I grew up vacationing in Northern Michigan, and it holds a special place in my heart. I mean, it's just such a beautiful gem! So when we were looking for wedding venues, I had two requirements: Northern Michigan and a view of the water. I came ...
across Visions, and soon as I saw the view, that was it.... Sold. The ballroom is beautiful and what makes it even more jaw-dropping is that one wall is completely lined with windows, leaving a stunning view of the West Grand Traverse Bay.
Besides the beautiful view, what I loved most about Visions was their all-in-one package, including: ceremony, reception, tables/linens/chairs, catering, bartenders, DJ, cake cutting service, day-of-wedding coordinator. They made it a breeze to plan the wedding 4 hours out of town.
As for the ceremony, indoor and outdoor locations are available, both equally beautiful.
You have to bring in your own alcohol, which saves you ton of money on your bar service. They have a good partnership with Dockside, who will deliver and pick up all alcohol for only $25. We had an open bar for 100 people for less than $600, and we still had plenty left over to take home.
Jo & Chris (wedding coordinators) were extremely helpful! At the rehearsal and the day of, we were running a little behind, so these two lovely ladies stepped in and helped with whatever was needed. They definitely went above and beyond, I can't thank them enough. They ensured everything got back on schedule, and it all ran smoothly from there.
Bob was also excellent. He was super patient with my calls/emails of endless questions. He gave me such a reassurance about all the details. Additionally, he was extremely flexible with us! Very kind heart.
Now the food... Oh my the food! Nearly two months after the wedding we are STILL receiving compliments! The food is seriously fantastic, and is not your typical wedding food. We had the chicken cordon bleu and roast beef. Visions also has two tastings a year, and make sure you go with an empty stomach, you will want to try everything!
Back to the view. If you think it's stunning already, wait til you see it at night. The night of our reception I stepped onto the balcony overlooking the water, and it took my breath away. You can see the moon and stars reflecting in the water, with the lights from the boats glistening. It's very romantic. Simply stunning.
Some things to be aware of: Hors'derves for cocktail hour are not included in the package, but are a very reasonably priced add on. Also, when budgeting, don't forget to add in the 18% gratuities and taxes (our taxes/gratuities totaled $2000 of our total bill of $12000). However, this is still a great value. You can't beat getting your ceremony, reception, DJ, bar, coordinator all in one palace for one package price. The only vendor I really had to find was a photographer. Oh and the cake, but Visions provided us with excellent recommendations.
Overall, our wedding was amazing thanks to the staff at Visions and all of our guests had a great time. They kept complimenting the location, and of course the view. Visions worked great for our "wedding weekend", as there are so many things to see and do in Northern Michigan (our guests definitely took advantage of that!).
If you're looking for a venue with an all-in-one package deal, great location, stunning view, amazing staff, and delicious food, look no further. Call Bob and ask for a tour of Visions, you won't be disappointed!