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Unforgettable Wedding Favors

When planning a wedding don’t forget to add a little something for your guests; a little token of thanks to those who are sharing your special day. No matter which local Wisconsin Dells wedding venue you choose, formal or rustic, the wedding favors should be a little bit of love from the bride and groom. Some fun and elegant favor ideas are as follows;

  • Everyone loves a little something sweet and it’s even better when it comes in a cute bag or package. Candy is one of the most versatile wedding favors. It can be high-end and elegant chocolates, or fun and funky hard candy mixes. Choose a packaging that reflects your theme with a little personalized message. Adding little bags of candy for your guests is a fun and easy little gift.
  • Christmas ornaments or little trinkets to hang in a garden are a unique favor guests are sure to love. If choosing a holiday ornament, pick out a plain design option with a little touch of flare, like simple wooden ornaments with a little metallic paint to add some sophistication. Add a little tag to thank your guests and everyone will enjoy their new ornament.
  • Monogrammed items. A popular choice for many couples are monogramed items like mugs, ceramic tiles or small wine glasses. These favors can be beautiful as well as useful. The only issue with monograming items is the cost. If you are on a tight wedding budget, choose smaller items to have monogramed to keep the price under control.
  • DIY food kits. Fun and creative, do-it-yourself food kits are a terrific way to express thanks in a unique way. Cute little personalized packets of hot chocolate, ready to assemble and roast smores, un-popped pop-corn or even ground coffee packets are delightful little gifts for your guests. Choose a food item you both love, something that is special to you to share with your guests. Add a little tag or message and you will have the perfect favor for your big day.

There are so many wonderful ideas for creating the perfect wedding favors for your guests. Just remember, whatever you choose, keep it simple and let it reflect you and your fiancé’s personality. Your guests will love it.

The Perfect Shoes

So, you’ve found and secured the perfect Wisconsin Dells wedding venue and you’re planning the rest of your wedding to match this perfect location. The flowers will be stunning, the food will be 5-star, your fiancé will have the perfect three-piece suit with the perfect tie to reflect your wedding colors. And the dress, the dress is absolutely breathtaking and you couldn’t be happier. Now it’s time to choose the perfect shoes to match your perfect day.

When picking out shoes for your wedding, the most important thing to remember is comfort. You will be on your feet for much of the day, talking with family and loved ones, dancing, exchanging vows. If you don’t usually wear heals this isn’t the time to invest in a pair of stilettos and hope for the best. Equally important, the barefoot trend, though carefree and fun, can get you into trouble especially if you are planning an outdoor wedding. Nature can be unforgiving on bare feet.

The next thing to consider is style. Will this be a strictly black-tie event with all the elegance and finery or a more laid-back affair? For high-end, formal weddings and receptions classic choices like white lace or satin heals or flats will be an appropriate choice to go with the theme. If your day will be more relaxed, shoes like satin ballet slippers, decorated flip-flops and even custom tennis shoes will add the right touch of individuality and fun to your big day.

Choosing a color other than white, a color that complements your wedding or even your bride’s maids’ dress color adds a nice splash of flare to your wedding. Or choosing a nice neutral color with a sensible heal will let you use your shoes after the wedding, making them a nice reminder of your big day.

Whatever shoe style or trend you decide to go with, remember this is your day and your shoes should reflect your style. Have fun shopping!

The Right Invite for Your Wedding

Your Wedding date is picked, your dress shopping has begun and you are searching through the most beautiful barn wedding venues in Wisconsin. You have a vision in your mind how glorious your big day is going to be and now it’s time to pick out the perfect invitations. The following are few tips to help you pick out the perfect invites to your perfect day:

• Your invitation should reflect you and your fiancé’s personality. If you both enjoy the outdoors consider more natural tones with wildlife touches (i.e.: vine work, scenic picture in the background, etc.).

• Will you have a picture of you and your fiancé or no picture? Traditionally, wedding invitations have had a lovely picture of the happy couple, which let distant friends and family know what the couple look like. With today’s technology and the prolific sharing of photos, invitation pictures are on the decline. If you have your heart set on a gorgeous picture of you two in each invitation, then add one.

• Going green by skipping paper all together is also a trend as well. With little to no cost you can upload photos and details, complete with an RSVP that’s just a tap away, to invite your wedding guests. The only drawback to this kind of invite; you will need all the guests’ current emails which may be harder to get than actual addresses.

• Use wedding colors as your invite inspiration or keep it a simple black and white. While bold and bright colors will definitely get the invitees attention, you can’t go wrong with the simple elegance of a black and white invite. One word of caution: go easy on the color and remember less is more. Color on a wedding invite should give the right pop and not be garish.

