Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a premiere wedding venue in Washtenaw County featuring a historic event space, wedding venue and 24-acre working farm. Guest blogger, Jamie Gray, interviewed the founder of Cornman Farms, Kieron Hales, in Dexter to learn about how the venue is adapting to the times to offer an innovative new tiny wedding experience.
Since opening in 2014, Kieron Hales and his team have curated a variety of experiences to suit every type of guest - from farm-to-table private dining to 300-person bespoke weddings. However, earlier this year, they noticed a new trend in the type of inquiries they were receiving.
A significant number of couples who wanted to get married on the property were looking to host a wedding that was affordable, easy to plan, and only had a small number of guests,” says Hales. Couples were choosing to simplify the wedding process - reducing their guest count, picking all-inclusive packages, or simply deciding to elope. The Cornman Farms team realized that as wedding guest lists began to trend smaller, there was an opportunity to create a new offering.
This July, Cornman Farms launched their new elopement experience: The Tiny Wedding.
The Tiny Wedding was created exclusively for the couple who desires the simplicity and affordability of a courthouse wedding but envisions a beautifully curated experience. Here’s how it works: three days each season, Cornman Farms will partner with a team of local wedding professionals to curate 12 all-inclusive Tiny Weddings. The best part? Each season will feature a new, exclusive design. (Click here to check out the Fall 2019 design by Modernly Events!)
For only $1950, the package includes this stunning design as well as:
Award winning venue (1.5 hour rental)
Wedding ceremony and officiant
Wedding photography by Lola Grace Photography
Bouquet(s) and/or boutonniere(s) by Detroit Design Co.
Tiny wedding cake by Zingerman’s Bakehouse
Sparkling wine toast
Wedding witness keepsake by Plume & Proper
Farm animal visit
As a result, Cornman Farms has seen an incredible response - everyone from University of Michigan students to local doctors have been booking their Tiny Wedding for the venue’s first season. The Tiny Wedding has also garnered attention from publications like PureWow and Hour Detroit.
Ann Arbor is an incredible place to elope,” says Hales. “There is so much to see, eat and do in this city, we’ve even seen a couple from out-of-state book a Tiny Wedding!”
In fact, we asked Hales to answer our questions for where he would stay, dine, and explore if he were coming to Ann Arbor to elope!
Stay: Graduate Ann Arbor
Dine: Miss Kim
Drink: The Last Word
Shop: Ann Arbor Farmers Market
The Tiny Wedding can be booked online at www.thetinywedding.com. There are only 7 spots left for Fall 2019, so don’t wait too long!