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Dear Brides & Grooms, Congratulations on your engagement! This
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Weddings, and Wedding Scapes, give you
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inspirational ideas to help create your
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event of a lifetime!
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GETTING STARTED |
Planning a wedding is not a simple “sit-down-and-work-till-it’s-done” kind of project; often 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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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 PLANNER Planners 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 planner is equipped to handle anything that might come up, saving you a lot of time, stress, and even resources. When hiring a planner you are not giving up your ability to choose; planners are simply there to help make your dream a reality. 8 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDEPHOTOGRAPHY, ABBOTS LANE, PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAIT ROSE, MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOS: URBAN ANCHOR
WHO PAYS TRADITIONALLY
CHOOSE A DATE
CHOOSE WELL IN ADVANCE
Invitations and announcements (including postage)
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.
Bride’s wedding dress and accessories Bridesmaids’ and flower girl bouquets Groom’s boutonnière Bridesmaids’ party or luncheon Flowers and rental costs for ceremony 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)
KEEP THE SEASONS IN MIND Is there a particular color or decorating scheme you want to use that works best within a specific season? Do you want an outdoor wedding? That naturally places limitations on the date.
PLAN FOR THE OFF-TIME The most popular wedding months in this area continue to be June through October. Friday nights and Sunday mornings are other budget-friendly options for brides and grooms. Ask vendors and venue sites if they offer discounts for the off-times, which could potentially save thousands of dollars.
Groom’s wedding gift Groom’s wedding ring Transportation for wedding party on the wedding day
GROOM’S FAMILY Marriage license Officiant fee Rehearsal dinner Bride’s bouquet and going-away flowers Corsages for mothers and boutonnières 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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bridal shows+++ PREPARATION |
What to bring and know.
Purchase tickets in advance to save money. Discuss your budget. Have an idea of what products and services you want and how much you are willing to spend. Pre-print labels with Name, Wedding Date, Address, Email, and Phone Number to make signing up for drawings quick and easy! 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.
EXPERT ADVICE Create an email address for all your weddingrelated correspondence. This will keep you organized and prevent temporary weddingrelated 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.
Get social with local wedding professionals at a bridal show. Save photos of your favorite inspiring ideas displayed using hashtags. 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.
Naturally Blue Wedding Scape: Event Essentials, Paper Piper Designs, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Brandi’s Bridal Galleria, Etc., WEDPLAN.COM Nedrebo’s Formalwear. Photos courtesy of The Wedding Flashers at the WP&G Bridal Show.
SPRING BRIDAL SHOW an evening to spark the imagination
creative concepts unique vendors
MAY 23, 2017
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MONONA TERRACE CONVENTION CENTER Tuesday Evening 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Tickets: $7 in advance • $10 at the door | Fashion Show at 7 pm Neutral Nuptials Wedding Scape: Simply Glamorous Designs, Vera's House of Bridals, Nedrebo's Formalwear, Craig's Cake Shop, LK Bridal Studio, and Event Essentials. Photos courtesy of The Wedding Flashers at the WP&G Bridal Show.
WEDDING TRENDS UNVEILED an event that brings inspiration to life
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SEPT. 19, 2017
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THE MADISON CLUB - DOWNTOWN MADISON Tuesday Evening 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm | Tickets: $7 in advance • $10 at the door PHOTOS: The Madison Club, Fruta Artesana, and Madison Sourdough courtesy of The Wedding Flashers at the WP&G Bridal Show.
WINTER BRIDAL SHOW madison's bridal event of the year
inspirational trends stunning displays
JAN. 13&14, 2018
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ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER EXHIBITION HALL Sat. 10 am - 5 pm • Sun. 11 am - 4 pm | Tickets: $7 in advance • $10 at the door | Fashion Shows: 12 pm & 3 pm Show Sponsor - Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. | Glittering Romance Wedding Scape: LK Bridal Studio, Brides N’ Belles, Men’s Wearhouse, and Simply Glamorous Designs. Photos courtesy of The Wedding Flashers at the WP&G Bridal Show.
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Real local couples who planned their weddings incorporating unique and special details. Visit wedplan.com to view more.
Tara & Grant
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Photographer - Twig & Olive Photography | Wedding Planner – Lavender Hill Events Bridal Gown - Vera's House of Bridals | Groom's Attire - Nedrebo's Formalwear Florals - Flora Designs by Jamae | Rentals - Event Essentials, Á La Crate Vintage Rentals Confections - Craig's Cake Shop WEDPLAN.COM 17
Sam & Erin
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Photographer - Azena Photography | Wedding Planner - Brides on a Budget Bridal Gown - Vera’s House of Bridals | Groom's Attire - Nedrebo’s Formalwear Ceremony & Reception Location - Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Florals - Alluring Blooms | Rentals - Á La Crate Vintage Rentals | Hair & Make Up - Be Inspired Salon
Stu & Emily
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Photographer - Abbots Lane | Ceremony & Reception Location - Sugarland Groom's Attire - Nedrebo's Formalwear Florals - Ripple Effect Farm, Bridal Bouquet by Daffodil Parker Make-up - ANiU Salon & Spa | Cake - Craig's Cake Shop WEDPLAN.COM 21
Paul & Meghan
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Photographer - Karly Jo Photography | Ceremony & Reception Location - Bridle Barn & Gardens Bridal Gown - Vera’s House of Bridals | Groom's Attire - Nedrebo’s Formalwear | Florals - Daffodil Parker Rentals - Bucky’s Rentals | Hair & Make Up - Rejuvenation Spa | Cake - Carl’s Cakes WEDPLAN.COM 23
Erin & Tyler
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Photographer & Invitations - LK Bridal Studio Ceremony & Reception Location - Wild Rock Golf Club at the Wilderness Bridal Gown - Brides N' Belles | Groom's Attire - Nedreboâ€™s Formalwear Florals - Blossoms & Bouquets | Hair & Make-up - Salon M & Spa WEDPLAN.COM 25
Barrett & Katherine
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Photographer - Tim Fitch Photography | Wedding Planner - Cherry Blossom Events Ceremony & Reception Location - MMoCA | Bridal Gown - Vera's House of Bridals Bridesmaids Dresses - Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. | Groom's Attire - Men's Wearhouse Florals - Daffodil Parker | Cake - Bloom Bake Shop
Chris & Megan
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Photographer - Twig & Olive Photography | Wedding Planner - Cherry Blossom Events Reception Location – Milford Hills Hunt Club | Florals - Flora Designs by Jamae Rentals - Event Essentials, Á La Crate Vintage Rentals | Confections - The Sweetspot Cafe DJ – Jukebox Bandstand | Rehearsal Dinner – Golden Mast WEDPLAN.COM 29
Kim & Corey
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Photographer - Creative Look Studios | Ceremony & Reception Location -Lake Windsor Country Club Bridal Gown - Premiere Couture | Groom's Attire - Nedrebo's Formalwear Cake - Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering | Florals - Dutch Designs DJ - Celebrations Entertainment | Ceremony Musicians - Pecatonica StringWEDPLAN.COM Quartet 31
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Bridal party tees are a MUST this year. Identify the bride, groom, and their crew with unique, witty t-shirts from EZPZ Tee. The tees are perfect for bridal party gifts, bachelor & bachelorette parties, and everyday wear!
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Chocolate favors are the best favors! Make your wedding beautifully delicious with elegant displays or fully customizable boxes of gourmet chocolates like those from Gail Ambrosius. Area brides have voted them a “Best Favors” finalist for eight years running!
GAIL AMBROSIUS CHOCOLATIER 2086 Atwood Avenue, Madison | (608) 249-3500 Moving in May 2017 to 2083 Atwood, right across the street!
Gigi’s has so many delicious and gorgeous confections, why pick just one? Let them help create a symphony of exquisite desserts that are on trend and a perfect expression of who you are as a couple. Schedule a tasting to come up with something truly, uniquely you!
GIGI’S CUPCAKES 554 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison, WI 53705 (608) 661-PINK (7465) | www.gigiscupcakesusa.com
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THE LOOKING GLASS BAKERY (920) 207-3539 | thelookingglassbakery.com
Solid Ice Displays loves helping you make a statement at your wedding by providing their favorite dĂŠcor 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!
SOLID ICE DISPLAYS Madison | (608) 320-3554 www.solidicedisplays.com
Unicity Designs loves designing customized jewelry for you and your wedding party. Let them bring your true style to your wedding with jewelry personalized just for you. What better gift for the people closest to you on your special day than one of a kind jewelry they can treasure for a lifetime.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Idea of budget • Wedding date • Wedding location (indoor, outdoor, church, barn, etc.) Wedding style (formal, casual, vintage, elegant, etc.) • Strapless bra Shoes of a similar heel height to your wedding shoes • Number of bridesmaids
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WHAT TO ASK HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN IN BUSINESS? Wonderful new shops open their doors every day. However, with those that have been around awhile, you know they carry well-researched vendors and maintain good relationships with them â€“ 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.
MATERIAL Density of fabric and the materialâ€™s quality influence the price. High quality fabrics such as silk are most expensive, while lesser quality polyesters lower the price. Likewise, heavier laces such as Venice lace take longer to get the proper dimension and thickness, so are more expensive than lighter laces.
DESIGN Intricate designs with many layers of fabric cost more, especially because alterations are more extensive. Similarly, other extra touches (like buttons) or intricate details (such as tiny, hand-sewn beads or scrolling) will add to the price.
CONSTRUCTION The better the construction, the better the fit and the greater the price. Built in bras, wider hair braids within the hem, covered buttons, and other quality finishes increase the cost.
PRODUCTION VOLUME If the gown designer makes dresses in large volumes, it costs them less, which in turn costs you less.
BUSTLE Often bustles are included in the price, but sometimes there is an extra fee.
SHIPPING Due to factors like production schedules (sometimes designers will wait until they have enough orders to create gowns), turnaround time for ordering and receiving your gown takes about five to six months. If you need your gown in less time, there will be expedited shipping charges.
REWARDS PROGRAMS Some shops have a loyalty rewards program that offers a set percentage off accessories, free dress pressing, or discounts when purchasing your bridal gown and bridesmaids gowns together.
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TIMING AFTER ENGAGEMENT: Start shopping for wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses 6-12 MONTHS BEFORE: Order dress, undergarments & accessories 6-9 MONTHS BEFORE: Order bridesmaids dresses Select and order mother's 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: LK BRIDAL STUDIO, THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS, URBAN ANCHOR PHOTOGRAPHY, KARLY JO 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. 38 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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.
TRENDING This season is all about mix and match fun, flirty crop tops and skirt bottoms, so a bride can create her own look. Romantic 3D floral appliquĂŠs on gowns, fully sheer silhouettes and gowns with cut outs covered by sheer illusion layers of lace give the eye a full peak of what the layers of lace can create.
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 Order early! Most brides donâ€™t realize the gowns come from overseas and they take a long time people, especially if you have strong shoulders. to produce and ship. Delivery time can be FULL ARMS: A little coverage. Pick a dress with delayed as they go through customs and there 3/ or full-length sleeves. Steer clear of capped 4 sleeves and strapless dresses, which tend to is no production/delivery for the Chinese New Year, which usually lasts one month in February. accentuate the arms.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Idea of budget • Style of wedding (formal, informal, outdoor, indoor, etc.) Style of wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses • Who will be wearing formalwear Idea of colors, with color swatches if possible
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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.
PHOTOS: KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY, TIM FITCH 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
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This season you will see grooms customize their suits to really reflect their own personal style. Navy is the new black. You will also see pops of color with burgundy suits, plaid, mixing pattern bow ties and velvet textures.
RENT OR BUY
In-house labels generally cost less than designer names or premium lines.
8-9 MONTHS BEFORE: Register your wedding
6 WEEKS BEFORE: Men in the wedding party should be measured and place their orders 3 WEEKS BEFORE: Give a gentle reminder to those who haven’t yet been measured 1 MONTH BEFORE: Confirm your styles; check that all men have been measured
Formalwear shops provide tuxedos and suits for both rental and purchase. DESIGNER
Tuxedos and suits vary in quality, ranging from wool, polyester blends to super 100’s, super 120’s, and higher wool. ACCESSORIES Sometimes price includes accessories like shirts, vests, cummerbunds, ties, shoes, and dress socks. Add-ons might include pocket squares, suspenders, and specialty items. CLEANING
1 DAY BEFORE: Your final fitting and formalwear pick up
The rental fee includes the cost of cleaning your suit or tuxedo after its return.
THE DAY AFTER: Return the formalwear
LENGTH OF RENTAL
If you plan on keeping your ensemble longer than the standard rental, there may be an additional fee. SERVICE Formalwear professionals will make sure the suit or tuxedo is cleaned, pressed, and fits properly before you leave the store.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Have clean, dry hair, a clean face, and a button up shirt Pictures of hair styles and makeup you love • Hair piece or veil if you have one Picture of your bridal gown if you have one
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TIMING FOR HER 9-12 MONTHS BEFORE: Book your salon professional to ensure the preferred date and time 6 MONTHS BEFORE: Implement diet and exercise program 3-6 WEEKS BEFORE: Do a trial run with hair and makeup. Not only will you preview the look, but also check for allergies and compatibility. Coordinate with a bridal shower or bachelorette party, or just prior to your dress fitting (so you preview your entire wedding day look) 1-2 WEEKS BEFORE: Hair coloring appointment for sun-kissed highlights or a clear color glaze to add shine to your natural hair color (two weeks prior for new stylist; one week prior for a hairstylist with whom you have an ongoing relationship) 1 DAY BEFORE: Get a manicure and pedicure. Polish takes three to four hours to dry completely, so donâ€™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
TIMING FOR HIM 6 MONTHS BEFORE: Implement diet and exercise program 1 WEEK BEFORE: Get a final haircut. Eyebrow or back waxing should be done so irritations will have plenty of time to subside 1 DAY BEFORE OR DAY OF THE WEDDING: Get a manicure for those close ups! Return for a final shampoo and hair trim (beard and mustache included)
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EXPERT ADVICE HAIR Don’t do any major hair changes right before the wedding. It is okay to experiment a little bit, but don’t stray too far from your natural look. You don’t want to get your photos back and say, “That doesn’t even look like me!” MAKEUP You want makeup that will endure tears, heat, and perspiration. Fake eyelashes are a great way to avoid clumpy or runny mascara. Purchase the lipstick used at the salon for touch-ups throughout the day. SKINCARE Start a good skincare regimen well in advance so your skin is the best it can possibly be for the big day. NAILS Get a manicure, as friends and family will be admiring your ring and there will be photographs. A pedicure too, for open-toed shoes or for the honeymoon. WAXING Don’t try waxing for the first time the week of your wedding. Instead, have a couple sessions prior to the big week. DIETING Forgo 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, neck pain, 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! 76 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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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. EXPERTISE Salons charge a higher rate for experienced professionals with more expertise as opposed to someone just starting out in the field. PRODUCTS Services utilizing higher-end and longer-lasting products will cost more.
TRENDING The desire for on location bridal party makeup and hair is becoming very popular. Bridal parties truly want a relaxing, memorable morning in which they stay in their cozy robes, enjoying one another's company with a little bubbly and have the beauty team come to them. Brides have been incorporating this into their wedding party gift and decide to either provide this relaxing morning for their bridesmaids or provide the robes as gifts to enjoy lounging in on the special day.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Basic idea of style • Pictures of what you like • What type of metal you prefer Whether you want gemstones and what kind • Are you considering a custom design Whether you want matching or separate bands
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WHAT TO ASK BEST RING TYPE(S) 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 stoneâ€™s clarity is affected by surface blemishes and interior inclusions, which interfere with light passage and lower its value. A stoneâ€™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. BEST WAY TO STORE AND CARE FOR MY RING? Water, air, and other metals can be detrimental to your rings. When not wearing, store your rings in dry, airtight spaces. Prevent tarnishing by using anti-tarnish strips or storing in tarnish proof bags. Store each piece separately to avoid scratching and losing luster. In addition, avoid wearing your rings while house cleaning or exercising vigorously. HOW DO I CLEAN IT? Basic cleaning involves washing your rings in warm, soapy water with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clear water and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I HAVE SETTINGS CHECKED? Visit your jeweler once every quarter for a ring cleaning and to have them check your ring for loose settings. PHOTOS: THE WEDDING FLASHERS, THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS
COST BREAKDOWN METALS Silver is less expensive than the more popular white or yellow gold. Platinum is costlier than both silver and gold. GEMS The size, quality, and quantity of gems you may want will influence the overall value. Judge quality based on the cut, color, clarity, and carats. WEIGHT When looking at metals like gold and platinum, heavier karats such as 18 and 24 are more expensive than the lighter 14 karats. The same holds true for gems. All else being equal, the higher the carat, the greater the value, however, cut, color, and clarity factor more into a stone’s value. CRAFTSMANSHIP Intricate and detailed designs will usually cost more than basic designs. The designer’s level of skill will also impact the price. DESIGN Custom designed rings typically cost more than ready-to-wear bands because they are oneof-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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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.
TRENDING 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.
TIMING 1-2 MONTHS BEFORE: Shop for and purchase wedding rings 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE: Decide on ring design (custom rings) 3-6 WEEKS BEFORE: Approve or make changes to artisan-created 3D prototype of ring (custom rings) 3-4 WEEKS BEFORE: Make final tweaks to prototype (custom rings) 0-4 WEEKS BEFORE: Pick up rings
PHOTOS: MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY, ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, ABBOTS LANE
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
All details pertinent to wedding (locations and addresses, dates, times, directions, accommodations, etc.) Budget Color swatches Whether you are having a buffet or 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) 92 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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WHAT TO ASK MAY I SEE SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK? Stationers should have plenty of samples of their work, not only for you to see the quality of the craftsmanship, but also to get ideas for your own invitations. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I PLACE MY ORDER? Stationers typically suggest five to six months before your wedding for invitations and nine to twelve months for save the dates. Much later, there may not be enough time for production or your selection may be limited. Make sure all details are secured before ordering (i.e., location, date, time, clear directions, 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. 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? Most likely this is included in the stationer’s fee, though some brides choose to do it themselves. See the Worksheet Section for a comprehensive checklist of stationery items and some invitation wording samples.
PHOTOS: AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, THE WEDDING FLASHERS
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. THERMOGRAPHY A technique where ink and a powder compound are heated to produce raised letters that mimic the appearance of engraving without the cost. EMBOSSING An inkless process where paper is pressed between two heated metal dies, creating a raised impression. FOIL STAMPING An inkless technique that uses a die and heat to press and transfer foil onto paper, creating an indented, metallic effect. LETTERPRESS An old-fashioned technique where inked letters are pushed into the paper, creating an indented effect. OFFSET LITHOGRAPHY A flat style of printing that rolls a rubber cylinder with an inked impression onto the paper. The printing is smooth and one of the least expensive. DIGITAL A flat style of printing similar to your home printer, but with higher quality inks and greater precision. This less traditional technique works well for invitations with photographs and is one of the least expensive.
EXPERT ADVICE Don’t compare apples to oranges. Do your homework. Each stationer has a very different definition of “custom” design.
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PHOTOS: TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, LK BRIDAL STUDIO
Itâ€™s all things calligraphy. Pretty hand-written calligraphy invites are a classic element and just as important as all the other paper goods from place cards, menus, coasters, napkins, signs and guest favors. A mix of graphics with bold colors and geometric shaped invites are giving a modern twist for an eye catching design. Couples are still in love with rose gold and copper foil printing options and laser cut stir sticks, place cards and signs. Save the weekend design is quickly replacing the traditional save the date as many more couples are planning wedding weekends.
