Celebrate Your Marriage, scheduled for May 17-18, 2020, at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Mich., has been postponed.

It was announced today (Wednesday, March 25, 2020) by Celebrate Ministries, Inc.

The postponement of the event is necessary as Grand Hotel announced that due to the travel restrictions and stay-at-home orders in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel will not be opening for business until May 22, 2020.

All ticket holders to Celebrate Your Marriage will have their tickets transferred to a tentative date for Celebrate Your Marriage, which is targeted for Summer 2020.

In addition, all ticket holders that have made reservations at Grand Hotel will have their entire hotel deposit refunded.

Grand Hotel is cancelling all reservations prior to May 22 and will be contacting all of its customers to issue refunds.

Celebrate Ministries and Grand Hotel are working together to reschedule Celebrate Your Marriage for a date in the Summer 2020 season at the same rate and price as was offered for the May event. Once details on a new date have been finalized, all information regarding pricing, hotel reservations, and guest speakers will be announced to ticket holders and the general public.

Ticket holders with any questions regarding Celebrate Your Marriage in May should contact Paul Thomas at paul@jayandlaura.com with any questions.

Life gets busy, and we know it’s challenging to plan time to get away as a couple so you can remember why you got married in the first place!

Jay and Laura Laffoon

You’re Invited

You are personally invited to Celebrate Your Marriage – a couples experience at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island! Married couples of all ages are invited to this one-of-a-kind event at this exclusive location May 17-18, 2020 where you will celebrate your marriage!

God intended marriage to be a beautiful relationship between a man and a woman that is designed to last for a lifetime. Healthy marriages are solid foundations for families, loyal partnerships, and mirror the kind of covenant God has for His people.

For over 20 years we have helped thousands of couples Celebrate their Marriage through laughter and growth together with challenging, funny, and relevant speakers … all while savoring time with each other at historic Grand Hotel.

Please join us!

Jay & Laura Laffoon

Our Promise To You

Special Guest, Jason Earls

Jason Earls is on a mission. The comedian from Virginia’s Eastern Seaboard doesn’t live to make you laugh; he makes you laugh to help you live.

A husband and the father of six children, Jason’s got a thing or two to say about how to navigate life. His warm personality and impeccable comedic timing have made him a favorite at comedy clubs, churches, businesses, and in front of students and members of the Armed Forces.

Once voted Seattle’s Favorite Comedian, Jason has also been featured on Focus On The Family’s Date Night Challenge, Trinity Broadcast Network, and the Date Night Comedy Tour. In addition, he was named ITM Live’s Best Comedian. He has been sought after to produce content for marriage and family events which have earned him the title, “Comedy Familiologist,” pointing back to his desire to connect with audiences from all walks of life.

Jason has performed throughout the country and abroad, and when he’s not on stage, he’s most likely with his wife, Terri, at one of their amazing kid’s ridiculous sports events in his home city of Dallas, Texas.

Step into a room where Jason commands a stage, and you will certainly experience something special — a refreshing brand of humor that really does help you live.

Learn more about Jason at JasonEarls.com

My wife and I attended Celebrate Your Marriage at Grand Hotel and loved it! It was well put together as well as wonderful bonding time with my wife. We plan to attend every May!


Thanks for another inspiring marriage conference. On the way home, we commented that we go to our tax accountant, financial planner and doctor for yearly check-ups and it is just as important to go to a yearly marriage check-up!  Then I had this little panicky feeling . . . what if Jay and Laura quit doing this every year?!  Then I said to myself . . . never mind worrying . . . you are all signed up for next year! Another reason we enjoy the conference is the humor… it is so good for our health and well-being to just laugh and to laugh about these differences in men and women that could cause friction! Thanks again, and we look forward to coming again next year.


Thank you for hosting the Celebrate Your Marriage Conference. My wife and I enjoyed our anniversary with you at the Grand Hotel. We had a great time. This was the first time for us at Grand Hotel as well as at Celebrate Your Marriage. What an excellent venue you have for this retreat! I can’t think of a better place to spend a weekend with my wife. Everything is top notch and we were well taken care of.

Pastor Jon

Our Schedule*

1:00-3:30 pm: Check-in and Registration, Art Gallery

2:30 pm: Thrivent Welcome Reception, Terrace Room

3:30 pm: Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade. Doors open to Theatre.

4:00-5:30 pm: Celebrate Your Marriage Opening Session with Jay & Laura Laffoon, Theatre

Please refer to Grand Hotel’s dress code for attire after 6:30pm

6:30-8:45 pm: Dinner is served in the Main Dining Room (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
(For guests not staying at Grand Hotel, please contact the hotel concierge for information and pricing.)

8:30 pm: Doors open to Theatre

9:00-10:00 pm: Celebrate Your Marriage Date Night with Jason Earls, Theatre

7:30-9:00 am: Breakfast is served in the Main Dining Room (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

8:30 am: Thrivent Breakfast, Cottage Restaurant

9:30 am: Doors open to Theatre

10:00-10:50 am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session with Jason Earls, Theatre

10:50 am: Break. Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.

11:15-11:59 am: Celebrate Your Marriage Closing Session with Jay & Laura Laffoon, Theatre

12:00-2:00 pm: The Grand Luncheon Buffet is served in the Main Dining Room (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

(All scheduled events during the VIP Experience require advance ticket purchase. In addition, all VIP Experience guests must secure hotel accommodations on Monday, May 18th.)

Please refer to Grand Hotel’s dress code for attire after 6:30pm

6:30 – 8:30 pm: VIP Dinner with Jay & Laura Laura Laffoon and Dustin and Bethany Riechmann, Terrace Room (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
(For guests not staying at Grand Hotel, please contact the hotel concierge for information and pricing.)

7:30-9:00 am: Breakfast is served in the Main Dining Room (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)

9:00 am: Doors open, Terrace Room

9:30-10:15 am: VIP Experience Session with Dustin and Bethany Riechmann, Grand Pavilion

10:15 am: Break. Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.

10:30 – 11:30 am: VIP Experience Q & A Session with Riechmanns and Laffoons, Grand Pavilion

11:30am: VIP Experience concludes (Note: The Grand Luncheon Buffet for Tuesday, May 19th, is NOT included with the VIP Experience. However, tickets for the buffet may be purchased. Please check with hotel concierge for pricing.)

*Schedule is subject to change.

Grand Hotel Accommodations

Grand Hotel 2020 Room Rate for Celebrate Your Marriage with Jay and Laura is $150.00 plus taxes per person daily based on adult 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. A deposit of $150.00 per reservation is required in order to hold your room.

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: All attendees to Celebrate Your Marriage are strongly encouraged to book their hotel reservations at Grand Hotel, as all meals, including the Grand Luncheon Buffet, are included with our special daily rate.

Attendees not staying at Grand Hotel will be required to pay the hotel’s daily admission fee ($10 per person, per day) in order to access all sessions.

In addition, non-hotel guests that wish to eat at Grand Hotel may do so according to the following prices: Breakfast – $30 per person; Grand Luncheon Buffet – $50 per person; Dinner – $85 per person). All rates are subject to Michigan sales tax (6%) and require advance reservations by contacting Grand Hotel or visiting the Concierge desk.

The VIP Experience is only available to guests staying at Grand Hotel.