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BRIDES Boy, what a year! We’ve all learned to live with our “new normal” but life fortunately continues. Couples fall in love and weddings are being planned. This publication is our nod to normal, a few moments to forget the virus and all of the changes that it has inflicted into our lives and simply enjoy the excitement and anticipation that planning a wedding brings. This issue is packed with articles and planning guides to help any bride create the wedding of her dreams. We show you how to stock a full bar at your wedding and give you expert advice from local vendors to smooth out problems before you encounter them. Having your wedding in our area but wanting something a little different for your venue? Be sure to check out the area spots that are highlighted in our story on local and unique venues. Even a simple, informal wedding requires some advance thought and preparation. Thinking through the details and scheduling can help prevent what should be a happy day from turning into one of tears and disappointment. We have included an easy

to follow wedding timeline to keep you on schedule as you plan your big day. I would like to thank the advertisers who have enabled us to make this bridal issue happen. Without their support, we would have no way to bring these ideas and this information to you. It is our hope that you will “shop locally first” as you get ready for your wedding! I speak from experience when I say that our local vendors can create an amazing, unforgettable day. In August 2019 I watched my baby walk down the aisle to take the hand of his heart’s desire. My heart was full of love as they promised themselves to one another from that moment until forever. The day was perfect and went so smoothly, all they had to do was enjoy their celebration. Gavin and Andi, I treasure you both and my wish for you is that your days be filled with laughter, your hearts with love, and your thoughts with contentment.


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Written by James Campbell, PRIME Fitness

Congratulations! You have set the date and your big day is only a few short months away. Not that we are assuming you need to lose a few pounds, but if you have the urge to give it a try, we’ve come up with a few diet and exercise tips to help you along the way. By following these steps, it is possible to look and feel more beautiful on your wedding day. First, it is important to decide how much weight you would like to lose before the wedding. From there, you can break down weekly and monthly goals to be sure you reach your target weight. And, before you begin any sort of fitness/diet program, we encourage you to consult your doctor or healthcare provider. SIX MONTHS ‘TIL THE BIG DAY: We know six months seems like a long way out to start dieting, but it is actually right on schedule if you are planning on losing more than 10 pounds. Start incorporating more green vegetables, beans, low-fat dairy, and nuts into your diet. It is also time to step away from processed carbs, sugary foods, foods containing trans fats, and to be more conscious of portion sizes. Yes, we acknowledge this is easier said than done, but every time you choose the right foods, you take a step in the right direction. On the exercise front, incorporate three, 45-minute workouts a week with 20 minutes being cardio and the rest strength training. If this is a weak area for you, consider getting in touch with a personal trainer such as PRIME Fitness in Hillsdale. They even offer a Bridal Bootcamp that will have you toned and trim for your wedding day.


THREE MONTHS ‘TIL THE BIG DAY: Time to evaluate your progress and make adjustments accordingly. If you are not meeting your short-term goals, consider cutting a food vice from your diet until the wedding. Think of it as an investment in your big day. If exercising is becoming a chore, try rounding up some of the members of your wedding party; having a support group will make you work even harder! ONE MONTH ‘TIL THE BIG DAY: Life is going to get very busy. Now is the time to be sure you do not skip meals. With all of the wedding prep going on, it will be very easy to allow yourself to grab a bag of chips or a fast food burger. In just a few short weeks, you can sabotage everything you have worked hard to accomplish. Also, don’t blow off your exercise because things are so hectic. If you can’t find the time for an entire workout, make time for a short yet high-intensity workout to keep that toned body. ONE WEEK ‘TIL THE BIG DAY: Time’s up. You can stop fretting and just enjoy the moment. Resist the urge to fast to try to lose a few more pounds. Drastic fasting can impact your mood severely, making you stressed and unable to enjoy your wedding day. Besides, by now you have had your final fitting and you wouldn’t want your dress to be anything less than a perfect fit. On the flip side of that coin, don’t do any binge eating, either; it is too late for you to have your dress let out! THE BIG DAY: Congratulations! Your day has finally arrived. Go and enjoy your healthy new body that you have worked so hard to create. Remember, no matter what, you are beautiful!



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“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank So, you’ve just moved to a new area. You have 13 years of teaching behind you but don’t think you want to continue in that field. You aren’t sure what you want to do or what direction your life should take. So, what’s the solution? Well, if you’re Dana Hicks . . . you grow flowers!

Yes, that is the story of how Black Dog Meadows Flower Farm got its start. Dana had been a gardener since she was very young and often put together bouquets as a child. “We got here and I asked myself, ‘What will I do? What do I love?’” After she decided to grow flowers, she found herself wondering if that was, in her words, “even a thing.” Online research showed her that there’s a huge community of supportive flower growers out there running successful farms and design studios and providing flowers for multiple markets. “The initial investment wasn’t much. We bought a big rototiller and a lot of seeds. That was it,” Dana explains. This was the summer of 2019, and her original intent was only to grow flowers and sell to wholesalers and area florists. As time went on, people asked her if she’d put together arrangements for them and she discovered an innate knack for floral design.