TIMING 9-12 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin save the date design concept and compile guestsâ€™ addresses 8-11 MONTHS BEFORE: Mail save the dates 5-6 MONTHS BEFORE: Meet the stationer to determine style and color options, place order, and begin proofing process 3 MONTHS BEFORE: Address wedding invitations 8 WEEKS BEFORE: Mail invitations so people have enough time to make travel arrangements and plan their schedules accordingly, particularly during a busy summer season 6-8 WEEKS BEFORE: Meet with invitation specialist to discuss programs, menus, escort and cards, favors, and any other signage or day-of accessories
Invitations with numerous layers, added embellishments, or complex designs are most expensive. Pocket style invitations vary greatly in price based upon the style (back-pocket is typically less expensive than tri-fold or side-pocket). PAPER Paper prices vary depending on cardstock weight and quality (thicker and textured are more expensive). Specialty papers such as linen, cotton, bamboo, and rice papers add to the cost as well as shiny metallic papers. PRINTING TECHNIQUE Techniques range from the least expensive digital or offset printing to more expensive, higher quality engraved invitations. ASSEMBLY Costs vary depending on whether your stationer assembles your invitations or if you choose to do them yourself. The difficulty of assembly also affects the price (e.g., tying ribbons, making cuts, gluing rhinestones, or adding belly bands). GUEST LIST SIZE A limited guest list translates to less money spent on invitations. However, for larger guest lists, the price per invitation may decrease. ENCLOSURES In addition to the invitation suite, other add-ons such as reception cards and maps add to the overall cost. POSTAGE Depending on size, weight, and rigidity, wedding invitations typically require additional postage.
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The wedding celebration begins long before the wedding itself. Enjoy each opportunity to revel in the love and support of family and friends.
Many couples are choosing a destination weekend wedding offering not only the typical welcome dinner and brunch, but planning more weekend activities all around for their guests. This can include area attractions such as wine tastings, brewery tours, kayaking, canoeing, boat cruises or even fun sporting games.
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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. See pages 131-133 for a list of Reception & Rehearsal Dinner Venues. 106 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE PHOTOS: TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY
POST WEDDING AFTER PARTY A casual affair 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 & dearest. Relax in the casual atmosphere, munch on snacks, and enjoy the presence of your best friends. 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. The brunch is a thoughtful way to include family members in the celebration and to build relationships for the future.
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WHAT TO ASK WHO SHOULD REGISTER? Both the bride and groom. Both of you will have to live with your decisions. It is wise to get advice from family and friends, but ultimately just the two of you should register. HOW MUCH SHOULD WE REGISTER FOR? Guests appreciate plenty of options, so be sure to register for more items than invited guests. An added bonus? The more items you register, the less of a chance you will receive duplicates. WILL MERCHANDISE CHANGEOVER AFFECT OUR REGISTRY? You want to give guests plenty of time to purchase gifts, but do not want to register so early that a store might stop carrying any of your registry items. Find out if there are any plans to discontinue a product or line you are interested in. HOW LONG IS MY REGISTRY POSTED? Look for a registry that allows your account to stay active for a generous amount of time. Etiquette dictates guests have up to a year after the wedding to give you a gift, and friends and family may want to continue to gift from your registry for special occasions and holidays. IS THERE A COMPLETION PROGRAM? Some stores offer discounts after the wedding, so you can purchase things from your registry that were not gifted to you. WHAT IS YOUR RETURN POLICY? Store gift registry return policies vary widely. Find out how long you have to make returns. Make sure you opt for a registry that allows you to return duplicate gifts and that is lenient when it comes to requiring a receipt, which you might not always receive. HOW DO I LET GUESTS KNOW ABOUT MY REGISTRY? Word-of-mouth. Though it may seem practical to write registry information on your wedding invitations, it is a breach of etiquette (and too much like asking for gifts). Instead, rely on friends and family to get the word out or post it on a page of your wedding website (not the home page) if you have one. An exception to this rule? Bridal showers. Because you are not the host, it is perfectly acceptable for registry information to be included on the shower invitation.
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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.
TIMING 4-6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Register so guests have plenty to choose from for your wedding and bridal showers. If having an engagement celebration, plan to register at a store or two before the party. AS YOU RECEIVE GIFTS: Write thank you notes. It is best to write them after each shower so they do not become an overwhelming stack. A good rule of thumb is within one to two weeks of receiving a gift. EVERY COUPLE WEEKS: Update your registry. Sometimes friends give gifts you registered for that they did not purchase off your registry. Avoid duplicates by periodically making sure things are current and that your registry is properly updating. 110 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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To acknowledge the time, energy and love that your friends and family have put into helping you plan your wedding, it's thoughtful to give a little memento of appreciation. Here are a few mix-andmatch ideas to help you find something meaningful:
Couples are finding ways to add unexpected, memory making 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.
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 GROOMSMEN Cuff links, monogrammed flask or wallet, bottle of whiskey, cigars humidor, a round of golf, microbrew of the month club, smart gadget, wristwatch, tickets to a sports game, travel bag BRIDAL SHOWER HOSTS Flower arrangement, potted plant, box of chocolates, jewelry, monogrammed handkerchief, specialty soaps, custom stationery set, box of cupcakes or cookies, bottle of wine
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EXPERT ADVICE Schedule plenty of time. Registering always takes longer than you think it will, so go on a day when you will not feel rushed. Avoid weekend afternoons and sale days, which are particularly busy. Register for a number of items in different price points. People will not think you are greedy or audacious. They appreciate having a variety of options.
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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? 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.
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.
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.
WHERE SHOULD THE MUSICIANS SET UP? Make sure the space 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.
CAN WE SEE A PICTURE OF THE FACILITY SET UP FOR A WEDDING? It is even better if you can you stop by a wedding in progress to preview the facility in action. ARE THERE RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT WE CAN DO TO DECORATE? Sometimes facilities have restrictions on the use of candles and other decorations. Most commonly there are restrictions on what can be used for the send-off (e.g., rice). ARE YOU PLANNING ON ANY REMODELS OR RENOVATIONS BEFORE OUR WEDDING? You don’t want to plan for one color scheme and find the carpet and walls are completely different than you expected. 112 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
IS 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 CONTROLS 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. and walls are completely different than you expected.
TRENDING Circular seating surrounding the bride & groom while they say “I do” creates a more intimate atmosphere for guests. “Unplugged” ceremonies are still popular and here to stay for now. 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 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: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS, TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY
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. FACILITY Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, electricity, and insurance. MEMBERSHIP If you belong to a club, alumni association or house of worship, a cost savings may be factored into the facility fee.
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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special ceremony sites 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.
AL. RINGLING MANSION Baraboo • ringlingmansion.com • Outdoor Seating: 100 Indoor Seating: 300 • Elegant, historic setting for ceremonies and receptions. Beautiful backdrop of gold ceilings & Tiffany glass. Located in charming downtown Baraboo. BISHOPS BAY COUNTRY CLUB Middleton • bishopsbay.com • Indoor Seating: 100 Outdoor Seating: 300 • Say I do lakeside! Let the Capitol and downtown Madison skyline be the backdrop of your wedding. Breathtaking wedding location.
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. WEDPLAN.COM 115
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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. 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. THE FIELDS RESERVE Stoughton • fieldsreserve.com • Indoor Seating: 250 Outdoor Seating: 250 • Beautiful rustic ceremony barn with modern amenities including heating, AC, indoor restrooms and bridal suite. Outdoor ceremony space also available. 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.
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. 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 COUNTRY 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. 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 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 provides 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. THE ORPHEUM THEATER Madison • madisonorpheum.com • Indoor Seating: 1697 Featuring three stunning ceremony locations within The Orpheum Theater, you’re guaranteed to find your dream spot to say “I do”. OVER THE VINES VINEYARD & WINE BARN Edgerton • overthevines.com • Indoor Seating: 200 Outdoor Seating: 200 • 1800's Barn with crystal chandeliers surrounded by a vineyard and lush gardens creating the perfect backdrop for your special day. OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Madison • overture.org • Indoor Seating: 300 Start your journey together at Madison’s own downtown stunning arts center. Ensure your day is artful, exquisite and unique. PARADISE PARK Cottage Grove • 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. PIONEER CREEK FARM Lomira • pioneercreekfarm.com • Indoor Seating: 200 Outdoor Seating: 200 • Get married under a giant sugar maple, a pergola with a pond surrounding you, or chandeliers in a rustic barn. 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.
special ceremony sites STOUGHTON COUNTRY CLUB Stoughton • stoughtoncountryclub.com • Outdoor Seating: Unltd Beautiful outdoor lakeside ceremony site overlooking Lake Kegonsa, a special setting for your special day.
SUGARLAND 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 SWAN BARN DOOR Wisconsin Dells • theswanbarndoor.com • Indoor Seating: 500 Outdoor Seating: 300 • Newly constructed timber frame barn. Rustic setting for indoor ceremonies, or exchange vows outdoors under a canopy of trees. 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. WADE HOUSE HISTORIC SITE Greenbush • wadehouse.org/eventrentals • Indoor Seating: 200 Outdoor Seating: 300 • Offering historic character with contemporary conveniences. Share your exclusive day with special guests at the Wade House Historic site. 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.
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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.
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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 & 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. DATE Officiants may charge less depending on the time of year or the day of the week. ADDED SERVICES Sometimes there are extra fees for attending the rehearsal or for traveling certain distances.
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TIMING AFTER VENUE IS SCHEDULED: Book officiant 3-6 MONTHS BEFORE: Discuss type of ceremony desired 1-4 WEEKS BEFORE: Apply for marriage license 1 WEEK BEFORE: Check in with officiant to verify dates, times, and other details DAY OF: Bring license PHOTOS: LK BRIDAL STUDIO, JAS MCDANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAIT ROSE, AZENAWEDPLAN.COM PHOTOGRAPHY
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. Outof-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. REQUIREMENTS: Over 18 years of age—unless with signed consent from guardians Both parties must apply in person at same time Proof of residence (i.e., driver’s license, lease, utility bills, letter with postmark over 30 days old) Certified copy of birth certificate (hospital certificate is not a legal document and is not accepted) Photo ID Social security number Copy of divorce judgment, marriage annulment, or death certificate from most recent marriage Location and date of marriage Officiant name, title, address and phone number Names, with correct spelling for both parents, including middle names and mother’s maiden name A third person to interpret if one or both of the applicants do not speak English License fees vary from county to county, please refer to the county clerk's website for most current information. 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. SECULAR: allows the couple and officiant to create something unique & meaningful without religious overtones. It is usually a bit longer and more personalized than a simple, civil ceremony.
TRENDING 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 childrenâ€™s books. Another fun twist being seen is opening the ceremony with a toast!
EXPERT ADVICE When creating your own vows, say what is in your heart. Keep in mind that reading something aloud takes longer than when you read it to yourself. Practice reading it out loud to see exactly how long it will take and how it will sound. Remember to use inflection and emotion.
PHOTOS: ABBOTS LANE, AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, THE WEDDING FLASHERS
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Your vision for the reception • Number of guests • Tentative wedding date Ideas and pictures • Decision makers that need to be included in tour
PHOTOS: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, ABBOTS LANE, THE WEDDING FLASHERS
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. WHAT IS THE RENTAL FEE? Find out what is included, how much the deposit is, and when the balance is due. 128 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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. 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. 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 PHOTOBOOTH ENTERTAINMENT SET-UP? Make sure the space can properly accommodate your entertainment for the night and that they have access to the proper electricity. Also verify that the dance floor is large enough to accommodate your number of guests. DOES YOUR VENUE HAVE EXCLUSIVE AV SERVICE OFFERINGS? Some venues have their own Gobo projectors and uplighting equipment and will not allow any outside vendors, such as DJs, to bring in their own equipment. 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.
IS THERE AN ALTERNATE OPTION IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER? If there are extreme weather conditions you will need to have a back up plan.
DOES THE SITE HAVE SOME KIND OF SHELTER?
WILL WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH A LARGE INSECT POPULATION?
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.
Depending on the time of year, you may have to spray or find a way to combat pesky creatures.
IS THERE RESTROOM ACCESSIBILITY? Even if there is accessibility, the restrooms may not be suitable for your affair. Portable restrooms now come equipped with the latest amenities. Units are clean and can come with flushing toilets, sinks, mirrors and lights, providing all the conveniences of an indoor facility outdoors.
DO WE NEED POWER? If you’re setting up lighting, a sound system, or have live music, you may need to set up a generator in order to have access to electricity. WHAT RENTALS WILL I NEED? Don’t forget tables, chairs, table settings, linens, and chair covers. Rental companies also offer dance floors, lighting, audiovisual equipment, and more to provide the ideal atmosphere for any celebration.
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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. FACILITY Your facility fee includes overhead costs like staff wages, training, taxes, maintenance, linens, serviceware, various licenses, and insurance.
TRENDING Couples are thinking outside the box for unique outdoor reception space from terraces, vineyards, gardens, backyards, roaring fields and forests. They are also transforming indoor venues with luxury draping and lounge areas, creating new unique spaces. Friday evening & Sunday weddings are also a popular request and can have huge cost savings.
EXPERT ADVICE The venue’s event coordinator really does know the venue best. When selecting your reception space, keep in mind the comfort of your guests and ask the event coordinator the comfortable guest capacity.
TIMING 12-18 MONTHS BEFORE: Tour & 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 | 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 & 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!
Betty Lou Cruises Madison • (608) 246-3138 bettyloucruises.com
Bishops Bay Country Club Middleton • (608) 232-4201 bishopsbay.com
Blackhawk Country Club Madison • (608) 231-2454 blackhawkcc.com
Bunky’s Catering Madison • (608) 204-7004 bunkyscafe.net
Candlewood Suites Fitchburg • (608) 271-3400 candlewoodsuites.com/ fitchburgwi
Capital Brewery Middleton • (608) 826-1081 capitalbrewery.com
Chapel of the Archangels Beaver Dam • (920) 356-1900 chapelofthearchangels.com
Charlie's on Main Oregon • (608) 291-2255 charliesmainevent.com
Chula Vista Resort WI Dells • (866) 382-4852 chulavistaresort.com
Coachman’s Golf Resort Edgerton • (608) 884-8484 coachmans.com
Creekside Place Evansville • (608) 882-0407 creeksideplace.org
The Crystal Room WI Dells • (608) 253-2200 dellscrystalroom.com
Deer Valley Lodge Barneveld • (888) 924-1601 deervalleylodgewi.com
Devil’s Head Resort Merrimac • (608) 493-2251 devilsheadresort.com
Dorf Haus Roxbury • (608) 643-3980 foodspot.com/dorfhaus
The East Side Club Madison • (608) 222-9131 escmadison.com
The Edgewater Madison • (608) 535-8200 theedgewater.com
The Fields Reserve Stoughton • (608) 636-6400 fieldsreserve.com
Golden Mast Okauchee • (262) 567-7047 goldenmastinn.com
Goodman Community Center Madison • (608) 241-1574 www.goodmancenter.org
Harvest Restaurant Madison • (608) 255-6075 harvest-restaurant.com
Hi Point Steak House Ridgeway • (608) 924-2819 hipointsteakhouse.com
Cambridge Winery Cambridge • (608) 423-2348 cambridgewinery.com
Crowne Plaza Madison • (608) 243-1814 cpmadisonhotel.com
private catering OK
AI. Ringling Mansion Baraboo • (608) 448-7455 ringlingmansion.com
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private catering OK
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Agora Pavilion Fitchburg • (608) 277-2592 fitchburgcenter.com
rehearsal & reception venues
Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West Madison • (608) 203-4707 wiscohotels.com
Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center Madison • (608) 249-4220 holidayinn.com/madisonwi Howard Johnson Hotel, Madison • (608) 244-2481 madisonwihotelhj.com
Kestrel Ridge Golf Club Columbus • (920) 623-4653 kestrelridgegolf.com
The Lageret Stoughton • (608) 921-6400 thelageret.com
Lake Windsor Country Club Windsor • (608) 846-4711 lakewindsor.com
Lake Wisconsin Country Club Prairie Du Sac • (608) 643-4554 lakewisconsincc.com
The Legend at Bergamont Oregon • (608) 291-2400 thelegendatbergamont.com
Liliana's Restaurant Madison • (608) 442-4444 lilianasrestaurant.com
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The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club Madison • (608) 257-6000 concoursehotel.com
Madison Masonic Center Madison • (608) 256-5734 madisonmasoniccenter.org
Magnuson Grand Hotel Madison • (608) 224-1500 madisongrandhotel.com Mariner’s Inn, Madison • (608) 246-3120 marinersmadison.com
The Melting Pot Madison • (608) 833-5676 meltingpot.com/madison
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center Madison • (608) 261-4016 mononaterrace.com
The Oaks Golf Course Cottage Grove • (608) 837-4774 golftheoaks.com
The Old Feed Mil Mazomanie • (608) 795-4909 oldfeedmill.com
Old World Wisconsin Eagle • (262) 594-6301 oldworldwisconsin.org/ eventrentals
The Orpheum Theater Madison • (608) 416-4631 madisonorpheum.com
Over The Vines Vineyard & Wine Barn Edgerton • (608) 884-1023 overthevines.com
Overture Center for the Arts Madison • (608 ) 258-4163 overture.org
private catering OK
The Madison Club Madison • (608) 255-4861 madisonclub.org
Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center WI Dells • (608) 254-3303, kalahariresortweddings.com
# of banquet rooms
Ho-Chunk Gaming - Wisconsin Dells Hotel & Convention Center Baraboo • (800) 746-2486 ho-chunkgaming.com
private catering OK
Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton (608) 831-2220 madisonwestmiddleton.hgi.com
# of banquet rooms
rehearsal & reception venues
Pioneer Creek Farm Lomira • (262) 751-1426 pioneercreekfarm.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
Vitense Golfland Madison • (608) 271-1411 vitense.com
Wade House Historic Site Greenbush • (920) 526-3271 wadehouse.org/eventrentals
private catering OK
The Tuscany Mediterranean Grill Fitchburg • (608) 270-1684 tuscanygrill-fitchburg.com
# of banquet rooms
The Pavilion at Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie • (608) 837-5252 angellparkspeedway.net
private catering OK
# of banquet rooms
Park Hotel Madison • (608) 285-8000 parkhotelmadison.com
Porta Bella Madison • (608) 256-3186 portabellarestaurant.biz
Quivey’s Grove Madison • (608) 273-4900 quiveysgrove.com
Savanna Oaks Event Center Fall River • (920) 484-6257 savannaoakscenter.com
Watertown Country Club Watertown • (920) 261-5009 watertowncc.com
Sheraton Madison Hotel Madison • (608) 251-8399 sheraton.com/madison
Waunakee Village Center Waunakee • (608) 850-5992 waunakee.com/villagecenter
Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub Madison • (608) 333-1977 sprecherspub.com
Wild Rose Ranch Baraboo • (608) 772-3403 wildroseranchofbaraboo.com
Stoughton Country Club Stoughton • (608) 873-7861 stoughtoncountryclub.com
Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort/ Glacier Canyon Lodge WI Dells • (800) 867-9453 wildernessresort.com
Sugarland Arena • (608) 795-4909 sugarland-weddings.com
Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center WI Dells • (800) 648-4765 wintergreen-resort.com
The Swan Barn Door WI Dells • (608) 254-5900 theswanbarndoor.com
Wyndham Garden Hotel Fitchburg • (608) 274-7200 wyndham.com/hotels33338
The Thirsty Goat Fitchburg • (608) 422-5500 thirstygoatbrew.com
Trappers Turn Golf Club WI Dells • (608) 254-3303 trappersturn.com
Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Madison • (608) 264-6450 wisconsinhistory.org/ eventrentals
Yahara Bay Distillery & Event Space Fitchburg • (608) 275-1050 yaharabay.com
Where everything is on course!
Coachmanâ€™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.
