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CONTENTS planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 bridal shows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 real weddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 favorite things . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 bridal attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 men's attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 wedding fashions . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 beauty & health . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 rings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 invitations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 gift registries . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 ceremony sites . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 officiants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 receptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 sweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197 rentals & dĂŠcor . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 floral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222 partyscapes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 252 photo booths & flipbooks . . . . . . . 280 videography . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286 music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 dance lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304 transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . 306 guest accommodations . . . . . . . . 314 honeymoons & travel . . . . . . . . . 322 worksheets & checklists . . . . . . . 329 vendor information . . . . . . . . . 361 index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389 2 Wedding planner AND Guide

== welcome++ Dear Brides & Grooms, Congratulations on your engagement! This publication was created just for you! It contains helpful articles, charts, worksheets, checklists and resources to guide you through every step of the wedding planning process. We hope the photos throughout, including the Galleries, Wedding Fashions, Real Weddings, and Partyscapes, give you inspirational ideas to help create your event of a lifetime! If you like what you see in this edition of the Wedding Planner & Guide, you'll LOVE www.wedplan.com! The website is an extension of the publication with even more helpful tips, detailed information, links to local vendor websites, and photo galleries full of ideas to spark your imagination! Like to read from your tablet? A digital version of this publication can be found on the website!


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Getting starteD 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 helps to create a binder where you can keep a budget sheet, a calendar checklist, pictures, fabric swatches, etc. Consider creating a separate email account for all your wedding related correspondence.

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photos: Twig & Olive Photography, Abbots Lane, Laura Zastrow Photography

What to decidE 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.

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.

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Work with the proS 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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photos: LK Bridal Studio, Twig & olive Photography, Abbots Lane, Thrive Photography & Films

Choose a DatE Choose Well in Advance

Plan for an Off-Day

Keep the Seasons in Mind

Be Conscious of Guest Availability

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. 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 thousands of dollars.

Who Pays traditionallY 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 Food, beverages, & related professional services (catering) for reception Wedding cake Gifts for bridesmaids (accommodations, if necessary) Groom’s wedding gift Groom’s wedding ring Transportation for wedding party on the wedding 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. 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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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 (accommodations, if necessary) Bride’s wedding gift Bride’s engagement and wedding rings Honeymoon Groom’s wedding attire

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PreparatioN 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! Bring people with you who are part of the decision making process (Bride, Groom, Moms, Dads, etc.). Keep reminding yourself that what you get done now saves time and money later.

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 wedplan.com. Enjoy the planning process! Your primary goal is to get married; everything else is secondary.

A Woodland Fairytale Partyscape: The Petal Patch, Divine Designs, Chris's Confections, Vera's, Nedrebo's photo courtesy of Amelia John Photographers at the WP&G Bridal Show

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Bridal shows are an incredible opportunity to meet vendors for all of your wedding needs. Inspiration can be found around every corner and there are opportunities for savings.

Get social with local wedding professionals at a bridal show. Save photos of your favorite inspiring ideas displayed using hashtags. Share this social hashtag look book with your wedding party and chosen professionals as you continue to plan your big day.

Old Romance Partyscape

Coordination & Rentals: "I Do" A Decorating and Rental Service Stationery: Sarah B. Cake: Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering Dresses: Moments to Cherish Bridals Formalwear: Men's Wearhouse Photos: Amelia John Photographers More partyscapes can be enjoyed on page 239

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Wednesday Evening 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Tickets: $7 in advance • $10 at the door | Fashion Show at 7 pm Cinderella Partyscape - Simply Glamorous Designs, Event Essentials, Carl's Cakes, Brandi's Bridal photos courtesy of The Wedding Flashers at the WP&G Bridal Show

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Saturday 10 am - 5 pm • Sunday 11 am - 4 pm | Tickets: $7 in advance • $10 at the door | Show Sponsor - Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. Marsala Partyscape - Event Essentials, Paper Piper, Nedrebo's, Sweet Street, Brandi's Bridal photos courtesy of Amelia John Photographers at the WP&G Bridal Show

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Photographer – The Wedding Flashers Ceremony Location – Monona Terrace Rooftop Reception Location – Monona Terrace Bridal Gown – Wedding Belles Cake – Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering Hair – JoEllen Goplin Makeup – Krystle Marks 18 Wedding planner AND Guide

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Photographer – Abbots Lane Wedding Planner – Confetti Events Ceremony and Reception Location – The Nehls Farm Bridal Gown – Brandi’s Bridal Galleria, Etc. Groom's Attire – Nedrebo’s Formalwear Floral – Barb’s All Seasons Flowers Cake & Confections – The Cake Connection Stationery - Inkwell Printers

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Photographer – Thrive Photography & Films Ceremony Location – Al Ringling Theatre Reception Location – Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center Bridal Gown – Brides N' Belles Groom's Attire – Brides N' Belles Cake – Neat-O's Bake Shoppe 22 Wedding planner AND Guide

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Photographer – Athena Pelton Photography Wedding Planner – Cherry Blossom Events Ceremony & Reception Location – Madison Public Library Décor – Event Essentials, Á La Crate Vintage Rentals Floral – Daffodil Parker Transportation – Gallant Knight Limousine 24 Wedding planner AND Guide

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Photographer – Ann Gorgen Photography Bridal Gown – Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. Cupcakes – Gigi's Cupcakes Floral and Décor – Mary Kay Brekke Stationery – The Ink Well and Wedding Paper Divas Hair & Makeup – Total Look Company Salon 26 Wedding planner AND Guide

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Photographer – Laura Zastrow Photography Ceremony & Reception Location – Tyrol Basin Bridal Gown – Vera's House of Bridals Floral – Alluring Blooms Cake – Gigi’s Cupcakes Makeup – ANiU Salon & Spa DJ – Kuhl Entertainment 28 Wedding planner AND Guide

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Professionals' pickS Chocolate favors are the best favors! Make your wedding beautifully delicious with fully customizable boxes of gourmet chocolates like those from Gail Ambrosius. Area brides have voted them a “Best Favors” finalist for seven years running!

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2086 Atwood Avenue, Madison | 608-249-3500 www.gailambrosius.com Let Gigi's Cupcakes create a one-of-a-kind dessert arrangement that will capture the beauty of your day.  They offer a variety of "favorites" including boutique cupcakes, mini cupcakes, custom cakes, indulgent cheesecakes, and stuffed cookies!  Schedule your own private tasting and see why brides say "I Do" to Gigi's.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Hilldale Shopping Center, 554 N Midvale Blvd., Madison 608-661-PINK (7465) | www.gigiscupcakesusa.com

Let Elevation Salon and Spa’s professional makeup artists pamper you while using their favorite luxurious makeup line, Glo Minerals. Have a flawless, HD camera ready look similar to airbrush without the need of equipment. Pair your luminous look with a glamorous wedding hairstyle and you are all set.

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Solid Ice Displays loves helping you make a statement at your wedding by providing their favorite décor option, personalized ice sculptures. Be unique by having an ice sculpture candy luge on your dessert table or create a special signature drink served from an ice sculpted luge...the display will be the talk of the party!

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Initial ConsulT Idea of budget • Wedding date • Wedding location (indoor, outdoor, church, barn, etc.) • Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.) • Number of bridesmaids • Strapless bra • Shoes of a similar heel height to your wedding shoes

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photos: Laura Zastrow Photography, Abbots Lane , Very Tres Chic courtesy of Samantha Maide

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

Production Volume

If the gown designer makes dresses in large volumes, it costs them less, which in turn costs you less.


Often bustles are included in the price, but sometimes there is an extra fee.


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.

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photos: LK Bridal Studio, Twig & Olive Photography, East Elm Photography, Azena Photography

After engagement: Start shopping for wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses 6-12 months before: Order dress, undergarments and accessories 6-9 months before: Order bridesmaids dresses 4 months before: Select and order mothers dresses 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

wedplan.com photos: Very Tres Chic courtesy of Samantha Maide, Abbots Lane, Laura Zastrow Photography, Melissa Grace Photography


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 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.

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

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

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

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. avoid dresses that have a definite form you will need to fill, such as those with darted bustlines, and dresses that cling to your silhouette.

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

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 call attention to your top, such as low cut dresses, high waistlines, slim skirts, or dresses with beads, sequins, lace, or appliqués on the bodice or sleeves.

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

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.

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The bridal gown will set the tone for your entire wedding and the bridesmaid color will set the tone for your entire theme, so pick those out soon after the engagement.

Additional ConsiderationS Ample Waist... Consider an empire waistline. Short Waist... Consider a princess-style dress. Long Waist... Consider a high waistline. Generous Hips... A full, not poufy, skirt. Avoid adding anything to the skirt (e.g., ruffles, bows, etc.) Petite 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. Generous 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. Tall... 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. Full Arms... A little coverage. Pick a dress with ž or full-length sleeves. Steer clear of capped sleeves and strapless dresses, which tend to accentuate the arms. photos: Twig & Olive Photography, Tim Fitch Photography

This season is all about trendy details being added to a classic silhouette. Everything from illusion necklines to funky skirts to tattoo lace on sleeves will be found in bridal fashion. The back of a dress, and its design and embellishments, is becoming just as important as the rest of the gown.

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!

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Initial ConsulT 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.

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photos: Thrive Photography & Films, Melissa Grace Photography

Attire EtiquettE Informal Anytime of Day

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

Semi-formal Anytime of Day

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

Formal Daytime 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

Formal Evening 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

Ultra-Formal Daytime

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

Ultra-Formal Evening

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

photos: Jas McDaniel Photography, The Wedding Flashers, Meir Photography, Thrive Photography & Films

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Cost BreakdowN Rent or Buy

Formalwear shops provide tuxedos and suits for both rental and purchase.


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


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


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


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

Length of Rental

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


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

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photos: East Elm Photography, LK Bridal Studio, Abbots Lane, The Wedding Flashers

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

A lot of what is currently trendy for men’s formalwear has to do with what is worn under the suit. From colorful socks to choosing suspenders instead of vests, grooms will have plenty of ways to personalize their wedding day style. Also increasing in popularity are unique boutonnieres and funky cufflinks along with a more casual look to the overall attire.

8-9 months before: Register your wedding 6 weeks before: Men in the wedding party should be measured and place their orders 1 month before: Confirm your styles; check that all men have been measured photos: Laura Zastrow Photography, Ann Gorgen Photography, Azena Photography, Ilana Natasha Photography

3 weeks before: Give a gentle reminder to those who haven’t yet been measured 1 day before: Your final fitting and formalwear pick up The day after: Return the formalwear

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Initial ConsulT 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?

Do you have examples of your work I can view?

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What should I bring to the wedding day appointment?

photo: Twig & Olive Photography

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

Day of Wedding:

Get hair and makeup done

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) photos: Jas McDaniel Photography, Ann Gorgen Photography, Azena Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography

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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!”


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.


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


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.


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


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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photos: LK Bridal Studio, Melissa Grace Photography, Meir Photography

Cost BreakdowN 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.


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


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

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Initial ConsulT 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 design

photos: Ann Gorgen Photography, Azena Photography, LK Bridal Studio

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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 any 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 softbristled 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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photos: Abbots Lane, East Elm Photography, Melissa Grace Photography

Do your research. Wedding 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.

Rose gold and warm yellow gold metals are making a big comeback as are vintage inspired estate rings. Also watch for colorful center stones along with oval and marquise shaped stones being set horizontally.

1-2 months before: Shop for and purchase wedding rings

3-4 weeks before: Make final tweaks to prototype (custom rings)

6-8 weeks before: Decide on ring design (custom rings)

0-4 weeks before: Pick up rings

3-6 weeks before: Approve or make changes to artisan -created 3D prototype of ring (custom rings) photos: LK Bridal Studio, Twig & Olive Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography

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Cost BreakdowN Metals

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


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.


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.


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


Custom designed rings ​typically cost more than ready-towear bands because they are one-of-a-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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Initial consulT All details pertinent to wedding (locations and addresses, dates, times, directions, accommodations, etc.) Budget Color swatches Whether you are having a buffet or if 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., bride's parents, the couple, both sets of parents) Pictures or samples of the theme dĂŠcor items you have already chosen, or ideas you like 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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photo: Abbots Lane

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, etc.).

What is the proper wording for my invitations?

Wording can sometimes be 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.

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? it themselves.

Most likely this is included in the stationer’s fee, though some brides choose to do

See the Worksheet Section for a comprehensive checklist of stationery items and some invitation wording samples. photos: LK Bridal Studio, Sugar River Stationers

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Printing TechniqueS 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.


A technique where ink and a powder compound are heated to produce raised letters that mimic the appearance of engraving without the cost.


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.


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.


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.

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

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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, laser-cutting, eco-friendly papers and bilingual wording.

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 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.

Copper and rose gold foil printing options are putting an extra special twist on the classically popular yellow gold foil. Custom monograms (think family crest, not the three letter combo designs of the past) are also adorning all paper aspects of a wedding. You will see couples using thicker cardstock options, special printing production techniques (such as painted edges and laser cut outs), and three dimensional embellishments to make their stationery feel extra lush. Also, don’t be afraid to mix “mis-matched” textures and fonts!

Printing technique

Techniques range from the least expensive digital or offset printing to the more expensive, higher quality engraved invitations.


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).

Guest list size

9-12 months before: Begin save the date design concept and compile guests’ addresses 8-11 Months Before: Mail save the dates

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

5-6 Months Before: Meet the stationer to determine style and color options, place order, and begin proofing process

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

3 Months before: Address wedding invitations

Enclosures Postage

Depending on size, weight, and rigidity, wedding invitations typically require additional postage. photos: Sarah B. Courtesy of The Wedding Flashers, Twig & Olive Photography

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 6-8 Weeks before: Meet with invitation specialist to discuss programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, favors, and any other signage or day-of accessories 3-4 Weeks before: Finalize orders for programs and day-of wedding accessories

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Invitation GallerY

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1 Sugar River Stationers 2 Minuteman Press 3 Paper Piper Designs

4 LK Bridal Studio 5 Sugar Pear Design

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Invitation GallerY

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1 Minuteman Press 2 Sarah B. 3 Paperworks Design Co. 4 Sugar River Stationers

5 Sugar Pear Design


Inkwell Printers

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Invitation GallerY

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1 Inkwell Printers

2 Sarah B. 3 Sugar Pear Design 4 Paperworks Design Co.

5 LK Bridal Studio


Paper Piper Designs

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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-of-town 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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photos: Azena Photography, Meir Photography, Twig & Olive Photography

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.

Host your bachelorette party or bridal shower with us, and the bride eats free!

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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Initial ConsulT 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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photos: Thrive Photography & Films, Ann Gorgen Photography, LK Bridal Studio

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. photos: The Wedding Flashers, Twig & Olive Photography, Abbots Lane

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Registry 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.

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.

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photos: Melissa Grace Photography, Meir Photography, LK Bridal Studio

Giving giftS 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-and-match 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 or 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 Couples are finding ways to add unexpected, memorymaking gift ideas to their registry. Memberships to places the couple love to visit, favorites of the month subscription services, a cooking class for the pair, or even a nice camera to capture their honeymoon adventures are just a few ways a bride and groom are customizing their registries.

Groomsmen: cuff links, monogrammed flasks, monogrammed wallet, bottle of whiskey, 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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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. photos: Laura Zastrow Photography, Abbots Lane

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What to AsK What is the facility’s capacity? It should comfortably

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

Is there a room available for the bride to use?

How many hours are included in the rental agreement? Sometimes there are a set number of hours

accommodate the number of guests you expect to attend.

If you want to get ready at the facility instead of the salon or at home, make sure there is a sizable, 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 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.

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and facilities will charge for each additional hour.

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. photo: East Elm Photography

Questions for outdoor VenueS 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 a back up plan is needed.

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.

“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. photos: Thrive Photography & Films, Laura Zastrow Photography, Twig & Olive Photography

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Cost BreakdowN 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.


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


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

1 week before: Check in to inform of any last minute details

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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1 month before: Final appointment with site coordinator to solidify final plans

Weddings Receptions and Events

Pierre’s Portrait Art

6-18 months before: Tour and book your venue

www.fitchburgcenter.com 5511 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg • 608-277-2592 photos: Tim Fitch Photography, Meir Photography

Agora Pavilion

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

Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center

Baraboo • baraboobanquet.com • Indoor Seating: 250 Historic and unique venue featuring exposed brick walls and original pine ceiling structures. Picturesque vintage ambiance for ceremonies and receptions.

Blackhawk Country Club

Madison • blackhawkcc.com • 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 • chapelofthearchangels.com • Indoor Seating: 300 Breathtaking 110 year old Cathedral setting paired with a modern reception facility/bar, all in one building.

Coachman’s Golf Resort

Edgerton • coachmans.com • Indoor Seating: 300 • 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 • dellsboats.com • 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 • deervalleylodgewi.com • 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 • foodspot.com/dorfhaus • 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.

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The Edgewater

Madison • theedgewater.com • Indoor Seating: 300 • Outdoor Seating: 300 Weddings at The Edgewater - in the heart of downtown Madison with unparalleled views of Lake Mendota and the Capitol.

