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What’s new in wedding gowns?
Discover the latest innovations in bridal style

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Wedding cake trends for 2019
29 | Tips to Pick the ‘Click’
10 | Evergreen Resort | An How to choose the best wedding photographer
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30 | Lutke Rental Hall| Plan your wedding your way
11 | Everything’s coming up floral 30 | Manistee Bridal| Making dreams come true for Brides
tips to work with your local florist to get
the flowers you want on a budget
31 | Shape Shifters
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33 | Cadillac Grill | Turning Visions Into Reality

15 | Something borrowed
the guide to wedding rentals 34 | A & C Tent Rental| Bring your party outdoors
17 | Dawn Fresh Catering | Flexible catering
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Bride’s guide to navigating wedding shows
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Friday, March 22, 2019 | Cadillac News - Brides in the KNow 3
in wedding gowns?
Discover the latest innovations in bridal style
with this breakdown of nine big trends from
Bridal Fashion Week for the 2019 season

4 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019
By Carley Lintz

While some bridal gown silhouettes never go out of style,

every Fashion Week offers new takes on tradition. The 2019
Fall Winter season was no exception; from glittery finishes
to modern necklines, there are plenty of fresh looks for
soon-to-be brides to draw inspiration from. Here are nine
of the latest trends to consider when shopping for your
wedding dress.

1. Illusion Necklines
Mock necklines with sheer panels are the perfect com-
promise between modest and modern. Viktor & Rolf’s new
bridal line, Mariage, for instance features an organza ruffle
gown (shown above) with a sweetheart neckline overlaid
with a sheer button-down jacket.

2. Separate Styles
For brides who want to show a bit of skin, separates with
a crop top and skirt are a super trendy, yet classy way to
bare it. Cushnie’s latest collection includes a gown that pairs
a boatneck top with a body hugging skirt, while Willowby
by Watters has a gown featuring romantic flower appliques
on a corset style top and matching sheer organza skirt.

3. Halter Tops
The new Duchess of Sussex can also be credited with the
rise of the halter-top gown. In addition to her Givenchy
dress, Meghan Markle sported a second look on her wed-
Image courtesy
ding day – a chic Stella McCartney dress with a halter-style
Willowby by Wat ters
neckline. Similar looks, ranging from super simple to highly
Willowby by detailed, were all over the Fashion Week runways.
Watters gown
romantic flower
appliques on a
4. Suiting Up
While dresses are still the most popular option, an in-
corset style top
and matching creasing number of designers are creating more masculine
sheer organza bridal looks. DB Studio for David’s Bridal has a jumpsuit in
skirt. its collection that ideal for minimalist brides. If you want to
make a more powerful statement, consider strutting down
the aisle in a bridal suit by Savannah Miller with a tuxedo-
style jacket and cropped pants.

5. Big Bustles
Bustles (extra fabric that adds fullness to the back of a
skirt) first came into popularity in the late 1800’s. Now,
they’re back but with a twist. Designers like Lela Rose have
Image courtesy
Viktor & Rolf
updated the classic look by mixing fabrics such as lace and

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6. Royal Inspiration
Another major neckline trend:
bateaus. This almost-off-the-shoulder
look has been recently popularized
by Meghan Markle’s dress when she
married Prince Harry this spring.
Now, practically every designer from
Amsale to Lela Rose has a dress with
the sleek neckline in their bridal col-

7. Cascading Skirts
Designers like Theia and Hayley
Paige took ballgowns to the next level
this season by adding asymmetric
layers of fabric. The effect looks like
ripples and brings dimension and
interest to an otherwise classic silhouette.

8. Extravagant Sleeves
When it comes to sleeves this season, bigger seems to be
better. Some billow, like the detachable lace sleeves on a
gown by Sebastien Luke; others are intricately embellished,
like the Volant sleeve tea length dress from Viktor & Rolf;
but all are perfect for a bride who wants to make a state-

9. Higher Hemlines
A long train may be great for walking down the aisle,
but it isn’t practical for kicking up your heels on the dance Photo by JP Yim/Get t y Images for Amsale
floor. That’s where the mini after-party dress comes in.
Amsale Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week Runway Show
Many designers, including Idan Cohen and Vera Wang, pre- on October 5, 2018 in New York City.
sented these shorter gowns alongside floor-length numbers
this season for brides that want the best of both worlds.
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It’s the perfect outdoor setting
Mardi Suhs
Manistee National Golf & Resort has a reputation as one of the finest golf
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pines of the Manistee National Forest, the resort is often called “the hidden
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fairways planted in Kentucky bluegrass. The layout meanders through
hardwoods and a white pine forest.  With a totally different personality than
it’s sister course, Cutter’s Ridge is a bent grass course, both fairways and
greens.  Major distinctions are the marsh and wetlands on this site.  Architect
Jerry Matthews is the course designer blending beauty of the site into one of
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As golfers rave about the 36 holes of golf, brides also posted reviews, Manistee National apart from other facilities. From the initial stages of
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reception or ceremony.  One bride stated, “Every day someone tells me how of the entire resort staff.
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beautiful the setting, the friendly staff and nice hotel rooms.” From another, “Manistee National is one of those places that from the minute you get
“Manistee National was the perfect site for our wedding reception. It was there, you know you have found someplace special.”
beautiful and most importantly, they made us feel at ease with the planning “I think Canthooke is the finest course that Gary Pulsipher ever designed, “
and presentation of the event. Thank you!” said Doug Bell, general manager.
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Friday, March 22, 2019 | Cadillac News - Brides in the KNow 7
A Modern
Slice of

Wedding Cake
Trends for 2019

By Lisa Iannucci

The couple has said their ‘I do’s,’ and now it’s time
to celebrate with dancing and cake, of course! In the Event Design in Verona, New Jersey, says that couples
past, wedding cakes were pure white, simple and elegant, have now asked for wedding cakes that are simple, yet
but wedding cakes have come a long way baby. Today, classic. “I am getting requests for cakes that aren’t “too
while couples are becoming more daring in wedding cake much” and that are just decorated with fresh flowers
design, decoration and flavor, others have done away instead of sugary designs,” she says.
with all that pretty decor and just want to serve some- Some couples still simple wedding cakes, but are opting
thing a lot simpler – and even a little naked. Here are for a cake decorated with darker colors, such as black
some of this year’s wedding cake trends: buttercream. “It’s very modern,” says Bunce, who admits
her own wedding cake was decorated with a darker choc-
Simple and Classic olate buttercream. “The couples then add bright flowers.
Typically, wedding cakes are lavishly adorned with I don’t think this dark trend is going to stay as popular as
edible flowers, latticework, and beading and elaborate other trends because it’s kind of bold. Also, mothers-in-
sugar decorations, but Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler law don’t like black wedding cakes.”