“I love creating things. I love nature and it inspires me,” says Dana. “As my confidence with floral design grew, I began booking weddings in 2020 and I’m currently booking for 2021. My focus is turning a bride’s vision into her ‘dream come true.’ As a grower, I have a unique knowledge of local and seasonal elements that will be gorgeous while staying budget-conscious. I love using unique textures, colors, and unassuming florals and greenery. My garden-style arrangements showcase a more natural, unstructured, and airy style. In essence, I like taking the ordinary and making it beautiful.”

One thing Dana wants people to know is that you don’t have to be planning a huge wedding to book her services. “I’m happy to do the very small weddings that the pandemic has made necessary. Even if all you need is a bouquet for the bride and a boutonnière for the groom, I’d love to work with you.” Dana is passionate about using sustainable growing practices and promoting flower growing in this country. “Most people don’t realize that only 10%-15% of flowers used here are USA-grown. Of course, I do buy varieties of flowers I don’t grow—like roses—when a client requests them, but I am most inspired by using what I grow and what I forage.” Anyone who loves having fresh flowers around should consider subscribing to Dana’s CSA (community supported agriculture) program. For a flat fee, CSA members receive 15 weeks of flowers. The arrangements are available from early July until the first frost

which usually occurs in early October. The hard frost in September 2020 killed off everything in her gardens and required purchasing some blooms to complete the subscriptions, but everyone got their flowers! Black Dog Meadows Flower Farms is located in Hudson, and you can keep up with what’s happening through the Facebook page, Instagram (black_dog_meadows) and the website: You can also contact Dana by calling 517-375-2049. Summer flower bouquets, arrangements, and anything else you need are available for porch pick-ups by appointment and delivery during the summer growing season. [Please note that the farm does not offer U-pick access at this time.]


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Herrick Chapel 110 S. Madison St, Adrian (517) 264-3156 A beautiful atmosphere for a daytime or evening wedding, Herrick Chapel has 36 unique stained glass windows, seating for up to 1,000 guests, and a sound system. Johnny T’s Next Door 173 E. South St., Hillsdale (517)439-1100 Offering a bi-level room accommodating up to 350 guests with large raised areas on each side flanking an open floor ideal for dancing. 14

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Lewis Emery Park 2121 State St., Hillsdale (517) 437-4458 A beautiful natural setting for any size wedding. Building offers a kitchen on-site. Hillsdale County Fairgrounds 115 S. Broad St., Hillsdale (517) 437-3622 Large venue offers many places to tie the knot including the lovely band shell. Grange Hall is also a great place for receptions, large enough to hold parties of 250 guests.

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Rayba’s Tennis Retreat/ Vellucci Vineyards Coman Rd. & Squawfield Rd., Hudson (517) 383-2215 A beautiful outdoor setting with every amenity, also includes an indoor reception hall for up to 100 guests. Hillsdale College Arboretum Barber Dr., Hillsdale (517) 437-3311 Outdoor wedding ceremonies can be beautiful almost year-round, and the Arboretum is a great location to say “I do”.

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Grosvenor House 211 Maumee St, Jonesville (517) 849-9596 This beautiful Victorian Italianate brick home is the perfect location for a periodthemed wedding. Venue 8 8 North Howell St, Hillsdale (517) 273-1888 The charming event and conference space is located in Hillsdale’s historic downtown, perfect for any small ceremony or shower. Cherry Creek Vineyard & Winery 11500 Silver Lake Hwy, Brooklyn (517) 592-4663 Lovely rural setting for your special day!

Kimball Camp YMCA 4502 Berlin Dr., Reading (517) 283-2168 The main lodge offers a space to accommodate up to 200 people with a lovely fieldstone fireplace (think photo op!) and a full-service kitchen.

Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm 11025 S. Jackson Rd, Somerset Center (517) 688-3455 This local landmark offers three venue options that can handle parties of many sizes in a lovely, orchard setting.

McCourtie Park 12715 East Chicago Rd, Somerset Center (517) 688-9223 A naturally-landscaped but maintained park of 42 acres featuring bridges over a meandering stream and two ponds. A pavilion is available, as well.

The Ponds of Coldwater 368 S. Jefferson St., Coldwater (517) 227-5208 A thirty acre hidden treasure located in Coldwater, Michigan. We cater to all types of outdoor events such as weddings & receptions, corporate business meetings, high school proms, family reunions, community events, and photography sessions.

The Adrian Armory 230 W. Maumee St. Historical elegence in a newly renovated 100-year-old building.