Golden Mast

Okauchee • goldenmastinn.com • 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.

Grace Episcopal Church

Madison • gracechurchmadison.org • Indoor Seating: 350 Celebrated landmark with distinctive red doors and Gothic architecture on Capitol Square within walking distance of downtown receptions and hotels.

Heidel House Resort & Spa

Green Lake • heidelhouse.com • Indoor Seating: 300 • Outdoor Seating: 300 Say “I do” along the shoreline or under a canopy of oaks. Also offers lake view ballroom, outdoor tent, yacht cruises and a luxurious spa.

Holy Wisdom Monastery

Middleton • benedictinewomen.org • 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.

Hooker’s Resort

Poynette • hookersresort.com • Indoor Seating: 150 • Outdoor Seating: 200 Hooker’s Resort has a beautiful waterfront facility on the Wisconsin River that can be both indoors and outdoors with movable walls to bring the outside in.

Kestrel Ridge Golf Club

Columbus • kestrelridgegolf.com • Indoor Seating: 250 • Outdoor Seating: 250 Beautiful ceremony site overlooking golf course. Located directly outside of banquet hall.

Lake Windsor Golf Club

Windsor • lakewindsor.com • 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 • luthermem.org • 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 • madisonclub.org • 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 • marriott.com/msnwe • Indoor Seating: 200 Their waterfall atrium is a wonderful and elegant place to hold a wedding.

Madison Masonic Center Auditorium

Madison • madisonmasoniccenter.org • Indoor Seating: 1000 Located on National, State, and Local Registries of Historic Places. Ornate detail, original acoustics, and fixtures provide a majestic ambiance.

Monona Terrace

Madison • mononaterrace.com • 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 • golftheoaks.com • Indoor Seating: 480 • Outdoor Seating: 480 ​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 • oldfeedmill.com • 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 • overturecenter.com • Indoor Seating: 400 Start your journey together at Madison’s own downtown stunning arts center. Ensure your day is artful, exquisite and unique.

Paradise Park

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

Pres House Chapel

Madison • preshouse.org • 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 • quiveysgrove.com • Indoor Seating: 40 • Outdoor Seating: 250 Wedding ceremonies under a canopy of black walnut trees, or a festive wedding tent at a five-acre 1855 historic landmark.

Spring Brook Resort

Wisconsin Dells • spring-brook.com • Outdoor Seating: 300 Stunning scenery and a dedicated staff will make any outdoor ceremony truly memorable. Full-service restaurant, bar, and accommodations on-site.

Stoughton Country Club

Stoughton • stoughtoncountryclub.com • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Beautiful outdoor lakeside ceremony site overlooking Lake Kegonsa, a special setting for your special day.


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

The Venue

Janesville • thevenuejanesville.com • Indoor Seating: 300 Completely renovated historic landmark, located in downtown Janesville, with sweeping views of Rock River. Perfect venue for ceremonies and receptions.

Von Rutenberg Ventures

Madison • marinersmadison.com • 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 • watertowncc.com • 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 • wildroseranchofbaraboo.com • 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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One-of-a-kind Venue for your One-of-a-kind Day Breathtaking 110 year old Cathedral setting, paired with a modern reception facility/bar, all in one building • Non-denominational • Unparalleled beauty with 50’ domes and original stained glass • Receptions to 235 in the Angel’s Den Reception hall directly downstairs • Your choice of any caterer • Air-conditioned with elevator for those needing assistance • Affordable - exclusive use for an entire weekend! See additional Angel’s Den Reception information under the Receptions Section.

Chapel of the Archangels 839 Madison St., Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920)356-1900 • info@chapelofthearchangels.com www.chapelofthearchangels.com


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Distinctive as Your Wedding Day Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Avenue Madison, Wisconsin Wedding Coordinator: 608.213.7558 gracechurchmadison.org (find Marriage under Life Events)

Your day – our peaceful setting All are welcome

• indoor & outdoor ceremonies up to 300 guests • 130 acres of woods, restored prairie and lake • guest officiants and personal music welcome • experienced, professional staff

Contact us for more information

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• Extraordinary historic landmark at the heart of the UW campus • Simply elegant chapel seating up to 250 guests • Close proximity to many downtown reception venues • Charming hall with fireplace for intimate rehearsal dinner up to 70 • Newly renovated dining hall accommodating 114 for rehearsal dinners 731 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 608.216.7319 •preshouse.org • email: wedding@preshouse.org

Creative Look Studios

Newly Renovated historic landmark in the heart of downtown Janesville. The former church built in 1870 is a wonderful location that welcomes all. On-site coordinator to help make your wedding unique and awe inspiring. Ability to also host rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours, and wedding receptions. Comfortable ceremony seating up to 275 guests in an elegant chapel like setting.

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36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 608.373.9727 www.thevenuejanesville.com events@thevenuejanesville.com

Initial consulT Your wedding date • Location • Time of ceremony • Ideas based on things you have seen What you like and 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.

Cost BreakdowN Time

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


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.

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photos: Ann Gorgen Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography, LK Bridal Studio

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

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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 wedplan.com under Helpful Articles.


• 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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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.


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.

Couples want their ceremony service to feel personal and thoughtful. Instead of including readings just to follow tradition, couples are opting for including only those that are relevant and meaningful to their relationship. There is also an increase in non-traditional readings such as poems or stories from children’s books. Another fun twist being seen is opening the ceremony with a toast!

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.

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Initial consulT 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 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.

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.

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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 & 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 photo booth 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.

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.

Outdoor VenueS 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.

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.

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?

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.

photos: Azena Photography, Laura Zastrow Photography, Simply Glamorous Designs courtesy of The Wedding Flashers, East Elm Photography

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Cost BreakdowN 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.


Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, linens, serviceware, various licenses, and insurance.

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

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Maija Maier, Catering Sales Manager AND Lauren Kolnik, Event Manager Sheraton Madison Hotel

706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI • 608.251.8399 www.sheratonmadison.com The Sheraton Madison Hotel provides an effortless and memorable celebration space with catering for groups up to 400. You and your wedding guests can enjoy everything the Sheraton Madison has to offer from the café to the lounge, to the pool and even elevated club level guestrooms. The Sheraton Madison is able to host all your celebratory events under one roof, allowing your guests to take the elevator home at the end of the night! Maija started working in the hotel industry completely by accident. She states, “I worked in hotels throughout college which brought me to sales. I have also been involved in the local wedding market working with vendors in the Madison market from a very young age. The buzz and excitement of weddings always captured me!” Lauren had a very similar experience getting involved in the industry. She explains, “I worked in a four diamond resort through college and coordinated wedding ceremonies at my church. With developing a passion for the wedding and catering market, I quickly found my home in an Event Manager role.” The pair offers the following advice when it comes to choosing your wedding location: “When you select a venue, you’re also selecting individuals that you will be working very closely with on one of the most important days of your life. Choose someone you connect with and that you trust.” Maija and Lauren enjoy working with couples to make their wedding vision come to life, putting their heads and years of experience together to create the best wedding celebration possible! photo: Jas McDaniel Photography

Couples are thinking outside the box when it comes to the layout of tables in their reception venues. Mix and match different sizes and shapes, arrange tables in non-traditional patterns (chevron, horseshoe, etc.), or place the wedding party table in the center of the room with guest tables arranged around it.

Walk through the venue and try to envision your wedding. Will your dĂŠcor 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.

photos: Laura Zastrow Photography, Azena Photography, Meir Photography

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AmericInn lodge & Suites Beaver Dam • (920) 356-9000 americinnbeaverdam.com



Angell Park Sun Prairie • (608) 837-5252 angellparkspeedway.net



The Ball Room Portage • (608) 219-5423 theballroombanquets.com



Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center Baraboo • (608) 356-1096 baraboobanquet.com


Bellini Restaurant Madison • (608) 250-0097 bellinimadison.com



Betty Lou Cruises Madison • (608) 246-3138 bettyloucruises.com



Blackhawk Country Club Madison • (608) 231-2454 blackhawkcc.com



Bonefish Grill Madison • (608) 294-7906 bonefishgrill.com/locations/wi/madison



Brickhouse BBQ Madison • (608) 257-7675 thebrickhousebbq.com



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



Candlewood Suites Fitchburg • (608) 271-3400 www.candlewoodsuites.com/fitchburgwi



Capital Brewery Middleton • (608) 826-1081 capitalbrewery.com



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



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



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



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



Comfort Inn & Suites Featuring the North Star Conference Center Deforest • (608) 846-9100 northstarconference.com



Crowne Plaza Madison • (608) 243-1814 cpmadisonhotel.com



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



Deer Valley Lodge Barneveld • (888) 924-1601 deervalleylodgewi.com



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



Dorf Haus Roxbury • (608) 643-3980 foodspot.com/dorfhaus



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



in-house catering

Agora Pavilion Fitchburg • (608) 277-2592 fitchburgcenter.com

Cascade Mountain Portage • (608) 742-5588 cascademountain.com

outdoor area

ceremony site

# of banquet rooms

in-house catering



ceremony site

private catering OK

# of banquet rooms


outdoor area

capacity 5100 Bar Grill Banquet Dining McFarland • (608) 223-5100 5100bar.com

ceremony site


# of banquet rooms

ceremony site

in-house catering


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



Golden Mast Okauchee • (262) 567-7047 goldenmastinn.com



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



Goodman Community Center Madison • (608) 241-1574 www.goodmancenter.org



The Lageret Stoughton • (608) 921-6400 thelageret.com



Harvest Restaurant Madison • (608) 255-6075 harvest-restaurant.com



Lake Windsor Golf Club Windsor • (608) 846-4711 lakewindsor.com



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



The Madison Club Madison • (608) 255-4861 madisonclub.org



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



Madison Marriott West Middleton • (608) 831-2000 marriott.com/msnwe



Madison Masonic Center Madison • (608) 256-5734 madisonmasoniccenter.org



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



outdoor area

in-house catering

outdoor area

Ho-Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin Dells Hotel & Convention Center Baraboo • (800) 746-2486 ho-chunkgaming.com


Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West Madison • (608) 826-0500 wiscohotels.com



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





Hooker's Resort Poynette • (608) 635-7867 hookersresort.com

Magnuson Grand Hotel Madison • (608) 224-1500 magnusonmadison.com



Mariner’s Inn Madison • (608) 246-3120 marinersmadison.com



Howard Johnson Hotel Madison • (608) 244-2481 madisonwihotelhj.com



The Melting Pot Madison • (608) 833-5676 meltingpot.com/madison



Janesville Conference Center at Holiday Inn Express Janesville • (608) 741-1930 janesvilleconferencecenter.com






Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center Madison • (608) 261-4093 mononaterrace.com


Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton Middleton • (608) 831-2220 madisonwestmiddleton.hgi.com


private catering OK

# of banquet rooms


private catering OK

capacity The Edgewater Madison • (608) 535-8171 theedgewater.com

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





Sugarland Arena • (608) 795-4909 sugarland-weddings.com



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



Tyrol Basin Mt. Horeb • (608) 437-4135 tyrolbasin.com



The University Club Madison • (608) 262-5023 uclub.wisc.edu



The Venue Janesville • (608) 373-9727 thevenuejanesville.com



Watertown Country Club Watertown • (920) 261-5009 watertowncc.com



in-house catering

outdoor area

outdoor area

in-house catering

private catering OK

Stoughton Country Club Stoughton • (608) 873-7861 stoughtoncountryclub.com

private catering OK

ceremony site

ceremony site


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capacity The Oaks Golf Course Cottage Grove • (608) 837-4774 golftheoaks.com

Ovation 309 - Sky Club Madison • (608) 661-4309 ovation309.com


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


Park Hotel/Inn on the Park Madison • (608) 285-8000 innonthepark.net



Porta Bella Madison • (608) 256-3186 portabellarestaurant.biz



Pres House Chapel Madison • (608) 216-7319 preshouse.org



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





Radisson Hotel Madison • (608) 833-0100 radisson.com/madisonwi

Waunakee Village Center Waunakee • (608) 850-5992 waunakee.com/villagecenter





Rare Steakhouse Madison • (608) 204-9000 rareonthesquare.com

Wild Rose Ranch Baraboo • (608) 772-3403 wildroseranchofbaraboo.com



Samba Brazilian Grill Madison • (608) 257-1111 sambabraziliangrill.com




Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort/ Glacier Canyon Lodge WI Dells • (800) 867-9453 wildernessresort.com Wisconsin Brewing Company Verona • (608) 577-6669 wisconsinbrewingcompany.com



Wyndham Garden Hotel Fitchburg • (608) 274-7200 www.Wyndham.com/hotels33338



Sheraton Madison Hotel Madison • (608) 260-2304 sheraton.com/madison Spring Brook Resort WI Dells • (608) 254-1463 spring-brook.com



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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 • www.cpmadisonhotel.com 4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 wedplan.com • 1

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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.



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 • Theresa Johnson 608-217-5519 • www.coachmans.com 984 County Road A, Edgerton, WI 53534

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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 • www.dellscrystalroom.com 150 Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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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: 253 hotel rooms on site. Spectacular natural setting, nestled against the Baraboo bluffs. The Cliffhaus Ballroom has a spectacular view of the ski runs and natural forest.

Devil’s Head is a four season destination resort located approximately 30 miles north/west of Madison on 1200 lush acres in the beautiful Baraboo Bluffs. In the spring, summer and fall, Devil’s Head provides a spectacular location for your wedding venue. 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. Our Convention Services & Wedding Coordination Staff are dedicated to helping you create a truly memorable event. Their attention to detail and strong communication skills make planning an event smooth and enjoyable.

608-493-2251 • 800-472-6670 • www.devilsheadresort.com S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561

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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.



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 that The East Side Club is one of Madison’s longtime favorite Wedding Reception locations.

608-222-9131 • office@escmadison.com • www.escmadison.com 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714

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Located in: Wisconsin Dells Number of event spaces: 3 Minimum Capacity: Ask for Details Maximum Capacity: 700 Catering: In-house Service includes: Tables, Chairs, White or Black Linens, Serviceware, Barware, Bartender, Dance Floor, Wireless Mic, Cake Cutting and Serving Parking: Ample Complimentary Available On-site Special Features: The Glacier Canyon Conference Center Ballroom rental includes a bridal getting ready room, a gift opening room for the day after the wedding, and a hotel room for the bride and groom on the wedding night.


With over 20 years of experience, and spanning over 600 acres in Wisconsin Dells, the Wilderness Resort is the all-inclusive wedding destination of the Midwest. You and your guests will have everything you need to enjoy a wedding day or weekend getaway. The resort is home to Wild Rock Golf Club, Sundara Spa, Glacier Canyon Conference Center, and three different hotels (Wilderness Hotel, Glacier Canyon Lodge, and Wilderness on the Lake). There are restaurants for rehearsal dinners, spa services to calm your nerves, a championship golf course to entertain your guests, lodging, and family-focused amenities and attractions including spectacular waterparks. Bringing loved ones together is what Wilderness Resort does best, making it an ideal location to celebrate the joining of two families.

608-253-9729 • www.wildernessresort.com 511 E. Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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Rehearsal Dinners

Adrianne Munz Photography


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremonies

2011, 2012, 2014 Best Overall Wedding Vendor 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Best Reception Site


2013, 2014 and 2015

Private Parties

4628 Golf Road, Windsor, WI 608.846.4711 www.lakewindsor.com info@lakewindsor.com



The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club has a long standing reputation for being the premier hotel for weddings in Madison. Offering a combination of traditional settings and contemporary amenities, it’s easy to see why we were named Best Wedding Night Hotel by Wisconsin Bride. The elegant settings at The Madison Concourse Hotel are just the beginning. Our experienced catering staff and award winning chef set an unprecedented standard for working with each bride to ensure the day is everything you dreamed of. Let us take care of the details—from working with you to plan the menu and decorating the tables—to create a seamless experience so you arrive to your reception worry-free and can focus on celebrating with your family and friends.

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UNIVERSITY CLUB Weddings | Rehearsal Dinners | Events

www.uclub.wisc.edu | uclub@uclub.wisc.edu

PREMIER 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, Front Room Photography & Queens and Hearts Photography

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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 • www.DeerValleyLodgeWI.com

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 www.harvest-restaurant.com


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 • Luxurious Guest Rooms • Ample Complimentary Parking • Restaurant & Bar On-site

Madison at The American Center 608-249-4220 • eventplanner@sixtitles.com • www.hiamericancenter.com 5109 West Terrace Drive, Madison, WI 53718

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 • www.MadisonMasonicCenter.org


PARK HOTEL debuting Summer 2016

Inn on the Park is undergoing a complete transformation and will be all-new, inside and out. In celebration of 145 years as Madison’s only Capitol Square hotel we will once again be called PARK HOTEL.

Be one of the first to celebrate in Madison’s brand new (yet most historic) location.


Capitol Square at Carroll and Main (608) 285-8000 innonthepark.net weddings@innonthepark.net

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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. A Wedding Reception with dinner & dancing under the festive wedding tent in our paddock, carriage rides into the sunset.

