your one-stop

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visions at centerpointe

12935 S. West Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, MI (231) 632-1702 | bob@greystoneweddings.com MyVisionsWeddings.com What makes a northern Michigan wedding unforgettable? Beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay! With our package pricing and experienced wedding staff, it’s no wonder Visions at CenterPointe is northern Michigan’s premier wedding facility. It’s your wedding, your dream. Let Visions make it happen!

perfect setting for a romantic reception. Our renowned catering staff will tend to your every need. On your first night together, enjoy our newly renovated guestrooms in the comfort the signature 10-layer Heavenly Bed. Simply dreamy. capacity 300 | price $$$

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wabeek country club

4000 Club Gate Drive, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 855-0700 WabeekCC.org Wabeek Country Club’s banquet rooms provide a comfortable setting for casual entertaining as well as formal affairs. Our professional banquet staff is available to coordinate business or social functions from a basic luncheon to the most elaborate dinner, offering unparalleled menu selections and superb service. Wedding packages start at $49. capacity 350 | price $$$

waldenwoods banquet and conference center

Hartland, MI (810) 632-6401 | banquets@waldenwoods.com Waldenwoods.com Livingston County’s “Little Secret.” Southern Mansion Style—8 stone fireplaces, 15-foot wood beam ceilings. Faces 140-acre Lake Walden. Indoor or outdoor receptions. Seating up to 250 people. capacity 250 | price $$

waterview loft at port detroit

130 East Atwater St., Detroit, MI (313) 202-4477 | info@waterviewloft.com WaterviewLoft.com Experience a different side of the city at Waterview Loft, downtown Detroit’s premier waterfront address. Waterview Loft’s urban architecture and shore-to-shore panoramas make for a distinctive backdrop. Feast on impeccable cuisine and enjoy outstanding service as you dance and romance the night away. capacity 250 | price $$$

weber’s inn

3050 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI (734) 769-3237 | weddings@webersinn.com WebersInn.com When you select Weber’s Inn for your reception, your dream event can come true. With award-winning cuisine, exceptional service and an elegant setting, Weber’s Inn will reflect your style and good taste. Weber’s features two beautiful ballrooms, a luxury full-service hotel and an on-site restaurant. capacity 300 | price $$$

the westin southfield-detroit

1500 Town Center Drive, Southfield, MI (248) 663-6702 | WestinSouthfieldDetroit.com Our luxurious, newly renovated ballroom offers the

joe’s gourmet catering & events

33152 W. Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI (248) 477-4333 EXT. 226 laura@joesgourmetcatering.com JoesGourmetCatering.com We specialize in effortless events by providing exceptional cuisine, superior service and first-class quality and freshness in everything we do. From informal to elaborate weddings to showers and brunches, our award-winning team’s passion for excellence will ensure your event is the celebration of season.

flowers & décor

fleurdetroit

1507 S. Old Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 953-3840 events@fleurdetroit.com fleurdetroit.com At fleurdetroit, we bring luxury to the everyday. Quality standards and exemplary customer service have propelled our brand in the market. Our experienced, talented designers can compose any experience—from old world to modern funk— while transforming your vision into the moment and emotion you envision.

mi honeybee flowers

(248) 259-4029 amy@mihoneybeeflowers.com MIHoneybeeFlowers.com Compiling your wedding flower décor is part inspiration and part knowledge. We have you covered! We want to make your dreams come to life and ensure that it’s enjoyable, affordable and uniquely you. You can depend on us for the freshest flowers and the most unique designs customized to fit your vision.

michael b. anthony

Wyandotte, MI (313) 215-7251 | michaelb.anthony@yahoo.com MichaelBAnthony.com We are a unique company that captures the vision of our couples and showcases their characteristics into

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bridal fashion & beauty

offering captivating, exclusive designer gowns to complement the bride on her wedding day. Our customers are our focus, from trying on the first gown to the day of the wedding.

contact@romasposa.com RomaSposa.com Couture bridal gowns and accessories, women’s evening wear, personal consultation service.

