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CONTENTS planning & preparation 8 bridal fashions 22 formalwear 54

invitations 76

parties 88 gift registries 90

favorite things pages 20-21

wedding day fashions

beauty & health 58 rings 70

pages 35-53


ceremony sites pages 97-100

ceremony sites 94 officiants 104

receptions 112

catering 188

rentals 196

reception facilities chart pages 118-120


flowers & décor 216 cakes & confections 228

photography 244

videography 276

music 282

transportation 294


bridal shows 16

Special Features

guest accommodations 302 honeymoons & travel 310 worksheets & checklists 329

themed inspirational partyscapes pages 206-215


real weddings pages 315-327

resource directory 361 index 390 Photos: Pierre’s Portrait Art, Urban Anchor Photography, Amelia John Photographers, Laura Zastrow Photography

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Planning a wedding is not a simple “sit-down-and-work-till-it’s-done” kind of project; oftentimes

you have multiple projects at once. So stay organized! It often helps to create a binder where you can

keep a budget sheet, a calendar checklist, pictures, fabric swatches, etc. See the Worksheet Section on

page 329 for helpful organizational tools. Consider creating a separate email account for all your

wedding related correspondence.

● Create a Budget Plan your budget before you get carried away with other wedding details. Determine how much you

want to spend and how much assistance, if any, you will receive from family members.

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Decide Who Pays for What Sit down with everyone that is planning to contribute to determine who will pay for what. Sometimes families will give a specified dollar amount and allow the couple to spend it however they choose. Others will offer to help out with a particular aspect of the wedding. Many couples undertake the wedding expenses themselves. No matter what financial assistance is offered, the wedding is ultimately the couple’s financial responsibility.

● Be Realistic About Expenses Make a list of all the different vendors you will need and allocate a portion of your budget to each, prioritizing when necessary. If the costs keep piling up, don’t panic! There are ways to trim costs without sacrificing vendor quality. ● Get It in Writing Once you have settled on the bottom line, secure prices with a contract to help keep you within your budget. Paperwork plays a crucial role in keeping misunderstandings to a minimum. ● Stick to Your Budget Financial experts advise against going into debt for your wedding. It is much better to start a marriage without needless liabilities.

WHO PAYS (traditional) Bride’s Family ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Invitations and announcements (including postage) Bride’s wedding dress and accessories Bridesmaids’ and flower girl bouquets Groom’s boutonniere Bridesmaids’ party or luncheon Flowers and rental costs for church and reception site Engagement and wedding photography and videography Musicians at both wedding and reception

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Food, beverages, and related professional services (catering) for reception Wedding cake Gifts for bridesmaids (and accommodations, if necessary) Groom’s wedding gift Groom’s wedding ring

Groom’s Family ● Marriage license ● Officiant fee ● Rehearsal dinner ● Bride’s bouquet and going-away flowers ● Corsages for mothers and boutonnieres for men in the wedding party ● Gifts for groomsmen and ushers (and accommodations, if necessary) ● Bride’s wedding gift ● Bride’s engagement and wedding rings ● Honeymoon ● Groom’s wedding attire

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A wedding is probably the largest party you will ever throw. Wedding professionals are the ones that catch your vision and make it happen. Here are a few tips to make sure things occur without a hitch. ● Trust Their Expertise

Weddings are a unique event and those who specialize in them know how to handle just about any circumstance a couple may have. Wedding professionals deal with weddings on a daily basis and build their businesses on knowing what is proper and popular when it comes to weddings.

Compare the Work of Different Professionals Choose people who know their business, who show interest and kindness, and who listen and spend time with their customers. In businesses that have multi-person staffs, be sure to meet with the person who will actually handle your wedding and see samples of their work.

Schedule Appointments This is both thoughtful and necessary because of the professionals’ own busy schedules. It also ensures that complete attention is given to your own particular meeting. Keep appointments and be on time. Be timely in your responses. Let businesses know if their services will not be needed (other couples may be missing out because a date was held). Be organized and try to give as much information as possible so they can do their job.

Make a Paper Trail Paperwork keeps misunderstandings to a minimum. Read every line on a contract and ask lots of questions. Compile a list of details you find important so you can incorporate them into the contract. Make sure your contracts include basic information such as the wedding date and time. Include more specific points such as a spending cap (if there is a clause allowing for unforeseen expenses) and detailed refund policies (in case you want to cancel or they don’t fulfill their end of the agreement). Don’t forget to get a copy!

Enlist the Help of a Wedding Consultant Consultants have a wealth of expertise on budgets, décor, etiquette, sites, timelines, vendors, etc. They are able to coordinate your entire wedding from the very beginning or just make sure everything runs smoothly the day of the wedding. A wedding consultant is equipped to handle anything that might come up, saving you a lot of time, stress and even resources. When hiring a consultant you are not giving up your ability to choose; consultants are simply there to help make your dream a reality.

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CHOOSE A DATE ● Choose Well in Advance The sooner you set the date the better, as vendors will have a greater range of open dates. However, if one of your priorities is a particular professional you want to hire or location you wish to rent, wait to schedule your wedding around their availability. ● Keep the Seasons in Mind Is there a particular color or decorating scheme you want to use that works best within a specific season? Do you want an outdoor wedding? That naturally places limitations on the date. ● Plan for the Off-Season The most popular wedding months in this area continue to be June through October. Ask vendors and venue sites if they offer discounts for the off-season, which could potentially save thosands of dollars. ● Plan for an Off-Day Friday nights and Sunday mornings are other budget-friendly options for brides and grooms. Saturday is the most common wedding day and some vendors offer discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings. ● Be Conscious of Guest Availability If you want as many of your guests to make it as possible, consider planning your wedding near a holiday when people will have a break and it is easier for them to travel to your nuptials.

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BRIDAL SHOWS What to Bring/Know: ● Purchase tickets in advance to save money. ● Discuss your budget. Have an idea of what products and services you want and how much you are willing to spend. ● Pre-print labels with Name, Wedding Date, Address, Email and Phone Number to make signing up for drawings quick and easy!

Photos: Amelia John Photographers taken at the Wedding Planner & Guide Bridal Show

● Bring people with you who are part of the decision making process (Bride, Groom, Moms, Dads, etc.). What you get done now saves time and money later.

EXPERT ADVICE ● Create an email address for all your wedding-related correspondence. This will keep you organized and prevent temporary wedding-related email from coming to your main inbox. ● Use the show program to mark fashions that catch your eye during the fashion show and exhibitors you would like to visit or follow up with in the future. ● Look at each booth. Don’t miss an opportunity or unique idea. For serious shopping, it is best to visit booths during one of the fashion shows. Aisles tend to be less congested, allowing for quality time with the vendors. ● Spend as much time as possible at the event. All of your wedding planning can be taken care of at the show. Use this time to your advantage. If it is a two-day show, attend both days to follow up with vendors of interest. ● Go home and view the information collected. Find additional information on those vendors in the Wedding Planner & Guide or on ● Enjoy the planning process! Your primary goal is to get married; everything else is secondary.

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TRENDING Wedding professionals are working together to create inspirational displays to help couples envision the entire look of different wedding themes and color palettes.

Visit for more bridal show tips.

“Old Fashioned Love” Coordination & Flowers: The Flower Studio Stationery: Inkwell Printers Cake: Carl’s Cakes & Market Street Catering Rentals: Event Essentials Bridesmaid Dress: Brides N’ Belles Formalwear: Nedrebo’s Formalwear Winner of the 2014 Winter Bridal Show Partyscape Contest Photography: Amelia John Photographers • 17

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Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door Fashion show sponsor: Brandi’s Bridal Galleria, Etc.

Monona Terrace Convention Center

May 20, 2015 Wednesday Evening 4:30pm - 8:30pm Fashion Show at 7pm Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door

Madison Club - Downtown Madison

September 15, 2015 Tuesday Evening 4:30pm - 8:30pm Tickets: $7 in advance; $10 at the door

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Chocolate favors are the best favors! These beautifully decorated and fully customizable boxes of gourmet chocolates will make your wedding unforgettably delicious. In fact, Gail’s chocolates have been voted “Best Favors” four years in a row by area brides.

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier 2086 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704 608-249-3500 |

Want your polish to last throughout your honeymoon without damaging your nails like acrylics do? Then try a Shellac manicure. The revolutionary gel-based polish is applied directly over your natural nails. It dries instantly and the color lasts up to 14 days.

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness 5500 E Cheryl Parkway, Suite 126, Fitchburg, WI 53711 608-255-0070 |

This unbound wedding album is the perfect way to preserve more than just your wedding photographs. Whether it’s your handwritten vows, a blade of grass from your ceremony, or your tear covered handkerchief, preserve them for those you love.

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Make a statement with a personalized ice sculpture! Be unique with an ice sculpture candy luge on your dessert table or create a special signature drink served from an ice sculpted luge...sure to be the talk of the party!

Solid Ice Displays Madison | 608-320-3554 |

Samba Brazilian Grill’s very own pastry chef Jessica Nelson can create the perfect dessert for your special day. Wedding cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and much more.

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Gigi’s Cupcakes’ gluten free cupcakes vow to wow - and they taste so good no one will realize they are gluten free! Their triple chocolate torte cupcake will make your day happily ever after. Private tastings, mini cupcakes, and cakes available.

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Idea of budget

Wedding date

Wedding location (indoor, outdoor, church, barn, etc.)

Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.)

Number of bridesmaids

Idea of colors

Strapless bra

Shoes of a similar heel height to your wedding shoes

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What to Ask: ●

How long have they been in business? Wonderful new shops open their doors every day. However, with those that have been around awhile, you know they carry well-researched vendors and maintain good relationships with them – which means they have the clout to get something fixed quickly should problems occur.

Am I buying a custom fit? You are not shopping for just a dress, but a fit as well. Choose a shop that will make sure you look stunning in a perfectly fitted gown. Have you seen brides pulling up their strapless gowns throughout the day? That does not happen when properly fitted by professionals.

● Who will be doing the finish work and sewing? Find out if the shop does their own alterations or if they hire out the service. ● Does the dress leave the shop? If the gown never leaves the shop, it will stay more pristine. If you or your shop work with an in-home seamstress ask about smoking and pets. ● When do they order the dress? Some shops may take the order but wait to put it through until closer to your wedding day. Make sure your gown will be ordered with plenty of time to spare. ● How will the dress look when picked up? Find out if the gown will be steamed or pressed, whether the shop takes steps to preserve the gown's shape, and whether the dress bag will be roomy enough to prevent crushing.

EXPERT ADVICE ● Do not buy online. Though it may seem like a great way to save a few dollars, horror stories abound: boxes arriving with just fabric and a pattern, dresses falling apart when tried on, dresses looking nothing like the photo, etc. Because most online gown sales are counterfeits originating in China, there is little to no recourse when something goes wrong. In addition, U.S. Customs officials are authorized to seize counterfeit gowns as they enter the country. Don’t get caught in the middle! ● Be selective about who you bring to your dress fitting. Only invite friends and family whose opinions you respect and who will truly be helpful and encouraging during your appointment. • 23


TIMING ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

After engagement: Start shopping for wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses 6-12 months before: Order dress, undergarments and accessories (takes 3-5 months for dress to come in) 6-9 months before: Order bridesmaids dresses (takes 3-4 months for dress to come in) 3 months before: Begin alterations process for bride and bridesmaids 8-12 weeks before: First fitting 6-10 weeks before: Fitting check up 2 weeks before: Final fitting 1-3 days before: Pick up wedding gown, un-bag gown at home after pickup

COST BREAKDOWN ● Service The overall cost includes friendly and expert service, from those that personally fit you to those in the background helping to prepare your gown and accessories. ●

Material Density of fabric and the material’s quality influence the price. High quality fabrics such as silk are most expensive, while lesser quality polyesters lower the price. Likewise, heavier laces such as Venice lace take longer to get the proper dimension and thickness, so are more expensive than lighter laces.

● Design Intricate designs with many layers of fabric cost more, especially because alterations are more extensive. Similarly, other extra touches (like buttons) or intricate details (such as tiny, hand-sewn beads or scrolling) will add to the price. ●

Construction The better the construction, the better the fit and the greater the price. Built in bras, wider hair braids within the hem, covered buttons and other quality finishes increase the cost.

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● Production Volume If the gown designer makes dresses in large volumes, it costs them less, which in turn costs you less. ● Bustle Often bustles are included in the price, but sometimes there is an extra fee. ●

Shipping Due to factors like production schedules (sometimes designers will wait until they have enough orders to create gowns), turnaround time for ordering and receiving your gown takes about five to six months. If you need your gown in less time, there will be expedited shipping charges.

Rewards Programs Some shops have a loyalty rewards program that offers a set percentage off accessories, free dress pressing, or discounts when purchasing your bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns together.

TRENDING Expect to see a bit more coverage this season, from illusion necklines to sleeves.

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THE OPTIONS: Dress Styles for Your Body Type the pear or triangle: You have a small bust in relation to your full hips.

Look for dresses that de-emphasize your lower half and bring width to your upper half. A portrait neckline helps widen your shoulder line, as do capped, pouf, balloon, melon, or Juliet sleeves. You may also add a little more to your bodice with an appliqué, beading, or lace overlay. Look for a plain skirt with a high waistline such as an empire waist. Avoid dresses that will call attention to your shape, such as the

the rectangle: You are proportional through the bust and hips with an undefined waistline.

Look for dresses that are ambiguous about your shape or dresses that add curves to your body. A princess style dress gives the illusion of curves. An empire waistline hides your actual waistline and draws the eye toward the detail on your bodice. Bateau and off the shoulder necklines provide horizontal lines to break up the verticality of your figure.

clingy sheath or mermaid styles, and necklines that cut inward, such as halters. Also, steer clear of full skirts or skirts with heavy folds, ruffles, bows, beading, and bustles.

Avoid dresses that have a definite form you will need to fill,

full-figured: You have a fuller bust, hips and waistline.

the inverted triangle: You have a full bust in relation to your small hips.

Look for simplicity. You will want dresses that minimize your waistline and create the illusion of smaller hips and thighs. Keep beading to a minimum, and opt for flat beads instead of round ones. A fuller skirt will mask your lower body. Angled lines will minimize the fullness of your figure, so look for a dress with a dropped V-waist and a V-neckline. Princess and A-line dresses are the best silhouettes for you.

Look for dresses that highlight your lower half while de-emphasizing your upper half. Minimize your shoulder width by opting for a dress with a simple bodice, natural shoulder lines, and little sleeve or shoulder detail. Lengthen your upper half with a dropped waist, such as a Basque waistline. Feel free to have a full skirt or one with bow, pleats, beading, lace, etc.

Avoid dresses that are too form fitting and have too much detailing.

dresses, high waistlines, slim skirts, or dresses with beads, sequins, lace, or appliqués on the bodice or sleeves.

petite: Your shorter height is proportional to your smaller bust, hips and waistline.

the hourglass: You have a full bust and hips with a small waistline.

Look for dresses that will lengthen you. Vertical

lines will make you look taller. Find them in narrow mermaid or sheath style dresses and in dresses with vertical pleats in the skirt. Lengthen your torso with high necklines and with asymmetrical and Basque waistlines. If form-fitting options don’t look ideal on you, look at A-line or Princess style dresses and dresses with an Empire waist.

Avoid large, poufy dresses. They tend to add width instead of

height and cause you to appear overwhelmed by the large amounts of fabric. Also avoid large amounts of detailing.

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such as those with darted bustlines, and dresses that cling to your silhouette.

Avoid dresses that call attention to your top, such as low cut

Look for almost any style you want. You can highlight your curves by wearing a mermaid or sheath style dress. Downplay your lines by wearing a classy dress with simple lines. Off-the-shoulder or sleeveless, princess or A-line, scoop or V-neck, they all look good! Avoid very low or very high necklines because they either show too much or cover too much. Steer clear of too much detail because it may add the appearance of extra pounds.

Other Considerations Concern:


Thick waist

Empire waistline

Short waist

Princess-style dress

Long waist

High waistline

Heavy hips

A full — not poufy — skirt. Avoid adding anything to the skirt (e.g., ruffles, bows, etc.).

Small bust

Dress with jewel, bateau, Sabrina, or squared necklines. Accent what you do have with gowns that are pleated or ruffled across the bust. Opt for intricate detailing with beads or embroidery along the bustline. Remember that you will need a push-up bra, so steer clear of dresses that cannot be worn with the type of bra you need.

Large bust

Dress with a simple bodice. Stay away from beads, embroidery, lace, and sequins. You have versatility in the type of bustline you wear. Square, strapless, scoop, sweetheart, V-shaped, Queen Anne, and off-the-shoulder all look good, but steer clear of high necklines such as jewel, bateau, portrait, and halter tops. Balance your proportions with an eye-catching skirt.


Dress with horizontal lines to break up your height, such as strapless dresses, sashed waistlines, and various-length skirting layers. Steer clear of long fluid lines, such as sheath style dresses. Halters are very flattering on tall people, especially if you have strong shoulders.

Bulky arms

A little coverage. Pick a dress with ¾ or full-length sleeves. Steer clear of capped sleeves and strapless dresses, which tend to accentuate the arms.

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FORMALWEAR INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Idea of budget

● Style of wedding (formal, informal, outdoor, indoor, etc.)

● Style of wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses

● Idea of colors, with color swatches if possible

● Who will be wearing formalwear

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What to Ask: ●

If I bring my bridesmaid's swatch, can you show me samples of a matching vest and tie? Shops should have plenty of samples available to make sure you find the color you need.

Do you have samples of all your tuxedos and suits in the store or would I be choosing from a catalog? Ideally they will have samples of inventory in the store, with mannequins dressed in different looks. Some formalwear stores encourage a groom try-on at no charge before you make the final style decisions.

Can you accommodate same day deliveries for groomsmen who need last minute changes? Just in case the T-shirt size sent in does not translate, it is helpful if your formalwear shop has access to local inventory. You may want to ask what is considered a rush order or if there are fees for expedited delivery.

How long have you been supplying tuxedos and suits for weddings? Make sure your supplier is respected within your area and has a history of good service and quality products.

Who should wear formalwear? Traditionally the groom, groomsmen, ushers, fathers and ring bearer will all be in formalwear. If you have grandfathers or other extended family members attending, you might want them in formalwear as well. Then your family portraits will have everyone looking their very best.

How should we order formalwear for our out-of-town groomsmen? Tuxedos or suits should be ordered in the city where the wedding is taking place to ensure consistency of style and color. Members of the wedding party living out of town should be professionally measured at their local formalwear or menswear store, and then call, email, or submit measurements online.

What is the final fitting? A final fitting is recommended so that your groomsmen can try on the actual ensemble. It usually takes place a day or two before the wedding so any needed adjustments can be taken care of before the wedding.

Is an appointment necessary? If the men plan on coming in as a group, it’s a good idea to call ahead and schedule an appointment. If they’ll be coming in on an individual basis, it is generally not necessary to make an appointment.


● 8-9 months before: Register your wedding ● 6 months before: Men in the wedding party should be measured and place their orders ● 3 months before: Give a gentle reminder to those who haven’t yet been measured ● 1 month before: Confirm your styles; check that all men have been measured ● 1 day before: Visit for your final fitting and formalwear pick up ● The day after: Return the formalwear • 55


COST BREAKDOWN ● Rent or Buy Formalwear shops provide tuxedos and suits for both rental and purchase.

● Cleaning The rental fee includes the cost of cleaning your suit or tuxedo after its return

● Designer In-house labels generally cost less than designer names or premium lines.

● Length of Rental If you plan on keeping your ensemble longer than the standard rental, there may be an additional fee.

Material Tuxedos and suits vary in quality, ranging from wool/polyester blends to super 100’s, super 120’s, and higher wool.

Accessories Sometimes price includes accessories like shirts, vests, cummerbunds, ties, shoes and dress socks. Add-ons might include pocket squares, suspenders and specialty items.

Service Formalwear professionals will make sure the suit or tuxedo is cleaned, pressed, and fits properly before you leave the store.

THE OPTIONS: Traditional Formalwear Etiquette CEREMONY TYPE





wedding suit in black, navy, brown, tan or shades of grey with matching trouser, dress shirt, vest to match coat and pant, complementary long tie, polished dress shoes



tuxedo in black, dark grey or navy with matching trouser, pleated or plain-front tuxedo shirt with wing or laydown collar, vest to match coat and pant, bow tie to match vest or complementary long tie, polished dress shoes or patent leather shoes white dinner jacket with black trouser is appropriate for summer evenings or tropical climates



grey cutaway or stroller with striped trouser , pleated or plain-front tuxedo shirt with wing or laydown collar, pearl grey vest, ascot or long tie, patent leather shoes


black tailcoat or tuxedo with matching trouser, pleated or plain-front tuxedo shirt with wing or laydown collar, white vest or cummerbund (more formal) or black vest or cummerbund, bow tie to match vest or cummerbund, patent leather shoes white dinner jacket with black trouser is appropriate for summer evenings or tropical climates



grey cutaway with striped trouser, pleated wing collar tuxedo shirt, pearl grey vest, ascot tie, patent leather shoes


black full-dress (tailcoat) with matching trouser, white pique wing collar shirt, white pique vest, white pique bow tie, patent leather shoes

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EXPERT ADVICE Designate one groomsman to gather all the tuxedos and make sure they are returned on time.

Photos: (left column) Amelia John Photographers, Azena Photography (right column) The Salty Peanut Photography, Blue Dandelion Photography

TRENDING Blue is the new black! Navy blue suits and tuxedos are trending as are less formal three-piece wedding suits. You will find fit and slim fit formalwear styles most popular this season in addition to bow ties, mostly commonly paired with vests and suspenders. • 57




INITIAL CONSULTATION Photo : A: nn Gorgenpage Photography Photos (opposite ) Bee In The Moment Photography, (This Page) Captured Moments Photography, Appleby Photography

What to Bring/Know:

● Have clean, dry hair, a clean face, and a button up shirt

● Pictures of hair styles and makeup you love

● Hair piece or veil if you have one

● Picture of your bridal gown if you have one

What to Ask:

● Are you available for my date?

● How many people can your salon accommodate?

● How long will the appointment take?

● What should I bring to the wedding day appointment?

● Do you have examples of your work I can view?

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TRENDING Brides are clamoring for a more understated look that emphasizes their own natural beauty with effortless tyling. Makeup trends are foregoing dramatic styles in favor of more natural looks with a hint of glamour, whether from a bold lip color or a custom hair accessory. Photos: (left column) Azena Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography, Tim Fitch Photography (right column) East Elm Photography, Blue Dandelion Photography • 59


TIMING For Her: ● 9-12 months before: Book your salon professional to ensure the preferred date and time. ● 6 months before: Implement diet and exercise program. ●

3-6 weeks before: Do a trial run with hair and makeup. Not only will you preview the look, but also check for allergies and compatibility. Coordinate with a bridal shower or bachelorette party, or just prior to your dress fitting (so you preview your entire wedding day look).

1-2 weeks before: Hair coloring appointment for sun-kissed highlights or a clear color glaze to add shine to your natural hair color (two weeks prior for new stylist; one week prior for a hairstylist with whom you have an ongoing relationship).

1 day before: Get a manicure and pedicure. Polish takes three to four hours to dry completely, so don’t schedule the appointment amidst a flurry of last-minute activities. Instead, after your appointment, go home to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.


Time Number of services, hair length, and veil placement affect the amount of time and energy spent on your services and will impact the price.

Expertise Salons charge a higher rate for experienced professionals with more expertise as opposed to someone just starting out in the field.

● Products Services utilizing higher-end and longer-lasting products will cost more than those using lower-end products.

● Day of Wedding: Get hair and makeup done.

For Him: ● 6 months before: Implement diet and exercise program. ●

1 week before: Get a final haircut. Eyebrow or back waxing should be done so irritations will have plenty of time to subside.

1 day before or day of the wedding: Get a manicure for those close ups! Return for a final shampoo and hair trim (beard and mustache included!)

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Hair Don’t do any major hair changes right before the wedding. It is okay to experiment a little bit, but don’t stray too far from your natural look. You don’t want to get your photos back and say, “That doesn’t even look like me!”

Makeup You want makeup that will endure tears, heat and perspiration. Fake eyelashes are a great way to avoid clumpy or runny mascara. Purchase the lipstick used at the salon for touch-ups throughout the day.

● Skincare Start a good skincare regimen well in advance so your skin is the best it can possibly be for the big day. ●

Nails Get a manicure, as friends and family will be admiring your ring and there will be photographs. A pedicure too, for open-toed shoes or for the honeymoon.

Waxing Don’t try waxing for the first time the week of your wedding. Instead, have a couple sessions prior to the big week.

Dieting Forego the crash diet. You may lose a few pounds initially, but by eating too little your body will break down muscle and slow its metabolism. This makes weight control more difficult and decreases your energy level when you need it most!

Working Out Don’t obsess! Set realistic expectations for your body and give yourself enough time. The best results occur when you start a consistent workout routine at least four to six months prior to the wedding.

Aches and Pains Headaches, neckaches, and backaches can leave you feeling tired and worn down. Visit a chiropractor to find relief from these common yet irritating conditions and to make sure you’re in peak condition for the big day!

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RINGS INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Basic idea of style

● Pictures of what you like

● Whether you want matching or separate bands

● What type of metal you prefer

● Whether you want gemstones and what kind

● Whether you would consider a custom creation

Photos: Urban Anchor Photography, Captured Moments Photography

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What to Ask: ●

What type of ring(s) would be best for my lifestyle? Your occupation should influence this decision. For example, an electrician would want to consider a ceramic band because it does not conduct electricity. People with active lifestyles might want to avoid silver, which is the softest metal. Instead consider tungsten, cobalt or stainless steel, which are quite striking and more durable. Similarly, those that work extensively with their hands may want to consider getting an additional, inexpensive band solely to wear at work.

How should I judge the value of a ring? Have your jeweler explain how the cut, color, clarity, and carat interact to affect the value of your particular gemstone. The best cut reflects the maximum amount of light and gives the stone its brilliance. For diamonds, the less color a stone has, the higher its value. A stone’s clarity is affected by surface blemishes and interior inclusions, which interfere with light passage and lower its value. A stone’s value is also affected by its weight, or carat measurement, with a larger carat corresponding to a more valuable stone.

Are these conflict-free gemstones? Ask your jeweler to verify that your gem purchase is not fueling conflicts in many African countries. Many diamonds have conflict-free certification, such as those that have been through the internationally recognized Kimberley Process.

What is the best way to store and care for my ring? Water, air, and other metals can be detrimental to your rings. When not wearing, store your rings in dry, airtight spaces. Prevent tarnishing by using anti-tarnish strips or storing in tarnish proof bags. Store each piece separately to avoid scratching and losing luster. In addition, avoid wearing your rings while house cleaning or exercising vigorously.

● How do I clean it? Basic cleaning involves washing your rings in warm, soapy water with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clear water and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. ● How often should I have settings checked? Visit your jeweler once every quarter for a ring cleaning and to have them check your ring for loose settings.

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Metals Silver is less expensive than the more popular white or yellow gold. Platinum is costlier than both silver and gold.

Craftsmanship Intricate and detailed designs will usually cost more than basic designs. The designer’s level of skill will also impact the price.

Gems The size, quality, and quantity of gems you may want will influence the overall value. Judge quality based on the cut, color, clarity, and carats.

Weight When looking at metals like gold and platinum, heavier karats such as 18 and 24 are more expensive than the lighter 14 karats. The same holds true for gems. All else being equal, the higher the carat, the greater the value, however, cut, color and clarity factor more into a stone’s value.

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Design Custom designed rings ​typically cost more than ready-to-wear bands because they are one-ofa-kind creations and not mass-produced. In addition, custom rings involve more professionals in the process, such as the designer that creates a ring based on your direction and the artisan that designs a handcrafted prototype and the ring itself.

● Special Touches Add-ons like textured finishes and engravings will increase the base price.

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Jewelry has been a part of Middleton Jewelers co-owner Manny Soin’s world for as long as he can remember. “My parents immigrated from India to the U.S. over 40 years ago. The Indian culture is imbued with gold, silver, diamonds, and exotic gemstones,” he explains. “Not to mention, my wife comes from a long line of jewelers.” Co-owner Joshua Gamer began a little differently. “What started as a hobby for me Kelsey Jean Photography turned into something more serious, and then eventually turned into a passion,” he remembers. “I love every day because it’s something different. And, well, let’s face it, who wouldn’t like playing with diamonds and gold every day?” Together Manny and Joshua own Middleton Jewelers, a shop focusing on custom design, repairs, vintage, estate jewelry, diamond buying, gold buying and trade-ins. “We offer our customers a relaxed, positive, environment where they can feel comfortable sharing their ideas.” Manny says. “There are no pushy sales people – you are always dealing with one of the owners.” “No project is too small.” Josh chimes in. “We are looking for life-long customers and are happy to help for mom’s birthday all the way to engagements and anniversaries.” Middleton Jewelers | Joshua Gamer & Manny Soin, Co-Owners 6629 University Avenue, Ste. 104, Middleton, WI 53562 | 608-831-5656 |

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TIMING ● ● ● ● ●

1-2 months before: shop for and purchase wedding rings 6-8 weeks before: decide on ring design (for custom rings) 3-6 weeks before: approve or make changes to artisan-created, 3D prototype of ring (for custom rings) 3-4 weeks before: make final tweaks to prototype (for custom rings) 0-4 weeks before: pick up rings

TRENDING Custom jewelry is immensely popular, particularly halo styles and square styles such as princess cut and cushion cut. You will find more colored gemstone engagement rings, from blue and yellow sapphires to tanzanite.

EXPERT ADVICE Do your research. Weddings rings are an investment, so educate yourself and know what you want. At the same time, do not be fooled by online discounters. The old adage rings true, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Photos from top: Paul Toepfer Photography, Azena Photography, Blue Dandelion Photography • 73

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INVITATIONS INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● All details pertinent to wedding (locations and addresses, dates, times, directions, accommodations, etc.)

● Budget

● Color swatches

● Whether you are having a buffet or your RSVP will require food selection (and names of meals if needed)

● An idea of text you would like on the invitations (your stationer will walk you through this)

● An idea of special graphics, short poems, quotes, etc., you may want to give your invitations a personalized touch

● Who the host will be (e.g., her parents, the couple, both sets of parents)

● Pictures or samples of the theme décor items you have already chosen, or ideas you like

Photos: (this page) LK Bridal Studio (opposite page) Invites by Jen

● Estimated quantity of invitations needed (remember, inviting couples and families means the number of invitations needed will be less than the number of guests)

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What to Ask:


● May I see samples of your work? Stationers should have plenty of samples of their work, not only for you to see the quality of the craftsmanship, but also to get ideas for your own invitations. ●

How far in advance should I place my order? Stationers typically suggest five to six months before your wedding for invitations and nine to twelve months for save the dates. Much later, there may not be enough time for production or your selection may be limited. Make sure all details are secured before ordering (i.e., location, date, time, clear directions to the sites, etc.).

● What is the proper wording for my invitations? Wording can sometimes by tricky, depending on who is hosting. A stationer is able to walk you through the process. See the Worksheet Section for some sample wording ideas. ● What is an estimate of the cost? An estimate is based on the number of pieces needed, quantity of items ordered, paper stock, other materials and embellishments used, the enclosures included, customization and level of complexity, and desired print techniques. ● How much will it cost to correct mistakes after the fact? Correcting mistakes can be very costly, so make sure you give the proofs careful attention. ●

How much will it cost to mail? After receiving your wedding invitation ensemble, you should take a complete sample to the post office to have it weighed. The postage is based on the size and weight. When purchasing, don’t forget to provide postage for your response cards as well. • 77

What are other considerations we should take into account for our wedding? In addition to save the dates and invitations stationers can take care of other stationery and accessory needs such as wedding announcements, programs, escort cards, place cards, table cards, menu cards, guest books, favors, thank you notes, thank you gifts, specialty cards, etiquette books, ringbearer pillows, and flower girl baskets.

● May I see a proof before it is printed? It is essential to see a final proof to double check for errors before everything goes to print. ● When will I receive the finished product? The timeline is affected by many of the same things that affect the estimate: number of pieces, level of complexity, added embellishments, etc. ● Who is responsible for assembly? Most likely this is included in the stationer’s fee, though some brides choose to do it themselves.

See the Worksheet Section for a comprehensive checklist of stationery items and some invitation wording samples.

Visit to find information about invitation etiquette, a gallery of invitation samples and more wording options.

Kathy Marcelle



As a professional graphic designer for such companies as Oscar Mayer and American Girl, Kathy Marcelle decided to design her own wedding invitations. She remembers, “I fell in love with the process! As a result, Sugar Pear Design was born.” Founded in 2006, Sugar Pear Design has offered bespoke invitations, announcements and social stationery; providing wedding stationery for every stage of the planning process: save-the-dates, invitations, programs, reception pieces, thank you cards and more. “I offer custom design in the true sense,” Kathy explains. “We start with a white sheet of paper and go from there. How it’s printed, ink or paper color combinations, typography— even how it is delivered—all can be customized. I ask a lot of questions to get to know my clients and discover how they envision their special day. All of that transpires into a design that is a true reflection of them.” Kathy’s creativity helps couples look beyond the expected and find ways to delight their guests. She also offers letterpress printing, eco-friendly papers and bilingual wording. Sugar Pear Design | Kathy Marcelle, Stationer & Designer 608-288-8976 | |

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EXPERT ADVICE Don’t compare apples to oranges. Do your homework. Each stationer has a very different definition of “custom” design.

