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The Crystal ballroom in the newly renovated Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit. (Source: Detroit News) I'll post my own pics on Saturday!

After much stalking, I finally have the Fort Shelby Hotel details.  And, they’ve piqued my interest enough for a visit.  Watch out Greektown!  

As we know, a lot of the Detroit reception and ceremony venues have incredibly steep prices!  But, the Double Tree Fort Shelby Hotel, they’re quite reasonable.  Here’s the details:

The Double Tree Fort Shelby Hotel, which is located on West Lafayette Street between First and Second Streets in downtown Detroit, has two ballrooms that will accomodate about 200 guests and a dance floor.  Each ballroom may be able to accomodate more, but they won’t know for sure until they until they lay out the room. 

Venue & Accomodations:
The renovated Crystal ballroom, which was the premiere ballroom back in 1917, is located on the second floor and features ornate cathedral ceilings, marble floors and three large windows overlooking the street.  The room can comfortably accomodate 200 sit down guests and a dance floor.   The minimum for this room on any Saturday night is $10K.  They don’t have defined prices for a Friday or Sunday wedding, but you’ll surely get it for a steal.

They also have a second ballroom, called the Terrace which is a not as extravagent as the Crystal ballroom, but does offer a more intimate feel.  The room also features two different entrances allowing the bridal party a separate entrance from guests.  This room also accomodates 200 guests and a dance floor.  The minimum for this room on any Saturday is $8K.  And, Friday and Sunday’s also are negotiable.

Your wedding guests can stay at the Double Tree for $99, which is a discounted rated from the $129 weekend rate and $189 weekday rate.  I’m sure with a little finnagling, you get could an additional discount for your guests that is competitive with what other Detroit hotels offer for wedding guests. (Greektown, Mariott and others offer more competitive rates.)  They also will be offering a Sunday buffet at their new Finn and Porter restaurant.  So if you choose, the bridal party and guests and other guests can reconnect for brunch the day after the wedding.

Packages:
Packages for both ballrooms start at $75 per head and don’t include tax and gratuity – but, they do include plated dinner, standard bar, room charge, guest parking, chair covers and sash, a complimentary suite for the bride and groom the night of the wedding with breakfast the next morning.

Fort Street Church

Fort Street Church

Ceremony Site:
If you’re looking to have your ceremony at or near the Fort Shelby, they offer several different onsite locations and they’ve also partnered with the nearby Fort Street Presbyterian Church.  The great thing about this partnership is that you don’t have to be Presbyterian to be married here, they allow parties of different faiths to utilize their space.  I even think you can bring in your own minister – but I’m not entirely sure.  Also, I’m not sure what the fee would be…

If you’d rather wed at the hotel, they offer different indoor ceremony sites for your to chose from depening upon your needs and preferences. 

To date, they have about six weddings on the books for 2009 and are talking with several couples about their soon-to-be weddings. 

Pro’s: Great Detroit location just minutes away from other restaurants and the casinos.  Reasonably prices compared to other Detroit venues.  Offer guest accomodations and complimentary bridal suite night of the wedding.  Complimentary shuttle for guests that takes them within a 5-mile radius.  Free parking.  Offer ceremony site locations including the historic Fort Presbytarian Church!

Con’s: Packages begin at $75 and tax and gratuity are not included. 

Contact:
Dee (313) 963 8900 Ext. 5024

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It’s no surprise that the holiday season is the most popular time of year to get engaged.  And, I’m curious to know how many newly engaged Metro Detroiters are now among us!   Congratulations!

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Last night, the fiance and I took my brother and his wife – both who live in Napa – down to the Motor City for a night out on the town.  My sister-in-law had never really been downtown before, so we wanted to show her some of our favorite spots.  We valeted at Greektown and hopped on the People Mover to show them the different districts and to show off Detroit a bit.  We jumped off at the Cadillac Center Station to check out Campus Martius and Compuware HQ and then walked over to Broadway to have a home-brewed beer at the Detroit Brewing Company.  Of course our next stop was Greektown where we had flaming cheese and lamb chops at the Pegasus.  And, that’s where we asked them both to be in our wedding.  They said yes!  Afterwards we headed to the casino for a shot at the slots.  And, it was a profitable experience!

