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The Big Day

January 02, 2017

Congratulations on your recent engagement!

You have the ring, now what? We sat down with Brie Kear, wedding sales manager for Inn at Bay Harbor to find out what you need to do next. 

Figure out a budget. It's an awful feeling to start touring potential venues only to realize there is no way you'll be able to afford your dream location. Be sure to schedule lots of tours of all the places you're interested in. One spot may look perfect but something nearby, like a road and traffic could mar your tranquil outdoor setting.

You've found your perfect venue, now you need to think about what day you'd like to be married. Traditional rules are being broken at a rapid pace as people realize they no longer only have to be married on a Saturday afternoon in June.

Winter weddings are gaining in popularity and offer some fantastic options and are a great way to stretch your budget. There's also a better chance the date you want will be available, the vendors you want to work with are less likely to already be committed to another event, and the chances of your venue hosting multiple other events that weekend are slim. Winter
weddings feel unexpected and set you apart from other brides.  Friday and Sunday weddings are other options that provide more flexibility.

The Inn at Bay Harbor offers several different spaces for your ceremony and reception, The Sagamore Room and Terrace, Arlington Ball Room, and Bay Harbor Golf Club all work beautifully together and offer sweeping views of Little Traverse Bay, guaranteed to make your wedding an event your guests will always remember.

Once you have signed a contract you meet your planning event manager and the fun really begins. This is when all the details start to come to life. You meet with florists, event planners, DJs, musicians, and pastry chefs. Your colors are chosen and a theme is visualized. Will you be hosting a formal affair with a sit-down dinner, or choose a more relaxed atmosphere with
guests socializing over cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres?

A menu tasting allows you to taste different dishes and almost feels like part of the pre-celebration for you and your future spouse. Don't forget this is an opportunity to also sample the wine, spirits, and other drinks you plan to serve your guests.

The excitement has only begun, it's time to prepare yourself for a future of happiness and love. Begin now by contacting Brie Kear or clicking here to learn more about what the Inn at Bay Harbor has to offer you on your special day.