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!

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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

Conference Ticket Pricing Details

Conference Tickets Through April 17, 2020

$79.00 per person

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Conference Tickets April 17 through May 18, 2020

$99.00 per person

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VIP Experience Add-on Through April 17, 2020

$59.00 per person

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VIP Experience Add-on April 17 through May 18, 2020

$79.00 per person

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Get ready to Celebrate!

Step 1

Buy your tickets to the Celebrate Your Marriage Conference.

Prepare for an unforgettable experience with your spouse.

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Step 2

Reserve your room at Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel is where you’ll take a step away from it all and unwind in the warm hospitality that has been charming guests since 1887.

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Step 3

Buy your discounted Sheplers Ferry tickets.

You’ll receive a coupon 2 weeks before the event.

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Step 4

Get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Couples leave Celebrate Your Marriage energized, engaged, and healthy spiritually, resulting in healthy marriages that are an inspiration to others.

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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!

Dave

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.

Louise

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

VIP Experience Guest Speakers: Dustin and Bethany Riechmann

The Riechmann are co-founders of Engaged Marriage and authors of the 15-Minute Marriage Makeover. Their passion is providing practical tools that you can use to keep your marriage fresh and fully “engaged” even when life gets hectic.

Dustin grew up with an alcoholic and abusive Dad.  His childhood memories center on “escaping” during the night before his Dad would arrive home, and the drunken rage and chaos that would follow when he and his Mom didn’t make it out.

His parents finally split up when he was 12 years after a particularly bad night involving the police and guns.  At the time, Dustin felt like this was a God-send since “marriage” only seemed like a trap that kept the abuse coming for his Mom.

After convincing Bethany to give him a chance in high school, romance ensued and a sappy love story began.  Along with a beautiful girl, Dustin gained something much more important in the process…the gift of Faith.

With Bethany at this side, Dustin got baptized and join the Church in college.  Through the example of her parents, he also saw the beauty of God’s true plan for marriage.

And in the ultimate twist of fate, Dustin and Bethany stood as attendants at a very special wedding… the remarriage of Dustin’s parents after 10 years apart and a newfound sobriety for his father.

Listen in to an interview with Dustin and Bethany Riechmann on The Married For Life Podcast here.

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

The 2020 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura not yet availabe. However, to give you an idea of what to expect, the 2019 was $145 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. 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 May 17th!
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