6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison • (608)273-4900 • quiveysgrove.com

Creative Look Studios


Creative Look Studios

Creative Look Studios


Beautifully restored 1870’s former church on the National Register located in historic downtown Janesville. The Venue features three unique rooms to suit your needs for events ranging from 10-350 people. 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 608.373.9727 www.thevenuejanesville.com events@thevenuejanesville.com


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



A wedding favorite for

Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners Garden & gazebo for outdoor ceremonies & receptions . Dorf Gasthaus now available for overnight accommodations

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



Located in: Roxbury Total square footage: 6,000 sq ft # of event spaces: 1 Capacity: 50 -450 Catering: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, and More Parking: On-site Special Features: Large wooden dance floor, private bar, garden, gazebo, willow tree backdrop, raised stage. For 57 years the Dorf Haus has been regaling guests with delicious food and a warm atmosphere. Their multi-award winning establishment is nestled within the quaint German village of Roxbury and is the perfect spot for any couple that wants a unique atmosphere and great experience for their guests. The old world style building provides an enchanting setting for any wedding. Their staff maintains a top-notch reputation in the quality of food and service they offer. Unique and Festive and a true Gem, your guests will be talking about a Dorf Haus reception for years to come. Dorf Gasthaus now available for overnight accommodations.

608-643-3980 • www.foodspot.com/dorfhaus 8931 Cty Hwy Y, Sauk City, WI 53583

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Exquisitely Madison 1001 WISCONSIN PLACE • MADISON 800 922 5122 • THEEDGEWATER.COM Photo Credit: Front Room Photography



Located in: Madison Number of event spaces: 5 Maximum Capacity: 400 Catering: In-house Service includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Barware, and Event Coordinator Parking: On-site, Street, Public Ramp, Private Ramp, and Valet Special Features: A newly renovated historic hotel property with several ceremony site options as well. Lake Mendota and State Capitol views. Full-service spa onsite - hair, makeup, nails, skincare, treatments and more! The Edgewater has been providing a serene location for weddings, as a part of the Historic Hotels of America and the only venue on the waters of Lake Mendota, since 1948. Any couple that is looking for a quintessential Madison experience is one that would be a great fit for an Edgewater wedding - from the Lake Mendota views, to being in the heart of the UW-Madison area, to the Capitol views and the buzzing public events on The Plaza - there is always something to see and do. All this while also providing your guests an amazing experience unlike anywhere else in the state! The Edgewater allows for a couple’s vision to really come through and for the entire wedding party and guests to feel completely taken care of. With all The Edgewater has to offer, including a genuine love for their couples and Madison, it is no wonder they won Best of Madison and Star of Madison in 2015.

608-535-8200 • www.theedgewater.com 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703

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A beautiful new facility with breathtaking surroundings!

Seating for up to 480 • Available April through October

a 15 minute drive Northwest of Madison in Beautiful Roxbury, WI 4740 Just Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI • 608-837-4774 • golftheoaks.com



Located in: Cottage Grove Number of event spaces: 1 Capacity: 480 Catering: In-house Offered, Outside Licensed Caterers Accepted Service includes: Tables, Chairs, Event Coordinator, and Barware Parking: On-site Special Features: A spectacular outdoor event tent space is available – including chandeliers, cement flooring, ceiling fans, and a patio overlooking the beautiful golf course. For over 12 years, The Oaks Golf Course has been offering brides and grooms the freedom to develop the perfect wedding scenario. They allow couples the opportunity to make the venue space completely their own and in fact, encourage it! The Oaks Golf Course does not charge extra to have the ceremony on site, creating the ideal situation for moving directly into the cocktail hour or reception portion of your event without anyone having to buy time or drive. Seating can be comfortably accommodated for up to 480 guests, however the space also looks fantastic at seating of 200 or less. Couples get two free golf passes when putting down a deposit and also full access to the knowledge of the site’s Event Planner, Melissa, who has been planning weddings for 10 years. There are four area hotels providing free shuttle service to and from the venue. It is no surprise that the Oaks Golf Course was named Best of Madison Golf Course in 2013!

608.837.4774 • www.golftheoaks.com 4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527

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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 • info@5100bar.com • 5100bar.com


✦ Historic building in downtown Sun Prairie ✦ 5,500 Square feet of air conditioned space ✦ Raised stage, and large full-service bar ✦ Seating for up to 400 315 Park Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 608.837.5252 angellparkevents@gmail.com angellparkspeedway.net

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Happily Ever After Starts Here. • Unique & Historic Venue • Ceremonies and Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners & Bridal Showers • Three vintage rooms available • Professional coordinator • Customized catering & bar services • Seating for up to 300 in each room

323 Water Street, Baraboo • (608)356-1096 • info@BarabooBanquet.com • BarabooBanquet.com

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!

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Downtown Madison •

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Seats up to 225 for dinner. Access to an outdoor patio & gazebo. Complimentary suite for the Bride & Groom. Contact our wedding coordinator for property tours and details

Catering provided by the Tuscany Grill

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• Walk to Capital Brewery reception venue • Wedding group rates • Full hot breakfast buffet for guests included • 24 hour pool, hot tub and fitness center • Banquet rooms perfect for rehearsals or gift openings 7790 Elmwood Ave., Middleton • 608-664-5888 • Middletonsales@jankohotels.com • staybridge.com/madisonwest

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A unique mountain setting for your special event!

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The Angel’s Den Reception Hall

(part of the Chapel of the Archangels complex)

Double “J” Photography

• Modern Reception facility directly below the amazing sanctuary • Seating for 235 guests • Full bar and dance floor • Choose any caterer or have a pot-luck! • Choose any DJ! • Affordable rates with no minimums See more information about Chapel of the Archangels Ceremony Site under the Ceremony Sites section.

839 Madison St., Beaver Dam, WI 53916 • (920)356-1900 • info@chapelofthearchangels.com www.chapelofthearchangels.com

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Accommodates up to 400 people Complimentary Bridal Suite

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

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Outdoor Patio Seating for up to 200 Dance Floor


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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 • Happy Hour Over 400 listed wines

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Weddings & Receptions In The Beautiful Northwoods

Spring Brook is a perfect choice for your wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner. Stunning outdoor tent with chiffon ceiling liner, seating up to 300 Buffet-style or beautifully presented sit-down dinners On-site vacation home rentals for guests

For more information call Kyla at (608) 254-1463 or email KylaG@Spring-Brook.com Spring-Brook.com . 242 Lake Shore Dr. . Wisconsin Dells, WI

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alk down a lush natural aisle by a cascading fountain, 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.

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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 • stoughtoncountryclub.com

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

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

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Leaning Tree Photography

Watertown Country Club 1340 N. Water Street Watertown, WI 920-261-5009 shaun@watertowncc.com www.watertowncc.com

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

Receptions Rehearsal Dinners Showers and More

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SAY “I DO” then have a brew! for a unique, entertaining and unforgettable any. wedding day, check out wisconsin brewing comp oor we offer a variety of flexible indoor and outd ing settings, your choice of cater and entertainment, free brewery tours, ample on-street parking, and expert event staff to help bring it all together. cheers!

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The venue is perfect... With a breathtaking ballroom featuring high ceilings and a grand staircase, any event is sure to leave an impression. Contact our wedding coordinator for property tours and details

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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 Host your Rehearsal Dinner with us in our private dining room for up to 40 people.

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Initial ConsulT 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.)

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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 such as higher end packages for formal services that include china dishes or 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 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.

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The OptionS Plated:

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

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

Cute little 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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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.

Sampling appointments 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.

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 absolute final guest count 2-7 days before: Make final payment

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Fun Catering IdeaS In addition to your meal, discuss with your caterer creative additions that can be served as hors d’oeuvres or as a late night snack during the dance. Here are just a few fun ideas to inspire you: It’s Your Wedding...Make it Famous! Delicious, Memorable & Stress-Free Receptions • Bridal Showers • Celebrations Pick-up, Delivery OR Full Service Contact us to discuss your catering needs! 900 S. Park Street, Madison

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Local Food Bar

Think local when it comes to a self-service food or snack station and ask your caterer to fill it with foods that are special to the area or grown within 100 miles or less. Display a sign that tells guests which farm or business the food came from. Your out-of-town guests will appreciate being able to get something they cannot in their own hometown and your local guests will be enthusiastic to dine on such fan-favorites.

Hosted Stations

Your guests will love having a chef prepare a fresh meal option right on the spot. Ask your caterer if one of their chefs can host a station for fresh guacamole with chips, gazpacho, chopped salads, or other ideas.

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Think back to when you were young and incorporate your favorite childhood treat into your service. Classy cookies and milk served by white-gloved wait staff, an ice cream sundae bar, or even a slushy machine. These treats will leave the adult guests feeling nostalgic and the young ones will enjoy the childhood favorites.

Coffee Desserts

Help keep your guests dancing all night long with coffee infused desserts. Think espresso brownies, chocolate covered coffee beans, or even hire a mobile espresso bar. You can serve these treats in addition to your wedding cake or later on in the evening to give your guests an extra kick in their step. Make sure to have coordinating decaf options.

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No event is too big or too small! ROOKIES CATERING • HWYS 78 & 14 NORTH, PO BOX 505, BLACK EARTH, WI 608-767-5555 • ROOKIESFOOD.COM • CATER@ROOKIESFOOD.COM

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The Heritage Approach Heritage Catering brings to Madison and the surrounding areas, a finer craft approach to catering. Our team can bring you to a memorable culinary food and beverage experience unlike anyone else. We are ready to help personalize your event to the exact needs of you and your guests.




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Initial ConsulT Pictures or ideas of what you like • Picture of wedding gown (if you want to match style) • Wedding date • Reception location Idea of your budget • 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 or are attending 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Cost breakdowN 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.


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


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


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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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Cherie Levy, Owner Gigi’s Cupcakes

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

Bright colors and cakes showcasing unique shapes and themes. Still popular are shimmery pearl embellishments and cakes with a vintage or barn chic vibe. Customized macarons are increasing in popularity as special treats for guests.

Don’t copy another design exactly. Instead, give the decorator artistic license to incorporate your personalities and his or her own artistic ingenuity. photo: Twig & Olive Photography

554 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison, WI 53705 608.661.PINK (7465) • www.gigiscupcakesusa.com Gigi’s Cupcakes of Madison has been in business for 5 years offering over 60 different varieties of cupcakes. Gigi’s offers boutique cupcakes, mini cupcakes, custom cakes, cheesecakes, pies, and stuffed cookies. Cherie Levy, Owner, says, “We bake fresh each morning. If we have leftover cupcakes at the end of the night, they are driven to the Ronald McDonald House, American Family Children’s Hospital, or given to a requested charity. Giving back to the community is as important to us as selling cupcakes.” Cherie, originally a teacher, wanted to do something different when her twin daughters went off to college. “Opening a cupcakery was a natural fit”, Cherie explains. “I’ve always loved hosting parties and cupcakes are just plain fun. They are the perfect reason for a celebration.” Cherie notes that a big trend they are seeing are couples choosing mini cupcakes in order to give their guests additional flavor options to try. Gigi’s is also seeing couples preferring the “naked” or “rustic” cakes over the ornate, perfect looking cakes. Gigi’s knows it takes a great team to make your wedding a success. “We are very fortunate to have a Wedding and Event Coordinator on staff, plus a very knowledgeable management team,” Cherie notes. “We have the best crew in the business. The photo is of our managers. Look how much fun they are having!”

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Cake GallerY

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Creative Confections 3 Gigi's Cupcakes 4 sweet Street Bakery

5 Craig’s Cake Shop

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Cake GallerY

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1 Sweet Street Bakery 2 Craig’s Cake Shop

3 Gigi's Cupcakes

4 Carl’s Cakes & Market Street Catering

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Cake GallerY

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1 Creative Confections

Photo: Tim Fitch Photography

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Creative confections

designs by Alicia Russell

Set the mood with a confection that’s uniquely you. 608.455.1448 • www.creativeconfections.net

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Gigi’s Cupcakes make events stylishly sweet.

Our exquisitely decorated gourmet cupcakes are a favorite at weddings, parties and events. With over 100 varieties of cupcakes to choose from, call us today to schedule your event. GiGi’s CupCakes of Madison Hilldale Mall • 554 N. Midvale Blvd. • Madison, WI 53705 • (608) 661-PINK (7465) • GigisCupcakesUSA.com

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wedding favors dessert trays bridal showers Hold your shower at Chocolaterian, a cozy 100 year old landmark building on Madison’s east side.


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Initial ConsulT 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

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9-12 months Before: Book reservation and pick out chairs, tent size, and some of the larger, sought after products 6 months Before: Make final order 3-4 weeks before: Make final tweaks

: Some fun wedding rental trends are food features. To enhance the cocktail hour or dessert hour, specialty food carts can be brought out. Other food rental options such as popcorn or cotton candy machines have also been adding to the celebration. : Bohemian inspiration is making its way into reception dĂŠcor styling. Persian rugs and chaise lounges mixed with wood accents and mood lighting make for a cozy yet elegant feel.

wedplan.com photos: Simply Glamorous Designs courtesy of The Wedding Flashers, Meir Photography, Azena Photography, LK Bridal Studio


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 photo booth, caterer, and band.

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.

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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 during these months because of the greater demand and availability may be limited as well.


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.


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.

The optionS Arches Audio/visual equipment Candelabras Cardholders Centerpieces Chair covers Chairs Cotton Candy Machines Dance floor Decorations Dinnerware Drinkware Draping Flatware Food service Furniture Inflatables and games Lighting Linens Napkins Portable washrooms Popcorn Makers Tables Tents photos: The Wedding Flashers, Twig & Olive Photography, Meir Photography

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Initial ConsulT 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 • Quantity of reception tables Your save the date, photo of invitation if already chosen • 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) Quantity of corsages and boutonnieres you need (and whether moms and grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages)

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6 –18 months before: Schedule an initial consultation, as 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

Watch for earthy, non-traditional items (kale, twigs, hops, and other vegetation) to be added to floral designs. You will see brides opting to wear floral crowns and choosing oversized, cascading bouquets with layered foliage and berries. Also, just like in other aspects of the wedding, metallic options are huge this year. photos: The Wedding Flashers, East Elm Photography, Azena Photography, Melissa Grace 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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Cost breakdowN Consult Time

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

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.


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

Mother Nature

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

Prepping Products

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

Prepping Flowers

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

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.

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: East Elm Photography, Ilana Natasha Photography, Meir Photography

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Bouquet GallerY

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Madison Wedding Flowers 3 Victoria's Garden 4 Momentum Floral & DÉcor

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Tiffany Esser, Owner Momentum Floral and Décor

1821 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562 608.824.1121 • www.momentumfloral.com Momentum Floral and Décor is a full service florist, with a brick and mortar establishment located in Middleton, offering many years of floral design experience. They strive to create weddings and events that have a lush and elegant look while still meeting the client’s vision to ensure wedding day dreams become a reality. Tiffany Esser, Owner, has formal training in Interior Design and uses these skills to create with Mother Nature’s media. Tiffany notes that, “Wedding floral design is a tech-savvy industry and is given mass attention via the internet, Pinterest, and a multitude of other global offerings.” Momentum Floral and Décor has embraced these technological components and offers an interactive consultation where they tap into these resources alongside the couple to create a unique wedding day image board. “Our best advise it to remain flexible on your special day,” Tiffany says. “Flowers encompass the uniqueness and beauty of nature. Nature can mean imperfections. Not every petal of a flower is exact, nor can colors be duplicated to an exact shade. Like snowflakes, no two flowers are identical and we find these imperfections to be the true beauty of nature. However, our florists will work with you to get your vision as close to reality as possible.” Momentum Floral and Décor’s tag line sums it up: “Bringing people joy through beauty is our passion.” photos: Jas McDaniel Photography, East Elm Photography, Ilana Natasha Photography

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The Flower Studio PLANNING











“Candy did the flowers for our wedding and they were amazing! We wanted a natural look and she exceeded our expectations with the amazing bouquets and corsages she made. They were incredibly beautiful, reasonably priced, unique and held up well even days after the wedding.” Camille~ 2015 “Candy did an amazing job with the flowers for our wedding! They were everything I had envisioned and they were absolutely beautiful!! She was a pleasure to work with and was willing to do anything I wanted done to make the flowers perfect. And they were!” Wendy~ 2015

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Bringing people joy through beauty is our passion Offering Complimentary Interactive Consultations

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Popular PetalS Courtesy of Simply Glamorous Designs at Oregon Floral Peonies Garden Roses Roses Hydrangeas Calla Lilies Dahlias Gerbera Daisies Ranunculus Anemones Lisianthus

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Hometown A-Fair Partyscape

Coordination, Design & Paper Goods: Paperworks Design Co. Photography: Azena Photography Venue: Quivey's Grove Rentals: Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals Florals: Madison Wedding Flowers Sweets & Treats: Sweet Street Bakery

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Modern ElegancE

Modern Elegance Partyscape

Coordination & Design: Cherry Blossom Events Florals: Garden Laurels by Donna Sager Rentals: Event Essentials Photography: Laura Zastrow Photography Paper Goods: Sugar River Stationers Cake: Creative Confections Chocolates: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Venue: The Edgewater wedplan.com 243

The Mood of LovE

The Mood of Love Partyscape

Coordination, Design & Rentals: Event Essentials Florals: Flora Designs by Jamae Photography: Tim Fitch Photography Paper Goods: Paper Piper Designs Chocolates: Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier Venue: The Lageret

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Cool SophisticatioN

Cool Sophistication Partyscape

Coordination, Design, Florals & Linens: Neira Event Group Photography: Twig & Olive Photography Paper Goods: Sugar Pear Design Cake & Confections: Madison Sweets Venue: Trappers Turn Golf Club

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Hopsily Ever AfteR

Hopsily Ever After Partyscape

Coordination. Design & Florals: Momentum Floral & Décor Rentals: Á La Crate Vintage Rentals Photography: Ilana Natasha Photography Paper Goods: LK Bridal Studio Cake & Cupcakes: Gigi's Cupcakes Venue: Capital Brewery

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Pure Sweet LovE

Pure Sweet Love Partyscape

Coordination, Design, Florals & Rentals: Simply Glamorous Designs at Oregon Floral Photography: The Wedding Flashers Paper Goods: Sarah B. Rentals: Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals Cake & Cookies: Craig's Cake Shop Venue: Sugarland

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Initial ConsulT 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 in (album, portraits, book, digital files, etc.)

