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In this issue Real Weddings Jenna & Joe

July 11, 2020


Photography by Leslie Duffy Photography

Catrina & Jacob

August 30, 2019


Photography by Jake Wilson Photography

Ashley & Cory

January 11, 2020


Photography by Ember Lane Collective

Marya & Lucas

October 12, 2020


Photography by Renée Barth Photography

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A COVID Wedding I

n a time where it seems we have little to celebrate, weddings become even more important. COVID-19 is hanging on longer than we had initially hoped, and it’s changing everything. Those changes will affect the course of all group gatherings, including weddings, for months or possibly years after a vaccine becomes available. The traditional pre-wedding activities and wedding format includes showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, a dinner rehearsal, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon. These are all still possibilities, but they will likely look very different: - Virtual wedding showers are immensely popular now—guests mail gifts to the future couple in advance, everyone signs on to the virtual platform on the designated day and time, maybe play a couple games (Google has loads of ideas!), and the couple can open the gifts for all to see. - Bachelor/bachelorette parties are either small and intimate, or are being reserved for a joint party as soon as the world opens back up again. - Dinner rehearsals might just be a rehearsal and not include dinner. If dinner is included, it might be a curbside-to-go meal. - Instead of a ceremony, many couples are opting for a “minimony” with just immediate family members, and planning a “sequel wedding” down the road. - Honeymoons are trickier with the constantly evolving travel restrictions. You might want to do a stay-cation, or treat yourselves to a week at a vacation rental home a few hours away. Just make sure you take some time to relax and enjoy each other without other commitments because you 100% deserve it. If you are planning to host a wedding, consider using the services of a wedding planner. These professionals have been tackling the problems of this pandemic since its beginning. They will already have experience in many of the areas mentioned in this article, and will likely have answers to a lot of your COVID-specific questions. They will also be able to help adapt your dream wedding into a social distance format that you can still fall in love with. With social distancing recommendations of at least six feet apart, it might seem like an added challenge to make your guests feel welcome. Make sure everyone knows what to expect before arriving. Consider adding a card to your wedding invitations about your desires for social distancing, masks and/or gloves. Create a wedding website where you can update information for guests as it becomes available to you. Offer an option for a live stream of the wedding for those who are unable to attend. On the big day, a way to remind guests to respect your wishes is to post signs about social distancing or hand washing. When thinking ceremony spacing, try to have guests seated by family and keep space between families. Another option is to have the bride and groom in the center of the aisle instead of the front, and the guests can be seated in a half-moon fashion for more of a 360 view of the couple.

By Becky Streeter

It’s still customary for the newlywed couple to receive their guests after the ceremony, but what do you do if you don’t want to get that close to everyone? Try making a game with colored circles on the floor where people have to wait until it’s their time to greet you (from six feet away). Instead of hugs, get creative with bows, curtseys, winks, waves, air fives—you name it. You could even turn it into a contest for the best social distance gesture. Make it fun! Reception venues are learning to adapt and allow for the strictest social distancing policies. It is no longer a matter of how many people can squeeze into a hall, it’s a matter of how many can fit safely. Many sites are adding various measures to keep staff and guests healthy such as contactless bathrooms and sanitizer stations throughout the room or on individual tables. Served meals are also now the norm instead of buffet or family-style--this includes appetizers, which simply becomes one of the meal’s courses instead of a grab-and-go option. Reception seating, already seen as one of the major challenges of planning a wedding, will unfortunately be a bit trickier. If you have an elderly grandmother who has some precursors for COVID, don’t seat her next to your cousin who travels for work. Try to put a positive spin on this task—treat it as being thoughtful instead of tough. As social distancing recommendations might mandate a smaller guest list than you initially planned, it could free up your pocketbook to spend a little extra to increase the guests’ experience. You might be able to purchase a finer meal or beverage, a different form of entertainment instead of a DJ and dance, or fancy favors for each guest. This will lead wedding celebrations to becoming even more personalized than they already are. Your guests could very well leave your reception saying, “Now that was a fun wedding.” You could be a trendsetter and a bar raiser. Through the entire process, try to be as flexible as possible. Many of the decisions and the concessions you will have to make because of the pandemic will be difficult and emotional. This might include rescheduling for a weekday wedding or planning a stay-cation instead of a honeymoon. Talk with your future spouse. Obviously this is an unprecedented time, and there are not many people who can give you advice in wedding planning right now. Good discussions will bring you closer as a couple, which is exactly what marriage is all about. Your wedding celebration might look very different than the one you imagined while growing up, but it can still be fun, meaningful, and wonderful. And keep in mind that at the end of the day you get to go home with the love of your life and start a new, amazing journey together. Source: Lee, Esther. “The Future of Weddings After COVID-19 and What It Could Look Like.” The Knot. May 8, 2020. https://www.




