Special Occasions is event rental and design company with locations in Grand Blanc, Grand Rapids and Traverse City. We offer high-quality rental selections to fit any taste and budget, including full-service and do-it-yourself options. With more than 15 years of experience, Special Occasions has a team of talented and friendly designers who provide excellent design and event-planning services that will make your wedding dreams a reality.
Along with our design and planning services, Special Occasions provides delivery, set up, and clean up so you can relax on your big day. We can accommodate any style, from romantic, trendy, and elegant to whimsical or colorful—the choice is yours. Our event rentals include beautiful linens, chair covers, napkins, and more, in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns. Whatever your theme or style, Special Occasions can help you achieve your desired look.
Special Occasions services all of Michigan and beyond.
115 Reviews for Special Occasions LLC
Recommended by 98% of couples
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Lizzie Williams · Getting married on 07/08/2021
INCREDIBLE Customer Service & SO many options!
WOW! I've planned events for close to 10 years and never met a linen vendor with so many fabulous options. We found the perfect options for my wedding as well as my company's holiday party. The best part was working with the S.O. team though. They were incredibly kind, so excited about aligning to the vision of our events, and were 100% reliable. I would highly recommend working with Special Occasions!Sent on 12/13/2019
Special Occasions LLC's reply:Lizzie, Thank you so much for your review! It was a pleasure being part of your big day, we are grateful for your feedback!
Sonja Krywyj · Married on 07/18/2020
Elegant and accommodating
Special Occasions did a wonderful job with my linen for the wedding. Everything was very nicely laid out. They also helped me with recommendations of linen we could not order cause of Covid. Everything turned out perfect and would not change anything about it. Thank you.Sent on 07/24/2020
Katie Vagnini · Married on 08/10/2019
We are very pleased with our services from Special Occasions LLC. We had so much fun picking out our linens! We wanted something vibrant and unique. Our linens ended up looking so beautiful! Couldn’t have been happier.Sent on 09/30/2019
Special Occasions LLC's reply:Katie,
Team of Special Occasions LLC
Prior to leading Special Occasions, Jamie Carnes was the founder of Design Effect. She used her more than 15 years of experience in event coordination, design, marketing and fundraising to assist corporate and non-profit clients throughout the country. Although she grew up as a Spartan in East Lansing, she spent many years coordinating in both Chicago and New York City.
Prior to launching Design Effect full time, Jamie was the Director of Event Management for RSVP Events in Grand Rapids, where she successfully worked with more than 75 clients each year to raise key dollars and plan stunning, unique events. While Jamie was managing the RSVP Events team, they received several awards including 2014 and 2013 recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings, 2012 recipient of Brides Choice Award, Wedding Wire and 2012 recipient of 8 Perfect Michigan Weddings, the Knot Michigan.
In 2010 Jamie acted as an Account Coordinator for SeyferthPR with clients such as McDonald’s, Huntington Bank, Kent County Parks Foundation and many others. She was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s 100th Anniversary Gala and the Princess Diana Exhibition which visited Grand Rapids in November of 2010.
Prior to joining the Grand Rapids community, Jamie held the position of Director of Special Events at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she, with the support of a talented team, planned over 500 events each year.
Additional experience includes talent and performance management for individuals such as The Roots, Dane Cook, Jason Mraz, Jim Gaffigan, Naz and others.
Prior to leading Special Occasions, Keri Kujala worked in special events at Mercy Health Saint Mary's for over 14 years. In her role she significantly increased the organization’s visibility by planning and executing events such as the Saint Mary’s Annual Gala, Up on the Roof, and the Shoppe Soirée, which attracted thousands of people and raised over $500,000 annually. Other projects Keri lead included organization wide picnics for 3,500+ individuals, the kickoff celebrations, community open houses and public relations plans for the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Building, Mercy Health Southwest Campus and the 125th Year Anniversary of Mercy Health Saint Mary's.
In her role as Director of Corporate and Donor Relations, Keri secured corporate event sponsors and oversaw all of the major events and benefits for the strategic initiatives of the President and CEO of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and for the Saint Mary’s Foundation.
Prior to working at Mercy Health, Keri was the Concierge at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
Some of Keri's accomplishments and awards include Certified Tourism Ambassador™ Designation, 2014 Grand Rapids Young Professionals Community Impact Award Recipient, 2013 Young Non-Profit Professional of the Year Finalist, and participant of the 2013 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Grand Rapids class.
Leia has been with Special Occasions since 2016 and works with clients to help design their dream wedding or event.
We have worked with Lorrie and her staff at Special Occasions East for years and they are definitely the leader in linens & chair covers in the Genesee County area. Not only do our brides use Special Occasions but IMA Brookwood uses Special Occasions for all of the special events that we host at IMA Brookwood Banquet Center. They are always professional and willing to go the extra mile to make sure their clients are happy.
Special Occasions is fantastic to work with - we have photographed so many weddings where they have provided the linens and chair covers. Everything always looks fantastic and the couples and families are always thrilled with their efforts.
I've worked with Lori and her team on many occasions. They're always very courteous and flexible. Because I work a full time job during they day they often stay late to accomodate my schedule. They have an excellent quality and selection in linens. The best in our area. I highly recommend Special Occasions to my brides and all my clients.