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Immediately After Engagement: Book photography services and 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

Couples are asking their photographers to focus in on candid shots throughout the night rather than an extra-long list of formal group portraits. Boudoir photography is also making it to the top of the list for wedding gift options exchanged between the bride and groom. photos: Abbots Lane, East Elm Photography, Ann Gorgen Photography, Tim Fitch Photography

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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 photographer's ‘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.

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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.

Ilana Natasha, Owner ilana Natasha photography

30 W. Mifflin Street, 6th Floor, Madison, WI 53703 608-345-4461 | www.ilananatasha.com

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.

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.

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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.”

Number of Photographers: There is a price that comes

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.”

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.

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.

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 keepsakes to remind you of every priceless moment.

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.

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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.


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.


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.

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Captivated from an early age by the love of taking pictures, photography has become a passion for Lacey Vandermeer of Woodville Dream Photography. She’s been capturing moments in time professionally for nine years. Lacey says, “My clients would describe me as not afraid to push the limit. I’ve been known to climb a tree, lie down in the middle of the street, get into the water, and face my fear of heights so my clients get that perfect shot. Creative and with an eye for detail, I get to know my clients to ensure they receive a very personal experience and photos unique to them. What you will notice in the photos I take is the deep connection and caring I feel for my clients.” Although Woodville Dream Photography focuses mainly on weddings , Lacey also photographs social events, commercial work, families and high school seniors. She notes, “I love to capture any moment and make it still—to make the memory last forever.” She also says she loves to utilize surrounding light to make the photo, rather than using a lot of editing.

It makes Lacey the happiest getting to know her clients and giving them something so special. One of Lacey’s favorite quotes, from photographer Annie Leibovitz, “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” Lacey thinks of this every time she is working to capture those priceless moments.

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The OptionS 1. The light on your favorite wedding photos looks like:

a. Natural light outdoors or from the candles and twinkle lights at the reception. b. Nice, even light that will show you at your best. c. You'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. You barely want to see them. You just want to enjoy the day with your family and friends. b. A fair amount. You want your photographer to tell you where to stand and what to do. c. A lot. You 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 terms will be helpful in narrowing down the myriad of photography options, ultimately the best photographer for you will be the one 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. photos: Twig & Olive Photography, East Elm Photography

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See yourself as the beautiful, self-assured, and sexy woman your husband-to-be fell in love with by doing a boudoir session before your wedding day! You will feel comfortable having your personality captured in this exciting new way as boudoir photographers are experienced in understanding the photo shoot is all about you. Leave the studio feeling more confident, with a radiance shining through, and a secret surprise to share. Your new husband will love this beautifully intimate and personal gift you give him on your wedding night, honeymoon, or first anniversary.

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The OptionS There are so many fun ways including photo booths, step and repeat backdrops, and mobile flipbook studios that allow you to entertain your guests but also capture those behind-the-scenes moments.

photo booths: Guests love getting into a photo booth, plotting their poses, and picking out props. They walk away with their own photo and the couple has a copy placed in their very own scrapbook keepsake.

Step and Repeat: Customized step and repeat backdrops allow your guests to show off their formal attire as they enter the celebration and feel like a celebrity walking into a red carpet event!

Flipbooks: With a mobile flipbook studio, guests step in front of a camera to create a short video clip. Within minutes, this recording is turned into a personalized and completely customizable flipbook! Not only do your guests walk away with a fun favor, but everyone is also able to enjoy the entertainment other guests provide while creating their video clips.

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What to AsK How long have you been in business and do you have references? It is important to pick a company with a proven track record of successful events. A reputable company would have a history of satisfied clients.

Where are you located? You will want to know if it is a local company or if any additional travel fees are involved, if out of the area.

Are you licensed and insured? You will want to know

this especially if your venue requires vendors to carry liability insurance. It will also help determine professionals vs. amateurs.

Do you have a contract? You will want to make sure it states

a plan if something goes wrong the day of your event, or with any images that are to be provided following your event.

Do you offer packages, and what is included? Packages

may include a certain amount of hours including set-up and teardown, an attendant, on-site prints, scrapbooks, web galleries or discs, props, and even personalized strips.

What does the booth look like? Some photo booths are

enclosed while others are open backdrops. You will want to know if the look of the booth or backdrop is appealing to you for your event.

Can I see a sample of the end product? Photo booths print in a variety of formats, so it is a good idea to see what the prints will look like, such as how many photos appear on the strip, how big each image is, and what the color options are.

You will want to make sure you hire a reputable company that has professional grade equipment with a high resolution camera. Some may be using web cams and ink jet printers, which will not give you a quality end product.

Kick your step and repeat backdrop up a notch and have it personalized with your name or wedding monogram.

Mark Forss, Owner and Chief PhotoBoothographer the PhotoBooth

Madison and Greater Wisconsin area | 800-901-1007 www.globalphotobooth.com A veteran of over 1,800 wedding receptions during the past thirty years, Mark Forss, owner of the PhotoBooth, began in 1982 offering entertainment services. After watching guests struggle with paper box table cameras at a wedding reception, Mark’s concept for the PhotoBooth was born. Since he created the PhotoBooth, Mark has brought fun, joy, and special memories to hundreds of wedding couples and families around the state. When it comes to what makes the PhotoBooth unique, Mark says, “It is like giving everyone a happy pill! They go in and come out smiling, laughing, and having a great time. Folks are creating special memories to cherish for years with all the photos. You don’t get that experience with flowers or cupcakes!” To get the most out of the PhotoBooth experience, Mark explains that, “You cannot treat a PhotoBooth like hors d’oeuvres - using it for only a short time is not the way to do it. You really need to have it available during the entire reception, to collect some very special memories.” He continues with, “You need to have a scrapbook at the PhotoBooth, one in which guests will write notes to you – that’s number one – we offer a special handcrafted scrapbook that our clients rave about. A great attendant, props, and a high quality PhotoBooth are also essential!”

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Initial ConsulT 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?

Emergencies happen, such as equipment malfunctions, illness, etc. Find out if they offer refunds, 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.

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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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Cost breakdowN 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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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.

Ceremony Recording

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

Photo Shoot Recording

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

Reception Recording

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

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.

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.

Honeymoon Montage

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

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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Initial ConsulT 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 your ceremony/reception location has its own sound system Whether you want vocalists, instrumental music, DJ, or a combination • Whether you want dancing music, background music, or both Whether you prefer live music for your ceremony or don’t mind if a vocalist uses music recordings as a background

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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

Brides and grooms are leaning more towards giving the professionals creative control over the mix of music at the reception entrusting their expertise in keeping the dance floor full. Couples are also gravitating towards live music (string quartets to saxophone players) during the reception dinner then switching over to a DJ for the dance. photos: Thrive Photography & Films, Melissa Grace Photography, The Wedding Flashers, Tim Fitch Photography

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What to asK How can I hear you perform, live or CD? What is the experience of the person who is doing my wedding, and do they have references? Can I meet the professional that will be performing at my wedding? Do you have liability insurance? What is your set list, and how do you handle special requests? Will you provide a sound system? What kind of backup equipment/instruments do you have? What do you plan on wearing? What is your cancellation policy? What is included in the price, and are there overtime fees? Are you keeping up with changes in the industry? 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?

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.

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Komlan Assignon, Owner/DJ C’Est La Vie Events & Entertainment

800.501.2295 • info@clvevents.com www.clvevents.com Your wedding deserves a professional and gifted DJ who takes care of your special day with class. Komlan Assignon, Owner of C’Est La Vie Events & Entertainment, says, “We strive to keep the spotlight on the bride and groom while making sure your guests are having a great time on the dance floor.” The company ensures quality sound for your event by utilizing professional audio equipment specifically designed for weddings. The DJs will work directly with you and your vendors to create a comprehensive and easy process for your wedding day. They are also dedicated to providing outstanding customer service by discussing your needs then delivering them. “Our philosophy regarding customer service is elementary, yet revolutionary. We actually listen!” says Komlan. “Then we customize your event based on your input. We consult and collaborate with you on various aspects of the entire day to determine the ingredients that will produce the most enjoyable scenario.” The entire staff at C’Est La Vie is committed to making your event a memorable and positive experience. Their highly trained professionals will put together a fun and unforgettable party your guests, friends, and family will talk about for years to come.

Cost breakdowN Number of musicians

The greater the size of the group, the higher the price.


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.


More education, experience, and higher demand translates to a smoother, more professional performance, but possibly a higher price.

Instruments or 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.

The optionS DJs

Keep the dance floor moving with talented professionals that emcee while they keep the tunes flowing.


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.


Performers such as singers, harpists, pianists, and saxophonists provide the perfect accompaniment to the ceremony.


Duos, trios, and quartets provide elegant music for both the ceremony and reception.

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1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars 2. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon 3. Watch Me – Silento 4. Cheerleader – OMI 5. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer 6. Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor 7. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weekend 8. Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo 9. Jump Around – House of Pain 10. Cupid Shuffle – Cupid

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I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack You'll Be in My Heart - Phil Collins What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

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The first dance as a married couple is one of the most anticipated moments of a wedding! It is a special intimate moment for you and your partner to enjoy during a very public day. To ensure the best possible choreographed dance, begin practicing with your dance instructor about 6 months prior to your wedding date. This ensures you have plenty of time to become comfortable with your steps, your song, and the style of dance you choose. Whether you want a simple first dance, or a fully choreographed routine, and whether your wedding will have a DJ or a live band, professionals will be able to guide you in the right direction. The best part about learning to dance for your wedding? It’s a skill you and your spouse will be able to enjoy for life!

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Initial ConsulT 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?

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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.

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

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. photos: Laura Zastrow Photography, Meir Photography, The Wedding Flashers, Thrive Photography & Films

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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 over time? 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? What is your cancellation and refund policy?

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.


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

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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 which means there may be different rates for different days.


Bonus features such as TV’s, mini-bars, bottles of champagne, etc., may impact the cost.


Gratuity is typically in addition to the agreed upon fee. 15-20% is the standard amount. photo: Azena Photography

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!

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 10 passengers Stretch Limousine: Styles can seat from eight to ten 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.

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TIPS Hire professional transportation for the wedding party to help ease the stress of coordinating individual rides or worrying about designated drivers. Plus, it’s more fun traveling together in style! Be creative with your ride (ask your professional what options are available including special limos or cars) while still ensuring that the vehicle(s) you choose will fit your needs. Consider shuttles for your guests to and from the hotel to both the ceremony and reception locations. This is especially helpful for out-of-town guests who are not familiar with the area and also gives everyone a safe ride at the end of the evening. For special guests, go the extra mile and arrange airport transportation. Let them ride in style as a special thank you for coming from afar to celebrate with you. If you have specific guests traveling to and from particular destinations, it is a good idea to give them a timeline and the driver a call sheet of whom to expect so no one is left behind. Don’t forget to leave room for the photographer!

Give the driver an emergency contact phone number in case any issues arise during the shuttling of the guests. Be sure it is not the bride or groom’s number as the couple should just be enjoying their day. If the bride and groom will have professional transportation at the end of the evening, make advanced arrangements with someone who will be responsible for transporting the gifts. When determining your mode of transportation, whether a grand entrance on a horse, a stylish exit on a motorcycle, or an elegant cruise in a limo, consider what you are wearing and how that will affect dismount or exit.

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Initial ConsulT 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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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

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.

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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.

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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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.


Services such as parking or asking the hotel staff to distribute welcome bags to guests can influence the bottom line.


Perks for booking a block of rooms such as a free bridal suite, room upgrades, free meals, etc., can add value to your purchase.

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.

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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 traveling 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, band-aids, 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!

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Wedding WebsiteS Create a wedding website to give your guests the details they may need for your wedding. This will also help create some excitement leading up to the events of the day. You can find a variety of wedding website (wedsite) builders online. But here are some thoughts to get you started:


Start the website as soon as you have a few of the initial plans in place, so you can develop it based off the look and feel for the wedding. Creating the site early in the planning stages will also allow you to include the URL on save the dates.


Many web services offer the ability to choose from a variety of templates and color schemes. We recommend trying to use the same colors and fonts that will be in your stationery pieces to help tie everything together.


Make sure to include the basics of who, what, when and where, including the couple’s names, engagement or other desired photos, dates, locations, and details of each event on the list of happenings.


Guests enjoy stories about how the couple met or the exciting story of the proposal. This is also the place to add a little enjoyment with additional snapshots or short video clips. You can also include short bios of the wedding party to allow everyone to “get to know each other” before the big day!


Although it is not proper etiquette to include registry information on the invitation itself, it is acceptable to put a registry URL on the wedding website.

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Initial ConsulT 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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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

More than anything else, couples are booking honeymoons that offer all-inclusive, adults-only luxury options for relaxing after the “I Dos".

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What to asK 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. 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.

What is a realistic budget?

It is often difficult to gauge the entire cost once everything is factored in, including the resort, food, transportation, travel documents, insurance, etc.

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.

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.

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Cost breakdowN Booking schedule

Book early to receive better rates and a wider variety of options.


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.

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.

Book a honeymoon destination and accommodations that fit your specific vision and personalities as a couple. Use a travel agent as most do not charge service fees, have firsthand knowledge, and can secure better rates and honeymoon extras that you could not find online on your own. photo: Twig & Olive Photography

All you need is love and the beach! That’s where we come in… We specialize in luxury all-inclusive honeymoons, destination weddings and romance travel.

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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. Be sure to check things off as they are completed.

; Discuss budget, size and style of the wedding. Decide who pays for what.

; Make all transportation arrangements to and from the wedding and the reception.



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). ;

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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 (photo booth, flipbook, DJ, etc.).


; 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. ;

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Begin passport acquisition process.

Compile the guest list and guests' addresses.

Consult with stationer about save the date design concept.

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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.

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. ;

; 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.

; Create gift registries and continue to update them every couple of weeks. ;

Order ice sculpture.


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. ;

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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.



Place your formalwear orders.

Finalize order for any rental items including serviceware, linens, dĂŠcor, etc. ;

; Meet with stationer to determine style and colors; place order and begin proofing process. ;

Implement diet and exercise program.

Sign up for dance lessons. Choreograph special dance routine to “wow� guests. ;


Select and order mothers dresses.

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.

; 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 including guest books, hosted bar signs, etc.


Meet with ceremony and reception musicians/DJs to choose music. ;

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Final appointment with ceremony site coordinator to solidify final plans.

Plan seating arrangements for the rehearsal dinner and reception.

; Final appointment with reception site coordinator to solidify final plans.

; Complete change of address information for post office, if necessary.




; Confirm formalwear choices; check that all men have been measured.

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.


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.


; Review this checklist to make sure nothing has been missed.

Keep current with “Thank You� notes for showers and early wedding gifts. ;

; 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. ; ;

Review all details. Walk through the entire event considering things like parking, access for handicapped guests, etc.




Break in wedding shoes.

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.



Review final details for those in the wedding party.

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Finalize orders for programs and day-of wedding accessories.



Inform or send rehearsal invitations including exact time and location to those who will attend the rehearsal/ rehearsal dinner.

Make final payment to travel agent.

; Inquire about where bride, groom, and attendants will dress for the ceremony.

Apply for marriage license. Be sure to bring all needed documents. ;

Make final tweaks to rental items list, if necessary.


Turn in 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.


Pack for the honeymoon.

; Enjoy a day with family and friends. Visit a day spa, have a massage, a facial, and relax. ; Check in with officiant, caterer, photographer, videographer, musicians, DJ, florist, driver, etc. to finalize and verify details.


Pick up wedding gown, un-­bag gown at home after pickup.


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). ;


Drop off guest welcome bags for hotel to distribute.

; 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.


