The 3 “MUST HAVE” Secrets for the Perfect Destination Michigan Wedding!

But TRUST ME on this one…a destination wedding in northern Michigan is SO WORTH IT!

And I am here to help you every step of the way!

I have been working with brides for 8 years, listening to their fears, their worries, and what keeps them up at night. I know what you are feeling! Below are the 3 MUST HAVE secrets that brides have discovered while planning their perfect destination Michigan wedding, and how I can help you achieve all of your goals to make your special day go flawlessly!

Planning a destination wedding in Michigan can be overwhelming! You have to pick your vendors (without you meeting them.) You have to choose a caterer (without even sampling their food.) And most nerve-racking at all, you have to magically hope that all of these wedding details that you have planned from afar, will come together on your special day.

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Hire Vendors Who Consistently Work At Your Chosen Venue

Weddings are extremely visual. From the flowers, to the decor, to the wedding photography - everything about your special day will lend a story to your relationship together, and who you are as a couple. And while the internet is great for getting an idea of what your venue and surrounding landscapes will look like, it is hard to get a true feeling - an emotional tie if you will - to the place in Michigan that you will be getting married.

Here’s the key:
Hire vendors who are very familiar with your ceremony and reception location. They can be your eyes and ears.

Choose vendors who are willing to physically do some leg work for you. Chances are, your wedding photographers and planners have seen dozens of different wedding timelines, styles, and goals throughout the years, and can help guide you in where to perfectly put the dessert table, or the best local locations to get your wedding photos done on the beach.

Don’t be afraid to ask your wedding photographer questions about how your venue operates, where the optimal lighting is, and where they suggest doing all of your wedding party, and bride and groom portraits. Your Michigan wedding photographer should be thrilled to give you input. We love the “golden hour” light after all! This will also give you a great visual when you finally arrive to start setting up for your wedding, and minimize any surprises along the way.

Accommodate Your Guests

Destination weddings, even if they are in Michigan and not the Caribbean, require some serious involvement for your guests. Most of the time, they have to take off work, save up money for the hotel, airfare, food, and car rentals. It is usually a few days of their vacation time (and not everyone can afford this.) But your wedding is important to them, and complaints or no, they will make an appearance. The last thing you want, when it comes to the few days until your wedding, is to be hearing about your guests having problems with their hotel rooms, your uncle never realizing he had to rent a car to get to his accommodations, and your cousin who never told you she was bringing a date.
Your Fix:
On your wedding invitations, take the time to map out every detail that your guest will need for your wedding day. The obvious details are the hotel to stay at, the closest airport, and directions to the ceremony and reception.

One of the biggest details forgotten for your wedding guests? Their local entertainment schedule! Meaning, all of the fun (and affordable) activities that they can do, while waiting for the actual wedding day. This shows that you care about your guests, that you thank them for making the trip up to your destination wedding, and also demonstrates various reasons why you and your groom wanted to get married in Michigan. Chances are, you have some sort of emotional tie here. It is beautiful beyond a doubt, and if you share this love with your wedding guests, let them see the romance of the area, they will be more relaxed, more generous, and happier by the time your wedding day occurs.

Can’t think of enough fun activities for your wedding guests? Ask your vendors! We live here! We can steer you in the right direction. 

Classic candid wedding photos are the BEST when your guests are having a hoot at your wedding! The spirits are uplifted, and it shows in each and every wedding photo!

Pick Your Most Important Moments


Typically, you and your groom have a very distinct reason why you want to travel to northern Michigan for your destination wedding. Whether it is an emotional tie, where you got engaged, or maybe a childhood memory, this place resonates romance, beauty, and tranquility. But in the stress and running around of your day, it is vitally important to slow down, take a breath, and remember why in the first place, you decided to get married here.
TIPS:
Pick your top 3 greatest memories or attributes of northern Michigan, and figure out why you love them the most. Is it the beautiful sunsets? The warm sandy beaches of lake Michigan? Or the urbane downtown area where you would go to romantic restaurants?

Once you figure the above questions out, work them into your wedding timeline. Having these golden memories incorporated into your important day, will help relax you, and give you a great reminder about what is truly important to you on this special day.

Communicate this with your wedding photographer. Together, you guys can work this into your wedding timeline, and make sure those photos are taken and given extra emphasis. If your favorite memories are of sunsets on the beach, let your photographer know and perhaps you guys can work into the schedule, a 15 minute break where the three of you slip away for those romantic beach wedding photos!

When all is said and done, your destination wedding in northern Michigan will be stunning, flawless, and beautiful! Follow these easy tips and your guests will be raving about your fun day for years to come. And your wedding photos will reflect the raw emption, blissful faces, and wonderful memories forever!

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Bonbon biscuit lemon drops dessert chupa chups toffee. Gingerbread tiramisu icing jujubes cookie pie.

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