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 June 28-29th, 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

Dr Greg and Erin Smalley

Special Guests, Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley

Dr. Greg Smalley serves as the vice president of Marriage at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. Prior to joining Focus, Smalley worked for the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University and as president of the National Institute of Marriage. He is the author of 12 books including Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage and Fight Your Way to a Better Marriageand he is the co-author of The DNA of Relationships for Couples.

Erin Smalley serves as the strategic marriage spokesperson for Focus on the Family’s marriage ministry, where she develops content for the marriage department.

Smalley is also an author and conference speaker. She presents with her husband, Dr. Greg Smalley, at marriage enrichment seminars where they guide couples in taking steps toward enjoying deeply satisfying marriages. She also speaks to women on faith, family and the importance of healthy friendships.

Before starting at Focus in 2011, Smalley served on staff at the Center for Relationship Enrichment at John Brown University. She also conducted marriage intensives with her husband and counseled women individually.

Smalley has published numerous articles for ParentLife, HomeLife and Marriage Partnership magazines. She has been a featured guest on Focus on the Family’s “Daily Broadcast” and Moody Radio’s “Midday Connection.”

Smalley’s first solo book, “10 Things a Husband Needs from His Wife,” released in November 2017. She co-authored the books “Grown-Up Girlfriends,” “Before You Plan Your Wedding… Plan Your Marriage,” “Ready to Wed,” “The Wholehearted Wife” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage.”

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 Bob Tagatz, 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 Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, 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, 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, Grand Pavilion

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

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

11:30am: VIP Experience concludes (Note: The Grand Luncheon Buffet for Tuesday, June 30th, 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.

The celebration begins June 28th!