Get hair, makeup, etc. done.


Get married!


Return rented formalwear.


Mail wedding announcements.

Return other rental items.



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Use totals from the following worksheet pages.

Estimate Actual Bridal Gown (include alterations)






Headpiece/Accessories Groom's Tuxedo Bride's Rings

Groom's Ring

Invitations/Stationery Photography Videography


Wedding Cake/Confections Flowers

Ceremony Costs (officiant, venue, license) Ceremony Decorations Reception Decorations Rental Equipment Favors

Food/Beverage Catering Rehearsal Dinner

Reception Venue Rental

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Reception Entertainment (photo booth, flipbook, dance lessons) ___________________________ Transportation


Bride's Gift


Gifts (attendants, parents, others) Groom's Gift Honeymoon TOTALS

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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: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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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.

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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: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Be sure to order extra and everything at once! Quantity



Save the Dates

__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________


Wedding Announcements

__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________


Response Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Place Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Escort Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Table Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Menu Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Guest Book

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Thank You Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Thank You Gifts

__________________________________________ __________________________________


Specialty Cards

__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________



__________________________________________ __________________________________

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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


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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: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Registration Checklist Dining: Casual


Dining: Formal














Outdoor/Sporting Goods





Gifts for others

For Price



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



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Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________


Personal Attendant

Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________



Gift Item(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________

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Shower No. 1

Host/Hostess: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Location/Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Date: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Time: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Type of Shower: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Thank You

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Shower No. 2

Host/Hostess: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Location/Address: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Time: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Type of Shower: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



Thank You

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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 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


























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Bride's Hair and Makeup Salon: ______________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Stylist: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Appointments:


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

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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 ; Bride & Groom to Hotel ; Others to Ceremony ; Others to Reception ; Other Transportation:


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Music Ceremony

Musicians: 1)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________________________________ Musicians: 2)__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________________________ Price: __________________________________________________________________

Musical Selections:

Processional: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ceremony: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Recessional: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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

; Photo booth ; Flipbooks ; Other

Professional: ________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________

Salesperson: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised: __________________________________________________________________

Price: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Details: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dance lessons Professional: _______________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lesson Dates: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Price: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Details: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



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Photography Studio Name: _______________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Photographer’s Name: _______________________________________________________ Price: ____________________________________________ Take list to photographer: discuss which shots are posed, candid, in color, or black & white.




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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


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

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 _______________________________

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 _____________________________

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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

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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: __________________________________________________________________ ;









Capture these moments, special people, etc.

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Floral & 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)

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; Presentation Flowers (Catholic ceremony)

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; Guest Book Table

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; Cake Top/Table (on or around)

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; Reception Ceiling

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; Around Dance Floor

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; Toss Bouquet

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; Bar Décor

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; Bathroom Décor

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; Bridal Suite

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Other Décor


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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: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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The ceremony Site: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________________ Contact: _______________________________________________________ Officiant: ____________________________________________________ Costs: _________________________________________________________

Date: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Time: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Arrival Time: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Premarital Counseling Dates & Times:

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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, bridesmaid 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.)


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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 Officiant

Bridesmaid Bridesmaid

Mother of the Bride


Father of the Bride



Maid of honor

Father of the Groom



Mother of the Groom





Best Man



Groomsman Groomsman

Maid of Honor





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.

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The honeymoon Travel Agency: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________ Contact: __________________________________________________________________ Destination: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Departure Date: _____________________________________ Return Date: ______________________________________________________________ Travel Notes: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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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 Sleepwear

Make-up/Skin Care

Lotions/Sunscreen/Bug Repellent

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Tooth Brushes

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His Underwear Hats


Shave Cream/Razors/Aftershave

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Gifts gift opening party

Location: ____________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________________________ Time: __________________________________________________________________



Thank You

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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-ツュaddressed, stamped envelope and a request that they return it to you.): ; Medical Care Provider ; Banks

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County Tax Assessor

Credit Card Companies

Employer (fill out new W-2)

Estate Planning/Retirement Documents Insurance Companies

Investment Companies Leases and Mortgages Legal Documents



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Professional License窶年otification Letter State Tax Commission

Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue U.S. Passport

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(p. 38-39) 12 14th Avenue, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-4436 • www.brandisbridal.com When you walk into Brandi’s, you will not feel like you are in a bridal store in Wisconsin! The modern atmosphere is topped off with personalized service that will make every bride feel special! A 3D runway turns you into a bride on your wedding day! Brandi’s has over 500 bridal gowns and 1,000 bridesmaid dresses to choose from, with an unparalleled selection of mother’s dresses! Brandi's has been voted “Wisconsin's Best” 10 years running!


(p. 43) 140 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 (608) 524-8133 • www.bridesnbells.com e-mail: brides@rucls.net Brides N' Belles has over 30 years of bridal experience. Their boutique offers over 500 bridal gowns, more than 500 bridesmaid dresses, and over 200 mother of the bride or groom dresses. With their trained consultants they guarantee a very memorable shopping experience. Their store accommodates for larger groups, offering private showrooms for you and your guests. They also offer free financing, and storage of your bridal gown. Appointments are recommended for bridal and bridesmaid shopping.

CONTOURS LINGERIE (p. 43) 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 fittings 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.

MOMENTS TO CHERISH BRIDALS ETC., LLC (p. 42) 303 E. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 848-LOVE • www.momentstocherishbridals.com e-mail: momentstocherishbridals@gmail.com 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, 50) 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 4522 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-3131 Janesville Mall, Janesville, WI 53545 • (608) 752-2828 www.nedrebos.com • e-mail: info@nedrebos.com

PREMIERE COUTURE (p. 44) 145 W. Main Street, Cambridge, WI (608) 423-2272 • www.premierecouture.com e-mail: premierecouture@gmail.com 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 WeddingWire.com and Facebook.)


(p. 40) 101 E. Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-6107 • www.marahselegantbridal.com e-mail: elegantbridal@mhtc.net

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SISTERS ON MAIN (p. 44) Cross Plains, WI • (608) 798-2323 www.sistersonmain.com e-mail: sistersonmain@hotmail.com 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.

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7857 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI (608) 833-6006 • www.verasbridals.com e-mail: info@verasbridals.com Family owned since 1964, they are Wisconsin’s bridal experts. Vera’s has been named Winner of "Best of Bridal" for nine years running! Features include spacious private show rooms, over 500 bridal gowns from traditional to couture, and bridesmaids’ gowns starting at $145. Vera's has friendly and expertly trained consultants who will assist in finding the gown of your dreams. Vera's offers premier alterations and design services for many of their gowns. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.

VERY TRES CHIC (p. 41) 405 2nd Street, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-3100 • www.verytreschic.com e-mail: verytreschic@gmail.com Experience a magical atmosphere previewing a lavishly curated line of gowns and accessories appealing to a Very Tres Chic woman. The remarkable inventory features contemporary and vintage bridal along with alternative and evening gowns not available anywhere else. Very Tres Chic offers a HUGE selection of accessories including jewelry, veils, wraps, furs, feathers, and fringe! "VTC" is the OPPOSITE of "Big Box" offering intimate, experienced, and creative boutique styling at affordable prices! Ask about their tea parties! Downtown New Glarus.

ANIU SALON AND SPA (p. 70) 2275 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 833-2898 • www.aniusalonandspa.com e-mail: events@aniuonline.com 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. 71) 425 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison, WI 53719 (608) 271-2771 • www.beinspiredsalon.com e-mail: info@beinspiredsalon.com

THE EDGEWATER SPA (p. 76) 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703 (800) 922-5512 • www.theedgewater.com e-mail: weddings@theedgewater.com

ELEVATION SALON & SPA (p. 30, 76) 15 N. Butler Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 661-3636 • www.elevationspa.net e-mail: info@elevationspa.net Located in the heart of downtown Madison, Elevation Salon & Spa offers a wide range of services to provide the best experience possible. Elevation prides itself on being able to work with both men and women in preparation for the big day. Whether it is planning a bachelorette event, or working with the bridal party day-of, their talented staff is able to create the look you’ve dreamed of. From hair and make-up, to waxing and facials, Elevation does it all! ESCAPADE SALON

(p. 72) 4102 Lien Road, Suite B, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-1966 • www.escapadesalon.com e-mail: mail@escapadesalon.com

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Beauty & HealtH (cont.) HARBOR ATHLETIC CLUB & WELLNESS STUDIOS (p. 73) 2529 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-6500 • www.harborathletic.com e-mail: marketing@harborathletic.com 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.

KNEADED RELIEF DAY SPA & WELLNESS (p. 31, 78) 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, Suite 126, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 255-0070 • www.kneadedreliefdayspa.com e-mail: info@kneadedreliefdayspa.com 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! LEXA’S LUXURIOUS LOOKS (p. 77) (414) 430-6566 • www.lexasluxuriouslooks.com e-mail: glamondemandofwi@gmail.com Lexa's Luxurious Looks is the perfect option for brides wanting to relax on their wedding morning. A team of professional makeup artists and hair stylists bring a mobile professional studio to the location of your choice with products from MAC to Giorgio Armani and Dior to Smashbox – they have it all! Airbrush makeup and false lash application is also available. They specialize in trendy, romantic, and vintage styles sure to appease to every bride and work with any party size.

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MERITER – UNITYPOINT HEALTH (p. 31, 74) Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 6408 Copps Avenue, Monona, WI 53716 (608) 417-6175 • www.meriter.com/cosmetic TEMPTD SALON & SPA

(p. 77) 6316 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53716 (608) 819-6400 • www.temptdsalon.com e-mail: temptdsalon@gmail.com Temptd Salon and Spa is located five miles from downtown Madison and one block north from the Beltline in Monona. They can accommodate large bridal group services including makeup, nails and hair. Wedding day bridal packages are also available. Let the experts at Temptd Salon & Spa help fulfill your vision on your special day.


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.


(p. 75) Lake Point Commons 2701-H University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 238-3334 • www.williamjonsalonspa.com

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110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 825-3377 • www.marketstreetdiner.com e-mail: market@foodfightinc.com

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CHOCOLATERIAN CAFE (p. 211) 2004 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 Madison Public Library: 201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 249-1156 • www.chocolateriancafe.com e-mail: info@chocolateriancafe.com Let Chocolaterian help make your celebration delicious. The 100-year-old 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. CRAIG’S CAKE SHOP (p. 208) 604 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 848-6331 • www.craigscakeshop.com Voted Wisconsin Bride Magazine’s Best Cakes for six 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. 208) 4282 Old Stage Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521 (608) 455-1448 • www.creativeconfections.net e-mail: alicia@creativeconfections.net GAIL AMBROSIUS CHOCOLATIER (p. 30) 2086 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 249-3500 • www.gailambrosius.com e-mail: katharine@gailambrosius.com

GIGI’S CUPCAKES (p. 30, 201, 209) 554 N. Midvale Boulevard, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 661-PINK (7465) www.gigiscupcakesusa.com/weddings e-mail: gigismadison@yahoo.com


(p. 209, 236) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 • e-mail: 1391clubmgr@hy-vee.com West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608) 277-6735 e-mail: 1392cateringmgr@hy-vee.com Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608) 273-5120 e-mail: 1184cateringmgr@hy-vee.com www.hy-vee.com


(p. 210) W4743 10th Road, Westfield, WI 53964 (608) 369-1314 • www.countrycakescatering.com e-mail: info@theknockshoppe.com 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. 210) 511 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 630-9030 • www.mysweetmadison.com e-mail: info@mysweetmadison.com MSCO PATISSERIE (p. 211) 918 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 442-8009 www.madisonsourdough.com/mscopatisserie e-mail: maureengbond@gmail.com SUZANNE’S SWEET ARTISTRY

(p. 211) PO Box 584, DeForest, WI 53532 (608) 842-0600 • www.sweetsuzannes.com e-mail: suzanne@sweetsuzannes.com

SWEET STREET (p. 211) N9229 Old Madison Road, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-CAKE(2253) • www.sweetstreetbakery.com e-mail: julie@sweetstreetbakery.com wedplan.com 365

CaterinG THE BALL ROOM (p. 169, 196) 112 E. Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901 (608) 219-5423 • www.theballroombanquets.com e-mail: ganzmc@gmail.com The Ball Room features a kitchen staff with Five Star - Five Diamond experience, at Portage prices! Hold your event at The Ball Room’s facility with up to 250 guests, or have them cater to your location. The Ball Room offers a 100% customizable experience - choose from their amazing entrée selections or have them create a personalized menu to suite your needs. BUNKY’S CAFE & CATERING (p. 193) 2425 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 204-7004 • www.bunkyscafe.net e-mail: bunkyscafe@yahoo.com Let Bunky’s help customize a menu for your wedding 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. Bunky’s Cafe is also available for private functions.

CARL’S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING (p. 207) 110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 608) 825-3377 • www.marketstreetdiner.com e-mail: market@foodfightinc.com 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.

CRESCENDO MOBILE BAR (p. 194) 1859 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711 www.crescendomobilebar.com e-mail: cait@crescendomadison.com 366 Wedding planner AND Guide

DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT (p. 196) East: 4833 Anamark Dr., Madison, WI 53704 (608) 249-4205 West: 8225 Greenway Boulevard, Suite 120, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 827-9000 • www.dickeys.com e-mail: dickeysofmadisoncaterings@gmail.com

FAMOUS DAVE’S BBQ (p. 192) 900 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53715 (608) 286-9400 • www.famousdaves.com/madison e-mail: famousmadison900@gmail.com Famous Dave’s proudly follows the time-honored tradition of authentic, real, pit-smoked barbecue while not compromising quality. They offer a variety of package and service options for wedding receptions, bridal showers, graduation parties and more. With a restaurant name your guests will recognize, and more than 700 awards for their tasty barbecue, there is no better way to excite your guests, and make sure your event will be a great success, than to include Famous Dave’s. GAYLORD CATERING SERVICE, INC.

(p. 194) 709 Atlas Avenue, Madison, WI (608) 222-1267 • www.gaylordcatering.com e-mail: sales@gaylordcatering.com Don’t leave it to chance. Gaylord Catering’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 entrées, the taste only supersedes the presentation. Gaylord Catering - One Step Beyond Catering.

HERITAGE CATERING (p. 196) (608) 283-9500 www.heritagecateringmadison.com

CaterinG (cont.) HY-VEE (p. 209, 236) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 • e-mail: 1391clubmgr@hy-vee.com West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608) 277-6735 e-mail: 1392cateringmgr@hy-vee.com Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608) 273-5120 e-mail: 1184cateringmgr@hy-vee.com www.hy-vee.com 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. JL RICHARDS PRIME MEATS & CATERING

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668 Janesville Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-9188 • www.jlrichardscatering.com e-mail: email@jlrichardscatering.com 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.

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JOHNSON’S CATERING (p. 192) 416 State Road 16, Rio, WI 53960 (888) 992-6328 • www.johnsonssausage.com e-mail: nicki@johnsonssausage.com

ROOKIES CATERING (p. 195) Hwys 78 & 14 North, PO Box 505, Black Earth, WI 53515 (608) 767-5555 • www.rookiesfood.com e-mail: cater@rookiesfood.com Looking for a caterer for your rehearsal dinner? Reception buffet? Late night snacks? Rookies has a professional staff with over 200 years combined experience in food service and is capable of providing outstanding meals for your group. Rookies has catered lunch for just eight people to full buffet dinners for over 10,000. On-site smoked meats, whole hogs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. Have ideas of your own? Allow Rookies to create it. Once you taste it, you’ll be hooked!

SPRECHER’S RESTAURANT & PUB (p. 195) 1262 John Q Hammons Drive, Madison, WI 53717 (608) 333-1977 • www.sprecherspub.com e-mail: samantha@sprecherspub.com Looking for a place to host your rehearsal dinner, or a crew to cater your reception? Sprecher’s will design an experience to fit your needs! Their fully customizable, spacious private rooms, experienced, detail-oriented catering crew, and extensively stocked and flexible kitchen run by executive chef, Rodney Drake, ensures that they are equipped with everything necessary to create the perfect dinner, buffet, or social event for your big day. Sprecher’s will cover everything so you can stop stressing and start celebrating!

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(p. 108) 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 277-2592 • www.fitchburgcenter.com e-mail: steven.leverentz@promega.com 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.


(p. 113, 173) 839 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920) 356-1900 • www.chapelofthearchangels.com e-mail: info@chapelofthearchangels.com

COLD WATER CANYON/DELLS BOATS (p. 113) PO Box 630, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 • (608) 254-8555 www.dellsboats.com • e-mail: groups@dellsboats.com 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.

