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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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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?

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