Photos: (left column) Laura Zastrow Photography (right column) Blue Dandelion Photography, Sugar River Stationers, Urban Anchor Photography

TRENDING Gold is back! Gold foil, gold stocks, and gold embellishments. Painted edges, letterpress printing, laser cutting and die cuts are popular, especially with thick, textured papers and dimensional embellishments. • 79

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3 Paper Piper Designs

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COST BREAKDOWN ● Design Invitations with numerous layers, added embellishments, or complex designs are most expensive. Pocket style invitations vary greatly in price based upon the style (back-pocket is typically less expensive than tri-fold or side-pocket). ● Paper Paper prices vary depending on cardstock weight and quality (thicker and textured are more expensive). Specialty papers such as linen, cotton, bamboo, and rice papers add to the cost as well as shiny metallic papers. ● Printing technique Techniques range from the least expensive digital or offset printing to the more expensive, higher quality engraved invitations. ● Assembly Costs vary depending on whether your stationer assembles your invitations or if you choose to do them yourself. The difficulty of assembly also affects the price (e.g., tying ribbons, making cuts, gluing rhinestones, or adding belly bands).

9-12 months before Consult with stationer about Save the Date design concept Compile guests’ addresses

● 8-11 months before Mail Save the Dates ● 5-6 months before Meet the stationer to determine style and color options Place order and begin proofing process ● 3 months before Address wedding invitations ●

8 weeks before Mail invitations so people have enough time to make travel arrangements and plan their schedules accordingly, particularly during a busy summer season

● Enclosures In addition to the invitation suite, other add-ons such as reception cards and maps add to the overall cost.

6-8 weeks before Meet with invitation specialist to discuss programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, favors, and any other signage or dayof accessories

● Postage Depending on size, weight, and rigidity, wedding invitations typically require additional postage.

● 3-4 weeks before Finalize orders for programs and day-of wedding accessories

● Guest list size A limited guest list translates to less money spent on invitations. However, for larger guest lists, the price per invitation may decrease.

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THE OPTIONS: ● Engraved: The most formal and expensive of printing techniques, wherein a letter or design is etched onto a metal plate and inked. Paper is then pressed onto the etching using two tons of pressure. ● Thermography: A technique where ink and a powder compound are heated to produce raised letters that mimic the appearance of engraving without the cost. ● Embossing: An inkless process where paper is pressed between two heated metal dies, creating a raised impression. ● Foil Stamping: An inkless technique that uses a die and heat to press and transfer foil onto paper, creating an indented, metallic effect. ● Letterpress: An old-fashioned technique where inked letters are pushed into the paper, creating an indented effect. ● Offset Lithography: A flat style of printing that rolls a rubber cylinder with an inked impression onto the paper. The printing is smooth and one of the least expensive. ● Digital: A flat style of printing similar to your home printer, but with higher quality inks and greater precision. This less traditional technique works well for invitations with photographs and is one of the least expensive.

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PARTIES Pre-Wedding ●

Engagement Party:  Traditionally hosted by the parents soon after the engagement. Occasionally, the parents of the bride and groom will host the party together, but more often separate parties are held. It is a convenient way for parents to introduce their child’s fiancé to family and friends and can also be a good way for the parents of the couple to meet if they have not already done so.  

Showers:  Showers are given by any friend or relative who wants to do something special for the couple. Customarily, the immediate family of the bride and groom do not host a shower, because it is seen as asking for gifts. Often, the honor attendant and bridesmaids host a shower. Since the shower is always given by someone other than the bride, registry information may be included with the invitation. 

Bridesmaids’ Luncheon: The maids’ luncheon (or tea) is either given by the bridesmaids as a “farewell” to the bride or hosted by the bride herself. This luncheon may take place in a home or restaurant, wherever the bride and her ladies can take time to get together. The bride often gives her ladies their wedding mementos at this time, schedules final dress fittings, and just enjoys their company.

Bachelor/ette Party: These very casual gatherings emphasize having fun, unwinding and celebrating the wedding. Bachelor/ette parties often incorporate a theme and can include attending a sporting event, going to a comedy club or having a shopping excursion to Chicago or the Mall of America. Some enjoy activities such as laser tag, paintball, gambling, golfing, bowling or even camping.

Wedding Breakfast: This wedding day breakfast is hosted by a close friend or neighbor for out-oftown guests. Simple breakfast foods, coffee and juice are just as acceptable as an extravagant breakfast buffet. This is an ideal time to remind people of the day’s schedule. The bride, groom, and their families may be present for the occasion if they choose to, but are not expected to attend.

The Rehearsal Dinner: Held immediately after the rehearsal, this meal can be as simple or elaborate as the host wishes without upstaging the wedding itself. Eat out so no immediate family members have to entertain the night before the wedding. Traditionally, the groom’s parents are responsible for the cost of the rehearsal dinner, but a godparent, friend, or member of the bride’s family may also carry the honor of hosting. The guest list includes the bride and groom’s immediate family, attendants, ceremony officiant (and spouse), and any out-of-town guests, family or friends you or the host wish to invite.

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Post-Wedding ● After Party: A casual hang out with friends at an after party in the hotel bar, specially created lounge, or other nearby place ensures you are able to celebrate with your nearest and dearest. Relax in the casual atmosphere, munch on snacks, and enjoy the presence of your best friends. This can be an ad hoc affair or pre-planned event. Keep it simple, and ask a bridesmaid or groomsman to handle any arrangements. ● Bridal Brunch: This gathering is held the day of or the day after the wedding and gives the bride an opportunity to visit with out-of-town relatives she might not see for a very long time. Many of these guests arrive shortly before the wedding and return home before the bride returns from the honeymoon. The brunch is a thoughtful way to include family members in the celebration and to build relationships for the future. ● Gift Opening Party: This small gathering usually only includes the bride and groom’s families and members of the bridal party. More often than not, gifts are opened the day after the wedding or soon after the newlyweds return from the honeymoon. When held the day after the wedding, the gift opening party is often planned around a meal. Snacks and refreshments left over from the reception may also be served.



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GIFT REGISTRIES INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● An inventory of what you both own, what you are missing, and what you want replaced

● Your decorating style

● Which colors you want used in which rooms

● Décor color swatches if available

● Your entertaining style – practical or formal?

● How many people you typically invite to dinner

● If you plan to do a lot of holiday entertaining

● If dishwasher and microwave safe are important to you

● Your preference for heirloom pieces, everyday utility, or both

● What you like or would need if you plan to move in the future

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What to Ask: ● Who should register? Both the bride and groom. Both of you will have to live with your decisions. It is wise to get advice from family and friends, but ultimately just the two of you should register. ● How much should we register for? Guests appreciate plenty of options, so be sure to register for more items than invited guests. An added bonus? The more items you register, the less of a chance you will receive duplicates. ●

Will merchandise changeover affect our registry? You want to give guests plenty of time to purchase gifts, but do not want to register so early that a store might stop carrying any of your registry items. Find out if there are any plans to discontinue a product or line you are interested in.

How long is my registry posted? Look for a registry that allows your account to stay active for a generous amount of time. Etiquette dictates guests have up to a year after the wedding to give you a gift, and friends and family may want to continue to gift from your registry for special occasions and holidays.

● Is there a completion program? Some stores offer discounts after the wedding, so you can purchase things from your registry that were not gifted to you. ●

What is your return policy? Store gift registry return policies vary widely. Find out how long you have to make returns. Make sure you opt for a registry that allows you to return duplicate gifts and that is lenient when it comes to requiring a receipt, which you might not always receive.

How do I let guests know about my registry? Word-of-mouth. Though it may seem practical to write registry information on your wedding invitations, it is a breach of etiquette (and too much like asking for gifts). Instead, rely on friends and family to get the word out or post it on a page of your wedding website (not the home page) if you have one. An exception to this rule? Bridal showers. Because you are not the host, it is perfectly acceptable for registry information to be included on the shower invitation.

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TIMING ● 4-6 months before the wedding: Register so guests have plenty to choose from for your wedding and bridal showers. If having an engagement celebration, plan to register at a store or two before the party. ● As you receive gifts: Write thank you notes. It is best to write them after each shower so they do not become an overwhelming stack. A good rule of thumb is within one to two weeks of receiving a gift. ● Every couple weeks: Update your registry. Sometimes friends give gifts you registered for that they did not purchase off your registry. Avoid duplicates by periodically making sure things are current and that your registry is properly updating.



To acknowledge the time, energy and love that your friends and family have put into helping you plan your wedding, it's thoughtful to give a little memento of appreciation. Here are a few mix-andmatch ideas to help you find something meaningful:

● Parents - wine club membership, B&B gift certificate, certificate to a favorite restaurant, photo album of the wedding, framed print of a wedding photo, specialty mustard collection, collection of gourmet spices ● Bridesmaids/Personal Attendant - personalized jewelry, spa gift certificate, specialty soaps, personalized stationery, clutch, themed gift basket, photo book chronicling your friendship, apron, makeup kit, monogrammed beach bags, bottle of perfume ● Groomsmen - cuff links, monogrammed flasks, monogrammed wallet, bottle of whisky, cigars humidor, a round of golf, microbrew of the month club, ipod/nano, wristwatch, tickets to a sports game, travel bag ● Bridal Shower Hosts – flower arrangement, potted plant, box of chocolates, jewelry, monogrammed handkerchief, specialty soaps, monogrammed stationery set, box of cupcakes or cookies, bottle of wine

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dream... TRENDING Couples are more conscious of the gifts they register for - registering for items that are eco-friendly, sustainably sourced and safe to use. Specialty items are also popular, from pizza stones and smoothie makers to grilling essentials and items for entertaining.

THE OPTIONS: Local: Besides helping your local economy, local stores often carry specialty products not found in national chains. National: Out-of-town guests really appreciate the convenience of shopping at a store that is close to them. For added convenience, consider stores in a variety of price points. Untraditional: Couples that already have kitchen and home goods can opt for less traditional registries such as a furniture registry, airline registry, or even a honeymoon registry set up through a travel agent. Charity: When you have everything you need, share some of your joyous celebration by asking guests to donate to a charity of your choice in lieu of bringing a gift. Photos: (Opposite Page) LK Bridal Studio (This Page) East Elm Photography

EXPERT ADVICE ● Schedule plenty of time. Registering always takes longer than you think it will, so go on a day when you will not feel rushed. Avoid weekend afternoons and sale days, which are particularly busy. ● Register for a number of items in different price points. People will not think you are greedy or audacious. They appreciate having a variety of options.

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CEREMONY SITES INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Ask: ● What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. ● Is there a room available for the bride to use? If you want to get ready at the facility instead of the salon or at home, make sure there is a sizeable, well lit place to do so. ● Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves. ● Can we see a picture of the facility set up for a wedding? It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. ● Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate? Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. Most commonly there are restrictions on what can be used for the send-off (e.g., rice). ● Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding? You don’t want to plan for one color scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected. ● What is the rental fee? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. ● How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour.

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● Where should the musicians set up? Make sure the space properly accommodates your musicians and that they have access to electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests. ● Is there a wedding coordinator on staff that will be there the entire time? You will want the person you have been dealing with to be there the whole time to make things run smoothly. ● Who is in control of the sound system? Find out if your facility has someone to man the sound booth or if you need to provide your own professional. ● How is accessibility? Check out the parking situation to make sure they have enough for your size event and that it is conveniently available. Also make sure the facility is handicap accessible if necessary.

Additional questions for outdoor facilities ● Does the site have any restrictions? Each local park has its particular rules and regulations. Make sure to find out well in advance which ones apply to your event. ●

Is there restroom accessibility? Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities. Units are clean and can come with flushing toilets, sinks, mirrors and lights, providing all the conveniences of an indoor facility outdoors.

● Is there an alternate option in case of inclement weather? If there are extreme weather conditions you will need to have a back up plan. ● Will we have to deal with a large insect population? Depending on the time of year, you may have to spray or find a way to combat pesky creatures. ● Do we need power? If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity. ● What rentals will I need? Does the facility provide necessities such as chairs, sound system, awnings, tents, restrooms, etc., or will you need to rent your own? ● What will the site look like when we get married? The appearance of outdoor sites can change dramatically with the season. Find out what will be blooming, how they manicure the property, and if they have pictures to give you a better idea of what to expect. • 95

TIMING ● 6-18 months before: Tour and book your venue ● 1 month before: Final appointment with site coordinator to solidify final plans ● 1 week before: Check in to inform of any last minute details

TRENDING “Unplugged” ceremony sites. Couples are posting signs at the ceremony entrance or asking their officiant to make an announcement prior to the ceremony to have guests refrain from taking pictures. Brides and grooms want their guests to enjoy the ceremony with their own eyes instead of through a tablet or phone screen. Not to mention, they want their professional photographers and videographers to be able to document their special day unimpeded by well-intentioned guests.


EXPERT ADVICE When choosing the perfect ceremony site, think about how much work you want to put into preparation and cleanup. For unique, atypical locations you may have to coordinate all the details that a coordinator at a wedding venue would otherwise take care of.

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Date The time of year and day of the week play a large role in overall cost. High demand seasons like late summer and early fall may be costlier than off-season times. Similarly, couples may expect more savings if they choose a Friday or Sunday to get married instead of the popular Saturday.

Facility Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, electricity, and insurance.

Membership If you belong to a club, alumni association or house of worship, a cost savings may be factored into the facility fee.

Agora Pavillion

Fitchburg • Outdoor Seating: 200 The perfect location for your ceremony/reception, the Agora Pavilion provides a beautiful setting under a striking white canopy.

Blackhawk Country Club

Madison • Indoor Seating: 300 • Outdoor Seating: 300 Private country club with panoramic views of Lake Mendota and the golf course.

Chapel of the Archangels

Beaver Dam • Indoor Seating: 300 Beautiful 110-year old chapel with a majestic entrance, original stained glass windows, and a dramatic altar area with dome.


Coachman’s Golf Resort

Edgerton • Indoor Seating: 50 • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Several outdoor wedding sites available with golf course views. Beautiful picture opportunities in a country setting.

Cold Water Canyon/Dells Boats

Wisconsin Dells • Indoor Seating: 80 • Outdoor Seating: 150 Cold Water Canyon is a beautiful shady tributary glen on the Wisconsin River that is an exclusive retreat for private gatherings.

Deer Valley Lodge

Barneveld • Indoor Seating: 200+ • Outdoor Seating: 600 Get married in their beautiful outdoor wedding gazebo overlooking a 27-hole championship golf course. Experience a wedding with breathtaking views.

Dorf Haus

Roxbury • Indoor Seating: 200 • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Placid landscape, a beautiful garden and charming gazebo offer ideal settings for an outdoor ceremony — a short drive from Madison.

Golden Mast

Pewaukee • Indoor seating: 75 • Outdoor seating: 200+ Premier lakeside facility between Madison and Milwaukee. Enjoy your wedding ceremony and reception, indoors or outdoors, overlooking scenic Okauchee Lake.

Hanson House Elopements Cambridge • Indoor Seating: 10 • Outdoor Seating: 10 This 1883 Victorian offers a location for eloping couples to quietly exchange their vows in the garden or sitting room. • 97

Heidel House Resort & Spa

Green Lake • Indoor seating: 400 • Outdoor seating: 300 Beautiful Green Lake sets a breathtaking backdrop for your lakeside ceremony, elegant ballroom reception or woodland tent celebration.

Holy Wisdom Monastery Middleton • Indoor Seating: 300 • Outdoor Seating: 300 All are welcome. Their wedding coordinator works with couples to plan the perfect ceremony. Couples provide officiant and personal music.

Horsefeather Creek


Madison • Indoor seating: 70+ • Outdoor seating: 150 A unique country getaway featuring spacious elegance in a natural, beautiful setting like no other...a hidden gem.

Kestrel Ridge Golf Club Columbus • Indoor seating: 250 • Outdoor seating: 250 Beautiful ceremony site overlooking golf course. Located directly outside of banquet hall.

Lake Windsor Golf Club Windsor • Indoor seating: 400 • Outdoor seating: 400 Nominated for “Best Outdoor Venue” by Wisconsin Bride magazine. Just minutes from Madison. An indoor alternative with a breathtaking view.

Luther Memorial Church Madison • Indoor seating: 450 Historic landmark with majestic sanctuary, vaulted ceiling and stained glass, located in the heart of the UW-Madison campus.

The Madison Club Madison • Indoor Seating: 150 • Outdoor Seating: 150 Downtown historic building with fantastic cuisine, outstanding service and elegant setting. Perfect for rehearsals, ceremonies or weddings.

Madison Marriott West Middleton • Indoor Seating: 200 Their waterfall atrium is a wonderful and elegant place to hold a wedding.

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Madison Masonic Center Auditorium Madison • Indoor Seating: 1000 Located on National, State and Local Registries of Historic Places. Ornate detail, original acoustics and fixtures provide a majestic ambience.

Monona Terrace Madison • Indoor Seating: 500+ • Outdoor Seating: 500+ Promise your love on a rooftop garden overlooking Lake Monona with views of the downtown skyline and Capitol dome.

The Oaks Golf Course


Cottage Grove • Indoor Seating: 480 • Outdoor Seating: 200 ​Their state of the art ceremony and reception area provide​s sweeping views of the golf course with convenient access to I-94.

The Old Feed Mill Mazomanie • Indoor Seating: 150 • Outdoor Seating: 150 Elegant country ceremonies next to the 1857 Mill, under a canopy of ash, or inside the Mill’s upstairs Miller’s Loft.

Overture Center for the Arts Madison • Indoor Seating: 300+ Start your journey together at Madison’s own downtown stunning arts center. Ensure your day is artful, exquisite and unique.

Paradise Park Cottage Grove • Outdoor Seating: Unltd A wide array of gardens, lawns and natural attractions. Their 20 acres provide many romantic settings for ceremonies.

Pres House Chapel Madison • Indoor Seating: 275 Neo-gothic landmark with gorgeous stained glass. Close proximity to downtown reception venues. On-site wedding coordinator to help with your ceremony.

Quivey’s Grove Madison • Indoor Seating: 40 • Outdoor Seating: 250 Wedding ceremonies under a canopy of black walnut trees, or a festive wedding tent at five-acre 1855 historic landmark. • 99


Sugarland Arena • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Walk down a lush aisle near a cascading fountain to exchange vows under a majestic oak. An intimate, country setting.

Von Rutenberg Ventures Madison • Indoor Seating: 400 • Outdoor Seating: 400 Waterfront marina setting for outdoor, indoor or indoor/outdoor events. Weddings on the water with Betty Lou Cruises.

Watertown Country Club Watertown • Indoor Seating: 100 • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Wisconsin’s best kept secret has many locations to say “I Do,” Enjoy a majestic golf course and beautiful stone bridge.

Wild Rose Ranch, LLC Baraboo • Indoor Seating: 88 • Outdoor Seating: 175 Log Cabin horse barn on a ranch. Two gazebos for the ceremony and bridal suite for the couple to stay.

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OFFICIANTS INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Your wedding date

● Location

● Time of ceremony

● Ideas based on things you have seen

● What you like/don’t like

● Whether you want your own vows

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What to Ask: ● How long have you been officiating? Verify that they have been in the business for awhile, have performed a number of other weddings and have a list of references for you to check. ● Are you able to accommodate different and/or unique traditions or requests? Make sure you will be able to incorporate your cultural traditions and that there is a way to include children or parents in the ceremony as you desire. ● Can we choose our own readings? Find out if you are able to personalize the homily and the readings or if the officiant prefers to use a basic ceremony plan. ● Can we write our own vows? If wanting to do this, look for an officiant with experience in coaching couples that write their own vows. ● Do you charge extra to attend the rehearsal or to travel? Make sure you know everything that is included and whether there are extra fees for extra services.


Time: Many hours go into getting to know the couple, crafting a personalized ceremony, communicating with the bride and groom, and revising drafts.

● Date: Officiants may charge less depending on the time of year or the day of the week. ● Added Services: Sometimes there are extra fees for attending the rehearsal or for traveling certain distances.

TIMING ● After venue is scheduled: Book officiant ● 3-6 months before: Discuss type of ceremony desired ● 1-4 weeks before: Apply for marriage license ● 1 week before: Check in with officiant to verify dates, times, and other details ● Day of: Bring license • 105


THE MARRIAGE License When to Apply: One or both of the parties must reside at least 30 days in the county of application. The license may be used in any of the 72 Wisconsin counties. Out-of-state residents must apply for a license in the county where the ceremony will take place. Apply at least six calendar days before you need the license issued. Once issued, the license is valid for 30 days. Where to Apply: County Clerk locations, hours, websites, and license info can be found on Requirements:
 ● Over 18 years of age—unless with signed consent from guardians ● Both parties must apply in person at same time ● Proof of Residence
(i.e., driver’s license, lease, utility bills, letter with 
postmark over 30 days old) ● Certified copy of birth certificate (hospital certificate is not a legal document and is not accepted) ● Photo ID
 ● Social security number ● Copy of divorce judgment, marriage annulment, or death certificate from most recent marriage ● Location and date of marriage ● Officiant name, title, address and phone number ● Names, with correct spelling for both parents, including middle names and mother’s maiden name ● A third person to interpret if one or both of the applicants do not speak English ● Cash – license fees range from $70-$120 in southern Wisconsin.

What Happens Next: Bring the marriage license to the ceremony. Your officiant fills out the license, the witnesses will sign it, and then the officiant sends it to the Register of Deeds in the county where you were married. The marriage license is processed and becomes the marriage certificate. See the worksheet section for a name-change checklist and information.

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TRENDING Unique Unity Ceremonies: Brides and grooms are creatively symbolizing the merging of two families through special unity ceremonies. Perhaps most popular is the unity candle. Other popular adaptations are tree planting, Celtic hand-fasting, bread breaking, and foot washing. A thoughful version for couples with children is the sand ceremony wherein everyone participates to create a blend of multi-colored sand.

EXPERT ADVICE When creating your own vows, say what is in your heart. Keep in mind that reading something aloud takes longer than when you read it to yourself. Practice reading it out loud to see exactly how long it will take and how it will sound. Remember to use inflection and emotion. Photos: (left column) Tim Fitch Phtography, Paul Toepfer Photography (right column) Azena Photography, Jas McDaniel Photography • 107


THE OPTIONS: ● Religious: conducted by an officiant such as a pastor, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader from your place of worship. ●

Spiritual: conducted by an officiant that incorporates general spiritual themes into your wedding if you do not necessarily wish to reference a specific religion or have a traditional religious ceremony.

● Civil: conducted by a judge, court commissioner, or other officiant of your choice and is usually without any religious content. ●

Secular: allows the couple and officiant to create something unique and meaningful without religious overtones. It is usually a bit longer and more personalized than a simple, civil ceremony. Laura Zastrow Photography


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RECEPTIONS INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Your vision for the reception

● Number of guests

● Tentative wedding date

● Ideas and pictures

● Decision makers that need to be included in tour

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What to Ask: ● What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend. ●

Is there a room available for the bride to use? You may want to freshen up or change clothes just before the reception or before you make your getaway.

● Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? If so, you want to ensure they will give your wedding the proper care and attention it deserves. ● Can we see a picture of the facility set up for a wedding? It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. ●

Are there restrictions on what we can do to decorate? Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations.

How early can we set up? You will want to pass this information on to your rental company, so they know when they can deliver your items.

Are you planning on any remodels or renovations before our wedding? You don’t want to plan for one color scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected.

● How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours and facilities will charge for each additional hour. Make sure to find out what the fee is if you decide you want to stay later than you originally planned.

Does the facility provide catering, have a list of approved caterers or allow outside catering? Also make sure to find out if you can make any special menu requests.

● What is the rental fee? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. ●

Do you charge for extra services? Find out if the chairs, tables, linens and glassware are included. Often there is an extra charge for cake cutting and alcohol service.

What is the wait staff uniform? Undoubtedly they have professional attire, but if you have a themed wedding, make sure to ask if they will accommodate any special wardrobe requests.

Where should the band, DJ and/or photobooth entertainment set up? Make sure the space can properly accommodate your entertainment for the night and that they have access to the proper electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests.

● Does your venue have exclusive AV service offerings? Some venues have their own Gobo projectors and uplighting equipment and will not allow any outside vendors, such as DJs, to bring in their own equipment. ●

Is there a wedding coordinator on staff that will be there the entire time? Make sure you meet the person who will be on site that day.

● How is accessibility? Check out the parking situation to make sure they have enough for your event and that it is conveniently available. Also make sure the facility is handicap accessible for guests that may be less mobile. • 113


Additional questions for outdoor facilities ●

Does the site have any restrictions? Each local park has particular rules and regulations. Make sure to find out well in advance which ones apply to your event.

● Is there an alternate option in case of inclement weather? If there are extreme weather conditions you will need to have a back up plan.

Does the site have some kind of shelter? If not, you will have to provide your own. Rental tents are available in many styles and sizes: from open-air canopies to tents enclosed with French windowed walls. Some can even accommodate up to 2,500 people.

● Will we have to deal with a large insect population? Depending on the time of year, you may have to spray or find a way to combat pesky creatures.

Is there restroom accessibility? Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities. Units are clean and can come with flushing toilets, sinks, mirrors and lights, providing all the conveniences of an indoor facility outdoors.

Do we need power? If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity.

What rentals will I need? Don’t forget tables, chairs, table settings, linens and chair covers. Rental companies also offer dance floors, lighting, audio-visual equipment and more to provide the ideal atmosphere for any celebration.

TIMING ● 6-18 months before: Tour and book your venue ● 1 month before: Final appointment with site coordinator to solidify final plans ● 1 week before: Contact site coordinator to verify final details Photo: Blue Dandelion Photography

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Date The time of year and day of the week play a large role in overall cost. High demand seasons like late summer and early fall are costlier than off-season times. Similarly, expect greater savings if you choose a Friday or Sunday to get married instead of the popular Saturday.

● Number of Guests A large guest list means more of everything: space, rentals, number of servers, etc. ● Facility Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, linens, serviceware, various licenses, and insurance.

EXPERT ADVICE Walk through the venue and try to envision your wedding. Will your décor theme work with the site? How are the bathrooms? Is there enough lighting for your photographer? Also, each wedding is different. Do not be afraid to ask your facility coordinator if they can personalize a package to fit your needs.

Sarah Davidson



The Madison Children’s Museum has been a Madison icon since 1980. Well known as a haven for children to discover and learn through creative play, MCM also acts as a venue for many grown-up events, including weddings. “We have a unique venue in a perfect downtown location,” MCM facility rental coordinator Sarah Davidson explains. “There are tons of built-in decorations and we have the option for you to move between classic and elegant to creative and fun all in one evening.” Sarah enjoys getting to work with a variety of people and vendors. “It’s such an honor to be a part of someone’s personal day and provide a service I know the guests will enjoy,” she remarks. “Don’t be afraid to take risks!” Sarah counsels her clients. “The craziest ideas are the ones people will still be talking about 20 years from now.”That mentality has helped turn MCM into a sought-after wedding venue. “We’ve held over 50 weddings in the past four years and have had many guests comment it was the most fun wedding they had ever been to!” Of course, that may have something to do with the human-sized gerbil wheel… Madison Children’s Museum | Sarah Davidson, Facility Rental Coordinator 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-354-0540 |

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Sarah Sherman



Sarah Sherman loved the movie Father of the Bride with Steve Martin growing up. She always knew she wanted to be the wedding planner Franck, and it was a dream she never gave up. “I love the process of working with wedding couples and their families,” she says. This dream led her to work at iconic hospitality companies such as The Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, and Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks before returning to her hometown of Madison. Now as the Director of Catering at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club she oversees the premier location for downtown weddings. “We provide comprehensive wedding planning services with a dedicated coordinator from the time you book through the night of the wedding,” Sarah explains. Their variety of private function spaces can accommodate wedding ceremonies and receptions in addition to rehearsal dinners and post-wedding breakfasts. Their service and dedicated staff make them a cut above the rest. “We strive to make the couple’s wedding day stress-free and enjoyable. Throughout the planning process, the Catering Manager collaborates with the Chef and Food & Beverage Director for special menu or beverage requests. On the night of the wedding, the Catering Manager, Banquet Manager and Chef coordinate to ensure timing, service and food are impeccable.” The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club | Sarah Sherman, Director of Catering 1 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-356-8293 |

Taralinda Willis



With more than 300 weddings under her belt, Overture Center’s Taralinda Willis has just about seen it all. “There are always surprises, little things you didn’t anticipate,” she says. “Selecting the right venue, with the best professional staff, will ensure those little surprises don’t become issues.” Taralinda suggests doing your homework and asking for references before settling on a venue. “Choosing a venue is the first big step in the planning process and it’s important to connect with the onsite staff,” she says. “The right facility coordinator can connect you with the best vendors and provide really valuable advice. That’s what I try to do. I enjoy working one on one with couples and families, and at every wedding I’m reminded that what I do every day makes a difference in their lives.” Given that Overture has interesting spaces for an intimate affair for 20 or a grand event for 400, Taralinda enjoys the diversity of her job. “A couple may come to me looking to plan a small event in four weeks, and another for a large celebration two years away. I love the challenge of doing my best to make sure all types of events go off exactly as imagined—even better.” Overture Center for the Arts | Taralinda Willis, Event Coordinator 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-258-4163 | • 117


Agora Pavilion Fitchburg • (608)277-2592



Avenue Bar Madison • (608)257-6877



Betty Lou Cruises Madison • (608)246-3138



Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano Madison • (608)664-9288



Blackhawk Country Club Madison • (608)231-2454


Brickhouse BBQ Madison • (608)257-7675






Coachman’s Golf Resort Edgerton • (608)884-8484



The Coliseum Bar & Banquet Madison • (608)251-2434



Creekside Place Evansville • (608)882-0407



Crowne Plaza Madison • (608)243-1814



The Crystal Room WI Dells • (608)253-2200



Deer Valley Lodge Barneveld • (888)924-1601



Devil’s Head Resort Merrimac • (800)472-6670



Dorf Haus Roxbury • (608)643-3980



Doubleday’s Reception Hall Cottage Grove • (608)839-5101



The East Side Club Madison • (608)222-9131



The Edgewater Hotel Madison • (608)535-8171




Candlewood Suites Fitchburg • (608)271-3400



Capital Brewery Middleton • (608)826-1081



Capitol ChopHouse Madison • (608)260-2364



Cascade Mountain Portage • (608)742-5588



Chapel of the Archangels Beaver Dam • (920)356-1900



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private catering OK


Bunky’s Café & Catering Madison • (608)204-7004

# of banquet rooms ceremony site

Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center Madison • (608)284-1234



Buck & Honey’s Restaurant & Catering Sun Prairie • (608)837-3131


private catering OK

in-house catering



Chula Vista Resort WI Dells • (866)382-4852

in-house catering



outdoor area

5100 Bar Grill Banquet Dining McFarland • (608)223-5100

outdoor area

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Golden Mast Pewaukee • (262)567-7047



Harvest Restaurant Madison • (608)255-6075



Heidel House Resort & Spa Green Lake • (920)294-3344


Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton Middleton • (608)831-2220


Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Madison • (608)260-2304


Ho-Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin Dells Hotel & Convention Center Baraboo • (800)746-2486 Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West Madison • (608)203-4707



Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center Madison • (608)249-4220


Horsefeather Creek Sun Prairie • (608)220-4205










Inn on the Park Madison • (608)285-8000



Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center WI Dells • (608)254-3303



Kestrel Ridge Golf Club Columbus • (920)623-4653



Lake Windsor Golf Club Windsor • (608)846-4711



Lake Wisconsin Country Club Prairie Du Sac • (608)643-4554



The Legend at Bergamont Oregon • (608)291-2400



Madison Children’s Museum Madison • (608)354-0540



The Madison Club Madison • (608)255-4861



The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club Madison • (608)257-6000



Madison Marriott West Middleton • (608)831-2000



Madison Masonic Center Madison • (608)256-5734



Madison Turner Hall Madison • (608)222-4922




Howard Johnson Hotel Madison • (608)244-2481

private catering OK


in-house catering


Farm Kitchen Baraboo • (608)356-5246

outdoor area

# of banquet rooms ceremony site



private catering OK

in-house catering


Erin’s Snug Irish Pub Madison • (608)242-7616

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outdoor area


Magnuson Grand Hotel Madison • (608)224-1500 Mariner’s Inn Madison • (608)246-3120





Marquis Ballroom Fitchburg • (608)204-2883


The Melting Pot Madison • (608)833-5676


Monona Terrace Madison • (608)261-4093



Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano Madison • (608)661-9254



Oaks Golf Course Cottage Grove • (608)837-4774



The Old Feed Mill Mazomanie • (608)795-4909


Overture Center for the Arts Madison • (608)258-4163



Rare Steakhouse Madison • (608)204-9000



Samba Brazilian Grill Madison • (608)257-1111



Sheraton Madison Hotel Madison • (608)260-2304



Stoughton Country Club Stoughton • (608)873-7861





private catering OK

in-house catering

outdoor area

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private catering OK

in-house catering

outdoor area

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Sugarland Arena • (608)795-4909

Trappers Turn Clubhouse WI Dells • (608)254-3303



Tyrol Basin Mt. Horeb • (608)437-4135




The University Club Madison • (608)262-5023





Watertown Country Club Watertown • (920)261-5009



Porta Bella Madison • (608)256-3186



Waunakee Village Center Waunakee • (608)850-5992



Pres House Chapel Madison • (608)216-7319



Wild Rose Ranch Baraboo • (608)772-3403



Pumphouse Baraboo • (608)356-7707



Wilderness Territory/Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness WI Dells • (800)867-9453



Quivey’s Grove Madison • (608)273-4900





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Wyndham Garden Hotel Fitchburg • (608)274-7200



Located in: Madison-East Total square footage: 10,500 sq ft # of event spaces: 11 Capacity: 350 Catering: On-site, Off-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, and Barware Parking: On-site Special features: Complimentary parking, discounted room block for family and friends, dance floor, cake cutting and serving, private menu tasting, whirlpool suite for bride and groom, centerpieces. The upscale Crowne Plaza Hotel Madison boasts the largest hotel ballroom space on the east side. They have a range of wedding reception rooms to accommodate weddings of all sizes, from small, intimate gatherings to large, grand celebrations. Their elegant banquet rooms feature simple yet elegant décor that serves as the ideal setting for each couple’s personal wedding style. The professional staff at Crowne Plaza is warm, welcoming and flexible. They will work with you to turn your vision into reality and can help with every detail. Their dedicated and experienced wedding coordinator will be your point of contact and will help guide you through this special occasion. You and your guests will enjoy the convenience and flexibility the Crowne Plaza offers with features like convenient access to the Dane County Regional Airport, Interstates 90/94 and 39, and all the major sites and attractions of downtown Madison.