8 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019
Gold Cakes
Wedding cakes are worth much
more these days because couples thing funkier, like carrot cake
are opting for lavish gold touches. with salted caramel buttercream,
“There must be at least one wed- or chocolate cake with Oreo but-
ding cake a week that wants a tercream,” she says.
gold accent, whether it’s an edible Wedding cake alternatives:
24-karat gold leaf applied to the “More couples are going non-
cake, a solid tier that’s decorated traditional, but they are all reluc-
in edible gold, or even a gold cake tant to totally ditch the idea of a
topper,” she says. “It goes with ev- wedding cake,” says Rothweiler.
ery color and adds a bit of elegance “I’ve seen alternatives, like cake
to cakes that are more simplified in pops and mini desserts, but over
design.” the past year those items have
now been served in addition to a
Naked Cakes traditional wedding cake.”
Say what? No, this is not a wed-
ding cake trend that will make the Groom’s Cakes
guests blush. Instead, naked cakes We all know that weddings
are cakes that are decorated with are typically about the bride, but
just a thin coat of buttercream on now groom’s cakes are becoming
the outside of the cake, so you can more popular and pay homage to
see exactly what you’re eating. “It’s the man of the hour.
more of a rustic trend,” says Bunce, “The cakes are about some-
who thinks that this trend will also thing that the groom loves, such
die out way before the gold trend as a favorite sport or his alma
will. “The couple typically puts mater,” says Rothweiler. “It’s a
fresh flowers on the outside of the way for the bride to give some-
cake too to make it look a little more thing special to the groom.”
sophisticated.” Bunce recently created a
groom’s cake that was shaped like a
Daring Flavors pizza.
Wedding cakes aren’t just about “Even if the groom’s cake isn’t
what they look like, they are at the wedding it might be at the
about what they taste like too. rehearsal dinner,” she says.
With tiered wedding cakes, Bunce It’s most important to remember
says that couples are including that whatever wedding cake you
traditional flavors, such as vanilla choose, it should be something you
and chocolate, in some layers, and will enjoy and remember forever.
more daring flavors on others. “On
the smaller tier, they want some- © CTW Features

“I’ve seen alternatives, like cake pops

and mini desserts, but over the past year
those items have now been served in
addition to a traditional wedding cake.”
— Danielle Rothweiler, Rothweiler Event Design

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Cadillac News - Brides in the KNow 9
An affordable Up North
wedding destination
By Mardi Suhs In addition, almost all of the rooms have been beautifully updated.
Brides searching for an affordable Up North wedding destination
are choosing Evergreen Resort in Cadillac, not just for its beautiful
location, but for the flexibility offered by dedicated staff members.
“Our staff has the willingness to go above and beyond to make the
wedding very personal,” said Phil Himes, GM. “Evergreen is one-stop.
If people come from out-of-town, they don’t have to drive after the
reception. We are all inclusive.”
Evergreen Resort offers couples an all-inclusive experience: a
place to hold the ceremony and reception, a place where guests can
stay and dine and also enjoy a round of golf.
Couples may choose between indoor and outdoor venues and
multiple wedding packages designed to meet their needs and
budgets. Plated dinner and buffet options are available. The couple A number of amenities are available to guests staying at the
can be married on the golf course and host their reception in an resort. There are two onsite restaurants; Passage North: The Grill at
event tent on the Terrace on the Green, with sweeping views of the Evergreen; and Curly’s, The Pub at Evergreen. The resort features two
golf course and Lake Cadillac. golf courses, a driving range and putting green; an indoor pool,
The resort also features two indoor reception locations for up to Jacuzzi and sauna; a fitness center and tennis courts; a 24-hour
100 and 130 guests. The event tent can accommodate up to 200 business center; and more.
guests. Evergreen Resort is located at 7880 Mackinaw Trail, a short
Evergreen Resort sits on 327 acres of forest and lush greens and has distance from the Business Route and U.S. 131 interchange.
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Everything’s coming up

Tips to work with

your local florist to
get the flowers you
want on a budget

By Lisa Iannucci more budget-friendly date before you even consider the
flowers. “Avoid Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day be-
You’re getting married and there is so much to pay cause all of the warehouses raise their prices around those
for – dresses, tuxes, the band, photographer, cake and, of two holidays,” says Jean Bonk, Red Door Floral Design
course, the flowers. There are bouquets for the wedding in Des Plaines, Illinois. “A florist is going to charge you
party, corsages and boutineers to consider. You need to three times the regular price for roses around that time.”
stay on budget – no matter what it is – so it’s important
to work with your local florist to get the flowers you 2. Stay seasonal.
want at a price you can afford. Here are some tips: Whenever you are getting married, talk to the florist
about flowers that are seasonal to that month, or you’ll
1. Avoid certain holidays. be paying more for out-of-season flowers. “For example,
First, while it might sound romantic to get married lilies are in season in June,” says Bonk. “You can also
around Valentine’s Day and fill your wedding with choose year-round flowers like tulips.”
beautiful red roses, you might want to consider another continued ON page 12

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3. Think greenery.
Flowers are traditional for weddings, but if
you’re looking to save money and incorporate
the outdoors, consider greenery. This is a great
idea for winter brides too. “December is the
perfect time of the year to include ferns,” says
Bonk. “You normally associate ferns with your
wreath on your mantle, but they can be abso-
lutely beautiful paired with just a few roses.”

4. A rose is a rose, but …

Roses are year-round, but can break a bud-
get if you need to get dozens of them. Instead,
consider other, more affordable floral options.
Bonk recommends the lisianthus, a rose-like
flower. “They’re very, very pretty flowers and
they come multiples on a stem, so they’re a great
substitute for roses,” she says. “Many people
will think they are roses, except they have a yel-
low center.”

5. Say bye to bouquets.

The bride needs a bouquet, the bridesmaids
need bouquets and the flower girl may need one
too. That’s a lot of flowers, but to save money,
Bonk suggests that brides consider single flowers.
“Single flowers, such as a ranunculus, are pretty
and look like a peony except they are smaller and
more budget friendly,” she says. “You can also do
your favorite flower as a single stem or two-flow-
er centerpiece to save a lot of money.”

6. One flower fits all.

Couples traditionally order flowers for the
church or wherever the wedding ceremony is
going to take place and then more flowers for
the reception. “Tell the florist you want to use
the flowers from the wedding ceremony as part
of your reception décor, so somebody could just
be in charge of transporting them to the recep-
Bonk says that to stay on budget, you re-
ally should share your flowers budget with the
florist before you even begin looking. “Other-
wise, they sell this big beautiful dream wedding
vision to you and later you find out it’s $7,000,”
she says. “Instead say ‘This is my budget and the
flowers I want, what can you do for me?”
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12 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019
Perfect Petals
To ensure your blooms are picture
perfect for your wedding, here are
four tips from professional florists