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COUPLES MAKE when Stocking The Reception Bar

The reception is time to toast your new marriage, and many of your guests will show up expecting to get their drink on. Here are six mistakes to avoid when putting together your reception bar. CHOOSING QUANTITY OVER QUALITY. A well-stocked bar doesn’t mean you must have every type of alcohol. This is especially true if you don’t have the money for top-shelf liquor. If this is the case, offer up basic necessities—vodka and gin, for instance—so you can buy the best, and then ditch anything else that isn’t in your budget. IGNORING THE CROWD. Are most of your guests beer drinkers? If so, then focus on offering a variety of different brews instead of wasting money on hard liquor, fine wines and signature cocktails that most people won’t touch. FORGETTING ABOUT NON-DRINKERS. Not everyone is going to partake in alcohol, so be sure to have plenty of other options on hand. Think a virgin signature cocktail, artisanal soda, flavored iced tea and the like. OFFERING TOO MANY SIGNATURE COCKTAILS. Sure, they’re fun to name, create and can look super pretty being served at the wedding, but they lose their luster if you offer too many options. Stick with one or two at the reception. BRINGING YOUR OWN. In some cases, you can save money by supplying your own alcohol. But in others, it could wind up costing you more in the end--especially if your venue charges a corking fee for every bottle of wine they open during your reception. NOT ORDERING ENOUGH. Don’t try to cut corners by ordering less alcohol--you don’t want to risk running out halfway through the reception. Have your catering manager and bartender guide you in how much you will need according to the guest list. 22

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The Desjarlais Aesthetic Center By Melissa McCance

Helping brides be their most beautiful!

When people describe brides, you often hear words like “glowing,” “radiant,” and, of course, “beautiful.” If there is any day in her life when a woman wants to look her absolute, utter best, it’s her wedding day. Besides finding the perfect gown, many brides book consultation appointments with a hair stylist, makeup artist, and nail technician well in advance of the big day to do a trial run and get her look perfected ahead of time. In addition to these essentials, brides and their attendants can also opt for aesthetic treatments that raise the beauty bar to a whole new level. Anyone looking to explore these treatment options would do well to consult with Dr. Lawrence Desjarlais of the Desjarlais Cosmetic Center in Adrian. The center opened in 2017 and is an extension of Dr. Desjarlais’ medical dermatology practice. Recognizing that patients receiving cosmetic services might prefer a less-clinical setting than a regular medical office, Dr. Desjarlais renovated the space below his medical office and moved the aesthetic portion of his practice into the spa-like facility. He provides state-of-the-art cosmetic services including wrinkle reduction treatments, medical grade skincare, injectable fillers, and laser treatments for the face and body. All procedures are performed by the doctor or by an experienced laser technician trained by Dr. Desjarlais. One important point—brides need not fear that their grooms won’t recognize them coming down the aisle! The goal is “a better you, not a different you,” says Dr. Desjarlais. There will be no pressure to have more done than the bride or attendants want. He explains his approach in this way: “A cosmetic services patient is still a patient, and I take that seriously. I give the patient all the options. The aim is a journey towards healthy, beautiful skin, not just fixing a wrinkle here and there.” The science of cosmetic procedures has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, and, unlike the early CO2 resurfacing lasers, many current treatments offer outstanding results with little or no down time for recovery. The approval of Botox for cosmetic use in 2002 opened a new era in aesthetic dermatology treatments followed by Restylane in 2005 which furthered a physician’s ability to treat lines, lift cheeks, and create fuller, natural-looking lips. BBL (broadband light) treatments can help make skin firmer and even out tone and texture. Silk peels, chemical peels, and dermabrasion clear away dead skin cells, remove impurities, and result in skin that is softer, clearer, and has that highly-desired, dewy look.


Cosmetic dermatology deals with more than how you look above the shoulders. Body contouring treatments like Allura liposuction, Renuvion skin tightening, Body TitePRO, Accu Tite, and EVOLVE non-invasive body contouring allow targeting specific areas of cellulite or other fat deposits and tightening areas of skin that are sagging from weight loss or aging. These treatments can be a real boost for people who have stubborn areas of fat that are not responding to weight loss and exercise. The center also offers tattoo removal and laser hair removal.

two prior to the event. Body/facial contouring, tattoo removal, and laser hair removal take time and should be started up to a year in advance depending on the treatment choice. Which of your services are the most popular with brides/bridal parties? Botox and SilkPeels are the most popular. And, specifically, from Dr. Desjarlais:

Dr. Desjarlais and his staff answered some questions for us to help brides plan for aesthetic services. What services would be of particular interest to a bride/bridal party? The SilkPeel is a fantastic treatment to get before any big event! It is a hydrofacial that cleans out the pores, brightens the skin, plumps you up to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and gives your lips a boost which lasts up to 72 hours. Are there any package prices for brides/bridal parties? We customize packages, so people can call the office to discuss options. Which services, if any, require a pre-treatment consultation? Fillers, Botox, and SilkPeel treatments can be done without a formal consult. Dr. Desjarlais will still consult with you prior to treatment, but it’s a quick consult so you can get your treatment the same day.

