Ann Arbor might be a small town, but with an art scene to rival that of any metropolis, you’d never know it. Independent bookstores, art galleries, museums, film festivals, and more all have a place in Tree Town.
Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, so if you and your partner met at a Wolverines tailgate, it’s only fitting to return to your college town to get hitched.
Ann Arbor is blessed with having four true seasons. Your winter wonderland dream wedding can be as much of a reality as your autumn harvest vision.
Ann Arbor is an eclectic, bustling town with boutique shops, coffee houses, award-winning restaurants, and breweries. It also has one of the youngest median ages in the country, so it’s no wonder that energy and excitement seem to flow through the downtown streets.
The ceremony may be the most significant part of the wedding day, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Meet with as many Ann Arbor wedding officiants as you need until you find the one that you connect with and is investd in your story, and work with local ceremony musicians to decide on music that reflects you and your betrothed. Too often, we find that couples leave the ceremony planning to the last minute, resulting in impersonal and uninspired ceremonies. We don’t want you to make this mistake, so get started early.
When your guests walk into your wedding venue, they’ll see all the work you’ve been doing for the past few months. Impress them upon first glance with stunning floral decor, serve them a delicious meal from the finest wedding caterers, and keep them dancing all night with a great live band. When the evening comes to an end, they won’t want to leave.
Kick off your wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner to welcome your family and friends. If you want to keep it low key, arrange for a section to be blocked off in your favorite local eatery. If you’re hoping for something a little more celebratory, you’ll find tons of great spaces here in Ann Arbor. To help get you started, here are some rehearsal dinner tips to make planning just a little bit easier.
The party isn’t over just yet. Say farewell and a final “thank you” to your guests for joining you in your nuptials with a day-after brunch. Consider hosting it at the hotel you and your guests are staying at or a beloved breakfast spot on Main Street.
Ann Arbor is truly a city with its own identity and unique flair which makes for creative and fun wedding favors. Thank your guests for celebrating your big day with you by gifting them a personal and locally inspired favor. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite favor ideas to get you started.
Ann Arbor is a bustling little town filled with attractions and activities to keep your guests busy between your wedding festivities. And the best part is, most of the best attractions are near each other. From U of M football games to brewery tours and film festivals, your wedding-goers certainly won’t be bored during their visit. Check out how the New York Times spends 36 hours in Ann Arbor & let your guests in on some of your favorite activities.
The food scene is always evolving in Ann Arbor. With a major focus on local restaurants and farm-to-table cuisine, Ann Arbor has some real culinary treasures. And since it’s a college town, you better believe there are some solid burger joints (Blimpy Burger, anyone?) and breakfast diners to indulge in, too. Check out what Buzzfeed is saying about some of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor or check out our list of suggestions below.
Being that Ann Arbor is home to a major Big 10 university, there are more than enough hotel accommodations for wedding guests at a variety of price points to suit everyone’s needs. Ann Arbor has some especially adorable and quaint bed and breakfasts, so consider suggesting a few to your guests, and perhaps get ready for the day in one yourself.
Are you considering Ann Arbor as the location for your engagement photos? Well one thing’s for sure: there are plenty of beautiful backdrops in Tree Town, and that means your engagement photos are bound to be stunning. We asked a few Ann Arbor wedding photographers to share with us their favorite locations for engagement photos and we have to admit — we’re feeling inspired.
There is no better place for a bride-to-be’s last fling before the ring than in Ann Arbor. We’ve pulled together our best bachelorette party recommendations for making the weekend an absolute blast. A couple of ideas: fill the weekend with boutique shopping on Main Street, dinners at some of the best restaurants in the state, and if you’re feeling crazy, take the 30 minute drive to downtown Detroit to try your luck at the casino. Who knows, the bride could win herself a honeymoon.
Your man’s ears may not perk up when you go on about table linens, but mention the bachelor party and we bet you’ll have his attention. Ann Arbor is the ideal locale for your man and his buddies to kick back and catch a football game, play a round of golf, or hit the casinos to (hopefully!) win some cash. Check out our Ann Arbor bachelor party ideas to get the planning process started.
Where would we be without the immensely talented pool of Ann Arbor wedding vendors? Their passion for planning, commitment to their couples, and incredible ingenuity is what makes the local wedding scene as remarkable as it is, and it's the unique team behind every wedding working together that makes each event an affair to remember. Their combined experience and expertise is second to none, and we want you to benefit from it while assembling your dream team of vendors. Check out our Spotlight Series for in-depth Q&As with the best of the best in the industry, and make sure to read the articles they've contributed to Borrowed & Blue for the most reliable wedding tips & tricks, straight from the source.
Ann Arbor is a lively town with a packed social calendar. Consider these major annual events when planning your Ann Arbor wedding as they may affect hotel availability and prices and could make getting around town during your wedding weekend a bit more difficult.
When planning something as complex and significant as your wedding day, sometimes you just want friendly experts to step in and share some pearls of wisdom. Lucky for you, we know people (we’re sitting right here — wink wink). And we’ve got your back: insider tips, exhaustive research, and inspiring takes on all aspects of the planning process, compiled here specifically with your wedding location in mind. You’re just a few clicks away from wedding planning peace of mind...you’re welcome! (No thank-you note required.)
Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Ann Arbor, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:
Borrowed & Blue makes finding your ideal Ann Arbor, MI venue a snap. With over 445 venues within 80 miles of Ann Arbor, MI, we have your options covered. From intimate spaces to grand ballrooms to outdoor spots with a view, our search tool allows you to view photos and real weddings held at each location, read reviews from verified couples, and contact venues directly for pricing and availability