By Carley Lintz their life quickly,” says Leonard. “Use sturdier florals
such as roses, tea roses, pods and tougher blooms to hold
1. Shop In-Season and Local up in the heat.”
The best way to prevent droopy flowers is to pick Other blooms that are perfect for the warmer weather
varieties that are in season for your wedding locale and include orchids, sunflowers, daisies and tougher dahlias
date. In Miami, Fla., for instance, florist Kathryn Parrish varieties.
advises her brides at Parrish Designs to stick to flowers
accustomed to the hot Southern climate. “We tend to 3. Consider Non-Blooms
move towards orchids and tropical flowers that will hold If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you can avoid
up better in transportation in the warmer months,” she the wilting flower issue altogether by using alternative
says. decorations. Paper flowers, succulents, lanterns, vines,
Plus, local and seasonal blooms are actually more branches and candles, for instance, are all beautiful
cost effective, so you’ll get more beauty and blooms for options that aren’t affected by the sun.
your buck. “The key is to make sure you are requesting
seasonal product. We might be able to get a few peonies 4. Give Your Flowers Extra TLC
in August, but they are so expensive and extremely small While nothing can completely prevent your flowers
compared to May that it is not worth it,” explains Jinger from being impacted by the weather, there are a few
Leonard, owner and lead designer of The Flower House preventivze steps you can take.
in Livermore, Calif. “Always try to keep flowers in shade until last minute.
If you are taking pictures before your wedding outside,
2. Avoid Delicate Varieties consider having a second bouquet made as a backup, if
While your florist will be able to advise you regarding first gets too hot during this time,” says Parrish. “Also
floral choices for your specific needs, it’s best to avoid have centerpieces created where the flowers are in direct
fragile flowers. water versus using floral foam.”
“Hydrangea and cafe au lait dahlias are very heat
© CTW Features
sensitive. Placing those in direct sunlight will shorten

Friday, March 22, 2019 | Cadillac News - Brides in the KNow 13
Caberfae’s experienced team
can help plan your wedding
By Kris Verhage
Caberfae Peaks is anticipating its busiest
wedding season yet, and its experienced,
dedicated staff is ready to help couples plan
their big day.
“We love what we do and it shows,” says
Missy Smithwick, Caberfae Peaks Ski and
Golf’s Director of Sales, adding that one
couple once noted after their wedding,
“Your staff had as much fun as we did.”
Couples will work with the same familiar Beatie’s Room can accommodate up to 100
faces from the initial consultation to the people. Both venues offer much in the way
reception. Caberfae features a wedding of rustic charm.
coordinator, in-house catering and bar The couple and their guests can stay at the Sunday weddings are becoming a trend at
service and can work with vendors on other 36-room hotel. The hotel features an Caberfae. They are an option when Saturdays
details, such as the cake and the music. All outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as skiing are booked solid and a Friday or Sunday
costs are discussed upfront. and golf on-site. wedding is “very affordable,” she says.
Caberfae Peaks has both indoor and The resort also can accommodate Caberfae Peaks Ski and Golf is off M-55 west
outdoor ceremony sites, as well as two rehearsal dinners and gift-opening brunches. of Cadillac.
reception venues. “We’re that full-service package,” For more information, visit
The Blackmer Lodge can seat up to 500 Smithwick says., call (231) 862-3000
people. Located inside Caberfae’s hotel, Also, Smithwick is finding that Friday & or e-mail

14 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019

By Denise K. James • Chairs and other seating

After the flurry of excitement and congratulations • Flatware and dishes
from friends and family, the reality of planning a wedding • Lights
sets in. For even the most enthusiastic couples, it can be • Tents
a daunting odyssey - but fortunately, it does not have • Photo booths
to be. A bit of organization and planning ahead help • Musical equipment
tremendously, and, when it comes to rentals, having a • Bar
game plan for the things you need, whether it’s a tuxedo, • Any outdoor heating/cooling items such as fire pits,
table or event space, will make all the difference between heat lamps, etc.
frantic and fabulous wedding prep.
2. Figure out a ballpark budget.
1. First, determine what you’re Once everything has been divided into its designated
buying and what you’re renting. column, it’s time to figure out a rough rental budget.
You’ll never make a many lists as when you’re planning You might even want to start researching ballpark prices
a wedding day. From dance floor songs to perfect venues, for certain items, just to have an idea of what everything
list-enthusiasts will truly get their fill. One list that can costs. (In the next step, you’ll research vendors, but it’s
help couples stay organized early in the process is a “buy good to have a rough idea of cost first.) Don’t limit cost
or rent” list. Jot down everything that you are planning research to the internet either; ask other recently wed
to buy, versus everything you’re planning to rent. couples what they spent on rental items. Referrals from
Some commonly rented items include: people you trust are a fantastic way to get started.
• Tables continued ON page 16

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continued from 15 rental companies - we suggest narrowing
3. Narrow down your it down to about three after your
research with your style. research - ask the important questions.
Researching the correct rental options Some of these questions might include:
should be a fairly lengthy process. • Will you set up, or do we need to set
Ideally, it should involve your budget up ourselves?
as well as what you are looking for • Will you deliver the items, or do we
specifically for each product. Whether need to pick them up?
your style is bohemian or sleek and • When are the fees due, including
deposit and final payments?
modern, you’ll need to know before you
• Have you worked in this venue before? In-the-know
research where to find it. Your budget,
too, will help you figure out what • What is your cancellation or refund rental tips
kind of “style” you can truly afford. policy? Here are a few tips to
In today’s wedding industry, literally • What fees are owed in case of broken consider for wedding
anything you can dream up is out there - dishes or any other incidents? rentals:
but at times it’s at a hefty cost. Once you’ve gathered answers from • Always order more
your top rental companies, keep track than you need – things
of everything to make comparison can arrive broken or
4. Local or global? shopping easier. somehow unsatisfac-
The decision to shop globally or tory. This goes for
locally is important to today’s consumer, everything from tables
and weddings are no exception. You 6. Don’t forget to plan to dishes.
might decide to order items online your timeline and other • Once your reception
from a larger website or stick to local return logistics. venue is booked, make
“boutique” vendors, and cost, again, is Returning rentals in a timely fashion sure that you aren’t
likely to be a factor. If you’re following a is another thing to consider, so don’t let renting what they al-
budget, keep in mind that “accessories” it slip your mind. Particularly in the case ready have included in
are likely to make a bigger impact than of a company not picking up their own your cost.
larger items such as tables, chairs, tents equipment, you’ll want to plan ahead for • Trying to save money?
and lights. dates that items are due - someone needs Consider what items
to make sure they get back safely and can perform double
in good condition. If a deposit is owed, duty – chairs and tables,
5. Have questions you’ll need to get that back as well.
prepared. for example – for any of
Once you’re in speaks with possible © CTW Features the wedding festivities.