For the bridal party—usually a younger crowd—the concept of prejuvenation is important. Preventing signs of aging is a new concept in aesthetics. Low energy lasers (BBL and Ultra in our practice) are defining the path forward. And, limited use of Botox and fillers like Restylane and Juvederm is appropriate. For those who haven’t enjoyed the benefits of pre-juvenation, the ongoing tradition of rejuvenation continues. I call it the “fix-it pathway” with higher energy lasers, radiofrequency needles and minimaly invasive skin tightening procedures. Morpheus8, Halo, Profractional, AccuTite, and BodyTite are a few of our offerings. Also, performing larger volume fillers or even fat transfers to create a youthful appearance. Anyone interested in learning more about these options or wishing to schedule an appointment should call the Desjarlais Aesthetic Center at (517) 759-3191. The center is located in the lower level of the building at 2000 Curtis Road, Adrian, Michigan. You can also visit the website at which provides detailed information about the services offered.

How far in advance should the bride contact the center to start exploring treatment options? Some treatments take some time to see results and have a recovery time. Fillers/Botox should be done at least two weeks before the event. SilkPeels should be done a day or two ahead. Are there any services that should be done considerably in advance of the wedding? Some noninvasive laser treatments can be done about a month or




1. Brush/comb 2. Cell phone (be sure to turn it off before the ceremony!) 3. Dental floss (for all those photos!) 4. Emery board 5. Extra panty hose 6. Hair spray 7. Handkerchief 8. Makeup 9. Mints 10. Mirror (small and portable) 11. Perfume, travel size 12. Legal documents needed


1. Baby powder (for getting out spills on a white dress) 2. Bobby pins and hair elastics 3. Brush and comb 4. Clear nail polish (also helpful for stocking runs) 5. Corsage pins 6. Cotton balls/swabs 7. THE DRESS! 8. Extra earring backs 9. Extra pair of flat shoes 10. Hair dryer 11. Iron 12. Lint brush 13. Makeup 14. Nail polish in the bride’s shade 15. Undergarments 16. Sewing kit 17. Shoe polish that matches wedding party’s shoes 18. Shoes 19. Spot remover (test it first!) 20. Static-cling spray 21. Straws (for drinking without messing up lipstick) 22. “Throwaway” garter 23. White chalk (to cover any stains on the dress) 24. Wrinkle out spray (test it first!)


1. Antacid 2. Aspirin/Ibuprofen 3. Band-aids (that best match your skin tone) 4. Contact lens solution/cases 5. Deodorant 6. Dental floss 7. Eye drops 8. Wash cloth or hand towel 9. Lotion 10. Medications 11. Moist towelettes 12. Mouthwash 13. Smelling salts 14. Sunscreen 15. Tampons or pads 16. Toothbrush and toothpaste 17. Tissues


1. Bug spray (be sure it leaves no spots and smells nice) 2. Extra flowers (in case of sun wilting) 3. Handkerchief for dabbing sweat 4. Sunglasses (pre- and post-ceremony)


1. Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for) 2. Disposable camera 3. Driver’s license or photo I.D. card 4. Duct tape (good for any handy repairs) 5. Extra copies of directions to your reception 6. Important phone numbers: • Family • Wedding party • Wedding vendors • Taxi company 7. Notebook and pens 8. Portable flashlight 9. Roll of quarters 10. Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.) 11. Umbrella 12. Watch


1.Black socks (a few pairs) 2.Brush/comb 3.Cologne (travel size) 4.Corsage pins 5. Extra shirt buttons 6.Extra cufflinks (2-3 pairs) 7.Handkerchiefs 8.Lint brush 9.Shoe polish 10.Spot remover


1.Cash ($20 – you never know what you’ll need it for) 2.Cell phone (remember to turn it off before the ceremony) 3.Disposable cameras 4.Driver’s license or photo I.D. card 5.Extra copies of directions to the reception 6.Important phone numbers (family, wedding party, vendors, taxi) 7.Notebook and pens 8.Portable flashlight 9.Snacks/bottled water 10.Umbrella 11.Watch


Area Vendors Have a Lot to Offer! By Melissa McCance & Andi Foust The professionalism and expertise of your vendors will have a huge impact on your special day. Getting a jump on the selection process is particularly important for brides living in rural areas where there are fewer vendors available. Discuss your wedding budget with your fiancé and set limits for each area. Then, contact vendors to find out who’s available for your date. Schedule consultations to see if your personalities mesh and if the vendor’s style works with yours. Get everything in writing—don’t make assumptions about any details—and ask for some client referrals. Finally, don’t be afraid to negotiate! We talked with recent bride Andi Foust (married August 2019) to get her take on the vendors she chose. Here are her reviews of some area vendors.

Flowers: Smith’s Flowers

Working with Smith’s Flowers to create the most “Pinterest-worthy” flowers I have ever seen was so much fun. They made it seem so easy to make my floral dreams come true. Their knowledge of all things floral was incredible. At our first meeting I knew I was going to love whatever they created.


Food: Johnny T’s

Cake: Shirley Goodness

Penny and her team went above and beyond to make sure every detail was taken care of from table set up to the delicious appetizers and dinner. She always made herself available for whatever I needed throughout the planning process which made me feel confident that she would help make our day perfect.