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������ Determine wedding style ������ Select location and reserve dates for ceremony and reception ������ Decide on budget and expense sharing ������ Begin compiling guest list ������ Select your attendants ������ Select caterer ������ Select reception entertainment

9-12 Months Before

������ Register at bridal registries ������ Reserve rental supplies ������ Visit officiant to discuss ceremony plans ������ Choose gown and accessories ������ Choose bridesmaid dresses and accessories ������ Select and book ceremony musicians ������ Select and book florists ������ Select and book photographer ������ Select and book videographer ������ Discuss honeymoon plans

4-6 Months Before

������ Select men’s formalwear ������ Order wedding invitations and stationery ������ Finish compiling guest list ������ Check marriage license requirements ������ Select baker and order wedding dessert ������ Reserve accommodations for out of town guests ������ Help mothers select dresses ������ Make final floral decisions ������ Arrange wedding day transportation

2-4 Months Before

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1-2 Months Before

������ Mail invitations to arrive 4-6 weeks before wedding ������ Confirm details with all contracted services ������ Have final gown fitting ������ Have final fittings for attendants ������ Get marriage license and blood tests (if necessary) ������ Purchase gifts for attendants ������ Get your accessories ready: ring pillow, candles, guest book, etc. ������ Maintain record of gifts received and mail thank you notes immediately ������ Confirm pre-nuptial dinner arrangements

2 Weeks Before

������ Confirm rehearsal time and date with all wedding party members ������ Arrange name and address changes on bank accounts, credit cards, drivers license, etc. ������ Contact guests who have not yet R.S.V.P.’d ������ Keep up with thank you notes

1 Week Before

������ Provide final guest count to caterer ������ Plan seating arrangements ������ Confirm honeymoon reservations, pick up tickets ������ Pick up wedding attire and check fit

Wedding Day

������ Rings and marriage license ������ If pictures are being taken before the ceremony, the entire wedding party should be ready two hours before ������ Bring all accessories and an emergency kit including spare stockings, sewing needs, safety pins, etc. ������ Give officiant’s fee to best man for presentation after the ceremony

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Response Cards _______________________________

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Place Cards ___________________________________

Order Date ___________________________________

Escort Cards __________________________________

Date Ready ___________________________________

Table Cards/Menus ____________________________

Notes ________________________________________

Guest Book ___________________________________


Rehearsal Dinner Invitations ____________________


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Stationery Checklist ___________________________

Favors _______________________________________

Items ________________________________________

Other ________________________________________

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Invitations ____________________________________


Wedding Announcements ______________________


Programs _____________________________________



Wedding Rings

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Shoe Size


Maid of Honor ______________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Bridesmaid ________________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Bridesmaid ________________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Bridesmaid ________________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Bridesmaid ________________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Bridesmaid ________________________________________ __________ ___________ ____________ Flower Girl ________________________________________

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Store ________________________________________

Consultant ___________________________________

Consultant ___________________________________

Phone # ______________________________________

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Address ______________________________________

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Description ___________________________________

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Fitting _______________________________________

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Pick-up ______________________________________

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g r oo m's atte nd a nts Style/Color____________________________________________________________________________________

