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Morning Weddings

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I woke up this morning to sunshine and birds chirping, and thought to myself: how beautiful would a morning like this be for a wedding? The idea of hosting a breakfast or brunch wedding is becoming more popular. The morning wedding isn’t a new invention, though, but was actually pretty normal a few decades ago. I don’t know if it’s the retro-craze trending these last few years, or the vintage feel morning weddings seem to hold, but here are a few reasons to consider having your wedding at sunrise!

The Positives

  • Usually morning weddings end before or by 3’o’clock in the afternoon, so the possibilities of what to do after the Big Event are virtually endless! Drive away from your reception and enjoy the rest of the day in the company of your new spouse. I mean, you just got married because you love spending time together, right? Morning weddings give you lots of time to hang out together, married, on your wedding day. (Plus you’ll wake up sober and with no hangovers!) Or you can get a jumpstart on your honeymoon and arrive at your destination before your wedding day is even over!
  • Who doesn’t love breakfast/brunch food? Or an excuse to drink champagne and mimosas? Unlike an evening ceremony which usually calls for dinner or heavy appetizers, a morning wedding leans toward light fare. Most people simply aren’t that hungry early in the day. Plan a delicious menu that will wow your guests, whether you want a buffet or a formal sit-down meal. Think craft-your-own-waffle, an omelet station, or pancakes topped with strawberries and whipped cream, hickory smoked bacon and fresh squeezed juice as simple, yet elegant menu choices.
  • Your vendors will love you, because it is so rare for them to be able to work and have a weekend evening off. Sometimes vendors will even provide discounts for non-traditional timed weddings, so there’s a BIG positive!
  • That hard-to-achieve-but-beyond-beautiful venue location might be available at an earlier time during the day. Many area open to the public (such as botanical gardens, beaches, and parks) are only available in the mornings to allow for the public.

The Negatives

  • You have to wake up early. Like, really early. On your wedding day. Also, your pre-wedding morning will be rushed, there is no way around that. So extra planning for your prep work will be in order.
  • Consider your guests, especially those who live two hours away. They’ll have to get up very early to make it to your wedding. In the long run, I’m sure they’ll have a blast, but they might be questioning your sanity as they’re traveling in the wee hours of the morning before the sun even rises.

In other thoughts…
I’ve heard it voiced that morning weddings don’t allow for as much fun as a later wedding, but there is no reason why a morning wedding should prevent that! For those still wishing for a dance ceremony, by the time a ten o’clock ceremony and eleven o’clock brunch is wrapped up, it will be after noon, perfectly acceptable for a DJ and dancing. For those wishing to provide drinks for their guests, a mimosa bar, champagne, Bloody Mary’s, and other morning concoctions (think fruit juice mixes) are more than acceptable for breakfast soirées. In addition, come up with some fun and engaging activities such as croquet, badminton, or other lawn games. Read More

11 Must Have Pictures Near Silver Beach

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We all know the traditional wedding photos that every couple who wed need to take: the family photos, the bride with her parents, the groom with his family, etc.

But what about those amazing photos that only the sands, sunsets, and unique backdrops of Silver Beach can help you capture for your big day? Whether it be great beach colors, the visible excitement of wedded couples, or the utilization of nature’s beauty, Silver Beach is a great destination for your wedding photographs. Here are 11 of our favorite photographs taken right on the Lake Michigan shore in St. Joseph, Michigan: Read More

Rose Gold

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Rose gold is in, and I am in love. Boutique jewelry designers have confirmed that rose gold has been resurrected and is one of the most popular requests for engagement rings and wedding bands. Blake Lively set the trend when she tied the knot with Ryan Reynolds. The media went wild over her reportedly $2 million sparkler. The custom made engagement ring is a 12 carat oval cut diamond set in rose gold.

With the soft blush color of the metal, it is no wonder this color is quickly gaining speed in popularity. It’s appealing on many different skintones. It has a lovely the vintage appeal. Plus there’s the fact that it’s a little more exclusive. However, if you decide to go with the metal of the moment, consider selecting a more traditional setting for your engagement ring or wedding band to ensure your bling stays timeless. Read More

Welcome to Shadowland!

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Bring your celebration to the shores of Lake Michigan!

You want a special location for the wedding you are planning. Shadowland on Silver Beach is that special place for no other year-round reception and meeting venue in Southwestern Michigan is so close to Lake Michigan.

Footsteps from Silver Beach, Shadowland offers you a picturesque backdrop of glistening water, crimson sunsets, a quaint lighthouse and Victorian-era downtown. It is a beautiful destination all four seasons.

Newly constructed, this place near the beach welcomes your intimate gathering for 50 to a lavish affair for 300 guests. It’s simple, yet elegant décor lets you create the ambience you want for your wedding.  Shadowland’s unique Silver Beach Center offerings let you entertain your guests with beverages on the Sunset Patio overlooking the lighted Whirlpool Compass Fountain, with rides on the magnificent, hand-carved Silver Beach Carousel or with the opportunity to explore Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone. This is your place for making memories. Read More