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How to Plan a Classic Wedding in Michigan

How to Plan a Classic Wedding in Michigan

There is something about classic wedding photos that make us feel nostalgic and innocent, hearkening back to a simpler time. No wonder we find that engaged couples gravitate toward the elegance of a wedding style that draws on classic decor, food, dress and ambiance.

Luckily, crisp, elegant, and memorable weddings never go out of style – it’s about looking past all the fads and choosing elements that have remained truly timeless. These styling tips will help you plan a wedding that transcends time by incorporating traditional and classic touches in a fresh way that’s still very “now” in a style we at the Vineyard at 12 Corners call Classic Elegance.































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Choose An Elegant Backdrop

When it comes to choosing a venue, think elegant and simple – a subtle canvas upon which you can layer some more traditional and classic elements without it feeling over-done. At southwest Michigan wedding venue, The Vineyard at 12 Corners, we find that the combination of a classic white tent and the additional touch of a winery, perhaps with wine-themed decor, set against a view of the vineyard, create a perfect backdrop for a classically elegant wedding. 



































Keep Decor Timeless 

Classic neutrals like black, white, and grey can be blended with deeper colors like navy and emerald hues for effect, and you might incorporate metallics for an upscale, extra-elegant feeling. Light, summery colors can work, too – in this case, blending soft shades like pink, white, and natural tan can create a romantic feeling.  






















Floral arrangements will often center around well-known flowers like roses, dahlias, hydrangeas and peonies, often in a simple color palette and large arrangements. You can’t go wrong incorporating florals into table decor, along with small touches like chargers and flat napkin folds to add extra sophistication to tablescapes. Additional touches like personalized guest books in colors and lettering that match invitations and guest place cards can be a nice touch. 

































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Whatever you do, don’t overlook lighting: luxurious, elegant elements like large chandeliers add flair, while more delicate details like string lights and lots of candles add to the romance. When used together in the right combinations, your lighting scheme can guarantee great photos.  



































A Traditional Experience

When it comes to the itinerary, a Classic Elegance wedding typically sticks to the tried-and-true. At the Vineyard at 12 Corners we find that most couples planning a Classically Elegant wedding choose to offer a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a full bar with a signature cocktail or two and a traditional seated dinner. If a late-night snack is on the menu, it’s usually a caterer-created option that’s easy for guests to grab. Traditional, tiered wedding cakes are common in this style of wedding as well. 






















You’ll likely lean into the most recognizable order of events, too, from the toasts and speeches to classic wedding dances. If you do choose to shake things up by changing the typical lineup or incorporating unusual activities, keep those surprises sparing to maximize impact and maintain the classic feel.


































Let’s Get Started

Ready to bring Classic Elegance to your wedding at the Vineyard at 12 Corners? Our beautiful, elegant winery setting offers the perfect backdrop for the timeless wedding of your dreams, with plenty of flexibility to use the space in creative ways to make your experience unforgettable. Contact us and we’ll get started!

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Philip

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Philip










Melissa and Philip were married on July 21st











Wedding Photography was done by Lauren Crawford.












The wedding party included eight bridesmaids












and eight groomsmen.





















Because of the weather, the couple utilized their rain plan for the ceremony. Two rows of chairs were put on the dance floor and most guests watched from their tables.













































A chair in the front row was dedicated to the bride’s grandfather.










































The wedding program handout doubled as a personal fan.














































The groom was escorted by his mother.















































The bride was escorted by her father.



The groom’s father was the officiant.

Their wedding cake was ordered from Amisha Mays.


Transportation was through B&W Charters.


Guests left messages using metallic markers on this wooden decoration with their last initial printed on it.


Guests found their seats by referring to a printed gold framed poster.


For their head table, they rented a Napa from 1928 Planning Co.


Table numbers were printed in gold frames.



Centerpieces featured floating white candles, tea light candles, and long strips of greenery with light pink and white flowers.


Florals were done by Stem’s Market.


Guests received a bundle of Hershey’s Kisses on their place setting.