608-243-1814 • 4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 • 121• 1

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Located in: Wisconsin Dells Total square footage: 5,700 sq ft # of event spaces: 3 Capacity: 15 - 300 Catering: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, 30’x30’ Teak Dance Floor, Cake Cutting, Microphone, PA System, Podium, On-site Banquet Manager, and Service Staff Parking: On-site Special features: A restored 1902 Brunswick Bar, double-sided fieldstone fireplace, crystal chandeliers, private bathrooms, coat check room, and two elevators to accommodate guests The Crystal Room quickly became the venue of choice for brides with their own unique style. If you want a location with sophisticated ambiance for your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner then The Crystal Room is for you! Winner of The Knot’s list of “Best Wedding Venues” in 2014, their delicate crystal chandeliers, dropped embossed ceiling, large double-sided fieldstone fireplace, and classic Brunswick Bar convey vintage elegance. From the moment you choose to host your wedding at The Crystal Room, the focus is on what they can do to create the most memorable experience possible! They provide a complimentary tasting of your menu selections so you know what to expect on your big day. The Crystal Room only hosts one wedding per date so their personal attention is just on you. Their Group Sales Director will help you customize your cuisine with plated or buffet options and their professional staff is sure to wow your guests and keep them talking for weeks.

608-253-2200 x300 • 150 Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 • 123

Devil’s Head gives you and your guests everything you need for your event. Beautiful accommodations, exceptional food, and outstanding amenities. 124 • Wedding Planner & Guide




Located in: Merrimac Total square footage: 11,800 sq ft # of event spaces: 5 Capacity: 600 Catering: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, and More Parking: On-site Special features: Spectacular natural setting, nestled against the Baraboo bluffs. The Cliffhaus Ballroom has a spectacular view of the ski runs and natural forest. Located within the 1,200 acres of rolling hills and beautiful countryside of the Baraboo Bluffs, Devil’s Head Resort and Conference Center is the perfect destination location. The lush greens of summer and spectacular fall colors add enchantment to any wedding day. Wedding guests can arrive a day early and stay a day longer to enjoy the Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells Vacation areas and take advantage of the championship 36-holes of Golf available at the Resort. Likewise, wedding couples can relax for a day before the ceremony and then revel in the afterglow for a day or two. Devil’s Head’s conference services and wedding coordination staff have over 40 years of combined experience. They are dedicated to providing personalized service for any and all couples. They pay attention to the many details and help you plan the perfect ceremony and reception. From the woodsy, outdoorsy couple to the chic high-style bride and groom, all will be pleased with the services and facilities at Devil’s Head.

608-493-2251 • 800-472-6670 • S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561 • 125

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Events for groups of 50 to 300 • Banquet / Meeting Rooms Available • Wedding Rehearsals, Receptions, Business Meetings/Luncheons, Corporate Dinners • Audio/Visual Equipment Available

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Located in: Madison – Downtown / Southeast # of event spaces: 3 Capacity: 300 Catering: On-site, Off-site Included in Rental: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware Parking Availability: On-site Special Features: Full sound system, Wireless microphone

Hundreds of newlyweds have celebrated their happiest day in the Coliseum Bar’s Parkview Hall overlooking beautiful Olin Park, Lake Monona, Willow Island and the downtown Madison Skyline. Your guests will enjoy The Coliseum’s central location offering easy access to the Beltline and downtown Madison. From laid back, low-key weddings to exquisite high-end affairs, The Coliseum is flexible and can meet each couple’s needs. Their professional staff will treat you and your guests to the night of your lives! Their facility boasts two full bars, your choice of appetizers, and buffet service or full-service plated dinners. The facility can be divided up for small, intimate parties and can accommodate large as well. Host 25-50 guests in the Willow Island room, up to 300 guests in the Parkview room or rent out the entire facility to fit up to 550. The Coliseum Bar & Banquet’s delicious food comes highly recommended and is also available for off-site catering. From baked brie and stuffed mushrooms to filet mignon and grilled salmon, you and your guests are sure to enjoy their mouth-watering fare.

608-251-2434 • 232 E. Olin Avenue, Madison, WI 53713 • 127

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njoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in our beautiful pre-function area followed by an elegant reception in our chandelier-lit ballroom for up to 200 guests.

• Rehearsal Dinners • Wedding Receptions • Anniversary & Retirement Parties • Plated & Buffet Options • Cake Cutting Service Available • Luxurious Guest Rooms • Ample Complimentary Parking • Restaurant & Bar On-site

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Located in: Madison East Total square footage: 2,550 sq ft # of event spaces: 1 Capacity: 200 Catering: On-site Includes: Event Coordinator, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Serviceware, Barware, Dance Floor, Select Decorations Parking: On-site Special features: Bridal Suite Included, Special Guest Room Rates, Customized Catering Options Available Photos by Meir Photography

Their unique east side location is tucked away in a quiet, urban area with easy access to I-90/94, the airport, downtown, and surrounding communities. With their reputation for outstanding food and the professionalism and care they give every event, it is little wonder they won the 2014 TripAdvisor Excellence Award. The knowledgeable staff at the Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center will lead you through every detail of your event from start to finish. They work to accommodate all your wants and needs – not only on your wedding day, but also before and after the event.

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ur event specialists make you their priority, orchestrating your plans as well

as being present for your event. Allow our highly skilled staff to lavish you with attention as you dine on our exquisite cuisine in our spacious formal ballroom.

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Located in: Fitchburg Total Square footage: 10,000 sq ft # of event spaces: 3 Capacity: 325 Catering: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware Parking: On-site Special features: Exquisite cuisine in a spacious formal ballroom, 30 ft ceilings, 3 plasma screen TV’s, private bridal room, kids play area, no minimum food or liquor requirement Photos by Paul Toepfer Photography

Centrally located between Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago, The Marquis Ballroom is specially situated to provide couples with every amenity for both weddings and receptions. The event specialists at The Marquis Ballroom make you their priority. They hold only one wedding each week and allow decorating and access to the room the entire week before the wedding. The Marquis Ballroom offers two bars, a private appetizer and pre-reception area, as well as a complimentary next-day gift opening room. Enjoy lovely photo ops both outside and inside. Their event planners help take care of everything and even offer limousine, DJ, hotel, and photography packages for your convenience. The Marquis Ballroom offers a wide variety of menu options, from an appetizer reception to a buffet-style or plated meal. They welcome you to choose from their sample menus or design a custom menu for your event. Enjoy their exquisite cuisine as you celebrate your special day in their spacious formal ballroom.

608-204-2883 • • 6220 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • 131

Where everything is on course!

Coachman’s Golf Resort provides a beautiful setting and complete banquet facilities with new outdoor venue for your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Guest accommodations are available, including fireplace/whirlpool suites. 132 • Wedding Planner & Guide



Located in: Edgerton Total square footage: 4000 (outdoor) # of event spaces: 3+ outdoor Capacity: 40-385 Catering: On-site Included in Rental: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware Parking Availability: On-site Special Features: Brand new banquet facility, located on golf course, outdoor patio and fire pit.

Coachman’s Golf Resort has been family-owned and operated for 53 years. Located in Edgerton just a short drive southeast of Madison, their beautiful setting overlooks a 27-hole golf course and is perfect for the couple looking for a destination wedding close to home. Golf lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike will treasure Coachman’s picturesque setting and will relish all the amenities Coachman’s has to offer. New in 2014 is a beautiful outdoor venue that seats up to 385 people and offers stately views of the golf course. Their staff is very willing to work with all couples to customize a package that works for them, whether that means helping you decide what gourmet specialties you want to serve or assisting you as you finalize the details of your special day. Couples and their guests will enjoy Coachman’s nationally acclaimed wine list, which has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for multiple years.

608-884-8484 • 984 County Road A, Edgerton, WI 53534 • 133

Let the memories begin...

At the ESC you will enjoy stunning views of Madison’s Capitol skyline and beautiful sunsets over Lake Monona

Club membership not required for the event of your lifetime.

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Located in: Madison-East Total square footage: 14,000 sq ft # of event spaces: 2 Capacity: 600 Catering: Off-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Event Coordinator, Barware, and Bartenders Parking: Street, On-site Special features: Located on Lake Monona, stunning views of the Capitol skyline, historic building/club, large lake lawn area, summer outdoor bar

For over 50 years the historic East Side Club has enjoyed its stunning panoramic views of the Madison skyline and Capitol dome from its perch on the shores of Lake Monona. The East Side Club has two banquet rooms that overlook the serene, peaceful beauty of Lake Monona. Offering brides and grooms the ability to bring in their own caterer, The East Side Club is a great ceremony and reception location for couples that love the Capitol view and have an easygoing mindset. With an expansive lawn abutting the lakefront, wedding guests are able to enjoy scenic views and even enjoy playing lawn games. The outdoor Tiki Bar is a hidden gem that offers a fun complement to any event. When paired with a budget-friendly rate and helpful staff, it is no surprise The East Side Club won the Star of Madison’s #1 Wedding Reception Location in 2013.

608-222-9131 • 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714 • 135

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Adrianne Munz Photography


Celebrating 50 years


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Indoor/Outdoor Ceremonies

2011, 2012, 2014 Best Overall Wedding Vendor 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 Best Reception Site


2013 and 2014

Private Parties

4628 Golf Road, Windsor, WI 608.846.4711 • 139

Photo by Pierre’s Portrait Art

Photo by Front Room Photography

Photo by Krakora Studios

Photo by Narella Studios

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dream... | 608.258.4163 |


loVe An exquisite, unique experience for you and your guests, just steps from the Capitol. • 141

Photo by MThreeStudio | 608.258.4163 |


Your wedding should be

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legendary, not ordinary.

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Brand new, state-of-the-art 34,000 sq. ft. clubhouse Grand Ballroom and Sunset Terrace seating for 75-425 guests 2 full service bars available Outdoor patio space available with breathtaking views Award-winning Executive Chef to create the perfect menu Professional on-site Event Coordinator to assist in planning every detail Beautiful Outdoor Ceremony Site overlooking pristine golf course Located just 10 minutes south of the Beltline Free golf for 4 members of the bridal party

For more information and a personal tour of The Legend, call us at (608)291-2400 or email

699 Bergamont Boulevard | Oregon WI 53575 | • 143

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Whether making a


at the rehearsal dinner or reception, you can count on us every step of the way on your most remarkable day. Our wedding experts are dedicated to being your guide to an exceptional experience. We’ll reveal all


delectable items available on our award-winning menu, crafted by our Chef who was voted Best Local Chef by Madison Magazine. Our ballrooms welcome any style of wedding, from 50 to 700 guests. You’ll love the Governor’s Club and our 373 newly remodeled guest rooms. Our


location near the Capitol, lakes, the UW and State Street gives you perfect photo opportunities and makes your wedding a vacation for your guests. Call us or email today and we’ll show you why we’re the place to eat, drink and be married! * *Wisconsin Bride Best of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Award Winner

1 West Dayton Street Downtown Madison 800 356 8293 • 145



UNIVERSITY CLUB Weddings | Rehearsal Dinners | Events | 146 • Wedding Planner & Guide

CONTEMPORARY DOWNTOWN LOCATION For over 100 years The University Club has hosted intimate rehearsal dinners & wedding receptions. Located on State Street’s Library Mall, we offer a classic interior that perfectly contrasts our contemporary downtown location. Our staff promises expert guidance, made from scratch cuisine & flawless execution on your wedding day; leaving you & your guests free to focus on the most important part of the day... your wedding.

Photos Courtesy: Errin Hiltbrand Photography & Queens and Hearts Photography

• 147 608 . 2 62. 502 3 | 8 0 3 S t a t e S t r e e t , M dison, W I

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We vow to make it extraordinary...

Photos courtesy of Mthree Photography, Paulius Musteikis, Greg Meir Photography & Bellow Blue Photography

5 E Wilson Street, Downtown Madison 150 • Wedding Planner & Guide


The ideal venue for your wedding Situated in the heart of downtown Madison on the shore of Lake Monona, the Madison Club offers an elegant and timeless location for your wedding or reception. We offer indoor and outdoor event space, unparalleled service, and wedding menus that highlight fresh, decadent ingredients. Banquet space can seat up to 250 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 300 people for an hors d’oeuvres reception.

Let us create your dream come true.



Promises are invited. At the Sheraton Madison Hotel with room for up to 375 people to toast, to cheer, to share your day. Let our wedding coordinator take care of the details. Because you don’t just stay here.

You belong. 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison 608-260-2304 • 152 • Wedding Planner & Guide

An elegant rehearsal dinner within the charm of one of our private dining rooms in the Stone House makes your special occasion truly unique. A bridal shower in the loft of the rustic Stable Grill is perfect any time of year. A wedding ceremony under a canopy of black walnut trees, dinner & dancing under the festive wedding tent in our paddock, carriage rides into the sunset.

6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison • (608)273-4900 • • 153


Choose our private yachts, waterfront restaurants or both for your celebration. We specialize in outdoor seasonal events and personal touch indoor events year-round. REHEARSAL DINNERS WEDDING CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES BRIDAL SHOWERS

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The Edgewater, overlooking Lake Mendota in the heart of Madison, offers a grand ballroom with an incredible view, outdoor terraces, private rooftop lounge areas, elegant accommodations, and a spectacular spa. The Edgewater Wedding is designed to exceed your every expectation. Beautifully. Contact The Edgewater Wedding Concierge for details and availability 608.535.8171 or


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Uplighting and photo by Juke Box Bandstand


950 seat auditorium for your wedding ceremony 500 seat ballroom for your wedding reception

301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison

(608)256-5734 • • 157

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Deer Valley Lodge Our Banquet Facility seats up to 400 and boasts an extensive banquet menu and full-service bar. The Outdoor Patio and Wedding Gazebo overlook our beautiful Golf Course. And our 62 room Hotel offers nicely appointed suites and an Indoor Water Park.

401 W. Industrial Dr., Barneveld, WI 53507 Great location just 30 minutes west of Madison on Hwy 18/151

888.924.1601 • • 159

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Wedding Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties • Anniversaries • Bridal Showers for More Detailed Information (608) 242-7616 • 4601 American Parkway, Madison • 161

Make your wedding a special memory for all

A premier wedding reception destination for up to 250 of your closest family and friends. Mention this ad to receive a 50% discount on your 2015 room rental. Visit us at Contact Judy Zeman at or (608) 831-2220 to schedule a tour. 162 • Wedding Planner & Guide

Madison’s Must-Visit Restaurant -New York Times Magazine

Top Farm-to-Table Restaurants -Gourmet Magazine

One of Wisconsin’s premier restaurants specializing in intimate gatherings for rehearsal dinners and receptions. On the Capitol Square in Madison 21 North Pinckney Street • Call Tami at 608-255-6075 • 163

Your Special Day Deserves Special Attention...

Experience the Garden Difference.

HatcHery Hill

H o t e l s & C o nve n t i o n C e n t e r

For fifteen years the Wyndham Garden Hotel (formerly known as Quality Inn & Suites) has stood out because they have it all - in one central location! The venue is perfect for a couple looking for sophistication. With a breathtaking ballroom featuring high ceilings and a grand staircase, any event is sure to leave an impression. The Tuscany Mediterranean Grill takes care of all your catering needs – from buffets to plated dinner services – with a seasonally updated menu to ensure only the freshest choices.

Contact our wedding coordinator for property tours and details: 608-274-7200 • • 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 164 • Wedding Planner & Guide


• 302 Guest Rooms • Receptions up to 800 • Rehearsal Dinners • Unique Cocktail Reception • Elegant Reception Menu • Complimentary Bridal Suite

Contact Group Sales for more details.

S3214 County Road BD | Baraboo, WI 53913 | 1.800.746.2486 | • 165

A wedding A wedding favorite for favorite for

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners Garden & gazebo for outdoor Garden & gazebo for outdoor ceremonies & receptions . ceremonies & receptions .

Just a 15 minute drive Northwest of Madison in Beautiful Roxbury, WI Just a 15 minute drive Northwest of Madison in Beautiful Roxbury, WI

DORF HAUS DORF HAUS Located in: Roxbury Located in: Roxbury Total square footage: 6,000 sq ft square footage: #Total of event spaces: 1 6,000 sq ft # of event50spaces: Capacity: -450 1 Capacity:On-site 50 -450 Catering: Catering: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, and More Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, and More Parking: On-site Parking:Features: On-site Large wooden dance floor, Special Special Features: wooden floor, raised stage. private bar, garden,Large gazebo, willowdance tree backdrop, private bar, garden, gazebo, willow tree backdrop, raised stage. For 55 years the Dorf Haus has been regaling guests with delicious food and a warm For 55 years themulti-award Dorf Haus haswinning been regaling guests with delicious foodtheand a warm atmosphere. Their establishment is nestled within quaint atmosphere. Their multi-award establishment nestledthat within theaquaint German village of Roxbury and iswinning the perfect spot for anyiscouple wants unique German village Roxbury and is for thetheir perfect spot for any couple that wants a unique atmosphere andofgreat experience guests. atmosphere andstyle greatbuilding experience for their The old world provides an guests. enchanting setting for any wedding. Their old worlda top-notch style building providesinantheenchanting setting any wedding. Their staffThemaintains reputation quality of food andforservice they offer. staff maintains a top-notch the quality of food andabout service theyHaus offer. Unique and Festive and a truereputation Gem, yourin guests will be talking a Dorf Unique and a true Gem, your guests will be talking about a Dorf Haus reception forFestive years toand come. reception for years to come.

608-643-3980 • 608-643-3980 • 8931 Cty Hwy Y, Sauk City, WI 53583 8931 Cty Hwy Y, Sauk City, WI 53583

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Enjoy... and leave everything to us. • Rehearsal Dinners • Receptions • Catering • Extensive menu selections • On-premise or off-site catering • Accommodations for up to 500 • Buffet • Sit-down • Family-style • Decorating service and centerpieces available

D oubledays



Photos by East Elm Photography

4586 Baxter Road, Cottage Grove


A Night to Remember... ■ ■

Receptions ■ Rehearsals ■ Parties Showers ■ Ceremonies

157 Elegant Guest Rooms & Deluxe whirlpool suites

Complimentary Bridal Suite

Ballroom accommodates up to 220 guests

1109 Fourier Dr., Madison 608-203-4707 • 167

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A beautiful new facility with breathtaking surrroundings!

Artist Group

Seating for up to 480 • Available April through October

Sewell Photography


4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI • 608-837-4774 •

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704 S. Whitney Way, Madison • (608)661-9254 • 168 • Wedding Planner & Guide

Wedding Receptions and Lakeside Weddings


Ceremonies and Receptions up to 250 Two Dining Rooms with Lakeside View and Dance Floor Business Meetings • Golf Outings


On Beautiful Lake Kegonsa•3165 Shadyside Dr•Stoughton, WI 53589 873-7861•873-8464 •


equesting the honor of your presence...

Watertown Country Club 1340 N. Water Street Watertown, WI 920-261-5009

• Beautiful indoor/outdoor ceremony & reception site • Seating for over 325 guests • Affordable rates for any budget including no minimums • 169

Porta Bella’s Mantova Room Receptions Bridal Showers Rehearsals Bachelorette Parties Outdoor Patio Seating for up to 200 Dance Floor

Elegant Italian food in the heart of Madison 425 N. Frances St., Madison


Specializing in Weddings...

B l ac k h aw k c o u n t ry c l u B Seating for up to 300 Professional coordinators In-house pastry chef Stunning views Exquisite cuisine Custom cocktails New patio & tenth tee!

3606 Blackhawk Drive

Madison, WI

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(608) 231-2454

3 private dining rooms available for up to 40 guests with complimentary valet parking in the Hilton lot. 9 East Wilson Street Madison, WI 53703 608.260.2364

R eheaRsal D inneRs • W eDDing R eceptions B RiDal s hoWeRs • g iRls oR g uys n ight o ut Two rooms to fit your needs • Big Screen Tvs and Projection Screen Available Snacks and Appetizers to Buffets and Sit-Down Dinners

1,000 sq. ft. room with private bar and seating

5,000 sq. ft. room with maple dance floor, raised stage, private bar and seating

5100 Erling Ave, McFarland (just a short drive off the Beltline) • (608) 223-5100 • • • 171


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Receptions • On Site Ceremonies • Rehearsal Dinners Cocktail Parties • Hors d’oeuvre Buffets Accommodating up to 240 Guests • (608)643-4554 N1076 Golf Road • Prairie du Sac, WI

Have it ALL on the Lake! Weddings Ceremonies Parties Rehearsal Dinners groups 25-400

Visit us online at or call Monica 262.567.7047 172 • Wedding Planner & Guide


Looking for a great place for your wedding reception? Then look no further! It all starts here and ends with the beginning of a wonderful life together.

Ask about our

Wonderful Wedding Package!

Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Guest Rooms, Full Amenities, and More!

3841 East Washington Ave. • Madison, WI 53704


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More than just an ordinary restaurant, The Old Feed Mill is a historic masterpiece — perfect for your special day.

e Ceremonies e Rehearsals e Receptions

Jessica Quist Photography

exchange vows under the shade of a majestic oak and celebrate the most important day of your life in the rustic elegance of the Barn at Sugarland.

608-795-4909 ask for Nancy • • Linley Rd., Arena, WI 174 • Wedding Planner & Guide

Primavera Studios

Walk down a lush natural aisle by a cascading fountain,

Clark B. • 114 Cramer Street, Mazomanie • (608)795-4909

ed r e h t a g e We ar ... y a d o t e r he to make delicious down-home cookin’ for your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner. Lower dining level accommodates up to 175 guests Upper level for up to 85 guests More venue options next door at the Pumphouse

S5718 State Road 123, Baraboo • 608-356-5246 •

... n o i t a r b in Cele Accommodating up to 250 Private Bar, Patio, Dance Floor, AV Equipment On-site Catering available through Pumphouse or the Farm Kitchen

Located next to Devil’s Lake State Park

E11614 Tranquility Lane, Baraboo, WI • 608-356-7707 • • 175

Wedding Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners, Parties & Reunions May thru October Scenic Chairlift Rides

The Chalet at Tyrol Basin Private country setting in picturesque valley...

3487 Bohn Road • Mt. Horeb 608-437-4135 Take a virtual tour of Tyrol at

Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings and other Special Events. Elegant atmosphere, private dining options and impeccable service creating the perfect experience. Private Dining, Conference Rooms, & Chef’s Table 400 Listed Wines & Allen Brother’s Steaks Banquets & Catering • Lunch & Happy Hour

14 West Mifflin, Madison | 608-204-9000 | 176 • Wedding Planner & Guide

A uniquely secluded, spacious, and beautiful country getaway..

SWeddings SFamily Reunions SReceptions SHoneymoons SRetreats 4200 Cty Rd TT, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin • 608-220-4205 •







Five event and party rooms available for groups from 12 to 80. Off-site catering for groups up to 500. Call today, or inquire at:

“Working with Buck & Honey’s was amazing. We had a large wedding and I think each one of our guests commented on the food and service. I highly recommend them to all of my friends” Stephanie – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin “We were blown away by the attention to detail at our rehearsal dinner. The space was beautiful, the food was delicious, and we fell in love with the staff. Great Venue!” Megan – Beaver Dam, Wisconsin • 177

Enjoy your rustic style wedding day nestled in the Baraboo Bluffs. E12311 County Rd W Baraboo WI 53913 • 608-772-3403

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Beautiful new building in park setting. Food catered or bring your own. Flexible arrangements.

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A unique mountain setting for your special event!

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You’re always the star with us! Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners • Parties • Showers

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Conveniently located off I90 and Hwy 12 &18 East

Receptions Rehearsal Dinners Bridal Showers Gift Openings

Affordable prices Just a 20 minute drive from Madison

Kestrel Ridge Golf Club 900 Avalon Rd, Columbus, WI 920-623-4653

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Just a short drive from Madison 102 Maple Street, Evansville, WI (608)882-0407 •

Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners • Showers For up to 300 guests

Host your Rehearsal Dinner with us in our private dining room for up to 40 people. Host your bachelorette party or bridal shower with us and the bride eats free!

Turner Hall

Your Special Occasion Venue 3001 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison • (608)222-4922

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TRENDING ● Choreographed Dances: Brides and grooms are using the wedding as a perfect incentive to learn how to dance – an activity they can enjoy together

well past their wedding day. More and more couples are doing something unique or surprising, whether choosing a dance number that starts slow and moves into something fast, or getting the whole wedding party involved. What you can do is limited only by your imagination!

Paul Toepfer Photography

● Photo Booths: Guests love plotting their poses and picking out props. They walk away with their own photo and the bridal couple has a copy placed in a scrapbook keepsake just for them. Photo booths are the perfect way to entertain your guests and to preserve fun wedding memories at the same time.

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RECEPTION Traditions! First Toast: The best man proposes the first toast after the wedding party has been served. This is usually followed by toasts from other relatives, friends, or the bride and groom.

Cake Cutting: The couple cut the cake hand-over-hand and feed each other a small piece.

First Dance: The newlyweds dance the first dance as guests look on. Whether you opt for sweet and romantic or a lively showstopper, a little preparation is in order. Schedule professional dance lessons well in advance of your wedding. Learning to dance together will help you understand each other more intimately than ever before.

Customary Dances: Following the first dance, the bride dances with her father, the groom’s father and best man. The groom dances with his mother, the bride’s mother and maid of honor. Other guests join the wedding party on the floor after these dances.

Bouquet Toss: The bride tosses a small bouquet over her shoulder to a waiting group of single women. According to tradition, the woman who catches the bouquet will be the next bride.

Garter Toss: The groom removes the bride’s garter from her leg and throws it to a waiting group of bachelors. According to tradition, the lucky recipient will be the next groom.

Photos: Meir Photography, Amelia John Photographers, East Elm Photography, Azena Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography • 187

CATERING INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Wedding date

● Venue

● Number of guests on your invite list

● Timeline of the day

● Recipes you want included

● Needs for special meals (e.g., kids menu, vegan, allergen-free, etc.)

Photo: Urban Anchor Photography

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What to Ask:


Will you schedule more than one wedding for our date? Most caterers can easily accommodate more than one event, but obtain confirmation your wedding will receive the attention it requires.

Do you charge for extra services? Find out if the chairs, tables, linens and glassware are included. Often there is an extra charge for cake cutting and alcohol service.

● How many staff will be there? This largely depends on what style of dinner you serve and the number of guests in attendance. ●

What is the wait staff uniform? Undoubtedly staff has professional attire, but if you have a themed wedding, make sure to ask if they will accommodate any special wardrobe requests.

Do you feed the DJ, photographer, band or do I need to include in count? Typically the bride and groom should include vendors in the overall head count.

● What are payment terms? Make sure you know deadlines and amounts due.

● Who cleans up the room afterwards? Find out if this is something you, the caterer, or your reception facility is responsible for. ●

How far do you travel? Companies work within a certain radius and charge an extra fee for outside that radius which includes the extra mileage and labor for each staff member.

What is included in the price? Catering services often offer a variety of packages with different service options: higher end packages for formal services that include china dishes; environmentally friendly packages for couples wanting biodegradable, disposable dishes; etc.

● Do you set tables? Normally your caterer is responsible for setting the table, but you should verify this with both your caterer and reception facility, especially if using rentals from another company. ● Will there be a coffee station or pot of coffee on table? Will there be ice water? Have your caterer walk through every last detail with you. ● Will the person I’ve been working with be at our wedding? Make sure you meet the person who will be on site.

THE OPTIONS: Plated: The most traditional dining option. Allows guests to have sophisticated, multi-course meals, but may cut into dancing.

Food Station: Fun way to personalize the selection and offer guests a variety. If you choose to go with a theme, make sure you provide a “safe” option that will suit anyone’s palette.

Family-Style: Gives a great, personal atmosphere and avoids long buffet lines. However, portion size can be tricky – there may not be much food left for the last person served.

Hors D’oeuvres: Can be elegant and trendy. Make sure not to schedule your hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception around the dinner hour or guests will be hungry and disappointed.

Buffet: Great way to allow guests to pick and choose. Be careful, though, it is not necessarily less expensive than a sit down meal because guests will help themselves to multiple servings.

Informal Cookout: Perfect for a casual backyard affair. Make sure you have the adequate facilities to pull it off and find a way to prevent pesky critters from enjoying the food as well. • 189


EXPERT ADVICE Sampling appointments usually offer a restricted menu for a small group of people. For a more accurate idea of what their food will actually taste like at your wedding, attend an open house put on by your catering company. They have to prepare food for a large number of people, which is more similar to an actual wedding, and there will be a wider selection of food to sample.

COST BREAKDOWN ● Number of Guests A large guest list means more of everything: food, rentals, waitstaff, etc. ●

The Menu Quality and quantity are the main factors when it comes to cost. A greater number of courses often increases price.

Type of service From buffet to plated, different types of services require a varying amount of food and number of servers.

Appetizers Are you having appetizers over the cocktail hour? A food truck? Late night snacks? These will increase the bottom line.

Beverages Whether having an open bar, limited bar, or no bar at all factors into the bottom line. Serving just beer and wine or offering a single signature mixed drink will keep costs lower.

● Proximity If outside the designated radius of travel, expect a fee increase.

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TIMING ● 1 year or more before: Initial consultation ● Shortly after: Sampling appointment ● 4 months or more before: Book caterer ● 3 months before: Determine the event prices with your caterer ● 2 months before: Verify event cost taking into account updates in availability and seasonal fluctuations. ● 1-2 weeks before: Turn in absolutely final guest count ● 2-7 days before: Make final payment

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TRENDING Little, cute appetizers are very popular in addition to family style dinners. Couples are opting for highly customized menus that are personal and meaningful to their families.

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RENTALS INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Ceremony and reception venues

● What your ceremony and reception venues are already providing

● Number of guests

● Idea of wedding style

● Idea of color palette

● Pictures of themes and decoration schemes you like

● Idea of budget

Photo: Blue Dandelion Photography

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What to Ask: ●

Should I order extras? Round up your guest list when estimating some service items. For example, if you expect 200 guests, you should order at least 350 water glasses because each person will often go through more than one glass.

● When will the rentals be delivered? For a Saturday wedding, rentals are typically delivered Thursday or Friday – or whenever your venue is available. ●

Who sets up? Find out if you, your venue’s staff, or the rental company is responsible for set up. There is often a fee to have the rental company set up, however they know precisely how things are put together and are adept at completing it in a timely, efficient manner.

● What is the delivery fee? The fee varies depending on when and where it will be delivered. ● When do items need to be returned? Typically companies need items returned the Monday following the event. ●

Is there a fee for broken pieces? Find out the rate for replacing broken pieces. Another option is to purchase a damage waiver that covers accidental damage. Rates typically amount to 10% of the cost of the entire order.

Is there anything I am forgetting to order? Your professional will go over everything you might need. Commonly forgotten items include tablecloths for the gift table and cake table, glassware, and adequate power for the photobooth, caterer, and band.

COST BREAKDOWN ● Number of Guests A large guest list means more tables, linens, chairs, flatware, etc. ● Time of year May, June, September, and October are the peak wedding months. Prices could be higher then because of the greater demand and availability may be limited as well. ●

Proximity Not only does the distance traveled to your venue factor into the overall cost, but the ease of accessibility at the site itself also matters. If the rental items need to be carried a great distance (e.g., across a bridge, through the woods, etc.) instead of simply unloaded straight from the truck, the added time and labor will add to the expense.

