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Up North Events

ABOUT Up North Events

This Northern Michigan wedding planning company specializes in small-scale packages for couples who want to plan their own wedding and enjoy it too. Let someone else be in charge on the wedding day so you can enjoy your celebration!

Cover photo by Justine Castle Photography
Profile picture by A13 Studios


Commonly called day-of coordination, this package features high involvement the week of your wedding, with most prior contact limited to gathering and organizing your wedding information. On your wedding day, we make sure everyone is where they're supposed to be, when they're supposed to be there. If you already have your wedding planned, but don’t want to be the one in charge on your wedding day, this package is for you.

Planning the final wedding details can be a challenge in the weeks leading up to your wedding day and you may want to consider additional support during this busy time. Among other things, we can offer advice on the ceremony outline and etiquette, help with your timeline and venue layout, and answer all kinds of questions to help you finalize your wedding plans. This all culminates in Up North Events running your rehearsal and managing your wedding day.

If all you need is someone to set out your decorations and transform your space while you get ready, or you would like to add this service to a coordination package, this is a great choice.



Jane Balasz
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Nov 21, 2021
Book with Up North Events. At one point, about six months before the wedding, I was getting really concerned about the budget and I considered not going through with having Jenna as our coordinator. I figured I could have a family friend help. The entire wedding weekend, I thought about that moment and was SO thankful I went through with it. Our weekend would not have been nearly as good without Jenna and her team. She knows the questions to ask, she knows how to make things happen, she is so capable, she is so organized, and she has a calming presence. All of my vendors at one point took me aside to tell me how good of a job Jenna and her team were doing. How well they communicated, how well they kept things on track. Hiring Up North Events will be the most impactful thing you do for your wedding weekend.

Response from Up North Events:

Wow! Thank you so much, Jane. We had the BEST time coordinating your wedding. It was absolutely stunning and we can't wait to see the photos. Everyone was so sweet and made us feel like part of the family for the weekend. Congratulations!

Madison Galvin
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Sep 20, 2021
AMAZING! I'm actually having a difficult time writing this review because I genuinely do not know if I can find the words to describe how amazing Jenna, Shelby, and the team at Up North Events are. Our wedding would not have been the same without them and I would use and recommend them over and over again. We were debating even using a coordinator, but after the first meeting my fiancé and I looked at each other and agreed that session alone was worth it. In addition, Jenna was such a huge help leading up to our wedding and on the big day. Weather was a factor due to our outdoor reception and Jenna had so many wonderful back up plans (which we thankfully did not need), was wiping things down and setting things up on the day of, helped coordinate with every vendor, and took so much stress off of us. Their communication is impeccable and she has literally thought of everything meaning there were no last minute stressors at all. Also, as a first time bride I did not realize how much goes into planning a wedding. The amount of little details, decisions that need to be made, and communication with each vendor can be overwhelming. However, I am so thankful we barely experienced that because Jenna and Shelby stepped in and handled everything while working with us to ensure it met our vision. For any couple that is on the fence, I promise you will be so happy to work with Jenna. Our day was stress free and we were able to focus solely on each other and our guests without having to worry about the little details. Also, Jenna and Shelby are just the greatest, sweetest, and most caring people. I cannot say enough great things about them!! Thank you Up North Events, you mean so much to us!

Response from Up North Events:

Wow! Thank you for the stellar review. Our season would not have been complete without your wedding. We're so glad you chose us and trusted us with such an important day in your lives. Cheers!

Patty Benson
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Sep 15, 2021
Jenna is incredible! We felt so lucky to have her skillful, calm, efficient and gracious assistance for our daughter’s August 2021 wedding. She is a fabulous asset for planning and executing an event. She helped us with a number of questions in the months prior to the wedding, seamlessly coordinated communication with our vendors as the day approached, coordinated final planning meetings with great attention to detail, orchestrated “the easiest rehearsal I’ve ever seen” (comment of a seasoned bridesmaid), attended to every detail the day of and basically made our experience lovely, fun and stress-free. Her communications with us were prompt and thorough. Her assistant Shelby was also of wonderful help the day of the wedding. We very highly recommend Up North Events and could not have been happier with our experience.

Response from Up North Events:

Thank you so much, Patty! What a wonderful celebration you had. It was such a pleasure to be a part of the day and do what we could to take the stress off of you and the bride and groom. Wishing you all the best!

Paulena Voutsaras
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Sep 21, 2021
I hired Jenna to be my wedding coordinator for my wedding this past August and I am so glad I did! Jenna was extremely organized and helpful leading up to my wedding day making sure she knew of every little detail to ensure that my big day ran smoothly. She helped me feel less anxious on the day of because I knew she had everything under control. I had quite a few vendors hired for my wedding day set up and she helped coordinate set up/tear down times with each individual vendor! This was a huge help so I did not have to worry about it at all! Jenna has a super sweet personality and was so great to work with! I highly recommend hiring her for your big day :)

Response from Up North Events:

Thank you, Paulena! You and your family were so much fun to work with, and you were such a sweet bride. It was a beautiful wedding day and I can't wait to see more pictures. Wishing you all the best!