• Gold and silver foil can give a touch of class to your invitations. Whether gold or silver foil envelope liners or lettering, a little shine will grab attention and add beauty to your invitations. If choosing color and metallic foil, be sure they complement and don’t clash with each other.
The most important aspect about your wedding invitations? That they are uniquely yours.

Great Wedding and Good Eats

The details of a wedding can seem never ending. After souring all the wedding venues in Wisconsin, you’ve decided to have a lovely, rustic-chic barn wedding. You have the decorations, invitations, colors and save the date cards all ready to go; but what about the food? Creating the perfect ambience for your wedding means creating a reception feast that reflects your big day.

Buffet or Sit Down

As you budget for your wedding reception dinner you will need to decide whether you want a buffet style reception meal or a sit-down meal. A buffet offers more food options, allowing guests to choose their own food and gives off a casual feel—perfect for a barn wedding. However, a buffet meal can mean long lines and take away from a more elegant affair.

A sit-down reception meal is more formal, requiring waiters to deliver food by the plate.  While this is the more elegant option, there isn’t much food choice for the guests and this option can sometimes be a little pricey.

Choose Your Food

As you prepare your menu, it’s easy to get carried away with all the culinary possibilities.  Remember to keep it simple as you plan. Consider two types of meat options with simple side dishes that will complement each entrée. For instance; if you choose to have a beef or chicken option, roasted potatoes, salad and rolls would pair perfectly with each.

Work with your caterer on presentation and seasoning possibilities to turn a simple dinner into a memorably delicious meal.

Keep it Seasonal

Working with seasonal ingredients will help keep the meal fresh while also protecting the budget. Seasonal fruits and vegetables usually cost less and are at the peak of freshness which will enhance your reception meal. As you plan your menu, consider different ways to incorporate seasonal items into the meal. For example; watermelon brings a crisp and sweet taste to a salad and when frozen, can be blended into cool and refreshing drink options.

Whatever menu you choose for your big day, remember to do some homework and find a good caterer who will help you be creative with your reception feast.

What to do for Your Bridesmaids

You are planning the perfect Wisconsin wedding, choosing a dress, picking out cake filling, looking forward to the day you and your sweetheart will say, “I do”. One traditional step in planning a wedding is to choose bridesmaids and groomsmen to complete a wedding party. When choosing your bridesmaids, there are some steps to follow to ensure that your day (and theirs) is special and memorable.

• How many of your friends will you have as bridesmaids? Large or small party, the choice is up to you. While a large party might be what you have hoped for, keeping your party smaller and focusing on your closest friends will make your day a little more special for all of you. It will feel like a special moment only you and your closest friends will share.
• When choosing outfits for your bridesmaids, ask for their input. The final decision will be yours, but you want to make sure all your bridesmaids have a general dress style that will flatter their shape. You might consider several dress styles in the same color to give a little variety. Consult with your party and see if you can find a solution that will work for your wedding.
• Will you be paying for everything or will they be required to foot some of the bill? Nothing will ruin a festive occasion faster than arguments about money. Be candid with everyone in your wedding party and lay out clear expectations about money to be spent. To lessen money fueled friction, be willing to pay for the bulk of the expenses for your bridesmaids (i.e.: the dresses, jewelry, lodging, etc.). You can work this into the wedding budget or consider having fewer bridesmaids if you will be covering their costs.
• The best thing you can do is say, “thank you.” Your friends will most likely be re-arranging their lives to help you plan and execute the perfect wedding. Take the time to personally thank each one of them for being there for you. A verbal thanks from you coupled with a heartfelt letter will let them know how much their friendship means to you.

Your wedding will be your day. Don’t forget to share it with your bridesmaids and make memories you can all cherish.

Barn Safety Standards and State Compliance

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Planning for your big day means planning for a day to remember, a day that reflects you and your love. While considering local Wisconsin wedding venues, especially barns, be sure to know what the location offers and what barn safety standards have been met and if they are state compliant.

Due to the popularity of Barn venues and the increase in dairy barns being converted to wedding facilities new legislation will soon be in place allowing only those who meet all safety requirements to remain open. It would be unfortunate to plan so far in advance only to be told your venue has been closed.

The Swan Barn Door was built new and complies to with all state required ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act), Fire Sprinklers, fire alarm, path of Egress and emergency lighting requirements. All the large wooden beams including the hardwood pins with mortise and tenon joinery were engineered and approved by the State of Wisconsin. This insures the safety and comfort to the public in this commercially compliant venue, but still maintains the rustic charm found only in turn of the century timber framing.

The Swan Barn Door is open year round which means we have central heat and air, indoor ADA bathrooms and handicap accessible exterior cedar decks and a large outdoor ceremony site.

