@kostahowsk Bower’s Harbor was absolutely beautiful and exactly what we wanted. The contact there is a bit flaky and made me a little nervous the entire time though. She never charged our deposit or our chair fee and just now realized it. I have been married for 2 months now and we signed the contract for the deposit in January. Not that I am complaining about not being charged but my parents paid for my wedding and this is the only pending charge left so it makes them a bit nervous.
As for ceremony music, we used Bayshore Strings. They are members of the Traverse City Symphony that make themselves available for these kinds of things. I can provide contact info via private message if you like. Not finding a URL though (except facebook and my work IS dept blocks that). I know the Interlochen music camp does something similar too. We used a DJ at the reception not a band. The DJ is mentioned in my post above, he was great!
The cake lady I went with was absolutely amazing. She has artistic talent AND her cakes taste awesome. We went with fondant despite being told not to and it was really yummy. She makes it herself. She does tons of custom stuff and responds very quickly. She even made our groom’s cake from a recipe my groom was obsessed with. I think the URL has changed since I posted above (http://gbyc.tripod.com/auntb/1.htm)
We decided to get a photo booth for the reception too and that was one of the most fun things our guests talked about. The extra strips served as our favors too. http://www.northernmichiganphotobooth.com/
We went with a girl named Colleen at Teboe florist and she did exactly what we wanted. Was really easy to work with and I knew I could give her some artistic freedoms with things like our arbor and she did an amazing job.
We also found a really good deal with our officiant. Most of the officiant quotes I got in TC were about double what this guy charged us and he came from Muskegon. He showed up on time in the correct attire and was easy to communicate with. He gave us sample ceremonies and we pieced together our ceremony from his samples and google. He did put the wrong month on our marriage license but the county clerk caught it and just fixed it for us. Minor glitch overall though. http://www.myspace.com/revrobertteszlewicz
The hair salon we went to was surprisingly good. My cousin recommended them but when I arrived for the trial I noticed it is inside a gym and that made me a bit nervous. They turned out awesome though. I brought in a picture and they did exactly what I wanted and it stayed all day. The trial was free too. They will travel to your location but they prefer to work out of their salon. We went to the salon and they provided wine, bagels, and fruit for us. http://www.salonbeaumondetc.com/
Me and my girls all got our dresses pressed at To Have & To Hold too. They did a really good job too. I did shop for my dress there too but as I live in a different state I ended up buying my dress in MN (no tax on clothes in MN too). http://www.tohaveandtoholdtc.com/
We rented our centerpieces and chair covers from custom creations. She did a really good job but her communication was a bit old-fashioned. I work with computers so I guess I expect everyone to email. She doesn’t really do this, despite having an email address. Phone calls are best. Very pleasant lady and everything went flawlessly. She does flowers too. http://www.customcreations.biz/
As you can see, almost everything went well on our wedding day. Outdoor wedding with beautiful weather and awesome vendors. Very few things went wrong. Hope all this helps, I am sure I had more vendors so just ask if there are any obvious ones I missed.