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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.

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

Wisconsin Dells Wedding Venue

  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.

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