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In the last several months, many of you have asked WHERE in Detroit did you have your Detroit wedding?  And the answer is: Greektown Casino-Hotel.  I know – you’d have to comb the site to figure out where we had our reception.  Well, here’s why… 

When I first began blogging back in Fall 2008, I had written several posts RAVING about how wonderful Greektown Casino-Hotel was and how happy we were with our venue.  These posts had generated a fair amount of business for them. (Ok, A LOT of business for them. One thing I love about this blog is that it’s generated some business for my wonderful and extremely talented vendors! Thank you, dear readers!)

However, because we were no longer having a positive experience with Greektown in the several weeks leading up to the wedding, I had pulled all posts relating to my reception venue down.  Why?  Because the last thing I wanted to do was give bad advice to married.2.be’s and I didn’t think they were deserving of any more free publicity.

And, those of you who’ve been following know very well, I haven’t publicly written a peep about our experience!  Well, I did that for a couple of reasons.  1) We believe they breached our contract and we were considering taking legal action, (ssrly, we contacted a lawyer! Look for My Where’s the Beef Post!) and 2) I wanted to write objectively and not solely based upon emotion. 

While NOTHING could have ruined our beautiful wedding day, the Greektown experience was quite disastrous.  Now, if you ask our wedding guests, they probably wouldn’t be able to pick up all the points, but some were certainly clear enough.

Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than dealing with an incompetent and inexperienced vendor in the weeks leading up to your very own wedding!

To be fair to Greektown, I think Greektown’s wedding coordinator was responsible for many of the issues.  She blatantly disregarded many of the details.  She was inexperienced and she proved to be incompetent. I know, harsh, right!?  But, I say it like it is.  (Please note, that particular wedding coordinator no longer works there.)

While I won’t go into the nitty gritty details about our particular situation (at least not in this post), I will tell you Kenny and I sat down with Greektown to go over everything that went wrong – line item by line item.  It was one hell of a list. But, it was important for us to let them know because we truly think Greektown is one of the best locations in Detroit to have the kind of wedding we wanted to have.  Needless to say, the VP was mortified and put several countermeasures in place so those things wouldn’t happen again.

Sorry for the long post.  It feels good to purge. And, I’m happy I waited to post because I think it’s important to remain objective.  Some people have GREAT experiences with a vendor/venue and others don’t.  With that said, it doesn’t mean your experience will be like mine.  It’s important to make your own judgement call.

Anyway, I still plan to post a My Detroit Vendor Review about Greektown Casino-Hotel, so stay tuned for the grade!

Source

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.

Sadly, the economic crunch is taking its toll in Metro Detroit.  Unfinished construction projects seem to be the latest sign of the times.  Whether you live in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne County or elsewhere, you can find abandoned cranes, steel frames and piles of concrete littering the landscape, and serving as a constant reminder that the Michigan economy is in a severe financial rut.

 

The Bloomfield Park Retail Project – a new upscale retail and office complex in Bloomfield Twp. over near Telegraph and Square Lake Road has been “suspended idefinitely.”  And, yesterday, Beaumont Hospitals announced a reorganization plan that entails 500 layoffs, reductions in pay and the slow of construction projects at their Royal Oak and Troy locations.  Beaumont also is postponing plans for a medical center in Commerce Twp. and is scrapping plans for a medical center in Novi.

 

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Novi-based Trinity Health System has halted plans to expand St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital in Saline, and also are suspending plans to build another hospital in Livingston County because of the poor economic conditions in Michigan.

 

And, the latest news is that Greektown Casino and Hotel – the locale of my 2009 wedding reception – may not get the cash to finish construction on its 400-room hotel and conference space.  Local news outlets report Greektown needs a mere $22.3 million to open in February 2009.  Greektown has about 12 weddings slated for 2009 – mine being one of them.  But, I’m not worried and I’ll tell you why in a later post.

 

Michigan is not alone    

While I was perusing the net to see how Michigan is being impacted by the credit crunch, I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal stating the MGM Mirage is suspending construction on their $11 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip.  And, an upscale residential high rise in Dallas has been abandoned due to the lack of funds.  It doesn’t stop there – from California to Florida construction projects have been halted, suspended or abandoned leaving an eye sore for the passerby’s and a daily reminder that this economy is hurting.

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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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