Your Perfect Michigan Wedding: Grand Rapids Edition

It’s happened, you have a beautiful ring and a promise from the love of your life to spend the rest of your lives together. The over the moon excitement at first is soon followed with the reality and stress of everything that needs to be planned. You want your day to be perfect, but often many brides don’t know where to begin.

Here at White Owl we want to make the planning a little easier for brides in any way we can. We’ve put together a guide of vendors in the Grand Rapids area that we’ve highly enjoy working with, bring something new to the industry or are just flat out awesome people. Whether you’ve just begun planning or are looking for a missing piece, here are some insights and advice that we strongly believe will make your planning journey a bit easier and all the more exceptional.


Wedding Planners

Many couples first step is to find a wedding planner. A wedding planner will help ease the stress of doing it all by yourself but also keep track of all the little details planning a wedding entails. Many say that a wedding planner is crucial, so finding the perfect one for you can make all the difference.

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All Buttoned Up

Photography by Amy Carrol Photography

We always tell couples we will meet and talk with them as many times as they would like before they decide because they will be with us for the next year potentially and we want to make sure it is a great relationship. Also, it is really important to set realistic goals and budgets are important to discuss so that a planner can meet your expectations.
— Kelly, All Buttoned Up
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Posh Petals

Your planner becomes like another family member, and you should feel like you can trust them with anything.
— Elyse, Posh Petals

Photographer

A wedding photographer should not only capture your day as beautiful as you’ve imagined but also tell a story.

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Rachel Gabrielse Photography

Make sure you choose a photographer you trust so that you can sit back, relax and fully enjoy your wedding day while your photographer works behind the scenes to capture all the moments you see and all the ones you might miss. And don’t forget in the craziness of wedding planning to also focus on the marriage. The wedding lasts a day but the marriage lasts a lifetime.
— Rachel, Rachel Gabrielse Photography

Reception

Often times, we already know where we want our wedding. Despite knowing where you say “I do”, sometimes the reception may leave you searching around for options. Noto’s Old World Italian Dining, based in Grand Rapids, (also where Travis had his reception) had a few words about choosing a reception venue.

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Noto's Old World Italian Dining

Photography by Terpstra Photography

Every event is special at Noto’s - but weddings are even more special because the care in the details are so important. We’ve hosted weddings at Noto’s in Cascade for over 20 years and have catered for over 30.
— Joann, Noto's

Entertainment

Since your wedding day is a celebration of love, isn’t it just one big party? And a party is nothing without entertainment. Whether you want a DJ spinning some of your favorite songs or a live band that will undoubtedly get the crowd excited, a few of our favorites will not disappoint.

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Brena

Absolutely go see a live performance of the band or DJ you are considering hiring for your wedding. You should know within 10 minutes if the band is a right fit for you.
— Craig, Brena
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Evermore Entertainment

As a single-operation DJ business, I am the one who answers bride’s inquiries and initial questions, filling out necessary paperwork, meeting a few weeks before the big day to go over the custom reception planner that Evermore provides and being the actual DJ who performs at their wedding. When brides hire a multi-operation DJ business, you could deal with several people through the process before your wedding and never meet your DJ until the night of.
— Eric, Evermore Entertainment

Floral

Your big day is made all the more beautiful by the little details. Floral design can follow your style, current trends or whatever you make it.

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Modern Day Events & Floral

Unlike many florists or planners in the area, we are considered to be “full-service”, which simply means that in addition to our floral design and planning services, we also offer a wide array of rental items, letterpress invitations, custom floor plan diagrams, and many other unique services.
— Amanda, Modern Day Events & Floral

Posh Petals

When you have a great team of vendors who are the right fit and are excited about your wedding, you’re not alone in your planning process. Your vendors are there to help make sure your experience is the best it can be.
— Elyse, Posh Petals

Catering

After the ceremony comes an army of happy, hungry friends and family! Catering is an art in itself that should reflect YOU on your wedding day.

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Ryke’s Bakery, Catering & Cafe

More than just creating a menu, we will walk you through the whole day, answer any questions you have, and coordinate with your other vendors for you. We are experts at working with any budget, and we work with our couples to make their wedding dreams a reality.
— Breanna, Ryke’s Bakery, Catering & Cafe
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Rise

We are the only bakery in the Grand Rapids Area that bakes exclusively gluten free, vegan, and soy free (...) We absolutely love catering to the allergy conscious members of our community, but we also love when our customers enjoy our baked goods simply because they are delicious, even if they have no dietary restrictions.
— Nick, Rise

So in the midst of planning, don’t forget to go on dates, take an ice-cream break, read a book on marriage, go to pre-marital counseling, and just laugh together about the ups and downs of planning.
— Rachel, Rachel Gabrielse Photography

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