By Kathy Morin
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 (with a 2nd location in Traverse City) and cater all events held at 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.
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 located here, 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.
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: Book your reception at Cadillac Grill and waive the room fee until the end of March 2019.
Winter wedding special: Cherry Grove Event Center will provide “full reception decorating” at no additional charge (valued at $400, if booking just the reception). If booking both your Ceremony and Reception there will be “no charge” for the Ceremony set up and space (valued between $350 and $500 depending on the size of the party!).
Winter wedding special: Receive up to 50% off your venue rental fee at Evergreen Resort!
- Book by March 15 (10% off)
- Book your rehearsal dinner with Evergreen (10% off)
- Reception is 100 or more guests (10% off)
- Bar (host or cash) with your reception (10% off)
- 20 room nights booked (10% off)
Winter wedding special:
Fox Hill can offer the elegant hanging ceiling tulle and twinkle lights for a value of $800, plus the beautiful tulle and twinkle lights backdrop behind the wedding party head table valued at $100. (This offer is good for 2019 January – April weddings). If booking with Fox Hill during the month of December 2018 for a 2019 peak season wedding + reception, receive a $500 Blue Heron gift card towards their Blue Heron dinner catering at Fox Hill.