● Scale The level of intricacy also influences the price. If you have a more casual affair and need less rental items, this will cost less than an upscale event with numerous rentals. • 197

Sarah & Jeff Mullins



Over three years ago Sarah and Jeff Mullins struggled to plan their wedding and find unique pieces for their special day. “Hunting for those special vintage finds was time consuming, expensive, and stressful on a budget and timeline,” Sarah explains. “After our wedding, we went to sell our collected items and met a number of other couples in a similar boat. We thought someone should share!” And so they started Á La Crate Vintage Rentals. Their warehouse is replete with uncommon rentable goods, none of which come out of a catalog. “All pieces are found, reclaimed or custom built by members of our team or local artists.” Jeff points out. Couples can shop vast collections of vintage, reclaimed, and custom rentals online or in person. They advise couples to reserve their specialty items early and add on from there. Sarah encourages couples to make an appointment to stop by the warehouse and treat the space like a workshop. “Try it! The best way to know if something is going to work and look like you envision, is to test it out!” Sarah exclaims. From furniture and signage to lighting and tabletops, stop by Á La Crate Vintage Rentals for incredible, one-of-a-kind pieces without the legwork of finding, buying, cleaning and reselling these one-time use pieces on your own. Á La Crate Vintage Rentals | Sarah & Jeff Mullins, Co-owners 2619 Industrial Drive, Monona, WI 53713 | 608-669-2541 |

Karyn Schneider



Karyn Schneider, owner of The Petal Patch, began her love for antiques and flowers as a young child at auctions with her grandpa and in flower gardens of her parents’. “Now, I love to find the perfect mix of props and flowers to coordinate an event” Karyn says. “I actually get goose bumps when it all comes together and I can visualize the look!” The Petal Patch rents vintage, antique, and new pieces for weddings and events. Their wide selection ranges from porch post setups, cocktail tables and chairs to lanterns, doors, birdcages, vases, and more! “We offer a fresh look for events with a nice eclectic mix of items. And of course, we also provide custom florals, including bouquets and décor arrangements to coordinate the overall theme.” With over 20 years of experience in wedding floral design and display coordination, Karyn is in a unique class for event design and coordination. She has the uncanny ability to see the common threads in a mix of ideas and pull them together to work out a theme. “And I know how to make the best look for the money!” She explains. Karyn does a limited number of wedding florals each year, which allows her to focus attention on each event and gives her time to work with couples that only want rental items. “There are so many ways to make an event beautiful and unique – and I love doing it!” The Petal Patch | Karyn Schneider, Owner 608-838-9864 |

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TIMING ● 9-12 months out: book reservation and pick out chairs, tent size, and some of the larger, sought after products ● 6 months out: make final order ● 3-4 weeks out: make final tweaks

TRENDING Fully utilizing a space functionally and aesthetically. The big trend is to use soft seating to play up a space so it is more than just dining tables. Draping is very popular to cover a wall, break up a space, or unveil another space, and couples are paying closer attention to how lighting alters a space.

EXPERT ADVICE Rental and décor options are endless. The professionals know which pieces work well in which kinds of situations, so don’t be afraid to trust them. Photos: (top to bottom) Ann Gorgen Photography, Azena Photography, Urban Anchor Photography • 199


THE OPTIONS: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Arches Audio/visual equipment Candelabras Cardholders Centerpieces Chair covers Chairs Dance floor Decorations Dinnerware Drinkware Flatware Food service Inflatables and games Linens Napkins Portable washrooms Specialty machines (popcorn makers, cotton candy machines, etc.) Tables Tents

Photos (left column) Amelia John Photographers (right column) Blue Dandelion Photography, The Salty Peanut Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography

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The Petal Patch Vintage & New Rentals Wedding & Event Flowers 608-838-9864 • • 201

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We have what you need. Tents  Decorative Lighting Dance Floors  Portable Restrooms & Sinks French Window Sidewalls  Tables & Linens White Folding Chairs  Wedding Arches & More!

Bruce Fritz

Rentals, Inc. 2182 Hwy MM, Oregon

(608)291-2500 

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Bruce Fritz


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vintage love birds

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Coordination, Design, Rentals & Florals: The Petal Patch Photography: Amelia John Photographers Paper Goods: LK Bridal Studio Cake & Whoopie Pies: Sweet Street Bakery • 207


roaring love

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Coordination, Design & Florals: The Flower Studio Photography: Pierre's Portrait Art Co. Rentals: Event Essentials Stationery: Paperworks Design Co. Cake: "I Do" Cakes by Betty Location: Lake Windsor Golf Club • 209


enchanted evening

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Coordination & Design: Beyond Elegant Events Photography: The Salty Peanut Rentals: Event Essentials Florals: Simply Glamorous Designs Stationery: Sugar River Stationers Cake: Chris's Confections • 211


pretty in pink

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Coordination & Design: Lavender Hill Weddings + Events Photography: Tim Fitch Photography Florals: Alluring Blooms Stationery: Paper Piper Designs Cake: Craig's Cake Shop Location: Agora Pavilion Rentals: Event Essentials and Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals • 213


fairytale fantasy

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Coordination & Design: Event Essentials Photography: Urban Anchor Photography Stationery: Sugar Pear Design Cake: Creative Confections Favors: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Florals: Flora Designs by Jamae Rentals: Event Essentials and Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals Location: Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Jewish Community Campus • 215


● Picture of your wedding gown

● Picture of bridesmaid gowns

● Idea of your color combo, fabric swatches

● Idea of the theme or “feel” you want

● Photos of arrangements that have caught your eye

● Your save the date, photo of invitation if already chosen

● Quantity of corsages and boutonnieres you need (and whether moms and grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages) ● Quantity of reception tables

● Photos of the ceremony site (including pews and the altar) and reception site

● Which baker you will hire (so you can coordinate flower placement on cake if desired)

Photos: (this page) The Salty Peanut Photography, Ann Gorgen Photography (oppostie page) Ann Gorgen Photography, Urban Anchor Photography

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What to Ask: ●

Where do the flowers come from? The grower really affects the final product. Some growers have a trained eye and harvest only the best flowers at the perfect time. Others mass-produce their product, focusing on quantity over quality.

What kind of impact has Mother Nature had this year? A particular flower may be attainable one year but not the next due to natural disasters and change in weather patterns—especially for flowers from out of state or abroad.

How do they come packed? Wholesalers also affect price and quality. Some take better care of the flowers than others, delivering the flowers in water instead of without.

What are appropriate substitutions if a flower becomes unavailable? Florists are incredible at achieving the look you want with any number of flowers, but talk about the look, price, and size now so you won’t be surprised.

● How do they process their flowers? Florists spend hours prepping before design (de-thorn, strip foliage, use special products, preserve in a cooler, carefully handle so no bruising occurs). ●

How do they ensure the flowers will last as long as possible? Some florists take extra steps – such as camouflaging bouquet holders - to boost longevity.

● How many weddings do they do each weekend? Is there a limited number so you know your wedding will receive the care it needs? ● When will the flowers arrive? To prevent wilting, you want the flowers delivered as close to start time as possible. ●

Who is responsible for setup and teardown? Sometimes this is included, other times there is an extra fee. Make sure you know who is doing what and when. • 217


COST BREAKDOWN ● Consult Time Included in the booking fee is the time your florist spends consulting, brainstorming, creating an estimate and an order workup.

● Prepping Products Before your arrangements can be beautifully displayed, the florist must clean containers, remove stickers, and prepare for design.

● Sourcing Products and Flowers Also included is the time spent finding flowers and products and then placing orders. Growers and wholesalers that take better care of and provide better products will increase the costliness of the final product.

● Prepping Flowers The stems must be cleaned, flowers hydrated and examined for quality.

● Flowers The flowers you choose greatly affect the price. Exotic, out-of-season flowers will cost more than readily available and easy-to-grow blooms.

● Actual design time The time it takes to plan a design and to create the arrangements is included in the price. ● Delivery & Setup/Tear-Down This is often included if within a certain distance, but may involve an extra fee.

● Mother Nature Droughts, natural disasters and other weather anomalies affect the bottom line.

Photos: Blue Dandelion Photography, Amelia John Photographers

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TIMING ● 6 – 18 months before: Schedule an initial consultation. Florists book over a year in advance for certain dates. ● 6 – 8 weeks before: Schedule a follow up meeting to tie up loose ends before the flowers are ordered. ● 1 week before: Check in with any final details and to verify your order.

TRENDING Expect to see rustic looks with burlap and baby’s breath in addition to vintage looks such as the retro chic of mid-century modern. Brides and grooms are using soft, neutral color palettes with color combinations including blush, champagne, ivory, beige, and other muted tones or else they are pairing navy with pinks, oranges, and corals. Couples are also incorporating really personal elements from their relationships into their bouquets, such as wrapping the bouquet in a piece of grandma’s wedding gown or using a charm on a bouquet to commemorate a loved one’s passing.

EXPERT ADVICE The flower market has really opened up worldwide this year. Florists can get nearly any flower at any time of year. However, make sure you order well in advance as wholesalers require florists to make their purchases over a month in advance. Photos: (top to bottom) Captured Moments Photography, Blue Dandelion Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography • 219

bouquet gallery

1 The Flower Studio

8 The Flower Studio

2 Simply Glamorous Designs 9 Simply Glamorous Designs 3 Flora Designs by Jamae

10 Flora Designs by Jamae

4 The Petal Patch

11 The Flower Studio

5 Alluring Blooms 6 Alluring Blooms 7 Flora Designs by Jamae

Photos by Tim Fitch Photography




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We wanted to follow up with you to let you know that we received many, many, compliments on the floral arrangements you did for Ashley’s wedding. Once again, we “thank you” for not only the great looking floral arrangements, but also for coordinating and following through on all the details. It certainly took a huge worry off of our shoulders. Because of your efforts, it certainly made Pete and Ashley’s day even more special. Ron & Karen

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Bringing people joy through beauty. Over 15 years of floral mastery

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ActIIFloral Studio

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The Salty Peanut Photography

serving Madison for 30 years Marie Jacobson (608)249-0662

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Photos: (this page) “I Do” Cakes by Betty, Tim Fitch Photography (opposite page) Blue Dandelion Photography

What to Bring/Know:

● Pictures/ideas of what you like

● Picture of wedding gown (if you want to match style)

● Sample save the date or wedding invitation (if you want to match style)

● Idea of your color combo

● Idea of the theme or “feel” you want

● How many guests will be invited/are attending

● Wedding date

● Reception location

● Idea of your budget

● If leftover cake is desired, and how much

● Whether you want a first anniversary cake to freeze

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What to Ask: ● Are they state or county licensed (if working out of their home)? Ask to see a copy of the license. If they are not licensed you have no recourse in case something happens to the cake (e.g., dropped, falls once set up, never delivered, etc.) and you would be liable if something happens to someone else (i.e., food poisoning). In addition, many reception halls will not let you bring in a cake or cupcakes from unlicensed bakers because of liability concerns. ●

Who will be baking the cake? You will want to know if the person you are meeting with is baking the cake or if someone else on staff is – and taste test accordingly.

Are there references you can contact? Unless you contacted the baker based on a recommendation, it is a good idea to check with other couples about their experiences.

● Do they have other rentals available? Some bakers also have candles, towers, fountains and other decorative items available to complete the presentation. ● Do they deliver? How great a distance? Is there a delivery fee? Do they set it up? Wedding cakes are complex, delicate constructions that require professional handling. Usually bakers include the cost of delivery and setup, but within a limited distance. ●

How much is the deposit? What is the payment schedule? Is the deposit refundable? Make sure to have these things written down and included in the contract.

● How many cakes does the baker book for a weekend? The answer will vary depending on the size of the bakery and staff. You want to make sure they are giving adequate care and consideration to your cake. Smaller bakeries can sometimes do up to seven cakes a weekend while larger bakeries may take on as many as 20. ●

How large is a serving size? You will need to pass this along to whomever is cutting your cake so you do not run out of cake or have too much leftover.

Do they supply decorative cake knives? Some supply cake knives. As a keepsake, you may want to purchase a specialty cake serving set complete with engraved monogram and wedding date.

Will the cake deliverer put the floral decorations on or will the florist? Both are able to provide the service, but make sure you pin down who is responsible so everyone is clear. • 229

Cherie Levy



Step into Gigi’s Cupcakes and you will be surrounded by delectable treats as delicious as they are beautiful. For over four years Cherie Levy and her twin daughters Madison and Molly have delighted palates with their Hilldale Shopping Center cupcakery. Opening a gourmet cupcake bakery was a natural fit for Cherie. “I’ve always loved hosting parties,” she explains. “Cupcakes are just plain fun and the perfect reason for celebration.” Gigi’s appeals to those who believe cupcake flavors are just as important as the look of the cupcake. With over 100 flavors of cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and cheesecakes, as well as custom cakes, it did not take long for brides and grooms to start signing up for private tastings. Loren is their full-time weddings and events coordinator. Cherie exclaims, “We love brides and grooms!” They are committed to creating a quality product that brings a smile to the faces of those in their community. “We bake fresh each morning.” Cherie says. “If we have leftover cupcakes at the end of the night, they are driven to the Ronald McDonald House or American Family Children’s Hospital.” Gigi’s Cupcakes | Cherie Levy, Owner 554 N. Midvale Boulevard, Madison, WI 53705 | 608-661-PINK (7465) |

Betty Arp


“I DO” CAKES BY BETTY Betty Arp, the artist behind “I Do” Cakes by Betty has been decorating cakes for over 25 years and operating her home-based company since 1993. She discovered her love for cake decorating early in life. “I had an aunt who decorated cakes and was going to teach me,” Betty relates, “but she unexpectedly passed away before she could.” Instead she received a cake decorating kit when she turned sixteen and took her first decorating class in the back of a hardware store. She was hooked! Now Betty creates custom order wedding cakes in luscious flavors and fillings. She refines her skill all over the northern hemisphere, training under world-renowned sugar artists. Betty is a longtime member and past state representative of the International Cake Exploration Societé and regularly participates in Sugar Art conferences. “It helps me to perfect my craft,” she explains, “and I keep up with trends every year at the annual convention.” Betty specializes in light and tasty buttercream and elegant fondant frosting. “Whether chocolate or champagne, buttercream or Irish cream, I focus on making each cake reflect the unique personality of each couple,” Betty says. She expertly combines beauty with flavor and is consistently recognized for her skill. She was named a Top 100 Decorator by Brides Magazine and won the 2014 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award. “I Do” Cakes by Betty | Betty Arp, Owner Madison & surrounding area | 608-846-5186 | 230 • Wedding Planner & Guide

TIMING ● 6-9 months before: book your baker - book on the earlier side if your wedding is during a peak time ● 6 months before: visit your baker for a design consultation ● 2 weeks before: give the final guest count to your baker and verify all details

TRENDING Expect to see a lot of texture. Simple cakes with a focus on textured frosting and eye-catching metallics will be this year’s big thing!

Photos: (top to bottom) Urban Anchor Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography, Melissa Grace Photography

EXPERT ADVICE Don’t copy another design exactly. Instead, give the decorator artistic license to incorporate your personalities and his or her own artistic ingenuity. • 231



Size Cake and confection prices are generally broken down into per serving costs, with a greater number of servings leading to an increase in the price.

Shape Cakes come in a variety of shapes that may impact the cost: hearts, scalloped ovals, squares, hexagons, diamonds, and more!

● Toppers Flowers, cake jewelry, figurines and fondant creations can coordinate with your theme and offer the ultimate in personalization.

Flavors More traditional flavors like chocolate, white, yellow, vanilla, and almond poppyseed often cost less than the specialty liquor flavors.

● Delivery & Setup This is usually included if within a certain distance. Arranging flowers on the cake may or may not be a part of setup.

Fillings Most fillings are included in the price of the cake, however specialty fillings such as cream cheese or ganache may cost extra, and the price of fresh fruit fillings may fluctuate seasonally.

Icing Depending on the baker’s specialty, they may charge more for some frostings than others. Choices usually include buttercream, chocolate buttercream, cream cheese, whipped frosting, fondant, flavored fondant, and rolled chocolate.

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Specialty Decorating Bows, draping, blown sugar, pulled sugar, gumpaste flowers, and paintings are a beautiful way to add personalized designs to your cake and are typically priced per design.

● Rentals Additional rentals affect the price and typically require a security deposit. ● Anniversary Tier This may be included in the price. Sometimes bakers offer a fresh tier on your anniversary instead. Photos: (this page) Meir Photography, Ann Gorgen Photography (opposite page - left column) Paul Toepfer Photography, Jas McDaniel Photography, Melissa Grace Photography (opposite page - right column) LK Bridal Studio with cake by “I Do” Cakes by Betty, Azena Photography


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● Tentative timeline of your day

● General idea of budget

● Style of photography you like

● How interactive you want your photographer to be (e.g., actively posing people or unobtrusively documenting) ● End products you are interested (album, portraits, book, digital files, etc.)

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What to Ask: ●

Who will be my photographer? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be photographing your special day.

Can I see a wedding in its entirety? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Anyone can pick up a camera and get a few great shots, but it takes a real professional to consistently get stunning photos. Look at an entire wedding to get a more accurate idea of what to expect, instead of just looking at a photographers 'highlight reel'.

Can we look at your sample albums, guest books, online galleries, etc? Look at the entire range of their work, especially for the products you plan on purchasing. Make sure the finalized product matches your style and that the images are sharp, well framed, and well lit.

What will a typical wedding day with you look like? Have them walk you through a day. Find out how they interact with you during the creative photography parts of the day and during the ceremony and reception parts of the day.

When do I get the digital files? Figure out how long their turnaround typically is, what recourse is available if you do not receive photos within the specified time frame, and whether you will see the photos before or after they have been touched up.

Will I have rights to the digital files? When you hire a photographer, you pay for the creation of the photography, not always the copyrights. If you are artistically inclined and want to create your own projects, find a photographer that will give you the rights. However, for most people, the kind of products they want created from their prints are so specialized that the majority return to their photographer anyway.

● What is the process for album design? Find out about your options, the turnaround time, the best way to choose photos, and all fees involved.

Do you have errors and omissions insurance as well as comprehensive liability insurance? Insurance cannot fully make up for a camera’s damaged memory card, a scheduling snafu, or other unfortunate tragedy, however, it can pay to completely restage an event so you can still get great photos.

What happens if you cannot make it the day of the wedding? Has that ever happened? Emergencies happen. Make sure your photographer has a back-up plan (such as a professional associate that can cover for them) should the need arise.

● Do you edit your photos for color, contrast and exposure? Find out if your photographer will just give you the raw files, will edit all the photos you receive, or just a portion of them. Also ask about what types of corrections they make to ensure your photos are absolutely stunning. ●

How many weddings have you photographed? Talented new photographers join the industry every day, but when it comes to your wedding, you will want someone with enough of a history to be able to see prior work and talk to previous clients.

TIMING ● 6-18 months before: Book photography services. ● 9 months before: Book engagement photo session with enough time to use photos in save the dates and submit with engagement announcement to newspapers. ● 1 month before: Contact photographer to go over timeline and any new details. Discuss how family portraits and other group shots will be handled. Verify date, time, and location particulars. ● 1 week before: Final check-in to confirm all information and trade emergency phone numbers. • 245


COST BREAKDOWN ● Limited Bookings Many photographers limit themselves to only 15-20 weddings per year so they can give each one the proper time and attention it needs. ● Time Though you might only see your photographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into perfecting your photos. It is not unusual for a quality photographer to spend upwards of 30-40 hours on a wedding. Consultations, engagement sessions, preparation, editing, image download and backup, retouching, album design, the actual wedding day photography, and more contribute to the overall cost. ●

Equipment It is not unusual for an established photographer to have $20,000 - $30,000 worth of photographic equipment with them at your wedding: multiple cameras, a variety of lenses, portable lighting equipment, and backups in case something should break or malfunction. Not to mention, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements.

Length of Coverage Whether you want a standard package or every add-on imaginable, the number of hours you want your photographer on site affects the cost. Make sure to pay for as much coverage as you can afford because undoubtedly you will want your photographer to capture every moment and overtime fees can be costly.

Number of Photographers There is a price that comes with the ability to be in more than one place at one time. But it is worth it for the increased assurance that no important shot will be missed and the added creativity that comes from having two different artistic perspectives.

Products Truth be told, the products they provide – beautifully captured memories of the most important day in your life – are priceless. Albums, books, wall portraits and prints are artistically crafted keep sakes to remind you of every priceless moment.

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TRENDING Specialty photography sessions are a great way to capture some dramatic shots and make sure you take advantage of your time in the limelight. Boudoir photography, nighttime photography, Trash the Dress shoots, and day after sessions are increasingly popular. Photos: (left column) Jas McDaniel Photography, Captured Moments Photography, Amelia John Photographers (right column) Meir Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography • 247


EXPERT ADVICE ● Lighting Consider doing a first look photo session before your ceremony if your wedding is in the late fall or winter. Daylight savings time can make post-ceremony images tricky for off-season Wisconsin weddings. ● Products If you are only purchasing a disc of digital images, be sure to have a plan for what you will do with them. Too many couples look to save a little bit of money by only purchasing the discs, and then do nothing with them afterwards. Purchase keepsakes from your photographer to fully enjoy your investment. ● Personality Make sure to choose a photographer for their personality as well as their style. They are one of the vendors you will spend the most time with on your wedding day and you want to feel comfortable. If your personalities do not mesh, regardless of how much you like their style of work, there is probably a better fit for you out there.

Michael Mowbray

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When Michael Mowbray of Beautiful Portraits by Michael talks about having the uncanny ability to create beautiful, striking images while working with any location, any couple, and any lighting situation, he knows what he’s talking about. Michael is one of the few wedding photographers in the state granted the Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsmen degrees. He is winner of the “Best of Show – Wedding” award in Wisconsin seven of the past eight years and is the best-selling author of a photography book – with a second book to be released in January 2015. What’s his secret? Knowing how to utilize light in just the right way. “Everyone has a gift,” Michael explains, “and mine is the ability to see light and how it enhances shape and form. Photography allows me to use this gift to create compelling images and tell visual stories for my wedding and portrait clients.” Many of his award-winning wedding images were crafted in difficult lighting situations in places most photographers would walk by and ignore. That’s why his wedding images are unique, fresh and compelling. “We always work with a team of two photographers,” Michael elaborates, “I lead one and Krystal Lamberty leads the other. This two-photographer approach allows us to tell the story of the wedding day from two different angles and two different viewpoints.” It helps them tell the complete story. Beautiful Portraits by Michael | Michael Mowbray, Owner & Head Photographer 707 W. Lexington Parkway, DeForest, WI 53532 | 608-846-5319 | 248 • Wedding Planner & Guide

Ilana Natasha



Ilana Natasha lives and breathes photography. Growing up in a family of professional photographers, she always had a camera in hand. When she began working at a local radio station, Ilana volunteered to shoot station events, which made her incredibly agile and adaptable to scenes, ideas and people. One day a coworker and her fiancé approached Ilana to shoot their wedding. She declined, saying she did not have enough experience. They insisted. “And I’m glad they did!” Ilana exclaims. “As soon as I shot my first solo wedding, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” Ilana has the remarkable ability to put people at ease. She loves working with clients that do not consider themselves photogenic or do not know what to do in front of a camera. “I find such joy in being able to turn that fear or uneasiness into a fun experience!” She makes photos look relaxed by bringing out each person’s natural smile. “All people, things and the surrounding scenes constantly change,” Ilana explains, “I aim to create images that are genuinely full of joy, love and the beauty of an instant.” ilana natasha photography | Ilana Natasha, Owner 30 W. Mifflin Street, 6th Floor, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-345-4461 |

Paul Toepfer



Paul Toepfer Photography is an innovative, full-service photography company that has been creating beautiful wedding portraits for over 25 years. Paul’s personality and experience are invaluable to his brides. Not only does he provide incredible images of the wedding, he also provides support on the wedding day. “I assure brides that I will be taking care of them, reducing stress, making the day as fun and carefree as possible.” Paul’s brides know he can handle anything…and make it fun at the same time! His cutting edge approach always gives couples creative ways to make their memories last a lifetime. One of the trendiest products he offers is the Fusion Show, which dramatically mixes video clips and stunning photographs to document each segment of the day. “I like to think of it as an explosion of imagery,” Paul describes. And it really is! His couples appreciate the meaningful and memorable photos they receive. As one couple told him: “It is obvious that you approach your work with thoughtfulness, dedication and sensitivity, and we are thrilled that we chose you to document our special day!” Paul Toepfer Photography, Inc. | Paul Toepfer, Owner/President 330 Military Ridge Drive, Verona, WI 53593 | 608-848-2060 | • 249


THE OPTIONS: What’s Your Wedding Photography Style? 1. The light on your favorite wedding photos looks like: a. Natural light outdoors or from the candles and twinkle lights at our reception. b. Nice, even light that will show us all at our best. c. We're out of a movie or model shoot. 2. The photos that are most important to you will be: a. the ones that tell the story of your day. b. the posed group photos of family, wedding party, and just you: the happy couple. c. stellar, dramatic shots of you that will make incredible art for the walls in your home. 3. On your wedding day, you want photos of you and your new spouse that: a. capture you naturally as you are: interacting by laughing, kissing, cuddling. b. show you perfectly posed to look your best as you smile happily (ever after!) at the camera. c. make you look like rock stars on the most important day of your lives. 4. How much involvement do you want your photographer to have on the wedding day? a. I barely want to see them. I just want to enjoy the day with my family and friends. b. A fair amount. I want my photographer to tell me where to stand and what to do. c. A lot. I want high fashion and high drama - and a photographer to run the show. 5. When looking at your friends’ wedding albums, you were most drawn to photos that: a. captured the couple’s emotion and showed them in their natural element. b. showed the couple looking perfectly posed and fabulous. c. had dramatic angles or stylized post-production finishes. If you chose mostly A's, you may want to look for the words “candid”, “documentary”, or “photojournalistic”. If you chose mostly B's, look for photographer descriptions like “traditional” or “classic”. If you chose mostly C's, consider a photographer who defines themselves as “fine art” or “fashion” photographers. Most importantly: While these sorts of terms will be helpful in narrowing down the myriad of photography options, ultimately the best photographer for you will be the one who you feel a connection with and whose portfolio resonates with you as a couple and matches the style of your day. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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What to Bring/Know:

● Tentative timeline of your day

● General idea of budget

● Style of videography you like

● How interactive you want your videographer to be

(e.g., actively interviewing people or unobtrusively documenting)

● End products you are interested in (raw footage, specialty videos, etc.)

● Any family dynamics the videographer should be aware of (e.g., divorced parents)

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What to Ask: ●

Who will be my videographer? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be filming your special day.

Can I see a wedding video in its entirety? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Look at examples of the types of products you are interested in. Check videos for clarity, steadiness, and attention to detail. Listen carefully to the quality of various sounds, from soft-spoken vows to the beat of dance music. Watch for transition from scene to scene and the use of special effects (if desired).

What formats do you offer? Check to see if they shoot in high-definition and offer Blu-Ray discs if you desire. You can also ask to have video files put on a USB flash drive or external hard drive for easy transfer to the web, your computer, or other plug and play devices.

When will I get the finished product? Editing video takes a substantial amount of time. Figure out your videographer’s turnaround time, which is typically within a month or two.

● Have you worked with my photographer before? Though not a must, it is helpful if the two have worked together before and are comfortable working within the same space. ● Do you have other weddings on my date? Ideally your videographer will only book one wedding per day, but if there are two, make sure you are comfortable with the amount of time in between. ● What kind of payment options do you have? Find out how much the initial deposit is and when the final balance is due. ● What kind of safeguards do you have in place in case there is an equipment malfunction or you are unable to make it to the wedding? Emergencies happen. Find out if they offer refunds or fee adjustments or if they have a back-up plan in place. ● How many weddings have you filmed? Make sure you can see examples of their previous work in addition to talking to references. • 277



Time Though you might only see your videographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into editing your video footage. For example, take a typical hour-long ceremony. Your videographer may have four cameras positioned throughout the venue. Those four 60-minutes long tapes take four hours to upload to a computer and then the footage must be stacked and edited clip by clip. Once editing is completed, then the project must be rendered and burned to a standard DVD or Blu-ray disc, a process which can take up to 30 hours.

Equipment Videographers utilize wireless microphones to ensure great sound quality, multiple cameras to capture every moment, and multi-chip imaging sensors for incredible picture quality. In addition to having backup equipment, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements.

● Length of coverage Some videographers charge a flat fee for their wedding packages with no time constraint. Others include a standard number of hours and allow you to purchase additional time. ●

Assistants There is a price that comes with the ability to be in more than one place at one time. For some situations (like the ceremony) a tripod is a sufficient second shooter. For others, it may be beneficial to have more than one videographer or to have an assistant there to manage the equipment, leaving your videographer free to shoot all the moments you do not want to miss.

Products Packages vary widely, but most include the unedited footage of your entire ceremony plus your edited highlight videos in either standard DVD or Blu-ray formats. Choose from countless special effects such as turn-of-the-century looks, slow motion, color correction, and more.

EXPERT ADVICE When choosing a videography package, do not simply consider what you and your future spouse may want to view again in the future; think about future generations and what you want them to be able to see of your wedding day. Videography lets you experience both the sight and the sounds of your day – both the moments you missed and the moments you will remember for the rest of your lives.

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TIMING ● Up to 18 months before: Reserve date, send in contract and reservation fee ● 3 months before: Give videographer timeline and other pertinent information ● 1 week before: Contact to verify all details

TRENDING Think beyond the wedding day to create show-stopping engagement announcements, save the dates, and even “Trash the Dress” style productions.

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THE OPTIONS: ● Rehearsal Dinner: Do not miss the sweet and thoughtful moments of the rehearsal dinner, with interviews of friends, family, and the wedding couple.

Love Story: Collaborate with your videographer before the wedding to talk about how you first met, your first date, and your proposal story. The video is created using clips from the interview, photos, and songs that are meaningful to you. Share the video with guests during your ceremony or reception.

● Ceremony Recording: This includes filming the ceremony in its entirety, in most cases even the receiving line and departure from the ceremony.

Slide Show: Create a sentimental slide show with photos, video clips, and personalized music to show at your ceremony or reception. It can be updated after the wedding to include photos of your special day.

● Photo Shoot Recording: Have your videographer follow you around as your photographer captures those special wedding day moments before or after the ceremony.

● Honeymoon Montage: Incorporate photos and video clips from your first trip together as husband and wife into your wedding video.

● Getting Ready: Capture the joyful moments before the ceremony as the bride and her maids do their hair and makeup or the groom and his men prepare.

Reception Recording: Capture the excitement of the reception with footage of the wedding party’s entrance, reception décor, guests, cake cutting ceremony, toasts, garter and bouquet tosses, speeches, and special dances.

Live Feed: Friends and family that live across the country or even across the world cannot always make the trip. A videographer can create a live stream of the events so loved ones can share in the celebration from their own location.


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● The style of your wedding: Formal or informal? Traditional or nontraditional?

● Outline of the ceremony

● The mood you want the music to create

● An idea of your budget for both ceremony and reception music

● Special songs you want played

● Length of time you want music played

● Tentative start and stop times

● Whether you want vocalists, instrumental music, DJ, or a combination

● Whether you prefer live music for your ceremony or don’t mind if a vocalist uses music recordings as a background ● Whether your ceremony/reception location has its own sound system

● Whether you want dancing music, background music, or both

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What to Ask: ● Where can I hear you perform? ● Do you have CDs or other recordings I can listen to? ● Do you have references that I can check? ● Do you belong to any associations? ● Do you have liability insurance? ● How many years of experience do you have? ● What is your set list? ● Can we make special requests? How many? ● Will you provide a sound system? ● What kind of backup equipment/instruments do you have? ● Do you have any events before or after ours? ● What do you plan on wearing? ● What is your cancellation policy? ● If buying a package, are we paying for hours of entertainment we do not need? ● Can I meet the professional that will be performing at my wedding? ● Are you keeping up with changes in the industry? ● What kind of overtime fees do you charge in case we want to run late? ● How many breaks do you require? Do you have recordings to play during breaks? ● Will you test equipment and acoustics at the venue yourself? ● What type of shelter will the musicians require at outdoor venues? ● Will you require an electrical supply?

THE OPTIONS: ● DJs: Keep the dance floor moving with talented professionals that emcee while they keep the tunes flowing. ● Bands: From brass quintets at the ceremony to big bands at the reception, choose from a number of options to keep the mood light and energetic. ● Soloists: Solo performers such as singers, harpists, pianists, and saxophonists provide the perfect accompaniment to the ceremony. ● Strings: Duos, trios, and quartets provide elegant music for both the ceremony and reception. • 283


COST BREAKDOWN ● Number of musicians The greater the size of the group, the higher the price. ● Preparation Besides the time played at the actual wedding, there are numerous hours spent practicing and arranging music. ● Length of time played The price increases based on the length of time, though if you book your musicians for both the ceremony and reception, there may be a discount.

● Expertise More education, experience and demand translates to a smoother, more professional performance for a price. ● Instruments / Equipment The care, maintenance, and transportation of instruments and equipment is included in the fee. ●

Additional Services Many professional music companies offer additional services such as Gobo logos and up-lighting for an additional fee.