Coat Trousers Shirt Shoes Size Size Size Size

Groomsman__________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Groomsman__________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Groomsman__________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Groomsman__________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Groomsman__________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Usher_______________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Usher_______________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Usher_______________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ Ringbearer___________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________

f at h ers Style/Color____________________________________________________________________________________

Phone # Coat Trousers Shirt Shoes

Size Size Size Size

Bride’s Father________________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ _________ Groom’s Father_______________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ _________ Other Special Men____________________ _____________ ________ _________ ________ _________

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Phone______________________ Price____________

Wedding Party Dance__________________________

Musician 1____________________________________

Bride and Groom First Dance____________________

Parents Dance_________________________________ Musician 2____________________________________

Dollar Dance Songs____________________________

Phone______________________ Price____________



Other Entertainment




Company ____________________________________


Phone _______________________________________


Photobooth______________ Flipbooks___________

Contact ______________________________________

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Phone______________________ Price____________

Date Promised ________________________________ Price _________________________________________

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Other Confections

Store_____________________________________ Address __________________________________________ Phone____________________________________ Contact __________________________________________ Consult/Sample Date_______________ Date Ordered______________ Date Promised________________ Price_____________________________________ Number Served____________________________________ Delivery Info __________________________________________________________________________________ ________Cupcakes __________Cookies __________Candies __________Pies ___________Ice Cream Notes ________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

t h e ride Company Name________________________________ Phone_______________________________________ Contact/Driver______________________________ Limo_____________________ Carriage______________ Pick-up Time___________________________________ Length of Rental Time_________________________ Capacity__________________________ Price_________________ Additional Price/Time________________

What’s Included

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Before Ceremony

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□ Bride and Bridesmaids □ Fixing Hair/Makeup □ Groom Alone □ Groom and His Mother □ Groom and His Father

□ Groom and Both Parents □ Groom and Best Man □ Groom and Groomsmen □ Other

□ Altar During Ceremony □ Saying Vows □ Rings Exchange □ Flower Girl/Ring Bearer □ The Kiss

□ Recession Up the Aisle □ Leaving Church □ Getting into Car □ Other

Before Reception □ Bride and Groom’s Hands

□ Flower Arrangements □ Bride with Parents □ Bride and Groom □ Groom with Parents

At Reception

□ Bride & Groom Arriving □ Tables □ Going into Reception □ Place Cards □ Receiving Line □ Favors


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Food Service Time_____________________________ Contact______________________________________ Cost__________ Deposit______________________

Does the Facility Provide . . .

Catering Service?______________________________

Cancellation Terms____________________________

Servers (how many)?___________________________

Liquor?_______________________________________ Bartenders?__________________________________ Access for Decorating?_________________________

Tables & Chairs?______________________________

Dance Floor?__________________________________

Ample Power Outlets?_________________________


Handicapped Access?_________________________

Adequate Parking?_____________________________

Valet Parking?________________________________


Representative During?________________________

Notes ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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Playing from_____________ to ___________________

Types of Music________________________________

Continuous Music or Breaks?___________________

Musicians Attire_______________________________

How Often? ___________ How Long?____________

Need Early Setup Time?________________________

Overtime Policy_______________________________

Cost _______________ Deposit__________________

Types of Music________________________________

Balance Due When?____________________________

Musicians/DJ’s Attire__________________________

Early Setup Time______________________________


Is Leader/DJ Going to Emcee?__________________


Cost _______________ Deposit_________________


Balance Due When?___________________________


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c a terin g Caterer_______________________________________ Address______________________________________ Phone #______________________________________


Service Date/Time_____________________________ Contact______________________________________ Reception Location____________________________ Price_________________________________________


Per Person________________ x # Guests___________ = $________________________________________


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Does the Cost Cover . . .

