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Celebrate Your Marriage Conference – May 2019

May 19 - May 20

Join us to Celebrate Your Marriage
Presented by Thrivent Financial

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!

At our Celebrate Your Marriage Conference, not only will you experience high-quality programming through engaging speakers and entertainers, you’ll enjoy plenty of one-on-one time with your spouse at one of the most romantic hotels in America! The bonus is that you’ll return home knowing how to celebrate and strengthen 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.

Our Promise to You:

  • You and your spouse will experience intentional time away to enjoy each other and fall in love all over again.
  • You and your spouse will celebrate the relationship you have and come away with ways to grow as a couple.
  • You and your spouse will live out the kind of marriage God intended.
  • Your expectations will be exceeded with a heartfelt and unforgettable experience, leaving you eagerly anticipating your return to another Celebrate Your Marriage Conference.

Get ready to Celebrate!

  1. Buy your tickets to the Celebrate Your Marriage Conference.
  2. Reserve your room at Grand Hotel where you’ll take a step away from it all and unwind in the warm hospitality that has been charming guests since 1887.
  3. Buy your ferry tickets to this one-of-a-kind location.
  4. Get ready to CELEBRATE!

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

Pricing Details

Price Deadline: Now thru Apr 18 Apr 19 thru May 19
Conference Tickets $79/person $99/person
VIP Experience Add-on $49/person $69/person

Couples who’ve attended say it best!

My wife and I shared the Celebrate your Marriage and loved it. It was very well put together and it was some wonderful bonding time with my wife and I. The food was fabulous too. This is something we will plan on attending every May and have booked already for next year. After getting home we shared with our family all about how much fun we had and my sister and brother in law are coming with us next May. Can’t wait for the couple photo’s to be posted. We are going to glue our “marble” on our frame for remembrance of this weekend. Thank you for sharing this weekend with me and my best friend!!   ~ Dave

We love coming to Celebrate your Marriage at the Grand, and we come back year after year : ) We always take home some good teachings, even if they are reminders of things we’ve learned before. Marriage takes effort, we always need to remember the others needs. Most importantly you remind us to keep God at the center. Thank You, you guys are awesome!   ~ Barb

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, Jay & Laura’s “Celebrate Your Marriage” is designed for married couples of all ages. Meet Jay & Laura.

Special Guest: Joe Castillo, Sand Story Artist

Joe Castillo is an expert on crafting a story in the best way. He has applied his creative genius to the challenge of communication. His unique content stimulates the mind, creative SandStories capture the eye, powerful music engages the ear and success stories grip the heart.

Joe is a gifted speaker, entertaining and captivating hundreds of thousands of people. He has mastered the ability to share his art stories in a way that inspires, motivates and touches the heart.

Listen in to our Married For Life Podcast episode with Joe – Transform your marriage and transform the world!

Learn more about Joe at Sandstory.com


Sunday, May 19th, 2019

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 Joe Castillo!

Monday, May 20th, 2019

7:30am: Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
(included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
9:00am: Wake Up & Celebrate! Session featuring Joe Castillo
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)

VIP Experience Add-On Schedule


6:30pm: Private Dinner with Jay & Laura
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)

10:00am: Session TBA

11:00am: Wrap Up

Schedule is subject to change

VIP Experience Guest Speakers: Keith and Shaundra Rushing

Keith and Shaundra Rushing have been business owners since 1992. They ran a successful distribution business from 1992-2002. In 2002 they decided to build a manufacturing facility and make their own products. By 2006 they had locations in Louisiana and South Carolina and in 2009 they sold their business. Since that time they have been investing in advancing God’s Kingdom all over the world.

Keith and Shaundra say, “according to the world’s view we were successful, but according to a biblical view, we were miserable failures. Our marriage was filled with addiction and infidelity. We were a train wreck looking for a place to happen. But thank God we knew the only way out was through Jesus.”

We know what it’s like to try a marriage relationship without a proper relationship with Christ. Sooner or later it will come crashing down because a house built on the wrong foundation will not hold up. The Rushings were married in 1978 and for 23 years tried marriage their own way. In 2001 they filed for divorce and almost lost each other and their family.

The Rushings thank God they looked to the only One who could help our dire situation. They didn’t have any answers but they knew who had all the answers. Shaundra ran to Him first and with God’s help, they both came after Keith. The Rushings just celebrated 40 years of marriage with 3 beautiful Godly children, two beautiful Godly daughters-in-law, and 4 work – in – process grandchildren!


The 2019 Grand Hotel Room Rate for Celebrate with Jay & Laura is $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: Grand Hotel charges an admission fee of $10/person unless you are a registered guest of the Hotel.

Celebrate Your Marriage May 2019


Grand Hotel
286 Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
+ Google Map
(800) 334-7263


Grand Hotel
286 Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
+ Google Map
(800) 334-7263