Josh Kuhl



Your guests deserve a party with class. Whether a DJ is serving dancers in a nightclub or the sophisticated clientele of an upscale lounge, a true artist knows that every moment matters. Play it right, and the attention stays where it belongs: with the party. You can measure success in the eyes and smiles of your guests. The entertainers of Kuhl Entertainment bring their top-of-the line equipment, skill, and artistry to each unique event. Kuhl Entertainment’s seasoned professionals know what makes you move, but more importantly, they know how to let the music breathe as its energy excites your dance floor. When it’s time to gather attention, they will guide your event to the next stage with savvy and class. Hiring the right professionals will give you the confidence to enjoy your loved ones’ company at ease. Kuhl Entertainment works directly with your vendors to provide a comprehensive, seamless experience. You can relax. They’ve got it covered. Their modern DJs’ fresh perspectives will help you create the party your friends and family will rave about for years. Kuhl Entertainment | Josh Kuhl, Owner/DJ 6817 Tottenham Road, Madison, WI 53711 | 920.319.KUHL | 284 • Wedding Planner & Guide



● 9-15 months before: Book your musicians/DJ ● 6 weeks before: Meet with ceremony and reception musicians/DJ to choose music. If you have a special request, let your musicians/DJ know earlier so they have time to find an arrangement. ● 1 week before: Check in to finalize and verify details.

EXPERT ADVICE You will not regret choosing professional DJs or musicians over cousin Jimmy and his iPod. The pros help manage the flow of the night, know how to set the mood, can adjust the playlist by reading the energy level of your guests, and have professional equipment (including backups!) to make sure everything goes smoothly. Photos: (left column) Laura Zastrow Photography, Urban Anchor Photography (right column) Blue Dandelion Photography, Azena Photography • 285


TRENDING Top Ten Ceremony Songs List Courtesy of Quartessence

Top Ten Reception Songs Courtesy of Juke Box Bandstand

1. Canon in D – Pachelbel 2. Happy – Pharrell Williams 3. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles 4. Air on the G String – Bach 5. What A Wonderful World – Thiele 6. Every Breath You Take – The Police 7. Water Music – Handel 8. From this Moment On – Twain 9. Ave Maria – Schubert 10. Best Day of My Life – American Authors

1. All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor 2. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj 3. Fancy – Iggy Azalea 4. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake 5. Timber – Kesha 6. Happy – Pharrell Williams 7. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift 8. That’s My Kind of Night – Luke Bryan 9. Jump Around – House of Pain 10. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid

Top Father/Daughter Dance Songs Courtesy of Prime Time Mobile DJs

Top Mother/Son Dance Songs Courtesy of Prime Time Mobile DJs

My Wish – Rascal Flatts My Little Girl – Tim McGraw I Loved Her First – Heartland

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack All to You – DJ Keo

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Wedding day locations Know your ceremony site, reception facility, photo shoot areas, getting ready locations, and after party spots so you can determine where you may need transportation. Estimated time frame Figure into your estimate things like how long it will take for pictures after the ceremony, a receiving line, and what time you need to be at the reception or cocktail hour.

● Total number of passengers Will it be just the bride and groom or the entire bridal party? Will you include the photographer, personal assistant, etc?

What to Ask: What types of licenses and insurance do you have? Do you have a back-up vehicle for use in case there is a breakdown? Is there a minimum number of hours required to book? Is there any timeline advice you could offer? How much extra time do you recommend planning on to allow for schedule delays? When does the clock start? What is the fee if we go overtime? What will the chauffeur be wearing? Are there any decoration restrictions? Are beverages included? Does the price quote include all fees (fuel, travel, gratuity, etc.) or are there additional costs?

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● What is your cancellation and refund policy?

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EXPERT ADVICE When picking a vehicle think about how much space each person will require. If your guys are full-sized linebackers and your gals are wearing full-skirted dresses, you might need a larger vehicle than you originally considered.

TIMING Make transportation arrangements as soon as you can after the engagement, especially if your wedding falls around a peak time such as prom, homecoming, or graduation.

Photos: (top to bottom) Amelia John Photographers, Paul Toepfer Photography, Tim Fitch Photography

TRENDING Brides and grooms are transporting their bridal parties in style with popular stretch luxury vans and buses. • 295


THE OPTIONS: 1-2 PASSENGERS ● Horse Drawn Carriage These romantic rides can fit up to four, but are probably best for just the happy couple. ● Bicycle From bicycles built for two to vintage cycles for the whole party, even pedicabs are charming!

UP TO 10 PASSENGERS ● Stretch Limousine Styles can seat from eight to ten passengers.

3-6 PASSENGERS ● Luxury Sedan/Exotic Car These stylish and intimate cars fit up to three passengers. ● Vintage Limousine An antique ride starring just the newlyweds or some carry up to six passengers. ● Luxury SUV Transport up to six passengers with a modish SUV. ● Classic Limousine The traditional wedding car for up to six passengers.

UP TO 22 PASSENGERS ● Stretch Luxury SUV Turn heads in this automobile for ten to 22 passengers. ● Limo Bus For those with an entourage, these vehicles can transport up to 20 passengers.

OVER 22 PASSENGERS ● Limo Party Bus For those who really like to party, these vehicles can transport up to 30 passengers. ● Trolley Most trolleys hold up to 45 passengers, with the added bonus of old-world charm! ● School Bus If you really have a large group to transport, school buses can hold up to 80 passengers. ● Coach bus Large groups up to 56 (standard) or 80 (double decker) can enjoy plenty of space with added amenities such as WIFI, TVs, and restrooms. 296 • Wedding Planner & Guide

COST BREAKDOWN ● Vehicle Type SUVs will be more expensive than a sedan. Often, the larger the vehicle, the greater the price. ● Number of passengers The more passengers you have, the larger the vehicle you need, which often means a higher price. ●

Hours of Use Many services specify a minimum number of hours the vehicle must be hired. Make sure to budget extra time or there may be overage fees.

● Fuel Though fuel is generally included in the hourly rate, there may be a fuel surcharge for greater distances. ●

Time of Year Prices are higher during peak times of the year such as wedding season, prom or homecoming season, and graduation.

● Day of the Week Limos are generally in higher demand on the weekend, so are priced accordingly. ● Add-ons Bonus features such as TV’s, mini-bars, bottles of champagne, etc., will impact the cost. ● Gratuity Gratuity is typically in addition to the agreed upon fee. 15-20% is the standard amount.

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14, 22 and 25 Passenger Party Bus 40 Passenger Party/School Bus 8-10 Passenger Stretch Limo 6 Passenger Escalade 3 Passenger Lincoln Town Car

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INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Wedding date

● Estimate of wedding guests requiring accommodations

● Whether you want to distribute welcome bags to guests

● Whether you want a block of rooms at more than one hotel

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What to Ask: ● Do I need to host my reception here to book a block of rooms? If the hotel is also a reception venue, sometimes they are unable to set aside a block of rooms unless your reception is at their facility. ● Is there a minimum or maximum number of rooms we can set aside? Find out your parameters. Hotels place a limit on how many rooms you can set aside, but some will extend additional rooms based on demand and availability. ● What happens to rooms that are not booked? Some hotels require a fee if the reserved rooms are not booked. Others simply release rooms from reservation if not booked by a certain date. ●

What type of discount will guests receive on our block of rooms? The main advantage of a block of rooms is the guaranteed availability offered to your guests. For hotels that offer price breaks, rates fluctuate depending on the time of year, level of demand, and how far in advance the room is booked.

● What kind of incentives will we receive for booking a block of rooms? Incentives are wide ranging and can include anything from free breakfast, a free bridal suite, free bonus room, room upgrades, and gift cards for future stays or to put toward room upgrades for your guests. ● Does your hotel offer airport transportation? Find out if the hotel has an airport shuttle and whether it is complimentary or requires a fee. ● Is there a fee for parking? Some hotels offer complimentary parking, while others charge a fee. ● Is there a fee for distributing guest welcome bags? Though not always, there can be a nominal fee to distribute bags to your wedding guests.

THE OPTIONS: ● Block of rooms: When reserving a block of rooms, hotels will sometimes set aside a variety of rooms and adjust as your guests start to make reservations. Or, they will reserve rooms with two queen beds (the most common request) and allow guests to request different rooms when they book. ● Bridal suite: The bridal suite can be at the same hotel as your guests or your reception venue. Spend your entire honeymoon there or just your wedding night. ● Hospitality parlors: Couples can rent hospitality parlors as a place for out-of-town guests to congregate between wedding events, for the bridal party to get ready before the wedding, or even to host a gift opening party after the wedding. • 303


COST BREAKDOWN ● Time of year Room rates are generally more favorable during the off-peak times of late November through April. ● Competing events If there are other events taking place in town on your wedding weekend (such as Badger football or the Ironman), it could limit availability and increase room rates. ● Fees Services such as parking or asking the hotel staff to distribute welcome bags to guests can influence the bottom line. ● Incentives Perks for booking a block of rooms such as a free bridal suite, room upgrades, free meals, etc., can add value to your purchase.


celebrate YOUR DAY.


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TIMING ● 1 year before: book block of rooms ● 8 months before: include block information on save the dates or wedding website ● 3-4 months before: start monitoring the hotel block on a weekly or monthly basis so you can adjust the number and type of rooms set aside if necessary ● 1-2 days before: drop off guest welcome bags for hotel to distribute

TRENDING Welcome bags for out-of-town guests are a thoughtful touch. They don’t need to be extravagant and can include items such as local delicacies, area maps, a list of fun attractions and activities, and a personal note.

EXPERT ADVICE To ensure your guests can take full advantage of a discounted hotel room rate, make it clear on your save the dates or wedding website that there are a limited number of rooms available.

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It’s Your Moment to Celebrate! Arrange your wedding block at any of our Madison area hotels and provide your family and friends with the service only North Central Group hotels can provide. Our promise is to deliver exceptional service to you and your guests. Check-in to the start of many wonderful memories to come!

Exceptional Experience. Every Guest. Every Night. Guaranteed.

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ou’ve been dreaming of marrying Mr. Right your whole life.

We’re pretty sure that dream didn’t include a reception at some ordinary banquet hall. This is the one day in your life when you don’t have to settle for ordinary. After all, you’re the bride. And this is your day. So a reception at the elegant Hilton Madison Monona Terrace only makes sense.

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✶ Complimentary Shuttle to & from Reception ✶ Ask About Our Free Bridal Suite ✶ Pool,Whirlpool & Fitness Center (24 hours) ✶ Complimentary Hot Breakfast ✶ Free Wireless Internet ✶ Whirlpool Suites Available Call for Wedding Specials


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• Stylish, upscale affordable accommodations • Oversized suites • Full service bar, gourmet bistro and 24/7 sundry shop • Barista coffee bar • Refrigerator, microwave, and Wolfgang Puck® coffee service in each suite • Indoor pool and spa • Close to the airport, for the convenience of your guests • Event space and catering • Complimentary gift opening room and upgrades for the bride and groom. Ask for details • Choice Privileges©

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OTHER Guest Considerations ● Eight to nine months before the wedding send save the dates. Include travel and accommodation information so they are able to make plans well in advance. ● Let out-of-town guests know about area attractions and points of interest. Maps, guide books and directions are helpful for those unfamiliar to the area. ● If you have many guests from out-of-town, set aside a specially priced block of hotel rooms. Some hotels require a deposit while others may simply offer rooms at a special rate until a specified date. Some hotels also offer a free room for the bride and groom or a free meeting room for a gift opening party. ● Leave special goodie bags or baskets at the hotel to be given to the guests when they check in. These thoughtful packages may include candy, snacks, bottled water, a gift certificate for a nearby restaurant, an area tour book, a map, or even a simple card thanking them for coming from so far to attend the wedding. ● Include out-of-town guests in many of the pre- and post-wedding festivities. Invite them to the rehearsal dinner (if budget allows), a special brunch, or the gift opening party. If other special activities are planned, consider extending an open invitation to distant travelers. ● Set your guests at ease by preparing for every possible need. Put baskets of toiletries in your reception facility's restrooms that contain helpful items such as hairspray, disposable combs, bobby pins, hand lotion, chapstick, mouthwash, toothpicks, bandaids, static guard, nylons, feminine products, etc. ● If having a formal reception, carefully plan the seating arrangement. Place guests in comfortable situations with those they know or with whom they share similar interests. ● If the reception dinner guest list includes children, consider ordering kid-friendly meals. Your younger guests will enjoy them and their parents will be grateful. ● When giving toasts, remember to include a heartfelt thank you to everyone for attending your celebration. ● Send a hand-written thank you note for every gift. You must follow e-mails, form letters, and a verbal thank you with a hand-written note. ● Keep in mind that out-of-town guests may have spent hundreds of dollars just to get to the wedding day. They certainly deserve the extra attention to help them feel welcome! • 309




INITIAL CONSULTATION What to Bring/Know: ● Wedding date

● Preferred travel dates

● Desired length of stay

● Top "must haves"

● Idea of features you want your accommodations to have (ocean view, Jacuzzi, terrace, etc.)

● Type of activities you enjoy (golf, scuba, sunbathing, night life, tours, etc.)

● Type of food and restaurants you enjoy (seafood, steak, etc.)

● Allergies or special limitations

● Budget Range

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What to Ask: What is a realistic budget? It is often difficult to gauge the entire cost, from the resort, to food, transportation, travel documents, insurance, etc. A travel agent will help put facts and figures together, so you can create a realistic budget.

● Why use a travel agent over online self-booking? Agents not only save you time and stress, but they also have access to special discounts and perks that are not available online.

Some travel agents charge a minimal fee and most no fee at all to research, plan, book and maintain your honeymoon – and they can almost always meet or, in most cases, beat what you are finding online yourself – while providing an invaluable insider perspective on location.

● How do I know if I want all-inclusive or non-inclusive? There are a number of pros and cons to each. An agent will help you talk through exactly what you are looking for in a honeymoon and steer you toward the type of resort that best fits your ideas.

In most cases when you book with online agencies, it is the lowest class of sale and/or there is no contract on the sale, which means you are on your own if you need support during travel in the event an airline or resort is oversold and you get bumped. With an agent, there is a contract on the sale and your sale is protected, so if something should go wrong while on your trip, you can just pass it off to your agent and enjoy the trip stress-free.

What kind of extras should we be looking for in an all-inclusive resort? Activities and amenities vary from location to location. Make sure to find out if the resort is adults only, has the amenities you want (ocean view, terrace, balcony, butler service, etc.), and the activities you want (snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, great beach, local tours, etc.). Look for complimentary honeymoon amenities (be sure to read the fine print, as some require you to be honeymooning within 30 days or to book a certain room category).

● What is the best time of year to travel? In regards to price, winter and spring break are most expensive, autumn is the least, and June-August are average. Take your destination’s weather into consideration – hurricane season is less costly for a reason.

Should we get insurance? Depending on the types of insurance available, you are protected in case you have to cancel due to illness or catastrophic weather, or if you experience baggage loss, travel delays, or need emergency medical care while on your trip. Keep in mind that it is common in some popular foreign destinations for the medical facilities not to accept American health insurance. A travel insurance policy/provider can help negotiate treatment pricing if your existing health insurance policy does not cover it.

● Are price quotes guaranteed? Prices fluctuate and cannot usually be guaranteed until you have made a reservation and paid the deposit. ●

Do you offer honeymoon registry options? For the couples that already have blenders and toasters, a honeymoon registry may be the ideal way to have the honeymoon of your dreams. Couples can register for things they want while on their honeymoon (candlelit dinner on the beach, wine tastings, massages, transportation, etc.) or they can set a dollar amount. Then guests purchase different items, services, or excursions for the couple to enjoy. • 311

TIMING ● 12-14 months before: Contact an agent to plan a destination wedding ● 9-11 months before: Contact an agent to plan your honeymoon; put down deposit; begin passport acquisition process ● 1-2 months before: make final payment ● 2-4 weeks before: Receive travel documents

TRENDING All-inclusive honeymoon getaways are growing in popularity. One local travel agent estimates that 90% of her clients opt for all-inclusive.

Photos: Blue Dandelion Photography, Urban Anchor Photography, Paul Toepfer Photography

EXPERT ADVICE When trying to determine what kind of honeymoon you would like, ask yourself: When I return from the honeymoon, what do I want to be able to tell family and friends I enjoyed the most about the travel experience portion of the trip?

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COST BREAKDOWN ● Booking schedule Book early to receive better rates and a wider variety of options. ● Destination Where you go, how long you stay, and the caliber of your accommodations influence the cost. ● Time of year Peak travel times such as winter and spring break may cost up to 40% more than travel during other times of the year. ● Service fees Some travel agents charge fees, while others receive compensation strictly from the airlines, hotels, and tour operators they utilize.

A NOTE ABOUT DESTINATION WEDDINGS Destination weddings can be a great way to have a memorable, exotic wedding. Talk to a travel agent that specializes in destination weddings to help you navigate the ins and outs of resort wedding packages. They will coordinate the trip for your guests and get passports, visas, and other paperwork in order. Because most of your family and friends may not be able to travel so far to join in your celebration, remember to host a reception at home so everyone can share in your joy.

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We specialize in luxury all-inclusive honeymoons, destination weddings and romance travel. • 608-445-4188 • 313

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For the bride and groom who would love a place that’s sealed with a kiss, Sundara Inn & Spa is intimate by design. Voted #5 Destination spa in the world by Travel +Leisure Magazine and 10 Most Romantic Spa Resorts in the World for six years in a row - Night before, night of and night after, vow exchanges and honeymoon packages available - Our match makers will be delighted to customize a package for your special day. • Spacious overnight accommodations • Chef-prepared cuisine • Championship golf • Outdoor recreation year-round • Spa together treatment rooms • Adult only

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real wedding

tim & jennifer Photography: Azena Photography Ceremony & Location: The Madison Club Bridal Gown: Gigi's of Mequon Groom's Tuxedo: Nedrebo's Formalwear Floral: Blooms Catering & Confections: The Madison Club Invitations/Stationery: Tiny Bold DJ: Kuhl Entertainment

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real wedding

kabeer & julia Day of Coordinator: Cherry Blossom Events Photography: Geneoh Photography Ceremony & Reception Location: Over the Vines Bridal Gown: Custom gown from Prashe Shah Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss Floral: Lewiston Perennial Farms and daffodil*parker

Cake: 2510 Bakery Caterer: Slide Food Cart, Fried and Fabulous Invitations/Stationery: NakedTree Media

Rentals: Best Event Rentals Transportation: Badger Bus

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tylor & rachel Wedding Planner: Piece of Cake Consulting Photography: Laura Zastrow Photography Location: Barn at Harvest Moon Pond Bridal Gown: Miss Ruby’s Bridal Boutique Groom's Suit: Banana Republic Floral: Lewiston Perennials Cake: Madison Sweets Catering: Circolo Hair: Rejuvenation Spa & Salon Rentals: Á La Crate Vintage Rentals

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real wedding

aaron & emily Wedding Planner: Cherry Blossom Events Photography: Amelia John Photographers Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church Reception: Bishops Bay Country Club Bridal Gown: Bloomfield Bridal, Amsterdam Hair & Makeup: Emily Pelletter from ANiU Floral: daffodil*parker Cake & Confections: Bloom Bake Shop and Cupcakes-A-Go-Go Décor: Á La Crate Vintage Rentals and Event Essentials Ceremony String Quartet: Intermezzo String Quartet Transportation: Sailboat from Hoofers

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james & lauren Wedding Planner: Lavender Hill Weddings + Events Photography: The Salty Peanut Hair & Makeup: ANiU Salon Spa Floral: Flora Designs by Jamae Cake: The Rolling Pin Bake Shop DJ: Kuhl Entertainment Dècor & Rentals: Event Essentials and Á La Crate Vintage Rentals

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real wedding

kyle & amanda Photography: Urban Anchor Photography Ceremony & Reception Location: Badger Farms Bridal Gown: Julie's Bridal Gallery Floral: daffodil*parker Cake: Carl's Cakes at Market Street Diner Caterer: Augie's Elite Catering Décor: Á La Crate Vintage Rentals

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Photos: (top row) Blue Dandelion Photography, The Wedding Flashers by Foss Imagery, Azena Photography (middle row) East Elm Photography, Jas McDaniel Photography, Sugar River Stationers (bottom) Urban Anchor Photography

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_____________________________ Bride


_____________________________ Groom

__________________________________________________ Wedding Date

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✓ CALENDAR CHECKLIST Be sure to check things off as they are completed.

This is an ideal timetable. Couples who do not have as much time as shown should plan their wedding in much the same order, using the checklist as a guide.

immediately after the engagement: ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Discuss budget, size and style of the wedding. Decide who pays for what. Contact a travel agent if planning a destination wedding. Choose a wedding date and time. Check vendor availability prior to setting date. Create a system to organize your thoughts, photos, worksheets, etc. (e.g., binder, web folder, Pinterest account) Enlist the services of a wedding consultant. Make initial contact with vendors and obtain references. Tour and reserve ceremony and reception sites; make initial catering contacts. Meet with officiant; schedule premarital counseling. Reserve photographer. Reserve videographer.

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Make arrangements for ceremony & reception music, and other entertainment. (photobooth, flipbook, DJ, etc.). Make all transportation arrangements to and from the wedding and the reception. Start shopping for wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. Reserve florist. Reserve bridal suite and block of rooms at hotel for out of town guests. Initial catering consultation; sampling appointment shortly thereafter and book caterer. Select your wedding party. Select one usher for every 50 guests. Appoint someone to act as "organizer" to troubleshoot any problems that might arise and make sure everyone is where they need to be the week of the wedding.

9 months or more before: ❐ Reserve rental items that are larger in size (e.g., tents) or high in demand (e.g., chairs). ❐ Contact a travel agent to plan your honeymoon; put down a deposit; begin passport acquisition process. ❐ Compile the guest list and guests' addresses. ❐ Consult with stationer about save the date design concept. ❐ Book engagement photo session well enough in advance to use photo in save the dates; Submit engagement announcement and engagement photo to local papers. ❐ Register your wedding with a formalwear retailer. ❐ Mail save the dates (include room block information). ❐ Book your salon professional to ensure the preferred date and time. Check with your salon for how far in advance they book wedding parties. 330 • Wedding Planning Worksheets

6 months or more before: ❐ Select and order wedding dress, undergarments and accessories. ❐ Look for alteration specialist (if someone other than bridal shop). ❐ Choose and order bridesmaids dresses. ❐ Reserve your baker (earlier if your wedding is during a peak time) and have a design consultation. ❐ Reserve your rehearsal dinner facility and choose menu. ❐ Have florist consultation and choose flowers. ❐ Get measurements from men in wedding party; place your formalwear orders. ❐ Finalize order for any rental items, including serviceware, linens, décor, etc. ❐ Meet with stationer to determine style and colors; place order and begin proofing process. ❐ Implement diet and exercise program.

4 months or more before: ❐ Create gift registries and continue to update them every couple of weeks. ❐ Sign up for dance lessons. Choreograph special dance routine to “wow” guests. ❐ Order ice sculpture.

3 months or more before: ❐ Discuss ceremony plans with officiant. ❐ Start monitoring the hotel block on a weekly or monthly basis so you can adjust the number and type of rooms set aside if necessary. ❐ Begin dress alteration process for bride and bridesmaids. ❐ Contact photographer to go over timeline and any new details. Discuss how family portraits and other group shots will be handled. Verify date, time, and location particulars. ❐ Give videographer wedding day timeline and any other pertinent information. ❐ Give gentle reminder to any groomsmen that have not yet been measured for formalwear. ❐ Verify event cost with caterer, once they determine availability and seasonal fluctuations. ❐ Address wedding invitations. • 331

2 months or more before: ❐ Mail invitations. ❐ Purchase all accessories, shoes, and lingerie for bridal gown. ❐ First dress fitting; Schedule second dress fitting for a couple weeks later. ❐ Buy a wedding gift for future spouse and gifts for attendants and helpers.

❐ Schedule a follow up meeting with florist to tie up loose ends before flowers are ordered. ❐ Meet with invitation specialist for programs, place cards, escort cards, favors, and any other signage for guest books, hosted bar signs, etc. ❐ Meet with ceremony and reception musicians/DJs to choose music.

1 month or more before: ❐ Final appointment with ceremony site coordinator to solidify final plans. ❐ Confirm formalwear choices; check that all men have been measured. ❐ Final appointment with reception site coordinator to solidify final plans. ❐ Do a trial run for hair and makeup. Try to coordinate with a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just prior to dress fitting (so you preview your entire wedding day look). ❐ Make final tweaks to ring prototype (for custom rings). ❐ Check with the newspapers on wedding announcement requirements. ❐ Finalize plans for rehearsal dinner.

❐ Plan seating arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception. ❐ Review this checklist to make sure nothing has been missed. ❐ Complete change-­of-­address information for post-­office, if necessary. ❐ Keep current with “Thank You” notes for showers and early wedding gifts. ❐ Make final tweaks to rental items list, if necessary. ❐ Shop for and purchase wedding bands. If wanting custom rings, decide on ring design. Once prototype is created, approve or make changes to proposed design. ❐ Make final payment to travel agent. ❐ Finalize orders for programs and day-of wedding accessories.

2 weeks or more before: ❐ Final dress fitting. ❐ Give the final guest count to your baker and verify all details. ❐ Finalize programs and signage with stationer; Finalize list of names for place cards and escort cards. ❐ Apply for marriage license. Be sure to bring all needed documents. ❐ Inform or send rehearsal invitations including exact time and location to those who will attend the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner. ❐ Inquire about where bride, groom and attendants will dress for the ceremony. 332 • Wedding Planning Worksheets

❐ Review all details. Walk through the entire event considering things like parking, access for handicapped guests, etc. ❐ Break in wedding shoes. ❐ Turn in absolutely final guest count to caterer. ❐ Pick up rings. ❐ Receive travel documents from travel agent. ❐ Have a hair coloring appointment for sun-kissed highlights or a clear color glaze to add shine to your natural hair color.

1 week before: ❐ Groom gets a final haircut. His eyebrow or back waxing should be done so irritations will have plenty of time to subside. ❐ Check in with ceremony and reception venues to inform them of any last minute details. ❐ Check in with officiant, caterer, photographer, videographer, musicians, DJ, florist, driver, etc. to finalize and verify details. ❐ Review final details for those in the wedding party. ❐ Pack for the honeymoon. ❐ Enjoy a day with family and friends. Visit a day spa, have a massage, a facial and relax.

3 days before: ❐ Pick up wedding gown, un-­bag gown at home after pickup. ❐ Drop off guest welcome bags for hotel to distribute.

1 day before: ❐ Get a manicure and pedicure. ❐ Visit formalwear retailer for final fitting and pick up. ❐ Groom gets a final shampoo and hair trim (beard and mustache included). ❐ Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner and give gifts to attendants. ❐ Give the rings and clergy’s fee to the best man. ❐ Organize gown, accessories, etc. to go to ceremony.

Wedding day: ❐ Mail wedding announcements. ❐ Get hair, makeup, etc. done. ❐ Get married!

1-2 days after: ❐ Return rented formalwear. ❐ Return other rental items. • 333



Use totals from the following worksheet pages.



Bridal Gown (include alterations)









Groom's Tuxedo



Bride's Rings



Groom's Ring















Wedding Cake/Confections






Ceremony Costs (officiant, venue, license)



Ceremony Decorations



Reception Decorations



Rental Equipment






Food/Beverage Catering



Rehearsal Dinner



Reception Venue Rental



Reception Entertainment (photobooth, flipbook, dance lessons) ___________________





Gifts (attendants, parents, others)



Bride's Gift



Groom's Gift









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THE BRIDE Bridal Gown

Bring proper undergarments and shoes to fittings

Store: _____________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________ Consultant:__________________________________________________ Gown Description (Color, Fabric, Lace, Style, etc.): _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Price: _______________________ Date Ordered:______________________________ Date Promised: ___________________________ Fitting Appointments: ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Bridal Accessories Headpiece & Veil:______________________________________________ Price:_______________ Bra / Bustier:_________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Teddy / Body Stocking:___________________________________________ Price:_______________ Stockings / Pantyhose:___________________________________________ Price:_______________ Garter: ____________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Petticoat / Slip: _______________________________________________ Price:_______________ Shoes:_____________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Jewelry: ___________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Wrap / Cape:_________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Other:_____________________________________________________ Price:_______________ Something Old:_______________________________________________ Something New: ______________________________________________ Something Borrowed: ___________________________________________ Something Blue: ______________________________________________ • 335

THE ATTENDANTS Bride's Attendants Maid (unmarried)/Matron (married) of Honor: _______________________________________________ Bridesmaid:____________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid:____________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid:____________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid:____________________________________________________________________ Bridesmaid:____________________________________________________________________ Flower Girl: ____________________________________________________________________ Personal Attendant: _______________________________________________________________ Groom's Attendants Best Man: _____________________________________________________________________ Groomsman: ___________________________________________________________________ Groomsman: ___________________________________________________________________ Groomsman: ___________________________________________________________________ Groomsman: ___________________________________________________________________ Groomsman: ___________________________________________________________________ Ringbearer: ____________________________________________________________________ Special Participants Usher:________________________________________________________________________ Usher:________________________________________________________________________ Reader:_______________________________________________________________________ Reader:_______________________________________________________________________ Candle Lighter(s):_________________________________________________________________ Guest Book Attendant: _____________________________________________________________

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Ladies' Attire Dress Store: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________ Consultant: ____________________________________________________________________ Gown Description (Color, Fabric, Lace, Style, etc.): _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Price:________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: _____________________________ Date Promised: ___________________________ Shoes:_______________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Jewelry: _____________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Undergarments:________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Handbags:____________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Wrap:_______________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Other:_______________________________________________ Price:____________________________

Men's Attire Formalwear Store: ________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________ Consultant: ____________________________________________________________________ Formalwear Description (Color, Designer, Style, etc.): ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Date Measurements needed by:___________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________ Date Promised:_____________________________________ Price: _________________________ Check with the formalwear shop for information on how to get out-of-town attendants measured and fitted.

Remind attendants to make an appointment for fittings. Advise them to bring proper undergarments and shoes to all fittings. • 337

PRE-WEDDING DETAILS the rings Engagement Ring Jeweler: ____________________________________________ Phone:______________________ Address: ___________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________________________ Description of Ring: ____________________________________ Price: ______________________ _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________ Wedding Bands Jeweler: ____________________________________________ Phone:______________________ Address: ___________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________________________ Description of Rings:____________________________________ Price: ______________________ _________________________________________________



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invitations & stationery Stationer: ________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Salesperson:_____________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ______________________________________ Date Promised: __________________________ Description/notes: _________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Stationery Checklist Items

Be sure to order extra and everything at once! Quantity


❏ Save the Dates

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Invitations

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Wedding Announcements

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Programs

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Response Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Place Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Escort Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Table Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Menu Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Guest Book

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Thank You Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Thank You Gifts

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Specialty Cards

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Napkins

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Favors

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Other

_________________________ _____________________

❏ Other

_________________________ _____________________ • 339

Invitation Wording Samples Traditional Bride’s Parents Sponsoring

Traditional Bride and Groom Sponsoring Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. William Andrews request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter Sarah Lynn to Mr. Michael James Brooks on Saturday, the tenth of September at half past two o’clock St. Patrick Church Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The honour of your presence is requested at the marriage of Sarah Lynn Andrews to Michael James Brooks on Saturday, the tenth of September at half past two o’clock. St. Patrick Church

Traditional Bride and Groom’s Parents Sponsoring

Less Formal Bride’s Parents Sponsoring

Mr. and Mrs. William Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brooks request the honour of your presence at the marriage of Sarah Lynn to Michael James on Saturday, the tenth of September at half past two o’clock St. Patrick Church Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

We ask only those dearest in our hearts to join us in celebrating the marriage of our daughter Sarah to Mike Brooks at half past two o’clock on Saturday, September tenth St. Patrick Church Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Mary and William Andrews

For more invitation wording samples, visit the "planning" tab on

favors Favor Item(s):_________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________

From:_____________________________________________Phone:________________________ Address: ___________________________________________Price:_________________________ Date Ordered:________________________________________Date Promised:___________________ Details:________________________________________________________________________

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gift registry Store:_________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________________________________________ Website:_______________________________________________________________________ Store:_________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________________________________________ Website:_______________________________________________________________________ Store:_________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________________________________________ Website:_______________________________________________________________________ Store:_________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ______________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________________________________________


Website:_______________________________________________________________________ • 341

Registration Checklist


❏ Dining: Casual ❏ Dining: Formal ❏ Kitchen ❏ Bedroom ❏ Bathroom ❏ Living/Household ❏ Garage ❏ Travel/Honeymoon ❏ Outdoor/Sporting Goods ❏ Charity

gifts for others For


❏ Bridesmaids

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Groomsmen

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Mothers

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Fathers

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Bride

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Groom

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Personal Attendant Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________ ❏ Other

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Other

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

❏ Other

Gift Item(s):_____________________________________________________ ________________

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showers Shower No. 1 Host/Hostess:___________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________________ Location/Address:________________________________________________________________________ Date:_________________________________________________________________________________ Time: ________________________________________________________________________________ Type of Shower: _________________________________________________________________________



Thank You

____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ • 343

Shower No. 2 Host/Hostess:___________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________________ Location/Address:________________________________________________________________________ Date: ________________________________________________________________________________ Time: ________________________________________________________________________________ Type of Shower: _________________________________________________________________________



Thank You

____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐ ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ❐

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the rehearsal At the Ceremony Site Rehearsal Date: __________________________________ Time: ____________________________________ The Rehearsal Dinner Site: __________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________ Contact: ______________________________ Date: ______________________________________________ Time: _______________________________ Menu: _________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________________________________________________ Rehearsal & Rehearsal Dinner Guest List Guest Name

Invite Sent













___________________________________________________________________________ • 345

WEDDING DAY DETAILS beauty Bride's Hair and Makeup Salon: ______________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Stylist:________________________________________________________________________________ Appointments: 1)_________________________________________________________________________ 2)___________________________________________________________________________________ 3)____________________________________________________________________________________ Price: _________________________________________________________________________________ Wedding Party Salon: ______________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Stylist/Services: __________________________________________________________________________ Appointment:___________________________________________________________________________ Spa Day: _______________________________________________________________________


Price: _________________________________________________________________________________

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the cake Bakery: __________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________________________ Salesperson: _____________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised: __________________________ Price: __________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Information:________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

other confections Bakery: __________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Address:________________________________________________________________________ Salesperson: _____________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised: __________________________ Price:__________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Information:________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ❏ Cupcakes ❏ Cookies ❏ Pies

❏ Candies ❏ Other

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

transportation Company Name: __________________________ Phone:____________________________________ Salesperson: _____________________________________________________________________ Type/Description (Carriage, Limo, etc.): _____________________________________________________ Pickup Date: ________________________________ Time: ________________________________ Length of Rental Time:__________________________ Capacity: ______________________________ Price: ____________________________________ Additional Time Charge:_____________________ ❏ Bachelor/ette Party ❏ Bride & Groom to Ceremony ❏ Bride & Groom to Reception ❏ Others to Ceremony

❏ Bride & Groom to Hotel

❏ Others to Reception ❏ Other Transportation:

_____________________________________________________________________________ • 347

music Ceremony Musicians: 1)_____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: _____________________ Musicians: 2)_____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: _____________________ Musical Selections: Processional: ____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony:______________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Recessional: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

Reception Musician/DJ 1)____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: _____________________ Musician/DJ 2)____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: _____________________ Musical Selections: Bride & Groom’s First Dance: ___________________________________________________________ Wedding Party Dance:_______________________________________________________________ Couple / Parent’s Dance: ______________________________________________________________ Other Requests: ___________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

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other entertainment ❏ Photobooth ❏ Flipbooks ❏ Other Professional: _______________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Salesperson: _____________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised: __________________________ Price: _________________________________________________________________________ Details: ________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

dance lessons Professional: _______________________________________ Phone:_________________________ Address:________________________________________________________________________ Lesson Dates:_____________________________________________________________________ Price: _________________________________________________________________________ Details: ________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________________ • 349

photography Studio Name: __________________________________ Phone: _____________________________ Address:________________________________________________________________________ Photographer’s Name: ____________________________ Price: _______________________________

Take list to photographer: discuss which shots are posed, candid, in color or black & white.

