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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!

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.

How to Reserve a Perfect Event Facility for Your Wedding or Special Event in Wisconsin Dells

Finding the right venue for your special event can be an overwhelming and stressful task. Be ready when you meet with the facility manager with a list of questions so you can compare and pick the perfect event facility that meets all of your needs and dreams!

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Venue

  1. Do you have my date available?
  2. How many people can the space hold? Is that number seated or standing?
  3. What is the fee for renting the space?
  4. What exactly does this fee include? Venues range from just a room rental rate to an all-inclusive (catering, tables, chairs, linens, lighting, etc.)
  5. What is excluded from the rental fee? How many hours does the rental rate include?
  6. How much is an additional hour?
  7. How many parking spots are available for guests?
  8. Can we rent additional parking spacing if needed?
  9. Can I use any vendor or do you have a list of preferred vendors?
  10. Do you do all set up and tear down of items you provide?
  11. If the ceremony and reception will be heldin the same space will you have enough time and staff to make this a seamless transition?
  12. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
  13. If we have an outdoor element do you provide a back-up location if the weather is bad?
  14. Are there any restrictions on use of the space? Often times you can’t hang from the ceiling or use open flame candles.
  15. Are there restrictions on photography or videography?
  16. Are there any noise restrictions?
  17. Do I need to get any permits or insurance for the wedding?
  18. Is there a bridal room and a grooms suite?
  19. Can I see a sample of items you provide? This is often tables, chairs, linens, and china.
  20. How much is the deposit?
  21. When is the balance due?
  22. What forms of payment do you take?
  23. What is your cancellation policy?

We at The Swan Barn Door hope your event planning results in a fabulous occasion with lots of memories created! Check out our Amenities list at www.theswanbarndoor.com/amenities.

 

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