Shirley Goodness delivered a cake and cupcakes that were as cute as they were delicious!

Bar: Big Day Bartenders

Rehearsal Dinner: Olivia’s Chophouse

They did a great job of keeping the party going with perfectly poured cocktails. They helped us create a signature drink—“the Palmer” — named after our dog. It was a huge hit!

Venue: The Ponds of Coldwater

As soon as I saw the pavilion and the rest of the perfectly-landscaped property at The Ponds, I fell in love. I knew right away that this was where I wanted to get married. The owners were a pleasure to work with and were very accommodating with all our needs.

DJ: Pro DJs

The music at a reception can make or break the night. Gavin and I love to dance at weddings so we wanted to make sure we had a DJ who would listen to our song requests and play what we knew would get our friends and family on the dance floor all night long. That’s just what we got when we booked Pro DJs. They did a great job blending our requested songs and their suggested songs into a playlist that fit our taste.

Olivia’s was the perfect place for us to host our rehearsal dinner. They helped us choose a menu that all of our guests loved and they even helped us make some lastminute accommodations when we had more people attend than we had in our original count. I really appreciated their flexibility.

Mother of the Groom Dress: Patty’s Apparel & Bridal Shoppe

People who think you can’t find great dresses without going to a large city are wrong. Gavin’s mother found a gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown that was simple, elegant, and stunning!

Hair & Makeup: Viaggio

I was super nervous about my hair and makeup trial when I booked it because I can be very picky when it comes to those things. Once I talked to Mindy about what I envisioned, I immediately felt at ease. She made some suggestions and somehow took everything I had in my head and made it come to life! All of my bridesmaids loved their looks as well. We had so much fun getting ready with Mindy and Lizbeth. 29

11-12 MONTHS AHEAD • Take at least a week without making decisions • Envision your wedding • Set up a wedding email • Set a budget. Who is helping, when, and how much? • Set priorities. What’s important to you? • Have three tentative dates in mind • Start looking at venues and make viewing appointments • Book your venue • Select your wedding party and ask them to participate • Start thinking about guest list • Hire a coordinator or planner if the budget allows • If you have any high priority vendors, book them • Get wedding insurance 8-10 MONTHS AHEAD

You’re Engaged NOW WHAT?

• Have an engagement party • Book your wedding photographer and do engagement session • Book your videographer • Book your hair and makeup consultation • Book your MC/DJ • Book your florist • Select your food type (sit-down, buffet, BBQ, hors d’oeuvres, etc.) and start scheduling tastings • Try on bridal gowns and order yours • Decide on overall style for wedding party clothes • Order wedding bands • Reserve room blocks at several price points • Send out “save the date” cards or notes • Create your registry • Order invitations and paper goods BONUS TIP: Set up your wedding website now, too!

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• Create your emergency kit • Order thank you cards (if non-photo) • Finalize RSVP list and send out final counts to vendors

• Finalize your guest list • Reserve rentals (tables, tent, chairs) • Book your caterer • Book your dessert baker • Book your officiant • Book any live musicians • Reserve your decor and game rentals • Order bridal party outfits • Groom choose and reserve his outfit

2-4 WEEKS AHEAD • Final walkthrough to plan reception layout • Timeline created and sent to vendors for approval • Create family photo grouping list • Final haircuts • Pack boxes of decor, details, documents, plans, gifts, payments/tips, take home bag, and emergency kit for transport to wedding • Final song list to MC/DJ • Bachelor/bachelorette parties • Confirm “day of” transportation • Plan order of standing, processional, and recessional • Write all final checks and tips and delegate who will hand them out

4-6 MONTHS AHEAD • Mail out invitations • Have your dress altered to fit you • Make sure passports are in order • Start planning honeymoon • Have bridal shower • Reserve your “day of” transportation


2-4 MONTHS AHEAD • Plan and order gifts for parents, attendants, and spouse • Do your hair and makeup trial • Make nail and haircut appts for before wedding • Hire a “day of” coordinator if you haven’t yet 1-2 MONTHS AHEAD • Get marriage license • Have final dress fitting and bustle training if applicable • Final fitting for groom • Draw up final decor plans • Finalize honeymoon plans

We rent a full line of classic tents and accessories for weddings and other special events. We promise attentive, helpful service; professional, on-time delivery; expert setup; and distinctive products for a picture-perfect event.

• Take the week off work • Steam dresses • Pick up any final items needed • Nails done • Pick up rental suits • Confirm vendor details and timeline • Confirm delegations to family and bridal party • Write your vows • Have rings cleaned • Have rehearsal and rehearsal dinner • Arrange rental returns/pickup RELAX!

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10 things to help you make sure you have

EVERY LITTLE THING YOU NEED Through our research, these are the things we’ve found that most couples don’t think about, or have no idea they’ll really wish they had.