16 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019
Flexible catering
with a homestyle flare
By Nick Green
When you need help with event catering, whether large or small,
Dawn Fresh Catering from Ebels General Store in Falmouth is a name
you can count on.
Dawn Ebels began her catering business 30 years ago with a passion
for preparing home-style recipes with a down-home feel.
“A lot of these recipes have been handed down through our family,”
Dawn said. “Some I’ve picked up along the way and others are things
people wanted us to prepare for them throughout the years. We are
willing to make almost anything to make an event special for the host
and guests.” show bacon dipped in chocolate for an appetizer.”
Flexibility is what Dawn Fresh Catering prides itself on. They can They also provide homemade salads, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres,
grill on-site, are mobile and can accommodate large groups. Most of desserts and gluten-free and vegan options.
their events are served buffet style, but Ebels is willing to work with Desserts are homemade, from simple to extravagant, depending on
people to fit their needs and special requests. the needs of the customer.
The company caters weddings, graduation parties, company “We enjoy serving people and making their day a special event,”
banquets and any event in need of good food, serving main dishes Dawn said. “We pride ourselves on doing a good job. We enjoy
that include upscale fresh meats like steaks, chicken, ribs, pork loin, working with the public and cooking is something we have done all
brats and burgers. of our lives.”
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Budget Planner
Total Budget:________________

Wedding Expenses Your Budget Your Estimate Your Actual

Location fee, officiate fee, marriage license, ring
pillows, ceremony decorations

Reception room rental, food, drinks, cake, favors,

Dress, headpiece/veil, undergarments and hosiery,
shoes, accessories, alterations, jewelry, hair and
makeup, groom's tuxedo or suit, shoes, tie, cuff
links, studs

His and her rings, engraving

Ceremony decor, bride's and bridesmaids'
bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, reception
centerpieces, flower-girl basket.

Ceremony musicians, band and/or DJ, coctail hour

Photographer and videographer's fees, albums,
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Transportation for wedding party, guest shuttle
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Invitations, save-the-date cards, response cards,
thank you notes, postage, calligraphy, guest book

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Wedding Checklist
A wedding should be planned in stages with every
decision made as early as possible. Begin by setting
deadlines, then check off each task as you complete it.

6-12 months 2 months

before your wedding
¨ Choose the kind of wedding you will have, date and time.
before your wedding
¨ Choose wedding bands and engraving.
¨ Announce your engagement in local newspapers.
¨ Check marriage license requirements.
¨ Discuss the budget. Take time to talk with your fiancé
about the budget and style of your wedding, reception ¨ Plan ceremony, reception, menus, master of ceremo-
and wedding-related parties, and who pays for what. nies and music.
¨ Make arrangements with the officiator. ¨ Plan rehearsal dinner and bridesmaids’ luncheon.
¨ Reserve the wedding and reception locations. ¨ Complete guest list and address invitations.
¨ Select your wedding dress, veil and accessories. ¨ Make arrangements for lodging for out-of-town guests.
¨ Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ¨ Purchase gifts for attendants and groom.
ushers and honored roles. ¨ Plan reception seating if necessary.
¨ Send announcements of your engagement to bride’s and
groom’s local and hometown newspapers.
¨ Meet with the florist, photographer, caterer, videographer
and DJ or entertainment to discuss budgets and options.
1 month
¨ Draw up the guest list with fiancé and families.
before your wedding
¨ Confirm all arrangements and contracts.
¨ Plan reception music and reserve band or orchestra.
¨ Mail invitations so they will arrive three weeks before
¨ Contact rental coordinator for equipment reservations.
the wedding.
¨ Discuss honeymoon and reservations. (Traditionally the
¨ Pick up wedding rings.
groom makes all the honeymoon arrangements.)
¨ Arrange for transportation to ceremony and from cer-
¨ Arrange for time off work if necessary.
emony to reception.
¨ Buy a good, sturdy notebook to store brochures and notes.
¨ Attend final fittings.
¨ Develop record-keeping system for invitations, RSVPs,
¨ Have your hair and makeup done as your would like to
gifts and thank-you notes.
have it on your wedding.
¨ Schedule any tanning, manicures, etc.

6 months ¨ Purchase guest book and keepsake album.

¨ Contact your insurance agent about naming your
before your wedding fiancé as beneficiary on your life insurance, will and
¨ Plan new living arrangements and home furnishings. auto policies, and about buying homeowners’ and
¨ Select and register wedding gifts and patterns. floater insurances to protect wedding gifts.
¨ Select color scheme. ¨ Open joint checking and savings accounts.
¨ Order dress and accessories. ¨ Decide on a budget and savings program. Discuss
them with your financial representatives.
¨ Order bridesmaids’ dresses, shoes and accessories.
¨ Write thank-you notes as gifts are received.
¨ Contact men’s formalwear specialist for men’s attire.
¨ Have parents select attire.
¨ Order wedding cake.
¨ Order invitations, announcements, programs, napkins,
matchbooks and thank-you notes.

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2 weeks
before your wedding
¨ Get marriage license.
¨  ive caterer final guest count. Don’t forget the wedding
party, photographer and DJ.
¨ Arrange to have your own gown pressed and delivered.
¨  rrange to change your name on driver’s license, Social
Security card, credit cards, bank accounts, insurance, etc.
¨ Make arrangements for moving into your new home.

1 week
before your wedding
¨ Pack for honeymoon.
¨ Give bridesmaids’ luncheon/party, give attendant gifts.
¨ Confirm directions, housing, timetables with attendants.
¨ Brief head usher of any special seating arrangements.
¨ Arrange for rental returns.

The day before

your wedding
¨ Pack the “going-to-church” bag and “emergency” bag. Floral CHecklist
¨ Attend rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Have fun!
¨ Find a quiet moment to give your fiancé his wedding gift. Bouquets Boutonnieres
Bridal Groom
¨ Turn in early for a good night’s sleep. Bridal Throw Groomsmen
Bridesmaids Father-of-Bride
Other Father-of-Groom
The wedding day Corsages
Ring Bearer(s)
¨ Have a nice, relaxed breakfast. Mother-of-Bride StepFather(s)
¨ Allow plenty of time for dressing, makeup and hair styling. Mother-of-Groom Grandfathers
Grandmothers Other
¨ If you plan on photography before the ceremony, allow Hostess
ample time so you’re not rushed. StepMother(s) Reception
Other Head Table
¨ Relax, and remember: This is your Family Table
special day, the result of all your careful planning. Misc. Flowers Buffet Table
Now it’s time to enjoy. Take a deep breath. Refuse Bridal Hair Cake/Cake Table
to let any glitch get to you. Savor every moment of Bridesmaids’ Hair Guest Tables
this sacred day. Let your joy and happiness shine Flower Girls’ Hair Centerpieces
through. Best wishes! Flower Girls’ Petals Favors
Aisle Petals Other

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Groom’s Checklist
12 months
before your wedding
¨ Select engagement ring.
¨ Discuss wedding plans and budget with
and all parents.
¨ Select attendants and at least one usher for
every 50 guests.
¨ Decide on ceremony and reception with

9 months
before your wedding
¨ Arrange a visit with clergymember or justice of
the peace to discuss ceremony. 6-8 weeks
¨ Start compiling your guest list. before your wedding
¨ Discuss honeymoon destinations with fiancée; ¨ Help fiancée with thank-you notes for gifts.
consult travel agent. ¨ Get legal and religious papers in order.
Pick up wedding rings; check engraving.
6 months
¨ Buy gifts for fiancée and ushers.
before your wedding
¨ Arrange to pay for bride’s bouquet; order
boutonnieres and corsages.
¨ Visit gift registry with fiancée.
2 weeks
before your wedding
¨ Complete honeymoon plans.
¨ Go with fiancée to get marriage license.
¨ For travel abroad, update passports, visas and
¨ Arrange for transportation from the reception to
the airport, if applicable.
¨ Arrange transportation to ceremony and
¨ Attend bachelor party.
reception for wedding party.
¨ Double-check honeymoon reservations.