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH (p. 114) 116 W. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703 • (608) 213-7558 www.gracechurchmadison.org/#life-events/marriage e-mail: patwerk@gmail.com Create your ceremony in a distinctive historic landmark on Madison’s Capitol Square. Team up with their on-site Wedding Coordinator to design a wedding fitting your style. With numerous resources, they take care of the details in advance so you arrive on your day relaxed and in-themoment. You may provide your own officiant or they can provide a list of officiants familiar with Grace. From mixed-denomination to destination weddings, they’ve been creating memorable moments on the Capitol Square for 150 years. 368 Wedding planner AND Guide

HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY (p. 114) 4200 Cty Rd. M, Middleton, WI 53562 • (608) 836-1631 Ext. 100 www.benedictinewomen.org/visit/weddings e-mail: weddings@benedictinewomen.org At Holy Wisdom Monastery all are welcome for weddings and vow renewal ceremonies. Professional and experienced staff guide couples through the planning process of their special occasion. Guest officiants and personal music are welcome. Two indoor locations include the contemporary and award-winning ‘green’ monastery for up to 300 guests and the intimate Garden Room for 50. Outdoor ceremonies are held on the picturesque Lake View Lawn which accommodates up to 300 guests. LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH

(p. 115) 1021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53715 • (608) 258-3160 www.luthermem.org • e-mail: office@luthermem.org

PARADISE PARK (p. 115) Rural Cottage Grove • (608) 873-4084 www.paradiseparkweddings.com 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. 116) 731 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608) 216-7319 www.preshouse.org • e-mail: wedding@preshouse.org 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 250 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.

THE VENUE (p. 116, 163) 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 373-9727 • www.thevenuejanesville.com e-mail: events@thevenuejanesville.com


5117 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711 • (608) 278-1411 338 S. Grand Ave., Sun Prairie, WI 53590 • (608) 318-1833 www.arthurmurraymadison.com e-mail: info@arthurmurraymadison.com

FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIOS OF MADISON (p. 305) Peter & Linda Goethche 7701 Mineral Point Rd., Madison, WI 53717 • (608) 833-2623 1714 Eagan Road, Madison, WI 53714 • (608) 204-0404 www.fredastairemadison.com e-mail: fredastairemadison@gmail.com

FlipbookS CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 285, 302) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 233-5822 • www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: info@celebrationsentertainment.com Celebrations Flipbooks is Madison’s first mobile flipbook studio, providing interactive fun and unique favors for your wedding. Guests step in front of the camera and make a short video clip using props, signs, and their imaginations. Within minutes, friendly Celebrations attendants turn that video clip into a personalized flipbook. Guests will enjoy their keepsake flipbooks and you will love the DVD of video clips from your wedding.


(p. 235) Stoughton, WI • (608) 921-6400 • www.florabyjamae.com e-mail: jamae@florabyjamae.com

THE FLOWER STUDIO (p. 232) 960 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-9090 • www.flowersbycc.com The Flower Studio will assist with all your floral needs, from helping you make informed budget choices to providing fresh & 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! GARDEN LAURELS BY SAGER (p. 237) (608) 845-6952 • www.gardenlaurels.com e-mail: donnasagergl@tds.net

HY-VEE (p. 209, 236) East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 • e-mail: 1391clubmgr@hy-vee.com West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 • (608) 277-6735 e-mail: 1392cateringmgr@hy-vee.com Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 • (608) 273-5120 e-mail: 1184cateringmgr@hy-vee.com • www.hy-vee.com MADISON WEDDING FLOWERS (p. 235) 223 E. Mifflin Street # 1, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 572-0174 • www.madisonweddingflowers.com e-mail: madisonweddingflowers@gmail.com

MOMENTUM FLORAL & DÉCOR (p. 231, 237) 1821 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 824-1121 • www.momentumfloral.com Momentum Floral and Décor would be a colorful addition to your wedding. With a complimentary consultation, you have everything to gain by making them your first call. Their interactive demonstration will focus on the dream day you’ve envisioned and generate ideas you will love. Your special day will be romanced with floral displays and breathtaking centerpieces. Momentum Floral and Décor will go any distance for your special walk down the aisle. Happily Ever After is all about you at Momentum! photo: Tim Fitch Photography

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FloraL (cont.) NEIRA EVENT GROUP (p. 11, 238) (608) 432-4624 • www.neiraeventgroup.com e-mail: neiraevents@gmail.com

THE PETAL PATCH (p. 237) (608) 838-9864 • www.mypetalpatch.com e-mail: thepetalpatch@yahoo.com PRAIRIE FLOWERS & GIFTS

(p. 234) 245 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-3830 • www.flowerssunprairie.com e-mail: prairieflowers@frontier.com


933 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3707 • www.simplyglamorousdesigns.com e-mail: simplyglamorousdesigns@live.com


(p. 238) 1001 Solar Court, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 845-7888 • www.surroundingsef.com e-mail: surroundings@surroundingsef.com

VICTORIA’S GARDEN (p. 236) 300 W. Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-3114 • www.victoriasgardenflowers.com e-mail: victoriasgdn@mhtc.net


(p. 105) 1721 Monroe Street, Madison, WI • (608) 255-8211 www.orangetreeimports.com e-mail: orangetreeimports@mac.com

Guest accommodationS CAMBRIA HOTELS & SUITES (p. 320) 5045 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 241-7070 • www.cambriasuites.com e-mail: cambriamadisonsales@hp-hotels.com


2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713 • (608) 284-1234 www.clarionmadison.com • e-mail: katie@clarionmadison.com

MAGNUSON GRAND HOTEL (p. 178, 321) 3510 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718 • (608) 224-1500 (800) 510-3510 • www.magnusonmadison.com e-mail: magnusonmadison@gmail.com The Magnuson Grand Hotel is a 3-star hotel, under new management and newly renovated! They offer a variety of room packages, as well as accommodations for private parties. Amenities include: pool, whirlpool, fitness center, and business center. They also offer a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Their rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, irons, ironing boards, free local calls and free WiFi. Ask about their bridal packages to find out more about a complimentary whirlpool suite, shuttle service and gift opening room. THE NORTH CENTRAL GROUP HOTELS

(p. 319) (608) 662-3659 • www.ncghotels.com/weddings e-mail: akrezinski@ncghotels.com It’s your moment to celebrate! Arrange your wedding block at any of their Ten 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 ncghotels.com/weddings.

STAYBRIDGE SUITES (p. 172) 7790 Elmwood Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 664-5888 • www.staybridge.com/madisonwest e-mail: middletonsales@jankohotels.com

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Honeymoons & traveL AAA WISCONSIN (p. 326) (608) 755-3960 - Janesville (608) 242-6000 - Madison East (608) 828-2400 - Madison West www.aaa.com/wedding


(608) 445-4188 • www.blissfulhoneymoons.com e-mail: shanrae@blissfulhoneymoons.com 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.


Oregon, WI • (608) 291-0503 • (800) 831-7975 www.cvat.com • e-mail: neyers@chorus.net 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!

MIDDLETON TRAVEL (p. 327) 2831 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-4664 • www.middletontravel.com e-mail: weddings@middletontravel.com Middleton Travel is your premier destination wedding and honeymoon specialist in the greater Madison area with over 32 years of experience helping couples create dream weddings and unforgettable honeymoons. Their experts will be sure you experience the wedding or honeymoon that you have always dreamed of. Be calm and let Middleton Travel handle it. SUNDARA INN & SPA (p. 327)

920 Canyon Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (888) 735-8181 • www.sundaraspa.com e-mail: info@sundaraspa.com

Ice sculptureS SOLID ICE DISPLAYS (p. 31) 3902 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 • www.solidicedisplays.com e-mail: info@solidicedisplays.com


(p. 98) 202 E. Chapel Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533 (608) 935-2560 • www.inkwellprinters.com e-mail: deena@inkwellprinters.com

LK BRIDAL STUDIO (p. 98) 125 N. Walnut, Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608) 768-0092 www.lkbridalstudio.com • e-mail: lindsey@lkbridalstudio.com

MINUTEMAN PRESS (p. 98) 113 South Street, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608) 849-4831 • (608) 237-1847 • www.mmpwaunakee.com e-mail: weddings@mmpwaunakee.com

PAPER PIPER DESIGNS (p. 98) available at Whoops! and Co. 555 S. Midvale Boulevard 105, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 236-4555 • www.paperpiper.com e-mail: paperpiperdesigns@gmail.com PAPERWORKS DESIGN CO. (p. 98) (608) 513-2299 • www.paperworksdesignco.com e-mail: info@paperworksdesignco.com SARAH B.

(p. 98) (608) 609-4670 • www.sarahbgirls.com e-mail: info@sarahbgirls.com

SUGAR PEAR DESIGN (p. 88, 96) (608) 288-8976 • www.sugarpeardesign.com e-mail: info@sugarpeardesign.com You want your wedding to be like no other. You want your event to reflect your unique personality and style. Specializing in the design of bespoke stationery, Sugar Pear Design offers the perfect complement to your special day. Combining hand-selected papers from around the world with fine crafts-manship and meticulous attention to detail, their stationery delivers a reflection of you. BEAUTIFUL. ELEGANT. UNDERSTATED. Consultations by appointment. Voted “best invitations” from readers of Wisconsin Bride magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards. wedplan.com 371

InvitationS (cont.) SUGAR RIVER STATIONERS (p. 97) (608) 798-0427 • www.sugarriverstationers.com e-mail: info@sugarriverstationers.com 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.

JewelerS CHALMERS JEWELERS (p. 83) 6202 University Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 233-4700 • www.chalmersjewelers.com e-mail: info@chalmersjewelers.com MIDDLETON JEWELERS (p. 84-85) 6629 University Avenue, Suite 104, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-5656 • www.middletonjewelers.com e-mail: info@middletonjewelers.com ROMANCE JEWELERS (p. 82) 1 S. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI (608) 251-6866 • www.shewantsromance.com

Musicians & djS CAMERATA STRING QUARTET (p. 303) Madison, WI • (608) 516-1339 • www.cameratastrings.com e-mail: cameratastringquartet@gmail.com Celebrate in style as this string quartet performs elegant music for your special event! Right from the start, careful attention will be paid to your preferences ensuring the music matches the atmosphere. This classy and professional ensemble offers an extensive list of music to fit any occasion, but can also fulfill special requests. From classical to pop to folk, they have performed music for grand celebrations as well as intimate wedding ceremonies. CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT

(p. 285, 302) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 • (608) 233-5822 www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: info@celebrationsentertainment.com 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. 292, 299) (800) 501-2295 • www.clvevents.com e-mail: info@clvevents.com

DJ Magic Entertainment– Madison’s Best DJ (p. 298) 3902 Milwaukee St, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 • www.madisonsbestdj.com e-mail: sales@discjockeymagic.com


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(p. 297) (800) 901-1007 • www.djayswi.com Serving the area since 1982, Djays provides the best in entertaining music and more for your entire wedding reception. Choose from simply elegant to elaborate wedding packages starting as low as $795, which can include cocktail and dinner music, PhotoBooth, dance music, accent uplighting, PhotoStory multi-media presentations, ceremony music and more. Experienced entertainers guide you and your guests through a night to remember. Call 800-901-1007 or visit www.djayswi.com for detailed information and to book your date. photo: The Wedding Flashers

Musicians & djS (cont.) HARPIST — MARY ANN HARR (p. 303) (608) 231-3256 • www.maryannharr.com e-mail: gliss@charter.net HOFFY’S ENTERTAINMENT

(p. 284, 300) (608) 225-2872 • www.hoffysentertainment.com e-mail: chris@hoffysentertainment.com

Hoffy’s Entertainment offers every couple 24-hour access to their state of the art online planning website where you can select exactly how the night will layout. From the entrance to the last dance, Hoffy’s includes every Bride and Groom in on the decisions for their special day. Ask how to receive a free photo booth/up/décor lighting for your day. Hoffy’s also offers photo montages, photography, candy buffets, and more. Check out their ad in the photo booths section.


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Carlyce Skjervem • (608) 829-1768 www.intermezzostringquartet.com e-mail: IntermezzoQuartet@hotmail.com

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. Please view their website for additional information. Demonstration CD available upon request.


(p. 299) (608) 249-2900 • www.jukeboxbandstand.com e-mail: sales@jukeboxbandstand.com

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. 294-295) (608) 444-7003 • www.kuhlentertainment.com e-mail: info@kuhlentertainment.com

Kuhl Entertainment’s experienced wedding DJ team bring their top-of-the line equipment, skill, and artistry to their weddings every time. They’ll mix your music selections together and create a seamless experience for your wedding and guests. They’ll work with you and coordinate with the other vendors to create a smooth flow through the night. Their wedding DJs have been pleasing brides and grooms for nearly a decade and they’re proud to share reviews that prove it. Check them out at KuhlEntertainment.com!


(p. 282, 296) (608) 770-6106 • www.madtowndj.com e-mail: madisonmobiledj@yahoo.com

PIANO FONDUE (p. 300) 2317 International Lane, Suite #108, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 445-1711 • www.pianofondue.com e-mail: info@pianofondue.com

With two baby grand pianos, two rocking singers, and a live operated light show, Piano Fondue is the high energy, singing-and-dancing-along celebration you and your guests will never forget. All this energy continues when one of Piano Fondue’s party DJs takes over. The best of both worlds - a seamless, no breaks, all night bash. Additionally, Piano Fondue’s engineers are present for the show’s entirety, doing all the behind the scenes work while you enjoy your perfect night.


(p. 298) PO Box 83, Waunakee, WI 53597 • (608) 849-3333 (800) 479-0698 • www.primetimedj.com

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.”

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Musicians & djS (cont.) QUARTESSENCE

(p. 303) (608) 719-9906 • www.quartessence.com e-mail: info@quartessence.com Bring a stylish sophistication to your wedding and reception! From Bach to the Beatles, Puccini to Pops, Classics to Covers, award-winning Quartessence String Quartet is Wisconsin’s finest provider of ceremony and reception music. From timeless classics to jazz standards and oldies to contemporary pop in customized arrangements, Quartessence can design the perfect soundscape for your event. Add the finishing touch to your special day: Quartessence—Distinctive Music for Your Elegant Affair. Packages to meet every budget and need.

SATURN’S 8 ENTERTAINMENT CO. (p. 302) Madison, WI • (608) 443-8312 www.saturns8.com • e-mail: andy@saturns8.com 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. 303) (608) 834-2122 • www.thestellanovas.com e-mail: studiostrings@charter.net 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.

THE SUSIE SHOW (p. 301) (608) 358-1672 • www.thesusieshow.com e-mail: susie@thesusieshow.com 374 Wedding planner AND Guide


(p. 276, 285, 301) (608) 206-5919 • www.tkodjentertainment.com e-mail: todd@tkodjentertainment.com


(p. 303) (608) 274-7831 • www.yaharastringquartet.com e-mail: info@yaharastringquartet.com 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.

OfficiantS CEREMONIES BY DESIGN (p. 123) Rev. Joan M. Pape • (608) 335-3627 www.ceremoniesbydesign.com e-mail: revjoan@ceremoniesbydesign.com 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. KORU CEREMONY: CELEBRATING NEW BEGINNINGS

(p. 123) Rev. Pat Werk • (608) 213-7558 www.koruceremony.com • e-mail: patwerk@gmail.com 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.

OfficiantS (cont.) LET’S GET MARRIED (p. 124) (608) 301-5123 • www.letsgetmarried.org e-mail: wed@letsgetmarried.org SKY’S THE LIMIT WEDDINGS

(p. 124) (608) 206-3277 • www.skysthelimitweddings.com e-mail: info@skysthelimitweddings.com 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.


(608) 609-0876 • www.yourbeautifulweddingofficiants.com e-mail: info@yourbeautifulweddingofficiants.com


(p. 101, 187) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 833-5676 • www.meltingpot.com/madison e-mail: meltingpotofmadison@yahoo.com 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.


(p. 101, 289) (608) 850-3725 • www.weddingsbymoonstruckmp.com e-mail: weddings@moonstruckmp.com Moonstruck Media Production has helped couples capture their special wedding day for over 10 years. Choose from one of their affordable wedding packages and even add options such as live streaming, same-day editing, and more. Videos are created by a team of specialists with customer satisfaction in mind. Their new service, wedding party unscripted, is a one-of-kind, fun video for your whole wedding party that takes place in their studio! Contact them today for booking or more information!


(p. 285, 302) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 • (608) 233-5822 www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: info@celebrationsentertainment.com 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.

HOFFY’S ENTERTAINMENT (p. 284, 300) (608) 225-2872 • hoffysentertainment.com e-mail: chris@hoffysentertainment.com Hoffy’s Photo Booths offers Bride and Grooms from 2 to unlimited hours. They provide you with one of the Midwest’s largest photo booths holding up to 10 people, professional and friendly attendants, unlimited 2x6 photo strips in color or B&W, customized logo for prints, tons of props, flash drive with all images, and a FREE 12x12 leather memory book. Ask how to receive free photo booth/up/décor lighting for your day. Check out their ad in the musicians and entertainment section. MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE (p. 282, 296) (608) 770-6106 • www.madtowndj.com e-mail: madisonmobiledj@yahoo.com PHOTOBOOTH

(p. 281, 283) (800) 901-1007 • www. globalphotobooth.com 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, handcrafted scrapbook that you get to keep. Unlimited pictures, props, personal attendant, and digital copies of photos are all included in the special Wedding Package that brings the PhotoBooth to your reception for the entire evening! Call 800-901-1007 or visit www.globalphotobooth.com for detailed information and to reserve and book your date.

