(Submitted by Kathy Morin, Group Sales Manager at the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau)
When my husband and I got engaged a few years back, we couldn’t decide initially what time of year to have our wedding. Spring is so lively and flowers are in bloom, summer is warm and sunny, fall is gorgeous with the spectrum of autumn colors and then crisp, clean, and cold winter. (Brrrr!) Surprisingly enough, though, we chose winter and here are the reasons why…
Venue selection – booking a reception facility can be much easier than during peak times! Plus, they may also provide discounts or extra perks for booking off-season. (Psst! More to come on that!) We had our reception at Fox Hill Event Center and it was a fantastic, modern facility. They also own Blue Heron Bakery & Café in Cadillac and cater all events held the facility. Their food is amazing! While there are a lot of incredible outdoor locations in the Cadillac area for a wedding reception, there are plenty of other indoor locations as well, ranging from hosting a small intimate gathering up to several hundred guests. See more info below, along with special offers available for booking “off-season”.
Hotel rooms – lodging in the Cadillac area is fairly reasonable year round; however off season rates can run less than $100 a night, making it more affordable for out of town guests. Most all of the event spaces in the Cadillac area have lodging close by.
The dress and alterations – dress shops can be quieter with more personal attention when shopping off season. Additionally, a local seamstress was able to do alterations much quicker than if it were in the summer or fall.
Hiring your vendors – finding a DJ, a photographer, hair and makeup, coordinating flowers…all much easier when you aren’t fighting for “your date”, along with countless other brides vying for that vendor for “their date”. We were able to get our first choice for all the vendors we wanted.
Winter is a great photo backdrop! Just make sure your bridesmaids have something warm to wear outside when taking pictures. (Lesson learned; sorry girls!) But really, winter can provide some incredible, unique photo opportunities not available in any other season. Shout out to Sisters Studio of Cadillac for our featured winter bride photo above!
So maybe you’re not convinced that a winter wedding is the way to go. That’s okay! Believe me, even if you choose spring, summer, or fall instead, you’ll have a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding in Cadillac, with a wide variety of vendors and resources available no matter which season you choose. Whether at a golf course with awesome views, a rustic lodge large enough for hundreds of your friends and family members, elegant event centers, waterfront, or something else – all within a variety of budgets – we’ve got you covered! Interested in learning more? Review our meetings and events guide, and then give us a call or an email to get started.
Note: Caberfae Peaks is a very popular wedding facility in the Cadillac area; however with their ski season operating from mid-November through mid-April, the main lodge is not available for weddings during that time frame.
FIND A GREAT DEAL…
Some of the wedding facilities in Cadillac are offering some great off-season deals, and dates are still available for this upcoming winter! Click on the link to visit each facility’s website for more information and contact them for complete details:
Winter wedding special: For events booked for January through April 2021, the room reservation fee will be waived.
Winter wedding special: When booking both ceremony and reception package, the Ceremony will be included at no additional charge. Also, decorating will be provided in the package at no additional charge if you choose from the facility’s selection of their own decor. Offer available now through end of March for 2020, and
December 2020 through March 2021.
Winter wedding special: Receive up to 50% off your venue space rental fee!
– Book with a deposit by March 15, 2020 (10% off)
– Book your rehearsal dinner at Evergreen Resort (10% off)
– Hold a reception with 100 or more guests (10% off)
– Bar (host or cash) with your reception (10% off)
– 20 actualized lodging room nights (10% off)
Winter wedding special:
Fox Hill can offer complimentary elegant hanging ceiling tulle and twinkle lights (a value of $800), plus the beautiful tulle and twinkle lights backdrop behind the wedding party head table (valued at $150). This offer is valid for January through April 2021 weddings.
Winter wedding special: Book your wedding at The Wexford Civic Center by May 1, 2020 and receive black 12 feet draping rental for half the cost, a savings of $500. The Wex is a 20,000 square foot facility that can host both your wedding and reception in one location.