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1321 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI (248) 439-1114 | Day7BeautyBar.com We take pride in giving every client luxury services and a very relaxing environment. We cater to all your beauty needs.

elizabeth’s bridal manor abhair

(855) 4AB-HAIR | abHair.com We are a team of passionate hair extension experts dedicated to providing the highest quality human hair extensions, synthetic lace wigs and more. We offer the everyday consumer the chance to look and feel like a million dollars without breaking the bank.

alessandra bridal

(586) 574-2233 Alessandra is celebrating her 30th year of owning and operating her bridal boutique in Warren and serving 28,000 brides. She would like to personally thank the thousands of brides and their families for allowing her to make their most exciting day the most unique and memorable.

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antonio’s bridal

526 N. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI (248) 645-6262 antoniosbridal@aol.com AntoniosBridal.com We are dedicated to making your wedding preparations as enjoyable and memorable as your wedding day. Choose from a line of designers or make a personal statement by designing a dress that is just perfect for you.

bare beauty bar & spa

(269) 220-5355 | info@barewaxkalamazoo.com BareWaxKalamazoo.com Downtown Kalamazoo’s premier beauty headquarters focuses on all things bridal! We are here to help you on your big day with everything from your flawless bridal makeup and formal styles to your perfect spray tan and sparkling smile.

bianka bridal

125 Ottawa Ave., Suite 170, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 235-9300 | info@biankabridal.com BiankaBridal.com Bianka Bridal presents affordable and exclusive brands to the West Michigan bridal market! We work closely with designers and production facilities to ensure the best of quality at affordable prices starting from $1,200. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated and committed to ensure a BIANKA experience!

bridal couture

912 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham 223 N. Main St., Plymouth (248) 645-0500 | (734) 455-1100 bridalcouturemi@hotmail.com BridalCoutureMI.com Bridal Couture of Birmingham and Bridal Couture of Plymouth are two contemporary bridal boutiques

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402 South Main Street, Northville, MI (248) 348-2783 ElizabethsBridal.com We offer over 26 years of exceptional service, delivery and selection. Bridal gowns we carry include Ashley and Justin, Casablanca Bridal, Casablanca Couture, Cristiano Lucci, Eddy K., Ian Stuart, Jim Hjelm, Justin Alexander, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero, Marisa, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca and Yumi Katsura. We also have a large selection of bridesmaid dress lines.

hannah price beauty

Ferndale, MI (248) 563-7495 | hannah.price.mu@gmail.com HannahPriceBeauty.com Specializing in on-location bridal and event makeup and hairstyling, her range of versatility and 10 years of experience makes her prepared and comfortable for your event. With an extensive background in makeup artistry and hairstyling, her attention to detail and know-how, separates her from the rest.

l’amour bridal

39221 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI (248) 308-2733 | info@lamourbridalmi.com LamourBridalMI.com L’amour Bridal is Metro Detroit’s chic bridal boutique. All of our bridal designers are exclusive to Michigan! Our number one goal is to make sure we give our brides the most unforgettable experience. You are part of our little family at L’amour! We are a no-pressure, chic and extremely friendly boutique!

the makeup loft

320 S. Main, Plymouth, MI (734) 922-LOFT (5638) TheMakeupLoft.com The Makeup Loft is an award-winning makeup studio in downtown Plymouth, owned by an Emmy Award– winning makeup artist and staffed by an amazing artistry team. Serving over 150 happy brides a year and exclusively featuring Cosmakery cosmetics, The Makeup Loft is your premier hair and makeup studio.

2186 Coolidge Hwy., Berkley, MI (248) 541-1988 info@theweddingshoppe.net TheWeddingShoppe.net This is Metro Detroit’s most award-winning bridal experience, with exclusive dresses, diverse selection, and a helpful, caring staff.

the white dress

209 W. Main Street, Suite 101, Brighton, MI (810) 588-6147 hello@the-white-dress.com The-White-Dress.com As the perfect boutique to find your perfect dress, we take extra effort to make sure that your wedding dress shopping experience is everything you dreamed of and more. Our fullservice bridal shop and friendly staff help you every step of the way as you style your look.

jewelry

sawyer jewelers

134 N. Leroy St., Fenton, MI (810) 629-7936 info@sawyerjewelers.com SawyerJewelers.com Sawyer Jewelers offers an extensive collection of engagement rings and wedding sets, on-site jewelry repair and custom jewelry creation in Genesee Co. Sawyers is celebrating 70 years in business and more than 28 years with A.JAFFE, and they are one of the top Michigan Signature A.JAFFE dealers.