Before the Ceremony

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride alone (in wedding gown) Bride & her mother Bride & her father Bride & both parents Bride & maid/matron of honor Bride & bridesmaids Bride fixing make-up/hair Attendants receiving flowers Parents receiving flowers

Guests outside of church Ushers escorting guests to seats Bride’s mother being seated Groom’s family being seated Bride and father entering church Groom and groomsmen at altar Attendants coming down aisle Bride and father coming down aisle Giving-away ceremony Altar during ceremony

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Groom alone (in formalwear) Groom & his mother Groom & his father Groom & both parents Groom & best man Groom & groomsmen Groomsmen getting boutonnieres Other _______________________________ Other _______________________________

At the Ceremony ❐ Bride and groom saying vows ❐ Ring ceremony ❐ Flower girl and ringbearer ❐ The kiss ❐ Bride and groom coming up aisle ❐ Bride and groom leaving church ❐ Bride and groom getting into car ❐ Bride and groom in decorated car ❐ Other _______________________________ ❐ Other _______________________________ Before the Reception

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride and groom’s hands Bridesmaids looking at bride’s ring Bride and groom Bride with her parents Bride and groom with honor attendants Bride with bridesmaids Groom with groomsmen

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❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride and groom with wedding party Bride and groom with all parents Bride and groom with bride’s family Bride and groom with groom’s family Bride and groom looking at each other Other _____________________________ Other _____________________________

At the Reception

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride and groom arriving Bride and groom going into reception Receiving line Bride and groom in receiving line Parents in receiving line Buffet table Cake Bride and groom seated at table Bride dancing with her father Groom dancing with his mother Bride and groom talking with guests

❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐ ❐

Bride and groom cutting the cake Bride and groom feeding cake Bride and groom toasting Bride throwing bouquet Groom removing bride’s garter Groom throwing garter Bride and groom dancing Decorations Other ______________________________ Other______________________________ Other ______________________________

videography Studio Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Videographer’s Name: __________________________________ Price: ________________________


❐ Rehearsal ❐ Pre-Ceremony ❐ Ceremony ❐ Reception

Capture these moments, special people, etc. • 351

florals & décor Florist: _____________________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________________ Salesperson: ________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Date / Time / Place:_______________________________________________________________ Description (Bouquet Style, Colors, Flower Types):__________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

Floral & Décor Checklist Item



❏ Bride's Bouquet

_______________________ _____________

❏ Bridesmaid Bouquet(s)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Miniature/Jr. Bridesmaid Bouquet(s)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Flowers in Bride’s Hair

_______________________ _____________

❏ Flower Girl Petals, Miniature Bouquet,

Pomander Ball, or Flower Baskets

_______________________ _____________

❏ Corsages (Pin-on, Wrist, or Hand-tied posy;

Mothers, Grandmothers, Personal Attendant,

Honored Guests)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Boutonnieres (Groom, Groomsmen, Ushers,

Fathers, Grandfathers, Ringbearer, Godparents,

Honored Guests)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Ceremony Entrance

_______________________ _____________

❏ Aisle Decorations

_______________________ _____________

❏ Altar Arrangements

_______________________ _____________

❏ Flowers for Unity Candle

_______________________ _____________

❏ Memorial Flowers (to honor deceased relatives)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Presentation Flowers (Catholic ceremony)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Reception Entrance

_______________________ _____________

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❏ Guest Book Table

_______________________ _____________

❏ Place Card Table

_______________________ _____________

❏ High Top Cocktail Tables

_______________________ _____________

❏ Hors D’oeuvres Area

_______________________ _____________

❏ Head Table (or Sweetheart Table) Décor

_______________________ _____________

❏ Dining Table Centerpieces

_______________________ _____________

❏ Buffet Line Decor

_______________________ _____________

❏ Cake Top/Table (on or around)

_______________________ _____________

❏ Reception Ceiling

_______________________ _____________

❏ Around Dance Floor

_______________________ _____________

❏ Toss Bouquet

_______________________ _____________

❏ Bar Décor

_______________________ _____________

❏ Bathroom Décor

_______________________ _____________

❏ Lounges

_______________________ _____________

❏ Bridal Suite

_______________________ _____________

❏ Vehicle

_______________________ _____________

Other Décor ❐ Ice Sculpture

❐ Other

Professional: _____________________________________________ Phone:______________________ Address:___________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Date / Time / Place:_______________________________________________________________ Description and Costs:___________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ • 353

rentals Store: 1) _______________________________________ Phone: ______________________________ Address: _______________________________________ Salesperson:___________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony / Reception:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Pickup/Delivery Date:_________________________________ Time:_____________________________ Return Date: ______________________________________ Time:_____________________________ Deposit: _________________________________________ Price:_____________________________ Store: 2)_________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ Address:_________________________________________ Salesperson:_________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony / Reception:______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Pickup/Delivery Date:_________________________________ Time:_____________________________ Return Date: ______________________________________ Time:_____________________________ Deposit: _________________________________________ Price:_____________________________

lighting Lighting Specialist: ________________________________ Phone:___________________________ Address:_______________________________________ Salesperson: _______________________ Date Ordered: ___________________________________ Date/Time Promised:__________________ Placement and details:_______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________ Price:____________________________ Gobo Design:

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THE WEDDING DAY the ceremony Site: _________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________ Contact: _____________________ Officiant: _________________________________________ Costs: _________________________ Date: _________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Time: __________________________________________________________________ Arrival Time: ____________________________________________________________________ Premarital Counseling Dates & Times: 1)____________________________________________________ 2)___________________________________________________________________________ 3)___________________________________________________________________________ 4)___________________________________________________________________________ Items to remember to bring to the ceremony site: ❏ Marriage license ❏ Personal wedding vows ❏ All clothing (if getting dressed on site) - gown, hosiery, shoes, veil, etc. ❏ All jewelry (bridal accessories, bridemaid accessories, wedding rings) ❏ Unity candle (and lighter if necessary) ❏ Guest book and pen ❏ Programs or bulletins ❏ Flowers (if not delivered by florist) including corsages, boutonnieres, decorations, bouquets, etc. ❏ Ceremony decorations ❏ Send-off items (birdseed, bubbles, doves, butterflies, balloons, ribbon wands, sparklers, etc.) ❏ Other: ______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ • 355

the reception Site: _________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Contact: ______________________________ Date: ____________________________________ Time: ________________________________ Price:_________________________________________________________________________ Caterer: _______________________________________________________________________ Menu: ________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Beverages: _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Caterer will also provide: _____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________


Price: _________________________________________________________________________

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traditional ceremony & reception line-ups Ceremony

Receiving line

Head Table (reception)



Groomsman Bridesmaid



trendy alternatives Head Table Sweetheart Table: Instead of sitting at a more traditional head table, the bride and groom can enjoy a little alone time by sitting at their own two-seater dining table. The bridal party then sits together with their dates at regular guest tables. Maids & Men: Instead of staggering the seating of maids and men at the head table, all bridesmaids would sit on the bride's side and all groomsmen on the groom's side, similar to the ceremony lineup. Parents' Table Separately Hosted Tables: Instead of traditionally seating the parents and officiant at one table, each set of parents hosts their own table of close family and friends. This works especially well in situations with divorced parents, allowing everyone to sit with people they enjoy while remaining separate. The officiant and his or her date is incorporated into one of the other guest tables. • 357

AFTER THE WEDDING the honeymoon Travel Agency: ____________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________ Contact: ______________________ Destination: _____________________________________________________________________ Departure Date: _____________________________________ Return Date: _____________________ Travel Notes: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Costs:_________________________________________________________________________ Packing List: ❐ Her Casual Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shorts, shoes) ____________________________________________ ❐ His Casual Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shorts, shoes) ____________________________________________ ❐ Her Formal Outfit(s) (dress, shoes) ____________________________________________________ ❐ His Formal Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shoes) ________________________________________________ ❐ Her Underwear

❐ Hosiery / Socks

❐ Bras

❐ His Underwear

❐ Sleepwear

❐ Swimwear

❐ Coat / Jacket

❐ Hats

❐ Make-up/Skin Care

❐ Toothpaste

❐ Tooth Brushes

❐ Deodorants

❐ Lotions/Sunscreen/Bug Repellant

❐ Hair Brushes/Combs

❐ Shave Cream/Razors/Aftershave ❐ Shampoo/Hair Care

❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________ ❐ __________________________________________________________________________

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wedding gifts Gift Opening Party Location: ____________________________________________ Phone: _____________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________________________ Time: _____________________



Thank You

___________________________________ _____________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ ___________________________________ ______________________________________ ❐ • 359

changing your name Steps to Changing Your Name 1) Obtain a copy of your new marriage certificate from the Register of Deeds. 2) Take your certificate to the Social Security Office and change your name there. You may now begin to use your new name. 3) Then, take the certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles and change your name there. 4) Update each of the following with your new name (Note of caution: It is a felony to make copies of a marriage certificate. If proof is required, send your actual certificate with a self-­addressed, stamped envelope and a request that they return it to you.):

❐ Banks

❐ Medical Care Provider ❐ Mortgage Lender

❐ County Tax Assessor

❐ Professional License—Notification Letter

❐ Credit Card Companies

❐ State Tax Commission

❐ Employer (fill out new W-2)

❐ Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue

❐ Estate Planning/Retirement Documents

❐ U.S. Passport

❐ Insurance Companies

❐ U.S. Postal Service

❐ Investment Companies

❐ Utility Company

❐ Leases and Mortgages

❐ Voter Registration

❐ Legal Documents

❐ Wills


❐ Contracts

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RESOURCE Directory apparel.....................................362 beauty & health.......................363 cakes & confections..................364 catering....................................365 ceremony sites.........................367 dance instruction.....................368 flowers & decorations..............368 gift registries............................369 guest accommodations............369 honeymoon & travel................370 ice sculptures...........................370 invitations & favors..................370 jewelers...................................371 musicians & djs........................371 officiants..................................374 parties......................................374 photo booths...........................375 photography............................375 rehearsal & reception facilities.378 tents & rentals..........................387 transportation..........................388 videography.............................388 wedding consultants................389 • 361

apparel BRANDI’S BRIDAL GALLERIA, ETC. (p. 28-29) 12 14th Avenue, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608)527-4436 • Experience Brandi’s State-Of-The-Art 12,000 sq ft Bridal Salon in New Glarus! “Wisconsin’s Best” 9 years running, with the largest most cutting edge selection in the Midwest! When you order your gown with Brandi’s, you will enjoy a champagne toast and view your gown on their 3D runway. Brandi’s is the “Home of the Original” Champagne Toast! You, your family and friends will feel pampered and comfortable while you find the gown of your dreams. BRIDES N’ BELLES (p. 33) 140 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608)524-8133 • e-mail: Brides N’ Belles has over 30 years of bridal experience. Their newly expanded boutique offers over 500 bridal gowns, more than 500 maids, and 200 plus mothers dresses. From the initial purchase to the final fitting, they provide the highest quality of customer service. All alterations are in-house, to help you get the right fit. They offer financing, free pressing and storage of your bridal gown. Appointments are recommended. CONTOURS LINGERIE (p. 33) 6102 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705 • (608)237-6407 Contours Lingerie has beautiful lingerie, classic sleepwear, and everything for the bride from size small to a curvy 6x. They offer professional bra fitting for your special day and every day. Whether you’re an AA, K cup or in between, they can help you find something fabulous. Register with them for your bridal shower or book a private shopping party for you and your girlfriends. JULIE’S BRIDAL GALLERY (p. 27) 1019 16th Avenue, Monroe, WI 53566 • (608)325-4553 • e-mail: JUST FOR YOU (p. 34) 217 S. Main Street, Verona, WI 53593 • (608)848-3773 Formalwear Consignment Shop. Lovely and up-to-date formalwear in a relaxed, home-like setting. Your next formal occasion doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Just For You carries many bridal gowns, motherof-the-bride dresses, bridesmaid dresses, flowergirl dresses, pageant dresses and other special occasion gowns. Tuxedo rental available. Custom dressmaking and alterations are also available. No appointment needed. You’ll be wonderfully surprised by the selections.

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MAHIN’S BRIDAL SALON, LLC (p. 34) 307 11th Street, Monroe, WI • (608)328-GOWN (4696) • e-mail: MARAH’S ELEGANT BRIDAL, LLC (p. 31) 101 E. Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 • (608)437-6107 • e-mail: MOMENTS TO CHERISH BRIDALS ETC., LLC (p. 30) 2990 Cahill Main, Suite 200, Hatchery Hill Plaza, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608)274-5683 • e-mail: Moments to Cherish is a bridal store specializing in all bridal and wedding attire including tuxedo rentals. They are happy when the bride is happy. Every wedding is as unique as its bride. Their goal is to guide the bride through her unique vision of what her wedding will look like. They strive to achieve the highest customer satisfaction and quality of gowns at a reasonable price. Stop in and let them lead you through your dream wedding. NEDREBO’S FORMALWEAR (p. 1) 7857 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI 53719 • (608)827-8548 (With Vera’s House of Bridals) 601 Junction Road, Madison, WI 53717 • (608)833-8811 5237 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)271-2121 4522 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)241-3131 Janesville Mall, Janesville, WI 53545 • (608)752-2828 • e-mail: PREMIERE COUTURE (p. 32) 145 W. Main Street, Cambridge, WI • (608)423-2272 • e-mail: One bride’s review said, “Go here if you want to know what wedding gown shopping should feel like - in a word, wonderful!” At the end of the day, isn’t that what you want? At Premiere Couture you’ll find THE dress, but you’ll also “feel like a friend rather than a customer”, find the atmosphere “intimate and very welcoming”, and conclude that “Premiere takes very good care of their brides, brides’ families & bridal parties.” (Reviews from and Facebook.) RIGHT SIZE ALTERATION SERVICES (p. 34 ) Hilldale Mall - 702 Midvale Boulevard, Suite 8, Madison, WI 53705 (608)232-1632 • e-mail:

beauty & health ANIU SALON AND SPA (p. 62) 2275 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 • (608)833-2898 • e-mail: ANiU Salon and Spa, voted Best of Madison for 25 years, provides the largest staff of bridal beauty experts in Wisconsin and can accommodate any size bridal group. ANiU’s talented and professional staff participates in the most advanced ongoing training and provides the best offerings of current trends in the bridal beauty industry. ANiU’s Bridal Coordinator makes sure that each bridal party has a completely tailored wedding day experience. ANiU Salon and Spa is the only choice for brides. BE INSPIRED SALON (p. 65) 425 S. Yellowstone Drive, Madison, WI 53719 • (608)271-2771 • e-mail:

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SISTERS ON MAIN (p. 32) Cross Plains, WI • (608)798-2323 • e-mail: Close your eyes and imagine the wedding gown of your dreams, from rustic camouflage to sparkling elegance, then call Sisters on Main to make it a reality. From a picture or vision in your mind, they can create just about anything, including bridal, bridesmaids, mothers and special attendants. If you’ve already found that perfect dress, they can do alterations making it a perfect fit. Sisters on Main also offers tuxedo rentals, headpieces, jewelry, groomsmen’s gifts, dry cleaning and gown preservation. VERA’S HOUSE OF BRIDALS, LTD. (Back Cover) 7857 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI 53717 • (608)833-6006 • e-mail: Family owned since 1964, Vera’s has been named Winner of “Best of Bridal” for nine years running! With spacious private show rooms, more than 500 bridal gowns from traditional to couture, and bridesmaids gowns starting at $135. Vera’s has friendly and expertly trained consultants that will assist in finding the gown of your dreams. Vera’s offers premier alterations and design services to meet your every need – with free classic bustles, storage and pressing of your gown! Appointments are suggested but walk-ins are welcome.

BLOW DRY STYLE LOUNGE (p. 68) 5956 Executive Drive, Suite 102, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608)445-2407 • The Style Lounge, designed for Weddings, styling Brides and Wedding Parties 7 days a week. This salon offers: Haircuts, Color, Blowouts, Upstyles, Manicures, Pedicures, Spray-tan, Waxing, Facials, Makeup, Lashes, Extensions, professional products, and convenient showers to freshen up. They have a selfie wall, music, wifi-tablets, espresso and wine lounge with Madison’s only real Blowdry Bar. They’re licensed to serve complimentary champagne, wine and beer while pampering you. Or hire Style Lounge’s mobile service, for styling at your event’s venue. ESCAPADE SALON (p. 63) 4102 Lien Road, Suite B, Madison, WI 53704 (608)241-1966 • e-mail: EVOLUTION BODY TRANSFORMATION (p. 68) 802 W. Broadway, Suite 211, Madison, WI 53713 (608)274-2225 • e-mail: GLOBAL WEIGHT LOSS (p. 67) West: 1111 Deming Way, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53717 East: 4602 S. Biltmore Lane, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53718 (608)338-0620 • e-mail: The Big Day...Make your dream weight loss come true! Lose up to 2540lbs. in 40 days! While it might sound too good to be true, clients of this program actually do lose that amount of weight in just over a month of time. This is an amazingly safe and effective Doctor supervised weight loss method. If you’re looking to shed those extra pounds quickly, easily and safely, this program will be a perfect fit for you. Because it works! • 363

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HARBOR ATHLETIC CLUB & WELLNESS STUDIOS (p. 64) 2529 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, WI 53562 • (608)831-6500 • e-mail: Harbor Athletic Club is a multi-generational club celebrating over 30 years of serving its members and the local community. They strive to provide the most professional and friendly service in the industry within all of their programs from personal training to pilates and yoga. Both members and non-members can take advantage of individual and small group personal training. Members can enjoy four pools including a saltwater lap pool! With over 85,000 square feet, there is certainly something for everyone.

CARL’S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING (p. 238) 110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 • (608)825-3377 • e-mail:

KNEADED RELIEF DAY SPA & WELLNESS (p. 20, 69) 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, Suite 126, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608)255-0070 • e-mail: Overlooking a beautiful prairie and waterfall ponds you’ll feel like you’re a world away, yet only steps outside of Madison. Bring your Bridal Party for a day at Madison’s Best Spa or sign up for their Bridal Boot Camp! They have a variety of packages to choose including fitness programs to get you (& the groom!) in top shape. Let their “total wellness” spa help you achieve the results you want for your wedding including facials, makeup application, nails and massage! SUNDARA INN & SPA (p. 314) 920 Canyon Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 • (888)735-8181 e-mail: TOIJALA CHIROPRACTIC (p. 67) 536 Southing Grange Road, Cottage Grove, WI • (608)839-3108 Discover the benefits of specific chiropractic care! Dr. Erik Toijala performs hands-on care for all ages. He has an in-house x-ray facility and is open evenings for appointments. Your body is moving and dynamic, keep it moving and dynamic with his specific hands-on care. WILLIAM JON SALON & SPA—WEST (p. 66) Lake Point Commons • 2701-H University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 (608)238-3334 •

CHOCOLATERIAN CAFE (p. 242) 2004 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 Madison Public Library: 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608)249-1156 • e-mail: Let Chocolaterian help make your celebration delicious. The 100-yearold landmark establishment is the ideal setting for a bridal shower. The café accommodates up to 100, with food and wine options including catered savory entrees, à la carte items, and desserts. Favors start at $3 and include chocolates, macarons, baked goods, candies, and gluten free treats. Their wedding specialist is happy to work with you to create an offering as unique as you – including incorporating your wedding colors. It’s your day; make it sweet. CHRIS’S CONFECTIONS (p. 242) 5207 Rustic Way, McFarland, WI 53558 • (608)838-6028 e-mail: CRAIG’S CAKE SHOP (p. 239) 604 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 • (608)848-6331 Voted Wisconsin Bride Magazine’s Best Cakes for five years in a row! Craig’s Cake Shop, located in Verona, WI, specializes in custom cakes that not only look beautiful, but taste great too. Their cakes are up to two flavors of cake per tier separated with mousse or filling. They offer a choice of Signature (whipped frosting with white chocolate shavings) or Buttercream frosting. Schedule a tasting and see why their brides say there is a taste of Heaven in every bite. CREATIVE CONFECTIONS (p. 240) 4282 Old Stage Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521 • (608)455-1448 e-mail: GAIL AMBROSIUS CHOCOLATIER (p. 20, 261) 2086 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)249-3500 • e-mail: GIGI’S CUPCAKES (p. 21, 230, 240) 554 N. Midvale Boulevard, Madison, WI 53705 (608)661-PINK (7465) • e-mail:

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HY-VEE (p. 194, 226, 239) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)244-4696 • e-mail: West: Contact Life Molitor 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)277-6735 e-mail: Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608)273-5120 e-mail: “I DO” CAKES BY BETTY (p. 230, 242) Madison and surrounding area • (608)846-5186 • e-mail: THE KNOCK SHOPPE’S COUNTRY CAKES (p. 242) W4743 10th Road, Westfield, WI 53964 • (608)369-1314 e-mail: With over 25 years of experience, they guarantee that your wedding cake will be the second most beautiful thing at your wedding, and it will taste as good as it looks. Their wedding cake gallery is the largest in Wisconsin. Their showroom has over 20 cakes on display. You can pick from those or they are able to create a unique wedding cake especially designed for you, per your instructions, right before your eyes. Their cakes are very elegant, yet very affordable. MADISON SWEETS (p. 241) 511 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)630-9030 e-mail: SUZANNE’S SWEET ARTISTRY (p. 243) PO Box 584, DeForest, WI 53532 • (608)842-0600 • e-mail: SWEET STREET (p. 243) N9229 Old Madison Road, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608)527-CAKE(2253) • e-mail:

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catering AVENUE BAR (p. 194) 1128 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703 (608)257-6877 • e-mail: BUNKY’S CAFE & CATERING (p. 193) 2425 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)204-7004 • e-mail: Let Bunky’s help customize a menu for your special reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or gift opening party. They offer full service catering and event coordination, including dinnerware, linens, and an exceptional in-house staff with an eye for detail. They specialize in events of all kinds, prepare fresh local menus, and everything is made from scratch. They also invite you to check out Bunky’s lower level for a relaxed and funky gathering place for a smaller, intimate event! • 365

catering (cont.) CARL’S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING (p. 238) 110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 • (608)825-3377 • e-mail: Celebrations made simple. Specialty Catering and Wedding Cakes in one easy stop. Looking for the perfect mix of elegance and ease for your wedding day? Carl’s Cakes and Market Street Diner and Bakery are the answer! Carl’s Cakes has the most recommended wedding cakes in Madison. Market Street Diner offers an extensive catering menu with selections for everything from an intimate sit down dinner for 20 to your dream buffet for 300 of your closest friends and family.

JL RICHARDS PRIME MEATS & CATERING (p. 194) 668 Janesville Street, Oregon, WI 53575 • (608)835-9188 e-mail: JL Richards offers full-service catering for events year round. Whether you are planning a casual gathering or an elegant affair, they offer flexible menus to meet your needs. JL Richards will cater to any size group for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. People rave about their pig roasts, but they also have a variety of options for delicious dinner buffets. Call JL Richards to create a menu perfect for your special event.

GAYLORD CATERING SERVICE, INC. (p. 194) 709 Atlas Avenue, Madison, WI • (608)222-1267 e-mail: Don’t leave it to chance. Gaylord’s full-service event planning and catering staff have been satisfying thousands of discerning customers in the Madison and surrounding area for over fifty years. Their staff will create a menu and service package that suits your tastes and budget without compromising quality. They offer outstanding food, exquisite presentation, impeccable service, and reasonable pricing. From elaborate buffets to beautifully presented dinner entrees, the taste only supersedes the presentation. Gaylord Catering - One Step Beyond Catering — Catering made easy.

LE PERSONAL CHEF (p. 194) (608)444-4836 • e-mail: The clink of champagne flutes and lively laughter fill the candlelit room. You relax while Chef Sami Fgaier delivers a custom menu of flawless French-Mediterranean cuisine, delivered with impeccable precision and style. Your guests will be presented with a memorable meal, brimming with exquisite details, fresh ingredients and lively flavors. Chef Sami Fgaier and his veteran staff will manage every element of your celebration — setup, service, and cleanup — while you celebrate the day of your dreams with those you love most.

HY-VEE (p. 194, 226, 239) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)244-4696 • e-mail: West: Contact Life Molitor 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)277-6735 e-mail: Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608)273-5120 e-mail: They do it all, catering, bakery and floral. Ask about their 10% discount when you book all three. Hy-Vee will make your wedding the event you have always dreamed of. You can count on satisfying all your culinary requests with delicious selections from Hy-Vee’s catering service. Hy-Vee’s creative floral and cake designers will listen to your vision and create the perfect floral arrange­ments and decadent cake for your special day.

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SMOKY JON’S #1 BBQ (p. 191) 2310 Packers Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)249-7427 • e-mail: You and your guests will be totally “WOWED”! Smoky Jon’s has been a Madison tradition for over 40 years. Their fantastic, authentic wood-cooked barbeque is world renowned and has won championship awards, nationally and internationally. A variety of catering menus are available, but their best is the Supreme Big & Bountiful BBQ Buffet! Check out their website for menu details, or call today for your own personal tasting…and see why Smoky Jon’s is Madison’s all-time BBQ Catering King! UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS CATERING (p. 192) 1617 N. Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)256-4600 Fax: (608)256-5029 • e-mail: For 35 years, Upstairs Downstairs Catering has prepared every meal with a passion for perfection. Not limited to menu options, they can turn family recipes into fare for your entire party. Whether sit down, family style or buffet, their attentive and quick responding staff handle every detail. Enjoy a private tasting with their specialized wedding planner. Preferred Caterer for Harvest Moon, Warner Park, The Brink Lounge, Waunakee Village Center, Children’s Museum and more. Upstairs Downstairs Catering…a step above the rest.

ceremony sites AGORA PAVILION (p. 103) 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608)277-2592 • e-mail: The word “Agora,” of Greek origin, means gathering place, so it is only natural that such a stunning facility be available for wedding ceremonies, receptions and parties. The pure white pavilion stands majestically over a 7-acre prairie with pathways that link you and your guests to adjacent ponds and informal seating areas. The Agora can accommodate upwards of 200 guests and provides a perfect backdrop for your event, allowing for a simple ceremony or a more formal affair. CHAPEL OF THE ARCHANGELS (p. 101) 839 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 • (920)356-1900 e-mail: COLD WATER CANYON/DELLS BOATS (p. 102) PO Box 630, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 • (608)254-8555 • e-mail: Treat your guests to a private event in the lush surroundings of Cold Water Canyon courtesy of Dells Boat Tours. Their newly refurbished historic stone pavilion is now available for weddings. Your occasion begins with an exclusive charter boat excursion on the Upper Dells leading to your scenic destination. Cold Water Canyon is a strikingly beautiful tributary glen that cuts deep into the east bank of the river. This unique site can accommodate groups of 20-150 for dinner and reception or ceremony alone. HANSON HOUSE ELOPEMENTS (p. 103) 303 E. North Street, Cambridge, WI 53523 • (608)313-5086 • e-mail: The Oscar H. Hanson House Bed & Breakfast is an 1883 Victorian that offers a beautiful location for eloping couples to quietly exchange their vows. Couples may choose to be married in the garden, porch cupola or sitting room. Located between Milwaukee and Madison, Oscar H. Hanson House Bed & Breakfast offers simple to signature elopement packages and lodging accommodations.

HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY (p. 103) 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI 53562 (608)836-1631 Ext. 100 e-mail: At Holy Wisdom Monastery all are welcome for weddings in their peaceful setting. The on-site wedding coordinator helps to plan the perfect ceremony. Guest officiants and personal music are welcome. Two indoor locations include the award-winning “green” monastery for up to 300 guests and the Garden Room for 50. Outdoor locations include the Lake View Lawn for 300 guests, Capitol View, with standing room for 50 offers views of the Madison skyline and Lake Mendota. To schedule a tour, email LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH (p. 100) 1021 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715 (608)258-3160 • e-mail: PARADISE PARK (p. 101) Rural Cottage Grove • (608)873-4084 Graced with a wide array of gardens, lawns and natural attractions, Paradise Park provides a variety of tranquil settings for outdoor ceremonies. Lovers’ Crossing features a forty-foot bridge stretching the ravine from a highly visible woodland trail to a stunning flower garden. Forever Waters showcases a gazebo beset with ponds, waterfalls and streams. Your guests will never forget it. Your photos will be breathtaking. Your marriage will be made in paradise! PRES HOUSE CHAPEL (p. 102) 731 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)216-7319 • e-mail: Pres House provides a perfect setting for your downtown wedding. Located on the UW Campus Mall, this neo-gothic landmark is close to numerous reception venues. Renovated in 2007, the church maintained its historic charm with its beautiful stained glass windows, but added air conditioning for up to 275 guests. The Pridham Lounge, with gas fireplace, provides an intimate setting for your rehearsal dinner. The on-site wedding coordinator can help personalize your ceremony to create the wedding of your dreams. • 367

dance instruction ARTHUR MURRAY FRANCHISED DANCE CENTER (p. 183) 5117 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)278-1411 338 S. Grand Avenue, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 • (608)318-1833 e-mail: FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIOS OF MADISON (p. 182) Peter & Linda Goethche 7701 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53717 • (608)833-2623 1714 Eagan Road, Madison, WI 53714 • (608)204-0404 e-mail:

flowers & decorations ACT II FLORAL STUDIO (p. 227) (608)249-0662 • e-mail: With 30 years of experience, you can trust the work of Marie Jacobson of Act II Floral Studio. She works with you on the ideas and plans for your wedding, and helps to tie the entire look together while helping you stay within budget. No wedding is too small or large, and each will be treated as its own unique event. Consultations are one-onone and uninterrupted with attention aimed at learning more about your wants and needs for your wedding. ALLURING BLOOMS (p. 227) 2021 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)492-1926 • e-mail: FLORA DESIGNS BY JAMAE (p. 225) Stoughton, WI • (608)921-6400 • e-mail: THE FLOWER STUDIO (p. 224) 960 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608)837-9090 • The Flower Studio will assist with all your floral needs, from helping you make informed budget choices to providing fresh and inspiring ideas during the complimentary consultation. Leave the details to them or create your own arrangements. They now offer Flower Studio Market Fresh for bulk flower buying and Studio DIY, a space to work your own magic! Excellence, experience and trust mean peace of mind for you. The Flower Studio considers it a privilege to be part of your wedding day! HY-VEE (p. 194, 226, 239) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)244-4696 • e-mail: West: Contact Life Molitor 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)277-6735 e-mail: Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608)273-5120 e-mail:

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KLEIN’S FLORAL & GREENHOUSES (p. 227) 3758 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)244-5661 • e-mail: Whether 21 or 101 years young, local brides continue to share with others their memories and complete satisfaction with one of the Madison area’s oldest and most respected florists. Since 1913, Klein’s Floral & Greenhouses has fulfilled generations of brides’ wedding day dreams. From planning to delivery and set up, Klein’s is there to make your day a perfect one. Third generation owner, Sue Klein, continues the tradition, offering both traditional and contemporary design options following all the latest fashion trends. MOMENTUM FLORAL & DECOR (p. 226) 1821 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562 (608)824-1121 • e-mail: At Momentum Floral and Decor their talented, trendy and professional designers offer a wealth of knowledge to help meet your floral needs and budget guidelines. You’ll love the attention and detail provided by their wedding expert with over 15 years of experience and holder of the esteemed Certified Floral Designer designation. Whether it’s a grand event or small intimate gathering, Momentum is passionate about helping you create momentous memories and making your dreams come true! Schedule your complimentary consultation today. THE PETAL PATCH (p. 198, 201, 225) (608)838-9864 • e-mail: PRAIRIE FLOWERS & GIFTS (p. 223) 245 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608)837-3830 • e-mail: SIMPLY GLAMOROUS DESIGNS AT OREGON FLORAL (p. 222) 933 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 • (608)835-3707 e-mail: VICTORIA’S GARDEN (p. 227) 300 W. Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608)437-3114 • e-mail:

ORANGE TREE IMPORTS (p. 93) 1721 Monroe Street, Madison, WI • (608)255-8211 e-mail:

guest accommodations CAMBRIA SUITES (p. 308) 5045 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison, WI 53718 (608)241-7070 • e-mail: CLARION SUITES AT THE ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER (p. 308) 2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713 • (608)284-1234 • e-mail: HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE (p. 307) 9 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608)260-2304 • e-mail: MAGNUSON GRAND HOTEL (p. 180, 307) 3510 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718 • (608)224-1500 (800)510-3510 • e-mail: The Magnuson Grand Hotel is a 3-star hotel located on Madison’s Southeast side. They offer a complimentary shuttle to and from your wedding venue. They have several amenities including: 24-hour pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and business center. Seven days a week they offer a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Their rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, irons, and ironing boards. They also have free local calls and free WiFi available in the entire hotel for their guests. Ask about their whirlpool suites and bridal packages. THE NORTH CENTRAL GROUP HOTELS (p. 306) (608)662-3659 • e-mail: It’s your moment to celebrate! Arrange your wedding block at any of their nine Madison area hotels and provide your family and friends with service only The North Central Group hotels can provide. Their promise is to deliver exceptional service to you and your guests by exceeding expectations. Check-in to the start of many special memories to come. That’s their commitment to you! Visit the North Central Group hotels online at • 369

honeymoon & travel BLISSFUL HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS (p. 313) (608)445-4188 • e-mail: They specialize in honeymoons, destination weddings and romance travel. Their first step in working with any couple is to learn about your honeymoon or destination wedding vision. They are preferred experts to many of the world’s top romance all-inclusive resorts and have traveled the world to develop a premier network of honeymoon and destination wedding suppliers. These relationships allow them to share their first-hand knowledge with you in addition to featuring the most favored honeymoon or destination wedding package prices. CONDO VACATIONS & TRAVEL (p. 314) Oregon, WI • (608)291-0503 • (800)831-7975 • e-mail: Condo Vacations & Travel specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings. They are a small company that will take the time to personally help with your travel plans. They learn about you and your interests to help you choose the destinations that best fits your needs. They use all-inclusive Resort Packages with tour companies such as Apple Vacations & Travel Impression. They will help you find the best value for your dollar. Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii…the choices are endless! SUNDARA INN & SPA (p. 314) 920 Canyon Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (888)735-8181 • e-mail:

invitations & favors DIVINE DESIGNS CUSTOM INVITATIONS (p. 87) (608)345-9843 • e-mail: INKWELL PRINTERS (p. 86) 202 E. Chapel Street, Dodgeville WI 53533 • (608)935-2560 • e-mail: INVITES BY JEN (p. 87) e-mail: LK BRIDAL STUDIO (p. 86) 249 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608)768-0092 • e-mail: PAPER PIPER DESIGNS (p. 87) available at Whoops! and Co. 555 S. Midvale Boulevard 105, Madison, WI 53711 (608)236-4555 • e-mail: PAPERWORKS DESIGN CO. (p. 87) (608)513-2299 • e-mail: SARAH B. (p. 87) 2501 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)233-2501 • e-mail:

ice sculptures SOLID ICE DISPLAYS (p. 21) 3902 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI 53708 (608)442-0271 • e-mail:

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SUGAR PEAR DESIGN (p. 78, 86) (608)288-8976 • e-mail: You want your wedding to be like no other. You want your wedding to reflect your unique personality and style. Specializing in the design of bespoke invitations, announcements and social stationery, Sugar Pear Design offers the perfect complement to your wedding day. Combining hand-selected papers from around the world with fine craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, their wedding stationery delivers a reflection of you. BEAUTIFUL. ELEGANT. UNDERSTATED. Consultations by appointment. Winner of Wisconsin Bride magazine’s 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards-Best Invitations.


SUGAR RIVER STATIONERS (p. 85) (608)798-0427 • e-mail: Creating upscale invitations as special as the event they herald, Sugar River Stationers unites invitation to art in their custom and innovative stationery designs. Offering unique services such as letterpress, laser and die cutting, glitter coating, foil stamping, silkscreen and engraving since 2002, they cater to those who appreciate superior quality, tactile luxury and one-of-a-kind distinction. Awarded Best Invitations from Wisconsin Bride Magazine 2013 and recognized by Style Me Pretty, InStyle Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bride Magazine and Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine. By appointment.

CHALMERS JEWELERS (p. 74) 6202 University Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608)233-4700 • e-mail: MIDDLETON JEWELERS (p. 72, 75) 6629 University Avenue, Suite 104, Middleton, WI 53562 (608)831-5656 • e-mail: ROMANCE JEWELERS (p. 75) 1 S. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI • (608)251-6866 ZIBA BOUTIQUE (p. 75)

musicians & djs CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 293) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 • (608)233-5822 e-mail: Celebrations Entertainment is the premier wedding entertainment company in Madison, WI. They are fun, modern, and professional, with the most experience of any company in southern Wisconsin, something no one else can claim to have! At Celebrations, every event is personally coordinated to fit your vision, personality, and interests. They offer photo booths, specialty lighting, casino entertainment, and more! Always chosen as one of the top 3 DJ companies in Wisconsin and as ‘The Best of Madison’ Winner! Find them on Facebook. C’EST LA VIE EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT (p. 290) (800)501-2295 • e-mail: DJ MAGIC ENTERTAINMENT - MADISON’S BEST DJ (p. 286) 3902 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI 53708 • (608)320-3554 • e-mail: The Salty Peanut Photography • 371

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DJAYS (p. 289) (800)901-1007 • Serving the area since 1982, djays provide the best in entertaining music and more for your entire wedding reception. Choose from simply elegant to elaborate wedding packages which can include reception music, PhotoBooth, dance music, accent uplighting, PhotoStory picture show and more. Experienced entertainers guide you and your guests thru a night to remember. Call 800-901-1007 or visit their website for detailed information and to book your date. HARPIST — MARY ANN HARR (p. 293) (608)231-3256 • e-mail: HOFFY’S ENTERTAINMENT (p. 291) (608)225-2872 • e-mail:

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INTERMEZZO STRING QUARTET (p. 293) Carlyce Skjervem • (608)829-1768 e-mail: Classical music for special occasions from one of Wisconsin’s premier wedding quartets. Music sets the mood from the moment of arrival; the rich sound of a string quartet enhances any gathering. Accommodating special requests from a comprehensive musical repertoire, this professional ensemble will work with you to create an elegant atmosphere for your wedding ceremony, reception, or celebratory social event. View their website for additional information or call for a personal consultation. Demonstration CD available upon request. JUKE BOX BANDSTAND (p. 291) (608)249-2900 • e-mail: Juke Box Bandstand is a family operated business where each and every detail is as important to them as it is to you. There’s a reason JBB has been consecutively awarded “Best Of Madison-Gold” and Best DJ by “Wisconsin Bride Magazine”. Always evolving to create new trends in entertainment. Uniquely complementing their DJ package with live music options...string quartets, jazz trio, guitarist, saxophonist and more...customized for your wedding experience!

KUHL ENTERTAINMENT (p. 284, 287) 6817 Tottenham Road, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)444-7003 (920)319-KUHL (5845) • e-mail: The Wedding Pros! These are the DJs you hire to really bring the party atmosphere. Voted Best of Madison and WeddingWire Rated GOLD… they’re full of talent and rising fast! B Kuhl and the gang recognize that the big day is all about you and provide a unique experience based on your vision. State-of-the-art lighting…club-style DJing… no cheesy antics, no filler…these guys bring a fresh spin to the wedding experience! Also offering photo booth combo packages. Call today! MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE (p. 288) (608)770-6106 • e-mail: PRIME TIME MOBILE DJ’S (p. 290) PO Box 83, Waunakee, WI 53597 • (608)849-3333 (800)479-0698 • e-mail: Prime Time Mobile DJ’s – where your ideas become part of the dance! With their exclusive planning materials and personal meeting, they cover every detail. Their experienced DJ’s help your event run smoothly by keeping guests informed and communicating with other vendors. They play off of your playlist or you can leave it up to your guests’ requests and the DJ to keep the dance floor busy. Download a free Wedding Dance Planner from their website. Prime Time Mobile DJ’s - “Passionate about your dance.” QUARTESSENCE (p. 293) (608)719-9906 • e-mail: Add elegance to your ceremony or reception with music as distinctive as you are. Award-winning string quartet Quartessence offers a long tradition of fine-tuning music for weddings and other special events to add that perfect touch to your special day. With an extensive repertoire spanning from timeless classics to jazz standards to modern-day pop songs, Quartessence can match every taste, from Mozart to Mraz. Song requests are their specialty. They have packages to meet every budget and need, including DJ services with partner Celebrations Entertainment.

SATURN’S 8 ENTERTAINMENT CO. (p. 292) Madison, WI • (608)443-8312 • e-mail: Want a packed dance floor with musical entertainment that will have you and your guests dancing all night long? For ten years, Saturn’s 8 has been providing Madison area couples with professional, fun and unique DJ services. Serving the southern Wisconsin area, Saturn’s 8 standards of professionalism have been honed by twenty-five years of musical experience. Saturn’s 8 values that each couple is distinctive, putting together a distinctive event and will work with you to realize your distinct vision. THE STELLANOVAS (p. 293) (608)834-2122 • e-mail: Award-winning veterans of the Madison music scene, the husband and wife duo of Gaines and Wagoner often perform classical string arrangements (violin and cello) for the wedding ceremony, then perform vintage jazz as The Stellanovas for the reception, dinner, or dancing. Available as a Duo, Trio, or Quartet (drums and guitar), The Stellanovas’ unique instrumentation (cello, violin, accordion, ukulele, Hawaiian guitar, and vocals) will help make your wedding even more memorable. TKO DJ ENTERTAINMENT (p. 292) (608)206-5919 • e-mail: YAHARA STRING QUARTET (p. 293) (608)274-7831 • e-mail: Make your wedding day one to remember, with the sumptuous sounds of the Yahara String Quartet. They work with you to make your day perfect by including your special requests and suggesting music. Their repertoire ranges from traditional classical music and wedding classics to Irish tunes and jazz. Log on to the website for more information and rates. • 373

officiants CEREMONIES BY DESIGN (p. 111) Rev. Joan M. Pape • (608)335-3627 e-mail: Your wedding, just the way you want it - tasteful, meaningful, and personal. Let Reverend Joan create the ceremony you have always dreamed about. Reverend Joan is your coach, collaborator and confidante in the design of your exclusively customized ceremony. Each ceremony is a distinctly profound celebration that honors and celebrates your individual personalities and your marriage. Reverend Joan is your partner in designing your soulful wedding ceremony just the way you want it. HAPPILY EVER AFTER WEDDING OFFICIANTS (p. 109) (608)831-0993 • e-mail: Happily Ever After…Begins Here…with James and Connie, a married happily-ever-after couple passionately committed to creating and officiating a memorable, personal and unique ceremony for you, as they have for 780+ couples since 1997. As Madison’s premier wedding officiants, they have the talent, training, and experience to write and tell your love story in a way that touches the hearts and funny-bones of everyone present. Named WI Bride Magazine’s 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Best Wedding Officiants! KORU CEREMONY: CELEBRATING NEW BEGINNINGS (p. 111) Rev. Pat Werk • (608)213-7558 • e-mail: Your day should be special and reflect your personality. At Koru Ceremony they can help you put together a customized ceremony that is warm, inviting and meaningful for you and your guests. Their care and attention to detail, wedding coordination expertise and extensive resources will give you comfort and confidence in knowing your day will be nothing less than fabulous! Call today for a personal consultation. LET’S GET MARRIED (p. 108) (608)301-5123 • e-mail: SKY’S THE LIMIT WEDDINGS (p. 110) (608)206-3277 • e-mail: Reverend Arthur is warm hearted and accommodating. His heartfelt wish is to help you share your excitement and deepest feelings on your very special day. He will spend as much time as is necessary to craft a service that is exactly what you want it to be. He will create the ceremony that reflects your very special relationship and everyone will say it is the most beautiful ceremony they have heard in a long time.

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parties ARTFUL ESCAPES (p. 89) 3000 Cahill Main, Suite 214, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608)492-2092 • e-mail: THE MELTING POT (p. 89, 181) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 • (608)833-5676 e-mail: From the proposal to the bridal shower or bachelorette party, they can help you make your day even more special. The Melting Pot of Madison specializes in capturing the ultimate romantic experience. While there, you’ll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, full bar service, two private party rooms, attentive service, award winning wine list, and fabulous four-course fondue dinners. The bride eats for free with parties of six or more.

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CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 186) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 • (608)233-5822 e-mail: Celebrations Entertainment is the premier wedding entertainment company in Madison, WI. They offer several unique photo booths that will create lasting memories for you and your guests – the ultimate party favor! Enjoy limitless options for creating a customized design for your enclosed booth, red carpet photo op area, or green screen booth! Celebrations also provides DJs, specialty lighting, casino entertainment, and more! Always chosen as one of the top 3 DJ companies in Wisconsin and as ‘The Best of Madison’ Winner! Find them on Facebook.

AMELIA JOHN PHOTOGRAPHERS (p. 259) (608)338-9642 • e-mail: Amelia John’s hip wedded duo brings a playful spontaneity and fashion-inspired style to every wedding. From a romantic engagement portrait set against a backdrop of urban decay to an all-handson-deck carousel ride with your whole wedding party, Jennifer and Andrew have a passion for bringing out your sense of adventure and the love you share. The result is a striking album that will retell the story of your day for years to come.

HOFFY’S PHOTO BOOTHS (p. 186) (608)225-2872 • e-mail: MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE (p. 184) (608)770-6106 • e-mail: PHOTOBOOTH (p. 185) (800)901-1007 • www. Bring the PhotoBooth to your wedding reception and experience the joy, fun and excitement as guests take pictures and share wonderful memories and priceless photos in a personalized scrapbook that you get to keep. Unlimited pictures, props, personal attendant and digital copies of photos are just some of the great add ons which are included in the special Wedding PhotoBooth Package. Call 800-9011007 or visit their website for detailed information and to reserve and book your date. TIMELESS MEMORIES PHOTO BOOTH (p. 183) 3902 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI 53708 (877)442-0271 • e-mail: TKO PHOTO BOOTH (p. 186) (608)206-5919 • e-mail:

ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 258) (608)574-3679 • e-mail: AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC (p. 271) 2820 Walton Commons West, Suite 131, Madison, WI 53718 (608)245-2797 • e-mail: Azena Photography uses their own imaginative style to create beautiful, fresh and unforgettable images. Your day will be documented in an editorial approach for its love, emotion and spontaneity. Are you looking for traditional and artistic romantic portraits as well as fun candid photojournalism? Azena photography will provide you with the most comprehensive wedding day coverage possible, all while documenting your day’s timeless elegance. This is the style you are looking for. Visit their website and call today. BEAUTIFUL PORTRAITS BY MICHAEL (p. 248, 271) 707 W. Lexington Parkway, DeForest, WI 53532 (608)846-5319 • e-mail: Michael is a three time medalist in the International PPA Photographer of the Year competition and is considered one of the best wedding photographers in the Midwest. Michael’s captivating blend of romantic portraiture and photojournalism places him in high demand each wedding season. You’ll have fun, you’ll be amazed by his photos of you, and you’ll love working with him and his team as they make your wedding photography a truly enjoyable experience. • 375

photography (cont.) BLOOMING PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 273) 6320 Monona Drive, Suite 312, Monona, WI 53716 (608)609-7268 • e-mail: Darcy Bloom is the owner and main photographer behind Blooming Photography. She is a US Air Force Veteran and has 7 years experience as a photographer. Darcy is a fun spirit and will make you feel comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day. She does studio work with kids, on location shoots and weddings. With her expertise and versatility, she will make your vision come to life. Refer to their website for galleries of past work. BLUE DANDELION PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC (Inside Front Cover, p. 251) Sun Prairie, WI • (608)347-8028 e-mail: CAPTURED MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 274) (608)845-8529 • e-mail: COLE + IKE STUDIOS (p. 269) (608)712-3747 • e-mail: EAST ELM PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 254-255) (608)239-9111 • e-mail: HANSON PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC (p. 272) PO Box 43, Afton, WI 53501 • (608)295-8753 e-mail: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 249, 265) (608)345-4461 • e-mail: JAS MCDANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 268) (608)432-3315 • e-mail: KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 260) (608)695-1733 • e-mail:

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LASHES & KURLS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 273) 249 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608)768-0092 • e-mail: LAURA ZASTROW PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 256, 263) • e-mail: MARSDELL’S PRO IMAGE (p. 274) PO Box 150, Westfield, WI 53964 • (800)322-4957 • e-mail: If you dream of enjoying your wedding day with all your friends and family, then Pro Image is your answer! Imagine booking your professional Photography, Videography, D.J. all with one phone call. Of course, Pro Image has the package you’ll want at a price you’ll love…with easy payment plans, consultations, and planning assistance every step of the way. So do yourself a favor and call Marsdell’s Pro Image first to find out how they can help you enjoy the most important day of your life! MEIR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 262) Gregory Meir • (608)444-5729 e-mail: MELISSA GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 269) (479)936-6667 • e-mail: NATURAL MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 267) (608)776-4615 • e-mail: PAUL TOEPFER PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 249, 266) 330 Military Ridge Drive, Verona, WI 53593 • (608)848-2060 • e-mail: THE SALTY PEANUT PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 261) 215 East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608)630-0652 • e-mail: The Salty Peanut Photography is a boutique photography studio located in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Bobbi’s vintage inspired style paired with a modern eye for detail will make your images unique and timeless. Every collection includes digital files and all day wedding packages include an album and engagement session. A variety of print and product options ranging from wooden and metal prints to custom designed keepsake albums are readily available. Bobbi also offers photo booth services exclusive to her wedding clients.

TESSA CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 273) (608)335-6508 • e-mail:

URBAN ANCHOR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 20, 264) (608)843-1648 • e-mail:

THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS (p. 270) PO Box 14342, Madison, WI 53708 • (608)438-5170 • e-mail:

THE WEDDING FLASHERS BY FOSS IMAGERY (p. 257) Madison, WI • (608)850-9295 • (608)335-5653 e-mail: The Wedding Flashers, a husband and wife team, are premier wedding photographers that specialize in capturing the artistic, timeless, and unforgettable moments of your wedding day, or as they call them, the “aha”, “ha-ha”, and “aahs”. As one of Madison’s premier artistic photography teams they limit the number of nuptials they shoot annually, ensuring each couple receives the special attention they deserve. Become part of their Beautiful Destruction™ Series exclusively at “Let us tell your love story.”

TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 252-253) Madison, WI • (608)772-0551 • e-mail: TKO PHOTO ARTS (p. 272) (608)206-5919 • e-mail: TURNING LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 270) (608)697-9197 • (608)617-3765 e-mail:

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rehearsal & reception facilities 5100 BAR GRILL BANQUET DINING (p. 171) 5100 Erling Avenue, McFarland, WI 53558 • (608)223-5100 • e-mail: 5100 offers versatility for any event, from fun and functional to enhanced elegance! The main banquet room is 5,000 square feet and includes maple flooring, raised stage, and private bar. The smaller party room is 1,000 square feet with private bar. Large screens and technology support also available. Menu options range from snacks and appetizers to buffets and sit-down dinners. 5100 is just a short drive off the Beltline. Owners are on-site to work with you to fit your needs.

BUCK & HONEY’S RESTAURANT AND CATERING (p. 177) 804 Liberty Boulevard, Suite 105, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608)837-3131 • e-mail: Buck & Honey’s was voted “Best Of” in nine categories by Sun Prairie’s newspaper readers in 2014, including Best Restaurant. Six wellappointed spaces for groups from 12-120 are available to on-premise guests for rehearsal dinners or any event. Building a new gourmet kitchen for catering allows them to masterfully cater off-premise for groups up to 500 with a wide variety of menu options or they can customize based on your tastes. B&H - “Celebrating the Simpler Times”.

BIAGGI’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO (p. 179) 601 Junction Road, Madison, WI • (608)664-9288 • e-mail: Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, business meeting, family reunion, holiday party, or other important occasion, let Biaggi’s help put it all together. They offer a perfect combination of authentic Italian food, distinctive ambiance and affordable pricing that can make any gathering of 10-100 people an event to remember. For more information on Biaggi’s, please take a minute to call or visit their website.

CAPITAL BREWERY (p. 180) 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 • (608)826-1081 • e-mail: Conveniently located in downtown Middleton, Capital Brewery is the perfect place to host any event. From intimate gatherings in their bier stube to parties of up to 1,200 in their outdoor bier garten, complete with picnic tables and stage. Want to make your event more unique? Include a private tour! Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, business meeting, holiday party or other occasion, clients are free to choose their caterer or bring their own food to complement their award winning beers.

BLACKHAWK COUNTRY CLUB (p. 170) 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, WI 53705 • (608)231-2454 • e-mail: Experience the best view in the city as you celebrate your special day! From the highest point in Shorewood Hills, Blackhawk Country Club boasts scenes of Madison’s premier golf course, a sparkling Lake Mendota, and gorgeous sunsets over rolling hills of the surrounding countryside. Their experienced staff is dedicated to helping you create an exquisite ceremony and reception, complete with delectable cuisine and stunning views. Host your bridal shower, capture elegant engagement photos, schedule tours and personalized tastings, and at last say your “I Do’s!” BRICKHOUSE BBQ (p. 158) 408 W. Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)257-7675 e-mail: This charming brick building near State Street with three floors of dining and two patios offers the perfect spot for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, and private events. Rooftop patio has unbeatable views of the Madison skyline and Capitol dome. Meats are smoked in-house. Three bars, each highlighting 40 taps of the best microbrews from the Midwest, along with an exceptional selection of small batch bourbon and rye. Private third floor accommodates up to 100 guests. Entire restaurant is also available.

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CAPITOL CHOPHOUSE (p. 171) 9 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)260-2364 e-mail: The Capitol ChopHouse offers 3 private dining rooms that can accommodate up to 40 people for a private lunch or dinner. The ChopHouse features 28 day aged beef and line-caught seafood. The ChopHouse has an incredible wine selection and has been awarded the wine spectator award since 2004. The menu is filled with creative items featuring ingredients from Madison area local farmers. The ChopHouse is open Monday – Saturday. Sundays the 90-seat restaurant can be rented for a private event. CASCADE MOUNTAIN (p. 179) W10441 Cascade Mountain Road, Portage, WI 53901 (608)742-5588 • e-mail: Rooms with a view! That’s what you’ll find at Cascade Mountain. Their Daisy building sits on top of the ski resort and has views of the bluffs and valley floor. The Main Lodge seats 300, with views of the ski slopes. They offer catering services, full bar & more! You can count on them for great service! Located off Interstate 90/94, just 30 miles north of Madison. See their website for on-line menu.

CHULA VISTA RESORT (p. 5) 2501 River Road, PO Box 30, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (877)767-7041 • e-mail: Celebrate better at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Chula Vista Resort is located on 100’s of acres along the beautiful upper dells of the Wisconsin River. The resort is perfectly natural to host both indoor & outdoor receptions. An elegant, affordable and flexible facility that can accommodate both intimate and large gatherings. Professional planners available. Special group room rates for your guests. COACHMAN’S GOLF RESORT (p. 132-133) 984 County Road A, Edgerton, WI 53534 • (608)884-8484 • e-mail: COLISEUM BAR & BANQUET (p. 126-127) 232 E. Olin Avenue, Madison, WI 53713 • (608)251-2434 e-mail: Hundreds of newlyweds have celebrated their wedding day at the Coliseum Bar. Astounding views overlook beautiful Olin Park, Lake Monona, Willow Island and the downtown Madison skyline. Their variety of banquet halls can accommodate any size wedding from a small, intimate affair up to parties of 300. With a menu that includes appetizers, buffet service or full-service plated dinners, their courteous, professional and engaging staff will treat you and your guests to the reception, gift opening or rehearsal dinner of your dreams.

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CREEKSIDE PLACE, INC. (p. 180) 102 Maple Street, Evansville, WI 53536 • (608)882-0407 • e-mail: CROWNE PLAZA MADISON (p. 121) 4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 Sales: (608)243-1814 • Front Desk: (608)244-4703 e-mail: Forever begins at the Crowne…From the very beginning let Crowne Plaza Madison be your partner in arranging all aspects of your special day! Offering three exquisite ballrooms, impeccable on-site catering, personalized menus and packages, and one-on-one planning services…Crowne Plaza Madison will ensure to create your vision of the perfect event that will last a lifetime! THE CRYSTAL ROOM (p. 122-123) Wisconsin Dells, WI • (608)253-2200 e-mail: DEER VALLEY LODGE (p. 159) 401 W. Industrial Drive, Barneveld, WI 53507 (888)924-1601 • e-mail: DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT (p. 124-125) S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561 • (608)493-2251 (800)472-6670 • It begins here…A quiet, elegant setting, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Devil’s Head can accommodate up to 600 - buffet or plated dinners. Attractively priced menus. Complimentary suite for the wedding couple. Other activities available to your guests include: 36-hole Championship golf course, tennis, mountain biking, indoor and outdoor pools, and whirlpool. Call their Group Sales Staff today. They’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you may have regarding your special day! DORF HAUS (p. 166) Roxbury, WI • (608)643-3980 • e-mail: A short, beautiful drive from Madison. Elegant, Enchanting and Festive describes the atmosphere of the Dorf Haus, making it a favorite for rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Indoors, they offer the Bavarian room, with a private bar and large wooden dance floor... accommodating up to 450 guests. Outdoors, their garden and gazebo make picture perfect backdrops...great for wedding ceremonies. Whether you’d like hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner or buffet, they offer a variety of delicious choices, as well as reasonable prices. • 379

rehearsal & reception facilities (cont.) DOUBLEDAY’S RECEPTION HALL (p. 167) 4586 Baxter Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527 • (608)839-5101 • e-mail: Doubleday’s offers a spacious private banquet room, accommodating up to 500 guests. They offer full service catering, full bar, stage, outside balcony and a new wooden dance floor! Choose a menu that suits your occasion and your budget. Enjoy scenic views and a quiet country setting, just two miles east of Cottage Grove, and minutes from Madison. The reception hall at Doubleday’s is just steps away from their bowling facility, game room, and softball fields to add some additional fun! THE EAST SIDE CLUB (p. 134-135) 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714 • (608)222-9131 • e-mail: Impress your guests with magnificent views from either their Capitol View Room, Lake View Room, or Lake Lawn (with Tiki Bar!), for a stunning outdoor ceremony with glistening Lake Monona and Madison’s Capitol Skyline as your backdrop. Winner of the 2013 ‘Star of Madison’ for Best Wedding Reception Location, the East Side Club’s flexible facility accommodates from 50-350 guests and is open to your choice of caterers. For wedding ceremonies and/or receptions, The East Side Club is a stunning site! THE EDGEWATER HOTEL (p. 155) 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)535-8171 (800)922-5512 • e-mail:

HARVEST RESTAURANT (p. 163) 21 N. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608)255-6075 • e-mail: Harvest draws its inspiration from the traditions of American and French cuisines with a modern emphasis on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients. Named by Gourmet, and Organic Style magazines as one of the top 20 restaurants in America. Harvest’s mission is to offer sophisticated, restrained food that never loses touch with tradition, to provide warm, gracious service, and to share their dedication with their patrons, both regular customers and those soon to be. HATCHERY HILL HOTELS (p. 164) Candlewood Suites 5421 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI 53711 Wyndham Garden and Tuscany Mediterranean Grill 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608)274-7200 • e-mail: Hatchery Hill Hotels are conveniently located off Fish Hatchery Road. The ballrooms can seat up to 250 people, featuring floor to ceiling windows with access to an outdoor patio. The Wyndham Garden has a dramatic staircase and a built in bar, while the Candlewood Suites features a beautiful room with high vaulted ceilings. The Tuscany serves the best of all worlds: From your rehearsal dinner to your wedding to your anniversary, they can customize your event to fit your needs.

ERIN’S SNUG IRISH PUB (p. 161) 4601 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53718 (608)242-7616 • THE FARM KITCHEN (p. 175) S5718 State Road 123, Baraboo, WI 53913 • (608)356-5246 • e-mail: You’ll love the down-home charm and relaxed atmosphere of The Farm Kitchen! Located next to scenic Devil’s Lake, you’ll have the picture perfect backdrop. You and your guests will delight in their delicious home-cooked meals. Whether family style, buffet or simple hors d’oeuvres, their party planner will help you create a menu to suit your taste and budget. Located adjacent to the Pumphouse, offering you a variety of menu and venue options to create the perfect combination for your day’s events. GOLDEN MAST INN (p. 172) W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee, WI 53069 • (262)567-7047 e-mail:

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HEIDEL HOUSE RESORT & SPA (p. 173) 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake, WI 54941 • (800)444-2812 (920)294-3344 • e-mail: Beautiful Green Lake sets a breathtaking backdrop for your lakeside ceremony, elegant ballroom reception or woodland tent celebration. Featuring a 60’ yacht perfect for your rehearsal dinner, Evensong Spa for your bachelorette party spa retreat, on-site catering, three lake view restaurants, 180 guest rooms and indoor & outdoor pools, you and your guests are warmly welcomed for an event you’ll remember forever. Experience a destination wedding only 75 minutes from Madison. HILTON GARDEN INN MADISON WEST/MIDDLETON (p. 162) 1801 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 • (608)831-2220 e-mail: Located in the heart of Greenway Station, the Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect place for your wedding accommodating 70-250 people! Build your own menu or take advantage of great wedding packages that include hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, dinner, and late-night snacks. With flexible setup options, an experienced and accommodating staff, the Hilton Garden Inn customizes everything just for you. Newlyweds will enjoy a complimentary suite, and overnight guests will love the enhanced pool area and beautiful guestrooms. HO-CHUNK GAMING (p. 165) S3214 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 • (800)746-2486 e-mail: HOLIDAY INN & SUITES, MADISON WEST (p. 167) 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI 53717 • (608)203-4707 • e-mail: This stunning hotel is the height of sophistication. They have an elegant ballroom (accommodating up to 220) for receptions, rehearsals, gift openings and more. An onsite coordinator assists you each step of the way and their Chef’s unparalleled variety of menu options are all created on-premise with only the freshest ingredients. Their guaranteed attention to detail and caring staff will exceed your expectations. Your guests will enjoy the grand piano lobby bar, deluxe whirlpool suites, and Crawdaddy Cove, Madison’s only indoor water park.