3 months ¨ Arrange to move belongings to new home.

before your wedding

¨ Complete guest list; give to fiancée.
1 week
¨ After consulting fiancée, order wedding attire
before your wedding
for yourself and ushers. ¨ Remind ushers of rehearsal dinner details (give
them the gifts that night).
¨ Shop for honeymoon clothes.
¨ Put officiant’s fee in a sealed envelope and give
¨ Order wedding rings.
it to best man to deliver after the ceremony.
¨ After consulting fiancée, reserve a block of
¨ Explain any special seating arrangements for
hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
family members, etc., to ushers.
¨ Plan rehearsal dinner with parents.
¨ Pack for honeymoon.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 | Cadillac News - Brides in the KNow 23
Kid Things
Will little ones be part of your wedding
party? Here’s what the experts suggest
to keep things running smoothly
By Carley Lintz
feel?” advises Krissy Campbell, owner of Simply Be So
We’ve all heard horror stories of flower girls throw- Events in South Bend, Ind. “If it’s important that you in-
ing tantrums rather than petals or ring bearers having volve certain family members, then you may lean toward
an accident in their suits. So, if you’re thinking about involving kids. But, if you want the ceremony to have a
including children in your upcoming ceremony, here are more formal or intimate feel without a huge bridal party,
a few no-nonsense tips for avoiding pint-sized problems not involving kids is perfectly fine, too!”
on the big day.
What is the Best Age?
Are Kids Required? Ideally, Campbell advises choosing children who are
First, you and your fiancé should ask yourselves if you around 4-7 years old to participate in the ceremony.
want to involve children in your ceremony. Even though Infants and toddlers tend to be more unpredictable and
some religious ceremonies or traditions call for kids, can be easily overwhelmed by the crowd.
ultimately, it’s your wedding and your call. “Although most can’t help this, if you have an option,
“Think about the overall flow and intention you have I would recommend sticking in this age group, as it is
for the ceremony. What do you want to experience and less stressful for parents and others,” she says.

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Talk to Kids About
Their Responsibilities
If you decide to include children in your ceremony,
you should talk to them about their responsibilities
before the big day.
“It’s so important to make some time to help the
kids and their parents realize the importance of their
role in a way that makes them feel excited about get-
ting to walk down the aisle and be selected by the
bride and groom,” Campbell says.
It is also helpful to have a point person for all the
kids. This could be a parent, member of the bridal
party or wedding planner – just someone who they
can trust and look to for help during the ceremony.

Tips for the Trip

Down the Aisle
Rather than having each child walk alone, Campbell
recommends allowing kids proceed in pairs or a small
Allowing kids to walk down with each other is al-
ways fun because they feed off each other and help the
other. This often evokes some fun and cute moments,”
she says.
For very young children, consider having a parent
pull the mini ring bearer or flower girl in a wagon. Or,
have a parent at the front of the venue to help kiddos
avoid detours by giving them a destination and famil-
iar face to toddle towards. PerSonalize Your Wedding
Campbell also recommends having children sit with Napkins • Wedding Favors • Coasters • Koozies
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stand at the altar for the rest of the ceremony. “If they
are up front, giving them a special designated place to
sit during the rest of the ceremony is always helpful
since it can be a long time for them to stand and be
attentive without being distracting,” she says.

Think Beyond
Traditional Kids’ Roles
Don’t feel limited by the conventional flower girl/
ring bearer roles. There are many different ways to
incorporate kids into your ceremony that work for
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ceremony or reception, and help with the guest book.
Introducing kids at the reception with the rest of the
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Where Country Catering to you
weddings are held for over 25 years!

By Kris Verhage

The Barn Hall in Manton can

help those couples who are
envisioning a country wedding.
It’s a reception hall with a
down-home, rustic atmosphere.
The Barn Hall can seat up to
224 guests comfortably and can
accommodate family reunions,
graduation parties, benefit
dinners and other events. Let us provide a tasteful menu
The Barn Hall is owned by for your special day. Offering
Randy and Brandi Shepler and is a full selection of traditional
managed by their sister-in-law, Molly Shepler.
The Barn Hall provides 40 x 80 square feet of space, excluding favorites, we pride ourselves on
the kitchen and restrooms. Couples can have the food for the preparing a celebration of food
reception cooked or catered in the full kitchen. The kitchen that exceeds your expectations.
features two ovens, two refrigerators and a large sink.
A small bar that can hold two kegs and a small attached sink
also is available. Couples can hire their own bar service or bring in Menu selection available at:
their own alcohol.
The Barn Hall provides lightweight round and rectangle tables,
as well as chairs.
Also, tables and chairs can be arranged outside at “The Patio.”
An outdoor play area also is located on the grounds for young
Couples can either set up the tables and chairs and do the
cleaning themselves or hire the Barn Hall staff to do so.
Those who rent The Barn Hall will have access to it from noon
Friday through Sunday morning. Ebels Family Center Inc.
The Barn Hall is located at 3888 N. Old U.S. 131. For more 420 E. Prosper Rd., P.O. Box 69 • Falmouth
information, visit or contact Molly Shepler at 231.826.3333 • or at 231-394-0311.

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How to book the right

vendors for your wedding
By Renee Lee Wege When you decide you’re
Researching local vendors for your wedding is time
consuming, but totally worth it. If you haven’t done
interested in a vendor, send a
your research, it can be hard to know what specifics quick email inquiry to make
you should be asking during a conversation. sure your date is still available.
But first things first — when you decide you’re
interested in a vendor, send a quick email inquiry to
make sure your date is still available. If it is, ask to zzWhat does the vendor specialize in (whether it’s
set up a phone consult and request more information bride’s bouquets for a florist or bilingual weddings
beforehand, like price quotes and previous work. for a DJ/emcee)?
Before chatting on the phone, try to find out as zzDoes the vendor have any sort of insurance, like li-
much about the vendor as possible, taking notes on ability coverage in the case of a venue?
anything you may need clarification about.
It may help to think about that first call with a ven- If their answers align with your wedding vision, get
dor as an initial phone screen (just think about that the vendor to send over samples of their work or for
first step you take in job interviews). a link to a Yelp page and first-hand recommendations.
This is the time to double check specifics such as the Also have them send over a draft contract and look
services they offer, rates and, most importantly in my over all the fine print.
opinion, get to know the person! If possible, ask to meet in person. OK, maybe it’s not
necessary or realistic to meet all your vendors, but think
zzWhy are they in the wedding business? about it this way: You’re investing a lot in vendors. So,
zzWhat makes them passionate about what they do? it’s important to do your research before, ask pertinent
zzWhat separates them from competitors? questions and, ideally, meet them face-to-face before
casting them in a role in your big day.
Other questions to consider: © CTW Features

