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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.

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.

 

Think our barn would make an ideal venue for your wedding or event?