COACHMAN’S GOLF RESORT 984 County Road A, Edgerton, WI 53534 | 608-884-8484 Theresa Johnson 608-217-5519 | www.coachmans.com Located in: Edgerton | Total square footage: 4,000 sq ft (Outdoor) Number of event spaces: 3+ outdoor | Capacity: 40-385 | Catering: On-site | Parking: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware 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.
THE CRYSTAL ROOM AT BUFFALO PHIL’S GRILLE 150 Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 | 608-253-2200 x300 | www.dellscrystalroom.com Located in: Wisconsin Dells | Total square footage: 5,700 sq ft | Number of event spaces: 3 Capacity: 15-300 | Catering: On-site, Off-site | Parking: 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 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.
the splendor of nature... your perfect ceremony,
DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561 | 608-493-2251 | www.devilsheadresort.com Located in: Merrimac | Total square footage: 11,800 sq ft | Number of event spaces: 5 Capacity: 600 | Catering: On-site | Parking: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, Barware, and More 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.
Let the memories begin... At the ESC, you will enjoy stunning views of Madisonâ€™s Capitol skyline and beautiful sunsets over Lake Monona. Club membership not required for the event of your lifetime.
THE EAST SIDE CLUB 3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714 | 608-222-9131 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.escmadison.com Located in: Madison-East | Total square footage: 14,000 sq ft | Number of event spaces: 2 Capacity: up to 600 | Catering: Off-site | Parking: Street, On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Event Coordinator, Barware, and Bartenders 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 Madisonâ€™s longtime favorite Wedding Reception locations.
THE WILDERNESS RESORT 511 E. Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 | 608-253-9729 | www.wildernessresort.com Located in: Wisconsin Dells | Number of event spaces: 3 | Minimum Capacity: Ask for Details Maximum Capacity: 700 | Catering: On-site | Parking: Ample Complimentary Available On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, and Barware 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.
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Best Overall Wedding Vendor, Best Reception Site, & Best Rehearsal Dinner
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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 Hotel for Guests 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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PREMIER DOWNTOWN LOCATION For over 100 years The University Club has hosted intimate rehearsal dinners & wedding receptions. Located on State Streetâ€™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.
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HOLIDAY INN AT THE AMERICAN CENTER 5109 West Terrace Drive, Madison, WI 53718 | 608-249-4220 | www.holidayinn.com/madisonwi Located in: Madison-East | Total square footage: 2,500 | Capacity: 200 Catering: On-site | Parking: Street, On-Site Includes: Event Manager, Tables, Chairs, China, Glassware, Dance Floor, White Table Linens & Napkins, Complimentary Centerpieces, LCD Projector & Screen Special Features: Easy access off I-90/94, offers pre-function area for cocktail reception with floor to ceiling windows, outdoor patio and chandelier-lit ballroom The Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center offers a beautiful chandelier-lit ballroom, pre-function space with floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor patio adjacent to the prefunction space & a wide variety of menu choices. So, whether you want a sit down dinner, a buffet or simply hors d’ oeuvres, you’re sure to find something you’ll love! The Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center is a one stop shop and their staff is what makes them great! Located just minutes from the Dane County Regional Airport, and Downtown Madison, Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center is a prime location giving you & your guests easy access to all the wonderful things Madison has to offer. They offer ample complimentary parking, luxurious guest rooms with a restaurant and bar on-site.
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CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL MADISON 4402 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704 | 608-243-1814 | www.cpmadisonhotel.com Located in: Madison-East | Total square footage: 10,500 sq ft | Number of event spaces: 11 Capacity: 350 | Catering: On-site | Parking: On-site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Event Coordinator, Serviceware, and Barware 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 dĂŠcor that serves as the ideal setting for each coupleâ€™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.
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 â€˘ www.DeerValleyLodgeWI.com
The wedding venue of choice for 58 joyous years. CEREMONIES - RECEPTIONS - REHEARSAL DINNERS Beautiful garden and gazebo for outdoor ceremonies and receptions.
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. Award Winning Venue
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. Reputation for Delicious Food
. Enchanting Setting
. Top-notch Staff & Service
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Quaint German village of Roxbury, just a 15 minute drive from Madison
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
950 seat auditorium | 500 seat ballroom
301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison | 608-256-5734
Beautiful Weddings, Beautiful Receptions
aRiana muRillo Photography
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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.
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Because your rehearsal dinner is just as imp�tant as your reception… Indoor & Outdoor Accommodations: • Rehearsal Dinners • Receptions • Ceremonies • Gift Openings • Catering & Bridal Showers
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W.O.W. Choose our private yachts, waterfront restaurants or both for your celebration. We specialize in outdoor seasonal events and personal touch indoor events year-round. REHEARSAL DINNERS WEDDING CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES BRIDAL SHOWERS
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From marble staircases to rustic barns, we have a unique setting for your wedding story.
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Weddings at The Edgewater are unparalleled in the region. The magnificent water views can be seen from many of our venues and guest rooms, and our expertly trained Wedding Concierge and catering team bring passion and magic to every wedding. Plus, you can relax and prepare in luxury for your special day at The Spa and The Salon. This is the place for enchanted beginnings. The Edgewater 1001 Wisconsin Pl. Madison, WI. I 608.535.8200 I theedgewater.com
THE EDGEWATER 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-535-8200 | www.theedgewater.com Located in: Madison | Number of event spaces: 5 | Capacity: 400 | Catering: In-house Parking: On-site, Street, Public Ramp, Private Ramp, and Valet Includes: Tables, Chairs, Linens, Barware, and Event Coordinator 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 coupleâ€™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.
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Kina Wicks Photography
MADISONâ€™S PLACE FOR
700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge, WI 53523 608-819-6672 | firstname.lastname@example.org C A M B R I D G E W I N E R Y.C O M
CAMBRIDGE WINERY 700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge, WI 53523 | 608-423-2348 | www.cambridgewinery.com Located in: Cambridge | Total square footage: 7,500 | Number of event spaces: 1 Minimum Capacity: 50 | Maximum Capacity: 300 | Catering: On-site | Parking: Street, On-Site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Barware, Serviceware, On-Site Event Coordinator Special Features: Large, modern, open indoor space that features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an outdoor patio. Outstanding selection of wines and food prepared by their renowned chef. Ceremony in vineyards. This is perfect for anyone who loves freshly prepared gourmet food paired with fine Wisconsin & Californiamade wines presented in a relaxed country setting. Cambridge Winery is committed to making your wedding sophisticated, extraordinary and most of all memorable for you and all of your guests.
A beautiful new facility with breathtaking surroundings!
Seating for up to 480 • Available April through October
4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI • 608-837-4774 • golftheoaks.com
THE OAKS GOLF COURSE 4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527 | 608-837-4774 | www.golftheoaks.com Located in: Cottage Grove | Number of Event Spaces: 1 | Capacity: 480 Catering: In-house Offered, Outside Licensed Caterers Accepted | Parking: On-Site Includes: Tables, Chairs, Event Coordinator, and Barware 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!
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BISHOPS BAY C O U N T RY C L U B
Andy Stenz Photography
Kim Fox Photography
Breathtaking View of the downtown Madison skyline & Capitol Building · Located on the shores of Lake Mendota Ceremony & Reception areas available · Can accommodate weddings from 100-300 · Private Country Club
3500 Bishops Dr., Middleton, WI 53562 | (608) 232-4201 | bishopsbay.com | email@example.com
A Historic Baraboo Tradition for 68 Years! Ceremonies • Receptions • Rehearsals Showers • Vintage Engagement • Wedding Photo Location ringlingmansion.com l 623 Broadway St., Baraboo, WI l 608-448-7455 l firstname.lastname@example.org WEDPLAN.COM 175
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 potluck! • 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 • email@example.com www.chapelofthearchangels.com 176 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
Have it all on the Lake! Visit us online at GoldenMastInn.com or call Monica 262.567.7047
Edward Fox Photography
Groups 25-400 •Weddings •Parties •Ceremonies •Rehearsal Dinners WEDPLAN.COM 177
Looking for a great place for your wedding reception? Then look no further! It all starts here and ends with the beginning of a wonderful life together. Ask about our
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Warm Inviting spaces for your special day
Host your loved ones in our modern-rustic rooms with gorgeous natural light.
Nikki N Photography
Locally-sourced catering & beverage service available.
Visit goodmancenter.org/rooms 149 Waubesa Street • Madison, WI 53704 • 608-241-1574 • goodmancenter.org/rooms
Captured Moments Photography
900 Avalon Rd, Columbus, WI
920-623-4653 kestrelridgegolf.com Affordable prices Just a 20 minute drive from Madison
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Leaning Tree Photography
333 South Madison Street, Waunakee • 608-850-5992 • www.waunakee.com/villagecenter
RECEPTIONS, REHEARSAL DINNERS, SHOWERS AND MORE
Beautiful building in park setting. Food catered or bring your own. Flexible arrangements.
Bringing Elegance and Charm Together in a Country Setting tography
Jessica Quist Pho
More than just an ordinary restaurant, The Old Feed Mill is a historic masterpiece — perfect for your special day.
e Ceremonies e Rehearsals e Receptions
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Dani Stephenson Photography
Jessica Quist Photography
515 East Main Street, Stoughton
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.
608-795-4909 ask for Nancy â€˘ sugarland-weddings.com â€˘ Linley Rd., Arena, WI WEDPLAN.COM 181
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 ✦ Check us out on Facebook ✦ ✦
315 Park St., Sun Prairie, WI | 608.837.5252 | email@example.com | angellparkspeedway.net
Wedding & Event Center 100 Savanna Rd., Fall River | 920.484.6257 Just 25 minutes from Madison
Deb’s Blue Moon Photography
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savannaoakscenter.com . Full-service wedding and special events planning . In-house catering . Full service bar . Big city elegance and country charm . Projection screen, projector and sound system available . Beautifully renovated facility with deck . Air conditioned . Seating up to 200 . Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings and other Special Events
Laura Zastrow Photography
Private country setting in picturesque valley... 3487 Bohn Road, Mt. Horeb | 608-437-4135 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ceremonies • Showers • Receptions Rehearsal Dinners • Parties 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 608.373.9727 www.thevenuejanesville.com email@example.com 184 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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1242 State Roa d 73, Edgerton, WI 53534 | 608-884-1023 | overthevines.com
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Watertown Country Club 1340 N. Water Street Watertown, WI 920-261-5009 firstname.lastname@example.org www.watertowncc.com
• Beautiful indoor/outdoor ceremony & reception site • Seating for over 325 guests • Affordable rates for any budget including no minimums
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
Enjoy your rustic style wedding day nestled in the Baraboo Bluffs. E12311 County Rd W Baraboo WI 53913 • 608-772-3403 www.wildroseranchofbaraboo.com 186 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
OV E RT U R E.O R G / W E D D I N G S
PIERRE’S PORTRAIT ARTS STUDIO
A N E XQ U I S I T E, U N I Q U E E X P E R I E N C E F O R YO U A N D YO U R G U E S T S , J U S T S T E P S F R O M T H E C A P I TO L .
N1076 Golf Road, Prairie du Sac, WI
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Full of modern amenities and rustic charm, this one-of-a-kind location offers a private and romantic setting for you and your guests.
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» 300 Person Capacity » Separate Ceremony & Reception Barns that include Bridal Suites and Indoor Bathrooms with running water. Enjoy the entire day at one location! » Heating & air conditioning in both barns. » Modern technology including Wi-Fi, HD Projector with screen, and integrated sound system. 2479 Glenn Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 608-636-6400 email@example.com www.fieldsreserve.com
Host your Rehearsal Dinner with us in our private dining room for up to 40 people. Host your bachelorette party or bridal shower with us and the bride eats free!
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A breathtaking landscape for your event W4722 Superior Dr., Lomira, WI 53048 | 262-751-1426
pioneercreekfarm.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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-overhand 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.
VITENSE Catering & Grill
Delivering Food and Fun to Madison for over 60 years!
Let our professional event staff assist you with your weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Vitense Catering & Grill also provides extensive in-house and off premise catering for your special events any time of day! For a stress-free event, all you have to do is provide the guests and let us do the rest! 5501 Schroeder Rd., Madison l West Beltline Hwy. and Whitney Way
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CUSTOMARY DANCES: Following the first dance, the bride dances with her father, the groom’s father, and best man. The groom dances with his mother, the bride’s mother, and maid of honor. Other guests join the wedding party on the floor after these dances. BOUQUET TOSS: The bride tosses a small bouquet over her shoulder to a waiting group of single women. According to tradition, the woman who catches the bouquet will be the next bride. GARTER TOSS: The groom removes the bride’s garter from her leg and throws it to a waiting group of bachelors. According to tradition, the lucky recipient will be the next groom.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Wedding date • Venue • Number of guests on your invite list • Timeline of the day Recipes you want included • Needs for special meals (e.g., kids menu, vegan, allergen-free, etc.)
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WHAT TO ASK WILL MORE THAN ONE EVENT BE SCHEDULED 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 Iâ€™VE BEEN WORKING WITH BE AT OUR WEDDING? Make sure you meet the person who will be on site. PHOTOS: AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY, MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
TRENDING Offering interactive food stations that are setup around the venue allows for guests to customize their food the way they like it and it also allows for less congestion and mobility. From carving stations with a chef attendant, pasta station, grilled cheese station, fondue station, mac & cheese station or sushi station, the options are endless. Couples can customize the food options to truly reflect them as a couple. You will see more and more pre-ceremony cocktails served to guests, which is a nice welcoming touch before the nuptials begin.
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Chef Dave Heide Head Chef & Owner
LILIANA’S RESTAURANT & CHARLIE’S ON MAIN 2951 Triverton Pike Drive, Fitchburg 608-442-4444 | lilianasrestaurant.com 113 S. Main Street, Oregon 608-291-2255 | charliesmainevent.com Charlie’s on Main & Liliana’s are owned and operated by Chef Dave Heide & his family. Just as Liliana’s is named after their daughter, Charlie’s is named after their son. While Liliana’s opened on her first birthday, Charlies opened on his 6th. Chef Dave tried his hand at multiple career paths before falling in love with cooking. Dave went on and graduated top of his class from Le Cordon Bleu, with love as his main ingredient in his cooking. Chef Dave has seen the wedding catering industry change recently from the traditional plated dinner to more casual buffets, stations, and heavy appetizers. He loves the trend of food stations, which are in lieu of a traditional buffet, where various mini-buffets are placed throughout the reception. Dave expressed, “This keeps people moving and mingling while eliminating the long wait.” He’s excited to see and be a part of the evolution of making wedding dinners into more of a party. Chef Dave has a passion and commitment to great food and service. He loves coming up with creative menu items to make your special day unique. With a focus on local ingredients, you know that his food will be as fresh as it is delicious.
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.
TIMING 1 YEAR OR MORE BEFORE: Initial consultation SHORTLY AFTER: Sampling appointment 4 MONTHS OR MORE BEFORE: Book caterer 3 MONTHS BEFORE: Determine the event prices with your caterer 2 MONTHS BEFORE: Verify event cost taking into account updates in availability and seasonal fluctuations 1-2 WEEKS BEFORE: Turn in absolute final guest count 2-7 DAYS BEFORE: Make final payment
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EXPERT ADVICE 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.
FUN CATERING IDEAS In addition to your meal, discuss with your caterer creative additions that can be served as hors dâ€™oeuvres or as a late night snack during the dance. Here are just a few fun ideas to inspire you: LOCAL FOOD BAR OR FOOD CART Think local when it comes to food carts, self-service food or snack stations. 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.
Have our cart at your event for dinner or a late night snack!
catering Unique, delicious options, customized for your perfect day! (608)630-4824 www.slidefoodcart.com
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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. CHILDHOOD FAVORITES 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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2425 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704
CATERING Full service catering, event planning & coordination O Personalized, Fresh Local Menus
O In House Catering Staff
O Linen & Tableware Rentals
O Buffet, Plated, & Family-Style
O Specializing in Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Vegan Options
O Consultations & Tastings by Appointment
Cafe available for private functions
BunkysCafe.net O email@example.com
50 years in the Madison and Surrounding Area
Great Food & Service Whether it be a buffet, plated dinner or hors dâ€™oeuvres buffet!
Exceptional Catering and Event Planning Professionals
With personalized one-onone wedding consultations and customized menus for unique individual tastes, we pride ourselves on our superb customer service.
709 Atlas Ave., Madison l 608.222.1267 l gaylordcatering.com l firstname.lastname@example.org
THE HERITAGE APPROACH Heritage Catering brings to Madison and surrounding areas a finer craft approach to catering. Our team creates memorable culinary experiences featuring local and seasonal farm to table menus. We are ready to personalize your event to reflect your unique needs.
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Hi Point Steak House where high expectations are quietly met.
6900 County Rd. HHH, Ridgeway, WI 53582 608-924-2819 hipointsteakhouse.com
Our talented, courteous and professional staff are able to cater to your every event, from a casual picnic style pig roast to the most elegant reception.
Chickens, Turkey, Lamb, Prime Rib, CHARCOAL ROTISSERIE CATERING Pigs, Tenderloin, Baby Ribs, & Fish Boils We turn an outdoor roast into a gala event! Customized Catering and Event Planning Services â€¢ Elegant Country Wedding Specialists
FULL CATERING MENU AVAILABLE FOR YOUR EVERY NEED
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Offering perfectly planned catering
...so everything on your special day will feel and taste like a dream.
award winning chef dave Heide offers catering services at your selected venue or in our historical event space.
Specializing in custom menu planning for your event, including: gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and more. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
A step above the rest
Creating an atmosphere for all occasions while exceeding all expectations...
For Events Year Round Wedding Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners In/Outdoor Settings & More! Caterers for Madison and South Central Wisconsin
608-835-9188 â€˘ JLRichardsCatering.com Email@JLRichardsCatering.com Mon.-Fri., 9am-9pm; Sat., 8am-9pm; Sun., 10am-6pm
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1617 N. Stoughton Road, Madison, WI 53704 608-256-4600 l updowncatering.com sales @ updowncatering.com
INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
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 palette • 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
PHOTOS: MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY, ABBOTS LANE, THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS
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 â€“ 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. 200 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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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 have other decor 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. SHAPE Cakes come in a variety of shapes that may impact the cost: hearts, scalloped ovals, squares, hexagons, diamonds, and more! FLAVORS More traditional flavors like chocolate, white, yellow, vanilla, and almond poppyseed often cost less than the specialty liquor flavors. FILLINGS Most fillings are included in the price of the cake, however specialty fillings such as cream cheese or ganache may cost extra, and the price of fresh fruit fillings may fluctuate seasonally. ICING Depending on the bakerâ€™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. TOPPERS 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. RENTALS Additional rentals affect the price and typically require a security deposit. ANNIVERSARY TIER This may be included in the price. Sometimes bakers offer a fresh tier on your anniversary instead. 202 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE PHOTOS: THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS, ABBOTS LANE, EAST ELM PHOTOGRAPHY
TIMING 6-9 MONTHS BEFORE: Book your baker - book on the earlier side if your wedding is during a peak time 6 MONTHS BEFORE: Visit your baker for a design consultation 2 WEEKS BEFORE: Give the final guest count to your baker and verify all details
TRENDING Lindsay Wehmeyer Cake Decorator & Wedding Coordinator
554 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison, WI 53705
608.661.PINK (7465) www.gigiscupcakesusa.com Gigi’s Cupcakes prides themselves in offering a premium product paired with the upper echelon of service to their clients. From cupcakes, cookies and cheesecakes, to elaborate multi-tiered custom cakes, they have something for everyone. Gigi’s Cupcakes is a high volume bakery, offering over 1,000 flavor options including vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free cupcakes.
Couples are really looking to personalize their wedding. From cakes, assorted pies, macarons, cheesecake, ice cream sundaes to s’mores, you can really get creative with dessert stations. The wedding cake makes for a beautiful central focal point to complement the dessert station.
