Michigan-Made Rules

I was discussing the development of this blog with some friends of mine the other night and one of them asked,

“So, just how ‘Michigan-made’ does everything need to be? Does your dress have be made here? Do all of the ingredients of all the foods have to be local?”

Pondering the meaning of Michigan-made.

Hmm. Somehow, with all of the thinking and re-thinking and over-thinking I thought I’d done about our wedding thus far, defining “Michigan-made” hadn’t really occurred to me. As someone who has never…shall we say,Β gravitated toward rules, setting the guidelines for our Michigan-made wedding manifesto wasn’t a natural first step.

But if there is anything that my time working in the public sector taught me, it’s that setting rules in advance can help make all sorts of would-be issues intoΒ non-issues down the line. And if we’re going to proclaim to the world that we’re having a Michigan-made wedding, I guess we’d better decide what that means.

So without any further ado, here are the guidelines by which we’ll be bound during our Michigan-made wedding planning:

  • We will do our best to have a purely Michigan wedding. This means:
    • We intend for all of our vendors, that is, the people, companies and organizations to whom we might hand a check, to be located in Michigan.
    • If all of the products purchased from these vendors are made in

      Are adorable wedding shoes made anywhere in Michigan? I don't know, but if the answer is "no," I'm not going barefoot.

      Michigan, this is even better. Produce, flowers, drinks, and all other products that are obviously available in Michigan will be chosen over out-of-state alternatives. However, if there is only one Michigan tuxedo-maker and he makes $4,000 tuxedos…well, we’ll probably be renting non-Michigan made tuxes from a local, Michigan-owned shop.

    • On that note, we’re not millionaires, so what we can afford will certainly be taken into consideration when choosing vendors. That doesn’t mean we can’t dream out loud about all of the great options we have.
    • Our love of Michigan is our wedding’s theme, and the look, feel and taste of the event is meant to clearly convey that.
    • The whole idea of a Michigan-made wedding is to celebrate the state we love and all of the talents and amenities available here. We hope this blog gives us the opportunity to show off the abundance of products, beauty and style we have here, whether or not we’re able to choose every option available or not.
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14 Responses to Michigan-Made Rules

  1. Suzy says:

    This is the best idea ever! Can’t wait to read more!!

  2. Brother says:

    Great job on the blog. For what it’s worth this Texan loves Michigan!!!

  3. Charissa Fields says:

    I love this blog, I can’t wait to read more posts. Yes the shoes are cute!!!

  4. Suban says:

    πŸ™‚ Awesome! Those shoes? Also awesome!

  5. Charissa says:

    lol thanks…I love the writers too. πŸ™‚

  6. Nick says:

    Natalie! I totally agree with your ideas on what you would consider Michigan made, as we discussed I am sure you are more than thrilled about some Michigan made beverages…you could do a post just about that one! I think you and Mike need to start recording and make this reality tv…I am sure you could get some sponsors. πŸ˜‰

    • natalieburg says:

      Seriously Nick, there could be several posts about Michigan beer and wine. We’re such fanatics, it’s probably not even something we should admit. You start working on that TV show, and I’ll start practicing my theatrical bridzilla meltdowns. πŸ™‚

  7. Amanda Lossing (Porter) says:

    Natalie…I know you know this but one thing to keep in mind too when planning, and picking venues and whatnot is one thing Michigan is known for is the Great Lakes and you just happen to have grown up on one…..and probably have many memories on it too! I went with a traditional church wedding and kinda of regret it! I wish we would have gotten married at the beach or on the beach! Go with your heart when planning and don’t let anyone make plans for you or get in the way of your dream day!

  8. Amanda Lossing (Porter) says:

    Oh by the way….beautiful shoes!

  9. Natalie and Mike,
    I would love the chance to talk with you about your Made in Michigan Wedding and Tuxedo Rentals from Brighton Tux Shop a locally owned and operated Tuxedo store for the past 36 years! Our warehouse that supplies us is also Michigan owned and operated since 1944.
    ~Rick Bourbonais

  10. Kate says:

    A couple of thoughts for you if you haven’t already covered your flowers. Michigan has plenty of beautiful native flowers to choose from. A local Michigan company that could provide you with some resources in that direction is Native Plant Nursery located in Ann Arbor. They carry native perennials grown from native Michigan seed sources. You can’t get more Michigan then that! Those perennials would create beautiful cut flower bouquets. In addition, another flower source you might want to consider is from another Michigan grower called Four Star the grower of a popular brand called Proven Winners that those of us who are gardners will start seeing on the shelves at garden centers and nurseries very soon. Just think outside the box in terms of using annuals and perennials in your wedding in a different way. If you need any more help just let me know, I am a local landscape architect with plenty of ideas and plenty of Michigan wedding designs under my belt.

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