All Necessary Equipment?______________________

Room Setup?_________________________________

China & Flatware?_____________________________

Cake Cutting?________________________________

Servers (how many)?____________________________

Setup & Cleanup?_____________________________

Taxes & Gratuity?______________________________ Other?_______________________________________


Supplier______________________________________ Address______________________________________ Phone #______________________________________ Contact______________________________________ Pick-up or Deliver?_____________________________ Ice__________________________________________ Open Bar From _____________ To _______________

Wine(s) for Dinner_____________________________

Cash Bar From _____________ To _______________

Champagne for Toast__________________________

Other Beverages


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Non-Alcoholic Wine/Beer/Champagne___________________________________________________________

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Contact & Phone #____________________________

Officiant(s) & Phone #’s_________________________ Fee__________________________________________ Rehearsal Date/Time___________________________

Arrival Time__________________________________

Ceremony Time_______________________________


Does the Facility Provide

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Items to Bring to Ceremony

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Weddings at Contact information:

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The Venue: A premier conference venue in Northwestern Wisconsin! The 5900 square foot facility can accommodate groups from 20 to 400 people. The character of the original mill lends itself well to the current industrial design trend. A touch of the rustic with an industrial-modern, elegant flair (and all of the moden conveniences) combine to create an atmosphere that will wow any guest. From the one-hundredyear-old Gothic arch Quonset to the modern-industrial Bin room to the chic and luxurious bride room, no design opportunity was left untouched.

Standout Features:

Bridal Suite:

Elegance is everywhere at The Mill! The distinctive and fully equipped bar—situated in the Bin Room under the one remaining, massive steel structures that give the space character and presence— features quartz counters and original industrial bar stools. The grand ballroom is The Quonset. This space can seat 295 guests and the one-hundred-year-old Gothic arches make for great party acoustics! Other features include a groom's lounge, elegantly appointed restroom facilities, a 14'X20' deck and designated smoking areas. The two main spaces, the Bin Room and the Quonset can be separated by closing the commercial doors between them. This gives your guests a space to break away from the party if the need to do so, or we can open them up and keep the party flowing through both spaces. Either way, the stateof-the-art surround sound system will keep your guests entertained at the appropriate volume all-night long.

The elegant bridal suite has ample room so that you and your bridal party are pampered as you prepare for your wedding. We didn’t forget the other part of the wedding party as we created a comfortable groom's lounge to help occupy the guys as they wait for the ladies!

Extras: We want to make things as hasslefree as we can. Included in the rental fee are all of the tables and chairs, risers, technology package, and shuttle service! Source:

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Romantic Winter Wedding at Ashley & Cory January 11, 2020

Photos by Ember Lane Collective (formerly L & H Photography)

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MARYA & LUCAS October 12, 2019

Bride's Dress: Our Shop Bridal in Woodbury, MN

Bridesmaid Dress: Azazie

Groom's Suit: Muldoons

Groomsmen Tie: Etsy


Sabrina from Lavish Beauty Salon


Kamp Kenwood

Flowers & Decorations: Done by Bride


Groom's mother & aunt


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Tidewater Series

Clearspan Structure

Rustic Farm Tables & Bench

Club Car and Yamaha Golf Cart Rental

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Bottoms up!




A guide for how much beer, liquor and wine will be needed for the reception.



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Beer Wine Liquor

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What Dress is Best for Your Body Type? Pear or Triangle: small bust with full hips


You want a dress that emphasizes your upper half. Think capped, poufy sleeves. Add appliqué or beading to the bodice. In contrast, chose a dress with a plain skirt and high waistline. Do NOT choose clingy fabric or cuts, and steer away from dresses with ruffly skirts or bustles.

Ball Gown

Apple or Full-figure: full bust, hips, and waistline

Simple design is your friend. A fuller skirt, angled lines, V-neckline, and waist. Princess A-line dresses work well for you. Don’t go with form-fitted dresses or ones with lots of detailing.


Petite: short height, overall smaller bust, hips, and waistline

Vertical lines will add height visually. Try mermaid or sheath dresses. Use high necklines to lengthen the torso. Try Princess style or dresses with an empire waist.


Avoid large, poufy dresses. They will only make you look wider not taller.

Rectangle: proportional bust and hips, undefined waistline


Look for a dress that will add curves to your body, such as the Princess style. Or try an empire waistline and lots of detail on the bodice. Off-the-shoulder necklines provide horizontal lines to break up the straighter line of your figure.


