Michigan-Made Bridal Shower Buys

MI shower
Whether you’re creating your own bridal shower registry (see my suggestions here!), or picking up a little something extra for the bride, we’ve rounded up our favorite made-in-Michigan wares for the happy couple.

From warm wool blankets to home state art, the makers of these fabulous finds hail from the west coast, east coast and even the U.P. And in our humble opinion, their adorable products are the perfect way to celebrate the newlyweds to be as well as the fine state they’re taking up residence in.

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Detroit Denim: DD Co. No. 1 Candle ($30)
Made in Detroit, exclusively for Detroit Denim Co., this 100% soy wax candle gives off a woodsy scent featuring undertones of coffee, tobacco, cedar and citrus.

Paper and Honey: Hand Lettered Art Print ($15)
This pretty print is ideal for framing whether your favorite couple is living here at home or remembering their home state from afar. The 8″ x 10″ print is made by a Brighton-based artist.

Corbe Company: Michigan Shaped Baking Dish ($80)
Bake, and serve in style with with these sweet porcelain dishes, crafted in Detroit’s Corktown. (7.5 × 12 × 1.5 in)

Lake Superior Woolen Company: Lap Blanket ($129)
Michigan’s cool fall weather won’t be a worry with this warm blanket, made of 100% virgin wool in Rudyard, Michigan. (48″ x 60″)

Mawby: Domaine Leelanau “Northport” Brut ($27)
Who doesn’t love bubbly? This pick, fresh from the Leelanau Peninsula is an aromatic sparkling wine with bright fruit flavors and just a dollop of Michigan maple syrup in the fermentation process.

Etsy’s Geometrikos Design: Marble Hexagon Coasters ($25 / set of 4)
Dark gray veining runs through these mod coasters, crafted in Grand Rapids, featuring a unique marbled look on every custom creation.

Revisions Design: Porcelain Light Bulb Candle Stick ($50)
From Marquette, these clever bulbs burn the candle at both ends. You can choose a gold or silver luster tip, and the bases are designed to hold a standard candle stick.

Shinola: Luggage Tag in Slate Blue ($75)
Made in Detroit of American pressed leather, this sweet luggage tag will come in handy for a honeymoon, featuring the high quality touches that Shinola is known for – hand-painted edges, secure snap closure, and stainless steel buckle.

Gift Registries in Metro Detroit

Gift Registries

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Once the shower chatter begins, it’s time to GET REAL about… gifts.

There are roughly a zillion places that you can go to register with your spouse-to-be for the big day, but many of those convenient locations aren’t located in Michigan. Womp, womp.

While registering online isn’t difficult, I think most folks agree that stepping inside a store to poke around, pick things up, feel and “test,” and scan to your heart’s desire is the ideal game plan.

Where are our favorite places for doing just that? See below for a full list of local registry options to consider in metro Detroit:

Convenient for Most People:

Bed, Bath & Beyond (Multiple Locations)
Macy’s (Somerset, Troy; Twelve Oaks, Novi; Oakland, Madison Heights)
Target (Multiple Locations)

Niche Retailers with Fewer Locations: 

Best Buy (Northville, Utica, Madison Heights)
Pottery Barn (Somerset, Troy; Twelve Oaks, Novi; Village of Rochester)
Williams-Sonoma (Somerset, Troy; Twelve Oaks, Novi)

Specialty Retailers with Two Locations or Less: 

Anthropologie (Somerset, Troy; Downtown Birmingham)
Crate & Barrel (Somerset, Troy)
Neiman Marcus (Somerset, Troy)
Sur la Table (Somerset, Troy; Twelve Oaks,  Novi)
West Elm (Downtown Birmingham)

That said, sometimes, online registries can be the simplest option, given their availability to all, independent of location, as well as uber competitive pricing. I appreciate Amazon.com (especially for those of us with Amazon Prime subscriptions!) as well as MyRegistry.com, which is what WE used for our wedding … and allows you to add gifts from any website (hello, Anthropologie apron and West Elm bedding!).

Online Options:

Amazon.com
MyRegistry.com

What are your preferred registry locations? Good or bad experiences? Leave your thoughts in the comments so the rest of us can learn from them!

Best Metro Detroit Bridal Shower Locations

Best Metro Detroit Shower Venues

When I scoured the web, I had a difficult time finding a list of solid shower locations in metro Detroit. So, I started to compile a list of my own favorites, in hopes that folks could send additional suggestions my way for updating.

Keep in mind that this isn’t a full list of possibilities… it’s truly my preferred picks.

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect place to celebrate a bride, consider these:

Crispelli’s Club Room (Berkley, West Bloomfield)
Thin-crust pizzas, pastas and cocktails are the specialty at the Club Rooms located within both Crispelli’s locations. Seats up to 50 folks and is one of the newer, trendier options that hasn’t been overdone yet.

Sweet Lorraine’s (Southfield)
One of my all-time favorite restaurants in the area. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is whimsical. The second floor is available for parties.

Cantoro’s Trattoria (Livonia)
I’d have no clue about the brick-enclosed wine cellar beneath Cantoro’s if it weren’t for our lovely waitress that took us down for a peek. Long and narrow, but perfect for a shower setting, the food is catered by the restaurant above.

Royal Park Hotel (Rochester)
A stately option that sits just outside of downtown Rochester. Perfect for larger parties or even small gatherings in an afternoon tea setting. Excellent customer service.

Bravo! Italian (Livonia, Rochester, Dearborn)
Another Italian option with several convenient locations, all featuring private rooms.

The Aspen (Utica)
A log-style restaurant and bar, The Aspen offers rooms for up to 100 guests and an American menu. It’s located on Hall Road and easily accessible from M-53 or I-94.

Maggiano’s (Troy)
Excellent Italian food and a private room, just off the entrance. Bonus points for it’s convenient location on Big Beaver, not far from the I-75 ramp. Valet parking available.

Huerto Restaurant and Tequila Bar (West Bloomfield)
Accommodating up to 100 guests, Huerto is a Mexican restaurant and bar on Orchard Lake Road, roughly five miles north of I-696. The food is delicious and the setting is fun. Valet parking available.

The Whitney (Detroit)
In a class of its own, there’s no place quite like The Whitney in the area. A historic mansion on Woodward Avenue, the venue offers private rooms, intrigue and opulence; also ideal for a tea-style shower.

Local Kitchen and Bar (Ferndale)
Local’s quaint and kitchy atmosphere is warm and inviting. You might not realize that they have a full venue in back for parties up to 240 people. Additionally, the front patio seats parties up to 50.

It’s a Matter of Taste (Union Lake)
When it comes to views, this Italian venue beats most everything else and seats up to 200. Situated directly on Union Lake, it offers an upper level private room with balcony overlooking the water.