2005-05-20 / News

Mackinac Island Presents Perfect Place To Marry

Families Enjoy 7th Annual Bridal Show
By Leslie Rott and Jessica Delaney

By Leslie Rott
and Jessica Delaney

At left: Kristin Lynam of Midland and Ashley Purdo of Auburn model wedding dresses from David’s Bridal.

Below: Jamie Picken of Canton samples the chocolate fountain  provided by Taylor Rental of Petoskey.

Below, left: Cake decorator Barb Sperl displays some of the scrumptious offerings from 
Bella e Dolce in Cheboygan.
At left: Kristin Lynam of Midland and Ashley Purdo of Auburn model wedding dresses from David’s Bridal. Below: Jamie Picken of Canton samples the chocolate fountain provided by Taylor Rental of Petoskey. Below, left: Cake decorator Barb Sperl displays some of the scrumptious offerings from Bella e Dolce in Cheboygan.

  • Mackinac Island, with all of its charm and its picturesque, historic backdrop, offers couples the perfect place to get married, which is why mothers, daughters, and entire families traveled from afar to attend the Seventh Annual Mackinac Bridal Show, held on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, at Mission Point Resort. More than 40 vendors were present to give prospective brides and grooms a taste of what their weddings could be like.
  • From dresses, music, and cakes, to photography, locations, and the latest wedding novelties, vendors in attendance offered potential clients a venue in which they were able to view all aspects of the wedding market at one time.

    For vendors, the show offers them a chance to display their products to potential customers and, hopefully, increase their business. Carole Erbel, an Island-based wedding coordinator, says that destination weddings have become very popular for couples and that Mackinac Island offers couples a unique and romantic spot to have their wedding. She said that the show gives brides a chance to see all of the vendors at once. Ms. Erbel coordinates 30 to 35 weddings each summer for couples from all over the world.

    The show was created as a way in which brides could learn what is essential in order to hold a wedding on the Island, and as a way for local businesses to attract clients and to network with others working in the wedding market.

    “This year we picked up a lot of business from last year’s show,” said Jan Cunningham of Margaret’s Garden, a flower shop operated by Grand Hotel. “It’s a great way to network with other area businesses.”

    Other vendors agreed. Lori Crystal of Mackinac Tuxedo hopes to pick up new business from the show, as well as to let brides know that her St. Ignace business is just a ferry ride away from the Island.

    Debbie Hosch, a first time vendor from Cookie Lee, came up to the Island to solicit business for her home-based jewelry company. Ms. Hosch said that the show provided her the opportunity to meet and work with many potential brides.

    The show is meant for more than just the vendors, however. Originally held in the hotel’s Cypress Room, the show began attracting so many vendors and brides that it had to be moved to the Sound Stage at Mission Point. Brides came from throughout the state of Michigan and beyond to attend the show. Some even brought the entire family along.

    Billy Young and Megan Frost of Waterford, who are planning a September 2006 wedding on the Island, brought along both of their parents and Mr. Young’s grandmother. According to Lawanda Phillips, the mother of the bride, everything is a family affair for them.

    Katie Gambaro of Birmingham brought her mother, Jeannette, from Port Huron. Together, they are planning a wedding for September 2006. Ms. Gambaro said that she and her fiancĂ© decided to get married on the Island when they were on vacation here last year. She was attracted to the Island, she said, because it is a beautiful, quiet, and peaceful place. The bridal show, she added, allowed her to spend Mother’s Day with her mother and plan her wedding at the same time.

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