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Farmhouse Glam Reception, Conveniently downtown
By Mardi Suhs
Restaurateur Connie Freiberg is known for making brides
happy in Manistee. Her downtown restaurant Blue Fish
overlooks the Manistee River channel, making her second floor
banquet room a popular destination for wedding receptions.
Last fall, Connie and Chuck Freiberg opened a restaurant in
downtown Cadillac next to Horizon Books, the Raven Brewery
and BBQ. Connie designed Raven to be a comfortable place
where people like to hang out. There is a large, full bar and
dance floor. And the completely renovated exterior creates a
stunning façade of weathered red brick, large glass doors and “Brides can choose a reception with craft beer,” Connie suggested.
windows with black trim, and an overhead outside balcony. “Or we can do champagne toasts. We can cater for all budgets,
But what guests might not realize is that behind the sliding barn including a very affordable taco bar or a complete barbecue buffet.
doors near the pool tables is a banquet space designed with wedding We can even go off-menu and create a plated dinner.”
receptions in mind. Raven wants to help brides create their special event by offering
“This is ideal for couples that have outdoor weddings in the City “flexibility, fun, and affordability.”
Park,” Connie said. “They can walk right up here to their reception.” “We want them to have their day, whatever they want,” she said.
“I have a vision for this room,” she added. “Not every person wants “Whether you’re toasting with champagne or beer, looking for
a traditional, classic wedding reception. We have barn-style lighting, farmhouse glam or a boot-scootin’ party, the Raven Cadillac is the
an exposed ceiling and barn wood doors. So you can have a barn perfect place for your perfect day.”
wedding with the convenience of being located right down town.” For more information, cal (231) 444-6396 or visit
Couples can choose to have the reception for up to 100 in the
banquet room with a private bar. Or they can host a large reception Connie and Chuck Freiberg are the owners of Blue Cow Café and
for up to 175 with use of the restaurant’s full bar and dance floor. Raven Brewing and BBQ in Big Rapids; Blue Fish in Manistee; and
Because the banquet room colors are neutral, brides can create Raven Brewing and BBQ Cadillac.
their own vision for their special event with personalized decorations.

CK’s Place offers an award-winning experience

By Kris Verhage
An experienced, knowledgeable staff.
No hidden costs. No “that’ll be extra.”
And, an unforgettable day at a venue that
offers both outdoor and indoor settings.
CK’s Place in Big Rapids is an award-
winning venue that helps ease the stress for
couples planning their big day, whether it’s a
casual party or a formal reception. larger receptions. “We allow you on Friday to come in and
“We are a moderately priced, semi-all- CK’s Place offers appetizers and dinner decorate and get the hall exactly the way you
inclusive banquet facility,” says owner Colin through Kelly’s Catering, which has been want it,” Kelly says.
P. Kelly. around since 1979. Both the banquet All costs and fees are discussed up front,
CK’s Place has two sites on its property for facility and the catering company have and the bill is paid before the event, so there’s
the big day. Couples can get married in the won numerous local awards in recent no surprise charges at the end of the party.
open air or under the Sunset Pavilion, which years, including Mecosta County’s 2006-09 “You end up with zero bill at the end,” he
seats 80 people. People’s Choice Award winner and Leadership says.
“It offers a nice, country setting for the Mecosta’s “Taste of Mecosta” People’s Choice In addition, Kelly’s wife, Eugenia, owns
ceremony,” Kelly says. and Best Display awards. Eugenia’s Tuxedo & Alterations, which also is
Afterward, the couple and their guests can CK’s Place provides event staff, including located in Big Rapids. Between event planning
celebrate at the pavilion. Couples will need to chef, bartenders and security, as well as and catering events, 40 years of experience is
contract with a tent rental company if they chairs, table linens, set up and clean up, a at work, Kelly says.
wish to have a larger reception outdoors on bridal dressing room and more. CK’s Place is located at 11515 Northland
the property. Couples will have to purchase alcohol Drive in Big Rapids. For more information,
The banquet facility itself seats up to 300 and supply their own décor, cake and other call (231) 796-5414 or visit
guests and can accommodate ceremonies and services. or its Facebook page.

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Tips to Pick the ‘Click’
How to choose the best wedding photographer

By Renee Lee Wege then set up a phone chat.

Sure, you might re-wear your wed- Unless you’re famous and
ding dress or preserve your flowers, constantly chased by the
but often all you have left are the paparazzi, it’s likely you and your
memories and the images. Choos- beau don’t have much experience Unless you’re famous and
ing a photographer for your wed- being in front of the camera. So, it’s constantly chased by the
ding isn’t easy, but here’s where you important that you feel comfortable paparazzi, it’s likely you
should start. around your photographer. and your beau don’t have
First, focus your search on wed- Meet in person and get a sense
ding photographers. While this may for their shooting style — do they much experience being in
sound obvious, shooting weddings pride themselves on getting couples front of the camera.
is very different than photograph- to relax in front of the camera? Are
ing studio portraits, architecture or they great at being a fly on the wall,
nature. Next, research different styles capturing those special moments z z What makes you different
of wedding photography. Popular without giving you the slightest hint from other photographers?
styles include: journalistic (focus- that they’re there?
ing on capturing candid moments), Stuck deciding between a few pho- z z Do you have experience shoot-
traditional (lots of posed photos)
ing at my venue or similar ven-
and artistic (special effects, dramatic Ask these questions to help narrow
lighting). Most photographers de- your choices: z z How many hours of coverage
scribe their style on their websites, so zz Are photos edited/retouched? is included? (8 hours is fairly
shop around and curate a list of your optimal, but packages range
zz Is there a second photogra- anywhere from 6 to 10 on
favorites. pher? (You can usually choose average)
After you select a style, you’ll need to add one, which can help if
to set the budget. According to the you’re having a huge wedding z z Do you have insurance? (It’s
Knot’s Real Wedding Survey, couples and want to make sure every- smart to have a backup plan
spent an average of about $2,630 on thing gets documented) in case the vendor gets sick or
equipment malfunctions)
photography in 2017. zz Can I reprint my photos as I
Like any other vendor, find out wish? Or do I need to purchase
more information via email and more? © CTW Features

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Making dreams come true for Brides
By Mardi Suhs Because most brides are looking for a new
Attention Manistee brides - an experienced gown to make their day perfect, the store
wedding planner now lives in the area and she offers a wide selection of styles in bridal
recently opened a consignment bridal gowns and veils, bridesmaid dresses, mother
boutique downtown. Her goal is to help of the bride attire and accessories.
brides make their dreams come true on a “When brides come in, they just touch my
budget. heart,” she added. “I do everything I can to
“This is something I take pride in,” said make their dream day a reality.”
Tracy Helder, who owns “Love Your Event” The store’s consignment inventory of prom
with a Grand Rapids business partner. The dresses and formal wear is for budget minded
company has helped create celebratory events shoppers, but it also includes a wide-range of
throughout Michigan and Indiana. “I always formal and bridal wear.
try to stay way under budget. I do a lot of “It’s a very eclectic mix of consignment
shopping. I work with over 300 vendors so I with something for everyone,” Helder said.
can find the deals and get it done under “People who need a prom dress or evening
budget. It does make people very happy.” wear are looking for the affordability of
In addition to her vent planning business, consignment, a dress that has been only worn
last May Helder opened Manistee Bridal, a once or twice.”
consignment boutique in Manistee that also Helder loves the glamour and excitement of
features new and consigned wedding attire. event planning and bridal services, but adding
“Manistee was lacking in formal wear, a consignment boutique with beautiful dresses
prom, wedding and special occasion attire,” for beach weddings, ball gowns, and an
Helder said. “My goal was to bring affordable inventory for all seasons and budgets, just
and fashionable dresses to the area to help seemed like a very natural fit.
make every bride’s dream of a special wedding To learn more, call (616) 215-8971 or visit
become a reality, even on a tight budget.”

