Wedding Theme: Celebrate Michigan

In our daily lives, Chris and I try to support local, independently-owned restaurants and businesses. Buying local, especially local food, is better for the economy (because more money stays in the community rather than going to national or international corporations), the environment (because less fuel is needed to transport the products), and often your health (because food is fresher and more likely to be free of pesticides and other chemicals).  Plus, it’s fun to interact with business owners and employees who really care about their jobs, their communities, and their customers.

For our reception, we’re excited to be serving truly excellent food and drink from the great state of Michigan. You can look forward to:

  • An Italian-style buffet from Paesano, a family-owned Ann Arbor restaurant. We’ll work with their chef to create a menu based on local, seasonal produce from Southeast Michigan – fresh and delicious!
  • Cake and cupcakes  made by baking genius Mary Rasmussen, owner of the Jefferson Market and Cakery in Ann Arbor
  • Wine from Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson, Michigan
  • A beer selection including Bell’s Oberon Ale, Michigan Nut Brown Ale from the Michigan Brewing Company, and Labatt’s Blue (Canada is practically Michigan, right?)

We’re trying to incorporate Michigan-owned companies for other elements of the wedding too, like my dress, the flowers, and our rings. It’s not always easy or possible to find Michigan products that fit our budget, so it won’t be a completely MI-themed wedding, but it’s a fun challenge.

To find more Michigan companies and products, visit the Buy Michigan Now website. If you don’t live in Michigan, try searching for “[your area] local first” to find local businesses.

Looking forward to celebrating with you! My mouth is watering already.  -Katie


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary Jo Maksym on June 2, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Katie,
    Thank you for inviting us to your wedding! I really enjoyed ready your web page and your philosophy and approach to celebrate this wonderful occasion. I look forward to your shower on Sunday.

    Have a great day!
    Mary Jo


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