Anyway, I wish I had these nifty little facts that I came across on the 1obest.com during our little tour of the Motor City.  If you’re taking an out-of-town guest on a tour of Motown, these are some fun little facts to share.

10 Best.com – Interesting Facts About Detroit

  1. Want to see the chair that President Lincoln was killed in, the plane Admiral Byrd used to fly over the South Pole, or the original Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile? The Henry Ford Museum offers a look at such artifacts as it tells the tale of American ingenuity. The museum also details how Ford built his car company from a tiny Detroit wagon shop, which employed only ten people in 1903.
  2. Want to visit a stop on the Underground Railroad? Detroit was strongly involved in the network that abolitionists used to bring slaves to freedom from the South. Second Baptist Church, the city’s oldest black congregation, served as a station for escaping slaves in the mid 1800s.
  3. Detroit is known as the Motor City for more than just its reputation as the center of the nation’s car industry. The city was first to have a paved road, the first to install traffic lights, and the first with an urban freeway.
  4. The Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular is the oldest and largest ice-carving event in the nation. Each winter, professional and amateur sculptors regularly turn blocks of ice into spectacular works of art.
  5. With more than 11,000 inland lakes and over 36,000 miles of streams, Michigan really is a water lover’s haven. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Detroit or any other part of the state – you’re never more than 6 miles away from water!
  6. Detroit is home to the legendary Motown sound. Berry Gordy, Jr. opened a studio in 1961 that would spawn music greats like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. The Motown Historical Museum includes the house where Gordy started Hitsville USA and his original recording studio.
  7. The Detroit Zoo made history by becoming the first of its kind to take animals out of cages and present them in naturalistic habitats. The Belle Isle Zoo featured a 3/4-mile elevated boardwalk that gave visitors great panoramic views of animal exhibits.
  8. Yes, there was a Detroit before the car. British and American soldiers faced off nearby in one of the largest military encounters in the War of 1812. More American casualties occurred during the Battle of the River Raisin than in any other single battle in the war. Americans rallied to the battle cry “Remember the Raisin!”
  9. Thirsty? James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist, developed the recipe for the nation’s oldest soft drink, Vernor’s ginger ale, here in 1866. Vernor is buried among 52,000 others in the state’s most historic cemetery, Detroit’s Elmwood Cemetery.
  10. Detroit began in style – with a Cadillac. In 1701, French trader Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac set up an operations base in the area that would grow to become the future city. Naming the place Ville d’Etroit, Cadillac used it as a base to send furs to Canada.
heathersaundersphotography.com/blog - This is a Heather Saunders original.

This is a Heather Saunders original

I was perusing my photographer Heather Saunders blog today, and I came across this image.  I think it’s absolutely gorgeous.  I love the symbolism of the bride and groom’s wedding ring each on their own pear – making the perfect pair!  Another thing I love about incorporating pears, is that my grandma who passed away several years ago, loved pears. 

Isn’t Heather fabulous?  Check out her website and blog.  While she’s stationed here in Michigan, she travels across the U.S. and beyond to capture your nuptials and other special events.

Check out this article on extreme marriage proposals from Brides.com.  It’s really amazing what some guys will orchestrate when asking their girl to be their wife.  And what’s even more interesting is the fact there are companies that assist in these extreme engagements! I think some of these tactics are a little extreme – but hey we all love to tell a great story.  But I think to plan an extravagent engagement in part to trump how your friends got engaged is plain stupid.  A marriage proposal, and a wedding is not about competition, it’s about spending the rest of your life with someone.   But I guess some of us (myself included) perpetuate this train of thought because when ever we hear that someone got engaged, we always ask two things 1) how did he do it? 2) what’s the ring look like?   Am I right?