EXPERT ADVICE Don’t copy another design exactly. Instead, give the decorator artistic license to incorporate your personalities and his or her own artistic ingenuity.
Lindsay Wehmeyer, Cake Decorator & Wedding Coordinator, has been with Gigi’s Cupcakes for the past 2 years. “I started my career in fine art and would paint on sugar cookies for friends while I was in college. I took my portfolio to a wedding cake shop in Alaska and asked them for a job. I was hired and began my career in the wedding industry. I loved it so much that I enrolled in culinary school at the University of Alaska Anchorage and graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts,” Lindsay says. Gigi’s Cupcakes are seeing trends including couples using jewel tones and rich color palettes in their cakes. Lindsay notes, “It’s been a lot of fun for me to step out of tradition and bend the rules with my couples. We get to celebrate the best part of people’s lives and it’s an absolute honor to do so.”
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CRAIGâ€™S CAKE SHOP
CARLâ€™S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING | PHOTOS: TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY
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CARLâ€™S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING | PHOTOS: TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY
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CRAIG'S CAKE SHOP | PHOTOS: TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY
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Signature & Buttercream Frosting
Wisconsin Bride magazine’s Best Cakes 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016!
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Gigi’s Cupcakes make events stylishly sweet.
Gigi’s Cupcakes of Madison I Hilldale Mall, 554 N. Midvale Blvd., Madison, WI 53705 (608) 661-PINK (7465) • GigisCupcakesUSA .com
Wedding Dessert Bridal favors trays showers
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Hold your shower at Chocolaterian, a cozy 100 year old landmark building on Madisonâ€™s east side.
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rentals & event design+++
INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Ceremony and reception venues • Number of guests What your ceremony and reception venues are already providing Mood board with pictures of color palette, style & design that makes your heart flutter • Idea of budget
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WHAT TO ASK SHOULD I ORDER EXTRAS? Round up your guest list when estimating some service items. For example, if you expect 200 guests, you should order at least 350 water glasses because each person will often go through more than one glass.
WHEN WILL THE RENTALS BE DELIVERED? For a Saturday wedding, rentals are typically delivered Thursday or Friday – or whenever your venue is available. WHO SETS UP? Find out if you, your venue’s staff, or the rental company is responsible for set up. There is often a fee to have the rental company set up, however they know precisely how things are put together and are adept at completing it in a timely, efficient manner. WHAT IS THE DELIVERY FEE? The fee varies depending on when and where it will be delivered. WHEN DO ITEMS NEED TO BE RETURNED? Typically companies need items returned the Monday following the event. IS THERE A FEE FOR BROKEN PIECES? Find out the rate for replacing broken pieces. Another option is to purchase a damage waiver that covers accidental damage. Rates typically amount to 10% of the cost of the entire order. AM I FORGETTING TO ORDER ANYTHING? Your professional will go over everything you might need. Commonly forgotten items include tablecloths for the gift table and cake table, glassware, and adequate power for the photobooth, caterer, and band.
EXPERT ADVICE Delivery, pick up and labor are all as equally important as the rental itself. When choosing and thinking about the different venues, it’s important to have a sense of where the design setup is going for the event, how much manpower it will take to haul into the event space and how long the overall setup & teardown is going to take. Be sure to find out when the items will need to be removed and picked up from the venue. 216 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
Erin Zimbeman, Owner EZPZ MARQUEE 608.571.EZPZ | ezpzmarquee.com
Specializing in marquee lighting, EZPZ Marquee offers hand crafted 48” marquee letters. Erin Zimbeman and her husband, Paul, hand craft them out of wood, and make sure that each of them is perfectly imperfect to fit a rustic, industrial or vintage theme. Erin explains, “My husband, Paul (the PZ in EZPZ) and I started the business as a hobby. My sister, Elise, was getting married at a concert venue and she couldn’t decide what to feature on the stage. I knew it had to be big, it had to be bold, and it had to make a statement and set the tone of the wedding. Elise was going for a rustic, vintage vibe, and I knew just the thing to set the mood– marquee lights. But not just any marquee lights... giant marquee lights.” After countless internet searches and no luck, Erin and Paul offered to make them for her sister’s wedding. With Erin’s design ideas, and Paul’s woodworking skills, they went to work. Erin said the marquee letters were a hit and the guests started asking them if they could make marquee letters for their friends & family. They of course said yes and knew they had to make the business legitimate–hence the birth of EZPZ Marquee. EZPZ Marquee also offers lanterns to dinner plates, crates to faux succulents, table cloths, and table numbers. Erin & Paul’s goal is to offer “wedding essentials”, but have them be very specific in theme and very different than what you can find anywhere else.
TRENDING Stylish metallic accents are being incorporated throughout the tablescapes from rose gold, copper, brass & gold. Modern surfaces, such as plexiglass, are being used for signage and tiered food & beverage stands. Specialty seating is being chosen based on the overall event design from gunmetal chairs to mix and match wood chairs such as french country chairs, ice cream parlor chairs and wooden benches.
TIMING 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 PHOTOS: AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, THE SWAN BARN DOOR COURTESY OF JENNA KUTCHER PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDPLAN.COM MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY, Ă LA CRATE VINTAGE RENTALS COURTESY OF VICTORIA MATTEO PHOTOGRAPHY
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. PROXIMITY Not only does the distance traveled to your venue factor into the overall cost, but the ease of accessibility at the site itself also matters. If the rental items need to be carried a great distance (e.g., across a bridge, through the woods, etc.) instead of simply unloaded straight from the truck, the added time and labor will add to the expense. SCALE The level of intricacy also influences the price. If you have a more casual affair and need less rental items, this will cost less than an upscale event with numerous rentals.
THE OPTIONS Arches Audio/visual equipment Candelabras
Cotton Candy Machines
Draping Flatware Food service
Inflatables and games
Linens Napkins Portable washrooms
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Picture of your wedding gown & 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 & boutonnieres needed (and whether moms & grandmas want wrist or pin-on corsages)
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TIMING 12–18 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
TRENDING The right mix of style and simplicity will be the highlights of floral design this year. Non-traditional floral items will continue such as berries, succulents and greenery of seeded eucalyptus, bay leaves, olive branches, ferns and ivy. These will accent cascading bouquets with long ribbons, garland and creative centerpieces down the center of the tables. “Just picked” floral arrangements of whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. These free form bouquets have a mix of both big and small blooms and consist of more than one color. WEDPLAN.COM PHOTOS: ABBOTS LANE, AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY, THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS
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 massproduce 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 (dethorn, 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. FLOWERS The flowers you choose greatly affect the price. Exotic, out-of-season flowers will cost more than readily available and easy-togrow 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.
EXPERT ADVICE The flower market has really opened up worldwide this year. Florists can get nearly any flower at any time of year. However, make sure you order well in advance as wholesalers require florists to make their purchases over a month in advance.
Tiffany Esser, Owner MOMENTUM
FLORAL AND DÉCOR
1821 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI 56562 608-824-1121 www.momentumfloralanddecor.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.” WEDPLAN.COM 229
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Aspidistra Succulents Monstera Leaves
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CRE ATIVE DESIGN
Candy Cannon is an entrepreneur and
established business owner transplanted from Montana to Wisconsin almost 20 years ago. Her passion for flowers and quality design are the driving principles behind her success. She was inducted into the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers in 2010 after many years of studying floral design. Candy is available for professional consulting, DIY Consulting, hands-on design instruction, as well as a variety of topics for presentation to trade groups and garden clubs. Candy’s inspiration for creative wedding designs is fueled by relentlessly continuing her floral design and art education. Her philosophy is that there is always something new to learn and master. Candy’s goal is to pass on 35 years of knowledge to assist brides and event planners with any type of floral need. Most importantly, she’s committed to helping the client with information to make informed decisions while providing fresh and inspiring ideas. Because there is a demand for DIY design, Candy has created studio space for the “Do It Yourself ” minded clients. As a f loral design educator, Candy can help you get started ordering flowers in bulk and walk you through creating your own designs.
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“Candy, We just wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you did at our wedding! You were fun and easy to work with. Our colors were a challenge but, you had tons of creative ideas. I absolutely LOVED the flowers!! And we appreciate how flexible and prompt you were during the process. Thanks!” Stephanie and Brian
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Uniquely Inspired & Crafted with Style Complimentary Consultations Personalized service including delivery, set-up, rentals, site decor and styling WEDPLAN.COM 608-824-1121 | 1821 Parmenter St., Middleton, WI l momentumfloralanddecor.com l
Urban Anchor Photography
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Creating Memories that last Forever 1001 Solar Court, Verona | www.surroundingsEF.com
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Karly Jo Photography
Events and Floral 608.845.7888
Tim Tab Studios
Green Paint Photography
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Victoriaâ€™s Garden Custom Floral Designs & Gifts
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Dream wedding, dream flowers. We add the perfect touch. 608.352.8052 l modbloom.net l firstname.lastname@example.org
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wedding scapes+++ find inspiration from . . .
designs featuring coordinated wedding details based on a certain look, feel, or theme.
Coordination, Design, & Rentals - Event Essentials | Photography - Tim Fitch Photography Florals - Flora Designs by Jamae | Cake - Creative Confections | Venue - Private Residence WEDPLAN.COM 247
Coordination & Design - The Darling Wedding Co. | Photography - Krakora Studios Cake & Cupcakes - Gigi's Cupcakes | Florals - Sweet Pea Floral | Paper Goods - Sugar Pear Design Rentals - Event Essentials & Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals | Venue - Charlie's on Main
Coordination, Design, & Florals - The Flower Studio | Photography - The Wedding Flashers Cake - Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering | Paper Goods - Paperworks Design Co. Rentals - Event Essentials & Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals | Venue - The Pavilion at Angell Park
Coordination, Design, & Paper Goods - LK Bridal Studio | Photography - Abbots Lane Cake - Craig’s Cake Shop | Florals & Rentals - Simply Glamorous Designs at Oregon Floral Rentals - Á La Crate Vintage Rentals | Location - Cold Water Canyon
Coordination, Design & Florals - Surroundings Events & Floral | Photography - Karly Jo Photography Cake - Sweet Street Bakery | Paper Goods - Sarah B. Rentals - Event Essentials | Venue - The Lageret
Coordination, Design, Florals & Rentals - The Petal Patch | Photography - Thrive Photography & Films Cake & Confections - Dough Baby Bakery | Paper Goods - Sugar River Stationers Location - Private Residence
INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
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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TIMING IMMEDIATELY AFTER ENGAGEMENT: Book photography services & engagement photo session with enough time to use photos in save the dates, wedding websites, and announcements 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
TRENDING Couples are asking their photographers to focus 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 couple.
WEDPLAN.COM PHOTOS: ABBOTS LANE, LK BRIDAL STUDIO, ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, THE WEDDING FLASHERS
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. 260 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
Ilana Natasha Owner
ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY 316 W. Washington Ave., 6th Fl., Madison, WI
608-345-4461 | www.ilananatasha.com Ilana Natasha lives and breathes photography. Growing up in a family of professional photographers, she always had a camera in hand. When she began working at a local radio station, Ilana volunteered to shoot station events, which made her incredibly agile and adaptable to scenes, ideas and people. One day a coworker and her fiancé approached Ilana to shoot their wedding. She declined, saying she did not have enough experience. They insisted. “And I’m glad they did!” Ilana exclaims. “As soon as I shot my first solo wedding, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.” Ilana has the remarkable ability to put people at ease. She loves working with clients that do not consider themselves photogenic or do not know what to do in front of a camera. “I find such joy in being able to turn that fear or uneasiness into a fun experience!” She documents the story of her clients by focusing on authentic moments. “I’m curious about you, your humor, your love, your connection with each other and the people that mean the world to you,” Ilana explains, “I aim to create images that are genuinely full of joy, love, and the beauty of an instant.”
COST BREAKDOWN LIMITED BOOKINGS: Many photographers limit themselves to only 15-20 weddings per year so they can give each one the proper time and attention it needs. TIME: Though you might only see your photographer on your wedding day, many hours of work go into perfecting your photos. It is not unusual for a quality photographer to spend upwards of 30-40 hours on a wedding. Consultations, engagement sessions, preparation, editing, image download & backup, retouching, album design, actual wedding day photography, and more contribute to the overall cost. EQUIPMENT: It is not unusual for an established photographer to have $20,000-$30,000 worth of photographic equipment with them at your wedding: multiple cameras, a variety of lenses, portable lighting equipment, and backups in case something should break or malfunction. Not to mention, changing technology and increased wear and tear leads to costly repairs and frequent replacements. LENGTH OF COVERAGE: Whether you want a standard package or every add-on imaginable, the number of hours you want your photographer on site affects the cost. Make sure to pay for as much coverage as you can afford because undoubtedly you will want your photographer to capture every moment and overtime fees can be costly. NUMBER OF PHOTOGRAPHERS: There is a price that comes with the ability to be in more than one place at one time. But it is worth it for the increased assurance that no important shot will be missed and the added creativity that comes from having two different artistic perspectives. PRODUCTS: Truth be told, the products they provide – beautifully captured memories of the most important day in your life – are priceless. Albums, books, wall portraits and prints are artistically crafted keepsakes to remind you of every priceless moment.
THE OPTIONS What's Your Wedding Photography Style? 1. THE LIGHT ON YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTOS LOOKS LIKE:
a. Natural light outdoors or from the candles and twinkle lights at 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.
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PHOTOS: KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY, TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY
EXPERT ADVICE LIGHTING Consider doing a first look photo session before your ceremony if your wedding is in the late fall or winter. Daylight savings time can make post-ceremony images tricky for off-season Wisconsin weddings. PRODUCTS If you are only purchasing a disc of digital images, be sure to have a plan for what you will do with them. Too many couples look to save a little bit of money by only purchasing the discs, and then do nothing with them afterwards. Purchase keepsakes from your photographer to fully enjoy your investment. PERSONALITY Make sure to choose a photographer for their personality as well as their style. They are one of the vendors you will spend the most time with on your wedding day and you want to feel comfortable. If your personalities do not mesh, regardless of how much you like their style of work, there is probably a better fit for you out there. WEDPLAN.COM PHOTOS: LK BRIDAL STUDIO, ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY, AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
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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 & VIDEO BOOTHS: Guests love getting into the fun, plotting their poses, and picking out props. They get their own photo or video clip. The couple can keep a copy. 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. 286 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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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 tear-down, 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.
EXPERT ADVICE 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. WEDPLAN.COM 287
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The PhotoBooth is a Wedding Memory Maker! Pure Contagious Fun! We’ve taken tens of thousands of photos in our PhotoBooths and there isn’t a sad face - ever! As soon as guests see the PhotoBooth, a line forms and the fun begins. The laughter and hilarity that ensues inside is contagious! Our Photobooths have been the hit of every event we’ve been to! Capturing photo memories all night long…. Thru the Keepsake PhotoStrips it creates for your guests and the wonderful handcrafted Scrapbook of guest messages, and the digital copies you receive, it will produce special memories that will be forever cherished as a unique keepsake of your Wedding Day! All of our PhotoBooth packages include the items listed below!
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
Tentative timeline of your day • General idea of budget • Style of videography you like How interactive you want your videographer to be (e.g., actively interviewing people or unobtrusively documenting) End products you are interested in (raw footage, specialty videos, etc.) Any family dynamics the videographer should be aware of (e.g., divorced parents)
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WHAT TO ASK WHO WILL BE MY VIDEOGRAPHER? Larger studios have multiple staff members. Make sure the person you meet and work with is the one who will be filming your special day. CAN I SEE A WEDDING VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY? Ask to see a complete wedding in a setting similar to yours. Look at examples of the types of products you are interested in. Check videos for clarity, steadiness, and attention to detail. Listen carefully to the quality of various sounds, from soft-spoken vows to the beat of dance music. Watch for transition from scene to scene and the use of special effects (if desired). WHAT FORMATS DO YOU OFFER? Check to see if they shoot in high-definition and offer Blu-Ray discs if you desire. You can also ask to have video files put on a USB flash drive or external hard drive for easy transfer to the web, your computer, or other plug and play devices. WHEN WILL I GET THE FINISHED PRODUCT? Editing video takes a substantial amount of time. Figure out your videographer’s turnaround time, which is typically within a month or two. HAVE YOU WORKED WITH MY PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE? Though not a must, it is helpful if the two have worked together before and are comfortable working within the same space. DO YOU HAVE OTHER WEDDINGS ON MY DATE? Ideally your videographer will only book one wedding per day, but if there are two, make sure you are comfortable with the amount of time in between.
EXPERT ADVICE When choosing a videography package, do not simply consider what you and your 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.
TRENDING Couples are excited about sameday editing. One option includes having the wedding party put together a fun video to be shown at the reception.
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?
Reserve date, send in contract and reservation fee
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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UP TO 18 MONTHS BEFORE:
3 MONTHS BEFORE: Give videographer timeline and other pertinent information 1 WEEK BEFORE: Contact to verify all details
Do not miss the sweet and thoughtful moments of the rehearsal dinner, with interviews of friends, family, and the wedding couple.
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 hourlong 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.
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.
Capture the excitement of the reception with footage of the wedding partyâ€™s entrance, reception dĂŠcor, guests, cake cutting ceremony, toasts, garter and bouquet tosses, speeches, and special dances.
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
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.
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.
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. 292 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
PRODUCTS Packages vary widely, but most include the unedited footage of your entire ceremony plus your edited highlight videos in either standard DVD or Blu-ray formats. Choose from countless special effects such as turn-of-the-century looks, slow motion, color correction, and more.
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
The style of your wedding: Formal or informal? Traditional or non-traditional? 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 donâ€™t mind if a vocalist uses music recordings as a background
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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?
THE OPTIONS DJS Keep the dance floor moving with talented professionals that emcee while they keep the tunes flowing. BANDS From brass quintets at the ceremony to big bands at the reception, choose from a number of options to keep the mood light and energetic. SOLOISTS Performers such as singers, harpists, pianists, and saxophonists provide the perfect accompaniment to the ceremony. STRINGS Duos, trios, and quartets provide elegant music for both the ceremony and reception. 296 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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Having worked with crowds for over a decade in the dueling pianos business, Piano Fondue has developed quite a proficiency with directing the energy of a night of music. Whether you are looking for a high-energy, all-request dueling pianos show; a DJ for a high-energy, all-request dance party; or a combination of services, Piano Fondue guarantees to entertain! Piano Fondue features the talents of entertainers and DJs to delight audiences of all types. They have taken the dueling pianos concept to the next level with a full stage production, complete with a custom light show, incredible performances, and experienced staff to ensure that this will be an entertainment experience to remember. A new trend that many couples have been asking for is a unique take on some of the first dances - either changing the style up or even mashing up more than one special song into one dance. Piano Fondue is there to help orchestrate the sound and wow your guests. “It is a fun spin that makes this personal expression through music even more personal,” says Josh. Piano Fondue’s attention to detail and professional, timely communication with their clients is always priority one. Nowhere else will you find a more balanced sound or as professional a production team. Owner, Josh Dupont says, “Our pianos are beautiful - not merely keyboards on stands. The DJs we work with are stellar no one’s just hitting play on an iPod (oh, it happens!).”
COST BREAKDOWN NUMBER OF MUSICIANS The greater the size of the group, the higher the price.
PREPARATION Besides the time played at the actual wedding, there are numerous hours spent practicing and arranging music. LENGTH OF TIME PLAYED The price increases based on the length of time, though if you book your musicians for both the ceremony, and reception, there may be a discount. EXPERTISE More education, experience, and demand translates to a smoother, more professional performance, but possibly a higher price. INSTRUMENTS OR EQUIPMENT The care, maintenance, & transportation of instruments & 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.
