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Celebrate Your Marriage Conference – October 2019

October 6 - October 7

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: Thru Sep 5, 2019 Sep 6 thru Oct 6
Conference Tickets $79/person $99/person
VIP Experience Add-on $49/person $49/person

Couples who’ve attended say it best!

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

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 Guests: Acts of Renewal

Jim and Carol Shores want to create and produce excellent theatre that glorifies God leading audiences toward hope, goodness and hunger for God in Christ. They are professional actors who are married (to each other) and have two incredible kids. They have toured nationally since 1992 and continue to write all their own material. 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

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 Acts of Renewal, Theatre

Monday, October 7th, 2019

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 Acts of Renewal, 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)
2:00 pm: West Bluff Architecture Tour with Grand Hotel Historian, Bob Tagatz, Tickets Required

VIP Experience Monday, October 7th, 2019

(All scheduled events during the VIP Experience require advance ticket purchase. In addition, all VIP Experience guests must secure hotel accommodations on Monday,October 7th.)

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 Dr. David and Terri Sumlin, Grand Pavilion (included for couples staying at Grand Hotel)
(For guests not staying at Grand Hotel, please contact the hotel concierge for information and pricing.)

VIP Experience Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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, Grand Pavilion
9:30-10:15 am: VIP Experience Session with Dr. David and Terri Sumlin, Grand Pavilion
10:15 am: Break. Complimentary Coffee, Tea and Lemonade.
10:30 – 11:30 am: VIP Experience Q & A Session with Sumlins and Laffoons, Grand Pavilion
11:30am: VIP Experience concludes
(Note: The Grand Luncheon Buffet for Tuesday, October 8th, 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

VIP Experience Guest Speakers: Dr. David and Terri Sumlin

The Sumlins are co-founders of Marriage Life Ministries and authors of the Marriage Innovators Workshop®, Intimacy of Marriage®, and Oneness of Marriage® series designed to help couples enrich their marriages through the application of biblical principles and adventure-based learning. They both have served over the last 15 years as international marriage educators, retreat leaders, pastoral counselors, and conference speakers.

David and Terri’s unique approach to marital enrichment is built upon some of the advances found in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, and adventure-based therapy, which were then tested through the lens of God’s word for validation. The result is an Adventure-Based Marital Enrichment model that helps couples derive positive behavioral transformation and increased levels of sustained learning.

David is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary for which he earned his M.A. and Doctorate in Marriage and Family Ministry. David pastored a church in Houston, Texas before founding Marriage Life Ministries. Terri is a graduate of the University of North Texas and served a 23-year teaching career before joining David as a full-time marriage educator. David and Terri will celebrate 29 years of marriage this year, have two adult children, and currently reside in Houston, Texas.

Listen in to an interview with David and Terri on The Married For Life Podcast here.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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: 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.


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October 6
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October 7
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Venue

Grand Hotel
286 Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
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Phone:
(800) 334-7263
Website:
http://www.grandhotel.com

Details

Start:
October 6
End:
October 7
Event Categories:
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Event Tags:
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Venue

Grand Hotel
286 Grand Avenue
Mackinac Island, MI 49757 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
(800) 334-7263
Website:
http://www.grandhotel.com