1 Electric Box Fan When you are waiting to go down the aisle and after the ceremony, you will want to stand over this fan, I promise. Weddings, even on cooler days, can get hot under all that dress.

Spray Antiperspirant


Straws Once that lipstick is on, you won’t want to mess it up. A straw will keep it looking great and minimize the risk of spills, too.

Even if it’s not super hot on your wedding day, we recommend spraying most of your body with spray antiperspirant. It will help prevent sweat and chafing in undesirable spots.

3 Snack Packs Get those small protein packs or make your own. You’ll want to grab something quick throughout the day. Water bottles are great too.




Extra Tie Just in case one of your groomsmen … or dad, or brother or uncle …. forgets his tie or the suit rental shop sends one that is kid-size, instead.

Extra Dress Shirt


Again, just in case a shirt is forgotten or doesn’t fit … or someone spills.

Battery-operated, Handheld Fans

Have these available for you and your wedding party. They’ll help keep you guys cool during your summer wedding reception – lots of bodies tend to generate way more heat than we anticipate.


Comfortable Shoes or Slippers


These can even be those ugly Converse tennies you’ve had since junior year. You’ll want to slip out of those dress shoes and mingle and dance – and no one cares what’s on your feet.

Frogg Togg ChillyPad These awesome towels can go in the fridge and then stay cool all day long. Perfect for groomsmen, bridesmaids, family members to help them keep cool. Might even be able to stash one in your shirt for the ceremony


Blue or Black pen You will need this to sign your marriage license, and it’s almost always the one thing people forget.


Your wedding day is a celebration with loved ones, so it’s only natural to want to include those friends or relatives who’ve passed away before you get to say “I do.” Your inclusion of a deceased relative can be as subtle as a symbolic white rose in your bouquet or as public as a moment of silence at the ceremony, and we rounded up a few more ways below. It’s also a good idea to check in with any close relatives who may be sensitive to the death—from there, you can decide how you’d like to honor them without turning the wedding into something that feels like a heavy memorial service.

Pin their photos to your bouquet

Include a note on the program Add an “In Loving Memory Of” tribute on your program with the rest of your ceremony details.

Place a flower arrangement in their honor at the altar You can include their favorite flowers, or simply pick ones that signify remembrance, such as gladiolus, rosemary, pansies and statice.

Have a moment of reflection At the beginning of your ceremony, have a moment of reflection or silence before carrying on with the celebrations.

Light a candle Either at your ceremony or reception, take a moment to light a candle in their honor.

Place their photos in an ornamental case (perhaps a locket), and pin it to your bouquet for your walk down the aisle.

Provide favors in their honor

Set up a memory table

Give a toast

Reserve a special place at your reception for a table filled with framed photos of family and friends who’ve passed away.

Reserve a seat Lay a flower from your bouquet on an empty seat at your ceremony.

Include a family recipe Whether it’s on your dinner menu, for dessert or as a late-night snack, include a beloved family recipe to honor a lost loved one.


Offer a special favor for your guests at your reception in your loved one’s memory and include a sign to explain the token.

Toast to them at your reception alongside all of your guests for a special moment you’ll remember forever.

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7 natural alternatives to wedding confetti

Throwing rice or confetti on your wedding day can be a tradition that lets all of your guests celebrate with you as you leave the ceremony as the brand new husband and wife. While grains of rice made way for paper confetti, many couples are now looking for more eco-friendly options that don’t necessarily involve so much mess. Bio-degradable paper options, bubbles, sparklers, and ribbon wands are all popular alternatives for couples; however, they’re still artificially made. So if you’re looking at having a more natural substitute for confetti options at your weddings, here are a few ideas. 36

LAVENDER Not only does lavender smell delicious, but it can also make really sweet confetti for your wedding day. The small lavender buds are the perfect size for throwing up in the air, and they’re not heavy enough to hit the couple too hard! Each lavender bush produces several stems, so you’ll be able to get quite a few lavender buds for confetti without too many issues. Lavender generally grows in gorgeous shades of purple, but you can also get a more creamcolored lavender if you’re looking for something to match the feel of your white wedding theme. DIFFERENT TYPES OF HERBS Herbs are another option that will work well as confetti and also smell delicious! More woody leaves such as rosemary or thyme are good choices, and again, they grow in abundance. These woody herbs are also more likely to be able to withstand different temperatures and be available all year round, making them even easier to access. You could have your herbs in traditional confetti cones or have baskets around the ceremony that your guests can access. LEAVES If you don’t want to have to think about pulling confetti out of plants, then consider using fullsized leaves! You’ll find that styled foliage such as olive or eucalyptus leaves will look gorgeous in a natural rustic or boho setting. Traditional autumn leaves or leaves that have gained a bit of color around the season will also look stunning if you’re having an autumn wedding and give you a lot more color in your photos. If you do want your confetti to be a bit smaller, then consider using a hole punch or even styled hole punch to make rounded or shaped confetti out of leaves.

