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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.
14237656_767721183370814_674543377281674756_nA Place for the Food
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?

Wedding Planning in Wisconsin Dells

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!

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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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