If you are looking for the rustic elegance of a barn wedding with safety and comfort for you and your guests, The Swan Barn Door can provide the necessities to make your special day the day you’ve been dreaming of without the safety concerns.

6 Tips on How to Create the Perfect Barn Wedding

It’s the day you two have been waiting for since you both said “yes”. The day you’ve been dreaming about, when you and your fiancé will stand in front of family and friends and say, “I do”. It’s the day you’ve both been prepping for with all the hopes and stress brought on by the little and not so little details. You’ve scoured local wedding venues in Wisconsin and you’ve decided that rustic elegance is what you both want. You are planning the best barn wedding of all barn weddings in Wisconsin. Now that you’ve settled on the type of wedding, a few details are needed to ensure that you have the perfect day.

Location, Location, Location
If you have your heart set on the perfect barn that’s a three hour drive from where you live, you’ll have to budget in money for a hotel for you, your family and some guests. The farther away the location, the harder it will be for guests to be there for your wedding. Look for closer barn venues if you are planning a large wedding and consider farther locations for smaller, more intimate weddings.
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While most barn venues have areas for catering, some do not. Some locations may have full professional kitchens on site to aid in food prep while others might have a more simple set up. Find out all the details before booking a location and work out any issues with your catering service well in advance to avoid and food fiascoes.

Plan for the weather
The elements can wreak havoc on even the best planned weddings. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony on the grounds consider renting a tent for any rain, snow or extreme heat. Even if the weather is perfect, it’s better to have a tent ready than to have guests complain of sunburn.

Choose the Right Shoes
Older barns may not have finished floors and that can be murder on high-heeled shoes. Check out the floors to help you decide what kind of shoes to wear. Non-traditional shoes at a barn wedding can add to the ambiance and charm. If the flooring is an issue for your shoes, let guests know so that they can wear the right shoes as well.

Park Right Here
Parking can be an issue if you are planning a large wedding. Ask about parking, whether it’s on-site or nearby. If only off-site parking is available ask if the venue offers shuttle service to and from the wedding site. If not, you might want to consider a different locale or add room in the budget for a shuttle service.

Don’t Let the Bugs Bug Your Guests
A barn wedding usually means a more rural location and with rural locations, like working farms, insects can be a problem. Using citronella candles in decorative jars around the barn will add a touch of elegance while also deterring insects. If the location discourages candles or open flames or as an added measure of protection for your guests, consider placing small containers of insect repellent in an ornamental basket at each table with a cute note.
Keeping these tips in mind as you plan your barn wedding will turn your big day into a lovely, memorable success.  Happy barn wedding planning!

Wedding Planning: Do-It-Yourself or Hire Professionals?

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The stress of planning your perfect day can really take a toll on you especially if trying to stay within a budget. Here are some things you can do yourself to save money and what to hire out professionally.

What to DIY:

Flowers and Table Centerpieces. Here’s something that you can do yourself for a fraction of the cost of paying a florist. For a rustic wedding, try wildflowers in mason jars wrapped in twine. Check out our Pinterest page for lots of rustic ideas on wedding flowers and centerpieces.

Invites. By doing your own invitations, you save a ton of money but also can give them a more personal touch to show your personalities shine as a couple. The Internet offers so many options on Save-The-Date postcards and wedding invitations.

First Dance/Bridal Party Dance. The internet once again can be your instructor. YouTube has videos for every kind of dance you could imagine. Have a special one planned for your first dance and a fun group one for your bridal party.

Refreshments. There are a lot of beers and wines that are inexpensive if you buy in larger quantities. Just pick two kinds of each and you then create your own signature drink that reflects you as a couple. Buying liquor and mixers can get really costly.

What to Hire Professionally:

Food/Catering. Think you’re a great cook and your family wants to help? Trust me, cooking on a large scale is an entirely different animal. Plan a seasonal but simple menu with a caterer and leave that stress to them. You will definitely not regret hiring this task out.

Photography. This is one of the most important days in your life. It’s best to have a professional with experience in lighting and angles to get the right shots. Plus a professional will make it their main focus, not your best friend’s brother who would rather be having a drink at the bar.

Wedding Planner. Sure, you are organized and planned your wedding like a professional. But consider a day-of planner to make sure all your plans run smooth. This will let you kick back and enjoy your perfect day.

Music: DJ or band. This is another way to reflect your personalities as a couple and make your wedding reception interactive. Be sure the performers, whether DJ or a live band, take requests from the guests for the most fun!

Here at The Swan Barn Door, we are very excited to offer this beautiful new venue for your special day. Check out all the amenities included at http://theswanbarndoor.com/amenities/.

