The Next Question
The "big question" has been popped but with the excitement and elation of saying YES comes even more questions. Now it's time to plan.
While picking out the bridal party and perfect dress may be among the more fun tasks to tackle leading up to the big day, choosing and coordinating the ceremony and reception venues can be daunting for many couples planning their wedding. But it doesn't need to be.
Crystal Mountain's Wedding and Special Events Sales Manger, Carmen Kott, fields a lot of questions after the "big question." She is able to gracefully walk couples through seemingly endless possibilities at the resort including the question:
"Where can our guests stay and what can they do?"
From golf and spa activities for bridal parties, to Michigan Legacy Art Park and outdoor water playground for families - not to mention all of Crystal's restaurant options - couples quickly learn their guests won't get boring during the days leading up to their event. And when it comes to overnight options, it's comforting to know there are 13 different styles of lodging at Crystal Mountain (including units that sleep up to 16). It also means the bride-and-groom-to-be won't have to worry about reserving blocks of rooms at various hotels and then arrange shuttle service - or be concerned about transportation after the celebration.
So then the questions come rapid-fire like: What options are there for the ceremony site? Reception venue? Can we take a look around? The answer is always, "YES! Come visit!" And Carmen is happy to help make dream weddings come true.
That's when Carmen starts asking some questions of her own, "What's the number-one thing you're looking for?"
"When I make my recommendations, I base it off what they're telling me," she shares. "All our ceremony venues are so very unique and different from each other. By listening to their wishes I can help target what might be best for them."
"So where can we exchange vows?"
For those drawn to scenic scenes, she suggests a tour of the MountainTop deck and an entrance via chairlift. If they like the ambiance of a lush canopy, she tells them about the amphitheater at Michigan Legacy Art Park, and they stroll the quarter-mile trail to get there. And if a charming oasis is to their taste, a stop at Petritz Pond is added to their route.
"What about the reception?"
From the rooftop terrace of the Inn at the Mountain to the Lodge Pavilion tent or the 33,000 square-foot Crystal Center to the top of the Mountain, the variety is so exceptional it's best just to see for yourself in-person. There are venues to not only accommodate weddings of all sizes but the needs of the guests. For example, the resort has babysitting services onsite for couples wishing for an adults-only wedding, including group child care services in a banquet room filled with activities.
What all these options offer most is flexibility. "We're going to give you options of what you can do. You can pick and choose what you would like," adds Carmen. "Couples are able to customize and create a package that works for them, their budget, and what their needs are to make it a truly special day."
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Did you know? 6-20-20, 10-10-20 and 12-20-20 fall on Saturdays this year. Just another way to make your wedding day at Crystal Mountain unique - and your anniversary date quite literally, unforgettable!