Let’s get off the snow train for a moment and think about June. And July. And September. Those three months are 2014’s most popular pick for weddings held here at the mountain. Couples planning to tie the knot should also be thinking about April – because that’s when we host the annual Crystal Bridal Expo on Saturday, April 5th from noon to 4pm at the Crystal Center.
Most weddings held at Crystal are destination weddings – which makes this April Expo so valuable for brides-to- be. Once the location venue and number of guests have been determined, it’s time to start working on details. “Attending the bridal show is an excellent way to find reputable local vendors, especially if you’re not familiar with this area,” explained Chelsea Chapin, Crystal’s Catering and Events Sales Manager.
.“Meeting face to face is always a better way to see if a vendor is the right fit for your wedding, rather than relying solely on phone and email contact.” Using local services alleviates a lot of stress for the bridal couple, too. “Hiring a favorite baker from your hometown to make your wedding cake may sound like a good idea, but you must consider the logistics of getting their product from point A to point B.” Chelsea noted. “Northern Michigan has many talented vendors right in our immediate area. There’s no need to worry, for example, about how to transport flowers in a four-hour drive north in the July heat. Our preferred vendor list will help you start making choices of tried and true vendors.”
Planning a destination wedding event at Crystal Mountain offers lots of advantages for out of town guests. “Having all your closest friends & family together like this will probably never happen again, so we see many brides looking for a wedding weekend that includes lots of activities for guests staying on site,” Chelsea noted. “Crystal Mountain offers beautiful ceremony & reception locations in one convenient location for every size guest list. Lodging, dining, spa and recreation are just steps away”. On-premise casual barbeques are a popular choice for rehearsal dinners prior to the big day. “We’ve become experts in laid back pre-wedding gatherings, complete with lawn games and marshmallows toasted over a campfire.”
For a destination wedding, the bridal couple should accommodate their guests by giving them plenty of background regarding the venue. “Providing information about the destination, including nearby airports and driving directions from major cities, will help guests first gauge if they are able to make the trip,” Chelsea said. “Offering them lots of lodging choices and area activities is also very beneficial. Destination weddings are expensive for guests, so they’ll want to make the most of their time at the wedding venue. Even though the bride may love northern Michigan and knows what it has to offer, she has to consider that some guests are totally unfamiliar with the area.”
According to Chelsea, the most common mistake brides make when planning a destination wedding is not using a wedding website. “These are amazing tools that are offered for free by most wedding planning websites, such as theknot.com.” she pointed out. “A personalized wedding website will allow you to cater to your guests and provide much more information than could ever fit in a ‘Save the Date’ postcard.”
For all you brides and grooms-to-be, save THIS date: Saturday, April 5th. Regardless of the season, Crystal Mountain serves up a special venue for wonderful wedding memories. Contact Chelsea, our in-house expert, at ext. 6605 to begin mapping out your memorable Crystal Mountain wedding.