TIMING 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
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firstname.lastname@example.org 608.206.5919 | tkodjentertainment.com With over 25 years of experience, Todd, the owner of TKO DJ Entertainment, specializes in providing DJ entertainment for weddings as well as up-lighting, photo booths, photography & videography services (including optional drone services). He also added a wedding planner to his staff. Todd has always had a passion for music. He started his DJ career in clubs but found his love for weddings one night when he filled in for a friend to DJ a wedding. Since then, he has provided entertainment at hundreds of weddings. His talent for being able to play the right songs at the right time, including clients’ requests, allows the whole night to flow seamlessly and creates a uniqueness every bride wants. His willingness to go the extra mile, the precise attention to detail, the ability to read a crowd and his planning skills are what set him and his company apart, and will make your event run like clockwork. Todd explains, “My best advice is, do not base your choice of DJ strictly on price. If you find a DJ that can deliver exactly what you want, don’t settle for another DJ based on price alone. I understand budgets, but the DJ you choose will greatly determine the success of your reception.” WEDPLAN.COM 297
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Groom/Mother Songs via Jukebox Bandstand Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd or Shinedown What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
TRENDING Switching up the ambience of the venue, many couples are now choosing “downlighting”, which is a lamp, often lighting set in a metal cylinder, mounted on or recessed into the ceiling so that a beam of light is directed downward.
EXPERT ADVICE It’s always best to meet with at least three different DJ’s when choosing a Disc Jockey. The cheapest price is NOT always the best value.
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EXPERT ADVICE Practice your dance routine in front of an audience before your wedding day. Couples rarely do this as they want their first dance to be a surprise, but it makes a huge difference in confidence and pre-performance jitters! Whether you practice it at the studio in front of the dance staff or in front of a small group of friends at home, practice with an audience! Make your mistakes during the run-through and not on the big day!
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PHOTOS: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY, MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY
TRENDING For first dances, couples are mixing two different songs and dance styles together into one fabulous routine, usually combining a slower song and a faster song. Not only does this make it easier to "narrow things down" when it comes to picking your wedding song, but it also showcases a variety of dance styles. This makes it impressive and more fun for both the guests and the newlyweds!
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INITIAL CONSULT |
What to bring & know.
WEDDING DAY LOCATIONS Know your ceremony site, reception venue, 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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COST BREAKDOWN VEHICLE TYPE SUVs will be more expensive than a sedan. Often, the larger the vehicle, the greater the price. NUMBER OF PASSENGERS The more passengers you have, the larger the vehicle you need, which often means a higher price. HOURS OF USE Many services specify a minimum number of hours the vehicle must be hired. Make sure to budget extra time or there may be overage fees. FUEL Though fuel is generally included in the hourly rate, there may be a fuel surcharge for greater distances.
WHAT TO ASK
TIME OF YEAR
What types of licenses and insurance do you have?
Prices are higher during peak times of the year such as wedding season, prom or homecoming season, and graduation.
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?
DAY OF THE WEEK Limos are generally in higher demand on the weekend which means there may be different rates for different days. ADD-ONS Bonus features such as TVâ€™s, mini-bars, bottles of champagne, etc., may impact the cost.
What will the chauffeur be wearing?
Are there any decoration restrictions?
Gratuity is typically in addition to the agreed upon fee. 15-20% is the standard amount.
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?
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TIMING Make transportation arrangements soon after the engagement, especially if your wedding falls around a peak time such as prom, homecoming, or graduation.
TRENDING Brides and grooms are transporting their bridal parties in style with popular stretch luxury vans and buses.
EXPERT ADVICE When trying to create a wedding day timeline and calculating how many hours you will need transportation, take into consideration extra time between the ceremony and reception. Allow additional time for pictures following the ceremony, if you are doing a receiving line or stopping off at any additional places for pictures or a cocktail.
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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!
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 10 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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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 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 |
What to bring & know.
Wedding date â€¢ Estimate of wedding guests requiring accommodations Whether you want to distribute welcome bags to guests Whether you want a block of rooms at more than one hotel
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WHAT TO ASK DO I NEED TO HOST MY RECEPTION HERE TO BOOK A BLOCK OF ROOMS? If the hotel is also a reception venue, sometimes they are unable to set aside a block of rooms unless your reception is at their facility. IS THERE A MINIMUM OR MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ROOMS WE CAN SET ASIDE? Find out your parameters. Hotels place a limit on how many rooms you can set aside, but some will extend additional rooms based on demand and availability. WHAT HAPPENS TO ROOMS THAT ARE NOT BOOKED? Some hotels require a fee if the reserved rooms are not booked. Others simply release rooms from reservation if not booked by a certain date. WHAT TYPE OF DISCOUNT WILL GUESTS RECEIVE ON OUR BLOCK OF ROOMS? The main advantage of a block of rooms is the guaranteed availability offered to your guests. For hotels that offer price breaks, rates fluctuate depending on the time of year, level of demand, and how far in advance the room is booked. WHAT KIND OF INCENTIVES WILL WE RECEIVE FOR BOOKING A BLOCK OF ROOMS? Incentives are wide ranging and can include anything from free breakfast, a free bridal suite, free bonus room, room upgrades, and gift cards for future stays or to put toward room upgrades for your guests. DOES YOUR HOTEL OFFER AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION? Find out if the hotel has an airport shuttle and whether it is complimentary or requires a fee. IS THERE A FEE FOR PARKING? Some hotels offer complimentary parking, while others charge a fee. IS THERE A FEE FOR DISTRIBUTING GUEST WELCOME BAGS? Though not always, there can be a nominal fee to distribute bags to your wedding guests.
EXPERT ADVICE Check special event dates in the area of your wedding when selecting your wedding date. This will greatly impact the cost of hotel and other accommodation rates for out-oftown guests. To find out if there are special event weekends, call the hotel and ask. Most hotels know up to two years in advance of these dates. PHOTOS: KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY, TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, URBAN ANCHOR PHOTOGRAPHY, THE WEDDING FLASHERS
TIMING 12 MONTHS BEFORE: Book block of rooms 8 MONTHS BEFORE: Include block information on save the dates or wedding website 3-4 MONTHS BEFORE: Start monitoring the hotel block on a weekly or monthly basis so you can adjust the number and type of rooms set aside if necessary 1-2 DAYS BEFORE: Drop off guest welcome bags for hotel to distribute
TRENDING More and more hotels are seeing King guest rooms being booked verses Double Queen guest rooms due to more couples attending child-free weddings.
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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 postwedding festivities. Invite them to the rehearsal dinner (if budget allows), a special brunch, or the gift opening party. If other special activities are planned, consider extending an open invitation to distant travelers. Set your guests at ease by preparing for every possible need. Put baskets of toiletries in your reception facility's restrooms that contain helpful items such as hairspray, disposable combs, bobby pins, hand lotion, chapstick, mouthwash, toothpicks, bandaids, static guard, nylons, feminine products, etc. If having a formal reception, carefully plan the seating arrangement. Place guests in comfortable situations with those they know or with whom they share similar interests. If the reception dinner guest list includes children, consider ordering kid-friendly meals. Your younger guests will enjoy them and their parents will be grateful. When giving toasts, remember to include a heartfelt thank you to everyone for attending your celebration. Send a hand-written thank you note for every gift. You must follow e-mails, form letters, and a verbal thank you with a hand-written note. Keep in mind that out-of-town guests may have spent hundreds of dollars just to get to the wedding day. They certainly deserve the extra attention to help them feel welcome!. 320 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
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TIME OF YEAR
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:
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.
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.
Perks for booking a block of rooms such as a free bridal suite, room upgrades, free meals, etc., can add value to your purchase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
LINK 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 |
What to bring & know.
Wedding date • Preferred travel dates • Desired length of stay • Top "must haves" Idea of features you want your accommodations to have (ocean view, Jacuzzi, terrace, etc.) Type of activities you enjoy (golf, scuba, sunbathing, night life, tours, etc.) Type of food and restaurants you enjoy (seafood, steak, etc.) Allergies or special limitations • Budget range
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TIMING 12-14 MONTHS BEFORE: Contact an agent to plan a destination wedding 9-11 MONTHS BEFORE: Contact an agent to plan your honeymoon. Put down deposit Begin passport acquisition process 1-2 MONTHS BEFORE: Make final payment 2-4 WEEKS BEFORE: Receive travel documents
TRENDING More than anything else, couples are booking honeymoons that offer all-inclusive, adults-only luxury options for relaxing after the â€œI 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 JuneAugust 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. DESTINATION Where you go, how long you stay, and the caliber of your accommodations influence the cost. TIME OF YEAR Peak travel times such as winter and spring break may cost up to 40% more than travel during other times of the year. SERVICE FEES Some travel agents charge fees, while others receive compensation strictly from the airlines, hotels, and tour operators they utilize.
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.
EXPERT ADVICE Book a destination for your honeymoon and accommodations that fit your specific vision and personalities as a couple. Use a travel agent as most do not charge service fees, have first-hand knowledge, and can secure better rates and honeymoon extras that you could not find online on your own.
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CALENDAR CHECKLIST 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!
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ENGAGEMENT Discuss budget, size and style of the wedding.
Make all transportation arrangements to
Decide who pays for what.
and from the wedding and the reception.
Contact a travel agent if planning a
Start shopping for wedding dress and
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).
Reserve florist. Reserve bridal suite and block of rooms at
hotel for out of town guests.
Initial catering consultation - sampling
Enlist the services of a wedding planner.
Make initial contact with vendors
Select your wedding party. Select one
and obtain references.
appointment shortly thereafter and book caterer. usher for every 50 guests.
Tour and reserve ceremony and reception
Appoint someone to act as "organizer" to
sites; make initial catering contacts.
Meet with officiant; schedule premarital
counseling. Reserve photographer. Reserve videographer.
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
Make arrangements for ceremony and
Select and order wedding dress,
reception music, and other entertainment (photo booth, flipbook, DJ, etc.).
engagement photo to local papers.
9 MONTHS OR BEFORE Reserve rental items that are larger in size
(e.g., tents) or high in demand (e.g., chairs).
Contact a travel agent to plan your
honeymoon; put down a deposit.
Begin passport acquisition process. Compile the guest list and guests' addresses. Consult with stationer about save the date
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Register your wedding with a formal wear 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 undergarments,
6 MONTHS OR BEFORE Look for alteration specialist (if someone
other than bridal shop).
Place your formalwear orders. Finalize order for any rental items including
Choose and order bridesmaids dresses.
Reserve your baker (earlier if your wedding is
Meet with stationer to determine style and
during a peak time) & have a design consultation.
Reserve your rehearsal dinner facility and
Have florist consultation and choose flowers.
serviceware, linens, décor, etc. colors; place order and begin proofing process.
Implement diet and exercise program. Sign up for dance lessons. Choreograph special
dance routine to “wow” guests.
Get measurements from men in wedding party.
4 MONTHS OR BEFORE Create gift registries and continue to
Select and order mothers dresses.
update them every couple of weeks.
Order ice sculpture.
3 MONTHS OR BEFORE Discuss ceremony plans with officiant. Start monitoring the hotel block on a weekly or
monthly basis so you can adjust the number and type of rooms set aside if necessary.
Begin dress alteration process for bride
Contact photographer to go over timeline
and any new details. Discuss how family portraits and other group shots will be handled. Verify date, time, and location particulars.
Give videographer wedding day timeline
and any other pertinent information.
Give gentle reminder to any groomsmen that have not yet been measured for formalwear. Verify event cost with caterer once they determine availability and seasonal fluctuations. Address wedding invitations.
2 MONTHS OR BEFORE Mail invitations. Purchase all accessories, shoes, and
lingerie for bridal gown.
First dress fitting; Schedule second dress
fitting for a couple weeks later.
Buy a wedding gift for future spouse and
gifts for attendants and helpers.
Schedule a follow up meeting with florist to
tie up loose ends before flowers are ordered.
Meet with invitation specialist for programs,
place cards, escort cards, favors, and any other signage including guest books, hosted bar signs, etc.
Meet with ceremony and reception
musicians/DJs to choose music.
1 MONTH OR BEFORE Final appointment with ceremony site
Plan seating arrangements for the rehearsal
coordinator to solidify final plans.
dinner and reception.
Confirm formalwear choices; check that all
Review this checklist to make sure nothing
men have been measured.
has been missed.
Final appointment with reception site
Complete change of address information for
coordinator to solidify final plans.
post office, if necessary.
Do a trial run for hair and makeup. Try to
Keep current with “Thank You” notes for
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
Finalize plans for rehearsal dinner.
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.
Make final payment to travel agent. Finalize orders for programs and day-of
Make final tweaks to rental items list, if necessary.
2 WEEKS OR MORE BEFORE Final dress fitting. Give the final guest count to your baker and
verify all details.
Finalize programs and signage with stationer;
Finalize list of names for place cards and escort cards.
Inquire about where the couple and
attendants will dress for the ceremony.
Review all details. Walk through the entire
event considering things like parking, access for handicapped guests, etc.
Turn in final guest count to caterer.
Apply for marriage license. Be sure to bring
Pick up rings.
Receive travel documents from travel agent.
all needed documents.
Inform or send rehearsal invitations including
exact time and location to those who will attend the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner.
Have a hair coloring appointment for
sun-kissed highlights or a clear color glaze to add shine to your natural hair color.
Break in wedding shoes.
1 WEEK BEFORE Groom gets a final haircut. His eyebrow or
back waxing should be done so irritations will have plenty of time to subside.
Check in with ceremony and reception
venues to inform them of any last minute details.
Review final details for those in the wedding party. Pack for the honeymoon.
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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.
3 DAYS BEFORE Pick up wedding gown, un-bag gown at
Drop off guest welcome bags for hotel
home after pickup.
1 DAY BEFORE Get a manicure and pedicure. Visit formalwear retailer for final fitting
and pick up.
Groom gets a final shampoo and hair trim
(beard and mustache included).
Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
and give gifts to attendants.
Give the rings and clergy’s fee to the best man. Organize gown, accessories, etc. to go to ceremony.
WEDDING DAY Hair, makeup, etc.
1-2 DAYS AFTER Return rented formalwear.
Mail wedding announcements.
Return other rental items.
BUDGET EXPENSE RECORD Use totals from the following worksheet pages.
Bridal Gown (include alterations)
Ceremony Costs (officiant, venue, license)
Reception Venue Rental
Reception Entertainment (photo booth, etc.)
Gifts (attendants, parents, others)
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THE BRIDE WEDDING ATTIRE
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: ____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
WEDDING 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:___________________________________________________________________
THE ATTENDANTS FEMALE ATTENDANTS Name/Title: ______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________
MALE ATTENDANTS Name/Title: ______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________ Name/Title:_______________________________________________________________________
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.
PRE-WEDDING DETAILS ENGAGEMENT RING Jeweler:______________________________________________ Phone: ____________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Description of Ring:____________________________________ Price: _____________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________
WEDDING BANDS Jeweler:______________________________________________ Phone: ____________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Description of Rings: ___________________________________ Price: _____________________ ___________________________________________________
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INVITATIONS & STATIONERY Stationer: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _______________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: __________________________________________________________________________ Date Promised: _________________________________________________________________________ Description/Notes: _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________
STATIONERY CHECKLIST ITEMS
Be sure to order extra and everything at once!
Save the Dates
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Thank You Cards
Thank You Gifts
INVITATION WORDING SAMPLES TRADITIONAL BRIDE’S PARENTS SPONSORING 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
TRADITIONAL COUPLE SPONSORING WEDDING 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 COUPLE’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
COUPLE SPONSORING WEDDING WITH DIVERSE FAMILY
SAME SEX COUPLE SPONSORING WEDDING
Sarah Lynn Andrews and Michael James Brooks together with our families, invite you to celebrate our marriage on Saturday, the tenth of September at half past two o’clock St. Patrick Church Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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Please join us as we, Dylan and Robin celebrate our wedding ceremony on Saturday, the tenth of September at half past two o’clock. St. Patrick Church
GIFT REGISTRY Store: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________________ Website: ________________________________________________________________________
Store: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Registrar: _______________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________________ Website: ________________________________________________________________________
Store: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________________ Website: ________________________________________________________________________
Store: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Registrar: ________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________________
REGISTRATION CHECKLIST notes:
Dining: Casual Dining: Formal Kitchen
Bedroom Bathroom Living/Household Garage Travel/Honeymoon Outdoor/Sporting Goods Charity
GIFTS FOR OTHERS
Female Attendants ______________________________________________________ ____________ Male Attendants
FAVORS Favor Item(s): ____________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ From: _______________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Address: ____________________________________________ Price: _______________________ Date Ordered: ________________________________________ Date Promised: _______________ Details:___________________________________________________________________________
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SHOWERS SHOWER NO. 1 Host/Hostess:_____________________________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________________________________________________________ Location/Address:_________________________________________________________________ Date:____________________________________________________________________________ Time:____________________________________________________________________________ Type of Shower:___________________________________________________________________
SHOWER NO. 2 Host/Hostess:_____________________________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________________________________________________________ Location/Address:_________________________________________________________________ Date:____________________________________________________________________________ Time:____________________________________________________________________________ Type of Shower:___________________________________________________________________
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THE REHEARSAL AT THE CEREMONY SITE Rehearsal Date: __________________________________ Time: _______________________________
THE REHEARSAL DINNER Site: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Contact: __________________________________________ Date: ________________________________ Time: ____________________________________________ Menu: __________________________________________________________________________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________________
REHEARSAL & REHEARSAL DINNER GUEST LIST GUEST NAME
_______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________
WEDDING DAY DETAILS BEAUTY Salon: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Stylist: _________________________________________________________________________________ Appointments: 1)____________________________________________________________________________________ 2)____________________________________________________________________________________ 3)____________________________________________________________________________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________________
WEDDING PARTY Salon: ______________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Stylist(s)/Services: ______________________________________________________________________ Appointment: ___________________________________________________________________________ Spa Day: _________________________________________________________________________
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THE CAKE Bakery: __________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised:_____________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Information:_______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________
OTHER CONFECTIONS Bakery: __________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised:_____________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Information: _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________
TRANSPORTATION Company Name: __________________________ Phone: __________________________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Type/Description (carriage, limo, etc.):_________________________________________________ Pickup Date: ________________________________ Time: _______________________________ Length of Rental Time: _______________________ Capacity:____________________________ Price: _____________________________________ Additional Time Charge: ________________ Bachelor/ette Party
Couple to Ceremony
Couple to Reception
Couple to Hotel
Others to Ceremony
Others to Reception
MUSIC CEREMONY Musicians: 1)______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price:______________________ Musicians: 2)______________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price:______________________
MUSICAL SELECTIONS: Processional:______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony: _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Recessional:______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________
RECEPTION Musician/DJ: 1)____________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________ Price:______________________ Musician/DJ: 2)____________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________ Price:_______________________
MUSICAL SELECTIONS: Couple's First Dance: _______________________________________________________________ Wedding Party Dance: ______________________________________________________________ Couple/Parentâ€™s Dance: _____________________________________________________________ Other Requests: ___________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ 348 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
Professional: ________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Contact: _________________________________________________________________________ Date Ordered: ____________________________ Date/Time Promised:______________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Details:___________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________
DANCE LESSONS Professional: _______________________________________ Phone: ________________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________ Lesson Dates: _____________________________________________________________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Details: __________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________
PHOTOGRAPHY Studio Name:_____________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Photographer’s Name:______________________________________________________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Take list to photographer: discuss which shots are posed, candid, in color, or black & white.
