You’re Invited: Pure Michigan Weddings Live Web Chat

It’s wedding planning season in Pure Michigan, and we’re excited to speak with local weddings expert Megan Swoyer as brides-to-be plan their special days.

Megan will be joining us for a live chat on Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. right here at the box below. Learn more from Megan below and get your questions ready for the chat!

Michigan is the proverbial oyster for brides and grooms when it comes to great places to marry. 

Although I followed a traditional path, marrying in a church and hosting a reception at a nearby established country club, attendees still were able to bask in a bit of Michigan’s beauty.

A mid-June affair with temperatures hovering in the low 80s and a golden sun popping from cerulean-blue skies, the event of my life took place on a perfect Michigan late-afternoon and evening.

Touches of the Great Lakes State peppered my day, from the glaciated rolling golf-course fairways and greens just off the reception patio to the Gayle’s chocolate desserts, straight from Royal Oak’s sweetest kitchen (Gayle uses Michigan cherries and syrup in many of her treats!) to the Michigan wines that filled our glasses. Nothing could have made it more special.

But for the next wedding in our family, I’d love it to be a 100 percent Pure Michigan experience. I’d say there’s a good chance my two sons and their many cousins will, in the not-too-distant future, make that very decision.

But where? I’ve interviewed enough brides, grooms and wedding planners as part of my magazine- and newspaper-writing career to know about a lot of tantalizing locations. Not to mention the weddings I’ve attended. One of the more vivid and intimate affairs I recall took place on the lawns and in the gazebo of a Northwest Michigan hotel (that bride sure didn’t need anything ‘blue’ — Lake Michigan was just steps away).

From Upper Peninsula log-style facilities a Petoskey stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Superior to a country road leading into a covered bridge to the grounds of an historic lighthouse to a vineyard path to a cherry farm (are you tired yet?), there’s a lot of ground to cover when selecting a romantic site that suits you.

As a bride and groom — or someone looking for a romantic site to celebrate an occasion (hey, I’m celebrating 20 years of marriage this June!) — your only dilemma will be narrowing it down to one special location.

There truly are almost as many options as there are grains of sand on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (and yes, you can marry there, but you’ll need a permit).

Check in with me during Pure Michigan’s live chat at 7:00 p.m. on Feb. 27. We’ll gallivant in vineyards, stick our toes in lakeshore sands and glimpse a stunning panoramic view from the top of a lighthouse tower, all in the name of love … and discovering the best spots in Michigan to say “I do!”

Megan Swoyer is a freelance editor and writer based in Michigan. She covers topics ranging from travel, food and interior design to gardens, fashion, the arts, bridal and entertainment.

  • http://www.photosbyblair.com Steven Blair

    Looking forward to your chat tonight. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/artisTREEscapes Kathy Hemker

    I would like information on how to share my wedding venue location on this site, I just opened last summer after planning it for 10 years. I am fairly booked for this summer and presently working on 2014.

    artistreEscapes Island Garden Venue: Private one acre Island featuring two gazebos surrounded by lovingly maintained perennial flowerbeds among mature trees and lots of natural lake beauty with a large expanse of lawn to help create lasting memories for Special Occasions, such as Weddings, Anniversary Celebrations, Reunions and other Parties.

  • http://www.PaulRetherford.com Paul Retherford

    Wonderful job Megan! You had wonderful recommendations. Do you have a regular blog? What is the address?

  • Jennifer

    Michigan is such a great place to live. So proud to be a Michigander. :-)
    Hey Michigan brides if youre still in the planning stages, I am going to a show this Sunday in Southgate. details at bridestobe.us. Supposed to be a great show.

  • http://www.screencraftgifts.com Jon

    My company has a full line of tumbled marble gifts in 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″ sizes that we can place Michigan artwork, customized or personalized images on to create a special keepsake for a wedding gift or as a wedding favor. We have nautical maps of the Great Lakes or we can customize something for a particular venue.

    I was curious to know how I could get the word out to wedding planners and wedding venues around the state?

    Thank you.
    JR

  • http://www.gcfishco.com Jill McCaughan

    Hi Megan, we’re sorry we missed your live chat, but we here at Gold Coast Fishing Company in St. Joseph, MI completely agree that a Pure Michigan wedding is the way to go!

    We offer a unique and fun activity for wedding parties in St. Joe: Charter Fishing Trips on Lake Michigan (or the St. Joe River) for bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, or any small group (1-6 people) of the wedding party/guests. We can also accommodate larger groups. We also offer non-fishing charter services like scenic river tours and sunset cruises, which are perfect wedding or anniversary gifts!

    Please keep us in mind when you are suggesting ideas about Pure Michigan weddings. We are listed here on Pure Michigan, and you also can find us at http://www.gcfishco.com.

    Thanks so much,
    Capt. Todd Brill &
    Jill McCaughan, C.C.O

  • Jessica Pullen

    Sorry I missed your live chat. I just got engaged and we are just starting to plan for a beach wedding, and I’m not sure where to begin. We are planning for June 2014. I am looking for something on the sand ..perhaps with an alternative “rain” location nearby?

    Any thoughts?
    Any input is appreciated!

    Jessica

  • Brad

    I am looking for a venue in Michigan where I can rent the whole place out for the weekend including lodging. So many venues only rent by the hour or for an allotted amount of time. I would like to have my family and friends get together for a whole weekend and spend some quality time together without having to all split up and go back to our own hotels after we’ve overstayed our welcome. I am looking for something outdoors that allows my friends and family to partake in activities all weekend long, preferably outdoors. This venue doesn’t have to be super nice and manicured. My fiance and I like the outdoors and we are not picky. We just want a venue where we can hang out with our peeps all weekend.