So here I am stalking out the cyber world and I actually clicked on and checked out the My Wedding.com – Detroit website.   It really should be called My Wedding – Michigan.  It’s content is obviously driven by its advertisers.  And, Detroit is so much cooler than the cookie cutter venues listed!  But, if you’re planning a Michigan or Detroit wedding, it’s definitely worth checking out to get some ideas on the listed local and national vendors. 

While I wasn’t so impressed with the venues and ceremony sites listed, they have a good list of officiates – far better than what the Knot has listed.  It’s funny, if all the sites were combined, it would be a comprehensive list of Detroit wedding resources.

Here’s some other websites for a Detroit Wedding:

Detroit All Wedding – I think it’s a fairly new site.   It lists of several wedding vendors.   And, it’s not up yet, but they will have a message board where you can ask experts questions.  Also, you can request quotes to  vendors through this site.  

Gathering Sites – Detroit Wedding Sites – This is an “ok” list of ceremony and reception locations.  Not a comprehensive list, but a start…

Michigan Wedding Solutions – Good list of Michigan and Detroit reception locations, banquet halls and other vendors.  You can search them by region.

The Knot Detroit Resources – This by far is the best site to find reception locations, photographers and other vendors.  But you really can find the gems by asking the knotties on the Knot Detroit Message board. 

WedAlert Detroit – This site is a little disorganized.  But they do have a search function to look for reception sites by county.

If you come across any others, let me know!

It’s no secret – at least not any more – that my nickname for my finace is “Bug.”  It’s short for Love Bug.  I know, I know, how corny, right?  But, it stuck.  And now, I’m his Lady and he’s my Bug.  That’s our story. 

In planning our wedding, we really want it to reflect who we are and what’s special to us.  And while we won’t be having a lady bug-themed wedding, our color pallete resembles that of a lady bug .   Well, look what I came across tonight on the Brides GuideJohn and Kira’s Lady bug chocolate favors!  Aren’t they adorable?!

John and Kira's gourmet and artisean chocolates.

John and Kira's gourmet and artisean chocolates.

The favors - and you can choose the ribbon color.

The packaged favors - and you can choose the ribbon color and the font. The come in boxes of two or four.

 

Price = Ouch!   They are $5.50 a box for a 2 peice box.  The larger quantity you purchase, the more the price drops.  If you purchase 200 boxes or more, it comes down to $5 per box. 

For us, this far surpasses the wedding favor budget – but – I have a brilliant idea to incorporate just a few of these on our big day!  I’m thinking on the cake! 

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The new Doubletree Suites Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit (Source: Model D)

Today marked the re-opening of the historic Fort Shelby Hotel in Detroit.  Now dubbed as the Doubletree Suites Fort Shelby, not only does this symbolize another step towards Detroit’s revitalization, but this offers couples yet another snazzy location for a Detroit wedding. 

Located on the Lafayette between First and Second Street, the hotel offers 203 suite-type guest rooms and 56 rental apartments on the upper floors.  Eventually, when the economy stablizes the apartments could be sold as condominums. 

The Fort Shelby first opened it’s doors in 1916 and served as one of Detroit’s premiere highrise hotels.  But like most great Detroit structures, the hotel closed its doors in the 70s.  According to the Free Press, the Fort Shelby was slated for demolition until Detroit-area real estate investors teamed-up with Doubletree to revitalize the property.

Surely, there’s more to come… And,  you better believe I already have a call in to talk with the event coordinator about wedding details.  Contact info and details to follow in another post.

Read all about the Fort Shelby reopening and revitalization:
Detroit News: Fort Shelby Poised For Gleaming Debut 
Detroit News: Ballroom at Doubletree Hotel Gets Classy Facelift
Free Press: Historic Fort Shelby Hotel to Reopen as Doubletree
Free Press: Fort Shelby in Detroit Goes From Eyesore to Elegance

I’ve been thinking about DIY invitations since the engagement.  Not only am I hoping to save some money, but I like the idea of designed and putting together my own invites – it seems more intimate.  Well, yesterday I reveived my girlfriend’s (who got engaged exactly one month before me) DIY wedding inviation in the mail!  I wanted to share…

This took about a day for her and a team of girlfriends to put together.