Hall lets you plan your wedding your way

By Kris Verhage large parking lot. The room has an area
The Lutke Rental Hall in Manton can to hang photos, banners and other
accommodate a variety of events, decorations, and hosts can decorate
including wedding receptions and bridal tabletops. The venue features white
showers. and maroon chairs, round tables, as
Kim and Jason Lutke purchased the well as 8-foot-long banquet tables.
building in 2014 from the Manton- Couples will need to provide their
Buckley Masonic Lodge. Since then, own décor, linens, silverware and
they’ve remodeled the kitchen and dinnerware.
painted the building. Alcohol can be served at the hall,
The full kitchen features both a freezer but party hosts must have a specific
and refrigerator, stove and double oven, event rider added to their
microwave and two large coffee urns. homeowner’s policy.
Couples will have to provide their own The Lutke Rental Hall is located
food or contract with a catering company. off Old U.S. 131 at 9290 E. 14 ¼
The venue has WiFi, a television if Road in Manton. For more
someone wants to play a photo slideshow information, call (231) 824-6655
during the event, both heat and air or visit its Facebook page.
conditioning, men’s and womens
handicapped-accessible restrooms, and a

30 Brides in the KNow - Cadillac News | Friday, March 22, 2019
Engagement rings are
changing. Here’s what
you need to know about
the hottest trends for 2019


It’s all about the pave settings combining to shine bright
Brides today are mulling different ways to show off their like a bigger diamond.
stones via shapes, stacking and even turning tradition on its “You can get a big diamond look for a lot less money,”
side with east-west settings. says private concierge designer/jeweler The Gemgal, who
Here’s what you need to know about the hot trends in runs the I Rock Diamonds website. “Some of the popular-
rings. ity is happening because people don’t want to pay $15,000
OPEN BANDS to $20,000 or $25,000 for a ring anymore and want to pay
under $5,000 or under $4,000. And you get a lot of look
This style — be it in
a twisted infinity design for a lot less money.”
or straight — provides a The pave and micro-pave look though, might mean
wider look for less mon- replacing stones eventually.
ey, says Alicia Davis, vice Jade Open Band Ring by Jade Trau “By style, it’s stunning. But it’s a little higher mainte-
president of merchandise nance design,” says Tanya Waymire, general manager of
at Jewelry retailer Shane Co. “If you’re on the Robbins Brothers, The Engage-
a lower budget and want a more substantial ment Ring Store in Dallas. “It’s not
look, by having some of these pieces that uncommon to lose a diamond here
have this open space, you’re able to achieve or there, so make sure you’re choos-
that look,’ Davis says. ing from a collection that’s going to
“Sometimes though women don’t like to replace the diamond.”
see the skin showing through the band,” continued ON page 32
she says. “But, for women who want a
wider, more romantic look, that works re- Clustered engagement ring.
ally well.” Image courtesy The Gemgal.

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continued From page 31
SPLIT SHANK East-west settings on the ring band are popular with
While the size of the split between the two sides of the emerald cuts, opals and marquise cuts.
band can range from large to subtle, the style emphasizes “Customers really love the
the most important part of the piece: the rock. idea of making something
“It helps bring the eye to that center stone that every- traditional be a little more
body spends the money on,” Davis says. “A lot of brides personalized, and they can do
love the negative space that it provides. And it works well that by setting it east-west,”
for every shape — in particular, some of the elongated Davis says.
fancy shapes that are popular right now.”

East West Center

Baguette Platinum
A modern split shank engagement ring. Another example of a split Engagement Ring
Image courtesy Robbins Brothers. shank engagement ring. by Simon G.

This trend is providing the ultimate in customization —
mixing bands that intentionally don’t match, but comple-
“It’s really exciting to see these brides ment the engagement ring.
be bold enough to take a 70-plus year “Brides like that they can customize their look with each
individual ring, and personalize them. Include stones of a
tradition and turn it on its head and grandmother’s ring, a birthstone of their significant other,
make up a new rule with it.” maybe a particular element that speaks to them is added,”
Tanya Waymire says Elizabeth Brook, marketing manager at Wedgewood
General manager of the Robbins Brothers Weddings, which operates a chain of venues across the U.S.
“There is so much room for creativity and personalization.
Done right, they create a beautiful piece that always bares
attention in a way that no other ring does.”
Stacking rings also are more affordable, she says.
The bands function almost as a ring wardrobe.
“They can mix and match, you can add bands if they
have a special occasion or anniversary,” says Shane Co.’s
Davis. “Or put one of the bands on their second finger or
on a different hand — whatever suits your fancy or what-
ever’s working with the outfit you’re wearing that day.”
The trend isn’t just with young brides, as those in their
second marriages are jumping on board, says Waymire.
But because the bands are thinner — to allow for the
stacking — they might be more prone to damage.
“Because the design is going to be more delicate, we
don’t know how they’re going to hold up long term,” she
Still, Waymire likes the style innovation she’s seeing.
“It’s really exciting to see these brides be bold enough
to take a 70-plus year tradition and turn it on its head and
Stacked rings blend styles into one cohesive look.
make up a new rule with it,” she says.
Image courtesy The Gemgal. © CTW Features

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Turning Visions Into Reality
There’s a reason that the “They paid attention to details.
Cadillac Grill is one of the most It was all I imagined and more.”
popular venues for private Southwick praised the staff
parties, receptions and large for working to make her
community events. wedding experience
Not only does their large, memorable, from the
open room have soaring beamed champagne toast to a delicious
ceilings that overlook the dinner “served on hot plates” to
Eldorado Golf Course and the fast distribution of “heavenly
Northern Michigan hardwood wedding cake.”
forests, it can accommodate up “Most of all, when the night
to 300 guests. This makes it a was over, the entire staff made
perfect wedding reception sure that we had everything that
destination with plenty of space we needed,” added Southwick.
for couples and their guests to dine and service and a wedding menu. Award-winning “We were able to leave knowing that our
mingle. In addition, a screened-in porch that Executive Chef William Riggs can create a wedding was memorable and unforgettable.”
seats 40 offers expansive views with privacy custom menu or serve traditional options like Allow the experts at the Cadillac Grill to
for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and Champagne chicken and herb-roasted New assist in the planning of your big day.
morning-after brunches. York steak. The Cadillac Grill is located at 7839 E. 46
“We are a hidden gem,” said Panayota Be assured that the Cadillac Grill team will and 1/2 Road, just west of the U.S. 131 and
Proffitt, Cadillac Grill general manager. “We work with the bride and groom to make their M-155 interchange. For more information
offer several ways to customize your special vision a reality. And nothing can say it better visit or e-mail grill@
day, creating memories for you to last a than a happy bride. To meet a representative
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Bring your
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By Rick Charmoli

