(Closed) Traverse City area bride…new to the hive!

posted 9 years ago in Michigan – Northern Michigan
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Welcome! I’m from the Detroit area so it’s nice to see another Michigan bride! Unfortunately I don’t know of any vendors in your area though 🙁 Good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hi-  I’m from Traverse and am planning a 2011 wedding in town.  

 

I just found a wonderful photographer who is very unique, creative, young and fresh……….. and her prices are very reasonable.  It is called Summerfrost Photography


> http://www.wix.com/Summerf rost/SummerfrostPhotography

Check out her portfolio.   We are going with her for our engagement pics in January.  I can let you know how they come out. 

Have you set a date?

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Glen Arbor is great!  I’m getting married in TC then my reception is at Crystal Mountain.  Congrats!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How are you liking Bower’s Harbor so far?  I’ve been looking at that and am unsure about the food as we are both vegetarians…

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@linzetti: I’m a Bower’s bride as well! 🙂  How was your experience with the venue and local vendors?  I’d love any tips/suggestions you have, specifically for music (ceremony musicians, bands) and florists!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh and we went with Traverse City limos for a limo bus because I wanted to take the entire bridal party with me. This was a minor headache as he realized he was double booked 2 days before our wedding. It was a wine tour so he told us that we were his priority and he would find something else for them. Worked out fine but scared me a little. The bus showed up on time. However, he explained that one of his earlier groups broke one of our champagne bottles (we had 3 originally) AND the tail pipe was cracked so every time the bus took off from a stop smoke would fill the bus for like 15 secs. Not the most pleasant thing but he worked with us on price because he realized it wasn’t optimal. We still had a good time on the bus and the owner himself was our driver. http://www.traversecitylimos.com/

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Thanks for all the advice.  Here’s a bit more…

We just did our engagement pictures (and booked our wedding) with Siri from Unforgettable Images in Interlochen (just outside of TC).  She was really fun at our engagement session and did the wedding we attended this weekend.  So far so good with her!

Also, got a manicure at Pavlova before this wedding we attended and I have to say it’s one of the better ones I’ve gotten.  May be booking that for my wedding day nails.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also went to Pavlova for manicures the day before the wedding with all my girls and I would agree with SummerCamp‘s opinion. It was a really good manicure and a good setting. For groups though, they take a deposit of 50% and they will keep it if you don’t show. Organizing who would put this down, etc. was a little annoying but worth it in the end. We went to lunch at The Dish right next door after. Was a perfect girl’s afternoon before I got married.

I did get a makeup trial with Pavlova and decided NOT to use them for makeup. It looked like something I could have done. Maybe I just asked for the wrong thing but I wasn’t happy with it. I did bring in pictures… I ended up using Allure Salon for makeup on the day of and it was much better.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, thanks for all of your wonderful vendor reviews!! I will definately be looking into these places and PM-ing you to ask about costs and whatnot 🙂  Thanks, girls!

One more question – We’re doing a wedding weekend, and friday night we’d like to go out on the town with the bridal party + some friends.  I’m not from traverse so I don’t really know the night scene.. are there really any clubs/lounges in the area that would be busy on a friday night?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Congrats! Good luck with all your planning. I’m a Detroit area bride, but I have a soon to be cousin in law that’s looking at the TC area as a destination wedding. I’ll keep in mind all the great links shared here!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

kostahowsk I celebrated my 21st birthday in downtown Traverse City so I know there are some good bars. I am now 27 so I may not remember all of them. I know the U & I is usually pretty busy and has really yummy gyros. They don’t have a real website so I linked to google’s reviews of the place.

Here is a generic link to Traverse City bars

Big Eazy – Don’t know

Shimmers – inside the holiday inn. Night club with live bands usually.

Streeters – Young night club 18+. Bit too young of a crowd for me but it is the typical dance club. Not downtown though.

Union Street Station – My husband used to play in a band that played at Union Street Station too. Seemed pretty busy when we were there.

Loading Dock – been there once. Seems pretty good. Alot of locals know it

Side Traxx- no idea.

There is also BootLeggers and Dillingers downtown right next door to eachother. Always seem busy. There is also Mackinac Brewing Company. They obviously brew their own beer and I think they have music on some nights. I am sure there are more but that is all I can think of at the moment.

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