This took about a day for her and a team of girlfriends to put together.

I love the picture on the inside flap!

I love the picture on the inside flap!

                  

 

 

 

Her and the fiance debated whether they should just buy invites or do it themselves.  They decided on the latter.  They ordered the silver card stock and envelopes from an invitation store and purchased the other suppliers at – where else – Michaels.  The invite design was inspired by one they saw at a store specializing in invitations.

On one side of the flap, they ask their guests to visit their website for additional  accomodation and registry informtion.  On the other flap is a great picture of the two of them!   They also chose to forego the traditional RSVP card and ask their guests to RSVP online.  I only wonder what those people will do who don’t have a computer?  I guess they’ll call!   I think its a great idea to save paper and lower the cost of the invite. (Great job CPF!)

Some great blogs/websites to keep an eye on for DIY invitations are:
Do It Yourself Inviations
DIY Bride
Wedding Bee
Nina’s Wedding Blog

Oh and a fellow Detroit bride Ms. 12K is also planning on DYI inviations.  Check her blog out to see what she comes up with.  She also lists some great tips and some great blogs to visit.

We finally nailed this down.  And while I absolutely love my photographer Heather Saunders, I’m no ham when it comes to the camera. (I’m sure I would be if the outcome was different!)  I’ve kind of been dragging my feet about it.  But in lieu of the work-related events I have throughout January, we had to do this soon if we want to use one of the professional shots for our save-the-date. 

I even tried to nix the engagement session and have it re-allocated to something else, like prints.  But Heather made a good argument –  The engagement session is a dry-run of the wedding.   This is an opportunity for us to get comfortable with each other and to see how we work together.  Basically, the engagement session should ease my anxiety!  It makes sense right?  The last thing I’d want is to feel this same kind of anxiety about pics on my wedding day.  I’m sure I’ll have other things to worry about!

We booked her in September and originally wanted an October or November session, but we cancelled the session because I wasn’t ready.  I always overthink what to wear, how to do my hair and all that, and then I don’t like the outcome of the whole look!  And in pictures, I never look like me.  Even my friends and family say I don’t look like myself in a still shot…   My fiance, on the other hand, is very photogenic.  Come to think of it – his whole family is photogenic!   

Anyway, the fiance and I will head downtown for a Detroit-inspired engagement session.  I’ll save the details for after the session!

Heather will do her magic!  I know when I see out engagement photos, I’ll be relieved!

Check out Heather’s blog of recent weddings she shot.  She’s awesome!

Detroit News

Source: Detroit News

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge advocate of Greektown Casino and Hotel.  And, it’s not just because my fiance and I shared our first kiss there or that it’s our favorite place to try our luck.  It’s the fact that they’re service-oriented.  When you call them, you get a call back within 24 hours.  And, while I really don’t like to tattle on other Detroit venues, the other two Detroit casino’s either didn’t call me back or seemed impatient with my questioning and the fact that I wanted to meet on the weekend. 

Not with Greektown.  They’ve been helpful, patient, accomodating and just as enthusiastic as we are to plan the wedding.  And, anything is an option.  You have special needs or requests – they’ll work with you.   And, I have to reiterate that I have NOT seen the ballroom – I’ve seen a rendering and I’ve seen it during construction.  Talk about faith based on great customer service.

I know some people have been hesitant about booking Greektown because of the recent news reporting their chapter 11 status and the pending completion of their new hotel and banquet facility.  I say, there’s little reason to worry.   Here’s an update on Greektown:

Today, the Detroit News reported that Greektown and a consortium of creditors have signed a pact that will allow the casino to pave its own path out of Chapter 11 protections before February.  The article also said documents filed with the court show Greektown to be financially solvent.  If you remember just about two weeks ago, the News and Free Press reported that  Detroit city lawyers were claiming Greektown was in danger of running out of cash.   So, it seems that those city lawyers were incorrect!  Some would call that speculation.  