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piera’s bridal couture

46509 Hayes Road, Shelby Township, MI (586) 566-7800 | pierasbridal@aol.com PierasBridal.com Piera’s Bridal Couture is excited to share the latest elegant bridal gowns and accessories. We also offer a great selection of trendy bridesmaid dresses, sweet flower girl dresses and wonderful evening gowns. Experience a boutique with an array of carefully chosen couture styles at affordable prices.

roma sposa

708 North Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI (248) 723-4300

brian blostica photography

(517) 420-4877 greens_artist@yahoo.com BDubPics.com I got into wedding photography because I’m an old soul and a romantic at heart. I have a sincere policy of capturing your candid, romantic wedding day moments. It is my belief that forming a strong relationship with each bride I photograph helps me interpret the best photos to capture for each wedding.

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killer creations photography & videography

505 S. Lafayette Avenue, Royal Oak, MI (734) 634-3880 | KillerCreations.net Each wedding day is unique, and every couple is different. That’s why we take a personal approach to an experience-based service—highlighting you. We offer an experience that comes from our love for our craft. We love what we do and have fun doing it. We look forward to celebrating with you!

kristen taylor & co

Birmingham, MI (248) 677-4760 | KristenTaylor.com Kristen Taylor & Co is a collection of super-stylish wedding photographers so you can find the one that fits you like your favorite pair of jeans. Our modern romance style is sophisticated, fashion-inspired and makes you look amazing.

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(313) 960-4000 | info@touchofelegancellc.com TouchofEleganceLLC.com Touch of Elegance Events & Designs is a boutique wedding planning company that focuses on impeccable planning, creative design and expert coordination. Let our experienced planners transform your dreams into reality and help you have a stress-free wedding!

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lee’s specialty

Bloomfield Hills, MI (248) 646-6700 | shop@leesspecialty.com LeesSpecialty.com For over 31 years, our goal has been to create the perfect invitation for any occasion. Collaboration is key for an easy, stress-free, fun experience. From start to finish, every detail including programs, menus, place

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entertainment

lorio ross sterling entertainment

Serving Michigan (248) 398-9711 | LorioRoss.com Experienced professionals combining outstanding musicianship with high-energy interactive skills to rock your party! Our groups offer music selections from Sinatra to Lady Gaga and everything in between. Grandparents like Motown? Parents like ’80s? You like today’s top hits? We’ve got you covered!

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(855) 874-2394 Blanc de Bleu is the world’s first blue sparkling wine—a dry, crisp, sparkling grape wine with a hint of blueberry. It’s perfect for wedding receptions. Visit BlancdeBleuUSA.com for your nearest retailer. Drink responsibly.

430 W. 17th St., Suite 31, Holland, MI (616) 396-7300 WmRentalCo.com The Rental Company is your special events boutique. Please check out our showroom, website and social media to see our amazing products and services. Let us know how we can make your event!

state street bridal suites

5090 State Street, Saginaw, MI (989) 714-3711 | StateStreetBridal.com We are a collection of wedding professionals specializing in one-on-one service. From Michigan’s most sought-after photographer, exceptional MC/DJs, photo booths and cutting-edge videography to stunning gowns, tuxedos, décor, event planning and more—all your needs are in one award-winning studio!

witte travel & tours

3250 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 942-5112 | WitteTravel.com Toast your new life together in the place of your dreams. Whether you celebrate with a destination wedding alongside family and friends, or on a romantic honeymoon for just the two of you, our travel professionals will help you bring your vision to life.