This embroidery hoop decoration was hung on the bar.


Cocktail tables were decorated with gold, geometric vases and tea lights.


Lighting was done by Schades of Light


Wine barrels were from 1928 Planning Co.


Alcohol and bartending service was provided by Beverage Specialists.


The DJ was with Wiser Productions.



Thank you to Melissa and Philip Champion for choosing our venue to celebrate their wedding.


Vineyard Wedding: Elizabeth & Dave

Vineyard Wedding: Elizabeth & Dave

Elizabeth and Dave were married on July 7th, 2018.





















They had one bridesmaid and one groomsmen.


The bride was escorted by her parents.


Two elegantly potted plants served in place of the traditional arch.


There were two officiants.


The guests were given small bubble containers to blow after the ceremony.


Two baskets containing bubbles and paper fans were set out on a chair next to a decorative stack of crates.


The centerpieces consisted of a wine bottle, a bundle of flowers in a wine glass and a photo that depicted the table ‘number’.


The bride and groom sat at a sweetheart table.


The tables featured white linens with a purple plate-folded napkin. The meal through CK Catering was family style.


The couple chose a live band called The Bluewater Kings to play at the reception.


They added a second tent from AAY’s Event Rental for the bar to be outside of the main tent space.


Alcohol and bartending service was provided by Beverage Specialists, with the wine coming from 12 Corners Winery.


The cake and desserts were from Froelich Bakery.


They chose to have a wide variety of individual desserts as well as a traditional wedding cake.


Photography was done by Kitty Lee Photography.

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Frank

Vineyard Wedding: Melissa & Frank

Frank and Melissa.


Frank and Melissa were married on September 22, 2018.


There were about 120 guests attending. Click here to view their layout.



Their comically cool wedding at the vineyard began with their ceremony at 4:30pm.


Crystal Florist provided these lily based arrangements as well as all florals.


This couple had a love for Marvel, specifically the Hulk.


As guests arrived to the tent, they picked out their name to find their table number.

They went for a clean white linen with an ivory napkin in a flat fold. Dinner style was buffet.

A glass bowl filled with clear decorative rocks with flower heads placed on top served as the centerpiece upon a natural wood platter.


The welcome handout was a Hulk shade of green.


The barrels and arch were rentals from 1928 Planning Co.


For dessert, they served cupcakes from Mimi’s cupcakes. Placing them on a tower like this is a cute alternative to the traditional wedding cake. The topper features a silhouette of Hulk and his wife and Melissa and Frank’s three cats.


They chose to decorate the tent with a package from Schades of Light.


Photography was done by Sweet Lemon Drop.

The wedding party consisted of six bridesmaids and eleven groomsmen.


The photobooth was done by Flip N Sweet.


They had an elegant card box.


Bartending was done by Beverage Specialists, with wine coming from 12 Corners.


27 Entertainment was the DJ for their wedding.

Again… Sweet Lemon Drop Photography.


Melissa and Frank’s fun personalities were excellently incorporated into their wedding.


Thank you for letting our team here at White Space Events and 1928 Planning Company be apart of your wedding day.


Vineyard Wedding: Alda & Davis

Vineyard Wedding: Alda & Davis



On July 21, 2017, Alda and Davis were married at 12 Corners Vineyards. The couple and their 150 wedding guests celebrated at the Vineyard at 12 Corners.


















































Their wedding photographer was Michael Koch Photography. His work is amazing; check him out here:



It is rare that a couple decides to walk down the aisle together, but we absolutely loved it. It really gives impression that they are in this together.



Their officiant was a family friend.



There were seven bridesmaids and five groomsmen. If your party numbers aren’t symmetrical, this can be an easily worked into the lineup by walking in groups of three.



The wedding party wore sage colored dresses and light grey suits. All of the floral colors were soft pastels to go along with the theme. Florals were done by Kelsey Zielke.



Adding a personalized chalkboard, this one rented from 1928 Planning Company, helps transition the space from ceremony to reception.