Also, Greektown issue a press release today stating that it’s now training 170 new full time and part time employees to staff their International Buffet which is due to open Dec. 22, 2008.  And, the casino is in the process of hiring 150 more employees to staff  its new hotel.  In total, the casino is adding about 400 new workers for the expanded casino and 400-room hotel.  So, in a town that’s riddle with news of layoffs, Greektown is offering creating jobs. 

The new hotel will open.  Wait and see.

On a side Note: No Spa – No Worries     
Last week, the Detroit News reported that Greektown Casino and Hotel would be forgoing construction of the previously planned upscale spa – at least for the Feb. 09 grand opening.   I say no worries.  There are plenty of area spas that will be happy to accomodate my wedding party.  And, as we’ve seen with MotorCity and MGM, the casino spas seems to be a bit pricey.

Check out my other Greektown Blog posts here.

Imagine this:  Your wedding is a little less than a month away.  The invitations are out and the RSVPs are coming in.  All seems to be well in the world of the married-to-be… Until the uninvited guest marches up to you and asks where their wedding invitation is! 

Seriously, no joke!  This happened to a fellow bride-to-be I work with.  Someone who she works with, but barely speaks to assumed they’d be invited to the Big Day.  Can you believe it?  I can.  It has or will happen to all of us.  So I say, we must prepare for the unfortunate uninvited guest ambush. 

If you’re not prepared, you’ll be taken aback.  And, personally, if this happened to me, my feathers would be so ruffled that I’d probably blush out of awkwardness and anger for being put on the spot and questioned! 

First a little rant – Are we for real here?!  1) A wedding is not a free-for-all house party where people are encouraged to bring a pack of friends. 2) Do people understand how anguishing it is to determine the guest list?  You have friends, family and co-workers – unless you have a sophisticated budget, not all of them are going to make the cut… which brings me to 3) Do people not understand how expensive a wedding is?  And finally, 4) A wedding is an intimate occasion, is it not? 

With all that said, what do you do when a co-worker – or anyone for that matter-  asks you point blank where their wedding invitation is?  As much as we’d like to run and hide, we can’t.  But there’s a couple of things we can do.  We can tell the truth or lie through our teeth. 

Telling the truth would mean letting that person know that determining the guest list was really difficult.  And as much as you’d like to invite everyone, that just wasn’t a possibility when you and the fiance combined the collective lists.  You’re sorry and they hope they understand.    

Lying would mean telling them their invitation must of gotten lost in the mail!  And then you bite the bullet and send them an invite.  I personally do NOT think this is the way to go. 

What would you do and what would you say?

This seems to be a particularly ugly topic as you’re planning your upcoming wedding, right?  But, I think it’s a topic that should be discussed.  What made me think of writing this post was what actor Will Smith said about divorce earlier this week on Barbara Walter’s ABC News Special.

Every December Barbara Walters presents the 10 Most Fascinating People, an hour long special on ABC featuring the year’s most intriguing people in sports, entertainment, pop culture and politics.  This year, Will Smith snagged a spot on Barbara’s prominent list.  And I found what he had to say about marriage to be thought provoking.  Because no matter who you are, no matter how wealthy or successful you are, people face the same kind of challenges in marriage.   

He said “Being married is the most difficult thing you’re ever going to do in your life.  And anybody whose married and divorce is an option, you’re getting divorced.” 

It’s true – Which is why almost half of all marriages (in the U.S.) end in divorce.  Ok, so this school of thought is nothing new.  But I think there are a lot of people out there who really don’t talk about this with their soon-to-be life partner before the big day. 

And it’s not as though Will Smith hasn’t been divorced himelf.  His marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith is his second go around with the nuptials.  In some circumstances, divorce is the only alternative.  I get that.  What I don’t get is the people who seem surprised that marriage is not eternal bliss.  My parent’s have been together for more than 36 years.  They’ve had their good times and their bad times.  And they’re still together!  Same with the fiance’s parents.    