BEFORE THE CEREMONY
Bride alone (in wedding gown) Bride & her mother Bride & her father Bride & both parents Bride & maid/matron of honor Bride & bridesmaids Bride fixing make-up/hair Attendants receiving flowers Parents receiving flowers
Groom alone (in formalwear)
Couple saying vows
Couple with wedding party
Groom & his mother Groom & his father Groom & both parents Groom & best man Groom & groomsmen Groomsmen getting boutonnières Other __________________________ Other __________________________
AT THE CEREMONY
Guests outside Ushers escorting guests to seats Bride’s mother being seated Groom’s family being seated Bride and father entering Groom and groomsmen at altar Attendants coming down aisle Bride and father coming down aisle Giving-away ceremony Altar during ceremony
Ring ceremony Flower girl and ringbearer The kiss Couple coming up aisle Couple leaving Couple getting into car Couple in decorated car Other _________________________ Other _________________________
BEFORE THE RECEPTION
Couple’s hands Bridesmaids looking at bride’s ring Couple Bride with her parents Couple with honor attendants Bride with bridesmaids Groom with groomsmen
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Couple with all parents Couple with bride’s family Couple with groom’s family Couple looking at each other Other _______________________ Other _______________________
AT THE RECEPTION Couple arriving Couple into reception Receiving line Couple in receiving line Parents in receiving line Buffet table Cake Couple seated at table Bride dancing with her father Groom dancing with his mother Couple talking with guests
Couple cutting the cake Couple feeding cake Couple toasting Bride throwing bouquet Groom removing bride’s garter Groom throwing garter Couple dancing Decorations Other _________________ Other _________________ Other _________________
VIDEOGRAPHY Studio Name: _______________________________________ Phone: ____________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Videographer’s Name: __________________________________ Price: ____________________
Capture these moments, special people, etc.
FLORAL & DÉCOR Florist: _____________________________________________ Phone: _________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Salesperson: ________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Date/Time/Place: ______________________________________________________________ Description (bouquet style, colors, flower types): ____________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________
FLORAL & DÉCOR CHECKLIST ITEM
Flowers For 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)
Boutonnières (Groom, Groomsmen, Ushers, Fathers,
Grandfathers, Ringbearer, Godparents, Honored Guests) ______________________ ______________ Ceremony Entrance
Flowers for Unity Candle
Guest Book Table
Place Card Table
High Top Cocktail Tables
Hors d’oeuvres Area
Dining Table Centerpieces
Around Dance Floor
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OTHER DÉCOR Ice Sculpture
Professional: _____________________________________________ Phone: ____________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Delivery Date/Time/Place: ______________________________________________________________ Description and Costs: _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________
LIGHTING Lighting Specialist: _______________________________ Phone: _________________________ Address: ________________________________________ Contact: ________________________ Date Ordered: ___________________________________ Date/Time Promised:______________ Placement and details: _____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Price:____________________________________________________________________________
Gobo Design Sketch:
RENTALS STORE: 1)_____________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________ Contact: ____________________________________________________________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception:_________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Pickup/Delivery Date:_________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Return Date: ________________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Deposit:____________________________________________ Price: ____________________________ STORE: 2)____________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _____________________________________________________________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception:_________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Pickup/Delivery Date:_________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Return Date: ________________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Deposit:____________________________________________ Price: ____________________________ STORE: 3)____________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ Contact: _____________________________________________________________________________ Items to Reserve for Ceremony/Reception:_________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Pickup/Delivery Date:_________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Return Date: ________________________________________ Time: ____________________________ Deposit: ___________________________________________ Price: ____________________________
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THE WEDDING DAY THE CEREMONY Site:_____________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________________ Contact: _________________________ Officiant: ________________________________________ Costs: _________________________ Date: ____________________________________________________________________________ Ceremony Time: __________________________________________________________________ Arrival Time: ______________________________________________________________________ PREMARITAL COUNSELING DATES & TIMES: 1)_____________________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________________ 4)_____________________________________________________________________________
ITEMS TO REMEMBER TO BRING TO THE CEREMONY SITE: Marriage license Personal wedding vows All clothing (if getting dressed on site) - gown, hosiery, shoes, veil, etc. All jewelry (bridal accessories, 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, boutonnières, decorations, bouquets, etc. Ceremony decorations Send-off items (birdseed, bubbles, doves, butterflies, balloons, ribbon wands, sparklers, etc.) Other: ________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________
THE RECEPTION Site:_____________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Contact: _______________________________ Date: _______________________________________ Time: _______________________________ Price: ___________________________________________________________________________ Caterer: _________________________________________________________________________ Menu: ___________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Beverages: _______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Caterer will also provide:____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________
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TRADITIONAL CEREMONY & RECEPTION LINE-UPS
MOTHER OF THE BRIDE
MAID OF HONOR
FATHER OF FATHER OF THE BRIDE THE GROOM
MOTHER OF THE GROOM
TRENDY ALTERNATIVES HEAD TABLE SWEETHEART TABLE: Instead of sitting at a more traditional head table, the couple 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. KING’S TABLE: A king’s table is a longer, larger rectangular or square table in the middle of the room where the couple, attendants and their dates, or whomever the couple chooses to sit around it. This creates a more intimate feel with everyone sitting face to face at the table, as well as being surrounded by all the lovely wedding guests on both sides of the couple.
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.
AFTER THE WEDDING THE HONEYMOON Travel Agency: ____________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________ Contact: ________________________________ Destination: ______________________________________________________________________ Departure Date: _______________________ Return Date: ________________________________ Travel Notes:______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ Costs: __________________________________________________________________________
PACKING LIST: Casual Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shorts, shoes)_________________________________________ Casual Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shorts, shoes)_________________________________________ Formal Outfit(s) (dress, shoes)_____________________________________________________ Formal Outfit(s) (shirts, pants, shoes)_______________________________________________ Underwear
Toothpaste & Brush
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GIFT OPENING PARTY Location: ____________________________________________ Phone: _____________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________ Date: _______________________________________________ Time: _______________________ GIFT
CHANGING YOUR NAME Obtain a copy of your new marriage certificate from the Register of Deeds. Take your certificate to the Social Security Office and change your name there. You may now begin to use your new name. Then, take the certificate to the Department of Motor Vehicles and change your name there.
UPDATE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR NEW NAME: Banks
Medical Care Provider
Professional License–Notification Letter
County Tax Assessor
Credit Card Companies
State Tax Commission
Employer (fill out new W-2)
Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue
Estate Planning/Retirement Documents
U.S. Postal Service
Leases and Mortgages
NOTE OF CAUTION: It is a felony to make copies of a marriage certificate. If proof is required, send your actual certificate with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a request that they return it to you.
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VENDOR INFORMATION apparel . . . . . . . . 362 beauty & health . . . . . 363 cakes & confections . . . catering .
364 . 365
ceremony sites . . . . . 366 dance lessons . . . . .
flipbooks . . . . . . .
floral . . . . . . . . . 367 gift registries . . . . . . 368 guest accommodations . . 368 ice sculptures .
invitations . . . . . . . 368 jewelers .
musicians & djs . . . . . 369 officiants . . . . . . .
parties . . . . . . . . 370 photo booths . . . . . . 371 photography . . . . . . 371 rehearsals & receptions . . 372 rentals . . . . . . . . 380 transportation . . . . . . 381 videography . . . . . . 381 wedding planners . . . . 381 PHOTO: ABBOTS LANE
APPAREL BRANDI’S BRIDAL GALLERIA, ETC. (p. 40-41) 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 360 runway turns you into a bride on your wedding day! With the largest selection in the Midwest, 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" 11 years running!
BRIDES N’ BELLES (p. 43)
140 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 Bridal Outlet: 260 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 (608) 524-8133 • www.bridesnbells.com e-mail: email@example.com Brides N' Belles has been family owned & operated for over 30 years. Now offering two locations, an outlet store and an exclusive bridal boutique with private appointments, Brides N' Belles ensures you receive the service and selection you deserve. They offer free financing & storage of your gown until your wedding, and a large city experience located in a small town. Whether it’s bridal, bridesmaids, mothers or tuxedos, you’ll find it at Brides N' Belles in Reedsburg.
EZPZ TEE (p. 32, 44)
(608) 571-3979 • www.ezpztee.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org EZPZ Tee’s goal is to provide you with unique, everyday apparel that fits & describes your life to a "tee". (Get it? Bad Joke. Wink.) Whether you are a Wisconsin sports fan, bride-tobe, fitness-fanatic, or new mom, they have something to suit your lifestyle. EZPZ Tee’s “Bridal Party” offers tees for brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and bachelor/ette party-goers!
MOMENTS TO CHERISH BRIDALS ETC. (p. 42) 303 E. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 848-LOVE www.momentstocherishbridals.com e-mail: email@example.com Moments to Cherish Bridals Etc. LLC is a locally owned bridal store specializing in wedding attire for all shapes and sizes including tuxedo rentals. Their goal is to help guide the bride through the process of finding her dream dress that matches her uniqueness and the vision of what she would like for her wedding. They strive for high customer satisfaction, quality gowns at reasonable prices and a stress-free environment. Stop in and visit them at their new location. 362 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
NEDREBO’S FORMALWEAR (p. 1, 50)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PREMIERE COUTURE (p. 45)
145 W. Main Street, Cambridge, WI (608) 423-2272 • www.premierecouture.com e-mail: email@example.com “Go here if you want to know what wedding gown shopping should feel like - in a word, wonderful!” Premiere Couture has the dress you want, but more importantly, the experience you crave. You'll “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.” You'll love being a #PremiereCoutureVIP. (Reviews from WeddingWire.com and Facebook.)
SISTERS ON MAIN (p. 44) Cross Plains, WI (608) 798-2323 • www.sistersonmain.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
(p. Back Cover) 7857 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI (608) 833-6006 • www.verasbridals.com e-mail: email@example.com
Vera’s Bridal is proud to feature one of the largest bridal gown selections in the Midwest. They pride themselves on having gowns to fit every bride’s personality, vision and desired budget. They strive to turn every bride’s dream gown into reality. Family owned since 1964, Vera’s has been named Winner of "Best of Bridal" for ten years running! Offering over 650 bridal gowns, along with huge selections of bridesmaids, mothers and party dresses. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins always welcome.
VERY TRES CHIC (p. 45)
ELEVATION SALON & SPA (p. 77) 15 N. Butler Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 661-3636 • www.elevationspa.net e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!
405 2nd Street, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-3100 • www.verytreschic.com e-mail: email@example.com
BEAUTY & HEALTH ANIU SALON AND SPA (p. 78)
2275 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 833-2898 • www.aniuonline.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 79) 425 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison, WI 53719 (608) 271-2771 • www.beinspiredsalon.com e-mail: email@example.com BODY MECHANIX PERSONAL TRAINING (p. 83) 7781 Elmwood Avenue, Suite 112, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 836-8111 or (608) 513-4653 www.bodymechanixfitness.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org A wedding is an occasion where you want to look your best but aren't always sure how to get there. The answer is Body Mechanix, a fitness facility that offers an intimate, energizing atmosphere, where fitness expert Rob West provides one-on-one personal training, guaranteed to change your body... for your wedding day and beyond! Rob not only wants to help you reach your wedding fitness goals but also wants to teach you how to live a healthier and happier ever after!
ESCAPADE SALON (p.80) 4102 Lien Road, Suite B, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-1966 • www.escapadesalon.com e-mail: email@example.com HARBOR ATHLETIC CLUB & WELLNESS STUDIOS (p. 81)
2529 Allen Boulevard, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-6500 • www.harborathletic.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 nonmembers 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. 33, 77)
5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, Suite 126, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 255-0070 www.kneadedreliefdayspa.com e-mail: email@example.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!
CAKES & CONFECTIONS LEXA'S LUXURIOUS LOOKS (p. 84) 990 Janesville Street, Suite 5, Oregon WI 53575 (414) 430-6566 • www.lexasluxuriouslooks.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Lexa's Luxurious Looks specializes in luxury on-location makeup and hair services for bridal parties of all sizes. They bring their team of highly talented and experienced professionals to the location of your choice and assure you spend your wedding morning relaxing with your party while being luxuriously pampered. At Lexa's Luxurious Looks' new studio, they provide makeup applications, bridal trials, makeup lessons, St. Tropez custom spray tans and lash extensions with a professionally certified Lash Application Specialist.
TEMPTD SALON & SPA (p. 84)
6316 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53716 (608) 819-6400 • www.temptdsalon.com e-mail: email@example.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. Let the experts at Temptd Salon & Spa help fulfill your vision on your special day.
TOIJALA CHIROPRACTIC (p. 83)
536 Southing Grange Road, Cottage Grove, WI (608) 839-3108 Discover the benefits of specific chiropractic care! Dr. Erik Toijala performs hands-on care for all ages. He has an in-house x-ray facility and is open evenings for appointments. Your body is moving and dynamic, keep it moving and dynamic with his specific hands-on care.
WILLIAM JON SALON & SPA—WEST (p. 82) Lake Point Commons 2701-H University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 238-3334 • www.williamjonsalonspa.com
CARL’S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING (p. 210)
110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 825-3377 • www.marketstreetdiner.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHOCOLATERIAN CAFE (p. 212)
2004 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 NEW LOCATION JANUARY 2017: 6637 University Ave, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 249-1156 • www.chocolateriancafe.com e-mail: email@example.com Chocolaterian specializes in dessert buffets, wedding favors, and showers. Their dessert buffets can be custom ordered to suit every palate and budget. For your shower, their Best of Madison winning café accommodates groups of 100 and offers a wide array of savory food, wine, and desserts. Wedding favors start at $2 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.
COLD STONE CREAMERY ON STATE (p. 212) 427 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 441-2372 • www.coldstonecreamery.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAIG’S CAKE SHOP (p. 211) 604 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 848-6331 • www.craigscakeshop.com Voted Wisconsin Bride magazine’s Best Cakes for seven years in a row! A cake from Craig’s Cake Shop will not only look beautiful, but taste great too. Choose up to two flavors per tier separated with mousse or filling. Top it off with your choice of Signature (whipped frosting with white chocolate shavings) or Buttercream frosting. Cupcakes and cake parfaits are also available. Schedule a tasting for up to four people to try every flavor they have to offer.
CREATIVE CONFECTIONS (p. 213)
4282 Old Stage Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521 (608) 455-1448 • www.creativeconfections.net e-mail: email@example.com
DOUGH BABY BAKERY (p. 214)
511 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 630-9030 • www.doughbaby-bakery.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GAIL AMBROSIUS CHOCOLATIER (p. 32) 2086 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 New Location Spring 2017: 2083 Atwood Avenue (608) 249-3500 • www.gailambrosius.com e-mail: email@example.com
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PHOTO: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY
GIGI’S CUPCAKES (p. 32, 203, 211) 554 N. Midvale Boulevard, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 661-PINK (7465) www.gigiscupcakesusa.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CARL’S CAKES & MARKET STREET CATERING (p. 210)
HY-VEE (p. 214, 244)
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.
East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 • e-mail: email@example.com West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 277-6735 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608) 273-5120 e-mail: email@example.com www.hy-vee.com
THE LOOKING GLASS BAKERY (p. 33, 203) (920) 207-3539 • www.thelookingglassbakery.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON SOURDOUGH (p. 213)
916 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 442-8009 • www.madisonsourdough.com e-mail: email@example.com
SWEET STREET (p. 214) N9229 Old Madison Road, New Glarus, WI 53574 (608) 527-CAKE(2253) www.sweetstreetbakery.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CATERING BUNKY’S CATERING (p. 195) 2425 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 204-7004 • www.bunkyscafe.net e-mail: email@example.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 still available for private functions.
110 Market Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 825-3377 • www.marketstreetdiner.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLIE’S MAIN EVENT/ LILIANA'S RESTAURANT (p. 192, 198)
113.S Main St., Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 291-2255 • www.charliesmainevent.com email: email@example.com 2951 Triverton Pike Drive, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 442-4444 • www.lilianasrestaurant.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GAYLORD CATERING SERVICE, INC. (p. 196) 709 Atlas Avenue, Madison, WI (608) 222-1267 • www.gaylordcatering.com e-mail: email@example.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 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HI POINT STEAK HOUSE (p. 197) 6900 County Road HHH, Ridgeway, WI 53582 (608) 924-2819 • www.hipointsteakhouse.com e-mail: email@example.com Hi Point Steak House’s talented, courteous, and professional staff are able to cater to your every need, whether it be a casual picnic style pig roast or the most elegant reception. They are able to meet your every need for your special day. They have on-site and offsite catering abilities to accommodate your needs. They thank you for choosing Hi Point where your high expectations are quietly met. They look forward to working with you!
PHOTO: ABBOTS LANE
CEREMONY SITES HY-VEE (p. 214, 244)
East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 277-6735 e-mail: email@example.com Fitchburg: Contact Stephanie Byrd 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608) 273-5120 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 arrange ments and decadent cake for your special day.
JL RICHARDS CATERING (p. 198)
668 Janesville Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-9188 • www.jlrichardscatering.com e-mail: email@example.com
JOHNSON’S CATERING (p. 197) 416 State Road 16, Rio, WI 53960 (888) 992-6328 • www.johnsonssausage.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SLIDE FOOD CART & CATERING (p. 194) (608) 630-4824 • www.slidewisco.com e-mail: email@example.com
Let Slide Food Cart & Catering go above & BEYOND, for your special event – weddings, rehearsal dinners and everything in between. They will create a traditional or unique customized menu that everyone will love. Offering house made fresh, local and delicious food served by a professional, experienced crew – from a buffet, multiple food stations or passed appetizers. You can also have their food cart pull up and serve dinner or a late night snack! Vegetarian and gluten free options available.
UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS CATERING (p. 198)
1617 N. Stoughton Road., Madison, WI 53704 (608) 256-4600 • www.UpDownCatering.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For 35 years, Upstairs Downstairs Catering has prepared every meal with a passion for perfection. Not limited to menu options, they can turn family recipes into fare for your entire party. Whether sit down, family style or buffet, their attentive and quick responding staff handle every detail. Enjoy a private tasting with their specialized wedding planner. Preferred Caterer for Harvest Moon, Warner Park, The Brink Lounge, Waunakee Village Center, Children's Museum and More. Upstairs Downstairs Catering... a step above the rest.
AGORA PAVILION (p. 114) 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 277-2592 • www.fitchburgcenter.com e-mail: email@example.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.
CHAPEL OF THE ARCHANGELS (p. 119, 176)
839 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920) 356-1900 • www.chapelofthearchangels.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
COLD WATER CANYON/DELLS BOATS (p. 119) PO Box 630, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-8555 • www.dellsboats.com e-mail: email@example.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.
HOLY WISDOM MONASTERY (p. 120) 4200 Cty Road, M, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 836-1631 Ext. 100 www.benedictinewomen.org/visit/weddings e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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.
