For anyone who has planned a wedding in Northern Michigan, I’m sure you can sympathize with the lack of online resources and vendor guides to help you plan, so I am delighted to at least provide the vendors we used on our big day in hopes that it may be slightly helpful for anyone planning in or around the Grand Traverse area.
One blog that I did come across that was helpful and pretty is Simply Blue Weddings. I referred back to this site often for ideas and inspiration when on the hunt for the perfect venue, photographer, etc.
McWiz Wedding Vendor Guide:
> The Church: St. Joseph Catholic Church. Clearly not the venue for everyone, but it’s a beautiful, small church for a Catholic Ceremony.
> The Reception: Bewitched Farm. Sorry friends, this was a family connection, and not really a standard venue that is available for rent. We did check out a lot of other event barn spaces on the Leelanau Peninsula, so if you have questions on where we looked, feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you!
We did go with a tent rental, tables and chairs which were provided by American Tent Rental. And since we were on a working farm, we had some fancy queen size “port-a-bathrooms” from Houdek’s Pumping Service.
> The Food: Catering by Kelly’s. They did a superb job! My parents have worked with Dan Kelly for years. We didn’t even do a tasting. We provided what we were thinking (including pierogi for my new in-laws) and he gave us suggestions and provided a delicious experience that fit in our budget.
> The Dessert Table: Everything Gal. Color me impressed at Kenna and her fantastic desserts! She worked out a great menu of mini-desserts including cherry brownie squares, bite size berry pies, pumpkin cake pops and delicious chocolate chip cookies along with an amazing carrot cake for us to cut (and eat!). All scrumptious and beautifully set up. We supplemented the desserts with a few Grand Traverse Pie Company Pies.
> The Music: Being a small town, one of my old music teachers from elementary school (and a family friend) was willing to help with arranging music for church, and my sister-in-law did an amazing job singing. For the reception, we were lucky enough to coerce our friend into d.j.ing our wedding. We did rent out some sound equipment which was our only bit of fuss, so I can’t say that I recommend who we used and will leave it at that!
> The Photography: As I mentioned before, we were very happy with Bryan and Mae. They were very professional and we loved how they captured the day. Enough said. All photos here are of course by them.
> The Flowers: Lilies of the Alley. We took two routes with the flowers. A lovely local florist did our bouquets, boutonnieres and church arrangements. We were lucky enough to have help from my mom’s good friend who put together our table arrangements.
That’s probably enough for now, so more to come on Wedding Day Style next. Now go enjoy a punchki. Happy Fat Tuesday!