Things To Do: River Walk

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Planning our Destination Detroit Wedding has really opened my eyes to all the interesting things the city has to offer. I hope to post some details of fun Detroit sites and activities for our out of town guests over the next few months.

It is hard to imagine it now in the cold weather, but the Detroit River Walk is a jumpin’ spot in the summer months. The Riverwalk is a paved walkway that extends 3 1/2 miles along the Detroit River. It just so happens to go right past the Omni Hotel, one of the hotels where we will have a room block. You can spend the day walking the Riverwalk, stopping at the sites along the walk, such as the Chene Park, Rivard Plaza and the Butterfly Gardens.

If walking isn’t adventurous enough for you, you can head to the Wheel House Detroit, rent a bicycle and ride it in style. The Wheel House has Cruisers, Hybrid and Tandem bikes. The rates range from $15-$28 for a two hour rental, depending on what kind of bike you want. They also have guided tours through different parts of Detroit City.

Spending time on the River Walk could be a really fun way to spend the day Saturday before our wedding. Just make sure you leave enough time to get pretty for the big event starting at 7:30pm.

Bridal Nightmares

Monday, November 23, 2009

I guess that it is pretty common to dream about your wedding day and even have a nightmare or two when the stress is high. I am not particularly stressed at this moment, but definitely had my first shocking bridal nightmare.

I dreamed that it was the day of the wedding. I was getting ready in my suite at the Omni Hotel in Detroit, bridal party all around chatting and getting beautiful. Then for some reason, I had “misplaced” my dress. Everyone in the room went frantic. Hotel employees and assistants were running around trying to find it, phone calls were being made to I don’t know who explaining that we might be late. Then, in walks a guy who very closely resembles Donnie Brown, one of the wedding planners on “Who’s Wedding is it Anyway”. He was holding a large garment bag up high like a trophy. A sigh of relief comes over all the other people in the room as he announces proudly, “I have it right here, everything is going to be ok.” Then he unzips the bag and reveals a gold sequin nightmare of the dress. I plead with him and try to tell him, “this is not my dress!” He looks at me calmly and says with a southern accent, “Well, honey, it is just too late and your just gonna have to wear this one.”

Ahhh! I need to get my designer on the phone, quick!

Wedding Day Transportation

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

As our Destination Detroit City Wedding planning moves further along, we have been trying to find a fun way to get all the out-of-towners to the wedding site and back to their hotels safe and sound on the wedding night. We would like our guests to be able to avoid rental cars and drawing straws for designated drivers. And we know the distractions on Woodward can be crash worthy.

It seems that party buses are all the rage these days. But the idea of having a limo style bus with a stripper pole as my wedding day transportation doesn’t sit well with me. We have been researching different shuttle services and I think we have found the one. A BIG RED Trolley! It holds up to 40 passengers, which will hopefully be enough room to get our whole group to the ceremony on time. The air conditioned, padded seat trolley will run loops for the remainder of the evening to make sure that all of our guests arrive safe and sound back at their hotels.


Photo Sites

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Considered the symbol of Detroit, the 26-foot statue sculpted by Marshall Fredericks in the 1950s depicts a seated man holding a sphere in one hand and a family group in the other. It is located by the City-County Building at the base of Woodward Avenue, across Jefferson Avenue from the GM Renaissance Center. The statue's plaque reads, "Through the spirit of man is manifested in the family, the noblest human relationship." Link

A Destination Detroit Wedding must include wedding photos at famous Detroit landmarks. We had a couple of sites in mind that were “must sees” during our recent trip. The Spirit of Detroit and The Fist being two of these. We didn’t have a lot of time to go site seeing, so we planned to do a drive by. Well we ended up staying longer than planned because we got in a fender bender right in front of The Fist! We drove right into the back of an SUV with a trailer hitch in Evan’s Mom’s car…oops. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Dedicated on October 16, 1986, Monument to Joe Louis was commissioned by Time Inc. for the City of Detroit to honor Joe Louis. The monument is a 24-foot long arm and fist held in balanced suspension from a pyramidal support of bronze poles. Weighing approximately 8,000 lb., it rises 24 feet above a major downtown intersection. Link

Our interest in the Fist came from its appearance in the opening credits of the HBO show, Hung. The beginning of the show starts with its star walking by different Detroit landmarks including a Coney Island restaurant and under the People Mover. I just love the idea of our wedding photos including recognizable Detroit sites. Other ideas for wedding photo sites include the Riverplace Walk overlooking the Canadian Skyline and riding in the People Mover.

The Dress

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

(Oscar De La Renta)
For most brides, the dress is one of the most important aspects of the wedding. They spend hours trying on dress after dress. I've seen those Bridezilla shows. I know what goes on at a dress fitting. There is almost always a meltdown at the dress shop. Mothers and daughters can't agree, the bridesmaids get bored and act annoying. I am so happy that I don't have to go through all of that. Don't get me wrong, the dress is very very important to me and I always love a shopping day with my girls. I simply do not have to stress about a dress. At least that is one thing that I can mark of my list of wedding things to stress about.

I feel that I need to announce officially that my brother is making my dress. We were supposed to talk dress at the Engagement Party a few weeks ago, but things were really hectic, so last week I sent him this email:

So I know you are busy, being on Oprah and everything, but when is it going to be all about me? lol I'm kind of kidding. Actually, I wanted to talk dress, since I don't know when I will see you again. Here are the pictures of the dresses that I would like to inspire my dress....

Not many girls can email their dress designers with dress-spirations when ever they feel like it. I am a very lucky bride. The little joke in this email came from something my brother said right after he won Project Runway. He told Sweet Pee (fellow PR Contestant) "My sister better not get engaged or anything because this year is all about me." Well, he had 2008 and 2009, so I put dibs on 2010! He can have the spotlight back in 2011.

(imagine this in white, from my brother's new collection as seen on Oprah!)

(imagine this longer and in white, also from my brother's new collection)

Michigan Trip

Monday, November 2, 2009

Being an out of town bride can be a little tricky. I am finding this out as I am planning my "Destination Detroit" wedding. When picking wedding vendors, we have to go off of who has the best website or who sent me enough spam mail for me to notice. We also have to do most of our communicating through email. That can makes things a little tricky. Fortunately, our venue, the DSO, has recommended some wonderful caterers that they work with on a regular basis. But for florist, photographers, djs and everything else, we are kind of on our own. We do know some people in the area that have given recommendations, thank goodness. It is still a bit tricky trying to narrow those down from afar.

To my excitement, we are headed for Michigan this weekend and have a million meetings scheduled. We will meet with florists, caterers, photographers, look at hotels, seek out things to do in down town Detroit and scope possible wedding picture sites. We will also be testing out transportation via shuttles and airport service companies. That is a lot in 4 days. Oh yeah, and did I mention we are also visiting family in the Detroit area and in Grand Rapids? It is going to be a whirl wind trip. I can't wait!