And as someone who’s going to get married in the next coming months, I think divorce is a topic that should be discussed.  Because, marriage isn’t about planning the wedding it’s really about a lifelong committment  – through good times and bad.  And as much as we’d like to think post marriage will always be a “happily ever after” story book tale, that’s simply not the case.  It’s important to talk about expectations, roles and responsibilities and what you want out of life.   And both parties need to be in agreeance of eliminating divorce as an option. 

My fiance and have had the conversation.  And we continue to have those conversations.  We both know it’s not always going to be so easy.  I’m excited to start my life with this man.  It should prove to be one hell of a ride!

Check out Will Smith’s interview on Barbara Walters 2008 Most Fascinating People Special

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BAM! Kenny dropped the rock on Untersburg mountain on the border of Austria and Germany.

Remember the movie The Sound of Music?  You know the opening scene where Julie Andrews is running along the hillside?  Yep, that’s where my guy dropped the rock.  Ok, maybe it wasn’t on the hillside, but it was close enough!  It was actually on the top of Untersburg – the highest moutaintop, in Salzburg, Austria. 

Anyway, this past summer Kenny’s family went on a family trip to his mom’s hometown – which happened to be across a rather large pond called the Atlantic Ocean.  It was an important trip for the family because they hadn’t all been on a family vaca since the early 90s, and it also marked the 69th birthday of Kenny’s Uncle Horsti (an amazing man I’m so happy to have met!) and his dad’s 60th b-day (a man I’m so happy to have in my life).  More importantly, the trip served as a homage to pay tribute to Omi – Kenny’s beloved grandmother who passed earlier the summer before.

Kenny really wanted me to come along on trip, and at first it didn’t look like it’d work out.  But then, it happened.  I got the time off and before you know it, Kenny had booked me a flight.  And, to be honest, I was a bit nervous tagging along on because I was the only +1 on the itinerary.  But – it was amazing – I had such a wonderful time! And, while I didn’t speak German, I didn’t need to to communicate with the fiance’s non-English speaking relatives.  Happiness and enthusiasm speaks for you.  I’ll never be able to explain it.  It was pretty cool.  

The day Kenny proposed wasn’t the day he was supposed to propose. (It was moved up a day due to the weather forecast. ) The family had planned a trip to Golling, a small, quaint town outside of Salzburg.   We were surrounded by the Austrian alps and exploring the small town by horse carriage.  The day was absolutely perfect… until we left Golling.  We were travelling back to Salzburg on this narrow one lane road – by this time, we had traded the horse carriage in for a minivan.   It just so happened this teenaged girl on a moped (who happened to be drinking) was coming straight at us and hit us.  Thankfully, she was ok.  But, the minivan had some damage so we thought it best to call the police.  

The Beer Garden in the middle of nowhere...

The Beer Garden in the middle of nowhere...

Well, it seems if you’re in a small village in Austria, you have to wait a rather long time for the local police to arrive.  Fortunately for us, this beautiful bier garten just happened to be right across the street from the accident.  It literally was in the middle of no where!   I was so content there.  But everyone else seemed so concerned about getting to this mountain before the tours closed.  At the time, I’d rather sit in a bier garten than hike up a mountain!

But ,eventually the police finally showed up, an accident report was filed and we were on our way towards Untersburg.   

So we finally make it to this mountain and we’re on our way up – which happened to be by cable car.  Kenny started to get really nervous.  Naturally, I attributed it to the height.  We were ascending 6,500 ft in the air via cable… I figured he was worried about the cable snapping and all of us plummeting to the ground below. 

We finally get to the part of the mountain where the cable car drops off and there was another bier garten!    Usually, Kenny and the family would stop to partake in a refreshing beverage and take in the view.  Instead the entire lot of us start hiking our way towards the top, which I thought was strange because his dad and uncle didn’t want to hike to the summit.   Well, when we got this this opening in between the mountains, we stopped to take pictures.  Kenny said it was his favorite place in Austria and it was important for me to see it.  We were taking all these posed pictures and I wanted a goofy shot.  So I said ” Let’s do something crazy!”  Kenny said ok and got down on one knee!  I was so confused.  I had no idea what he was doing.  Even after 3 1/2 years I was stunned, speechless – and I forgot to say YES!  I thought I was so much cooler than that.  Apparently, I’m not!   But, I did say YES when his dad asked me what’s it gonna be!

