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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.

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.

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!

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/.

 

10 Wedding Planning Tips in Wisconsin Dells to Get You Organized

Wisconsin Dells Wedding Planning

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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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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