PHOTO: TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
FLORAL PARADISE PARK (p. 120)
3109 Oak Street, 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!
THE VENUE (p. 184) 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 373-9727 • www.thevenuejanesville.com e-mail: email@example.com
DANCE LESSONS ARTHUR MURRAY FRANCHISED DANCE CENTER (p. 308)
5117 Verona Road, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 278-1411 338 S. Grand Avenue, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 318-1833 www.arthurmurraymadison.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRED ASTAIRE DANCE STUDIOS OF MADISON (p.307)
7701 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53717 (608) 833-2623 1714 Eagan Road, Madison, WI 53714 (608) 204-0404 www.fredastairemadison.com e-mail: email@example.com
FLIPBOOKS CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p.287, 305) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 233-5822 www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
FLORA DESIGNS BY JAMAE (p. 243) Stoughton, WI • (608) 921-6400 www.florabyjamae.com e-mail: email@example.com
THE FLOWER STUDIO (p. 236-237)
960 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-9090 • www.flowersbycc.com
GARDEN LAURELS BY SAGER (p. 243)
(608) 845-6952 • www.gardenlaurels.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HY-VEE (p. 214, 244)
East: Contact Mary Lewis 3801 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-4696 e-mail: email@example.com West: Contact Steve Keip 675 S. Whitney Way, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 277-6735 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fitchburg: Contact Scott Ellingboe 2920 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608) 273-5120 e-mail: email@example.com www.hy-vee.com
MOD BLOOM (p. 244)
(608) 352-8052 • www.modbloom.net e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MOMENTUM FLORAL & DÉCOR (p. 229, 241) 1821 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 824-1121 www.momentumfloralanddecor.com THE PETAL PATCH (p. 235)
(608) 838-9864 • www.mypetalpatch.com e-mail: email@example.com
PRAIRIE FLOWERS & GIFTS (p. 240) 245 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-3830 • www.flowerssunprairie.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SIMPLY GLAMOROUS DESIGNS AT OREGON FLORAL (p. 219, 238-239)
933 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3707 www.simplyglamorousdesigns.com e-mail: email@example.com
SURROUNDINGS EVENTS & FLORAL (p. 242) 1001 Solar Court, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 845-7888 • www.surroundingsef.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SWEET PEA FLORAL (p. 242)
105 Baker Street, Suite 2, Waunakee, WI 53597 (608) 850-9303 • www.sweetpeawaunakee.com e-mail: email@example.com
VICTORIA’S GARDEN (p. 244)
300 W. Main Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-3114 • www.victoriasgardenflowers.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WEDPLAN.COM 367
ORANGE TREE IMPORTS (p. 111)
INKWELL PRINTERS (p. 104) 202 E. Chapel Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533 (608) 935-2560 • www.inkwellprinters.com e-mail: email@example.com
1721 Monroe Street, Madison, WI (608) 255-8211 • www.orangetreeimports.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LK BRIDAL STUDIO (p. 103)
GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS CAMBRIA HOTELS & SUITES (p. 323)
5045 Eastpark Boulevard, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 241-7070 • www.cambriasuites.com e-mail: email@example.com
MAGNUSON GRAND HOTEL (p. 323) 3510 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 224-1500 • (800) 510-3510 www.madisongrandhotel.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
170 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 (608) 768-0092 • www.lkbridalstudio.com e-mail: email@example.com
PAPERWORKS DESIGN CO. (p. 104) (608) 513-2299 • www.paperworksdesignco.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SARAH B. (p. 104)
(608) 695-6818 • www.sarahbgirls.com e-mail: email@example.com
SUGAR PEAR DESIGN (p. 103) (608) 288-8976 • www.sugarpeardesign.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 craftsmanship 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.
THE NORTH CENTRAL GROUP HOTELS (p. 322)
SUGAR RIVER STATIONERS (p. 102)
(608) 662-3659 • www.ncghotels.com/weddings e-mail: email@example.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. Checkin 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.
(608) 798-0427 • www.sugarriverstationers.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
SOLID ICE DISPLAYS (p. 33)
3902 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 • www.solidicedisplays.com e-mail: email@example.com
368 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
PHOTO: AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY
JEWELERS CHALMERS JEWELERS (p. 90) 6202 University Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 233-4700 • www.chalmersjewelers.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERMEZZO STRING QUARTET (p. 305)
CONDON JEWELERS (p. 91)
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.
4114 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-3406 • www.condonjeweler.com e-mail: email@example.com
ROMANCE JEWELERS (p. 91) 1 S. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI (608) 251-6866 • www.shewantsromance.com UNICITY DESIGNS JEWELRY (p. 33, 91) (608) 576-1154 • www.unicityjewelry.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MUSICIANS & DJS 608 WEDDINGS (p. 289, 299) (800) 901-1007 • www.608weddings.com 608 Weddings provides the best in entertainment and more for your entire wedding reception with Incredible Wedding Essentials. Set your reception apart with our premier services! Over thirty years of experience, more than 1,800 wedding receptions crafted for their delighted clients! Choose from simply elegant to elaborate packages as low as $795. Experienced entertainers guide you and your guests through a night to remember! Cocktail & dinner music, PhotoBooth, dance music, accent uplighting, digital monograms, PhotoStories, ceremony music and much more.
Carlyce Skjervem • (608) 829-1768 www.intermezzostringquartet.com e-mail: IntermezzoQuartet@hotmail.com
JUKE BOX BANDSTAND (p.303) (608) 249-2900 • www.jukeboxbandstand.com e-mail: email@example.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!
MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE (p. 300-301) (608) 770-6106 • www.madtowndj.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 287, 305) 3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 233-5822 www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: email@example.com
PIANO FONDUE (p. 296, 304) 2317 International Lane, Suite #108, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 445-1711 • www.pianofondue.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
DJ MAGIC ENTERTAINMENT– Madison’s Best DJ (p. 302)
3902 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 • www.madisonsbestdj.com e-mail: email@example.com
PRIME TIME MOBILE DJ’S (p. 305)
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. Their DJ’s will keep your guests dancing as well as playing on the spot requests. Download a free Wedding Dance Planner from their website. Prime Time Mobile DJ’s - “Passionate about your dance.”
QUARTESSENCE (p. 305)
(608) 577-4855 • www.quartessence.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com THE SUSIE SHOW (p. 303) (608) 358-1672 • www.thesusieshow.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Susie has a passion for weddings, and it shines through at every show she does. Her prices are affordable, and you will find that you get more than you paid for! Susie goes above and beyond to make sure your reception is truly memorable. One of her brides said, “She's not only an awesome DJ but has become my friend through the process.” Looking to enhance your party? Ask about photo booths, up-lighting, laser glow show, photography, and videography services.
TKO DJ ENTERTAINMENT (p. 282, 297, 304) (608) 206-5919 • www.tkodjentertainment.com e-mail: email@example.com
OFFICIANTS CEREMONIES BY DESIGN (p. 126) Rev. Joan M. Pape (608) 335-3627 • www.ceremoniesbydesign.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
SKY’S THE LIMIT (p. 126)
(608) 206-3277 • www.skysthelimitweddings.com e-mail: email@example.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.
PARTIES THE MELTING POT (p. 107, 188) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 833-5676 www.meltingpot.com/madison e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THE THIRSTY GOAT (p. 107) 3040 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 422-5500 • www.thirstygoatbrew.com e-mail: email@example.com
370 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
PHOTOS: ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY
CELEBRATIONS ENTERTAINMENT (p. 287, 305)
ABBOTS LANE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 264-265) 4802 Farwell Street, McFarland, WI (608) 359-1145 • www.abbotslane.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3009 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 233-5822 www.celebrationsentertainment.com e-mail: email@example.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.
GROOVE SLOW MOTION VIDEO BOOTH (p. 288)
(608) 852-2734 www.groovevideophotobooth.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON MOBILE DJ SERVICE (p. 300-301) (608) 770-6106 • www.madtowndj.com e-mail: email@example.com PHOTOBOOTH (p. 289, 299) (800) 901-1007 • www.608photobooth.com The PhotoBooth is a Wedding Memory Maker! Pure Contagious Fun! They've taken tens of thousands of photos in their PhotoBooths and never a sad face - ever! When guests see their PhotoBooth, lines form and the fun begins. The laughter and hilarity that ensues is contagious! They've been the hit of every event they've been part of! Unlimited pictures, props, attendant, digital copies of photos, plus a handcrafted ScrapBook are all included in their special package. Reserve your date today!
TIMELESS MEMORIES PHOTO BOOTH(S) (p. 288)
3902 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 www.timelessmemoriesphotobooth.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANN GORGEN PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 270) (608) 574-3679 www.anngorgenphotography.com e-mail: email@example.com AZENA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC (p. 271) 2820 Walton Commons West, Suite 131, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 245-2797 • www.azenaphoto.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org BELLADONNA BOUDOIR (p. 284) (608) 513-5689 • ww.belladonna-boudoir.com e-mail: email@example.com DAVE STREMIKIS PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 280) (608) 843-0922 www.davestremikisphotography.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org EAST ELM PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 266-267) (608) 239-9111 • www.eastelmphotography.com e-mail: email@example.com ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 261, 272) 316 W. Washington Avenue, 6th Floor, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 345-4461 • www.ilananatasha.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org JAS MCDANIEL PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 274) (608) 432-3315 www.jasmcdanielphotography.com e-mail: email@example.com KARLY JO PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 282) (608) 695-1733 • www.karlyjophotography.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KRAKORA STUDIOS (p. 283) Madison, WI (608) 238-2020 • www. krakorastudios.com e-mail: email@example.com LASHES & KURLS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 284)
170 E. Main Street, Reedsburg, WI 53959 (608) 768-0092 • www.lashesnkurls.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MCNIEL PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 277)
(262) 293-9515 • www.mcnielphotography.com e-mail: email@example.com
PHOTO: ILANA NATASHA PHOTOGRAPHY
Emily and John of McNiel Photography, are two people who are best friends and better together. It’s their passion to photograph real, genuine, emotional images for brides and grooms who can't wait to marry their best friend! They love random adventures, farm animals, fields, and pastures. No matter what they're doing, they just love being together. They love sunrises and sunsets, the way light falls through trees, and how two people can light up the world by their love.
REHEARSALS & RECEPTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAIT ROSE (p. 278) (608) 843-2454 • www.kaitrose.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SARAH JANE RIPP PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 283) (608) 628-5521 • www.sarahjaneripp.com e-mail: email@example.com Sarah Jane Ripp Photography takes pride in making couples feel comfortable in front of the camera so they can fully focus on celebrating the love surrounding their wedding day. Sarah loves photographing the little details that make each wedding special, and she enjoys working with a variety of clients to capture the sweet moments of their wedding. Her packages are designed to capture your wedding in a style that is comfortable, natural, and focuses on telling your wedding day story.
TESSA CLAIRE PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 276) (608) 335-6508 • www.tessaclairephotography.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS (p. 275, 293) PO Box 14342, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 438-5170 • www.thrivingimage.com e-mail: email@example.com TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 281) Madison, WI • (608) 620-3396 www.timfitch.com • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org TKO PHOTO ARTS (p. 282, 297, 304)
(608) 206-5919 • www.tkophotoarts.com e-mail: email@example.com
TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
(p. Inside Front Cover, 268) 1262 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 630-0652 www.twigandolivephotography.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
URBAN ANCHOR PHOTOGRAPHY (p. 279) (608) 843-1648 www.urbananchorphotography.com email@example.com THE WEDDING FLASHERS BY FOSS IMAGERY (p. 269, 273)
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 TheWeddingFlashers.com. “Let us tell your love story.”
AL. RINGLING MANSION (p. 175)
623 Broadway Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 448-7455 • www.ringlingmansion.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOPS BAY COUNTRY CLUB (p. 175) 3500 Bishops Drive, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 232-4201 • www.bishopsbay.com e-mail: email@example.com
Ever dreamed of getting married lakeside with a breathtaking view in the background? Bishops Bay Country Club offers the BEST view of the Capitol building and downtown Madison skyline. Bishops Bay is located on the shores of Lake Mendota only 15 minutes from downtown Madison. Lakeside ceremony location and reception space can accommodate up to 300 people. Exceptional service, convenient location, stunning views and a delicious menu make Bishops Bay THE perfect setting for your big day!
BLACKHAWK COUNTRY CLUB (p. 158) 3606 Blackhawk Drive, Madison, WI 53705 (608) 231-2454 www.blackhawkcc.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!”
BUNKY’S CATERING (p. 195)
2425 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 204-7004 • www.bunkyscafe.net e-mail: email@example.com
CAMBRIDGE WINERY (p. 173) 700 Kenseth Way, Cambridge, WI 53523 (608) 819-6672 • www.cambridgewinery.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CANDLEWOOD SUITES FITCHBURG (p. 155) 5421 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 271-3400 www.candlewoodsuites.com/fitchburgwi e-mail: email@example.com
CAPITAL BREWERY (p. 176) 7734 Terrace Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 826-1081 • www.capitalbrewery.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THE CRYSTAL ROOM (p. 136-137)
Wisconsin Dells, WI • (608) 253-2200 x300 www.dellscrystalroom.com e-mail: email@example.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 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!
CHAPEL OF THE ARCHANGELS (p. 119, 176)
DEER VALLEY LODGE (p. 159) 401 W. Industrial Drive, Barneveld, WI 53507 (888) 924-1601 • www.DeerValleyLodgeWI.com e-mail: Amber@DeerValleyLodgeWI.com
CHULA VISTA RESORT (p. 5) 2501 River Road, PO Box 30, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (877) 767-7041 • www.chulavistaresort.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEVIL’S HEAD RESORT (p. 138-139)
839 Madison Street, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 (920) 356-1900 • www.chapelofthearchangels.com e-mail: email@example.com
Plan the wedding of your dreams at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Chula Vista Resort is located on hundreds of acres along the beautiful upper dells of the Wisconsin River. The resort is perfectly natural to host both indoor & outdoor events. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org CREEKSIDE PLACE (p. 177) 102 Maple Street, Evansville, WI 53536 (608) 882-0407 • www.creeksideplace.org e-mail: email@example.com CROWNE PLAZA MADISON (p. 157)
4402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 Sales: (608) 243-1814 • Front Desk: (608) 244-4703 www.cpmadisonhotel.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, WI 53561 (608) 493-2251 www.devilsheadresort.com It begins here… A quiet, elegant setting, surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Devil’s Head can accommodate up to 600 - buffet or plated dinners. Attractively priced menus. Complimentary suite for the wedding couple. Other activities available to your guests include: 36-hole Championship golf course, tennis, mountain biking, indoor and outdoor pools, and whirlpool. Call their Group Sales Staff today. They’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you may have regarding your special day!
DORF HAUS (p. 160) Roxbury, WI • (608) 643-3980 www.foodspot.com/dorfhaus e-mail: email@example.com 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 sit-down dinners or buffets, they offer a variety of choices and reasonable prices.
THE EAST SIDE CLUB (p. 140-141)
HARVEST RESTAURANT (p. 161)
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 up to 600 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!
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.
THE EDGEWATER (p. 172) 1001 Wisconsin Place, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 535-8200 • www.theedgewater.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HI POINT STEAK HOUSE (p. 197) 6900 County Road HHH, Ridgeway, WI 53582 (608) 924-2819 • www.hipointsteakhouse.com e-mail: email@example.com
THE FIELDS RESERVE (p. 188)
HILTON GARDEN INN MADISON WEST/MIDDLETON (p. 162)
3735 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53714 (608) 222-9131 • www.escmadison.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2479 Glenn Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 636-6400 • www.fieldsreserve.com e-mail: Info@fieldsreserve.com
Full of modern amenities and rustic charm, this one-of-a-kind location offers a private and romantic setting for you and your guests. This unique venue combines exposed wood trusses, hand-milled spruce walls, and beautiful vintage chandeliers. Separate Ceremony & Reception Barns can accommodate up to 300 people, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the entire day at one location. Offering heating & air conditioning in both barns, modern technology including Wi-Fi, HD Projector with screen, and an integrated sound system.
GOLDEN MAST INN (p. 177)
21 N. Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 255-6075 • www.harvest-restaurant.com e-mail: email@example.com
1801 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562 (608) 831-2220 • ncghotels.com/hgiweddings e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
W349 N5293 Lacy’s Lane, Okauchee, WI 53069 (262) 567-7047 • www.goldenmastinn.com e-mail: email@example.com
HO-CHUNK GAMING (p. 164) S3214 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 (800) 746-2486 • www.ho-chunkgaming.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOODMAN COMMUNITY CENTER (p. 179) 149 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 241-1574 • www.goodmancenter.org e-mail: email@example.com
HOLIDAY INN & SUITES, MADISON WEST (p. 178)
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.
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1109 Fourier Drive, Madison, WI 53717 (608) 203-4707 • www.wiscohotels.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
HOLIDAY INN MADISON AT THE AMERICAN CENTER (p. 156)
5109 W. Terrace Drive, Madison, WI 53718 (608) 249-4220 www.holidayinn.com/madisonwi e-mail: email@example.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!
HOWARD JOHNSON PLAZA (p. 178) 3841 E. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 244-2481 • www.madisonwihotelhj.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KESTREL RIDGE GOLF CLUB (p. 179) 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.
THE LAGERET (p. 181)
515 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 921-6400 • www.thelageret.com E-mail: email@example.com
LAKE WINDSOR COUNTRY CLUB (p. 144-145) 4628 Golf Road, Windsor, WI (608) 846-4711 • www.lakewindsor.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Country 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. 187) N1076 Golf Road, Prairie du Sac, WI 53578 (608) 643-4554 • www.lakewisconsincc.com e-mail: email@example.com THE LEGEND AT BERGAMONT (p. 152-153)
699 Bergamont Boulevard, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 291-2400 www.thelegendatbergamont.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Just 10 Minutes from the Beltline, you'll find Madison's newest and finest private country club and wedding facility. The Legend at Bergamont's state-of-the-art clubhouse seats up to 425 guests and offers breathtaking views of the golf course and surrounding countryside from the ballroom and vast balcony, creating the perfect setting for your ceremony or pictures. With such an incredible facility, the attention to detail of a dedicated culinary team, and stunning surroundings, your day is sure to be Legendary at Bergamont.
THE MADISON CLUB (p. 146-147) 5 E. Wilson Street, Madison, WI • (608) 255-4861 www.madisonclub.org e-mail: email@example.com Just two blocks from the Capitol building and overlooking Lake Monona, the Madison Club is a beautiful historic building with fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows and ornate architecture throughout. Facility offers magnificent backdrops for photos, award-winning cuisine, unparalleled customer service and truly one of the most elegant settings for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. Banquet space can seat up to 260 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 300 people for an hors d’oeuvres reception.
THE MADISON CONCOURSE HOTEL AND GOVERNOR’S CLUB (p. 148-149) 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. 163) 301 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI (608) 256-5734 www.madisonmasoniccenter.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Kavanaugh’s Catering. Choose from their variety of menu choices or let them custom design your menu.
THE MELTING POT (p. 107, 188) 6816 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 833-5676 www.meltingpot.com/madison e-mail: email@example.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) 261-4016 • www.mononaterrace.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 174)
4740 Pierceville Road, Cottage Grove, WI 53527 (608) 837-4774 • www.golftheoaks.com e-mail: email@example.com
THE OLD FEED MILL (p. 180) 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.
THE ORPHEUM THEATER (p. 165)
216 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 416-4631 • www.madisonorpheum.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Accommodating 25-1,697 guests, their talented staff handles every detail of your special day, so you don’t have to. With access to the world’s greatest musical entertainment, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, custom menus and mixology - their unique venue will exceed expectations of even the most discerning guest. Whether you’re celebrating a bachelor or bachelorette party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception - The Orpheum Theater’s incredible spaces are the perfect location to say “I Do”!
OVER THE VINES VINEYARD & WINE BARN (p. 185)
1242 State Road 73, Edgerton, WI 53534 (608) 884-1023 • www.overthevines.com e-mail: email@example.com
OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS (p. 187)
201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 258-4163 • www.overture.org e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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 in-house 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.
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PARK HOTEL (p. 166) 22 S. Carroll Street, Madison, WI (608) 285-5000 • www.parkhotelmadison.com e-mail: email@example.com
SAVANNA OAKS EVENT CENTER (p. 182) 100 Savanna Road, Fall River, WI 53932 (920) 484-6257 • www.savannaoakscenter.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison's newest yet most historic wedding venue is Park Hotel. Surround your guests in everything Madison has to offer and dance the night away in an unforgettable setting. Their culinary and event professionals will help you design the day of your dreams. And the Capitol view has to be seen to be believed. Park Hotel has offered downtown style and warm hospitality since 1871. Call for a tour and start dreaming!
