For couples who still want to get married this summer, the historic Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan is offering up its romantic Gerald R. Ford Ballroom at no charge for intimate micro wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
Newlyweds taking advantage of this generous offer can book guest rooms at the hotel for after their ceremony at 20% off the best available rate.
“Anyone who has gotten married and who has planned that wedding for a long time knows how much the date means. As a bride or groom, you look forward to that more than anything in your life. Our hearts just went out to these couples and we wanted to do something special for them. We knew we have the space and the hotel is open—why not do it?” said Kristen Burnett, corporate director of catering at AHC Hospitality.
How couples can benefit from hiring local wedding vendors
Local vendors are often a go-to choice when couples are planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions. As the “shop local” movement grows in popularity, weddings present a prime opportunity to embrace this movement.
Couples may have different ideas regarding where to tie the knot, but local vendors can be hired regardless of geography. Brides magazine says the biggest factor influencing wedding location is the size of the guest list and the number of people who wouldn’t be able to attend if the wedding was in a particular locale. Hometowns might be the traditional choice regarding wedding location, but the XO Group says one in four couples now host destination weddings.
Local vendors will be familiar with the area and possibly even the location where the wedding will be held. That can help couples avoid having to give directions, discuss venue protocols, and handle other tasks that must be worked out with non-local vendors. For example, local photographers familiar with a particular venue will know all of the best places to get shots, and some vendors may have preexisting relationships with venue representatives that could ensure wedding day operations go smoothly.
Local vendors can meet with brides and grooms more readily throughout the planning process, making things less stressful on the happy couple. This also makes it easier to drop off deposits, attend meetings, make fitting appointments, or attend styling sessions.
Couples who travel for their weddings and employ local vendors will not have to pack as much. Using local vendors eliminates the need to bring along bulky dresses, decorative items, flowers, and much more. Plus, couples needn’t pay to transport and house vendors brought along from back home.
Individuals who take great strides to conserve resources by reducing their energy consumption and protecting the environment often find that shopping local is beneficial. Local vendors are more likely to source their materials from other local businesses, reducing their carbon footprints along the way. For example, local caterers may rely on local farmers for their foods, affording couples the chance to host eco-friendly or even farm-to-table weddings.
Working with local vendors often translates into getting more personalized service and attention than mass retailers or merchants can provide.
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