A & C Tent Rental in Cadillac has all the corners covered when it
comes to weddings and other outdoor affairs.
This business offers rental tents in a variety of sizes, as well as chairs
and tables, said owner Michael Griffiths. The company has been in
business for more than 15 years and Griffiths has been owner since
“Everything is delivered and set up, including the table and chairs,”
Griffiths said. “It’s not just a drop-off service.”
They’ll also take down and remove those items. Tent sizes at A & C
Tent Rental include 20 x 30 square feet, 20 x 40 square feet and 30 x
60 square feet, he said. The larger size can accommodate up to 150
people comfortably and still have room for amenities, he adds. Smaller
tents also can be attached to larger ones if additional room is needed.
A & C Tent Rental also brokers with a downstate tent rental company
to provide tents in larger sizes such as 40 x 100 square feet and 60 x 60
square feet, Griffiths says.
“No matter how large a wedding you have in mind, we can offer any
size tent as well as various types of tables and chairs,” Griffiths said.
A & C Tent Rental serves an area that’s in a 50- to 60-mile radius of
Cadillac and includes Wexford, Missaukee, Lake and Osceola counties.
Griffiths said it is best to reserve your tent, tables and chairs as soon
as you have a date picked out as there are limited resources. He added
he already has events booked for the summer and has been receiving
reservations since the first of the year.
“Even if we have a date already booked, I will try to get what you
need through subcontracting with reliable companies,” he said. “It’s
never too late.”
A & C Tent Rental is located at 1867 S. Lake Mitchell Drive in
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Show me the

A soon-to-be bride’s
guide to navigating
wedding shows

By Carley Lintz ers, florists, venues, photographers and much, much

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments more – all in one place.
of any relationship, and then the reality of having to “The biggest advantage to attending a wedding fair is
plan a wedding usually starts to set in. For most, a that you get to meet face-to-face with wedding profes-
professional wedding planner is out of reach, which sionals,” says Alexa Paelmo, marketing for Bay Area
means you probably don’t know where to start. Luck- Wedding Fairs. “For a couple planning their wedding,
ily, there are entire events dedicated to helping engaged it all comes down to meeting a vendor that they work
couples through the process: wedding shows. well with, who can capture the couple’s vision, and
execute an event that reflects the couple’s personality.”
What to Expect Wedding fairs also often offer giveaways, discounts
Typically, a wedding show features numerous ven- and free samples from local vendors as well as fashion
dors displaying their products and services at a large shows to highlight bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses
exhibition hall or wedding venue. It’s everything you and tuxes designs.
could possible need to host a wedding – caterers, bak-
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continued FROM page 35 4. Dress for comfort.
How to Prepare While your first instinct may be to dress to impress,
While the number of choices is convenient in terms wedding shows involve lots of walking, so ditch the heels
of saving time, it can also be overwhelming for inexpe- for a practical pair of flats. At least you’ll be sure to get
rienced attendees. Here are a few expert tips so you can your 10,000 steps in the day! And, if you plan on try-
approach your first show like a pro and avoid unneces- ing on wedding dresses, be sure to bring the appropriate
sary mistakes. undergarments
1. Create a separate email address. 5. Don’t go alone.
Most vendors will have places for you to sign up for The biggest mistake brides can make is not bringing the
giveaways, discounts, quotes or just more information. groom, Baxley-Steward says. “Sometimes guys say, ‘It’s a
Instead of inundating your main inbox with wedding- girl thing. Go ahead without me.’ I think they don’t real-
related spam, Paelmo advises keeping everything in one ize how much fun they will really have and how it builds
place by creating a separate address dedicated solely to the excitement of the upcoming wedding.”
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Sophisticated & tasteful venue on the river
By Mardi Suhs decorations were phenomenal.”
Chef and restaurant owner Manistee has become known as a
Connie Freiburg has dueling food beach wedding destination. After couples
passions, Texas barbecue and French get married on the sugar sand beaches of
cuisine, which make for eclectic Lake Michigan, they have convenient,
menus in the four Michigan easy access to the Bluefish restaurant and
restaurants she owns with her their large, second floor banquet room.
husband Chuck. With water views from large windows,
But Connie is even more passionate the sophisticated reception area features a
about making people happy. large stone fireplace.
“What I love most about the Couples can accommodate up to 120 or
restaurant business is making people choose an expanded space with seating
happy,” she admitted. “This is my way for up to 280. The room also includes a
of nurturing people. I nurture people private bar and dance floor with “great
through food.” acoustics.”
For Connie, one of the more “Our room is very neutral so it’s easy
rewarding aspects her business is for the brides to create their own pallet.
hosting and catering wedding And people love the food,” Connie said.
receptions at the couple’s Bluefish Bluefish offers three tiers of reception
Kitchen and Bar on River Street in pricing to meet every budget, including
Manistee, Michigan. a value menu, a moderate menu and a
“Bluefish is on the Manistee River fine dining menu.
Channel,” she said. “One of my favorite “We are very flexible and offer many
events was one we hosted after a beach options for drink and bar packages,” she added. “We have catered
wedding. The bride and groom came up everything from non-alcohol weddings to a cider-centric reception
the channel on pontoon boats and docked featuring an assortment of Michigan hard ciders. We are very flexible
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DJ says providing music for weddings
isn’t just a job, it’s an ‘honor’
By Chris Lamphere wedding is more of an honor than
Believe it or not, Josh it is a job.”
Rheaume used to be “the So far this year, Rheaume said
shyest kid you’d ever meet.” he already has 26 weddings booked
That was before he had to but he’s still accepting clients.
fill in as a disc jockey at a Rheaume said his rates are
roller rink in Detroit when he slightly higher than other DJs in
was 15 years old. the Cadillac area but around
“I didn’t want to do it but average compared to professional
the DJ didn’t show up, so I DJs throughout the state.
had to,” Rheaume said. “But Travel to any part of the state
the more I did it, the more used isn’t a problem for Rheaume, who
to it I got. I started to have fun adjusts the rate in order to rent a
with it.” don’t know anyone at the wedding so you hotel room for the night.
The rest is history. have to figure out what kind of music they While there are standard tunes most
From those shy beginnings, Rheaume like to get them on the dance floor.” everyone wants to hear at weddings,
now DJs full time and emcees large events Rheaume isn’t just a DJ and emcee at Rheaume said he also has many other songs
such as parades and Bud Bash, which weddings. He also helps plan and available in almost every genre.
annually draws thousands to Houghton coordinate the entire day to ensure things For more information on the services
Lake. go smoothly and seamlessly. offered by Rheaume and his company,
In addition to his regular gigs, Rheaume This work provides Rheaume with a lot Eagle Entertainment, call (231) 884–2271.
also works as a wedding DJ, which is of satisfaction. You can also visit Rheaume’s Facebook
something he particularly enjoys. “I enjoy watching people have a good page at
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