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Celebrate Your Marriage – October 2018

October 7, 2018 - October 8, 2018


Join us to Celebrate Your Marriage
Presented by Thrivent Financial

You Don’t Want to Miss This

Held at luxurious Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, the schedule ensures there’s plenty of connecting time for the two of you. The Laffoons’ Celebrate Your Marriage Conference is designed to be an incredible two-day retreat just for you and your spouse.

Your hosts, Jay & Laura Laffoon

Using true stories, interviews, research, and years of experience, the Laffoons equip couples with the tools they need to nurture one another. Combining humor, music, and lots of honesty, the Jay & Laura’s “Celebrate Your Marriage” is designed for married couples of all ages. Meet Jay & Laura.

Special Guests: Gary & Lisa Heim, True North Ministries

Gary & Lisa authored True North which offers a unique, biblical paradigm that encourages readers to turn to God in the frustrations of life. Frustration often causes us to “go south.” We grumble and grasp. God calls us to “go north” and respond to hardship with wisdom and redemptive love. Combining biblical insight with personal stories, practical help, and compelling examples, True North will help readers turn from self-centered grumbling and grasping to Christ-centered gratitude and giving.

Gary is pastor of small groups and discipleship at Blythefield Hills Church in Rockford, Michigan where he has served for over twenty years. He is also a Limited Licensed Psychologist in the state of Michigan.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Michigan where she has had a private practice for the last twenty-five years.

Gary and Lisa have been married for over 30 years and have two adult children. Together they speak, lead retreats, counsel and write to help people find their way through the struggles of life.

Special Guests: Free Shrugs Improv

More than a complimentary lift of the shoulders, Free Shrugs Improv is a team of performers dedicated to providing clean comedy and family friendly entertainment. Their presentation includes an interactive series of skits and games based on your suggestions. The result is an experience of hilarious fun and laughter you won’t soon forget!


Sunday, October 7th, 2018

3:30pm: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade. Doors open to session.
4:00pm: Opening Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
6:30pm: Dinner in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00pm: The Ultimate Date Night with Jay & Laura and featuring Free Shrugs Clean Comedy Improv!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session featuring Gary & Lisa Heim
10:30am: Complementary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.
11:00am: Closing Session presented by Jay & Laura Laffoon
12:30pm: The Grand Luncheon Buffet in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

Optional Add-On Schedule


2:00pm: *Behind the Scenes Tour with Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz (*Limited to 12 couples – tickets available 9/24/18.)

6:30pm: Private Dinner with Jay & Laura in the Grand Pavilion
A message from Jay & Laura over dessert.
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)


7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session 2 featuring Gary & Lisa Heim

10:00am: “Movies on Mackinac” presented by Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz

11:00am: Wrapping it all up with Jay & Laura

Schedule is subject to change

Pricing Details

Price Deadline: Thru Aug 6 Aug 7 thru Sep 6 Sep 7 thru Oct 7
Conference Tickets $69/person $89/person $99/person
Post-conference Add-on $49/person $49/person $49/person


2018 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura is $140 plus taxes per person daily based on double occupancy. 19.5% hotel added charge and Michigan 6% Sales Tax applies to all charges. There is also a 2% Mackinac Island Assessment charge on the per person daily room. There is a one-time charge of $8.50 per person for transfer of luggage from the dock to the Hotel and return.

Grand Hotel operates on the Modified American Plan. This means that your daily rate includes breakfast and dinner. The Grand Luncheon Buffet is also included in the rate for day two of the conference only. You will reserve your room directly with Grand Hotel with a special form by email, fax or postal mail after you register for the event.  A link to the room reservation form will be included on your confirmation email.

Please note: Grand Hotel charges an admission fee of $10/person unless you are a registered guest of the Hotel.




Receive email confirmation and your 2018 Grand Hotel Room Reservation Form. Submit your form to reserve your room at Grand Hotel.


Receive email notice with a link to your discount ferry coupon. Buy your ferry tickets and check the schedule to plan your trip to Mackinac Island.


Join us at Grand Hotel! Registration is open at the hotel from 1:00pm – 4:00pm in the Art Gallery.


October 7, 2018
October 8, 2018
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Grand Hotel
286 Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
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(800) 334-7263