They opted to have a 48” round sweetheart table, with chairs that matched the rest of the reception’s.



This combination of mini cheesecakes and gourmet donuts looks gorgeous and tastes even better. The desserts were done by Amanda Marie’s Bakery. The natural wood towers gave a rustic touch to the display.



The bridesmaid’s bouquets were set in vases on the tables as centerpieces. This is a great way to get more use out of your florals and the girls can still take them home at the end of the night.



Beverage Specialists of Southwest Michigan are our exclusive bartending service.


The DJ chosen to keep this dance floor full of fun was a friend of theirs, DJ Awa.


This large piece of lightly stained wood served as their guest book. Once its full of messages from your family and friends, I imagine it would make a lovely home decor piece.



The tables were a simple white linen with a dusty rose colored napkin in a flat fold. The dinner service package through CK Catering was buffet style. A late night snack of sub sandwiches and cheese and crackers was served.



The tent was lit by the Schades of Light cafe bulbs that were strung across the width of it.




Thank you to Alda and Davis for choosing our venue for their happy occasion. This wedding was one to remember.


Vineyard Wedding: Jake & Kaitlin

Vineyard Wedding: Jake & Kaitlin


Jake and Kaitlin were married on September 16, 2017. The following photo collection describes many of their choices on this day.



The Ceremony began at 4:00pm in the orchard.



Their arch was from The Rental Company in Holland, MI. They chose to have petals sprinkled down the aisle to brighten up the grass. The florals were all done by Flower Girl Floral & Events, also based out of Holland. Kaitlin was escorted by her Dad.



Nine bridesmaids and nine groomsman were included in the lineup. The blush colored dresses and the navy colored suits reflected their chosen wedding colors of blush, navy, and gold. The ladies’ dresses were the same hue but were all different cuts and styles.



The chalkboard was placed behind the last row of chairs. It was a 1928 Planning Co. rental.


This budget friendly sign was simple to make (just stain a pallet board and paint your welcome message with white paint) and adds a rustic touch to their cocktail space.


These elegant handouts made sure every guest was included on what was occuring during the ceremony.


The loveseat at their sweetheart table is a 1928 Planning Co. rental.



They chose a plated package through CK Catering. The gold chargers were also selected from CK Catering. The gold color is also seen with the candle-lantern in the centerpiece. The tables were labeled with wine bottles, rather than numbered.



Guests picked up this gold bordered name card made from a wine cork that indicated which table to sit at.



This three tiered white wedding cake was created by C’est La Vie Cakes, based out of South Bend, IN. Notice the elegant pillars that hold up each layer.



Having large floral chandeliers that hung from the peak of the tent frame added to the beauty of the outdoor setting. The lighting decor was done by Schades of Light. Schades can be booked through 1928 Planning Co.


Just outside the tent is the full set of lounge furniture that was rented through 1928 Planning Company. Their cocktail tables had blush pink linens, cinched with a strip of greenery and decorated with a photo in memory of their loved ones who were married before them. The cafe bulbs that are strung in between the two trees will be sufficient light for their guests to continue to enjoy this area after the sun has set.



As the guests begin to hit the dancefloor, the cafe bulbs that were strung by Schades of Light are lighting up the tent beautifully now that night is upon them. Their chosen DJ was from Kaleidoscope Events.



This is perhaps one of the most unique photobooths you can book. This husband and wife duo will travel to you, bringing their vintage van filled with photobooth props to have an extra special take home piece for your guests. For more information visit .



Creating a wedding hashtag was a great way to ensure Jake and Kaitin will be able to find all the pictures their guests had taken at their wedding.



This unique bar sign stayed on theme. All liquor and bartenders were provided by Beverage Specialists of Southwest Michigan.



This napa table and easel were also from 1928 Planning Co. They left a message for their guests to leave them some words for them to read on their anniversary.



All photography featured in this post was done by Rebekah Albaugh. Visit to learn more.



We want to thank Jake and Kaitlin for choosing our venue to begin their future together. What a lovely wedding!