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Say your vows in your favorite location, any time, any place! Our packages include: an officiant, flowers, photographer and 30-minute photo session. To get the wedding you want, where you want it, call us today! info@popupmatrimony.com 586.330.0599 www.popupmatrimony.com

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The Inn at St. John’s

10

Arcadia Bluffs, The Lodge

115

International Banquet Center

51

The Ballroom @ CityFlatsHotel

87

Iroquois Club

7

Bay Harbor Village Hotel & Conference Center

99

Italian American Cultural Society Banquet & Conference Center

83

Bay Pointe Inn

225

The Kensington Hotel

21

Bentley Banquet & Conference Center

2

King’s Court Castle

5

Boulder Pointe Golf Club & Banquet Center

212

The Loft at Luna

229

Buca di Beppo

37

Longacre House

200

Burton Manor Banquet and Conference Center

199

Mackinac Island Tourism

143

Castle Farms

125

Meadow Brook Hall

202

Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center

14

Meeting House Grand Ballroom

208

CityVu Events

135

Michigan League Conference & Event Services

201

Colony Club

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Michigan Princess

59

The Community House

215

Mission Point Resort

121

Corner Loft

206

Oakhurst Golf & Country Club

187

The Crofoot Ballroom

155

Petruzzello’s Banquet and Conference Center

231

Crystal Gardens

49

Pine Knob Mansion, Carriage House and Golf Course

185

Crystal Mountain

127

Pine Trace Golf Club

217

Dearborn Country Club

220

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

216

DoubleTree by Hilton - Port Huron

229

Pop Up Matrimony

237

Fern Hill Golf Club

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Premier Events Center

45

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

196

The Rattlesnake

39

Gem Theatre

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Regency Manor & Banquet Center

65

Graduate Ann Arbor

219

The Renaissance Baronette Hotel, Detroit-Novi

54

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa

113

The Reserve

198

Great Lakes Culinary Center

95

River Crest Banquet Facility

210

Great Oaks Country Club

235

Roostertail 18

Greystone Weddings

122

San Marino Club

233

The Grosse Pointe Academy

233

Schuler’s Restaurant and Pub

227

Heathers Club of Bloomfield Hills

193

Shadowland on Silver Beach

151

Hellenic Cultural Center

225

Shark Club

47

The Henry Ford

23

Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club

217

The Historic First Congregational Church of Detriot

231

Silver Garden Events Center

213

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

5

Solitude Links Golf Course & Banquet Center

190

Infinity-Ovation Yacht Charters

9

Sommerset Pointe

119

The Inn at Harbor Shores

57

Sonshine Barn Wedding & Event Center

163

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Glass Slipper

164

Spring Meadows Country Club

222

Hannah Price Beauty

221

St. Josaphat Banquet Centre

207

L’amour Bridal

103

Stonegate Manor

211

The Makeup Loft

222

Sycamore Hills Golf Club

237

Piera’s Bridal Couture

147

Tullymore Golf Resort

62

Roma Sposa

31

Twin Lakes

25

The Wedding Shoppe

214

Villa Penna

33

The White Dress

53

Vintage Gardens Wedding Chapel & Event Center

157

Vintage House Banquets & Catering

157

JEWELRY

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Visions at CenterPointe

122

Sawyer Jewelers

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Wabeek Country Club

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Waldenwoods Resort Banquet & Conference Center

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WEDDING CONSULTANTS

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Waterview Loft at Port Detroit

107

The Event Planner

167

Weber’s Boutique Hotel

221

MerryMakers 129

The Westin Southfield-Detroit

189

Touch of Elegance Events & Designs

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CAKES & CATERERS

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PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO

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Joe’s Gourmet Catering & Events

41

Amber Henry Photography

164

Sumptous Spirits

77

Brian Blostica Photography

169

Design Haven Studios

164

Killer Creations Photography • Cinematography

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Kristen Taylor & Co

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Active Entertainment

164

Lorio Ross Sterling Entertainment

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FLOWERS & DÉCOR

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fleurdetroit 216 MI Honeybee Flowers

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Michael B. Anthony

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abHair 214 Alessandra Bridal

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INVITATIONS & DETAILS

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Antonio’s Bridal

149

Lee’s Specialty

136

B. Ella Bridal

81

Things Remembered

35

Bare Beauty Bar & Spa

219

Bianka Bridal

29

SPECIALTY SERVICES

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Bridal Couture

139

Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux

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Bride & Joy

203

The Rental Company

153

Day 7 Beauty Bar

227

State Street Bridal Suites

164

Elizabeth’s Bridal Manor

91

Witte Travel

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“Any preceremony jitters and nerves we had were totally gone,” Kady says of capturing this sweet shot shortly after she and Daniel said “I do” at Harbor Shores on Lake Michigan. “I’m laughing because my husband’s scruff kept tickling my face during photos!”

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