Funny thing was, after he proposed we continued hiking up the summit!  And when we finally did reach the top, a thunderstorm rolled in and we literally had to run back down.  But, we did make it down to the bier garten, watched the storm and celebrated our engagement! 

I’ll never forget that day. 

Do you have a good story?  I’d lve to hear it… leave a comment!

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Source: Model D

This past Wednesday night I found myself at the Colony Club for a professional event.  All I have to say is  – Where have I been?? And how come I didn’t know about this place?  I can’t believe I missed this gem in my Detroit vendor stalk!  It’s a perfect venue for a swanky Detroit wedding.  

And, while I’m perfectly content with my current reception location at Greektown Casino and Hotel, I can’t help but imagine dancing the night away in the Grand Ball Room at the Colony Club.  It really is breathtaking. 

Anyway, if I can’t have it, I want everyone else to know about it.  Here’s the scoop.

The Colony Club, which is under the direction of the Gem and Century Theatre,  is located right on the corner of Park Avenue and Montcalm in downtown Detroit.  If you can’t picture that, it’s right next store to the Fox Parking Garage, across the street from the coveted Town Pump and adjacent from the Centaur bar.  And, a short walk would take you to Hockey Town Cafe, Fox Theatre and Comerica Park.

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Source: Model D

A Little History
Built in 1927, the Colony Club was one of four women’s clubs in the surrounding area which provided a social retreat for Detroit’s active women.  It was only open four short years before it fell into foreclure during the Great Depression.  Interestingly enough, in the 1960s it functioned as the Detroit headquarters for the United Auto Workers.  In 1984 Charles Forbes purchased the building and leased it to the Detroit Police Department.  And  upon the news of the Super Bowl XL making its way to Detroit in 2006, Forbes Management began spiffing-up the place.  The Club briefly re-opened for an ESPN event during Super Bowl XL Detroit and just re-opened again in the summer of 2008.      

What’s so impressive about the Colony Club is its Louis XVI Grand Ballroom.  With its gorgeous hardwood floors, antique chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows it’ll surely make for an impressive Detroit wedding location.  And, the ballroom has a mezzanine where the bride could toss her bouquet!

Here’s the skinny if you’re interested:
The Colony Club can comfortably accomodate a sitdown wedding with 350 people and a dance floor.  Wedding packages range from $65 – $95.  The minimum for a Saturday night wedding any season is $15K.  There’s no minimum for Friday or Sunday weddings and you’ll also get an additional $5 off per head on the wedding packages for booking one of those nights.

ME... sorry for the bad pic)

The mezzanine (Source: ME... sorry for the bad pic)

They do allow wedding ceremonies in conjunction with the reception.  You can hold your ceremony at the Gem Theatre for an additional $1500 or the Century Theatre fo an additional $800.  And they’re already booked from June through August in Summer of 09, with the exception of Fourth of July weekend.

Pro’s: Parking at the Fox Parking Garage is included in the wedding package.  Coat check service, which is located in the swanky first floor lobby also is included.  You can also have your ceremony here 0r at one of the other Gem and Century Theatre venues. Great downtown location close to bars and local hotels (Greektown, Athenium, Marriott, Hyatt).  Chivari chairs are standard.

Con’s:  Tax and gratuity are not included in the package price.  But, they do have all inclusive deals.  Depending on the package, it could be pricey.

Note: They’re currently reviewing their 2009 pricing.

Contact: 
Dawn at (313) 463-6243.

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Married September 19, 2009

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I love my guy. I love my town. I could have a torrid affair with every cake, cookie and cupcake I come across. I love sharing a good bottle wine with good people! And, I truly enjoy blogging about wedding finds. Which is why...

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When planning my wedding I loved researching and stalking out Metro Detroit venues, vendors and other finds. Now that I'm married, I'd like to turn this blog into a Metro Detroit Wedding resource for all of you. So, change is coming soon!

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