 

20 Fun Ideas to Make Your Rustic Wedding Unique in Wisconsin Dells

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  1. Use flea market finds as part of your decorations, such as an antique pitcher, mason jars or even an old cowboy boot filled with wild flowers.

  2. Instead of a traditional guest book, put out a “coffee table” book that has pictures of something you both love and guests can write on photos or in the margins.

  3. Add a line for a DJ song request to your RSVP cards.

  4. The weather forecast for your wedding day is hot and blistering? Rent a Sno-Cone machine and chill out!

  5. Give out sparklers as favors to your guests. This makes for great photo opportunities.

  6. Not into classical or traditional music? Have the DJ play instrumental versions of your favorite contemporary songs for the wedding ceremony.

  7. Ditch your fancy wedding dress shoes after the ceremony so you can dance at the reception in cowgirl and cowboy boots! Yee haw!

  8. Set up a mini photo studio at the reception for guests to ham it up in front of the camera and send photos with your thank you cards.

  9. Instead of traditional bride and groom cake toppers, make it more personal and representing something you both love as a couple, such as a little dog you love or the Eiffel Tower to celebrate your honeymoon in Paris, or even a big “G” for the Green Bay Packers!

  10. Decorate the bathrooms with childhood photos of bride and groom.

  11. At the reception, toast the woman who has had the greatest impact on your life, then hand her your bouquet as a tribute.

  12. Put crayons and colored paper on the kids’ table.

  13. Serve non-traditional and fun foods at your wedding dinner, such as Mac n’ cheese, fried chicken, or even French fries.

  14. Have an ice cream bar for dessert for your guests.

  15. Tie napkins with satin ribbons, twine for rustic look or even metallic cording.

  16. Use small horseshoes to keep place cards for guests at tables.

  17. For your vows, consider words he wrote in a Valentine card, or something from a love note you sent him.

  18. A decorative, antique brooch turns a simple bridal gown into a look that’s all yours.

  19. Set up a “farm stand” of fresh fruit and small baskets that guests can fill on their way out the door.

  20. Stock welcome baskets with a quiz that leads out-of-town guests on a scavenger hunt to your favorite local places, such as a bakery, gift shop or pub.

Looking for the perfect rustic but elegant venue for your special occasion? Check out all the amenities offered at The Swan Barn Door by clicking here.

 

 

10 Wedding Planning Tips in Wisconsin Dells to Get You Organized

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These simple but effective wedding planning tips can help get you organized and relieve some of the stress in making your wedding day go smoothly!

  1. Purchase a dedicated datebook for your wedding planning. Once you mark your wedding date in this book, work backwards to set deadlines to get things accomplished. Some things will need to be reserved right away, such as the reception and ceremony location.
  2. Pick one day a week for wedding planning. If you dedicate one day a week to your wedding, and split the to-do list with your fiancé, you will stay on track and know who is doing what in the planning phase without duplicate efforts. Revisit and prioritize your list every week so you can also cross of items as completed!
  3. Do not procrastinate! Do not wait or put off planning your wedding until a few months before. Most aspects of the wedding will need to be reserved months or even a year in advance. Try to get as much done in the first few months as you can so you won’t panic a month or two before your wedding day.
  4. Be open to bend a little. You and your fiancé may not agree on a few things when planning your wedding, but remember it’s YOUR day as a couple. You both should be able to contribute personal choices to your wedding day to make it special, even if he wants to wear camouflage vests under his tuxedo.
  5. Vendor questionnaire of amenities and costs. Put together a list of questions for each vendor BEFORE you meet with them so you can get all the details down and compare before you choose.
  6. Be creative and choose what reflects you as a couple. Pick what is most important to you and prioritize based on that, not on convention or expectations. This is your day to share your union with family and friends and why you belong together.
  7. Written contracts are absolutely necessary. When you meet with the vendors for your wedding (florists, photographers, DJ’s, caterers, etc), be sure all the details are spelled out and you have read the cancellation policies and fees before you sign it.
  8. Share a unique and personal something with your guests. This personal touch helps connect your guests to you as a couple and also can provide unique and impressionable photo opportunities.
  9. Don’t expect perfection on your wedding day. No matter how much we plan, don’t let unplanned moments ruin your day. Just relax, laugh at it together, and savor every moment of your special day. Remind yourself that your wedding is a special union between two people.
  10. Keep the big picture in mind. The wedding planning is complete and it’s your big day. Step back and let go of all that stress. Enjoy the day and relish every moment because it goes by very fast and you have the rest of your lives to spend together after the party is over!

Just remember to breathe and delegate and your big day will be here before you know it. Happy planning from all of us at The Swan Barn Door! Save your wedding date today by clicking on the calendar below!

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