SHERATON MADISON HOTEL (p. 130, 168) 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 (608) 251-8399 www.sheraton.com/madison e-mail: email@example.com
THE PAVILION AT ANGELL PARK SPEEDWAY (p. 182)
315 Park Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (608) 837-5252 • www.angellparkspeedway.net e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PIONEER CREEK FARM (p. 188)
W4722 Superior Drive, Lomira, WI 53048 (262) 751-1426 • www.pioneercreekfarm.com e-mail: email@example.com
This breathtaking farm rests on over 80 acres of hills, fields, and woods. There are four big fishing ponds and a creek that meanders through the pasture. The red hay barn catches the breeze from the west and frames the setting sun through its doors. Its old wooden, rustic interior sparkles with chandeliers and string lights. Nearby, llamas graze under the shade of a giant sugar maple. Multiple ceremony locations, bride's room, restrooms & parking on-site.
PORTA BELLA (p. 183) 425 N. Frances Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-3186 • www.portabellarestaurant.biz e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Impress your guests and create an unforgettable wedding reception, rehearsal dinner and bachelorette or bachelor party at their Montova Room. The banquet facilities accommodate 20 - 200 guests and include state-of-the-art high definition flat screens to run your movies and slide shows of special moments. You can choose from full service plated dinners, buffets or a custom designed menu to fit your budget. Call today and they will help you plan the wedding of your dreams!
QUIVEY’S GROVE (p. 167) 6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison, WI 53719 (608) 273-4900 • www.quiveysgrove.com e-mail: email@example.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.
Promises are invited at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, with room for up to 400 invited guests to toast, cheer, and share your day. Enjoy the central location with complimentary surface parking. Their expert staff will help create your dream event. Guest room accommodations include a reservation website just for your event. Experience the warm service at the renovated Sheraton Madison Hotel. Where actions speak louder.
SPRECHER’S RESTAURANT & PUB (p. 169) 1262 John Q Hammons Drive, Madison, WI 53717 (608) 333-1977 • www.sprecherspub.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
STOUGHTON COUNTRY CLUB (p. 186) 3165 Shadyside Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-7861 • (608) 873-8464 www.stoughtoncountryclub.com e-mail: email@example.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.
SUGARLAND (p. 181)
THE UNIVERSITY CLUB (p. 150-151)
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.
The University Club is a unique historic landmark located on Library Mall featuring warm, turnof-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, handcrafted cuisine and is happy to accommodate custom menus & ideas. They comfortably accommodate groups of 20 to 250. Please call to set up a consultation and tour of the venue.
8637 Linley Road, Arena, WI 53503 (608) 795-4909 www.sugarland-weddings.com
THE SWAN BARN DOOR (p. 183)
4161 River Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI (608) 254-5900 www.theswanbarndoor.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAPPERS TURN GOLF CLUB (Inside Back Cover)
PO Box 176, 2955 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-3303 • www.TrappersTurn.com e-mail: Weddings@TrappersTurn.com
THE TUSCANY MEDITERRANEAN GRILL (p. 154)
2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 270-1684 www.tuscanygrill-fitchburg.com e-mail: email@example.com
TYROL BASIN (p. 184) 3487 Bohn Road, Mount Horeb, WI 53572 (608) 437-4135 • www.tyrolbasin.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
803 State Street, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 262-5023 • www.Uclub.wisc.edu e-mail: Uclub@uclub.wisc.edu
THE VENUE (p. 184) 36 S. Main Street, Janesville, WI 53545 (608) 373-9727 • www.thevenuejanesville.com e-mail: email@example.com This newly renovated, historic 1870’s landmark in downtown Janesville is the perfect location for your upcoming wedding. Their ADA accessible facility offers three unique rooms that allow you to host gatherings as small as a bridal shower or as large as a wedding and/or reception. Your wedding will be distinctively yours by choosing the caterer of your choice. An on-site coordinator is provided. Outdoor balconies offer great views of the Rock River. Plenty of public parking is located nearby.
VITENSE GOLFLAND (p. 189) 5501 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI 53711 (608) 271-1411 • www.vitense.com email: HEvenson@vitense.com Vitense Golfland, a staple of Madison for over 60 years, offers a unique alternative to traditional wedding event locations. Host a one-of-a-kind reception, engagement party, shower or gift opening. Create lasting memories by bringing your bachelor or bachelorette party to enjoy year round activities. Invite your wedding party to a rehearsal dinner at Vitense where food, drinks and fun are all in one location. Think of Vitense Golfland for all your event needs, whether hosting your event on- or off-premise.
VON RUTENBERG VENTURES (p. 170) 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.
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WATERTOWN COUNTRY CLUB (p. 185) 1340 N. Water Street, Watertown, WI 53098 (920) 261-5009 www.watertowncc.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WAUNAKEE VILLAGE CENTER (p. 180)
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.
WILD ROSE RANCH (p. 186) E12311 County Road W, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 772-3403 www.wildroseranchofbaraboo.com e-mail: email@example.com WILDERNESS HOTEL & GOLF RESORT/ GLACIER CANYON LODGE (p. 142-143)
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.
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (p. 171)
816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706 (608) 264-6450 www.wisconsinhistory.org/eventrentals e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WADE HOUSE HISTORIC SITE W7965 Hwy 23, PO Box 34, Greenbush, WI 53026 (920) 526-3271 www.wadehouse.org/eventrentals e-mail: email@example.com OLD WORLD WISCONSIN W372 S9727 Hwy 67, PO Box 69, Eagle, WI 53119 (262) 594-6303 www.oldworldwisconsin.org/eventrentals e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From marble staircases in the city to historic rustic barns in the country, the Wisconsin Historical Society offers unique settings for your wedding story. Wade House, outside of Sheboygan, features an original stagecoach along with other historic buildings and scenic grounds. Old World Wisconsin, in Eagle, offers an 1897 octagonal barn, perfect for your rustic Wisconsin wedding. The Society headquarters in Madison boasts soaring columns, marble staircases, and the elegant restored Reading Room. Contact them to make your day historic.
THE WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL (p. 154) 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 274-7200 www.Wyndham.com/hotels33338 e-mail: email@example.com
YAHARA BAY DISTILLERY & EVENT CENTER (p. 188)
6250 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719 (608) 275-1050 • www.yaharabay.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTERGREEN RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER (p. 189)
100 N. Gasser Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 (608) 254-1510 • www.wintergreen-resort.com e-mail: email@example.com
PHOTOS: TIM FITCH PHOTOGRAPHY, ABBOTS LANE
RENTALS Á LA CRATE VINTAGE RENTALS (p. 223)
EZPZ MARQUEE (p. 32, 216, 222)
A warehouse of uncommon R E N T A B L E goods! Shop vast collections of found and handcrafted rentals online or in person. Alleviate the legwork of finding/buying, cleaning and reselling items for a one-time use. In with the old!
Oversized marquee letters are EZPZ Marquee’s specialty. Whether you're looking to make a statement with ginormous 48" handcrafted marquee letters, or would like to amp up your event’s rustic, industrial, or vintage vibe with lanterns, signs, and other unique decor, EZPZ Marquee has exactly what you need to complete the look you're going for.
2619 Industrial Drive, Monona, WI 53713 (608) 669-2541 • www.alacraterentals.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BUCKY’S RENTALS, INC. (p. 224)
2182 Hwy MM, Oregon, WI • (608) 291-2500 www.buckysrentals.com e-mail: email@example.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. 224) Madison & Portage, WI • (608) 742-2648 (800) 472-7448 • www.countryplumber.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
(608) 571-3979 • www.ezpzmarquee.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GENERAL PARTY RENTAL (p. 225) Watertown, WI • (920) 261-7368 www.callgeneralrental.com e-mail: email@example.com SIMPLY GLAMOROUS DESIGNS AT OREGON FLORAL (p. 219, 238-239)
933 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3707 www.simplyglamorousdesigns.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TENTS & EVENTS (p. 225) a division of J. Stevens Productions, LLC S2479 County Road BD, Baraboo, WI 53913 (608) 355-1222 • www.tentsandeventswi.com e-mail: email@example.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. 220-221) 6485 Blanchar’s Crossing, Windsor, WI 53598 (608) 846-5004 • www.eventessentials.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Call Event Essentials to schedule an appointment at their showroom to find inspiration for your wedding. Be sure to 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 and linens. 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!
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PHOTO: TWIG & OLIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
BADGER BUS (p. 315) Madison, WI • (800) 442-8259 www.badgerbus.com e-mail: email@example.com
ELLABELLA PRODUCTIONS (p. 294) 3902 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 8834, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 320-3554 www.EllaBellaProductions.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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. If you 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!
GALLANT KNIGHT LIMOUSINE (p. 316) 4711 Lien Road, Madison, WI 53704 (608) 242-7000 • (800) 725-5655 www.gallantknightusa.com e-mail: email@example.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.
MOONSTRUCK MEDIA PRODUCTION (p. 294)
(608) 850-3725 www.weddingsbymoonstruckmp.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
THRIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMS (p. 275, 293)
PO Box 14342, Madison, WI 53708 (608) 438-5170 www.thrivingimage.com e-mail: email@example.com
MAD CITY PARTY BUS (p. 314) (608) 234-4359 • www.madcitypartybus.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE SERVICE (p. 316) 269 Rodney Road, Cambridge, WI 53523 (608) 423-2300 • www.preslimousa.com e-mail: email@example.com
THE DARLING WEDDING CO. (p. 10) (608) 225-1093 www.darlingweddingco.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 608423-2300.
After 12 years as Beyond Elegant Events, they will be transitioning to The Darling Wedding Co in 2017. They are a boutique wedding planning company catering to a select number of couples, allowing them to give each couple more of their time and focus. To them, your wedding is their top priority! They provide a collaborate, creative, and fun process to make your event not just memorable, but remarkable!
SUNSET LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC (p. 313) (608) 279-5466 • www.sunsetlimollc.com e-mail: email@example.com WAYNE ACE BUS & LIMO SERVICE, LLC (p. 313)
ROLLING HILLS EVENT PLANNING (p. 9) (608) 636-3739 • www.rollinghillsevents.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org SPIRIT & STYLE EVENTS (p. 10)
(608) 852-2734 www.spiritandstyleevents.com e-mail: email@example.com
(608) 576-7281 www.wayneacebusandlimo.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org WEDPLAN.COM 381
INDEX 608Weddings . . . . . . . . 289, 299 Ă La Crate Vintage Rentals . . . . . 223 Abbots Lane Photography . . . . 264-265 Agora Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Al. Ringling Mansion . . . . . . . . 175 Aniu Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . 78 Ann Gorgen Photography . . . . . . 270 Arthur Murray Franchised Dance Center . 308 Azena Photography . . . . . . . . 271 Badger Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 315 Be Inspired Salon . . . . . . . . . . 79 Belladonna Boudoir . . . . . . . . 284 Bishops Bay Country Club . . . . . . 175 Blackhawk Country Club . . . . . . 158 Body Mechanix . . . . . . . . . . 83 Brandi's Bridal Galleria, Etc. . . . . . 40-41 Brides N' Belles . . . . . . . . . . 43 Bucky's Rentals . . . . . . . . . . 224 Bunky's Catering . . . . . . . . . 195 Cambria Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . 323 Cambridge Winery . . . . . . . . 173 Candlewood Suites Fitchburg . . . . . 155 Capital Brewery . . . . . . . . . . 176 Carl's Cakes & Market Street Catering . 210 Celebrations Entertainment . . . 287, 305 Ceremonies by Design . . . . . . . 126 Chalmers Jewelers . . . . . . . . . 90 Chapel of the Archangels . . . . . 119, 176 Charlie's on Main . . . . . . . 192, 198 Chocolaterian Cafe . . . . . . . . 212 Chula Vista Resort . . . . . . . . . . 5 Coachman's Golf Resort . . . . . 134-135 Cold Stone Creamery on State . . . . 212 Cold Water Canyon/Dells Boat Tours . . 119 Condon Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . 91 Country Plumber, The . . . . . . . 224 Craig's Cake Shop . . . . . . . . . 211 Creative Confections . . . . . . . . 213 Creekside Place . . . . . . . . . . 177 Crowne Plaza Madison . . . . . . . 157 Crystal Room at Buffalo Phil's Grille, The . . . . . . 136-137 Darling Wedding Co., The . . . . . . 10 Dave Stremikis Photography . . . . . 280 Deer Valley Lodge . . . . . . . . . 159 Devil's Head Resort . . . . . . . 138-139 DJ Magic Entertainment . . . . . . 302 Dorf Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Dough Baby Bakery . . . . . . . . 214 382 WEDDING PLANNER & GUIDE
East Elm Photography . . . . . . 266-267 East Side Club, The . . . . . . . 140-141 Edgewater, The . . . . . . . . . . 172 Elevation Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . 77 EllaBella Productions . . . . . . . . 294 Escapade Salon . . . . . . . . . . 80 Event Essentials . . . . . . . . 220-221 EZPZ Marquee . . . . . . . 32, 216, 222 EZPZ Tee . . . . . . . . . . . 32, 44 Fields Reserve, The . . . . . . . . 188 Flora Designs by Jamae . . . . . . 243 Flower Studio, The . . . . . . . 236-237 Fred Astaire Dance Studios of Madison . 307 Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier . . . . . . 32 Gallant Knight Limousine . . . . . . 316 Garden Laurels by Sager . . . . . . 243 Gaylord Catering . . . . . . . . . 196 General Party Rental . . . . . . . . 225 Gigi's Cupcakes . . . . . . . 32, 203, 211 Golden Mast Inn . . . . . . . . . . 177 Goodman Community Center . . . . 179 Groove Slow Motion Video Booth . . . 288 Harbor Athletic Club . . . . . . . . . 81 Harvest Restaurant . . . . . . . . . 161 Heritage Catering . . . . . . . . . 196 Hi Point Steak House . . . . . . . . 197 Hilton Garden Inn Madison West/Middleton . . . . . . 162 Ho-Chunk Gaming . . . . . . . . . 164 Holiday Inn & Suites Madison West . . . 178 Holiday Inn at the American Center . . 156 Holy Wisdom Monastery . . . . . . 120 Howard Johnson Plaza . . . . . . . 178 Hy-Vee . . . . . . . . . . . 214, 244 Ilana Natasha Photography . . . . 261, 272 Inkwell Printers . . . . . . . . . . 104 Intermezzo String Quartet . . . . . . 305 Jas McDaniel Photography . . . . . . 274 JL Richards Prime Meats & Catering . . 198 Johnson's Catering . . . . . . . . 197 Juke Box Bandstand . . . . . . . . 303 Karly Jo Photography . . . . . . . 282 Kestrel Ridge Golf Club . . . . . . . 179 Kneaded Relief Day Spa & Wellness . 33, 77 Krakora Studios . . . . . . . . . 283 Lageret, The . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Lake Windsor Country Club . . . . 144-145 Lake Wisconsin Country Club . . . . . 187 Lashes & Kurls Boudoir Photography . . 284
Legend at Bergamont, The . . . . 152-153 Lexa's Luxurious Looks & Lashes . . . . 84 Liliana's Restaurant . . . . . . . 192, 198 LK Bridal Studio . . . . . . . . . . 103 Looking Glass Bakery, The . . . . . 33, 203 Mad City Party Bus . . . . . . . . . 314 Madison Club, The . . . . . . . 146-147 Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor's Club, The . . . . . . 148-149 Madison Masonic Center . . . . . . 163 Madison Mobile DJ Service . . . . 300-301 Madison Sourdough . . . . . . . . 213 Magnuson Grand Hotel . . . . . . . 323 McNiel Photography . . . . . . . . 277 Melting Pot . . . . . . . . . . 107, 188 Mod Bloom . . . . . . . . . . . 244 Moments to Cherish Bridals . . . . . . 42 Momentum Floral & Decor . . . . 229, 241 Monona Terrace . . . . . . . . . . 3 Moonstruck Media Production . . . . 294 Nedrebo's Formalwear . . . . . . . 1, 50 North Central Group Hotels, The . . . 322 Oaks Golf Course, The . . . . . . . 174 Old Feed Mill, The . . . . . . . . . 180 Old World Wisconsin . . . . . . . . 171 Orange Tree Imports . . . . . . . . 111 Orpheum Theater, The . . . . . . . 165 Over The Vines Vineyard & Wine Barn . 185 Overture Center for the Arts . . . . . 187 Paperworks Design Co. . . . . . . . 104 Paradise Park . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Park Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Pavilion at Angell Park Speedway, The . 182 Petal Patch, The . . . . . . . . . . 235 Photobooth . . . . . . . . . 289, 299 Photography by Kait Rose . . . . . . 278 Piano Fondue . . . . . . . . . 296, 304 Pioneer Creek Farm . . . . . . . . 188 Porta Bella Restaurant . . . . . . . 183 Prairie Flowers & Gifts . . . . . . . 240 Premiere Couture . . . . . . . . . 45 Presidential Limousine Service . . . . 316 Prime Time Mobile DJs . . . . . . . 305 Quartessence String Quartet . . . . 305 Quivey's Grove . . . . . . . . . . 167 Rolling Hills Event Planning . . . . . . 9 Romance Jewelers . . . . . . . . . 91 Sarah B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Sarah Jane Ripp Photography . . . . 283 Saturn's 8 Entertainment . . . . . . 302 Savanna Oaks Event Center . . . . . 182 Sheraton Madison Hotel . . . . . 130, 168 Simply Glamorous Designs . . 219, 238-239
Sisters on Main . . . . . . . . . . 44 Sky's the Limit . . . . . . . . . . 126 Slide Food Cart & Catering . . . . . 194 Solid Ice Displays . . . . . . . . . . 33 Spirit & Style Events . . . . . . . . . 10 Sprecher's Restaurant & Pub . . . . . 169 Stoughton Country Club . . . . . . . 186 Sugar Pear Design . . . . . . . . . 103 Sugar River Stationers . . . . . . . 102 Sugarland . . . . . . . . . . . . 181 Sunset Limousine Service LLC . . . . 313 Surroundings Events & Floral . . . . . 242 Susie Show, The . . . . . . . . . 303 Swan Barn Door, The . . . . . . . . 183 Sweet Pea Floral . . . . . . . . . 242 Sweet Street Bakery . . . . . . . . 214 Temptd Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . 84 Tents & Events . . . . . . . . . . 225 Tessa Claire Photography . . . . . . 276 Thirsty Goat, The . . . . . . . . . 107 Thrive Photography & Films . . . . 275, 293 Tim Fitch Photography . . . . . . . 281 Timeless Memories Photo Booth(s) . . . 288 TKO DJ Entertainment & Photo Arts . . . . . . . . 282, 297, 304 Toijala Chiropractic . . . . . . . . . 83 Trappers Turn Golf Club . Inside Back Cover Tuscany Grill Fitchburg . . . . . . . 154 Twig & Olive Photography . . Inside Front Cover, 268 Tyrol Basin . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Unicity Designs Jewelry . . . . . . 33, 91 University Club, The . . . . . . . 150-151 Upstairs Downstairs Catering . . . . . 198 Urban Anchor Photography . . . . . 279 Venue, The . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Vera's House of Bridals . . . . Back Cover Very Tres Chic . . . . . . . . . . 45 Victoria's Garden . . . . . . . . . 244 Vitense Golfland . . . . . . . . . 189 von Rutenberg Ventures . . . . . . . 170 Wade House Historic Site . . . . . . 171 Watertown Country Club . . . . . . 185 Waunakee Village Center . . . . . . 180 Wayne Ace Bus & Limo Service . . . . 313 Wedding Flashers, The . . . . . 269, 273 Wild Rose Ranch . . . . . . . . . 186 Wilderness Resort . . . . . . . . 142-143 William Jon Salon & Spa . . . . . . . 82 Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center 189 Wisconsin Historical Society . . . . . 171 Wyndham Garden Hotels Fitchburg . . 154 Yahara Bay Distillery & Event Center . . 188 WEDPLAN.COM 383
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