It may be a little bit more effort, but it’s worth the time when you see the amazing results on your wedding day. FRESH OR DRIED ROSE PETALS Rose petals are a great alternative when it comes to natural options for your day. You can choose to have them in a single color to match your wedding theme or use a whole range of colors to make your exit really pop. Baskets or cones with rose petals on the end of your aisle can also double up as wedding decorations during the ceremony, before being put to good use at the end! Just be careful with using fresh rose petals as you don’t want any of the brighter colors to land on your dress and potentially leave a stain. BABY’S BREATH Baby’s breath has a naturally rounded pom-pom feel and will give you that white aesthetic to match with any theme on your wedding day. It’s a universal flower, so whether you’re having a classic, elegant, or rustic wedding, you’ll often find baby’s breath involved.


What if you could create the “perfect” outdoor setting nestled amongst wildflowers and a working lavender farm? Sound impossible? Not to us! Nellie’s Lavender Estate is a working lavender herb and wildflower farm with scenic walking paths amongst 20 acres. Located 4 miles north of Brooklyn, Michigan, home to Michigan international Speedway. From small intimate garden weddings, showers and rehearsal dinners to larger venues up to 150 guests, Nellies can accommodate a wide variety of needs. We have established partnerships to ensure Nellie’s Lavender can be your source for dreams to come true — from tent rental, specialty catering, on-site wineries, to our own floral design and event coordination. Let Nellie’s be your path to the perfect “I Do”.


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Simply pull the buds from the stems to get those fluffy white poms without feeling the environmental guilt. FEATHERS There are a lot of feathers that are artificially created, but you can still find natural ones. They are a sweet way to mark your wedding day exit and work well as they can’t be thrown very far and take slightly longer to reach the ground. BIRDSEED If you’re having an outdoor wedding, this can be a lovely way to feed the local wildlife while also celebrating your wedding! Do a little research to determine which seed is best for the winged locals.

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Two points-of-view are better than one. Find a professional photography company that includes two photographers with every wedding package. ~ Kathi Taylor, My Wish Studio

Allowing yourself to indulge in intimate apparel will help you feel sexy and beautiful on your day, and your night. ~ Rita, Bras That Fit

When you work with a makeup artist, schedule a trial run so that you can really nail your picture-perfect wedding day look.

~ Mindy Shoemaker, Viaggio Salon

Consider offering cupcakes — They are a fun and easy way for your guests to share your “cake” without the fuss and mess of individual slices. ~ Jenifer Adams, Shirley Goodness Bakery

Tips from real Wedding Professionals For formal indoor weddings, consider renting a tuxedo. If the wedding is outdoors or a little more informal, you may want to buy a suit. ~ David Pope, Powers Clothing

Schedule a time to meet with your florist about telling your story through a wide variety of floral arrangements. ~ Lexi Mattison, Smith’s Flowers

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Grand Rapids has a little bit of everything. Dubbed ‘’Beer City USA,” their craft beer scene is unrivaled with more than 80 breweries including the iconic Founders Brewing Company. Include a bar crawl in your romantic celebration and toast to all the adventures to come in your life together. Grand Rapids is known not just for its craft beer but for its dedication to arts and culture as well. Take a romantic walk through the world-famous Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to see exquisite displays of fine art and horticulture. With art museums, local galleries, and stunning murals painted across the city, Grand Rapids is truly a hub for artistry of all kinds. When planning your getaway, check for upcoming art and performance festivals that take over the city like LaughFest and ArtPrize. End a perfect evening with a show at Broadway Grand Rapids, stop at one of the more than 100 live-music venues, or practice your dancing skills with lessons from the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society. 40

FIND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE IN THE KEWEENAW PENINSULA If you’re looking for a wilderness escape full of excitement and picturesque views, head north to the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Houghton and Copper Harbor are home to miles of hiking, mountain biking, and ATV trails that wind their way through tunnels of trees and over mountains. After a day of thrills, get cozy around a campfire with your loved one or book a stay at a charming bed and breakfast. When the sun sets, step outside to view spectacular stargazing as the Milky Way lights up the night sky—and maybe even catch a glimpse of the northern lights. If you’re searching for a backpacking adventure even further into the wilderness, charter a ferry or seaplane to Isle Royale on Lake Superior. As Michigan’s only national park, Isle Royale has a 165-mile network of trails and your only neighbors are other backpackers, more than 1,500 moose, and a few reclusive wolves.

You don’t have to travel far to find the romantic getaway you’ve been dreaming of. Whether your perfect honeymoon is full of adventure on wooded trails, relaxing with a glass of wine, or exploring the culture of a new city, Michigan has the perfect romantic destination for you.

RELAX WITH A LAKESIDE GETAWAY ON THE SUNRISE COAST A Michigan vacation isn’t complete without days spent on the Great Lakes. Michigan’s east coast, lined by the glistening shores of Lake Huron, is known as the “The Sunrise Coast” for the beauty of the sunrises that peek over the watery horizon each morning. Start by renting a kayak or paddleboard for a journey together on one of Michigan’s distinguished water trails or Lake Huron. In Alpena, the Great Lakes’ maritime history can be explored via boat above the many otherworldly shipwrecks that remain below the surface of Lake Huron in “Shipwreck Alley.”