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Photo boothS (cont.) Timeless Memories Photo Booth(s)

(p. 284) 3902 Milwaukee St, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 • www.timelessmemoriesphotobooth.com e-mail: smile@timelessmemoriesphotobooth.com

TKO PHOTO BOOTH (p. 276, 285, 301) (608) 206-5919 • www.tkophotobooth.com e-mail: todd@tkophotobooth.com

PhotographY ABBOTS LANE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 264) Madison, WI • (608) 359-1145 www.abbotslane.com • e-mail: info@abbotslane.com

AERIALEYE (p. 277) (800) 901-1007 • www.aerialeyewi.com Experience your wedding ceremony, reception, special event, or barn wedding from a new perspective! Using high tech aerial platforms, AerialEye can take amazing photos and Ultra High Definition videos of your special day in the most exciting and amazing way possible that you can then view and share with family and friends online. Call 800-901-1007 or visit www.aerialeyewi.com for complete details. AMY LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 277) (864) 361-3916 • instagram.com/amylynnlawson e-mail: amylynnphotostudio@gmail.com

ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 266) (608) 574-3679 • www.anngorgenphotography.com e-mail: weddings@anngorgenphotography.com

AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC (p. 268, 278) 2820 Walton Commons West, Suite 131, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 245-2797 • www.azenaphoto.com e-mail: hillary@azenaphoto.com COLE + IKE STUDIOS (p. 275) (608) 712-3747 • www.coleandike.com e-mail: hello@coleandike.com

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PhotographY (cont.) EAST ELM PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 258-259) (608) 239-9111 • www.eastelmphotography.com e-mail: eastelmphotography@gmail.com

ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 255, 269) (608) 345-4461 • www.ilananatasha.com e-mail: ilana@ilananatasha.com

JAS MCDANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 272) (608) 432-3315 • www.jasmcdanielphotography.com e-mail: jas@jasmcdanielphotography.com

LASHES & KURLS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 278) 125 N. Walnut St., Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608) 768-0092 www.lashesnkurls.com • e-mail: hello@lashesnkurls.com LAURA ZASTROW PHOTOGRAPHY

(p. 263) www.laurazastrow.com • e-mail: laura@laurazastrow.com

LK BRIDAL STUDIO (p. 98) 125 N. Walnut St., Reedsburg, WI 53959 • (608) 768-0092 www.lkbridalstudio.com e-mail: lindsey@lkbridalstudio.com

MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 267, 274) (262) 293-9515 • www.mcnielphotography.com e-mail: emily@mcnielphotography.com Emily and John of McNiel Photography are a wife and husband duo whose real life love provides inspiration to passionately photograph the love their clients have for one another. Describing themselves as two ordinary people in search of extraordinary love, they believe that each couple has a unique expression of love that is worthy of being celebrated through the lens. Using a lifestyle photography approach, their wedding collections are all-inclusive, with options for heirloom quality products. MEIR PHOTOGRAPHY

(p. 273) Gregory Meir • (608) 444-5729 www.meirphotography.com e-mail: greg@meirphotography.com


(p. 275) 402 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703 (479) 936-6667 • www.melissagracegallery.com e-mail: erin@melissagracegallery.com

PhotographY (cont.) TESSA CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 276) (608) 335-6508 • www.tessaclairephotography.com e-mail: tessaclairephotography@gmail.com

THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS (p. 270) PO Box 14342, Madison, WI 53708 • (608) 438-5170 www.thrivingimage.com • e-mail: info@thrivingimage.com TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 260-261) Madison, WI • (608) 620-3396 www.timfitch.com • e-mail: info@timfitch.com

TKO PHOTO ARTS (p. 276, 285, 301) (608) 206-5919 • www.tkophotoarts.com e-mail: todd@tkophotoarts.com TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY

(p. Inside Front Cover, 262) 1262 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 630-0652 • www.twigandolivephotography.com e-mail: info@twigandolivephotography.com

THE WEDDING FLASHERS BY FOSS IMAGERY (p. 265, 271) Madison, WI • (608) 850-9295 • (608) 335-5653 www.TheWeddingFlashers.com e-mail: chris@TheWeddingFlashers.com 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 www. TheWeddingFlashers.com. “Let us tell your love story.” Woodville Dream Photography Madison, WI • (970) 901-2135 www.facebook.com/woodvilledream lacey@woodvilledream.com


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(p. 277) (608) 217-1292 • www.workinprogressphoto.smugmug.com e-mail: workinprogressphoto@gmail.com

Rehearsals & receptionS 5100 BAR GRILL BANQUET DINING (p. 168) 5100 Erling Avenue, McFarland, WI 53558 • (608) 223-5100 www.5100bar.com • e-mail: info@5100bar.com 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.

AMERICINN LODGE & SUITES (p. 186) 325 Seippel Boulevard, PO Box 178, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920) 356-9000 • www.americinn.com e-mail: info@americinnbeaverdam.com AmericInn is an award-winning hotel known for its cleanliness and great customer service. Find wireless high speed internet access throughout the hotel with a conference room available. The hotel features 62 newly renovated guest rooms with the comforts of home. Other amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, guest laundry, fitness area, hospitality room, living room style lobby with fireplace and the AmericInn Perk breakfast that provides free hot breakfast every morning. Experience a fine mix of luxury and value. ANGELL PARK (p. 168) 315 Park Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-5252 • www.angellparkspeedway.net e-mail: angellparkevents@gmail.com

THE BALL ROOM (p. 169, 196) 112 E. Cook Street, Portage, WI 53901 (608) 219-5423 • www.theballroombanquets.com e-mail: ganzmc@gmail.com Centrally located, with easy interstate access, The Ball Room is the perfect travel destination for your whole family! Hold your event at their facility with up to 250 guests, or have them cater to your location. Great ambiance with tall ceilings, hand crafted mission style woodwork, and a grand bar area. Winner of the 2015 Columbia County Dining Award! wedplan.com 377

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) BARABOO ARTS BANQUET & CONVENTION CENTER (p. 170)

323 Water Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 356-1096 • www.baraboobanquet.com e-mail: info@baraboobanquet.com The Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center has been an essential feature of Sauk County and Ringling Brothers history. While keeping the spirit of the circus alive, with remarkable exposed brick walls and pine structural features, it maintains an original charm. Offering three elegant banquet rooms, it is a great location for both ceremonies and receptions. With a 600 person capacity, they are able to host events both large and small. Their breathtaking facility and delightful staff will exceed your expectations.

BELLIINI RESTAURANT (p. 171) 401 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 250-0097 • www.bellinimadison.com e-mail: bellinimadison@gmail.com Just 3 blocks from the Capitol, Bellini Restaurant is the perfect setting for wedding celebrations. Bellini stands out as one of Madison’s most beautiful restaurants. The unique atmosphere of a church built in 1897 will captivate you with vaulted ceilings and beautiful original stainedglass windows. With over 16 years in business, Bellini’s experienced staff will help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Their talented chefs can prepare the meal of your choice with food that is truly outstanding. BLACKHAWK COUNTRY CLUB

(p. 170) 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, WI 53705 • (608) 231-2454 www.blackhawkcc.com • e-mail: bailey@blackhawkcc.com 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!”

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BONEFISH GRILL (p. 186) 7345 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 827-5720 • e-mail: madison@bonefishgrill.com www.bonefishgrill.com/locations/wi/madison

BRICKHOUSE BBQ (p. 161) 408 W. Gorham Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 257-7675 • www.thebrickhousebbq.com e-mail: brickhousebbq.event@gmail.com 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 inhouse. 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.

BUNKY’S CAFE & CATERING (p. 193) 2425 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 204-7004 • www.bunkyscafe.net e-mail: bunkyscafe@yahoo.com

CANDLEWOOD SUITES FITCHBURG (p. 171) 5421 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 271-3400 • www.candlewoodsuites.com/fitchburgwi e-mail: sales@hatcheryhillhotels.com

CAPITAL BREWERY (p. 172) 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 826-1081 • www.capitalbrewery.com e-mail: ccp@capitalbrewery.com 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.

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) CASCADE MOUNTAIN (p. 173) W10441 Cascade Mountain Road, Portage, WI 53901 (608) 742-5588 • www.cascademountain.com e-mail: sschultz@cascademountain.com 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. CHAPEL OF THE ARCHANGELS

(p. 113, 173) 839 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920) 356-1900 • www.chapelofthearchangels.com e-mail: info@chapelofthearchangels.com

CHULA VISTA RESORT (p. 5) 2501 River Road, PO Box 30, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (877) 767-7041 • www.chulavistaresort.com e-mail: weddings@chulavistaresort.com 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. 134-135) 984 County Road A, Edgerton, WI 53534 (608) 884-8484 • www.coachmans.com e-mail: theresa@coachmans.com


(p. 174) 5025 County Road V, DeForest, WI 53532 (608) 846-9100 • www.choicehotels.com/wi120 e-mail: info@northstarconference.com

CROWNE PLAZA MADISON (p. 133) 4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 Sales: (608) 243-1814 • Front Desk: (608) 244-4703 www.cpmadisonhotel.com e-mail: yasmeen.pasha@interstatehotels.com 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. 136-137) Wisconsin Dells, WI • (608) 253-2200 x300 www.dellscrystalroom.com e-mail: groups@buffalophilsgrille.com 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 “Best Wedding Venues” in 2014, their delicate crystal chandeliers, large doublesided 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! DEER VALLEY LODGE (p. 152) 401 W. Industrial Drive, Barneveld, WI 53507 (888) 924-1601 • www.DeerValleyLodgeWI.com e-mail: Amber@DeerValleyLodgeWI.com

DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT (p. 138-139) S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561 (608) 493-2251 • (800) 472-6670 www.devilsheadresort.com It begins here…A quiet, elegant setting, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Devil’s Head can accommodate up to 300 - 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! wedplan.com 379

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) DORF HAUS

(p. 165) Roxbury, WI • (608) 643-3980 www.foodspot.com/dorfhaus e-mail: dorfhaus@chorus.net A short, beautiful drive from Madison. An elegant, enchanting, and festive atmosphere, paired with delicious food, makes the Dorf Haus a favorite for rehearsals and receptions. The Bavarian Room offers a private bar and large wooden dance floor. Accommodates up to 450 guests. Ceremonies in the garden or gazebo make for picture perfect backdrops. From hors d’oeuvres to sitdown dinners or buffets, they offer a variety of choices and reasonable prices. Ask about Dorf Gasthaus – now available for overnight accommodations.

GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER (p. 186) 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-1574 • www.goodmancenter.org e-mail: margo@goodmancenter.org Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this former steel fabrication factory was restored in 2008 into a vibrant, modern community center. The Goodman Community Center can accommodate receptions, dinners and events from 20-152 guests in its unique brick and steel interior. The Evjue-Merrill Lynch reception area has exposed wood ceilings, 19 windows and a sprung wood dance floor. GCC’s in-house Working Class Catering program can create delicious appetizers, plated meals or buffet options. Full bar service is available.



THE EAST SIDE CLUB (p. 140-141) 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714 (608) 222-9131 • www.escmadison.com e-mail: office@escmadison.com 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. The East Side Club’s flexible facility accommodates from 50-350 guests and allows the opportunity to choose from a list of preferred local caterers. For wedding ceremonies and/or receptions, The East Side Club is a stunning site! (p. 166) 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703 (800) 922-5512 • www.theedgewater.com e-mail: weddings@theedgewater.com

GOLDEN MAST INN (p. 174) W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee, WI 53069 (262) 567-7047 • www.goldenmastinn.com e-mail: gmbanquets@weissgerbergroup.com

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(p. 153) 21 N. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 255-6075 • www.harvest-restaurant.com e-mail: tami@harvest-restaurant.com 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.

(p. 175) 643 Illinois Avenue, Green Lake, WI 54941 (800) 444-2812 • (920) 294-3344 • www.heidelhouse.com e-mail: ablanck@heidelhouse.com Experience a destination wedding only 75 minutes from Madison. Imagine saying “I do” along the beautiful Green Lake shoreline or under a canopy of majestic oaks. Your dinner reception could be in a tent near the gardens or in an elegant ballroom with a lake view veranda. Hold your rehearsal dinner aboard the 60-foot Escapade yacht and enjoy preceremony pampering at Evensong Spa. An experienced team will take care of you and your guests every step of the way.


(p. 154) 1801 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-2220 • ncghotels.com/hgiweddings e-mail: jzeman@ncghotels.com Located in the heart of Greenway Station, the Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect place for your wedding accommodating up to 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. 155) S3214 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 (800) 746-2486 • www.ho-chunkgaming.com e-mail: conventionsales@ho-chunk.com


(p. 175) 1109 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI 53717 • (608) 203-4707 www.wiscohotels.com • e-mail: kperez@wiscohotels.com 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 on-site 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.


(p. 156) 5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 249-4220 • www.hiamericancenter.com e-mail: eventplanner@sixtitles.com 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!


(p. 186) W9370 County Road V, Poynette, WI 53955 (608) 635-7867 • www.hookersresort.com e-mail: hookersresort@centurytel.net

HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA (p. 176) 3841 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-2481 • www.madisonwihotelhj.com e-mail: gail.schmeling@hojomadison.com


3100 Wellington Place, Janesville, WI 53546 (608) 741-1930 • www.janesvilleconferencecenter.com e-mail: events@hiejanesville.com Have your guests Eat, Drink and Stay Smart! Their 15,000 sq ft facility is the perfect place to have your special day. They offer seating for up to 600 people with movable partitions to accommodate any size party elegantly. Their facility is attached to a 142 room recently remodeled award winning Holiday Inn Express. Their catering partner, Hoffman House can provide scrumptious customized appetizer, entrée and dessert packages. They also offer multiple level drink packages to accommodate any budget.


PO Box 590, 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-3303 • www.KalahariResortWeddings.com e-mail: WIWeddings@KalahariResorts.com

KESTREL RIDGE GOLF CLUB (p. 177) 900 Avalon Road, Columbus, WI 53925 (920) 623-4653 • www.kestrelridgegolf.com e-mail: Lbrown@kestrelridgegolf.com 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. wedplan.com 381

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) THE LAGERET (p. 177) 515 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 921-6400 • www.thelageret.com e-mail: info@thelageret.com

LAKE WINDSOR GOLF CLUB (p. 144-145) 4628 Golf Road, Windsor, WI (608) 846-4711 • www.lakewindsor.com e-mail: info@lakewindsor.com This multiple award winning ceremony and reception venue just minutes from Madison is the ideal setting for your special day. Featuring floor to ceiling windows overlooking the golf course, stunning crystal chandeliers, hotel shuttle service, and accommodations for up to 400 guests, Lake Windsor Golf Club is perfect for any wedding, rehearsal dinner, or private party. Personalized attention from the on-site event coordinators, executive chef, and exceptional service staff will ensure your dream wedding becomes a reality.

LAKE WISCONSIN COUNTRY CLUB (p. 178) N1076 Golf Road, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 (608) 643-4554 • www.lakewisconsincc.com e-mail: bgarland.lwcc@gmail.com

THE MADISON CLUB (p. 146-147) 5 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI • (608) 255-4861 www.madisonclub.org • e-mail: cstanila@madisonclub.org 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 sitdown dinner and up to 300 people for an hors d’oeuvres reception.

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1 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608) 257-6000 (800) 356-8293 • www.concoursehotel.com 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 couple to ensure the day is everything they’ve dreamed. Guests will feel special spending the weekend at a renowned hotel in the heart of downtown Madison. The modern ballrooms and exclusive Governor’s Club guest rooms will create an unforgettable wedding. See why they are a Wisconsin Bride award-winning hotel!

MADISON MASONIC CENTER (p. 158) 301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI (608) 256-5734 • www.madisonmasoniccenter.org e-mail: lisammcf301@gmail.com 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 500. On site catering is provided by Mike Losse Catering. Choose from their variety of menu choices or let them custom design your menu. MAGNUSON GRAND HOTEL (p. 178, 321) 3510 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718 • (608) 224-1500 (800) 510-3510 • www.magnusonmadison.com e-mail: magnusonmadison@gmail.com

MARRIOTT MADISON WEST (p. 157) 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-2000 • www.marriott.com/msnwe e-mail: abby.schulz@atriumhospitality.com Marriott’s 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 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, along with plenty of complimentary parking. A one stop shop for all your wedding planning needs!

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) THE MELTING POT (p. 101, 187) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 833-5676 • www.meltingpot.com/madison e-mail: meltingpotofmadison@yahoo.com 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) 261-4000 • www.mononaterrace.com e-mail: bchase@mononaterrace.com 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.

THE OAKS GOLF COURSE (p. 167) 4740 Pierceville Rd., Cottage Grove, WI 53527 (608) 837-4774 • www.golftheoaks.com e-mail: melissa@golftheoaks.com

THE OLD FEED MILL (p. 181) 114 Cramer Street, Mazomanie, WI 53560 (608) 795-4909 • (888) 345-4909 • www.oldfeedmill.com 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.

