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Welcome SPRING!

Welcome to March and SPRING!

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It has been a long and cold Michigan winter. We are so happy that today officially marks the end of winter, and the beginning of spring! Spring brings fresh flowers, warm weather, and WEDDINGS!

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With our busy season just around the corner, we have very little 2015 availability left, and 2016 is booking up quickly! contact us today to see if we still have your date AVAILABLE.

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we have lots of exciting things coming up! A photo shoot with the very talented Katie from Stand in the Sun Photography {If you are in the Severna Park, Maryland area, contact her!} at the DIA and a few other amazing locations, lots of weddings, and a little rebranding.

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Venue of the Month

Detroit Colony Club

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I know we’ve done a post on the Detroit colony Club before, but after booking a 2016 wedding here, it renewed my obsession with this venue. This venue HAS IT ALL.

colonyclub2Located in downtown detroit, close to the fox theatre and comerica park, is the colony club. with two grand ballrooms to choose from, this venue is perfect for a wedding with up to 400 guests. besides CHANDELIERS, newly refinished wood floors, and BALCONIES, this space also comes with antique gold chiavari charis {which is always a bonus!}.

for more information CLICK HERE!  THE STAFF IS AMAZING TO WORK WITH AND THIS VENUE is just as beautiful as the pictures.

March Decor we Love- Glam

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March Wedding Colors we Adore- Blue & Gold

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Cake Idea we Love

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March First Dance Pick- Ed Sheeran Kiss me

That’s it for this month! Check back in April for our April picks!

Spotlight Engagement Photo Location {Greenfield Village}

Greenfield Village is filled with picturesque locations for your engagement session

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Every season there is gorgeous spring and summer are filled with flowers and lush green backdrops, fall with Michigan’s beautiful fall colors, and winter decorated like a Christmas winter wonderland

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If you want to see what an engagement session at Greenfield Village looks like, visit the photographers Inner Circle Photography and Special Moments USA

Remember, it is not free to get into the village, it is $22/person for a ticket. But isn’t it worth it to be able to take your engagement pictures in such a beautiful location?

Save the Date {Sunday}

As we are well into the fall colors here in Michigan, now is the perfect time to take your engagement pictures for your save the dates!

Take advantage of the beautiful outdoor backdrops that Michigan gives us every fall to help make your save the dates

 

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Remember that your save the dates do not have to match the theme of your wedding. If you love fall but you are not having a fall wedding, you can still have your engagement pictures and save the dates have a fall theme.

Spotlight Venue {The Streets of Old Detroit: Detroit Historical Museum}

It has been a while since we have done a spotlight venue {sorry!} I promise, every Saturday until the end of the year there will be a spotlight venue!

 

This week we are featuring a lesser known Detroit venue, The Streets of Old Detroit in the Detroit Historical Museum.

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During a recent trip to the Detroit Historical Museum I discovered “The Streets of Old Detroit”. The minute I stepped downstairs {it is the first floor of the museum} I immediately said that this would make an amazing and different wedding venue. When I got home that night I was doing some research and found out you actually can have a wedding there! You can rent out different exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum {locations HERE} however, this post is strictly on “The Streets of Old Detroit”

This venue truthfully reminds me of an indoors Greenfield Village. Each store front is set exactly as it was way back when, and some store fronts actually allow you to go in {much like Greenfield Village} which makes an amazing backdrop for photographs.

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The floors are made of cobble stone and actual tree stumps and as you’re walking down the streets- you really feel as if you are walking on a street. There are trees and branches both adorned with twinkle lights, park benches, store fronts, and mail boxes.

This venue is perfect for either a strolling reception {400 strolling guests} or an intimate wedding {150 seated guests}

The rental fee for the space is $1,500 with an additional $150 cleaning fee that will be added onto your total costs. Addition options include:

  • Docent-guided tour, as available: $25 per hour, per docent
  • Basic audio/visual package: $100 flat fee for up to 4 hours of use
  • Advanced audio/visual package: $200 flat fee for up to 4 hours of use
  • Museum store attendant: $25 per hour
  • Attended coat check: $25 per hour
  • Linen & chair cover placement by Detroit Historical Society staff: $50
  • Wedding rehearsals outside of standard business hours: $100

FAQ on events at the Detroit Historical Museum

How many hours can I rent space for?

  • Events are typically four hours in length, with an hour and half beforehand for set-up and an hour afterward for clean-up.  If you need more time, please inquire about the fee for additional hours.  Please note that evening events must end by midnight.