The scenic drive down the east coast along the US-23 Heritage Route is a perfect way to take in Michigan’s coastal scenery. After a beautiful drive, a must-visit is Tawas Point State Park—which has been referred to as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest”—where you can find one of the best beaches in Michigan, trails, and the Victorian-era Tawas Point Lighthouse. Find the perfect camping spot, enjoy the starry skies, and wake up to a romantic beach sunrise like no other.


If you’re planning a relaxing vineyard getaway, there is no need to head to Europe to indulge in fine wine. Michigan’s lake effect weather is perfect for growing grapes like Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir, and the Leelanau Peninsula sits on the 45th parallel north—the same latitude as the Bordeaux region and Rhone Valley in France. These factors, combined with the stunning natural backdrop of northern Michigan, make for an unforgettable winery escape. Here you can sip on a glass of wine while overlooking rolling hills of vineyards or the coastal views of the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan. Many of the wineries are close to cozy vacation rentals and bed and breakfasts. Or, your romantic honeymoon suite could be right on-site at vineyards like at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Explore the authentic small towns of northern Michigan, relax on the beaches of Lake Michigan, and sip on delicious wine as you celebrate your love.


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5 Things to Know About Michigan Wine With red, white, dry, sweet, sparkling, and fruit vines to choose from, you’re sure to find a new favorite varietal made in the Great Lakes State. As you explore all the wine that Michigan has to offer, equip yourself with these handy facts about the state’s blooming grape and wine industry.


There are more than 13,000 vineyard acres in Michigan and most of them contain juice-making grapes such as Niagara and Concord. In fact, Michigan grows more Niagara than any other state! About 3,050 acres are devoted to more than 30 varieties of wine grapes, both vinifera (old-world grapes like Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Pinot Grigio) and hybrid (a cross between vinifera and native grapes). Both varieties of grapes make award-winning wines.


Set foot on a shore of the Great Lakes and it is easy to see why these massive bodies of water are such a force on Michigan’s climate. The freshwater lakes and the glacial soils contribute significantly to agricultural production, and most of the state’s wine grapes grow within 25 miles of Lake Michigan. The giant lake tempers the air along shoreline regions, protecting fall crops from harsh, early frosts and preventing spring crops from blooming too early. Lake effect snow is important too, as it insulates vines from extremely cold temperatures.


There are five distinct American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in Michigan, each with its own unique grape-growing terroir. Lake Michigan Shore AVA in the southwestern part of the state enjoys the benefit of an extended growing season with approximately four additional weeks for ripening. This part of the state excels at producing big, jammy, red varietal wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The Leelanau Peninsula in the northwest Lower Peninsula hangs its hat on lovely white varieties with well-balanced acidity, such as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling. Awardwinning hybrid grape wines, such as Marquette, Frontenac, and Vidal Blanc, rule the vineyards farther inland.


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• Tea Parties At reasonable rates, Perennial Park can accommodate many • Wedding Giftsrehearsal dinners, types of events including: receptions, bridal and/or baby showers, proms, reunions, and other special occasions. Our facility is handicapped accessible, offers a smoke-free environment, has a full-service kitchen, provides ample parking, and offers seating for up to 250 guests. Our spacious lobby and dining areas offer a variety of floor plans to suit your needs. Catering services are also available. Please contact Perennial Park at (800) 479-3348 or (517) 437-2422 for additional information or to schedule your next event – you will not be disappointed!!


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There is something about reaching the 45th parallel that makes you want to stop and take a picture, but did you know the 45th parallel plays an important role in winemaking? Wine grapes grow between 30 and 50 degrees latitude—any farther south and it is too warm, farther north and it is too cold. Michigan is nestled nicely in there, with points of the state ranging between the 41st and 47th parallels. Michigan wineries along the 45th parallel share the distinction with many notable winemaking regions including parts of France’s Burgundy and Bordeaux, Italy’s Piedmont, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


Have you had the pleasure of tasting ice wine? If so, you know what a treat it is. But, did you know that Michigan is one of the few places in the world that makes it? To make true ice wine, grapes must be picked at exactly the right temperature where the water is frozen in the grapes but the sugar is not— usually between 17 and 19 degrees Fahrenheit. This often means that grapes are harvested in the middle of the night with little advance notice. It is a bitterly cold, time-consuming process, and a true labor of love. The resulting product is a marvelous, honeylike nectar that inspires one to savor each sip.

The next time you see Michigan ice wine on the shelf, don’t take it for granted. Only a few other places in the world, such as the winemaking regions of Canada and Germany, share our good fortune. To learn more and to explore Michigan wineries, visit



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LET LOOSE THE LAVENDER Rice and paper confetti may not be allowed anymore, but loose lavender buds for guests to toss at the newlyweds after the ceremony is most definitely still on the table!


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