Better not to choose a dress that clings or one requiring you to fill it out (like a darted bustline).

Inverted Triangle: full bust with small hips

Seek to highlight your lower half while de-emphasizing your upper half. Stick with a simple bodice. Try a dropped waist design, or use bows, pleats, or beading to emphasize the skirt.

Inverted Triangle

Don’t go with low-cut bodices, high waistlines, slim skirts, or decorated, accented sleeves.


Hourglass: full bust and hips, small waistline

You can go with almost any style of dress. A mermaid style dress would show off your curves. Or to downplay your curves, go with a simple, classic look. Just be sure to avoid very high necklines, and avoid too much decoration because it may make you look heavier than you really are.



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516 Galloway Street Downtown Eau Claire, WI 715.839.0601

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Located inside The Oxbow Food | Drinks | Music



the options

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The Gallery The Lakely The Patio Entire Venue

Size Seated Cap. Cocktail Cap.

625 sqft. 1038 sqft. 550 sqft. ---

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10 Tips for Booking a Block of Rooms W 6.

ith so many wedding details to take care of, one you want to be sure not to overlook is booking a block of rooms at a hotel. Stephanie Butler, Leanne Cynor, and Lisa Goodwin from the Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Hampton Inn hospitality team offer their room-booking tips.


Review the benefits of blocking rooms. Encouraging several, if not all, out of town guests to stay at the same hotel has several benefits. A discounted room rate is a big one, but there are other benefits too. “Even more special is the opportunity to extend the together time for friends and family who may not often have the chance to be together,” Stephanie Butler notes. “Having breakfast with all the cousins at our family table is something our groups enjoy.” With this in mind, book rooms that are close to each other within the hotel, allowing people to visit more with each other.


Tour each hotel you are considering. Be sure you understand what is included in each facility’s wedding room package. Is there a shuttle? If so, verify the cost and the schedule. Is this hotel within a good price range for your guests? Is there a pool? Is complimentary breakfast or a restaurant available?


Choose a hotel that provides a website just for your wedding. Hampton Inn offers this service, which allows you to create and personalize a group website for your wedding. Guests may book online 24/7, using the rate specific to your event. This website is great for sharing details about the wedding with guests, and you can upload your own photographs too.

Book ahead. Generally it is a good idea to book the rooms eight to eighteen months ahead of the wedding. “The most popular hotels book up the earliest, so look for your hotel as soon as you book your venue,” says Butler.


Motivate your guests to book. “We encourage couples to have guests reserve rooms as early as possible so that, if more rooms are needed, the chances of getting additional inventory are more favorable,” the team recommends. Post booking information on your customized wedding website. Include booking details, or a link to the website, on your “save the date” cards. Make guests aware of the limited number of rooms blocked for the event and what the cut-off date is to reserve one of the rooms. Remind them that booking early ensures they will get the type of room they prefer at the special rate. Enlist them to book early to help you have a better idea of how many people will be attending the wedding, to help your planning process.


Reserve other needed facilities at the hotel. Hampton Inn Chippewa Falls has a roughly 600-square-foot room ideal for a bridal shower, a gathering area for the immediate family, or a giftopening Sunday morning. This room is available on a first-come, first-booked basis. Rental fees for the room may be waived depending on how many rooms in your block end up reserved.


Understand check-in and check-out times. Then let your guests know, along with any related policies.

4. Estimate how many rooms to book. First, include 10. Find out what payment methods are accepted.

anyone in your wedding party that does not live locally. Second, add 10 percent of everyone else you invited.


Consider what types of rooms to book. Look through your guest list. If more guests are families, double queen rooms are preferable. Remember to add a few handicap-accessible rooms for elderly guests or others who may need them who are traveling to the wedding. It’s nice to include a suite for the bride’s and the groom’s parents.

Then make sure your guests are aware of this, as many hotels no longer accept cash and debit cards are not very hotel-friendly. Submitted by Hampton Inn Chippewa Falls, WI

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