Is parking available for my guests?

  • Your guests may park in our 55-space, secure parking plaza adjacent to the Museum, as space is available.

May I bring my own caterer?

  • You are welcome to use any licensed caterer of your choice.  Ask our event specialist to show you our list of suggested caterers.

Does the Detroit Historical Society have a liquor license?

  • Although we do not hold a liquor license, you may serve adult beverages at your event as long as your caterer has all appropriate licensing and insurance.  Contact our event specialist for more information.

    What is included with my event rental?

  • The Society can provide the use of our on-site tables and chairs at no additional cost for indoor events.  Ask our event specialist what types are available for your use.  Access to Museum exhibits for your guests is also included at no additional cost.  Linens, décor, food and beverages must be provided by an outside vendor.

More FAQ can be found HERE

Their suggested caterers can be found HERE

 

To find out more information on having your next event or your wedding at the Detroit Historical Museum contact their event planner at: 313.833.1733

Besides having your wedding here, wouldn’t this make a great location for engagement pictures? But that is a post for another day 😉

Wedding {Dress} Wednesday

Now one of our favorite parts of wedding planning, THE DRESS!

This week we will be posting some of our favorite ball gown style dresses in all price ranges.

This first dress is by a Michigan based couture designer whose spring 2015 line just hit the runway  for New York Bridal Fashion Week, Katerina Bocci. Made in Michigan, Katerina Bocci’s gowns are designed, sewn and produced at her 3,200-square-foot design studio located in Shelby Township. The haute couture designer personally oversees the production of each and every gown to ensure the utmost quality. Katerina Bocci bridal gowns start at $2,500.

This dress is “Lourdes” and features a full ball gown skirt with lace overlay. the bodice is adorned with crystals and pearls. If you are interested in seeing Katerina Bocci’s “Lourdes” or any of her other designs, her Michigan Design Studio is open Tuesday-Saturday at 14232 Rick Drive in Shelby Township. Brides-to-be may schedule one-on-one time with Katerina Bocci by calling 586-247-3622. For more information, please visit www.katerinabocci.com.

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 If satin and tulle are more of your wedding style, you should be sure to check out this Lazaro design. This dress features tulle ball bridal gown, pleated silk satin organza bodice with sweetheart neckline, floral jewel encrusted band at natural waist, circular gathered skirt, chapel train. {Style # LZ3108}. This dress is priced a little on the high side around $5,000 {depends on the salon

   Lazarolazaro2The good news is, Lazaro is sold at a number of Michigan and Ohio locations. You can find the bridal store nearest you by CLICKING HERE

This next dress is by the well-known wedding dress company Pronovias. “Basira” is from the 2015 Glamour collection and is a tulle, princess dress with lace and floral embroidered appliqués. Bodice with sweetheart neckline and narrow grosgrain belt with bow in the center.

As “Basira” is from the 2015 collection, it may not be in stores yet. If you are interested in trying this dress on, be sure to CLICK HERE to see when the nearest Pronovias trunk show is coming near you. Trunk shows do not always have every dress from the upcoming collection, so if there is a specific dress you want to try on, be sure to ask if their trunk show will be including it. If you are just interested in Pronovias gowns, CLICK HERE to see where the store nearest you is located.

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If a more regal style fits your wedding, this Justin Alexander ball gown is perfect for you. This dress is a drop waist, satin, beaded ball gown highlighted with a sweetheart neckline {Style # 8774}. To see where Justin Alexander is sold, CLICK HERE

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And don’t deny it, you know you have watched at least one episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” {we’ve seen every season} and have fallen in love with their well-known designer Pnina Tornai {we are OBSESSED with her}. Over the top, embellished, and amazing all describe her gowns. Unfortunately Pnina Tornai is only sold at Kleinfeld. So just for fun, below is a Pnina dress {Style # 4273}.

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And for our last gown, we are picking a celebrity favorite of the week. Amal Clooney who married George Clooney just a few weeks ago in Italy. Amal’s gown was designed by Oscar de la Renta, who unfortunately passed away this past Monday October 20th from complications due to cancer. He was a legend in fashion and will truly be missed, but his work will continue to inspire designers for years to come.

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Which ball gown was your favorite? Leave yours below in the comments!

Wedding {Traditions} Tuesday

Ever wonder why brides wear white? Why you engagement rings on your left hand? Why brides wear a veil?

Tuesdays will be all about Traditions and their origins, along with ideas for your traditions! These seven below are the first traditions to start!

 

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