HOLIDAY INN MADISON AT THE AMERICAN CENTER (p. 128-129) 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI 53718 • (608)249-4220 • e-mail: Let the professionals at the Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center help you celebrate your special day! Specializing in elegant events for up to 200 guests in their chandelier-lit ballroom, their attention to detail will assure that all your expectations are exceeded. You and your guests can relax in one of their deluxe guestrooms, enjoy the indoor pool or gather in Geier’s Grill and Lounge. Allow them to take care of the details while you enjoy your wedding day! HORSEFEATHER CREEK (p. 177) 4200 County Road TT, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 • (608)220-4205 • e-mail: See what all of Madison is talking about! Welcome to Horsefeather Creek, a unique country getaway for your special event. Nature, seclusion and tranquility offer guests the ideal setting for any occasion. A spacious country home with elegance, grace and style. Many oudoor areas provide unique settings to make your special day magical. Weddings, receptions, honeymoon, family reunions, retreats. It has guest accommodations for 28+. Horsefeather Creek is conveniently located, only minutes from downtown Madison, WI. Discover Horsefeather Creek...Where dreams come true! HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA (p. 173) 3841 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608)244-2481 • e-mail: INN ON THE PARK (p. 156) 22 S. Carroll Street, Madison, WI • (608)285-8000 (800)279-8811 • e-mail: The Best Western Plus Inn on the Park is Madison’s only Capitol Square Hotel. Over 140 years in the hospitality industry has guided them in providing top quality catering services that are all about you. The banqueting facilities feature the Hall of Wisconsin Ballroom and the Top of the Park - Madison’s only skyline banquet facility. Trust them with your event - elegant rehearsal dinners with spectacular views of the Capitol, regal receptions tailored to your specifications, relaxed gift openings and everything ‘ever after.’ KALAHARI RESORT CONVENTION CENTER (Inside Back Cover) PO Box 590, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608)254-3303 • e-mail: • 381

rehearsal & reception facilities (cont.) KESTREL RIDGE GOLF CLUB (p. 180) 900 Avalon Road, Columbus, WI 53925 • (920)623-4653 • e-mail: Picture your gala celebration in candlelight with crisp linens, dark woods, sparkling crystal and polished, professional service. Enjoy your own private room with bar and fireplace. The large windows and outdoor balcony offer panoramic views of the golf course. They can comfortably accommodate events for as many as 250. Choose from an extensive and unique menu to offer your guests an exceptional dining experience. Please contact them for menu selections, pricing, and availability. LAKE WINDSOR GOLF CLUB (p. 138-139) 4628 Golf Road, Windsor, WI • (608)846-4711 • e-mail: The Knot 2013 & 2014 pick for “Best of Weddings”. Awarded 2011, 2012, 2014 Best All Around Wedding Vendor & 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 Best Reception Site by WI Bride Magazine. Minutes from Madison, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course, and accommodations for receptions and ceremonies for 4 to 400 guests! Let their in-house chef and on-site event coordinator create your dream event. They offer Friday and Sunday discounts, hotel shuttle service, and bachelor party golf outing specials! LAKE WISCONSIN COUNTRY CLUB (p. 172) N1076 Golf Road, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 • (608)643-4554 • e-mail:

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THE LEGEND AT BERGAMONT (p. 142-143) 699 Bergamont Boulevard, Oregon, WI 53575 • (608)291-2400 e-mail: Just 10 minutes from the Beltline, you’ll find Madison’s newest and finest country club and wedding facility. The Legend at Bergamont’s state-of-the-art clubhouse, opened in 2007, seats up to 350 guests and offers breathtaking views of the golf course and surrounding countryside from the ballroom and vast balcony, creating the perfect setting for your ceremony or pictures. With such an incredible facility, the attention to detail of a dedicated team, and stunning surroundings, your day is sure to be Legendary at Bergamont. MADISON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (p. 116, 148-149) 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)354-0540 e-mail: By day, Madison Children’s Museum is all about creative play and discovery-learning for children and families. By night, they host many grown-up events, including weddings! Start on their elegant rooftop with gorgeous views of the Capitol and Lake Mendota. Then move inside for dining, drinking, dancing — whatever your playful heart desires. Their built-in, colorful décor means the museum comes ready for celebrating. Choose MCM for an out-of-the-ordinary, downtown location and a party your guests will never forget!

THE MADISON CLUB (p. 150-151) 5 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI • (608)255-4861 • e-mail: Just two blocks from the Capitol building and overlooking Lake Monona, the Madison Club is a beautiful historic building with fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows and ornate architecture throughout. Facility offers magnificent backdrops for photos, award-winning cuisine, unparalleled customer service and truly one of the most elegant settings for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. Banquet space can seat up to 260 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 300 people for an hors d’oeuvres reception. THE MADISON CONCOURSE HOTEL AND GOVERNOR’S CLUB (p. 117, 144-145) 1 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)257-6000 (800)356-8293 • From the rehearsal dinner to the reception, The Madison Concourse Hotel is welcoming and romantic. Their experienced catering staff and award winning chef set an unprecedented standard for working with each bride to ensure the day is everything she dreamed of. Your guests will feel special spending the weekend at a renowned hotel in the heart of downtown Madison. You’ll love the modern ballrooms and exclusive Governor’s Club guest rooms. See why they are a 20082013 Wisconsin Bride award winner. MADISON MASONIC CENTER (p. 157) 301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI • (608)256-5734 • e-mail: Madison Masonic Center features a ballroom surrounded by the elegance of a past era with pillars, marble flooring and a big band stage. The perfect setting for unique reception gatherings up to 550. On site catering is provided by Mike Losse Catering. Choose from their variety of menu choices or let them custom design your menu. MADISON TURNER HALL (p. 181) 3001 S. Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53716 • (608)222-4922 • e-mail: Turner Hall at Madison Turners is perfect for any event - wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers! Their beautiful hall has a fantastic dance floor and oak bar. They can accommodate up to 350 seated guests. Conveniently located off the Beltline with spacious guest parking. Use one of their preferred caterers. They are friendly and accommodating and are excited to host your special event! Call or e-mail them today. MAGNUSON GRAND HOTEL (p. 180, 307) 3510 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718 • (608)224-1500 (800)510-3510 • e-mail:

MARQUIS BALLROOM (p. 130-131) 6220 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608)204-2883 • e-mail: Welcome your guests with a wedding banquet sure to be elegant, well served and delicious. Madison’s new all encompassed banquet hall, The Marquis Ballroom, features seating for up to 325 people in their 10,000 sq ft ballroom complete with two bridal rooms, two permanent bars, and 250 dedicated parking stalls. Their executive chef offers an elegant buffet or elaborate plated service. Your wedding will be an affair to remember with their exceptional service, elegant décor, and 30-foot ceilings encompassed with antique chandeliers. MARRIOTT MADISON WEST (p. 160) 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562 (608)831-2000 • e-mail: Your Marriott Certified Wedding Coordinator along with a skilled team will make your dreams come true with a picture-perfect wedding. Hold your ceremony in their stunning waterfall atrium or in the privacy of their outdoor patio. Choose either their elegant ballroom or trendy loft space for your wedding dinner and reception. Provide comfort and convenience for your guests in the newly renovated guest rooms, along with plenty of complimentary parking. A one stop shop for all your wedding planning needs! THE MELTING POT (p. 89, 181) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608)833-5676 • e-mail: From the proposal to the bridal shower or bachelorette party, they can help you make your day even more special. The Melting Pot of Madison specializes in capturing the ultimate romantic experience. While there, you’ll discover all the ingredients to a perfect evening, including a relaxed atmosphere, full bar service, two private party rooms, attentive service, award winning wine list, and fabulous four-course fondue dinners. The bride eats for free with parties of six or more. MONONA TERRACE (p. 3) One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)261-4093 • e-mail: Spectacularly situated between the Lake Monona shore and the Capitol Square, Monona Terrace is utterly distinctive—yet surprisingly down to earth. Embrace unforgettable style with your very own dedicated Event Coordinator, there to assist you in planning and to personally attend to every detail on your special day. On-site caterer Monona Catering will help you design a menu to suit your style and your guests’ tastes. From breathtaking backdrops to stunning tabletops, there’s simply no place like Monona Terrace. • 383

rehearsal & reception facilities (cont.) NONNO’S RISTORANTE ITALIANO (p. 168) 704 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608)661-9254 e-mail: THE OAKS GOLF COURSE (p. 168) 4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527 • (608)837-4774 • e-mail: THE OLD FEED MILL (p. 174) 114 Cramer Street, Mazomanie, WI 53560 (608)795-4909 • (888)345-4909 • Experience country elegance and dining excellence at The Old Feed Mill, the absolutely perfect location for rehearsals or receptions, accommodating up to 175 guests. The historic building has won awards for incredible restoration, and The Old Feed Mill has been featured on the Food Network’s “Best of Country Cuisine.” For the very best service in authentic surroundings, choose The Old Feed Mill. On-site bakery available for wedding cakes. Outdoor space also available for ceremonies or receptions. Call Nancy today. OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS (p. 117, 140-141) 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)258-4163 • e-mail: Begin your journey at Overture Center for the Arts, Madison’s stunning performing arts center. Overture Center features 14 gorgeous spaces - from intimate family settings for 15 to grand halls for 1,500. Each venue captures the romance, elegance and style of your special day. Catering a Fresco, their exclusive in-house culinary arts company, will work with you to craft a decadent menu, and their event coordinators help to ensure that each event at Overture is artful, exquisite and unique. PORTA BELLA (p. 170) 425 N. Frances Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)256-3186 www. • e-mail: Beautiful design and artisan craftsmanship grace the Mantova Room, named after Madison’s sister city in northern Italy. Award-winning design with its cherry hardwood bar, alabaster chandeliers, and spatulata polished marble ceiling. Ideal for weddings and rehearsal dinners. It can serve from 20-200 guests. Their new facilities have state of the art audio-visual capabilities along with the ability to have live music for your event. The Mantova Room provides elegant Italian food in the heart of downtown Madison.

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PUMPHOUSE (p. 175) E11614 Tranquility Lane, Baraboo, WI 53913 • (608)356-7707 e-mail: Rustic is in! You’ll love the rustic decor of the private banquet room at the Pumphouse for your bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or gift opening. The breathtaking backdrops of Devil’s Lake are a stone’s throw away. Their intimate banquet area comfortably seats up to 250 guests. You can work with staff from the Pumphouse or The Farm Kitchen to customize a menu or to create a combination of settings between the two adjacent properties. QUIVEY’S GROVE (p. 153) 6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison, WI 53719 • (608)273-4900 Imagine having your ceremony and reception in an 1855 historic landmark. Wedding ceremony under a canopy of black walnut trees, champagne on the lawn, hors d’oeuvres passed amongst your guests, wedding dinner under the white wedding tent. Private dining rooms available for showers and rehearsal dinners. Receptions for up to 250 people. Call for more information or visit website at www. RARE STEAKHOUSE (p. 176) 14 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)204-9000 • e-mail: Rare Steakhouse, the concept of owners Jack and Julie Sosnowski, proves that elegant, uncommon service and culinary excellence doesn’t have to be a cold, arm-length affair. After touring the best steakhouses in America, Jack saw that Madison deserved a worldclass one of its own. Rare offers USDA Prime Allen Brother steaks from Chicago, fine wines, and remarkable service, surrounded by rich mahogany, deep leather booths, and stamped tin ceilings with chandeliers, making this an experience not to be missed. SAMBA BRAZILIAN GRILL (p. 21, 158) 240 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)257-1111 • e-mail: Located in the heart of downtown State Street, it’s the perfect spot for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, or private event. Enjoy a bit of Brazil with a fun and unique dining experience. Menu features unlimited choices from their artisinal salad display and rodizio service of grilled meats carved table side. Private brunches also available. Their grand stage is ideal for a ceremony, band, dj, or slideshow presentation. Three private dining options or entire restaurant are available, up to 300 guests.

SHERATON MADISON HOTEL (p. 152) 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 • (608)260-2304 e-mail: Promises are invited. At the Sheraton Madison Hotel, with room for up to 375 guests to toast, cheer and share your day. Central location with complimentary surface parking. Their expert staff will help create your dream event. Guest room accommodations include a reservation web site just for your event. Experience the warm service at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Because you don’t just stay here. You belong.

SUGARLAND (p. 174) 8637 Linley Road, Arena, WI 53503 • (608)795-4909 Sugarland is one of Southern Wisconsin’s most enchanting garden wedding sites. Imagine arriving along a tree-lined drive to a 19th Century country estate with verdant meadows and gardens. There you will walk down a lush natural aisle by a cascading fountain, exchange vows under the shade of a majestic oak, and share the most important moment of your life in an intimate and refined country setting. Later, celebrate your reception in the rustic elegance of a magnificent Wisconsin barn.

STOUGHTON COUNTRY CLUB (p. 169) 3165 Shadyside Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608)873-7861 • (608)873-8464 e-mail: Stoughton Country Club is the ideal location for your wedding and/or wedding reception. Their goal is to make your event a memorable experience by providing you with exceptional food and service in their attractive, private setting on the shore of beautiful Lake Kegonsa. Their main dining and reception room accommodates groups up to 275 guests. Their lower level Lake Kegonsa Room has a full service bar and comfortably seats 60 guests. Their service-oriented staff is happy to assist you in planning your upcoming event.

TYROL BASIN (p. 176) 3487 Bohn Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 • (608)437-4135 • e-mail: Tyrol Basin’s Chalet, located in a picturesque valley, is a renovated barn offering private facilities in a beautiful, natural backdrop for receptions and outdoor wedding ceremonies May through October. Excellent food offerings for buffet style or sit down dinners. Seating up to 225. Full service bar, dance area, and ample parking. Treat your guests to a relaxing, scenic chairlift ride or champagne toast at the top of the hill. 20 miles west of Madison and 5 miles north of Mt. Horeb. THE UNIVERSITY CLUB (p. 146-147) 803 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608)262-5023 • e-mail: The University Club is a unique historic landmark located on Library Mall featuring warm, turn-of-the-century elegance. The club provides an ideal location for your reception, rehearsal dinner, or any occasion special to you. Their executive chef prepares local, madefrom-scratch cuisine and is happy to accommodate custom menus and ideas. They comfortably accommodate groups of 20 to 250. Please call to set up a consultation and tour of the venue. VON RUTENBERG VENTURES (p. 154) 1001 Arboretum Drive, Suite 204, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608)246-3120 • The von Rutenberg family would be honored to host your special event at any of their three unique waterfront restaurants (Mariner’s, Nau-Ti-Gal, or Captain Bill’s) or on board Betty Lou Cruises, Madison’s Premier Cruise Line. Restaurant/cruise packages also available. Their family has been specializing in outdoor seasonal events and personal touch indoor events for over 45 years. You can also enjoy “Betty Lou to You” catering at your site as well. They would be honored to make your special day memorable.

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rehearsal & reception facilities (cont.) WAUNAKEE VILLAGE CENTER (p. 178) 333 S. Madison Street, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608)850-5992 • e-mail: This beautiful new facility is nestled in Waunakee’s oldest park with a lovely view of mature trees, Six-mile Creek and the expansive park lawn. With banquet rooms for the smallest groups up to 180 guests, their flexible facility offers options that allow you to fine-tune your event to meet all of your individual needs. Renters can contract with a caterer of their choice or bring in food of their own. Conveniently located within 15 minutes of both east and west Madison. WILD ROSE RANCH (p. 178) E12311 County Road W, Baraboo, WI 53913 • (608)772-3403 • e-mail:

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WILDERNESS HOTEL & GOLF RESORT/ GLACIER CANYON LODGE (p. 136-137) 45 Hillman Road, PO Box 830, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (800)867-9453 • Celebrate the moment of your life at the beautiful Glacier Canyon Lodge and Conference Center, located at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The Glacier Canyon Lodge is sure to be the perfect place to begin your life together. Let them plan your ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner and weekend getaway at their beautiful, rustic and luxurious destination location. Whether it’s Golf, Spa or just relaxation, they cover it all. Call now for more information and to schedule your personal tour.

tents & rentals Á LA CRATE VINTAGE RENTALS (p. 198, 201) 2619 Industrial Drive, Monona, WI 53713 • (608)669-2541 • e-mail: A warehouse of uncommon rentable goods! Shop vast collections of vintage, reclaimed and custom rentals online or in person. Alleviate the legwork of finding/buying, cleaning and reselling items for a one-time use. In with the old! BUCKY’S RENTALS, INC. (p. 204) 2182 Hwy MM, Oregon, WI • (608)291-2500 • e-mail: From a casual outdoor ceremony to an elaborate reception, Bucky’s Rentals will make your event a success. Their durable tents and French window sidewalls are the solutions to your biggest fear…the weather. Visit their new showroom to see and discuss other rental options, such as: audio equipment, lighting, porta-floors, dance floors, tables, linens, chairs, heaters, portable restrooms and sinks. Their flushing units, equipped with sinks and mirrors, make the restroom accommodations more appealing for an elegant event.

GENERAL PARTY RENTAL (p. 205) Watertown, WI • (920)261-7368 e-mail: THE PETAL PATCH (p. 198, 201, 225) (608)838-9864 • e-mail: TENTS & EVENTS (p. 204) a division of J. Stevens Productions, LLC S2479 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608)355-1222 • e-mail:

THE COUNTRY PLUMBER (p. 205) Madison & Portage, WI • (608)742-2648 • (800)472-7448 e-mail: or From casual to elegant, they can meet all your Portable Restroom needs for your special day. Everything from Crowd Pleaser trailer units to standard portable restrooms and sinks. Check out their website and see all of your options for your outdoor event or call their office for more information. COVER IT UP (p. 205) (608)852-5007 • e-mail: EVENT ESSENTIALS (p. 202-203) 6485 Blanchar’s Crossing, Windsor, WI 53598 • (608)846-5004 • e-mail: Visit Event Essentials and browse their showroom to find inspiration and products for all your wedding needs. Event Essentials rents an array of items including tents, tables, Chiavari chairs, tableware and lighting. Check out their collection of table linens and decorative items including chair covers, table runners, overlays and centerpieces. They also carry food service items such as portable bars, catering equipment and grills. From informal to elegant, Event Essentials’ expert planners can tailor your event to fit your needs.

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transportation ABRACADABRA LIMOUSINES (p. 300) (608)938-1300 • e-mail: BADGER BUS (p. 299) Madison, WI • (800)442-8259 • e-mail: “Get Me To The Church On Time and In Style!” Badger Bus Trolley and their professional drivers provide a unique, picture perfect experience to complement your unforgettable day. The Badger Bus Trolley accommodates up to 35 people so your entire wedding party can celebrate together. Need to shuttle more guests; or you want a more updated look? Consider one of Badger’s 81, 56, 40, or 31 passenger deluxe motor coaches equipped with the most modern amenities. Get your personalized quote on today! GALLANT KNIGHT LIMOUSINE (p. 301) 4711 Lien Road, Madison, WI 53704 • (608)242-7000 (800)725-5655 • e-mail: On the day that everything needs to go right, trust the professionals at Gallant Knight Limousine. Numerous wedding couples have enjoyed their reliable service and they know you will too. They take your trust seriously. Whether you desire simple elegance or an extravagant event, whether you need two hours or two days, Gallant Knight Limousine provides options to meet your style and budget. MAD CITY PARTY BUS (p. 298) (608)234-4359 • e-mail: PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE SERVICE (p. 301) 269 Rodney Road, Cambridge, WI 53523 • (608)423-2300 • e-mail: Presidential Limousine Service is a professional transportation company in Cambridge, Wisconsin. Their fleet consists of a variety of vehicles from Lincoln Sedans, Cadillac Escalade ESV’s, Stretch Lincoln Limousines, Stretch SUV’s, Vans, Limo Buses and Party Buses. Vehicles range in size from 1 – 32 passengers and they can accommodate groups up to 300. Presidential Limousine Service offers first class service with a guarantee that they’ll arrive on time, every time. They offer 24-hour dispatching and advance software for reservations. Call 608-423-2300. WAYNE ACE BUS & LIMO SERVICE, LLC (p. 300) (608)576-7281 • e-mail:

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videography ADLER VIDEO, LLC (p. 281) (608)658-3832 • e-mail: CAPTURED MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 274) (608)845-8529 • e-mail: ELLABELLA PRODUCTIONS (p. 281) 3902 Milwaukee Street, Madison, WI 53708 (608)432-5782 • e-mail: MEMORY LANE VIDEO (p. 280) Joseph G. Ptak • 9443 Silicon Prairie Parkway, Verona, WI 53593 (608)833-4155 • e-mail: Memory Lane Video provides your wedding keepsake in High Definition, and available on over 75 file formats, including BluRay disc easily transferable to your tablets and other electronic devices. When all the excitement of your special day ends, you will still have the most precious heirloom to enjoy. View beautiful sample ceremonies and montages from area locations at Ask about photo montages for any occasion. Your Memory Lane video will be a keepsake for generations! MOONSTRUCK MEDIA PRODUCTION (p. 281) (608)850-3725 • e-mail: Moonstruck Media Production has helped couples capture their special wedding day for over 10 years. Couples can choose from one of their traditional wedding packages or live streaming webcasts for guests who cannot attend the wedding. Your wedding video is made by their team of specialists and is guaranteed with customer satisfaction in mind. All couples’ special requests will be honored. Contact them today so they can sit down and make your wedding dreams a reality.

wedding consultants BEYOND ELEGANT EVENTS, LLC (p. 12) Jayme Galanos • (608)225-1093 e-mail: Beyond Elegant Events LLC has built an impeccable reputation for listening to clients and managing every detail to perfection. Repeatedly honored as the top vendor by the readers of Wisconsin Bride Magazine, they approach every event as a collaborative effort between client and planner. With a long history in Southern Wisconsin, their staff has the expertise to guide you through every step of the decision making process. They also offer creativity to make your event not just memorable, but remarkable! CAPITOL WEDDINGS & EVENTS, LLC (p. 14) Laurie Dies • (608)712-8578 • e-mail: Congratulations! The excitement of creating one of the most wonderful events in your life can be overwhelming; let Capitol Weddings & Events minimize the worry and make your dreams a reality! This full service wedding consulting firm offers customized wedding planning, coordination, and bridal services tailored to your unique wishes and desires. They are passionate about weddings and the personal touches and details that make the day your own; it’s your wedding – make it special!!

thoughtful, innovative, and detailed. Their goal is to create a personal­ized wedding day that fits all of your needs through modern and fresh ideas, through creative styling and a deep understanding of design, and through careful project and detail management that ends with your “perfect wedding day”. NEIRA PRODUCTIONS (p. 12) (608)432-4624 • e-mail: Neira Productions (NP) is a full-service wedding and event planning firm offering planning, design, linens, floral and more. Known for their creative approach and personalized service Neira Productions is managed by Event Director Fiorella Neira who founded the company in the Water Capital of the World, Wisconsin Dells. Now NP services weddings and events throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. Planning packages range from Full, Partial, Day of and Bride on a Budget services. Call for your free consultation and their signature NP Wedding Design Kit. SIMPLE ELEGANCE WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING (p. 15) (608)279-6679 • e-mail:

CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENTS (p. 14) PO Box 930541, Verona, WI 53593 • (608)497-0133 • e-mail: KAYLA ANN COORDINATES (p. 11, 13) (608)616-9586 • e-mail: Kayla Ann Coordinates can assist you in planning your wedding from start to finish. Whether you are newly engaged and beginning the planning process or a month away, overwhelmed with the finishing touches, Kayla Ann Coordinates is here to help. With a background in financial planning, owner Kayla will make sure your day uniquely represents you and still stays on budget. Kayla Ann Coordinates’ goal is to make your wedding the one that guests remember; make your day uniquely yours! LAVENDER HILL WEDDINGS + EVENTS (p. 13) 4601 Monona Drive, Suite 101, Madison, WI 53716 (608)535-9030 • e-mail: Planning a wedding is an exciting time full of emotions, ideas, and tons of decisions! Let Lavender Hill Weddings + Events help make it joyful and uncomplicated…their mission statement is simple...

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INDEX 5100 Bar Grill Banquet Dining....................................................... 171

Captured Moments Photography.................................................. 274

Á La Crate Vintage Rentals......................................................198, 201

Carl’s Cakes & Market Street Catering............................................ 238

Abracadabra Limousines............................................................... 300

Cascade Mountain......................................................................... 179

Act II Floral Studio......................................................................... 227

Celebrations Entertainment...................................................186, 293

Adler Video, LLC............................................................................. 281

Ceremonies by Design................................................................... 111

Agora Pavilion............................................................................... 103

C’est La Vie Events & Entertainment.............................................. 290

Alluring Blooms............................................................................ 227

Chalmers Jewelers.......................................................................... 74

Amelia John Photographers.......................................................... 259

Chapel of the Archangels.............................................................. 101

Aniu Salon Spa................................................................................ 62

Cherry Blossom Events.................................................................... 14

Ann Gorgen Photography.............................................................. 258

Chocolaterian Cafe........................................................................ 242

Artful Escapes................................................................................. 89

Chris’s Confections......................................................................... 242

Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Center........................................ 183

Chula Vista Resort............................................................................. 5

Avenue Bar.................................................................................... 195

Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center.................................... 308

Azena Photography....................................................................... 271

Coachman’s Golf Resort..........................................................132-133

Badger Bus.................................................................................... 299

Cold Water Canyon/Dells Boat Tours.............................................. 102

Be Inspired Salon............................................................................ 65

Cole & Ike Studios.......................................................................... 269

Beautiful Portraits by Michael................................................248, 271

The Coliseum Bar & Banquet..................................................126-127

Beyond Elegant Events.................................................................... 12

Condo Vacations & Travel............................................................... 314

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano............................................................ 179

Contours Lingerie............................................................................ 33

Blackhawk Country Club............................................................... 170

The Country Plumber.................................................................... 205

Blissful Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.............................. 313

Cover It Up.................................................................................... 205

Blooming Photography................................................................. 273

Craig’s Cake Shop........................................................................... 239

Blow Dry Style Lounge.................................................................... 68

Creative Confections...................................................................... 240

Blue Dandelion Photgraphy.............................Inside Front Cover, 251

Creekside Place, Inc....................................................................... 180

Brandi’s Bridal Galleria, Etc.........................................................28-29

Crowne Plaza Hotel....................................................................... 121

Brickhouse BBQ............................................................................. 158

The Crystal Room...................................................................122-123

Brides N’ Belles................................................................................ 33

Deer Valley Lodge.......................................................................... 159

Buck & Honey’s Restaurant and Catering....................................... 177

Devil’s Head Resort.................................................................124-125

Bucky’s Rentals............................................................................. 204

Divine Designs Custom Invitations.................................................. 87

Bunky’s Cafe and Catering............................................................. 193

DJ Magic Entertainment-Madison’s Best DJ................................... 286

Cambria Suites.............................................................................. 308

Djays............................................................................................. 289

Capital Brewery............................................................................. 180

Dorf Haus...................................................................................... 166

Capitol Chophouse........................................................................ 171

Doubledays Reception Hall........................................................... 167

Capitol Weddings & Events.............................................................. 14

East Elm Photography............................................................254-255

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The East Side Club..................................................................134-135

Inkwell Printers............................................................................... 86

The Edgewater Hotel..................................................................... 155

Inn on the Park.............................................................................. 156

EllaBella Productions.................................................................... 281

Intermezzo.................................................................................... 293

Erin’s Snug Irish Pub...................................................................... 161

Invites by Jen.................................................................................. 87

Escapade Salon............................................................................... 63

Jas McDaniel Photography............................................................ 268

Event Essentials......................................................................202-203

JL Richards Prime Meats & Catering.............................................. 195

Evolution Body Transformation....................................................... 68

Juke Box Bandstand...................................................................... 291

The Farm Kitchen.......................................................................... 175

Julie’s Bridal Gallery........................................................................ 27

Flora Designs by Jamae................................................................. 225

Just For You..................................................................................... 34

The Flower Studio......................................................................... 224

Kalahari Resorts.......................................................Inside Back Cover

Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Madison.......................................... 182

Karly Jo Photography.................................................................... 260

Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier......................................................20, 241

Kayla Ann Coordinates.............................................................. 11, 13

Gallant Knight Limousine.............................................................. 301

Kestrel Ridge Golf Club.................................................................. 180

Gaylord Catering........................................................................... 194

Klein’s Floral & Greenhouse........................................................... 227

General Party Rental..................................................................... 205

Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness........................................... 20, 69

Gigi’s Cupcakes.................................................................21, 230, 240

Knock Shoppe’s Country Cakes...................................................... 242

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness.................................136-137

Koru Ceremony.............................................................................. 111

Global Weight Loss.......................................................................... 67

Kuhl Entertainment...............................................................284, 287

Golden Mast Inn............................................................................ 172

Lake Windsor Golf Club...........................................................138-139

Hanson House Elopements............................................................ 103

Lake Wisconsin Country Club......................................................... 172

Hanson Photography, LLC.............................................................. 272

Lashes & Kurls Boudoir Photography............................................ 273

Happily Ever After Wedding Officiants........................................... 109

Laura Zastrow Photography...................................................256, 263

Harbor Athletic Club........................................................................ 64

Lavender Hill Weddings + Events.................................................... 13

Harpist - Mary Ann Harr................................................................ 293

Le Personal Chef, LLC..................................................................... 195

Harvest......................................................................................... 163

The Legend at Bergamont......................................................142-143

Hatchery Hill Hotels...................................................................... 164

Let’s Get Married........................................................................... 108

Heidel House Resort & Spa............................................................ 173

LK Bridal Studio............................................................................... 86

Hilton Garden Inn - Madison West/Middleton............................... 162

Luther Memorial Church............................................................... 100

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.................................................... 307

Mad City Party Bus........................................................................ 298

Ho-Chunk Gaming........................................................................ 165

Madison Children’s Museum........................................... 116, 148-149

Hoffy’s Entertainment................................................................... 291

The Madison Club...................................................................150-151

Hoffy’s Photo Booth...................................................................... 186

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club........ 117, 144-145

Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West............................................... 167

Madison Masonic Center............................................................... 157

Holiday Inn at the American Center........................................128-129

Madison Mobile DJ Service.....................................................184, 288

Holy Wisdom Monastery............................................................... 103

Madison Sweets............................................................................ 241

Horsefeather Creek........................................................................ 177

Madison Turner Hall...................................................................... 181

Howard Johnson Plaza.................................................................. 173

Magnuson Grand Hotel..........................................................180, 307

Hy-Vee...........................................................................194, 226, 239

Mahin’s Bridal Salon, LLC................................................................. 34

“I Do” Cakes by Betty..............................................................230, 242

Marah’s Elegant Bridal..................................................................... 31

Ilana Natasha Photography....................................................249, 265

Marquis Ballroom...................................................................130-131 • 391

Marriott Madison West.................................................................. 160

Sarah B............................................................................................ 87

Marsdell’s Pro Image..................................................................... 274

Saturn’s 8 Entertainment.............................................................. 292

Meir Photography......................................................................... 262

Sheraton Madison Hotel................................................................ 152

Melissa Grace Photography........................................................... 269

Simple Elegance Wedding & Event Planning................................... 15

Melting Pot..............................................................................89, 181

Simply Glamorous Designs at Oregon Floral.................................. 222

Memory Lane Video...................................................................... 280

Sisters on Main................................................................................ 32

Middleton Jewelers................................................................... 72, 75

Sky’s The Limit............................................................................... 110

Moments to Cherish Bridals Etc, LLC................................................ 30

Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ....................................................................... 191

Momentum Floral & Decor............................................................ 226

Solid Ice Displays............................................................................. 21

Monona Terrace................................................................................. 3

The Stellanovas............................................................................. 293

Moonstruck Media Production...................................................... 281

Stoughton Country Club................................................................ 169

Natural Moments Photography..................................................... 267

Sugar Pear Design..................................................................... 78, 86

Nedrebo’s Formalwear...................................................................... 1

Sugar River Stationers..................................................................... 85

Neira Productions............................................................................ 12

Sugarland..................................................................................... 174

Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano........................................................... 168

Sundara Inn & Spa........................................................................ 314

North Central Group...................................................................... 306

Suzanne’s Sweet Artistry............................................................... 243

The Oaks Golf Course..................................................................... 168

Sweet Street Bakery...................................................................... 243

The Old Feed Mill........................................................................... 174

Tents & Events............................................................................... 204

Orange Tree Imports........................................................................ 93

Tessa Claire Photography.............................................................. 273

Overture Center for the Arts........................................... 117, 140-141

Thrive Photography & Films.......................................................... 270

Paper Piper Designs Available at Whoops! & Co............................... 87

Tim Fitch Photography...........................................................252-253

Paperworks Design Co..................................................................... 87

Timeless Memories Photo Booth................................................... 183

Paradise Park................................................................................ 101

TKO DJ Entertainment & Photo Arts...............................186, 272, 292

Paul Toepfer Photography......................................................249, 266

Toijala Chiropractic.......................................................................... 67

The Petal Patch...............................................................198, 201, 225

Turning Leaf Photography............................................................. 270

Photobooth................................................................................... 185

Tyrol Basin..................................................................................... 176

Porta Bella.................................................................................... 170

The University Club................................................................146-147

Prairie Flowers & Gifts................................................................... 223

Upstairs Downstairs Catering........................................................ 192

Premiere Couture............................................................................ 32

Urban Anchor Photography......................................................20, 264

Pres House Chapel......................................................................... 102

Vera’s House of Bridals....................................................... Back Cover

Presidential Limousine Service...................................................... 301

Victoria’s Garden........................................................................... 227

Prime Time Mobile DJs.................................................................. 290

VonRutenberg Ventures................................................................ 154

Pumphouse................................................................................... 175

Watertown Country Club............................................................... 169

Quartessence String Quartet......................................................... 293

Waunakee Village Center............................................................... 178

Quivey’s Grove............................................................................... 153

Wayne Ace Bus & Limo Service...................................................... 300

Rare Steakhouse........................................................................... 176

The Wedding Flashers by Foss Imagery......................................... 257

Right Size Alterations...................................................................... 34

Wild Rose Ranch........................................................................... 178

Romance Jewelers.......................................................................... 75

William Jon Salon........................................................................... 66

The Salty Peanut Photography...................................................... 261

Yahara String Quartet.................................................................... 293

Samba Brazilian Grill................................................................21, 158

Ziba Boutique................................................................................. 75

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