OVATION 309 (p. 169) 309 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 661-4309 • www.ovation309.com e-mail: info@ovation309.com OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

(p. 185) 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 • (608) 258-4163 overturecenter.org • e-mail: events@overturecenter.org Your day, your night, all in the shadow of the magnificent Capitol dome. Overture’s breathtaking spaces and downtown views show your guests the best of Madison. They have earned a reputation for being the premier venue for weddings, capturing the romance, elegance and style of your special day. Catering a Fresco, the exclusive inhouse culinary arts company, will work with you to craft a decadent menu and their event coordinators ensure that each event is artful, exquisite and unique.


(p. 159) 22 S. Carroll Street, Madison, WI (608) 285-8000 • www.innonthepark.net e-mail: weddings@innonthepark.net It’s a great time to plan a wedding in downtown Madison. Inn on the Park is fully remodeling (and renaming) the hotel to be complete in Summer, 2016. The Park Hotel’s ballrooms were designed with weddings in mind. The colors of cream, gold, and midnight are classic neutrals to compliment any wedding palette. You’ll find special design elements with just the perfect touch of sparkle for your most important day. And they can’t wait to show you the Capitol view!

PORTA BELLA (p. 179) 425 N. Frances Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-3186 • www. portabellarestaurant.biz e-mail: portabellarest@aol.com 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. wedplan.com 383

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) QUIVEY’S GROVE

(p. 160) 6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 273-4900 • www.quiveysgrove.com 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.quiveysgrove.com.

RADISSON HOTEL MADISON (p. 179) 517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 833-0100 • www.radmad.com e-mail: cater1@radmad.com

RARE STEAKHOUSE (p. 180) 14 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 204-9000 • www.rareonthesquare.com e-mail: events@raresteakhouse.com Rare Steakhouse, the concept of owners Jack and Julie Sosnowski, proves that exceptional 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 world-class 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. 31, 161) 240 W. Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 257-1111 • www.sambabraziliangrill.com e-mail: samba.event@gmail.com 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.

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SHERATON MADISON HOTEL (p. 128, 162) 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 251-8399 • www.sheraton.com/madison e-mail: maijamaier@sheratonmadison.com

Promises are invited at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, with room for up to 400 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.


242 Lake Shore Drive, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-1463 • www.spring-brook.com e-mail: KylaG@spring-brook.com

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Host an outdoor reception, with seating for up to 300, in ease and style under Spring Brook’s stunning outdoor tent. The tent’s chiffon ceiling liner adds the perfect amount of elegance to an outdoor wedding reception. Outdoor ceremonies overlook the golf course. Full-service bar and restaurant, on-site vacation home rentals, and indoor/ outdoor pools for guests. Spring Brook is also the perfect spot for your rehearsal dinner, bachelor or bachelorette party, and bridal shower.


(p. 182) 3165 Shadyside Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-7861 • (608) 873-8464 www.stoughtoncountryclub.com e-mail: tami@stoughtoncountryclub.com

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.

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) SUGARLAND (p. 181) 8637 Linley Road, Arena, WI 53503 (608) 795-4909 • www.sugarland-weddings.com


TYROL BASIN (p. 182) 3487 Bohn Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-4135 • www.tyrolbasin.com e-mail: tyrol@tyrolbasin.com

VON RUTENBERG VENTURES (p. 164) 1001 Arboretum Drive, Suite 204, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608) 246-3120 • www.vrv-madison.com 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.

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.

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. 150-151) 803 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 262-5023 • www.Uclub.wisc.edu e-mail: Uclub@uclub.wisc.edu

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, made-from-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.

(p. 116, 163) 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 373-9727 • www.thevenuejanesville.com e-mail: events@thevenuejanesville.com This historic 1870’s landmark in downtown Janesville is newly renovated and ready for its inaugural wedding season. Three unique, ADA accessible rooms allow the Venue to host gatherings as small as a bridal shower or as large as a wedding and/or reception. Your wedding can be distinctively yours – even in choosing a caterer. An onsite coordinator is provided. Outdoor balconies offer give great views of the Rock River and there is plenty of public parking nearby.


(p. 183) 1340 N. Water Street, Watertown, WI 53098 • (920) 261-5009 www.watertowncc.com • e-mail: shaun@watertowncc.com

WAUNAKEE VILLAGE CENTER (p. 183) 333 S. Madison Street, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608) 850-5992 • www.waunakee.com/villagecenter e-mail: smcdade@Waunakee.com 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. wedplan.com 385

Rehearsals & receptionS (cont.) WILD ROSE RANCH (p. 184) E12311 County Road W, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 772-3403 • www.wildroseranchofbaraboo.com e-mail: mb.gillette@att.net


45 Hillman Road, PO Box 830, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (800) 867-9453 • www.wildernessresort.com www.glaciercanyonlodge.com 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.


(p. 184) 1079 American Way, PO Box 930397, Verona, WI 53597 (608) 577-6669 • www.wisconsinbrewingcompany.com e-mail: tracy@wisconsinbrewingcompany.com

WYNDHAM GARDEN FITCHBURG (p. 185) 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 274-7200 • www.Wyndham.com/hotels33338 sales@hatcheryhillhotels.com


(p. 218) 2619 Industrial Drive, Monona, WI 53713 (608) 669-2541 • www.alacraterentals.com e-mail: info@alacratevintage.com 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!

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RentalS (cont.) BUCKY’S RENTALS, INC. (p. 220) 2182 Hwy MM, Oregon, WI • (608) 291-2500 www.buckysrentals.com • e-mail: sales@buckysrentals.com 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 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. THE COUNTRY PLUMBER

(p. 221) Madison & Portage, WI • (608) 742-2648 (800) 472-7448 • www.countryplumber.com e-mail: billd@countryplumber.com or cindyd@countryplumber.com 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.

EVENT ESSENTIALS (p. 216-217) 6485 Blanchar’s Crossing, Windsor, WI 53598 (608) 846-5004 • www.eventessentials.com e-mail: info@eventessentials.com Visit the Event Essentials showroom to find inspiration for your wedding. Or browse their website to choose from a large array of rentals with the click of a button. They carry everything you need including tents, tables, chairs, tableware, linens and lighting. Plus, check out their collection of lounge furniture and décor. Get advice from their professional designer and let their crew handle set up and take down. All you have to do is enjoy! GENERAL PARTY RENTAL

(p. 221) Watertown, WI • (920) 261-7368 www.callgeneralrental.com e-mail: kathy@callgeneralrental.com


(608) 838-9864 • www.mypetalpatch.com e-mail: thepetalpatch@yahoo.com

RentalS (cont.) RUSTIC REVIVAL

(p. 220) Waunakee, WI • www.rusticrevivaldecor.com e-mail: rusticrevivaldecor@gmail.com Hundreds of vintage and rustic décor pieces are ready to rent for your event! Visit Rustic Revival’s showroom in Waunakee or rent directly from their website. Either way, they can help create the look you’ve been dreaming of. From furniture to frames, to boxes and barrels, they have everything you’ll need to give your event a unique look. Save yourself the time and expense, Rustic Revival has done the searching for you!


933 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3707 • www.simplyglamorousdesigns.com e-mail: simplyglamorousdesigns@live.com


(p. 221) a division of J. Stevens Productions, LLC S2479 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 355-1222 • www.tentsandeventswi.com e-mail: tentsandevents@outlook.com

TransportatioN BADGER BUS (p. 311) Madison, WI • (800) 442-8259 www.badgerbus.com • e-mail: busrental@badgerbus.com “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 badgerbus.com today!

TransportatioN (cont.) GALLANT KNIGHT LIMOUSINE (p. 313) 4711 Lien Road, Madison, WI 53704 • (608) 242-7000 (800) 725-5655 • www.gallantknightusa.com e-mail: info@gallantknightusa.com 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. 312) (608) 234-4359 • www.madcitypartybus.com e-mail: Sales@madcitypartybus.com

PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE SERVICE (p. 310) 269 Rodney Road, Cambridge, WI 53523 (608) 423-2300 • www.preslimousa.com e-mail: info@preslimousa.com 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. SUNSET LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC

(p. 310) (608) 279-5466 • www.sunsetlimollc.com e-mail: info@sunsetlimollc.com

WAYNE ACE BUS & LIMO SERVICE, LLC (p. 313) (608) 576-7281 • www.wayneacebusandlimo.com e-mail: wace0225@aol.com

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Wedding consultantS

EllaBella Productions


(p. 289) 3902 Milwaukee St, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 432-5782 • www.EllaBellaProductions.com e-mail: info@ellabellaproductions.com


(p. 101, 289) (608) 850-3725 • www.weddingsbymoonstruckmp.com e-mail: weddings@moonstruckmp.com Moonstruck Media Production has helped couples capture their special wedding day for over 10 years. Choose from one of their affordable wedding packages and even add options such as live streaming, same-day editing, and more. Videos are created by a team of specialists with customer satisfaction in mind. Their new service, wedding party unscripted, is a one-of-kind, fun video for your whole wedding party that takes place in their studio! Contact them today for booking or more information!

(715) 661-0979 • www.planmadison.com e-mail: angela@planmadison.com

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(p. 10) Jayme Galanos • (608) 225-1093 www.beyondelegantevents.com e-mail: info@beyondelegantevents.com 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. 11) Laurie Dies • (608) 712-8578 www.capitolweddingsandevents.com e-mail: capitolevents@tds.net 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!!

CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENTS (p. 9) PO Box 930541, Verona, WI 53593 • (608) 497-0133 www.cherrybevents.com • e-mail: info@cherrybevents.com Cherry Blossom Events is an event design and wedding planning company offering a variety of packages to fit each client’s needs. Their collaborative approach to producing cohesive events inspired by their couples allows them to make each wedding unique. It’s their belief that events are defined by the personalized details that share the story of the couple with all of the guests. Their services combine planning and execution with distinctive design and styling to create once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.

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NEIRA EVENT GROUP (p. 11, 238) (608) 432-4624 • www.neiraeventgroup.com e-mail: neiraevents@gmail.com

photos: Twig & Olive Photography, Tim Fitch Photography

5100 Bar Grill Banquet Dining . . . . . . . . . 168 A La Crate Vintage Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . 218 AAA Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326 Abbots Lane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264 AerialEye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 Agora Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 AmericInn Lodge & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Amy Lynn Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 Angell Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Aniu Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Ann Gorgen Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 266 Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Center . . . . . . 305 Azena Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 268, 278 Badger Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311 The Ball Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169, 196 Baraboo Arts Banquet & Convention Center . . . . . 170 Be Inspired Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Beautiful Moments Bridal Consulting . . . . . . . 10 Bellini Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Beyond Elegant Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Blackhawk Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Blissful Honeymoons & Destination Weddings . . . . 325 Bonefish Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Brides N' Belles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bucky's Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Bunky's Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Cambria Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320 Camerata String Quartet . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Candlewood Suites Fitchburg . . . . . . . . . . 171 Capital Brewery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Capitol Weddings & Events . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering . . . . . . . 207 Cascade Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Celebrations Entertainment . . . . . . . . 285, 302 Ceremonies by Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 C'est La Vie Events & Entertainment . . . . . 292, 299 Chalmers Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Chapel of the Archangels . . . . . . . . . . 113, 173 Cherry Blossom Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Chocolaterian Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Chula Vista Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center . . . . . 320 Coachman's Golf Resort . . . . . . . . . . 134-135 Cold Water Canyon/Dells Boat Tours . . . . . . . 113 Cole + Ike Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Comfort Inn & Suites DeForest . . . . . . . . . 174 Condo Vacations & Travel . . . . . . . . . . . 326 Contours Lingerie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 The Country Plumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Craig's Cake Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Creative Confections . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Crescendo Mobile Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 Crowne Plaza Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 The Crystal Room . . . . . . . . . . . . 136-137 Deer Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Devil's Head Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 138-139 Dickey's Barbecue Pit . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 DJ Magic Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . 298 Djays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .297 Dorf Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165 East Elm Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 258-259 The East Side Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 140-141 The Edgewater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 The Edgewater Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Elevation Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 76 EllaBella Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289 Escapade Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

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Event Essentials . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216-217 Famous Dave's BBQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Flora Designs by Jamae . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 The Flower Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Madison . . . . . . 305 Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Gallant Knight Limousine . . . . . . . . . . . 313 Garden Laurels by Sager . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Gaylord Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194 General Party Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Gigi's Cupcakes . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 201, 209 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness . . . . 142-143 Golden Mast Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Goodman Community Center . . . . . . . . . . 186 Grace Episcopal Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Harbor Athletic Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Harpist - Mary Ann Harr . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Heidel House Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Heritage Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Hilton Garden Inn - Madison West/Middleton . . . . 154 Ho-Chunk Gaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Hoffy's Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . 284, 300 Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West . . . . . . . . 175 Holiday Inn at the American Center . . . . . . . . 156 Holy Wisdom Monastery . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Hooker's Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Howard Johnson Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Hy-Vee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209, 236 Ilana Natasha Photography . . . . . . . . . 255, 269 Inkwell Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Intermezzo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Janesville Conference Center at Holiday Inn Express . 176 Jas McDaniel Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 272 JL Richards Prime Meats & Catering . . . . . . . . 192 Johnson's Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Juke Box Bandstand . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299 Kalahari Resorts . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover

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Kestrel Ridge Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness . . . . . . . 31, 78 The Knock Shoppe's Country Cakes . . . . . . . . 210 Koru Ceremony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Kuhl Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 294-295 The Lageret . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Lake Windsor Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . 144-145 Lake Wisconsin Country Club . . . . . . . . . . 178 Lashes & Kurls Boudoir Photography . . . . . . . 278 Laura Zastrow Photography . . . . . . . . . . 263 Let's Get Married . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Lexa's Luxurious Looks . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 LK Bridal Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Luther Memorial Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Mad City Party Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 The Madison Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146-147 The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor's Club . . 148-149 Madison Marriott West . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Madison Masonic Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Madison Mobile DJ Service . . . . . . . . . 282, 296 Madison Sweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Madison Wedding Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Magnuson Grand Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . 178, 321 Marah's Elegant Bridal . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 McNiel Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 267, 274 Meir Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 Melissa Grace Photography . . . . . . . . . . 275 Melting Pot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101, 187 Meriter – UnityPoint Health . . . . . . . . . 31, 74 Middleton Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . 84-85 Middleton Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 Minuteman Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Moments to Cherish Bridals ETC, LLC . . . . . . . . 42 Momentum Floral & Decor . . . . . . . . . 231, 237 Monona Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Moonstruck Media Production . . . . . . . . 101, 289 MSCo Patisserie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Nedrebo's Formalwear . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 50

Neira Event Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 238 North Central Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319 The Oaks Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167 The Old Feed Mill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Orange Tree Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Ovation 309 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Overture Center for the Arts . . . . . . . . . . 185 Paper Piper Designs Available at Whoops! & Co. . . . . 98 Paperworks Design Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Paradise Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Park Hotel/Inn on the Park . . . . . . . . . . . 159 The Petal Patch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237 Photobooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281, 283 Piano Fondue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300 Porta Bella Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Prairie Flowers & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . 234 Premiere Couture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Pres House Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Presidential Limousine Service . . . . . . . . . 310 Prime Time Mobile DJs . . . . . . . . . . . . 298 Quartessence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .303 Quivey's Grove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Radisson Hotel Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Rare Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 Romance Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Rookies Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195 Rustic Revival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220 Samba Brazilian Grill & Brickhouse BBQ . . . . . 31, 161 Sarah B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Saturn's 8 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Sheraton Madison Hotel . . . . . . . . . . 128, 162 Simply Glamorous Designs at Oregon Floral . . . 219, 233 Sisters on Main . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Sky's the Limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Solid Ice Displays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub . . . . . . . . . . 195 Spring Brook Resort, Wisconsin Dells . . . . . . . 180 Staybridge Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 The Stellanovas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303

Stoughton Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Sugar Pear Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88, 96 Sugar River Stationers . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Sugarland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Sundara Inn & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 Sunset Limousine Service LLC . . . . . . . . . . 310 Surroundings Events & Floral . . . . . . . . . 238 The Susie Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 301 Suzanne's Sweet Artistry . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Sweet Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211 Temptd Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Tents & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 Tessa Claire Photography . . . . . . . . . . . 276 Thrive Photography & Films . . . . . . . . . . 270 Tim Fitch Photography . . . . . . . . . . 260-261 Timeless Memories Photo Booth(s) . . . . . . . . 284 TKO DJ Entertainment & Photo Arts . . . . 276, 285, 301 Toijala Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Twig & Olive Photography . . . . Inside Front Cover, 262 Tyrol Basin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 The University Club . . . . . . . . . . . . 150-151 The Venue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116, 163 Vera's House of Bridals . . . . . . . . . Back Cover Very Tres Chic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Victoria's Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 von Rutenberg Ventures . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Watertown Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Waunakee Village Center . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Wayne Ace Bus & Limo Service . . . . . . . . . . 313 The Wedding Flashers by Foss Imagery . . . . . 265, 271 Wild Rose Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 William Jon Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Wisconsin Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . 184 Woodville Dream Photography . . . . . . . . . 256 Work In Progress Photography . . . . . . . . . 277 Wyndham Garden Fitchburg . . . . . . . . . . 185 Yahara String Quartet . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 Your Beautiful Wedding - Wedding Officiants . . . . 122

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